MTG Offers to Take Over TV4 License in Sweden

Stockholm, SWEDEN

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 11, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Modern Times Group MTG AB (Nasdaq:MTGNY), the international media group, today announced that it has written to Sweden's Ministry of Culture, offering to take over TV4's national commercial TV broadcasting license in the Swedish terrestrial analogue network. This follows the Swedish government's enquiry into the annual concession fee that TV4 has to pay for its licence, and could generate over SEK 1 billion for the Swedish government.

MTG is prepared to accept the current concession agreement with all its existing terms and conditions.

MTG's proposal comes after a special Government enquiry into the terms of the current agreement, which has recommended a 20% reduction in the license fee per annum over the next five years.

MTG's letter to the Swedish Minister of Culture, Marita Ulvskog, stated: "Modern Times Group MTG AB considers the current conditions of the licence -- including the original concession fee - to be favourable to the extent that the company would be prepared to take up the license to broadcast commercial TV in the terrestrial network, without any changes to the existing agreement. The reason for introducing a license fee together with the terrestrial license was that the TV broadcaster controlling the terrestrial commercial license has a significant competitive advantage in terms of penetration over the channels distributed via satellite."

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: "The terms and conditions of the concession are fair and the competitive advantage for the licence holder is considerable for the foreseeable future, so we would be more than happy to take over the license and all of its existing commitments."

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