Lagardère names kids programming chief

Lagardère Group has named Sebastien Liefferinckx as director of programmes at kids channel Gulli. Liefferinckx, who will also have responsibility for Lagardère’s range of youth and family-oriented channels, comprising Gulli, Canal J, TiJi and La Chaîne du père Noël, will report to Lagardère Active channels chief Laurent Micouleau. He replaces Ariane Suveg, who has decided […]

Mixed results for Lagardère Active

Lagardère Active, the arm of the French conglomerate that encompasses TV and press activities, posted revenues of €207 million for the first quarter, down 5.3% year-on-year on a comparable basis and down 50% in absolute terms, thanks to the sale of Press Magazine Internationale and its Russian radio activities. Lagardère posted positive results for its […]

Lagardère names Qatari adviser, mulls sports tie-up

French media group Lagardère Unlimited has named Qatar national Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as an adviser. The move follows statements by Lagardère boss Arnaud Lagardère at the company’s annual meeting last week about developing potential partnerships with Qatar in the area of sports rights. Qatar owns a 12.8% in the French company.

Lagardère could relaunch Canal Plus IPO

Lagardère could try again to launch an IPO of its stake in pay TV operator Canal Plus in the coming months, according to the company’s chief, Arnaud Lagardère. Lagardère told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting that the financial markets were now becoming open again and that he would not be surprised if the company […]

Lagardère Active improves profitability, CSA mulls Elle TV proposal

Lagardère Active, the media arm of the French conglomerate, improved its profitability last year thanks to improved cost control, the sale of Virgin 17, and improved results from its digital unit. The unit produced a net operational result of €95 million, up €10 year-on-year. Revenues were €1.441 billion, up 1.3% on a comparable basis, but […]

Lagardère names Micoleau as programming chief

Lagardère has named Laurent Micoleau as programming chief at its Lagardère Active media arm. In the role of secretary-general for programming and broadcast TV, Micoleau will be charged with leading programming strategy for the company’s channels in France and internationally and supervising programme acquisition and production. Micoleau, who was previously secretary-general for broadcast channels, will […]

Lagardère writes down value of Canal Plus stake

Lagardère has reduced the value of its stake in pay TV provider Canal Plus by €300 million. The move leaves the French conglomerate’s 20% holding in Canal Plus worth about €1.2 billion, higher than the estimates of most analysts. The write-down is the first made by Lagardère on its stake in the pay TV operator […]

Lagardère Active snaps up online catch-up platform

French media group Lagardère Active has acquired online catch-up TV platform Launched in April 2009, the site directs users to content from various broadcasters, including TF1, Canal Plus and Eurosport. The service has increased its audience share by almost 70% in 12 months and had nearly 1.7 million users in November 2011. Lagardère has […]

Mezzo Live HD launches in Israel

Jazz and classical music channel Mezzo Live HD has launched in Israel. The Lagardère-owned channel is available on cable operator Hot’s network in the HD Music package. Israel is the fourteenth country is which the high definition channel has launched, following launches in France, Russia, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, […]

New structure for Lagardère Active

Lagardère has reorganised the structure of its Lagardère Active media arm into four divisions. Lagardère Active’s radio and TV division will be headed by Denis Olivennes, with Richard Lenormand taking the post of executive director, while the audiovisual production division will be headed by Takis Candilis. A digital division will be headed by Delphine Grison, […]