Thailand PM's family sells stake in Shin Corp.

MUMBAI: Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's family has sold its 49.6 per cent stake in the telecom company Shin Corp. to Singapore's Temasek Holdings.

In its statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), Shin Corp. said Pintongta Shinawatra, Bhanapot Damapong, Phantongtae Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra and Busaba Damapong had sold their shares in Shin Corp. to Temasek Holdings.

Founded by Shinawatra in 1990, Shin Corp. controls Shin Satellite which owns Thaicom, country's most prominent mobile phone network Advance Info Service (AIS) and the television network iTV. Shin Corp. also holds a stake in discount carrier AirAsia.

A group led by Temasek and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) "reached an agreement with the Shinawatra and Damapong families to acquire their 1,487.7 million shares or 49.6 percent stake in Shin Corp.oration Pcl (Shin Corp.)," a press statement issued by Temasek said.

Speaking to reporters, Thaksin named the buyer of his family's stake in the company only as 'the fund', but Singapore's state-linked investment firm Temasek was widely reported to be the buyer. The SET also did not name a potential buyer of the shares.

'Many potential buyers approached the company, but they decided to sell to the fund because they want the company to remain strong,' Thaksin has been quoted in media reports as saying.

One of Thailand's richest men, Thaksin has been battling accusations of corruption and cronyism. He has been under constant accusations of mixing his family telecommunications empire with affairs of state. Most recently, iTV's telecast of an interactive show anchored by Shinawatra invited a lot of wrath from the political opposition, who described it as a misuse of resources.

Latest Reads
US$ 4.5 bn expected from IPL rights; SC recommends accounts scrutiny

The Supreme Court on Friday froze all financial transactions between the BCCI and state cricket associations by directing the apex body not to disburse any funds till it resolves to abide by the Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations on reforms by 3 December . The top court ordered that none of...

Television TV Channels Sports
TVS Tyres is co-presenter for Asian Champions Trophy 2016

Continuing its strong connect with sports, TVS Tyres has associated with Asian Champions Trophy 2016 by becoming the co-presenter. The Asian Champions Trophy is one of the premier hockey tournaments, a much sought after annual international competition promising some great hockey action. This...

Television TV Channels Sports
Q2-17: Zee Learn declares maiden interim dividend

The board of directors of the Essel group’s education company Zee Learn Limited (ZLL) have declared a first time ever dividend of 5 percent per equity share of Re 1 each for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter).

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Whether BARC action can stop unethical practices?

MUMBAI: Can businesses and industries practise their art of selling fairly although they have 'Fair Practices' training during academic courses, workshops and several ISO and other certifications? There seems to be the fear of the lawman, and not the law in India. If the traffic cop is watching,...

Television TV Channels Viewership
TV Superhighway: beIN, Yaddo, AfricaXP have joined us, says Magine CEO Ambuj Goyal

CANNES; Magine has secured partnerships with four of the industry’s most exciting sports, documentary and entertainment content providers. Partnerships with beIN, the international media group and owner of MIRAMAX; Yaddo, the new documentary streaming service headed up by former head of The BBC’s...

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Colors emerges strong on strength of Naagin I & II

MUMBAI: One of the top rated shows Naagin Season 2 helped Colors reach a top-ranking position.

Television TV Channels GECs
Pakistan Broadcasters Association to oppose PEMRA Indian content ban

MUMBAI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) shocked both Pakistan and Indian broadcasters when it issued an order blanking out  all Indian content from Pakistan’s television channels on 19 October.

Television TV Channels GECs
Sony Pix to telecast 'Jurassic World' on 22 October

Sony Pix will take the viewers on a thrilling, adventurous journey with cloned dinosaurs in their Billion Dollar Premiere property. The channel plans to air Jurassic World on 22 October at 1 pm and 9 pm.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Sony AXN scripts deal with Pinewood; buys stake in SVOD service Hopster

Folks at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) are in a celebratory mood. Not only has it signed a six-series deal with Pinewood Television but has also acquired a minority stake in the London-based video subscription service for kids content - Hopster.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories