Thursday April 27 2017
Radio Ratings: GfK Survey 2, 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Paul Anderson, CEO, Network Ten
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||2.7%||GEM||3.1%||ELEVEN||2.8%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||9.8%||7||25.5%||9||18.5%||10 NNSW||2.0%||SBS One||3.9%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||4.3%||GEM||4.1%||ONE||2.8%||Food Net||0.9%|
|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
16-39 Top 5
18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
Nine makes it four wins in a row after the combo of The Voice and the launch of Britain’s Got Talent secure a winning share of 23.6%.
Seven was in second place for both primary channel share and combined channel share. It has been a challenging week for Seven with My Kitchen Rules playing in a much more competitive market. In 2016 both The Voice and MasterChef didn’t launch until after MKR wrapped for the year. This year MKR has not led Seven to a victory in its final week after it was unassailable over the same period 12 months ago.
The last episode of My Kitchen Rules before the grand final next week saw mother and daughter Valerie and Courtney defeat Tim and Kyle for a spot in that grand final. They will now compete against Amy and Tyson on Sunday night. The winning team last night scored 50 out of 60 with an eight or a nine from all judges, while Tim and Kyle were not far behind, but with sevens and eights from the judges for a total of 46.
Viewers on Sunday night wanting to see the final will be asked to sit through the first episode of House Rules at 7pm before MKR starts around 8pm.
Seven launched its new Aussie Property Flippers last night with a unit on the Gold Coast and a house in Sydney’s west being renovated. There is no host as is common in these reality formats, but a friendly voiceover. The program debuted with 548,000, well under Britain’s Got Talent on Nine around the same time with 671,000.
Episode three of The Voice and the numbers are moving closer to 1m. The episode trailed MKR in Sydney but the two major reality formats were tied in Melbourne with each just over 390,000.
The Voice week 1 2017
After The Voice Nine premiered a new season of Britain’s Got Talent, which is being fast-tracked by Nine after launching in the UK just last week. The judging panel is Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. The first episode did 671,000, winning its timeslot, and was key to Nine winning the night.
Peter Helliar didn’t win a Gold Logie on Sunday, but it was still a celebration of Helliar this week. Helliar and Kat Stewart starred during the Logie presentation, Helliar’s show The Project was again the channel’s #1 last night (579,000 at 7pm) and he had his own stand-up special last night on TEN.
Called Peter Helliar: One Hot Mess, the show did 261,000 after 8.30pm. The special was a co-production between Helliar’s new company Pablo Pictures and Kevin Whyte‘s Guesswork TV.
The lead-in for Helliar at 7.30pm was The Graham Norton Show with 370,000 watching.
Anh’s Brush With Fame did 565,000 at 8pm followed by The Weekly on 525,000 at 8.30pm.
You Can’t Ask That did 442,000 at 9pm and then The Warriors did 250,000 at 9.30pm.
The number of people using Twitter has risen and the firm’s losses narrowed in the first three months of this year, reports BBC News.
Its most famous frequent user, Donald Trump, is taking to Twitter less since assuming the US presidency, but active users of the message-in-brief platform have still risen by 14%, the firm said.
However, revenue from advertising fell by almost 8% from a year earlier.
“We continue to face revenue headwinds,” said Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey.
“We believe that executing on our plan and growing our audience should result in positive revenue growth over the long term,” he said. The firm said the number of people using the service actively every month was up 6%.
Twitter said 328 million people logged in to use the platform between January and March.
“We continue to expect revenue growth to meaningfully lag audience growth in 2017,” the company said.
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The 7News Investigates team earned five awards for their special report In Cold Blood: The Chris Lane Story about one of Australia’s rising sports stars gunned down in cold blood by three bored youths while out on an afternoon jog.
Executive producer Mark Llewellyn, Seven News US bureau Chief Mike Amor, producer Luke Blair and cameraman Arron Hage accepted two Gold World Medals and a Silver World Medal for Special Report, Best Camerawork and Best Interview at the gala presentation in Las Vegas.
The program was also awarded two Finalist Certificates for Best News Reporter and Best News Documentary.
Executive producer Mark Llewellyn said: “We couldn’t be more proud of this achievement, and of Mike Amor and the brilliant crew – cameraman Arron Hage, producers Emma Dallimore and Luke Blair and the editors. Their journalism, compassion and incisive yet sensitive storytelling is credit to them.
“We dedicate these awards to Chris Lane. To tell his story and that of his wonderful family and friends was a great honour and we thank all of those who came together to contribute to the memory of a wonderful young life.”
Seven News was also recognised with a Finalist Certificate for its live coverage of the Paris Terror Attacks.
The New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films awards honour programming across all lengths and forms from more than 50 countries.
Photo: Accepting their Awards in Las Vegas [L-R]: Arron Hage, Mike Amor, Mark Llewellyn and Luke Blair
Australia has been ranked #19 on the World Press Freedom Index as ranked by the Reporters Without Borders organisation. This year the list ranks 180 countries. The United Kingdom has slipped from #38 to #40 on the list, while the USA has dropped from #41 to #43.
Scandinavian countries fill the top five places – Norway is #1 followed by Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Netherlands.
Australia has improved its ranking by six places this year after ranking #25 on the 2016 list.
Reporters Without Borders commented on Australia:
Australia has a strong public media, but the ownership of its print media is heavily concentrated. Two media groups – News Corporation (owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch) and Fairfax Media – are responsible for 85% of newspaper sales. Overall, the media enjoys a great deal of freedom, although protection of journalists’ sources varies from state to state.
Coverage of Australia’s refugee detention centres on Manus Island (off Papua New Guinea) and the Pacific Ocean island of Nauru is nonetheless restricted. New laws in 2015 provide for prison sentences for whistleblowers who disclose information about conditions in the refugee centres or operations by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
A telecommunications law has opened the door for surveillance of the metadata of journalists’ communications. Federal police raids on Labor Party parliamentarians in 2016 violated the confidentiality of sources and showed that the authorities were more concerned about silencing the “messengers” than addressing the issues of concern to the public that had been raised by their revelations.
CNN has reported the latest Ipsos Affluent Survey results show CNN is again the undisputed number one international TV news brand in daily, weekly and monthly reach and the number one multiplatform news brand (TV + Digital combined) across Asia-Pacific. The news brand claims the survey reaffirms no other international news brand has a stronger reach than CNN.
Images: Ipsos Affluent Survey Asia Pacific Q3-Q4 2016 monthly brand reach using a sample of 10,984 representing a total affluents universe of 16,224,000.
The controversial former deputy mayor of Auburn council Salim Mehajer has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a taxi driver outside The Star casino and assaulting TV news reporter Laura Banks hours later, reports Fairfax Media’s Louise Hall.
Mehajer’s lawyer Mahmoud Abbas entered pleas of not guilty on his client’s behalf in the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.
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Fox News faces renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, a week after network parent Twenty-First Century Fox Inc severed ties with its biggest star over unrelated sexual harassment complaints, reports Reuters.
11 current and former Fox employees, including news anchor Kelly Wright, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday claiming they were demeaned, humiliated, paid less than white coworkers, and passed over for promotions.
The lawsuit was originally filed last month by two Fox News payroll employees. Tuesday’s complaint added class action racial discrimination claims.
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Pandora has announced the launch of genre sponsorships in Australia. More than 20 genres with 200+ stations are now available to sponsor, providing advertisers the opportunity to reach listeners through specially curated “music moments” on Pandora. This offering was first introduced in the US in 2012 and has driven strong results for US advertisers.
The genres sponsorships available include Love Songs, Workout, Wind Down, Driving, Gaming, New Music and Women in Music among others, and appeal to specific listener occasions.
Brands will have the opportunity to own entire genres, which are made up of a number of stations, and will own every ad break within them. These sponsorships create a premium, limited-interruption listening experience.
“Our genre sponsorships give advertisers deep targeting opportunities through the ability to engage listeners at the most relevant and impactful time. Whether it is a sportswear retailer or healthcare provider targeting people while they workout, or a clothing brand targeting people getting ready for Christmas, the ability to engage people with a tailored message in context is extremely powerful,” Pandora commercial director ANZ Chris Freel said.
Nova 96.9’s breakfast newsreader Matt de Groot has joined Yahoo7’s lifestyle website Be as a columnist. He will be writing about lifestyle, dating, nightlife, men’s fashion and male grooming. Along with his morning duties at Nova, de Groot is also a contributor on Seven’s The Morning Show and Ten’s Studio 10. Yahoo 7’s Be was unveiled in June 2016 with radio presenter Maz Compton, former MKR contestants Ash Pollard and Scott Gooding, as well as Real Housewives of Melbourne’s Gina Liano as contributors.
KIIS Network’s The Thinkergirls have partnered with dating website eHarmony Australia for a multidimensional campaign. The collaboration will see The Thinkergirls’ Stacey June and Kristie Mercer guide listeners to see past the superficial side of the dating game, and recognise who they are and what they want in a relationship through showing how eHarmony’s algorithm differs from other dating services. June will also discuss the behind-the-scenes guidance provided by eHarmony’s Matching Scientist Jonathan Beber as she embarks on her own relationship journey. The campaign will wrap up with an exclusive singles party, where attendees will be matched and then get to mingle with a single compatible with them.
SBS might have missed out at the TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday night, but SBS’s interactive animation My Grandmother’s Lingo has been awarded with a 2017 Webby Award for Best Use of Interactive Video.
With 13,000 entries from all 50 US states and over 70 countries, and 3.5 million votes cast in The Webby People’s Voice Awards, the Webby Awards represent excellence on the internet.
Marshall Heald, SBS director of television and online content, said: “My Grandmother’s Lingo is a great example of SBS’s ability to tell distinctive Australian stories in innovative ways and we’re absolutely thrilled to be recognised for digital excellence with this prestigious international award.”
My Grandmother’s Lingo, which also won a 2016 Walkley Award for Multimedia Storytelling and a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for Responsive Design, tells the personal story of Angelina Joshua, a young Aboriginal woman dedicated to preserving her endangered indigenous language.
Joining Joshua in creating My Grandmother’s Lingo are two other young indigenous talents: animator and illustrator Jake Duczynski (Gamilaroi) and DJ and musician Kuren (aka Curtis Kennedy, Wiradjuri).
Creators of the Bondi Vet series, WTFN Entertainment, report they have been overwhelmed by the response to their national search for Australia’s new TV vet – and will close nominations in a few weeks.
WTFN director of content, Steve Oemcke, said in excess of 5,000 nominations for approximately 400 individual vets had been received to date, with the search reaching millions of Australians via social media and the Bondi Vet website.
WTFN will end the nomination phase on May 8 after which the public will help pick Australia’s new TV vet star.
“We are considering vets from all over Australia, and it’s important to note that the successful candidate does not have to come from Bondi, or even live there,” said Oemcke.
A top 50 will be established through a process of a public vote and producer’s picks. The list will be fine-tuned to a final five by early June.
Men are already lining up for their chance to win the heart of radio star Sophie Monk, whose announcement as the next The Bachelorette has come — in a first for the reality show — before casting for her potential suitors, reports News Corp’s Sally Rawsthorne.
And in another first, the age bracket for the bachelors has been widened, with 37-year-old Monk open to finding love with men aged from 25 to 45.
For previous Bachelorettes Georgia Love, 27, and Sam Frost, 26, the bachelors were aged 23-35.
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After raking in riches from commercial television for the past four decades – ever since Kerry Packer bet the family fortune on cricket to fill hours of summer airtime – global investment bank UBS estimates Nine loses $40 million a year televising the sport, reports Fairfax Media’s Mark Hawthorne.
The last time Cricket Australia went to the market, it netted $500 million from Nine over five years for the Test and one-day rights, and a further $100 million over five years from Ten for the Big Bash League, thanks to a shrewd piece of business from then Ten boss Russel Howcroft.
The Big Bash rights are now conservatively valued at $300 million over the next five-year cycle. The rights to Test and one-day cricket are now valued by UBS at between $30 million to $40 million a year, which equates to less than $200 million.
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ESPN on Wednesday began another round of layoffs, this one aimed at on-air personalities, perhaps the starkest sign yet of the financial reckoning playing out in sports broadcasting as cord-cutting proliferates, reports The New York Times.
ESPN is by far the biggest and most powerful entity in the industry, and it also may feel the sting more as viewers turn away from traditional ways of consuming live sports.
The network has lost more than 10 million subscribers over the past several years. At the same time, the cost of broadcasting major sports has continued to rise. ESPN committed to a 10-year US$15.2b deal with the NFL in 2011, a nine-year US$12b deal with the NBA, and a US$7.3b deal for the college football playoffs, among many others.
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After storming the Audience Demand TV charts earlier this month, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why remains a clear favourite with audiences. The controversial series has dominated TV commentary for a number of weeks now and the program again leads both the Digital Originals and Overall TV Shows charts in both Australia and New Zealand.
Marvel’s Iron Fist is at #2 on the Digital Originals in both markets.
The Walking Dead and Pretty Little Liars remain at either #2 or #3 on the Overall TV charts in both markets.
New to the Digital Originals chart in Australia this week is Mystery Science Theatre 3000, a comedy series which has found its way to Netflix with new episodes after first launching on TV way back in 1988.
• Television revenue of $341.4 million (1H FY 2016: $334.2m), up 2.1%
• Revenue market share of 25.2% (1H FY 2016: 23.4%), an increase of 1.8 share points
• Commercial share in total people of 25.2% and in people 25-54 of 28.9%
• Television EBITDA loss of $2.4 million (1H FY 2016: EBITDA of $10.1m)
• Television costs (ex-selling costs) increase of 7.4%
• Non-cash television licence impairment charge of $214.5 million
• Net loss for the period attributable to members of $232.2 million (1H FY 2016: net profit of $13.4m)
Television revenue growth of 2.1% was higher than the 1.2% increase predicted in the company’s trading update on 16 February 2017 and was achieved in a capital city free-to-air television advertising market that declined 5.6% during the period.
The television earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) loss of $2.4 million for the six months to 28 February 2017 was in line with the guidance provided in the most recent trading update.
TEN chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: “The above-market revenue growth and increase in revenue share during the first half of the 2017 financial year was driven by investment in local content and the audience momentum TEN has built in recent years, along with the continued success of our partnership with Multi Channel Network [MCN].
“However, as we flagged in the 16 February trading update, the growth in revenue was not enough to offset the weak conditions in the television advertising market and the company’s increased content and other costs.
“TEN has commenced a transformation program to improve all aspects of the business. This whole-of-business program will improve revenues through a range of initiatives that complement the MCN relationship and will achieve significant cost savings as previously foreshadowed, most of which will fall in the 2018 financial year onwards.
“TEN continues to improve revenue and revenue share in a difficult market. The long-term focus on delivering advertisers the benefit of a world-class automated trading platform continues with MCN, with dynamic trading having commenced in February 2017. Dynamic trading offers advertisers more certainty that their advertising campaigns will reach the audiences they want to reach,” he said.
It has been a week of celebration for NewsLifeMedia’s Vogue Living brand as it celebrates 50 years. The celebrations started in Melbourne earlier this week with a breakfast at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde.
The party for 50 fabulous years of Vogue Living magazine then moved to a midweek cocktail party at Bar Machiavelli in Rushcutters Bay, in partnership with Brickworks Building Products.
The event in Sydney featured a welcome speech from Vogue Living publisher Nick Smith who also introduced Vogue Living editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker.
Whitaker paid tribute to the title’s founding editor Sheila Scotter who launched Vogue’s Guide To Living in 1967. He reminded younger guests that also that year Johnny Farnham had his first #1 single and Harold Holt went missing in the surf on the Mornington Peninsula.
The cover price of the first edition was just $1 with editorial targeted to men, women and children.
Whitaker said 50 years later the editorial focus has changed only a little: “We have turned down the dial on children, landscaping and many of the prices in Vogue Living these days could no longer be called reasonable.”
Noting that a 50th birthday was no place for modesty, Whitaker claimed Vogue Living was one of Australia’s most significant cultural barometers.
The current custodian of the brand paid tribute to former editors including Robyn Holt, Ilsa Konrads, Sharyn Storrier Lyneham, David Clark and Victoria Carey, some of whom were in attendance last night. Whitaker also paid tribute to his “amazing editorial team”, clients who have supported the magazine and NewsLifeStyle executives including Nicole Sheffield, Nick Smith and Claire Bradley. He also thanked the NewsLifeMedia sales and marketing, online and digital, production and creative services, subscriptions and even the finance team. “Creating and supporting a media brand has never been more of a team effort than it is today.”
After the short speeches, Whitaker welcomed Tina Arena and her band onstage for two songs. Many in the crowd refused to stop chattering during the performance, something that is a regular feature at corporate events where some of the guests put their own importance ahead of the celebration.
Celebrate 50 years of Vogue Living with Mediaweek:
Friday read our Neale Whitaker feature by Kruti Joshi in Mediaweek magazine.
Also listen to our Mediaweek podcast and read our review of the 50th birthday issue in Friday’s Mediaweek Morning Report.