Monday April 3 2017
The complete insiders guide to Arena TV’s Real Housewives of Sydney with soap star, then popstar, and now reality TV star Melissa Tkautz. Our favourite Sydney Real Housewife talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado.
Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the TV Week Logie nominations and don’t miss Mercado’s tips for winners in the key categories. Plenty of other TV news, comment and reviews too. From Married At First Sight and Wentworth to Neighbours and The Walking Dead. Plus an update on Andrew Mercado’s new cinema venture.
Seven Days podcast travels to the Nine HQ in Sydney to meet the broadcaster’s NRL host James Bracey before the Thursday night clash between Bulldogs and Broncos at the ANZ Stadium. Topics discussed include the breakfast TV tour battle, Mark Latham‘s sacking, updates at Bauer Media, the Logies, Kyle Sandilands‘ slamming of the competition and more.
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Seven managed to win its second successive Sunday despite Nine leading in the key timeslots at 7pm and then after the reality shows wrapped around 8.30pm.
Seven and Nine saw bumps for their Sunday news audiences following the introduction of daylight saving.
Nine’s Married At First Sight reached a new high for its penultimate episode. Nine also ranked #1 for 60 Minutes which followed.
Seven’s My Kitchen Rules was up significantly week-on-week, but not enough to overhaul Married At First Sight, which has ranked #1 on Sunday for six successive weeks.
Mel and Kochie welcomed viewers from a canoe off Waikiki Beach this morning as they started their journey across the USA in Hawaii.
The Today show intro from Karl, Lisa and Dickie was nearly drowned out by the Highlands Pipe and Drum Band playing in the middle of the Bradman Oval. The Today show was broadcasting from Bowral on the first day of its first We Love Australia trip for 2017.
While Natalie Barr read the news from beside the beach in the grounds of The Royal Hawaiian in Oahu, Nine’s Alicia Loxley presented the bulletins from the Nine Sydney studios.
Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac was on the Hawaiian island of Kona. Today show weather presenter Natalia Cooper was at a vineyard down the road from the Bradman Oval in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Amongst the guests on the Today show were Bowral local Jimmy Barnes and recently married Nine lovebirds Sylvia Jeffreys and Peter Stefanovic.
On Tuesday Today will be visiting the Gold Coast. Just after 8.30am this morning Sunrise revealed its next stop will be San Fransisco.
The week 13 ratings for the two programs saw Sunrise on 362,000 with Today on 298,000.
Seven News Sunday narrowly won the network 6pm hour with 1.24m, a nice jump from 1.05m a week ago.
A week that features five dinner parties (with the first My Kitchen Rules Thursday episode this season to come) started with 1.25m. That was up on 1.16m from week 13. At these dinner parties the focus is on the food and last night Della and Tully managed a 10 out of 10 from Manu for their entrée and a total of 88 which put them second on the leaderboard of eight couples.
Seven’s Sunday Night trailed 60 Minutes for the first time the two shows have been head-to-head in the past six weeks. The audience of 764,000 was the third time under 800,000 in those six weeks.
A repeat of In Cold Blood: The Chris Lane Story then did 375,000, which was enough to win its timeslot.
Nine News Sunday was a winner in Sydney and Brisbane and went very close in Adelaide. Nine too got a big 6pm audience lift with 1.04m last week turning into 1.21m last night.
Married At First Sight managed to cover the final dinner party in the first half of the two-part reunion episode. The arrivals were dragged out with Anthony the last to arrive 47 minutes after the show started and two minutes after the guests finally sat at the dinner table. There was plenty of interest in the arrivals though with the cast getting back together for the first time in two months. Cheryl managed to deliver again as she moved amongst the guests dropping bombshells, as did the “runaway bride” Lauren. There was much excitement when Nadia arrived alone, telling her fellow cast members, “Anthony dropped me like a hot scone”. It was only a few minutes after Anthony arrived that we saw the first departure, Michael was out the door followed by Scarlett. She seemed to lose the dinner party vibe after someone muttered she was “such a psycho”. Our favourite line from Cheryl was: “I am real except for my tits…and maybe part of my lips”. Mutterings between Anthony and Nadia proved a nightmare for the sound team, with Nine helpfully adding subtitles to some of the discussion.
The Sunday audience of 1.37m was not only the highest-rating episode this season, but it was the best across all seasons.
On 60 Minutes the big drawcards were an investigation by Ross Coulthart and a work-out from a Tara Brown interview. The episode did 830,000, which saw it win the timeslot and conquer Sunday Night for the first time since the two shows had been going up against each other six weeks ago. The biggest 60 Minutes crowd was in week seven, 887,000, when it managed to outrate part one of Seven’s Hoges.
Share has been steady for the past three Sundays with Modern Family the best last night with both episodes over 400,000.
Bull then did 373,000 which was the same as last week.
Earlier in the night Bondi Rescue did 335,000 and Family Feud Sunday was on 232,000.
The channel had its lowest Sunday share of the survey year.
ABC News did 703,000, but dropped 30,000 week-on-week unlike the commercial 6pm bulletins which lifted significantly.
A repeat episode of Grand Designs then did 547,000 after 675,000 for a new FTA episode last Sunday.
The ABC has taken over presenting the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala from Network Ten. Wil Anderson hosted last night with 447,000 watching. That was only down a little on last year’s 474,000 when it appeared on TEN.
The channel enjoyed its biggest Sunday share since week two this year.
Pulling the biggest crowd was That Sugar Film with 288,000 watching after 8.30pm, which was enough to land in the top 20.
The second of the three-part Britain’s Ancient Capital did 241,000 with SBS News on 202,000.
Regional broadcasters WIN Network, Southern Cross Austereo and Prime Media Group released a statement on Friday noting they are frustrated and disappointed by the apparent inertia that is plaguing the passing of the Media Reform Bill in the Senate.
The statement said:
Delay means that regional broadcasters now have to wait until at least May before the Bill returns to the Senate.
The Media Reform Bill was first introduced on March 1 2016, and reintroduced on September 1 2016 after the Federal election in July. At the time, Minister Fifield said “it is time for action”, and yet there has been little to no action to progress this much overdue reform.
John Hartigan, Chairman of Prime Media, said:
“Over 12 months ago I congratulated the Prime Minister and Minister Fifield for having the fortitude to follow through. It is disappointing to see that, contrary to my expectations, nothing has materialised – and we are witnessing yet another missed opportunity.”
Grant Blackley, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, said:
“I am frustrated that we are still waiting for any meaningful media reform, despite the rules under which we operate are from the pre-internet and pre-pay television era and are well past their use-by date. It’s time to bring on the debate in the Senate and for the Parliament to pass it.”
Andrew Lancaster, CEO of WIN Corporation, said:
“We have been telling parliamentarians for years that the ‘75% reach rule’ makes no sense when news, information and entertainment services are being delivered via a diverse range of technologies and from a plethora of sources, rendering it and the ‘two out of three rule’ blunt instruments.”
Ian Audsley, CEO of Prime Media, said:
“The time for action was years ago. We need the Government to bring an end to the lingering uncertainty. We need meaningful reform that supports regional jobs and the sustainability of a viable regional media sector in this country.”
Mark Latham was sacked from Sky News last week and plenty of people are cross about it, especially our readers, reports The Australian’s Caroline Overington.
This I know because I took the time to go through the comments under the story that announced his departure from Sky (which, for the record, is now 100% owned by News Corp, which also owns The Weekend Australian).
People are saying he has been silenced. They’re angry about the way he has been denied his right to free speech.
Latham was sacked because he picked on a schoolboy.
It’s wrong for adults to try to humiliate kids. Do I really have to explain why? Should Sky have fired him for it? In my opinion, no, but I can see why it was thought he was just too loose a cannon to keep on contract.
Latham wasn’t sacked by Sky for speaking his mind. They let him go because they thought the risk of having somebody saying something defamatory was too high, and ultimately the costs of that outweighed the benefits. That’s not about free speech. That’s the free market.
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In the week that The Conversation website was celebrating its sixth anniversary and co-founder Andrew Jaspan was lauded for his work launching the site, it was revealed Jaspan is stepping down from his role.
Jaspan, a former editor of The Age, is joining RMIT as a director of a Global Academy.
Rugby League Week published its last edition this week and even though RLW was a long way from what it once was, a great piece of the rugby league community is gone forever, comments News Corp’s Paul Kent.
Now I know how the greenies feel when they lose another ivory-billed woodpecker.
RLW was groundbreaking in its heyday, both in its quality journalism and the quality of its tabloid journalism. Both were outstanding.
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News Corp’s talks to Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson about rumours last year they were offered big money to return to SCA:
Sandilands confirms the rumours, saying his former employer was publicly backing Rove McManus and Sam Frost while simultaneously offering big bucks for the proven duo of Kyle and Jackie to return.
“They offered us huge money to go back there and we told them to go f**k themselves,” he says.
“I’m reading articles from their management saying they’re going to stand by Rove and Sam when I’ve got offers on the table to go and replace them, so I don’t trust that. I don’t like that sneaky behaviour.”
While Henderson believes there will be a day when the 2DayFM breakfast slot turns its luck around, Sandilands thinks the writing’s on the wall.
“In my heart I say it’s impossible – they’re f**king finished. They are,” he says.
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Network Ten has moved The Biggest Loser: Transformed out of primetime and into the daytime schedule as of April 3.
With My Kitchen Rules still screening on Seven, Ten has decided not to move MasterChef forward, instead loading the weeknight schedule with different programs including Modern Family (Monday), Jamie Oliver (Tuesday), Graham Norton (Wednesday) and David Attenborough (Thursday).
A mad scramble is in place to try to keep the TV Week Logie Awards show in Melbourne, with the Harbour City baying in the background to snare our iconic event, report News Corp’s Alice Coster and Jason Tin.
It’s understood the Victorian Government has reviewed its backing of the Logies, with a division about future funding.
While it would like to keep the event in Melbourne, it has raised questions about the value of forking out up to $5 million of taxpayer-funded money over the past five years.
The current contract expires this year after the red carpet is rolled out at Crown on April 23.
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Fox Sports is covering the US Masters with a dedicated 24/7 channel showcasing round-the-clock action from Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
Fox Sport More (Channel 507) will become the home of golf’s most prestigious major from Monday (April 3), with the live action kicking off from the opening On the Range practice session the following day.
Every round will be covered live and HD, beginning with round one from 4.30am EST on April 7.
PGA Tour golfer Stuart Appleby will join the Fox Sport team live in Augusta for the first time this year, guiding viewers through the action alongside former PGA Tour player Paul Gow and host Tim Sheridan.
Photo: Australian pro golfer Adam Scott (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
TPG Capital’s potential bid for Fairfax Media may have been delayed last week by a surging share price, but the private equity powerhouse has not walked away from the publisher, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
TPG would likely be looking at making a move before Fairfax’s proposed spinoff of online real estate classifieds and services business Domain.
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Telstra has quarantined a new, multimillion-dollar advertising blitz from YouTube until Google’s inability to protect brands from being associated with offensive material is rectified, reports The Australian’s Mitchell Bingemann.
The telco giant launched the latest in its “Thriving” ad campaign series across TV, cinema, print and digital last night to paint a picture for consumers of how its mobile and broadband networks will evolve in the future.
In her first comments since suspending the telco’s multimillion-dollar ad spend from YouTube, Telstra head of media and marketing Joe Pollard said the boycott would remain in place until Google could guarantee ads would not appear next to offensive content again.
Google’s managing director of Australia and New Zealand Jason Pellegrino spoke with Ms Pollard late last week about what was being done to rectify the controversy.
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Max Mason in The AFR:
The YouTube boycott is far from a body blow to Google, but it’s a rare opportunity for Australian media rivals, who’ve fought each other for decades, to work together to convince advertisers the Silicon Valley behemoths may not be the best place for their brands.
A chance like this might never come along again for traditional media.
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ABC News is planning a major refocus away from TV and radio to concentrate on expanding its digital news output in a move that could affect the 7pm flagship news, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
One element of the 2017 ABC News business plan calls for “changes to broadcast programming” next year, which could lead to a shake-up of news and current affairs programs. A strategy document is due for completion in August, which would then be submitted to the ABC board.
ABC director of news Gaven Morris did not confirm the size or scope of any possible changes, but said the broadcaster was “weaving digital into everything we are doing. That’s what the business plan is saying. It is as much about a focus on the activities we are doing with our teams than any issues of resources.”
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Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has twice been charged with assault after allegedly stealing from and assaulting a taxi driver in inner-Sydney’s Pyrmont, before launching an attack on a television journalist when he emerged from his jail cell hours later, reports The Australian’s Rhian Deutrom.
Seven Network journalist Laura Banks approached Mehajer, asking him “What happened last night, Salim?”, before he invited her into the back seat of his car.
“You want to jump in the back seat? Jump in, I’ll have a little chat to you,” he said. “Let’s go, just jump in.”
Mehajer then forcibly slammed the door shut on Banks’s arm and, once she managed to escape, he drove off.
Seven news director Jason Morrison told The Australian Banks had been “shaken up”. “You don’t expect that to happen, but unfortunately it’s happening increasingly as reporters go about their jobs,” he said.
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Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty national drive show has partnered with Thirsty Camel bottleshops to broadcast their first ever show from a train from Monday April 3.
Kate, Tim & Marty boarded the Great Southern Rail’s The Ghan in Adelaide on Sunday April 2, for a three-day, 2,979km train ride across the centre of the country to Darwin, in partnership with Thirsty Camel.
Nova Entertainment’s commercial strategy director, Create, Kate Day, said, “When it comes to bringing to life the big ideas like this one that have become synonymous with the Kate, Tim & Marty show, we really value working with ambitious like-minded brands like Thirsty Camel.”
During the trip Kate, Tim & Marty and Thirsty Camel will be giving away trips so listeners can personally experience The Ghan. In their first integrated campaign with Nova’s national drive team, Thirsty Camel will also support the partnership with point of sale marketing in their stores nationally.
Freeview has reported 5.14 million Australians – the highest-ever number – are streaming free video on demand (FVOD) content, eclipsing 3.53 million for subscription video on demand (SVOD) according to Nielsen data.
Freeview added content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has driven the increase, particularly Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, Nine Network’s Married at First Sight, Network Ten’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, SBS’s Vikings, and ABC iview’s Newton’s Law.
Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross said people are increasingly focused on convenience and flexibility and how they watch TV is no exception. “We’ve seen a big appetite for our streaming products that give viewers access to the best of TV, for free, on whatever device they choose.
“This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with streaming services supplementing traditional TV viewing, it looks certain that we have entered a golden era of TV.”
Luke Jacobz is returning to television to host Seven’s new competition series Instant Hotel.
Tapping into the worldwide trend of home-owners renting out their properties as holiday accommodation, Instant Hotel will see home owners vie for the title of best “instant hotel”.
“I’ve stayed in some of the best and worst hotels in the world,” says Jacobz, who recently returned from Los Angeles to host the series. “But I think even the most mediocre hotel rooms can be improved with the right personal touches.
“I’m really keen to see what lengths teams will go to in transforming their homes in order to give other teams a taste of that hotel experience. And it’s going to be great to be a fly-on-the-wall when personal taste is not to everyone’s taste!”
Jacobz has a long relationship including time spent on Home and Away, hosting The X Factor and competing on Dancing with the Stars. which he won in 2008.
Joining Jacobz on Instant Hotel is series judge Juliet Ashworth, who will score each hotel out of 10. Ashworth is an award-winning designer who’s worked on over 100 projects across Australia and Asia.
A former editor-in-chief of Vogue and NW magazines, Ashworth is now partner and creative director of an internationally noted design company specialising in luxury hotels and resorts.
Instant Hotel is created by Seven Productions and will screen on Seven in 2017.
TV Week has announced American pop artist Andy Grammer will be performing at the TV Week Logie Awards on April 23.
His recent global hit “Fresh Eyes” was anchored in the ARIA singles chart for much of this year and the end of 2016. It peaked at #5 in January where it sat for two weeks. After 20 weeks on the chart the single was still in the top 10.
This week, after a remarkable 26 weeks on the ARIA singles chart, “Fresh Eyes” remains in the top 40.
His debut album featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”. Andy’s second album, “Magazines Or Novels”, featured the triple-platinum hit “Honey, I’m Good”, which was one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the certified gold anthem “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah).”
No change at the top of the singles chart with Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” logging a 12th week at #1. This week Sheeran equals a record Eminem set back in 2002/2003 when “Lose Yourself” spent 12 consecutive weeks at #1. Sheeran still has a total of eight songs in the top 50.
Remarkably, after 13 weeks, a quarter of 2017, we have had only two artists holding down top spot on the chart. For the first two weeks of the year Clean Bandit were at #1 with “Rockabye”. Since then it has been Ed Sheeran.
The only change to the top 10 this week was Drake with “Passionfruit”, which climbed from #16 to #4 in its second week.
There were three new entries in the top 50:
#21 Zayn with “Still Got Time” featuring Partynextdoor
#29 David Guetta with “Light My Body Up” featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne
#35 Kendrick Lamar with “The Heart Part 4”
Moving into the top 50 from lower down the chart is:
#55 to #32 Future with “Mask Off”
While Ed Sheeran remains at #1 with “Divide” for a fourth week and has a total of three albums in the top 10, four new arrivals managed to muscle in near the top of the chart:
#2 Lee Kernaghan with “The 25th Anniversary Album”, Kernaghan’s 13th studio album features collaborations with James Blundell, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, The McClymonts and Kasey Chambers. Kernaghan was last on the chart with “Spirit Of The Anzacs” which was #1 in March 2015.
#3 Northlane with “Mesmer”. Sydney metalcore band release its fourth studio album.
#7 James Blunt with “The Afterlove”. Fifth studio album, four years since the last.
#10 Steel Panther with “Lower The Bar”. Fourth album from American glam rockers.
Six other albums found their way into the top 50 on debut:
#15 sleepmakeswaves with “Made Of Breath Only”
#17 Ali Barter with “A Suitable Girl”
#24 Trey Songz with “Tremaine The Album”
#28 Take That with “Wonderland”. Eighth studio album from UK pop legends
#33 Mindsnare with “Unholy Rush”
#35 Dixie Chicks with “The Classic Albums Collection”
News Corp Australia has launched a new trade campaign aimed at advertisers telling them they have the right to know where their media budget is going and where their ads are being seen.
The banner headline on the campaign says: “Do you really know where your ads are today?”
And answer underneath says: “News does.”
Australia’s biggest print and digital publisher then tells advertisers:
“We’re proud to say we not only have Nielsen’s #1 news and current affairs site (news.com.au) but also through our digital networks we speak to over 10 million Australians every month.
“It’s not fake or faux – it’s Real News”.
The recently promoted chief digital officer for News Corp Australia, Nicole Sheffield, told The Australian today:
“There has been a lot of discussion and coverage on media transparency over recent months and we wanted to take a proactive stance on these issues by launching this campaign to showcase our strengths and commitment to providing accountable, effective solutions for advertisers.
“We’re launching this national advertising campaign with a view to reassuring our customers that protecting and enhancing their brands is our No 1 priority. The reality is that advertisers have the right to know where their media budget is going and News will supply them with what they were promised.
“As a provider of premium digital products and brands, we champion quality content and commitment to brand safety and media transparency every day.
“We are creators and publishers of content, so we understand context is critical.
“Our network of sites is designed not just to protect brands, but to enhance them.
“We’re very proud of the service we deliver to our advertisers and the products we build and develop content for.”
In a first for My Kitchen Rules and Coles, the program’s major partner, an MKR branded sauce has become the latest grocery hit, selling out within 24 hours and prompting an additional production run to meet demand.
In the MKR Sauce Challenge, teams had to produce a meal with a sauce worth bottling for the grocery buying public. The team with the most votes from customers won People’s Choice with their sauce to be stocked in Coles supermarkets across Australia from the following day for a limited time. Queensland’s mother and daughter team Valerie and Courtney drew on their secret weapon – Poppi’s cookbook – to deliver the winning combination of lamb with sweetly spiced Anglo-Indian sauce.
Valerie and Courtney’s Sweetly Spiced Sauce went on-sale in Coles stores nationally the following day for $4, with some MKR fans queuing up ahead of store opening hours to buy the winning sauce for themselves. The unprecedented demand saw 95% of stock sold within the first 24 hours of trade, with the remaining stock gone hours later.
“This is a true testament to the power of television and the MKR brand. We have the ability to move product like no other medium. Coles was able to leverage their in-program execution and the engagement of our MKR fans to deliver for the very first time a taste of MKR in the homes of everyday Australians,” said Lisa Squillace, Seven’s director of program partnerships.
Simon McDowell, Coles chief customer officer, said: “My Kitchen Rules celebrates Aussies cooking great quality meals in their own kitchens and at the heart of it, the show is about real food, real people and real homes, which is why it’s a perfect fit for Coles.
“For seven consecutive years of partnership, Coles and My Kitchen Rules have been inspiring Australians to feed their families delicious meals and we continue to believe, more than ever, that our partnership with Channel Seven and My Kitchen Rules is critical to our strategy of being Australian’s best food retailer.
“It’s been one sweet ride working alongside MKR contestants Valerie and Courtney to produce their Limited Edition Sweetly Spiced Sauce for our customers to try. The popularity and demand for their sauce has been unbelievable with 95% selling in the very first day across our supermarkets nationally. It shows how much people at home have connected with this season’s contestants.
“We are now cooking up more of their delectable sauce with hopes to provide even more Aussies with the opportunity to enjoy this family recipe from the famous Queensland duo. Coles customers will be able to get their hands on a bottle in late April and we’ll be sure to let everyone know as soon as it is available.”
The My Kitchen Rules episode which carried the sponsorship activation was promoted by a range of marketing assets, including in-store point-of-sale, digital and social media as well as across Seven’s own programming assets.
Mediaweek’s James Manning visits the husband and wife team Laura and Bruno Bouchet, who are the executive producers of WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda and KIIS 1065’s Kyle and Jackie O show. The award-winning producers talk about living and working together, and their relationship with their star hosts. Don’t miss Laura talking about Bruno’s early morning shower routine.
Listen online here.