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    1. April 27, 2016

      Patrick Drahi to sell media assets to his telecoms group SFR

      Patrick Drahi is to sell his media assets to his French SFR telecoms unit as part of a strategy to use content to gain...

    2. March 21, 2016

      Telecom Italia/Vivendi: bad connection

      Marco Patuano has had enough of Vincent Bolloré. Mr Patuano is, or was, the chief executive of Telecom Italia. His...

    1. February 18, 2016

      Vivendi’s Canal Plus in talks to share content with beIN Sports

      Vivendi’s Canal Plus unit has entered into talks with Qatari-owned rival beIN Sports over an exclusive distribution...

    2. January 25, 2016

      iROKOtv investors back ‘Netflix of Africa’ with $19m funding

      iROKOtv, the mobile entertainment group dubbed the Netflix of Africa, has secured $19m from investors including...

    3. January 15, 2016

      Vivendi sells stake in gaming company Activision Blizzard

      Vivendi has sold its 5.7 per cent stake in Activision Blizzard for $1.1bn, completing the French media group’s exit...

    4. January 12, 2016

      Media law dispute threatens Poland’s place in Eurovision

      Poland’s broadcasters run the risk of being kicked out of the European Broadcasting Union — with the added ignominy of...

    5. November 26, 2015

      Blow to Canal Plus as Altice wins French rights for UK football

      Patrick Drahi’s Altice group has secured French broadcasting rights for the English Premier League, stripping a...

    6. November 18, 2015

      Rescheduling television’s future

      A few years ago Jean-David Blanc stopped watching live television. Then he realised what he was missing. “I was looking...

    7. November 11, 2015

      Vivendi: roaming holiday

      Music combines mathematical rigour and harmonic pleasure. Get the sums wrong and the result is cacophony. French media...

    8. October 15, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré’s Vivendi takes stakes in Ubisoft and Gameloft

      French media and content group Vivendi has returned to the world of video gaming, taking 6.6 per cent and 6.2 per cent...

    9. October 1, 2015

      Canal Plus shake-up puts focus on brisk style of Vincent Bolloré

      Wherever Vincent Bolloré goes, people get fired. It is a pattern that has allowed the French industrialist to build a...

    10. September 3, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré takes over as chairman of Canal Plus

      Vincent Bolloré has been appointed chairman of Canal Plus and lambasted management practices at the pay-television...

    11. July 3, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré shakes up management at Canal Plus

      French media and content group Vivendi has replaced the head of Canal Plus in the biggest reshuffle of its...

    12. June 30, 2015

      Canal Plus eyes Sun King and global content to revive fortunes

      On a recent afternoon at Versailles, an actor dressed as Louis XIV strode purposefully out of the main entrance to...

    13. May 1, 2015

      Thousands join National Front’s May Day march in Paris

      Pensioner Alain Michel was one of the thousands of supporters of France’s far-right National Front to come out and...

    14. April 8, 2015

      Vivendi eyes ‘transformational’ deals to become media player

      Vivendi may have taken some criticism from an activist investor recently, but Arnaud de Puyfontaine, chief executive of...

    15. April 6, 2015

      Vivendi offers to buy majority stake in Dailymotion from Orange

      Vivendi has confirmed that it has made an offer to buy the video sharing site Dailymotion from Orange, the telecoms...

    16. April 6, 2015

      PCCW ends talks with Orange over Dailymotion purchase

      Hong Kong’s PCCW has ended discussions with Orange about buying the telecoms group’s Dailymotion video platform, just...

    17. March 29, 2015

      Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk

      The dispute between the activist fund manager Peter Schoenfeld and Vivendi is not just a row about money and whether it...

    18. March 28, 2015

      Vivendi warns activist investor it could fall foul of French law

      Vivendi has written a letter to the US hedge fund and minority shareholder that has challenged its strategy, warning...

    19. March 26, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré increases stake in Vivendi to 10.2%

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has increased his stake in Vivendi, tightening his grip on the Paris-based media and...

    20. March 24, 2015

      Vivendi investors twist and shout over payouts

      Over the years, Peter Schoenfeld has avoided the sort of aggressive, school-bully image that accompanies so many of his...

    21. January 23, 2015

      A message more compelling than endless empty promises

      Sir, It is nice to have the encouraging stories that Simon Kuper brings us from Paris following the Charlie Hebdo...

    22. September 19, 2014

      Vivendi inks deal to sell GVT to Telefónica

      Vivendi said that it has agreed sell its Brazilian telecoms business to Madrid-based Telefónica in a deal that marks...

    23. September 14, 2014

      France broadcasters braced for Netflix debut

      Rodolphe Belmer is not taking Netflix’s debut in France lightly. As managing director of Canal Plus, the pay-television...

    24. September 3, 2014

      Netflix calls on Batman for global push

      Netflix has secured exclusive global rights to Warner Bros’ new Batman series Gotham as the video streaming company...

    25. September 1, 2014

      French TV on an upward spiral

      Television is now regularly hailed as the new cinema but in France, the birthplace of “auteur theory”, it has taken...

    26. June 24, 2014

      Vivendi to integrate media operations

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has provided the first insight into Vivendi’s new strategy, saying that the group...

    27. June 20, 2014

      Cash-rich Vivendi abandons the wild years

      For many years, there has been one overriding question hanging over Vivendi, the Paris-based group that started life...

    28. May 19, 2014

      French court reduces Jean-Marie Messier’s sentence

      A French appeal court has overturned a key part of the conviction and sentence of Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief...

    29. May 8, 2014

      Canal Plus held talks to buy Dailymotion stake

      Canal Plus has held talks to acquire part of Dailymotion from Orange, which could help alleviate French government...

    30. April 28, 2014

      Boards ‘prepared to take more risks in hiring women chiefs’

      More than one in three women chief executives were appointed from outside the company where they took the top job,...

    31. April 6, 2014

      France braced for football broadcasting rights battle

      Al Jazeera and Canal Plus are set to go head-to-head in a battle for Champions League football in France underlining...

    32. March 11, 2014

      Disney nears $500m deal to buy Maker Studios

      Walt Disney is nearing a deal to acquire Maker Studios in a deal worth $500m which could rise to as much as $900m if...

    33. January 7, 2014

      Drahi looks beyond Europe for Altice

      Patrick Drahi has never been as much in the public eye as fellow tycoon Xavier Niel, but the former French telecoms...

    34. November 26, 2013

      Vivendi to spin off SFR telecoms unit

      Vivendi, the French media and telecommunications group, has confirmed its plan to split in two, as it seeks to shed the...

    35. November 5, 2013

      Vivendi agrees €4.2bn deal with Etisalat for Maroc Telecom

      Vivendi has completed talks to sell its 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom to Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates in...

    36. October 28, 2013

      Vivendi strikes €1bn Canal Plus deal with Lagardère

      Vivendi, the media and telecoms group, has taken full control of Canal Plus France from fellow French group Lagardère...

    37. October 11, 2013

      Vivendi appoints banks for SFR flotation

      Vivendi has appointed banks to advise on the proposed flotation of SFR, its French telecoms business. While the...

    38. September 10, 2013

      Calm belies Vivendi’s 15 years of turmoil and upheaval

      The calm elegance of Vivendi’s headquarters off the Champs Elysées belies the turmoil the company has witnessed in the...

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