Friday September 1 2017
Edwina McCann takes Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi behind the scenes of what it is like to be the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia.
Joining Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi this week is comedian, podcaster and the host of Gruen, Wil Anderson. This special podcast includes Wil’s special job application – he wants to return to radio, but only on one particular show.
Andrew Mercado joined James Manning in the Mediaweek studio this week to talk TV, including CBS/Ten, GoT, Seven’s newest hit and much more.
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show:
• Peter Tonagh, CEO, Foxtel
• Jackie Frank, GM fashion beauty & health, Pacific Magazines
Sky News Business Channel
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The soapie set in Summer Bay ended its week on 678,000 which is almost bang on where Home and Away has been all week.
Some guides listed Dads Make You Laugh Out Loud (again), but whichever episode screened it did 476,000.
The Front Bar then screened in Melbourne with 148,000 watching, which was down a little week-on-week. Seems there could be a bonus episode tonight after the EJ Whitten Legends Game.
August 31 – let’s hope it’s the last day Diana docos can get a run. Seven had one more crack last night with a repeat of Diana: Her Story on 253,000.
Nine’s combined channel share was helped by a boost to GO! which was on 5.7% thanks to 327,000 watching the Socceroos go down to Japan in a World Cup Qualifier.
On the primary channel, A Current Affair did 769,000, same as the Wednesday crowd.
An all-Queensland match between the Broncos and the Cowboys pulled an NRL crowd of 450,000 with 194,000 in Sydney and 253,000 in Brisbane.
The AFL Footy Show did 300,000 across three markets. The Melbourne audience continued the trend and dropped again with 218,000 last night.
The Bachelor was easily the channel’s best on 739,000 with the audience up in Sydney and Adelaide week-on-week. The episode was #1 for the night 25-54.
The Project 7pm was down 100,000 from Wednesday with 537,000 last night.
The second episode of The Wrong Girl did 336,000 after launching last week with 392,000.
Short Cuts To Glory did 322,000 followed by Pulse at 8.30pm with the medical drama on 350,000 after 395,000 last week.
Michael Portillo‘s first primetime outing this week didn’t come until Thursday with 353,000 watching Great British Railway Journeys.
Gourmet Farmer performed well with last week’s 243,000 growing to 288,000.
SBS saved Inside Kensington Palace until Diana’s actual anniversary with 329,000 watching.
An eagerly awaited report detailing the state of Ten Network has been delayed, as US media giant CBS waits to finalise the roughly $250 million deal, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Administrators KordaMentha were preparing to release a report yesterday, but have given themselves more time and will now publish the report on Monday, amid the prospect of a legal action by shareholders.
Once the report is out, KordaMentha can set a date for the creditors’ meeting.
Administrators are targeting a September 12 date to hold the meeting. They are required by law to give creditors five clear business days to analyse the report.
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The WIN Network’s purchase from Southern Cross Austereo of television assets and operations covering Newcastle, Tamworth, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast extends the company’s programming partnership with Network Ten and complements its extended regional Australia broadcasting footprint.
To access Network Ten programming on WIN, viewers in northern NSW may need to rescan their television sets.
Viewers in other WIN markets have been receiving Network Ten programming since July 1 2016.
WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster said the company’s move into northern NSW was an exciting step, extending their relationship with Network Ten and allowing them to engage with a new and vibrant market.
“We have Australia’s largest regional television network and we have proven ourselves to be committed to working with each and every one of our communities,” he said.
“By teaming with Network Ten we are supplying a programming lineup with the ability to appeal to a broad audience and we look forward to engaging with our new viewers.”
Fairfax Media football columnist Michael Cockerill has died aged 56, reports Fairfax’s Georgina Mitchell.
Cockerill, a former Sydney Morning Herald chief football writer and Fox Sports commentator, had reported on football in Australia for more than three decades.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Football Federation of Australia Hall of Honour, for outstanding off-field contributions to football.
Cockerill died after an illness. His death was confirmed by Football Federation Australia shortly before the Socceroos faced Japan in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday night.
In a statement, Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies and The Age editor Alex Lavelle said Cockerill was a tireless champion of football in Australia.
“The respect in which he was held by his colleagues and peers was a measure of his generous spirit and dedication to his profession,” they said.
“He was the authoritative voice of football in the Sydney Morning Herald. He will be missed by all who worked with him.”
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Daily Telegraph football editor Tom Smithies remembers Mike Cockerill:
Born in Adelaide, Cockerill made his name as an investigative football journalist and commentator with several publications and broadcasters.
He had been fighting a long battle with cancer.
For the years when he was The Sydney Morning Herald’s senior football writer, we would open the SMH each day nervous as to which story he might have broken.
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Williams said: “Simon is without doubt one of the country’s most respected and trusted journalists and has been a crime reporter since 1980.”
Bouda joined National Nine News in 1990 having already spent 10 years on the crime round with major Sydney newspapers. He has covered some of the nation’s biggest crime stories including the murders of Anita Cobby and Ebony Simpson along with disasters including the Boxing Day Tsunami, Christchurch Earthquake and the Thredbo Landslide.
He was also the Network’s Europe Foreign Correspondent between 2000 and 2003 and was a senior reporter for A Current Affair between 2005 and 2007.
Bouda is a published author and his books include Stuart Diver’s biography “Survival” in 1997 and his autobiography “Deadline” in 2016.
Williams added: “Simon will be responsible for leading A Current Affair’s national coverage of major crime and domestic and international terrorism and I am certain there is no journalist anywhere in the country better placed to take on this senior role. He will be on board at A Current Affair from October 2.”
Channel Nine’s new political reporter Chris Uhlmann is likely to more than double his $255,400 pay packet by leaving the ABC after 20 years, reports The Daily Telegraph’s Matthew Benns.
Uhlmann is stepping into Nine legend Laurie Oakes’s shoes determined to maintain the straight-shooting style that has upset so many people – and that suits his bosses just fine.
“I am not tripling my pay. But for those senators who are interested in ABC pay, I am getting paid more than I was at the ABC,” he said.
Nine’s director of news and current affairs Darren Wick said: “People have accused him of being far too right wing or far too left wing and that suits me just fine.
“I think he is independent and right down the middle. No one in management told Laurie what to do and that is what we are getting with Chris.”
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Greg Irving, a dear friend and The Advertiser fishing writer for the past 30 years, passed away at home last Thursday, leaving behind an amazing legacy, reports Shane Mensforth in The Advertiser.
Not only was he a highly skilled angler, but also an accomplished communicator. He was co-founder and original editor of South Australian Angler magazine for close to three decades, as well as churning out an astonishing 1,621 columns for The Advertiser since 1987. As far as telling a fishing story is concerned, there have been few better in this state, and possibly the country.
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Under the terms of the agreement QMS Sport will provide all signage services to FFA for the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League Finals Series, Westfield FFA Cup, and all Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas home games under the control of FFA.
The agreement will see QMS Sport provide FFA and its commercial partners with a best in class digital signage solution, with 240 metres of new 10mm LED rolled out for each match providing maximum on-field exposure and the latest in software technology.
Barclay Nettlefold, QMS CEO, said: “QMS Sport is excited to continue to work with Football Federation Australia to drive the ongoing success of the sport and deliver a seamless national turnkey solution including logistics, production, install, content creation and management for the next three years and beyond.”
Luke Bould, head of commercial, marketing and digital at Football Federation Australia, said: “We are delighted to continue our working relationship with QMS Sport. We are confident that their innovation and signage expertise will help deliver a great match day experience for our fans while providing optimum value for our commercial partners.”
Fox Sports 506 will become the home of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, with every session live, continuous and in HD. Fans can also get instant access via Foxtel Now, and be signed up and streaming all the action live.
The pop-up channel will feature several new entertainment programs, a number of old favourites, plus classic races throughout the week.
Jess Yates and Russell Ingall countdown Bathurst’s most unforgettable moments on the all-new Bathurst Top 10 Shootout, at 7.30pm EST on October 2.
Bathurst Legends returns at 8.30pm to delve into the folklore of The Great Race and some of the most memorable stories to have emerged from the mountain.
Fox Sports will pay tribute to some of the biggest names to have conquered the mountain in Bathurst Heroes & Legends, premiering on October 3 at 7.30pm. Neil Crompton will be joined by Allan Moffat, Jim Richards, Fred Gibson, Colin Bond and Mike Raymond for the 60-minute program that will examine some of the finest achievements of these legendary drivers.
Inside Supercars returns at 6.30pm on October 4, with Mark Skaife, Greg Rust, Greg Murphy, Crompton and Yates on hand to preview the action ahead.
Attention turns to the track from October 5, with Skaife and Crompton calling each session, while Ingall and Yates analyse the action and all the big talking points across the weekend.
Fox Sports’ Race Centre promises to be the ultimate companion to the TV broadcast. Available via foxsports.com.au and the Fox Sports App, the Race Centre will offer fans unrivalled access to team radios , live timing and racing stats, car telemetry for all 26 Supercars and an up-to-the minute blog of key events during each race.
Photo: Russell Ingall, Jess Yates and Mark Skaife
Nova Entertainment will partner with Victoria Racing Club (VRC) for the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival, showcasing AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, Kennedy Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day.
Nova 100 will be on site at The Park, Flemington’s free entertainment area for all Melbourne Cup Carnival ticket holders featuring live acts, DJs, food and drinks from some of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants and culinary destinations.
In the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Nova 100 will run a multilevel campaign featuring integrated breakfast promotions with Nova’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny, ticket giveaways to The Park, along with online content and contesting.
Kent “Smallzy” Small, host of Nova’s Smallzy’s Surgery national night show, will be on site hosting The Park main stage at Flemington. Smallzy’s Surgery listeners can also win a trip for two to Melbourne to attend a day out at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to the much-loved broadcaster Drew Morphett in Melbourne, reports ABC News’ Damian McIver.
The memorial service at the MCG attracted some of the biggest names in Australia sport, from past AFL champions to Olympians, club presidents and media identities.
Former colleague Sandy Roberts hosted the event, while fellow broadcasters Greg Miles, Tim Lane and Mark Maclure shared colourful stories about their old friend.
Former colleague Bruce McAvaney worked with Morphett for more than a decade at Channel 7.
“He was in many ways larger than life, he had this incredible personality that could bring people together – life of the party,” McAvaney said.
Maclure, a former Carlton captain, worked with Morphett when he returned to the ABC 13 years later.
The pair spent 375 games in the box together as part of ABC Grandstand’s AFL coverage.
“I had a long time with him, he’s a good fella,” McLure said.
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TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box next week.
Proving that there is nothing that Hollywood will not remake for a “new generation”, now comes Dirty Dancing. No, not the 1987 movie. Nor the musical stage show. Instead it’s the “Next Great Television Event”. Or is it “The Special Event”? Ten is so excited, even it can’t decide. Abigail Breslin is Baby, an unknown replaces Patrick Swayze and Debra Messing will hopefully be too busy for the next revival of a beloved chick flick because she is already reviving Will & Grace. Phew.
Another great get for this streaming service, and an attention-grabber with a catchy title like that. Curious eyeballs won’t be disappointed because this drama from ITV is set in two London brothels in 1873, one upmarket and one decidedly not. Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville are magnificent as the two monstrous madams at war with each other and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay smashes her Lady Sybil image forever playing a trashy whore. May the pox strike you down, indeed.
Ray Martin has already done one “social experiment” for SBS but this is their most unusual collaboration yet. Two estranged people reunite, but don’t speak until they have first stared into each other’s eyes for five minutes. But some clever editing makes sure that there is more than this going on as the backstories and reunions eventually lead to some surprising moments. Not sure if this is going to get a big audience, but it is beautifully and sensitively made.
Beyond International has announced its full year financial results for 2017, reporting a drop in operating revenue to $86.3m.
Beyond Productions experienced an increase in the number of projects in production. During the 2017 financial year, 137 hours of television commenced production, including 60 hours commissioned by US broadcasters.
Key projects include returning series Deadly Women series and Mythbusters with new hosts, both now in season 11, as well as Beat Bugs and The White Rabbit Project, commissioned by Netflix.
Revenue for Beyond’s Home Entertainment division (BHE) was impacted by a move to consignment trading. As a consequence, BHE recorded a loss of $8.1m in the fiscal 2017 year compared to EBIT of $1.5m in the 2016 year. With the transition to consignment trading now fully completed, BHE is placed to return to profitability in the 2018 fiscal year.
The company’s distribution business and film division, Beyond Distribution, reported a reduction in revenue of $3.9m to $21.9m compared to the corresponding 2016 period.
Beyond Distribution has reported a strong lineup of new releases is planned for the 2018 financial year, including Netflix animated series Beat Bugs, a continuing expansion of the Love It Or List It franchise, new series of Highway Thru Hell and Heavy Rescue: 401 and the return of the Mythbusters series.
Full year revenues for the digital division, BeyondD were $10.5m, down on last year’s total of $12.5m, while 7Beyond, the company’s joint venture with Seven in Australia, has a slate of projects in development and is actively working with US broadcasters to develop and produce new programs for the US market.
Together with a number of impairment charges, the impact of the result in Home Entertainment has meant that the group has reported a loss before interest and income tax of $8.2m.
Mikael Borglund, chief executive officer and MD of Beyond International, commented:
“While overall operating revenue decreased, the company’s EBIT before non-recurring adjustments was $1.8m. The change in trading terms that impacted the Home Entertainment business this year brings BHE in line with the trading terms of most other major DVD distributors in Australia.
“With this one-off adjustment the company has taken a conservative approach by booking the 100% of the stock buy back in the 2017 accounts – even though the stock buy back takes place over the next 12 months. We expect the BHE business will be profitable and cash flow positive in the 2018 financial year. Over the next 12 months the company’s focus will be to further strengthen the financial performance in all operating segments of the group to generate surplus cash to invest in working capital and new content. The focus will be on organic growth in the production and distribution business segments.”
As we first noted earlier this week, Fairfax Media’s Traveller, the Saturday section in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, celebrates its 10th anniversary in its compact format in September.
To mark the milestone, on September 2, Traveller is published for the first time as a special glossy, magazine-style edition.
The gloss edition of Traveller also launches the title’s biggest ever reader competition, with four trips for two worth nearly $70,000, thanks to 10th anniversary partners APT, Bunnik Tours, Collette, MyHolidayCentre.com.au and Scenic.
The competition runs throughout the month with prizes including European cruises and a five-star luxury Fiji holiday.
“We would like to thank our partners for their continued support in Traveller. Our gloss edition for the 10th anniversary is just the beginning of the content innovation we have planned for the year ahead,” said Jodie Smith, brand and audience director for Fairfax’s Life Media.
In digital, Traveller.com.au also celebrates its third anniversary this month. Since launching as Australia’s premier site for travel inspiration, advice and news in 2014, Traveller.com.au has grown to become the largest travel publishing site in the country, with more than 35,000 articles online.
The 48-page edition names the “10 destinations of the decade”, as voted by Traveller’s editors and writers along with our loyal and well-travelled readers.
“The 10th anniversary of Traveller coincides with a time when the number of overseas trips taken by Australians each year has more than doubled in the past decade to more than nine million,” says Anthony Dennis, editor of Traveller.
The anniversary content continues throughout September, with themed Traveller cover stories and editions. This includes the 25 tours that everyone should try and take in their lifetime (September 9), why there’s a luxury holiday experience for every budget (September 16), and the “Futures edition”, looking at the next 10 years of travel (September 23).
Mediaweek’s person of the week Chris O’Keefe this month became the first commercial TV journalist to be named the Journalist of the Year at the Kennedy Awards in their six-year history.
He won the accolade for his exclusive story revealing the gross negligence at Bankstown Hospital that led to the death of a newborn baby and left another infant with severe brain damage after a nitrous oxide gas mix-up in 2016.
Mediaweek recently made a trip to the NSW State Parliament House to visit O’Keefe. He was a guest panellist on a recent episode of Mediaweek’s Seven Days podcast where James Manning and Kruti Joshi regularly talk about the week’s media headlines.
O’Keefe has been reporting from this location for about two years now. Upon our arrival, he ushered us to the press gallery on the sixth floor.
“It’s the oldest parliament in the country. They call it the bear pit for a reason,” O’Keefe told Mediaweek. [Laughs] “It’s had a pretty long and distinguished history.”
Nine News occupies the first office in one of the corridors just off the main lobby on the sixth floor.
This, O’Keefe said, is a prime spot on the level: “The lift well is always a giveaway [for major breaking stories]. When people are running to the lift, they are trying to get to their offices upstairs or they are trying to get into the House. Then you think, ‘Hang on, what’s happening here?’
“I was watching the Laurie Oakes interview on 60 Minutes the other day and they have this thing called Extra Minutes. In that he said the Old Parliament House in Canberra was such a small place. He said, ‘You can feel the stress and the tension in the walls when something is on.’ And it’s true here too.”
NZME has appointed chief commercial officer Laura Maxwell to the new role of chief digital officer. She will head a new unit that will include the e-commerce platform GrabOne and bring together digital teams from across the company including sales, operations, NZME Vision and iHeartRadio.
NZME chief executive Michael Boggs said the changes allow the company to fast-track digital innovation plans.
“In addition to recent investments in Ratebroker, Restaurant Hub and the Chinese Herald joint venture, we have ambitious plans for our real estate, automotive and employment verticals, along with paid digital content,” Boggs said.
TVNZ’s net profit fell by 89% over to just $1.4m in the year to June 30 compared with $12.7m in 2016.
The state owned broadcaster reported earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, and fair value adjustments of $17.4m, down mostly due to an onerous contract provision for Disney product. Advertising revenue was down marginally from $303.9m to $299.2m. TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said a content agreement with Disney had become loss-making and it has booked a $12.4m provision in FY2017 to recognise future losses. Kenrick said the year had been one of “big challenges, big projects and a few tough decisions”. The state broadcaster has confirmed looking at further reductions to staff numbers.
Sky TV chief executive John Fellet has surprised with an attack on what he said was biased news media coverage of the company, which he linked with Sky’s legal challenges on alleged copyright breaches screening Sky sports clips. The claims were dismissed. Fellet had reported financial results to June 30 that showed net profits falling 21% to $116 million, and the loss of nearly 28,000 subscribers.
Special effects firm Weta Digital has confirmed it is looking to extend further into television projects. Weta has focused on feature films but it was reported last week it had worked on Game of Thrones shooting the “Zombie bear” segment in episode six of the latest series.
Dentsu Aegis Network has bought digital shop Little Giant, which will be linked with digital marketing agency Isobar. Little Giant was founded in 2011 and has more than 40 employees. Agency clients include brands such as Fonterra, Les Mills, Harcourts, Firth and Spark.
Interactive advertising revenue reached $431.1m over the first half of 2017 according to the IABNZ’s internet advertising report. Desktop received $129m (30% of total) of display, classified and directories revenue served. This is compared to the mobile devices total of $27.9m (6.5% of revenue) across smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Smartphone revenue reached $22.7m (5% of total revenue). The IABNZ New Zealand smartphone revenue significantly lags compared with Australia where mobile currently grabs a 17% share of total Interactive revenue. Across all devices, display advertising revenue landed at $67.8m with general display advertising hitting $44.1m (10% of revenue). Video remained buoyant generating $14.8m over the period. Programmatic accounted for $46.8m in the first half of the year.
Bauer Media Australia and New Zealand chief executive Paul Dykzeul confirmed to me the company is looking to acquire radio assets, amid speculation it may bid for MediaWorks. Dykzeul dismissed reports the company was in the market for TV assets. MediaWorks radio assets represent about half of the commercial radio market and have traditionally performed well. But like previous owners, Oaktree Capital has insisted on selling radio and TV assets together, acknowledging there is more interest in the former than the latter.
Bauer is testing expansion of its print media venture, Paperboy. It is running month-long trials in Wellington and Christchurch. Launched in Auckland nine months ago the free weekly magazine is focused on urbanism, food culture and style. There will be a print run of 30,000 issues per city, with launch dates of September 7 in Christchurch and October 26 in Wellington.
Shaun Davies is reaching the first anniversary as head of digital at Newshub, the news arm of MediaWorks. In July, the Newshub website had doubled its monthly unique users for the year, passing rival TVNZ along the way.
The Nielsen numbers are an encouraging milestone for Davies, who was hired to build the under-developed digital news operation. Davies had been headhunted to the job by chief news officer Hal Crawford, a long-time friend and former boss at ninemsn.
Hired just a few months earlier, Crawford was viewed as a surprising choice given he had little background in traditional broadcast news. There was a lot of interest in the New Zealand media world when he hired another Australian digital native to his top table.
About six years ago Davies left his role as managing editor at ninemsn and spent three years as a digital news executive with Microsoft working out of Singapore. That was followed in 18 months working in technology PR out of Japan. He told Mediaweek he wasn’t suited to agency life and missed news too much. Subsequently he was appointed digital editor for the BBC in Australia. Was there trepidation leaving the venerable BBC for what was then an embattled kiwi firm?
“I’m not really a trepidation type – I am more gung ho,” said Davies, with a chuckle.
“I was reluctant to leave the BBC after just one year. But I had felt a satellite there with little chance of having an impact on the organisation. For instance, under new rules it was made clear to me that I was never going to get immigration status if I moved to Britain.”
What did he find when he arrived at MediaWorks last September?
“The concept of snackable content had gotten loose in the building and in our newsroom it led to the idea digital needed to be reactive to every small piece of breaking news that came along.
“We were spending a lot of energy covering a car crash – where two people were injured – running around after three and four paragraph stories that were being read by 100 people. You had to work out the return.
“New Zealand has two scale players, (Fairfax owned) Stuff and (NZME’s) nzherald.co.nz. You can’t match them so you have to cater for specific audiences. You have to ask what connection do I have with the audience to ensure they came back.”
In particular, he says Newshub has focused on politics – coming into its own with a volatile lead-up to the election on September 23.
“The Newshub audience is into politics, which is great. Several of our top stories each day are about politics and I have beefed it up.
“I have worked at places where it is like pulling teeth to cover it. We have a fairly distinctive voice in politics, with a slightly lighter tone. We’re committed to it and we are not going to give up when the election is over,” he says.
As he toured Sydney media as part of a publicity blitz ahead of the first episode of Seven’s Little Big Shots, Shane Jacobson spent time with Mediaweek talking about his hosting role.
Mediaweek stayed on topic for the first half of the interview, but we weren’t going to let the opportunity pass without hearing about four new movies he has been working on, plus chatting about his time on Top Gear, his friendship with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and his work on the wonderful ABC TV series The Time Of Our Lives.
Kruti Joshi visited Sarah Oakes at the Bauer Media office on Park St in Sydney recently to talk about the changes coming to Gourmet Traveller, celebrity chefs, plus the evolution of food and travel.