Thursday March 30 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• John Miskelly, Chief Digital Officer at GroupM
• Vijay Solanki, CEO, IAB Australia
• Shane Keats, Director of Industry Marketing for Media and Entertainment at Akamai Technologies
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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Seven owned Wednesday night with a share over 28%, which was its best since the final of the Australian Open when it recorded a share of 50.6%. It was also the channel’s highest primary channel share in survey since a Sunday night during the Rio Olympics when it did 29.3%.
Seven’s best metro shares were over 30% in Brisbane and Perth. It was also a clear leader in combined channel performance.
Nine had its fourth Wednesday share under 18% in the past five weeks. A Current Affair was the program that stopped Seven from a timeslot clean sweep.
TEN had a tough night too with its first Wednesday share in single figures this year.
Home and Away hung on above 700,000, but only just.
My Kitchen Rules then blew everything out of the water as the show averaged 1.43m, its best this year, but it was the show’s second time over 1.4m this series. It was also the biggest TV audience this year since the men’s final of the Australian Open, also on Seven. The MKR numbers were even up on this episode last year when the Wednesday of week 13 did 1.25m.
Million Dollar Cold Case could not have asked for a better lead-in with 670,000 for the first episode and then 522,000 for the second.
A Current Affair started with a brief Cyclone Debbie update before it covered shopping addictions. The midweek episode did 755,000, its first time under 800,000 this week.
Planet Earth then did 586,000, down around 90,000 on its previous performance.
Murder Calls then looked at the murder of Dr Margaret Tobin with 204,000 watching in Sydney and Brisbane.
The Footy Show aired in southern capitals with 252,000 watching, 175,000 in Melbourne, down from 218,000 in that market last week.
The Project 7pm was again the channel’s best, although it fell short of 500,000 for the first time this week. Ruby Wax was a lively contributor at the end of the program.
This Is Us and the first half of The Project were both close to 330,000.
The Biggest Loser: Transformed was on 254,000.
Both Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery and The Weekly were over 500,000. Kasey Chambers was the guest on the penultimate Home Delivery episode of season five. Sarah Wilson was the guest on The Weekly’s Hard Chat with Tom Gleeson.
Downton Abbey’s Earl of Grantham was the guest on Walliams and Friend with 324,000 watching.
Share held above 5% again despite the numbers for The Night Manager dropping week-on-week from 326,000 to 211,000 at 9.30pm.
Earlier in the night the final of Digging For Britain did 226,000 and then 24 Hours In Emergency was on 229,000.
Investment bank Credit Suisse and local law firm Gilbert + Tobin are advising TPG Capital as it runs the numbers on Fairfax Media, The AFR’s Street Talk reported on Wednesday.
It’s understood the two firms have been in TPG’s corner for some months, advising on potential takeover strategies and other options.
Macquarie Capital is in Fairfax’s corner along with Herbert Smith Freehills, sources said.
Sources said there was no certainty TPG’s interest would amount to a bid, particularly after an increase in Fairfax’s share price over the past week.
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Street Talk later added:
A big part of TPG’s plan is to work with Domain CEO Antony Catalano and back his plans for both the company’s real estate portal, and the wider media group.
While private equity teaming up with management teams is nothing new, such a structure would be sure to raise eyebrows in local media circles and make competitors take notice.
Catalano has had plenty of success building Domain into a $2 billion-plus business, but would be expected to argue that its rise has not happened in isolation from the rest of the company.
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Mitchell Bingemann and Stephen Brook in The Australian:
Shares in Fairfax Media hit their highest level in six years yesterday as speculation mounted that private equity firm TPG was circling for a potential takeover of the newspaper and real estate publishing company.
Those gains mean the company now has a market capitalisation of $2.5 billion.
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Nine boss Hugh Marks was part of the pilgrimage to Canberra yesterday as Treasurer Scott Morrison’s second budget looms, report The Australian’s Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy.
Marks was accompanied by his government relations head Clare Gill. Also stalking him in the parliamentary corridors was the spectre of rival commercial boss, Seven West’s Tim Worner.
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Ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company TEG has announced a technology partnership between TEG Rewards and Wakoopa, the world’s leading Passive Metering company.
Passive Metering technology constantly tracks consumer behaviours across multiple devices and provides insights to interaction with selected brands, products and services.
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said the partnership with the Dutch multinational Wakoopa would reinforce TEG Rewards’ position as Australia’s market-leading online research panel and insights provider.
“Passive Metering is the cutting edge of consumer behaviour research and we are proud to deliver Wakoopa’s technology into the Australian market for the first time,” said Jones.
“The partnership is a great mix of Wakoopa’s smart technology and TEG Rewards’ expertise and agility.
“Marketing is a data-driven story in these times of rapid technological change and disruption. I am delighted that this partnership will see TEG Rewards remain ahead of the curve.”
TEG Rewards conducts its consumer research via Purkle, a rewards-based program with over one million members across Australia and New Zealand.
TEG Rewards provides its clients with access to consumers for market segmentation, behavioural data and insight generation.
The chief executive of Sky News Angelos Frangopoulos yesterday sacked contributor Mark Latham. Frangopoulos tweeted late in the afternoon Latham’s contract had been terminated following a number of comments ridiculing Sky News’ colleagues and more recently Sydney ABC broadcaster Wendy Harmer. He also made comments, labelled inappropriate and bullying, about a Sydney schoolboy.
A Twitter account, @RealMarkLatham, previously used by Latham was activated for the first time yesterday in over 18 months. One of those tweets said: “Sky execs gave Outsiders [One of Latham’s regular Sky News’ programs] every encouragement, always urging us on (love ratings), so thanks for everything, up to point of thrown under bus”.
After hearing the news yesterday, Wendy Harmer commented: “Never tried to get Mark sacked. Just, as I said, a simple apology for a wrongful statement.” She then added: “And I DO NOT CONDONE the nasty stuff on Twitter. He, like me, has a family who will find it very hurtful.”
Deborah Hutton has joined Bauer Xcel Media’s Now To Love as editor-at-large of Reinvention, a new section to meet the demands of women 45 and over. The launch comes with a range of sponsorship and brand integration opportunities for advertisers wanting to reach this engaged and valued audience.
Now To Love is the largest network of women’s brands in Australia, with more than two million unique browsers a month and a social network of 3.6 million. Reinvention has been created in partnership with Hutton to provide a platform for women in the prime of their lives who are looking to reignite their passions by providing inspiration and information.
Hutton’s interest in personal wellbeing has led her to establish Balance by Deborah Hutton, an online community which gives women access to coaches and experts in all aspects of life, from health and wellbeing to career and finance.
A former editor-at-large of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Hutton has an extensive background in television, hosting programs such as Looking Good and Location, Location, and is currently the host of Foxtel Arts weekly entertainment show Stage & Screen. In addition to her television work she has created her own range of homewares for Kmart and authored two cookbooks.
The much anticipated Kyle Sandilands radio revelations regarding industry tricks went to air this morning just before 8am on KIIS 1065. Sandilands admitted that because of legal advice, he was not able to name names.
“Let’s start with Nova,” he said. “I am disappointed with them. I am going to read out a few things and let the audience decide if they think it is fair. I have an email sent to me from one of our clients who received an email from someone at Nova.”
Sandilands then read an email, taking the names out after receiving instructions from an ARN legal advisor. The email said:
“Hope you don’t mind me dropping you this email. I noticed you are currently sponsoring one of the segments on The Kyle and Jackie O Show. During the segment today and yesterday a couple of inappropriate/gross conversations were being discussed all while mentioning your company. Please don’t see me as a prude with no sense of humour…as a marketer I know I wouldn’t want my brand associated with that sort of conversation. I can’t imagine a family-friendly restaurant such as yours would like this either.
“I have attached a short presentation for you to look over and as you will see, if you are looking for numbers we can help…”
The email ended with: “Want that and more without the filth? We can help.”
Sandilands said: “Grabbing something from someone else’s show and trying to steal clients because you are desperate for money. That’s not the way we play the game. Don’t employ dirty tactics, Nova, you are better than that.”
Sandilands then turned his attention to Southern Cross Austereo and 2Day FM.
“I was surprised when I saw several emails sent from [2Day FM] staff directly to US management and publicity companies. They have been recording us and sending the details to the publicists or managers. They record our whole show, send highlights to the publicists and say don’t go on that show claiming we are not friends of the celebrities. They are desperate…it is terrible. We wouldn’t do that.
“This is corporate espionage. I don’t like it. It is sneaky, low dog behaviour. You don’t need to do it.”
Sandiland’s advice to his competition: “You should spend more time on your own shows because your own shows need a lot of work. They are not very good.”
He saved what he called “the grubbiest behaviour of them all” to the end:
“I have known about this personally for months. I did a full investigation into the owner of what I am about to tell you. I now have the name and address and phone number of this person who is really a scab. A real scum…
“Someone has an email address called firstname.lastname@example.org and we have tracked it back to find out who owns the email address. The owner is sending out emails to news outlets and reporters to make me look bad. [KIIS EP Bruno Bouchet came on and added that the snippets being sent around are also taken out of context and are sent to journalists and bloggers. What the sender doesn’t realise is that some of these journos are fans and friends so we get the emails forwarded to us within seconds.]
“I now who is doing this…I know who you are. It is going to be very embarrassing for you if you continue doing this because I will get your name out there one way or another.”
Sandilands then explained the lawyer had prevented him from revealing the name.
He then said: “You would lose your job if I told everyone who it was. It is a big job and you are a fool for doing this. You should be spending more time fixing your shit radio station than worrying about what we are doing. I am so close to dropping this name…”
ABC Commercial will showcase drama at MIPTV this year, including the series Newton’s Law (8 x 60’).
The series is from the producers of internationally successful drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Every Cloud Productions.
ABC commercial said Newton’s Law enjoyed critical and ratings success on its recent Australian debut on ABC TV, and has been the number one non-children’s performer YTD on ABC’s VOD platform, iview.
The first series finishes tonight on ABC with no report of a commission yet for a second season.
“It’s incredibly encouraging that Australian audiences and critics have been quick to embrace this brand new drama-comedy series. With a creative team that has an exceptional pedigree in drama, and featuring a stellar cast, we’re confident this will be a resounding success with audiences around the world,” said Tony Iffland, general manager of content sales, ABC Commercial.
ABC Commercial will also be pre-selling new drama series Pulse (8 x 60’) at MIPTV 2017, a high-stakes medical drama from producer Clandestine Beyond.
The series began production in Sydney earlier this month and stars an international cast including Claire van der Boom (Sisters of War), Andrea Demetriades (Janet King), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Susie Porter (Puberty Blues) and Pallavi Sharda (Lion).
The TV Demand charts that track cross-platform activity for streaming platforms and overall TV see Marvel’s Iron Fist and The Walking Dead topping both lists again this week.
Marvel and Netflix where big movers on the Digital Originals chart with Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Jessica Jones both returning to the chart in Australia and Marvel’s Luke Cage back on the New Zealand top 10.
Marvel’s Iron Fist meanwhile takes second place on the Overall TV Shows chart this week.
Feeds Media will target the millennial market, and merges the websites that previously fell under Gorilla Nation and Urban Geek, as well as the millennial brands under TotallyHer.
Meanwhile The Mum Collective combines the key parenting and kids sites formerly under TotallyHer into a portfolio that caters to Australian women and families, including the award-winning website Mumtastic, and representing popular websites such as Show & Tell Online and The Bub Hub.
Evolve has also announced leadership changes following the resignation of its Australian MD James Perry last December. Joel King – previously Evolve Australia’s business operations manager – becomes Feeds Media’s managing director. Sally Wood – previously Evolve Australia’s Victorian sales director – becomes The Mum Collective’s managing director.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of Feeds Media and The Mum Collective. We believe that with our new business unit structure, we are optimally positioned for brand marketers to tap into our innovative content-led offerings across our premium publishing,” says Aaron Broder, CEO of Evolve Media.
Evolve Media has 80-100 websites in its portfolio.
The AFL will not attempt to make more money from its $2.5 billion broadcast rights agreement regardless of whether it moves to a twilight grand final in 2017, reports Fairfax Media’s Caroline Wilson.
With Gillon McLachlan to announce the scheduling of the last Saturday in September before this weekend’s round of matches, the league chief is understood to have given the Seven Network an undertaking not to revisit the deal should the game be moved to a start of around 4.30pm. This is despite the considerable commercial benefits of the game being moved towards a later start time and therefore a bigger audience.
Channel Seven, which holds the free-to-air rights to the AFL until the end of 2022, has been pushing the league for years to schedule the game closer to primetime.
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Turner Australia has announced the promotion of Alex Trippas (pictured) as Turner’s director of networks and content sales in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific.
In her Sydney-based role, she is tasked to grow distribution with content created by Turner’s core global networks including Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TNT and TBS.
As part of a broader Asia-Pacific remit, Trippas is also responsible for driving the syndication business across broadcast and digital platforms in the region.
Robi Stanton, general manager of Turner in the region, said, “Under Alex’s management, we’ve been able to secure some impressive distribution deals across both linear and non-linear platforms. With Turner ramping up its original content production, Alex will be a vital part of the global syndication team and her promotion reflects the confidence we have in her.”
Key Turner shows that feature on Turner’s syndication slate for 2017 include TNT’s upcoming Shakespearean drama Will and its new series of Good Behavior starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. From TBS is Search Party, a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings, and from truTV comes I’m Sorry, a scripted comedy starring writer and stand-up comedian Andrea Savage.
In the kids’ space, Cartoon Network’s strong lineup of animation includes new content for Adventure Time, Regular Show, Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls. For an older demographic, Turner’s Adult Swim portfolio boasts hit comedies: Samurai Jack, Robot Chicken and Mr Pickles.
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.
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