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Telegraaf Media Group

Overview

The Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG), centred on the daily De Telegraaf, is publisher of regional dailies, free newspapers and magazines in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. It has commercial radio and television broadcast operations, along with stakes in the Wegener group and SBS.


Like Wegener most revenue comes from the Netherlands. Total employment in 2002 was around 5,109; turnover in 2005 was €736.7 million with the group employing the equivalent of 4365 full time people at years end.

The group

TMG, centred on the national De Telegraaf newspaper, publishes the Het Noordhollands Dagblad, Limburgs Dagblad, Haarlems Dagblad, De Gooi en Eemlander and Leidsch Dagblad regional papers, along with a range of free papers such as Spits.

Its consumer and sports magazines include the expose Privé, Voetbal and Voetbal Totaal. It has substantial printing operations across the Netherlands, the Wegener stake, 30% of commercial station SBS6 and cable programming interests.

It has been expanding into Eastern Europe, with for example acquisition of Kiev newspaper Obzor in 2005.

In 2005 TMG swapped its 27% stake in SBS Broadcasting BV (SBS Netherlands) for a 20% stake in SBS Broadcasting.

In 2006 it announced sale of Media Groep Limburg, Grafisch Bedrijf Media Groep Limburg and De Trompetter - aka LMG - to Mecom Group plc for €200 million. LMG, the leading media group in Limburg province, comprises the Dagblad de Limburger (circulation in 2005 of c149,000 copies), Limburgs Dagblad (circulation of c55,600); the weekly door-to-door freesheets of De Trompetter, printing and a number of peripheral assets in magazine publishing (Chapeau!, Nummer1 and WeekendGezet) and local broadcasting (L1).