|Central European Media Enterprises is the leading television broadcaster in Central and Eastern Europe. The company was founded by Ronald Lauder in 1994 and along with its local partners, it operates TV Nova, Nova Sport and Nova Cinema in the Czech Republic, PRO TV, PRO TV International, ACASA, PRO CINEMA, Sport.ro and MTV Romania in Romania, TV Markíza, Nova Sport and Television Doma in the Slovak Republic, POP TV and Kanal A in Slovenia and Studio 1+1, 1+1 International and Kino in Ukraine, NOVA TV in Croatia and Pro.BG and Ring.BG in Bulgaria.
Sixteen years ago, Ronald Lauder had a daring vision for the future of Central and Eastern Europe. He imagined a better world where freedom of speech and thought would govern people's lives; where a consumer economy would power economic growth and raise their standard of living; and where the growth of independent commercial television would yield great financial returns. Ronald Lauder's vision has now been realised. The entire region's economy is growing at rates that are significantly faster than the USA or Western Europe and independent commercial television leads the growth of independent media throughout the region.
Today, CME's award-winning stations reach approximately 97 million people across Eastern Europe with estimated combined television advertising spend of approximately US$ 1.6 billion in 2007. CME's total station EBITDA margins are running at over 30%, some of the best in broadcast television in Europe, with all established stations self financing and delivering positive cash to the holding company. The company's success across these countries is attributable to its business strategy, which is based on working closely with local partners and emphasising the broadcasting independent news and locally-produced programming.
CME is a Bermuda company, with subsidiaries in the Netherlands, London and in each operating country. CME is listed in New York on the NASDAQ exchange and in the Czech Republic on the Prague Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CETV".