Wednesday August 29, 2018

GfK Radio Ratings Survey 5, 2018: Every station, every market

Eight massive radio weeks at Mediaweek started this week:

By James Manning

August 27: Survey 5 results by network, by station, by market + interviews with 2CH’s Indira and Trevor, ARN’s Sue Carter + every ACRA nominees revealed

September 3: Breakfast radio Sydney – every commercial station – analysis by the group PDs, the biggest advertisers + Mediaweek’s James Manning
September 10: Breakfast radio Melbourne
September 17: Breakfast radio Brisbane
September 24: Breakfast radio Adelaide
October 1: Breakfast radio Perth
October 8: Drive time – the superstars and the quiet achievers
October 15: ACRAs week: Interviews with the nominees and coverage of Radio Alive 2018

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GfK Survey 5: Highlights from Nova Entertainment

Surveys don’t get much better with big results for Nova breakfast shows in Perth and Sydney plus a brilliant book for smoothfm in Sydney and Melbourne.

• Nova is Australia’s #1 metro network in share 9% and cume 3,394,500
• Nova’s Smallzy’s Surgery (7pm-10pm) celebrates 40 consecutive wins as the #1 National Nights show in share 10% and cume 769,800
• Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (4pm to 6pm) is the #1 National Drive show in share 11.4% and cume 1,559,900


• Nova 96.9 is Sydney’s most listened-to station with a cume of 991,700
• Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa achieve their best result to date (5:30am-9am) with an 8% share, and Sydney’s second most listened-to breakfast show (534,000 cume)
• smoothfm 95.3 is Sydney’s #2FM station with a 9.6% share


• smoothfm 91.5 is Melbourne’s #1FM station with a share of 10.4%
• Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny is Melbourne’s equal #2FM breakfast show with a share of 7.9%


• Fiveaa’s David & Will is the #1 breakfast show (5.30am-9am) in Adelaide with a 14.6% share
• Nova 919 is Adelaide’s #1 station under 40 in share 22.8% and cume 239,000
• Nova 919’s Lewis & Lowe with Hayley Pearson is Adelaide’s #1 breakfast show under 40 in share 24.6% and cume 134,000


• Nova 93.7 is Perth’s #1 station with a share of 13.9%, and has the most listeners with 568,000
• Nova 93.7’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun is Perth’s #1 breakfast show (5:30am-9am) with a record share of 15.0% and cume 367,000


• Nova 106.9 is Brisbane’s most listened-to with a cume of 592,900
• Nova 106.9’s Ash, Kip & Luttsy is Brisbane’s most listened-to breakfast show with a cume of 347,000

GfK Survey 5: Highlights from Australian Radio Network

ARN had results that also see it claiming #1 network position. Jonesy and Amanda were the superstar Sydney performers with a winning breakfast share in double figures and their station #1FM over 11%.

• In Sydney the dominance continues as ARN holds the #1FM station with WSFM and the #1FM and #2FM breakfast with WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda and KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O.
• In Melbourne, ARN’s content strategy has produced a positive result for KIIS 101.1 with strong growth across station, breakfast’s Jase & PJ and drive’s Will & Woody. The strength of Gold 104.3 continues as it holds the second-largest audience with more than 1 million listeners each week.
• In Adelaide, ARN’s Mix 102.3 is the #1 station – their 18th consecutive FM win, #1FM breakfast with Mix 102.3’s Jodie & Soda – their 8th consecutive win, and #1FM drive with Mix 102.3’s Will & Woody.


#1FM station – WSFM up 0.6 to 11.3%
#1FM breakfast – WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda up 0.7 to 10.3%
#1FM across mornings and afternoons – WSFM
#2FM drive – WSFM’s Jason Staveley
#2FM breakfast – KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O on 9.3%


#1 station overall – Mix 102.3 on 15.1%
#1FM breakfast – Mix 102.3’s Jodie & Soda up 0.1 to 14.0%
#1 overall across mornings and afternoons – Mix 102.3
#1 drive overall – Mix 102.3’s Will & Woody on 14.6%


#3FM station – Gold 104.3 on 9.9%
#2FM drive – Gold 104.3 up 0.1 to 10.2%
GOLD104.3’s breakfast with Christian O’Connell on 7.4%
KIIS 101.1 – up 0.3 to 5.4%
KIIS 101.1 breakfast Jase & PJ up 1.0 to 5.9%
KIIS 101.1’s drive Will & Woody up 0.2 to 7.2%


#2FM station – 97.3FM on 11.6%
97.3FM’s Bianca, Mike & Bob on 11.5%
#1AM overall 4KQ – on 8.5%
#1AM commercial breakfast 97.3FM’s Laurel, Gary & Mark – 7.0%


96FM – on 7.4%
Breakfast – 96FM’s Paul & Lise on 6.8%
Drive – 96FM’s Will & Woody on 6.1%

Mediaweek Thursday: Survey results Southern Cross Austereo
Mediaweek Friday: Survey results Macquarie Media

The SMH’s Andrew Webster (Part 1): How Nine-Fairfax merger could impact sports reporting

The tables turned for The Sydney Morning Herald’s chief sports writer Andrew Webster when he spoke to Mediaweek this week. “I hate talking about myself,” he said. “I am a journalist so I like talking about other people.”

By Kruti Joshi

Webster has been in his current role at Fairfax Media for five years. Prior to this, he worked for News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph. He writes about a variety of sports from soccer to the tracks. However, the self-confessed “sports tragic” described NRL as his “bread and butter”. Webster has been writing about the sporting code for over 15 years.

At the tender age of 10, he knew that this was what he wanted to do. Webster said: “I have always loved sport, I have always loved watching it and I have always loved writing about it.”

He is living this passion through his current job, which he labelled as the “best job in the world”.

News Corp’s The Daily Telegraph prides itself as the paper for Sydney and NRL. Meanwhile, The Sydney Morning Herald boasts about its independence with the strap line “Independent. Always.”

Talking about the different approaches to sports coverage at the two newspapers, Webster said: “When I worked at The Daily Telegraph, its rugby league coverage was more fundamental to the health of the paper than politics. News Limited was still the half owner of rugby league at the time, so there was even more of an emphasis on it.

“The Herald is focused on quality writing and a broader range of sports.

“As written on the masthead, ‘Independent. Always.’ definitely applies to sport. That might change when Nine takes us [Fairfax] over, but unlike The Telegraph right now, we are not broadcasters of the game as well – they have Fox Sports.” Fox Sports, which has the rights to broadcast NRL, and The Daily Telegraph are properties owned by News Corp.

“We’ve been told by Nine and Fairfax management that we will remain independent, so we have to go by their word for now. I am certainly not going to be changing the way I report on stories to do with Channel 9.”

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Behind the success of The Mandarin with publisher Tom Burton

Many news outlets in Australia fail to produce quality reports on the complexities of the Australian public sector. This is where The Mandarin steps in, publisher Tom Burton told Mediaweek.

By Kruti Joshi

“The focus of the product is to make it practical for public servants to learn from each other,” he said.

There are 1.2 million people working in the public sector, who look after about $500-600 billion, which is about “one-third of the Australian economy in terms of GDP”, Burton said.

Out of this, The Mandarin’s target market is people working at the management and/or executive level. According to Burton, there are about 25,000 people working in this capacity. “They are the decision makers in the public sector,” Burton said.

The Mandarin launched in 2014 and in four years, the website has managed to clock up an average of 90,000 unique browsers on its website per month and a database of 25,000. “This is a solid audience,” Burton said.

“There was a gap in the market for a publication for professional public servants who are typically working in big government departments. They are often working with other government departments too,” Burton said.

When The Mandarin launched, Burton was well aware of the highly bureaucratic nature of the public sector. However, the title has earned the trust of its target market. “We get a lot of contributions from current and former public servants,” Burton said. “That definitely helps.

“We don’t write about the inner secrets of the government. We write about their public-facing activities.”

Burton describes The Mandarin as an “ideas and thoughts site”.

A large part of The Mandarin’s business model relies on content marketing for its revenue, which has increased 25% year-on-year. Burton phrases this as “the engagement partner model”.

“Government is not a selling environment. You can’t go to the sector saying, ‘Hey, buy our product’,” Burton explained. The Mandarin is an attractive proposition for organisations, which have relationships with the government. These can range from corporations to industry associations.

Burton said: “They are all trying to work with the government in their own ways. Some of them are trying to sell things, some are trying to collaborate, and others are trying to remind them that they exist.”

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Celebrating sales excellence: 2018 Media i Awards date revealed

Media i has announced that the 2018 Media i Awards announcement ceremony will be held on Wednesday November 14 at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

This year’s program features a full slate of sponsors including the principle sponsor MFA [Media Federation of Australia], along with category sponsors:

• Carat
• Initiative
• IPG Mediabrands
• Posterscope
• Starcom
• The Media Store
• UM
• Vizeum
• Wavemaker

The Media i Awards acknowledge the important role media sales representatives play in the continual pursuit of media excellence.

Chris Winterburn, MD of Media i, commented: “The Media i Awards are the original, and still the biggest, awards program celebrating excellence in media sales. Voted on by near on 80% of [media owner facing] media agency professionals it provides unprecedented recognition of the best in the business and the role they play in delivering outstanding results for their clients. We thank the MFA and our agency sponsors who continue to highlight their appreciation and support of their media owner partners.”

Sophie Madden, CEO of the MFA, said: “Media sales is a dynamic and fast-moving career and the Media i Awards provides the opportunity for our industry to pause and acknowledge the outstanding contributions of teams and individuals. We are delighted to continue as the principle sponsor.”

Super September: Fox Footy showcases biggest ever finals coverage

Despite a weekend free of AFL football, finals fever has arrived early at Fox Footy with a busy schedule of awards, documentaries, entertainment shows and special game-day coverage beginning this week and going all the way through reviews after the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

The channel will deliver subscribers round-the-clock coverage and all Qualifying, Elimination, Semi and Preliminary Finals live.

The award-winning AFL 360 will continue every night through the two weeks prior to the first AFL finals.

On Tuesday night the channel screened the documentary Keep North South premiere after Open Mike featuring Cats legend Barry Stoneham. The Kangaroos special illustrated the club’s fight to survive.

Awards season begins on Fox Footy tonight, with AFL 360 revealing the team and bringing viewers all the action direct from the All-Australian Awards at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre. Fox Footy will then give fans intimate access to one of the most prestigious events on the AFL calendar.

On Thursday night, Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson will again broadcast AFL 360 from the AFL Players’ Association Most Valuable Player Award in Melbourne. In another TV exclusive, Fox Footy will announce winners live, with access to all players.

The channel will then celebrate the next generation of stars with a special broadcast of NAB AFL Rising Star on Friday night, followed by showing the stars of yesterday go head-to-head in the EJ Whitten Legends Game match live from Adelaide Oval.

On Saturday September 1 the Tigers Army has the chance to rejoice all over again when the 2017 Grand Final is replayed, beginning with the Grand Final Parade and ending with the final kick of the day.

Next Tuesday, Bombers fans will be spoilt with 90 minutes of pure Essendon. Open Mike guest Mark Neeld will lead into a one-hour documentary, 28 Games – Rise of the Baby Bombers, taking a look back at the 1993 AFL Grand Final win.

Footy finals month on Fox Footy: Program schedule

Wednesday August 29

• 7:00pm AFL Tonight
• 7:30pm AFL 360 special live from the All-Australian Awards
• 8:30pm 2018 All-Australian Awards
• 9:30pm AFL 360 extended special live from the All-Australian Awards

Thursday August 30

• 7:00pm AFL Tonight
• 7:30pm AFL 360 AFL Players’ Association MVP Award special

Friday August 31

• 6:00pm AFL Tonight
• 6:30pm NAB AFL Rising Star
• 7:30pm EJ Whitten Legends Game

Saturday September 1

• 5.30pm Tiger Time
• 2017 AFL Grand Final Parade
• 2017 AFL Grand Final (extended version)

Sunday September 2

• 7:30pm Bounce
• 8:30pm The Beep Test

Monday September 3

• 7:00pm AFL Tonight
• 7:30pm AFL 360 – Chris Scott and Alan Richardson
• 8:30pm On The Couch

Tuesday September 4

• 7:00pm AFL Tonight
• 7:30pm AFL 360 – Jordan Lewis and Jack Riewoldt
• 8:30pm Open Mike – Mark Neeld
• 9:00pm 28 Games – Rise of the Baby Bombers

Wednesday September 5

• 6:00pm AFL Tonight
• 6:30pm Finals Lowdown
• 7:30pm AFL 360 – Nick Riewoldt and Bob Murphy
• 8:30pm On The Mark
• 9:00pm Finals Lowdown

Thursday September 6

• 6:30pm 1st – Qualifying Final- Richmond v Hawthorn

Friday September 7

• 7pm 1st Elimination Final – Melbourne v Geelong

Saturday September 8

• 3.30pm 2nd Elimination Final – Sydney v GWS
• 7.45pm 2nd Qualifying Final – West Coast v Collingwood

Sunday September 9

• 7:30pm Bounce
• 8:30pm The Beep Test

Foxtel launches FoxFlicks streaming on demand movie service

Foxtel has launched FoxFlicks – a streaming VOD (video on demand) movie service available at no extra cost to Foxtel Movies subscribers that delivers Australian audiences a curated unrivalled movie experience.

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany promised a raft of initiatives across the next few months and the FoxFlicks announcement follows just two weeks after the Foxtel 4K initiative.

There is no way for movie fans to access FoxFlicks without taking a Foxtel subscription. At the moment that minimum financial commitment for new subscribers is $46 a month for an annual spend of $539, which offers three months free and a 4K iQ4 box which costs $125. That gives a subscriber access to 10 movie channels, 45 entertainment channels and FoxFlicks.

Over 1,000 of Foxtel’s premium on demand titles from all six major Hollywood studios are available to stream via the FoxFlicks menu on iQ3 and iQ4 boxes. The service offers movie posters, trailers, recommendations and an easy navigation experience.

Patrick Delany said, “A new movie every day of the year, and over 1,000 movies to stream on demand at any time for our customers – this is Foxtel like never before. We are revolutionising how we present movies and giving Foxtel viewers an easy, simple way to stream a huge lineup of movies when they want, and how they want, all part of the Movies package.

“FoxFlicks is the most advanced movie destination in Australia and is part of Foxtel’s ongoing commitment and vision as Australia’s premium content streaming destination. This service enhances the way we deliver our expertly curated movie selection. The depth of programming, combined with our first-run deals with the major studios, ensures FoxFlicks delivers our viewers unrivalled premium movies in a personalised and customised way.”

Subscribers will receive FoxFlicks in addition to the 10 linear Foxtel Movies channels that deliver content 24 hours a day across Premiere, Action, Comedy, Romance, Disney, Family, Masterpiece, Greats and Thriller, plus pop-up movie channels and a catalogue of titles available to search and watch instantly via set-top boxes and devices.

TV Ratings Analysis: August 28

• Master bedroom envy: The Block again secures Nine victory
• Tough crowd! Australian Survivor’s Tegan voted out… twice!

By James Manning


Home And Away started the week on 633,000 and then dropped to 616,000 – both numbers lower than the week 34 average.

Seven then went old school with an ob doc hour into Aussie drama.

Border Security started the hour on 418,000 with the audience then growing to 455,000 for The Force.

800 Words then did 446,000 after 471,000 a week ago.


Coles Little Shop collectables chaos and a report on a small town tragedy from reporter Leila McKinnon featured on A Current Affair with 758,000 watching after 840,000 on Monday.

The Block saw the Blockheads continuing to construct their master bedroom suites, which are already looking like being very impressive. So too were the ratings again with 1.01m for the Tuesday episode, 350,000 higher than the next-most popular entertainment show.

Nine then delivered a double shot of True Story With Hamish And Andy. The fresh episode did 655,000 (703,000 last week) and then the repeat 533,000 (558,000 last week).


The Project featured a studio appearance from newish boy band sensation Why Don’t We, who listed The Beatles as their favourite boy band. The episode did 528,000 after 7pm.

A long and complex episode of Australian Survivor last night, which would have appealed big time to fans who follow the strategies people employ to survive. In the end it was Tegan who was sent home. However, it took two votes, from two tribes, at the one tribal council to get rid of her. The episode did 667,000 after 661,000 last week.


Foreign Correspondent was in Berlin with reporter Eric Campbell looking at Israelis resettling in Berlin. After 486,000 a week ago, the episode last night was on 416,000.

Catalyst looked at the possibility of building a time machine for its audience of 337,000.

Part three of Essential Media’s Search For Second Earth then did 227,000.


Episode three of the way-too-short four-part Great Indian Train Journeys did 319,000. It was the channel’s most-watched program last week and could perhaps swing that again this week.

A repeat of Insight was on 270,000 followed by Dateline on 193,000.

Week 35 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 11.2% 7 15.9% 9 22.2% TEN 13.5% SBS One 5.9%
ABC 2 3.2% 7TWO 3.3% GO! 3.7% ONE 3.1% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.1% GEM 3.7% ELEVEN 2.1% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 2.0% 9Life 1.9% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 16.7% 25.3% 31.5% 18.7% 7.8%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.6% 7 18.2% 9 18.9% WIN 10.0% SBS One 4.8%
ABC 2 2.9% 7TWO 4.4% GO! 4.7% ONE 3.4% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 6.8% GEM 5.7% ELEVEN 1.4% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 2.0% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 16.2% 30.8% 31.3% 14.8% 6.9%


84.5% 15.5%


Tuesday FTA
  1. The Block Nine 1,015,000
  2. Seven News Seven 996,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 955,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 934,000
  5. Nine News Nine 934,000
  6. ABC News ABC 768,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 758,000
  8. Australian Survivor Ten 667,000
  9. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 655,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 616,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 596,000
  12. 7.30 ABC 572,000
  13. True Story With Hamish & Andy (R) Nine 533,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 532,000
  15. The Project 7pm Ten 528,000
  16. The Force – Behind The Line Seven 455,000
  17. 800 Words Seven 446,000
  18. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 418,000
  19. Foreign Correspondent ABC 416,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 379,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 290,000
  2. Australian Survivor Ten 232,000
  3. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 184,000
  4. True Story With Hamish & Andy (R) Nine 159,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 157,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 455,000
  2. Australian Survivor Ten 351,000
  3. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 315,000
  4. True Story With Hamish & Andy (R) Nine 274,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 258,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 518,000
  2. Australian Survivor Ten 378,000
  3. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 367,000
  4. True Story With Hamish & Andy (R) Nine 312,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 309,000


TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 220,000
  2. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 215,000
  3. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 213,000
  4. Little Roy-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 212,000
  5. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 206,000
  6. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 202,000
  7. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 193,000
  8. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 191,000
  9. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 189,000
  10. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 185,000
  11. Fireman Sam-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 181,000
  12. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 178,000
  13. The Big Bang Theory TX3 9GO! 174,000
  14. The Big Bang Theory TX1 9GO! 173,000
  15. Hey Duggee-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 172,000
  16. PJ Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 163,000
  17. Aussie Salvage Squad-PM 7mate 162,000
  18. Luo Bao Bei-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 160,000
  19. New Tricks 9Gem 157,000
  20. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
TUESDAY Subscription TV
  1. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 98,000
  2. Jones & Co Sky News Live 83,000
  3. Wentworth showcase 82,000
  4. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 69,000
  5. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 65,000
  6. The Simpsons FOX8 58,000
  7. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 57,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 53,000
  9. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 52,000
  10. Live: Back Page FOX SPORTS 501 51,000
  11. Credlin Sky News Live 50,000
  12. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Foxtel Movies Premiere 49,000
  13. Open Mike FOX FOOTY 48,000
  14. Family Guy FOX8 48,000
  15. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 42,000
  16. As Time Goes By FOX Classics 42,000
  17. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 42,000
  18. PML Overtime Sky News Live 42,000
  19. AFL: Keeping North South FOX FOOTY 40,000
  20. Bones TVH!TS 39,000

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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

‘Not good enough’: Electronic gadget sellers top complaints register

The quality of some products sold by the country’s top electronic retailers, including Kogan, Samsung and Harvey Norman, is “not good enough”, says NSW Fair Trading Minister Matt Kean, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Julie Power.

His comments come as the latest monthly list of consumer complaints was dominated by claims of defective and poor quality goods sold by the country’s biggest and most well-known electronic retailers.

Of the 18 companies generating 314 complaints on the monthly register, nine were electronic retailers.

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Google and other tech companies are ‘suppressing’ conservative voices, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at tech companies, accusing Google and others of “suppressing” conservative voices and “hiding information” and good news, reports Darlene Superville for The Sydney Morning Herald from Washington.

He cited no evidence for the claim, which echoes both his own attacks on the press and a conservative talking point.

Google responded by saying: “We never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

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It’s tempting to ignore the early morning tweets of a technology-challenged US president, writes Shira Ovide in The Australian Financial Review. But in the wee hours on Tuesday, Donald Trump posted a vague threat to take action against Google for displaying web search results of legitimate news stories he apparently didn’t like.

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Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Google and the tech giants, accusing the search engine of favoring “Fake News” at the expense of conservative voices, reports Cameron Stewart in The Australian.

After a series of angry tweets about the issue from the president, Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the administration would examine whether Google needed to be regulated by government.

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Prime Media blames loss on decline of free-to-air ads

Losses at regional TV broadcaster Prime Media have widened to $12.28 million in the year to June 30, a 133.9% turnaround on the previous corresponding period, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.

The broadcaster, affiliated with the dominant Seven Network, blamed losses on the “ongoing decline of regional free-to-air television advertising markets and increasing programming costs”.

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In a recent interview with Mediaweek, Prime Media Group CEO Ian Audsley described the regional market as “undersubscribed”.

He said: “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.”

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What’s ahead for Qantas, Nine Entertainment and Platinum Asset Management

Higher fuel costs, regulatory approval and performance recovery are just some of the challenges facing investors, write Jemima Whyte, Max Mason and Vesna Poljak in The AFR.

Industry background: Not that long ago many claimed the death knell for television was not far away. Free-to-air advertising revenue was under pressure and by the end of 2016, Nine’s share price had more than halved since relisting in 2013 at $2.05.

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News Corp boss Michael Miller upgrading home three years after getting the top job

News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller has put his luxury Bellevue Hill home up for grabs for $5.5 million in time for Saturday’s official start to the spring selling season, writes Domain’s Lucy Macken.

The sales campaign comes amid rumours Miller and his wife Tonya are upgrading their home to buy into the well-heeled suburb’s double-digit market.

Miller’s move up the property ladder comes three years after he was appointed to the media organisation’s top job and given a seat on the board of News’ majority-owned property group REA.

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USYD student magazine continues to publish author accused of offensive views on the Jewish community

The University of Sydney’s student magazine refuses to stop publishing an author accused of offensive views on the Jewish community and the Holocaust, reports Remy Varga in The Australian.

Now Jay Tharappel, who has drawn fire from Jewish students for his social-media posts, has caused controversy with his latest piece “Nine days in North Korea”, published on the Honi Soit website last Thursday. In the article, Tharappel said inequality in the totalitarian regime “pales in comparison to the inequality you see in the capitalist world”.

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BuzzFeed asks readers to donate to support its news operations

BuzzFeed News is becoming the latest newsroom to ask its readers to help shoulder the cost of newsgathering, reports Benjamin Mullin in The Australian.

The digital media company plans to unveil a feature at the bottom of its news pages that allows readers to donate between $US5 and $US100. The donation feature asks readers to “help us report to you” and calls upon them to join a community that will shape the future of BuzzFeed News.

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Artists, newspapers rail against tech giants in EU copyright war

It has been dubbed one of the most brutal lobbying wars in Brussels history, pitting media firms and Paul McCartney on one side against Big Tech and internet freedom denizens on the other, reports AFP.

The fight is over controversial copyright laws that the European Union says will drag the bloc into the 21st century and ensure creators of music, movies and news are paid fairly.

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The Bachelor: Nick Cummins’s sister reveals the two women she believes are there for fame

The sister of Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins has defended her brother as the “real deal”, calling out the women she sees as playing the game on reality dating show The Bachelor, reports Jonathon Moran in The Daily Telegraph.

Bernadette Cummins, 38, the eldest of the footballer’s three sisters, will appear on the dating show tonight alongside her father Mark and brother Jacob.

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HBO releases first look at Game of Thrones final season

The first footage from the final season of Game of Thrones is finally here – but be warned, it provides only the tiniest glimpse, writes Bronte Coy in The Daily Telegraph.

HBO dropped the little teaser as part of a broader clip promoting the network’s 2019 lineup, of which Thrones is obviously the centrepiece.

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MasterChef’s George Calombaris takes Greek dining to the skies on Qatar Airways

Celebrity chef George Calombaris and Qatar Airways have joined forces to create Greek-inspired in-flight dining options for passengers travelling from Australia, reports Grace Millimaci in The West Australian.

The good news is it’s not just for those in first or business classes – those in economy also will be able to enjoy Calombaris’s signature dishes, but not until “the first quarter of 2019”.

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The rise of Australian singer Dean Lewis

Dean Lewis’s ascension to the top of the charts has been so quick the muso has found it hard to keep on top of his many successes, writes The Daily Telegraph’s Jonathon Moran.

The first release of tickets for his November Summer Tour sold out in three minutes with a similar result the next day when new shows were added, thanks to the global success of his hit, Be Alright.

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Sports Media

Cricket Australia closer to finding its new CEO

Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews is on the short list to replace James Sutherland as Cricket Australia CEO.

Matthews, former NSW Cricket Association chairman John Warn, Cricket Australia director and Grand Prix Corporation chairman John Harnden and CA chief operating officer Kevin Roberts are among those also in line for the job.

Sutherland gave 12 months’ notice when he announced his retirement in June, saying he wanted to give the board time to find a suitable replacement and to make the handover as smooth as possible.

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Fans excited for Usain Bolt’s A-League debut on Friday night but Olympic gold medallist nervous

Usain Bolt is set to headline a Big Bash-style extravaganza at Central Coast Stadium on Friday night – on the proviso it doesn’t hurt his push for a $3 million A-League contract, reports The Daily Telegraph’s Nick Walshaw.

As Bolt prepares to make his football debut on Australian soil, the Mariners are putting the final touches to a blockbuster event involving fireworks, dancers, a “Bolt Bay”, a DJ, Mariners cannon, $50 family tickets, and the distribution of 100,000 Bolt masks.

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Usain Bolt says he’ll definitely be nervous when he makes his first appearance for A-League club Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season practice match on Friday night, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Adrian Warren.

The Olympic track great has been training on the left wing since beginning his trial with the club last week and says he hopes to play about 15-20 minutes against a Central Coast amateur selection in Gosford.

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The 2018/19 season of Hyundai A-League will be broadcast on Fox Sports.

The Cronulla Sharks salary cap scandal a painful story for Buzz Rothfield

Buzz Rothfield writes in The Daily Telegraph, “This is one of the hardest stories I’ve had to write in 42 years as a sports writer.

“Most readers of this newspaper would be aware I am a Cronulla Sharks tragic – a season ticket holder, member and fanatical fan.

“I have been since I covered the Sharks’ 1978 grand final replay against Manly on a Tuesday afternoon at the Sydney Cricket Ground and walked away thinking they were hard done by.”

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Another Ticketek fiasco: Sydney and GWS fans left without finals tickets

Swans and Giants members and fans are caught up in another AFL finals ticketing fiasco, reports Neil Cordy in The Daily Telegraph.

Ticketek’s online booking service crashed on Tuesday when tickets for both MCG finals, Richmond v Hawthorn and Melbourne v Geelong, and the September 8 elimination final between Sydney and GWS at the SCG went on sale simultaneously.

Adding to fans’ fury, some Swans and Giants members were incorrectly informed by Ticketek the match at the SCG had been sold out.

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