MTG set a number of milestones for the newspaper to be measured against when it was launched in March 2002, in terms of readership and advertising sales growth. The newspaper has not achieved these milestones and management therefore proposes to close down the business. Closure would result in MTG making a full provision of in the region of SEK 85 million in the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2002, to include all costs arising from the closure of the newspaper.
The Publishing business area, of which Finans Vision and its predecessor Finanstidningen have been the major part, has incurred operating losses of approximately SEK 100 million during 2002.
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTG, commented: “We have consistently made it clear that we work to strict benchmarks. If milestones are not reached, then we take action, as is the case with Finans Vision. It is disappointing to have to close down any operation but the newspaper has not performed according to our expectations.”
“The strategic focus of the Board and management is on the further expansion of MTG into a European broadcaster with attractive Free-to-air and Pay-TV, Radio and Content assets. We have already demonstrated our ability to expand our broadcasting businesses cost-effectively into exciting high growth markets in Eastern Europe.”
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Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO tel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
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