Radio wars: Seven enters battle for management of audio manufacturers Triple M and KIIS

Radio wars: Seven enters battle for management of audio manufacturers Triple M and KIIS

On Wednesday it will likely be 4 weeks since ARN Media launched an formidable plan to amass radio and TV broadcaster SCA. In the time since there was little public exercise about that proposal to supply money and shares to SCA shareholders.

ARN Media has not spoken publicly concerning the provide, nor has SCA other than recommendation that its board continues to judge the proposal.

There has additionally been no readability concerning the position ARN Media’s consortium associate, Anchorage Capital, will play within the deal. While Anchorage was getting used to deal with the elements of SCA that ARN didn’t need – Hit Network and a set of regional licences – there was no rationalization of how Anchorage would handle these property.

Since the takeover was pitched by ARN Media two different gamers have recognized an curiosity.

Australia’s largest impartial writer – the Anthony Catalano-controlled ACM – has proposed that it might fold its main regional newspaper property into SCA in return for shares within the firm. That might give ACM a major stake in SCA.


Seven West Media is now the newest participant to enter the fray with information it has acquired a 19.9% stake in ARN Media through an off-market transaction. A serious funding in radio and/or digital audio on demand (podcasting) is one thing Seven has thus far resisted.

Seven spends some huge cash yearly selling its main TV franchises on breakfast radio round Australia. Having management of that content material and that radio expertise makes a number of sense.

Just how a lot of an urge for food it has to progress with that funding stays to be seen.

See additionally: Radio goes growth! ARN needs Triple M Network…will the SCA board play ball?

Could Nine determine in FM radio carve up?

When requested final week concerning the manoeuvring within the FM radio house, Nine chief government Mike Sneesby indicated the corporate was watching the jostling. He added that if that they had any additional ideas they might not be telegraphing it at this stage.

As Mediaweek has beforehand famous, Nine might play a component in a realignment of radio property. The most certainly situation might be if Nova Entertainment took the chance so as to add FM licences to increase the sleek community. If that occurred in Adelaide, Nova Entertainment might offload the licence for Fiveaa. It would make a number of sense for Nine to select up Fiveaa to finish its AM metro community that’s at the moment residence to 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR.

Calculating the worth of Fiveaa can be a problem. It’s clearly a jewel within the Adelaide radio crown, however as an AM asset in Australia’s smallest metro radio promote it has a lot much less significance nationally.

See additionally: Why ARN needs to amass SCA and its plans for Hit and Triple M networks

News Corp and Lachlan Murdoch

Another main media participant but to affix the fray within the present radio musical chairs is News Corp. It is already a shareholder in ARN Media. However on Wednesday this week Lachlan Murdoch takes over as the only real chairman of News Corp and continues as government chair and chief government officer of Fox Corporation. The sole chair has extra of an urge for food for the radio sector than the earlier o-chair, Lachlan’s father Rupert Murdoch.

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Lachlan additionally in fact is the proprietor of Nova Entertainment. The firm runs 5 metro Nova stations, two metro smoothfm stations (and extra DAB+ smoothfm manufacturers) along with holdings in regional radio, digital radio and the Nova Entertainment Podcast Network.

Nova shares management of Nova Perth and KIIS 97.3 in Brisbane with ARN Media. In any radio shakeout, there might be offers to be performed for each companions.

At the second radio stays the most well liked ticket on the town.

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November 12, 2023 at 10:52PM

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