RTL Group increases stake in Croatian TV channel RTL Televizija

Luxembourg, 24 June 2004 – RTL Group, Europe’s leading broadcaster and content provider, has reached an agreement with Pinta TV3, a shareholder in RTL Televizija, to acquire Pinta TV3’s 25 % stake in the Zagreb-based tv channel. Under the terms of the agreement, RTL Group’s shareholding in RTL Televizija increases from 33 to 58 %.

The Croatian regulatory authorities today approved the acquisition.

RTL Televizija, launched on 30 April 2004, achieved the leading market position in its first full month of operations *. The programming schedule of the tv channel includes news (“RTL Vijesti”), movies, sitcoms and local productions (“Sanja”, daily talk show; “Veto”, quiz show and “RTL Dolazi”, entertainment).

Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group, says: “With this increase, we demonstrate our strong belief in the potential of RTL Televizija.”

*Average market share of 28 % in May 2004, target group: 18-49 years, all day 02:00-02:00 h; source: AGB Plus

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RTL Group is Europe's leading commercial broadcaster, with interests in 26 television channels and 24 radio stations in nine countries and content production throughout the world.  Its television portfolio includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, five in the UK and the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary, as well as Antena 3 in Spain. RTL Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France. RTL Group has also interests in other radio stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. RTL Group's content production arm, FremantleMedia is one of the largest international producers outside the US. It is currently producing more than 260 programmes in over 39 countries including the USA, providing a wide range of drama, entertainment and factual programming for viewers around the world.

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