TF1 reportedly planning to shut down TVOD service

French commercial broadcaster TF1 plans to shut down its transactional VOD service MYTF1VOD by the end of July, according to report by local business title Capital. According to the report, which doesn’t name its sources, the broadcaster is looking to transfer rights with producers that run beyond the cut-off date of the end of July […]

French watchdog rejects Molotov complaint against broadcasters

The French competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has rejected a complaint by OTT TV provider Molotov that commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 colluded to freeze the platform out as a distributor of their channels in favour of Salto, the planned joint streaming venture between them and public broadcaster France Télévisions. According to Molotov, […]

‘French Netflix’ Salto launch likely to be delayed till autumn

The full launch of ‘French Netflix’ Salto could be delayed until the autumn, but a soft-launch of the service – a JV between France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 Group – is still on the cards for June 3, as initially planned. A spokesman for Salto told French press that the impact of the coronavirus crisis […]

TF1 suspends financial objectives as Coronavirus hits ads and production

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said that its performance this year will be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis, with cancellations of advertising campaigns across key industry sectors and a halt to production activity, and said it was continuously analysing its cost base to look for further ways to save money. The group said it […]

Former TF1 chief Patrick Le Lay dies aged 77

Patrick Le Lay, the long-serving former CEO of French commercial broadcaster TF1, has died aged 77 after an illness. Le Lay joined TF1 parent Bouygues Group in 1981 on its acquisition of Dodin, where he was deputy CEO. He was responsible for Bouygues’ diversification strategy, ultimately leading to him preparing the groundwork for the privatisation […]

TF1 sees revenue rise as digital activities compensate ad decline

French commercial broadcaster TF1 saw its revenues increase by 2.1%, to €2.34 billion last year and net profits increase by 21.5% to €154.8 million, with a decline in core advertising revenues being compensated by – notably – growth in its Unify unit, which houses digital and e-commerce activities. Revenues from broadcast channels dipped slightly, with […]

Salto chief unveils launch plan for streaming service

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

TF1 digital channels chief leaves group

Céline Nallet, director-general of TF1 digital channels TMC, TFX and TF1 Séries Films has left the group. According to the French commercial broadcaster, Nallet has left the company to pursue a new opportunity. A TF1 veteran, Nallet joined the broadcaster in January 1991 as part of the programming team, serving as head of administration and […]

TF1 licenses European Championship handball from BeIN Media

French broadcaster TF1 has licensed rights to European Championship handball for the 2020-24 period, covering three men’s and women’s competitions from BeIN Media. TF1 will be the exclusive free-to-air broadcaster of the championship, airing three matches from the French tema during group stages and the semi-final and final if the French team gets through to […]

TFI and M6 secure Euro2020 rights

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have acquired exclusive free-to-air rights to air the UEFA Euro2020 competition.  The two groups have agreed to share the rights to the top 23 fixtures of the competition, comprising 12 group stage matches, including the opening matches of the French team, along with five last-16 matches, three quarter finals, […]

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