Power Hit Radio is launched in Lithuania

March 4 2003

MTG is to launch the successful Power Hit Radio brand in Lithuania. MTG was awarded a radio license in Lithuania last year against strong local and international competition and intends to repeat the success of Power Hit Radio in Sweden and Estonia’s capital cities. The station is focused on attracting a fresh new audience of young listeners, with a strong mix of European hit music featuring major international dance and soul artists.

The Lithuanian commercial radio market is highly competitive with over 30 stations, but none focus specifically on the commercially important 15-34 year old target group. The new license in Lithuania will enable the station to penetrate 43% of the country and covers the 3 biggest cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda, which have a combined population of 1.6 million.

Power Hit Radio is already established as the second largest station in Estonia’s capital city amongst the target 15-30 year old age group and attracts 19,000 daily listeners, and is also the second most popular radio station in Stockholm with 116,000 daily listeners. In addition, MTG operates the Star FM national radio networks in Estonia and Latvia.

Building on the success of leading commercial channel TV3, MTG successfully launched a new TV channel in Lithuania called Tango TV last year, targetting the same young urban audience as Power Hit Radio. Tango has already generated a peak monthly commercial share of viewing of over 8% amongst 15-30 year old viewers in Vilnius. TV3 has a national penetration of over 95% in Lithuania and had a 39% prime time commerical share of viewing amongst 15-49 year olds in the fourth quarter of 2002. TV3 is also broadcast in Latvia and Estonia and has a 35% pan-Baltic commercial share of viewing.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “The introduction of Power Hit Radio in Lithuania is the third stage in our expansion in Lithuania, and builds on the successful launch of Tango TV to target the younger audience. This is a fast growing niche market that is not currently being served in Lithuania’s major cities, and the Power Hit format has already proven its ability to attract a new generation of listeners in other markets”.

For further information, please visit www.mtg.se, email info@mtg.se, or contact:

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO
tel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
Matthew Hooper, Investor & Press Enquiries
tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5010

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