Thursday August 10 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Mark Bouris, executive chairman, Yellow Brick Road
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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|ABC||12.2%||7||20.6%||9||18.9%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||4.3%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||3.8%||GEM||3.5%||ONE||2.9%||Food Net||1.0%|
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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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18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
Home and Away managed to hold above 700,000 yet it just managed to miss the OzTAM top 10.
Border Security followed with 671,000, while the numbers slipped to 629,000 for The Force. Both ob docs were close to 720,000 last week.
The midweek helping of Criminal Minds followed with 421,000 watching a new episode and then 316,000 watching the repeat.
A Current Affair featured a report from Taylor Auerbach on the raids this week targeting suspected terrorists and drug dealers. The 847,000 watching also saw a brief apology about an incorrect photo identifying one of the people police were investigating.
The Block followed with guest bedroom week causing its share of drama with some of the Blockheads choosing to include en-suites. There was even talk of a fireplace in one of the bedrooms. The show slipped just below 1m to 975,000, compared with the 983,000 watching on Wednesday last week.
Nine then turned to Rebel Wilson and her 2012 musical comedy Pitch Perfect. The film did 422,000.
After politicians finally woke up that there might be a few votes in stopping people getting ripped off over electricity prices, the story featured on several shows last night including The Project. Rachel Corbett joined the desk and Steve Price turned up for a guest spot. The episode did 593,000, which was its best result so far this week.
The Bachelor was the key driver behind TEN’s best share in two weeks with 753,000 watching, up from 715,000 a week ago. The showbiz maxim “leave them wanting more” applied last night with fans left hanging with the promise of the rest in tonight’s episode. The Bachelor ranked #2 in the key demos behind The Block, although it outrated The Block 25-54 in Sydney.
Offspring did 618,000 all people (up from 559,000 last week), but it ranked #3 for the night 25-54. If advertisers wanted female viewers, the combo of The Bachelor and Offspring was the place to be.
Hard Quiz was on 584,000 with one of the contestants picking South Park as their specialist topic, having watched every ep at least twice. The launch episode a week ago did 601,000.
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell did 748,000 and just another 4,000 would have knocked off ABC News as the channel’s #1 midweek show. That is even better than last week’s 722,000 when the show was #1 for the week after ABC News.
Micallef managed to outrate Utopia again, which was on 721,000, up from 678,000 a week ago. At the end of the episode Tony closed a deal during the CEO Sleepout.
The audience dropped to 312,000 for Growing Up Gracefully after 302,000 last week.
Inside St Paul’s Cathedral drew 246,000 at 7.30pm.
Hijacked featured the episode Nightmare in the Desert with 181,000.
The Good Fight episode three did 151,000 after launching a week ago with the two episodes averaging 214,000.
Carsales is forecasting solid revenue and earnings growth in the new financial year across its domestic and international segments after delivering another record profit for the 2017 financial year, although weighed down slightly by one offs in its overseas businesses, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The Melbourne-based car classifieds business delivered a net profit of $109.5 million for the 12 months ended June, up marginally from a year earlier.
Revenue rose 8% in the year to $372.1m, beating Bloomberg analyst consensus of $367.7m, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was in line at $176.5m.
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The Australian’s Darren Davidson:
Newly installed Carsales chief executive Cameron McIntyre has seen off a sustained challenge by eBay’s Gumtree to hold on to a strong market position in classifieds for high-value cars.
Gumtree made a fresh assault on car listings in the $1.4 billion online classifieds market, but has failed to make a serious dent on its competitor, and even lost listings to Carsales in low-value cars.
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Twenty-First Century Fox quarterly profit edged past analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell just short of expectations, hurt by the lack of box office hits from its movie studio, reports Reuters.
The company, which is seeking regulatory approval to completely buy out Sky, said revenue at its filmed entertainment division fell 11.5% to US$1.80 billion in the fourth quarter.
Fox said the lower home entertainment revenue was due to the strong performance of Deadpool in the year-ago quarter.
However, revenue from Fox’s cable division, which houses the Fox News, FX channels among others, rose 10.4% and accounted for more than half of total revenue.
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The Courier-Mail has dominated the list of finalists in Queensland’s most prestigious media awards, the Clarions, reports the Brisbane daily.
Journalists, photographers, sub-editors and graphic artists from the newspaper have been judged 2017’s best in their respective areas of expertise, from crime and politics to business and sport.
In some categories, including those open to television and radio, the newspaper took out two of the three coveted finalists spots.
More than 450 entries were submitted in this year’s awards, administered by the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on August 26 in Brisbane.
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See the complete list of Clarion Awards finalists here.
News of the new TV project comes after the successful Radio Chaser on Southern Cross Austereo’s Triple M Sydney, a show that featured both Chaser and non-Chaser talent.
Radio Chaser featured Charles Firth, Dom Knight, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, with guests Rhys Muldoon and The Feed’s Mark Humphries.
Other Chaser members Craig Reucassel and Julian Morrow have just wrapped another season of The Checkout for the ABC, while Chas Licciardello continues to deliver weekly episodes of Planet America with John Barron for ABC News.
Reucassel also hosted one of ABC TV’s biggest hits of the year so far – War On Waste.
Firth also was executive producer on ABC2’s The Roast, where he formed the connection with writer/performer Humphries.
There is believed to have been interest from a couple of networks. Those that have seen the pitch episode have commented it’s not just about news satire and is much broader than they were expecting from The Chaser.
With their previous TV shows attracting more than a million viewers in TV’s glory days, an episode of The Chaser could be attractive to any TV Network.
Firth was also reportedly working on an untitled project with Channel Ten earlier this year before the network went into receivership.
When approached for comment Firth declined, telling Mediaweek: “It sounds like fake news.”
Channel 7 Queensland’s 4pm news bulletin, fronted by the network’s young star Kendall Gilding, turns two on Thursday having already won the ratings year for the first time, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.
The program has so far claimed 21 weeks of the 40-week official calendar, with the rival bulletin on Channel 9 having won just two, putting Seven in an unbeatable position.
The Brisbane crew will celebrate the bulletin’s birthday and success with a newsroom party followed by dinner Thursday night.
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The third major announcement in three days is for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a new Netflix original project to be written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, coming in 2018 for Netflix members around the world.
The Western anthology will feature six tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter will feature a distinct story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster, and many others.
“We are streaming motherfuckers!,” said Joel Coen and Ethan Coen after the announcement was made.
Earlier this week Netflix revealed it had acquired Millarworld and then a day later announced David Letterman would be making content for the platform.
Joining the previously announced keynote speaker Jenn White (USA) are the following:
• TV and radio royalty Osher Günsberg (Network Ten, Brisbane’s Hit105) will officially host the conference.
• Broadcast journalist and Walkley Award winner Rachael Brown will discuss the ABC’s top-charting true crime podcast Trace.
• Appearing live via video link from Boston, Nick Quah (US) is the publisher and writer of Hot Pod, a syndicated newsletter dissecting the expanding worldwide podcast industry.
• Claire Tonti is the creative director and head of advertising at Planet Broadcasting, Australia’s largest independent podcast network. (Read more about Claire Tonti in the new edition of Mediaweek magazine out tomorrow.)
• Kellie Riordan the lead strategist behind ABC’s pioneering podcast ventures and head of ABC Audio Studios.
• General manager, PD Brisbane and head of podcasting at Nova Entertainment Jay Walkerden.
• Sharon Taylor, CEO of Omny Studio.
• Creative entrepreneur and ex-talent agent Adam Martin, chief content officer for Swedish audio on demand start-up Acast.
• Pioneering podcaster and interviewer Richard Fidler from ABC Radio’s Conversations.
What: OzPod 2017: Australian Podcast Conference
When: Friday September 8, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Where: Eugene Goossens Auditorium, ABC Ultimo, Sydney
Tickets: On sale now via Eventbrite
Graeme Hughes is back for another week commentating on television after his successful return for Retro Round, triggering renewed debate on who should replace Ray Warren when the voice of rugby league retires, reports News Corp’s Christian Nicolussi.
NRL fans can’t get enough of Hughes – his one-off call for Fox Sports last Friday for the clash between South Sydney and St George Illawarra was such an overwhelming success, he was invited back for a second game this weekend.
Fox Sports head of television Steve Crawley said the feedback was impossible to ignore.
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Meanwhile The Daily Telegraph is running a poll asking who should be the next voice of Nine’s rugby league when Ray Warren retires?
Current leaders are Graeme Hughes and Andrew Voss with close to 30% of the vote each. Fox Sports’ Warren Smith has 13% of the vote. Triple M’s Dan Ginnane and 2GB’s Ray Hadley both have 7% of the vote.
Eddie McGuire has apparently turned to Braveheart for inspiration as he gets set to relaunch Nine’s AFL Footy Show tonight, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
McGuire was spied outside the show’s Docklands studios filming what is reportedly part of a new opening titles sequence for the rebooted program.
The plot of Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-winning 1995 film would resonate with McGuire, who donned a hairpiece and blue face paint and was riding a horse for the cameras.
McGuire, who has shed 15kg in recent weeks, says that The Footy Show will be on the hunt for big name music and movie stars as it moves towards a variety format reminiscent of Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight.
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Two new entries on the Digital Originals chart this week is Gypsy in Australia while Narcos has found its way back into the New Zealand Chart.
Meanwhile, Parrot Analytics has revealed the hottest Digital Original shows in Australia for the second quarter of calendar 2017 and no prizes for guessing that 13 Reasons Why tops the chart.
Netflix holds three of the top five spots (or 3 of the top 20) while SBS On-Demand and Amazon each have a spot.
The top five:
13 Reasons Why
Orange Is The New Black
The Handmaid’s Tale
House Of Cards
The Grand Tour
Triple M last night hosted a birthday party for its AFL footy call, celebrating 21 years of what has been the #1 AFL call for all people under 50 since launch.
Two of the original call team members, Brian Taylor and Eddie McGuire, welcomed guests to the function at Greenfields in Albert Park.
Speakers included current team members James Brayshaw, Jason Dunstall, Billy Brownless, Chris Judd, Luke Darcy and Mark Howard.
Melbourne rock band Kinsgwood later performed three songs.
The guest list included Grant Blackley – CEO SCA, Brian Gallagher – head of sales, Andrea Salmon – Melb head of sales, Mike Fitzpatrick – head of content Triple M, Gemma Fordham – head of Hit Network, Shaun Gough – content director Triple M Melbourne, Nikki Clarkson – head of marketing and communication, Lee Simon – executive producer AFL and founding producer, Neroli Meadows, The Hot Breakfast’s Rosie Walton, Nathan Brown, AFL rights holders Crocmedia’s Craig Hutchinson and Chris Giannopoulos, Simon Black and Richard Champion.
Photos: [Top] Grant Blackley & Eddie McGuire, Gemma Fordham & Mike Fitzpatrick, [Lower] Craig Hutchinson & Chris Giannopoulos, Nikki Clarkson & Brian Gallagher
• Mitch Fifield and Pauline Hanson among politicians listening to Peter Tonagh and Marta Dusseldorp
Subscription TV industry body ASTRA and Foxtel held their annual Parliament House reception last night in Mural Hall.
After an opening reel showing highlights of content available on subscription TV channels, Sky News host Kieran Gilbert welcomed guests to the event and introduced Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh.
The platform boss saluted outgoing ASTRA chairman Tony Shepherd and CEO Andrew Maiden.
Tonagh spoke about piracy and the success of reducing the issue in Australia over the last 12 months. He acknowledged the support from politicians and spoke of Foxtel’s ongoing commitment to erasing piracy.
He also addressed Foxtel’s drive to tell Australian stories and its significant investment in programming across all genres.
Tonagh then introduced actress Marta Dusseldorp and they discussed the success of Foxtel’s A Place To Call Home and the Australian industry. Dusseldorp spoke of her love of the industry and her passion for representing all of Australia in her work.
Before the formalities ended, Gilbert introduced highlights from Top Of The Lake: China Girl, which launches on the platform next weekend.
Other platform talent on hand included Neale Whitaker from the forthcoming Love it Or List It, Tim Horan and Mal Meninga from Fox Sports, Blake Austin from Canberra Raiders and a Fox Sports ambassador, and from Sky News – Kristina Keneally, Peter Van Onselen and Andrew Bolt.
Also representing Foxtel were Brian Walsh, Deanne Weir, Lynette Ireland, Bruce Meagher and Jamie Campbell.
Channel partners who made the trip to the capital included Jacqui Feeney from Fox International Channels, Ben Richardson from Viacom, Chris Keely from SBS World Movies, Robi Stanton from Turner and Phyllisse Stanton from Aurora.
Politicians enjoying Foxtel’s hospitality in Mural Hall included Mitch Fifield, Michelle Rowland, Sarah Hanson-Young, Kevin Andrews, Pauline Hanson, Barnaby Joyce and Jane Prentice.
Photos: [Top] Marta Dusseldorp and Peter Tonagh, [Lower] Bruce Meagher, Marta Dusseldorp, Peter Tonagh and Mitch Fifield
It was 2001 when Bianca Dye began to appear regularly in the pages of Mediaweek as part of the launch team at Nova 96.9. Dye spent seven successful years at the station before heading off on another challenge.
Dye resurfaced big-time in a blast of publicity in 2016 at 97.3 in Brisbane and it has taken just a handful of surveys before she and her colleagues Bob Gallagher and Terry Hansen have taken their show to #1 in the market.
“Just 18 months ago I would never have dreamed I would be where I am now,” she told Mediaweek. “It was always in my plans to get back to a cap city market and do breakfast, but I wasn’t arrogant enough to think it was going to happen when and how it did. It has been an exciting and interesting ride.”
Dye had plenty of capital city success earlier in her career at Nova. She keeps in touch with her Nova colleagues whenever possible. She saw Tim Ross in Brisbane this week and former Nova Sydney announcer Kip Wightman is one of her breakfast competitors in Brisbane.
“Nova was so unique when it launched and it was an experience we were all so lucky to have. We did get a taste of success and I remember [PD] Dean Buchanan warning us all not to turn into a pack of wankers.
“Some of us did and some of us didn’t. Some of us did for a little while and then calmed down. All of the Nova originals, every one of us, have felt the highs and lows of radio since then and we are all a lot more humble now!
Husskie founder and editor Yelena Fairfax is the special guest on this week’s episode of the Seven Days podcast with Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi.
This TV podcast sees Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing the ratings for the season final of Australian Ninja Warrior and talking about when we will likely see it next. Other shows under the microscope this week include The Block, Australian Survivor, MasterChef, The Bachelor, This Time Next Year, True Story, Kath & Kim, The Good Fight, Britain’s Got Talent, Home and Away, The AFL Footy Show and Game Of Thrones.