Report says pace of media M&A deals jumped to six-year high in ’06

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New York—Bolstered by a healthy economy and modest interest rates, publishing, information and training companies in 2006 posted the largest number of acquisitions since 2000, according to a report released Tuesday by M&A advisory firm Whitestone Communications. Click Here! There were 505 media deals in 2006 compared with 379 in 2005; that surpasses the 446 deals in 2001 but it still well below the 570 deals recorded during the frenzy in 2000, the report said. The value of last year’s deals was up 47% to $27.3 billion, from $18.6 billion in 2005.
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