Nielsen teams up with M6 for Open Web digital measurement

Audience measurement and data giant Nielsen is partnering with RTL-owned French broadcaster Groupe M6 to power Open Web digital measurement in France.  The cooperation sees Groupe M6 become the first European publisher to help fuel Nielsen’s demographic data in its Identity System for French digital campaigns, helping to provide a more precise measurement of performance […]

TF1 looks to Rugby World Cup after revenue and profit slide in first half

French commercial broadcaster TF1 is looking to the Rugby World Cup, to be held in the country, to boost its performance in the third quarter after suffering significant declines in revenue and profit in the first half. Overall revenues were down 12.5% to €1.038 billion for the first half, with broadcast advertising revenue and non-advertising […]

M6 sells social media agency CTZAR

France’s M6 is to sell advocacy and social media agency CTZAR, which works on positioning brands with audiences through social media. M6 said that it had, through its advertising subsidiary M6 Publicité, agreed the sale of its majority stake of CTZAR to the Group The Independents. As part of its diversification strategy, M6 Group acquired […]

M6 and Brut investor CMA CGM to acquire financial daily La Tribune

French shipping containers giant Compagnie Maritime D’Affrètement (CMA CGM), headed by Franco-Lebanese businessman Rodolphe Saadé, is firming up its interest in media by agreeing the acquisition of national business-focused daily newspaper La Tribune. The investment in the newspaper follows a series of investments in TV broadcaster M6 towards the end of last year, the acquisition […]

War of words between France Télévisions and commercial channels heats up

The war of words between France’s commercial channels and public broadcaster France Télévisions has heated up, with the two sides engaging in attack and counter-attack. In a letter to prime minister Elisabeth Borne seen by newspaper Le Figaro, TF1, M6, Canal+ and Altice, which operates commercial channels BFMTV and RMC, reportedly slammed the editorial decisions taken […]

French commercial broadcasters slam ‘unfair’ competition from pubcaster

French commercial broadcasters have grouped together to complain to the country’s prime minister about what they regard as unfair competition for audiences by public broadcaster France Télévisions. In a letter to prime minister Elisabeth Borne seen by newspaper Le Figaro, TF1, M6, Canal+ and Altice, which operates commercial channels BFMTV and RMC, reportedly slammed the […]

France’s Salto shuts down

Salto, at one time touted as ‘the French Netflix’ has now ceased streaming operations. The service had already ceased to take new subscriptions from mid-February when the decision to close it down was taken. Salto, which launched after multiple delays in 2020, had attracted an estimated 800,000 subscribers at the time of its closure. Originally […]

M6 extends 6play max to new devices with Bedrock

Streaming video technology provider Bedrock has extended the ad-free streaming service 6play max from French commercial broadcaster M6 Group to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and LG connected TVs. The rollout of M6’s AVOD service in France on the three new major TV devices comes a few months after the ad-free service was launched on […]

Xavier Niel fails to displace TF1 and M6 in DTT licence challenge

French telco billionaire Xavier Niel has failed in his attempt to win a DTT licence. Niel’s ‘Six’ project, presented by his company NJJ, had hoped to displace services operated by TF1 and M6 – but regulator Arcom has stuck with the incumbents. Following pitches by the three DTT applicants on 15 February, Arcom said: “Meeting […]

Salto shareholders criticise government and industry as service closes

France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 have finally pulled the plug on their joint venture streaming platform Salto. Launched in October 2022, the platform almost hit the one million subscriber mark but never managed to reach financial viability. In a joint statement, the three founder-shareholders said the decision “follows the abandonment of the proposed merger between […]

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