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Zee Entertainment acquires 9X Media, INX Music for Rs 160 cr

Acquisition of 9X Media, home-to-music channels like 9XM, 9X Jalwa and 9XO expected to strengthen Zee's music channel portfolio

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai 

Punit Goenka, Zee Entertainment, Zee
Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd at the launch of new ditto TV in Mumbai. (Pic: Suryakant Niwate)

The Punit Goenka-led Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire and its subsidiaries from Rivendell PE LLC (earlier known as New Silk Route) and the other shareholders through an all-cash transaction amounting to Rs 160 crore.
 
With this, strengthens its music portfolio significantly. Currently, the network has Zing, which is a targeted to cater to the requirements of a young audience. Originally launched as Music Asia in 1997, the channel was subsequently re-launched as Zee Music in 2000. In 2009, however, it underwent another name change and became Zing. In 2014, re-positioned it from a to a youth-and-music channel- a positioning that it retains till date.

Currently, the operates five music channels- (Hindi), (Hindi), 9X Jhakkas (Marathi), (English) and 9X Bajao (Hindi). The acquisition also includes INX Music- a subsidiary of engaged in the business of broadcasting a Punjabi 9X Tashan. owned a majority stake of 70.85 per cent in Besides significantly expanding its Hindi music portfolio, the acquisition gives access to the regional music genre. It also increases its regional footprint with its foray into the Punjabi market.

9X Media's Bollywood portal, SpotboyE, will also be a part of the transaction.

Goenka, MD and CEO, said: "Continuing with our strategy of expanding into regional markets and niche genres, we are pleased to announce this acquisition which strengthens our music portfolio. Music is an integral component of consumer's entertainment pie and we will offer our consumers a wider array of choices through these channels. 9X channels enjoy leading market shares in their respective segments and will benefit immensely from our network's strength to achieve higher growth potential and cost synergies. I am confident that these channels will make our entertainment bouquet even more compelling for the audience."

9X Media, previously known as INX Media, was founded in 2007 by Indrani Mukerjea and housed the Hindi general entertainment channel 9X as well. In 2010, bought the said Hindi GEC for Rs 64 crore. The same year, the company changed its name to and focused its energies on growing its music portfolio.

9X Media's consolidated revenue for FY17 stood at Rs 158.6 crore and it posted an EBITDA loss of Rs 5 crore.

In addition to acquiring 9X, also bought Turner's 26 per cent in the distribution joint venture between the at par value of Rs 2.6 lakh.

First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 20:26 IST
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