|Erik Roddenhof (CEO)|
|Products||Print mediaTV and Radio Broadcasting|
|Revenue||EUR 1.766 billion (2020)|
|EUR 178 million (2020)|
Number of employees
The DPG Media Group operates through three national subsidiairies:
In 1987 the Van Thillo family, already the publishers of magazines Joepie (1973) and Dag Allemaal (1984), obtained 66 percent of shares in the Flemish publishing company Hoste NV, publisher of newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws and magazine Blik. In 1990 the rest of the shares were acquired and the company's name was changed to De Persgroep. The company had already bought Flemish newspaper publisher De Nieuwe Morgen in 1989, giving it ownership over a second newspaper, De Morgen.
Also in 1987, De Persgroep was one of nine publishers involved in the foundation of the Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij (VTM), the first and main commercial TV broadcaster in Flanders. The channel was launched on 1 February 1989. Each publisher originally owned 11.1% of the new company's shares. On 30 January 1995, Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij launched a second TV channel, Ka2 (now VTM 2).
In 1992, De Persgroep launched Goed Gevoel, the group's first magazine. In 1995, the first issue of showbiz magazine TV Familie appeared. On November 2001 at 6 AM, Qmusic went live with the Deckers & Ornelis Ochtendshow.
In 2003, De Persgroep acquired ailing Amsterdam city newspaper Het Parool, entering the Dutch market. In August 2003, HLN.be went online. In December 2004, the website, with 700,000 unique monthly visitors, was the most visited news site in Belgium.
In 2005, De Persgroep acquired the Dutch radio station Radio Noordzee and renamed it Qmusic Nederland. That same year, De Persgroep joined forces with the Walloon media group Groupe Rossel to acquire Editco, publisher of the French-language business paper L'Echo, distributed in Brussels and Wallonia. In 2005, the two groups also bought Uitgeverij De Tijd, publisher of De Tijd, the Flemish counterpart to L'Echo. Editco and Uitgeverij De Tijd merged and became Mediafin, with De Persgroep and Groupe Rossel each holding 50% in the venture.
In 1994, the Perscombinatie (publisher of the De Volkskrant, Trouw and Het Parool) acquired a majority stake in Meulenhoff & Co. Perscombinatie Meulenhoff was rebranded PCM Publishing and publication of newspapers and books became its core activities. In late 1995, PCM acquired the Nederlandse Dagbladunie (publisher of TVNZ and Algemeen Dagblad) and became publisher of four of the five national newspapers, four regional titles and door-to-door papers in the Randstad. PCM sold its stake in Het Parool to De Persgroep in 2002, making it De Persgroep's first foreign investment.
PCM was acquired by British-based investment group Apax Partners in 2004. In 2005, Algemeen Dagblad and four regional newspapers were housed in AD New Media BV with PCM holding a 63% interest in the venture.
In July 2009, De Persgroep acquired a majority stake in PCM Publishing and renamed the subsidiary De Persgroep Nederland. A number of transactions were connected to the main acquisition. In July 2009, De Persgroep Nederland sold the house-to-house papers (PCM Local Media) to Wegener. Shortly after, De Persgroep Nederland acquired the 37% stake that Wegener held in AD New Media BV. The acquisition also included the printing house of Wegener in The Hague. Next, De Persgroep Nederland sold NRC Handelsblad and nrc.next for 70 million euros to Egeria in 2009 and the PCM Algemene Boeken book-publishing unit (business object Meulenhoff & Co) to WPG Uitgevers and Lannoo. As a result, De Persgroep Nederland remained the publisher of four national newspapers, Algemeen Dagblad, De Volkskrant, Trouw and Het Parool.
In 2012, De Persgroep Nederland acquired VNU Media, a Dutch publisher of magazines and online tools for professionals, especially in the recruiting and employment sectors. In 2013, De Persgroep acquired the car website Autotrack from Wegener, consolidating its digital portfolio in the Netherlands.
De Persgroep acquired Mecom Group in 2014, thereby adding Wegener, publisher of regional newspapers in the Netherlands, to its assets. The acquisition also included Berlingske Media a Danish media group particularly known for the Berlingske newspaper, one of the world's oldest, and the popular tabloid paper B.T.. De Persgroep sold Midtjyske Media, Berlingske Media's regional newspaper division, to Jutland Funen Media in 2015.
In 2015, Sanoma's Belgian division sold four magazines (Humo, Story, TeVe Blad and Vitaya magazine) to De Persgroep. Vitaya magazine was merged with another Persgroep title, Goed Gevoel, in February 2017. De Persgroep further expanded its magazine holdings when it bought Cascade, publisher of the magazines Primo, Eos, Bahamontes, Motoren & Toerisme and For Girls Only, from Dutch media company Audax Groep in 2018. On 30 April 2019 the company closed two separate deals, whereby three of the former Cascade titles - Bahamontes, Motoren & Toerisme and For Girls Only - were acquired by a new company, De Deeluitgeverij, and a fourth, popular science title Eos, was sold to the new Eos Wetenschap vzw.
In 2016, De Persgroep carried out several acquisitions in the Netherlands. Now part of its portfolio: website Hardware.info, B2B marketing company Synpact, and online video platform MyChannels. In Belgium De Persgroep acquired financial comparison website Spaargids.be. With virtual network operator Mobile Vikings, an additional telecom brand was brought in.
In 2017, De Persgroep bought Roularta's ownership stake in VTM parent company Medialaan and increased its interest to 100%. Roularta received a 50 percent stake in Mediafin and 217.5 million euros in cash. This turned De Persgroep into the sole owner of Medialaan. The company merged Medialaan with its newspaper and magazine publishing holdings in Belgium. To represent this change, the company changed the name of its Belgian holdings to Medialaan-De Persgroep Publishing.
In 2017, De Persgroep acquired Reclamefolder.nl in the Netherlands. In 2018, De Persgroep bought magazine Primo and price comparison websites Independer and Mijnenergie.
On 23 May, 2019, Medialaan-De Persgroep Publishing changed its name to DPG Media.
On the job and automotive markets, DPG Media joined forces with Mediahuis. The online platforms AutoTrack.nl (DPG Media) and Gaspedaal.nl (Mediahuis) became the joint venture Automotive MediaVentions. On the job market, Vacature.com (DPG Media) and Jobat.be (Mediahuis) merged into Jobat, the new reference on the Belgian recruiting market.
In December 2019, DPG Media announced the acquisition of all Dutch assets of Finnish media and publishing company Sanoma, gaining ownership of the magazines Libelle and vtwonen and news platform NU.nl. Sanoma's Belgian unit, that was already stripped down after selling many of its brands and businesses to both DPG Media and Roularta in previous years and consequently having become a publisher of home and deco magazines exclusively, was also included in the deal. The transaction was approved on 10 April 2020 by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and became effective on 20 April.
On 1 March 2020, Christian Van Thillo stepped down as CEO of the company, a role he had taken up for 30 years. His successor was Erik Roddenhof, who previously managed the company's Belgian and Dutch businesses. Roddenhof will continue to run the Dutch division, on top of his duties as the new CEO of the entire group. Kris Vervaet and Anders Krab-Johansen remained CEOs of respectively the Belgian and Danish divisions. Van Thillo became the company's board's executive chairman and in that capacity spearheads the group's strategy, acquisition policy, and the development of the group's media brands.
DPG Media is active in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. The media company carries brands in television, radio, news, magazines, online services and telco.
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