M/17/068 – Irish Times/Sappho(Irish Examiner)

Transaction details

The proposed acquisition of Sappho Limited by the Irish Times DAC has been cleared by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Notification date Decision date
Thursday December 14, 2017 Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Parties Involved Business activities
The Irish Times DAC

The Irish Times DAC publishes The Irish Times and sells newspaper and digital advertising, the latter on www.irishtimes.com. The Irish Times DAC provides a contract printing service to third party newspaper publishers. The Irish Times DAC also operates the following websites: www.myhome.ie, www.irishracing.com and www.myantiques.ie.

Sappho Limited

Sappho Limited publishes newspapers (and sells newspaper advertising), including Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, and a number of regional titles. Sappho Limited owns and operates the following two radio stations: WLR FM and Beat 102-103. Sappho Limited also owns the following websites: www.breakingnews.ie, www.recruitireland.com and www.benchwarmers.ie.

Economic sector Media merger
Newspaper publication and advertising; digital advertising. Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Date of Requirement for Information Date Information Received
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Friday, February 9, 2018
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 2)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Han Nie

Tel: (+353)1 470 3664
e-mail: hannie@ccpc.ie

Barry O'Donnell

Tel: (+353)1 470 3696
e-mail: barryodonnell@ccpc.ie

Media enquiries: doireannsweeney@ccpc.ie

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