Friday March 9, 2018

Jessica Mauboy releases Australia’s official Eurovision song “#We Got Love”

Just two months before Eurovision 2018, Sony Music and SBS have announced the release of Jessica Mauboy’s Eurovision song.

Mauboy will perform “#We Got Love” at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal and broadcast exclusively on SBS from 9 to 13 May.

Jessica Mauboy said:

“I love the Eurovision Song Contest. I have since I was a little girl watching it with the family in Darwin. I wanted to write a song that captured that instinctive sense of joy of how a great song can change the darkest of moods into happiness. ‘#We Got Love’ is also about how music can lift the human spirit. You can always rise above in the hardest times with something as simple as a great song.”

Michael Ebeid, SBS managing director, said:

“SBS has been bringing Eurovision to Australians for 35 years, but Jessica introduced homegrown talent to the world stage in 2014 when she became the first non-European solo artist to perform. She wowed the global audience and showcased what Australia is made of – and SBS is thrilled to invite her back to compete for Eurovision glory this year.

“At the heart of Eurovision is a celebration of diversity through music – a universal language that transcends culture – and ‘#We Got Love’ really resonates as a song about overcoming barriers and bringing people together.”

Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO, Australia & NZ, president Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, said:

“Jessica is an outstanding Australian artist who will no doubt capture the world’s attention and the hearts of Europe, with the brilliant song she has written with DNA Songs, ‘#We Got Love’.

“Being selected back in 2014 to be the first to showcase Australian talent at Eurovision highlighted her amazing abilities as a world class performer. For all of us at Sony Music, we are delighted to be partnering with Michael Ebeid and SBS along with Paul Clarke from Blink TV again this year to provide Jessica with this wonderful opportunity to once again showcase her incredible talent at Eurovision.”

Paul Clarke, Australian head of delegation and director of Blink TV, SBS’s Eurovision production partner, said:

“From the first time we took Jessica to Eurovision, we really hoped we could return with her to compete. ‘#We Got Love’ is the culmination of that four-year plan, and the song so fits her beautiful soul voice. It’s a song of belief and overcoming the status quo, and I love the passion of it. I’m sure it will lift your heart. We hope you all love it and hope Europe gets behind Jessica and ‘#We Got Love’.”

“#We Got Love” is written by Australian hit makers DNA Songs duo David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii in collaboration with Jessica Mauboy. DNA also worked on Dami Im’s 2016 Eurovision hit “Sound Of Silence”, which saw the singer land second place, and Isaiah’s “Don’t Come Easy” placing him in the top 10 at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.

“#We Got Love” has been released globally and is now available to stream and download. It will also be available as a physical CD single on May 11 through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

Listen to the track here.

Research reveals top 20 digital originals for 2017 – Netflix shows dominate top 20

A 65-page in-depth research paper from Parrot Analytics takes a comprehensive look at SVOD platforms and audience demand trends for Australia.

The research includes:

• The increase in investment made by OTT platforms.

• The growth in digital original titles and SVOD subscribers.

• How new TV shows are discovered by consumers in Australia and how audience engagement drives demand for Digital Original series, broken down by age and gender.

• The top 20 digital streaming shows in Australia across all SVOD platforms.

• Australian audience preferences for specific genres and how these have changed over the course of 2017.

• Market share of the major OTT platforms Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu in Australia.

The research found that most consumers discover offline TV shows by word of mouth. But don’t worry, advertising works – it ranked #2 in methods of discovery. TV listings were #3.

When it comes to discovering online content, word of mouth (which included social media) also ranks #1, while editorial coverage of a program ranked #2.

The research also listed the top 20 most in-demand original TV series last year with 13 Reasons Why a clear leader. The top nine shows on the chart belong to Netflix and 16 of the top 20 shows are from Netflix. Stan didn’t have an entry in the top 20. Stan’s highest entry for an Australian original was Wolf Creek at #42.

The report can be downloaded here.

Photo: 13 Reasons Why (Beth Dubber/Netflix)

ARN announces key commercial leadership appointments in Melbourne

ARN has announced key appointments to its Melbourne commercial leadership team across agency and direct sales, including the creation of a new client solutions role.

Nisar Malik has been appointed to the role of Agency Sales Director. Malik joins ARN after two years as a Group Business Manager with Nine Entertainment Co, and has in past held sales and leadership roles at SCA and Ten.

Nick Flood joins ARN as Direct Sales Director. Flood was most recently Macquarie Media’s Melbourne sales manager and has an extensive media background including roles at and Nova Entertainment.

Lena Rapley has moved from her role as Melbourne Agency Group Sales Manager into the newly created role of Head of Client Solutions – Melbourne and Adelaide.

All roles will report into ARN Melbourne Commercial Director, Peter Whitehead.

Whitehead said: “I’m delighted to welcome leaders with the experience and reputation of both Nisar and Nick as they join ARN to take charge of our Agency and Direct Sales teams respectively.

“They join ARN at an exciting time as we take a fresh approach to market with our new on-air lineups across KIIS, GOLD and iHeartRadio, and continue to deepen our position in the Melbourne market with our agency and client partners.

In other appointments to the Melbourne team, Paul Edwards has been appointed as Direct Group Sales Manager after holding previous sales management roles at Nova Entertainment and Southern Cross Austereo, while Denis Donati has been promoted to Agency Group Sales Manager.

Photo: Nisar Malik, Nick Flood, Lena Rapley 

Andrew Mercado: SE Queensland emerges as TV production hotspot

TV Week declared last Monday that “Brisbane is the place to be” because the city was a “hotspot” for new productions like Safe Harbour, Harrow and Australian Spartan.

Then again, TV Week also declared Australian Spartan would overcome its disappointing ratings by saying “we’re calling it – it’s a hit”. The very next day, Seven dumped the show to the non-rating dead zone of Easter.

Australian Spartan is the latest in a long line of shows to be filmed in Southeast Queensland that have failed to fire despite the state’s great studio facilities, perfect weather and stunning nature backdrops. There have been Fire, Medivac, Paradise Beach, The Strip, The Adventures of Skippy and Flipper: The New Adventures. But the best thing about this has been all the training it has given to new talent, two of whom have stayed in the region while conquering the world.

Twenty years ago, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield were working (as was I) on a TV debacle called Pacific Drive (but oh, didn’t we have fun!). Now they own Hoodlum, the award-winning production company that made Secret and Lies before they adapted it for America’s ABC network, where it ran longer than it had on Ten. Secret and Lies was also set in Brisbane, which is now the home for their next murder mystery drama, Harrow, airing on Fridays for Australia’s ABC.

Brisbane, which is cleverly animated in the cool opening titles, looks a million bucks here, especially given hunky Ioan Gruffudd lives on a boat moored off the CBD. He plays a brilliant but shit-stirring forensic pathologist with massive issues involving workmates, family members and multiple murder mysteries. There is a top cast, particularly Darren Gilshenan, Robyn Malcolm, Ella Newton and Remy Hii, along with guest stars like Gary Sweet, Hunter Page-Lochard and (TV Week cover River Boy alert!) Dan Ewing.

The Brisbane River also features prominently in Safe Harbour, the other new Aussie drama now on Wednesdays. Uninterested in any murder mystery not Nordic in origin, SBS instead makes multicultural mysteries and this one from Matchbox is about a cruising group of recreational sailors who come across a boat full of refugees.

Safe Harbour, which stars Ewen Leslie, Jacqueline McKenzie and Joel Jackson for a four-episode run, is a far more serious production than Harrow, which clocks in at 10 episodes. SBS can’t seem to afford longer-running local dramas and it could also possibly be sharing the cost of actor Damien Garvey, given he appears in both shows playing a police officer. But that’s not a complaint – Garvey is a welcome addition to any Aussie drama and I am pleased to report that both these new shows are must-see TV.

Queensland will next be home to two original productions from Netflix. Its first original Australian (and supernatural) commission is Tidelands (another from Hoodlum) and then Netflix has something new from Chris Lilley (but please, no more Jonah or black rappers). If either of these shows is looking for fun locations to film at, there is a “Mad Max wasteland” at the mouth of the river, or at least that’s how Seven described the Brisbane location they chose for Australian Spartan. And if the giant Lifesaver swing has been left behind, let’s hope the cast and crew have more fun than anybody who watched Australian Spartan.

Photo: Safe Harbour

Spectator: 3,000 punters turn out for return of Pure Gold Live in Melbourne

Pure Gold Live returned to Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on the weekend with almost 3,000 fans turning out to witness three hours of nonstop music from big Aussie acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The event – a partnership between Gold 104.3 and Empire Touring – was hosted by daytime announcers Gavin Miller and Craig “Huggy” Huggins. Billed acts included Uncanny X-Men, Pseudo Echo, Kids in the Kitchen, Hush, Wendy Matthews, Chocolate Starfish, Eurogliders, Billy Miller, Deborah Conway, Joe Dolce, Paul Norton, The Chantoozies, Sean Kelly, Stars, Stephen Cummings and Real Life.

Highlights from the night included a rare performance by Hush, who re-united on stage for the first time in eight years, and a special all-star encore that paid tribute to the great INXS. Check out the pics below.

Huggy and Pseudo Echo’s Brian Canham

Gavin Miller and Chocolate Starfish front-man Adam Thompson

Asia Media News: March 9, 2018

Mediaweek’s Peter Olszewski rounds up the latest media news from the Asia market.

Multi Channels Asia announces JV

Los Angeles-based TV4 Entertainment, which bills itself as the world leader in streaming channels, has partnered with Singapore media outfit Multi Channels Asia to bring its programming to Asia. The new joint venture, operating under the name Omni Channels Media Asia, will be the exclusive Asian distributor of TV4 Entertainment’s channels, including over 30 specialty targeted brands tipped to expand to 100 brands by 2020. The venture will also acquire Asian content for its channels and secure local production partners for original content development to be packaged and distributed to mobile, OTT and pay-TV carriers.

The initial suite of channels will include Motorland, dedicated to cars and motorcycles; horror films and series from Screambox; end of days movies from Apocalypse; the first global channel dedicated to guitars, the All Guitar Network; and house and garden series on Inside Outside. The portfolio will also include sports networks and networks covering food, cooking and drinking.

South China Morning Post launches inkstone

The Asian media’s obsession with China further cranks up this week, with the South China Morning Post launching inkstone, a daily multimedia look at what’s happening in China. Juliana Liu, previously international correspondent for BBC News in Hong Kong, is the senior editor. She said, “We’re named for actual inkstones, which were invented thousands of years ago in China to grind and store ink for calligraphy.” She noted that the remit is broad and, as well as covering mainland China, inkstone will also report on Hong Kong – where the inkstone core team is based – plus Macau and self-ruled Taiwan.

CNBC boosts Hong Kong bureau

CNBC will strengthen its Hong Kong operations to service increasing international interest in the Chinese market. Anchor Akiko Fujita moves from the network’s Asia headquarters in Singapore to join Bernie Lo in hosting CNBC’s flagship morning show Squawk Box in Hong Kong.

Multimedia journalist Uptin Saiidi, who fronts many of the network’s digital video series on its digital and social platforms, will also move from Singapore to Hong Kong. Kelly Gerard Olsen, formerly news editor and deputy bureau chief of Agence France-Presse in Tokyo, has also been hired as market correspondent with the Hong Kong digital team and will report to Asia Pacific editor, Everett Rosenfeld. Earlier, Yolande Chee, CNBC’s senior booker and producer, joined the Hong Kong news desk from the network’s Sydney bureau.

Tencent backs Indian music streamer

Sony Music & Tencent Music launch dance music label in Hong Kong

Chinese internet investment company Tencent Holdings has backed a US$115 million (A$148.2m) funding round in Indian music streaming app Gaana.

The other backer is Times Internet. Gaana is operated by Ganna Gaana Ltd, a Times Internet subsidiary, and this investment gives Tencent a minority stake in Gaana, formerly wholly owned by Times Internet. The capital injection will be used to fund more artificial intelligence-related technology to personalise music choices for consumers and to further develop subscription services for paying users.

Hong Kong ad spend lifts

Hong Kong’s total ad spend for 2017 was HK$41.9 billion, up 4% YOY according to the latest Hong Kong Advertisers Association Advertising Spending Projections 2018 survey, conducted by Nielsen. Nielsen noted that online ad spend continued to drive growth in Hong Kong, with spending on online interactive and mobile accounting for 38% of all advertising spending, compared to 39% for TV and newspaper advertising combined. Interestingly, the survey shows that instead of ad funds shifting from offline to online or mobile channels, 31% of advertisers are now gaining additional funding to support online marketing.

Celestial Tiger zeroes in on combat sports

Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment has launched its Asian Combat Sports on action entertainment channel KIX. Asian Combat Sports presents top Asian-focused mixed martial arts and championship fight events including a new Muay Thai tournament, TopKing World Series, featuring 16 of the best fighters from around the world.

Pictured above.

Blue Ant ups its Asian presence with new carriage deal

Bauer sells Australian Geographic magazine to Blue Ant Media

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has ramped up its Asian presence in a new carriage deal with satellite operator MEASAT, which is now distributing six Blue Ant media channels in the region. The six channels – Entertainment HD, Extreme HD, Entertainment Philippines SD, ZooMoo HD, Love Nature 4K and Love Nature HD – are now available to pay-TV operators in the region.

The news comes this week after the group bought Australian Geographic from Bauer Media.

ABS-CBN #1 in Philippines

ABS-CBN was the most watched free-to-air TV channel in the Philippines in January with an average audience share of 46%, according to data from Kantar Media. This placed ABS-CBN 12 points higher than its closest competitor, GMA, which had a 34% share. ABS-CBN also hosted the top nine most-watched programs in the Philippines for January, with the local version of talent franchise Pilipinas Got Talent, now in its sixth season, clinching the second spot with an average national rating of 38.1%.

Mobile ads dominate in the Philippines

Mobile advertising dominated digital ad campaigns in the Philippines, while on-target mobile ad performance outpaced digital ads served via desktop and digital in 2017. Digital ads targeting the 18-49-year-olds age bracket reached their intended audience 81% of the time for mobile, 77% and 59% for total digital and desktop respectively.

Global media heavyweights at APOS

Media APOS 2018, which focuses on how broadband connectivity is combining with local economies and ecosystems to transform prospects for the production, distribution and monetisation of content, games and IP in Asia-Pacific, will be held in Bali from April 24 to 26. Key speakers at one of this year’s APOS themes – Race To Scale: Local Challenges For Global Leaders – include Bob Bakish, President and CEO, Viacom; Uday Shankar, President, 21st Century Fox Asia; JB Perrette, President and CEO, Discovery Networks International; Ricky Ow, President, Turner International Asia Pacific; Mahesh Samat, SVP and MD, The Walt Disney Company, South Asia; Gina Brogi, President of Global Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution; and Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 Media.

Mediaweek Asia In Brief

• Thailand’s online media value is estimated to increase from US$800 million to $1.5 billion in 2025, according to research titled Google and Temasek e-Conomy Southeast Asia. The report adds that in 2020, there will be 59 million Thai internet users, compared to 38 million in 2015. The number of Southeast Asian internet users in 2020 is forecast to be 480 million, up from e 260 million in 2015.

• Australia’s Fatfish Internet Group-backed Cloudaron, a Singapore-based IT solutions company listed in Malaysia, is acquiring Realtors8, a subsidiary of ASX-listed 8common Ltd that owns SaaS provider Ubertor, for S$4.23 million (A$4.13 milion)$3.2 million).

• China’s big tech Baidu video streaming service iQiyi has now filed for an IPO in the US, with an offering size of $1.5 billion (A$1.94 billion), an initial placeholder amount that is likely to change.

• The New York Times Company has appointed Glo Media Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based digital marketing agency Guru Online, to represent its advertising in China. Glo Media will be overseen by Alice So, regional advertising manager, Asia Pacific, and she will work closely with The Times’ in-house sales team in Hong Kong.

• Twitter has signed a landmark deal with Formula E to live stream races for Japanese audiences who follow Formula E.

• NHK’s international broadcasting service NHK World will have a name change in April to NHK World-Japan, to gain wider recognition of the service’s Japanese roots in readiness for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

• Workpoint Digital TV’s The Mask Singer, a weekly Thai music reality TV show featuring performing masked celebrities, has become a big hit via social media. A YouTube clip from the show’s second season topped YouTube’s global trending videos in 2017 with over 217 million views. Workpoint Digital TV was the first Thai media company to simulcast on TV, YouTube and social media, building a big fan base on multiple digital channels and video platforms.

Aussies In Asia: Hamish Stone, CEO, iCar Asia

Would you buy a used car from this bloke? Thousands or indeed tens of thousands have since Hamish Stone became CEO of ASX-listed iCar Asia Ltd in June 2016.

And what’s good enough for his customers is good enough for him, he said, pointing out, “I drive a 2013 Range Rover Evoque 2.0 Si4 Dynamic, and I bought it through, iCar Asia’s business in Malaysia, because it has the largest choice of cars in the country, and I could see that the dealer was part of the Trusted Dealer Program, so I knew I could trust them.”

Kuala Lumpur-based Stone now presides over a growing iCar Asia empire that has seven marketplace and content platforms in the three largest automotive markets in Asean – Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

The company operates marketplace platform and content platform in Malaysia; – marketplace, – marketplace and – content in Thailand; and –marketplace and – content in Indonesia.

Stone said that since he joined the company, listings have increased 19% in Indonesia, 35% in Thailand, and 51% in Malaysia.

“Audience is up. Leads are up. Paid dealer accounts also up – by as much as 119%,” he added.

Stone, a University of Sydney graduate, was working as a senior associate at CRA International when he made the big switch to the digital marketplace in May 2006, signing on as affiliate manager, eBay Australia and New Zealand, and beginning a decade-long career with that company.

After a spell in Australia, he moved to London in July 2011 to work with the eBay classified business He said, “By defining a comprehensive strategy and operational plan, I was able to set Gumtree up to successfully launch into the car dealers market in 2013, building on its market leadership in consumer secondhand car sales.”

In October 2013, he moved to eBay’s Netherlands Company as director of automotive before joining iCar in 2016.

Stone said he wasn’t worried about the allegedly fickle nature of digital workplaces when he initially made the big move to eBay, pointing out that eBay was started in 1995 and by 2006, when he joined, it was already a global phenomenon.

“I was looking for a new challenge and to move into a digital marketing role. eBay was just beginning to get traction and I thought it was a great dynamic company to join,” he said.

A decade after joining eBay, Stone made his next big move to iCar, and said several factors drove this decision.

“I was at eBay for 10 years, I was lucky enough to have three totally different experiences across three countries and more jobs than I can count. That taught me the benefits of always looking for how you could take on more responsibilities, and stretch yourself into new areas, even when that meant moving countries, or switching from a marketing role into a general management role of a business unit.

“When I was offered the CEO role at iCar Asia, it was a big decision to leave eBay, but it was also one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to join a very promising startup in the most interesting region in the world for what’s going to happen in the digital space over the next five years.

“iCar Asia had built itself into a great position. I was fortunate to be able to join a business that was ready to take the next step.”

While Stone was talking to Mediaweek, the company was in the middle of releasing its ASX 2017 full year financial report, announcing revenue growth of 41% YOY to $9.1million.

Some highlights included a 48% YOY growth in total audience numbers across the company to 11.2 million unique visitors, 42% YOY growth in total leads across the company to over 1 million leads, 23% YOY growth in total paid accounts to over 5,900 accounts, and total listings growth of 12% YOY to 479,000 live listings.

“2017 was a transformational year for the business,” Stone told Mediaweek. “iCar Asia has made the right choices in its product and business to drive sustainable growth across the core businesses of used cars and advertising solutions, while also building out its proposition in adjacent areas of new cars and events.”

Stone stressed, “New cars are a key focus for iCar in 2018. Our new car platform is focused on providing the best digital experience for new car buyers. We’ve partnered with the leading car brands in each of our countries to ensure that car buyers have all the best information and the best deals to help them find the perfect car for each individual.”

The move is being helped along by Ari, a chatbot the company developed and launched late last year in preparation for its new car buyers.

“We built Ari, our chatbot, in order to have a 24/7 assistant available to car buyers to find that perfect car,” Stone said.

“Ari can process terabits of information and helps the car buyer, while also qualifying them as a lead for our dealers. This also allows iCar to play a great role in the new car dealers business and track the car buyer through the buying process in order to monetise the transaction.”

With Ari in place, Stone is ready to usher iCar into a new phase that will please shareholders and, Stone said, “We now have the right technology platform and business models to grow across our markets towards profitability.”

TV Ratings Analysis: Thursday March 8

• My Kitchen Rules and three hours of Gordon Ramsay rank Seven #1
• Nine’s first night of NRL takes channel to top spot in Sydney & Brisbane

By James Manning


Home and Away continues to screen just one episode on Thursdays at present. Across the week the audience ranged between 642,000 and 682,000, and ended on 588,000.

As we discussed yesterday, the weakest My Kitchen Rules teams from each group took part in a sudden death showdown. Pete and Manu were judging the teams in elimination house with Josh and Nic taking an early lead and they never looked back. Matt and Aly didn’t do better than 5 out of 10 and were subsequently eliminated. The Thursday episode did 954,000 after 1.04m last Thursday.

Seven then went into Gordon Ramsay mode with not one, not two, but three series back-to-back. The numbers were:

Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine 392,000
Ramsay’s Hotel Hell 249,000
Kitchen Nightmares 125,000


The first night of live NRL for 2018 didn’t get Nine over the line in network share, but it did keep Nine in front in Sydney and Brisbane.

A good start to the week with three episodes all just under 900,000 for A Current Affair. The Thursday episode then did 562,000 (in four markets – no Brisbane) with stories on electricity suppliers and then Married At First Sight.

Live NRL returned at 7.30pm with the first game of round one on Nine or 9Gem across the network. A crowd of 452,000 was watching on Nine in Sydney (244,000) and Brisbane (208,000).

The new-look NRL Footy Show followed without Fatty with a two-city audience of 188,000 (Sydney 110,000, Brisbane 78,000).

Melbourne viewers got to see RBT which did 139,000 in that market.

The AFL Footy Show also returned with 173,000 watching in Melbourne.


The channel had a much-improved night with a network primary share of 14.7%.

Shaggy and Sting were guests on The Project plus Pete Rowsthorn talking about his departure from I’m A Celebrity. The Thursday edition started on 289,000 and lifted to 409,000 after 7pm.

Simone Holtznagel was the final contestant eliminated from I’m A Celebrity this week ahead of the two-part final starting Sunday. The final Thursday episode was on 548,000 and 562,000 after 660,000 and 728,000 a week before.

Series seven of Gogglebox is halfway through after episode five did 602,000.


Call The Midwife was on 481,000 in the 8pm timeslot.

Unforgotten then did 364,000 after 9pm.


Stonehenge was one of the stops on Great British Railway Journeys last night with 251,000 watching.

How To Lose Weight Well did 137,000 followed by the European drama Knightfall on 70,000.

Week 10 TV: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 11.4% 7 21.5% 9 19.7% TEN 14.7% SBS One 4.4%
ABC 2 2.4% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 2.3% ONE 2.2% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.8% GEM 1.9% ELEVEN 2.5% Food Net 1.3%
ABC News 1.6% 7flix 2.6% 9Life 2.2% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 16.0% 31.7% 26.0% 19.4% 6.9%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.3% 7 21.5% 9 19.6% WIN 12.5% SBS One 4.3%
ABC 2 3.1% 7TWO 6.0% GO! 2.5% ONE 2.5% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 1.1% 7mate 4.0% GEM 2.4% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.9%
NEWS 24 1.5% 7flix 2.9% 9Life 1.5% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 16.0% 34.4% 26.0% 17.3% 6.4%
84.6% 15.4%
Thursday fta
  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 954,000
  2. Nine News Nine 847,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 846,000
  4. Seven News Seven 829,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 809,000
  6. ABC News ABC 620,000
  7. Gogglebox Ten 602,000
  8. Home And Away Seven 588,000
  9. A Current Affair Nine 562,000
  10. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination Ten 562,000
  11. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 548,000
  12. 7.30 ABC 524,000
  13. The Chase Australia Seven 495,000
  14. Call The Midwife ABC 481,000
  15. Thursday Night NRL Live Nine 452,000
  16. The Footy Show Nine 438,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 433,000
  18. The Project 7pm Ten 409,000
  19. Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine Seven 392,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 375,000
Demo Top fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 234,000
  2. Gogglebox Ten 166,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 151,000
  4. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 141,000
  5. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination Ten 138,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 363,000
  2. Gogglebox Ten 297,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination Ten 257,000
  4. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 248,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 243,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 418,000
  2. Gogglebox Ten 343,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Elimination Ten 315,000
  4. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 303,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 284,000
Thursday multichannel
  1. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  2. Father Brown-PM 7TWO 147,000
  3. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 141,000
  4. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  5. Floogals-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  6. Murdoch Mysteries-PM 7TWO 133,000
  7. Dot. ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  8. Go Jetters ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  9. Kazoops!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
  10. Interstellar-PM 7mate 128,000
  11. PJ Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  12. The Hive-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  13. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  14. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  15. Fireman Sam-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  16. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  17. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  18. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  19. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  20. Neighbours ELEVEN 118,000
Thursday subscription tv
  1. Live: NRL Dragons v Broncos FOX LEAGUE 261,000
  2. Live: NRL Thursday Night League FOX LEAGUE 112,000
  3. The Great Australian Bake Off LifeStyle Channel 102,000
  4. Live: The Late Show With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 101,000
  5. Outback Opal Hunters Discovery Channel 71,000
  6. Live: JLT Series: Melbourne v St Kilda FOX FOOTY 62,000
  7. Gold Rush Discovery Channel 57,000
  8. NRL Tonight FOX LEAGUE 47,000
  9. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 45,000
  10. Grand Designs Australia LifeStyle Channel 43,000
  11. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 40,000
  12. Outsiders SKY NEWS LIVE 39,000
  13. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 37,000
  14. Yes Minister FOX Classics 35,000
  15. PML Overtime SKY NEWS LIVE 34,000
  16. Credlin SKY NEWS LIVE 33,000
  17. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 32,000
  18. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 30,000
  19. Who Do You Think You Are? UK UKTV 29,000
  20. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 28,000

Media News Roundup

Business Of Media

Street Talk: Fund managers unlikely to see the new Foxtel list on the ASX soon

Foxtel’s frenemies News Corp and Telstra may have finally sorted out how to merge Foxtel and Fox Sports, but fund managers are unlikely to see the merged entity on the ASX boards any time soon, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.

It’s a point that has frustrated bankers and equities desks for the past four years. It’s not every year that the IPO window is open and fund managers are looking for chunky new listings to re-stock their portfolios.

But the shareholders shall not be rushed.

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The Courts

Rebel Wilson wants Bauer Media to pay more than $1.3 million in legal fees

Australian Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson wants Bauer Media to pay more than $1.3 million in legal fees she incurred while successfully suing the magazine publisher for defamation, reports ABC’s Emma Younger.

The sum comes on top of the more than $4.5 million in damages Wilson was awarded last year for a series of stories published by a number of magazines, including Woman’s Day, in 2015.

It was revealed Wilson’s barrister, Matthew Collins QC, was paid $9,000 per day of her 22-day trial – a total of $198,000.

Wilson had offered to settle for $200,000 before the case went to trial.

The court heard Wilson incurred the majority of her legal costs after the settlement was rejected by Bauer Media, including more than $500,000 in solicitors fees.

Bauer Media is appealing the damages awarded to Wilson in a hearing set down for April in the Court of Appeal.

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3AW breakfast co-host John Burns off the road for a year and fined $500

3AW breakfast co-host John Burns has been put off the road for a year and fined $500 after being caught drink-driving for the second time, reports News Corp’s Wayne Flower.

An apologetic Burns nervously fronted a waiting media pack outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court where only moments earlier he faced the music.

“It’s hardly a good morning. I was treated fairly. I pleaded guilty at the earliest possible chance to .061,” he said.

“The police treated me fairly, the court treated me fairly and I’ve learned my lesson.”

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The Australian: Emma Alberici paid $12k for two days’ work with corporate regulator

ABC chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici was paid $12,000 for two days’ work with the corporate regulator, reports The Australian’s Dana McCauley.

Alberici, whose reporting was scrutinised in Senate estimates last month after the ABC removed and replaced two articles she wrote about company tax, was hired to moderate three panel discussions and a dinner address at the ASIC annual forum in March last year.

At the time, Alberici was the host of the ABC show Lateline, which has since been axed.

Ticky Fullerton, a former ABC business reporter who had just started her current role with Sky News, also moderated several panels at the forum and was paid $6,000, under a contract signed while she was at the ABC.

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Laura Tingle hits out at The Australian: “Why don’t you go chase a real story?”

Meanwhile The Australian’s Cut & Paste column reports on this Twitter interchange after Dana McCauley’s story about Laura Tingle we mentioned yesterday:

Laura Tingle on Twitter: Disappointed you (McCauley) didn’t include this quote: “I will let my journalistic reputation speak for itself and let yours do the same. Why don’t you go chase a real story?”

The Australian’s Chip Le Grand responds on Twitter, yesterday:

She did you a favour leaving it out, Laura. It’s a graceless thing to say to a good young journo.

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Bauer Media’s Studio54 launches Celeste Barber campaign for Holden Equinox

Bauer Media’s insight-led brand entertainment and storytelling division Story54 has launched a digitally led campaign created for the new Holden Equinox.

The four-part video series, developed in conjunction with Woman’s Day, Holden’s main agency Carat, and media partnership specialist Lacuna Agency, is broadcast across Now to Love, Bauer’s digital brand network.

Comedian and Instagram drawcard Celeste Barber co-created and stars in the campaign, delivering her satirical style across the content series.

Bauer Media’s general manager of Story54, Jane Waterhouse, said: “Story54 allows clients to work with an experienced team of channel agnostic strategists, creatives and producers, dedicated to delivering standout campaigns by women that influence and engage with women.

“Women as consumers are recalibrating what’s appropriate in advertising communications. They are responding to brands that are abandoning stereotypical and predictable communications and want to be spoken to in a more authentic language that shows truth in their lives. We couldn’t think of a better creative partnership for the Holden Equinox than one with Celeste Barber. Quite simply, her work says it all. She has nothing to prove.”

Celeste Barber, who has over 3.2 million Instagram followers including Cara Delevingne, Chrissy Teigen and Gwyneth Paltrow, said: “I’ve built a career on the idea of having ‘nothing to prove’ so this campaign was a perfect fit.”

Holden’s senior marketing manager for media, brand & partnerships Nancy Del Monaco said: “Bauer’s Story54 delivered both the insights and the solution to help us celebrate the thousands of women who have nothing to prove by driving the new Equinox. Celeste was a perfect fit for the campaign. The campaign’s tagline ‘nothing to prove, prove it’ aligned seamlessly with Celeste’s parody prowess and her ability to reflect the real lives of Australian women and the moments where they can be unapologetically themselves.”

The campaign was part of a multilayered communication plan, which began with a brand campaign by creative agency The Monkeys.

Bauer Media’s Holden Equinox campaign was developed in collaboration with Carat and Lacuna Agency, launching on March 8 on the Now to Love digital brand network and across Woman’s Day’s and Celeste Barber’s social channels.

In just 24 hours, the campaign has clocked up 760,000+ views, and over 6,500 comments via Celeste’s social channels.


We all should support EveryOneBand – currently the biggest band in the world

EveryOneBand is currently the biggest band in the world that you’ve never heard of. Yet.

The EveryOneBand project has been organised by GANGgajang’s, Mark Callaghan, who said: “Joining the band is easy, free and there are no auditions! You can record as much or as little as you want! Anything, from a flute to a triangle part is welcomed.”

All record royalties and all profit from merchandise sales go to Support Act, the Australian music charity assisting musicians, road crew and anyone that has worked professionally in music.

EveryOneBand already has over 500 members including Midnight Oil (Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey, Bones Hillman), Izzy Manfredi and The Preatures, Cold Chisel (Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Phil Small), Powderfinger (Bernard Fanning, Ian Haug, John Collins), Murray Cook, Anthony Field, Jeff Fatt from The Wiggles, Mondo Rock (Eric McCusker, James Black, Paul Christie), plus Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Angels, Baby Animals, Moving Pictures, GANGgajang, The Church, Delta Riggs, DMA’s, Sheppard, Ross Wilson, Megan Washington, Kirin J Callinan, Deborah Conway, Kasey Chambers, Patience Hodgson, Wendy Matthews, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Rai Thistlethwayte, Katie Noonan, Steve Balbi, Hayley Mary, Brendan Gallagher, Mark Williams, Eric Weiderman, James Valentine, Mark Gable, Leah Flanagan, Alex Smith, Gary Pinto, Jade MacRae, Peter Maslen, Café At The Gate Of Salvation gospel choir and many more.

Anyone can take part – the first step is to join EveryOneBand by visiting, hit the “join” button and enter your details. You’ll then receive an email with a link to the resources page containing backing tracks, sheet music and chord charts. Download the backing tracks and anything else you need, record yourself singing or playing along and send your file.

Contributions will be added to the final mix then we’ll produce the song and make it available for download and streaming on Friday May 18 2018. The organisers are hoping for a Gold single and a #1 chart position with proceeds going to the charity Support Act.

Once the track has been mixed and mastered, everyone in the band (and their family and friends!) can purchase a copy from their favourite digital store to help drive it to the top of the charts and go Gold (the only rule of EveryOneBand is that no-one gets a free single!).

If the record is certified Gold, EveryOneBand members will all receive their own certificate to frame and hang on the wall.

The organisers are then hoping the song might be nominated for an ARIA Award!

Critics rave: Leigh Paatsch on Going For Gold – Shambles, awful, inane…zero stars

The Advertiser is highlighting a terrible review for the Adelaide-made movie Going For Gold and asking if readers agree with the thoughts of News Corp movie critic Leigh Paatsch. Before giving the movie a zero rating, Paatsch wrote:

It is nearly 20 years since Hollywood let loose Bring It On, charming the world with a merry band of cherubic cheerleaders led by Kirsten Dunst. Now Australia is having a very belated go at the same stuff. The end result? A total shambles which should have been titled Turn It Off.

Mere words cannot express how awful this movie can be when it really puts its absent mind to it.

A dimly inane story is set in suburban Adelaide, where a newly arrived American teen starts a cheerleading squad with some new friends so they can teach some bitchy enemies a lesson.

Very wobbly choreography and very stilted acting suggests either most scenes were filmed in one take, or nobody told the cast the cameras were switched on.

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smoothfm’s Melissa Doyle and Jennifer Hansen share their TV horror stories

TV presenter Melissa Doyle, who became a household name after co-hosting Sunrise for a decade, has revealed that early in her career a boss said she would never make it in front of the camera. Speaking on Nova’s In Her Own Words podcast series, the respected television host said the news director also criticised her appearance, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.

The Sunday Night host wasn’t the only one to share her TV horror stories. Jennifer Hansen, a newsreader and co-host for Smooth FM in Melbourne, opened up about how a Network Ten boss once told her never to expect to be treated the same as news veteran Mal Walden. At the time, the pair were co-hosting Ten’s nightly news bulletin.

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The In Her Own Words podcast series is a partnership between Nova Entertainment and Mediaweek.

Read more about the women featured and listen to the podcasts here.

Sick day: Beau Ryan replaces Kyle Sandilands on KIIS FM breakfast

Kyle Sandilands was off sick today, not reporting for work at Sydney’s #1 FM breakfast show on KIIS 1065.

Taking his place and co-hosting the program with Jackie O was Nine’s Beau Ryan.

Freddie Highmore, star of Seven’s The Good Doctor, was a guest on this morning and the new drive hosts for the KIIS network, Will and Woody, were on the show after 8am.

Ryan took part in the first NRL Footy Show of the year on Nine last night. He told listeners this morning he didn’t get home until after 1am and then was up again at 3am to prepare for the breakfast radio show.

The new NRL Footy Show didn’t get many good reviews on social media and it didn’t end until after 11pm as it followed the first NRL game of the season.


Seven confirms Basil Zempilas replacing Andrew O’Keefe on Weekend Sunrise

Basil Zempilas has converted a summer “work experience” stint on Weekend Sunrise into a permanent place as co-host – but has made it clear, he’s not after David Koch’s job, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.

Monique Wright and Basil Zempilas

The Perth-based radio presenter and Seven News sports anchor, who will join Monique Wright on the weekend desk, told News Corp he was “thrilled” to join the extended Sunrise family – with plans to bring his blogger wife Amy and their three young children across to the show’s Sydney studios as often as he can.

Seven’s director of news and public affairs Craig McPherson said: “Basil is a bundle of energy on and off screen. He has a serious passion for news and everyday issues, which will no doubt come to the fore in his new role. He has many strings to his bow that have been relatively untapped. He’ll excel alongside Monique and the terrific team at his new home on Weekend Sunrise.”

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Seven Brisbane presenter Bill McDonald leaving after contract talks fail

Seven Brisbane presenter Bill McDonald has been dumped from the network, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.

The Courier-Mail reveals the anchor, who has presented the 6pm news alongside Sharyn Ghidella since 2013, will front his last bulletin for the Brisbane bureau today after six months of contract negotiations.

Seven news and current affairs boss Craig McPherson confirmed McDonald would no longer be part of the Seven Network after “some sports broadcasting work for the Commonwealth Games” in April.

However, he denied persistent rumours of tumultuous discussions between Seven and McDonald, saying they had reached an “amicable agreement” to part ways.

McPherson acknowledged the decision stemmed from issues including ratings and money, with Seven Brisbane’s Monday to Friday 6pm bulletin having lost out to Channel 9’s last year. Nine News won 38 out of 40 of the ratings weeks, averaging 202,800 viewers to Seven News’s 185,500.

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Mark Bouris assaulted outside restaurant while filming new Seven series

Police are investigating an alleged assault of television personality and business identity Mark Bouris outside high-profile Sydney restaurant The Grounds of Alexandria on Wednesday morning, reports Fairfax Media’s Andrew Hornery.

Bouris was at the venue on Wednesday morning during a break in filming at a nearby business for his upcoming television series The Mentor, which is due to air on Seven later this year.

In The Mentor, Mark Bouris will “come to the rescue” of struggling small business operators in the suburbs.

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