Dragon Capital investment company bought TRC «Radio Era», announced on 25 September a press-service of the company.
«Radio will become another important asset in the structure of mediaconstruct Dragon Capital, which already owns the public-political magazine «New times» and the information web-portal,» said Dragon Capital.
It is reported that oversee all media in the portfolio Dragon Capital will continue chief editor of the magazine and website of «New Time» Vitaly Sych, the head of the project «Radio-Era FM» will be the journalist Valery Kalnysh, who previously headed the newspaper «Kommersant», the radio «Vesti» and the Internet portal «RBC-Ukraine».
«We are pleased that MediaPortal the company added the oldest spoken radio station of the country with a rich history, and don’t plan any revolutionary changes at the radio station,» – said the General Director of Dragon Capital Tomas Fiala.
The report notes that the company plans to increase investment in technical equipment of «Radio-Era FM».
The statement of the former owners, which is published on the website of the SEC, said that the decision to sell was difficult.
«We all see that the government continues systematic attack on freedom of speech, which is in constant threats to journalists, unjustified inspections, the arrest of journalist Kotsaba (Ruslan kotsaba. – «GORDON»), the closure of radio «Vesti», a long nagging and insinuations around the TV channel «112 Ukraine» and NewsOne, the searches for «1+1», arson, «inter», the pressure on the ZIK TV channel and its owners, the pursuit of the site «Strenia» banning social networking. Unfortunately, as the «Radio Era» and TV company «Era» have not passed this fate. The process of pressure on us received an unexpected denouement – the sale of a stake in it to the investor with American roots, which, from the point of view of international legal and political practice will be able to ensure the protection of the right to independent and professional journalism,» said former owners.
The ultimate beneficial owner of TRC «Radio Era» as of December 31, 2016 set Anton Simonenko.
According to the tabloid «Mediananny», TV channel and radio station were in the sphere of influence of the faction people’s Deputy, ex-the regional Andrey Derkach.
Dragon Capital bought TRC «Radio Era». The former owners said the pressure from the authorities 26.09.2017