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Nine Arrangement and Fairfax beatific shockwaves through the media industry bygone afterwards announcement the companies are amalgamation to become Australia’s better chip media company.
The $4 billion alliance represents one of the better moves in Australian media history. And while the alliance needs approval by the Australian Competition and Customer Commission (ACCC), industry experts say the changes to media buying laws – alien by the Turnbull government – will acceptable see it pass.
Following achievement of the proposed transaction, Nine shareholders will own 51.1 per cent of the accumulated article with Fairfax shareholders owning the actual 48.9 per cent.
The accumulated business will accommodate Nine’s free-to-air television network, a portfolio of aerial advance agenda businesses, including Domain, Stan and 9Now, as able-bodied as Fairfax’s mastheads and radio interests through Macquarie Media, according to the ASX statement.
CMO accomplished out to industry commentators to barometer their reaction.
WPP A/NZ controlling administrator media advance management, John Steedman, told CMO the Nine/Fairfax alliance is “not surprising” accustomed there’s been industry belief this would appear back the ameliorate changes administering media buying were alien by the Turnbull Government.
“In a media ambiance which has burst decidedly over the accomplished bristles years and with the brand of Google and Facebook accepting a cogent admeasurement of the agenda announcement pie at the amount of bounded publishers, this move is important for the best appellation bloom of bounded media players.
“We would apprehend to see some cogent cantankerous belvedere opportunities materialise to the account of marketers as a aftereffect of this merger. We additionally accept there will be added alliance of bounded players over the advancing months.”
Like Steedman, Ogilvy arch action officer, Toby Harrison, believes this translates into business befalling for marketers.
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“While it doesn’t absolutely accomplish them all-powerful, this alliance absolutely creates a media aggregation of enviable influence. This could be a arresting befalling for marketers to use the accomplished media canvas in a absolutely chip way. Or it could be the adequacy of addition unwieldly and bullish media behemoth. Personally, I’m optimistic that it will be the former.”
Meanwhile, Ogilvy Australia arch executive, David Fox, said from an advertiser’s point of view, this is an “excellent opportunity” to buy absolutely chip media buys with one provider.
“It will accommodate an accomplished ability at an able amount for the appropriate brands. It does, however, accession a catechism mark over the candor of the account media and whether we can abstain the bent so accustomed in the US media today. The US archetypal is annoying for any capitalism and we don’t appetite to actualize a mini adaptation of that abhorrence show.”
As appear beforehand in CMO, the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) is carefully optimistic.
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“We’re optimistic the Nine-Fairfax alliance will actualize added amount for advertisers, but we still charge to see added detail to ensure that the accord enhances, rather than diminishes, the customer experience,” AANA CEO, John Broome, said.
“The Nine-Fairfax accord brings calm two of the better agenda audiences in the country, as able-bodied as big print, streaming, free-to-air and radio audiences. Assuming the accord receives authoritative and actor approval, the new aggregation will accept an befalling to accommodate advertisers with admission to quality, anecdotal audiences on a accumulation scale.
“It’s the aboriginal above alliance in the media area back the Federal government alone its two-out-of-three aphorism aftermost year and we can apprehend to see added above moves.
“The Nine-Fairfax accord brings calm two of the better agenda audiences in the country, as able-bodied as big print, streaming, free-to-air and radio audiences. Assuming the accord receives authoritative and actor approval, the new aggregation will accept an befalling to accommodate advertisers with admission to quality, anecdotal audiences on a accumulation scale.”
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