The Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has given the green light for DPG Media to take over the Dutch-Belgian media branch from the Finnish publisher Sanoma Media. This means that NU.nl, Donald Duck and Libelle , among others, will definitely get a new owner.
The regulator does not attach any additional conditions to the takeover, and believes that the purchase does not diminish the online news offer.
The Belgian DPG Media, formerly De Persgroep, is the publisher of newspapers Trouw , de Volkskrant and AD and titles such as Independer and Tweakers . Sanoma also includes brands such as Home, Flair, Margriet and VTwonen .
DPG CEO Erik Roddenhof expects that it will take about two weeks before the takeover is complete. "I am looking forward to it. Although now is a weird time during this corona crisis to get started. Nearly everyone at Sanoma and DPG Media works hard from home to get our media to the consumer every day. ”
DPG Media pays 460 million euros for Sanoma's Dutch media activities. The acquisition was announced in early December. Sanoma will not leave the Netherlands, but will focus purely on the educational branch of the company, Sanoma Learning.
In recent years, many mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the Dutch media sector. For example, Telegraaf Media Groep and NRC became the property of the Flemish Mediahuis. Talpa Media also took over media magnate John de Mol from television company SBS and news agency ANP. A few years ago, DPG Media also bought Wegener, the publisher of, among others, Eindhovens Dagblad and De Stentor .