KIEV. February 1. UNN. Owner Group DF Firtash sold an option to purchase UA Inter Media Group Valery Khoroshkovsky. This writes Forbes magazine, referring to two mutually independent sources close to the leadership of UA Inter Media Group, said UNN.
Terms of the agreement, including the size of the purchased package is not specified.
U.A. Inter Media Group owns a controlling stake in the TV channel "Inter", she still has eight channels, including K1, K2, and "Megasport".
January 27, 2009 Khoroshkovskiy said in an interview that Firtash has an option to purchase shares of UA Inter Media Group Limited. Eighteen months later, in June 2010, Inter officially announced that he was ready to sell the TV channel "Inter", but then this happened.
The fact that Firtash from January 1, 2010 was an option to buy 50% stake in "Inter", according to the website WikiLeaks, businessman personally informed the U.S. ambassador.
According to Yaroslav Porokhniak, chairman of JSC "Inter Channel," as of December 11, 2012 shareholders channel structure looked like this: 61% of shares owned by the company "Ukrainian media project", "daughter" UA Inter Media Group Limited, which is 100% owned by Valery Khoroshkovsky . 29% of shares of "Inter" owned Channel One Russia, 10% - Svetlana Pluzhnikov, widow of the founder of the channel Igor Pluzhnikov.
Significantly, the information about the owners of the channel was released a week before Khoroshkovskiy wrote a letter of resignation from the post of first deputy prime minister says.
"Negotiations between Firtash and Khoroshkovsky lasted all the time. Patient and wait for the official announcement," - commented purchase information channel MP from the Party of Regions Inna Theological about familiar with Valery Khoroshkovsky.
Firtash and Khoroshkovskiy until information not comment.
The publication notes that in 2012, the Inter TV channel rapidly losing share watching TV. According to Gfk, in the spring it was 13% at the end of the year this figure dropped to 9% (data for commercial TV audience).
However, the advertising fees fall TV viewing share has not reflected. In 2011, according to official reports, television revenues amounted to 744.8 million USD.
UA U.A. Inter Media Group Limited was founded in 2005. The Group owns 61% of "Ukrainian Independent TV Corporation" ("Inter"), 90% "Cinema-TV2 (TV channel" Enter Film "), 90%" Music TV "(" Enter Music ") channels" K1 , "" K2, "" Mega "channel" NTN "," MTV Ukraine ", and other media assets.