Thursday September 14 2017
• Magazine feature: Triple M Adelaide closing the gap with Roo & Ditts
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Former US ad agency CEO and author Bob Hoffman
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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|WEDNESDAY 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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Home and Away slipped under 700,000 for the first time this week to 661,000.
The ob doc hour started with Border Security on 605,000 and then grew to 638,000 for The Force.
The Criminal Minds double play started with a new episode on 423,000, then dipped to 348,000 for the repeat episode.
A Current Affair spent a second night under 800,000.
The Block followed with a Red Hill holiday home challenge thrown in amongst the race to finish the kitchens. The final episode before the next room reveal set a new Wednesday record for this series – 1.11m.
Doctor Doctor followed with 761,000 after 697,000 last week.
The last Wednesday night of The Bachelor gave the channel its best midweek result since The Bachelor launched in week 30. The penultimate episode pulled 816,000 viewers, which was just below 846,000 watching the season launch. The choice of the final two caused a minor online sensation after Tara didn’t make it through to the final.
The movie The Heat followed with 367,000.
Earlier in the night The Project 7pm was just over 600,000.
The first episode of the new season of Gruen was the star performer for the channel with 903,000 watching. The crowd watching the return of Wil, Russel and Todd delivered the channel’s biggest audience since an episode of Four Corners did 966,000 earlier this year.
Elsewhere Hard Quiz did 617,000 earlier in the night.
Get Krack!n was on 453,000, up from 405,000 a week ago thanks to a better lead-in.
A late repeat of Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 201,000.
Extreme Railway Journeys went on a jungle railway in the Congo with 231,000. That is down from 325,000 a week ago.
The second episode of Look Me In The Eye did 189,000 after launching with 287,000.
The Good Fight did 157,000 and then The Handmaid’s Tale was on 82,000.
The Turnbull government was heading towards a major victory last night, with the most significant media reforms in more than a decade expected to pass parliament following last-minute negotiations with crossbenchers, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
The landmark media law changes will abolish the two-out-of-three ownership rule and the 75% audience reach rule that the industry blames for creating an uneven playing field against online rivals.
Broadcasting licence fees will also be abolished and changes made to the anti-siphoning list, while more restrictions will be placed on gambling advertising during live sporting events across all platforms.
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Magazine publisher Bauer Media has been ordered to pay Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson more than $4.5 million in damages for defaming her in a series of stories in 2015, report Loretta Florance and Emma Younger for ABC News.
It is the largest defamation damages payout ever ordered by an Australian court.
Wilson, who is in London, later tweeted she was grateful for the payout and promised to donate the money, as she had said she would do in June.
Wilson was seeking $7 million after she successfully sued the Woman’s Day publisher over eight articles, which she described in court earlier this year as a “malicious, deliberate take-down” of her.
The court today heard Wilson had offered to settle before trial for $200,000.
Justice Dixon strongly criticised Bauer Media for failing to properly investigate the claims about Wilson, and for publishing them despite knowing they were false.
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After the judgment was handed down, Bauer Media released this short statement:
Bauer Media is considering today’s judgment.
Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel Adrian Goss said:
“Bauer Media has a long history of delivering great stories to our readers and we have a reputation for developing some of the best editorial teams in this country. This is what we are focused on.
“It is about continuing to do what we do best and that is delivering great content to more than 85% of Australian women across the country via our iconic portfolio.”
Ten Network’s administrators KordaMentha failed to tell the broadcaster’s creditors that a takeover by US media giant CBS did not treat all of them equally, and could face a legal challenge, a court has heard, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidison.
On the second day of a hearing at the NSW Supreme Court about the future of the free-to-air network, lawyers for a rival bid from Ten backer Bruce Gordon argued that the CBS offer included “unexplained and inexplicable discriminatory treatment”, carrying a high potential for litigation.
The hearing is now expected to last three days instead of two.
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WIN Corporation has abandoned an attempt to have the bid for Network Ten by Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon put to the free-to-air broadcaster’s creditors for a vote alongside the CBS proposal, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
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ARN becomes the third major Australian commercial radio broadcaster to create a podcast network. Nova Entertainment partnered with Acast while Southern Cross Austereo formed a partnership with PodcastOne.
Whooshkaa will host ARN’s radio podcasts, led by Kyle & Jackie, Hughesy & Kate and Jonesy and Amanda. Together, the companies will deliver and monetise audio products across all key demographics.
Whooshkaa founder and CEO Robert Loewenthal said the platform consistently pushed the boundaries of digital technology, hosting small-scale podcasters to large networks.
“Our tech stack helps companies with on-demand audio hosting, recording, distribution and commercialisation. We are now the largest and most diverse digital audio network in Australia,” he said.
ARN CEO Rob Atkinson said his audiences’ growing appetite for on-demand audio was obvious. “We’ve partnered with Whooshkaa to take advantage of this emerging opportunity,” he said. “They offer some of the most innovative solutions for audio technology and sales in the world and we provide the best audio content in Australia. That’s why the partnership is fantastic.”
Bauer Media noted it has significantly expanded its international activities and today generates two-thirds of its sales outside of Germany.
Publisher Yvonne Bauer assumes the responsibility of Andreas Schoo, who was appointed to the group management in 2007 and leaves Bauer Media Group at the end of September 2017. Schoo was responsible for the areas of print, digital as well as temporarily radio in several countries. He was also interim chief executive in Australia after the departure of David Goodchild until the appointment of Nick Chan as CEO.
Yvonne Bauer said: “Andreas Schoo has played a major role in the successful development of the Bauer Media Group. I thank him for many years of successful work in top management positions. In particular, he helped to shape the expansion of our print business in Germany and did a great deal of work for the digital business of Bauer XCEL Media. He has substantially advanced the international business in the Western core markets. On behalf of my family and the Group Management, I would also like to wish Andreas Schoo all the best for his professional and private future.”
Chanana, who is currently Maxus Australia’s national head of investment, has over 14 years of experience in the ad industry, including a decade working in senior digital and investment roles across the GroupM network. He will be based at the News Corp Sydney HQ, along with the rest of the Unruly Sydney team.
Ricky, who worked at Telstra before joining the GroupM network, will report into APAC chief commercial officer Phil Townend who is based in Singapore.
Nicole Sheffield, chief digital officer at News Corp Australia, added: “I am delighted that we have someone of Ricky’s experience and digital aptitude joining News Corp Australia’s digital executive team to lead our commercial video strategy and drive the next phase of growth and investment in Unruly in Australia.”
Chanana replaces Lance Traore, who left the company to pursue other opportunities.
Rogers comes to Nine/NBN with an extensive background in radio and television sales across multiple markets along Australia’s east coast, including Newcastle.
Most recently he held the position of general manager for Southern Cross Austereo Radio and Television assets in Mackay, after being sales manager for Southern Cross Austereo Newcastle and also head of agency sales for Nova Entertainment on the Central Coast of NSW.
“After an extensive search to secure the right candidate for the newly developed position of dales director, I believe we have found him in experienced sales executive Brad Rogers,” said Nine/NBN managing director Kylie Blucher.
“Brad has an in-depth knowledge of the Northern New South Wales market, a love for the media industry and a genuine respect for the results achieved by NBN to date. I have no doubt that he will lead our successful sales team to embrace new opportunities and provide our clients with dynamic, integrated solutions to reach their target markets.”
The Prime7 announcement claimed it is impossible for any other network to overtake, allowing Prime7 to claim victory for the fifth consecutive year:
Primetime survey year-to-date, Prime7 has a network audience share of 30.1% across the combined east coast markets of Northern NSW, Southern NSW and Victoria. 16,000 more viewers than Nine affiliates currently sitting on 28.4% and 120,000 more viewers than TEN affiliates 17.1%.
Prime7 is #1 for local news, dominating in Tamworth/Taree, Orange/Dubbo/Wagga and the Albury markets.
Prime7 is also #1 for the weeknight news hour with a 47.2% audience share in the all-important 6pm-7pm timeslot, with audience share growing 13.3% on last year.
Premiering on ABC TV in July this year, the series reached a cumulative audience of 1.6 million people in its first week (which the ABC noted made it Australia’s #1 new drama).
Stars Claire van der Boom and Pallavi Sharda will be in Cannes to walk the red carpet, before later joining producers Kris Wyld and Antony I Ginnane for a special screening and Q&A session to take place in the Palais des Festivals on Tuesday October 17.
“ABC Commercial is excited to launch Australia’s favourite new medical drama at MIPCOM this year,” said Robert Patterson, director of ABC Commercial. “With its outstanding story, diverse cast and powerful message of personal endurance, we’re certain international audiences will enjoy Pulse as much as audiences have enjoyed it here in Australia.”
Following the reboot of SYFY in the US on June 19, the new brand identity will celebrate SYFY’s renewed commitment to the genre and fandom at large; the reboot includes an all-new look and feel across all linear, digital and social platforms including a new logo and typeface.
The launch date for the rebrand in Australia is September 17.
“SYFY puts fans at the centre of everything we do,” commented Lee Raftery, chief marketing and content officer and MD UK & emerging markets, NBCU International. “The new brand identity celebrates our commitment to the sci-fi genre and fandom at large – both on-air and across digital. Together with SYFY in the US, NBCUniversal’s dedicated science fiction brand is creating a universe for sci-fi fans across the world to call home.”
ABC listen replaces the existing ABC Radio app and promises enhanced navigation, personalisation and content search functions.
Director of radio Michael Mason said the new app recognised the changing habits of ABC listeners.
“Our previous radio app has proved extremely popular since its launch in 2012 and this new app marks a major step forward in our ability to provide seamless and easy-to-navigate access to our enormous range of on-demand and live audio content,” Mason said. “By focusing on the user’s own behaviours and preferences it opens up our content and allows for much easier discovery.”
ABC listen provides access to 45 ABC radio stations and audio networks including the ABC’s four national networks, its eight capital city local radio stations, 10 digital stations and 23 regional radio stations. It also provides a platform for more than 130 programs and podcasts.
ABC listen is now available for free download from either the Apple Store or Google Play. ABC Radio’s triple j and triple j Unearthed apps will continue as stand-alone apps.
Kin Community Australia (kincommunity.com.au) has added two influential Australian creators to its growing roster: high-profile Sydney-based YouTuber Tina Yong (pictured) and household name Lola Berry have partnered with Kin for channel representation and brand integrations.
Kin Community Australia launched in September 2016 as a partnership between Kin Community and Allure Media.
Tina Yong is a full-time social media creator known for her beauty and lifestyle videos and social content. Her YouTube channel is one of the fastest growing in Australia with more than 1.8 million subscribers.
Yong said: “My audience is truly global so it made sense for me to partner with a company with a global presence. Kin’s reputation for always being ahead of the trend in sponsored and branded content was a big draw.”
Lola Berry is a successful author of eight nutrition/health related books and is well-known to Aussie audiences for her fitness and health expertise.
Berry said: “The warm and personal approach of the team in sharing their skill and knowledge in social video makes me excited to be partnering with Kin so as to grow my audience and learn from the best.”
Tina Yong is represented by Abrams Agency in LA. Lola Berry is managed by Harry M Miller in Sydney.
Bauer will bring all the highlights of the Melbourne Cup Carnival experience to fashion and luxury audiences across Elle Australia, Gourmet Traveller, Cosmopolitan and The Australian Women’s Weekly.
Situated inside the Birdcage enclosure at Flemington on AAMI Victoria Derby, Emirates Melbourne Cup and Kennedy Oaks days, a purpose-built Elle pod will deliver live updates and commentary from Elle’s on-the-ground editorial team on the best fashion, beauty and celebrity news across the three days.
A Cosmopolitan “Glam Pit” will offer racegoers in The Park, a free precinct for all Melbourne Cup Carnival ticket holders, complimentary beauty touch-ups, live Cosmo experiences and social media photo opportunities.
Fiorella Di Santo, Bauer Media’s director of sales, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Victoria Racing Club to grow event participation and engagement by sharing the excitement, fashion and celebrity of Australia’s biggest racing carnival with our audiences.”
• 20-minute walk-through audio experience to showcase Australian talent
The Southern Cross Austereo first announced its partnership with PodcastOne to launch an Australian platform in November 2016. Back then SCA chief executive Grant Blackley appointed Grant Tothill head of podcasting and Jaime Chaux content director.
PodcastOne quietly launched earlier this year and has been building an audience for its original content as well as selected US podcasts it also offers. Among its Australian content partners is Mediaweek with our Mediaweek and Seven Days podcasts.
Last night the Australian broadcaster officially launched the Australian operation in Sydney with an elaborate launch event complete with a 20-minute walk-through audio experience. A Melbourne launch will follow next week.
Held at Sydney event space Commune, upon arrival PodcastOne launch guests lined up on a black carpet before being ushered into the building in groups of about 20. Each group was then fitted with head sets and taken through three different podcasting spaces. The audio guide for the tour was PodcastOne contributor Dr Nikki Goldstein.
Room one was set up as a crime scene from Melbourne’s Hotel Saville which features in Adam Shand‘s new Trial Of The Vampire podcast.
The second stop on the audio tour was a sports locker room with podcaster Mark Howard recording a Howie Games podcast with former AFL player and coach Paul Roos. Roos has also released a new book and it was later revealed he will feature in his own podcast on the platform shortly. Roos talked to Howard about buying his first house for just $150,000 in suburban Melbourne and the fashions for footballers in the 80s, including the skinhead cardigan.
The final stop was a dining area of a restaurant with the guests sitting along both sides of a long table. Here they heard an except from Gary Mehigan‘s new podcast A Plate To Call Home as they were served an entree.
After all the guests had completed their audio tours, Grant Blackley took the stage to welcome the visitors. “One thing I know about podcasting is people don’t like it… they love it,” he said.
Blackley said when SCA decided to get into podcasting they realised they had the ability and the infrastructure, but they really wanted to understand more about personalisation of audio.
“We scoured the world to find the best single partner we possibly could who would have the tech, the platform, the brand, the analytics and the content. We found them in PodcastOne.”
Blackley’s special guest at the launch event was PodcastOne CEO Jim Berk.
Grant Tothill followed Blackley and introduced Adam Shand to the stage. Shand then conducted a podcaster panel with other PodcastOne contributors Rosie Waterland, Mark Bouris, Gary Mehigan, Nikki Goldstein and Mark Howard. All the men admitted to being listeners to Goldstein’s Sex and Life podcast.
Guests at the event included a number of media agency buyers, SCA executives from around Australia and many PodcastOne contributors, including Adam Spencer who will soon launch his podcast The Big Question.
Photo [L-R]: SCA’s Grant Blackley, PodcastOne’s Jim Berk, SCA’s Brian Gallagher and Guy Dobson and John Kelly
Netflix and the ABC have commissioned Screentime to produce a six-hour drama series entitled Pine Gap.
Created by showrunner Greg Haddrick and co-writer Felicity Packard, the international political thriller is set in and around the enigmatic US/Australia joint defence facility situated in central Australia.
Pine Gap will commence pre-production in Adelaide in November and will film across multiple locations in SA and the NT in 2018.
The series will be produced by Lisa Scott and Felicity Packard, and executive produced by Screentime’s Bob Campbell, Rory Callaghan and Greg Haddrick, and the ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy.
Executive Chairman of Screentime Bob Campbell said “Screentime is delighted that Netflix and the ABC have come together to commission this production that has been in development by the Screentime drama team for a number of years.”
Creator, executive producer, writer and showrunner Greg Haddrick said: “A compelling work of fiction inspired by modern geopolitical tensions – we are delighted to be working with Netflix and the ABC to produce an original concept for a worldwide audience.”
Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix Vice President of Content, said: “Greg Haddrick is a magnificent voice in television in Australia and around the world. We can’t wait for Greg to bring Pine Gap’s story of secrecy and deceit to Netflix members around the world.”
The ABC’s Director of Television David Anderson said: “This partnership enables a high-end Australian drama to be produced for all Australians, and for locally produced content to be delivered to an international audience. We look forward to working with all our partners on this new venture.”
A Screentime production, Pine Gap is financed by Netflix and the ABC, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Additional financial support is being provided by a grant from Screen Territory.
Photo: Kristian Laemmle Ruff/ABC
It is always good to hear about a station at the top of its game and being rewarded in the ratings. That certainly is what is happening at SCA’s Triple M Adelaide.
Triple M Adelaide content director Matthew O’Reilly moved from The Grill Team in Sydney back to Adelaide just over two years ago. His immediate focus was on breakfast, and the work he and the station have been doing has been paying off this year.
“Our survey five result gave Triple M Adelaide its best shares since 2004,” said O’Reilly. The Triple M breakfast show went #1 in 2009 and 2010, but the shares weren’t as high as the most recent survey’s 13.5% share. That was enough to make breakfast hosts Roo and Ditts – Mark Ricciuto and Chris Dittmar – #1 FM breakfast, just 0.1 behind Fiveaa’s Penbo and Will and less than 1.0 behind ABC Adelaide’s new breakfast host Ali Clarke(who was a former FM breakfast star at both Triple M and Mix).
Roo and Ditts moved from Triple M drive to breakfast before O’Reilly returned to Adelaide.
“For the first six months after I arrived my main focus was the breakfast show, I pretty much didn’t look at anything else. But they have a great team in executive producer Alice James and panel operator Mel Andersen who need to take bulk of the credit for the result.”
O’Reilly doesn’t get too involved in the music at the station, instead leaving that up to people who know what they are doing – namely Adelaide music director Vinnie Shannon.
As to the success of the breakfast show, O’Reilly said: “We had to embrace that we needed to be different. If you listen to all the FM breakfast shows we clearly sound very different from every other show.”
The content mix includes sport, news and comedy, giving people a chance to be across all three every 30 minutes.
WHIMN editor Felicity Harley joins Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi in this episode of Seven Days.
Mediaweek was an ABC media partner at OzPod 2017 last Friday and took the opportunity to speak with some of the guests.
Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi speaks with Fox Sports presenter Yvonne Sampson about her career and passion for rugby league.