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RTL steps up international exclusive content drive with new formats unit

RTL Group is stepping up its efforts to build exclusive content with the launch of Format Creation Group (FC Group), a new creative unit that will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for RTL broadcasters and streaming services. The new unit will be based in Hilversum and led by managing director Matthias Scholten (pictured), a long-time TV […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

Lagardère confirms sale of channels to M6

Lagardère has confirmed a deal to sell its TV channels to RTL-owned M6 Group for €215 million. Lagardere said that the pair had signed an agreement to transfer its portfolio of channels with the exception of classical music service Mezzo. The sale of its TV channels will see Lagardère refocus its activities on its publishing […]

Lagardère sees dip in TV revenues

French media outfit Lagardère’s TV channels saw a 6% dip in revenues in the first quarter, driven lower by a decline in advertising sales. The decline contributed to an overall in Lagardère Active’s revenues, which were down 13.4% in like-for-like terms to €116million. The group said that TV advertising revenues was generally weak in the […]

France Télévisions chief slams Salto delays as Netflix gains subscribers

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte used an appearance at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday to express her frustration at regulatory delays that have prevented France’s main broadcasters from making progress with their joint streaming project. Ernotte was speaking after the European Commission, which had been examining the Salto project, the SVOD JV between […]

M6 chief: broadcasters need level-playing field to make content

Broadcasters need a level playing field with digital platforms in order to be in a position to contribute to content creation, according to Nicolas de Tavernost, CEO of M6 Group, speaking at Series Mania. De Tavernost pointed out that broadcasters had to separate production and distribution activities and submit to quotas and other obligations. He […]

TV channels provide boost for Lagardère

Lagardère Active, the part of French media group Lagardère that houses the group’s TV channels, saw its revenues slide by 3.6% last year to €895 million, with a strong performance from TV being offset by a decline in press advertising and a lowering of the audience for radio service Europe 1. Overall, advertising revenues including […]

Radio boosts M6 despite decline in TV share

The integration of RTL radio helped boost French commercial broadcaster M6 Group’s top line for 2018, despite a decline in its TV channel’s viewing share. M6 turned in revenues of €1.421 billion for the year, up 7.3%, and EBITDA of €381 million, up 2.4%. The group said that its top line had been boosted by […]

Lagardère in exclusive talks with M6 over sale of channels

Lagardère has entered into exclusive negotiations with commercial broadcaster M6 Group for the sale of its TV channels. Lagardère, which has decided to focus on the development of its publishing and travel retail activities and to exit broadcasting, is in exlcusive talks with RTL-owned M56 for the sale of all of its TV channels with […]

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