RTL Group acquires the remaining shareholding in RTL Hrvatska
Luxembourg/Zagreb, 25 July 2011 – RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, today announces that it has reached agreements with its Croatian business partners, Atlantic and Agrokor. RTL Group will acquire their respective 13 per cent shareholdings in the Croatian broadcasting operation RTL Hrvatska (RTL Televizija, RTL 2). Atlantic and Agrokor will keep a seat in the Supervisory Board of RTL Hrvatska.
The free-to-air channel RTL Televizija was launched in 2003. Since then, RTL Group has increased its initial shareholding of 33 per cent in several steps to 74 per cent in 2006. In 2010, RTL Televizija remained the market leader in the main commercial target group of viewers aged 18 to 49, reporting an audience share of 24.5 per cent. The company’s second channel, RTL 2, went on air in January 2011.
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RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network, with interests in 40 television channels and 34 radio stations in 10 countries and content production throughout the world. The television portfolio of Europe’s largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary, Alpha TV in Greece, and Antena 3 in Spain – the company also has interests in National Media Group in Russia. RTL Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg. RTL Group’s content production arm, FremantleMedia, is one of the largest international producers outside the US. Each year, it produces 9,500 hours of programming across 54 countries.