Tuesday August 28, 2018

GfK Radio Ratings Survey 5, 2016

Mediaweek editor James Manning’s highlights from the fifth GfK Radio Ratings survey of 2018.

• GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 1 2018: Highlights + full results
• GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 2 2018: Highlights + full results
• GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 3 2018: Highlights + full results
• GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 3 2018: Highlights + full results


• Smallzy celebrates 40 consecutive wins as national nights #1 FM
• 2GB market leader: Ray Hadley lifts share to record 19.0%
• New record for WSFM 10+ and breakfast as share climbs to 11.3%
• Kyle and Jackie O lose #1 FM spot to Jonesy and Amanda
• KIIS 106.5 tumbles to #4 FM with WSFM clear #1 FM
• Drive leaders Kate, Tim & Marty lift Nova’s winning share


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• 3AW again #1 overall, smoothfm pushes past Gold and Fox as #1 FM
• Gold breakfast with Christian O’Connell drops in first full survey
• Gavin Miller’s Gold drive music show again out-rates celebrity shows


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• Hit 105 takes top spot from Nova: Stav, Abby & Matt #1 at breakfast
• Nova 106.9 drops from #1 to #4 in a single survey, Nova breakfast #3
• Kate, Tim and Marty again #1 in drive, Kennedy Molloy improving


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• Fiveaa still on the move – David and Will grow breakfast lead
• Mix 102.3 still rules: #1 10+ and in breakfast with Jodie & Soda
• Will & Woody hold top spot in drive – steady on 14.6% share


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• Another double for Nova – #1 overall and #1 in breakfast
• Nova’s Nathan, Nat and Shaun record breakfast share of 15.0%
• Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty lead drive teams despite ratings dip


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Top Photo: Jonesy & Amanda with the show’s executive producer Laura Viglino (middle)

Counting down to VidCon 2018: Online video creators celebrated

The Victorian Government announced earlier this year it had secured the world’s largest online video conference, VidCon, at the Melbourne Convention and Event Centre (MCEC) for another two years.

Last year’s inaugural VidCon in Melbourne attracted more than 7,000 attendees, delivering a $9 million boost to the economy.

Melbourne is the only city in the Asia Pacific region to host the convention, which will see thousands more digital content creators, online video fans and businesses come together later this year.

VidCon will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend – August 31-September 2, 2018.

VidCon owns and operates the world’s largest events for and about the online video community. Earlier this year the global event was acquired by Viacom.

Each VidCon assembles fans, veteran and amateur creators, working professionals, and industry thought-leaders who gather to celebrate the online video ecosystem. The original VidCon, now renamed VidCon US, was founded by Hank and John Green. Total attendance has grown from 1,400 in 2010 to over 31,000 in 2017. VidCon Europe debuted in Amsterdam in April 2017, and in September 2017 the inaugural VidCon Australia brought together thousands of people in Melbourne.

VidCon Q&A

 Hank Green, Co-creator of VidCon

 What inspired you to create VidCon?

It’s easy to forget that the people on the internet are actual people. Someone creating online video might be connecting with thousands or hundreds of thousands or millions of people, but that doesn’t feel real until you see it with your eyes. Providing an opportunity for creators to connect with their colleagues and communities in a physical space is extremely valuable, and so I knew someone needed to make an event that would allow that to happen.

Is it important to celebrate the online content creators?

The independent creators who make this content are some of the most talented entertainers working in the world today. Instead of relying on giant companies with marketing departments and huge budgets, these creators are reaching millions of people all over the world, sometimes all by themselves. Even if you’ve never heard of these people, that’s something to take notice of. But, of course, if you do have some faves, that’s an even better reason. Jaiden Animations, Hannah Hart, Safiya Nygard, Thomas Sanders, Georgia Productions, Caspar Lee, Machiazelli, Annika Victoria… if you know these names, you know them well, and you want to come see them IRL.

Are you expecting many marketers will be attending VidCon this year?

Increasingly, anyone under the age of 30 is unreachable with traditional marketing. These people consume plenty of media, but they do it with ad-blockers installed or on services that don’t run advertising. How are marketers going to reach those audiences in the future? This isn’t an idle question, it’s urgent and, trust me, folks in online video would like to help you answer it, which is why we have content on our industry track specifically focused on how this landscape is changing, and how to go from being behind the curve to ahead of it.

What can visitors expect or learn at VidCon this year?

VidCon is a very diverse event, and a piece of feedback we frequently get is: “It was so hard to choose between what to do at any given moment.” There will be performances, Q&As, and meet and greets for fans. There are also conversations about how online media is affecting culture and how we can be more careful and conscious about that. And then, of course, for our creator track and industry track attendees, we have content focused on how to grow an audience, understand analytics, reach viewers, and take advantage of new platforms.

Do you have any predictions for video trends?

Gaming is already huge, but it will get more huge. We’re truly just at the beginning of that growth and investment is pouring in. Underground growth of smaller channels will continue a massive surge in the number of people who are able to pay some or all of their bills, but it won’t be widely reported because it’ll be too complicated a story for a good headline. Online video content will keep looking better and getting harder to produce. And, of course, some time in the next year, everyone will be completely surprised by something no one expected.

Mark Wheeler, Head of YouTube and Large Customer Marketing, Australia and New Zealand

“With Australia home to more than 70 creators with over one million subscribers – which on a per capita basis is amongst the highest in the world – we couldn’t be more excited to help bring VidCon to Melbourne again in 2018.

“Australian YouTube creators are making uniquely Aussie content for both local and global audiences, and have found success in everything from ‘how to’ videos, to comedy skits, to documentaries. We’re looking forward to helping showcase this amazing talent in September.”

Alexandra Sloane, Facebook Head of Marketing, ANZ

“From our new Instagram platform IGTV to interactive experiences on Facebook, we’re thrilled to show VidCon audiences the next generation of video available across our apps.

“We’re bringing some of our most innovative creators and leaders to VidCon Australia from all around the world, who are thrilled to meet fans and share the latest technology and tips on creating video for Instagram and Facebook. We recognise Australians are at the forefront of engaging with digital video, and we’re excited to highlight how we’ll be continuing to bring fans and creators closer together this year.”

Getting the band back together: Spicks and Specks team reuniting

The ABC has announced Australia’s long-running music quiz show Spicks And Specks is coming back for a one-off, one-night, one-hour special.

Kicking off the ABC’s Ausmusic Month in November, Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough are gearing up to celebrate Australian music as only they know how– with returning old favourite games and some new surprises.

The team captains will be joined by award-winning rapper Adam Briggs, singer-songwriter Ricki-Lee Coulter and comedians Frank Woodley and Denise Scott. Dropping in on the night will be a lineup of Australia’s music greats, both past and present. They’ll all play along, put their music knowledge to the test, share their anecdotes and perform live.

The Spicks and Specks Reunion Special will screen as part of the ABC’s annual Ausmusic Month in November.

For the month of November, the ABC celebrates and embraces Australian music across all its platforms with special initiatives, live performances and programming, highlighting and paying tribute to the diverse depth and variety of Australian music.

The ABC will soon release more Ausmusic Month highlights.

Production Credits
• Spicks and Specks is an ABC TV Production.
• Executive producers: Nicholas Hayden and Anthony Watt

The regional TV ad market is ‘undersubscribed’, says Prime Media Group CEO Ian Audsley

One of Australia’s major regional broadcasters Prime Media Group this month extended its long-standing program supply arrangements with Seven.

By Kruti Joshi

The partnership between the two parties now runs over 30 years.

“Prime has demonstrated over the past seven years that we can extract audience and revenue shares greater than any other TV network. If you’re going to have a partner you want them to have a performance orientation too and, in that respect, Prime and Seven are a great match,” Prime7 CEO and executive director Ian Audsley told Mediaweek.

In 2017, Prime7 was the #1 regional TV network for the fifth consecutive year.

The regional and metropolitan media experienced major affiliation shake-ups in 2016, in which Nine parted ways with WIN Corporation and the latter became the primary affiliate of Ten in most areas.

Like its rivals, was Prime7 tempted to explore other options? Audsley answered, “No. We renewed our arrangements in 2013 to avoid those crosswinds as our view was that someone was always going to pay too much and, as it turned out, someone did.”

Advertisers do not realise the potential of marketing to TV audiences in regional Australia. Audsley described it as “undersubscribed”.

“Despite the plethora of data that points to regional Australia watching more free-to-air TV than metro and enjoying stronger economic performances than the five-cap cities, you have to wonder why a market made up of 35% of the total population with the highest discretionary income in the land is only attracting 18.7% of the available TV revenue,” he said.

This is an excerpt from the full article, which appears on Mediaweek Premium. Read the full article here or subscribe to Mediaweek Premium here.

Box Office: Monster shark holds off Crazy Rich Asians & Jane Fonda

• Monster shark holds off Crazy Rich Asians and Jane Fonda

Another flat weekend in cinemas with $11.02m, which is up marginally – 2% – on the previous weekend.

Three new releases made it into the top five – one of them in a preview release.

Mamma Mia 2 finally dropped out of the top five and this week sits at #8 after six weeks with box office to-date of $21.46m.

The other big earner on the chart – Incredibles 2 – is at #14 with $45.41m.

#1 The Meg $2.11m

The sci-fi thriller that sees scientists finding a monster shark at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean held at #1 for a second week. Good job it’s winter as this might have kept a few away from the water – especially on Australia’s coastline along the Pacific Ocean! Takings were down 38% on the opening weekend with the screens dropping by 87 to 326. The screen average was $6,485. Total takings so far are $6.58m.

#2 Crazy Rich Asians $1.80m


The romantic comedy features an Asian-American cast and is seen as something of a game changer, in much the same way Book Club is (see below), but for a different sector of society. The movie opened here in previews on 218 screens with a screen average of $8,270, the best on the chart this week.

#3 Book Club $1.27m

Jane Fonda was helping push the movie with a visit here over the weekend, albeit a couple of days after it opened. Fonda’s visit was ostensibly for her speaking tour, but she did attend a screening on Sunday and did a press day in Sydney on Monday. She was at the Sydney Opera House last night and is in Melbourne on tonight before stopping in Auckland for a Thursday night show. Book Club sees Fonda shaking up her book club by getting her friends – stars Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen – to read Fifty Shades Of Grey. The film is something as a breakthrough for giving key roles to older actresses. The film opened on 269 screens after previews on 189 a week ago. The weekend screen average was $4,733.

#4 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $1.18m

The Tom Cruise vehicle continues to stay popular in Australia bringing home $1.18m in its fourth week in theatres.

#5 Slender Man $791,000

The horror movie cracks the top 5 in its first week in Australian theatres.

TV Ratings Analysis: August 28

• Nine stretches its lead with hit combo ACA, The Block, Doctor Doctor
• Dance Boss final night sees Seven’s share sink to record Monday low
• Wil, Kitty and Urzila lift audience for Have You Been Paying Attention?

By James Manning


It was the coldest day in Sydney in two years yesterday with gale force winds. However, come 7pm it was a beautiful day on Pittwater, aka Summer Bay, just north of the city, for the cast on Home And Away. The first episode of the new week was on 633,000 after a week 34 average of 653,000.

Getting audiences to watch one episode of Dance Boss has been a challenge, so getting them to sit through two was going to be even harder. The series ended last night with a double episode with 349,000 for the first and then 264,000 for the late night grand final.


A Current Affair started with a Martin King report on a young teenager going off the rails and how the parents are coping. After an average of 732,000 last week, the Monday episode did 840,000.

The Block then saw the Blockheads checking out last week’s bathrooms before they got into work on the master bedrooms. And Scott Cam managed to convince Sara to stay! The Monday episode did 1.08m after 1.01m a week ago.

Doctor Doctor then did 639,000 after 687,000 last week.

The late night footy talkshows followed.

Footy Classified did 175,000 with 134,000 in Melbourne. Better than Nine’s AFL Footy Show that was on 120,000 on Thursday last week.

100% Footy then had another small audience with under 50,000 combined in Sydney and Melbourne for its slot close to 11pm.


Monday night on The Project means Steve Price at the desk and the episode did 560,000 at 7pm after a week 34 average of 495,000. Dean Lewis was the program’s major guest as he sits atop the ARIA singles chart for a second successive week.

Day 25 on SurvivorJonathan LaPaglia asked who might be going home at the start of the show. Judging on past form that would more than likely be another of the Contenders tribe. It wasn’t to be though after the tribes were mixed with some crossing from both tribes, which caused a fair bit of angst. The first episode for the week did 674,000 after 666,000 a week ago. The channel will be sorry to see the back of Dance Boss as competition.

Have You Been Paying Attention? delivered one of its best episodes of the year with 801,000 after 746,000 a week ago. Fuelling the gags were guests Wil Anderson, Kitty Flanagan and Urzila Carlson while Barrie Cassidy was one of the guest quiz masters. The series is currently up 10% on its 2017 all people average.

Street Smart then did 242,000.


Australian Story did 638,000 after 8pm.

Four Corners featured an hour-long episode looking at the challenges to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership last week with 779,000 watching, well up on last week’s 461,000.

Media Watch did well too with 738,000, which cracked it a place in the top 10.

Q&A then did 525,000.


A repeat of Empire Of The Tsars: Romanov Russia did 223,000 at 7.30pm.

Episode one of The Body Coach then did just 98,000.

The audience then climbed to 166,000 for 24 Hours In Emergency.

Week 35 TV: Monday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 17.5% 7 13.8% 9 21.5% TEN 13.8% SBS One 4.0%
ABC 2 2.6% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 3.2% ONE 3.7% VICELAND 0.7%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 4.1% GEM 2.7% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 1.5% NITV 0.3%
TOTAL 22.1% 23.5% 28.8% 19.8% 5.8%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 16.6% 7 14.7% 9 19.1% WIN 9.9% SBS One 3.9%
ABC 2 2.5% 7TWO 5.5% GO! 4.3% ONE 3.9% VICELAND 0.6%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 5.2% GEM 4.7% ELEVEN 2.8% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 1.7% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 21.4% 26.8% 29.8% 16.6% 5.5%


85.8% 14.2%


Monday FTA
  1. The Block Nine 1,088,000
  2. Seven News Seven 1,065,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,030,000
  4. Nine News Nine 1,011,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,008,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 840,000
  7. ABC News ABC 810,000
  8. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 801,000
  9. Four Corners ABC 779,000
  10. Media Watch ABC 738,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 702,000
  12. Australian Survivor Ten 674,000
  13. Doctor Doctor Nine 639,000
  14. Australian Story ABC 638,000
  15. Home And Away Seven 633,000
  16. The Chase Australia Seven 620,000
  17. The Project 7pm Ten 560,000
  18. Hot Seat Nine 549,000
  19. Q&A ABC 525,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 406,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 312,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 294,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 241,000
  4. The Project 7pm Ten 174,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 173,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 493,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 450,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 357,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 305,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 271,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 557,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 492,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 370,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 360,000
  5. Nine News Nine 325,000
MONDAY Multichannel
  1. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 183,000
  2. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 179,000
  3. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 179,000
  4. Ncis E2 (R) ONE 179,000
  5. Hey Duggee-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  6. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 175,000
  7. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 167,000
  8. Death In Paradise 9Gem 166,000
  9. Little Roy-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 165,000
  10. The Big Bang Theory TX1 9GO! 162,000
  11. The Big Bang Theory TX3 9GO! 158,000
  12. Fireman Sam-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  13. Foyle’s War-PM 7TWO 149,000
  14. The Big Bang Theory 9GO! 148,000
  15. Luo Bao Bei-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  16. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  17. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  18. PJ Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  19. Doc Martin-PM 7TWO 143,000
  20. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 141,000
MONDAY Subscription TV
  1. The Pacific: In The Wake Of Captain Cook History Channel 107,000
  2. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 101,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 79,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 73,000
  5. Outsiders Sky News Live 72,000
  6. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 66,000
  7. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 64,000
  8. Live: On The Couch FOX FOOTY 63,000
  9. Live: Big League Wrap FOX LEAGUE 44,000
  10. NCIS TVH!TS 43,000
  11. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 43,000
  12. Family Guy FOX8 41,000
  13. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 40,000
  14. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 40,000
  15. Bones TVH!TS 37,000
  16. NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 36,000
  17. Speers Sky News Live 35,000
  18. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 35,000
  19. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 35,000
  20. Sharp Objects showcase 35,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Fairfax Media breakup under way? Events arm attracts US buyer

Fairfax Media’s events business is in the crosshairs of suitors including US firm Motiv, as industry players seek to shake assets loose to coincide with the parent group’s $4.2 billion merger with Nine Entertainment, report The AFR’s Joyce Moullakis and Max Mason.

Motiv is understood to have made an informal approach this month to acquire Fairfax Media’s events business, which houses marquee events including The City2Surf, the Night Noodle Markets and Australian Openair Cinemas. Denver-based Motiv runs events such as the Golden Gate half marathon in San Francisco and other digital and live experiences.

Its interest in expanding in Australia comes after Nine and Fairfax outlined their agreed merger plans in July. The cross media tie-up requires shareholder approval at a November meeting.

The proposed transaction has also spurred plenty of discussion about the potential for Nine to offload parts of Fairfax’s portfolio, particularly its regional newspaper business, Australian Community Media, and its New Zealand division Stuff.

Fairfax’s events division has been valued by Macquarie Equities at around $60 million, or around a 6 times estimated 2018-19 multiple for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.

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Marketing tech startup Simple fights back with $17 million funding

Marketing tech startup Simple’s decision to overhaul its leadership last year has paid off, with the company brushing off previous cashflow woes and raising a fresh $17 million round led by Rich Lister retail king Brett Blundy, reports The AFR’s Yolanda Redrup.

The company made the decision to remove its two co-founders and shake up its board in October last year, bringing in former Australia and New Zealand managing director at Nasdaq-listed marketing automation software company Marketo, Aden Forrest, to take on the top job.

Simple unveiled its new marketing resource management platform, built on Microsoft Azure’s intelligent cloud, on-stage at the tech giant’s Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas in July.

The platform lets marketers plan and put together a campaign and track its performance.

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News Brands

Outrage over outrage! Charles Wooley roasted over 60 Minutes segment

Exactly six months after being called out for his controversial interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the veteran journalist has hit back at his detractors in a fiery segment taking aim at social media’s “outrage brigade”, reports Fairfax Media’s Rob Moran.

On Sunday’s episode of Nine’s current affairs program 60 Minutes, Wooley fired back at the commentary that greeted his “sexist” interview with Ardern in February, in which he was lambasted for asking the then-pregnant PM about her “conception” and quipping about her appearance.

“I’ve met a lot of Prime Ministers in my time, but none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive,” Wooley said on Sunday’s episode, defending his questioning.

“The online reaction was swift, judgment was passed and it was mostly unforgiving,” he added.

The segment also saw Wooley proving apologist for Kevin Bloody Wilson’s routine, with its gaudy emphasis on PC-baiting humour. (Wilson was “the only comedian” willing to talk to him about political correctness, Wooley said.)

“People are gonna say that you’re a dinosaur…” Wooley told Wilson.

“I’m fine with that, I’ve made a very good living out of being a dinosaur… I’m probably just reflecting what most of Australia, certainly what all of my mates, are thinking,” said Wilson.

Comedian Lehmo asked on social media after the report: “Charles Wooley, no comedians would speak to you? How many did you ask?”

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‘Get a grip’: Ex-News Corp bosses scathing about Rudd’s Murdoch attack

Kevin Rudd’s description of Rupert Murdoch’s news outlets as a “cancer” against democracy that should be subject to an inquiry has been met by ridicule from ex-News Corp bosses who say the former Prime Minister should “pull his head in”.

Former News Corp Australia boss John Hartigan, who spent more than four decades at the media company including as editor of several major newspapers, said it was “nonsense” that showed Rudd needed to “pull his head in”.

“I’ve not known an editor in this country that has ever suggested Rupert Murdoch or any family member has instructed them to do anything [political with their news coverage]. I’ve spent 42 years in the joint and I certainly didn’t see that,” Hartigan said.

Former News Corp chief executive Kim Williams, who left the media company in 2013 amid reports his management style had alienated senior editors and members of the Murdoch family, said the influence of the press on politics was “massively exaggerated”.

“People love a conspiracy, particularly in Australia, but if it’s a choice between a conspiracy and a stuff-up I’d guess a stuff-up any day,” he said of the recent leadership debacle.

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Michael Bublé to perform exclusively for smoothfm

Nova Entertainment will be hosting a special event, smooth’s Feel Good Night with Michael Bublé, on October 6 in Sydney.

The Canadian singer will perform exclusively for smoothfm listeners.

They can win tickets to this exclusive event only by entering smoothfm’s new Michael Bublé’s Million Dollar Call competition from today, August 27, on-air through Mellow Music with Cameron Daddo.

Callers need to register their details at www.smooth.com.au and answer their phone with the words “I love smoothfm” to be put in the draw to make Michael Bublé’s Million Dollar Call. A registered listener will be randomly selected. If Bublé answers on the phone number chosen by the listener, they will win a million dollars. Everyone who registers will have the chance to win an exclusive invitation for four people to experience smooth’s Feel Good Night with Michael Bublé in Sydney.

Bublé will be returning to Australia for one show at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on October 5 and will perform exclusively for smooth’s Feel Good Night on October 6.

Bublé launched Nova’s smoothfm network in May 2012.

2GB radio king helps power Fairfax Media websites ahead on ratings day

The country’s two most powerful radio personalities, Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, have confirmed they have both re-established contact with Scott Morrison since his elevation to the country’s top job on Friday, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.

Jones told The Australian yesterday that he had “communicated” with the Prime Minister following last week’s events, while Hadley confirmed he had “exchanged texts over the weekend” with Morrison.

Hadley’s resumption of contact comes 16 months after he banned the then-federal treasurer from his show, saying at the time he had “become boring” and “doesn’t say anything”.

Yesterday, Hadley said: “The Prime Minister and I have exchanged texts over the weekend about a number of issues. They’ve been sent with courtesy, and the replies have come back in the same vein.”

Jones appeared to strike a conciliatory tone: “Scott Morrison deserves a clean slate until he dirties it. My view is… he’s a new Prime Minister and deserves the respect that goes with that status.”

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Alan Jones contacted Liberal MPs to urge them to change leaders

Controversial radio host Alan Jones has opened up about his role in last week’s Liberal leadership spill, saying he contacted MPs to say the party had to change direction, reports Fairfax Media’s Rebecca Gredley.

“I contacted certain MPs, yes, and encouraged them to recognise that if they wanted to go, Australia wanted to go the same way, there had to be change,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 program on Monday.

“I didn’t turn against Turnbull, but I turned against the [energy] policy,” he said.

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Watch the ABC 7.30 interview with Alan Jones here.

Some advertisers quit 2GB over “offensive” Alan Jones comments

Sydney radio station 2GB’s star broadcaster Alan Jones has triggered an advertising boycott after he used a racial slur on air during a segment on the leadership rumblings in Canberra, reports Fairfax Media’s Michaela Whitbourn.

The NSW Law Society, which represents the state’s 30,000 solicitors, announced on Monday it had “pulled all advertising from 2GB, effective immediately” after Jones used the phrase “n—– in the woodpile” during his breakfast radio show last Thursday.

The society, which condemned the comments as “inappropriate and offensive”, is one of a small number of advertisers to boycott the radio station in the wake of Jones’s comments, for which he subsequently apologised. Vodafone also suspended advertising in the wake of the controversy.

Adam Lang, chief executive of 2GB’s owner Macquarie Media, said the company was “aware of entities on social media that are agitating clients of our company to remove their advertising from the program and from 2GB”.

“We respect the decision of the few companies that have chosen that option and will welcome them back at an appropriate time,” Lang said.

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Me and Mr Jones: What Jenna Price knows about media bullies

Sydney academic and Fairfax columnist Jenna Price writes about a previous experience with Alan Jones:

I was targeted. Vilified. Mocked for my appearance. Been subjected to false and malicious commentary. Like those three, I’ve experienced emails demanding the Powers That Be sack me. Fortunately in my case, no-one listened.

Much of this turned on the commentary of Alan Jones and his cronies, which was then amplified in the pages of The Australian and The Daily Telegraph.

Why did they do that? I was part of something they didn’t like. In 2012, with a bunch of brilliant women and men I didn’t know at the outset, I campaigned to ask advertisers to rethink their support of the Alan Jones program because of his vile comments about Julia Gillard. Those comments weren’t about her policies. They were about her father. Jones said Gillard’s father died of shame. The Destroy The Joint campaign cost Macquarie Radio Network more than 1.5 million bucks. The then chief executive of Macquarie Radio Network begged us to stop.

It truly surprised me that the response of Jones and his allies was to pick on a boring, middle-aged mother of three without any real political power – and it was then I got some insight into what it would be like to actually challenge the trogs. I understood what it was like to feel utterly powerless as the subject of their commentary. But much more importantly, I also know what it felt like to fight back on someone else’s behalf and to know exactly how good that feels.

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Network Ten announces Kerry Armstrong coming to Ramsay Street

Network Ten has announced much-loved and respected actor Kerry Armstrong is joining the cast of Neighbours in a guest role.

Armstrong will play Alice Wells, a demure and kind-hearted shortbread baking nanna. However, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to Alice than a mixing bowl and rolling pin, as she cooks up a shocking plan involving one of Ramsay Street’s favourite households.

Kerry Armstrong said: “It is not often you get to be so creative in your own backyard so when the producers asked me to play the role of Alice Wells in Neighbours it was simply irresistible.

“Alice is a character who pushes every boundary and is a force to be reckoned with. I was looking to challenge and stretch myself to the limits playing a phenomenal character and Alice is just that”.

Neighbours’ executive producer Jason Herbison said: “Kerry is a legend of Australian film and television and we are honoured to have her in Neighbours. This character is one of my all-time favourites and she is the perfect actress to bring her to life. We had a lot of fun plotting the storyline and Kerry has the crew mesmerised with her performance.”

Network Ten executive producer of Neighbours, Sara Richardson, said: “We are so delighted to have Kerry on Ramsay Street. It has been so much fun watching her bring such a compelling energy to the character Alice. She is a force to be reckoned with.”

Armstrong’s guest role follows recent appearances on Neighbours by industry icons Magda Szubanski and Debra Lawrance. Armstrong will appear on television screens in late October.

The Block 2018: The 5 Gatwick Hotel apartments for sale by auction in St Kilda

Fans of The Block and those looking for a “rich people’s” home rejoice. The former Gatwick Hotel’s now luxuriously renovated apartments are officially for sale, with the listings landing online today, reports Domain’s Melissa Heagney.

The building that has caused so much anguish and drama (and we’re not talking about its shady past) is almost complete, and the five couples have started to advertise the fruits of their hard labour, along with their amazing bathrooms.

The listings show prices for apartments will range from $2.2 million (the lowest price range on pilot and air hostess couple Courtney and Hans’s apartment) to $2.75 million (the highest price range on Queensland couple Jess and Norm’s penthouse).

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BBC Earth to launch on New Zealand’s Sky

The BBC Knowledge channel on New Zealand’s subscription TV service Sky will be rebranded to BBC Earth to take effect on October 22. BBC is calling this change the launch of a “new premium factual channel”.

The BBC Earth channel will showcase a broad range of factual programming including natural history, human interest stories, adventurous travels and scientific investigations, and will feature programs from expert presenters such as Sir David Attenborough, Michael Mosley, Louis Theroux, Professor Brian Cox and Steve Backshall.

Titles in launch week include Planet Earth II, Spy in the Wild, My Year with the Tribe, Without Limits and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

Closely following the launch, BBC Earth will host Being Human, a season of programs airing in November exploring the human race, how we might improve the way we live and what the future could hold for civilisation. Shows will include Future Human: AI, The World’s Most Extraordinary People and Meet the Humans.

Tim Christlieb, BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand’s director of branded services, said: “We are delighted to be launching the BBC Earth channel on Sky, offering best-in-class premium factual programming fronted by the BBC’s renowned presenters. BBC Earth is a well-established global brand that uses compelling stories to engage audiences with the wonders of our universe. We are confident that this new channel will resonate with local audiences given New Zealanders’ strong connection to their natural environment, cultural curiosity and love of travel.

“While many of the familiar faces and shows on BBC Knowledge will transition to BBC Earth, we’ll be adding more natural history and adventure to the mix, and moving factual entertainment programs like Who Do You Think You Are, Dragons’ Den, Traffic Cops and Top Gear to BBC UKTV.”

Sky’s director of entertainment Travis Dunbar said: “The BBC is globally renowned for the quality and diversity of its factual content and we are delighted to be bringing BBC Earth to Sky customers.”

“Through this global brand they can now access this unique mix of premium content while still watching the favourites they’ve come to know and love.”

BBC Earth will join existing BBC channels – BBC UKTV and BBC World News – on the Sky platform as part of its Entertainment package. It will also be available to live stream on Sky Go and selected shows are available for catch-up on Sky Go and Sky On Demand.

About BBC Earth programs to be available in launch month

Planet Earth II (22 October) A decade ago, Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Ten years on, advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world mean we can reveal our planet from a completely new perspective. Now, Planet Earth II allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves.

Spy in the Wild (22 October) Animals love, mourn, deceive and invent – just like us. A new generation of spy cameras reveals how similar we are by using highly entertaining footage combined with fascinating scientific details.

My Year with the Tribe (22 October) Living in treehouses and using stone tools, the Korowai were only discovered in the jungles of West Papua 40 years ago. Will Millard visits this tribe to better understand the pressures they face and how much of their traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle still exists. What he finds shocks, surprises and confounds him, as he witnesses the last gasp of an ancient way of life that once defined us all.

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (24 October) The doctors are back to get behind the hype and headlines to find the truth about what’s good for your health.

Without Limits (28 October) Six disabled people ride out on an epic journey along Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh trail to discover a country of contrasts and a place to find themselves. Their journey highlights the beauty of Vietnam and challenges how the participants view their own disabilities.

Wild New Zealand (27 October) This series reveals the country’s rich and intriguing wildlife stories, from the bustling communities of penguins hiding away in giant daisy forests to the kakapo – Earth’s only species of flightless nocturnal parrots. New Zealand was also the last place to be visited and settled by people from western civilisations, who brought with them new animals like sheep and new predators like the stoat. Finally, Wild New Zealand meets the pioneering conservation heroes who are fighting to save some of its most endangered species.

Sports Media

Record AFL crowds and membership mean huge club profits

Record crowds and memberships are fuelling an AFL business boom, with the code in rude financial health and its top clubs set to make huge profits, reports The Australian’s new Rich Lists editor John Stensholt.

The top two teams, Richmond and West Coast, already the most profitable Australian sporting clubs, are likely to make combined operating profits of more than $10 million as crowds surge.

AFL attendances for the 2018 season hit a record of 6,894,700 spectators, up 2.7% from last year, figures to be released by the league today will show.

An average of 34,822 fans watched each AFL game, making the league the fourth most-attended across any sport in the world, behind the NFL, German Bundesliga and English Premier League.

Defending premiers Richmond, which topped the ladder this season and heads into the finals series as grand final favourite, signed a record 100,726 members, up 38% from last year, and had its highest home attendance average of 61,175.

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