RTL suffers second regulatory blow as merger with Talpa is blocked

Dutch competition authority the ACM has told RTL Group and Talpa Network that it will not approve the proposed merger between the two companies, initially announced on June 22 2021. The news is the second regulatory blow for RTL in the last six months, after the collapse of the planned merger of RTL-owned M6 and […]

Talpa hires Sanoma Media chief as CCO and SBS CEO

TV format producer and broadcaster Talpa Holding has hired Sanoma Media BeNe CEO Peter de Mönnink. The veteran executive will become chief commercial officer of Talpa Holding and CEO of its subsidiary broadcaster, SBS, on January 11 next year. The position is a new one, and comes soon after Talpa became the sole owner of […]

Talpa buys SBS channels

John de Mol’s Talpa Holding has acquired a 67% stake in the SBS Broadcasting business, giving it full control of the SBS6, NET5, Veronica and SBS9 channels. Talpa bought the part of the business it did not own from Sanoma. The deal also sees Talpa hand Sanoma its share of the TV guide business Veronica […]

Telegraaf and Talpa preparing OTT channels

Dutch publisher and media group Telegraaf Media Groep and ITV-owned producer and distributor Talpa have confirmed plans to launch two OTT channels this year. Mandy van der Wal, director OTT at TMG and a former Talpa exec, spoke about the new channels at an industry event in theNetherlands. TMG is sinking €27 million into the […]

Discovery mulls SBS Netherlands move

Discovery is understood to be considering a move for the SBS free-to-air broadcast business in the Netherlands. Reports surfaced in the Netherlands last week, suggesting that US-listed Discovery has contacted the SBS shareholders Sanoma and Talpa about a possible deal. Talpa founder John de Mol told De Telegraaf that Discovery is interested in a deal. […]