Thursday April 23, 2020

Podcast Week: The Briefing launches, Cop turns News Corp podcaster

By James Manning

• Plus Quizicle All-Stars, Women’s Health, Marc Fennell, Nearly Media

Tom Tilley’s new PodcastOne all-star daily adventure

PodcastOne this week entered the daily news race with its own entrant – The Briefing. Like other players in the space, The Briefing is aiming to get to its audience at the same time people tune into breakfast radio. PodcastOne not only snared former triple j Hack host Tom Tilley as the anchor, but three rotating co-hosts who bring their contacts and journalism skills to the project. They are News Corp Canberra reporter Annika Smethurst, TV presenter, podcaster and commentator Jan Fran and author, columnist and commentator Jamila Rizvi.

Tilley said the plan is to have a news round-up in the first half of the 20-minute podcast and then a deeper dive into a topic later on. “The news round-up will be recorded each morning to make sure they are super fresh,” Tilley told Mediaweek. Before going live this week Tilley did demos with each of the co-hosts and a number of test runs. “The chemistry with all of them is really good. I have been on air with Jan a lot before and Jamila has been a guest on Hack. This is the first time with Annika, but it felt good on air with her straight away – she is super sharp from a news sense, is very funny and has so much epic inside goss from Canberra.”

The main change for Tilley is moving from a solo host on his triple j show to sharing the microphone on The Briefing.

“The podcast will have things in common with Hack which is where I developed my style of journalism and radio presenting,” said Tilley. He noted that people are now in the habit of turning to podcasts to supplement their daily news sources. “A lot of us have taken heart at the success of The Daily [from The New York Times] out of New York. It is a growing space, there are a few competitors, but our show has the right mix of credibility and personality for people to keep coming back.”

The former afternoon radio host admitted to not being a morning person – until now. “The alarm will be going off at 4am! [Laughs] That is pretty ruthless for me. I did host RN Breakfast at the start of the year though and got a taste for it and that was three hours of live radio.”

Tilley remains a contributing reporter on 10’s The Project and if he needs to travel he will be able to record The Briefing using SCA’s network of studios around Australia. “The good thing about this deal for me is doing everything else I want to do.” SCA reached out to Tilley and his manager Nick Fordham with the concept late last year.

Award-winning radio producer Nic McClure is EP of The Briefing and radio journalist Sally Spicer is the news producer. The podcast made an instant impact on the iTunes Charts, sitting at #3 overall on Wednesday.

Marc Fennell going again with Audible

Television and radio broadcaster and podcaster Marc Fennell has won Silver at the New York Festival for his podcast with Audible, It Burns. (Photo of the podcaster with the trophy he would have liked to receive.) The award comes on the eve of a new project that Fennell has been working on with Audible. We are not allowed to reveal what it is yet, but listen out for it toward the end of May. More here soon.

We also note Fennell was a double winner in New York, taking out Gold for his Dateline story about Hong Kong on SBS.

Cop turned reporter podcasting with News Corp

The backing of News Corp Australia has helped attract a big audience already for the new podcast series, I Catch Killers, that reveals untold stories from detectives who have investigated some of Australia’s most horrific crimes.

Former police officer Gary Jubelin, now an investigative reporter for News Corp Australia, is the host and he talks to some of Australia’s most experienced police officers to reveal the stories behind the headlines – and the cases that still haunt them.

The first podcast from a series of six is available now at and reveals how Jubelin’s long term partner, Jason Evers, escaped a terrifying robbery while he was off-duty.

I knew how it felt to be a victim from a personal point of view. I didn’t like pricks being able to do that to people,” Evers tells Jubelin in the podcast.

Jubelin had a 34-year career in policing and led some of the nation’s most intriguing murder investigations including the murders of Terry Falconer, investigated the serial killing of three children in Bowraville and the high-profile disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell.

He ran the crime scene following the Lindt cafe siege, investigated the death of Sydney model Caroline Byrne and recovered the body of Matthew Leveson.

Earlier this month the former NSW Police detective was fined $10,000 and convicted for making illegal recordings during the William Tyrrell investigation. He lodged an immediate appeal.

New episodes of I Catch Killers are available every Sunday on

Women’s Health adds title on dealing with COVID-19

The prolific podcasters at Pacific have added another episode of Uninterrupted by Women’s Health Australia every fortnight. The episode is called The Drop In and is available every second Monday. The 10-minute episodes focus on health and wellness issues impacting women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to Women’s Health Uninterrupted here.

Nearly Media adds Post Pandemic to its catalogue

Melbourne-based podcasting company Nearly Media has a new title –Courtney Carthy hosting Post Pandemic, a show about how and what might change as the world recovers from COVID-19. It’s not about fabricating a future but what lives may be like when the coronavirus pandemic is over. Host Carthy is a director of Nearly Media and creative director of podcasts for the Mushroom Group.

Other podcasters at Nearly include Dave O’Neil, Glenn Robbins and Adam Zwar.

Listen to Post Pandemic here.

Quizicle All-Stars Podcast just right for a lockdown

Nova Entertainment has launched the trivia-based, play-along podquiz Quizicle All-Stars, featuring impressive special guests including Tiger King’s John Finlay, Charles Firth and Andrew Hansen from The Chaser, Nova’s Marty Sheargold and ABC’s Hard Quiz host Tom Gleeson, following the successful series Quizicle Kids.

Hosted by comedian Lindsay Webb, Quizicle All Stars is a play-along podquiz, featuring five questions with five seconds to respond. The special guest then provides their responses and you see how you went against them. The podcast covers a range of topics from sport, music, general knowledge, entertainment and pop culture.

Quizicle All-Stars consists of bite sized episodes, under five minutes, that are perfect to keep the mind sharp and follows the success of Quizicle Kids, the podcast series that launched on 30 March, designed to challenge children’s mathematical, spelling, popular culture and general knowledge skills.

Nova Entertainment is offering commercial integration opportunities for clients.

Listen to Quizicle All-Stars here.

Michael Gudinski and Jimmy Barnes reveal Anzac Day music event

• AU and NZ music communities will unite to stage televised concert event on Anzac Day evening

• Saturday’s concert will pay respect to Anzac Day and thank COVID-19 front line workers
• First announce artist lineup (in alphabetical order) includes Ben Lee, Birds of Tokyo with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Courtney Barnett, Dave Dobbyn, Delta Goodrem, G Flip, Ian Moss, Jimmy Barnes, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Marlon Williams, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, The Rubens, The Wiggles, Vance Joy, Vika & Linda Bull with more to be announced in coming days
• Broadcast partners: Nine & 9Now 7.30pm in AU + Three & ThreeNow 9.30pm in NZ

On an Anzac Day like no other, the Australian and New Zealand music community will join together to pay its respects and celebrate the mateship between two great neighbouring nations. While recognising and acknowledging the Anzac message, we also turn our attention to those that are currently fighting on the COVID-19 front line and say, ‘Thank you’.

Anzac Day has long been a significant day for Australians and New Zealanders, honouring the sacrifice of those who fought on the front line in our defence. In the morning we gather at dawn in remembrance and throughout the day celebrate the freedom fought for, with footy games, two up at the local pub, BBQs with family and friends as well as concerts and community events. 

Delta Goodrem

Conceptualised by Michael Gudinski from Frontier Touring/Mushroom Group with some help from iconic Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes, Music From The Home Front sees Australian and New Zealand musicians uniting for an extraordinary special concert event on Anzac Day evening, screening on Nine in Australia and Three in New Zealand.

Live streaming direct from their safe locations, some of Australia and New Zealand’s most acclaimed artists will come together to celebrate the spirit that binds us all together on this special Saturday night.

Michael Gudinski, CEO of Frontier Touring and Chairman of the Mushroom Group said: “Throughout history music has helped people through times of hardship. Music From The Home Front is about uniting Australian and New Zealanders through the power of music in a time that we all need a bit of hope and happiness.”

Nine’s Head of Content Production and Development, Adrian Swift said: “Music From The Home Front is a salute from Australia and New Zealand’s music communities to everyone serving our nations under lockdown. From the military this Anzac Day to all those on the frontline fighting COVID-19 and those working to keep food delivered, shelves stacked and streets cleaned. And it’s an opportunity for everyone watching to say thanks too just by texting us as we go to air this very different Anzac Day.”

Proceedings will kick off on Anzac Day (this Saturday 25 April 2020), from 7.30pm local time on Nine in Australia and in New Zealand tune into Three at 9.30pm NZST.

Music From The Home Front is not a charity fundraiser, rather it is an opportunity for our nations to be united by music and celebrate the things that bring us together.

Top Photo: Jimmy Barnes (Photo: Stephanie Barnes)

Radio Week: SCA’s Dave Cameron has 2Day breakfast shortlist

By James Manning

More than its counterparts in the commercial radio sector, SCA shines a light on its overall performance of its FM radio and its digital radio stations.

This survey the station was also keen to share the growth of its streaming and on-demand audience.

But in our look at the performance of the metro FM stations in GfK Survey 2, 2020, we start with SCA in the Queensland capital.

Brisbane delivered good news for Hit 105 breakfast where Stav, Abby and Matt are now #1, their show is also SCA’s best-performing metro breakfast show in share and has the second-best FM share of any metro breakfast station.

Photo: Matt, Christian, Stav, Abby and Ella at HIT 105 recounting the outback adventure

“The Brisbane station is equal #1 overall and breakfast has pulled away from the pack,” SCA chief content officer Dave Cameron reminded Mediaweek. “We are really happy where Brisbane sits for us after survey 2 and it is one of our strongest markets. The show has been working on crisis content creation and the results are very satisfying to us.”

As to the fall at sister station Triple M Brisbane, Cameron said: “The audience has settled after Robin Bailey departed. Margaux Parker is settling in well for us. The steady cume tells us that, but there is continuing to be sampling of various shows in the market.

“Every market is seeing some impact from peoples’ routines being upended.”

While GfK provides the official surveys, Cameron said there is additional data available to guide stations on what is working. “Podcast data is showing listening is going through the roof and that is the other thing we examine closely when measuring the engagement of our content. Catch-up radio is up 66% month-on-month. Habitual listening might have changed slightly, but people are picking up their favourite shows at a more convenient time for them at the moment.”

This could have ramifications for radio listening in the future. “New habits can be formed in 30 days according to some. We are going to have essentially four months of people completely changing their habit. Radio listening is habitual and what we might find is a massive rise in people enjoying our shows in catch-up. Particularly is working from home continues to be a part of many peoples’ routine.”

Away from the east coast, Cameron said he thought the change at Triple M Adelaide, where 10+ and breakfast with Roo and Ditts both lifted significantly, “was a bounce back from where it was at the end of last year”.

Roo and Ditts

Perth and the Mix 94.5 result put a smile on his face. “We know that Mix 94.5 is the heartbeat of the city and the station has been consistent for a very long time. There was some trialling with new shows that came into the market last year. The results from survey 2 prove that there is a really loyal audience attached to 94.5 and they have returned. We should also note the Kennedy Molloy drive result in a market where you are traditionally told that content from the east won’t fly in the west – the rise of Jane and Mick in that market is outstanding.”

Kennedy Molloy did well nationally with four out of five markets either stable or increasing.

Triple M Melbourne looks like it might be a basket case as share has slipped to just 5.0% and to 5.2% for breakfast. Things aren’t necessarily as bad as that might indicate though said Cameron.

“It is a show that has been on air a long time. What I would say is that it is a show that I have spent longer listening too than any other station over the past month because of the brilliant content it has been pumping out. We are seeing great streaming and download numbers for The Hot Breakfast. That is not converting into GfK numbers.

“It is a show that was first to have the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, and the first to break many stories. In has been running some of its best content recently from the past few years.”

When asked about breakfast cume of just 283,000 (less than half of Nova’s 578,000) Cameron admitted: “It has seen better days from a GfK point of view. But we remain encouraged by the other data we are seeing.

He also noted that the streaming and catch-up data provided to market over the survey lockdown will become more significant for the ad market to trade with.

Asked about Sydney, Cameron said it was another promising result “for Triple M’s Moonman and Jess who are offering a real point of difference with their show. There is a real need for their style of content right now, perhaps more than ever.

“From a 2Day perspective, the result is one we will continue to get until we re-evaluate the breakfast strategy. We certainly wouldn’t be launching anything right now. You can assume we are looking pretty closely at what the next evolution of 2Day breakfast may look like.

Cameron sounded like he and Hit Network content director Gemma Fordham know what will be next. “But I’m just not going to tell you,” was he harsh response to a plea for more information. “We have a short list of people that we think could make an impact at the right time.

Cheers! delicious. serving delicious. Drinks or thirsty consumers

News Corp Australia’s premium food and lifestyle brand delicious. has launched an all-new drinks content destination delicious. Drinks.

Launching with a flip cover on the delicious. May issue, on sale today, and new digital vertical, delicious. Drinks will feature both alcoholic and non-alcoholic news across wine, Champagne, beer, spirits, kombucha, tea and coffee; along with cocktail recipes, food and drink matching and industry insiders.

delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said: “delicious. and drinks go together like a martini and an olive. Drinks are a natural part of the delicious. experience. Whether you’re eating in and want the perfect drop to match with your dinner, mixing up the latest cocktail for your next virtual party, or looking for the hotspots to get a coffee in your neighbourhood.

“Launching our delicious. Drinks business is a critical step for the brand and the perfect companion to our growing delicious. ecosystem. We’re perfectly poised to grow our audience in an area we know consumers are thirsty for more content; our social, video and digital-led drinks content shows the desire is there.

“We have created a whole new world inside the magazine and online. We’re kicking off delicious. Drinks with a special flip cover and dedicated section in our May issue to celebrate the launch along with all-new content on the website.”

The delicious. Drinks content in the May issue includes a profile piece on up and comers in the drinks world, a Bloody Mary with cheese pairing from the Studd siblings, Matt Preston‘s column on cocktails with his recipe for the perfect pear and gin fizz, wintry drinks for a cosy night on the couch, new products and a postcard from the Patron distillery in Mexico.

delicious. Drinks launches with a regular new column called the Critic (Mike Bennie, delicious. drinks writer) and the Comic (Merrick Watts, comedian, radio and television presenter and qualified wine expert). delicious. food director, Phoebe Wood, will set the Critic and the Comic a drinks-matching challenge each month and for their first column, Mike and Merrick raise a toast to the sausage roll and get into a fizz over the drink that best suits.

A range of new drinks experts also join the delicious. line-up including mixologist Matt Whiley; award-winning sommelier Chris Morrison; television presenter and sommelier in training Kate Peck; and Liinaa Berry, aka The Wine Sheriff, to deliver the best insider knowledge across the category.

Features of the new delicious. Drinks digital vertical include a drinks matching module that allows users to choose their drink type and meal type for a gallery of recipes; recommended drink pairings for delicious. recipes; and a range of new video series including Cocktail Hour, with easy step-by-step cocktail recipes to pour at home.

delicious. is Australia’s leading premium food-lifestyle media brand, with more than 2.6 million* Australians having the opportunity to see the brand across print, sections and digital each month. has a monthly unique audience of 1.2 million^, growing its 25-39 year-old audience by 75% year-on-year. It has a strong social audience of more than 1 million.

Source: *emma TM conducted by Ipsos, 12 months ending Dec 2019, Fused Nielsen Digital Panel calibrated to Digital Content Ratings, Dec 2019. All ppl 14+
^Nielsen DCR Monthly, March 2020

How Netflix doubled its forecast growth in Australia & elsewhere

• Content during COVID and its cop drama bigger than Tiger King

These are some of the highlights Netflix had for shareholders this week as it revealed its January-March 2020 performance:

In our 20+ year history, we have never seen a future more uncertain or unsettling. The coronavirus has reached every corner of the world and, in the absence of a widespread treatment or vaccine, no one knows how or when this terrible crisis will end. What’s clear is the escalating human cost in terms of lost lives and lost jobs, with tens of millions of people now out of work.

At Netflix, we’re acutely aware that we are fortunate to have a service that is even more meaningful to people confined at home, and which we can operate remotely with minimal disruption in the short to medium term. Like other home entertainment services, we’re seeing temporarily higher viewing and increased membership growth. In our case, this is offset by a sharply stronger US dollar, depressing our international revenue, resulting in revenue-as-forecast. We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to decelerate as home confinement ends, which we hope is soon.

By helping people connect with stories they love, we are able to provide comfort and escape as well as a sense of community during this pandemic. So our focus has been on maintaining the quality of our service while our employees around the world adapt to working from home.

Audience surge in Asia Pacific

The region that includes Australia might still have the smallest of the four global markets for Netflix, how it had some explosive growth. In Q1 last year Netflix had 13m subscribers in the region. In 12 months has grown to just under 20m. In that period Netflix’s global audience has grown from 152m to 183m.

Netflix productions paused

We have seen significant disruption when it comes to customer support and content production. On the customer support side, we’ve now fixed most of our work-from-home challenges. In addition, we’ve taken on another 2,000 agents (all working remotely), so our customer service levels are almost fully restored despite the increased demand.

When it comes to production, almost all filming has now been stopped globally, with the exception of a few countries like Korea and Iceland. This has been devastating for millions of workers in the TV and film industry – electricians, hair and make-up artists, carpenters and drivers who are often paid hourly wages and work project-to-project.

In March, we created a US$100 million fund to help with hardship in the industry, starting with the hardest hit workers on our productions, where Netflix has the greatest responsibility. We will have paid these crews for about seven weeks, with the goal of providing a bridge until government safety nets kick in. In addition, we’re donating $30 million to third parties and non-profits, providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast across the broader TV and film industry in countries where we have a large production base.

We’ve paused most of our productions across the world in response to government lockdowns and guidance from local public health officials. In Q2, there is only a modest impact on our new releases, which is primarily language dubbing. No one knows how long it will be until we can safely restart physical production in various countries, and, once we can, what international travel will be possible, and how negotiations for various resources (e.g., talent, stages, and post-production) will play out. The impact on us is less cash spending this year as some content projects are pushed out. We are working hard to complete the content we know our members want and we’re complementing this effort with additional licensed films and series.

Our content competitors and suppliers will be impacted about as much as we are, in terms of new titles. Since we have a large library with thousands of titles for viewing and very strong recommendations, our member satisfaction may be less impacted than our peers’ by a shortage of new content, but it will take time to tell.

Content pipeline still delivering

As people shelter at home, our hope is that we can help make that experience more bearable by providing a diverse range of high-quality content for our members. While our productions are largely paused around the world, we benefit from a large pipeline of content that was either complete and ready for launch or in post-production when filming stopped.

For Q2, we’re looking forward to releasing all of our originally planned shows and films (with some language dubbing impacts on a few titles). We’re also finding ways to bolster our programming this year – including the recent acquisition of Paramount’s and Media Rights Capital’s The Lovebirds, a comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, for Q2’20 and Legendary Pictures’ Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, Henry Cavill, and Sam Claflin, for Q3 ‘20.


Our Q1 slate highlighted the variety of content that people enjoy en masse all over the world on Netflix: scripted English language series like Ozark season 3 (a projected 29m member households will have chosen to watch this season in its first four weeks), the docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (64m), our breakthrough unscripted dating show Love is Blind (30m), original film Spenser Confidential (85m), and season four of the Spanish language hit La Casa de Papel, aka Money Heist (a projected 65m), which debuted in early April.


In Q2, we are looking forward to the launch of Space Force, our new original comedy series created by Greg Daniels (The Office) and Steve Carell, starring Carell, John Malkovich and Lisa Kudrow. We just launched our latest buzzy unscripted series Too Hot to Handle, #BlackAF from Kenya Barris and, outside the US, the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, which we co-produced with ESPN (launching on Netflix in the US on July 19).

We will also premiere Hollywood from Ryan Murphy, and, later this week, Extraction, a large scale action film starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Sam Hargrave, who was the stunt coordinator and choreographer on films like Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Captain America: Civil War.

Popular Product

In February, we rolled out our Top 10 most popular lists to nearly 100 countries, after testing this feature last year in the UK and Mexico. In each of these countries, there are now three daily lists: Top 10 overall, Top 10 series and Top 10 films. Our goal with this feature is to help members find great TV shows and films and enable them to be part of the cultural zeitgeist in their country.

Australian recorded music industry grew again in 2019, streaming now 80%

ARIA today released its 2019 wholesale figures, which showed a 5.5% annual increase from 2018 figures. It is the fifth straight year of growth for the Australian recorded music industry, which now generates over $555 million in revenue.

The results reflect the strength of the music industry before the COVID-19 crisis presented it with a series of major challenges.

2019’s results stand in stark contrast to how the last decade began, when the Australian recorded music industry revenue was in decline whilst fighting the twin battle of unlicensed online use and digital disruption. In 2010, the industry stood at $384 million with physical sales making up 73% of the Australian music market. Today, the Australian recorded music industry is a digital-first business.

Highlights from the 2019 results include:

• Streaming revenue now makes over 80% of the Australian music market, a result that reflects 18% YOY growth in 2019. This streaming category includes revenue from subscription services (including Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music) and other non-subscription on-demand streaming services.
• Revenue from digital downloads across albums and tracks declined by 34%. Physical sales also suffered an overall decline of 21%.
• Revenue for vinyl in Australia sees modest growth at 2.5%. Vinyl revenue now makes up 38% of physical album revenue in Australia, up from 29% in 2018.
• This is the best result for the industry since 2004.
• The last time the Australian music industry saw five consecutive years of growth was in the years 1995 to 1999.

Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, said: “2019 was a strong year for the Australian recording industry as we saw the fifth consecutive year of growth. 2020 will be a year like no other due to the impact of COVID-19, but Australian artists and the music industry have faced numerous challenges over the years and have consistently adapted and innovated. With the continued support of Australian music fans, the music community and government, we will get through this together.”

TV Ratings Wednesday April 22 Week 17 2020

By James Manning

• Britain’s Got Talent outrates some local shows for Seven win
• MasterChef Mystery Box close to 1m – 10 #1 in key demos

Wednesday news highlights
Seven News 1,291,000/1,192,000
Nine News 1,135,000/1,106,000
ABC News 929,000
A Current Affair 852,000
7.30 779,000
The Project 359,000/615,000
10 News 466,000/293,000
Sunrise 314,000
The Drum 290,000
ABC News Breakfast 238,000
Today 238,000
The Latest 213,000
SBS World News 184,000
Morning Show 179,000
Nine Late News 156,000

Nine: A Current Affair kept most of the 864,000 watching on Tuesday with 852,000 for its midweek edition.Nine might not have local drama quota obligations this year, but that didn’t stop it offering Doctor Doctor in an early slot at 7.30pm. It seems to have caught the audience off guard though with 457,000 not as strong as the 500,000+ crowds it was getting with MAFS as a lead-in.
Paramedics actually managed to grow the Nine audience with 484,000 after 8.30pm.
The Late News is living up to its name with Nine testing the demand after New Amsterdam last night in some markets.
In Melbourne the Late News didn’t go to air until close to midnight with Footy Classified screening after 10.45pm to 66,000 (44,000 in Melbourne).

Seven: Home and Away had its third consecutive night close to 650,000.
The audience of 568,000 for 90 minutes of Britain’s Got Talent helped the channel win the night in primary all people share. It might be good news for the channel’s bookkeepers, but frustrating for program makers in that it had a bigger audience (just) than House Rules this week or Doctor Doctor last night.
Mrs Brown’s Boys then followed with a Christmas Special on 382,000.

10: The Project kept the crowd over 600,000 which 10 will be hoping might become the show’s new normal. Guests last night included the stars of The Secrets She Keeps.
On MasterChef it was time for a mystery box, this time with contents gathered by new judge Melissa Leong. The cook determined who will go into the fight for immunity tonight ahead of the elimination on Sunday. Without any other reality competition in the time slot the audience edged back closer to 1m with 994,000 watching.
The compelling new drama The Secrets She Keeps started with 399,000 after the show was available on 10 play some time ago. Made by Lingo Pictures, the company owned by Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens, must be the hottest drama producer in the business at present with its recent track record also including Lambs of God and Upright.

ABC: A 7.30 report on PPE (personal protestive equipment) price gouging was very timely with the show on 779,000.
Hard Quiz was on 723,000 after 734,000 a week ago. One of the contestants chose the Mazda MX5 as his specialist subject.
The final episode of this series of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell then did 671,000 after 674,000 last week.

SBS: Britain’s Cathedrals with Tony Robinson did 270,000 as the host visited Canterbury Cathedral.
The launch of the drama Reprisal, from the makers of The Handmaid’s Tale, followed with 143,000 watching the first two episodes.

Week 17 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 14.8% 7 18.4% 9 16.9% 10  14.7% SBS One 4.9%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.3% 7TWO 3.1% GO! 2.8% 10 Bold 4.3% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.7% GEM 2.4% 10 Peach 2.1% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 2.3% 7flix 1.5% 9Life 1.8%     NITV 0.2%
        9Rush 1.0%     SBS World Movies 0.8%
TOTAL 20.0%   25.8%   24.9%   21.1%   8.2%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 12.0% 7 22.0% 9 15.4% WIN 11.6% SBS One 4.6%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.1% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 3.1% WIN Bold 5.3% VICELAND 1.6%
ABC ME 1.1% 7mate 3.4% GEM 3.3% WIN Peach 1.9% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.1% 9Life 2.2% Sky News  on WIN 2.5% NITV 0.1%
                SBS Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 17.2%   30.4%   24.1%   21.4%   8.0%


87.9% 12.1%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,291,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 1,192,000
  3. Nine News Nine 1,135,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,106,000
  5. MasterChef Australia 10 994,000
  6. ABC News ABC 929,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 852,000
  8. 7.30 ABC 779,000
  9. Hard Quiz S5 ABC 723,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 709,000
  11. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell S11 ABC 671,000
  12. Home And Away Seven 647,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 615,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 579,000
  15. Britain’s Got Talent Seven 568,000
  16. Paramedics Nine 484,000
  17. You Can’t Ask That S5 ABC 470,000
  18. 10 News First 10 466,000
  19. Doctor Doctor Nine 457,000
  20. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 424,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 309,000
  2. The Project 7pm 10 153,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 147,000
  4. Seven News Seven 144,000
  5. Nine News Nine 137,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 477,000
  2. Nine News Nine 292,000
  3. Seven News Seven 291,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 288,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 270,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia 10 506,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 369,000
  3. Nine News Nine 368,000
  4. Seven News Seven 363,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 337,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 215,000
  2. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 183,000
  3. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 168,000
  4. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 165,000
  5. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 160,000
  6. Go Jetters AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  7. Shaun The Sheep AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  8. Kiri And Lou ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  9. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  10. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  11. Neighbours 10 Peach 135,000
  12. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  13. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  14. Dot. AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  15. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 134,000
  16. Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railways PM 7TWO 132,000
  17. Luo Bao Bei ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  18. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  19. Floogals AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  20. Star Trek: Beyond 9GO! 127,000
  1. Gogglebox Australia Lifestyle Channel 189,000
  2. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 144,000
  3. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 90,000
  4. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 86,000
  5. Live: Supercars All Stars E-Series FOX SPORTS 506 76,000
  6. Richo & Jones Sky News Live 71,000
  7. Credlin Sky News Live 67,000
  8. PML Later Sky News Live 51,000
  9. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 47,000
  10. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 44,000
  11. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 44,000
  12. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 44,000
  13. The Simpsons FOX8 40,000
  14. Escape To The Country Lifestyle Channel 39,000
  15. Family Guy FOX8 39,000
  16. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 36,000
  17. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 35,000
  18. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 33,000
  19. Abby Hatcher Nick Jr. 33,000
  20. Live: Supercars All Stars E-Series FOX SPORTS 506 33,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of media

Rob Munro-Hall new head of Bauer Media Global Publishing Business

Bauer Media has announced the appointment of Chris Duncan as the new CEO for the UK Publishing Business. Duncan takes over from Rob Munro-Hall (pictured) who has been appointed president of Bauer Media’s global publishing business.

Munro-Hall is the former head of Emap Australia, running the Australian division of the business between 2003-2006. Emap sold its Australian business to ACP Magazines in 2007 for $94m.

Duncan joins Bauer Media Group from News UK, where he played a leading role in driving direct revenue growth as managing director of Times Newspapers Limited, and most recently as managing director of platform partnerships where he was responsible for developing digital distribution revenues for News UK brands.

Rob Munro-Hall’s appointment comes after Sven Dams, who was co-head of BMG’s publishing activities and CEO of Bauer’s German business, decided to leave the company.

These changes are made with immediate effect.

Rob Munro-Hall commented: “I very much look forward to working with Chris. His broad experience and publishing expertise will help us retain and further extend our market leading position in the UK.”

Veit Dengler, COO of Bauer Media Group added: “I have full confidence that Rob Munro-Hall will successfully shape the future of our global publishing business, our largest business area, in a time where the publishing markets are experiencing accelerated structural disruption.”

CEO Lachlan Murdoch and senior Fox Corp staff to forego salaries

Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch announced on Wednesday that 700 senior members of the company would forego, or take reduced, salaries amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so that other employees can continue to receive salaries and “FOX comes out of this crisis as an even stronger company” when things get back to normal, reports Fox News.

“While we don’t know exactly when we will return to normal and full operations across the company, we have decided to take several new actions to ensure that we remain strong and are well-positioned when this crisis recedes,” Murdoch wrote in a memo to staffers. “To that end, the most senior members of our company will be reducing their salaries so that, to the greatest extent possible, we are able to protect our full-time colleagues with salary and benefit continuation during the period we are most affected by the crisis.”

Murdoch then detailed the plans, effective immediately.

“The company’s named executive officers – Rupert Murdoch, John Nallen, Viet Dinh, Steve Tomsic and I – will forego our salaries through September 30, 2020. The rest of my direct-report executive team will reduce their salaries by 50% through the same period,” Murdoch wrote.

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Former News Corp chief on Turnbull and role of Murdoch in downfall

Former News Corp chief executive Kim Williams says Malcolm Turnbull overstates the ability of the Murdoch press to influence elections because News Corp is “old media” with dwindling power, reports Guardian Australia’s Amanda Meade.

“I am surprised at the severity of Malcolm Turnbull’s comments because it attributes a level of power to old media that I don’t think they have any longer,” Williams told an Australia Institute webinar on the media in crisis.

Williams said at the time he was forced out of News after he launched a book by a Labor politician before the federal election at which News was backing the Coalition, and Murdoch told him it was an act of “corporate treachery”.

“I am personally pretty irritated by the term the Canberra bubble but I think Malcolm Turnbull is certainly living absolutely at the centre of the Canberra bubble in describing his departure from politics as being all about the Murdoch press,” William said.

“It may be a minor contributing factor, but I think he needs to look around him at his political colleagues.”

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News Brands

ACM's Antony Catalano applauds support for regional newspapers

Executive chairman of news publisher ACM Antony Catalano has applauded a Victorian government support package for regional newspapers and urged other states and territories to follow suit, reported The Canberra Times this week.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said his government would spend $4.7 million on weekly advertising in more than 100 regional media outlets over the next six months to bolster local newspapers and keep regional Victorians informed about coronavirus.

ACM’s Catalano welcomed the Premier’s move as “a terrific first step”. ACM is the publisher of this website.

“Daniel Andrews has shown a distinct appreciation for the vital role our industry plays in connecting communities in the more remote parts of the state,” he said.

“We hope and expect that significantly more assistance is given to our industry to ensure our communities can get all the information they need regarding coronavirus and its economic and social impacts,” Mr Catalano said.

ACM has temporarily suspended the operations of four press sites and the printing of a number of its non-daily newspapers until June 29.

ACM’s 14 daily titles, such as The Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, Illawarra Mercury, The Border Mail and Bendigo Advertiser, are not affected by the temporary shutdown.

News Corp Australia has halted printing of 60 community papers.

The Elliott Newspaper Group last month suspended printing of its titles, though has since resumed publishing a Saturday-only print edition of its Sunraysia Daily in Mildura in Victoria’s far north-west.

The Andrews government’s newspaper advertising package was developed in consultation with the Victorian Country Press Association.

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'Women aren't a monolith': Blanchett wants Mrs America to spark debate

There is a moment in the life of author and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly which gave actress Cate Blanchett a firm grip on the character of the woman at the centre of the new limited series Mrs America, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Idato.

Frequently compared to another conservative leader, the singer-turned-anti-gay rights campaigner Anita Bryant, the two women shared separate incidents in which protesters targeted them with a thrown pie.

Mrs America, which stars Blanchett and an extraordinary assembly of actresses, including Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, Tracey Ullman and Sarah Paulson, is the story of the clash of cultures between the conservative author and the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed amendment to the United States constitution which would have guaranteed equal legal rights regardless of sex.

Prior to Schlafly’s death in 2016, Blanchett glimpsed her briefly when “this little old lady was literally wheeled out that same year to endorse [US presidential candidate Donald] Trump,” she says. “And then Trump was at her funeral. And I was thinking, why? So I sort of reverse engineered my understanding of her and started to really understand the power of Phyllis Schlafly’s Rolodex.”

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Sports Media

AFL considers restarting season with 18 clubs based in Victoria

Victoria could house all 18 clubs in one mega hub under a radical AFL plan to restart the season, report News Corp’s Sam Landsberger, Jay Clark and Gilbert Gardiner.

Games would be split between the MCG, Marvel Stadium and GMHBA Stadium as up to 500 players and officials relocate to Victoria for an extended period.

Suburban grounds with TV broadcast facilities such as Moorabbin, Ikon Park and Whitten Oval would also enter the frame with every game to be staged in football heartland.

The AFL expects fans to be locked out of games for the rest of the season and the MCG has already put its hand up to host as many as six ghost games per week.

It has emerged as a best-case scenario to bring every club to one place, however the logistical nightmare means the AFL is considering running multiple hubs

That could see Adelaide, Perth, Sydney or Queensland hubs run simultaneously with Melbourne.

Players in a hub would be subject to coronavirus testing as often as twice a week.

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Nine & Foxtel talks: NRL focused on broadcast deal in 48 hours

Interim NRL boss Andrew Abdo will make it his priority to future-proof the code by striking a broadcasting deal with the Nine Network and Foxtel within the next 48 hours, reports The Australian’s Brent Read.

ARL Commission chair Peter V’landys and Abdo are believed to have held further discussions with Nine on Wednesday. The sense is they are edging towards a breakthrough, hence the decision by Project Apollo officials to lock in further talks before the weekend.

The immediate priority is to sort out funding for the remainder of this season, although talks have also been held over an extension to the existing deal, which runs until the end of 2022.

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NRL moves closer to three-year broadcast extension with Nine and Fox

The NRL is moving towards finalising a new broadcast deal with Channel Nine and Fox Sports that would extend the game’s television partnership until at least the end of 2025, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas reported on Wednesday.

Just a day after parting ways with chief executive Todd Greenberg, the Herald has been told by sources close to discussions that the NRL is negotiating the details around a three-year extension that will be worth less per annum than the $325 million Fox and Nine currently pour into the game each season.

Discussions between ARLC chairman Peter V’landys, Foxtel boss Patrick Delany and Nine chief executive Hugh Marks continued on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Wednesday’s innovation committee meeting that will likely decide the immediate future of the game.

Those discussions centred around what could effectively be a new five-year broadcast deal, given that both Fox Sports and Nine, the publisher of this masthead, are only two-and-a-half years into the current five-year arrangement.

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