Czech billionaire reportedly interested in purchasing TV Markíza

CME reportedly wants to sell the broadcaster for more than €300 million.

The private TV Markíza resides in the Záhorská Bystrica borough of Bratislava.The private TV Markíza resides in the Záhorská Bystrica borough of Bratislava. (Source: Sme - Gabriel Kuchta)

Czech billionaire Petr Kellner is close to taking control over private broadcaster TV Markíza. The information was brought by the Denník N daily, which referred to five sources from the media environment.

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The negotiations are said to be in quite an advanced stage, and the owner may change soon. Kellner’s PPF Group reportedly plans to also buy the Czech private broadcaster TV Nova, the Hlidacipes.org website wrote.

Neither TV Markíza nor PPF wanted to comment on the issue.

What impact would the purchase have?

Kellner is the richest Czech and he is also active in Slovakia.

If he purchased TV Markíza, his influence would increase since he would be able to secure better advertisement conditions for his companies, particularly the O2 telecommunication operator and the loan provider Home Credit Slovakia, Denník N wrote.

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