Friday June 21, 2019

SBS hits the road with the 2019 Tour de France starting July 6

The world’s most prestigious cycling event, the 2019 Tour de France, is around the corner, live in HD, exclusively on SBS.

From July 6, the Tour de France is set for its 106th run with riders from around the world gathering to prove their worth in the saddle.

TV start times vary with most stages beginning at 9.30pm AEST on SBS (full broadcast schedule below).

Every stage will be available in full on SBS’s digital platforms, streaming on SBS On Demand, Cycling Central website and the ŠKODA Tour Tracker app.

The Cycling Central website offers news, opinion, stats, highlights and video on demand.

The ŠKODA Tour Tracker app returns, streaming live pictures and allowing viewers to see real time data, stage profiles and catch up video to complement the full race coverage and deliver a fully comprehensive offering.

SBS coverage includes a morning Daily Update from 6.20am, a Stage Replay from 12pm in the afternoon, Stage Replay from 3pm on SBS Viceland, and evening highlights from 5.30pm (times vary, check local guides).

The SBS commentary team will report from France and will be led by esteemed cycling journalist, Michael Tomalaris. Calling every stage from start to finish is Robbie McEwen and Matthew Keenan who will provide unrivalled commentary. Cycling journalists Sophie Smith and Christophe Mallet will report the latest news from the race as well as feature stories. David McKenzie will deliver in-depth analysis, and former Olympic rower and pro cyclist, Cameron Wurf, will make special guest appearances throughout the tournament.

After 14 years of gourmet adventures, legendary French chef, Gabriel Gaté returns for his final year with The Best of Taste Le Tour, featuring some of the most memorable moments of his annual culinary journey following the route of the epic race. From delicious wines, mouth-watering pastries, famous three star chefs to humble cheesemakers, this series is an excellent cultural food accompaniment to the broadcast of this famous race.

The Zwift SBS Tour de France podcast is hosted by SBS French Radio’s Christophe Mallet and David McKenzie with special guests. Recorded on the ground in France, the daily podcast will feature updates on the race, as well as the fascinating characters and distinctly ‘French’ things that make this cycling race the biggest rolling event in the world.

The 2019 Tour de France will feature 30 categorised climbs, in what is set to be a gruelling contest for the yellow jersey, with five mountain finishes and only 54km of time trialling. The race will begin in Brussels, paying tribute to all-time great Eddy Merckx on the 50th anniversary of the first of his five overall victories.

SBS has been the home of the Tour de France for more than 30 years, with 2019 marking the 15th anniversary of the ŠKODA and Tour de France partnership.

The 2019 Tour de France begins July 6 at 8.30pm, exclusively on SBS (stage times vary, see full broadcast schedule below).

10 Daily employing a bigger team to match its bigger audience

Network 10’s news website 10 Daily has announced two senior editorial appointments as the site continues to break audience records.

Valentina Todoroska has been appointed lifestyle editor, while Nick Bhasin (pictured) joins as Views editor, managing 10 Daily’s large network of editorial contributors.

Todoroska’s appointment is effective immediately while Bhasin starts at 10 Daily on 26 June.

Valentina Todoroska

The appointments follow 10 Daily achieving its highest audience to date in May with 941,877 unique visitors, up 32% from April 2019*.

10 Daily’s executive editor Mel Cornford said: “10 Daily continues to smash goals each month. And now, to be celebrating our highest audience result in May off the back of our first birthday milestone is the icing on the cake!

“The addition of Valentina and Nick to our talented editorial team puts us in an even stronger position for year two – it’s onwards and upwards for 10 Daily.”

Prior to 10 Daily, Todoroska was at Mamamia where she spent five years in various editorial roles, most recently as managing editor. She’s also held deputy editor and morning editor positions for the site.

Todoroska said: “I’m thrilled to be leading 10 Daily’s lifestyle vertical as I have been watching the site steadily grow over the last year and I’m excited to be a part of such a highly regarded and dynamic editorial team.”

Bhasin joins 10 from SBS where he has spent almost four years as an entertainment editor, writer and podcaster. Prior to SBS, he was the editor of Foxtel Magazine. Nick also spent over five years as an editor and writer at OK! magazine and has worked at various international media outlets such as InTouch Weekly and The New York Times.

Bhasin said: “I have been very impressed with what the Views vertical has accomplished so far – especially the quality of writing and the variety of its contributors. I couldn’t be more excited about the chance to shape its future as part of the 10 Daily team.”

Podcast planner: 10 audio adventures for your winter weekend

• Photojournalism and screenwriting to TV and radio programming

By James Manning

The end of autumn and the start of winter has been a busy time in the PodcastOne studios for the Mediaweek Podcast.

We have been fortunate to attract some top talent in addition to our revered regulars.

Here are 10 podcasts we recommend for your winter weekend or daily commutes.

Remember to click subscribe on your preferred podcast platform to be advised each time we publish a new recording.

Mediaweek talks TV: Our regular Mercado and Manning podcasts in the past few weeks have included:

Mediaweek TV: Chernobyl, Tales of the City, Perpetual Grace, Catch 22

Mediaweek‘s James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk television. “All the best dramas on TV are on Foxtel at present,” said Andrew. Plenty of reasons why you should be watching some of the new dramas + The Super Switch, Billions, Adam Goodes, Big Little Lies and Russell Crowe and the actors playing Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch in The Loudest Voice.

Listen here.

Mediaweek TV special: TV Week Logie nominations

Mediaweek‘s James Manning and Andrew Mercado debate all the TV Week 2019 Logie nominees – including the seven nominees fighting it out for Gold. Also this week: MotherFatherSon, Gentleman Jack, Biggle Little Lies 2, Wentworth and the wonderfully terrible What/If from Netflix.

The man in charge of ads on Foxtel… MCN’s Mark Frain

Are there too many ads on Foxtel? “No,” says MCN chief Mark Frain in this Mediaweek podcast. Hear about the strategy for the new look Foxtel and MCN 2.0. How are advertisers taking advantage of the big Kayo Sports audience, the growth of on demand viewing, product initiatives (watch four ads at once!) and what is the venue Foxtel on Oxford all about?

Listen here.

Seven’s plan to win the ratings year

Seven director of programming Angus Ross speaks to Mediaweek‘s James Manning about the first half 2019 ratings performance. Ross is just back from New York and LA – has he found anything good to boost their back half? And does it need boosting? Ross also talks streaming, sex as a ratings weapon, 7plus and his suite of multichannels.

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The Letdown with Alison Bell and Sarah Scheller

The creators of the critically acclaimed Sydney made global hit The Letdown are back with a second series. Alison and Sarah talk to Mediaweek about their Netflix deal, working in LA and what a New York Times good review meant.

Listen here.

Streaming TV options: How much would you pay?

Former Mediaweek contributor Dan Barrett joins James Manning to look at all the options for people building a library of TV streaming services. Which are the best and how much do you need to pay, if anything?

Listen here.

Tony Thomas & Paul Jackson on smoothfm’s best birthday

It took Nova Entertainment’s management a few formats until they found the right one for Sydney and Melbourne’s newest FM licences. Hard to believe it’s already seven years old, but with smoothfm #1 FM in Sydney and Melbourne, it will be their best birthday party so far. Nova Entertainment’s Tony Thomas and Paul Jackson talk to Mediaweek about how their original strategy got them to where they are today.

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Five Bedrooms: Meet the co-creators of 10’s new drama

Mediaweek‘s James Manning speaks with the co-creators of 10’s new drama Five BedroomsMichael Lucas and Christine Bartlett (Offspring and Playing For Keeps). How do you get to be a TV writer, writer’s block, TV critics and more!

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The Sydney Morning Herald’s photojournalism

A fascinating discussion about the photos that help rank The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age among the world’s great news brands. We are joined by SMH managing photo editor Mags King, SMH chief photographer Nick Moir and multi award-winning photographer Kate Geraghty. Hear about everything from storm chasing to covering fighting in Mosul. The photographers talk about their hardware, their travel bags and even drone photography.

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Jamie Durie on House Rules and his new Seven deal

The 2019 season of Seven’s House Rules boasts a new judge, with Jamie Durie joining Wendy Moore and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Jamie visited Mediaweek to talk about his 52nd TV series and he revealed his new long-term Seven contract.

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ARN’s Ciaran Davis launches new Brisbane home for 97.3FM and 4KQ

On Thursday night, ARN celebrated the launch of Brisbane 97.3FM and 4KQ’s new industry-leading radio broadcast studios with an exclusive housewarming party. Close to 120 guests were in attendance, including Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who officially opened the new studios.

The move to a new ARN Brisbane home comes just a couple of weeks after SCA also moved into new state-of-the art studios for its Hit and Triple M stations.

ARN is now based in the vibrant Kings Row precinct in the inner Brisbane suburb of Milton. Guests at the launch included staff, VIPs, clients, media partners and other industry friends who enjoyed celebratory drinks along with sweeping Brisbane CBD and river views.

A live music performance by Brisbane musician Steven Childs entertained guests at the launch on the night.

The party followed months of hard work from the ARN team who, in late May, relocated over 70 staff from the network’s previous Stones Corner studios to one of Brisbane’s premier commercial precincts, just 1.5 kilometres from the CBD.

The team spent a total of nine months planning and facilitating the move, with ARN leading the way as the first Australian commercial radio broadcaster to build audio production facilities with a perfect balance of Production and Broadcast technology – utilising Dante digital audio integrated with Broadcast Livewire for premium radio content creation.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk showed her support for ARN by officially opening the new studios with a special ribbon cutting ceremony, alongside on-air talent including 97.3FM breakfast hosts Bianca Dye, Mike Van Acker and Bob Gallagher, 4KQ breakfast hosts Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine, 4KQ breakfast newsreader Jo Hayes, 97.3FM breakfast newsreader Monique Dews, 97.3FM afternoons presenter Daniel Thomas, plus HT&E CEO Ciaran Davis, ARN National Content Director Duncan Campbell, ARN Chief Commercial Officer Pete Whitehead, ARN Chief Operating Officer Michael Harvey, ARN National People & Culture Director Marissa Daras, and 97.3FM and 4KQ Content Director, Barry Drinkwater.

HT&E CEO and Managing Director Ciaran Davis said: “ARN is dedicated to delivering its Brisbane audiences industry-leading audio experiences through our broadcast radio and on-demand content. We are proud to celebrate this milestone for 97.3FM and 4KQ in particular, and it’s been an honour to have the support of the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to help launch our new Brisbane studios.

“ARN is focussed on being the leader in audio in Australia, and a critical driver for us with the move of the Brisbane office was to develop contemporary, technologically-advanced broadcast studios that deliver a premium listening and entertainment experience for our audiences.

“We are the first commercial radio network in the country to integrate the cutting-edge new AOIP technology across all on-air and production radio systems – which allows flexibility, ease and productivity for our producers – who can now focus more of their time on developing the best quality, engaging content for our listeners. These new capabilities will also ensure our audiences enjoy even more visual content across our digital and social networks.

“It was important to us to build studios that demonstrate the strength of 97.3FM and 4KQ’s connection with our Brisbane audiences and offers a range of entertainment options on site for our clients, guests and listeners. Everything from the Queensland-inspired design elements, to the panoramic views we now have to showcase the best of Brisbane to our guests, to the fact our staff are now literally looking out upon our listeners from the central new CBD location – reflects how embedded 97.3FM and 4KQ are in Brisbane’s culture.”

Top Photo: Ciaran Davis with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Mercado on TV: Blaming the box – Bramston, Big Brother & Bolt

Morals campaigners have often targeted television, but nothing stops progress. From 1963, England’s Mary Whitehouse had a problem with things like Dr Who being too scary, swear words in sitcoms and nightly news about the Vietnam War making TV “an ally of pacifism” (yes, really).

The US has the Parents Television Council, which started in 1995 because of “threats to society” like … Friends and Dawson’s Creek

In 1965, a Sydney Bishop told all parishioners to follow his lead and sell any shares in Ampol, because the petrol company was the main sponsor of that “immoral” comedy show on Seven, The Mavis Bramston Show (cast members then caused further outrage by wondering why a bishop would own shares in the first place). In the 70s, religious types were apoplectic about Ten’s saucy soaps, but things calmed down in the 80s when family fare like Neighbours took hold.

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Andrew Mercado with James Manning talk TV: Chernobyl, Tales of the City, Perpetual Grace, Catch 22 and the actors playing Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch in The Loudest Voice.

Come 1992 though, Sophie Lee was the host of Sex on Nine, with Dr Kerryn Phelps a medical reporter, but the reverend Fred Nile had a conniption about it being so “informative”. In 2006, John Howard called for Big Brother to be axed, because of the “turkey slap” incident and because he thought it was “stupid”. Wonder how the former PM would describe Married At First Sight … stupider?

Today’s harshest TV critics are radio shock jocks and newspaper columnists, and they get fired up about shows like Breaking Bad (we watched part of one random episode and think it promotes drug use!), Peppa Pig (for its weird feminist agenda!) and the TV Week Logie Awards (let’s scrap them because Waleed Aly didn’t deserve to win Gold in 2016!).

Now Andrew Bolt, fresh from declaring the hilarious final episode of Gret Krack!n was actually “anti-white racism”, has weighed in over Chernobyl. Never mind that every actual TV critic has declared the HBO/Sky Atlantic miniseries a masterpiece, or that IMDB users have declared it the greatest TV series of all time, because Bolt says it’s all “fictionalised, deadly eco-porn propaganda”.

To be fair, Russia agrees with him, and they will correct the record with their own TV version in which the CIA will be responsible (yes, really). Bolt is already onto his next target, the acclaimed Adam Goodes doco The Final Quarter (soon on 10, and he hasn’t seen it yet, but whatever). How has he missed Euphoria (Foxtel – teen sex! drugs! trans!)? Come on Andrew, and don’t miss The Act (Tuesday on FoxShowcase, Patricia Arquette tortures her wheelchair bound daughter! Chloe Sevigny wears short shorts!) or Blue Water Empire (Tuesday on ABC, taxpayer funded! Indigenous docudrama!). So much contrived controversy, so little time. If only Home And Away would do another lesbian storyline.

Photos: Foxtel’s The Act

TV Guide: State of Origin Game II on Nine & 9GEM

Game II of the 2019 State of Origin series is this Sunday at 7.00pm AEST, live on Nine. For the first time, a State of Origin game will be played in Perth, at Optus Stadium.

The Maroons have made only two changes to the side, with forwards Tim Glasby and Jarrod Wallace coming in as injury replacements for Joe Ofahengaue and Jai Arrow.

However, NSW has made seven changes to the team in Game I. Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Tom Trbojevic, Dale Finucane, Wade Graham, Tariq Sims, and Daniel Saifiti join the side that lost 18-14 in game one.

Ray Warren will call the game, along with Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Phil Gould, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, Darren Lockyer, Peter Sterling, Sam Thaiday and Wally Lewis offering support and analysis. 

There will also be four supplementary streams available on 9Now. These include footage from Spidercam, NSW coaches box, QLD coaches box, and the Referee Cam.

Broadcast Times
State of Origin Game II

Sunday, June 23

Sydney                      7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane                   7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne               7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Adelaide                    7.00pm LIVE on Nine (Pre-show on 9GEM from 6.30pm)
Perth                         5.30pm LIVE on Nine (Pre-show on 9GEM from 5.00pm)

TV Guide: Women's State of Origin on Nine & 9GEM

Female rugby league players from NSW and Queensland will compete for their states in the second Women’s State of Origin match, LIVE on Friday evening from North Sydney Oval.

NSW player Isabelle Kelly scored a late try last year to give the Blues a hard-fought 16-10 victory over the Maroons in the inaugural Women’s State of Origin match. Queensland will be captained by Ali Brigginshaw, while Kezie Apps takes over as the Blues captain from Maddie Studdon.

Broadcast Times
Women’s State of Origin

Friday, June 21

Sydney                      7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane                   7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne              7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide                   7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth                         5.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Top Photo: Ali Brigginshaw and Kezie Apps 

TV Guide: Watch Kerr v Norway plus all finals on Optus Sport

Australia will come up against Norway at the Women’s World Cup in Nice on Sunday morning.

Optus Sport’s coverage will commence at 4.30am AEST.

Former Matilda Amy Duggan will host Optus Sport’s coverage, with former Matildas Heather Garriock, Amy Chapman and Cheryl Salisbury all in the studio offering expert opinion and analysis.

Pitchside in France for Optus Sport will be former Matilda Alicia Ferguson, former Socceroo Mark Schwarzer and reporters Niav Owens and Jules Breach.

Before that. Don’t miss the action on Optus Sport on Matchday 14 – Friday June 2019 (all times AEST)

1.30am – Netherlands v Canada
1.50am – Cameroon v New Zealand
4.30am – Sweden v USA
4.50am – Thailand v Chile
7.30am – EscarGoals, the Optus Sport Review Show hosted by Richard Bayliss

Optus Sport talent on air across Matchday 14 includes Amy Duggan, Heather Garriock, Catherine Cannuli, Dean Heffernan and John Aloisi, as well as Alicia Ferguson, Mark Schwarzer, Jules Breach and Niav Owens pitchside in France.

TV Ratings Analysis: June 20

• Footy from Perth helps Seven to a network win
• Nine wins Sydney despite NRL-free Thursday
• MasterChef ranks as #1 after 7pm: all people & demos

Thursday Week 25 2019

By James Manning

• Seven News 1,032,000/986,000
• Nine News 861,000/847,000
• A Current Affair 646,000
• ABC News 633,000
• The Project 275,000/431,000
• 10 News First 380,000
• The Drum 177,000
• SBS World News 114,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 287,000
• Today 206,000


Home And Away did 563,000, screening in all markets except Adelaide.

The Thursday night AFL did 451,000 after 622,000 a week ago. It was an NRL-free evening, but there was cricket on offer.


Nine trailed Seven across the network, but it won in Sydney on primary and combined and cricket lifted the 9Gem share to 9.9%.

Belle Gibson and Hamish McLaren were both featured on A Current Affair with 646,000.

With an NRL-free Thursday RBT (454,00) and Paramedics (408,000) were screened across the network.

Nine didn’t take the opportunity of moving the cricket to its primary channel as David Warner smashed 150+ in an Australian total closing in on 400. The first session of the cricket on 9Gem did 348,000. It’s the match against World Cup favourites England next week that should pull a monster audience.


Julie Bishop sounded like she was still in office when she appeared on The Project. The episode was on 431,000.

MasterChef then was the ratings champ in the slot with 652,000 after 663,000 last week. The episode decided the top 10 with Sandeep Pandit eliminated from the series despite the judges heralding his cooking as the best Indian food they’ve had in the history of the show.

He faced elimination alongside Anushka, Tessa, Tati, Derek and Simon, as they were tasked with creating a sweet dish without any processed or refined sugars.

The second week of Taboo covered racism, which host Harley Breen thought was the more challenging of the new season’s episodes. The audience of 330,000 followed last week’s 308,000. Extra viewing in the week following that first episode pushed the audience to 509,000.


Escape From The City was in the beautiful northern rivers region of NSW with 347,000 watching.

The UK drama Press then did 167,000.


We note this week’s comment in the Mediaweek Morning Report about “posh white blokes making shows about trains”. There are certainly plenty on offer on SBS and now 7TWO – and they rate well too.

Last night’s contribution to the genre was the final episode of Walking Britain’s Lost Railways which saw host Rob Bell in Wales. The episode did 182,000.

A 7 Up And Me special did 165,000.

A single episode of The Handmaid’s Tale was pushed back to 9.30pm and did 165,000.

Week 25 TV: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 8.7% 7 19.9% 9 15.5% 10  11.8% SBS One 4.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.3% 7TWO 4.8% GO! 2.3% 10 Bold 3.9% VICELAND 1.3%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 5.4% GEM 9.9% 10 Peach 2.2% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 2.4% 9Life 1.5%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.8%            
TOTAL 12.9%   33.3%   29.1%   17.9%   6.8%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 8.5% 7 19.4% 9 14.5% WIN 9.5% SBS One 3.8%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.2% 7TWO 7.0% GO! 3.3% WIN Bold 4.2% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 3.8% GEM 9.9% WIN Peach 2.0% Food Net 1.3%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 3.3% 9Life 1.4% Sky News  on WIN 1.1% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 0.6%            
TOTAL 13.6%   34.1%   29.1%   16,7%   6.5%


83.5% 16.5%
  1. Seven News Seven   1,032,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven   986,000
  3. Nine News Nine 861,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 847,000
  5. Masterchef Australia 10 652,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 646,000
  7. ABC News ABC 633,000
  8. The Chase Australia Seven   598,000
  9. Home And Away Seven   563,000
  10. Hot Seat Nine 545,000
  11. Rbt Nine 454,000
  12. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven   451,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 437,000
  14. The Project 7pm   10 431,000
  15. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven   419,000
  16. Paramedics – (R) Nine 408,000
  17. 10 News First   10 380,000
  18. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Aus V Ban -S1 9Gem 348,000
  19. Escape From The City ABC 347,000
  20. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 332,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Masterchef Australia     10 195,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven   157,000
  3. Seven News Seven   146,000
  4. Home And Away Seven   107,000
  5. The Project 7pm   10 107,000

18-49 Top Five

  1. Masterchef Australia     10 320,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven   251,000
  3. Seven News Seven   233,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 209,000
  5. Nine News Nine 200,000

25-54 Top Five

  1. Masterchef Australia     10 335,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven   286,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 272,000
  4. Seven News Seven   268,000
  5. Nine News Nine 260,000
THURSDAY Multichannel
  1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Aus V Ban – 9Gem 348,000
  2. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Aus V Ban – 9Gem 267,000
  3. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 183,000
  4. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football 7mate 169,000
  5. Father Brown PM 7TWO 157,000
  6. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 150,000
  7. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  8. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  9. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  10. A Touch Of Frost PM 7TWO 138,000
  11. Molly And Mack PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  12. Bondi Rescue Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 131,000
  13. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
  14. Andy’s Safari Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  15. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  16. Home And Away PM 7TWO 122,000
  17. Bob The Builder PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  18. Hawaii Five-O (R) 10 Bold 120,000
  19. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 119,000
  20. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 119,000
  1. Live: World Cup: Australia V Bangladesh FOX CRICKET 260,000
  2. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 207,000
  3. Live: AFL West Coast V Essendon FOX FOOTY 144,000
  4. Aussie Gold Hunters Discovery Channel 82,000
  5. Live: World Cup: Australia V Bangladesh FOX CRICKET 62,000
  6. Live: Thursday Night Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 53,000
  7. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 53,000
  8. Credlin Sky News Live 48,000
  9. Live: World Cup Pre-Game FOX CRICKET 45,000
  10. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 42,000
  11. Family Guy FOX8 42,000
  12. Family Guy FOX8 41,000
  13. NCIS TVH!TS 38,000
  14. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 36,000
  15. The Simpsons FOX8 35,000
  16. American Dad! FOX8 35,000
  17. Shetland BBC First 34,000
  18. The Late Show With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 34,000
  19. Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail Discovery Channel 33,000
  20. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 33,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
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

Acting PM: ABC could move to regional town to save money

Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack has suggested the ABC’s Sydney headquarters could be moved to a regional town in order to save taxpayer money while improving the public broadcaster’s coverage, reports The Australian’s Olivia Caisley.

McCormack’s comments were sparked by a question regarding WIN News’s decision to close four of its regional newsrooms across Australia – a move McCormack said was a blow for community journalism.

“As a former journalist and a former newspaper editor I’m saddened,” he said in Victoria, before describing the cuts as disappointing.

Asked whether the ABC could step up its regional efforts, he said the national broadcaster spent a lot of money renting its Sydney headquarters and quipped there were probably cheaper alternative shop fronts in towns such as Traralgon in regional Victoria.

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CNN Business reports: Rupert Murdoch recovering after pneumonia

Rupert Murdoch, the 88-year-old billionaire media mogul, is recovering after a bout with pneumonia, two people familiar with the matter reports CNN Business.

One of the people, a person close to Murdoch’s family, said the pneumonia occurred nearly three weeks ago. The second person and a third person familiar with the matter added that he had gone to a Los Angeles hospital. It is unclear whether he was admitted.

People who spoke to CNN Business all stressed that Murdoch was now doing well and that he was even making business calls to Fox News personnel.

Murdoch is also expected to call into a London board meeting on Friday, the person close to the family said.

Murdoch’s health is of keen interest to investors of both News Corporation and Fox Corporation. Even at 88 years old, he is widely seen as the driving force behind them, and his health issue comes at a precarious time, with Fox Corporation entering a new phase after the sale to Disney.

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News Brands

Attorney-General flags plan to protect sources behind public service leaks

Attorney-General Christian Porter plans to overhaul the protection of whistleblowers in the public service and has endorsed criticism from the judiciary that the scheme is “technical, obtuse and intractable”, reports Chris Merritt and Nicola Berkovic.

The move comes soon after a series of police raids on the media triggered by leaks from the public service, which focused international attention on government secrecy in Australia.

The overhaul is intended to make the whistleblower scheme easier to use in order to provide greater protection for public ­servants and those who are responsible for deciding whether they should be protected while their concerns are addressed.

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Newsroom closures: NSW Nationals pull all advertising from WIN TV

The NSW Nationals have pulled all advertising from WIN TV in retaliation to the regional broadcaster’s decision to shut down five newsrooms, which Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack has called disappointing, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.

“Rural and regional people need strong and diverse media coverage and moves to reduce those services will only weaken our communities,” Cadell said.

“In the first six months of this year we spent close to $3 million advertising on regional television in NSW, but as of this moment I have instructed our party to immediately cease all advertising with WIN TV until they reverse this decision,” he said.

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Nine Melbourne reporter & newsreader celebrates 40 years

Respected newsreader and reporter Jo Hall is celebrating 40 years with Channel 9, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

“I’d like to say it seems like yesterday that I walked through the doors of Nine’s Richmond studios,’’ she said.

“But it doesn’t. It seems like a lifetime ago. And I guess it has been. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m incredibly grateful for the life it created for me.”

She also posted her thanks on Instagram.

“Today is the day four decades ago I first walked in the door of 9 News Melbourne as a skinny little girl from the suburbs,” Hall said on social media.

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UK TV: Piers Morgan confronts comic Adam Hills over Twitter feud

Piers Morgan threatened to fight comic Adam Hills during an awkward Good Morning Britain interview earlier this week.

Aussie Adam appeared on the breakfast show alongside Alex Brooker to promote the new series of their Channel 4 hit The Last Leg.

However, Piers couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to confront Adam over a tweet he’d sent last year calling the GMB presenter a “mercenary”.

Taking issue with the remark, 54-year-old Piers kicked off the live chat by saying: “Adam, I’ve got a bit of beef.

“Here’s your chance to show some humility and regret the tone because I always thought we got on well and then I pick up Twitter and get abused by you.

“Now you are on my show helping me get ratings, cash and views.”

Adam and Piers’ beef goes back to October 2018, when Piers tweeted a photo of Daniel Craig carrying his baby in a papoose alongside the hashtag “emasculated Bond”.

Adam took issue with the post, tweeting him back at the time: “Oh f*** off Piers you mercenary.

“You’ll honestly say anything for ratings/cash/views.”

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Todd Sampson clips attract extreme reactions: ‘I don’t make the promos’

Since promos have aired for Todd Sampson’s first episode of his next Body Hack series some of the reactions have been extreme, reports TV Tonight.

Sampson has been subjected to abuse and even death threats, both online and in person, due to confronting, violent scenes filmed in the Gaza Strip. But Sampson says they are reacting to the vision without having seen the episode.

“They threatening me based on some kind of assumption they have in their mind,” he tells TV Tonight.

“It’s fear of the unknown. If they followed my shows they’d know they are not about politics. They’re about cultures on the edge of extremes.

“But I don’t make the promos! They’re made by Channel 10!”

Further episodes of Body Hack were filmed in Siberia, Ethiopia and Mexico City, with unique stories far removed from the terror of Gaza.

As with any of his stories, embedding himself, or putting himself at risk, is crucial to access into remote cultures.

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Footy Show return: Eddie, Sam and Trevor reunited for TV special

Nine has announced the return of The Grand Final Footy Show spectacular on Thursday, September 26, at 7.30pm on Nine and 9Now.

The Grand Final Footy Show, which has been a staple for footy fans in AFL Grand Final week, will pay tribute to the past 25 and a half years of The Footy Show.

Host Eddie McGuire and the other two originals on the show when it started in 1994, Sam Newman and Trevor Marmalade, will reunite for a grand farewell to the longest running sports entertainment program in the history of Australian television.

Plus, a huge lineup of footy greats will celebrate and look back on the hilarious, groundbreaking and touching moments of The Footy Show’s quarter of a century as a TV institution, as well as the ups and downs of a controversial 2019 football season.

Eddie McGuire said about the return of the Grand Final Footy Show: “For the biggest game of the year we need to have the biggest show of the year, and what has been a staple of Grand Final week for the past quarter of a century is back.

“I’m so delighted that we’re putting all our resources into one spectacular Thursday night Grand Final week Footy Show. It is a chance for us to pay homage to not only the Grand Final but 25 fantastic years of The Footy Show.”

Nine Melbourne managing director Matt Scriven said: “We want to pay tribute to the incredible success of the past 25 years of The Footy Show, and bringing back The Grand Final Footy Show will give fans exactly that – a chance to join in the celebrations and fun of a program that was a pioneer in football entertainment.”

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