Monday July 17 2017
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||3.1%||GEM||2.4%||ELEVEN||1.6%||Food Net||0.6%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||8.8%||7||18.6%||9||30.4%||10 NNSW||2.6%||SBS One||3.7%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.2%||GEM||3.6%||ONE||2.5%||Food Net||0.8%|
|SUNDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Seven’s News was its star Sunday performer with 1.19m.
Sunday Night might have had a few viewers expecting Princes Harry and William after Seven ran promos early last week, but the ads say soon, with no date when to expect them. Instead last night Seven devoted the Sunday Night episode to a special crime investigation from reporter Matt Doran. The episode did 821,000 which is usually not too bad a performance. However, scheduled alongside Ninja Warrior it is pulling half the audience of the timeslot winner.
An episode of Border Security followed Sunday Night with 624,000.
Next was Secrets Of Scotland Yard with 414,000
Wimbledon coverage later in the night helped with Seven’s share with 464,000 watching as Roger Federer started his quest for one more Grand Slam trophy.
The broadcaster ended week 28 with its best weekly survey shares of the year – Nine with 25.8% and a combined Nine channel share of 33.6%. Nine’s previous best ratings were 22.2% for Nine’s week 17 and a combined 31.1% in that same week. It wasn’t only Nine’s best weekly survey share of the year, it was better than anyone else’s too.
Nine started week 29 even better with a Sunday share of 30.5%, which is a new Sunday high for the year in survey, up on Nine’s 28.7% a week ago and better than Seven’s 29.1% the week when My Kitchen Rules finished. (Seven had a massive 50.6% Sunday share in week five when the Australian Open finished.)
Driving Nine’s numbers of course last night was the second Sunday of Australian Ninja Warrior with episode four on 1.75m, well up on 1.67m watching episode one a week ago.
Before Ninja Warrior, Nine News Sunday did 1.21m to also win the national timeslot.
60 Minutes pushed above 1m viewers with Tara Brown reporting on the 20th anniversary of the Thredbo landslide and speaking with survivor Stuart Diver. It was the show’s highest rating episode of the year.
Despite the crowd elsewhere, TEN was able to improve its Sunday share week-on-week from 9.9% to 12.2%.
MasterChef Australia and the start of finals week were the main drawcard. The Sunday audience improved dramatically from 625,000 a week ago to 806,000 last night.
The six remaining contestants took part in a mystery box challenge which ultimately saw three of the girls chosen to face off against each other in an elimination challenge tonight.
Elsewhere on TEN Bull did 374,000 after MasterChef.
The channel had its lowest Sunday survey share of the year as viewers continue to resist the charms of Captain Ross Poldark. The UK drama did 433,000 as the lead character pulled off a daring raid into France.
Earlier in the night Grand Designs New Zealand did 478,000.
Tough night here too with the lowest Sunday share since April despite Le Tour de France, which did 161,000.
Most-watched on the channel was SBS World News with 200,000.
A 6pm edition of Great British Railway Journeys did 162,000.
A doco on head shrinking at 7.30pm was watched by a smaller audience of 119,000.
On Sunday April 23, an eye-popping message pinged up on the screen of John Hartigan’s mobile phone, reports Pamela Williams in The Australian.
Hartigan clicked. It was a message, from Michael Stock, investment banking chief at Credit Suisse, that opened the door on an astonishing proposal – a proposal that could potentially up-end the Australian media scene and, remarkably, put Hartigan near the apex of Fairfax… the arch-enemy of News Corp Australia, where Hartigan had spent most of his career.
Four days later, on April 27, Stock texted again. He suggested Hartigan join him the next day to meet his client, Joel Thickins, country head of giant US private equity firm TPG. Hartigan agreed to meet at the Credit Suisse offices.
Hartigan had another News Corp name to put forward as well. He suggested recruiting Col Allan – the decades-long former Murdoch editor in Sydney and New York – not as an editor, but for the corporate management team. Allan could steady the ship, he told them. It would have put Hartigan and Allan – two sons of News Corp – over the top of the Fairfax papers.
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O’Hara is the chief executive of US online real-estate listings business Move, which is jointly owned by News Corp and REA. He was formerly president of content for Madison Square Garden Company and before that CEO of Topps, the US trading card company.
Panuccio was formerly CFO of News Corp Australia and was promoted to group CFO of News Corp earlier this year.
It has just been announced that Cosentino will be staging his new stage show Anything is Possible at two of Asia’s most prestigious venues.
Cosentino will be the first Australian artist to play at the Wynn Casino & Resort in Macau and will follow that up with a run of 12 shows at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This is the longest run of shows ever booked at MBS for an Australian solo artist.
Cosentino said: “I have been focused on the Asian market for the last three years. I have achieved some great things in that time, but being able to bring my live show to such prestigious properties is an absolute dream come true!”
Cosentino was recently voted The International Magician of the Year and the International Escape Artist of the Year and his TV specials have been broadcast in over 40 countries.
The shows at Marina Bay Sands start on August 17.
Photo: Cosentino at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
He was at death’s door a few weeks ago but radio king Alan Jones is not only back on his feet, he’s about to get back on the rugby field, reports News Corp’s Iain Payten.
The former Australian coach will make a shock return to international rugby after being invited to lead the Barbarians in a clash with the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on October 28.
It will be the first time Jones has coached rugby at international level since he finished up a highly successful stint as Wallabies coach in 1987.
The Barbarians are an invitation-only side that recruits the biggest stars from around the world to wear their famous black-and-white hooped jersey.
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Brisbane’s Ben Ungermann has revealed what life is like in the MasterChef Australia house, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.
Speaking ahead of finals week kicking off on Channel 10 tonight, the 33-year-old former retail manager told Confidential the contestants’ lives revolved entirely around food – with only a gym, table tennis and a television that exclusively screens food programs as distractions.
“We lived, breathed and talked about food,” he said.
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Cram will be hosted by comedian, TV Week Gold Logie nominee, children’s book author and star of The Project, Pete Helliar.
The teams will be captained by comedian Dilruk Jayasinha and actor and singer Virginia Gay (All Saints, Winners & Losers).
Pete Helliar said: “I am thrilled to be hosting the exciting new television quiz, panel, game, fantasy, family-drama, comedy Cram. It’s something I wasn’t expecting but as soon as I started playing I was hooked immediately and wanted in. It’s highly addictive and I can imagine Aussie families taking to this as passionately as I have.
Cram will be produced by ITV Studios Australia and filmed at Network Ten’s Sydney studios in front of a live audience.
Next Wednesday marks 30 years since the ABC pulled the pin on the most iconic music program in Australian television history: Countdown, reports News Corp’s Cameron Adams.
After a tentative start in 1974, the show soon became a Sunday night ritual to millions across Australia, immediately changing the face of our pop charts and our pop culture.
Countdown was only on air for 13 years, yet its impact was huge.
The same can’t be said for Countdown Revolution, the reboot which ran for 18 months from 1989.
In 1987, Channel 9 launched an Australian arm of MTV (hosted by Richard Wilkins) which lasted six years. That same year, Channel 10 launched Video Hits, which ran on Saturday and Sunday mornings until it was axed – for budgetary reasons – in 2011.
In April of 1987, the ABC launched Rage – with no host, just back-to-back videos, it was a budget Countdown; a cheap way to keep the network on-air 24-hours over weekends.
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Yasmin’s Getting Married (Ten, 2006)
Often touted as one of Australian television’s biggest flops, Yasmin’s Getting Married was meant to follow the journey of Sydney recruitment officer Yasmin Dale, 29, in finding a groom during the nine-week run of the show, culminating in a wedding broadcast live on Channel Ten.
Others on the list:
Reef Doctors (Ten, 2013)
Warnie (Nine, 2010)
I Will Survive (Ten, 2012)
Excess Baggage (Nine, 2012)
Celebrity Splash (Seven, 2013)
The Up-Late Game Show (Ten, 2005)
Restaurant Revolution (Seven, 2015)
Let Loose Live (Seven, 2005)
Seven has secured five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe and three-time gold medal winner Leisel Jones as part of the commentary team for the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary this month.
Seven will broadcast The World Swimming Championships live and exclusive on 7TWO and PLUS7 from July 23 when the country’s top swimmers line up against competitors from around the globe.
In her second instalment on the two bidders looking at Fairfax, Pamela Williams reports in The Australian on discussions held on the day bids were expected from TPG and Hellman and Friedman:
It was not that TPG didn’t want to buy the company: they had done a lot of work, they were very interested. The issue was value. They were simply not in the financial zone Fairfax wanted.
TPG Australian head Joel Thickins assured Fairfax chair Nick Falloon TPG would not be coming back. This was not a two-step to drive down the price. It was not a transaction tactic. All advisers had been stood down. The only way TPG would return was if invited by the board or shareholders. And that seemed remote. Expectations that Hellman & Friedman also would not put in a bid had already leaked that morning. Before 5pm, H&F sent a letter. Fairfax revealed only that it had been received, leaving reporters speculating on the significance of the retreat. Clearly there was no bid. More leaks soon floated that H&F had left the door open.
H&F’s letter had, in fact, expressed an ongoing interest. But it also made clear the indicative offer of $1.20 to $1.25 was not a value they would deliver on.
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Entering the conference, Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn founder and Silicon Valley statesman – chatted with Martin Sorrell, chief executive of ad giant WPP, about bots. Tim Armstrong, head of Oath, the new media arm of Verizon Communications, mentioned his company’s work on machine learning, a branch of AI in which rivals Google and Facebook have invested deeply. Also spotted, among others, were Rupert Murdoch and eldest son Lachlan, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Tim Cook.
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Lachlan Murdoch is believed to have run the numbers on collapsed digital radio network EON Sports Radio, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Sources said Murdoch, likely via representatives, looked at buying the digital sports radio network as a complementary business to Fox Sports, which is owned by News Corporation, where he is co-chair. However, they stressed a deal may not materialise.
EON Sports Radio went into voluntary administration in June after it ran out of money to stay on-air.
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The TV company set up by Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow former Top Gear hosts has made more than £8m in profits following the first season of their big-budget Amazon show The Grand Tour, reports The Guardian.
In 2015, Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and Andy Wilman, the former Top Gear executive producer, signed a three-series deal to create a rival to the hit BBC2 motoring show for a reported £160m.
The team then set up W Chump & Sons – a combination of their names – which has filed accounts providing the first insight into the lucrative deal.
The accounts show that W Chump & Sons made £8.39m in pre-tax profits from the point of incorporation in November 2015 to the end of last year.
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Last week Amazon Prime Video revealed a new teaser of The Grand Tour ahead of the launch of the second season later this year. The new footage, which is the first look at any filming from the second series, sees Clarkson, Hammond and May in Mozambique, Switzerland, and the UK.
Prime Video customers in Australia can view the exclusive footage at www.primevideo.com/GTPrimeDay.
Season one of The Grand Tour with Clarkson, Hammond, and May broke records when it launched in November 2016, becoming the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video, and has now been watched in over 200 countries and territories.
As part of a three-season deal, The Grand Tour will be back for two more seasons with the second season coming to Amazon Prime Video later this year.
Children’s television content quotas should be scrapped and the ABC should junk one of its two children’s channels because the system for guaranteeing quality children’s television no longer works, the architect of the original children’s C classification says, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
Instead, a new independent online service, funded by an annual levy on networks, should replace the current system, says Patricia Edgar, the founding director of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
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Seven Network executive Angus Ross has sought to remind doubters the broadcaster has a commanding lead at the top of the ratings board following the shock success of Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Ross, Seven’s director of network programming, also said the network would resist making wholesale changes to the schedule amid suggestions Ninja had thrown programming plans into disarray as broadcasters enter the back half of the ratings year.
“I can only judge Seven’s performance for the year to date by the scoreboard – we have won 19 out of 20 weeks and lead every key audience demographic,” Ross said.
“We are excited by our back-half schedule, which includes Little Big Shots, Hell’s Kitchen Australia, Instant Hotel, Blue Murder: Killer Cop, The Secret Daughter, Liar and Back with the Ex.”
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Publishers like The Australian are taking a pragmatic approach to dealing with companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
On one side, they are taking steps to stop their readers and revenues being subsumed by them.
In May, The Australian pulled all premium content from Apple News.
On the other side, news brands are showing a willingness to experiment with new technologies as part of a strategy to reach new audiences on emerging platforms.
The Australian is launching on Google Home to offer a new way for readers to hear stories directly from the newspaper using voice-activated smart speaker technology.
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Explaining the section to readers, editor Richard Blackburn said: “It’s not all about the car, it’s about the whole motoring experience – which car has the longest warranty, cheapest servicing, best resale and most impressive accident avoidance technology.
“We still love driving cars here, and the new section will continue to tell car lovers which ones drive the best. But it will also be more accessible to those who need a simple, easy guide to modern motoring.”
The new section was a little thinner than readers have become accustomed to at 16 pages.
Highlights in week one of Motoring were a car review from Paul Gover and his wife Ali.
A celebrity section featured Jodi Anasta and her Mazda. Bill McKinnon looked at three SUVs and Smithy continues to review used cars. A short two-page Prestige section looked at the Audi Q5 and the Toyota Kluger Grande.
First back on air this morning were Talking Lifestyle breakfast hosts John Stanley and Garry Linnell, who now not only broadcast on the old 2UE frequency at the rebranded station, but are also heard on the former Magic stations in Melbourne and Brisbane. Linnell revealed he had spent much of the past fortnight in the US where, among other things, he got married!
It was almost business as usual at WSFM after 5.30am. Obligatory appearances from Kenny Loggins, the Goo Goo Dolls and even Pet Shop Boys. However a key ingredient was missing – breakfast hosts Jonesy and Amanda. The program moved to a 6am start earlier this year and it takes some getting used to.
Still starting at 5.30am were 3AW’s Ross and John, the highest-rating metro breakfast show in Australia. Guests included Working Dog’s Rob Sitch, talking about red tape and the return of Utopia. He noted it is becoming a challenge to younger audiences explaining how they tune in to watch a TV show, instead of streaming it when they want to. There were also plenty of calls for the much-listened-to 3AW Rumour File.
Jackie O returned to one of her favourite holiday spots – Fiji – which was also the choice of destination for a number of entertainers. Kyle on the other hand stayed home, and in his own words, “did nothing”.
Fitzy and Wippa were back with their six o’clock club while lucky members of the seven o’clock club – Sam Pang and Mick Molloy – were both back to at their respective breakfast shows at Nova 11 and Triple M’s Big Breakfast.
There was much chatter about the return of Game Of Thrones on many shows with Jonesy revealing he has only ever seen season one, admitting he got distracted by Sons Of Anarchy. Several announcers noted they had been binge-watching to catch up, including Nova Sydney’s Sarah and Nova Melbourne’s Chrissie.
The new #1 Brisbane breakfast show – Bianca, Terry and Bob – was back on-air after co-host Bianca Dye had a Bali trip, staying in a villa in Seminyak.
Others of the many who headed to Bali were Fifi Box and Brendan Fevola (on separate holidays), co-hosts of Melbourne’s #1 FM breakfast show Fifi, Dave, Fev and Byron.
ABC Radio issued this short statement from Symons this morning:
Hello, everybody! Just over a week ago, on Wed 5 July, when walking home from the supermarket I experienced a sudden lack of consciousness. This resulted in a fall, with my head hitting the pavement.
I am currently in hospital, thankful to be receiving the best of medical attention and working on a speedy recovery.
I’m sorry for this unexpected absence, but do look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible.
The broadcaster added:
ABC Radio extends best wishes to Red, his family & friends for his fast recovery, and looks forward to hearing him again soon.
Every single caller who makes it on air on Friday August 11 will win a dream holiday to London to dine like a rockstar at one of Marco Pierre White‘s world famous restaurants thanks to Seven and the launch of its latest series of Hell’s Kitchen.
“‘You Get A Car’ was epic, but this is going to be even bigger! Who wouldn’t want a dream trip to London and dinner at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant? I can’t wait to see how many we can give away!” Jackie said.
“Like last time, I am going to make sure I get as many callers on the show as I can. I want to fill a plane with KIIS 1065 listeners,” Kyle added.
• Singles: Calvin Harris on the move, Kesha plus Zedd & Liam Payne new
• Albums: Jay-Z and Haim debut near #1! Jungle Giants just miss top 10
We start both formats today with a note about how current music consumption has led to gridlock at the very top of the charts. We are now into the second half of 2017 and there have been a lucky few topping the charts. In fact the lack of chart diversity was even more prominent than we thought when investigating the chart stagnation.
There are plenty of artists sweeping onto the charts regularly though, but claiming an elusive #1 is a challenge.
In the 29 weekly charts so far this year there have been only five different #1 singles. Just one of those – “Sign Of The Times” from Harry Styles – has spent one week on top. DJ Khaled and Clean Bandit both had singles at #1 for two weeks.
Get this – between them, Ed Sheeran and Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee have topped the chart for 24 of the 29 weeks!
Not much movement on the chart this week with the top four places the same as last week. The only significant movement near the top was Calvin Harris moving from #9 to #5 with “Feels”.
There are one big mover and two debuts elsewhere in the top 50:
#19 Kesha debuts with “Praying”, her first time back on chart since 2013
#51 to #22 Macklemore with “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey re-enters top 50 with a new peak
#39 Zedd and Liam Payne debut with “Get Low”
Landing a #1 album seems a little easier than topping the singles charts. There have been 12 different albums at #1 so far this year. Ten acts have spent one week at the top, the Trolls soundtrack was #1 for three weeks, while Ed Sheeran has held at #1 with “Divide” for 16 weeks and counting.
This week Lorde has crept back up again from #3 to #2.
Three newcomers have debuted near the top:
#3 Jay-Z with “4:44”, his 13th album and first since 2013
#4 Haim with “Something To Tell You”, their second album and also their first since 2013
#11 The Jungle Giants with “Quiet Ferocity”, the Brisbane band’s third album after previous long player collections in 2013 and 2015
Two other albums have crept into the lower rungs of the top 50 on their first week on the chart:
#42 21 Savage with “ISSA Album”
#47 Baby Driver Soundtrack
The BBC has announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor Who.
The identity of the new Doctor was revealed on BBC One and on social media around the world after the Men’s Wimbledon Final on Sunday July 16.
She will be the 13th Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi, who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.
Chris Chibnall said: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.
“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The 13th Doctor is on her way.”
Whittaker is perhaps best-known for her role as Beth Latimer in all three seasons of Broadchurch.
Andrew Mercado and James Manning return to talk TV. Subjects this week include Australian Ninja Warrior, return of Game of Thrones, Yummy Mummies, Joanna Lumley’s India, Common Sense, The Handmaid’s Tale, Studio 10, Taboo, Friends From College and much more including a newspaper TV column Andrew didn’t appreciate!
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi are joined by news.com.au’s Melissa Hoyer in this episode of Seven Days. They talk about 2017’s fourth radio survey, Studio 10‘s extra hour, Nine’s big week of Origin and Ninja Warrior, The Block and Australian Survivor’s head-to-head premiere night and more.