CLT-UFA and the KirchGruppe are to fuse the Premiere TV channel, the DF1 programs an their other pay TV activities into a single group under a common management board.
CLT-UFA Luxembourg / Gütersloh, November 6, 1997
CLT-UFA and the KirchGruppe are to fuse the Premiere TV channel, the DF1 programs an their other pay TV activities into a single group under a common management board. Written agreements on this are nearing conclusion.
The management board will commence operations only after regulatory approval from the anti-trust and media authorities. Dr. Dieter Hahn, General Manager of the KirchGruppe, is to be chairman of the management board. His deputy will be Dr. Arnold Bahlmann, up to now Senior vice President Central Europe at the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). By year-end 1998 at the latest, Dr. Bahlmann is to take over the chairmanship o the group as an operational business. Dr. Hahn will then resign from the board and return to the KirchGruppe.
Pending final, regulatory approval, Dr. Bahlmann will coordinate all pay-TV activities for CLT-UFA in the German-speaking countries. Prmiere will remain independent under the management of Ferd. Kayser and be integrated in the group after regulatory approval. Simultaneously, Gottfried Zmeck,, currently General Manager of DF1, will join the Premiere management board.
The new Premiere group will consist of the Premiere channel based in hamburg, the Beta Digital technical broadcasting center in Unterföhring near Munich and DSF in Ismaning as producer of sports channels.
Arnold Bahlmann (44) has worked with great success at various posts in the Bertelsmann Music Group in Munich and New York. In the mid-eighties, he worked alongside Dr. Michael Dornemann, Chairman of BMG Entertainment, in the acquisition of RCA Records in the U.S.A.
In subsequent years, Bahlmann was responsible for the build-up and acquisition of firms and creative music labels, especially in Italy, France, the Nederlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark ,Norway and Poland.
Arnold Bahlmann was also the driving force behind the takeover of the traditional Ricordi music business in Italy, and masterminded its subsequent reorganization and integration into the BMG group. At his post at BMG Entertainment, Arnold Bahlmann was responsible for the music business in 13 European countries, nine of which fisrt came into the BMG fold under is management.