Friday July 21 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi round up the week in media news. The discussion includes Game Of Thrones, Foxtel’s Picnic At Hanging Rock sale, SBS’s midyear showcase, the return of radio hosts after the winter ratings break, BBC’s 13th Time Lord + broadcaster salaries revealed, news readership, and more.
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show:
• Monique Perry, Head of Media, Nielsen Australia
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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Home and Away wrapped its week on 669,000.
The network audience then dropped to 497,000 for Builders Make You Laugh Out Loud.
The Front Bar outrated The Footy Show in Melbourne – 177,000 to 155,000.
All Round To Mrs Brown’s then did 375,000 – screening at different times across the network.
A Current Affair had a second night under 900,000.
NRL Live then did 433,000 for a very one-sided clash with 211,000 in Sydney and 222,000 Brisbane.
The AFL Footy Show did 155,000 and was again overrun by The Front Bar on 177,000. Although The Footy Show was outplayed in the first hour, it kicked ahead of all channels in its second hour as word spread about Sam Newman‘s performance.
Highlight of the night on the AFL Footy Show though was Rex Hunt and Drew Morphett moonlighting as Seven AFL commentators.
Nine managed to easily win the night in both Sydney and Melbourne.
MasterChef viewers were treated to what were perhaps the best two hours of the season with the contest to see who would join Ben in the top three on Sunday night followed by the final Masterclass of the season. Diana and Karlie will now take on Ben after their dishes were judged superior to Tamara‘s. It was almost a no-brainer after the judges tucked into Tamara’s dessert and George didn’t prolong the announcement confirming her elimination. The Masterclass featured the judges cooking against each other before there was a judges v final three contest. A surprise addition to the judges’ team was Curtis Stone. The Thursday episode did 980,000 and then the Masterclass did 841,000. The Thursday MasterChef audiences were the biggest this year.
The long night of MasterChef pushed Common Sense to after 9.30pm, where it averaged 228,000, well down on 342,000 for its earlier start last week.
The channel launched the medical drama Pulse with 512,000 watching – 150,000 in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Cleverman then did 136,000.
Lots of spectacular mountain scenery was the backdrop for Le Tour de France stage 18 with 241,000 watching.
Earlier in the night Great British Railway Journeys did 325,000, Rachel Khoo was on 220,000 while Family Law dropped to 99,000.
The bosses of Australia’s commercial free-to-air television networks have pleaded for an end to their obligation to make children’s content, with one claiming they are “spending millions to make programs that are watched by thousands”, reports Fairfax Media’s Karl Quinn.
The chief executives of Seven, Nine and Ten appeared before a parliamentary inquiry into the sustainability of the film and television industry in Sydney on Thursday, where they put their usual competitive impulses aside to sing from the same song sheet.
“It’s clear that children are not watching the C [children’s] and P [pre-school] content that is designed for them on commercial television,” said Seven’s Tim Worner.
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The public broadcaster has revealed that its wage bill tops $437 million, with the top 20% of staff taking home more than $124m, although it has refused to disclose the names of its top-earning on-air presenters, reports The Australian’s Joe Kelly.
The ABC’s top 20 presenters take home pay packets of more than $225,000, with some getting up to $450,000.
Responding to questions on notice from One Nation leader Pauline Hanson at budget estimates hearings this month, the ABC quietly released details of the salaries but not the names of its top 20 on-air presenters.
The broadcaster also confirmed the total remuneration paid to managing director Michelle Guthrie, including superannuation, costs taxpayers $900,000 a year (with the salary component $880,384).
It said eight of the 10 executives who report to Guthrie also earned “more than $400,000 in remuneration” when super and performance pay are included.
According to figures supplied by the ABC, its top 20 on-air presenters earn between $225,000 and $450,000 – a group certain to include the broadcaster’s biggest names including 7.30 host Leigh Sales and Q&A moderator Tony Jones.
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Lachlan and James Murdoch have warned the government that further delays to 21st Century Fox’s plan to take over Sky could harm Britain’s attractiveness to investors after Brexit, reports The Times.
In a letter addressed to Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, they said that while 21st Century Fox waited to see if regulators would approve its plan to gain full control of Sky in a £11.7 billion deal, “important investment decisions will inevitably need to be deferred”.
They added: “There is also the broader risk of a potential harmful effect on other companies’ inward investment decisions currently under consideration in the UK.”
The Murdochs said that they had “believed” in the Sky business for “more than 25 years – from conception, through thick and thin, to the present day” and that the satellite broadcaster was “a compelling statement of much that is great about Britain”.
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Thane has spent almost 35 years in senior executive capacities for the three leading producers of the musical theatre world, across Broadway, the West End, Australia and Asia.
“I have known James for 18 years, the majority of that time working together at Disney Theatrical in Australia,” said Michael Cassel, producer and CEO.
“James’ unmatched experience and long history of success make him the perfect person to join our team, providing counsel, support and strategic advice as our productions continue to evolve in Australia and on tour internationally. I am excited to once again call James a colleague.”
Thane was a founding director of Cameron Mackintosh‘s Australian company in 1984 and was executive producer of the Australian premiere productions of Cats, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera. Thane established the Australian subsidiary of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Really Useful Group in 1991 and oversaw productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love in Australia and Cats and The Phantom of the Opera in Asia.
In 1994, he was appointed Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company in London, with responsibility for theatre projects in the West End, UK and Europe, including Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, By Jeeves, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
In 2002, Thane was appointed MD to establish the Australian operations of Disney Theatrical Productions, overseeing a successful season of The Lion King. From 2006 he spent three years in New York as associate producer of the Broadway and US tour productions of Mary Poppins. Returning to Australia in 2009 he oversaw the Australian premiere productions of Mary Poppins and Aladdin, as well as a second tour of The Lion King.
Photo: Michael Cassell and James Thane
comScore has appointed three new members based in its Sydney, Australia office, effective immediately: Adam Natiq, head of sales, Australia and New Zealand; Alan Jenner, senior product manager, Asia Pacific; and Derek Wen, client services manager, Asia Pacific.
They will lead sales in Australia and New Zealand, comScore activation product management and integration in Asia Pacific, and comScore advertising product client servicing in Asia Pacific respectively.
“We are delighted to boost our team with three significant appointments in the Asia Pacific region,” said Joe Nguyen, comScore Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific. “With a seasoned sales leader in Australia and New Zealand, as well as dedicated experts for our Activation and Advertising suite of products and solutions, I am confident that they will help comScore to grow to new heights as well as deliver even more value to our clients across our markets in Asia Pacific.”
Natiq brings with him more than 13 years of experience in digital advertising and media. Most recently, he was country manager for Australia and New Zealand at Innovid where he worked for five years.
Jenner comes with over 14 years of digital industry experience, including advertising operations roles at Bauer Media, Optus, ad2one and Telstra.
Wen joins from Sizmek where he was client services manager, managing digital advertising campaigns for media agencies, advertisers and publishers. Previously, he served at Nielsen as a technical lead for its digital audience measurement products in the Asia Pacific region.
Photo: Derek Wen, Adam Natiq and Alan Jenner
SBS is stifling commercial television competitors by driving up the cost of international programming, according to the chief executive of Nine Entertainment. Hugh Marks also called on SBS to return to its public service roots, stop chasing commercial ratings, and provide more public service programs, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Speaking at the parliamentary inquiry into the Australian film and TV industry, Marks said: “Over recent years we have seen public broadcasters, particularly SBS, driving up the costs of international content.
“Our submission outlines a number of areas that SBS has outbid us for content, even though the content acquired is not, in our view, reflective of the SBS charter. This is a trend that we feel is a concern for the sustainability of our industry …”
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Foxtel Now was supposed to be the solution to all of Foxtel’s problems, a new streaming service with a new identity, for all Australians, writes Gizmodo editor Campbell Simpson.
And, for a while, it was great. Then along came season seven of Game of Thrones.
The hotly anticipated premiere sent Foxtel’s servers into meltdown. Thousands of customers were left with no way to watch the show live. And now the arguments of pirates, so close to being comprehensively defeated, restart anew.
Foxtel’s network engineers should have forecast unprecedented demand. They should have expected it. And because they didn’t, expectant customers were disappointed.
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Offspring has never quite returned to form since the death of Nina’s baby daddy Patrick (Matthew Le Nevez) followed by the departure of her rebound romantic interest Leo (Patrick Brammall), writes News Corp’s Siobhan Duck.
It was a credit then to writers like Debra Oswald that they were then able to make viewers fall in love with Nina’s new man, Leo, so soon after.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still one of the best shows on TV but, even with the superb acting powers of Keddie and Kat Stewart, it doesn’t have me gripped to my seat every Wednesday night like it once did. It doesn’t make me laugh out loud as often. And I am yet to shed a single tear.
Mistakes are being made in the efforts to keep the show alive. And I am starting to worry where we are headed.
First, they killed off Darcy (John Waters). Big mistake.
Then Mick (Eddie Perfect) left for London. Huge mistake.
Now Martin Clegg (Lachy Hulme) is MIA. Argh, panic stations.
Making matters worse, the new characters they have brought in to fill the void left by Waters, Perfect and Hulme are just, well, boring.
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Cast and crew from upcoming SBS drama Sunshine attended the World Premiere screening at ACMI in Melbourne, last night, reports TV Tonight.
The event officially kicked off the opening of the Series Mania TV festival, being held across the weekend.
In attendance were ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick, Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi, Series Mania’s François-Pier Pelinard-Lambert, SBS managing director Michael Ebeid, SBS director of content Marshall Heald, SBS drama exec Sue Masters, Essential Media producer Ian Collie, SPA CEO Matthew Deaner, actor Wally Elnour, and writers Matt Campbell and Elise McCredie.
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After many months of negotiations, the longtime host of American Idol has finalised a deal to return to the franchise that made him a star, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Ryan Seacrest joins Katy Perry, the only confirmed judge, on the ABC reboot, which is expected to roll out with heavy fanfare this spring. He used his other TV platform, Live with Kelly and Ryan, to make the announcement Thursday. Or rather, his co-host Kelly Ripa used it to make the announcement, but Seacrest insisted it was “absolutely” confirmed, “without a doubt”.
Following a few minutes spent talking about the New York heat, Ripa excitedly revealed that Seacrest would be returning to the storied franchise after checking with him that she could reveal the big news. He suggested going back to the show would be like returning to “a 15-year relationship”, not knowing why the relationship ended. “The show is going, we thought well, and then all of a sudden we broke up,” he said of the end of Idol on Fox. “I thought it would be great to get back together at some point.”
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Radio Chaser has been airing 11am-1pm Monday to Friday, and has reunited original members Charles Firth, Dom Knight, Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor.
The satirical comedy group rated well in the recent survey GfK survey four.
The team has recently begun working with former Austereo CEO Brad March whose stable of radio performers is growing.
Dom Knight said the team enjoyed their time at Triple M.
“It was a great stint, but we are keen to do more in the world of commercial radio,” Knight said. “I hope it takes us closer to our dream of The Em Rusciano Show With Harley Breen And Occasional Random Cameos From The Chaser.”
For the biggest show in Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s 19-year history, Mark McEntee is getting his band back together, reports The West Australian’s Ross McRae.
McEntee’s Aussie rockers Divinyls are reforming for the first time since the death of lead singer Chrissy Amphlett in 2013.
The band, including original members Richard Harvey and Rick Grossman, will recruit The Preatures’ Izzi Manfredi and Jack Moffitt to provide the rock’n’roll soundtrack to Wheels & Dollbaby’s 30th anniversary show, which will close this year’s TPFF on September 17.
McEntee decided to reunite for the one-off show to support his partner Melanie Greensmith, founder and head designer of Wheels & Dollbaby.
“They wanted to, you know, celebrate Melanie’s 30th for Wheels & Dollbaby,” McEntee said.
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Two Australian cycling names could join the ranks of winners at the Tour de France this year. One is Michael Matthews, now favourite for the prestigious green jersey for the race’s top sprinter, reports The AFR’s John Stensholt.
The other name is more unusual: property investor Michael Drapac.
As co-owner of the Cannondale-Drapac professional cycling team, Drapac is on the the verge of a rare achievement for an Australian business identity in having his name on the podium when the gruelling three-week Tour finishes in Paris on Sunday night.
“I’m in Paris waiting for the finish now, but I’ve watched every stage microscopically and it has been an amazing Tour for us,” Drapac told The Australian Financial Review.
The race has also been a winner for broadcaster SBS with average nights audiences of 271,000, up 7.1% from last year. Online, daily video views are up 61.2% from 2016, and so far there have been 2.2 million video streams across all SBS platforms.
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Sam Newman was surly and almost non-responsive on Nine’s The Footy Show last night because he thinks there are plans to sack him, said 3AW breakfast entertainment reporter Peter Ford.
Newman barely spoke throughout the program, visibly frustrating co-hosts Bec Maddern and Craig Hutchison.
“Sam is of the belief that there are rumblings he will be axed at the end of the year,” Ford told Ross and John.
“You can write the story every year, but this time I think it’s for real.”
Hear Ford’s segment from this morning here.
Newman’s uncharacteristically subdued attitude stunned viewers and left co-hosts Craig Hutchison and Rebecca Maddern visibly frustrated, reports the Herald Sun.
He barely spoke throughout, at times choosing not to answer questions from panel members and hosts, and left before the end of the show.
Newman was earlier asked about his thoughts on suggestions Eddie McGuire should step down as Collingwood president if the Magpies parted ways with Nathan Buckley at the end of the season.
“Well now, it can be controversial if you make comments on this. You can be taken aside and spoken to if you step over some imaginary line in the sand. I don’t think I’d like to make a comment on any of that.”
After the show, co-host Craig Hutchison told the Herald Sun the bizarre behaviour was “just Sam being Sam”.
“It was just one of those nights,” he said.
“I’m really proud of the whole team.
“We’re in it together and the producers did a fantastic job tonight.”
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TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box next week:
After just three massive weeks, Australian Ninja Warrior is coming to an end next Tuesday on Nine and will be replaced by The Block. Meanwhile, Ten wraps up this year’s MasterChef on Monday and hopes that there will be more buzz about Matty J, the new bloke looking for publicity, I mean love. The first episode of this franchise is always a corker, as all of the women try to make an impression as they arrive at a mansion awash in hanging flowers and candles. Twitter will go into meltdown as everybody passes judgment on these latest wannabes, but rest assured that the worst-behaved and most disgraceful will probably be assured a seat on the next series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of here!.
This two-part miniseries from Lifetime claims to uncover the iconic star’s “secret life” but given there have already been countless books written and over 185 movie and television adaptations of her life, what secrets are there possibly left to tell? Having watched most of part one, I can safely say – nothing. Two amazing actresses – Susan Sarandon playing Norma Jean’s troubled mother and Emily Watson as her mum’s best friend – don’t get that much to do but leading lady Kelli Garner is rather good with her take on the legend. Mildly diverting, but there is nothing new to see here.
This classic 1966 TV series, revived in the wake of Adam West’s shock death, began last week so tonight should be episodes 3 and 4 airing together. It is Burgess Meredith’s first appearance as The Penguin (despite Mickey Rooney also being up for the role) and he would go on to become the most frequent guest villain, along with The Joker (Cesar Romero, who will arrive next week). The series, last sighted on Foxtel, hasn’t been seen on local TV for many years and is a smart addition to the Viceland lineup.
Picnic At Hanging Rock (6×60’) is the latest series to be added to the Amazon Prime Video US lineup following a deal with FremantleMedia International. The epic new series, starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2, In Darkness) as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard, is a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s timeless Australian novel.
Picnic At Hanging Rock will have its world premiere on Foxtel in Australia in 2018. It is a FremantleMedia Australia production made with key production investment from Screen Australia. The series was shot in Victoria, Australia, with the significant assistance of the Victorian Government through Film Victoria.
“The sale of Picnic At Hanging Rock marks the largest US commercial deal ever for an Australian television series,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television.
“Negotiations between Foxtel, the distributor, Fremantle, and four major American-based networks/streaming services, have been in train for many weeks. The partnership with Amazon marks the most lucrative program sale ever struck for a locally produced television series and Foxtel is delighted with the outcome. The placement ensures that US audiences will see the outstanding craftsmanship of the Australian film and television industry on display, including the performances of an illustrious group of acting newcomers, who will now have their careers launched on the world stage.
“This is a landmark moment for our industry and for Australian storytelling. We are absolutely thrilled for everyone involved,” he said.
Picnic At Hanging Rock is Foxtel’s third major Australian drama series to be sold to the US market.
Prison drama series Wentworth is seen in North America on Netflix, The Kettering Incident is available on Amazon Prime US and long-running rural drama A Place To Call Home is screened on Acorn and American Public Television.
A major sale of TV Week Logie Award-winning political thriller Secret City is expected to be concluded soon.
Also commenting on the deal Caroline Kusser, SVP, sales and distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America said, “The stylish reimagining of the provocative Picnic At Hanging Rock story will no doubt capture contemporary audiences across the US. With fantastic scripts, outstanding cast and bold editorial direction from Larysa Kondracki, Picnic At Hanging Rock is set to be a must-see series in 2018. We are thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring this powerful drama to US screens.”
Picnic At Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel. Executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, script producer and establishing writer is Beatrix Christian, writer Alice Addison, producer Brett Popplewell, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. For Amazon, the series will be overseen by Amazon Studios’ head of international series Morgan Wandell.
MediaWorks bosses are encouraged by growth for The AM Show, which is simulcast on Three and RadioLive. The show is hosted by Duncan Garner, who replaced Paul Henry. Some advertiser supporters worried viewership would slide when Henry left. Instead the AM show is still making gains for the target audience, aged 25-54. The competing program on TVNZ, called Breakfast, typically has an older audience, and TVNZ head of news and current affairs, John Gillespie, has pooh-poohed MediaWorks claims. He said that Breakfast had won the 25-54 demographic for 96 of the past 108 episodes. The simulcast AM Show is the foundation of the Radio Live audience, and MediaWorks has indicated it intends to make significant improvements into the network.
The latest Ipsos Research survey of 100 brands has named Stuff as one of New Zealand’s top media brands. According to the market research firm, Fairfax-owned Stuff ranked fourth in the media category after Facebook, YouTube and TVNZ. In the overall standings Stuff has climbed to 19th from 27th last year. Ipsos research director Jonathan Dodd said, “Stuff is more leading edge and engaging whereas the New Zealand Herald gets more of its influence from trust because it’s an older title.”
Advertising agency Special Group has retained then lost a key advertising account in short order. Special has held the 2 Degrees account for four years, and won numerous awards for its campaigns for the telco. New management led to a review, Special pitched against Saatchi & Saatchi and Barnes Catmur, but retained the account in November. However, the relationship appears to have dissolved. 2 Degrees says there is no plan to re-pitch the account, and no decision has been made on appointing a successor.
Iconic kiwi bread brand Vogel’s has run its first TV ad in 10 years to mark its 50th anniversary, The Goodman Fielder subsidiary Vogel’s brought eight New Zealanders with surprising back stories together to mark its 50th anniversary.
Alternative radio station 95bFM and youth media company VICE have created a daily news column. It will be researched through 95bFM’s news team and delivered for publishing on Vice.com.
Mediacom managing director Nigel Douglas has been appointed CEO of the media buying agency for OMD. The role has long been held by Kath Watson, who left recently. Before his Mediacom role, Douglas was media director at Blackwood Associates.
Instagram is attracting new followers among politicians as they gear up for the September 23 election. Hayley Holt, the Green candidate for Helensville who’s ranked at 17 on the party list, is the most followed New Zealand politician on Instagram. Labour deputy leader Jacinda Ardern is in second place, and Green candidate Chloe Swarbrick is third. Prime Minister Bill English is fourth.
Jack Matthews has a rare combo on his CV that makes him well qualified to chair the board for MediaWorks New Zealand.
He has a wealth of media experience that many felt was badly missing at MediaWorks in its recent troubled past.
In the 1990s, the expatriate American built the Saturn cable TV network in New Zealand.
He worked in pay TV in the US, and in content in Australia and Japan.
More to the point, there’s the experience heading Fairfax digital for five years gives him, followed by two years as CEO of Fairfax Metropolitan Media.
In that role he oversaw The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and their online counterparts.
His experience with a traditional media firm dealing with disruption provides a skill that is in heavy demand nowadays.
Another factor not on his CV is Matthews’ upbeat amiable tone, not dissimilar to that of the low-key MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson, formerly CEO of Austereo.
Matthews was hired by former CEO David Kirk as head of digital at Fairfax from 2006 to 2011.
“It was a massively controversial move and the editors hated it,” Matthews told Mediaweek.
“I’m going to do a mea culpa and say that I should have done more to ease the transition. Instead, we both kind of got into our own holes.
“In digital we took the view we’ll do it our way and we don’t need to have these [editors] telling us what to do.
“I was not sensitive to the emotional issues and I did not appreciate the emotional commitment editors had to their mastheads.
“In digital we took the masthead and did different things with it – things that pained them and it made them angry.”
When he was appointed at MediaWorks, first as a board member in May, then as chairman in October, he was faced with leading a company that was constantly in the news for the wrong reasons.
“Michael [Anderson] has settled the place down. We are headed in the right direction though the environment for free-to-air TV is still challenging.”
Matthews said there were some good initiatives at MediaWorks through the partnering with Bravo for the NBCU brand’s only free-to-air channel, and merging radio, TV and digital news arms as Newshub.
There has been growth for the post-Paul Henry breakfast program The AM Show and for the New Zealand version of The Project.
The Block is going gangbusters and MediaWorks is optimistic about prospects for an upcoming Kiwi version for Married At First Sight.
MediaWorks appears to be working at two speeds. Radio is doing well and expanding, TV is challenged. Indeed there have been questions about its fallen share of revenue.
Matthews points out there is no comparison with Ten in Australia, because MediaWorks’ commitments to overwhelming programming output deals had been cleared when the company was in receivership. Indeed, many in the media industry suspect that clearing those onerous output deals was the main point of MediaWorks being placed in receivership.
There is constant speculation of a sale, and Sky TV has made an offer for Three that has been turned down.
In the past MediaWorks owners have insisted they should be sold together, but Matthew refers questions about strategy to MediaWorks owner Oaktree.
“Radio and TV work well together but you can’t have one that is successful and one that is not.
“We are spending a lot of time getting TV running well,” Matthews said.
Meantime, New Zealand’s unregulated, highly converged media market with heavy cross-media ownership is in upheaval.
The Commerce Commission halted mergers of Vodafone with Sky TV, and NZME with Fairfax NZ assets.
The latter rejection is being appealed in the High Court.
Matthews believes people in Fairfax New Zealand “probably feel a little stranded”.
Fairfax was sold its remaining stake in Trade Me in December 2012. At one point Trade Me reported to Matthews at Fairfax.
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!