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RTL Group names new CEO

RTL Group has named its chairman Thomas Rabe as CEO following the unexpected resignation of Bert Habets. Rabe will take on the roll in addition to his existing duties as chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, RTL’s 71.5% majority shareholder. RTL said that Habets had decided to resign as CEO and leave the RTL board for […]

RTL appoints former MTV president as CEO of StyleHaul

RTL has appointed former MTV president Sean Atkins as the new CEO of its fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi-platform network StyleHaul.
 Atkins, who has previously held senior roles at Discovery and HBO, started at Stylehaul this week. In his new role he will work closely with Stylehaul CFO Melanie Kirk, who has been interim CEO […]

FremantleMedia confirms Mullin as CEO

Jennifer Mullin has been confirmed as the new CEO of FremantleMedia after the departure of Cecile Frot-Coutaz in March 2018. She will finish up her current role as CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and start the new role on September 1, the company has announced. Mullin takes over the reins from Frot-Coutaz after she […]

Fremantle CEO Frot-Coutaz exiting for YouTube

FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving the RTL Group-owned production and distribution giant to lead YouTube EMEA. Her exit comes after 23 years at Fremantle and its predecessors, and a process is already underway to find a successor. Frot-Coutaz (above right) is understood to have a twelve-month notice period, but is unlikely to work all […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

RTL acquires Nordic online video network for $15m

RTL has fully acquired Nordic multiplatform video network United Screens for a price of SEK 120 million US$15 million). RTL said the deal, which was announced today and closed on January 2, would expand its footprint as “the leading European media company in online video”. As part of the deal RTL said it also plans […]

RTL’s de Posch exiting as Habets becomes sole CEO

Guillaume de Posch is stepping down from his role as co-CEO of RTL Group, leaving Bert Habets as the pan-European broadcast group’s sole chief executive. De Posch (pictured right), who will step down on January 1, will continue to serve as a non-executive member of RTL Group’s Board of Directors. Habets (below left), who was […]

Digital unit provides big boost for RTL

Digital revenues boosted RTL’s revenue performance significantly in the second half, with the German broadcaster also seeing solid growth from production arm FremantleMedia. RTL’s domestic German and French broadcasting operations posted decent returns, but overall EBITDA was pushed down by the phased out of M6’s mobile contract in France and lower advertising revenue in the […]

RTL finds Habets successor in Netherlands

European broadcaster RTL Group has found a successor for Bert Habets at its Dutch operation. With former RTL Nederland chief executive Habets recently upped to co-CEO of the wider RTL business, Sven Sauvé has been promoted. The current Dutch COO will take over as CEO on July 1. He will chair RTL Nederland’s executive management […]

American Idol absence dampens solid RTL results

The presence of American Idol on Fox in the US in the first quarter last year cast an unflattering light on RTL Group’s comparative performance for the first three months of 2017, with revenue down 1.9% and EBITDA down 8.3%. Excluding the American Idol effect, RTL’s Q1 revenue was up 4%, in line with guidance, […]