Wednesday July 5 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.9%||GEM||3.4%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||0.7%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||8.1%||7||24.3%||9||14.1%||10 NNSW||3.6%||SBS One||4.8%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||7.1%||GEM||4.9%||ONE||3.5%||Food Net||1.2%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Home and Away is having a Facebook Live session tomorrow afternoon with Sophie Dillman, who plays Ziggy Astoni. (It actually clashes with Mediaweek TV on Sky News Business, but there will perhaps not be too much crossover audience.) Meanwhile the Wednesday episode of the soap did 732,000.
House Rules saw Adelaide’s Kate and Harry the first team through to the Grand Final after the judges handed in their scores on the charity makeovers with the renovators securing the highest possible score of 30 out of 30. The twins Andrew and Jono grimaced when they got a seven out of 10 from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen which meant they were out of the show, narrowly losing to Gold Coast glamour stars Aaron and Daniella (who received an eight from all three judges) who are the other couple in the Sunday showdown. There were tears welling all around as the likeable lads exited the studio. Seven revealed a minor spoiler about Sunday – it will be the closest House Rules Grand Final ever in the battle for the $200,000 prize money. The penultimate episode of the 2017 season did 976,000.
The busy new production company Eureka Productions is behind Seven’s new Behave Yourself panel show. It didn’t seem to be breaking new ground though with Darren McMullen fronting yet another series and Lawrence Mooney appearing on another panel show. It attracted a first night audience of 510,000, ranking third in the slot, but not far behind Love Child.
A Current Affair featured an undercover dad who posed as a bikie to try to track his daughter down. Later in the show longtime Nine contributor Paul Clitheroe offered financial year advice and the show updated viewers on yesterday’s court appearance by former ACA reporter Ben McCormack. The Tuesday episode did 878,000.
20 To One did its best to entertain with 493,000 watching after 510,000 last week.
The series final of Love Child saw matron Frances Bolton (Mandy McElhinney) under pressure after it was revealed she had mixed up Joan’s (Jessica Marais) daughter. Called before the board, matron admitted it was her mistake alone and she resigned her position. Plenty of tears when Joan subsequently got her bub back. It was 1972 as the series wrapped with Gough Whitlam installed as Australia’s new prime minister. All the loose ends were tidied up as The Masters Apprentices played “Because I Love You” in the background. Matron was reading a travel guide for Italy. Certainly felt like the last episode ever. The series final did 532,000 after 543,000 last week.
The channel had lots to like with big guests and major events on both local productions after 7.30pm.
The Project had a big fish last night with Sir Richard Branson joining the desk, but right at the end of the show. In just five minutes the hosts only got a few questions in as Sir Richard entertained and flirted in his own flamboyant manner. It was a good segment, but it could have gone on longer. The 7pm half hour did 609,000.
MasterChef teased that it would be the biggest immunity challenge in MasterChef history. That is a big claim when you are in season nine, yet the program delivered. The setting couldn’t have been more dramatic with the three contestants fighting each other for a pin, not a professional chef in sight. After Ben was left out of the challenge it left the two girls Sarah and Karlie. When the judges couldn’t fault either dish it seemed they might create history and both get a pin. But no, after some more mutterings between the judges they chose Sarah as the victor. The show did 879,000 after 894,000 on Tuesday a week ago.
Shark Tank was making a big claim too with the promise of the biggest deal ever. The program started with former MasterChef contestant Heather Day asking for $50,000 to develop her butter project. The sharks sampled the product and they liked what they tasted, but they baulked at her business model. Day ended up with two offers and went with Naomi Simson‘s offer of $50k for 33% equity. The producers made viewers sit through some pole dancing from Janine Allis before we got to the big deal. iCapsulate woke up the sharks with a business that had generated $4m revenue after 18 months. The owner had knocked back $25m for the business recently. He soon had three offers for $2.5m for varying amounts of equity – the biggest offers ever made on the show. The business ended up going with Andrew Banks at $2.5m for 22.5% of the business. The show was on 725,000 after 737,000 on debut last week.
Ask The Doctor is up to episode eight. The episode last night was all about genes, which could have been an episode of Catalyst. The audience of 360,000 was well down on last week’s 448,000.
A change of pace at 8.30pm with the screening of Diana: Seven Days That Shook The World. It lifted the audience to 541,000. It was shown originally on Channel 5 in the UK as Seven Days That Shook The Windsors.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt was a report from Eric Campbell in Estonia about Estonia living in the shadow of Russia with 305,000 watching.
Just days after we been telling Michael Portillo about how he stars three nights a week on the channel, suddenly it’s down to “only” two. (See our interview with him in the current Mediaweek magazine.) Great Continental Railway Journeys has been given a rest on Tuesdays – yet the host is still in the schedule on Thursday and Fridays.
The 7.30pm Tuesday replacement is Michael Mosley: Queen Victoria’s Slum about putting modern-day Britons in Victorian living conditions. Episode one did 359,000 which was a strong start. The prolific Mosley is back next Monday too with Meet The Humans.
An episode of Insight on solo parents followed with 224,000.
Dateline followed at 9.30pm with the story of street food disappearing from Bangkok streets on government orders. Aussie chef David Thompson spoke about the joys of street food as 184,000 watched.
Cycling fans had to wait until well after 10pm for Le Tour de France with stage four well and truly inside France after some days spent in Germany and Belgium. The start of the stage could be viewed though on the Škoda Tour Tracker streaming service.
Fairfax Media will not back away from the agent ownership model of its real estate arm Domain despite the structure emerging as a key obstacle to a potential multibillion-dollar private equity bid for the company, report Fairfax Media’s John Durie and Andrew White.
Letters were sent to real estate agents this week seeking to enlist their involvement in the agent ownership plan, which gives them a chance to earn a slice of revenue based on the sales volume they put through Domain.
A company spokesman said yesterday that the letters were business as usual and were typically sent out on the first day of the new financial year.
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The Australian also reports:
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has kicked off an informal review of a proposed joint bid by Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon for collapsed broadcaster Ten Network Holdings.
According to a notice on its website, the ACCC is seeking submissions ahead of an August 24 deadline to announce its decision on whether Murdoch’s Illyria Nominees Television and Gordon’s Birketu can bid for the company.
“While this transaction is dependent upon the passage of the media reform bill, it is appropriate that the ACCC begin its review of the proposed transaction that has been put to us by the parties,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.
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Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon will present a suite of measures to the government tomorrow that he hopes will win over enough crossbenchers to drive the stalled media reform package through parliament, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
The measures have been developed by Senator Xenophon and his colleague Stirling Griff, and include a tax on Google and Facebook, as well as tax deductions for people who subscribe to smaller and regional publications.
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Meanwhile The Australian’s Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy do a great job tracking other potential Ten Network bidders and the Murdoch/Gordon play:
Oaktree is believed to have expressed interest in a role in a debt-for-equity recapitalisation of Ten ahead of the broadcaster being tipped into voluntary administration. New York hedge fund Anchorage Capital did the same.
The still unnamed Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch Birketu-Illyria bidding syndicate for Ten has been gearing up for some time.
If the media ownership law changes fail, the pair are cooking up a clever structure that they hope will receive regulatory approval anyway.
One version is Gordon and Murdoch each buying an economic half share of Ten, but with Gordon holding 85% of voting rights and Murdoch 15%.
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The AFR’s Street Talk reports:
Only a couple of weeks ago, investment bank Moelis & Co was advising Ten Network Holdings on its restructure options including talks with Ten’s billionaire shareholders and guarantors and other potential white knight investors.
Now Moelis has been mandated to run Ten Network’s sale process on behalf of receiver PPB Advisory, as revealed by Street Talk.
Sources said Moelis’ role was upgraded this week from Ten adviser to working on behalf of the lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia and receiver. This followed the appointment of PPB’s Chris Hill, Philip Carter and David McEvoy as receivers and managers on Friday night.
Moelis is expected to get back in touch with those potential white knight investors and other parties who have expressed interest in the network.
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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson made explosive claims last night on Twitter that the ABC wanted buy Ten Network’s The Project for $16 million but, alas, Waleed Aly and the gang are staying put, reports The Australian’s Strewth column.
“Apparently, ABC has approached Channel 10 in a secret deal to buy #TheProjectTV. Want to guess how much was offered? – PH” the senator teased her followers before she revealed the “secret deal” 21 minutes later.
An ABC spokesman told Strewth last night there was “absolutely no truth to it” and The Project’s Twitter profile hit back at Hanson saying, “There is no secret deal #happyat10”.
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SBS has appointed Melissa Henville (pictured) as group trading inventory manager. Henville will oversee and manage the national trading team and pricing strategies across television, radio and digital platforms.
She comes to SBS with over 20 years’ experience in the media industry, working across various roles in airtime management and sales, primarily in radio.
Most recently Henville was at Southern Cross Austereo as the national trading and operations director, a position she held for two years. Prior to that she was the national inventory manager for all of Southern Cross Austereo’s metropolitan radio stations.
Henville has also held a variety of broad roles with Nova Entertainment, being part of the foundation team for Nova 969 in Sydney and a key member of the Vega (later smoothfm) launch team.
Henville appointment is Sydney-based and will be effective immediately.
The final episode of The Doctor Blake Mysteries is set to begin filming in late August, reports the Herald Sun’s Colin Vickery.
The news comes as producer December Media continues to seek a lifesaver for the hit Aussie drama.
Details of the plot line for the movie-length finale are being kept under wraps but insiders speculate it could culminate in a wedding.
The ABC had promised the telemovie would resolve the simmering romance between Craig McLachlan’s Dr Lucien Blake and housekeeper Jean Beazley (Nadine Garner).
December Media is believed to have been in talks with all the commercial networks as well as Foxtel and streaming services Netflix and Stan in recent months.
The decision to film a movie-length finale has led to a delay in the screening of season five which was originally scheduled for straight after Easter.
The ABC wants the eight episodes that make up the fifth season of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, plus the telemovie, to screen without a break.
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The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t just an “important” and prestigious series, it’s also can’t-tear-away TV. But you probably shouldn’t binge the whole season in one sitting, unless you want to end up hating the world, comments news.com.au’s Wenlei Ma.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal 1985 novel, which already had a forgettable film adaptation in 1990, the 10-episode first season will drop in its entirety on SBS On Demand on Thursday and there are no plans yet to broadcast it on linear TV so you better get streaming.
This adaptation is one of the best things you’ll see on screen this year thanks to first-rate writing, outstanding performances and gorgeous cinematography.
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The Grand Final of Nine’s The Voice easily topped the Nielsen Social Content Rankings in the non-sport category with more engagements than the next four entries on the chart combined. The ABC had the next three spots in the top five with the return of TEN’s Offspring taking fifth place.
Rugby League and AFL filled all spots in the sports category with last Friday’s Broncos v Storm match ranking #1, just ahead of the Melbourne v Sydney clash played on the same evening.
Both games – featuring Premier League giants Arsenal FC taking on Sydney A-League teams – will also be simulcast in Australia via The World Game website, The World Game app, and on SBS On Demand.
SBS director of sport Ken Shipp said: “We are pleased to be presenting the broadcast of the Arsenal In Sydney games live, free and in HD on SBS Viceland next week.
“Television audiences will have a brilliant opportunity see our top Australian sides go head to head with one of Europe’s truly great clubs as they are treated to expert analysis and commentary from SBS’s football specialists including Craig Foster (pictured), David Basheer and Craig Moore.
“We’re incredibly passionate and proud about our football heritage. SBS has been in the football business for over 30 years and we believe that football is a sport that truly reflects our unique Charter by connecting Australia’s diverse communities.”
Nine has announced three major sponsors for its first season of the all new Australian Ninja Warrior.
The major brands signing on are KFC, Advil and Berocca.
“Australian Ninja Warrior will be one of the breakout television hits of the year,” said Michael Stephenson, chief sales officer at Nine.
“We are tremendously excited that KFC, Advil and Berocca have all chosen to partner with us on the first season of a show that has been a television sensation in markets around the world.”
As part of their sponsorship, KFC will have on-ground branding over the course, and in particular the family and friends supporters area. This will be extended to the Ninja Support Crew content online on 9Now.
Advil will also have on-ground branding on the course, on the screen timer, leaderboard and break engagers, while Berocca will have ownership of the performance of the night replay in the show and online.
The diverse range of competitors will compete on Australian Ninja Warrior to take their shot at the most difficult obstacle course in the world, with Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff calling their every move on Ninja Island.
The first season of Australian Ninja Warrior debuts Sunday July 9, at 7pm on Nine and 9now.
It was announced yesterday that effective immediately, social-first digital agency Jaden Social has acquired the privately owned The Music Network (TMN) from Mark Dalgleish, who bought the publication from Adam Zammit‘s Peer Group Media in 2013.
The new owner adds TMN to its expanding trade portfolio that also includes Radio Today, which it acquired in January this year from the founders who included Dan Bradley and Brad March.
The music trade publication was launched in May 1994 by founder John Woodruff. The former print publication converted to a digital format in 2013.
The owner said yesterday TMN has since continued to be Australia’s most-read source of independent Australian music business journalism, charts and information.
“It was time to pass the baton, and I’m delighted to have found a company in Jaden Social that understands the trends that intersect between digital and music, and whose existing B2B music and radio publishing assets make a great fit with TMN,” said outgoing publisher Mark Dalgleish.
The acquisition of TMN, following the purchase of Radio Today by Jaden Social in January this year, marks a natural next step for Australia’s leading digital marketing agency.
“We’re thrilled to welcome TMN to Jaden Social,” CEO Jake Challenor said. “Both have plenty in common: a love of music, a passion for storytelling, a knack for connecting people and digital smarts. Together, I’m confident we can break some new ground. And hopefully, some new music!”
Challenor also said that both publications would further strengthen Jaden Social’s native storytelling capabilities.
The two online B2B publications will share editorial, sales and administration resources, with all existing TMN staff joining the Jaden Social team at its Crows Nest office in Sydney.
TMN managing editor Caitlin Welsh, who joined the title in February, will be responsible for leading the editorial direction and team for TMN and RT.
• Launch partners Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, Nike, Samsung and Spotify
JCDecaux has unveiled the digitisation of three of its prized Spectacular locations in Sydney.
Located at iconic Sydney CBD sites spanning York Street, Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street, the new digital Spectacular sites are set to become the new jewel in the crown of JCDecaux’s inner city dominance, according to the out-of-home company.
Launch advertising partners for the new Sydney Digital Spectaculars are Foxtel, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, Nike, Samsung and Spotify.
The new digital Spectaculars continue JCDecaux’s digital rollout, which began with the Sydney launch in May last year and now spans a network of sites in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
“As our digital network expands significantly we continue to deliver the brand eminence and superior campaign reach that JCDecaux is renowned for – now with the benefit of consecutive digital sites in Australia’s most desirable locations. The new structures are connected and data responsive, which means it’s a win-win for advertisers,” said JCDecaux CEO Steve O’Connor.
Foxtel Lifestyle group has developed a dynamic creative campaign for the new series Common Sense which launches July 5.
Foxtel head of marketing for lifestyle Brigitte Slattery said: “JCDecaux’s new Sydney Spectaculars provided the perfect platform to launch Common Sense. It allowed us to represent the different opinions of Australians on a range of news topics as they break in an entertaining way. This platform plugs into the zeitgeist of the show with scale, impact and relevancy. It was just Common Sense.”
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”.