Tuesday, September 16, 2003

No Surprises

Years after the necessary political decisions and after months of intense speculations Croatian state television is going to lose its third national programme. Frequencies of former HRT 3 are going to be sold to HRTL – media group controlled by German TV station RTL and backed by few Croatian partners, mostly firms and businessmen close to Račan (Racan).

The formal takeover is going to take place in six months. In the meantime, HRTL is promising some 30 millions € of investment into new programme, which would include first Croatian soap opera and "lot of entertainment".

Rupert Murdoch was among the candidates for that particular frequency, but his group never made it to second round of vote. Murdoch might compensate that by taking over struggling Nova TV.


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