M/10/030 – Alpha Group / Newry Democrat

Transaction details

The Competition Authority has approved the proposed transaction whereby the Tontine Rooms Holding Company Limited, the holding company for the Alpha Newspaper Group, would acquire certain of the assets of the Newry Democrat from TCH Democrat Media Limited.

Notification date Decision date
Monday September 6, 2010 Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Parties Involved Business activities
Tontine Rooms Holding Company Limited (Alpha Group)

Tontine is the entity at the top of the corporate tree of the Alpha Group. The newspaper business of the Alpha Group supplies weekly local and regional newspapers in Northern Ireland and in the midlands of the State. The Alpha Group publishes and sells advertising space in numerous weekly regional newspaper titles in the State. The Alpha Group also sells its newspapers to subscribers and online to paying subscribers.

Newry Democrat

The Newry Democrat is owned by TCH Democrat Media Limited (TCHDL). TCHDL publishes, and sells advertising space in the Newry Democrat. The Newry Democrat also sells its newspapers to subscribers.

Economic sector Media merger
Local Newspaper publishing sector No
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Friday, September 17, 2010
Date of Requirement for Information Date Information Received
Thursday, September 30, 2010 Thursday, September 30, 2010
Current status: Completed
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Elisa Ryan

Tel: 01-804 5446, email: er@tca.ie

Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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