Monday May 15 2017
The Chaser and The Checkout’s Craig Reucassel joins Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi this week to talk about the media headlines doing the rounds and his new show War on Waste.
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Saturday Top 10
Seven was the winner in week 19 after Nine had won the first two weeks after the Easter break. Seven was the clear leader in primary and combined channel share last week.
Seven has started week 20 a winner too with primary and combined channel share wins again.
Leading for the broadcaster last night was a much improved House Rules audience with the second-biggest turn out this season. Seven managed the win though with the lowest winning Sunday primary share of the survey year.
Nine was in second spot with its lowest Sunday primary share since February. The Voice was its best with the audience over 1.1m.
TEN’s MasterChef held in the top five with the numbers down slightly week-on-week.
Eurovision couldn’t match its numbers from last year but the two semifinals and the final delivered SBS three consecutive nights of share on 8.0% or better.
House Rules had a good night with the audience up over 100,000 week-on-week – growing from 799,000 last week to 927,000 last night. The renovated WA house of twins Andrew and Jono was judged with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen claiming the steampunk bathroom was the best room he had ever judged in an amateur design competition. Equal leaders after the judging were Sean and Ella with Kate and Harry. Victoria’s Fiona and Nicole had a shocker with just 14 out of 30 with judge Drew giving the girls a four out of 10.
Sunday Night did 656,000, which is close to last week but is now the smallest audience this year. The episode featured a report from Steve Pennells on a young law student who killed her boyfriend and how the family has rejected her apology. Reporter Angela Cox also interviewed Ed Sheeran.
A repeat of The Suspects: True Australian Thrillers did 446,000.
The Voice was on 1.10m after 1.08m a week ago on Sunday. It was the second-last of the Blind Audition episodes with Delta completing her team with the addition of Kelsie Rimmer. With one episode to go Boy George can choose two artists tonight while Seal and Kelly Rowland each have one vacant spot on their teams.
60 Minutes did 705,000 with reports from Tara Brown on a killer Victorian storm, Ross Greenwood on the property market while Allison Langdon spent time with News Corp reporter and new mum Elle Halliwell.
A doco called Black Power on the black liberation movement in the US then did 216,000.
MasterChef featured an invention test with an ice cream sandwich judged the winner. The Sunday audience of 734,000 was down on 767,000 which was the series’ smallest audience last week.
Bull was next best and the US drama managed to make the top 10 with 463,000, up on 384,000 a week ago.
NCIS: New Orleans then did 295,000.
Earlier in the night Family Feud Sunday was on 276,000 followed by a Modern Family episode on 378,000.
Grantchester continues to pull the biggest Sunday audience with 646,000, up from 624,000 a week ago.
Doctor Who was on 437,000 with a repeat of DCI Banks later in the night on 411,000.
The day started at 5am for many viewers with the long and live Eurovision final attracting 148,000. That was well down on the 302,000 tracking the fortunes of Dami Im live a year ago.
The replay of the final on Sunday night then did 308,000, down from 409,000 a year ago.
Fairfax Media has advised on May 14 it received a revised, indicative, preliminary and non-binding proposal from a consortium including TPG Group to acquire 100% of the shares in Fairfax (on a fully diluted basis) at a price of $1.20 per share (less the value of any dividends or other distributions declared, proposed or paid after May 14 2017), with all consideration being in cash.
The new proposal is subject to a number of conditions, including due diligence, shareholder approval at a Fairfax scheme meeting which would be required to implement proposal, and obtaining requisite regulatory approvals, including approval from the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and New Zealand Overseas Investment Office.
The Fairfax board of directors is reviewing the new proposal.
Fairfax Media’s board of directors will meet today to decide on TPG Capital’s $2.2 billion partial buyout proposal, which is likely to be rejected, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
It is understood Fairfax will issue a formal recommendation to the stock exchange today or tomorrow depending on how long the board meeting lasts after the publisher’s adviser, Macquarie, handed in a detailed review at the weekend.
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Fairfax Media’s Elizabeth Knight reports TPG is working on a different proposal that will involve a full cash takeover offer for the group:
Speculation centres on TPG presenting a revised offer of about $1.20 cash a share for all of Fairfax. This compares with Fairfax’s closing share price on Friday of $1.06.
If TPG succeeds in acquiring full control of Fairfax under a revised bid for the entire group, it will then sell off assets it determines are non-core.
Nine Entertainment is seen as the most likely buyer of Stan and the metropolitan newspaper digital businesses. Nine is the other investor in Stan.
It is understood negotiations on the commercial terms of this separation are well advanced between Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood and the head of Domain, Antony Catalano.
However, it is believed Catalano favours keeping the metro mastheads and Domain together, given their strong relationship.
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oOh!media and APN Outdoor are understood to be planning a renewed pitch to the competition regulator to allow their merger centred around the growth in online advertising surpassing the out-of-home sector’s entire market share in 2016, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The key point the pair will make is online’s portion of the overall advertising pie grew from 38.3% in 2015 to 44.4% in 2016 – or an additional 6.1% of the advertising pie in Australia, greater than out-of-home’s entire share.
They will have until May 19 to make their case. The ACCC is due to announce its decision on July 6.
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Ten’s management team has come out fighting in defence of the network’s ratings and revenue performance, which have been overshadowed by a high-profile refinancing of the company’s $200 million loan and disappointing half-year results, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Ten chief executive Paul Anderson seized on MasterChef’s biggest season-launch ratings for two years as evidence the network’s programming lineup is in good shape, and shrugged off ratings flop The Biggest Loser: Transformed as a blip on an otherwise upward trajectory.
Multi Channel Network CEO Anthony Fitzgerald, who heads a joint sales operation between Ten and pay-TV operator Foxtel, addressed industry rumours of a scaremongering campaign about the impact of Ten’s financial position.
In response to talk in media circles that Ten’s financial future is so parlous that forward ad bookings could not be fulfilled if Ten was put into receivership, Fitzgerald said he felt furious after learning about the whispering campaign in an industry so riven with bitchiness “it requires its own Defcon scale”.
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The chief executive of US viral content powerhouse BuzzFeed has signalled the millennial media company is on track for an initial public offering as soon as next year, reports The AFR’s John McDuling.
In an interview with The Australian Financial Review ahead of a visit to Sydney later this month, Jonah Peretti shed light on his firm’s pivot to video, the growing dominance of media by technology platforms such as Facebook and Google, and the company’s fast-growing local operations.
Jonah Peretti will speak at Vivid Ideas on Sunday May 28, at 1.30pm at Sydney’s City Recital Hall.
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One Nation’s Pauline Hanson is refusing to back the Turnbull government’s media reform package as Communications Minister Mitch Fifield continues negotiations with the Senate crossbenchers to pass the historic measures, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Hanson is opposed to the removal of the so-called “two-out-of-three” rule, a law to prevent a single entity from owning newspapers, radio and television in a single market.
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Cassie Sainsbury had no idea her mother and sister had signed a contract with a TV network to tell her story until News Corp asked about it, reports News Corp’s Sarah Blake in Bogota.
The former personal trainer was shocked to learn about the controversial deal with 60 Minutes, for which her family had initially asked to be paid $1 million.
“My mum and sister haven’t told me anything of what they’re doing,” Sainsbury said of her mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala, who flew into Bogota.
Sainsbury’s response sheds light on a festering feud between her family and fiance, Scott Broadbridge, who has signed his own rival lucrative deal with Seven’s Sunday Night program to talk about her ordeal. They have also engaged separate high-profile Australian lawyers to act for Sainsbury.
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Clifton comes to the ABC with a 30-year media career across the UK, the Middle East and New Zealand. Since 2007 she has been at TVNZ in Auckland as chief product and information officer where she was responsible for major business transformation and delivering the company’s largest technology projects.
Beginning her career in the UK, Clifton has held many roles in television production and operations management including studio manager at LWT Granada’s London studios and director of operations for Al Jazeera English channel in Doha, Qatar where she led the team that delivered the first HD 24/7 global news channel from four broadcast centres around the world.
The ABC’s chief financial officer Louise Higgins will continue acting as chief technology officer until Clifton joins the ABC in September.
Steve Weaver, Nine’s longtime group director, audience science and analytics, was made redundant in a restructure at the start of the month, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
Weaver’s duties have been carved up between Warwick Sharp and Roxanne Hoad.
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The partnership comes as the redesigned Elle.com.au launches today with new ad capabilities and greater commercial integration opportunities.
Fiorella Di Santo, director of sales at Bauer Media, said: “Elle.com.au has shown incredible growth over the past 12 months with an audience increase of 59% year-on-year (Source: Roy Morgan data).
“The new Elle site is optimised for enhanced advertiser integration and we’re delighted that Fiat has come on board as our launch partner to demonstrate these capabilities to full effect.”
Justine Cullen, editor-in-chief of Elle Australia, said: “Fashion Week is the biggest event in the Australian fashion calendar so what better time to unveil Elle’s fresh new online look? At Elle our focus is always on innovation, and the new site will allow the team to bring the highest quality fashion week content to our audience in the fastest and freshest way possible.”
Australian subscribers to streaming service Netflix could be in for a price hike as the company secretly tests increases that could see fees jump by as much as 20%, reports The Australian’s Mitchell Bingemann.
Netflix has been applying temporary increases to its plans on weekends that bump the cost of its basic service from $8.99 a month to $9.99, its standard service from $11.99 a month to $13.99 and its premium service from $14.99 to $17.99 a month.
The temporary price hike is being targeted at Australian subscribers on weekends only and rolls back to its normal structure on Monday mornings.
A spokesman for Netflix confirmed the company has been testing pricing increases aimed at Australian subscribers.
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Regional Australians report that television (34%) and print media (21%) are their most preferred sources of local news, with commercial television being the most trusted (21%), according to Australian Communications and Media Authority research released today.
Local content in regional Australia – 2017 report also shows that 86% of regional residents believe local news is important and 87% are satisfied with its overall quality.
“There are interesting findings about where regional Australians go to access local news,” said acting ACMA chairman Richard Bean.
“For example the proportion of regional Australians using social media (18%) and websites (26%) to access local news has significantly increased since 2013.
“The 2017 report also presents new findings on the availability of, and preferences for, local news, sport, weather and community events, with a particular focus on the way age influences how regional Australians access local news,” he added.
Older regional Australians use and prefer traditional sources such as television, newspapers and radio for local content and local news, while younger regional Australians have significantly increased their use of and preference for online sources such as websites and social media.
Regional Australians are more likely to report having access to all the local content they would like in areas where commercial television local content obligations are in place.
The research consolidates findings from three complementary reports undertaken over the past 12 months (as well as building on ACMA research from 2013):
• Regional Australians’ access to local content – Community research (Community research report)
• Regional Australian television news – Audiences across regional evening news services, 2003-16 (Regional TAM report)
• Availability of local content in regional Australia – Case studies (Case study report).
The findings will be presented as part of the ACMA’s Australian content conversation, on 16 and 17 May at the International Conference Centre, Sydney.
On Tuesday, 14 days’ worth of hearings into the merits of Tabcorp’s proposed $11 billion merger with Tatts will take place before the Australian Competition Tribunal in Melbourne, reports The AFR’s John Stensholt.
Then, on June 13, the tribunal will rule on whether the merger can take place. Whichever way it goes, the changes in the wagering sector will be profound.
A raft of mergers and acquisitions among the corporate bookmakers could therefore eventuate, and serious doubt would be cast over the long-term viability of Racing.com, the broadcasting joint venture between Racing Victoria and Seven West Media that competes with Tabcorp’s Sky Racing.
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Peter Wilkins, the face and voice of ABC sport, is hanging up his boots and blowing the fulltime whistle on his media career at the public broadcaster after 37 years spent covering some of the biggest games in Australian sporting history, reports The Australian’s Mitchell Bingemann.
Wilkins – fondly known as Wilko to his many listeners, friends and family – has had a varied career with the ABC covering the spectrum of sporting codes and competitions, including the Olympics, the Paralympics, rugby league, various soccer World Cups and hosting the broadcaster’s sporting panel show The Fat alongside Tony Squires and the late Rebecca Wilson.
“It’s been an incredible career with the ABC but now it’s time for some reflection and designing my own backyard golf course,” Wilkins, 59, said.
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• Singles: Niall fails to cracks top 10 on debut, DJ Khaled keeps top spot
• Albums: Ed Sheeran returns to #1, Nick Cave Best Of debuts in top 10
We are 20 chart weeks into the year and there have only been four different acts topping the chart this year.
DJ Khaled continues his occupation at the top of the chart with “I’m The One” holding on for a second consecutive week.
The big mover this week was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with “Despacito” zooming from #10 to #2 on its fourth week on the chart.
The action near the top of the chart means Ed Sheeran has fallen out of the top two for the first time in 17 weeks. His “Galway Girl” actually moves up a spot from #4 to #3 while “Shape Of You” is really venturing into unknown territory, pegged at #4, its lowest ever chart spot after a remarkable run of 18 weeks in the top 10.
Just two tunes managed to debut inside the top 50 this week:
#11 Niall Horan with “Slow Hands”
#37 Jonas Blue with “Mama” featuring William Singe
Topping the albums chart has been an exclusive club so far this year too thanks to Ed Sheeran. He returns to #1 this week for the ninth time in his 10 weeks on the chart. “Divide” is leading the chart again after last week’s champs Bliss N Eso have slipped back to #4 in “Off The Grid’s” second week of release. Sheeran again has two albums in the top 10 after “X” edged higher from #12 to #10 in its 151st week charting.
In a very busy week with 12 albums crashing into the top 50 on debut, Nick Cave was the big winner with “Lovely Creatures – The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)” new at #8. There are tracks from the 15 albums released in that period, beginning with 1984’s “From Her To Eternity”, through to “Push The Sky Away” (which ranked #1 in February 2013).
Brace yourself – here is the list of other new chart debuts this week:
#15 At The Drive-In with “in•ter a•li•a” Five years on from reuniting, the American post-hardcore band release their fourth album.
#17 San Cisco with “The Water” Fremantle quartet return with their third album two years after “Gracetown” peaked at #2 March 2015.
#20 Chris Stapleton with “From A Room: Volume 1” American country singer-songwriter releases his second studio album.
#21 Kasabian with “For Crying Out Loud”
#22 Asgeir with “Afterglow”
#23 Mac DeMarco with “This Old Dog”
#25 Logic with “Everybody”
#29 Blondie with “Pollinator”
#33 Pond with “The Weather”
#35 Motionless In White with “Graveyard Shift”
#37 Diana Krall with “Turn Up The Quiet”
• Tour itinerary: Sydney – Los Angeles – Rhode Island – Las Vegas – New York – Sydney
Featuring the world’s biggest artists, Nova’s Red Room Global Tour will head to four American cities for a 12-day tour, concluding in Sydney, with exclusive performances by The Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus and Peking Duk, along with unique experiences with Katy Perry and Calvin Harris.
Tony Thomas, Nova Entertainment’s chief digital and marketing officer, said, “Nova’s Red Room Global Tour continues to set the standard for a multiplatform music and travel brand that will give our listeners and partners more opportunities and experiences than ever before. With five amazing artists, across five major cities in two weeks, this will be one of the biggest money-can’t-buy experiences Nova has ever delivered, and something our listeners and partners won’t forget for a long time.”
For the first time Mazda Australia is partnering with Nova’s Global Red Room Tour 2017 to help celebrate Mazda3’s 40th Anniversary in Australia.
Qantas will be the exclusive airline partner of Nova’s Red Room Global Tour for the fourth consecutive year, flying winners on board its A380 aircraft between Sydney and Los Angeles.
Nova Entertainment’s long term-partner The Star and Marquee The Star Sydney have returned as accommodation and venue partner, with the tour’s final show held on site on 17 June.
Stephanie Loupelis, Nova Entertainment head of commercial partnerships, said, “Mazda Australia, their media agency OMD and 1Mazda @ CHE Proximity are experienced in the benefits of investing in marquee partnerships of scale, so in many ways they’re the ideal brand partners to align with the tour. They’ve trusted our team to create the most ambitious tour yet and just as importantly, they’ve trusted our proven credentials in this space to deliver a safe and effective environment for the Mazda3 brand to connect with the Nova audience.”
From May 15, Nova listeners will have a chance to join the tour through a number of entry mechanics, including on-air contesting in Nova’s local breakfast shows and across the work day, with winners announced in the Kate, Tim & Marty Drive show. Listeners also have the opportunity to win in Nova’s Smallzy’s Surgery. Mazda3 and Qantas customers will also have the chance to win through loyalty programs and online at novafm.com.au.
Kent Small will lead a tour party of 50 consisting of partners, media and a team of Nova’s content producers for this special 12-day tour. With unique access to the artists, Smallzy will also broadcast Smallzy’s Surgery national night show from each international destination, to share highlights of the exclusive performances, artist interviews and behind the scenes content both on air, online and on Nova’s social assets.
Mazda3 Presents Nova’s Red Room Global Tour will depart from Sydney on June 5 for an exclusive party for winners with singer/songwriter global superstar Katy Perry in Nova’s Red Room in LA. The group will then head to Rhode Island for an intimate show with Grammy Award-winning American DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers before travelling to Las Vegas for a VIP experience with DJ and producer Calvin Harris. The tour party will spend four days in New York for a Nova’s Red Room with US singer/songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus before concluding the tour in Sydney with ARIA Award-winning electronic music duo Peking Duk on 17 June.
#1 Nova’s Red Room Global Tour launched in 2014 with an unprecedented global tour through the USA featuring headliner Usher.
#2 In 2015 the brand travelled to Dublin, London and Dubai for a music and travel experience with artists including Ed Sheeran, Jason Derulo, Rudimental and Adam Lambert.
#3 Last year winners experienced a unique and intimate performance by Coldplay, ahead of their stadium show in Manchester, with Tinie Tempah and Meghan Trainor featuring in London and Sydney respectively.
Australia’s Isaiah has placed ninth in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. Yesterday in Kyiv, Ukraine, Isaiah took to the stage to perform his song “Don’t Come Easy”, alongside 25 other Grand Finalists.
The scores of the voting juries and viewing public in 42 countries including Australia were combined for the official results.
Salvador Sobral (pictured) from Portugal was crowned Eurovision winner with his song “Amar Pelos Dois” being awarded 758 points. Bulgaria took out second place, and Moldova in third place.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said:
“Isaiah has been such a fantastic ambassador for Australia at Eurovision, and we are incredibly proud of his performance in the Grand Final. Making the Grand Final every year that Australia has been in the contest is no small feat, and is a fantastic acknowledgement of our creative talents and passion and enthusiasm for the contest.
“Australian audiences have had a romance with Eurovision for over 30 years and we have ever increasing affection for the contest, which shares the same values as SBS of celebrating diversity. We look forward to doing it again next year.”
Australian head of delegation Paul Clarke said:
“Isaiah won a lot of hearts at Eurovision with his huge talent and his gracious spirit. It is a wonderful thing to be able to offer such a huge opportunity on the world stage to an artist so deserving, one who we know will go on to great things.”
After the voting by the juries Australia was ranked fourth. However, Australia only got two votes from the public telephone voting and ended up running ninth. The only country to get a lower public telephone vote was Austria which received zero votes.
The Australian jury was the only country to give its 12 points to the UK.
First semifinal replay Friday night: 509,000 (Metro 403,000, Regional 106,000)
Second semifinal replay Saturday night: 465,000 (Metro 350,000, Regional 115,000)
Eurovision final live Sunday morning: 195,000 (Metro 148,000, Regional 47,000)
Eurovision final replay Sunday night: 381,000 (Metro 308,000, Regional 73,000)
Val Morgan Outdoor has launched VMO Programmatic – its world-first programmatic product that allows advertisers to target specific demographics in real time across VMO’s network.
The offering is made possible by VMO’s exclusive real-time audience measurement system DART (Digital Outdoor Audiences in Real Time).
DART has been trained through machine learning computers to map facial features that then predict age and gender, and offers insights on engagement across 18 demographic profiles.
VMO Managing Director Anthony Deeble said, “Using DART, our exclusive audience measurement system, enables us to ensure we are delivering the clients creative dynamically at the right time to the right audience – a giant leap in effectively targeting audiences in out-of-home environments. The benefit to the advertiser is simple: greater efficiencies and less wastage.”
To meet growing demand, the company has created a programmatic sales team headed by Matthew Bushby, Director, Digital and Innovation, and supported by Lorna Briggs, GSM Strategic Partnerships.
Paul Butler, General Manager Sales and Marketing, said, “VMO’s programmatic approach provides a targeted campaign solution like no other in out-of-home. Our advanced technology and real-time audience insights pave the way for an exciting future in digital out-of-home. We’ve invested in the team and infrastructure to make this future a reality.”
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.