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Wegener Group

overview

This profile considers the Wegener media group.


It covers -

  • Introduction
  • Evolution of the group
  • Studies

Introduction

The Wegener group is publisher of regional dailies and free newspapers in the Netherlands.

It has commercial radio broadcast operations, publishes professional and special-interest magazines, and is emphasising online activity (including provision of municipal information services).

In 2004 it spun off its cartographic products arm into a joint venture, in which it had a minority stake.

The corporate site is here.

Evolution of the group

The Apeldoorn-based Wegener group dates from the 1996 merger between newspaper and magazine publisher Wegener Tijl and Dutch music publisher Arcade. It was initially known as Wegener Arcade.

Following the merger Wegener disposed of many of its consumer consumer and music magazine titles, such as Automobiel Klassiek, and invested in both electronic media - it has stakes in radio broadcasting - and newspapers, notably through acquisition of newspaper group Sijthoff Pers and VNU's Dutch newspaper holdings. It sold its television operations to Viacom's MTV Europe subsidiary in 2001.

Major titles include Tubantia, Haagsche Courant, Gelders Dagblad and Utrechts Nieuwsblad.

Like its competitors PCM Uitgevers and De Telegraaf it has been acquiring local and regional free newspapers. In imitation of VNU and Reed-Elsevier it is attempting to move from low-margin mass market publications to specialist journals and other higher margin publications for markets inside and outside the Netherlands.

Studies

There are no major English-language studies of Wegener or its predecessors.