Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
11 January 2007
For release at 07.01 11 January 2007
TNS MEDIA INTELLIGENCE ACQUIRES PRESSWATCH IN THE UK
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS), a world leader in market information, announces
the acquisition of UK media information provider PressWatch Media Limited
TNS Media Intelligence operates in 23 countries around the world and this
acquisition will build on the UK division's existing national and international
media tracking and evaluation services.
PressWatch is well known as a high quality information service provider and
independent reputation analyst in the UK. Since its launch in 1996, the company
has built an excellent reputation within the industry, servicing hundreds of
clients ranging from blue chip to owner-managed businesses. Its activities
include media tracking, bespoke media analysis, press cutting, company rankings
and sector analysis. It employs 42 people and revenue for the year ended 31
March 2006 was £2.4 million. Gross assets at that date were £1.5 million.
David Lowden, Chief Executive of TNS, commented: "This move reinforces TNS Media
Intelligence's position as one of the market leaders in media intelligence
worldwide. The combined expertise of TNS Media Intelligence and PressWatch
creates a unique offering in the UK media tracking and evaluation market. It
enhances our ability to bring cutting-edge online solutions to the market and
positions us to build on the strength of existing client relationships."
For further information, please contact:
Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations +44 (0)20 8967 1584
Ash Spiegelberg, Brunswick +44 (0)20 7404 5959
Email to: Janis.Parks@tns-global.com
TNS is a market information group:
* The world's largest provider of custom research and analysis
* A leader in political and social polling
* A major supplier of consumer panel, media intelligence and TV and radio
audience measurement services.
TNS operates across a global network in over 70 countries, allowing us to
provide internationally consistent, up-to-the-minute and high quality
information and analysis.
The group's employees deliver innovative thinking and excellent service to local
and multi-national clients worldwide.
TNS' strategic goal is to be recognised as the global leader in delivering value
added information and insights that help our clients to make more effective
TNS is the sixth sense of business.
About TNS Media Intelligence
Established in 23 countries, TNS Media Intelligence explores all the media -
print, radio, TV, Internet, cinema and outdoors worldwide, 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, and offers a full range of insights and analyses.
Its services include advertising expenditure monitoring, advertising creation
monitoring, news monitoring, sports sponsorship evaluation, etc.
TNS Media Intelligence tracks 3 million brands and is a partner to 16 000
customers in the world.
This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange