In a strategic move that will strengthen the Dutch sports media landscape, the newly founded joint venture between Ringier Sports Media Group AG (RSMG) and DPG Media Group is now officially underway. The key highlight of this joint venture is the transformation of Sportnieuws.nl, leveraging the strong resources and expertise of RSMG. Their playbook will be implemented to enhance and revamp the content and user experience on the platform. Sportnieuws.nl is expected to go online in mid-January 2024.
The collaboration brings together the best of both worlds. Sportnieuws.nl is known for being the only fully sports-focused media platform in the portfolio of DPG Media Group. Sportnieuws.nl has a large social media followership in the Netherlands, making it a strong asset for this collaboration. Rhian Ket has been appointed as managing director and Twan Bovée as editor-in-chief of Sportnieuws.nl.
The joint venture between RSMG and DPG Media Group holds a great deal of promise for the future of sports media in the Netherlands. By combining DPG Media Group’s traffic drivers with RSMG’s playbook, technological prowess and gaming expertise, the joint venture will deliver innovative and engaging content to sports fans across the country.
Robin Lingg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RSMG: “Digital sports media are increasingly the place where sports enthusiasts, experts and advertisers meet. RSMG is determined to invest in this attractive segment and aims to become a top player worldwide, among other things with the support of partners like DPG Media Group. We are delighted that the largest media company in the Netherlands, has agreed to enter into a partnership with us to develop innovative sports media offerings in the Netherlands. It’s a perfect fit.”
Erik Roddenhof, CEO of DPG Media Group: “In the dynamic media world, this joint venture represents more than just a collaboration; it is truly a shared passion. Together, we will make a significant impact on how fans experience sports in the Netherlands.”
Stilian Shishkov, Senior Partner of RSMG: “I am very pleased that we have entered into an agreement with DPG Media Group. The Dutch sports landscape, with its rich history of world-class athletes, innovative sports infrastructure and passionate fan base, is a true sports nation with a rich history of world-class athletes and a great fan base. We are happy to implement our RSMG playbook to serve the Dutch sports fans and advertising customers.”
Ringier AG, Corporate Communications
About DPG Media Group
Over the last decades, DPG Media Group has become an influential media entity across the Netherlands and Belgium. With a diverse portfolio of over 80 strong brands, DPG Media Group’s media assets span newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, and online platforms. Among its notable brands are the Belgian newspapers “Het Laatste Nieuws” and “De Morgen”, as well as the Dutch “Algemeen Dagblad”. Every month, DPG Media Group engages 13.4 million individuals, reaching an impressive 91% of the Dutch population.
About Ringier Sports Media Group (RSMG)
Since its 2022 launch, RSMG merges top national sports media with innovative global tech. With 9 brands across 7 European countries, RSMG reaches 300 million sports fans monthly. Their 200+ journalists produce over 1000 daily content pieces, engaging 30 million users. RSMG is continuously and strategically investing in the sports media sector with the goal of achieving a prominent global position through the consolidation of leading digital sports media brands. These brands currently include Sportal Media Group in Bulgaria with sportal.bg and Sportal365, gsp.ro in Romania, sportal.rs in Serbia, sportal.hu in Hungary, sport.sk in Slovakia, sportal.gr in Greece and A Bola in Portugal. The strategic investment in the UK-based LiveScore Group in 2022 further underscores RSMG’s global aspirations.