Jakarta – Singapore-based media company MediaCorp and KapanLagi Network (KLN), an Indonesian digital media company, announced that MediaCorp has invested in a 52 per cent equity stake in the KLN Group which owns several of Indonesia’s most successful web portals including kapanlagi.com.

The two parties signed the agreement in Jakarta, cementing a strategic, long-term partnership that brings together complementary strengths of the two companies – MediaCorp’s transmedia expertise and pan-Asian reach, and KLN’s digital-native mindset and market leadership in Indonesia. The partnership is also aimed at delivering fresh experiences for consumers across the region, and creating innovative solutions for advertisers to embark on new approaches to reach customers and prospects.

MediaCorp pioneered the broadcasting industry in Singapore but has since diversified into print, live entertainment, out-of-home and digital businesses. Its digital properties include over-the-top service Toggle, channelnewsasia.com and Kuala-Lumpur headquartered gaming publisher Cubinet. In 2013 it launched Mediapreneur, an incubator programme for digital startups aimed at providing a conducive, operational platform for media startups to be systematically nurtured and developed into full-fledged tech companies, supported by funding, networking opportunities and intellectual property and content. MediaCorp also recently reorganised its products and platforms along customer lines such as family, youth, men, women and foodies.

While KLN is best known for its popular twin engines   of kapanlagi.com and merdeka.com, it also has sites targetting men, women, car enthusiasts and soccer aficionados. The KLN Group’s video content has been viewed more than 450 million times and KLN has also seen impressive revenue growth in Indonesia’s rapidly increasing digital advertising spend. It has also seen impressive revenue growth in Indonesia’s rapidly increasing digital advertising spend. Following MediaCorp’s investment, KLN’s management and operations will remain unchanged.

Steve Christian, KLN Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am tremendously excited by this breakthrough in KLN’s journey to become a leading digital media company in the region. Over the past three years, I’ve watched KLN grow from a startup to one of Indonesia’s top independent online platforms. Since the beginning, our goal has been to create truly great products that make an impact on audiences beyond our home market and I am delighted that our ambitions have led to our alliance with MediaCorp. In MediaCorp, we have a partner with powerful content and platform capabilities and a commitment to continually innovate for its customers and audiences.”