According to Dutch newspaper reports, John de Mol’s Tien channel will be acquired by RTL Nederland. However, a spokesperson for De Mol said no deal has been signed. Tien would be turned into an RTL branded channel, probably RTL10, but programming from the channel would be spread across the RTL channels.
RTL would also incorporate Radio 538, but the other stations owned by De Mol’s Talpa Radio would stay outside the deal. These include AM Radio 10 Gold, some web based stations as well as Danish radio stations. In return De Mol would get a 25 – 30% in RTL Nederland as well as an output guarantee for his production firm.