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Mediapro joins forces with TF1, Margotton and Lizarazu to touch upon sure matches
The boss of the Spanish group Mediapro, Jaume Roures, at a press convention in Paris, in December 2019. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Mediapro’s future pay channel might be known as… Telefoot. The Spanish group, the following broadcaster of Ligue 1 (L1), introduced on Tuesday 2 June a significant partnership with TF1. Moderately than ranging from scratch and launching a brand new model, Mediapro has determined to construct on an present identify. "It’s a historic model that has been in individuals's minds for thirty or forty years", welcomes Jaume Roures, the boss of Mediapro. Created in 1977, "Téléfoot" is TF1’s Sunday soccer program broadcast at 11 a.m. It would additionally resume service at first of the brand new faculty 12 months.

Apart from the identify, Jaume Roures has additionally chosen two figures from the chain to host the L1 matches and its main soccer evenings, Grégoire Margotton and former footballer Bixente Lizarazu. Lastly, TF1 and Mediapro will collectively produce {a magazine} broadcast on Sundays between 12 midday and 1 pm, in addition to "Téléfoot Classic", a program on the historical past of French soccer.

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They may also broadcast a digital model of the TF1 present. What’s the quantity of this settlement? Mr. Roures doesn’t want to talk about the sums he can pay to the channel for the usage of the model, or for the 2 animators of the entrance web page.

Massive ambitions

This new channel, Telefoot, on which 80% of L1 video games might be broadcast, together with the ten most lovely posters, and the flagship match on Sunday night, might be launched in August. "We’re awaiting particulars on the calendar, and particularly on the Champions Trophy, of which we’ve the rights and which might then be our first match", notes Jaume Roures. Past the L1, Mediapro has additionally acquired eight weekly Ligue 2 video games.

The group, which has been greater than discreet in regards to the progress of its chain, to the purpose of instilling doubt about its true intentions in France, will reveal in June the entire staff, as effectively distribution agreements with telecom operators, in the event that they handle to conclude them.

"We wish the chain to be accessible all over the place", assures Mediapro, which had struck a giant blow in 2018, by successful nearly the complete French soccer championship, for 780 million euros per 12 months, for the 2020-2024 seasons. Jaume Roures has all the time mentioned that the chain would price the patron 25 euros monthly. "There might be no surprises at this degree", he assures. When he arrived in France, he had nice ambitions and wished to win between three and three.5 million subscribers.