Media Merger 2019 3

​Formpress Publishing Ltd acquisition of assets of Midland Tribune

In accordance with Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended, the Minister was notified on 22 October 2019 of the proposed acquisition by Formpress Publishing Ltd. of certain assets of Midland Tribune. In accordance with the Act, the Department undertook a 'Phase 1' examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the State. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on 21 November 2019, that the proposed media merger will not adversely affect the plurality of media in the State and, as such, that it may be put into effect.

Copies of the letters containing the Minister's determination can be found below:

Formpress Determination

Midland Tribune Determination

A copy of the phase 1 examination report can be found below:

Phase 1 Examination Report