With interests in 67 television channels, ten streaming platforms and 38 radio stations, a global business for content production and distribution, and digital video networks, RTL Group entertains, informs and engages audiences around the world.
The Luxembourg-based company owns stakes in TV channels and radio stations in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Hungary and Croatia. RTL Deutschland is RTL Group’s largest unit and Germany’s first cross-media champion, operating across TV, streaming, radio and digital publishing with premium brands such as Stern and Geo. With Fremantle, RTL Group is one of the world’s leading producers of TV content: from talent and game shows to drama, daily soaps and telenovelas, including Idols, Got Talent, Family Feud, American Gods and Charité. Combining the streaming-services of its broadcasters (such as RTL+, 6play, Salto, Videoland), the digital video network We Are Era, and Fremantle’s more than 360 YouTube channels, RTL Group has become the leading European media company in digital video. RTL Group also owns the ad-tech businesses Smartclip and Yospace, as well as the streaming-tech company Bedrock. RTL AdConnect is RTL Group’s international advertising sales house.
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 production businesses.
Bertelsmann has been the majority shareholder of RTL Group since July 2001. RTL Group’s shares (ISIN: LU0061462528) are publicly traded on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt and Luxembourg Stock Exchanges. From September 2013 to September 2020, RTL Group was listed in the MDAX stock index. Currently, RTL Group is listed in the SDAX stock index. RTL Group publishes its consolidated accounts in accordance with IFRS.
RTL Group’s business comprises the following six reporting segments: RTL Deutschland (including RTL Radio Deutschland and Smartclip), Groupe M6 (including the French RTL family of radio stations), Fremantle, RTL Nederland, RTL Belgium and Others (which includes RTL Hungary, RTL Croatia, RTL Group’s Luxembourgish activities including the Group’s Corporate Centre, and the investment accounted for using the equity method, Atresmedia in Spain). The segment Others also includes the digital business We Are Era.
Groupe M6 and Atresmedia are themselves listed companies, with the shares being traded on the stock exchanges of Paris and Madrid respectively.