Canal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy director-general in charge of pay TV activities and Ara Aprikian as deputy director-general in charge of free TV.De Andréis, who was previously president of Havas-owned BETC Euro RSCG, where he advised Canal Plus and CanalSat on communications strategy, will take charge of the broadcaster’s premium and thematic channels. Aprikian, who previously worked in a number of roles for TF1, before taking a senior editorial role with Canal Plus in 2005, will look after Canal Plus’s free-to-air windows, news channel i>Télé and Bolloré’s Direct 8 and Direct Star channels, subject to regulatory approval of the latter’s acquisition.Both will report to Rodolphe Belmer, deputy director general, editorial, at Canal Plus Group and director-general, editorial, at Canal Plus France.
French cable operator Numericable saw its net profit for the first quarter rise by almost half thanks to growth in subscribers and lower debt charges. Numericable added 70,000 subscribers in the year to March, representing growth of 4.3%. Multi-play customers were up 5.6%, while TV-only customers dropped by 15%. ARPU grew by 2.7% to €42.10.Numericable posted a profit of €35 million, up 48%, on revenues of €327.6 million, up 1%. Residential revenues grw3 by 1.8% to €219.2 million.The company confirmed its objectives for the next two years of growing revenue by between 2% and 5%, with an EBITDA margin target of 50% by 2016.Numericable also said it expected its acquisition of SFR to close by the end of the year.