Métropole 6, better known as M6, is the flagship TV channel of Groupe M6, one of two main commercial free-to-air TV broadcasters in France, the other being Groupe TF1. M6, along with TF1 and flagship public channels France 2 and France 3, is one of the most popular TV channels in the country.
Groupe M6 is owned by RTL Group, a pan-European media conglomerate headquartered in Luxembourg. While the group does not use the RTL brand for its TV channels in France, using M6 instead, its two French radiostations are branded as RTL.
M6’s history dates back to 1986 when CLT announced that they were going to launch a new terrestrial television channel in France called RTL6. However, the name and its logo are currently unknown.
On 28 January 1986, RTL6 was resurrected as TV6 France and replaced its prelaunch logo by the channel’s first logo. With it, the channel was launched on 1 March 1986, but its first logo was short-lived.
On 1 March 1987, TV6 France was closed down and replaced by a new channel called M6. Its first logo was a 3D-animated M coloured blue with a red 6 appearing to the right.
On 1 June 1987, M6 slightly remodified its network logo by making the red "6" become more abstract with the blue "M" grows more bigger thus the "Metropole Television" is removed from the logo.
On 1 September 1987, M6 replaced its original logo in favour of a new logo which consists of an abstract "M" coloured grey with the red "6" is now placed on the top at the middle of the grey "M" by having a new set of idents and also a new theme music to the set.
On 1 September 1999, M6 got another new logo, with the M coloured in dark blue.
On 30 November 2009, M6 unveiled another new logo, wherein the logo has been given a matte 3D effect and the M is now light grey instead of bluish-black. The 6 is now a scarlet-white gradient color as well.
A new graphics package and set of idents, designed by the Paris-based Barjabulle, were introduced on 16 November 2015 that retained the 3D look. Novecento Sans, an all-uppercase font, was used in on-screen typography. (It is also used by M6 Music since March 2020.)
Over a hundred idents were produced for the channel, featuring everyday objects in various situations, all ending with the jingle Woah-oh-oh M6 in the D major chord.
A new flat logo and a new graphics package were introduced on 1 September 2020. The logo now appears in plain white and red (or grey and red on a white background), losing the 3D effects it had had over the years and instead goes for the flat variant in use since 1987.
The new graphics were designed by Gédéon, which had rebranded sister channel W9 in November 2018. A new custom font, GRTSK, was created for the channel.
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