Friday June 30 2017
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Special co-host: Nickie Scriven, CEO, Zenith
• Special guest: Nick Smith, Prestige & Lifestyle Director, News Corp Australia
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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Home and Away ended the week on 675,000 after dipping to 656,000 on Wednesday.
Viewers in NRL markets then saw World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Ship.
Melbourne viewers got The Front Bar at 8.30pm, pitching the show head-to-head with Nine’s AFL Footy Show. The Seven production is simple and cost-effective for the channel and a real counter point to Nine’s Footy Show. The show had plenty of celebrity fire power plus Fitzy behind the bar. Chris Judd was a guest as was Working Dog’s Santo Cilauro who was helping celebrate 25 years since he and Mick Molloy appeared on The Late Show in Santo The Magnificent sketches.
The Front Bar managed a Melbourne audience of 169,000 and it narrowly outrated The AFL Footy Show. The Front Bar performed well in the first 30 minutes. However, it was overtaken after 9pm by The Footy Show. Seven has tried a handful of primetime AFL programs over the years – it might have found a keeper for the earlier timeslot.
Thursday on A Current Affair featured an update on the charges laid against Cardinal George Pell and later in the show the program spoke with Noah Cyrus ahead of her appearance on The Voice. The episode did 775,000 after 884,000 on Wednesday night.
RBT screened at 7.30pm in southern markets to 270,000.
Northern markets then saw the Eels v Bulldogs NRL with 374,000 watching – 243,000 in Sydney and 131,000 in Brisbane.
The AFL Footy Show started with a Sam Newman apology and then a crack at Patrick Dangerfield after his comments about Newman and the program being irrelevant recently. Fighting with one of the most popular AFL footballers might not be a good strategy, but Newman often gets away with his comments as they are laced with a fair bit of comedy.
Highlights on the show included Damian Barrett talking with former players Barry Hall and Brent Staker over an incident in the past. Co-host Hutchy had a New York getaway between last week’s Wednesday episode and last night’s episode. The program did 164,000 in Melbourne and was beaten by The Front Bar, which had never been seen as a threat previously. Things could be different now.
The Project 7pm featured an interview with Niall Horan and also a marriage proposal in the audience. The crowd was 538,000 after 612,000 on Wednesday.
MasterChef featured an elimination challenge between the bottom four from the midweek team challenge. Sam Goodwin was the contestant eliminated and he also misses out on the trip to Japan starting on air on Sunday. The Thursday audience was a bumper 900,000 after 791,000 last week
Law & Order: SVU followed with two repeats with audiences of 377,000 and then 303,000.
As we get to the halfway mark of the year it is farewell to The Checkout. The audience of 558,000 saw the final episode of season five and a good story on the dodgy loyalty programs used to suck in consumers. The program will be back with more in 2018.
Janet King then did 477,000 after 463,000 last week.
Cleverman series two then returned with a fairly modest 151,000.
A strong night of programming returned a share of 7.0%. That is the best Thursday this year and it was also the equal third-best share on any night this year, trailing only the Eurovision Saturday and Sunday in May.
Michael Portillo visited Swindon during Great British Railway Journeys with 317,000 watching.
Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne then did 194,000.
The final episode of Filthy Rich and Homeless did 343,000 after a Tuesday launch on 354,000 and a Wednesday episode on 335,000.
A Filthy Rich And Homeless Live event then followed with issues raised in the program debated. The special had a TV audience of 352,000.
Fairfax’s future could start to become clearer in the next few days, with the first round of bids from the publisher’s private equity suitors due to be delivered Friday, reports The Australian’s Scott Murdoch.
TPG and its advisers, Credit Suisse, are thought to be in the box seat and are expected to table a bid at $1.20 a share to the Fairfax board, which values the company at $2.76 billion.
A question to be determined over the next day is whether Hellman and Friedman will come to the party and formally table its indicative offer of $1.22- $1.225 a share.
The bid at that range puts a price tag of $2.82b-$2.87b on Fairfax but there remains suspicion in the market whether the US private equity firm will deliver its offer.
There is some thought that H&F is living up to its reputation of tyre kicking, but the firm has reportedly constantly met deadlines through its internal processes.
However, it’s not thought to be in a position to table a bid by Friday.
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We have concluded that the overall evidence available to date does not provide a reasonable basis for Ofcom to conclude that, if Sky were 100% owned and controlled by Fox, it would not be a fit and proper holder of broadcast licences. Our assessment finds that Sky would remain a fit and proper licence holder in the event of the merger.
As fitness and properness is an ongoing duty, we can re-examine our position if new evidence comes to light.
Subsequently, The UK Secretary of State has said that, on the basis of Ofcom’s assessment, she is minded to refer to a Phase 2 investigation into the merger on the grounds of media plurality.
The Secretary of State added that the parties have until July 14 to make representations before she reaches a final decision.
21st Century Fox commented in a statement:
While we welcome the Secretary of State’s decision on broadcasting standards, we are disappointed that she does not accept Ofcom’s recommendation stated in its report that “…the proposed undertakings offered by Fox to maintain the editorial independence of Sky News mitigate the media plurality concerns”.
Separately, 21CF is pleased that Ofcom recognises that Sky, under full 21CF ownership, would remain a fit and proper holder of broadcast licenses.
Media reports about what this means for 21st Century Fox are mixed.
A news report in The Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch’s plans for the £11.7b takeover of Sky have been set back after the culture secretary accepted there were serious concerns over handing him and his family “increased influence over the UK news agenda and the political process”.
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However, commentary from The Guardian’s financial editor Nils Pratley noted:
Rupert Murdoch will be smiling. A possible referral of the Sky bid to the competition authorities is a setback, but the overall plot is moving perfectly satisfactorily from his point of view. Soon he may be in the familiar position of haggling over fine details, such as the future of Sky News. In a negotiation with regulators and politicians, Murdoch usually finds a way to get a deal done.
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The New York Times headline started: Major Setback for Murdoch in $15 Billion Sky Takeover.
By recommending that Britain’s competition authority carry out a further lengthy, and potentially intrusive, review over what impact the deal would have on Britain’s media landscape, the government has put increased pressure on Mr Murdoch and his family.
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The real estate advertising group (REA), controlled by News Corp, said the pre- and post-tax impairment of goodwill for the year to June 30, 2017 was due to a decline in several Asian property markets as a result of changes to government and banking regulations.
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Amber Harrison has agreed she won’t sue her previous law firm over their handling of her dispute with Channel 7 after her messy affair with boss Tim Worner, and in return she won’t pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills, reports News Corp’s Jennifer Sexton.
Harrison’s relationship with Harmers Workplace Lawyers soured over $330,000 in legal bills and a failed action before the Human Rights Commission.
Under an agreement, Harrison won’t have to pay the hefty legal bill and is prevented from taking future legal action against Harmers.
Under a previous settlement negotiated by Harmers with Seven, the network paid the law firm $50,000 in costs.
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Initial talks have resulted with Pacific deciding to outsource its sub-editing to Pagemasters.
Pacific has told editorial teams concerned about the loss of individual sub-editors for their brands that Pagemasters has a custom-built solution for Pacific, including a three-phase copy sub-editing process (first, second and third reads), with adherence to each titles’ brand guidelines.
The transition period is expect to be as long as six weeks.
A total of 22 sub-editing staff are impacted by the change, with three of them remaining with Pacific. For the remaining 19 there could be an opportunity for employment at Pagemasters or redeployment within Pacific. The remaining staff will be eligible for a redundancy package.
Pacific had no comment about the decision yesterday, although we reported last week that CEO Gereurd Roberts told staff in an internal email:
“[These] decisions have not been easy to make, and I know they will be difficult for many of you also. They are in no way a reflection of the tremendous work, commitment and care these team members have always shown.
“These changes will ensure that we continue to progress – that we have a profitable, financially secure business that is positioned to take advantage of all the opportunities that will present themselves in the future.”
With the imminent elimination of a stand-alone copy desk at The New York Times, copy editors and reporters have sent two strongly worded letters to top management voicing their concerns over the changes to the newsroom’s structure, reports the newspaper.
As part of the restructuring, management said it was replacing the current, layered system of copy editors and “backfielders” – editors who assign and work with reporters on stories – with a single group of editors that will handle all aspects of a story, including conception, sentence-level editing and fact-checking. The restructuring would eliminate the stand-alone copy desk, which includes more than 100 copy editors. Many of those editors are currently in the process of applying for roughly 50 available positions.
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Recently appointed editor of The Age, Alex Lavelle, has announced a number of new appointments this week.
Maher Mughrabi – features editor
Noel Towell – state political editor
Danie Sprague – picture editor
Hannah Francis – arts editor
Nick McKenzie – deputy investigations editor
Michael Schlechta – deputy digital editor
Aisha Dow – health reporter
Deb Cuthbertson – senior writer/Saturday COS
“Congratulations to all of them. I will announce a new state political correspondent soon. We will formally ask for expressions of interest for a new world editor and national science reporter at the start of next week.”
Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi interviews Lavelle in the new edition of Mediaweek magazine.
This enhanced suite of radio stations unveils two new Triple M digital radio stations: Triple M – Modern and Triple M – Greatest Hits. The first will deliver modern and alternative rock, alternative pop focusing on now and the 2000s with artists like Muse, Lorde, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz and Blink 182.
Meanwhile, Triple M – Greatest Hits will focus on late 60s/70s and album orientated rock with artists like Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Prince and David Bowie.
SCA will also revive the Triple M – Classic Rock station, which will focus on 70s and 80s adult rock and mainstream rock with artists like Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Skyhooks. This will take the Triple M Network to 38 stations in total across Australia.
Following the changes, the Hit Network will have 46 stations across the network. This will include Easy Hits, Buddha Hits and Oldsckool.
SCA’s chief creative officer Guy Dobson said, “Our clients will now have easier and more effective access to leading and growing digital radio audiences via SCA’s suite of Triple M and Hit radio stations.”
Seven’s broadcast of Wimbledon 2017 stars Monday and will be hosted by Todd Woodbridge with expert commentary from three-time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe, along with Rennae Stubbs, Sam Smith and Geoff Masters.
In addition, there will be commentary from a string of the biggest names in tennis via the host broadcaster BBC. Among them are John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin and Tim Henman.
Tennis fans will see the best two matches live and free each day on Channel 7, 7TWO and the 7Tennis app, along with plenty of other top matches.
During the first week the live broadcast kicks off at 8.30pm (AEST). From Day 8 to Day 11 the coverage begins at 10.00pm.
All singles and doubles finals, as well as the singles’ semifinals, will be exclusively live on Channel 7 and 7TWO.
Talk show king Alan Jones has weighed into cricket’s industrial dispute, slamming Cricket Australia for its handling of pay negotiations with players, reports Fairfax Media’s Andrew Wu.
Jones accused CA of a “money grab” and said if anyone should be unemployed after the June 30 deadline it should be the game’s administrators rather than the players.
Jones is firmly on the players’ side.
“Are these people really going to be unemployed by tomorrow? It’s laughable,” Jones told Fairfax Media.
“It’s a front-page story. It’s the biggest crisis in Australian sport. We’re the laughing stock of the world.
“If the players stick firm this mob are going to have to eat humble pie, that’s the only answer – they ought to be doing it now.
“If anyone’s going to be unemployed at 5pm, close of business, it should be a whole heap of people at Cricket Australia.”
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Seven, the PGA of Australia and Golf Australia have confirmed a new long-term agreement to broadcast the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.
The Emirates Australian Open, hosted by The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, is from November 23-26.
The following week, the Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from November 30 to December 3 and will welcome the European Tour to Australia for the co-sanctioned tournament.
Both tournaments will be broadcast live for five hours each round.
Read more at mediaweek.com.au.
See also below for details on the new Fox Sports gold deal.
TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box next week:
An authentic and re-created slum house from the Victorian era is the setting for this new reality experiment as a group of Brits try to see if they can survive the poverty and humiliation of London life in the 1850s. One participant, a professional golf player who has lost a leg, even gives up his expensive and modern artificial limb to see if he can tough it out with a crude peg leg.
This is educational, fascinating and will really make you wonder how anyone lived under these conditions from day to day, especially the children who are forced to work as hard as their parents and grandparents just so they can afford a slice of bread that night.
It always amuses me when TV hosts have to leave their show because they could “do it with their eyes shut” and need a new challenge. Darren McMullen told News Ltd that Nine “tried to lock him down” to do another series of The Voice but he walked anyway, also leaving House Husbands high and dry after he had been given a plum acting role there. Oddly, there is no mention in this latest round of publicity about The Big Music Quiz, the short-lived panel show he hosted for Seven last year.
This show, yet another overly long celebrity panel fest but without a single laugh to be had, is not a “fresh” format and I very much doubt “there is a lot of buzz about it in America”. Next!
As anticipation builds for Season 7, which will be express from the US on July 17, here is another recap special to bring you up to date. From memory, there was another special like this last year, but this one is all-new, or as all-new as you can get doing a best-of.
• Extended three-year arrangement will see more Aussie female golfers compete on the European circuit
Fox Sports has extended its partnership with the Ladies European Tour (LET) for another three years in an arrangement that will provide more opportunities to Australian female golfers.
Beginning in 2018, the exclusive partnership will see Fox Sports provide live coverage of LET events including the prestigious biennial Solheim Cup in August 2019.
As part of the partnership, Fox Sports will work with the ALPG to give up-and-coming Australian golfers the opportunity to compete in various events across the season under a sponsored entrant arrangement.
Gold Coast prospect Amy Walsh is the first beneficiary of the new partnership after being chosen to compete in the Ladies European Thailand Championship starting July 6, 2017.
The nomination will pit the 21-year-old against some of the best players in the world in only her fourth LET event.
Fox Sports director of acquisitions Rebecca McCloy said: “This is a very unique arrangement that’s part of our wider commitment to supporting niche and women’s sports. It will provide more pathways for our rising female golf stars to compete against the best in the world and help them reach their goals.”
ALPG CEO, Karen Lunn, said: “ALPG is delighted that our partnership with Fox Sports will provide our members with a unique opportunity to compete in selected events on one of the major women’s golf tours.”
New weekly print magazine Frontier Myanmar, founded just less than two years ago, made its award debut by being shortlisted in two categories in the 19th annual Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards, held in Hong Kong this month. The two categories it was shortlisted in were Excellence in Photography and Excellence in Explanatory Reporting.
On hand to accept the awards was Frontier publisher Sonny Swe, a former founding partner of the part-Australian owned Myanmar Times.
Swe’s ex-Myanmar Times partner, West Australian Bill Clough, was also present to collect gongs on the behalf of the newspaper he now mostly owns, the Phnom Penh Post.
The Post won first place in the Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues and an honourable mention for Excellence in Breaking News Reporting.
Former Phnom Penh Post staffer Byron Perry, founder and owner of Coconuts, was also on hand to collect a gong on behalf of Coconuts Yangon, which won an award for Excellence in Opinion Writing.
Photo: Bill Clough [L] with Sonny Swe at SOPA
Thai regulator The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission has given an ultimatum to companies like Google, Facebook, YouTube and Netflix that they must register their OTT services by July 22. Companies that don’t register would be permitted to keep operating but would face tough measures that would eat into their major revenue streams – measures to impose advertising or other bans are being considered.
According to The Nation, Netflix said it will meet officials early in July. No country has regulated its OTT services yet and if Thai does so it will become a world first according to Thai law firm founder Paiboon Amonpinyokeat.
Malaysia-based online real estate portal The Edge Property has secured US$4 million (A$5.3m) from several prominent regional angel investors. In a press release, Bernard Tong, managing director of The Edge Property Singapore, said, “The fresh capital will allow us to expand our reach and optimise our first-to-market features.”
The Edge Property was launched by Malaysian entrepreneur Tong Kooi Ong in July 2015, and the company claims that it has grown from 50,000 users per month since then to 600,000 today in Malaysia and Singapore. In terms of market share, The Edge Property is number two in Singapore and number three in Malaysia. The site is part of The Edge media group, which includes business and financial news site The Edge Markets, plus print publications The Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Singapore, among others.
Turner Asia Pacific’s investment in Pops Worldwide this month sees Turner taking a significant minority stake in the leading Vietnamese digital media and creator network. Turner said the investment enables it to participate in “the rapid growth of one of Asia’s most successful digital entertainment companies”, further extending its existing partnership with Pops.
In April 2016 Turner’s Boomerang brand launched in Vietnam on Pops Kids non-linear platforms with international animations dubbed in Vietnamese. It is expected that Pops will now look at creating more adult content.
SPH Radio’s Kiss92 regained its position as Singapore’s #1 English music station based on percentage share of listenership, according to the latest Nielsen radio survey results. Kiss92’s cumulative listenership also saw the biggest leap among all English radio stations, from 567,000 to 661,000.
SPH Radio’s only Mandarin station UFM100.3 also saw a leap in listenership to 422,000, while its other English station ONE FM 91.3’s listenership remained stable at 255,000. SPH Radio operates three radio stations, ONE FM 91.3, UFM 100.3 and Kiss92, and in March this year it was awarded another two new frequencies to operate. The two new stations – a financial station and a station for active seniors – will be launched by the end of this year.
For the fifth consecutive year, eight out of the 10 most-listened-to radio stations in Singapore are from Mediacorp. Its Chinese stations, Love 972, Yes 933 and Capital 958, are the top three most-listened-to stations in Singapore with listenership of 19.9%, 19.3% and 18.4% respectively.
The latest GfK Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) survey reveals that Astro Radio remains the most popular radio network in Malaysia, with 15.6 million listeners every week accumulatively through its nine brands. Astro Radio CEO Jake Abdullah added that the company has gained over 13.4 million social media fans, and their posts reach over 6.7 million people daily. Astro’s nine radio station websites are visited by 7.6 million Malaysians on a monthly basis, and its digital listenership recorded over 17 million streaming sessions.
The Straits Times and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) held a conference and workshops in Singapore, proposing to fight fake news. Members of the Asia News Network, a regional alliance of 22 media organisations, attended the two-day gabfest titled Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media.
Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily will dismiss employees and rehire them as freelancers, following similar moves in Taiwan. According to the Hong Kong Free Press, the Next Media Trade Union said staff from Apple Daily’s supplement, entertainment, graphics, sport and finance sections would be affected. Several Apple Daily departments have been told to establish separate companies and the newspaper would then subcontract work to them. Earlier in June, parent company Next Digital posted losses of almost HK$394 million (A$67m) for the financial year ending March, up HK$70m from the losses of the same period the year before.
• In Malaysia, Astro’s digital marketing arm Blaze Digital was launched on June 21, providing digital solutions for marketers for Astro’s 21 digital media properties as well as 11 independent digital publications.
• Chinese video streaming platform, Baidu-subsidiary iQiyi, has paid US$61.8m (A$81.4m) for exclusive rights to the small-screen adaptation of the record-breaking blockbuster hit of 2016 The Mermaid.
• The explosive surge in social media use in Korea is subsiding, possibly due to a sense of fatigue over excessive information. According to Nielsen KoreanClick, users of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Kakao Story are decreasing this year. In May, monthly active users of Facebook were down 13.1% from the previous year, Kakao Story’s figures were down 17.7% and Twitter was down 10%.
• Singapore-based film and TV producer mm2 Asia has obtained in-principle approval from the Singapore Exchange to transfer the company’s listing from the Catalist Board to the SGX Mainboard. The company bought Village Cinemas’ stake in a chain of Singaporean cinemas.
Rural NSW radio announcer quits gig, hits the backpacker trail, lobs in London, knocks on doors looking for work, lands a job with a cable TV news network that’s on its way to become the world’s news leader, and the rest is history.
At least, that’s part of the history of former Sydney-sider Gregg Creevey, now managing director of Singapore-based pay-TV channel distributor Multi Channels Asia (MCA), a company he founded in January 2008.
“I started in Sydney as an office boy at 2UE and became a panel operator on different shows with the goal of getting on air,” he told Mediaweek.
He moved to 3UL Warragul in Victoria, and in 1980 became radio announcer at 2TM/92.9 Tamworth, where he put in a seven-year stint until wanderlust struck in 1987.
“I hit the backpacker trail and decided to stay in London because pay TV was just starting,” he said. “TV in the UK was then heavily regulated, and in Australia we had a commercial skill set that I thought might be useful. So I knocked on doors for about a year before opportunity arose with CNN.”
Creevey signed on with CNN International in March 1988, working in a small office with a small team of about 10 enthusiastic people. Over a period nearing half a decade in London, he worked up to the position of manager, special projects.
Then Asia called and, continuing with Turner Broadcasting and CNN, Creevey worked the Asia-Pacific beat for a further 11 years, holding the positions of vice president sales and marketing, and then senior vice president.
“I worked for almost five years in London. Then CNN wanted to expand into APAC and wanted me to go to Asia and open up new markets in places such as Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore,” he says. “Opening up new markets for CNN was a wonderful highlight of my career.”
Part of Creevey’s remit was to implement CNN’s distribution strategy in Asia, taking in cable, satellite and hotels. He set up a distribution sales office in Singapore, spearheaded a dedicated CNN service in Japan, launched CNN as the first licensed foreign retransmission cable channel in Korea, spearheaded the first mobile content deals for Cartoon Network in Asia, and launched TCM and Boomerang as dedicated 24-hour channels.
Time came for a change, and Creevey quit CNN for CNBC, when it was a joint venture between Dow Jones and NBC.
“I moved from CNN where I’d gone as far as I could,” he says. “I wanted to stay in Asia and do something a bit different and CNBC offered that.”
Creevey joined CNBC Asia Pacific in July 2004 as senior vice president of distribution and channel strategy. He oversaw subscription sales of the company’s networks for distribution within APAC, established mobile and syndication strategies and oversaw CNBC’s distribution of the MGM channel.
But less than two years later, in March 2006, he quit CNBC.
“I developed an entrepreneurial bug and wanted to strike out on my own,” he says. “I did some development work with Asia Broadcast Networks, working on some projects in Indonesia, and then early in 2008 I started MCA. I started off working it myself and brought William Kelly into the picture.”
Kelly, originally a banker in Ireland and then Tokyo, is the company’s US managing director. He’s been involved in several TV network launches which in some ways parallel Creevey’s work, including in-country launches of CNN International, CNBC Japan and India, Cartoon Network Japan, Television Korea 24 in the US.
The two appear to be a good mix and MCA has grown in strength since its inception nine years ago.
Multi Channels Asia is the region’s largest distributer of third-party channels, representing and distributing Asia Travel Channel, Bloomberg Television, Concert TV, Stingray Music, Stingray Karaoke, ITV Choice, NDTV 24 X 7, NDTV Profit, NDTV Good Times, NDTV India, Havoc TV, Motorvision, Ginx, 3D The Channel and Moshcam.
Creevey also noted, “In 2010 we started our own channel, Outdoor Channel, which is in 10 million households in 16 countries.”
As for where business is at now, he says, “Pay TV, as big as it is, has probably peaked, but I still see a function in terms of being a premium provider of services.”
In 2013 Creevey announced that he was also exploring the potential of OTT, but since then he’s backed off.
“OTT is ordained as the next big thing,” he says. “It’s like a gold rush but I don’t know anybody who is making any money. We looked at it, but decided it’s like opening a coffee shop.”