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Launched 28 November 2005
Owned by NextRadioTV
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 1.9% (2013, Médiamétrie)
Country France
Language French
TNT Channel 15
CanalSat Channel 103
Bis Televisions Channel 15
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal Channel 59
Numericable Channel 53 (HD)
MC Cable Channel 85
Coditel Channel 263
CanalSat Channel 103
Freebox TV Channel 15 (HD)
SFR Channel 15 (HD)
Alice France Channel 15 (HD)
Channel 15 (HD)
Orange TV Channel 15 (HD)

BFM TV (pronounced: [beɛfɛm teve], stylised as BFMTV) is a news channel based in France and available globally via digital television, cable and satellite. It is currently the most watched news network in France.


The BFM TV project was officially launched on December 14, 2004 by NextRadioTV group.

It was accepted by the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel on May 5, 2005 and the channel started broadcasting in the evening of November 28, 2005.

The ratings continuously increased and the network is the most watched news channel in France since June 2008. With a 1.8 national share (mid-2012), it greatly exceeds its first competitor, I-Télé (0.7 national share).

As the ratings and the advertising revenues increased, the budget of the network peaked at 50 million euros in 2011, compared to 15 million in 2006.

BFM is an acronym of Business FM, the original name of BFM Business. The Chairman and CEO is Alain Weill since 2005.[1]


It was launched first on the French digital terrestrial television (known as TNT, télévision numérique terrestre) and is broadcast free 24 hours a day, by satellite on CanalSat (see frequencies below), French digital terrestrial television, by DSL providers Free, Neuf, Alice, Orange, by mobile television on Orange and SFR, by cable provider Numericable, and live on the channel's website (in Windows Media streaming).

BFM TV is freely broadcast by satellite in DVB-S MPEG-2 uncrypted :

  • Hot Bird 13° : 11.585 GHz Pol V, SR27500 et FEC 2/3
  • Astra 19.2°E, 11.508 GHz, Pol V, SR 22000 et FEC 5/6



  1. ^ Website BFM TV, retrieved 14 July 2012
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.

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