Friday June 2 2017
Mediaweek editor James Manning joins Kruti Joshi from London for this week’s media wrap. They talk about the media executives’ excursion to Canberra, A-League on Ten, Schapelle‘s weekend wild goose chase, Roadshow acquiring Blink TV, Origin 1, and more. James also give a first-hand account of the aftermath of the Manchester bombing.
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show:
• Danny Bass, CEO, IPG Mediabrands Australia joins as special guest co-host
• Jackie Frank, General Manager – Fashion, Beauty & Health, Pacific Magazines
• Emily Taylor, editor, InStyle magazine
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After Nine’s win with a one-sided sporting contest on Wednesday night, Seven returned to the winner’s circle also with a one-sided contest last night as Port Adelaide took down Hawthorn.
While the AFL helped secure a Seven win, it was certainly a long way short of the audience numbers Nine attracted with Origin.
Home and Away managed two nights on 800,000 this week, another on 725,000 and then ended the week down to 625,000 on Thursday.
The AFL screened on the primary channel in Melbourne and Adelaide to 393,000 with 251,000 in Melbourne and 142,000 in Adelaide. Perth got the game on 7mate with 63,000 watching.
Later on in those AFL markets the Front Bar did 126,000 on Seven with 97,000 in Melbourne.
Viewers in Sydney and Brisbane saw House Rules and then Aussie Property Flippers.
The Thursday edition of A Current Affair was just under 779,000.
RBT had a national audience with no Thursday night NRL, with 584,000 watching the breath-testing unit in action.
The NRL Footy Show did 202,000 with 141,000 in Sydney and 61,000 in Brisbane.
Viewers in other states got an episode of The Last Resort.
The Project had another night just over 600,000.
MasterChef was down exactly 100,000 on the previous Thursday with 778,000 watching last night’s elimination.
Two repeat episodes of Law & Order: SVU followed with 316,000 and then 275,000.
Janet King launched a week ago with 500,000 and most of that audience – 475,000 – returned for episode two.
Also just under half a million was The Checkout with 467,000 after attracting 496,000 a week ago.
Michael Portillo travelled from Dromod to Sligo in Ireland on Great British Railway Journeys with the audience just pushing above 300,000.
Fairfax Media has formally opened its books to a pair of US private equity firms as the billion-dollar auction for the 176-year-old publisher moved up a gear yesterday at management presentations in Sydney, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman kicked off the process at 9.30am at investment bank Macquarie’s 50 Martin Place headquarters.
Pictures of the bid team taken by The Australian’s photographer show former REA Group chief executive Greg Ellis, who runs the Hellman & Friedman-controlled German online portal Scout24, arriving at Macquarie for two days of meetings led by Fairfax chief Greg Hywood.
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The AFR’s Max Mason:
TPG will meet Fairfax management on Monday. It entered Fairfax’s virtual data room on Wednesday, two days after Hellman & Friedman, after some debate around the terms of a confidentiality agreement.
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It was billed as a struggling sector’s chance to twist the arms of cross-bench senators into passing new ownership laws, but instead senior media executives ended up just shaking hands with the government, writes Fairfax’s Lucy Battersby.
As the [media] summit was taking place in Canberra on Wednesday night, the crucial vote holder – Pauline Hanson – was thousands of kilometres north watching her home state get thrashed in the State of Origin rugby league match.
During the day Opposition leader Bill Shorten met with chief executives, but there were no special visits to the Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, or Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. However, One Nation’s newest Senator, Peter Georgiou, did attend the evening summit.
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Rebel Wilson knocked back an offer to trace her family tree in a move that may have shed light on the debate about her links to Walt Disney, reports News Corp’s Shannon Deery.
Disney has been mentioned almost every day in Wilson’s defamation trial against Bauer Media, with the Hollywood star claiming the legendary animator is her uncle.
The Supreme Court heard today Wilson was offered a spot on the SBS documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, a genealogical series tracing the family trees of celebrities.
Wilson’s Australian agent, Jacinta Waters, told the court the offer to appear on the show was one of many that had been made since publication of the series of articles at the centre of the trial.
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Former journalist with The Australian Financial Review Tom Switzer will be announced as the successor to Greg Lindsay as head of the Sydney-based Centre for Independent Studies, reports his former paper.
Lindsay founded the influential libertarian think tank in 1976.
Switzer, 45, who will take the helm from early next year, was an adviser to former Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson and is a former editor of The Spectator Australia.
A Saturday night A-League match and all finals clashes will be shown on Network Ten from the start of the 2017-2018 season, as well as Socceroos games once this World Cup Qualifying cycle has ended.
Network Ten’s One channel will take a live simulcast of Fox Sports’ 7.30pm Saturday night match next season, featuring the commentary team of Mark Bosnich, Robbie Slater, Simon Hill, Adam Peacock, Andy Harper and Tara Rushton.
The deal comes after Fox Sports signed a six-year agreement with the FFA to continue live coverage of every A-League game, along with coverage of the Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup.
Network Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: “We are very proud to partner with Football Federation Australia and Fox Sports to bring the Hyundai A-League to our viewers on One and tenplay every Saturday night.
“From October this year, 27 home and away Saturday night matches and five finals – plus Socceroos matches from next year – will have a new home on free-to-air television. We will provide a consistent timeslot on One for 30 weeks of the year, promoting the Hyundai A-League and its best game each week to all of Australia.
Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany said: “This is a great result for football fans in Australia. The arrangement between Fox Sports and Network Ten will ensure more fans than ever before get to watch the best Australian footballers in action every week.
“A primetime Saturday night A-League match on free-to-air, featuring Fox Sports’ expert commentators and world class production, will help grow the game and build football for long-term success.”
Photo: Fox Sports CEO, Patrick Delaney, FFA CEO, David Gallop and Channel 10 CEO, Paul Anderson announce new FFA free-to-air TV deal. Picture. Phil Hillyard/News Corp
Grand Final teams will be decided over the coming weeks as they battle it out in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final – beginning Saturday June 3 from 4pm AEST on 9GEM and 9Now.
Hosting the Suncorp Super Netball finals action will be Clint Stanaway. He will be joined by an expert commentary team including Australian netball legends Liz Ellis, Anne Sargeant, Cath Cox, Sharelle McMahon and Sue Gaudion.
Courtside reporters will include Nine sports presenters Julie Snook, Tom Mitchell, Christine Ahern and Laura Spurway.
Nine’s head of netball Keeley Devery said: “It really has been an amazing first year of Suncorp Super netball. After 59 incredible matches to have the Grand Final in primetime on Channel Nine is the perfect result for the competition and for netball.”
The ESPN World Fame 100 has returned with a new list that catalogs the most famous athletes around the world. Debuting last year, the World Fame is ESPN’s ranking of the 100 most famous active athletes in the world (retired athletes are not considered for the list).
The ranking is based on a formula devised by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar, which combines endorsements, social media reach and other data to create a comparative ranking system.
The ESPN World Fame 100 has been released today on ESPN digital editions in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and UK, as well in the US on ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes, in Africa via KweseESPN, in India via SonyESPN and China via Tencent’s QQ Sports.
After missing a spot on last year’s list, this year the Aussies have two representative’s in golfers Jason Day (#85) and Adam Scott (#98). Day and Scott are Australia’s first entries on ESPN’s World Fame 100 list.
Photo: Adam Scott and Jason Day/PGA Tour
Singapore Press Holdings has appointed Ng Yat Chung (pictured) as executive director with effect from July 1 this year. Ng, a former chief of the defence force, is currently an independent director of SPH. SPH’s CEO since 2003, Alan Chan Heng Loon, will be retiring on September 1 and will also quit as a director of SPH. Ng will replace Chan as CEO on the same day, when Patrick Daniel, deputy CEO, will also retire.
Singapore-based film and TV producer mm2 Asia is in negotiations with Village Cinemas Australia, a Village Roadshow subsidiary, to buy into a cinema chain in Singapore. Catalist-listed mm2 Asia hopes to acquire the entire stake owned by Village Cinemas in Dartina Development, a Hong Kong-incorporated company that owns Golden Village Cinemas in Singapore.
Fox Networks Group Asia and CBS Corporation have announced a content licensing trademark agreement for Showtime in South East Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The agreement will bring the brands to these markets for the first time.
Under the agreement, Fox Networks Group Asia viewers will have access to hundreds of hours of Showtime content including future series, such as the highly anticipated return of Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning Twin Peaks as well as I’m Dying Up Here, a new drama executive produced by Jim Carrey. In addition, Fox viewers will also have on-demand access to the acclaimed current and back catalogues of premium Showtime programming, including Ray Donovan, Dexter and Californication.
CBS has a similar deal for Showtime with SVOD platform Stan in Australia.
Philippines broadcaster GMA Network announced it will spend P800 million (A$21.6m) this year to finance the launch of its digital terrestrial television service and program rights acquisition. GMA chairman and chief executive Felipe Gozon said the DTT service would be available in Mega Manila, Cebu and Davao by the first half of 2017, via a device enabling digital broadcast services on analog TV while transforming the unit into a smart TV capable of playing on-demand content and running different applications. Gozon said the company planned to provide at least four digital TV channels.
Singapore Press was the leader of the pack among Southeast Asian recipients of gongs at the INMA Global Media Awards held on May 25. SPH took home three accolades on the night, winning second place for Best Brand Awareness Campaign, second place for Best Marketing Solution for an Advertising Client, and third place for Best Execution of Print Advertising with an e-paper app that animated print ads. Other regional winners included the South China Morning Post winning third place in the Best New Print Product for its 20-page weekend supplement and Jakarta’s Brilio.net won third place in the Best Use of Social Media category.
Discovery Networks Southeast Asia is looking to partner with Indonesian mobile phone operators and production companies to increase its presence in Indonesia. Shavkat Berdiev, vice president and general manager of Discovery Southeast Asia, told the Jakarta Globe that Discovery’s major strategy is to pursue various collaborations, including content sharing and the development of digital content, with local mobile operators to attract a young and tech-savvy audience.
Malaysia’s leading fully integrated media group Media Prima has reported revenue of RM272.2 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, a 10% reduction against the corresponding quarter in 2016. The company attributed the revenue decline to lower advertising and newspaper sales as traditional media platforms faced ongoing challenges of subdued Adex and a shift to digital media. To counter this decline, the company said it seeks to grow its digital and non-traditional revenue streams through strategic business initiatives launched in 2016 and early 2017.
Hong Kong’s financially struggling LeTV was unable to air its scheduled live broadcast of the English FA Cup final on May 27. Instead free-to-air television network TVB replaced LeTV as Hong Kong’s sole live broadcaster of the final.
In a press release, Democratic Party legislator Andrew Wan criticised LeTV, saying that the beleaguered Chinese-owned network had repeatedly been unable to provide full coverage of football matches.
Trending Korean actor Gong Yoo, mobbed by fans in Sydney in January, features on the cover of the June issue of Esquire in seven Asian countries. Gong is on the cover of Esquire issues in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He also graces the cover in his home country Korea. The issue, featuring an interview, will also be sold in Vietnam and the Philippines as Esquire is published in 10 Asian countries.
Three different versions of the cover featuring Gong are available in Korea.
Gong was in Australia in January to complete filming a commercial for instant coffee brand Kanu, for which he is brand model.
Viet tech and content firm VNG Corporation signed a preliminary agreement to list on Nasdaq, possibly in 18-24 months. The proposed IPO will make VNG the first Vietnamese firm to list overseas. VNG, with 30 million online/mobile users, is also Southeast Asia’s first unicorn. VNG, founded in 2004 as a games publisher, now has a variety of businesses including an online video and music streaming service that is popular in Vietnam.
• Malaysia’s premier Chinese language channel, Astro AEC, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a stronger branding of the channel and more local programming. Astro’s platform Xuan, with an average of 1 million unique visitors and 4 million page views per month, is now the number one Chinese entertainment portal.
• Benjamin Ismaïl, Reporters Without Borders head of Asia-Pacific, has quit after a six-year stint.
• Singtel has launched a top Malaysian streaming service, Media Prima’s tonton, on Singtel’s popular video streaming app, CAST. This marks tonton’s first expansion outside Malaysia.
• Satellite operator ABS is linking with content providers Solar Group to launch a new free-to-view DTH package in the Philippines in the third quarter this year. The platform will host 40-50 “high quality” domestic and international channels.
• Media Prima appointed Tan Sri Ismee Ismail as its independent non-executive director, effective on June 1. Ismee is also TV AlHijrah chairman.
• HBO Asia will dub the season 7 of HBO original series Game of Thrones – which premieres on July 7 – into Thai, voiced by local celebrities. This is first time in Asia that an HBO Original production will be dubbed in local language by local celebs.
• BBC Worldwide has signed an MOU with leading Chinese media company Shanghai Media Group Pictures to expand the Doctor Who fan base in China. The deal will see the entire catalogue of Doctor Who including spinoffs, Torchwood and Class available on popular Chinese TV channels and on-demand platforms.
Bangkok-based Father Michael Kelly – Mick to his mates – is a journalist who became a Jesuit priest who became a savvy publisher and who now runs a complex global religious media empire.
Kelly’s media career began in 1982, and he worked in Hong Kong with the UCA Catholic News Agency (UCAN,) an Asia-wide news service for the Catholic Church, before being ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1984.
Returning to Australia, he established Jesuit Publications and Eureka Street, its monthly journal of opinion in 1989.
But in 1997 he was sacked from his church duties in Melbourne. Media outlets in Australia and the UK reported that he was fired from his publications by the then-Archbishop of Melbourne, George Pell, himself a former Catholic newspaper editor in Ballarat and now a Cardinal.
But Kelly corrects the media version of events.
“My getting the sack didn’t relate to anything I was publishing,” he told Mediaweek. “It was George getting his revenge once he was archbishop for my questioning on Four Corners in 1993 of the truth of his account of an event of the sheer bullying of me.
“He never employed me and so couldn’t sack me. He waited till a pathetic little weak bastard became my Provincial. When Pell put the acid on him, I was history in that job.”
Kelly moved to Sydney and promptly founded Catholic Telecommunications in 1997 which became Church Resources, a project he’d been incubating for two years prior to his dismissal.
He relinquished leadership of Church Resources at the end of 2007, and in 2008 became the Bangkok-based executive director of UCAN News.
He says UCAN moved its headquarters from Hong Kong to Bangkok in 1994 in anticipation of the political changes with China in 1997.
“We have 40 reporters, seven text and audiovisual editors, and five news sites – the main site in English and then sites that add local focus in India in English, and in Indonesia, China and Vietnam in their scripts.”
Kelly bedded down UCAN and began to further hone his entrepreneurial skills.
In September 2014 he launched Global Pulse Magazine, which combined resources from five leading Catholic publishers – Commonweal in New York, La Croix in Paris, China’s Taiwan-edited eRenlai, and two Kelly operations – Bangkok-based UCAN and Eureka Street.
Global Pulse was edited in Rome by Robert Mickens, and produced in Bangkok.
In September 2016, Kelly sold the publication into a joint venture with French publication La Croix, which first appeared as a daily newspaper in 1883, published by Bayard Presse.
La Croix International, launched in November 2016, was the result of the JV, and at the time Kelly told Wan-Ifra that La Croix had been “looking for ways of getting out beyond French and out of France. And we demonstrated the capacity to publish and produce, so that’s where the conversation began.”
Following the La Croix International launch, Kelly also formed a partnership with the Italian-based Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica to create a monthly English-language version.
On February 9 this year the English-language edition, featuring an interview with Martin Scorsese about his film Silence on the Jesuits in Japan, was launched simultaneously with the 4,000th edition of the Italian version, as well as Spanish, French and Korean editions
In 1850, Pope Pius IX granted Italian Jesuits permission to publish La Civiltà Cattolica, so it was fitting that on the day its first English-language edition was launched, Kelly was at the Vatican to present a copy to longtime subscriber of the Italian edition, Pope Francis.
Kelly says he’s a fan of the Pope, and the occasion was a highlight of his career.
“I’m rarely surprised by what he says and does,” Kelly says, “I guess I’m more amazed by the consistency and stubborn repetitiousness of what he says and does. He just keeps banging away.”
Perhaps not unlike Father Michael Kelly himself.
Photo: Father Michael Kelly with Pope Francis
Mediaweek this week celebrates 300 episodes of the Two Blokes Talking Tech podcast hosted by Trevor Long and Stephen Fenech. The two tech gurus originally came together on a Mediaweek tech podcast seven years ago. Since then they have podcasted as Two Blokes from all around the world. They still have their own podcasts each week too.
It has been Twin Peaks time around the globe and Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado spend the first part of the new TV podcast discussing David Lynch’s return to the cult series. They also discuss changes to Foxtel Play’s packages, American Gods, War On Waste, Hamish & Andy’s True Stories plus NSW’s hippest regional cinema – South West Roxy.