The French broadcasting group M6, part of RTL, closed down its Fun TV music channel on New Year’s Eve. A few days before, the dozen employees were informed of the closure by channel management. M6 will also close down a second music channel, M6 Music Rock, within the next few weeks.
M6 is currently restructuring its music channels and will concentrate on those carrying the M6 brand. As reported by Broadband TV News, the broadcaster will be launching the M6 Music Club channel (see our report). Originally planned for a launch before the end of last year, the new channel is now scheduled to take to air on January 20.
M6 will also concentrate on its free-to-air terrestrial channels M6, W6 and Paris Premiere, which are available on the digital terrestrial platform. The broadcaster also owns the women’s channel Teva, which is distributed via CanalSat and cable.
According to French newspaper reports, there are also changes in the air for the MCM music channels from Lagardere, MCM, MCM Top and MCM Pop. A few months ago, these channels were put up for sale but so far with no takers.