Wednesday July 12 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||2.8%||GEM||3.4%||ELEVEN||2.5%||Food Net||0.7%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||8.3%||7||16.6%||9||23.8%||10 NNSW||2.8%||SBS One||4.6%|
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||5.9%||GEM||5.4%||ONE||3.6%||Food Net||0.8%|
|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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Nine is having a week to remember after three nights of Australian Ninja Warrior have set it up with a week-to-date share of 27.7%, 8.8 points ahead of Seven…with the deciding State Of Origin game three still to come.
And for people who prefer to monitor combined channel share the Nine result is even stronger. After three nights the combo of Nine, GO!, Gem and 9Life has delivered a share of 35.2%, well ahead of Seven’s combo of Seven, 7TWO, 7mate and 7flix on 26.9%.
Or to run the numbers yet another way, Nine is sitting on a commercial share of close to 43% so far this week, a number that should only lift if we ran these numbers again tomorrow.
While both Seven (in week 13) and Nine (in week 17) have seen week-to-date shares over 25% midweek earlier this year, no-one has pushed it as high as Nine this week.
Those winning shares have been driven by the average Ninja Warrior audience of 1.58m at 7pm and 7.30pm over the three nights. TV programmers will be wondering what this says about changing audience tastes and where they could find another Ninja Warrior-like performer, while network CEOs and advertising investors will be happy that TV can still deliver numbers like this.
After starting the week on 709,000, Home and Away has dipped to 677,000 with episode two.
Behave Yourself then drew the short straw to go up against Ninja Warrior. Despite having Guy Sebastian on the panel alongside both Claire Hooper and Lawrence Mooney, and the early timeslot, the show couldn’t crack half a million with 434,000 watching. It was over 1m viewers behind the leader in fourth place in the timeslot. If SBS hadn’t stopped running Michael Portillo-hosted train shows on Tuesdays it might have been fifth.
Yummy Mummies was also moved to Tuesday after its Sunday launch. Watching the launch episode suggests program has been unfairly hammered as worst show of the year. While the storylines are hardly compelling, the program has found some colourful characters and is well made. But tell that to the viewers who have avoided the third episode. After attracting 755,000 for the first episode on Sunday night, episode two followed with 428,000, which has subsequently dropped to 354,000 for episode three last night.
A Current Affair found time for another Nine update for viewers last night, breaking the news the latest season of The Block would be returning to the schedule on July 30. Before that there were stories about threats to children – from both human predators and then sharks. The audience of 905,000 was the second successive above 900,000.
Ninja Warrior followed and delivered another strong number – 1.47m. The fall-off has been only slight across the three nights where viewers have shown an appetite for watching all sort of athletes and would-be athletes attempt the obstacle course across close to 270 minutes. There is some variation ahead for viewers though as new challenges are added for the Semis and Grand Final. The program continues to deliver demos that should see advertisers fighting to get a piece of the action next time around. Although Nine will be careful not to exploit the format too much, viewers could perhaps expect more than nine episodes in 2018.
The 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale followed starring Daniel Craig with 380,000 watching.
Former US Vice President Al Gore was the star guest on The Project last night and he certainly got the presidential treatment – an extended interview that took up much of the 7pm slot. It was one of the program’s best interviews this year and the hosts covered much ground with the visitor who didn’t dodge any topics. (It would have been good to see him on with Steve Price though.) The program did 575,000, down from 634,000 on Monday.
MasterChef offered the first opportunity for a contestant to get a guaranteed spot on finals week with Arum Nixon rising to the challenge as he defeated guest chef Federico in an immunity challenge. The Tuesday episode did 779,000, down close to 100,000 on a Ninja-free Tuesday last week.
Shark Tank didn’t have the big investment temptations of last week, but it did have ice cream and makeup. The audience was down week-on-week though from 725,000 to 581,000.
Despite the drawing power of Princess Diana, the channel has been in single digits for the first three nights for the first time this year.
The second episode of Diana: Seven Days That Shook The World just missed the top 10 with 599,000.
Elsewhere Ask The Doctor did 430,000 followed by Foreign Correspondent on 301,000.
At 7.30pm Michael Mosley: Queen Victoria’s Slum did 276,000 after 359,000 last week.
Insight followed with a look at living with a sibling with a disability with 208,000 watching.
Stage 10 of Le Tour de France didn’t start until after 10pm with the numbers down to 139,000.
According to the Analytic Partners ROI Benchmarks study, commissioned by oOh!media, advertisers can enjoy up to 26% additional returns when combining outdoor spend with their TV and digital media activity.
The findings indicate this compares favourably to other media mixes, such as digital and TV only or digital, TV and magazines which provides additional incremental ROI of 21% and 22% respectively.
Chief executive officer of oOh! Brendon Cook (pictured) says while out-of-home performs strongly in delivering ROI, particularly when coupled with TV and online, many advertisers are not benefiting from it.
“The study conclusively demonstrates the power of the medium and the important role it plays in driving strong ROI for campaign investment, yet despite this it only receives a small part of the media pie,” Cook said.
Altogether Ten owes secured creditors $129 million and has accumulated losses of $1.3 billion.
Endemol Shine, which is part-owned by 21st Century Fox, submitted a claim for $12.4 million.
The production house that makes quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention? submitted a claim for $4.9 million, while creators of Neighbours, Fremantle Media, submitted a claim for $3.1 million.
And ITV Australia, which makes I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! for Ten, is owed $3.5 million.
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Amber Harrison recounted intimate details of text messages she said were sent by a Sydney radio executive Paul Jackson to her, as part of a targeted campaign against him after their brief relationship soured, court documents show, reports The Australian’s Rhian Deutrom.
The evidence was contained in affidavits relied upon by lawyers representing Channel 7 in an ongoing NSW Supreme Court case against Harrison where it is seeking indemnity costs and the enforcement of a permanent gag order to prevent her speaking publicly about her two-year affair with Seven chief executive Tim Worner.
In court yesterday, an attempt by Harrison, representing herself, to read a three-page submission opposing Seven’s request to cover its legal costs was objected to by Andrew Bell, SC, for Seven, who claimed “90%” of what she had written involved confidential communication between her and Seven.
Harrison is scheduled to dial in to the Supreme Court this afternoon, from her home in Melbourne, with a redrafted version of her submission.
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Misa Han in The AFR:
Former Seven West Media executive assistant Amber Harrison orchestrated a “multiplatform press revenge campaign” against Nova executive Paul Jackson who relentlessly pursued her and then changed his mind, court documents claim.
Seven tendered the evidence to the NSW Supreme Court as part of its long-running battle with Harrison as it seeks declaration Harrison breached her settlement with the network on multiple occasions and a legal cost order which, if successful, will bankrupt Harrison.
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Reporting on yesterday’s proceedings, The Australian’s Margin Call comments:
Seven has dragged another innocent party into the case – despite Harrison announcing she was folding on everything except an attempt by Seven to get her to pay costs and potentially bankrupt her.
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In a message to staff in his first few days at Park Street HQ, Dykzeul has told his colleagues that Fiona Legdin (pictured), general manager, fashion, beauty and health, will be leaving Bauer to pursue other opportunities.
“Since joining the business in 2016 Fiona has done a terrific job in transitioning the portfolio to the category structure. She has passionately led the Hearst brands with innovative first-to-market executions and more recently the relaunch of Cosmopolitan under new editorship.
“I want to thank Fiona for all her hard work and dedication and wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.”
Legdin followed Nick Chan from Pacific to Bauer just over 12 months ago.
Up to 40 jobs are to go at Hearst UK as it “streamlines” its lifestyle and homes titles, reports Press Gazette.
The magazines giant has promoted two senior editors to become editorial directors across six titles.
A spokesperson said: “We are proposing a number of changes to both our editorial and commercial teams to ensure that our brands are in the best shape possible for the future and to allow us to develop more content in key areas where we see an opportunity for growth.
“As a result we do expect a number of people to leave the business, but we won’t know until the end of the consultation process what that number will be.”
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Former Guardian reporter Paul Farrell and former Crikey politics reporter Josh Taylor join the digital outlet from August 8, while indigenous affairs reporter Amy McQuire joined the team at the end of last month.
Nine News Darwin will soon no longer have a stand-alone locally produced bulletin, reports the NT News.
Shocked staff members were told at a meeting on Tuesday morning that the 6pm news would be produced in Brisbane from early September.
Channel Nine Darwin general manager Andrew Bruyn said he expected no more than 12 people would be affected by the changes.
The cuts represent close to one-third of the station’s 40-odd full-time staff.
It is understood two journalists will lose their Darwin positions and a cameraman has been made redundant.
A further eight jobs will go from production.
The future of its newsreaders, including popular Jonathan Uptin, is unclear although it is believed Uptin is one of those offered re-deployment to Brisbane.
Bruyn said: “Nine will continue to produce a professional and high quality news service for Darwin as we have done.
“We will have five journalists and three cameramen here in Darwin delivering strong local news content which is pretty much on par with what we have got now…that’s hardly a skeleton staff.”
“Our commercial television competitors by comparison read the newspaper in a phone booth,” he said.
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NT News editor Matt Williams commented:
Revelations that Nine News Darwin will revert to nationally produced bulletins isn’t good for the NT.
The NT News and Nine News Darwin have always enjoyed a healthy rivalry and the fact they’ll no longer produce local bulletins is a sad day for all of us.
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The NT News reports NT chief minister Michael Gunner said:
“I call on the head of the Nine Network to seriously consider the ramifications of reducing its local content.
“As a capital city that is the gateway to Asia, it is critical we have a local television bulletin coming out of Darwin.”
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To mark the exclusive July 17 launch of Game of Thrones season 7 on Foxtel, at the same time as the US broadcast, JCDecaux has partnered with Foxtel and Mindshare to create its largest ever national outdoor interactive campaign featuring JCDecaux’s Digital Citylights, Citylights, StreetTalk and large format panels.
Foxtel director of brand and marketing Rob Farmer said: “Winter is finally here and the team has gone to town bringing to life the chilling Thrones experience using the latest tech from JCDecaux.”
Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little are in the “box seat” to replace the country’s most popular drive presenters, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.
Hamish Blake and Andy Lee plan to quit radio at the end of the year when their contract with Southern Cross Austereo expires.
Austereo’s chief creative officer Guy Dobson told Fairfax Media both Bickmore and Little were among the top contenders to replace Hamish and Andy at the end of the year.
“Carrie and Tommy have done extremely well for us and audiences love them,” Dobson said. “They’re in the box seat, but we are talking to lots of people.”
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The broadcast will feature marine experts and advocates including Andy Ridley, CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and founder and former CEO of Earth Hour.
The venture is being powered by Telstra and is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland. Viewers can watch the broadcast on @TwitterAU, @queensland, and @AndyRidley.
In the hour starting at 11:30am, Oates will speak to Ridley from a boat out on the reef, speaking about how citizens can protect The Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Then at 12:30pm, Oates will take a special GoPro and diving mask underwater to showcase reef to the world. With his specialist scuba mask he will be able to answer questions from viewers, while diving through the coral ecosystem.
Twitter Australia managing director Suzy Nicoletti said: “Twitter, like no other platform, has an incredible way of breaking down barriers to participation, and of creating connections between people and places. For this project, the Periscope broadcast becomes a literal underwater periscope, to connect our audience to a truly exotic place.”
Cricket Australia’s main media partner, Nine Entertainment Co, will push hard to strike a rich new broadcasting deal for all forms of the game “as soon as possible”, in the face of plans by cricket’s governing body to delay the process until next year amid the ongoing players’ dispute, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.
Speaking after the Melbourne launch of the Nine Network’s summer of cricket, network head of sport Tom Malone told The Australian: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re keen to acquire the rights to all forms of cricket, and we’d like to do that as soon as possible.”
He believes a resolution in the dispute will be achieved sooner rather than later.
Cricket Australia is making a total of about $600 million from its current five-year rights deal – $500m, or $100m a year, from Nine’s international rights, and $100m, or $20m a year, from Ten’s BBL rights.
Cricket insiders have privately indicated the deal need not happen “until early next year”, as Cricket Australia tries to wait for as much competitive tension as possible between the three commercial networks and pay TV.
Cricket Australia had been hoping for a total of $900m from its next five-year rights deal, but $700m, or $140m a year, is seen as a more realistic figure, with $90m a year to come from the rights to international cricket and $50m a year from the BBL.
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The company has announced that former First Lady Michelle Obama will present the award to Timothy Shriver who is the chairman of Special Olympics and will accept the award on his mother’s behalf.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the sister of President John F Kennedy and was instrumental in the launch of the Special Olympics in the 1960s.
The 25th ESPYs, hosted by five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, will air live on ESPN Thursday, July 13 at 10am AET with a sneak peek at the ESPYs’ Red Carpet from 9am from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
The ESPYs are the annual excellence in sports awards. Fans are able to vote for sports stars nominated by ESPN.
Will Allen (pictured) has been appointed to lead SCA’s television sales team. He will develop and oversee SCA’s television sales strategy to maximise revenue in the short, medium and long term.
Allen’s first role with SCA was in 2007 running the Brisbane sales function across radio and television assets for SCA’s regional businesses. After time in the media agency world, Allen returned to SCA in 2012 to become head of sales in Brisbane. He will continue this role in addition to his head of national TV sales role and will report to Brian Gallagher.
Allen replaces Jane Stucci who departed SCA earlier this year after close to 20 years with the TV, radio and digital group.
Welcoming Allen’s appointment, Brian Gallagher, chief sales officer SCA, said: “Will brings an unrivalled depth of skills and energy to his new role leading a key plank of our entertainment business. SCA’s regional television business offers unrivalled scale and opportunity for our clients to cost-efficiently reach almost 40% of Australians.”
Allen commented: “The change in television affiliation to Nine has delivered for the business and our business partners. The rollout of Nine’s regional news combined with cross-platform activation opportunities in-market on our radio assets means we’re primed for an exceptional year in regional Australia.
“My focus from the outset will be in supporting our people, and working closely with Nathan, Hannah and Niki in Sydney, Otto in Melbourne, Helen in Brisbane, Rob in Adelaide, and Noel in Perth to deliver on Brian Gallagher’s vision of connecting brands with the scale of our audience to deliver results for clients.”
Five couples and five heritage homes come together in the new season that promises to see the biggest renovation in its history when The Block returns to Nine on Sunday July 30 at 7pm.
The 13th season of Nine’s reality juggernaut will take over the timeslot that is currently being looked after by Nine’s latest hit series, Australian Ninja Warrior.
Contestants on the new season of The Block must deliver their first room in just 48 hours. The winner of that challenge will get first choice of which house they’d like to renovate for the rest of the competition.
As well as revitalising the relocated homes, the contestants must build new features on the suburban blocks that are a massive 470 square metres. Each home will be getting a brand new extension, including an open plan living and an upstairs master suite.
In the backyard there will be ample room to create an outdoor entertaining space, and to top it all off each property will be enhanced with a three-car garage and a self-contained studio apartment.
The five new couples transforming these old family homes are:
• Josh (28) and Elyse (24), dating for four years, from Melbourne, Vic
• Hannah (31) and Clint (33), married for five years, from Townsville, Qld
• Sticks (31) and Wombat (38), best mates for 15 years, from South Coast, NSW
• Ronnie (41) and Georgia (33), married for six years, from Perth, WA
• Jason (46) and Sarah (45), married for 18 years, from Melbourne, Vic
Scott Cam will be again joined by co-host Shelley Craft, along with judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, “The Blockinator”, foreman Keith Schleiger, and his right-hand man, Dan Reilly.
In April 2017 The Block won its fifth TV Week Logie Award for Best Reality Program. So far The Block has distributed a cash total of $17,575,501.01 to contestants since premiering on Nine in 2003.
Producing the global phenomenon that is Ninja Warrior doesn’t come cheap. But it is something Nine has undertaken nevertheless by commissioning a local version of the format. In a TV landscape that is filled with renovation, cooking and dating reality shows, Australian Ninja Warrior produced by Endemol Shine Australia is a breath of fresh air.
It’s been a long process to bring a local edition of the show to Australian screens, Endemol Shine Australia’s head of unscripted content Peter Newman told Mediaweek – over a year was as precise as he would get.
“There was a lot of interest in the format, particularly as it grew in USA and UK. Nine was very much the keenest,” Newman said. To see the concept become a reality is somewhat of a dream come true for Newman, who revealed it is a show he has wanted to make for many years. “It’s a format that I absolutely love.”
He compared the making of Australian Ninja Warrior with The Voice, which is also a Nine show.
“It’s a very big scale sound and production, which throws up its own challenges,” Newman stated. The obstacle course for the show was set up on Cockatoo Island, which “looked like a UFO in the middle of Sydney Harbour when we lit it up at night”, Newman said. [Laughs]
Experienced television producer Julie Ward was tasked with the responsibility of making the show as executive producer of season one. Having been on the grounds of where the series was filmed, Ward could better speak to some of the challenges faced in producing it.
“The biggest thing was that it was outdoor and we were shooting at night. We wouldn’t start shooting till 8pm and would wrap at about 2:30am,” Ward told Mediaweek. The series was shot in the back end of 2016. The filming finished just before Christmas. “At that time of year, who knows about the Sydney weather and the storms? We were literally chasing the weather patterns.
“We got through all the sprinkling rains and avoided the storms until our last shoot day. It was forecast to start raining and not stop. We had to quickly change the schedule and move everything forward, so we wrapped a day early. The heavens did open up, and we were glad we had it all done!”
Ward has previously worked on big budget reality formats like The Voice, so was quite aware of the expectations that have been set on the Australian Ninja Warrior by the broadcaster. However, it was still a whole new ball game.
Olly Wilton is the head of sports partnerships at Twitter Australia and he’s got a great job talking about sports to sports people and attending some great events. He talked with Mediaweek‘s James Manning about everything from hashtags and emojis to the best sports teams all around the world to follow on Twitter, how players, clubs and fans use the platform, through to some of the big sporting events that Twitter be working with later this year.
Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi visits Australia’s #1 nightly presenter Kent “Smallzy” Small at the Nova Entertainment office in Sydney. Smallzy discusses career lessons, being fired, interviewing some of the biggest celebrities in the world and engaging with listeners on social media.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi talk about the media headlines of the week. Topics this week include Fairfax, Ten, the new Optus content play, The Australian Women’s Weekly’s new editor and more.