Nine announces full takeover of Macquarie Media

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Macquarie Media will soon be wholly owned by Nine, after the latter announced it is buying out the remaining shares in the radio broadcaster.

In an announcement to the ASX, Nine revealed it had struck a deal to take total control of Macquarie, which it inherited a majority stake in last year following its merger with Fairfax.

The deal is reportedly worth $113.9 million, and will see John Singleton sell his 32.4% stake of the broadcaster.

Singleton agreed to the sale after meeting with the Macquarie Media board, after its directors recommended accepting the deal.

Nine purchases the remaining 45.5% stake, with its offer valuing Macquarie Media and its high-rating AM stations 2GB, 4BC, 3AW & 6PR at $275.4 million.

“The acquisition of Macquarie Media consolidates Nine’s position as the leading provider of news and current affairs content across all of the key platforms – television, digital, print and now radio,” said Nine CEO Hugh Marks.

“We are big believers in the power of Macquarie’s talk radio network and in its people. A team who together drive debate and speak up so often for so many Australians. We look forward to the future growth of the business with the full backing of Nine and to ensuring that the Macquarie Radio team have the support, infrastructure and clarity to be able to do what they do best.

“Together across our businesses we will be investing more than $400 million per year in providing Australians with premium news and editorial content. Entrenching Nine as the go-to place for all news needs for all Australians, across all platforms.”

The acquisition will reportedly be financed entirely by cash reserves and existing debt facilities.

Subject to acceptance by the remaining Macquarie shareholders, the transition will be completed by December 2019.

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JASON ANDREW TOPPIN
12 Aug 2019 - 5:25 pm

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Joey
12 Aug 2019 - 11:04 pm

Will this mean a change of format for Macquarie’s failing MSR?

It clearly doesn’t rate and doesn’t make money, leaving only cost. It then cannot afford to tailor its programming to each city it operates.

There’s also the issue that Melbourne is clearly is more attuned to the sports-talk format than anywhere else. MSR in Sydney doesn’t have to compete with SEN yet rates almost as badly as it does in Melbourne.

Finally there’s the question over why you’d launch a niche format already covered by SEN when most of the demand for such niche radio is isolated to Melbourne.

Unless there’s another news-talk niche worthy of exploration (with lifestyle and sport already tried, that possibility must be diminishing), it might be that music, as a lower-cost format, requires less effort in carving out an audience niche.

Paul T Barrett
13 Aug 2019 - 3:02 pm

Hope this means that 4BH will rise again as a music station

Chris
13 Aug 2019 - 3:15 pm

Seeya Adam lang.

Pete
13 Aug 2019 - 9:35 pm

“A team who together drive debate and speak up so often for so many Australians” REALLY? SO MANY? What you’re REALLY saying is “so many (RWNJ) Australians”, yeah? Just as Fairfax mastheads have recently so dramatically aligned with the once opposing views and editorial leanings of News Corp mastheads. So much for editorial and journalistic diversity in this country! SO glad I got out of media over a decade ago!!

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