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Mediaweek TV: 2.30pm today on Sky News Business

Joining Mediaweek editor James Manning today is Ken Shipp, Director of Sports, SBS.

SBS is again the FTA home of the World Cup this year. However this tournament from Russia will see them in partnership with rights holder Optus. SBS this week revealed its ad partners for its coverage which starts with the first match on Thursday June 14.

Mediaweek’s James Manning spoke with Ken Shipp earlier today and asked him how is SBS able to again secure the world’s biggest sporting event.

Behind Brisbane's #1 breakfast show: “We have three very loose cannons here”

The secret to a successful breakfast radio show is genuine friendship. That is what many presenters tell Mediaweek anyway.

By Kruti Joshi

This is what has kept Hit 105’s Stav Davidson and Abby Coleman going in the last seven years as members of the on-air team came and went. The duo first started hosting breakfast on the station, owned by Southern Cross Austereo, in 2011. Matty Acton joined the show at the beginning of 2017.

“Radio is a dying art form,” Davidson told Mediaweek, exhibiting the sarcastic sense of humour that he is known for.

“No, no, no, no,” Coleman said in quick successions, cutting her co-host off.

“We are enjoying the tail end of its life before it all goes onto podcasts and streaming. It’s been fun and I am now looking forward to the next challenge,” Davidson continued as his co-hosts laughed in the background.

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

The Teacher's Pet: Hedley Thomas investigates 1982 Lyn Dawson disappearance in new podcast

Five-times Walkley Award-winning journalist and The Australian’s national chief correspondent, Hedley Thomas, has spent the last six months investigating the 1982 disappearance of Lyn Dawson.

By Kruti Joshi

This is the News Corp journalist’s longest investigative work in 30 years. He first reported on the case 17 years ago, when the first coronial proceedings into the disappearance had been finalised. The case remains a mystery, which Thomas is determined to make clearer. He has chosen to tell the story behind Dawson’s disappearance through a minimum of an eight-episode podcast series called The Teacher’s Pet.

“This case is a stain on the NSW justice system,” Thomas told Mediaweek.

Since the disappearance of Dawson over three decades ago, there have been two coroner’s inquests conducted, in 2001 and 2003, which concluded that she was murdered. Her killer was allegedly her husband, footballer and school teacher Chris Dawson. However, Lyn Dawson’s body was never found and no charges were ever laid.

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

Optus Sport reveals new 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign

Optus Sport has launched a new campaign announcing its position as the exclusive Australian broadcaster airing all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The telco is wanting to take a major step to convince sports fans that Optus is the home of the best international football in Australia.

Ben White, managing director for product and marketing, said, “Our campaign, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful’, celebrates the dramatic moments of the World Cup.

“This campaign embraces the moments that lift us, unite us, confuse us and, occasionally, send us spiralling into a rage. Quite simply, these moments can come from any game, at any time which is why Optus Sport is excited to be sharing it all.”

Australian football fans wanting to catch every match of the World Cup will need to be either an Optus customer or pay a separate fee. The coverage on Optus Sport will be available on two 24/7 channels with all 64 matches both live and on demand.

For the first time, Optus Sport will be available to non-customers for a monthly subscription fee.

“We wanted a campaign that captures the spirit of the game, but also the sheer entertainment value of the tournament for all fans,” White said.

Optus Sport is the only place to watch all 64 games, with the tournament shown live and on demand.

For the first time, Optus Sport will be available to non-Optus customers for a $15 per month subscription fee.

The agency 72andSunny APAC created the campaign for Optus Sport.

“Capturing all the emotion of being able to watch every moment of the world’s most viewed tournament was a cool brief,” said Johnny Tan, executive creative director at 72andSunny APAC. “We hope the campaign shines a small light on the effect that football has on all parts of modern Australia.”

Watch the video commercial at

Cancelled! So how many people were actually watching Roseanne in Australia?

Advertisers in the US are going to need to find another hit TV program to invest in now that Roseanne has gone. In Australia, that’s not so much of a problem.

Gone! Network Ten cancels any further Roseanne screenings and drags episodes from tenplay

While Network Ten was pulling a reasonable crowd, the absence of the show in the TEN schedule won’t be causing advertisers any major headaches.

The episode screened here last week on Sunday night May 20 had a metro audience of 400,000 and regional was 140,000. For the episode on May 27 the metro audience was 392,000.

Roseanne ranked #1 in the 18-49 category in the US. It wasn’t that powerful here. However, when taking out multiple appearances of the same series on the chart, Roseanne managed to make the top 20 in that demo here.

Roseanne was part of Network Ten’s recent ratings growth and in the 18-49 category was one of five shows that TEN had in the metro top 20 that appeal to advertisers targeting that demographic. The others are Have You Been Paying Attention?, MasterChef, Shark Tank and The Project.

Antony Catalano to work with Domain again, after investment in Tomorrow

The founder of Metro Media Publishing and founding CEO of Domain Group, Antony Catalano, has purchased a stake in Tomorrow Agency/Media Plus (“Tomorrow”). He will become an executive director of the business from July 1.

Tomorrow is one of Australia’s largest, property-specific media buyers and represents an advertising budget of millions of dollars per annum for Domain, REA Group and many other media channels.

Catalano, who resigned from Domain Holdings Australia Ltd in January, has a long history with Tomorrow and its directors Anthony Bray, Ian Hickey and Lars Weisenberger.

“I am honoured and excited to be joining my friends Ian, Ant and Lars at Tomorrow, an agency which has always had a very special place in my heart,” Catalano said.

“Tomorrow helped Domain grow into an amazing business, and joining the partnership here feels like coming home. Ian, Ant and Lars have built an incredible team of people who really are leaders in their field. I am excited about playing a role in the further development of the agency to see where we can go next.

“Property is in my blood and I love nothing better than helping developers, marketers and agents grow value in their businesses. It’s a passion that Ian, Ant, Lars and I share.

“I am also looking forward to continuing my involvement with Domain via this role as its largest client.”

In addition to the media buying arm, Tomorrow also has a branding and design studio, headed by Weisenberger.

Tomorrow has 32 employees in offices in Melbourne and Brisbane. There are plans for national expansion, a move which will be aided by the inclusion of Catalano.

The agency represents clients such as Far East Consortium, C-Bus Property, AV Jennings, Colliers International, Knight Frank, Metro Property, SP Setia, Glenvill, Grocon, Little Projects, Frasers Property and Castran Gilbert.

Digital ad revenue up 13% in Q1 2018 YOY, but down 3.5% on Q4 2017

Digital advertising revenue reached $2.1 billion for the first quarter of 2018, driven by significant growth in both video and mobile advertising, according to the Online Advertising Expenditure Report released by IAB/PwC.

The report also highlights a shift in advertising spend with marketers favouring General Display advertising over both Classifieds and Search & Directories.

While the overall digital advertising revenue increased 13% year on year, General Display advertising recorded 20.3% growth in the same period. Classifieds increased 11.2% year and Search recorded 8.8% year on year growth. Both video and mobile advertising were up (38% and 39% respectively) in Q1 2018 versus Q1 2017, with video reaching $320 million for the quarter, representing 42% of the total General Display advertising category.

Total revenues for Q1 were down 3.5% versus December 2017, reflecting a standard seasonal trend where the March quarter tends to be softer following the Christmas period.

The IAB / PwC Online Advertising Expenditure Report is now in its 11th year of revenue reporting for the digital industry.

The IAB said the data shows that the Australian market more closely resembles the UK than either the US or NZ markets, with Display advertising representing 36% and 35% of ad expenditure in Australia and the UK (respectively) compared to 50% of ad spend in the US. Similarly Australia’s share of video advertising as a proportion of total online advertising is 38%, in line with the UK’s 39% and significantly higher than both the US (29%) and NZ (23%).

According to the Q1 report, auto advertisers continue to be the largest investors in digital display advertising at 18.3% share of spend. However, the FMCG industry is increasing its spend and is now the largest advertiser category for video advertising at 12.2%.

Overall the range of industries investing in video has diversified over the last 12 months, with industries including Finance (10.8%) and Telecommunications (8.7%) increasing their video spends. The top five spenders in video who make up a combined 47.4% of the total market include FMCG, Finance, Telecommunications, Retail and Automotive.

The latest report shows Search & Directories continues to represent the largest proportion of the online advertising market in Australia at 45% ($937m) for the March quarter, with General Display at 36% ($767m) and Classifieds at 19% ($397m).

Mobile advertising expenditure decreased in the March quarter to $909.1 million after record growth in the December 2017 quarter during the Christmas retail period. 56% of mobile advertising expenditure is attributed to Mobile Search and 44% to Mobile Display.

Smartphones continue to attract a greater share of advertising expenditure at 90% compared to tablets’ 10% share, increasing their share from the prior December quarter (80% and 20% respectively).

Independent research company, CEASA confirmed in March 2018 that digital represented 50.7% share of the total advertising market expenditure of $15.6B for calendar year 2017.

Finalists for Mid-Year Walkleys: Young Journo, Arts, Women's leadership & more

The Walkley Foundation has announced finalists for its 2018 Mid-Year Awards. 

Peer-judged and selected on the basis of journalistic excellence, the Mid-Year Awards suite includes the Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards, as well as the Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship, the Arts Journalism Awards and the Women’s Leadership in Media, Freelancer of the Year and Industrial Reporting Awards.

The 2018 finalists, in alphabetical order, are listed below.

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards

These awards recognise and reward the hard work of our most outstanding young Australian journalists. They recognise the work of journalists aged 28 and under who demonstrate excellence in the fundamental tenets of the craft as well as the ability to present distinctive and original journalism that pushes the boundaries of the profession.

All media: Shortform journalismSupported by ABC

• Daniel Conifer, AM, ABC Radio, ABC News online, ABC News, ABC TV“Treasury documents expose negative gearing lies”
• Matilda MarozziABC Radio Melbourne, ABC News online, ABC News, ABC TV, “Prestigious restaurant underpaid workers hundreds of dollars a week”
• Cassie ZervosHerald Sun“Investigation into illegal solariums”

All media: Longform feature or special,Supported by Fairfax Media

• Maddison Connaughton, Vice, Seven Years of Syria”
• Bridget JuddABC Local Radio and ABC online, “Behind Bars: Female Offenders”
• Laura Murphy-Oates, The Feed, SBS Viceland, Kids of Kalgoorlie”

All media: Coverage of community & regional affairs, Supported by UNSW

• Carrie FellnerNewcastle Herald and Sydney Morning Herald, “The Sorrow on Cabbage Tree Road”
• Samara GardnerWIN News Illawarra and WIN News Canberra“The Tathra Inferno”
• Jamieson MurphyThe Northern Daily Leader“Access Vikki Campion travel records denied for fear of misinterpretation”“You’re drunk go home: women warned Barnaby before bum pinch” “Barnaby Joyce boycotts public debates and forums during campaign”

All media: Visual storytelling, Supported by Sky NEWS

• Eloise GrillsThe Lifted Brow“Articulating the Inarticulable: A review of Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli’s Eyes Too Dry: A Graphic Memoir about Heavy Feelings”
• Emily VerdouwThe FeedSBS Viceland“Dangerous Games?”
Henry ZwartzABC News Regional“The photo rich stories of Tasmania’s north-west”

All media: Public service journalism, Supported by News Corp Australia

• Carrie FellnerNewcastle Herald and Sydney Morning Herald, “Deals and deception: the Awabakal investigations”
• Laura Murphy-OatesThe Feed, SBS Viceland and Dateline, SBS TV, “Young and Black” “Kids of Kalgoorlie” and “Vanished: Canada’s missing women”
Emily VerdouwHuffPost Australia“Domestic Violence: Can Abusive Partners Change?”

All media: ​Student journalist of the year, Supported by Macleay College

• Christiane BarroMonash University and The New Daily, “The cannabis oil ‘healers’ preying on Australia’s sick and dying” “Contaminants detected in unlicensed cannabis oil products” “‘It’s a disgrace’: Senator requests complete overhaul of medicinal cannabis regulator”
• Dylan Crawford and Lilly McKenzieGriffith University, Brisbane Times and The Sydney Morning Herald“Stolenwealth Games”
Selby StewartMonash UniversityThe Sunday Herald Sun and Mojo News, “Hoods on violent rampage” “Rooming-house closures not the answer, experts say” “Fred Negro’s St Kilda”

Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year, Supported by Jibb Foundation

Winners in each category will be announced on July 18. The winner of each category will be in the running to win the overall Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award. Thanks to support from a philanthropic grant from the Jibb Foundation, the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award will receive a two-week trip to US newsrooms including the New York TimesColumbia Journalism Review and BuzzFeed, with return flights included.

The winners of all categories will also be matched with mentors to further boost their careers.

See the rest of the finalists at

Top photo: Some of the winners from the 2017 Mid-Year Awards

"The ABC remains trusted in a time of declining confidence in other institutions"

ABC chairman Justin Milne has mounted a vigorous defence of the organisation against what he calls a battle being wages against the broadcaster.

• Budget 2018 and public broadcasters: ABC funding frozen, Modest boost for SBS
• ABC reviews spending: ‘We must maintain broadcast services for our large and loyal audiences’

The commentary appeared in Fairfax Media websites yesterday. Below are some of the highlights:

Australians should not be fooled by the current battle being waged against public broadcasting. Fringe political interests, populists and commercial media all have a shared interest in weakening the ABC and confining it to market failure activities. Each would benefit in their own way from a poorer, less capable, less nosey and less relevant ABC. The question is whether the people of Australia would be better served. The overwhelming majority of Australians, like me, would think not.

According to pollsters, with around 80% support, the ABC is the most trusted media organisation in the country by a very wide margin. It is one of the few organisations to maintain trust when confidence in institutions everywhere has declined.

This trust has been hard-earned over the ABC’s 86-year history. But as some in the banking community have learnt recently, that trust can be eroded very quickly. Some people delight in undermining trust in public broadcasting because they’d rather darkness where we shine light, or because their commercial interests are served when Australians have less media diversity and choice.

The commercial television networks and some newspapers peddle an ever more urgent message that the ABC is hurting their business and should be held back. They take delight in reviews into the broadcaster’s efficiency and business practices, hoping they will coalesce into a full-blown revision of the ABC’s Charter that relegates the public broadcaster to a “market failure” function limited to programming about fine arts, science, education or philosophy. This would likely spell the end for popular programming like Four Corners, Australian Story, Gruen or Sea Change because, the argument goes, these programs could be produced by commercial media and taxpayers would save millions. But this argument misses two points.

Firstly, the ABC’s existence is not and never was based on a premise of market failure. Our Charter, enacted by legislation, has always required much more of us. By fulfilling that Charter, we provide Australians with distinctive content, media diversity, a strong creative sector and more. Even better, the ABC costs each Australian half what it cost thirty years ago.

Secondly, the declining audiences reported by commercial media are not and never have been the fault of the ABC. What has changed for all media is the arrival of the FAANGs – or Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google – with their mega-billion-dollar production budgets and global-scale economies that have upended business models the world over.

None of the ABC’s past innovations are responsible for the fortunes of commercial media. To blame public broadcasting for the challenges they face today is just as wrong-headed as crediting us for the “rivers of gold” the commercial media enjoyed for decades. If there is any relationship between public and private broadcasting it is a positive one, because our investments make the entire sector more vibrant and viable for everyone.

ABC moves: Michael Carrington acting replacement for departing Rebecca Heap

Following the departure of Rebecca Heap as head of distribution for entertainment & specialist, the ABC has appointed Michael Carrington, currently ABC head of children’s content, as acting head of distribution from Monday June 4.

Libbie Doherty, currently commissioning editor for ABC Children’s, will be acting head of Children’s during this time.

Heap departs this week after four years at the ABC. In 2014, she joined ABC Television as head of strategy & digital products and in 2016 became head of programming and digital. She was appointed head of distribution in February 2018.

David Anderson, ABC director of entertainment & specialist, paid tribute to Heap:

“I know our team and our industry partners will all want to join me in thanking Bec for the significant contribution she has made during her time at the ABC. Bec’s leadership across digital and programming has been invaluable.

“Bec has championed ABC iview, which remains the leading broadcast video on demand service in Australia, and under her leadership the team has grown monthly program plays from 20 million in 2014 to almost 60 million.

“In addition to her focus on digital products, Bec developed strategies to maximise our rights, programming and acquisitions to improve the reach and impact of the ABC. This included the rebrand and relaunch of broadcast channels ABC ME (formerly ABC3) and ABC COMEDY (formerly ABC2), and the development and launch of ABC KIDS iview – our fastest growing mobile app – and the ABC ME app.

“Bec has been a strong advocate for expanding our digital rights and for digital first commissioning to drive new audiences and develop fresh Australian stories and talent. Working closely with the content teams, this has delivered outstanding results in iview original programs such as You Can’t Ask That and The Katering Show.

“Bec is a passionate leader who has fostered a highly talented and engaged team, focused on delivering the best audience experience for ABC content across platforms. I’d like to thank Bec for her valuable contribution to the ABC and wish her all the best.”

Rebecca Heap said: “It has been an incredible privilege to be part of the national broadcaster and I would like to thank David Anderson, and my talented and passionate colleagues, for the amazing opportunity to manage ABC’s programming and digital products.”

As acting head of distribution, Michael Carrington will be responsible for the ABC’s TV channels – including ABC, ABC KIDS, ABC ME and ABC COMEDY – plus ABC iview, ABC listen, Radio National and a suite of children’s digital products.

SEE MORE: ABC Upfront – Programs coming to ABC TV in 2018

David Anderson said:

“Since joining the ABC as head of Children’s in 2016, Michael has reinvigorated our content by focusing on Australian programs that stimulate our audience’s imaginations and curiosity. He has championed multigenre programs underpinned by important themes, such as healthy lifestyles, gender equality, disability or diversity, while enabling our viewers to have fun and to laugh out loud.

“Michael has a wealth of experience, having worked for broadcasters and production companies in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US as a scheduler, program buyer, producer and commissioner. He has worked across commercial and public sector broadcasting, and has been the creative force behind many popular children’s programs and characters.”

Michael worked at the BBC as channel controller and creative director of the CBeebies preschool channel, where he devised and implemented the network’s editorial and digital strategy. He also commissioned and was executive producer on the BAFTA-winning programs In the Night Garden, Charlie and Lola and LazyTown.

His previous roles also include chief content officer at Turner Broadcasting, where he won an International Emmy Award for The Amazing World of Gumball. Carrington was also chief executive officer of Zodiak Kids Studios in the UK and France, which produced acclaimed television series such as Mister Maker and Floogals.

Libbie Doherty will be the ABC’s acting head of Children’s for Entertainment & Specialist, stepping up from her role as commissioning editor of award-winning content, such as Nowhere Boys, Mustangs FC, My Year 12 Life and Good Game SP.

Doherty joined the ABC in 2016, after working as a producer and director of development in the independent production sector. She will work closely with Jan Stradling, ABC Children’s executive producer of internal productions.

Outdoor gallery: oOh!media partnerships with Schweppes, Officeworks, Google and Holden

Below is an outdoor gallery featuring campaigns from some of oOh!media’s first half partnerships.

Schweppes ALT

Schweppes partnered with oOh! earlier this year to launch its new soft drink, ALT, to market. To engage the notoriously hard-to-reach millennial audience, oOh!’s online platform JUNKEE developed bespoke content that spotlighted unique individuals who lived by the brand’s “keep doing you” ethos.

This campaign was amplified across oOh!’s integrated online and offline ecosystem, including JUNKEE, LOCATE by oOh! (Universities) and EDGE (oOh!’s in-house experiential agency), which put the drink in the hands of the hard-to-reach audience.

Pictured top: oOh!’s EDGE team handing out drinks on campus


Officeworks, in partnership with oOh!, ran a multiplatform campaign engaging and educating students on the importance of saving on school supplies.

JUNKEE produced video content and written pieces on how “Smart Students Save”, which were amplified across oOh!’s online and offline ecosystem. Three simultaneous creative displays also ran across oOh!’s University network, allowing multiple messaging options for the brand to target different student audience segments.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel partnered with oOh! to deliver dynamic and tailored messaging across the oOh! FLY network. The brand was able to tap into live flight feeds through oOh!’s exclusive partnership with Qantas, targeting specific messaging to people depending on their travel destination.

Holden Commodore

A special build campaign for Holden saw oOh! produce a giant pair of custom working headlights to light up the iconic 170 meter-long Glebe Island Silos site all night long.

TV Ratings Analysis: Wednesday May 30

• Nine News and big 900,000+ A Current Affair audience win for Nine
• Best of the rest: MasterChef, Gruen, House Rules, Untold Australia

By James Manning

Nine managed the highest primary channel share on 18.8%, while Seven had the highest combined channel share for the third successive night.


After two nights close to or just better than 700,000, Home and Away was on 698,000.

On House Rules it was statement time with 714,000 watching the midweek episode after 682,000 on Wednesday last week.

Two episodes of Modern Family ran from 8.45pm with audiences of 364,000 and 310,000.

The season final of Back With The Ex saw the couples ready to make some big decisions. The audience dwindled to 171,000 last week and the series then ended on 161,000.


Bank brutality and a dodgy party planner were among the A Current Affair stories with 906,000 watching.

Two more Young Sheldon episodes filled the 7.30pm slot with audiences of 701,000 and 662,000 backing up the Tuesday results, where both eps did over 600,000.

Britain’s Got Talent was on 496,000 followed by an encore screening of Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation on 236,000.

Love Island was on the primary channel after 11pm with 84,000 while 134,000 were watching on Go! earlier.


Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski was the star attraction on The Project. The former Peter Helliar co-star talked about trying to film the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale while pregnant. The episode did 599,000 after two nights also around 600,000.

Gordon Ramsay on MasterChef

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares came to TEN’s MasterChef last night with a team challenge that threatened to go off the tracks. The episode did 863,000 after 813,000 last week. After the episode, Ramsay said he’d enjoyed his time on the show and indicated he would be up for a return in 2019.

US dramas then took over with Instinct on 392,000 and then This Is Us on 140,000.


Julie Zemiro visited Louis Theroux on Home Delivery, which did 591,000 after 638,000 when the program last screened a fortnight ago.

Gruen examined the marketing of mattresses with Todd and Russel joined by Carolyn Miller and Karen Ferry with 715,000 at 8.30pm.

The Weekly then did 605,000 with plenty of Barnaby Joyce references and a guest spot from Todd Sampson on Tom Gleeson’s Hard Chat.


Michael Mosley had another appearance with the final of the three-part Secrets Of Your Food on 205,000.

The Cocos Keeling Islands featured on the 8.30pm doco Australian’s Untold Islands: Untold Australia with 244,000.

The season final of The Good Fight featured a few mentions about Australia and its gun buy-back program for the audience of 119,000.

Week 22 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 13.3% 7 17.7% 9 18.8% TEN 15.8% SBS One 4.9%
ABC 2 3.1% 7TWO 4.4% GO! 3.0% ONE 2.9% VICELAND 0.6%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 3.2% GEM 2.1% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 2.5% 9Life 1.8% NITV 0.4%
TOTAL 18.8% 27.8% 25.6% 21.1% 6.8%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.7% 7 19.5% 9 17.4% WIN 12.7% SBS One 4.2%
ABC 2 3.3% 7TWO 6.4% GO! 3.1% ONE 2.5% VICELAND 0.7%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 4.2% GEM 3.2% ELEVEN 2.7% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 2.8% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 17.3% 32.9% 25.8% 17.9% 6.0%
85.3% 14.7%
Wednesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,087,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,031,000
  3. Nine News Nine 979,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 956,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 906,000
  6. MasterChef Australia Ten 863,000
  7. Gruen ABC 715,000
  8. House Rules Seven 714,000
  9. ABC News ABC 709,000
  10. Young Sheldon Nine 701,000
  11. Home And Away Seven 698,000
  12. Young Sheldon E2 Nine 662,000
  13. The Chase Australia Seven 647,000
  14. 7.30-Ev ABC 618,000
  15. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering ABC 605,000
  16. The Project 7pm Ten 599,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 595,000
  18. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery ABC 591,000
  19. Britain’s Got Talent Nine 496,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 440,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. MasterChef Australia Ten 299,000
  2. The Project 7pm Ten 186,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 158,000
  4. House Rules – Wed Seven 152,000
  5. Young Sheldon E2 Nine 149,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. MasterChef Australia Ten 448,000
  2. House Rules Seven 284,000
  3. The Project 7pm Ten 282,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 265,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 255,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. MasterChef Australia Ten 465,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 317,000
  3. Seven News Seven 317,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 311,000
  5. House Rules Seven 310,000
Wednesday Multichannel
  1. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 213,000
  2. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 207,000
  3. PJ Masks-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 199,000
  4. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 199,000
  5. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 196,000
  6. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 195,000
  7. Teacup Travels-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 187,000
  8. Thomas And Friends-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 186,000
  9. A Touch Of Frost-PM 7TWO 186,000
  10. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 177,000
  11. The Justine Clarke Show! ABCKIDS/COMEDY 175,000
  12. Fireman Sam-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 173,000
  13. Kazoops!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 170,000
  14. Go Jetters-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  15. Luo Bao Bei-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 159,000
  16. Andy’s Baby Animals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  17. Pie In The Sky-PM 7TWO 155,000
  18. Neighbours ELEVEN 152,000
  19. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  20. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
Wednesday Subscription TV
  1. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 173,000
  2. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 76,000
  3. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 61,000
  4. Grand Designs Australia LifeStyle Channel58,000
  5. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 52,000
  6. Bones TVH!TS 45,000
  7. Grand Designs LifeStyle Channel44,000
  8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TVH!TS 44,000
  9. Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel40,000
  10. Live: League Life FOX LEAGUE 40,000
  11. NCIS TVH!TS 39,000
  12. Curious George Nick Jr. 36,000
  13. Shimmer And Shine Nick Jr. 34,000
  14. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 34,000
  15. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 34,000
  16. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 34,000
  17. Family Guy FOX8 34,000
  18. The Simpsons FOX8 33,000
  19. American Dad! FOX8 33,000
  20. The Greatest FOX LEAGUE 32,000

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21st Century Fox and Disney shareholders to vote on sales plan on July 10

A firmer timeline for the expected tug-of-war for 21st Century Fox has been established, reports The New York Times.

Fox on Wednesday set a date – July 10 – for shareholders to vote on its $52.4 billion plan to sell most of its assets to the Walt Disney Company. The special meeting is scheduled to take place at 10am at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. Disney shareholders will simultaneously vote on the plan 12 blocks away at the New Amsterdam Theater.

That puts pressure on Comcast, which said in a news release last week that “it is considering, and is in the advanced stages of preparing, an offer for the businesses of Fox that Fox has agreed to sell to Disney.” Comcast has been waiting to make its bid public – it said the bid would be all cash and at a premium to the value of Disney’s current all-share offer – until a judge decided whether AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner can move forward.

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Australia’s youngest travel editor: Signature Media appoints 10-year-old "Kid Editor"

Signature Media has appointed 10-year-old Rafferty Laight to the newly created role of “Kid Editor” at Holidays with Kids magazine. This makes him Australia’s youngest travel editor and columnist.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Holidays with Kids team in an official capacity to create content that’s about kids, by kids and for kids and their families,” said Laight. “Epic family holidays are about more than just what mums and dads want, and in my experience unhappy kids seem to make for unhappy parents. I’m here to ensure kids have a voice so that everyone has a good time on their travels.”

Laight has been working with AccorHotels in Asia for several years as a host on the hotel group’s Welcome TV series.

In his new role at Signature Media, Laight will be working with the rest of the editorial team to develop content from a kid’s perspective and will be sharing his thoughts on family travel as well as interviewing fellow kids and industry experts.

His first section will in the winter issue of Holidays With Kids, which will go on sale in July 2018. This will be followed by a stand-alone e-magazine, Holidays By Kids, helmed by Laight and due to be released in time for the spring school holidays.

Signature Media is the publisher of titles such as Five Star Kids, Caravan and Camping with Kids, and Ski & Snowboard with Kids.

South Australia Tourism Commission signs MasterChef Gary Mehigan for campaign

Victorian MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan will spruik South Australia’s tourism offerings to potential interstate and international visitors under a new paid partnership, reports The Advertiser’s Valerina Changarathil.

Gary Mehigan [L] with fellow MasterChef judges Matt Preston and George Calombaris

SA Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex revealed the chef had been signed on for a new 12-month partnership, which kicks off with the SA showcase within the popular TV series coming up in June.

Mehigan, who has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter and another 265,000 on Instagram, has shot a series of promotional videos for SATC, which will air as part of the program but also be used in SATC’s own domestic and international promotional efforts, including online.

Harrex described Mehigan as a key “influencer” and said SATC had also been “able to influence six episodes of MasterChef”.

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News Brands

Terry McCrann on Fairfax: “Pomposity and embarrassingly cringe-worthy stupidity”

These people are so completely clueless: they pontificate from a position of high pomposity and utter stupidity and with not the slightest shred of self-awareness, writes News Corp’s Terry McCrann.

The Fairfax Media tabloid duo – The Age in Melbourne and The Sydney Morning Herald – can be relied on to produce a piece of global warming hysteria just as regularly as the wind stops blowing in South Australia and that state has to use its long extension cord into Victoria’s (wicked) coal-fired power stations to keep from going all “North Korean dark” again.

On Wednesday, though, we had one for the history books from Ross Gittins – the economics editor in Sydney, a columnist in Melbourne.

It’s certainly got tough competition among the stable of Fairfax global-warming hysterics, but Gittins managed to take the combination of soulful, hectoring pomposity and embarrassingly cringe-worthy stupidity to new, for want of a better word, heights.

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Judge hearing Alan Jones defamation case comments on 2GB/4BC broadcasts

A judge hearing a defamation case against Alan Jones by a Toowoomba business family said he was “pretty sure’’ there were some defamatory imputations in Jones’s broadcasts, reports The Courier-Mail’s Kay Dibben.

Justice Peter Flanagan was asking lawyers on both sides to jointly hone the final issues in the case brought by four Wagner brothers against Jones and others.

The last of the defence witnesses yesterday gave evidence in the fifth week of the judge-only trial.

The case is being defended by Jones on the basis of substantial truth, honest opinion and fair reporting.

Counsel for both sides will provide the judge with written submissions before they begin three days of oral submissions on June 13.

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ABC podcast The Signal with Ange Lavoipierre, Stephen Smiley & Chris Dengate

Back in February, the ABC debuted The Signal, a daily news and current affairs podcast, reports Fairfax Media contributor Peter Wells.

The short, sharp show comes in at about 10 to 15 minutes an episode, and while the influence of The New York Times’s The Daily podcast is obvious, The Signal has developed its own distinct voice.

“The conversational tone was key and the American podcasts like The Daily are great at it. But we didn’t want to emulate the American style,” explains executive producer Cathy Bell. “Young Australian audiences are very sophisticated. They listen to a lot of stuff and they won’t be patronised or manipulated. So it was really important to have young Australians telling the stories they wanted to tell, in their way.”

Telling those stories are journalists Ange Lavoipierre, Stephen Smiley and Chris Dengate with a rotating team of contributors along for the ride. Lavoipierre is thrilled by the opportunity.

You never know what you’ll get with an episode of The Signal. The show is part news, part current affairs. Episodes may address a major news story from the last 24 hours, or deep-dive into a topic, looking into the secretive online world of revenge porn, or zombie clauses in WorkChoices.

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Nielsen DCR: Three news publishers with 1m+ weekly audiences, AFL #1 sport

The weekly average audiences for the current events and global news sub-category from Nielsen’s DCR data show, and ABC news websites with daily average unique audiences all over 1m.

Daily Mail Australia is the only other publisher with an audience over 500,000.

In the Sports sub-category, Telstra Media AFL is away ahead at the half-way mark of the 2018 home and away rounds.

The Perform Group websites sit inside the top five.


ABC America memo to Roseanne staff: “So sorry they were swept up in all of this”

Ben Sherwood on Wednesday joined Disney boss Bob Iger and ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey in addressing the demise of Roseanne.

The Disney-ABC Television Group executive sent a memo to staff, reinforcing previous comments about star Roseanne Barr’s remarks and also apologising to her staff, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’re so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road,” wrote Sherwood in an email titled Our Values.

Those values of “inclusion, tolerance and civility” are what drove ABC to quickly pull the plug on the second season of Roseanne after Barr’s racist Twitter comment about former Obama aide and family friend Valerie Jarrett.

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News Corp’s Anna Brain: “Thanks for costing me my favourite show, Roseanne”

Thanks for costing me my favourite show, Roseanne, writes News Corp’s Anna Brain.

What the hell, Roseanne?

Riding high on a hugely successful reboot of her sitcom, Roseanne Barr’s greatest asset – her big mouth – has become her downfall.

The series has been cancelled following bizarre, racist tweets from the star.

I watch a lot of telly in my role as a TV reviewer, and some good, some bad, some deadset shocking. In recent weeks, the Roseanne reboot had become a fast favourite.

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Sports Media

2018 NBA Finals available exclusively in Australia on ESPN: Game 1 tomorrow

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a historic fourth-consecutive NBA Finals series, which will be available exclusively in Australia on ESPN.

Cleveland star LeBron James

ESPN is the exclusive home of the 2018 NBA Finals as the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors – led by Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry – will square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. It’s the first time in major professional sports that two teams have played each other four consecutive times for a championship.

Game 1 tips off Friday June 1 live at 11am AEST.

During every NBA Finals game, ESPN will present “Full Court Press” – a second-screen experience featuring a variety of top ESPN NBA commentators and special guests, and an array of on-screen stats, data and on-screen graphics.

“Full Court Press” will be available on WatchESPN in Australia. Host and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will join several NBA personalities, including Alvin Gentry, Richard Jefferson and Caron Butler for Game 1 and Tom Thibodeau, Jefferson and Butler for Game 2. Dan Le Batard will lead Game 3’s “Full Court Press” coverage.

The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast quartet – Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke – will call their ninth championship series together. Officiating expert Steve Javie will provide additional analysis.

In the lead-up to Game 1, for the Aussie NBA fans that just can’t get enough, ESPN will air an all-day Classic NBA Finals Game Marathon. Tipping off today (Thursday May 31) at 9am, the ultimate marathon includes the classic 2013 San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Game 6 that saw Miami down 3-2, arguably one of the greatest games in Finals history.

NBA Finals on ESPN

Game 1: Fri June 1 – 11am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Game 2: Mon June 4 – 10am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Game 3: Thu June 7 – 11am Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 4: Sat June 9 – 11am Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 5: Tue June 12 – 11am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Game 6: Fri June 15 – 11am Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 7: Mon June 18 – 10am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

FIFA World Cup with Santo Cilauro, Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee’s Cup Fever! podcast

Santo Cilauro, Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee, who are, individually and as a group, very funny, have been sharing their passion for soccer with the public since 2010, reports Fairfax Media’s Debi Enker.

Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football podcast is returning

Their portable and durable triple act, which Kavalee quips could be called “Yin, Yang and Pang”, first appeared on SBS as Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever!, broadcast nightly during the FIFA World Cup.

Since its debut, their show has enjoyed a number of incarnations. “It’s like Tim Cahill,” grins Cilauro. “It just won’t go away.” Variations of it have run on Channel Seven and Fox Sports. The podcast first launched in 2012 and ran for about six months, reappearing in September 2016. In May last year, it began incorporating filmed episodes and became the first podcast to feature on the ABC’s iview. Last year, it notched up just under a million downloads.

As the next World Cup approaches, the podcast is in the midst of a run of filmed weekly episodes, before it changes its name to become Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever!, which will run during the competition in Russia. The podcast is produced by Working Dog, the creative and prolific production house responsible for shows including The Late Show, Frontline, The Panel and Thank God You’re Here.

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Tennis Australia likely to have say in where 2019 Australian Open will screen

The broadcasting rights for next year’s Australian Open have hit a complication after a contractual clause ensures Tennis Australia’s involvement, reports Fairfax Media’s Jennifer Duke.

Nine Entertainment Co and Seven West Media are in discussions about who will broadcast the 2019 Australian Open. However, after some of the biggest television sports rights deals in Australian history, which saw Nine secure five years of tennis and Seven team up with Foxtel to nab the cricket, there’s uncertainty about which channel will be home to the Open.

Sources say Seven’s contract with Tennis Australia requires the Open to be aired specifically on Channel Seven. This means the sporting body will likely be involved in any discussion about where tennis ends up and may technically have the power to block decisions made by the broadcaster.

Cricket Australia, meanwhile, has yet to finalise long-form contracts with its broadcast partners but also has a preference for the main channel.

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