Value of media M&A’s up 33% in first half

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New York—The value of media merger and acquisition deals in the first half of 2004 totaled $707 million, up 33% compared with last year’s first half total of $529 million, according to “The DeSilva & Phillips Second Quarter 2004 Interim Roundup,” which was released Wednesday.

The report said the total number of deals increased 63% to 51 in the first half of 2004 from 31 in the same period last year.

In the b-to-b sector, there were 22 M&A transactions in the first half of 2004: 11 magazines, nine trade shows, a newsletter company and a database/consulting company. Thomson Corp. has been the most active seller, divesting itself of Shesunoff Information to Alex Information and its financial newsletters to Spire Capital’s Highline Media.

—Sean Callahan

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