TF1 is one of the oldest television channels in the world, particularly in Europe. Launched on April 26, 1935, under the name Radio-PTT Vision under the Goverment of France, it adopted the current name on January 1, 1975, and was privatized in 1987.


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1935–1937 1937–1939 1943–1944 1944–1949 1949–1959 1959–1964 1964–1975
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Radio-PTT Vision


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TF1 was launched as Radio PTT Vision on April 26, 1935. 

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Radiodiffusion nationale Télévision


RN Télévision 1939

Following successful trials of a "high-definition" 455-line electronic television system designed by Thomson-Houston, Radio-PTT Vision renamed itself as Radiodiffusion 'nationale' Télévision (RN Télévision) in July 1937. It stopped to broadcast in 1939 during the Second World War.

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Fernsehsender Paris


Fernsehsender Paris

During the German occupation in France, the channel was re-launched as Fernsehsender Paris, a German-French television channel, and was controlled by the German organization. Fernsehsender Paris stopped broadcasts on 12 August 1944, one week before the liberation of Paris.

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RDF Télévision Française


RTF Minerve

Television broadcasts in France resumed on 1 October 1944 under the name Télévision française, and following the creation of Radiodiffusion française on 23 March 1945 the television service was renamed as RDF Télévision française.

RTF Télévision


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Radiodiffusion française was renamed as Radiodiffusion-télévision française (RTF) on 9 February 1949


RTF Télévision

Première Chaîne de l'ORTF



Following the creation of RTF Télévision 2 (now France 2) in 1963, the first channel was renamed as Première chaîne de la RTF (First Channel of the RTF), which was renamed as Première chaîne de l'ORTF (First Channel of the ORTF) when the ORTF was created on 25 July 1964. 



TF1 (1975-1984)

TF1 (which originally stood for Télévision Française 1 (French Television 1)), was created on 1 January 1975 when law no 74-696 on August 7, 1974 (which split the ORTF into 7 organizations) came into effect, and the rebranding from Première chaîne de l'ORTF to TF1 came into effect on 6 January 1975.

Color television was first introduced to TF1 on 1 September 1975 when FR3 (now France 3) agreed to supply some of its color programmings to TF1, and the conversion to color was completed on 20 December 1975 when the first color news programme on TF1 aired.


TF1 (1984-1987)

1987–1990, 2018

TF1 (1987-1990)

Since TF1's privatization in 1987, the abbreviation of TF1 is no longer expanded, so as to avoid confusion with the government-owned television broadcaster France Télévisions.


TF1 (1990-2006)

On February 2, 1990, the most familiar and the long-lived logo of TF1 was unveiled. It consisted of a red and blue container-shaped box with "TF1" text in white, which resemblances the national flag of France.


TF1 logo 2006

On July 11, 2006, the gradient was added to the logo.


TF1 2013

Another minor change was added on September 28, 2013, when the blue part of the box fades into the red part. The modified logo was launched along with a new sound logo.

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