RTL is Europe’s leading entertainment brand standing for entertainment, independent journalism, inspiration, energy and attitude. With our TV channels, streaming services, radio stations and online platforms in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Hungary and Luxembourg, we reach millions of people across Europe every day. The RTL brand is owned by RTL Group.
RTL has transformed from a traditional broadcast company to a content, tech and data powerhouse. Our roots date back to 1924 and since then, our core purpose is telling stories which are emotional, entertaining, engaging and informative. We then bring those stories to our audience in every market we are active in.
RTL Group is a leading entertainment company across broadcast, streaming, content and digital, with interests in 56 television channels, seven streaming services and 36 radio stations.
The Group’s families of TV channels are either number one or number two in six European countries, while RTL Group owns, or has interests in, radio stations in France, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg. RTL Deutschland is the Group’s largest business unit and Germany’s first cross-media champion, operating across TV, streaming, radio, and digital publishing. RTL Group’s streaming services include RTL+ in Germany and Hungary, Videoland in the Netherlands and 6play in France.
Fremantle is one of the world’s largest creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content, and is responsible for around 12,000 hours of programming per year, alongside an international network of teams operating in 27 countries. The streaming tech company, Bedrock, and the ad-tech company, Smartclip, are also owned by RTL Group.
As a market leader, RTL Group strives to foster alliances and partnerships within the European media industry – for example, by building one-stop advertising sales houses in Germany and the Netherlands with Ad Alliance, and driving international advertising sales with RTL Ad Alliance.
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. RTL Group is listed in the MDAX stock index. RTL Group publishes its consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.