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RTL Nederland, Talpa merger quashed

The Dutch competition authority ACM has informed RTL Group and Talpa Network that the authority will not approve the proposed merger of RTL Nederland and Talpa Network, initially announced on June 22nd, 2021. Since the initial announcement of the planned transaction, RTL Group and Talpa Network say they have fully cooperated with ACM during its […]

January 30, 2023By Colin Mann

RTL AdAlliance appoints Ostermaier as CFO

RTL AdAlliance has appointed Iris Ostermaier global CFO of the newly created RTL AdAlliance, effective January 9th 2023. In this role, she will report to Stéphane Coruble, CEO of RTL AdAlliance. RTL AdAlliance was formed through the combination of RTL AdConnect, G+J iMS and Smartclip’s sales and media businesses to create an international total media […]

December 14, 2022

RTL Group to keep M6 controlling stake

Following the collapse of the planned merger between French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6, RTL Group has announced that it has decided to keep its controlling stake in Groupe M6. The decision follows a review of strategic options after RTL Group received several financially attractive offers for its 48.3 per cent shareholding in Groupe M6. […]

October 4, 2022By Colin Mann

TF1, M6 merger abandoned

Bouygues, RTL Group, Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 have decided to call off their plan to merge the TF1 and M6 groups announced on May 17th 2021. The decision comes after the parties appeared at the hearings France’s Autorité de la concurrence (Competition Authority) Collège (board) on September 5th and 6th 2022 to argue in […]

September 16, 2022By Colin Mann

Bouygues, RTL offer TF1/M6 merger concessions

With the French competition authority (Autorité de la Concurrence) raising concerns about the proposed merger between TF1 and M6, in particular its effect on the advertising market, Bouygues Group and RTL Group have revealed their first proposals covering advertising and TV production. To rescue the merger, they are both proposing to keep their advertising agencies […]

August 22, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

RTL Group Q1 revenue up 11.3%

RTL Group has reported that total revenue was up 11.3 per cent to €1.56 billion, mainly thanks to scope effects at RTL Deutschland (from the acquisitions of Gruner + Jahr and Super RTL) and Fremantle as well as positive foreign exchange rate effects. Group revenue was up 4.4 per cent organically, mainly driven by TV […]

May 6, 2022

RTL Group creates new ad sales unit

Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group is to combine its fully-owned businesses RTL AdConnect, G+J iMS and the media division of Smartclip to create what it says will be an ‘international advertising sales champion’. The new unit will provide international advertisers simplified access to a portfolio of media brands across TV, digital video, radio/audio, online, mobile and […]

February 17, 2022

WarnerMedia boost for RTL+

RTL Group’s RTL Deutschland business unit has signed an exclusive agreement for an extensive, multi-year programme volume deal with Warner Bros Entertainment. Starting from Q1 2022, RTL Deutschland will receive access to exclusive films and series, including HBO Max originals, to complement the increasing number of German originals on its rapidly-growing streaming service RTL+. In […]

February 16, 2022

RTL Group sells RTL Croatia to CME

Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group has reached an agreement with Central European Media Enterprises (CME) for the sale of RTL Croatia. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. The total consideration to be paid at closing amounts to €50 million. In addition, RTL Group will […]

February 14, 2022

RTL sells VideoAmp stake

RTL Group has completed the sale of its entire shareholding in VideoAmp, a US software and data company for media measurement, for $104 million (€92 million) in cash. The transaction was carried out as a share buyback by VideoAmp and became effective on January 4th 2022. RTL Group’s shareholders will benefit from the transaction in […]

January 6, 2022