Monday May 29 2017
Mediaweek this week celebrates 300 episodes of the Two Blokes Talking Tech podcast hosted by Trevor Long and Stephen Fenech.
The two tech gurus originally came together on a Mediaweek tech podcast seven years ago. Since then they have podcasted as Two Blokes from all around the world. They still have their own podcasts each week too.
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Friday Top 10
Saturday Top 10
Seven has started the new week with a win with the smallest possible primary channel margin ahead of Nine.
A big House Rules audience was key to Seven’s performance. Seven was also the winner in combined channel share.
Nine was breathing down Seven’s neck in both measures and the broadcaster has claimed top spot 18-49 and 25-54 for its primary channel.
Two repeat episodes of Modern Family weren’t good news for TEN’s MasterChef, which saw the numbers down significantly week-on-week.
House Rules posted a big Sunday audience of 1.18m after 1.04m a week ago. The show revealed the makeover of the home belonging to Sean and Ella and it was a tight leader board with the judges marking the teams more evenly than usual.
Sunday Night was down over 200,000 week-on-week to 645,000 for a special investigation of the McCulkin triple murder.
Later in the night The Suspects: True Australian Thrillers did 416,000 after 404,000 a week ago.
The Voice had to settle for second place behind Seven’s renovators. The Sunday episode and the first of the battles was up from 1.06m to 1.07m week-on-week. Singers facing off for a spot in the live finals included Sally v Bojesse and Spencer v Russ.
60 Minutes was a clear winner later in the evening on 841,000 even if it couldn’t get close to last week’s 928,000. Liz Hayes reported on Nine’s Hamish and Andy ahead of the launch of their new series True Stories.
The channel started primetime with 287,000 watching Family Feud Sunday after 298,000 a week ago.
Two repeat episodes of Modern Family did 320,000 and then 395,000. A new episode last week pushed above 530,000.
The repeats weren’t good news for MasterChef and, despite the presence of Thai cooking master David Thompson, the episode was down from 839,000 to 737,000 week-on-week. The show remains competitive in the demos though. Home cooks performing well at different parts of the episode included Karlie and then Callan.
US drama Bull was steady just under 450,000 again this week.
Coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix followed with a five city audience of 280,000 with 199,000 of them along the east coast on TEN and the remainder watching on ONE.
Doctor Who managed to keep 420,000 of the news audience.
Grantchester pushed back above 600,000 after 596,000 last week.
DCI Banks was on 388,000 after 362,000 a week ago.
Italy’s Invisible Cities grew week-on-week with 334,000 after 325,000 a week ago.
Two episodes of The Story Of God followed with an improved average of 192,000 after launching with 180,000 last week.
The media – so loathed by Schapelle Corby during her dark days in jail – got its comeuppance on Saturday, with the convicted drug smuggler hoodwinking it to the end with a canny flight swap, reports Fairfax Media’s Jewel Topsfield.
Corby had been booked on Virgin flight VA46 – a photo of her boarding pass, seat 1A, was even circulated on social media.
But at the bitter end she boarded a marginally earlier Malindo flight to Brisbane, leaving a plane full of miffed photographers on the Virgin flight.
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News Corp reports on the Brisbane arrival Sunday morning:
Schapelle Corby has arrived back in Australia, but she is yet to be sighted with her security team taking media on a wild-goose chase.
Corby was on a Malindo flight from Bali, which landed in Brisbane shortly before its expected 5.40am AEST arrival time.
Passengers had to wait on board while Corby and her sister Mercedes were escorted from the plane and into a waiting convoy of at least nine black vans.
To avoid the following media, the vans split off into different directions, with one heading to the Sofitel hotel in Brisbane, while another part of the convoy stopped at a roadside service centre, up alongside a KFC, and a third contingent continued south.
It appears Corby was part of the convoy which arrived at the Sofitel, where she is believed to have remained.
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Award-winning actor Aaron Jeffery, winner of two Logies, will play the Chopper. Australian film and television legend and two-time Logie Award-winner Michael Caton will play Chopper’s father, Keith.
New Zealand-born Jeffery is best known for roles in hit Australian dramas Wentworth, McLeod’s Daughters and Water Rats as well as Kiwi drama Outrageous Fortune. Jeffery is no stranger to the Underbelly series after portraying Frank “Tink” O’Rourke in Underbelly: Badness and Geoff Leyland in Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away.
Caton has starred in some of Australia’s most successful television productions during his 48-year career. He became a household name in the 70s for roles in The Sullivans, Cop Shop and Homicide. Caton’s portrayal of the loveable Darryl Kerrigan in the cult feature film The Castle made him an Australian hero.
“Underbelly redefined Australian drama when it first exploded onto our screens in 2008,” said Nine Network co-heads of drama Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney.
“Now after a four-year break, it’s back with the riveting untold story of Australia’s most notorious and audacious gangster. This is Chopper as you’ve never seen him before, and who better to portray this larger-than-life criminal than multiple Logie and AACTA award-winner Aaron Jeffery, with the outstanding Michael Caton as his father Keith?”
Underbelly Files: Chopper will be produced by the makers of Underbelly, Screentime, for Nine.
Production of the miniseries starts in Melbourne in July.
I find the combination of interviewing and the live radio environment interesting and exhilarating. I love the variety that comes with being a journalist. Monday kicks off nice and early with an appearance on Seven Network’s Sunrise talking about the hot topics of the day for Newsfeed, a segment hosted by Kochie. I’ve been a regular contributor on the show for the last four years. After that, I head to ARN and anchor drive news for KIIS 1065 and WSFM 101.7.
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SEN’s Tim Watson floated the idea during the week that Eddie McGuire was set to return to Channel 9’s stalwart sports program in 2018 and that his production company, McGuire Media, would be part of the deal, producing the show, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
However, industry sources quickly dismissed the suggestion on Saturday, saying there was no way McGuire would be part of the show’s lineup next year and that the show would continue to be produced by Nine’s in-house team.
McGuire dismissed the rumour on Friday, along with inquiries about his contract, with a blanket “No”.
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EON sports, the digital 24-7 sports radio network once backed by celebrity agent Glenn Wheatley, revealed on Friday that cost issues had necessitated an abrupt change of programming, reports Fairfax Media’s Jon Pierik.
The network had been under considerable financial strain for some time and despite a change in ownership – Wheatley left the business months ago – it was unable to secure enough sponsorship to continue local programming.
Hosts found out about the changes while on air on Friday.
EON had several prominent hosts, including former netballer Bianca Chatfield (who left months ago over payment issues), former Socceroo Josh Kennedy, racing identity Richie Callander and broadcasters Dan Lonergan and Cam Luke.
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The nation’s media industry leaders are launching a fresh offensive to persuade crossbench senators to back the government’s media reform bill, with a last-ditch plea to pass the package in full at a specially convened media summit, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
A summit in Canberra on Wednesday will see more than 25 top executives stage a public plea for reform in an unprecedented show of support in the name of lifting growth and countering Facebook and Google’s dominance.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield will also deliver speeches. Speakers include News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller, Seven West Media chief Tim Worner, Fairfax Media chief Greg Hywood, Foxtel chief Peter Tonagh and Macquarie Media executive Adam Lang.
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Australian creative and influencer Margaret Zhang is the cover star for the June issue which was shot by leading fashion photographer Georges Antoni at sunset on Sydney’s Bondi Beach using iPhone 7 Plus in Portrait mode.
Justine Cullen, editor-in-chief of Elle Australia, said: “Since launch, Elle Australia has always been the place where fashion meets pop culture and innovation, and nowhere is that junction more apparent than with this beautiful cover. Our phones these days are not only the truly ‘must-have’ accessory, they’re also an extension of who we are. We are thrilled to bring this Australian first to life.”
Fiona Legdin, general manager, fashion, health and beauty at Bauer Media, added: “The iPhone 7 cover is the latest publishing advance from Elle Australia. Whether it’s creating innovative commercial executions or developing our own unique ways to excite and connect with our audience, Elle continues to lead the market.”
The June issue of Elle Australia goes on sale today.
The AMAA board of directors has welcomed Chris Nolan (pictured), COO of Publicis Media Australia & New Zealand, to the role of chair. Nolan has served on the board for more than 18 months, representing advertising and media agencies.
Nolan’s appointment to the role of chair endorses the AMAA’s focus on accountability and transparency across the industry. Nolan has more than 25 years’ experience in the media, advertising and communications industry, with previous senior roles within Publicis Media and formerly Mitchell & Partners, Stadia Media and Prime Television.
Also joining the board in the last month are Lyndall Campher from L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand, and Ashley Earnshaw from Carat Australia.
In welcoming the new chair and new directors, AMAA chief executive officer Josanne Ryan commented: “It’s important for the AMAA board to effectively represent the industry as the body continues extending its focus towards accountability and transparency in the current market. The high level of experience and knowledge the new board members bring ensures the AMAA is better positioned to support all members, including agencies, publishers and clients, in an increasingly complex ad trading marketplace.”
McGrath joins Deloitte from Network Ten where he has been Chief Brand Officer for the past four years. He brings to Deloitte a 25-year career as one of Australia’s leading advertising, digital media and communications professionals.
Deloitte CEO Cindy Hook said, “We are delighted to have Matt join our team and look forward to him bringing his extensive leadership and experience to enhancing Deloitte’s brand, creative and marketing strategies.”
Matt McGrath commented, “Deloitte is a much respected global brand and the calibre of talent, capabilities and thinking it has make this an incredible opportunity for me.
“One of the things that convinced me to join Deloitte is its capability in digital. It is far beyond anything I have seen in a marketing services agency or advertising group in terms of IP and true capability to change businesses.”
McGrath will become a partner of the firm and report to Peter Forrester, Deloitte’s Managing Partner for Markets and a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Since iconic duo Hamish and Andy announced that this would be their last year on radio, there has been plenty of talk about their potential replacements, report Kristy Symonds and Amy Price in The Courier-Mail.
Much of the gossip has revolved around the pairing of current hit105 breakfast presenter Abby Coleman and Triple M’s Ed Kavalee.
The Brisbane-based duo are longtime friends and Abby has often joined Ed on Channel 10’s Have You Been Paying Attention?
However, a reliable radio insider recently informed us it is unlikely to go ahead, with executives chasing a “more high profile” pairing.
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Meanwhile Nui Te Koha reports in the Herald Sun:
Andy Lee has revealed he almost died after having the life-threatening condition, epiglottitis, as a baby.
The condition occurs when tissue protecting the windpipe becomes inflamed and blocks air to the lungs.
Lee’s parents, Michael and Margaret, said they “nearly lost” Andy when he was aged one.
“He had epiglottitis,” Michael told Nine’s 60 Minutes last night.
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ARN’s Melbourne station KIIS 101.1 and the Chapel Street Precinct have partnered for a new campaign, in which they will give away $100,000. The campaign called the “$100,000 Life Upgrade” was launched on Matt & Meshel last Friday. The competition will run over the next six weeks with one listener winning the six-figure sum to spend on Chapel Street. The street located in Melbourne CBD will also have a Snap Chap Crew between 10am and 9pm each weekend, giving additional wildcard entrants the chance to win.
Ten Network is poised to snatch A-League and Socceroos matches from SBS if no more bidders come forward before a formal deadline this week, dealing a blow to the ABC’s hopes of gaining the television rights, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
While Football Federation Australia and its adviser Adara Partner held talks with the ABC, it’s understood soccer administrators will knock back the public broadcaster’s bid.
It’s believed Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment Company, and SBS have not yet lodged an official bid with the FFA. The deadline falls on Wednesday.
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Telstra has signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Fox Sports to help centralise production of live sports television coverage across 29 Australian stadiums to bases in Sydney and Melbourne, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The new partnership, to be announced on Monday, will see the lion’s share of production work shift to two new remote production hubs in Sydney and Melbourne, owned by Fox Sports’ production partner NEP, rather than being done on site in large production trucks, which are typically expensive assets, roughly $10 million to $15 million each.
The agreement includes all major rectangular and oval stadiums across Australia, including the SCG, MCG, WACA Oval, The Gabba, Etihad, Adelaide Oval, Suncorp Stadium, Allianz, ANZ Stadium and AAMI Park.
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• Singles: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” with Justin Bieber a global #1
• Albums: Ed Sheeran back on top, Linkin Park top 10, Chris Cornell fans rally
For a second consecutive week Justin Bieber is enjoying top spot via his guest vocal on Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”. The song is a monster hit globally too and ranks #1 both in the UK and USA.
The only new entry in the top 10 is Niall Horan with “Slow Hands” which climbs from #17 to #10 in its third week. That gives Horan two out of two when it comes to singles in the top 10 after “This Town” peaked at #5 last October.
The highest chart debut this week just missed the top 10 – Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo lands at #11 as Payne becomes the final One Direction member to conquer the charts as a solo artist.
Not far behind Payne is Selina Gomez who is new at #13 with “Bad Liar” with its memorable sampling of Talking Heads‘ “Psycho Killer”.
Just two other singles managed to land in the top 50 on debut:
#37 Katy Perry with “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj, a track from Perry’s June album “Witness”
#45 Camila Cabello with “Crying In The Club”
Ed Sheeran makes it 10 weeks at the top with “Divide” after moving back to #1 after last week’s #1 “Harry Styles” drops a spot to #2.
Linkin Park arrive at #3 with their eighth album “One More Light” (pictured) and an impressive album chart record. The previous album “The Hunting Party” peaked at #3 in 2014.
The effect of streaming album tracks has no doubt helped Chris Cornell fans push both that Seattle band’s “Superunknown” album back into the top 10 at #7, alongside Audioslaves‘ self-titled set at #8. In all seven albums featuring the late singer-songwriter are back in the top 50. Let’s hope we see some Allman Brothers Band material back in the chart next week after the sad passing of Gregg Allman.
Melbourne folkies Pierce Brothers crack the top 10 on debut with “The Records Were Ours” at #9. This is the first in a trilogy of EPs to be released across the next few months.
A deluxe repackaging of Blink-182‘s 2016 album “California” has pushed the album back into the chart at #10 after it peaked at #2 last year.
Three other albums debuted inside the top 30 this week:
#18 Papa Roach with “Crooked Teeth”
#24 Rascal Flatts with “Back To Us”
#35 DragonForce with “Reaching Into Infinity”
Scaleup Mediafund, Australia’s only dedicated media for equity fund, announced the e-commerce platform Hey You as the latest investment recipient.
Hey You is a partnership of two startups – the social media app developer, Posse, and the mobile ordering and payment platform, Beat the Q. The platform connects food, bar and café outlets through personalised online relationships, offers the ability to beat the queue by ordering and paying online and provides access to loyalty benefits and the discovery of new outlets.
Over the past two years Hey You has developed a large growing customer and merchant base that has already processed its eight millionth customer order.
Michael Lamont, Scaleup Mediafund fund manager, said, “Hey You is a fantastic opportunity for Scaleup Mediafund to ramp up the growth of this great product and contribute to creating a large business. We will work with Hey You over the year to ensure that it gets the best outcome that our advertising fire power can deliver.”
Scaleup Mediafund will work directly with Hey You to provide advertising inventory and assist with the execution of their first significant media campaign with a focus on expanding the platform’s customer base and brand.
Scaleup Mediafund was established in August 2016 and is backed by Australia’s largest media creators, News Corp Australia, Nova Entertainment, Fox Sports Australia and Ten Network. The dedicated media-for-equity fund gives Australian startup businesses access to unrivalled advertising and marketing inventory, to take their message to Australia’s biggest media audience, in exchange for a minority shareholding.
Scaleup Mediafund will invest in a limited number of businesses each year and invites companies to apply for consideration via scaleupmediafund.com.
Tonic Health Media has acquired TorchMedia’s digital pharmacy network.
The acquisition follows a $7-million-plus capital raising late last year, which was well supported by its shareholders. The adjacency in pharmacy complements Tonic’s existing multichannel network in GP waiting rooms across the country.
Tonic managing director Dr Matthew Cullen says: “We know that most visits to the doctor take about an hour, from arriving in the doctor’s waiting room to visiting a nearby pharmacy to fill a prescription. This acquisition helps close the loop on the patient’s journey from point-of-care at the GP to point-of-dispensing at the pharmacy. From a commercial perspective, we’re thrilled at the sophistication this brings to our offering, and we’re excited to expand our quality health-educational content into new environments.”
The acquisition consists of over 250 high definition digital screens across Australia, with the majority in New South Wales (36%), Victoria (23%) and Queensland (21%), helping Tonic to reach over 14 million Australians per month.
In addition, Tonic has an exclusive arrangement with Gold Cross, which is the commercial arm of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The Guild has over 4,000 community pharmacy members across the country.
TorchMedia CEO Andrew Gibson commented: “It has been a pleasure to partner with Gold Cross in delivering pharmacy digital out-of-home media for the past decade. It was our considered view that the pharmacy business would achieve better outcomes for consumers, advertisers and pharmacy being in the hands of a specialty health media company such as Tonic.”
The acquisition of TorchMedia’s digital pharmacy network follows Tonic Health Media’s rebrand and upgrade of its television screens, channel content and brochure board assets spanning 4,500+ doctors’ and hospital waiting areas across the country earlier this year.
Tonic Health Media is an unlisted public company (tonichealthmedia.com.au).
SBS’s Marc Fennell joins James Manning and Kruti Joshi at the Mediaweek HQ in this weekly episode of the Seven Days podcast. Topics discussed include the Senate Estimates hearing, the latest on Fairfax, Rebel Wilson v Bauer, plus Fennell reveals a top-secret project involving Tom Cruise and talks about his resignation from triple j and involvement co-curating Junkee Media’s film festival.
It has been Twin Peaks time around the globe and Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado spend the first part of the new TV podcast discussing David Lynch’s return to the cult series. They also discuss changes to Foxtel Play’s packages, American Gods, War On Waste, Hamish & Andy’s True Stories plus NSW’s hippest regional cinema – South West Roxy.