Friday August 11 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi discuss the media headlines of the week. Topics in this episode include Bonds sponsoring Nova Red Room’s LA event with Harry Styles, Laurie Oakes‘ retirement, the delicious Produce Awards, Netflix’s big week, SCA’s 21 years of AFL success, subscription TV’s Parliament House event, and more.
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show:
• Mark Bouris, executive chairman, Yellow Brick Road
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Channel 602: Foxtel
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The return of Eddie McGuire to a re-booted AFL Footy Show has returned an immediate dividend to Nine in the form of a massive three-market audience of 529,000 with 381,000 in Melbourne. That is the best Melbourne Footy Show audience since Rebecca Maddern‘s first show in April last year which did 422,000. Nine noted this morning that apart from that episode and the grand final episodes, it was the best Footy Show Melbourne audience in six years.
By comparison, the last time the AFL Footy Show was on air three weeks ago, it did 157,000.
Seven’s The Front Bar did 180,000 in Melbourne, down on the 269,000 watching a week ago.
The Footy Show started with the Braveheart sequence which featured on the front page of the Herald Sun yesterday and then Melbourne singer/songwriter Chris Doheny performed the theme song “More Than A Game”.
The new set featured one big desk with Eddie far left, Dave Hughes far right, with Sam, Rebecca Maddern and the guest footballers in the middle. During the show Eddie thanked the previous hosts James Brayshaw, Garry Lyon and Hutchy for their work on the program. Highlights included Billy Brownless and Shane Crawford arriving with a truck full of competition prizes and a new segment called Footy Box, with footballers watching TV footy shows.
The Footy Show didn’t finish until just before 11pm, with Eddie commenting this morning on Triple M it went too late and they will tighten up the format in future. If the numbers hold close to where they were last night, Nine will be happy for the show to run late.
The Front Bar featured special guest Collingwood great Peter Daicos first at the bar then on the desk later in the show with hosts Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang. Can it be coincidence that The Front Bar featured a legend from McGuire’s beloved Magpies, while The Footy Show featured the coach and captain of Molloy’s beloved Tigers?
The Front Bar resisted the temptation to get too showbiz, although they featured a marching band walking through the set at the show’s start and finish. Chris Judd was a guest and at the end of the show Molloy said he was off to watch the last half of The Footy Show.
The AFL tonight will help lift Seven’s share after another challenging week. The channel matched Nine in combined share early in the week before slipping behind.
Seven’s primary channel share was close to Nine on Sunday, but since then it has been well off the pace.
Home and Away finished its week on 687,000.
Make You Laugh Out Loud did 530,000 after 7.30pm.
All Round To Mrs Brown’s then did 366,000 at different times across the metro markets.
The Front Bar did 231,000 in AFL markets with 180,000 in Melbourne.
AFL Footy Show fever extended to A Current Affair with Martin King interviewing Eddie and Sam and also Rebecca Maddern. The Thursday ACA did 789,000, still enough to win the timeslot, but well below the rest of the week.
NRL markets got the Thursday game between South and Bulldogs with 366,000 watching – 232,000 in Sydney and 135,000 in Brisbane.
Other states saw the AFL Footy Show which was also streamed live in 9Now nationally. The TV audience was 529,000 with 381,000 in Melbourne.
The Project was again just short of 600,000 with Julie Bishop one of the guests.
The Bachelor did 764,000 – its best Thursday in three weeks and its second best audience after the launch episode. The show was again a hit in key demos and it ranked #1 for the night 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Common Sense slipped from 328,000 to 287,000 week-on-week as it battled live NRL in Sydney and the footy shows wars in Melbourne.
Week two of Shorts Cuts To Glory featured Matt Okine with Neil Perry with 332,000 watching after the series launched with 355,000.
Another good episode of Pulse lifted the audience to 437,000, up from 399,000 a week ago.
The 9.30pm slot featured the debut of UK crime factual series Catching A Killer with 279,000 watching.
Michael Portillo travelled from York to Saltaire on Great British Railway Journeys with 348,000 watching.
Work on Matthew Evans‘ new home and restaurant continued on Gourmet Farmer with 299,000 after it launched with 320,000. Gourmet Farmer only trailed the ABC 8pm food offering by 33,000.
The repeat of Why Are We Getting Fat? then did 237,000 with Versailles at 9.30pm on 107,000.
Fairfax’s leaders displayed a lack of diligence by continuing to make false claims about its Domain real estate business in a clear case of contempt, a court has heard, reports News Corp’s Padraic Murphy.
The publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age is facing a large fine for contempt, for publishing an advertisement and putting up a billboard in Sydney with false claims about the size and power of Domain.
Fairfax gave the undertaking to stop lying in the advertisements after being dragged into court by its competitor REA, a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, which runs realestate.com.au.
Will Houghton QC, for REA, urged Federal Court Justice Bernard Murphy to fine the company up to $50,000 for contempt, adding that its leaders had failed to give proper regard to the court.
Justice Murphy said if he did find Fairfax in contempt, it would be at the “bottom end” of the scale, but reserved his decision.
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A rogue blogger who named two women accused of having affairs with Network Seven boss Tim Worner has been jailed for four months for contempt of court, after a judge found his conduct “borders on obsession”, reports The SMH’s Michaela Whitbourn.
Blogger Shane Dowling was led from the court in handcuffs by three corrective services officers.
Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison found Dowling guilty on March 15 of contempt of court after he flouted court orders to remove the names of the women from his website and refrain from re-publishing the allegations.
The court heard Dowling had published fresh stories naming the women as recently as July 15.
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Earlier this week Dowling launched a Go Funding page with a target of raising $50,000 to help cover court costs. As of this morning he had raised $2,838 of the $50k goal.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has written to ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie demanding an explanation for the national broadcaster’s Australian Story profile of Labor senator Sam Dastyari, reports The Australian’s Rachel Baxendale.
Critics accused the ABC of giving Senator Dastyari a platform to sell his memoir, “One Halal of a Story”, which came out last month, and of glossing over his disgrace last year when it was revealed he had allowed Chinese donors to pay a $1,670 travel bill and a $5,000 legal bill.
An ABC spokesman said Guthrie would respond in due course, having only just received the letter.
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South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has stepped up an extraordinary attack on banks, accusing the media of co-operating with financial institutions to achieve a “corruption of democracy”, reports The Australian’s Michael Owen.
The Premier was incensed by the front page of Adelaide daily newspaper The Advertiser, which carried allegations of Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis telling a senior Bank SA staff member that the bank’s chief executive Nick Reade was a “c—”.
The Premier went on Adelaide radio and accused The Advertiser of participating in a “corruption of democracy”.
“The same daily newspaper that’s collecting $20,000 a throw when the banks put their full page ads in – it is a corruption of democracy the way in which this bank thinks it can overbear the will of a democratically elected government to do something which we are entitled to do,” he told radio station Fiveaa.
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The ABC has issued a stern email to staff, warning employees – especially high-profile radio and television personalities – against voicing their opinions about marriage equality, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.
In an all-staff email, the ABC’s editorial policy manager Mark Maley said approximately 40% of Australians oppose changing the country’s marriage laws. He also said the national broadcaster “does not have a position on the issue”.
“It is very important that we are impartial and that all perspectives are given a fair hearing and treated with respect by the ABC,” he said.
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By the time you read this, News Corp’s Los Angeles headquarters will have been crawling with Antipodean newspaper editors for the better part of 24 hours, reports The AFR’s Bryce Corbett.
Currently in Los Angeles, according to our Sunset Boulevard spies, are the Herald Sun’s Damon Johnston, the Adelaide Advertiser’s Sam Weir, The Courier-Mail’s Lachlan Heywood, The Daily Telegraph’s Chris Dore and the Brisbane Sunday Mail’s Peter Gleeson – curiously, the only Sunday editor to have received the call-up.
The Aussie posse is being chaperoned by News Corp Australia CEO Michael Miller and the company’s Melbourne-based eminence grise Peter Blunden, and will attend a series of meetings with the top brass including Lachlan Murdoch and company boss man Robert Thomson.
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Two-time Walkley award winner, ABC News Breakfast co-presenter Virginia Trioli (pictured) will host Radio Alive 2017 Q&A with guests to include Communications Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield and ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie. Other key panellists will be released over the coming weeks.
Joan Warner, chief executive of Commercial Radio Australia, said: “Q&A is driven by interaction and the radio industry is all about interaction with the audience, so we’re looking forward to a stimulating and robust discussion panel that will discuss not just media-related issues but a number of wide-ranging topics that our attendees will be asking the panel.”
The radio industry’s annual events, the gala Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) and the Radio Alive 2017 conference are back in Melbourne this October and tickets go on sale today.
Watch comprises shows, a new type of video on Facebook. Shows are made up of episodes – live or recorded – that follow a consistent theme or storyline. Shows are a great format if you want to share a video series, like a weekly cooking show, a daily vlog, or a set of videos with recurring characters or themes.
Our goal is for Watch to be a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work.
Initially, Watch will be available to a limited group of people in the US on mobile, desktop, and our TV apps, before we make it available to more people in the US in the coming weeks. Because we’re early with Watch, we’re starting by testing with a limited group of publishers and creators who are making shows. We are also funding some shows to help seed the ecosystem, gather feedback, and inspire others.
Over time, creators will be able to monetise their shows through Ad Breaks. We’ve been testing Ad Breaks over the past few months, and we will be slowly opening up availability to more creators to ensure we’re providing a good experience for the community. Creators can also create sponsored shows using our branded content tag.
Roy Morgan is one of two research companies measuring newspaper readership. The other is emma.
Roy Morgan Research reports:
12,913,000 Australians 14+ (64.8%) now read or access newspapers in an average seven-day period either in print, or online via website or app – cross-platform.
This is virtually unchanged from a year ago.
While cross-platform audiences are steady, the results do show growing numbers of Australians are choosing to consume their news via digital platforms rather than through the traditional print format.
Over the past 12 months nine of Australia’s leading mastheads have increased their digital readership compared to only three that have increased their print readership.
Stand-out performers in this latest report are:
The Sydney Morning Herald – the most widely read with cross-platform readership of 4,235,000 – is up 3.8% from a year ago, its increase driven by an increase in digital readership that more than offset the loss of print readers.
Sydney rival The Daily Telegraph with a cross-platform reach of 3,418,000 is up 10.5% in a year, and regional title the Canberra Times is up 15.3% to 544,000 – see the regional titles table for greater detail.
The Guardian reports on this week’s Jan-June 2017 UK data:
The publication with the highest circulation, excluding free magazines, was TV Choice. The magazine recorded a circulation of 1.2m, down 2.6% year-on-year. This was ahead of rivals What’s On TV and Radio Times, which had a circulation of 622,773.
Private Eye’s circulation was 249,927 per issue in the first half of 2017, up 8.6% year-on-year and down just 0.1% from the record high at the end of last year.
However, women’s weeklies and celebrity titles are struggling as readers turn to online alternatives instead. Look suffered a 35% drop in circulation of its print and digital copies year-on-year, while Now was down 21%, Closer down 20%, Heat 17%, and Grazia 13%.
The more upmarket titles also suffered, with Marie Claire down 6% and Vanity Fair losing 10%. Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan were down by 1% and 2% respectively.
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Flexible TV viewing is on the rise, with 6.9 million Australians streaming more than 1.5 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming content in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling and Live Streaming reports.
The figure represents a 25% increase in television streaming over the past four months and a shift in the behaviours of Aussie TV audiences as they embrace new technology and platforms to access free-to-air OTT content.
The increase in audience size shows a record number of Australians streaming free video on demand (FVOD). Of the 6.9 million Australians streaming OTT content, 5.8 million of those were watching FVOD, maintaining FTA’s strong dominance, compared to the 4.3 million Australians streaming subscription video on demand (SVOD).
Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross said: “On top of solid appointment viewing with FTA broadcast television being viewed by 83.7% of people each week, Aussies are also choosing to watch additional content at a time, and in a way, that suits them best.”
The event will pit the best of boxing against the best of MMA and will be broadcast in Village and Event Cinemas across the country.
Foxtel’s Main Event channel will also broadcast all the action live from Las Vegas as undefeated five-division professional boxing world champion Mayweather takes on current UFC Lightweight Champion McGregor.
After being announced in June this year, the fight is shaping as one of the biggest pay-per-view events in history as worldwide interest continues to grow after months of buildup to see who will claim the title of the greatest combat fighter.
For the first time, fans can watch this event on the big screen at Village and Event Cinemas across the country with tickets starting from $28 per person and $45 for Gold Class.
Steve O’Connor, Fox Sports commercial director, said: “Mayweather versus McGregor is a not-to-be-missed viewing event and Foxtel’s Main Event will ensure that Aussie fans can experience this historic fight live, whether it’s at home on the couch, at their local pub or club or on the big screen through this exciting new partnership with Event and Village Cinemas. You won’t want to miss this one.”
TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box next week:
Although it’s still only August, it is possible that this Hulu drama will be the best TV show of 2017. Certainly SBS On Demand has been having great success already streaming all episodes for free but why oh why are they premiering it on TV at this ridiculously late timeslot? Yes, their schedule is chock a block with great dramas like Versailles and The Good Fight, but seriously, this should be screening earlier.
Starring Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes and the current golden girl of TV (Mad Men, Top Of The Lake), Elisabeth Moss, this is essential viewing – do not miss it.
P.S. The 1990 movie, starring Natasha Richardson and Robert Duvall, is streaming on Stan but I cannot bring myself to watch it, because I just know it will be disappointing in comparison. Although it does feature Faye Dunaway…
After how good this show was last year, I approached the second season with trepidation, crossing all fingers that it would not suffer a sophomore slump. Phew – it hasn’t!
Rodger Corser continues to be cynical, Nicole da Silva is a little bit more revealing (saucy!) and Tina Bursill is still stealing every scene she appears in. Yes, the URST (unresolved sexual tension) between Corser and Hayley McElhinney is getting a bit forced now, particularly with Packed To The Rafters’ Angus McLaren a little too quick to make a declaration of love, but there is still lots else to enjoy in this Aussie drama. And with the second episode, it’s clear the Knight family is going to try to outdo the Proudmans (from Offspring, which unfortunately airs at the same time) when it comes to outrageous family dinner gatherings. Good luck with that.
Plot spoiler – he died because he had pancreatic cancer. How the hell are they going to pad out the other 59 minutes?
APN Outdoor has announced it has retained the Adelaide Metro contract. The new contract encompasses the advertising rights for nearly 900 buses, 24 trams and 136 train cars across the city and CBD.
APN Outdoor has held the Adelaide Metro contract since 2005, encompassing a range of transport formats, and this one contract gives total coverage to all areas of metropolitan Adelaide and the City incorporating the depots of Morphettville, Mile End, Port Adelaide and Glengowrie plus through separate agreements the South Australian regions of Mt Barker, Mt Gambier and Port Pirie.
Soon-to-depart APN Outdoor CEO Richard Herring said: “The Adelaide landscape is synonymous with trams, buses and trains and as a company we realise the importance of the continued relationship with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. We are pleased to have been awarded the Adelaide Metro contract and look forward to working with them yet again whilst continuing to showcase this great product to our advertising clients.”
ARN and Adshel have teamed up for an out-of-home digital campaign using time-sensitive creative as part of today’s KIIS 1065 Kyle & Jackie O’s history making You Get A Holiday giveaway.
It took a while to kick in this morning, but every caller who made it on air on the Kyle & Jackie O Show won a dream holiday to London to dine like a rockstar at one of Marco Pierre White’s world famous restaurants thanks to Seven and the launch of the series Hell’s Kitchen Australia. British Airways was also involved as a competition partner.
The first holiday wasn’t given away until around 6.40am after eager tourists had to wait for several segments to air including executive producer Bruno‘s Top 3 and Intern Pete‘s Diary.
A total of 13 holidays were given away.
The Adshel digital campaign kept commuters up-to-date as events unfolded on air, with time-sensitive digital messaging changed as winners were announced and provided details on how they could be the next winner of a London holiday.
ARN’s chief marketing officer Anthony Xydis said: “Kyle & Jackie O are known for some of the biggest giveaways and You Get A Holiday is a perfect example of this. Creating awareness and hype is critical to these moments for our audiences and working with Adshel to drive audience interaction through time-sensitive creative this morning is another way to further amplify our content offering in a commuting-specific environment.”
David Roddick, sales and marketing director of Adshel: “We are pleased to be a part of Kyle & Jackie O’s You Get A Holiday giveaway which uses the dynamic features digital out-of-home offers. The flexibility Adshel Live provides is the perfect solution for this campaign.”
Journalism runs in the Wilson family. Seven Sydney’s sports editor Jim Wilson is the brother of the late journalist Rebecca Wilson and the son of Bruce Wilson, who was a foreign correspondent for News Limited. Also, Jim Wilson is married to former Seven News Sydney anchor Chris Bath, who currently works for the ABC. The couple once co-hosted the Seven News Sydney bulletin when Wilson replaced Tony Squires in 2012.
“In our household at Christmas and family get-togethers, there is no shortage of a journo,” Wilson told Mediaweek. “When I was eight years old in school, there was a kids program up in Queensland called Wombat. This guy came in and interviewed a whole group of students.
“They asked, ‘What do you want to be?’ All my mates said a pilot or a doctor.
“When I said to that reporter from Wombat that I wanted to be a sports journo, all my mates laughed at me. It’s funny going back to reunions now. They remind me about that.”
Wilson said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see if one or both of his two boys went on to become journalists as well.
This year marks 30 years of Wilson in journalism. He started his career at Nine Brisbane in 1987. Despite three decades in the profession, he says he gets up every morning excited for the day ahead.
Chinese property platform Juwai.com has appointed Carrie Law as its new CEO and Georg Chmiel as chairman replacing Richard Kuo. Both Law and Chmiel previously worked on ASX-listed iProperty Group including the transition period of acquisition by the REA Group.
Hong Kong’s Carrie Law was a core team member for the launch of i-Cable, for the acquisition and integration of China Entertainment Television from Time Warner, and for the sale of Destination Macau Exclusive luxury magazine and its digital offerings to the South China Morning Publishing Group. Georg Chmiel has an extensive history with Australian property companies and was CEO and managing director of LJ Hooker.
Rivals Mediacorp and Singapore Press Holdings have signed a joint venture to launch a new digital advertising marketplace in Singapore, tentatively titled Singapore Media Exchange. The JV, to be ready in the first quarter of next year, will commit at least two billion display and video impressions a year in a selection of platforms from the two companies.
Mediacorp sites involved include channelnewsasia.com, todayonline.com, channel8news.sg, seithi.mediacorp.sg, berita.mediacorp.sg, 8days.sg, stylexstyle.com, meclub.sg and entertainment.toggle.sg.
SPH sites include straitstimes.com, businesstimes.com, asiaone.com, zaobao.com.sg, tnp.sg, stomp.straitstimes.com and beritaharian.sg.
Other premium publishers may be invited to participate in the marketplace. The joint venture will be managed by an independent team and led by a CEO who is yet to be hired.
Turner Asia Pacific, the distributor of CNN International in the Asia Pacific region, has signed a news content deal with ViuTV, operated by the HK Television Entertainment Company. As part of the multiyear agreement, ViuTV’s newly launched English channel ViuTVsix will broadcast up to two blocks of CNN news programming daily, totalling 60 minutes.
Singapore’s High Court denied Hong Kong-based pay-TV operator PCCW Media’s request to block website Dramanice for illegally streaming hit Korean drama serials. This was the first time such a request has been denied under Singapore’s amended Copyright Act which allowed program owners to seek court orders to block piracy websites. PCCW’s case was dismissed because the ruling said it had no grounds to sue because it wasn’t the copyright holder nor an exclusive licensee of the copyrighted content.
Mediacorp, having moved into its new offices in Mediapolis, will in mid-September launch The Mediacorp Experience, a ticketed attraction that gives visitors and tourists a chance “to experience the magic of media, take a glimpse at behind-the-scenes moments and learn about the history and future of broadcasting in Singapore”. Visitors can partake in a TV production, pretend they are being a news presenter or radio deejay, or get made up for the cover of 8 Days magazine.
M17 Entertainment, a company formed in April with the merger of Singapore-based dating platform Paktor Group and Taiwan-based regional live-streaming company 17 Media, has raised US$40 million in a Series A round. Part of the funding will be used by M17 Entertainment to expand in Japan, Indonesia and Hong Kong but not, it emphasises, in China. The company will now look for qualified content creators such as live streamers, music producers, and celebrities. M17 Entertainment has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia with 300 staffers.
Hong Kong pay-TV broadcaster i-Cable Communications – ditched in March by its largest shareholder Wharf Holdings due to nine years of financial loss – continued the tradition by reporting a large first-half loss due to shrinking subscriptions and falling ad revenues. The loss in the first six months of 2017 fell by a further 4% to HK$141 million (A$23m,) and revenue shrank 10% to HK$641m. The company, which launched the city’s first cable TV network in 1993, has been reporting revenue falls every year since 2013
Malaysian-based SVOD company iflix this week received US$133 million in a funding round led by the Hearst Corporation, bringing the company’s investment-raising this year to US$220 million. The company’s other investors, including Catcha Group, Evolution Media, John C. Malone’s Liberty Global and Sky, all increased their investments in this latest funding round. Also this week, iflix launched in Cambodia with its most popular movies and TV shows available with Khmer subtitles, and a promise to Khmer-ize its entire catalogue in “the months to come”.
The Cambodia Daily, one of three English-language dailies battling it out for survival in Cambodia, has been hit with a US$6.3 million (A$8m) bill from the tax department. The move comes as part of a government crackdown on NGO finances. The Daily’s current owner, Deborah Krisher-Steele, daughter of founder Bernard Krisher, and the paper’s current owner, said The Daily, launched in 1993, had not started as an NGO but as a “non-profit project”. In a statement Deborah Krisher-Steele said as publisher, Bernard Krisher took no salary and was subsidised by Bernard Krisher when funds were lacking. In April this year an ailing Bernard Krisher sold The Daily to Bernard Krisher Jimusho Co. Ltd., a Cambodian company established by his daughter.
• Singapore’s Global Yellow Pages will stop publishing print directories from 2018 as part of a restructure to focus on real estate, especially its land holdings in New Zealand. CEO Stanley Tan said, “Due to evolving market trends as more users take to online platforms to search for information, we are no longer able to sustain the print directories which are iconic publications familiar to most Singaporeans.”
• iflix has signed a partnership with Johannesburg-based Econet Media’s multiplatform broadcaster Kwesé, to stream into sub-Saharan Africa. Initial launches will be in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
• KCP Global – an LA-based joint venture between Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS – launched a video streaming platform, Kocowa, for US audiences in late July.
• Singapore’s Spout Entertainment Group has partnered with media financing firm Aurora Media Holdings, a Southeast Asian media and entertainment asset incubation specialist, to produce multiplatform sports reality competition formats and a movie franchise based on the global phenomenon of eSports.
• Campaign Asia-Pacific will stop publishing its monthly print magazine this month after 44 years of operation to become an online only company.
• Telstra-backed accelerator muru-D has appointed Paul Meyers as the new head of its Singapore operations. Meyers’ Asian resume includes heading Asia Business News, now CNBC Asia, and founding and running MTVAsia.com, among other things. Singapore is muru-D’s first location outside of Australia, where it is present in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
• Eleven Sports has signed a deal with global sport radio station talkSPORT to air audio coverage of the English Premier League Singapore. Eleven Sports will stream live audio commentary for all 380 Premier League matches in English and up to 190 matches in Mandarin commentary.
Two decades ago rising Aussie radio star Jamie Meldrum headed to Singapore for what he thought was a brief break from radio and Queensland.
“Little did I know I’d end up staying here for nearly 20 years,” Meldrum told Mediaweek.
“I’m senior program director for SPH Radio’s English music stations Kiss 92 and 91.3 ONE FM.
“Kiss is just about to celebrate its fifth birthday. I built that one from a new licence and it’s now the #1 English music station.”
Meldrum has two work loves– radio and voice-over– and his career has seesawed between those two obsessions.
He was an early starter in the radio business – he made his on-air debut at 4BC Brisbane at age four on Haydn Sargent‘s talkback show.
“I don’t remember much,” he says, “But I believe I was the subject of some sort of interview.”
Then at age 12 he scored his first paid job, also at 4BC, manning the phones on Saturday mornings during a boating and fishing show.
In 1987 he graduated from the Australian Institute of Radio & Television, and in 1989, at age 20, he moved to Sydney to work in promotions at Radio 2UW.
Then it was back to Queensland as on-air talent at Sea FM Gold Coast with a nighttime duo show, The Budskis, with Paul Stevens.
The show received hot publicity and landed the duo the National Radio Award (Raward) for Best Newcomers for 1992.
Stevens, now a director at Hype Marketing, claims on his website that Budskis was “Australia’s first ‘shock jock’ radio program”.
Meldrum says, “I didn’t really see myself as a shock jock. We were just trying to do bits that we thought were funny, a bit outrageous, and like nothing we’d ever really heard before on the radio.
“I’d been influenced by everyone from Cheech & Chong to ‘Waynee Poo’ Roberts, Doug Mulray and Club Veg, so it could be a little out there, but if you’re not pushing boundaries in some way what’s the point?”
Meldrum then moved on to push more boundaries, beginning a six-year career at Triple M Brisbane in 1992.
“The period I was at the M’s in Brisbane during the mid-90s was pretty amazing,” he remembered. “Not long after I arrived we had the late, great Shirley Strachan on Breakfast with Mark Irvine and Queensland footy legend Gary Belcher, followed soon after by Dave Gibson and Rob Duckworth.
“There just seemed to be an incredibly talented stream of people passing through the place, and while B105 may have taken the numbers I think it’s safe to say we probably had more fun.”
In 1998 he signed off in Queensland, and signed on as voice-over man in Singapore, thanks to a tip from his former Kelvin Grove State High School mate Mark Eyers who was working for the Disney Channel and is now Turner’s chief content officer and senior vice president for kids’ networks, Asia Pacific.
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.