Wednesday August 16 2017
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||3.6%||GEM||3.9%||ELEVEN||3.3%||Food Net||0.7%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.2%||7||17.2%||9||19.0%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||4.8%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||6.9%||GEM||5.5%||ONE||3.0%||Food Net||0.8%|
|TUESDAY 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
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Home and Away started the week on 762,000 on Monday which dropped to 660,000 last night.
Hell’s Kitchen Australia has been hovering in the 600,000s with the Tuesday episode dipping to 527,000 – down from 632,000 a week ago.
Two imports followed with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on 374,000 and then new First Dates UK on 225,000.
Pension day predators and dietary information featured on A Current Affair with 900,000 after 937,000 on Monday.
The Block featured a challenge day which included a cubby house build. The Tuesday episode did 1.06m after 1.0m on Tuesday last week.
True Story with Hamish and Andy featured Gyton Grantley in the recreation with 904,000 watching, a strong recovery after 752,000 last week.
Two episodes of Kath & Kim then did 553,000 and 420,000.
The Project 7pm dropped to 531,000 after 609,000 on Monday. Guests included Arj Barker spruiking his tour and Mark from Survivor.
Food and beer were on offer to the investors on Shark Tank with 464,000 watching after 478,000 a week ago.
NCIS then did 420,000 after returning last week on 405,000.
The House with Annabel Crabb did 620,000 after launching a week ago on 653,000.
The return of Catalyst with a longer episode in a later timeslot did 444,000. That number ranked it second in the timeslot behind Nine.
Great American Railroad Journeys was the channel’s best last week on 332,000 and it could repeat that achievement this week with 349,000 last night.
An episode of Insight followed with 251,000.
In a statement yesterday, Pauline Hanson‘s party said that in securing One Nation’s support, the government has agreed to make provisions for ABC reforms, greater community radio funding, and foreign ownership reporting:
The government agreed to pursue a number of measures designed to assist the ABC in increasing its regional focus, as well as its financial transparency and political impartiality.
“One Nation has been at the forefront calling for more transparency of wages at the ABC and we have received assurances from the government that they will be asking the ABC [and SBS] to start providing details of the wages and conditions of all staff, whose wages and allowances are greater than $200,000, similar to what is being implemented by the British Broadcasting Corporation,” senator Hanson said.
“The Government has also agreed to undertake a competitive neutrality inquiry into the ABC and to legislate a requirement for the ABC to be ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’,” Hanson added.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said yesterday:
One Nation will support the media reform package in return for the Government implementing and introducing legislation, where necessary, to give effect to:
• A public register of foreign-owned media assets
• The proposals of Senator Bridget McKenzie to enhance the ABC’s focus on rural and regional Australia
• A range of enhanced transparency measures for the public broadcaster
• A community radio package
The Minister released some detail about several of the specific new elements in the package:
Register of foreign ownership interests in regulated media assets
To increase transparency of foreign ownership of media assets, the government will introduce legislation before the end of 2017 to establish a public register of foreign ownership interests in regulated Australian media assets. Under this proposal, foreign persons – as defined in the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (FATA) – would be required to disclose holdings of 2.5% or higher of these regulated media assets.
Additional measures to support community radio
Additional funding to support community digital radio ($4.0 million over the forward estimates).
To support community digital radio rollout, the Government will provide further funding to the CBP for an additional two years of $2.0 million in 2019-20 and $2.0 million in 2020-21.
Pauline Hanson appeared on The Bolt Report last night on Sky News, telling Andrew Bolt she would like to see millions of dollars cut from the ABC’s $1b annual budget. “I will talk to the treasurer next year about this. There has been no deal done [this week] about the ABC’s budget. I will fight the battle about the budget when it comes up.”
However, the likelihood of the Media Reform Bill passing through the senate remains unclear after Senator Nick Xenophon indicated on ABC Radio this morning that his team would not support the bill with the additional elements added to appease One Nation.
A spokesman for News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian, praised One Nation’s “pragmatic” approach and said the minor party’s position reflected an understanding of the need for change “in the face of fundamental disruption”.
Fairfax used the chance to hit out at the public broadcasters for undercutting commercial organisations after the Greens pushed for more funding, reports The Australian.
“As far as Fairfax is concerned, the industry consensus is that the ABC and SBS already receive adequate funding,’’ a spokesman said. “Both have been using part of that public funding to undercut commercial operators and that has created significant concern in the commercial industry.”
Ten Network chief executive Paul Anderson said Senator Hanson had shown concern for the future of media while a Nine spokeswoman said the network was pleased by One Nation’s decision to support the law changes.
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance said the government had “succumbed to the baiting of One Nation senators” and their “obsession” with the ABC.
He will lead the current affairs teams and programs across broadcast and digital, including 7.30, Australian Story, Four Corners, Q&A, Insiders, Offsiders, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent, Behind the News, AM, PM, The World Today and Correspondents Report, as well as finding the best ways to deliver the ABC’s investigative and long-form content to new audiences.
A three-time Walkley Award-winner, Lyons’ previous roles include being the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, executive producer of the Nine Network’s Sunday program and a foreign correspondent in Washington, New York and Jerusalem.
Lyons said: “After ten great years at The Australian, I’m delighted to be joining the ABC in this important role at a time when independent public interest journalism is more vital than ever.
“With people increasingly getting their news and information through different means, it is crucial we are able to present strong investigative journalism on digital platforms. The ABC is committed both to investigative journalism and to telling stories in ways relevant to a changing society.”
Lyons takes over from Bruce Belsham, who held the role (previously called head of current affairs).
Business professionals in Australia’s CBDs will be provided with the latest lifestyle news and views when entering their building foyer, catching a lift to their office or taking a break over a coffee, following the launch of oOh!media’s new content platform The Upsider.
The mobile-first platform, theupsider.com.au, follows oOh!’s acquisitions of Executive Channel Network, Inlink and Junkee.
oOh!’s newest platform will feature content about food and drink, arts and entertainment, style and design, and travel and be amplified across more than 4,000 of the company’s digital screens in office and café environments as well as through social channels.
Group director of Locate by oOh! Adam Cadwallader said the latest addition to oOh!’s content platforms – which include Junkee, UniJunkee, Punkee, Shortpress, AWOL, the cusp, and QView – was a further step in the media company’s strategy to build greater audience engagement.
“We reviewed data and insights we had on the office audience and identified a great opportunity to connect with them through rich and relevant content,” Cadwallader said.
The Upsider editorial strategy and delivery will be led by Junkee Media’s managing editor – custom and native Lisa Omagari and The Upsider’s editor Sharnee Rawson, previously a restaurant critic, reporter and contributing editor for Good Food (The Sydney Morning Herald), delicious and The Courier-Mail.
Junkee Media publisher Tim Duggan said The Upsider combined oOh!’s in-depth knowledge of advertising with Junkee Media’s editorial nous and ability to reach online audiences at scale.
“While our roots are steeped in providing great content to the millennial audience, we are excited to be extending our stable of titles to reach new audiences,” Duggan said.
The Upsider goes live at 1pm today with Tourism Tasmania the first launch partner.
Following the success of the first three-part series, which launched last spring, Back to the Land will return as a 12-part series to celebrate rural Britain through championing the UK’s most inspirational rural entrepreneurs.
Presented by Kate Humble, the series will take viewers on a journey across the country to meet passionate people who are pioneering a rural revolution, turning the traditional view of what it takes to make a living in the sticks right on its head.
It was a close contest this week in sport between NRL and AFL in the sport category as measured by Nielsen. The NRL took top spot with the Friday Broncos v Sharks game broadcast on Fox League and Nine. Not far behind was the Saturday AFL match between Essendon and Adelaide broadcast on Fox Footy and Seven.
The Bachelor Australia took the top two spots in the non-sport category for last week’s episodes, with Four Corners just missing second place with its Trashed episode from Monday of last week.
marie claire, in association with Lexus, last night announced the winners of the 2017 Prix de marie claire Fashion and Beauty Awards at a black-tie gala dinner at Stage 7, Fox Studios, in Sydney.
The event was hosted by marie claire general manager Jackie Frank and editor Nicky Briger, with guests including Asher Keddie, Dannii Minogue, Jesinta Franklin, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, Kit Willow, Toni Maticevski, Dion Lee, Kate Waterhouse and Napoleon Perdis. Sponsors on hand included Lexus Australia CEO Peter McGregor.
The biennial Prix de marie claire Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in style, innovation and design across the Australian fashion and beauty industries.
25 fashion and beauty products and brands received honours at last night’s event, including 10 Beauty Readers’ Choice Awards – where the best “steal” and “splurge” beauty buys were revealed.
Guests sat at one long table, above which dangled a long line of chandeliers. marie claire editor Nicky Briger joked they were once used at Kyle Sandilands‘ wedding.
Guests dined on an entree of carrots, feta and almonds. The main course was baked blue eye cod while dessert was a white chocolate hemisphere filled with dark chocolate mousse. Many of the desserts were sadly left untouched though as by the time they appeared after the final award, it was after 11pm and the crowd had started to thin.
Pacific Magazines executives mingling with guests included CEO Gereurd Roberts, Prue Cox, Nicole Bence and Anne-Marie Cheney. Guests from Seven included Bruce McWilliam, Sarah Stinson, Edwina Bartholomew, Kylie Gillies and Natalie Barr.
“The Prix de marie claire awards is our opportunity to give back to the industries we love by celebrating the very best in Australian fashion and beauty,” said Nicky Briger, editor, marie claire.
“The Prix de marie claire Awards launched in 2005 and are now considered the most prestigious fashion and beauty awards in Australia. Together with Lexus, we’re delighted to toast the many extraordinary achievements in the fashion and beauty industry.”
Jackie Frank, general manager, marie claire, said, “This event is renowned for its opulence, glamour and jaw-dropping moments. marie claire, together with Lexus, believes this is a wonderful opportunity to really celebrate and recognise the incredible talent in this country.”
Photo: Jackie Frank and Kate Waterhouse
• Revenue slips 3%, profit after tax down 20% to $166m
Seven West Media has reported the company’s financial results for FY17. Commenting, the managing director and CEO Tim Worner said: “Our results reflect a tough market, one that continues to change at pace, but a pace that we must match in our transformation.
“Despite these tougher conditions, we continue to lead in the core markets in which we compete, while at the same time making the necessary and sometimes difficult decisions in the transformation of our business. On the financials, our underlying EBIT was within guidance provided at the announcement of our financial results for FY16. Operating costs continue to be a focus with operating costs down $20 million (excluding Olympic Games, licence fees and 3rd party commissions).
“This year we marked our 22nd consecutive half of ratings and revenue leadership in metro broadcast television. We also expanded our leadership in content creation and distribution across new delivery platforms with over 45% share in live streaming and AVOD catch-up revenue. We have continued to invest in creating our own content and we are growing our productions business globally, delivering a further 11% revenue growth in the year.
“The West has successfully integrated The Sunday Times and PerthNow into the business and has rapidly improved the digital offering of the business.
“Pacific, which has faced material revenue pressure, is accelerating its transformation. We are also investing in new business where we’re leveraging the power of our assets to help growth with very pleasing results.
“This period we have booked a material impairment in the carrying value of our assets. This reflects the current challenging market conditions which have led us to revise our market growth assumptions, impacting the carrying value of intangible assets.”
Worner was speaking on an analysts call this morning along with CFO Warwick Lynch, commercial director Bruce McWilliam, chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette, chief digital offer Clive Dickens, Pacific CEO Gereurd Roberts and, dialling in from Canberra, group chief corporate and regularity affairs Bridget Fair.
A ket feature of the results presentation was highlighting how the company would be fuelling future growth. The focus would be on expanding content production capabilities in Australia and overseas, leverage audiences across new revenue streams and capitalising on digital innovation and new investments.
Seven West Media reports an underlying profit after income tax, excluding significant items net of tax of $166.8 million, on total revenues of $1,679.4 million.
EBITDA of $306.7m is down from $363.5m in the corresponding period with EBIT of $261.4m.
Seven West Media Limited reported a statutory net loss of $745.0m for the year ended 24 June 2017. This compares to the previous year statutory net profit of $184.3m.
Seven West Media recorded significant items of $988.8m in the period, including the impairment of intangibles, equity accounted investees, other assets including fixed assets, restructuring costs, onerous contracts and net loss on disposal of investments.
The reduction in the carrying value of the television assets represented the largest proportion of these write-downs. Softer free-to-air market conditions and a revision in growth assumptions for the market outlook have impacted the carrying value of the television licence and certain sports rights. In the prior period, FY16, significant items of $32.9m related to restructuring costs.
A final dividend of 2 cents per share (fully franked) has been declared.
Management earnings guidance for FY18 is for underlying EBIT to be 5% lower than FY17. Advertising conditions have been challenging. However, the company expects the broadcast metro market to outperform FY17 and is targeting increased share. Seven Studios is forecast to exceed this year’s performance and revenue from our 100% owned digital products is projected to double again. The company is targeting cost savings in the financial year to more than offset the AFL uplift in FY18 with a further incremental cost savings to be delivered in FY19 on FY18.
The first of three Future of Journalism forums being conducted by The Australian was held last night in Sydney.
The ticketed event saw around 150 readers and a handful of News Corp Australasia execs pack out a theatre in the Sydney Museum to hear editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker, Weekend Australian editor Michelle Gunn and soon-to-depart associate editor (digital) John Lyons talk about the paper and its future.
Moderating the event was The Australian’s associate editor Caroline Overington.
The venue was kept secret until a few days ago and there was strict security upon entering the building with guests scanned by a metal detector.
The event comes just days after the news brand revealed increased subscriber numbers and the revelation it was now profitable.
Whittaker started by talking about how the paper had been the first to put up a paywall, something it was ridiculed for. “Six years ago we had zero digital sales. In the last financial year we had almost $25m in digital sales.” He added print remains very important and still generates twice the income that digital does. “At The Australian, subscription revenue is now greater than advertising revenue even though we are one of the few mastheads in the world to have a year-on-year increase in local advertising.
“Will digital revenue pay for the journalism? Not yet. But the gap is closing all the time.”
He noted that all media companies originally gave away content for free. “It was initially unfashionable to get people to pay for online content. Now all the major mastheads in the world [charge]. Even The Guardian…it has a voluntary subscription model which to me seems a little like voluntary conscription, not particularly effective.”
John Lyons previewed the new project from Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter Dan Box, presenter of the Bowraville podcast, who has teamed up with the producers of ABC’s Hitting Home for a six-part vodcast documentary series for The Australian, which has received production investment funding from Screen Australia.
Guests in the audience included The Australian’s CEO Nicholas Gray, The Australian’s managing editor Helen Trinca, several journalists including Scott Murdoch and Adam Creighton, former News Corp director of corporate affairs Greg Baxter and ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue.
Fairfax Media’s luxury lifestyle website Executive Style is launching as a new quarterly glossy men’s magazine. It will be circulated inside The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, with the first issue being released this Friday August 18.
Executive Style Magazine has received support from international luxury and watch brands, retail, luxury auto and travel clients. The launch partners include Audi, Blancpain, Bvlgari, Cartier, Giorgio Armani, Harrolds Luxury Department Store, Hugo Boss, MontBlanc, Rolex and Victorian Racing Club.
“The magazine is a whistlestop tour of the finer things in life, with a uniquely Australian twist,” says editor Michael Harry. “Our tagline is ‘Smart men. Cool things.’ and that’s exactly what you’ll find, with the latest luxury news and views we think you need to know now.”
Nerissa Corbett, brand and audience director of Fairfax Prestige Group, says, “Fairfax continues to build on the success of its Prestige Group with the launch of Executive Style Magazine, a premium brand extension of our highly successful ExecutiveStyle.com.au website. We’re entirely focused on providing superior results for prestige clients and brands, and this offers advertisers another valuable opportunity to communicate to our large, quality audiences.
“Executive Style Magazine complements our current female premium lifestyle titles including Sunday Life and DailyLife.com.au, making our premium male offering truly cross-platform, with opportunities for digital, print and event executions targeting an AB male-skewed audience,” added Corbett.
The 52-page launch edition features actor Alex Dimitriades on the cover, plus interviews with ex-AFL legend Jimmy Bartel and up-and-coming stars Benjamin Rigby (Alien: Covenant) and Osamah Sami (Ali’s Wedding). The Spring issue includes the latest news on high-end cars, diving watches, Australian whiskies, Mick Fanning‘s award-winning Balter beer, plus a sleek Father’s Day gift guide and a four-page fashion feature on what to wear to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Global experimentation platform Optimizely is expanding into Asia Pacific with the opening of an Australian office in Sydney.
The Sydney office – located in the CBD on George St – is the company’s fifth global location outside the US.
Optimizely enables businesses across sectors to experiment at scale on all parts of their business including marketing, product, engineering and customer service leading to faster and better decisions.
The new APAC office will be led by Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, Dan Ross, who previously led the Customer and Sales Operations for the company’s Headquarters in San Francisco. Ross will play a key role in continuing to drive the company’s international growth.
Optimizely’s Australian customers include Atlassian, Optus, AGL Energy, Chemist Warehouse and Fox Sports. It has experienced 257% year-on-year growth in product usage in Australia alone, improving customer experiences for more than 28 million users a month.
Photo: Optimizely Managing Director ANZ Dan Ross
James Clement and Claire Tonti are classic examples of people turning a hobby into a full-time job. They are the founders of the recently launched Australian podcasting network called Planet Broadcasting.
The husband and wife gave up their day jobs as primary school teachers to make a living from Clement’s successful YouTube channel called Mr Sunday Movie and podcast series The Weekly Planet, which he continues to host with longtime friend Nick Mason.
Clement started Mr Sunday Movie about five years ago on the back of an internship that he did on the ABC’s The Gruen Transfer.
“He did that anonymously, because he was teaching full-time as well,” Tonti told Mediaweek. Clement managed to keep his identity a secret until a recent live show in April 2017, which is where Planet Broadcasting was launched. “What’s unique about him is that he grew his podcast audience through teaching his YouTube audience about it.
“He was able to teach people how to find his podcast through his YouTube videos. Along with this, he also did short clips of his podcast and put them on YouTube so people would get a taste of what the show was like.”
When the podcast listenership for The Weekly Planet began outnumbering the average views on Clement’s Mr Sunday Movie channel, that’s when the couple started to consider making this their full-time gig. The podcast was originally hosted on YouTube as a video.
“We started to get 300,000 to 400,000 views, making it one of the largest Australian podcasts, if not the biggest,” Tonti said.
Photo: James Clement, Claire Tonti, Nick Mason
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.