TMC (TV channel)

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TMC
TMC
CountryMonaco
France
Programming
Language(s)French
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SD feed)
Ownership
OwnerGroupe TF1
Sister channelsTF1
TFX
TF1 Séries Films
LCI
TV Breizh
Histoire TV
Ushuaïa TV
History
Launched19 November 1954
Former namesTélé Monte-Carlo (1954–1963)
TMC (1963–1993, 2001–2004)
Monte Carlo TMC (1993–2001)
TMC Monte-Carlo (2003–2009)
Links
Websitewww.tmc.tv

TMC (pronounced [te ɛm se]; originally short for Télé Monte-Carlo) is a FrancoMonégasque general entertainment television channel, owned by the French media holding company Groupe TF1.

History[edit]

The second oldest private channel in Europe (after Telesaar [fr], which was launched a year earlier and it began programs the same year.). TMC dates back to 1954 on its national day, inaugurated by Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Like several other European television channels, its first major broadcast was one relating to the country's reigning dynasty, in this case the marriage of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly. During its first years, their headquarters is temporarily located on the premises of Radio Monte-Carlo., where it occupies a TV studio with a telecine designed by Henri de France. From Monaco and from 1954, TMC broadcasts its television's programm in the south of France from Menton to the east of Marseille.

In the next 2 years, TMC broadcast the first Eurovision broadcast in their country, with the wedding of Prince Rainier III, and American actress Grace Kelly.

In 1984, as a result of an agreement between Prince Rainier III and the French President François Mitterrand, TMC was able to be broadcast as far west as Montpellier, France, tripling its coverage (three million potential viewers).

In 1987, the channel was carried for a few hours on M6, a French television service — which made it available to much more of France — and the channel was eventually carried by CanalSat and became available in all of France and the Indian Ocean area. The channel also won a spot on the French language digital terrestrial television scheme, demonstrating its wide appeal.

The channel was owned jointly by the TF1 Group (40%), the AB Groupe (40%) and the Government of Monaco (20%).[1] In 2010, TF1 Group bought AB Group's shares, In June 2016, TF1 bought the Government of Monaco's shares,[2] and now owns 100% of the channel.

Until 1995, TMC was a member of the European Broadcasting Union as a part of Radio Monte-Carlo (RMC). Until 2022, the Monégasque membership is held by Groupement de Radiodiffuseurs Monégasques (GRMC), a joint organisation by Monte-Carlo Radiodiffusion (RMC) and Radio Monte Carlo (RMC).

Since October 2022, TMC, as well as the free DTT channels of the TF1 group, have been accessible free to air, via the Astra 1 satellite. This broadcast follows a temporary interruption in encrypted broadcasting to Canal+ and TNTSAT subscribers. , following a commercial dispute. However, despite the resumption of encrypted broadcasts within the Canal+ and TNTSAT bouquets, this free-to-air broadcasting continues. TMC is therefore received free of charge in almost all of Continental Europe and North African Countries.[3]

Logos[edit]

Programming[edit]

TMC shows a variety of programmes, including many imports. It also produces much original programming that include news magazines, cooking shows, and talkshows, which include:

  • SUD: A cultural programme focusing on Monaco and the South of France, aired every Sunday.
  • Monacoscope: A weekly summary programme presenting the latest news of politics, sports and the monarchy of Monaco, aired every Saturday.
  • TMC Info: A programme presenting the latest news of politics, sports and the monarchy of Monaco, airs daily.
  • Notre région: A news magazine focussing on political, cultural and economic news of the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

TV shows[edit]

Sports programing[edit]

Association football[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Rugby[edit]

Handball[edit]

  • IHF Men's and Women's World Championships (France matches at the finals tournament that not aired by TF1 only (if qualified) until 2025, licensed from beIN Sports)[5]
  • EHF Men's and Women's European Championships (France matches at the finals tournament that not aired by TF1 only (if qualified) until 2024, licensed from beIN Sports)[6]

Tennis[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doc Presse: Groupe TF1" (in French). L’École supérieure de journalisme de Lille. Archived from the original on 2008-11-15.
  2. ^ "TF1 devient l'unique propriétaire de TMC en rachetant les 20% de la Principauté de Monaco" [TF1 becomes the sole owner of TMC by acquiring the 20% of the Principality of Monaco]. Europe 1 (in French). 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  3. ^ "Les chaînes de TF1 en clair sur Astra".
  4. ^ "THE TF1 AND CANAL+ GROUPS ACQUIRE BROADCASTING RIGHTS TO THE UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2021 TOURNAMENT" (PDF). TF1 Group. 2019-10-04. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  5. ^ "TF1 GROUP AND BEIN SPORTS REACH AGREEMENT ON BROADCASTING THE IHF WORLD HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS". TF1 Group. 2018-11-22. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  6. ^ "TF1 GROUP AND BEIN SPORTS TO BROADCAST EHF EUROPEAN HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS". TF1 Group. 2019-11-28. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  7. ^ "Tennis returns to TF1 in Davis Cup Finals deal". SportBusiness Media. 2019-09-02. Retrieved 2020-02-03.

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