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  1. September 2, 2014

    BMG buys Infectious Music to help change its tune

    BMG, the music arm of Germany’s Bertelsmann, has acquired Infectious Music, the British independent record label behind...

  2. August 24, 2014

    European media bet on tech start-ups

    European media companies are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to investing in digital start-ups, as they look for...

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  1. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2014

    Guest post: Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance - do opposites attract?

    By Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation When the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru meet on June 19 and...

  2. April 27, 2014

    Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann CEO: from punk rock to family values

    Europe’s biggest media group has a problem. It is a family-controlled German conglomerate competing in a digital age...

  3. March 26, 2014

    Bertelsmann seeks €3bn in acquisitions

    Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media company by revenues, is planning to spend €3bn on acquisitions as it looks to revive...

  4. beyondbrics

    March 10, 2014

    Guest post: Argentina's day in court [corrected]

    By Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation On February 18 the Republic of Argentina submitted a petition to the US...

  5. February 10, 2014

    BMG buys electronic dance music publisher Talpa

    BMG, the music arm of Germany’s Bertelsmann, has increased its presence in the hyped area of electronic dance music, buying...

  6. September 20, 2013

    Rockstar boss realises his bank robber dream

    Asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up, the now head of Rockstar Games said “a bank robber”. While that...

  7. September 10, 2013

    Bolloré to slug it out in Vivendi shake-up

    In the conservative and often staid world of French business, Vincent Bolloré has earned a formidable reputation for shaking...

  8. September 10, 2013

    Gruner+Jahr to transform itself in to ‘house of content’

    Gruner+Jahr, the magazine division of German media group Bertelsmann, said its shareholders would invest “several hundred...

  9. September 3, 2013

    BMG in $150m alliance with Primary Wave

    BMG, the German music company, has bought rights to songs by artists including Kurt Cobain and Earth Wind & Fire as part of...

  10. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2013

    London headlines

    * Fraud investigator linked to GSK held in China * Market for dim sum bonds goes cold * Asia stocks gain on Abe as yen to...

  11. July 21, 2013

    Media partnership aims to tap Chinese market

    Bruno Wu and Thomas Middelhoff first met on a chilly night on a boat on the Yangtze River in early 2002. A band played as...

  12. July 21, 2013

    Wu and Middelhoff link up for China-focused media venture

    Bruno Wu, the Chinese media investor, and Thomas Middelhoff, the former Bertelsmann and Arcandor chief executive, are...

  13. July 1, 2013

    Penguin Random House creates biggest book publisher by revenue

    Bertelsmann and Pearson on Monday completed the merger of Random House and Penguin Group, creating the biggest book...

  14. June 26, 2013

    Jagger and Richards get satisfaction with BMG

    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed up with BMG in a move that will see the German music publisher represent their...

  15. June 17, 2013

    Trade deal would benefit US more than EU, Ifo study finds

    The US would gain more than the EU from a transatlantic trade deal, according to a study to be released on Monday. Its...

  16. June 5, 2013

    Springer Science seeks to raise €760m from Frankfurt IPO

    The German initial public offering market has burst into life as Springer Science and Business Media announced plans to...

  17. May 15, 2013

    Inside Business: Letter gives Hirai chance to change Sony

    Daniel Loeb’s tilt at Sony has achieved one goal already. As the activist investor quietly built his $1.1bn stake in the...

  18. May 5, 2013

    Google set to unveil subscriptions for specialist YouTube videos

    Google is on the verge of unveiling an à la carte subscription service for some of YouTube’s specialist video channels, to...

  19. April 29, 2013

    Bertelsmann set for €1.4bn from RTL share placing

    German media group Bertelsmann is poised to pocket €1.4bn from the partial sale of its stake in broadcaster RTL, making it...

  20. FT Tech Hub

    April 25, 2013

    Martin Sorrell to Big Media: Stop being complacent about digital

    There was a major disconnect on display at the FT’s Digital Media conference in London on Thursday morning. Jeff Bewkes of...

  21. April 19, 2013

    Penguin agrees ebook pricing deal with EU

    Penguin has become the fifth and final publisher to reach a settlement with the EU over ebook pricing, a move designed to...

  22. April 17, 2013

    RTL stake sale to boost Bertelsmann funds

    Bertelsmann is poised to make up to €1.6bn through a partial sale of its stake in television broadcaster RTL, in what would...

  23. April 17, 2013

    Inside Business: Media moguls learn from takeover mistakes

    Charlie Ergen’s $25.5bn attempt to break up Softbank’s bid for Sprint Nextel this week is a reminder that the animal spirits...

  24. April 14, 2013

    Bertelsmann Foundation disputes US rating

    Political gridlock and growing inequality in the US mean the country does not deserve a triple-A credit rating, even though...

  25. April 8, 2013

    EADS exit raises questions on Lagardère

    When Arnaud Lagardère stood down as EADS chairman last month, he wished its chief executive Tom Enders the best of luck...

  26. April 4, 2013

    Bertelsmann to float part of RTL stake

    Bertelsmann has confirmed its intention to float part of a controlling stake in Europe’s leading television broadcaster RTL,...

  27. March 26, 2013

    Bertelsmann near to decision on RTL float

    Bertelsmann will make a final decision shortly after Easter over whether to float a 17 per cent stake in RTL, Europe’s...

  28. March 14, 2013

    EQT kicks off Springer Science sale

    EQT, Sweden’s largest private equity firm, is soliciting bids earlier than anticipated for German academic publisher...

  29. March 1, 2013

    Bertelsmann takes control of BMG

    Bertelsmann, the German media group, has taken a decisive step to re-establish itself as a major player in the music...

  30. February 27, 2013

    Arvato seeks to break new digital ground

    Arvato, a German media services group, is proud that it still presses hundreds of millions of CDs and DVDs and dispatches...

  31. February 20, 2013

    Bertelsmann moves back to music stage

    Bertelsmann, the German media group, could spend around €500m to take full control of BMG, its music joint venture with KKR,...

  32. February 14, 2013

    US regulators allow Random-Penguin union

    Bertelsmann and Pearson have received clearance from US competition regulators to combine their book publishing divisions,...

  33. February 7, 2013

    Warner Music wins Parlophone auction

    Len Blavatnik’s Warner Music has won the auction for former EMI labels including Parlophone, the home to Coldplay, David...

  34. January 31, 2013

    Bertelsmann seeks buyer for €2bn RTL stake

    Bertelsmann, the German media group, cemented its return to dealmaking by announcing its intention to sell a stake in...

  35. January 21, 2013

    Pearson warns of tough year ahead

    Pearson, the education and publishing business, warned the headwinds that it faced in the final few months of 2012 were...

  36. January 20, 2013

    European buyouts suffer winter freeze

    The emergence last week of a potential $20bn private equity “mega-buyout” in the US is a slap in the face for the European...

  37. January 10, 2013

    Music labels rocked by bid for Parlophone

    Independent music companies have raised concerns that Sony and BMG’s attempt to buy Parlophone could breach competition...

  38. January 6, 2013

    Sony rejoins BMG for Parlophone bid

    Sony has teamed up with BMG to bid for Parlophone and other EMI labels being sold off by Universal Music, reuniting Sony and...

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