M6 makes ad-sales progress, TF1 sees digital revenues jump

French commercial broadcaster M6 posted respectable results for the six months to June, with revenues up 1.6% to €714.6 million and net profit up 11.2% to €88.4 million. The RTL-owned group said that advertising revenues grew by 2.3% year-on-year. TV revenue was up 1.4% to €489.5 million, outshone by radio, up 5.8% and production and […]

Free signals strong opposition to Salto streaming plan

homepInternet service provider Free has communicated its vehement opposition to parts of the French broadcasters’ plans for streaming platform Salto to the competition watchdog currently assessing the project, according to a report by Le Monde. According to the paper, Free has sent a letter to the Autorité de la Concurrence outlining its concerns about plans […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

TF1 takes majority stakes in Play Two and Canada’s Reel One

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has taken a majority stake in musical production outfit Play Two, upping its stake to 51%. Play Two, created in 2016 by Julien Godin and Sébastian Duclos, has emerged as a leading independent label and event producer, with popular artists including Gim’s MC Solaar, David Hallyday, Trois Cafés Gourmands and Kids […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

TF1 signs partner to commercialise ad inventory in Belgium

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has struck a deal with Belgian advertising sales outfit IP Belgium to take charge of the commercialisation of linear and non-linear advertising of the channel in Belgium. TF1 has been commercialising its channel in the Belgian market for the last two years, until now in partnership with Transfer. IP Belgium will […]

World cup in France breaking TV viewing records

Record numbers of viewers are tuning into the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. According to Reuters, France’s main broadcaster for the competition TF1 had expected the opening match between France and Japan to draw up to 5 million viewers. However, numbers peaked at 10.9 million, with just under 1 million following the game on […]

TF1 names new advertising and production chiefs

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named François Pellissier as chief executive of its advertising sales arm TF1 Publicité while retaining his current role as head of its sports unit. The broadcaster has also named Fabrice Bailly as head of TF1 Production. Pellissier will replace Régis Ravanas, head of advertising and diversification, who is leaving the […]

TF1 delivers on promise as growth continues

French broadcaster TF1 has posted an operating margin of 11.4% for the first quarter meaning that CEO Gilles Pélisson has so far delivered on a promise to raise the group’s margin to more than 10% this year. TF1 posted revenues of €553.7 million for the first quarter, up 10.9%, with advertising contributing €394.9 million, up […]

TF1 completes sale of teleshopping unit

French broadcaster TF1 has completed the sale of its tele-shopping interests, including the sourcing of products, commercialisation and TV production, to Jerôme Dillard. Dillard is the unit’s former CEO and an independent entrepreneur specialising in teleshopping, consumer products, distribution and client relations. TF1 announced in January that it was in exclusive talks with Dillard for […]

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