Star inks JV for Channel [V] Thailand


MUMBAI: Star, TrueVisions and GMM Media have entered into a three-party joint venture for CHANNEL [V] Thailand, the music and youth entertainment channel targeted at Thailand’s youth market.

Star will hold a 49% stake in the joint venture while TrueVisions, Thailand’s leading pay-TV operator, and GMM Media, Thailand’s leading multi-media group, will hold 26% and 25% respectively. The new partnership follows the channel’s previous partner, Live Incorporation Public Company, divesting its share in the channel.

Star, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Development, Anthony Day commented, “It’s terrific to have TrueVisions and GMM Media onboard. Vibrant locally produced programming has maintained an enthusiastic following making the channel Thailand’s first and last destination for music and youth culture for some years now. Certainly the reach and commitment of our new partners will enable our driving CHANNEL [V] Thailand to fresh successes.”

TrueVisions, Chief Program and Content Officer, Attaphon Na Bangxang, said, “We have been distributing CHANNEL [V] Thailand for more than a decade, watching it blossom into a top-rated music channel on our platform. We see tremendous growth potential for the brand and are excited about playing a part in its future development.”

GMM Media, CEO, Saithip Montrikul Na Audhaya said, “CHANNEL [V] Thailand is the place to be for budding and established artists to showcase their music talent and interact with their fans. The music industry is experiencing a renaissance here in Thailand and as partner in CHANNEL [V], we have high hopes that the channel will play a key role in further growing the country’s music scene.”

Hosted by a team of popular VJs, CHANNEL [V] Thailand showcases the latest Thai music videos, interviews with local and international artists, youth lifestyle and entertainment shows with signature programmes such as I am Siam, [V] Flava, Siam Top 40 and Hei-Beat. The channel produces various shows in innovative formats and concepts and organizes multi-faceted programming initiatives including The VJ Search Project, The Extreme Street Challenge, on Campus, The Music [V] DO Contest for Amateurs and The CHANNEL [V] Thailand Music Video Awards. The awards are recognized as the biggest highlight of the Thai music industry every year.