2018 key figures and events

January 2018

18th January 2018
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An agreement was signed for the acquisition by the TF1 group of the Axel Springer group’s majority equity interest of approximately 78% in the aufeminin group at a price of €38.74 per share (subject to customary adjustments at the completion date). Completion of this deal is subject to clearance from the regulatory authorities in France and Austria.
January 2018
24th January 2018
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The TF1 group announced that it has renewed its long-standing partnership with the French national football team for another 4 years and is expanding its football coverage by screening the Nations League, UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers and the 2022 World Cup.
January 2018
29th January 2018
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The TF1 group finalised the revamp of its brand portfolio with the rebranding of NT1 as TFX and HD1 as TF1 Séries Films.
January 2018
30th January 2018
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The TF1 group announced the signature of a global distribution agreement with Bouygues Telecom, including the TF1 Premium offer and add-on services. At the same time, the two parties renewed the distribution agreement for the TF1 group’s theme channels: Histoire, TV Breizh and Ushuaïa TV.  
January 2018

February 2018

1st February 2018
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With effect from the expiry date of the contracts (31 January 2018) and in the absence of any agreement with the TF1 group, Orange was no longer authorised to sell its subscribers MYTF1 or the TF1 group’s unencrypted channels. Consequently, the TF1 group had to suspend the supply of the MYTF1 catch-up service to Orange. It also requested Orange to cease selling its subscribers the TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI channels.
February 2018

March 2018

2nd March 2018
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The TF1 group condemned the contempt shown by the Canal+ group for its subscribers by its unilateral decision to suspend distribution of the TF1 group’s channels and add-on services.
March 2018
8th March 2018
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The TF1 group filed its 2017 registration document with the AMF (the French financial markets authority).
March 2018
8th March 2018
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Orange and the TF1 group announced the signature of a new global distribution agreement. This agreement reinstated distribution by Orange of all TF1 group channels, and of the non-linear services associated with the channels including extended catch-up viewing on MYTF1, exclusive premieres of programmes ahead of TV broadcast, two new channels (TF1 +1 and TMC +1) available from autumn 2018, and 4K UHD screening of event programmes.
March 2018
8th March 2018
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The TF1 group joined a broad coalition of European digital players to urge the authorities to carry out an in-depth review of the draft European e-privacy regulation.
March 2018
9th March 2018
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Maylis Çarçabal was appointed TF1 Group Vice President, Communication and Brands.
March 2018
29th March 2018
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The TF1 group announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership with World Rugby for Rugby World Cup 2019, to be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November 2019. France is one of the world’s biggest rugby broadcast markets and was a driving force behind record broadcast growth during Rugby World Cup 2015, which saw the live audience increase by 48% to 479 million, while live audiences in Europe increased by 75%.
March 2018

April 2018

5th April 2018
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The TF1 group and the minority shareholders of Newen Studios, a 70% subsidiary of TF1, signed an agreement with a view to TF1 acquiring 30% of the capital and voting rights of Newen Studios, which would give TF1 100% control.
April 2018
25th April 2018
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The TF1 group and Free signed a new global distribution agreement. Under the agreement, Free is to distribute all the TF1 group’s channels, plus non-linear services associated with those channels.
April 2018
27th April 2018
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Having obtained the necessary clearances from all the relevant authorities in France and Austria, the TF1 group finalised the acquisition of the aufeminin group from Axel Springer. Olivier Abecassis, a member of the TF1 group Executive Committee, was appointed Chairman & CEO.
April 2018

May 2018

2nd May 2018
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Following the appointment of Olivier Abecassis as Chairman & CEO of the aufeminin group, the TF1 group reshuffled its senior management team: Arnaud Bosom, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and CSR, will supervise the broadcast technology and IT teams, while Christine Bellin, Vice President, Strategy, Development and Transformation, will head up the Innovation and Digital teams.
May 2018
22nd May 2018
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The TF1 group filed the draft offer document for its simplified tender offer for the shares of aufeminin.
May 2018

June 2018

15th June 2018
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The France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 groups announced that they are joining forces to build a French OTT platform: SALTO. This alliance between France’s top three broadcasters reflects their ongoing commitment to keep pace with changes in French viewing habits. A stand-alone company, owned in equal shares by the three groups, will be set up to operate the platform, once clearance has been obtained from the competent authorities.
June 2018

July 2018

3rd July 2018
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Following clearance from the French Competition Authority, the TF1 group announced that it had finalised the acquisition of the residual 30% stake in the Newen Studios group. Bibiane Godfroid was appointed Chairwoman of Newen Studios.
July 2018
12th July 2018
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The TF1 and Lagardère groups announced that they had opened exclusive negotiations with a view to TF1 acquiring 100% of Doctissimo.
July 2018

September 2018

3rd September 2018
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The TF1 group was a big winner at the 2018 CB News Media Awards, carrying off six awards including “Best TV Channel” for TF1 and “Best Show” for Burger Quiz.
September 2018
7th September 2018
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The TF1 took its interest above the 95% threshold of the capital and voting rights of aufeminin, and announced a squeeze-out offer for the remaining shares.
September 2018
14th September 2018
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The TF1 group renewed its partnership with the professional bodies representing French producers and distributors of audiovisual programmes (SATEV, SPECT, SPFA, SPI and USPA) to promote creativity in the French broadcasting industry. The proportion of the TF1 group’s total spend invested in content from “dependent” producers – reserved for TF1 subsidiaries – has now been adjusted to 30% of the Group’s obligation to invest in original drama, documentaries, cartoons, live shows and music videos. This agreement amends the initial agreement signed on 24 May 2016 and will apply for a three-year period from 1 January 2019.
September 2018
18th September 2018
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The TF1 group held a Capital Markets Day at which it reiterated its guidance and shared its ambition for its new businesses. The Group confirmed that it expects to improve its return on capital employed within three years.
September 2018