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Macquarie Media: landmarks


This chronology is indicative only.

It covers -

  • beginnings
  • Grundy production house
  • Regional Media and DMGT deal

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline on this site.


1923 Reg Grundy born in 1923

1947 becomes freelance sports commentator for Sydney radio station 2SM

1957 hosts Wheel of Fortune game show on radio

1959 Wheel of Fortune moves to television

Grundy production house

1960 Grundy Enterprises production house founded

1974 Class of 74

1977 Prisoner

1977 Grundy co-produces ABBA: The Movie

1978 Grundy Enterprises becomes Grundy Organisation

1979 Grundy opens office in Los Angeles

1979 Reg Grundy moves to Bermuda

1995 Grundy World Wide sold to Pearson in 1995 for est $384m (later sold to RTL (under Bertelsmann control) when Pearson offloads Fremantle production arm

1995 Reg Grundy acquires SEA FM radio group for $66m

2000 RG Capital Radio floated in 2000

2002 ntl sells NTL Australia (Australian broadcast arm, with over 578 towers) for $850m to a consortium led by Macquarie Bank

Regional Media and the DMGT deal

2004 Regional Media takes over RC Capital Radio

2004 ntl sells UK broadcast unit to a consortium led by Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (MCG) for £1.27bn

2004 UK Daily Mail & General Trust group (DMG) announces sale of its 57 Australian regional radio stations to Regional Media for $193.5m

2005 Regional Media sells stations in Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Orange

2005 BBC Broadcast (channel management and creative services arm) sold to Macquarie Bank consortium for £166m, becomes Creative Broadcast Services

2005 Macquarie Media Group agrees to buy Taiwan Broadband Communications for $1.19bn

2007 buys American Consolidated Media (40 newspaper titles in nine regions in Texas and Oklahoma) for US$102m