Wednesday August 30 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.2%||GEM||3.5%||ELEVEN||2.3%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.3%||7||20.3%||9||19.8%||10 NNSW||3.8%||SBS One||4.5%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||5.6%||GEM||5.0%||ONE||4.1%||Food Net||0.7%|
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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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After 696,000 to start the week, Home and Away dropped to 659,000.
Seven then asked its audience to spend a long night in the kitchen.
First up were back-to-back episodes of Hell’s Kitchen Australia, which pulled audiences of 504,000 and then 488,000. The numbers might be small, but the audience is dedicated with most staying on for the marathon session.
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA followed with 240,000.
Shopping centre badlands was one of the reports on A Current Affair and it was enough to make you reconsider online shopping. The Tuesday episode did 887,000 after 922,000 on Monday.
The Block featured some dramatic highs and a body corporate meeting even more eagerly anticipated than a tribal council. The Tuesday episode did 1.09m to keep the show #1 for the night after 1.10m on Monday. The Tuesday episode last week was on 1.04m.
The season final of True Story with Hamish and Andy did 760,000 after 775,000 last week.
Two episodes of Kath & Kim followed from season two. The first ep did 433,000 followed by the second with 346,000.
Jada Pinkett Smith was a special guest with two segments in the 7pm half of The Project with 557,000 watching.
Shark Tank included Steve Baxter investing over $600,000 in an IT education business. The episode did 458,000 after 461,000 a week ago.
Then it was time for CBS drama NCIS, which managed 409,000 close to the series final. Although US crime drama is not what it used to be, NCIS remains the highest-rating US drama currently on Australian TV.
7.30 was second in the timeslot behind The Block, as was The House With Annabel Crabb. The two shows did 652,000 and then 634,000.
At 8.30pm Catalyst investigated alien life with 439,000 after 490,000 last week.
Share was down a little week-on-week with no Michael Portillo at 7.30pm.
Instead viewers saw the second episode of Spying On The Royals, which did 275,000, up from 263,000 on Monday.
A repeat of Insight did 228,000 followed by Dateline on 105,000.
What next for Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon after their Ten bid fail? asks The AFR’s Anne Hyland.
Consolidation is still expected in the Australian media sector despite the greater ownership diversity now with CBS acquiring Ten.
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The AFR’s Joe Aston looks at the fall of Network Ten and what might be next:
There’s plenty of chatter that Nine’s and Seven’s former boss David Leckie could soon be working for his industry man-crush [CBS CEO] Les Moonves. Cashed up, fighting fit and with something to prove…
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An AFR editorial looks at the CBS acquisition and Australia’s struggle to pass media law reforms:
Bill Shorten says “welcome CBS, welcome Down Under”. So goes the self-serving hypocrisy of a Labor leader who crows over having maintained pre-internet era media ownership rules so that an American media company can snatch a struggling free-to-air TV broadcaster from the locals.
The Financial Review naturally has no problem if CBS invests its capital and its formidable competitive skills here. But its entry into the Australian market has been facilitated by media ownership rules that yet again are the plaything of politicians against the public interest.
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Ten’s retail shareholders are calling for a class action or regulatory investigation into boardroom secrecy ahead of the broadcaster’s administration, as it becomes clear they will be completely wiped out by the deal KordaMentha and PPB Advisory have struck with US broadcasting giant CBS, reports Fairfax Media’s Lucy Battersby.
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The Nick Xenophon team is considering scaling back its proposed tax offsets for media companies in an attempt to end a stalemate over the government’s media reform package, report Rosie Lewis and David Crowe.
The Australian understands there is willingness within the party to “tighten up” the proposal and reduce the overall cost to taxpayers as the NXT and the Turnbull government try to resolve the issue.
Senator Nick Xenophon had suggested media businesses earning between $300,000 and $25 million be eligible for tax offsets worth up to $3m, estimating it would cost the budget $50m a year.
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Peter Brown, deputy editor/digital editor of the newspaper, explained the changes to readers:
“DailyTelegraph.com.au’s new desktop, tablet and mobile-responsive website features a bold and modern new look but most importantly our commitment to agenda-setting, exclusive and breaking news journalism remains at the heart of what we do.
“The look of the site has changed but our passion and dedication to advocate for you and a better NSW has not.
“Our goal for Daily Telegraph Reimagined is to deliver a faster, cleaner and easier-to-navigate site to make sure you get the news you want, when you want, on any device, laptop or desktop.
“Importantly, you have been a part of the process by providing plenty of feedback — about what you love and what you don’t — and we’re proud the new website is as much ours as it is yours.”
Managing director News DNA Julian Delany said: “For advertisers the new dailytelegraph.com.au offers more attractive opportunities and a simplified sales experience. We have significantly increased viewable inventory, created ad product consistency, enabled our market-leading native content product Native in Colour along with full site-wide buyout opportunities through our Eclipse product.
“We’ve improved data capture signals so that advertisers can reach the right readers at the right time. And when a sponsor buys an ad with our mastheads they’re guaranteed market-leading viewable solutions with a significant increase in viewable inventory with some placements delivering up to 90% viewability, through a persistent desktop right rail and adhesive mobile leaderboard.”
Christopher Dore, editor of The Daily Telegraph, said: “With consumers at the centre of our product strategy, the reimagined site meets the evolving needs of our users, who are increasingly consuming content on the go.
“The new, fully responsive dailytelegraph.com.au allows our journalists to publish stories 24/7, ensuring readers receive the same hard-hitting, up-to-the-minute coverage on any device, with a modern user experience.”
Bauer Media has launched a dedicated website to show commercial partners how they can build their brands and create customers by using Bauer Media’s portfolio of brands.
The site, baueradvertising.com.au, includes advertising solutions, case studies, a creative gallery, granular audience demographic data for every Bauer brand, as well as the latest news, including upcoming sponsorship opportunities and advertising specs.
Fiorella Di Santo, director of sales at Bauer Media said: “This is a one stop destination for current and potential advertisers to discover the innovative ways how Bauer can connect their brands with our high value audiences. It showcases the creative thinking we bring to advertising briefs and how we execute across multiple platforms.”
The site was produced by Sydney independent agency Frank Digital.
See-Saw Films has appointed Libby Sharpe as head of production in Australia. Sharpe has been working as a producer with See-Saw on Top Of The Lake: China Girl and Lion. She has also worked as a producer on Animal Kingdom and The Rover.
See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said in a statement:
“Libby has an incredible record of overseeing complex productions with extensive logistical challenges and sensitivities as well as working brilliantly with some of the top creative talent of our day. Working alongside our incredibly talented producer Rachel Gardner, we feel extremely confident in her ability to oversee the physical production needs of See-Saw as we continue to expand our TV and film slate.”
Sharpe commented: “I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Emile, Iain, and their extraordinary team over many years so I am incredibly excited to have been invited officially into the See-Saw family. See-Saw works with the world’s best directors, writers, and actors to produce high-quality, award-winning drama for film and television, and I am looking forward to playing my part in the next phase of this exceptional company.”
Sharpe is married to legendary Sydney rock photographer Tony Mott who has worked as a photographer on some of the See-Saw productions.
Holmes has 20 years’ experience working in Australian media holding numerous sales and strategy roles including running media solutions teams, driving business development, leading agency and state teams and most recently developing, selling and implementing cross-platform media solutions.
For the past two years she has headed up NSW customer solutions at News Corp and prior to that was group sales director at Pacific Magazines. For nine years she was national client development director at DMG Radio.
The final episode of season seven of Game of Thrones delivered massive audience numbers for showcase making it the most watched overnight program in Australian subscription television history, reports Foxtel:
The Dragon and the Wolf, Game of Thrones season seven, episode seven, achieved a record-breaking audience of 887,000 viewers with more viewers to add once the consolidated data becomes available.
The final episode’s overnight figures topped the season’s premiere episode one of Game of Thrones, which, at 820,000, was itself a record breaker before being outdone by last night’s broadcast.
The Game of Thrones season seven audience has been incredibly engaged throughout the season with the show pulling in a cumulative average audience of 1.22 million viewers per episode.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television, said, “Winter may have come to Westeros, but last night’s ratings prove that Game of Thrones on Foxtel is hotter than ever. The incredible success of this worldwide phenomenon is evident not just from its gripping storytelling, unrivalled cinematography and nail-biting action, but from the response of its fans who tuned in to Foxtel in record numbers to watch the outstanding final episode of the season.
“The overnight performance of the series on Foxtel in Australia has eclipsed many global territories, including the UK. It’s a phenomenal result for the company.”
The New York Times reports:
The Game of Thrones season finale Sunday night smashed a series record for ratings, attracting 12.1 million [US] viewers, according to Nielsen.
HBO said on Monday that when views on HBO Go and its stand-alone HBO Now app were included, the 79-minute episode had 16.5 million viewers.
Though Game of Thrones has been HBO’s most popular show ever for some time, its audience is getting only bigger. Sunday’s total viewership was up 36% over last year’s finale, which had 8.9 million viewers, and it was 19% better than the sixth-season premiere in July, which had 10.1 million viewers.
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21st Century Fox has decided to stop airing Fox News in the UK, ending a long-running carriage deal in Britain with pay TV giant Sky, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“21st Century Fox has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the UK,” the conglomerate said Tuesday. “Fox News is focused on the US market and designed for a US audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK.”
It added: “We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the UK.” A Fox representative said the news network’s UK feed came to an end Tuesday afternoon.
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Foxtel carries the Fox News channel in Australia.
Optus Satellite has extended its services contract with the Seven Network for transponder capacity on the Optus D1 satellite.
The financial terms of the contract re-sign are confidential. However, the term will extend to 2021 and capacity requirements expanded from 18MHz to 27MHz. Optus Satellite has provided satellite broadcast support to Seven Network since 1986.
Paul Sheridan, Optus Satellite Vice President, said, “The Optus-Seven Network satellite partnership has been one of our most enduring and trusted relationships. Our role to deliver critical broadcast support has been built over three decades of conviction and collaboration.
“We are thrilled to expand on our commitment to provide service quality excellence to the Seven Network.”
David Watts, Seven Network head of telecommunications and Infrastructure, said, “Seven is proud to continue this important relationship with Optus Satellite. This capacity not only provides critical back-up to our terrestrial services, it also enables quick and effective outside broadcasts for our 7news and 7sport teams. We are once again delighted to partner with the leading satellite provider in this region.”
Create NSW and the ABC have announced the latest projects set for production under the 360 Vision VR Development initiative, with six new immersive virtual reality (VR) projects sharing the $120,000 fund and a further three projects chosen to receive separate funding from Create NSW.
Marking the second year of the partnership, the new projects will span a diverse range of subject matter including supernatural ghost stories, indigenous adventures and sci-fi thrillers, through to a powerful experience of one refugee’s escape from their home country.
The six project teams will work with Start VR, Rapid Films, LENS Immersive/Acuity Productions, The Pulse and Spectre VR to develop their productions using the latest in VR advancements, with the earliest production set to begin in September this year.
Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said that the 360 Vision VR Development initiative offers an exciting opportunity for Australian screen practitioners to advance their creative storytelling and reach new audiences.
“Given the emerging nature of VR, when we announced this fund last year, we were excited to see such a great reaction from Australian creatives eager to learn more about this new dimension of storytelling. It’s been interesting to make the leap with so many and we’re delighted to be carrying this opportunity into its second year.
David Anderson, ABC Director of Television, added, “VR is such a significant development for next-generation film and TV makers, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide up-skilling opportunities for some of these talented Australian storytellers. We look forward to seeing some great new initiatives arise out of this project, and to sharing them with all Australians in the near future.”
Will Easton, Facebook managing director Australia and New Zealand, said: “Instagram is a place where both individuals and businesses come together, promoting self-expression as well as inspiring everyday people to turn their passions into professions. Instagram is making it easier than ever before for people to connect with others via the platform, therefore meaning that local Australian businesses can become part of a fast-growing global community, reaching potential new customers all over the world.”
To celebrate the milestone, the platform will be showcasing nine Australian-based community members who are making an impact on the world, promoting self-expression and body positivity, and building global communities through Instagram.
With what must be close to a record 1.4m interactions, the McGregor v Mayweather fight, broadcast on Foxtel’s Main Event channel, has topped the sport Social Content Ratings chart. The fight had 1.2m more interactions than the second event on the chart, game two of the Bledisloe Cup broadcast last Saturday night.
The August 21 edition of Q&A has topped the non-sport Social Content Ratings chart as measured by Nielsen. The program was one of two ABC programs in the top five. The Bachelor took up two spots while Nine News filled out the chart.
Facebook yesterday hosted an intimate gathering with its head of global journalism partnerships Áine Kerr and members of the media at its Sydney office on King Street. Kerr took the opportunity to talk about what the platform is offering publishers in Australia while taking feedback from attendees.
Unsurprisingly, Kerr also spent time discussing Facebook’s approach to combating fake news. One point she made clear was that the platform does not want to be the judge of what is ‘true’. She continued to outline their “three-pronged approach”.
1) “How do we disrupt the financial incentive associated with false news? We know a lot of this content is financially motivated. There’s been a huge amount work to use technology, machine learning and more to detect and remove fake accounts and make it difficult for them to advertise on the platform.
2) “How do we build products that will reduce the sharing of false news? That has meant looking at things like signals on news feeds. If a lot of people are clicking into an article and not sharing it, that could be a signal that it’s either sensationalist, a hoax, a piece of misinformation or spam. There have been hundreds and thousands of low-quality pages like that that have been reviewed.
“The third approach is about education and news literacy.”
When asked why it doesn’t use third-party fact checking agencies in Australia to ensure the news results served on Facebook are true and accurate, Kerr replied:
“Everything that we are trialling and testing elsewhere, Australia gets the learnings from them.” There are no immediate plans to involved third-party organisations to fact-check news on Facebook in Australia yet.
She did reveal that trial with third-party fact-checking agencies are currently being conducted in the US, Netherlands and France.
Kerr also took the opportunity to speak about Facebook’s Instant Articles, as well as increasing the prominence of a publisher’s logo next to its articles in the trending section and searches.
“With search and trends, your logos will be much clearer [so that the user knows] that this is from The Australian or The Sydney Morning Herald or the local paper. People will click on it and remember that it was a piece from my trusted local newspaper or national broadcaster.”
Facebook is also trialling branded content on Instant Articles, as well as advertising on video content. The social media platform is seeking to give publishers more control over their product on the platform.
Amongst the 324 nominees from 260 stations competing for 103 awards in 33 categories at the 2017 ACRAs is Nova 96.9 executive producer breakfast Tom Ivey.
The former Russell Brand lookalike (Ivey is now arguably more famous than Brand in Australia) has been piloting the show through what has been a good year so far.
“These are our best ratings since 2014,” he told Mediaweek, just days before the survey five results were to be released.
“The increases this year have all been gradual and the consistency of the show is really key. What we’re delivering each day now is consistency – whether that’s great interviews that we’re getting or it’s just the fun content that we’re delivering or it’s having the support of great things like the Nova Red Rooms.”
Ivey noted the breakfast shows’ hosts Fitzy and Wippa still put in long days. “They’re doing long office hours and the passion is still there. It’s just nice now that we’re seeing some really great results after the energy and effort that’s going in.
“We don’t have the biggest team, we don’t have all the producers in the world and we don’t have an endless budget to buy guests. It seems to be the consistency of the content and the hard work that are paying off.”
The Nova breakfast team has been together since 2011 and it celebrates its sixth birthday next month.
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.