CJ Group has bought a 55.2% stake in OnMedia from shareholders including HSBC and Orion Corp. CJ O Shopping, one of CJ Group’s many units, is the entity into which the stake has been placed, with reports quoting the unit’s president Lee Hae-sun as saying the takeover is part of efforts to piece together media and shopping services.
The deal must get approval from the country’s Fair Trade Commission which will announce its decision mid-year.
One of the stumbling blocks to the deal’s approval could be the high audiences for the combined group’s channels. Together, the companies’ channels account for some 27% of cable viewing. Popular channels include OnMedia’s movie service OCN, lifestyle channel OnStyle and gaming service Ongamenet, while CJ Group’s CJ Media unit operates channels including CGV and Mnet.
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