Thursday July 18, 2019

Podcast Week: Hamish & Andy, Dan Illic, Nigel Marsh, Porno live

Australian radio’s most successful duo of the last 20 years quit the medium several years ago to focus on television projects with Nine. However Southern Cross Austereo never let Hamish Blake and Andy Lee get too far away and Australia’s biggest radio show has become Australia’s biggest podcast.

By James Manning

Hamish and Andy on Australia’s #1 podcast

Talking to Mediaweek about their latest TV project (more on that on Friday), we slipped in some questions about the H&A podcast.

Andy Lee explained the weekly recording sessions are not really seen as a substitute for radio.

“I would say it’s scratching an itch which we love doing,” Lee told Mediaweek. “We love the community, we love our listeners. So it is an opportunity to do that. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily keeping a hand in radio because … we see it more as our love of working with audio.”

Hamish Blake added: “There’s one big thing you lack in podcasting and one huge thing you gain and I reckon it’s an almost exact zero sum trade off. You don’t get the live interaction of callers anymore, which was easily our favourite part of the radio show. But the people that do listen to the podcast, the community you have, they listen to every single show beginning to end, they know everything. They’re so deeply invested in the show.

“It allows the show to become a way more textured thing than you could ever do on free-to-air radio where you’re constantly catching everyone up all the time cause you know people might only listen for 10 minutes.”

Listen to the Hamish and Andy podcast here.

A Rational Fear – Stop The Press

Dan Illic has told Mediaweek about a special edition of his comedy podcast about press freedom. “A Rational Fear is a fortnightly stage show/podcast where Australia’s best comedic voices rip into the news,” said Illic.

“It’s kind of like #QandA on crack.”

He said the special show is all about one of the foundations of democracy – Press Freedom in Australia.

“We have a wild line up – comedians and journalists who are also very funny.”

Appearing alongside Illic on his next show are Lewis Hobba, Alice Workman, Kate McClymont, Ben Fordham and Ray Martin.

Get tickets for the recording of the special podcast episode here.

Listen to A Rational Fear here.

Dr Charlie Teo on 5ML

Acclaimed brain surgeon, Dr Charlie Teo, chatted with Nigel Marsh on the latest episode of The Five of My Life podcast and says he’s always been subjected to the tall poppy syndrome in Australia, “I’m not a wilting flower when it comes to my skills. That’s always worked against me in Australia. So much so, that as I was going through neurosurgery, many of my bosses felt compelled to put me in my place and I was fired and taken off the neurosurgical program; being punished for being good and knowing I was good,” said Teo.

PodcastOne’s The Five of My Life (5ML) is hosted by former Y&R brands boss and author Nigel Marsh. In each episode, Marsh chats to prominent personalities about their favourite Film, Book, Song, Place & Possession and the stories behind them. Dr Charlie Teo is a globally renowned neurosurgeon and has been named as one of Australia’s most trusted people for taking on the cases others class as hopeless, and has also become known for speaking his mind. Hear him with Marsh on the latest episode of 5ML.

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“I didn’t want to be just another host talking to celebrities,” Marsh told Mediaweek. “I didn’t want to recap people’s careers or promote their albums or books. I ask my guests for their choices a week before the interviews so I can research and see the film and read the book.”

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Listen to The Five Of My Life here.

Porno podcasters live in Australia in 2020

Award-winning much-loved podcast, My Dad Wrote A Porno is back with a new live show and an Australian tour in 2020.

With a critically acclaimed HBO comedy special, over 180 million downloads, and a sell-out world tour, Team Porno – aka Jamie Morton, Alice Levine and James Cooper – will open the My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020 in Australia at The Sydney Opera House on January 8, before taking the show on the road to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.

It will be three years since their first Australian tour in 2017, and will see Jamie, James and Alice reading never-before heard material from the mind of the legendary Rocky Flintstone.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 1pm Thursday, July 18.

Listen to My Dad Wrote A Porno here.

NZ journalist appointed to one of best magazine jobs in Australia

Bauer Media has appointed Joanna Hunkin as editor of Australian premium food, wine and travel magazine, Gourmet Traveller. Hunkin will join the title in September 2019.

Hunkin in the brand’s fourth editor in three years after Anthea Loucas left the title in 2016. She was replaced by Sarah Oakes who left the title last year when her deputy Amy Reedy took over.

Hunkin brings 15 years of experience working in multi-platform journalism across digital, print and broadcast for some of New Zealand’s largest media organisations. She has spent the past five years as head of entertainment and lifestyle for New Zealand’s largest media organisation, NZME, overseeing all print and digital content across verticals.

In addition, Hunkin also led the successful launch of New Zealand Herald’s new lifestyle magazine Be Well, while continuing to edit the weekly entertainment magazine Time Out.

Prior to NZME, Hunkin spent over four years as a general news reporter for New Zealand’s most watched television news offering, One News, where she acquired extensive experience in broadcast journalism.

Sally Eagle, general manager of publishing at Bauer Media Australia said: “Joanna’s wealth of experience in broadcast, print and digital makes her the ideal candidate to take the helm at Gourmet Traveller. The brand continues to engage with its dedicated and passionate audience across all platforms, so her experience with cross-platform channels will be hugely beneficial.

“Joanna’s energy, passion, and vision for the brand are both infectious and exciting. We’re delighted by her appointment and look forward to seeing the magazine flourish under her leadership.”

Hunkin was named a finalist for the Editorial Executive of the Year Award at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards in New Zealand.

Joanna Hunkin said: “I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Gourmet Traveller team, having long admired the brand as a food-obsessed reader. The opportunity to build on the magazine’s already sterling reputation and connect with more readers is a challenge that fills me with both excitement and anticipation. It is a privilege to be the next editor of Gourmet Traveller and to lead the team into 2020 and beyond.”

Eagle concluded: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Amy Reedy, who stepped into the acting editor role for Gourmet Traveller late last year. She has been a great asset to Bauer and the brand, and we wish her every success for the future.”

Judith Neilson Institute announces first journalism grants

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas has announced the first stage of its grants program to support quality journalism.

The grants follow the announcement late last year by Australian philanthropist Judith Neilson of at least $100 million to create a world-leading journalism institute based in Sydney.

The initial round of grants covers a range of media organisations and activities from major international projects to small, local initiatives.

“The Institute believes that the best way to champion quality journalism is to help journalists do more of it,” said Mark Ryan, a director of the Institute.

“Most of the grants announced today will create new positions or new projects for journalists. We also expect some of these initial projects will expand into more substantial initiatives.”

The Institute’s approach to grants is informed by five principles: creating new opportunities for journalists to do more journalism; focusing on projects that will have the greatest impact; encouraging new investment in journalism; non-partisanship; and respect for editorial independence.

“In addition to providing practical support for quality journalism, the first round of grants is also a learning process. It will help the Institute understand how to best support journalism. And for those in the profession, it will give a sense of the types of projects the Institute is keen to support,” said Ryan.

This grants round is part of a number of initiatives that have been launched.

In May, the Institute held its first education project, a two-week intensive fellowship for 12 Australian journalists in Hong Kong in cooperation with the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University.

From 31 August-1 September this year, the Institute will partner with the Sydney Opera House to co-present Antidote: a festival of ideas, action and change. The Institute is co-curating three sessions of the festival looking at how journalists work in authoritarian environments, who gets to speak on society’s most controversial subjects, and how journalists cover climate change.

The latest grant recipients are:

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation to fund a media literacy program across remote communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The Australian for a new series that will examine the complex implications of China’s transformation, both inside and outside of the country.

The Australian Financial Review to re-open a South East Asia bureau in Jakarta that will provide deeper coverage of the major economic, trade, business and security issues in Indonesia and the region.

The Guardian to fund the appointment of a Pacific editor, the establishment of a network of independent journalists and the commissioning of major investigations to expand reporting on Australia’s immediate neighbourhood.

Ngaarda Media, a community radio station in Roebourne, Western Australia, to support news coverage.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to employ an Indigenous journalist and Indigenous trainee photographer to work with reporters in the newsroom on a series of news stories, features and multimedia projects.

Schwartz Media to hire a new Features and Field producer for its new daily podcast “7 AM”.

The Terrier, a local news website in Warrnambool, Victoria, to support the appointment of an Indigenous cadet reporter and to explore new funding models for the website.

Three grants were also announced earlier this year:

Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) to support The Junction, JERAA’s national collaborative online platform for student journalism which covered the 2019 Federal Election.

The Kennedy Foundation to sponsor the Chris Watson Award which recognises the work of regional newspaper journalists and to provide financial support for a regional reporting project of the winner’s choice.

The Walkley Foundation to support its public interest journalism grants to Australian freelance journalists awarded in April this year.

Southern Cross Austereo celebrates new Audio HQ in Brisbane

Around 200 invited guests last night attended the opening of the new SCA Brisbane facility, Audio HQ.

The event was led by SCA national broadcasters Dave Hughes, Danny Lakey and Ash London as well as local talent Stav, Abby and Matt from HIT105, Marto, Robin Bailey and Nick Cody from Triple M, Those Two Girls from early national breakfast on Hit and Triple M’s Sports Insider and drive host, Ben Dobbin.

Senior national SCA executives attended the launch, led by CEO Grant Blackley as well as Chief Sales Officer Brian Gallagher, Chief Financial Officer Nick McKechnie, Head of Triple M Network Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of Hit Network Gemma Fordham, National Head of Sales (and Brisbane-based) Will Allen, National Head of News and Current Affairs (and Brisbane-based) Natasha Jobson, National Research Manager (and Brisbane based) John Musgrove.

Hosting all the launch event guests was the key driver behind the SCA relocation project and Executive General Manager of Queensland Damon Reilly.

Reilly commented last night: “The creation of SCA Brisbane’s Audio HQ was 18 months in the making. All 125 Brisbane staff were involved in the design and furniture selection and our goal was not only to create Australia’s leading Audio facility, but to deliver an environment that would allow our team to maximise both collaboration and innovative thinking.

“The foresight and support of our CEO Grant Blackley cannot be understated, to provide the investment in Queensland for a facility such is a privilege for me to lead and one which reflects Brisbane’s growing reputation and growth. Tonight is a celebration of all things Audio. Welcome to the Queensland headquarters of Australia’s biggest media company that reaches 95% of Australia’s population, SCA. Welcome to Brisbane’s leading radio stations, Triple M & Hit105. Welcome to SCA’s Audio HQ.”

SCA Regional General Managers from throughout Queensland also attended – Rod Hockey from the Gold Coast, Cassandra Cazzulino from Townsville and Ken Wood from Regional QLD. Also Triple M Brisbane Content Director Rex Morris and HIT105 Content Director Jack Ball.

Other guests include Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington, senior leaders from all national advertising agencies, CEOs and leaders from 40 of Brisbane’s leading corporates, plus SCA’s top clients.

Opening event highlights included:

• Australian comedian and part of Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast with Marto and Robin, Nick Cody opened the event, with Brisbane-born act The Veronicas performing.
• Guests were treated to “Frequency-Infused Gin”, and could choose Hit105-infused, or Triple M-infused (a partnership with Ink Gin), as well as XXXX and Moët & Chandon. A long Blue Carpet snaked through The Barracks and marked the arrival experience on ground level.
• Dave Hughes broadcast his national HIT Network program live from Audio HQ and through the event, with Kate Langbroek direct from Italy.
• Channel 9 hosted weather live from the event.

MCN appoints Westpac’s Toby Dewar customer engagement director

Multi Channel Network (MCN) has bolstered its leadership team, appointing senior marketing executive, Toby Dewar, in the newly created role, Customer Engagement Director.

Dewar joins MCN after three years at Westpac, where he was most recently Head of Group Media, Social and Digital Tech. He was responsible for leading the media and brand strategy, we well as investment levels across multiple brands – Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank SA, BT & RAMs.

During his time at Westpac, Dewar helped build the banking corporation’s Brand Moments platform, a highly emotive storytelling strategy that shared important life moments for customers. He established a new bespoke agency model, Media Lab, that was focused on a science based mindset to planning, and worked with Mark Ritson to deliver a training and development program across the Westpac Marketing and Digital team.

Prior to Westpac, Dewar was General Manager – Media, Sponsorships and Awards at Telstra, and ANZ Media and Sponsorship Manager for McDonald’s. He also spent over 10 years in media and creative agencies, including client director roles at Ikon, UM and DDB.

The appointment of MCN’s Customer Engagement Director follows the recent announcement of new Chief of Sales, David Roddick, who was previously the Sales and Marketing Director at AdShel.

MCN CEO Mark Frain said the two hires have been hand-picked to further support MCN’s existing leadership team and disrupt how the business operates structurally, to approach the market in a new and more dynamic way.

“David’s non-television background and now the appointment of a client-side expert, have been strategic moves to bring diverse perspectives to MCN so we can charter a new way of working with our clients and connecting them to the Foxtel platform,” he said.

“Toby has been re-imagining how Australian businesses leverage media, technology and creativity for over 20 years. He’s worked client-side at the very top level, helping brands like Westpac, Telstra and McDonald’s innovate how they communicate with, and market to, their consumer.

“With Foxtel’s investment and focus on building a better customer experience these next 12 months, and beyond, we see a role for Foxtel to be more than just an advertising platform for brands. Toby will help take clients on this new journey. He’ll work with MCN’s agency partners and their clients to clearly understand how Foxtel can deliver value to their businesses and better connect them to our viewers by developing new solutions and approaches that push the limits of what media can achieve. He’ll also support the MCN team to further understand the challenges facing marketers and distil these insights into products that can add value to the market.”

Reporting to CEO Mark Frain, Dewar will support MCN’s sales/partnerships teams, uniting responses to key business challenges on behalf of clients. He will also take a leading role in programming and hosting sessions for marketers and agencies at “Foxtel on Oxford”, MCN’s custom-built facility to help connect advertisers, agencies and subscribers with the Foxtel platform and its wide range of content.

Toby Dewar said: “My career to date has focussed on working within categories that face significant change and structural pressure. To survive through change, organisations have had to evolve and respond to the changing expectations of customers and stay relevant and competitive. I am looking forward to sharing this experience and leveraging these insights at MCN and across the Foxtel platform.”

Dewar starts at MCN on Monday 5th August.

TV Ratings Analysis: July 17

• News and Home And Away key to Seven #1 channel & network
• Larissa through to MasterChef semis with 3 episodes remaining
• My Life Is Murder debut lifts 10 timeslot week-on-week

Wednesday Week 29 2019

• Seven News 1,116,000/1,054,000
• Nine News 894,000/908,000
• A Current Affair 734,000
• ABC News 632,000
• 7.30 590,000
• The Project 316,000/510,000
• 10 News First 410,000
• The Drum 193,000
• SBS World News 148,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 286,000
• Today 191,000


Home And Away slipped to 677,000 after 711,000 on Monday and 700,000 on Tuesday.

The ob doc hour then saw Border Security on 521,000 and The Force on 481,000.

Britain’s Got Talent was on 344,000.


A Current Affair was hosted by Leila McKinnon with 734,000 last night after 787,000 and 836,000 earlier in the week.

Two episodes of Young Sheldon then did 459,000 and 365,000.

Star Trek Beyond was then on 250,000.


The Project edged back over 500,000 as its 10th birthday celebrations continued.

On MasterChef Larissa became the first person through to the semi-finals on Sunday. The last Wednesday episode of the series for 2019 did 719,000, making it one of the higher ratings episodes this season. The show entrusted the contestants with cooking some of the final dishes in George Calombaris’s 12-year-old restaurant Press Club, which closed last month.

The premier of 10’s new Australian drama from CJZ My Life Is Murder debuted with 482,000, enough to win the timeslot.


Anh’s Brush With Fame made the top 10 with 664,000 at 8pm.

Mad As Hell viewers then got a surprise with a repeat of last week’s episode running again at 8.30pm with 495,000 watching. This week’s episode is now on iview and will screen tonight.

Squinters then returned with 285,000.


24 Hours In Emergency was the channel’s best with 179,000.

Going Places With Ernie Dingo was on 164,000.

Stage 10 of the Tour de France was on 143,000.

Week 29 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.1% 7 19.6% 9 16.2% 10  15.0% SBS One 5.9%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.4% 7TWO 2.8% GO! 3.7% 10 Bold 5.2% VICELAND 1.3%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 3.3% GEM 1.9% 10 Peach 2.4% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 2.6%     NITV 0.3%
    7Food 0.3%         SBS World Movies 0.4%
TOTAL 16.6%   27.4%   24.4%   22.6%   9.0%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.49% 7 20.55% 9 12.96% WIN 12.26% SBS One 5.75%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.05% 7TWO 3.91% GO! 4.58% WIN Bold 5.52% VICELAND 1.54%
ABC ME 1.08% 7mate 2.58% GEM 3.49% WIN Peach 2.02% Food Net 1.65%
ABC NEWS 1.05% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.33% 9Life 3.13% Sky News  on WIN 1.63% NITV 0.3%
    7food (QLD only) 0.13%            
TOTAL 15.7%   29.5%   24.2%   21.4%   9.24%


  1. Seven News Seven 1,116,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,054,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 908,000
  4. Nine News Nine 894,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 734,000
  6. MasterChef Australia 10 719,000
  7. Home And Away Seven 677,000
  8. Anh’s Brush With Fame MasterChef 664,000
  9. The Chase Australia Seven 661,000
  10. ABC News ABC 632,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 590,000
  12. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 521,000
  13. Hot Seat Nine 517,000
  14. The Project 7pm 10 510,000
  15. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell S10 ABC 495,000
  16. My Life Is Murder 10 482,000
  17. The Force – Behind The Line Seven 481,000
  18. Young Sheldon Nine 459,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 428,000
  20. 10 News First 10 410,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 171,000
  2. Seven News Seven 135,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 134,000
  4. Home And Away Seven 132,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 120,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 294,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 244,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 243,000
  4. Seven News Seven 237,000
  5. Nine News Nine 222,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 336,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 304,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 295,000
  4. Seven News Seven 288,000
  5. Nine News Nine 278,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 195,000
  2. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 194,000
  3. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 168,000
  4. Go Jetters PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  5. Kiri And Lou PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  6. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 158,000
  7. PJ Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  8. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  9. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  10. 50 First Dates 9GO! 151,000
  11. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  12. Dinosaur Train ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  13. Nella The Princess Knight AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  14. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  15. Bondi Rescue Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 135,000
  16. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  17. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  18. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  19. Play School AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  20. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
Wednesday STV
  1. Grand Designs Australia Lifestyle Channel 107,000
  2. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 82,000
  3. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 64,000
  4. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 63,000
  5. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 58,000
  6. Credlin Sky News Live 53,000
  7. NCIS TVH!TS 46,000
  8. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 42,000
  9. Beverly Hills: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 42,000
  10. PML Later Sky News Live 42,000
  11. Blue Bloods TVH!TS 39,000
  12. The Simpsons FOX8 38,000
  13. Shaun The Sheep Nick Jr. 37,000
  14. The Simpsons FOX8 37,000
  15. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 36,000
  16. Shaun The Sheep Nick Jr. 36,000
  17. Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It Lifestyle Channel 36,000
  18. Richo Sky News Live 33,000
  19. Cops crime + investigation 32,000
  20. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 32,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Netflix subscriber growth sharply slows during second quarter

Amid the threat of more competition from major media companies like Disney and WarnerMedia, Netflix reported slower growth than expected for the second quarter, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix’s paid memberships grew by 2.7 million during the period, less than half of the 5.5 million it added during the same period last year. In fact, it lost around 130,000 subscribers in the U.S., where it has more market penetration. The company, which now has just over 151 million total paid members, had projected additions of 5 million during the period and Wall Street, per FactSet, was expecting 5.1 million new subscribers.

Investors sent the stock down more than 10% on the disappointing subscriber growth.

Netflix says its subscriber miss occurred across all regions, but slightly more in areas where its price increase went into effect. Netflix announced in January that its plans would go up in price starting with the May billing cycle. Its standard plan now costs $13 in the US.

The company adds competition wasn’t a factor, especially since many of the biggest competitors, including HBO Max and Disney+, have yet to launch. Instead, original programming released during the second quarter — including Dead to Me, When They See Us, Murder Mystery and Always Be My Maybe — failed to drive growth. Still, Netflix noted that Adam Sandler‘s Murder Mystery is the most-watched of his Netflix originals to date, with over 73 million households tuning in during its first four weeks.

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News Brands

AAP veteran Mike Osborne retiring soon after 35 years with newswire

AAP has announced editor Mike Osborne (pictured) will retire on November 30, after 35 years with the national newswire agency.

With postings to London and Beijing, reporting, producing then managing coverage of six Olympic Games and a dozen federal budgets under his belt, the 57 year-old plans overseas travel with wife and former News Corp and ABC executive Louise Evans “and will maybe write a book”.

“Mike has been the lifeblood of the operation and its conscience,” AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said.

“His energy, commitment and positivity is peerless and we are sad to be losing him.”

Osborne said he loved his long career at AAP.

“AAP has been a lifetime commitment for me and I have enjoyed every minute, with my colleagues feeling more like family and friends than fellow workers.”


Midnight Oil back with passion to the dead heart

When Midnight Oil went into the desert 33 years ago in search of a better understanding of indigenous Australia, the experience produced a batch of songs that became the band’s defining and most enduring work, reports The Australian’s Andrew McMillen.

Tonight, on the edge of the Simpson Desert in western Queensland, against the backdrop of a giant sand dune known as Big Red, the Sydney rock group will headline an event organisers claim is the world’s most remote music festival. It is the final night of the Big Red Bash, near Birdsville, and many of the 10,000 people there will be waiting to hear those Midnight Oil anthems Beds Are Burning and The Dead Heart.

“You have moments where the stars are shining a little brighter in the night sky, where the pulse beats a little more quickly,” singer Peter Garrett said yesterday. “It’ll be one of those nights.”

Fellow performers on the final night of the three-day event include Kasey Chambers and Steve Kilbey, frontman of The Church.

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Oops. ABC replays Shaun Micellef’s Mad as Hell episode

ABC has mistakenly put to air last week’s Mad As Hell episode to air.

ITV Studios Australia CEO David Mott told TV Tonight he had spoken with ABC managing director David Anderson who was looking into the stuff-up.

“Meanwhile we’re enjoying a lovely encore of last week’s episode,” he joked. “I look forward to seeing the new one soon.”

On screen ABC ran a crawl “Apologies due to technical error, last week’s episode was played.”

ABC has now uploaded the new episode to iview. It will screen at 9pm Thursday on ABC.

An ABC spokesperson said, “The ABC apologises for broadcasting the incorrect episode of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell. This fault was due to a technical error. This week’s episode has been put up on ABC iview for fans to watch as soon as they like. The episode will also be shown on the ABC’s main channel at 9pm Thursday night as well as at its regular repeat timeslot on Friday night.”

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New challenge as Janine Allis steps outside her comfort zone on Survivor

Janine Allis did not simply pack her bathers and sunscreen, fly to Fiji and hope for the best, reports The Age’s Debi Enker.

The 53-year-old mother of four and head of a global business empire landed at the destination for the fourth Australian season of Survivor a day before she was due and arranged for a local to teach her how to crack coconuts, make fire and build a shelter.

She also watched previous seasons of the show set in Fiji to get a sense of the weather conditions. Noting that it looked chilly at night, and knowing that she’d be limited to a meagre number of possessions, she made sure that one of her items was made of merino wool, which she learned from her research was warm and fast-drying.

“I did as much prep work as I could,” she says. “Often, when you’re prepared, it takes the fear away.”

Allis’ pre-contest regimen indicates the kind of initiative, application and focus that has enabled her to become such a successful businesswoman. From humble beginnings in her kitchen, she built a retail operation that now spans 15 countries and more than 630 outlets selling juices, coffee, burgers and Mexican food. In addition, she’s been a Shark Tank mentor/investor for four seasons. All of which probably makes her more qualified to be the tycoon type who snaps, “You’re fired!” on The Apprentice, were she so inclined, than one of the 24 Survivor contestants.

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Curse of The Voice: Diana Rouvas is just another victim

Over one million Australians tuned into the bitter end of The Voice to watch Diana Rouvas take out the winner’s title this year, reports News Corp’s Cameron Adams.

Channel 9 claimed that at-home voter figures that helped Rouvas take home the prize were in the six figure range (which takes into account that one person could vote at least six times).

So why then did Rouvas’ single, Wait For No One, sell less than 788 copies in its first week and miss the ARIA Top 500 entirely? Some industry pundits predict the figure could be as low as 300 sales.

This dismal translation from television engagement into real sales illustrates, more strikingly than ever, the disconnect between watching a music-based reality TV show and actually caring about the artist pumped out the other end.

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