Thursday May 18 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Nicolas Chu, CEO, Sinorbis
• Kerrie McCallum, editor-in-chief, delicious.
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.1%||7||23.9%||9||13.6%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||4.2%|
|ABC ME||1.1%||7mate||4.7%||GEM||5.1%||ONE||3.3%||Food Net||1.1%|
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Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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A quick glance at the OzTAM shares tells us Seven again ranked #1 in both primary channel and combined channel shares.
But scratch below the surface and a slightly more complicated picture emerges.
Seven’s only all people timeslot winner early in primetime was Seven News across the network hour before Aussie Property Flippers ranked #1 for part of its time on-air.
Nine was only 0.3 of a point from third place yet A Current Affair was a winner at 7pm before Britain’s Got Talent ranked #1 for part of its broadcast closer to 10pm.
TEN’s MasterChef was the big winner with a commanding lead after it started at 7.30pm all people plus leadership in all key demos.
The ABC got a piece of the action too with The Weekly a winner with under 600,000 for part of its broadcast.
For the third consecutive night Home and Away has made it over 700,000.
House Rules saw work continue on this week’s reno on the home of Troy and Bec with plenty of tension on site. The midweek episode did 807,000, growing week-on-week from 751,000.
The Aussie Property Flippers did 525,000, which was up on 423,000 a week prior.
A Current Affair featured a dodgy builder, a drug king and the queen of slow cooking. The audience was on 861,000 with tonight’s episode promising all the details from the Kelly Landry v Anthony Bell court ruling.
The Last Resort was again under 400,000, which might mean it could swap places with Britain’s Got Talent maybe.
BGT did lift the Nine audience from under 400,000 to just short of half a million with its finish after 10pm.
Robotics, beer and then Megan Gale kept The Project 7pm audience of 644,000 entertained.
The relay challenge on MasterChef was seen by 958,000, which was the best midweek audience this season. Tonight one of five will be sent home.
This Is Us did 456,000, which is bang on what OzTAM reported for the US drama last week.
Ray Martin popped up on the channel as the special guest of Anh’s Brush With Fame with 623,000, down a little on 642,000 last week.
The Weekly With Charlie Pickering managed to rank #1 for part of the slot with 592,000, close to last week’s 608,000.
You Can’t Ask That did 434,000 and then The Warriors did 195,000.
Michael Portillo had a night off with another traveler, Tony Robinson, the top attraction. Episode three of Robinson’s Coast To Coast did 282,000.
The return of a new season of Fargo attracted an average of 167,000 across two episodes.
The late late screening of The Young Pope did 69,000.
Fairfax Media has revealed on the evening of May 17 it received an indicative, preliminary and non-binding proposal on behalf of funds affiliated with Hellman & Friedman LLC (together with affiliates, Hellman & Friedman) to acquire 100% of the shares in Fairfax (on a fully diluted basis) at a price between $1.225 to $1.250 per share, with all consideration being in cash. The proposal assumes no dividends are paid by Fairfax from the date of the proposal to completion (H&F Indicative Proposal).
The second proposal follows the revised, indicative, preliminary and non-binding proposal from the TPG Consortium to acquire 100% of the shares in Fairfax (on a fully diluted basis) at a price of $1.20 per share.
The Fairfax Board has considered both proposals and determined they will invite both Hellman & Friedman and the TPG Consortium to conduct due diligence in order to establish whether an acceptable binding transaction can be agreed.
Commenting on the proposals, Fairfax’s chairman Nick Falloon said: “The Fairfax Board appreciates the support shareholders have demonstrated for Fairfax’s current strategy and the potential separation of the Domain Group. We have carefully considered the indicative proposals and believe it is in the best interests of shareholders to grant both parties due diligence to explore whether a potential whole of company proposal is available.”
The proposals are subject to various conditions, including due diligence, Fairfax shareholder approval, and obtaining requisite regulatory approvals, including Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and New Zealand Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval.
US equity firm Hellman & Friedman is chaired by former Fairfax Media chairman Brian Powers. He is also a former chairman and MD of Consolidated Press in Australia.
A Senate Committee could summons TPG Capital to talk about how it would manage Fairfax Media after the private equity firm refused an invitation to discuss its $2.76 billion proposal to buy the company, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The Senate Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism, chaired by Labor’s Sam Dastyari and including Scott Ludlam and Nick Xenophon, had invited the TPG consortium to give evidence to the hearings, which began on Wednesday.
The trio of Senators all believed Foreign Investment Review Board and Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison would have an important role in any potential sale of Fairfax to a foreign buyer, such as TPG, and should consider what measures can be taken to protect journalism.
“The real question becomes, ‘what kind of assurances can be placed around it?’ The treasurer has extraordinary powers under the Foreign Investment Review Board procedures,” Senator Dastyari said.
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Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood has accused the ABC of spending taxpayer dollars to drive search engine traffic to its sites in a move that undermines traditional media companies and boosts the digital duopoly of Facebook and Google, reports The Australian’s Mitchell Bingemann.
His comments follow The Australian on Monday revealing that the ABC was last week outbidding commercial news organisations in ad auctions operated by AdWords, Google’s powerful ad-selling software.
Hywood also took aim at the digital duopoly of Google and Facebook, which he said continued to “hoover up” dollars from the online ad market.
Hywood’s attack on the ABC came amid a 90-minute grilling by senators during which he was asked about his total pay packet for the last financial year.
It has been reported he received in excess of $7 million. He described those reports as “media speculation”.
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It’s shaping up as a blockbuster few weeks for Fairfax’s man of the moment, Antony Catalano, reports The Australian’s Margin Call columnist Christine Lacy.
As a top 20 Fairfax shareholder, “The Cat’s” Kirant Investments has 5.2 million shares that are worth $6.25 million at private equiteer Joel Thickins’ $1.20-a-share, or $2.8 billion, bid price.
If the offer improved to $1.30, Catalano’s stock would net him $6.75m.
[Lacy also writes on Hywood’s salary which was the subject as several questions at the Wednesday Senate Committee hearing]
A notice filed by Fairfax on August 30 last year sets it out: Fairfax bought 8 million options from Hywood, at 35c a pop. Resort to a calculator and it shows that that’s $2.8m. On top of the $1.6m cash disclosed in the Fairfax annual report, that’s $4.4m.
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The Australian government is among a group of high-spending advertisers set to be refunded by Facebook for the overstatement of ad metrics, amid mounting anger over a series of discrepancies, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
The social network found itself on the defensive yesterday as executives contacted top ad-buyers to tell them that their clients were affected by an error that inflated clicks to their websites via a video carousel ad format.
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A year ago, two former Fairfax journalists used their redundancy payments to start Crinkling News, reports Ursula Malone at ABC News.
The new kid on the media block bucked the digital trend, embracing good old-fashioned newsprint.
“We thought it was really important that kids are able to have their own newspaper, to open it up and read it over the breakfast table with their parents,” Crinkling editor Saffron Howden said.
One year on, Crinkling News is posted out weekly to 800 schools and has 30,000 readers.
The newspaper launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $200,000 by Thursday morning to keep the presses rolling.
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The publishers passed their $200,000 goal this morning with a few hours left before their deadline.
A total of 16.78 million Australians, or 91% of the population, read news media in any form, with print slightly ahead as the preferred platform, at 13.3 million people or 72% of the population.
Metro newspapers were read by 11.12 million people, or 60% of consumers, in the same period. Regional and community news brands were read by a total of 7.1 million people, or 39% of the population, with regional newspapers read by 3.2 million people (or 18% aged 14+), while community newspapers were read by 4.1 million (or 22% aged 14+).
The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s highest-reaching title across all platforms with 5.37 million readers. The Daily Telegraph followed, reaching 4.73 million readers and the Herald Sun on 4.37 million (see table below).
The Herald Sun’s status as Australia’s No.1 newspaper has been confirmed with new figures showing weekday readership is on the rise while our print and digital audience is also growing, reports the Melbourne daily.
Data released today shows the Herald Sun’s Monday to Friday print edition readership increased by 0.6% over the past 12 months, with almost 1.3 million people picking up a copy every day.
Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said the results confirmed appetite for the newspaper’s breaking news, sport and analysis was stronger than ever.
“When news breaks in Victoria more readers are turning to the pages of the Herald Sun and going to heraldsun.com.au to ensure they are the first to know,” he said.
Continuing investment in print is delivering positive results for The Australian’s weekday readership as Facebook struggles to purge fake news and consumers turn to trusted news sources, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
The Australian’s year-on-year readership ticked up 3.4% for its Monday-to-Friday editions.
Weekday print readership at the masthead reached 480,000 in March, according to the latest official Enhanced Media Metric Australia statistics.
The fastest-growing section of The Australian is Business Review, up 9.7% year on year to 124,000 readers.
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Foxtel has confirmed The Real Housewives of Melbourne is set to return for a fourth season. The series will introduce two new glamorous Housewives Venus Behbahani-Clark and Sally Bloomfield to screens.
Behbahani-Clark is a 35-year-old married mother of two. She is Persian-born, grew up in Italy and migrated to Australia in the 80s. She is a lawyer and currently working on her line of contouring cosmetics. Behbahani-Clark and her husband James own property in Melbourne, Dubai and Lake Como.
Bloomfield is a 51-year-old widow and mother of two. She owns a homewares store Bloomfield and Webber in Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula and a boutique hotel in Bali which she is now in the process of renovating. Bloomfield is set to launch her accessories range Bloomfield, focusing on sunglasses and handbags, later this year.
The 10-part one-hour series is produced by Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Television Production, in conjunction with Foxtel, The Real Housewives of Melbourne is the first Australian instalment of the world’s number-one lifestyle reality franchise and will air on Foxtel’s Arena channel at a date to be announced.
The eight-episode season, created by, written by, and starring Pacquola and McGregor, will premiere later this year both in the US on SundanceTV and in Australia on ABC. The series will also be streamed on SundanceNow in the US and Canada and ABC iview in Australia after its linear run.
With the continued support of the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania and the Victorian Government through Film Victoria, Rosehaven will shoot in and around Hobart and the Huon Valley. Post production will again take place in Victoria.
The series is a What Horse?/Guesswork Television production. Created and written by Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor. Directed by Jonathan Brough and Shaun Wilson. Produced by Andrew Walker. Co-Producer Fiona McConaghy. Executive producer Kevin Whyte. ABC executive producers Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh.
Senior Wallabies have intervened in Australian rugby’s ongoing drama after voting to call an ARU special general meeting as the Super Rugby saga continues to haunt the game, reports Fairfax Media’s Chris Dutton.
The Rebels and the Force are still on the Super Rugby chopping block as the ARU decides which franchise to jettison from the competition next year.
Super Rugby will be reduced from 18 to 15 teams next year and the ARU has agreed to cut one Australian team.
The drawn-out process has adversely affected rugby union on and off the field in Australia this year, with the five Australian franchises winning a combined 13 of 51 games so far this season.
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The Seven Network has secured the Australian broadcast rights to this year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup.
Under the terms of the deal, in a first for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, the Seven Network will broadcast all 12 matches of the tournament on free-to-air television and also stream all 12 matches live across the “screens of Seven”.
The Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 will culminate in the final on December 2 2017 in Brisbane, where history will be created when both the men’s and women’s finals are played on the same day, on the same stage with the Seven Network broadcasting the double-header live and free across Australia.
In July 2016 the Seven Network announced it had secured the all-encompassing broadcast rights to the men’s Rugby League World Cup 2017.
Saul Shtein, Seven’s head of sport, said: “We are delighted to be Australia’s home of international rugby league in 2017 with the Seven Network to broadcast all 40 games of the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups.
“We are looking forward to committing our network to both the coverage and promotion of women’s Rugby League across the screens of Seven, with a dedicated live channel for all the Australian Jillaroos games throughout the tournament as they seek to claim the title of 2017 World Cup winners.
“It will be a great event and, in a tournament first, Seven will cover all matches of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup on television and also live-stream.”
Brett Kimmorley has been so strong for so long, but his pain is obvious, reports news.com.au.
The former NRL star’s wife Sharnie died in March aged 38 following an eight-month battle with brain cancer.
Her passing has left Kimmorley as the sole parent to four daughters: Maddi, Mia, Ava and Ivy.
This week round 11 in the NRL doubles as “Beanies for Brain Cancer” round, which aims to raise money and awareness about the disease. All proceeds will go the Mark Hughes Foundation, set up by former Newcastle fullback Mark Hughes, who beat brain cancer.
Speaking on Fox Sports program League Life, Kimmorley said he feels “very empty” when he wakes up but is determined to help others going through difficult times. It was clear from his very first answer of the night the 40-year-old was struggling. His voice was cracking and he was doing his best to hold back the tears.
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A TV series that hasn’t been made available yet in Australia ranks at #2 on the Digital Originals charts in Australia and New Zealand this week.
The Hulu-commissioned series The Handmaid’s Tale launched on the US TV platform last month and is being much talked about in Australia and New Zealand before it reaches a broadcaster or TV platform in Australia. The series appears on our TV charts supplied by Parrot Analytics as the chart not only measures people watching via a Hulu subscription or via illegal download, but also people reading about shows, sharing information about shows and talking about shows.
The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why continues to dominate both Digital Original charts by a big margin.
The controversial Netflix drama also leads both Overall TV Show charts with Amazon’s American Gods one of the recent arrivals. Just this week Amazon renewed the drama for a second series.
TV presenter, author and co-Founder and CEO of Swiish.com Sally Obermeder received the Readers’ Choice award at the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards last night at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.
Returning as the host again for the awards was Seven’s Melissa Doyle.
Obermeder accepted the trophy at a red-carpet event before an audience of more than 280 guests, media and industry. She thanked InStyle readers for voting for her and their ongoing support of her work as co-host of Seven’s The Daily Edition, her lifestyle website, her successful cookbooks, and her brand of super green superfood powder and ready-to-blend smoothies.
Nicole Warne, better known by her globally renowned alias, Gary Pepper Girl, secured the Fashion award, while Ella Havelka, the first indigenous dancer in The Australian Ballet’s 55-year history, secured the Arts & Culture award.
Amna Karra-Hassan, founder and president of AFL Sydney women’s team, the Auburn Giants, secured the Sport category award and Dr Susan Carland was awarded the Charity & Community accolade for her ongoing research and public influence on matters concerning gender equality.
Other winners included: Filmmaker Rachel Perkins (Entertainment), Fashion Illustrator Megan Hess (Lifestyle), and microbiologist Dr Dharmica Mistry, who is at the frontline of developing more accurate methods of breast cancer detection (Science).
Guests at the red-carpet award ceremony included: Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Jodhi Meares, Jess Gomes, Layne Beachley & Kirk Pengilly, Jesinta Franklin, Sally Obermeder, Marta Dusseldorp, Michelle Bridges & Steve Willis, Jessica Rowe, Lindy Klim & Adam Ellis, Elyse Taylor, Pip Edwards, Terry Biviano, Juanita Phillips, Dion Lee, Kylie Gillies, Angela Bishop, Julia Zaetta, Anna Heinrich and Carla Zampatti.
Hosting the event and working the room to make sure their guests were having a good time were Pacific CEO Gereurd Roberts, general manager of fashion, beauty and health at Pacific Jackie Frank, InStyle editor Emily Taylor and Pacific commercial director Prue Cox.
Seven West Media executives lending their support were commercial director Bruce McWilliam and director of corporate affairs Simon Francis.
Key media covering the event included The Australian’s Darren Davidson and Stephen Brooke and Private Sydney columnist at Fairfax Andrew Hornery.
Guest presenter for part one of the awards was the Australian editor of the US edition of InStyle Laura Brown.
Guests left the event wheeling away the InStyle goodie bag with the 180-page InStyle Australia June edition, on sale today, with full coverage of all the winners.
• Think TV ROI study delivered to advertisers and agencies at Melbourne breakfast event
A $1 million research study has shown that TV creates the biggest return on investment for automotive brands in Australia, almost twice as much as the nearest competitor, radio, and almost three times as much as the next, search.
The research was unveiled to auto industry marketers and media agencies at an event in Melbourne on Thursday morning.
Speaking before the event, Think TV CEO Kim Portrate said the TV industry marketing body chose Melbourne because it is home to many of the major auto groups.
The second wave of the “Payback Australia” study by Ebiquity, a leading, independent marketing analytics firm, found that every dollar invested in TV advertising generated a sales return of $8.90, easily beating every other media including social, online display and out-of-home.
Ebiquity was given access to three years of raw sales and campaign data by four automotive advertisers, from small spenders to the very largest. Collectively these four brands spend more than $150 million on advertising per annum. The results of Ebiquity’s econometric modelling research provide unprecedented quantitative insights into the effectiveness of the local automotive category’s $700 million-plus annual media spend.
“The study highlights the power of advertising in the automotive sector, with all major forms of media delivering a positive return on investment. Leading the way on ROI was TV,” said Richard Basil-Jones, managing director of Ebiquity – Asia Pacific. “Radio also drives a strong ROI of $5, though investment is much lower down the diminishing returns curve than TV.
“With over $700m invested in advertising in 2016, it is a crucial growth lever for the car manufacturers. When the marketing world is placing greater focus on business outcomes, this extensive econometric modelling for the auto category has proven how critical TV is within the media mix. When it comes to the Australian automotive sector, TV is a critical factor in driving sales.”
Basil-Jones added the total value of new car sales in 2016 was close to $41b.
He also presented data that indicated that while TV attracts 53% of auto ad spend, it contributes to 81% of auto sales.
Kim Portrate, chief executive of ThinkTV, said: “Marketers need to create growth in tough conditions and media continues to be a significant contributor to sales. Ebiquity’s findings show this to be true in the automotive sector with media contributing 12% to sales of new cars, which was even more significant than the 3% uplift identified for FMCG brands in the first phase of Payback Study released late last year. Media also plays a greater role than short-term price promotions in the automotive sector, contributing twice as much revenue.”
The Chaser and The Checkout’s Craig Reucassel joins Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi this week to talk about the media headlines doing the rounds and his new show War on Waste.