Thursday August 2, 2018

Mediaweek TV

Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson today gives his first TV interview since the CBS takeover last year. Tune in to Mediaweek TV at 2.30pm on Sky News Business (Foxtel 601).

After CBS took control of Network Ten last year, some expected big changes to the Australian TV business. While that didn’t happen, the business has been on the move this year with a raft of new content on air or about to appear. The business also revealed this week plans to take back control of its advertising sales which had been handled by MCN (see below).

Why Network Ten’s Paul Anderson and Rod Prosser will build a bigger sales team

In announcing that Network Ten would be taking its sales team back in-house, Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson admitted to Mediaweek the broadcaster had gone full circle in the past three years.

By James Manning

When we went into that agreement with MCN it was a different world and was the right thing at the time. Our revenues increased and we had a fruitful relationship with MCN.

“Things have changed now and we have different ownership. The ad world is changing too. CBS has a preference for us to run our own race and control our own destiny with revenue and the accountability that comes with that.”

The man charged with building the new sales team is Ten’s Rod Prosser, who assumes the new title of chief sales officer. His new team will start selling for the TV year 2019. “The handover date is January 21,” Prosser told Mediaweek.

“We have a robust disengagement plan that we have in place with MCN and we will continue working with them closely until the end of the year.”

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Network Ten and MCN confirm Ten taking sales back in house

Network Ten has announced the re-establishment of an advertising sales department, headed by Rod Prosser in the role of chief sales officer.

Prosser, currently Network Ten’s executive general manager, revenue and client partnerships, will report to Network Ten chief executive officer Paul Anderson.

Meanwhile MCN chief executive Mark Frain confirmed to staff shortly before Ten went public that Network Ten will no longer be represented by MCN alongside the Foxtel assets.

Anderson said: “Today is a significant day in Network Ten’s history, as we continue to build and invest in our business.

“Under new ownership, we are making a strategic shift in sales to more closely align with CBS across all platforms. Our priority is to monetise our premium video content to accommodate changing viewing habits and provide measurable and transparent value for our clients. Controlling the selling function in-house is the best way to achieve that.

“CBS has solutions, experience and systems in many key sales areas, including data, addressable advertising and dynamic trading. Ten’s new sales platform will fully leverage the expertise of CBS.

“MCN has been a valuable and important partner to Network Ten over the past three years. Together we have achieved some great results and introduced many industry-leading initiatives. I would like to thank everyone at MCN for their contribution to our business,” he said.

“As we’ve said since the announcement of the acquisition, we see many ways for CBS and TEN to work together to help grow their business,” said Armando Nuñez, president and chief executive officer, CBS Studios International. “We look forward to integrating infrastructure, technology and other CBS resources to enhance TEN’s new sales operation and bring value to Australian advertisers and brands.”

The Network Ten sales department will include a new digital unit, TEN Interactive, which will be underpinned by CBS Interactive’s global technology platform, as well as a new commercial, strategy and integration team focused on delivering premium ideas, sponsorships and integration opportunities across the company’s suite of brands.

Network Ten will also launch a new automated trading platform, TEN Exchange.

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Trevor Long’s EFTM fast-tracking growth with equity for contributors

The multiplatform digital content provider EFTM (Everything For The Man – has announced a business restructure that will see long-term contributors Geoff Quattromani and Chris Bowen join Trevor Long in co-ownership of the business.

Founder Trevor Long said the move is part of a bigger drive for the brand that will see it significantly increase its content, broaden its reach and further grow the EFTM brand moving forward.

Originally established in 2011 by technology commentator Long with Damian Francis and Nick Broughall, EFTM’s vision was to create a fun, informative site for all things relating to the modern regular Australian man, free of pretension. Since then the site has been largely driven by Long.

For Bowen and Quattromani, the move comes after several years of work as voluntary contributors, with Long explaining the move into ownership is not just a reward for their dedication, but an important foundation for the next phase of growth in the men’s lifestyle space.

Chris Bowen will subsequently move into a full-time role from next month as the publication’s inaugural motoring editor in addition to contributing to other areas of the site. Quattromani will continue in his role as lifestyle editor.

“This is a very exciting time for EFTM, what we can do with the site and more broadly look at opportunities to grow the brand,” said Long.

“The response from corporate partners has been so fantastic that we have been able to bring in two key editors and deliver them ownership in the business. As life for contributors remains ever challenging in the broader media landscape, it’s certainly a good feeling to know that key members of the team who have been passionately working to grow the site for several years now are able to call it their own,” said editor-in-chief Long.

Chris Bowen has worked in the media for over 20 years, primarily in radio as a studio producer and executive producer, as well as a recent stint at News Corp working on audio projects there. His passion for motoring is lifelong, getting a taste for reviewing them when he and Long started video reviews of cars in 2008.

“Writing about cars has been a passion of mine for a decade now, so I’m delighted to be able to commit myself full-time to EFTM and take the site to the heights we know it can get to. The appetite for new motoring reviews and videos is voracious and I am confident that we can deliver this information to our readers better than anyone in the country,” said Bowen.

In addition to EFTM, Long continues to grow his media profile and brand ambassador work. He contributes tech news and product reviews to over 50 radio stations across Australia each week including talkback segments in Brisbane and Perth.

Long will also continues his regular appearances as Nine’s Today show tech expert with his consumer technology roundups, news and viewer engagement as well as continuing to provide commentary to A Current Affair, something he’s been doing for over eight years.

Long also works as a corporate speaker, where he delivers a keynote around key technology trends that will affect both business and life more broadly.

The team’s long-term videographer Rob Locke has also taken an ownership stake in the business to recognise the valuable contribution video has made, while Broughall and Francis retain part ownership as co-founders.

Top photo: The AFTM team on the road [L-R] – Chris Bowen, Trevor Long and Geoff Quattromani

EP Andy Ruzgar on Adelaide’s #1 Fiveaa breakfast show

Content is king and commercial success is queen for any show on a commercial radio station. Therefore, it comes with very little surprise that the latter has become a big part of an executive producer’s role.

By Kruti Joshi

“Something has to pay the bills and our wages,” Fiveaa breakfast EP Andy Ruzgar told Mediaweek. “There is a big agency part of it, but we also approach a lot of clients directly – more than a station like Nova would.

“Our competitor, ABC, gets its budget from the government, but we have to make our own money.”

Fiveaa is the only commercial talkback station in Adelaide. According to Ruzgar, the brand has a heritage value for the radio listeners in the South Australian capital.

Ruzgar started his career in the media industry as an intern at Fiveaa, working with Leon Byner, who now presents mornings on the station. Ruzgar’s career has seen him working with Ray Hadley and Kyle and Jackie O in Sydney. “That show is freer than other FM shows,” he remarked. “I like how they take calls on air and can be unpredictable.”

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The Block signs Amazon, Suncorp, A2 Milk, Canstar and Clipsal for S14

Nine has announced a range of client partnerships for the next instalment of The Block.

Season 14 of The Block will again see five teams of renovators, aka The Blockheads, face off as they renovate St Kilda’s historic Gatwick Hotel.

The Block is the foremost Australian case study in the power of well-executed, cross-platform content integration. It is a consistent performer and always delivers real and tangible results for our clients,” said Lizzie Young, Nine’s group content strategy director.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Amazon, Suncorp, A2 Milk, Canstar and Clipsal as new partners and to see others such as Mitre 10, Domain, McCafé, Youfoodz, Volkswagen and Bluescope Steel returning because of what The Block achieves for them. The true power of The Block is that it delivers across a range of business metrics, from awareness and consideration through to sales conversion.”

SEE ALSO: How the new season of The Block shocked even the show’s creators

Scott Cam

Season 14 will include seven client partners returning, with highlights for this season:

• Mitre 10, The Block’s longest serving partner, is back for its 11th season. Along with its ambassador Scott Cam, Mitre 10 will be providing “Mighty Helpful” service and advice to contestants every step of the way.

• Domain returns as a major partner for the fourth time and will be showcased throughout the season as the experts in property. Alice Stolz will continue to make her weekly visits, imparting her invaluable guidance and professional considerations.

• McCafé, The Block’s official coffee partner, is back with an even larger pop-up café across the road from the construction site in St Kilda. The café will be serving contestants and crew delicious, barista-made coffee. Site foreman Dan Reilly will again be the McCafé ambassador, and along with in-show integration the partnership will be supported by TV commercials featuring him.

• Volkswagen returns as the official automotive partner, with a portfolio of vehicles that will be showcased across the series, as well as offering the chance to win the first Tiguan Allspace in Australia.

• Youfoodz will again be fuelling The Block contestants with its fresh, chef-prepared meals every week. It will also be running a consumer promotion to give away a lifetime supply of Youfoodz.

• Bluescope Steel, back with a partnership for this series, helps to shape the build of The Block with its products Colorbond and Truecore. It will also be engaging audiences at home with weekly viewer’s choice voting and promotion.

Shelley Craft

The Block also has six new major partners with highlights of these integrations, including:

• Amazon joins for its first Block series, showcasing Echo and Alexa – the brain behind Echo voice-controlled speakers realising the functionality of a voice-controlled home. The relationship between Echo, Alexa, and The Block will also be promoted in commercials featuring Block talent.

• Suncorp joins The Block family, helping bring The Block Shop to St Kilda, and supporting the contestants with the difficult task of budgeting. It is aligning with design expert and Block judge Shaynna Blaze to help viewers spend better and style better through dedicated 9Now content, and a Home Hacks series addressing Australia’s most searched styling tips.

• The a2 Milk Company will be providing The Blockheads with regular deliveries of natural, fresh a2 Milk™ and other fresh goodies, inspiring them to “Believe in better” along the competition journey.

• Canstar joins the show with a partnership with host Shelley Craft, creating bespoke TVCs.

• Clipsal by Schneider Electric joins The Block with a showcase of smart-home solutions and electrical accessories to create connected, comfortable and stylish homes.

• Blueprint Homes has taken a local sponsorship in WA, providing it with a unique opportunity to build a close association with Australia’s most popular renovation show.

In addition, The Block will have a number of major suppliers involved in the new season including Reece, Kennard’s Hire, Freedom Furniture, Freedom Kitchens, Carpet Court, Beacon Lighting, Beaumont Tiles, Samsung, Forty Winks, Kinsman, Steel Blue Boots and Apple.

The Block returns to Channel Nine and 9Now this Sunday August 5 at 7pm.

Top photo: The Block judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer

Dee McTaggart appointed new general manager at Radio Sales Network

The Radio Sales Network (TRSN) Sydney office will have a change of leadership with Leanne Wotherspoon (pictured), currently the Sydney general manager, announcing her intention to leave the company to pursue her passion for interior design.

Taking over the Sydney general manager role is Dee McTaggart who has been promoted from senior account manger.

Grant Broadcasters’ incoming CEO Alison Cameron thanked Wotherspoon for her leadership. “Leanne has done an incredible job for TRSN in Sydney over the past six years, not only delivering strong revenue growth but she has brought together a really strong and talented national sales team. Testimony to this is the easy decision to promote Dee to the general manger position as part of our succession plan.”

“I’m really excited about taking on the challenge of running the Sydney team and continuing on the good results that we have achieved over the last couple of years,” said McTaggart.

McTaggart has been with TRSN for the past 11 years having previously held a number of senior sales positions at various Sydney metropolitan radio stations.

While the appointment is effective immediately, Wotherspoon will continue to work with McTaggart and the Sydney team until the end of August to ensure a smooth changeover.

TRSN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grant Broadcasters and represents 120 regional radio stations across 68 markets making it the largest regional radio network in Australia.

BuzzFeed Australia appoints Andrea Ingham new business leader

BuzzFeed Australia has appointed Andrea Ingham as its first vice president of business partnerships.

Ingham will oversee brand partnerships and lead advertising solutions for BuzzFeed’s entire portfolio, including BuzzFeed Originals, BuzzFeed News and media brands such as Tasty, As/Is, Bring Me!, Goodful and Nifty across Australia and New Zealand.

She will spearhead new brand partnerships and advertising products, and support BuzzFeed’s expansion into the licensing and consumer products space nationally. Ingham will report into Matt Drinkwater, SVP international brand strategy in the US.

Ingham comes to BuzzFeed from Spotify, where she was head of sales for Australia & New Zealand. Having previously held roles at Southern Cross Austereo, Nine Network Australia and Nova Entertainment, she brings more than 20 years of experience developing strategic partnerships on behalf of media companies with brands and agencies alike.

Ingham said: “I’m thrilled to join the BuzzFeed Australia team, particularly at such an exciting moment, as the company pushes beyond the digital advertising space into new lines of business. Brands want to connect with the “always on” consumer via content that resonates, and BuzzFeed delivers that in spades.”

“Andrea brings a wealth of sales and management experience and a breadth of knowledge from across the media landscape that will take BuzzFeed’s business to the next level in Australia. We have no doubt, with Andrea at the helm, BuzzFeed Australia will develop and grow new brand partnerships, and continue to shape the future of advertising in the local media landscape,” said Matt Drinkwater, SVP international brand strategy, BuzzFeed.

Ingham will join BuzzFeed’s Sydney-based team at the beginning of October.

Inside Doctor Doctor season three with star Rodger Corser

Australian actor Rodger Corser has been a part of some of the biggest local projects in the last two decades.

By Kruti Joshi

With shows like McLeod’s Daughters, Home and Away, Underbelly, Puberty Blues, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Glitch and The Doctor Blake Mysteries to his credit, Corser has established himself among the leading actors in the local industry.

His latest starring role, in Nine’s Doctor Doctor, will be coming back for a third season on August 6. The show is filmed in Sydney as well as in the regional NSW towns Cobbitty and Mudgee. Doctor Doctor gives Corser a happy mix of comedy, drama and action in the form of medical emergencies. “It’s a good challenge,” he told Mediaweek.

When the first season of the Nine show hit the screens in 2016, Corser and the team behind the series weren’t sure if it would come back for more seasons.

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Bauer Media launches TV Week spinoff monthly – TV Week Close Up

Australia’s No. 1 TV magazine, TV Week, is launching into the monthly market with a new title, TV Week Close Up.

The inaugural TV Week Close Up issue goes on sale Thursday August 2, and features exclusive coverage of the latest happenings in Australian television, interviews with its stars and industry power brokers, and behind-the-scenes access to our most-watched shows.


In the launch issue, TV Week Close Up features an in-depth interview with TV golden girl Jessica Marais, with the Logie-winning actress opening up about the challenges of always being in the spotlight, her fears for the future and the joy of being a mum.

There is also a special report on the future of Australian TV drama, a farewell to the acclaimed period drama A Place To Call Home, and exclusive interviews with Hamish and Andy, Jonathan LaPaglia, Julia Morris and Sam Frost.

Editor Thomas Woodgate said TV Week Close Up aims to leverage TV Week’s special relationship with the television industry, “TV Week has earned the trust of our best talent over many years, and we have unrivalled access to Australian stars and shows. It’s this access that we want to be able to share every month. We want to provide more of what we know readers love, which is in-depth chats, photo shoots with the stars, exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at favourite shows, and nostalgic trips down TV memory lane.”

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Macquarie Sports Radio signs former Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann, one of the biggest characters in Australian cricket, is joining Macquarie Radio’s summer of cricket coverage.

The announcement comes in a week where the new radio brand also introduced a new Sydney and Brisbane breakfast show with Mark Levy and Mark “Piggy” Riddell replacing John Stanley and Beau Ryan.

For the cricket coverage, Lehmann will join an established team featuring well-respected cricket commentators as part of Macquarie Media’s new six-year agreement with Cricket Australia.

Macquarie Media will feature coverage of every ball bowled of all the Domain Test Series, Gillette One Day and T20 Internationals, the KFC Big Bash League and the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series on the new Macquarie Sports Radio network.

Launched in April 2018, Macquarie Sports Radio airs across Sydney 954 AM, Melbourne 1278 AM, Brisbane 882 AM, Perth on DAB+, online at and via mobile app.

The network is promising the most extensive coverage on radio with cricket set to play an important role in the evolution of Macquarie Sports Radio as a place for sports fans right across the country.

Darren Lehmann said: “I’m excited to be joining Macquarie Radio’s Summer of Cricket and can’t wait to get started. It’s a great team and we’re going to have a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity for me to share an insight into how the Australian team runs and the intricacies of each player. I love the game I played and coached and want to see it continue to grow. I love the players – always have and always will. Go Aussies!”

Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang said: “I am pleased to welcome Darren Lehmann to our team. Not only is he a true Australian character, he has a unique perspective as both a former player and coach, and will now be able to share his expertise with listeners on our new network, Macquarie Sports Radio. Our commentary team has become established as one of the favourite destinations for cricket fans across all formats of the game. Our audiences love the passion, enthusiasm, insight and professionalism that Macquarie Radio’s Summer of Cricket team brings and we look forward to growing that further across the next six years.”

TV Ratings Analysis: Wednesday August 1

• Seven’s midweek combo with Highway Patrol a winner
• TEN’s Australian Survivor wins timeslot on debut, up YOY

By James Manning


The channel has bounced from a year low and third place to be a midweek winner.

Home and Away, after starting the week above and then below 700,000, had a Wednesday audience of 665,000.

Two episodes of Highway Patrol then did 582,000 and 657,000.

The launch of 9-1-1 then did 557,000.


A Current Affair dropped just below 800,000 for the first time this week.

Nine then went with three hours of BGT – Britain’s Got Talent at 7.30pm, which did 497,000 followed by Britain’s Got More Talent at 9.30pm with 316,000.


At 6pm Pointless did 311,000 followed by The Project with 309,000 and then 506,000 after 7pm.

The launch episode of Survivor introduced all the teams to what always won’t feel like a tropical paradise. It was game on during the first challenge with both teams winning different legs as the contestants got a good workout. For an agitated Matt, his first night in Savusavu would prove to be his last when the Contender tribe made its vote at tribal council after Matt just couldn’t help himself, shooting off at the mouth. The launch episode did 716,000, which was a timeslot and demo winner, the #1 non-news show of the night, and was also up 12% on the launch episode last year.


Football star Adam Goodes was the subject on Anh’s Brush With Fame with an audience of 671,000.

Adam Goodes on Anh’s Brush With Fame

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering then did 573,000 with Virginia Trioli the guest on Hard Chat.

You Can’t Ask That did 406,000, Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 295,000 and Tonightly on the primary channel did 141,000.


The second episode of the Dead Lucky drama did 173,000 after launching with 232,000 a week ago.

The launch episode of Food Safari Water did 172,000.

Elsewhere, Great British Railway Journeys did 241,000 and Simon Reeve In Burma was on 211,000.

Week 31 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 12.9% 7 19.4% 9 17.8% TEN 14.3% SBS One 5.0%
ABC 2 2.6% 7TWO 3.5% GO! 3.5% ONE 3.7% VICELAND 1.9%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.5% GEM 1.9% ELEVEN 2.0% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 2.1% 9Life 2.6% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 17.7% 28.6% 25.7% 19.9% 8.1%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.1% 7 22.3% 9 15.0% WIN 10.0% SBS One 4.3%
ABC 2 3.5% 7TWO 5.8% GO! 4.6% ONE 3.9% VICELAND 2.0%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 4.0% GEM 3.3% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.8% 7flix 1.9% 9Life 2.2% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 17.3% 34.0% 25.1% 16.2% 7.6%


85.4% 14.6%


  1. Nine News Nine 979,000
  2. Seven News Seven 970,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 936,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 930,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 776,000
  6. Australian Survivor – Launch Ten 716,000
  7. ABC News ABC 704,000
  8. Anh’s Brush With Fame ABC 671,000
  9. Home And Away Seven 665,000
  10. Highway Patrol E2 Seven 657,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 615,000
  12. Highway Patrol Seven 582,000
  13. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering ABC 573,000
  14. 7.30 ABC 565,000
  15. 9-1-1 Seven 557,000
  16. Hot Seat Nine 532,000
  17. The Project 7pm Ten 506,000
  18. Britain’s Got Talent Nine 497,000
  19. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 422,000
  20. You Can’t Ask That ABC 406,000

16-39 Top 5

  1. Australian Survivor – Launch Ten 243,000
  2. Home And Away Seven 146,000
  3. Highway Patrol E2 Seven 144,000
  4. Nine News Nine 136,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 133,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. Australian Survivor – Launch Ten 396,000
  2. Highway Patrol E2 Seven 249,000
  3. Nine News Nine 248,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 246,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 233,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. Australian Survivor – Launch Ten 412,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 303,000
  3. Nine News Nine 297,000
  4. Highway Patrol E2 Seven 270,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 259,000
  1. The Big Bang Theory Tx1 (R) 9GO! 196,000
  2. The Big Bang Theory Tx2 9GO! 182,000
  3. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  4. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  5. The Big Bang Theory Tx3 9GO! 146,000
  6. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  7. Hey Duggee-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  8. Pj Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  9. Go Jetters-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  10. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  11. NCIS: Los Angeles E2 (R) ONE 135,000
  12. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  13. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  14. Dot.-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  15. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  16. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  17. The Simpsons E4-PM 7mate 126,000
  18. Walker, Texas Ranger (R) ONE 125,000
  19. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) ONE 124,000
  20. Wanda And The Alien-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  1. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 88,000
  2. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 67,000
  3. Live: National Rugby League Hall Of Fame FOX LEAGUE 65,000
  4. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 60,000
  5. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 58,000
  6. Live: League Life FOX LEAGUE 51,000
  7. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 49,000
  8. Wentworth showcase 45,000
  9. Credlin SKY NEWS LIVE 44,000
  10. NCIS TVH!TS 42,000
  11. Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel 41,000
  12. NCIS: Los Angeles TVH!TS 39,000
  13. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 37,000
  14. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 36,000
  15. Richo SKY NEWS LIVE 36,000
  16. Nella The Princess Knight Nick Jr. 35,000
  17. Nella The Princess Knight Nick Jr. 33,000
  18. George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces LifeStyle Channnel 33,000
  19. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 33,000
  20. Family Guy FOX8 33,000

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Omnicom’s PHD appoints Dentsu executive James Hawkins as APAC CEO

Omnicom global media network PHD has appointed James Hawkins as CEO of its Asia Pacific operations.

James Hawkins

Hawkins joins PHD from dentsu X, where he was managing director, APAC.

In the new role, Hawkins will report to Tony Harradine, CEO of Omnicom Media Group Asia Pacific, and Mike Cooper, CEO of PHD Worldwide. The appointment is effective October 2018.

The PHD network first established its APAC operations in 2007.

Tony Harradine said: “Over the years, PHD has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in APAC and shows no signs of slowing down, bringing home the global HSBC account just last month. Given the unique growth opportunities presented to us, we have taken our time to identify the best candidate to take the helm in APAC, one who can harness its energy and continue building an agency of the future. As such, we are thrilled to have James join the team and play an instrumental role in continuing PHD’s incredible success story in the region.”

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Guardian reveals new ABC Life content will provoke critics of ABC strategy

The ABC is poised to launch a new service that is likely to surprise its loyal audience and provoke its competitors and critics. It’s not a hard-hitting new investigative series or radio feature, but a dive into lifestyle journalism, reports Guardian Australia’s Amanda Meade.

ABC Life will cover topics not traditionally covered online by the ABC in a comprehensive way, including work and career, sex and relationships, fashion and personal grooming, travel and adventure, food and cooking, home and family, and pets. As well there will be new digital treatment of health, wellbeing and fitness, personal finance, consumer rights and gardening.

There’s a big team of 25 dedicated reporters, graphic designers, video producers, editors and social media producers. At least 18 of them were specifically hired for the site, and the jobs ads didn’t go unnoticed by some of the seasoned journalists, producers and camera operators who have been retrenched.

The ABC’s chief finance and strategy officer, Louise Higgins, rejects criticism of ABC Life as “light and fluffy” and likens it to what is already available on ABC local radio.

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Ryan Stokes tells media deals were not a priority for Seven shareholders

Seven Group Holdings chief executive Ryan Stokes said media deals were not a priority for his shareholders, in his first public comments on rival broadcaster Nine’s $3.86 billion merger with Fairfax Media, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.

Days after new figures revealed the advertising market for television has rebounded, Stokes said Seven Group-controlled Seven West Media could prosper without pursuing M&A transactions, and that he would only consider deals with a strong growth rationale that made strategic sense.

“We’ve got a strong business and we will continue to build on that. The notion of consolidation makes sense where you can leverage that scale to create value,” Stokes told The Australian yesterday. “That’s where I think there are potential opportunities, but there’s certainly no necessity out there to do a deal in response to Fairfax and Nine.”

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Report that Nine Entertainment wants to acquire Singo’s 2GB/3AW stake

Nine Entertainment is believed to have made overtures in recent days to veteran adman John Singleton towards buying the minority interests from the rich-lister and his associates in the Fairfax-controlled radio talkback business Macquarie Media, reports The Australian’s Margin Call column.

That early re-engagement from Nine with Macquarie minorities after the Fairfax deal was announced was made from Marks to Singo’s CEO and rep on the Macquarie board, Monique Anderson.

Should Nine succeed in merging with Fairfax, a deal to mop up the Macquarie minorities would give Marks ownership of the $300 million powerful radio group outright.

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Robert Gottliebsen on the list of players who could also bid for Fairfax

Now that the board of Fairfax has agreed to sell and allow the Fairfax name to be eliminated, the media conglomerate is in play. Private equity groups around the land plus other interested parties are now looking intensely at the Fairfax assets to determine whether a breakup can yield a bid that beats Nine Network, reports The Australian’s Robert Gottliebsen.

They need to come up with a cash offer that is significantly above Nine’s share exchange bid. Among those who will be examining their strategies are John Singleton plus his longtime adviser Mark Carnegie, Gina Rinehart, former Domain boss Antony Catalano and Fairfax Media shareholder Alex Waislitz, who has declared the Nine offer too low. Private equity groups TPG Capital and Hellman & Friedman have previously undertaken detailed work on Fairfax and will be updating their calculations.

But a counter bid will not be easy.

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Statements from Bruce Gordon and Antony Catalano support media merger

The former chief executive of Domain has joined billionaire Bruce Gordon in expressing initial support for Nine Entertainment Co’s $4 billion merger with Fairfax Media, arguing the property website would benefit from greater exposure on free-to-air television, report Fairfax Media’s Jennifer Duke, John McDuling and James Chessell.

Antony Catalano, who was Domain chief executive for four years, described the tie-up as “absolutely a positive” for the real estate portal. Fairfax, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, holds a 60% stake in Domain following a partial sharemarket listing in November.

Nine’s largest shareholder, the Bermuda-based billionaire Bruce Gordon, also indicated support for the deal in his first public comments since the tie-up was announced last week.

“It looks like a sensible deal all around. I like it,” Gordon said in a short statement to Fairfax Media.

“If Nine gets it right it could become an incredible cash cow so the pressures of running editorial programs and content… can be subsidised,” said Catalano. “They will be smart enough to support it.”

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Ninja Warrior exec producer Julie Ward on fan disappointment with final

The executive producer of Australian Ninja Warrior says she was just as disappointed as many viewers were that there wasn’t a winner for the second year in a row, reports’s Andrew Bucklow.

None of the remaining 24 Ninjas were able to make it past Stage 2 of the grand final course and some fans vented online saying they felt “cheated” and that it was “the most anticlimactic season finale ever”.

Speaking to, executive producer Julie Ward said: “We were disappointed that someone didn’t get up there too.”

The Ninja Warrior boss said she was “kind of surprised” by the backlash from some viewers over the grand final result and thought viewers had a better understanding of how the show works given there wasn’t a winner on last year’s season either.

“Coming up to the season two finale, I think I thought, ‘People will kind of know what to expect,’ as I think they did,” Ward said.

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How Queensland Survivor Matt managed to be the first player sent home

Queensland cop Matt has doubled down on his attack on Australian Survivor’s “bromance alliance”, saying it was his unfit stature that got him eliminated from the show on day two, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.

The 35-year-old Brisbane traffic cop was sensationally voted out in the debut episode of the new Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders after launching a verbal tirade against his fellow contenders at tribal council.

Despite the tribe having agreed to vote out 58-year-old Steve, Matt put himself in the firing line by calling out four of the men for forming the “bromance alliance”, and the six women for staying quiet.

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TV nostalgia: ALF, the 80s sitcom about a friendly alien, planning comeback

ALF is returning to earth, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

A reboot of the 80s sitcom ALF is now in the works at Warner Bros. The reboot of the series, starring the friendly alien ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form) who lands in the home of a middle-class family, would reportedly focus on ALF returning to earth, with a new family and new characters. Original writers Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco are attached, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The original series ran for four seasons on NBC. The character of ALF was performed by puppeteer Fusco, with Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory rounding out the cast.

No network is attached as of yet, and sources stress that the reboot is in very early development.

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Fetch TV adds beIN SPORTS Pack including all beIN SPORTS channels

Fetch TV has added a new beIN SPORTS Pack including all three beIN SPORTS channels.

Fetch customers can subscribe for $19.99 per month, with a special introductory offer of $14.95 per month available until the end of September.

The new pack provides Fetch subscribers with the beIN SPORTS channels in HD.

Fetch Subscribers will have access to beIN SPORTS’ full comprehensive lineup of premium sports, including:

• Football: Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, English Championship, Carabao Cup and more

• International Test rugby: Wallabies & All Blacks November tests, 6 Nations

• Tennis: WTA Tour, Davis Cup and Fed Cup

Mike Kerr, MD beIN Asia Pacific for Asia & ANZ, said, “We are delighted to expand our agreement with Fetch TV to include the full suite of beIN SPORTS channels. Fetch and its partners have achieved significant scale and we look forward to working alongside them to deliver the best sports experience to our viewers in Australia.”

Scott Lorson, CEO Fetch TV, said, “Fetch is thrilled to announce the addition of the new beIN SPORTS Pack, featuring massively popular European football and rugby, which are sure to be a huge hit with our subscribers. Along with our partners, we are committed to providing a market leading entertainment service, with continuous enhancements to our content offering.”

Fetch now offers the following sports content, all broadcast in HD:

• beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3

• ESPN and ESPN2 featuring NBA, NFL, MLB, FA Cup, X Games, and US Open Tennis

• EDGEsport featuring live UFC including 20 Fight Nights per annum, prelims for numbered cards, and various associated UFC content, plus a range of action sports including Skate, Motocross, BMX, Surf, Snowsports, Rallycross and Speedway.

• Pay Per View events including all numbered UFC fight cards.

• Premier League via Optus Sport (available to Optus customers and Fetch retail direct subscribers).

Why Victorian Jockeys’ Association tells riders not to talk to the media

The Victorian Jockeys’ Association has directed jockeys not to talk to the media as its impasse with Racing Victoria over its pay dispute continues, reports News Corp’s Michael Manley.

Victorian Jockeys Association chief executive sent a text to his members on Tuesday night ordering jockeys to withdraw from all media commitments but telling them to continue riding.

The directive said for riders not to talk to post- and pre-race, the Herald Sun and Racenet and all media.

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