RTL Group Combines its Technical Services Companies
Luxembourg, 29 November 2000. – RTL Group is combining its technical broadcasting services throughout Europe. The new entity integrates the activities of Luxembourg-based Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC) in Germany, Pearson Television’s UK Operations in London and Video Communication France (VCF) in Paris. Mike Southgate, currently Managing Director of Pearson Television Operations, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the combined services.
RTL Group’s technical centres employ around 1,000 permanent staff and represented combined sales in excess of Euro 170 million in 1999. They focus on broadcasting for both television and radio as well as studio and outdoor production, serving not only RTL Group but a wide range of external clients. The heads of the regional companies, Luc Wagner (BCE), Alain Flammang (CBC), Pascal Farcouli (VCF) and Paul Evans (Pearson Television’s UK Operations) will form the management team, which will be based in Luxembourg.
Ewald Walgenbach, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RTL Group, said, “Combining our technical services is part of our ambition to form a truly integrated pan-European media enterprise and to leverage all possible synergies throughout the group. Our broadcasting and production services are in leading positions in several markets. The combination of these businesses creates the first pan-European player within this industry. It allows us to optimise the use of our capacities and meet the needs of the market even more effectively.”