SBS Broadcasting Group
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|Fate||Acquired by ProSiebenSat.1 Media; resold to Discovery Communications|
SBS Broadcasting Group (normally referred to as just SBS, which originally stood for Scandinavian Broadcasting Systems) was a European broadcasting group, operating commercial television, premium pay channels, radio stations and related print businesses in Northern, Western and Central and Eastern Europe.
SBS has broadcasting services in Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden), Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Romania.
SBS was controlled by funds advised by two private equity firms, Permira and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Telegraaf Media Groep N.V. (TMG) of the Netherlands was also a shareholder in SBS, with a 20% equity interest. In 2005, SBS was bought by the equity firms Permira and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). They also bought the German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media in early 2007 and on 27 June 2007 it was announced that ProSiebenSat.1 Media acquired the SBS Broadcasting group for 3.3 billion euros from the joint owners. ProSiebenSat.1 Media became the second largest broadcaster of Europe with 48 TV stations. On 14 December 2012 Discovery Communications bought the Nordic portion of SBS for $1.8 billion.
SBS was founded by Harry E. Sloan who bought a stake in the Danish station Kanal 2 (Copenhagen) and Norwegian TVNorge. In 1991, Sloan bought the Swedish Nordic Channel, which was soon renamed Kanal 5 and became the third largest commercial broadcaster in the country. The company was originally known as "TV1", but was renamed "Scandinavian Broadcasting Systems" in 1991. After expanding into Benelux and Eastern Europe, the name was changed again, this time to SBS. In the end of 2011 ProSiebenSat.1 Group has sold its Bulgarian radio stations as well as the music channel the Voice TV to A.E. Best Success Services Bulgaria EOOD. The transaction was closed on November 10, 2011.
Television operations started in 1989 in Scandinavia. In March 2005 SBS acquired C More Entertainment, a Nordic pay tv provider operating under the Canal+ brand, which is now controlled by Swedens largest broadcaster TV4. C More provides premium sports and movie channels in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland under the Canal+ and the now defunct C More brand.
The general entertainment network "TV Danmark" was launched in 1997. It was renamed "TV Danmark 2" when the sister channel "TV Danmark 1" was launched. When "TV Danmark 1" was renamed "Kanal 5", the first channel reverted to its old name before becoming "Kanal 4" in 2006. On January 1, 2007, the terrestrial Kanal 4 signals were replaced by a new channel called "SBS NET", while Kanal 4 continued broadcasting by satellite and cable. Starting January 1, 2009, SBS NET will be re-branded as "6'eren". "The Voice TV Denmark" was partially re-branded "7'eren" from January 1, 2012.
- Kutonen (Channel 6)
TV2 is owned jointly by SBS and MTM.
- TVNorge HD (Simulcast of TVNorge)
- The Voice TV Norway (Music) (web only)
- FEM (Women)
- MAX (Men)
- VOX (Older viewers)
- TVI (1996–1999)
RTV Pink is owned jointly by Pink International Company
- RTV Pink (proposed)
- The Voice - (Rhythmic CHR) Hit music
- POP FM - (AC) Mix of 60s - 90s songs
- NOVA FM - (Hot AC) Hit music - is the joint channel of TV2 and SBS. SBS runs it and TV2 brings the news from TV2 NEWS.
TV 2 Radio - SBS bought it, after TV 2 sold it out. Now, it is a joint venture between TV 2 and SBS Radio A/S.
- Radio 957, now joined with Radio City, new name "Radio City Tampere"
- Radio Sata, now joined with Radio City, new name "Radio City Turku"
- Radio Jyväskylä, now joined with Radio City, new name "Radio City Jyväskylä"
- Radio Mega, now joined with Radio City, new name "Radio City Oulu"
- Kiss FM (previously known as Radio Contact, available in Moldova with local insertions)
- Magic FM
- One FM
- Rock FM
SBS has several local commercial radio licenses. The main network is called Mix Megapol and has several stations around the country.
- Mix Megapol - (AC) Mix of hits and oldies - National network
- Rockklassiker - (Classic Rock) - National network
- The Voice - (Rhythmic CHR) Hit music targeting young people in Stockholm.
- Radio 107.5 - (Rhythmic CHR) Dance from the 1990s and 2000s for Stockholm
- Vinyl 107 - (Oldies) Music from the 60's, 70's and 80's on FM in Stockholm
- Veronica (TV/Radio guide)