Iliad Telecom appealing to EC on TF1-M6 merger

French and international service provider Iliad Telecom, parent of Free, is appealing for the European Commission to probe the planned merger of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, pay TV operator Canal+ is considering joining Iliad in its move to bring the merger […]

90% subscriber streaming growth for RTL in year-to-date

RTL has reported strong revenue for the year-to-date, praising a recovery in TV advertising and continued streaming growth. The group’s nine-month revenue rose by 10.3% to €4.47 billion. This is significantly higher than RTL’s typical Q1-3 growth of 2-3.5% that it had previously reported every year since 2015. This growth is driven by a significant […]

RTL and Talpa Network sign merger deal

RTL Group and Talpa Network have signed agreements to merge their broadcasting and affiliated media businesses in the Netherlands and create a unified Dutch cross-media group. The merger, originally announced in June but which has now been approved by the two companies’ boards, is subject to approval from the competition authorities and is expected to […]

RTL names new German management team ahead of G+J merger

RTL Group has named Matthias Dang and Stephan Schäfer as the new become Co-CEOs of RTL Deutschland, with former CEO Bernd Reichart leaving to take on new management responsibilities within the Bertelsmann Group. Following its move to combine RTL Deutschland and publisher Gruner + Jahr in January next year, RTL Group has said that Dang […]

Vodafone adds TV Now Premium, promises targeted ads in expanded RTL deal

Vodafone Deutschland has agreed with broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland to expand the pair’s long-term partnership, including a big expansion in the availability of RTL’s content on the Vodafone TV platform and collaboration in advanced advertising.  Vodafone said it would make the content of RTL available in streaming and linear TV to its more than 13 […]

RTL to rebrand TV Now as RTL+, plans international rollout in ’22

RTL Group had over three million paying streaming subscribers at the half-year point, a highlight in a very strong set of results for the pan-European media outfit, which is to rebrand its TV Now OTT service as RTL+ ahead of an international rollout. RTL’s top line jumped by 13.7% to €3 billion and EBITA increased […]

TF1-M6 merger takes a step forward with employee groups’ approval

Bouygues Group, owner of French commercial broadcaster TF1, and RTL Group, owner of rival M6 Group have signed agreements relating to the merger between Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6. The move follows the employee representative bodies of Bouygues Group, TF1 Group and M6 Group issuing favourable opinions on the merger plan. The completion of the […]

RTL Netherlands to merge with Talpa Network

RTL Group and John de Mol’s Talpa Network have struck a deal to merge their broadcasting and affiliated media businesses in the Netherlands to create a unified Dutch cross-media group. The pair said that the combined group would be able to step up investments in local content, technology and data, offering Dutch audiences a broad […]

RTL adds half a million streaming subs in Q1

Media giant RTL Group added over half a million new paying streaming subscribers in the first quarter of the year, taking its total to 2.72 million, up 71% year-on-year. Paying subscribers for TV Now in Germany doubled year on year to 1.718 million, up from 857,000 at the end of March 2020 RTL said that its strategic […]

RTL closes SpotX sale

Media giant RTL Group today has closed the sale of its US ad-tech company SpotX to Magnite, the sell-side advertising platform. Since the announcement of the transaction on February 5, RTL exercised an option to increase the cash component of the transaction and received US$640 million (€528 million) in cash and 12.37 million shares of […]

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