Friday April 7 2017
Join Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi who talk about everything from media law reform, My Kitchen Rules’ Hot Sauce, Kate, Tim and Marty and Junkee’s Punkee launch to the police raid at A Current Affair.
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show:
• Tim Duggan, Junkee Media publisher
• Jayne Ferguson, General Manager Women’s Lifestyle and Entertainment, Bauer Media
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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
Seven has won four of the five nights of week 14, only slipping up on Monday against the final episode of Nine’s Married At First Sight. Driving the Seven victory last night was the first episode of My Kitchen Rules to screen on a Thursday night so far this season. The show drew a record 2017 Thursday audience and delivered Seven a win in four of the five metro markets, even Sydney where it was a showdown between the home cooks and live NRL.
Nine performed best in Brisbane where it won the night off the back of the Broncos’ victory.
Gogglebox was again TEN’s best as it found a spot in the top 10.
Travel fatigue is not only catching up with the TV teams travelling around the USA and Australia, but maybe some viewers. When we saw Sam and Kochie at the start of Sunrise this morning dancing in a New Orleans street twirling parasols above their heads it seemed the USA Mystery Tour might have just been going long enough. Mark Beretta was in Atlanta, Georgia talking about everything from CNN to Coca-Cola while back in Rockhampton Natalie Barr took to the skies for an aerial look at the extent of the flooding.
Over on Today, the program started in Australia Zoo, with Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin joining the hosts on the set. There were memorable moments too here with Karl for some reason feeding a giraffe with food sticking out of the TV host’s mouth and Tim Gilbert appeared with a lemur on his shoulder.
The day 4 ratings show Sunrise continuing to lead with 318,000 versus Today on 281,000.
The week-on-week comparisons are probably not fair given the interest in Cyclone Debbie. A week ago Sunrise was on 393,000 and Today on 345,000.
Home and Away was just under 700,000 for a second successive night.
My Kitchen Rules pumped the Seven Thursday share to 22.2%, which was the second best Thursday share in the eight weeks of survey so far. It was narrowly ahead of the first week of Thursday AFL too a fortnight ago.
My Kitchen Rules did 1.22m winning its timeslot in all markets.
There was a big drop-off for the second episode of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares with 223,000 watching.
A Current Affair was having close to one of its best weeks this year in the ratings after three nights of week 14. However, the program was making headlines yesterday when the blowtorch of media scrutiny was turned on one of its own Ben McCormack. Leila McKinnon was hosting last night and she made sure viewers knew were Nine stood as she promised the show would deal with the case as it has for other similar investigations. The Thursday audience was significantly higher than usual with 823,000 watching.
Nine then went to live NRL in Sydney (217,000) and Brisbane (202,000). The NRL Footy Show followed with 89,000 in Sydney and 56,000 in Brisbane.
Melbourne and other AFL markets got RBT and then the AFL Footy Show. Last night a long interview with Garry Ablett was a program highlight. However, the Melbourne audience of 173,000 would have been a disappointment for such an exclusive. Screened on Wednesday last week, the Melbourne audience was 175,000.
The season final of Gogglebox Australia did 634,000 with over 200,000 watching another strong episode in Melbourne.
Next best was The Project 7pm with 507,000 and Jimmy Barnes replacing Fitzy on the desk for the Thursday episode.
At 7.30pm two episodes of David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities did 394,000 and then 410,000.
The final instalment of Stargazing Live found another solar system, but it wasn’t able to boost the Thursday audience. The episode did 461,000 in the overnight TV number, which is exactly the same number the final episode of Newton’s Law attracted a week prior.
The return of The Checkout started a new season on 416,000.
You Can’t Ask That returned at 9.30pm in a longer format with 255,000 watching.
We had a winner in the first final on The Chefs’ Line when Melbourne chef Geoff Lindsay from Vietnamese restaurant Dandelion won the cook off against a home cook. The episode did 77,000.
The channel’s biggest audience however was again attracted by a Michael Portillo train journey with 291,000 on board last night. The journey between East Grinstead and Guildford might not be on many bucket lists, but it drew a good crowd last night.
Actor/director Craig Anderson revealed much about himself on Next Step Hollywood a few years ago. He was at it again last night on the very different My Japanese Diet at 8.30pm with 158,000 watching.
Southern Cross Austereo has canvassed hedge fund Oaktree about buying the radio assets of New Zealand’s Mediaworks, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
Southern Cross chief executive Grant Blackley is known to be hunting acquisitions, having previously approached NZME about purchasing its radio assets.
It’s understood Southern Cross is interested in the Mediaworks radio business, but not the television businesses, which include TV3 and Four.
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At meetings on Thursday, MEAA members in the Fairfax Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms have strongly condemned the $30 million cut to the editorial budget announced by Fairfax management this week, reports the union representing the journalists.
Journalists have given the company until Monday to demonstrate it is serious about genuine consultation with staff to achieve savings while not cutting jobs.
MEAA Media section director Katelin McInerney said members on the floor were invested in the future of the Fairfax mastheads and the independence of their journalism.
“The Fairfax brand of independent journalism is attracting a record number of subscribers and readers because these journalists deliver the kind of fearless and objective journalism audiences in a post-truth world are so reliant upon,” she said.
“MEAA members in these newsrooms are committed to the delivery of fearless and objective journalism. That is why they are calling on the new leadership team at Fairfax to work with journalists at the coal face to find better ways to deliver that news, and find smarter sustainable ways to achieve savings. They reject the old lazy targeting of the very people the company relies upon the people whose talent, skills and story-telling innovation are the key to the future success of the Fairfax brand of journalism,” McInerney said.
Members hold serious concerns that the consultation period currently proposed by management will be too short, given the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays, and that key members of the senior management decision-making team will be absent during those breaks.
Staff called on management to extend the consultation period to allow for genuine engagement with key personnel to happen.
A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been suspended by the Nine Network after being charged with sending child pornography material, reports Nine News.
McCormack, 42, was arrested about 7.30am yesterday during a vehicle stop on Driver Avenue in Moore Park, Sydney.
“Police will allege in court the man was engaged in sexually explicit conversations about children with an adult male and discussed child pornography,” a statement from NSW Police said.
McCormack was taken to Redfern Police Station and charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on May 1.
Police searched a unit in Alexandria and offices at Channel 9’s Sydney studios in Willoughby following the arrest, seizing computers, a mobile phone and electronic storage devices.
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A Current Affair last night announced it will cover the story concerning reporter Ben McCormack, who was charged with sending child pornography material, “without fear or favour”.
Host Leila McKinnon, filling in for Tracy Grimshaw, stressed McCormack’s alleged personal conduct did “in no way reflect his behaviour with A Current Affair or within the Nine Network”.
Read the statement read by McKinnon at the start of last night’s show here.
The prominent silk acting for the former lover of Seven West Media boss Tim Worner has been rebuked by a Supreme Court judge for claiming his client Amber Harrison is taking on “one of the country’s biggest boys’ clubs”, reports Fairfax Media’s Michaela Whitbourn.
High-profile human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, is acting for Harrison, who is under a temporary gag order preventing her from speaking publicly about the company or the relationship.
She wants the entire dispute, including Seven’s Supreme Court application for a permanent gag order, transferred to the Federal Court in Melbourne and heard alongside her Fair Work claim.
Justice John Sackar reserved his decision on whether the proceedings can be transferred to the Federal Court.
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Seven West Media released this short statement from CEO Tim Worner last night about his position on the Sydney Swans board:
“Please be advised that today I have tendered my resignation from the board of the Sydney Swans and that my resignation has been accepted, effective immediately.
“My hope is that by standing down, I can relieve pressure on the Board and the Club and let them concentrate on the business of football, and a successful home and away season in 2017.
“During last year, working alongside some of the best business and sporting brains in the industry was a privilege – and an experience I’m most grateful for.
“As the Club surges towards the last weekend in September, I’ll be right there beside them, and wish them every success.”
CNN has announced Explore Parts Unknown, a mobile-first immersive guide featuring original stories and video, premium photography, and interactive content inspired by the Emmy-winning CNN original series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
The experience will allow users to recreate Anthony Bourdain‘s journeys and dive deeper into the people, places, and stories he’s encountered.
Explore Parts Unknown is an editorial partnership between CNN and Roads & Kingdoms – an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture based in New York and Barcelona.
Anthony Bourdain said, “Explore Parts Unknown is the next step, a logical step, and a deeply enjoyable one for me in collaboration with CNN and Roads & Kingdoms. I’m not a journalist, and never claimed to be one. I’m an essayist and storyteller. But the people at Roads & Kingdoms ARE journalists – and very good ones. This venture serves my insatiable curiosity and gives us the opportunity to go further off the beaten path, tell more stories, enrich and elaborate on existing ones, and go deeper into the locations that I travel to for the TV series.”
The site will launch with destinations like Hanoi, Las Vegas, Koreatown (LA), Manila, Buenos Aires, London, Punjab, Montana, The Greek Islands, Senegal, Madagascar, Istanbul, New Jersey, Colombia and South Korea. New destinations will roll out weekly with original content.
The site will include digital features like:
• Exclusive Videos: The site will launch with a seven-episode digital series called Catalunya: The Return featuring Bourdain’s road trip across Spain.
• Bourdain’s Field Notes: First person notes from Bourdain’s travels.
• The Perfect Day: Timestamped blueprints for a perfect 12 hours in a given destination, including notes on restaurants, bars and random detours.
• Hotel Bar Diaries: Short personal, voice-heavy dispatches from hotel bars around the world.
• Recipes: Recipes of dishes from episodes from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown with accompanying articles that give context to the dish, its origins and importance.
• Destination Fact Sheets: Fact sheets that allow you to “Travel like Bourdain” with local lingo, travel tips, and restaurant recommendations.
For more visit explorepartsunknown.com.
Four brand new planets have been found orbiting a yellow parent star by viewers of ABC’s Stargazing Live.
The newly discovered system is in the constellation of Aquarius 600-light years away and the planets are each between two and three times the size of earth, reports the ABC.
Professor Brian Cox said, “I couldn’t be more excited about these discoveries – in the seven years I’ve been making Stargazing Live this is the most significant scientific discovery we’ve made. The results are a wonderful and intriguing surprise.”
It is a new solar system, and one that scientists didn’t know existed until today.
Viewed from the outermost planet, the other planets would be easily visible to the naked eye, and would make a spectacular sight. Future travellers would see the neighbouring planets hanging in the sky, one bigger than the full moon appears from earth.
More than ten thousand viewers from all around Australia logged on to abc.net.au/stargazing to help analyse the data that identified the new solar system.
Stargazing Live is based on a format devised by the BBC, licensed by BBC Worldwide and produced by FremantleMedia Australia for the ABC.
The executive chairman of the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company, Hans Torv, has appointed Graham Miles (pictured) chief executive officer. Miles has been with one of the few major marker independent FM broadcasters since the station launched in 2003.
In a statement yesterday, Torv said:
“Based on expertise, experience and long-term management of the business, the board of directors has invited Graham Miles to take on the position of CEO.
“The board believes that the title and position of CEO better reflect the broader responsibilities that Graham has assumed as the Hot Tomato business has grown in recent years, and is more reflective of the executive responsibilities associated with Graham’s current role within the company and associated direct reports he manages.”
Torv added that the position of general manager will now be replaced by the position of CEO.
“The company congratulates and thanks Graham for his long-term dedication and effort in building a very successful organisation.”
Superstar mare Winx will be aiming for 17 straight wins in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2,000m on Seven’s Saturday Arvo Racing this weekend.
Winx will be the raging favourite to win her 12th Group 1 race after drawing well in barrier three, with Godolphin’s Hartnell her closest rival.
Four Group 1 races will be held at Randwick on Saturday – the Australian Oaks, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sydney Cup over 3,200m and the $1 million Legacy Stakes.
Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney, with expert analysis from Francesca Cumani, Simon Marshall, Simon O’Donnell and guest expert Peter Moody. Jason Richardson has all the news from the mounting yard, with James Jordan on the ground providing expert form analysis. Teigan Nash is reporting on the colour and characters from Randwick on day two of The Championships.
As the free-to-air home of thoroughbred horseracing, Seven broadcasts every major meeting on the Australian calendar including the Magic Millions, Sydney Easter Carnival, Stradbroke Handicap, Caulfield Cup Carnival, WS Cox Plate, and the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Seven will cover Davis Cup action starting today in Brisbane.
Australia will battle the United States in a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie on the outdoor hard court at Pat Rafter Arena starting Friday April 7.
Captained by Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios will lead the Australian team alongside Sam Groth, Jordan Thompson and John Peers, following the quartet’s triumph over the Czech Republic in the last round at Kooyong.
Tennis great Jim Courier captains the US team that includes world no. 17 Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson.
The US beat Australia last year in the first round at Kooyong and leads Australia 26-20 in their overall Davis Cup meetings.
The winner of this tie with face either Italy or Belgium in a semifinal, with the winner to then play off in the Davis Cup final.
Todd Woodbridge will host Seven’s coverage with expert commentary from John Fitzgerald.
As previewed recently in Mediaweek, Nova Entertainment has launched Podquest, an initiative designed to discover and support new and emerging podcasters.
In March Nova launched the Nova Podcast platform, a portfolio of podcasts including optimised show content, original productions in non-radio categories and podcast series specifically created for brands.
Now Nova has announced details of Podquest, an initiative created to provide opportunities for new and emerging audio content creators through grants of financial assistance as well as access to Nova Entertainment’s production facilities, technical expertise and distribution channels.
Aspiring podcasters will be able to load a podcast on the podquest.com.au website from April 7 until May 19 to be eligible to win.
Applicants will be judged by an internal and external industry panel including Adam Martin, Acast’s chief content officer and an international podcast expert, with up to 10 podcasters shortlisted by May 26.
The winner will be announced by June 2 and will utilise Nova Entertainment’s expertise and production capabilities to create a five-part series podcast for release.
Jay Walkerden (pictured), Nova Entertainment’s head of podcasting, said, “Nova Entertainment has a commitment to creating compelling content for audiences to access across multiple platforms and our podcasting strategy is another extension of this. We are excited to launch Nova Podcast, which will include pillars centred around our on-air shows, growing new talent through Podquest and working with brands to develop rich content that can connect brands with audiences.”
Nova Podcast is available now with podcasts accessible through Nova Entertainment’s digital and mobile platforms and Acast.
Candidates can submit their podcasts to Podquest through the website podquest.com.au from April 7.
• MCN says agencies, advertisers and audiences to benefit as MCN opens programmatic platform to additional tech vendors
Leading global TV and video advertising software provider Videology will be the next tech vendor to partner with MCN’s Programmatic TV platform and gain access to highly segmented audience data under a new open platform arrangement.
The expansion of MCN’s programmatic solution follows the success of the company’s world-first partnership with AOL Platforms in 2015, and is the industry’s first programmatic private marketplace for television.
MCN Programmatic TV allows media agencies and advertisers to buy traditional linear (broadcast) TV advertising spots through a private exchange through MCN’s automated booking system, Landmark.
The new partnership will see Videology’s interface integrated into Landmark. It provides their agency partners with the ability to trade at their rapid speed of business, plus trade against Multiview segments – highly targeted consumer segments which go beyond traditional demographics. Multiview is Australia’s largest and most accurate audience measurement panel, drawing on rich viewing behaviour of 200,000 homes and fused with actual purchase data.
MCN chief sales and marketing officer Mark Frain said the move to open up the platform allows more Australian advertisers and agencies to perform highly targeted, data-driven audience buying, and deliver real-time analytics and audience insights across the network.
“Our significant investment in technology platforms such as Landmark, MCN Programmatic TV and Multiview across the past five years sets us apart within the Australian and global media industry. And we’re continuing to push the envelope by providing our programmatic platform to multiple vendors – we’re one of the first to do that here in Australia.”
Read more at mediaweek.com.au.
Bauer Media has launched Now To Love, a website aimed at women, which has already launched in Australia. The site brings together extended online content from New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Day, Good Health Choices, The Australian Women’s Weekly NZ, Simply You Style and NEXT. Now To Love follows the model set by Food To Love and Homes To Love, and launch of current affairs hub NOTED. Bauer has now verticals for Women’s Lifestyle and Entertainment, Food, Home, Fashion and Beauty, and Current Affairs and Culture.
TVNZ has confirmed plans for new storytelling content online to help build its younger audience. The project is part of the New Blood scheme to attract the number of people who do not usually watch TV. The search for “new blood” coincides with blood on the floor restructuring of news that tipped to see at least 20 traditional news jobs go.
High profile New Zealand advertising creative Toby Talbot has returned to Saatchi & Saatchi after 10 years after he spent just 10 months working with Peter Biggs at Assignment. He been given the new title chief creative officer. The appointment is the latest move in a formidable career for Talbot that has seen him in executive creative roles at Colenso BBDO, DDB Auckland, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe Y&R in London, TBWA and DDB Sydney. Talbot is credited with leading a creative resurgence at DDB in both New Zealand and Sydney, and has won numerous local and international awards including Campaign Asia’s Creative of the Year for Australia and New Zealand. He was also behind the most awarded mobile campaign in the world this year, #comeonin for Sydney Opera House.
Public broadcaster RNZ has marked the 50th anniversary of its early evening news show Checkpoint, with the show enjoying surging ratings. RNZ changed the news show into a more celebrity-focused show led by former TV3 current affairs host John Campbell. RNZ says it has made big gains from a big focus on digital downloads and televising presenter John Campbell online.
NZME-owned Radio Sport has launched a breakout local sports show based in Canterbury on Saturdays. Running from noon to 6pm, the show is hosted by Matt Richens and Leighton Burtt.
Sky TV reports SuperRugby is performing exceptionally well with a year-on-year viewership increase of 21% for games played in New Zealand. It is not only local derbies that are doing well – games featuring New Zealand versus overseas teams are getting very strong support. On average, these games have drawn 354,000 viewers per game, an increase of 18% to 299,000 year-on-year.
Ed Kindred arrived in New Zealand last May with a nuanced understanding of the local TV market. Plenty of Australian media folk jump across the ditch, but Kindred was better prepared than most.
The young Sydneysider is programming manager for Duke, a free-to-air channel that has a solid start in a slowed ad market. As Sydney-based BBC Worldwide programmer for New Zealand, he was drawn to the idea of having his own free-to-air channel and being able to commission content.
Duke has had a good start. One year after its March 20, 2016 launch Duke is distinguished as the only channel on Freeview with a majority male audience. Its audience is 64% male compared to the average 42%. When it started Duke was positioned somewhere between male-skewed 7mate in Australia and the similar Dave channel in the UK.
Experience programming UKTV and BBC Knowledge helps him understand audience. He says he knew Kiwi viewers were subtly different from Australians including that it has an abiding affection for British content.
The Australian and Kiwi versions of BBC Knowledge had become distinct. That was partly due to licensing issues, but was also due to consumer taste. The scale of UK content had diminished since TVNZ pulled back from a huge output deal with the Beeb, but it is still a factor.
Duke is a work in progress and TVNZ, like all media companies, is making rapid changes.
Read more about Kindred, Duke and its sports programming here.
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.