Wednesday June 19, 2019

New Grand Designs soon: From Byron to a tiny house in Tassie

• It’s always impossible… until it’s done

In what Foxtel is labelling one of the most inspiring series to date, host and multi award-winning architect Peter Maddison is back with the long awaited eighth series of Grand Designs Australia. This season, Maddison follows 10 new homeowners – all driven visionaries with a dream to change their lives and Australia’s architectural landscape forever.

The backdrops are as varied as they are stunning, as the host travels from Victoria’s bush ranger country near Euroa where the dry earth is punctuated by huge granite boulders, to prime land on Sydney’s northern beaches where sloping blocks pose blistering challenges for two very different owner builders.

One such builder is Stephen Mallinger who has spent the last 15 years at the helm of his own construction company building homes for other people. Now he is expanding his repertoire and finally building his own home – and it’s a grand one. Set in the Northern Beaches suburb of Curl Curl, architect Andrew Donaldson’s unorthodox design comprises four split-level terraced pods which follow the natural contours of the sandstone cliff. The spectacularly steep site adds complexity to an already difficult project, but rather than shy away from the challenge both Stephen and the design take advantage of the natural surroundings – and the effect is inspired.

In the popular Byron hinterland, a young family is building an anti-mansion – a house with a neat footprint that fully values every last square metre. But it’s a proud Tasmanian travel writer that truly tests the principals of the small house movement, by creating a petite 40 square metre pod house providing all she needs and nothing more.

Travelling on to South Australia, Queensland and the ACT, Peter Maddison showcases as many eccentric and unique grand designs as modern masterpieces. Australia has never looked better in this exciting new series.

Grand Designs Australia is produced by FremantleMedia Australia exclusively for Foxtel and will be available to stream every week or watch on the Lifestyle Channel from Wednesday, July 17 at 8.30pm AEST.

London-based Aussie global entertainment CEO steps down

Charles Caldas (pictured) has announced that he will step down as CEO of global rights agency Merlin at the end of 2019 after more than 12 years at the helm of the global digital rights agency.

The Monash University-educated Caldas was CEO for Melbourne-based Shock Entertainment Group for many years until 2005. In 2007 he relocated with his family overseas to join Merlin.

Continuing his current duties until he quits, Caldas is working with the Merlin board to ensure a smooth transition for the organisation.

Merlin now represents over 850 members from 63 countries around the globe, who collectively command over 12% of the world’s digital music market. Merlin announced this week that it had distributed over US$2bn to members since launch.

Under Caldas’s guidance, Merlin has struck landmark deals with the world’s leading digital music platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud, Pandora and Facebook as well as a series of strategic non-exclusive licensing partnerships in China with NetEase Cloud Music, Ali Music Group and Tencent Music Entertainment. Merlin has in addition returned significant revenues to the independent sector via several successful copyright infringement actions, the Warner Music/Parlophone divestment agreement and the sale of Merlin’s shares in Spotify.

Caldas received IMPALA’s annual outstanding contribution award in 2013. He was included in the Billboard Magazine International Power List in 2014 and 2017, as well as the Billboard Power 100 in 2018 and 2019. He was also featured in the Variety Magazine International Music Leaders lists in 2018 and 2019.

Charles Caldas commented:

“Having the chance to contribute to taking Merlin from a raw idea hatched by a few indie visionaries to the fast-growing global enterprise it is today has truly been a privilege. What we have all achieved over the past 12 years is remarkable, and the revenues we are now generating were unthinkable back in 2007. This has easily been the most rewarding work of my life, and for that opportunity I thank our members, our board, and especially my incredible team for their support. I am extremely proud to have represented them and am confident that Merlin’s dynamic, market-leading membership of true independents face a very bright future.”  

Dave Hansen, Merlin chairman said:

“Over the past 12 years, Charles in his role as the CEO of Merlin changed everything for independents. His vision, leadership and hard work helped Merlin forge a path towards true independence for all of our members. Charles has built a great foundation with an amazing team and Merlin will continue to be strong in the future. We wish Charles great success and happiness as he moves onto his next chapter at the end of this year.”

Martin Mills, Merlin chairman 2010-2017 added:

“Merlin and the whole independent community owe Charles a huge debt of thanks for what he has achieved for and with us, without which we’d have a slippery slope instead of a level playing field. We wish him all the very best in his next venture, which we trust will be musical, and within our universe. Merlin will continue to go from strength to strength, thanks largely to the structure and team that Charles has put in place.”

About Merlin

Merlin is the digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector.

The organisation’s members command in excess of 12% of the digital recorded music market and embody more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from 63 countries.

These include Altafonte Distribution, Armada Music, Beggars Group, Curb Records, Dim Mak, Domino, Eleven Seven Music Group, Entertainment One, Epitaph Records, !K7, Kobalt Label Services/AWAL, Mad Decent, Merge Records, mtheory, Mom + Pop, Ninja Tune, PIAS, Redeye Distribution, Secretly Group, Symphonic Distribution, Sub Pop, The state51 Conspiracy and Warp Records, representing some of the world’s most important and successful artists.

Merlin acts to ensure these companies have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected.

Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has licensed over 25 key digital services including Facebook, YouTube Music, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Alibaba, NetEase and Tencent, and has reached a number of high value copyright infringement settlements on behalf of its members.

Mike Moore returns: D Gen trio reunited on Triple M drive

One of the attractions on the FM band for people listening to drive radio is the teaming of Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy on Triple M’s Kennedy Molloy national show.

The two performers first worked together as part of the D-Gen and also on TV’s The Late Show many, many years ago. They have been working beautifully as radio colleagues on Triple M for the past two years.

This week they had a special guest who doesn’t do a lot of media these days, especially with his wife, Rob Sitch.

A key member of the Working Dog team, Sitch these days works onscreen on Utopia, and his hard at work for many weeks of the year helping produce 10’s hit series Have You Been Paying Attention?

Sitch is perhaps remembered most fondly for his role as a current affairs TV host in the comedy classic Frontline.

He joined his wife Jane Kennedy and Molloy this week on Triple M drive.

The chat between the three ranged from dog walking (Rob came home one day leaving the family pooch tied up outside the local supermarket) to the one movie he has watched most (the original Die Hard – Sitch said he doesn’t recognise any of the sequels).

The trio reminisced about the days they hosted D-Gen breakfast on Triple M in the late 80s/early 90s. When Jane asked her husband if he enjoyed doing breakfast radio, Rob replied: “Noooo…it’s fair to say I’m a night owl.”

A highlight during his appearance was playing the audio for Rob Sitch’s performance during a “23FM five in a row” D Gen clip. Watch the clip here. [It is not included in the podcast for copyright reasons.]


Molloy said he didn’t like Sitch too much because he was an over-achiever. “You are a qualified doctor and you can fly planes and helicopters. You make us all look bad.’

Jane interjected: “He’s not very good around the house! But he does know how to stack a dishwasher.”

Sitch then spoke about the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. Jane explained he has a special interest in that after making a movie about it – The Dish. He revealed the Working Dog team received a letter from the first person to walk on the moon Neil Armstrong praising the movie after he saw it.

Lisa Millar gets ABC News Breakfast gig, replacing Virginia Trioli

In a shakeup at ABC News Breakfast, Lisa Millar (pictured) is setting her alarm to join the brekky couch from August – co-host Michael Rowland is staying with the TV program, yet will take on an additional role as the ABC’s senior network presenter.

By James Manning

Millar, who returned to Australia last October after overseas postings in the US and Europe, will take over from Virginia Trioli on the program starting Monday 19 August.

“I’ve been traveling quite a bit in regional Australia since I got back and people are always asking me about the brekky team and whether everyone is as nice and friendly as they seem,” Millar said.

“The answer is a definite yes. And I can’t wait to join them.”

As well as co-presenting News Breakfast, Michael Rowland will have a new role anchoring coverage of big local and world events across ABC News programs and platforms, including the 7pm News – as he has already done this year with stories ranging from the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi to Bob Hawke’s memorial service.

“I look forward to drawing on my experience as a foreign correspondent, and the dozens of on-location broadcasts I’ve hosted for News Breakfast over the years, to bring to ABC audiences breaking stories from around Australia and around the world,” Rowland said.

“I’m also so excited to be sharing the breakfast couch with Lisa Millar. She’s undoubtedly one of this country’s finest journalists and brings a genuine warmth and empathy to the screen. And we’re great mates.

“It’s been a pleasure working alongside Virginia for the past nine years – we’ve been part of a formidable team. ABC Radio Melbourne will benefit enormously from her broadcasting prowess.”

After being with News Breakfast since its debut in 2008, Virginia Trioli is moving to present the mornings shift on ABC Melbourne Radio. Her farewell program TV will be on Thursday 15 August.

Trioli said: “I’m so happy for Lisa and for the fabulous News Breakfast audience that they’re going to spend mornings together. Lisa’s a brilliant journalist and communicator and this is a perfect fit.

“I’m bubble-wrapping my alarm clock and sending it over.”

TV Demand: Black Mirror keeps moving up + Designated Survivor joins the charts

Game of Thrones has continued its streak of topping the Overall TV charts since February, but it does so with fewer numbers each week.

Following closely behind GoT is Black Mirror which is now second on the Overall TV charts, and first on the Digital Originals charts in both Australia and New Zealand. This follows Netflix releasing season five of the British science fiction anthology series on June 5, which initiated its movement up the chart last week. The three standalone episodes feature well-known actors such as Anthony Mackie, Miley CyrusAndrew Scott, Nicole Beharie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Topher Grace.

The most notable new entry in the Digital Original charts this week is Designated Survivor which has debuted in the top seven in both Australia and New Zealand. The political thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland as Thomas Kirkman, an American politician who is the designated survivor for the State of the Union address, and suddenly becomes President of the United States after an explosion kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. After airing its first two seasons on ABC, the show was cancelled and picked up by Netflix for season three, which was released on June 7. 

Big Little Lies season 2

Big Little Lies joined the Australian Overall TV chart this week after airing its season two premiere on June 8. The drama series is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty and created for TV by David E. Kelley. The series was originally planned as a seven-episode miniseries about three troubled women in Monterey, California, who become embroiled in a murder investigation.  The success of the series prompted a second season which has been released almost two and a half years later based on a new novella by Moriarty and written for TV by Kelley, with Meryl Streep joining the cast.

May Nielsen news rankings: Daily Mail top 5, The Age back in top 10

Nielsen has released to market the May 2019 Digital Content Ratings tagged data news rankings.

The latest insights revealed that due to election voting day (18 May 2019) adult Australians accessing news entities saw an uplift across total time spent (+78%) when compared to an average of the previous four Saturdays. was again the top news entity in terms of highest unique audience (10.3 million). It was followed by ABC News Websites (10.2 million). In third place was (8.2 million), followed by (8.0 million).

Next in the Nielsen news rankings was Daily Mail Australia (5.4 million) which moves into the top five, followed by The Guardian (5.3 million) in sixth position.

In seventh position was Australian Community Media Network (3.7 million), previously known as Fairfax Digital Regional Network. This was followed by The Age with a unique audience of 3.6 million. The Melbourne news brand moves back into the top 10 this month.

In ninth place was Yahoo! (3.1 million), followed by The Daily Telegraph (2.7 million).

Dropping out of the top 10 this month is the Herald Sun and the BBC.

Notes regarding May data:

Due to an upgrade in Apple and Android mobile operating systems that resulted in third-party apps updating their technology a measurement gap was identified. Nielsen Measurement Science estimates that this change caused a coverage gap of 5% on average across all brands in Nielsen Digital Content Ratings.

Fairfax Digital Regional Network has been renamed to Australian Community Media Network.

May monthly data does not include 7news. Tagged measurement for 7news was enabled from June 1st hence it will be available in our next month’s release

Top 10 Current Events and Global News May 2019 was Australia's first choice for election news  had the largest digital news audience in the country during the federal election period producing a monthly audience of 10.3m for May 2019, according to Nielsen Digital Content Ratings monthly data.

This was the highest unique audience in the current events and global news category in Australia, with an audience margin of 110,000 ahead of the ABC News Websites and 2.1m ahead of editor-in-chief Kate de Brito said: “We are extremely proud that we were the first choice of Australian readers for the 2019 federal election month.

“May was always going to be an extremely competitive month in digital news. With that in mind our team worked incredibly hard to prepare an editorial coverage plan to bring Australians the best election news in the country and defend our position as the leading digital news source in Australia.”

The Nielsen DCR data released today also shows:

•’s average daily unique audience in May was 1.6 million
• The site delivered 263 million page views for the month
• There were 9.3 sessions per person with average time spent at 29 minutes
• Six of the top 10 stories for the month of May were focused on the election with the most read story being the federal election results. general manager Melissa Overman said: “This is the result of many months of hard work for the whole team at The editorial, video, product, delivery, social and analytics teams all worked together to bring every angle of the election to Australians in a way that resonated with audiences and demonstrates the pivotal role digital news plays in their lives. has great momentum and the learnings that we have taken out of the election month are already in practice, particularly in video which increased by 30% month-on-month. We will continue to evolve our newsroom and build on the success of our products with exciting plans ahead.”

Out of this world: Discovery celebrates 50th anniversary of the moon landing

On July 20, 1969, the world watched Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, now, 50 years later Discovery celebrates this historic event with a moon-themed line-up of programming airing across Discovery Channel and Discovery Science throughout July. Discovery has previewed it’s out of this world content:

Apollo: The Forgotten Films – Discovery Channel 
(Simulcast on Discovery Science)- Australian TV Premiere
Stream or watch Sunday 21 July at 8:30 pm AEST

This two-hour film is the definitive look at the historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Featuring unseen footage, the archives reveal the incredible lengths an army of engineers, scientists and astronauts went to, to achieve America’s greatest technological feat. The United States’ race to the moon was no simple mission. The 400,000 scientists and engineers who devoted their lives to realise the dream of a nation faced one obstacle after another. They overcame enormous challenges to build a rocket powerful enough to break free of Earth’s gravity with a fearless group of astronauts, who risked their lives to fly a spaceship that would land on a precise spot on the moon, over 400,000km away. This special employs footage from a number of different resources including NASA Research Centres, The National Archives, and news reports of the time. Having sifted through thousands of reels of film, this amazing trove is a remarkable behind the scenes look at the exhaustive preparation that went into sending the first humans to our moon. 

Truth Behind The Moon Landing – Discovery Science
Australian TV Premiere
Stream or watch Wednesdays from 3 July at 8:30 pm AEST

Almost immediately after the successful and triumphant Apollo 11 moon landing, there were skeptics who refused to accept that humankind could accomplish such an enormous undertaking. Some of those same doubts persist today, despite the enormous scientific progress that has been made since then. This docu-series dissects some of the most popular conspiracy claims surrounding the moon mission. With the help of former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, Iraq War veteran and former FBI agent Chad Jenkins, and author and moon landing sceptic Mike Bara, each episode tests evidence and applies scientific reasoning to conspiracies. The series delves into these questions and more by testing claims about how the Apollo 1 fire started; studying one of NASA’s last existing Lunar Lander prototypes that Neil Armstrong trained on; seeking the expertise of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated visual effects directors, Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey); and gaining access to NASA archives to uncover photos and footage never-before-seen by the general public. 

Confessions From Space – Discovery Science
Australian TV Premiere
Sunday 28 July at 8:30 pm AEST

Few events in history are as debated as the moon landing, and now some of these questions and more will be answered in Confessions From Space. This hour-long special documents the 115th annual Explorers Club dinner, which will host ten Apollo astronauts including Michael Collins. Secrets will be revealed, as these brave explorers speak candidly about the 50-year celebration of the famous moon landing. With interspace travel becoming a hot button issue, they also give insight to the technology we use daily, the new frontier of privatised space flight, and what this means for the future. 

Living Universe – Discovery Science
Discovery Science Premiere
Stream or watch Sunday 7 July at 8:30 pm AEST

The next great voyage of human exploration has already begun: the search for life on planets orbiting distant stars. Blending expert interviews, dramatic space-scapes and an imaginary starship journey to the outmost reaches of the cosmos, Living Universe isn’t quite science fiction, it’s science faction. Following a fictional 50-year journey of a starship to an imaginary planet, the voyage is interspersed with insight from the world’s top scientific minds in interstellar space travel. Narrated by all-round scientist extraordinaire, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, this is a fascinating, eye-opening, mind-bending look at what surrounds us… out there. 

A Stargazer’s Guide To The Cosmos – Discovery Science
Discovery Science Premiere
Sunday 14 July at 8:30 pm AEST

Charismatic Australian astronomer Greg Quicke takes us on the ultimate guided tour of the southern sky, using his remarkable life story to help reveal unseen connections between the everyday world around us and the stars above. In his ‘guidebook’ to the night sky, Greg shares lessons on how to see the Earth rotating, navigating by the stars, understanding the cycles of the moon and more.

NSW Government investing $871 million in arts, screen and culture

The NSW Government is delivering an $871 million investment in the arts, screen and culture sector, including a 22 percent increase in recurrent funding for the 2019-20 NSW Budget.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said: “The NSW Government is creating an arts, screen and culture landscape that is the envy of the nation. These industries play a pivotal role in delivering significant economic and social benefits to our State,” 

“This year we are increasing overall Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) funding to $61 million, including funding for the National Art School.

“The Australian Museum will receive $40 million to continue the delivery of a new touring exhibition hall for the King Tutankhamun exhibition in 2021, as well as education and visitor facilities.

“To drive screen investment from domestic and international producers we are increasing our Made in NSW fund to $15 million this year and $55 million over the next four years to attract productions to our State.

“The fund’s $43 million investment to date has already delivered an estimated $700 million to the NSW economy – I can’t wait to see what the future holds for production in our State.

“As part of the Sydney Opera House renewal, we are also delivering an important investment in ongoing operational security measures.” 

Investment in arts, screen and culture in 2019-20 will include:

• Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) in 2019/20, inclusive of National Art School funding: $61 million
• Made in NSW fund: $15 million in 2019/20 and $55 million over the next four years
• Australian Museum operational budget: an increase of $9.7 million in 2019-20 and $39 million over the next four years

Ongoing funding for 2019-20 capital projects includes:

• Sydney Modern Project – Art Gallery of NSW: $103.4 million
• MAAS Powerhouse Precinct Parramatta: $167.2 million
• Walsh Bay Arts Precinct: $113.5 million
• Sydney Opera House Renewal Program and security measures: $76.6 million
• Australian Museum: $40 million

Marty Sheargold Monday: Comedy giant returns to stand-up

Marty Sheargold, co-host of Australia’s #1 national drive show Kate, Tim & Marty, and a regular face on Network 10’s Have You Been Paying Attention?, is returning to the stage for a national stand-up comedy tour.

Sheargold broke the news firstly on his Nova drive show on Monday afternoon and then again later in the evening during an appearance on Have You Been Paying Atttention?

Over 1.5 million listeners tune in to Kate, Tim & Marty each afternoon from 4pm-6pm on the Nova Network, and now after a hiatus, Marty Sheargold is returning to stand-up for a full national comedy tour from October 2019.

When he told his radio audience, Marty warned his colleagues Kate and Tim the announcement was not a stitch-up, or a sketch or a prank. When asked about his Adelaide show by Kate Ritchie, Marty said: “Me and U2 always do Adelaide.”

Marty suggested that people buy their tickets now. “I am on holidays in two weeks and I want to be able to relax.

“I am positioning this like a farewell Johnny Farnham-style tour to try and get some interest around the fact this could be the last time I ever do stand-up. It could be a farewell tour.

Celebrity endorsements:

• “Marty Sheargold is hilarious, one of the smartest and funniest you’ll ever see” Lawrence Mooney
• “Good news people, one of my all-time favourite stand-up comedians is back in business. See you there…” Mick Molloy”
• “Whether on television, radio or stage, Marty would have to be one of my all time favourite performers” Tom Gleisner

Tour details

Marty Sheargold’s Live Stand-Up Show
Touring nationally during October 2019 and November 2019

Sydney: The Comedy Store, Friday 18 October 7.00pm and Saturday 19 October 7.00pm
Brisbane: Brisbane Powerhouse, Sunday 27 October 5.00pm and 7.30pm Adelaide: Dunstan Playhouse, Saturday 9 November 8.00pm
Perth: Regal Theatre, Saturday 16 November 8.00pm
Melbourne: Athenaeum Theatre, Saturday 23 November 8.00pm

Tickets available now through for Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne shows, and for Adelaide show.

TV Ratings Analysis: June 18

• Nine records second-best non-Origin share since April
• Battle rounds over at The Voice, finals start next Monday
• Nine was even rating well at SBS with Rodger Corser show
• House Rules Best Of show slips under 500,000

Tuesday Week 25 2019

• Seven News 1,075,000/1,016,000
• Nine News 951,000/935,000
• A Current Affair 826,000
• ABC News 662,000
• The Project 304,000/522,000
7.30 483,000
• 10 News First 382,000
• The Drum 189,000
• SBS World News 120,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 286,000
• Today 200,000


After 713,000 on Monday, Home And Away drifted lower to 668,000.

Jamie Durie was the host of a House Rules special on Tuesday night where he selected his best makeovers from six seasons of the show that have featured the work of 74 contestants renovating 39 homes. With nothing at stake though, the audience dipped below 500,000. The audience was actually up week-on-week in the timeslot after The Super Switch screened there a week ago.

Those numbers meant Andrew Denton had another poor lead-in for another great guest on Interview. His Madonna episode also featured some advice on dress and demeanour from the popstar for the TV host as 407,000 watched. An audience of 460,000 watched the Michael Caine episode a week ago.


A Current Affair was again comfortably over 800,000 for the second consecutive night. Leila McKinnon hosted the episode featuring a swindler accused of ripping off drought stricken farmers.

The Voice came to the end of the knockout rounds as the numbers crept back above 1m to 1.02m. With State of Origin game two on Sunday night, the next episode of The Voice is on Monday and will feature the commencement of the finals.

Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory followed with 588,000 watching the new episode and 397,000 the repeat.


Marty Sheargold continued his media blitz spreading the news about his comedy tour on The Project. His appearance helped keep the numbers over half a million for the second consecutive night.

On MasterChef it’s been a few whirlwind weeks for Tim. He initially won an immunity pin, later got eliminated, then cooked his way back onto the show and then last night cooked again for an immunity pin. The Tuesday episode did 648,000 after 655,000 a week ago.

Two episodes of Mr Black then finished off the season with audiences of 318,000 and 266,00.


The Recording Studio did 245,000 after 8pm. Followed by a David Attenborough doco on 206,000.

The channel has had three primary shares under 9% in the past eight days after having very few that low all year.


The final episode of Who Do You Think You Are? this year featured Gold Logie nominee (for the third time) Rodger Corser with 309,000 watching. That was down on the 409,000 watching Kerri-Anne a week ago, but it will sill be one of the channel’s biggest audiences this week.

Insight then did 223,000 and Dateline 141,000.

Week 25 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 8.8% 7 18.2% 9 24.6% 10  12.8% SBS One 5.5%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.7% 7TWO 2.6% GO! 3.4% 10 Bold 4.1% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 4.2% GEM 3.3% 10 Peach 2.0% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.1% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 1.8%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.6%            
TOTAL 13.2%   27.2%   33.1%   18.9%   7.6%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 8.1% 7 18.4% 9 18.3% WIN 10.6% SBS One 5.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.4% 7TWO 4.3% GO! 3.9% WIN Bold 3.4% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 6.0% GEM 5.0% WIN Peach 1.7% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.7% 9Life 2.4% Sky News  on WIN 2.3% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 0.9%            
TOTAL 13.5%   31.2%   29.5%   18.0%   7.8%


85.9% 14.1%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,075,000
  2. The Voice Nine 1,028,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,016,000
  4. Nine News Nine 951,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 935,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 826,000
  7. Home And Away Seven 668,000
  8. ABC News ABC 662,000
  9. The Chase Australia Seven 661,000
  10. Masterchef Australia 10 648,000
  11. The Big Bang Theory Nine 588,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 571,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 522,000
  14. 7.30 ABC 483,000
  15. House Rules Seven 468,000
  16. Andrew Denton: Interview Seven 407,000
  17. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 401,000
  18. The Big Bang Theory – (R) Nine 397,000
  19. 10 News First 10 382,000
  20. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 337,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Masterchef Australia 10 190,000
  2. The Voice Nine 187,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 151,000
  4. Home And Away Seven 141,000
  5. Seven News Seven 139,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. The Voice Nine 404,000
  2. Masterchef Australia 10 297,000
  3. The Big Bang Theory Nine 256,000
  4. Seven News Seven 232,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 227,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. The Voice Nine 459,000
  2. Masterchef Australia 10 331,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 305,000
  4. The Big Bang Theory Nine 300,000
  5. Nine News Nine 294,000
TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 192,000
  2. Outback Truckers PM 7mate 183,000
  3. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  4. PJ Masks AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 156,000
  5. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 151,000
  6. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  7. Nella The Princess Knight AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  8. Molly And Mack PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  9. Death In Paradise 9Gem 141,000
  10. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  11. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  12. Bondi Rescue Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 138,000
  13. School Of Roars PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  14. CSI: Miami 10 Bold 136,000
  15. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  16. Neighbours 10 Peach 131,000
  17. Andy’s Safari Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  18. Highway Patrol-Ep.2 Pm 7mate 129,000
  19. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  20. CSI: Miami Ep 2 10 Bold 127,000
  1. Wentworth FOX SHOWCASE 86,000
  2. Jones & Co Sky News Live 84,000
  3. Live: World Cup: Eng V Afg FOX CRICKET 72,000
  4. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 71,000
  5. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 65,000
  6. Credlin Sky News Live 57,000
  7. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 55,000
  8. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 43,000
  9. Live: The Back Page FOX SPORTS 503 41,000
  10. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 38,000
  11. Family Guy FOX8 36,000
  12. PML Later Sky News Live 36,000
  13. M*A*S*H FOX Classics 34,000
  14. The Munsters FOX Classics 33,000
  15. Family Guy FOX8 32,000
  16. Qi UKTV 29,000
  17. Pawn Stars A&E 28,000
  18. Mickey And The Roadster Racers Disney Junior 28,000
  19. Britain’s Most Historic Towns History Channel 27,000
  20. Bob FOX FOOTY 27,000

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News Corp to review strategic options for News America Marketing

News Corp has announced that to optimise its portfolio and simplify the structure of the company, it is actively evaluating strategic options for its News America Marketing business (NAM).

The review of NAM includes exploring a potential sale. This process is being undertaken in order to allow greater focus on News Corp’s primary pillars, including the creation and distribution of premium content and global digital real estate services.

“We believe this strategic review will result in enhanced shareholder value, as we seek to streamline our company, with the aim of greater transparency and profitability,” said Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp. “Candidly, the NAM business has been transformed from one based on newspaper inserts to one of the leading in-store marketing companies in the US, with a growing digital component and an expanding array of tech partners.

“With its extensive access to first-party shopper data, close relationships with consumer goods companies and placements in thousands of retail stores, NAM can track the shopper journey between customers and some of the biggest brands and largest retailers,” said Thomson.

“NAM is a crucial player in the digital evolution of retail media and an innovator in in-store marketing.”

NAM has a proprietary database of millions of shoppers and extensive purchase data, which allows retailers and brand partners to target the right people in the right place at the right time. The business has comprehensive in store marketing media options in over 60,000 stores in the US and Canada, and reaches households across the country with circulation of more than 60 million through nearly 2,000 publications.

Nine launches executive search for CEO of merged Car Advice & Drive

Andrew Beecher (pictured) is stepping down as CEO of online automotive property CarAdvice after more than five years in the role.

CarAdvice owner Nine said Beecher has led CarAdvice to become Australia’s largest independent automotive content publisher and overseen the sale and transition from independent ownership to a subsidiary of Nine.

“I congratulate Andrew for a very successful five years and half years at CarAdvice and wish him all the very best for the future,” said Greg Barnes, Nine CFO and chairman of CarAdvice. “Andrew has led the team through a period of significant and profitable growth and firmly established CarAdvice as the leading publisher in the new car space.

“He has also worked to strengthen the CarAdvice brand while bringing it into the Nine family.”

“Plus in recent months Andrew has overseen the merger with the Drive Network, which will further strengthen our combined offering to auto manufacturers through increased audience scale and greater cross-platform capabilities and service offerings.”

Andrew Beecher said: “It has been a privilege to lead CarAdvice for over five years and serve the millions of Australian consumers who read, watch, listen and engage with CarAdvice content. I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished as a team on behalf of our automotive customers.

“It has been my great honour to work with an exceptionally dedicated and passionate team of executives who lead the most talented group of employees I have ever experienced. I am exceedingly grateful for all of the long hours and hard work the CarAdvice team have put in to elevate the company to a strong and proud publisher that supports independent automotive journalism.

“I am convinced that CarAdvice and Drive will continue to be an increasingly strong force in the automotive landscape, bringing innovative ideas to our customers and creating world-class content for our consumers.”

A search for a new CEO has commenced said Nine.

News Brands

Attorney-General: reporters not the targets of the police investigations

Attorney-General Christian Porter has declared he would be “seriously disinclined” to authorise the prosecution of journalists for publishing secret information and said reporters raided by police earlier this month were not the targets of the investigations, reports Fergus Hunter in The SMH and The Age.

Amid ongoing probes into the leaking of classified documents, the Australian Federal Police alarmed media outlets by opening the door to prosecuting journalists for publication of the material, with acting commissioner Neil Gaughan saying the police had “not made a decision” on the dramatic step.

Asked what his position was on the possibility of journalists facing charges, Porter said the DPP had not made a recommendation to prosecute on the ABC and News Corp matters and “there is absolutely no suggestion that any journalist is the subject of the present investigations”.

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ABC’s forthcoming Les Norton looks to recapture Sydney’s hazy ’80s

In an abandoned building halfway down Glebe Point Road, organised criminals in slick suits wander among baccarat tables, peanut shells and bottles of peach liqueur, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Robert Moran.

What could pass for another intensely-themed inner-city small bar is actually an illegal casino for Les Norton, the upcoming ABC series based on the local crime classics of butcher-turned-hardboiled bestseller Robert G. Barrett, Glebe’s one-time children’s court filling in for the seedier side of Kings Cross circa 1985.

The series stars Alexander Bertrand as Barrett’s laconic, flame-haired hard man, alongside David Wenham, Rebel Wilson and Hunter Page-Lochard as his various underground cronies. While the casting’s proven pitch-perfect, replicating the more bohemian aspects of ’80s Sydney has been its own challenge, says series creator and director Morgan O’Neill.

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Design guru says Kmart/Ikea ranges have improved Australian homes

He’s one of Australia’s most prominent interior design gurus, but Neale Whitaker is a proud owner of Kmart homewares, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.

Whitaker, who was in Brisbane at the weekend filming an episode of Foxtel’s Love It or List It, said the growing popularity of affordable homeware ranges by retailers like Kmart and Ikea was having a positive impact on the interiors of Aussie homes.

“Anything that brings good style within reach of everybody is a good thing,” said Whitaker, who spent years editing high-end magazines including Vogue Living.

“That was wonderful and it gave me access to a privileged world of high end design, but at this stage in my life I’m far more interested in bringing design to people in all walks of life.

“I’m the biggest fan of Kmart and Ikea because I think everyone should have that choice.”

Having recently renovated his own home on NSW’s South Coast, Whitaker said he would often browse the Kmart at Nowra shopping centre with his partner David.

“I’m very proud to say I’ve got bits and pieces from Kmart in my home. You spend big on pieces that will last a lifetime and then you have those cost effective items,” he said.

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Cult comedy series Rostered On came from nowhere to 7mate, Netflix

In 2014 Ryan Chamley was a guy making TV ads to pay the rent with a yearning to make TV comedy, reports TV Tonight.

He turned to his seven years working in an electrical store to come up with a script for Rostered On and posted an audition notice onto the Star Now casting bulletin board, gathering a troupe of unpaid performers and mates to shoot scenes in Geelong.

“I almost didn’t show the script to anyone because I was terrified,” he tells TV Tonight.

“I don’t consider myself a writer. I’d never studied writing. But I had a real love of comedy.

“Everyone was a volunteer from myself, cameras. We filmed for two days in an electrical store.”

Cleverly, he began posting short clips and memes onto social media, with comedic workplace scenes and encouraging people to re-post with lines such as “Tag a Mate who is Late for Work.” The strategy worked and with Rostered On gathering a following, he then posted the full pilot on YouTube.

A friend introduced him to Ruby Entertainment’s Stephen Luby and Mark Ruse, producers of Kath & Kim, The Secret River, The Games, while he got a UK agent after Comedy Central posted a clip that generated a whopping 60 million views. Season one would eventually rack up more than 250 million views online across Australia, USA, UK and Canada.

The agent got him into a room with Netflix execs, ironically for a meeting over another script.

Then Seven came knocking, the idea of a second season for 7mate.

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The Seven program celebrating 12 years as a ratings champ

Seven’s The Morning Show turned 12 this week, reports TV Tonight.

Long-running hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies hit the front of the ratings battle on day one under executive producer Adam Boland in a three month trial. Back in 2007 the show had in-house working title “Kill the Kerri-Anne-Show” and was also up against 9am with David & Kim.

It did just that, and then some, winning from the very first day and is yet to lose against all-comers: The Circle, Mornings, Studio 10 and Today Extra. Since 2010 it has been steered by executive producer Sarah Stinson.

On Instagram Larry Emdur wrote, “Number 1 for 12 years !! That’s a very very rare and very very cool achievement in TV land. I’m super proud of our awesome team who ‘bring it’ each and every day, thank you guys for giving Kylie all the big words in the scripts.”

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Reality TV host refuses to appear before MPs' reality TV inquiry

UK TV host Jeremy Kyle has refused to give evidence to a government inquiry into reality TV, reports The Guardian.

The presenter had been due to speak to MPs next week, following the cancellation of his daytime talkshow by ITV last month over the death of a recent guest, Steve Dymond.

The chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, Damian Collins, said: “The Jeremy Kyle show is an important programme as part of our inquiry into reality TV.

“We believe that Jeremy Kyle himself is an important witness. We sent an invitation through his representatives, and we have now heard that he has declined to appear.

“We will be pursuing this matter with his representatives to fully understand the reasons why he has declined and we will make a further statement in due course.”

Though Kyle could now be found in contempt of parliament, other recent high-profile snubbings reflect the limited powers politicians have to force witnesses to give evidence.

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Call for diversity: Posh white men are the default on TV, says host

The British presenter Anita Rani has accused TV executives of giving “posh white men” a free pass to make documentaries about trains in India while requiring her to justify why she should present anything not obviously Asian, reports The Guardian.

Rani, born in Bradford to Indian parents, said the BBC would not allow her to follow up her successful BBC Two documentary about Bollywood with another about Hollywood, asking her: “Why you, Anita?”

Opening Channel 4’s diversity festival in Bradford on Monday, Rani said: “I feel I have to justify why I should present things more than anyone else because I’m an Asian woman, and on top of that I’m blimmin’ northern.

“I’m expected to explain why I should be presenting something much more than others. You would never think to ask the number of posh white men on TV: ‘Why did you get to present shows about train travel in India?’ or whatever it might be because, you know what, they are the default. They don’t need to worry about authenticity or what space they are taking up. I do, all the time.”

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Life after GoT: Euphoria, Big Little Lies draw audiences for HBO/Foxtel

HBO’s heavily marketed series Euphoria didn’t bring big returns Sunday for its US on-air premiere, but its digital numbers were fairly solid, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Big Little Lies, meanwhile, grew in its second week on HBO in the US.

In Australia, the second episode of Big Little Lies was the second-most watched show on the Foxtel platform on Monday. The HBO drama is also working well for audiences watching on their own terms.

Big Little Lies is the only Foxtel program in the top 10 BVOD programs on Tuesday, ranking higher than The Handmaid’s Tale, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Home And Away.

The controversial Euphoria, which stars Zendaya and features teenage characters (played by young-adult actors) heavily engaged in drugs and sex, drew a modest US 577,000 viewers for its on-air premiere. Streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now helped significantly, pushing the show’s first-night US total to a little under 1 million viewers (a gain of 70%).

The series is the first HBO original to focus primarily on high school-age characters, so it’s perhaps not a surprise that a large chunk of Euphoria’s audience is watching on digital platforms that tend to have younger users. HBO says the audience on HBO Now was the largest for a series premiere since Westworld in 2016.

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Melissa Doyle on chipping away at her own glass ceiling while at Sunrise

One of Mel Doyle’s biggest takeaways from more than a decade hosting Sunrise was her ability to help chip away at that pesky glass ceiling, reports News Corp’s Sally Coates.

The host and journalist is a judge for the Marie Claire Glass Ceiling Awards, being held today, and as part of her role reflected on a time when she recognised and chipped away at her own glass ceiling.

Doyle had two small children while she was hosting the Channel 7 breakfast show, but instead of hiding them away for fear of losing her job, she integrated them into her work life.

Marie Claire editor Nicky Briger said those scenarios are exactly the reason her magazine held the awards — to raise awareness of issues that are often overlooked.

Other judges alongside Doyle and Briger include Layne Beachley, Tanya Plibersek, Bumble founder Michelle Battersby and Business Chicks founder Olivia Ruello.

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Sports Media

Football chief arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigation

Former UEFA president and one-time contender to run world football Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, reports The New York Times.

Confirming a report published by online news publication Mediapart, a French official says Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the awarding of the tournament to the gulf nation. It was Qatar’s bid which foiled Australia’s chances of hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Platini, a former France football great, was being detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.

French financial prosecutors have been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and previously questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Platini was embroiled in the bribery scandal which led to Blatter’s resignation in 2015 and he was handed a four-year ban from the sport until October. His arrest also comes during the Women’s World Cup.

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Australian rebels swarm to swimming’s ground-breaking new league

Australia’s new long distance swim king Jack McLoughlin is heading to the Big Apple after being signed up by the New York Breakers in the rebel International Swimming League, reports News Corp’s Julian Linden.

Fresh from sweeping the 400m, 800m, and 1500m freestyle treble at the world championship trials, the long-haired Queenslander has landed himself a lucrative gig in one of the most sought after franchises in the breakaway league.

McLoughlin will be joined in Gotham City by two of his teammates, Rio gold medallist Madi Wilson and Commonwealth Games champion Clyde Lewis, as Australia’s top swimmers jump on board the new professional league that is transforming the sport forever.

The Daily Telegraph can also reveal that dual Rio medallist Maddie Groves has been snapped up by Team Iron, which is based in Budapest and owned by Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu.

There are now a total of 24 Australian swimmers contracted to the ISL, and the London Roar — which has snared a dozen Dolphins including Olympic gold medallists Kyle Chalmers, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon – has also enlisted two top Australian coaches, Peter Bishop and David Lush.

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