With interests in 57 television channels and 31 radio stations, RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network. The Luxembourg-based company owns stakes in TV channels and radio stations in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Hungary, Croatia and South East Asia. It is one of the world’s leading producers of television content: from talent and game shows to drama, daily soaps and telenovelas, including Idols, Got Talent, The X Factor, Good Times − Bad Times and Family Feud.
The roots of the company date back to 1924, when Radio Luxembourg first went on air. Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Radiodiffusion (CLR) was founded in 1931. As a European pioneer, the company broadcast a unique programme in several languages using the same wavelength.
RTL Group itself was created in spring 2000 following the merger of Luxembourg-based CLT-UFA and the British content production company Pearson TV, owned by Pearson PLC. CLT-UFA was created in 1997 when the shareholders of UFA (Bertelsmann) and the historic Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion – CLT (Audiofina) merged their TV, radio and TV production businesses.
Bertelsmann has been the majority shareholder of RTL Group since July 2001. RTL Group’s shares are publicly traded on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges. Since September 2013, RTL Group has been listed in the prestigious M-Dax stock index.
Television: RTL Group is Europe’s largest broadcaster. Each day, millions of viewers all over Europe watch RTL Group’s television channels, which include the families of channels clustered around the flagships RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, RTL 4 in the Netherlands and RTL-TVI in Belgium. The Group also has broadcasting operations in Hungary (RTL Klub, RTL II, and six cable channels), Croatia (RTL Televizija, RTL 2, RTL Kockica), Luxembourg and interests in Atresmedia in Spain. In August 2013, RTL Group and CBS Studios International launched RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, which currently operates two pay-TV channels across South East Asia: RTL CBS Entertainment HD and RTL CBS Extreme HD.
Radio: RTL Group’s radio stations reach millions of listeners each day. The Group’s flagship radio station is RTL Radio in France, and it also owns or has interests in stations in Germany (among others: 104.6 RTL, Antenne Bayern), Belgium (Bel RTL, Radio Contact), Spain (Onda Cero, Europa FM, Melodía FM) and Luxembourg (RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg, Eldoradio).
RTL Group’s content production arm, FremantleMedia, is one of the largest creators, producers and distributors of television brands in the world. With operations in 29 countries, FremantleMedia creates over 10,000 hours of TV programming each year. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories.
RTL Group has become the leading European media company in online video and is ranked among the top four global players in online video. In June 2015, RTL Group founded the RTL Digital Hub, bundling key investments in multi-channel networks such as BroadbandTV and StyleHaul as well as SpotX – one of the leading players in programmatic video advertising – and the most recent investments: Clypd, a pioneer in programmatic TV, and VideoAmp, a platform for cross-screen data optimisation.