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Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion

RTL Group S.A.
Traded as
Industry Mass media
Founded 2000
Headquarters Kirchberg, Luxembourg
Key people Thomas Rabe, Chairman
Anke Schäferkordt, Co-CEO
Guillaume de Posch, Co-CEO
Elmar Heggen, CFO
Products Television, radio, broadcasting, cable and content production
Revenue Increase €5.998 billion (2012)
Employees 11,931 (2012)
Parent Bertelsmann (75.1%)

RTL Group is Europe's leading entertainment company, and is majority-owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. It has interests in 54 television and 29 radio stations in 10[1] countries. The Luxembourg-based media group operates TV channels and radio stations in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Hungary, Croatia, India, and Russia as well as production companies throughout the world.

It is one of the world's leading producers of television content such as game shows and soaps (particularly through its ownership of London-based FremantleMedia), including The X Factor, Pop Idol, Good Times, Bad Times, The Price Is Right, Family Feud, and The Bill.

RTL originally stood for Radio Télévision Luxembourg (in French) or Radio Television Luxemburg (in German).

Today's RTL Group began in 1924 with a single radio station operated from a private home in Luxembourg. In 1931 CLR or Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Radiodiffusion, which operated Radio Luxembourg, was founded. CLR was one of 23 founding broadcasting organisations of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950. RTL Group is still an EBU-member under a previous name: CLT Multi Media. In 1954 it was renamed CLT or Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion and started television broadcasts. In 1997 it merged with Hamburg-based UFA Film- und Fernseh-GmbH (successor to the pre-1945 UFA), a subsidiary of global media conglomerate Bertelsmann to create CLT-UFA. In 2000 it merged with Pearson TV and became RTL Group. As of January 2013, Bertelsmann owns a 92.3% stake in the publicly listed company.

One of the major reasons for RTL's early success, apart from the merits related to the programming content itself, was that Luxembourg allowed commercial radio and TV stations long before other European countries. This flexibility enabled RTL to transmit to other countries (such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Netherlands) in their own languages. Many British radio presenters began their careers on Radio Luxembourg before moving to the BBC and to commercial broadcasters in the UK. In the 1970s, Radio Luxembourg's English-language audiences declined as a result of new music stations in the UK, and the service ceased broadcasting in the early 1990s on the Astra 1A satellite, often referred to as the Astra Satellite, as SES only operated one satellite originally. Radio Luxembourg relaunched in November 2005 and is currently available online at and on Digital Radio Mondiale. A sister station, Atlantic 252 was a long-wave radio station jointly run by RTL Group and Irish broadcaster RTÉ. It ceased broadcasting live on December 20, 2001.

RTL is a member of the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) consortium of broadcasting and Internet industry companies that is promoting and establishing an open European standard (called HbbTV) for hybrid set-top boxes for the reception of broadcast TV and broadband multimedia applications with a single user interface. RTL Television (Germany) has been operating HbbTV services since 2010.[2]

In August 2013, RTL announced a joint venture for the Asian market with CBS Corporation and the launch of two new TV channels. RTL CBS Entertainment will be the first channel, expected to launch in September. Another channel, RTL CBS Extreme is announced for early 2014. The joint venture operates under the newly founded RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network.[3]

Television stations

RTL CBS Entertainment
RTL CBS Extreme
Club RTL
Plug RTL
RTL Televizija
RTL plus
M6 Boutique & Co.
Paris Première
Série Club
M& Music Hits
M& Music Black
M& Music Club
RTL Television
Super RTL
RTL Crime
RTL Living
RTL Nitro
RTL Klub
Cool TV
Film+ 2
Prizma TV
Muzsika TV
RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg
Den 2. RTL
RTL 4 (started in 1989 as RTL Veronique, renamed in 1990 as RTL 4)
RTL 7 (formerly known as Yorin)
RTL 8 (formerly known as Talpa, Tien)
RTL Lounge
RTL Crime
RTL Telekids
RTL 24 (TV on your mobile)
Grupo Antena 3
Big RTL Thrill

Former stations

Radio stations

Station followed by RTL's present share amount percentage.


RTL (100%)
RTL2 (100%)
Fun Radio (100%)


104.6 RTL (100%)
RTL Radio die besten Hits aller Zeiten (100%)
The Wave (German radio)(de) (100%)
Antenne Bayern (16%)
Radio Hamburg (29.17%)
Radio NRW (16.96%)
Radio 21 (17.3%)
Big FM (7.74%)
Radio Regenbogen (15.75%)
Radio Dresden (31.9%)
Radio Leipzig (31.9%)
Radio Chemnitz (31.9%)
Radio Lausitz (31.9%)
Radio Zwickau (31.9%)
Vogtland Radio (31.9%)
Hit radio RTL (30.5%)
Antenne Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (19.7%)
Radio Brocken (53.5%)
89.0 RTL (53.5%)
Antenne Thüringen (15%)
Radio Ton (2%)
BB Radio (unknown)
105'5 Spreeradio (33.8%)
Radio Top 40 (unknown)
Oldie 95 (4.78%)
Rock Antenne (16%)


RTL Radio Letzebuerg (100%)
RTL Radio die besten Hits im besten Mix UKW 93,3 und 97,0 (100%)
Eldoradio (74,8%)


RTL Lounge Radio


Bel RTL (44,2%) (but operational control)
Radio Contact (Belgium) (44,2%) (but operational control)
Mint (44,2%) (but operational control)


Onda Cero (18.6%)
Europa FM (18.6%)

Former stations

  • Rádio Comercial, Cidade FM, Best Rock FM and Rádio Clube and other stations in Portugal, were transferred to Prisa when RTL sold its 33% share in Media Capital group in February 2007. End of 2011, Radio 538, Radio 10 Gold, Slam!FM and Juize were sold to Talpa Holding NV as part of an exchange of shares in RTL Nederland.



wer-kennt-wen (100%)

Technical Services

  • Broadcasting Center Europe
Located in Luxembourg, Broadcasting Center Europe is a European company providing technical services in the fields of TV, Radio, Telecommunications and IT. BCE was founded in January 2000 as a result of the merger of several technical entities of the RTL Group.


External links

Companies portal
  • RTL Group
  • Official history
  • Bertelsmann site
  • Careers RTL

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