BDO MEDIAtalk | H2 2023

BDO's latest MEDIAtalk report brings together the latest trends in the media sector and the latest direction of global M&A activity.

In headline terms Media Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) activity failed to pick up after a slow first half of 2023, leading to end-of-year figures significantly below that of 2022 both in terms of the number and value of deals.

Alongside music, 2023 saw more than $3bn being spent on audiobook and podcast-related companies. While still a niche segment, podcasts are a growing and highly lucrative medium with a remarkably high, cross-generational reach.

Dealmaking over the past year has unsurprisingly been dampened by the cost of debt globally, which has remained high as central banks work to curb rising inflation.

Now at least, and following two years of relatively light M&A activity caused in part by the cost of debt, there are signs from the deal flow and pipeline that 2024 might see a minor rebound in activity.

This report provides a useful benchmark if you are looking to find out how your media peers are staying on top in trying times and what their next moves are.

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