This week on Mediaweek TV James Manning speaks with Louisa Hatfield Group Content & Brand Director, Pacific Magazines. Tune in to Mediaweek TV at 2.30pm on Your Money (Foxtel 601 and 95 FTA).
Talking points include: InStyle Women Of Style Awards, Better Homes & Gardens magazine has a new look, Podcasts, the Royal Baby, Pacific brands readership, and digital strategies.
There were no major Hollywood A-listers walking the red carpet or accepting awards at the 2019 InStyle Women Awards in Sydney last night.
It didn’t need them. The Pacific brand managed to find 10 worthy women to celebrate who each in their own way as great achievers.
There was plenty of starpower though with Miranda Tapsell, Amy Shark and Celeste Barber all being celebrated with awards.
Also missing last night were some of the brand’s big guns – editor Emily Taylor and CEO Gereurd Roberts. (Taylor has recently started maternity leave and Roberts was travelling overseas.)
Their replacements did a pretty good job too hosting the evening – from acting editor Alex Noonan to group content and brand director Louisa Hatfield to commercial director Nicole Bence.
Also on hand from Pacific were head of fashion and beauty Susie Hogan, national sales director Andrew Brain and Victorian sales director Fran Vavallo.
There weren’t many Seven executives on the ground– long-time regulars Bruce McWilliam and former Seven comms chief Simon Francis were missed.
Seven did have a team though led by Sunrise executive producer, the ever-youthful Michael Pell, with some of his team including Sam Armytage and Natalie Barr.
InStyle major sponsor Audi had a big presence and chief marketing officer Nikki Warburton gave a stirring speech about the benefits of the brand that left some guests ready to visit an Audi showroom to see what they are missing out on.
Hosting the 11th annual InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards again was Seven and smoothfm host Melissa Doyle. She got her share of accolades too from guest presenter Jacinta Campbell near the end of the evening.
Attended by over 160 guests, the Awards recognised 10 remarkable future shapers and celebrated their achievements across a range of industries.
InStyle’s acting editor Alex Noonan said, “Collectively, these women are shaping our country and the world in which we live for generations to come.
“It is truly a wonderful feeling to celebrate the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards. We are so proud to champion these women and to provide a platform for them to share their inspiring stories and successes.”
The 2019 InStyle and Audi Women of Style Award Honourees
• The Modern Rebel (CULTURE) Celeste Barber
• The Spirited Storyteller (FILM) Miranda Tapsell
• The Style Vanguard (FASHION) Pip Edwards & Claire Tregoning
• The Voice of Now (ENTERTAINMENT) Amy Shark
• The Force for Good (EQUALITY) Caitlin Figueiredo
• The New-Gen Innovator (SCIENCE) Macinley Butson
• The Advocate for Acceptance (HUMAN RIGHTS) Khadija Gbla
• The Sustainability Champion (SUSTAINABILITY) Palisa Anderson
• The online Entrepreneur (BUSINESS) Kate Morris
• The Farmer of Change (ENVIRONMENT) Anika Molesworth
Celebrating the Women of InStyle
• With an Instagram following of 5.6 million and high-profile fans and friends spanning Hollywood and the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, funny-girl mother-of-two, Celeste Barber secured the Modern Rebel award, whilst 18-year- old Wollongong-based inventor and scientist, Macinley Butson was honoured, namely for her most recent invention, a copper-mail device which works as a shield to protect women from radiation during breast cancer treatment.
• Pip Edwards & Claire Tregoning, founders of sports-meets-streetwear brand PE Nation, won the Style Vanguard Award for their creative genius in raising the benchmark for athleisure wear internationally, whilst Gold Coast singer-songwriter and six-time ARIA Award winner Amy Shark received acknowledgment for her admirable work ethic and perseverance in achieving her dreams despite a decade of knockbacks prior to her breakthrough.”
• Darwin-born actress Miranda Tapsell scooped honours for her ambition to change attitudes towards racism within the film industry and Caitlin Figueiredo, an inspiring young domestic violence activist received a standing ovation as she proudly accepted her Force for Good award.
• Born in Sierra Leone, Adelaide-based human rights activist Khadija Gbla brought the audience to tears with her emotional address, revealing her own personal experience with female genital mutilation and delivered an incredibly empowering and encouraging speech on how she rose up from adversity to become an important voice for change.
• E-commerce entrepreneur Kate Morris, who founded Australia’s largest online beauty retailer ‘Adore Beauty’ in her garage at the age of 21, was honoured for leading the charge for women in technology. From the environmental sphere, sustainability champion Palisa Anderson was recognised for her work in farming and nurturing organic vegetables and herbs, whilst ‘Farmer of Change’ Anika Molesworth received a prestigious accolade for her impressive and innovative work implementing alternative energies and technologies such as soil sensors, drones and automation which help nurture the land.
Returning as host for the fifth year, Melissa Doyle led the red carpet arrivals with other guests including: Julie Bishop, Camilla Franks, Layne Beachley & Kirk Pengilly, Jesinta Franklin, Phoebe Tonkin, Sally Obermeder, Marta Dusseldorp, Michelle Bridges, Elyse Knowles, Terry Biviano, Kylie Gillies, Anna Heinrich, Genevieve & Alexandra Smart, Victoria Lee, Sam Frost, Carla Zampatti, Sam Armytage, Natalie Barr, Elle Ferguson, Lindy Rama-Ellis, Rebecca Vallance, Ksenija Lukich, Jules Sebastian and Ann Sanders.
All honourees were selected by InStyle and the Women of Style Awards judging panel, which includes:
Nicole Kidman, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador; Deborra-lee Furness, actor and human rights advocate; Collette Dinnigan, fashion designer; Layne Beachley, entrepreneur and environmental campaigner; Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Pip Marlow, CEO Customer Marketplace, Suncorp Group; Gillian Armstrong, film director; Louise Olsen, designer, artist and Creative Director, Dinosaur Designs; Alex Noonan, acting editor, InStyle; Nikki Warburton, Chief Marketing Officer, Audi Australia; Cassandra Kelly, international advisor, speaker, entrepreneur and Chair, Pottinger and Dame Quentin Bryce, Former Governor-General of Australia.
InStyle’s acting editor, Alex Noonan, added: “A sincere thank you to our principal sponsor, Audi, for their ongoing support – together we continue to achieve so much. And to this year’s supporting partners – Georg Jensen, Veuve Cliquot, Jean Paul Gaultier Fragrance and Clearly – for believing in these incredible awards that honour so many inspiring Australian women who are dedicated to making a difference.”
The winners will be profiled in the June issue of InStyle, on sale from Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Top Photo: InStyle’s Alex Noonan with Pacific’s Susie Hogan
oOh!media has taken on the ultimate Lego challenge of transforming bus shelters in major cities across the country into works of art, as part of an integrated out-of-home campaign for Nine’s new hit TV show, Lego Masters.
The multi-format campaign combines Commute by oOh! street furniture assets with oOh!’s network of classic and digital assets across the retail, roadside, office and cafe environments.
oOh!media’s chief customer officer David Scribner said the eye catching special builds and creative content across oOh!’s other formats exemplifies how an integrated campaign can fully utilise oOh!’s out-of-home ecosystem to effectively reach and engage meaningful audiences.
“The Lego Masters bus shelters are unmissable to commuters across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, and the integration with retail, roadside, office towers and cafes will deliver a campaign reach of close to 8.3 million.
“Whether you’re a Lego enthusiast or not, the campaign is capturing the attention of Australians through its creative impact and scale. This is no doubt supporting the strongest launch of a reality format by any network this year,” he said.
Nine’s group marketing director Karen Madden said the special-builds across Commute by oOh!’s street furniture assets helped bring the Lego Masters campaign to life.
“oOh! has helped us take Lego Masters from the small screen to the streets of major cities around Australia, by creating a high-impact and tangible execution brick by brick and making bus shelters Lego Masterpieces,” she said.
Client: Nine Entertainment Co
Creative: In house – Nine Entertainment Co
Media owner: oOh!media
• But breakfast host says he has the EP and talent to build audience
By James Manning
Seeing Lawrence Mooney working so hard on so many jobs over the years, you get the idea he might not say “no” too much.
“Absolutely correct,” he told Mediaweek.
“I will cite my good friend Sam Pang here who is very Mandarin in his ability to say ‘no’. We are at polar extremes – he says ‘no’ to everything and I say ‘yes’ to everything. He benefits a lot more from that than I do from saying ‘yes’.
“He has coached me – I have been to the Sam Pang business school – and he said to me, ‘Larry Moon, you have got to learn to say no.’
“I have been doing that more often and the power of the word ‘no’ is incredible – especially in this business. I am a comedian and you are haunted by the idea that it is going to end. The power of the funny is going to dry up and you never take a holiday. You spook yourself and you are jumping at shadows the whole time. So I have finally started to say ‘no’ and it feels pretty good.”
Mooney has worked as a troubleshooter around the Triple M network for some time now – guesting on various shows in different markets in addition to a regular breakfast gig with Triple M Brisbane last year.
So successful was Mooney that the broadcaster has let him loose with his own show in Australia’s biggest radio market.
“What an honour that is. Last year was very successful for The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin Bailey and myself with the show going from 9% to a 14%+ share in 12 months.”
Mooney was subsequently offered the chance to take over from Matty Johns at Triple M Sydney.
“You can’t say ‘no’ to that. There was a bit of trepidation because after Sydney it is hard for them to put you somewhere else.”
Triple M even named the show after him and asked about the shape of the program.
Moonman’s Triple M team
Gus Worland: “An old warhorse who was on The Grill Team for nine years. He is our heritage.”
Jess Eva: “A breakout star on The Block last year. A reality star, but there is something very different about her – she is not contrived and is as real as it comes. She is a drinker, a punter and a mum. She has a bit of vision and is not an entitled person who has been in radio for a decade making a squillion and doesn’t know what a litre of milk costs. She is fair dinkum.”
Laura Bouchet (new breakfast executive producer): “She is an absolute gift and it was a bit of a coup by Mike Fitzpatrick to lure her away from WSFM. Mike and Grant Blackley have constructed a very strong team.”
Pagey: “He is a pivotal member of the team and knows radio very well. He is wonderful at knowing when to get in and get out and he very much shapes the show. People anchoring shows don’t get enough recognition.”
Mooney’s time on radio has taught him a few things:
“Unless you are well slept and take your nutrients you can fall at the last hurdle. It essentially is waking up in front of workmates and you can be very vulnerable at that time.”
Moonman’s Triple M team message:
“This is a struggle and it is a difficult job. Unless we have a lot of love and honesty we can’t do it for a long period of time.”
Previous breakfast gig at Mix 101.1
Mooney has done his share of breakfast radio. Apart from Triple M Sydney and Brisbane, he was one of several teams that passed through Melbourne’s Mix 101.1 many years ago. “More music that makes you feel good,” he remembered.
“The show was Loz, Michelle and Des. Des Dowling is a mate of mine I went to drama school with and who still works as a comedian and runs a booking agency too.
“Michelle van Raay is a manger at Profile Talent.”
Profile looks after Mooney these days.
Top Photo: Triple M Sydney breakfast team: Jess, Gus, Moonman and Pagey
• Vivid schedule, PodCon closes, SuperFooty, Clintons
Programmed as part of Vivid Ideas, Audiocraft Podcast Festival has put the final touches on its 2019 program, including over 40 international and local speakers who will converge on Sydney May 31 – June 2, to share the most essential skills for podcast creators today.
Program highlights include:
Pitch Perfect – a fast-paced session where four Festival attendees live pitch their next podcast idea to a panel of industry experts, including Natalie Tulloch (Spotify NYC), Jennifer Goggin (PodcastOne) and Claudia Taranto (ABC RN).
True Crime Done Right – true crime is one of the most popular podcast genres. It’s also one of the most parodied and critiqued. But when it’s done right, it can uncover inequality, scrutinise the meaning of justice and subvert ideas about power. Critic and podcaster Stephanie Van Schilt has chronicled moments where true crime has hit on truth and put the voices of women or marginalised communities at the heart of the story.
Under The Hood with Radical Fashionism – what are the secret ingredients to making a conversational podcast standout from the crowd? PodcastOne producers Alex Mitchell and Darcy Thomson know the answer and will share all at this year’s Festival.
What I Wish I Knew – Industry experts and brilliant podcasters Adam Shand (PodcastOne), Georgia Moodie (ABC RN), Travis De Vries (Broriginals), Lindsey Green (People Movers) and Nikesh Murali (Indian Noir) give their past selves a good talking-to and share practical and priceless wisdom from their personal podcasting journeys.
Voice of the Iceberg – there’s dropping your phone down a toilet and then there’s dropping a contact mic into a glacier. Joseph Michael created Voice of the Iceberg from an incredible and harrowing adventure to the Antarctic peninsula. He discovered that each iceberg had its own character and unique sound.
Future Podcast – taking a leap of faith and creativity, podcasters Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist), Mark Pesce (The Next Billion Seconds) and Tamson Pietsch (History Lab) perform their much-loved podcasts live from the year 2062.
Hey Aunty! Live – Hey Aunty! podcast is a unique platform for black women, fems and non-binary siblings — confirming host Shantel Wetherall’s belief that it really is time to #listentoblackwomen. Live at The Calyx, this fireside chat between Shantel and two podcast legends is all about life, creativity and the incredible power of surrounding yourself with like-minded women.
Tickets to these events are no on sale from Vivid Sydney.
Roaming Brian has become must-watch viewing on Seven every Friday night but Brian Taylor is at a loss to explain why more AFL clubs haven’t embraced the segment.
Taylor tells the latest SuperFooty podcast why Roaming Brian makes for great television, the challenges he faces and which club is the most difficult to deal with.
BT also reveals what happens behinds the scenes in the commentary box and the impact legendary commentator Bruce McAvaney has had on him, and he rates his best commentators.
The podcast is sponsored by the TAB.
Hank Green, one of the founders of VidCon, this week revealed the online celebration convention will be coming to Australia for a third time later in 2019.
Green was also the co-founder of a US conference PodCon, you guessed it, about podcasts. He announced this week that after PodCon and PodCon 2, the event would not be back for a third time.
He detailed the reasons in a post at Medium:
The short version is: We couldn’t make it sustainable.
[Here also are a couple of points from his long version, which goes into some detail.]
Conventions are expensive to run and attend. We wanted to run a show that paid staff a living wage, paid for the travel expenses and lodging of all invited guests, looked and sounded fantastic to audiences, and invited a variety of guests without thinking only about whether they could sell tickets, but also the value of the perspectives they could provide. We couldn’t do that in a sustainable way and we’re unwilling to compromise on any of that stuff.
Sponsorships were extremely difficult to sell. Ultimately, this is how the convention business works, you need money from sponsors and exhibitors as well as ticket buyers.
Bill Clinton, along with his daughter Chelsea Clinton launched a podcast last week called Why Am I Telling You This, a nod to a phrase that the former president often uses to connect stories he tells in speeches.
CNN reported the podcast, which is meant to allow listeners to better engage with Clinton Foundation projects, will feature conversations between the former president, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff and a series of special guests and foundation partners about their lives, issues that have shaped the foundation’s work and the world.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not formally involved in the podcast, but she may appear in it at some point to support the foundation’s work.
• Seven & Nine jostle for #1: Seven ahead with News, Home And Away
• 10 claims #1 show under 50 with first MasterChef team challenge
By James Manning
• Seven News 1,020,000/977,000
• Nine News 946,000/937,000
• A Current Affair 768,000
• ABC News 717,000
• The Project 278,000/457,000
• 10 News First 393,000
• SBS World News 132,000
• Sunrise 279,000
• Today 191,000
Home And Away had its biggest audience of the week with 684,000 after nights on 679,000 and 640,000 earlier this week.
House Rules was up a little to 586,000 after 534,000 on Tuesday and 589,000 on Wednesday last week.
The second episode of The Bay did 397,000 after launching with 280,000.
A Current Affair had a second successive night just under 800,000 – its numbers this week from Monday have been 810,000, 769,000 and 768,000.
The second episode of the new season of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation was on 628,000 after 630,000 last week.
Part one of Decades: The Sensational 80s did 459,000.
The Project was on 457,000 after 7pm.
MasterChef lifted its weekly audience again with 664,000 watching the red team win the first team challenge this season. The show ranked #1 under 50.
The last night of Bull in the 8.30pm timeslot was on 241,000 and then 175,000. Five Bedrooms takes over the slot next week.
The Leader’s Debate took over the 7.30pm timeslot with an audience of 600,000.
The Weekly then did 589,000 after 616,000 a week ago.
Going Places With Ernie Dingo was the channel’s best with 192,000.
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.5%||7TWO||2.9%||GO!||4.2%||10 Bold||4.7%||VICELAND||0.9%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||2.4%||GEM||2.2%||10 Peach||2.3%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||10 Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||3.1%||7TWO||3.3%||GO!||4.4%||WIN Bold||4.7%||VICELAND||1.0%|
|ABC ME||1.1%||7mate||3.2%||GEM||3.1%||WIN Peach||2.8%||Food Net||0.7%|
|ABC NEWS||2.4%||7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)||2.6%||9Life||1.9%||Sky News on WIN||2.3%||NITV||0.2%|
|7food (QLD only)||0.4%|
|WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV|
16-39 Top Five
18-49 Top Five
25-54 Top Five
Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
The Australian Association of National Advertisers’ (AANA) board has welcomed a new director, Grant Blackley (pictured), chief executive officer & managing director of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA).
“I’m very pleased Grant will be joining the AANA Board. He brings with him more than 30 years’ experience leading some of the nation’s top broadcasters, including five years as CEO at the Ten Network and the past four as CEO at SCA. Having his perspective at the board table will help give us a 360 degree view of the issues impacting our industry,” the AANA’s chair, Matt Tapper, said.
Blackley will be the only media owner on the board that other compromises senior marketers from Lion, Woolworths, McDonald’s, Telstra, Coles, Nestle, Adobe and Toyota.
Blackley also chairs Commercial Radio Australia and is a director of Free TV Australia.
“I look forward to contributing to the great work the AANA board does advocating for national advertisers and, as custodians of the self-regulatory system, protecting our right to commercial free-speech,” Blackley said.
The announcement follows the appointments to the board in November of Andrew Hicks, director of marketing, Woolworths Food Group & Supermarkets; Martin Brown, director for eBusiness, strategy & marketing, Nestlé Oceania; and Lisa Ronson, chief marketing officer, Coles.
Blackley’s media industry career spans the past 30 years during which time he served in senior leadership roles at TEN Network Holdings Limited (TEN Network), finally as CEO from 2005 through to 2010.
Blackley was appointed CEO and managing director of Southern Cross Austereo in May 2015.
Matchbox Pictures and NBCUniversal International Studios have appointed Dan Munday (pictured) head of unscripted.
With over 20 years of experience in the US and Australia, working on titles including Survivor and more recently The Awesome Show for NBC, Munday officially joins Matchbox in June and will be based in Sydney.
Munday will oversee the creation, development and management of all Matchbox Pictures’ unscripted projects, as the company seeks to build on its production footprint both locally and internationally.
Originally from Australia, Munday is a veteran of unscripted television, having spent 14 years with award-winning producer Mark Burnett, during which he was involved in the development and production of numerous series including Survivor, The Apprentice, The Contender, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome and many other titles.
Managing Director for Matchbox Alastair McKinnon said of the appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Dan as Matchbox Pictures’ new head of unscripted. Dan is an ideas powerhouse, with a proven track record in the global industry. Dan’s vision, energy and enthusiasm make him the perfect choice to position our business for further growth both in Australia and internationally.”
Dan Munday said: “Heading up unscripted for Matchbox is a dream come true. I’m incredibly excited to move back home and work with one of Australia’s top production companies whilst also staying part of the NBC universe. It really is the perfect combination and I can’t wait to get started.”
Production company WTFN Entertainment has appointed Steve O’Halloran (pictured) to head up its branded content sales division.
O’Halloran, who will become the company’s new content and partnerships manager, joins WTFN having previously worked with Australian Radio Network and Southern Cross Austereo as group sales manager.
WTFN CEO Daryl Talbot said: “We’re delighted to have Steve join us in what is an exciting time for the business. We know he is highly respected across the industry, is well known to brands and agencies, and brings enormous expertise from his previous sales roles in radio and television.”
WTFN has a long tradition of producing high quality branded television content. Over two decades, we have produced series with a number of premium brands, and we look forward to working on many more with Steve on board,” he added.
WTFN produces several primetime network series including The Living Room, Paramedics and Bondi Vet, and has produced branded television content with SEEK, Nestle, Toyota, Penfold’s and McDonald’s.
The offices of The Canberra Times in Fyshwick could go under the hammer as new owner Antony Catalano reviews his freshly bought publishing assets, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.
The former Domain chief executive, backed by Alex Waislitz’s Thorney Investments, bought more than 160 of Nine Entertainment Co’s regional titles last week for $115 million, including The Canberra Times.
The deal was bundled with a portfolio of real estate that included a crown-jewel, the Canberra Times’ headquarters, a building expensively renovated by media king pin Kerry Stokes before it was owned by Fairfax.
Property sales will be among the first to go under Catalano’s ownership, with a vacant site and several offices from the $60 million portfolio likely to be sold quickly.
Nine Entertainment Co, has decided against sending journalists to report on Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten from the election hustings during most of the five-week campaign, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.
Nine Entertainment’s major newspapers, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, will not rejoin the two leaders on the trail until Sunday after sitting out the middle three weeks of the campaign.
The bill for sending at least two crew on the five-week campaign trail has been estimated as being as high as $50,000, including hotels, airfares, meals, taxi fares and other expenses.
Nine’s business newspaper, The Australian Financial Review, is on the campaign buses.
AAP has a journalist and photographer with both leaders throughout the entire campaign, plus a videographer with each for the first and last week.
Sky News has assigned a journalist and two cameramen with each leader during the campaign.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten fought back tears yesterday as he launched a scathing attack on The Daily Telegraph for an article the newspaper has written about his mother, reports ABC News’ Brett Worthington.
He has attracted the support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison in criticising the News Corporation publication, which, under the headline “Mother of Invention”, accused the Labor leader of omitting parts of his mother’s career while talking about the sacrifices she made to raise her children.
Shorten said his mother died from a catastrophic heart attack in her sleep in April 2014.
“I miss her every day,” he said.
“I’m glad she wasn’t here today to read that rubbish.”
Daily Telegraph columnist Andrew Bolt distanced himself from the article and said he supported the Herald Sun, another News Corp newspaper, in not running the article.
The media can be a rough game in this town but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten got it exactly right when he said The Daily Telegraph newspaper, the Herald’s rival, set a “new low” with a story making the sneering allegation that he had twisted the life story of his dead mother for political gain, comments an editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald.
While Shorten was the intended victim of the story, the piece was doubly unfortunate because it also grossly misunderstood the challenge for generations of women. Social media was flooded on Wednesday with people detailing the experiences of their mothers, most with remarkable similarity to Shorten’s mum.
While the Telegraph may have thought it was launching a precision strike, it has, in fact, shot itself in the foot.
It is hard to think of a more misguided intervention for readers who are now preparing for Mother’s Day and reflecting on the role of women in their lives.
Labor is bracing for an escalating assault from News Corp and fears further attacks in the final days of the election campaign after a furious Bill Shorten savaged Rupert Murdoch’s company over its reporting of his mother’s life and career, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s David Crowe.
Shorten and his senior colleagues accused the media empire of being a “cheer squad” for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and cited its use of tax havens in the Cayman Islands as one reason it wanted to stop Labor taking power on May 18.
The sharp criticism of Murdoch’s company and its tax affairs is seen as a warning shot in a deepening dispute after years of friction and negative stories about Labor throughout the campaign.
Bill Shorten’s teary press conference hitting back at a critical story in The Daily Telegraph about his account of his late-mother’s career has won praise from supporters, but has also been described by former News Corp executives and critics of the media giant as smart politics, report The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke and John McDuling.
Chris Mitchell former editor-in-chief of The Australian newspaper said he did not think the Telegraph article was as big of an attack on Shorten and Labor as it had been made out to be.
But he said Shorten’s response to it was clever. “[Newspapers] don’t have the influence they had before social media and 24 hour television,” he said.
Former News Corp Australia boss John Hartigan, an executive who spent more than 40 years at the Murdoch business including as editor of multiple major newspapers, said Shorten was not the first Labor leader who had “taken on News Corp”.
Hartigan defended the Telegraph story as “perfectly honest … It’s no doubt a little hypocritical to rely on peoples’ memories to remember she got a law degree”.
When a politician running for the highest office in the land bends the facts or omits certain details in order to suit his or her case, that is news, comments News Corp’s Tim Blair.
This applies even if those facts and details relate to a family member.
Shorten’s depiction of his mother as the put-upon victim of denied opportunities is linked to his campaign to become prime minister. This is why The Daily Telegraph yesterday published a front-page story covering the full background of Ann Shorten’s justifiably celebrated career.
Curiously, some critics of The Daily Telegraph’s story damned us for “attacking Bill Shorten’s deceased mum” and of digging up “dirt” on her.
In fact, The Daily Telegraph did exactly the opposite.
Anna Caldwell’s comprehensive piece contained no criticism at all of Ann Shorten, for the very good reason that she deserves none. What is there to criticise, much less attack?
Setting aside the anomaly that Australia is in the Eurovision Song Contest at all, we have in the space of four years built a formidable reputation in Europe’s oldest singing competition, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Idato.
Our competitors – Guy Sebastian in 2015, Dami Im in 2016, Isaiah Firebrace in 2017 and Jessica Mauboy in 2018 – placed fifth, second, ninth and 20th, in that order, out of more than 40 competing countries.
And while we have secured a long-term agreement to remain in Eurovision – before that agreement being signed, Australia’s delegation had to negotiate entry on a year-by-year basis with each host country – delegation chief Paul Clarke admits the pressure is always on to justify our presence.
“A number of the Eurovision board members said to me last year, Paul, I think we expected more from Australia,” Clarke says. “We were a little bit unlucky with the staging last year, that other people had similar ideas, and one of the thoughts in developing the pre-Eurovision competition Australia Decides was to develop our ideas much earlier.”
MotherFatherSon is a new BBC eight-part drama by Tom Rob Smith about a media tycoon, his estranged wife and the son he has brought up to inherit his company, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Stephanie Bunbury.
This is also very much like real life. Richard Gere plays Max the mogul, whose powers include anointing prime ministers as well as banishing inconvenient wives; Helen McCrory plays the mother of their son Caden. Caden was 10 when Max divorced Kathryn and forced her to give him full custody, subsequently raising him in his own image.
The adult Caden, played by Billy Howle, has been shoehorned into the editor’s chair at The National, the flagship quality paper in Max’s otherwise low-rent media empire.
The real tease of MotherFatherSon is the clear correspondence, despite their completely different life stories, between its main characters and the Murdoch clan. “We were all acutely aware of that,” says Howle.
Anyone watching would have at least a twinge of recognition, however; Howle even looks like the younger Lachlan Murdoch.
Tom Gleisner, Sam Pang and Santo Cilauro came up with the idea of doing a news quiz while they were hosting a show for Triple M during the London Olympics in 2012, reports News Corp’s Siobhan Duck.
The trio soon realised the concept would have legs as a TV show. That has always been the Working Dog team’s strength. They have a long history of turning simple concepts into must-see TV.
They also know how to make the news sound funny. For six years, Gleisner, Rob Sitch, Cilauro, Glenn Robbins and Kate Langbroek dissected the week’s news on The Panel.
Gleisner says Working Dog doesn’t have any film projects on the horizon. He says the team’s slate is full with their work on Have You Been Paying Attention? and the ABC’s Utopia, which stars Sitch as a frustrated bureaucrat.
Gleisner admires the work of his long-time pal and collaborator Sitch work on Utopia. And while his Working Dog colleagues regularly give Gleisner stick for his wooden acting, the Have You Been Paying Attention? host is no way near as harsh about Sitch’s acting abilities, describing him as “one of the country’s best”.
Gleisner and Sitch’s enduring friendship is living proof that it is possible to mix business and pleasure. The pair along with Cilauro and Jane Kennedy have been friends since university. The four, with producer Michael Hirsh, formed Working Dog Productions in 1993.
Israel Folau has been officially dumped by Asics a day after being found guilty of committing a high-level breach of Rugby Australia’s professional player’s code of conduct, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Tom Decent.
The sportswear company, also one of RA’s main sponsors, announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday night it was parting ways with the Wallabies star.
“ASICS is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society,” the company said in a statement. “We believe sport is for everyone and we champion inclusivity and diversity.
“While Israel Folau is entitled to his personal views, some of those expressed in recent social media posts are not aligned with those of ASICS. As such, our partnership with Israel has become untenable and he will no longer represent ASICS as a brand ambassador.”
Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones, who met with Folau before his hearing and provided a seven-page submission to the independent panel, said he did not believe the superstar footballer had breached his contract.
Being in football for 35 years allows Eddie McGuire to say anything, apparently, and remember he’s never got a story wrong in 35 years, reports News Corp’s Mark Robinson.
“My first title is football journalist, football reporter, football pundit,” he said with his radio hat on yesterday.
“And I’m the Collingwood president which is an unpaid part-time job. My job is to offer opinions and break news.”
So, he is a journalist. OK then.
But when asked by Triple M sidekick Luke Darcy about Carlton, McGuire switched hats.
“You put it to me as president of a club, given the fact I’ve been president of a club longer than any person who is alive at the moment, and beaten by two people in the game, so I’ve been around a bit,” McGuire said.
He says he has been an “accredited media AFL card carrier for 41 years”, but his recent record includes a racial gaffe about Adam Goodes, mocking double amputee Cynthia Banham’s coin toss, making gags about holding a female journalist’s head under water and making gags about GWS being in the “land of the falafel”.
He got the quaddie there – indigenous, Muslim, disabled and female violence.
How many journalists would keep their “card”, in fact how many people in football would keep their jobs, if they landed that quaddie?
The point is McGuire says he is a journalist, but he’s not made accountable like a journalist.