Our history: 1990-1999

1990
TF1 gains a new blue, white and red logo.

The Group sets up Banco Production, which produces feature films, and acquires Protécréa.

TF1 Pub Production is created to promote the channel’s identity.

Trop Belle pour Toi by Bertrand Blier, co-produced by TF1 Films Production, wins 5 César awards, including best film. For the first time, investment in French film production exceeds one billion francs.

The TF1 channel starts broadcasting Une Famille en or, which runs through 1999. The show makes its comeback in 2007 with Christophe Dechavanne as host.

1990 also sees the debut of Perdu de vue, presented by Jacques Pradel. Representative of reality shows in the early 1990s, the programme airs until 1997. 

1991
Eurosport, the leading pan-European sports channel, joins the TF1 group, and the French version of the channel is unveiled. The acquisition marks TF1’s arrival in the theme channel segment.

Studios 107 is set up to develop the sets for the integrated production of sitcom, variety and game shows.

Claire Chazal joins the News team as weekend news show anchor.  

1992
TF1 unveils its new headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt.

The Group develops a string of French dramas, with Julie LescautLes Cordier, juge et flic, Une Famille Formidable and Les Cœurs brûlés, all meeting considerable success. Hélène et les garçons and Premiers baisers kick off the channel’s success in sitcoms for young viewers.

Succeeding Ciel mon Mardi, Coucou c’est nous!, a zany programme blending talk show and light entertainment hosted by Christophe Dechavanne, makes its debut on the channel.

Also in 1992, Evelyne Dhéliat makes her first appearance as weather presenter. 

1993
The Eurosport networks and The European Sport Network (operated by Canal+ and ESPN) join forces to produce and market a single sports channel in Europe: Eurosport.

The newly created Champions League is broadcast by TF1, marking the commitment by the channel and the Group to French and European football.

1994
The Bouygues Group increases its stake in TF1 from 25% to 34%.

On June 24, LCI (La Chaîne Info), the leading 24/7 news channel, is broadcast for the first time on cable. For 20 years the channel is a hotbed for talent, with Gilles Bouleau, David Pujadas, Anne-Sophie Lapix, Laurent Delahousse, Laurence Ferrari, Mélissa Theuriau and Thomas Hugues just some of the journalists having made their debut on LCI.

1995
With the acquisition of 60% of Glem Productions, TF1 becomes a producer of entertainment programmes.

December sees the launch of the TF1.fr website, which quickly notches up 10,000 daily connections. TF1 is the only channel with such a comprehensive site, the introduction of which demonstrates the key role played by innovation at the Group.

Eurosport becomes the leading pan-European channel covering 66 million households and nearly 15 million television viewers daily.

1996
Creation and launch of the TPS (Télévision Par Satellite) package in partnership with France Télévision, France Télécom, Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (which became the RTL group in 2000), M6 and Lyonnaise des Eaux. The launch is accompanied by the creation of TCM, owned 34% by TF1 and intended to acquire and manage broadcasting rights.

July sees the CSA renew the TF1 channel's authorisation to broadcast (granted in 1987) for five years.

Les Enfants de la télé makes its debut on TF1 in November. Hosted by Arthur along with Pierre Tchernia (through 2006), the programme is an immense success with viewers.

1997
TF1 launches the documentary channel, Odyssée, aimed at expanding the Group’s presence in the theme channel market and supplementing the TPS offering.

TF1 Vidéo now distributes the René Chateau Vidéo film catalogue (800 titles).

Four Césars are awarded to films co-produced by TF1 Films Production: two to Capitaine Conan by Bertrand Tavernier and one each to Pédale Douce by Gabriel Aghion and Les Voleurs by André Téchiné.

In September, TF! Jeunesse replaces Club Dorothée in children’s programming.

1998
Eurosport attracts 80 million television viewers (cumulative audience share) with 24-hour broadcasting of the Nagano Olympic Games.

TF1 International enhances its library of broadcasting rights with the acquisition of the complete catalogue of Ciby DA, including The Piano by Jane Campion, Lost Highway by David Lynch and Une Epoque Formidable by Gérard Jugnot. TF1 now has one of the top-three French catalogues of feature films.

Lagaf makes his debut as host of Bigdil, a highly popular entertainment show that airs through 2004.

In September, TF1 broadcasts Monte Cristo, a mini-series adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel directed by Josée Dayan and starring Gérard Depardieu in the title role.


 

1999
May sees the launch of the new TF1.fr website, which ranks among the top media sites with over 13 million page hits.

Eurosport creates its own website, Eurosport.com. The British version of the sports channel is launched.

Claude Zidi’s Astérix and Obélix vs. Caesar, co-produced TF1 Films Production, is released in cinemas.

TF1 broadcasts Balzac, directed by Josée Dayan and featuring Gérard Depardieu. The channel wins eight 7 d’Or awards, including Best Drama for Monte Cristo, their previous miniseries together.   

TPS creates Superfoot and Superstades (pay-per-view) to broadcast French First and Second League football matches.