TF1 group committed more than ever
Our performances will be impacted
Boulogne, 23 March 2020
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the TF1 group is making sure that all its
staff and partners carry out their duties in compliance with the safety
guidance issued by the government. The health and safety of our staff and
partners remain our number one priority.
The TF1 group is committed on an unprecedented scale to fulfil its mission to
inform and entertain, and to meet the legitimate expectations of viewers.
Across all our channels, we are adapting our schedules to circumstances day by
day, so that we can offer high-quality entertainment programs, family shows, as
well as reliable and transparent information on the latest developments. Our
News teams, supported by experts, are particularly devoted to intensively cover
this unprecedented crisis.
The recent lockdown measures announced by the government mean that all of our
advertiser customers are now affected by the pandemic, though the impact varies
from sector to sector. Our production and entertainment activities are also
affected by the suspension of shooting, movie theater releases, live shows and
In terms of ratings for our channels, we are seeing increased consumption of
our content in all forms and across all devices, and we expect consumption to
keep growing. In parallel, our advertisers - particularly those in the tourism,
culture and transport sectors - are having to postpone or cancel a large number
of advertising campaigns. An initial significant impact will be felt in our
advertising revenue performance in March, with an even greater impact in April.
At this stage, we have no visibility for May and subsequent months. We are
seeing similar trends in digital advertising at Unify. By contrast, our social
e-commerce activities (subscription box sales) are currently less affected by
In our Studios & Entertainment segment, content production has been gradually
shutting down. Although this will lead to delays, there is no significant
impact on the order book. For Newen, the suspension of the various programme
genres that are shot daily (representing approximately 30% of production
division revenue) will affect the overall full-year performance, as will the
cancellation of cultural events scheduled to take place during the lockdown
As we have already proven in the past, we have a degree of flexibility in our
cost base that will help us offset some of the decrease in our revenues. We are
reviewing our entire TV schedules on a daily basis, in order to cushion the
loss of revenue by more efficient programming. And all of our activities are
under constant review to assess the consequences of the situation.
At this time of crisis, it is too soon for us to estimate how all of these
impacts will affect our results, which will depend on a whole range of factors
including the extent and duration of the pandemic, the preventive and support
measures implemented by governments in the countries where we operate, and the
eligibility of our staff for temporary lay-off support schemes.
Despite the significant economic fallout from this major crisis, we remain
confident in our ability to overcome the present situation. We have a sound
financial position, with low debt and access to available bilateral credit
facilities. Our activities are sustainable on the long-term, and the current
crisis will demonstrate the legitimacy of these businesses. As a consequence,
we have to make the logical decision to suspend the objectives we announced in
February 2020, until the situation becomes clearer.
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