Thursday March 7, 2019

Podcast Week: Babies keep her busy + Audible, Decca, Luminary

It wasn’t all that long ago that Mediaweek was spreading the world about PodcastOne’s Cath Curtin and her series of podcasts she releases under her Midwife Cath brand.

She has started off 2019 at a furious pace with six new episodes of her Birth, Baby & Beyond podcast.

The podcasts include a massive amount of information on parenting with deep insights from people with incredible experiences to share.

Among the people speaking with Midwife Cath in these new recordings are Katie and Tom Rattigan who reveal the amazing lengths they went to try and get a baby. After many unsuccessful rounds of IVF they managed to get a surrogate in Europe with Cath estimating they could have spent seven figures in total with their quest to start a family, but no doubt worth it given the result.

Two fathers of children with special needs also tell their story and there is an interview with a mother living in remote Australia who details some of the challenges she faces trying to get resources people in cities never think twice about. There are also two episodes where Cath speaks with Dr Sue Hiscock about sex after birth, (“And how much fun it is…not,” said Cath with a long pause) and contraception.

Although Melbourne-based, she is taking her popular Midwife Cath Masterclass around Australia again in 2019. She is also preparing for the translation of one of her books into Chinese ahead of an author tour there later this year.

Listen to Birth, Baby & Beyond here.

Audible reveals major Australian originals program

Last week announced the launch of its Australian and New Zealand Audible Originals program.

Over the next nine months the platform will be releasing at least nine new podcast series for Audible subscribers.

Local Audible Originals are promising compelling narrative arcs, ranging from snackable, episodic audio shows to substantial audiobooks, all focused on sparking broader conversations and shining a light on local experiences.

The content will be crafted by Australian creators for a local audience and will complement the 300,000+ audiobooks and audio shows already available from Audible.

The first title to be released will be It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chili (April 2019). It is hosted by busy SBS and ABC podcaster Marc Fennell who delves into the wild, extreme and cut-throat world of competitive chilli eating and the race to breed the hottest chilli. He reports on what attracts people to melt-your-face-off pain and gives a glimpse into how people use pain to define themselves and help feel more alive.

Ben Naparstek, director of original content at, said: “Audible Originals are immersive audio experiences that capture the Australian voice, tackle important and timely issues and, most importantly, entertain and inspire our listeners. Audio is booming and we couldn’t be more excited to bring such an array of gripping, funny and insightful Audible Originals to audio lovers across Australia.”

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UK music label celebrates anniversary with RPM

This year sees one of the most iconic record labels in the world, Decca Records, turning 90 years old. Since its formation, on 28 February 1929, Decca has burgeoned from a prosperous British company to a fully-fledged international powerhouse –earning the title as “The Supreme Record Company” – a statement that still resonates 90 years on.

Decca has been the home to legendary musicians from Luciano Pavarotti to David Bowie, Dame Vera Lynn to Bing Crosby, Tom Jones to Billie Holiday, The Rolling Stones to Mantovani and is now providing the platform for a new generation of ambitious artists at the forefront of their scenes – names such as Andrea Bocelli, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Gregory Porter, who continue to represent the label’s cultural legacy.

Throughout 2019, Decca will be celebrating its nine decades of excellence, marking the occasion with 45 unique 90-second podcasts – 45 RPM (Recorded Podcast Moments) that outline key aspects of the label’s history, to appear on

Can Luminary really be the Netflix of podcasts?

In between an appearance onstage at last week’s Hot Pod Summit and a major feature in The New York Times, details about the launch of a major US podcast platform launch have become public. Although the Luminary website has now been launched the first podcasts apparently won’t be available until June this year.

It is expected there will be an initial offer of 40 ad-free podcasts that listeners can access via a US $8 monthly subscription charge.

Luminary has been able to lure some well known US podcast names to its roster as part of US$100m of start-up investment it attracted. However that won’t all be going to podcasters – the company already has close to 70 staff including 40 engineers.

There aren’t too many big names that will resonate with Australian audiences. Two that will though are Girls creator Lena Dunham and comedian Russell Brand.

Primer: Ex-marie claire team launch new digital destination

A new women’s digital destination has launched with an ambition to deliver 50% of profits to NGOs that help women in need.

Part of a new movement of socially-conscious businesses, Primer is aimed at millennially-minded women.

The site is promising to publish a “thought-provoking and stylish mix of feature stories, beauty and fashion, with a trusted and inclusive voice”.

The site’s co-founders are Felicity Robinson, a former deputy editor of marie claire, and Anna Saunders, who last year left her role as executive editor of marie claire and digital content manager, fashion and beauty, at Pacific Magazines. Saunders has also worked in senior positions for British marie claire and London’s Sunday Telegraph magazine, Stella. Anne-Marie Cheney, former head of fashion and beauty at Pacific Magazines, has worked on the commercial side of the business in an advisory role.

Sydney agency Smack Bang created the site, and launch contributors include Lucy Adams (ex beauty director marie claire), travel influencer Georgia Hopkins, fashion journalist Clare Press, and journalists Clementine Ford and Anna Murphy (fashion director of London’s The Times).

And get ready for this editorial shocker – there will be no celebrity gossip! Plus every shopping story will include ethical or sustainable options.

“We felt there was a gap in the market for smart and considered features that both entertained and enriched, as well as fun and informed fashion and beauty,” said Saunders.

The founders describe Primer, with its philanthropic focus, as a “purpose-driven media business”, with Robinson adding: “Women’s empowerment has always been important to us, and we were determined to adopt a business model that enabled us to help women in a real, tangible way.”

As to who is funding the venture, Saunders told Mediaweek: “In the initial stages, ourselves. However, we approached advertisers very early on – before the site was developed – to determine proof of concept and financial viability. Fortunately we had an excellent reception from advertisers.”

Saunders pointed to research showing millennials care deeply about making a difference, and that this affects which brands they interact with. “There’s little doubt that we’re in the midst of a ‘global ethical awakening’, where millennials are using their voices and their wallets to help shape the world they want to live in.”

In its first year, Primer will support the Women And Girls’ Emergency Centre in Sydney, and the Against Malaria Foundation, which distributes mosquito nets. Globally, malaria is the number one killer of pregnant women.

Saunders: “We have a number of premium luxury advertisers signed on that will be unveiled over the next quarter. We’re really excited to launch with support from Dermalogica, Kate Spade and Volkswagen first up.”

Primer is working with brands to create content-led solutions to engage their audience. “We understand that consumers today want to support businesses whose values align with theirs, including the media they consume. Brands that align with Primer will benefit from the halo effect of investing in a media site that truly cares,” said Cheney. As well as post-campaign reporting, Primer will also report back to clients the annual social impact of their investment.

Saunders said revenue would be generated by native and integrated editorial. “We felt that there was an opportunity to create high-calibre sponsored content for clients. Banner ads are a very small part of the mix, and we aren’t looking at donations. In time, we’ll be launching community-led brand extensions like events.”

The team are setting a cracking pace, telling Mediaweek they have set a target of the end of 2019 to deliver funds to their nominated NGOs.

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Top Photo: Primer’s Anna Saunders and Felicity Robinson

Power Women: 25 of our brightest celebrated by

News Digital Networks Australia’s With Her In Mind Network, has joined the call to #BalanceforBetter for a more gender-balanced world in support of International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2019.

This week launched its inaugural Power Women series. Revealing the next generation of Power Women, the series has been profiling 25 of the brightest names of the future on their paths to power.

This series celebrates the achievements of these women and looks at how they choose to use their power to make the lives of Australian women and girls better in the move to gender equity.

New editor Melissa Shedden said: “Our goal through the Power Women series is to unearth and give a platform to the female voices of the future. We’re a young brand, turning two on International Women’s Day, so it’s important to us to support the women we consider a ‘whimn woman’, that is, someone who is living our editorial philosophy of smart, honest and fun. It’s our pledge to share their stories.

“Whether it’s through a single act, adversity, self-acceptance, humour, influence, sport, or finding your voice – there are so many unique and sometimes unorthodox paths to power and ways to use it. Through these diverse profiles, Australian women can learn ways that speak personally to them, to feel that bit more powerful.” will celebrate the site’s second birthday on International Women’s Day with their first consumer event. Being held in Sydney and now sold out, the afternoon will see three of the featured Power Women share their stories and advice on power and what we can learn.

Guests will hear about the history-making power of a single act, from Senator Larissa Waters, the first politician to breastfeed in parliament, while Paralympian Kelly Cartwright will share how she found her power through overcoming adversity and accepting her body, losing her leg to cancer at age 15, then going on to win not one, but two Paralympic medals. Presenter and author Yumi Stynes will open up about the power of visibility and losing the must-please gene.

All ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the charity organisation Infoxchange which powers Ask Izzy a mobile website that connects people in need with housing, a meal, health and wellbeing services, counselling and much more.

Essential Media announces Griff Rhys Jones travel documentary series

Essential Media Group (EMG) is to produce a six-part factual TV series shooting in Australia starring British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones.

Griff Off the Rails: Down Under (6 x 60’), will feature the host exploring the Australian landscape through its iconic railways. The series has been acquired by ABC TV in Australia. Kew Media Distribution is handling international distribution for the series.

Produced and directed by Julia Peters (Miracle Hospital, Nolan, Becoming Superhuman), the program will also follow Griff Rhys Jones as he discovers the origins of the railroads, the stories of the people who operate them and the communities that rely on them.

The series should find an audience given Australians’ appetite for programs like Great British Railway Journeys, which is never off air at SBS. Michael Portillo is also hosting Great Australian Railway Journeys on SBS this year.

Griff Rhys Jones is known for his love of trains, rivers and waterways through programs such as Slow Train Through Africa and Three Men in a Boat. He also writes a travel column for the UK’s Telegraph newspaper.

The series is executive produced by Brendan Dahill, Essential Media’s general manager.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Griff to create a very distinctive series that will offer viewers an entertaining outsider’s perspective on the foundation of a modern country and the origins of what it means to be an Australian today,” said Dahill.

“It’s great to be back in Australia. It presents an opportunity I’ve never had before to explore every corner of this wonderful place and to get out into the wild areas that trains will take me to,” said Griff Rhys Jones.

“This fascinating story will be told about the way Australia built a huge infrastructure to unite the country and its people. It is history, commentary, and adventure all wound into one.”

Griff Off the Rails: Down Under is filming across Australia over eight weeks from March.

TV Ratings Analysis: March 6

• MAFS ends its week over 1.3m with a dinner party pash
• Byron Bay couple bow out of MKR after medical advice
• Tom Gleeson’s Hard Quiz rumbles reality with 700,000 crowd

Wednesday: Week 10 2019

By James Manning

• Seven News 948,000/956,000
• Nine News 868,000/871,000
• A Current Affair 806,000
• ABC News 670,000
• 7.30 612,000
• The Project 201,000/369,000
• 10 News First 375,000
• SBS World News 124,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 293,000
• Today 192,000


After 7pm Home And Away jumped a little higher last night to 634,000.

My Kitchen Rules had another night close to 750,000 as Stacey & Ash were forced to withdraw from the competition on doctor’s orders, with Ash suffering from an infected eye socket. Andy & Ruby showcased farm fresh lamb, winning Farmers’ Choice and Pete’s praise for their quinoa. Guest chef last night was Curtis Stone.

The final episode of Undercurrent: Real Murder Investigation then did 444,000.


Dan and Jessika shared a “magical” kiss on another dinner party episode of Married At First Sight, which will be firing watercooler chat around the nation today. The series has wrapped another ratings dominating week with a Wednesday audience over 1.3m.

New Amsterdam then followed with 443,000.


Another tough night for the channel with a 6-7pm audience close to 200,000,

The Project did 369,000 after 7pm with Peking Duk and Russell Howard on the show.

Bondi Recue then managed to keep the audience above 300,000 until 8pm with a repeat episode then on 247,000.

Law & Order: SVU was then on duty after 8.30pm with 182,000.


Hard Quiz continues to be a midweek champion with just under 700,000 last night. The quiz show proved more popular in Sydney than MKR and it only trailed it narrowly in Melbourne.

Rosehaven had an audience of 470,000 and Get Krackin’ did 220,000.


Gourmet Farmer followed the SBS World News into primetime with 130,000 watching a repeat of life on the Tasmanian farm.

A repeat of Great British Railway Journeys then lifted the audience to 208,000.

The first of the four-part Australia In Colour saw the channel’s biggest crowd with 337,000.

ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.0% 7 21.4% 9 25.4% 10  7.1% SBS One 5.4%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.5% 7TWO 2.6% GO! 3.3% 10 Bold 4.1% VICELAND 2.0%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 2.4% GEM 2.5% 10 Peach 1.8% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 2.6%     NITV 0.1%
    7Food 0.9%            
TOTAL 16.2%   28.6%   33.9%   13.0%   8.2%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.0% 7 23.0% 9 20.2% WIN 7.6% SBS One 4.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.7% 7TWO 5.0% GO! 3.9% WIN Bold 3.6% VICELAND 2.8%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 3.0% GEM 3.7% WIN Peach 2.2% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 2.7% 9Life 2.0% Sky News  on WIN 0.8% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 14.7%   33.7%   29.8%   14.2%   7.7%


86.9% 13.1%
Wednesday FTA
  1. Married At First Sight Nine 1,301,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 956,000
  3. Seven News Seven 948,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 871,000
  5. Nine News Nine 868,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 806,000
  7. My Kitchen Rules Seven 732,000
  8. Hard Quiz S4 ABC 694,000
  9. ABC News ABC 670,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 634,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 612,000
  12. The Chase Australia Seven 530,000
  13. Rosehaven ABC 470,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 452,000
  15. Undercurrent: Real Murder Investigation Seven 444,000
  16. New Amsterdam Nine 443,000
  17. 10 News First 10 375,000
  18. The Project 7pm 10 369,000
  19. Australia In Colour SBS 337,000
  20. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 335,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight   Nine 379,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules   Seven 146,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 122,000
  4. A Current Affair Nine 120,000
  5. Hard Quiz S4 ABC 116,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight   Nine 636,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules   Seven 258,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 236,000
  4. A Current Affair Nine 224,000
  5. Nine News Nine 212,000



25-54 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight   Nine 704,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules   Seven 309,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 280,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 279,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 279,000
Wednesday Multi Channel
  1. Rusty Rivets PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 185,000
  2. Talking Married 9Life 184,000
  3. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  4. Kazoops! PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 173,000
  5. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  6. Wanda And The Alien PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  7. Pj Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  8. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  9. Noddy Toyland Detective PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  10. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  11. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
  12. NCIS Wed (R) 10 Bold 129,000
  13. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 125,000
  14. The Big Bang Theory   Tx3 9GO! 122,000
  15. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 122,000
  16. The Big Bang Theory   Tx1 9GO! 120,000
  17. The Big Bang Theory   Tx2 9GO! 119,000
  18. Dot. AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
  19. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 117,000
  20. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
Wednesday STV
  1. Gogglebox Australia Lifestyle Channel 133,000
  2. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 114,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 55,000
  4. American Dad! FOX8 40,000
  5. Location, Location, Location Lifestyle Channel 38,000
  6. Family Guy FOX8 37,000
  7. Credlin Sky News Live 36,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 34,000
  9. American Dad! FOX8 34,000
  10. PML Later Sky News Live 34,000
  11. Where Eagles Dare FOX Classics 33,000
  12. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 32,000
  13. Richo Sky News Live 31,000
  14. Muppet Babies Disney Junior 31,000
  15. To The Manor Born FOX Classics 30,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 30,000
  17. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 30,000
  18. Mickey And The Roadster Racers Disney Junior 30,000
  19. Beverly Hills: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 28,000
  20. Game Of Thrones BoxSets 28,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Michelle Guthrie paid $730,000 to settle lawsuit, total payout $1.6m

Former ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was paid nearly three quarters of a million dollars to settle an adverse action claim against the public broadcaster over her sacking last year, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

Acting managing director David Anderson helped negotiate the deal on behalf of the government-funded broadcaster.

Anderson revealed Guthrie had settled for $730,000 in addition to the $911,000 she was paid when fired by the board last September, taking the total payout from her departure to $1.64 million.

After factoring in costs, Guthrie will end up with $500,000 from the settlement, as revealed by The Australian Financial Review on Monday.

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News Brands

Trailblazers to edit The Advertiser for Int Women’s Day edition

On Thursday in The Advertiser newsroom, football legend Erin Phillips, Hollywood star Teresa Palmer and political trailblazers, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman, join the team to guest edit the newspaper’s International Women’s Day edition.

Readers can watch a special live broadcast on Facebook or at at noon to get a glimpse of all the action behind the scenes as the women take over the news planning.

There will also be more behind-the-scenes content rolling out later in the afternoon with special interviews and the day’s video highlights.

The special International Women’s Day edition of The Advertiser will be on sale on Friday.

Wong, who will share the news editor role with Chapman, told the newspaper one of the most intransigent issues facing women today is structural discrimination – “the invisible cultural barriers women experience every day”.

“Ensuring that women are driving editorial decisions on International Women’s Day helps to shine a light on stories and perspectives that may not always make the cut.”

Chapman said it was important to promote the success of women, in all walks of life and that the media had a role to play to ensure that message got across.

“Having a Friday’s edition of the newspaper edited by and focused on women will hopefully drown out the negativity many young women are subjected to on a daily basis through the 24/7 social media cycle.”

Phillips, the Crows co-captain, said for too long female athletes have had to struggle for attention.

The Advertiser has been a huge supporter of the ALFW so far this season, but I’m looking forward to pushing that even further when I work with the team to edit the sports pages,” she said.

The Advertiser editor Matt Deighton said the media play a central role in giving the community a voice.

“We think it’s important to formally recognise International Women’s Day, particularly during a year when we commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Suffragette movement in this state,” Deighton said.

“It’s also an honour to have some of our state’s most influential and significant women coming in to edit our newspaper and it will be interesting to see what they come up with.”

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Musical drive: Audio streamer partners with popular navigation app

Audio streaming service iHeartRadio and crowd-sourced navigation app Waze have announced the integration of the iHeartRadio and Waze apps in Australia.

The new partnership offers the two million Australian drivers currently using the Waze app a seamless driving experience with access to iHeartRadio Australia’s free, all-in-one live radio, music streaming, podcast and entertainment service for the duration of their journey.

Via the Waze Audio Player, embedded in the Waze app, drivers can now enjoy a playlist tailored to their personal interests from iHeartRadio’s extensive offering – all while safely navigating the roads.

iHeartRadio’s unlimited free service offers live radio stations from across Australia including ARN’s KIIS and Pure Gold Networks, ABC and SBS, Macquarie Media, Kinderling and the ACE Radio network, plus many podcasts and the ability to create custom stations featuring favourite artists and music. Drivers can curate their own personalised listening experience utilising all this content.

Geraint Davies, COO of iHeartRadio Australia, said: “The integration of the Waze and iHeartRadio apps is the perfect combination for commuters in Australia.

“Offering the ability to listen to your favourite breakfast show, drive show or podcast, while also taking the fastest route – thanks to the huge community of Waze users constantly updating local traffic conditions – makes this a great partnership.”

Adam Fried, head of global partnerships at Waze, said: “We’re thrilled to bring the integration of the iHeartRadio and Waze apps to drivers in Australia.

“Waze users nationwide can now enjoy an even more safe and seamless experience, listening to their favourite content from iHeartRadio while benefiting from Waze’s community of drivers sharing real-time information on the road ahead.”

Alan Jones returns fire on Michael Daley after sacking threat

Alan Jones has fired back at Labor leader Michael Daley, dedicating most of his morning radio program to attacking the premier-hopeful after he and his fellow Sydney Cricket Ground Trust board members were threatened with the sack.

The day after his explosive interview with Daley, influential 2GB broadcaster Jones said he did not react angrily to the threat at first because he “felt sorry for the bloke, who is completely out of his depth and still is”.

On Wednesday morning, Jones interviewed NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Transport Minister Andrew Constance who both seized on the opportunity to attack Daley’s leadership, character and credibility.

“He’s the Sergeant Schultz of NSW politics,” Perrottet said, referencing the hapless army officer character in the 1960s sitcom Hogan’s Heroes whose catchphrase is “I know nothing”.

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FitzSimons: Daley wipes the floor with Jones in stadium debate

Bravo, NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley, comments The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter FitzSimons.

Box bully-boy Alan Jones around the ears? Tick.

Demolish all the ludicrous arguments in favour of stadium demolition in the process? Tick.

Tell Jones to pack his bags because, once elected, Daley’s first act will be to sack Jones and most of the SCG Trust? Tick.

Present a startling contrast to the premier’s infamous bowing to Jones on the issue of turning the sails of the Opera House into a billboard for a freaking horse-race? BIG TICK!

Not for nothing did Daley receive the equivalent of a standing ovation from Sydney and regional NSW this week. For how could he not?

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Network 10 reveals its new Bachelor: scientist is ready for love

Astrophysicist Matt Agnew has travelled the world following his passion for space, working on his PhD and trying to locate Earth 2.0, reports Network 20, revealing the identity of its new Bachelor.

While his search for other planets has taken him as far as Berlin, Sweden and Buenos Aires, Agnew’s search for true love has now brought him home to Melbourne.

Raised in Adelaide and Perth, he’s a fan of AFL and also enjoys getting outside for a hike and hitting the gym. This gregarious 31-year-old is also a secret weapon in the kitchen and even dabbles in a bit of yoga.

After suiting up to be groomsman several times, Agnew said: “Seeing my mates finding their partners, tying the knot and buzzing with laughter and love together, I realise I want that!”

On becoming the Bachelor, Agnew said: “I’ve got a real ‘do it once, do it right’ mentality so I’ll be making sure I throw myself into it, be vulnerable and enjoy what comes from that.

“It may be an unorthodox way to meet someone, but I think it’ll be a sensational experience and make for a cracking ‘how we met’ story!”

Network 10 executive producer of The Bachelor Australia, Hilary Innes, said: “Matt brings spades of old school romance back to The Bachelor. He’s a bachelor with natural charm and intelligence but with a definite twinkle in his eye.

“Matt will be a breath of fresh air to be around. He comes from such an interesting and different world but is still a humble and down to earth Aussie man who really just wants to find the love of his life.”

The seventh season of The Bachelor Australia will follow Agnew as he endeavours to find his star-crossed lover among an outstanding group of hopeful Bachelorettes.

Hosted by Osher Günsberg, The Bachelor Australia is made for Network 10 by Warner Bros. International Television Production.

My Kitchen Rules favourites Stacey and Ash on their shock exit

My Kitchen Rules fan favourites Stacey Allen and Ash Keillah have revealed their shock exit from the reality cooking competition came after doctors warned Keillah risked losing his remaining eye if he failed to take the infection he had developed during filming seriously, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.

The popular Byron Bay couple, who announced their sudden departure on Wednesday night’s episode, told Confidential that Keillah – who lost an eye in a glassing incident on the Gold Coast 10 years ago – contracted an infection in his eye socket after becoming run down.

“After we filmed the Bondi challenge, I was just wrecked and super run down and my eye socket started swelling up,” he said.

“I thought I could just sleep it off but I woke up the next day and it was infected.”

While the avid surfer was told he could not work around food for a week, the pair revealed they made the decision to leave in private before speaking to producers about whether it was possible to stay.

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MAFS producers deny any of brides and grooms are hired actors

The cast of Married At First Sight have put their lives on hold for the experiment and are not paid actors, contrary to reports by other outlets, reports 9Honey.

In a statement to 9Honey Celebrity, network executive producer John Walsh said, “We are well aware that some of the cast have done part-time modelling, appeared as extras in commercials or TV shows to supplement their income, but the suggestion that any of them were hired as performers to appear on Married At First Sight is categorically untrue.

He added, “It does a great disservice to the participants on the program who have all genuinely put themselves out there for the sake of this social experiment. You only need to see the anguish many of them go through every week exposing their emotions and vulnerability to see they are not acting. Every word they utter and action they take is heavily scrutinised by critics and social media. Many of them pay a high personal price for signing up to this search for a life partner. They have to put their lives on hold, some of them giving up jobs and the places they live, often moving interstate for three months away from family and friends.”

Married At First Sight executive producer Tara McWilliams told 9Honey Celebrity that the accusations that some of the participants are paid actors are “ridiculous”.

“The brides and grooms are not hired actors,” McWilliams said. “They are not given scripts or lines to recite. They are real everyday people who have made a lot of sacrifices to participate in this experiment, leaving their families, their homes and their jobs. At the risk of public scrutiny, they all opened themselves up to the process and have shown vulnerability, so to suggest they are not being their true selves is not only untrue but unfair to the participants.”

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Sports Media

Kayo selects Amazon Web Service for much its cloud infrastructure

• Foxtel’s live sports streaming service deploys to ensure best viewing experience hen watching split screen!

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced Kayo Sports has selected AWS to facilitate reliable, scalable, and personalised live streaming and video catch-up functionality.

Powered by Fox Sports Australia, ESPN, and beIN SPORTS, Kayo offers more than 50 sports instantly streamed from Australia and other countries for viewing on iOS and Android mobile devices, laptops and PCs, and on TVs with Telstra TV, Apple TV and Chromecast Ultra apps.

Kayo uses AWS Elemental Live encoding on premises, Amazon CloudFront, and other AWS services, to power new kinds of viewing experiences. This includes Kayo SplitView, which offers up to four events or camera angles on one screen on selected devices. The same AWS workflow supports Kayo Key Moments, which captures highlights from matches, so sports fans can get straight to the action they want to watch.

Enabling viewers to watch how and when they want, the Kayo online sports service features pause, rewind, and replay functionality delivered by AWS Elemental MediaPackage in Apple HLS and MPEG DASH streams. To help deliver the best possible viewing experience, the end-to-end AWS Elemental live streaming workflow delivers broadcast-quality video content with much lower delay than traditional live streaming sports simulcasts.

Kayo’s video infrastructure is architected for availability, scalability, and low latency. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides elastic compute capacity based on demand, while AWS Elemental MediaPackage is supported across multiple AWS Availability Zones to reliably repackage and originate content for delivery to Amazon CloudFront.

Thomas Kaurin, director of technology at Kayo Sports, said: “Kayo provides a new way for Australians to experience sport. With over 30,000 hours of content and game-changing features, it’s critical we deliver the best possible experience to sports-loving Aussies. AWS helps Kayo do this through its fast pace of innovation, with constantly evolving tools that help us deliver a world class experience.”

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