German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast has found buyers for all its FM antennas in a multi-stage sales process.
This ensures the seamless continuation of FM broadcasting in Germany, Media Broadcast stressed in a statement. The company didn’t, however, disclose details regarding the buyers.
“The purchasers of the infrastructures will be announced to current users in January 2018, unless they are the acquirers themselves,” a Media Broadcast spokesman told Broadband TV News. “For confidentiality reasons, we will not be able to make a list available to the public at this time.”
Media Broadcast announced the plan to sell its FM aerials and transmitters in February 2017. The sale took place through an electronic auction. Following the separation from its FM infrastructure, the company wants to focus on digital distribution platforms for radio (DAB+) and TV (DVB-T2/Freenet TV) as well as service provision.
On December 15, 2017, the last stage of the selling process ended. Buyers were found for all FM antennas. Media Broadcast wants to coordinate the next steps closely with the purchasers in order to ensure a smooth transition of broadcasting operations and to prepare the handover of the technical equipment. This should be completed by the end of March 2018.
Following the announcement of the buyers in January 2018, they will be the contact persons for FM radio broadcasters and network operators. To ensure a seamless transition, Media Broadcast wants to support both sides. The company will continue to offer services in the areas of transmitter technology, antenna maintenance and network services.
All parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the entire sale process.