Thursday April 26, 2018

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The Healthy Mummy CEO and founder Rhian Allen joins Mediaweek’s James Manning live from 2.30pm today.

Rhian Allen

Hear how Australia’s largest parenting site grew to a monthly audience over 900,000 and annual revenues of $22m.

Radio ratings GfK Survey 2, 2018 market-by-market, station-by-station analysis

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the second radio ratings survey for 2018 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 2 2018: Highlights + full results
Radio ratings week: Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang on the strength of 2GB and 3AW
GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 1 2018: Highlights + full results

Sydney

2GB 11.5%

Breakfast: Alan Jones 14.3%

Despite Alan Jones slipping 1.2 points, he continues to lead by a considerable margin. KIIS FM is 2.0 points behind, which is as about as close as anyone has ever got to the master. Drive with Ben Fordham was the only show not to slip a little, although his share of 8.0% is the station’s lowest. The biggest dip was in evenings after 7pm where Ross Greenwood and Steve Price share the audience. Although share was down 2.8, they still command a market-leading 14.2%.

See the station-by-station analysis for Sydney here.

Melbourne

3AW 13.7%

Breakfast: Ross and John 19.0%

No one anywhere near these breakfast champs again. All other dayparts were steady or in growth. Evening, which is shared by Ross Greenwood, Steve Price and Phil and Simon, was up 1.1 to 15.1%.

See the station-by-station analysis for Melbourne here.

Brisbane

97.3 FM 12.9%

Breakfast: Bianca, Terry and Bob 11.9%

After trailing Nova by just 0.5 in survey 1, 2018, 97.3 has added 0.8 and moved ahead of a falling Nova this survey. Breakfast now sits at equal #1 alongside Hit 105 with Nova pushed to third place. 97.3 daytime listening went over the top with morning up 2.8 to 14.6% and afternoon jumped 1.6 to 13.9%. The new Will and Woody drive show managed to hold over 12% too, ranking #2 FM in a market of four. Demos were steady except 55-64, which leapt 4.1 to 18.8%.

See the station-by-station analysis for Brisbane here.

Adelaide

Mix 102.3 15.7%

Breakfast: Jodie and Soda 14.7%

The numbers dipped ever so slightly but still the third-best Mix result in over two years. Daytime is still off the charts with Michelle Murphy in control from 9am until 3pm and pulling the same sensational shares her namesake at Mix used to – Sean Craig Murphy. Will and Woody remain #1 drive although share dipped slightly from 15.2 to 14.1%.

See the station-by-station analysis for Adelaide here.

Perth

Mix 94.5 15.6%

Breakfast: Clairsy, Matt and Kymba 15.0%

Two surveys this year and two surveys on top for the station and breakfast. Very strong result with only the slightest variation after a great survey one. The Perth audience is loving Kennedy Molloy with a share of 15.9% for the second consecutive survey, making Perth its best market.

See the station-by-station analysis for Perth here.

 

Top photo: 3AW’s Ross and John

Viacom International Media Networks launching Nick Jr. Play in Australia

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced plans to launch fully authenticated versions of Nick Jr. Play with Foxtel and Fetch in Australia in 2018.

Nick Jr. Play is an interactive app experience that offers preschoolers access to Nick Jr. shows, games and music including full episodes, educational games, original videos and even some silly surprises.

It is designed and programmed to promote discovery so preschoolers will be able to explore on their own with easy-to-use swiping and tapping. Nick Jr. Play will also provide Foxtel and Fetch subscribers the ability to unlock the full library of available videos and games that will include content from the network’s most popular programming including PAW Patrol, Nella The Princess Knight, Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies and more.

Nick Jr. Play is the latest addition to Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile apps for each of Viacom’s major international brands, which include Nick Play, MTV Play, Comedy Central Play and BET Play. Nick Jr. Play launched internationally in February 2018.

The launch of Nick Jr. Play follows the success of Nick Play in Australia.

Launched with Foxtel in 2015, Nick Play has been installed over 417,000 times and given Australians access to hundreds of Nickelodeon-themed videos, original short-form animations, newly created games, as well as full-length episodes of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits and current top shows via subscriber authentication.

Fetch subscribers will be able to unlock the full library of content via authentication in mid-2018.

Ben Cox, vice president and general manager of Nickelodeon Networks Australia & New Zealand, said, “Given the success of Nick Play in Australia, I’m confident the tremendous appeal of Nick Jr.’s shows and characters will provide preschoolers new ways to be entertained, play and learn.

“Nick Jr. Play will also provide Foxtel and Fetch subscribers access to a safe environment featuring characters their children already know and love, at no additional cost.”

Nick Play is currently available for download on iOS and Android app stores in Australia and New Zealand.

Nick Jr. Play will be available when it launches later this year.

Guardian News & Media says Australia helping it to break even in 2018-2019

• More than 800,000 financially support the Guardian, up 200,000 year-on-year

The publisher of the Guardian and Observer halved its losses in the last financial year, and the company is on track to break even this year, the global publisher has reported.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) reported a £19m loss in the year to the end of March, in the previous financial year.

The publisher, which is now in the final year of a three-year plan to break even, has cut losses to a third of the £57m reported when the drive to reshape the business began.

GNM’s £19m loss is 25% better than its internal target of £25m, due to a combination of better-than-expected revenue growth and almost £20m removed from the group’s cost base.

The publisher cut costs by 7% year-on-year from £252m to £235m. The reduction includes the shift to a tabloid format in January.

“We are well on track with our three-year strategy to make the Guardian sustainable and break even at operating level by 2018-2019,” said editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and David Pemsel, the chief executive of GNM parent Guardian Media Group, in a joint statement. “Thanks to outstanding collaborative work in the UK, US and Australia, we have finished the second year well ahead of our forecast.”

Total revenues increased marginally by 1% to £216m, a second consecutive year of growth in the face of tough market conditions for publishers.

More than 800,000 people now financially support the Guardian, up 200,000 from a year ago. Of these about 200,000 are print or digital subscribers, more than 300,000 are members or regular contributors, and more than 300,000 gave one-off contributions.

Reader revenues, including income from the sale of the Guardian on newsstands, now exceed revenues generated from advertising.

“We have achieved very rapid growth in our reader revenues – contributions, membership and subscriptions – across the UK, US, Australia and the rest of the world,” said Viner and Pemsel.

The Guardian’s US and Australian operations performed strongly over the last year.

“Our international businesses are now sustainable and on a sound financial footing,” said Viner and Pemsel. “Both will continue to grow and become more important to the Guardian in future years.”

Guardian Media Group incurs additional costs meaning that the overall loss is likely to be about £24m to £25m when the group officially reports its annual results later this year. In the previous financial year GMG reported a £45m loss.

New Zealand star regional performer in World Press Freedom Index

• As NZ gets a spot in the top 10, Australia manages to just make the top 20 again•

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), reflects growing animosity towards journalists, says RSF.

For the second successive year, Australia has ranked at #19 on the Index.

RSF reported that media freedom thrives in New Zealand, with the country jumping five places on the Index from #13 in 2017 to #8 this year.

In releasing details of its annual report, RSF said:

Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a threat to democracies.

The climate of hatred is steadily more visible in the Index, which evaluates the level of press freedom in 180 countries each year. Hostility towards the media from political leaders is no longer limited to authoritarian countries such as Turkey (down two at 157th) and Egypt (161st), where “media-phobia” is now so pronounced that journalists are routinely accused of terrorism and all those who don’t offer loyalty are arbitrarily imprisoned.

More and more democratically elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy’s essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion. The United States, the country of the First Amendment, has fallen again in the Index under Donald Trump, this time two places to 45th.

The line separating verbal violence from physical violence is dissolving. In the Philippines (down six at 133rd), President Rodrigo Duterte not only constantly insults reporters but has also warned them that they “are not exempted from assassination”. In India (down two at 138th), hate speech targeting journalists is shared and amplified on social networks, often by troll armies in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pay. In each of these countries, at least four journalists were gunned down in cold blood in the space of a year.

Verbal violence from politicians against the media is also on the rise in Europe, although it is the region that respects press freedom most. In the Czech Republic (down 11 at 34th), President Milos Zeman turned up at a press conference with a fake Kalashnikov inscribed with the words “for journalists”. In Slovakia, (down 10 at 27th), then-Prime Minister Robert Fico called journalists “filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes” and “idiotic hyenas”. A Slovak reporter, Ján Kuciak, was shot dead in his home in February 2018, just four months after another European journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed by a targeted car-bombing in Malta (down 18 at 65th).

In this year’s Index, Norway is first for the second year running, followed – as it was last year – by Sweden (2nd). Although traditionally respectful of press freedom, the Nordic countries have also been affected by the overall decline. Undermined by a case threatening the confidentiality of a journalist’s sources, Finland (down one at 4th) has fallen for the second year running, surrendering its third place to the Netherlands. At the other end of the Index, North Korea (180th) is still last.

The Index also reflects the growing influence of “strongmen” and rival models. After stifling independent voices at home, Vladimir Putin’s Russia (148th) is extending its propaganda network by means of media outlets such as RT and Sputnik, while Xi Jinping’s China (176th) is exporting its tightly controlled news and information model in Asia. Their relentless suppression of criticism and dissent provides support to other countries near the bottom of the Index such as Vietnam (175th), Turkmenistan (178th) and Azerbaijan (163rd).

The Asia-Pacific region still has the world’s worst violator of the freedom to inform: North Korea (180th). The recent widespread adoption of smartphones in North Korea has unfortunately been accompanied by draconian control of communications and the national intranet. The state news agency KCNA is the only authorised source of news for all of the country’s media. Just reading, viewing, or listening to a foreign media outlet can lead to a spell in a concentration camp.

IFPI Global Music Report 2018: Revenues increase by 8.1%

• Streaming revenues grow 41.1% to become largest revenue source
• Third consecutive year of growth following 15 years of revenue decline

The global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since IFPI began tracking the market in 1997. Figures released today in IFPI’s Global Music Report 2018 show total revenues for 2017 were US$17.3 billion.

The annual music report also revealed the world’s most successful recording artists and lists of the biggest singles and albums. No surprise that Ed Sheeran ranked #1. Sheeran’s album “Divide” sold 6.1m units in 2017, well ahead of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” at #2 with 4.5m.

Streaming remains the main driver of recovering revenues and, for the first time, has become the single largest revenue source with 176 million users of paid streaming services contributing to year-on-year streaming growth of 41.1%. Streaming now accounts for 38.4% of total recorded music revenue and its growth has more than offset a 5.4% decline in physical revenue and a 20.5% decline in download revenue. Total digital income last year accounted for more than half of all revenue (54%) for the first time.

The industry’s third consecutive year of global growth follows 15 years of significant revenue decline. Despite the recent uplift, revenues for 2017 are still only 68.4% of the market’s peak in 1999.

Record companies are working to fuel this recent return to growth, driven by their ongoing investment, not only in artists but also in the digital innovations that are enriching the experience of music fans all over the world.

Beyond their efforts to nurture and break artists, record companies have also worked to foster growth in developing markets and have invested in the systems to deliver, manage and track the global distribution of music. Their partnerships are creating engaging ways for fans to access music on multiple services and platforms.

This contributed to Latin American revenues growing by 17.7% and Asia and Australasia growing by 5.4%.

Key figures for 2017

Global revenue growth: +8.1%

Digital share of global revenues: 54%

Digital revenue growth: +19.1%

Growth in streaming revenues: +41.1%

Physical revenues: -5.4%

Download revenue: -20.5%

 

Top photo: Ed Sheeran (Source: Shutterstock)

TV Ratings Analysis: Wednesday April 25

• Seven News hits 1.32m with help from Anzac Day AFL viewers staying on
• Nine narrowly wins best network share with Young Sheldon on GO!
• ABC midweek comedy shows wrap ahead of returning giants next week

By James Manning

Seven

Seven has made it four from four so far this week with a primary share win each night of the week.

Wednesday was its smallest winning margin, however, with Seven on 23.2% and Nine narrowly behind on 22.9%.

Home and Away managed to stay above 700,000 with its public holiday episode.

Just two days after their tormenters Sonya and Hadil were told not to return to My Kitchen Rules, Jess and Emma have been eliminated with the lowest score after being defeated by cooking comrades Olga and Valeria. Russian classics helped them win and take second place on the leader board after the judges awarded them three scores of 10 – two from Pete and one from Manu. The six remaining teams will now compete in Kitchen HQ for the first time this season. MKR is heading for a grand final on Sunday May 6 if TEN’s decision to launch MasterChef Australia the next day is any guide.

Episode two of Back With The Ex then dropped to 332,000 after launching last week with 449,000.

Nine

Nine has enjoyed its most competitive and highest primary channel share of the week so far. Nine also managed a combined channel share win on Wednesday with a network share of 33.1% thanks to GO! contributing with the biggest multichannel share of 4.6% with a Young Sheldon marathon.

A Current Affair did 824,000 with an episode that featured hoons on motorbikes terrorising residents, followed by Anzac Day coverage.

The Voice Wednesday did 955,000 for the fourth Blind Auditions episode this week.

The special on last week’s Queen’s Birthday Party then did 437,000.

TEN

Prince’s younger sister Tyka Nelson was a guest on The Project as she visits Australia, with 469,000 watching after 7pm.

A Bondi Rescue double followed with a new episode on 268,000 and then the repeat doing 261,000.

The Graham Norton Show later did 232,000 followed by This Is Us on 122,000.

ABC

Specialists on WWE and The Goonies featured on the final Hard Quiz with an audience of 567,000.

Mad As Hell did 534,000 for its final episode.

The final Sando then did 231,000.

A refreshed midweek lineup launches next week with Home Delivery, Gruen and then The Weekly back-to-back from 8pm. The schedule will see ABC hosts Charlie Pickering and Tom Ballard going head-to-head.

SBS

A new episode of Great Continental Railway Journeys did 269,000 with Michael Portillo and his “Bradshaw’s” travelling across Ukraine from Kiev to Odessa.

A repeat of Why Are We Getting So Fat? then did 214,000.

Week 17 TV: Wednesday
WEDNESDAY METRO
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.5% 7 23.2% 9 22.9% TEN 7.9% SBS One 5.1%
ABC 2 2.4% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 4.6% ONE 2.9% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.9% GEM 3.2% ELEVEN 2.0% Food Net 0.9%
ABC News 1.2% 7flix 2.3% 9Life 2.4% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 14.6% 32.2% 33.1% 12.7% 7.3%
WEDNESDAY REGIONAL
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 9.2% 7 21.8% 9 19.7% WIN 7.6% SBS One 4.4%
ABC 2 2.8% 7TWO 5.9% GO! 6.0% ONE 2.6% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 1.2% 7mate 3.4% GEM 5.7% ELEVEN 2.7% Food Net 0.7%
NEWS 24 1.4% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 2.0% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 14.6% 32.7% 33.4% 12.9% 6.4%
WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV
FTA STV
82.9% 17.1%
Wednesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,322,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,155,000
  3. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1,148,000
  4. Nine News Nine 979,000
  5. The Voice Nine 955,000
  6. Nine News 6:30 Nine 948,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 824,000
  8. ABC News ABC 727,000
  9. Home And Away Seven 714,000
  10. Seven’s AFL: ANZAC Day Football Seven 686,000
  11. Hard Quiz ABC 567,000
  12. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell ABC 534,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 498,000
  14. ANZAC Day March-AM ABC 491,000
  15. The Project 7pm Ten 469,000
  16. The Chase Australia Seven 451,000
  17. The Queen’s Birthday Party Nine 437,000
  18. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 426,000
  19. ANZAC Day: Gallipoli Dawn Service-PM ABC 368,000
  20. ANZAC Day NRL Live Nine 342,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 249,000
  2. Seven News Seven 210,000
  3. Seven’s AFL: ANZAC Day Football Seven 180,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 161,000
  5. The Voice Nine 160,000

 

18-49 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 407,000
  2. Seven News Seven 356,000
  3. The Voice Nine 324,000
  4. Nine News Nine 292,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 291,000

 

25-54 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 480,000
  2. Seven News Seven 447,000
  3. The Voice Nine 378,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 367,000
  5. Nine News Nine 362,000
Wednesday Multichannel
  1. Young Sheldon TX3 9GO! 221,000
  2. Thomas And Friends-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 202,000
  3. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 196,000
  4. Dinosaur Train-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 186,000
  5. Young Sheldon TX4 9GO! 186,000
  6. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 181,000
  7. Olobob Top-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 179,000
  8. Young Sheldon TX1 9GO! 174,000
  9. Young Sheldon 9GO! 171,000
  10. Play School-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 169,000
  11. Young Sheldon TX2 9GO! 168,000
  12. Sesame Street-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  13. Young Sheldon TX5 9GO! 158,000
  14. PJ Masks-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  15. Fireman Sam-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  16. A Touch Of Frost-PM 7TWO 155,000
  17. The Hive-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  18. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  19. Andy’s Baby Animals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  20. The Justine Clarke Show! ABCKIDS/COMEDY 146,000
Wednesday Subscription TV
  1. Live: AFL Collingwood V Essendon FOX FOOTY 321,000
  2. Live: NRL Storm V Warriors FOX LEAGUE 280,000
  3. Live: NRL Dragons V Roosters FOX LEAGUE 254,000
  4. Live: ANZAC Day On Fox League FOX LEAGUE 184,000
  5. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 147,000
  6. Live: ANZAC Day Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 126,000
  7. Live: ANZAC Day Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 105,000
  8. Live: ANZAC Day On Fox League FOX LEAGUE 97,000
  9. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 86,000
  10. Kokoda FOX LEAGUE 59,000
  11. Grand Designs Australia LifeStyle Channel 58,000
  12. Live: NBA Playoffs ESPN 54,000
  13. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 47,000
  14. The Flash FOX8 46,000
  15. Bones TVH!TS 44,000
  16. Kokoda FOX LEAGUE 44,000
  17. NCIS TVH!TS 43,000
  18. Family Guy FOX8 42,000
  19. Shetland BBC First 41,000
  20. In Depth With: Russell Westbrook ESPN 41,000

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Comcast bids for Sky Broadcasting, improving on the offer from Fox

Comcast Corporation has made a superior cash proposal to acquire Sky.

Sky is a leading consumer entertainment company in Europe, providing entertainment and communications services primarily in the UK, Germany and Italy.

Comcast’s announcement of a superior cash proposal of £12.50 per share represents a 16% increase in value over the existing 21st Century Fox offer for Sky. Comcast’s superior cash proposal implies an equity value of $31bn (£22bn) for Sky.

Comcast said the bid would bring attractive financial benefits to Comcast shareholders, and is expected to be accretive to Comcast’s free cash flow per share in year one.

“We think Sky is an outstanding company. It has 23 million customers and leading positions in the UK, Italy, and Germany. Sky has been a consistent innovator in its use of technology to deliver a fantastic viewing experience and has a proud record of investment in news and programming. It has great people and a very strong and capable management team,” said Brian L Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.

Roberts added, “Comcast intends to use Sky as a platform for growth in Europe. We already have a strong presence in London through our NBCUniversal international operations, and we intend to maintain Sky’s UK headquarters. Adding Sky to the Comcast family of businesses will increase our international revenues from 9% to 25% of Company revenues.”

Twitter reports another quarter of growth with revenue and users up

When Twitter posted its first quarterly profit a few months ago, many wondered if the result was a one-off or a repeatable feat, reports The New York Times.

The social media company answered on Wednesday with its latest quarterly earnings that showed it was still on an upswing.

For the first quarter, Twitter reported a profit of $61 million and said revenue rose 21% to $665 million. User numbers rose slightly to 336 million per month.

The results surpassed the expectations of financial analysts, and show that even as regulators worldwide turn a more sceptical eye toward social media companies like Twitter and Facebook over privacy concerns and for not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation and hate speech, their core advertising-driven businesses are in good shape.

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Viacom reports better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings

Viacom on Wednesday reported better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings as its film unit returned to a quarterly profit, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Revenue also beat estimates in the company’s latest financial report that Wall Street will dissect for signs of how the turnaround strategy – unveiled more than a year ago by CEO Bob Bakish and focused on six flagship brands – is playing out.

As expected, Bakish and other Viacom execs declined to take questions on the CBS merger talks from analysts during a morning conference call. Instead, they talked up Viacom’s turnaround strategy and its apparent success.

On the TV side, the Viacom head touted the media giant’s prospects at the upcoming Upfronts. “Supply will be tight, very tight. That, combined with the fact we’re seeing very strong scatter pricing, suggests the Upfronts will be strong, particularly as related to pricing,” Bakish said.

Viacom’s media networks unit, as expected, again posted a US advertising revenue decline, of 3%, but worldwide ad revenue was unchanged from the year-ago period, as was distribution revenue. Ratings at the company have been impacted by a decline in overall pay TV subscribers, but MTV and BET continued to grow their ratings in the latest quarter.

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Lawyer accused of stealing from WIN Corp lost money on sports betting

A junior lawyer, who allegedly stole more than $10 million from media mogul Bruce Gordon, lost most of the money on sports betting, reports The AFR’s Misa Han.

Brody Clarke is facing a civil claim from Gordon’s companies Birketu and WIN, which claim he stole $10.9 million while working as a lawyer at high-profile law firm Atanaskovic Hartnell Lawyers.

It is alleged Clarke fraudulently instructed Deutsche Bank to set up a $7 million loan facility with Birketu and transfer the money into his personal Westpac bank account.

On Tuesday, Justice Peter Garling of the NSW Supreme Court issued a temporary order asking Westpac and Sportsbet to transfer the money that is left over in Clarke’s accounts to the court, to be distributed according to future court orders.

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News Brands

The Daily Telegraph goes retro with its Anzac Day front page

The Daily Telegraph went retro with its Anzac Day front page to show readers how the news would have looked a century ago.

The black and white page one featured something like 13 separate stories with the three lead items covering Government green banks, the Anzac Day parade and the departure of the Duchess of Cambridge from hospital with her new son.

The designers managed to fit eight different photos onto the page plus an ad and an index for the regular Daily Telegraph sections.

Television

Network Ten reveals 10th season of MasterChef Australia start date

Network Ten has revealed the 10th season of MasterChef Australia will premiere on Monday May 7 at 7.30pm.

MasterChef 2018 judges: Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston

After searching the far corners of the country for Australia’s best amateur cooks, the brave, confident and fearless will stand together, facing a massive judges audition process, which will leave only the very best 24 home cooks standing.

MasterChef Australia judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris are back in the kitchen, encouraging and challenging the contestants to cook smarter, extend their creativity and overcome obstacles in ways they never dreamt possible.

Vue de Monde’s Shannon Bennett reprises his role as mentor for the immunity challenges, confident he can give away more immunity pins than ever before.

MasterChef Australia is promising a season full of surprises as it boasts some of Australia’s and the world’s best chefs including Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone, Adriano Zumbo and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson.

For the first time, internationally renowned Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay will enter the kitchen, keen to keep the top 24 contestants on their toes.

Angela Bishop and Denise Scott tipped to join Network Ten’s Studio 10

Network Ten entertainment editor Angela Bishop and comedian Denise Scott are the top contenders to join the Studio 10 hosting panel after the departure of Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe, reports The Australian’s Dana McCauley.

The pair are believed to be the frontrunners to join Sarah Harris, Denise Drysdale and Joe Hildebrand on the show, which farewelled Buttrose on Wednesday.

Ten has had plenty of time to select the new recruits, with Buttrose confirming she gave notice more than seven weeks ago, before former co-host Jessica Rowe quit for “family reasons”.

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Fairfax Media’s Karl Quinn on Studio 10:

With Ten now under the ownership of the American network CBS, it would be easy to imagine a scenario in which Studio 10 is axed to make way for more of the cheap American content, by which it is already surrounded. But that is unlikely to happen, at least so long as the Australian government maintains its local content requirements (under which 55% of a network’s main channel offerings broadcast between 6am and midnight must be Australian). Change of some sort is quite possibly coming, but it’s unlikely to be in that area.

It’s Australian, and cheap, and it probably just got a whole lot cheaper.

All of which suggests that whatever its current problems, chances are it will be here for a good while yet.

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Provocative Chris Lilley to fire up controversy on new TV comedy series

Chris Lilley is sure to fire up plenty of controversy when he launches his new TV comedy series currently shooting in Murwillumbah in northern NSW, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

A Confidential operative sent in a snap from production that showed a local furniture store rebranded with the store name of “MyDick”.

The new 10-part series is Lilley’s first TV project since 2014’s Jonah from Tonga, which was widely criticised for its patronising portrayal of Tongan culture and his use of brownface to play the character.

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Radio

Jackie O gets a new co-host – who stepped up to replace Kyle Sandilands?

KIIS 106.5 breakfast newsreader Brooklyn Ross stepped up to co-host Sydney’s #1 FM breakfast show this morning.

Brooklyn Ross with Kyle and Jackie O

Kyle Sandilands was away on the first day after recording the best-ever Kyle and Jackie O ratings result.

The breakfast show usually organises Beau Ryan to co-host with Jackie Henderson when Sandilands is away, but Ryan now has his own breakfast show, co-hosting the new Macquarie Sport Radio breakfast with John Stanley.

“We miss Beau,” said Jackie this morning.

The K&J show executive producer Bruno Bouchet joined Jackie and Brooklyn on-air from 6.30am after his short early-morning segment reviewing the hottest stories of the day.

Sports Media

The CEO of AEG Ogden reveals deal that secured Andrew Bogut for Kings

The man who has lured global acts Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and Metallica to Sydney has revealed the perfect sales pitch that secured Andrew Bogut’s prized signature at the Kings, reports News Corp’s Matt Logue.

Harvey Lister, chairman and chief executive AEG Ogden, which owns the Kings, is a 44-year veteran of the entertainment, sport and live theatre industries.

Lister revealed Bogut’s Sydney deal includes the prospect of being involved in a host of business opportunities through AEG Ogden’s holding company called Sydney Arena Sports Investments.

These post-basketball ventures could include ownership of other sporting franchises, hosting or owning eSports video game competitions or teams.

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