With Rodolphe Belmer, TF1 changes captain to digest the failure of the wedding with M6

Rodolphe Belmer, in Paris, February 16, 2022.

Rodolphe Belmer becomes the new boss of TF1. The first French free audiovisual group announced, on Friday September 23, the appointment as executive director of this knowledgeable leader in the media and digital sector, who spent a long time at Canal +, then passed through Eutelsat and Atos.

Mr. Belmer will first be proposed to a board of directors on October 27 as general manager, then as chief executive officer effective February 13, 2023, according to the statement. Known for its flagship channel TF1, the Bouygues group subsidiary also operates TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI, thematic channels and the Newen production studio.

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Therefore, the TF1 shareholder has decided to replace Gilles Pélisson. CEO for seven years, Nicolás de Tavernost, current president of the board of directors of M6, had already been chosen as the potential future head of the large group that would create the merger of TF1 and M6. This project, nurtured for many months, finally could not be carried out: due to the conditions set by the Competition Authority, the two boyfriends decided to give up joining, on Friday, September 16.

However, the Bouygues group has not forgotten its plan to change the head of its media flagship. The press release, however, cares to salute the action of Mr. Pélisson who, removed from the operational management of the group, will become chairman of the board of directors, then deputy general manager of the Bouygues group in charge of the media and the development. as of February 2023.

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“I would like to thank Gilles, who has successfully led a profound transformation of the TF1 group over the last seven years. Under his leadership, the group strengthened its content and information leadership. Gilles also developed the leading MYTF1 platform and built a leading production center in France and internationally with Newen Studios”said Olivier Roussat, CEO of Bouygues.

For Mr. Belmer, it’s a homecoming. unemployed since his Hasty exit of the general direction of Atos, on July 13, a position he only held for six months due to disagreements with the board of directors of the TI group, the future CEO of TF1 is a man of means. After starting in consumer products at Procter & Gamble upon leaving HEC in 1992, after spending three years in consulting at McKinsey, Mr. Belmer joined Canal+ in October 2001 as director of strategy and development for Canal+ Distribution and CanalSatellite. .

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