Indianapolis…Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its controlling interest in Votionis, an Argentine broadcasting company, to its local minority partners for $7.3 million in cash.
Emmis announced in December, 2003, that it was selling its interests in Argentina to geographically target its international efforts. Emmis International now consists of Sláger Rádió, the top-rated national station in Hungary, as well as nine FM radio stations serving more than 50 percent of the population in the Flanders region of Belgium.
Votionis operates one AM and one FM station in Buenos Aires. The AM station, Radio 10, is Argentina’s leading news and information station, while the FM station, Mega 98.3, pioneered the “rock nacional” format and achieved instant ratings success when the format was introduced in 2000.
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