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Complicated deals lead to brand double vision
there is a bigger picture

Through several quirky twists there are now two radio channels in Bulgaria using variations on the name Z-Rock. The most recent operator of Z-Rock, bTV Media Group, found itself, mostly, without FM distribution, much of its on-air staff and competing with a new Z-Rock. bTV’s Z-Rock, rebranded Radio Z-Rock, is relegated to web and streaming distribution.

The new Z-Rock is operated and, perhaps, also owned by Oberon Radio Max, which includes national radio channels FM+ and Fresh FM plus semi-regional stations Star FM and Sofia station Melody. The company was formed earlier this year by Vasil Dimitrov and others. Mr. Dimitrov had been radio director for bTV Media Group until June when he was abruptly dismissed.

Shortly thereafter Oberon Radio Max took over bTV’s Melody station. It seems bTV has been operating radio stations under contract from separate license holders. Some of those agreements, which do not include all bTV’s radio operations, have begun to expire and the licensees have been demanding more money. In a statement, bTV Media Group said it would “defend” its intellectual property rights to the name Z-Rock, including the web domain name.

The complication dates back more than a decade, explained business news portal (August 31). Advertising broker Krasimir Gergov was, nominally, a consultant to Balkan News Corporation, a subsidiary of News Corporation, When News Corporation exited Bulgaria in 2010 selling the bTV portfolio to Central European Media Enterprises (CME) minority shareholder Krasimir Gergov retained certain rights, including an ad sales deal that eventually - and publicly - went upside down. CME also acquired the 74% stake in CJ Radio Company, which operated several radio channels, retaining founder and executive director, the aforementioned Mr. Dimitrov. (See more about media in Bulgaria here)

Throughout this year CME, principally owned by Time Warner, has shed and replaced several bTV Media Group executives. Last December Florian Skala was brought in as chief executive. Then came a new finance director and TV sales director. In August Mr. Skala quashed local rumors that Time Warner would shed bTV. Since taking management control of CME, Time Warner has replaced several local fixers who have dotted their spreadsheets in several countries.

Digital transition still means a trip to the electronics store
lines form at the rear

Norwegians are flocking to the stores for consumer electronics, reported the Norwegian Electronics Industry Association (Stiftelsen Elektronikkbransjen), quoted by ABC Nyheter (August 25). Total sales up 14% over the same period last year. Thirty-five percent of retail electronics store sales were DAB receivers, a jump from 19% during the same period last year. Nobody is surprised; Norway is about half-way through its phased shut-down of most FM radio distribution.

Sales of DAB adapters for automobiles were also up about 10%, and headphones sales were up, too. Big screen TVs account for nearly half consumer electronics sales. National and regional radio channels will completely leave the FM band early next year. (See more about digital radio here)

Swiss broadcasters attending the annual Swiss Radio Day last week were also treated to a progress report on DAB listening. For the first time, according to a survey from digital radio support group DigiMig, FM radio listening in many subcategories has fallen below 50%. The FM share of all radio listening has slipped to 43% from 51% in the 18 months to spring 2017. The DAB+ share has risen to 32% from 23%. The online listening share is 25%. The biggest increase for digital platforms has come from listeners in automobiles. Listeners under 55 years are switching to online radio platforms, older listeners are going for for DAB+.

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