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  1. 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 the...

  2. 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 certain...

  1. 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 engineer...

  2. 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...

  3. 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 an...

  4. 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 in a...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 15...

  7. May 13, 2013

    France set to tax smartphones to protect culture in digital age

    France is preparing to tax smartphones, tablets and all other internet-linked devices to help fund the production of French...

  8. March 12, 2013

    French fears eased on Hollywood content

    Europe’s trade chief has reassured a nervous French cultural establishment that it would not have to throw open its gates to...

  9. March 7, 2013

    Lagardère plans EADS stake sale

    Lagardère, the French media group, said on Thursday that it expected to sell its 7.4 per cent stake in EADS, the aerospace...

  10. November 13, 2012

    EADS happy for Lagardère to bid adieu

    The news that Arnaud Lagardère, chief executive of the eponymous media group, wants to sell its 7.4 per cent stake in EADS...

  11. October 19, 2012

    Bolloré lifts spirits of Vivendi investors

    Vincent Bolloré, the 60-year-old Breton billionaire who has built a stake of more than 5 per cent in Vivendi , has a...

  12. August 20, 2012

    Vivendi names Charlier to telecoms post

    Vivendi has recruited Jean-Yves Charlier, former chief executive of Colt Telecom and former head of BT’s European...

  13. July 23, 2012

    French regulator approves Bolloré TV deal

    France’s competition authority has given a green light to a deal that will allow billionaire investor Vincent Bolloré to...

  14. July 13, 2012

    Vivendi advances on boost from Fitch

    The agreed purchase of Aegis, the UK-listed advertising group, for £3.2bn by Dentsu gave a fillip to media companies, with...

  15. July 12, 2012

    Robust sales lift Carrefour shares

    Carrefour defied predictions of another profit warning on Thursday, prompting traders to send it to the top of the CAC 40...

  16. June 28, 2012

    Vivendi parts company with CEO

    Jean-Bernard Lévy was ousted as chief executive of Vivendi on Thursday, opening the door to a potential break-up of the...

  17. June 27, 2012

    Vivendi: awaiting action

    When one prays for good news but gets bad, it is more than a double whammy. Investors in France’s Vivendi should know....

  18. June 25, 2012

    Vivendi ordered to pay €765m to Liberty

    A New York jury has told Vivendi to pay damages of €765m to Liberty Media in a case dating back to a $10.3bn TV network deal...

  19. June 21, 2012

    Pressure on Vivendi to show its hand

    Intense speculation about the future strategy of Vivendi, the French media and telecoms group, has turned a normally...

  20. May 14, 2012

    Vivendi plans ‘drastic’ cost cuts at SFR

    Vivendi has confirmed that it is willing to review “the perimeter” of its media and telecoms businesses and said it was...

  21. April 27, 2012

    Vivendi moves to reassure bondholders

    Vivendi has sought to reassure nervous bondholders that it will avoid putting its credit rating in jeopardy following talk...

  22. April 26, 2012

    Perform to put sport channels on Facebook

    More than 50 sports channels are to launch on Facebook as Perform Group, the UK digital video provider, bets that fans of...

  23. April 13, 2012

    Ringier Axel Springer in Polish talks

    The owner of Onet , Poland’s leading internet portal, has entered into talks with Ringier Axel Springer Media that could see...

  24. April 3, 2012

    Sarko’s swirling stink bomb

    Nicolas Sarkozy dismisses it as an election campaign “stink bomb” concocted by his opponents. The leftwing newspaper...

  25. March 28, 2012

    Murdoch outdone in art of the exposé

    Few people understand the power of a newspaper or television exposé better than Rupert Murdoch. But in the week that News...

  26. March 15, 2012

    Cisco back on deal trail with $5bn NDS move

    Cisco Systems has ended an acquisition drought with the announcement of a $5bn deal to buy NDS, a maker of software for TV...

  27. March 8, 2012

    Lagardère hit by writedown losses

    Lagardère, the French media conglomerate, made a net loss of €707m in 2011, largely because of a hefty writedown related to...

  28. FT Tech Hub

    March 2, 2012

    TED2012: Ads worth spreading

    While its talks give you a lot to chew on, there has been plenty of meat in the ad breaks as well at TED2012, which ends in...

  29. February 27, 2012

    France hails Oscar-winning movie subsidies

    President Nicolas Sarkozy led a chorus of congratulation on Monday for The Artist, the French silent movie that won five...

  30. February 7, 2012

    Lagardère faces €900m writedown

    Lagardère, the Paris-based media conglomerate, faces a €900m writedown related in part to its struggling sports marketing...

  31. January 13, 2012

    Spain opens door to cuts at TV stations

    Spain laid the foundations for swingeing cuts to the country’s vast network of regional television stations on Friday, two...

  32. January 11, 2012

    Threats on horizon for pay-TV in Europe

    The historic resilience of pay-TV in parts of Europe is likely to come under scrutiny by investors this year, analysts warn....

  33. FT Alphaville

    December 21, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Wednesday, - Thorntons warns on profits again; blames increased promotional activity and poor...

  34. December 9, 2011

    Canal Plus wins remaining Uefa football rights

    Canal Plus has won the remaining rights to screen Uefa Champions League matches in France for three years from 2012, a...

  35. December 6, 2011

    Canal Plus loses football rights to Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera has been awarded the majority of media rights to screen Uefa Champions League matches in France for three years...

  36. November 17, 2011

    Lévy’s EMI deal worries nervous Vivendi investors

    Jean-Bernard Lévy is a good piano player and classical music enthusiast. The telecoms engineer and Vivendi chief executive...

  37. November 16, 2011

    Vivendi signals end of spending spree

    Vivendi has signalled that last week’s €1.4bn purchase of EMI’s recorded music division will probably be its last for a...

  38. November 2, 2011

    Canal Plus takes minority stake in Poland’s TVN

    Vivendi’s Canal+ pay-television unit has entered into a partnership deal with the holding company that controls TVN,...

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