Bolloré hands Vivendi reins to son Yannick

Vincent Bolloré is stepping down as Vivendi chairman and handing over the reins to his son Yannick. Vivendi’s supervisory board unanimously voted Yannick Bolloré as the new group chairman following the company’s shareholder meeting. Vincent Bolloré, who is 67, had earlier stepped down as Canal+ Group chairman in favour of Jean-Christophe Thiery, triggering a senior management mini-shuffle […]

Delport tipped to be Vivendi Content boss

Dominique Delport is being strongly tipped to become the head of Vivendi Content. Delport (pictured) is a supervisory board member at Vivendi and the global boss of the Vivendi-owned advertising agency Havas. Vivendi would not confirm the news, but Delport himself retweeted several messages of congratulation about the new role via his Twitter account. Vivendi […]

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 […]

Vivendi ‘eyes £28bn Sky takeover’

French media conglom Vivendi has been linked with a takeover of European pay TV giant Sky, in a deal that could be worth as much as £28 billion (US$41.8 billion). This would be part of a wider strategy to expand the reach of Vivendi’s own pay TV company, Canal+, according to three unnamed sources quoted […]

Canal Plus agrees to new conditions to secure FTA channels

Canal Plus has finally secured a green light from the CSA for its takeover of Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star after agreeing to a wide-ranging series of new commitments laid out by the media regulator. The new commitments undertaken by the broadcaster are additional to those imposed by the French competition regulator […]

French TNT explodes

The French broadcasting family is about to get bigger. This month will see the arrival in the free-to-air game of a major player, Canal+, whose acquisition of DTT outlets Direct 8 and Direct Star from Group Bolloré was approved by the Competition Authority in July. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports. French communications regulator the CSA is about […]