Tuesday March 28 2017
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||2.8%||GEM||1.7%||ELEVEN||2.9%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.2%||7||27.2%||9||19.8%||10 NNSW||2.4%||SBS One||2.6%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||4.0%||GEM||2.4%||ONE||3.8%||Food Net||0.6%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2016. 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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Seven has now won the past six nights in primary and combined channel share. Nine started last week with a decisive lead on Sunday and Monday, but Seven has reversed that situation thanks to a combined programming lift and a boost in particular at My Kitchen Rules. Real crime was also a factor with the delayed Murder Uncovered look at the Melbourne gangland scene doing well until late into the night.
Seven News won its metro timeslot with both half hours over 1m viewers. Seven managed to win the hour in Sydney too. The weekday bulletin averaged 958,000/911,000 last week, close to identical to what it did the week prior – 958,000/915,000.
Home and Away did 792,000 after it averaged 704,000 in week 12, up from 678,000 in week 11.
My Kitchen Rules had it best night since the second week of survey. Indeed the Monday episode last night was the most-watched show on television in over a month since two episodes of MKR did just over 1.25m on February 20 and 21. The episode last night featured the nine teams competing for a place in the finals. Adelaide’s Tim and Kyle made it through, leaving the other eight teams to take part in what is being called the biggest dinner parties ever seen on the show. There also seems some controversy attached to forthcoming episodes which should help swell the numbers.
The much-anticipated Melbourne gangland special of Murder Uncovered then rolled out over two episodes. The first episode narrowly trailed House Husbands (even in Melbourne) with 693,000, but the second was a timeslot winner on 549,000.
Nine News could not quite crack 1m across either half of the bulletins. The weekday bulletins last week averaged 905,000/906,000, close to the week 11 numbers of 912,000/903,000.
A Current Affair featured a special episode with Martin King reporting on the families affected by the Bourke Street Mall tragedy. King appeared in the studio with Tracy Grimshaw and they asked for viewers to help donate to two of the families. The Monday episode did 846,000. The week 12 average of 804,000 was up on week 11’s 765,000.
Married At First Sight had a Monday audience of 1.16m, which is down on the 1.24m watching a week earlier. Anthony and Nadia were again centre stage.
House Husbands won its timeslot with 722,000, up from 673,000 from last week.
The channel’s best was again The Project with 570,000. Surprisingly Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) turned up in the first 30 minutes in what has been something of a week for the singer and the network after his music was featured prominently in last week’s episode of This Is Us. Also on the program last night was a special report from Hugh Riminton into the conviction relating to the murder of Peter Falconio.
The first episode of week for The Biggest Loser: Transformed did 284,000.
TEN’s Monday movie The Heat then did 230,000.
ABC News just made it over 800,000 to start the weekday bulletins.
At 8pm Australian Story was on 502,000.
Four Corners did 428,000 and then Media Watch was on 448,000.
Q&A just made the top 20 on 419,000.
The second part of The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs did 216,000 which is bang on the number watching a week ago.
The final of Simon Reeve’s The Big Fix did 174,000.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Nestlé have joined a number of local brands in suspending advertising with Google amid concerns their ads could appear next to undesirable content, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The Australian operations for Volkswagen and McDonald’s, who have had some of their global brands already suspend Google ads, are both considering their positions.
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Fairfax Media’s Elizabeth Knight:
According to several big advertisers contacted by Fairfax Media, there is a renewed focus on ensuring their advertising spend is better targeted than just avoiding being placed alongside offensive content.
An ANZ spokesman said on Monday that the bank had now instigated a process with its media buying agency, PHD, to ensure its ads were placed appropriately.
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News Corporation’s Fox Sports has sparked a revolt from the powerful NSW and Queensland clubs lobby after proposing massive subscription increases, report Fairfax Media’s Mathew Dunckley and Lucy Battersby.
It has flagged seeking permission from the competition watchdog to conduct a boycott of the service.
Under competition law a group of competitors can ask for permission to act as a group and not purchase services from another business as part of a negotiation.
The ACCC will consider whether allowing the boycott would be in the public interest and, in its published explanatory material on the process, flags that it can be used in cases where many small businesses are negotiating with a larger supplier.
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The AFR’s Aaron Patrick and Jemima Whyte publish details about the credit card spending habits of former Seven West Media employee Amber Harrison before her dispute with her former employer returns to court next week:
Even in the fast-and-loose world of television and magazines, Harrison’s spending was astonishing. She booked hotels and spa treatments in Byron Bay, Melbourne and Hong Kong, hypnotherapy sessions, hairdresser and makeup appointments, and racked up expenses for lunches, dinners, drinks, music downloads, magazines, books and clothes, according to a 25-page list of her expenses compiled by Deloitte.
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Sky News broadcaster Mark Latham has been embroiled in another potential defamation dispute after labelling ABC radio host Wendy Harmer a “female with a disability” and a “proven commercial failure”, report The Australian’s Stephen Brook and Mitchell Bingemann.
Latham attacked Harmer on his Sky News program The Outsiders on Sunday, saying she could only get a job at the “sheltered workshop” of the ABC.
Solicitors for Harmer sent a tersely worded legal letter to Sky News yesterday pointing out the comments were defamatory and asking for an apology.
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Recent attempts to silence speech using section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are a shameful new chapter in Australian history: a brilliant cartoonist hounded to his grave, university students tarred as racists for posting the most innocuous comments on Facebook, comments Sky News anchor Caroline Marcus at News Corp’s RendezView site.
The people who argue in favour of preserving this obviously flawed legislation, the ones who blinker themselves to the merits of a modest change in wording (to remove “offend, insult, humiliate” and replace them with “harass and intimidate’’) and adding a “reasonable person’’ test to prevent more innocent people being caught up in its net, are no better than George Orwell‘s Thought Police.
Most surprising of all, our modern-day Thought Police is now populated with the very people who should be defending freedom of speech most vocally: journalists.
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Nine.com.au head of lifestyle Helen McCabe has appointed Simon King as the new editor of Network Home. He joins Nine.com.au from The Australian newspaper where he has worked as night editor, senior news and sports reporter and a columnist.
He has also won a number of awards including a Kennedy Award for online news breaking.
King joins other recent appointees at Nine.com.au including Mums editor Kelly Baker, Fix editor Ashley Spencer, deputy Fix editor Julia Naughton, Fix writer Aine Ryan and Style writer Harriet Armstrong.
oOh!media’s human resources team has been recognised by Human Resources Director (HRD) Magazine as one of Australia’s most Innovative HR Teams for 2017.
The team was recognised for its on-boarding program and support of oOh!’s Future Thinking Award – both of which aim to help employees “be their best selves”.
The inaugural winner of oOh!’s Future Thinking Award, Natalie Waddell, has just returned from attending SXSW – her prize for taking out the Award.
The HRD Awards are in their second year and recognise a broad range of leading corporate and government organisations from sectors including finance, insurance, and education.
Steve Reid, oOh! HR director, said: “At oOh!, we’ve worked to create a culture that inspires and drives innovation so to be recognised by HRD for this achievement is a huge honour.
“Our people are our greatest asset and we encourage them to be able to bring and share their whole selves at work.
“The HR team have worked hard to develop a unique employee experience through a fun and family-like culture. They have done an incredible job to not only preserve that throughout the growth of the business, but also help it become front and centre in everything we do at oOh!,” he said.
Photo: oOh!media’s HR team [L-R] Sylvie Varnier, Sophie Burgess, Bronwyn Tracy, Steve Reid, Anthea Wager, Jolanda Rotteveel and Alana Bennett
2GB drive host Ben Fordham responds to The AFR’s Bryce Corbett about speculation he could be joining Sky News:
“I’ve been called in by Sky a few times to do bits and pieces but I owe it to Russell [Tate] to run any decisions on that front by him. He’s not overly keen on me taking on extra responsibilities,” Fordham advised. “And I’m not about to do anything that interferes with my Channel 9 duties.”
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As part of its coverage of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, comedian Dave Hughes has been a guest editor of the Herald Sun’s Confidential column.
The comedian, KIIS FM drive host and Nine Network contributor writes about his family, The Footy Show, giving up booze and ends with a plus for his live act:
My new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is called Deluded.
I think everyone is deluded. We all think we’re important when we’re not, including myself.
The things I worry about are ridiculous. I should relax and live in the moment. We all should.
I’m performing Deluded at the Athenaeum Theatre from Thursday through to April 22.
Meanwhile today’s Herald Sun features stars from the 2017 Comedy Festival portraying the royal family on page one.
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Photo: Dave Hughes with Confidential reporters Luke Dennehy (left) and Nui Te Koha. Source: Eugene Hyland/News Corp
Bauer Media has announced that quarterly fashion title Shop Til You Drop will cease publication.
Nick Chan, CEO of Bauer Media, said: “As a seasonal edit of the best in fashion and beauty, the frequency of Shop no longer meets with the needs of today’s shopper. While these decisions are always regrettable, it’s clear market and business realities mean the quarterly magazine is not sustainable.
“I want to thank the team behind Shop for all their hard work and dedication. We will be talking to them about options within the business.”
The magazine’s current Autumn issue will be its last.
Shop Til You Drop‘s readership dropped by over 50% in 12 months to December 2016, according to emma data published in Mediaweek’s February 20 issue.
Freeview’s world-first free-to-air TV live streaming and catch-up mobile app Freeview FV has been shortlisted at the international Connie Awards in the Best TV/Video Service Update or Launch category.
Freeview is the only Australian-based company to be recognised in the international categories.
Based in the UK, the annual Connie Awards recognise innovation and the emerging best practice from across all sectors of the media landscape around the world. The awards showcase initiatives that meet the needs of leading media businesses and practitioners in delivering value to the ever-more connected consumer.
“The Australian FTA industry leads the world in innovation and this is an exciting acknowledgment of the efforts of everyone involved, from the broadcasters to the technical teams,” said Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross.
TV heavyweights have lambasted Australian television’s awards night as an industry embarrassment after two hosts from The Project received Gold Logie nods despite the “news-lite” program being smashed in the ratings by 28 other shows last week, report News Corp’s Jonathon Moran and Kris Crane.
If either of the program’s nominated duo – former ABC radio host Waleed Aly and comedian Peter Helliar — manages to snag the award, it will be the third year in a row The Project has won the Logies’ top gong.
An industry source told The Daily Telegraph they were shocked at The Project’s strike rate with the Logies’ top award for best personality on Australian TV given its lacklustre ratings figures.
A spokeswoman for Channel 10 stood by Helliar. “Pete is an integral member of The Project’s hosting panel. Any complaints about his well-deserved nomination are, of course, simply sour grapes.”
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When it comes to radio and Media Watch, it is often 2GB that grabs the program’s attention. However, the program featured Nova last night and questioned how it runs some of its on-air competitions. Media Watch claimed that programs were not the only thing syndicated on the network.
In response to questions from Media Watch, Nova Entertainment told the program:
“Nova Entertainment runs its listener competitions in adherence to a strict process set out formally in the competition terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are lodged with the relevant authorities, including the liquor and gaming authority and clearly set out the prizes available, the states in which the competition is running and how to win. The terms and conditions are freely available to listeners on the relevant Nova Entertainment websites or on request at the stations.
“Nova prides itself on giving listeners the opportunity to win prizes and experiences and conducts its competitions with the utmost integrity. Any suggestion of a ‘duplication’ of winners is completely false and baseless.”
A excited viewer last night was KIIS 1065 breakfast host Kyle Sandilands who brought up the Media Watch program this morning on The Kyle and Jackie O Show. After giving Nova a spray, Sandilands said: “This shocked me.” Sandilands then explained how syndicating daytime content works and how competition wins can be used for promotional purposes in other markets.
The KIIS breakfast program then played part of a Nova promotion for Adele tickets.
After advising the network about other ways it could be saving revenue, Sandilands finished with:
“This is only day one of my D Day – bringing down the opposition. I have been digging around and I have some great shit on people. Things that people [in radio] have done that are bad. 2Day FM and Nova…you are in my sights. We are the only true station. If some shit happens here we will tell you.” Sandilands is promising to reveal all on his show on Thursday this week.
More Australians are actively online than ever, with Australia’s online unique audience hitting 20 million for the first time during the month of February 2017, reported Nielsen in data released late last week.
Nielsen revealed slight year on year growth across all key digital devices when comparing February 2017 with February 2016, with smartphones reporting the highest growth (+5%).
Nielsen Digital Ratings (Monthly) data for February 2017 revealed that five out of the top 10 entities saw increases during the previous month.
News.com.au retained the top position with a unique audience of 5.7 million, an increase of 6% compared to the previous month.
Nine.com.au stayed in second place with a unique audience of 4.6 million (+3%) and smh.com.au jumped to third place with a unique audience of 4.3 million (+6%).
The Age jumped from 10th to 8th place with a unique audience of 2.4 million (+4%) and The Daily Telegraph saw a big uplift (+15%) in unique audiences moving from 13th to 9th place with 2.4 million. The Herald Sun moved to 10th place with a unique audience of 2.2 million. MSN News dropped out of the top 10 to #14.
The big mover on the chart was The New Daily, which climbed from #28 in January to #18 in February. The Australian also lifted, up from #19 to #16.
Herald Sun columnist Susie O’Brien on sports TV gender imbalance:
This is the very clear message from the Channel Seven AFL commentary lineup.
There are 23 people on the commentary team, and just two are women: journalist Sam Lane and AFLW star Daisy Pearce. Neither is host of a major show.
Perhaps this is why neither woman made it to the official season-opening photo shoot. Rather, all the focus was on seven blokes in seven suits: Matthew Richardson, Brian Taylor, Tim Watson, Bruce McAvaney, Hamish McLachlan, Wayne Carey and Cameron Ling.
Apart from McAvaney, who always does a great job, it’s a somewhat tired lineup of has-beens. It’s the same old guys, the same old faces, and the same old gags.
Why not give a role to Lauren Arnell, Peta Searle, Katie Brennan, or even injured footy tragic Kate Sheahan?
The Seven lineup clearly shows sexism remains a festering sore when it comes to AFL coverage.
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Box office bounced 115% over the weekend as the Walt Disney refresh of the Beauty And The Beast franchise opened on 706 screens. The weekend earn of $22.65m from the top 20 movies was the biggest weekend since the week ending January 11 when the top five movies all did over $2m, which contributed to $23.86m.
This was the biggest opening of the year and the best since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did $14.75m on debut in late December last year.
The new release pulled a very impressive $18,619 screen average from 706 screens. That is the widest release this year, beating the opening of Fifty Shades Darker on 612 screens. It is the biggest since Rogue One opened on 932 screens. The Beast was not quite strong enough to make the all-time top 10 openings though. To crack that list it needed to outperform 2015’s Fast And Furious 7, which opened with $14.66m.
However, when the preview screening earnings are added the film took $14.9m which was enough to land inside the top 10 openings of all time. We will leave it to others to judge which one goes into the record books.
A strong opening given the competition for the 3D-animated movie featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin as the lead character. The movie opened on 259 screens with a screen average just over $10,500.
Another movie in the booming sci-fi genre opened on 305 screens with a screen average of $5,078.
No lack of movies prepared to open up against Beauty And The Beast this week. Power Rangers managed to secure 233 screens with a screen average of $5,811 for another sci-fi movie, albeit one aimed at a very different demo for its tale of the live action superheroes.
The only movie to hold in the top five from last week. Kong shed 97 screens to 297 with a screen average of $3,700. To-date the film has earned $11.44m.
Logan ranked #2 last week and #6 this week. The movie shed 127 screens but still managed to add over $1m on the weekend to its total of $21.40m.
The Seven Days podcast travels to the Network Ten HQ in Sydney this week to meet Studio 10 co-host Joe Hildebrand. He is joined by regular panellists from Mediaweek James Manning and Kruti Joshi. The trio discuss Em Rusciano‘s Boy George interview controversy, The Australian Grand Prix on Fox Sports and Ten, Australian Press Council’s decision over Daily Mail’s Osher Günsberg pics, 2016 Quill Awards highlights, and more.
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Mediaweek’s James Manning visits the husband and wife team Laura and Bruno Bouchet, who are the executive producers of WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda and KIIS 1065’s Kyle and Jackie O show. The award-winning producers talk about living and working together, and their relationship with their star hosts. Don’t miss Laura talking about Bruno’s early morning shower routine.
Listen online here.