TMC (TV channel)

TMC (pronounced [te ɛm se]) is a FrancoMonégasque general entertainment television channel, owned by the French media holding company TF1 Group.

Launched10 November 1954
Owned byTF1 Group
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share10.3% (September 2017 (2017-09), Médiamétrie)
SloganTMC toujours plus proche de vous
(TMC, always closer to you)
Formerly calledTélé Monte-Carlo (1954–1993)
Monte Carlo TMC (1993–2001)
TMC (2001–2004)
TMC Monte-Carlo (2004–2009)
Sister channel(s)TF1
TV Breizh
TNTChannel 10
CanalsatChannel 60
Bis TélévisionsChannel 10
NumericableChannel 10
MC CableChannel 2
NaxooChannel 13
CanalsatChannel 60
Freebox TVChannel 10
DartyBoxChannel 10
Orange SAChannel 10


The oldest private channel in Europe, TMC dates back to 1954, inaugurated by Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Like several other European television channels, its first major broadcast was one relating to the country's reigning dynasty, in this case the marriage of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly. As a result of an agreement between Prince Rainier III and the French President François Mitterrand, TMC was able to be broadcast as far west as Montpellier, France, tripling its coverage (three million potential viewers).

In 1987 the channel was carried for a few hours on M6, a French television service — which made it available to much more of France — and the channel was eventually carried by CanalSat and became available in all of France and the Indian Ocean area. The channel also won a spot on the French language digital terrestrial television scheme, demonstrating its wide appeal.

The channel was owned jointly by the TF1 Group (40%), the AB Group (40%) and the Government of Monaco (20%).[1] In 2010, TF1 Group bought AB Group's shares, In 2016, TF1 bought the Government of Monaco's shares,[2] and now owns 100% of the channel.

Until 1995 TMC was a member of the European Broadcasting Union as a part of Radio Monte-Carlo (RMC). Currently the Monégasque membership is held by Groupement de Radiodiffuseurs Monégasques (GRMC), a joint organisation by Monte-Carlo Radiodiffusion (RMC) and Radio Monte Carlo (RMC).



Télé Monte Carlo shows a variety of programmes, including many imports. It also produces much original programming that include news magazines, cooking shows, and talkshows, which include:

  • SUD: A cultural programme focusing on Monaco and the South of France, aired every Sunday.
  • Monacoscope: A programme presenting the latest news of politics, sports and the monarchy of Monaco.
  • Notre région: A news magazine focussing on political, cultural and economic news of the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

TV Shows currently airing


  1. "Doc Presse: Groupe TF1" (in French). L’École supérieure de journalisme de Lille. Archived from the original on 2008-11-15.
  2. "TF1 devient l'unique propriétaire de TMC en rachetant les 20% de la Principauté de Monaco" [TF1 becomes the sole owner of TMC by acquiring the 20% of the Principality of Monaco]. Europe 1 (in French). 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2019-05-01.

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