Friday April 21 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Hannah Barnes, General Manager, Lifestyle Channels, Foxtel
Sunday 7.30am & 8.30pm
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||3.0%||GEM||2.2%||ELEVEN||2.7%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.9%||7||19.5%||9||15.3%||10 NNSW||3.3%||SBS One||4.9%|
|ABC ME||1.0%||7mate||3.5%||GEM||4.6%||ONE||4.5%||Food Net||0.8%|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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Nine’s AFL Footy Show copped a hammering in the media last week after a slow start to the 2017 season where the show has moved between Wednesday and Thursday night editions.
New AFL Footy Show co-host Craig Hutchison admitted this week on his Sounding Board podcast that the ratings could be a little better. However, he noted that compared to any of the programs covering the AFL on Fox Footy, The Footy Show easily outrates them many times over in the Melbourne market.
Hutchy has also hit back in the best way possible – with bigger ratings for last night’s episode. The program had an average audience in Melbourne of 239,000, which was its best numbers this year.
Also performing well was the NRL Footy Show, which had its best 2017 Sydney crowd – 135,000.
The second episode of the ABC’s excellent Seven Types of Ambiguity did close to 440,000 last night, after launching with 502,000 a week ago. All episodes have been available in iview. After powering through them, all the show must qualify as one of Australia’s best dramas for the past few years.
There are just two nights of the Easter ratings break remaining before we embark on 32 non-stop weeks of survey until December 2, 2017.
A delayed $1.6 billion merger between the two largest players in the outdoor advertising sector will complete in July, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Addressing APN Outdoor shareholders at the annual general meeting, chairman Doug Flynn said he expects oOh!media to put the transaction to its shareholders for a vote in late June to enable implementation in July.
The deal is subject to approval by the competition watchdog, whose indicative decision date is due on May 4, 2017. A decision was expected in March.
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Some of the country’s major sports are mounting a rearguard action against plans by the federal government to impose a “siren-to-siren” ban on gambling advertising during telecasts of live sporting events, pushing for the ban to be relaxed after children’s bedtime, report The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff and Joe Kelly.
It is understood some sports, especially the AFL, are now lobbying for an 8.30pm moratorium on the ban, potentially letting them screen certain types of ads for gambling companies after then because it represents adult viewing time.
Malcolm Speed, the executive director of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports, representing the nation’s major codes, said the proposed ban would “impact on media-rights deals or the value of media rights, which is the sports’ greatest asset”.
Ten Network chief Paul Anderson said free-to-air licence fees should be cut regardless of gambling ad bans. “Cutting licence fees is the fair and right thing to do to protect Australian content and is essential to the viability of our sector. It should not be seen as a trade-off for further advertising restrictions on our platform.”
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In yet more drama for the folks at Seven West Media, the company had its legal reps back in court on Thursday afternoon taking action against a website that for months now has been publishing allegations against the company and its executives, reports The AFR’s Bryce Corbett.
The NSW Supreme Court ordered the immediate removal from the website of the offending material and further ruled the website’s name be suppressed, only to be referred to forthwith as “Publisher X”.
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SVOD platform Stan has hired Milly Palmer to head up its publicity efforts on the forthcoming Twin Peaks for the next few months.
Palmer comes to Stan with considerable experience in the entertainment industry, previously as head of publicity at Twentieth Century Fox and most recently managing special projects at a specialist publicity agency. Palmer worked for Twentieth Century Fox for close to 15 years in the UK and then Australia.
Publicity for Stan had previously been handled by Niki White and Alana Free from Nikstar who will be transitioning communications to Palmer over the next month.
Twin Peaks will launch in Australia, and the rest of the world, from May 22.
Essentials magazine – which launched as a free title in 2006 – has relaunched as a consumer magazine. The first national issue of the quarterly title hit the newsstands on April 20. The founder and editor of the title Jamie Durrant said the title showcases best of Australian food, wine, art and travel.
“Essentials has operated in Victoria for more than 10 years as free press magazine distributed predominantly to wineries and food stores. So what has effectively happened is that we are having a retail product launch and will compete with other consumer magazines,” Durrant told Mediaweek.
Readers can get their hands on the 116-page magazine for $8.95.
Network Ten has confirmed season nine of MasterChef Australia will premiere on Monday May 1 at 7.30pm.
Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan are back in the kitchen, helping the contestants turn their dreams into reality. Celebrated chef Shannon Bennett returns as guest mentor, guiding the home cooks through testing times.
Season nine of MasterChef Australia boasts some of Australia’s and the world’s best chefs including the master of Middle Eastern cuisine Yotam Ottolenghi, Heston Blumenthal, Maggie Beer, Anna Polyviou, Curtis Stone, Ben Shewry and David Thompson, set to challenge the Top 24 contestants.
Fans of the Australian satirical comedy duo Clarke and Dawe have been treated to one final episode of their program in which the pair apply their dry wit to politics and modern doublespeak one last time, reports Fairfax Media.
The episode was filmed on April 5, according to the ABC, just days before John Clarke died while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria. His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from politicians, the public and colleagues in the arts.
The ABC released a previously unseen episode of the program on Thursday evening, with the permission of Clarke’s family as well as his friend and long-time collaborator Brian Dawe.
The ABC has also released episodes of The Games, the satirical program starring both Clarke and Dawe about the lead-up to the Sydney Olympic Games, on its streaming service iview.
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Ahead of the screening of House of Bond on Nine next week, Mediaweek’s Andrew Mercado writes at mediaweek.com.au:
Although set in a similar location (and with the classy Sam Neill starring in both), this one seems more in the vein of Underbelly than House Of, especially after its tacky introduction (aka promo) which features bare boobs and the exquisite Rachael Taylor (as mistress Diana Bliss) saying “F@#* off”. Sadly, once the story actually begins, it becomes apparent that HOB has a much smaller budget than House Of Hancock and despite its mostly Perth setting, it appears to have been filmed entirely around Sydney. There is also no Rose Hancock for entertainment value – just Alan Bond (Ben Mingay) who comes off as an unlikable arsehole who is so filthy rich he has a colour TV in 1969 despite broadcasting not starting in Australia till 1975.
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The cancer centre at Prince of Wales Hospital has had a serious makeover (to the tune of $114m) to benefit treatment and outcomes for NSW public cancer patients.
The Nelune Foundation (led by joint co-founders Nelune Rajapakse and Anna Guillan) has raised $11m of this over the past 18 months – with the centre renamed the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
Last night supporters, friends and special guests attended the official opening of the centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.
Guests included Nelune Foundation co-founders Rajapakse and Guillan, with Edwina Bartholomew from Seven’s Sunrise as event MC.
Other guests attending included Seven’s Sally Obermeder, Giaan Rooney (now 30 weeks pregnant), NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Brad Hazzard, Cancer Australia CEO Professor Helen Zorbas, iiNet founder and Seven West Media board member Michael Malone and wife Monika, Optus chairman Paul O’Sullivan plus John Hartigan and the family of the late Rebecca Wilson.
Photos: John Hartigan with Rebecca Wilson’s son Tom Sacre, Giaan Rooney (left) with Edwina Bartholomew and Sally Obermeder, Monika and Michael Malone
Outdoor operator APN Outdoor has joined forces with research companies The Lab and Neuro-Insight to discover the formula behind the power of movement – to be known as the Transit Factor.
The study paired ethnography (observing real people in their real world) with neuroscience (studying the brain’s reaction to stimulus) to compare and identify the key differences between static and moving advertising.
Following on from APN Outdoor’s previous studies, #myrealworld in 2015 and Media Attention in 2016, this study promotes the case for outdoor to be the centrepiece of more media campaigns, in particular the power of movement achieved with transit.
Richard Herring, APN Outdoor’s CEO, commented, “We are proud to promote this unique research collaboration in market. APN Outdoor have no peer in market when it comes to Transit and we’ve known for many years that transit advertising works. We know people see it multiple times a week, we know that it delivers incremental reach, we know audiences are continuously growing and clients love it. What we needed to do was reinforce these attributes and prove to our advertisers why.”
Research collaboration leader, Peter Pynta from Neuro-Insight, said, “This is the first time we have ever combined such different methodologies – observing real people’s behaviour in the real world with science to substantiate claimed behaviour with neuroscience proving beyond a doubt, moving ads ignite the brain like no other formats.”
The Transit Factor was launched to over 300 advertisers last night at an event in Sydney.
Melbourne-based Digital Classifieds Group, which operates online classified sites throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific, has acquired a majority stake in Yula.la, a Laos-based online classifieds website. Financial details have not been disclosed.
Yula started in December 2013 and is the first online classifieds platform in Laos available on smartphones, tablets and computers. Yula founders, Christophe Eyquem and his wife, retain a minor stake in the business and will provide market knowledge and technical expertise.
Digital Classifieds Group operates Realestate.com.kh in Cambodia, Property.com.fj and Market.com.fj in Fiji, and Hausples.com.pg, Pngbuynrent.com and MarketMeri.com in Papua New Guinea.
Realestate.com.kh’s content director James Whitehead will move from Phnom Penh to Vientiane to manage Yula.la.
Singapore Press Holdings has launched a new bilingual website, Sgsme.sg, aimed at leaders of SMEs. The site will provide SME-related news, analyses, features and interviews from The Straits Times, The Business Times, The SME Magazine, Lianhe Zaobao, zaobao.sg, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News.
Myanmar officialdom has given the go-ahead to two former exiled news outlets – the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and Mizzima – to operate their own digital channels under the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV). This follows a call late last year by the Ministry of Information to local companies interested in becoming content providers for MRTV.
MRTV has now announced details of five companies granted broadcasting licenses. As well as DVB and Mizzima, the Young Investment Group, Fortune International, and Kaung Myanmar Aung received licenses. DVB was launched in 1992 by activists in Norway, and moved to Myanmar in 2012. Mizzima was founded in India in 1998 by Soe Myint, who hijacked a Thai Airways plane in 1990 as an act of political protest.
BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV that will bring the CBeebies series Go Jetters to over 1.1 billion viewers in China. The 50-episode series, dubbed in Mandarin and subtitled in simplified Chinese, will premiere at the end of May on children’s channel, CCTV-14. Go Jetters will also be available to in China on multiple platforms. In addition to CCTV’s mobile streaming platforms, it will also launch in a CBeebies block on the IPTV platform BesTV and on the online platform iQIYI in June. In late August it will be available on digital platforms Tencent and Youku.
Hong Kong’s ailing broadcaster i-Cable Communications halted trading on Tuesday morning pending the release of an announcement. The company’s chairman said it has taken an “important step” to enable the company to accept a new pay TV licence and to carry on with its pay TV, free TV and broadband businesses. News also broke that a consortium led by Hong Kong property tycoon David Chiu Tat-cheong was in discussions with i-Cable about possible investment.
China’s Shanghai Media Group, a subsidiary of Radio and Television Station of Shanghai, has led a RMB750 million (A$142.5m) series A investment in Chinese music and radio platform NetEase Cloud Music. Several other mostly media companies also participated in the round, which values NetEase Cloud Music at US$1 billion post-investment, rendering it a unicorn (startups valued at $1 billion or more). NetEase Cloud Music was launched in 2013, allowing users to download music online. It gains revenue from membership fees, sales of digital albums, data services, and online ads. Its number of users reached 200 million in July last year, up 100% YOY.
Singapore Press Holdings reported its net profit for the second quarter ended February 28, 2017 fell 1.2% YOY to S$53.5 million (A$53.5m). A contributor to the profit decline was SPH’s media business, which underwent an 11.9% decline in revenue, with ad revenue down 16.8% from a year ago.
SPA CEO Alan Chan said, “We continue to focus on our drive to sustain and transform the core media business through investment in growth areas and cost discipline, while also pursuing other opportunities to diversify revenue streams. On this count, we look forward to launching our two new radio stations at the start of 2018.”
Venture capital firm Reapra has invested US$1.2 million (A$1.59m) in Sycamore Media Holdings, a Singapore-based media startup focusing on promoting entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia. Sycamore is also the parent company of Inc. Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian licensee of global company Inc, which provides support for entrepreneurs in digital, print and video media and events. Neel Chowdhury, CEO of Sycamore and editor-in-chief of Inc. Southeast Asia, said the startup boom that hit China, Hong Kong and then India is now active in Southeast Asia and his company wanted a media product to capture that trend.
BBC World Service Group director Francesca Unsworth said in Bangkok last week that the BBC is ready to adjust its “work culture” to suit Thai laws and audiences. Unsworth, also the BBC’s deputy director of news and current affairs, told the Bangkok Post, “We have to be mindful of local sensibility and local laws. But we still need to serve all audiences in a way that we feel they are best served. We have to find a balanced operating environment.” In the last three years, the Thai government has at times blocked BBC local stories that it considered controversial.
Cambodian Khmer-language media and entertainment site Khmerload, which last August established a site presence in Myanmar, is ready to expand further in the Southeast Asia region. Last month the news site, founded in 2011 and described as a Cambodian version of Buzzfeed, became the first Cambodia startup to acquire Silicon Valley investment, securing $200,000 in investment from the regional arm of California-based venture capital seed fund, 500 Startups.
Hong Kong’s digital radio transmissions will be shut down within six months. Digital radio was introduced in Hong Kong in 2010. Licenses were granted to three commercial operators – Phoenix U Radio, Digital Broadcasting Corporation and Metro Broadcast Corporation – plus public broadcaster RTHK. But the three commercial operators had their licences terminated, leaving only RTHK. The Executive Council has now declared that it is unrealistic to rely solely on the public broadcaster to operate the digital service.
The Philippines is preparing to shift to digital TV in three to six years, according to regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission.
A plan is in place to have 95% of Filipino households switch to digital television transmission by 2023, with higher quality video and audio signals. Broadcasters will also be able to provide new services.
Some mobile companies are also preparing digital TV-ready smartphones.
The National Telecommunications Commission director Edgardo Cabarios noted that most Southeast Asia countries are migrating to digital at about the same time.
• Japanese anime and drama series are so popular in Asia that Japan could soon overtake South Korea as the third-largest exporter of TV shows, after the US and UK.
• Cash will no longer be needed when making purchases at newspaper stands in Hong Kong because the Coalition of Hong Kong Newspaper and Magazine Merchants have worked with TNG, an e-wallet solution provider, to introduce electronic payment services. The coalition predicts that more than 100 newspaper stands in Hong Kong will be using the service by the end of this month.
• Singapore Press Holdings’ evening daily newspaper Shin Min celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 6 onboard Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas. About 250 guests enjoyed an afternoon of celebration that included a video showcasing Shin Min’s history.
• Kantar Media and CSM Media Research have won the TV audience measurement contract for Hong Kong for 2018 through 2023.
As a university student from Brisbane, Hilary Whiteman wanted to be a journalist with a leaning towards print, but a visit to a Brisbane newspaper caused her to switch her ambitions to TV.
“I wanted to be a journalist because I love writing and telling stories,” she said. “My first thought was to go into print, but during a school work experience at a newspaper in Brisbane I was turned off by the abundance of old men who smoked in the newsroom.
“By comparison, the TV newsroom was young and hungry and much more appealing.”
TV turned out to be the right move for her. In 1996 she signed on as a WIN TV reporter in Cairns, filing packages for a nightly half-hour news bulletin for two years.
Now Whiteman is senior editor for CNN Digital Hong Kong following a promotion last month, and this is the latest highlight in a 12-year stint with the cable broadcaster that began in 2005 at CNN London where she was a producer.
London was her goal from day one. “When I was at university I used to work overnights at Channel Nine in Brisbane,” she said. “Someone gave me some very good advice to get some experience before moving to London. So after two years in regional television in Cairns I thought it was time to go.”
Read Peter Olszewski’s complete interview with Whiteman in next week’s Mediaweek magazine.