Monday July 10 2017
Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi visits Australia’s #1 nightly presenter Kent “Smallzy” Small at the Nova Entertainment office in Sydney. Smallzy discusses career lessons, being fired, interviewing some of the biggest celebrities in the world and engaging with listeners on social media.
We welcomed Olly Wilton into the Mediaweek podcast studio this week. Wilton is the head of sports partnerships at Twitter Australia and he’s got a great job talking about sports to sports people and attending some great events. He talked with Mediaweek‘s James Manning about everything from hashtags and emojis to the best sports teams all around the world to follow on Twitter, how players, clubs and fans use the platform, through to some of the big sporting events that Twitter be working with later this year.
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Friday Top 10
Saturday Top 10
The Grand Final of Seven’s House Rules was well in the shadow of Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior debut last night. However, the House Rules audience wasn’t too far off what the series did in 2016 when it wrapped.
The 2016 House Rules series final did 1.24m for the winner announcement and 1.14m for the remainder of the Grand Final episode. That compares to last night’s 1.14m for the winner announcement and then 1.0m for the remainder of the Grand Final episode. Those might be slightly disappointing numbers, but given the size of the Ninja Warrior crowd it could have been a lot worse.
At the same time the launch numbers for Yummy Mummies could have been terrible, but in the current TV climate 755,000 for a program starting at 9pm and running for 90 minutes is almost a win, particularly given the pre-launch reviews which had labelled it the worst TV program of 2017… so far.
The launch audience of 1.68m for Australian Ninja Warrior is a stunning result for the Endemol Shine Australia series filmed last December. It’s a tribute not only to the production values, the hosts, but the PR campaign too which peaked at just the right time. The family-friendly programming cleaned up in all demos and has become the most-watched program of the year so far apart from the Men’s Final of the Australian Open tennis and the two State Of Origin games played more recently. This should be a massive week for Nine given there are more Ninja Warrior episodes tonight and Tuesday and then the Game 3 decider in the Origin series.
60 Minutes screened after Ninja Warrior with a lead story from Allison Langdon speaking with Rohan and Kathy Kelly about losing their two sons. The audience of 865,000 also heard from Peter Stefanovic on North Korea and Charles Wooley on goats.
MasterChef Australia was hurt most by the success of Ninja Warrior with the Sunday audience down to 625,000. The Sunday episode has been attracting the smallest audience of the week for the series recently, but has been bubbling along most weeks in the 700,000s. However, it did hit a low back in week 24 with 606,000 watching.
Elsewhere on TEN two episodes of Modern Family were under 300,000, while an episode of Bull after MasterChef did 326,000.
Grand Designs New Zealand has taken over the Sunday early slot after the news with 495,000 watching last night, which secured a spot in the top 10.
Poldark then did 433,000, which was down on last week’s 457,000.
It was a shocker of a night for Richie Porte who crashed out of Le Tour de France. Coverage of Stage 9 was the most-watched program on the channel with 248,000 after 193,000 on Friday and 237,000 on Saturday.
Amber Harrison has stunned Kerry Stokes’s Seven West Media empire again, yesterday pulling out of a $50,000 settlement Seven thought it had agreed upon, and then indicating she would fold her legal action against the firm, reports The Australian’s Will Glasgow.
The shock decision could expose Harrison – who was an executive assistant at Seven until she left in 2014 after her relationship with the chief executive became known – to Seven’s legal costs for the Supreme Court case, which will be heard on Monday.
“I’m fully expecting I’ll be pursued for costs,” Harrison told The Australian.
“I decided that being pursued for a million dollars of costs was better than putting my name to an apology I don’t believe in.”
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“Bruce McWilliam: the man media moguls trust to make messy problems go away” is the title of a Tim Elliott profile in Good Weekend:
Though few members of the general public would have heard of him, McWilliam has for almost 40 years worked at the centre of Australia’s cutthroat media industry, having served as a close adviser and confidant to a succession of Australia’s most powerful men, including Kerry Packer in the 1980s, Rupert Murdoch in the 1990s and Kerry Stokes in the 2000s. Former Nine Network boss Sam Chisholm describes him as a “consigliere”, a catchall term which nonetheless fails to convey the full scope of McWilliam’s remit.
Over the years, he has done everything for his bosses save bear their children: he has cut their deals and run their errands, he has policed their interests and defended their reputations, he has – in a very real sense – helped them make their billions.
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Ahead of the launch of her new ABC TV series The House, Annabel Crabb wrote at the end of her Sunday Fairfax Media column:
This is my last column for the time being. Thank you for your support and good humour for the past five years. Keep buying papers! With thanks, Annabel Crabb.
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The Daily Telegraph has gotten behind Australian Ninja Warrior in a massive way. In the Saturday edition, the Nine series cops mentions on the cover (where it is called “reality TV’s big new hit” before the first episode screens), page 3 (half a page), page 25 plus the cover and two pages of Best Weekend magazine.
The violet-hued, British force of nature that has turned Channel Seven’s mad makeover series House Rules from ho hum into a hit may be missing next year with colourful but cutting judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen revealing on the cusp of the grand final that he will find it “very difficult” to return for a second series, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
“It will be tough for me to come back and do another one, I have to say,” UK-based Llewelyn-Bowen said.
“I would love to be able to say ‘yes of course’ but there are a lot of things that I need to sort out before I go that far, not least what would I wear. I have broken three tailors on this series as it is.
“I have fallen in love with Australia, of that there is absolutely no question.”
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Fairfax is expected to step up its campaign to convince existing shareholders to back its proposed Domain demerger but the board could face a tough task to bring them on side, reports The AFR’s Scott Murdoch.
In Australia, demergers have a mixed record. The Domain demerger has been the Fairfax board’s preferred option since February and chief executive Greg Hywood has been the main proponent of the deal.
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The collapse of a media organisation threatens to deliver a greater blow to media diversity than industry mergers, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has told opponents of media ownership reform, reports The AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
In his starkest warning yet on the dire future facing the industry, Senator Fifield said further job losses were inevitable unless publishers and broadcasters were allowed to restructure themselves to compete against online media outlets and tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Senator Fifield also said that unless Labor got over its dislike of the Rupert Murdoch “bogeyman”, they would have to cop their share of blame if a media company went out of business.
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Pauline Hanson‘s One Nation risks being left out in the cold in media reform negotiations. It continues to play hardball with the Turnbull government and Nick Xenophon‘s proposed compromises to help safeguard journalism can help bridge the gap between the Coalition and the Greens, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
One Nation has been seeking greater public service radio operations in Queensland and protections for “local interests” such as dam projects.
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Newspapers and magazines could receive daily readership reports, if local publishers wanted to adopt measurement technology already available in Europe, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
Global measurement firm Ipsos, which runs emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia), the combined print and digital readership survey for local publishers, offers a daily print readership report to Belgian publishers, one of 42 currency measurement systems it offers globally.
“It is a panel contacted every day via SMS and they indicate which publications they have read that day,” says Ipsos Australia and New Zealand chief executive Simon Wake. “Whether or not that is something that we do here, we haven’t discussed that with publishers here,” he said.
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Scathing, searing and brutal were just a few of the adjectives flying around social media on Sunday following an eloquent takedown of Donald Trump by ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann, reports Fairfax Media’s William McInnes.
Speaking to Insiders from Hamburg, Uhlmann delivered a wrap on the G20 summit that has since gone viral, resonating with people from around the world and astonishing American political commentators.
The veteran journalist criticised the US President’s conduct while in office, his awkwardness at the G20 Summit and his offhand Twitter tirades.
“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.
“[He] barks out bile in 140 characters, [and] wastes his precious days as President at war with the West’s institutions.”
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The smooth suite was introduced in 2014 as a “pop-up” accommodation, designed to create a brand immersion experience for clients and agencies in Sydney and Melbourne’s media market.
Following the success of last year’s smooth suite at Palm Beach at “The Dreaming” beach house located on the Pacific Ocean, the latest smooth suite luxury accommodation is set amongst the valleys of the Greater Blue Mountains.
Luke Minto, Nova Entertainment’s Sydney general manager, said, “The smooth suite was introduced into the Sydney market in 2015 to deliver key partners and agencies an insight into smooth as a lifestyle brand. This year we have aimed to elevate the experience to a new level with a luxurious travel and lifestyle experience centred around the smooth brand.”
smooth suite at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will be made available to media agencies and clients during July to August.
And get this – guests will receive return helicopter transfers from Sydney, accommodation at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley’s Heritage Villa, complete with its own private pool, plus a long lunch and then, if there’s room, dinner.
According to the June 2017 Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue, as sourced by Deloitte, advertising revenue for the 12 months ending June for the five metropolitan markets was slightly down 0.21% to a total of $773.849 million, compared to FY16. It is the first contraction in growth since 2012.
Individual markets for the financial year were:
Sydney up 0.81% to $240.334m
Melbourne up 0.27% to $238.201m
Brisbane up 0.02% to $121.501m
Adelaide down 4.38% to $68.224m
Perth down 1.02% to $105.588m
(The Deloitte figures report actual revenue received by metropolitan commercial radio stations for the calendar month and include all metropolitan agency and direct revenue.)
What an extraordinary thing: Magellan Financial Group, the asset manager founded 11 years ago by Hamish Douglass and Chris Mackay, is on the verge of being the naming sponsor of (men’s) Test cricket in this country, reports The AFR’s Joe Aston.
The price tag is estimated at $6-8 million, plus the same again on activation.
Magellan bears no resemblance to the kind of brands to have splurged on major cricket sponsorships before it. Think brewer Carlton & United, telco Vodafone Hutchison, defunct airline Ansett and lung lolly purveyor Benson & Hedges.
The question must be asked: how can an institutional investor generate any meaningful return on investment from a mass-market sponsorship property?
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• Singles: “Despacito” again #1, Imagine Dragons and Calvin Harris new to top 10
• Albums: You guessed it – Ed Sheehan in charge, Stone Sour close to chart upset
There is no surprise there is no surprise at the top of the chart as Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee continue their world domination with a little bit of help from Justin Bieber.
A possible challenger for top spot is Niall Horan who went close this week with “Slow Hands” up from #9 to #2 in his ninth week on the chart. It has been a slow and steady climb toward the top, and this week it hits another chart peak.
A top 10 newcomer is Imagine Dragons who have taken their time too making a run at the top. “Thunder” enters the top 10 at #6 for a new peak after 10 weeks on the chart.
Also new to the top 10 is the very catchy “Feels” from Calvin Harris with a superstar vocal club that includes Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean. The single has been moving at a relatively quick pace up the charts – bouncing from #26 to #9 in its third week.
Not a lot of excitement when it comes to new releases cracking the top 50.
#19 The winner of The Voice Judah Kelly with “Count On Me”
#35 The Voice runner-up Hoseah Partsch with “Paper Planes”
Ed Sheehan remains at #1 – a spot he has held except for two brief periods since “Divide” was released in the first week of March.
Two albums have hit the top 10 on debut this week:
#2 American rockers Stone Sour with “Hydrograd”
#5 Calvin Harris with “Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1”
Hillsong United and Kendrick Lamar have both re-entered the top 10.
Just one other new release inside the top 50 on what is a very quiet week – Superfruit with “Future Friends – Part One”
Medium Rare Content Agency has appointed Narelle Hooper (pictured) editor-in-chief of Company Director magazine.
Medium Rare was appointed publisher of Company Director on June 5. The magazine will be redesigned and reformatted and will relaunch from the October 2017 issue.
Narelle Hooper is a corporate adviser and a non-executive director of The Ethics Centre, the Documentary Australia Foundation and SBE Australia, the women’s global entrepreneurship accelerator. She was founding co-chair of the Australian Financial Review’s Women of Influence Awards and a former editor of BOSS Magazine.
Hooper is also co-author of “New Women, New Men, New Economy: How Creativity, Openness, Diversity and Equity are Driving Prosperity Now”, published in September 2015 and reprinted in May 2016 (Federation Press).
She has reported for Australia’s leading media groups, including ABC Radio National, national current affairs programs AM and PM, The Australian Financial Review, BRW Magazine and SBS TV.
Gerry Reynolds, managing director Medium Rare, said: “Narelle is a highly experienced and respected journalist and author as well as a director with a demonstrable interest in governance, ethics and sustainable leadership models. She is ideally suited to the position and we very much look forward to having her on board.”
• TEN’s morning show gets an extra hour from July 24
Network Ten has announced Studio 10 will be extended by one hour, to broadcast weekdays from 8.30am to noon, starting Monday July 24.
The daily program is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale.
Nominated for a 2017 TV Week Logie Award for Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program, Studio 10 features the segments Ask Ita, Daily Dilemmas and Hot Topics, as well as current affairs conversation and cooking segments.
Studio 10 has recorded its biggest-ever viewing numbers this year and seen its capital city audience jump approximately 15%.
Studio 10 executive producer Rob McKnight said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Studio 10 is growing. We have had year-on-year audience increases since we launched in November 2013 and this new format will allow us to bring viewers more of what they love.
“Studio 10 is the morning show that does things a bit differently, including presenting interviews that are followed up around the world by other media.
“The extra hour will allow us to deliver more of those compelling stories and, as always, we will have plenty of fun along the way,” he said.
“We’ve got some very big ideas for this new expanded format. As Hot Topics are always a favourite with viewers, we’ll be able to cover more topics that will be sourced while the show is on air so they’re as fresh as they can possibly be.”
• Original home knock-down and complete dream home rebuild
Home Beautiful has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind renovation project and cross-platform content series: House to Home Beautiful.
In partnership with boutique building and design company Thomas Archer Homes, House to Home Beautiful will showcase the real life, live challenges, financial dilemmas and design choices as one Australian couple knocks down and builds the family home of their dreams – literally from the ground up.
Wendy Moore, editor-in-chief, Home Beautiful, said: “It is the great Australian dream to own your own home – and, even more so, one that is perfectly designed for you and your family.
“For the first time, House to Home Beautiful will showcase the incredible passion and detail required through every chapter of a real life renovation journey with a captivating insight into the realites of creating an inspired, stylish yet relaxed Australian family home.”
Over a period of just three months, Melbourne power couple Aimee and Frank Tarulli will build a two-storey haven where they can comfortably raise their kids, little two-year-old Rosie and four-year-old Leo.
They will front a dedicated web-series and content portfolio in which they share their renovation journey together with Moore, who is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost experts in style and design, having helmed the Home Beautiful brand for over a decade. She is also a judge on Seven’s House Rules.
Launch brand partners include LG, Blum, Austral Bricks, Hebel, Schweigen, Somfy, Phoenix Tapware, Carpet Court, Qudos and King Furniture.
• Steady and gradual decline in the amount of time spent watching live and time-shifted TV
The Q1 (January-March) 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report (formerly known as the Multi-Screen Report) – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen – shows video viewing behaviour continues to shift with growing content, device and platform choices.
The report examines the times of day when Australians watch video as well as the amount of time they devote to doing so for a more complete perspective on changing viewing patterns.
For instance, at home – where most video viewing takes place – Australians have numerous options, and this encourages the cross-screen “spreading” behaviour observed for several years.
That in turn contributes to the steady and gradual decline in the amount of time Australians spend watching live and time-shifted TV – particularly in the evenings, when people generally have the most available time.
Meanwhile, now-ubiquitous connected mobile devices allow people to consume video at different times of day, including when they are outside the home. For some people this creates more time and opportunity to watch.
Despite unprecedented choice, on average across the total population TV remains the most-watched screen, and most Australians watch some broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) each week.
• 19.9 million Australians (83.7% of the population in people metered markets) watch some broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) on in-home TV sets each week.
Reach is strong among all age groups. For example, across the day two thirds (65.6%) of 18 to 24-year-olds – who are relatively light viewers compared to other age groups – watched broadcast TV weekly in Q1 2017.
• In Q1 2017, Australians watched an average of 79 hours and 30 minutes (79:30) of broadcast TV on in-home TV sets per person each month:
* 89.1% (70:52) was watched live-to-air.
* 8.9% (7:04) was played back within seven days.
* 1.9% (1:33) was time-shifted between eight and 28 days of the original broadcast.
• As television sets become increasingly smart and multifunctional, Australians are devoting a greater percentage of the time they use them for purposes other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV:
* In Q1 2017, Australians spent 28% of their time with their TV sets across the day doing something other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV within 28 days. In primetime the proportion of this other TV screen use was 25%.
* Even with extensive platform, content and device choice, Australians watch 2:39 of live and playback TV on in-home TV sets each day – 33 fewer minutes per day than they did six years ago (Q1 2011).
• Between 1% and 2% of all broadcast TV content viewed each week takes place on connected devices.
• Device portability and the times at which people are available to watch influence viewing patterns:
* All connected devices have an evening viewing peak.
* There is more online viewing during the daytime at weekends compared to weekdays.
* On weekdays catch up (video on demand) viewing on tablets picks up in the afternoon, coinciding with the end of the school day.
* There is also a slight bump for catch up viewing on weekdays around lunchtime.
* Catch up activity peaks later in the evenings than live streaming.
* While live viewing on desktops and laptops builds through the day (as it does for other connected devices), live streaming on tablets and smartphones progressively builds to a peak later in the evening.
* There is a clear weekday morning peak on smartphones and tablets for both live and catch up viewing.
* On weekend mornings catch up on smartphones and tablets is more pronounced from early until mid-morning.
• Active online Australians aged 2+ who watch any video on a desktop or laptop spend on average 13:04 per month per viewer doing so.
Such viewing is highest among 18-24s (22:04) and lowest among people 65+ (6 hours).
• Online Australians aged 18+ who watch any video on a smartphone or tablet claim to spend 2:46 and 2:34, respectively, per person doing so each month.
18-24s say they watch the most video on smartphones (9:01 per month). 25-34s claim to watch the most on tablets (4:23).
OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer said: “The Q1 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report confirms Australians’ huge appetite for video. As people embrace device and platform choice, for some these new options actually create more time to stay up to date with their favourite TV programs or watch other video – for example, while commuting or taking a few minutes out during their lunch break.
“Although connected screens and endless content options contribute to the gradual decline in the time people spend watching live and time-shifted TV, particularly for younger viewers, nearly all Australians watch broadcast TV each week. On average across the total population TV remains the most-watched screen.”
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi talk about the media headlines of the week. Topics this week include Fairfax, Ten, the new Optus content play, The Australian Women’s Weekly’s new editor and more.
Mediaweek editor James Manning catches up with Fairfax rugby league columnist and rock music fan Steve Mascord at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester to discuss his new book “Touchstones”.