ProSieben, Sat.1 may form closer ties

Kogel in talks to head programming for German web

BERLIN — The future head of German commercial web ProSieben has spoken out in favor of closer cooperation between ProSieben and private channel Sat.1.

Urs Rohner, who will replace Georg Kofler Feb. 1, told German newsmag Der Spiegel that the television group “wants to build a strong family of channels with father, mother, daughter and son.”

Since the Kirch Group acquired the majority stake in ProSieben late last year there have been noises made from various company reps on a closer cooperation between the two channels. Sat.1 topper Fred Kogel has been in talks to head up programming for ProSieben, Sat.1 and weblet Kabel.1. Berlin-based Sat.1 would then likely relocate to Kirch’s HQ in Munich.

The pay web Premiere World recently moved from Hamburg to Munich after Kirch acquired the majority stake last year.

Kirch is poised to acquire the majority in local Hamburg channel Hamburg1 and may end up in control of mini channel tm3, which could give it a cable frequency on which to launch its news channel N24.

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