Andrew Denton is returning to television after a few years in the media wilderness. He has landed back at the first commercial network he worked for after leaving ABC TV where he hosted Blah Blah Blah, The Money Or The Gun and Live And Sweaty.
By James Manning
When: Launching Tuesday April 17 at 9pm
Guests: No reveal of who is on first, but Denton has already done interviews with Robert Plant and Ross Noble.
Episodes: No reveal yet of how long it will run, but expect more than 10 weeks, but less than 40.
Production company: Legacy Media
For his interview venture, Denton has formed a new production company called Legacy Media along with partners Jon Casimir and Peter Thompson.
Jon Casimir, who left his role as ABC TV head of entertainment to work again with Denton, said there had been lots of talking about interview and that it felt great to be actually doing it.
“When we came to Seven just over a year ago we explained there were a few things about the show that were very, very simple.
“One of them was this: Two people, two chairs, one conversation, no gimmicks. That is the formula for the show. We are not going to do anything incredibly complicated, but something we think is quite simple.
“We are going to do that because we think there is a gap. We could be wrong, but we feel there is a gap in the marketplace right now.
“We feel the world we have moved into is a shouty place. Our politicians shout, our social media is full of people shouting – often as soon as they can every morning – and a lot of TV programs shout at you. It is a very noisy world we live in.
“Andrew and I have said: ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we could make an oasis of quiet in the noisy world? Would it be possible to make a show that actually gave people the time and the space to talk? Would it be possible to make an interview show that gave people room to move?’
“We won’t mind the odd bit of controversy, but we are not going out looking for it. It could be glib to say this, but we would rather look for the things that unite us rather than divide us. What is the humanity of the people we are talking with? What are the things that connect us?
“We wanted to make a simple interview show and that is why it has a simple name. We spent months on that name and there was a whiteboard with other alternatives on it. Some were slightly smartarse, but we decided to say what is just on the box in the spirit of being clear and simple, and wanting to have a conversation with the Australian public.”
When Denton speaks about the new format, he notes first and foremost it is about entertainment. “It doesn’t work if it is not entertaining and entertainment can happen on many levels. It can be laughter, it can be anger, it can be passion and that is what I have always been going for in interviews.
“Even though I am perhaps best known for Enough Rope, all my career, back to Blah Blah Blah, has been about interviewing. When we have been doing some pilots for interview I have found myself sitting opposite the most extraordinary range of people and I am constantly surprised to hear them say the things they tell me.
“We do a lot of research for our interviews for obvious reasons. Firstly, because we want to work out what is the great story about this guest. It is also a mark of respect for that guest. The research provides the framework for a great conversation, but the truly great conversations are the ones that go totally off that framework. They are always the moments I am looking for.
“Seven is giving us a great opportunity with great support and great space to seek out all manner of people to put in the chair. What a lot of people are expecting and looking for is huge names. There will be huge names, but often they are not the great guests.”
Tomorrow: How Andrew Denton negotiated his new Seven West Media deal with Kerry Stokes and Tim Worner
Friday: Jon Casimir on Legacy Media and does Denton miss his production company days?
Business analysts at IBISWorld last month revealed the 2017 list of Australia’s top 1,000 companies, offering a comprehensive and thorough insight into the corporate landscape in Australia, including the largest firms, growing and declining sectors, and new businesses to watch in 2018 and beyond.
“The firms on IBISWorld’s 2017 Top 1000 list account for $1.94 trillion in revenue, or approximately 28% of all trade in Australia,” said Jason Aravanis, senior industry analyst at IBISWorld. “Approximately one-third of companies on the list reported lower revenue for the year, with total revenue for the list declining by 2.0% since IBISWorld’s 2016 Top 1000 companies list.”
Although total revenue across the 2017 list has fallen, this loss has been concentrated amongst a small number of large firms. Notable companies that generated lower revenue include Westpac, Rio Tinto, ANZ, NAB, and Caltex Australia.
In contrast, JB Hi-Fi, BHP, CIMIC Group and other major companies expanded revenue over the year. Overall, the 2017 top 1,000 companies’ performance was mixed. For example, 52% of companies on the 2017 list improved profitability.
Meanwhile IBISWorld has supplied Mediaweek with a list of the top 30 media and telco companies, which gives a fascinating insight into the Australian landscape as it incorporates public broadcasters like the ABC and SBS.
IBISWorld noted the telecommunications services industry posted lower revenue in 2016-17, as intensifying price competition among wireless telecommunications service providers and declining revenue from fixed-line businesses hindered the industry’s performance.
Both Singtel Optus and Vodafone posted significant revenue declines due to lower equipment sales (as customers increasingly shift towards SIM-only plans), and strong price competition from the mobile telecommunications resellers market. Telstra’s retail segment has also been affected by these trends. However, Telstra’s overall revenue increased in 2016-17 due to rising revenue from leasing infrastructure to NBN Co.
The telcos are listed on our chart because of the increasingly important role they are playing as suppliers of content to their customers.
Photo: Telstra (credit: Shutterstock)
• APRA AMCOS honours Paul Kelly, Billy Miller, Amy Shark, M-Phazes, Sia, Peking Duk, Sarah Aarons and more
• A.B. Original makes APRA history
The 2018 APRA Music Awards at the International Convention Centre in Sydney have celebrated talented songwriters and music publishers that have achieved outstanding success in the past year.
“Firewood and Candles”, co-written by Paul Kelly and Melbourne music all-rounder Billy Miller (The Ferrets) took out the coveted peer-voted APRA Song of the Year.
A.B. Original (Briggs and Trials) took out the 2018 Songwriter of the Year award. The duo set the music world ablaze with their debut album “Reclaim Australia”. Briggs and Trials are the first hip hop artists to be named APRA Songwriter of the Year.
The APRA Board of Directors named Sarah Aarons the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year. At just 23, Aarons has already had astonishing success as a behind-the-scenes songwriting force, co-writing the Billboard chart-topping hit “Stay” by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara, co-writing Jessie Ware‘s single “Alone”, as well as writing with artists including Flume, Demi Lovato and Bishop Briggs.
The Overseas Recognition Award went to Ben Abraham and Kylie Sackley. Recently signed to Atlantic Records, Ben Abraham has become a sought-after writer, with credits to his name including Kesha’s game-changing platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Praying”, Demi Lovato, rising stars Wrabel and Wafia and many more. Nashville-based songwriter and Cairns native Kylie Sackley has been blazing a trail since her arrival to the music city in the early 2000s. She wrote LeAnn Rimes country comeback smash “Nothin’ ‘bout Love Makes Sense” and co-wrote Faith Hill’s “Sunshine” and “Summertime” (both of which went Top 5 on the US Billboard Country Chart). Most recently, Sackley co-wrote country-pop song “You Broke Up with Me” for Walker Hayes, which ended the year in the US top 100 most played country songs of 2017 and certified Gold in the US.
Peking Duk’s “Stranger” (written by Adam Hyde, Reuben Styles, Kaelyn Behr (Styalz), Elliphant, Daniel Goudie and Ashley Milton) was a dual winner, scoring the Most Played Australian Work and Dance Work of the Year. Another two-time winner is M-Phazes, who along with Illy, Grant Michaels and Suzanne Shin took out the Urban Work of the Year award for “Catch 22” (performed by Illy featuring Anne-Marie).
M-Phazes also received an APRA Award for his collaboration with Amy Shark, whose monster hit “Adore” took out Pop Work of the Year.
The Country Work of the Year was awarded to “Kiss Somebody” written by Morgan Evans, Chris De Stefano and Josh Osborne and performed by Evans, who was anointed by Billboard as one of 15 country artists to watch in 2018. Busby Marou’s song “Best Part of Me” written by Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou and Jon Hume was the Blues & Roots Work of the Year winner.
Winning their fifth APRA Music Award was Birds of Tokyo (Ian Berney, Ian Kenny, Glenn Sarangapany, Adam Spark and Adam Weston) for “Brace” in the Rock Work of the Year category. Taking her APRA Music Awards tally to nine was international songwriting superstar Sia, who had the Most Played Australian Work Overseas with her song “Cheap Thrills”.
Legendary rock group Midnight Oil accepted the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music, an honour that APRA confers on a group or individual who has contributed immensely to Australian music.
As previously announced, The Licensee of the Year award was given to the Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA for its excellent music citizenship.
Ed Sheeran and co-writers Kevin Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle, Steven McCutcheon and John McDaid received the International Work of the Year for “Shape of You”.
APRA chair Jenny Morris delivered a moving tribute to much respected outgoing APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle who leaves with more than 40 years’ service to APRA AMCOS, and 28 of those years as its chief executive.
The 2018 APRA Music Awards were hosted by Julia Zemiro while Robert Conley programmed a stellar list of performances for his final turn as musical director.
In keeping with Music Awards tradition, artists put their own spin on the songs nominated in the APRA Song of the Year category. Tim Minchin performed 2018 Song of the Year “Firewood and Candles”, while Overseas Recognition Award winner Ben Abraham teamed up with All Our Exes Live in Texas for their rendition of “Fallin’”. Nat Dunn and Jeremy Marou hit the stage with their interpretation of “Weekends” by Amy Shark. Jack Gray and Teischa played “Running Second” and No Mono took on David Le’aupepe’s “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?”
In a musical tribute to outgoing APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle, Song of the Year nominee Ainslie Wills performed her new Songhubs single “Society”. Arnhem Land sensation Baker Boy opened proceedings with his anthemic “Marryuna”, while an all-star super group featuring Suze DeMarchi and Baby Animals, Adalita and Isabella Manfredi paid musical tribute to Midnight Oil.
2018 APRA Awards presenters were Isabella Manfredi, Tracey Spicer, Kasey Chambers, Adam Eckersley, Brooke McClymont, Starley Hope, Andrew Farriss, managing director at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Damian Trotter, Amber Lawrence, Guy Sebastian and the Hilltop Hoods.
Song of the Year
Title: Firewood and Candles
Performer: Paul Kelly
Writers: Paul Kelly / Billy Mille
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Songwriter of the Year
A.B. Original (Briggs & Trials)
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Writer: Sarah Aarons
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Overseas Recognition Award
Ben Abraham (and) Kylie Sackley
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Most Played Australian Work
Performer: Peking Duk feat. Elliphant
Writers: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz) / Elliphant / Daniel Goudie / Ashley Milton
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing / BMG
Country Work of the Year
Title: Kiss Somebody
Performer: Morgan Evans
Writers: Morgan Evans / Chris De Stefano / Josh Osborne
Publishers: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing
Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Title: Best Part of Me
Performer: Busby Marou
Writers: Thomas Busby / Jeremy Marou / Jon Hume
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Dance Work of the Year
Performer: Peking Duk feat. Elliphant
Writers: Adam Hyde / Reuben Styles / Kaelyn Behr (Styalz) / Elliphant / Daniel Goudie / Ashley Milton
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Kobalt Music Publishing BMG
Rock Work of the Year
Performer: Birds of Tokyo
Writers: Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
Publisher: Mushroom Music
Pop Work of the Year
Performer: Amy Shark
Writers: Amy Shark / M-Phazes
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing
Urban Work of the Year
Title: Catch 22
Performer: Illy feat. Anne-Marie
Writers: Illy / M-Phazes / Grant Michaels / Suzanne Shinn
Publishers: Mushroom Music obo UNIFIED Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Native Tongue Music Publishing
International Work of the Year
Title: Shape of You
Performer: Ed Sheeran
Writers: Ed Sheeran / Kevin Briggs / Kandi Burruss / Tameka Cottle / Steven McCutcheon John McDaid
Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / BMG and Warner/Chappell Music obo She K’em Down and Pepper Drive Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music obo Kandacy Music and Tony Mercedes Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music obo Tiny Tam Music and Tony Mercedes Music / Universal Music Publishing obo Rokstone Music / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Spirit B-Unique Polar Patrol
Most Played Australian Work Overseas
Title: Cheap Thrills
Writer: Sia Furler / Gregory Kurstin
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Kurstin Music
Licensee of the Year
Settlers Tavern (Rob and Karen Gough)
• JCDecaux plans for Melbourne to become the third most digitised out-of-home advertising market in the world
JCDecaux has unveiled its digital transformation across Southern Cross Station, Melbourne’s premiere CBD rail hub. The new showcase digital solutions will include two high-impact, large-format digital screens and 10 state-of-the-art 85-inch consecutive screens that will see JCDecaux grow its national portfolio of Digital Spectacular locations in Melbourne.
The largest of their kind, the new 85-inch Spectacular screens will create powerful digital avenues in key commuter and pedestrian corridors throughout Southern Cross Station. They are complemented by the “The Collins” – JCDecaux’s impactful large format digital screen, which measures 14 square metres and dominates the main concourse of Southern Cross Station – and “The Spencer”, another large format screen set to impact the streams of commuters at the entrance to the bus exchange.
The screens are each capable of full motion animation, social integration, time-sensitive and location-specific messaging, as well as streaming real-time feeds, enabling highly relevant and customisable brand engagement opportunities. Combined with the iconic Clock@Southern Cross Station and JCDecaux’s Station Domination product, as well as attractive pedestrian dwell time, brands can truly own this valuable gateway to the Melbourne CBD.
JCDecaux national sales director Oliver Newton said, “We strive to truly understand our consumers and help advertisers to connect in meaningful ways. Using geospatial, transactional and behavioural data, our dynamic audience insights help to ensure we present the right information, to the right audiences, at the right time.”
This Southern Cross Station transformation signals the first phase of JCDecaux’s substantial digital roll-out across the city of Melbourne as part of its plans for the city to become the third most digitised out-of-home advertising market in the world.
Following its recent win of the Yarra Trams contract, JCDecaux will soon create digital corridors in the luxury retail zones of Melbourne’s CBD including Collins, Elizabeth and Bourke streets.
JCDecaux chief commercial officer Max Eburne said, “Our digital network is expanding significantly in Melbourne, which will continue to deliver the brand eminence and superior campaign reach that JCDecaux is renowned for. This is our latest jewel in the crown with more to come.”
Fashion media brand InStyle Australia has partnered with Macquarie Centre for the third instalment of its in-store shopping experience InStyleShops.
The event, which goes down tonight from 6pm, will provide exclusive access and in-store discounts from brands including Zimmermann, Sass & Bide, CUE, Country Road, David Jones, Myer and many more.
InStyle Australia editor Emily Taylor said, “InStyleShops has been a true collaboration with Macquarie Centre and we are delighted to build on the successes of our first two events last year by partnering again in 2018.
“The 2017 September InStyleShops and Macquarie Centre events delivered an incredible 14% increase in foot traffic as over 1,200 keen shoppers joined the fun at our special after-hours evening timeslot, which further added to the VIP experience.”
Guests at tonight’s event will be treated to champagne and canapés, while witnessing beauty demonstrations, styling workshops, designer appearances and more.
The event will be supported through a targeted InStyle and Macquarie Centre social media campaign, EDMs, in-centre advertising and a local media campaign in The Urban List, News Corp websites and KIIS FM.
Shoppers can register their interest by emailing email@example.com.
• Another Comm Games audience high as swimmers enjoy fairytale finish
• New biggest night of competition as Seven primary share hits 34.2%
By James Manning
For the third successive night, Seven has set a new high for its primetime Commonwealth Games coverage with the metro average audience going close to 1.5m for the final night in the pool. Seven’s commentating team led by Basil Zempilas again proved to be the best in the business as the swimmers turned it on big time to end the night with successive relay gold medals.
There was plenty of action from the athletics in the stadium too with heavy rain causing havoc for competitors and officials.
Commonwealth Games on Seven
April 4: Opening Ceremony 2.0m, Primetime primary share 43.8%
April 5: Night 1 1.23m/1.16m, Afternoon 554k, Day 418k, Primetime primary share 33.0%
April 6: Night 2 1.01/1.09m, Late night 566k, Afternoon 468k, Primetime primary share 30.7%
April 7: Night 3 979/973k Late night 499k, Afternoon 583k, Day 471k Primetime primary share 32.3%
April 8: Night 4 1.24/1.24m, Afternoon 710k, Day 482k, Late night 466k, Primetime primary share 31.4%
April 9: Night 5 1.33/1.45m, Late 539k, Afternoon 458k, Day 321k, Primetime primary share 29.2%
April 10: Night 6 1.24m/1.48m Late 624k, Afternoon 515k, Day 341k, Primetime primary share 34.2%
A Current Affair had a second successive night close to 750,000.
The Young Sheldon and Big Bang Theory combo then did 745,000 and 620,000.
Nine is running a James Bond film festival this week with 2012’s Skyfall screening to 365,000 last night.
The Project 7pm was again just under 500,000 with Nazeem Hussain one of the guests.
Bachelor In Paradise again delivered the channel’s biggest audience with 676,000.
Hughesy, We Have A Problem then did 438,000.
The Checkout was on 419,000 with Craig Reucassel shining a light on solar power.
Episode two of the three-part Employable Me did 400,000.
The final part of The Tsar And The Empress did 154,000 followed by Insight on 160,000.
Photo: Seven’s Basil Zempilas, Giaan Rooney and Ian Thorpe
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Equities research upstart MST Marquee – the new home of former UBS analyst Andrew Goodsall and set up by ex-UBS head of equities Gerard Satur – has hired two of Credit Suisse’s senior equities analysts and the Swiss bank’s former co-head of equities, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
MST Marquee has poached Credit Suisse oil and gas analyst Mark Samter and telecommunications and media sector analyst Fraser McLeish.
McLeish ran Credit Suisse’s telecommunications and media coverage. He joined the Swiss bank in 2013, having spent a decade covering the same stocks at Royal Bank of Scotland.
21st Century Fox says it is cooperating with the European Commission after officials raided its Fox Network offices in London, reports BBC News.
EC competition authorities are reported to have seized documents relating to sport media rights earlier on Tuesday.
Other companies involved in sports rights have also received what the EC called “unannounced inspections”.
It is unclear which other companies were raided and when.
“The commission has concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” the European Commission said in a statement.
“Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anti-competitive practices.”
The statement said it “does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself”.
A new creative campaign has been launched today for World Parkinson’s Day to help raise funds for a new clinical trial.
The trial will explore the effectiveness of repurposing drugs used for other illnesses to slow, stop and/or reverse the effects of the neurodegenerative disease that impacts more than 80,000 Australians.
The Shake It Up Australia Foundation’s Pause 4 Parkinson’s campaign, running nationally across on oOh!media’s digital network, urges Australians to support those with Parkinson’s by illustrating the extent of the disease and challenges those with it face.
The campaign highlights that in addition to uncontrollable tremors, other symptoms of Parkinson’s include slow movement, balance problems and memory loss.
It follows from an earlier campaign run by oOh! since mid-March to raise awareness of Shake It Up Australia’s fundraising and the disease that is diagnosed among Australian’s every 45 minutes, one in five of whom are under 50.
Shake It Up Australia Founder Clyde Campbell (pictured), who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 44 years of age, said he was confident the campaign would help attract additional funding required for clinical trials in Australia to test the effectiveness of six or more existing drugs on Parkinson’s.
“Over the past few years we have been collaborating with Cure Parkinson’s UK, the Michael J Fox Foundation, the Van Andel Institute and The Garvan Institute to progress this unique initiative called the Linked Clinical Trials program (LCT),” Campbell said.
oOh!media CEO Brendon Cook said the company immediately agreed to invest in the campaign through its oOh! Community program on hearing of the funding required to enable the Shake It Up Australia Foundation to undertake more clinical trials.
“In addition to displaying advertising to generate awareness, we also had our in-house creative team develop content that would help create a new level of engagement with the community by highlighting that Parkinson’s is more than just the shakes.
“Most people associate Parkinson’s with the tremor, but there are many other symptoms.
“Every person with Parkinson’s has a different combination of symptoms, which makes it hard to diagnose. The creative developed helps tell that story and give a compelling reason why Australians should get behind and support Shake It Up Australia Foundation.”
For more information, to get involved or to donate, visit shakeitup.org.au/pause4parkinsons.
Taxpayers now know how much the ABC spent polling listeners about changing the date of Hottest 100, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.
On Tuesday, the broadcaster confirmed it spent $38,690 – not including GST – in order to poll triple j listeners. There were 64,990 responses to the first listener survey, according to documents tabled with the Senate Estimates Committee on Environment and Communications.
The first survey found 60% of listeners supported moving the date of the Hottest 100. 39% did not support changing the date, while just 1% had no view either way.
A second qualitative survey was commissioned, however, and found 55% of people supported changing the date of the Hottest 100. In this study, 24% did not support moving the countdown from January 26 and 22% did not mind either way.
At the end of each evening on 3AW Nightline, hosts Philip Brady and Simon Owens speak with 3AW mid-dawn host Tony Moclair about what is coming up on his program Australia Overnight.
On Tuesday night this week, a new member of the cleaning staff in the 3AW complex in the Fairfax Media Melbourne building wandered in to clean the studio, oblivious to the fact the program was still underway.
Listen to the cleaner at work during the live broadcast here.
New episodes of The Graham Norton Show returned to BBC One at the end of last week and Network Ten is screening the first one in primetime tonight at 8.30pm.
The special reason to watch is because one of Graham Norton‘s guests is Kylie Minogue.
The ARIA Hall of Fame member and 16-time ARIA Award winner talks to the British talk show king about her new album “Golden”, as well as opening up about her heartbreak, personal growth and the journey to Nashville to write and record her album.
Also interviewed this episode are actors Tom Holland, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who discuss their latest projects.
At the end of the program, Kylie performs “Stop Me From Falling” from the new album.
Channel 10 entertainment reporter Angela Bishop is set to return to the world’s most popular soap tonight, reprising her role as Ridge and Brook’s wedding planner on The Bold And The Beautiful, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Bishop was invited to the LA set in January to film her second stint as JJ, after filming a scene in Sydney last year.
The episode airs tonight at 4.30pm on Ten.
Photo: Angela Bishop with soap superstars Katherine Kelly Lang and Heather Tom
This cricket rights commotion really is getting to the pointy end now, reports The AFR’s Joe Aston.
In Sydney on Monday meeting with Ten Network chief Paul Anderson was Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and his sidekick Ben Amarfio.
News Corp’s global co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch arrived in Sydney on Tuesday.
But also visiting the Emerald City is News Corp’s New York-based, Melbourne-raised (and Essendon-barracking) chief executive Robert Thomson. Two executive chairmen and a chief executive – and that’s before you count local management. Hey, we warned you they were top heavy. On Monday evening, Thomson joined Telstra chief executive Andy Penn for dinner at John Fink‘s Otto Ristorante on the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf.