Daniel Kretinsky takes 5% stake in TF1

Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky has taken a 5% stake in French commercial broadcaster TF1, according to local reports. Kretinsky told financial daily Les Echos that he had confidence in the prospects of the French economy and that TF1 represented a good investment because of the company’s “solidity”. He said that he was “very favourable” towards […]

TF1 renews World Cup Rugby deal

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured the rights to the Rugby World Cup 2021 and 2023 editions, boosting its efforts to remain a key sports destination for viewers. TF1, which has broadcast the competition since 1991, has renewed its partnership with World Rugby to retain the rights to the tournament. The 2021 cup, delayed because […]

TF1 ups contribution to cinema in exchange for expanded rights

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has signed an agreement with groups representing the country’s film industry that will give it more freedom to show movies, including on catch-up TV, in exchange for upping its contribution to production. TF1 has committed to contribute 3.5% of revenue from its channels TF1, TMC, TFX and TF1 Séries Films, or […]

Addressable advertising in France ramps up with Bouygues launch

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has launched a segmented TV proposition including addressable advertising to its base of 1.5 million TV subscribers in partnership with broadcasters France Télévisions, M6 Group and TF1 Group. Subscribers who have given consent to the use of their data for targeted advertising will receive personalised advertising based on where they […]

TF1-M6 merger takes a step forward with employee groups’ approval

Bouygues Group, owner of French commercial broadcaster TF1, and RTL Group, owner of rival M6 Group have signed agreements relating to the merger between Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6. The move follows the employee representative bodies of Bouygues Group, TF1 Group and M6 Group issuing favourable opinions on the merger plan. The completion of the […]

A+E Networks takes stake in Reel One Entertainment

A+E Networks has taken a 35% stake in Reel One Entertainment, the Canadian producer-distributor majority owned by TF1-owned French group Newen. The deal, which will see Newen remain the majority owner of the firm, is designed to help Reel One to expand production and distribution in North America, as well as increasing more TV content. Reel One, […]

TF1 gears up for M6 acquisition  with management reorganisation

France’s TF1 is to reorganise its distribution and digital leadership following the appointment of distribution chief Christine Bellin to oversee the merger of the broadcaster with RTL-owned M6 Group.   Bellin, who oversaw the group’s digital activities before being placed in charge of distribution overall in 2019, will take up her new role at the […]

Free signs new distribution deal with TF1

French service provider Free has signed a new distribution agreement with commercial broadcaster TF1, which will see the continued distribution of all TF1’s free-to-air and thematic pay TV channels., as well as non-linear services, on the FreeTV platform. The agreement means that TF1’s on-demand services MYTF1 and TFOUMAX will be distributed by Free. Free said […]

French anti-trust watchdog launches probe into TF1-M6 merger

The French anti-trust watchdog has announced an investigation into the proposed merger between TF1 and M6. In comments to BFM Business, Isabelle de Silva, President of the French Competition Authority, said that the body will make its decision on the merger by next summer. The merger, announced last month, will bring France’s two leading commercial […]

M6 and TF1 announce plans to merge France’s largest commercial broadcasters

France’s two leading commercial broadcasters M6 and TF1 have announced that they have entered into merger negotiations. The pair, which already are partnered on streaming service Salto along with pubcaster France Télévisions, announced that the proposed merger would create a French media group “with the broadest TV, radio, digital, content production and technology offering to […]

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