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Schibsted Group: landmarks


This chronology is indicative only.

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline.


1839 Christian Schibsted (1812-1878) forms printing and publishing partnership with Oslo printer Johan Krohn

1843 Schibsted becomes sole proprietor of printing works

1860 launches Christiania Adresseblad newspaper

1860 name changed to Aftenposten

1867 Norsk Telegrambyrå (NTB) news service founded

1918 NTB acquired by Schibsted and other newspaper publishers

1945 Verdens Gang newspaper launched

1963 becomes a tabloid

1966 Schibsted buys Verdens Gang

1988 Schibsted becomes joint stock company

Moves into television

1991 establishes commercial television channel TV2

1992 is listed on Oslo Stock Exchange

1996 buys Swedish Aftonbladet group

1997 sells stake in TVNorge to TV2

1998 buys Svenska Dagbladet

Expansion into free metro papers

1999 launches Cologne free metro paper 20 Minuten Köln

2000 founds Schibsted Telecom

2001 closes 20 Minuten Köln

2001 launches free metro 20 Minutos in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Zaragossa, Alicante and Valencia

2002 launches free metro 20 Minutes in Paris

2003 sells 49.5% of 20 Minuten AG Switzerland to Tamedia

2004 launches 20 Minutes in Marseilles, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse and Bordeaux

2004 increases stake in Swedish commercial television broadcaster TV4 from 5% to 20%, later increased to 26.9%

2004 makes unsuccessful €705m bid for Alma Media

2005 launches 20 Minutos in Malaga

2005 sells remaining 50.5% of 20 Minuten AG Switzerland (editions in Berne, Zurich, Basle) to partner Tamedia

2006 sells 26.9% stake in TV4 to Nordic Broadcasting Oy for SEK 1.455bn

2006 sells its 33.37% stake in Norwegian TV 2 Gruppen to A-pressen Nasjonale Medier AS, A-pressen TV Invest AS and Egmont Holding for NOK1.15bn