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This article is about the TV channel in France. For its parent company, see Groupe TF1.
This page only shows primary logo variants.

Contents

1935–1937 1937–1939 1943–1944 1944–1949 1949–1959
1935–1937 1937–1939 1943–1944 1944–1949 1949–1959
1959–1964 1964–1975 1975–1990 1975–1985 1984–1992
1959–1964 1964–1975 1975–1990 1975–1985 1984–1992
1987–1990, 2018 1989–present 1990–2006 2006–2013 2013–present
1987–1990, 2018 1989–present 1990–2006 2006–2013 2013–present

TF1 (Télévision Française 1) is the oldest and most popular television channel in France, and one of the oldest in Europe, having been launched on April 26, 1935. It is the flagship channel of Groupe TF1, the largest French commercial TV broadcaster. TF1, flagship public channels France 2 and France 3, and competing commercial channel M6 are the four most popular TV channels in France.

TF1 was launched in 1935 as Radio-PTT Vision by the government of France. On January 1, 1975, it adopted the name TF1, and in 1987, it was privatized. This made Antenne 2 and FR3 the new primary state-owned channels, with the result that France is the only European country whose flagship public channel is not numbered 1.

Radio-PTT Vision

1935–1937

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

Radiodiffusion nationale Télévision

1937–1939

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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 broadcasting in 1939 during the Second World War.

Fernsehsender Paris

1943–1944

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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 August 12, 1944, one week before the liberation of Paris.

RDF Télévision Française

1944–1949

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

RTF Télévision

1949–1959

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

1959–1964

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Première Chaîne de l’ORTF

1964–1975

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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), and later as Première chaîne de l’ORTF (the first channel of the ORTF), when the ORTF (but now TDF and La 1ère) was created on July 25, 1964. 

TF1

1975–1990, 1990-1992

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Designer:  Catherine Chaillet
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  January 1, 1975

1975–1985

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TF1, which originally stood for Télévision Française 1 (French Television 1), was created on January 1, 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 January 6, 1975.

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

1984–1992

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This logo was used until 1987 as the official logo. Between 1985 and 1992, this logo was used on Opening and Closing ID.

1987–1990, 2018

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Since TF1’s privatisation in 1987, TF1 is no longer called Télévision Française 1.

1989–present

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This logo was used as a transitory logo between the triangle shaped logo and the current logo. This logo was used from summer 1989 to February 1990, but the TF1 text is used today. The triangle-shaped logo from 1987 was still used sometimes.

1990–2006

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Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Launched:  February 2, 1990

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

2006–2013

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Designer:  Aerodrome Pictures
Naked
Typography:  Gill Sans Ultra Bold
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Launched:  July 10, 2006

A gradient was added to the logo on July 10, 2006, and the channel also launched a new graphics package and set of idents, which lasted for seven years.

2013–present

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Designer:  Naked
Typography:  Gill Sans Ultra Bold
Launched:  September 28, 2013

TF1 introduced its current logo and a new graphics package on September 28, 2013. The blue on the left of the logo fades into the red at the right through a gradient. A new set of bumpers, idents and on-air graphics, designed by the Paris-based agency Naked, was also introduced that makes use of the classic ITC Avant Garde font.

A new, more premium, graphics package was introduced on January 6, 2021, its 46th anniversary, which was also designed by Naked. TF1 now uses the Config Condensed and Karu fonts, replacing ITC Avant Garde. The current logo was retained, but now also appears in a glossy, glass style.

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