Thomson acquires major stake in French broadcast playout service

July 22, 2005

Thomson will acquire a controlling stake in VCF Thématiques, a provider of playout services to 50 TV channels in France.

The investment is expected to close within the coming weeks, subject to prior French workers’ council information and consultation procedures.

VCF Thématiques broadcasts more than 1000 hours of programs each day. The company is a playout provider for Multithématiques (Canal+ Group), NRJ TV, TF6 and Série Club (M6/TF1 groups), TV Breizh (TF1 group), Canal France International (CFI), 13ème Rue (NBC-Universal), Infosport (TPS group) and other broadcasters in France.

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