Monday August 7 2017
Husskie founder and editor Yelena Fairfax is the special guest on this week’s episode of the Seven Days podcast with Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi.
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Another critical Sunday night for the commercial FTA broadcasters with Seven taking on Nine’s The Block and TEN’s Survivor with a combo of Hell’s Kitchen and Blue Murder: Killer Cop.
The new programs failed to dent The Block’s audience who swarmed to the show for the bathroom renovation reveals. Nine subsequently narrowly won the night, giving the broadcaster its seventh Sunday primary channel win in the past eight weeks.
While Nine won the primary race by just over a point, the combined channel share duel was even closer – with Nine narrowly winning, 0.1 ahead of Seven.
TEN was again caught in the crossfire as the channel recorded only its second single figure Sunday share since April.
The launch episode of Hell’s Kitchen Australia featured host Marco Pierre White gently basting his celebrity contestants. The audience didn’t seem convinced though and the show debuted with 817,000, well down on the 1.08m watching he launch of Zumbo’s Just Desserts last year. And that show didn’t end well. While it’s too early to call Hell’s Kitchen, its seems chefs who are much-loved in the MasterChef environment don’t necessarily work removed from it. After 1.33m were watching Sunday Night a week ago, the numbers dropped half a million to just over 800,000.
Part one of Blue Murder: Killer Cop followed and featured a very impressive cast alongside Richard Roxburgh and Toni Collette. Dan Wyllie has never had a dud performance and he was surrounded by some of our other favourites including Matt Nable, Emma Booth and Aaron Jeffrey. The audience of 717,000 is a bit of a disappointment even if it is good these days in terms of Aussie drama ratings. The Endemol Shine production deserved a much bigger audience and the result will not make broadcast executives much more confident about commissioning miniseries.
A special called The Battle For Mosul followed, which was hosted by Seven’s Denham Hitchcock with 184,000 watching.
Our early tip for success on The Block, Ronnie and Georgia, finished third last night, overtaken by winners Josh and Elyse. It was revenge for the bathroom winners after their run-in with the winners of the first bedroom renovation. The audience was very curious about how the bathrooms would look after a tumultuous week when it looked like several teams would fail to deliver. In the end Hannah and Clint failed to deliver on time and were marked accordingly. The Sunday audience grew from 1.11m for the launch episode a week ago to 1.21m last night.
60 Minutes slipped just under 800,000 with reports from Tara Brown and Liz Hayes.
Killer Women followed with 383,000 and the late slot went to Australian Crime Stories (aka Tough Nuts) with 186,000.
Just as things were starting to get interesting on Australian Survivor, Mark (aka Tarzan) was voted off the island after helping one of his fellow contestants survive. The repercussions could be interesting to watch. The Sunday audience just managed to survive above 600,000 after the series launched a week ago with 639,000.
The final episode of Bull did 303,000 after 276,000 last week.
Grand Designs New Zealand made the top 10 with 535,000 after 523,000 a week ago.
The penultimate episode of Poldark screened to 482,000 after 474,000 a week ago. The final episode screened in the UK earlier this morning so people wanting to avoid spoilers will need to be careful this week.
The timely screening of the doco Dunkirk: New Evidence did 277,000 at 8.30pm.
An hour earlier Treasures Decoded was not far behind on 262,000.
Now moved an hour later, the You Are Here doco series featured Connection To Country with 56,000 watching.
A Melbourne Cup field of candidates is in the mix to succeed Nine legend Laurie Oakes as the network’s political editor, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.
Senior Nine sources insist promotion from within is the most likely option – claiming Oakes’s current No 2 in Canberra, veteran political reporter Lane Calcutt, will get his chance.
Other political journalists mentioned include Sky News anchors Kieran Gilbert and David Speers, along with the ABC’s Annabel Crabb and Chris Uhlmann, and AFR chief political reporter Phil Coorey. Seven’s Mark Riley would be an obvious choice, but unlikely to move to Nine.
But two high-profile, non-political names have been raised: Seven Network senior reporter Chris Reason and Nine’s online lifestyle chief, Helen McCabe – a former Australian Women’s Weekly editor and Sunday Telegraph deputy editor.
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Ron Wilkinson was a popular and loveable journo who led a happy-go-lucky lifestyle, reports The Advertiser following his death.
He turned his hand to journalism at the New Zealand Journal of Agriculture before heading off to Australia in 1973 to start work as a sub-editor for Melbourne’s Herald newspaper.
He started at The Advertiser from October 1984 and would ride his bike every day from Port Adelaide to the city. His long ride home included stops for Lebanese food and alcoholic beverages.
He was a sub-editor at The Advertiser and Sunday Mail for 30 years and revelled in his many nicknames, “Skip” and “Scruff” among them.
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When TV producers want guaranteed laughs for one of their shows they have three people on their speed dial — Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Kitty Flanagan, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
No wonder Flanagan has her own spot on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, and is a regular panellist on Have You Been Paying Attention?
Flanagan also spent five years working on The Project and is set to embark on a national tour with stand-up show Smashing.
Right now it is Flanagan’s withering portrayal of National Building Authority public relations manager Rhonda Stewart on Utopia that is sure to raise a chuckle.
“It is always easier to play someone that everybody hates so Rhonda is a real gift,” Flanagan says. “She has contempt for everybody.”
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Speculation is rife the ABC is considering moving its flagship current affairs program, 7.30, to 9.30pm, as part of a shake-up of the broadcaster’s news and current affairs schedule, reports Fairfax Media’s Amy Remeikis.
One possibility being discussed, according to sources within the ABC, is moving 7.30 on to ABC24, with a repeat to play later on the main channel, which is how the broadcaster currently treats Lateline.
They believe Lateline, whose first airing was shifted to the secondary news channel in 2015, will be “gone” altogether by the end of the year, with staff absorbed into other programs.
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Channel 9 is having discussions about fast-tracking the filming of a second season of Australian Ninja Warrior so that it can screen straight after the 2018 Commonwealth Games, report News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
The move comes as rival Seven, which owns the rights to the Games, toys with the idea of making an Aussie version of Ninja-like Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge.
Nine had originally planned to begin filming a second season of Australian Ninja Warrior in November and December to screen in July 2018.
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Vince Colosimo has returned to his most famous role as he tries to re-establish his career in the face of drug-driving allegations, report News Corp’s Fiona Byrne and Brianna Travers.
Colosimo has been cast as Carlton gangster Alphonse Gangitano in the new Channel 9 miniseries Underbelly Files: Chopper.
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Footy QLD features rugby league greats Gary Belcher and Scott Sattler hosting, along with Scott Prince and Brent Tate providing insight as guest panellists.
Channel Nine Queensland’s production and programming manager Geoff Cooper said: “There is no doubt Queenslanders have a thirst for more locally focused footy content. We are confident Footy QLD will provide top-class NRL insight and entertainment for our viewers and thrilled to be broadcasting this exciting program from our Mt Coot-tha studios.”
Crocmedia executive director Chris Giannopoulos said: “We are expecting big things from this program. Queenslanders are some of the most engaged footy fans in the country and there is real reason for excitement as the NRL season reaches its pointy end. We’re excited to have also secured McDonald’s and Kia as co-major sponsors along with Sportsbet and Institute For Urban Indigenous Health.”
At 52, Eddie McGuire is buzzing about his return to The Footy Show, despite the naysayers who smugly point to falling ratings and diverging viewer habits, report News Corp’s Patrick Carlyon and Michael Warner.
He “has no idea what will happen”, he says of Thursday’s program, except that “love” and “fun” of the game will be driving forces.
The Footy Show will compete against Seven’s “little show that could”, The Front Bar, on Thursday nights. The Herald Sun understands that all of McGuire’s TV production company contracts with Channel Seven – worth about $5 million – will be reviewed at the end of the year.
JAM TV is the TV production company offshoot of McGuire Media. JAM TV helps produce five Seven programs, including the Monday night AFL show, Talking Footy. JAM TV, which will co-produce The Footy Show, will next year take over Nine’s Monday night offering, Footy Classified.
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News Corp’s Phil Rothfield on Fox League’s weekly show League Life:
Yvonne Sampson, Lara Pitt, Hannah Hollis and Jess Yates are getting strong numbers every week.
Although overall TV match-day ratings are down, the NRL is attracting more female viewers this year with an average audience of 82,000 women for live coverage.
That’s up almost 5% on last year. In total, women make up 35% of the league audience on Fox Sports and it’s growing all the time.
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Rothfield’s Sunday Telegraph column was rebranded “What’s The Fuzz” to celebrate the NRL Retro Round.
Network Ten’s long list of suitors have under two weeks to lodge bids for the free-to-air broadcaster with a view to have a deal in place by the end of August, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
It’s now understood offers for Ten are due by August 18.
The guarantee from Ten’s billionaire shareholders – Bruce Gordon, Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer – for an extra $30 million on top of the $97 million Ten had drawn down from its original $200 million loan, backed by the trio, which was frozen when the company went into administration, runs out at the end of August.
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A pitch for Qantas’s in-flight entertainment contract by ASX-listed outdoor advertising firm oOh! includes a proposal to use ABC News content, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
The contract is held by Sky News under a three-year term set to expire this year and ABC Commercial has entered the fray as a third-party supplier to oOh!.
Bidders for the Qantas contract are said to include News Corp (publisher of The Australian), and the Nine and Seven networks.
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Google and Facebook could face an extensive competition probe into their market power under amendments to the Turnbull government’s media reform bill set to be announced by Senator Nick Xenophon, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Speaking to The Australian, Senator Xenophon has outlined for the first time key details in a proposal to introduce a 40% tax break for publishers with revenue of less than $30 million.
Senator Xenophon said: “I want a package of measures that looks at R&D type tax write-offs for employment of journalists in both regional newspapers and smaller media entities.”
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News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller threw a knees-up to celebrate the career of Mark Day who became a copy boy at 16 and was still filing 57 years later, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
“You have always been very passionate about media. You have had a great impact on it as well through the many different roles you have had,” Miller said.
With his wife Wendy by his side Day reflected on his career. “I wanted to say thanks to News Corp and the Murdoch family. It has been an absolute magic carpet ride.”
Guests included Sky News’ Angelos Frangopoulos and Janine Perrett, former New York Post editor Col Allan, former News Corp Australia chief John Hartigan, The Australian’s Paul Whittaker, John Lehmann, Michelle Gunn, Nicholas Gray, and former colleagues Chris Mitchell and Errol Simper.
Also present were Mike Munro, Peter Meakin, Roger Coombs, Ian Moore and Gordon Bennett, executive producer of Day By Day in the 1980s and still consulting to Seven after 60 years.
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Sunrise boss Michael Pell is at the centre of what could one of the biggest shake-ups in Australian TV, reports Sydney Confidential.
With his contract as Sunrise executive producer up this year, rival networks and overseas broadcasters are out to poach the 34-year-old who is known as boy wonder in media circles.
Confidential understands Channel 10 has approached Pell to join The Project.
It is understood Pell has also fielded offers from overseas broadcasters. He has previously knocked back offers to work in New York.
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Pell told Mediaweek this morning he had no comment to make on speculation he might be changing channels.
Broadcaster Alan Jones has threatened to run against Liberal Minister Alex Hawke in his northwest Sydney seat, saying there is an “obligation” to oust the centre-right faction boss from Parliament, reports News Corp’s Sharri Markson.
“I’m not saying yes or no (to running). I’m simply saying there are much better candidates than me out there but if at the end of the day it meant that bloke wasn’t going to get a clean run at it then I think everyone’s got an obligation to make sure that an end is put to this stuff,” Jones told The Daily Telegraph.
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Yahoo7 has hired Rachel Page (pictured) to lead the company’s Melbourne sales team. Appointed as Victorian sales director after a number of years leading the sales offering in the southern states for Pandora, Page will be tasked with growing Yahoo7’s Victorian operation, further developing key agency and client partnerships and driving new business relationships.
Page brings nearly two decades of cross-channel leadership experience with her to Yahoo7, after working across TV, out-of-home, sports marketing and digital. Prior to Pandora, Page held positions with media companies including Mi9, Network Ten and oOh!media, as well as roles with IMG and Impact Advertising.
Page will start at Yahoo7’s Melbourne office, at the end of the month.
Based at the company’s Canberra office, Bower is responsible for the leadership and management of sales operations for all offices within the southern NSW market. These include offices in Wollongong, Canberra, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Griffith.
“Murray has over 27 years’ experience in television sales and senior management,” says WIN Network chief revenue officer Rod Jerman. “His knowledge of our product along with his experience in sales and senior management will add further value to the overall sales management structure of our network.”
Reporting to the northern region general manager and the chief revenue officer, Bower will oversee all issues relating to the sales team, sales processes (internal and external), outcomes and dealings within the marketplace.
Cricket Australia is said to be targeting $200 million a year for its next broadcast deal, although industry observers had been trying to temper Cricket Australia’s expectations down to a sum closer to $150 million a year, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Nine Entertainment, under a deal signed in 2013, pays $80 million annually to broadcast Test matches and limited-overs internationals.
Network Ten pays $20 million a year for the Big Bash League and after being the castaway in the last rights negotiations, the Twenty20 tournament is expected to be one of the big prizes in the upcoming deal. Some are forecasting the value of the Big Bash to jump to between $50 million and $70 million annually.
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Cricket Australia has renewed its long-standing partnership with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for radio rights within the UK for the next five years, beginning with the 2017-18 women’s and men’s Ashes series.
The agreement covers exclusive UK radio rights for all international women’s and men’s cricket played in Australia, including the respective women’s and men’s Ashes series this summer.
The agreement also grants the BBC non-exclusive rights for the KFC Big Bash League (BBL) and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) up to and including the 2021/22 season. The broadcaster is set to produce its own coverage for the semifinals and finals of these competitions. All the BBC’s coverage will also be available on Cricket Australia’s CA Live platform (website & app).
• Singles: Don’t mention “Despacito”, Kesha & Sam Hunt new to top 10
• Albums: Six newcomers in top 10 can’t stop Ed’s “÷” from reclaiming #1
It’s now 12 weeks at #1 for “Despacito”, but let’s move on quickly.
After four weeks on the chart, the return of Kesha is going to plan with “Praying” reaching #7, a new chart peak and its first time inside the top 10.
Also in the top 10 for the first time is both Sam Hunt and his single “Body Like A Back Road” after nine weeks on the chart, seven of them in the top 50.
There was one sole chart debut inside the top 50:
#50 Lauv with “I Like Me Better”.
Ed Sheeran has resurrected “Divide” again as it returns to top spot. This time it was a better comeback than previously. Instead of climbing back to the top from #2, this time it leapfrogged from #3 to #1.
None of the six chart debuts inside the top 10 could make it all the way to the top:
#2 Arcade Fire with “Everything Now”. The Canadians have managed their highest-ever chart debut with their fifth album.
#3: Judah Kelly with “Count On Me” – a strong debut for the 2017 winner of The Voice. The album includes some of the tunes Kelly performed during the Nine talent quest.
#4: Alice Cooper with “Paranormal”. After 27 albums the soon-to-tour (late October) rock legend can still park a new release in the top 10.
#5: Dan Sultan with “Killer” The Melbourne singer-songwriter’s fourth album is his second to crack the top 10.
#8 Various Artists on “Beautiful: A Tribute To Carole King”. The Aussie tribute album has been released ahead of the musical Beautiful opening in Sydney next month. Featured artists on the album include Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Samantha Jade, Dami Im and Esther Hannaford, who will play Carole King onstage.
Four other albums made it into the top 50 on debut:
#15 The Murlocs with “Old Locomotive”. The Melbourne RnB band is touring Australia this month before heading to Europe in September.
#16 Nashville husband and wife duo O’Shea with “61-615”.
#28 Shane Nicholson with “Love And Blood” – a lowish chart debut for a major Aussie artist who has been in the top 10 twice (both times though with Kasey Chambers) in the past decade.
#29 Perth metalcore band Make Them Suffer with “Worlds Apart”.
HT&E is partnering with IKON Media & Entertainment to create a new division and brand, HT&E Events. An announcement to the ASX this morning outlines the plans:
In its first venture, HT&E Events will create an Australian eSports business, Gfinity eSports Australia, launching Australia’s first city-based franchise league, The Elite Series.
A partnership with Gfinity Plc, Gfinity eSports Australia will deliver Australian gamers a clear and structured top-to-bottom competitive framework within Australian eSports. A competition for enthusiasts at all levels – from the amateur at home, to the eSports professional – it will for the first time offer a clear pathway between the two, as amateur players earn the right to compete alongside seasoned professionals. The Elite Series will see city-based franchise teams compete weekly at dedicated eSports venues, with each event broadcast live online and across other TV and media platforms.
As well as The Elite Series, a new online competition, The Challenger Series, will launch in Q3 this year. Open to all gamers, the Challenger Series will be the battleground for amateur players to compete against each other, to win the chance to play alongside the pros in The Elite Series. Selection for The Elite Series will take place via a player draft where the top-ranked amateur competitors from The Challenger Series will join professionals in a player pool, from which team owners will be asked to select their squads for the upcoming seasons. Each squad will have a defined number of professional and amateur players and be managed within fixed salary caps.
The founding franchise teams for Australia’s first city-based professional eSports league, commencing in Summer 2018, will be:
• Adelaide Photonics
• Brisbane Deceptors
• Melbourne Metattak
• Melbourne Rebolte
• Perth Subnets
• Sydney Blue Surge
• Sydney Opsydian
Regarding the new partnerships, HT&E chief executive and managing director, Ciaran Davis, said:
“We are very pleased to be partnering with IKON Media & Entertainment under the new banner of HT&E Events, which will house the eSports business and manage other niche events for Australian audiences. IKON brings to the table a depth of understanding and expertise in delivering experiences in sports, entertainment and media, making it the perfect partner as we move into this new area.”
Nova has announced its latest Red Room event:
In a worldwide exclusive event, Harry Styles will perform in Nova’s Red Room in Los Angeles, for the ultimate money-can’t-buy experience for Nova listeners.
He will be performing songs off his self-titled debut solo album, including “Sign of the Times” and the new single “Two Ghosts”. Winners will be the first to see Harry Styles perform live in Nova’s Red Room in LA, prior to his coming to Australia in November for two sold-out theatre shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Tony Thomas, Nova Entertainment’s chief marketing & digital officer, said, “Nova’s Red Room is the place to see the biggest artists in the world and it doesn’t get much bigger than seeing Harry Styles perform in Nova’s Red Room in LA. We love that we can continue delivering these incredible experiences to our listeners and our clients.”
For the first time Bonds has partnered with Nova’s Red Room to help celebrate Bonds new Hipster Mashup range.
Hosted by Nova’s Smallzy, Bonds Presents Nova’s Red Room LA Edition will depart for an intimate and unique music experience with Harry Styles in September. Nova listeners will have their chance to win from Monday 14 August via on-air contesting on Nova’s local breakfast shows, across the workday and in Smallzy’s Surgery, with winners announced in the Kate, Tim & Marty drive show.
ARN has announced the launch of AdsWizz technology across its all-in-one digital music, live radio streaming and entertainment platform iHeartRadio, claiming to be the first Australian radio broadcaster to offer clients what it has labelled a sophisticated, targeted and powerful audio advertising delivery system in market.
The addition of the new technology means ARN will be able to tailor audio advertising on iHeartRadio to reach audiences with more personalised and relevant advertising messages, improving the overall engagement and entertainment experience while offering clients more tailored campaigns than ever before.
ARN CEO Rob Atkinson said: “ARN, through iHeartRadio, can now offer one-to-one targeted audio advertising that can be personalised based on our listeners’ location, demographics, interests and behaviours.
“This is the first time advertisers will be able to strategically reach online listeners of our radio brands via iHeartRadio, in addition to a full content suite of podcasts, online-only radio stations and hundreds of pre-curated artist, genre and specialised stations on the iHeartRadio platform.
“Leveraging specific profile characteristics and key demographic information, AdsWizz will enable ARN to deliver a superior commercial offering for clients across the iHeartRadio platform including real-time analytics to execute precise ad targeting across a range of platforms and devices and is the next step in the evolution of our overall offering.”
The rebranded 2UE launched as Talking Lifestyle radio late in 2016, with rebranded Magic stations in Melbourne and Brisbane going online in February 2017.
It is one of the biggest radio brand changes in Australia since ARN launched its KIIS network and Nova Entertainment rebranded Classic Rock as smoothfm.
Key to the decision to choose Talking Lifestyle was Macquarie Media CEO Russell Tate, while implementation is under the watchful eye of former Ray Hadley show executive producer Michael Thompson.
As Tate told Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi earlier this year, they were initially thinking maybe a sports station or perhaps a 24/7 news station before they went with Lifestyle.
Macquarie Media chief operating officer Adam Lang updated Mediaweek on progress this week noting that the three-station proposition was still very new.
Lang confirmed that Macquarie Media had looked at a number of format options. “Having two commercial news/talk stations in Sydney was ambitious. Only one of them has ever worked at the one time.” Lang was referring to how 2UE used to dominate with Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and John Laws. However, when Jones and Hadley swapped stations it was 2GB that gained the ascendancy.
“The second point we had to consider was that the medium- to long-term prospects for music on a commercial AM station were getting progressively difficult. It is a challenge to attract audiences and advertisers.” The growth of the smooth brand didn’t help the remaining AM music outfits in Sydney and Melbourne.
This TV podcast sees Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing the ratings for the season final of Australian Ninja Warrior and talking about when we will likely see it next. Other shows under the microscope this week include The Block, Australian Survivor, MasterChef, The Bachelor, This Time Next Year, True Story, Kath & Kim, The Good Fight, Britain’s Got Talent, Home and Away, The AFL Footy Show and Game Of Thrones.