Thursday March 8, 2018

Nova launches In Her Own Words podcast series on International Women’s Day

• Partnership with Mediaweek features interviews with eight inspirational women in radio

Nova Entertainment has created a special podcast series featuring interviews with eight inspirational women in diverse media roles.

In Her Own Words has launched on Thursday March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The series looks at resilience, career highs and lows, balance and how these women juggle the demands of life and people around them.

The conversational interviews were conducted for Nova by James Manning, editor of Mediaweek, and are introduced by Ash Gardner, Nova news journalist.

In Her Own Words features a selection of different women working within Nova Entertainment. Highlights include:

Cathy O’Connor – Chief Executive Officer
“Companies and boards, and male executives in particular, need to change their view of what work looks like and be prepared to really judge their staff around output and productivity, not presence.”

Melissa Doyle – smoothfm weekend host & TV news journalist
“I wish we sometimes didn’t have such a divide. I think men can support women just as much as women can. It’s not a gender-specific thing.”

Kate Murphy – National Commercial Strategy Director CREATE
“If you are going to be successful commercially you can’t be waiting for the brief or waiting for the market to be buoyant enough to justify your existence… we keep ourselves busy with trying to stimulate the market and new opportunities.”

Chrissie Swan – Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny breakfast show
“The real heroes are the women that are working proper full-time hours, not like me… and trying to connect with their children, keep their relationship on track and pay the bills. That’s tough. How do they do it? Let me tell you they’re not sitting on the couch thinking, look at me, I’ve got it all.”

Tamie Williams – National Head of Direct Sales
“I’ve always been very passionate about sales, been very passionate about people. If you do your job consistently to the best of your ability, it will lead you down a path where you can add the most value to the business and clients.”

Jennifer Hansen – smoothfm 91.5’s breakfast show news journalist/co-host
“I am at a good point in my life for sure. We all go through terrible ups and downs and problems that come out of the blue – everyone does – but I think the most important thing is to look at the positives you have in your life and focus on them.”

Nat Locke – Nova 93.7’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun breakfast show
“Sometimes you’ve got to take a leap of faith – the whole ‘fake it till you make it’ kind of thing. I never expected at the outset that I’d still be sitting here 15 years later.”

Claire Marshall – Music Marketing Director
“You have to be clear on what you want and you have to be patient because it’s all not going to land in your lap.”

In Her Own Words launches today for International Women’s Day, with a further four episodes released on Friday March 9. To listen to all episodes, subscribe to the Mediaweek Podcast on iTunes, or listen online at or and other podcast platforms.

Bauer Media: Commercial director Paul Gardiner giving advertisers a reason to return to their brands

• “We recognise that the old publishing way is not the new way”
• “Digital means we are capturing people that never read a magazine – there is very little duplication across our audiences”

Paul Gardiner

Bauer Media’s commercial director Paul Gardiner arrived here in 2017 after working alongside CEO Paul Dykzeul also in New Zealand successfully for a number of years.

Mediaweek met Gardiner in his office at 54 Park Street recently and started asking about the decision to relocate to Sydney.

Leaving a market where the appetite for magazines was stronger than any other country’s must have been a big one.

“Australia in a way is nearly a total opposite,” admitted Gardiner. “The New Zealand market is very strong while the Australian market is underdeveloped in terms of comparable countries.

“We felt there is an opportunity to stabilise the market at the very least.

“There are a couple of things I identified we needed to do quite quickly. We have realigned our client-fronting teams and we are covering more of the market. We will then work on changing the conversation around our business and our audiences.”

Bauer Media audience

Gardiner: “There is a view our audiences have significantly declined, which isn’t true. On average our print audiences over the last three years have dropped by 7%. The problem is our agency revenue has declined by 35% over three years.”

Gardiner said Bauer Media doesn’t want a magazine story – it wants a magazine brand story, which includes digital.

“If we change the conversation to total audience, we are up year-on-year with 33% more touchpoints.”

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Fox Footy recruits heavily for 2018 season

• Off the bench for new Fox Footy team: Nick Riewoldt, Bob Murphy, Garry Lyon, Erin Phillips
• Five new footy shows, five female-hosted programs

• New Fox Footy app the perfect game companion

Fox Footy has launched its 2018 season with a Melbourne event that has welcomed new team-members, announced new shows and previewed a new digital companion.

Joining the Fox Footy family in 2018 are recently retired friends Bob Murphy and Nick Riewoldt, former AFL champion and media commentator Garry Lyon and inaugural AFLW Best & Fairest Erin Phillips.

Five brand new shows will make the week on Fox Footy even bigger and better – ensuring there is something for every fan.

In his first TV show, Murphy will interview the biggest names in and around the modern game on his new show, Bob. He’ll take viewers into their inner sanctum to share his intimate and candid conversations with the players.

Bob Murphy

Comedians Dave Thornton and Anthony “Lehmo” Lehman join Fox Footy’s Brian Lake for a new comedy footy quiz show, The Beep Test. It’s a fast-paced half hour of footy trivia, nostalgia and entertainment, led by two team captains who will be joined by a guest footy nut to help claim victory in front of a live audience.

Thursday nights get a new preview show, The Weekend Lowdown, a lightning-fast look at the latest news, advice for punters, social media trends, SuperCoach, tipping plus some laughs along the way. Sarah Olle will be joined by a team of young experts in senior reporter Tom Morris and two of the game’s superstars Nick Dal Santo and Leigh Montagna.

Hosted by Dermott Brereton, Brad Johnson and Neroli Meadows, Saturday Stretch is a another new program promising the best wrap of the biggest day in footy. Provoking and entertaining discussion around the biggest talking points from up to five games every Saturday and live crosses to the evening games, media conferences, and interviews will get the viewer right up to date.

Fox Footy will have the most women working in AFL on television, with five shows hosted by Sarah Jones, Kelli Underwood, Neroli Meadows and newcomer Sarah Olle.

Jones, Underwood, and Meadows will host On The Mark, a new discussion program focusing on the personal side of the game. On The Mark will provide a different look at the AFL and those that play and manage the game with in-depth, revealing interviews.

Returning Fox Footy entertainment shows in 2018 include AFL Tonight, On The Couch, Open Mike, Bounce and AFL 360.

In 2018, AFL 360 will reunite former Hawthorn teammates and Team of the Century members Jason Dunstall and Dermott Brereton. After a career butting heads in the same forward line at the Hawks, they’ll now go head to head on Legends Night every Thursday.

Lehmo, Dave Thornton and Brian Lake

New Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said: “Fox Footy is the home of AFL with very game, every round live, ad-break free and in HD, the biggest and best team of commentators and coverage that takes fans closer to the action.

“The new-look Fox Footy launching this year will be this and more. New faces, more shows and enhanced innovations will make what was already great, better.

“If you love footy, you need Fox Footy and it’s never been easier to subscribe. Foxtel’s new $39 a month sports package is now available, plus fans can take the action with them using the Foxtel app.”

Fox Footy general manager Michael Neill said: “This is the Fox Footy of the future – a channel that has something for everyone. We’ve recruited some of the biggest names in the off-season, added a stack of new shows and introduced a fresh look and feel. This is a game-changer.”

Launching in time for the 2018 AFL season will be the Fox Footy App, a dedicated AFL destination with improved personalisation and the best video, stories and stats – this is the App for the footy fan. Foxtel sports subscribers can also enjoy the action on the move using the Foxtel App, at no extra charge.

Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now, also gives sports fans instant access to Fox Footy, plus an incredible lineup of local and international sports live, ad-break free and in HD via a flexible month-to-month, no lock-in subscription. will be home to the best AFL news, videos, stats and analysis plus the most comprehensive live Match Centres and SuperCoach scores in the game. Plus Fox Sports News 500 will have nightly dedicated bulletins plus extensive AFL coverage across the day.

Top photo: Neroli Meadows, Sarah Olle and Kelli Underwood

TV Ratings Analysis: Wednesday March 7

• Nine’s Married At First Sight locked on first place: Dinner party delights
• Nine’s schedule secures midweek #1 in primary and combined shares

• Seven’s My Kitchen Rules and Manu’s Road Trip trail the competition
• The end coming quickly for I’m A Celebrity… just five left in jungle
• SBS midweek launches: Safe Harbour and The Good Fight S2

By James Manning


Home and Away started the week on 648,000, went to 682,000 Tuesday and was on 642,000 last night.

Lawn bowls and a barbecue were key to last night’s My Kitchen Rules. Harbord bowls club was the location for MKR as Alex and Emily were the people’s choice while judges Pete and Colin chose Josh and Nic’s dish as the weakest. That means they will have to face Matt and Aly in a sudden-death cook-off at elimination house. The Wednesday episode did 977,000 after 981,000 a week ago.

Manu followed his MKR colleagues, returning with a new travel show – this time a road trip across the southern states of the USA. The launch episode did 484,000, trailing Nine’s 20 To One.


So far this week A Current Affair has been in the high 800,000s. Credit card fraud, bullying and the food delivery boom featured on the midweek episode with 886,000 watching.

It was dinner party time again on Married At First Sight. The show continues to post strong numbers as this season’s cast deliver big time – last night was 1.26m after 1.31m on Wednesday last week.

20 To One then did 563,000 winning its timeslot, followed by Botched on 288,000.


George Ezra and Troy Sivan were among the guests on The Project 7pm with 460,000 watching.

Peter Rowsthorn was the latest I’m A Celebrity eviction on what has been a very busy week. The episode, again split into two parts to measure the audience, did 528,000, which grew to 568,000 for the eviction. There are just five celebrities left in the jungle ahead of the final episodes on Sunday and Monday.

The fourth episode from the second season of This Is Us was on 266,000 after 264,000 last week.


A Farnham fanboy called Kevin was amongst the competitors on Hard Quiz with 534,000 watching after 525,000 a week ago.

Shaun Micaleff’s Mad As Hell had an audience of 563,000, up close to 10,000 week-on-week.

After 9pm the lineup was Squinters (387,000), Adam Hills: The Last Leg (220,000) and the primary channel encore of Tonightly (103,000).


Michael Portillo’s midweek primetime outing was on 270,000 as he navigated the trains between Pisa and Lake Garda. Portillo hosted three of the channel’s top four programs last week.

Episode one of Safe Harbour is the channel’s first big drama commission for 2016 and it had a launch audience of 167,000.

Series two of The Good Fight then returned with 99,000.

Week 10 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.5% 7 21.4% 9 25.7% TEN 10.2% SBS One 4.7%
ABC 2 2.1% 7TWO 3.9% GO! 2.8% ONE 2.5% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 2.8% GEM 2.1% ELEVEN 2.0% Food Net 0.7%
ABC News 1.7% 7flix 2.0% 9Life 2.6% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 15.0% 30.1% 33.2% 14.8% 6.9%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 9.9% 7 22.2% 9 21.4% WIN 9.3% SBS One 4.1%
ABC 2 3.0% 7TWO 6.6% GO! 3.8% ONE 2.4% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 3.3% GEM 3.1% ELEVEN 1.7% Food Net 0.7%
NEWS 24 1.4% 7flix 2.2% 9Life 2.2% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 15.3% 34.3% 30.5% 13.4% 6.5%
85.6% 14.4%
Wednesday fta
  1. Married At First Sight Nine 1,260,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 977,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 946,000
  4. Seven News Seven 930,000
  5. Nine News Nine 912,000
  6. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 902,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 886,000
  8. ABC News ABC 646,000
  9. Home And Away Seven 642,000
  10. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Wed Elimination Ten 568,000
  11. 20 To One Nine 563,000
  12. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell ABC 563,000
  13. The Chase Australia Seven 537,000
  14. Hard Quiz ABC 534,000
  15. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 528,000
  16. 7.30-Ev ABC 498,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 495,000
  18. Manu’s American Road Trip Seven 484,000
  19. The Project 7pm Ten 460,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 430,000
demo top fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 417,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 241,000
  3. 20 To One Nine 189,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 164,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 157,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 640,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 380,000
  3. 20 To One Nine 291,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 279,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 270,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 667,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 420,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 312,000
  4. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination Ten 310,000
  5. 20 To One Nine 301,000
Wednesday multichannel
  1. Talking Married 9Life 205,000
  2. A Touch Of Frost-PM 7TWO 176,000
  3. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 169,000
  4. Pj Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  5. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  6. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  7. Noddy Toyland Detective-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  8. Fireman Sam-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  9. Kazoops!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  10. Dinosaur Train-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  11. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  12. Pie In The Sky-PM 7TWO 136,000
  13. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  14. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  15. Faster 9GO! 127,000
  16. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  17. David Attenborough’s Nature’s Great (R) ONE 127,000
  18. Floogals-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  19. Dot. ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  20. Sarah & Duck-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
wednesday subscription tv
  1. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 131,000
  2. Gogglebox Australia LifeStyle Channel124,000
  3. Ugly House To Lovely House LifeStyle Channel62,000
  4. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 60,000
  5. Live: Jlt Series: Richmond V Nth Melb FOX FOOTY 57,000
  6. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 41,000
  7. Family Guy FOX8 41,000
  8. PML Overtime SKY NEWS LIVE 39,000
  9. Credlin SKY NEWS LIVE 38,000
  10. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 36,000
  11. Hawaii Five-0 TVH!TS 35,000
  12. The Flash FOX8 34,000
  13. NCIS TVH!TS 34,000
  14. House TVH!TS 32,000
  15. Live: Football: AFC Champions League FOX SPORTS 503 32,000
  16. Location, Location, Location LifeStyle Channel 31,000
  17. Yes Minister FOX Classics 31,000
  18. Live: League Life FOX LEAGUE 30,000
  19. Mrs. Brown’s Boys UKTV 30,000
  20. NCIS TVH!TS 30,000

Media News Roundup

International Women’s Day

ABC's Virginia Trioli and Real Housewife Gina Liano feature in All Star Comedy Debate

ABC News Breakfast’s Virginia Trioli and Real Housewives of Melbourne star and barrister Gina Liano star in the All Star Comedy Debate “Is Bold The New Beautiful?” broadcasting this Thursday.

Recorded at Studio 31 at ABC Radio Melbourne, the ABC’s second annual International Women’s Day All Star Hard Hitting Debate features six very different Australians.

Hosted by broadcaster and creative producer Libbi Gorr, the Affirmative Team features barrister and Real Life Housewife of Melbourne Gina Liano, iconic chef and broadcaster Elizabeth Chong, and comedian and winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival director’s prize Demi Lardner.

On the Negative Team, arguing that No, Bold Is Not The New Beautiful, are debater extraordinaire Jean Kittson, anchor of ABC News Breakfast and Walkley Award winner Virginia Trioli, and stand-up comic, fashion designer and self-declared bogan Muslim Frida Deguise.

Plus special guest to announce our winning team is Patricia Karvelas, journalist and broadcaster, RN Drive.

Is Bold the New Beautiful?, ABC’s IWD All Star Debate, is a collaboration between ABC Radio and ABC iview and can be heard on Thursday March 8 on ABC Local Radio (Vic, Tas, SA, NT at 7.05pm + NSW, Qld, WA at 10.05pm) and RN (8.05pm). The show will be published exclusively to ABCiView at 8pm and the ABC Listen app.

Photo: On stage at the 2018 ABC IWD All Star Comedy Debate (L-R) Gina Liano, Elizabeth Chong, Demi Lardner, Libbi Gorr , Patricia Karvelas, Virginia Trioli, Frida Deguise and Jean Kittson

ABC encouraging women in film and TV with new cadetship scheme

The ABC has announced a new cadetship scheme encouraging women to enter the film and television industry as part of its support for International Women’s Day and the #PressforProgress campaign.

The 12-month Your Time cadetships are supported by Screen Australia and are aimed at women who want to develop screen skills, especially in the fields of camera, sound, directing and other craft skills roles where women are historically under-represented.

The Your Time cadetship scheme is one way the ABC is supporting International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8. The ABC will also promote IWD 2018 across its platforms with specialist programming and guest presenters, highlighting the contribution of broadcasters, program makers and women behind the scenes throughout the organisation.


Women lineups front and centre on ABC News TV and radio channels

Today ABC News TV and radio channels will feature women.

An all or majority women lineup is presenting all key news and current programs on the day and across capital city networks, RN and Radio Australia (including Pacific Beat and Wantok programs). Classic FM will feature 24 hours of all women composers and an all-women lineup.

Bauer Media research results, Woman’s Day takes over Park St Bauer HQ

Following the launch of Bauer Media’s Female Futures initiative last month, the publisher has released the research results on equality in time for International Women’s Day (IWD).

The results of the survey, conducted by Bauer Media, show there was a near consensus that what Australian women want is equality for all, not just for women. The findings also revealed that 73% of women believe there are not enough women in senior roles. However, only 40% believe there should be quotas for female directors.

Anna Preston, Bauer Media’s national strategy and insights manager, said: “Women want a world where people are judged simply as people – based on their personality, actions and accomplishments and nothing else. The world of true equality is also one where men can freely show emotion, more women and men work in non-traditional roles and where partners can choose who stays at home or is home more to care for the family.”

The survey release coincides with a number of female-led activations from the Bauer brands taking place this week.

Bauer’s Park Street premises will celebrate International Woman’s Day with a consumer activation by Australia’s number one weekly magazine Woman’s Day. The brand will take over the iconic Park St premises granting acts of kindness to passersby.

Today also sees Cosmopolitan editor Keshnee Kemp host an IWD lunch, attended by female leaders across business, sport and media.

“It’s a privilege to be able to celebrate International Women’s Day with such gusto,” said Fiorella Di Santo – general manager food, fashion, luxury and homes. “Bauer brands hold a deep understanding of female audiences in Australia, and we pride ourselves on bringing female-led conversations to the table. Bauer is deeply committed to driving a better and more equal future for women. A better future for women is a better future for everyone”

See separate Mediaweek feature today interviewing Bauer Media’s Paul Gardiner.

Hugh Marks on cultural change at Nine as he launches three initiatives

In a note to staff today, Nine Entertainment Co CEO Hugh Marks said:

Nine CEO Hugh Marks

• Nine’s Hugh Marks on revenue growth, digital upside, success measurement and future of cricket

At Nine we have made great strides in our cultural change to educate and provide more opportunities to the many great women who make up our workforce. I want to thank all those who have supported this change and encouraged those around them to embrace a new way forward for our business.

From a corporate perspective, we are pleased to have a 50/50 gender split on our board, having reached this level without the need to mandate for a quota and on our own accord, long before any of our peers.

We have similar numbers across our executive and senior leadership teams.

At a consumer level, we connect with more Australian women than any other local media organisation. We achieve this because we provide inspiration, education, knowledge and entertainment that resonates and we work hard to understand our audience through investing in research.

Marks then announced the launch of a number of initiatives:

• This year we’ll launch our new business, Future Women. Future Women is a platform dedicated to the advancement of women. Subscription-based, it will offer its members access to exclusive events, forums, networking opportunities and intelligent journalism.

• The 9Mentor programs are designed to support the career progression and development of women at Nine. We have two programs on offer, the Women at Nine program and the 9Gen program.

• Through Her Lens is a video and event series to showcase the stories behind Nine’s leading women and share inspiration and knowledge.

Emma Watson editing biggest Insta brand today: National Geographic

Emma Watson, actor, activist and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, has partnered with National Geographic to become the first guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account (@NatGeo) to mark International Women’s Day 2018.

Emma Watson (c Shutterstock)

Working with the editorial team at National Geographic, Watson will curate the account, highlighting the work of eight National Geographic female photographers.

The photographers, from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Australia, the United States and the Philippines, cover a wide range of important and relevant topics including male guardianship and the longstanding ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unequal pay in India for women day laborers in the brick industry, the bond between mothers and their babies evident even in nature, advancements in women’s rights and the importance of self-identity and the power of hope for a better tomorrow among our world’s young girls.

The National Geographic Instagram account is the most-followed brand on Instagram and one of the top 15 most-followed accounts on the platform. Both Watson and National Geographic have a combined total following of 129 million followers and this experience will be amplified via Facebook Stories on the National Geographic magazine Facebook page, extending the reach by another 22 million followers.

Tanya Plibersek defends The Australian for questioning Adani

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has attacked the criticism of journalists accused of engaging in a “male chauvinistic agenda”, defending their right to ask questions about the $16.5 billion Adani coalmine after delivering a speech on women’s issues yesterday, reports The Australian’s Greg Brown.

Plibersek defended the right of The Australian to ask questions about the Adani project, saying reporters were simply “doing their jobs” after journalists were booed at the National Press Club.

Following Plibersek’s speech – ahead of International Women’s Day – journalists were heckled by some members of the audience, and attacked on social media, for asking about the Sydney MP’s position on Adani.

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Suzy Nicoletti: Over half of Twitter Australia leadership are women

Flexible work options, 20 weeks’ paid parental leave, and global corporate targets have been behind Twitter Australia having more than 50% women in its senior leadership team, says Twitter Australia chief executive Suzy Nicoletti, reports The Australian’s Glenda Korporaal.

Twitter Australia CEO Suzy Nicoletti

“Twitter has global goals to have women make up 31% of the leadership team in our organisation,” the American-born Nicoletti told The Australian yesterday.

“Globally we have 32.5% and in Australia we have been able to exceed that by making it to 50%.”

Twitter hosted an event for young women entrepreneurs at its Sydney headquarters yesterday in conjunction with the female startup program, She­Starts, which was set up by accelerator BlueChilli.

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Neil Mitchell and Kate Langbroek call for action after Victorian crime increase

Victorians have never felt less safe in their own homes despite being ridiculed by the “elites” for living in fear of increasingly common home invasions, according to veteran Melbourne broadcaster Neil Mitchell, reports The Australian’s Pia Akerman.

Following a spate of burglaries over the past fortnight in which Melburnians were confronted by thugs armed with knives, crowbars and baseball bats, Mitchell has called on the state’s leaders to address the re-emergence of the crime trend that police acknowledge is linked to continuing problems among African youths.

Comedian Kate Langbroek revealed a “crazed, violent, terrifying attack” on her St Kilda home on Friday night. Langbroek told listeners of her radio show that her babysitter was walking to her car about 10pm when a man tried to get into the passenger seat. When the babysitter ran back to the home, the man tried to kick down the door. Langbroek yesterday posted a photo of her bruised arm, sustained trying to keep him out.

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3AW morning announcer Neil Mitchell writes a column today for The Australian:

Let’s cut through the political spin here, and the defensiveness of the police, and do-gooder lawyers who think the best way to rehabilitate a young criminal is to take them to a long lunch.

Let’s listen to the frightened and worried Victorian public. That’s what matters in this law and order debate: the public’s perception of its safety.

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Foxtel hiring: Tiffany Dunk appointed managing editor of

Foxtel has appointed Tiffany Dunk as managing editor of the Lifestyle group’s digital property

Tiffany Dunk

In the newly created role of managing editor, Dunk will be responsible for setting and driving the editorial direction for

Lifestyle says Dunk will create, curate and produce content that speaks to its audience’s mindsets with a visual and voice-first approach. Her appointment comes as part of Foxtel’s reimagining of its Lifestyle offering and digital experience.

Hannah Barnes, group general manager of Lifestyle, Digital & Family, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tiffany to A highly passionate and experienced editor, presenter and journalist, Tiffany brings a wealth of expertise to the role and her appointment reflects our commitment to growing Lifestyle’s digital brand.

“ is already a strong player in the digital landscape, with over 1.2m unique browsers and over 1.5m social video views per month. Our focus is on delivering premium quality lifestyle content that our audience trusts, and Tiffany’s diverse skills make her the perfect choice to navigate the exciting opportunities ahead in video and voice.”

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Australia’s Electric Pictures collaborating on Nat Geo Drain The Oceans project

Using ever-advancing underwater scanning systems, National Geographic has announced it will Drain The Oceans in an upcoming 10-part factual series.

Combining the latest scientific data with state of the art digital recreations, the co-production with the UK’s Mallinson Sadler Productions (MSP) and Australia’s Electric Pictures reveals the full scope of the shipwrecks, treasure, sunken cities, geology and technology at play on the floor of lakes, seas and oceans around the world, solving riddles that have long lain buried beneath the waves.

The series will premiere globally in 2018 on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages.

Andrew Ogilvie of Electric Pictures said, “I am thrilled to be joining Crispin Sadler, the team at MSP and National Geographic to produce this landmark series. By combining resources, we are able to harness the skills and experience of some of the most talented television professionals in both the UK and Australia to produce a very high-quality series that will delight audiences wherever it is shown. It is a truly global project that takes the ‘draining’ technique of using CGI to peel back the ocean, and other large bodies of water, to reveal what lies below and applies it on a much larger scale than has been seen before.”

Drain The Oceans is co-produced by Mallinson Sadler Productions and Electric Pictures for National Geographic.

For Mallinson Sadler Productions, the executive producers are Crispin Sadler and Mark Fielder.

For Electric Pictures, the executive producers are Phil Craig, Andrew Ogilvie and Andrea Quesnelle.

For National Geographic, Carolyn Payne is executive producer, Hamish Mykura is executive vice president and head of international content and Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production.

Netflix’s Reed Hastings on regulation: “Quotas well intentioned… but often backfire”

It has been Netflix week at Fairfax Media.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has downplayed the threat a $US60 billion ($75 billion) tie-up between Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Group and the Disney empire will pose to his company’s dominance.

But the head of the $US140 billion video-streaming powerhouse, whose shares touched fresh highs this week, admitted he is concerned about the impact the internet is having on society, reports Fairfax Media’s John McDuling.

“Do I worry about the impact of the internet? Of course as a human being, as a citizen, absolutely,” he told journalists at the company’s Hollywood studio facility on Tuesday, US time.

Netflix is yet to produce an Australian original show. The company’s first local effort, Tidelands, is expected to be released later this year.

As a result, there has been media speculation that a federal government review might recommend a local content quota on Netflix.

Hastings said the experience from international markets was that such measures are ineffective.

“Quotas are well-intentioned ways for governments to try to make sure there’s investment in local content, to try to strengthen local culture,” he said, “but, like most things, the regulations often backfire.”

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Craig Mathieson: Netflix has sharpened the focus of Seven, Nine and Ten networks

Netflix (along with fellow services such as Stan and Amazon’s Prime Video) doesn’t just want to be your first choice for scripted series and new movies. It wants to vacuum up the audience segments that have stayed loyal to traditional television networks and the multichannel cable package, reports Fairfax Media’s Craig Mathieson.

What Netflix has done is sharpen the focus of the Seven, Nine and Ten networks. They can’t beat Netflix for drama or comedy, so they’re going to double down on their strengths: local news, domestic reality shows and live sport.

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One week ago we reported on this Netflix commentary from Fairfax Media’s Karl Quinn:

The streaming giant will have a library of 700 original shows this year, but its commitment to Australian production remains uncertain.

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TV Demand Charts

Science fiction and fantasy programming resonates on streaming platforms

Science fiction and fantasy programming continues to resonate strongly with audiences watching streaming platforms.

Stranger Things and Star Trek: Discovery top the Digital Original charts in Australia and New Zealand.

The recently released Netflix series Altered Carbon is also much in demand as are Black Mirror, Stargate Origins, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Runaways plus Daredevil.

News Brands

New York Times reporter reveals extraordinary results of news detox: You game?

In January, after the breaking-newsiest year in recent memory, I decided to travel back in time, reports Farhad Manjoo from The New York Times.

I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers – The Times, The Wall Street Journal and my local paper, The San Francisco Chronicle – plus a weekly newsmagazine, The Economist.

It has been life-changing. Turning off the buzzing breaking-news machine I carry in my pocket was like unshackling myself from a monster who had me on speed dial, always ready to break into my day with half-baked bulletins.

Now I am not just less anxious and less addicted to the news, I am more widely informed (though there are some blind spots). And I’m embarrassed about how much free time I have – in two months, I managed to read half a dozen books, took up pottery and (I think) became a more attentive husband and father.

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Time Inc UK closing print edition of NME, but the digital brand will continue

Just over a week since announcing a sale to private equity, Time Inc UK has announced the closure of the print edition of NME.

The weekly British music magazine launched 66 years ago with sales peaking over 300,000 in the 60s as The Beatles and Rolling Stones topped the charts. The magazine was a must-read in the 70s and 80s for music fans as four British music weeklies – Sounds, Melody Maker and Record Mirror were the others – battled for stories and readers.

Some Australian specialist retailers used to air freight the British music press in weekly for music fans who used to gather in stores waiting for their arrival.

The brand won’t disappear though as NME will continue to service its digital audience. A statement from Time Inc UK noted:

As part of NME’s digital expansion, it is launching a number of new services. NME Audio, comprising two new music channels NME 1 and NME 2, is available on Regional DAB, the TuneIn App and on NME 1 will champion new talent on NME’s radar and NME 2 will feature a range of artists and NME classics.

In addition, a new weekly franchise, The Big Read, is to launch on, replacing the weekly cover star interview. This in-depth feature will also be the lead item in a weekly curation of’s biggest stories available in the App Store.

NME will continue to publish special issues in print, such as its new paid-for series NME Gold. The second in the series featuring Paul Weller is available on the newsstand now and further issues of NME Gold are planned for 2018. NME will also be exploring other opportunities to bring its best-in-class music journalism to market in print.

Sports Media

Good news for Seven: AFL getting closer to twilight Grand Final in September

A twilight grand final this September has not been locked in by the AFL, despite it coming close to being introduced last year, reports The Australian’s Greg Denham.

“We haven’t made a call as yet but we’ve got a board meeting next week,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said of a possible move by the full AFL Commission to start the grand final later and finish under lights.

“I feel it’s inevitable at some point but it has to be right everywhere and everyone’s got to feel this is the right time to try it. One day we’ll do it and I don’t know when that will be.”

The AFL is confident of smashing last year’s attendance record and achieving a membership record in excess of one million for the first time.

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