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Acquisitions shuffle chessboard, consolidation results
"organized, powerful and hungry"

Consolidation is a fact of nature in the media sector. Hungry operators hunt high and low for portfolio compliments, strategic investments, cash-flow benefits and competitive advantage. It’s so very Darwinian.

Though barely on the financial news radar, Italian media house Gedi picked up a small stake - 10% - in Radio Italia this week, reported (October 11). Gedi is the common name for big Italian media house Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso after its acquisition of La Stampa publisher Italiana Editrice was approved earlier this year. Gruppo Espresso operates, through subsidiary Elmedia, national radio channels Radio DeeJay, Radio Capital and m2o, not to forget publishing major Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. (See more about media in Italy here)

Radio Italia Solo Musica Italiana, commonly referred to as Radio Italia, is a stand-alone national Italian music channel, sort of easy listening. It has been on the air since the 1990’s. Last year principal owner Mario Volanti switched sales-house to Gruppo Espresso owned Manzoni from Mediaset owned Mediamond, necessitated by anti-trust authorities decision on Mediaset’s primary acquisition of Finelco, operator of Radio Montecarlo, Radio 105 and Virgin Radio Italia, forming new subsidiary RadioMediaset with principally owned Radio Subasio, a regional Italian music channel.

Included in the deal is music TV channel Radio Italia TV and a concert/event organizer. In the most recent Radio Monitor audience estimates Radio Italia placed 5th in the second half of 2016. Media news portal (October 12) referred to Gruppo Espresso as “organized, powerful and hungry.”

New ad trend: digital off, radio on
something local is happening

Ad spending figures in Sweden for September and the year through September tip to good ol’ radio, according to Sveriges Mediebyråers(Swedish Media Agency) and reported by Dagens Media (October 10). Year on year radio ad spending rose 20.2% in September and 23.9% for the first nine month of the year. Total Swedish ad spending bubbled up, one year on, 2.7% for September and 3.6% for the year so far.

Local “rural” daily newspaper ad spending was up in September while other print categories fell. Out-of-home ad spending also got a bump. Online/internet advertising was off for the month, down 0.6%. “The strong growth that digital media has experienced over ten years has slowed in the last year, and September confirms this fact,” said Sveriges Mediebyråers chief executive Staffan Slörner. (See more about media in Sweden here)

TV advertising remains the top dog, up 3.4% for the first nine months, and 35.3% of all ad spending. Online/internet advertising is next at 30%. The radio ad share is 3.4%.

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