The World: Amsterdam - John de Mol closes doors on Tien TV channel

John de Mol, the Dutch media tycoon, is to close down his TV channel, Tien, after less than two years, following a deal that gives him a 26.3 per cent share of RTL Nederland, the country's TV market leader.

Several of Tien's most successful programmes and drama series will be transferred to RTL, along with its Premier League football rights. RTL will also take over de Mol's Radio 538. The deal has yet to be ratified by NMA, the Dutch anti-trust authority.

Tien, formerly called Talpa, failed to take off despite huge investment. Its marketshare hovered at between 6 and 7 per cent, short of the 10 per cent needed to attract sufficient advertising.