CHANGING CHANNELS

RTL Goes International

RTL anchor Peter Kloeppel reads the news on the flagship RTL TV channel. Source: RTL
Anchor Peter Kloeppel reads the news on the flagship RTL TV channel.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    RTL, Europe’s largest private broadcaster, will further expand its global reach with a German-language pay-TV service.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The new channel, RTL International, will launch in a number of global markets on January 18 of this year.
    • Initial costs are low, around €10 million, with programming sourced from existing RTL output.
    • RTL Group’s profit margin, before taxes, interest and other charges, is 17 percent.
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The German broadcaster RTL is to launch a new international German-language pay-TV channel later this month, Handelsblatt has learned. After more than ten years in the pipeline, the new channel, RTL International, will go live on January 18, becoming the newest channel in the RTL Group, Europe’s largest private broadcast corporation.

“There are up to 10 million Germans living abroad,” Stefan Sporn, who heads international distribution at RTL Germany, told Handelsblatt: “They don’t usually have access to a linear German TV channel,” he added.

Andre Prahl, RTL’s head of program distribution, said: “We want audiences to access our content through all the major foreign platforms. RTL International means our programming will be available in many foreign countries for the first time.”

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