Thursday May 11 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Andrew Maiden, CEO, ASTRA
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||2.7%||GEM||3.5%||ELEVEN||2.8%||Food Net||1.2%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.0%||7||22.0%||9||13.8%||10 NNSW||3.8%||SBS One||4.9%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||4.0%||GEM||5.8%||ONE||3.1%||Food Net||1.0%|
|WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. 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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18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
Seven was placed second behind Nine on Monday night with a share of 18.9%. However, last night Seven was ranked #1 with its smaller share of 18.3%. Seven was also ranked #1 Wednesday with combined channel share.
Seven’s win was set up by Seven News with help from Home and Away, House Rules and then Aussie Property Flippers.
Nine tried The Last Resort again at 7.30pm but with another sub-500,000 that could just be the last resort for the network. Nine managed second place though thanks to strong performance from Nine News and then A Current Affair.
TEN was a very competitive third thanks to MasterChef ranking #1 overall after 7pm as the program ranked #1 for the night key demos.
The drama on Home and Away includes Zac, played by actor and podcaster Charlie Clausen, contemplating leaving the Bay. The midweek episode did 715,000 after the two previous episodes this week were also just over 700,000.
House Rules saw work under way on the twins’ geek chic house. The Wednesday episode did 751,000 after 645,000 on Wednesday last week.
Aussie Property Flippers again saw its audience drop with last week’s 493,000 turning into 423,000 last night.
Investigations on A Current Affair last night examined a brawl at a Preston mosque, just how fresh are supermarket “fresh vegies” and the call-waiting times for people trying to reach Centrelink. The midweek episode was over 800,000.
The Last Resort improved marginally, climbing from its Tuesday debut of 414,000 to 435,000 which was just enough to enter the top 20.
A long episode of Britain’s Got Talent managed to lift the Nine audience to 524,000.
The red and the green teams faced off in the first group challenge for MasterChef season nine. The green team looked to have the stronger lineup and it played out that way in the end. The Wednesday episode was on 876,000, down from 917,000 watching last week. Tonight could be interesting when each member of the losing team is asked to prepare the perfect chip!
The Project 7pm was the channel’s next best with an update live from Canberra on Connie and Samuel Johnson‘s Big Heart Project and an interview with Heath Ledger‘s sister Kate. The episode did 622,000.
This Is Us filled in a few plot holes with an episode set largely in the past. The audience of 462,000 was close to last week’s 451,000.
Anh’s Brush With Fame made the top 10 with 643,000 watching the episode featuring Ian Thorpe. That was up from 587,000 watching Megan Gale a week ago.
The Weekly With Charlie Pickering then did 608,000 after 556,000 last week. The show featured Yellow Wiggle Emma and a better version of Bill Shorten‘s controversial ad.
You Can’t Ask That then did 422,000 with The Warriors on 158,000.
Tony Robinson’s Coast To Coast had the channel’s biggest crowd at 7.30pm with 281,000.
The Eurovision Top 40 Songs special with hosts Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasy then did 240,000 with the SBS social media team working it hard.
Signs of ongoing strength in the digital real estate classifieds market have emboldened top Fairfax shareholders to press suitor TPG Capital for a higher bid for the company, report The AFR’s Max Mason and John McDuling.
The second-biggest shareholder in Fairfax, Legg Mason Martin Currie, which owns 6.1% of the company, stuck by its view that TPG’s $2.2 billion bid “materially undervalues” its assets, particularly Domain.
The comments came after the release of a bullish digital real estate outlook from REA Group, a competitor to Fairfax-owned Domain.
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US private equity investor TPG Capital has threatened to walk away from takeover target Fairfax Media and drop its $2.2 billion partial buyout proposal, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
TPG would no longer pursue Fairfax if the board of directors and shareholders held out for a new cash bid worth as much as $3.1b, sources said.
But TPG believes $2.2b would amount to a healthy premium, and Fairfax should give serious consideration to that price.
“The Consortium believes this offer price and structure will be highly attractive to Fairfax’s shareholders,” TPG says in an extract of a confidential letter seen by The Australian.
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REA Group shares rose to a record high last night as the real estate listings business delivered a 16% quarterly increase in revenue despite lower listing volumes in Australia, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Investors pushed shares in REA up 1.2%, or 78c, to $65.65 at close as the wider market inched up 0.61%. The rise means REA, a Melbourne startup turned global digital advertising business, finished the day with a capitalisation of $8.65 billion.
Driven by the strength of the group’s local residential business, REA recorded revenue of $156 million for the three months ended March 31, up from $134m in the previous corresponding period.
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Facebook and Google’s stranglehold over the Australian media market will soon come under the Parliamentary microscope, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism will be chaired by Labor’s Sam Dastyari, with the Greens’ Scott Ludlam as deputy. Crossbench powerbroker Nick Xenophon and Jacqui Lambie are also part of the committee.
The committee will examine clickbait, fake news and the power of major technology and advertising companies, such as Google and Facebook, and how they have impacted journalism before it reports in December. The committee will also look at the role of government in ensuring a “viable, independent and diverse service” of journalism.
Google, Facebook, the ABC, Fairfax Media and News Corporation are all expected to give evidence to the inquiry.
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Nine has been forced to defend a jackpot prize giveaway of $130,000 to a Today viewer, after an online petition purported that the whole thing was a “scam”, reports Fairfax Media’s Aja Styles.
Josh Huxley, of Halekulani, just north of Wyong on New South Wales’ central coast, won the huge pool of money after answering his phone with the “I wake up with Today” catchphrase early on Wednesday morning. Shortly afterwards he was seen on camera, which for one viewer, Coralie Allan from Gilston in Queensland, indicated that either:
“The competition was closed – yet Channel 9 was still making money from people calling in up until the actual segment,” said her Change.org petition to the NSW liquor, gaming and racing office.
“[Or] the winner was chosen in advance – so entrants were disadvantaged from the beginning and their entries were null and void, in spite of having paid for them, as evidenced by the ‘planted’ TV crew in attendance.”
A Nine spokesperson has since issued the following statement: “There have been some inaccurate reports regarding this morning’s Block of Cash giveaway on the Today show.
“As a live television show, when it is possible to have a crew in the vicinity of the call recipient, and if they answer the call correctly, we are able to capture the reaction as soon as possible.”
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NBC has ordered a live production of the Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar that will premiere on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who wrote the music and lyrics, respectively, for the 1971 rock opera, will exec produce with Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
While Zadan and Meron have exec produced every one of NBC’s live musical productions going back to The Sound of Music Live! in 2013, this marks a first for Webber, Rice and Platt. The latter most recently exec produced Fox’s Grease Live! in January 2016, which nabbed big ratings and won five Emmys including one for Platt. (Platt also produced the smash movie musical La La Land.)
Webber and Rice, who are both Oscar, Tony and Emmy winners, are also known for their collaborations on the musicals Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Webber’s other best known musicals includes Cats and Phantom of the Opera, while Rice’s other credits include The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
Universal Television will produce with The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Storyline Entertainment.
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Before the Titans take on the Storm and the Broncos clash with Manly, Fox Sports’ Queenslanders Only regulars Mal Meninga, Kevin Walters and Justin Hodges joined Broncos captain Darius Boyd to send a message to Queenslanders to get behind their team. Both NRL games will be broadcast exclusively on Fox League.
A special episode of Queenslanders Only was broadcast from the Broncos Leagues Club in Red Hill last night.
Regular panellists Meninga, Hodges, Walters, Robert Craddock and Gorden Tallis were joined by special guests Boyd, Jarrod Wallace and Jeff Horn to celebrate a massive weekend of NRL in Brisbane.
Queenslanders Only is a show for Queenslanders by Queenslanders that airs each Wednesday night at 8pm on Fox League, only on Foxtel.
Photo [L-R]: Kevin Walters, Mal Meninga, Darius Boyd and Justin Hodges
Following the global success of TV program Chef Exchange, the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith have announced the development of the next big Chinese co-production, Soccer Swap.
Developed in consultation with China’s Qingdao Broadcasting and Television Station and due to be filmed in Adelaide and Qingdao, the series will follow a soccer competition between an Adelaide under 14s team and a team from China’s Shandong Province.
Soccer Swap will be developed by Paul Ryan (Chef Exchange) along with producers Nicole Miller and Tao Yu from 57 Films. Ryan and the 57 Films team were chosen by a panel of senior industry executives following an SAFC call-out to South Australian production companies.
Like Chef Exchange, Soccer Swap will be broadcast to more than 90 million people, showcasing South Australian locations and talent on a global stage.
The series will be shot in both Adelaide and China’s Shandong province, and feature Adelaide United Football Club juniors taking to the field to compete with a Shandong-based football club.
The production partners are also working on a second series of the successful Chef Exchange TV series. Chef Exchange series one was telecast to millions of viewers in Qingdao in Shandong Province. The series was re-broadcast in special versions made for other channels, including China Central TV (CCTV) and Channel 9 Adelaide.
Photos: [Top] Adelaide United homeground Coopers Stadium, Chef Exchange [Lower]
Twenty-First Century Fox has reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. (All amounts in US dollars)
The company reported total quarterly revenues of $7.56 billion, a $336 million, or 5%, increase from the $7.23 billion of revenues reported in the prior year quarter. The revenue growth reflects higher advertising revenue at the television segment, led by the broadcast of Super Bowl LI, and higher affiliate revenues at both the cable network programming and television segments partially offset by lower content revenues at the filmed entertainment segment.
Executive chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch said:
“We delivered a quarter marked by operational momentum and strong domestic affiliate fee growth. We continue to demonstrate our ability to capture opportunities to grow distribution of our domestic portfolio of video brands, whether through established MVPD partners or new digital entrants such as Hulu’s recently launched live television service.
“We made progress in the quarter against our key strategic priorities, exemplified by our creative successes across screens, from theatrical releases Logan and Hidden Figures to new FX debuts of Legion, Feud and Taboo. Our proposed combination with Sky, which was recently approved unconditionally by the European Commission, will advance another of our strategic priorities, driving innovation for customers. We remain confident the proposed transaction will be approved by the end of the calendar year following a thorough review process.”
Cable Network Programming quarterly segment revenue increased 2% to $4.02 billion. Expenses were consistent with the prior year quarter as higher entertainment programming and marketing costs at FX Networks and National Geographic Channels, higher National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing rights costs at Fox Sports 1 and higher National Basketball Association rights costs at the regional sports networks were offset by lower sports rights costs at Star India due to the absence of the prior year broadcast of the International Cricket Council Cricket World Twenty20 matches.
Television reported 30% revenue growth reflecting increased advertising revenue and continued growth of retransmission consent revenues. Quarterly advertising revenues grew 39% from the corresponding period of the prior year driven by the broadcast of Super Bowl LI and the inclusion of one additional National Football League divisional playoff game.
Results were down in the quarter driven primarily by lower film studio contributions reflecting difficult comparisons to last year’s strong worldwide theatrical performance of Deadpool and the home entertainment performance of The Martian, partially offset by higher television production contributions from higher subscription video-on demand revenues led by the licensing of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and higher network revenue.
Photos: Hugh Jackman in Logan and Susan Sarandon with Jessica Lange in Feud
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado are joined by the one of the stars of Love Child – Mandy McElhinney. On the day of recording, Nine launched season four of the Playmaker Media drama.
James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk TV, including the 59th TV Week Logie Awards and the winners, the losers and the plain unlucky. They also talk TV ratings, programming moves, Ellen, Roseanne, Mercado living without Foxtel, Netflix and our regular update on Mercado’s new business venture – the NSW regional cinema South West Roxy.