Monday August 21 2017
The regular Mediaweek television podcast this week features Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing Hell’s Kitchen Australia, The Block, Top Of The Lake: China Girl and Doctor, Doctor. There was debate about the merits of ABC TV’s medical drama Pulse and Stan’s comedy The Other Guy.
Inside Out editor-in-chief Claire Bradley visited the Mediaweek HQ recently to talk about the magazine’s 150th issue, multiplatform success, the latest trends in design, and renovation reality TV.
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Saturday Top 10
In its 7pm timeslot, Sunday Night has seen its audience creep back towards 1m. The show had 951,000 watching last night after 797,000 the week before. Key to the revival this week was the compelling profile of the last king of the Cross, John Ibrahim. The man himself was missing, but that didn’t stop reporter Matt Doran from probing the family background with a spokesperson identified as a friend. The second half of the show was about another king, Elvis Presley, as reporter Mike Amor interviewed Priscilla on the 40th anniversary of his death.
Hell’s Kitchen managed to grow a little week-on-week, but not by much. The start of the new week saw the episode on 543,000, up from 513,000 a week ago.
The Block featured Ronnie & Georgia winning kids’ bedroom week with a score that included a 10 from judge Neale Whitaker. They are definitely the team to beat, although whether bidders on auction day feel the same remains to be seen. The Sunday night audience of 1.34m was the biggest yet for this season. The only other non-sporting programs to have a bigger crowd this year have been a handful of episodes of My Kitchen Rules, Married At First Sight and Australian Ninja Warrior.
60 Minutes opened with Ross Coulthart in Barcelona as the episode featured coverage of the terror in the Spanish city. The episode did 867,000, which was narrowly up on last weeks 859,000.
Anneliese and Tara were voted out of their tribe, but not out of the game on Survivor. They were saved at the last minute with 633,000 watching after 622,000 on Sunday last week.
TEN Eyewitness News was next best with 309,000.
A repeat of the movie Taken 3 did 283,000.
Earlier in the night Family Feud Sunday did 250,000 followed by two episodes of Modern Family on 209,000 and then 279,000.
Episode seven of the second season of Grand Designs New Zealand was on 510,000 for its Christchurch shipping container home.
Season 19 of Midsomer Murders returned at 8.30pm and the program continued to deliver with 671,000. It has taken over the Poldark slot, lifting the audience by 120,000 week-on-week.
The channel had its second-best Sunday of the year. The only previous bigger share on any evenings so far in 2017 were the three nights of Eurovision finals back in May when share reached 8% on each.
The biggest audience last night was at 7.30pm for a repeat of Great Wall Of China: Hidden Story with 336,000.
The three-time Emmy-winning doco from HBO, Scientology: Going Clear, screened after 8.30pm with 302,000.
Both programs managed to make the Sunday top 20.
Rebel Wilson has quietly settled a second high-profile defamation case out of court, reports News Corp’s Amy Harris.
The Aussie actor, who shocked the legal world back in June when she emerged the victor in a heavily publicised case against magazine publisher Bauer Media, is believed to have paid just over $100,000 to a journalist she mistakenly identified on Twitter.
Elizabeth Wilson, the features editor for Bauer’s House & Garden magazine, took action after Wilson – who has more than 2.5 million followers – tweeted a head shot of Wilson calling her “total scum”.
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Australia has reached peak reality television, according to Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.
The comedy duo start shooting the second season of True Story with Hamish and Andy in a fortnight, and say people have been flocking to their show because they’re sick of how fake reality television has become.
Overseas networks have shown a keen interest in buying the rights to the show. The phones at the duo’s South Melbourne office have been ringing off the hook with calls from producers as far away as Sweden and the Netherlands.
“At the moment, our focus is Australia,” Lee said. “But it’s certainly something we’ll look at when we come up with some breathing space. It’s nice to know that the interest is there.”
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There were many tributes to Gary O’Callaghan who passed away aged 83.
2GB’s Saturday edition of the Continuous Call Team was delayed for 10 minutes with a tribute to the Sydney broadcaster from Ray Hadley:
Gary O’Callaghan was a broadcaster of some note, and that is understating it. His career started in 1951 as an office boy at 2SM. By 1956 he had started at 2UE (on the same day that John Laws also arrived) and by 1958 he was doing the breakfast program at 2UE. He held that position for more than three decades and he won more ratings than anyone could possible imagine. At the height of his career in Sydney breakfast radio he regularly rated in excess of 35%. He first came to national prominence when working at 2SM when a friend in the intelligence services suggested he get himself to the airport. He was the only reporter at the airport to cover what became known as the Petrov Affair.
Listen to Hadley 11-minute tribute here.
Ray Hadley, normally a permanent fixture on Nine’s Today show’s Tuesday broadcast, was a notable absentee from his post last week due to what he later described as a scheduling conflict, reports News Corp’s Amy Harris.
But sources inside Nine’s Willoughby headquarters and 2GB’s Pyrmont studios say there was a more personal beef at the heart of the no-show – specifically Karl Stefanovic’s infamous Australia Day monologue delivered the previous morning.
It is understood Hadley, a big campaigner for the conservative cause, took umbrage at Stefanovic’s calls for Australia Day to be moved out of respect for our indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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Cricket fans will get to watch Australia battle it out in Bangladesh after a potential blackout was saved by an 11th hour TV deal, reports News Corp’s Ben Horne.
The game’s ugly pay dispute played a major role in pushing negotiations right down to the wire but just a week out from the first Test in Dhaka, Fox Sports has secured the rights for the series.
“This is a great outcome for cricket lovers,” Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany said. “There will be plenty of interest around these two Tests and it’s fantastic we have reached an agreement so Foxtel subscribers can watch live on Fox Sports.
“We know there is only a week until the first test but with Foxtel Now, fans can sign up and be streaming the action live within minutes — it’s the perfect excuse to try.”
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On Triple M Melbourne’s Saturday afternoon AFL pre-game, Brian Taylor revealed that former Nine co-host of The AFL Footy Show, James Brayshaw, will be joining the Seven Network as part of the commentary team for the EJ Whitten charity game on the weekend before the start of the AFL final series.
Brayshaw, the current chief of the Triple M AFL team, reminded his colleagues he was with Seven for close to a decade before he later moved to Nine. He added that Seven Melbourne MD Lewis Martin called him during the week to gauge his interest in the role.
Meanwhile News Corp’s Alice Coster reports:
What a delicate little snowflake James Brayshaw turns out to be. But we’ve been telling our readers this for years.
As Page 13 reported last week, Brayshaw is finding it hard to move with these modern times.
Poor diddums took exception to us reporting on his speech at the Triple M Footy 21st, saying he thought he was swearing and carrying on about a lewd sex act in front of a “private” audience. Hmmmmmmm.
Brayshaw went on to have a sooky-la-la on air about our so-called “hatchet job”.
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Media moguls Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon are thought to have lobbed a bid for the embattled Ten Network on Friday that was conditional on a change in the media laws or one where part of the payment was convertible notes, report Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch in The Australian’s Dataroom column.
The failure to repeal the old ownership restrictions does not block the bid by Murdoch and Gordon but retains a “risk factor” that the network’s receiver, PPB Advisory, would have to take into account when deciding on the value of each bid.
It is believed hedge fund Oaktree also made an offer.
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The Federal Court’s decision to block dozens of video piracy websites won’t be enough to dissuade the film and television industry from pursuing the next target in its war against piracy: the Australian viewers who download shows illegally rather than pay for them, reports The AFR’s John Davidson.
Australia’s largest film producer, Village Roadshow, will go ahead with its plan later this year to slap copyright infringement lawsuits on “hundreds” of viewers who pirate shows, as part of a multipronged, industry-wide campaign that will also include trying to get Google to “do the right thing” by copyright owners and stop indexing pirated content, a Village executive said.
On Friday, the Federal Court of Australia ordered Telstra, Optus, iPrimus and a host of other internet providers to block access to 42 websites located outside Australia.
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Alphabet Inc’s Google is developing new tools designed to boost subscriptions for news publishers, following a similar olive branch from Facebook to an industry that has seen the digital behemoths take over the online advertising market, reports Bloomberg.
Google’s latest foray arrives on three fronts. The first is a revamp of its feature, called “first click free”, that allows readers to access articles from subscription publications through search.
Google is also exploring publishers’ tools around online payments and targeting potential subscribers. It’s all part of Google’s broader effort to keep consumers and content-makers returning to the web, the lifeblood of its ads business.
Initially, Google is testing the tools with The New York Times and The Financial Times. But Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president for news, said the search giant is talking to dozens of other outlets as media companies move toward online subscription models.
“It’s clear from news publishers that they can’t live on advertising alone,” he said.
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Global UM chief executive Daryl Lee – the man with a US$18 billion advertising budget – floats a novel idea that he believes could change the fundamentals of the stressed newspaper advertising model: branded content, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Lee doesn’t mince his words when describing branded content’s growth potential for local publishers after working closely with The New York Times’ T Brand Studio since its inception in 2014.
“We can’t keep up with the demand in the US and in the UK. Along with the use of data and analytics, branded content will help save journalism,” Lee said on a visit to Sydney this month from his New York base.
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Alexandratos will be responsible for overseeing the publisher’s data strategies, programmatic advertising and advertising operations. In her role, Alexandratos will also supervise Guardian Labs, the branded content studio, production and delivery team.
Alexandratos brings more than 15 years’ experience in digital and advertising spanning across media and creative agencies and major publishers. She will report directly into Guardian Australia’s CEO Ian McClelland and work closely with Tony Bell, Guardian Australia’s national sales director, responsible for the recently integrated display, branded content and programmatic sales team.
Prior to Guardian Australia, Alexandratos was the director of digital commercialisation at Fairfax Media. As a leader in the metro publishing division she was responsible for the commercialisation of Fairfax Media’s digital assets. Alexandratos has also held senior positions with other major publishers including News Corp and Ninemsn.
As Laurie Oakes acclimatises to life without journalism, the rest of us are adjusting to life without Laurie, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
“I am cancelling my papers. I will read them online. Apart from that I won’t be watching many of the political shows but I will follow the news,” Oakes told The Australian.
“I don’t think I will be watching many current affairs shows. I will be glued to Stan and Netflix and SBS On Demand, which has improved greatly – much to the ire of some proprietors.”
He will not join the ranks of the political memoir industry, which has included the likes of Mark Latham, John Howard and Kevin Rudd (who is writing an autobiography) and journalists including Chris Mitchell, former editor-in-chief of The Australian.
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Actor and director Richard Roxburgh has exclusively confirmed to News Corp’s Confidential that he has begun working on the fifth and final season of his critically acclaimed ABC satirical drama series Rake.
Roxburgh revealed he is wrapping up the show – which hasn’t been seen on screens since July last year – to close the final chapter in the life of his character, criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene.
The new series of Rake follows the disappointment of Roxburgh’s latest foray into television, reprising the role of Roger Rogerson in Seven’s Blue Murder: Killer Cop.
While Roxburgh’s portrayal was described as “brilliant”, the series clocked disappointingly.
The 55-year-old said he felt “quite happily removed from the issue of ratings”.
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NRL clubs have issues with the game plan for the governing body’s beefed-up digital media service to be unveiled next year, reports The Australian’s Will Swanton.
The revamped nrl.com.au website will start from January 1. It’s designed to be the go-to service for league news. Clubs have been told it will be a “centralised newsroom” modelled on the AFL and Cricket Australia websites.
Negotiations are continuing between the NRL and the clubs that are being asked to fork out a combined $20 million for a service they have reservations about. One club official told The Australian that clubs were “uneasy” about the NRL’s multimillion venture. The NRL has pledged $150m to the project over the seven years. It has offered jobs to senior league journalists, including The Sydney Morning Herald’s sports editor Ben Coady and the paper’s senior rugby league writer Michael Chammas.
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• Singles: P!nk #1 with “What About Us”, Avicii only other new entry
• Albums: Paul Kelly #1 with “Life Is Fine”, Kesha and Jen Cloher top 5
It’s been a long 13 weeks, but we wave goodbye to “Despacito” and welcome fresh chart talent. P!nk is not exactly new chart talent perhaps, but at least there is different music at the top.
Nothing much else new invaded the top 50 though with Avicii the only other new entry.
“What About Us” is the first single from P!nk’s forthcoming seventh album “Beautiful Trauma”. Given P!nk’s talent and Sony Music’s marketing skill we could perhaps see her dominate the charts in the back half of this year. This is P!nk’s ninth time at the top of the ARIA singles chart – a run that started with “Most Girls” in 2000 and stretched to “Just Like Fire” in May last year.
The only other newcomer in the top 50 this week is at #33 – Avicii featuring Sandro Cavazza with “Without You”. This is the first chart appearance for the Swedish DJ and producer since “Broken Arrows” in 2015. If this new song hits the spot with fans, watch out – Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” spent six weeks at #1 in 2013 and was certified nine times platinum by ARIA and was still top 10 after 15 weeks on the chart.
Also losing top spot, again, is Ed Sheeran with “Divide” now back at #2.
Taking the spotlight this week is Paul Kelly with, believe it or not, his first #1 album – “Life Is Fine”. With 23 albums over 40 years the ARIA Hall of Famer has gone close previously. “Songs From The South” climbed to #2 20 years ago in 1997.
The second new entry neat the top is Kesha with “Rainbow” at #3. She’s had a short career compared to Kelly of course, with her previous two albums peaking at #12 in 2012 and #4 in 2010.
The third new entry in the top five is Melbourne singer-songwriter Jen Cloher with her self-titled fourth album. Two of the previous three were with her band The Endless Sea, after which followed her first solo outing, “In Blood Memory”, back in 2013.
Just missing the top 10 on debut is The Preatures with their second album “Girlhood” debuting at #13. The band’s first album “Blue Planet Eyes” peaked at #4 in 2014.
Four other albums debuted inside the top 50:
#14 Avicii with “Avīci”
#17 Dodie with the EP “You”
#31 Kate Miller-Heidke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra “Live at the Sydney Opera House”
#37 Justice For The Damned with “Dragged Through The Dirt”
Nine and Screentime have announced Underbelly Files: Chopper has commenced filming.
Created by Screentime, producers of the Underbelly franchise, this two-part miniseries will, for the first time, explore the dilemma faced by this notorious criminal as he struggled to reconcile his two competing identities – Chopper, the colourful underworld figure, and Mark Brandon Read, the man who craved a quiet life far from the public arena.
Starring award-winning actor Aaron Jeffery (Wentworth, McLeod’s Daughters, Water Rats) as Chopper, miniseries’ cast includes two-time Logie Award winner Michael Caton (The Castle, Packed to the Rafters) as Chopper’s father Keith, Todd Lasance (The Vampire Diaries) as Chopper’s nemesis, gangster Syd Collins, and Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child) who will portray his second wife Margaret, with whom he shared a love that defied obstacles and lasted decades.
The cast will also include Zoe Ventoura as Chopper’s first wife Mary Ann, Jane Allsop, Reef Ireland, Alex Tsitsopoulos and Anna Bamford, with original Underbelly alumni Vince Colosimo and Kevin Harrington returning as Alphonse Gangitano and Lewis Moran, and Debra Byrne reprising her portrayal of Judy Moran.
Underbelly Files: Chopper will be produced by Kerrie Mainwaring and Karl Zwicky, with Screentime’s chief executive officer Rory Callaghan and executive chairman Bob Campbell executive producers alongside the Nine Network’s joint heads of drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan.
Peter Andrikidis, who helmed several episodes of Fat Tony & Co. as well as the seminal season of Underbelly, will direct the miniseries, which has been written by Justin Monjo. Underbelly aficionados, cinematographer Joe Pickering and production designer Paddy Reardon, will also return.
“With this new take on the Mark ‘Chopper’ Read story Screentime is delighted to be reuniting our ‘A-team’ for a mesmerising miniseries which will bring the fourth instalment of Underbelly Files to Nine for 2018, in classic style,” Bob Campbell said.
Nine’s Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney said: “As a hardened gangster and loving family man, ‘Chopper’ Read was one of Australia’s most complex and compelling crooks. Prepare to be shocked and entertained as Aaron Jeffery brings a whole new dimension to the Chopper legend, supported by many of Australia’s finest actors.”
Underbelly Files: Chopper, a Screentime production in association with Nine Network, will be filmed on location in Melbourne throughout August and go to air on the Nine Network next year. International distribution will be through DRG.
Photo: Nine/Greg Noakes
The finalists in the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) have been released by Commercial Radio Australia.
Last year’s winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty (Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell & Marty Sheargold, Nova Entertainment) are amongst the finalists that include five-time winners Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson (The Kyle and Jackie O Show, KIIS 1065, Sydney); three-time winners Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, who have announced they are leaving radio at the end of 2017 (The Hamish & Andy Show, Hit Network); Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron (Fifi Box, Dave Thornton, Brendan Fevola & Byron Cooke, Fox FM, Melbourne); Chrissie, Sam & Browny (Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang, Jonathan Brown & Dean Thomas, Nova 100, Melbourne) and Hughesy & Kate (Dave Hughes & Kate Langbroek, KIIS Network, ARN).
The Metropolitan Best On Air Team AM title will be a contest between last year’s winner, Nights with Steve Price (Steve Price & Andrew Bolt, 2GB, Sydney); The Big Sports Breakfast with Slats & TK (Michael Slater & Terry Kennedy, Sky Sports Radio, Sydney); Breakfast with Steve Mills & Basil Zempilas (6PR, Perth); The Continuous Call Team (Ray Hadley, Bob Fulton, Darryl Brohman, Erin Molan, David Morrow, Mark Riddell, Chris Warren & Mark Levy, 2GB, Sydney NSW, Macquarie Media Limited) and Breakfast with David Penberthy & Will Goodings (FIVEaa, Adelaide, NOVA Entertainment).
Another highly competitive category is Best Current Affairs Presenter, with five-time winner in the category 3AW’s Neil Mitchell (a total of 19 ACRAs) up against three-time winner in this category 2GB’s Ray Hadley (a total of 26 ACRAs), three-time ACRA winner Ben Fordham and multiple finalist FIVEaa’s Leon Byner. Fordham, Hadley and Mitchell are also competing for Best Talk Presenter up against 3AW’s Tom Elliott.
Other major award categories include Best News Presenter FM & AM, Best Sports Presenter and Best Music/Entertainment Presenter, which sees Carrie Bickmore (The Hit Network) up against smoothfm weekend breakfast host Melissa Doyle (smoothfm, Nova Entertainment, Sydney), Nova presenters Tim Blackwell and Kent “Smallzy” Small, plus Gordie Waters (KIIS 1065 Sydney). This year’s metro finalists for Best Newcomer On-Air include Erin Molan, 2GB; Matthew Dyktynski, Mix 94.5 FM, Perth; Isa Guha, Triple M, Sydney and Rebecca Judd from the 3PM Pickup on the KIIS Network.
Entries were received from 260 metropolitan and regional radio stations across Australia. Stations outside the metropolitan areas are well represented at the ACRAs with more than 200 finalists from country and provincial stations. This year the gala black-tie event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday October 14 and will start at 6pm (red carpet 5pm).
Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia Joan Warner said: “The ACRAs are a much-anticipated event within a highly competitive radio industry, bringing together radio personalities, executives and station staff to celebrate achievement in the industry.”
Organised by Commercial Radio Australia, the national Awards cover 33 categories. Winners are announced in each category across four areas: metropolitan, provincial, country and Syndication/Production Company and encompass all areas of commercial radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment. The ACRAs differ from television’s Logie Awards in that they are peer judged by industry members. The ACRAs follow the Radio Alive 2017 conference, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 13 October.
Radio announcer Philip Clark has climbed several peaks during his radio career. He was a successful breakfast announcer at what is now ABC Sydney before he was poached to move to 2GB in 2001.
The experiment of moving a ratings powerhouse to commercial radio wasn’t a hit though. He went head-to-head with Alan Jones, then with 2UE, before Jones moved to 2GB to take over breakfast.
Recalling his days at 2GB prior to the arrival of Ray Hadley and Jones, Clark remembered it as a disruptive time. “When I was doing 2GB breakfast there were a whole lot of things going on,” he told Mediaweek. “One lot of management had one set of plans. Then there would be another with another set of plans.”
After about six years in commercial radio Clark then returned to the ABC. His radio journey saw him in Canberra hosting ABC Radio breakfast where he was #1 in the timeslot. After three years in Canberra, he was offered the opportunity to take over Nightlife from the retiring Tony Delroytoward the end of 2016.
“I had never done late night shifts,” Clark said. “I did wonder before accepting the new role if I would be any good at that hour of the night.”
Clark explained his time in Canberra coincided with both daughters studying in the capital. He kept a property in Sydney, telling us, “If you move out it can get very hard getting back in.”
He speaks highly of life in Canberra and won’t hear a bad word about the nation’s capital. “People who bag Canberra haven’t lived there.
A special guest in the Mediaweek portable podcast studio this week was Seven West Media chief executive and managing director Tim Worner. It was a different Tim Worner we spoke to this week from the one many people heard on the financial results teleconference in February. Back then Worner was joined on the call by Seven executive chairman Kerry Stokes who fielded many of the questions about the controversy swirling around his CEO.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi pay a visit to Nine News’ Chris O’Keefe at NSW Parliament House for Seven Days. The group discusses the 2017 Kennedy Awards (in which O’Keefe was named Journalist of the Year), media reform, the latest media financial results, John Lyons‘ move to the ABC, and more.