Bertrand Méheut

Bolloré steps down in Canal+ management changeover

French pay TV operator Canal+ has named current CEO Maxime Saada as president of its directorate, replacing Jean-Christophe Thiery, who is in turn to replace Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré as chairman of the supervisory council. Bolloré took the reins at Canal+ after the departure of Bertrand Méheut in 2015, after Vivendi took full control of […]

Former Canal+ boss Meheut joining SFR

Bertrand Méheut, the former CEO of Canal+, is to join cable and telecom group Altice’s French unit SFR as vice-president of the group’s administrative council. In a move that reinforces Altice and SFR’s strategic move towards becoming an integrated media and telecoms company, Méheut is taking on a new role under SFR Group CEO Michel […]

Bolloré plans to bring Canal+ closer to Vivendi

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré is planning to make significant changes to the organisation of Canal+, according to French press reports. According to Le Figaro, citing an unnamed source close to the process, the Vivendi boss will make an announcement this week that will see the pay TV operator more closely integrated with Vivendi. According to […]

Delport tipped to replace Méheut at Canal+

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré plans to install long-term confidant and Havas Média CEO Dominique Delport as president of Canal+ to replace Bertrand Méheut, according to French press reports. Financial daily Les Echos and news magazine Le Point reported Bolloré is set to follow up the replacement of the pay TV group’s CEO Rodolphe Belmer by […]

Canal+ ousts CEO Belmer

Canal+ has relieved CEO Rodolphe Belmer of his duties and named executive VP and head of pay TV Maxime Saada as his replacement with immediate effect. The French pay TV giant has also raised chief financial officer Grégoire Castaing to the group’s management board, which now comprises Saada, Castaing and Canal+ president Bertrand Méheut (pictured […]

Scripps clinches €584m TVN deal

Scripps Networks Interactive has closed its acquisition of a majority stake in Polish commercial broadcaster TVN from ITI and Canal+ Group. Scripps has acquired a 52.7% stake in the broadcaster for €584 million (US$647.3 million). The US-based pay TV company has acquired the stake by taking 100% control of N-Vision, a company that, directly or […]

French broadcasters won’t team to fight Netflix

France’s leading broadcasters are unlikely to group together to form a subscription video-on-demand alliance to counter Netflix, according to Canal+ CEO Bertrand Meheut. Speaking at a conference organised by daily Le Figaro and research group NPA Conseil, Meheut reportedly said that an SVOD offering already existed in France in the form of its own Canalplay […]

Canal+ must make movie channels available to ISPs

Pay TV operator Canal+ has lost the latest stage of its battle to overturn the French competition regulator’s remedies, imposed in July as conditions for the renewal of approval of its 2007 merger with TPS. The country’s Conseil d’Etat has rejected Canal+’s request that the remedies be immediately suspended, meaning that the pay TV operator […]