Thursday August 24 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Hugh Marks, CEO, Nine Entertainment Co
• Jackie Frank, GM fashion beauty & health, Pacific Magazines
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
*Both Nine CEO Hugh Marks and HT&E CEO Ciaran Davis will appear live on Sky Business News from 12 noon today to discuss today’s results
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||2.7%||GEM||2.3%||ELEVEN||2.9%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.3%||7||20.2%||9||21.0%||10 NNSW||3.3%||SBS One||4.6%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||3.9%||GEM||3.5%||ONE||3.2%||Food Net||1.0%|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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Home and Away posted an audience of 685,000 for its Wednesday episode after starting the week with 725,000 and then 702,000.
A Chinese couple featured on Border Security with 668,000 watching.
The Force followed with 628,000 tuning in to see Macquarie Fields detectives investigating robbery and abduction.
Then it was Criminal Minds time with the new ep on 442,000 after 441,000 last week. A second episode did 329,000 after 345,000 a week ago.
After two nights in the 800,000s, A Current Affair did 789,000. Reports included a former Home and Away star who is now in jail.
It was challenge day on The Block with the teams heading to Ronald McDonald House to work on transforming five of the rooms where families stay when visiting their children at a nearby hospital. The final episode before the next room reveals did 1.02m after 1.01m a week ago.
Episode two of the new series of Doctor Doctor did 690,000 with Hugh and the hospital staff trying to oust their boss. The series launched with 710,000 last week.
The Project guest list included Isla Fisher and Magda Szubanski with 628,000 watching the midweek edition, which was the biggest audience this week.
The Bachelor has taken ownership of the 7.30pm slot for two more nights. A Moroccan-inspired single date, a group date, and then one unlucky lady was sent home. After 737,000 last week, the show last night climbed to 749,000.
This season of Offspring has flown by with 568,000 watching episode nine, up from 551,000 last week.
Hawke and Keating plus Rabbitohs were amongst the special subjects Tom Gleeson was faced with from his Hard Quiz contestants. The fifth episode this season did 631,000 after 601,000 last week.
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell was the most-watched non-news ABC show last week with 734,000. Most of that crowd returned last night with 723,000.
A tweet and an airport rail link kept some of the team at the National Building Authority busy with 702,000 last night after 667,000 last week.
The sixth and final episode of Growing Up Gracefully then did 308,000 following ep five’s 252,000.
David Tennant was a guest on the repeat of the first episode of season 10 of Adam Hills: The Last Leg with 198,000 watching.
Inside The Old Bailey got the 7.30pm doco slot with 228,000 watching.
The first episode of Ireland with Simon Reeve was on 230,000 at 8.30pm.
The US imports followed – The Good Fight did 188,000 and then The Handmaid’s Tale, in a very late slot, was on 117,000 for the second episode.
HT&E has released its results for the six months ending 30 June 2017. On a statutory basis, revenue rose 75% to $225.7m compared with $129.1m in the prior corresponding period, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 28% to $46.0m, and net profit after tax and before amortisation (NPATA) attributable to shareholders was up 108% to $22.0m.
On a pro forma basis, assuming Adshel and Conversant Media had been owned for the full year in 2016, revenue was up 2% and EBITDA was down 9%.
Adshel revenue was up 14% with profit up 23% to $22.2m. Radio profit was down 17% to $33.2%. Revenue for both divisions was similar on $105m each.
After a substantial business transformation in 2016 and final shift away from traditional publishing, the company rebranded to HT&E in May, with HT&E – Here, There & Everywhere – reflecting its repositioned portfolio of radio, outdoor and digital assets.
HT&E chairman Peter Cosgrove said, “In its first period of reporting since the divestment of all traditional publishing assets, HT&E has delivered a mixed result for shareholders. However, there is a platform of highly attractive media assets to build on. Our confidence is reflected in the dividend declared, following its reintroduction in February.”
Photo: HT&E CEO Ciaran Davis
Revenue was $1,237m, down 3.5%, net profit after tax was $123.6m, up 3.3%.
The company highlighted improving 25-54 TV network share, improving revenue share, growth of 9Now registrations to over 4m which helped push revenue growth to 40%.
Hugh Marks (pictured), chief executive officer of Nine Entertainment Co., said: “The strategic work we did over the past 18 months to reshape our content offering has delivered outstanding results that will benefit our entire business in the mid-term.
“Our leadership position in key advertising demographics is continuing to strengthen as we progress through the calendar year. We are consistently growing advertising revenue share in FTA television, On Demand Television and Digital Publishing.
“At the same time, our group-wide focus on costs continues to reap rewards. Overall and Free To Air costs were down a further 1% and 2% respectively (excluding the impact of the long-awaited licence fee relief). Including licence fee relief, our group-wide costs were down 5%.
“With a strengthening balance sheet, and significant operational momentum and leverage, Nine enters the new financial year in a much stronger position. Our focus on creativity and content has never been clearer.
“The options available for us to monetise our content have never been more diverse. The media world of the future is video-based and we are right at the forefront of it in Australia.”
Hedge fund Oaktree is believed to have pulled out of the contest to buy the Ten Network, sources have said, reports The Australian’s Bridget Carter.
It leaves Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch as the likely buyers of the network, which was placed in voluntary administration on June 14.
It also comes ahead of an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission decision due Thursday on whether to clear any takeover.
Oaktree lobbed a joint bid for the company on Friday with fellow US hedge fund Anchorage Capital in competition with an offer from Ten’s shareholders Gordon and Murdoch.
However, sources understand that Murdoch and Gordon’s offer was more compelling and Oaktree and Anchorage may have walked away for now.
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The ACCC has announced that it will not oppose Birketu Pty Ltd (Birketu) and Illyria Nominees Television Pty Ltd’s (Illyria) proposed joint bid to acquire Ten Network Holdings Limited (Ten).
Birketu, owned by Bruce Gordon, and Illyria, owned by Lachlan Murdoch, propose to each acquire a 50% interest in Ten, and to operate it as a joint venture entity. Gordon and Murdoch have links with a number of media assets in Australia.
“The ACCC considers that this deal is unlikely to result in a substantial lessening of competition in any relevant market, despite it lessening competition via a greater alignment of Mr Murdoch’s, Mr Gordon’s, and Ten’s interests,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
The ACCC does not have significant concerns about the potential for overlap between Gordon’s WIN interests and Ten as the networks are broadcast in separate geographic areas.
“Our review focused on how the transaction would result in an expansion of Murdoch interests in Australian media, when they already have a significant influence in newspapers, Foxtel, radio, and television production,” Sims said.
“We considered whether the acquisition would significantly reduce competition, by causing a reduction in the quality and range of news content, or increasing the negotiation power of the combined Ten/Foxtel/News Corporation.”
Isentia yesterday reported its full-year results with revenue of $155.1 million, a decrease of $0.9m year-on-year. It reported EBITDA of $41.5m, a decrease of 19% and a statutory net loss of $13.5m compared with a profit of $24.3m in FY16, largely reflecting the impairment of King Content.
Isentia CEO John Croll said: “FY17 was a disappointing year with the business performing below expectations, particularly at King Content. The board and management remain confident in the market positioning of Isentia and we have implemented initiatives to improve performance across the business. Client retention is strong with stable client numbers in FY17 Q4 and Isentia has delivered a number of product improvements to support its market-leading position.”
Looking to the future, Croll added: “While we are clearly disappointed with the performance of the business during FY17, our priority is to drive shareholder value by leveraging Isentia’s market-leading position in the ANZ and Asian Media Intelligence market.”
Isentia’s priorities for FY18 are to:
• Further reduce churn in ANZ through current product enhancements including the rollout of Stories and Mediaportal upgrades
• Drive greater penetration of SaaS into the Asia region through the launch of Mediaportal into all nine Asian countries where Isentia operates
• Implement operating efficiencies through the further implementation of technology to automate our production operations
This setup will see QIC provide the audience and infrastructure and SCA provide the audio visual content for shopping malls with large-format digital screens situated in high traffic areas such as food courts.
As SCA’s first foray into the digital out-of-home market, this initial agreement between SCA and QIC will cover malls in Canberra, Toowoomba, Robina, Logan and Melton. For each of these shopping centres, SCA will provide locally relevant news, weather and sports content and provide local businesses with the ability to engage with their local target audiences.
Announcing the partnership, SCA CEO Grant Blackley said “This partnership with QIC is a perfect fit for an entertainment company like SCA that already has the ability to reach 95% of the Australian population.”
An Afghanistan war veteran who gained fame after appearing on The Voice has launched defamation action against the Nine Network and a secretive website that purports to expose military imposters, reports The Australian’s Rory Callinan.
Former Pay Corps finance clerk Chrissy Ashcroft launched legal action last week against the Australia and New Zealand Military Imposters website and Nine alleging they defamed her by publishing false allegations she had misrepresented her war service.
The lawsuit relates to an incident last year when the former corporal appeared in uniform on the Nine Network’s The Voice singing Cold Chisel’s When The War is Over.
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Nine’s director of communications Victoria Buchan said yesterday: “Everyone knows Adrian from his most recent role at FremantleMedia Australia. He has many years’ experience in television PR and we welcome him to our team.”
Commercial Radio Australia has announced a partnership with US-based RAIN (Radio, Audio, Internet News) to bring the first RAIN Summit to Australia as part of the industry’s Radio Alive 2017 conference.
RAIN, which holds events for the radio and online audio industry across the US and UK/Europe, will implement a three-hour stream at Radio Alive 2017 featuring speakers exploring podcasting, streaming, and other aspects of digital audio.
Radio Alive 2017, the radio industry’s annual national conference, will be held in Melbourne on October 13, followed by the Australian Commercial Radio Awards on October 14.
Speakers at RAIN Summit Australia within Radio Alive 2017 include Richard Palmer (head of digital at Macquarie Radio Network), Sharon Taylor (CEO of Omny Studio), and directors from Edison Research and Triton Digital.
Plans for a feature film for Miss Fisher continue, and a prequel Miss Fisher’s First Murder Mysteries is in the pipeline, reports TV Tonight.
Essie Davis and Nathan Page were in Melbourne several months ago to discuss the feature project.
Drew Grove from Every Cloud Productions told TV Tonight, “We are in fact in pre-development for the Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears feature. We are currently finalising finance and have hopes to shoot next year.”
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The new Netflix series Marvel’s The Defenders has made a big impact this week on the Digital Originals chart taking top spot on debut in Australia and sitting at #2 in New Zealand. The new series launched on Netflix on August 18 and features four Marvel characters fighting crime in New York City.
Atypical is a recent arrival on the Digital Original chart in Australia after first charting in New Zealand two weeks ago. Netflix continues to dominate that chart with again eight of the top 10. Atypical is a coming-of-age comedy that stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and it was released on the Netflix platform on August 11.
Meanwhile the animated series Rick And Morty notched up its third week on the Overall TV chart in both markets. Season three launched recently on The Comedy Channel for Foxtel customers in Australia.
It was part-way through the second quarter of the first game of the AFLW’s inaugural season that Angela Pippos and Nicole Minchin decided that they should be documenting the historic competition, reports Fairfax Media’s Debi Enker.
Many who attended the game, from hardened sports and media professionals to casual punters, have described that day as electrifying, galvanising and profoundly moving. For sports reporter, author and broadcaster Pippos, who had recently formed a production company with film and TV producer Minchin, it represented opportunity, validation and a whole lot more.
Pippos and Minchin started work on the production that would become the hour-long Heroes without a broadcaster in place.
Pippos and Minchin soon secured access to footage from the AFL, Channel Seven and Foxtel, and sold screening rights to the ABC.
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• Adelaide’s Orana named Australia’s number-one restaurant
• Editor Sarah Oakes launches new-look Gourmet Traveller
• Bauer CEO Paul Dykzeul returns to Sydney and the title he used to publish
The nation’s best place to eat was revealed Wednesday night at what Bauer Media brands the Oscars of the Australian food world – the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.
The awards and the launch of the latest Gourmet Traveller national restaurant guide were hosted by Gourmet Traveller’s new editor Sarah Oakes and chief restaurant critic Pat Nourse.
Before the awards got under way, Oakes introduced her new boss, Bauer Media Australia CEO Paul Dykzeul, who told guests he had only been in the role for just on three months. “I had the great privilege of being the publisher of Gourmet Traveller 20 years ago in the Kerry Packer days, which was a lot of fun as you could imagine.
“At Bauer Media we craft stories and create connections. It is a very important point about what we do. It remains as relevant today as it was 30 or 50 years ago. What is different today is that we connect in multiple ways on multiple platforms, something we are getting better at every day.”
Taking out the top spot, Adelaide’s Orana has been named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year in the country’s longest-standing national restaurant awards.
There are two important awards for Restaurant of the Year award – one is the Good Food Guide state awards and the Gourmet Traveller national awards.
Orana, led by owner, chef, and TV regular Jock Zonfrillo (pictured), celebrates indigenous Australian ingredients and traditions. It is also the first restaurant outside Sydney and Melbourne to be named Restaurant of the Year in two decades.
Gourmet Traveller enjoys new Sydney Thai restaurants. Last year it helped launch Long Chim for David Thompson and this year it gave people the first chance to see inside the nearly finished Chris Lucas Sydney adventure Chin Chin.
The room was full of Sydney foodies who enjoyed some incredible dishes. Other Bauer execs joining Dykzeul included GMs Cornelia Schulze and Jane Ferguson plus director of sales Fiorella Di Santo.
Details of the winners are in the September issue of Gourmet Traveller, on newsstands now with the new edition of the Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide, presented in association with Vittoria Coffee, and supporting sponsors Ilve.
Restaurant of the year
Chef of the year
Mat Lindsay – Ester, Sydney
New restaurant of the year
Best new talent
Josh Niland – Saint Peter, Sydney
See the complete list of winners at mediaweek.com.au.
As announced in June, Mick Molloy is reuniting with Jane Kennedy to host Triple M Drive in 2018.
Kennedy began her career in radio and appeared with Molloy on Triple M on the groundbreaking breakfast show The D-Generation in the 80s and 90s.
However, Molloy has spent the last seven years on Melbourne’s #1 FM Breakfast show, The Hot Breakfast.
“Tony Martin and I pioneered FM drive to some extent years ago with Martin Molloy when there were no other national drive comedy shows,” Molloy told Mediaweek’s James Manning.
“Now it almost seems a saturated market. I had been very happy doing The Hot Breakfast and I really enjoyed it. But my boys are five now and when I have them to stay at my place I want to be there in the morning and to be able to spend more time with them.
“And this might come as a bombshell for Mediaweek, but I am not necessarily a morning person. There is something very attractive about working at the other end of the day.
“My time on The Hot Breakfast is the longest I have ever spent on any show. I have had a ball, but the time is right to start something new. Jane Kennedy is a great friend and I am looking forward to working with her.”
It is close to 18 months since NBCUniversal’s reality TV streaming platform Hayu launched in three territories.
Australia is one of those territories along with UK and Ireland, which all went online in March 2016. It has recently extended its reach in Australia after launching on the Fetch platform late in July.
Hendrik McDermott (pictured), SVP of branded on-demand entertainment at NBCUniversal International, told Mediaweek that he was looking forward to a long-term partnership with Fetch. “The big-screen apps are where we see some really strong engagement. It is helpful for us to be on as many platforms as we can as a key strategy is to achieve a broad distribution. We see Fetch as a good home for us and we are excited to see what that partnership can bring.
“When we launched Hayu it was available on iOS, Android and the web. The content offering is largely unchanged in that it remains an all-reality SVOD service direct to consumer via over-the-top applications.
“We launched with just over 3,000 episodes of content. Now we are getting close to 4,500 episodes. We have also expanded on a lot of new platforms. In the UK we have a partnership with Virgin Media and we launched on their TiVo set-top box. We also have applications there for Apple TV and Amazon Fire and a variety of other platforms.
“The one major technical development which is present in all of our markets is the temporary download feature where we allow people to download episodes onto their devices. That is proving popular for people on limited download plans and people who want to watch on the go during a commute etc.”
The bulk of the content continues to come from Hayu parent company NBCUniversal. “That includes some of the flagship brands like E! and Bravo. There are over 150 different shows available including many which have never been seen before in Australia.
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.