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14 Dec 2009



Brussels, 11 December 2009 – The Association of Commercial Television (ACT) is pleased

to announce a further increase in membership. At its Extraordinary General Meeting,

yesterday, the ACT’s College of Members welcomed Antena 1 from Romania, NTV from

Turkey and the pan-European group Discovery Communications Europe as members of the


Philippe Delusinne, ACT President & CEO RTL Belgium commented: “2009 has been a

crucial year for the ACT. Twenty years after its creation, the ACT is still expanding. Antena 1

and NTV are two well-established European players in countries where the ACT is already

well represented. The ACT looks forward to working together with our new members and to

helping them communicate our common concerns to the European institutions.”

Antena 1 was the first commercial TV network in Romania as the only alternative to the

State owned television, with a constant increase in the market share since its launch in 1993.

Antena 1 is part of the Intact Media Group.

NTV started broadcasting in 1996 as the first 24-hour news channel in Turkey. In its constant

efforts to report accurately on national and international news, the channel has opened an

office in Brussels to better follow up on European news. NTV is a member of Doğuş Media


Discovery Communications Europe is headquartered in London and has local offices in

eleven European countries, broadcasting in total to 45 European territories and to Africa and

the Middle East. Channel brands include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, DMAX and

Discovery Historia.

Ross Biggam, ACT General Director, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Antena 1,

Discovery Communications Europe and NTV to the Association. As of today, the ACT now

represents thirty member companies, the highest number in our history. Each of these

companies entertain and inform millions of European citizens daily with attractive local and

international content. And with a new European Commission about to take office, we’re

delighted that more European broadcasters are now convinced of the need to engage with

the institutions and communicate the challenges of our sector to European regulators”

About the ACT:

The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) represents the interests of the commercial

broadcasting sector in Europe. Formed in 1989, the ACT has twenty nine member companies active in

34 European countries. Our members operate several hundred free-to-air and pay-tv channels and

distribute many more channels and new services. The ACT members encompass several business

models: free-to-air broadcasters and pay-TV players, digital platform operators and multimedia groups.

Press Contact

Ross Biggam

Director General

Phone: +32 2 738 76 13

GSM: +32 477 407 733


Utta Tuttlies

Head of Communications

Phone : +32 2 738 76 18

GSM : +32 495 246 467

E-mail :


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