The CLT, Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion

22 janvier 1995
01m 18s
Ref. 00227


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Presentation by Jos Pauly, director of operations at the Villa Louvigny, and of technical, human and financial means at the CLT (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion), one of the biggest European multimedia empires. The group's headquarters, which until now was at the Villa Louvigny, has just moved.

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22 janvier 1995
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The Villa Louvigny, the building situated at the heart of the Grand-Duché, in Luxembourg City, was between 1932 and 1996 symbol and a key place for TV and radio in Europe. Its history covers the success and transformations of the CLR (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Radiodiffusion, Radio Luxembourg broadcasters) that became CLT (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion) in 1955, when Télé-Luxembourg was created.

It was in 1966 that the CLT created the brand RTL which united a number of radio stations and television channels that were broadcasting in French, German and Dutch. The acronym was kept in 2000, with the fusion of the British group Pearson giving birth to the RTL group, managed by Bertelsmann. The biggest European media group, it brings together in 2008 over 40 channels and 30 stations, broadcasting programmes from Spain to Russia. The historical site of Villa Louvigny was sold in 1996.

Thierry Méranger


From now on, 5 different shows are broadcast from the former studio in the Villa, for 5 stations. A computer-run machine known as [Betacart] allows for the automatic broadcast of 400 tapes.
We're in the broadcast room of Holland's channel 4 station. Here, you'll hear them speaking on the phone in Dutch. Between ourselves, we speak in German, French, Dutch and especially in English.
Here, we're in Holland's 4th channel, with Holland's 5th channel located right next to us.
With an annual turnover equivalent to Luxembourg's state budget, CLT is Europe's biggest multimedia empire.
We are without a doubt the one with the most stations. We started with a potential viewership of 120,000 homes, here in the region. We now have a potential of 225 million European households. 225 million that can watch one of RTL's stations, be it German, French, Dutch or from Luxembourg.
After sixty years of good, loyal service, Villa Louvigny is for sale. So, it's time for change: RTL TV, which broadcasts in France, will now become RTL 9. A new station, as new as this building which will now be home to CLT's activities.