Stéphane Richard

Orange VOD sales ‘double’ during coronavirus lockdown

Orange has seen its video-on-demand sales in France double during the coronavirus lockdown, according to CEO Stéphane Richard, while Orange saw its IPTV grow year-on-year by 335,000 in Q1, driven not only by France but by increases across Africa and the Middle East. Content revenues increased by 4.8% year-on-year. Speaking on the same analyst call […]

Richard: Orange will not take part in future French consolidation

Orange will not participate in any future consolidation of the French multi-play telco business, according to CEO Stéphane Richard, despite ongoing speculation about the future of Altice France/SFR. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong full-year results, Richard said that Orange would not play a role in any future combination except “to facilitate it” […]

Orange renews Richard’s mandate as it posts solid growth

Orange has renewed CEO Stéphane Richard’s mandate as a board member ahead of granting him a new four-year term as the company’s chairman. The board said it was “convinced by the solid results” achieved by Richard during his eight years at the helm of the telco, during which time he had “succeeded in restoring a […]

Orange to invest in fibre rather than football, calls for more content partnerships

Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has reiterated that his company will not bid for premium football and contribute to rights inflation, and has opened the door to collaboration in content, including with rival Altice-owned SFR. Speaking at an investor event in London, Richard said that content remained part of Orange’s diversification strategy but that its role […]

Orange will not compete in premium sports, says Richard

Orange will not compete in premium sports by launching a new sports channel and will not be a candidate in the forthcoming auction for French football rights, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Speaking to analysts after Orange announced its Q2 results last week, Richard made it clear that Orange’s recent commitment to invest in content […]

Orange pledges €100m for content creation

Orange has pledged to spend €100 million over the next five years creating TV content, as it launched its new Orange Content division. The French telco said that the investment underlines its desire to “produce ambitious series, co-produced with renowned partners, whether French, European or international.” The news came as Orange marked the creation of […]

Orange chief rejects TF1 retrans demand

Orange CEO Stéphane Richard has indicated his company is unwilling to pay a retransmission fee to commercial broadcaster TF1, despite the latter’s insistence that it will cut its signal to IPTV providers that do not agree to pay to distribute its services. Speaking to journalists on the margin of Orange’s Show Hello event in Paris […]

Orange chief says not in talks about acquiring Canal+

Orange is not currently in talks with Vivendi about an acquisition of Canal+ by the telco or about an entry by Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré into Orange’s capital, according to the telecom operator’s CEO Stéphane Richard. Speaking to France’s Radio Classique this morning, Richard said that Orange has multiple interests in content and that this […]

Orange not interested in buying Canal+, says Richard

Orange does not want to acquire Canal+, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Interviewed on the Good Morning Business show on BFM TV, Richard said Canal+ was an important partner and that Orange was a key distributor of the latter’s content. Richard said that to his knowledge, Canal+ was not for sale, and there were no […]

Orange ‘would consider’ buying Canal+

Telco and pay TV operator Orange would consider buying Canal+ if Vivendi put it up for sale its CEO has said. Speaking to reporters at the fringes of an industry event being held in Morocco, Orange CEO Stephane Richard said: “If Canal Plus were up for sale tomorrow, Orange would definitely look into it. Obviously,” […]

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