Nine Entertainment Co.

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Nine Entertainment Co.
Traded as ASXNEC
Industry Media
Founded October 2006
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Key people
David Haslingden, Chairman
Products Television, Digital, Events
Revenue Increase $ 406 Million (FY 2010)[1]
Increase $ 92.5 Million (FY 2010)[1]
Total assets Increase $ 675 Million (FY 2010)[1]
Subsidiaries Mi9

Nine Entertainment Co. (previously PBL Media) is an Australian publicly listed media company. Originally a 50/50 joint venture with Consolidated Media Holdings, in June 2007 PBL announced that it would sell a further 25% to CVC for A$515 million.[2] In September 2007, it was announced that the transaction was to go ahead at the increased purchase price of approximately A$526 million.[3]

Timeline and Acquisitions[edit]

On 27 October 2008, James Packer and Consolidated Media Holdings representatives quit the board of PBL Media, effectively ending financial backing and future associations with the company.

On 16 December 2008, PBL Media issued a press release stating that the company's majority shareholder, CVC Asia Pacific, had refinanced debt facilities as well as injecting in excess of A$300 million. CMH stated that they would not be investing any further funds, and as such, CMH's 25% interest became diluted to a stake less than 1%.

Under a recent split of PBL into two companies, PBL Media formerly held by PBL is now held by Consolidated Media Holdings.[4]

From 2 December 2010, PBL Media rebranded as Nine Entertainment Company[5] In December 2011 former McDonald’s Australia chief executive Peter Bush was appointed chairman following the resignation of Tim Parker.[6]

In February 2013 David Haslingden who was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman [7]

In 2014, Nine Entertainment Co founded online streaming company Stan with Fairfax Media, investing AU$50 million into the joint venture.



Localised Stations[edit]

      • TCN Sydney, 100%, a metropolitan television station based in Sydney, Australia.
      • GTV Melbourne, 100%, a metropolitan television station based in Melbourne, Australia.
      • QTQ Brisbane, 100%, a metropolitan television station based in Brisbane, Australia.
      • NWS Adelaide, 100%, a metropolitan television station based in Adelaide, Australia.
      • STW Perth, 100%, a metropolitan television station based in Perth, Australia.
      • NTD Darwin, 100%, a regional television station based in Darwin, Australia.
    • GO!, 100%, a youth-dedicated Australian free-to-air digital multichannel.
    • GEM, 100%, an HD Entertainment-dedicated Australian free-to-air digital multichannel.
    • NBN Television, 100%, a regional television station based in Newcastle, Australia.
    • DTD, 50%, a digital television station based in Darwin, Australia, joint-venture with Southern Cross Media Group.

Digital media[edit]

Events Holdings[edit]

    • Ticketek, 100%, an event ticketing business operating in Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.
    • Allphones Arena, 100%, an entertainment and sporting complex located in Sydney, Australia.

Former assets[edit]

Magazine Publishing[edit]

  • Digital media
    • Cudo, Sold to in 2013,[9] a group buying site launched as a joint venture with Microsoft.[10]


The company was a successor of the long-established Australian media group Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (PBL), created by Sir Frank Packer, whose Channel 9 was Australia's first TV network. The TV and magazines group was substantially expanded by his son Kerry Packer, but after Kerry Packer's death in 2005, his son James sold his media interests.[11] PBL Media was established in October 2006, when Publishing and Broadcasting Limited transferred its media interests, including the Australian Consolidated Press, Nine Network, and ninemsn, to the new business - a joint venture between PBL and CVC Asia Pacific.[12] The recapitalisation was announced on 18 October 2006.[13] John Alexander, Chief Executive Officer of PBL, was announced as the Executive Chairman of PBL Media, along with Ian Law as CEO and Pat O'Sullivan as Chief Financial Officer. The company's current directors are Ian Law, Chris Anderson, Martin Dalgleish, Robert Lucas, Adrian MacKenzie and Maarten Ruijs.

James Packer and Alexander quit the PBL Media board in 2008.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Nine Entertainment reports $92.5 million net profit". The Spy Report/Media Spy. 12 December 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  2. ^ PBL Press Release (1 June 2007)
  3. ^ PBL Press Release (5 September 2007)
  4. ^ PBL Press Release (8 May 2007)
  5. ^ Gyngell, David (2 December 2010). "Thursday, 02 December 2010 Press Release - Nine Entertainment Co" (PDF). Company Announcements & Media Releases. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Nine Entertainment Company. Retrieved 25 December 2011. From today Nine Entertainment Company is our group's new title, new brand and new future. It will embrace Nine Television, Nine Magazines (through ACP), Nine Digital (through ninemsn, Carsales, Cudo and Sky News), and Nine Events (through Ticketek and Acer Arena) and thus draw together under one new banner all the outstanding people and vast assets of this great company. 
  6. ^ AFR – Former McDonald’s CEO Bush to chair Nine. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  7. ^ The Australian – Former Fox boss to chair new Nine. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  8. ^ F0cusAU, F0cusAU (16 January 2014). "About Mi9". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  9. ^ F0cusAU, F0cusAU (1 July 2013). "Mi9 latest to exit group buying, selling Cudo to owner of". mUmBRELLA. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Zappone, Chris (26 May 2011). "Click on down, let's make a deal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Four Corners Program Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Sullivan, Rohan (18 October 2006). "Australian Media Shakeup Begins". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "PBL's $5.5 billion recapitalisation and establishment of Australia's largest diversified media group, PBL Media" (Press release). Australian Securities Exchange. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Packer Turns Back On PBL Media". Forbes. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

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