TF1 (originally an acronym for Télévision Française 1 ) is the largest French television channel based in Boulogne -Billancourt.


In 1935 in Paris Radio - PTT Vision, the French public broadcasting, its operation with first experimental television broadcasts on. As a radio mast was the Eiffel Tower, the system was equipped with a power of 30 kW, the strongest TV stations in the world. With the onset of World War II the transmission mode was set in 1939. The German occupiers took in 1942, with parts of the old systems and new technology from Germany, the transmission mode with the television back to Paris. Posted to 1944 was now in German and French.

Shortly after the liberation back under their own control as Télévision Française Télévision Française or RDF (Radio Télévision Française Diffusion Française ) has been sent. From 1949 to 1964 under the name of RTF (Radio - Télévision Française diffusion ). 1964, the name was changed in ORTF (Office de Radio Télévision Française diffusion ).

TF1 has long been a public program. In 1987, the station was privatized and sold to a consortium led by construction company Bouygues. Such a transformation has remained unique in Europe to date, however, exist in the form of TV2 (Denmark) and Channel 4 ( UK ) private channels, some of which take over the tasks public television. The public television France (now combined into France Télévisions ) remained the channels Antenne 2 (now France 2 ) FR 3 ( now: France 3) and La Cinquième (now France 5 ). TF1 is the undisputed market leader of the French television landscape. In 2006, the transmitter 98 of the 100 most-watched shows in France in the program. The station TF1 Group recorded a total turnover of 2.6 billion euros in 2006.



As one of the two main programs and in the tradition of a public television station TF1 produced nightly by 20 clock an approximately half-hour newscast in direct competition with the contemporaneous news from France 2 Even more than the German evening news are the main French news of significance by they help shape the social discourse. In addition to messages and reports the broadcasts include regular interviews with studio guests.

Last but not least, the President is entitled at any time to have to interrupt the two news programs of TF1 and France 2 at the same time to speak to the people, which always use is also made. In a twist, like they are the German television viewers aware of the Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's speeches by leading politicians, the President then announced live after the recording of a fanfare from his office and with a tricolor in the background important decisions and notices are always with "Mes chers compatriotes, ..." ( " My dear compatriots, ..." ) begin.


The entertainment of the transmitter consists mainly of French and American TV series, games and reality shows, and Japanese anime.

German series

  • Love in Berlin (Le destin de Lisa )
  • Alarm for Cobra 11 - The Motorway Police ( Alerte Cobra )
  • Doctor's Diary (Le Journal de Meg )
  • In aller Freundschaft

U.S. series

  • Monk
  • 24
  • Dr. House
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • CSI: Miami
  • CSI: Manna Than
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Law & Order
  • Criminal Intent - Criminal Intent
  • Criminal Minds
  • Crossing Jordan - pathologist with profile


After the privatization of TF1 launched in September 1987, the children's show Club Dorothée, which began with the airing of anime series. Were shown, among other series like Sophie and Virginie, Captain Tsubasa, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Ranma ½ and Saint Seiya. In August 1997, Club Dorothée was set, since only a few series like Sonic X and Pokémon were broadcast.

Reality and Game Shows

  • Star Academy
  • Qui veut gagner of millions?
  • Le maillon faiblement (2001-2007)
  • A prendre ou à laisser
  • La roue de la fortune
  • Attention à la marche!
  • Koh Lanta
  • L' île de la tentation
  • Secret Story
  • La méthode caueter
  • Le juste prix
  • Les douze coups du midi ( Orchestre par Jean -Luc Reichmann )

Groupe TF1

TF1 held alone or jointly with other shareholders in a variety of other television programs:

  • TMC ( republic far be transmitted entertainment -oriented full program, formerly of Monegasque private channels with high acceptance in Southeast France )
  • NT1 ( republic far be transmitted entertainment -oriented full program, which was established with the introduction of DVB -T),
  • LCI ( news channel )
  • Euro Sport,
  • TF6 ( youth -oriented full program)

As well as some small special-interest channels. TMC, NT1 and LCI can practically be received by anyone.