M/10/007 – Trinity Mirror / Guardian Media

Transaction details

The Competition Authority cleared, on 26 March 2010, a transaction whereby Trinity Mirror plc. would acquire sole control of most of the assets and businesses of GMG Regional Media from the Guardian Media Group plc.
As this is a media merger, the parties can only proceed with this merger if the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment does not direct the Competition Authority to carry out a full investigation within 10 days after the date of the Authority’s decision. The Minister did not make such a request and the merger may now proceed.

Notification date Decision date
Friday March 5, 2010 Friday, March 26, 2010
Parties Involved Business activities
Guardian Media Group

Guardian Media: MEN Media and S&B Media publish regional newspapers in the UK.

Trinity Mirror PLC

Trinity Mirror: is a UK newspaper publisher with a portfolio including five national newspapers, 140 regional newspapers and more than 400 digital sites.

Economic sector Media merger
Newspaper publishing and the operation of digital sites associated with their newspaper titles. Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Monday, March 15, 2010
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Mr. Andrew Rae

Tel:01-804 5420, email: ar@tca.ie

Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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