Oversier ankles HMG

Buyer did not agree with management's strategies

AMSTERDAM — Kees Oversier, one of the biggest TV programming buyers in Holland, resigned from broadcaster Holland Media Group Wednesday after ten years on the job.

Oversier is stepping down because of differences with the management of three channel network. “Over the last few years I have not always agreed with the buying strategy of the group,” he said.

Oversier, who bought thousands of hours a year of programming for commercial channels RTL 4, RTL 5 and Yorin (formerly called Veronica), will leave HMG on Sept. 1. HMG is hunting for a replacement.

Bart Soepnel, VP of acquisitions for SBS Broadcasting, the pan-Euro broadcaster which also owns three channels in Holland and is HMG’s fiercest competitor, called Oversier “a very strong competitor who knew what he was talking about.”

Oversier’s replacement will face a major challenge: HMG intends to move aggressively into multiplatform content delivery, across TV, Internet and radio.

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