Germany’s Bertelsmann is considering cutting its stake in pan-European broadcast and production group RTL to raise cash for expansion in other areas.
RTL operates free-to-air channels throughout Europe and also owns production and distribution group FremantleMedia. Bertelsmann currently holds a 92% stake in the company.
RTL said late yesterday that its parent company has notified it that it is considering reducing its holding to about 75%.
RTL said in a statement: “The Board of Directors of RTL Group has been
informed that Bertelsmann is considering a reduction of its shareholding in
RTL Group through a capital market transaction, while maintaining a qualified majority of approximately 75%.”
Divesting a chunk of RTL would net Bertelsmann about €2 billion, which it would invest in to other media sectors and in activities in other international markets.
Bertelsman chief executive Thomas Rabe said: “”RTL Group will remain a successful core business for Bertelsmann, and a strong pillar of our portfolio.”