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Key events in 2009

January 2009

  • January 1, 2009: Alma, Glem, Quai Sud, TAP, TPP and Yagan were all
    combined into a single entity, TF1 Production.
  • January 1, 2009: TF1 Publicité moved into radio when it became the
    advertising airtime sales house for Les Indépendants, a grouping of 122
    radio stations across the whole of France and the no. 1 radio advertising
    offering in the country.
  • January 5, 2009: The new French law on audiovisual communication
    and the new public service television was passed, banning advertising
    on the France Télévisions public-service channels between 8 p.m. and
    6 a.m. and allowing a second commercial break on French TV channels.
    The law was promulgated on March 7, 2009. France Télévisions retained
    its daytime advertising slots.
  • January 15, 2009: Launch of LCI Radio, the fi rst French radio news
    channel available free on the internet.

Février 2009

  • February 4, 2009: Coulommiers became the fi rst 100% digital French
    city when its analogue TV signal was switched off.
  • February 12, 2009: TF1 sold, its shopping promotions
    website, to Initiatives & Développements.
  • February 12, 2009: TF1 sold its equity interest in France 24 to Audiovisuel
    Extérieur de la France.
  • February 16, 2009: TMC received a makeover, with a new logo and
    visual identity and new programmes. 

Mars 2009

  • March 6, 2009: record audience fi gures for 2009, as 12.3 million viewers
    watched the Les Enfoirés show.
  • March 14, 2009: Odyssée, the wellness and lifestyle channel, was given
    a makeover and a new website.

Avril 2009

  • April 7, 2009: Start of the alliance between LCI, Aéroports de Paris and
    JC Decaux to supply news programming for broadcast on the fi rst-ever
    dedicated TV service for passengers using Paris airports.
  • April 16, 2009: Launch of the new website.
  • April 28, 2009: TF1 joined with fi ve partners to launch the "Ecoprod"
    campaign, which sets out core principles for environmentally-friendly fi lm
    and audiovisual production.
  • April 29, 2009: The best of Ushuaïa TV, Odyssée and Histoire
    programmes became available on demand on Canalsat.

Mai 2009

  • May 16, 2009: Launch of the regional roadshow, with senior
    management and presenters taking to the road to meet the public.
  • May 22, 2009: TF1 launched a new advertising campaign with the tagline
    On se retrouve sur TF1 ("See you on TF1!"), using a broad multimedia
    strategy to reach the widest possible audience.
  • May 24, 2009: The White Ribbon, issued and distributed by TF1 Vidéo,
    won the Palme d'Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
  • May 29, 2009: TF1 Vidéo sealed an alliance with Sony Pictures Home
    Entertainment to set up an economic interest grouping to sell DVDs and
    Blu-ray discs in the French market.
  • May 31, 2009: At the Licensing Show in Las Vegas, TF1 Games was
    awarded the Silver Medal in the Licensee of the Year category by
    Twentieth Century Fox for its innovative work on the Ice Age franchise.

Juin 2009

  • June 1, 2009: SPS, a joint venture between Eurosport and Serendipity,
    launched an online gaming platform in the UK.
  • June 3, 2009: The French supreme court, the Cour de Cassation,
    delivered its judgment on the case relating to the Île de la Tentation reality TV show, ruling that the participants' contracts should be reclassifi ed
    as contracts of employment. However, the ruling denied the claimants
    the status of "actor / performing artist", and dismissed the claim of
    clandestine employment.
  • June 11, 2009: TF1 and the AB Group signed an agreement with a view
    to the acquisition by TF1 of 100% of NT1 and of the 40% of TMC held
    by the AB Group, which would take TF1's interest in the TMC channel
    to 80%.
  • June 15, 2009: TF1 Vision, in partnership with Sony Ericsson, launched
    the fi rst video rental on demand platform for mobile phones.

Juillet 2009

  • July 1, 2009: TF1 and UGC signed an agreement under which they will
    jointly invest in production, and co-operate in the distribution of fi lms in
    cinemas and international rights sales.
  • July 10, 2009: TF1 Licences was awarded a long-term agency contract
    to handle promotional licensing of the All Blacks brand in the French
  • July 27, 2009: TF1 launched TF1 player, an iPhone application for
    watching live and catch-up TF1 programmes.
  • July 29, 2009: LCI launched its Android application to coincide with
    Bouygues Telecom's launch of the Samsung Galaxy, the fi rst consumer
    smartphone to use the Google operating system.
  • July 30, 2009: Eurosport launched its iPhone application.
  • July 30, 2009: Orange and TF1 Vidéo announced an agreement under
    which content from TF1 Vision, the TF1 Group's Video on Demand (VoD)
    service, will be made available 24/24 on Orange's VoD platform.

    Octobre 2009

  • August 3. 2009: The Eurosport Group launched the Eurosport 2 North
    and Eastern Europe channel, broadcasting exclusively in high defi nition
    24/24 across 22 countries in the region.
  • August 26, 2009: TF1 unveiled its autumn schedules to the press,
    including many new programmes.
  • August 28, 2009: Following a consultation exercise with satellite
    operators about possible non-exclusive distribution of the TF1 theme
    channels (Eurosport, Eurosport 2, TV Breizh, LCI, Histoire, Ushuaïa TV),
    it was decided that these channels would continue to be broadcast
    exclusively on Canalsat until the end of 2011.

    Septembre 2009

  • September 15, 2009: TF1 Licences was appointed agent for the
    Babar brand in France, Belgium, French-speaking Switzerland, the
    Netherlands, Monaco, Andorra and the French overseas departments
    and territories.
  • September 25, 2009: The fi nal of Secret Story 3 was broadcast at the
    end of a 14-week run, and scored a great success across all the Group's
    channels and websites, validating the TF1 rebound strategy.
  • September 29, 2009: TF1 launched its fi rst disability awareness
    campaign, organised by the "Actions Handicap Committee" and the
    Management Committee.

    Octobre 2009

  • October 5, 2009: TMC launched its catch-up TV service.
  • October 5, 2009: Ushuaïa TV, Odyssée, Histoire began offering all their
    programmes in 16/9 format.
  • October 5, 2009: The Histoire channel received a makeover, with a more
    contemporary and dynamic look.
  • October 24, 2009: TF1's On se retrouve sur TF1 ("See you on TF1!")
    advertising campaign was highly commended at the 36th Grand Prix de
    l'Affichage (French outdoor advertising awards) in Deauville.

    Novembre 2009

  • November 4, 2009: Launch of TF1News, the TF1 Group's new-look
    news website, featuring a more user-friendly layout to make the news
    easier to navigate.
  • November 9, 2009: TF1 relaunched, a site offering a full
    range of news on fi lms, serials, DVDs and video games.
    November 18, 2009: TF1, Artémis and Recruit sold their entire equity
    interests in Top Ticket.s, publisher of the Pilipili freesheet, to Vente Ciblée.
  • November 18, 2009: For the fi rst time, TF1's Journal de 20h was
    awarded 2nd prize out of 23 worldwide contenders at the 10th Media
    Tenor Global TV awards, in recognition of the diversity of its news
  • November 23, 2009: Launch of MyTF1, the fi rst free interactive portal
    carrying TF1 content, accessible via Internet and TV set-top boxes of
    Bouygues Telecom called BBox.
  • November 23, 2009: TF1, TF1News, LCI and LCI Radio all contributed
    to La Semaine de l'Emploi (Jobs Week), helping their viewers and
    listeners fi nd practical solutions.

    Décembre 2009

  • December 7, 2009: TF1 used its Journal de 20h news programme to
    launch France's fi rst-ever carbon footprint indicator, measuring CO2
    emissions per head of population.
  • December 9, 2009: TF1 and Samsung Electronics France signed a
    3-year strategic alliance, which aims to offer interactive services (news,
    sport, VoD, weather, etc.) to viewers with internet-enabled TV sets.
  • December 14, 2009: Launch of the website.
  • December 18, 2009: The French Football Federation awarded TF1
    exclusive broadcasting rights to the French national team's friendly and
    competitive matches until June 2014.
  • December 28, 2009: TF1 sold its 9.9% equity interest in Canal + France
    to Vivendi.
  • December 31, 2009: TF1 attracted 96 of the top 100 viewing fi gures in
    France in 2009.