Thursday July 25, 2019

Podcast Week

• Pendulum swings for Seven + Pacific, Kidspot, Audible

Seven releases second true crime podcast: Pendulum

Seven News has released its second true crime investigation Pendulum. The release follows the success the broadcaster has had with The Lady Vamishes.

Pendulum is a Seven Studios production delving into the mysterious death of Margaret Kirstenfeldt four decades ago.

Margaret was a vibrant young woman with plenty of friends. She was a daughter, sister, wife and a mum to two small children. On the evening of February 10 1978, the body of the 21-year-old was found by a teenage motorcyclist on a neighbour’s lawn in the tiny Queensland town of Sarina. Her throat had been slashed, she was stabbed, there were signs of sexual interference and her dress was bunched around her hips.

It’s now been 41 years since Margaret’s death and the circumstances remain a mystery.

Margaret’s brutal death is the focus of a 20-month investigation by Seven’s multi-award winning Brisbane news team – 7NEWS crime editor Paula Doneman, producer and writer Sally Eeles and audio producer Marc Wright to help Margaret’s mother and siblings search for answers.

7NEWS crime editor, Paula Doneman, said: “Margaret’s family have relived a devastating chapter in their lives in the hope that the truth that has eluded them for 41 years, will finally be within their reach.”

Pendulum is available through ACAST and other podcast platforms.

Listen to Pendulum here.

Kidspot.com.au signs Sarah Harris for new podcast

Kidspot.com.au has launched an all new series of The Juggling Act – a weekly podcast for working parents, hosted by journalist and television host Sarah Harris and Kidspot.com.au editor Melissa Wilson.

Each week, Sarah Harris and Melissa Wilson, two busy mums, will open up to listeners about the parenting and work challenges they’re facing. They will speak with experts on issues ranging from family finances and legal rights around returning to work, to helping your child settle into care and how on earth to put a healthy meal on the table at the end of the day – that everyone will actually eat.

Wilson said: “Returning to work as a mum can be a difficult process to navigate, not to mention emotionally conflicting. We identified a lack of support for women in this stage of their life and wanted to offer a podcast to let them know they’re not alone. Sarah Harris is the perfect person to do that! She’s honest and open about the highs and lows of being a working parent.”

Harris said: “Being a mum is the best job in the world – but the juggle can be a struggle! I can’t wait to be part of this podcast with Kidspot.com.au which will focus on really honest, and sometimes hilarious, conversations about the work/life balance…or at least our pursuit of it!”

Each episode of the podcast will be supported on Kidspot.com.au with extensive editorial coverage from experts including Belinda Williams, psychologist at The Bumpy Road; Dr Sam Hay; Alison Dutton, principal lawyer at Labour Pains Legal; and Canna Campbell author of Mindful Money. All content will be shared across Kidspot.com.au social channels.

The project is one of many podcasts created by NewsCast – News Corp Australia’s podcasting arm, announced at the company’s Come Together 2019 showcase.

Listen to The Juggling Act here.

Pacific confirms podcast deal with Acast

Pacific has forged a partnership with Acast and announced the launch of eight new podcasts.

From August, Pacific will boast a suite of 17 local podcasts with new titles including:

• Men’s Health Strength Sessions featuring interviews with Mark Wahlberg, Steve Plain and Chris Hemsworth
• marie claire’s Finding Fearless which will launch with an exclusive Drew Barrymore interview
• Tastebud Traveller by Better Homes and Gardens, with support from Collette Vacations
• Trolley Watch by New Idea for all Aussie shoppers who love a bargain and delicious food
• The Daily Home Edit by InStyle – a daily drop of lifestyle home hacks
• The Ghost Files hosted by Karina Machado, author of Spirit Sisters
• Celebrit-Tea hosted by Who’s editors Stacey Hicks and Ali Cromarty who discuss the top entertainment headlines
• The Baby Whisperer from Practical Parenting with guest expert host from family health experts Tresillian

The new titles are supported by existing podcasts from Pacific including The Rock Star and the Nanny and New Idea’s Royals.

Audible releases Ghosthunter, an Original podcast

The first ghost Jason King ever saw was his brother’s. He told Jason that he needed to find their estranged father, who disappeared during their childhood and that day Jason’s life was changed forever.

The moment marks the starting point for the story of Ghosthunter, an Audible Original podcast launched this week and co-written and hosted by documentarian Ben Lawrence. The podcast is part family memoir and part true crime, following a Western Sydney security guard and self-taught ghost hunter confronting a terrible family secret.

Over the course of seven years, Lawrence becomes entwined with the eccentric charm and unusual nature of King’s unwavering belief in the supernatural and how it could be the key to unlocking his forgotten childhood. But things get complicated when a three-year police investigation interrupts their research into the King family’s murky past.

Ben Lawrence said: “You never know how deep the rabbit hole will take you. There were so many personal twists and turns over the seven years creating Ghosthunter that I found myself deeply immersed in Jason’s life, I was even the best man at his wedding.”

Ben Naparstek, Director of Original Content, Audible.com.au, said: “Listeners will find themselves captivated by the premium sound experience and narrative of Ghosthunter as it examines the intrinsic way human beings deal with trauma.”

Ghosthunter is part of a slate of Australian Audible Original content being produced locally in 2019 and beyond. The first content launch was It Burns, a podcast by media personality Marc Fennell examining the dark underbelly of competitive chilli culture.

Ghosthunter is available now, only on Audible. The podcast is free for members at audible.com.au/ghosthunter or free with a 30 day trial. 

Listen to Ghosthunter here.

 

2019 NRMA Kennedy Awards’ nominees sorted from record field

A total 135 individual nominees from a record field of 640 entries have been chosen for all competitive categories for the 2019 NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

The finalists in those categories – including the $25,000 Kennedy Prize for Journalist of the Year and all pictorial categories – were announced tonight at a function at the Crown Hotel in Elizabeth Street ahead of the August 9 Kennedy Awards.

Finalists include media professionals from interstate and all major metropolitan newspapers and television and radio networks; international journalists and photographers as well as artists and photographers from regional newspapers and radio networks throughout NSW.

The prestigious 2019 Kennedy Prize for Journalist of the Year will be fought out by finalists from Al Jazeera, The Australian and the ABC with the $5,000 Tata Consultancy Services 2019 Young Journalist of the Year dominated by journalists from Sky News Australia, Sydney Morning Herald and Triple J Hack.

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Jana Wendt

The $5,000 Chris Watson Award for Outstanding Regional Newspaper Reporting, sponsored by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, will be decided between journalists from The Newcastle Herald and The Sound Telegraph Western Australia.

The award also carries a $7,000 grant from the Judith Neilson Institute to allow the winning journalist to undertake a future reporting project or reporting projects on regional issues.

Kennedy Foundation chairman and senior judge Simon Dulhunty said the judges were greatly impressed with the calibre of entries from metropolitan and regional newspaper, radio, television and online journalists.

“In a massive news year, the standard of submissions is really exceptional in every category,” Dulhunty said.

“In some categories it took judges days to finally sort out finalists from big fields, some of which had more than 50 entries.

“From investigative journalism to news breaking, superb feature writing, incredible pictorial entries and wonderful artwork, a class field has emerged to contest the coveted Spirax Trophies produced by Artline.”

Tickets to the August 9 gala night, Sydney’s premier winter event, are on sale now: www.kennedyawards.com.au

Nominees include:

Outstanding Political Reporting (sponsor Sky News Australia)
• Sky News Australia
• Jonathon Lea (10 News First)
• Sharri Markson (Daily Telegraph)

Journalist of the Year
• Greg Bearup (The Australian)
• Anne Connolly (7.30, ABC-TV)
• Peter Charley (Al Jazeera

The Mike Willesee Award Outstanding Nightly Current Affairs (sponsor Nine News)
• Dan Nolan (A Current Affair, Nine)
• John Stewart, Anne Connolly (7.30 ABC-TV)
• Adele Ferguson, Chris Gillett (7.30 ABC-TV)

The Peter Ruehl Award Outstanding Columnist
• Sharri Markson (The Daily Telegraph)
• Chris Kenny (The Australian)
• Jacqueline Maley (Sydney Morning Herald)

See the complete list of 2019 finalists here.

Top Photo: Grace Tobin, Tara Brown and Dimity Clancy

Parade Media promotes Jacqueline Tan to Asia VP distribution & ops

Singapore/London based indie producer-distributor Parade Media has promoted Jacqueline Tan to the role of Vice President of Asia distribution and operations.

Previously Director of Asia, Tan will continue to lead sales activates for Parade Media’s multi-genre programming slate as well as third party acquisitions. With a remit to develop and drive sales strategies for the company’s growing catalogue of premium unscripted and factual content, Tan will continue to foster and maintain strong relationships with Parade Media’s global client base.

Also in the Singapore office, Parade has promoted Kiwi Wang to Operations Manager who has joined the company in 2017.

Jacqueline Tan said: “ Parade has grown tremendously through the past four years, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this growth. With this, it has given me the push to be building the business and creating new successes further.”

Matthew Ashcroft, CEO of Parade Media, said: “Jacqueline and Kiwi bring bucket loads of energy and drive to their respective roles which has enabled the business to grow rapidly. Their promotions are in recognition of their hard work, grit and determination to make Parade the best distribution business on the planet.”

Before joining Parade in 2015, Tan was the Senior Commercial Manager at Endemol Shine Group and Senior Manager for China and Greater China at Shine International, following earlier roles at Viacom International Networks. 

Parade is a producer-distributor with operations in London, Miami, Sydney and Singapore. Since launch in 2015, the company has built a library of more than 1600 hours of premium factual programming and has produced over 50 hours of original content.

TV Ratings Analysis: July 24

• Seven wins with three-hour final night of Britain’s Got Talent
• 10 attracts biggest-ever launch audience for Australian Survivor

Wednesday Week 30 2019

By James Manning

• Seven News 1,084,000/1,009,000
• Nine News 902,000/860,000
• A Current Affair 760,000
• ABC News 630,000
• 7.30 580,000
• The Project 293,000/487,000
• 10 News First 374,000
• The Drum 188,000
• SBS World News 138,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 251,000
• Today 199,000

Seven

The channel finished first in primary and combined channel shares.

After two nights just under 700,000, Home And Away slipped a little to 652,000.

A massive three hours of Britain’s Got Talent culminated in the announcement of the winner. The audience was 451,000 across the marathon.

Nine

After 830,000 on Monday, A Current Affair has been on 760,000 for the past two nights.

An hour of Young Sheldon did 481,000 and then 369,000.

Wednesday night at the movies featured the 2017 film Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 with 275,000.

10

The primary channel was just 0.2 behind Nine while its combined channel share ranked second behind Seven thanks in part to Bold’s share of 4.9%.

On The Project, 2019 MasterChef winner Larissa explained how she felt on the day it was announced she was the winner, learning that the judges were departing the show. The episode was on 487,000 after 7pm.

Australian Survivor then launched with 807,000 after 716,000 tuned into the series start a year ago. 10 has reported this is the biggest Survivor launch ever. The episode was the #1 Wednesday show under 50. The impressive series debut can rightly be called “epic” after two challenges and the Champions faced the season’s first Tribal Council, sending home Queensland’s memory champion, Anastasia Woolmer.

10’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said this morning: “Last night’s Australian Survivor launch was a fantastic start to what we believe is the best season yet.
“A huge thanks and congratulations to the all the competitors, Jonathan and the brilliant team behind the scenes who have put together yet another amazing season.
“These contestants really are here to play and we can’t wait to share more of what’s to come.”

10’s new drama My Life Is Murder then did 353,000, down significantly from 478,000 a week ago. Last week’s episode grew to 932,000 when 10 factored in catch-up, BVOD and encores.

ABC

David Wenham was Anh Do’s subject on Anh’s Brush With Fame with 722,000 watching.

Mad As Hell managed to show the new episode last night with 607,000.

Squinters then did 293,000.

SBS

24 Hours In Emergency had the biggest audience with 222,000.

Earlier in the night, Going Places With Ernie Dingo did 178,000 and Great British Railway Journeys was on 155,000.

Later in the evening Stage 17 of the Tour de France did 150,000

Week 29 TV: Wednesday
WEDNESDAY METRO
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.2% 7 19.3% 9 16.8% 10  16.6% SBS One 6.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.3% 7TWO 2.4% GO! 2.7% 10 Bold 4.9% VICELAND 0.8%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.3% GEM 2.3% 10 Peach 2.6% Food Net 1.3%
ABC NEWS 1.7% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 2.2%     NITV 0.3%
    7Food 0.4%         SBS World Movies 0.5%
TOTAL 16.8%   25.9%   24.0%   24.2%   9.1%

 

WEDNESDAY REGIONAL
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.2% 7 21.2% 9 14.9% WIN 12.1% SBS One 4.8%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.1% 7TWO 3.4% GO! 2.5% WIN Bold 5.8% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 1.2% 7mate 3.2% GEM 3.4% WIN Peach 2.6% Food Net 1.8%
ABC NEWS 1.0% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.3% 9Life 2.1% Sky News  on WIN 1.7% NITV 0.4%
    7food (QLD only) 0.4%            
TOTAL 16.5%   30.4%   22.9%   22.2%   8.1%

 

Wednesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,084,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,009,000
  3. Nine News Nine 902,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 860,000
  5. Australian Survivor – Launch 10 807,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 760,000
  7. Anh’s Brush With Fame ABC 722,000
  8. Home And Away Seven 652,000
  9. ABC News ABC 630,000
  10. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell S10 ABC 607,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 604,000
  12. 7.30 ABC 580,000
  13. Hot Seat Nine 556,000
  14. The Project 7pm 10 487,000
  15. Young Sheldon Nine 481,000
  16. Britain’s Got Talent Seven 451,000
  17. 10 News First 10 374,000
  18. Young Sheldon – (R) Nine 369,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 367,000
  20. My Life Is Murder 10 353,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Australian Survivor – Launch 10 289,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 139,000
  3. Seven News Seven 127,000
  4. Home And Away Seven 126,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 120,000

 

18-49 Top Five

  1. Australian Survivor – Launch 10 443,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 251,000
  3. Seven News Seven 236,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 220,000
  5. Home And Away Seven 214,000

 

25-54 Top Five

  1. Australian Survivor – Launch 10 464,000
  2. Seven News Seven 308,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 304,000
  4. Nine News Nine 261,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 246,000
Wednesday Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 198,000
  2. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 185,000
  3. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 176,000
  4. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  5. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  6. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 134,000
  7. Kiddets AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  8. Fireman Sam AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  9. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
  10. Kiri And Lou PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  11. Neighbours 10 Peach 129,000
  12. Go Jetters PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  13. Play School Art Time PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  14. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  15. Andy’s Safari Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  16. Charlie And Lola ABCKIDS/COMEDY 125,000
  17. PJ Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  18. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  19. Dinosaur Train ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  20. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
Wednesday STV
  1. Grand Designs Australia Lifestyle Channel 80,000
  2. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 57,000
  3. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 57,000
  4. Richo & Jones Sky News Live 55,000
  5. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 53,000
  6. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 53,000
  7. Credlin Sky News Live 52,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 50,000
  9. NCIS TVH!TS 44,000
  10. Beverly Hills: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 40,000
  11. Mrs. Brown’s Boys UKTV 38,000
  12. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 38,000
  13. The Simpsons FOX8 37,000
  14. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 37,000
  15. Family Guy FOX8 36,000
  16. Mickey And The Roadster Racers Disney Junior 36,000
  17. The Matty Johns Podcast FOX LEAGUE 36,000
  18. The Simpsons FOX8 36,000
  19. Live: England V Ireland 1st Test Day 1 FOX CRICKET 35,000
  20. Blue Bloods TVH!TS 35,000

 

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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

Nine asset sale: Weatherzone forecast to leave media stable

The clouds are building over Nine’s time at weather forecasts and meteorology services business Weatherzone, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.

Street Talk understands Nine and its bankers are in talks to sell Weatherzone and would like to see a deal worth as much as $50 million.

Sources said Macquarie Capital was helping Nine with the talks, and the discussions were focused on one particular Australian strategic buyer.

The business is expected to be viewed by potential acquirers as a data play. It is understood to make $4 million to $5 million a year at the earnings line.

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Former Seven executive spends night in jail over alleged $8m fraud

A former Seven West Media executive spent the night in jail after he was refused bail on Wednesday over an $8 million fraud he allegedly committed against the Kerry Stokes-controlled media network over 14 years, report The Sydney Morning Herald’s Lucy Cormack and Colin Kruger.

John Fitzgerald, 57, was arrested at his home in Breakfast Point, in Sydney’s inner west, shortly before 8am on Wednesday.

He has been charged with eight fraud-related offences including misappropriating money, obtaining money by deception and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

After a lengthy interview with officers at Burwood police station, Fitzgerald was refused bail. He will appear before Burwood Local Court on Thursday.

His arrest comes more than two years after a major investigation was launched by the NSW Financial Crimes Squad into the alleged misappropriation of funds totalling more than $8 million, while he was an employee of the network.

The alleged offending spanned the period from December 2002 to March 2016.

Fitzgerald worked for Seven West Media for more than 15 years. By the end, he was controlling the group’s finance and television programming with a budget worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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ITV set to spend more time on Love Island to woo younger viewers

ITV is preparing to spend more time on Love Island after it revealed plans to make the hit reality show a biannual event, with a second run in winter to draw young audiences back to traditional television, reports The Telegraph.

The latest extension of the format, which comes on top of a longer summer run and a string of international versions, was announced as ITV revealed first-half advertising sales that were slightly better than expected.

Advertising sales were still down 5pc on last year, but not as much as the broadcaster had previously forecast.

Overall revenue was down 7pc to £1.48bn as ITV’s production division also reported lower turnover, although this was blamed on the timing of new programmes. ITV America was particularly badly affected with a 44pc crash in sales.

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News Brands

Nine publishing brand gets makeover: ‘How we have improved afr.com’

The Australian Financial Review has revealed a redesigned homepage, improved article pages, optimised navigation and more in a digital refresh.

Here is how the Nine publishing title is explaining the changes to readers:

To make it easier to find the topics and insights that are important to you, we have changed the way we categorise stories on afr.com by introducing tags that label coverage in a more meaningful way.

Our redesigned section pages are easier to navigate and better showcase the depth and breadth of the Financial Review. You can deep dive into our content and feel confident you are up to date with the latest stories.

Simplified story layouts make it easier to focus on our unrivalled news coverage and analysis and our new feature article format makes your reading experience richer by highlighting the high-quality images from our award-winning magazines.

Our website is now consistent across all devices so you can be sure you haven’t missed any of the latest news during your commute.

We have also refined our website navigation to align our online and print sections. Spend more time with the news that is important to you with redefined sections.

• Stories from the News section have been split into Politics, Policy, and World
• Business is renamed Companies
• Real Estate is renamed Property
• Personal Finance is renamed Wealth
• Leadership is renamed Work & Careers
• Lifestyle is renamed Life & Luxury

Read more here.

Television

House Rules at the crossroads as host Johanna Griggs quits

Johanna Griggs has announced her departure from House Rules after 7 seasons, reports TV Tonight.

On Instagram she said, “Hi @houseruleson7 fans. Thank you for your incredible, passionate support throughout Season 7, & congratulations to our Champions Pete and Courtney.

“I’ve got some news for you all. After a great deal of consideration, I recently sat down with the Network to ask to be allowed to step down as Host of House Rules. They have very graciously agreed for me to do that, which I’m incredibly appreciative of. As the show goes into preproduction for the next season, it’s the perfect time to hand over the role to someone who will take the show into S8.

“Reality TV production has been an eye opener, they are such enormous beasts with so many people involved, and I’ve had a great time over the last 7 years steering the ship, getting to work with many of my favourite camera crews as we criss-crossed the country… & having a blast playing Dress ups & experimenting with different looks…. with two of my best friends in Rosie Trindall (Stylist Extraordinaire) & Lisa Soames (Hair and Make up guru). It was a seriously fun part of working on the show.

“My role as host of Better Homes and Gardens, which everyone knows I’m crazy about, keeps me very busy. Hopefully now though, with a different work load, I’ll be in a better position to take up one or two of the great opportunities that come my way, especially with 7 Sport, which is such a passion for me.”

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Departing MasterChef judges in discussions with rival networks

Former MasterChef judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris have been in confidential discussions with rival TV networks and streaming services about a new series aimed at a global audience, reports The Age’s Michael Lallo.

It is understood the men had agreed to an offer of more than $1 million each, to film another season of the competitive cooking program – but remained at loggerheads with 10 over the length of their new contracts.

It is understood the judges’ representatives have been in discussions with Australian networks and streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime. Their proposed series would likely film in different countries (with a focus on India, where the judges are especially popular) to maximise its international appeal.

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A TV 'nobody' could still make a good choice for MasterChef

Food writer Dani Valent has some suggestions about TV talent who could be interviewed by Network 10 for vacant TV roles:

Who is the next Matt Preston, the scribe or commentator who can talk food till the cows come home, or at least until they’re turned into beef tournedos in a red-versus-blue team challenge? Asks Valent in The Age.

We could hack ISPs to find out who’s visiting the website of MasterChef’s production house Endemol Shine, or we could simply throw a few hats into the ring here and now:

• Myffy Rigby, editor of the national Good Food Guide, is a strong and opinionated food communicator with a striking fashion sense. Move over cravats, come on down extravagant hats, stripes and polka dots.
• Presenter and food writer Melissa Leong also loves a fine frock; she’s cut her TV teeth on SBS’s The Chefs’ Line in which she’s drawn the best from both home cooks and chefs.
• Byron Bay-based author, chef, teacher and nutritionist Sam Gowing is a no-nonsense bolt of sunshine; she’d not only be able to tell contestants if their sauce was too thin, she’d be able to tell them how to fix it, and whether it ticked off all the food groups.
• Bright spark and crack food-and-travel freelancer Sofia Levin has created the eatcuriously hashtag on her popular Instagram feed to encourage diners to, let’s say, try Uyghur cuisine instead of Cantonese next time they want Chinese.

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The search for new judges could be blessing in disguise for MasterChef

After a season in which it endured its lowest ratings ever, and with scandals following George Calombaris around like the most determined tagger in football, losing its three hosts might have seemed the ultimate body blow for 10’s MasterChef. But in fact, it could be precisely what the show needs to survive, reports The Age’s Karl Quinn.

New hosts could infuse the long-running cooking contest with a compelling reason to tune in. They could defuse the suspicion of a disconnect between the show’s “caring” ethos and the systematic underpayment of workers at Calombaris’s Made Establishment restaurants group. And they could shore up the all-important sponsorship arrangements with brands growing nervous about whether their association with the show might work against rather than for them.

Above all, it could offer MasterChef a chance for a fresh start.

But with production on the 2020 season of MasterChef due to start as early as October, the search for a team of new hosts to replace the original trio of Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris has an edge of urgency.

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Has Channel 10 made a massive MasterChef mistake?

They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, and that’s surely the feeling going around the Channel 10 offices right now, writes News Corp’s Colin Vickery.

Having parted ways with MasterChef stars Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan this week, 10 management deserve points for saying goodbye to the trio after 11 seasons due to a reported request for a 40 per cent pay increase. Seems more than a bit ambitious – indeed, many would say greedy – at a time when the show’s ratings have flatlined, advertising dollars are scarce, and Calombaris is in a world of pain over reports his restaurants underpaid hundreds of staff.

In considering what the Channel will do and where the show will go next, two major issues arise.

Firstly, most local and international celebrity chefs that routinely appear on the show and help boost ratings are all mates with Preston, Calombaris and Mehigan. Will the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson and Shannon Bennett still want to appear on the 12th season of the show without that trio? Maybe money will talk and they can be lured back, but then again, maybe they won’t feel as motivated to visit with a new bunch of judges on board.

The second issue is that unlike many other reality television shows, Preston, Calombaris and Mehigan weren’t just judges on MasterChef, they were also the hosts.

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In the streaming 2.0 era, audiences will be overwhelmed with choice

A streaming service is a viewing ecosystem now – they don’t want to take away a chunk of daily viewing time from the free-to-air and cable networks, they want to monopolise it, writes The Age’s Craig Mathieson.

Netflix will always have another episode and another data-driven recommendation for you. They’re not just trying to cover every genre, they’re experimenting with fundamentals such as episode length. A handful of impressive recent comic dramas, including Bonding and Special, offered succinct 20-minute episodes that were purposeful in their brevity.

The first SVOD (streaming video on demand) age is now over, and SVOD 2.0 is looming. This will be the era of the massive entertainment multinationals and tech giants building moated streaming sites full of their existing and new original content. Apple TV+ brings the consumer electronics giant into programming this September, while Disney+ launches in America this November, with Australia to follow.

When we first looked at streaming services, the appeal was in the ease of availability. It was easy to imagine that one or two platforms would house everything you wanted to watch. A year from now that figure might be six, and it could yet grow. It’s like a country that’s broken down into rival states, each proclaiming their independence; that’s an interesting plot for a new show, but for companies and audiences alike, civil war doesn’t sound so promising.

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Survivor: Anastasia Woolmer ‘disappointed’ after first elimination

Memory Champion and former ballerina Anastasia Woolmer says she was disappointed not to be able to prove ballet dancers could match it with the other athletes after being sent packing from Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.

The Queensland mother-of-three was the first person eliminated from the Channel 10 reality show last night after the Champions tribe, led by former Olympic athlete and politician Nova Peris, voted her off instead of actor Pia Miranda.

It came after the group of athletes, including Olympians and NRL and AFL professionals, formed a “sports team” alliance without her.

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Bachelor Matt Agnew won’t leave viewers like the Honey Badger

They say love strikes when you’re least expecting it, but for 31-year-old Matt Agnew, being named as Australia’s next Bachelor couldn’t have come at a better time, reports News Corp’s Katy Hall.

According to the astrophysicist, in the ten days between being confirmed as The Bachelor and filming duties commencing, Agnew not only had to temporarily put his life on hold and covertly share the news that he was about to become a reality television star with his family, but also complete the mammoth task of handing in his PhD.

“It was pretty full on,” the Melburnian says with a weary laugh.

Now in its seventh season, Agnew bears the heavy burden of reviving The Bachelor’s premise – and ratings – after it was brutally smashed last season by footballer Nick Cummins’ infamous decision to choose no one.

Season 7 of The Bachelor airs Wednesday 31 July via Network 10.

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Radio

Kyle Sandilands looks to add $1.3m Rolls Royce to $5m car collection

Kyle Sandilands is on the market for yet another luxury car, test driving top-of-the-line Rolls Royces valued at $1.3 million, taking his automotive collection to almost $5 million, reports News Corp’s Sally Coates.

Sandilands aka King Kyle has been spotted driving around the streets of Sydney in a Rolls Royce Phantom and Wraith.

The KIIS FM shock jock had reportedly been loaning them from Rolls Royce as he is in the market for another extravagant set of wheels.

A huge fan of automotives, Sandilands new purchase will add to a collection of more than 10 vehicles including a Bentley Mulsanne, a Rolls Royce, a Range Rover SVR, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari 458 Italia, a vintage Mustang, two Harley Davidson motorcycles, a John Deere farm tractor and a Polaris off-road ATV.

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Sports Media

Adam Goodes: Moving on from football and a new documentary

If retired AFL legend Adam Goodes is living his version of the Australian Dream, it’s happening right now at home in the eastern suburbs of Sydney with his wife Natalie and their newborn daughter Adelaide, writes Jane Rocca in Domain Review.

“Adelaide is doing great,” he beams, having just returned home for the interview after Domain Review’s exclusive shoot in Sydney with photographer Nic Walker. “I’m loving the new challenge I have in front of me. It’s been so nice to take time off work to be with Natalie and our baby girl and to get to know her.”

But for every coo and cuddle happening at home, Goodes is well aware the headlines are emerging once again, picking up where they left off after he retired from the Swans four years ago. Following two premierships, All-Australian honours and twice winning the game’s highest individual award, it was a departure from the sport that was truly undeserved.

The abuse and booing Goodes endured towards the end of his 372-game career was exposed in a documentary comprising archival footage and screened on Network 10 this month. Ian Darling’s The Final Quarter was given the nod of approval by Goodes and revealed the intensity of racism on and off the footy field.

A new Goodes documentary will launch the Melbourne International Film Festival at the gala opening on August 1 and it stars Goodes and his family. The Australian Dream, written by veteran broadcast journalist Stan Grant, explores just what it means to be Australian.

The Australian Dream for me is a companion piece to Ian Darling’s documentary of archival footage about what happened to me,” Goodes says.

The Australian Dream features me, my wife and other Indigenous leaders opening up about the Australian Dream, what is it and what it means for us to live in a great country, but there is a little something that is not right too and we want to raise more awareness about it.

“The best thing about me agreeing to let Ian Darling make The Final Quarter is that it’s giving people a chance to listen to what was really said and what I said in that time in my life.

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Hopes of new TV deal mean A-League fixture still on drawing board

The most complicated draw in the history of the A-League is still not completed, as competition bosses hold another round of talks with clubs this week to make final adjustments less than three months before the new season kicks off, reports News Corp’s Tom Smithies.

Issues over ground availability and continued hopes that Channel 10 will agree to broadcast games on free to air next season have added to the original complications of accommodating one new team next season.

Clubs have been told the draw is at least a week away from being released, more than a month after the stage a year ago when the whole draw had been agreed and published.

Already grappling with myriad factors, officials designing the draw have sought to spread the blue-chip fixtures in a way to satisfy both Fox Sports and 10 should the latter sign a deal to show games and promote them to its whole audience.

For the previous two seasons games were shown one of 10’s subsidiary channels under a deal with Fox, but they received little or no marketing and returned meagre ratings.

Competition bosses hope a new free-to-air TV deal can be struck now that the structure of an independent A-League run by the clubs has been agreed.

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