Wednesday August 9 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||4.0%||GEM||3.5%||ELEVEN||3.2%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.2%||7||18.7%||9||19.6%||10 NNSW||2.9%||SBS One||4.2%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||6.9%||GEM||4.9%||ONE||3.5%||Food Net||0.6%|
|TUESDAY 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 did 742,000 after 783,000 on Monday night.
Episode three of Hell’s Kitchen Australia was centrepiece of a food night on Seven. Contestants Pettifleur and Willie Mason had to share one oven to prepare their main course leading to some tense moments in the kitchen and lots of smoke and steam. Marco decided to put Pettifleur into the elimination telling her, “You didn’t push, you weren’t a team member tonight.” The Tuesday audience was up marginally on the Monday numbers.
Hell’s Kitchen Australia Week 1
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares followed with the chef heading to Denver for the 413,000 viewers.
The final episodes of Yummy Mummies signalled the end of the programming experiment with audiences of 225,000 and then 170,000 for the last hurrah which ended close to midnight.
Woolies overcharging, dumb car hoons and money laundering were among the topics on A Current Affair with 933,000 watching after 963,000 on Monday.
Scotty took out the contestants on The Block for a drink and a feed at their local last night after a day on construction inside the properties and outside as a build was under way at the rear of the properties too. After 1.09m on Monday, the Tuesday episode did 1.0m.
True Story this week found a real-life character called Phil who boasted David Attenborough has never seen anything like he had. Among the cast was Mick Molloy, back on Nine, playing a dodgy Gold Coast travel agent. The episode did 905,000 after 720,000 last week.
Two episodes of Kath & Kim followed with 538,000 for the first and then 438,000 for the second.
The Project might not be getting Michael Pell, but the show did feature Tommy Little and Fifi Box on the desk plus Dannii Minogue as a special guest. The episode was the channel’s only show over half a million last night, but only just with 503,000.
Shark Tank was not far behind with 477,000 in the earlier timeslot of 7.30pm after 440,000 later in the night on Tuesday last week. There was some protracted negotiating last night and the episode ended with a marriage proposal.
NCIS returned to the 8.30pm timeslot with episode 20 of season 14 doing 406,000. A repeat episode followed with 286,000.
The House with Annabel Crabb was a hit at 8pm with 659,000, which featured external and internal drone footage of Parliament House in Canberra. The timeslot audience was up 250,000 on the number watching Ask The Doctor last week. The ABC production was directed by Stamatia Maroupas who also worked with Crabb on Kitchen Cabinet.
The AI Race doco at 8.30pm explored how artificial intelligence will change your job. The show did 387,000 and was followed by The Farthest, the first of two episodes about NASA’s Voyager mission, with 257,000 watching.
Michael Portillo was back at 7.30pm with the return of Great American Railroad Journeys. The episode featured a trip from St Louis to Jefferson City with 329,000 watching.
An episode of Insight on commitment then did 216,000.
Macquarie Media has reported financial year 2017 EBITDA was up 17% and profit after tax jumped 21%. Revenue for the 12 months was down 2% to $131m. The company noted the result is up significantly on the combined earnings of Fairfax Radio and Macquarie Radio prior to the merger of the two companies in April 2015.
The company reported core radio revenues were flat against the prior year.
The business includes four metro news/talk stations – 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR – plus the rebadged Magic brands now operating as the Talking Lifestyle network.
Revenue share was maintained despite 2GB and 4BC breakfast announcer Alan Jones being off air for four months during the year.
In January Macquarie Radio sold its Sydney AM music station 2CH for $5.56m to EON Broadcasting, a business owned by Glenn Wheatley, John Williams and Oceania Capital.
Some of the key category results:
Magazine unit sales declined 11%
Greeting card revenue declined 4%
Lottery revenue declines 4%
Newspaper unit sales declined 12%
The bottom is falling out of the historic core of the newsagency channel. This will not be news to many as it continues a trend we have seen in this benchmark study for several years.
The above percentages reflect the overall performance of the 181 newsagency businesses in this benchmark study. It includes stores from a range of banner groups as well as independents. There are large businesses and small. Some are in shopping centres while others are on the high street. The cross-section is broad.
What is concerning is the pace of decline, especially with magazines as the decline had slowed recently. Looking more closely at the data, the decline is in the volume categories. Fringe categories such as special interest titles are doing well. Indeed, some segments show terrific growth.
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Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has all but rejected One Nation’s demand to conduct an expenditure review of the ABC and SBS in exchange for supporting the government’s media reform package, but is considering other crossbench proposals, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
Negotiations between the government, One Nation, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team are at a critical stage as debate on the bill is expected in the Senate within days, though the gay marriage plebiscite will take precedence.
Senator Fifield is considering several NXT amendments, including a 40% tax break for publishers with revenue of less than $30 million, and an inquiry into the impact of Google and Facebook on news publishers and investigative journalism.
“There’s no doubt these platforms are providing huge competition, these aggregators of media,” Senator Fifield told ABC radio.
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Fairfax Media’s Amy Remeikis:
The Greens could deal One Nation out of the media reform space, with the party tentatively returning to the negotiating table with the federal government.
After discussions with the industry, which is overwhelmingly in support of the government’s planned reforms, and concern over comments that One Nation could use its negotiating position to put further constraints on public broadcasters ABC and SBS, the Greens have indicated a willingness to return to the table and re-open discussions.
It would want any final legislation to address three key issues – the fate of the public broadcasters in any reforms, protections for media diversity and “strong” support for local content.
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Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33 years old, was convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8,000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free. A Sydney court has sentenced Al Baghdadi to serve an 18-month suspended jail term for carrying out the offences.
Foxtel CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes the court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.”
Schwartz said: “There has never been a more critical time for Australia to contemplate its place in the world. My intention is that this new publication will serve as a forum for our most adventurous and deepest strategic thinkers to interrogate foreign policy.”
Brands within the publishing businesses include Quarterly Essay, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and Black Inc.
Initiative Melbourne announced yesterday investment partnership director Shane Goninon (pictured) is stepping away from his 36-year career in media strategy and investment to concentrate on developing his family winery business.
Goninon started his career in Melbourne in 1981 at MP&M, which later became Mitchell & Partners, and will leave full-time duties with Initiative at the end of August.
Across his career he has worked on major clients such as Ansett, Coles, Dunlop and Pacific Brands. For the past 16 years he has led the media portfolio for major Initiative client Bunnings and has also been a senior member of the Initiative Melbourne leadership team.
As Goninon prepares to depart Initiative, Heath Wooster has been named general manager for Initiative’s Bunnings business.
Chairman of IPG Mediabrands Melbourne Mark Pejic said, “Thirty-six is a big number in any career and we congratulate Shane on this achievement. Add to this his leadership of the Bunnings business for the past 16 years and we have a picture of a media executive who has transcended a total revolution in media’s role and effectiveness in the work we do for clients.”
About three years ago Goninon bought Mountainside Wines in The Grampians in Victoria and has been working on the business since with his wife Jane and daughter Kate.
Goninon said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the successes and challenges of my media career and in particular my long spell with Initiative. Running the winery is a very different type of work and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do with the business.”
The yet-to-be-named, six-episode series has Letterman combining two interests for which he is renowned: in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour.
In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a singular guest and will also explore topics on his own, away from the studio. The series is set to premiere in 2018.
Letterman said, “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned: if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”
Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell wouldn’t comment on Monday about speculation he might be moving to Network Ten after a meeting with The Project’s EP Craig Campbell.
However, Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody and Michael Lallo report:
Campbell has confirmed The Project wasn’t looking to steal Pell away from Seven.
“It was a delightful lunch, nothing more,” he said. “I have known Michael for many years and we’re good friends. Whenever my partner and I go to Sydney, we catch up with Michael and his partner. I’m so sorry [for Michael] that this has happened!”
He said the possibility of Pell joining The Project wasn’t even discussed at the lunch.
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The Walt Disney Company has announced it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, and will launch its ESPN-branded multisport video streaming service in the US early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.
Disney will pay US$1.58 billion to acquire an additional 42% stake in BAMTech—a global leader in direct-to-consumer streaming technology and marketing services, data analytics, and commerce management—from MLBAM, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. Disney previously acquired a 33% stake in BAMTech.
Robert Iger, chairman and CEO The Walt Disney Company, said: “This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the Company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands.”
The ESPN-branded multisport service will offer an array of sports programming, featuring approximately 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year, including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports. Individual sport packages will also be available for purchase, including MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live.
The new US service will be accessed through an enhanced version of the current ESPN app.
The new Disney-branded service will become the exclusive home in the US for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, which includes Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and The Lion King from Disney live-action, along with other movies. Disney will also make a significant investment in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the service. Additionally, the service will feature a vast collection of library content, including Disney and Pixar movies and Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD television programming.
With this strategic shift, Disney will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.
The one-hour, statewide simulcast special features a first-hand account of male depression from former AFL player Wayne Schwass, as well as an interview with Beyond Blue’s Dr Stephen Carbone.
Listen Up follows previous ACRA-nominated campaigns on ice addiction and drink driving, which were WA firsts, also broadcasting across all SCA stations, including hit92.9, mix94.5, Hit FM and Triple M.
Hosts, hit92.9’s Heidi Anderson and Will McMahon, and mix94.5’s Matt Dyktynski, will lead the conversation, touching on the relationship between men’s mental health and FIFO lifestyles, as well as play hit92.9’s well received Manly Men video and an intimate, raw conversation between hit92.9’s Will & Woody as they discuss the role mental health has played in their friendship.
SCA’s Perth General Manager Gina Hogan said: “Men’s mental health is a topic that needs to be more openly discussed and so, this Listen Up is really pushing to normalise the conversation.
“SCA is proud to stand behind our own staff who have had personal experiences with mental health issues, as well as stand behind the people of WA who may be going through similar situations.”
Kick-off for five of the first seven live matches will begin in local primetime, including blockbuster contests featuring 2016-17 Premier League winners Chelsea, both Manchester teams City and United, and the newly promoted home of Socceroo Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town.
SBS’s Premier League live coverage is hosted by SBS Football Reporter Lucy Zelic and award-winning SBS chief football analyst, and former Crystal Palace captain, Craig Foster.
SBS director of sport Ken Shipp said: “We’re incredibly passionate about our football heritage at SBS and our goal has always been to deliver the very best of the world game to Australian audiences. We are proud to again bring Premier League matches to football fans each and every week, live, free and in HD. SBS has been in the football business for over 30 years and we believe it is a sport that truly reflects our unique charter by connecting Australia’s diverse communities.”
Sport continues to draw large social media engagement in the social content ratings as measured by Nielsen. Social media engagement triggered by Showdown 43, the match between Adelaide and Port Adelaide, shown in Adelaide on Seven and across Australia on Fox Footy last Sunday, easily had the most interactions. Just one NRL clash made the top five, the Panthers v Tigers game shown on Nine and Fox League last Sunday.
The new Karl Stefanovic-hosted This Time Next Year has ranked #1 on the non-sport chart. The show has fewer interactions than any of the entries in the sport top five. The new Hell’s Kitchen Australia made the chart at #5, but it had 25% of the interactions that the chart-topper attracted.
• Nearly half of SVOD subscribers claim to rarely watch FTA TV
Subscription video on demand (SVOD) services delivered over the internet continue to feed Australians’ appetite for entertainment with subscriptions reaching 3.7 million at the end of June 2017, a year-on-year increase of 30%, according to a new study from technology analyst firm Telsyte.
Highlights from the report released this week reveal:
Almost half (49%) of Australian households currently subscribe to either Pay TV or SVOD services, with 11% subscribing to both, an increase from 38% in 2015.
Telsyte predicts paid SVOD subscriptions are on track to overtake traditional Pay TV subscribers by June 2018, as consumers increasingly consume content on-demand, and across multiple devices.
Popularity of exclusive and original content, as well as live streaming, is expected to continue to the drive the market to 2021 when subscriptions are expected to exceed 6 million.
Telsyte believes consumers will consider multiple providers, leaving room for services from Stan, Amazon, YouTube Red, Foxtel, Optus Sport and a long list of others to encroach on Netflix’s market leadership.
Telsyte estimates that Netflix exceeded 2 million subscriptions at the end of June 2017, with Stan in second place with 867,000, and others making up 769,000.
Telsyte research indicates around a third of pay TV subscribers also have at least one SVOD subscription, with 46% of SVOD subscribers claiming to “rarely” watch FTA TV. Telsyte research shows that the average SVOD subscriber watches nearly 26 hours of video content a week across FTA TV, pay TV, SVOD, online TV on demand (catch-up TV & live streaming TV), and other video content sources (incl. non-streaming videos), compared to around 21 hours for the average Australian.
“SVOD adoption in Australia has started to reach a scale which has strategic significance to media and telecoms companies alike,” Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said.
With the ASTRA Awards a distant memory – they were last held in 2015 – the sector now celebrates some of its best and brightest via the ASTRA Industry Awards for people behind the camera.
On-screen talent and productions from the subscription TV sector have chances to fill the trophy cabinet at the AACTA Awards and, of course, the TV Week Logie Awards.
The ASTRA Industry Awards is an event you don’t want to miss, although some managed to. Formalities are kept to a minimum (30-second max for speeches), there are only a handful of awards, there’s plenty to drink and, get this, the ASTRA tradition of the lolly bar continues.
The Awards were overseen for the last time by the soon-to-depart ASTRA CEO Andrew Maiden. The event had a number of co-hosts including Fox Sports Tara Rushton, Discovery’s Jessica Bloom and Naomi Koh Belic and Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh.
Fox League was the big winner on the night with CEO Patrick Delany accepting the award for Channel Brand of the Year. The broadcaster also won for three other awards:
• Most Outstanding Campaign Under $50k, Daniel Ricciardo Ultimate Track
• Most Outstanding Off-Air Promotion (the award was shared between Fox Sports and Fox League)
• Most Outstanding Public Relations Campaign, Daniel Ricciardo Ultimate Track, Fox Sports
Photo: Team Viacom at ASTRA
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.
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.