Satcaster focus of probe

TPS investigated for 'Loft' racist comments

PARIS — Satellite platform TPS is being investigated for racist comments made during the 24-hour airing of France’s controversial “Loft Story” following a complaint by its own prexy, Patrick Le Lay.

Le Lay also is the topper of broadcaster TF1, and this is just the latest salvo in his war against the controversial reality skein, screened by rival web M6.

A source at the Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) confirmed Thursday that Le Lay had complained last month, after hearing “Loft Story” competitors allegedly make racist jokes on TPS.

The complaint was forwarded to the Paris prosecutor, who could press charges. Anti-racism groups also complained about remarks made during the broadcast to a “Loft Story” participant of North African origin.

Le Lay has already tried, and failed, to get TPS to drop the show, which has substantially boosted TPS subscriptions. M6 is one of TF1’s fellow shareholders in the platform.

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