Friday July 7 2017
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.
We welcomed Olly Wilton into the Mediaweek podcast studio this week. 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 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.
Joining James Manning and Nadine Blayney on the show this weekend:
• Michael Rebelo, CEO, Publicis Communications ANZ
Sky News Business Channel
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Home and Away dipped below 700,000 for the first time this week with 664,000 last night.
Drivers Make You Laugh Out Loud managed 475,000 in four markets (no Adelaide).
The Front Bar then got the 8.30pm slot in Melbourne where it built its audience week-on-week from 169,000 to 189,000. It might be the most over-reported TV stoush this year, but the cost-effective panel show knocked off The AFL Footy Show again this week. The Front Bar led for the whole hour that the two shows were head-to-head, having 50,000 more viewers from 8.45pm until 9pm. The Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang-hosted show only gets the 8.30pm treatment in Melbourne. Adelaide and Perth get it late night on Seven, while Sydney and Brisbane get it late on 7mate. The show is making all three hosts even hotter property, especially Molloy and Pang who now have multiple winning TV gigs and successful breakfast radio careers. (Molloy was off last night though as the show had special guest co-hosts.)
Seven then screened Captain America: The Winter Soldier at different times around the network to an audience of 304,000.
A Current Affair held just over 800,000 for the Thursday episode with stories on desperate renters and welfare mums.
RBT followed with 601,000 with a national audience after screening in southern markets-only last week.
The combined footy shows had an audience of 436,000 – The AFL Footy Show did 153,000 in Melbourne after 164,000 last week, The NRL Footy Show did 116,000 in Sydney. Despite the smaller footy crowds, Nine still managed to win the night in both Sydney and Melbourne.
The Project audience was again close to 560,000 for a second successive night. It was girls of pop night with Lorde talking from Sydney prior to her Nova Red Room appearance and also Paulini visiting the show to talk about playing Whitney Houston onstage.
MasterChef ended its week in Japan again the biggest show of the night after 7pm on any channel, winning with all people and in the demos. It was a great week for the series on the road, except perhaps for Callan Smith who didn’t make the top eight after he was eliminated over his controversial choice of dish last night. The Thursday episode did 917,000, was the third most-watched show in any timeslot, and was up narrowly on last Thursday’s 899,000.
Common Sense followed for its FTA debut after ranking as the #2 show for the night on Foxtel on Wednesday. The format from the producers of Gogglebox might take a while for viewers to warm to it. There were a few gems, but the workplace locations seem more staged than the home lounge rooms on Gogglebox. The series started FTA life with 463,000 in a slot that is under the microscope because of the footy war in Melbourne at 8.30pm.
A Best-Of edition of The Checkout Best Before did 492,000 after the series wrapped last week on 558,000.
Janet King wrapped this week with its eight-episode season ending on 521,000.
Great British Railway Journeys was the channel’s best with 347,000.
A repeat of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne did 205,000.
Stage six of Le Tour de France started early with 187,000 watching.
Just days after Pandora sold a stake to SiriusXM and closed its Australian operation, there has been a major announcement from another online audio player:
SoundCloud is cutting about 40% of its staff in a cost-cutting move the digital music service says will give it a better financial footing to compete against larger rivals Spotify Ltd. and Apple Inc, reports Bloomberg.
SoundCloud, which in January said it was at risk of running out of money, informed staff on Thursday that 173 jobs would be eliminated. It had 420 employees. The company’s operations will be consolidated at its headquarters in Berlin and another office in New York. Offices in San Francisco and London will be shut.
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The Australian journalists’ union has backed crossbench senator Nick Xenophon’s “compromise” package designed to drive the government’s stalled media reforms through parliament, as One Nation leader Pauline Hanson digs in against the changes, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
Support from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance came as Senator Xenophon, who controls a crucial bloc of three Senate crossbenchers, presented a suite of measures to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield yesterday.
The proposal, which Senator Xenophon has used to appeal to the Greens in a bid to end the Senate stalemate, includes a tax on Facebook and Google and tax breaks for smaller and regional publications.
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A settlement between Kerry Stokes’s Seven West Media and its CEO Tim Worner’s former mistress Amber Harrison last night hung in the balance, report Margin Call columnists Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy in The Australian.
It is understood the parties, who have battled it out for more than seven months, were poised to sign a final deal. But it is thought final documents were still not signed by late last night.
It is believed the Stokes-chaired Seven West board were presented with a final version of a settlement last week that would give a $50,000 payment to Harrison’s lawyers Patron Legal.
In return Harrison would apologise, not to Seven, but to those women named in her explosive Australian Human Rights Commission complaint made back when she was represented by Michael Harmer’s scarlet legal shop.
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Whitnall has over 10 years’ industry experience working across both the UK and Australian markets. Having first started her career at MediaVest and Initiative, Whitnall relocated to Australia in 2013 to take her first role with OMD Sydney as interactive director, working across clients such as Qantas, Johnson & Johnson and Estée Lauder. Whitnall rejoins OMD from her most recent role at Ikon Communications where she was head of digital amplification and trading.
Whitnall joins a growing list of OMD execs returning to the agency, with Peita Pacey and Gavin Gibson also recently rejoining the agency to drive its strategic offer.
Aimee Buchanan, CEO, OMD Australia, said, “Sian is a great operator, strategically minded and an esteemed leader. We are thrilled to have Sian back in the OMD family to drive digital thought leadership, product development and innovation through the agency. She will be a critical part of further evolving our product moving forward.”
Whitnall’s appointment is effective immediately.
Former Australian Women’s Weekly news editor Bryce Corbett reports from The AFR’s Rear Window about the latest moves inside Australia’s biggest magazine publisher:
What in the name of Ita is going on at Bauer Media?
That’s the question that’s been circulating in the publishing industry since the shock departure last Friday of Kim Doherty from the Australian Women’s Weekly editor’s chair
Sources report ad revenue at The Weekly – and indeed across the board at Bauer and its main competitor Pacific Magazines – has, and we quote, “dropped off a cliff”.
Certainly, that seems to be partly the reason that former New Idea editor Doherty announced her resignation after barely a year in the job. That and a rumoured clash with publisher Jayne Ferguson over the editorial direction of the 83-year-old title.
Editors of the publisher’s titles are all still reeling from the latest failed pep-talk from the big boss, the Hamburg-based Yvonne Bauer.
Addressing the troops in her trademark Teutonic tones, she told them to lift their game because her patience with wiring money from Germany was fast running out. Apparently morale surged.
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The format features six food-loving families from across the country going head-to-head in the kitchen to find Australia’s #1 food family.
Competitors will be tasked with cooking a range of family favourites and varied cuisines for the judges. Challenges will see the families catering for traditional family occasions, feeding an array of special guests and recreating tried and true recipes.
Tapping into the families’ different cultures and backgrounds, Family Food Fight is promising to be rich in tradition and home-style cooking, with family recipes and home cooking shared among the generations at its heart. The focus will be on accessible meals and aspirational home cooking that the Australian public will be inspired by.
The show is hoping to capture a unique family dynamic, with mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, kids, husbands and wives all cooking their hearts out to take out the coveted top spot.
Chef and restaurateur Matt Moran will be the lead judge, assisted by mohawked uber pastry chef Anna Polyviou and popular foodie and cookbook author Hayden Quinn, who will judge the families’ culinary creations. Internationally renowned food writer and critic Tom Parker Bowles will also appear as a guest judge.
Family Food Fight, an Endemol Shine Australia original format developed with Nine, will be broadcast on multiple nights across several weeks later in 2017.
Photo: Family Food Fight judges [L-R]: Anna Polyviou, Tom Parker Bowles, Matt Moran and Hayden Quinn
When the show was last in production current CEO Hugh Marks was at Nine in a production role running Nine Films & Television.
When Mediaweek spoke with McLeod’s Daughters creator Posie Graeme-Evans (pictured) last year about McLeod’s Daughters, which ran for eight seasons (224 episodes…and a telemovie), and asked why is she not making more to service what seems to be a strong appetite for the program, she replied:
“I don’t know, I feel I get asked that every day of the week. The issue for me is that if I did more McLeod’s Daughters I would never do anything else again as long as I lived.”
The Sydney Morning Herald and News Corp today report on social media messages from former stars Simmone J Mackinnon and Michala Banas indicating they might have been approached to reprise their roles in the hit drama.
A Nine spokesperson later told News Corp and Fairfax there had been some discussion about reviving the program.
The Sun reports the convicted paedophile has told his team to land him a show to help him rebuild his character.
Aussie Harris, 87, was freed in May after serving three years for historical sex crimes against girls aged between seven and 19.
A source said: “Rolf genuinely believes he could still have a career after everything that’s gone on.
“He told his team to find a TV show that he could front or be involved in as a way of trying to reverse the public’s horrendous perception of him.
“They’ve said they will do all they could but in reality he’s seen as untouchable right now.”
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• Big Day Out for Optus: From Nat Geo breakfast to Lorde supper show
It was a day to remember for Optus on Thursday this week. The morning started for the telco in Sydney’s Centennial Park with the announcement of a new partnership with 21st Century Fox and its National Geographic brand. More on the partnership here.
It ended in the evening in the middle of Sydney Harbour with one of the hottest artists in the world performing an exclusive Australian show for the communications provider.
Grammy award-winning artist Lorde performed highlights from her new album “Melodrama” (and a couple of earlier classics from her first album) live for Nova’s Red Room, Presented by Optus, on Cockatoo Island in Sydney.
Over 1,200 guests including Nova winners, celebrities, media, Nova Entertainment executives and representatives from Universal Music Australia were treated to an exclusive experience with Lorde performing 10 tracks including the hits “Royals”, “Magnets” and “Team”.
The huge Red Room Optus stage was set up at one end of the massive Turbine Shop on the island. Guests were transported across from various wharfs on the mainland as they walked through the convict precinct then into the tunnel that takes you from one side of the island to the other.
Jostling for a viewing spot in the packed event space were celebrity fans Paul Kelly, Karl Stefanovic, Jules Sebastian, singer Jarryd James, David Koch and his wife Libby (for Thursday night football for Port this week), Sunrise EP Michael Pell, The Voice’s top 12 finalists Fasika Ayallew and Sarah Stone and YouTube sensation Jacko Brazier.
Regular Red Room MC Smallzy is on holidays at present, so stepping in as MC was Nova drive star Tim Blackwell. Other Nova announcers spotted in the crowd were Dan Cassin and Ben Erbsland.
Music industry folk included Universal Australasia boss George Ash and water taxi wrangler and marketing guru Ben Facey, Nova Entertainment’s Tony Thomas and Peter Clay, ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen and recently departed Sony Music marketing, promo and touring vet John Parker (who is not done yet with the music industry).
Media included Jonathan Moran, Kathy McCabe, Cameron Adams and Nui Te Koha from News Corp, Network Ten’s hard-working entertainment reporter Angela Bishop and Mediaweek’s hard-working digital editor Sam Caldwell. There was also something of a reunion of the Universal Music all-star promo team with Nadya Balzarolo back with Marlene Richardson and Chris Sioris (also formerly with Nova) under the one roof.
TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box next week:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Adelaide suburbia), a (self-proclaimed) queen called Maria DeGeronimo (well, this is a cartoon), prepared for the birth of her impending princess by putting a crown over her (ridiculously expensive) cot and stuffing her (walk-in wardrobe) room with designer clothes (Versace, D&G, Boss, Chanel and many more in what could be the greatest product placement show of all time) bought clothes for child up to the age of 14 (yes, really)!
Because Queen DeGeronimo appeared to have no friends, she did what any modern girl would do and reached out to three total strangers called the Yum Mums… on Instagram. Together with her mother Margherita (who appears to be angling for her own spinoff show called Gruesome Grannies), they began planning the biggest Burberry (product placement) Baby Shower of all time by looking for inspiration… on Instagram. Margherita screamed at one pic and declared that her daughter must NEVER have a baby shower with a yellow theme because that would make everybody look like chooks (although nobody seemed to notice that Margherita was wearing a yellow dress while saying this).
Meanwhile, the Yum Mums decided they had nothing better to do (except prepare for the births of their own babies because in an incredible fairytale coincidence, all three of the “friends” were also pregnant!) so they decided to fly from Melbourne to attend the baby shower even though they would know nobody. Next week, will any of the mummies’ husbands speak? Or are they just there to hand over cash to buy “push presents” (i.e. diamond rings) for their wives’ vaginas? The End.
Interesting programming for this huge new show given it must premiere up against the grand final of House Rules on Seven. Maybe the strategy is to deliberately start it in the middle of school holidays to hook the kids in, and that’s smart, because without them, this won’t fly. I haven’t seen the first episode yet but the promos are impressive. It looks like Gladiators for a new generation, but on steroids in a bigger outside set. Getting the odd celebrity in (The Footy Show’s Beau Ryan and The Bachelor’s Tim Robards) should be fun and spare us from a spinoff show Australian Celebrity Ninja Warrior.
Music writer and producer Joel Little has his name attached to three albums in the Billboard Top 20 this week. Little drew attention for his work in the early years of Lorde and co-wrote the global hit “Royals”. On Lorde’s second chart-topping album “Melodrama” he co-wrote “Green Light” and produced “Supercut”. Little was also involved with the US group Imagine Dragons‘ “Evolve” and “American Teen” by Khalid. Joel Little comes from a media family. His father Paul Little is a columnist for the Herald on Sunday newspaper, and is former editor of The NZ Listener and Metro magazines. His mother Wendyl Nissen was recently appointed drive time host on MediaWorks talk radio station RadioLive. She is a former editor of NZ Woman’s Day.
Season six of The Block NZ has kicked off with a strong start, according to MediaWorks. Launch week ratings showed an increase of 23% year-on-year, as well as a 16% increase in share year-on-year in the 25-54 demographic. The show won its timeslot across all four demographics on Wednesday evening with an 8.9 rating, and three demographics on Sunday night (25-54, 18-39, 18-49) with a 9.5 rating. The NZ series is hosted by The AM Show presenter and cricket legend Mark Richardson and Your Home and Garden managing editor, and previous judge on The Block NZ, Shelley Ferguson (pictured).
TVNZ has begun live streaming TVNZ1 and TVNZ2 on a new website replacing the TVNZ On Demand. The site includes all its content including the male-skewing stand-alone channel Duke, 1 News and all content on the discontinued TVNZ On Demand website. TVNZ’s general manager of technology Greg Montgomery said the stream was adaptive, matching the quality of the users’ differing internet connections. It ranges from lower quality streams to HD quality 720p. TVNZ was an early mover among networks to internet technology and introduced its On Demand website 10 years ago.
More FM breakfast show host Simon Barnett is defecting to NZME – but he is not going until 2019. Barnett is MediaWorks’ biggest radio star, so the move is significant. He is tipped to replace the Newstalk ZB veteran 8.30 to noon host Leighton Smith. Why has Barnett telegraphed his intentions so far out? Fans will say Barnett is a decent chap, and he wants to help MediaWorks find a replacement. Others may point out that just three weeks ago, Barnett and colleague Gary McCormick and his breakfast crew were furious at being hoaxed by breakfast crew MediaWorks sister network, The Edge FM. Barnett had interviewed a Tom Cruise impersonator for 14 minutes, even telling the bogus Cruise he loved him. A More FM producer burst into tears after the hoax was revealed. Barnett was said to be stunned the popular station was hoaxed. MediaWorks head of content Leon Wratt insisted the hoax and the resignation are not connected.
The Radio Broadcasters Association has issued results from the latest GfK research on New Zealanders’ use of different devices to listen to radio programming. CEO Jana Rangooni said figures show radio devices still dominating, but there was a noticeable demand for mobile. People accessing through traditional radio were similar across broad demographics: 78.5% of people aged 10+, 76.7% for people aged 10-39, and 80.1% for people aged 40+. People accessing through the internet were 16% of 10+, 20.8% of 10- to 39-year-olds and 11.7% of people 40+. Mobile access was 10.8%, 15.1% and 6.9% for each of those demos.
The latest GfK research also revealed MediaWorks Radio has increased its popularity among New Zealanders, now reaching 2,274,600 listeners every week across its nine radio brands.
For the first time, The Breeze is New Zealand’s number one music station with 8.2% of commercial share – joining The Edge, The Rock and More FM to take out four of the top five music radio stations in the country.
In the 25-54 commercial demographic, MediaWorks continues to lead with 55.2% of commercial share, beating its nearest competitor by 22% points. MediaWorks also boasts the top four stations nationwide in this demographic: The Rock, The Edge, More FM and The Breeze.
Sky TV chief executive John Fellet has a way of winding up his rivals. Competition watchdog the Commerce Commission nixed Sky’s merger with Vodafone, and they toyed with an appeal before withdrawing this week.
Rivals such as Spark and TVZ were relieved Voda-Sky was stopped. But talking to Mediaweek, Fellet is clear the two firms will work closely together, insisting that does not amount to exclusivity. The merger failed because ComCom found Sky’s domination of premium sports could diminish competition in pay TV services.
Fellet says the appeal was withdrawn because it would take 15 months to get through the courts and board approval. But he said merger critics need to change their approach, and scolded Spark, which actively campaigned to media and politicians against the merger and runs its own subscriptions video-on-demand service called Lightbox.
“Spark just has to stop whinging to the press and talk to us about what it is they want,” he said.
Sky’s comments have not surprised Spark, but it’s a reminder that Sky still holds many of the key cards for sport, merger or not. Fellet says he will soon unveil new digital initiatives including mobile, and an app from Vodafone which allows users to see eight different camera angles at sports events.
Meanwhile, the third-placed telco brand 2 Degrees is pressing ahead with a deal with Sky for sports content. How that works out is not yet clear. ComCom rejected the Voda-Sky merger on the basis that Sky holds a monopoly on premium sports rights, and a merged entity could have restricted competition. Beyond the ongoing relationship with Vodafone, and closer relations with other telcos, Sky is constrained from growth in the New Zealand market.
Fellet acknowledges there are no obvious targets for acquisitions. There has long been talk of buying MediaWorks’ struggling TV3. But like previous owners, TPG, it appears to be resisting a split from its successful radio operations. Dominance of sports rights – especially All Blacks games – remains central to its success, though Fellet says development of digital sports packages diminishes the link with the basic package, which boosts the overall cost. He says that linked with the Sky SVOD brand Neon, which offers access to some prestige drama content on Soho, and Fan Pass digital sports offering, Sky was already unbundling content.
Sky’s business plan remains built on premium sport alongside the resistance of the government and local sporting codes to any anti-syphoning legislation. “We are the biggest media company by far in New Zealand so any new entrant is going to have the biggest impact on us. “I am disappointed,” he said. The trend for content and telecom companies to join was apparent around the world, yet it was not allowed for Sky.
Netflix meanwhile is cutting a big swathe in Zealand while Sky’s SVOD Neon is trailing Spark’s Lightbox, being given away to Spark subscribers for free. Fellet acknowledges that neither Sky’s pared-back digital sports offering nor Neon was making a profit. He repeated an old line that SVOD is a “mutual suicide pact” but accepts Sky TV has to be in the space.
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”.