Friday June 9 2017
Friday feature: Mediaweek New Zealand with John Drinnan
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.
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Special co-host: Simon Ryan, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Australia and New Zealand
• Special guest: Peter Tonagh, Foxtel CEO
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Home and Away dipped under half a million, but the program only went to air in three markets.
The AFL Swans v Dogs match screened to 353,000 on Seven with 261,000 in Melbourne and 91,000 in Adelaide. There were another 111,000 watching on 7mate in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.
Later in the night The Front Bar did 149,000 with 122,000 in Melbourne.
Sydney and Brisbane viewers to Seven saw Car Wars (233,000) and then World’s Angriest (145,000).
A Current Affair dropped close to 800,000 for its Thursday episode.
The NRL game between Sharks and Storm did 372,000 on the primary channel with 219,000 in Sydney and 153,000 in Melbourne.
Later in the night the NRL Footy Show did 152,000 with 105,000 in Sydney and 46,000 in Brisbane.
In southern states RBT attracted 248,000 with The Last Resort on 147,000.
Samuel Whitehead was sent home from MasterChef with a Thursday crowd of 834,000, up from 778,000 last week. An episode of MasterChef Masterclass followed with 562,000.
Earlier in the night The Project was on 587,000 with special guest Alan Cumming.
ABC News was the only show over half a million.
The Checkout did 444,000 at 8pm.
After 479,000 last week, drama Janet King slipped to 425,000 last night.
The standout performer again was Great British Railway Journeys with 297,000.
As Street Talk first reported, TPG’s global chief investment officer Jonathan Coslet, who is based in the United States and has been with the firm since its inception in 1993, flew into Sydney for the meetings and fronted Fairfax management alongside TPG Australia boss Joel Thickins.
In a sign of how seriously TPG is taking the diligence program, it’s understood the firm flew Coslet and two members from its specialist technology and media team into Australia for the meetings, where they were joined by TPG Australia’s dealmakers and their bankers from Credit Suisse.
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The countdown for a possible sale of Pandora Media was extended on Thursday, as the company weighed investments from the private equity firm KKR and an unnamed “strategic investor” that may well be Sirius XM, reports The New York Times.
Pandora, which has struggled to hold on to its position as one of the dominant outlets for streaming music, struck a deal a month ago in which KKR would invest $150 million through a purchase of convertible preferred stock.
Under that agreement, Pandora had the right to terminate the deal within 30 days if it found a buyer for the company. That deadline arrived on Thursday.
But in a statement, Pandora said that it had extended its deadline to terminate the KKR investment “to explore interest expressed by a strategic investor in making a substantial minority investment in Pandora, in lieu of the KKR investment”.
Pandora did not specify a new deadline in its statement, and a spokesman for the company did not respond to a question about it.
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Walkley Award-winning journalist Jill Singer has died from a rare blood disorder, reports AAP.
Singer, 60, was a past host of the Seven Network’s current affairs program Today Tonight and was a lecturer at the School of Media and Communication at RMIT in Melbourne.
She won a Walkley Award in 1992 for Best Investigative Television Journalist.
Just two months ago Singer wed lawyer Anthony Brand. Two months before that Singer revealed she had been diagnosed with AL amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder.
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News Corp’s Alice Coster and Colin Vickery:
Singer was a longtime columnist for the Herald Sun. She was a warrior for women’s rights and a fierce opponent of abusers of women and those who sought to take advantage of others.
Channel 7 poached Singer from the ABC in late 1994 to present the Victorian edition of Today Tonight. Right from the start it was obvious she was no pushover.
“Jill was a great journalist, very smart and relentless in the pursuit of a story,” Seven Melbourne news presenter Jennifer Keyte says.
In 1999 and 2010 she won Quill awards for reports on Exxon after the Longford gas explosion and the justice system’s handling of domestic violence victims.
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Gaven Morris, director of ABC News, commented:
Jill Singer began her journalism career with the ABC and we are very saddened today to hear of her loss. Jill was a talented journalist and a charismatic presence behind and in front of the camera and microphone, on television and radio. Her achievements with the ABC included being a senior reporter, Executive Producer and presenter of The 7.30 Report, being the inaugural executive producer of morning national news and current affairs program First Edition, and presenting programs including The Arts Show and interview program 2 Shot. Her 1992 Walkley Award was for investigative reporting she did for the ABC. Many people here worked with her and remember her fondly and with regard. All at the ABC extend our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.
New video has emerged of Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt fighting back after he was sprayed with a “sticky liquid with glitter and dye” by masked men at a book signing in Carlton North on Tuesday, reports News Corp’s Genevieve Alison.
Two protesters set upon Bolt, spraying him with the liquid, while a third offender filmed the incident.
Bolt told The Bolt Report viewers on Tuesday evening: “Bad luck for them, I don’t do running and hiding.”
“Police are now looking for this young man, who will have a big bruise on the left side of his face and another bruise between his legs, for which I apologise, I guess, but I don’t really fight nice if I’m pushed too far,” Bolt said.
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The move is the latest step in oOh!’s content play which forms part of the company’s broader digital strategy.
oOh! CEO Brendon Cook said: “Three years ago we launched Hijacked that set us on a strategic direction placing content and audience connection as the key differentiator to our digital strategy and one that has delivered huge value for entire oOh! business.
“We now see it as a natural step to take the pioneering work Hijacked did with university students and put it into the Junkee stable.
Under the guidance of Managing Editor Lisa Omagari, Hijacked has continued to drive increased readership since its launch in 2014.
Junkee Media CEO Neil Ackland said: “We recently announced new areas of Junkee based around interests like Music, Video and Politics, and we will be adding student-specific content from Uni Junkee that we know the audience will love.
“Uni Junkee will also be amplified to 1.3m students across 106 campuses nationally on Locate by oOh!’s Study network, and through social channels for Uni Junkee and other Junkee titles.”
Uni Junkee will go live in July 17.
As Mediaweek has reported this week, Perry has just attended a special Nova Red Room Global Tour event in Los Angeles this week hosted by Nova’s Smallzy.
Perry’s new album “Witness” is available from today.
The pop superstar is a longtime friend of Sunrise, and she tried her hand at presenting weather during her last visit in 2014.
On her June 2017 visit, Perry is swapping the stage for the television studio, and she will co-host the Seven program alongside Kochie and Sam.
Perry’s visit to Brekky Central follows a string of international superstar guests, most recently Tom Cruise and Ed Sheeran
Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell said: “Katy Perry has a proud history with Sunrise. She’s done almost everything there is to do on the show. Everything except co-hosting it. We can’t wait to see what she brings this time.
“Katy’s like an old friend, it’s great to welcome her back. She’s the biggest pop star in the world right now so of course I’d give up my seat to have her co-host the show!”
Nova radio host David “Luttsy” Lutteral has backtracked from previous allegations he made about Hamish and Andy stealing the idea for their new show from him, offering a lengthy on-air apology, reports news.com.au.
Earlier this week, the radio host claimed he’d told Andy Lee three years ago about a show he’d dreamt up called Cracking Yarns.
Speaking on-air, Lutteral was contrite.
“Some things were said on our breakfast radio program on Monday about Hamish and Andy that were pretty serious allegations about the concept of their program True Story being stolen from me after a conversation between Andy and me in New York in December 2014,” he said.
“I fully accept now that that was not the case. I’ve now seen the concept document from 2013 developed by Hamish and Andy’s team for True Story. It is clear to me that they had conceived and documented the format for True Story over a year before I met with Andy in New York.”
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ZM Network was named Network Station of the Year at the New Zealand Radio Awards held in Auckland this week. Of the 47 awards eight were “premier” awards. Four of those were part of the MediaWorks Group, three for stations belonging to NZME. One is independent.
The station of the year for a surveyed market was More FM Canterbury. The non-surveyed market was 1XX in Whakatane, an independent.
Best Music breakfast show was Jay-Jay Jay, Dom and Randell at the Edge Network while Best Non-Breakfast Team was Jono and Ben at The Rock Network, Best Talk Presenter for Breakfast or Drive was Duncan Garner from Radio Live. Marcus Lush of Newstalk ZB won for other timeslots on talk stations.
The “Blackie” award for best radio moment of 2016 went to “Scotty J word Insertion” on Radio Hauraki.
Television producer and businesswoman Julie Christie was named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this week. She will carry the title of Dame. Christie was the founder of successful production company Touchdown. She is currently one of four directors of MediaWorks, which owns of TV3 and half New Zealand’s commercial radio stations.
Christie is a controversial figure in New Zealand media due to a focus on commercial reality TV shows and a direct approach. At MediaWorks she has seen changes at TV3 during the era when Mark Weldon was chief executive.
TV scriptwriter Rachel Lang (Outrageous Fortune, Filthy Rich) was named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Wendyl Nissen is joining MediaWorks’ RadioLIVE to host Afternoon Talk, while other changes include Ali Mau confirmed as drive host, and Mitch Harris moves to Night Talk starting Monday June 2 2017.
Afternoon Talk is a new magazine-style show which will bring listeners in-depth interviews with newsmakers in the world of current affairs, as well as conversations with leading lifestyle experts and prominent New Zealanders.
Nissen’s career began 35 years ago as a journalist at the Auckland Star later moving to the Auckland Sun then to the New Zealand Herald. Nissen became the editor of top-selling magazines Woman’s Day and New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. After a short time producing for 60 Minutes, Nissen spent two years in Sydney as editor of Family Circle magazine. In 2000 she began producing several documentaries for Greenstone Pictures and then TVNZ’s panel advice show How’s Life with Charlotte Dawson.
In recent years Nissen created an online green business called Wendyl’s Green Goddess which she sold in 2016. She has written six books, edited the Australian Women’s Weekly and is currently a columnist for the Weekend Herald (Wendyl Wants to Know), New Zealand Woman’s Weekly (Green Goddess) and Australian Women’s Weekly (Country Diary).
Bravo New Zealand, Matchbox Pictures, NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution last week announced that The Real Housewives of Auckland – the local version of the popular international franchise, commissioned by Bravo New Zealand – has been acquired by Bravo to air this summer in the US.
Bravo NZ noted the US acquisition is a testament to the high quality of the homegrown version of the franchise and Matchbox Pictures’ commitment to producing local content of a world-class standard for the international market. The unscripted local production was a top performer on Bravo New Zealand – coming up to its first anniversary in July – as well as delivering strong ratings when it aired in Australia in 2016 on Foxtel.
Commonwealth Bank-owned ASB Bank has played down its recent decision to drop Saatchi & Saatchi and move to Australian agency WiTH Collective. The Auckland operation will be based at the Dentsu Aegis network. The bank account has been a cornerstone of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand business for five years. Despite the big hit, Saatchi & Saatchi managing director Paul Wilson said that the agency was in good health after some recent new business wins.
Ad agency Sugar & Partners has parted company with executive creative director Damon O’Leary and creative director Dave Nash. Nash rejected a suggestion from the agency managing director Jeremy Johnston that the departure was due to changing agency models. He said that he and O’Leary planned to work on new project together.
The inaugural New Zealand IAB awards were held in Auckland recently with Zane Furtado of Acquire Online named Grand Prix winner. The award for digital Media Sales Excellence – Mobile went to Stephanie Tucker of 1st Screen. She also won the Online category. Stephen Old of Pandora won in the Display category, Jacqui Fraser of Exponential for Video, Jared de Wet for Search. In Ad Operations Excellence Category Ashwin Sundaram of Acquire Online took the junior award while Zane Furtado took the senior prize. Digital Producer of the Year was the Near Allspark platform by MADE Media. Best digital led campaign in the Data category went to Qassem Naim of FCB for “Gifts That Go Places”. Best digital led campaign Use of Native went to “Xero – Life Over Business” campaign by Jaimee Kivell of Bauer Media. The Best Digital Led campaign by an Advertiser was “The Many Faces of Tiguan” campaign, from Kate Grigg at FCB.
Former SBS newsman Mark Boyd has been getting his head around New Zealand election coverage. Boyd, who retired as executive producer of World News at SBS in 2013 after a decade, has returned to New Zealand academic life at the University of Auckland after a long absence. He is in the last few months of a doctorate in political science and is writing a dissertation on media coverage of seven New Zealand general elections from 1993 to 2014. The next election will be on September 23.
In a country that frequently notes the absence of a non-commercial TV player, Boyd compares approaches to election coverage by New Zealand broadcasters with those in Australia, Britain, Ireland and Canada. The upshot, he says, is the same trends that affected news coverage in Australia have had the same impact here with a focus on presidential style politics, less time looking at issues and smaller news bite.
Overall Boyd believes that local media do a good job of spreading coverage around. Kiwi minor parties get slightly more and the major parties get slightly less. Boyd says that cross-Tasman comparisons put TVNZ on a similar plane to commercial networks such as Nine and Seven.
As for the difference between New Zealand TV news broadcasters TV3 and TVNZ, there was nothing structural, and it came down to the personalities involved. The TV3 political editor Patrick Gower was more “pit bullish” than Corin Dann at TVNZ.
It was apparent in screen presentation that TV3 had fewer resources.
New Zealand text media was notably non-partisan compared to Australia, in part because it was operating in smaller markets.
The only real sign of partisan NZ political coverage was in radio with NewstalkZB with morning shows hosted by Mike Hosking and Leighton Smith. The rival MediaWorks talk station Radio Live was not palpably left leaning, but it had had hosts who were linked to left politics. In television the main difference with Australia was the absence of daily current affairs show such as 7.30 on the ABC, where senior politicians might appear for interviews. TVNZ has a commercial format, as do public broadcasters in Ireland and Canada. However, they were trying to maintain the ability to provide that type of political content.
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.