Monday July 31 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi are on location in Melbourne at The Block site in Elsternwick with Nine program director’s Hamish Turner (pictured). Discussion includes Fox Sports News’ new schedule, Eddie McGuire‘s return to the Footy Show, Karl Stefanovic‘s new show, Nine’s The Block launch and much more.
Julian Cress, the co-creator of Nine’s longest running reality show The Block, talks about its origination and the $10m phone call to director of television Michael Healy.
This TV podcast sees Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing the ratings for the season final of Australian Ninja Warrior and talking about when we will likely see it next. Other shows under the microscope this week include The Block, Australian Survivor, MasterChef, The Bachelor, This Time Next Year, True Story, Kath & Kim, The Good Fight, Britain’s Got Talent, Home and Away, The AFL Footy Show and Game Of Thrones.
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Seven has broken the vice-like grip Nine has built on Sunday nights over the past six weeks, which culminated in three massive Sundays thanks to Australian Ninja Warrior.
Seven’s 26.9% Sunday primary share was its best since week 18 and the end of House Rules and was its second best Sunday for the survey year.
Nine trailed across the metro network by 4.2 in primary share, but it was much more competitive on the east coast, winning Melbourne and trailing by less than a point in Sydney.
Seven led by over 2.0 in Brisbane and Seven went close to doubling Nine’s share in Adelaide and Perth.
Apart from the launch Sunday for Ninja Warrior, TEN had its lowest Sunday share since before MasterChef arrived.
The ABC had its first Sunday share back in double figures since the first Sunday in June.
Meanwhile SBS recorded its lowest Sunday share since January.
Seven News Sunday pushed above 1.30m with one of the biggest news audiences this year. The numbers in Melbourne in particular were helped by the AFL match that saw Collingwood tie with the Adelaide Crows with well over 300,000 watching in that market at 5.45pm.
Melissa Doyle hosted the Sunday Night Diana special from the banks of the Thames as she hosted another episode overseas. Seven also used her narrations throughout the HBO/Oxford Film & Television documentary, which drew 1.33m viewers, that show’s biggest audience this year.
Seven then went old school with a Sunday night movie, the FTA premiere of The Dressmaker, which did a very respectable 679,000. The Diana doco did run a little long though which might adjust this number.
Despite the big footy crowd in Melbourne on Seven, Nine News Sunday won the hour in that market after coming from behind early in the bulletin. Nine News also won Sydney, but trailed elsewhere.
The Block season 13 got under way with trucks arriving at the Elsternwick site carrying the five houses being relocated. Previews of what’s to come seem to indicate the teams will contribute much drama across the following weeks and are again good choices. The teams went straight into a 48-hour challenge to deliver a bedroom each, which will decide who gets first pick of the houses. Those rooms are delivered tonight in the first reveals. The launch episode did 1.11m with The Block ranking #1 in Melbourne for the night with 428,000.
The Block launched with 1.07m last year, ranking #1 on a day that also featured the final day of the Rio Olympics and the launch of Survivor.
60 Minutes followed the renovators with 813,000 with reports on separate Australians involved in criminal investigations from Liam Bartlett in Asia and Tara Brown in South America.
The network was caught in the crossfire last night with big guns firing elsewhere.
Australian Survivor launched with 639,000, which was almost double the channel’s next best. The format needs to be as fit as the contestants given it started with a lead-in audience under 350,000 with well over 1m already consuming content on each of the main opposition channels. Last night’s episode showcased the contestants in the second season and sent home the first contestant, shortly after she boasted what a good competitor she would be. In its first season on TEN last year Survivor launched with 783,000.
No doubt expecting some scrutiny this morning, Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “We are pleased with how Australian Survivor launched last night, given the heavy competition. It is a great show, with extraordinary contestants, drama and challenges. Australian Survivor dominated social media last night and we are confident viewers will engage with the show – across all platforms – as the new season unfolds.”
Elsewhere two episodes of Modern Family did 282,000 and then 341,000.
Bull took a hit after some recent growth. Last week’s audience of 411,000 turned into 274,000 last night. Expect some of those who drifted away to catch up during the week.
ABC News did 740,000 followed by Grand Designs New Zealand on 523,000.
Another good Poldark episode but the audience remained just under 500,000. George continues to prosper with things Ross doesn’t have time for whether they be roles on the judiciary, a seat in parliament of even a former lover!
A search for the Garden of Eden was the channel’s best in the 7.30 doco slot with 187,000.
The 8.30pm You Are Here doco featured In My Own Words with 58,000.
The 9.45pm Ivanka Trump doco, America’s Real First Lady?, did 109,000.
Twitter shares were hammered after the company reported no gain in its user base in the past quarter, raising fresh fears about the future of the service as it loses more ground to Facebook, reports AFP.
Twitter, which has been struggling to keep pace in the fast-moving world of social media, reported a net loss of US$116 million in the second quarter, slightly wider than its US$107m loss a year ago.
More significantly, Twitter reported its base of monthly active users was unchanged at 328 million compared to the first three months of the year and up just 5% from a year earlier.
Twitter said revenues in the quarter slipped 5% from a year ago to US$574m, and advertising revenue fell 8% to US$489m.
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The New York Times Company has reported one of its strongest quarters in recent years, as rising digital advertising revenue and new online subscriptions offset continued declines in print advertising.
The company said digital advertising revenue in the second quarter rose 23%, to US$55 million. That represents nearly 42% of total advertising revenue, compared with 34% in the same quarter last year.
The company also added 93,000 net digital-only subscriptions for its news products, driving revenue in that category to $83m, a 46% increase over the same period a year ago.
Including subscriptions for its crossword product, The Times has more than 2.3 million digital-only subscriptions.
Print advertising remained a challenge, as it has across the industry. Revenue in that category fell 11% in the quarter, to $77m. But total advertising revenue, bolstered by strong growth on the digital side, bucked an industry trend and grew slightly, to $132m, from $131m in the same quarter last year.
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Australian journalist and filmmaker Michael Ware‘s Only the Dead See the End of War has been nominated for the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The winners will be announced in New York on October 5.
The HBO documentary was nominated for the Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary category.
The film tells the story of Ware’s near-decade long coverage of the Iraq war.
Adelaide’s Fiveaa breakfast Will Goodings will be joined by special guest hosts each day this week while David Penberthy is on paternity leave after the recent birth of his son Charles (Charlie) with wife Kate.
SA premier Jay Weatherill was the first co-host today.
Joining Goodings across the rest of the week are state Liberal leader Steven Marshall, senator Nick Xenophon and SA police commissioner Grant Stevens.
Fiveaa programming director Craig Munn said: “Everyone at Fiveaa is so excited about the co-hosts joining Will this week. We know them as respected politicians and it will be a fantastic opportunity for our listeners to get to know even more about each of these leaders in our state.”
The Australian’s Graeme Blundell on SBS’s On Demand:
It’s a haven if you can’t afford Foxtel, and a refuge from the free-to-airs and their mendacious, mediocre reality formulas, and the vacuity of the other streamers once you have seen all their relatively sparse original content.
For years, SBS featured hard-boiled crime series and edgy dramas that were famous in Europe only to largely disappear on the public broadcaster, except for the rapt attention of hardcore fans of the novels on which they were largely based. Now the broadcaster has slowly created a streaming channel specialising in the best of international political skulduggery, crime and espionage, and all of them have a disconcerting sense of place.
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In a separate piece on SBS Demand elsewhere in the newspaper, Blundell also noted:
You will have to endure the inappropriately placed, highly repetitive commercials, strangely mutating changes in contrast on your television set and irritating breaks in streaming – those black spaces that come from nowhere, doubtless the product of some insane algorithm – but the pay-off is worth it.
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Media leaders are lobbying the Turnbull government to clip the wings of the national broadcasters in an unprecedented move following mounting anxiety over their effect on commercial operators, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
“From time to time commercial media organisations have raised the issue of public broadcasters competing with them for content and programming,” Communications Minister Senator Fifield said last night. “While the public broadcasters have legislated independence, it’s an area I’m looking at more closely.”
News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller: “It is a real issue that as the commercial sector painfully waits for a political decision, the ABC and SBS are becoming more and more aggressive commercial competitors who are determined to join the ranks of digital streaming services rather than meet the unmet needs of Australia, and particularly, regional Australia.”
Fairfax Media chief Greg Hywood: “At the very time the Turnbull government has reform legislation in parliament to deal with the structural issues facing the commercial media sector, its own agencies – the ABC and SBS – are using taxpayer dollars to distort the content market. This madness needs to stop. Senator Fifield needs to pull the reins on such activity – hard.”
Tim Worner, chief executive of Seven West Media: “We see both the ABC and SBS increasingly creeping further and further away from their core charter obligations.”
Paul Anderson, chief executive of Ten Network: “SBS is clearly chasing commercial audiences and using government funding to do it. Is that what it was set up to do? I don’t think so.”
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An editorial in The Australian begins:
Enough is enough. The ABC and SBS are misusing their hefty taxpayer subsidies ($1 billion plus for the ABC, $280 million for SBS) to compete for programs against commercial broadcasters. In doing so, they are straying further from their charters, which require them to provide content not offered by other media.
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US television production company CBS will step up its pursuit of Network Ten this week, with one of the US$30 billion giant’s top executives due to fly into the country, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
Street Talk reports Armando Nunez, who is CBS’s top international executive as CEO of CBS Global Distribution, will be in Sydney to meet with key Ten directors and stakeholders.
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Private equity and distressed debt firm Lone Star Funds is understood to be one of at least nine parties running the numbers on Network Ten with indicative bids for the free-to-air broadcaster due at the end of August, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Lone Star has historically invested more in real estate and mortgage debt, but is said to have moved to target more distressed debt assets in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year it hired former Fortress Investment Group director Jason Howes to source Australian deals for Lone Star.
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Danny Bass, chief executive of Mediabrands, the company that holds Interpublic Group’s media-buying firms, has appointed Fiona Johnston to lead UM, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
A former executive at ad holding giants WPP and Publicis Groupe, Johnston has been named by Bass as chief executive of UM, the company’s largest media agency in Australia.
Currently, Johnston is the founder of marketing consultancy Wild and Safe, working with C-suite executives at Coca-Cola, eBay, and the AFL among other media-focused businesses
Johnston is winding down Wild and Safe to join UM.
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Despite what their bosses told a parliamentary inquiry just over a week ago, the commercial free-to-air (FTA) television networks have no intention of getting out of children’s content, says one high-ranking industry expert. They simply don’t want to pay for it any more, reports Fairfax Media’s Karl Quinn.
“We’re spending millions of dollars on children’s content for just a few thousand viewers,” Seven’s Tim Worner told the inquiry on July 20. And to a degree, he was right.
In fact, many people could be forgiven for thinking the commercial networks had already abandoned children’s content, since they carry none of it on their main channels. Seven runs children’s programming on 7flix, Ten on ELEVEN and Nine on 9Go, which has morphed into a dedicated children’s channel. But with no promotion, they make little claim on the attention of kids or their parents.
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Horse racing broadcaster Racing.com’s move into the AFL’s Melbourne headquarters could be the precursor for the building of a digital sports media hub as part of the mooted $300 million revamp of Etihad Stadium, reports The AFR’s John Stensholt.
The hub would involve several sports sharing production, studio and editing facilities housed under the one roof and anchored by the AFL. Horse racing would also be a tenant under the plans, with other major sports already having been approached to share the facilities and create a cluster of digital sports media operations.
The AFL bought Etihad Stadium in a $200m deal last year and is working on a masterplan for the facility and surrounding area, for which it is in the midst of negotiations with the Victorian state government for funding.
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Betting agency CrownBet may have accidentally breached the AFL’s $2.5 billion broadcast rights deal because footy fans have been using its app to stream matches live to their televisions for free, reports Fairfax Media’s Lucy Battersby.
While CrownBet has commercial agreements in place to stream live games onto smartphones and devices, the potential breach comes from its app’s technical generosity.
A CrownBet spokesman said the stream was taken down once the company became aware the app wasn’t functioning as expected.
Telstra and the AFL have an agreement for CrownBet to access Telstra’s digital live feed.
Telstra was unaware that CrownBet’s app allowed television streaming until contacted by Fairfax Media.
“We note that CrownBet has acknowledged that its app is not functioning as expected and that the stream was taken down,” a Telstra spokesman said. “CrownBet is keeping us across its work to restore the proper service.”
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Sam Newman’s current three-year deal with Channel Nine finishes at the end of 2018 and his response to the question of his TV future and if he had exit or retirement plans was to label the inquiry “ageist”, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
Newman’s contract is not the only Footy Show talent deal that is up for discussion at the end of next year.
Billy Brownless, Shane Crawford and Rebecca Maddern are all believed to be on contracts that take them through to late 2018. Dave Hughes is understood to be out of contract at the end of this year.
Meanwhile the strong tip is the Eddie factor at Nine will extend next year to include the Sunday Footy Show and Footy Classified, which currently features deposed Footy Show host Craig Hutchison and noted McGuire critic, Caroline Wilson, on the panel.
His company, McGuire Media, has moved in to co-produce The Footy Show. However, insiders say that by next year the co-production deal will widen to include the two other programs that make up Nine’s AFL portfolio.
Should that happen as tipped, his power over footy shows in Melbourne will be vast, taking into account his other company JAM TV Australia produces, among others, Talking Footy and The Kick for Nine’s network rival Channel Seven.
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• Singles: New music a rarity as Linkin Park take over the charts
• Albums: Lana Del Rey’s “Lust For Life” ejects Ed from top spot
“Despacito” holds at #1 for its 11th week. The way the chart is compiled these days means chart records aren’t as notable as they once were.
Read what Michael Gudinski had to say about the ARIA Chart in Mediaweek magazine this week. The executive chairman of the Mushroom Group also covers many other topics including the latest company to join the Mushroom Group.
New to the top 10 was Macklemore with his solo single “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey, which jumped from #15 to #7 in its sixth week on the chart.
Just one new release debuted inside the top 50 this week:
#26 Louis Tomlinson with “Back To You” featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals. It is the second solo chart appearance from the former One Direction member. The single debuted at #13 in the UK, but it has climbed to #1 in the US, where all five members of One Direction have now managed to top the singles chart.
Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules” has surged into the top 50 at #46 from #83 in its second week on the overall chart.
The big chart mover was Linkin Park as fans paid tribute to singer Chester Bennington. Linkin Park are also charting with five other songs re-entering the top 50: “Numb” (#18), “Heavy” featuring Kiiara (#39), “What I’ve Done” (#40), “Numb/Encore” featuring Jay-Z (#48) and “One Step Closer” (#49).
The way charts are being compiled has seen turmoil near the top of the album chart this week.
Ed Sheeran dropped from top spot with “Divide” dipping to #3 which is the lowest spot the album has occupied on the chart in its 21 weeks since release.
Debuting at #1 is Lana Del Rey with her fifth album “Lust For Life”. Del Rey is familiar with the top of the chart after making it to #1 with “Born To Die” in February 2012 and then “Ultraviolence” in June 2014 and most recently with “Honeymoon” in 2015.
Nine Linkin Park albums have re-entered the top 50 with four of them in the top 10.
There was still room for two other new releases in the top 10:
#6 Vera Blue with “Perennial” Sydney’s former Voice contestant previously performing as Celia Pavey
#8 Tyler, The Creator with “Flower Boy” LA rapper’s fourth album and first to go top 10 here
Another chart re-entry which sees fans paying tribute to an artist’s recent passing is Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu with “Gurrumul” back in the top 50 at #34 for an album that originally peaked at #2.
Two other newcomers in the top 50:
#43 In This Moment with “Ritual” Sixth album from LA metal band
#44 Nine Inch Nails with “Add Violence” EP
• Hosts: Jim Wilson and Laurie Daley, key commentators: Mark Braybrook, Andrew Moore and Dan Ginnane
The Seven Network has confirmed its key anchor, commentary and special analysts team for its coverage of this year’s Rugby League World Cup and the Women’s Rugby League World Cup from 27 October to 2 December 2017.
Seven’s agreement for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 delivers all rights in Australia including free-to-air broadcast television and subscription television rights, online, mobile, and expands to Seven’s digital and mobile platforms. Seven has also been appointed to undertake the host broadcast for international television of all games played in Australia in the Rugby League World Cup.
Seven’s head of sport Saul Shtein said: “We’re delighted to be the network of this year’s Rugby League World Cup and the Women’s Rugby League World Cup. We are also delighted to have secured such an outstanding group of people who will bring both Cups to millions not only here in Australia but around the world. We are looking forward to being a partner with the Rugby League World Cup and the Women’s Rugby League World Cup. Both will be remarkable. And broadcast live in our primetime.”
Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Jim Wilson and Laurie Daley. Also joining Seven’s coverage will be Renee Gartner and Allana Ferguson.
Play-by-play commentators for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 are: Mark Braybrook, Andrew Moore and Dan Ginnane. Joining them are: Allanna Ferguson, Gary Belcher, Adrian Morley, Brett Kimmorley, Ryan Girdler, Scott Sattler, Brent Tate and Andrew Ryan.
Glen Larmer will be the ball-by-ball caller alongside Daryl Halligan and Monty Betham in New Zealand.
Covering the Women’s Rugby League World Cup are David Tapp, Drury Forbes, Bill Harrigan, Nathan Cayless, Andrew Ryan and Renee Gartner.
Mel McLaughlin, Michelle Bishop, Josh Massoud, Liam Cox, Shane Webcke, Pat Welsh and Chris Garry from Seven News also join Seven’s Rugby League World Cup and Women’s Rugby League World Cup team.
Kurt Burnette, Seven’s chief revenue officer and event director, Rugby League World Cup 2017, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, said: “The Rugby League World Cup, live in primetime on Seven, underlines the power of television in delivering big audiences and powering the conversation and audience across all screens through video.
“An Australian and global audience will see the best in the world compete in our primetime. We have the best in the business to deliver an outstanding coverage. The Rugby League World Cup is the starting point for a remarkable six months of major sports events on Seven, including the Melbourne Cup, the major golf tournaments in Australia, the Australian Open Tennis, the Olympic Winter Games, the Commonwealth Games and the 2018 AFL season all in our timezone. This will be the largest premium events schedule on a single television network this country has ever seen, across every screen to all Australians.”
This year’s Rugby League World Cup will be played in 13 cities across hosting nations Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from 27 October to 2 December 2017. 14 teams will play 28 games over five weeks in front of an expected 450,000 fans, making it the largest sporting event in the region this year.
The first match sees Australia play England in Melbourne on October 27.
Photo [L-R]: Brett Kimmorley, Renee Gartner, Jim Wilson, Laurie Daley and Dan Ginnane
The Australian commercial radio industry has unveiled a new brand positioning and identity to underline what it calls radio’s strength as a dynamic, innovative and multiplatform medium.
This CRA release outlines the changes:
The new Radio Alive brand and logo will be used across the industry to reset perceptions about radio and highlight its broad ever-expanding reach and influence across broadcasting, online, social, mobile apps, podcasting and live events.
Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner said creative agency Joy had been appointed to develop the new brand identity and launch campaign.
“We recognise there’s a need to refresh the way the advertising industry thinks about radio.
“We are often perceived as a traditional analogue medium, when in reality radio is, and always has been, highly-adaptive. Radio now brings brands to life across multiple consumer touch points,” Warner said.
The new marketing campaign will be officially launched at the annual conference in Melbourne on October 13, which has been renamed Radio Alive 2017.
The Radio Alive platform follows the Radio. It’s a Love Thing campaign that has been running since 2014 and has successfully promoted the strong emotional connection between radio and its listeners.
The new campaign is aimed at increasing advertising revenue for commercial radio at a time of intense competition from international competitors.
Joy principal Andrew Wynne said: “The Radio Alive brand reflects how radio is alive with talent, ideas and energy.
“We’re excited to be working with commercial radio and helping to capture its unique strengths as a medium that has successfully transformed the way it connects to audiences in the digital age.”
Joy has worked on campaigns for Nike, eBay, Boost Mobile, Glassons and SBS.
• Women’s Big Bash League to again launch Big Bash summer with stand-alone weekend in Sydney and Adelaide and primetime matches on Network Ten
Highlights from the new Big Bash schedule released this morning:
• 22 double-headers for the BBL and WBBL
• 55 Big Bash broadcast matches across the summer, including 12 WBBL broadcast matches, with cricket.com.au to livestream the remaining WBBL games
The schedule begins with a stand-alone, blockbuster opening weekend for the Rebel WBBL|03, following the success of the second season of the WBBL.
The carnival-style weekend across Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December will feature four matches in Sydney, broadcast live on Network Ten’s main channel, as well as two matches in Adelaide that will be livestreamed.
Across the season, 12 matches of the WBBL will be broadcast on Network Ten, with all remaining matches livestreamed on the CA Live platform.
The WBBL leads into the start of KFC BBL|07 a week later, with the Sydney Thunder hosting Sydney Sixers in the Sydney Smash at Spotless Stadium on Tuesday 19 December.
The BBL regular season has increased to 40 matches, up from 32 matches in BBL|06, in addition to the existing two Semi Finals and the Final. Every match of BBL|07 will be broadcast live on Network Ten and across the Macquarie Radio Network.
The expanded competition will see each BBL Club allocated an additional home match per season (moving from four to five) and increase each Club’s regular season fixtures from eight to ten. New markets to attract Big Bash matches for the season will include Launceston, with additional new markets still in contention to host Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades fixtures this season.
Cricket Australia executive general manager of events and leagues, Anthony Everard said: “We’re very excited to be able to announce the BBL and WBBL schedules for the upcoming season, and we expect this to be the biggest yet thanks to the increased number of matches and the growing popularity of both competitions.
“We know the MOU is still being finalised, but we are confident this won’t affect the upcoming BBL and WBBL season, and we’re looking forward to welcoming a huge number of travelling fans who are coming out for the Ashes. This will help them plan their ultimate summer in Australia.
“Network Ten’s ongoing commitment to both the WBBL and BBL means fans around the country can enjoy more of the Big Bash action. Starting with the stand-alone opening weekend, Network Ten will be broadcasting 12 matches of the WBBL, reinforcing their commitment to growing women’s cricket in Australia. Every BBL match will again be broadcast on Network Ten after averaging more than a million viewers every match last season, complementing the record-breaking attendance, which averaged more than 30,000 per regular season match.”
Network Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: “We are excited about and looking forward to another great summer of BBL and WBBL cricket on Network Ten.
“We are proud to be working with Cricket Australia on the future development of this competition, by broadcasting matches in new venues this summer. Together, Ten and Cricket Australia have built the Big Bash into the most anticipated sporting competition of the summer. This year looks particularly exciting, with eight extra matches taking us through until the first week of February. We can’t wait for the summer of cricket on Ten.”