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#275733 7-Sep-2020 09:17
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From Newshub: "MediaWorks confirms sale of TV operations to Discovery Inc"

 

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  #2558218 7-Sep-2020 09:34
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Story linked from OP updated:

 

 

The MediaWorks TV acquisition will be Discovery's most significant free-to-air investment in the New Zealand market to date. It includes entertainment channels Three and Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as the further channels Three+1, Bravo+1, The Edge TV and The Breeze TV.

 

Discovery will continue the existing strong partnership with NBCUniversal for the Bravo channel joint venture.

 

In the New Zealand market, Discovery currently operates a portfolio of six pay-TV channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, Living and Discovery Turbo and two free-to-air channels HGTV and Choice TV.

 





 

 

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  #2558224 7-Sep-2020 09:45
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Randomly I watched this on YouTube yesterday.  Seems Discovery was a good little earner for the founder!

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTptpvBpjM8 


 
 
 
 


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  #2558282 7-Sep-2020 10:17
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The press release:

 

 

New Zealand’s largest independent commercial broadcaster MediaWorks and the global leader of real-life entertainment Discovery Inc. (“Discovery”) are pleased to announce they have reached a binding agreement regarding the sale of MediaWorks’ free-to-air TV business. The transaction is subject to a number of pre-completion approvals and is expected to complete by the end of the year.

 

The MediaWorks TV acquisition will be Discovery’s most significant  free-to-air investment in the New Zealand market to date, and includes entertainment channels Three and    Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as the further channels Three+1, Bravo+1, The Edge TV and The Breeze TV. Discovery will continue the existing strong partnership with NBCUniversal for the   Bravo channel joint venture.

 

In the New Zealand market, Discovery currently operates a portfolio of six pay-tv channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, Living and Discovery Turbo and two free-to-air channels HGTV and Choice TV.

 

While MediaWorks and Discovery work towards completion of the transaction, Glen Kyne has been appointed General Manager of TV, a role that will continue under Discovery post completion. Discovery’s Australia and New Zealand operations will move under Simon Robinson, President APAC, and, following completion of the sale, Glen will report to Simon. Gareth Codd has been appointed Acting Commercial Director for MediaWorks Group in the interim. Rebecca Kent, GM of Discovery Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, will continue to oversee the New Zealand pay-TV portfolio and free-to-air channels Choice and HGTV, and the Australia operations.

 

Following successful completion of the transaction, MediaWorks Group will continue to focus on the growth and success of its radio and out-of-home media businesses to ensure both divisions maintain their market leading position with over 2.4 million weekly listeners and 1,700 advertising panels.

 

Jack Matthews, MediaWorks Chairman, said: “MediaWorks has made great strides over the past several years and I believe Discovery is the ideal new owner to continue that momentum across the TV business. The sale will enable MediaWorks to have a greater strategic focus on the long-term future growth of its highly successful and market leading radio and out-of-home business, offering effective advertising solutions to our customers and great news and entertainment to our audiences.”

 

Simon Robinson, Discovery President APAC, said: “This is an exciting moment for Discovery. MediaWorks TV is New Zealand’s leading independent free-to-air commercial broadcaster, with popular shows and great brands.
 
Discovery is a global content creator, a major free-to-air broadcaster across several European markets, including the UK, Germany, Italy, Poland and the Nordics, and has expertise in evolving our linear business to direct-to-consumer. With a 26-year heritage in the New Zealand market, we are committed to drive MediaWorks TV’s future growth and success, delivering increased value to audiences and advertisers across all screens in New Zealand.”

 

Michael Anderson, MediaWorks CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have reached a sales agreement with Discovery and to share this news today. This is the best possible outcome for the future of MediaWorks TV and its passionate and dedicated people who work tirelessly to make it a unique and special business. Under the ownership of Discovery, Three, Newshub and Bravo will have a long- term home and continue to play a vital role in New Zealand society.”

 

“The ongoing success of our radio and out-of-home business demonstrates that MediaWorks has a very bright future and with this unique and powerful combination, our focus now is to accelerate the opportunities that exist for our clients.”

 

Glen Kyne, General Manager of TV, said: “I will be thrilled to lead the Three and Newshub brands in the market as well as collaborating with NBCUniversal on the Bravo JV, on completion of the sale. Our very talented teams continue to focus on bringing New Zealanders trusted, local news and current affairs and quality entertainment content.”

 

Discovery has had a presence in New Zealand since 1994, when it first launched Discovery Channel on Sky. Following the MediaWorks TV acquisition, the portfolio will include six pay-tv channels and eight free-to-air channels, alongside Newshub and streaming service ThreeNow.

 





 

 

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  #2558284 7-Sep-2020 10:20
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Are Discovery and Animal Planet still on Sky? Is this going to further hollow out their offering?

 

 





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  #2558429 7-Sep-2020 11:04
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I'm assuming from the above press release this doesn't include the radio networks.  Is this being kept by MW or do they have a buyer for them??





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  #2558443 7-Sep-2020 11:23
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old3eyes:

 

I'm assuming from the above press release this doesn't include the radio networks.  Is this being kept by MW or do they have a buyer for them??

 

 

Mediaworks have always intended to retain the radio business, but there are a lot of questions around how radio will be decoupled from TV. Is there an arrangement for Newshub to continue to supply news to the radio business? Will the AM Show continue to be multi-platform? Will The Edge TV and The Breeze TV continue with that branding?

 

I'm also wondering what Discovery's long term plans are for Newshub. In my view it's not a viable business, but there would be political resistance to shutting it down.


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  #2559511 7-Sep-2020 13:23
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The good news - they're keeping Newshub.
The bad news - they're firing humans. The news will now be read by a polar bear and a duck-billed platypus.


 
 
 
 


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  #2559620 7-Sep-2020 13:38
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I am disappointed by this. FoodTV on Sky is run by discovery and it's been very average since it was taken off the Local Company who was curating content for it. 

 

New content is coming, but they still do long sections of the same chef and too many competitions etc. 

 

I don't watch TV3, having said that, I have concerns for TV3 if discovery take it over. 

 

 


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  #2559642 7-Sep-2020 13:48
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RustyViewer:

 

The good news - they're keeping Newshub.
The bad news - they're firing humans. The news will now be read by a polar bear and a duck-billed platypus.

 

 

Both endangered species.

 

 





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  #2559644 7-Sep-2020 13:50
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networkn:

 

I don't watch TV3, having said that, I have concerns for TV3 if discovery take it over. 

 

 

 

 

I would have felt the same at one point, but their quality content has been so hollowed out that I doubt it makes any difference now.

 

 





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  #2559669 7-Sep-2020 15:04
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Rikkitic:

 

RustyViewer:

 

The good news - they're keeping Newshub.
The bad news - they're firing humans. The news will now be read by a polar bear and a duck-billed platypus.

 

 

Both endangered species.

 

 

 

News Readers and Platypus? You're not wrong...





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  #2559677 7-Sep-2020 15:31
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networkn:

 

I am disappointed by this. FoodTV on Sky is run by discovery and it's been very average since it was taken off the Local Company who was curating content for it. 

 

New content is coming, but they still do long sections of the same chef and too many competitions etc. 

 

I don't watch TV3, having said that, I have concerns for TV3 if discovery take it over. 

 

 

 

 

Can't think anything more boring that watching food programs. 





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  #2559681 7-Sep-2020 15:33
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old3eyes:

 

networkn:

 

I am disappointed by this. FoodTV on Sky is run by discovery and it's been very average since it was taken off the Local Company who was curating content for it. 

 

New content is coming, but they still do long sections of the same chef and too many competitions etc. 

 

I don't watch TV3, having said that, I have concerns for TV3 if discovery take it over. 

 

 

 

 

Can't think anything more boring that watching food programs. 

 

Rialto or Arts Channel. Give me food over those any day 





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  #2559688 7-Sep-2020 15:48
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There is no right or wrong here. People have different preferences. Don't knock what others enjoy.

 

 





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  #2559694 7-Sep-2020 16:03
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Frankly, we have too many channels for such a small country and I wouldn't be surprised at all if some of them went off the air as they aren't viable. Organisations pay nearly $1M per year for each frequency and, when the leases expire, Discovery could very well drop some of them. As it is, they may only be surviving because the PM gave a free six month extension due to Covid.


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