RTL announces board reshuffle

Pan regional broadcast group RTL Group has reorganised its board of directors following the resignation of Bertelsmann chief executive Hartmut Ostrowski. Ostrowski, who has been a member of the RTL Group board since 2008, will be replaced by Thomas Hesse, who will become a non-executive director from January 1 2012. His appointment will be presented […]

FremantleMedia and ad recovery boost RTL

Pan-European broadcast group RTL said that higher TV advertising revenues in Germany, France and the Netherlands and growing sales at production and distribution group FremantleMedia were to thank for increased revenues and profit in the three months to end-September. Quarterly revenue was up 6.6% at €1.2 billion. EBITA profit of €144 million was up 8.3% year-on-year. […]

Thoma says there will be room for Volks TV

There is room in the German advertising market for a third major player alongside RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, according to former RTL chief Helmut Thoma, who is planning the launch of a new national network of regional channels, dubbed Volks TV (‘People’s TV’). In an interview with the Infosat.de website’s Digitalmagazin, Thoma said that it would […]

RTL explains Hulu snub

RTL chief executive Gerhard Zeiler says the pan-European broadcaster has not inked a deal with Hulu because the online video site would not allow it to sell its own advertising. Speaking at the RTS conference in Cambridge in the UK, Zeiler said that the disagreement over advertising had hampered Hulu’s planned international expansion. “Hulu came […]

RTL to launch channels in Vietnam

German commercial broadcast group RTL is launching five German-language television station in Vietnam after striking a deal with distributor Coastec. The move will see Coastec launch RTL, VOX, RTL2, Super RTL and n-tv made available via an IP set-top box and will target German speaking consumers living in the country, particularly the expat community.

RTL profits up but FremantleMedia profits down

RTL has registered revenue and profit increases in its half-year results. The pan-European broadcast group posted revenue of €2.8 billion for the six months to end-June, a 3.4% increase year on year. EBITDA profit increased 3.7%, taking the total to €557 million in the same period. The company said that higher TV ad revenues in […]

Helmut Thoma planning network of German regional channels

Former RTL Germany chief Helmut Thoma is planning to launch a national network of regional channels in Germany, according to local reports. Thoma and business partner Helmut Kaiser’s Volks-TV venture has received a green light from media regulator the KEK and regional licensing group ZAK. The pair plan to raise €30 million from outside investors, […]

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