Who is GFR Media Group?

On the 14th and 15th of Septmeber both the El Nuevo Dia and Primera Hora announced the formation of GFR Media Group. As always, analyzing what was said (or not said), reveals interesting details about the new business. Instead of providing my own analysis this time, all I'm going to do is dissect their announcement from their own newspapers and ask the big questions.


Why is the new company name in English?

I'm sure it's nothing, right? Who knows? Maybe they couldn't find any good domains left for sale? I have been able to confirm that gfrmediagroup.com is registered to Apex Technologies, a subsidiary of Grupo Ferré Rangel.

Why would a media conglomerate split out just two pieces?

According to their website, the Grupo Ferré Rangel consists of El Nuevo Dia, Primera Hora, Advanced Graphic Printing (AGP), EDD Personalized Marketing, ellow, City View Plaza, Fundación Rangel Ferré, and APEX Technologies.

Aren't you already the biggest newspapers?

In each of the announcements, they point out: "El Grupo Ferré Rangel anunció hoy el nacimiento de GFR Media Group, la cual se convierte en la mayor empresa periodística de Puerto Rico." Essentially what they are saying is, even though we are already the biggest newspaper business in Puerto Rico, the combination of El Nuevo Dia and Primera Hora converts GFR Media Group into the largest newspaper business in Puerto Rico.

Why does the owner of a monopoly on island wide newspapers make a business change and explain it by saying that the change will convert them into the biggest newspaper?

Which platforms benefit from 24/7 news feed?

In all accounts about the formation of GFR Media Group, they report that "Además, se creará una agencia de noticias interna para generar contenidos 24/7 que nutran múltiples plataformas mediáticas." El Nuevo Dia and Primera Hora are already on the web, Facebook, and Twitter. What else could be considered a platform for 24/7 news?

Who is Fernando Samaniego?

As far as the rest of the leadership team for GFR Media Group, they announced that: "En tanto, Agustín Meizoso ocupa el puesto de Principal Oficial de Operaciones; Juan Mario Álvarez, el de Principal Oficial de Nuevos Negocios; y Fernando Samaniego, el de Principal Oficial Digital."

According to his website, Fernando is: "Fernando Samaniego is a forward-thinking, international new media strategist who uses his experience building and restructuring media companies, his passion for empowering highly qualified professionals, and his well-traveled, global perspective to grow projects and organizational cultures driven by vision, innovation and a focus on the bottom line." After a quick review of his website, why the address on his resume is Dubai? Also, why isn't he using his Twitter account?

He does appear to have some very interesting content on his blog. Especially pertinent are his posts on the future of media. I'll definitely be combing over his blog to see if it holds any clues on where GFR Media Group is headed.

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