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TF1 and M6 feel the impact of COVID-19

French broadcaster TF1 has withdrawn its objectives for the 2021 financial year and has definitively said it will not pay a dividend for 2019 after the coronavirus crisis impacted it heavily in the first half. Overall net revenues for the group were 22.9% lower than for the same period last year at €883.5 million, and […]

M6 to exit home shopping business

French broadcaster M6 Group is to sell its home shopping business, facilitating consolidation of that sector. M6 has entered into exclusive negotiations with Stars, the parent company of Teleshopping, with a view to selling the entire share capital of its Home Shopping Service subsidiary. The RTL Group-owned broadcasters aid that the home shopping business operated […]

Salto begins test phase ahead of autumn launch

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

French watchdog rejects Molotov complaint against broadcasters

The French competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has rejected a complaint by OTT TV provider Molotov that commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 colluded to freeze the platform out as a distributor of their channels in favour of Salto, the planned joint streaming venture between them and public broadcaster France Télévisions. According to Molotov, […]

‘French Netflix’ Salto launch likely to be delayed till autumn

The full launch of ‘French Netflix’ Salto could be delayed until the autumn, but a soft-launch of the service – a JV between France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 Group – is still on the cards for June 3, as initially planned. A spokesman for Salto told French press that the impact of the coronavirus crisis […]

Salto chief unveils launch plan for streaming service

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

TFI and M6 secure Euro2020 rights

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have acquired exclusive free-to-air rights to air the UEFA Euro2020 competition.  The two groups have agreed to share the rights to the top 23 fixtures of the competition, comprising 12 group stage matches, including the opening matches of the French team, along with five last-16 matches, three quarter finals, […]

M6 digital chief to head up streaming service Salto

TF1 CEO Gilles Péllisson is to take the role of president of the board of Salto for two years, while operational management of the streaming outfit will be led by Thomas Follin, until now a member of the executive committee of M6. Follin, 42, took up his post on Monday. He will be tasked with […]

Salto ‘will not be on ISP boxes’, says M6 chief

Salto, the streaming JV between French broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 will not appear on the IPTV boxes that dominate TV distribution in the country, at least initially, according to M6 CEO Nicolas de Tavernost. Delivering an address at the Rencontres de UDECAM event organised by the media agencies organisation of that name, De […]

M6 makes ad-sales progress, TF1 sees digital revenues jump

French commercial broadcaster M6 posted respectable results for the six months to June, with revenues up 1.6% to €714.6 million and net profit up 11.2% to €88.4 million. The RTL-owned group said that advertising revenues grew by 2.3% year-on-year. TV revenue was up 1.4% to €489.5 million, outshone by radio, up 5.8% and production and […]

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