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Ludwig Criel

Chair of the Board of Directors

“The greatest respect

for effort and impact”

In 2022, we were finally able to put two bewildering years of Covid behind us. Amid the considerable uncertainty of the pandemic, the public craved information, analysis and especially entertainment. DPG Media managed to meet these needs exceptionally well, with results to match.

But there was no time to kick back and relax in 2022. The war in Ukraine caused global disruptions and we faced steep price increases. Consumers were forced to become more discerning, paper prices reached record highs and the labour market became so tight that we struggled to maintain distribution.

Still, DPG Media is once again able to present strong figures – not a given at times like these. But, as the results show, a company with a sound foundation can weather a few storms. The installation in 2022 of a compact Executive Committee allowed us to make quick adjustments moving forward. We also finetuned our existing digital strategy, which continued to prove successful. We are making significant advancements on this front, for instance through the acceleration we managed to achieve last year with our own Trusted Web.

Besides focusing on journalism and our commercial activities, we are also increasingly taking social responsibility in the areas of environment, society and governance. We identified six social themes where DPG Media can start making a difference, a development that was encouraged by the Board of Directors.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to present DPG Media’s consolidated financial statements for the 2022 financial year. Another year of impressive figures. But they only become meaningful when we recognise the hard work, commitment and professionalism of DPG Media’s employees in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. Their effort and the impact they made deserve the greatest respect. With this in mind, the Board of Directors is confident that 2023 is going to be another great year.