20 Minutes (Tamedia) competition inquiry

Swiss publisher Tamedia, owner of the sole French language free daily in Switzerland 20 Minutes is accused of misusing their monopoly position in the western part of the country.

After Tamedia and Edipresse, the owner of competing free daily Matin Bleu decided to merge, Matin Bleu was taken from the market, although in name it ‘merged’ with 20 Minutes.

According to the Swiss organization of Advertisers (Schweizerische Gewerbeverband) rates fot advertising have been raised with 45% in 2010 and with another 10% in 2011.

According to Tamedia, rates are still lower than those in paid publications while both publishers offered advertising in the past for prices below costs. (SwissInfo)

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