Wednesday June 21 2017
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||4.0%||GEM||3.2%||ELEVEN||4.3%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.1%||7||17.6%||9||14.4%||10 NNSW||4.0%||SBS One||4.5%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||7.6%||GEM||5.3%||ONE||3.6%||Food Net||1.0%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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The Home and Away audience was down from just under 800,000 to 753,000.
Otherwise it was a night of love at the channel with First Dates on 641,000 after a week 24 average of 534,000.
First Dates UK then followed with 392,000.
A Current Affair was down over 100,000 from Monday with the Tuesday episode featuring living on $15 a day, Disneyland down under and the work of the Border Force.
20 To One hosted by Erin Molan and Dave Thornton climbed close to 50,000 on last week, up to 572,000.
The growth at the lead-in didn’t play out well for Love Child with the show down week-to-week from 525,000 to 509,000.
The fact the broadcaster is in voluntary administration seems to indicate TEN doesn’t win many nights in the survey year.
However, the network staged a rally last night to rank #1 overall in primetime metro share. TEN very nearly grabbed top spot on combined share too where it was only outrated by Seven.
The evening started subdued with The Project 7pm on 593,000. Special guest was Joel Creasey.
MasterChef continued on through Heston Week with an impressive challenge last night against the backdrop of massive marquees set up in the middle of a dried up salt lake.
MasterChef has been rock solid for the past month on Tuesday with audiences bobbing around 900,000 and that continued last night with 913,000.
Shark Tank followed after the cooks and didn’t it do well – 749,000 on debut with the Sharks ready to invest and some optimistic entrepreneurs getting an introduction to the business world.
That audience is well up on the 534,000 NCIS did there last week.
Ask The Doctor featured alcohol last night as the show firms with regular number under half a million.
The third episode of David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema was up slightly week-on-week from 592,000 to 619,000.
Michael Portillo continues to deliver via repeat episodes of Great Continental Railway Journeys. The show did a very stable 360,000.
Insight looked at pressures on medical professionals with 248,000 watching.
Karen Bradley, the UK Culture Secretary, will announce next week whether 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky is likely to face further scrutiny from competition regulators, reports the London Telegraph.
Bradley said she has received reports from both Ofcom, the communications watchdog, and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), who she asked to investigate the £11.7bn takeover.
Those reports were originally due last month, but the deadline was extended due to the general election.
The Telegraph revealed last month that Murdoch brothers James and Lachlan had held secret talks with Ofcom in an attempt to persuade the regulator to wave through the planned deal.
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The Turnbull government plans to push ahead with a vote on its troubled media reforms package this week as the Greens ask for more time to consider new measures to support media diversity and journalism, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
The Australian understands Communications Minister Mitch Fifield sees no reason to delay a vote in the Senate despite not having enough support to pass the legislation in its current form.
The Greens yesterday announced they were open to discussing the scrapping of the two-out-of-three rule but wanted to defer a vote until later in the year so a Senate committee could consider “genuine mechanisms” to help local media companies.
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The AFR’s Andrew Tillett and Max Mason:
The Greens have offered a compromise on the Turnbull government’s proposed changes to media ownership laws, saying they will support the axing of the ‘two-out-of-three’ rule in return for greater protections for media diversity.
It comes as the government continues to negotiate with One Nation. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield met with leader Pauline Hanson on Monday night and again on Tuesday morning.
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Dykzeul is currently CEO of Bauer Media New Zealand and has significant media experience across Australasia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, the UK and South Africa. He replaces Nick Chan, who has left the company.
Andreas Schoo, executive board member of Bauer Media Group, said: “I’m delighted Paul will be leading Bauer across Australia and New Zealand. Having worked extensively across both markets he understands the challenges and opportunities which exist for multiplatform magazine brands in this evolving environment. For the past nine years, he has built a strong and innovative media business and is ideally placed to bring that thinking to Bauer Media Australia.”
Schoo added: “I want to thank Nick for the work he has done in helping to position the business for future growth and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
Speaking on his appointment, Dykzeul said: “Across print, digital and events, Bauer Media has the strongest portfolio of leading magazine brands that connects audiences with our commercial partners at scale. I look forward to returning to Australia and working with the dedicated team to build and expand on those strong foundations.”
Mediaweek‘s NZ writer John Drinnan spoke with Dykzeul earlier this year. Read the interview here.
The multi-award winning director and producer of the HBO documentary Only the Dead, Michael Ware (pictured), has joined HMMG for representation in Australia with a view to expand his media, speaking and production projects in this territory.
Prior to forming the independent TV and film company, Penance, Ware was chief primetime foreign correspondent for CNN, reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Republic of Georgia and Mexico.
Ware splits his time between Los Angeles and his hometown of Brisbane.
He most recently hosted Uncensored with Michael Ware, an eight-part documentary series for National Geographic that takes viewers on a raw and unapologetic journalistic adventure: from the savage Papua New Guinea highlands in search of women accused of witchcraft all the way to the glitz and glamor of the Hollywood paparazzi.
The broadcaster took out a gold medal in the Health/Medical category for its Think: Health program, and a silver medal in the Science/Technology category for Think: Digital futures.
“Up against large national and international radio broadcasters including the ABC, SBS, CBC, BBC and Swedish Radio we are over the moon to be recognised for making some of the world’s best work in radio broadcasting,” said 2SER station manager Melanie Withnall.
“The collaboration between 2SER and UTS academics has allowed us to make such great quality programs and we look forward to making more into the future.”
The awards were announced this week in New York, and saw 336 finalists selected from 32 countries.
Photo: Think Supervising Producer Emma Lancaster, Think: Sustainability reporter Jake Morcom, 2SER Station Manager Melanie Withnall and Think: Digital Futures reporter Ellen Leabeater.
For Natalie Bassingthwaighte, her jungle adventure on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! this year was more than just a desperate working mum’s search for a bit of peace and quiet, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.
As the 41-year-old explains: “One of the reasons, besides the huge charity aspect, of going on the show was to ask myself: ‘What am I doing with my life? What is it that I really want?’
Three months after the social experiment in the wilds of South Africa — with a new family-first focus in mind — the former Neighbours star and Rogue Traders’ front woman this week joins the cast of Ten’s breakout drama hit The Wrong Girl.
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Dr Michael Mosley is back on SBS next month with two new factual formats – historical re-enactment Queen Victoria’s Slum beginning Tuesday July 4, 7.30pm and social experiment Meet the Humans beginning Monday 10 July, 7.30pm.
In Queen Victoria’s Slum, Michael Mosley takes a group of modern 21st century British families back in time to see if they can survive the grim conditions of a late-Victorian slum.
In Meet the Humans, a sprawling country manor is rigged with surveillance cameras and contributors fitted with observational devices for an experiment into human behaviour.
He’s been the undisputed star of this year’s “renovated” House Rules reality series on Seven with his naughty streak – as much as his design talents – proving a winner with viewers, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.
And that saucy side was on full show when Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen allowed Seven’s Sunday Night into his lavish UK home.
The cheeky 52-year-old introduces host Melissa Doyle to his wife of 28 years, Jackie, their two daughters, and first grandson Albion – the new apple of the family’s eye.
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Key to the upgrade has been the implementation of image-based browsing and the introduction of the My TV function.
My TV presents the viewer with image-based carousels including personalised recommendations and viewers’ favourites along with live TV, catch-up and genre-based browsing.
Other Freeview Plus upgrade features include an easy-to-use guide with backwards navigation to catch-up content and a simplified Mini Guide for quick program discovery.
The new Freeview Plus is now available through all Freeview Plus-enabled television receivers, set-top boxes or personal video recorders. There are now 12 manufacturers including all of the top five providing fully certified Freeview Plus receivers into the market. More than 85% of all smart televisions carry Freeview Plus. There are currently around 2.2 million TV receivers in Australia that are Freeview Plus-enabled with an 85% connection rate
The world’s best female cricketers will be in England and Wales from Saturday (June 24) to contest the ICC Women’s World Cup, and Fox Sports’ platforms will be the only place to see every ball in the series live.
Fox Sports’ coverage includes 14 games broadcast live on TV, including Australia’s pool matches, the Semi Finals and Final, plus all non-broadcast games available exclusively live via live stream on foxsports.com.au and the Fox Sports App.
Fox Sports’ website will also include a dedicated ICC Women’s World Cup landing page, with the latest and breaking news, plus live scores for all Australian games and the Finals.
Coverage commences on Fox Sports 505 in primetime from 7pm EST on Saturday, with a massive opening clash between hosts England and India.
Reigning World Champions Australia launch their title defence on July 2, in a massive trans-Tasman clash against New Zealand, before squaring off with Pakistan (July 5), England (July 9), India (July 12) and South Africa (July 15) in the pool stage.
As the Blues prepare to wallop the Maroons in Wednesday night’s clash of the rugby league titans (thus returning the State of Origin shield to its rightful home) there are plans afoot for another significant, footy-oriented setting-of-the-world-to-rights, reports The AFR’s Bryce Corbett.
After years spent flirting with the namby-pamby Australian Rugby Union (ARU), brewery giant Lion has pulled its sponsorship of the Wallabies and has struck a deal with the NSWRL for its Tooheys New brand to once again emblazon the jerseys of the NSW Blues.
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Sony Music Australia’s Parade Management and Glenn Wheatley’s Talentworks have announced a Talentworks Parade joint venture.
Talentworks Parade will combine in the management of music artists, sporting personalities and media identities, as well as sign and develop new artists and personalities. Further, Talentworks Parade will also promote touring events, corporate performances, special event appearances, as well as develop merchandise, new media formats and other entertainment industry activities.
Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, said: “We are delighted to join forces through Talentworks Parade with Glenn. He is a real ideas man and is a leader in the management community in building artists’ careers, such as the legendary John Farnham. Parade Management has a brilliant roster of artists which continually feature on the ARIA charts and tour extensively. Both Parade and Talentworks share the passion and focus for building long-term artist careers. The combining of our expertise will add substantially to the opportunities for Australian artists.”
Glenn Wheatley, managing director of Talentworks, commented: “I am very proud to be able to bring our two companies together. Talentworks has had a long history of artist management and concert promotion in the music industry in Australia. Sony and Parade Management need no introduction. They represent everything that is music in Australia. I look forward to working with Denis Handlin and his team.”
The artists managed by Talentworks and Parade include a host of multiplatinum and ARIA award winning Australian artists including the legendary John Farnham and Jessica Mauboy plus Samantha Jade, Anthony Callea, Dami Im, Justice Crew, Adam Harvey, Stan Walker, Cyrus, Jess & Matt, Kyle Bielfield and Missy Lancaster.
Parade Sports manages NRL legend and Australian Rugby League coach Mal Meninga.
Parade and Sony Music have also led the way with carefully tailored brand ambassadorships for its artists including with Target, L’Oreal, Cadbury and Woolworths.
Talentworks Parade’s senior team is Talentworks’ Glenn Wheatley and Parade /Sony Music’s Wayne Ringrow and Ken Outch and Parade’s David Champion.
Photo: Denis Handlin and Glenn Wheately singing the JV agreement
• Crocmedia TV show moves from Prime7 to Southern Cross Nine
Crocmedia’s Off The Bench TV show will return June 29, with a new home on the Southern Cross Austereo regional Victorian television network.
The 13-week series has moved from Prime7 to Southern Cross Austereo’s Nine primary channel screening Thursday nights after The AFL Footy Show hosted by Crocmedia’s Craig Hutchison.
Executive director Crocmedia, Chris Giannopoulos, said the move would build on the award-winning show’s 21% audience increase year-on-year.
“Over the past four years, Off The Bench TV has gained a loyal following in regional Victoria. We’re expecting strong audience growth this year coming off The AFL Footy Show from our regional viewers who love to catch up on the latest in local Victorian AFL action,” Giannopoulos said.
Hosted by Wayne Schwass and Liam Pickering, Off The Bench TV celebrates country football personalities with all the humour associated with the Off The Bench brand.
Southern Cross Austereo head of regional media Rick Lenarcic said, “As the Channel 9 affiliate we’re excited about taking another sports orientated program, especially with the love of AFL in regional Victoria. It’s the perfect fit to follow The Footy Show and the focus on local footy ties in with our own localised brands across our multimedia assets.”
TAC has signed as the show’s major partner and will leverage the opportunity to promote its Toward Zero message to regional viewers.
Other partners include Country Racing Victoria, the City of Ballarat and Weekly Times.
Off The Bench TV is a spinoff of Crocmedia’s Off The Bench radio program that airs in 72 markets each week, and is one of a growing stable of sport entertainment television programs the company produces including Future Stars, Footy SA, Footy WA and Women’s Footy, which aired earlier this year during the inaugural AFL Women’s competition.
• Future of Struggle Street and War On Waste uncertain
KEO Films UK has confirmed that as of December 31 2017 the company will no longer be operating a production office in Sydney, Australia. This change in focus has come about as a result of an organisational review to realign the business.
KEO Films is the company behind SBS’s biggest-ever local series Struggle Street and more recently produced the ABC hit War On Waste. KEO was also behind River Cottage Australia for Foxtel’s Lifestyle channels.
The Australian arm of the business was launched by Leonie Lowe in 2013 and more recently Brendan Dahill has been in charge.
Andrew Palmer, London-based chief creative officer and board director, KEO Films UK, said today, “This decision has not been easy, especially given the incredible successes that our Australian team have enjoyed – most recently with the ABC’s huge hit War on Waste. Operationally, however, this decision best serves our corporate interests at this stage.
“We have enjoyed a highly productive and effective period of activity in Australia. KEO will work closely with our Australian partners, throughout this transition period, to deliver all of the projects currently in production. We are also committed to building partnerships that ensure our shows will still be seen in Australia.”
In light of the changes, Brendan Dahill (managing director) and KEO Films have mutually agreed that he will shortly be leaving the business to pursue new opportunities in the industry.
Palmer said: “We’d like to thank him for the enormous contribution that he has made to KEO Films.”
Dahill told Mediaweek: “I love TV and so I am very keen to remain in the industry. I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the production side of the business.
“At the moment, I am considering my options having never had any time off between jobs.”
Following the recent departure of CEO Debbie Manners, KEO Films will now be led from the UK on a day-to-day basis by Andrew Palmer (chief creative officer) and Simon Huntley (chief operating officer).
As to specifics about two of the KEO hit formats: The update episode of War on Waste (episode four) is about to go into pre-production and will be on air towards the end of the year. Beyond that, KEO is working with the ABC to continue the franchise.
Filming for Struggle Street season two has been completed with no confirmation yet of when SBS will put it to air.
Nova Entertainment welcomes Ben Latimer as smoothfm’s program director for the duration of a maternity role contract.
With over 15 years’ experience, Latimer has senior content management experience across multiple broadcast platforms. Most recently he was head of on demand at Foxtel Television Networks, where he was responsible for all on demand content on the platform and overseeing editorial on all devices for almost three years.
Latimer also has extensive media experience as group program manager for Max and smoothfm TV, which has allowed him to work with the smoothfm brand values and key stakeholders at Nova Entertainment.
He also has held various executive producer and content director roles in Sydney and Adelaide for the Australian Radio Network including working as EP for WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda breakfast show.
Peter Clay, head of programming Nova 96.9 and smoothfm network, said, “I was blown away by the calibre of applicants putting their hands up for the maternity leave contract at smoothfm and Ben was just stood out having had previous experience with the brand and some of the on air talent.”
Latimer will temporarily replace Georgie Page, who will depart for maternity leave on July 21 after overseeing smoothfm become the #1 FM station in both Sydney and Melbourne in the second radio survey this year.
Latimer will commence in the position on 24 July 2017.
Mediaweek’s James Manning joins Kruti Joshi in this episode of the Seven Days podcast. The pair discuss the Ten funding crisis, Rebel Wilson‘s defamation case win, the Global Spotlight refugee crisis project, changes to the Yahoo7 JV and Mia Freedman‘s controversy over Roxane Gay comments.
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.