Talpa Media

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Talpa Media
Founder John de Mol, Jr.
Headquarters Laren, Netherlands
Key people
John de Mol, Jr., Founder/CEO
Revenue Increase € 84 million (2005)
Decrease € −105 million (2005)
Website www.talpa.tv

Talpa Media Holding is the holding company in which John de Mol, Jr. has transferred all of its media activities. Besides John de Mol, who as majority shareholder owns 80% of the company, Rabo Participaties owns a 20% stake in the media company. The holding company has amongst the 538 group with radio station Radio 538.

Business units[edit]

The Talpa Media Group is a large company that consists of, among other things, television, radio, internet and print activities.

538 Groep[edit]

The 538 Groep (English: 538 Group, officially Radio 538 B.V.) is a holding company of Talpa Media, in which various radio and television activities are housed. The group was founded on January 1, 2012. The group includes the radio stations Radio 538, Slam!FM, Juize and thematic channels (only on Internet): 538 Festival Radio, 538 NL, 538 IBIZA, 538 Dance Department, 53L8, Top 40 Radio, 538 Party, 538 Hitzone, TVOH Radio (only in a period when The Voice of Holland is on the television.) and Slam hardstyle. In addition, the television channels TV 538 and Slam!TV falls within this group.

Talpa Digital (Internet)[edit]

This business unit within Talpa Media is responsible for cross-media rollout of various program concepts. It is also responsible for setting up stand-alone services such as dating community Mundo, Radio Digitaal and Fuel for Travel. Talpa Digital develops learn concepts in five main groups: sports, gaming, news, music and leisure. Because wherever possible Talpa Media owns the rights to its contents it may develop directly in front digital applications. Additionally, advertisers at an early stage in the development of formats involved.

The director of Talpa Digital is Edwin Tromp. Before Edwin Tromp was working at Talpa Media, he was responsible at Endemol Interactive and general manager at internet company Lost Boys.

Talpa Music[edit]

Talpa Music engages in the international and national production of music, the exploitation of copyrights, music publishing, production and licensing of image and sound carriers, developing artists and their image (merchandise), advice on music industry and the exploitation of music in the area of internet applications.

On an international level Talpa Music works with composers among others Burt Bacharach, Tom Waits, Bill Withers, Maxi Jazz (Faithless) and Lil John (Usher).

Abolished and divested businesses[edit]

  • Talpa Radio. Under Talpa Radio fell Noordzee FM, Radio 10 Gold and the Danish radio station Radio 100FM. All these stations have been sold to other companies.
  • Fuel for Travel - Was a digital content store at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. For a certain fee was possible to download TV programs, ringtones, audiobooks.
  • Mundo was an independent dating site, but via Mundo you can also establish contact with members of other dating sites.
  • Skoeps.nl - In October 2006 Talpa Media was with PCM Uitgevers began the news-in-picture Skoeps.nl website. On this site, visitors could post their own news photos. Following the successful sale of a press release will communicate the original creator of the turnover. On the fifth in May 2,008 operations were terminated because they never become profitable.

On June 27, 2007 was officially announced that the television channel Tien would be taken over by RTL Nederland. The reason for the sale was partly traced back to disappointing ratings and huge financial losses. Also, radio station Radio 538 went to RTL.

Talpa TV[edit]

The business Talpa TV started in late 2004 and began its broadcasts on August 13, 2005 under the same name Talpa.

Ten (TV channel)[edit]

Main article: Tien (TV channel)

Talpa (later Tien) was from August 13, 2005 to see every day from 18:00 on the channel that was filled during the day by the children's channel Nickelodeon. From Saturday, December 16, 2006 the station was broadcasting 24 hours a day. That was a long cherished wish of Talpa-founder John de Mol fulfilled. The station distinguished itself from the competition by allowing existence more than 80% of its interpretation of Dutch products. In addition, managed Talpa Content the majority of its program rights. On June 27, 2007 the channel stopped due to disappointing ratings.

Tien Livestream and mobile[edit]

Tien was available on television, but in addition it was also possible to see Tien via the Internet and mobile phones. Tien had the rights of almost all of its programs and was able through multiple distribution channels offering its programs. There was also the Tien.TV website a feature that programs can be watched back.

Radio Digitaal[edit]

Radio Digitaal was in 2006 the first Dutch commercial online radio platform on the internet, which, alongside Radio 538 and Radio 10 Gold, continuous eight stations were to listen to different music formats. The stations are: 24/7 dance, NonStop 40, Power FM, Love Radio, Flashback Radio, Hits 4 Kids, Real rock radio, Après-Ski Radio, Comedy Radio and JFK. Later also Radio Noordzee Nationaal, 538 jumpstyle radio, Radio 10 Gold 90's, Radio 10 Gold 80's and Radio 10 Gold 60's/70's are added and 24/7 dance was replaced by 538 dance department. The activities of Radio Digitaal ceased on December 31, 2008. Some underlying Internet radio stations are housed in respective. Radio 538 (of RTL Netherland Holding), respectively. Radio 10 Gold. The newly launched Radio Noordzee Nationaal that had obtained cable distribution again since July 1, 2008, was stopped on December 31, 2008 as part of Radio Digitaal.

On www.radiodigitaal.nl were heard to programs on Radio 538:

And from Radio 10 Gold:

And also Manpower Radio@Work.

4FM (Belgium)[edit]

Main article: 4FM

In Belgium Talpa was active with 4FM. 4FM received a frequency package in Flanders after Belgian equivalent of Zero Base. As a result, the station will air its coverage increased sharply, resulting in increased listening figures. 4FM is working with Q-music, the other 'national' commercial station in Flanders. This station, which is owned by the VMMa, took over 4FM in May 2007. The growth of 4FM and Q-music comes mostly at the expense of Radio Donna, the hit station of the public broadcaster VRT.

Talpa Content[edit]

Talpa Content is the division within Talpa Media has set itself the aim of developing crossmedia formats for Talpa TV, radio, internet and mobile telephony and digital television.

Talpa Content Sweden[edit]

Talpa Scandinavia is a content company that focuses on developing content for new media and television. The company produces no content and spend these tasks. This is because it believes that future production is not an important link in the development process in a mature market can be outsourced.

The business is run by Anna Carrfors Bråkenhielm, she was responsible for the worldwide mega hit of Expeditie Robinson and is known as one of the most prominent format developers of the world. Anna Carrfors Bråkenhielm gave last year to be ready for a new challenge. She called John de Mol for obtaining advice and he offered her a job, about that they have to think not in their own words long.

Recently, she said that during her previous tenure at Strix Television in Sweden to one big wish was not yet arrived. Namely, the score of a televisiehit in the United States. With support from Talpa Creative tries to make this dream come true.

Talpa Scandinavia is in the short time that it exists in the successful development of new formats for new media and television. In addition, the company has recently signed a deal with a Nordic telecom operator mobile content.

Talpa Productions[edit]

Main article: Talpa Productions

Talpa productions is the business unit that developed by Talpa Content content, produces and sells to stations.


In addition to the content branch which Talpa devises television programs, a cross-media approach plays a major role within the group. For that reason, there is established an internal cross-media department, where possible programs and formats engages in a cross-media environment. So Big Brother was big on television, internet, mobile phones and a digital magazine accommodated. Additionally Talpa had with Versatel an agreement to launch new interactive applications around the program via digital television.

John de Mol announced at the first press presentation of Talpa Media that cross-media thinking had to be Talpa's second nature.


  • Talpa is Latin for Mol (English: Mole), the surname of the founder of this company.

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