Media house preys on Northern newspapers

The Belgian newspaper publisher Mediahuis is in talks with the northern Dutch NDC media group about a takeover of the company. NDC media group publishes the Dagblad van het Noorden, the Friesch Dagblad and the Leeuwarder Courant. The Belgian Media House already owns De CCeit and NRC, among others.

Mediahuis talks to shareholders FB Oranjewoud and Je Maintiendrai Fonds about the sale of shares, the NDC management confirms to Dagblad van het Noorden. The talks are said to be “constructive” and in a “far-reaching stage”.

Loss

The independent existence of the newspapers in the north has been in jeopardy for some time now. Director Pier Baarsma of the NDC told the regional broadcaster RTV Noord in February that the situation cannot be sustained for long. “If we can’t demonstrate that we can continue independently within two years, we’ll be sold.” The media company has been writing red figures for two years in a row.

In the Netherlands, Mediahuis owns NRC, nrc.next, De CCeit and regional newspapers in Limburg, North and South Holland, such as Noordhollands Dagblad, de Gooi- en Eemlander, Leidsch Dagblad and De Limburger.

NDC media group is publisher of Dagblad van het Noorden, Friesch Dagblad, Leeuwarder Courant, seven newspapers and forty weekly newspapers in the north of the Netherlands, Flevoland and Kop van Overijssel.

Belgian owners have a strong position on the Dutch newspaper market. In addition to the Belgian Media House, DPG Media of the Belgian Van Thillo family is also active in our country. They have a majority stake in, among others, the AD, Trouw, Het Parool and de Volkskrant. At the end of last year, DPG Media took over the Dutch activities of media company Sanoma.