Wednesday June 28 2017
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||3.8%||GEM||3.4%||ELEVEN||2.7%||Food Net||1.1%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||8.8%||7||24.9%||9||14.9%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||3.3%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||3.6%||GEM||2.7%||ONE||2.9%||Food Net||1.0%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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Home and Away is half-way through its last week of the first half of 2017 as the Monday audience of 762,000 turned into 757,000.
It was then date night on the channel again. First Dates did 591,000 after 641,000 a week ago. The numbers plunged for the UK episode immediately following – 345,000 tuned in after 377,000 last week.
The numbers for A Current Affair were down over 100,000 from Monday night to 823,000. Stories included Court TV and a green thumbed thief, plus a plug from Tracy Grimshaw for the relaunched 9news.com.au which they are calling – Live, Fast and Free.
20 To One continues to struggle at 7.30pm with 510,000 after 572,000 last week.
Love Child managed to lift the audience a little – up to 543,000 which was also up on its last week numbers of 518,000.
Operation Thailand jumped significantly later in the night with 319,000 tuning in.
The Project couldn’t hold its Monday numbers as 700,000 turned into 567,000. Joining the show was ABC journalist Rachael Brown to talk about her podcast Trace.
MasterChef was key to TEN winning the night in primary channel share with 894,000 watching an immunity challenge, which is close to last Tuesday’s 914,000. Contestant Sarah Tiong and the guest chef were only separated by a point.
The second episode of Shark Tank managed to keep most of its audience, which is not always easy when you launch to a good crowd. Week two was on 737,000 after a launch of 750,000.
Ask The Doctor continues to trade close to 450,000 – it was just over that last week and just under last night.
The 8.30pm special one-hour edition of Foreign Corespondent featured a second partnership with a publisher in two nights. Monday night it was Four Corners with Fairfax, last night the partner was The New York Times. The ratings couldn’t have been more different. Four Corners was just under 1m, while the Foreign Correspondent partnership with The NYT did 330,000.
Great Continental Railway Journeys saw Michael Portillo travelling from Tula to St Petersburg. It was the channel’s #1 again with 366,000 after 362,000 last week. The audience is very loyal. (Don’t miss Mediaweek’s exclusive interview with Michael Portillo in the next Mediaweek Magazine.)
However it had some competition last night from the first episode of Blackfella Films’ Filthy Rich and Homeless. With the help of a good lead-in, the program did 354,000 in the Insight slot. Insight did 238,000 there last week.
Former Bell Potter broker Angus Aitken and his business partner John Murray are putting together the funding for millionaire media man John Singleton and his adviser Mark Carnegie’s pitch to buy Fairfax’s 54.5% stake in the listed Macquarie Media radio group, report Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy in The Australian’s Margin Call column.
It is understood Aitken and Murray, who work out of Carnegie’s inner-Sydney Paddington business campus, are working their two millionaire clients’ contact books to secure funding for when the new owner of Fairfax – whether that be TPG or Hellman & Friedman – is ready to offload assets that are surplus to requirements.
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The latest would-be Network Ten suitor needs no introduction to the Australian free-to-air television market, reports The AFR’s Street Talk column.
The column reports US debt giant Oaktree Capital Management, which was part of the sweeping recapitalisation of Nine Entertainment to keep it out of administration in 2012, shapes as a potential bidder.
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Malcolm Turnbull has called on the Senate to introduce “21st-century” media laws and warned hundreds of jobs are at risk as his government attempts to gain enough support to drive through its reform package, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
The Prime Minister yesterday declared it was “vitally important” for Australia to have a third commercial television network after Ten went into voluntary administration, but “utterly outdated media ownership laws” had to be scrapped. “They were written in a time when the internet didn’t exist. When actually, when pay TV didn’t exist,” Turnbull told Triple M radio.
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Human rights activists have demanded the immediate release of three journalists detained in Myanmar’s conflict-torn northern Shan State for attending a drug destruction ceremony held by an illegal armed group, reports The Australian.
They were arrested at a checkpoint after attending an event held by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army to mark Monday’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – one of numerous held across a region notorious for drug trade.
The army said the men – one from the Irrawaddy newspaper and two from the Democratic Voice of Burma – had communicated with the TNLA, one of a number of ethnic militia at war with the government.
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Tributes have been pouring in for ABC publicist Chris Chamberlin who died suddenly while on holidays in India, reports Fairfax Media’s Rachel Browne.
Chamberlin, 39, was a well-known figure in the arts and entertainment community, having worked as a film publicist before joining the ABC in 2014.
He handled the publicity for a number of ABC programs including Four Corners, 7.30 Report and Foreign Correspondent.
The ABC’s director of audiences, Leisa Bacon, said in an email to staff Chamberlin was a “star” who excelled at his job.
“Chris was highly regarded and respected by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him,” she said. “Chris has made many friends through his work at the ABC and I know I speak on behalf of everyone by saying Chris will be greatly missed. Personally, I will miss his witty takes on pop culture and politics, which could always brighten your day.”
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Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O have copped backlash after ripping into KIIS FM producer Pete Deppeler has, known as “Intern Pete”, in a foul-mouthed gang-up live on air, reports Sydney Confidential.
In a short clip posted on Facebook, Sandilands is shown handing the prankster a large vase, which was sent in as a gift, in the studio.
Intern Pete accidentally drops the clay ornament when the shock jock slams him.
“Oh Jesus, Peter! Are you joking?” Sandilands cuts off an interview.
“You idiot! What? You idiot” Jackie O added.
Sandilands then accuses Intern Pete of dropping the vase on purpose.
“You did that on purpose, you piece of sh*t,” he said.
Photo: Intern Pete at the InStyle Women Of Style Awards
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Kyle and Jackie O later posted on Facebook they accept it was an accident and that they continue to love their intern.
Over the past one and a half years, the radio duo have shared their lives on-air, from announcing the arrival of Lehmo’s first son Laddie in 2016 to creating Australia’s very first naked restaurant with Jo & Lehmo’s Nude Food event.
“We’ve discussed some of the most intimate aspects of our lives with our listeners on the show and we are humbled to be able to share their joy and pain with them every morning too,” Jo said.
Jo & Lehmo have given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to their loyal listeners and their 300-show milestone was marked on air this morning with a $10k No Repeat Workday prize given away, one of the station’s most popular competitions.
In addition, the pair have handed the keys to three multimillion-dollar homes to deserving families who won the Royal Melbourne Home Lottery.
Commencing in July, this multiyear extension will see Seven continue to have first look on all ITVS GE content well into 2021.
Recent ITVS GE programs to have aired first in Australia on Seven’s channels include Endeavour, The Chase and Murdoch Mysteries. In the upcoming months, Seven will broadcast the drama series Little Boy Blue, from BAFTA-winning writer and executive producer Jeff Pope, Hell’s Kitchen USA, Inside Kings Cross, Diana – A Love Affair and Billy Connolly and Me.
Augustus Dulgaro, EVP, Asia Pacific for ITV Studios Global Entertainment & chief operating officer, ITV Studios Australia, said: “It speaks volumes for the breadth and quality of our catalogue and upcoming slate that Australia’s number one network has remained committed to our programming for over 20 years. We are delighted that this long-term relationship is to continue with our partners at Seven.”
Angus Ross, director of network programming at Seven, said “In conjunction with our Australian programming, ITVS GE’s expansive portfolio of factual, drama and entertainment titles continue to play a key role in powering the channels of Seven. We are thrilled we can continue to access their best content under this new agreement.”
Getting out of your comfort zone has paid off big time for Darren McMullen, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
After taking Nine’s talent contest, The Voice, to the ratings top, then turning his hand to acting on the network’s drama series, House Husbands, the chancer threw the dice again and headed for Hollywood.
He has inked a new deal to produce and present an NFL-based show for a major American television network.
If cracking the lucrative US market isn’t enough, the Scottish-born, TV favourite is also about to return to our small screen, as the host of Seven’s new primetime game show, Behave Yourself – with aspirations to front a proposed US version as well.
McMullen and his Eureka production company partners, former Endemol Shine executives Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin, have global plans for the format.
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Samantha Heathwood has revealed how she is being targeted by an obsessive fan who has bombarded her social media with hundreds of messages expressing his appreciation, reports Hannah Davies in The Courier-Mail.
The Nine News regional Queensland anchor said that while she usually enjoyed getting messages from viewers, she was finding these to be “verging on lecherous”.
The male fan is currently sending at least one private message a week to Heathwood’s Twitter account telling her how “hot” and “sexy” she is.
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The Voice has topped the non-sport TV chart this week for its live final on Sunday night. The ABC and ABC2 were home to three of the other shows on the chart this week, while TEN also scored a top five spot with the Monday June 19 episode of MasterChef featuring Heston Blumenthal.
Topping the sport chart was State Of Origin game two with a massive 2m interactions. The rest of the top five went to AFL matches on a weekend that boasted many close contests.
Chinese mobile handset manufacturer Vivo has retained the Indian Premier League title sponsorship rights for the next five seasons (2018-2022) with a winning bid of INR 2199 crores (approximately US $341 million), a jump of 454% over the five-year contract signed in 2012, reports ESPN cricinfo.
Vivo first bagged the title sponsorship in October 2015 for two editions from PepsiCo India, which had ended its five-year contract, worth INR 396 crore, two years ahead of schedule. Vivo’s previous arrangement, according to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, saw them pay “a shade less” than INR 100 crore per year.
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Sky is scrapping its numbered UK sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package, reports The Guardian.
The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.
The new offering will result in the launch of themed channels, like Sky’s existing dedicated Formula One channel, for its top-flight sports including football – which will get two channels – golf and cricket. A new channel, Sky Sports Arena, will host other content including rugby and tennis.
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• Access to Australia’s largest prestige media audience, powered by data, innovative marketing and leading brands
News Corp Australasia’s executive chairman Michael Miller last night launched the News Prestige Network, redefining the company’s proposition to prestige and luxury brands.
News Corp is the country’s leading prestige publisher, reaching a total of 7 million Australian consumers in the AB socioeconomic demographic, and home to leading prestige media brands The Australian, Wish, Mansion, Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, GQ Australia, delicious., Buro 24/7 and community mastheads in affluent areas such as the Wentworth Courier and The Bayside Leader.
Miller said: “The creation of the News Prestige Network delivers a powerful proposition for prestige and luxury brands in Australia. While we have for many years been the media company which reaches the largest prestige audience in the country (91% of all ABs), the networking of our brands through our digital and print platforms means we also reach 93% of Gen X ABs and 85% of all AB millennials.
“Our unique proposition is engaging with affluent consumers at scale in prestige environments with credible, trusted global and local brands. We understand this audience and connect with them using News Corp’s unique customer intelligence and data to produce the best content and experiences for our luxury customer. Our Prestige Network means we now have the data, the brands, the audience and the team lined up together to deliver for our clients.”
News Corp Australia chief digital officer Nicole Sheffield said: “We know that prestige advertisers need to be in digital as that is where consumers are, however they require safe environments to ensure their brands are properly managed digitally along with their need to buy engaged audiences. A major part of the News Prestige Network is the creation of the Prestige Digital Network that combines the digital audiences of our prestige portfolio to further leverage their influence in market and deliver brands the right audience in premium environments at scale.
The News Prestige Network will be led by News Corp Australia’s prestige and lifestyle director, Nick Smith. Hear more from Smith in the next issue of Mediaweek Magazine and on Mediaweek TV this Thursday and Sunday.
The News Prestige Network trade site can be accessed via newsprestigenetwork.com.au.
Photo: News Corp’s prestige and lifestyle director Nick Smith, News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller, chief digital officer Nicole Sheffield and The Australian CEO Nicholas Gray
Pandora has announced that founder Tim Westergren has decided to step down from his position as CEO and the board of directors will begin a search for a new CEO immediately. CFO Naveen Chopra was named interim CEO.
With these changes, Westergren will also no longer be a member of the Pandora board of directors.
The company is also believed to have pulled the pin on its Australia and New Zealand operations, the only countries it trades in outside the United States.
The move seems to have blindsided the Australian business who were reporting their latest successes just days ago – the launch of Carat Radio Powered by Pandora, its second in-agency radio station, plus The Sunset Sessions, which was to be the first in an ongoing series that Pandora will host this year in conjunction with Universal Music Australia.
Pandora lost its local CEO Jane Huxley earlier this year when it was claimed she was heading off to “pursue other opportunities”. After Huxley departed in March, Tim Westergren said: “We thank Jane for her dedicated service over the last five years. She has firmly established our brand in the ANZ market, built a world class team, and pioneered our first subsidiaries outside of the United States. We wish her well.”
Pandora has also announced it has appointed former Myspace and MTV Networks executive Jason Hirschhorn to its board, filling a recently vacated seat.
Pandora board member Tim Leiweke said, “On behalf of the entire board, I would like to thank Tim for his vision and his many years of leadership that have created one of the most recognised brands in streaming music today.”
Westergren said, “I am incredibly proud of the company we have built. We invented a whole new way of enjoying and discovering music and in doing so, forever changed the listening experience for millions. I came back to the CEO role last year to drive transformation across the business. We accomplished far more than we anticipated. We rebuilt Pandora’s relationships with the music industry, launched a fantastic Premium on-demand service, and brought a host of tech innovations to our advertising business.
“With these in place, plus a strengthened balance sheet, I believe Pandora is perfectly poised for its next chapter.”
• Expanded roles for Peter Zavecz, Jason Scott & Neil Monaghan, Nick Trompf departs
News Corp Australia’s chief operating officer, publishing, Damian Eales, has announced a number of key commercial leadership changes to the company’s publishing operations.
The changes follow the December 2016 acquisition of the Australian Regional Media business and are being introduced as the next stage of the integration of ARM into the News Corp Australia business.
Jason Scott, current executive general manager of The Courier-Mail, Sunday Mail and Quest community business, has been appointed as managing director, Qld and NT. This is a new single operating division combining all of News Corp Australia’s metro, regional and community titles in Qld, northern NSW and the NT.
Neil Monaghan, current managing director regional media, has been appointed to a national role as managing director, publishing operations. Monaghan led the first phase of the ARM integration and now picks up responsibility for publishing operations, including procurement, logistics and production across the country.
Peter Zavecz (pictured), current managing director HWT commercial, has been appointed as managing director Victoria and Tasmania, commercial. In this expanded role, Zavecz will take on management responsibility for Hobart and Geelong in addition to the HWT business.
At the same time, Nick Trompf has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. Trompf has had an outstanding 30-year career with News Corp Australia. Most recently, Nick has been executive general manager of News Regional Media where he has played a key role in driving the successful acquisition and integration of Australian Regional Media.
Eales said the changes are designed to build state-based structures that will ensure the company is better placed to serve local communities and advertisers.
“For the communities we serve, these changes will enable commercial and editorial teams to work together to publish more local news, sport and entertainment than ever before.
“For advertisers, these changes will enable us to serve more needs by aligning our many different products and services into simple-to-execute and highly efficient media partnerships.”
• A closer look at the cast of new TEN and Lifestyle Channel series
The premiere season of the topical news show Common Sense gives everyday Australians their chance to offer an unfiltered opinion of the week in news when it kicks off on TEN and WIN Network at 8.30pm on Thursday July 6.
Common Sense features a cast of everyday people from 10 diverse environments across Australia discussing the news of the week and making sense of it all in a light-hearted, honest and hilarious way.
Guaranteed to get the nation talking, Common Sense is a joint production between Foxtel and Network Ten and from the makers of the acclaimed, award-winning Gogglebox. Endemol Shine Australia.
Michelle-Ann, Lois and Betty
Bra and swimwear ladies Mornington, Victoria
Glamorous mother and daughter duo, Lois and Michelle-Ann run a successful bra and swimwear shop in Mornington, Victoria.
Betty is an employee and is one the shop’s chief bra fitters. Having served the local town for decades, the ladies are well-known to the local townsfolk and are well-versed in debating the local gossip and daily news with each other and the customers.
After hours, Michelle-Ann and Lois also run a quarter horse stud farm, where they breed cutting horses.
The Yip Family: Darren, Trudi, Eileen And Matt
Market sellers, Flemington, NSW
The Yip Family are a Chinese-Australian family who sell vegetables at Sydney Markets. Trudi is the day-to-day manager of the company and working with her are her cousins Matt and Darren, as well as her Aunt Eileen.
Born in Australia, the Yips speak no Chinese and see themselves as Australians through and through. While they are prepping their produce, the news bulletins are regularly blasting from the radio at the warehouse, with the daily debate often helping them get through their long day.
Brett and Laurence (pictured)
Removalists Abbotsford, Victoria
Brett and Laurence are an Australian Bill and Ted with an infectious dose of intelligence, wit and goofiness. They are best mates who met on a shift at work one year ago and bonded over a mutual appreciation of AC/DC.
Originally from Wagga Wagga NSW, Laurence is a metal-head with big hair and bigger opinions. Brett is a mullet-wearing, big kid from West Australia with a wicked sense of humour. Both are avid news consumers and are often found debating and arguing about the state of the nation, as they lift and haul furniture around the city.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi discuss the week’s media headlines. Talking points include Pacific Magazines’ talks with staff about outsourcing subbing to Pagemasters, ESPN ANZ’s US Open rights grab, Bauer Media’s new ANZ CEO, Sony’s Parade Management and Talentworks joining forces, and much more.