Wednesday July 4, 2018

Producer Ian Collie on why Guy Pearce keeps coming back to Jack Irish

With the final episode of Mystery Road screening on Sunday July 1, the ABC has given its premium Sunday night drama slot to the new season of Jack Irish.

By James Manning

Although this is season two, the character first appeared back in two telemovies in 2012 followed by another in 2014.

The three Jack Irish telemovies were based on the books of Peter Temple. The producers then did a six-part series in 2016 with a second series screening this year.

Ian Collie [R] with actors from another Easy Tiger production, Doctor Doctor – Steve Bisley and Rodger Corser

Guy Pearce has played the title role in all episodes so far and there was never any thought by the producers about what to do if they couldn’t lure back the Hollywood star for more. “It would be pretty hard to recast Jack Irish now,” producer Ian Collie told Mediaweek. “Guy just loves playing the role, which is great. He’s a very much in-demand actor both in film and television, but he loves coming back here. He used to play AFL in his youth and he has a real connection to the character.

“The scripts by Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and others gel with him.”

Collie launched his own production company Easy Tiger last year, after FremantleMedia secured the drama slate from Essential Media.

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Top photo: Guy Pearce in Jack Irish

Network Ten confirms return of Sports Tonight: Primetime Sundays

Network Ten has confirmed that Sports Tonight will return to Australian television screens live on Sunday July 15 at 9.15pm on TEN and WIN Network.

Hosted by Network Ten’s Matt White, Sports Tonight is back after a seven-year hiatus, promising a fresh new look while delivering all the latest sports news, match results and game highlights for all sports from Australia and around the world.

• Network Ten names sports presenter Matt White as new head of sport

The program will give free-to-air TV viewers a first look at weekend sports results. At present both Seven and Nine broadcast weekly AFL and NRL review programs on Monday nights.

The programming move also comes as Ten faces a summer without a major sporting franchise since it lost the rights to the Big Bash League. That means nearly all of the major domestic sports highlights will be for events covered on either Nine or Seven.

Network Ten said Sports Tonight will also feature a variety of opinions and in-depth analysis from regular expert panellists including current and ex-sports stars such as three-time AFL Premiership player Josh Gibson and Rugby League legend Laurie Daley. The team will put Footy In Focus each week and a Sports Tonight institution Play Of The Day returns.

Joining the team each week will be sports reporters Caty Price and Scott Mackinnon, who will report on the weekend of AFL and NRL, focusing on the big issues and all the latest breaking football news.

Matt White, who is also Ten Network’s recently appointed head of sport, said: “It is fantastic to be bringing Sports Tonight back in a rejuvenated style. This is a sports news show which won’t disappoint and will bring all the latest sports scores, highlights, expert opinion, interviews and analysis to viewers.

“We are introducing a number of new and exciting segments, as well as including the much-loved Play Of The Day. We plan to have a lot of fun each week.”

Top photo: Coming to TEN on Sports Tonight – Josh Gibson, Matt White and Laurie Daley

Inside Seven’s US bureau with award-winning journalist Mike Amor

Seven’s award-winning US bureau chief Mike Amor makes an average of six trips to Australia per year.

By Kruti Joshi

“That’s once every eight weeks,” he told Mediaweek, doing the maths. Amor is currently on his second trip to Australia for 2018. The Bendigo-born journalist is in Melbourne filling in for primetime news presenter Peter Mitchell.

In Amor’s absence, Seven’s US bureau collected three awards at the recently held Los Angeles Press Club’s 60th annual Southern California Journalism Awards. “They must have celebrated pretty hard while I wasn’t there,” he said. [Laughs]

In 2016 and 2017, Amor was recognised as Television Journalist of the Year at the awards. “It’s always nice to be recognised by your peers, especially overseas. You have to remember that Southern California is a big area. It has 23 million people living there.”

Along with Amor, Seven’s US Bureau is staffed with two reporters, Amelia Brace and Ashlee Mullany, and two full-time camera operators/producers.

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Cakes help mark Better Homes and Gardens milestone celebration at Pacific

It has been a week of milestones for the Better Homes and Gardens brand in Australia.

By Kruti Joshi

The magazine celebrated its 40th birthday on Thursday last week and then just one day later the TV show broadcast its 1,000th episode.

To find out what makes the magazine keep ticking in Australia we spoke with editor-in-chief Julia Zaetta.

What is special about the 40th-anniversary edition?

The Better Homes and Gardens anniversary is a fabulous journey which takes us on an emotive and wonderful trip down memory lane. It shows us where we have been over the past 40 years and how we have celebrated the homes and lives of Australians with them. That has been the most exhilarating part of the issue. There are also the wildest celebration cakes and we’re capitalising on the number 40 with features including 40 great decorating ideas and 40 great ways to live your life – and more!

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SBS announces FIFA World Cup Quarter Final broadcast schedule

SBS will broadcast every Quarter Final from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia live this weekend.

The Round of 16 saw Sweden and England become the final two nations to qualify for Quarter Finals, joining Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Croatia, and hosts Russia.

SBS will continue to broadcast daily highlights in FIFA World Cup Today live from Red Square each match day with expert analysis from Craig Foster, Lucy Zelić and special guests, plus world exclusive match commentary from Martin Tyler, reporting from David Zdrilic, David Basheer and Sebastian Hassett and replays of the SBS Match of the Day each morning.

Matches broadcast on SBS will also be live streamed on The World Game website, through SBS On Demand and via the official 2018 FIFA World Cup app.

All matches will be available for catch-up via SBS On Demand, on The World Game website and in the official FIFA World Cup app.

SBS FIFA World Cup QF Live Broadcast Schedule

Friday July 6
• Uruguay v France, 11pm*, Live (kick-off 12am*)

Saturday July 7
• Brazil v Belgium, 3am*, Live (kick-off 4am*)
• Sweden v England, 11pm*, Live (kick-off 12am*)

Sunday July 8
• Russia v Croatia, 3am*, Live (kick-off 4am*)

*Times are AEST, all matches subject to Extra Time and Penalties

Top photo: Neymar (Brazil) and Dusan Tadic (Serbia) in their 2018 World Cup Group E match (credit: A.Ricardo / Shutterstock)

TV Ratings Analysis: Tuesday July 3

• MasterChef immunity challenge wins timeslot + night in demos
• Seven Tuesday combo with tennis keeps network and channel #1

By James Manning


Home And Away had a second successive night close to 750,000.

House Rules had a quieter Tuesday with 673,000 after 756,000 a week prior.

Guy Pearce was Andrew Denton’s guest on Interview with his Kevin Spacey story making headlines today. The episode did 448,000 after 520,000 last week.

Day 2 coverage from Wimbledon then did 337,000.

Novak Djokovic takes on Tennys Sandgren


Plastic bags, wedding planners and milk were covered on A Current Affair with the episode on 864,000, up 80,000 on Monday night.

Buying Blind then had a better week with last week’s audience of 519,000 growing to 599,000. It was a much better audience than Your Generation managed in the slot on Monday.

Tuesday night at the movies was Ocean’s Thirteen, which did 212,000.

Buying Blind


Ousted MasterChef contestant Sarah Clare was a guest on The Project with Lisa Wilkinson filling in for Carrie Bickmore this week. The episode did 526,000 after 572,000 on Monday.

After being one of the top 10 to get a $10,000 cheque from Coles on Sunday night to further their food dreams, Khan Hong tried to get an immunity pin too, but guest chef Ash Davis from Melbourne was too good in the end. The episode did 848,000, which pushed it well ahead of the competition.

Shark Tank did 515,000 after 610,000 a week ago. Victorian entrepreneurs Laynton Allan and Adrian Rockman entered the Tank seeking $375,000 for a 15% share in their childcare business, KidsCo. Steve Baxter, Janine Allis, Andrew Banks and Naomi Simson all opted out, leaving Dr Glen Richards to make the boys an offer. After much consideration, they accepted his counter offer of $300,000 for 25% with a $75,000 line of credit, which was the biggest deal of the night.


The final episode of Making Child Prodigies did 355,000.

The clock wasn’t turned back too far last night on Back In Time For Dinner. The audience of 477,000 travelled to the 2000s.

The Big Crash Diet Experiment then did 215,000.


A repeat of Delta Goodrem’s Who Do You Think You Are? did 240,000 at 7.30pm.

Exercise was the subject of Insight, which was on 246,000.

The final of Running Wild With Bear Grylls then did 66,000.

The midnight Round of 16 FIFA World Cup match between Sweden and Switzerland did 178,000.

The 4am match yesterday between Belgium and Japan did 92,000.

Week 27 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.3% 7 19.5% 9 17.6% TEN 14.9% SBS One 6.0%
ABC 2 2.9% 7TWO 3.7% GO! 4.2% ONE 2.6% VICELAND 1.3%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 4.7% GEM 4.3% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 1.3% 9Life 1.3% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 15.4% 29.2% 27.3% 19.8% 8.2%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.0% 7 21.0% 9 13.7% WIN 11.0% SBS One 5.1%
ABC 2 3.2% 7TWO 4.7% GO! 4.9% ONE 3.0% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 1.1% 7mate 6.8% GEM 7.4% ELEVEN 1.8% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.0% 7flix 0.9% 9Life 1.2% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 16.3% 33.4% 27.2% 15.8% 7.2%
85.0% 15.0%
Tuesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,037,000
  2. Nine News Nine 1,014,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 986,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 976,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 864,000
  6. MasterChef Australia Ten 848,000
  7. Home And Away Seven 734,000
  8. ABC News ABC 685,000
  9. House Rules Seven 673,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 633,000
  11. Buying Blind Nine 599,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 554,000
  13. The Project 7pm Ten 526,000
  14. Shark Tank Ten 515,000
  15. 7.30 ABC 502,000
  16. Back In Time For Dinner ABC 477,000
  17. Interview Seven 448,000
  18. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 444,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 382,000
  20. The Project 6.30pm Ten 371,000
Demo top fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. MasterChef Australia Ten 248,000
  2. Shark Tank Ten 171,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 167,000
  4. Nine News Nine 164,000
  5. House Rules Seven 155,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. MasterChef Australia Ten 391,000
  2. Nine News Nine 275,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 274,000
  4. The Project 7pm Ten 255,000
  5. House Rules Seven 251,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. MasterChef Australia Ten 434,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 316,000
  3. Nine News Nine 314,000
  4. A Current Affair Nine 310,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 278,000
Tuesday multichannel
  1. Highway Patrol E2-PM 7mate 242,000
  2. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 223,000
  3. Dinosaur Train ABCKIDS/COMEDY 219,000
  4. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 219,000
  5. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 219,000
  6. Outback Truckers-PM 7mate 214,000
  7. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 203,000
  8. Highway Patrol-PM 7mate 202,000
  9. Love Island Australia 9GO! 201,000
  10. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 199,000
  11. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 197,000
  12. Midsomer Murders 9Gem 196,000
  13. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 187,000
  14. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 182,000
  15. Teacup Travels-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 182,000
  16. Kazoops!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 173,000
  17. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 169,000
  18. Dot.-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 167,000
  19. New Tricks 9Gem 167,000
  20. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 165,000
Tuesday subscription tv
  1. Wentworth showcase 105,000
  2. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 89,000
  3. Live: Back Page FOX SPORTS 501 78,000
  4. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 66,000
  5. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 54,000
  6. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 53,000
  7. Live: Cricket: Twenty20 Tri-Series FOX SPORTS 503 48,000
  8. Credlin SKY NEWS LIVE 46,000
  9. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 45,000
  10. Family Guy FOX8 44,000
  11. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 44,000
  12. The Simpsons FOX8 43,000
  13. Richo SKY NEWS LIVE 41,000
  14. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 41,000
  15. American Dad! FOX8 41,000
  16. Kiva Can Do! Nick Jr. 40,000
  17. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 39,000
  18. Cops crime + investigation 39,000
  19. The Big Bang Theory COMEDY CHANNEL 38,000
  20. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 38,000

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Media News Roundup

Business Of Media

VMO partners with Fernwood Fitness for digital screens and custom mag

Val Morgan Outdoor has announced a commercial partnership with Fernwood Fitness. The agreement will see VMO take on the production of Fernwood’s custom magazine and the rollout of a digital advertising network throughout its clubs.

The first edition of the new-look magazine will launch on July 18, with an increased circulation of 50,000 copies to be distributed throughout 69 locations Australia-wide.

The relaunch of the magazine will be accompanied by the rollout of VMO’s digital screens, growing its VMO Active network significantly.

Val Morgan Group CEO Dan Hill says; “VMO engages active consumers, and there is no better place to reach the ‘unreachables’ than the health club environment. This is a highly desirable, hard to reach and receptive audience actively pursuing an improvement to their lifestyle and wellbeing.

“The addition of Fernwood sees us reaching an additional audience of 70,000 women. We have an audience-centric approach to planning and growing our network and are dedicated to delivering the best audience opportunity for clients.”

VMO’s custom publishing arm already includes Fitness First Magazine. The addition of Fernwood magazine will deliver a combined readership of 300,000+ for both publications.

ACCC’s Rod Sims examining media impact of Google & Facebook

Competition regulator Rod Sims has promised to scrutinise the tech giants’ competitive impact to protect quality journalism, as an ACCC inquiry examining the market power of Google and Facebook gathers steam, reports The Australian’s Dana McCauley.

Sims told a forum in Sydney yesterday the digital platforms were “clear competitors to media companies” in the advertising marketplace, while raising complex questions about defamation law, copyright and journalistic codes of conduct.

The remarks by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman were his first detailed public comments on the probe, which has attracted attention from global regulators.

Sims vowed to get to the bottom of allegations the platforms enjoyed “an unfair competitive advantage” due to their unequal treatment under regulations affecting media companies.

The inquiry will assess the platforms’ impact on the quality of news and journalism in Australia. The ACCC is seeking input from journalists, with a forum to be held in Sydney next month.

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Facebook ad campaign rocked after forced to drop “fake news” term

Facebook’s campaign to win back the trust of the public has suffered a hiccup, after it was forced to remove the term “fake news” from a television commercial to comply with advertising guidelines, report Fairfax Media’s Jennifer Duke and John McDuling.

The social media behemoth has been running commercials on TV stations and online, promoting recent changes it has made to ensure user privacy, reduce clickbait and to highlight its renewed focus on content from friends and family.

But Fairfax Media has learned the ad was amended for free-to-air audiences after an industry body that advises on the classifications of ads took issue with it.

Sources said Free TV’s Commercials Advice (CAD) unit told Facebook it was concerned the ad could be construed as being political in nature. Free TV is an industry body for TV networks such as Nine, Seven and Ten, and has been critical of Facebook.

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The AFR on departing tech boss Pellegrino and threat from Google

Don’t be fooled by the mutual backslapping on Tuesday when Jason Pellegrino said he would move from managing director of Google Australia to chief executive of real estate listings business Domain Holdings, reports The AFR’s Tony Boyd.

Google’s Asia Pacific president Karim Temsamani said he was sad to lose a “great leader” and “champion of the digital agenda” while Pellegrino said he was enormously lucky to have been part of “the journey from desktop to smartphone and now the AI-powered world ahead”.

But the reality is that after a decade at Google eating everyone else’s lunch in the advertising and media world, Pellegrino now has to turn his mind to the fact that the leading global digital platforms – Google and Facebook – pose a real threat to Domain’s business.

History shows that the No. 2 player in a digital market where two players have 90% of the market can make good money provided it maintains its investment in technology to expand the depth and reach of its product.

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Seven West Media and its “weird share price movements”

The end of another financial year has been blamed for a lot of weird share price movements in the past week, but some are now spilling into the new year, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.

Fund managers are keeping a close eye on Seven West Media, whose shares shot back into favour 2½ months ago and have ramped again on big volume in the past week.

Interestingly, it is Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s equities desk that has been most active in the stock, dominating trade with some big lines of shares.

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News Brands

Nauru government takes aim again at ABC: “arrogant” and “disrespectful”

The Nauruan government has taken another crack at the ABC, calling the public broadcaster “arrogant”, “disrespectful” and an “activist media organisation” for protesting against being barred from covering the Pacific Islands Forum, reports The Australian’s Greg Brown.

The island nation released a statement this morning taking exception at the ABC for saying it intended to cover the event in September and that the “the Nauruan government should not be allowed to dictate who fills the positions in an Australian media pool”.

“(The statement) is arrogant, disrespectful and a further example of the sense of entitlement shown by this activist media organisation,” the Nauruan government said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he wouldn’t intervene in the Nauruan government’s decision to ban ABC journalists from the annual forum.

“It will be regrettable if the ABC is not there,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday. “It is up to Nauru. We respect their sovereignty but obviously we prefer to have events like this open to all the media.”

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Japanese company to acquire Atlantic Media’s Quartz news brand

Atlantic Media’s business news site built for the digital age has turned into a good bit of business itself, reports The New York Times.

The site, Quartz, which Atlantic Media created in 2012, will be sold to the Japanese financial intelligence company Uzabase for a price between US$75 million and US$110 million, depending on its performance, according to a statement released on Monday.

The acquisition is the second major international media takeover by a Japanese company in recent years. In 2015, the Japanese media group Nikkei bought The Financial Times, the British business newspaper of salmon-coloured pages, for US$1.3 billion.

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Pacific’s Women’s Health launches a workout property, Celeb Sweats

Pacific’s Women’s Health Australia brand has launched a workout property, Celeb Sweats.

The launch follows the successful Clinique-sponsored Secret Sweats event which was held in April.

The first Celeb Sweats session will be hosted by Pip Edwards, Women’s Health’s August cover star and co-founder/creative director of activewear label PE Nation. The event will see guests take part in a 45-minute class led by expert Pilates instructor Kirsten King of Fluid Form Pilates, who also trains Edwards.

Following the workout, Women’s Health editor Jacqui Mooney will host an intimate Q&A with Edwards as she shares her personal fitness, health and business success story.

The boutique little sister of Women’s Health’s large-scale event Fit Night Out, Celeb Sweats is an intimate fitness experience that gives the Women’s Health audience an exclusive opportunity to train and learn alongside high-profile trainers, talent and influencers in the fitness and wellness space.

Mooney said: “Celeb Sweats is the next evolution of our live brand extensions that continue to bring together our wider audience and community. This reinforces Women’s Health’s commitment to transforming the brand and offering Australian women an exclusive and unique 360 brand experience.

Women’s Health is so much more than a magazine: it’s a global community of women with a rapidly growing audience across print, digital, social and experiential events. The launch of Secret Sweats is the next step forward in evolving and extending the Women’s Health brand into the future and growing into new spaces with like-minded partners.”

The Pip Edwards and Kirsten King hosted session will be held on Tuesday July 17 at La Porte Space Rosebery with tickets on sale via Women’s Health social and digital platforms now to coincide with the August issue hitting newsstands nationally.

The event will feature a number of partners offering guests sampling and a night to remember. In addition, attendees will receive a gift bag worth more than $200.

To coincide with the event, the August issue of Women’s Health features an exclusive interview and shoot with Pip Edwards, and an exclusive subscriber cover has also been created for this issue.

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US Rolling Stone overhaul: New owner changes frequency, pricing

“Welcome to the new Rolling Stone,” reads a friendly note to readers in the relaunched print and digital properties for the iconic music brand.

“As of today, we’ve given both our magazine and our website complete makeovers. Starting with our current issue, featuring Cardi B and Offset on the cover, the magazine appears in a big, bold, glossy format, with more pages and richer photography. Each issue will feature more new music, more political coverage, more of the best and brightest in pop culture. Our logo has also undergone a subtle but significant update – for more on that, watch the video above. What isn’t changing is our commitment to deep reporting, unforgettable interviews, criticism you can trust and political journalism that speaks truth to power.”

While the Australian edition vanished earlier this year after the publication of its February edition, the brand lives on in the US under new owner Penske Media and there have been some significant changes.

The longtime fortnightly frequency is gone – the new US magazine product is now monthly starting with the July edition on sale this week.

The newsstand price has surged significantly from $5.99 to $9.99.

The magazine has also significantly reduced circulation from 1.45m to 650,000.

There has been some investment in the brand with the hiring of 13 new staffers this year.

“The Rolling Stone business has a unique balance of mission and impact, not to mention some of the most talented content creators and investigative journalists,” says Jay Penske, CEO of Penske Media. “There is so much opportunity ahead for this incredible business and brand – the relaunch is just the beginning.”


Hutchy defends Triple M call team who were on air with Barry Hall

Media owner Craig Hutchison says it is unfair to “point the finger” at Barry Hall’s on-air accomplices in the Triple M pregnancy procedure debacle, reports News Corp’s Stephen Drill.

Hall was sacked for his vulgar comments about Leigh Montagna’s wife, but the network and Hall’s four fellow commentators have escaped punishment.

Hutchison’s company, Crocmedia, paid about $10 million for lucrative AFL rights in late 2016, and is in a commercial partnership with Triple M’s parent company Southern Cross Austereo.

Hutchison also employs two of the commentators who were involved in the repulsive on-air discussion.

“I don’t think it’s fair to point the finger at the guys around (Hall) or Triple M’s response,” Hutchison said on Channel 9 on Monday night.

“The people that laughed – not to defend, but it is a moment where you are trying to absorb what’s happened and you need a second to take stock of it. I don’t think that any of those guys on-air would be anything other than appalled by what Barry said and, if they had their time again, would’ve handled it a touch more delicately.”

The comment that cost Hall his job was part of a wider conversation involving Nathan Brown, Mark Howard, Leigh Montagna and reporter Damian Barrett about the pending arrival of Montagna’s baby.

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PodcastOne launch: Airport Economist Tim Harcourt’s audio series

As Australia’s global trade continues to boom and an increasing number of businesses and individuals set their sights on international ventures, a new release from PodcastOne will help listeners to understand the cultural and economic nuances unique to each nation.

The Airport Economist is a guide to doing business overseas. In each episode, renowned economist, TV personality and university professor Tim Harcourt explains key markets around the world to discover emerging opportunities and teach listeners how to get a foot in the door.

“In the past decade we have seen unprecedented numbers of Australians pursuing business opportunities abroad,” said Harcourt.

“With global trade booming, it’s easy to underestimate just how challenging it can be to launch or expand a business overseas.”

The Airport Economist podcast series will take listeners to Asia, the Americas and emerging markets, highlighting key economic trends, untapped opportunities, prospective challenges and cultural considerations. The first series looks at China, Japan, India, Peru, Chile and Brazil.

“Heightened political volatility in recent years highlights the importance of education and contextual understanding when it comes to global economics,” added Harcourt.

“I hope The Airport Economist will empower people with the information required to have both successful and enjoyable business trips and cultural experiences too.”


Vice and low-cost airline AirAsia announce four-part travel series

Vice and the low-cost airline AirAsia have announced a four-part travel series, Hot Heads, as part of a new content partnership to encourage travellers to explore some of the world’s spiciest regions and cuisines.

Karina Utomo in Hot Heads

Devoted to the culture of super-hot food and the people who love it, season one of Hot Heads will see young Vice host Karina Utomo – front woman of acclaimed Australian hardcore band High Tension – head to India.

Breaking bread (and a sweat) with the characters behind the country’s hottest experiences, Utomo will put her steel tongue and iron stomach to the test through some of the most searingly hot dishes available.

AirAsia group head of branding, Rudy Khaw, said: “Vice is the perfect partner for us to showcase India as an exciting destination for millennials. Using food as the driver, the unique series challenges the host Karina to step outside her comfort zone and explore the diverse sights and sounds of India.”

Business development director of brand partnerships Vice Australia, Cain Collins, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working with the team at AirAsia, and inspiring the search for unique and exciting experiences. Hot Heads is a travel series informed by quantifiable insights drawn from Vice-owned data around what’s currently driving young people’s destination consideration set: culinary adventurism and local experiences, combined with a little bit of Schadenfreude.”

Hot Heads will tour diverse locations within AirAsia’s India network, including Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Jaipur, tracking down authentic cuisines, breathtaking scenery and unforgettable new friends.

Watch Episode 1 of Hot Heads here.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 15 to premiere on hayu this August

NBCUniversal’s hit series Keeping Up With The Kardashians is returning for season 15 on Monday August 6. It will premiere in Australia on reality SVOD service hayu on the same day as the US.

The new season sees the ever-growing Kardashian family face some of their toughest challenges yet when a baby boom sees Khloé and Kylie navigate first-time motherhood, and Kim welcomes her third child via a surrogate.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions. Ryan Seacrest serves as the Executive Producer at Ryan Seacrest Productions. Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian serve as Executive Producers. Gil Goldschein, Farnaz Farjam-Chazan and Amanda Weinstein serve as Executive Producers at Bunim/Murray.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 15 premieres Monday 6 August on hayu, with a new episode every Monday thereafter – same day as the US.

TV Demand: Paul McCartney episode pushes Carpool Karaoke into top 10

There is a total Pacific takeover of the TV Demand charts this week by The Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld.

As the second seasons of both series wrap up, the former has topped the Digital Originals charts in Australia and New Zealand, while the latter has done the same on the Overall TV charts.

Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke is the big mover in both countries on the Digital Originals charts following the brilliant edition featuring Paul McCartney returning to hometown Liverpool. The 24-minute clip has had an astounding 24 million views on YouTube.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert has cracked the Overall TV top 10 in Australia after sitting in the New Zealand top 10 for the previous three weeks.

Netflix’s Queer Eye is also new to this chart in both territories.

Sports Media

Fox Footy resting TV talent as 40 AFL players take over Round 17

In the week surrounding round 17 of the AFL, over 40 players representing every club will invade Fox Footy studios for Player Takeover Round.

The players will host, panel, commentate, and interview on every show and game alongside Fox Footy talent during the week-long themed round.

Regular entertainment show hosts and guests of AFL 360, on The Weekend Lowdown, Saturday Stretch, The Beep Test, and Bounce will be taken over by the superstars we cheer on every weekend.

It all kicks off when On The Couch regulars Jonathan Brown, Garry Lyon and Paul Roos are rested on the bench, and host Gerard Healy is joined by Geelong Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield for a bumper Monday night.

Jack Riewoldt and Jordan Lewis will do their very best Gerard Whateley and Mark “Robbo” Robinson impressions as they take over the hosting gig on Tuesday’s AFL 360.

Episode four of Bob Murphy’s new show, Bob, will go one-on-one with Lions power forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub, while the mic is turned on Mike Sheahan as a secret player interviews the doyen himself.

On The Mark host Sarah Jones will be joined by AFLW stars, including Katie Brennan, as they discuss the more personal stories of the game.

Bounce host Jason Dunstall and Danny “Spud” Frawley will welcome Isaac Smith to the team, as Alex Rance and Mason Cox take on a Yesterday’s Heroes challenge. Young gun Jack Higgins will man the barbecue, throwing on a few snags for audience members.

Tayla Harris is among the players taking on comedians Dave Thornton, Lehmo and Lawrence Mooney for the season return of comedy quiz show The Beep Test.

Ben Brown, Sam Docherty, Bernie Vince, Selwood and Dangerfield take over game day panels and boundaries for Thursday Night Footy on Fox, Friday Night Footy on Fox, Super Saturday, and Sunday Footy on Fox.

Regular Fox Footy experts such as Eddie McGuire, Neroli Meadows, Nick Riewoldt, Dermott Brereton, David King, Kelli Underwood, Ben Dixon, and Cam Mooney will take a back seat during the round, as big name players have the chance to show off their skills of a different variety, some even considering job opportunities for after footy.

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