Wednesday August 5, 2020

Will McMahon
Will & Woody Part 2: ‘Stupid shit and ruffling feathers’ not an ideal start

By Trent Thomas

• How advice from Andy Lee stopped conflict with integration team

In May of this year, KIIS FM national drive show hosts, Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw extended their contracts with ARN for three years. After Mediaweek spoke with Woody yesterday, today is Will’s turn.

See more: Will & Woody part 1: KIIS drive time co-host Woody Whitelaw speaks out!

Re-signing with ARN 

McMahon said that the best thing about the new deal is the show of confidence from ARN, especially in what he would describe as a small-time show.

Woods and I aren’t personalities or anything like that, we just have a radio show, so it’s pretty cool they think it’s a good idea to keep investing in us.”

Life in lockdown

During lockdown McMahon said that he sees people having bursts of creativity and inspiration and the pair are no different, hosting their radio show from Woody’s front porch.

“When we initially got into this game the thing that terrified me most was people putting boundaries around what I could do, but now I realise that’s when the best gear happens because you have this lens to look through. The worst thing you can give a creative person is a blank canvas, if you give someone a chair and a light bulb just wait and see what they come up with.”

During his eight plus years of broadcast radio with his partner Woody, McMahon’s opinions on content have evolved. Early on in their careers the pair wanted bigger budgets and high expectations, but he said the key to good content is enjoying the resources you have.

“It doesn’t come down to whether or not you had $20,000 to pay a guest for a five-minute interview or if you had $50,000 to do a production from a hot air balloon, it is a cool stunt, but who gives a shit? The stuff that really gets popping is when you have an authentic hilarious moment on air or when you put an actual sock on a microphone.

“One of the best things we did in lockdown was Woody’s isolation games where he just did ridiculous things, but people absolutely frothed it. Like, my bum is a drum, where he just slapped his ass into the microphone. We still play office phone bingo here in Melbourne because no one is at their desk and we ring someone’s office phone and they have to pick it up before it rings out and that doesn’t cost us a cent.”

Going national: The first year at ARN was pretty nuts

When the two best friends from Melbourne returned to their hometown after a four-year stint in Perth, they brought with them first time executive producer Tia Ucich, with the young team facing some early hurdles.

“The first year here was pretty nuts, we did this big stuff up early on with this stunt with T-shirts and mugs with Matt Tilley and Meshel Lauries face on them as a gag to Jase and PJ. [Matt and Meshel were replaced by Jase and PJ.] The Herald wrote an article about how Woody said he went for a boob grab on a first date with his girlfriend – it was like two or three things early on where it was like ‘oh stop’. None of these things were done with malintent, but we were keen to get over here and do stupid shit and ruffle some feathers, and we probably shouldn’t have done that in hindsight.”

McMahon said that once that early patch was behind them, they didn’t need to change much about the show to be successful on a national scale, with Ucich also blossoming into an integral part of the show’s success.

Commercial compromise

Another early challenge for McMahon was learning how to engage with the commercial part of KIIS FM, and the need to work with the brief and integration team.

“This stuff really pissed me off early on. Woody and I would go to these brief meetings and get all these briefs and we would throw around all these ideas and just get upset when they couldn’t do our ideas for us.

“I had a chat with Andy Lee early on about this and he said to me that a lot of the time he found the things he and Hamish compromised on were better solutions than what they originally wanted to put out.

“Sticking to the process and getting the right team around you is so important because both sides have to give for you to get that compromise, and that’s the only way you sell anything.”

Victoria’s State of Disaster coverage sets viewing record for Sky News

Coverage of Victoria’s State of Disaster has seen Sky News achieve its highest overnight audience share for 2020 and #2 highest overnight audience share ever.

On Monday 3 August, Sky News delivered an audience share of 5.5%, its highest audience share for 2020 and its #2 highest overnight audience share on record. Sky News was the #1 channel for the day on Foxtel.

Over the past 27 weeks Sky News has delivered an average audience share of 3.0%, ranking as the #1 channel on Foxtel.

On Monday the channel saw a +43% increase in its All Day average audience (2am – 2am) compared to the same time last week, as viewers tuned into the 24/7 news channel for the latest news and analysis surrounding Victoria’s COVID crisis, reaching 574,000 unique viewers for the day.

Afternoon Agenda anchored by Kieran Gilbert delivered its highest audience on record as viewers tuned in as Victorian State Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered live press conferences, followed by political analysis from the Sky News team.

Primetime programming featuring Credlin, The Bolt Report, Alan Jones and Paul Murray Live was up +25%, compared to the same time last week.

Additionally, the dedicated COVID channel, Sky News COVID-19 has seen an increase in viewers since the announcement of the Melbourne lockdown laws with audiences up +155% on Monday, compared to the same time last week.

Sky News Australia had 3.79 million daily video views on digital platforms on Monday 3 August, up +39% on July’s Monday averages.

Paul Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, Sky News Australia said: “As Victoria faces its grim reality of the new COVID lockdown laws and their implications, viewers are turning to Sky News to hear the latest details, live as they happen. 

“At this critical time in the coronavirus crisis we are continuing to see an insatiable hunger for live, reliable and credible information direct from the health experts and our State and Federal Governments.”

Kieran Gilbert (pictured), Chief News Anchor, Sky News said: “It’s a time of such uncertainty and anxiety, people need accurate information as fast as possible.

“I’ve reported on national politics for close to two decades and I’ve not seen a story anywhere near this. It’s seen a sustained and increased demand for trusted news from journalists Australians trust.”

Source: OzTAM National STV, Linear data, Overnight, share rank: 2003-2020 YTD, analysis: 03/08/20 Vs STLW, channel rank: Wk 5-32, Total People, Average Audience, Share and 1Min Cume Reach.

Monday August 3 2020 aggregated video views; Brightcove, Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft, Adobe. – vs Monday 7, 14, 21 and 28 July 2020 average.

SCA launches media research and insights division SCA iQ

SCA has merged its award-winning Research & Insights and Strategy & Insights divisions to form SCA iQ, one of Australia’s largest media research and insights offerings.

SCA iQ fuses the research, insights and strategy functions together, to better power insightful solutions for SCA’s Sales and Content teams and advertising partners and is underpinned by a suite of unique tools.

SCA iQ houses the Asia Pacific’s largest entertainment insight community with more than 300,000 members in metro and regional areas providing first party data that is a clear point of difference in market and gives SCA’s audience a voice at the table for both content and sales decisions. The community also offers behavioural insights to help shape insight-led content strategies and partner solutions by The Studio at SCA, along with demonstrating ROI and brand perception measures for advertisers.

SCA is the only media owner to invest in all three Nielsen tools at SCA iQ, including Commspoint Journey, Commspoint Influence and Consumer & Media View (CMV). Combined with SCA’s first party data, these tools enable SCA iQ to plan and pressure test solutions across the most effective channels to influence consumers at different stages of the path to purchase. 

Abi Wallis

Abi Wallis

Abi Wallis is National Head of Strategy & Insights for SCA iQ, leading the Strategy & Insights team to deliver effective solutions for advertising partners, utilising SCA’s suite of local and national platforms.

Working alongside Wallis and reporting to SCA iQ Head of Research and Insights John Musgrove, is Jasmine Beech as Head of Sales Research and Insights. Beech ensures the SCA iQ team has a comprehensive understanding of the latest consumer behaviour and attitude insights to develop solutions that engage brands and their target audiences.

Jasmine Beech

Jasmine Beech

SCA Chief Sales Officer, Brian Gallagher, said: “The entire strategy for national and local sales is insight led ideation. The more we can know about our consumers and the more we can know about the challenges we’re trying to solve for our advertising partners, the more successful they are. This is where SCA iQ is invaluable.”

SCA National Head of Radio Sales, Nikki Rooke, said: “We engage with 95% of Australians every day and we want to continue to deliver value to our audience and our advertising partners. Bringing our research and strategy insights teams together to form SCA iQ propels our content and sales insights to a new level, especially as the way audio is consumed changes and areas such as live streaming, podcasting and on demand grow exponentially. Our insight communities sit within the centre of the business and it’s those insights that drive the business and our client solutions forward.”

Interactive planning tool lets advertisers compare reach of commercial audio

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the annual Infinite Dial study is the authoritative report that explores the broadcast and digital audio that Australians are consuming, and the devices they are using when listening, reports Commercial Radio Australia.

For the first time, to enable media buyers to better understand the behaviour shift of audio listeners in 2020, Edison Research has conducted a deeper dive into two of the key players operating in the Australian market; free-to-air commercial radio and Spotify’s free subscription service.

The three sponsors of the study, including PodcastOne (a subsidiary of Southern Cross Austereo), Triton Digital and Commercial Radio Australia have used the latest data to develop a simple interactive online tool, making it quick and easy for media buyers to accurately compare the reach of commercial radio and Spotify free by age, gender and location, whilst also looking at any overlap in audiences. This will help media buyers to make informed decisions about where to direct budget based on a campaign’s target demographic.

The results highlight that commercial radio delivers superior reach and access to exclusive audiences.

Commercial radio reaches more than 14.5 million Australians aged 14+ each week, 11.2 million more listeners than Spotify’s free service.

Commercial radio reaches more than four times as many people as Spotify’s free service each week. 57% of Australians listen to commercial radio, compared with 13% for Spotify’s free service. Although music discovery is a driver of listening for some of commercial radio’s audience, the strong connection with radio talent is also a drawcard, as is the live and local content, including news, traffic, promotions, activations, station events and active listener engagement.

Commercial radio is the platform with the largest exclusive audience

Commercial radio reaches the majority (59%) of Spotify free listeners each week. For media buyers looking to maximise reach and reduce audience overlap, commercial radio is the obvious choice. Advertisers who use Spotify are tapping into only 14% of commercial radio’s mass audience, resulting in a missed opportunity to reach 12.5 million commercial radio listeners.

Read The Infinite Dial 2020 Australia report here.

Canberra Weekly
ACMA grants $5 million to support public interest journalism

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced the successful grant recipients of the 2020 Round of the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund.

Forty-one small and regional publishers will share in the $5 million available in the 2020 Round to help them address some of the significant challenges facing the news industry.

ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said the funding is a boost for public interest journalism, particularly in regional areas with two-thirds of the available funding being awarded to regional applicants.

“The Innovation Fund has a strong record of helping news publishers improve their sustainability. This new round of funding will support projects that will improve each grantee’s capacity to generate public interest journalism including funding for journalists, staff training, new digital technology and website upgrades,” O’Loughlin said.

Successful recipients include:

The Trustee for Parkes-Brown Family Trust (Glasshouse Country News—Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland) will receive up to $108,200 to develop a new website and digital content publishing platform to support its production of public interest journalism and increase efficiency in production.

North Central Review Pty Ltd (North Central Review—Mitchell Shire, Victoria) will receive up to $119,410 to engage a digital marketing officer and to upgrade its online sales technology and video production equipment to improve its digital and social media presence.

Word Count Media Pty Ltd (Pittwater Life magazine, Pittwater NSW) will receive up to $42,768 to engage two specialist freelance journalists to increase public interest journalism output and support its local service delivery.

Of the forty-one successful grant recipients, 16 are from New South Wales, 12 are from Victoria, 6 are from Queensland, 2 are from South Australia, 2 are from the ACT, 2 are from Tasmania and one is from Western Australia.

Other successful applicants included:

Newstate Media (Canberra Weekly, Newcastle Weekly)
Central Coast Newspapers
The Byron Shire Echo
King Media Regional (LatteLife)
Solstice Media (InDaily and InQueensland)
The Hobart Magazine

The ACMA received more than 300 applications for the 2020 Round, almost three times the previous round.

Jessica Mauboy
National Indigenous Music Awards welcome all-stars for NITV broadcast

The National Indigenous Music Awards have added a special in-studio performance from Midnight Oil, Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie and Dan Sultan to their already-impressive line up for the annual awards show on August 8.

Broadcast across TV, radio and online from 7pm AEST on Saturday night in partnership with NITV, the performance of new single “Gadigal Land” will be a highlight of the night as the music community comes together to celebrate First Nations culture. The song takes its name from Sydney’s traditional owners, many of whom continue to live in the city. The Gadigal (also sometimes spelt “Cadigal”) lands include what is now the CBD plus areas from South Head through to the inner west. “Gadigal Land” is a provocative recount of what happened in this place, and elsewhere in Australia, since 1788.

This single is the first new music from Midnight Oil in nearly 20 years. It features special contributions by vocalists Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie, Dan Sultan plus a lyrical section written and delivered by Gadigal poet, Joel Davison. Like all the band’s new recordings it was produced by long time collaborator Warne Livesey who also helmed legendary Midnight Oil albums, “Diesel & Dust”, “Blue Sky Mining” and “Capricornia”.

The incendiary rock track is drawn from “The Makarrata Project” – a themed mini-album of collaborations with Indigenous artists. Midnight Oil will donate its share of any proceeds it receives from this release to organisations which seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart in particular and Indigenous reconciliation more broadly ( Sony Music Entertainment Australia will match any artist contribution.

The awards, broadcast on National Indigenous Television (NITV), Double J, National Indigenous Radio Service, TEABBA, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter at 7pm AEST on August 8 will also feature a tribute to the Warumpi Band with an exclusive performance of ‘My Island Home’ featuring songwriter Neil Murray and the artist who took it to the mainstream, Christine Anu alongside TSI rapper Mau Power, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst. The event also welcomes national treasure Archie Roach, Gumbaynggirr and Yamatji singer Emma Donovan and the new guard of Australian music including Gamilaraay singer Thelma Plum, Pitjantjatjara and Torres Strait Island R&B star Miiesha, Numbulwar band Mambali and  triple j Unearthed competition winner JK-47.

Thelma Plum

Thelma Plum

The awards will be hosted by Elaine Crombie (Top Of The Lake, Top End Wedding, Black Comedy) and Steven Oliver (Faboriginal, A Chance Affair, Black Comedy) and feature crosses to superstars Jessica Mauboy, Mitch Tambo and Electric Fields, and remote communities including Yirrkala and Broome, bringing a fun, inclusive, sometimes emotional and family-friendly program. The public can engage across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, creating a unique online event celebrating community and connection at a time where it’s needed most.

Top Photo: Jessica Mauboy

SBS is looking for the next generation of diverse Australian writers

SBS is inviting aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds to share their stories and have their voices heard with the launch of the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition.

Open for entries from 15 August – 15 September 2020, the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition is searching for the next generation of bold new voices that reflect the diversity of contemporary Australia, providing them with a platform to share their unique experiences and perspectives.

An initiative from SBS Voices, SBS’s online platform which champions the voices of diverse and often underrepresented Australians, the competition has been created to support the discovery and development of emerging talent and contribute to greater diversity in Australian storytelling.

Writers aged 18 and over are invited to submit a memoir piece of 1,000-2,000 words on the topic of ‘Growing up in diverse Australia’. The winning submission will be awarded a $5,000 prize to further their storytelling future, as well as having their story published on SBS Voices.

Entries will be judged by acclaimed author Melissa Lucashenko, winner of the 2019 Miles Franklin award for her novel Too Much Lip, and Benjamin Law, creator and co-writer of the award-winning SBS TV program The Family Law and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia.

SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition judge, Benjamin Law, said: “The SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition is so necessary and important. Given the rich diversity of Australia’s multicultural communities, we don’t nearly have enough of that diversity in publishing. And we’re definitely not hearing enough from young people. Thankfully we have a lot more young and diverse writers coming up through the ranks, but I want to hear more.”

Fellow judge, Melissa Lucashenko, said: “Australia is so much more than we have been led to believe. This is a country of Black, brown and yellow voices, both heard and unheard. It is the country of those who know they don’t feature in the mainstream imagination. The country of those excluded, and downtrodden and for too long left out of the picture. As a First Nations writer and the child of refugees, I feel a strong compulsion to say to emerging writers: you matter. Your story matters. I’m listening. Together we can make change happen.”

Marshall Heald, director of TV and online content at SBS, added: “SBS is committed to sharing stories that explore diverse cultures and experiences, and reflect what it means to be Australian today. We’re excited about the opportunity to discover and support new talent through the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition and elevate the next generation of diverse voices through this important initiative.”

There will also be a $3,000 prize awarded for second place, and two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000, to support the emerging writers to further develop their skills and knowledge. Winning entries will be announced in November 2020, with all winning entries having their stories published on the SBS Voices website.

Writers from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, are encouraged to enter submissions to share their unique experiences.

Entries open 15 August 2020 and must be submitted online at

Top Photo: Benjamin Law (Photo: SBS/Daniel Francisco Robles)

Katy Perry Red Room
Nova's Red Room Live Stream with Katy Perry reveals shopping habit

Nova yesterday held an exclusive Red Room with US pop megastar Katy Perry.

While live Red Room concert appearances have been put on hold because of Covid-19, the pandemic has not hampered the ambitions of Nova Entertainment’s Claire Marshall to continue to bring listeners unique experiences.

As the broadcaster’s music marketing director, Marshall these days organises and oversees Nova’s Red Room live performances and Q+As from her home office instead of from some of the most intimate, and sometimes largest, venues around the world.

Yesterday it was the turn of Katy Perry to chat to fans in a live stream Q+A. There was no music performed, but that didn’t stop Perry from dressing up for the appointment as she allowed fans to virtually enter her US home. While Perry looked every inch the glamorous pop star, she revealed to fans she just have had something a little more casual on underneath!

“I usually work at a ferocious pace, but today I am more relaxed which is why I have my pyjama bottoms on.”

The Q+A was hosted by Nova’s Smallzy who will be featuring highlights from the interview on his national award-winning #1-rating Smallzy’s Surgery program Wednesday night.

When Smallzy asked Perry if it was true she had made a lot of music videos for the tracks on her new album due August 28, she replied: “I made a visual component for every single song.” She added a video for the title track, Smile, will be released August 14.

The questions from the dozen fans who got to meet Perry revealed some interesting facts. Like how Perry spent part of her weekend. Shopping at Target, by herself and wearing a mask. “I spent two hours there and walked every aisle.” She bought a bookcase which she then assembled by herself at home on Sunday night.

Other questions included:

Advice for people hoping for a career in entertainment?
“Important to learn a skill.”

Had she considered releasing a documentary or writing a book?
“I am only five chapters into a life that might have eight or more. Who knows what my next era is going to be.”

Katy Perry’s song writing process?
“I mostly write about my own experiences. I do have a couple of collaborators who help me with lyrics.”

Recording during lockdown?
“Luckily most of the new album was finished beforehand. It was amazing some of the stuff that happened.”

Values she would pass on to her daughter (who is due soon)?
“Integrity. Justice. I always give people the benefit of the doubt.”

Nova’s next Red Room Live Stream will connect fans with British pop sensation The Vamps with a performance and Q&A in the second week of August.

The Vamps will perform their pop rock hits ‘Somebody to You’ and ‘All Night’ along with new single ‘Married in Vegas’, a song created remotely in lockdown. Listeners will also be treated to an intimate fan Q & A with the band.

Listeners can win their exclusive invitation to take part in Nova’s Red Room Live Stream with The Vamps by entering at and listening to Smallzy’s Surgery.

Simon Hill
Simon Hill to call UEFA Champions League on Optus Sport on Saturday

Optus Sport has announced commentator Simon Hill – Australia’s voice of Football – will join its coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions this month.

One of the most respected voices in Australian sport, Hill will add his distinguished tone to the featured game on every matchday of the Champions League knockout stages, in addition to the finals of both European tournaments.

“To have the privilege of calling the world’s best club competition is a huge honour, and hopefully I can do it justice for our Australian audience,” Hill said.

“Many people rate it a better standard of football than the World Cup, and it’s easy to see why. The world’s best all want to play in this competition, and it has a history that resonates with so many around the world.”

Hill’s voice is the soundtrack to some of the biggest moments in Australian football, such as the Socceroos’ 2005 World Cup qualification, the nation’s first men’s World Cup goal in 2006, and the Asian Cup Final triumph in 2015.

The Manchester-born commentator will call the Champions League for the first time since 2005 and brings a wealth of experience from his time living and breathing football in Europe.

Whilst always neutral in the commentary box, the Manchester City supporter’s first task will be to call the second leg of City’s Round of 16 tie with Real Madrid this Saturday – which will be a unique moment in his career.

“Twenty odd years ago, I stood on an open terrace at York City watching my team lose in the third division, so that win at the Bernabeu in the first leg had me rubbing my eyes in disbelief,” Hill said.

“All the remaining Round of 16 ties are finely balanced, and of the others I’d say Napoli v Barcelona holds the most fascination, especially as I love the firebrand that is Gennaro Gattuso!”

“Of the players – to get to watch and call the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, De Bruyne, Lewandowski – I think that speaks for itself.”

Joining Hill and host Richard Bayliss across the coverage will be former Socceroos Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi, Craig Moore, Luke Wilkshire and Scott McDonald, along with former UEFA Champions League semi-finalist Michael Bridges, and Matildas legend Heather Garriock.

“To add Simon to Optus Sport’s Champions and Europa League coverage really is a privilege for us,” said director of sport and presenter Richard Bayliss.  

“The hair stands up on your neck when you hear Simon’s great calls of those seminal moments in Australian football, and to have him call the best club competition on the planet will be something to savour.

“After the Round of 16 ties are completed, there are no more return legs; each match is a knockout. This mini tournament where games come thick and fast means it will be one of the most unique spectacles European football has ever seen.”

Hill will also appear as a weekly columnist on, and on Optus Sport’s European matchday podcasts.

In addition to live studio coverage which includes extensive post-match discussion for breakfast-time viewing, Optus Sport will provide Mini Matches and highlights for each game, as well as magazine shows, features, interviews, press conferences and behind the scenes material, as well as in-depth written features.

The UEFA Champions League resumes on Saturday morning at 4.45am AEST when Manchester City take a 2-1 advantage into their tie with Real Madrid, while Juventus look to overturn a 1-0 deficit to Lyon in Turin.

The UEFA Europa League Round of 16 stage resumes on Thursday morning with four matches, including Manchester United’s second leg against LASK – featuring Australian midfielder James Holland.

TV Demand: Cursed and Umbrella Academy continue push up the charts

By Trent Thomas

The Mandalorian has spent another week on top of the Digital Original charts in Australia and New Zealand, while the Overall TV chart in Australia has a new #1 in Brooklyn Nine-Nine which has been a regular on top of the charts for the last few years.

However, with Umbrella Academy hovering near the top and its second season being released on July 31, the show may find itself at the top of the Digital Original and Overall TV chart next week.

Last week the Netflix Original Cursed joined the Digital Original charts and it has continued with that momentum this week as it finds itself well placed on the charts once again.

The show’s first season premiered on July 17 and is based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. The story is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend centring on Nimue who becomes the Lady of the Lake. The series stars Australian actress  Katherine Langford who is best known for the Netflix Original and TV Demand chart regular 13 Reasons Why.

Ninja Warrior
TV ratings Tuesday August 5, Week 32, 2020

By James Manning

• Ninja Warrior, Anh Do and Shaun Micallef among most-watched
• SBS railway veteran Michael Portillo outrates Seven’s AGT stars

Seven News 1,189,000/1,151,000
Nine News 1,107,000/1,019,000
ABC News 878,000
A Current Affair 728,000
7.30 712,000
The Project 363,000/564,000
10 News 421,000/265,000
Sunrise 269,000
The Drum 224,000
Today 220,000
News Breakfast 218,000
SBS World News 175,000
Nine News Late 137,000

Tuesday TV

Seven: Home and Away dipped from 650,000 Monday to 600,000 last night.
Australia’s Got Talent struggled to keep up with competitors at 7.30pm as it ranked #5 with programs starting at 7.30pm with 311,000.
There was AFL football featuring a clash between contenders Richmond and Brisbane last night, but it was a program for Fox Footy viewers only.
Seven’s second of two Olympic Games docos then screened with 221,000 watching after 260,000 watched last week. 

Nine: A Current Affair started the week on 813,000 and then did 728,000 last night.
Australian Ninja Warrior was the best non-news performer with an audience again over 800,000 which secured Nine a big Tuesday win.
The movie London Has Fallen followed with 262,000.

10: Bachelor in Paradise was again just over half a million before The Masked Singer and The Bachelor take over the weeknight 7.30pm timeslots for 10 next week.
Earlier in the night The Project was on 564,000 with another recent Bachelor in Paradise visitor amongst the guests. 

ABC: Shaun Micallef has helped turn Tuesday nights around for the channel recently and the final of the three-part Shaun Micallef’s On the Sauce did 540,000 after 595,000 last week.
Also helping keep the share above 14%, as the channel outrated Seven and 10 in Sydney and Melbourne, was the return of Anh’s Brush with Fame on 685,000.
Earlier in the night Leigh Sales hosted 7.30 from home while self-isolating with 712,000 watching.

SBS: Great Asian Railway Journeys found a place in the top 20 as Michael Portillo pulled an audience of 319,000 as he travelled north across Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City.
Insight then did 161,000.

Week 32 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 14.2% 7 15.5% 9 22.8% 10  11.2% SBS One 5.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.0% 7TWO 3.6% GO! 2.2% 10 Bold 3.7% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 3.4% GEM 2.7% 10 Peach 2.4% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 2.6%     NITV 0.1%
        9Rush 1.2%     SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 18.6%   24.1%   31.5%   17.3%   8.5%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.8% 7 16.6% 9 20.2% WIN 9.5% SBS One 4.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.3% 7TWO 4.8% GO! 3.5% WIN Bold 5.2% VICELAND 2.0%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.2% GEM 3.9% WIN Peach 2.4% Food Net 0.5%
ABC NEWS 1.7% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.5% 9Life 2.9% Sky News  on WIN 2.1% NITV 0.1%
                SBS Movies 1.4%
TOTAL 16.5%   27.1%   30.5%   19.3%   8.1%


87.4% 12.6%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,189,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 1,151,000
  3. Nine News Nine 1,107,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,019,000
  5. ABC News ABC 878,000
  6. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 837,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 728,000
  8. 7.30 ABC 712,000
  9. Anh’s Brush With Fame ABC 685,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 644,000
  11. Home And Away Seven 600,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 570,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 564,000
  14. Shaun Micallef’s On The Sauce ABC 540,000
  15. Bachelor In Paradise  10 521,000
  16. 10 News First 10 421,000
  17. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 392,000
  18. The Project 6.30pm 10 363,000
  19. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 331,000
  20. Great Asian Railway Journeys SBS 319,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Bachelor In Paradise  10 225,000
  2. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 160,000
  3. Nine News Nine 155,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 153,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 150,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 329,000
  2. Bachelor In Paradise  10 329,000
  3. Nine News Nine 288,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 282,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 255,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Australian Ninja Warrior Nine 374,000
  2. Nine News Nine 350,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 333,000
  4. Bachelor In Paradise  10 325,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 306,000
Tuesday Multichannel
  1. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 203,000
  2. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 180,000
  3. ABC News Mornings AM ABC NEWS 154,000
  4. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  5. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  6. Inspector Morse PM 7TWO 129,000
  7. Little J And Big Cuz AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  8. Neighbours 10 Peach 128,000
  9. CSI: Miami (R) 10 Bold 125,000
  10. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  11. Escape To The Chateau 9Life 122,000
  12. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 119,000
  13. ABC News At Noon PM ABC NEWS 116,000
  14. Little J And Big Cuz ABCKIDS/COMEDY 115,000
  15. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  16. Peter Rabbit PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  17. Bargain Hunt PM 7TWO 111,000
  18. New Tricks 9Gem 109,000
  19. Elementary (R) 10 Bold 108,000
  20. Noddy Toyland Detective PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 102,000
Tuesday STV
  1. Live: AFL Richmond V Brisbane FOX FOOTY 224,000
  2. Live: AFL Post Game FOX FOOTY 83,000
  3. Wentworth FOX SHOWCASE 78,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 67,000
  5. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 63,000
  6. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 58,000
  7. AM Agenda Sky News Live 56,000
  8. Alan Jones Sky News Live 53,000
  9. Newsday Sky News Live 44,000
  10. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 43,000
  11. Chewing The Fat FOX FOOTY 40,000
  12. PML Later Sky News Live 37,000
  13. Family Guy FOX8 35,000
  14. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 34,000
  15. Afternoon Agenda Sky News Live 33,000
  16. First Edition Sky News Live 33,000
  17. Escape To The Country Lifestyle Channel 32,000
  18. Live: The Back Page FOX SPORTS 503 32,000
  19. AM Agenda Sky News Live 31,000
  20. The Simpsons FOX8 30,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

New Daily, sports media could miss out under digital code

Publishers such as AFL Media and NRL Media and The New Daily could be ineligible to receive payments from Google and Facebook under a newly proposed code, because of the way news media businesses will be classified, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Zoe Samios.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has proposed four requirements that companies must meet to be able to participate in negotiations with tech giants and receive compensation for news content. Eligibility is based on the amount of revenue a company makes, the type of content they publish, the size of local audiences and the standards that they uphold.

Publishers such as Bauer Media (owner of Woman’s Day, New Idea and WHO), which predominantly produce stories about entertainment could also be ineligible under a separate ‘content test’.

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Small business ombudsman: Screen businesses will fail without TV quotas

Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell has called on the federal government to reinstate the Australian content quotas on commercial television broadcasters to save thousands of struggling screen production businesses, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox.

“The industry needs a clear commitment that the quota suspension period will not be extended beyond 2020,” Carnell said. “The government should also ensure mandatory Australian-made quotas apply to all other streaming services.”

With production halted by the pandemic, the government suspended this year’s quota requirements for Australian drama, children’s and documentary content on free-to-air and subscription television as an emergency measure in April.

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Fox Corp quarterly earnings, revenue fall amid pandemic

Fox Corp has reported a fall in quarterly earnings and overall revenues, as the owner of Fox News Channel and Fox Entertainment recorded lower advertising revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox – which, after Rupert Murdoch agreed to sell most of 21st Century Fox to Walt Disney for $71 billion, became a stand-alone company mostly focused on news and sports – reported net income of US$145 million for the latest quarter, compared with $465 million in the year-ago period.

Fox also reported advertising revenue of $712 million during the fourth quarter, down 22 percent from a year-earlier $918 million. The media conglomerate was hit by a TV advertising downturn as sports leagues went dark, with the delayed Major League Baseball and NASCAR live events only recently returning.

Advertising revenue during the fourth quarter was underpinned by political revenues at Fox TV stations. Fox earlier forecast local TV station advertising during the latest quarter would be down sharply, compared to year-earlier levels, as marketing budgets for major brands had collapsed.

“Fox delivered strong results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year, even in spite of the unprecedented environment in which we all continue to operate, underscoring the strength of our brands and content offering. We continue to expand the way audiences interact and connect with our brands while simultaneously diversifying and enhancing our revenue base,” Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement.

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News Brands

Call for clarity on contempt in wake of George Pell report charges

The law of contempt, which has resulted in journalists and federal MPs being hauled before the Supreme Court of Victoria to face possible criminal charges, should be clearer and fairer and a higher bar set for prosecutions, an inquiry has found, reports The Australian’s Nicola Berkovic.

In a long-awaited report the Victorian Law Reform Commission has recommended that contempt-of-court laws should be set in legislation so people know what behaviour will be punished and what penalties they could face. The reforms would also give a voice to victims of sexual offences by allowing media organisations to identify them if they are adults and consent in writing.

The recommended legal changes to contempt laws come after dozens of journalists and media organisations were charged with contempt of court over ­reporting relating to Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on sexual abuse charges. The charges have been referred to mediation.

The report said a new proposed contempt of court act should state that it was not a contempt of court to publish material that could negatively impact on legal proceedings if this was outweighed by the public interest in the publication, including the effect on freedom of expression and the principle of open justice.

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Legal changes needed to support public interest journalism

As a media organisation that tries, however imperfectly, every day to help our readers understand their world based on objective reporting, the Herald therefore welcomes two recent moves on defamation law and digital rights which could benefit us and other mainstream media organisations, comments an editorial in The Sydney Morning Herald.

While defamation law is necessary to protect reputations from malicious accusations, Australia’s laws are among the harshest in the world with the balance often set against free speech and a tradition of cases resulting in enormous damages. The record was set last year when The Daily Telegraph was ordered to pay $2.9 million to the actor Geoffrey Rush.

Under national changes agreed last week, however, the formula for awarding damages for non-economic loss will be changed in a way that will likely reduce the amount of damages that can be awarded. Perhaps more importantly, there will be a new broad defence for publishers where the defendant reasonably believes they were acting in the public interest.

Much will depend on how judges, who have a record of scepticism toward the media, interpret the new provisions.

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Channel 9 newsreader Alicia Loxley apologises after reporter’s on-air gaffe

It’s every television reporter’s worst nightmare to be caught out during a cross, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

That’s what happened to Channel 9 reporter Lana Murphy on the 4pm bulletin on Tuesday.

As she did a piece to camera in windy conditions Murphy stumbled mid-sentence and said the word f**k before muttering “my hair” and stroking it back.

Lana Murphy

Newsreader Alicia Loxley looked surprised but calmly moved on after the gaffe.

Later in the bulletin Loxley apologised.

“We’d like to apologise for an earlier report which inadvertently included some bad language,” she said.

“Clearly this should have not gone to air, and we are sorry for the mistake.”

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ABC host Leigh Sales in isolation after COVID-19 test

The host of ABC’s 7.30 Leigh Sales is in self-isolation after she woke up feeling unwell and decided to seek out a coronavirus test, reports’s Phoebe Loomes.

“I woke up this morning unfortunately with a bit of a sore throat and a tiny bit of a runny nose,” Sales said in a video shared on Twitter.

“And so I’m doing the right thing, I’m at the COVID testing clinic at RPA to get checked and I’ll be going straight home to self isolate.”

Her ABC program 7.30 was due to be broadcast last night from her home.

“We’ve had gear set up there that I’ve learned to use in the eventuality that something like this would happen.

“I feel fine so I will just work from home until I get my test results back.”

Sales urged anyone who felt unwell to “do the right thing” and seek out a coronavirus test.

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Sports Media

Former footballer Scott Cummings returns to radio with SEN job

Scott Cummings has made a low-key return to the airwaves, reports the Herald Sun.

Cummings, who played for Essendon, Collingwood, West Coast and Port Adelaide and claimed the 1999 Coleman Medal, appeared on SEN radio on Monday night in a special comments role.

He filled a similar role for the broadcast of Richmond’s clash against Brisbane.

His return comes 12 months after making “disgusting” and “reprehensible” comments on a podcast.

He was swiftly sacked by 3AW in the wake of the incident, and was stood down by Crocmedia, which is overseen by Craig Hutchison, where he had served in various radio roles and on Footy WA.

In August last year Cummings said he felt “crook in the guts” about the comments and he realised he needed to educate himself after the fallout that followed.

“I am disappointed in myself. At the time I didn’t see that they were demeaning,” he said on Fox Footy’s Open Mike.

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