Friday May 26 2017
SBS’ Marc Fennell joins James Manning and Kruti Joshi at the Mediaweek HQ in this weekly episode of the Seven Days podcast. Topics discussed include the Senate Estimates hearing, the latest on Fairfax, Rebel Wilson v Bauer, plus Fennell reveals a top-secret project involving Tom Cruise and talks about his resignation from triple j and involvement co-curating Junkee Media’s film festival.
Mediaweek this week celebrates 300 episodes of the Two Blokes Talking Tech podcast hosted by Trevor Long and Stephen Fenech.
The two tech gurus originally came together on a Mediaweek tech podcast seven years ago. Since then they have podcasted as Two Blokes from all around the world. They still have their own podcasts each week too.
During our conversation they talk about how they have both left full-time jobs in the media to work for themselves as tech reporters and broadcasters.
They also have some great insights on the best tech at the moment with buying guides for TVs, phones, computers and tablets. There is also some chat about their airlines of choice!
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show this weekend:
• Kim Portrate, CEO, Think TV
• Richard Basil-Jones, CEO, Ebiquity
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Seven has risen to the top with live AFL driving its audiences higher. The primary channel has posted its best Thursday share the first week of April, which was the last time there was Thursday night AFL.
Seven was also a winner in combined channel share with 30.6% thanks in part to the Dawn French army continuing to enjoy The Vicar Of Dibley and then Murdoch Mysteries.
An elimination on MasterChef kept the audience close to 900,000 as the most-watched program after 7pm.
Nine didn’t have any live NRL because of the bye weekend for many teams ahead of Game 1 State of Origin. The channel recorded its lowest Thursday share of the survey year.
Home and Away screened in three markets with 384,000.
The AFL kept viewers riveted until the very end with yet another match-winning goal kicked close to the final siren. The Seven audience was 457,000 with 304,000 in Melbourne and 153,000 in Adelaide. The game was screened on 7mate in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
After the football The Front Bar did 172,000 with 116,000 in Melbourne and 56,000 in Adelaide.
A Current Affair was on 801,000 with a warning about retirement homes and then a look at new mega malls for shoppers.
RBT had a national audience with 532,000 watching.
The NRL Footy Show did 190,000 with 106,000 in Sydney and 84,000 in Brisbane.
Southern markets got The Last Resort with 157,000 and 101,000 in Melbourne.
Steve Price was co-hosting on The Project and told some tales about his time on Celebrity. The guests included Ryan Adams with 551,000 watching after 7pm.
MasterChef featured an elimination challenge with Benjamin the seventh person sent home after he burnt his banana. The Thursday audience of 879,000 was a big timeslot winner and even performed well up against the AFL in Melbourne. The audience was down a little from 935,000 the Thursday prior.
A new Law & Order: SVU then did 442,000 followed by a repeat on 325,000.
The first episode of the new season of Janet King did 503,000 with a guest role for Don Hany. No spoilers though in case you haven’t watched it yet. Seven Types Of Ambiguity did similar numbers, launching on 502,000.
The Checkout was on 498,000 with investment advice for people spending big on fish oil supplements.
Michael Portillo was in Ireland making the journey up the coast from Wexford to Wicklow on Great British Railway Journeys with 250,000 watching.
A repeat of Michael Mosley’s Should I Eat Meat? did 216,000 at 8.30pm.
Australia is in the middle of a wealth boom, reports Financial Review Rich List editor John Stensholt.
A surging property market, a comeback for manufacturing, strengthening iron ore prices and high performers in the technology and financial services industries have pushed the total wealth on the Financial Review Rich List to a record $233 billion.
The top 10 wealthiest Australians are worth about $75 billion alone, while the average wealth for the 200 list members is a whopping $1.16 billion, the 2017 Rich List reveals.
Anthony Pratt tops the Rich List with record personal wealth of $12.6 billion and is one of three billionaires worth more than $10 billion – a first in the list’s 34-year history.
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The publication of the 2017 list sees The AFR drop the BRW branding which has accompanied the list since it launched 34 years ago.
Commenting on the name change, editor John Stensholt says:
This year, the list changes its name to the Financial Review Rich List to identify it with its home of the past three years in print, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, and online at afr.com. Though the baton is passed from BRW to The Australian Financial Review the list lives on its original form, and though many of the names have changed over time there is a core group of Rich List perennials.
Investors on the list who have grown their wealth through media include Kerry Stokes at #14 with $2.9b, Bruce Gordon #107 with $629m and John Singleton at #172 $450m. Others who have been media investors include James Packer (#9 with $4.75b), Jack Bendat (#90 with $701m), Mary Fairfax (#113 with $597m) and Harold Mitchell (#192 with 370m).
The entertainment sector was key to John and Robert Kirby ranking #166 and #167 with $454m while Nicole Kidman makes the list at #197 with $347m.
Photo: Anthony Pratt. Source: Nic Walker/The AFR
Local streaming service Stan is testing price increases as it looks to ramp up its investment in original content and secure Hollywood dramas, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Stan temporarily increased prices on Thursday night when it created a basic tier at $10 a month, a standard plan between $12 and $13 and the premium plan at $15.
The temporary price increase was tested between 5pm and 11pm on Thursday night.
Stan expects to be cash break-even in the second half of the 2018 financial year and Credit Suisse is forecasting $20 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation in the 2019 financial year and $41 million in the 2020 financial year.
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The Australian’s Margin Call columnist Christine Lacy reports Anthony Catalano will soon take delivery of a luxury 26-metre yacht and private plane:
The new toys are designed to complement Catalano’s recently refurbished luxury boutique resort Rae’s on Wategos in Byron Bay, which he owns directly in his own name.
The Domain boss bought half of Rae’s in 2013 reportedly for $7 million and then mopped up the balance the following year for a similar amount.
The Cat’s new private jet will be available to fly guests to the hotel, while the new yacht, which is believed still to be overseas, will be available for charter.
Rae’s Jet Charters will trade under the freshly registered business name Air Rae’s, with Catalano’s son Jordan as sole director.
Catalano’s flash yacht will be run via his new Rae’s Yacht Charters vehicle, but the business will trade under the business name Sea Rae’s.
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The AFR’s Street Talk reports Ten Network’s board met on Thursday: No doubt one of the topics of the moment would have been the company’s perilous debt position, with an army of advisers offering plenty of direction.
Street Talk can reveal Moelis & Co has been drafted in to provide further financial advice to Ten, with restructuring specialist Chris Wyke leading the charge.
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Just when it looked as though Rebel Wilson’s defamation trial couldn’t get any more Hollywood, she told us about Uncle Walt, reports News Corp’s Shannon Deery.
In a rollercoaster day of evidence that saw her crying, laughing and doing more impersonations, Wilson revealed she was related to Walt Disney.
Wilson said she most recently visited the fun park last month with friend and actor Hugh Sheridan.
She said she had always been told her great-aunt was the same Lilian Bounds who married the legendary cartoonist.
Her family later changed the spelling of their surname, she said.
In an emotional day of evidence Wilson broke down three times over what she says was a campaign by Bauer Media, publisher or Woman’s Day, to destroy her career.
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Hey Duggee, which launches on ABC Kids in September and currently airs daily on CBeebies, is based around the Squirrel Club, run by a big, loveable dog called Duggee. The Squirrels take part in all kinds of activities, have adventures and earn badges for their accomplishments.
Jasnor will be the distributor of products such as Duggee and Squirrel soft toys, including talking versions featuring key phrases from the show, which will launch in time for Christmas 2015.
In addition, Hey Duggee DVDs and books will also be launched. The two Hey Duggee book titles from Penguin Random House – “The Best Scarecrow Ever” and the “Squirrel Club Sticker Activity Book” – will be available in August this year.
Sydney’s nasty reality TV housewives – with their propensity for swearing and vicious catfighting – might be too extreme for American audiences, reports News Corp’s Karlie Rutherford.
Despite their long-term love affair with the reality franchise, even running the Melbourne series in primetime, American networks now look unlikely to screen the Sydney version, with bosses deeming it “too extreme”.
Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh – who is in the US and has been meeting with TV network Bravo – told the Telegraph he too had similar concerns about the cast and hinted at an overhaul of the housewife lineup if a second series goes ahead.
Walsh said he raised concerns there were not enough lighthearted moments, something that would change in a second season.
“I’ve raised my concerns with the production team from this season. I felt the bad language and behaviour throughout the series did go too far,” Walsh said.
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The first exclusive television interview with Schapelle Corby when she returns to Australia this weekend will be worth at least $1 million, reports News Corp.
But if the convicted drug smuggler was hoping to cash in on her Bali jail saga, she’s in for a rude shock.
Melbourne lawyer Christian Juebner said Corby won’t be able to profit from her experience – but there may still be ways to spin a buck.
Nine Network’s 60 Minutes would not comment on whether it was in talks with the Corby family about an interview.
The Ten and Seven networks and Seven’s Pacific Magazines arm, which owns New Idea, were also contacted for comment.
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The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat in the US has been charged with misdemeanour assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here,” reports The Guardian.
Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.
“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he whaled on me once or twice…He got on me and I think he hit me…This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
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ABC head of radio Michael Mason has released a memo about staff changes:
The Investing in Audiences strategy outlines our vision for the ABC. While there is a strong focus on investing in content and audiences, it also foreshadows a streamlined leadership group, a reduction in management layers, and removal of duplication where it exists in the business.
Our proposal is the result of an intensive process over the past few months to align the structure of our music teams and to collect and assess the feedback of the RN team in workshops we’ve been running this year.
The proposal will open for a period of consultation for affected staff. It represents an overall reduction in staff of nine roles, two of which are currently vacant.
A further seven staff will transfer from Radio into central ABC support teams, which have already commenced the process of reducing management layers.
Linda Bracken will move from Content & Digital to take on a senior role in the Audiences team. We will not be replacing her in this role.
Jeremy Millar will move to a central ABC position within the Strategy and Transformation team. We will not be replacing this role in Radio.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports, in conjunction with the NRL, has announced the addition of a state-of the-art GPS player tracking system, the Telstra Tracker, to deliver in-match technology to viewers in State of Origin I on Wednesday May 31.
Live information including speed, distance covered and heat maps of where players have been on the field will all be incorporated into this Australian-first technology – and a first for rugby league broadcasting.
The Telstra Tracker is made possible through a collaboration between Nine, the NRL, NSWRL, the QRL along with a global leader in GPS player tracking Catapult. Together they will unveil a system that NRL clubs and coaches have been using to measure players’ key performance indicators.
The ABC has squandered whatever chance it had of snapping up the A-League’s free-to-air broadcast rights thanks to its calamitous coverage of Sydney FC’s friendly with Liverpool, reports AAP’s Emma Kemp.
The whole saga drew a deluge of online criticism, led by former Socceroo and current Fox Sports pundit Robbie Slater, who tweeted it was “unforgivable” for the game to be “bagged and disrespected” in front of a global audience.
The ABC responded on Thursday, stressing it was proud to have broadcast the ANZ Stadium friendly at very short notice.
“While the game coverage and commentary was excellent, our decision to create a different offering for the pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage was not supported by all football fans and we will consider this feedback for any future sporting events,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement.
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ABC2 broadcast host Jules Schiller responded to the criticism on his ABC Adelaide drive show yesterday. He noted that being at the centre of a Twitter hate storm is not a pleasant place.
Schiller said the broadcast was beset with technical problems. “It was like trying to land a plane in the dark without your instruments.”
He accepted some of the criticism, but he wondered why football fans were turning on each other. “I have done more to promote this sport more than many people who Tweeted have ever done in their life.”
Listen to his comments here.
In a joint statement this morning, NZME and Fairfax Media have revealed they are going to the High Court of New Zealand to appeal the recent ruling against their proposed merger by the New Zealand Commerce Commission.
The media companies will claim that the determination from the Commerce Commission was wrong in fact and law and was reached in breach of natural justice and procedural fairness.
RNZ executives were relieved on Wednesday when NZ Finance Minister Steven Joyce ended an eight-year freeze on RNZ’s substantive funding. At NZ$2.8 million on an annual budget of $35.4 million, it was not generous. But the long freeze has been biting, RNZ has a tight budget and is in the midst of installing new digital technology. The government relenting on a harsh freeze followed a new strategy to sell surplus land and to deliver content to the private sector for free or at low cost.
The Budget marks the unofficial start of the campaign for the general election on September 23. Media are bracing for a volatile campaign as the Centre Right National government seeks a fourth three-year term. A key element is a Court of Appeal decision that said an independent animated video, “Planet Key”, was wrongly banned by the Electoral Commission in the 2014 campaign. Many expect the decision will open the door for partisan individual advertising against candidates and parties with electoral rules limiting how parties can respond.
South Pacific Pictures soap Shortland Street celebrated its 25th year this week still dominating its 7pm weekday spot. The daily soap sold in four countries was developed by the former TVNZ drama department in 1992. It has been the foundation stone for SPP and a springboard for New Zealand talent. SPP is owned by UK production company all3media.
Vodafone has signed a four-year sponsorship deal with New Zealand Rugby that will see the telco take on the role of “connectivity partner” for the five national teams, including the All Blacks. Vodafone will power a new All Blacks app that will allow fans to replay tries, view highlights and view the live footage from different angles. The new features will be launched during the Lions Tour, which starts on June 3.
After a lengthy pitch DDB has retained BMW/Mini, following a mammoth nine-month process. The incumbent agency came from behind to beat agencies True and Colenso BBDO.
NZME was standout media brand at the Canon Media Awards held in Auckland last week.
NZME’s Weekend Herald was named Canon Newspaper of the Year, Weekly Newspaper and Best Newspaper Front Page.
Judges included Campbell Reid, News Corporation Australia’s news chief, The West Australian editor Brett McCarthy, and Paul Thompson, CEO and editor-in-chief of RNZ.
The compact weekday New Zealand Herald won the Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation) category for the third year in a row. nzherald.co.nz – which has subsequently had a makeover – was named Website of the Year.
The future of Fairfax in New Zealand remains uncertain with lack of clarity over the future of its regional and community papers. South Island-based regional publisher and printer Allied Press has confirmed it is interested in picking up titles if they become available, and there has long been speculation that the Dunedin-based publisher is interested in the Southland Times newspaper in nearby Invercargill. Auckland- and Queensland-based printer Horton Media has also expressed interest in Fairfax community titles.
Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand have revealed the basis of their appeal against the Commerce Commission’s decision to block their merger. They argue in their appeal that the regulator was mistaken to find that access to Sky’s premium sports content is necessary for rival telecommunication service providers to compete effectively with the merged company in mobile services and broadband.
Adman Marty O’Halloran started out with DDB as account manager in Melbourne. He shifted to DDB Auckland in 1988, rising to New Zealand CEO. In 2005 he was appointed Australasian chairman and CEO based at the Sydney agency. Three years later he and his Kiwi wife moved back to Auckland, with what some saw as a questionable view he could oversee the group based out of Auckland.
“People said I was mad…that basing myself here would just not work,” he told Mediaweek. “But nobody is going to have a problem with the numbers we have been achieving.
“Of around 200 agencies, the three locally are in the top five, making it the most successful operation,” O’Halloran says part of this region’s success is inter-agency cohesion. Taking over in 2005, O’Halloran says he knew that Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne had to work more together.
That was not just with trans-Tasman business like McDonald’s and Westpac or working with DDB global accounts. It meant four or five staff from one agency might be sent in to help another on pitch for a significant account. He spends a lot of time flying between cities, on Skype and phone conferences.
He divides his time equally on each side of the Tasman, plus representing the region at quarterly meetings in head office in New York. He says Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne are independent agencies with separate profit and loss accounts. There are still some competitive tensions. So wouldn’t those intra-group activities worry agency managers trying to pin down their bottom lines?
“I look over all the financials. I consider the effect on the individual agencies. We just make sure everyone is financially looked after,” he says.
New Zealand and Australian advertising is in the same position as others.
“It is a low growth world and client CEOs want us to help them grow,” he says.
“My observation – across both Australia and New Zealand – is that management consultants have had their day.
“They have been looking on the demand side and how they can optimise and cut costs. But agencies know how to connect clients to the market. Some boards of directors were focused on quarterly results and that approach was picked up by management.
“CFOs have become the powerbroker and the CMO has less power.
“We are getting a lot of short-term tactical advertising and marketing. Yet data is proving a long-term approach will get better long term sales performance.
“Some boards are missing the point thinking too short-term sales activity. We see this a lot in the market right now,” O’Halloran says.
It is complicated now with the ascendency of media agencies over creative. “A lot of media agencies are very focused on efficiency, but media agencies can lose sight of the messaging and sometimes the creative is really bad,” he says.
The growth of social media was valuable because it provided a platform alongside free-to-air TV for 30-second and 60-second ads.
“Quality communication still works. Not only do people like them, they will share them as well. Consumers now are demanding better experiences from brands and creativity is more important than ever. Companies should listen less to management consultants and listen more to people who know consumers more,” O’Halloran said.
It has been Twin Peaks time around the globe and Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado spend the first part of the new TV podcast discussing David Lynch’s return to the cult series. They also discuss changes to Foxtel Play’s packages, American Gods, War On Waste, Hamish & Andy’s True Stories plus NSW’s hippest regional cinema – South West Roxy.
Twitter Australia managing director Suzy Nicoletti talks to Mediaweek’s James Manning about the new global content deals recently announced and what they mean for Twitter users in Australia.