अरुण पुरी और कुमार मंगलम बिड़ला के बीच 350 करोड़ रुपये की डील हुई!

: कानाफूसी : लीविंग मीडिया इंडिया लिमिटेड के मालिक अरुण पुरी ने अपनी कंपनी का लगभग एक चौथाई हिस्सा कुमार मंगलम बिड़ला के हाथों सौंप दिया. इसके बदले में अरुण पुरी को करीब साढ़े तीन सौ करोड़ रुपये बिड़ला ने दिए हैं. यह दावा बिजनेस स्टैंडर्ड अखबार का है. डील कितने में हुई है, इस बारे में दोनों अरुण पुरी और कुमार मंगलम बिड़ला चुप हैं. पर मीडिया विश्लेषक अपने अपने हिसाब से अनुमान लगा रहे हैं. इंडिया टुडे ग्रुप के सीईओ आशीष बग्गा ने भी अपने आंतरिक मेल में रकम के बारे में कोई जानकारी नहीं दी है.

मीडिया जगत में अब यह चर्चा खास है कि जब बड़े बड़े कारपोरेट घराने मीडिया को अपने चंगुल में लेते जा रहे हैं तो जनपक्षधर पत्रकारिता का क्या होगा. ये कारपोरेट हाउसेज कभी जनता के पक्ष की पत्रकारिता नहीं करने देंगे क्योंकि इनका मूल काम ही जनता को हर तरह से लूटना और शोषित करना रहता है. सरकार के सहयोग से किसानों की जमीन कब्जाने का काम यही कारपोरेट घराने करते हैं. भ्रामक विज्ञापनों के जरिए उत्पाद बेचकर जनता की जेब ढीली करने का काम यही करते हैं. नेताओं और नौकरशाहों के साथ सांठगांठ करके औने पौने दामों में सरकारी जमीनों, कंपनियों व संपत्ति को हथियाने का काम यही लोग करते हैं.

मतलब यह कि अंबानी, बिड़ला जैसों ने अगर मीडिया में कब्जा जमाना शुरू कर दिया है तो फिर तय है कि मीडिया में असली पत्रकारिता बचेगी ही नहीं. पत्रकारिता के नाम पर सचिन तेंदुलकर का गुणगान, माल्या की जिंदगानी, आईपीएल का जलवा, हीरोइनों का प्रेम, शाहरुख खान का शराब पीना.. जैसी खबरें ही दिखाई जाएगी. और, इसकी झलक मिलने भी लगी है. किसानों, मजदूरों, गांव वालों की कोई खबर नहीं लेगा क्योंकि इनके जीवन में दुख आंसू तनाव अवसाद है और ऐसी खबरें रिपोर्टों को डाउन मार्केट कहकर खारिज कर दिया जाएगा…. ऐसे में सारा दारोमदार न्यू मीडिया और वैकल्पिक मीडिया के कंधों पर रहेगा. इसीलिए अब हर पत्रकार को अपना ब्लाग, वेबसाइट बना लेना चाहिए, बनवा लेना चाहिए ताकि कल को कभी खुद की आत्मा मेनस्ट्रीम की घटिया पत्रकारिता से तौबा करने को कहे तो आपके पास हाथ चलाने और लोगों को पढ़ाने के लिए अपना मंच रहे. फिलहाल अरुण पुरी को बधाई दीजिए कि उनके घर ढेर सारा नोट आ गया है.

पता नहीं वे इतने पैसों का क्या करेंगे. अच्छा होता कि वे देश के कुछ अच्छे व सरोकारी पत्रकारों के हाथों अपना पूरी मीडिया सौंपकर हरिद्वार-ऋषिकेश चले जाते ताकि पत्रकारिता भी न मरती और उन्हें आंतरिक शांति भी मिल जाती.. पर ऐसी चमत्कारिक घटनाएं इस देश में कहां होती हैं. पैसे वाले दिन रात पैसे डबल ट्रिपल करने के लिए किसी भी कीमत पर जुटे हुए हैं तो गरीब आदमी किसी तरह जिंदगी चलाते रहने की जद्दोजहद में भरी जवानी में बुढ़ा मर जा रहा है. मेल टुडे में भी अरुण पुरी और कुमार मंगलम बिड़ला के बीच डील की खबर छपी है, जो इस प्रकार है….

India Today forges new bond with the Aditya Birla Group

By Mail Today Reporter

The $35-billion Indian multinational, Aditya Birla Group (ABG) and India's most respected and diversified media corporation, the India Today Group (ITG) came to an agreement on Friday for a 27.5 per cent financial investment by a private investment company of the Aditya Birla Group in ITG's holding company, Living Media India Ltd. Commenting on the investment, Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla Group, said, 'The Indian media sector is a sunrise sector from our investment point of view. I believe that The India Today Group offers one of the best opportunities of growth and value creation.

'ITG's management ethos, values, brands, product portfolio and future plans offer one of the best opportunities for growth and value creation.' Aroon Purie, chairman of the India Today Group, said, 'I am delighted to partner with the Aditya Birla Group to aggressively address the current and future potential of the Indian media business which is at a tipping point.

'The Aditya Birla Group with its strong leadership, global footprint, diversified business interests and its shared values of integrity, commitment and social responsibility make it a perfect fit with the India Today Group.' The transaction is subject to the customary approvals.

ये है बिजनेस स्टैंडर्ड में प्रकाशित खबर…

Aditya Birla Group acquires stake in Living Media India

BS Reporter / Mumbai May 19, 2012

The Aditya Birla Group on Friday announced it had acquired 27.5 per cent stake in the Aroon Purie-controlled Living Media India, marking an entry into the media business. Living Media acts as a holding company and also owns 57.46 per cent in TV Today Network, the listed company that controls the group’s broadcasting assets such as Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, besides publishing a host of magazines that include the flagship India Today. Thomson Press, through which Purie started his business, is a separate entity.

According to industry sources, the company has been valued between Rs 1,300 crore and Rs 1,400 crore. The Birlas have forked out nearly Rs 350 crore to buy the stake. The company has some debt on its books. “The media sector is a sunrise sector from an investment point of view. I believe that Living Media India offers one of the best opportunities for growth and value creation,” said Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group. The Birlas have earlier forayed only in the entertainment business and in 2003 launched a movie and television software production company called Applause Entertainment, best known for producing Hindi movie Black, starring Amitabh Bachchan.
 
However, the company was closed in 2009.
 
Aroon Purie, Chairman of the India Today Group, said, "I am delighted to partner with the Aditya Birla Group to aggressively address the current and future potential of the Indian media business, which is at a tipping point. The Aditya Birla Group with its strong leadership, global footprint, diversified business interests and its shared values of integrity, commitment and social responsibility is a perfect fit with the India Today Group.”
 
Ambit Capital is understood to have been the advisor for Living Media. According to sources familiar with the deal, other companies that had shown interest in picking up stake were Mahindra & Mahindra and the Kolkata-based RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.
 
The deal is reflective of a growing trend of large corporate and industrial houses making a foray in the media business, leading to consolidation in the industry. Just five months ago, Reliance Industries invested in the Network18 Group in a multi-layered deal. Anil Ambani is also believed to have invested in Bloomberg UTV, the business news channel. The Delhi-based Abhey Oswal promoted Oswal Greentech also picked up 14.2 per cent stake in NDTV for Rs 24.24 crore.
 
Purie’s publishing empire, controlled through Living Media, also includes Business Today and a clutch of licensed magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel Plus and Harvard Business Review, among others. Living Media also has a joint venture with German media house, Axel Springer AG, for an auto magazine and an online shopping portal: Bag it today. It also has a joint venture with the UK-based Daily Mail for the daily tabloid Mail Today. And, also another JV with Harper Collins.
 
TV Today has four news channels — Headlines Today, Aaj Tak, Tez and Delhi Aaj Tak — and radio stations under the brand Oye FM. In the March quarter, TV Today posted a profit of Rs 7.33 crore, with revenue of Rs 88.36 crore. As of March 2012, it had debt of Rs 23.76 crore. The company has a market capitalisation of Rs 321.08 crore. Aaj Tak, based on TAM ratings for the week ended May 5, was the leader in the Hindi news category with a market share of 17.4 per cent. Its nearest competitor India TV had 16.4 per cent.
 
Living Media owns around 57.46 per cent in TV Today while the Anil Ambani promoted-Reliance Capital owns 13.62 per cent; LIC has 3.61 per cent; Tata Mutual fund has 1.05 per cent and Ramesh Damani has 1.36 per cent. The TV Today scrip on Friday closed at Rs 54, up 0.84 per cent, on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
 
ये है रायटर की खबर…
 
Aditya Birla to buy stake in Living Media
 
Fri May 18, 2012 
 
REUTERS – Diversified Aditya Birla Group will buy a 27.5 percent stake in unlisted media group Living Media India Ltd, which publishes the popular India Today magazine, for an undisclosed sum.
 
Living Media offers "one of the best opportunities for growth and value creation", Aditya Birla Group's chairman billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla said in a statement on Friday.
 
A private investment company of the group, which also has interests in cement, telecoms and metals businesses, will make the financial investment in Living Media, the statement said.
 
(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy in NEW DELHI; Editing by Aradhana Aravindan)

 

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