Monday September 4 2017
The former national crime writer for The Australian Dan Box flew out of Australia last weekend returning to the UK. Before he left he visited the Mediaweek studio to talk with James Manning about his most recent projects for News Corp’s national daily – the Bowraville podcast and his new investigation which was delivered as a TV series, The Queen & Zak Grieve.
Edwina McCann takes Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi behind the scenes of what it is like to be the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia.
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Seven’s primetime started with Seven News Sunday just under 1m, down just over 400,000 on the previous week. With no more AFL as a lead-in and daylight saving approaching, that was likely the biggest news audience of the year for anyone.
Little Big Shots featured another collection of magical performances with plenty of time for Shane Jacobson chatting with the kids. While LBS retained top spot on Sunday, the audience was down over 300,000 on its launch figures.
Cashed Up Kitties and a Goldie Hawn interview were on offer on Sunday Night with 747,000 watching. That was the smallest audience for the show since the episode that went up against the final of The Voice two months ago.
The evening then turned into crime watch with Heists That Shook The World on 366,000 followed by Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence on 214,000.
Nine News Sunday was a winner at 6pm with 1.19m.
The Block saw the teams scrambling to finish their dining and living spaces. No surprises that the show’s best renovators – Ronnie and Georgia – were the best, although this week they shared top spot with Josh and Elyse with both on 29.5 out of 30 (Josh and Elyse used a bonus point to force the tie). The series started its new week on 1.19m after 1.18m on Sunday a week ago. The Block was #1 25-54 for the night.
Peter Stefanovic, Liz Hayes and Allison Langdon were on duty at 60 Minutes. The episode outrated Sunday Night with 773,000 watching the Nine offering, which was enough for it to slip into the top five for the night.
Nine broadcast its Diana tribute, Diana: The Day The World Cried, with the Kate Winslet-hosted special attracting 431,000. The biggest Diana audience last week was 625,000 watching Seven’s Diana: A Love Affair.
The new Sunday edition of The Project is yet to drive bigger audiences into the channel’s flagship Sunday shows. After launching on 327,000 last week, the 7pm half of the program did 310,000 last night.
The Sunday edition of Survivor saw AK exit tribal council with 574,000 watching, down from 607,000 a week ago.
The 2015 movie Insurgent followed with 200,000.
The ABC is sticking with real estate up against The Block. The short series of UK’s Grand Designs: House of the Year (2016) started with 522,000 after 516,000 watched the final episode of Grand Designs New Zealand a week ago.
Inspector George Gently returned at 8.30pm with its final series, which sees the program move into the 70s. The first episode did 693,000 while the delayed second episode has yet to be released. Sherlock moves into the slot next Sunday.
The movie-length repeat of Ancient Megacities did 173,000 after 7.30pm.
The doco Fair Game on former AFL footballer Heritier Lumumba then did 74,000 just before 10pm.
This will be the last thing I write about Zak Grieve. It will not be quite the last thing I write for The Weekend Australian, reports the departing Dan Box.
Yesterday, I left my position as national crime reporter to return to Britain with my family.
It now falls to my colleagues, including our dedicated Darwin correspondent Amos Aikman, Matt Cunningham at Sky, those at the NT News and at the ABC in the Top End, to maintain the public interest in this case.
Today I will fly home, after more than five unforgettable years in this country.
I will be back, however, to report on the appeal court hearing for the Bowraville murders in November.
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Listen to Dan Box tell Mediaweek about the Bowraville and Zak Grieve investigations, his hectic last week in Australia and what his plans are for his new life back in the UK on the latest Mediaweek podcast.
Malcolm Turnbull has hired a new senior official to bring more strategic advice to the Prime Minister’s Office, poaching Clive Mathieson from the NSW government, reports The Australian’s David Crowe.
Mathieson, a former editor of The Australian, will join Turnbull’s team in early October as deputy chief-of-staff with a mission to work on political and policy strategy.
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Foxtel executive director of channel aggregation and wholesale Deanne Weir is leaving the subscription television business after starting at the News Corporation-Telstra joint venture just over 12 months ago, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Weir’s channel responsibilities would be taken up by Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh, and the wholesale responsibilities, related to Telstra, would be taken up by director of IT transformation Stephen Butler.
In an internal announcement, Tonagh said Weir would leave at the end of September to return to her entrepreneurial life which she began after leaving Austar.
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The Australian has revealed a number of appointments:
The Daily Telegraph’s state political reporter Andrew Clennell is moving to The Australian as NSW political editor.
Brad Norington will move from state politics to the newly created position of associate editor in charge of investigations.
Tim Dodd becomes the higher education editor of The Australian, moving across from The AFR where he has been education editor.
Nine Network stars have taken over the east coast Sunday editions of the News Corp tabloids Sunday Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun.
Eddie McGuire joins the Sunday Herald Sun this weekend as guest sports editor. Karl Stefanovic looks after the Sunday Mail while Lisa Wilkinson is the guest editor of The Sunday Telegraph.
Other Nine Network stars taking over various sections which appeared in various markets are Richard Wilkins on his celebrity crushes, Sonia Kruger edits Insider (and gives Ben Fordham a makeover), Sylvia Jeffreys guest-edits body + soul, Today’s Tim Gilbert writes for the sports pages, David Campbell guest-edits Stellar (the 101st edition), Ross Greenwood provides finance tips, Scott Cam lists five worst renovation mistakes, and, phew, Steve Jacobs guest-edits the travel section Escape.
Eddie McGuire this week found himself back at the Melbourne newspaper where he first worked as a young teenager. Also inside Victoria’s biggest-selling newspaper was Nine Melbourne newsreader Peter Hitchener, who wrote exclusively on his love for the city.
While Nine had its stars integrated throughout the paper, the second right-hand ad page in The Sunday Telegraph was taken by Seven promoting its new series Little Big Shots.
Photos: Peter Hitchener, Sunday Herald Sun editor Nick Papps and Eddie McGuire [Top], Sonia Kruger and Ben Fordham [Lower]
Commenting on the News Corp/Nine deal was Fairfax Media’s Andrew Hornery:
Both Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson have been among the loudest complainers of media intrusion into their private lives and others’ in recent times. And yet without a hint of irony both of them have been crowing all week about their new gigs pulling the strings at two of the biggest newspapers in the Murdoch media empire in Australia, mastheads that have been responsible for much of that “intrusion”.
Surely that irony was not lost on Stefanovic?
As for Wilkinson, who is still listed as the editor-at-large of Huffington Post Australia, a joint venture with Fairfax Media that publishes The Sun-Herald and is a direct rival of the Murdoch’s Sunday Telegraph, it was she who so loudly chastised the media just a few months ago for scrutinising her television co-host’s private life.
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Michelle Payne will need to be an expert juggler in the coming months combining TV commentary with her training, race riding and ambassadorial commitments after signing with Seven, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
The Melbourne Cup-winning jockey, who is an ambassador for the Spring Racing Carnival, will be part of Seven’s racing team as an expert commentator.
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Nine Entertainment Co is locked in advanced talks with global financial information giant Bloomberg, majority-owned by New York billionaire (and former mayor) Michael Bloomberg, reports The AFR’s Joe Aston.
The nature of any joint venture between the two parties is unclear.
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CBS has put itself in a strong position to have its offer for Network Ten approved by creditors after paying off the debts owed to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon and James Packer, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
CBA and Ten’s three shareholder guarantors were paid a combined $140 million on Friday by CBS, making the US studio the secured creditor of the metropolitan network.
CBS was already Ten’s largest creditor, but adding the refinance undertaken last Friday, has even more voting power at the next meeting. Should CBS secure the support of another creditor, Ten’s staff for example, it will likely see its deal approved at the September 12 meeting.
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The ABC has opened talks with a third-party ad tech platform about a possible commercial deal in an effort to grab a bigger share of advertising dollars, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
While a deal with tech firm NewsMaven has not been signed yet, ABC Commercial has given access to its media room. Under the proposed deal, once the content runs online, a share of revenue earned on pre- and mid-roll advertising inserted into ABC video clips will be returned to ABC Commercial.
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An AFL anthem is at the centre of a legal dispute after its composers accused Channel 9 of using it without permission for almost 20 years, reports News Corp’s Cassie Zervos.
Melbourne lawyer Darren Sanicki co-wrote “More Than A Game” in 1994, and it has been used on Nine’s long-running The Footy Show ever since.
In documents filed in the Federal Court, Sanicki claims that since 1998, Nine had used the song without seeking permission from him or co-creator Harvey Silver.
According to the writ, Sanicki wrote to Nine repeatedly, for five years, about its use of his song.
However, The Footy Show’s lawyers informed Sanicki that they were not willing to take part in mediation.
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The newly created role is responsible for building and leading HuffPost Australia’s national team of agency sales managers that are guiding advertisers, media agencies, and creative agencies on advertising and branded content solutions.
Lewis joins HuffPost from REA Group where she worked for five years in a variety of commercial roles, most recently as Group Sales Manager – Media for NSW and Queensland.
HuffPost Australia Chief Executive Officer JJ Eastwood said: “Sammy is an immensely talented digital sales leader with a passion for content-driven advertising. With branded content forecast to grow at 35% year over year for the next five years, Sammy is perfectly suited to help position HuffPost Australia as a leader in that space.”
Lewis said: “I am very excited to be championing the HuffPost brand and joining a highly talented team. I look forward to leading the sales team and bringing new and evolved content opportunities to Australia’s leading brands and advertisers.”
The ADTRUST study, where Galaxy surveyed 2,863 Australians aged 18+, scored the various media channels on an established Ad Trust Matrix that measures trust across 20 individual elements, grouped into four key characteristics – Reliability, Usefulness, Affect and Willingness to rely on. This revealed key insights into the degree in which audiences trust the advertising and content they consume.
The media tested included Newspapers (National, Metro, Regional, Community), Television, Radio, Magazines, Cinema, Outdoor, Digital news media (newspaper-based websites and apps), Social, Search and Any (other) websites.
The study found that an audience’s (i.e. users of that media) trust in ads was greatest in newspapers, followed by cinema, radio, magazines and digital news media. Ads in social media were the least trusted, followed by search and any (other) websites. Digital news media was the most trusted of any digital channel.
Trust in content by users of each media was greatest for national, regional and community newspapers, followed by metro newspapers, radio, magazines and digital news media.
Social media was the only channel where more consumers mistrusted content than those who trusted it. Search and any website ranked higher for trust in content but low for trust in ads.
Further results of the ADTRUST study will be released at the INFORM News Media Summit, to be held on Wednesday September 6 at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.
The study can also be downloaded at newsmediaworks.com.au/adtrust.
To coincide with 2017 Women’s Health Week running September 4-8, mybodyandsoul.com.au has released its latest study the myBody+Soul Women’s Health Check, with results revealing that its audience is more adventurous than ever when it comes to boosting their health, wellbeing and fitness.
mybodyandsoul.com.au editor Melissa Shedden said: “To coincide with Women’s Health Week we wanted to check in with the mybodyandsoul.com.au audience to gauge their health focus and concerns. What we are seeing is that they are now incredibly proactive and willing when it comes to future-proofing their health. They want answers on everyday health worries – everything from having a handle on their hormones and stress levels, to getting their gut in good working order.”
2017 Women’s Health Week runs September 4-8 2017 and mybodyandsoul.com.au is a media partner.
Women’s Health and Men’s Health have both celebrated milestone anniversaries with the release of new health trends research – as the collective average monthly audience footprint of the two brands climbs to reach almost three million.
Jackie Frank, general manager, health, fashion and beauty, at Pacific, commented: “This week, Men’s Health proudly celebrates its 20th birthday having consolidated its position as the country’s biggest-selling men’s lifestyle magazine. At the same time, stable mate and publishing partner Women’s Health toasts a decade as Australia’s biggest-selling women’s healthy lifestyle brand.
Women’s Health and Men’s Health Australia have released special birthday issues fronted by Australian health icons – Buddy Franklin (Men’s Health) and Jennifer Hawkins (Women’s Health) with dedicated editorial delving into the retrospective evolution of health over the past 20 years.
Melbourne has ditched the Logies, reports News Corp’s Nui Te Koha and Siobhan Duck.
The Herald Sun reports the event will likely be held in Queensland from next year.
The Victorian Government has pulled out of the running to host the 2018 TV Week Logie Awards, after hosting 54 of the 59 star-studded events in Melbourne since 1959.
Key stakeholders, including Channel Nine, Crown Casino and Bauer Media, were told of Victoria’s shock decision late last week.
It is believed Queensland is in the box seat to take the reins, with negotiations under way to find a new host city.
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Next year’s Logies might end up on the Gold Coast, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
NSW wanted the Logies for Tamworth or Dubbo, but that is going nowhere and the real threat is from Queensland, most likely the Gold Coast.
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The multiyear deal, which renews next year, means TVNZ will continue to have first look across all ITVS GE genres including drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and documentaries.
As well as airing new series including Victoria, Cold Feet and Prime Suspect: Tennison, TVNZ will continue to show some of ITVS GE’s most popular series from Coronation Street and Emmerdale to The Chase and The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Augustus Dulgaro, EVP, Asia Pacific for ITV Studios Global Entertainment & chief operating officer, ITV Studios Australia, said: “This latest renewal in the Asia Pacific region shows once again that our extensive global catalogue remains extremely popular. We are delighted that TVNZ has agreed to continue offering its viewers in New Zealand the very best of our new and returning series.”
The deal was brokered by Camelia Mowbray, sales executive for New Zealand and Japan at ITVS GE.
This is the first time ARN has officially partnered with the VRC and will have a presence in The Nursery and The Precinct areas as an FM radio media partner.
As the official Radio Partner for VRC Members during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, KIIS 101.1 will provide exclusive entertainment and activations in The Nursery throughout the Melbourne Cup Carnival, including AAMI Victoria Derby Day on November 4, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day on November 7, Kennedy Oaks Day on November 9 and Emirates Stakes Day on November 11.
This is the first time the VRC has appointed a radio partner exclusively for its Members Only areas.
As part of the program KIIS 101.1’s Matt & Meshel and The 3pm Pick-Up on the KIIS national network will give listeners the chance to win their way into the exclusive Nursery Enclosure.
• Singles: Taylor Swift conquers the chart ahead of album release
• Albums: Queens Of The Stone Age third new #1 in three weeks
After two weeks on top with “What About Us”, P!nk has slipped to #2 to make way for Taylor Swift with the much-analysed “Look What You Made Me Do”. The new single is the only track to crack the top 50 on debut. It is Swift’s fifth #1 single and the first release from her next album “Reputation”.
A number of other tunes have slipped into the 50 from further down the chart:
#30 Marshmello v Khalid with “Silence”
#36 Camila Cabello with “Havana” featuring Young Thug
#37 Logic with “1-800-273-8255” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid
#43 Portugal. The Man with “Feel It Still”
Since Ed Sheeran surrendered top spot there has been a succession of new music topping the chart – three new #1 albums in the past three weeks. The latest to occupy top spot is Queens Of The Stone Age with “Villains” debuting #1. The 21-year-old California band’s seventh album is its second #1 album.
Also new to the top 10 are:
#5 The War On Drugs with “A Deeper Understanding” – the first time in top 10 and the fourth album from one of Philadelphia’s finest
#6 Kim Churchill with “Weight Falls” – the fifth album and first time in top 10 for Canberra-born folk singer
#9 Fifth Harmony with “Fifth Harmony” – the third album from the American girl group
Plenty of room for soundtracks again in the top 10. Both volumes of Guardians Of The Galaxy are back in the top 10 with the first volume spending 130 weeks on the chart so far. The Moana soundtrack holds again at #10 after 37 weeks on the chart.
Five other albums also debuted inside the top 50:
#12 PVRIS with “All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell”
#20 Gordi with “Reservoir” – the first album from Sydney-based singer/songwriter Sophie Payten
#22 Lil Uzi Vert with “Luv Is Rage 2”
#24 A$AP Mob with “Cozy Tapes, Vol 2: Too Cozy”
#29 XXXTentacion with “17”
After recently wrapping up a run of 12 sold-out shows at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Cosentino‘s plan for “Asian domination” continues.
Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia announced on September 1 a new original series for AXN featuring Australia’s top magician, illusionist and escapologist. The four-part series, entitled The Elements, will feature Cosentino’s street magic, large-scale illusions and death-defying escapes all themed around earth, wind, fire and water.
The filming is already under way in Singapore before Cosentino takes his magic on tour, filming against iconic backdrops in Taipei, Manila and Kuala Lumpur. Various popular Asian artists, including singers, actors and models, will join Cosentino as he performs.
Cosentino has established himself as a global star within the magic industry. He is a multiple winner of the prestigious Merlin Award (magic’s version of the Academy Awards) including acknowledgement as the International Magician of the Year and the International Escape Artist of the Year.
The Elements TV series will premiere in early 2018 first and exclusively on AXN.
Images: Cosentino filming on the streets of Singapore and onstage at Marina Bay Sands
Seven has announced its latest major in-house production – Michael Hutchence – The Last Rockstar – a world exclusive documentary event set to air ahead of the 20th anniversary of the death of Australian music legend Michael Hutchence.
“This is not Michael Hutchence defined by how he died but by how he lived: a brilliant musician, a brilliant man, a loving father, a true rockstar,” said executive producer Mark Llewellyn.
“This is not a biopic treading over old territory – this will make headlines around the world. New music, new revelations, and the most beautiful home video and insights from his closest friends and family, most of whom have never spoken publicly before.
“Michael left more questions than answers when he left us, and this documentary will provide those answers and much, much more.”
Following an extensive, two-year Seven News investigation spanning four continents and five countries, hidden bank vaults housing Hutchence’s prized treasures have been unlocked. The treasures inside include his final lyrics that were recorded but never released, and for the first time private photographs and family videos are revealed.
The documentary will also feature Michael Hutchence’s new songs, penned and recorded by the INXS star before his death but never heard…until now.
Photo: Chris Cuffaro
Sarah Oakes had a successful 16-year run in the print industry before she took a leap of faith to accompany her husband to Washington DC in 2015 when he found a job in the political heartland of America.
“I spent most of my time travelling and freelance writing. I also volunteered on the Hillary Clinton campaign and we all know how that ended,” Oakes told Mediaweek during our recent visit to the Bauer Media office in Sydney.
“It was an interesting time to be there. We got there just as Donald Trump announced he was running. And on the morning he won the election, we decided it was time to come home.”
In the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign, Oakes also had a baby. “So it’s been a pretty busy two years,” she said.
Oakes’ career path is an interesting one. In her early days, she spent her time in the children’s market working at K-Zone and Total Girl. Then she went on to edit teenage and young adult titles like Bauer Media’s Cleo and Pacific Magazines’ Girlfriend. Following this, Oakes made a shift to Fairfax Media to edit its newspaper inserted title Sunday Life, before becoming the founding editor of the company’s female-oriented website Daily Life. Upon her return to Australia, she is now the editor-in-chief of the Australian edition of Gourmet Traveller.
“I like to think I have progressively got older and, based on Gourmet Traveller, definitely more sophisticated,” she said. [Laughs]
So what was it about the Bauer Media title that tempted her to come back home?
“It is one of the most beautiful magazines in Australia,” Oakes said. “It’s an incredibly talented team who have been working on it for a long time.”
Photo: Sarah Oakes with Gourmet Traveller’s chief restaurant critic Pat Nourse
Joining Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi this week is comedian, podcaster and the host of Gruen, Wil Anderson. This special podcast includes Wil’s special job application – he wants to return to radio, but only on one particular show.
Andrew Mercado joined James Manning in the Mediaweek studio this week to talk TV, including CBS/Ten, GoT, Seven’s newest hit and much more.
As he toured Sydney media as part of a publicity blitz ahead of the first episode of Seven’s Little Big Shots, Shane Jacobson spent time with Mediaweek talking about his hosting role.
Mediaweek stayed on topic for the first half of the interview, but we weren’t going to let the opportunity pass without hearing about four new movies he has been working on, plus chatting about his time on Top Gear, his friendship with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and his work on the wonderful ABC TV series The Time Of Our Lives.