A message from our Executive Committee

04.03.2022, Germany/Luxembourg, RTL Group

A message from our Executive Committee thanking all employees for their efforts to inform our audiences and support the people of Ukraine.

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Dear colleagues,

Since the shocking events that began to unfold last week, the war in Ukraine has been on our minds and in our thoughts. We have been deeply impressed by the strong response from across the globe, with communities uniting to show solidarity for the people of Ukraine.

At RTL, we have always been committed to independent journalism. Our news coverage during the past week is testament to this. First and foremost, we would like to thank our news teams from across the Group, who are going the extra mile to provide reliable information. In crisis situations, the safety of our reporters providing coverage from the ground always comes first. Their situation is continuously monitored, and colleagues are relocated as soon as it is necessary to do so.

Our news teams across Europe are working around the clock to inform our audiences via television, radio and digital platforms. Journalists from our business units in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium, Croatia and Luxembourg are providing live broadcasts and special news bulletins to national and international audiences. Strong audience ratings show a high level of trust and interest from our audiences.

RTL Deutschland has rescheduled its programmes and extended its news reporting, with over 80 hours of special broadcasts since the beginning of the war. The special bulletins have reached over 31 million viewers in Germany, with over 25 million visits per day on news website ntv.de. On television, the news is broadcast without advertising breaks.

In France, Groupe M6 is broadcasting reports from war correspondents in Ukraine and reactions from the local Ukrainian community via its main TV and radio news programmes. On the day of the Russian invasion, the news bulletin Le 19.45 achieved the highest viewer ratings in the country and was the most-watched news programme in the target audience.

Meanwhile, charity initiatives across the Group are helping to provide support where it is needed the most. In Germany, RTL Deutschland’s Stiftung RTL – Wir helfen Kindern has raised more than €10.7 million to date to help children and their families in Ukraine. In France, Groupe M6’s radio stations and TV channels are partnering with Foundation de France to support the people of Ukraine. RTL Belgium has partnered with other media companies to support a corporation of seven Belgian NGOs, with a call for donations across TV, radio and digital, while RTL Hungary is supporting the Hungarian Interchurch Aid organisation. And we are well aware that many other companies across the Group are supporting initiatives to help Ukrainian people in various ways.

Although our business activities in Ukraine and Russia are very limited, we will continue to monitor whether they are affected by sanctions. Our global content business Fremantle has already suspended sales to Russia.

Once again, we would like to thank you all for your resilience and your commitment during the current situation. We will continue to inform our audiences and support the people of Ukraine.

With best wishes,

Thomas Rabe, CEO of RTL Group
Elmar Heggen, Deputy CEO and COO of RTL Group
Björn Bauer, CFO of RTL Group