ProSiebenSat.1 stands between the chairs: On the one hand, the Berlusconi MFE Group wants to take over the company, on the other hand, RTL is constantly preparing to face a merger (DIGITAL TELEVISION reported). However, one would prefer to remain completely independent.
The boss of ProSiebenSat.1, Rainer Beaujean, rejects the ideas of approach of the competitor RTL Germany. “It’s good for this country if there are two private TV channels that compete with each other in terms of diversity of opinion,” Beaujean told the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. He also pointed out antitrust law and a large market share of more than 70% that you would have in common.
RTL boss Thomas Rabe is constantly bringing media companies closer together. At the same time, however, he still points out that something like this is not currently on the agenda.
Ahead of the general shareholders’ meeting of ProSiebenSat.1 in a few days, Beaujean also addressed the main shareholder – Silvio Berlusconi’s Media for Europe (MFE) group with more than 25% of the voting rights. The relationship between the two houses is considered to be pretty cool. The meeting is eagerly awaited. Upstream, there were discussions about the composition of the Supervisory Board or whether the actions of the members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board should be approved in an individual vote.
RTL: merger with ProSiebenSat.1 “not on the agenda”, but interesting
The Italian media group has long-term plans for a European network of broadcasters – MFE is not currently planning a takeover of ProSiebenSat.1, based in Unterföhring near Munich, as MFE chief financial officer Marco Giordani said , at the “Handelsblatt” in March. ProSiebenSat.1 had expressed negative opinions in the past.
In March, Giordani also said of the relationship with ProSiebenSat.1: “All relationships have potential for improvement”. Beaujean told SZ: “I would be fine with that. We would like to see a closer dialogue.
But he also clarified: “I see ProSiebenSat.1 as an absolutely independent company that develops on its own.”
Text: dpa; Publisher: Bey
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