Tuesday May 30 2017
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||3.2%||GEM||2.5%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.7%||7||26.4%||9||15.9%||10 NNSW||3.5%||SBS One||3.7%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||4.1%||GEM||3.5%||ONE||3.6%||Food Net||0.9%|
|MONDAY 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
16-39 Top 5
18-49 Top 5
25-54 Top 5
Quite a few standout performers and a few disappointments too.
Seven managed to win its second successive night, but this time with a 3.0 point margin ahead of Nine after a close Sunday competition.
Nine saw The Voice record its smallest-ever audience as the program settled on the final 12. However, there was good news for the numbers watching Nine’s Hot Seat and later A Current Affair.
At TEN, Have You Been Paying Attention? managed to outrate its lead-in, MasterChef Australia.
Home and Away started its week on 800,000 after its week 21 average of 719,000.
Following the Troy and Bec Sunday night storm-out, the homeowners reveal pulled a season high audience for House Rules – 1.27m. That is up over 200,000 week-on-week after 1.02m a week ago.
The bigger lead-in was good news for Seven Year Switch with last week’s average of 605,000 turning into 660,000 last night.
Late night Gordon Ramsay saw Hotel Hell on 374,000 and then Kitchen Nightmares USA on 208,000.
At 5pm Hot Seat recorded its best survey numbers of the year with 605,000.
After 7pm A Current Affair did 993,000, which was its second-best result this year. Tracy Grimshaw hosted a live interview with reporter Dan Nolan for the latest on the Queensland police shooting while items later covered the bank tax and stocktake sales.
The Voice then sorted out its top 12 performers who will be taking part in the live shows, but the audience of 947,000 was the smallest ever for the show.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour went to air in Sydney and Brisbane with just 100,000 watching.
Footy Classified aired in AFL markets to 208,000 with 157,000 in Melbourne. That is getting very close to the audience of 161,000 watching The Footy Show in Melbourne last Wednesday.
Bernard Fanning was a guest on the start of a new week for The Project with 621,000 watching after 7pm.
The elimination challenge on MasterChef ended with Trent going home. The Monday audience of 765,000 was down on last week’s 936,000, which was the channel’s biggest audience in week 21.
Dilruk Jayasinha was a special guest on TEN’s most-watched Monday program Have You Been Paying Attention? The show was down a little on the two previous weeks, but it managed to make it three successive weeks over 800,000.
Later in the night Prison Break was on 172,000.
Australian Story did 652,000 with the story of the heart bus and Dr Rolf Gomes.
Four Corners was on 580,000 with part two of its Lindt siege special. Part one did 604,000 last week.
Media Watch did 588,000 and included items about Alan Jones, Quadrant and Schapelle Corby.
A special edition of Q&A from the Great Hall at Parliament House did 377,000.
The launch of Dr Christian Will See You Now did 137,000.
Bear Grylls has been dropped from the Monday schedule with two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency last night averaging 184,000.
The acquisition is expected to fuel Blue Ant Media’s content sales business and worldwide video channels. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Blue Ant Media is a privately held firm whose production houses create content for multiple genres that include factual, factual entertainment, short-form digital series and kids programming. It maintains operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei. Its assets include international children’s nature broadcaster ZooMoo Networks, and Runaway Play, a mobile game developer and publisher.
The acquisition includes the purchase of prestigious production houses NHNZ (formerly Natural History New Zealand), Beach House Pictures and Northern Pictures that license their content to digital and traditional channels worldwide.
Prior to launching Racat in 2012, David Haslingden was president and COO of Fox Networks Group, a role he held after serving as CEO of Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels Worldwide for 10 years. Haslingden, who will remain based in Sydney, has become a significant shareholder and member of Blue Ant Media’s board of directors and will be a key member of the team devising the ongoing international growth strategy.
Haslingden is also a former chairman of Nine Entertainment Co, stepping down last year where he was replaced by Peter Costello.
Later this year Blue Ant Media will appoint Ward Platt, current Racat consultant, to a newly created role, CEO, Kids and Global Networks. Platt’s previous leadership roles include COO positions at National Geographic Partners and Fox International Channels and CEO of National Geographic Channels International from 2013-2015.
San Francisco-based private equity giant Hellman & Friedman is leaving no stone unturned in the race for Fairfax Media, with the firm’s chairman emeritus Brian Powers – also a former chairman of Fairfax – spearheading talks with the media group’s management team, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
Street Talk can reveal Powers had dinner last Wednesday night at corporate canteen Rockpool with Fairfax chair Nick Falloon, chief executive Greg Hywood, and general counsel Gail Hambly.
But perhaps his most important meeting was with Antony Catalano, who runs Fairfax’s Domain real estate business. The pair sat down on Wednesday for a chat that lasted 90 minutes.
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The mother of Schapelle Corby has come out swinging at media speculation the newly freed convicted drug smuggler is attempting to sell her story to media outlets, report The Australian’s Brighette Ryan and Jennine Khalik.
“Mercedes and Schapelle, and definitely not Mercedes, has not been ringing up all the outlets for media deals,” Rosleigh Rose said outside of her South Brisbane home in Loganlea this afternoon.
“Everyone’s ringing Mercedes, and even Channel 7, (and her) and Schapelle’s answers have been no, no, no,” an exasperated Rose said.
“So please, when the media talk, get your facts straight. We are sick of people mouthing off without asking questions or getting their facts right,” Rose said.
“No bullshit no more, we’re sick of it.”
Earlier on Monday, Today show host Karl Stefanovic attacked the frenzied media coverage of Schapelle Corby’s return to Australia after 13 years.
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3AW’s Justin Smith in a News Corp column:
There were two ABC journalists on-air talking about Schapelle’s coming home.
One was in front of a Corby family member’s house and one was back in the studio. And it ticked me off.
Not because they were talking about the drug smuggler’s return home after 13 years in Bali, but because they were both pretending that they didn’t want to talk about it.
They intelligently discussed the media frenzy, as though they were scientists looking at a disease wriggling in a microscope, and generally acted as though they were above covering the story.
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Jason Pellegrino, managing director of Google Australia & New Zealand, authors a column in The AFR:
Most often when publishers complain about their content appearing on Search or News it’s that their stories aren’t visible enough. They use search engine optimisation to boost their visibility on Google.
News publishers know that they are free to withdraw their content from Google Search and Google News at any time, so it is fanciful to describe the indexing of news stories by Google as theft.
Only those who ask to be on Google News and meet our criteria are displayed there, and to date over 80,000 of them have done so around the world.
Google does not produce journalism but we help publishers monetise news either by serving ads next to it or by sending audiences to them, where they can sell services such as subscriptions. In this way we helped publishers around the world generate billions of dollars in revenue last year.
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Stephen Fry has called for Facebook and other “aggregating news agencies” to be reclassified as publishers in order to stop fake news and online abuse spreading by making social media subject to the same legal responsibilities as traditional news websites, reports The Guardian.
Fry accused social media platforms of refusing to “take responsibility for those dangerous, defamatory, inflammatory and fake items whose effects will have legal consequences for traditional printed or broadcast media, but which they can escape”.
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The half-hour national and international news bulletin is presented by George Alagiah Tuesday to Friday, with Fiona Bruce presenting on Saturdays. Other BBC News presenters including Reeta Chakrabarti, Sophie Raworth and Jane Hill also contribute.
SBS director of news and current affairs Jim Carroll said:
“SBS World Watch is committed to bringing Australian audiences the world’s best international news services. With over a million UK citizens living in Australia, and a general population hungry for news coverage, we are proud to provide this quality news bulletin five days a week.”
Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has negotiated lucrative movie deals since the publication of a series of articles she claims ruined her career, a Melbourne court has been told, reports the ABC’s Emma Younger.
On a second day under cross examination, Wilson was shown a termination agreement which indicated she was fired from a DreamWorks feature film before the articles were published, despite her earlier evidence.
Under cross examination, Wilson agreed she had signed a lucrative deal to play a leading role in a new movie called Isn’t It Romantic which is due out in February 2019.
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The Logies would find a new home in Tamworth under a bold state government plan, with Dubbo and Albury also potentially set to share hosting duties, reports News Corp’s Jason Tin.
Destination NSW has lodged an expression of interest to wrench the television awards gala from Melbourne and hold it in the regions between 2018 and 2020.
“We’re proposing to take the glitz and glamour of the Logies beyond the fringes of the city and out to Tamworth in 2018 and then potentially Dubbo and Albury in 2019 and 2020,” Tourism Minister Adam Marshall told The Daily Telegraph.
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For eight seasons Dr Chris Brown has fronted TEN’s Bondi Vet, a series that has gone on to be sold into multiple territories, including screening on CBS as Dr. Chris Pet Vet. But as WTFN CEO Daryl Talbot explains, the in-demand star could no longer juggle three shows for TEN, reports TV Tonight.
“He does travel for The Living Room and I’m A Celebrity but the truth is there was for a while a constant tension between getting days for The Living Room, Bondi Vet…and he was working a lot of days with very little break. He’s putting in a super-human effort to do both shows.
“He loves being a vet, and as I understand it, he still has a role in the Bondi clinic, but it’s when he’s available.
“My big disappointment is that Chris shines as a TV vet. He stands out from the crowd on every level. But at the end of the day we want to keep Bondi Vet going so we’ve launched the search [for a replacement].”
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The series’ cast is returning for the 2017 season: Rodger Corser (Hugh), Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Steve Bisley (Jim), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Charles Wu (Ken) and Belinda Bromilow (Betty).
Joining them is Angus McLaren (Packed to the Rafters), who plays ex-army medic Dr Toke – a man with Penny (played by Hayley McElhinney) in his sights. Another addition is Brittany Clark who plays Mia, Whyhope’s straight-talking but beautiful new nurse.
Doctor Doctor is filmed in Sydney and country NSW and produced by Essential Media & Entertainment for Nine with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
Rugby league’s greatest rivalry returns live and exclusive to Nine this week when the Queensland Maroons face the NSW Blues in State of Origin Game 1 at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, May 31, at 5.30pm.
The voice of rugby league, Ray “Rabs” Warren, will call the action from the Nine Network commentary box alongside Peter Sterling, Phil Gould and Paul Vautin.
James Bracey will host Nine’s coverage flanked by rugby league immortals Andrew Johns and Wally Lewis, along with Origin legends Darren Lockyer and Brad Fittler.
Origin support programming:
• Six Tackles With Gus – The hardest opinions and news stories throughout the 2017 Origin series will be covered every week on the podcast Six Tackles with Gus. Nine’s James Bracey will discuss the biggest rugby league issues of the week throughout the series with NRL legend and expert commentator Phil Gould.
• Wwos.nine.com.au – Wide World of Sports will have expert analysis before and after each Origin match, with Gus Gould to pen his exclusive column on Wednesday and Thursday on top of his Six Tackles with Gus podcast. David Middleton will run his rule over the key statistics that will determine the Maroons’ and Blues’ fate, while the WWOS team will have the latest news about each side in the lead-up to the match.
• NRL Footy Show – SOO Special, Thursday, June 1 – The 11-time Logie Award-winning NRL Footy Show State of Origin Special will have all angles covered following Origin I with the raw emotion captured through exclusive post-match interviews giving viewers unrivalled access to the best players in the game from the sheds at Suncorp Stadium.
• Pirates plunders $5.88m on opening, King & Guardians both $1m+
The #1 movie of the weekend accounted for just under 50% of ticket sales for the top 20 movies across the weekend.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales did all of the heavy lifting with little support from the rest of the top five with each of the other movies down close to 50% on their previous weekend.
The weekend top 20 total of $12.51m was close to the lowest gross since March 22 with $10.55m. May 10 however was just below last weekend with $12.44m.
Despite the dominance of Pirates, the weekend gross was down 2% on the previous weekend.
The fifth movie in the series that started with Curse Of The Black Pearl in 2003 was the only movie to open wide on the weekend. Rejoining Johnny Depp on the franchise’s first movie since 2011 are Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham. Walt Disney opened the movie on 632 screens with a screen average of $9,312. The gross of $5.88m was the best opening since Guardians 2 on May 3 with $8.61m.
Despite a disappointing reception on its opening, the fantasy action drama has managed to sit at #2, dropping from #1 last week, adding another $1m to its earnings and passing $4m in total. Screens showing the film dropped by 134 to 272.
The film is remaining high in the chart even though it has been in release for five weeks. Total gross is $31m with a screen average just over $4,100 from its 245 screens (down 54 over the weekend).
Second weekend takings were down 53% on its opening as the film remains on over 200 screens – down just three screens over the weekend.
With takings plunging harder at Alien Covenant (-61%), which saw the sci-fi horror film drop from #2 to #5, Snatched controversially has managed to nab another top five finish on its third weekend as total takings pass $7m. However, with the smallest screen average near the top this could be the last time we write about it.
Roadshow Films has furthered its commitment to local Australian television production by securing 50% of Blink TV, the Australian unscripted TV production company headed by Paul Clarke.
As creator and producer of a host of industry-leading, household names in TV, Paul Clarke’s string of hits include Spicks and Specks, Long Way to the Top, Bombora: The History of Australian Surfing, Wide Open Road and Whitlam: The Power and The Passion.
He has been the key creative executive of the successful Eurovision Song Contest since 2009, collaborating with production partner and Australia’s official broadcaster of the competition, SBS.
Clarke has led the negotiations of Australia’s high-profile involvement and entries in the Eurovision Song Contest, including Guy Sebastian in 2015, Dami Im in 2016 and Isaiah Firebrace in 2017. Each has made a considerable impact on the competition and ranked highly.
In a world first, Clarke has led the exploration of the opportunity to establish the Eurovision Song Contest concept in the Asia Pacific region for SBS.
Roadshow Films co-CEO Chris Chard said: “This investment in Blink TV is consistent with our strategy of expanding our production interests beyond scripted drama, positioning the company to capitalise on the increasing importance that unscripted formats and entertainment series have with broadcasters, subscription platforms and on multichannel networks. We’ve enjoyed a strong history of success as a distributor with the brands Paul and the executive team at Blink TV have previously created and we are excited about the potential value that Blink can unlock, particularly with its impressive development slate.”
“Roadshow has had a long relationship with Paul and we are greatly excited about Blink’s potential,” said Roadshow Films Co-CEO Joel Pearlman. “Paul and his team boast outstanding production experience and we look forward to working with them to develop their strong slate in the unscripted production space.
“This complements our move into scripted production last year with Roadshow Rough Diamond, headed by legendary producer John Edwards.”
Blink’s Paul Clarke commented: “Roadshow is an Australian entertainment success story, a company with enormous integrity, capable of working at the highest level in international film and television. We are delighted to be partnering with them. Our big vision is to bring the Eurovision brand to Asia, with the support of SBS and the EBU, and Roadshow has a strong track record of successfully releasing entertainment projects through Northern Asia.”
Roadshow’s commercial manager Grahame Grassby will help lead the development of Blink TV’s series, formats and entertainment brands across the region.
SBS’s 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.
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.