Friday March 31 2017
The complete insiders guide to Arena TV’s Real Housewives of Sydney with soap star, then popstar, and now reality TV star Melissa Tkautz. Our favourite Sydney Real Housewife talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado.
Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the TV Week Logie nominations and don’t miss Mercado’s tips for winners in the key categories. Plenty of other TV news, comment and reviews too. From Married At First Sight and Wentworth to Neighbours and The Walking Dead. Plus an update on Andrew Mercado’s new cinema venture.
Seven Days podcast travels to the Nine HQ in Sydney to meet the broadcaster’s NRL host James Bracey before the Thursday night clash between Bulldogs and Broncos at the ANZ Stadium. Topics discussed include the breakfast TV tour battle, Mark Latham‘s sacking, updates at Bauer Media, the Logies, Kyle Sandilands‘ slamming of the competition and more.
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• 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
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Football fans and TV audiences are enjoying AFL on Thursdays as the first match of round two secured Seven another Thursday victory and Richmond were also winners in their clash with Collingwood.
Nine took top spot in Sydney and Brisbane with a game played in front of a small crowd at Sydney’s ANZ stadium on a very wet night.
TEN was able to assemble the biggest TV audience after the news bulletins had finished with Gogglebox the fourth most-watched program behind the Seven, Nine and ABC News bulletins.
Home and Away screened in three markets (no Melbourne or Adelaide) with 450,000 watching.
The football screened on Seven in Melbourne to 380,000 (372,000 last week) and in Adelaide to 107,000. Perth viewers needed to go to 7mate where it drew 54,000.
After the football in AFL markets The Front Bar did 209,000 with 150,000 in Melbourne.
Viewers in some markets saw Border Security and then the 2014 Godzilla movie.
A Current Affair again included weather updates with 625,000 watching in four markets.
The Thursday NRL returned an audience of 479,000 – 245,000 in Sydney and 233,000 in Brisbane. The numbers on the previous Thursday were Sydney 236,000 and Brisbane 169,000.
After the game the NRL Footy Show did 183,000 with 98,000 in Sydney and 85,000 in Brisbane.
Non-NRL markets got RBT, Murder Calls and Killer Women.
Gogglebox was easily the channel’s best last week and it will be a big contributor this week too alongside the Australian Grand Prix.
Last night’s number of 687,000 was down on 725,000 last week. The episode was another cracker with Nine’s Hot Seat getting a good work-over. The home critics also looked at Bondi Rescue, which managed to segue into a promo for the next episode in some markets. (Listen to the new Mediaweek podcast with Andrew Mercado and James Manning above where they discuss if Gogglebox should be on every week of the year.)
The Thursday episode was back above 300,000 with The Project 7pm on 462,000. Steve Price went hard on his criticism of Bronwyn Bishop during his spot.
It was a night of series finales starting with Dream Gardens wrapping up its first season with 480,000. The show launched in week six with 561,000.
Newton’s Law then ended its eight-episode run as the upstairs and downstairs legal teams joined forces in a class action, taking on a pharmaceutical company that tried to cover up the side effects resulting from its drug trials. The final ep did 460,000. Newton’s Law never got close to its opening night numbers of 708,000, also in week six, as it dropped to 550,000 for episode two.
The final of No Offence then did 263,000.
Michael Portillo was again the channel’s best although it was one of the few dreary episodes as he made Bristol look uninviting despite the UK city being voted the Best Place to Live by The Sunday Times. The episode did 321,000, well up on 260,000 last Thursday.
TPG has not built up a 4.9% stake in Fairfax Media and nor has it been in the market this week acquiring shares, according to people with knowledge of the matter, reports The Australian’s Bridget Carter.
It is understood that the global buyout fund has no “imminent” plans to launch a takeover bid for the newspaper publisher.
A TPG spokesman declined to comment.
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Max Mason and Michael Smith in The AFR:
TPG Capital’s interest in Fairfax Media is understood to have cooled due to a surge in the publisher’s share price that has taken its valuation to $2.5 billion.
It is believed TPG was looking to launch an offer priced at about $1.15 per share as early as this week. However, banking sources say the surge in Fairfax shares has now made the prospect of paying a premium above that level hard to swallow for the private equity firm.
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Stan, Nine Entertainment and Fairfax’s 50-50 joint-venture subscription video on-demand service (SVOD), could be worth more than $1 billion by 2020, according to CCZ Equities analyst Roger Coleman, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
To put that into perspective, Nine’s current market capitalisation is $1.1b and Fairfax’s is $2.5b.
Coleman reckons Stan contributes $0.40 to Nine’s $1.25 share price, or around $352 million of its market cap.
It’s understood Nine is keen to get its hands on the half of Stan it doesn’t own, but is unlikely to want to pay such a premium for it.
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The chief executive of News Corp has labelled Google and Facebook a “digital duopoly”, blasting the global tech giants for manipulating the flow of information to suit their financial advantage and creating a “dysfunctional and socially destructive” environment for journalists and publishers, reports The Australian’s Adam Creighton.
Robert Thomson, in a scathing speech delivered at the Asia Society in Hong Kong on Wednesday night, accused Google of tailoring its confidential algorithm — which answers users’ search queries — to boost its bottom line and blurring the distinction between fake and quality news to the detriment of traditional media companies.
In a speech entitled “The Fake, The Faux, The Facts, The Future”, the veteran journalist and former editor of The Times and The Wall Street Journal said Google had misled advertisers by allowing their brands to appear alongside extremist or pornographic material.
“It is risible, no, no, no, beyond risible, that Google/YouTube, which has earned, literally, hundreds of billions of dollars from other people’s content, should now be lamenting that it can’t possibly be held responsible for monitoring that content,” he said.
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Buzzfeed is preparing for a market flotation next year, reports The Times.
The media company that brought listicles to the masses is “quietly making preparations” to go public, said Axios, a digital news publisher with links to Buzzfeed.
Buzzfeed, which spreads its content via social media, makes money from advertising, mostly from videos that can cost brands hundreds of thousands of dollars. It has not yet published detailed information of its finances.
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Earlier this week the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) released its 2016 wholesale sales figures which showed another successful year for the Australian music industry with 5.5% growth generating $352.2 million in revenue.
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Now comes news in The New York Times that the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group that represents the major labels, reported that music sales in the United States generated US$7.7 billion in retail revenue in 2016, up 11.4% from the year before. That is the industry’s highest sales figure since 2009 and its best percentage gain since 1998.
The increase is largely the result of online streaming, which is rapidly eclipsing all other forms of consumption. Streaming contributed US$3.9b in 2016, up 69% from the year before, and now makes up 51% of the business — the first time it has had a majority of sales in the United States.
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Malcolm Turnbull was last night forced to drop his plan to change section 18C but was headed towards securing passage of small business tax cuts, after fighting for last-minute concessions to salvage the government’s agenda in the Senate, reports The Australian’s David Crowe.
The government won enough votes to legislate tougher rules on the way racial discrimination complaints are decided, achieving some of its objectives but giving ground on wider reforms to defend free speech.
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News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller has announced promotions for Damian Eales and Nicole Sheffield.
Eales has been appointed chief operating officer, publishing. In this role, he will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s metro, regional and community publishing, incorporating eight metro daily and Sunday mastheads, 19 regional mastheads, and more than 100 community mastheads. As COO, he will drive the performance and strategic priorities for News Corp’s extensive publishing assets that reach 14 million Australians each month.
Sheffield has been appointed chief digital officer for News Corp Australia. This represents an expansion of her current role as managing director of News Digital Networks Australia (News DNA). She will now take additional responsibility for digital revenue growth and strategy; audience and subscription growth; content optimisation and marketing; and digital product innovation. Sheffield retains her oversight of the NewsLifeMedia magazine division.
Michael Miller said: “These appointments will ensure we meet our strategic priorities to maximise revenue and audience opportunities. It is important we adapt our business to respond to changes in market conditions and with Damian and Nicole at the helm, it will ensure we are structured for future growth and success.”
Eales joined News Corp Australia in 2013 as strategic partnerships director before being promoted to chief marketing officer. Sheffield joined the company in 2012 as CEO of NewsLifeMedia. Prior to this she was general manager of Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channels group.
The new roles are effective immediately.
Sky News has apologised to broadcasters Wendy Harmer and Kristina Keneally one day after sacking its presenter Mark Latham – a co-host of its Outsiders program and former Federal Labor leader – over his on-air attacks on the two women, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
Shortly after 6pm, the pay-TV channel issued two on-air apologies.
Wendy Harmer said she accepted the apology in a Twitter post.
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Chris Rose is leaving the ABC for the Beano animation team in the UK, and will be director of development and production at the comics-to-TV brand, reports TBI.
Rose is a former Hit Entertainment executive.
At Beano he will lead the development and production of long-form TV and productions based on characters from Beano, the iconic British comic.
The role will also involve working with the team on developing new Beano characters and refreshing old ones.
At the ABC, Rose was commissioning editor for children’s television. His shows included The Flamin’ Thongs, Kazoops and The Deep.
“Chris shares our ambition to make Beano Studios an international force in the world of long-form children’s story telling, whether that’s for television, film, theatre or other platforms,” said Beano Studios CEO Emma Scott.
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Eileen Bond, the former wife of late tycoon, Alan, has gone on the attack against Channel 9’s new telemovie, House Of Bond, slamming the two-part series as “appalling” and a fabricated version of her 37-year marriage, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.
Speaking from her home in Perth, Mrs Bond — nicknamed Red — was furious after seeing a trailer for the series set to air on Nine next month.
The scene starts with Red threatening to take Alan for tens of millions, presumably as the beginnings of his relationship with his second wife, Diana Bliss, are revealed.
Bond denied she ever threatened him over money: “Of course not. It never even came into my way of thinking, never ever.”
Now considering legal action, Bond said she was desperate for the depiction of her late first husband and their marriage to be corrected for the sake of their family.
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Cricket Australia has reported a new attendance record, attracting more than 1.8m Australians to elite cricket in season 2016-17. The sports organisation also reported strong TV ratings and record digital engagement.
A total of 1,863,846 people attended international cricket, the KFC Big Bash League (BBL), and the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), making 2016-17 the most highly attended Australian cricket season on record, surpassing the previous peak of 1,727,270 set last year.
The record attendance figures were backed up by strong TV ratings across the summer. An average of 1.05 million watched the Test, One Day International, and T20INTL matches broadcast on the Nine Network, with a peak audience of 2.189 million during Session 3 on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Bank Test against South Africa in Adelaide.
The second season of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League was another great success, with more than 121,000 fans heading along to matches throughout the season. An increased number of matches televised by Network Ten – 12, up from 10 in WBBL|01 – was well received, with an average of 239,000 people tuning in per match, while Cricket Australia’s live streaming of all non-televised matches on the cricket.com.au website, Facebook and CA Live App was enjoyed by an impressive 1.5 million fans around the country, and match highlights from WBBL|02 reached more than 7.3 million fans.
The BBL remained a consistently popular TV offering, with an average of more than one million people tuning into every match. The TV ratings for the BBL saw it win 31 of 35 nights and cement itself as the number one ranked TV program for families over the summer.
Cricket Australia’s digital properties also had a big year, with Cricket Network the top-ranked sports destination in the country between November and January with an average unique audience of 2.46 million, peaking at 2.78 million in January.
Germany’s Forum Media Group has bought an 80% stake in Hong Kong and Singapore’s Lighthouse Independent Media to enter the Asia market. Financial details were not provided.
Lighthouse’s owners and founders, Australians Tony Kelly and Justin Randles, have retained 20% of the company. Randles cut his media teeth as the former national ad manager of FreeSurf Australia and later worked for Text Media, Strategic Publishing and Fairfax. Randles and Kelly will continue their association with the company, operating out of Hong Kong.
Astro Malaysia Holdings increased its revenue by 2% YoY to RM5.6 billion (A$1.7b) for the financial year ended January 31, 2017. Its profit after tax and minority interests was up 1% to RM624 million. Growth of the company’s customer base was driven by its subscription-free TV service, NJOI. Astro’s total number of customers was up 6% to 5.1 million. Pay-TV customers held steady at 3.5m and NJOI customers increased by 30% to 1.7m. Astro’s TV service is in 71% of Malaysian households and growing, and the company’s combined engagement with households and individuals across TV, radio, digital and ground events leads in Malaysia. Astro is a major shareholder in Australia’s Fetch TV.
Astro photo [R-L]: CEO of Tribe & Raku Iskandar Samad, Astro Malaysia Group CEO Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Astro Malaysia Group CFO Shafiq Abdul Jabbar and Astro Malaysia Chief Commercial Officer Liew Swee Lin showcasing Astro Malaysia’s digital-first products and services after its FY17 results press conference.
Singapore’s Mediacorp has appointed Parminder (Parry) Singh as its chief commercial and digital officer. Singh’s most recent position was with Twitter, where he was managing director, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and India.
Before that he was managing director, display solution sales, Asia Pacific at Google.
China’s largest digital entertainment and social network business, Tencent Holdings, has led a US$350 million (A$460m) investment in Beijing-based video streaming app Kuaishou. The startup is a video platform similar to Instagram or Periscope. But while most Chinese rivals target office workers and students, Kuaishou is popular with China’s rural people and migrant workers.
Thailand’s GMM Grammy radio subsidiary, A-time Media, will migrate its Chill 89 FM radio station to online only on April 1. A-time Media chief executive Saithip Montrikul Na Ayudhaya said the move is to attract younger listeners and help develop radio operations beyond the traditional model. A-time Media’s two other radio stations – Green Wave 106.5 and 94 EFM – will also shift to online at some later date.
Mediacorp has appointed Sharon Au as publisher of Elle Singapore, as part of the publishing company’s digital and multimedia makeover. Au has over 20 years’ experience in the media industry as a TV presenter, actress, digital business owner and editor. She helms styleXstyle, one of Mediacorp’s first forays in digital media. She will also oversee growth of the elle.sg, the digital version of Elle Singapore’s monthly print edition that was launched in October 2015 and has drawn an average of over a million page views and over 200,000 unique visitors monthly. Print versions of Style and Style:Men will cease with the April copies, and future content will migrate to styleXstyle. But Style will publish special print supplements throughout the year.
Independent Taipei-based Chinese-language news site The News Lens has completed a Series B fundraising round. Investors participating in the round include North Base Media, managed by Marcus Brauchli, previously executive editor of The Washington Post. Joey Chung, the company’s CEO and co-founder, said the site will launch new video programming hosted by one of Taiwan’s best-known television presenters Jennifer Shen, and in a deal with Time Inc, it will soon begin publishing translated editorial from Time and Fortune magazines.
Advanced Info Service became Thailand’s first mobile operator last week to commercially launch a pay video-on-demand service, which will be delivered via over-the-top on mobile and fixed-line broadband networks. Customers can sign up for an AIS Play app to access 14 entertainment, sport and news channels. Last month AIS signed broadcasting rights deals with HBO, Fox and the NBA, following the failure by Thailand’s leading cable satellite television operator to renew a content distribution agreement with HBO.
Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN said its net income rose by 39% to P3.5 billion (A$91.2m) in 2016, exceeding its earnings guidance for the full year. The rise was due mainly to higher advertising revenues – full-year growth in ad revenues, boosted by election spending, was about 11%. Overall revenues for 2016 rose 9%. The company also rolled out its digital terrestrial television last year, with over 2.3 million boxes sold by the end of December.
• Flagship talent format The Voice will be co-produced by mm2, StarHub, and Astro for Singapore and Malaysia. This will be the first time the format will be produced and broadcast for two territories with one version. The Voice is scheduled to roll out in Singapore and Malaysia from the second quarter of 2017.
• BBC Worldwide will launch BBC Earth in HD and BBC World News on Cignal TV in the Philippines on April 1. Signal is a leading subscription-based direct-to-home satellite television service provider in the Philippines, with 1.6 million viewers in the country through the platform’s pre- and post-paid packages
• Apple’s iPhone 7 is available in Indonesia as of today, after the entire iPhone range was prohibited from being sold in Indonesia since January last year when the government imposed a rule requiring all makers of 4G smartphones to establish local manufacturing or research facilities. Earlier this year Apple agreed to build such facilities in three Indonesian cities.
• Astro Malaysia’s OTT streaming app Tribe, launched in Indonesia and the Philippines in 2016, achieved its first milestone of one million downloads in a year according to the company’s end-of- financial-year statement.
• Thailand’s The Nation newspaper will work with Thaivisa.com, the kingdom’s largest English-language web site for expats and foreign visitors, in regards to content integration, advertising and services. The first initiative will be the integration of Thai news and content from The Nation on the Thaivisa.com site.
• Malaysian-based streaming company iflix received more than 11,000 subscriptions within one week of its launch in Myanmar in the middle of March.
• Thailand’s mobile messaging app company Line TV – which offers combined linear TV-like and YouTube-like video content – is scaling up its free online video service to capitalise on the rapid growth of online video ad spend.
• Mediacorp is expanding its Brand Studio, the content marketing arm under its Digital Group whose past clients have included the South Australia Tourism Commission. About 30 former editors and journalists and other content producers will work for the studio, helmed my Benjamin Gajkowski, formerly of Axel Springer SE and Gruner & Jahr. Phin Wong is the studio’s executive creative director.
• Now based in Thailand running Asian Travel Media, Myers recalls days working with Ken Cowley and Kerry Stokes, plus his time trying to save The Bulletin
He’s a veteran of Australian rural publishing, but these days Paul Maldon Myers can be found hard at work on the best golf courses in Asia where he’s busy researching the golfing product provided by some of the clients of his boutique PR business, Asian Travel Media, which he set up in 2009.
While Myers has worked almost exclusively for rural publishers in Australia and the US, in 2006 his career deviated when he signed on as publisher for the sadly lamented Bulletin magazine.
This came to a sudden halt in the beginning of 2008 with the closure of the weekly, and the following year Myers again deviated from his traditional career path, setting up shop in Thailand as owner and principal of Asian Travel Media.
After graduating from Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Paul Myers began his working life in 1969 as a stock and station agent in NSW, then ventured into journalism, working in a variety of capacities for publications like Country Life, The Land and Stock and Land.
In 1983 he took a three-year break from journalism and worked in Canada as a trade commissioner with Austrade.
He returned to Australia in 1986, and embarked on a decade-long management career with Rural Press, which saw him serve about five years as general manager and publisher of Rural Press USA, in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1998 he signed on as editor and publisher of R.M. Williams Outback Magazine, Sydney before becoming publisher of The Bulletin in 2006. Publishing company ACP dramatically shut down The Bulletin on January 24, 2008, but Myers had quit the company shortly before.
Myers said, “When I sold my share in Outback Magazine, I felt I had done everything I could in rural/country journalism. I loved the bush and writing/publishing all manner of stories about it, but I wanted to keep challenging myself.
“So The Bulletin – that was a big break from my media background. But, unfortunately, the role never eventuated as offered. It was tainted from the outset.”
Myers said that when the “Australian media icon” disappeared, his 35-year career in Australian media also effectively came to an end.
“I spent the next year or two as a freelance writer,” he said, “and helped launch a golf travel magazine, which took me to Asia where the seeds were sown for Asian Travel Media.”
In 2010 he launched Asian Travel Media with a business colleague, a golf tour operator, in Bangkok in 2010.
He said, “I had no previous PR experience, but as a journalist my belief was that PR needed to be treated like journalism: tell good stories, have an eye for news, be totally factual and professional and coverage will ensue.
“This proved to be correct. We secured numerous clients in the five years I spent in Bangkok, conducting more than 70 international media visits to golf resorts all over North and Southeast Asia, as well as providing content for golf, travel and mainstream publications.
“In early 2016, I decided to go my own way, split from my business partner and moved to Phuket where I now spend about two-thirds of my time – the rest in Sydney with my three grown-up children and grandchildren.”
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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