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PMÚ okays CME stake in Markíza

THE ANTITRUST Office (PMÚ) on January 13 approved the takeover by Central European Media Enterprises (CME) of the TV company Markíza-Slovakia, which operates Slovakia's most-watched TV channel, Markíza.

CME will control 34 percent directly and 46 percent indirectly in Markíza-Slovakia through the ARJ company.

A 30-day windown of time to apply for renewal of Markíza's broadcast licence also started that day.

Markíza's current licence is valid until to September 14, 2007. It is applying for a 12-year extension from the Broadcast and Retransmission Council.

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