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Vivendi Q1 revenue up 13.4% YoY

For the first quarter of 2022, French media group Vivendi has reported revenues of €2.37 billion, up 13.4 per cent on the €2.09 billion reported for the first quarter of 2021. This increase was attributed to the growth of Canal+ Group (up €89 million), Havas Group ( up €89 million) and Vivendi Village (+€20 million). […]

April 25, 2022

French Senate eyes tougher plurality rules

French broadcasting rules and obligations are probably the toughest in Europe, and are likely to become even more rigid. The French senate has published a report on media concentration, which some observers say was prompted by the merger proposals between TF1 and M6 and the Vivendi take-over bid of Lagardère. A report to clients from […]

April 4, 2022

Vivendi revenues boosted by Canal+

Vivendi has reported 2021 revenues of €9.5 billion, up €904 million (+10.4 per cent) compared to 2020. This increase is mainly due to the growth of Canal+ Group, Havas Group and Editis. It also included the impact of the consolidation of Prisma Media as from June 1st 2021. For the fourth quarter of 2021, Vivendi’s […]

March 11, 2022

Bank looks at Covid winners & losers

A timely note to clients from investment bank BNPP/Exane looks at the potential media-related winners and losers impacted by the latest Covid variant. The bank says that while there are justifiable fears from the new variant, there will inevitably be media businesses that are impacted, some with good news, and others not so likely to […]

November 30, 2021

Vivendi wants bigger slice of Prisa

French media conglomerate Vivendi has asked the Spanish government for authorisation to buy up to 29.9 per cent in Spanish media company Prisa. Prisa revealed the request in a filing to the stock market regulator. Vivendi already holds a 9.94 per cent stake in Prisa. Vivendi had previously said the initial stake was part of […]

October 27, 2021By Chris Forrester

Canal+ dominates Vivendi results

After spinning off Universal Music, Canal+ is now Vivendi’s biggest unit and it contributed most of a 10 per cent YoY revenue boost to €2.48 billion for the first nine months of its financial year. Q3 sales were €1.47 billion with a highlight a 35 per cent increase at Studiocanal. Domestic French revenue was €2.29 […]

October 22, 2021

Canal+ extends Premier League rights

Canal+, the French pay-TV broadcaster owned by Vivendi, has renewed the rights to the Premier League from 2022 to 2025, and will show all 380 games per season. All matches will air across the Canal+ channels, as well as on streaming service myCANAL and, in particular, on the Canal+ Premier League digital channel. Maxime Saada, […]

July 8, 2021

Vivendi, Fininvest, Mediaset end disputes

Media groups Vivendi, Fininvest and Mediaset have come to a global agreement to put an end to their disputes by waiving all litigation and claims between them. Vivendi will support Mediaset’s international development by voting in favour of the transfer of Mediaset’s headquarters to the Netherlands and will also vote in favour of the proposed […]

May 4, 2021

Vivendi to pay €1.7m in damages to Mediaset

Vivendi will have to compensate Mediaset and RTI with €1.7 million for not having respected the agreement from April 8th 2016 for the sale of pay-TV unit Mediaset Premium. The ruling was made by the Court of Milan, which ascertained “Vivendi’s failure to meet its preliminary obligations” and condemned the French group to compensate Mediaset […]

April 20, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

France: New regulations could affect M6 sale

There is much speculation in the French press that changes in the country’s channel/media ownership regulations could affect the potential sale of free-to-air network M6. An article in Les Echos suggests that Bertelsmann’s CEO Thomas Rabe expects a decision to be taken during this current half-year regarding the disposal of M6. The decision is important […]

April 1, 2021By Chris Forrester