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RTL profits hit by weak ad market

German multimedia group RTL has reported what it describes as a “strong” H2 2023. The group says its results came in in line with the guidance for the full-year 2023: On a pro-forma basis, Group revenue of €6.9 billion and Adjusted EBITA of €927 million, the latter including streaming start-up losses of €179 million. In […]

March 14, 2024

De Tavernost stepping down at M6 Group

Nicolas de Tavernost, the long-serving Chairman of the Executive board at M6 Group, announced his resignation on February 13th on the same day the RTL Group subsidiary posted a 2023 net profit up 45 per cent to €234.1 million. He will leave the French media group upon its annual general meeting on April 23rd 2024, […]

February 14, 2024From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

RTL chief attacks junk food ad ban

Thomas Rabe, chief executive of the RTL Group, said that a proposal by the Green food and agriculture minister, Cem Özdemir, to ban junk food adverts was an example of the “overregulation” that was weighing down the largest economy in Europe. He says it would prevent broadcasters from showing adverts for unhealthy foods aimed at […]

August 30, 2023

RTL H1 revenue down 5.1%

RTL Group has reported H1 revenue was down 5.1 per cent to €3.1 billion mainly due to significantly lower TV advertising revenue. Group revenue was down 4.3 per cent organically. RTL Group’s TV advertising revenue decreased 12.5 per cent to €1.18 billion, in particular in Germany. Compared to the first half of 2019 (pre-Covid), RTL Group’s TV […]

August 8, 2023

RTL revenue down 9% despite streaming gains

RTL, the Luxembourg-based international media conglomerate, has reported that Q1 group revenue down 9 per cent to €1.4 billion, mainly due to significantly lower TV advertising revenue and the disposals of RTL Belgium (31 March 2022) and RTL Croatia (1 June 2022), which were still fully consolidated in Q1 2022. Group revenue was down 7.7 […]

May 4, 2023

RTL FY 2022: Strong revenue growth

Pan-European broadcaster RTL has reported full-year Group revenue up 8.8 per cent to a record level of €7.2 billion, up 1.6 per cent organically despite decreasing advertising markets in Germany and France. Paying subscribers for RTL Group’s streaming services in Germany, the Netherlands and Hungary up 44.3 per cent to 5.5 million. Market consolidation remains […]

March 16, 2023

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

M6 for sale after failed merger

German media group Bertelsmann has put French commercial broadcaster M6 up for sale following the failed merger attempt with fellow French broadcast group TF1, according to the FT, with Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann’s chief executive, revealing that the company had been “inundated with expressions of interest”. Bertelsmann has asked for indicative bids by September 23rd. According […]

September 22, 2022By Colin Mann

RTL Deutschland names new Management Board

RTL Group has announced that it is reorganising the Management Board of RTL Deutschland. Matthias Dang (Co-CEO), Alexander Glatz (CFO), and Oliver Radtke, who is responsible for the overall coordination of the combination of RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr (G+J), will now manage RTL Deutschland, along with Andreas Fischer. Fischer, Executive Vice President (EVP) […]

August 17, 2022

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