Monday July 1, 2019

TV Week Logie History: ABC, 10 & Foxtel win 21 of 24 awards

All nominees with winner in bold.


Amanda Keller (The Living Room/Dancing With The Stars, 10)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia, ABC)
Eve Morey (Neighbours, 10)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)
Sam Mac (Sunrise, Channel Seven)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz, ABC)
Waleed Aly (The Project, 10)

Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, ABC)
Guy Pearce (Jack Irish, ABC)
Luke McGregor (Rosehaven, ABC)
Ray Meagher (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)
Ryan Moloney (Neighbours, 10)

Asher Keddie (The Cry, ABC)
Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven, ABC)
Deborah Mailman (Bite Club/Mystery Road, Nine Network/ABC)
Eve Morey (Neighbours, 10)
Jenna Coleman (The Cry, ABC)
Marta Dusseldorp (A Place To Call Home/Jack Irish, Foxtel/ABC)

Amanda Keller (The Living Room/Dancing With The Stars, 10)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, 10)
Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia, ABC)
Julia Morris (Blind Date/I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here/Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway, 10)
Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz, ABC)
Waleed Aly (The Project, 10)

Bonnie Anderson (Neighbours, 10)
Courtney Miller (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Dylan Alcott (Invictus Games Tonight and The Set, ABC)
Eddie Woo (Teenage Boss, ABC)
Joe Jonas (The Voice Australia, Nine Network)
Tasia Zalar (Mystery Road, ABC)


Doctor Doctor (Nine Network)
Home And Away (Channel Seven)
Mystery Road (ABC)
Neighbours (10)
The Cry (ABC)
Wentworth (Foxtel)

Anh’s Brush With Fame (ABC)
Dancing With The Stars (10)
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/10)
Gruen (ABC)
Hard Quiz (ABC)
The Voice Australia (Nine Network)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (10)
Hughesy, We Have A Problem (10)
Rosehaven (ABC)
Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures (10)
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)
True Story With Hamish & Andy (Nine Network)

Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders (10)
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! (10)
Married At First Sight (Nine Network)
MasterChef Australia (10)
My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)
The Block (Nine Network)

Back In Time For Dinner (ABC)
Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)
Gardening Australia (ABC)
Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel)
The Living Room (10)
Travel Guides (Nine Network)

7.30 (ABC)
60 Minutes (Nine Network)
A Current Affair (Nine Network)
Australian Story (ABC)
Four Corners (ABC)
The Project (10)

MOST POPULAR TELEVISION COMMERCIALDundee: Australia’s Tourism Ad In Disguise – Tourism Australia
Frank – Westpac
I Am The Captain Of My Own Soul – Invictus Games
Naked Wrestling – KFC
Santa Crashes Christmas – Aldi
Serena Project: I Touch Myself – Berlei


Doctor Doctor (Nine Network)
Mystery Road (ABC)
Neighbours (10)
Secret City: Under The Eagle (Foxtel)
Wentworth (Foxtel)

Bloom (Stan)
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You (Channel Seven)
On The Ropes (SBS)
Pine Gap (ABC)
The Cry (ABC)

Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, ABC)
Bryan Brown (Bloom, Stan)
Jay Ryan (Fighting Season, Foxtel)
Robbie Magasiva (Wentworth, Foxtel)
Scott Ryan (Mr Inbetween, Foxtel)

Danielle Cormack (Secret City: Under The Eagle, Foxtel)
Jenna Coleman (The Cry, ABC)
Judy Davis (Mystery Road, ABC)
Leah Purcell (Wentworth, Foxtel)
Nicole Chamoun (On The Ropes, SBS)

Bernard Curry (Wentworth, Foxtel)
Ewen Leslie (Fighting Season, Foxtel)
Frankie J Holden (A Place To Call Home, Foxtel)
Ian Meadows (Dead Lucky, SBS)
Wayne Blair (Mystery Road, ABC)

Asher Keddie (The Cry, ABC)
Celia Ireland (Wentworth, Foxtel)
Jacki Weaver (Bloom, Stan)
Keisha Castle-Hughes (On The Ropes, SBS)
Susie Porter (The Second, Stan)


Australian Ninja Warrior (Nine Network)
Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019 (SBS)
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/10)
Have You Been Paying Attention? (10)
True Story With Hamish & Andy (Nine Network)

Bluey (ABC)
Grace Beside Me (ABC/SBS/NITV)
Mustangs FC (ABC)
Teenage Boss (ABC)
The Bureau Of Magical Things (10)

Australia Vs India; Second Test In Perth (Foxtel)
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Channel Seven)
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 (ABC)
Supercars Championship: Bathurst (10)
The 2018 FIFA World Cup (SBS)

“James Comey Interview” (7.30, ABC)
“Leadership Spill” (Sky News, Foxtel)
“Out Of The Dark” (Four Corners, ABC)
“Townsville Flood Disaster” (7 News, Channel Seven)
“Who Cares?” (Four Corners, ABC)

Employable Me (ABC)
Exposed: The Case Of Keli Lane (ABC)
Ron Iddles: The Good Cop (Foxtel)
Taboo (10)
The Pacific – In The Wake Of Captain Cook With Sam Neil (Foxtel)


Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders (10)
House Rules (Channel Seven)
Married At First Sight (Nine Network)
MasterChef Australia (10)
The Block (Nine Network)

Mercado on The TV Week Logies: Sunday night’s highs and lows

• Fix the red carpet show, how the TV Week readers got it right

By Andrew Mercado

Worst Logies moments

Red Carpet shows should be frocks (lots and lots of them) and interviews (rather than promos for upcoming shows or competitions). This year, we got an awkward-to-handle lucky dip where celebs picked a card of … questions. And why was there was a patch of sand to stand in barefoot … on a red carpet? Please, enough with the stunts and non-stop ads.

It’s tough for any presenter having to be heard over the din of the room straight from a commercial break. And then there was the non-stop noise of knives and forks on plates. In 2019, TV’s night of nights shouldn’t have major audio issues because dinner got served.

Did there really need to be two coaches from The Voice singing during a show already crammed with Nine promos? Oh, and don’t ask a Logies audience to “get on their feet” … and then ask again when nobody does. That never ends well.

Why are international guests even invited to the Logies, when we have more than enough local talent to keep the show going till midnight? The cast of Young Sheldon seem like very nice people, but their cheesy routine was excruciating up against the laidback Aussie style of the show.

Top Logie Moments

Wentworth won Most Outstanding Drama, as voted for by industry peers, and Mystery Road won Most Popular Drama, as voted for by the public. So maybe it’s time to stop whinging about “online voters and TV Week readers” because they got it pretty right this year, across all categories too.

In Memoriam this year was absolutely perfect, with Tracy Grimshaw eulogising Mike Willesee before the roll of greats serenaded by a classic Geoff Harvey piano solo.

It was a memorable Logies speech about disability from Dylan Alcott when he won, but the evening’s highlight was the passionate speech from Hall of Fame recipient Kerry O’Brien. Amongst other things, he demanded protection of the ABC, improving the standard of journalism and then a call action on climate change and indigenous recognition.  

Tom Gleeson opened the show with a blistering routine that spared nobody, and then he ended the night with a savagely funny Gold Logie win. And it was HARD to disagree with him when he pointed out that it was a win for the ABC and Aussie comedy and a nod to the great Norman Gunston who did it first.

Nine’s new DIY ad platform for 2m+ Aussie small businesses

Nine has today opened 9Voyager for business, a move which will open the television market up to more than two million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Australia.

Of those two million businesses, Nine is specifically looking toward the 51,000 that have between 20 to 200 employees as potential users of the new DIY advertising platform.

The self-serve automated buying platform has been built by Nine using its proprietary technology to allow business owners of all sizes to access the power of television as an engine for sales and growth.

“Television is the most effective way to deliver real sales outcomes and today we have given every Australian SME the ability to buy television advertising using 9Voyager”, said Michael Stephenson Nine’s chief sales officer.

In presentations ahead of the launch last week, Stephenson said this will significantly change the way TV is bought and sold.

However until the credit charge transactions start trickling in from today, Nine doesn’t really know just how much of a succuss the 9Voyager platform will be.

The big attraction for many potential customers will be the chance to get a free TV ad once you start spending.

“We have made buying television advertising simple. It’s so easy to use and when you spend $15,000 you will receive a television advertising campaign, a free commercial, Qantas rewards points for every dollar spent and you can pay using your credit card.”

9Voyager was first announced at Nine’s 2019 Upfront in October last year and is built using 9Galaxy technology. It allows any SME to access advertising inventory on Channel 9, 9Go, 9Gem, 9Life and digital video platform 9Now and pay via credit card, all in one simple transaction.

For customers without a television commercial 9Voyager has a fully integrated creative briefing functionality. Accessing over 12,000 creative and production partners around the world, we will shoot, produce and deliver a high quality 30 second commercial for our SME partners using global video creation platform 90 Seconds.

Nine is expecting to attract many advertisers who currently advertise with digital platforms.

Many of Australia’s two million SME’s are already using a self-serve platform to buy Facebook and Google. They have told us that they want an alternative. So, we built it. 9Voyager will give SME’s access to Nine’s premium, brand-safe inventory allowing them to reach the millions of Australians who access Nine’s content on live TV or on demand every week to grow their business,” said Stephenson.

Ahead of today’s 9Voyager launch, Nine established a specialist sales group Nine+ to create marketing and advertising solutions for Australia’s 2 million SME’s using Nines television, digital and publishing assets including 9Voyager.

Former APN Outdoor executive Tim Rose has joined Nine to lead the Nine+ team.

“9Voyager has now made television advertising accessible to every Australian SME,” said Rose. “A television schedule, a television commercial and Qantas rewards points all for $15,000.”

Nine has also presented the 9Galaxy platform globally at some of the leading media technology shows around the world including the NAB show in Las Vegas in April 2019 and Sales Innovation Tech Fest in Pretoria in South Africa in 2018.

To access 9Voyager businesses can go to

Top Photo: Tim Rose, Nine’s Director of Sales – Nine+, Michael Stephenson Nine’s Chief Sales Officer, Stephen Kyefulumya, Nine’s Group Director – Enterprise & Data Solutions.

When three shows aren’t enough: New gig for 10’s king of romance

• The host of 10’s new The Masked Singer Australia announced
• Osher Günsberg comes back to music TV in third regular hosting gig

For a new series that is promising to be packed with celebrities, live singing and full-body disguises that are just a little bit bonkers, Network 10 has turned to an experienced music man to steer the ship on its new format The Masked Singer.

Enter, Osher Günsberg, one of the network’s most-trusted TV hosts and a passionate music expert.

In recent years, Günsberg is best known for his work as Australia’s favourite matchmaker in his role as host of The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia and the romantic franchise’s tropical spinoff, Bachelor In Paradise.

But from 1999 to 2009, Günsberg was at the forefront of Australia’s popular music industry, working as a music VJ on Foxtel’s Channel [V], hosting national hit radio program Take 40 Australia and helping to create music superstars as co-host on Network 10’s Australian Idol.

On his return to music television, Osher said: “I’m so excited to be a part of a big, loud entertainment show for Network 10. The Masked Singer Australia is such an out-there show, such a wild format, and I can’t wait for people to see it.

“While lately, I’ve been whispering very seriously about roses, this is a very different side of what I do, and I’m thrilled that we’re doing it.”

The Masked Singer will feature celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is disguised head-to-toe in an elaborate costume to conceal their identity.

Günsberg will be joined by a panel of superstars that will try to guess the identity of the celebrities under the masks.

The Masked Singer Australia is produced for Network 10 by Warner Bros. Australia.

News Corp milestone: The Daily Telegraph’s 140th birthday celebrations

The Daily Telegraph‘s 140th birthday celebrations are taking place over the next two weeks, starting from Monday, 1 July:

The Daily Telegraph’s two-week long celebration of its 140th anniversary starts with an 8-page wrap of the newspaper – featuring the front cover about the death of Ned Kelly. There is a special sports section featuring The Ashes, and a Sydney Confidential section by Fiona Wingett, assistant editor.

For the next two weeks, each day there will be a decade double-page spread in the newspaper, leading up to 2019.

There will be stories covering events such as Ned Kelly’s hanging, Eiffel Tower opening, The Ashes, the opening of David Jones stores, health crises, economic issues, shipping news, Royal news, society news and major sporting events.

Readers got a preview of the 140th celebrations on Saturday when there was a double-page spread in The Daily Telegraph Saturday Extra lift-out, featuring the Mystery Man Behind The Daily Telegraph John Mooyart Lynch who ran the very first edition 140 years ago today on July 1, 1879. The piece featured various facts and figures about Sydney life and how the paper was produced.

Ben English, editor of The Daily Telegraph, will tell readers about his favourite front pages over the years and the importance of The Daily Telegraph in Australia’s biggest city.

English said: “In today’s eight-page wrap and throughout the week, The Daily Telegraph will revisit many of the momentous occasions that have occurred on our watch. These won’t be simple reprints. The will be written in the present tense, to better indicate through a modern perspective the historical nature of those events.”

Over the two week celebration there will also be:

• Special video interviews from various journalists and columnists including Mark Morri, Sharri Markson and Buzz Rothfield.
• Special 140th anniversary stories on the history pages of The Daily Telegraph.
• Editorials and op-eds written by former editors of The Daily Telegraph, columnists and a number of special contributors.

ARIA Charts: Billie belts The Boss, Eilish back at #1, Prince collection top 20

• Singles: Mendes & Cabello unable to replace Lil Nas X as chart toppers


Week 10 at #1 for Lil Nas X with Old Town Road. ARIA reports the single now sits alongside Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You (#1 Dec. ’92), Sandi Thom’s I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) (#1 Sept. ’06) and LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem (#1 Apr. ’11), who all spent 10 weeks in the top spot. The current record for most weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart is Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, which spent 15 weeks there in 2017.

Then to rub in the chart domination a little more, one of only three new songs to debut in the top 50 this week is from…Little Nas X – Panini from the debut EP.

Highest new entry belonged to Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello with Senorita at #2.

New to the top 10 this week are Drake with Money In The Grave  featuring Rick Ross (up from #12 in its second week) and MeduZa with Piece Of Your Heat featuring Goodboys (up from #11 after eight weeks).

Also new this week at #24 is Ali Gatie with It’s You.


Billie Eilish disposed The Boss this week, with her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? back at #1 for a third time during its 13 weeks of release for a total of six weeks at #1.

New to the top 10 this week are the EP 7 from Lil Nas X at #5, and Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings at #7. Ronson’s fifth album is his first in four years.

Other new arrivals inside the top 50 are:

#18 Prince with Originals. The new album contains demos recorded by the late artist that were released by other acts including The Bangles, The Time, Martika, Sheila E, Kenny Rogers and more.
#23 The Saboteurs with Help Us Stranger
#25 Hatchie with Keepsake
#30 The Wiggles with Party Time!
#41 Himesh Patel with Yesterday
#44 Hollywood Vampires with Rise

TV Ratings Analysis: June 30

• ABC, 10 and Foxtel major winners as TV Week Logies dominate
• Host broadcaster and TV’s #1 missing in action at 61st Logie Awards

Sunday Week 27 2019

• Seven News 1,174,000
• Nine News 1,042,000
• ABC News 688,000
• The Project 246,000/390,000
• Insiders 253,000
• 10 News First 238,000
• Offsiders 159,000
• SBS World News 139,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 270,000
• Today 202,000


Seven hasn’t been a big TV Week Logies winner recently, but is this the first time it has not one anything at the awards?

Sunday share was close to 10.0 behind Nine in both primary and combined channel shares despite Seven having the #1 program of the night, Seven News.

House Rules had a respectable 720,000 watching, well ahead of MasterChef.

Sunday Night then dropped below 500,000 again.


The Logies Arrivals show kicked off the night celebrating Australian TV with 799,000 watching. That represents a continuing downward trend after 867,000 in 2017 and 840,000 in 2018.

However The Logie Awards show managed to buck that trend with last night’s audience of 866,000 up on 2018’s 851,000. The 2017 TV crowd was 940,000.

Nine had the biggest TV Week Logie TV audiences, now it needs to get serious about getting a few TV Week Logie winners. Expect a few more aggressive campaigns in 2020 perhaps resulting in some high profile victories.


The Project interviewed its own hosts – Carrie, Waleed, Pete and Lisa – as they walked the Logie’s red carpet shortly before they took to the stage to collected yet another trophy. Carrie certainly picked her moment to return to the award-winning series. The Sunday episode did 390,000 after 7pm.

MasterChef then took a hit from the awards show. Although the first Logie handed out last night belonged to 10’s cooking show with Gary Mehigan accepting the award. Meanwhile back on 10 the episode had the smallest audience yet this year with 532,000.

An episode of FBI later did 182,000.


The Sunday dramas delivered two audiences of close to half a million.

Shetland did best after the News with 532,000 followed by Harrow on 467,000.


The channel’s best was The Rise Of The Clans with 141,000.

Watch out for the first shares this week of the new World Movies channel, which started broadcasting at 10am this morning.

Week 26 TV: Friday-Monday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 15.0% 7 25.2% 9 15,4% 10  10.0% SBS One 3.0%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.0% 7TWO 2.9% GO! 4.9% 10 Bold 2.7% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 5.1% GEM 1.6% 10 Peach 2.1% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 2.4% 9Life 2.1%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.5%            
TOTAL 19.8%   36.1%   24.0%   14.8%   5.3%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.7% 7 19.8% 9 19.0% 10  6.9% SBS One 3.7%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.7% 7TWO 2.9% GO! 4.6% 10 Bold 3.0% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 4.5% GEM 7.5% 10 Peach 2.4% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1,3% 7flix 3.3% 9Life 2.4%     NITV 0.3%
    7Food 0.5%            
TOTAL 17.2%   31.0%   33.6%   12.3%   5.9%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 10.4% 7 18.7% 9 28.4% 10  9.5% SBS One 3.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.2% 7TWO 2.7% GO! 2.9% 10 Bold 3.5% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 4.1% GEM 6.2% 10 Peach 1.8% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.0% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 1.4%     NITV 0.1%
    7Food 0.3%         SBS World Movies 0.0
TOTAL 14.0%   27.2%   38.9%   14.8%   5.1%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.3% 7 20.0% 9 22.9% WIN 8.6% SBS One 3.5%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.0% 7TWO 3.6% GO! 4.1% WIN Bold 3.6% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 4.2% GEM 4.8% WIN Peach 2.6% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.1% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.2% 9Life 1.8% Sky News  on WIN 0.8% NITV 0.3%
    7food (QLD only) 1.1%            
TOTAL 14.4%   31.0%   33.5%   15.5%   5.6%


85.0% 15.0%
All People Ratings

Friday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 931,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 891,000
  3. Nine News Nine 778,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 739,000
  5. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Seven 615,000
  6. The Chase Australia Seven 586,000
  7. ABC News ABC 582,000
  8. Endeavour ABC 579,000
  9. A Current Affair Nine 562,000
  10. Better Homes And Gardens Seven 545,000


Saturday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 910,000
  2. Nine News Saturday Nine 709,000
  3. ABC News ABC 631,000
  4. Shakespeare And Hathaway ABC 489,000
  5. Father Brown ABC 473,000
  6. Toy Story 3 Nine 422,000
  7. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Seven 394,000
  8. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football – Pre Mat SHeven 333,000
  9. Getaway Nine 322,000
  10. Spider-Man: Homecoming Nine 304,000
Sunday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,174,000
  2. Nine News Sunday Nine 1,042,000
  3. 61st Annual TV Week Logie Awards Nine 866,000
  4. TV Week Logie Awards Arrivals Nine 799,000
  5. House Rules Seven 720,000
  6. ABC News Sunday ABC 688,000
  7. Shetland ABC 532,000
  8. Masterchef Australia 10 532,000
  9. Harrow ABC 467,000
  10. Seven’s AFL: Sunday Afternoon Football Seven 439,000
  11. Sunday Night Seven 437,000
  12. Australia’s Top Ten Of Everything -Ep2 Nine 426,000
  13. The Sunday Project 7pm 10 390,000
  14. Weekend Sunrise Seven 278,000
  15. Sunday Afternoon NRL Live Nine 275,000
  16. Million Dollar Cold Case Seven 269,000
  17. Insiders AM ABC 253,000
  18. Landline PM ABC 252,000
  19. The Sunday Project 6.30pm 10 246,000
  20. 10 News First 10 238,000
Sunday Multichannel
  1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Eng V Ind – 9Gem 217,000
  2. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 193,000
  3. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Eng V Ind – 9Gem 186,000
  4. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line 7TWO 151,000
  5. Bondi Rescue Ep 3 (R) 10 Bold 145,000
  6. Motorsport: 2019 Motogp Live 10 Bold 143,000
  7. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  8. M- Independence Day PM (R) 7mate 138,000
  9. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line 7TWO 135,000
  10. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  11. PJ Masks AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  12. Nella The Princess Knight AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  13. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 124,000
  14. NCIS Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 123,000
  15. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  16. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  17. Olobob Top AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  18. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  19. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 118,000
  20. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 116,000
Sunday STV
  1. Live: NRL Bulldogs V Sharks FOX LEAGUE 211,000
  2. Live: World Cup: England V India FOX CRICKET 154,000
  3. Live: AFL Fremantle V Carlton FOX FOOTY 154,000
  4. Live: AFL St Kilda V Richmond FOX FOOTY 149,000
  5. Live: NRL Warriors V Panthers FOX LEAGUE 142,000
  6. Live: AFL Brisbane V Melbourne FOX SPORTS 50 131,000
  7. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 120,000
  8. Live: Motorsport: F1: Austria Race FOX SPORTS 50 107,000
  9. Live: Sunday Night With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 101,000
  10. Bounce FOX FOOTY 82,000
  11. Live: Bounce FOX FOOTY 75,000
  12. Live: World Cup Pre-Game FOX CRICKET 63,000
  13. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 59,000
  14. Live: Motogp Gp Of The Netherlands FOX SPORTS MORE 56,000
  15. World Cup: Australia V New Zealand FOX CRICKET 55,000
  16. World Cup: Australia V New Zealand FOX CRICKET 51,000
  17. Live: F1: Austria Pit Lane Race Day FOX SPORTS 506 49,000
  18. Outsiders Sky News Live 47,000
  19. Live: World Cup: Aus V NZ FOX CRICKET 45,000
  20. Live: World Cup: England V India FOX CRICKET 43,000

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


Ray Hadley on $4m contract despite Alan Jones staying put at 2GB

Ray Hadley will keep a $1.7 million “breakfast bonus” negotiated last year in the network’s failed plans to supplant Alan Jones in the prime 2GB breakfast radio slot, reports News Corp’s Annette Sharp.

Radio sources yesterday revealed Hadley’s new contract – which takes effect from tomorrow, July 1 – soared from $2.3 million a year to $4 million a year during secret negations with Macquarie Media bosses last year as they manoeuvred to axe incumbent breakfast star Jones and promote Hadley to his coveted spot.

Neither Hadley nor Macquarie CEO Adam Lang responded to calls to confirm the pay rise that puts Hadley on equal money to Jones though on a longer and ultimately more lucrative contract.

Jones’s contract expires in 2021 while Hadley’s new contract runs until 2025 – putting Hadley on $24 million over six years.

From tomorrow, 2GB’s incoming new afternoon host Steve Price, currently host of the night shift, will also receive a salary bump negotiated last year as part of 2GB’s now abandoned plan to replace Jones at breakfast with Hadley and Hadley at mornings with Price.

That plan fell apart following Nine’s acquisition of a majority stake in Macquarie Media, 2GB’s parent company, in December and Nine’s insistence Jones be retained at breakfast.

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Business of Media

Stranger Things: Netflix and the challenge of tax in the digital world

Netflix is making hundreds of millions in revenue from Australian consumers but the money is being booked by a Netherlands-based company, raising questions about how multinational corporations classify revenue locally and highlighting the challenges of taxation in the global digital economy, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

Netflix customers in Australia are not billed by a local entity, despite a local company appearing on their bills, and are instead paying Netflix International BV, a private company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which is a subsidiary of the US-listed Netflix Inc.

Netflix Australia Pty Ltd booked revenue of just $6.5 million in 2017, a service fee paid by Netflix International BV for acting as a collection agent on subscriber revenue, according to the first local filings made public last week.

Netflix Australia Pty Ltd declared profits of $257,959 for the year to December 31, 2017, and an income tax expense of $175,516.

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More businesses will pay for music under new licensing system

The two collection agencies for Australia’s music industry are set to raise more revenue from businesses that play their tunes, under a new regime that requires business owners to buy only one music licence instead of the two previously needed, reports The AFR’s Michael Bailey.

The profits-to-members agencies, which together collected about $100 million from businesses in 2017-18, claim the income boost will come from proprietors who were confused by the former two-licence regime, and therefore had held only one licence or none.

The agencies claim businesses compliant with the previous regime won’t pay any more when the new system, OneMusic, comes into effect on  July 1.

Any business that uses music, from nightclubs and restaurants to call centres with hold music, have hitherto had to acquire two licences for it.

One was from the merged Australasian Performing Right Association-Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS), which collects on behalf of member songwriters, music publishers and composers.

The other was from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), which collects on behalf of recording artists and record labels.

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News Brands

The Australian joins elite subscription ranks as paying audience grows

The Australian has hit a major milestone by reaching a record 145,000 paid digital subscribers, joining an elite group of world-class mastheads to surpass their print peak circulations, reports Lilly Vitorovich.

News Corp’s The Australian becomes only the fourth masthead in the world to achieve this subscription milestone after The New York Times and The Washington Post in the US and Britain’s The Financial Times.

The Australian is the third-fastest to surpass its print peak since setting up a paywall in 2011. No other publisher has achieved this milestone in Australia.

Chris Dore, editor-in-chief of The Australian, said the newspaper had always been at the forefront of digital innovation, thanks in large part to its talented editorial staff.

“We were the first news outlet to recognise that readers who want the best-quality journalism are prepared to pay for it,” he said.

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Fiveaa breakfast’s David Penberthy from columnist to correspondent

David Penberthy has been appointed South Australia correspondent. Penberthy started his career with Adelaide’s The Advertiser in 1992.

His new role was one of a number appointments announced on the weekend at News Corp’s national daily.

He was the newspaper’s national political editor from 1996 to 1999 before joining The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, covering NSW politics. He was editor of The Daily Telegraph from 2005 to 2008 and also edited and the Adelaide Sunday Mail. He is a syndicated News Corp Australia columnist and a co-presenter of Adelaide’s Fiveaa breakfast show.

The other appointments were:

Fiona Harari has been appointed to The Weekend Australian Magazine. A Walkley freelance journalist of the year and the author of two books, she returns to the paper after 14 years.

Alice Workman has been appointed editor of Strewth. Workman is an award-winning federal politics reporter and commentator. She was previously the political editor of BuzzFeed News in Australia and joined the paper earlier this year.

Lisa Allen has been appointed an associate editor and editor of The Weekend Australian’s property magazine, Mansion Australia. Since 2012, Allen has been a senior reporter in business and property with the paper.

Geoff Chambers has been appointed political correspondent, based in Canberra. Chambers is a former Canberra bureau chief and Queensland bureau chief for the paper. He was previously news editor and senior political reporter at The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, and head of news at the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Joe Kelly has been appointed Canberra bureau chief. Kelly joined the paper in 2008 and since 2010 has worked in the parliamentary press gallery, covering four federal elections and 10 budgets.

Sid Maher has been appointed news director with special responsibilities for online coverage. Maher has worked across the paper in roles including national chief of staff, national affairs editor, political correspondent and most recently NSW editor.

Ben Packham has been appointed foreign affairs and defence correspondent. Packham has spent almost 20 years in journalism, working at Melbourne’s Herald Sun before joining the paper as a political reporter in Canberra in 2011.


TV pitch to networks: Julie Bishop’s jet-set ambition

Never one to knock back a red carpet opportunity, Julie Bishop has wasted no time in making a beeline for the world of international glamour and TV stardom she covets, reporsts The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff. Bishop and production house Screentime are currently spruiking The Conversation with Julie Bishop – a big-budget new TV show – to major networks.

The Australian obtained the highly entertaining pitch documents for the one-on-one interview show.

And what a line-up of global celebrities budding feminist icon Bishop has in store for us, with an all-female first season casting wishlist that includes Michelle Obama, Princess Mary, Jacinda Ardern, Oprah Winfrey, Sia and Nigella Lawson.

“Host Julie Bishop, accustomed to disarming the most tricky of personalities, invites guests on lengthy ambling interviews filmed on the streets of a city of the guest’s choice, in full view of passers-by,” the pitch documents say.

“This is pure conversation. Two great minds. No tricks. The strength of the show comes from the universal truth that we talk more deeply and naturally on the move … we take the powerful players out to the street where it all began.”

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Inside sources say Channel 7’s Sunday Night could be axed

A question mark hangs over Channel 7’s underperforming Sunday Night program, with sources claiming the flagship news and current affair show could soon be axed, reports Sydney Confidential.

Average ratings, controversial sackings and high costs are said to be behind the expected move to cut the 10-year-old program.

It is believed Seven news bosses are also influenced by a desire to resurrect Today Tonight.

Insiders say Sunday Night host Melissa Doyle and valuable journalists, cameramen and producers will be found new jobs within the network.

“The executives are discussing the fate of Sunday Night right now, as it’s the end of the financial year,” one insider said.

“They haven’t made a call on it yet, but it’s not looking good. It’s expensive to run, they’ve had lacklustre ratings and a systemic unsettled culture in the newsroom.”

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When three shows aren’t enough: New gig for 10’s king of romance

Australia’s king of romance Osher Gunsberg has joined Amanda Keller, Julia Morris, Chris Brown and Grant Denyer in Channel 10’s hosting club, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.

Gunsberg, who hosts The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise has been given the reins of 10’s new reality program The Masked Singer.

While it is a clever choice that allows Gunsberg to draw on his music TV background on Australian Idol and Channel V, his appointment does continue Ten’s trend of having a handful of stars carry multiple shows and formats.

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Sports Media

Why brands and fans can't get enough of Ash Barty

At just 23-years-old, Australia’s newly crowned world No.1 tennis star Ash Barty is carrying herself like a veteran and making headlines for all the right reasons – her poise, humility and, of course, her deadly slice backhand, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

As Barty prepares for Wimbledon – she’s the first Australian woman for 46 years who went into the draw as the top seed – it’s her use of the first person plural pronoun that has fascinated marketing types.

Foxtel’s sports streaming offshoot Kayo, which launched in November, is one of the brands that joined the Barty Party early, a decision chief executive Julian Ogrin says was easy.

“Ash is an incredibly talented athlete, making serious waves in her field. What we love about Ash is that she’s a trailblazer, doing it her way, on her terms, while being extremely humble. She was the perfect fit for the brand,” Ogrin says.

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Sunday night State of Origin II suffers ratings slump

The NRL and Channel 9 are facing a showdown over the future of Sunday night Origin games following a ratings nosedive, reports News Corp’s Phil Rothfield.

The audience for game two slumped from 4.59 million in 2014 on a Wednesday night to just 2.8 million in Perth last Sunday.

That’s a decrease of nearly 1.8 million viewers in five years and an obvious concern for the broadcaster and their advertisers.

It had been hoped the prime-time Sunday night timeslot would do much better.

There are excuses for last Sunday night in Perth in that it was a blowout scoreline (Queensland viewers are notorious for switching off and going to bed when their team is being flogged).

Yet last year’s figures were also down by 1.3 million compared to the corresponding game in 2014.

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James Brayshaw rules himself out of Grand Final Footy Show reunion

The Footy Show Grand Final special may be less of a reunion and more of a tribute to the glory days of the show with a least one former host unlikely to be part of the September spectacular, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.

Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade are locked in to headline the celebration of Channel 9’s iconic football show, with Billy Brownless to be part of the on-air team, but it remains unclear who, and how many, of the hosting alumni will be joining them at Rod Laver Arena on September 26.

James Brayshaw, who was a key cog in The Footy Show machine for 11 years, has effectively ruled out being involved.

“I doubt it … because I am contracted to work for another network, but I am pleased to hear that it is coming back and hopefully it will get a terrific send off because it deserves it, it was amazing,” Brayshaw said on Triple M last week.

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