M6 (TV channel)

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M6 (French: [ɛm sis]), also known as Métropole Television, is the most profitable private national French television channel[1][2] and the third most watched television network in the French-speaking world.[3] M6 is the head channel of the M6 Group media empire[4] that owns several TV channels, magazines, publications, movie production and media-related firms etc. It is owned by RTL Group.

Launched1 March 1987; 33 years ago (1987-03-01)
Owned byM6 Group
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share9.7% (January 2018 (2018-01), Médiamétrie)
SloganContinuons de grandir ensemble ! (Let's continue to grow together!)
ReplacedTV6 France (1986–1987)
TNTChannel 6 (HD)
Channel 56 (SD)
CanalsatChannel 6 (SD/HD)
Channel 504 (HD)
Channel 704 (SD)
NOS (Portugal)Channel 227
CanalsatChannel 6 (SD/HD)
Channel 504 (HD)

Other TV channels in the M6 portfolio include digital terrestrial channels W9 and 6ter, as well as digital cable channels Téva, Paris Première, Série Club, M6 Music and M6 Boutique & Co.


M6 headquarters, 89 avenue Charles-de-Gaulle in Neuilly-sur-Seine

M6 launched on 1 March 1987 at 11:15 am CET taking the place of TV6 France.[citation needed]

M6's current[when?] on-air brand image suggests that it tailors its service to teenagers and young-adult demographics. Its current programs lineup include:

In 2001, M6 became the first national French television network to broadcast reality programming. Its first program of this genre was Loft Story, and was highly watched. The president of TF1 at the time, Étienne Mougeotte, promised that TF1 would never air any reality programming. However, several months later, TF1 signed a contract with Endemol to air such programming. Endemol is the same company that created Loft Story for M6.

M6 is one of the only television services in France to have science-fiction programming as part of its regular schedule. Most supernatural dramas were shown on Saturday nights in what M6 called "la Trilogie du Samedi" (The Saturday Trilogy)


  • 28 January 1986 – 28 February 1986 (pre-launch): Before the launch on 1 March 1986, M6 was first known as RTL6 with this pre-launch logo, which first appeared in a pre-launch poster detailing the launch of an upcoming called TV6 France. The logo consists of a purple rectangle bearing the "RTL" wordmark at the top and the "6" numeral at the bottom.
  • 1 March 1986 – 28 February 1987: M6 was launched on 1 March 1986 as TV6 France. Its first logo consists of the "TV6" wordmark which is made up of shapes, by having the "T" being coloured dark blue and are made by two teal rectangles and two red squares, the "V" is made by a red triangle, an italic purple rectangle and a yellow short italic rectangle, and the "6" is made by a red ball, a pink cursive line, and a short teal cursive line. This logo was short-lived.
  • 1 March 1987 – 31 May 1987: On 1 March 1987, TV6 France was replaced by M6. Its first logo consisted of the letter "M" made up of metal being coloured in teal with the "6" numeral which is coloured red, it appears to the right of the letter "M". At the same time, a line appears in the center of the logo and the "Metropole Television" wordmark appears at the bottom of the logo.
  • 1 June 1987 – 31 August 1987: On 1 June 1987, M6 redesigned its logo which was slightly modified; the letter "M" was recoloured turquoise instead of teal. At the same time, the line grows a little bigger and the "6" numeral gets coloured more red as it drops the classic handwritten style and are instead using the "Future" typeface. However, the "Metropole Television" wordmark are removed from the logo.
  • 1 September 1987 – 31 August 1999: On 1 September 1987, M6 abandoned the black background and removed the line away from the logo as the letter "M" removes its metal elements and turns into an abstract letter "M" by changing its color into grey. At the same time, the "6" numeral gets moved from the right of the top of the letter "M" to the top.
  • 1 September 1999 – 13 February 2003: On 1 September 1999, the letter "M" changed its color from grey to black but the numeral's red color was retained. At the same time, the channel launched a new identity, with a new set of idents.
  • 14 February 2003 – 5 March 2007: On 14 February 2003, M6 remade its logo which began to appear in various colours. This time, we see the logo in 3D.
  • 6 March 2007 – 29 November 2009: On 6 March 2007, M6 renewed its logo again by making it become more gradient and getting more 3D effect. This logo was introduced to celebrate M6's 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, its rival STS are still using its 2005 logo until September 2007.
  • 30 November 2009 – 15 November 2015: On 30 November 2009, M6 launched a new logo. The letter "M" was coloured white while the "6" numeral's red color was retained. By 18 October 2010, a new set of idents were launched onto the screen.
  • 16 November 2015–present: On 16 November 2015, to commemorate the victims of the Paris attacks, M6 adopted its current logo that consists of the 2009 logo, shown in 3D and made in CGI.

Programs as of 2016Edit


  • Le 12:45 (national edition) and 19:45 (national edition), afternoon and evening news.
  • Zone Interdite, France's most influential Newsmagazine[5]
  • 66 Minutes weekly news magazine.
  • Capital, Economy-oriented newsmagazine.
  • Enquête Exclusive, Investigation magazine.

Show and reality showEdit

  • Les reines du shopping
  • X Factor
  • Ice show
  • Nouvelle star, (French adaptation of Pop Idol) reality television (until 2011, then it moved on D8)
  • L'amour est dans le pré, French adaptation of Farmer Wants a Wife
  • D&CO , homestyle show.
  • E=M6, science magazine.
  • Top Chef, French adaptation of Top Chef
  • Belle toute nue, the French equivalent of Channel 4's How to Look Good Naked.
  • Turbo, motor magazine.
  • Chef, la recette, culinary magazine
  • Vocation Medecin, health magazine
  • Hit Machine, musical show.
  • M6 Kid, program for children.
  • Pekin Express, French adaptation of Dutch show Peking Express.
  • Off Prime
  • Accès Privé, entertainment news magazine
  • Un dîner presque parfait, the French adaptation of Come Dine With Me
  • Nouveau look pour une nouvelle vie, fashion magazine
  • On ne choisit pas ses voisins, family magazine
  • La France a un incroyable talent, the French adaptation of Britain's Got Talent
  • Le meilleur pâtissier de France, the French adaptation of The Great British Bake Off
  • Le choix, the French adaptation of The Taste.
  • Cauchemar en cuisine, the French adaptation of Kitchen Nightmares.


Future programsEdit

  • J'ai décidé d'être heureux, coaching magazine
  • Top Chef : masters
  • Les Nannys, coaching magazine
  • Le transporteur, french serie (new season)
  • Cynical Cops !, new french serie

Past programsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Financial results of M6 2010
  2. ^ Financial rentability 2010
  3. ^ M6 has always been ranked after TF1 and before (by some measure) or after (by others) France 2
  4. ^ the M6 Group : a French media empire
  5. ^ Zone interdite, one of France's most influential TV show
  6. ^ "M6 a acheté Sous le dôme". AlloCiné. Retrieved 10 July 2013.

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