Nine Entertainment Co.
|Traded as||ASX: NEC|
|David Haslingden, Chairman|
|Products||Television, Digital, Events|
|Revenue||$ 406 Million (FY 2010)|
|$ 92.5 Million (FY 2010)|
|Total assets||$ 675 Million (FY 2010)|
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. In September 2007, it was announced that the transaction was to go ahead at the increased purchase price of approximately A$526 million.
Timeline and Acquisitions
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.
From 2 December 2010, PBL Media rebranded as Nine Entertainment Company In December 2011 former McDonald’s Australia chief executive Peter Bush was appointed chairman following the resignation of Tim Parker.
December 2013 Nine Entertainment listed on the ASX as NEC. Vendors included Apollo Management, Oaktree Capital and Goldman Sachs who took over from CVC in a refinancing deal in Oct 2012.
- Nine Network is an Australian commercial free-to-air television network.
- GO! is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel aimed at 14–39-year-olds.
- GEM is an Australian free-to-air high definition digital television multichannel.
- Extra is an Australian advertorial datacasting channel broadcasting mainly informercials.
- Sky News Australia (33%) is an Australian 24-hour cable news channel (joint venture with BSkyB and Seven West Media).
Local TV Stations
- TCN a metropolitan station based in Sydney.
- GTV a metropolitan station based in Melbourne.
- QTQ a metropolitan station based in Brisbane.
- NWS a metropolitan station based in Adelaide.
- STW a metropolitan station based in Perth.
- NTD a regional television station based in Darwin.
- DTD (50%) a Network Ten affiliate station based in Darwin (joint venture with Southern Cross Austereo).
- NBN Television a Nine Network affiliate station based in Newcastle.
- Mi9 operates most of Nine's websites including ninemsn.
- My Home (48.75%) an online real estate business (joint venture with Shane Dale and My Home Group).
- Stan (50%) an Australian online streaming service (joint venture with Fairfax Media).
- Ticketek an event ticketing company operating in Australia and New Zealand.
- Sydney Super Dome an entertainment and sporting complex located in Sydney, Australia.
- ACP Magazines was a magazine publisher operating in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom. Sold to Bauer Media in 2012.
- Cudo was a group buying site launched as a joint venture with Microsoft. Sold to Deals.com.au in 2013.
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. 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. The recapitalisation was announced on 18 October 2006. 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.
- "Nine Entertainment reports $92.5 million net profit". The Spy Report/Media Spy. 12 December 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- PBL Press Release (1 June 2007)
- PBL Press Release (5 September 2007)
- PBL Press Release (8 May 2007)
- 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.
- AFR – Former McDonald’s CEO Bush to chair Nine. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- The Australian – Former Fox boss to chair new Nine. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- Zappone, Chris (26 May 2011). "Click on down, let's make a deal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- F0cusAU, F0cusAU (1 July 2013). "Mi9 latest to exit group buying, selling Cudo to owner of deals.com.au". mUmBRELLA. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- "Four Corners Program Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Sullivan, Rohan (18 October 2006). "Australian Media Shakeup Begins". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "PBL's $5.5 billion recapitalisation and establishment of Australia's largest diversified media group, PBL Media" (PDF) (Press release). Australian Securities Exchange. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "Packer Turns Back On PBL Media". Forbes. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2014.