Europe’s 12 leading television groups performed better in the crisis last year than in 2008, according to a new study published by the European Audiovisual Observatory.
The study analysed the first consolidated results published by the 12 groups, which together operate 534 TV channels, with the figures including not only broadcasting revenues but also income from other activities.
In terms of consolidated turnover (€, at current rates), Sky was in top place with €6,257 million in 2009, up by 19.6% on the previous year, followed by RTL Group with €5,410 million (-6.3%), Vivendi (Canal+) with €4,553 million (0.0%) and Mediaset with €3,883 million (-7.5%). Strong performers further down the table included MTG (+14.1%) and TVN (+12.2%).
Sky also claimed top spot in local currency terms, growing by 10.5% in 2009. It was also top in net result terms in € at current rates, posting €388 million in 2009, or 150.3% more than a year earlier, as well as in local currency.
The other companies examined in the study were ProSiebenSat.Media AG, TF1, ITV, Prisa, Sky Deutschland and CME.