Monday May 28, 2018

2018 TV Week Logie Awards nominees announced

Nominees for the TV Week Logie Awards were announced on Sunday afternoon at The Star Gold Coast, ahead of the awards that will be announced on Sunday July 1 from the new home on the Logies on the Gold Coast.

Six stars will contest the TV Week Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television, as voted by the public. The nominees are broadcasting legend Amanda Keller, leading actors Jessica Marais and Rodger Corser, journalist and presenter Tracy Grimshaw, game show host Grant Denyer and real estate and lifestyle expert Andrew Winter.

This year live voting will take place for Most Popular nominees from Monday June 25 up until the end of the red-carpet telecast on Sunday July 1.

Voting for the nominees will take place at

“I would like to congratulate all this year’s nominees,” TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate said at the nominations announcement event at Nineteen at The Star. “The list proves what an exceptional year of TV we have enjoyed. I expect the race in all the Most Popular awards to go right down to the wire, so I urge everyone to get voting once again when live voting reopens on June 25 to make their votes count.”

See also: Logies shock! Date announced, eligibility changes categories slashed

Full list of nominations for the 2018 TV WEEK Logie Awards:

Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Network Ten)
Andrew Winter (Love It Or List It Australia/Selling Houses Australia, Foxtel – Lifestyle)
Grant Denyer (Family Feud/All Star Family Feud, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network; The Wrong Girl, Network Ten)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)
Tracy Grimshaw (A Current Affair, Nine Network)

Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly Files: Chopper, Nine Network)
Erik Thomson (800 Words, Channel Seven)
Luke McGregor (Rosehaven, ABC)
Ray Meagher (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)

Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven/Utopia, ABC)
Deborah Mailman (Cleverman, ABC)
Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network; The Wrong Girl, Network Ten)
Julia Morris (House Husbands, Nine Network)

Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Network Ten)
Andrew Winter (Love It Or List It Australia/Selling Houses Australia, Foxtel – Lifestyle)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Grant Denyer (Family Feud/All Star Family Feud, Network Ten)
Tracy Grimshaw (A Current Affair, Nine Network)

Dilruk Jayasinha (CRAM!, Network Ten; Utopia, ABC)
Matty Johnson (The Living Room, Network Ten)
Sam Frost (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Sophia Forrest (Love Child, Nine Network)
Sophie Dillman (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Doctor Doctor (Nine Network)
Home And Away (Channel Seven)
Love Child (Nine Network)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Wentworth (Foxtel – Showcase)

Anh’s Brush With Fame (ABC)
Family Feud (Network Ten)
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/Network Ten)
Hard Quiz (ABC)
The Project (Network Ten)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)
Here Come The Habibs (Nine Network)
Hughesy, We Have A Problem (Network Ten)
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)
True Story With Hamish & Andy (Nine Network)

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! (Network Ten)
Married At First Sight (Nine Network)
My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)
The Block (Nine Network)
Travel Guides (Nine Network)

Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)
Gardening Australia (ABC)
Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel – Lifestyle)
The Checkout (ABC)
The Living Room (Network Ten)

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – Showcase)
Doctor Doctor (Nine Network)
Harrow (ABC)
Top Of The Lake: China Girl (Foxtel – BBC First)
Wentworth (Foxtel – Showcase)

Romper Stomper (Stan)
Safe Harbour (SBS)
Seven Types Of Ambiguity (ABC)
Underbelly Files: Chopper (Nine Network)
Wake In Fright (Network Ten)

Damon Herriman (Lance Gowland, Riot, ABC)
Ewen Leslie (Ryan Gallagher, Safe Harbour, SBS)
Hugo Weaving (Alex Klima, Seven Types Of Ambiguity, ABC)
Lachy Hulme (Blake Farron, Romper Stomper, Stan)
Rodger Corser (Hugh Knight, Doctor Doctor, Nine Network)

Elisabeth Moss (Robin Griffin, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, Foxtel – BBC First)
Kate Atkinson (Vera Bennett, Wentworth, Foxtel – Showcase)
Kate Box (Marg McCann, Riot, ABC)
Leeanna Walsman (Bree Gallagher, Safe Harbour, SBS)
Pamela Rabe (Joan Ferguson, Wentworth, Foxtel – Showcase)

Aaron Pedersen (Frank Gibbs, A Place To Call Home, Foxtel – Showcase)
Alex Dimitriades (Doc Tydon, Wake In Fright, Network Ten)
Anthony Hayes (Mitch, Seven Types Of Ambiguity, ABC)
David Wenham (Jago Zoric, Romper Stomper, Stan)
Hazem Shammas (Ismail Al-Bayati, Safe Harbour, SBS)

Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth, Wentworth, Foxtel – Showcase)
Elsa Cocquerel (Michelle, Wolf Creek, Stan)
Jacqueline McKenzie (Gabe Jordan, Romper Stomper, Stan)
Jenni Baird (Regina Standish, A Place To Call Home, Foxtel – Showcase)
Nicole Chamoun (Zahra Al-Bayati, Safe Harbour, SBS)

Crash The Bash (Foxtel – Nickelodeon)
Get Arty (Channel Seven)
Grace Beside Me (NITV)
Little J & Big Cuz (NITV)
Mustangs FC (ABC ME)

2017 AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
2017 Australian Open Men’s Final (Channel Seven)
Bathurst 1000 (Network Ten)
Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquiao (Foxtel – MAIN EVENT)
The 2017/2018 Ashes (Nine Network)

“Don Burke Special” (A Current Affair, Nine Network)
“Escape From Salt Creek” (60 Minutes, Nine Network)
“Haiti Uncovered” (Sunday Night, Channel Seven)
“Pumped” (Four Corners, ABC)
“The Siege” (Four Corners, ABC)

Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar (Channel Seven)
Struggle Street (SBS)
The Queen & Zak Grieve (Foxtel – Crime + Investigation)
War On Waste (ABC)
You Can’t Ask That (ABC)

Gold Logie battle just weeks away: Tracy, Amanda, Jess, Andrew, Grant or Rodger?

• Too close to call: Even after seeing the nominee votes, TV Week can’t pick Gold Logie winner
• TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate on the changing tastes of TV viewers

By James Manning

Any doubts that the TV Week Logie Awards might have trouble luring stars to its new home on the Gold Coast were blown out of the surf yesterday when five of the six Gold Logie nominees travelled to the Goldie for the announcement ceremony.

SEE MORE2018 TV Week Logie Awards nominees announced

Ironically the only person missing was Gold Coast local Andrew Winter, who was unwell and unable to attend.

Thomas Woodgate

TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate said there were many surprised that both Amanda Keller and Andrew Winter were nominated. “There were less people surprised to see Tracy Grimshaw nominated, given her support from Nine colleagues,” Woodgate told Mediaweek shortly after the nominees were revealed.

“Amanda, Andrew and Tracy have not been nominated before and when you add them to Rodger Corser, Grant Denyer and Jessica Marais it is a very strong list and I am very happy with it.”

This is an excerpt from the full article, which appears on Mediaweek Premium. Read the full article hereor subscribe to Mediaweek Premium here.

Top photo: The 2018 Gold Logie nominees (minus Andrew Winter) – Grant Denyer, Tracy Grimshaw, Amanda Keller, Rodger Corser and Jessica Marais

Fiveaa PD Craig Munn promoted to station manager in Nova Adelaide restructure

Nova Entertainment has announced changes to the leadership structure of its local Adelaide stations, with two senior leaders appointed to new positions at Nova 919 and Fiveaa.

In an email to staff on Friday the following changes were detailed:

Current Fiveaa program director Craig Munn has been appointed to the role of station manager Fiveaa and current sales director Katie Bridges has been appointed to the new role of commercial director and market lead.

Craig Munn

Nova Entertainment said the re-organisation has been designed to ensure that the specific needs of each of the local stations’ clients and audiences are met.

The role of general manager has been abolished, which means current Adelaide general manager Neil O’Reilly will be leaving Nova Entertainment at the end of June.

Katie Bridges

CEO Cathy O’Connor told staff: “Neil has made a strong contribution to our Adelaide stations and has been passionate about local listeners and local advertisers. We wish him the best as he moves on to the next stage of his career…”

Neil O’Reilly said: “I’ve had nothing but great experiences as leader of these two iconic Adelaide radio brands and I’m looking forward to a new challenge. Both Katie and Craig are well qualified to lead this next era of Nova Entertainment in Adelaide.”

Ita Buttrose, Lisa Wilkinson return as judges for The Weekly’s Women of the Future awards

Bauer Media has announced AGL as headline sponsor of The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Women of the Future awards for 2018.

Now in their sixth year, the 2018 Women of the Future awards will recognise women aged 18-35 with a business, innovation or charity idea, competing for an overall prize pool of $200,000. This year’s award categories are Innovation and Technology, Entrepreneur and Business, and Community Health and Charity.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, media personalities Ita Buttrose and Lisa Wilkinson, and The Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Nicole Byers return as judges for the awards. The new members joining them on the panel are deputy leader of the opposition Tanya Plibersek, AGL’s Stakeholder Relations executive general manager Lisa Harrington and OzHarvest Australia founder and CEO Ronni Kahn.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with AGL on the Women of the Future initiative,” said The Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Nicole Byers. “These awards showcase The Weekly’s long-standing engagement to support and promote the leaders of tomorrow, and with AGL’s work to create a future of equality, the partnership makes perfect sense. We’re also very pleased to welcome Tanya, Lisa and Ronni to the judging panel.”

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ABC News names Eric Tlozek and Adam Harvey as new Middle East Correspondents

Eric Tlozek and Adam Harvey have been named as the new Middle East correspondents for the ABC’s bureaus in Jerusalem and Beirut.

Tlozek’s new role as Jerusalem-based correspondent follows his posting in Papua New Guinea, where stories he broke included the Manus Island detention centre and PNG’s political crisis.

Harvey’s role as Beirut-based correspondent will follow his current posting in Jakarta, where he covered security threats and terror attacks, an increasingly assertive China, and the violent populism of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.

In June last year Harvey also became the story when he was shot in the neck while covering the battle for Marawi in the Philippines.

Tlozek and Harvey take over the Middle East posts from Matt Brown and Sophie McNeill, who both won multiple awards for their reporting from the region.

McNeill has joined Four Corners while Brown remains in the Middle East in a role yet to be revealed.

The starting dates for the postings will be announced in the coming weeks, as will recruitment details for both the Jakarta and the Port Moresby roles.

Top photo: Eric Tlozek and Adam Harvey

Photos: 5 Seconds of Summer at Nova's Red Room in Sydney

Nova Entertainment took over Sydney’s Metro Theatre for its Red Room event with 5 Seconds of Summer last week.

More than 200 fans watched the Australian band perform live. Nova’s nightly host Kent “Smallzy” Small was the emcee for the event.

Members of 5SOS – Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin and Michael Clifford – performed five songs including their upcoming single “Valentine”, which was leaked earlier this year. The set list for the night was: “Girls Talk Boys”, “Valentine”, “Youngblood”, “Jet Black Heart” and “Want You Back”.

“I don’t suppose anyone listened to the leaked version? No? No,” Hemmings joked.

Smallzy with 5 Seconds Of Summer

Geordie Shore’s Chrysten Zenoni and Stephanie Farag

5 Seconds Of Summer: Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin and Michael Clifford

Nova’s Kent “Smallzy” Small

Actor Orpheus Pledger

ARIA Charts: 5SOS first Aussie #1 since 2016, Courtney Barnett just misses #1

• Singles: “Youngblood” takes 5SOS to the top as they outperform superstars
• Albums: So close! Courtney Barnett just misses top spot with “Tell Me How…”

By James Manning


After a chart year so far dominated by international superstars, how refreshing is it to get an Aussie act at the top? After six weeks on the chart, and buoyed by a visit home, 5 Seconds Of Summer have worked their way to the top with “Youngblood”, up from #3 last week. The song is the first Aussie hit to top the singles chart in close to two years (with The Veronicas’ “In My Blood” in July 2016). It is also the second 5SOS #1 single here after “She Looks So Perfect” in March 2014. It’s a remarkable achievement this week from 5SOS when you look at the other talent and chart-pulling power of the artists who could have been #1 this week – Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Calvin Harris, Drake (again), Ariana Grande, the deserving Amy Shark or Khalid.

5SOS played in Sydney for Nova’s Red Room last week. See photos from the event above.

Just three artists debuted inside the top 50 this week:

#36BTS with “Fake Love”. The K-pop superstars also made a splash on the album chart this week.
#39Clean Bandit with “Solo” featuring Nicki Minaj
#50Backstreet Boys with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”


First of all, congratulations to Post Malone for pushing “Beerbongs & Bentleys” back to #1 for the second time in four weeks. But really, at what cost?

That chart resurgence has cost Courtney Barnett a chart-topping debut with her second album “Tell Me How You Really Feel”. However, landing at #2 already ranks it a stronger performer than “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”, which peaked at #4 in 2015. Her well-reviewed new album is a joy to listen to and hopefully it will linger on the chart for some time.

There were six new arrivals in the top 50 this week, four of them hitting the top 10. The other five are:

#4 Five Finger Death Punch with “And Justice For None” – another unrelenting metal band from Las Vegas.
#6 BTS with “Love Yourself: Tear” – a solid debut for the massive K-pop masters.
#9 Deadpool 2 soundtrack, which joins plenty of movie music still hanging around the chart including Moana at 75 weeks.
#14 James Bay with “Electric Light”. Mixed opinions have greeted the release of Bay’s second album.
#45 West Thebarton with “Different Things Being Different” – the debut album from Adelaide hard rockers.

Top photos: 5SOS at Nova’s Red Room last week, Courtney Barnett (credit: Rene Oonk / Shutterstock)

TV Ratings Analysis: Week 21 summary

• Have You Been Paying Attention? and MasterChef turn it on for TEN

By James Manning

Seven finished first with a primary channel lead of 1.1 over Nine, while Seven had a clear lead in combined channel share with 30.0% to Nine’s 26.7%.

Nine was again leading the week in primary share after five nights, but the AFL helped secure Seven a lead on Friday, which then increased on Saturday.

Nigella Lawson Week on MasterChef helped TEN secure its best share since January. MasterChef was also the #1 non-news program for the week all people and the network had the top three shows 25-54 with Have You Been Paying Attention ranking #1.

TV Ratings Analysis: Sunday May 27

• Ramsay rocks The Voice: MasterChef way ahead in key demos
• Nine wins Sunday with News, The Voice and 60 Minutes combo
• Love Island launch on Go! and later on Nine gets 400,000

Brock Ashby performs in The Voice live finals last week

By James Manning


House Rules contestants were rushing to finish their rooms in Maryborough, Queensland, which created some nasty friction amongst the players before they heard from the judges. David and Chiara shocked the judges and finished on top of the leaderboard with 23 points. The audience of 795,000 was close to the Sunday crowd of 798,000 a week ago.

Jacqui Lambie was a star attraction on Sunday Night with host Melissa Doyle back from her royal wedding triumph as the show did 444,000.

Crimes That Shook The World then did 188,000.


The second episode of the live finals of The Voice started with Aydan Calafiore and again it was Boy George offering the most realistic review of what the audience had just heard. Maybe that wasn’t true of his comments throughout the whole night though! The episode did 896,000 after 875,000 in this timeslot a week ago.

Tara Brown led 60 Minutes with a special episode looking at the police investigation into the murder of schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer. The episode did 721,000. Although the episode of 60 Minutes that screened a week ago initially reported an overnight metro audience of 777,000, it was later corrected to 428,000 because of The Voice running over time.


Love Island started on Go! last night with Sophie Monk on hosting duties in Mallorca, Spain. The series also got a late night repeat on Nine. The numbers: 155,000 on Go! and then 246,000 on Nine.


The Sunday edition of The Project featured TEN’s Gold Logie nominees Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer live from the Gold Coast with 479,000 watching, which was enough for a top 10 finish.

MasterChef started Gordon Ramsay week with a mystery box challenge that delivered some intriguing dishes and a barrage of beeped F-bombs. Sashi Cheliah performed best and secured a place in the next immunity challenge. There was then another round to identify two who would join him and also to identify three who would be on Monday’s pressure test to face elimination. The Sunday audience of 903,000 was the second-best audience this season. The episode was a clear leader in all demos for the night.

Roseanne followed on 392,000 after 400,000 a week ago.

NCIS then did 213,000.


Attenborough And The Evil Empire Of The Ants did 541,000 with Sir David in the Swiss Jura Mountains.

The final of the three-part UK drama Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence was on 469,000.


The 7.30 doco slot was filled by Britain’s Pompeii and the repeat episode After Stonehenge on 225,000.

The 8.30pm doco on the king followed with 192,000 watching Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

Week 22 TV: Sunday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.7% 7 17.5% 9 23.7% TEN 14.5% SBS One 5.0%
ABC 2 2.1% 7TWO 3.3% GO! 3.6% ONE 2.6% VICELAND 0.5%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 5.2% GEM 3.2% ELEVEN 2.4% Food Net 0.4%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 1.5% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 14.5% 27.8% 32.1% 19.5% 6.1%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.4% 7 19.1% 9 21.8% WIN 11.7% SBS One 4.0%
ABC 2 2.4% 7TWO 4.1% GO! 4.1% ONE 2.3% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 5.2% GEM 5.3% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 0.9% 7flix 1.7% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 14.7% 30.1% 33.3% 16.3% 5.8%
84.4% 15.6%
All People Rankings

Friday FTA

  1. Seven News Seven 900,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 833,000
  3. Nine News Nine 784,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 763,000
  5. Better Homes And Gardens Seven 556,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 552,000
  7. ABC News ABC 544,000
  8. The Chase Australia Seven 541,000
  9. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Seven 504,000
  10. Endeavour ABC 495,000


Saturday FTA

  1. Seven News Seven 810,000
  2. Nine News Nine 741,000
  3. ABC News ABC 685,000
  4. Father Brown ABC 649,000
  5. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Seven 401,000
  6. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football – Post Match Seven 350,000
  7. Back Roads (R) ABC 341,000
  8. M: Iron Man 3 Seven 340,000
  9. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) Seven 318,000
  10. Ambulance UK Ten 316,000
Sunday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,179,000
  2. Nine News Nine 1,105,000
  3. MasterChef Australia Ten 903,000
  4. The Voice Nine 896,000
  5. House Rules Seven 795,000
  6. ABC News ABC 739,000
  7. 60 Minutes Nine 721,000
  8. Attenborough And The Empire Of The Ants ABC 541,000
  9. The Sunday Project 7pm Ten 479,000
  10. Seven’s AFL: Sunday Afternoon Football Seven 469,000
  11. Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence ABC 469,000
  12. Sunday Night Seven 444,000
  13. Roseanne Ten 392,000
  14. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 306,000
  15. Sunday Afternoon NRL Live Nine 301,000
  16. The Sunday Project 6.30pm Ten 281,000
  17. Weekend Sunrise Seven 265,000
  18. Weekend Today Nine 261,000
  19. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (R) ABC 256,000
  20. Love Island Australia -Launch -Encore Nine 246,000
Sunday Multichannel
  1. M: The Avengers-PM 7mate 222,000
  2. Dot.-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 199,000
  3. Olobob Top-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 195,000
  4. Bananas In Pyjamas-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 185,000
  5. Thomas And Friends-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 180,000
  6. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  7. Play School-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 175,000
  8. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 173,000
  9. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line -7ETPW.3OPM 171,000
  10. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 169,000
  11. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  12. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 163,000
  13. Fireman Sam-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  14. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line – E2 -PM 7TWO 155,000
  15. Love Island Australia -Launch 9GO! 155,000
  16. Midsomer Murders 9Gem 153,000
  17. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line -PM 7TWO 144,000
  18. Jamillah And Aladdin-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  19. Kazoops!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  20. Sesame Street-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
Sunday Subscription TV
  1. Live: NRL Wests Tigers v Bulldogs FOX LEAGUE 275,000
  2. Live: NRL Knights v Sharks FOX LEAGUE 202,000
  3. Live: AFL Hawthorn v West Coast FOX FOOTY 196,000
  4. Live: AFL Fremantle v North Melbourne FOX FOOTY 190,000
  5. Live: Motorsport: F1: Monaco Race FOX SPORTS 506 6 167,000
  6. Live: Sunday Night With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 128,000
  7. Live: Bounce FOX FOOTY 126,000
  8. Live: AFL Melbourne v Adelaide FOX SPORTS 503 125,000
  9. Live: F1: Monaco Pit Lane Race Day FOX SPORTS 506 106,000
  10. Live: Sunday Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 82,000
  11. Live: UCL: Real Madrid v Liverpool beIN SPORTS 1 72,000
  12. NCISTVH!TS 58,000
  13. Live: NRL Sunday Ticket FOX LEAGUE 57,000
  14. Live: NBA Playoffs ESPN 52,000
  15. Live: F1: Monaco Paddock Live FOX SPORTS 506 48,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 43,000
  17. NCISTVH!TS 41,000
  18. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 39,000
  19. The Simpsons FOX8 39,000
  20. NCIS: Los Angeles TVH!TS 38,000

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

Media News Roundup

Business Of Media

Starcom Australia creates three new national leadership roles

Starcom Australia CEO Toby Barbour has created three new national leadership roles with the aim to deliver positive customer experience and return on experience for clients.

Simone Galletly, Stu Carr, Nancy Lan with Starcom CEO Toby Barbour

The move comes after the 2018 Starcom Media Future report showed that very positive brand experiences have 10 times the impact on consumer brand choice. Return on Experience (ROE) is an additional measure that works in tandem with Return On Investment (ROI).

Simone Galletly joins Starcom as national planning director from parent company Publicis Groupe, where she was the global strategy director, based in London. Stu Carr returns to Starcom from Publicis Media’s analytics department. Carr has been appointed to the role of national head of measurement. Meanwhile, Nancy Lan has been promoted to national commercial partnerships director. She was previously Sydney agency director at the company. All three appointments will report to Barbour.

“These appointments will strengthen our national leadership team as we deliver on our strategy of client-obsessed value creation and Return on Experience. The findings from our 2018 Media Futures report, the only study of its kind that uses a combination of consumer and industry research with marketers and media owners, has evolved our focus for client investment,” Barbour said.

“We will apply our insights to closing the expectation gap by satisfying the tension between what people want and what brands need to create – connected experiences that drive human and business outcomes. The ROE framework will be a key indicator of our business success. I am delighted to announce Simone, Stu and Nancy to these new roles and I am confident they will help create the next level of insights for clients as we look to deliver the best brand experiences for consumers.”

These additional leadership team appointments join recently appointed Melbourne managing director Stuart Jaffray, who was previously BMW general manager of marketing.

Jenna Clarke joins BuzzFeed Australia as its first head of originals

BuzzFeed Australia has announced Jenna Clarke as its first head of BuzzFeed originals.

Jenna Clarke

In this role, Clarke will oversee entertainment and lifestyle content and editorial strategy for the BuzzFeed brand in Australia. She will lead the team of writers, editors, video producers and social media specialists who create content for BuzzFeed’s cross-platform network.

With a journalism career spanning more than 13 years, Clarke has held roles at Fairfax Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Seven and Nova 93.7. Most recently, she was the digital managing editor at Bauer Media, overseeing titles including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan Australia.

Clarke will report into BuzzFeed Australia’s general manager and editor-in-chief Simon Crerar.

“We’re thrilled to have Jenna joining the BuzzFeed team. She brings such a wealth of knowledge across print, TV, radio and digital publishing, and deep experience gained from so many Australian entertainment and lifestyle brands. Jenna’s the ideal person to take BuzzFeed’s entertainment content to the next level here in Australia,” said Crerar.

Clarke will join BuzzFeed’s Sydney-based team on June 25.

News Corp launches two-week campaign for National Reconciliation Week

News Corp Australia is continuing its long-standing support of National Reconciliation Week with a print advertising campaign across the early general news sections of 16 metro and regional mastheads.

For two weeks from Monday May 28, News Corp Australia will run half-page and medium strip print ads in support of Reconciliation Australia and National Reconciliation Week. It will promote this year’s theme, Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

Penny Fowler, News Corp Australia’s community ambassador and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group chair, said: “We will always tell the stories that inform, advocate and inspire people to build a better Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all Australians.

“We are proud to support Reconciliation Australia and National Reconciliation Week by ensuring the message of encouraging curiosity and ongoing learning about our history are front and centre with our audience of over 16 million Australians.

“Reconciliation is not primarily the business of corporations or even governments – it’s everybody’s business – and at News Corp Australia, we take this responsibility very seriously.”

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine said: “Don’t Keep History a Mystery is a call to action, prompting Australians to learn more about our shared history. In turn, we hope this will bring more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community together to promote a unified nation.”

More information about Reconciliation Week here.

Could Seven or Foxtel secure rights to new version of “C’mon Aussie C’Mon”?

The rights to “C’mon Aussie C’mon”, Australian sport’s most famous anthem, are up for grabs, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff:

Contrary to popular myth, the recording rights to “C’mon Aussie” are not owned by the estate of the late Packer, John “Strop” Cornell or Nine.

Instead, The Australian can reveal the rights were signed over by Packer and Cornell to the composers who wrote the song, Allan “Jo” Johnston and the late Alan “Mo” Morris – better known in combination as “Mojo” – in 1978.

Now, exactly 40 years after the original song was written in the dawn of Packer’s World Series Cricket, Johnston has written and sung a new version of the anthem to familiarise the public with Australia’s new-look cricket team, and to lift fans’ spirits in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

The audio of the new version, “C’mon Aussie Revisited”, exclusively unveiled on today, references everyone from captain Tim Paine, to fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon. Paine tonight begins his first full tour as captain when the team flies to England for a one-day series.

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News Brands

WIN Corp partners with Sky News for FTA new channel in 29 regional markets

After discussions to bring Sky News and Sky News Business content to FTA viewers on Nine and Seven, the channel is aligning with WIN Corporation for a channel called Sky News on WIN.

The channel will offer programming from Sky News, Fox Sports News and Sky Weather and will be seen across the WIN Network’s 29 markets. No date has been revealed for the launch.

The details of the partnership come on the day that the Sky News offerings change channels on the Foxtel platform.

Sky News Live now broadcasts across two channels – 103 and 600.

Sky News Business is now located at channel 601.

Fox Sports News is now available on channel 602, as well as remaining on channel 500.

Sky News Weather still calls channel 603 home.

Sky News Extra, formally A-PAC, now broadcasts on channel 604.

Sky News UK HD has launched as a stand-alone channel on 605.

Sky News Live is now also available as an audio stream with a new online radio platform.

Seven’s Sunday Night goes from Meghan and Harry to Vikki and Barnaby

It’s the country’s most sought-after interview, and a likely ratings bonanza: the rights to the exclusive chat with Barnaby Joyce and his partner, Vikki Campion.

The Weekend Australian understands the rights have been won by Seven’s Sunday Night, after a bidding war with Nine’s 60 Minutes, reports Nick Tabakoff.

It is believed Seven paid about $150,000 for the interview.

Joyce, who had been on a salary of more than $416,000 as deputy prime minister, now receives a backbencher’s base salary of $203,030, and has also lost a series of perks that went with his former role.

He is also writing a political memoir for Melbourne University Press, the sales of which will help cushion the financial blow and deal with the potential implications of his upcoming divorce.

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Senator calls on ABC to cease endless expansion and refocus on core mission

Liberal senator James Paterson writes in The AFR:

The Treasury’s competitive neutrality review and a three-year freeze to the ABC’s funding present an opportunity for the national broadcaster to cease its endless expansion and refocus on its core mission of providing services that can’t easily be provided by the private and community sectors.

Unfortunately, rather than making the tough decisions necessary, the ABC has instead chosen to respond with a clumsy attempt at political blackmail.

This shows why the ABC charter must be amended by parliament to ensure it delivers services that can’t be met by non-government providers, rather than the continued creation of a giant media conglomerate that is already making our media landscape less diverse.

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Mark Day and Aaron Patrick on Les Hinton’s book on his years with News Corp

There have been two significant reviews of former News Corp executive Les Hinton’s new book over the past few days, both by people with a long history with Hinton’s former employer.

Aaron Patrick in The AFR:

Power doesn’t last forever. Most of the Murdoch family empire is being sold, son Lachlan has been crowned heir of what’s left, and Murdoch’s ageing court has mostly dissipated. The time has come, finally, for some insiders to start sharing their Murdoch stories.

The first comes from someone who could barely be closer to the Sun King, Leslie Hinton. (Apart from family, perhaps only News Corp CEO Robert Thomson became closer.) “The Bootle Boy” describes Hinton’s journey from working-class son of a British army cook, to Adelaide Advertiser copy boy, to CEO of Dow Jones, the publisher that owns The Wall Street Journal.

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Mark Day in The Australian:

Leslie Hinton has always had a way with words. As a copy boy and newspaper cadet in Adelaide in the early 1960s he frequently declared his only ambition in life was to be a reporter – the best newspaper writer he could be.

His ambition was derailed. He became a manager, first with Rupert Murdoch’s US publishing and broadcasting interests, then for 12 years as the head of News International in London, before taking over as the chief executive of Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal.

His career ended when he resigned – fell on his sword – after the extent of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal became apparent in 2011. He declares he did not know what was happening, but it happened on his watch and so the honourable thing to do was to offer his resignation.

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Former Australian bowler Damien Fleming to join Seven’s cricket team

Damien Fleming, former Australian fast-medium bowler, is to join Seven’s cricket team.

Damien Fleming

Fleming played for Australia across Tests and ODIs including a Test hat-trick on debut and a key role in the 1999 World Cup winning team. After his playing career he’s worked in the commentary box on television and radio where fans have enjoyed his entertaining and insightful “bowlology” theories.

Damien Fleming commented:

“Channel 7 has delivered iconic sports coverage to Australians for many years so it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to join its cricket broadcast team and contribute to something really special.

“It will be exciting to continue my relationship with Ricky Ponting in the commentary box and I’m sure all Aussie cricket fans will enjoy the innovative new coverage Seven will be bringing to Big Bash and Test match cricket.”

Seven head of cricket Dave Barham said:

“There was no ‘avenue of apprehension’ when it came to getting Flem to Seven. He is a highly entertaining commentator with theories and expressions that resonate with fans, and cricket and bowling knowledge that’s second to none.”

The Fleming signing follows the recent announcement that Ricky Ponting will call Test matches and BBL on Seven.

Amazon close to signing broadcast deal for the star-studded Laver Cup tennis

Online shopping behemoth Amazon is believed to be close to signing a two-year broadcast deal for the star-studded tennis upstart competition the Laver Cup, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

The deal would see Amazon broadcast the tournament, named after Australian tennis great Rod Laver, in Australia via its Prime Video service, which launched in 2016, as revealed by the Financial Review, ahead of Amazon’s wider launch late last year.

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