Monday June 26 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi discuss the week’s media headlines. Talking points include Pacific Magazine’s talks with staff about outsourcing subbing to Pagemasters, ESPN ANZ’s US Open rights grab, Bauer Media’s new ANZ CEO, Sony’s Parade Management and Talentworks joining forces, and much more.
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Before we start on week 26, let’s remember week 25. Seven has claimed victory for the week as it rolls on with what it is calling its 19th consecutive weekly win which is close to its longest winning streak on record. Seven calculates these stats on combined channel share for its four-channel offering.
Meanwhile Nine has the single biggest channel share last week with 21.1% to Seven’s 19.9%. Nine’s previous primary channel win this year was week 18. Regarding its week 25 performance, Nine has noted: Nine won in total primetime network share across most of the key demos. Among 25-54s Nine’s channels won a 37.2% share, 36.3% share among 16-39s and a 39.1% share among Grocery Buyers with Child.
House Rules is getting down to the wire with last night leaving just three contestants in the competition. The Sunday episode did 1.11m after 1.10m on Sunday last week. Viewers saw Sean and Ella depart with the remaining three going for gold – Kate and Harry, Andrew and Jono plus Aaron and Daniella.
After 813,000 a week ago, Sunday Night pulled 780,000 last night with Melissa Doyle visiting House Rules‘ judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen at his UK home.
A recent episode of Air Crash Investigation followed subtitled Murder In The Skies, which was an examination of the horrific Germanwings Flight 9525 crash. The show did 346,000.
The Voice too is another reality show where the contestants are dwindling. Jessica Mauboy was a special guest as the final four were revealed. The episode did 947,000 after 966,000 a week ago.
60 Minutes was again on a little later with a long episode of The Voice. The show did 743,000 after 716,000 a week ago. Star attraction was Paul McCartney speaking with reporter Liz Hayes about his impending Australian tour. Liam Bartlett also reported from the Middle East.
The Australian series Tough Nuts – which seems to have been rebranded to be part of Nine’s Australian Crime Stories – from Sydney boutique production house The Full Box, is getting another airing on Nine with 312,000 watching the Alphonse Gangitano episode late last night.
Two episodes of Modern Family again filled the hour from 6.30pm. The first did 264,000 and the second 417,000, which is close to what both did last week.
MasterChef featured the return of top Sydney chef Peter Gilmore and some good food from Eloise Praino – grilled nectarines with lemon and rosemary ice cream. The Sunday episode was 709,000 after last week’s 737,000 on Sunday.
Bull followed with 358,000, after 339,000 the previous week.
The penultimate episode of this season of Doctor Who screened with an improved 447,000 after 390,000 last week.
Poldark didn’t manage to grow though with episode two attracting 431,000 after a season launch of 457,000. This was despite a number of bare male chests including Ross and two of the newcomers.
The Mystery Of Stonehenge is part of the Treasures Decoded season and it did well with 383,000 in the week authorities allow people onto the UK site to celebrate the summer solstice. The timeslot was the channel’s #1 last week with 377,000, narrowly pushing Michael Portillo into second place for the week.
At 8.30pm last night the final two episodes of Oliver Stones‘ The Putin Interviews screened with an average of 154,000 for the two.
Former Nine boss David Gyngell says the beleaguered Network Ten group has a viable future as long as its new owners invest in high-quality local television programs, reports The Australian’s Lisa Allen.
Despite the launch of a national advertising campaign seeking a buyer for Network Ten this week, Gyngell believes the troubled network will be acquired by billionaire media owner Bruce Gordon and News Corporation’s Lachlan Murdoch.
“I think Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch will end up buying it…it definitely has a future but you need to have good shows,” Gyngell told The Weekend Australian.
Speaking at a Dreams2Live4 charity lunch at NSW Parliament House on Friday, Gyngell said Gordon and Murdoch had the financial capacity to clear out Network Ten’s debts if they ended up buying it. “They both have deep pockets, they will make more Australian programs,” he said.
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Three federal ministers and The Australian have avoided serious contempt charges in the wake of a report in which the trio of Victorian MPs voiced their criticism of the state’s judiciary in the midst of several sentencing appeals, report The Australian’s Rebecca Urban and Pia Akerman.
The Australian, which published the ministers’ remarks last week, also avoided contempt charges.
The Australian was called before the court on June 16 to explain its role. Although denying that it was in contempt, it proffered a full and sincere apology for the publication of the article.
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Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix as well as for songs and movies downloaded from the internet when a range of new taxes kick in at the end of the week, reports News Corp’s Annika Smethurst.
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Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have said Qatar must close international satellite news channel Al Jazeera as a condition of lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo, reports the UK Press Gazette.
The demands regarding Al-Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite broadcaster, state that Qatar must also shut down all affiliates.
That presumably would mean Qatar would have to close down Al-Jazeera’s English-language affiliate. The broadcaster employs at least 100 journalists in the UK based at its studios in the Shard building in London.
Qatar’s neighbours accuse Al-Jazeera of fomenting unrest in the region and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Daily Mail Australia has refused to pay a journalist for republishing parts of her work under its reporters’ bylines, telling her: “There is no copyright in an idea,” reports The Guardian’s Amanda Meade.
Ginger Gorman, a freelance journalist, has had two major investigations originally published by News Corp Australia and Fairfax Media rewritten by the Daily Mail website. Neither Mail piece contains any original reporting. In one case, the Mail version does not have any link back to the original.
Gorman wrote to the Daily Mail editor-in-chief, Luke McIlveen, and demanded payment for its version of the trolling story that appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald site and the incest piece written originally for news.com.au.
Mia Freedman’s Mamamia website also reproduced Gorman’s incest story in a 900-word article bylined Katy Hall.
Mamamia removed its story after heavy criticism on Twitter.
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Abraham has co-presented on ABC Radio Adelaide with David Bevan since 2002, the first nine years on Mornings, then since 2011 on Breakfast. He was also a presenter on the station in the 1990s.
Abraham’s departure will mark the end of over 15 years on air with co-host David Bevan, many of which attracted record audience figures for the station, with 34 times (including the last 13 consecutive surveys) as number 1 Breakfast show in Adelaide (Source: Gfk).
“This has been a really hard decision” Abraham said.
“In stepping away from the microphone, I’m stepping away from radio, a medium I love with all my heart and soul.
“I’m also leaving a team who are not just the most formidable outfit in the business, but who are my good friends.”
ABC Radio Adelaide Manager Graeme Bennett said, “Matt Abraham and David Bevan have been a quintessential part of the South Australian media landscape for the past 15 years.
“Since their move to the notoriously competitive Breakfast timeslot they have dominated the local agenda, creating some of the most memorable radio moments we have heard.
“They have been tough, uncompromising and at the same time South Australian to the core. They’ve made a difference.
“Matt leaves the ABC Radio Adelaide microphone at the top of his game with a deserved reputation as one of the finest journalists the state has produced.”
David Bevan will continue to present the ABC Radio Adelaide Breakfast program.
Abraham will co-present his final breakfast program on Friday 30 June.
Photo: Matthew Abraham (L) with David Bevan
Is Abby Coleman leaving Brisbane’s hit105 breakfast radio show?
She has been the subject of rumours pegging her as a potential replacement when popular radio duo Hamish and Andy hang up their headphones at the end of this year.
But while hit105 breakfast host Abby Coleman would “never say never”, she can’t see herself leaving Brisbane any time soon, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.
Coleman, who co-hosted Fashions on the Field at Tattersall’s Club Tiara Race Day at Doomben Racecourse on the weekend, said her family, which includes hubby Scott and sons Finlay and Jagger, are “Queenslanders first”.
“Queensland is where we want to end up and working on a show I love means so much more to me than the ideal career move,” she said.
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One of the UK’s biggest magazine publishers – Time Inc – has put more than 100 journalists at risk of redundancy, reports UK Press Gazette.
The move comes as the publisher seeks to consolidate editorial staff on some of its biggest titles into one central “hub”.
Press Gazette understands that the titles involved in the shakeup include Woman and Home (circulation 322,00), Look (circulation 90,000) and Marie Clare (154,000).
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All good things come to an end. After nearly 50 years in the Test Match Special (TMS) commentary box, I have decided the time has come for the last of the old farts to hang up his microphone.
In all honesty, at the age of almost 78, although I am still rather keener than mustard, I find it harder work than I once did. The one thing I don’t want to do more than anything is for my incompetence to let TMS down.
You haven’t heard my final My Dear Old Thing quite yet. Happily, I shall be commentating next month on the first two Tests against South Africa, and then for the last one of the summer against the West Indies at Lord’s.
I leave, supremely confident that TMS is in the safest of hands, led by the ageless Aggers. In the end, I think he will come to be seen as the best of the lot.
Listeners will now be relieved to know that their chances of being told the right name of the fielders at third man and fine leg have greatly increased.
[About his time spent in Australia, Blofeld’s website notes:]
For about 15 years he spent part of each winter in Australia where he wrote a column for The Australian and also worked for a network of commercial radio stations led by 2UE in Sydney who broadcast an alternative form of commentary for the international games, to the rather more staid government owned ABC.
Ten Network chairman David Gordon sold almost all his shares in the network before the company was placed into voluntary administration, and had no backup plan should the advertising market fail to recover, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
News of the damaging revelations sheds new light on key events leading up to the first creditors’ meeting in Sydney today as the network’s fate hangs in the balance.
Gordon and the board paid $1m in fees to KordaMentha in the three months before administration yet they were caught unprepared when the three main shareholders decided not to back a financial restructuring of the broadcaster.
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The [media] watchdog should examine whether Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon exerted control over Network Ten in breach of current laws, according to experts in media regulation, reports Fairfax Media’s Lucy Battersby.
“The situation at Network Ten is one where the Australian Communications and Media Authority [ACMA] should be looking closely at whether or not Gordon and Murdoch are already in breach of the cross-media laws,” Professor Tim Dwyer of the University of Technology’s department of media and communications said.
ACMA would not comment on whether or not it is investigating the current situation.
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Seven has also confirmed its key relationship with St.George Bank as foundational screenPLAY partner.
screenPLAY is curated and hosted by gaming personalities Stephanie Bendixsen (@Hexsteph) and Nich Richardson (@Nichboy) and is online at screenPLAY.seven, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Twitch. screenPLAY debuts on 7mate on June 29.
Kurt Burnette, Seven’s chief revenue officer, said: “This is the next stage of a long-term strategic rollout, utilising Seven West Media’s market-leading expertise in creating and distributing content. screenPLAY is already creating an authentic connection direct to the esport and gaming community in a way never seen before in this country. screenPLAY creates relevant, premium content and influencers, and aggregates this into actionable data and analytics for both our advertising partners and SWM to further leverage.”
The New York Times chief executive Mark Thompson has credited US President Donald Trump with helping reinvigorate consumer interest in newspapers after subscriber growth hit record highs and the brand begins ramping up its ambitions for Australia, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
In an interview with The Australian, Thompson has outlined a blueprint to reach 10 million paid digital subscriptions and given forthright views on publishers, including:
A vote of confidence in consumers to pay for quality journalism
A scathing assessment of a publishing culture of short-termism
A commitment to continuing to print the Times daily in the US “for at least a decade”
Thompson refused to directly comment on subscriber growth in Australia after the Times opened a bureau in Sydney earlier this year, but said: “Early signs of this first push in terms of additional subscribers are very encouraging.”
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Prime Media Group has promoted Karen Burchall (pictured) to the position of national brand partnerships manager, Seven Affiliate Sales. Burchall was previously group sales manager Seven Affiliate Sales Sydney.
Prime Media Group general manager sales and marketing Dave Walker said, “Seven Affiliate Sales is the regional television leader in creating award-winning media solutions for advertising partners, and under Karen’s leadership the brand partnerships team will continue to thrive.”
Burchall previously held senior managerial roles with Southern Cross Austereo and OMD Australia.
Seven insiders have confirmed the resignations of longstanding Sunday Night reporters Rahni Sadler and PJ Madam, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.
Sadler had a low-key farewell around two months ago, and Madam at the end of last year.
Sadler has since been overseas taking a well-earned break, while Madam is pursuing other media projects. Meanwhile, Sunday Night has also added another male reporter, ex-Channel 10 news anchor Matt Doran.
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Tabakoff also reports: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the new employer of at least six recently departed Fairfax refugees. Conveniently, the ABC’s headquarters are located just down the road, in neighbouring Ultimo.
In recent days and weeks, the influx of ex-Fairfax types has been conspicuous: former SMH investigative journalist Anne Davies has moved to Four Corners, ex-SMH acting editor Stephen Hutcheon to a senior ABC content management role, while former SMH opinion editor Leigh Tonkin, court reporter Louise Hall and data journalist Inga Ting are also now ensconced in journalism roles for Aunty in Ultimo.
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A joint production between Foxtel and Network Ten, Common Sense is from the makers of Gogglebox – Endemol Shine Australia.
Common Sense gives everyday Australians the chance to have their say, as they try to make sense of the week’s biggest and most interesting headlines.
Drawing from a range of media sources each week, the Common Sensers will tackle talking points such as the Margaret Court furore, a woman engaged at the age of 93 and Australia’s very own “Fake Trump”, Malcolm Turnbull.
The Common Sensers are hairdressing mums Nicki and Kathy (pictured), business partners Robert and Frank, removalists and best mates Brett and Lawrence, opinionated retirees Jean, Aileen and Ted, entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed pop culture junkies Helen and Sarah, cheeky real estate agents Jake and Ayden, markers Andre and Steve, the potato-selling Yip family of Darren, Trudi, Aileen and Matthew, mother-and-daughter team Lois and Michelle-Anne, along with Betty, all of whom are partners in a bra shop, and the quintessentially Aussie butchers Luke and Eric.
They may be little known in Australia, but young basketballers Jonah Bolden and Terrance Ferguson are about to prove their sport can be a better source of big money than local pursuits like AFL and NRL, reports The AFR’s John Stensholt.
Australian forward Bolden, 21, and 19-year-old American guard Terrance Ferguson, who played for the Adelaide 36ers in this year’s National Basketball League, were both drafted to US teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft in Brooklyn on Friday.
Such was Ferguson’s potential that he was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Based on last season’s figures he will be paid at least $1.65 million in the upcoming season.
Bolden will be the 9th Australian in the NBA next season. Based on the player who was selected in the same draft position last year, Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, Bolden could receive a contract worth $1.16 million.
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9Now will show the Australians in action at the eleventh ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup beginning Monday June 26 from 7.30pm AEST.
Nine’s head of cricket Brent Williams said: “The Australian women’s cricket team is undoubtedly one of the very best in the world, and Wide World of Sports will show every single ball of our tilt at defending a World Cup title.”
Nine’s head of sport digital Patrick Effeney said: “We’re very excited to offer cricket fans the opportunity to stream each of Australia’s games, live and free, during the Women’s World Cup on 9Now, as well as providing highlights online at Wide World of Sports.
“9Now and Wide World of Sports are both emerging as new platforms for fans of the sport to consume the game however and whenever they please.”
Nine will run an international commentary feed with the coverage on 9Now.
Fox Sports last week announced it will cover 14 games live (including all Australian matches and the finals) from the tournament on TV, and then stream coverage of all other games via its Fox Sports App and at foxsports.com.au.
Meanwhile ABC Grandstand will broadcast audio coverage all of Australia’s matches, all finals and other key matches live and commercial-free from the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.
With the help of the BBC, Australian audiences can hear ball-by-ball commentary of the competition, which brings together the top eight Women’s teams in the ICC one-day rankings for a series of highly competitive matches.
Games will be broadcast live and commercial-free on DAB+ digital radio station ABC Extra, available online and on the ABC Radio App.
• Singles: No change at top, but DJ Khaled, Macklemore & Calvin Harris return
• Albums: Lorde dislodges Ed from top spot, Nickelback & Royal Blood top 5
“Despacito” spends its sixth week at the top for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.
Bieber slightly loosens his grip on the top 10 with two other tunes featuring him dropping a little inside the top 10.
However One Direction members Liam Payne with “Strip That Down” and Niall Horan with “Slow Hands” edge higher to sit at #2 and #3 respectively.
Just one tune was new to the top 10 and that was a chart debut for DJ Khaled with “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The song comes from DJ Khaled’s 10th album “Grateful”.
Three big names return to the chart with new entries outside the top 10:
#34 Macklemore with “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey – his first solo recording after the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis partnership takes a break
#35 Calvin Harris with “Feels” featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean
#41 Jennifer Hudson with “Remember Me”
Lorde‘s “Perfect Places” has crept up the charts from #57 to #44 in its third week.
Sam Hunt also makes the top 50 with “Body Like A Back Road” up from #64 to #50 in its third week.
Five new releases entered the top 50 on debut and four of them cracked the top 10.
Considerable excitement at the top with a new #1 with Lorde‘s “Melodrama” unseating Ed Sheeran as “Divide” moving out of the top spot again. The immediate success of Lorde’s second album means she has now had both albums debut at #1.
This week’s other chart debuts:
#3 Nickelback with “Feed The Machine” – Ninth album and eight top 10 spots
#4 Royal Blood with “How Did We Get So Dark?” – Second album from Brighton (UK) rock duo
#10 Fleet Foxes with “Crack-Up” – The third album from Seattle folkies is their first in six years
#30 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with “The Nashville Sound” – The second album from the band led by the former guitarist with Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell
• Cost reductions, not revenue growth, likely to drive future television M&A activity
The recent financial and ownership turmoil at the Ten Network has served to refocus attention on the challenging trading conditions which commercial television has been facing since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), according to a new report from Bob Peters at Global Media Analysis.
The most current half-yearly results for Australia’s three commercial metropolitan television networks indicate that there has yet to be any sign of a reversal in the adverse financial trends which have been slowly eroding industry profitability for much of the past decade.
Despite still reasonably resilient aggregate viewer numbers, the industry’s profitability continues to contract, as the on-going growth in operating costs, particularly programming expenses, steadily outpace only minimal at best increases in advertising revenues.
While the rollout of free-to-air (FTA) television’s digital multichannels has been very popular with most Australian viewers, and therefore also successful at largely maintaining FTA usage levels amongst older viewers despite increasing competition from subscription television (STV) and subscription video on demand (SVOD) services, that strategic success has come at the heavy cost of exacerbating the pressure on programming expenses, at a time when television advertising revenues have experienced little or no growth.
Moreover, with the short to medium term expectations for growth in both overall domestic economic activity and total advertising expenditure in Australia presently being only modest, it is difficult to identify many factors which have the potential for improving the profitability of the commercial metropolitan and regional television networks any time in the foreseeable future.
Faced with such sobering financial prospects, it is understandable that the commercial television operators have long-lobbied the Federal Government for both further reductions in, or the complete removal of, commercial television licence fees, as well as a liberalisation in the existing media ownership limits.
While the Federal Government’s recently announced intention to abolish and replace the television licence fee should deliver some much-needed short-term relief to the sector, going forward, the major financial driver of any future merger and acquisition activity involving a television network is more likely to be based on cost reduction, rather than revenue growth
• Time per person on social networking via a smartphone up one hour
• News.com.au retained top spot in the News rankings
• International news entities increased unique audiences
• BBC increased unique audience by 16%
More than 90% of Australians aged 18+ engaged with social networking content via a smartphone during May 2017, according to latest data released today by Nielsen.
12.7 million Australians 18+ accessed a social networking site or app via a smartphone device during the month and the average time per person increased by one hour during May 2017 compared to the previous month.
The top five social networking media brands ranked by unique audience, across all devices, according to Nielsen’s research for May 2017 were:
The current events and global news sub-category was steady overall with some movement in the top 10 rankings. Five out of the top 10 increased their unique audience numbers. BBC saw a large jump in unique audience to 2.6 million (+16%) to move to seventh place, up three spots.
Major international news events during May contributed to notable increases in unique audiences to many of the international news entities.
News.com.au retained top position in with a unique audience of 5.8 million (-4%). Nine.com.au moved up from third to second place with a unique audience of 4.7 million (0.6%) and ABC News websites moved to third spot (4.6 million, -6%).
Smh.com.au (3.8 million, -7%), Daily Mail Australia (3.1 million, +5%) and The Guardian (2.9 million, +0.5%) retained their fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Yahoo 7 News moved to eighth (2.5 million, -11%), The Daily Telegraph retained its ninth position (2.4 million, +3%) and the Herald Sun moved to 10th (2.3 million, -6%).
ABC Studios International and production company Hoodlum Entertainment have signed a worldwide first look deal, cementing their existing partnership and stepping up their international development and production efforts. In this newly formed pact, ABC Studios International and Hoodlum will develop new content for the global international marketplace, including the US.
Disney Media Distribution will have international rights across all media for productions resulting from this collaboration.
This deal follows the partnership on the new drama series Harrow, which will be filmed in Australia this year. Harrow is the story of brilliant forensic pathologist Dr. Daniel Harrow, who may also be a murderer. The two companies collaborated previously on the US version of the Australian hit Secrets And Lies.
The venture will be run by ABC Studios International managing director of international content and talent, Keli Lee, based in London, Tracey Robertson, Hoodlum CEO, based out of Disney Studios at Burbank in Los Angeles and Nathan Mayfield, Hoodlum CCO, based in Brisbane.
According to Lee, “This collaboration with Hoodlum is very exciting for us as it marries us to a highly-respected content company with a track record for producing quality programs for worldwide distribution. This stems from our strong relationship with Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield at Hoodlum Entertainment.”
Photo: The cast of Hoodlum’s Secrets And Lies
Nine has overhauled its online news vertical 9news.com.au with a mobile video-first approach as the publisher seeks to grow online audiences around nine.com.au and its associated websites.
The refreshed website, which last month was read by more than 2.9 million Australians, will emphasise breaking news, video and local content.
The new-look website includes new features such as a looping video teaser at the centre of the 9news.com.au homepage to give readers a moving image view of the day’s news.
“When we looked at overhauling 9news.com.au we knew we had to put video – and in particular mobile video – at the centre of the experience,” said Josie MacRae, Nine’s Head of News – Digital.
The new 9news.com.au will also have live streaming of major news events through the top right-hand corner of the website.
“Our heritage in television and our scale as a national broadcaster are being brought to bear in the online world and will help us to define our future in the digital space.”
Nine’s Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Alex Parsons said he was confident the overhaul would help nine.com.au continue to grow new audiences and build on its market-leading reader engagement.
“In the past 12 months nine.com.au has firmly cemented its place in the top tier of Australian news websites,” said Parsons, referencing nine.com.au’s ranking as the number two commercial news.