Wednesday August 23 2017
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||3.6%||GEM||3.8%||ELEVEN||4.2%||Food Net||0.6%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.4%||7||17.4%||9||20.2%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||4.9%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||6.0%||GEM||5.8%||ONE||3.3%||Food Net||0.7%|
|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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Series 30, episode 30 of Home and Away did 702,000 after 725,000 on Monday.
Lunchtime service with Marco Pierre White featured on Hell’s Kitchen Australia as he decided who is worthy of the last chance cook-off. The Tuesday episode did 540,000 after 529,000 on Monday this week and 527,000 on Tuesday last week. The series seems to have been running for a while, but David Oldfield became just the third celebrity to depart after losing the cook-off.
Gordon Ramsay visited Woodland Park, Colorado on Kitchen Nightmares USA to try and work his magic on an Italian restaurant with 390,000 watching.
First Dates UK followed with 203,000 around 10pm.
A Current Affair started with a look inside Aussie call centres as the Tuesday episode did 824,000 after 867,000 on Monday.
There were threats to the construction of the house extensions on The Block and an ambitious plan for a backyard pool was blocked by just one of the Blockhead couples. There was also a problem with wall mounting a TV near a fireplace. The third episode of the week did 1.04m after 1.07m a week ago.
True Story with Hamish & Andy investigated a fishy story on the penultimate episode of season one. The audience slipped from 881,000 last week to 766,000 last night. The series launched on the first Monday of June with close to 1.3m.
This week’s double dose of Kath & Kim was again two episodes from the first series in 2002. The first ep did 476,000 and the second 393,000.
An encore screening of Doctor Doctor then did 96,000.
Guests on The Project included actor and writer Osamah Sami with the Tuesday episode doing 553,000 after 621,000 on Monday night.
Shark Tank started with sisters looking for funding for their online beauty business. The 7.30pm screening attracted 461,000 after 464,000 last week.
The NCIS franchise took over the remainder of primetime with NCIS episode 22 of series 14 starting the triple play with 442,000 after 420,000 last week. A repeat NCIS ep then did 299,000 and an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles did 191,000.
Annabel Crabb looked at Question Time in her third episode of The House. At 8pm the channel attracted 603,000 after 619,000 watched The House episode two a week ago.
The new-look Catalyst posed the question: Can Seaweed Save The World? The episode did 492,000 after launching with 442,000 last week.
A repeat of the air travel doco City In The Sky then did 284,000.
Great American Railway Journeys saw Michael Portillo on and off trains across Kansas and Colorado. The episode was on 333,000 after 352,000 last week. Portillo hosted two of the three most-watched shows on the channel last week.
Women on the Edge was the title of last night’s episode of Insight with 317,000 watching after 242,000 last week.
Dateline then looked at Syrian refugees with 187,000 tuning in.
The ACCC is expected to approve Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon’s potential bid for the Ten Network Holdings when it hands down a decision on Thursday, reports The Australian’s John Durie.
The ACCC has been assessing the potential effect on advertisers and on competition from any takeover.
It is understood there were at least two bids, one from Murdoch and Gordon and another in the form of a joint bid from private equity firms Oaktree and Anchorage Capital.
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Google has been accused of misleading a parliamentary committee over how many billions of dollars in advertising revenue the tech behemoth generates in Australia, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Google’s most senior Australian-based executive, Jason Pellegrino, clashed yesterday with senator Nick Xenophon, who warned that he did not like being “misled” over discrepancies worth billions of dollars.
Senator Xenophon questioned Google and Facebook at a Senate select committee on the future of public-interest journalism about whether their declared ad revenues were accurate.
Google told the Senate committee it had gross revenue of $1.1 billion in Australia last year, while Facebook gave a figure of $326 million. Media buyers and analysts estimate Facebook’s gross revenue to be about $1b and Google’s $3b.
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Fairfax Media’s Amy Remeikis:
Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon has accused Facebook of not acting fast enough to stamp out fake news during a spirited encounter with the social media giant’s Australian representatives.
In exasperated exchanges with Facebook officials on Tuesday, Senator Xenophon questioned how an organisation famous for its mantra of “move fast and break things” had failed to combat the rise of fake news articles on its platform.
Fronting a parliamentary inquiry into the future of journalism and the impact tech behemoths Google and Facebook have had on the Australian media industry, Facebook Australia representatives Aine Kerr and Mia Garlick struggled to explain why the platform had not found a solution to the global problem.
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Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said the screen productions, which include drama and factual programs, will receive investment through Create NSW’s Production Finance Program, Made in NSW and Regional Filming Fund initiatives.
“These productions will bring a total of $60.85 million in direct production expenditure to NSW and create over 3,400 highly skilled jobs in the screen sector,” Brealey said.
“This is an incredibly diverse range of productions with some of the state’s most experienced screen creatives attached.”
“It’s exciting that they have chosen NSW as their production base and that several productions have also chosen to film in regional NSW or Western Sydney, where the production expenditure will have a significant positive impact on local economies.
The Village Voice, the New York alternative weekly newspaper co-founded by Norman Mailer and known for its culture coverage and investigative reporting, said on Tuesday it will end its print version and continue as an online-only publication, reports Reuters.
Peter Barbey, who purchased the newspaper from Voice Media Group in 2015, said in a statement the move is part of media’s migration to the internet and that its readers now expect “a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of print publishing”.
The publication is still considering when it will end the print edition.
The newspaper has been distributed free in the New York City area since 1996 and was mostly supported by classified advertising, which declined with the rise of Craigslist and other internet outlets.
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Filming is also under way on the movie-length telemovie which will air later in the year.
Before the new series starts next month, viewers can catch-up or re-watch all past episodes, with series 1-4 of The Doctor Blake Mysteries available to binge watch on ABC iview for three months from Friday September 1.
The series is produced by December Media in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria. Producer is George Adams, executive producers are Tony Wright and Stuart Menzies and associate producer is Craig McLachlan. ABC executive producers are Brett Sleigh and Alastair McKinnon.
Australia might have copped a hiding from New Zealand in the game one of the Bledisloe Cup last Saturday, but the match attracted much social media interest and was by far the biggest talking point of the week. According to Nielsen, the rugby clash, broadcast on TEN and Fox Sports, had over 330,000 social media interactions.
The biggest domestic football game on social last week was the AFL match between Adelaide and Sydney.
In the non-sport category, Seven’s Home and Away appeared in the top five, for an episode broadcast on Monday last week. The show sat fourth on the chart, behind both episodes of The Bachelor broadcast last week, plus the Monday episode of Q&A.
Chief executives from iSelect, Lion, Suncorp and Suzuki will appear on stage together at ReThinkTV 2017 to reveal insights and experience direct from the boardroom into how the marketing function can impact business growth.
The panel, featuring Scott Wilson, managing director and CEO at iSelect; Matt Tapper, managing director, Global Markets at Lion; Pip Marlow, CEO of Strategic Innovation at Suncorp, and Andrew Moore, director automobiles for Suzuki Australia, will be a key session at the ReThinkTV marketing forum, which takes place on the morning of September 14 at Luna Park in Sydney.
The topic for this year’s CEO panel concerns marketing and its ability to drive business growth, specifically asking: “What do marketers need to do to ensure they have maximum impact at the boardroom table when business growth is being discussed?”
Kim Portrate, chief executive of ThinkTV, said: “We are honoured and delighted that these four respected executives at the top of their game have taken time out to be part of what is a critical debate for marketers and for business: what levers should be pulled to deliver growth? As CEOs of organisations with deep expertise in marketing, their views on how to make the function a more valued resource and growth engine will supply powerful insights and inspiration to marketers everywhere.
“With world-first research findings from Ebiquity on media effectiveness, an Australian-first study on viewability across screens from Professor Karen Nelson-Field and a must-see keynote from the ‘Ad Contrarian’ Bob Hoffman, ReThink TV 2017 is a critical event on the advertising and marketing industry calendar for 2017.”
Tickets are now on sale for the annual ASTRA Women in Television Breakfast, the largest event for women working in media in Australia, attracting more than 700 mostly women annually to hear the inspiring personal stories of Australian and international female leaders of the television, broadcasting and media sectors.
The event is the culmination of a year-long program of ASTRA-sponsored events which bring together hundreds of media women to network and learn from one another.
The event is being held on September 12 at the Star Event Centre in Pyrmont.
Speakers this year are News Corp Australia’s Siobhan McKenna and actor Sigrid Thornton. The event will be hosted by Ticky Fullerton from Sky News.
Fairfax Media has announced the appointment of Sinead Boucher (pictured) as chief executive officer of Stuff, Fairfax Media’s renamed New Zealand business. The name change will rollout over coming months.
Stuff, New Zealand’s leading local website, attracts an audience of 2.1 million and growing, is the centrepiece of Fairfax Media’s New Zealand portfolio. The portfolio includes a stable of newspapers, websites and events, along with the country’s largest private social network Neighbourly, and ISP Stuff Fibre.
Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “Sinead has established herself as an impressive force in modern media. She steps into the CEO role having had a long and distinguished career in traditional and digital media.
“The renaming recognises Stuff’s tremendous national brand strength and its position at the centre of our strategy to drive digital growth in New Zealand. Our long-established print and digital mastheads continue with their existing names, with the Stuff brand to collectively identify our diverse mix of media assets in New Zealand, reaching 90% of the population.”
Boucher was previously Fairfax’s group executive editor in New Zealand for four years. Prior to that she was appointed Fairfax’s first group digital editor in 2007, tasked with developing the then-fledgling Stuff website.
“Sinead has done an outstanding job leading our journalism in New Zealand over the past decade,” Hywood said. “She has been a driving force in lifting the digital skills, capability and focus of our newsrooms, as well as turbocharging digital, which is going from strength to strength.”
Sinead joined Fairfax’s The Press in 1993 and worked there for several years before relocating to the United Kingdom to work at the Financial Times and Reuters. She then returned to The Press as Associate Editor in 2004 and further proved her digital development skills and newsroom leadership in group-wide online and digital roles.
On August 23, 2007, the #hashtag was born on Twitter.
Now a significant part of the internet culture, Twitter has revealed one of the most widely used and recognised symbols in the world was invented almost by accident.
10 years ago, Chris Messina @chrismessina tweeted #barcamp, the first time a hashtag was used to bring a group together.
• Globally, an average of 125 million hashtags are shared every day on Twitter
• The most-tweeted hashtag in 2007 was used around 9,000 times. The most-used hashtag so far in 2017 was used over 300 million times
Suzy Nicoletti, managing director of Twitter Australia, said:
“When anything happens in the world, it happens on Twitter, and the hashtag is a perfect example of this. The hashtag changed everything – over the past 10 years, it has become one of the most widely recognised and used symbols in the world. It created new ways to communicate, to share, and to build communities.
“When you look at some of Australia’s top Twitter hashtags, you’ve got everything from social movements like #illridewithyou, to passionate fans of #5SOS, iconic sporting events like the #MelbourneCup and the ever-trending #auspol. It’s a mix that speaks to our unique culture, sense of identity and sense of humour. It’s #whatshappening.”
Hashtags in Australia:
• Almost half a billion tweets with hashtags showing the love for 5 Seconds of Summer
• Political junkies have used the #Auspol hashtag 3.5 million times
Global hashtag champs:
• The most tweeted television show hashtag of all time is #TheWalkingDead
• The most tweeted about movie hashtag of all time is #StarWars.
• The most tweeted gaming hashtag of all time is トレクル (TreCru/Treasure Cruise) with over 269 million
Twitter users can join the celebration today by tweeting with #hashtag10 from 2pm AEST on August 23. Using #hashtag10 will activate a 24-hour custom emoji to celebrate the 10th birthday of the hashtag.
Nova Entertainment has announced Wendy John, with her podcast Doomsday, as the winner of the second Podquest series. Podquest is an initiative that was launched to discover and support new and emerging podcasts from around Australia.
John has won a production and marketing grant and access to Nova Entertainment’s production facilities, technical expertise and distribution channels to create her podcast series.
In Doomsday, preppers face-off with serious science for a pop-culture smackdown with Wendy John – a new mum freshly infected with anxieties about everything from nuclear war to a zombie apocalypse. Episode one, to be released on Tuesday 5 September, will see celebrity preppers David and Lisa Oldfield reveal all their secrets from their Sydney bunker.
Jay Walkerden, Nova Entertainment’s head of podcasting, said, “Doomsday stood out to our judges. Wendy’s ability to give us an insight into the minds of Doomsday preppers in a fun and engaging way while showing respect to the content providers was exceptional. We are excited by this very different podcast.”
Wendy John’s winning podcast was selected from the top 10 finalists by an internal and external industry panel including Henrik Isaksson, country manager at Acast, the world’s leading technology platform for on-demand and podcasting.
The trailer for Doomsday can be found at podquest.com.au.
Podquest series one winner Phoebe Parsons launched the first three episodes of her podcast Confessions of a Twenty Something Train Wreck earlier this month. Listen here.
Filling the shoes of Mark Hollands at NewsMediaWorks was always going to be a challenge. However, the member publishers of the trade organisation seem to have found the right candidate in Peter Miller.
A veteran of the print media and digital sectors, Miller started just earlier this month at the new home of NewsMediaWorks inside News Corp Australia.
Sitting down with Mediaweek at the end of only week two in the job, Miller responded to a question whether the veteran of print media sales and marketing roles at News Corp, ACP Magazines, Fairfax and Pacific Magazines had returned to the sector to save the industry.
“This is not a rescue mission,” Miller told Mediaweek.
“The news media these days is both traditional media and new channels. I have spent my last 13 years in digital transformation and that process is well under way in the news media sector.
“My job is to have a stake in every organisation’s success and profit. It might be a high wire act, but it is exciting. They are all dynamic big businesses with a lot of creativity, much like the agency world I have been inhabiting.
“I am very commercially orientated and NewsMediaWorks is about driving commercial messages. We have some great people at [member publishers] News, Fairfax and The West and we are mapping out a plan for the future.”
Miller said when he has been visiting both News Corp and Fairfax offices it has felt like a homecoming. “I have been greeted by people I know in both offices.”
Some of the buzzwords being used by Miller in his new role are reach, trust, relevance, cross-media performance, credibility and integrity.
He noted it was too early to have detail about the future course of NewsMediaWorks, but Miller did say: “I will be hitting the accelerator on a few things. Part of my role is to find new opportunities for publishers, finding areas where publishers can be aligned. There is recognition the news media industry has a common foe and common opportunity.
“While both publisher CEOs Michael Miller and Greg Hywood are fiercely competitive they both face big challenges.”
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.
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.