Wednesday July 10, 2019

What you will learn on just day one of the ONA19 conference

• Bookings now open for Mediaweek’s USA news tour and learn from the world’s best

ONA19 sessions list: Day one of the three-day conference

Below is a sample of just some of the sessions available on the first full Online News Association conference day.

The sessions will offer insights to professionals working in radio, TV, online and print.

Before lunch on Day 1:

• The ins and outs of handling leaked documents
• Newsletter Doctors: Workshop to optimising email newsletters
• Using data to report on votes and voters
• Reddit: The highly-engaging content source that you may be overlooking
• Building Trust: Newsroom tools for the “Fake News” era
• Real life local news revenue experiments (That aren’t advertising)
• Using Facebook Groups to engage with your audience and get new ones

After lunch on Day 1:

• Career advice from women who lead in a range of journalism roles
• How to incorporate apps into your audience development strategy
• How to make Facebook work for your newsroom
• Getting people to pay for local news online
• A practical guide to local newsroom innovation

Tour details

After recently calling for expressions of interest in our trip to attend the Online News Association 2019 (ONA19) conference, Mediaweek is now taking bookings for media professionals to join the tour.

The highlight of the trip will be four nights in New Orleans attending the biggest annual exchange of ideas and innovation in the global news business.

It’s the 20th anniversary at the Online News Association, and it is planning its biggest and best events ever. To celebrate the milestone, the ONA is bringing the annual conference to New Orleans, home to some of the richest history, food and music and in the United States.

Dates: Leave Sydney Sunday September 8, return early Tuesday September 17

3 nights in San Francisco (Visits to Twitter & Google)
4 nights in New Orleans (Conference, Awards & functions)

Cost: $6,950 includes:

All flights economy class Qantas/United
7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfasts
Conference and Awards Night registration
Premium Economy upgrade available +$2000

Contact information and further details here.

GfK Radio Ratings 2019, Survy 4: Highlights + Full Results

• Full results and analysis of the fourth radio ratings report of the year


• Sydney: 2GB & smoothfm lead, 2Day breakfast tumbles

Biggest movers:
Up: 104.9 Triple M +0.5
Down: KIIS 106.5 -1.2

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• Melbourne: 3AW and Gold lead, Fox breakfast #1 FM

Biggest movers:
Up: 101.1 Fox FM/SEN +0.8
Down: smoothfm 91.5 -1.5

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• Brisbane: Nova 106.9 #1 as 4KQ, 97.3 & Triple battle for #2

Biggest movers:
Up: 4KQ + 1.2
Down: Hit 105 -1.2

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• Adelaide: Mix 102.3 rules as Fiveaa breakfast surges again

Biggest movers:
Up: Nova 91.9 +0.6
Down: Hit 107 -0.9

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• Perth: More market turmoil in warzone as Nova ranks #1 10+

Biggest movers:
Up: Nova 93.7 +1.5
Down: Mix 94.5 -2.2

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Carrie Bickmore
Bickmore on Gleeson’s Gold: It’s OK if you feel he did a bad thing

Mediaweek has managed to stretch out our Carrie Bickmore interview to a third part in celebration of her return to The Project this week.

By James Manning

We originally spoke with Bickmore shortly after she returned from the Gold Coast where she accepted the TV Week Logie for The Project as the Most Popular Panel Or Current Affairs show.

The day we spoke was day two of the furore that blew up around Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson. Some accused him of fighting dirty, of killing the Logies, while others said the awards were already dead.

Carrie Bickmore is well-connected to the Tom Gleeson camp. Bickmore’s partner is TV producer Chris Walker. He is an executive producer at the wildly successful Kevin Whyte TV production company Thinkative Television and he is the EP for both of Tom Gleeson’s current TV programs – The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and Hard Quiz.

Bickmore was a guest on one of the episodes of The Weekly earlier this year.

When Mediaweek asked Bickmore how she felt about Gleeson’s win and his campaign for Gold she said:

“You are never going to get Tom Gleeson up for a Gold Logie and see him act the way like I might or Amanda Keller might. He would be humbled by it, but he’s a comedian and he’s got to find the comedy in things.”

Bickmore said it was quite uncomfortable having to campaign for yourself. “For a comedian, Tom has said, ‘How can I make this funny.’ He’d probably admit if he had his time again he might do his speech a little differently. But I am not surprised what he chose to do with his campaign.”

Bickmore is not about to lecture people though how they should feel about Gleeson’s campaign tactics.

Everyone can feel how they want to about it. When you think about comedy, some people find some comedy highly offensive, while for others it doesn’t worry them at all. It is such an individual thing.”

See also:
Carrie Bickmore not about to quit The Project: “This job is perfect”

Carrie Bickmore said no to breakfast radio, but yes to early drive show

Screen Australia announces over $1.2m in enterprise funding

• LA-based journalist & podcaster Jenny Cooney joins Bunya Productions

Screen Australia has announced funding for seven Enterprise Business & Ideas and 12 Enterprise People proposals, which will share in a total pool of over $1.2 million for sector and talent development.

The recipients of Business & Ideas include Bunya Productions, the production company behind award-winning film Sweet Country and television series Mystery Road, which has received funding to build a talent development network, build Australian IP and extend the profile of their work overseas.

Also receiving funding are comedy group Aunty Donna (Glennridge Secondary College) for their production company Haven’t You Done Well Productions, which aims to assist online creatives to develop and produce comedy projects, and educate creators to ensure they retain the ownership of their own projects.

Screen Australia’s Head of Development, Nerida Moore said: “We were blown away with Bunya Productions’ innovative proposal. Bunya has a strong track record of creating stories for and about Australia that have also gained traction internationally. It’s exciting to see them looking at how they can capitalise on their IP and strengthen their networks to take the business to a new level. We’re also pleased to see Aunty Donna, off the back of their own success, help emerging talent carve out a niche and make informed business decisions.”

CEO of Bunya Productions, Sophia Zachariou said: “The Bunya Group is thrilled to be the first recipient of the new Screen Australia Business & Ideas Enterprise funding. The timing could not be better as we focus our attention on the international market and opportunities now available as well as expanding the Bunya Talent Hub into other states. Talent development has always been at the heart of the company and with this support, Bunya aim to be one of Australia’s most impactful, contemporary and dynamic production companies with diversity at its core.”


Bunya Productions will establish talent development incubators in Queensland and South Australia; capitalise on existing and build new IP; hire a Development and Production Executive and a Distribution and IP Expansion consultant; and enhance their digital marketing to increase online engagement. They will also increase their international profile through a representative in LA, bringing on Jenny Cooney as Executive VP, Bunya Productions LA.


Haven’t You Done Well Productions, the production arm of successful comedy group Aunty Donna, will develop a strategic plan for their business model to be able to shepherd other creators in the online space and across other platforms. They aim to assist new creatives to develop and produce distinctive Australian comedy projects and ensure that the ownership of a project is retained by the original creator. The company will be mentored by comedian and producer Andy Lee. 

Haven’t You Done Well Productions

The Cinematic Company will create an organisational strategy for their business which produces film screenings accompanied by live performances by acclaimed orchestras. Building on the success of feature documentary Mountain which screened with a live performance from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the company aims to use this formula and propel the business model by building a library of films and utilising an international circuit of orchestras.

Mememe Productions, creators of award-winning children’s television series dirtgirlworld, will develop a business plan to help them expand their IP. The company aims to build the dirtgirlworld story-verse and evolve it into long-form animated family feature films, as well as explore opportunities for exporting their projects as international formats that can be localised to different areas.

Media Reconciliation Industry Network Group (RING) will undertake strategic planning and develop a sustainable business model, including diversifying their financial support. They will develop means of providing services for industry members to implement best practice Indigenous engagement policies; provide culturally safe working environments for Indigenous media practitioners; and assist with the practical aspects of Indigenous industry placements.

Experienced colourist Angela Cerasi will engage marketing specialist Roxanne Grey and work with industry mentor Enzo Tedeschi to develop a sustainable model for her business Peachy Keen Colour. This will assist her in developing and engaging new regional colourist talent and work with more Australian and international content creators.

Southern Pictures will develop a strategic plan for their new offshoot, Southern Impact. Under this new arm they aim to curate and commission short-form documentary content that can be used by client organisations to communicate their social impact campaigns and drive social change.

Top Photo: Bunya Productions’ Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey with Aaron Pedersen on the set of Mystery Road

For further details go to Screen Australia.

Mediaweek TV Guide: State Of Origin Game III – The Decider

Nine is calling it the greatest sporting rivalry in Australia and it comes to a climactic end with The Decider, as Game III of the 2019 Holden State of Origin airs Wednesday July 10 at 7pm AEST, exclusively and live on Nine.

Following a close loss in Game I in Brisbane, NSW bounced back to claim an emphatic 32-point victory in Game II in Perth. While NSW will head into the game in Sydney as favourites to become the first Blues side to win back-to-back series since 2005, they also face an unfavourable statistic.

NSW has lost the last seven times an Origin series has gone to a deciding third game. Combined with the fact that the last seven games played at ANZ Stadium have been decided by four points or less, Game III is expected to be a nailbiter.

Much has been made about Mitchell Pearce’s return to the Origin arena following the injury to Nathan Cleary, and he will be seeking redemption after NSW’s long line of Origin losses in recent years.

Queensland bring in three new faces – Christian Welch, Corey Norman and Ethan Lowe, who comes in for the late scratching of Matt Gillett. Cameron Munster replaces the injured Kalyn Ponga at fullback.

TV coverage

Ray Warren will commentate the epic encounter in what could possibly his last Origin call, along with Phil Gould, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, Darren Lockyer, Peter Sterling, Sam Thaiday and Wally Lewis commentating and analysing the action.

Viewers will have unprecedented access to the game, with four supplementary streams available on 9Now in addition to the game itself.

These include:

New for this series, two exclusive player cams that will follow perhaps the two most scrutinised players on the field – Mitchell Pearce and Cameron Munster.

Spidercam, offering a broader view of the action across the field

Referee Cam, allowing fans to see and hear everything that the referee does on the field.

Pre-match entertainment will be provided by The Voice Australia’s newest coach, Guy Sebastian, who will perform a medley of his biggest hits at ANZ Stadium.

Broadcast details


• Wednesday, July 10
• Sydney 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
• Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
• Melbourne 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
• Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on Nine (Pre-show on 9GEM from 6.30pm)
• Perth 5.30pm LIVE on Nine (Pre-show on 9GEM from 5.00pm)

TV Ratings Analysis: July 9

• Australian Ninja Warrior veers off course on second episode
• Reality adventure series did enough to win night for Nine

Tuesday Week 28 2019

By James Manning

• Seven News 1,059,000/993,000
• Nine News 877,000/883,000
• A Current Affair 788,000
• ABC News 605,000
• The Project 272,000/508,000
• 7.30 451,000
• 10 News First 387,000
• The Drum 183,000
• SBS World News 139,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 256,000
• Today 183,000


Home And Away has had audiences of 693,000 and 644,000 so far this week.

The House Rules semi-final featured the garden makeover for Shayn and Carly. The episode did 552,000 after 563,000 a week ago.

Interview With Andrew Denton featured teen polar trekker Jade Hameister. The audience of 347,000 was down on last week’s 400,000.


A Current Affair started the week with 888,000 on Monday and 788,000 last night.

Australian Ninja Warrior cracked 1m on debut and followed up with a smaller 879,000 for episode two. There were many memorable performances last night from the competitors and the hosts!

The World Cup Cricket was switched to the primary channel last night. However the match in Manchester between India and New Zealand was rain delayed close to the end of the New Zealand innings around 11pm. It will resume tonight weather permitting. But it might be a bit later tonight before there is a slot available on the primary channel. The first session audience was 287,000.


The Project featured Sam Taunton with radio broadcasters and online comedians Tanya Hennessy and Christian Hull. The audience lifted to 508,000 after 484,000 on Monday.

During a pressure test in WA, Nicole won a guaranteed spot in MasterChef finals week. The episode did 630,000 after 645,000 a week ago.

Episode three of Todd Sampson’s Bodyhack was on 278,000 after 304,000 last week.


Ask The Doctor looked at loneliness with 280,000 watching.

The final of the three-part Blue Water Empire was then on 190,000.


Every Family Has A Secret was the channel’s most-watched last week with 256,000. The episode last night increased that number to 279,000.

Insight then did 166,000.

Stage 4 of the Tour de France was on 132,000.

Week 28 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 8.5% 7 18.4% 9 22.7% 10  11.3% SBS One 6.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.1% 7TWO 4.0% GO! 3.3% 10 Bold 3.8% VICELAND 1.3%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 3.8% GEM 3.1% 10 Peach 2.9% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 0.9% 7flix 1.5% 9Life 2.0%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.7%         SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 13.1%   28.4%   31.1%   18.0%   9.4%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 7.8% 7 20.4% 9 15.7% WIN 9.6% SBS One 5.0%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.8% 7TWO 5.3% GO! 4.0% WIN Bold 4.9% VICELAND 1.8%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 6.2% GEM 4.2% WIN Peach 2.8% Food Net 1.5%
ABC NEWS 0.7% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.2% 9Life 2.2% Sky News  on WIN 1.6% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 0.8%            
TOTAL 11.8%   34.8%   26.1%   18.8%   8.5%


85.3% 14.7%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,059,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 993,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 883,000
  4. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 879,000
  5. Nine News Nine 877,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 788,000
  7. The Chase Australia Seven 658,000
  8. Home And Away Seven 644,000
  9. Masterchef Australia 10 630,000
  10. ABC News ABC 605,000
  11. House Rules Seven 552,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 516,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 508,000
  14. 7.30 ABC 451,000
  15. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 393,000
  16. 10 News First 10 387,000
  17. Andrew Denton: Interview Seven 347,000
  18. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final 1 Ind V Nz -S1 Nine 344,000
  19. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 306,000
  20. Ask The Doctor ABC 280,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 196,000
  2. Masterchef Australia 10 161,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 128,000
  4. Seven News Seven 119,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 119,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 366,000
  2. Masterchef Australia 10 270,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 229,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 227,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 224,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 410,000
  2. Masterchef Australia 10 301,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 291,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 276,000
  5. Seven News Seven 275,000
TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final 1 Ind V Nz -S1 9Gem 204,000
  2. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  3. Dinosaur Train ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  4. Outback Truckers PM 7mate 164,000
  5. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 158,000
  6. Charlie And Lola ABCKIDS/COMEDY 156,000
  7. Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 156,000
  8. Highway Patrol-Ep.2 Pm 7mate 155,000
  9. Wimbledon 2019-Day 8 7TWO 148,000
  10. Wimbledon 2019-Day 8-Late 7TWO 146,000
  11. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  12. Neighbours 10 Peach 139,000
  13. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 139,000
  14. CSI: Miami 10 Bold 137,000
  15. CSI: Miami Ep 2 10 Bold 136,000
  16. PJ Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  17. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  18. Go Jetters ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  19. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  20. Highway Patrol PM 7mate 121,000
  1. Live: World Cup: Sf1 India V New Zealand FOX CRICKET 140,000
  2. Wentworth FOX SHOWCASE 94,000
  3. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 84,000
  4. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 57,000
  5. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 56,000
  6. Credlin Sky News Live 54,000
  7. Outsiders Sky News Live 51,000
  8. The Simpsons FOX8 45,000
  9. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 43,000
  10. Live: Tennis: The Daily Serve FOX SPORTS 505 41,000
  11. The Simpsons FOX8 40,000
  12. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 40,000
  13. Family Guy FOX8 36,000
  14. Family Guy FOX8 35,000
  15. Live: World Cup: Sf1 India V New Zealand FOX CRICKET 35,000
  16. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 35,000
  17. Cops crime + investigation 35,000
  18. Blue Bloods TVH!TS 34,000
  19. The Act: Dee Dee And Gypsy Rose FOX SHOWCASE 33,000
  20. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 33,000

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

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Communications Minister Fletcher rules out NBN sale to Telstra

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has ruled out any chance of Telstra buying the National Broadband Network and nixed hopes of a cut to wholesale prices to ease pressure on the listed telco’s profits, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.

Telstra has been battling falling profits amid fierce competition in both the mobile and fixed line markets. As part of a broader turnaround effort, it last year created a division called InfraCo, which houses the infrastructure it leases to the NBN including pits and ducts.

But the plan has now been dealt a blow with Fletcher saying the policy structure of the NBN Co meant a business like Telstra would not be able to own the wholesale network.

“A clear feature of the policy structure is that NBN cannot be owned by a vertically integrated telco. In other words, somebody who delivers retail telecommunications services cannot own NBN. That’s baked into the legislation,” Fletcher said, adding the rules were there for “good public policy reasons”.

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News Brands

Mayor ordered to pay ABC legal costs in pre-trial stoush

Colourful Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate has been ordered to pay 90 per cent of the ABC’s legal costs over a legal argument in preparation for his defamation claim against the national broadcaster, reports The Australian’s Charlie Peel.

The mayor has accused the ABC and city councillor Peter Young of wrongly implying he was corrupt and influenced council decisions to benefit developers who made political donations.

The matter results from a Four Corners episode, All That Glitters, aired in September 2017.

The ABC program followed a Crime and Corruption Commission probe into the 2016 Gold Coast local government election. But the watchdog this year cleared Tate of the corruption allegations.

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Farmer groups angered by ABC’s Murray-Darling Basin report

The National Farmers’ Federation has accused the ABC of trying to “unravel” the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and force a royal commission into the water management scheme, as farming groups prepare to make a formal complaint into Monday night’s episode of Four Corners, reports The Australian’s Richard Ferguson.

The ABC current affairs program reported that millions of dollars of commonwealth funds meant to go into protecting the environment were instead given to big irrigators.

Writing in The Australian today, NFF president Fiona Simson says: “For 45 minutes, Four Corners sought to discredit the plan’s irrigation efficiency program. A program that supports farmers to improve their water use efficiency, grow more and ultimately return more water back to the environment.”

[Read the original]

See also:
Steady trickle of fibs on ABC’s Four Corners
By Fiona Simson, president of the National Farmers Federation.

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Tributes for ABC & SBS programmer Marena Manzoufas

Former ABC & SBS programmer Marena Manzoufas, who was a founding member of SBS broadcasting, has died aged 68, reports TV Tonight.

She died on July 5th after a battle with brain cancer, following a long commitment to public broadcasting, diversity and equality. She was also an early female television executive in an industry dominated by men.

In the late 1970s, Manzoufas was actively involved in the development of Australian multicultural and equal opportunity policies, including her work on the NSW Government’s Ethnic Affairs Commission Report and a subsequent inquiry into multicultural television.

This work prompted Bruce Gyngell to recruit her to the foundation team for SBS Television in 1980, where she established its first Subtitling Unit. In her role as SBS Deputy Program Director, she was instrumental in setting the programming policy and philosophy of the new multicultural television station.

She first joined the ABC in the late 1980s as Head of Acquisitions and ABC International. Under her guidance, Bananas in Pyjamas went international and the ABC purchased a huge catalogue of movies.

She left in the mid-1990s to work for production company Beyond as General Manager, where she developed and sold Australian content for audiences here and overseas, before returning to the ABC in 2001 as Head of Programming until retirement in 2010.

Michael Carrington, Acting Director Entertainment & Specialist said, “Marena was an invaluable part of the ABC over many years and a leading advocate for the importance of public broadcasting, who I was fortunate to work with from the other side of the world while I was at the BBC.

“As ABC Head of Programming, from 2001 to 2010, Marena was integral to the television viewing habits of our audiences, helping determine what Australians would watch and when. She spearheaded our television output and oversaw long-term strategy for ABC1 and ABC2, including acquisitions of domestic and international programmes.”

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Read also: Don Groves writing at

Veteran broadcasting and TV distribution executive Marena Manzoufas is being remembered as a smart and adventurous woman who made an immense contribution to Australian TV.

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Stranger Things 3 racks up record viewership, according to Netflix

Independent data on Stranger Things viewership cemented its status as one of Netflix’s biggest shows in previous seasons. Now, the streaming giant says the third season has racked up record viewership over its first four days, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the company’s latest selective data dump, 40.7 million member accounts have watched at least part of Stranger Things‘ third season. (Netflix counts a “view” as a member account having watched 70 percent of one episode of a series or 70 percent of a film.) That’s the fastest a Netflix original has ever accumulated such a large audience, according to the streamer.

Netflix also says 18.2 million member households have already finished the eight-episode season. Per usual, the streamer is not releasing data on the total number of viewers or average audience for a given episode.

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WarnerMedia confirms its Netflix rival will be called HBO Max

There’s HBO Go, HBO Now, and soon, there will be HBO Max, reports The Verge.

For WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T, the latter is most important, as it will become the subscription video service that they position against Netflix, Hulu, the upcoming Disney+, and a range of other paid video offerings.

“Anchored with and inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence and award-winning storytelling, the new service will be ‘Maximized’ with an extensive collection of exclusive original programming (Max Originals) and the best-of-the-best from WarnerMedia’s enormous portfolio of beloved brands and libraries,” the company wrote in a press release today.

WarnerMedia also confirmed that HBO Max will have exclusive streaming rights to every episode of Friends when it launches in spring 2020; that’ll be after the hugely popular sitcom departs Netflix. Friends is set to leave in 2019, so there might be a gap where the show disappears from streaming altogether until HBO Max’s debut.

The service will feature content from “Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more.”

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Sports Media

Hutchy confirms KB’s departure and promises new drive show soon

Pacific Star Network has confirmed it had parted ways with Kevin Bartlett.

PNW chief executive Craig Hutchison confirmed that 1116 SEN had previously reached a mutual agreement with Bartlett and on-air colleague John Rothfield back in May 2019, that their drive show would not return in 2020.

It had been planned that the drive show would run until the AFL Grand Final eve, allowing time for a fitting farewell for Bartlett, but that decision has now been fast-tracked after receiving Bartlett’s resignation.

Hutchison said Bartlett had been one of the most influential figures in SEN’s history, being part of the inaugural line up when the station launched 15 years ago.

“KB has been an extraordinary part of the station’s history and was one of many who pushed through the early years to help drive SEN to the audience it has today,” Hutchison said.

“We respect his decision to call time early and thank him on behalf of all listeners for his energy and commitment to the station over the journey.

“We wish he and Denise every success in the future and thank them for their long and significant contribution.”

A new drive show will be announced soon, said Hutchison.

The changes in drive were a distraction of a radio ratings survey revealed 1116 SEN had recorded its best overall audience figures in six years.

1116 SEN has delivered the highest share of audience for five years, up to 4.5% for Breakfast with Garry and Tim (All People, 10+, Monday – Friday, 6am – 9am).

Pacific Star Network and Crocmedia chief executive Craig Hutchison said, “We’re at a great place on our sporting calendar, we’re just past the halfway point of the AFL and NRL seasons, the Australian cricket team are on the rise and Ash Barty has become everyone’s hero. 1116 SEN provides a platform for Melbourne’s sports fans to enjoy live coverage of their favourite sports, to join the sporting conversation 24 hours a day and for our partners to connect with fans.”

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