Nine Entertainment Co.
|Traded as||ASX: NEC|
|Peter Costello, Chairman|
Hugh Marks, CEO
|Revenue||$ 406 Million (FY 2010)|
|$ 92.5 Million (FY 2010)|
|Total assets||$ 675 Million (FY 2010)|
Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited is an Australian publicly listed media company. Originally a 50/50 joint venture between Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and Consolidated Media Holdings, in June 2007 PBL announced that it would sell a further 25% to CVC Capital Partners 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.
The company merged with Fairfax Media in December 2018, expanding its brands and investments across television, video on demand, print, digital, radio and real estate classifieds. Nine’s assets include the Nine Network, major mastheads such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review, digital properties such as nine.com.au, 9Honey, Pedestrian.TV, subscription video platform Stan and majority investments in Domain, Macquarie Radio and CarAdvice.
Timeline and acquisitions
On 16 December 2008, PBL Media issued a press release stating that the company's majority shareholder, CVC Capital Partners, 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 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.
On 16 April 2015 Nine Entertainment Co announced the sale of its Nine Live business to Affinity Equity Partners for $640 million to reduce debt and fund an ongoing capital management program.
In October 2015 WIN Corporation purchased a 14% stake in Nine Entertainment Co. from investment fund operator Apollo. In September 2018 it was announced that WIN Corporation's overall economic interest had grown to 25%. After the merger between Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media in December 2018 WIN Corporation's stake was diluted to 7.76%, but has since increased to 15.24% in January 2018.
On 29 April 2016, Nine Entertainment Co. ended a 27-year affiliation agreement with WIN Corporation, instead partnering with Southern Cross Austereo in parts of regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, after securing a 50% revenue sharing deal with Southern Cross, which is higher than its existing 39% deal with WIN.
On 26 July 2018, Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media announced they agreed on terms for a merger between the two companies to become Australia's largest media company. Nine shareholders will own 51.1 percent of the combined entity and Fairfax shareholders will own 48.9 percent.
Nine Network Television
- Nine Network is an Australian commercial free-to-air television primary channel.
- 9HD is an Australian free-to-air HD digital television multichannel using the primary channel simulcast
- 9Gem is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel suitable for sport and entertainment
- 9Go! is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel aimed at 14- to 39-year-olds.
- 9Life is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel featuring reality and lifestyle programs.
- Darwin Digital Television (50% joint venture with Southern Cross Austereo, Network Ten affiliate)
- 9Now, an online, video on demand, catch-up TV service
- 9News.com.au, an online news portal
- The Australian Financial Review
- Brisbane Times
- Nine.com.au, an online web portal
- The Sydney Morning Herald
- The Age
- 9Honey, a women's network
- Australian Financial Review Magazine
- CarAdvice.com, automotive reviews and news.
- Essential Baby
- Essential Kids
- Executive Style
- Future Women
- Good Food
- Good Weekend
- Life & Leisure
- Life & Leisure Luxury
- Life & Leisure - Sophisticated Traveller
- Wide World of Sports, online services of Nine's sports brand
- Domain Group (60%)
- Find a Babysitter
- Macquarie Media (54.5%)
- Pedestrian.TV (majority stake)
- Stan, an Australian online streaming service.
- 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.
- Ticketek an event ticketing company operating in Australia and New Zealand. Sold to Affinity Equity Partners in 2015.
- Sydney Super Dome an entertainment and sporting complex located in Sydney. Sold to Affinity Equity Partners in 2015.
- Sky News Australia (33%) is an Australian 24-hour cable news channel (joint venture with BSkyB and Seven West Media). Sold to News Corp Australia in December 2016.
The company was a successor of the long-established Australian media group Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (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 12 December 2010.
- 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.
- Sale of Nine Live.
- "Nine buys back Perth station". Daily Telegraph. www.dailytelegraph.com.au. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- Knox, David (18 March 2016). "Nine buys Southern Cross shares". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- Knox, David (29 April 2016). "Nine signs affiliation agreement with Southern Cross". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- Janda, Michael (29 April 2016). "Nine and Southern Cross ink new regional TV deal". ABC News. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
- "Nine and Fairfax agree terms to merge to become Australia's largest media company". 9Finance. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- Barrett, Dan (28 October 2015). "Nine 2016 Upfront: Plans to broadcast in HD and launch new lifestyle FTA channel". Mediaweek. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- 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.
- "News Corp buys Sky News in Australia and New Zealand from Seven and Nine". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "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.
- "Nine's new CEO Hugh Marks plans to respond to the Netflix challenge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- Peter Costello appointed Nine Chairman Sky News Australia 25 February 2016