History

Distribution of Forbruger-Kontakt initiated by Richard Bunck
1971
Forbruger-Kontakt covers all major urban areas in Denmark.

1978
Publication of the first edition of Søndagsavisen.

1989
Søndagsavisen covers all households in Greater Copenhagen.

1990
Søndagsavisen and Forbruger-Kontakt become divisions of Søndagsavisen a-s.

Collaboration with A/S Vestsjællandske Distriktsblade.

1991
Søndagsavisen is published on Funen.

1995
Søndagsavisen is Published in Jutland – circulation exceeds 1.3 million copies.

1996
Quoted on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

Introduction on the Internet.

Collaboration with Esbjerg Ugeavis A/S.

Søndagsavisen International AB established in collaboration with Tidnings AB Marieberg.

1997
Publishing and distribution in Århus in collaboration with Århus Stiftstidende.

Avisen is issued in Stockholm with a circulation of 790,000 copies.

1998
Buying 100% of the shares in Kompassnål AB, in South of Sweden.

Agreed to buy 35% of the shares in Norpost AS, Norway.

1999
Buying 52.19% of the shares in Norsk Avisdrift AS.

Increase of shares in NorPost AS, Norway to 54.95%.

Søndagsavisen a-s takes over the whole sharecapital in Søndagsavisen International AB.

2000
The online activities is hived off as a subsidiary – OFiR.com a-s.

OFiR starts activities in Sweden, Germany, France and Great Britain.

2001
Søndagsavisen issued on southern Sweden with a circulation of 264,000 copies.

Increase of shares in NorPost AS, Norway, to 100%.

Increase of shares in Norsk Avisdrift, Norway, to 100%.

The publishing of Søndagsavisen in Scania and Stockholm discontinues.

2002
Søndagsavisen a-s and Berlingske Lokalaviser A/S establish a joint venture, Dansk Distributions Center A/S, which is to handle the distribution in Copenhagen.

Alfo Distribution A/S, owned 100% by Søndagsavisen a-s, takes over Reklameservice Randers A/S.

Søndagsavisen a-s enters into an agreement with H.A. Grafisk Reklame A/S about establishing a joint distribution company.

Søndagsavisen a-s enters into an agreement with A/S Svendborg Avis about establishing a joint distribution company.

Søndagsavisen a-s takes over the activities in DTD København A/S.

Norsk Avisdrift discontinues the publishing in Oslo, Norway.

NorPost AS increases the shares in Norpost Trondheim AS, Norway, to 100%.

The publishing in Stockholm increases to cover Greater Stockholm with a total circulation of more than 930,000 copies.

The publishing companies in Stockholm merged into one company, Lokaltidningen Mitt i Stockholm AB.

2003
Søndagsavisen a-s establishes a joint distribution company in collaboration with Den sydvestjydske Venstrepresse A/S.

Søndagsavisen a-s sells NorPost AS, Norway, and the Group’s activities in Norway now solely comprise newspaper and distribution activities in Trondheim.

OFiR a-s acquires the controlling interest in MatchWork World Wide A/S.

Gratistidningar i Stockholm AB acquires the local newspaper Smé-Journalen and extends its newspaper and distribution area to include Södra Mälaren south of Stockholm.

Gratistidningar i Stockholm AB changes its name to Gratistidningar i Sverige AB.

2004
OFiR a-s acquires the remaining shares of MatcWork World Wide A/S (MatchWork) and MatchWork becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of the group. The MatchWork staff move to the OFiR offices in Gladsaxe.

S-Post expands distribution in Nyköping/Oxelösund.

2005
Søndagsavisen is re-launched and the total circulation of Søndagsavisen is increased by approximately 600,00 copies per week to a total of more than 2.1 million copies.

Søndagsavisen a-s achieves record revenue and profit for the year.

2006
Søndagsavisen a-s increases the shares in Helsingør Dagblad to 57%.

Søndagsavisen a-s enters the market for real estate business with the launch of Plushandel www.plushandel.dk, owned 50% by Søndagsavisen a-s.

The total circulation of Søndagsavisen is increased by approximately 400,00 copies per week to a total of 2.5 million copies.

2007
OFiR’s and Søndagsavisen’s activities aimed at the recruitment market under the designation of ‘We do the job together’ is launched. The goal is to create Denmark’s largest marketplace for advertisement of vacancies.

The market for national retail trade advertising is not developing as expected, and consequently S’ndagsavisen’s circulation is reduced. The newspaper is now published in 2.2 million copies distributed on 15 regional editions.

To strengthen the development of the synergies between newspaper and internet, the Management Board is extended with a director responsible for this area, designated as the Group’s Media Online activities.

2008
Søndagsavisen.dk is launched in October.

Norsk Avisdrift AS is sold as per 23 October and Gratistidningar i Sverige AB is sold as per 30 November.

Forbruger-Kontakt enters into a two-year distribution agreement with both Dansk Supermarked and Coop.

2009
Søndagsavisen is closing down four editions in Jutland as a direct consequence of a massive fall in the advertisement markets. This step will reduce Søndagsavisen’s circulation from approximately 2.1 million to approximately 1.4 million copies.

2010
At the annual general meeting on 23 April 2010, it was decided to modify the companys current legal structure, so that the group changes its name from the Søndagsavisen a-s to North Media A/S.

In the new structure the parent company becomes holding company for the group’s operating companies, except some administrative corporate functions. The actual activities are secreted into separate subsidiaries.

FK’s efficiency projects lead to substantial cost savings.

Bostadsportal.se is launched as a sister portal to Boligportal.dk

BEKEY further develops and matures a key system intended to facilitate distributors’ access to locked stairways.

2011
FK produces the best results ever seen since the establishment of the company.

North Media sells of the remaining 33.3% of the shares in Gratistidningar i Sverige AB.

Søndagsavisen.dk and minreklame.dk are combined to gain more benefits from having more than 500,000 users who visit these homepages and use the services offered.
2012
North Media acquires Byggestart and Henttilbud to arrange building projects online.

MinReklame.dk is integrated with FK Distribution A/S.

Ofir develops its job universe which relies on the market’s largest network of media for exposing vacancies.
2013
North Media acquires eight local newspapers in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.
FK launches its NoAds+ service which allows each household to choose the advertising brochures they want.
BoligPortal launches its ”self-sale” concept.
2014
NoAds+ rounds 300,000 signed-up households.

The BEKEY system is now also used in Sweden and Norway.

minetilbud.dk achieves digital breakthrough with more than 900,000 app downloads.
2015
North Media A/S celebrates its 50th anniversary on 2 April.

North Media introduces a new business segment structure: FK Distribution A/S, North Media Aviser A/S, North Media Online A/S and BEKEY A/S.

NoAds+ rounds 550,000 signed-up households. 2.3 million letter boxes are visited every week.

Byggestart.dk changes its name to håndværker.dk.
2016
25% of Danish households have opted to sign up for NoAds+ (658,000).

Some editions of Søndagsavisen and the equity interest in Vestsjællandske Distriksblade are divested.

North Media Aviser sharpens its strategic focus on Copenhagen and acquires five local newspapers in Copenhagen.

North Media Online invests in Lix Technologies ApS and Lead Supply ApS.

50% of all stairway doors in Copenhagen and 25% of Danish municipalities use BEKEY.