Wednesday April 5 2017
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||3.2%||GEM||3.6%||ELEVEN||3.5%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.0%||7||24.3%||9||14.2%||10 NNSW||2.8%||SBS One||5.2%|
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||4.3%||GEM||5.1%||ONE||3.5%||Food Net||0.6%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2016. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
16-39 Top 5
18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
After surrendering the lead to Nine on Tuesday night, Seven has resumed top spot, winning its 13th night in the past 14. My Kitchen Rules has a clear run for the rest of this week and then will continue in the two survey weeks after the Easter break. Seven News, Home and Away and Gordon Ramsay were again primetime contributors to Seven’s win.
Seven was also a big leader in combined channel share with 32.7%. Six multichannels managed averages over 3% last night.
Seven’s Today show began with Sam and Kochie on a gondola in what looked a little like Venice, but was actually one of the canals inside the Las Vegas hotel The Venetian. “It’s the second-biggest resort in the world,” said Sam. Kochie noted it is also the Vegas home for Human Nature (although the boys were in New York!)
Seven breakfast newsreader Natalie Barr was back in Australia after one day in Waikiki. The program could have been reacting to sensitivity from some viewers about a week in holiday destinations while there was devastation and tragedy for many people back home in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Barr was reporting on location in Rockhampton. After Barr started the news bulletins, Edwina Bartholomew read the remainder of the bulletin from Las Vegas.
While Sunrise made the relatively short trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas, Nine’s Today show travelled from the Gold Coast to Strahan in Tasmania. It presented a beautiful west coast of Tasmania backdrop for the Wednesday program where guests included Jacqui Lambie and, you guessed it, woodchopping.
Both shows have some cash on offer too. Today has $130,000 on offer tomorrow while Sunrise gave away $90,000 yesterday.
In the ratings for Tuesday, Sunrise rose to the top again with an audience of 336,000 to Today’s 291,000.
Home and Away hovered just under 800,000.
My Kitchen Rules was into its third super dinner party of the week and did 1.30m, its best Tuesday audience since 1.4m in the second week of the show this year. Hosts Court and Duncan were fine until they got to dessert! Their first two courses performed well, but Manu gave the third course 1 out of 10 while Pete was more generous with a five. The home cooks now sit on the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 77.
There was more cooking then with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on 508,000 after 483,000 last week.
On A Current Affair Ross Greenwood was helping viewers conquer credit card debt. The show also had its own mini-reunion with stars from Married At First Sight. The Tuesday episode did 917,000 and was the fourth most-watched program of the night after MKR and the Seven and Nine News.
The Big Bang Theory returned to one of its old timeslots with two new episodes at 7.30pm from season 10 of the US hit sitcom. The numbers weren’t a patch on what the series used to pull, but given the audience viewing trends that is not a story any more. What it did do – with 692,000 and then 755,000 – was pull bigger audiences than any other sitcom can manage these days.
There were all new tourists on Travel Guides last night with a UK episode heading to Dubai. The audience of 416,000 was no match for Nine’s Aussie success story, which did 677,000 last week. The British travellers didn’t have a lead-in from Married At First Sight though.
The Project broadcast what is possibly one of its best episodes of the year yet it still couldn’t crack 600,000 after 7pm. Wil Anderson supercharged the first 30 minutes of the program and then George Calombaris was on from Tokyo followed by Bill Nighy live on the desk. In another all-too-brief appearance, Nighy revealed he had once sung with Radiohead. The 6.30pm audience was 336,000, which grew into 558,000 after 7pm.
A repeat of Jamie Oliver’s Super Food Family Classics at 7.30pm did 322,000.
NCIS lifted the audience to 432,000 and then NCIS: Los Angeles did 371,000.
The channel’s Tuesday share was up nearly two points week-on-week, enough to post a survey year high.
The improvement came from the 8.30pm slot where a busy Julia Zemiro and Prof Brian Cox hosted the first of three shows attempting to spread information about the universe and what we see in the night sky.
The show did 585,000 and ranked #1 after My Kitchen Rules finished about halfway through the Stargazing timeslot.
A follow-up program later in the night on ABC2 ranked #1 in primetime for the channel with 193,000, giving ABC2 its best share since the end of February.
Earlier in the night at 8pm Todd Sampson’s Life On The Line saw him bungee jump using a rope being held together by two phone books, or something like that. The audience was on 328,000, up from 285,000 a week ago.
Great Continental Railway Journeys has run out of new episodes after last night’s trip across The Netherlands. The final ep for this series did 396,000 and made the top 20. The episode started without much excitement at a Rotterdam container wharf but soon picked up the pace and ended with Michael Portillo in Amsterdam’s red light district. The series will be in repeats from next week.
Dr Michael Mosley was a guest on Insight in a repeat episode about fighting diabetes with 292,000 watching.
The out-of-home (OOH) sector has posted a revenue increase of 5.7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, recording $186.7 million, up from $176.7 million for the first quarter in 2016.
A March improvement follows rises of 12.4% in January, and 2.7% in February.
In March, net media revenue increased 3.6% year-on-year to $73.2 million. Digital revenue is sitting at 44.4% of total net media revenue year-to-date, which is an increase over the recorded 36.0% for the same period last year.
Category figures quarter one 2017
• Roadside Billboards (over and under 25 square metres) $77.3 million
• Roadside Other (street furniture, bus/tram externals, small format) $51.0 million
• Transport (including airports) $29.5 million
• Retail, Lifestyle and Other $28.9 million
Source: Outdoor Media Association
A syndicate led by former Telstra director Geoff Cousins has made a formal offer to buy the Virgin Mobile business in Australia from the Singapore Telecommunications-owned Optus, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
Cousins confirmed to Street Talk on Tuesday that he had made the offer to Optus in Australia and was awaiting a response.
Cousins would not be drawn on how much the syndicate had offered or when the offer was made.
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Former US Senator Kelly Ayotte has been elected to News Corp’s board of directors, replacing Elaine Chao.
“I am pleased to welcome to News Corp’s board of directors Senator Ayotte, who brings with her invaluable leadership and strategic planning skills, as well as in-depth knowledge in the areas of public policy, government and law,” said News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch.
Chao resigned from the News Corp board upon her confirmation as President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Transportation. Ayotte, a Republican, most recently served as a senator for the State of New Hampshire from 2011 to 2017.
Dixie Marshall, the former director of strategic communications for ousted West Australian premier Colin Barnett, has been in dialogue with Seven about a senior role at the company, report The Australian’s Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy.
Marshall, 54, is a former commercial television reporter and newsreader turned government adviser. Most of her TV career was spent at Nine, although she has worked at Seven as one of the network’s first female AFL commentators.
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A startup with a $10 million annual spend on social media marketing has gone from Snapchat-first to all but deserting the platform in the last nine months, claiming Facebook and Instagram drive more sales and have more attentive local representatives, reports The AFR’s Michael Bailey.
HiSmile, a teeth-whitening subscription commerce business, currently has a $20 million revenue run rate and is forecasting $40m by January 2018. Between 50% and 55% of turnover is spent on social media marketing, and most of that on so-called influencers with large or loyal followerships of their social media accounts.
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News Corp veteran Geoff Booth is leaving the company after a 37-year career, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
Booth, managing director operations, has worked at The Herald and Weekly Times, The New York Post and been general manager of the NSW division. He will continue to act as a consultant for News Corp.
Several longstanding executives are also leaving. Bruce Harvey, national director premedia, is leaving after more than 20 years. Mark Whitby, national logistics specialist, is leaving after a 13-year stint, while Marc Bouza, general manager logistics and support is also departing.
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Talkback radio presenter Alan Jones has defended his former colleague Mark Latham by launching a stunning tirade at his critics and urging them to “take a spoonful of cement and toughen up”, reports The Australian’s Emily Ritchie.
Jones, who is back on the airwaves and television screen after a neck injury forced him to take a four-month break, began his Sky News segment Jones + Co last night by critiquing the news channel’s decision to dismiss his former co-presenter, ex-federal Labor leader Mark Latham.
The veteran radio announcer said Latham has a valuable “willingness” to offer opinions about the current state of Australia that “need to be said”.
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Amber Harrison, the former Seven West Media employee who triggered a storm in December by exposing her sexual relationship with the broadcaster’s chief executive Tim Worner, is facing fresh allegations that thousands of pounds went missing on her watch when she was employed by a high-end bathroom company in London, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.
When the claims were put to her this week, Harrison hit back. “I’ve never heard these allegations,” she said. “The timing is telling, and I strongly contest them.”
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Meanwhile the Sydney Swans will ask Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner to consider the “appropriateness” of remaining on the club’s board, following intense pressure by prominent female club members to have him removed, reports The Australian’s Caroline Overington.
Speaking to Sydney Swans female fans at a function on Monday night, Swans chief executive Andrew Ireland said: “As a footy club, we’ll treat it in the way that’s appropriate…We’ve got a great track record of dealing appropriately with people who were close to us who haven’t been perfect.”
Worner offered his resignation to Swans chairman Andrew Pridham earlier this year but it was rejected.
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Katrina Strickland (pictured) has been appointed editor of Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend.
Strickland is currently editor of the Australian Financial Review Magazine.
In a joint note to staff, The Age Editor Alex Lavelle and The Sydney Morning Herald Editor Lisa Davies said: “Katrina was the standout candidate, exhibiting passion and enthusiasm for long-form journalism, and the magazine’s editorial and commercial potential. A breadth and depth of ideas was backed by a strong vision for both the printed product and its content online.”
Strickland replaces Amelia Lester.
“We wish to thank Amelia for her inspired editing, beautiful redesign and creative leadership,” the metro editors said in the note.
Strickland takes up the role in May.
The editor-in-chief of The Australian Financial Review Michael Stutchbury praised Strickland for her five years as deputy editor and then editor of the Australian Financial Review Magazine.
“During this time, the AFR Magazine reached new journalistic and commercial highs, including winning the inserted newspaper magazine of the year award for the past three years running,” he said.
Oxford-based current affairs magazine The New Internationalist has helped secure its future after raising £550,000 in just over a month through a crowdfunding campaign, reports Press Gazette.
It now hopes to reach £600,000 by April 6 when the appeal closes (the original target was £500,000).
The money is needed to help the title relaunch and reinvent itself as it contends with dwindling print sales.
More than 2,700 supporters have made contributions ranging from £50 to £10,000.
Image: Staff celebrate as The New Internationalist passes its original target of £500,000.
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Have the talented and cute kids on shows like Stranger Things and Big Little Lies made kids on TV cool again? Seven is hoping so.
Shane Jacobson has been chosen to turn the spotlight on the brightest stars of all in Little Big Shots, a new feelgood entertainment program created by talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres and American TV legend Steve Harvey.
The Australian version of the format will be produced by Warner Brothers International Television Production Australia for Seven.
Australian comedian, actor, writer, producer and director, Shane Jacobson joins the Seven family for the first time in his new role as host of Little Big Shots and says he is looking forward to proving that the biggest stars often come in the smallest packages.
Channel 10 has thrown its support behind MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris in the wake of revelations that his restaurant empire has underpaid staff by $2.6 million, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
The news comes just weeks before the TV cooking show is due to begin screening its ninth season.
Ten says it is confident that Calombaris’ image hasn’t been tainted by his MAdE Establishment underpaying 162 staff, including chefs and waiters, across The Press Club, Gazi and Hellenic Republic restaurants.
“It is ridiculous and illogical to suggest that the issues at MAdE Establishment will affect the performance of the new season of MasterChef Australia,” a Ten spokesman said.
“George Calombaris and his team at MAdE are dealing with the incorrect payments made to employees to ensure every affected employee receives their full entitlements.
“George has the full support of Network Ten.
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Married At First Sight has kept its spot at the top of the Nielsen Social Content Ratings for the week ending April 2. The chart tracks social media posts and tweets relating to TV programs on Facebook and Twitter. The ABC and Seven took the other four spots on the non-sport chart with Q&A, My Kitchen Rules and Four Corners.
On the sport chart, the AFL takes the top three spots with NRL games taking the next two.
• Nine ready to welcome advertisers fleeing YouTube and Facebook – “Nine is brand safe, measurable, viewable, and most importantly television is the most effective medium”
Nine’s Married At First Sight has finished the year strongly for the broadcaster – winning its timeslot with the two-part reunion episode, both episodes setting franchise ratings records on successive nights.
Nine’s chief sales officer Michael Stephenson likes the big all people numbers, but he remains steadfastly focused on the key demos. For the final episodes, he told us the number for viewers 25-54 was 720,000.
“I think back to the strategy we had when all of this started and we were just focused on doing a couple of things,” he told Mediaweek. “We wanted three demographics – 25-54, 16-39 and grocery buyers with kids – and we wanted to grow our audiences against those age groups.
“We have a show that doesn’t have a better demographic profile. We have never seen anything like it.”
Nine’s demo growth, using consolidated OzTAM data for the survey year metro primetime 2016 v 2017 is: 25-54 +7.4%, 16-39 + 9.0%, GB with children +8.6%.
Stephenson worked the phones on Tuesday morning, responding to interest about Nine’s ratings resurgence. When asked if there were many calls this time last year about ratings performance, Stephenson said: “We were fielding calls, but for different reasons.”
While Nine has been able to build its nightly 7.30pm timeslot, the business has been able to exploit the brand across multiple platforms. “We are now a fully integrated media company and we use all of our assets to promote all of our assets. Married At First Sight is a great example of working the brand across Nine, 9Honey, Today, A Current Affair and nine.com.au. It is a great example of the promotional power of the Nine Entertainment Co in full flight.
“The video player numbers for Married At First Sight within 9Now are staggering. To be doing between 100,000-150,000 devices monthly has never been seen before. Our promotional ecosystem is working brilliantly.”
Nine is not expecting any quick financial uptick from its Q1 ratings turnaround. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Stephenson, a popular catchphrase about ratings performance. “We are very pleased with that performance so far, but in the most humble way. Revenue generally follows ratings and sentiment.”
The launch, revealed during the publisher’s annual upfronts at the Eternity Playhouse Theatre in Sydney, was prompted by its annual research project which specifically focused on looking at the differences between Gen Z and Gen Y Australians which showed there was a large gap in the market for a strong new digital Gen Z title.
Punkee, which launches in May, is headed up by managing editor Tom Pitney. Pitney joined Junkee Media last year when it purchased TheVine where he was owner and publisher. Under Pitney’s stewardship, TheVine generated 11 million organic video views on social media over a six-month period, with the video recaps of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette among the most popular pieces of content.
“I’m excited to be able to scale up the video content that our audience already loves and take it to the next level under the Punkee banner,” Pitney said. “Over the past 18 months we’ve tested a whole range of ideas to understand what Gen Zs want to share and consume on social media. With these learnings, Junkee’s expertise and the growing base already behind us, we’re in a great position to introduce and grow a culture around Punkee.”
Junkee Media CEO Neil Ackland said the launch of Punkee continued the publisher’s track record of innovating in youth publishing.
“We look at Punkee as Junkee’s cheekier, younger sister,” Ackland said. “As Millennials move into the 20s and 30s a gap has opened up to talk to the next generation in a unique and authentic way, just as Junkee does for Millennials. It’s up to us as leaders in youth publishing to keep innovating to stay ahead of the curve.”
In addition to an online platform, the Punkee brand and content will be amplified in digital out-of-home environments via oOh!media’s extensive screen network.
Also announced at today’s Upfronts were significant changes to Junkee Media’s flagship title Junkee. Effective from today, Junkee will have three new dedicated sections each with their own social communities: Politics Junkee, Music Junkee and Video Junkee.
Junkee Media publisher Tim Duggan said the new sections are driven by the audience’s interest in the key pillars and expanding the hero brand, Junkee. “We can see clearly from our research and audience engagement that these are three of the fastest-growing content areas for us to go deeper on,” Duggan said.
Politics Junkee will be led by news and politics editor Osman Faruqi and build on Junkee’s reputation for funny and smart political news for young Australians.
Music Junkee is a new section headed up by editor Katie Cunningham. “Music Junkee reflects the current world,” says Duggan, “where music is celebrated in all of its forms and someone might be into Drake and Beyoncé, Diplo and Taylor Swift and that’s totally OK. There are no genre boundaries any more and Music Junkee will reflect that.”
The final announcement is Video Junkee, a section where lovers of video content can read, discuss and watch the latest in online screen content.
Expanding on this concept, Junkee is also launching a new major event Video Junkee 2017, a two-day festival in Sydney celebrating creativity in video content that will take over Carriageworks from July 28-30. Video Junkee is presented in partnership with Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.
Video Junkee 2017 is a festival for creators and lovers of video content that will celebrate short- and long-form video on digital screens. Video Junkee 2017 will bring together industry and consumers to celebrate, discover and foster creativity, talent and innovation in Australian video, encompassing SVOD, social, live streaming, TV, film and branded entertainment.
Former Tropfest festival and development manger Henry Kalaf has joined Junkee Media as executive producer of Video Junkee.
Photos: Neil Ackland with Tom Pitney [T], Tom Pitney [L]
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