Stock Exchange Release 22/07/2011 18:40
Sanoma announced the acquisition of SBS free-to-air TV assets in the Netherlands and Belgium from ProSiebenSat.1 on 20 April 2011. The Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) has today granted approval for the acquisition. With this approval, Sanoma expects to close the transaction within next couple of weeks.
The approval is subject to a condition related to the minority stake in the Dutch broadcasting company RTL held by Talpa, Sanoma's partner in the acquisition. The condition that the NMa has set is that Talpa must sell its minority interest in broadcaster RTL Netherlands within three years, and that it, until then, must transfer its shares in RTL Netherlands to an independent trust foundation. NMa's decision can be found on their website at www.nma.nl.
The acquisition of the Belgian operations was closed on 8 June 2011. Sanoma will report the SBS operations in the Sanoma Media division.
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