Friday June 23 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi discuss the week’s media headlines. Talking points include Pacific Magazine’s talks with staff about outsourcing subbing to Pagemasters, ESPN ANZ’s US Open rights grab, Bauer Media’s new ANZ CEO, Sony’s Parade Management and Talentworks joining forces, and much more.
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Special co-host: Toby Barbour, CEO, Starcom Australia
• Special guest: Liz Ross, CEO, Freeview Australia
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MasterChef Australia Ten 356,000
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Network Ten administrator KordaMentha is preparing to push back a crucial meeting to decide the fate of the free-to-air broadcaster as it waits to see if the government can pass new media ownership laws that would allow billionaire shareholders Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch to buy the company, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
A second creditors meeting, where Ten’s future will be decided, is due to be held within 25 business days from the appointment of KordaMentha, or by July 18. The first creditors meeting, where a creditors committee is established, is on Monday.
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A billionaire Fairfax Media shareholder believes the 186-year old publisher could one day be worth $4 billion and urged management to push ahead with its plans to separately list Domain, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Alex Waislitz, chairman of Thorney Investment Group, believes there is more upside for Fairfax Media investors, but it is up to management to convince shareholders they are the ones who can achieve it.
“We strongly encourage [Fairfax] not to give up on its own announced plans to spin off Domain,” Waislitz told his clients.
“After all, private equity never seeks to take control of a company unless it can see a potential exit upside of at least 20% within a few years.”
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Rebel Wilson says any money she receives in damages from her defamation case will go to charity, scholarships or the Australian film industry, reports AAP.
“I take being a role model very seriously,” she said on Twitter.
Wilson’s special damages claim of nearly $6 million is “extraordinarily large” according to the publisher found guilty of defaming her by branding her a serial liar who faked her way into Hollywood.
“You can’t judge reputation and vindication in terms of money,” Bauer Media defence barrister Georgina Schoff QC told the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday.
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Isentia Group Limited has confirmed that Meltwater has consented to the Federal Court making interlocutory orders sought by Isentia that restrain Meltwater from continuing to misuse Isentia’s services to supply its customers with content such as press clippings.
Isentia made an application to the Federal Court of Australia last week seeking urgent interlocutory injunctions to restrain Meltwater from using content from Isentia’s various media intelligence services.
The hearing of Isentia’s application for injunctions did not need to proceed this week as Meltwater, its Managing Director and his wife each consented to the Federal Court making the orders sought by Isentia to restrain them from engaging in the misuse of Isentia’s services as outlined in Isentia’s application pending a final hearing of the matter.
The orders made by the Court effectively stop Meltwater’s access to Isentia supplied content to service its client base from 20 June 2017.
The matter returns to court today.
The Nick Xenophon Team was last night preparing to use the six-week winter break to try to resolve a stalemate over the government’s troubled media reform package as the industry calls for action “as soon as possible”, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
A spokesman for News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian, said last night: “We are disappointed the media reform legislation did not pass the parliament before the winter recess. The measures in the bill are essential for maintaining local voices, local jobs and community spirit. Rather than guaranteeing more local voices are heard, the current rules risk voices falling silent.”
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OMD Worldwide was named Media Network of the Year after winning one Gold, five Silver and five Bronze lions and earning 14 shortlists in the Media Lions category.
Competing at Cannes for the first time, sibling Hearts & Science was the only network to earn two Gold in the media category; and its finally tally of two Gold, one Silver and five shortlists from only 14 entries translated to an entry-to-shortlist conversion rate of 30%, and a 60% shortlist-to-win conversion rate.
PHD rounded out the winners circle with multiple wins outside the Media category, including a Gold in Print and the Cyber Grand Prix.
The as yet untitled film will be built around extensive interviews with her children The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Focusing on her philanthropic and humanitarian work, the young Royals will also reflect on her legacy and the influence she had on their lives.
Seven’s director of network programming Angus Ross said: “We feel privileged to bring this story to Australian audiences. This exceptionally insightful film on one of the most iconic figures of our generation will pay homage to a remarkable woman and those who loved her.”
The documentary comes from British production company Oxford Film and Television with international broadcasters including HBO and ITV.
The Footy Show’s Sam Newman has again provoked outrage, this time over his comments about Caitlyn Jenner, report Fairfax Media’s Kerrie O’Brien and Luke Michael.
On Wednesday night’s program Billy Brownless showed the former footballer a picture of Jenner, asking if he knew who Caitlyn is, to which Newman replied: “I know who he… it is. I do.”
Newman followed up with: “Oh well what is she? Is it a ‘he’ or a ‘she’? Still got the bloody…” at which point host Rebecca Maddern interrupted saying: “He is a she now”.
Social media has been filled with outcry over the incident, with many calling for the former Geelong footballer to resign and for the Footy Show to be boycotted.
Some of the most vocal criticism came from the wife of a prominent AFL player who said she wouldn’t remain silent on such an important issue.
In a series of tweets, social commentator Annie Nolan, the wife of Western Bulldogs’ star Liam Picken, said she wouldn’t hold her tongue any longer.
St Kilda Football Club also responded to the controversial broadcaster’s comments, with chief executive Matt Finnis saying the club has been in contact with Channel Nine to express its concern.
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Melbourne’s footy show wars are set to escalate with Channel 7 moving The Front Bar into a head-to-head battle with Nine’s The Footy Show, reports News Corp’s Nui Te Koha.
The Front Bar, co-hosted by Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang, has quickly risen from humble beginnings as a five-minute webcast to be a primetime contender against Nine’s long-running show, helmed by Bec Maddern, Craig Hutchison and Sam Newman.
From next week, The Front Bar will screen at 8.30pm on Thursdays.
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Seven’s 7flix multichannel has set a record by screening 30 episodes of The Big Bang Theory in just four days. The marathon broadcast binge started on Sunday with nine episodes of the US sitcom screening. The following day 7flix screened eight more episodes while the pace slowed a little on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with “only” seven episodes screened on each day.
Viewers were given a break on Thursday with no episodes scheduled.
Formula One’s new owners believe the UK television rights deal they have inherited from the previous management, led by Bernie Ecclestone, is detrimental to the sport – with coverage entirely behind a paywall from 2019 to 2024, reports The Guardian.
Sean Bratches, the managing director of commercial operations for the Formula One Group, sees free-to-air television as key to the future of the sport but F1 will be shown exclusively on Sky for five years from 2019. On Tuesday the chief executive, Chase Carey, criticised Ecclestone as having a “short-term, deal of the day focus”.
“Free to air is critically important to us,” Bratches said at the FIA conference.
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TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box this week:
On a weekend, Aunty could probably air any British show and it would rate. So expect big things from this new series which is like Death in Paradise but without the weekly killing. Instead this is a medical series but in keeping with exotic beach locations full of Poms, it’s set in India. New Tricks’ Amanda Redman is the cranky boss, Game of Thrones’ Amrita Acharia is the new London doctor looking for a seachange and Men Behaving Badly’s Neil Morrissey is the local bar owner. You may not immediately recognise one of this week’s guest stars but the voice is unmistakable as Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan (housekeeper Mrs Hughes) faints at a wedding. There are just six episodes but ITV has already commissioned another season.
Remember how good Doctor Foster was with its deceptively simple plot about a paranoid wife trying to figure out if her husband was having an affair? This new three-part BBC miniseries has a similar plot, as a pregnant architect wonders if her replacement is trying to take over her life. While it is easy to think that hormones could be causing her paranoia, like Doctor Foster, there is no smoke without fire. With no end in sight for excellent new British dramas, this one couldn’t be better cast with Grantchester’s Morven Christie, This is England’s Vicky McClure and Scottish movie star Dougray Scott.
It’s another three-night event à la Go Back To Where You Came From and First Contact. Based on a British format, and narrated by Colin Friels, the show has five privileged Australians agree to sleep rough in an effort to challenge themselves (and us) about homelessness. There are three business entrepreneurs (beauty queen Jellaine Dee, pub baron Stu Laundy and self-made millionaire Tim Guest) and two famous offspring (Jeff Fenech’s daughter Kayla, named after a Days Of Our Lives character, and Richard Wilkins’ son Christian, who doesn’t know what an “it boy” is but loves being described as one anyway). Hopefully, the results are life-changing (and not just an attempt to create a new TV brand for themselves) but a live reunion discussion at 9.30pm on the final night should reveal who has had a life-changing experience. My prediction? Keep an eye on Tim Guest, the participant who seems the most moved by his experience.
Longtime friends and comedy colleagues Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy are joining forces to drive Australia home in 2018 across the Triple M Network.
Molloy, from the legendary Martin/Molloy to the No.1 daytime show Tough Love, has spent the last seven years on Melbourne’s #1 FM Breakfast show, The Hot Breakfast.
Molloy said: “I can’t wait to get back to my natural habitat on the drive shift. I imagine the show will be a lot like my usual conversations with Jane minus a couple of good bottles of vino.”
Jane Kennedy began her career in radio and appeared with Molloy on Triple M on the ground-breaking breakfast show The D-Generation. They both went on to write and perform together with the team from the ABC TV classic The Late Show.
Kennedy said: “I’m rapt to be working with Mick again and I can’t think of anyone better to do drive with. Plus Micky’s usual excuse of sleeping through the alarm won’t wash any more.”
Triple M’s first national drive time offering will commence on air in Melbourne in October, followed by Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and over 30 other markets in January.
“It’s so cool to have these two exceptional performers on Triple M drive” said Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick.
“The stations where we already have local drive shows will now be followed each day by Mick and Jane, giving the Triple M Network a truly national drive footprint”.
A new co-host for Triple M’s Hot Breakfast will be announced soon.
New Zealand reality TV pioneer Dame Julie Christie has stepped down from the board of MediaWorks. Christie was one of four directors appointed to the board in 2013 when TPG bought out debt for previous owners Ironbridge Capital. Christie has been contentious player in the market. She was closely associated with former CEO Mark Weldon during a period when TV3 lost several high-profile on-air talent. Christie was instrumental in TV3 developing its programming focus to reality TV. Christie has had close ties to the National party government and is active in developing government media policies
New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Dave Gibson is stepping down in December, four years into a five-year term. He was credited with successes with structural issues including the NZFC closing its sales arm and its swallowing of the industry-owned locations office Film NZ. More significantly, the NZFC has developed closer ties with the Chinese film industry as part of developing the China New Zealand co-production treaty. His term coincided with the government extending incentives for foreign firms to include larger-scale TV productions,
Paul Dykzeul will not be creating a new executive role to oversee Auckland, now that he is running Australia and New Zealand operations out of the Sydney office. Asked about his approach to running the two offices, he said: “Getting our two businesses working closer together will be about sharing and implementing our best ideas across both markets, bringing our brightest minds together regularly and looking for synergy opportunities that provide greater scale or cost savings.
“It’s only three hours away and it’s pretty easy to be productive on a plane these days. I’ve also got absolute faith in my executive team back in New Zealand, whom I know won’t miss a beat having me at the end of the phone versus upstairs, so that will allow me the chance to really focus on the Australian business.”
RNZ news director Brent Edwards announced he was stepping down from post after the September 23 election The decision comes amid growing tensions between newsrooms in Wellington and Auckland following an announced push to slowly move 50 jobs north in the next short period. Chief executive Paul Thompson says the change is due to earthquake risks in the capital and that that it could be “ambidextrous” in a localised civil defence emergency. The government recently ended a nine-year funding freeze against RNZ.
ABC circulation figures were issued this week. The New Zealand Herald had an audited net circulation of 121,069, down 7.9% 12 months previously. The Fairfax Wellington-based Dominion Post was 50,834, down 11.4%. The Fairfax Christchurch-based The Press was 51,338 down 10%. The Fairfax Sunday Star-Times was 84,383, down 14.3% from 2016. NZME’s Herald On Sunday was 86,440, down 8.6%.
Dan Martin has been appointed CEO at FCB New Zealand. Currently chief operating officer of Ogilvy & Mather in London, he has previously worked for Fallon, WCRS, Lowe Lintas and JWT, where clients have included Smirnoff, Adidas, Rolls-Royce, Vodafone, Heineken, Unilever, Bacardi and MINI. While at WCRS he led his client Transport for London to being voted UK advertiser of the year by Campaign magazine.
Fairfax New Zealand has won a court decision in Little Rock, Arkansas in the latest development of the troubled deal for digitisation of Fairfax photo archives. Rogers Photo Archives was to keep hard copies in return for free digitisation. But the process has been fraught and caught in legal troubles. NZ content was alongside content from Fairfax Australia and got caught in the legal tussles. Fairfax says the New Zealand hard copies have special status because they were registered under New Zealand Precious Objects Act, and on sale has to be approved by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The hard copies will have to be shipped to New Zealand and stored here, but will remain the property of RPA (in receivership).
This time last year Michael Boggs was leading the demerger of NZME from APN News and Media. Currently, NZME is appealing the decision of the Commerce Commission to reject merger with Fairfax New Zealand. Restructuring is grist for the mill for Michael Boggs, who was 2014 chief financial officer of the year, and who had a profile in business circles from his previous role as CFO at Tower Insurance.
When he replaced Jane Hastings as CEO in April last year he was largely unknown in the wider media world. A year later he is a popular figure for his handling of the merger and for a sunny disposition.
Beyond the change in ownership structures, from a division of APN to a stand-alone business to listing, there has been integration of the three arms of the business – newspapers, radio and digital. The company has a new purpose-built media hub in central Auckland and video interviews are conducted alongside text and radio.
Boggs spoke to Mediaweek this week.
Integration has established a much more agile business and delivered significant efficiency benefits. We’re making good progress on our seven priorities. We are slowing the decline in print revenue, returning radio agency revenue to growth, driving strong digital revenue growth, achieving cost savings, developing our talent and progressing the proposed merger with Fairfax NZ.
It has been front of our minds and our team realised the importance of print to our audience. We slowed the decline of print revenue in 2016. In the latest Nielsen readership, The New Zealand Herald readership has continued its upward trend and the Herald on Sunday remains the most-read and highest-selling Sunday newspaper in the country. Given the reported 15% decline in the New Zealand print advertising market, we are encouraged by the fact that our total print revenue was down only 6% in 2016.
The NZ market grew by 16% in 2016. We achieved digital revenue growth of 24% in 2016, reflecting our success in mobile and video advertising. An example of this new content is NZ Herald Focus, our news video show launched in April 2016. The quality of the NZ Herald Focus product was recently recognised at the INMA world congress in New York where it was awarded best launch of a brand or product to create an audience segment. Our NZHerald.co.nz site was also recently awarded “Website of the Year” at the 2017 Canon media awards.
All companies face challenges, some shared across industry, others are specific to their organisation. We have been launching new business opportunities to grow audience and revenue such as our number one restaurant bookings site, Restaurant Hub, and rates aggregator, RateBroker, and continuing to invest in our well established print, radio and digital brands. Internationally I admire the work by The New York Times to take a stand against “fake news” and the success with their subscription mode. It demonstrates audiences are prepared to pay for high quality digital content.
Since the beginning of the proposed merger process, it is business as usual for NZME. Our strategy and focus for 2017 is unchanged by this process and I have made this clear throughout the business and to our shareholders.
Our news brands continue to deliver outstanding editorial content that resonates with our audience. But we are making a bigger effort to more clearly signpost and identify content which is more entertainment, rather than news or business focused. More and more of our advertising partners are seeing the value that can be created for their business by incorporating content marketing into their marketing mix.