Wednesday February 13, 2019

Eddie McGuire and CRA board host politicians in Parliament House

New Commercial Radio Australia chair Grant Blackley, the board and CEO Joan Warner hosted the annual commercial radio cocktail function in Canberra last night.

MC at the Parliament House function was Triple M Melbourne’s Eddie McGuire who reminded the gathered politicians of the reach of commercial radio throughout Australia.

McGuire explained to CRA’s guests, including Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Opposition Communications minister Michelle Rowland, and Senators Pauline Hanson, Derryn Hinch, David Leyonhjelm and others, that more than 80% of Australians listen to commercial radio and that despite increased competition, young people are listening to radio.

He noted that in an all-important election year, all sides of politics could reach voters through their local commercial radio station.

Nova Entertainment’s Cathy O’Connor, Josh Frydenberg and Macquarie Media’s Adam Lang

McGuire also recalled growing up and listening to Derryn Hinch on radio and thanked him for his service to the radio industry and now in politics.

He quoted the power of radio that “speaks to millions but retains its intimacy”. McGuire explained listening to radio in the car was still something families do together and it sparked discussions.  

McGuire was in Canberra after arriving back in Australia on the weekend after a week broadcasting from Atlanta at the Super Bowl and then New York.

CRA chair Grant Blackley with Mitch Fifield and Eddie McGuire

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield also spoke at the function and said it was finally good to have a Melbourne host for the CRA function in Eddie McGuire, following on from previous hosts Ray Hadley, Alan Jones and Ben Fordham.

The Minister also said he thought McGuire would gain a lot more listeners in Melbourne if he wasn’t the chairman of the Collingwood Football Club.

Triple M Melbourne has increased its coverage from Canberra in an election year with Sky News political editor David Speers now a regular guest.

Top photo: Joan Warner and Eddie McGuire with Pauline Hanson

Brisbane Airport extends 18-year outdoor partnership with oOh!media

oOh!media has entered into a new long-term partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) extending the 18-year relationship between the two companies.

The contract win follows on from the company securing a long-term agreement for the Brisbane City Council street furniture contract late last year.

The new airport agreement will leverage oOh!’s capabilities in content, data and technology and will include unique new signage including what will be the largest digital airport billboard, real-time content delivery and data informed targeting.

Chief executive officer of oOh! Brendon Cook said oOh! was thrilled to extend its partnership with BAC and to drive new innovation and initiatives that exceeded the experience expectations of both corporate and leisure travellers.

“Brisbane Airport, which has been recognised as one of the world’s best airports for its size, is in a period of rapid growth and change,” Cook said.

“We look forward to working with BAC to build on this momentum while continuing to drive innovation in how media assets can be used to enhance the entire customer journey.”

The BAC agreement, which includes exclusive rights for internal and external advertising for both the domestic and international terminals, cements oOh!’s leadership position in the airport environment.

Jennifer Andrews, Brisbane Airport Corporation head of retail and commercial, said oOh! would help Brisbane Airport stay at the forefront of airport amenity both now and in the future.

“Brisbane Airport is committed to delivering our passengers with a unique and engaging experience and showcasing the best of Brisbane to the world,” Andrews said.

“oOh! is an innovative leader in out of home and the broader media sector, with a unique approach to delivering high engagement with multiple media platforms throughout the passenger journey.

“We are particularly excited by oOh!’s proposal to introduce content throughout the airport to promote not only Brisbane city, but major events, as well as provide bespoke content and entertainment for our travellers which showcases the best of what Brisbane and Queensland has to offer.”

oOh!’s chief commercial & product officer Robbie Dery said the extension of the partnership meant that Brisbane Airport will benefit from oOh!’s comprehensive end-to-end audience proposition.

“Advertisers continue to look for audience lead solutions and places a high value on being able to engage with them over a prolonged period of time,” Dery said.

“Our data capabilities enable advertisers to target and quantify specific audience segments in a high dwell environment, so they can tell their brand story over a prolonged period of time to engage deeper.

“With our end-to-end offering, they can also reach their audiences across multiple platforms, including on billboards on the roads leading into and out of the airport, while checking in, when going through security, at departure gates and when collecting luggage at the other end.”

APN Outdoor launches Perth’s newest digital supersite

APN Outdoor, now part of JCDecaux, has extended its out-of-home footprint launching Perth’s newest digital supersite on the Mitchell Freeway.

Positioned for maximum exposure on Perth’s major northbound thoroughfare, the super-sized digital billboard measures 12.66 x 3.35 metres and captures three lanes of inbound traffic heading towards the central business district.

JCDecaux general manager digital media Damien Rath said: “High-exposure roadside billboards coupled with the flexibility of digital technology enables brands to connect with passing consumers using creative that is both compelling and contextually relevant. We are delighted to secure such a strategic location on the Mitchell Freeway.”

Rath said the Mitchell Freeway supersite launch is another key component of JCDecaux’s expansion in the Perth market. In December last year, JCDecaux signed a new agreement with Perth Airport, rounding out its existing contract covering internal advertising in all four terminals, as well as external billboards approaching and within the Perth Airport precinct.

JCDecaux currently holds the rights to all external advertising at the Airport, along with internal advertising in T1 International, T1 Domestic, T2 and T3 terminals.

JCDecaux will take on the rights to advertise in T4, where Qantas Group operates its domestic services, on January 31 2019, marking the first time Perth Airport has worked with one advertising provider across all its terminals. As part of the new agreement, existing advertising assets will be refreshed throughout the terminal.

Gardening Australia: ABC lifestyle veteran marks a milestone

ABC is celebrating a big television anniversary this week as Gardening Australia turns 30. 2018 was a year of change for the program – new timeslot, new day and a new format plus the Melbourne production office also relocated.

By James Manning

The show moved from Saturday night where it was a 30-minute program to Friday nights and a 60-minute format. It rumbles in the timeslot now with Better Homes & Garden and The Living Room.

Gill Lomas has been with the program since 2011 working as a series producer and more recently as executive producer. She admitted it’s a good place to work.

“You wouldn’t believe the number of people I bump into who tell me it’s their dream job. We make feel good television and that permeates through the whole office. The producers are out in stunning gardens all day meeting passionate people. We are all really fortunate and we are a very happy crew.”

She has been working on the anniversary special, which screens this Friday night, since mid-2018. “We will be running for 90 minutes this week – the episode has been dubbed Gardening Australia – The Movie,” she laughed. And the celebrations don’t start and end this week: “Let’s keep the birthday going – it’s not a birthday week, but a birthday year.” There will be special events planned across 2019 and the show will highlight some the memorable moments from its archives.

Although explaining she is not responsible for scheduling the program, Lomas agreed Friday is a very competitive timeslot for the program. It was a timeslot of course where Burke’s Backyard ruled for many years before Better Homes & Gardens later moved in.

Continued at mediaweek.com.au.

Top photo: Gill Lomas with Costa Georgiadis

Nova's Red Room secures The Chainsmokers for show at The Espy

The Chainsmokers, the Grammy Award-winning American artist/producer duo, will play Nova’s Red Room at The Espy in St Kilda on Friday February 22, presented by Student Flights.

The performance takes place ahead of their headline set at Ultra Australia at Flemington Race Course the following day.

The pair will play some of their biggest hits including Closer, along with tracks off their album Sick Boy, which has generated over 1 billion worldwide streams to date.

Nova winners and industry guests will also experience a live performance of their newest release Who Do You Love?, which features Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer.

Nova audiences will get the chance to win an invite by listening to top rating national evening show Smallzy’s Surgery or Nova 100 or enter online at novafm.com.au.

Following their Nova’s Red Room performance, fans can catch The Chainsmokers at Australia’s first edition of the globally renowned Ultra Australia in Melbourne, at Flemington Racecourse on February 23, and at Parramatta Park in Sydney on February 24.

The Chainsmokers first performed for Nova listeners on Nova’s Red Room Global Tour in June 2017. The duo kicked off Australia’s biggest music and travel experience, performing for Nova competition winners in Rhode Island USA.

Top photo: Nova’s Smallzy with The Chainsmokers in the USA at their first Nova Red Room event

Five Australians nominated in Country Music International Awards

Nu Country TV is one of five Australian nominations in the international section of the 2019 Country Music Awards in the US.

Veteran Victorian journalist, TV and radio host and songwriter David Dawson (pictured) has been nominated for the 2019 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.

Dawson is one of five Australians nominated for the annual awards.

He joins Cessnock singer-songwriter and prolific Golden Guitarist Travis Collins, Sydney marketer and general manager of Chugg Entertainment Susan Heymann, group program director of Nova Entertainment Paul Jackson, and Trevor Smith of Aloha Media, Byron Bay-based content production house for audio, visual and online.

Jackson and Smith are both nominated for the International Country Broadcaster Award.

Nu Country TV reports this is the latest chapter in Dawson’s journey that included 25 years volunteer work for Nu Country FM as DJ and programmer from 1994 and producer-host of Nu Country TV since 2002.

Dawson’s journalistic journey began as a teenager on the Launceston Examiner in 1965 after writing for satirical magazines Tom Thumb and Kings Cross Whisper while at school.

Dawson, now 71, first toured the US in 1978 and interviewed country stars and songwriters when he was crime and music writer for Melbourne Truth from 1970-79.

He also wrote country music columns and features for the Geelong Advertiser, Juke, In Press, Beat, Mixdown, Nation Review, TV Week, Listener-In Scene, The Living Daylights and Loose Licks.

Dawson was also a country music feature writer for the Melbourne Herald Sun, The Age, People, Warrnambool Standard and Australasian Post and was music columnist and feature writer on Sydney’s Daily Mirror from 1980-85.

During that era he contributed music news reports for the Malcolm T Elliott show on 2UE, John Singleton and Harry Wilde’s 2KY program, and was a regular guest on 4KQ, Brisbane, and 3UZ in Melbourne when his former Burnie flat-mate Rod Stone was music director for both stations.

TV Ratings Analysis: Tuesday February 12

• Sex talk in Yes Week helps keep Married At First Sight #1
• Hall of Famers from Margaret River score on My Kitchen Rules
• Penultimate episode of I’m A Celebrity selects final three
• Leigh Sales fails to engage Peter Dutton on Turnbull during 7.30

By James Manning

Tuesday: Week 7 2019

FTA TV news/current affairs

• Seven News 956,000/938,000
• Nine News 811,000/840,000
• A Current Affair 755,000
• ABC News 664,000
• 7.30 522,000
• The Project 224,000/378,000
• 10 News First 382,000
• SBS World News 122,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 285,000
Today 200,000

Week 7 Reality Battle

Married At First Sight
Sunday 1,263,000
Monday 1,298,000
Tuesday 1,183,000

My Kitchen Rules
Sunday 1,046,000
Monday 906,000
Tuesday 855,000

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here
Sunday 544,000/625,000
Monday 560,000/566,000
Tuesday 536,000/580,000

Seven

My Kitchen Rules ventured into new territory last night with Margaret River mother and son Lisa and John getting a perfect 10 from both Manu and Pete for all three courses. This is the first time that has ever happened and they enter the MKR Hall of Fame. Even the production people seemed to fall in love with them. It took an hour for the entrée to be served after each step of the seafood cocktail creation was carefully detailed. Meanwhile at the dinner table, strangers Milly and Karoline joined group two, meeting each other for the first time. There was some clever close promotion too with the mention of Home And Away during one conversation as the show takes over the 7pm slot next week. The Tuesday episode was down on previous nights this week, but its 855,000 was up on 799,000 from Tuesday last week.

An episode of The Good Doctor followed with 579,000 after 577,000 a week ago.

Nine

Reporter Reid Butler had a great report on the Tony Mokbel prison attack with contributions from Nine Melbourne newspaper reporters John Silvester and Nick McKenzie. Also contributing was crime journalist and podcaster Adam Shand. The Tuesday episode was again under 800,000.

Not so much controversy, so far, from last night’s episode in what is Yes Week on Married At First Sight. There was sex talk and some weird scenes with dress up one of the features of the week. The Tuesday episode of 1.18m was up slightly on last week’s 1.17m Tuesday crowd.

The second episode of the new season of Travel Guides then did 653,000 after 731,000 last week. There was dress up involved here too in a Europe special with a fun recreation of The Sound Of Music and river cruising.

10

Recently returned footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was a guest on The Project along with one of his Save Hakeem supporters Craig Foster. The episode did 378,000 after 7pm.

The penultimate episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was always going to be tough for fans as the final five was a great group. The final live episode of the show featured a double elimination and it was goodbye to Luke Jacobz and Angie Kent. The show’s audience has only until 7pm tonight to vote for Shane Crawford, Richard Reid or Yvie Jones as the Jungle King or Queen. The Tuesday episode peaked just under 600,000 for the eliminations, the same as the Tuesday elimination a week ago.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem special guests included Claire Hooper, Luke McGregor and Meshel Laurie. The show did 369,000 after 388,000 a week ago.

ABC

Peter Dutton was a guest on 7.30 to talk about the Government’s challenges in Parliament. Host Leigh Sales tried to ask Dutton about Malcolm Turnbull at the end of the interview, explaining she had never had the chance to speak with him since Turnbull was dumped as PM. Dutton declined the invitation despite several offers. The episode did 522,000.

Foreign Correspondent then did 355,000 followed by a Catalyst special called Allergy Clinic on 349,000.

SBS

A new season of Michael Portillo’s Abandoned Britain started at 7.30pm with 220,000 watching the first of five episodes.

Another Insight repeat then did 133,000.

Week 7 TV: Tuesday
TUESDAY METRO
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 10.6% 7 23.2% 9 24.6% 10  11.6% SBS One 4.0%
ABC 2 2.7% 7TWO 2.3% GO! 3.3% 10 Bold 3.6% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 2.6% GEM 2.2% 10 Peach 1.4% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 2.0%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.3%            
TOTAL 15.1%   29.9%   32.1%   16.6%   6.3%

 

TUESDAY REGIONAL
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.7% 7 25.0% 9 18.2% WIN 10.9% SBS One 3.4%
ABC 2 3.0% 7TWO 3.9% GO! 4.3% WIN Bold 2.4% VICELAND 1.7%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 4.3% GEM 3.3% WIN Peach 1.6% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.7% 9Life 1.6% Sky News  on WIN 0.7% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 15.8%   34.9%   27.4%   15.6%   6.2%

 

TUESDAY METRO ALL TV
FTA STV
87.6% 12.4%
Tuesday FTA
  1. Married At First Sight Nine 1,183,000
  2. Seven News Seven 956,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 938,000
  4. My Kitchen Rules Seven 855,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 840,000
  6. Nine News Nine 811,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 755,000
  8. ABC News ABC 664,000
  9. Travel Guides Nine 653,000
  10. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination 10 580,000
  11. The Good Doctor Seven 579,000
  12. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 536,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 522,000
  14. The Chase Australia Seven 522,000
  15. Hot Seat Nine 425,000
  16. 10 News First 10 382,000
  17. The Project 7pm 10 378,000
  18. Hughesy, We Have A Problem 10 369,000
  19. Foreign Correspondent ABC 355,000
  20. Catalyst ABC 349,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 385,000
  2. Travel Guides Nine 201,000
  3. My Kitchen Rules Seven 169,000
  4. A Current Affair Nine 137,000
  5. Seven News Seven 131,000

 

18-49 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 609,000
  2. Travel Guides Nine 328,000
  3. My Kitchen Rules Seven 287,000
  4. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination 10 256,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 227,000

 

25-54 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 651,000
  2. Travel Guides Nine 362,000
  3. My Kitchen Rules Seven 339,000
  4. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination 10 298,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 268,000
Tuesday Multichannel
  1. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 168,000
  2. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  3. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  4. Bluey-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 156,000
  5. PJ Masks-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  6. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  7. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  8. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 141,000
  9. Go Jetters-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  10. The Expendables 3 9GO! 123,000
  11. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 122,000
  12. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  13. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000
  14. Neighbours 10 Peach 117,000
  15. CSI: Miami E2 10 Bold 114,000
  16. School Of Roars-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  17. Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Ad VAEBNCTKUIDRESS/C!-POMEDY 113,000
  18. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 111,000
  19. Bondi Rescue E2 (R) 10 Bold 110,000
  20. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 109,000
Tuesday Subscription TV
  1. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 64,000
  2. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 57,000
  3. Credlin Sky News Live 51,000
  4. The Great British Bake Off LifeStyle FOOD 48,000
  5. Jones & Co Sky News Live 48,000
  6. PML Later Sky News Live 45,000
  7. Game Of Thrones BoxSets 37,000
  8. Chicago P.D. UNIVERSAL TV 33,000
  9. Game Of Thrones BoxSets 32,000
  10. Yes, Prime Minister FOX Classics 31,000
  11. Ncis TVH!TS 31,000
  12. Silent Witness BBC First 31,000
  13. Silent Witness BBC First 30,000
  14. Game Of Thrones BoxSets 30,000
  15. Escape To The Country LifeStyle Channe; 29,000
  16. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 28,000
  17. Live: WWE Raw FOX8 28,000
  18. Mickey And The Roadster Racers Disney Junior 27,000
  19. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 27,000
  20. Speers Sky News Live 27,000

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Media News Roundup

Business Of Media

Seven West Media joins battle for 170 former Fairfax mastheads

Seven West Media has entered the competition to buy Nine Entertainment’s community newspapers inherited in Nine’s recent acquisition of Fairfax, taking on private equity suitors eager to secure the assets, reports The Australian’s Data Room column.

On offer is the Australian Community Media division that was part of Fairfax Media and is now for sale through Macquarie Capital. Bids are due next month, and so far the parties that have secured an information memorandum for the sales process are Allegro Funds Management and Anchorage Capital Partners, along with Seven West Media and News Corp, publisher of The Australian.

Seven West Media, controlled by billionaire Kerry Stokes, is considered a wildcard in the contest for ACM.

Valuation estimates range from less than $100m to about $250m, valuing the business at two times its earnings.

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AFTRS chief executive Neil Peplow to depart school to return to UK

Russel Howcroft, chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, has announced the resignation of AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow.

Neil Peplow

Peplow, originally from the UK, is returning with his family to London. He will leave the school mid 2019.

Howcroft said: “Under Neil’s stewardship, AFTRS has become internationally renowned as a centre of creative excellence and one which, at a time of unprecedented change and opportunity in our industry, is incredibly forward thinking in its approach to screen education. I respect Neil enormously and applaud the work he has done at AFTRS over the past three and a half years.  His energy, ideas and dynamism have set the School on an excellent path for the future.

“I would also like to acknowledge Neil’s work for the broader screen industry, particularly in the areas of diversity and innovation. I am very sorry to see him depart but wish him and his family well for the future.”

Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said: “Neil has made an exceptional contribution in his time at AFTRS. I would like to thank him for his commitment and his determination. He leaves having secured AFTRS’ reputation as one of the world’s leading screen schools.”

Howcroft said the search for a new CEO will begin immediately.

News Brands

Blackmail, bluff and Bezos: Cameron Stewart on tabloid tsunami

Jeff Bezos is no stranger to dramatic change, having built his $US780 billion ($1.1 trillion) Amazon empire from scratch, reports The Australian’s Cameron Stewart.

But nothing could have prepared the world’s richest man for the tabloid tsunami that has upturned his life in the past month.

Bezos is at the centre of an unfolding story that has placed a lurid spotlight on the intersection of power, politics, sex and wealth in America. The man who once portrayed himself as a private, homespun businessman who drove cheap cars and washed the dishes at home, and who also owns The Washington Post, has become front-page news for all the wrong reasons.

Bezos was told on January 7 that National Enquirer was about to reveal he was having an affair with Lauren Sanchez, 49, a former host of the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance.

Two days later, Bezos tweeted that he and his wife of 25 years, novelist MacKenzie Bezos, with whom he has four children, were divorcing.

Bezos appears to believe the story was politically motivated, while the magazine argues it was just a cracker yarn that would see the edition fly off the shelves.

Bezos accused National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail by threatening to publish intimate pictures of him unless he agreed to state publicly that the magazine was not motivated by politics when it revealed his affair.

Bezos revealed emails from top National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard to his lawyers. Howard, an Australian, is a former sports reporter for the Seven Network in Melbourne. Described by former colleagues as ruthless, charming and ambitious, he moved to New York in 2008 to try his luck in entertainment reporting, rising quickly to assume a key position at National Enquirer.

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Cash’s ex-staffer sues AWU, Buzzfeed over subpoena claims

The former chief of staff to Michaelia Cash has lodged defamation proceedings in the Federal Court against Australian Workers Union national secretary Daniel Walton and listicle-orientated news website Buzzfeed, reports The Australian’s Joe Kelly.

The lodging of the documents by Ben Davies comes as the Federal Court civil trial unfolds into the legality of the 2017 Australian Federal Police raids on the AWU’s Melbourne and Sydney offices.

Davies is seeking losses and aggravated damages against the AWU and Walton as well as Buzzfeed and journalist Alice Workman.

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New York, New York for Rupert Murdoch's Australian editors

News Corp’s Australian newspapers are being piloted remotely this week, with their editors in New York for their annual team séance with Rupert Murdoch and his co-chairman Lachlan, reports The AFR’s Joe Aston.

Absent from Southbank are Herald Sun editorial director Peter Blunden and editor Damon Johnston, and from Holt Street The Australian’s editor-in-chief Chris Dore and Daily Telegraph editor Ben English.

Even Sky News boss Paul Whittaker commuted from Macquarie Park. Qantas must’ve made hatfuls.

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BBC asks White House for security review after Trump rally attack

The BBC has requested the White House review security for media attending President Donald Trump’s rallies after an attack on one of its cameramen, reports BBC News.

The BBC’s Ron Skeans was shoved and sworn at by a man in a Make America Great Again cap during the president’s rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday.

On Tuesday the BBC said the press area was unsupervised, and no security tried to intervene during the incident.

Trump has been critical of media, which he calls the enemy of the people.

The man, who a Trump campaign official said appeared to be drunk, gave Skeans a “very hard shove”, according to the cameraman.

Skeans said the man almost knocked him and his camera over twice before he was wrestled away by a blogger.

President Trump saw the attack, checked they were well with a thumbs up and continued his speech after Skeans returned the gesture.

In a letter to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, the BBC’s Americas bureaux editor Paul Danahar asked for a review of security arrangements for members of the press attending the president’s rallies.

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Sports Media

Global esports revenues to top US$1 billion in 2019 estimates report

Newzoo has releases its 2019 Global Esports Market Report, the fifth edition of the report.

Newzoo reports 2019 marks a major milestone for the global esports market, which will for the first time exceed the billion-dollar revenue mark. In fact, revenues will reach an impressive $1.1 billion in 2019, a year-on-year growth of +26.7%. Around 82% of the total market ($897.2 million), will come from endemic and non-endemic brand investments (media rights, advertising, and sponsorship). The highest-grossing individual esports revenue stream worldwide is sponsorship, generating $456.7 million in 2019. The fastest-growing esports revenue stream by far is media rights. The full report contains a deep dive on the global trends affecting sponsorship, media rights, advertising, and more.

“Esports’ impressive audience and viewership growth is a direct result of an engaging viewership experience untethered to traditional media,” says Newzoo CEO Peter Warman. “Plenty of leagues and tournaments now have huge audiences, so companies are positioning themselves to directly monetise these Esports Enthusiasts. While this began happening last year, the market is constantly expanding on its early learnings. The result: 2019 will be the first billion-dollar year for esports, a market that will continue to attract brands across all industries.”

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Crocmedia secures radio rights to Australia in India + ICC World Cup

Crocmedia has acquired the broadcast radio rights for the Australian cricket team’s tour in India and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

Crocmedia executive director Chris Giannopolous with CEO Craig Hutchison

Crocmedia will have rights to broadcast five One Day International (ODI) matches and two T20 matches from the 2019 Australian tour of India, as well as the 2019 ICC World Cup from England and Wales on 1116 SEN, 1377 SEN+ and DAB+ platforms, plus exclusively for sporting fans in Adelaide via 1629 SEN SA.

The deals, secured with Sports Flashes, an Indian digital content platform, follows SEN’s summer of cricket which saw the network exclusively cover all 59 BBL matches as well as Australia’s Test series matches against both India and Sri Lanka through its rights deal with Cricket Australia.

Crocmedia is the exclusive provider of Big Bash Nation radio for the next six years into most capital cities and across regional Australia.

Executive director of Crocmedia Chris Giannopoulos said the team was excited to be bringing more international cricket to local fans.

“We were thrilled to add cricket to our summer sports line-up this year – headed by our chief sports caller Gerard Whateley – who also led our coverage of the much-discussed Aussies’ 2018 tour of South Africa,” Giannopolous said.

“Cricket on the radio is part of the fabric of the Australian sporting culture and we look forward to expanding our live coverage through the upcoming Aussie tour in India and the ICC Cricket World Cup,” he said.

Schedule

One Day Internationals

• 1st ODI: Sunday February 24
• 2nd ODI: Wednesday February 27
• 3rd ODI: Saturday March 2
• 4th ODI: Tuesday March 5
• 5th ODI: Friday March 8

T20 Internationals

• 1st T20: Sunday March 10 (Monday morning Australia)
• 2nd T20: Wednesday March 13 (Thursday morning Australia)

Crocmedia also has the rights to sub-license the ICC Cricket World Cup to other regional broadcasters in Australia as part of the Sports Flashes partnership which will provide coverage of all 48 matches including Australia’s nine matches and the finals series.

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