Thursday July 20 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Monique Perry, Head of Media, Nielsen Australia
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||2.7%||GEM||3.1%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||1.1%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.9%||7||20.7%||9||15.0%||10 NNSW||3.3%||SBS One||6.2%|
|ABC ME||1.0%||7mate||3.8%||GEM||4.7%||ONE||2.6%||Food Net||1.2%|
|WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV|
Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
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
16-39 Top 5
18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
The network had its most competitive night of the week so far. Seven was just 0.5 behind Nine while in combined channel share it trailed Nine by 1.0.
Home and Away was close to 750,000 and in the top 10.
Border Security and then The Force missed the top 10 and were both under 700,000.
A new episode of Criminal Minds was on 455,000 followed by a repeat on 360,000.
Both A Current Affair and The Project covered what ACA branded a redhead revival. ACA also featured stories on a fender bender fiasco and a killer who received a compo payment. The Nine 7pm show did 869,000, winning the timeslot as it usually does.
Most of the rest of the night belonged to Britain’s Got Talent with another live show making it to air with 609,000.
A Best and Worst BGT package followed with 371,000.
The prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was a guest on The Project and he stayed for other parts of the program including a segment about redheaded sperm donors. (He didn’t contribute much to that segment.) The all-star hour ended with Jessica Mauboy in the studio and an average 7pm audience of 557,000.
On MasterChef it was the last elimination before the semifinal with Ben Ungermann securing a spot in that semi with great work recreating a Heston Blumenthal lamington at Blumenthal’s Melbourne restaurant. The remaining three girls in the competition – Diana, Karlie and Tamara – take part in an elimination cook tonight with the two survivors also taking part in Sunday’s semifinal. George again seemed the toughest judge but he and his colleagues were impressed by the cooking from all contestants. The final Wednesday outing for the format this year did 955,000, which was amongst the biggest episodes this season. A number of episodes have done over 950,000 and two made it over 1m earlier this season.
Offspring followed with a guest spot from Osher Günsberg after a Wednesday morning FM radio blitz from Asher Keddie. The audience of 646,000 was up on last week’s 459,000 when that episode went up against Origin 3.
Utopia was the channel’s big midweek hit on a night where share was on 12.9%, which was the channel’s third-best Wednesday share this year.
Utopia’s metro audience of 842,000 was the biggest launch audience in three seasons and the third-biggest audience ever for the comedy from Working Dog. The show easily won its timeslot all people and was a strong performer 25-54 were it only trailed MasterChef, Nine News and Offspring.
Elsewhere on the channel a repeat of QI did 465,000.
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell had a huge night with 724,000 after 604,000 the last time it screened on a football-free night.
The launch of Growing Up Gracefully at 9.30pm did 435,000.
The channel had its best share since Stage 1 of Le Tour de France. It was another good night for Aussie Michael Matthews and coverage of the race did 247,000.
At 7.30pm, a repeat of Flying Scotsman with Robson Green kept the rail enthusiasts happy and did 256,000.
The Federal Government has refused to release details about $30 million in sports broadcasting funding given to News Corporation’s Fox Sports, reports ABC radio producer Daniel Ziffer.
This year’s federal budget includes a measure worth $30m over four years to “support the broadcast of underrepresented sports on subscription television, including women’s sports, niche sports, and sports with a high level of community involvement and participation”.
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by ABC Radio Melbourne’s Mornings program, seeking correspondence between Foxtel and the department, was declined on the basis of no such documents existing.
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Discovery Communications is in talks to combine with Scripps Networks Interactive, people familiar with the situation said, a deal that would unite two media companies trying to chart a course in a cable-TV industry being upended by digital consumption, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Terms of the deal talks couldn’t be learned. Discovery Communications is worth about $15 billion, including its preferred stocks, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Scripps has an $8.8b market valuation.
There is no guarantee that the two sides will reach a deal. It is also possible that another bidder for Scripps could emerge.
Both media companies specialise in nonfiction cable programming. Discovery owns brands such as its namesake Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, while Scripps has a portfolio including HGTV, Cooking Channel and Food Network.
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Facebook is in early talks with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday, reports Reuters.
The statement comes a day after TheStreet reported that Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, citing comments by Brown at a conference. Facebook will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported.
The feature is likely to allow publishers to create a paywall on Facebook’s Instant Articles and guide readers to a publisher’s home page to opt for a digital subscription, according to TheStreet.
Instant Articles lets publishers post articles directly to the Facebook app.
The idea for a paywall is based on premium and metered plans and has been in the works for a while, TheStreet said, citing Brown at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in New York.
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The Australian is the best-performing major newspaper, with official industry data revealing readership growing over the past 12 months to almost half a million readers a day during the week, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
According to the latest Enhanced Media Metrics Australia, released today, The Australian has grown its readership by 6.5% over the past year for its Monday to Friday editions, with 495,000 people now picking up the paper every day.
The Australian Financial Review’s Monday-to-Friday edition added 23,000, taking its readership up 7.3% to 337,000. The AFR Weekend fell back 3.9% to 124,000 readers.
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The AFR’s Aaron Patrick is penning an unauthorised biography of James Packer, written in the year of the casino mogul’s 50th birthday, reports new AFR Rear Window contributor Myriam Robin.
The biography is being published by Black Inc, and Patrick – a senior writer at the AFR – will be looking at all aspects of Packer’s life from his gilded upbringing in Sydney’s eastern suburbs to his attempt to turn Crown into a global luxury brand.
Patrick’s first two books were about the downfall of prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.
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Ita Buttrose was forced to step in as tensions flared between Joe Hildebrand and Jess Rowe on Studio 10 this morning, reports news.com.au’s Andrew Bucklow.
The pair butted heads during a debate about Greens Senator Larissa Waters, who resigned on Tuesday after confirmation she was a citizen of Canada – a country where she spent the first 11 months of her life, but hasn’t ever returned to.
Rowe, who revealed on the Channel 10 morning show that she is a Greens supporter, defended Larissa Waters: “I think she’s a terrific Senator and she’s done a lot of good”.
“What has she done exactly?” Joe Hildebrand asked.
It quickly became clear that Rowe was the only panel member that felt for Waters, with guest co-host Steve Price and Ita Buttrose also chastising the Senator for making such a simple mistake in regards to her nationality.
Joe Hildebrand: “But what has she done?”
Jessica Rowe: “Again, Joe, don’t be a smartarse!”
(Cue gasps from the studio audience)
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Sky News host Peter van Onselen has sent a legal letter to former Labor leader Mark Latham over a tweet which suggested the political journalist uses off-the-record deals with sources in return for favourable coverage, reports BuzzFeed’s Mark Di Stefano.
Van Onselen tweeted earlier this week about Latham’s Twitter account, which has an infamous track record of taking personal shots at Australian media figures.
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JCDecaux chief executive Steve O’Connor announced the appointment.
Wake, who joined JCDecaux in 2011, was previously marketing director and has led the company’s digital transformation and data capabilities, including the launch of the Digital Citylights last year, as well as research and communications initiatives.
Wake has an 18-year career in the media industry, and prior to joining JCDecaux was research and strategy director with Initiative.
At JCDecaux, she has led several key programs including becoming the first Australian media owner to partner with Data Republic giving the out-of-home company access to geospatial, behavioural and transaction level insights from a library of proprietary data; establishing the Pigeon Project, a dedicated online research community of consumers who engage with JCDecaux campaigns to provide advertiser insights; and the launch of Orbit, JCDecaux’s proprietary geospatial planning tool developed for marketers and media planners to maximise campaign impact.
Wake’s appointment follows the promotion of Max Eburne to the newly created role of chief commercial officer late last year.
Wake’s appointment is effective immediately.
This launch follows the recent development of the two M2 landmark digital bridge sites last month and is part of QMS’ growth strategy to further bolster its portfolio of premium digital assets in NSW.
The Lakes landmark digitals are situated on either side of the overpass bridge on Wentworth Avenue to command viewing to the more than 1.1 million contacts that travel inbound towards Sydney Airport and the industrial business hubs of Alexandria and Mascot as well as those travelling outbound to the beachside suburbs of Bondi, Coogee and Maroubra.
Developed in partnership with Outdoor Systems, these two new digital sites provide extended reach for advertisers across QMS’ landmark digital network, both in Sydney as well as nationally.
QMS CEO Barclay Nettlefold said, “After the successful launch of our M2 digitals The Cove and The Hills last month we are excited to expand our digital footprint in this highly sought-after location in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality digital billboards across Australia and New Zealand and look forward to ‘switching on’ a number of exciting locations in NSW over the coming months.”
Inaugural advertisers on the The Lakes digital bridge sites include Sony Pictures, Lexus, CUB, and Seven Network.
Fans will be able to tune in to the much anticipated season’s premiere Monday October 23 on FX in Australia.
The promotional artwork (pictured), released today, is special ComicCon art which reveals the season eight premiere dates and coincides with the series’ 100th episode.
As in previous seasons, the eighth instalment includes 16 episodes and will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off internationally October 23 and the final eight returning February 2018.
Each primetime play will be immediately followed by an episode of fan favourite Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick, Express from the US and exclusively on FX in Australia.
While waiting for season eight to arrive, fans of The Walking Dead can watch new episodes of companion series Fear The Walking Dead, when Season 3 part B premieres Monday 11 September on FX, same day as the US. It will consist of eight episodes to close out the season.
Game Of Thrones has risen to top spot on the latest charts tracking TV audience demand as measured by Parrot Analytics. The HBO drama has replaced The Walking Dead on the Overall TV Shows charts at #1 in Australia and New Zealand. Fear The Walking Dead meanwhile has entered the top 10 on both those charts.
The Handmaid’s Tale is now at the top of the Digital Originals charts in both markets. The Hulu original is available via SBS On Demand in Australia and on Lightbox in New Zealand.
• Print remains preferred channel to consume news media
• Readers most likely to be in the market for a house or mortgage
A total of 12.9 million Australians, or 70% of consumers, read news media on digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, mobiles or PCs, in May 2017, the latest emma™ (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) data has shown.
Print, however, continues to be the preferred channel for consuming news media, with 13.3m people or 72% of the population reading newspapers in May.
Metro newspapers were read by 11m people, or 59% of consumers, in the same period. Regional and community news media brands were read by 7.1m people, or 38% of the population during May. Regional newspapers were read by 3.2m people (or 17% aged 14+), while community newspapers were read by 4.1m (or 22% aged 14+).
The emma data also reveals that readers are most likely to be in the market for a house or mortgage, compared to non-readers. A total of 2m readers intend to buy at least one property in the next 12 months and are 19% more likely to buy property than non-readers.
Of those readers, 1.5m intend to buy a property to live in, while 800,000 are looking to purchase an investment property and 700,000 a holiday home.
News media readers are also in the market for a mortgage, with 1.2m readers intending to obtain a mortgage in the next 12 months. Compared with non-readers, news media readers are 11% more likely to be in the market for a mortgage. In addition, more than half (816,000) the intended mortgages are for investment properties.
The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s highest-reaching title across all platforms with 5.07m readers. The Daily Telegraph followed, reaching 4.56m readers and the Herald Sun on 4.1m (see table below).
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) reported a 9.9% increase in headline profit this year despite challenging market conditions, according to BBC Worldwide’s Annual Review for 2016/17.
With headline sales of £79.5m (0.5% up on 2015/16, £79.1m) and headline profit increased to £21.1m (9.9% up on 2015/16, £19.2m) after currency translation, the Australia and New Zealand territory contributed to the company’s overall global headline sales of £1,059.9m (3% up on 2015/16, £1,029.4m), headline profit of £157.3m (up 17.6% on 2015/16, £133.8m) and cash returns to the BBC of £210.5m.
BBC Worldwide ANZ commented the results can be attributed to strength in its channels portfolio and growth in its ancillary businesses:
Channels: In Australia, BBC First led the channel portfolio, with The Night Manager its strongest performing title to date, reinforcing its status as the home of premium British drama.
BBC UKTV reaped the benefits of a brand refresh in October 2016, which saw its audience share lift by 12.3% on the previous quarter.
Format sales: This last year has seen new and returning format success, with Stargazing Live commissioned for the first time on ABC with UK presenter Brian Cox, and Filthy Rich and Homeless recently broadcasting on SBS.
Returning format success includes Coast Australia broadcasting for a third series on the History Channel and series two of The Great Australian Bake Off on Lifestyle Food, achieving the channel’s highest ratings of all time. In content sales, major Australian deals included the sale of Planet Earth II to Nine and a joint life-of-series deal for Sherlock on Stan and Nine.
Productions: Top of the Lake: China Girl completed filming in Sydney and is set to be a major title for BBC Worldwide in the year ahead.
Live entertainment: BBC Worldwide ANZ had some sold out successes in live entertainment over the last year. Louis Theroux’s inaugural live show was enjoyed by 26,500 fans across 11 shows in five Australian cities and Steve Backshall returned to Australia with Deadly 60 which attracted 48,500 fans.
Licensing: This year also saw the emerging popularity of pre-school titles Hey Duggee and Go Jetters on ABC and BBC CBeebies, which had a positive effect for licensed consumer products, with major retailers stocking product lines and 35,000 units of Hey Duggee toys sold.
Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “Despite tough market challenges this year, the quality of our content and our channels has enabled BBC Worldwide ANZ to deliver a fourth year of profit growth. It’s our ambition to further develop our commercial business areas in the year ahead.”
• No one at BBC earns more than Australia’s highest-paid broadcasters
• 43,000 talent contracts at BBC, less than a quarter of 1% paid over £150,000
The BBC has released details of how much its highest-paid stars earn. The information came as the corporation detailed the salaries of all staff and talent who earned more than £150,000 in the last financial year.
The highest-paid person on the books, by a long way, is BBC breakfast announcer Chris Evans (pictured) with £2.20m. Evans was also a co-host on Top Gear for part of the 12 months.
The salary revelations mean that there is no one on-air at the BBC who earns more than Australia’s highest paid broadcasters – Kyle Sandilands, Jackie Henderson, Hamish and Andy or Alan Jones. All three are believed to have radio contracts worth more than $4m each annually.
There was just one woman in the BBC top 10 – Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman.
Four of the top 10 are broadcasters on BBC Radio 2 – Evans, Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright. Norton also hosts a talk show on BBC TV.
The highest-paid Australian at the BBC is Dannii Minogue, who is paid £200,000 for her work as a reality TV judge. Minogue has appeared on four series of The X Factor in the UK, and was most recently a judge on BBC One’s Let It Shine.
Tony Hall, BBC director-general, says: “Of the 43,000 talent contracts with the BBC last year, less than a quarter of 1% were paid more than £150,000.
“We have significantly reduced the total bill spent on paying talent, down again this year by 2.5%. The bill for top talent is down 10% year-on-year, and down by a quarter over the last five years. The amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40% across the same period. At the same time, there has been significant cost inflation across the industry, so that BBC has made savings in an environment where costs are significantly up.
“The BBC has led the way on transparency – which is unique in the media market – publishing salaries of senior managers earning over £150,000 since 2009, and numbers of talent in pay bands since 2010. It is our aim to pay senior managers less than the market rate, and those at the top of the organisation are paid less than half of what their commercial rivals receive.
“At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two-thirds are men and one-third are women. We’ve set a clear target for 2020: we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women. And it’s already having an impact. If you look at those on the list who we have hired or promoted in the last three years, 60% are women and nearly a fifth come from a BAME [Black, Asian, minority ethnic] background.”
Photos: Chris Evans [Top], Kyle & Jackie O, Hamish & Andy, Alan Jones [Mid], Let It Shine judges Amber Riley, Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp [Lower]
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.