TMG does not want De Pers

Dutch publisher TMG (paid paper De Telegraaf, free daily Spits) does not want to buy De Pers according to 925.nl. De Pers is owned by Dutch millionaire Marcel Boekhoorn, who is a 5% shareholder in TMG.

The share price of TMG has gone up – which is remarkable for a print media company in a recession time. 925.nl suggests that someone (Boekhoorn?) is buying shares to increase his hold on the company.

TMG CFO Fred Arp admits there have been talks about joint advertising strategies and printing, but that he has no interest in the loss-making paper.

Although the paper is not making any money, Boekhoorn is not planning to pull the plug according to 925.nl.

Meanwhile, also free daily DAG, is getting bad publicity. The €7.5m loan from a PCM (DAG’s publisher) trust fund has not arrived yet although DAG is not depending on that money while the loan was not denied according to PCM’s Bert Groenewegen.

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