Friday July 13, 2018

Radio Ratings 4 2018 – Sydney: 2GB and WSFM strengthen their hold, remain market leaders

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the fourth GfK Radio Ratings survey for 2018 in the Sydney market.

MORE: GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 4 2018: Highlights + full results


• 2GB and WSFM strengthen their hold and remain market leaders
• Kyle & Jackie O remain #1 FM, but drive hurts KIIS share

2GB 14.0%

Plenty of records here to marvel over, much like sister station 3AW in Melbourne. This was 2GB’s 113th survey win. Alan Jones was on 16.6% for his 212th survey win. Ray Hadley had a cracking result as his 113th consecutive survey win lifting 3.0 to 18.0%, close to his best ever. Ben Fordham was #1 overall in drive as was Steve Price in nights. Weekends remain a happy hunting ground too with a leading share of 12.1% 6am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. George and Paul rank #1 weekend morning with an increased share of 14.4%. The key demos are crazy good too with 55-64 on 15.6% (up 4.0 this survey) and 65+ on 32.4%.

WSFM 10.7%

Best. Survey. Ever. with a share of 10.7%, really pounding sister station KIIS 106.5, which was 3.3 behind, equal with smoothfm. Jonesy and Amanda were up in breakfast as were all dayparts. Afternoon surged 1.3 to 13.1%. Audience lifted in all demos over 25 with 55-64 up to 19.2%.

KIIS 1065 8.4%

Kyle and Jackie O remain #1 FM breakfast with only Jonesy and Amanda in close contact. Little movement across the rest of the day though. Drive with Will and Woody was down 1.2 to 8.7%, which dragged down the station average. Share 18-24 was up 2.7 to 17.6% making KIIS #1 in the demo, taking over from Nova.

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Top photo: Ray Hadley

Radio Ratings 4 2018 – Melbourne: 3AW and Gold rule, Christian O’Connell on the move in breakfast

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the fourth GfK Radio Ratings survey for 2018 in the Melbourne market.

MORE: GfK Radio Ratings, Survey 4 2018: Highlights + full results


• 3AW and Gold keep top spots, Fox stays in the hunt
• Listeners warm to Christian O’Connell’s new Gold breakfast

3AW 13.8%

The station has continued 2018 as Melbourne’s #1 radio station (AM and FM) with a leading audience share of 13.8%. 3AW is #1 in breakfast, morning, nights, in AFL and on weekends. 3AW breakfast with Ross Stevenson and John Burns is celebrating an unbroken run of 133 survey wins and a total of 204 victories as the market’s #1 breakfast show. They cemented the top spot with an audience share of 19.2% (time corrected for their 8.30am finish), which is 9.3 ratings points ahead of the nearest commercial competitor, Fox FM breakfast. Neil Mitchell increased his #1 position and his share of 15.7% puts him ahead of all radio competitors. 3AW Football was #1 AFL station Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday twilight. Fishing off this comprehensive coverage of the market leader, we can tell you 3AW is #1 on weekends with a 12.1% share. Darren James continued to lead the way on weekend breakfast as a clear #1 in all his time slots. Key demos this survey were 55-64 21.3% and 65+ 31.8%.

Gold 104.3 10.8%

The ARN station managed to widen its lead over Fox thanks largely to an improved breakfast share. British import Christian O’Connell was piloting the breakfast show for nearly half the survey and must get credit for breakfast climbing 0.7 to 8.7%. Whether he can hold that share will be one of the things to watch for the remaining four surveys of 2018. Gold’s powerhouse remains at-work listening with share of 11.6% and 13.7% in morning and afternoon. Share took off 40+ with 40-54 up 2.0 to 16.4%, well ahead of its nearest competitors Triple M and smoothfm.

101.9 Fox FM 10.4%

The 10+ number was steady but dig a little deeper to see breakfast with Fifi, Fev and Byron up 0.5 to 9.9% keeping it #1 FM breakfast. Hughesy and Kate also remain #1 drive overall by a big margin – what perfect replacements for Hamish and Andy they have been in Melbourne.

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Top photo: Christian O’Connell

Fox Cricket team expands – In: bowlers Brett Lee and Kerry O’Keeffe

Foxtel has welcomed Brett Lee, Australia’s equal highest ODI wicket taker, and former Test leg-spinner turned media personality Kerry O’Keeffe, to the Fox Cricket channel as it builds toward the biggest summer of cricket ever.

The former Australian greats will join some of the game’s most recognisable local and international names including Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Isa Guha, Michael Vaughan, Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey, Melanie Jones, Allan Border and Brendon Julian.

Lee said the team Fox Sports has built is like no other he has seen before and he can’t wait to be part of it.

“I’m thrilled to join the team that Fox Sports has put together. I’m excited to be a part of something that will deliver cricket to fans in a way that is fresh and new. To show them cricket like they’ve never seen it before.

“To be united with a number of my former team mates – Gilly, Warnie and Huss – means a lot to me. We are going to have a lot of fun and to play a role on Australia’s first ever dedicated cricket channel is something I’m very excited about.”

Starting this summer, every ball of every over of elite men’s and women’s cricket will be shown live and ad break-free during play, on Australia’s first and only dedicated cricket channel, Fox Cricket.

Fox Sports’ head of television Steve Crawley said: “From the very beginning at Fox Cricket we put an emphasis on storytelling and have carefully selected the best communicators in the game. We wouldn’t swap any of them and now we’re adding Binga and Kerry.

“Every kid with a ball in their hand still dreams of being Brett Lee. And when you want a laugh on a hot summers day there’s no one more fun than Kerry O’Keeffe. Even his laugh makes you laugh. We’re going to have a lot of fun together”.

All men’s Test matches, One-Day and T20 Internationals, plus every game of the Big Bash League will be shown live, ad break-free during play and available to stream.

Women’s cricket will receive unprecedented coverage with Women’s Internationals and 23 WBBL games delivered to cricket fans live.

The JLT Sheffield Shield Final returns to TV and Fox Cricket will show 13 JLT One-Day Cup matches, the Prime Minister’s XI, the Governor-General’s XI as well as the annual Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award.

Fox Sports’ cricket coverage will include Australia’s Test and ODI Series against Pakistan beginning October in the UAE.

Top photo: Kerry O’Keeffe (left) with Brett Lee

Andrew Mercado on TV: Sharp Objects and the future of HBO

Home Box Office began transmitting in 1972 but it took until 1983 for it to make its first original production, the telemovie The Terry Fox Story.

By Andrew Mercardo

In 1989, its first TV series Tales Of The Crypt took advantage of not being on a free-to-air network by allowing more gore and nudity and by 1992, The Larry Sanders Show had become their flagship show and was bringing home awards by the truckload. The 1997 male prison drama Oz proved there were no boundaries the network would not push past, and by the time The Sopranos (1999) and Sex And The City (1998) were the hottest shows on TV, HBO was a household name and is mostly responsible for today’s era of “peak TV”.

Recently, the network has been taken over by AT&T and its new boss, John Stankey, sent off alarm bells last week when he declared that he needs viewers to be watching for “more hours of engagement”. That means to broaden its base, the network must broaden its content. This is a concern because will all the new shows needed to make more money be as prestigious as the usual fare they screen?

Dramas like the new Sharp Objects are exactly what HBO’s brand represents. It stars acclaimed actors like Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson, it’s based on a bestselling book (the first from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn) and it’s directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, who won an Emmy for his HBO hit Big Little Lies last year. But where Big Little Lies started off lighter, thanks to its sunny California setting, Sharp Objects plunges into a much darker Missouri with newspaper reporter Camille (Amy Adams) sent back to her hometown to deal with demons galore. Her heavy drinking and strained relationship with her mother (Patricia Clarkson) suggests worse is to come.

Not surprisingly, critics are agog with praise about Sharp Objects. They are using words like “raw, magnificent” and “ferocious” and having watched three episodes now, I’d say it is all those things. But Entertainment Weekly sums it up best as “all atmosphere, zero momentum” and while it is almost certain to win awards, will a slow burn of viewers be enough for the new boss? HBO chairman Richard Plepler once said that “more is not better, only better is better” but after his new boss came on board, that statement has been changed to: “More isn’t better, only better is better – but we need a lot more to be even better.”

Foxtel, the home of HBO in Australia, won’t object to more content but it will also be hoping one or more become monster hits like Game Of Thrones. Sharp Objects is good but is that enough to bring in more subscribers? Maybe the future of HBO is as fascinating as Westworld, a show that may be predicting the network’s own future. Will HBO churn out clones before there is an uprising from its workers? And could there be another new world out there somewhere that changes the game yet again? Stay tuned.

Emmy Award nominees: GoT most nominated show, Netflix ahead of HBO

Nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards were announced today by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington along with Samira Wiley from the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale and Ryan Eggold from NBC’s upcoming drama, New Amsterdam.

Some of the highlights from the Academy’s announcement:

Game Of Thrones had the most nominations (22) in all categories, followed by Saturday Night Live (21) and Westworld (21). Leading the nominations in totals by platform were Netflix (112), HBO (108) and NBC (78).

Among this year’s eight Outstanding Comedy Series nominees, there are three first-timers representing an exceptional range of storytelling. Freshman shows Barry, GLOW and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel join returning hits Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The nominations in Outstanding Drama Series were again spread over distribution platforms, with returning nominees The Americans (FX) and Game Of Thrones (HBO) joining all of last season’s new nominees The Crown (Netflix), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Stranger Things (Netflix), This Is Us (NBC), and Westworld (HBO).

Nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series include first-time Emmy nominee Issa Rae and category freshman Rachel Brosnahan, who join previous category nominees Pamela Adlon, Allison Janney, Tracee Ellis Ross and Lily Tomlin. Bill Hader is new to the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, Ted Danson and Larry David return to the category this season, joining last year’s nominees Anthony Anderson, Donald Glover and William H. Macy.


Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominees Jason Bateman, Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright are new to the category, joining returning nominees Sterling K. Brown, Matthew Rhys and Milo Ventimiglia. Sandra Oh received her first Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination, joined in the category by return nominees Claire Foy, Keri Russell and Evan Rachel Wood, and previous Emmy winners in this category, Tatiana Maslany and Elisabeth Moss.

Other notable first-time performer nominations include: Joseph Fiennes and Matt Smith, both for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Zazie Beetz and Betty Gilpin for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; and Letitia Wright for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Aidy Bryant (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series), Darren Criss (Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie), and Kenan Thompson (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series) are also all first-time performer nominees, though each received a past Emmy nomination for Original Music and Lyrics. James Corden, whose previous four Emmy nods were shared for producing and hosting the 70th Annual Tony Awards, two The Late Late Show Primetime Carpool Karaoke Specials and The Late Late Show with James Corden, is nominated this year as Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. In addition, Broadway star Kelli O’Hara received a first-time Emmy nomination as Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.

Multiple nominees include (but are not limited to) Jason Bateman for Ozark; Alex Borstein for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Family Guy; Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Jeff Daniels for The Looming Tower and Godless; Donald Glover for Atlanta and Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader for Barry and Saturday Night Live; Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Alex Berg for Barry and Silicon Valley; The Duffer Brothers for Stranger Things; Scott Frank for Godless; David Lynch for Twin Peaks; and Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

SBS announces Croatia v France FIFA World Cup Final broadcast schedule

There are only two matches remaining in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The World Cup Final will see first-time finalists Croatia play 1998 champions France, and will be broadcast on SBS in Australia from 11pm Sunday night.

Before the final, England and Belgium will play in St Petersburg on Saturday evening to decide who takes third place.

SBS will broadcast an extended two hour pre-match show from 11pm* Sunday before the final kicks off at 1am* Monday with world exclusive match commentary from Martin Tyler.

In addition SBS will continue to air highlights in FIFA World Cup Today live from Red Square each match day hosted by Lucy Zelić and with expert analysis from Craig Foster and special guests, reporting from David ZdrilicDavid Basheer and Sebastian Hassett on-ground in Russia and replays at 7am Sunday and Monday.

Broadcast Schedule – 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals

Saturday July 14 – FIFA World Cup Playoff for Third Place

• 11pm, Belgium v England, LIVE (kick-off 12am Sunday), SBS and SBS On Demand

Sunday July 15 – FIFA World Cup Final

• 7am, Belgium v England, REPLAY (kick-off 8am), SBS and The World Game online
• 5.30pm, FIFA World Cup Today, LIVE from Red Square, SBS and SBS On Demand
• 11pm, France v Croatia, LIVE (kick-off 1am* Monday), SBS and SBS On Demand

Sunday July 16 – FIFA World Cup Final

• 7am, France v Croatia, REPLAY (kick-off 9am*), SBS and The World Game online
• 5.30pm, FIFA World Cup Today, LIVE from Red Square, SBS and SBS On Demand

A-League three months away, but Crocmedia broadcast plans revealed

With the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League schedule announced this week, Crocmedia has announced plans to broadcast more matches than ever before.

With the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League schedule announced this week, Crocmedia has announced plans to broadcast more matches than ever before.

Crocmedia has already secured distribution into Australia’s five biggest capital cities and will call 100+ matches via Football Nation, its national syndicated brand.

It revealed parochial calls tailored for each market would run deeper than ever before, with fans of at least six clubs to be served a tailored commentary into their region of Australia.

Home and away matches involving Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will return to 1116 SEN in Melbourne for the season ahead.

Home matches of the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United will run in NSW and SA respectively via Super Radio Network and Adelaide’s Fiveaa.

Home and away Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory matches will air on weekends on Macquarie’s 4BC and 6PR.

Crocmedia is the master radio rights holder for all Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and FFA Cup matches.

Executive Director Chris Giannopoulos said, now that the fixture has been finalised, Crocmedia would be keen to work with other radio stations around the country about becoming broadcasters of Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and/or FFA Cup matches.

“We congratulate the FFA on the release of the 2018/2019 Hyundai A-League with an exciting schedule outlined for both fans and broadcasters,” Giannopoulos said.

All matches can also be heard on and

News Corp Australia, Storyful and Fox Sports support Hoodie Day

News Corp Australia, with partners Storyful and Fox Sports, have joined forces in support of the 2018 AIME Hoodie Day campaign during NAIDOC week, with a creative advertising, PR, social media and editorial campaign across print, digital, and broadcast media.

Fox League presenter Hannah Hollis fronts the AIME Hoodie Day campaign, conceptualised, designed and created by News Corp Australia’s trade marketing and creative services team and Storyful’s creative strategy team.

The campaign, which was conceptualised, designed and created by News Corp Australia’s trade marketing and creative services team, shares the message “Fly with Us”, calling on Australians to “be a part of the rebellious mentoring revolution” by wearing “the greatest hoodie on earth” as “this hoodie changes lives”.

Launched in 2010, Hoodie Day is the main annual fundraising initiative supporting the mission of AIME to bridge the educational gap for indigenous kids between high school and university.

Penny Fowler, News Corp Australia community ambassador and chair of the Reconciliation Working Group at News, said: “Our partnership with AIME and the important work it does aligns with our commitment to tell stories to inform, advocate and inspire to help build a better Australia.

“We are proud of our partnership with AIME and our role in supporting the important work they do to ensure indigenous students finish school at the same rate as their fellow Australians. Our News in the Community program makes a difference through our programs and partnerships contributing to building a better Australia.”

Hoodie Day ambassador Hannah Hollis will promote the campaign on Fox League programs Queenslanders Only and League Life, former Australian rugby union player turned Rugby commentator Drew Mitchell will wear a hoodie on Fox Sports’ Super Rugby coverage, editor-at-large at Joe Hildebrand will wear a hoodie when appearing on Studio 10 and Sky News anchor Laura Jayes will interview AIME talent.

The AIME 2018 Hoodie is available by visiting

NZ Media News: Fibre TV, RNZ, subsidies, NZME, Wellington Paranormal and more

Mediaweek’s John Drinnan rounds up the latest media news from the NZ market.

Fibre TV in court

Judge Gary McAskill in the Christchurch District Court found this week that marketing claims made by Fibre TV were misleading and deceptive. The company’s pre-loaded set-top boxes amounted to copyright infringement. Fibre TV positioned itself as having “all of the content with none of the fees”, including Netflix, Sky movies and a range of sport content.

Radio New Zealand funding

Radio New Zealand expansion plans have been pared back. Labour promised RNZ a big share of a estimated $38 million public funding boost but cut it back to $15 million in the May Budget. This week the government announced that would be shared four ways with RNZ getting just $4.5 million. RNZ is facing upheavals and scheduling changes after a falling out between management and communications minister Clare Curran. RNZ has pulled back from TV plans with star journalist John Campbell to be a roving reporter and presenter at TVNZ.

Production industry funding

Government incentives for the film and TV industry are under scrutiny with a report questioning the return on investment. The report and incentives for Hollywood investment were the subject of an investigative series in the NZ Herald on $575 million of subsidies since 2010. Previously, the industry had Sapere Group report that incentives were dominated by spending on international film production with economic benefits that significantly outweighed the cost. But the NZ Herald reported a peer review of that said evidence for the claim was weak.

Product placement

The NZ Herald reported television producers have been paid bonuses by the government for “corny” references to New Zealand. That includes $1.6 million paid to US producers of the TV show Power Rangers in return for references to a New Zealand-born character who spends an entire episode trying to bake a pavlova, which NZ claims as a national dish.

Radio ratings survey

NZME-owned Newstalk ZB was the big winner for the quarterly GfK radio ratings to mid-June, announced last week. Newstalk ZB has recovered from a fall earlier this year. Its national share was up 20% to 10.9%. Rival MediaWorks continues to score strongly with music networks. More FM increased from 8.4% to 8.8%. The struggling talk station RadioLive saw its nationwide share fall from 3.2% share to 2.9%.

New comedy hit

TVNZ has had a strong start to Paranormal, its new mockumentary comedy show written by film director Taika Waititi and Flight of the ConchordsJemaine Clement. The show, set in Wellington, is a spinoff of the movie What We Do In The Shadows. A TVNZ spokesman said the TV2 show had the highest average audiences across every demographic with 265,800 watching the whole show and peaking at 484,400.

Top photo: Wellington Paranormal

NZ Media Profile: Reporter, editor and media executive Rick Neville

Rick Neville trained as a journalist in 1968 and is in his 50th year in media.

By John Drinnan

His career as a reporter, editor and executive has encompassed editorial and business, and a lifelong suspicion about state regulation of the media.

For the past four years he has been in a part-time role as editorial director of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

Neville was in senior management for the former Murdoch-controlled INL, and at APN News and Media, publisher of the NZ Herald.

A champion of independence, he says it is now time for Kiwi politicians to follow Australia’s lead, and give financial support for regional newspapers. Australia had announced $60.4 million in a three-year package of assistance for regional media.

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

TV Ratings Analysis: Thursday July 13

• Crows v Cats: Thursday night AFL secures Seven win
• Croatia victory over England in World Cup 450,000 early
• Peter Gilmore’s Snow Egg causes MasterChef angst, sends Kristen home

By James Manning


Home and Away ended its week with 604,000 in four markets – no Adelaide episode screened.

The AFL match between Geelong and Adelaide did 565,000 across the metro markets on Seven and 7mate. There were 291,000 watching in Melbourne and 157,000 in Adelaide.


A Current Affair spoke with former TV chef Iain Hewitson, who slammed the current crop of reality cooking shows. The episode did 706,000.

No Thursday night NRL because of State Of Origin.

RBT had a Thursday network outing with 447,000.

The NRL Footy Show screened at 9.30pm to 81,000 with 36,000 in Sydney and 35,000 in Brisbane.


Waleed Aly didn’t think Kylie Jenner should have been lauded as a business woman on The Project with 476,000 watching.

It wouldn’t be MasterChef without Peter Gilmore and his infamous Snow Egg. It has been a feature on many seasons including the final of season two and also MasterChef All Stars. Last night the contestants needed to present three of them – one for each judge. Gilmore stayed around for a Masterclass episode where it was revealed he can cook other things too! The regular episode, which ended with the elimination of Kristen Sheffield, did 736,000 with the Masterclass on 486,000.

The final episode of Todd Sampson’s Bodyhack 2.0 then did 185,000 in a later timeslot.


Grand Designs Australia made the top 20 with 397,000.

HerStory, which was a discussion with indigenous women, did 147,000.

Everyone’s A Critic then did 115,000 followed by Victoria on 90,000.


The biggest audiences were early yesterday. The extra time in the England v Croatia World Cup semifinal did 446,000. The regular 90 minutes of the game, which started at 4am, did 316,000.

On Thursday evening, Great British Railways did 240,000 followed by Peter Kuruvita’s Coastal Kitchen on 110,000.

The final episode of The Handmaid’s Tale did 267,000.

Stage six of the Tour de France did 146,000.

Week 28 TV: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 8.6% 7 24.1% 9 14.5% TEN 14.1% SBS One 6.1%
ABC 2 2.4% 7TWO 4.5% GO! 4.1% ONE 3.2% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 4.9% GEM 1.7% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 2.9% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 13% 36.4% 22.5% 19.5% 8.5%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.1% 7 21.8% 9 14.4% WIN 12.0% SBS One 4.9%
ABC 2 2.9% 7TWO 5.7% GO! 6.4% ONE 3.2% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.5% GEM 2.9% ELEVEN 1.9% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 2.5% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.4%
TOTAL 15.1% 34.5% 25.8% 17.1% 7.5%
82.6% 17.4%
Thursday fta
  1. Seven News Seven 975,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 956,000
  3. Nine News Nine 916,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 913,000
  5. Masterchef Australia Ten 736,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 706,000
  7. ABC News ABC 668,000
  8. Home And Away Seven 604,000
  9. The Chase Australia Seven 591,000
  10. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven 565,000
  11. Hot Seat Nine 506,000
  12. Masterchef Australia – Masterclass Ten 486,000
  13. The Project 7pm Ten 476,000
  14. RBT Nine 447,000
  15. 2018 FIFA World Cup SF: Cro v Eng Post-Match SBS 446,000
  16. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 424,000
  17. 7.30 ABC 419,000
  18. Grand Designs Australia ABC 397,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 372,000
  20. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football – Post Match Seven 329,000
Demo top fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. Masterchef Australia Ten 202,000
  2. 2018 FIFA World Cup SF: Cro v Eng Post-Match SBS 157,000
  3. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven 142,000
  4. The Project 7pm Ten 134,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 124,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. Masterchef Australia Ten 319,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 247,000
  3. 2018 FIFA World Cup SF: Cro v Eng Post-Match SBS 233,000
  4. Nine News Nine 226,000
  5. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven 218,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. Masterchef Australia Ten 351,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 302,000
  3. Nine News Nine 286,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 273,000
  5. Seven News Seven 267,000
Thursday multichannel
  1. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  2. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 170,000
  3. Wanda And The Alien-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 170,000
  4. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 168,000
  5. PJ Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 165,000
  6. Father Brown-PM 7TWO 164,000
  7. Fireman Sam-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 163,000
  8. Dinosaur Train ABCKIDS/COMEDY 162,000
  9. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 162,000
  10. The Hive-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  11. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  12. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  13. Dot.-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  14. The Big Bang Theory TX1 9GO! 153,000
  15. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  16. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  17. Luo Bao Bei-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  18. Play School-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  19. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 142,000
  20. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 141,000
Thursday subscription tv
  1. Live: AFL Adelaide v Geelong FOX FOOTY 248,000
  2. Aussie Gold Hunters Discovery Channel 83,000
  3. Live: AFL: Thursday Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 74,000
  4. Live: The Late Show With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 64,000
  5. Live: AFL: Thursday Night Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 61,000
  6. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 57,000
  7. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 54,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 49,000
  9. America’s Got Talent FOX8 46,000
  10. Family Guy FOX8 45,000
  11. NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 41,000
  12. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 39,000
  13. Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby LifeStyle Channel 39,000
  14. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 39,000
  15. American Dad! FOX8 37,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 36,000
  17. Inside Singapore Airlines LifeStyle Channel 36,000
  18. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 36,000
  19. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 35,000
  20. Nella The Princess Knight Nick Jr. 35,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

British government finally given Murdoch clearance to take over Sky

The British government has finally given Rupert Murdoch clearance to take over Sky as the media mogul mulls a £26bn-plus bid to try to see off rival Comcast, reports The Guardian.

The new culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, has given Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox the green light to buy the 61% of Sky he does not already own after a final consultation on plans to make him sell Sky News to reduce his control of UK news media.

Murdoch must also top up any potential shortfall in funding by Sky News’s new owner, which will be Disney if he can successfully take control of Sky, to keep its budget at £100m for the next 15 years.

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The E! reality star who built a US$900m fortune in less than three years

This Forbes cover story has made quite a stir:

How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 Years

What her half-sister Kim Kardashian West did for booty, Kylie Jenner has done for full lips. Like Kardashian West, she has leveraged her assets to gain both fame and money. But while her sister is best-known for the former, Jenner has proved adept at the latter. In historic fashion.

Just 20 when this story publishes (she’ll turn 21 in August) and an extremely young mother (she had baby daughter Stormi in February), Jenner runs one of the hottest makeup companies ever. Kylie Cosmetics launched two years ago with a US$29 “lip kit” consisting of a matching set of lipstick and lip liner, and has sold more than US$630 million worth of makeup since, including an estimated US$330 million in 2017. Even using a conservative multiple, and applying our standard 20% discount, Forbes values her company, which has since added other cosmetics like eye shadow and concealer, at nearly US$800 million. Jenner owns 100% of it.

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Was an Aussie Facebook page with 2.6m likes banned without warning?

Aussie Facebook page with 2.6m likes taken down, reports Fairfax Media’s Adam Turner.

When her Facebook page with more than 2.6 million likes and more than 2.6 million followers was banned without warning, Australian social media queen Jo was left wondering what she had done to incur the wrath of the Silicon Valley giant.

A stay-at-home mother of six children, Jo founded “F— it: Let’s have a beer” six years ago, building up an international following through posting irreverent and expletive-filled drinking-related memes. FILHAB has grown to become one of Australia’s most popular humorous Facebook pages, offering an income for Jo through the sale of merchandise.

All that changed at the end of June when Facebook unpublished the FILHAB page without warning. The only explanation offered was a notification in the Facebook smartphone app:

“Your page has been unpublished: It looks like recent activity on your Page doesn’t follow Facebook Pages Terms. If you think your Page was unpublished in error, you can appeal and we’ll take another look.”

Jo spent several fruitless days chasing Facebook for details as to how FILHAB had broken the rules and what it would take to get the page restored.

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Facebook announces another batch of funded US news programs

Facebook has announced the first batch of funded news programs on Facebook Watch will launch next Monday July 16.

The previously announced shows from news publishers include ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Mic, Quartz, and Univision.

Facebook has now announced another slate of funded shows from news publishers that will premiere in the months and weeks ahead and includes:

ABC Owned Stations’ More in Common – a weekly series that will showcase the bridges being built between people of various races, religions, genders and backgrounds in cities and towns across America.

Bloomberg’s At What Cost? – a weekly series that takes the week’s biggest headlines and explains how they will impact people’s finances and their future.

BuzzFeed News’s Profile – a new, weekly interview show hosted by Audie Cornish of NPR’s All Things Considered. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, the show will feature a different newsmaker each week, giving viewers a chance to hear from the biggest names in politics, tech, business, and entertainment.

McClatchy’s The War Within – a show that chronicles the lives of retired veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, who are helping their brothers and sisters in arms cope with the myriad effects of war.

Newshub correspondent Lloyd Burr has drink thrown over him

New Zealand’s Newshub correspondent Lloyd Burr has experienced backlash to England’s semifinal loss first-hand, having a drink thrown over him while broadcasting live for the network’s The AM Show, reports Fairfax Media.

Read our NZ Media Roundup with John Drinnan above

Acknowledging that he had “a very angry England fan” trying to interfere with his live cross back to host Duncan Garner and the team, Burr proceeded to have the man throw a pint of beer over him, before re-entering the shot and shouting in his face.

Following the incident, Burr posted to Twitter saying, “Apart from the beer in the face (by a drunken Aussie), it was an epic atmosphere to watch a great game.”

Newshub’s head of broadcast news, Richard Sutherland, told Stuff, “Mediaworks treats any attack on our staff extremely seriously.

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Bauer Media back in court: Being sued by a Melbourne mother of six

Fresh from winning reductions to its defamation payout to Rebel Wilson, Bauer Media is being sued by a Melbourne mother of six over a graphic sex post, reports News Corp’s Peter Mickelburough.

The woman, who the Herald Sun has chosen to identify as “Jane”, claims last month Woman’s Day published a post on its Facebook page which in part read: “‘Rushing to the hospital, I wondered how my date had gone so wrong.’

“Lisa thought she had a sexy night ahead of her when her Tinder date agreed to come over for drinks…”

The post then details an injury Lisa suffered having sex.

A photo of Jane in a hospital gown lying on a hospital bed accompanied the post.

According to Jane’s County Court writ, her photo was taken to promote Operation Thailand, a TV show that featured her as one of three women undergoing cosmetic surgery in Thailand and Bauer Media never sought her permission, or informed her of its intention, to use the photograph with the unrelated post.

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African community in Melbourne to rally outside Seven’s headquarters

“If we have to declare war on Channel 7, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Those are the words of a fed-up member of the African community in Melbourne leading a push to gather outside the television network’s headquarters on Friday afternoon, reports’s Rohan Smith.

Titan Debirioun is demanding an apology from the Sunday Night program over a “racist” story that aired last weekend promising to shine a light on “African gangs running riot, terrorising, robbing, wreaking havoc”.

The protest has been planned for 4pm on Friday at Seven News headquarters on Harbour Esplanade and more than 1,100 people have registered their interest in attending.

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Melissa George features in Home And Away anniversary special

Aussie actor Melissa George has backflipped on her feelings towards Home And Away, even suggesting she could return to the soap that launched her career, reports News Corp’s Kris Crane.

After years of scathing comments and distancing herself from the long-running Channel 7 show, George has surprisingly featured on a special celebrating 30 years of Summer Bay.

When quizzed if she would reprise the role of Angel, for the first time George was not dismissive of the idea.

“They have offered, but I don’t know,” she said.

The actor, who now lives in Paris and has gone on to star in an array of TV shows and films, opened up about her attempts to shake off Home And Away.

“It is a hard thing to shake and at one point I tried to shake it, but there is no point,” she said.

George is just one of Home And Away’s alumni who feature in the 30-year special. Dannii Minogue, Kate Ritchie, Steve Peacocke, Bec Hewitt, Nicolle Dickson, Alex Papps and Dieter Brummer all open up about their time on set.

Endless Summer — 30 Years of Home And Away will air on Channel 7 on Tuesday July 17.

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That’s entertainment? Siobhan Duck on Sharp Objects, Handmaid’s Tale

Watching the parade of A-list female actors now gracing the small screen has become the stuff of nightmares – quite literally, writes News Corp’s Siobhan Duck.

This week I viewed the much-hyped new series, Sharp Objects, starring movie stars Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson.

With great anticipation that I sat down to watch Sharp Objects on Foxtel. I was horrified by what I saw.

As well-made as Sharp Objects is, its subject matter is so gruesome and disturbing that it left me unable to sleep.

Nicole Kidman received huge accolades for her role in Big Little Lies, a series she also produced with Reese Witherspoon. She admits that playing Celeste, a woman beaten to a pulp by her psychopathic husband, almost broke her. She would go home from the set and weep in her bathtub.

I can’t imagine what poor Elisabeth Moss must do when she hangs up her red robes and white hat at the end of a long day filming The Handmaid’s Tale.

That multi-award winning series proved just too macabre for me to endure.

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After leaving Network Ten, Ita Buttrose finds new FTA TV home

Less than three months after her abrupt departure from Studio 10, Ita Buttrose has turned up on another network, reports

The TV personality, 76, turned up on Nine’s Today Extra this morning, where she revealed that she’d be co-hosting the show alongside David Campbell while Sonia Kruger was away on a “top-secret” work assignment next week.

“It’s lovely having you here. Sonia’s going on a bit of a trip next week – she’s got to go away and do a story overseas – so you’re going to come and help…” Campbell began during the segment.

“I am – I’m going to come and host with you, David,” Buttrose replied. “I’m really looking forward to it – I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Kruger chimed in: “I’m leaving it in your very capable hands.”

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