RTL Group


American Idol absence casts unflattering light on solid RTL results

The presence of American Idol on Fox in the US in the first quarter last year cast an unflattering light on RTL Group’s comparative performance for the first three months of 2017, with revenue down 1.9% and EBITDA down 8.3%. Excluding the American Idol effect, RTL’s Q1 revenue was up 4%, in line with guidance, […]

RTL ‘committed to digital’ as revenues surge

RTL Group remains committed to a digital expansion strategy despite uncertainty over the future of multichannel network BroadbandTV and expects digital to account for at least 15% of overall revenues within the next three to five years, according to co-CEOs Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch. The affirmation came as the Luxembourg-based media group reported […]

RTL looking at ‘all strategic alternatives’ for BroadbandTV

RTL Group will not exercise its call option to acquire the 49% of YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV that it does not already own, and has decided to explore “all strategic alternatives” for the company together with minority shareholders. The shareholders have hired boutique investment advisor outfit Liontree to lead the process. An RTL spokesman told DTVE […]

M6 to take over RTL French radio stations

M6 Group is to acquire the French radio assets of RTL Group as part of a move by the pan-European broadcast giant to group its French broadcasting activities in one company. RTL is M6 Group’s principal shareholder, with a 48.26% stake. Under the terms of the deal M6 plans to acquire 100% ownership of RTL […]

RTL sees revenues climb, but net profit slips

International broadcaster RTL reported a 2.1% increase in revenue of €4.2 billion in the first nine months of the year. EBITA profit increased 5.6%, taking the total to €756 million. Net profit to shareholders, however, slipped to €443 million from  €464 million in the same period last year, with the company blaming a higher tax […]

RTL International launches on Orange France

RTL Group’s international pay TV channel launches today on Orange France, marking the first IP platform deal for the network. RTL International will be available as part of Orange TV’s German package and will broadcast original German content – including news, lifestyle programming, popular series and other shows made by RTL. RTL Group launched RTL […]

M6, RTL Deutschland and digital boost RTL Group results

France’s M6 Group and RTL Deutschland helped boost international media group RTL’s first half performance, which also benefited from strong growth in digital. First half revenues were up 3.2% to €2.878 billion, with digital revenue up 20.5% to €264 million. The performance dipped in the second quarter, however, with revenue dropping by 2.3%. This was […]

A+E taps RTL’s IP Network for advertising sales

A+E Networks has struck a new advertising sales partnership with RTL Group-owned IP Network. According to A+E, the partnership will see IP Network developing new brand partners for the broadcaster’s portfolio of channels, which reach over 80 million households across EMEA. The partnership forms a part of A+E Networks’ strategy to sell on a pan-regional […]

Unitymedia adds new channels to Horizon Go

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has added three channels to its Horizon Go mobile TV service. Unitymedia Horizon Go users will be able to watch RTLplus, which airs a mix of classic TV shows and documentaries produced by RTL, along with Toggo Plus, a time-shifted version of kids channel Super RTL. The third channel, […]

RTL reports strong results driven by broadcast, Fremantle

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in Q1, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, with digital revenue up 36.4% […]