Thursday April 6 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Tim Duggan, Junkee Media publisher
• Jayne Ferguson, General Manager Women’s Lifestyle and Entertainment, Bauer Media
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||3.0%||GEM||3.1%||ELEVEN||2.6%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.9%||7||28.9%||9||16.2%||10 NNSW||2.8%||SBS One||3.8%|
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||3.9%||GEM||4.0%||ONE||3.1%||Food Net||0.7%|
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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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Seven was close to 10 points ahead of Nine last night in primary share thanks to continued big audiences for My Kitchen Rules. The network’s primary channel was well ahead in all markets. In Perth Seven was on 32.0%, close to the combined primary shares for Nine, TEN and ABC.
TEN had some better news at 7.30pm where Graham Norton managed to narrowly outrate David Attenborough although both programs were under half a million.
Stargazing performed well again for ABC too with another 500,000+ audience for the hour at 8.30pm.
Nine’s Today hit the Victorian coastal hamlet of Inverloch this morning. There was no Karl on that location, but Tim Gilbert was alongside Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins in a local caravan park.
After Seven’s Natalie Barr returned to Australia to cover the Queensland flood crisis on Sunrise, Karl Stefanovic has split from the Today road trip to visit Rockhampton to be on location for what both breakfast shows labelled “Rocky’s D-Day”.
After $90,000 was won by a Sunrise viewers this week, Today this morning saw $140,000 won by a viewer.
Sunrise started with Kochie and Sam on the front of a train travelling through Forth Worth, Texas. The show was all about cowboys and the wild west with weather presenter Sam Mac in San Antonio and sports presenter Mark Beretta in Houston. Natalie Barr was still on location in Rockhampton for Seven and Thursday Sunrise guests included Lleyton Hewitt talking about the Davis Cup clash with the USA that Seven is covering this weekend.
After Sunrise viewers had the chance to choose between visits to three southern US cities for the Friday program, they chose New Orleans for the final stop on the USA Mystery Tour.
The Wednesday breakfast ratings saw Sunrise again take top spot on 314,000 with Today on 289,000.
Home and Away’s midweek outing did 691,000.
My Kitchen Rules continues to court controversy with more action in the dining room than in the kitchen. Midwives Karen and Ros delivered a well-received main course, but underperformed with their other dishes and they subsequently sit on the bottom of the leaderboard. The Wednesday episode did 1.33m
Still no million dollars have changed hands on Million Dollar Cold Case, but Seven has reported this morning there have been helpful leads to a case covered on the program last week. Two episodes were broadcast last night ahead of the Easter survey break with the first on 655,000 and the second holding up well with 560,000.
A Current Affair continued what is turning into a good week with a midweek audience of 858,000 after 755,000 on Wednesday last week.
Planet Earth II took a tumble despite the endorsement of the Gogglebox critics again this week. The program did 446,000 for what seemed like a compilation episode of the Planet Earth II Diary segments. Last week’s episode did 576,000.
Nine’s 2015 movie San Andreas did 384,000.
The Project was just over 500,000 with Denise Scott and Judith Lucy providing some laughs at the end of the program.
The Graham Norton Show did 465,000 for an episode featuring Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman. That is quite a turnaround in the timeslot after TBL: Transformed managed only 251,000 a week ago on Wednesday night.
This Is Us was then on 388,000 after 336,000 a week ago.
The channel’s week 14 midweek share of 12.1% was its best since week seven’s 13.7%.
Stargazing Live helped the numbers although cloudy conditions didn’t lead to much live stargazing. The episode did 546,000 with a guest appearance from Adam Hills on Skype from London.
Earlier in the night the final episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery spent time with Ronny Chieng with 467,000 watching.
Stargazing Live pushed The Weekly back to a 9.30pm start with 373,000 seeing Tom Gleeson‘s Hard Chat segment having fun with Sophie Monk.
24 Hours In Emergency performed best at 8.30pm with 224,000.
The Night Manager did 169,000 at 9.30pm while the first of Digging For Britain’s Secrets at 7.30pm did 198,000.
The third episode of The Chefs’ Line did 84,000 at 6pm. The last remaining contestant takes on the head chef tonight.
Fairfax Media has commenced a process of consultation with its Australian Metro Publishing newsrooms on proposed changes which will complete what Fairfax calls the major structural editorial changes required to secure the futures of the metropolitan mastheads.
Fairfax Media’s new managing director of Australian metro publishing Chris Janz (pictured) said yesterday: “With the proposed changes to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WAToday newsrooms announced today, we will have completed the major structural editorial changes required to secure our metropolitan mastheads.
“The primary focus of Fairfax Media over recent years has been to lay the groundwork for the creation of a sustainable publishing model. We are now within reach of that goal.
“Including non-staff costs the proposal is expected to deliver approximately $30 million in annualised savings with the majority of these savings expected in the 2018 financial year.
“The changes announced today will prepare us for a stronger future, with a business focused on growth and innovation, and an unwavering commitment to quality, independent journalism.
“Our publications will be genuine digital businesses with the capabilities and cost base to best operate in the current media environment. We will be introducing an innovative mix of new products to deliver our audience focused, quality journalism and maximise our revenue opportunities. We will continue to print for many years, so long as our newspapers have an audience and advertisers.”
Reaction to the Fairfax announcement includes:
Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch in The Australian
Fairfax’s revelation that $30 million in costs will be stripped out of the business has been seen as a typical Macquarie-devised strategy to push up the price that private equity could have to eventually pay.
A five-page mission statement by Sean Aylmer sent to staff clarified little and the move was seen by rival bankers as a strategy to lift the share price and make TPG’s task to buy all of Fairfax tougher.
Chief executive Greg Hywood is keen for a private equity syndicate to buy the company, rather than TPG going it alone.
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Jessica Gardner in The AFR:
Chris Janz, who has been in the job seven weeks, did not outline the number of expected job losses. However, it is understood the majority will come from the Herald and The Age. The company will consider cutting other costs such as external contributors and content syndication.
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Credit Suisse has dished out a worrying forecast for Ten Network as it anticipates a major “shake-up” of the free-to-air TV market.
Analyst Fraser McLeish said Nine is considered to be in the best shape to profit from any misery at Ten, noting Seven West had print exposure, governance issues and relatively high debt levels to address.
Credit Suisse has a “neutral” rating on Ten alongside the 55c target price, an “outperform” rating and target of $1.50 on Nine as well as a “neutral” rating and 81c target for Seven.
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After two years of on-and-off negotiations, Spotify and the world’s biggest record company have finally agreed to a licensing deal that paves the way for Spotify to go public and gives the music industry more flexibility in how new albums are streamed, reports The New York Times.
Spotify’s agreement with the record company, Universal Music Group — whose hundreds of artists include Drake, U2, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga — is a global, multiyear deal, the companies announced on Tuesday. Spotify’s licensing contracts with all three major record companies had long since expired, and Universal’s deal, the first to be renewed, will put pressure on the other major labels, Sony and Warner, to follow suit.
The Universal deal includes a concession that the music industry has long sought, and which Spotify has fought hard against: The service will now let Universal and its artists withhold new releases for two weeks from its free tier, which pays far lower royalties than the paid version.
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comScore is to work with Google to provide independent brand safety reporting of advertising campaigns on YouTube. This new collaboration is part of Google’s efforts to provide advertisers with greater visibility into the context in which their ads appear.
comScore said it uses a proprietary brand safety engine that is integral to its validated Campaign Essentials (vCE) suite. The technology continuously monitors patterns within text content to identify the brand safety of a given ad context – both in general and for specific campaigns, on both mobile and desktop platforms.
“Monitoring online content for brand safety is a complex challenge, particularly in an environment that has the vast scale and growth of YouTube,” said Dan Hess, executive vice president of products at comScore. “We’re delighted to see Google taking further action to monitor and increase brand safety, and appreciate its vote of confidence in selecting comScore to be part of this initiative.”
A glamorous restaurant in the heart of Manhattan was tonight named the world’s best. However, all eyes were on a weatherboard shack in downtown Birregurra, population 741, home to Australia’s newest restaurant on the world stage, reports The Australian’s John Lethlean.
As expected, Brae, in Victoria’s western district near Colac, entered the pantheon of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants when the list for 2017 was announced in Melbourne tonight. Along with a small group of investors, Brae is run by husband and wife team Dan Hunter and his wife Julianne Bagnato.
Joining perennial favourite with the judges Attica, it means Australia now has two restaurants in the elite, but sometimes controversial, annual ranking of restaurants from all over the world. Brae came in at 44; Attica, in suburban Melbourne, 32.
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Fairfax Media’s Goodfood.com.au adds:
Expat chef David Thompson saw his Bangkok restaurant Nahm move from 37 to 28 while fellow Australian Brett Graham of the Ledbury in London now sits at 27, down from last year’s score of 14.
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Eight months after being freed from a Lebanese jail after the bungled 60 Minutes attempt to recover Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner‘s children, Adam Whittington has floated Project Rescue Children (PRC), a not-for-profit run by a team of volunteers on the Gold Coast, reports The Courier-Mail’s Lexie Cartwright.
In an interview with The Courier-Mail, the former Gold Coaster, 41, opened up about the new move he brainstormed while spending 100 days in a Beirut jail, and spoke of his heartbreak for Faulkner and her two children who are still stuck in Lebanon with their father, Ali Elamine.
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Former Seven West executive assistant Amber Harrison has rejected allegations made against her by a former employer in London, which she claims are the result of “a very long grudge” after the two “had a fling” 16 years ago.
Harrison said yesterday she had a brief workplace relationship with Justin Homewood, the founder and managing director of bathroom fittings company The Water Monopoly, where she worked as a temp for four months in 2001 when she was 24.
Seven West commercial director Bruce McWilliam said yesterday that neither SWM, its associate Seven Group Holdings nor any representative of billionaire chairman Kerry Stokes had had any contact with Homewood and or/any of his employees or representatives at The Water Monopoly.
Separately, the legal dispute between Seven and Harrison returns to the NSW Supreme Court today.
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Pandora has partnered with an Australian publisher to launch Rolling Stone Radio.
Each month, Rolling Stone Radio will bring the magazine to life via a curated Pandora station with all the music and artists featured in the new issue. The station will be updated monthly with new music and audio messages from the featured artists.
“We’ve had feedback from a lot of readers who have suggested it might be cool to have a soundtrack to the magazine, so they could listen to the music while they read the issue,” said Rolling Stone publisher Matt Coyte. “It’s great that Pandora have been so willing to work with us on creating a station that works with, or without, the magazine in front of you.”
Rick Gleave, Pandora’s director of business development and partnerships, comments, “We are proud and excited to partner with Rolling Stone Australia to create the sound of every issue. Through this partnership we will continue providing music lovers a unique way to discover, enjoy and immerse themselves in the music they love thanks to one of the industry’s biggest influencers.”
Rolling Stone Radio launches to coincide with the magazine’s latest issue today.
Australian children’s TV show Doodles has won an Emmy at a ceremony in Cannes, France, reports News Corp contributor (and a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) Brian Buchanan.
It won in the Kids: Digital section of the International Emmy Kids Awards at the Grand Hyatt hotel in the centre of Cannes.
The award was accepted by directors/writers Daley Pearson and Benjamin Zaugg.
Two other Australian shows were in the final four in their categories.
Doodles is an interactive multiplatform children’s comedy series created with an online audience by Ludo Studio.
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Neighbours is getting a Canadian broadcast on LGBTQ cable channel, OUTtv, reports TV Tonight.
New episodes will air twice daily on the same date as its Australian broadcast from April 20, with a weekly catchup every Saturday.
While noting the show’s launch pad for Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie, Jesse Spencer, Natalie Imbruglia and Kylie Minogue, OUTtv acknowledges the show’s diversity among its current characters.
Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv, said “Neighbours is one of the most popular drama series in the world with compelling storylines and captivating characters. We look forward to bringing the drama of Ramsay Street to OUTtv, in particular LGBTQ characters Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson), David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) and Steph Scully (Carla Bonner), who will be especially relevant to our audience.”
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The US comedy The Mindy Project has returned to the Top 10 Digital Originals chart in Australia. The series is available on the Hulu TV platform in the US and was previously shown in Australia by Presto. It can now be found here on SBS Viceland and also at SBS On Demand.
The Netflix series Marvel’s Iron Fist remains #1 on the Digital Originals chart in Australia and New Zealand.
On the Overall TV charts The Walking Dead continues to hold top spot.
AOL this week launched its global programmatic TV buyer platform, ONE by AOL: TV, in partnership with Multi Channel Network (MCN). The platform replaces AOL’s programmatic TV offering in market and includes a range of new audience segments, features and insights for advertisers. The programmatic TV platform provides Australian advertisers the opportunity to buy premium, brand safe, broadcast television in an automated fashion.
Built on proprietary technology, ONE by AOL: TV is a self-service programmatic TV platform that allows advertisers to trade campaigns against highly targeted consumer segments from MCN’s Multiview panel – Australia’s largest and most accurate audience measurement platform. Multiview fuses viewing behaviour from a 200,000-home strong panel with actual purchase data.
MCN is increasing the number of tradeable Multiview audience segments within the ONE by AOL: TV platform from 15 to 47, in turn expanding MCN’s programmatic TV offer for Australian media agencies and advertisers.
MCN Programmatic TV is a world-first private exchange for linear subscription TV that was launched by MCN and AOL in 2015 in Australia. The expanded 47 segments are currently only available to users of ONE by AOL: TV and will help progressive clients trade television in a smarter, more efficient way. The new platform also includes best in market proprietary decisioning capabilities.
According to Yasmin Sanders, AOL ANZ Senior Director, Programmatic TV, ONE by AOL: TV will further revolutionise the way TV media is valued, bought, and sold. “AOL is an established pioneer in programmatic TV in Australia and the introduction of our new and enhanced self-serve TV global buyer’s platform is another milestone in TV’s advancement towards addressability.”
She added: “ONE by AOL: TV will transform the ability of Australian brands to gain further insights into the impact of their TV dollar spend. It will put intelligent automation, insights and analytics, together with AOL’s proprietary TV decisioning capabilities, directly into the hands of buyers. Our decisioning capabilities are unique to the market, and when combined with exclusive access to the largest number of MCN’s Multiview segments in Australia, are expected to give advertisers unprecedented insight into campaign measurement performance. Most importantly, the platform delivers audiences who are highly engaged with premium, brand-safe broadcast television.”
Amnet Group, the programmatic experts for Dentsu Aegis Network, one of the launch partners for ONE by AOL: TV, has already begun buying on the new platform on behalf of its leading Australian clients.
Nic Hawley, national head of screen strategy and innovation at Amnet Group ANZ, said: “ONE by AOL: TV provides our clients with access to a brand safe TV private marketplace that offers market-leading control, insights and access to premium linear TV inventory at scale. This is a significant milestone as programmatic technology transcends more traditional media channels. It is Amnet’s mission to drive more effective, targeted and accountable advertising and this is a critical step towards household level addressability at scale in TV and gives our clients next-level screen buying innovation and efficiency. A lot of time and energy has been dedicated to this project and it’s exciting to see it come to fruition.”
MCN’s national sales director Nick Young commented: “Following the two-year anniversary of the launch of MCN Programmatic TV, MCN will extend our market-leading positioning with a number of new key technology innovations. We’re thrilled to kick-start the year with our partners AOL and the new global buyer’s platform, ONE by AOL: TV. MCN has invested significantly into Multiview over the last six years and the expansion of tradable consumer segments will once again revolutionise efficiency and effectiveness in television trading and deliver advertisers value.”
He continued: “In the last two years we have seen an increasing number of media agency partners join us in the journey. Once they’ve used the platform and experienced the benefits of driving greater business outcomes for clients, we’ve seen significant, repeated increase in investment over the last year. We, therefore, estimate TV campaigns traded programmatically on the Foxtel platform will grow from just under 10% today to over 25% in three years.”
ONE by AOL: TV is an extension of AOL’s flagship ONE by AOL technology stack and allows advertisers to select audience targets, set campaign parameters and execute against a media plan directly through the platform. It leverages access to AOL’s proprietary decisioning tool, which is unique to the Australian market, meaning advertisers can then gain critical insights into campaign performance measurement.
Adshel has delivered an innovative digital outdoor campaign for SBS using a new automated system giving SBS the control to serve its own breaking news headlines, updated within seconds across the Adshel Live national network.
Over a two-week campaign period, Adshel served 167 SBS headlines with a median go-live time of 30 seconds.
The SBS World News campaign aimed to reach commuters with the latest news updates, including a call to action to “make the change” and tune in to the 6.30pm nightly bulletin for national and international news stories of the day.
In a first-to-market offering, Adshel developed an innovative, secure, high-speed system that fed into its content management network, enabling SBS to self-serve and update its own creative messaging.
The tool featured a simple, system-agnostic web interface, with news editors able to insert text directly, reacting as news stories broke. Adshel and SBS realised that the campaign required a quicker and more robust review process than standard word-excluding software would allow. To monitor the creative messaging prior to publishing, Adshel built a mobile-enabled mediation system, allowing Adshel to approve content online or via a smartphone within seconds.
Adshel’s sales and marketing director David Roddick said: “This product offering is a great example of the impact digital is having on our business and the new opportunities it brings to advertisers. With the agility of an online digital platform and our broadcast reach, Adshel provided the flexibility and scale for SBS to deliver relevant, up-to-the-minute messages to commuters across the country. By offering clients new adaptive ways to connect with their audiences, we start to see out-of-home evolve. This is a great example of how Adshel is innovating and ensuring we stay competitive, not only in our market, but across all media channels.”
SBS director of marketing Amanda McGregor said: “For this campaign we wanted to find a solution that was not only effective at reaching people at scale, but complemented and supported what we do every day via on our own channels in bringing the latest, most relevant news headlines from around the world to Australians.
“We have been working with Adshel since early 2016, continuously looking to improve our ability to deliver breaking news through outdoor formats, and were really pleased with this solution and the results. The platform was easy to use and fitting in with our editorial workflows, allowing us to serve SBS World News content Australia-wide almost in real time – something that hasn’t been possible until now. We’re looking forward to the possibilities this opens up for future campaigns.”
The SBS World News campaign ran from 26 February across out-of-home and digital.
The complete insiders guide to Arena TV’s Real Housewives of Sydney with soap star, then popstar, and now reality TV star Melissa Tkautz. Our favourite Sydney Real Housewife talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado.
Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the TV Week Logie nominations and don’t miss Mercado’s tips for winners in the key categories. Plenty of other TV news, comment and reviews too. From Married At First Sight and Wentworth to Neighbours and The Walking Dead. Plus an update on Andrew Mercado’s new cinema venture.
Seven Days podcast travels to the Nine HQ in Sydney to meet the broadcaster’s NRL host James Bracey before the Thursday night clash between Bulldogs and Broncos at the ANZ Stadium. Topics discussed include the breakfast TV tour battle, Mark Latham‘s sacking, updates at Bauer Media, the Logies, Kyle Sandilands‘ slamming of the competition and more.