France’s TF1 secures UEFA Women’s Euro 2025

France’s TF1 has secured rights to UEFA Women’s Euro 2025 football, to be hosted by Switzerland in July next year. The rights agreement covers exclusive linear and streaming rights for all 31 matches in the competition. France’s women’s team lost their semi-final match in the 2022 competition, a match that attracted over six million viewers […]

TF1 looks to Rugby World Cup after revenue and profit slide in first half

French commercial broadcaster TF1 is looking to the Rugby World Cup, to be held in the country, to boost its performance in the third quarter after suffering significant declines in revenue and profit in the first half. Overall revenues were down 12.5% to €1.038 billion for the first half, with broadcast advertising revenue and non-advertising […]

TF1 taps WSC Sports to power personalised content via Top Chrono

French TV media group TF1 has tapped WSC Sports, and its AI-driven technology, to power its automated real-time and on-demand sports content requirements. WSC Sports’ technology will underpin TF1’s recently announced Top Chrono function, available exclusively to users of its MYTF1 streaming platform. Top Chrono offers viewers of events such as the upcoming Men’s Rugby […]

War of words between France Télévisions and commercial channels heats up

The war of words between France’s commercial channels and public broadcaster France Télévisions has heated up, with the two sides engaging in attack and counter-attack. In a letter to prime minister Elisabeth Borne seen by newspaper Le Figaro, TF1, M6, Canal+ and Altice, which operates commercial channels BFMTV and RMC, reportedly slammed the editorial decisions taken […]

TF1 names Deflesselle as new technology chief

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named Raphaëlle Deflesselle has director of technology and information systems, replacing Thomas Jacques, who has left the group. Deflesselle, who will join TF1’s executive committee, will be tasked with defining and putting in place the necessary technology measures to help TF1 in its strategic decision to accelerate its drive towards […]

French commercial broadcasters slam ‘unfair’ competition from pubcaster

French commercial broadcasters have grouped together to complain to the country’s prime minister about what they regard as unfair competition for audiences by public broadcaster France Télévisions. In a letter to prime minister Elisabeth Borne seen by newspaper Le Figaro, TF1, M6, Canal+ and Altice, which operates commercial channels BFMTV and RMC, reportedly slammed the […]

TF1 secures berth on digital-terrestrial but posts sharp decline in revenue and profit

France’s TF1 has officially secured its berth on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform for another 10 years after signing a new agreement with media and telecom regulator ARCOM. CEO Rodolphe Belmer said: “I am delighted with the signing of the convention of TF1 with ARCOM today. TF1 always has the ambition to bring people together. It […]

France’s Salto shuts down

Salto, at one time touted as ‘the French Netflix’ has now ceased streaming operations. The service had already ceased to take new subscriptions from mid-February when the decision to close it down was taken. Salto, which launched after multiple delays in 2020, had attracted an estimated 800,000 subscribers at the time of its closure. Originally […]

TF1 names new finance, strategy and procurement chief

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named Pierre-Alain Gérard as deputy director-general in charge of finance, strategy and procurement. Gérard, who replaces Philippe Denery and who will joint the broadcaster’s executive committee, will be charged with overseeing the financial performance of the group in line with strategy, financial communication with markets and shareholders, oversight of mergers […]

Xavier Niel fails to displace TF1 and M6 in DTT licence challenge

French telco billionaire Xavier Niel has failed in his attempt to win a DTT licence. Niel’s ‘Six’ project, presented by his company NJJ, had hoped to displace services operated by TF1 and M6 – but regulator Arcom has stuck with the incumbents. Following pitches by the three DTT applicants on 15 February, Arcom said: “Meeting […]

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