Network18 Group

Network18 Media & Investments Limited
Public
Traded as
Industry Mass media
Founded 1993 (1993)
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
Saurabh Pandey (Chairman)
Products
Revenue 3,403 crore (US$500 million) (2016)
Number of employees
7,500
Parent Reliance Industries
Divisions [1]
Website www.network18online.com

Network18 Media & Investments Limited, informally referred to as the Network18 Group, is an Indian media and entertainment group.[2] TV18 Broadcast Limited is the broadcasting arm of Network18.

History

The company was incorporated as a private limited company on 16 February 1996. In April 2006, the name was changed from SGA Finance and Management Services Private Limited to Network18 Fincap Private Limited and subsequently in November 2006, it was converted into a Public Limited company. Network18 got listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange on 2 February 2007. The shares of the company of face value of Rs 5 each opened at Rs 312.10 at the NSE and at Rs 300 at the BSE. The same year in December, its name was changed from Network18 Fincap Limited to Network18 Media & Investments Limited.

The Network 18 Group announced a restructuring plan to create a two listed entity structure for the group in July 2010. The restructuring became effective on 10 June 2011 with the approval of the Delhi High Court and the group successfully completed the re-alignment of its business operation into 2 sections – Network18 and TV18. Network18 undertakes the digital and publishing side of the business and TV18 contains the television assets of the group.[3]

In Jan 2012, there was a large investment by Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited in a complex deal that offered a possibility that Ambani-held Independent Media Trust (IMT) might eventually gain a controlling interest.[4] In July 2014, the ownership was transferred to Independent Media Trust. On 29 May 2014, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced it would be acquiring control in Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd, including its subsidiary TV18 Broadcast Ltd. The board of RIL approved funding of up to Rs. 40 billion to Independent Media Trust (IMT), of which RIL is the sole beneficiary, for acquisition of control in Network 18 and its subsidiaries.[5] On 8 July 2014, RIL stated that it has completed the Network18 take-over.[6]

In 2015 Network 18 under ownership of Reliance Industries took over ETV Network for about 2,053 crore deal.[7]

TV 18

TV18 Broadcast Limited is the broadcasting arm of Network18. TV18 operates India’s largest selection of News channels across 15 language and 26 states; with channels like CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz in Business News and CNN News18, News18 India in General News. Through its JV Viacom18, it also operates a number of entertainment channels across genres, including leading premium local channels like Colors, Nickelodeon and MTV. Through Panorama, a subsidiary of TV18, the network operates a selection of 13 regional news channels under the News18 brand name. TV18 also operates a joint venture with the Lokmat Group which houses the Marathi news channel News18 Lokmat. To cover the global audience & sizable NRI population, TV18 operates News18, a twenty-four hour television news channel designed to give the world largest democracy, the latest news.

Television Channels

Network 18 operates the following channels.

CategorySub-CategoriesChannelLanguageRegion

News Channels(20)

Business News Channels(4)[8] CNBC TV18EnglishIndia
CNBC TV18 Prime HD
CNBC AwaazHindi
CNBC BajarGujaratiGujarat,India
General News Channels(2)[9] CNN News18EnglishIndia
News18 IndiaHindi
Regional News Channels(14)[10] News18 LokmatMarathiMaharashtra,India
News18 UrduUrduIndia
News18 RajasthanRajasthani, HindiRajasthan,India
News18 Uttar Pradesh UttarakhandHindiUttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand,India
News18 Madhya Pradesh ChhattisgarhMadhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh,India
News18 Bihar-JharkhandBhojpuri, Maithili, HindiBihar & Jharkhand, India
News18 GujaratiGujaratiGujarat,India
News18 BanglaBengaliWest Bengal,India
News18 OdiaOdiaOdisha,India
News18 KannadaKannadaKarnataka,India
News18 KeralaMalayalamKerala,India
News18 Tamil NaduTamilTamil Nadu,India
News18 Assam/North-EastAssamese, EnglishAssam, India
News18 Punjab-Haryana-HimachalPunjabi, HindiPunjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh,India
Upcoming Regional News Channels(3)[11] News18 GoaEnglish, KonkaniGoa,India
News18 BharatHindiIndia
News18 J&KKashmiri, HindiJammu & Kashmir,India
Entertainment(37)[12] Hindi General Entertainment(3) ColorsHindiIndia
Colors HD
Rishtey
Hindi Movies(2) Rishtey Cineplex
Cineplex HD
Youth Channel(2) MTV IndiaHindi,English
MTV HD+
Music(4) MTV BeatsHindi
MTV Beats HD
VH1English
VH1 HD
English Entertainment(4) Comedy Central English
Comedy Central HD
Colors Infinity
Colors Infinity HD
Kids Entertainment(4) Nick HD+English,Hindi
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Sonic
Factual Entertainment(4) History TV18
History TV18 HD
FYI TV18
FYI TV18 HD
Shopping(2) Home Shop 18
Shop CJ
Education(1) Topper TV Hindi,English
Regional Entertainment(11) Colors MarathiMarathiMaharashtra,India
Colors Marathi HD
Colors KannadaKannadaKarnataka, India
Colors Kannada HD
Colors Super
Colors BanglaBengaliWest Bengal,India
Colors Bangla HD
Colors OdiaOdiaOdisha,India
Colors GujaratiGujaratiGujarat,India
Colors Tamil Tamil Tamil Nadu,India
Colors Tamil HD
Upcoming Regional Channel(2) Colors TeluguTeluguTelangana, India and Andhra Pradesh, India
Colors MalayalamMalayalamKerala, India

Network 18

Network 18's digital content and commerce segment includes a portfolio of brands catering to a wide range of interests and services, including news and entertainment, markets and finance, online shopping and ticketing, and mobile phone services and applications.[13]

Websites:

Notes and references

  1. Corporate restructure complete for India’s Network18
  2. "Network18 Media & Investments Limited: Private Company Information". Bloomberg.
  3. "Restructure complete for Network 18". rapidtvnews.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. Sandeep Bamzai (14 January 2012). "RIL deal-Network18: Is Mukesh Ambani the new media mogul?". India Today.Quote: the instrumentality ... is an optionally convertible debenture which has every possibility of turning into equity. Analysts say that going forward, Ambani will turn into a majority stake-holder of Network 18 and TV18 through this mechanism. On 29 May 2014, Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance industries, purchased the company for a reported Rs. 40 billion
  5. "RIL to acquire control of Network 18, Rajdeep may go". HT Media Limited. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. "RIL completes Network 18 takeover". Patrika Group. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  7. "Network18 finishes Rs 2,053-cr deal to acquire ETV stakes". 10 February 2018 via The Economic Times.
  8. "NETWORK 18". www.network18online.com.
  9. "NETWORK 18". www.network18online.com.
  10. http://www.network18online.com/brand_TV_regional_new.html
  11. http://www.mib.nic.in/WriteReadData/documents/Master_List_of_Permitted_Private_Satellite_TV_Channels_as_on_31.05.2016.xls.pdf
  12. "NETWORK 18". www.network18online.com.
  13. "NETWORK 18". www.network18online.com.
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