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HT Media Limited acquires 51% stake in Next Mediaworks Limited

HT Media Limited, along with Next Radio Limited, now has 22 stations, and a national footprint spanning 15 cities

HT Media Limited (HTML) has acquired 51% majority stake in Next Mediaworks Limited (NMW), which operates seven FM radio stations across major metros {through its subsidiary Next Radio Limited (NRL)}, under the brand ‘Radio One’, including some in the international genre.

NRL’s FM stations across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune and one more have now come into HTML fold. This has positioned HTML as the strongest radio player, with three stations each in the biggest metro markets of Delhi and Mumbai and two stations each in Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. Apart from the above, the key metro market of Pune has also got added to the network.

HT Media Limited, along with Next Radio Limited, now has 22 stations, and a national footprint spanning 15 cities.

Harshad Jain

Harshad Jain, CEO, Radio and Entertainment Business of HTML has, been named as CEO of NMW/NRL. He will lead all the three brands of Fever FM, Radio Nasha and Radio One.

Jain said, “This acquisition aims to provide the widest array of content, music and advertising options for our listeners and advertisers. Needless to mention, the combined set-up will provide growth opportunities for the talented employees on both sides. The company is now detailing the synergies of operations both at the front and the backend.”

HT Media Limited is the printer and publisher of three leading dailies–Hindustan Times, Mint and Hindustan (through subsidiary company) – and operates popular Hindi FM radio channels Fever FM and Radio Nasha.

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