TF1 and M6 shares fall as Bertelsmann scrambles for new suitor ahead of deadline

France’s two largest broadcasters have seen their share price tumble after they abandoned plans to merge. Bouygues, RTL Group, Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 called off the merger, initially announced in May, on Friday after the French Competition Authority ruling that further concessions would have to be made in order for it to be approved.  […]

TF1 and M6 abandon merger plan

Bouygues, RTL Group, Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 have called off their plan to merge the TF1 and M6 groups. The decision to abandon the merger, which was originally announced in May last year, came after  the parties appeared at the hearings of the French Competition Authority’s board on 5 and 6 September to argue […]

TF1 and M6 ‘ready to make further concessions’

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 are ready to make further concessions to try to secure a regulatory green light for their planned merger, according to local press reports. According to financial daily Les Echos, the pair are ready to go further than the concessions they outlined earlier this month in an attempt to secure the […]

TF1 and M6 offer concessions in move to secure merger approval

TF1 and M6 have offered to keep their advertising businesses separate for three years after their merger in an attempt to secure regulatory approval of the fusion, according to a report by French newspaper Le Figaro. According to the paper, the offer is part of a wider set of remedies proposed by the parent companies […]

TF1-M6 merger on verge of collapse as French watchdog highlights serious concerns

The planned merger of France’s two biggest broadcasters could fall apart, with the French competition authority raising concerns. The merger of M6 and TF1 was announced in mid-2021, with the prospective tie-up looking to create a French media group “with the broadest TV, radio, digital, content production and technology offering to the benefit of all […]

TF1 and Altice sign deal on TFX sale after employee groups give green light

French broadcaster TF1’s planned sale of its TFX channel to Altice Group has taken a step forwards after employee representative bodies of TF1 delivered their opinion and approved the proposal. Following that approval, TF1 and Altice have signed agreements relating to the sale. Completion of the deal is still subject to obtaining clearance from the […]

M6 strikes AVOD deal with Vice Media

France’s M6 has struck a deal with Vice Media to include the latter’s content on its 6play AVOD offering. Vice’s international distribution arm will provide over 100 hours of content for the platform, which targets the 15-34 age group. Titles provided by the programmer include a number of francophone offerings such as Thérapie, a series […]

France Télévisions to sell off Salto stake on completion of TF1-M6 merger

The France Télévisions group has announced that it will divest its interest in SVOD service Salto should the merger of TF1 and M6 Group be completed. Announced in May 2021, the merger of TF1 and M6 would combine France’s two leading commercial broadcasters in an effort to create a “French streaming champion”. The deal, which […]

French watchdog opens in-depth probe into TF1-M6 merger

France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has decided to open a ‘phase 2’ in-depth probe into the planned merger of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. The regulator said that it had decided there was a need for a more in-depth investigation following its initial probe into the views of the parties’ suppliers, competitors […]

TF1 and M6 to sell channels to Altice to secure merger deal approval

France’s TF1 and M6 and Altice Media have begun exclusive negotiations for the sale of two key entertainment channels owned by the broadcasters to Patrick Drahi’s group. TF1 is in talks to sell its TFX channel to Altice if TF1’s merger deal with M6 is approved. The sale will be conditional on approval of the […]

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