Thursday June 27, 2019

Podcast Week

• Denton downloads, Snackable Günsberg, The Real Podcast

Andrew Denton’s Interview a cross-platform hit

In just the seven weeks since its release, the Interview With Andrew Denton podcast has already passed 1m listens.

Nova Entertainment head of podcasting Jay Walkerden said the Nova/Acast partnership in Australia did a deal with Denton’s Legacy Media for the content. The approach to Walkerden came via Denton’s manager Brad March and his March Media management group.

In the podcast Denton gives listeners a different experience to what they get watching the TV series.

Walkerden told Mediaweek: “Before the interview starts Andrew explains any rules that may have been given and he explains his thinking behind particular questions and where me wants to take the interview.

The podcast features some of the interview from the TV program, plus extra content that never made the broadcast. Andrew will often break into the middle of an interview and tell the listeners what is happening at a particular point.

The fact that it is quite different to the TV show means there are many listening to both the TV show and the podcast.

The podcast has been supported by clients Belong and Dairy Farmers who have been with the podcast since launch. Those clients get a pre or mid-roll with Andrew Denton delivering the sponsor message.

Also from Nova: Where’s William Tyrell and Cam & Ali

It might have only been out for a few days, but the Where’s William Tyrell podcast from 10 Speaks we mentioned earlier this week is at the top of the podcast charts after just one episode.

See also:
10 Speaks delves into true crime with Where’s William Tyrrell?

Another release from Nova Entertainment we also featured recently is Cam and Ali Daddo’s podcast Separate Bathrooms. Walkerden told Mediaweek they had recently signed up Ratesetter to sponsor the audio series.

Obviously a fan, Walkerden said: “The podcast is like listening to a husband and wife siting in their lounge room talking about their 28 years of marriage across a whole range of different areas. It is a compelling, intimate listen.”

The Real: Voices and stories of Australia’s first peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander digital media platform, The Real, has announced The Real Podcast series, showcasing the voices of talented and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Produced by the team at 33 Creative, The Real Podcast series is an extension of the independent multi-media platform which features profiles and interviews with a broad range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as events and lifestyle reporting.

The Real Podcast series is one of the few Australian podcast series that will deliver stories and experiences from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. The series features a lineup of guests working across a broad range of industries, including musicians, actors, designers, activists, and social changes makers. Listeners will feel educated and inspired hearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics and perspectives shared with heart and honesty.

33 Creative’s co-founder, accomplished presenter and Wiradjuri woman Mayrah Sonter hosts the first series of The Real Podcast.

“I have always been passionate about sharing the breadth of talent and the amazing achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It has been an honour interviewing our incredible guests on the first series of The Real Podcast series and hearing them share their personal experiences with us. The Real Podcast series will shine a light on who we are as First Nations people, our country and our culture,” said Mayrah.

Listen to The Real Podcast here.

Osher’s snackable second weekly podcast

For the past 10 weeks prolific podcaster Osher Günsberg has been recording a second weekly podcast. Called Checking In, the brief sessions feature Günsberg doing exactly that with is audience. The 10-minute podcasts often end up with the host revealing more about his week than he had planned too which takes the listener even deeper into his world than they get on what are also often very revealing feature podcast sessions with Osher and a guest.

Günsberg told Mediaweek the download numbers for the Checking In recordings are as strong as the regular podcasts.

If you’re not a Günsberg listener, get with the program! He downloads every Sunday night (Monday AM) at 12:34am.

“I have a thing about the numbers 1,2,3,4,” he told Mediaweek.

Günsberg said he has also refined his podcasting strategy a little. “Before I just wanted to talk to people. Now it’s ‘I want to talk to people to have done interesting things and have been able to keep it together at the same time’.”

The busy multimedia man has also refined his media business model. He has dropped radio, at the same time picking up some extra TV work, he also wrote a book and then turned that into a live show around Australia.

“I am making money on the podcast, finally,” he laughed.

“When I came back to Australia to do The Bachelor I had a profound spiritual experience – I got sober, I changed my name and the podcast was a way of me communicating what I was capable of. Most people just see me in tiny little bite-sized chunks directing traffic on reality television. There is so much more that I do and am interested in.

“My podcast is the radio show I always wanted to make. In the years before the podcast made money, it was paying off for me in many, many other ways. It opened up opportunities I would not have had if people had not heard the podcast.

There have been great interviews this year on the podcast including former Australia Idol colleagues James Mathieson and Ian Dickson. Other media-oriented chats include interviews with ABC’s Josh Szeps and reality TV tweeter and music rights specialist Jo Thornely.

Listen to the Osher Günsberg podcast here.
More of Osher Gunsberg and his podcasting secrets next week in Mediaweek

Winners announced for 2019 Walkley Mid-Year Celebration

The Walkley Foundation has announced winners for this year’s suite of awards, prizes, scholarships, and opportunities that comprise the 2019 Walkley Mid-Year Celebration.

Peer-judged and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence, the Mid-Year Celebration includes a suite of awards, prizes, and opportunities.

These include the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards, Industrial Reporting, Freelancer of the Year, Women’s Leadership in Media, the Our Watch Award, the inaugural Media Diversity Australia Award and Arts Journalism prizes; as well as the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine, the Media Super scholarship with Seven, the William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age and the Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism. The announcement took place at the Establishment Hotel in Sydney.

Oliver Gordon was named the 2019 Young Australian Journalist of the Year for his ABC Background Briefing story “The Black & White Hotel”, an investigation into racial profiling at an Alice Springs Hotel which won the Longform Journalism category and was also a finalist for the Public Service Journalism category. Gordon wins a two-week trip to US newsrooms. The Walkley Judging Board, represented by Lenore Taylor, Claire Harvey, Stella Lauri and Heidi Murphy, found Gordon’s entry stood out amongst a strong field.

“Oliver Gordon’s entry comprised an excellent piece of investigative journalism, told well,” said the judging panel. “He had the tenacity to pursue the story, and looked at the systemic issues behind it, with reporting that was balanced and fair throughout. Bringing the community members along with him, he won their trust, and had enormous impact.”

The full list of winners is below.

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year
Supported by the Jibb Foundation
Oliver Gordon, Background Briefing, Radio National, ABC Radio, “The Black & White Hotel: Inside Australia’s Segregated Hotel Rooms”

Thanks to the support of the Jibb Foundation, Oliver will fly to the USA to undertake two weeks’ worth of work experience with BuzzFeed News, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Twitter and Quartz. All category winners will also receive mentoring from senior journalists, and their winning stories will be featured on Apple News.

• All media: Shortform Journalism
Supported by ABC
Isabella Higgins, ABC News 7pm bulletin, ABC TV and ABC Online, “Life in the grips of a suicide crisis” “Strength in the suicide community” and “The fight of our lives”

• All media: Longform Feature or Special
Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
Oliver Gordon, Background Briefing, Radio National, ABC Radio, “The Black & White Hotel: Inside Australia’s Segregated Hotel Rooms”

• All media: Coverage of Community & Regional Affairs
Supported by Google News Initiative
Henry Zwartz, ABC News Regional, “‘This is Tasmania’s Ballarat’: Abuse survivors speak out”

• All media: Visual Storytelling
Supported by Sky NEWS
Annika Blau and Zoe Osborne, ABC News,  “Women in Asia: Growing up as a living goddess; My Huong thought she’d finally found her mother after the war; Inside Nepal’s forbidden kingdom.”

• All media: Public Service Journalism
Supported by News Corp Australia
Laura Murphy-Oates, SBS, “Reporting on Indigenous affairs”

• All media: Student Journalist of the Year
Supported by Macleay College
Matilda Boseley, Monash University, The Age and Mojo News, “‘I had no way of getting home’: Calls for changes to liquor laws”, “Grey Area: Let’s Talk About Rape” and “ZOE – Vegans Invade a Melbourne Slaughterhouse”

• Helen O’Flynn & Alan Knight Award for Best Industrial Reporting
Supported by ACTU, Ai Group, Australian Super, Unions NSW and UTS
With philanthropic support provided in memory of Emeritus Professor Alan Knight by Dr Kathy Egea.
Ben Scheiders and Royce Millar, The Age, “SourDough: Australia’s High-End Restaurant Scandal”

• Freelance Journalist of the Year
Supported by Media Super
Yaara Bou Melhem, Witness, Al Jazeera English and Foreign Correspondent, ABC, “Maria Ressa: War on Truth” and “The Oasis”

• Women’s Leadership in Media
Supported by PwC
Melissa Davey, Guardian Australia, “The investigation into Dr Gayed”

• Our Watch Award for Excellence in Reporting on Violence Against Women and Children
Supported by The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts
Sarah Dingle and the Background Briefing Team, Radio National, ABC, “Australia On Trial: Carers who kill, Slavery in the suburbs, Murder on Trial”

• Media Diversity Australia Award
Supported by Media Diversity Australia, CoHealth and The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council
Aaron Smith, Kirk Docker, Loni Cooper, Pauline Ernesto and Josh Schmidt, ABC and ABC iview, “You Can’t Ask That – Deaf, African Australians and Intersex”

• Arts Journalism Prizes
Through the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, winners of both of these two awards will each receive $5000 in prize money.

• All media: Arts Journalism Prize
Supported by: Facebook
Jane Howard, ABC, “How Australian theatre rebalanced its gender disparity”

• All media: Walkley-Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism
Supported by: Geraldine Pascall Foundation
Jeff Sparrow, Sydney Review of Books, “A Place of Punishment: No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani”

• Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship with Nine
Supported by: Anita Jacoby, Nine Network and AFTRS
Caroline Tung, Monash University

Anita Jacoby with Caroline Tung

• Media Super Scholarship with Seven
Supported by: Media Super and Seven
Amy Clements, The University of Melbourne

• The William Buckland Foundation Fellowship with The Age
Supported by: The William Buckland Foundation and The Age
Rachel Houlihan, The Standard

• Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism
Supported by: Harold Mitchell Foundation, Newcrest Mining, Stephen Howes & Clare Holberton, Bob & Helen Lyon, Pacific Island Living Magazine, TNC Pacific Consulting
Ben Bohane

Top Image: Oliver Gordon

Media leaders unite to demand change to protect our right to know

The leaders of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Nine and News Corp Australia have today called for better protections of media freedom in a joint presentation at the National Press Club (NPC) in Canberra.

The live television forum followed on from Australian Federal Police raids on the home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the offices of the ABC and saw the three media leaders united in calling on the government to change existing laws to protect the Australian public’s right to know.

Together David Anderson (Managing Director of ABC), Hugh Marks (CEO of Nine), Michael Miller (Executive Chairman of News Corp Australasia) outlined increasing secrecy around national security, the persecution and lack of protection for legitimate whistle blowers, Australia’s defamation laws, and the rise and lack of transparency around suppression laws as four areas hindering public interest journalism.

The laws being called out by the media organisations for reform today are:

• The right to contest any kind of search warrant on journalists or news organisations before the warrant is issued.
• Public sector whistleblowers be adequately protected with current laws to be changed.
• A new regime that limits which documents can be stamped ‘secret’.
• A proper review of Freedom of Information laws.
• Journalists be exempted from the national security laws enacted over the last seven years that can put them in jail for just doing their jobs.

David Anderson, Managing Director of the ABC, said: “The rhetoric of the importance of a free media to Australian democracy is not being matched by the reality. Journalists are increasingly accused of crimes for performing their job. Whistleblowers, whose brave interventions are so important to identifying wrongdoing, run the risk of being cowed out of existence. Freedom of Information (FOI) has failed to deliver transparency. Defamation laws appear only to protect the rich and powerful.”

Hugh Marks, CEO of Nine, said: “As a society we shouldn’t fear truth. We shouldn’t fear debate. We shouldn’t fear opinions. The Australian public’s right to know makes our democracy function. We are operating at a time when a combination of factors – including technological change, bad legislation across several fronts and overzealous officials in the judiciary, bureaucracy and security services – have steadily eroded the freedom within which we the media can operate.”

Michael Miller, Executive Chairman of News Corp Australasia, said: “We support laws that keep Australia and journalists safe. We believe in being tough on terrorism and strong on border security. With the current laws, journalists, and even support staff, face jail for handling information which they may not even know is secret or sensitive. We do not accept that safety has to equal secrecy.”

Photo: Steve Lewis

Australia’s Right To Know Coalition: Companies want laws amended

This document provides details to support the position put forward at the National Press Club’s Press Freedom: On the Line event on 26 June 2019.


Applications for the issue of all warrants must be contestable. This requires:

• The Attorney-General’s approval of applications for all warrants regarding journalists and media organisations
• Applications for all warrants must be made to an independent third party with experience in weighing evidence at the level of a judge of the Supreme Court, Federal Court or High Court
• The journalist/mediaorganisation being notified of the application for a warrant
• The journalist/media organisation being represented at a hearing, presenting the case for the Australian public’s right to know including the intrinsic value in confidentiality of journalists’ sources and media freedom
• The independent third party deciding whether to authorise the issuing of a warrant – or not – having considered the positions put by both parties
• A warrant can only be authorised if the public interest in accessing the metadata and/or content of a journalist’s communication outweighs the public interest in NOT granting access, including, without limitation, the public interest in: the public’s right to know, the protection of sources including public sector whistle-blowers; and media freedom
• The journalist/media organisation has a reasonable period after the warrant is authorised to seek legal recourse including injunctions and judicial review
• A transparency and reporting regime covering applied for and issued warrants


Public Interest Disclosures

The Public Interest Disclosure Act purports to provide protections for public sector whistle-blowers. It falls a long way short of this. Changes required include:

• ‘Protections’ in all cases require review, public service whistle-blowing should be encouraged and adequate protections must be provided including protections for external public disclosure
• Protection for intelligence agency personnel and staff of Members of Parliament
• Expand the public interest test to remove bias against external disclosure
• Presumption of criminal liability should not lie against the media for using or disclosing identifying information during the course of news gathering
• The ability for identifying sources via journalists’ communications and metadata (Journalist Information Warrant Scheme) makes a mockery of the shield law that protects the identity of journalists’ sources once proceedings have commenced (ARTK submission to be made to PJCIS)

Proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission

The framework for the proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission should safeguard public broadcasters’ role as a provider of public interest journalism. It should ensure confidential sources continue to have confidence to bring allegations of corruption in public service agencies to the attention of public service broadcasters’ journalists, without fearing that their documents and/or identity will be revealed, and without public broadcasters’ journalists being at risk of being called before a hearing to reveal their sources. Hearings on public sector corruption should be public so that media companies can report on them.


Legal experts such as Bret Walker SC, who previously held the Commonwealth role of Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM), have recommended “new overarching legislation that defines in a restrictive fashion what information must be kept secret”. We support this. It must include a transparency requirement via auditing and reporting requirements


The Government can also shut down reporting through the FOI process. FOI laws require meaningful attention and improvement in all aspects. A review of FOI laws must include a panel of FOI “user” experts and this must include specialist journalist representatives.


We have provided detailed analysis regarding the following, including that exemptions for public interest reporting are essential:

• Section 35P of the ASIO Act
• Journalist Information Warrant Scheme at Division 4C of the Telecommunications Interception and Access Act
• Criminal Code Act, Part 5.2 – Espionage and related offences; Part 5.6 – Secrecy of information, section 119.7 – Foreign incursions and recruitment; section 80.2C – Advocating terrorism
• Crimes Act – sections 15HK and 15HL – Controlled operations, unauthorised disclosure of information; section 3ZZHA – Delayed notification search warrants, unauthorised disclosure of information


We are actively involved in the current Council of Attorney’s General review of the unified defamation law. We have asked for the following:

• Update the law to be fit-for-purpose for digital news reporting
• Fix the aspects of the law which do not operate as intended
• Ensure the Commonwealth is a signatory to the Intergovernmental Agreement (and consequential amendments to the Federal Court Act) so that defamation law and procedures is aligned across all jurisdictions, including in the Federal Court

Momentum grows for The Chaser’s National Sickie Day

• Mick Molloy the official ambassador of important event

“After an exhaustive search, we have decided that Mick Molloy best exemplifies the values of the sickie: indolence, lack of reliability and, above all, leaving your colleagues in the lurch,” said executive director of National Sickie Day, Charles Firth.

Mediaweek reported on Monday that Radio Chaser declared Friday 28th June National Sickie Day.

In announcing his support, Mick Molloy pointed to his own success as proof that chucking lots of sickies is a good thing. “People always say to me, Mick, what’s the key to your success? It’s not because I’m so good looking. It’s not because of my dapper sense of style. It’s because I was prepared to stand up and take lots of sickies, even when everyone around me was depending on me to turn up.”

What started out as a joke idea among The Chaser team has snowballed into a national movement.

“We had hoped to get a few hundred people pledging to take the day off on Friday 28th June, but it’s now over 130,000 people and growing.”

“I think we might have accidentally organised a general strike.”

The Radio Chaser host said he had been surprised by the response. “A lot of people just think it’s awesome, but there are a lot of people contacting us telling us they don’t get sickies at all. It turns out 40% of workers get no sick leave. It’s a disgrace.”

“If Scott Morrison is doing anything with the workplace laws, this is it. There should be a national sick leave scheme so that every Australian has access to paid sick leave. After all, it’s the most Australian of all the different types of leaves.”

Charles Firth added:

We’ve copped a huge amount of flak internally from Triple M management. Especially because it’s on a Friday. I mean, clients don’t just lunch with themselves.

“We’re just trying to bring to the rest of the workforce the wisdom that has long been known by advertising creatives: that a lacklustre attitude towards work is good for the soul.

“We’re warning people on Friday that if they are genuinely sick, to not go to Northern Beaches Hospital. Unless they want the wrong side of their bowel removed.

“If the only measurable achievement I have in my life is to have negatively impacted Australia’s GDP, I will die a happy man.

“We’re calling on all doctors to not join us in this campaign so we can come in and get a doctor’s certificate from you.”

Nova Red Room to recreate on of its best ever with Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson, multi award-winning musician, songwriter and producer, is the latest artist to perform in Nova’s Red Room on Monday 8 July at Marquee, The Star Sydney.

For Ronson it is a return to the Nova Red Room after a memorable Sydney performance over four years ago. It was a stunning night thanks to Nova Entertainment’s Claire Marshall and her team who secured Ronson’s 2015 appearance not long after the release of the smash hit Uptown Funk.

The Oscar-winning artist’s accolades include seven Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards (including British Male Solo Artist), a Golden Globe Award plus an MTV Music Award.

Mark Ronson’s latest album Late Night Feelings is the fifth since releasing his debut album Here Comes The Fuzz in 2003. It’s been four years between albums for Ronson, with Uptown Special winning him two Grammy Awards in 2015. Between records he was busy writing music for A Star Is Born, which won him his first Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award with Lady Gaga for Shallow.

Collaborating on earlier projects with Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa, Late Night Feelings sees him working with Miley Cyrus on the album’s first single Nothing Breaks Like A Heart, and Camila Cabello on Find You Again.

Listeners have the chance to win their invite to see Mark Ronson performing live in Nova’s Red Room at Marquee, The Star Sydney by listening to Nova and jumping online at

TV Guide: Women’s World Cup Quarter-finals live and on Optus Sport

Following the conclusion of the Round of 16 on Wednesday morning, the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-final matches are confirmed.

On Friday morning, Norway face England, on Saturday morning host nation France take on the USA, before the final day of quarter-final matches Italy v Netherlands and Germany v Sweden on Sunday morning.

Optus Sport will cover all games live and on-demand, with a team of former Matildas and Socceroos providing expert analysis and opinion on all the action in France.

“We have seen some incredible matches during this tournament and it is only going to get better,” Optus Sport expert Heather Garriock said.

“The quarter-finals will raise the bar, because for any team to progress from here, that is exactly what they are going to have to do.”

Optus Sport talent across the quarter-finals includes Amy Duggan, Mel McLaughlin, Heather Garriock, Amy Chapman, John Aloisi, Cheryl Salisbury, Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Richard Bayliss as well as Alicia Ferguson, Mark Schwarzer and Niav Owens pitchside in France.


Friday June 28 (all times AEST)
4.30am – Norway v England (kick off 5am)7.30am – EscarGoals, the Optus Sport Review Show hosted by Richard Bayliss

Saturday June 29
4.30am – France v USA (kick off 5am)
7.30am – EscarGoals

Sunday June 30
10.30pm (Sat) – Italy v Netherlands (kick off 11pm)
2am – Germany v Sweden (kick off 1.30am)
7.30am – EscarGoals

TV Ratings Analysis: June 26

• 10’s biggest survey night of the year with 15.9%, #1 under 50
• MasterChef’s biggest audience as top 10 cooks for families
• Molloy warns Lyon: “We can do this easy way, or hard way”

Wednesday Week 26 2019

• Seven News 1,094,000/1,029,000
• Nine News 915,000/901,000
• A Current Affair 731,000
• ABC News 647,000
• 7.30 529,000
• The Project 265,000/465,000
• 10 News First 407,000
• The Drum 198,000
• SBS World News 111,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 275,000
• Today 184,000


Home And Away recorded its best audience of the week with 673,000 after previous nights on 651,000 and 647,000.

The Super Switch has managed to hold its 7.30pm timeslot with 328,000 after 335,000 last week.

The Front Bar did 405,000 in metro markets with 258,000 in Melbourne. Mick Molloy again went after Garry Lyon in his quest to get him on the show. As he introduced more AFL Squadron archival footage, Molloy said: “Garry we can do this the easy way, or we can do it the hard way.”


The weed killer health scandal was covered on A Current Affair with 723,000 after evenings on 811,000 and 731,000.

Jess Harris was then one of the guests on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation with 479,000 after 480,000 a week ago.

20 To One then did 295,000.


With a primary share of 15.9%, the channel had its best survey share on any night, and its third best overall on any night this year.

Gold Logie nominee Amanda Keller was a guest on The Project and the program phoned Fifi Box to see how’s she is doing after having another baby. The episode was on 465,000 after two nights at 500,000 or better.

MasterChef had a team challenge with what it was calling “the world’s most important diners”. They were later revealed to be the families of the top 10. The episode did 752,000, the biggest audience so far this season.

Five Bedrooms was then on 519,000 after 435,000 last week. In 10’s total audience figures the episode last week climbed to 744,000.


Anh’s Brush With Fame again pulled the channel’s biggest audience with 641,000 seeing him paint and interview Georgie Parker.

The return of a new season of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell did 569,000.

The Letdown was on 260,000 after 312,000 a week ago.

Insert Name Here did 142,000 followed by Adam Hills: The Last Leg on 143,000.


24 Hours In Emergency had the biggest audience with 216,000.

Going Places With Ernie Dingo was on 196,000 and Where Are You Really From? did 151,000.

Week 26 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.0% 7 17.9% 9 16.5% 10  15.9% SBS One 4.6%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.9% 7TWO 3.3% GO! 3.7% 10 Bold 5.5% VICELAND 1.6%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 2.4% GEM 2.5% 10 Peach 2.3% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 2.3% 9Life 2.7%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.4%            
TOTAL 16.9%   26.5%   25.5%   23.7%   7.4%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.4% 7 17.0% 9 14.1% WIN 13.4% SBS One 4.4%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.4% 7TWO 4.6% GO! 4.5% WIN Bold 4.9% VICELAND 1.8%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 3.2% GEM 3.3% WIN Peach 2.2% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.9% 9Life 2.9% Sky News  on WIN 2.8% NITV 0.1%
    7food (QLD only) 0.5%            
TOTAL 16.6%   28.1%   24.8%   23.3%   7.3%


84.4% 15.6%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,094,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,029,000
  3. Nine News Nine 915,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 901,000
  5. MasterChef Australia 10 752,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 723,000
  7. Home And Away Seven 673,000
  8. The Chase Australia Seven 656,000
  9. ABC News ABC 647,000
  10. Anh’s Brush With Fame ABC 641,000
  11. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell ABC 569,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 533,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 529,000
  14. Five Bedrooms 10 519,000
  15. Talkin Bout Your Generation Nine 479,000
  16. The Project 7pm 10 465,000
  17. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 412,000
  18. 10 News First 10 407,000
  19. The Front Bar Seven 405,000
  20. The Super Switch Seven 328,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 199,000
  2. Five Bedrooms 10 152,000
  3. Seven News Seven 140,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 139,000
  5. Home And Away Seven 134,000

18-49 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 325,000
  2. Seven News Seven 252,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 248,000
  4. Five Bedrooms 10 235,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 232,000

25-54 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 359,000
  2. Seven News Seven 298,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 289,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 287,000
  5. Nine News Nine 273,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 208,000
  2. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 200,000
  3. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 198,000
  4. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 198,000
  5. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 197,000
  6. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 195,000
  7. School Of Roars PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 190,000
  8. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 187,000
  9. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 183,000
  10. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 180,000
  11. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 179,000
  12. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 171,000
  13. Molly And Mack PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 164,000
  14. Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  15. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  16. Bob The Builder PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 146,000
  17. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line 7TWO 144,000
  18. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  19. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  20. PJ Masks AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  1. New Blood: Morrison’s Miracle Sky News Live 125,000
  2. Live: World Cup: Pak V NZ FOX CRICKET 114,000
  3. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 93,000
  4. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 82,000
  5. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 68,000
  6. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 54,000
  7. Live: World Cup: Australia V England FOX CRICKET 53,000
  8. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 53,000
  9. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 47,000
  10. Family Guy FOX8 45,000
  11. Credlin Sky News Live 45,000
  12. Live: World Cup: Pak V NZ FOX CRICKET 44,000
  13. Family Guy FOX8 41,000
  14. Blue Bloods TVH!TS 40,000
  15. Live: World Cup Pre-Game FOX CRICKET 40,000
  16. PML Later Sky News Live 40,000
  17. The Matty Johns Podcast FOX LEAGUE 39,000
  18. Beverly Hills: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 38,000
  19. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 38,000
  20. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 37,000

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

TV chief executive Ian Johnson remembered by Nine and Seven

Much-loved industry executive Ian “Jonno” Johnson, who had management roles at both Nine and Seven, has died aged 70, reports TV Tonight.

Johnson ran GTV9 for many years, where he was instrumental in kicking off The Footy Show and bringing Eddie McGuire to Nine. He also ran Nine in Sydney for 12 months after David Leckie departed, before a new CEO was appointed.

He joined Seven as managing director of HSV7 in 2003, with five years in the role before being succeeded by Peter Lewis, becoming chairman of Channel 7 Melbourne and network consultant until retiring in 2016.

At Seven he worked closely with Kerry Stokes to secure the AFL and brought Daryl Somers across from Nine for Dancing with the Stars.

Highly-regarded by the Packer family, he also ran Crown in Melbourne for a few years.

Matt Scriven, managing director, Nine Melbourne, said, “Ian was one of the finest television executives that Australia has produced. He had a unique knack and rare quality of knowing what viewers wanted to see. Ian was extremely well liked and respected by all at Nine. He was a true man of the people. Ian’s contribution to Nine was invaluable to the network’s sustained success throughout the 1980s and 90s. We are deeply saddened by his passing and extend our warmest sympathies to his family.”

Seven has also issued a statement:

Ian Johnson was unique and is well deserving of the accolade “legend”.

In business, Ian Johnson’s contribution to the television industry shaped the national culture.

His instinct put his judgments ahead of trends and built glittering careers in front of and behind the camera.

Behind the scenes, Ian’s compassion and splendid big heart reached out to people when they needed support and understanding most.

[Read the original]

Starcom Melbourne hires new strategy & client services directors

Starcom Melbourne has appointed Nick Bauer to the role of Strategy Director and David Campbell as Client Services Director.

Campbell joins the agency after having held various general management, strategy and investment roles for agencies including Vizeum, Emitch and OMD. He most recently ran his own management consultancy firm, 37 Degrees South, providing advice to independent agencies and clients; and before that was the National General Manager at Posterscope. Campbell replaces Sam Harris.

Nick Bauer

Bauer, who commences as Strategy Director in July, steps into the newly-created role following a restructure of the agency’s strategy team. Bauer was most recently Strategy Director at OMD Melbourne. He has previously held several roles at Maxus, and also worked as a media consultant for Starcom’s sister agency, Spark Foundry.

David Campbell

Stuart Jaffray, Starcom Melbourne MD, said: “I’m excited to welcome Nick and David to our team. The diverse leadership roles David has held within the industry, along with Nick’s ability to develop communications strategy that connects human experiences to business outcomes will serve to strengthen the depth of firepower of our Melbourne office, further enhancing our ability to drive commercial value for our clients.”

Rebecca Weatherall

Meanwhile, Rebecca Weatherall has been appointed to the position of People and Culture Business Partner for Starcom nationally. She returns from the UK where she was the Talent and HR Manager for Mindshare for almost six years.

‘Individuals should be accountable’: Facebook with media over comments

A senior global Facebook executive has suggested that news organisations should not be held responsible for defamatory statements made in the comment sections of articles posted on the social platform, report The Sydney Morning Herald’s John McDuling and Fergus Hunter.

Richard Allan, Facebook’s London-based vice-president of policy solutions, also pushed back at the Australian competition regulator’s proposal for a new regulator that would scrutinise its algorithms, and dismissed suggestions it should pay publishers for their content. But he conceded Facebook would be willing to share user data with competing digital platforms.

“As a general matter we think individuals should be held responsible for the content they publish, so if an individual posts defamatory content they should be held accountable,” he said.

This week, some of Australia’s biggest media companies, including Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Nine Entertainment Co (publisher of this newspaper) were found liable by a NSW Supreme Court judge for allegedly defamatory comments made by third parties on their public Facebook pages.

[Read the original]

Swift Media Appoints Pippa Leary as CEO

Content and advertising solutions provider Swift Media has announced the appointment of Pippa Leary (pictured) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She will formally join Swift Media in August 2019. Current Director Darren Smorgon has also been appointed Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately.

Leary brings a proven track record of commercial innovation and success in the digital media space, having spent more than 20 years with Nine Entertainment Company and Fairfax Media, as well as several non-executive roles.

Prior to joining Swift, she was Commercial Director of Nine’s Digital Sales team, achieving the number one ranking in the Australian market during her tenure, and is the former CEO of APEX Advertising, a joint venture between Nine and Fairfax Media. Prior to APEX, Leary held the role of Managing Director of the Media division at Fairfax Digital where she was responsible for the launch of WA Today, Brisbane Times, The Vine and Business Day. During her tenure at Fairfax she was also involved in the acquisitions and integrations of RSVP, Stayz, Essential Baby and Weatherzone.

Commenting on her appointment, incoming Swift CEO Leary, said “I’m excited about the opportunity Swift Media represents. As a digital out-of-home marketing platform, the fundamentals of Swift are strongly positive. The team has built a profitable business servicing client with communication and entertainment solutions in the key verticals of mining, aged care, hospitality and health. The recent acquisition of Medical Media has allowed Swift to further diversify its revenue streams and move into adjacent markets.”

Leary added, “The key driver of Swift’s current success is its passionate team with a positive culture of continuous innovation. I am confident that adding Darren Smorgon as Chairman and myself as CEO sets the business up to take Swift’s products, revenue and profitability to the next level.”

Darren Smorgon has been a Non-Executive Director on Swift’s board since February 2019 after having previously served on the board of Medical Media for three years prior to its acquisition by Swift. He is Managing Director of Sandbar Investments, a Sydney-based family office, and prior to that, spent 16 years at CHAMP Private Equity where he led several deals including the privatisation and subsequent re-listing of oOh!Media. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of oOh!media, the Chairman of coworking facility provider Hub Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Total Drain Cleaning.

News Brands

Daily Telegraph editorial: Freedom of press means free people

Media is a hypercompetitive business. Outlets across the media landscape battle every day to provide Australians with the most rapid and accurate news and information, says an editorial in The Daily Telegraph.

This is how it should be. Without competition, incentive to generate news would be substantially reduced.

But on certain issues, even rival media operators can find a commonality of viewpoint.

This is particularly so on matters of media freedom — a topic of simmering concern for some years, now highlighted by Federal Police raids on the Canberra home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC’s Sydney headquarters.

News Corp chairman Michael Miller joined forces at the National Press Club on Wednesday with the ABC’s David Andersen and Nine’s Hugh Marks to demand significant legal changes. Those changes would provide greater media freedoms, but more importantly would remove barriers between Australians and their governments.

[Read the original]

Natasha Exelby returning to 10 News as Melbourne reporter

Journalist Natasha Exelby is joining 10 News First in Melbourne as a senior reporter.

Exelby worked at 10 from 2008 – 2013 on both TEN News Canberra and Sydney and the short-lived Wake Up experiment.

Mark Gillies, executive editor 10 News First Melbourne, in a note to staff said, “Now it’s time for Natasha to get back to journalism…. the career she began in her home state of Queensland. I understand she will be missed there, she’s had to convince her loving grandmother that he move to Melbourne is the right one.”

[Read the original]


2GB host Chris Smith's future under a cloud as he stays on air

Sydney radio host Chris Smith has confirmed his future with 2GB remains up in the air amid reports of a tense relationship with his employer of more than 15 years, but for now “it’s business as usual”, reports The Age’s Broede Carmody.

On Wednesday, the broadcaster took to the airwaves to say that he hadn’t been axed from his afternoon slot as was suggested in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. He told listeners that while he has met with Macquarie Media bosses to discuss his future, he won’t be leaving his regular timeslot anytime soon – except for some annual leave.

“I am in discussions with management at the moment about my future,” he said. “But in the meantime, it’s business as usual. Thank you so much for your support and messages. It has been very humbling.”

Macquarie Media’s chief executive Adam Lang declined to comment.

[Read the original]

2GB talkback host Chris Smith calls in lawyers to fight shift move

Popular talkback host Chris Smith has called in lawyers to fight management plans at 2GB radio to boot him onto the night shift, reports News Corp’s Matthew Benns and Clarissa Bye.

Smith broke down in tears on air on Wednesday after regular guest and Liberal senator Jim Molan wished him well.

The 2GB switchboard was flooded with angry callers after The Daily Telegraph revealed plans to move night-time host Steve Price into Smith’s top-rating afternoon slot.

“What I can tell you though is that I am in discussions with management about my future,” he told his listeners on Wednesday.

“And I really do hope to have some good news too. In the meantime it is business as usual.”

The Daily Telegraph understands that following meetings with management last week, Smith cleared his office over the weekend and appointed lawyers on Wednesday to act on his behalf.

Bosses at Macquarie Media launched a witch-hunt to find who had leaked the story.

The shift swap is understood to be part of a cost-cutting measure that would also beam Price into Victoria and would allow bosses to axe Melbourne afternoon show host Dennis Walter.

[Read the original]


Why NBCUniversal Is Paying $500M to Pull Hit From Netflix

NBCUniversal’s June 25 announcement that it is pulling The Office from Netflix when that deal ends at the start of 2021 is the latest shot across the bow in the streaming wars, a signal that one-time TV hits are the new battlefield as the media giants fight to lure viewers to their direct-to-consumer offerings, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney was the first to pull the trigger, revealing in 2017 that it would remove its movie library from Netflix as it began to put the pieces in place for Disney+. Others are expected to follow, including WarnerMedia, which after re-upping its deal with Netflix to keep Friends on the service for all of 2019, is likely to want the sitcom exclusively for its own soon-to-launch service.

[Read the original]

Sports Media

Canberra-born sports industry executive named president of Eurosport

Discovery has appointed Andrew Georgiou as President, Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions. Georgiou joins Discovery from Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, where he has served as CEO and Chief Operating Officer since 2014.

Georgiou was born in Canberra in 1974 and had a passion for a career in the sports industry after seeing a doco on IMG founder Mark McCormack at an early age.

Andrew Georgiou

After graduating from law school, he joined the Australasian PGA Tour, becoming CEO.

After leaving the PGA Tour, he had a distinguished 13-year career at Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, which he joined in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and later as CEO for its Asia business, before being elevated to the global CEO role in 2014. He has led a turnaround at the agency, integrating more than 10 sports and marketing agencies into an integrated global leader in sports and marketing.

In his newly created role, Georgiou will drive the continued growth of Eurosport, the leading sports platform across Europe and home of the Olympic Games in Europe. 

He will also coordinate sports rights acquisitions for the Discovery group and represent all of Discovery with rights holders, federations and agencies. In addition, Georgiou will develop and help execute a strategy that leverages Discovery’s premium sports portfolio to create unique solutions for marketers around the world.

Georgiou commented: “I admire how Discovery is using its leadership position with Eurosport to revolutionise the company’s approach to delivering sports content across all media channels. The company’s ambitious plans to change the way fans consume sport ‘they can’t live without’ is an exciting journey to be part of.”

To Top