Decision Nº M/05/071 from Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, 2005-12-01

Decision NumberM/05/071
Date01 December 2005
PartiesFortunegreen,ANL, ITL and MI
StatusPreliminary investigation (Phase 1)
1
Determination of the Competition Authority, dated 1st December
2005, under Section 21 of the Competition Act, 2002 in respect of
Merger Notification No. M/05/071
Proposed acquisition of Joint Control of Fortunegreen Limited by
Associated Newspapers Limited, The Irish Times Limited and
Metro International S.A.
Introduction
1. On 4th November 2005, the Competition Authority, in accordance with
Section 18 (1) of the Competition Act, 2002 (“the Act”), was notified
on a mandatory basis of a proposed joint venture between Associated
Newspapers Limited (“ANL”), The Irish Times Limited (“ITL”) and
Metro International S.A. (“MI”). The proposed joint venture involves
ANL, ITL and MI acquiring joint control of Fortunegreen Limited
(“Fortunegreen”).
2. The Authority advised the Parties and the Minister that it considered
the proposed transaction to be a “media merger” within the meaning
of Section 23 of the Act.
The Parties
3. ANL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust plc
(DMGT)1, is active in newspaper publishing and advertising. ANL’s
activities include publishing either by itself or through its subsidiaries:
The Daily Mail- a UK daily, sold in Northern Ireland and in the
State.
The Mail on Sunday- a UK Sunday newspaper, sold in Northern
Ireland and in the State.
Ireland on Sunday- an Irish Sunday newspaper, sold in Northern
Ireland and in the State. Ireland on Sunday accepts display and
classified advertising, largely from Irish-based advertisers.
Evening Standard- an evening newspaper, largely distributed in
Greater London.
Metro- a free daily newspaper, distributed in Greater London and
other UK metropolitan areas.
Buy & Sell- a classified advertising publication, sold in Northern
Ireland and in the State. Buy & Sell’s national edition is
published three times weekly. Weekly editions of Buy & Sell
(Munster), Buy & Sell (Northern Ireland) and Buy & Sell (West of
Ireland) are also published. Buy & Sell accepts classified and
1 DMGT is one of the largest media companies in the UK and it is active in publishing
national and regional newspapers, teletext, radio, exhibitions and information publishing.

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