Wednesday May 17 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.9%||GEM||3.3%||ELEVEN||2.0%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||12.0%||7||22.6%||9||12.8%||10 NNSW||3.7%||SBS One||4.1%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||6.7%||GEM||4.8%||ONE||3.2%||Food Net||0.7%|
|TUESDAY 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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A second successive Tuesday share of 19.1% has been a winner again for Seven despite the channel not having timeslot winners at 7pm, 7.30pm or 8.30pm. Seven’s overall performance though got it across the line with wins in all metro markets except Melbourne where TEN was #1.
TEN was the champion in the key 7.30pm timeslot with a MasterChef immunity challenge pushing the audience back above 1m for the first time since the launch episode. That helped TEN to record its best Tuesday survey share this year.
The big improver of the night however was ABC with the first episode of KEO Films’ War On Waste winning its 8.30pm timeslot and pulling an audience over 750,000 – something that doesn’t happen much at the ABC these days in that slot on any night.
Nine has persisted with The Last Resort at 7.30pm but it cost it big time last night with share dropping week-on-week from 15.7% to 15.4% setting a new Tuesday low. Nine finished third in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and was in fourth place in Perth in single figures.
The Tuesday night Home and Away audience was on 708,000 after 759,000 on Monday night this week.
House Rules was just over 800,000 after 795,000 on Tuesday a week ago.
Seven Year Switch was again just over half a million with its second episode this week.
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was on 301,000 followed by The Amazing Race with 97,000.
There was a local content shootout on the multichannels last night, with 7mate’s 8.30pm win contributing to Seven’s combined channel share win.
7mate’s series return of Prospero Productions’ Outback Truckers at 8.30pm did 178,000, easily outperforming the debut of 9GO!’s Meet The Hockers at 8.30pm with 98,000.
Among the stories on A Current Affair for the audience of 908,000 was an update on the case against A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack. We overestimated the Monday audience however – the show actually started the week on 917,000.
The Last Resort has held down the 7.30pm Tuesday slot for a second week despite its poor start. The Tuesday audience of 414,000 last week dropped to 383,000. That is way off the pace with the show ranked fourth across the network and fifth in Melbourne where SBS outperformed it.
Love Child continues to be collateral damage with The Last Resort as a lead-in. The Playmaker Media drama had 460,000 watching, down from 521,000 last week. The series debuted in week 18 on 620,000.
WTFN’s Operation Thailand had another cast of interesting characters spending their hard earned on medical procedures. Despite that the show did 169,000 after 281,000 last week.
The Project 7pm dropped under 700,000 with Stephen Curry the celebrity guest in its second half hour where he revealed what it was like to play a serial killer in his new movie Hounds Of Love.
MasterChef first asked the three contestants fighting for an immunity pin to make a waffle. Eloise won that challenge and then she managed to defeat a professional chef to win the first immunity pin of this season. The audience loved the episode with 1.04m the show’s best since the 2017 launch audience of 1.06m.
NCIS followed with 667,000, which is its best since July last year.
A new episode of NCIS: New Orleans followed at around 9.30pm with 488,000 which is that show’s best since November 2014.
The channel’s best Tuesday this year started with ABC News on 756,000 and then 7.30 on 534,000.
The debut of WTFN’s Ask The Doctor drew a reasonable crowd of just over 500,000 for what was an informative 30 minutes of medical information.
The audience then grew to a very impressive 759,000 after 8.30pm for the debut of KEO Films’ War On Waste hosted by Craig Reucassel. The program found an engaged audience with its eye-opening stories about the amount of food that is wasted in Australia every day.
Also performing well was a special edition of Foreign Correspondent paying tribute to the great work reporter Mark Colvin did on the road. The episode was just over half a million after the episode last week had 329,000 watching.
Michael Portillo was in Spain last night on Great Continental Rail Journeys with 340,000 watching the repeat episode. As suggested last week he didn’t host the week’s number one show on the channel, but he did manage to outrate one of the two Eurovision semifinals screened in primetime last Friday and Saturday.
A repeat episode of Insight then did 207,000 followed by Dateline on 118,000.
Domain executives, led by chief executive Antony Catalano (pictured), floated an idea of moving major mastheads – The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age – into the real estate classifieds and services business to Fairfax Media management last year, which was immediately rejected as commercially unviable, report The AFR’s Max Mason and Carrie LaFrenz.
Meanwhile Deutsche Bank analyst Entcho Raykovski said TPG’s revised Fairfax Media offer was compelling, but a final bid was far from certain.
“While the revised cash offer is compelling, it is also in our view timed to disrupt the Domain spinoff process.”
He said an offer of $1.20 could be justified, but the ultimate value realisation would be contingent upon the sale of Fairfax’s other business after an initial bid.
UBS analyst Eric Choi reckons TPG could still get a good return on investment if it paid $1.25 per share.
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The AFR’s Aaron Patrick:
Former Fairfax Media chairman Ron Walker endorsed a takeover bid for the company by private equity giant TPG and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which he said would protect the storied company’s journalism while providing a good deal for shareholders.
Walker, who was chairman from 2005 to 2009, said the head of Fairfax’s Domain property marketing unit, Antony Catalano, could become chief executive of the private company and help make it more profitable.
“Antony Catalano has always been destined to be a CEO,” Walker said. “I’ve known him for years. He is one of the best dealmakers in terms of generating revenue.”
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Darren Davidson and Mitchell Bingemann in The Australian:
The Fairfax board is expected to deny TPG Capital access to the publisher’s books to perform due diligence, as the suitor’s latest attempt to wrest control of the company meets resistance.
While Fairfax will not issue a formal recommendation until adviser Macquarie has finished a detailed review by the end of this week, the 176-year-old publisher is unlikely to give TPG access despite calls by some shareholders and analysts for the board to engage with the consortium in takeover talks.
“Not at this price,” sources within the company said last night, as shares in Fairfax climbed to a six-year high, up 3.07%, or 3c, to $1.17 at the market’s close.
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Fairfax Media’s Lucy Battersby:
One potential hurdle for TPG will be convincing the federal government it will abide by taxation obligations. In 2010 the tax office issued a bill and fines totalling about $700 million to TPG after it pocketed $1.5 billion from floating Myer Holdings. However, the tax office was unable to extract any money from the chain of off-shore companies leading back to investors.
The then Tax Commissioner, Michael D’Ascenzo, is now one of six Foreign Investment Review Board [FIRB] members who must approve the Fairfax purchase.
However, FIRB has already waved through TPG’s investments in Alinta Energy, Inghams, and Healthscope since the Myer case.
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Fairfax boss Greg Hywood will front a parliamentary inquiry into the future of journalism as the spectre of sweeping job cuts and a potential takeover by private equity firm TPG Capital looms over the 176-year old publisher, reports The Australian’s Mitchell Bingemann.
Hywood, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, academics including UTS Professor of Journalism Peter Fray and editors from BuzzFeed and the Australian operation of Huffington Post will also appear at the inquiry which has been established to investigate the rise of fake news, “clickbait” and the market power of social media giants Facebook and Google.
Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is chairing the seven-member committee which also includes the Greens’ Scott Ludlam as deputy chair and crossbench senator Nick Xenophon.
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Will Easton is returning to Australia to again be Facebook managing director Australia and New Zealand close to two years after moving on to be head of emerging markets for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, in mid-2015.
Easton will return to the role in September replacing Stephen Scheeler who left Facebook earlier this year.
“After a fantastic few years in Asia, I could not be more excited about returning to Sydney to work with our Australia and New Zealand businesses,” Easton said.
OMD has made several key appointments to its strategy team. Gavin Gibson (pictured L) returns to the agency as national chief strategy officer, while Peita Pacey (pictured R) also returns to OMD as head of strategy for OMD Sydney.
Gibson has extensive experience across the globe, having worked for OMD in the region as the strategy lead for OMD APAC as well as the global VP of marketing for HTC. In his new position, working with the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane teams, Gibson will lead the national strategic community and be responsible for the evolution of the OMD strategic output.
Pacey has extensive experience having worked client, publisher, and agency sides of the industry. She joins OMD from Carat where she was head of strategy, Sydney.
Gibson has commenced his role, reporting into Aimee Buchanan, while Pacey joins OMD on June 19, reporting into Gibson.
Further news for the OMD Sydney strategic team is the promotion of Danni Dimitri to strategy director for McDonald’s, and the promotion of Daisy Huang to strategist, who will work across a number of OMD’s key clients.
Fairfax Media’s Good Food Guide 2018 is set to expand beyond New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and shine a spotlight on must-visit dining destinations across Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The Good Food Guide will – for the first time – visit capital cities in every Australian state and territory – from Darwin, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne to Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
On sale later this year, the expanded Good Food Guide is promising to be an all-encompassing national “bible” of reviews, revealing the restaurants across the nation that have been awarded a prestigious hat.
The Age Good Food Guide launched in 1979, followed by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in 1984 and, most recently, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide in 2015.
“Our defining strength, and the reason why people trust the Good Food Guide, is the independence of our critics,” said Good Food Guide 2018 co-editor Myffy Rigby. “We’re stringent when it comes to judging. That means we look at service, ambience, X-factor, and – most importantly – food, to award those all-important hats.”
Distribution of the Guide will also increase in line with the national focus and will be on sale in newsagents across Australia, as well as online.
Along with reviews around the country, the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year, Citi Chef of the Year and Citi Service Excellence will be awarded nationally.
The national Good Food Guide 2018 will retail for $29.95.
Channel 10 has been forced to re-evaluate its safety procedures after two audiences members were taken to hospital after an incident on the set of Studio 10, reports Sydney Confidential’s Karlie Rutherford.
Confidential has learnt a camera jib equipment fell during the ad break for the live studio taping on Monday morning injuring two members in the studio audience.
A spokesman for the network said as precaution, the two were taken by ambulance to hospital and examined for minor injuries. They were released the same day.
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Jennifer Hawkins has plenty to smile about with news Foxtel will push ahead with an 11th season of Australia’s Next Top Model, reports Sydney Confidential’s Jonathon Moran.
Confidential can confirm the subscription television broadcaster has greenlit another series of the hugely popular reality show that seeks to showcase Australia’s top modelling talents.
“There will absolutely be a series 11 (of Top Model) but we are not in a position as yet to announce dates or talent,” a network spokesman said in a statement.
It is uncertain whether or not Megan Gale will return this season after the veteran model and presenter announced her pregnancy last month.
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Some of the world’s biggest stars have dropped into the Sunrise studios, but some were far more pleasant to deal with than others, reports news.com.au’s Andrew Bucklow.
According to the show’s executive producer, Michael Pell, the Channel Seven breakfast show is regularly able to secure massive guests thanks to years of contact building.
“More often than not, the stars themselves sign off on their own press schedule,” Pell told news.com.au.
“They know Sunrise. It’s built a reputation. And it makes smart business sense. When celebrities come on Sunrise to promote movies or albums or shows, they tend to sell. The Sunrise audience is extremely engaged.”
Pell didn’t name any of their worst guests, but amongst the best are Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Matt Damon and Miley Cyrus.
Photo: Sunrise EP Michael Pell with one of his favourite guests
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There are again whispers of interest in a reboot for Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, potentially on a new network, reports TV Tonight.
One broadcaster is understood to be showing “strong interest”.
But any return would also come without host Shaun Micallef who has both Mad as Hell and The Ex-PM on the way, preferring to work on his own projects.
Last November TV Tonight‘s fictional Upfronts floated the idea of Amanda Keller moving into the host role with team captains Denise Drysdale, Sam Pang & Joel Creasey. Readers even voted it their pick of the bunch in a site poll, which is said to have encouraged interest in a reboot.
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Season two of The Family Law will be even more painful, hilarious and poignant than the first. With more gasp-inducing honesty and hair-raising Jenny-isms, SBS is saying welcome back to the post-nuclear family you know and love, where membership sometimes feels like a sentence.
SBS Director of Television and Online Content Marshall Heald said:
“After a hugely successful award-winning first season, we’re thrilled to be back with a second season of this original and uniquely SBS series. Season one of this bold and clever show really resonated with Australian families and audiences.
The Family Law season two is executive produced by Tony Ayres and Debbie Lee (Matchbox Pictures), produced by Julie Eckersley and Sophie Miller (Matchbox Pictures), and co-produced by Andy Walker (Matchbox Pictures). The show is also executive produced by SBS’s Sue Masters
Directed by Ben Chessell (Offspring, Rush, Dance Academy), along with Sophie Miller (directed episode 4), the show is written by Benjamin Law, Kirsty Fisher and Lawrence Leung.
The new six-part series premieres on Thursday June 15 at 8.30pm on SBS.
Australia’s third-biggest sport is officially up for sale with the majority owner of Supercars slapping a $100m-plus price tag on the V8 powered national icon, reports News Corp’s James Phelps.
Five corporations including News Corp Australia, publisher of The Daily Telegraph and parent company of Fox Sports, have already registered an interest in the sale of Archer Capital’s majority stake in Supercars.
It can be also revealed major event and entertainment companies Sports Entertainment Limited (SEL) and TEG, which owns Ticketek, are also in the race.
Archer Capital, one of Australia’s top-performing private equity firms, has contracted international investment bank UBS to sell its 65% stake in the business.
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The chance of a major free-to-air network purchasing the remaining broadcast rights for the A-League is still alive with Channel Seven looming as a late option to televise the competition next season, reports Fairfax Media’s Dominic Bossi.
In what appears to be Football Federation Australia’s last attempt to directly sell the A-League rights to a major network, Seven is set to return to the negotiating table to challenge ABC and Fox Sports for the last remaining portion of the TV deal.
Sources suggest the FFA rebuked Seven’s original proposal to obtain the A-League rights which included largely a contra deal that offered little cash. Under that earlier proposal, Seven would broadcast the Saturday night game in exchange for significant promotion of the competition.
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The growth of Motorsport Network’s automotive website Motor1.com will continue with the launch of a new Australian edition of the site – the ninth international version of the brand.
Motorsport Network has acquired the Sydney-based Motoring Media Network, which will spearhead not only the launch of the Australian version of Motor1.com, but the continued growth of Motorsport.com in the region.
Sydney, Australia joins the collection of international offices for Motor1.com – a global source of online car reviews, news, and information. Other editorial offices for the site includes Detroit, USA; London, UK; Rome, Italy; Le Mans, France; and Toronto, Canada.
Motoring Media Network founder Matthew O’Malley will lead the new Australian venture. The launch of Motor1.com in Australia also will include the site’s car shopping platform, providing car buyers with complete build and configuration capability for new car purchases, alongside access to pre-owned vehicles across the country.
“We are delighted to have found a partner in Motoring Media Network to launch Motor1.com into Australia,” said Geoff Love, president – European operations Motor1.com.
“It’s an important automotive market and Matthew brings a wealth of experience to his new role as CEO of the business. The Motorsport Network portfolio of businesses, including Motor1.com and Motorsport.com, will now be driven forward by Matthew and his team.”
“After witnessing Motor1.com/Motorsport Network’s operations in Europe and America firsthand, I was left amazed and excited by the possibilities of launching their truly innovative global platforms in Australia and New Zealand,” said Matthew O’Malley, CEO – Motoring Media Network.
“It is both a compliment and a privilege to have Motoring Media Network invited to become part of the exclusive international team that is Motor1.com/Motorsport Network. We look forward to being the Australian ambassadors of a group that represents motoring enthusiasts all around the world.
“We are truly proud to be the newest member of the Motorsport Network’s rapidly expanding global family.”
In addition to spearheading Motor1.com’s Australian expansion, the new Motorsport Network office in Sydney will continue to offer locally created custom print and video content, along with design and production for some of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers, as well as running corporate track days for leading auto brands and tyre manufacturers.
Photo: Motoring Media Network’s Matthew O’Malley
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has appointed Gina Hogan (pictured) as the general manager of its Perth operations.
Hogan will oversee the day-to-day operations of Mix 94.5 – Perth’s #1 station – and Hit 92.9, Perth’s #1 station for under 40s.
The position in Perth has been vacant since former Perth GM Linda Wayman announced her departure in March this year.
As part of a team of general managers led by SCA’s chief operating officer, John Kelly, Hogan will lead Perth’s collaboration with SCA’s national executives implementing the company initiatives at a local market level.
Hogan has more than 17 years’ experience in management and leading corporate sales and content direction for media companies across radio and television. Since 2009, she has been general manager of SCA’s Cairns and Tablelands business with prior roles as station manager at Seven Network and Prime Radio.
John Kelly said: “I am delighted that after her strong performance at our Cairns operation Gina is now going to take her exemplary management skills to run our metropolitan operations in Perth.”
Hogan said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on new challenges in Perth, and I’m certainly looking forward to the move to WA. With family in the region, I am not a complete stranger to the West.”
Hogan will start in her new position on July 17 and will report to John Kelly.
Network Ten has appointed Sunita Gloster to the new role of chief commercial and strategy officer.
Gloster will be responsible for network strategy and digital and commercial partnerships, reporting to Network Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson.
Since 2013 Gloster has served as CEO of peak advertiser group, the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA).
Anderson said: “Ten has embarked on a significant transformation plan for efficiencies, investment and growth and we are thrilled Sunita is joining Ten in this important new role for our network.
“Sunita has exceptional understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing blue-chip brands in the Australian market and that knowledge and experience will be invaluable for driving growth, innovation and results for our partners.
“Sunita has an impressive track record in strategy, management and organisational change and is globally recognised for her initiatives at the AANA, particularly across media and digital industry supply chains,” he said.
“Sunita’s appointment will bring enormous commercial experience and energy to our team at a critical time for both the business and the broader media and marketing industries.”
Gloster said: “Today’s business climate requires every enterprise – brand owner or media company – to rethink and recalibrate for a sustainable future and with that comes tremendous opportunity.
“Paul Anderson and the management team at Ten have started a true transformation program and I’m genuinely excited to be joining at a time when media and brands are navigating through a time of great change and reinvention.”
Gloster held senior executive roles in Australia and internationally, including 11 years in London working for major brands at leading advertising networks.
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.