Xavier Couture


France Télévisions putting SVOD plan ‘on hold’ as it seeks partners

France Télévisions has put its plan to launch a subscription video-on-demand service on hold as it tries to strike an agreement with TF1, M6 and Orange to launch a French version of Hulu that would incorporate both free and paid-for content, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, France […]

France Télévisions should drop SVOD plan, says ex-programing chief

France Télévisions should abandon its plan for a new subscription video-on-demand platform and transform existing linear channels into digital offerings, according to a confidential report prepared by the public broadcaster’s former programming chief, Xavier Couture. Couture, who recently left France Télévisions to focus on personal projects, prepared a report ahead of his departure in which […]

Xavier Couture to leave France Télévisions

France Télévisions’ programming chief Xavier Couture is to leave the group early next year to focus on personal projects. Couture, who is director of strategy and programming at the public broadcaster, will leave at the end of January or the beginning of February. News of Couture’s departure was first reported by news site Puremedias.com on […]

European pubcasters in pact to combat Netflix, Amazon threat

Two of Europe’s primary public broadcasters are strategically combining their arsenals to combat the growing threat of Netflix and Amazon. France Télévisions and Italy’s Rai will coproduce a range of high-end programmes across genres such as drama, documentaries, animation and entertainment. These will all be in English “in order to be able to compete on […]

France Télévisions hires Couture as Got takes over at France 2

France Télévisions has appointed former TF1, Canal+ and Orange content boss Xavier Couture as deputy programming and strategy chief, replacing Caroline Got, who is taking over as head of flagship channel France 2. The news comes soon after the surprise sacking of Vincent Meslet  earlier this week. He was fired as France 2 suffered a […]