Philippe Delusinne appointed new CEO of TVI (RTL TVI) in Belgium

Brussels/ Luxembourg, 15 March 2002. – The Board of TVI, chaired by
Jean-Pierre de Launoit, has appointed Philippe Delusinne as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TVI. Philippe Delusinne, former CEO of the Belgian branch of the advertising group Young & Rubicam, will be responsible for all activities of RTL TVI in Belgium.

In his new function, Philippe Delusinne has immediately appointed his team: Freddy Tacheny will be General Manager of TVI and CEO of IP Belgium, and will be working alongside Michel Joiris, Director TV, and Francis Goffin, Director Radio, Communication and Diversification.

RTL Group’s activities in Belgium include the TV-channels RTL TVI and Club RTL as well as the radio station Bel RTL and the sales house IP.

“With the appointment, RTL TVI is heading for a new and exciting chapter of its development,” says Didier Bellens, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RTL Group. “The decision prepares the ground for the future development of our Belgian family of channels, which have performed extremely successfully throughout 2001 in terms of audience, creativity and profitability. RTL Group is now best placed in Belgium to manage the challenges it faces in a rapidly changing competitive surrounding.”

“With his excellent professional experience, the new CEO Philippe Delusinne can give new impulses to RTL TVI”, says RTL Group’s Executive Vice President Benelux, Eastern Europe & Radio, Jean-Charles De Keyser. “We are convinced that RTL TVI can remain a model as to how we can drive synergies and create the closest cooperation throughout our Group in Europe. We are also convinced that the new management will find the right formula for the future and make sure that our channels remain the best choice for their audiences.”

TVI s.a. is 66 % owned  by RTL Group and 34 % by the Belgian publishing group Audiopresse. TVI operates the French-speaking Belgian TV channels RTL TVI and Club RTL which together in 2001 have reached an average audience share in the main  target group of 30.6 % (RTL TVI: 24 %; Club RTL: 6.6 %). Furthermore, in 2001, they reached an advertising market share of 68 %, an increase of 1 percentage point in a declining market. Revenues for RTL TVI and Club RTL were 
102 million Euros in 2001.




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