Friday June 16 2017
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Special co-host: James Hier, CEO, MEC
• Special guest: Paul Robson, Adobe APAC president
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Seven was clear of its rivals last night with Thursday night AFL boosting its primary share to 19.4%.
Seven was also the winner in combined channel share on 31.4% thanks in part to the AFL on 7mate in Perth lifting that channel’s share to 5.4%.
Nine’s numbers dropped away dramatically after 8.30pm and TEN was the demo darling early in the evening thanks to a continued strong performance from MasterChef.
Home and Away ended its week on 612,000 from four markets (no Adelaide because of the AFL).
The AFL featured the West Coast Eagles against Geelong with 642,000 watching across Seven and 7mate. The Melbourne audience was 291,000 with 159,000 in Perth.
Seven viewers in Sydney and Brisbane saw Car Wars (190,000) and then World’s Angriest (160,000).
A Current Affair backed off a little after three strong nights with 770,000 for Thursday which was still easily enough to win the timeslot.
RBT then did 611,000 before the Nine signal split into north and south.
Brisbane and Sydney got The NRL Footy Show with 195,000 – 119,000 in Sydney.
Viewers elsewhere got The Last Resort which did 145,000 with 90,000 in Melbourne.
Ray Silva was sent home from MasterChef and just missed the top 12. They will be back on Sunday for what is always a viewing highlight – Heston Week.
The Thursday episode was a timeslot winner all people and in the demos with 824,000.
Earlier in the night The Project was on 548,000 while after MasterChef, Law & Order: SVU did 400,000.
Episode 10 of The Checkout did 476,000 followed by Janet King on 518,000.
Great British Railway Journeys did 296,000 while later in the night the return of Family Law did 144,000.
Tony Boyd in The AFR:
It is an attractive asset because it could be restored to profitability relatively quickly if a new owner slashed its bloated cost base.
It is hard to understand why Ten’s costs are so high, especially when you compare it to rival network, Nine Entertainment Corp.
Nine has a cost base of about $900 million a year. Included in that figure is about $200m a year spent on sport – about half of which is cricket and half rugby league. Nine also spends about $100m a year on news and current affairs.
That tells you the core cost of running Nine is about $600m. Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were $200 million last financial year.
Ten has annual costs of about $700m and yet it spends very little on sport and hardly anything on news and current affairs. On top of that it still loses money.
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Aaron Patrick and Max Mason in The AFR:
US television studio CBS wanted to help Ten Network get through its financial difficulties and had already agreed to cut the cost of its television shows when Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon pulled financial backing for the broadcaster, forcing it into administration, according to sources close to CBS.
The information about CBS directly contradicts claims in the News Corp press on Thursday that CBS had refused to negotiate with Ten and that its other main supplier, 21st Century Fox, had agreed to cut its prices.
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John McDuling in The AFR:
The last time Network Ten collapsed, a banker named Malcolm Turnbull was instrumental in resuscitating it. So it is entirely fitting that as the fallen broadcaster’s administrator attempts to forge a path forward, Turnbull will, one way or another, again be involved.
Albeit, less directly this time.
In the spring of 1990, Turnbull, then still a corporate deal maker by trade, was appointed to represent Westpac in receivership proceedings for Network Ten, whose parent company Northern Star had collapsed under $455 million in debts.
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News Corp’s Rita Panahi earlier this week:
If you want to know why Channel Ten is struggling then look no further than the station’s programming.
Last night viewers were subjected to The Project, followed by MasterChef, then no fewer than three episodes of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, followed by a repeat of The Project.
It is a golden age for television but in Australia the standard of local productions leaves a great deal to be desired.
Giving TV audiences something other than tired US imports, tacky reality shows and lame left-wing programs would be a welcome change and would boost Ten’s audience considerably.
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Down but not out media monitoring company iSentia has its tanks lined up in case an opportunistic tyrekicker comes knocking with an offer, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
Street Talk can reveal the company has Credit Suisse and Macquarie Capital bankers in its corner, ready to help however possible.
When asked by Street Talk on Thursday, iSentia boss John Croll said: “Both banks have a long and continued relationship with iSentia and they are retained advisers on a range of issues.”
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On Thursday, Spotify released its annual report, which may be the last piece of financial data available to investors before the company formally moves to go public, expected this year or next, reports The New York Times.
On the surface, its results are impressive. Spotify, which is based in Sweden, had 2.9 million euros (about $3.3b) in revenue in 2016, up 52% from the year before. On Thursday, Spotify also announced that it has 140 million regular users around the world, 50 million of whom pay for monthly subscription plans.
But its revenue growth has slowed – last year, revenue increased 78% from the year before – and its losses are mounting. In 2016, Spotify’s net loss totaled about $600m, up from about $257m the year before.
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As a result, the market is reporting a 9.7% top line decline in ad spend to $589.5 million, but if the abnormal government category bookings were removed the underlying result is closer to a decline of 5%.
Also the June long weekend has reduced the time in which agencies can retrospectively pay for their May Digital campaigns, so a larger than usual number of late digital bookings are expected at month end, and that should bring the market back to a stable position.
As a result, this month SMI is yet to see growth in any major media, although that changes when government bookings are removed to highlight the underlying trend.
For example, total television ad spend grows by 0.9% year-on-year when government category spend is removed for both periods.
One Nation is expected to push the Turnbull government on community radio and water projects in order to gain the party’s crucial Senate support to pass Communications Minister Mitch Fifield’s media reform package, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
It is understood the government is negotiating with party leader Pauline Hanson to try to get its media reform legislation through.
Sources say Senator Hanson is seeking more radio licences for community radio in Queensland. However, such a concession by the government would need to be made across the country and not just Queensland. There would also be issues with available spectrum.
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The Australian’s Rosie Lewis:
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has handed the Turnbull government’s media reform package a lifeline as her party flagged rules that could win Senate support.
Following a meeting with Communications Minister Mitch Fifield last night, One Nation whip Brian Burston told The Australian the party had suggested a new so-called “three-out-of-four rule” as an alternative to the government’s push to repeal the two-out-of-three rule.
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Hollywood star Rebel Wilson could potentially be paid out millions of dollars after a jury sided with her in a defamation trial against the publisher of Woman’s Day, reports Fairfax Media’s Liam Mannix.
An all-female six-person jury deliberated for two days over their verdict, in which they were asked to consider 40 questions about eight potentially defamatory magazine articles, before handing down their decision on Thursday afternoon.
The jury found that all eight articles made out that Wilson was a serial liar, that each article was substantially untrue, and that Wilson suffered serious harm because of their publication.
In Victoria, damages for non-economic loss – pain and suffering – in a defamation suit are capped at nearly $400,000.
Speaking outside court Wilson said the “unanimous” verdict has sent a huge message to magazine publishers and celebrity journalists.
“Their conduct can only be described as disgraceful.”
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A gossip columnist was trying to rescue television presenter and “damsel in distress” Erin Molan by publishing articles which denied a rumour of an affair with celebrity accountant Anthony Bell, a court has heard, reports News Corp’s Emma Partridge.
But the Footy Show star will continue her defamation case against Fairfax Media, publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald website.
Molan is claiming two articles written about her gave the impression to readers she had engaged in an “adulterous affair” with the champion Sydney to Hobart skipper which caused the “breakdown” of his marriage to former Getaway presenter Kelly Landry.
The two online articles and two accompanying tweets by columnist Andrew Hornery were published on January 11 this year and are the subject of the defamation case.
Today Molan’s lawyer barrister Matthew Richardson said the fact that the article written by Hornery had used the word “rumour” was only a “fig leaf of protection”.
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Isentia has commenced legal proceedings in the Federal Court in Sydney against Meltwater Australia Pty Ltd (Meltwater), its managing director and his wife alleging breach of contracts for media intelligence services.
Isentia alleges that Meltwater, through its managing director and his wife and other associated entities, have subscribed for Isentia ’s print monitoring services such as “Slice” and “Mediaportal” and then provided that content to Meltwater clients, in direct breach of its contract with Isentia.
In doing so, Isentia alleges that Meltwater has also defrauded leading publishers such as News Corp and Fairfax Media of copyright revenue on the content involved.
Isentia has also claimed that Meltwater has been “free-riding” on Isentia’s technology, copyright licences and rights to distribute press clippings. Claims have been filed against Meltwater for making a series of false, misleading and deceptive statements to customers, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.
The matter returns to Court on Tuesday June 20 2017 when it is expected a date will be set for the hearing of the urgent interlocutory injunctions.
Australian journalist Adam Harvey has been struck by a bullet in the neck while working in the besieged city of Marawi, where troops are battling Islamic State militants in the streets, reports The Australian.
CNN Philippines is reporting Harvey was hit in the neck by a stray bullet outside the Provincial Capitol Compound today.
The ABC confirmed the injury, which is not serious and for which he is receiving medical treatment.
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It’s a rare day when both a prime minister and an opposition leader shower accolades upon a journalist, particularly a political editor who has not spared their feelings in his columns, reports Fairfax Media’s Tony Wright.
But both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten – plus former prime ministers – have paid tribute to Michael Gordon, The Age’s political editor since 2013 and a journalist since he joined The Age in 1973, aged 17.
As he leaves Fairfax, there are two recent portraits of Michael Gordon that capture a contentment that transcends journalism.
Not so long ago, he sat on a beach in Sierra Leone with his son, Scott, who is an aid worker in that west African nation battered by civil war and ebola.
They shared a beer and the love of a father and son and watched the sun setting on the waves, a few surfers out for the last break of the day.
Only a few weeks ago, Michael held a tiny baby in his arms: his and his wife Robyn’s first grandchild, son of their daughter Sarah.
The baby is named Harry, after Michael’s own late father – himself a legendary journalist – and all who knew the Gordons had held their collective breath for weeks, willing little Harry, born 10 weeks prematurely, to battle on. He had, and his grandfather, the most decent of men, was finally able to hold him, the Gordon story continuing.
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Talkback king Alan Jones has suffered yet another health setback, hospitalised with an infection this week after a horror year of health issues and scares, reports News Corp’s Alison Stephenson.
Jones’ 2GB understudy Chris Smith has taken the reins of his AM breakfast show every day this week, with Jones off-air since he hung up his headphones last Friday.
Chief operating officer of Macquarie Media – the network that controls 2GB Sydney – confirmed that the shock jock remains in hospital.
“He is unwell but recovering,” Adam Lang told The Daily Telegraph.
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Based at The Roxy hotel in Tribeca since Sunday, the tour group has enjoyed the sights, shopping and night life during an unseasonably warm New York.
On Tuesday night (day 9), the entire tour group came together for a team dinner at the Mexican restaurant Bodega Negra at The Dream Downtown.
Last night (day 10) the winners boarded a bus to The Dream Hotel Downtown to enjoy their last USA Nova’s Red Room with Miley Cyrus in the Electric Room. After a meet and greet and photos with the singer, the Nova’s Red Room Global Tour winners were treated to a performance by Cyrus, who performed her new hit single “Malibu”, as well as the singles “Inspired”, “Jolene”, “We Can’t Stop” and ending with “Party in the USA”. The latter tune is the theme song for this Global Red Room Tour.
Cyrus arrived at the Nova Red Room gig straight from the Jimmy Fallon show that day.
Joining the Nova competition winners at the show were special guests, two fresh from being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last weekend. Denis Handlin AO, chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia Sony Music Entertainment, Rob Stringer, Sony Music Entertainment chief executive officer, Mark Fennessey AM, Shine Endemol Australia CEO, Paul Jackson, Nova Entertainment’s group program director, and Tony Thomas, chief marketing and digital officer, all joined the winners and for this intimate Miley Cyrus Nova’s Red Room.
Also attending the New York gig was Noah Tepperberg, co-owner Tao Group, and John Schwartz, partner of Tao Group.
As the tour nears an end (day 11), winners are checking out of their New York Hotel ready for their return to Sydney for the final gig of the tour, Nova’s Red Room with Peking Duk at Marquee at The Star on Saturday night.
Photos: Miley Cyrus in New York for Nova with Smallzy and competition winners
Nine Entertainment could be the big winner from the financial catastrophe that has gripped the Ten Network, with analysts predicting the embattled broadcaster could be forced to relinquish control of its Big Bash League rights in cricket, reports The Australian’s Mitchell BIngemann.
Ten’s rivals are likely to circle like sharks for content and sporting rights it might no longer be able to afford, after the company went into voluntary administration this week.
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The cross platform audience demand TV charts for the week ending June 10 see a new program at the top of three of the four charts we track weekly via Parrot Analytics.
On the Digital Originals chart Orange Is The New Black is at #1 in Australia with last week’s leader House Of Cards at #2.
In New Zealand 13 Reasons Why is back at #1 with last week’s leader, the very bleak Handmaid’s Tale, dropping to #2.
On the Overall TV chart The Walking Dead is again #1 on both charts.
While audiences in Australia are talking enough about Prison Break to get it to #2 on the chart, the ratings indicate not too many of them are watching it on Network Ten on Monday nights.
• Online content creators account for production growth
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the results of its seventh Film, Television and Digital Games Survey covering the financial year 2015/16, including subscription video on demand (SVOD) services for the first time.
The survey found overall income has increased from $11.9b (2011/12) to $12.1b (2015/16) with the major growth area being subscription broadcasters and channel providers, which was expected as new SVOD services are part of that category.
“Special mention must be made of online content creators who have delivered exponential production growth, now representing $93.6m of non-TV production costs compared to just $5.5m in the 2011/12 survey,” said Screen Australia’s Graeme Mason. “This sector is fertile ground for developing new talent and encouraging risk-taking and Screen Australia will continue to invest in this space.”
Since 2012 Screen Australia has funded 107 online projects including Soul Mates, The Katering Show and Starting from Now.
“The industry growth has not been uniform, with the entry of SVOD services into the market seeing the income of subscription broadcasters eclipse commercial free-to-air broadcasters. However, the operating profit margin between the two is similar, with 9.2% for subscription and 10.6% for commercial free-to-air.”
The survey found a record 31,262 people were employed in the screen sector across 3,359 businesses, up from 29,671 employees in the previous survey (2011/12).
“Employment across the sector is up 5%, but the standout driver of this growth has been digital game developers, with employment up 26% since the 2011/12 survey,” said Mason.
Incredibly, 87,466 hours of first release broadcast and subscription television were made in Australia, with news and current affairs making up 57% (50,160 hours) and one of the cheapest formats to make with an average cost per hour of $11,900.
Drama is the most expensive format at $645,700 average cost per hour, representing 497 hours or 0.6% of total broadcast hours. Children’s drama represented 120 hours or 0.1% and is similarly expensive to make at $476,100 average cost per hour.
There were 444 broadcast hours of documentary at an average cost per hour of $230,000 and 347 non-TV documentary productions at an average cost of $117,900.
Compared to the 2011/12 survey, television drama is down from 632 hours to 497 and television documentary is down from 566 to 444 hours. “Whilst we appreciate the cost per hour of drama is up from $560,700 to $645,700, the reduction in the amount of Australian stories on free-to-air television is notable,” said Mason.
There were 112 domestic and foreign feature films made in the period, with an average cost per production of $4.6m. Some 3,248 episodes of web series were made in the period compared to just 107 in 2011/12.
Twitter has been telling users about a refresh coming to the social media platform.
These are some of the changes rolling out across twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck and Twitter Lite over the coming days and weeks. Here’s what you’ll see:
• Profile, additional accounts, settings, and privacy – all in one place! A new side navigation menu and fewer tabs at the bottom of our app = less clutter and easier browsing.* You told us you loved this change on Android last year and we’re excited to now bring it to iOS.
• Links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app so you can easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into.*
• We’ve refined our typography to make it more consistent, and added bolder headlines to make it easier to focus on what’s happening. Also, rounded profile photos make it clearer to see what’s being said and who’s saying it.
• More intuitive icons make it easier to engage with Tweets – especially if you’re coming to Twitter for the first time. For example, people thought the reply icon, an arrow, meant delete or go back to a previous page. We switched to a speech bubble, a symbol most know and love. We also made the icons lighter for more seamless interaction.
• Tweets now update instantly with reply, Retweet, and like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening – live.**
Also, you’ll see additional accessibility choices such as increased colour contrast and the option to always open supported links in Safari Reader view.*
**Not available on twitter.com and Twitter Lite
Australian advertising revenues are expected to grow by +4.7% to top $16 billion this year according to IPG Mediabrands’ media intelligence and investment division Magna. The new Magna forecast is for a lower growth rate than seen in 2016 at +7.8%.
Digital advertising is expected to grow by 13.5% this year to reach $8.4 billion a strong follow-up to last year’s 24% digital growth.
“The continued strength of Australian digital spend remains impressive given the almost total penetration of internet access and the already high 53% share of digital as a portion of total campaign budgets,” said Victor Corones (pictured), managing director of Magna Australia.
Within digital, the strongest growth comes from video with 38% growth expected this year to reach $1 billion. Social media is expected to have the next highest growth at 20% in 2017. This will stem from 26% growth in mobile social advertising spends, but a stagnation in desktop social-media engagement, which Magna expects to decline in the coming years.
Asia-Pacific’s advertising market will grow by +5.6% in 2017, to US$156 billion. This is marginally ahead of Magna’s previous forecast of +5.4%. APAC maintains its position as the second largest region for advertising spend, behind North America’s US$196 billion. Growth is expected to slow slightly next year to +5.1%.
This year APAC will see digital becoming the largest share of advertising budgets, representing 37.8% of spend, or US$59 billion, slightly higher than television’s 37.7% of budgets. TV will still grow in APAC by +2.2% this year to US$59 billion and will continue to grow through 2021 despite gradually losing share to digital media.
Print media in APAC will struggle in 2017 with newspaper and magazine advertising sales declining significantly at -7% and -9% respectively. Radio and OOH will still see low to medium single-digit growth, but are also losing share as a percentage of the total advertising pie.
Global advertising revenues are projected to grow by +3.7% in 2017, to US$504 billion. This is in line with Magna’s previous forecast of +3.6% in December last year.
The 3.7% growth rate represents a noticeable slowdown compared to 2016 which achieved record +5.9% growth.
In 2018 global advertising growth is expected to re-accelerate to +4.5% as even-year events come back including the Football World Cup in Russia, mid-term US elections and the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
ASX-listed Malaysian-based Frontier Digital Ventures has invested $3.5 million ($A4.7m) in two Southeast Asian online classifieds sites. Frontier Digital Ventures Australian founder and CEO Shaun Di Gregorio said the company had invested A$3.1m in Autodeal, a new car sales site in the Philippines. The company also invested A$1.6m in Propzy, a transaction-focused real estate classifieds business in Vietnam. The Catcha-backed firm now has 18 sites in Africa and Asia, and in December 2016 Frontier invested an undisclosed sum in automobile website MyanmarCarsDB and property website iMyanmarhouse.
Singapore Press Holdings has embarked on a campaign to woo Singapore readers living overseas. The campaign kicks off with The Straits Times creating two monthly e-zines: Singapore Heartbeat which targets professionals living overseas, and Singapore Pulse which targets overseas students. There are over 200,000 Singaporeans working, living and studying abroad, with most residing in the US, Britain, China and Australia.
CNN International commercial has appointed Delilah Chan as sales director, Southeast Asia, and Zab Ali as digital director, North Asia. Chan will oversee CNN’s advertising sales team based in Singapore. She has worked in Southeast Asia for 18 years, and before joining CNN she was head of sales in APAC for the kids-focused digital media platform SuperAwesome. Before that, she was head of business for Twitter in Southeast Asia, and led the BBC ad sales team in Singapore.
Before joining CNN, Ali was with Havas Media, and prior to that worked at agencies such as MRM//McCann, iProspect and Carat.
The New York Times has launched its brand content agency, T Brand Studio, in Hong Kong to service new and existing clients in the Asia-Pacific region. T Brand Studio Hong Kong will be overseen by the director of T Brand Studio International, Raquel Bubar, from London. Three new staff members will work from the Hong Kong office – Reno Ong as content strategist, ex-#legend, a luxury-lifestyle media startup based in Hong Kong, and also Time; Clara Lim as producer, ex-Singapore Press Holdings; and Jason Li, editor, formerly deputy bureau chief at Monocle.
Astro Malaysia and one of Malaysia’s largest publishing outfits, the Karangkraf Media Group, have signed an MOU to form a joint venture company for the creation and monetisation of content verticals in Malaysia and the Nusantara region, which encompasses Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. Astro Group CEO Dato’ Rohana Rozhan said, “At the core of this collaboration, we aim to pursue co-creation of a comprehensive lineup of content IPs across Malay and Islamic verticals.” He said ownership of these IPs “allows us to maximise monetisation potential from licensing, Adex, subscriptions and commerce”, while also anchoring a long-term sustainable role in the media value chain.
He said the company also sees a rising demand for fresh and differentiated vernacular content across the Nusantara region, partly due to the proliferation of direct-to-consumer OTT platforms. He noted that the partnership will unlock new business opportunities to create Nusantara IPs that can travel not only in Malaysia but regionally.
Photo: En Syamil Fahim Mohd Fahim – deputy CEO C Karangkraf Media; Dato’ Hussamuddin Hj Yaacub – CEO Karangkraf Media, Dato’ Rohana Rozhan – Group CEO Astro, Dato’ Khairul Anwar Salleh, vice president Malay Business, Astro
Malaysia’s WebTVAsia has acquired Indonesian online multichannel network Layaria which was set up in 2011 by CEO and prominent Indonesian actor Dennis Adishwara.
Layaria has over 800 top creators in Indonesian major cities and growth of its LayariaTV channel is tipped to surge 25-fold by 2019. WebTVAsia, with a regional network of 1,000 digital channels, also entered into its 10th market in Asia by securing a majority stake in Korean entertainment agency Duble Kick Entertainment. Four years ago WebTVAsia began to expand beyond Malaysia by collaborating with Youku Tudou, China’s YouTube.
Four years ago WebTVAsia had a million monthly views – now it claims 1.5 billion views a month with a projection of over two billion views by year’s end.
Potential buyers are emerging to acquire the Nation Multimedia Group’s digital TV channel Now26 TV in Thailand. Tollway chairman Sombat Panichewa and Bangkok Mass Transit System majority owner BTS Group Holdings’ chairman Keeree Kanjanapas have both emerged as potential buyers. This follows an approach to several investors by the Nation Multimedia Group, which runs Now26 TV through its subsidiary Bangkok Business Broadcasting
PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021 forecast that online advertising expenditure in Singapore is forecast to increase by 11.3 % annually to 2021. Singapore’s online ad figures have been well below global average. Currently, Singapore’s online advertising equates to 14.7% of total ad spend, compared to Japan at 25.9% and China at 53.6%. Singaporean print advertising accounts for 44.5% of total ad spend, but this ad spend is tipped to decline by 2.1% annually in the next five years
AniPlus Asia, a 24-hour general entertainment channel focused on broadcasting anime in the Southeast Asia region, launched this month on Sky TV in the Philippines where the channel is open and free until July 14, and will then be available as an add-on channel via SKY Select. The channel first appeared in the Philippines in December 2016, when Tribe, an OTT streaming service owned by Malaysian pay-TV provider Astro, was launched in the Philippines. AniPlus Asia, also available in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, is based in Singapore, while its parent company AniPlus TV is headquartered in South Korea.
Astro Malaysia is negotiating to buy India’s Reliance Digital TV, a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, owned by Indian billionaire Anil Ambani. Astro is undertaking due diligence and if the deal goes through it will be its second foray into India’s DTH sector – the company has a 20% stake in Sun Direct, an Indian pay-TV operator. Reliance Digital TV’s share of the Indian DTH market is only 2%. But a deal would help debt-ridden Reliance Communications which has set out to reduce its debt by 60% by September.
• Korea’s biggest cinema chain CJ CGV has accused Netflix of “disrupting” the local film distribution market and has refused to screen Okja, the Netflix-backed movie due for release at the end of this month.
• Singapore’s Mediacorp has opened its new 80,000 square metre “campus” to the public, claiming that 12 soccer fields can fit inside the complex. It features a state-of-the-art theatre, 14 radio studios, the ChannelNewsAsia newsroom, Channel 8’s drama set and more.
• Thai ad spend will drop 10-15% this year as brands shift budgets to cheaper online media, according to Media Intelligence Co.
• Turner Asia Pacific has promoted Clement Schwebig to chief financial officer, in addition to his current role as SVP, Business Development, Licensing and China. Schwebig joined Turner Asia Pacific in 2013.
• Singapore Press Holdings has relaunched its 1995 news and lifestyle content site AsiaOne, which will now focus on social news and trending topics being discussed in Singapore, Malaysia and the region. As the primary content aggregator for SPH’s publications, AsiaOne will feature stories from The Straits Times, The New Paper, The Business Times and Stomp, while also syndicating content from SPH’s stable of magazines, such as HerWorld, Home & Décor, Shape.
• UK-based Eleven Sports Network has pulled the plug on its multiyear deal with Singapore’s Singtel to broadcast budget-priced coverage live English Premier League matches.
• CBS and Fox have partnered to launch America’s Showtime in Hong Kong, Taiwan Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. CBS already has a channels joint venture in Asia with RTL.
• The UK’s ITV Choice has launched its “Best of British” programs on demand for the first time in Malaysia via Astro.
• BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with Youku that will see five of BBC Earth’s award-winning Giant Screen films available in HD on TV channels and mobile devices in China. Youku is one of China’s biggest video sites with 500 million monthly active users.
• A new Thai-language multimedia news agency, The Standard, has been launched by two former magazine editors with the aim of shaking up the industry with quality content. The Standard said it has “around 80 staff”. Its website is now operating and it will launch a free magazine in July and a radio podcast mobile app in August.
Former Channel Nine Brisbane reporter Raine Grady has been running Bangkok-based Capital Television Group for over 20 years, together with her Australian cameraman partner Les Nyerges.
Since its 1995 inception, this company has produced over 5,000 hours of video footage of destinations in Thailand and Asia. It has also produced programs for CNBC, documentaries, TV commercials and many corporate videos, a hotel channel, and had three weekly TV shows simultaneously.
Among the local and regional TV programs the company has produced is Travel Asia and Beyond which, after 11 years on Star World, became the most-watched travel show in Asia. About 300 episodes were syndicated internationally.
The company also has Destination Thailand, the longest and most-watched travel and lifestyle TV series in English with Thai subtitles that airs weekly on state broadcaster MCOT via True Visions. That series now comes with a recently launched mobile App.
Other Capital TV weekly programs, Pattaya Plus and Phuket Plus, have both been airing for more than seven years in those destinations on local cable.
This mini media empire eventuated when, after having visited Thailand on a holiday, young Queensland Channel Nine TV reporter Raine Grady promptly returned to Bangkok in June 1993 and never left.
“During my work at Nine, I ventured to Thailand on a holiday,” she says, “A friend I shared a house with in Toowoomba was a mate of famous Australian photo-journalist John Everingham.
“I covered the free elections in Cambodia on my own initiative and the stories were aired on Nine. My friends then convinced me to return to Thailand and get involved in the first English language TV production in Thailand.
“After a year I took the program over, bought the airtime and formed a small company. Then I was approached by CNBC to produce some shows with them on a regional basis when they launched in Asia.
“When CNBC merged with ABN I moved our production team over to focus on travel and launched the region’s first travel show with Star World.
“Since then we have established numerous other TV shows, developed a corporate production unit, worked with other media to establish online platforms and launched our own App for Thailand. A regional travel App is now in the works.”
While busily working in the media, Raine also had time to raise a family in Thailand and the entire family is embroiled in media and the arts.
Read more in the next edition of Mediaweek magazine.
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.
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.
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.