Wednesday June 14 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk TV in the Mediaweek TV Podcast. James is reporting from Manchester in the UK and Andrew is in South West Rocks NSW after a busy long weekend at the South West Roxy cinema.
Some of the shows on the radar this podcast are True Story with Hamish and Andy, Wanted, David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, Ronnie Chieng: International Student plus the latest on Seven’s early evening trio Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules and House Rules.
Mediaweek editor James Manning joins deputy editor Kruti Joshi from the UK in this episode of Seven Days. The pair talk Foxtel Now, Nova’s Podquest winner plus Red Room Global Tour, House Rules season 6 and its international commission, and more.
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Running a media business is a massive challenge these days with so many competing offerings on a multitude of delivery platforms trying to attract audiences. When it comes to digital disruption, television is right up there.
Network Ten is facing the threat of involuntary administration this week yet last night the FTA broadcaster delivered the #1 non-news show, which helped push the primary channel to rank #1 in Melbourne and saw it rank a very competitive third across the metro markets.
Home and Away climbed a little higher after Monday with 787,000.
House Rules was down significantly week-on-week with the Top 10 Reveals special on 771,000 after 1.08m watched a regular episode on Tuesday last week.
First Dates followed with its audience dropping too, albeit not so dramatically. Week-on-week the show fell from 589,000 to 534,000.
A Current Affair was just on 900,000 with a special report on pay-TV wars with contributions from two of Australia’s finest – Andrew Mercado and Trevor Long – talking about the best content deals available from the likes of Stan, Netflix and Foxtel.
20 To One managed to hold its audience from last week, attracting 526,000 metro viewers last night.
Love Child too was very steady week-on-week with 520,000 after 518,000 a week ago.
Operation Thailand was on 288,000 in the late slot.
On Nine multichannel GO!, its coverage of the Socceroos v Brazil game attracted an impressive 221,000.
The second chance episode of MasterChef saw previously eliminated contestants given an opportunity to return to the program. The show was #1 after 7pm, which also makes it the #1 non-news show yesterday. It was also a second consecutive Tuesday audience over 900,000 for the series.
NCIS followed on 539,000 (down from 561,000) while NCIS: Los Angeles did 372,000.
Ask The Doctor was on 447,000 at 8pm.
Week two of the three-part David Stratton’s Stories Of Australian Cinema did 592,000, up from episode one’s 556,000.
Great Continental Railway Journeys did 362,000 to easily rank #1 SBS program last night.
Next best was a repeat episode of Insight on 238,000.
Ten Network, broadcaster of the Big Bash League and reality-TV hits such as Australian Survivor, could be placed into voluntary administration as soon as today, report The Australian’s Darren Davidson and Rosie Lewis.
Directors at Australia’s third-placed free-to-air network are on the brink of appointing an administrator as hopes faded last night for restructuring and refinancing initiatives.
Such a move would kick off negotiations between Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon over the network’s future after they decided against supporting a new $250 million loan to the broadcaster.
Speculation is rife that a private equity firm is circling Ten and could join forces with the shareholders in a privatisation of the network.
The board, led by independent chairman David Gordon, called an emergency meeting yesterday morning. They are due to meet again today.
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It would be a miracle if Ten Network Holdings does not go into voluntary administration on Wednesday, writes The AFR’s Tony Boyd.
Directors will have little choice given the combination of bank debt, poor cash flow and onerous programming agreements.
Voluntary administration would provide the company with an opportunity to continue trading while the directors, management and financial advisers work out a recapitalisation plan.
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News Corporation is attempting to tighten its grip around the Ten Network, with Sky News executives believed to have pitched an integration of the subscription news channels service with the free-to-air broadcaster’s news bulletins, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Sources said Sky News Australia executive editor Rob Raschke pitched to Ten last week as the metropolitan network looks to slash costs.
Industry insiders believe Ten could move to either a national news model, integrated with Sky News, or a north-south news model, given the stark differences between New South Wales and Victorian news bulletins.
On Thursday, Ten’s board of directors is expected to come to a decision on whether it will go into voluntary administration or keep pursuing refinancing options to keep it afloat.
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An editorial in The AFR:
As the old media world crumbles, politicians cling to outdated regulation while dreaming up foolish new ways to try to control what Australians read, hear and watch. Network Ten’s shares have been put into a trading halt and the combined market capitalisations of the big three commercial free-to-air broadcasters are now less than that of Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review and itself subject to competing private equity offers.
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The Defence Department has spent millions of dollars monitoring the news and paying for media training, including $77,000 this year alone on teaching top brass about using social media, reports The Australian’s Rory Callinan.
This week, The Australian learned Defence has also engaged media monitoring services and training company Isentia – at a cost of about $2.4 million in the past four years – to provide monitoring and training.
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Pauline Hanson will be forced to pay legal costs after abandoning her court bid to stop the ABC airing further secret recordings of One Nation meetings, as she presses ahead with a case against a former party official who leaked the audio, reports Fairfax Media’s Michaela Whitbourn.
Senator Hanson took urgent action in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday after a damaging recording aired on the ABC’s flagship 7.30 program raised questions about her party’s conduct.
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Acclaimed feminist author Roxane Gay has called out her “cruel and humiliating” treatment by Mia Freedman and Mamamia, after a podcast recorded when she was in Sydney last month was released on Sunday, reports Fairfax Media’s Jenny Noyes.
The podcast, in which Gay discusses her new memoir “Hunger” – about her challenges with size and a culture that demeans and refuses to accommodate fat people – was introduced by Freedman who aired sensitive claims about how the author was accommodated.
Mamamia has since issued a statement apologising to Roxane Gay, saying “in this instance we’ve missed the mark in contributing to this discussion. We believe the conversations sparked by Roxane’s book are vitally important for women to have, and are disappointed our execution hasn’t contributed in the way we intended.”
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Read the Mamamia statement here.
Seven West Media has confirmed the departure of the chief operating officer of the West Australian business, Alan Clyne.
Although no reason has been forthcoming as to the departure, it was indicated to Mediaweek this morning he departs with the company’s best wishes.
Just last October Clyne was promoted from his role of chief executive officer at Perth’s Community Newspaper Group to his new position as COO of Seven West Media WA.
There has been significant movement amongst all levels of staff at Seven West Media in Perth in the past few months. There was considerable change following the acquisition of The Sunday Times by the publisher as the newsrooms of that paper and The West Australian were integrated.
Then later in the year it was revealed that both CEO Chris Wharton and his CFO Mark Shelton were to leave the company. Wharton initially went on extended leave, but later retired from the business in March this year.
If Channel Ten replaces its local news broadcasts with a national bulletin, it won’t just shoot itself in the foot. It’ll shoot itself in the head, comments Fairfax Media’s Michael Lallo.
This phrase was used last week by Tory MP Nigel Evans, summing up the snap election called by British prime minister Theresa May. It’s a decision that so recently appeared sensible – yet resulted in chaos.
Ten would do well to remember this.
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The One Love Manchester charity concert screened on Nine and live on 9Now easily had the biggest reach of any non-sport TV show this week. The concert generated 50% more chatter as the #2 program on the list, ABC’s Q&A.
The football match between Argentina and Brazil pulled not only a massive crowd last week, but massive social engagement with over 209,000 interactions as measured by Nielsen. Three of the top five entries in the sport category were contests not involving Australian clubs with the NBA grabbing two spots on our chart for NBA final series games broadcast live on ESPN.
SBS in July is all about the Tour de France.
For the first time, every stage of the 2017 Tour de France will be available in full on the SBS digital platforms, giving audiences access to more race coverage than ever before. TV start times vary with most stages kicking off from the earlier time of 8.30pm, July 1-23 on SBS.
Calling every stage for SBS will be three-time green jersey winner Robbie McEwen and renowned cycling commentator Matthew Keenan.
SBS cycling host Michael Tomalaris leads the team in France. Giro d’Italia stage winner David McKenzie takes viewers inside the peloton and gets up close to the stars of the sport to deliver daily stage reports. Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will feature as guests in SBS’s coverage during the Tour contributing analysis and insights.
The 2017 Tour de France begins Saturday July 1, 10.30pm on SBS (stage times vary, check local guides).
Photo: Tasmanian gun Richie Porte
Read more at mediaweek.com.au.
The road to Russia is on its way, with just a year left until the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, also held in Russia, will run from Saturday June 17 through to Monday July 3 and is a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
SBS will have all Australian matches, plus the semifinal and final from the Confederations Cup live and free on SBS, starting Monday June 19.
The pre- and post-match coverage will include SBS’s most experienced football pundits including SBS chief football analyst and former Socceroo Craig Foster, former Socceroo and 2001 Confederations Cup bronze medallist David Zdrilic, former Premier League player Michael Bridges, former Spanish superstar Luis Garcia and football commentator Richard Bayliss.
Lucy Zelic will be on the ground in Russia, covering the Socceroos performance, along with player interviews and all the action and highlights from this year’s tournament.
Matches will also be live streamed on theworldgame.sbs.com.au and The World Game app, which is available from the iTunes store now.
Read more at mediaweek.com.au.
Total box office for the past weekend for the top 20 movies was $16.67m, up 5% on the previous weekend with two major releases close to $5m or better.
A very strong second weekend performance from the box office champ with takings down only 16% from its opening. The film disappeared off 187 screens to 420, yet the screen average remained a healthy $13,589, which is up over $2,000 per screen from the opening weekend.
The Tom Cruise movie has had a troubled opening in some markets, yet it wrote close to $5m across the weekend in Australia from 471 screens with a screen average of $9,871.
The beach frolics attracted a reasonable crowd for its second weekend with the Paramount release steady on 403 screens with a screen average just over $5,000. The movie has passed $7m and with the additional holiday Monday yet to be factored into these numbers it should be pushing above $8m as we publish this data.
Screen average was just under $5,000 for its third weekend as the screens dropped from 454 to 322. To date the movie has grossed $12.33m.
The second new release to make our top five opened on just 74 screens with a screen average of $5,606.
A group of 10 news agencies from around the world have joined for a news investigation into migrant smuggling in the wake of the refugee crisis across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
The participating news agencies are AAP – Australia, AFP – International, ANSA – Italy, APA – Austria, CTK – Czech Republic, DPA – Germany, EFE – Spain, LUSA – Portugal, SDA – Switzerland and STT – Finland.
This is the first Global Spotlight under the auspices of the news agency business intelligence network, MINDS International. It exposes criminal networks preying on vulnerable families dislodged from their homes through war, persecution and poverty.
MINDS International is a global network of leading news agencies from all over the world, collaborating in new media business on a top executive level.
The comprehensive body of work some six months in development includes in-depth analysis of migrant smuggling’s root causes, travel patterns and the social impact in the world’s smuggling hotspots.
It dives deep into the scarred communities in the Middle East war zones, the Southern Sahara, Europe and the Mediterranean, South America to Mexico and the US plus across the treacherous waters throughout South East Asia.
Each news agency will provide the content from this project for their customers. AFP will move its own production in English, French and Spanish on its wires this week and the rest of the project will be available on AFP Forum in English.
The global journalism initiative was launched on 10th anniversary of MINDS. “This is not about competition, revenue or brand building. This is about news people doing good globally,” said MINDS executive director Wolfgang Nedomansky.
• Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer creates soundtrack for popular crime and thriller channel
NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has announced the next stage in the evolution for 13th Street, its crime and thriller channel brand in Western Europe and Australia.
From June 14 NBCUIN is rolling out a refreshed brand identity featuring a bespoke soundtrack produced by multi-award winning Hans Zimmer. Composed by Bleeding Fingers, Zimmer’s international TV and film audio production partners, the soundtrack underscores a series of brand identities created for digital and on-air use, forming part of a comprehensive refresh with innovative social, digital and on-air packaging.
As the destination brand for crime and thrill, 13th Street is a top-performing pay-TV channel in Western Europe and Australia, localised in each of the markets where it airs.
In Australia, 13th Street is ranked in the top 10 pay-TV channels.
Lee Raftery, chief marketing officer NBCU International, commented: “Our aim was to evolve our top-performing crime channel 13th Street from a linear channel into a multiplatform crime brand. We took a fan-first approach and leveraged the brand’s social and digital elements as our starting point. Alongside the groundbreaking creative design was the brilliance of Hans Zimmer and Bleeding Fingers’ soundtrack, providing the distinctive ingredients to deliver a unique brand experience for our fans.”
“Contributing my own audio fingerprint to a network brand has been an amazing experience for me,” said Hans Zimmer, Bleeding Fingers. “Having created numerous scores for TV shows and films, I was particularly intrigued to have the opportunity to help set the 13th Street mood and produce an evocative soundtrack, reinforcing the channel brand’s thrilling identity.”
The 13th Street channel brand refresh was developed via collaboration between NBCUniversal International Networks’ central marketing team, and the award-winning creative agency Red Bee, who established the typography and new brand design fundamentals.
Seven West Media today confirmed amendments to its Yahoo7 joint venture agreement.
The agreement, which coincides with the completion of Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo Inc. and the formation of Oath, will see Seven West Media and AOL/Verizon continue to invest in the market-leading Yahoo7 joint venture in Australia.
Both Seven West Media and AOL/Verizon will also explore broader opportunities that build on Oath’s consumer brands, original content, ad tech, proprietary data and potential acquisitions to further scale Yahoo7 in the region.
Under the new agreement, Seven will launch and market its own long-form catch-up TV service with TV content currently on PLUS7 and offer that exclusively through a separate, new and fully owned Seven platform within six months.
The Yahoo7 JV will be tasked with exploring new opportunities with a broader content set including content from AOL/Verizon.
Kurt Burnette, chief revenue officer for Seven West Media, said, “Our JV partners own and operate one of the world’s largest digital advertising businesses and we look forward to driving home this leadership in local and global-best content, technology and innovation.
“Australia’s number one television network will now be even more seamlessly connected and sold with the number one commercial catch-up TV service delivering the most effective ‘total video’ results for advertisers. The Seven team will continue its selling across all screens as has been the case for sport, sponsorship and integration and that will now extend and apply to all long-form Seven content online.”
• A new study released by global firm Edison Research reveals the digital audio, social media, mobile and podcast habits of Australians
• 85% of people listen to an AM/FM via broadcast and online each week
The Australian Infinite Dial Study commissioned by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and Triton Digital provides new insights into what Australians are consuming online. The Infinite Dial research for Australia is patterned on the longest-running survey (1998) of digital media consumer behaviour in the USA and provides a profile of the 2017 Australian digital consumer.
“The Infinite Dial Australia explores the penetration of online digital audio and social media in Australia and looks at the technology that Australians are using and it’s interesting to see how Australia compares to the USA,” said Edison president Larry Rosin (pictured).
Key findings indicate in the new digital era radio continues to be the key driver of audio consumption in Australia.
CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner said: “The radio industry continues to innovate across all platforms and this study allows us to start comprehensive trending of our listeners as their audio and platform preferences evolve. We have our Share of Audio study that looks at how much time is spent on online and on free to air audio, this study looks at the percentage of respondents who consume each type of digital platform, as opposed to time spent listening.”
Key Australian Infinite Dial findings include:
• Radio is the leading audio platform consumed by Australians with 85% of people having listened to an AM/FM or DAB+ station in an average week, compared to Spotify 21%, Podcasting 10%, Pandora 8%, Apple Music 6%, Google Play All Access 2%.
• Twice as many people are listening to AM/FM radio (on-air and online) than all online audio streaming services each week (85% v 43%).
• 89% of Australians use AM/FM sometimes when in the car and nearly 50% use an AM/FM radio almost every time they are in the car. With now 36 vehicle brands in Australia including DAB+ digital radio, 10% of people use DAB+ radio almost every time they are in the car.
The deputy director of BBC World Service Group and editorial director of BBC Global News Jamie Angus joins Kruti Joshi at Mediaweek HQ in Potts Point.
Angus explains the public broadcaster’s commercial operations and discusses the 2017 UK general elections.