Monday August 28 2017
As he toured Sydney media as part of a publicity blitz ahead of the first episode of Seven’s Little Big Shots, Shane Jacobson spent time with Mediaweek talking about his hosting role.
Mediaweek stayed on topic for the first half of the interview, but we weren’t going to let the opportunity pass without hearing about four new movies he has been working on, plus chatting about his time on Top Gear, his friendship with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and his work on the wonderful ABC TV series The Time Of Our Lives.
Kruti Joshi visited Sarah Oakes at the Bauer Media office on Park St in Sydney recently to talk about the changes coming to Gourmet Traveller, celebrity chefs, plus the evolution of food and travel.
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There were some stunning performances from the different kids in the first episode of Little Big Shots which finally made it to air last night. Host Shane Jacobson perhaps saved the best to last with a young Brazilian drummer, now a global sensation, channelling Led Zeppelin‘s John Bonham. The host had plenty of time to chat to the kids as well as showcasing their talent. The launch episode drew a remarkable 1.67m with over 450,000 in both Sydney and Melbourne.
The new format for Seven is as hot as the debut of Australian Ninja Warrior, which launched with 1.67m for Nine on July 7. Watch for Seven’s marketing and PR machine to keep the momentum going to ensure the week two drop-off doesn’t occur.
Following Little Big Shots was a special episode of Sunday Night which featured the much-discussed Diana Secret Tapes. For a change host Melissa Doyle wasn’t on location in the UK, but she was the narrator throughout the special. The audience of 966,000 was another success for the program, which managed a massive 1.33m for its last Diana special four weeks ago.
Seven stayed with the royal family and screened ITV’s Diana – A Love Affair after 9pm with 620,000 watching.
Earlier in the day there were big football audiences for the final games of the AFL home and away round. With a Thursday final next week, there will be no more Sunday football this year.
There were big crowds in particular in Adelaide (198,000) and Perth (156,000) watching the West Coast v Adelaide match, which decided the makeup of the final eight, pushing Melbourne out of the finals after its poor showing against Collingwood on Saturday.
Seven News Sunday subsequently did 1.40m, which was the biggest news audience for any bulletin on any channel this year.
A win on The Block finally for renovation rookies Clint and Hannah in Anything But A Bedroom Week with 28.5 out of 30. The Block started week 34 on 1.34m and started week 35 on 1.18m last night as it faced some stiff competition from Seven’s Little Big Shots.
60 Minutes featured a special investigation from Tara Brown into the death of Matt Leveson. Allison Langdon meanwhile reported on research into whales off the coast of Far North Queensland. The episode did 755,000 after 869,000 last week.
Australian Survivor saw the audience again locked just over 600,000.
Earlier in the night the 6.30pm hour was taken over by The Project, which started on 285,000 and then climbed to 327,000 after 7pm.
Later in the night the series final of NCIS: New Orleans did 209,000.
A night of final episodes started with the series end of Grand Designs New Zealand on 516,000.
It was then the series final of Midsomer Murders, which did 634,000.
It was royal family night on the channel.
At 7.30pm there were 207,000 watching Diana and the Paparazzi, which featured the same familiar faces that had been all over the various docos screened across the past few weeks.
At 8.30pm there were two episodes screened of The Royals Who Rescued The Monarchy with an average audience of 174,000 for both.
Morphett worked for the ABC for more than 30 years, starting in Sydney where he was born.
He then moved to Perth to work in the sports department, and later to Melbourne where he joined a documentary program called Sportsnight.
In 1977 he returned to sports calling and started a 28-year run broadcasting VFL/AFL football.
For 10 years he produced and hosted a national replay program called The Winners.
Over an eight-year period he commentated every Test cricket match played in Australia when the ABC shared the rights with Channel Nine.
In 1988 he joined the Seven Network when they won back the rights to AFL.
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There were tributes to Morphett on many Saturday football shows. The SEN Saturday morning footy show Crunch Time spent much of its first hour remembering Morphett and they were joined by friend and colleague Sandy Roberts.
Roberts later appeared on ABC Melbourne with Gerard Whateley and Mark Maclure to remember Morphett. The station also spoke to former ABC announcer, now with 2GB, David Morrow who remembered the Olympics they worked on together.
Triple M Melbourne had Dennis Cometti on the phone who recalled the days Morphett spent working in the West.
Morphett’s good friend and longtime colleague Tim Lane led the tributes on 3AW where there were memories from Leigh Matthews, Matthew Lloyd and Caroline Wilson.
Fox Footy’s Saturday afternoon edition of AFL Today started with a tribute from another Carlton great, Robert Walls.
There were many TV tributes including highlight packages played on AFL Game Day and Offsiders.
Jon Pierik wrote a tribute for Fairfax Media here.
Quentin Hull remembered working with Morphett at the ABC here.
One of Morphett’s final tweets, a week before he died, was a tribute to former AFL commentator Harry Beitzel who had just passed away.
As part of the integration of Sky News at News Corp Australia, David Speers has been hired to write a column for The Daily Telegraph on Saturdays, helping fill the gap left by Laurie Oakes who filed his last News Corp column two weeks ago.
Robin Bailey has revealed her partner Sean Pickwell has liver cancer, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.
The Triple M Brisbane breakfast host, who presents alongside Ed Kavalee and Greg “Marto” Martin, spoke about the tragic news on air on Thursday morning.
“A couple of weeks ago we got the awful news that he had liver cancer,” she said.
“That in itself is terrible and he’s being operated on next Tuesday but, over the weekend, it suddenly dawned on both of us we hadn’t asked the question about how much it was going to cost him to get this cancer treated.”
When Bailey first revealed she had found love with Pickwell, who is based in Sydney, in May last year, she referred to him as “the guy who has brought joy back into my life”.
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Pickwell is a former Austereo executive who launched the marketing company Waterfront 13 years ago.
More than 450 entries were submitted for the 2017 awards ranging across many categories including crime, the environment and politics.
The winners of this year’s Clarions were announced at a presentation dinner on Saturday August 26 in the Boulevard Room of the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, Southbank, Brisbane.
The Courier-Mail’s David Murray (pictured) was named the 2017 Queensland Journalist of the Year.
The All-Media Clarion for New Journalist of the Year went to the Townsville Bulletin’s Chris McMahon.
The Television – Current Affairs, Feature Documentary award went to Paula Doneman, Michael Usher, Duncan McNab, Stephen Peters and Mark Llewellyn at Channel Seven for Murder Uncovered – Who killed Leanne Holland?
To start the festivities, three of the section’s senior editorial team – editor Anthony Dennis, deputy Jane Reddy and online editor Craig Platt – detail how the section has covered the changing travel habits of Australians over the decade.
The travel section, Saturday and Sunday in The Sydney Morning Herald and Sunday in The Sun-Herald, has been a travel tool for the nine million overseas trips taken by Australians annually.
The section will publish a glossy 48-page magazine next weekend which will reveal the 10 destinations of the decade as chosen by the editors, writers and readers.
There will then be a month of themed editions of Traveller that have attracted sponsorship from APT, Bunnik Tours, Collette, MyHolidayCentre.com.au and Scenic Cruises.
Over 350 screen and stage writers, industry representatives and special guests gathered on Friday night to celebrate the 50th year of the Australian Writers’ Guild’s AWGIE Awards, where over 25 Australian writers were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Australian arts.
In the television categories, winners included:
• Jacquelin Perske, for Seven Types of Ambiguity in the Series or Miniseries (of more than four hours’ duration) category
• Kris Wyld and Kym Goldsworthy, writers of Deep Water, in the Telemovie or Miniseries (of four hours of less duration) category
• Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola for Rosehaven in the Comedy – Situation or Narrative category
• Faith McKinnon for Home and Away in the Television – Serial category
The world’s biggest publisher distributed a total of $1.5 million or $4,109 a day to news organisations, sports codes, small media outfits and bloggers last year.
The never-before-disclosed number will heap more pressure on Facebook to share more of its US$27 billion (A$34b) and rising annual global revenue for the news it takes from other media outlets.
A Facebook spokeswoman said: “Instant Articles started in Australia only a year ago and we’ve paid out over $1.5m to a range of publishers including those such as Cricket Australia. This rate is increasing each quarter. The revenue share on Instant Articles is 100% to publishers.”
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Continued delays in introducing changes to the media laws are threatening regional and rural newspapers with closure, News Corp Australia boss Michael Miller has declared in his most dire warning yet, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
He suggested a proposed overhaul of media ownership and concentration laws originally designed for a pre-internet era could protect local papers in Australia.
“Without reform that will allow local media companies to compete, there is a real and serious threat to the sustainable long-term future for Australian community media,” said Miller, executive chairman, Australasia, News Corp Australia.
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See also in The Australian: A tough reporting season for media companies has prompted a fresh call for the government to pass the media reform bill.
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This year’s program sees a full slate of sponsors including the principle sponsor MFA (Media Federation of Australia), along with category sponsors:
• Initiative Media
• IPG Mediabrands
• The Media Store
The Media i Awards acknowledge the important role media sales representatives play in the continual pursuit of media excellence.
Chris Winterburn, MD of Media i, commented:
“The Media i Awards are the original, and still the biggest, awards program celebrating excellence in media sales. Voted on by near 80% of [media owner facing] media agency professionals they provide unprecedented recognition of the best in the business and the role they play in delivering outstanding results for their clients. We thank the MFA and our returning agency sponsors who continue to highlight their appreciation and support of their media owner partners.”
Sophie Madden, CEO of the MFA, said:
“Media sales is a dynamic and fast-moving career and the Media I Awards provides the opportunity for our industry to pause and acknowledge the outstanding contributions of teams and individuals. We are delighted to continue as the principal sponsor.”
Optus is believed to be mulling over expanding its cricket broadcast rights to bolster its sports offering, which is largely based around the English Premier League, in a bid to boost mobile and internet subscribers, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Sources said the Singtel-owned telecommunications provider was one of a number of parties that have had informal discussions with Cricket Australia.
Sources said Cricket Australia will not sell the Big Bash rights exclusively to anybody outside free-to-air television. However, it is believed the sporting body would consider letting some matches go to subscription providers such as Optus or Fox Sports as long as there was a decent sized free-to-air television component to the deal.
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The Receivers and Managers (Christopher Hill, Phil Carter and David McEvoy of PPB Advisory) and the Voluntary Administrators (Mark Korda, Jarrod Villani and Jenny Nettleton of KordaMentha Restructuring) of Ten Network Holdings Limited have announced that wholly owned entities of the New York Stock Exchange-listed CBS Corporation have entered into a binding transaction document to acquire the business and assets of Network Ten.
CBS Corporation is currently a key content provider to Ten and operates businesses which span the media and entertainment industries, including the CBS Television Network, cable networks, content production and distribution, television stations, internet-based businesses, and consumer publishing. CBS Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and has a current market capitalisation of ~US$28 billion.
The transaction contemplates an acquisition of Network Ten by CBS, which will be effected by way of a refinance of existing secured debt arrangements (including shareholder guarantor fees) in full and a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) that will be put to creditors at the second creditors meeting. Further details on the expected return to creditors and timing of the second creditors meeting will be provided by the Voluntary Administrators in their Report to Creditors to be released in the coming days.
The decision to enter an exclusive transaction deed with CBS followed a rigorous sales process run in conjunction with independent adviser Moelis Australia Advisory Pty Ltd (Moelis).
• Singles: P!nk holds at #1 despite Bieber chart attack
• Albums: Gang Of Youths powers to #1, 4 new albums in top 6
P!nk‘s ninth #1 single “What About Us” has managed to hold at #1 for a second week despite a dash for the top from a youngish chart champ.
Justin Bieber just missed top spot with “Friends” from Bieber and BloodPop, which debuted at #2.
The only other change in the top 10 was Dua Lipa climbing from #15 to #10 in her sixth week on the chart.
The sole other chart debut in the top 50 was “Younger Now” from Miley Cyrus, which opened its chart activity modestly at #49.
New to the 50 from lower down the chart was Khalid with “Young Dumb & Broke” which lifted from #55 to #44 in its third week.
The second album from Sydney’s Gang Of Youths (pictured celebrating their #1), “Go Farther In Lightness”, has managed to topple Paul Kelly from #1 after just a week on top and made Ed Sheeran‘s “Divide” occupy its equal lowest chart position since it was released 25 weeks ago – #3.
Prior chart activity from Gang Of Youth was their debut album “The Positions” at #5 in 2015 and then an EP “Let Me Be Clear” at #2 in 2016. Their new album is the seventh Australian #1 album so far this year.
The third studio album from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, “Sketches Of Brunswick East”, has landed at #4 and is their third album in what is an ambitious line of releases they have promised fans this year. There are still two more albums due before Christmas.
Sydney metal outfit Thy Art Is Murder are new at #5 with “Dear Desolation”, their fourth album and their second top 10 after “Holy War” peaked at #5 in July 2015.
New Jersey band Brand New are, er, brand new at #6 with their fifth album “Science Fiction” which is their first time in the top 10. It’s been eight years since their previous release, “Daisy”, made the ARIA chart with a peak at #40.
The final new entry in the top 10 is “The Peace And The Panic” from Welsh pop-rockers Neck Deep who make the top 50 for only the second time after their second album “Life’s Not Out To Get You” peaked at #28 two years ago.
Also new in the top 50 this week:
#20 Sarah McLeod with “Rocky’s Diner”, her first solo album in 12 years.
#26 Grizzly Bear with “Painted Ruins”.
#30 Steven Wilson with “To The Bone”.
#35 A$AP Ferg with “Still Striving”.
There have been numerous times when SBS broadcaster Lucy Zelic almost gave up on pursuing her passion of football.
Zelic said she is “terrified” to think what she would be doing now if she had quit.
The enthusiasm for football runs in the Zelic household. Her father has been a big fan of the sport since he was a boy and he passed the love for football on to his four children. Zelic’s two brothers Ned and Ivan Zelic grew up to be professional footballers. The oldest of the siblings, Ned, went on to play for the Socceroos and is now a commentator at Fox Sports.
“It all started from playing football in the backyard with him [Ivan],” Zelic told Mediaweek. “Do you know that wonderful, warm, nostalgic feeling you get when you reflect on your childhood days and the best memories that you forge there? All of them involve football for me.
“I don’t get as much enjoyment from anything else – whether it be a hobby or even a relationship – as I do from football.”
The road to SBS and covering football hasn’t been an easy one for Zelic. In her own words, “The journey has been a chequered one, a colourful one, a disappointing one and also a rewarding one.”
After returning to Melbourne late last year as managing director HWT commercial, Peter Zavecz earlier this year had his role expanded to include Victoria and Tasmania commercial, adding the assets Geelong Advertiser and Hobart Mercury to his role. Commercial embraces not just sales, but also marketing and circulation.
Zavecz works closely with Peter Blunden who is managing director, editorial for News Corp Victoria, which includes The Herald and Weekly Times, Leader and Geelong Advertiser assets.
“Peter Blunden and I work in tandem together to optimise circulation, readership and advertising revenue opportunities,” Zavecz told Mediaweek.
As to why he decided to depart Pacific Magazines, where he was CEO, and return to News Victoria, aka Herald & Weekly Times, Zavecz said he was presented with too good an opportunity. He had never relocated to Sydney and was commuting from Melbourne each week.
“I was travelling Monday to Thursday initially and then it became Monday to Friday when I took over the CEO role. I was with Pacific for 11 years, first as commercial director and then as director of magazines and chief executive. It got to a point where I felt it was time to come back to Melbourne.
“My role now is to look after commercial for the print assets including the Herald Sun, The Weekly Times in addition to the Leader Newspaper Group, the Geelong Advertiser and Tasmania’s Hobart Mercury.
“News can be a complex operation and not everyone understands all the assets and how they combine. We are the biggest audience content company in Australia and we are continually working on bringing it together for our advertisers.
“We have an incredible print network but also a big digital network plus associated broadcasting businesses like Fox Sports and more recently Sky News. When you add all of that together, and also include the REA Group, we have a massive footprint in the Victorian market.”
Seven Days hits the road this week with Mediaweek‘s James Manning and Kruti Joshi travelling to the News Corp office in Sydney to meet this week’s special guest and Stellar editor-in-chief Sarrah Le Marquand.
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.