Tuesday July 4 2017
Mediaweek editor James Manning catches up with Fairfax rugby league columnist and rock music fan Steve Mascord at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester to discuss his new book “Touchstones”.
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.0%||GEM||2.0%||ELEVEN||2.9%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.2%||7||25.9%||9||15.6%||10 NNSW||3.4%||SBS One||3.8%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||3.7%||GEM||2.7%||ONE||2.3%||Food Net||1.1%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Home and Away started its second week of the year with a Monday audience of 735,000. The show’s average for week 26 was 709,000.
House Rules continued its semifinal with the teams finishing work on the project for Bezzina House. The Monday episode did 949,000 after 965,000 a week ago.
The short season of Wanted wrapped with a double length finale. The show attracted 634,000 after 581,000 last week. Between 500,000-600,000 is what good dramas attract these days at 9pm or thereabouts although Seven has yet to confirm if Wanted might be back for a third season.
A Current Affair started its new week with a citizenship test, moved on to Pauline Hanson and finished with coverage of the The Voice winner Judah Kelly. The Monday episode did 973,000 after a week 26 average of 815,000.
True Story With Hamish And Andy is already up to the penultimate episode of the short half season of six episodes. Episode five had 890,000 watching after 992,000 last week.
Here Come The Habibs! followed with 640,000, up from 592,000 last week. Given the way audiences are trending, that might not be a terrible number, but the show is not managing to keep too many of the Hamish and Andy audience.
Episodes of The Big Bang Theory followed with the first on 476,000 and the second on 370,000.
Southern states got Footy Classified with a combined three-market audience of 176,000 with 127,000 in Melbourne. The Melbourne audience a week ago was 128,000. Damian Barratt was in for Caroline Wilson last night.
Viewers of The Project got a look at panellist Tommy Little‘s bottom last night when he pulled his pants down in a story about mooning! Thankfully part of the screen was blurred by the producers. Otherwise one of the highlights was an interview with young Australian songwriter Sarah Aarons who is making a name for herself in the US. The Monday episode did 599,000 at 7pm after a week 26 7pm average audience of 561,000.
MasterChef continued in Japan as the contestants got to cook in a Michelin star restaurant as they struggled with an eight-course degustation menu. The best dishes came from Ben, Sarah and Karlie who compete tonight at the foothills of Mount Fuji for an immunity pin. The Monday episode did 903,000 after 871,000 watched on Monday last week.
Susie Youssef was the new addition to Have You Been Paying Attention? last night with regulars Sam and Ed also joined by semiregulars Cal Wilson and Marty Sheargold. The show continues to be one of the stars on the TEN schedule with 843,000 after 811,000 last week. The show is a handy performer in encore screenings too – 242,000 watched on Friday night last week and you can add nearly 100,000 in catchup viewing weekly. The program’s video views on tenplay were up 65% last week on the same week in 2016.
Australian Story only narrowly made the top 20 last night with 570,000 after 685,000 last week.
Four Corners reported on Donald Trump‘s business interests in Indonesia with 634,000 watching the report from Mark Davis. There was no way the episode would be able to get close to last week’s record 966,000.
Media Watch did 518,000 (731,000 last week) and Q&A was on just 322,000 (513,000 last week).
Le Tour de France helped the SBS numbers with Stage 3 live coverage kicking in from 8.30pm giving the evening coverage an average audience of 189,000.
The AFR’s Tony Boyd writes today on Fairfax and media law reform:
The strangest thing about the demise of TPG’s move against Fairfax was that it collapsed with the full support of the person who knew more about Domain than anyone else.
Antony Catalano, the brains behind Domain and the driving force behind its success, was on board with TPG from the word go. But when TPG walked away it was made clear that it did not like the numbers it saw in relation to Domain’s agency equity share model.
Did TPG not ask Catalano how the agency share equity model worked?
[Boyd was also talking to Senator Pauline Hanson yesterday]
Hanson told me on Monday that she is not budging in her opposition to media law reform. “If the government’s current proposed media reform package was in the best interest of the nation, it would have been supported by the opposition and minor parties,” she said.
“Poor programming and management decisions of Channel 10 should not rest on the shoulders of Parliament. Changes to the media laws should not be made for the sake of one company, instead for the whole industry.”
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The AFR’s Max Mason reports on comments made by Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood yesterday:
Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood says the 186-year-old publisher is in prime position to be a major player in any industry consolidation as management presses ahead with plans to spin off Domain following the end of takeover talks with TPG Capital and Hellman & Friedman.
“Fairfax is, if the laws change, in an extremely good position to shape any consolidation outcome,” Hywood said.
“I can’t say more than that. But, if you look at the range of assets we have, the strength of assets we have, the market power our assets have, we’re in a very strong position to shape post-legislative outcomes.
“I think there are more opportunities with legislative change, but there’s still opportunity without it.”
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The Australian’s Andrew White:
Fairfax shares yesterday suffered their biggest one-day fall since 2008 after it confirmed neither suitor had lodged a formal bid on Friday after completing four weeks of due diligence spurred by their interest in Domain.
Fairfax shares closed 12c, or 10.91%, lower after falling 8% on Friday as doubts over the private equity bids began to emerge.
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Fairfax Media’s Elizabeth Knight:
There was plenty of chat around on Monday concerning issues the bidders had with some of Domain’s revenues not translating to profits because its model awards real estate agents’ equity depending on how much they spend on property listings.
With takeover talk behind it, Fairfax now needs to live up to expectations that it can extract better value from the Domain spinoff.
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Ten Network has secured a $30 million funding package so that it can keep operating while receivers and managers look to sell or recapitalise the business, reports AAP.
In a statement lodged with the ASX, Ten said the $30 million package, which has continuing support of its major shareholder guarantors, is available until August 31.
PPB Advisory said it would sell Ten as a going concern or recapitalise it through a competitive tender.
It said the funding would allow operations to continue while it sought a suitable party to buy or recapitalise Ten.
Meanwhile, the administrators will continue to run Ten.
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Slipping under the radar in recent weeks amid the distraction of private equity back-and-forth has been the exit of [Fairfax Media’s] group director of digital ventures Guy Reypert, who had been with the media group for four years, report Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy in The Australian’s Margin Call column.
Reypert – one of Greg Hywood’s direct reports – was responsible for all the group’s digital investments and was a member of the executive leadership team.
He has been replaced in the role by the division’s general manager Ruth Marshall, who will now oversee the group’s digital portfolio, which includes its half share of Stan, dating business RSVP, news aggregator Huffington Post and something called Allure Media.
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The Daily Telegraph’s Sally Rawsthorne and Kris Krane have been listening to breakfast radio and have compiled a dossier on the content:
The fight for ratings among Sydney’s FM breakfast radio teams has become a race to the bottom, with industry legends labelling it “filth” and experts worrying it is adding to the dumbing down of society.
A close look at what listeners heard during one week last month, starting on Tuesday June 20, reveals a lot about the city’s most popular breakfast hosts – The Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIDS, Triple M’s Grill Team, Fitzy & Wippa on Nova, WSFM Pure Gold’s Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones, and 2Day FM’s The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen.
It comes as new ratings show more people are tuning into the more family friendly and music-driven smoothfm, whose duo of Bogart Torelli and Glenn Daniel are snapping at the heels of longtime brekkie juggernauts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O.
Over more than 75 hours, the worst offenders at turning the airwaves blue were the KIIS couple [Kyle and Jackie O].
The best of Australia’s B teams, or The Fill Team at Triple M Sydney replacing The Grill Team, have taken over the airwaves at stations across the country.
One exception who is continuing to work this week is 2GB’s Alan Jones in Sydney.
At Australia’s highest-rating metro breakfast show, 3AW’s Ross and John, Justin Smith and Kate Stephenson are hosting breakfast.
Grubby and Dee Dee (pictured) have made a return to breakfast on the TalkingLifestyle breakfast, taking over from John Stanley and Garry Linnell during their midyear break. The former Gold 104 breakfast hosts have been hosting 3AW afternoons during the AFL off-season in Melbourne.
At Triple M Melbourne. The Hot Breakfast has been replaced by Mark Howard with Lawrence Mooney, the latter of the names being mentioned as a possible replacement for Mick Molloy when he soon moves to drive. Good to hear that Rosie has stayed with the breakfast show during the ratings break.
Sonia Kruger has named The Voice Australia as the “pinnacle of Australian television” but now the sixth season has wrapped, the Today Extra host has her sights set offshore, reports News Corp’s Amelia Saw.
“I’d love to work internationally,” Kruger told News Corp.
“I’ve been lucky to work on three big international franchise programs: Dancing with the Stars, Big Brother and The Voice, but I’d love to host US Dancing with the Stars.”
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News Corp Australia has announced that Julian Delany has been appointed managing director of News Digital Networks Australia (News DNA).
Delany will be responsible for News DNA’s digital assets across content, product, production, strategy and integrated commercialisation for all brands and mastheads. This new role expands his remit from news.com.au and News DNA’s women’s network of sites, to all of the company’s mastheads, regionals, communities, and other digital properties. Reporting to Nicole Sheffield, News Corp Australia’s chief digital officer, the role is effective immediately.
Delany joined News in September 2012 as general manager of news.com.au. In November 2015 he was promoted to the role of managing director of the brand, assumed responsibility of Australia’s number one parenting site, Kidspot.com.au, and became responsible for NewsLifeMedia’s overall digital strategy including product development, commercial growth, digital partnerships and new digital assets.
Delany said: “News DNA is in the business of attracting the most connected audience in every segment we focus on to create valuable and defined networks. We’re committed to maintaining our pace of digital innovation which connects our consumers and our commercial partners with new opportunities on brands that lead their fields in both reach and engagement metrics.
“The next stage of News DNA will build on our defined framework of operations across product, production, digital marketing, integrated sales and content. Validated consumer insight will baseline our strategy, then delivered by an incredibly talented and digitally focused team. The opportunity to build on all of the great work that has already gone into this relatively new division is exciting and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to take on the challenge.”
Prior to joining News Corp, Delany spent 10 years at Foxtel leading the growth of The Weather Channel.
• School holiday start helps lift Despicable Me 3 to #1
It might have been the start of the school holidays across Australia, but weekend box office receipts were down 17% on the previous weekend.
The absence of any major new release didn’t help. Just one new release made the top five – at #5 – with only two new arrivals opening on 200 screens.
Last weekend’s #2 has managed to get a firm grip on top spot as takings only slipped 3% from the previous weekend. The movie managed to add 10 screens to 450 with a screen average of $7,450. The takings so far are $15.5m as the movie closes in on three weeks on release.
While Despicable Me managed to hold its takings steady, last weekend’s box office champ has seen the numbers slide 52%. The latest Transformers instalment has slipped to second place with just over $2m. It remains on 539 screens with a screen average just over $4m. After two weekends the movie has grossed $8.27m.
The DC Comics superhero has climbed the chart from #4 to #3 after five weekends with the movie showing as much resilience as its fictional lead. The movie remains on just over 300 screens with a screen average of $6,005. It remains the most successful film in the top 20 with a gross to-date of $26.40m.
The third movie in this animated series had a solid second weekend with takings down a modest 18% on its opening haul. Cars 3 added 10 screens to 420 with a screen average of $4,278, just slightly better than Transformers. The movie passed a total gross of $5m over the weekend.
Distributors didn’t bet too big on the new Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy about the unlikely story of neighbours running an illegal casino in their basement. The movie opened on 225 screens with the second-best screen average of the weekend – $7,231. The public seemed to like the movie more than critics who generally provided negative commentary.
• TEG establishing Asian division based in Singapore for region growth
TEG, the Australasian ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company, has announced the acquisition of the #1 ticketing company in Malaysia, TicketCharge.
Founded in 1991, TicketCharge is the leading live event ticketing provider for events of all sizes in Malaysia, offering a full suite of ticketing and marketing services. TicketCharge has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
As part of the acquisition, TEG has established a new Asian division based in Singapore to focus on the strong growth in live entertainment in the region. The office will provide ticketing services as well as procure and deliver leading live content throughout Asia.
The TicketCharge acquisition complements soon-to-be-announced partnerships in Asia involving TEG’s ticketing software licensing business Softix, which currently has clients in 20 countries.
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said the announcements demonstrate the focus and commitment to expand the business into multiple Asian markets.
“TEG is the largest diversified entertainment company in Asia Pacific and we have a track record and accumulated expertise in the entertainment industry,” said Jones.
“We see huge opportunities in many offshore markets and our strategy puts us on course to becoming a truly international promoter and service producer.”
Established in 1991, TicketCharge provides a full suite of ticketing via a network of distribution outlets, online and call centre channels. TicketCharge has ticketed major events in Malaysia, including the XXI South-East Asian Games, Jay Chou, Big Bang, Guns N Roses, Disney On Ice, Vanessa-Mae and Aaron Kwok Live, just to name a few. The company also handles ticketing for local and international arts and theatre productions, such as Cats, Fame, Chang & Eng: The Musical, Madame Butterfly Opera and Thousand Arms Thousand Eyes, among many others.