Monday June 19 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning joins Kruti Joshi in this episode of the Seven Days podcast. The pair discuss the Ten funding crisis, Rebel Wilson‘s defamation case win, the Global Spotlight refugee crisis project, changes to the Yahoo7 JV and Mia Freedman‘s controversy over Roxane Gay comments.
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Although Seven can boast the biggest network audience as 6pm, 7pm and in the Sunday Night v 60 Minutes battle, Nine attracted bigger audiences at different times and managed to edge ahead to lead all people and win Sunday night.
Key to Nine’s victory was The Voice, which ran for longer than House Rules and racked up share points when it went head-to-head with Seven’s Sunday Night.
MasterChef was TEN’s best, which was up week-on-week but still behind all people and ranked #2 behind House Rules 25-54.
Poldark was a disappointment for the ABC with the start of season three on air here just days after its UK debut.
On House Rules the judges faced the contestants with scores for the first round of garden renovations. The episode did 1.10m, which was up on last Sunday’s 1.08m for its long weekend eve broadcast. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was the hardest marker again, with the exception of Kate and Harry who got a 9 from the TV veteran, well above the 5 they got from Drew who likened their front yard makeover to “a cheap Thai restaurant”.
On Sunday Night Matt Doran revealed how one multinational company is making a fortune from your donations to some of Australia’s biggest charities. Denham Hitchcock also had a story on the secrets of living to 100. The numbers rebounded from 705,000 last week to 823,000 last night.
The Voice featured a double elimination and a performance from Jennifer Hudson. The numbers climbed from a smallish 852,000 a week ago to 964,000 last night.
60 Minutes was on 812,000 (preliminary) after 566,000 a week ago. Liz Hayes had a feature report about the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana including more revelations from author Andrew Morton. Ross Coulthart also reported on the death of professional boxer Davey Browne while Allison Langdon spent time with Lorde.
An episode of Modern Family at 6pm did 268,000 with the 7pm ep lifting to 400,000.
Still not an ideal lead-in for MasterChef, which continues to launch 30 minutes after the Seven and Nine reality franchises start. Heston week started with 737,000 which was up on 606,000 the Sunday prior as extra viewers flocked to see Heston Blumenthal in the MasterChef kitchen.
Bull followed with 338,000, down on 352,000 a week ago.
Doctor Who has just two more episodes left in this season. Last night there were 396,000 watching after just under 400,000 also tuned in last week.
The first episode of season three of Poldark screened here just less than seven days since it launched in the UK. The series had everything jammed into the launch episodes including a death, a birth and a wedding. The only thing that was missing was a big audience. A crowd of 457,000 is disappointing after the effort of fast-tracking it.
Later in the evening a repeat of Death In Paradise did 309,000.
The 7.30pm doco Riddle Of Petra ranked #12 for the night with 377,000 tuning in.
Later in the night two episodes of Oliver Stone‘s The Putin Interviews averaged 205,000.
Not for the first time in its history, Ten had gone to the extraordinary step several weeks earlier of asking all of its directors to sign confidentiality agreements relating to boardroom talks, reports The Australian’s Damon Kitney.
The company was fed up with leaks to the media – one apparently came less than an hour after the conclusion of a recent board meeting – that it felt was damaging the share price and its recovery.
All eyes will now be on Ten’s creditors’ meeting at the Sofitel Hotel in Sydney on June 26, which should have all the drama of a finale of the network’s hit TV series MasterChef.
Murdoch, Gordon and Packer and Rinehart have spent more than a combined $1 billion investing in Ten. The company is now worth less than $60m.
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Ten Network’s billionaire shareholders have been asked to tip in working capital to allow the free-to-air broadcaster to keep staff paid and the lights on as KordaMentha works through administration, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
It’s believed the debt guarantors, Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon, were asked to put up some cash to help keep Ten, the home of Masterchef and The Biggest Loser, operating as administrators find a longer-term funding solution, although no formal request has been made to the pair and funding discussions are ongoing.
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John Singleton and longtime adviser Mark Carnegie have lodged a formal bid to buy Fairfax Media’s 54% stake in Macquarie Media – the home of shock jocks Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, report The Australian’s John Durie and Mitchell Bingemann.
Singleton and Carnegie formally handed a request to Fairfax chief Greg Hywood late yesterday after the market closed seeking access to the publisher’s due diligence room to firm up finance with the ANZ.
The two are also in discussions with other potential media partners including the Seven and Nine networks and News Corp. Some of the on-air talent at the News Corp-controlled Sky are also on the Macquarie network.
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Commercial and pay-TV networks have rejected One Nation’s “compromise” plan on media reforms amid a stalemate in the Senate, declaring the proposal would unfairly impose another barrier on traditional Australian media players, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
The crucial bloc of four One Nation senators has suggested establishing a so-called “three-out-of-four” ownership rule, as revealed in The Australian yesterday, to replace the government’s proposal to repeal the controversial two-out-of-three rule.
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Netflix and other streaming services could for the first time be forced to make Australian programs, with a government inquiry hearing that local quotas for subscription video on demand services are under active consideration, reports Fairfax Media’s Karl Quinn.
Representatives from the federal Department of Communications appearing before the inquiry into the sustainability of the film and television industry on Friday were asked if they had done any research into “what a responsible quota” on online content might look like.
Australia’s commercial free-to-air television networks must carry 55% Australian content on their main channels between 6am and midnight, with additional sub-quotas for Australian drama, documentary and children’s programs. Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) operators including Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime have no such obligations.
Nick Forward, head of content at Stan, told Fairfax on Friday “in the coming year we will double our output of Stan original productions”.
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Former radio 2UE employees enjoyed a staff reunion on Friday in North Sydney. Staff from all areas of the business were welcomed. The guests included several staff who made the transition to the rebranded TalkingLifestyle including breakfast co-host John Stanley and morning announcer Tim Webster.
The event was organised by former executive assistant Chris Coughlin.
Other guests included former general manager Tim McDermott plus Greg Byrnes, Chris Kearns, Richard Sleeman, Jock Kelso, Clinton Maynard, Cameron Price, Alexsandra Lyall, Dale Sinden, Mauricio Lopez, Murray Olds, Barbara Heffernan, Jackie Levett, Jim Ball, Robert Kinny, Toni Leyland, David Prior and Paul Molchanoff.
The ABC has apologised and removed a podcast featuring a controversial interview between Red Symons and a fellow presenter in which he asked her, “What’s the deal with Asians?’’ and “Are you yellow?’’, reports The Australian.
The veteran broadcaster – the former Hey Hey It’s Saturday star who hosts ABC Radio Melbourne’s Breakfast slot – was interviewing journalist and producer Beverley Wang about her new podcast It’s Not a Race. The podcasts examines “race, racism, identity, culture and difference” in contemporary Australia.
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Comedian and television host Wil Anderson has attributed his arrest at Wagga Wagga Airport to “a misunderstanding” with Qantas staff but says he’s confident it will be sorted out, reports AAP.
A Qantas spokeswoman said a passenger was met by police on arrival after “behaving disruptively and refusing to follow crew instructions”. “To ensure all of our flights are safe and comfortable for our passengers we don’t tolerate disruptive behaviour onboard,” she said in a statement.
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Wil Anderson’s management, Kevin Whyte‘s Token Artists, released this statement after the drama:
Wil Anderson took a Qantas flight to Wagga Wagga this afternoon to perform his stand-up show Critically Wil.
Wil has osteoarthritis and an exit row seat was booked to ensure comfort ahead of this evening’s gig. A flight attendant questioned If he should be sitting near an emergency door and moved him from that seat, which he objected to.
A misunderstanding took place and on arrival in Wagga Wagga he cooperated with the local police who took him to the station. After 10 minutes of enquiries he was released without charge and performed his show as scheduled.
Delta Goodrem has hit out at the “faceless cowards” at Woman’s Day who have a “relentless” fascination with writing negative stories about her, reports News Corp’s Cameron Adams.
Goodrem sent messages of support to Rebel Wilson after she won her court case against the magazine.
“A lot of people in the industry were watching this case with interest,” Goodrem said. “To see Rebel stand up to bullies has been incredible to watch. She’s made a really important moment happen in Australia.”
Woman’s Day’s most recent story about Goodrem claimed she was being a diva on the set of The Voice, insisting on specific food being spoonfed to her.
“I mean saying I am being spoonfed on the set is ridiculous to the extreme. There’s absolutely no truth in it at all,” Goodrem said.
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US private equity firms TPG Capital and Hellman & Friedman could lob formal bids for Fairfax Media within a fortnight, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
It comes as the publisher confirmed it has received interest from John Singleton and Mark Carnegie for Fairfax’s 54% stake in Macquarie Radio, home of AM radio stations 3AW, 2GB and Alan Jones.
Both TPG and H&F began due diligence in Fairfax’s data room in late May to go through the numbers for their bids.
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Telstra chairman John Mullen has vowed his company will maintain its access to Foxtel’s content under a new ownership structure for the pay-TV group, which is expected to see the telco retain a significant cornerstone interest in the company, reports The Australian’s Damon Kitney.
In the wake of Foxtel’s move last week to relaunch its subscription video on-demand service under the name Foxtel Now, with a new operating interface, Mullen said Telstra was “very committed” to Foxtel but remained open to selling down its interest as part of a repositioning of the pay-TV group.
Telstra has a 50% stake in Foxtel, while the other half of the company is owned by News Corporation.
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REA Group chairman Hamish McLennan has joined digital ad network Tiger Pistol as an adviser to help fuel the Australian startup’s next leg of growth, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Tiger Pistol’s founders said they planned to tap into McLennan’s knowledge and experience to help the firm bridge the gap from being a startup to becoming a business of scale.
McLennan said he was impressed by Tiger Pistol’s promise of targeted cost-effective advertising solutions for brands in a cluttered media landscape upended and reshaped by new technology.
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Robb Report Australia has announced a new ownership structure of its global title, headquartered in the US, through the formation of a joint venture partnership between US publisher Penske Media Corporation (PMC) and US private equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity.
Under the new ownership, all 17 editions of the premium men’s title around the world – including Australia – will unveil a 360-degree refresh of the brand, including a redesigned print magazine that will launch with the September issue.
Coinciding with this the Australian edition will move from a monthly to a bimonthly publication cycle.
No wonder the public’s trust in its media institutions is at an all-time low, comments The AFR’s Joe Aston.
In the past few days, we’ve had the ethically-acrobatic Laurie Oakes saying his peers “make(s) [him] sick” (we’re all just in a basket with “log rollers”, apparently), the outgoing Michael Gordon hailed as some kind of journalistic colossus, Mia Freedman prostrate before the mob after daring to fat shame a professional self-fat shamer, Michael West of all people “whipping the other media when it comes to integrity” and without so much as a trace of irony, Greg Sheridan concluding that only the brilliant can be so stupid.
Hey, fourth estate standards have sunk so low that even yours truly is employed by it.
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Friday was a sad day at Fairfax Media, with mass farewells for staff at both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.
At Fairfax’s Pyrmont bunker in Sydney, numerous staff finished up on Friday – prompting a succession of speeches on the SMH editorial floor from 2.30pm onwards. Managing editor Stuart Washington, ex-Sun Herald editor David Rood, tablet editor Connie Levett, national video news editor Simon Morris, court reporter Louise Hall and Sun Herald senior investigative reporter Eamonn Duff were among those farewelled.
It was a similar affair in Melbourne on Friday, with a succession of journalists – including The Age’s respected political editor Michael Gordon, state political correspondent Richard Willingham, features editor Mary-Anne Toy and the editor of the paper’s federal political desk, Kevin Jones – farewelled.
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Tabakoff also reports:
Departing SMH sports editor Ben Coady and the paper’s senior rugby league writer Michael Chammas have been picked up to run the NRL’s news website, NRL.com. The hires have come as the NRL prepares to take over the running of the site from Telstra in December.
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Seven West Media paid $100,000 for Carl Williams‘ prison diaries and the participation of his former wife, Roberta, in a Sunday Night special that cast the slain drug lord and multiple murderer as a “soft and gentle” man, report Fairfax Media’s Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston.
The segment that ran on Seven’s flagship current affairs program last July featured family members eulogising Carl amid claims he ordered killings only to protect his family, rather than to eliminate rivals in Melbourne’s lucrative drug trade.
Seven West Media declined to comment on the deal.
Fairfax Media has been told Seven West believes it has not violated proceeds-of-crime laws, which prevent criminals from profiting from the notoriety of their crimes, because the payment was for information about Carl Williams and not Roberta Williams, who is also a convicted drug dealer.
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At the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival it was revealed Chris Freeland will step down as Sydney Film Festival chair while remaining on the board. Freeland, a partner of Baker McKenzie and a member of its Asia Pacific Regional Council, chaired the organisation for eight years.
Festival board director Deanne Weir will take over the role of chair. Weir has over 25 years’ experience in media and communications and is Foxtel’s managing director, content aggregation and wholesale. She is also a television producer and philanthropist whose passion is to support the advancement of women in the community.
Sydney Film Festival CEO Leigh Small reported, “This year again, the Festival exceeded previous attendance figures – a continuing 10-year trend. There was an average of 72% capacity across all sessions with almost 185,000 attendances. This result marks a fitting end to Chris Freeland’s eight-year tenure during which the number of people attending the Sydney Film Festival almost doubled.”
The Goodness Project is a new internal initiative as part of ARN’s Corporate Social Responsibility program and will see employees from across the company team up to use their expertise and creativity to help charities make a difference in the community. ARN will be working across specific projects with charities batyr and Musicians Making a Difference.
The first project kicked off this month with batyr, an organisation that focuses on delivering education and programs that educate young people about mental health and encourage open conversations about it, as well as seeking help when needed.
On the back of poor reviews and ratings for its Paul Hogan biopic and acrimony over the project by the former Australian bowler himself, Seven have “released” the Screentime production, Warnie, from its 2017 slate.
The hotly anticipated TV drama had been spruiked by Seven CEO Tim Worner at its annual upfronts last year, telling advertisers and media “auditions were in full swing” for the big name biopic. However, it is understood casting had not yet begun when the network withdrew its support and interest.
The project could still see the light of day, with Screentime believed to be keen to now shop it to other networks — including Nine.
Karl, Lisa, Richard, Tim and Sylvia’s adventures will begin with a special program showcasing the Great Barrier Reef, broadcast from Hamilton Island in the picturesque Whitsundays.
The program then heads inland to Queensland’s sheep and cattle town of Winton where they’ll get down and dirty – digging and exploring for Australia’s largest dinosaur fossils. Broadcasting from outside the North Gregory Hotel, they’ll also be treated to a special performance by Australian country music star Adam Harvey, compete in the extreme sport of dunny racing, and host a free breakfast barbecue for all the Winton locals.
On Wednesday Karl, Lisa and the team head to the heart of Kelly country – taking Today to the Victorian township of Glenrowan, the site of the final siege and capture of Ned Kelly and his gang.
Today then heads north to the New South Wales town of Dubbo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo for its Thursday program. It will include a visit to the Old Dubbo Gaol, the Japanese Gardens and local dairies.
On Friday, Karl, Lisa, Richard, Sylvia, Tim, Natalia and Ross regroup at the Nine studios in Sydney for a landmark 35th birthday morning of celebrations – featuring a performance by Niall Horan. This will be Horan’s first ever solo appearance on Australian television, performing his hits “Slow Hands” and “This Town”.
Nine will also welcome former Today hosts from the past 35 years, including the very first hosts, Steve Liebmann and Sue Kellaway, as well as Liz Hayes, Tracy Grimshaw, Monty Dwyer and many more.
Sponsors involved in the week-long adventure are Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Tourism Events Queensland, Gabrielli Construction, Vision Splendour Film Festival, Winton Shire Council and Destination NSW.
• Singles: “Despacito” holds at #1 as Justin Bieber features on 3 of top 4
• Albums: 5 new entries in top 10, but they can’t topple Ed Sheeran MBE
There was just one new entry inside the top 50 this week. That new tune, “2U” from David Guetta, went as close as you can go to the top without going #1. The song is Guetta’s 10th time in the ARIA top 10.
While Guetta couldn’t stop Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee from recording a fifth week at #1, there is a common denominator in the top four – three of the tunes feature Justin Bieber.
Savvy producers and record companies understand the power Bieber’s name has on a chart tune. As well as featuring on the current and previous #1 singles, Bieber also features on the new song from Guetta, which if it maintains current momentum could well be the third consecutive #1 single to feature Bieber.
Two singles have found their way into the top 50 from lower down the chart:
#41 The Veronicas with “The Only High” which is a track from their forthcoming fourth album
#45 French Montana with “Unforgettable”
A busy week for albums with nine releases debuting in the top 50 and five of them landing in the top 10.
Ed Sheeran, awarded an MBE over the weekend and just days before he headlines at the Glastonbury Festival, spends a 13th week at #1 with “Divide”.
These are the newbies who crashed the top 10 on release:
#2 Katy Perry with “Witness”. Her impending Aussie promo trip should keep this hovering in the top 10, but the buzz around the new album just wasn’t enough to land at #1. Her previous album “Prism” peaked at #1 in November 2013.
#3 London Grammar with “Truth Is A Beautiful Thing”. The alt-pop trio caused a ruckus in their home market landing their second album at #1, denying a top spot for Katy Perry there too.
#4 Hillsong United with “Wonder”. This religious hit machine has done it again with a fifth studio album charting strongly, albeit unable to match the success of “Empires” which peaked at #1 in June 2015. The group has a remarkable track record – recording eight top 10 albums to-date.
#5 Supplying the top 10 rock edge this week is Chicago hardcore outfit Rise Against, who land in the top 10 for the fourth time with their eight album “Wolves”.
#6 Lady Antebellum with “Heart Break” is the last of the top 10 chart debuts. The prolific Nashville band has seen its output slow a little with this the first album since 2013’s “747”.
Four other albums debuted lower down the chart:
#21 Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie with “Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie”, with McVie telling UK fans in the past few days to expect tours from both this collaboration with her Fleetwood Mac colleague plus the complete band getting back on the road too. Meanwhile McVie’s Fleetwood Mac colleague Stevie Nicks is making a special appearance in London next month at a Hyde Park concert with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
#36 Phoenix with “Ti Amo”, the sixth album from the Versailles electropoppers.
#40 SZA with “CTRL”.
#41 Rancid with “Trouble Maker”.
• ESPN will be the exclusive broadcaster for all matches leading to the Quarter Finals
• ESPN will simulcast Quarter Finals night sessions, Semi Finals and Finals with SBS
ESPN will be the new home of the US Open in Australia and New Zealand under a five-year agreement beginning in August 2017. From the first serve to the last point of the iconic tournament, ESPN will bring tennis fans the most extensive live coverage direct from New York.
ESPN is going all in on its coverage with 150 hours of live television across ESPN and ESPN2 plus a record 1,300 hours streaming on WatchESPN with matches from up to 12 courts. All the key matches will be broadcast live on both ESPN & ESPN2. Further, ESPN will bring its iconic game around the game coverage with seasoned ESPN tennis analysts including Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Tom Rinaldi, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver and Patrick and John McEnroe.
To complement the broadcast, ESPN.com will be running comprehensive and in-depth digital coverage from our on-ground expert team of reporters in Flushing Meadows, including our own local contributor Stephanie Brantz.
The ESPN app will deliver tennis fans the most up-to-date live scores and video highlights from each and every match.
Patrick Bour (pictured Lower), ESPN’s director of television and marketing, said: “The US Open is an iconic sports event and one of ESPN’s premier broadcast properties around the world, and we’re extremely excited to now be showing it on our networks in Australia and New Zealand. It is a great opportunity to deliver Australian sports fans another signature international event on ESPN and complements our already strong ATP Tour coverage. We are looking forward to showing all the drama from this great stage and we’ll be cheering all our Aussie players on.”
ESPN’s coverage of the US Open will begin August 29, concluding with the Men’s Final on September 11.
In a partnership with ESPN, SBS’s US Open coverage will commence Wednesday September 6, during the quarter finals stage.
SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp said: “SBS has a proud heritage in bringing the best of international sport to Australian fans. The US Open is one of the iconic events on the sports calendar, and this deal sees the climax of the year’s final Grand Slam returning live and free to all Australians.”
SBS’s coverage of the US Open will commence Wednesday September 6 on SBS and SBS HD, as well as streamed live online.
Photo: 2016 US Open Men’s Singles Champion Stan Wawrinka and Finalist Novak Djokovic with USTA Chairman, CEO and President Katrina Adams
• Young: “Nine must innovate how and where we deliver our content”
Nine has announced the promotion of Lizzie Young to the newly created role of group content strategy director.
Nine CEO Hugh Marks said Young would be charged with driving Nine’s approach to the distribution and commercialisation of Nine’s content assets across all the platforms now available to Nine as a business. This will ensure that Nine can continue to invest in the Australian news, sport, entertainment and lifestyle content that audiences are engaging with.
“The facts are that Australians are consuming more television content than ever before,” Marks said. “However, as audiences change the way they consume our content we too need to continue to innovate how we both create and distribute the unique premium Australian content that we invest more than $700 million every year on.
“Lizzie has played a key role at Nine over the past eight years, which has helped us bridge the gap between content and our commercial partners. She has the background, across both our content and sales divisions, to help drive not only greater effectiveness in our current business model, but also how we innovate the way we create, distribute and commercialise our content assets to adapt with changing audience behaviour.”
Young said she was excited about her new role and the challenge of finding new ways to engage both audiences and advertisers.
“We must innovate how and where we deliver our content,” Young said. “In a fragmenting media landscape, we have to work harder to grab consumer attention. Nine must continue to be at the forefront of our audience’s mind, and when they come to us we must deliver them an amazing experience.”
In the new role Young will report directly to Hugh Marks. Nine’s CEO said the appointment was a sign of the company’s emphasis on ensuring it is focused on building new revenue streams and exploring partnerships in key areas of audience growth.
“My challenge as CEO is to ensure our management team is fully equipped and ready to embrace change and the evolution of our business model,” he said.
“We must constantly adapt the business to address and commercialise the way people are consuming our content. Lizzie understands our content, the creators and the audience, as well as having a deep knowledge of our advertisers, and is more than equipped to build out what will be an important role in Nine’s future.”
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk TV in the Mediaweek TV Podcast. James is reporting from Manchester in the UK and Andrew is in South West Rocks NSW after a busy long weekend at the South West Roxy cinema.