Wednesday May 3 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||2.8%||GEM||3.0%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||8.8%||7||22.4%||9||20.2%||10 NNSW||3.5%||SBS One||4.1%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||4.2%||GEM||4.3%||ONE||2.8%||Food Net||0.9%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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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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Nine kept a grip on first place again last night with The Voice securing top spot. Nine ranked #1 in primary and combined channel share while the primary channel was a winner in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Seven was in recovery mode with two episodes of House Rules lifting after a mad Monday as the primary channel ranked #1 in Brisbane and Perth.
TEN is competitive again off the back of MasterChef and has recorded successive 15%+ shares, something it hasn’t had since January and the Big Bash League cricket finals. The channel again performed best in Melbourne with a share of 17.2%.
Both halves of Seven News held just over 1.05m to be the #2 program of the night.
Home and Away held a top 10 spot with 754,000.
The network was asking a lot from House Rules viewers with back-to-back episodes meaning fans had to watch for over two hours so it was nearly 10pm before Gordon Ramsay made his late night appearance. But tune in they did with the first episode audience on 767,000 which grew to 788,000 for the second. The audience was in recovery after the poor Monday numbers. Viewers got the first reno reveal which was the first time new judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was let loose. He turned out to be the toughest of the three judges, delivering a high of six out of 10 but he also delivered a three out of 10.
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares then did 326,000 followed by The Amazing Race in Tanzania with 107,000 watching.
House Rules week one
Tuesday 767,000 and 788,000
A Current Affair was down from its Monday high over 1m to 873,000. Stories last night included accusations about Adriano Zumbo and shows to watch out for on streaming services. First to feature was Stan with Andrew Mercado and Stan’s Mike Sneesby talking about the next TV event of the year – Twins Peaks.
The Voice continues to draw crowds over 1m with last night’s episode featuring two contestants who managed to get all four judges to turn their chairs around during the performances.
Love Child season four launched with 624,000 which is close to 200,000 below what the show launched with in 2016.
The WTFN-produced Operation Thailand then followed with 303,000.
Episode two of season nine of MasterChef saw the opening night audience of 1,060,000 drop to 913,000 for the second episode. So far this season 23 of the 24 MasterChef aprons have been awarded to contestants with one more to be given out tonight. The producers didn’t waste any time getting Maggie Beer back on the show as she was the guest judge last night.
In the first week of MasterChef in 2016 the show screened five times with three nights over 1m and two close to 950,000.
MasterChef helped keep The Project 7pm over 600,000 where guests ranged from an Uber driver to comedian Luke McGregor.
MasterChef has been good for NCIS too with 550,000, up 100,000 week-on-week, the series’ biggest audience since July last year.
NCIS Los Angeles also improved, adding close to 40,000 from last week to 381,000.
Unusual programming last night with a 30-minute 8pm doco on fashion in Diana: Designing A Princess (which did 410,000) which then led into an encore screening of the Logie-winning Melbourne doco Conviction (359,000).
Michael Portillo at his best again last night as he toured Switzerland by rail as 374,000 watched Great Continental Rail Journeys.
Insight then did 305,000 with a program about weddings, dollars and dowries.
The Commerce Commission won’t allow media companies NZME and Fairfax to merge, reports The New Zealand Herald.
The deal was rejected in a final ruling by the regulator this morning after being knocked back in a draft decision last year.
A disappointed NZME CEO Michael Boggs said the merger had been an exciting prospect for both businesses and their audiences.
“We will be carefully reviewing the NZCC’s full written decision and over the next few weeks we will be considering our options.”
He said NZME’s strategic focus continued in six key areas: growing audience reach, retaining print revenue, returning radio revenue to growth, growing new revenue streams, ensuring effective cost management and developing people and talent.
Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood said: “We are disappointed by this decision and will now take the time to carefully review the NZCC’s reasons for the decision. This decision does nothing to address the challenge of the global search and social giants, which produce no local journalism, employ very few New Zealanders, and pay minimal, if any, local taxes. We believe that the NZCC has failed New Zealand in blocking two local media companies from gaining the scale and resources necessary to aggressively compete now and into the future,” he said.
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Nine Entertainment boss Hugh Marks believes the free-to-air broadcaster is well positioned to capitalise on the weakness of its rivals, as the network looks to boost advertising revenue, claw back market share and secure broadcast rights to lucrative cricket competitions, report The Australian’s Mitchell Bingemann and Bridget Carter.
Speaking at the Macquarie Conference in Sydney yesterday, Marks said its fierce rival, market-leader Seven West Media, was stretched and that the well-documented financial woes of Network Ten had positioned Nine to rebound in the year ahead.
But while Marks has set his sights on stealing market share from his rivals, he said the potential financial ruin of Network Ten — which is struggling to secure a new $250m loan facility to guarantee its future — would be bad for the industry as it would weaken the ad market.
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The AFR’s Vesna Poljak:
Nine Entertainment Co chief executive Hugh Marks has shot down speculation the network can’t afford to bid for cricket rights but highlights that cricket lacks the dependability of the AFL and rugby league seasons.
“Can we afford to do cricket? Of course we can afford to do cricket, more so than our competitors,” Marks said, as negotiations for cricket rights intensify.
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In a week where speculation about the future of Network Ten is reaching fever pitch, Fairfax Media’s Michael Lallo looks at the broadcaster’s options:
A handful suspect Ten will scrap its 5pm service entirely, plugging the hole with entertainment programs. Perhaps Eyewitness News will be trimmed to 30 minutes, others say.
More likely is that state-based bulletins will make way for one national broadcast. This could be produced in-house – or by Sky News, the pay TV channel owned by Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp.
Every option carries the risk of cuts to Ten’s news teams – already struggling after the loss of 100 staff in 2012, and 150 staff in 2014.
“We’re all talking about it, as you’d expect,” one worker says. “No one can see how we’ll escape this without major job cuts. But we’re still in limbo, and it’s agony.” Another claims colleagues now openly scour employment websites at their desks.
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Leary has spent the past three years as CEO of Fairfax-Nine programmatic exchange APEX and prior to that held senior executive roles at Fairfax Media, including managing director of the publisher’s digital media division.
Leary will report to Michael Stephenson, Nine’s chief sales officer and Nine’s chief digital and marketing officer, Alex Parsons.
The company also announced that the senior digital sales leadership team reporting to Leary would consist of Ben Gunn, who takes the key role of director of sales – agency, Amy Schubert, who takes the role of director of sales and content partnerships – 9Honey, Nathan Powell, director of sales – digital product, and Nine will announce shortly a new director of sales – programmatic to round out its senior digital leadership group.
In the Nine digital business, Alex Parsons announced that he was also creating two new executive roles, with Roxanne Hoad promoted to product and audience director and Anna Quinn becoming content and commercial strategy director.
Hoad has previously headed Nine’s digital marketing and was most recently head of product for Nine Digital, while Quinn joined Nine 10 months ago as head of content strategy, helping in the launch of Australia’s leading women’s network, 9Honey. Quinn previously held senior roles at Bauer Media and MaxMediaLab.
Photo: Alex Parson, Pippa Leary and Michael Stephenson
Adam Krass took on the role of head of technology, Daniela Elia is the new head of marketing science, Nagendra Jayaram joined as head of reporting and Anthony Tomasello has been appointed head of ad operations.
The team joins Martin Orliac, general manager Annalect Australia, who has propelled the company’s entry into the Australian market from three to 25 staff over the last 12 months. This comes in response to the success of Annalect in the US, namely their pivotal role in Omnicom’s P&G and AT&T wins in 2016 and the subsequent creation of the media agency Hearts and Science.
The prices might be down but Casey Donovan is most certainly on the up. The 28-year-old says she feels Australians have finally accepted her for who she is after being announced as the new face of Coles supermarkets Down Down advertising campaign, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.
“It is all happening at once,” Donovan told Confidential. “So many amazing opportunities have been coming up and I’m very grateful for that. Who knows where the next few months will take me?”
After winning Australian Idol in 2004, she struggled for years to find her place in the fickle and often ruthless entertainment industry. It was appearing, and subsequently winning, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! this year that put her back on the map.
Donovan shot the Down Down campaign in London two weeks after being crowned queen of the South African jungle on I’m A Celebrity in March.
Status Quo, who initially launched the campaign in 2010, appear alongside Donovan in the TV ads.
Photo: Donovan with members of Status Quo in the new TV ad.
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Aussie television icon Bert Newton has been released from hospital following a series of health concerns, reports News Corp’s Cassie Zervos.
The four-time Gold Logie winner was rushed to Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital last Wednesday after suffering complications from pneumonia, which first developed five weeks ago.
The 78-year-old told the Herald Sun he felt “fighting fit” as he was discharged this afternoon, thanking his family, friends and fans for the support.
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Entertainment and fashion journalist Elle Halliwell has joined with management company HMMG with a view to expanding her interests into television, literary and branded content partnerships.
Halliwell made headlines when she revealed she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and days later discovered she was with her first child. She wrote her story which appeared on the front page of The Daily Telegraph and featured on Nine’s 60 Minutes. Following the birth of her child, Halliwell has commenced the full armoury of treatment.
As journalist with News Corp for the past 10 years, Halliwell’s work includes weekly columns in The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and number one national radio show, Confidential on Nova.
As part of a major overhaul, the former Take 5 Brave Kids Awards are being relaunched and will harness the power of Bauer Media’s portfolio of magazine and digital brands including Now To Love, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day, Take 5 and Yours.
Each of the four brands will recognise a young Australian who has shown outstanding courage, such as young carers, local heroes, sporting champions as well as those that have demonstrated inspiration and bravery.
Editors from each of the four brands – Kim Doherty at The Australian Women’s Weekly, Fiona Connolly at Woman’s Day, Paul Merrill at Take 5 and Lisa Sinclair at Yours – will decide the most deserving winners who will be featured across Bauer’s digital destination for women, Now To Love, via social channels and in magazine.
Jayne Ferguson, general manager of women’s lifestyle and entertainment at Bauer Media, said: “After a hugely successful 10-year run in Take 5 magazine we have decided to broaden the reach of Bravest Kids to recognise, celebrate and reward the most inspiring young Australians.”
The competition will open for nominations in the second half of the year.
58 radio stations across the metro and regional Triple M and Hit Network are now accessible to OVO Mobile customers – totally free of data charges – via OVO Mobile’s OVOPlay app.
Boasting exclusive entertainment and sport offerings with live streams from OVO’s myriad media partners – now including SCA – the OVOPlay web app is accessible free of charge and data free to all OVO Mobile subscribers.
SCA’s head of revenue strategy and operations Ivan Curic said, “Signing this deal with OVO Mobile is a wonderful opportunity for our listeners to stay connected with their favourite radio shows, personalities and music, all data free.
“SCA is always looking at new ways to connect with our audience and OVO Mobile is the perfect way to keep in touch with our listeners.”
Em Rusciano left listeners of her 2Day FM breakfast radio show confused during a bizarre segment that ended with her whispering “I can’t do this”, reports news.com.au.
In audio that went to air just after the 7am news on Tuesday morning, Rusciano’s co-host Harley Breen gave a cheerful, “G’day mate!”
Once the anchor reset the segment and introduced the show again, Rusciano didn’t jump in on cue to take over.
“Yes it is … I can’t do this,” she whispered off mic.
“You all right buddy?” Breen asked his co-host.
Suddenly, the anchor told listeners, “we might take a little short break and come back shortly” before throwing to ads.
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Relations between A-League clubs and Football Federation Australia have reached rock bottom after all 10 owners walked out on a meeting with the governing body having rejected head office’s funding offer, reports Fairfax Media’s Dominic Bossi.
The clubs unanimously rejected the FFA’s annual distribution offer of $3.25 million per club, suggesting the new grant represented less than half the total revenue generated by the A-League.
It follows a record six-year broadcast agreement between the FFA and Fox Sports, valued at about $56m per season – an increase of 40% on the previous TV deal. That figure could rise further once digital, free-to-air and overseas broadcast rights are sold.
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Australia’s connection to the WNBA will grow stronger this season with eight Opals pressing for roster spots and a new addition to the league’s broadcast agreement, reports Fairfax Media’s Roy Ward.
The WNBA announced on Tuesday that 20 games would be live-streamed on Twitter over the next three seasons as part of a deal with the social media company.
Australian supporters have been able to view selected games on ESPN or pay for WNBA League Pass live-streaming service to view all games but the new deal will give the league a chance to draw in new supporters around the world.
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See separate report on Twitter’s new global content deals at mediaweek.com.au.
After six years with the Nine Network, top-rating radio broadcaster Ray Hadley plans not to renew his footy calling and Today show contract when it expires later this year, reports The AFR’s Bryce Corbett.
And there’s a chance the 2GB mornings presenter might find a new home at Fox Sports’ new 24-hour rugby league channel, Fox League – or in a wider-ranging role with Sky News.
Should Hadley show up at Fox League – a prospect that was not ruled in or out by sources at the Murdoch-owned broadcaster – it would put him back in an office with Andrew Voss, a Fox footy caller and longtime Hadley foe.
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Fairfax Media editorial director Sean Aylmer has reported back to staff today about the company’s plans to create “a sustainable newsroom for the future”.
Aylmer said working groups, one-on-one discussions with the editors and online submissions have provided ways to save money and more efficiently structure newsrooms.
Fairfax Media has told staff this morning it has decided to achieve savings of $30m in the following four ways:
Contributors: We will move to a capped rate model for all contributors to the SMH, Age and AFR. Initially we will undertake an audit of all contributors, and subject to contractual arrangements, shift all contributors to a pay rate based on per article, rather than per word. There has been general consensus on this change.
Third-party deals: All third-party deals are being reviewed, and we expect to make significant savings from our third party arrangements including syndication deals.
Casuals: We will significantly reduce the use of the casual workforce in the three main mastheads and estimate savings of around $3 million per year.
Reduction in full-time and part-time staff: We will shortly open a voluntary redundancy program to achieve a reduction in staff of up to 125 FTEs, which includes the approximate 10 FTEs that have left the newsroom since this process began last month. While we will be looking across all parts of the newsroom, at the end of the redundancy program we expect there will be significantly fewer editorial management, video, presentation and section writer roles. Further, we note that the voluntary redundancy process will provide a procedure for employees in these areas to potentially be redeployed if available and suitable positions open up elsewhere.
Some of the restructure revealed by Aylmer includes:
Creation of a news director
Reduction in state-based topics
The AM and PM editors to be replaced by news editors
Creation of a national creative director and a national head of video
Creation of a new head of travel and food
A voluntary redundancy program will be formally opened this week.
It will be open to all editorial staff in News, Business and Life Media covered by the Enterprise Agreement.
Global social media giant Twitter has unveiled a slate of new premium content deals across sports, news and entertainment at its first-ever Digital Content NewFronts presentation.
A dozen new collaborations were announced, bringing hundreds of hours of new exclusive live original programming, live games and events, live syndications, extensions of existing live deals and new always-on live-streaming premium content to the platform.
Twitter executives including CEO Jack Dorsey, COO Anthony Noto, CMO Leslie Berland and Global VP of Client Solutions Matthew Derella presented the live content offerings to brand and agency partners. They were joined by guests including NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, ESPN analyst Jay Williams, TV producer Ben Silverman, NBA star Karl Anthony Towns, NFL star AJ Green and Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, among others.
“We could not be prouder of the success we have achieved so quickly since launching live-streaming premium content. Last quarter, we streamed over 800 hours of live premium content from leading brands across sports, esports, news, and entertainment,” said Noto. “Adding these 12 new live deals tonight is a testament to the success of our only-on-Twitter experience, combining high-quality streaming video with our only-on-Twitter conversation.”
Attendees were given an overview of the different ways marketers can “be what’s happening” by advertising against premium live video content to influential, connected audiences.
The ABC, Playmaker, Screen Australia, and Screen NSW have started production on the previously announced special event drama The Easybeats. The two-part miniseries tells the story of five young newly arrived immigrants who met in a Sydney migrant hostel in the swinging 1960s and went on to take Australian rock ’n’ roll to the world.
Written by Christopher Lee (Howzat, Paper Giants, Gallipoli) and directed by Matthew Saville (Seven Types of Ambiguity, Please Like Me, The Slap), The Easybeats will star AACTA Award-winner Ashley Zukerman (The Code, Manhattan) as Australian music industry pioneer and record producer Ted Albert. He is joined by Christian Byers as Stevie Wright, Will Rush as George Young, Mackenzie Fearnley as Harry Vanda, Du Toit Bredenkamp as Dick Diamonde and Arthur McBain as Snowy Fleet.
The producers are promising The Easybeats is a story of identity, reinvention and belonging, touching on themes of celebrity and redemption, with a contemporary relevance and a killer soundtrack. While the members of the band each confronted their own sense of self and the loss of identity in pursuit of their success, they came to understand that though they were all from different countries, the sum of the musical parts was quintessentially Australian.
The Easybeats will screen on ABC and ABC iview later this year.
Production Credits: ABC Executive Producers: Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy, Producers: Diane Haddon, David Maher and David Taylor Director: Matthew Saville, Screenwriter: Christopher Lee.
Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi pays a visit to the News Corp offices to talk Vogue Living’s 50th anniversary with editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker. The pair also discuss the upcoming season of The Block, new Foxtel series Love It or Leave It. Whitaker talks about his former life as a publicist and how his former boss, British PR guru Lynne Franks, was the inspiration behind the character of Eddy in BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous.