Thursday April 1, 2021

Podcast Week
Podcast Week: Elle Ferguson’s Sliding Doors, Andy Kay, Idle Australians

Compiled by Trent Thomas

Acast+, Courtney Act, Tilly Money, Jackie O, You’re In Good Company, The Real House Husbands, and Do You F*cking Mind.

Elle Ferguson’s new podcast series Sliding Doors with Elle Ferguson, is now available on LiSTNR.

In the new LiSTNR original podcast Ferguson speaks to influential people at the top of the fashion and beauty industry about their ‘sliding-door moment’, the moment they took a risk or leap of faith and it ultimately led to their success.

Guests share how they deal with challenges like imposter syndrome, fear of failure and the consistent rejection that come with working within the highly competitive aesthetics industry, as well as who their biggest supporter was and the advice they wish they had been given at the start of their career. 

Mediaweek‘s Trent Thomas spoke with Ferguson for Podcast Week about taking the leap into podcasting.

Ferguson said that the process of getting her podcast up and running on LiSTNR took about 12 months, and during that process, she said that she learnt there was no how-to-do book for making a podcast.

“I got to listen to the first three episodes and I am really proud of what we have created and I never thought I could do something so well.”

Ferguson has finished bulk recording her first set of episodes but doesn’t want to call it a season but instead sees it as a catalogue of content.

“We really want to offer the listener a takeaway so that they are getting skills and tools and we just don’t want those to date.”

When asked about the theme of the show Ferguson said that everyone has had a sliding doors moment in their lives or careers, and her podcast explores that.

“Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to meet so many amazing people and creatives, and every time I would start chatting with them there was this one particular moment or opportunity that had happened to them. Instead of going right they went left, or instead of getting a ‘yes’ they got a ‘no’ and it changed the path of their careers, and we always said ‘oh my gosh that’s a sliding doors moment’.”

When asked what is what like to produce a podcast, Ferguson said that she thought it would be like a radio show, but she has had to learn to stop and listen.

“I have to try and not feel the awkward silences but those silences allow the guests to take a moment to reflect and it’s been an amazing discussion to see these people reflect on their journeys.

“Not many times do you sit there and think about how you go to exactly where you are. It has been really amazing to sit across from someone as they go ‘oh my god it was a sewing machine that my mum bought me when I was nine’ and it’s just amazing to be in that moment with people.

Ferguson first gained attention for her fashion and lifestyle blog They All Hate Us, cultivating a following from her fashion and modelling collaborations, before launching her own vegan beauty brand ‘Elle Effect’ in 2018. When asked how important podcasting is for content marketing her brand and products Ferguson said that it’s the new way to connect to audiences.

“You are hearing it from your voice, you are hearing your reaction first hand and I think it’s actually opening up my brand on another level, a more personal level. Instagram stories and things like that are a filtered version, and with this podcast, they are very real and raw discussions.

Ferguson said the only real edits were the odd breath being edited out and to cut down the length of the episode to 30-40 minutes each, with some interviews lasting for up to three hours.

“We might have made it shorter because every interview went for way too long, but I think it’s an amazing layer to add to my brand these real discussions.”

LiSTNR original podcasts, head of content, Jen Goggin, said: “Elle’s incredible career in fashion, beauty and business has given her the credibility and contact lists to engage with global superstars in the fashion, media and beauty world.

“Her charismatic and warm personality is perfect for the medium of podcasting and has meant that her podcast episodes are always full of exclusives and valuable advice from her guests. It is a must-listen for anyone interested in the fashion and beauty industry.”

Courtney Act on calling Brenda for Nova

In February of this year, best friends and drag queen stars Courtney Act also known as Shane Jenek and Vanity also known as Benjamin Moir launched the podcast Brenda, Call Me! On the Nova Podcast Network.

Mediaweek ‘s Trent Thomas spoke with Jenek about the pairs foray into podcasting.

The pair have been friends for over 20 years, and when Nova reached out Jenek knew who they wanted to do the show with.

“Nova said do you want to do a podcast? And I said Yeah! What if I do it with my best friend?”

“I have done lots of peoples podcasts and normally you are sitting in someone’s lounge room or you are recording it yourself from your place, but because it’s with Nova we go into these big glamourous recording studios and it’s so fancy. They have got all these cameras in there and do all of the editing and cut up cute little videos for us to post on our social media and it’s like a fully supported team. As drag performers we are used to doing a lot of things ourselves, even in my career with the show I am doing, I am doing all the bits and pieces. With this, we just talk for two hours and then Nova edits it and sends it to us and we listen and say yep! That sounds good or maybe not that part!”

Jenek said that there is a lot of drag podcasts but they are the only one with Australian flavour.

“As far as penetrating Australia, it is just something that makes Australians go ‘oh this is for us’, you can hear a lot of American podcasts but it’s nice when you hear an Australian one and it sounds very familiar.”

Read the full interview here: Courtney Act on the luxurious life of podcasting and what’s next

Jenek thought everyone would listen in the first week but then slowly peter out but that hasn’t happened, with listeners increasing week on week.

“Over Mardi Gras, Vanity and I were out after the parade and people were like ‘oh hi Brendas!’ and talking to us about things on the podcast and it was the first time that I realised that people listened to our podcast. They would say ‘have you seen Brenda anywhere?’ and I would be like how do you know that! Ah right you listen to the podcast.”

[Listen to Brenda, Call Me! here]


Nines years later Andy & Adrian Should Know Better

Back in 2012, Andy Kay and Adrian Perillo hung up their headphones on the breakfast show at JOY 94.9. Nine years later though, the pair are back and launching their podcast Andy & Adrian Should Know Better on the Nova Podcast Network.

Speaking to Mediaweek’s Tess Connery for Podcast Week, Andy Kay said that after a few years of thinking about it, now was the time to get back behind the mic.

“We thought ‘we’re too old and not cool enough to do a midnight shift on Nova or anything like that’, so when this podcast opportunity came up, we thought ‘why not jump at the chance to do a podcast?’

“It was just really the right time to do it.”

Despite the break, Kay says that the pair got back into the swing of things quickly.

“When we started recording episode one, I was really excited and I thought ‘we’re probably a little bit rusty but let’s just see how we go’. 

“Adrian was extremely nervous. I literally had to say to him ‘your anxiety is at a 10, you need to bring it right down to at least a 5’. 

“As soon as we did the first break, it was like riding a bike, everything just ran as normal, as we did when we were doing the breakfast show.”

Guests have lined up to appear on the show but have been kept under wraps. Kay promises a mixed bag of guests – including an international star of stage and screen. 

“We’re going to do international stars, we’re doing local stars as well so it’s going to be a really nice variety of guests.”

While the pair are very happily podcasting for now, Kay says that they won’t rule out a return to live radio.

“Podcasting is definitely scratching that itch for now, but we would never not explore an opportunity to go back into radio. If the right opportunity came up, for sure, we love traditional radio. That’s what we cut our teeth on, and we’ve got a big passion for it.”

Andy & Adrian Should Know Better launches Thursday, April 8

Phoebe Parsons’s Confessions of a trainwreck finds a new home

The popular podcast Confessions of a Trainwreck hosted by ex-Nova announcer Phoebe Parsons has moved over to Jay Walkerden and Katie Mattin’s podcast company Podshape.

Walkerden signed Parsons to Nova almost four years ago as part of the winner of a podcast talent quest.

The show has had over 175 episodes across the four years and has had almost 2m downloads since it began, and has a target demo of 18–35-year-old women in Australia.

Parsons said: ‘I pretty much owe my career to Jay as he gave me my first big break in the industry and was the first person to take a chance on a tragic little train wreck. I’m excited to join Podshape and wait for my next big break – just kidding (no I’m not)’. 

The show has undergone a logo change and a tweak of the format which will include Parsons releasing shows each week on ‘Trainwreck Tuesdays’ and ‘DM Fridays’ and each show will continue to focus on relationships, health & fitness, money and career.

[Listen to Confessions of a Trainwreck here]

Acast launches new subscription tool Acast+

Acast is releasing Acast+ which is a series of subscription tools to support podcasters across the majority of open listening platforms including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

With Acast+, podcasters can offer ad-free streams, exclusive content, early access and more to paying subscribers.

Currently, in beta, some founding partners have seen an uplift in monthly revenue of more than 20% while first trialling the new product suite and offering Acast+ memberships to fans. Partners so far have included Talking Politics in the UK, Somna Med Henrik in Sweden, and others globally.


Acast+ follows Acast’s recent partnership with Patreon, which lets podcasters seamlessly and securely distribute patron-only content to audiences across any listening platform. Acast’s mission is to provide creators with monetisation options that best fit their needs, giving them more ways to make money, in more places — across platforms that are open and accessible to all.

Jackie O joins Urzila Carlson on the That’s Enough Already!

The Masked Singer judge and Melbourne International Comedy Festival star has gathered her favourite comedy colleagues to chat about the things that drive them nuts on That’s Enough Already!

On the most recent episode, both Jackie ‘O‘ Henderson from KIISFM’s Kyle and Jackie O show and Danni Minogue join Urzila Carlson’s podcast.

Urzila Carlson podcast

They talked about working on The Masked Singer, internet trolls, car park thieves, and people chewing, and they discuss why they love each other so much.

That’s Enough Already! launched March 1st as part of the Acast Creator Network. Whether it’s Covid-deniers or people who don’t let you into traffic, the podcast world seems ripe for a show about the morons who make the world a worse place, and Urzila and her guests are prepared to name and shame them all.

The Tilly Money Podcast to launch latest season

The Tilly Money Podcast is releasing the first episode of its second season on April 1. The show is hosted by Maureen Jordan, a lawyer, economist, publisher and businesswoman who is also the CEO of Switzer Financial Group.

Tilly Money aims to eradicate the current gender wealth gap by making financial information accessible, digestible & interesting for women, whilst building a community around strengthening females financial wellbeing, independence & literacy.

The Tilly Money Podcast, available on Spotify and Apple podcasts, brings its listeners the tales of inspirational women that are succeeding in business, health, advocacy, wellbeing and lifestyle – because they believe that there’s not simply one path to accomplishment.

After a successful first season of speaking to industry leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians & everyday women, season two will shine a light on females who are making strides holistically, whilst increasing listeners financial literacy, decoding tricky finance terms and walking them through wealth-building tips and strategies.

[Listen to The Tilly Money Podcast here]

Osher Günsberg and James Mathison rejoin forces for Idle Australians 

The original hosts of Australian Idol Osher Günsberg and James Mathison are reuniting to make sense of the news of the week, in the new Acast podcast Idle Australians.

Since their Idol days, the pair have followed different paths, with Günsberg solidifying his reputation in television and podcasting while Mathison has entered the world of politics.

[Listen to Idle Australians here]

You’re In Good Company encourages women to explore the stock market

In Australia only 18% of active online retail investors are women. This means that women on average retire with 47% less in retirement savings than men. In You’re In Good Company Millennials Maddy Guest and Sophie Dicker provide simple and informative investing resources and advice. Their hope? Encouraging more women to explore the stock market. Each week, Guest and Dicker interview thought-provoking experts to help listeners navigate the stock market before they take the plunge. 

[Listen to You’re In Good Company here]

 The Real House Husbands arrives on Acast

In this new podcast on Acast, the winners of The Amazing Race in 2019 Tim and Rod dive into the depths of reality TV. They are on a quest to expose how what happens off-screen can be so much more dramatic than what you see on TV.

The newlyweds share the mic with the likes of Angie Kent (The Bachelorette and Gogglebox), Abbie Chatfield (I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Bachelor),  Ryan Gallagher (Married at First Sight) and in their first Aussie interview Trinity The Tuck (Rupaul’s’ Drag Race) joins them to discuss their own experiences on the silver screen. 

[Listen to The Real House Husbands here]                           

Alexis Fernandez has the right mindset for Do You F*cking Mind

Following the launch of her book, Be Bold: Manifest Your Dream Life, pilates instructor and neuroscience student, Sydneysider Alexis Fernandez gives podcast listeners no bullsh*t mindset hacks to live their most badass life. Talking through all things self-growth, self-love, relationships and learning to give less of a f**k,  she sprinkles her colourful words of wisdom with some neuroscience thrown in for good measure.

[Listen to Do You F*cking Mind? here]

Elle Ferguson

Nova turns 20: DJ and web skills kept Ty Frost at Nova and then smoothfm

By James Manning

This brings to a close to our week-long celebration of the launch of Nova FM on this day 20 years ago.

Thanks to all at Nova who supported this initiative – they know who they are! We would have liked to talk to many of the Nova army – past and present – but had to make the call on just speaking to a handful of people.

Mediaweek will continue to cover the whole radio industry – including ARN, SCA, Nine, Grant – as we have done for the past 31 years.  

Ty Frost tracks his time with DMG Radio and then Nova Entertainment back to 1995 when the regional radio business came under control of the UK owners and their Australia CEO Paul Thompson. Frost’s time on air out of DMG regional hub in Albury included hosting a drive show across a number of regional markets.

Frost remembers working with Tim Blackwell in Albury during Blackwell’s time there learning the ropes before Blackwell and Frost both ended up at Nova 100 at launch.

“It was very exciting when DMG Radio revealed it would be going after cap city radio stations,” Frost told Mediaweek. “Working in regional radio I was keen to try and get on a new cap city licence. In addition to being an announcer, I was an internet nerd and knew a bit about websites. When Nova 96.9 launched I flew myself up to Sydney and spent a day with the webmaster as I wondered if I could do that job. I built the radio station website in Albury, but I was a rank amateur!

“On the recommendation of the Sydney webmaster, Dan Bradley asked me to come to Melbourne and be the web guy and also do some floating work as a weekend announcer. It wasn’t quite what I had envisaged, but in life it very rarely is.

“Being at Nova 100 for the launch was an incredible experience. Officially Kate Langbroek was the first voice heard on that Nova station. In reality the first voice was heard on test broadcasts. They had tested everything in the studios, but nobody had ever spoken into the microphones before. I was asked to read from a newspaper and test the microphones and I can claim to have been the first live voice on Nova 100.

Frost kept up DJ and webmaster roles at Nova for several years and also worked with new talent to teach them the panel etc. There were some memorable Nova ratings celebrations along the way. “You can still see the champagne cork indentations in the roof outside the program director’s office,” said Frost.

Program directors can be very direct at times. Frost remembers back to the mid-2000s when then Nova 100 program director Todd Campbell said to Frost one day: “Mate, you’re not sounding right for Nova. Maybe a bit old.”

Frost thought his days on air might be behind him. “I had worked on the web side of the business as the Vega and Classic Rock brands came and went. I was then asked to do a demo for something that Paul Jackson was thinking of doing. Apparently I was exactly what they were after for what became the new station smoothfm.

“Here’s me thinking I would a digital web nerd for the rest of my life, and I would have been happy doing it. Rowan Brown at the time was working on the new brand in Melbourne, but he wouldn’t tell me much. I found out it was going to be smoothfm along with everyone else in the building.

I was very happy to walk into what seemed like the best job in the world and it’s been amazing ever since.

smoothfm launched with local breakfast and drive shows. Now all dayparts are syndicated except breakfast and Frost has been doing mornings into Sydney and Melbourne since launch. The station is currently #1 in Sydney and #2 in Melbourne in mornings.

Frost stopped dabbling with html soon after the smoothfm launch. “While radio hosting basics don’t change, the world of internet technology has certainly moved along a lot. I’m sure our engineering department still claims I like to get involved in some things.

“I made a point of visiting the new Sydney studios recently during a break and it was such a treat.”

Frost reckons Nova is still a very cool brand. “Although I must admit I drop smooth a bit more these days!” When asked if the survey celebrations are more restrained at smoothfm, Frost said he’s call them “classier”. He added: “More sit-down dinners than having shots at the bar.

The playlists merge sometimes, but not often. “At smoothfm I haven’t played Yakuza Cocaine yet! smoothfm is a little more upbeat now though as your feelgood radio station. There is certainly an opportunity to play more up songs.”

See also:

Radio numbers man John McCool on how Nova built a new network

Celebrating 20 years of Nova FM: Tim Blackwell remembers his radio start

Nova FM founder Paul Thompson on 20th anniversary of radio disruptor

married at first sight
Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny host Married at First Sight cocktail party

The party was held at the Dive Bar at Crowne Plaza in Melbourne.

Last night Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny breakfast show held a special Married at First Sight event – Nova 100’s Married at First Sight cocktail party – at the Dive Bar at Crowne Plaza in Melbourne.

With only a few episodes of MAFS to go, Nova 100 listeners (and big MAFS fans) joined Chrissie Swan for a special event at the Palm Springs inspired Dive Bar. Unaware which of their favourite MAFS contestants were attending, the crowd were delighted when six of the MAFS favourites were revealed to provide answers to the questions they’d been waiting to know from the Honesty Box and mingling for selfies with guests.

Appearing on the night was:

Joanne from VIC
Belinda from VIC
Booka from WA
Patrick from VIC
Sam from VIC

Also joining the contestants was Nova 100 afternoon announcer Mel Tracina as well as Jack Charles (executive producer) and Ash Gardner (news journalist) from Nova 100’s The Early Show with Deano, Jack & Ash.

A similar event was also held in Sydney, hosted by Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa. Guests in NSW included the most dramatic couple of the season, Groom Bryce and his wife Melissa. When they announced that they were coming together, Bryce said “I’ll get pitchforked, I can’t wait!”. 

Nova’s Sarah McGilvray jumped in with “probably by your mum, how did you feel about that?”, in reference to a recent episode where Bryce and Melissa were put in an empty movie theatre with their families on a Zoom call up on the screen. Neither family seemed happy with the clips they’d been shown, with Bryce’s mum giving him a particularly good telling-off.

“She not my plus one that’s for sure!” said Bryce. “I love my mum but she did a number on me didn’t she. I said “come on mum, don’t tell me to lie on national TV, you know I’m not a great liar!”.

dancing with the stars
Dancing With The Stars: All Stars to air Sunday April 11th on Seven

The celebrities and their professional dance partners have also announced their nominated charities.

The Seven Network today announced that Dancing With The Stars: All Stars will premiere at 7.00pm on Sunday, 11 April on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The two-week television event sees the return of Dancing With The Stars’ finest – from best in show to “best and fairest” – including five former champions and four wildcard entrants.

The celebrities will be divided into two groups, taking to the stage on alternate nights across the season. The leaderboard will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and scores from the studio audience, with eliminations in every episode.

Ultimately six couples will make it through to the Dancing With The Stars: All Stars grand finale, where they will dance their hearts out for the coveted mirror ball trophy and prize money for their nominated charity.

The celebrities, their professional dance partners and nominated charities are: 

Ada Nicodemou and Aric Yegudkin – Save Our Sons
Bec Hewitt and Craig Monley – Kids Under Cover
Erin McNaught and Julian Caillon – ANTaR
Fifi Box and Jeremy Garner – The Salvation Army
Jamie Durie and Siobhan Power – Save The Children Foundation
Jessica Gomes and Lyu Masuda – World Vision
Kyly Clarke and Gustavo Viglio – Barnardos Australia
Lincoln Lewis and Lily Cornish – Starlight Children’s Foundation
Luke Jacobz and Jorja Freeman – Charlie Teo Foundation
Manu Feildel and Katrina Patchett – ANZUP Cancer Trials Group
Matty J and Ruby Gherbaz – Australian Childhood Foundation
Renee Bargh and Jarryd Byrne – The Smith Family
Schapelle Corby and Shae Mountain – LIVIN
Tom Williams and Alex Vladimirov – Humpty Dumpty Foundation

Returning to the dance floor arena are original hosts Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger, plus the much-loved original judges Helen RicheyTodd McKenneyPaul Mercurio and Mark Wilson.

Dancing With The Stars: All Stars is produced by Warner Bros International Television Production Australia and BBC Studios, from a format created by the BBC and distributed by BBC Studios.

Mercado on TV: Aussie titles headline Easter hamper of TV goodies

By Andrew Mercado

Two top Aussie programs to check out are Wakefield (iView) and The Tailings (SBS On Demand).

Easter is perfect for binge viewing, so why not check out two new Aussie series, Wakefield (iView) and The Tailings (SBS On Demand). There’s also Black Narcissus (Foxtel), The Serpent (Netflix), Made For Love (Stan) and an eagerly awaited new series of Line Of Duty (BritBox), but the most streamed show this holiday break will probably be the Bluey Easter Special (Sunday at 8am ABC, then iView).

The Tailings (SBS On Demand) is the latest TV series from Tasmania, so it’s a little bit spooky (like The Gloaming) with some small town humour from Kris McQuade (like Rosehaven). This story about women (made by women) features a feisty performance from newcomer Tegan Stimson and Mabel Li is a schoolteacher with a secret.

Wakefield (iView) is about a psychiatric ward, not that you would know that from the trailers. British actor Rudi Dharmalingam is Nik, supposedly the sanest nurse at the Blue Mountains facility with comedians Sam Simmons and Felicity Ward as his workmates and Mandy McElhinny as their boss.

One of the directors for Wakefield is Jocelyn Moorhouse. Her last movie, The Dressmaker (Friday on Seven), was one of the best Australian films of the decade and she was also the producer of husband P.J. Hogan’s films, Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and Mental (2012). All of those films dealt with mental health so Wakefield is in good hands.

Based on the first episode, Wakefield is superb. This is a complex and challenging series but it’s important to do shows about difficult subjects. It’s also important to keep making new Aussie drama and comedy, and nobody has done more in Q1 than the ABC.

While all everybody else did was The End (Foxtel) and Amazing Grace (Nine), the ABC also brought us Aftertaste, Fisk and Why Are You Like This. And let’s not forget Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire, the documentary of the year which built to a jaw dropping crescendo this week. There are no Logies until November but put this one down as a certainty.

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TV Ratings Survey: Wednesday Week 14

By Trent Thomas

• MAFS and Nine #1 after serving up more drama at this week’s dinner party
• ABC has record night for the second evening in a row
• ABC’s big TV share helped by Hard, Quiz, The Weekly, and Fisk
• Best of the rest: The Cube, Amazing Grace, and The Front Bar

Primetime News
Seven News 947,000 (6 pm)/906,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 918,000 (6 pm)/899,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 710,000
10 News First 325,000(5 pm)/217,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 161,000 (6:30 pm)/141,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 693,000
7:30 671,000
The Project 245,000 (6:30 pm)/387,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 170,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 261,000
Today 230,000
News Breakfast 125,000

Late Night News
The Latest 236,000
ABC Late News 57,000
SBS World News Late 57,000


Nine enters the Easter break after winning last night with a primary share of 24.4% and a network share of 32.8%. This has continued Nine’s winning streak after being the top primary channel and network every day this week.

Married at First Sight was the top show for Nine last night with this week’s dinner party episode bringing in over 1m viewers. The episode featured more drama over controversial groom Bryce and his marriage to Melissa, while also causing tension between Jason and Alana.

The show was #1 in all key demos but was down on last week’s dinner party which had 1.017m last week.

Afterwards, Nine aired its fifth episode of Australian drama Amazing Grace with 382,000 tuning in, this was down on last week which had 429,000 viewers. This was followed by New Amsterdam with 70,000.


In the 7:30 pm slot last night, Seven aired a repeat of Highway Patrol which brought in 300,000 viewers. This was followed by Ambulance: Code Red with 184,000.

Home and Away was Seven’s top rating show last night with 548,000.

The Front Bar had 263,000 viewers with 182,000 coming from Melbourne.


On The Cube, 307,00 watched as Peter and Louise, a couple who met on an internet dating site, tried to win $250,000 for their dream holiday around Australia. This was down slightly on last week’s ratings which had 312,000.

The Cube was followed by two back to back repeats of Bull (184,000 and 146,000).

On The Project 245,000 (6:30 pm) and 387,000 (7:00 pm) watched as the show discussed the slow vaccine rollout, Grace Tame slamming the PM’s cabinet reshuffle, and the Lil Nas X controversy.

10 bold was the top multichannel with 4.4% thanks to NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.


The public broadcaster had its best Wednesday night of the year with 15.6% which is the second day in a row that it had posted its best daily share for the year, doing so on Tuesday night as well.

The main driving force was Hard Quiz which brought in its best ratings of the year with 740,000. This was followed by The Weekly with Charlie Pickering which had 575,000, its best number since its launch episode for this year back in February.

Kitty Flanagan‘s Fisk is continuing its great run with 594,000 tuning in for the show’s third episode which was its highest rating episode for the year. The show launched with 532,000 and then had 515,000 last week.


The top rating show on SBS last night was Australia in Colour with 238,000.

Week 14: Wednesday
ABC15.6%716.2%924.4%10 8.5%SBS One5.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC TV PLUS2.2%7TWO3.5%GO!2.4%10 Bold4.4%VICELAND1.1%
ABC ME0.4%7mate2.2%GEM3.0%10 Peach2.5%Food Net1.0%
ABC NEWS1.9%7flix1.5%9Life1.7%10 Shake0.4%NITV0.1%
    9Rush1.3%  SBS World Movies0.6%
TOTAL20.0% 23.3% 32.8% 15.8% 8.0%


ABCSeven AffiliatesNine Affiliates10 AffiliatesSBS
ABC14.3%717.9%917.9%WIN8.3%SBS One5.4%
ABC ME0.7%7mate2.5%GEM5.1%WIN Peach2.9%Food Net0.6%
ABC NEWS2.1%7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)2.2%9Life2.1%Sky News  on WIN2.1%NITV0.1%
        SBS Movies0.6%
TOTAL19.1% 27.7% 27.2% 18.8% 7.8%


Wednesday FTA
  1. Married At First Sight Nine 1,003,000
  2. Seven News  Seven 947,000
  3. Nine News  Nine 918,000
  4. Seven News At 6.30  Seven 906,000
  5. Nine News 6:30  Nine 899,000
  6. Hard Quiz S6  ABC TV  740,000
  7. ABC News  ABC TV  710,000
  8. A Current Affair  Nine 693,000
  9. 7.30  ABC TV  671,000
  10. Fisk  ABC TV  594,000
  11. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering  ABC TV  575,000
  12. Home And Away  Seven 548,000
  13. The Chase Australia  Seven 449,000
  14. Hot Seat  Nine 421,000
  15. The Project 7pm  10  387,000
  16. Amazing Grace  Nine 382,000
  17. 10 News First  10  325,000
  18. The Cube 10  307,000
  19. Highway Patrol Special (R)  Seven 300,000
  20. The Chase Australia-5pm  Seven 285,000
Demo Top Five

16-39 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 219,000
  2. Nine News 6:30  Nine 115,000
  3. Nine News  Nine 108,000
  4. Seven News  Seven 104,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30  Seven 95,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 417,000
  2. Nine News  Nine 217,000
  3. Nine News 6:30  Nine 215,000
  4. Seven News  Seven 202,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30  Seven 184,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 476,000
  2. Nine News  Nine 264,000
  3. Nine News 6:30  Nine 258,000
  4. Seven News  Seven 250,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30  Seven 237,000
Wednesday Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R)  10 Bold  179,000
  2. Bluey  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  175,000
  3. Bluey  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  151,000
  4. Peppa Pig  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  151,000
  5. The Adventures Of Paddington  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  133,000
  6. Kiri And Lou  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  130,000
  7. Rusty Rivets  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  130,000
  8. Brave Bunnies  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  128,000
  9. ABC News Mornings  ABC NEWS  121,000
  10. NCIS: Los Angeles (R)  10 Bold  121,000
  11. The Wonder Gang  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  121,000
  12. Peppa Pig  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  120,000
  13. Fireman Sam  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  116,000
  14. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R)  10 Bold  115,000
  15. Kangaroo Beach  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  110,000
  16. Luo Bao Bei  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  109,000
  17. Remy & Boo  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  109,000
  18. Andy’s Aquatic Adventures  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  107,000
  19. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  106,000
  20. Dog Loves Books  ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus  105,000
Wednesday STV
  1. Gogglebox Australia  Lifestyle Channel  138,000
  2. The Bolt Report  Sky News Live  70,000
  3. Credlin  Sky News Live  68,000
  4. Grand Designs Australia  Lifestyle Channel  58,000
  5. Live: AFL 360  FOX FOOTY  57,000
  6. Alan Jones  Sky News Live  56,000
  7. Paul Murray Live  Sky News Live  54,000
  8. The Kenny Report  Sky News Live  39,000
  9. PML Later  Sky News Live  32,000
  10. Unforgotten  BBC First  32,000
  11. Ugly House To Lovely House  Lifestyle Channel  31,000
  12. A Big Bang Farewell  FOX Funny  31,000
  13. NRL 360  FOX LEAGUE  31,000
  14. Set Of Six  FOX LEAGUE  30,000
  15. Jeopardy!  FOX Classics  30,000
  16. Live: NRL 360  FOX LEAGUE  30,000
  17. Matty Johns Face-To-Face  FOX LEAGUE  29,000
  18. Matty Johns Face-To-Face  FOX LEAGUE  28,000
  19. The Big Bang Theory  FOX Funny  27,000
  20. AFL: Dermie Delivers  FOX FOOTY  26,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Facebook plots big news feed changes

US tech giant Facebook is making some key changes to its news feed, allowing page administrators to control who can comment on their posts, and allowing users to sort their feeds chronogically – rather than leaving it to an algorithm – more easily, reports News Corp’s David Swan.

In a blog post, the company said the changes would mean public figures, creators and brands could now limit unwanted interactions, amid growing fears that they could face potentially damaging lawsuits for whatever comments are posted to their Facebook page.

The NSW Court of Appeal recently affirmed that Facebook administrators would be treated as publishers of comments on their pages, and that they would therefore be liable for any defamatory or hateful content.

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Facebook now lets users and pages turn off comments on their posts

Facebook will allow every user including celebrities, politicians, brands, and news outlets to determine who can and can’t comment on their posts, reports Guardian Australia‘s Josh Taylor.

The social media giant announced on Wednesday that when people post on Facebook, they will be able to control who comments on the post, ranging from everyone who can see the post, to only those who have been tagged by the profile or page in the post. It is similar to a change recently introduced by Twitter to limit who can reply to tweets.

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Facebook offers users (a little) more control over public comments

Facebook is updating its comments policy to allow users more control over who can comment on public posts, however the social media giant has held off on allowing page owners, such as a newspaper, the ability to moderate readers’ comments before publication, reports AFR‘s Miranda Ward.

The Silicon Valley company has launched three options to allow Facebook users to limit who can comment on a post. These are “public”, meaning anyone can comment, “friends” or “profile and pages you mention”, meaning if the page or user tags someone they will be allowed to comment but no one else.

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AIDC appoints Melbourne filmmaker as new CEO/creative director

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has appointed screen industry leader and filmmaker Natasha Gadd (pictured) the organisation’s new CEO/creative director.

Gadd continues her contribution to AIDC drawing on two decades of expertise across the nonfiction sector, including prominent roles in film production, programming and distribution. She was most recently AIDC’s partnerships and industry development manager, where she oversaw the industry development program that unlocked over 1.4 million in project and professional development funding for AIDC delegates across a 3-year period.

In a joint statement AIDC board co-chairs, Kate Pappas and Paul Wiegard, said: “Natasha has a clear vision for AIDC – she has the requisite leadership skills, exceptional industry experience across the sector and a deep understanding of the organisation. Most importantly, Natasha is passionate about the nonfiction sector and AIDC’s role as a leader within it. This is an exciting time for documentary and factual storytelling.”

Natasha Gadd said: “I’m thrilled to be helming AIDC. I look forward to working with our team, board and industry partners to lead the organisation as we emerge from a challenging time for the nonfiction community to create new initiatives that will strengthen our sector, our storytellers and our stories.

“I’d particularly like to acknowledge the incredible achievements of outgoing CEO/conference director, Alice Burgin, who has grown AIDC into a robust, innovative and industry-leading documentary event.”

Over the past 20 years, Gadd has attended AIDC as a knowledge seeker, filmmaker and festival programmer and knows first-hand the crucial role the AIDC marketplace, program and networking events play in supporting the nonfiction community. With AIDC embarking on its 35th year, the new CEO/creative director will draw on this long and rich legacy to lead an organisation that remains future-focused.

Natasha Gadd’s passion for documentary and factual storytelling spans two decades. In 2005, she co-founded Daybreak Films, a Melbourne based production company committed to creating independent and engaging screen content. Her debut feature documentary, Words From the City was nominated for five AFI Awards and her follow up feature, Murundak: Songs of Freedom, received the Grand Prix – FIFO, Best Documentary – Valladolid International Film Festival, and the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award. She has also made a number of short documentaries for SBS, ABC and Foxtel, including Anatomy: Muscle, for which she received an Australian Directors Guild Best Director award.

Schwartz Media hires Belle Stewart as NSW sales director

Schwartz Media has announced Belle Stewart (pictured) as its new sales director to lead commercial opportunities for the company in New South Wales.

With past experience working for 10 Daily, Concrete Playground and Tastemade UK, Stewart brings nearly a decade’s experience delivering multiplatform advertising campaigns for clients.

“I couldn’t be more honoured to be part of the Schwartz team and to build our presence in Sydney. I’m a big believer in independent news and quality journalism – never have these two things been more important to the Australian media landscape. I look forward to creating the career- defining partnerships that will see Schwartz continue on the current growth trajectory.”

In the past year, Schwartz Media has seen significant growth. Since March 2020, its flagship magazine The Monthly has seen a 40 per cent increase in subscriptions, while its weekly newspaper The Saturday Paper has seen a 67 per cent increase. Schwartz’s daily podcast, 7am, is ranked fourth most-downloaded podcast in the country, according to the Australian Podcast Ranker.

Schwartz Media’s chief executive Rebecca Costello said Stewart had the media industry expertise to “create brand-aligned commercial opportunities building on the company’s record audience numbers in NSW”.

“We’re excited to have Belle Stewart leading our growth into the Sydney market, creating new advertising opportunities for Schwartz Media,” Costello said.

News Brands

‘Conflicted’ Washington Post reporter wins right to cover sex assault stories

The Washington Post has ­revoked a controversial decision to ban a sexual assault survivor from covering news stories ­involving sexual misconduct, reports News Corp’s Ben Hoyle.

Felicia Sonmez, a politics ­reporter, went public last week to criticise her employer’s approach. It was introduced in 2018 and ­related to the paper’s coverage of the nomination hearings for the Supreme Court justice Brett ­Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault.

Earlier claims by Sonmez that a reporter from ­another newspaper had sexually assaulted her persuaded her editors that a potential conflict of ­interest existed that should prevent her from reporting on such matters.

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ABC admits it was wrong on Fukushima nuclear death claims

The ABC has admitted it ­breached its editorial standards last month when a segment on its flagship 7pm news bulletin ­referred to the “the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster”, with the public broadcaster upholding a complaint that the story misrepresented the cause of the widespread loss of life, reports News Corp’s James Madden.

The ABC’s website posted the following statement on its Corrections and Clarifications page on Wednesday: “On 11 March, television news stories reporting on the 10th anniversary of the ­Fukushima disaster described it as ‘the deadly Fukushima nuclear disaster’. This was incorrect.

“The ABC acknowledges that it was the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear accident which overwhelmingly accounted for the loss of lives; no one died directly in the nuclear reactor meltdown.”

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Bluesfest Byron Bay: Grim financial blow to major festival

The loss of Bluesfest due to Covid-19, for a second year in a row, is a massive blow to Byron Bay and its surrounding areas, reports News Corp’s Shireen Khalil.

Bluesfest injects $100 million into the local economy, according to the ABC, and with 15,000 people now unable to attend the long weekend event after a coronavirus outbreak, its cancellation is expected to have major financial impacts.

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Tame Impala, Tash Sultana among Rolling Stone Australia Awards winners

On the same day as the announcement that Bluesfest has been cancelled, the likes of Tash SultanaTame Impala, and Midnight Oil have all been named as big winners at the inaugural edition of The Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards, reports Rolling Stone‘s Tyler Jenke.

Handed out at an exclusive invite-only event at The Argyle in Sydney, the evening saw NovaFMradio hosts Ben & Liam taking on performer duties, while Mia Rodriguez and Tash Sultana were on hand for a pair of typically immersive performances.

Tkay Maidza took home the award for Best Record, with Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 beating out the likes of acclaimed albums by E^ST, Hockey Dad, Tame Impala, The Kid LAROI, and Gordi to receive the honour. However, Tkay wasn’t quite as lucky in the Best Single category, with her track Shook being outshone by Tash Sultana’s Pretty Lady, which too triumphed over tracks by Chet Faker, Baker Boy, flowerkid, and Triple One.

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TV Tonight April 1 scoop: Eurovision 2021 in Sydney, as Rotterdam abandoned.

In a major coup for Australian Eurovision fans, organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have cancelled plans for Rotterdam in May and all 39 acts will converge on the Sydney Opera House, reports TV Tonight.

SBS will be host broadcaster for the May 19 – 23 spectaculars, to be beamed across Europe for the first time from “Down Under.”

Dami Im will host joined by comedian Joel Creasey & presenter Myf Warhurst with the event to seat 2,600 fans.

The European Broadcasting Union is understood to have abandoned Scenarios A, B, C and D and pivoted to ‘Operation G’Day,’ secretly planned under the federal government’s Location Incentive Attraction Fund.

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New general manager for Grant Broadcasters’ 5MU & Power FM Murray Bridge

Radio Murray Bridge has announced the appointment of a new general manager. Dave Shearer (pictured) will take on the role with the Grant Broadcasters’ stations on April 6, 2021. Shearer was previously content director at Nova/Fiveaa in Adelaide for nearly five years and general manager at Fresh 92.7 from 2018 to 2020.

Regional general manager VIC/SA for Grant Broadcasters, Peter Upton, said: “It’s great to have Dave joining our management team. With 5MU recently converting to FM and with a number of new shows launched on both 5MU and Power FM, it’s a great time for Dave to take over steering this team to continued success.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the team at Grant Broadcasters who are totally committed to being leaders in local across Australia. I can’t wait to get started and to help further build the business in what is an exciting time for radio.”

After more than 11 years as the GM in Murray Bridge, Stephen Walker will be stepping away from the role after a transition period. Grant Broadcasters thanked Walker for his untiring contribution and drive steering these stations over the past decade.


Daryl Somers expresses ‘regret’ over Hey Hey It’s Saturday skits

Television veteran Daryl Somers says he “deeply regrets any hurt” experienced by Malaysian-born singer Kamahl during guest appearances on the now-defunct TV show Hey Hey It’s Saturday, reports SMH’s Broede Carmody.

The comments come after Kamahl revealed he often felt “humiliated” when he appeared on the long-running program to promote his music. In one segment, from the 1980s, the singer is introduced with the sound of African drumming before he is doused in white powder.

Voiceover artist John Blackman also pretends to be from the show’s lighting department and asks for Kamahl to smile so the audience can “see him”.

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