Friday May 5 2017
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Ciaran Davis, CEO, APN News & Media
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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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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TEN has interrupted Nine’s winning week as TEN posted its best survey share this year for its primary channel – 19.8%. TEN was a big winner in Adelaide, managed to knock off Seven and Nine in Perth too and wasn’t too far of the pace in Melbourne and Sydney.
TEN’s success came off the back of two episodes of MasterChef shown back-to-back with both winning their network timeslots.
Although Seven’s primary share hovered under 17%, the channel managed to record the biggest combined channel share.
Nine was a winner in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with its programs running late after A Current Affair extended by over 15 minutes with live coverage of the much anticipated announcement about Prince Philip.
Home and Away managed to end its week above 700,000 with the episode including breaking news from London where correspondent Hugh Whitfield read the announcement from Buckingham Palace live from his mobile phone outside the Palace.
House Rules then ended its first week with the numbers down from the previous night.
House Rules week one
Tuesday 767,000 and 788,000
Wedding Surprises: Caught On Camera managed 358,000 after 439,000 last week.
A Current Affair climbed back above 800,000 and included some excitement for viewers when initially reporting it was Queen Elizabeth who was standing down. Host Tracy Grimshaw and London correspondent Michael Best both quickly corrected the information they received. The episode then went to more familiar stories about bees and bread, before returning with Grimshaw and Best discussing the announcement about Prince Philip. The program ran close to 7.45pm, pushing back Nine’s schedule. (Numbers below not time-corrected.)
RBT eventually followed with the show managing to narrowly outrate MasterChef in Sydney.
The Footy Shows then also started late with a network audience of 461,000 with 119,000 in Sydney and 182,000 in Melbourne.
The Project was the most cautionary in reporting the news from Buckingham Palace, which also meant it was last to air of the major commercial broadcasters. The Project was in the middle of an interview with former Fairfax editor Eric Beecher about the future of the publisher when Seven and Nine were breaking the royal news. The Project went to an ad break and then returned with Carrie Bickmore passing on the Prince Philip news to viewers. The Thursday episode did 588,000.
TEN’s biggest night this survey year-to-date was then secured by two episodes of MasterChef. The first featured the initial mystery box challenge this season which separated out the worst four efforts. Those four then went head-to-head in an elimination challenge which resulted in the first casualty of season nine – Rashedul Hasan. The first episode did 899,000 with the audience then climbing a little to 910,000 for the second.
MasterChef week one
Thursday 899,000 – 910,000
7.30 featured an interview with the controversial John Coates with 511,000 watching.
The Checkout carried a warning about online vendors and Google with 486,000 tuning in after 518,000 last week.
Seven Types Of Ambiguity continues to drift lower with 341,000 after 402,000 last week.
Michael Portillo was following the north coast of England by rail before crossing the border into Scotland for the 279,000 viewers of Great British Railway Journeys.
Italy Unpacked then did 255,000 followed by Medici: Master Of Florence, which did 136,000 after launching last week on 237,000.
“Many industry participants have competition concerns in relation to the merger. It will combine the two largest providers of out-of-home advertising in Australia, creating a market leader with over 50% of all out-of-home advertising, and an even higher share in some segments, such as roadside billboards,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.
“The ACCC’s preliminary view is that the merger is likely to substantially lessen competition in the out-of-home advertising market. The loss of competition could result in increased prices for advertisers, or lower levels of service, quality, or innovation.
“Further, the ACCC is concerned the merger may damage the interests of site owners, who rely on competition between APN Outdoor and oOh!media to obtain the maximum rent for their sites.”
“Industry participants have also raised concerns that the combined APN Outdoor/oOh!media will be able to squeeze competitors out of the market by bundling billboards, where it has a dominant position, with other forms of out-of-home advertising,” Sims said.
The ACCC invites further submissions from interested parties in response to the Statement of Issues (SOI) by 19 May 2017. The ACCC’s final decision is due on 6 July 2017.
After the release of the SOI yesterday, the merger partners released this short statement:
The SOI is a preliminary view by the ACCC of its investigations into the proposed transaction. APN Outdoor and oOh!media will continue working with the ACCC with a view to addressing the matters it has raised today. We are currently considering next steps, including impacts on the proposed transaction timeline.
The out-of-home (OOH) industry has reported a net media revenue of $60.8 million for the month of April, an increase of 10.8% for the same month last year, which posted a net media revenue of $54.9 million.
Digital OOH net media revenue makes up 44.1% of total net media revenue, up from 36.6% for the same period last year.
Category figures April 2017
• Roadside billboards (over and under 25 square metres) $24.6 million
• Roadside other (street furniture, bus/tram externals, small format) $16.0 million
• Transport (including airports, bus internals and train stations) $8.6 million
• Retail, lifestyle and other $11.7 million
The AFR’s Street Talk column on Network Ten and its Commonwealth Bank loan:
The loan is the key to keeping Ten afloat – without its billionaire backers [Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer] behind a new $250m credit guarantee, banks are unlikely to lend to the troubled broadcaster and it could go into receivership.
Street Talk can reveal the trio of billionaires have appointed one of the most experienced debt restructuring specialists in the market, Fort Street Advisors.
Distressed situations banker Jim McKnight, who was formerly head of restructuring and debt advisory at UBS and now runs Fort Street’s sector team, is working away for the guarantors.
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In a trading update presented to the Macquarie Australia Conference, Fairfax Media said overall revenue declined 6% in the first 17 weeks of the second half of the 2016-17 financial year.
Revenue in Metro Media declined 11% in the first 17 weeks of 2017. Revenue in the regional publishing business was down 11%, New Zealand Media was also down 3% and Macquarie Media slipped 7%.
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Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood has insisted the planned 125 journalist job cuts will be the last stage of a major restructure that began five years ago, reports The Australian’s Scott Murdoch.
Hywood said while Fairfax’s print publications remained profitable, the company had to prepare for the future.
“After this year, we will be spending $100 million a year on journalism. That’s a lot of money,” Hywood told The Australian.
“But what we are doing is that we are making sure that our publications are profitable and by profitable that means sustainable. They are profitable now and they have to continue to be profitable. You have to look into the future…and look at revenue trends.
“If they are not profitable, they become vulnerable, seriously vulnerable.”
Hywood said it was “fine” that his journalists were striking to protest against the decision.
“I absolutely respect the passion of our people,” he said. “I wrote for the Financial Review for 17 years, I’ve edited the publications, I’m a journalist.”
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The first stage of the rebrand was presented today at APN’s Annual General Meeting, with the official name change receiving the backing of shareholders.
HT&E reflects the company’s repositioned portfolio with leading, high quality metropolitan media assets across radio, outdoor and digital, and marks a more strategic and integrated collaboration across its businesses of Australian Radio Network (ARN), Adshel, Conversant Media, and Emotive.
The rebrand follows the significant transformation of the company, with the original name – Australian Provincial Newspapers – directly pointing to the company’s foundations in print.
HT&E CEO Ciaran Davis speaks with Mediaweek about the rebrand below. Read more at mediaweek.com.au.
The ABC has announced applications are now open for a Senior Reporter and Producer to join our ABC Regional team, to provide specialised weather stories in regional and rural communities across Australia, and make the all-important science behind the weather as accessible as possible to audiences.
Both positions will be based in regional Australia and will be responsible for initiating and sourcing weather stories and related long-form content for digital and broadcast platforms.
The two unique positions are in addition to the first batch of regionally based roles that were advertised last week, announced as part of the ABC’s Investing in Audiences strategy.
For a full list of the new regional roles visit abc.net.au/careers.
HBO has closed deals with four different writers to explore multiple possible spinoffs of Game of Thrones, reports Variety.
The premium cable channel says that there is no timeline for development of the projects. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in,” a spokesperson said.
A spinoff to Game of Thrones – the most watched series in HBO history – has been a source of speculation for years. In recent months, HBO executive began to privately acknowledge that the network was searching for writers to develop ideas based on the series and Martin’s best-selling fantasy novels from which it is adapted.
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The people’s radio show – Hit Network’s Hamish and Andy – needed the support of its people more than ever yesterday. For an entire two-hour show, a sea of 900 people filling the Max Watt’s Music Venue in Melbourne kept the hosts afloat for two hours on the special Crowd Surfing edition of their networked drive program.
The crowd was divided into red and blue groups while the hosts were prepped for their crowd surfing dressed in wet suits.
Musical guests during the program included Germany’s Milky Chance and the Goldie’s Amy Shark.
In an interview on Melbourne community radio station 89.9 LightFM on Thursday, Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield announced additional targeted funding for digital radio ($1.9m in 2017/18 and $2m in 2018/19) and a further $2.2m focused on support for stations affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band.
The community radio sector recorded a record national listenership in 2017 with 5.3 million – or one in four – Australians tuning in each week.
The sector reports 450+ community radio services across the country provide a voice for those not adequately serviced by other broadcasters.
Popular mobile game Fruit Ninja has been turned into a YouTube Original series by Brisbane-based Halfbrick Studios, the original creator of the game, in partnership with Toonz Entertainment and Kickstart Productions. The 13-episode series featuring fruit-themed characters familiar to fans of the franchise will be available May 5 on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app for YouTube Red subscribers.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports has announced new deals with the guru of rugby league David Middleton and the sport’s most mysterious oracle The Mole to provide content across its digital and social platforms.
David Middleton – or “Middo” as he’s known to viewers and fans alike – will provide readers with pre-match analysis of every game, deep statistical previews before all the big clashes, historical and quirky stats across the NRL, and fast facts on Nine’s live matches.
Nine’s head of sport digital Patrick Effeney said: “No one knows more about rugby league than David Middleton, and now we’ll be able to show our digital readers and viewers just how much he knows. He’s called the Guru for good reason.”
David Middleton said: “I have been privileged to work with Nine for the past 20 years, preparing statistical information for the NRL commentary team. I’m really excited to be able to use this data for the WWOS Digital team, which will be great for fans of rugby league, and I feel honoured and grateful to be part of such a wonderful team here at Channel Nine.”
Nine has stepped in to rescue The Mole following the closure of Rugby League Week. Moley’s unique brand of reporting and tipping will now appear exclusively on Wide World of Sports.
Nine’s director of sport Tom Malone said: “We’re thrilled that both Middo and The Mole are joining WWOS as we push ahead with creating great content across all platforms to engage with both audience and advertisers.”
The Mole’s first exclusive column will appear this coming Tuesday on wwos.nine.com.au.
Middleton’s columns will appear on Tuesday and Thursday.
This will see Warren staying with the Nine Network until the end of the current rugby league rights deal in 2022.
Announcing the agreement, Nine’s director of sport Tom Malone said: “Ray Warren is an icon of sports broadcasting. He has brought us some of the greatest moments in sport for more than 50 years, and his contribution to the profile of rugby league and swimming in Australia cannot be overstated.”
Warren will provide his voice for promos and production, and contribute content across WWOS mobile platforms including columns and podcasts.
“While Rabs is yet to decide for how long he will continue to commentate, this new deal is recognition of his special place at Channel Nine and Wide World of Sports,” Malone said. “At a network that invented the star system Rabs is one of our greatest, and sits alongside people like Ken Sutcliffe and Richie Benaud as someone who is synonymous with WWOS and Nine.”
APN News and Media announced its first major rebrand since 1992, when it adapted that name. The new name it will be known by is Here, There & Everywhere.
APN stood for Australian Provincial Newspapers – a name that no longer reflected what the business was about after the company sold its publishing Australian Regional Media to News Corp in December 2017 for more than $35 million.
The discussions to change the name have been going on since October 2016, when APN acquired the remaining 50% share of outdoor business Adshel to have full ownership.
“By the end of 2016, as a business we were free from any exposure to traditional publishing,” Here, There & Everywhere CEO Ciaran Davis told Mediaweek. “We’ve come a long way from three years ago when 60% of our revenues were coming from publishing.”
Davis recognised the OOH, radio and digital sectors as growing industries, which have yet to reach their full potential. In order to invest in these industries, he said it was important to recognise which areas of the company would give a return and which they needed to depart from. The selling of ARM was a part of this process. It no longer fit the company’s vision and the direction it was heading in.
Davis said: “If you look at the trends in media consumption and advertising spend, if you look at what is happening with Fairfax today, traditional publishing is a challenged sector. APN was traditionally a newspaper business. But where we have been moving for the last 18 months has been to consolidate our position in multimedia and outdoor. They are growth sectors and will be continued growth sectors.”
With the new name Here, There & Everywhere, the company will focus on monetising from the consumer’s media consumption outside of their homes. Davis said that the company has all the tools to engage the audience with its radio assets, the thousands of screens operated by Adshel and digital business Conversant Media, which it acquired in 2016 from founders Zac Zavos and Zolton Zavos.
Mediaweek spoke with Zac Zavos last year. Read the interview here.
“We are the only company in Australia who can offer that sort of cross-combination sectors, be that from a content, revenue-generation or engagement perspective,” Davis said.
Last year was a busy one for the company with the sale of ARM and the full acquisitions of Adshel and digital publisher Conversant Media (The Roar, Lost At E Minor). Davis says this year will be just as busy – if not more – as HT&E works towards cross-promoting its services.
Currently, The Roar produces the sports updates on Gold 104.3. Davis said all sporting updates across its two radio networks will be produced by the digital sporting website.
When Mediaweek spoke to Davis, he introduced himself as APN News and Media’s Ciaran Davis. “I’ve still got to get used to the new name myself,” he said [Laughs].
Pick up the next issue of Mediaweek Magazine to read Davis’ aspirations for ARN and Adshel, his thoughts on losing Robin Bailey and on the staff cuts at Fairfax
Sky News is promising to deliver unmatched live multichannel and multiplatform coverage of Budget 2017 on Tuesday May 9.
Commencing at 3:00pm on Australia’s only 24 hour business channel, Sky News Business (CH 602), Sky News anchor Helen Dalley hosts Budget 2017: Setting the Scene, weighing up the potential market and economic impact with some of the country’s top economists and analysts.
Then at 6:00pm Budget 2017: Setting the Scene continues with Business Editor James Daggar-Nickson.
At 6:00pm on Sky News Live (CH 601), Budget 2017: The Latest with Ashleigh Gillon takes a final look at what voters can expect before Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers the Turnbull Government’s post-election budget, live and uninterrupted from 7:30pm.
At 8:00pm Sky News Live and Sky News Business simulcast Budget 2017 with David Speers. Joining political editor David Speers for immediate reaction to the budget, Australia’s leading business journalist Ticky Fullerton and Sky News political reporter Samantha Maiden. Speers will also speak to the treasurer and shadow treasurer Chris Bowen as the team examines the political and economic reaction to the budget.
From 9:00pm Budget 2017 with David Speers continues with exclusive insights from Sky News anchors and political commentators Peta Credlin, Kristina Keneally and Peter van Onselen.
On Sky News Business from 9:00pm, Ticky Fullerton presents a special late night edition of Ticky Live from Canberra, bouncing the budget initiatives off some of the country’s top business leaders.
At 10:00pm on Sky News Live, Budget 2017: Paul Murray Live will take a look at what the budget will mean to you, with Paul Murray joined on the panel by Peta Credlin, Janine Perrett and Nick Reece. Murray will interview Mathias Cormann and have instant reaction from crossbenchers key to the budget’s success including Pauline Hanson, Derryn Hinch and Cory Bernardi.
At 11:00pm Budget 2017: Heads Up with Chris Kenny will have the first look at the nation’s front pages and commentary with a panel of guests including Rita Panahi to examine how the budget will play out in the media the following day.
From 5:00am on Wednesday May 10, Sky News chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert and Leanne Jones anchor in-depth coverage throughout First Edition and AM Agenda talking to political and industry leaders as the Government begins the hard sell, while on Sky News Business at 8:00am James Daggar-Nickson anchors Budget Breakfast.
Australians abroad can view the coverage on Australia Channel, available on any internet connected device, both live and on demand.
A two-week free trial of Australia Channel is available at australiachannel.com.au.
Photo: David Speers with Julie Bishop
Singapore’s Mediacorp is repositioning its okto channel with boosted children’s and sports programs. Premium sports programming will be shown on the new oktoSports, aimed at sports fans aged 18 to 39, with local and international events. School sports will also feature strongly.
Children aged 4 to 6 will be catered for on okto jr, with more than half its programming being original local content. This includes Singapore’s first bilingual show for pre-schoolers. Programs will also run for school-going kids in the 7 to 12 years age bracket.
Arts programs on okto have moved to Mediacorp’s four free-to-air channels.
Thailand’s Post Publishing will change its company name to Bangkok Post Plc.
Post chairman Suthikiati Chirathivat said the name change marked the company’s evolution beyond print publishing to digital, television, multimedia and other media. He said the Bangkok Post, now in its 71st year, is the company’s oldest newspaper. He added “The Bangkok Post isn’t just a newspaper. The Bangkok Post is an institution within Thai society, with a strong brand. Renaming the company to that of our flagship publication will only help reinforce the company’s values and commitment to quality content.”
The company also publishes Post Today and M2F newspapers, Student Weekly and leading magazines such as Forbes, Elle and Cleo.
Singapore-based Paktor Group, which publishes the top dating app in Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea, has moved into live-streaming and media content in a merger deal with Taiwanese live-streamer startup 17 Media.
17 Media claims to have the top live streaming app in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is among the top three in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It has 50,000 active broadcasters streaming on its platform. The merger of Paktor and 17 Media has created a new company called M17 Entertainment.
A media release said that M17 is ready to be the largest social entertainment company in Asia, with a 200-strong team and the combined assets of Paktor Group and 17 Media.
Netflix is making inroads into two Asian markets that had been denied to it – China and Indonesia. In China Netflix has signed a content licensing agreement with leading online video platform iQiyi for a subset of its original series.
Strict protectionist regulations have prevented Netflix from entering the huge Chinese market.
In Indonesia, Netflix is negotiating a partnership with the country’s leading telecom firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia to launch its service. Last year, Netflix ran afoul of the film censorship board for running programs deemed inappropriately violent or sexual. The communications ministry of Indonesia also demanded that Netflix set up a local office and pay local taxes.
Global production company Endemol Shine Group and South Korea’s leading producer and broadcaster JTBC have signed off on a co-development partnership to jointly create, produce and distribute formats for the international market.
Development of an original non-scripted series is already under way, led by Fotini Paraskakis, managing director of Asian Operations and Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine Group, together with Su Young Lee, director of corporate strategy and programming and Seung Wook Cho, chief producer at JTBC.
China will update internet regulations to tighten control over online news. This will be the first major overhaul of the regulations in 12 years and will consolidate rules regarding internet and social media formats. All online news broadcasters will now be required to obtain government licences.
Southeast Asia’s first eSports channel, Malaysian-based eGG Network, has now expanded its reach into six regional countries, following deals in the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. The channel, launched last year, already has a presence in Malaysia, Brunei and Australia where it launched on Fetch TV in December 2016.
Astro Malaysia and Turner Asia Pacific said they are “widening their collaboration” and this includes forming a joint venture on Warner TV with co-ownership, co-production of Asian content for global reach, distribution of Astro content, and carriage of the channel on Astro and its OTT service Tribe.
As part of its aim to be a major player in Asian content over the next five years, Astro has also formed a partnership with CJ E&M, South Korea’s leading Korean content and media company.
Astro has formed partnerships to create Asian content in several other regional countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, China and India.
Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has formed two new Asian partnerships in China and Japan.
Last August, Discovery took a minority investment in VS Media, a leading multichannel network that has more than 120 million subscribers and serves 320 million video views a month. VS and Discovery are now launching Tan Ba, a digital brand specifically targeting the millennials that make up over a quarter of the Chinese population, and delivering “smart entertainment” through highly customised short-form video.
In Japan, Discovery has partnered with Tabilabo, a rapidly expanding digital media business that was started in 2014. It now has over nine million monthly active users and delivers high quality lifestyle-centric content.
Thailand’s OTT operators are set to be regulated after operating freely for years in an attempt to curb “out of control” online content. Colonel Natee Sukolrat, chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s broadcasting committee, told the Bangkok Post that the board agreed to regulate OTT broadcasting services “because of the influence of the modern mass-media platform that reaches a large audience.” Such services include Netflix, iflix, Hollywood HDTV, PrimeTime, AIS Play and TrueVisions Anywhere.
• Mediacorp’s CEO Shaun Seow (pictured) will be standing down to join parent company Temasek’s Telecom, Media and Technology investment team. He will continue as CEO and assist in the transition until September 30. Mediacorp’s board has started the search for his successor.
• English-language news magazine Frontier Myanmar has recruited Thai media veteran Pichai Chuensuksawadi as an adviser. He was editor-in-chief of Thai media group Post Publishing from 2002 to 2016 and has twice been editor of the Bangkok Post. He is a board and executive committee member of WAN-IFRA and chaired its Asia Pacific Committee. He was also the 2016 Australian Alumni of the Year, an award backed by AustCham and the Australian Embassy.
• Taiwan’s English-language daily newspaper The China Post will print its last paper edition on May 15, and then transition to an all-digital news platform. In February this year, the 65-year-old China Post launched the first English-language newspaper app in Taiwan.
• Michelin and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have signed a partnership for a Bangkok edition of the Michelin Guide. The Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018 is scheduled to be launched at the end of this year in a bilingual edition Thai and English edition, available in print and digital versions.
• A controversial media bill that aims to regulate the Thai media industry has caused a firestorm and on Tuesday this week the Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, promised to arrange a forum to hear the views of members of the media on the bill. On behalf of 30 media organisations, Pramed Lekpetch, president of the Thai Journalists Association, handed an open letter to the prime minister to ask him to exercise his powers to thwart the bill.
• Malaysia-based video streaming service iflix has launched in eight new countries – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan – in the Middle East and North Africa region. This comes a month after iflix launched in Myanmar, its tenth market in Asia.
• The NewsAsia TV channel, now settled into its state-of-the-art newsroom at Mediacorp Campus, has launched a new website and apps for tablet and mobile devices.
By Peter Olszewski
Fairfax’s Bangkok-based veteran print journalist Lindsay Murdoch has vigorously embraced the digital era, even though it means he now works longer hours than ever in what has been more than 44 years’ continuous service.
“Since joining The Age in 1977 I have never worked as hard as in the past few years,” he says. “The days of spending hours collecting information and then sitting down in the evening to write a story for the next day’s papers are long gone.
“In the new digital age I do video, file to online around the clock, as well as write stories for print The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times.
“Surprisingly I have adapted well to the digital world and video.
“I use an iPhone 7 Plus to record interviews and take video relevant to my stories. I send the video to producers at Fairfax. They will sometimes add wire-service video lay-over with me doing a piece to camera or voice-over.
“On big breaking stories I hire a photographer/video person. Most photographers now also take videos and edit them.”
But Murdoch adds going digital has brought a big bonus: “The digital reach of Fairfax means that my stories are now read by hundreds of thousands more people compared to a decade ago when they only appeared in the newspapers.”
From his 1977 start at The Age as police roundsman he graduated to chief police reporter and in 1984 co-authored The Age Tapes, which published material from tape recordings of telephone calls allegedly made without authority by the NSW police and which kicked off the Lionel Murphy affair.
In the mid-1980s he became chief-of-staff for The Age for two years and was then sent to the UK to do a journalism course at Regent’s College London.
Murdoch says, “When I returned to the paper my driving ambition was to be a foreign correspondent and I saw that the best way to do that was to kick goals writing and reporting.”
He got his wish in 1989, when then Age editor Creighton Burns gave Murdoch his first foreign posting, basing him in Singapore, assigned to report on 13 countries.
Read Peter Olszewski’s complete profile of Lindsay Murdoch in next week’s Mediaweek magazine.
Photo: Lindsay Murdoch and his family in Bangkok
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.