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Dienas Mediji shareholder: the control is in my hands

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AS Dienas Mediji controlling interest owner Viesturs Koziols

«The control is in my hands, and I manage the joint-stock company’s daily processes, development and new products; without my permission no changes can take place,» the owner of AS Dienas Mediji controlling interest owner Viesturs Koziols stated in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Koziols is completely sure that without his approval the joint-stock company’s control cannot change. He also doubts the likelihood that the company’s shares have been offered to SIA Mediju nams «I regard this as a mere speculation,» says Koziols.

He indicates there is an agreement which states that within a year’s time Koziols would like to gain full control over Dienas Mediji, and such possibility was promised to him; therefore, he does not consider that the co-owners could change this agreement so easily.

The controlling interest owner concedes this might be an attempt to «squeeze more money» out of him, otherwise there is no logic to such action. Similarly, he adds that perhaps this could be «a shot aimed to the subscription campaign».

Meanwhile, Koziols himself has not received an offer to purchase the entire controlling interest. He indicates that the agreed time-limit – a year – has not yet passed. Although the carried out reorganisations in Diena have paid off, and economic improvements have been observed in the enterprise, there is still much work to be done until Koziols offers to buy shares from the Rowland family.

Koziols does not wish to sell his shares at any rate. This might only happen when the enterprise attains higher added value – after six, seven or ten years. He also rejects the opinion that Russia is interested in the company.

As regards the political standpoint, Diena has nothing to do with the elections. «Diena is not a propaganda newspaper,» asserts Koziols. He believes the increase in the audience indicates that the society also holds this view.

Koziols confirms that many journalists have left the enterprise. This was due to differences in views regarding work methods and sometimes even ideological views. «The optimization was necessary because many things were set up wrongly, from the managerial point of view there were not enough resourceful processes,» specifies the entrepreneur.

As there is much work, he will look for people who can ease his working day. Moreover, Koziols does not deny that Edgars Vaikulis, who was appointed as the party For Good Latvia (Par labu Latviju) Press Secretary this year, also came to the job interview.


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