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Japan's Sony in talks to buy stake in India's Network18 Media - Bloomberg

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Japan's Sony in talks to buy stake in India's Network18 Media - Bloomberg
FILE PHOTO: Sony Corp's logo is seen at its news conference in Tokyo, Japan November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon   -   Copyright  KIM KYUNG-HOON(Reuters)

(Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp <6758.T> is in talks to acquire a stake in Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s TV business, Network18 Media & Investments Ltd <NEFI.NS>, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Sony is doing the due diligence and considering several potential deal options, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Ambani’s Reliance Industries <RELI.NS> and Sony did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Network18 Media & Investments Ltd <NEFI.NS> shares rose as much as 18.25% to their highest since June 13 and TV18 Broadcast Ltd <TVEB.NS> shares were up 4% on the report of the talks.

Network18’s channel portfolio include VH1, Nickelodeon, MTV, CNBC TV18, and a range of other local language channels, along with news portals like Firstpost and Moneycontrol.

The media company also has a broad suite of news channels including CNN-News18, CNBC TV18, and other regional language news channels that together held over a 10% share in TV news viewership in India in fiscal 2018-19, according to its annual report.

(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru, Additional Reporting by Sethuraman N R in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Shailesh Kuber)