Tuesday August 29 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||4.0%||GEM||2.2%||ELEVEN||2.8%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||12.7%||7||19.9%||9||20.7%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||4.7%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||5.4%||GEM||2.9%||ONE||3.3%||Food Net||0.9%|
|MONDAY 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 its new week on 696,000 after a week 34 average of 685,000.
Hell’s Kitchen Australia lost its Sunday slot this week. The first episode this week played last night with 546,000 after 529,000 on Monday last week.
Seven continued to run hard with Princess Diana-themed programming starting with Diana, 7 Days, which was the story of the week following her death. The doco did 467,000.
The 2013 movie Diana starring Naomi Watts followed with 194,000 with a finish close to 1am.
A Current Affair featured reporter Dan Nolan confronting a convicted New Zealander living here after being released from prison. The Monday program did 922,000 after a week 34 average of 795,000.
The Block is featuring living and dining areas this week that will challenge contestants to match the style of their old houses with the new extensions at the rear. There was plenty of drama and shopping during the episode that did 1.10m after 1.14m last week.
This Time Next Year would have been looking to lift after last week’s 795,000. That didn’t happen though with another audience drop to 764,000. It remains a clear timeslot winner, though.
Footy Classified featured Jobe Watson as a guest panellist with Hutchy taking a week off. The episode did 236,000 across three markets with 158,000 in Melbourne.
Australian Survivor returned for the second of its two episodes this week. After just over 600,000 on Sunday it did 575,000 last night.
Have You Been Paying Attention? featured Amanda Keller and it remained the channel’s best as it lifted the audience to 668,000 after 641,000 last week.
Earlier in the night Kathy Griffin was a guest on The Project in a pre-recorded interview with Peter Helliar. The show started the week on 550,000 after 7pm following a week 34 average of 570,000 for its second half hour.
7.30 started with a blast as host Leigh Sales confronted the prime minister about his biggest achievement after two years in office. It was a compelling interview and helped secure the Monday edition an audience of 621,000. 7.30 averaged 590,000 last week.
Australian Story lifted the audience slightly to 638,000 at 8pm.
Four Corners featured a Swiss/French doco on the trafficking of blood and plasma with 537,000 watching. The audience was down close to 200,000 week-on-week.
Media Watch then did 442,000 followed by Q&A on 440,000.
The channel recorded its best Monday share of the year and its second above 5%.
The former Medical Monday added some royal intrigue last night with Spying On The Royals, which started with spies who targeted Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson and George VI. The episode did 263,000.
Two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency followed with an average audience for both of 228,000.
This is the statement from CBS yesterday about the acquisition of Network Ten:
CBS Corporation has agreed to acquire Network Ten, one of three major commercial broadcast networks in Australia, it was announced today by Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. This transaction adds Network Ten to CBS Corporation’s global content and distribution portfolios. In addition to core linear channel TEN, the deal includes digital terrestrial television channel (DTT) ELEVEN, which CBS already owns a 33% stake, the DTT channel ONE and Network Ten’s rapidly growing digital platform, TENPLAY.
At the same time, by leveraging Network Ten’s linear and digital assets, CBS will also launch CBS All Access, the Company’s digital subscription video on-demand service, in the Australian market. This marks another international territory announced for CBS All Access this month. The Company recently unveiled plans to make the service available in Canada next year.
“Network Ten is a prime broadcasting asset with over half a century of experience and brand equity in Australia,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. “We have been able to acquire it at a valuation that gives us confidence we will grow this asset by applying our programming expertise in a market with which we are already familiar.”
“Network Ten and CBS have enjoyed a close working relationship for nearly two decades, and now CBS will continue to provide Network Ten with access to the very best in US content. We also look forward to working with the outstanding team at Network Ten to enhance and expand on its great legacy of Australian news, drama, reality and sports programming,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Studios International.
“This acquisition not only presents CBS with considerable broadcasting opportunities in Australia, but also allows for further multiplatform distribution and growth.”
US studio CBS has taken advantage of the Turnbull government’s failure to pass changes to media ownership rules, swooping in and gazumping News Corp’s Lachlan Murdoch and WIN Corp’s Bruce Gordon to grab local broadcaster Network Ten, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The bid from CBS needs approval from creditors, a court and Foreign Investment Review Board while the Murdoch/Gordon bid relied on changes to media laws now stalled in the Senate.
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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten welcomed CBS’s purchase of Ten and said there was now no need for media law changes, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Shorten said: “The case for abolishing the two out of three rule was to save Channel Ten. Well, CBS has saved Channel Ten, so we don’t need to tamper with media diversity laws. I say welcome CBS, welcome Down Under.”
Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood urged Shorten to reconsider the Labor party’s position.
“The Leader of the Opposition Mr Shorten knows full well that media law reform in this country is not and was not aimed at ‘saving’ Channel Ten,” Hywood said.
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Nine’s former managing director of programming and production Andrew Backwell has been hired by Playmaker Media as consulting head of unscripted, reports TV Tonight.
Playmaker has been making the dramas House Husbands and Love Child for Nine.
Since departing Nine last September Backwell has been a consultant for Mediaworks NZ, which has now concluded.
Playmaker managing director David Taylor said, “Playmaker’s ongoing commitment to producing authored original drama remains as strong as ever. This appointment signals our intent to also move into the unscripted space. Andrew is a world class executive with brilliant editorial instincts and we’re pleased he’s joining us.”
Andrew Backwell said: “Playmaker is one of the leading drama producers in the country, so it’s a real privilege to be working with David Maher and David Taylor to expand the business into unscripted.”
“Dan will take on more of the day-to-day management of the company, which will be a great support to me at time when we are busier than ever in Australia and New Zealand,” Browning said. “Dan has been with the company for nearly five years and brings incredible attention to detail and a great finance acumen to the role.”
Browning said that despite speculation to the contrary, she is not retiring, but rather sharing her management load at FFA with Read.
Read joined FFA in 2013 following a 20-year career in production. He has worked on all formats of drama production from short film to TV series to feature films large and small. His credits include Moulin Rouge, Australia, The Waiting City, Underbelly and The Wolverine.
Film Finances Australasia is an associate and representative in Australasia of the US-based Film Finances, Inc, a subsidiary of FFI Holdings.
The company’s recent projects include The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the new ABC TV drama Pulse.
The ABC will seek to be the national home of the arts after a review found there was unmet audience demand and a desire for closer collaboration among major arts companies, reports The Australian’s Matthew Westwood.
The ABC will aim to be more responsive to its audience by using surveys to inform commissioning decisions, and by using measures other than ratings to determine the value of its programs.
New programs are expected to include a panel show about film and screen culture – a successor to At the Movies with David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz – and a feature-length documentary about Michael Hutchence.
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The SCA radio network said it commissioned the app after the popularity of the Alphabuck$ game on air.
Contestants will now have the chance to play on their smartphone whenever and wherever they want. Users can win cash just for playing, with $1,000 to be given away each week.
Head of content for The Hit Network Gemma Fordham said: “With a large volume of cash prizes given away each week, AlphaBuck$ has been a fun and successful game for our listeners on-air. We wanted to share the love by providing them with the opportunity to play the game at their convenience. It also allows us to engage with our fans through a different medium.”
Once the app has been downloaded, contestants will be required to register their details to play for their chance to win the cash. Six game modes are available, allowing people to improve their skills in the chance that they will get through to play on air.
The Alphabuck$ app has been developed in partnership with Soap Creative, a Sydney-based digital creative agency, and will be made available for iOS and Android devices.
• 2GB #1 with Alan Jones up to 14.9% and big surge on weeknights
• WSFM pushes smoothfm out of top spot in FM race
2GB and WSFM were the biggest movers in the Sydney market – each up 0.7.
smoothfm dropped 1.1 to 8.0% to rank #3 FM behind WSFM and KIIS FM.
The traditional owners of the breakfast time slots remain unchanged, Alan Jones overall and Kyle and Jackie O #1 FM.
The recently re-signed Jonesy and Amanda were the biggest movers at breakfast with WSFM share up 1.1 to 8.9%.
• All 3AW timeslots lift, Ross & John back over 20%, station remains #1
• smoothfm takes over #1 FM from Fox which now ranks #3 behind Gold too
3AW and SEN were the biggest movers in Melbourne – each up 0.4.
Growth at SEN came right across the day with its breakfast show up 0.5 to 3.1%.
3AW is #1 overall and leads in all timeslots with Ross and John starting the day on 20.5%, up 0.7 this survey.
Fix FM slipped 1.1 this survey to allow both smoothfm and Gold to overtake it. smoothfm is the new FM champ on 9.5% with Gold #2 on 9.1%.
Fox FM narrowly holds the lead in FM breakfast, but there are five FM stations within 0.5 of each other.
• 97.3 breakfast holds at #1 commercial as Nova retains top spot overall
• ABC Brisbane’s Craig Zonca overtakes 97.3 and Nova as breakfast champ
• Mix holds at #1 as Hughesy and Kate post drive show growth
• Fiveaa narrowly leads commercial breakfast after Triple M scare
• Mix back at #1 after Nova records share falls from breakfast until evening
• Nova’s Nathan, Nat and Shaun retain breakfast leadership, ABC Perth lifts
• Tom Cruise’s American Made the bright spot on slowest weekend in over three years
The US box office had a shocker on the weekend and things weren’t much better in Australia. The top 20 gross of $7.88m was the lowest we’ve seen for a a long time and there was just one movie that managed gross more than $1m. The last time the weekend box office was under $8m was over three years ago in March 2014 when the gross was just $7.5m.
Thank goodness for Tom Cruise – and producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. They were key elements in the creative team behind this biographical crime drama based on the real life of a pilot who became a drug smuggler who later became an informant to avoid jail time. This was the one financial bright spot on the weekend with a screen average of $5,958 from 211 screens.
The horror film is just short of $6m after three weekends. It is still on just over 200 screens with a screen average of $4,277.
After six weekends the movie holds in the top five. It lost 27 screens on the weekend to 274 with a screen average of $2,425. Total gross to-date is $21.72m.
Stephen King‘s sci-fi western dipped 56% from its opening weekend with a screen average of $2,184 from its 269 screens.
The second weekend from the Britcom starring Diane Keaton was down 32% with a screen average of $2,132 from its 235 screens.
Outside of the top five, the screening of the Mayweather v McGregor fight in cinemas earned $433,000 from 69 screens with a screen average of $6,200.
QMS Media has reported its results for the 12 months to 30 June 2017 (FY17).
The highlights from the outdoor company’s statement to the ASX are:
• Revenue up 51% to $168.6m
• Digital accounts for 57% of group media revenue
• Underlying EBITDA up 40% to $37.5m
• Net profit after tax up 26% to $16.7m
• Final dividend of 1.2 cps (fully franked), total FY17 dividend up 33% to 2.0 cps (fully franked)
• 30 new landmark digital screens installed, bringing total network to 75 across Australia and New Zealand (above FY17 target of 68+)
• QMS Sport acquisitions successfully integrated, with several new contracts/extensions secured and FY17 EBITDA contribution of $1.5m exceeding initial guidance of $1m
• Investment in digital, data and analytics continues, building QMS’ capabilities to deliver high-value, targeted campaigns across multiple platforms
Commenting on the results, QMS chief executive officer Barclay Nettlefold (pictured) said:
“Our record FY17 performance was driven by a relentless focus on our landmark digital rollout and the contribution from our New Zealand and sports acquisitions. In the last two years, we have successfully executed on our growth agenda, tripling our portfolio of premium landmark digital sites and extending our geographic footprint in key markets.
“We see a lot of opportunity to continue to grow QMS Sport with advertisers valuing the ability to target highly engaged sports fans via broadcast, digital viewership and live attendance. We have kicked some major goals in the second half, with new contracts secured with Suncorp Netball, Sydney Swans and Virgin Australia Supercar Championship, as well as contract extensions with Australian Rugby Union and major stadiums such as AAMI Park, Suncorp and Allianz Stadiums and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“During the year, we switched on our first landmark digital sites in Sydney and Perth, and in July, we secured the Canberra Airport concession, further expanding our footprint and enabling us to develop the only landmark digital signs in the highly regulated ACT market.
“Strong out-of-home industry growth continued in FY17, with Roadside Digital – the core of QMS’ portfolio – continuing to outperform. Advertisers are increasingly recognising the value of digital, which will only become more compelling as advancements in technology, data and analytics support greater engagement between advertisers and their target audiences.
“QMS is well placed to deliver strong earnings growth in FY18. We will continue to develop our landmark digital pipeline, and remain focused on opportunities to harness the value of digital, data and analytics to unlock additional value from our portfolio, both for advertisers and for our shareholders.”
Sony Music Entertainment Australia has announced Viva la Vinyl – a new campaign and interactive platform celebrating the resurgence of vinyl.
Sony Music’s musical catalogue features many legendary artists and albums including Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Rage Against the Machine, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Wu Tang Clan and more.
Viva la Vinyl is a multiphased campaign developed with award-winning creative agency Bonsta and production house //Thirteen & Co. The campaign creative encourages young music lovers to continue embracing the essence of vinyl, while simultaneously reigniting a sense of nostalgia for all ages.
The first phase of the campaign includes TVCs and supporting digital content pieces, utilising soundtracks from Sony Music’s catalogue.
Vivalavinyl.com.au is the campaign hub, which will provide content to inspire, aimed to encourage consumers to embrace the format and build their collections.
The content hub doubles as an e-commerce platform, allowing consumers direct access to purchase titles from Sony Music Australia’s diverse catalogue.
Denis Handlin AO, Chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, said, “It is an exciting time for the music industry with significant growth returning to the market. This growth is not only driven by an increase in digital sales but has also seen a resurgence in demand for vinyl albums, which when I started in the industry in the 1970s was of course the major format. Sony Music Australia is delighted to bring this wonderful range of titles through Viva La Vinyl to both passionate young music fans to discover these great artists and to long-time fans who have enjoyed these albums as the sound track of their lives.”
“For me it has been an amazing journey,” APN Outdoor CEO Richard Herring told Mediaweek as he prepares to pack up his office after 22 years in outdoor. “Particularly with the introduction of private equity into the business and then floating the business two years ago.”
Herring was speaking after the first half results were released this week, which showed revenue up 8% to $162.3m, digital revenue climbing 27%, yet net profit down 19% to $15.8m.
One highlight Herring noted was that APN Outdoor had been able to retain revenue levels for what the company calls its classic assets at a time when customers are clamouring for digital. “A large portion of revenues for most outdoor business comes from their traditional assets. We need to continue to make sure we don’t focus entirely on digital and support and promote what else we offer.”
He noted a key attraction of classic formats is that the advertiser owns 100% of the messaging. “The advertiser gets longevity of message and higher frequency of message with most people owning the space for two weeks or a month. A characteristic of outdoor is that advertisers get a long period of exposure, something that other media don’t offer.”
As to future growth, it is mostly around digital: “While there remains opportunity to grow digital revenues we will roll out the right number of sites.”
In recent times, Herring noted the XtrackTV product had outperformed expectations. “We have had some major advertisers and interest is growing now that we offer a true national network.”
With his September 30 departure just over a month away, Mediaweek asked Herring about career highlights.
“I was originally the Cody sales manager in a Melbourne office of one,” he remembered. “APN Outdoor then bought us out and later merged what were really four businesses – Cody, Australian Posters, Buspak and Captive Media – in 2002 and I was appointed CEO. It was an amazing experience bringing together what had previously been four warring brands and forming APN Outdoor.”
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.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi are joined by special guest Sarrah Le Marquand, editor-in-chief of Stellar, in this week’s Seven Days media wrap.
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.