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Launched 1 March, 1987 at 11:15 am
Owned by Métropole Télévision (51,2%)
RTL Group (48,8%)
Audience share 11.2% (May 2009, [1])
Country  France
Formerly called RTL6 (1986 project)
Replaced TV6 (Launched 1986, Closed February 28, 1987)
Website [2]
SECAM normally tuned to 6
TNT Channel 6
CanalSat Channel 6
Atlantic Bird 3 12522 V (analogue, SECAM)
Noos Channel 6
MC Cable Channel 9
Cablecom Channel 112
Channel 307 (digital CH-D)
Naxoo Channel 8
UPC Romania Channel 722 (digital with DVR)
Channel 188 (digital)

Métropole 6, known popularly as simply M6, is a French television service owned by a company called Métropole Télévision. M6 broadcasts an over-the-air SECAM signal, and is also carried on the Atlantic Bird 3 and French Telecom 2B broadcast satellites. M6 also broadcasts a digital signal to Switzerland via the W3A broadcast satellite. As of 2004, it is the second most-watched private television service in France, after TF1.

Other TV channels in the M6 portfolio include digital terrestrial channel W9 and digital cable channels M6 Music Hits, M6 Music Black, M6 Music Rock and Fun TV.



M6 launched on March 1, 1987 at 11:15 a.m. CET taking the place of TV6.

M6's current on-air image suggests that it tailors its service to adolescent and young-adult demographics. Programmes on its schedule include:

  • These British TV Shows were shown on M6: Footballers' Wives (Femme$ de footballeurs) ; Queer as Folk ; Totally Frank ; Bugs ; and Hex (Hex : la malédiction).
  • These Canadian TV shows were shown on M6: Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (Sue Thomas, l'œil du FBI) and Falcon Beach.
  • Investigative journalism shows, such as Capital, Zone interdite and Enquête Exclusive.
  • Long-lasting short programmes, such as Turbo, CinéSix, and E=M6, and music videos.

In 2001, M6 became the first French television service to broadcast reality programming. Its first programme 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 are shown on Saturday nights in what M6 calls "la trilogie du samedi".

Current programmes

  • Le 12:50 (national edition) and 19:45 (national edition), afternoon and evening news.
  • Zone Interdite, Newsmagazine
  • Belle toute nue, the French equivalent of Channel 4's How to Look Good Naked.
  • Capital, Economy-oriented newsmagazine.
  • Enquête Exclusive , Investigation magazine.
  • 66 Minutes weekly news magazine.
  • Turbo, motor magazine.
  • D&CO , homestyle show.
  • Chef, la recette, culinary magazine
  • Hit Machine, musical show.
  • M6 Kid, program for children.
  • Pekin Express, French adaptation of Dutch show "Peking Express".
  • Nouvelle star, (French adaptation of Pop Idol) reality television
  • Kaamelott
  • Off Prime
  • Super Nanny
  • Accès Privé, entertainment news magazine

Past programmes

See also



1 Source: Médiamétrie


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