|Industry||Free To Air Television
|Founded||18 March 1962|
|Bruce Gordon, Deputy Chairman/Owner
Andrew Gordon, Executive Chairman
|Owner||Birketu Pty Ltd.|
WIN Corporation is a private Australian media company, that owns assets including the WIN Television network, Crawford Productions and several local radio stations. The company is based in Wollongong, New South Wales.
The WIN brand began from a sole free-to-air terrestrial television station in Wollongong, WIN-4, owned by Television Wollongong Transmissions (TWT). In 1979, then-owner Rupert Murdoch sold his 76 per cent controlling interest in TWT to Oberon Broadcasters, a private investment group which included Paramount Television programming executive Bruce Gordon. This allowed Murdoch to purchase Sydney station TEN-10. In 1985, TWT was made public on the-then Sydney Stock Exchange as TWT Holdings Limited with Gordon retaining a 70 per cent stake. Gordon privatised the business in 1992 to become WIN Corporation.
Expansion, aggregation and industry consolidation
In the late 1980s, the Federal Government's television equalisation program (known as aggregation) gave Gordon the opportunity to initiate a period of growth by acquiring television stations in regional Queensland, Victoria, and Tasmania. In the late 1990s, WIN acquired their South Australian station and developed a new Western Australian station from scratch. These stations were integrated into what is now known as the WIN Network. WIN is the largest regional television broadcaster in Australia and the fourth largest television broadcaster in Australia (behind metropolitan networks Nine, Seven, and Ten) covering an area greater in size than Europe. The WIN Network has a total audience reach of 4.842 million people.
Through Bruce Gordon's leadership, in the late 1990s and 2000s, WIN built stakes in PBL, Network Ten, and TPG Telecom. TPG Telecom was at the time known as SP Telemedia and owned fellow Nine affiliate NBN Television.
August 2005 saw WIN purchase a controlling 50.1 per cent stake in satellite subscription television carrier SelecTV, however failure in adequately growing the subscriber base along with high debts saw the business placed in voluntary administration in February 2011.
On 21 April 2007, the board of Sunraysia Television endorsed WIN's revised offer of $163 million for Channel Nine Perth , which went through on 8 June 2007. On 30 May 2007, Southern Cross Broadcasting announced its sale of Channel Nine Adelaide to WIN for $105 million. In June 2013, WIN offloaded the Nine-branded metropolitan Adelaide station to Nine Network's parent Nine Entertainment Co. for $140 million along with an option to purchase the Perth station, which was exercised in September 2013. In October 2015 WIN Corporation purchased a 14 per cent stake in Nine Entertainment Co. from investment fund operator Apollo.
In 2008, WIN invested in a 50 per cent share of the Australian Poker League, buying from its founder Martin Martinez. However this stake was sold in 2012.
On 4 June 2009, signalling their continued interest in digital assets, WIN increased to 18.4 per cent their stake in publicly listed company Quickflix, an Australian provider of online DVD rental and subscription movie and television series downloads. In the following years, WIN's share of the business dwindled down to 3.5 per cent as of 2014 as Quickflix continued to raise capital through issuing new shares. In April 2016, Quickflix entered voluntary administration.
WIN held a long-term interest in a small cinema chain in Tasmania through a joint venture with Village Roadshow until 2013. The joint venture owned four cinemas which were branded as 'Village Cinemas'. This interest was originally acquired by ENT Ltd. in 1988.
In May 2016, reports surfaced of WIN's interest in purchasing a 50 per cent stake of the St George Illawarra Dragons rugby league club on top of their current 25% ownership through a $6.5 million deal with the Illawarra Steelers in 2006.
It was announced on 23 May 2016 that WIN Television had signed an affiliation agreement with Network Ten for a five year period starting on 1 July 2016. WIN's former affiliation partner, Nine Network, signed with Southern Cross Austereo in April 2016 having secured a 50 per cent revenue share deal.
WIN plays a prominent role in the local Illawarra community through investment in long-term naming rights to the Dragons' Wollongong home ground, WIN Stadium. WIN also holds naming rights to the neighbouring WIN Entertainment Centre, home to basketball's Illawarra Hawks.
- WIN Television
- Mildura Digital Television (50% joint venture with Prime Media Group)
- Tasmanian Digital Television (50% joint venture with Southern Cross Television)
- West Digital Television (50% joint venture with Prime Media Group)
- Ten Network Holdings (15% stake)
- Nine Entertainment Co. (15% stake)
- Prime Media Group (2.2% stake)
WIN Corporation owns two FM radio stations in New South Wales:
- i98FM Wollongong/Illawarra (call sign 2WIN, 98.1 MHz)
- C91.3FM Campbelltown (call sign 2MAC, 91.3 MHz)
- Crawford Productions
- Digital Distribution Australia
- Broadcast Services Australia (15.6% stake)
- TPG Telecom (1.5% stake)
- St George Illawarra Dragons (25% stake)
- "Approval for Sydney deal - Murdoch wins TV station battle", The Canberra Times, 11 August 1979
- "Murdoch group sells stake in TV station", The Canberra Times, 12 June 1979
- "Privatise WIN, shareholder proposes", The Canberra Times, 3 May 1991
- "SelecTV offline, leaving a trail of debt". Nicole Hasham. www.illawarramercury.com.au. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- Sharples, Ben (21 April 2007). "WIN wins Perth station". Herald Sun.
- "Sunraysia favours Ch 9 Perth sale to WIN". AAP. theage.com.au. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
- "WIN buys Channel 9 Adelaide". AAP. theage.com.au. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2007.
- "Nine buys back Perth station". AAP. www.smh.com.au. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "Nine buys back Perth station". Daily Telegraph. www.dailytelegraph.com.au. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "After the exit: How Martin Martinez grew a $50 million-a-year poker empire and then gave it all up". Myriam Robin. smartcompany.com.au. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "ASX Announcement" (PDF). AAP. asx.com.au. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
- "Quickflix appoints Ferrier Hodgson as voluntary administrator". Hannah Francis. Sydney Morning Herald. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- "Why St George Illawarra Dragons fans should welcome WIN investment". Brad Walter. Sydney Morning Herald. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
- "Ten and WIN confirm new affiliate deal". Max Mason. Sydney Morning Herald. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 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.