Media Prima Berhad, doing business as Media Prima and stylised as media prima, is a Malaysian media company based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. It is Malaysia's largest media and entertainment conglomerate with business interests in television, print, radio, out-of-home advertising, content creation and digital media. The Group operates five television channels — TV3, DidikTV KPM, 8TV, TV9 and Wow Shop and also five radio stations – Buletin FM, Fly FM, 8FM, Hot FM and Molek FM. Media Prima is also the owner of New Straits Times Press, Malaysia's largest newspaper publisher with five national news brands – New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Harian Metro, Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily.
|Type||Public limited company|
|Industry||Mass media, entertainment|
|Founded||23 September 2003|
|Headquarters||New Straits Times Press|
Balai Berita, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Radio and Television
Sri Pentas, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
|Revenue||RM 997.9 million|
|RM 53.9 million|
Number of employees
|5,384 (December 2022)|
|Divisions||• Television: TV3, DidikTV, 8TV, TV9, Wow Shop |
• Radio: 8FM, Buletin FM, Fly FM, Hot FM, Molek FM
• Other divisions: Audio+, New Straits Times Press, Primeworks Studios, Big Tree, REV Media Group, Tonton
The company was formed in 2003 out of the demerger of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) media assets, namely Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (which runs TV3) and The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad, which the latter held since 1993. The Group currently ranks third in Malaysia in digital reach following the 2017 acquisition of REV Asia Holdings, one of Southeast Asia's leading digital media groups. In 2018, Media Prima became the number one choice for mobile content ahead of Google and Facebook.
Media Prima owns and operates five free-to-air television channels, each of them functioning under their own branding and subsidiaries. TV3 and NTV7 were established long before Media Prima exist, while others, 8TV and TV9 were formed through the group's acquisition of defunct television companies.
|TV3||Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad||Malay, English, Indian (Hindi), Indonesian, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Turkish||Launched on 1 June 1984. Both New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad and its owner company are the founding members of Media Prima.|
|8TV||Metropolitan TV Sdn Bhd||Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien) and Korean||Formerly known as MetroVision (1995–1999). Launched on 8 January 2004.|
|TV9||Ch-9 Media Sdn Bhd||Malay, Indonesian, English and Thai||Formerly known as Channel 9 (2003–2005). Launched on 1 April 2006.|
|DidikTV KPM||None||Malay||Launched on 17 February 2021. Co-owned by Media Prima and the Ministry of Education.|
|Wow Shop||None||Malay||Fully owned by Media Prima.|
WOWSHOP is the group's teleshopping network. It was established on 22 February 2016 as CJ Wow Shop, a joint venture with Korean conglomerate CJ Group's subsidiary, CJ E&M. The teleshopping network became a fully owned subsidiary after the group bought CJ's remaining 49% stake. Apart from TV3, NTV7, 8TV, TV9 and Malaysia's No.1 edutainment channel, DidikTV KPM, Wow Shop is also available in two purpose-built channels on my Freeview. Tonton is the group's Over-the-top media service (OTT) which covers viewers across multiple devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones.
Media Prima Audio (formerly known as Media Prima Radio Networks and later Ripple) is an audience-focused digital media, broadcast and commerce company. It includes five radio broadcast brands – 8FM (formerly One FM), Buletin FM (formerly Kool FM), Fly FM, Hot FM, Molek FM and a podcast platform – Audio+ (formerly Ais Kacang). As of November 2021, based on the October 2021 Gfk Radio Survey, Media Prima Audio is the most popular radio network in Malaysia with over 5 million listeners and 57 million digital listeners since its rival, Astro Radio.
|Fly FM||Max-Airplay Sdn Bhd||English||Launched on 3 October 2005|||
|Hot FM||Synchrosound Studio Sdn Bhd||Malay||Launched on 6 February 2006|||
|8FM||8FM Radio Sdn Bhd||Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese)||Launched on 19 January 2009|||
|Buletin FM||Buletin FM Radio Sdn Bhd||Malay||Launched on 1 March 2016|||
|Molek FM||Molek FM Radio Sdn Bhd||Malay||Launched on 2 January 2022|||
Media Prima owns more than 98% equity interest in The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad (“NSTP”), which owns three of Malaysia's most recognised print and online news brands – New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro, as well as their respective weekend editions. Apart from News brands, New Straits Times Press also owned subsidiary Print Towers Sdn Bhd, tertiary education reference website Mind Campus and learning portal FullAMark.
Media Prima's content creation arm, Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd, is one of Malaysia's production houses with content output in diverse categories covering television, cinema, and digital platforms. While it starts producing television series as early as 1984, Primeworks only began to identify themselves by introducing their own logo in July 2008 to distinguish from Grand Brilliance, another Media Prima subsidiary which was established in 1995.
Media Prima Digital, also known as REV Media consists of the following brands:
On 28 August 2018, Media Prima's Sri Pentas headquarters was forced to evacuate following a false bomb threat. The police gave an order to evacuate the company's office at 10.30 pm. About 200 Media Prima employees were evacuated from the building. They were allowed to re-enter the building after two hours of inspection. The police did not find anything suspicious.
Following the cancellation of Nightline, TV3 aired the announcement about the incident. Royal Malaysia Police's bomb detector unit arrived at 11.40 pm to handle the case. The Fire and Rescue Department received the phone call from the police at 11.19 pm following the incident. The case was investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code, and the police found it was a false bomb threat. Two men were arrested in Temerloh, Pahang on 29 August 2018.