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Société Moderne d'Information SAL

Société Moderne d'Information SAL

A Lebanese independent joint-stock company that owns Voix de Tout le Liban (VDTL) and uses the 93.3 MHz frequency band in Beirut, 93.5 MHz in the North and 93.1 MHz in the South, the Bekaa, Batroun and Akkar. It is owned by the heirs of the late Simon Al-Khazen – the former vice-president of the Phalange Party – who have been running the radio station since the 1990s. Until 2017, the radio station owned by Société Moderne d'Information SAL was named Voix du Liban (VDL), until a court decision gave the right to the brand name to the Phalange Party-affiliated Société Nouvelle d'Information Audiovisuelle SAL. In other words, the ownership of "Voice of Lebanon” trademark was a matter of legal dispute between the Phalange party, which was the main owner of the station in 1975, and Modern Media Company. In January 13, 2020, the General Board of the Court of Cassation ruled that: “In light of the lawsuit filed by Modern Media Company S.A.L. in 2017 against the Lebanese State and those required to be included: Lebanese Phalange Party, Voice of Lebanon S.A.L., Société Nouvelle d’Information Audiovisuelle S.A.L. and Radio Liban Star S.A.L., the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal considered that the trademark “Voice of Lebanon” acquired distinctiveness through use. In addition, it has not been proven that the Phalange Party has officially waivered the use of the aforementioned trademark, in favor of Modern Media Company, but rather has given it an implicit power of attorney to do so.

Key facts

Business Form

Private

Legal Form

Joint Stock Company (Société anonyme libanaise)

Business Sectors

The Société Moderne d'Information SAL is operating in radio broadcasting. A Lebanese independent joint-stock company that owns “VDTL” and uses the 93.3 MHz frequency band in Beirut, 93.5 MHz in the North and 93.1 MHz in the South, the Bekaa, Batroun and Akkar.

Ownership

Individual Owner

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Radio Outlets

Voix de Tout le Liban 93.3

Other Online Outlets

https://www.vdlnews.com/

Facts

General Information

Founding Year

1996

Affiliated Interests Founder

Simon Al-Khazen, late and former Vice-President of the Phalange Party - he'd been active in politics for 50 years and was also a former member of the political bureau. Other founders include former MP Mounir Hajj, Ibrahim Richa, Jalal Bitar, Habib Lahoud, former MP and minister George Saadeh, Toni Tajer, Michel Mouawad, Fadi Habr, Bishop André Haddad, Melhem Karam, and Antoine Habr.

Employees

67

Contact

Phone: + 961 (4) 545 352

Address: VDTL building, Nahr El-Kalb Hill, Dbayeh (Metn)

P.O.Box 19-170

Tax/ ID Number

Commercial Registry number: 71071 (Beirut)

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

1.1 billion L.L. (2021)

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

-200 million L.L. deficit (2021)

Advertising (in % of total funding)

Missing Data

Management

Executive Board

Imad Al Khazen -CEO

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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