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Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the third radio ratings survey for 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne.
Nova 106.9 13.0% (Survey 2, 2018 12.1%)
After starting 2017 in third place, Nova then won every survey for the remainder of the year. It started well this year but then the station dropped from second in breakfast to third, which is almost unheard of. In survey three Nova has been fighting back – sharing top spot with 97.3 while breakfast with Ash, Kip and Luttsy with Susie O’Neill (pictured above) is back in top spot, albeit with Hit 105 and 97.3 breathing down its neck. The station recovered in most dayparts with morning now just 0.2 behind 97.3, afternoons back at #1 and Kate, Tim and Marty back at #1 in drive, but leading by the smallest margin possible over 97.3. Nova is the new leader 25-39 and a more competitive second 18-24.
97.3 FM 13.0% (12.9%)
Although share lifted marginally, it wasn’t enough to hold onto top spot. Nothing shabby about any of the results here, even a drop of 1.5 in morning as the station still leads the timeslot. The results this week were overshadowed by the announcement that Terry Hansen is leaving the show after a long innings. He is a true Brisbane radio legend and has helped power this station for all those years.
Mix 102.3 14.8% (Survey 2, 2018 15.7%)
Although share was down slightly, the first three 10+ shares so far this year are all better than anything in 2017 and well ahead of the rest of the market. Breakfast with Jodie and Soda lost top spot overall to ABC Adelaide, yet they are still far ahead of all other commercial breakfast competitors. All dayparts with the exception of evening were down this survey. Drive with Will and Woody was down 1.0, which was enough for Nova to overtake them. Mix also lost top spot to Triple M 40-54 and the sole demo it leads is 55-64.
Triple M 10.9% (10.9%)
Share was steady this survey as the station continues to rank #2 commercial (was also #2 overall last survey). Breakfast with Roo and Ditts was down 1.1 to 10.5%, but afternoon climbed 1.2 to 14.1%. Kennedy Molloy are #3 in the market. Triple M is now #1 40-54 after toppling Mix 102.3.
Mix 94.5 14.2% (Survey 2, 2018 15.6%)
A drop of 1.4 this survey still sees Mix at #1 although Nova has narrowed the gap a little. Share was down just a little in all dayparts except drive, which was steady with Kennedy Molly again #1, and evening with share up 1.8 to 14.8%. Mix remains #1 40-54 and 55-64.
Nova 93.7 12.6% (12.0%)
Overall improvement despite falls in breakfast and evening. Afternoon and drive were both up and a lift on weekends also contributed. Share was up in all demos except 65+ and Nova is the new leader 25-39 on 17.8%.
As distinct from ARN’s group claim (see below), Nova calls itself the most listened-to metro network for people 10+ with a network cume of 3.38m. Nova also reports Kate, Tim and Marty are the #1 national drive show in share and cume.
By James Manning
Nova Brisbane has recovered nicely this survey, but it was Melbourne breakfast that didn’t do so well, with share down 1.6 to 6.4% to rank #5 FM breakfast.
“We had our three best books back-to-back for Chrissie, Sam and Browny [all above an 8% share], but today we took a bit of a bath unfortunately, which took some shine off the day from a Melbourne point of view,” Nova Entertainment’s group program director Paul Jackson told Mediaweek.
“The same for smoothfm where we scored a 9% share in the daytime. While that is a very good number, it is not so great by some of our previous results.
“For the rest of the country I was pretty pleased. We have had a pretty good year so far with very few bumps in the road.”
After the GfK survey 3, 2018 results were released, ARN claimed to be the #1 national network, holding the top spot in four out of five cities with #1FM stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (equal #1) and Adelaide.
By James Manning
ARN continues to perform well in Brisbane and Adelaide, but it is winning in the biggest radio markets that are key to revenue. On that score the station could be doing no better in Sydney, while the serious rebuild is now in full force in Melbourne. KIIS and WSFM are the top stations overall and in breakfast.
“We have worked very hard on WSFM with a new content director [Scott Muller replacing Charlie Fox] and the station is strengthening. Often it has a slow start to the year, but they have had a more robust start this year and the second half of 2018 looks very encouraging.
“We are very happy with Sydney when you look at the cumes. KIIS now has a stronger 10+ cume than Nova, which it traditionally has not had. We can claim to be the most listened-to station in Sydney.”
ABC News has announced two new correspondent appointments to its London bureau, with Samantha Hawley to become the next London bureau chief and Linton Besser one of the Europe correspondents.
Hawley will replace Lisa Millar, who leaves the bureau chief post in September after three years in the key role. Besser will take over in coming months from Steve Cannane following his stint as Europe correspondent.
Hawley brings to the key bureau chief position extensive experience in daily news, current affairs, international reporting and bureau management. Her previous roles include South-East Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok, and Indonesia bureau chief, based in Jakarta.
In both posts she broke major news stories including reporting on the military coup in Thailand, the disappearance of MH370 and the downing of MH17, the Nepal earthquakes and the 2016 Jakarta terrorist attack.
Hawley found the mother of “Baby Gammy” and provided exclusive coverage of the Thai adoption scandal, broke the story of how some Jakarta mosques were providing platforms to ISIS recruiters and secured the interview with Jakarta governor Ahok, which became a flashpoint for Islamic fundamentalists in Indonesia.
Besser is currently one of Four Corners’ key investigative reporters, producing news-breaking reports on issues such as irrigation rorts in the Murray-Darling Basin. Last year he became news himself when he and camera operator Louie Eroglu were arrested and briefly detained in Malaysia for asking questions about prime ministerial corruption.
Prior to joining the ABC, Besser’s reporting for Fairfax Media was critical in the exposure of endemic NSW political corruption at the start of the decade and prompted public enquiries and criminal trials.
• Origin game one a winner for Nine and NSW: Scores 2.35m and 22-12
• Best of the rest: MasterChef, Gruen, Home Delivery & The Project
By James Manning
With State of Origin pre-game coverage starting at 7pm, Home and Away was down to 565,000 after two nights close to 700,000.
House Rules had a rest in Sydney and Brisbane with 343,000 watching in other markets.
Modern Family then did 272,000 and 180,000 for a repeat ep.
A Current Affair had the night off with Origin pre-game from 7pm.
The pre-game coverage did 1.12m, which then climbed to 2.35m for the first game of the 2018 series at the MCG. That is bang on what game one did in 2017. Last year game two did 2.38m while the final match was on 2.49m.
Nine had a network primary share of 39.3% and a combined channel share of 46.0%.
The Sydney primary share was 52.4% while in Brisbane it was 56.9%. With the game being played in Melbourne, the share there was 26.1%. Nine also managed a winning primary share in Adelaide, but Seven ranked #1 in Perth.
New Foxtel signing Adam Gilchrist was talking cricket on The Project with 591,000.
The blue and red teams had to face a memory test last night with a respectable midweek audience of 733,000 for MasterChef up against the State of Origin.
The US drama Instinct then did 357,000.
Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery was on 591,000.
The audience grew to 643,000 for Gruen.
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering featured Tina Arena. There was no Hard Chat, with Tom Gleeson instead presenting an episode of his newish travel show Go Away, this week giving people reasons to avoid Launceston. The episode did 512,000.
A repeat of Untold Australia was the channel’s best on 168,000 at 8.30pm.
Earlier in the night Global Junk Food did 123,000.
An episode of Great British Railway Journeys was programmed at 9.30pm against the end of Origin with 120,000 watching.
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faces the threat of a public grilling before the Australian parliament’s intelligence and security committee to answer questions about the technology titan’s “backdoor deal” with Huawei, the Chinese technology giant with links to the Communist Party, report The Australian’s Simon Benson and Darren Davidson.
The deputy chairman of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security, Labor MP Anthony Byrne, said last night Facebook and its 34-year-old founder owed answers to the social network’s 15 million Australian users.
Facebook defended the decision to work with Huawei.
“Huawei is the third largest mobile manufacturer globally and its devices are used by people all around the world, including in the US and Australia,” said Francisco Varela, Facebook’s vice-president of mobile partnerships.
A game designer formerly of Adelaide has claimed one of 10 coveted Apple Design Awards for an app that covers a highly unusual topic: romance, reports News Corp’s Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson.
Ken Wong, founder and creative director at Melbourne-based studio Mountains, collected the award at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference in San Jose on Wednesday in a ceremony that recognised apps for everything from real-time language translations to estimating the amount of blood loss during surgery.
But Wong’s app Florence, which one Apple presenter described as a “wonderful preview to the real, honest, heart-racing and heart-wrenching rollercoaster that is first love”, captured the tech giant’s attention for its unexpected subject matter and thoughtful exposition.
Applications are now open for The CEO Magazine’s 2018 Executive of the Year Awards.
This year The CEO Magazine has new hosts and new judges, plus a new category that recognises quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning.
The seventh annual Executive of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of leaders and professionals over the past year, and the contributions they have made to their companies across industry-specific categories, as well as job-specific and recognition awards, and the major award, CEO of the Year.
The 2018 event will be held at ICC Sydney on Wednesday November 21 with new hosts, Seven’s The Morning Show hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur.
This year’s judging panel, tasked with choosing 24 winners, is Steve Baxter (Transition Level founder, Shark Tank), Michael Ebeid (SBS CEO – 2017 CEO of the Year), Lorna Jane Clarkson (Lorna Jane founder), John Banfield (BPay CEO), Maureen Jordan (Switzer Finance CEO), Marcella Romero (Rehab Management MD), Louise Baxter (Starlight Foundation CEO), Belinda Robinson (Universities Australia CEO), Chris Beer (George & Matilda CEO; Luxottica former CEO), John Karagounis (The CEO Circle CEO), Chris Dutton (The CEO Magazine CEO) and Daniel Di Loreto (The CEO Magazine MD).
Footage of an Australian television reporter and cameraman being robbed at gunpoint by balaclava-clad cyclists in London was beamed live to a control room in Sydney, reports AAP.
Seven News Europe correspondent Laurel Irving and cameraman Jimmy Cannon had just finished a live cross to the Sunrise program about 10pm local time on Monday and were recording follow-up footage when they were approached by two men.
The muggers told Cannon they had a gun, which was not visible, and demanded he hand over the camera, worth about $25,000.
Fairfax Media adds:
Irving, who was previously based in Melbourne, stepped into the role of Seven’s Europe correspondent this year. She has been with the network for about 10 years.
A Seven spokeswoman told Fairfax Media: “Both Laurel and Jimmy are safe and well.”
Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre is stepping down after 26 years in the role, reports BBC News.
He will become chairman of Associated Newspapers, which is owned by the company DMGT, and its editor-in-chief.
Associated also owns the Mail on Sunday and the successful Mail Online, the most visited English-language newspaper website in the world.
Dacre, the Evening Standard editor before joining the Mail, starts his new job before turning 70 in November.
Lord Rothermere, chairman of DMGT, paid tribute to Dacre for his “brilliant stewardship” of the Mail and other titles in the group over three decades.
“Paul is, quite simply, the greatest Fleet Street editor of his generation not only for his huge circulation successes on both the Mail and the Standard but also for the sheer power of his many campaigns, investigations and crusades that have held power to account, given a voice to the voiceless and often set the political agenda through six prime ministerships,” he said.
Terry Hansen’s vacant seat on Brisbane’s 97.3 breakfast show has become the hottest gig in the country, report News Corp’s Amy Price and Kristy Symonds.
Following the veteran breakfast host’s announcement on Tuesday that he was leaving radio, executives at 97.3 have been casting the net for his replacement, scouting other comedians to join remaining hosts Bianca Dye and Bob Gallagher.
Hansen and Dye, who attended the launch of Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane on Tuesday night, told Confidential they had since been contacted by comedians from around the country inquiring about the job.
The Block has struck gold with sources confirming that the next season  will be filmed at a series of 1850s mansions in St Kilda, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
The mammoth property, at 38 Grey Street, is a tawdry backpackers’ hostel with a seedy reputation.
But sources say that behind the rundown façade are five mansions built during the Victorian gold rush when Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
The five massive terrace homes will be the largest ever remodelled by contestants on the Channel 9 renovation show.
It is believed that the producers scored the property in an off-market deal after approaching one of the owners.
Australian distributor Broken Arrow Media has partnered with Alan Fletcher (BOS Films) and US producers Really Epic Dog to distribute their factual/travel series Photo Number 6 (10 x 60’).
The series is hosted by Alan Fletcher, most well-known for his portrayal of Dr Karl in the long-running Australian scripted series Neighbours.
Alan Fletcher’s Photo Number 6 seeks out five travel experiences that go beyond the tourist guidebook and delves into the heart and soul of the places he visits.
The challenge he is set in each episode is to photograph five separate locations, looking to choose just one photo that sums up that experience. Then, with the help of the director and crew, Alan must go back and choose just one photo to represent the emotions, the geography, the feeling and the human connections he has made across all five experiences into one iconic shot – he calls that Photo Number 6.
Broken Arrow Media general manager Mike Aldrich said, “We are absolutely delighted to be representing this series. It is a truly engaging format that takes the viewer on a journey with real purpose. Alan’s passion and curiosity for the places he visits and the photographs he captures really jump off the screen. The reaction on Facebook and Instagram since premiering on Network Ten Australia has been incredibly supportive and we look forward to introducing the program to viewers around the world.”
Photo Number 6 host Alan Fletcher said, “Photo Number 6 has given me the rare opportunity to explore the globe and have many truly life-changing encounters. Simply put, this show is my dream come true.”
Australia’s biggest-selling outbound travel magazine International Traveller has revealed the hottest spots around the world for Aussie travellers.
In a special Readers’ Choice edition, more than 3,000 readers have divulged their favourite cities, best spots for a family break, favourite cruise lines and more.
Emirates has snatched the best airline crown from longtime Australian favourite Qantas for the first time, while Singapore Changi Airport continues to hold its own as audience favourite against London Heathrow, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Fiji has won best beach escape, defeating fierce contenders such as Bali, Hawaii and the Maldives. This paradisiacal triptych of sun, sea and sand was consistently voted for its winning combination of family-friendly resorts and honeymoon hotspots.
The country readers can’t get enough of:
The best city in the world:
New York (winner)