Thursday April 13 2017 – Happy Easter!
Week 15: Wednesday (Easter survey break)
Seven #1 as Easter holiday viewing on primary channels on 65%
Six multichannels have audience shares of 3.5% or better
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Dan Hill, CEO, Val Morgan Cinema
• Louise Barrett, Executive GM Network Sales, News Corp Australia
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi cover the headlines in media this week in this pre-Easter edition of Seven Days. Discussion include the News Corp redundancies, radio presenters on break (except Fitzy and Wippa), how Natasha Exelby became the most-talked about topic in the sector, Peter Wiltshire’s new ad rep business, Stan’s chicken shop activation and much more.
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||3.5%||GEM||3.5%||ELEVEN||3.7%||Food Net||1.2%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.4%||7||19.8%||9||13.3%||10 NNSW||2.8%||SBS One||5.2%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||4.8%||GEM||5.2%||ONE||3.6%||Food Net||0.9%|
|WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV|
Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2016. 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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18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
Seven’s winning share of 17.9% was the equal lowest winning share on any night this year. Seven last won with a 17.9% share on Tuesday January 17.
Seven’s Home and Away was the biggest non-news audience while Nine’s Spy In The Wild was the best after 7.30pm.
The ABC has been the beneficiary of audience movements this week and it recorded its best Wednesday share since week seven.
Home and Away was up from close to 650,000 on Tuesday to 688,000 last night.
Beach Cops got an hour of primetime at 7.30pm in some markets with 317,000 watching. Melbourne and Adelaide got extra episodes of Home and Away early with Adelaide then getting Beach Cops late night.
Day 4 of the Australian Swimming Championships lifted for the midweek races pulling 310,000 in four markets. The Swimming went out live on 7TWO in Perth.
A Current Affair dipped a little lower last night to 735,000.
Part two of Spy In The Wild did 583,000 after launching with 565,000 on Sunday night.
Part one of The Secret Life of Growing Up: Teenagers then did 321,000.
Astonishing scenes on episode 2,000 of The Project with a highlights reel, Steve Price topless and then Merrick Watts guesting. The show was again the channel’s best with 540,000.
Tom Hiddleston and Ricky Gervais were among the guests on the Graham Norton Show with 411,000 watching.
This Is Us then did 406,000 followed by Madam Secretary on 219,000.
The return of Anh’s Brush With Fame did 583,000 and was the most-watched after ABC News. Jessica Mauboy was the first guest on the new season.
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was back at 8.30pm this week with 543,000 after 360,000 tuned in at 9.30pm last week.
A half hour episode of You Can’t Ask That did 370,000 at 9pm.
The comedy/drama The Warriors seems almost buried at 9.30pm and it found an audience of 217,000 on debut.
Adam Hills: The Last Leg then did 161,000.
24 Hours In Emergency did best at 8.30pm with 243,000.
Preceding it was part two of Digging For Britain with 221,000.
The Night Manager did 190,000 at 9.30pm.
The numbers for The Chefs’ Line continue to slip with 51,000 watching last night at 6pm.
News Corp editorial staff in Brisbane held a meeting following News Corp’s announcement this week to make substantial newsroom savings.
“This meeting of editorial employees in Brisbane moves a Vote of No Confidence in senior national News Corp management,” read a statement released following the meeting.
“Yesterday [April 11] staff were told there would be a restructure of the business, including photography and production, that would result in significant numbers of staff being made redundant.
“Staff at Bowen Hills question senior national management’s ability to build an economically viable company.
“Management’s continuing answer to economic pressures is to reduce staff numbers and jeopardise the quality of the product.
“On a daily basis we see our masthead’s paywall breached by news.com.au and other News Corp mastheads.
“We are yet to see any business innovation that turns the online model into a paying model and believe senior management needs to identify to staff the business plan to increase revenue beyond staff cost cutting.
“Our decision today is made on behalf of our communities. We are prepared to work differently, learn news skills and to be innovative but not at the cost of quality or our own health.
“Our readers rely on the work of our photographers to tell the story in pictures that define the story. They rely on the work of our production staff, artists, subs, designers to ensure the story is delivered accurately and across a variety of mediums.
“We are appalled that across Queensland we have worked to build our online presence and connect to our markets but we are still unable to maintain a paywall or deliver papers in some regional areas before 11am.
“Senior News Corp management needs to be held accountable for its poor business decisions, lack of vision and inability to consult with their employees.
“We call on management to engage in constructive consultation with staff that includes a full understanding of the business model and allows for real feedback on areas where the model is failing.
“We call on management to commence this consultation before any decision to further downsize editorial staff numbers is enacted.
“We call on management for a response by Wednesday April 19, 2017.”
Digital advertising in the United Kingdom grew at its fastest rate for nine years – by 17.3% to £10.3 billion in 2016 – according to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK/PwC Digital Adspend report. The last time annual growth was higher was 2007 (38%).
As almost half (48%) of UK internet time is now spent on smartphones, mobile ad spend rose 50.8% to £3.87b. Mobile now accounts for 38% of all digital ad spend, up from 4% just five years ago. However, it accounts for 63% of video spend, 76% of Content & Native (including social media news feeds) and 79% of social media spend.
Spend on mobile video ads more than doubled (up 103%) to £693 million – making it the fastest-growing ad format. It accounts for 29% of the total growth in digital ad spend.
The rise in mobile video ad budgets reflects online data showing that in the last six months, 54% of British smartphone users watched video clips on their phone, with two in five of these saying they do more of this than a year ago. A significant number have also watched TV programs (17%) and films (11%) on their smartphones. This behaviour is much more prevalent among 18-24 year olds, with 75% watching short clips, 44% watching TV and 33% watching films on mobiles. Six in 10 people who watched short clips, TV or film on their phone did so while out and about.
Video – across mobile and PCs – is growing at 56%, driven by outstream/social in-feed’s huge 234% rise to £465 million. Outstream accounts for 43% of all video spend but 56% of mobile video. Pre- and post-roll video ad spend grew 12% to £603 million (55% share of all video).
Seven Network will seek to strike out Amber Harrison‘s Fair Work claim after the former employee lost a bid to have her case against the television network heard in the Federal Court in Melbourne, reports The AFR’s Misa Han.
In a decision handed down on Wednesday, Justice John Sackar said the case should continue to be heard in the NSW Supreme Court because her ability to bring the Fair Work claims depends on whether the second agreement she signed with Seven remains in force.
The matter is due to be heard for four days starting on July 10.
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The Daily Mail apologised to Melania Trump on Wednesday and agreed to pay damages to settle two lawsuits she had filed over an article last year asserting that the professional modelling agency she worked for in the 1990s had also been an escort service, reports The New York Times.
“We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them,” a lawyer for the British newspaper told a judge, Andrew Nicol, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. “We apologise to Mrs Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.”
The terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed. She had sought compensatory and punitive damages of at least $150 million, according to the filing.
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The Guardian reports:
Trump will receive damages and legal costs understood to be less than US$3m (£2.4m). The precise amount was not disclosed in the hearing.
The libel settlement is one of the highest ever to go through the British courts.
Elton John reportedly received £1m from the Sun in a 1988 out-of-court settlement.\
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MCN increasing its focus on independent agencies and direct sales, with the promotion of Sydney sales director Shae Bonney to a new national role as national sales director – independent agencies and direct.
A long-term member of MCN’s sales leadership team, Bonney has more than 15 years’ experience within the MCN business, and has spent the past four years as Sydney sales director. Prior to MCN, Bonney worked in media sales with News Corp in Australia and the UK.
Jo Clasby, currently Bauer Media’s NSW and Queensland sales director, will join MCN as Sydney sales director from next month. Clasby will be responsible for TV sales in the Sydney market.
Clasby spent over 13 years as group business manager at Nine Network before joining Bauer Media in 2012, when it was known as ACP Magazines. She brings to MCN over 23 years’ experience in the industry.
Both roles will report directly into MCN’s national sales director Nick Young.
Ongoing investment in print has helped push The Australian’s year-on-year readership up 0.2% for its Monday to Friday editions, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Weekday print readership reached 473,000 people in February, according to the latest official Enhanced Media Metric Australia statistics.
Weekend newspaper readership across the sector remains challenging, although The Weekend Australian fared better than most. Published by News Corp Australia, the masthead was down 6.3% year-on-year to 555,000 readers.
Fairfax Media’s The Australian Financial Review recorded print readership of 322,000 readers during the week, a 1.3% rise. The weekend edition fell back 3.1% to 125,000 readers.
News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph saw readership inch up 0.8% to 1.013 million readers Monday to Friday, and the Saturday edition fell by 1.3% to 781,000 readers.
Fairfax Media saw readership declines at its two main metropolitan mastheads: The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
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Tina Arena is returning to Nova Entertainment’s smoothfm for a fifth time to host her own show on Sundays from Easter Sunday through until Sunday May 7. Arena will also be hosting a Mother’s Day special on Sunday May 14.
Arena said she enjoyed returning to radio: “I enjoy connecting with Australian audiences obviously because they have a history about me that nobody has anywhere else in the world. We’ve had the privilege of being able to be a part of each other’s lives since I was a child.”
Tickets go on sale for Tina Arena’s Innocence To Understanding September tour next week.
The weekend radio program will be heard on smoothfm in Sydney and Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+.
Real Housewives of Sydney star Victoria Rees has asked police to investigate her controversial co-star Lisa Oldfield over the “cyber bullying’’ of Rees’ son, reports News Corp’s Kris Crane.
The Daily Telegraph was on hand on Tuesday as Rees attended Rose Bay Police Station to lodge a complaint. It is understood she has attended the same police station on three separate occasions over the incidents, culminating in an official report being made.
Rees revealed she felt forced to make a statement to police after Oldfield made “disgusting” and “inappropriate” comments on Instagram.
“I sought legal advice and on the recommendation of my lawyers I made a statement with police,” Rees said.
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Rockwiz host Julia Zemiro says SBS TV is likely to rest the popular music show in 2017, reports News Corp’s Nui Te Koha.
“SBS and ABC have had a lot of rejigging and money taken away. I get that,” Zemiro told Confidential.
“We probably won’t be back on air this year. If the show was waning in quality, we’d go: ‘Fair enough.’ But we’ve been doing some of our best work.”
While the fate of the show is yet to be decided, Rockwiz Live is taking over Hamer Hall in Melbourne on Good Friday.
“It’s celebrating the most boring day of the year, as far as I’m concerned,” Zemiro said, adding: “I’m not religious.”
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Broadcast in real time, property seekers (and the plain curious) can watch auctions on smartphones, tablets and other platforms with access to Facebook.
Agents can use Facebook Live 360 Auction to reach a wider audience, while home hunters will get the chance to see auctions up close and in action in an entirely new way.
Interested in seeing the Domain Facebook Live 360 Auctions? The next Live 360 via Domain is happening on Saturday April 22.
A feature in the current edition of Mediaweek magazine has caused two Melbourne broadcasters to call for an inquiry at The Age.
The feature is a Kruti Joshi interview with The Age’s Caroline Wilson where Wilson comments on the parody Twitter account that carries the name Caroline Wilson but has the handle @caro_whine.
Asked if she was aware of the Caroline Wilson parody account, Wilson told Mediaweek: “I know. There have been a couple. I have shut down a couple of them. I’ve just given up now.
“Occasionally people will come up to me and say, ‘Whoa, girl, what was that you were saying?’ and I will have to explain to them that it wasn’t me.
“The person [who runs the parody account] seems to have an intimate knowledge of what is going at The Age sometimes so that is a bit of concern.”
Speaking about the interview on their weekly Sounding Board podcast, Nine’s Footy Show and Footy Classified host Craig Hutchison and Footy Show and Triple M and reporter Damian Barrett talked about the implications if the account was run by an insider.
“If somebody is mocking Caroline from inside The Age it is absolutely reprehensible and they should be stood down immediately,” said Hutchison. “If I was Alex Lavelle, the editor of The Age, and I read that, I would be launching a full scale investigation.”
Read the Caroline Wilson interview here.
Listen to The Sounding Board podcast here.
• 13 Reasons Why surges to the top of the charts
The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has stormed to the top of the Audience Demand TV charts measuring the desire, engagement and consumption of content of all TV shows on all platforms.
13 Reasons Why, released on March 31 on the Netflix platform, jumped from #5 on the Digital Originals charts in Australia and New Zealand last week to top spot on both. The series also sits at #2 on the Overall TV Shows chart in both markets, trailing only The Walking Dead which continues to lead the chart following the final episode of season seven airing in the first week of April.
Baz Luhrmann also returned to the Digital Original charts in both markets with new episodes from the second half of the first season of The Get Down being released on Netflix.
Another recent Netflix release, season 11 of Trailer Park Boys, also made the charts this week, #10 in Australia and #4 in New Zealand.
Discovery Channel has joined forces with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Fredbird Entertainment for a new series, Dr Karl’s Outrageous Acts of Science.
Launching in June, the 10-part pop science series will feature viral videos from Australia and around the world. Dr Karl along with a team of experts and pop culture pundits will breakdown the science behind the experiments (and some misadventures) conducted by these self-appointed scientists.
“Dr Karl is one of the country’s most prominent and well-loved science communicators. His passion for sharing the wonders of science is infectious and he’s crafted an ingenious way of taking complex scientific facts and principles and making them digestible for all audiences,” said Jonathan Rudd, vice president programming and production Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, DNAP. “At its core, Discovery is all about satisfying curiosity – it’s in our DNA – so we’re thrilled to be teaming up with Dr Karl to bring his expertise and signature brand of pop science to our viewers.”
“Science is not a bunch of facts – that’s an encyclopaedia. Science is a way (or a method, or process, or path) to try to understand the universe around us. And our home ‘scientists’ really try some outrageous stuff,” said Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
Currently in production, Dr Karl’s Outrageous Acts of Science will premiere in June, only on Discovery Channel.
The series is produced by Fredbird Entertainment for Discovery Channel.
• Travel advertiser alert: 5.2 million news media readers holidayed abroad in the past year
A total of 16.7 million Australians, or 91% of consumers, read news media in February 2017, the latest emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) data released today has shown.
Digital news media on smartphones, tablets, laptops or PCs is consumed by 70% of people, or 13m Australians. Print, however, continues to be the preferred platform for readers of news media, at 13.4m people or 72% of the population.
Metro newspapers were read by 11.2m people, or 60% of consumers, in the same period. Regional and community news brands were read by a total of 7.1m people, or 38% of the population, with regional newspapers read by 3.2m people (or 17% aged 14+), while community newspapers were read by 4.1m (or 22% aged 14+).
The emma data also shows that news media provides travel and tourism operators with a powerful opportunity to connect with holidaymakers. Readers enjoy travelling overseas, with 5.2m holidaying abroad in the last 12 months. On average, this has grown by 4.6% over each of the past three years. In addition, 5.8m news media readers intend to travel overseas on holidays in the next 12 months, which have grown by 5% in a year.
Cruising holidays in particular are showing strong growth among news media readers, with 1.9m intending to take a cruise in the next 12 months, which is an average increase of 14.6% over each of the last two years.
The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s highest-reaching title across all platforms with 5.5m readers. The Daily Telegraph followed, reaching 4.6m readers, and the Herald Sun on 4m (see table below).