ANT1 Group

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Antenna Group
Type Privately held company
Industry Media
Founded9 August 1989
Headquarters Athens, Greece,
also operates in Cyprus & Romania.
Key people
Theodore Kyriakou (Chairman)
Products Broadcasting, Publishing, Telecommunication
RevenueIncrease2.svg 563 million (2014)
Increase2.svg 201 million (2014)
Owner Theodore Kyriakou
Website Antenna Group

Antenna Group, better known as ANT1 Group, is a media company in Greece and currently the largest Greek media company. It was established on 9 August 1989 by Minos Kyriakou, the president and founder of Antenna Group. Today, his son, Theodore Kyriakou, heads up a media empire whose operations include broadcasting, radio, publishing, digital, educational services, telecommunications and a record label. At the cornerstone of the company is ANT1 TV, one of the largest and most successful private television networks in Greece.

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ANT1 Group has also expanded its operations abroad, launching international feeds of ANT1 TV for Greek audiences abroad. It now operates stations serving North America, Europe, Australia/Asia and a regional feed of ANT1 Cyprus.

History

ANT1 Group started on 9 August 1989 with the launch of ANT1 Radio 97.2 (now Easy 97.2), a radio station in Athens. The popularity of this service led it to launch sister station ANT1 Radio 97.5 Thessaloniki (now Easy 97.5) in Thessaloniki later the same year. The following year Antenna Group expanded operations launching ANT1 Television, one of Greece's first private networks and one of the highest rated for many years.

In 1993, ANT1 Group expanded yet again, this time internationally launching ANT1 Satellite and ANT1 Pacific. ANT1 Satellite was the first Greek network to broadcast to audiences in North America while ANT1 Pacific brought the 'best of' ANT1 TV to Australia and the pacific rim.

In subsequent years, ANT1 Group has expanded its business beyond the broadcasting world, including launching Antenna Internet (provides free internet access, music downloading and long-distance calling), Audiotex (telecommunications company), Daphne Communications S.A. (publishing company), Niki Publishing (printing company), Heaven Music (recording label) and ANTEL (wireless transmission).

Recent actions

In March 2011, Dish Network renews multi-year contract with Antenna Group for Greek programming, [1] includes future launch of Antenna Prime, featuring live soccer and classic Greek shows. The agreement ensures continued carriage of Greek-language channels in US.

Operations

Broadcasting

TV:

Greece

Romania

Cyprus

Former channels

Radio

Telecommunications

Publishing

Music

Other

See also

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References

  1. "DISH Network Renews Multi-Year Deal With Antenna Group". Archived from the original on 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2011-03-23.