Macquarie buys more broadcasting capacity
By Chris Forrester

Funds controlled by Australian investment bank Macquarie have again invested in broadcasting and transmission capacity. This time Macquarie has spend Ä574 million buying Ceske Radiokomunikace, the Czech Republicís main TV and radio transmission service provider.

On December 5th, Macquarie participated in the acquisition of international facilities house Ascent Media. Macquarie is also involved in the UKís Arqiva broadcasting, transmission and satellite services company.

As regards the Czech purchase, Macquarie has bought 100 per cent of Ceske Radiokomunikace from Falcon Group, itself controlling or managing funds on behalf of Mid Europa Partners. Radiokomunikace serves 99 per cent of the Czech TV and radio broadcasting market and provides corporate and wholesale services to nearly 500 business customers.