RiK Slovakia: World's first Slovak kids television to be launched at the beginning of 2015.

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11.10.2014 / 09:00

Press release

RiK Slovakia: World's first Slovak kids television to be launched at the beginning of 2015.

Munich/Bratislava, Slovakia - October 11, 2014 - JOJ Group, Bratislava-based media house, operating four channels and Munich-based kids television specialist Your Family Entertainment AG join forces to launch the world's first Slovak language family entertainment channel RiK.

The sister channel of the only private European German language kids channel RiC, named after the famous RiC the Raven, will launch at the beginning of 2015, being the first channel for kids in Slovak language in the world.

In the cooperation JOJ Group brings its deep understanding and professional expertise in launching successful channels in Slovakia, and Your Family Entertainment its award-winning expertise in children's channel broadcasting. It's worth noting that the pay TV children's broadcaster of YFE "yourfamily" was nominated again last week as the world's best kids television channel for the prestigious Eutelsat TV Awards in Rome, Italy.

"We are very pleased JOJ Group will bring RiK to our market as the first channel for kids in Slovak language. We are looking forward to entertaining our youngest audience with programmes that will make them laugh and learn and enjoy their time with TV. We hope RiK will become a good companion and friend not only for children but also for their parents who can count on quality and responsible kids-friendly programming.", says Marcel Grega, CEO of JOJ Group.

RiK will broadcast European animation classics such as "Fix&Foxi" and the live-action TV series such as "Enid Blyton", "Swiss Family Robinson", movies of the week like "Twist in the Tale" and further more.

"Already five years ago Your Family Entertainment AG planned to launch a kids channel in Slovakia, and now with our partner RiK, the first Slovak language kids channel becomes a reality. Similar to Germans and Austrians, Slovak parents are very quality conscious, and so is the management of JOJ Group, who selected us as partners mostly because of quality reasons." says Stefan Piëch, CEO of YFE.

"This innovative partnership of JOJ and Your Family Entertainment will continue our roll out of free and pay tv channels that will be loved by kids, families and platforms in markets around the world. This new service will combine the very best ingredients of localisation and relevance to Slovakia and world class international program content." Paul Robinson, EVP International Channels.

About RiC

RiC TV is the third private Free-TV children's channel in the German-speaking world. The new broadcaster commenced operations in 2012 and can be received on Astra Satellite 19.2 , Live Stream: rictv.de, .at, .ch, various cable networks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as Mobile TV. The target groups are children between the ages of 3 and 13 years old and persons managing the household. RiC TV shows high-quality programmes with European and international co-productions which are developed in collaboration with pedagogues and are nonviolent as well as educational. RiC the Raven is not only an animated series but is also the broadcaster's mascot and connects with the young audience. The calming content as well as the image format, specially tailored to children's needs, and broadcast design are unique in Europe. The "red curtain" accompanies all of RiC TV programmes: it curbs sensory overload and creates a new TV experience for children and the whole family, creating a campfire atmosphere of community and safety.

Coverage RiC
Astra-Satellit, Deutsche Telekom, H3G, A1 Telekom Austria, AWE, CableLink/Salzburg AG, kabelplus, LIWEST, LKG, Magine Neu.SW, Ost Tel Com, Pircher GmbH, R-KOM, S+K Halle, Stadtwerke Judenburg, Swisscom, UPC Austria, Vodafone MobileTV, Willy.tel, Wilhelm.tel, Zattoo.

About Your Family Entertainment AG

Your Family Entertainment AG (WKN [German security code number]: 540891, ISIN: DE0005408918, Abbreviation: RTV) with its headquarters in Munich, was one founder of the first German private broadcaster, Sat.1, in 1984, contributed to the development of children's morning programming on Super RTL and is one of the founding members of Association of Private Broadcasters and Telemedia (VPRT). In addition, YFE is the producer and license distributor for high-quality programs for children and the whole family and has one of the largest broadcaster-independent program libraries in Europe. Its stock of programs includes well-known and beloved series such as "Enid Blyton", "Fix & Foxi" and "Altair". Since 2007, YFE operates the award-winning yourfamily Pay TV children's channel. RiC commenced broadcasting operations as a Free TV channel in September 2012. In addition, YFE operates 20 mobile TV broadcasters on the Hutchison 3 TV platform. YFE is headed by Dr. Stefan Piëch.

About JOJ Group

Since its launch in 2002 TV JOJ has always brought quality to her audience and new original formats that became popular. Professional news, spectacular shows and excellent series are characteristic for the TV. Thanks to its professional start on the Slovak media scene twelve years ago TV JOJ sped up the introduction of television audience measurement that led to more realistic positions of TV stations on the Slovak market today.
TV JOJ has always wanted to offer the best television production to its viewers. From its very beginning it has been based on news and its own mostly entertaining formats. TV JOJ has received excellent audience responses and has been awarded many prizes in contests of popularity.
In 2008 the second station of JOJ Group - JOJ PLUS started its broadcasting and in 2013 the third channel WAU was formed. JOJ channels have become a successful TV group with its stable No.2 Slovak market position. In the recent years JOJ Group has influenced media awareness and many times it reached a value of a market leader with its ratings. This year JOJ made a number of systematic steps which stabilized the airtime structure and strengthened JOJ, PLUS and WAU ratings. As a priority all stations' profiles were defined. JOJ has been set up to be more of a family station, PLUS and WAU are aimed for their target groups - PLUS mainly for men, WAU for women. JOJ has focused on details in the airtime structure, widened the acquisition catalogue and new license purchases based on which new formats will be prepared in the near future.
It has been 12 years TV JOJ is already in the market. It has always considered the latest television trends, successful individual formats from abroad and its own creative and production options so the character it has managed to form is optimal in terms of the TV market and all the variables that influence it. The best producers and creative teams Slovakia has to offer work for JOJ Group. It has the widest range of newscasts on the market and the longest broadcast daily series in the history of Slovak commercial television. JOJ is known for its own production and the most successful comedy series and reality shows. The most successful talent shows were The Czech Republic - Slovakia Got Talent and X Factor.

Contact JOJ Group:

JOJ Group Press:                Lucia Kulihová     kulihova@joj.sk
JOJ Group Sales Director:    Martin Heržo        herzo@joj.sk

JOJ Group
Brečtanová 1
831 01 Bratislava
Tel: +421 2 0900 112 612
Website: www.joj.sk

Contact Your Family Entertainment AG

YFE Press:                       Anja Pohl               anja.pohl@yfe.tv
YFE Investor Relations:     Claus W. Küster     claus.kuester@yfe.tv

Your Family Entertainment AG
Nordendstr. 64
80801 Munich
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 99 72 71-0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 99 72 71 91
Website: www.yf-e.com

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