Thursday December 5, 2019

Mediaweek Industry Awards 2019

Democracy in action: Have your say before the poll closes

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Mediaweek has recently opened the voting in our second annual Industry Awards as voted by our readers.

The poll will remain open until the end of Sunday December 8. The results will be released later this month via the Mediaweek website.

Vote here.

Podcast Week: Cass Dunn’s Crappy, Spirits, Riot Act, Apple’s Best

By James Manning

• Plus new Sydney Opera House podcast and Whooshkaa’s partnership with Ripple

Cass Dunn’s Crappy to Happy

Psychologist, coach, author and podcaster Cass Dunn has been with PodcastOne through four seasons of her series Crappy to Happy. She has delivered 41 episodes in that time and is busy working on season five. You could probably dip in anywhere and be impressed with her work, but Dunn’s episode 40 – Not giving a fuck with Mark Manson – is a brilliant listen.

Dunn started co-hosting with Tiffany Hall on Hall’s podcast TiffXO. “We were always answering people’s questions about mind and body health and we did two seasons together,” Dunn told Mediaweek.

When Hall left the podcast, Dunn started up on her own. “The focus remained on giving people tools and tips to improve the quality of their life, but I have now taken on more of an interviewer role with guests on all the episodes.

Dunn is planning season five and one of her topics will be the psychology of money. She has also published two books – Crappy to Happy and Crappy to Happy: Love What You Do. She has just signed a contract to deliver a third book in Q1 2020.

When it comes to working with people, Dunn now conducts online courses and live workshops, stepping back from one-on-one clinical work. “I have just run my first retreat at Byron Bay and there are two more booked for next year. They both sold out very quickly.

For 2020 she will be focusing on building her membership program for ongoing support. After initially running the business on her own she now has a small team helping out.

Her wish list for guests for season five of the podcast includes Michelle Obama. She has a contact in her office and is hopeful! She is also on a promise from PodcastOne head of podcasting Grant Tothill – if Dunn lands Obama, he will send Dunn and a producer to the US for the interview.

Listen to Crappy to Happy here.

PodcastOne gets into boutique Aussie Spirits

PodcastOne Australia and Australia’s leading distributor and exporter of Australian craft spirits Kathleen Davies have created new series, The Aussie Spirit, to showcase the rise of more than 200 unique craft distilleries across Australia, where the small boutique operators are taking on the big brands.

Listeners will get an insider’s view of the $17.1 million Australian craft spirit industry and discover the lengths craft distillers are going to in order to stand out from the crowd. The series explores why farmers are turning away from traditional farming to create some of the best craft spirits in the world, using uniquely Australian botanicals.

The pdcast series offers an insight into the world of Australian distilling – from the Belgrove Distillery in Tasmania, explaining how it is the greenest distillery in the world and how it uses sheep manure to smoke grain and produce whisky, to master distiller at Archie Rose in Sydney, Dave Withers, discussing how he has distilled spirits made of vegemite on toast and a meat pie.

Listen to The Aussie Spirit here.

Opera House gets Arty Farty with kids podcast

The Sydney Opera House has launched a series called Arty Farty: A podcast for kids.

The series will feature in-depth discussions with children’s writers including David Walliams (Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang), Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor series) and Matt Stanton (Funny Kid series). The first episode takes a deep-dive into the creative mind of Shaun Tan, Academy Award-winning author of The Lost Thing and The Red Tree.

Head of digital programming Stuart Buchanan said: “Digital programming at Sydney Opera House connects all of our audiences, big and small, with world-class artists and authors in unique and interesting ways. Arty Farty is just one example of the ways in which we are reaching out beyond Bennelong Point, and into the ears and imaginations of children around Australia and the world.”

Interviews with Shaun Tan and Tim Sharp are available now. Podcasts with the other authors will be released over the next three Wednesdays.

Listen to Art Farty here.

Apple’s podcast picks for 2019

Apple has listed its picks for the Best Australian podcasts of 2019. It has named three category winners:

Best True Crime Show
Unravel True Crime: Snowball (ABC Radio)

Best Fiction Show
Love and Luck (Passer Vulpes Productions)

Best History Show
Emperors of Rome (La Trobe University)

Meanwhile the curators of iTunes in Australia have listed their eight 2019 favourites:

Loose Units: The Podcast (Pillow Talk Productions)
appynterview with Andrew Denton (Legacy Media)
7am (Schwartz Media)
Chat 10 Looks 3 – Leigh Sales & Annabel Crabb
Parental As Anything with Maggie Dent (ABC Radio)
Who the Hell is Hamish? (The Australian)
Queerstories (Queerstories)
Shameless (Shameless Media)

Riot Act with Dan, Mark and Evan

Comedians Dan Ilic, Mark Humphries and Evan Williams have teamed up with a star-studded Aussie cast to launch a rollercoaster ride podcast – Riot Act. The Audible Original Podcast, which we first mentioned here back in October, is a scripted comedy that follows the rise of right wing radio presenter Campbell Parks (Humphries) and his idea of launching a Cronulla Riots Memorial Day to “facilitate open discussion” about the historical event.

Riot Act uses satire to examine Australia’s media and multiculturalism and features the voice talents of Liv Hewson, Anjali Rao, Sandra Sully, Gretel Killeen, Tony Martin, Hugh Riminton, Marc Fennell and Rosie Waterland.

For Audible members the eight episodes are available as part of the membership for no additional charge. The non-member price for the series is $24.95. A 30-day trial subscription is available free with an ongoing charge of $16.45 after the first month.

Listen to Riot Act here.

Whooshkaa and Ripple Partner in Malaysia

Australian on-demand audio platform Whooshkaa has announced a partnership with Malaysian broadcaster Ripple.

The partnership will see Whooshkaa’s software power on-demand audio and dynamic advertising across Ripple’s stable of shows.

Ripple’s line-up of broadcast radio shows and podcasts serve a broad demographic with content in Malay, Chinese and English.

“Whooshkaa is an excellent partner with unparalleled insights into the Malaysian marketplace and will help connect new brands and audiences with our original content and radio show podcasts” said Alex Poon, General Manager Tech and Shared Services of Ripple.

Whooshkaa CEO Rob Loewenthal said the Whooshkaa platform will help Ripple expand its listenership and advertising reach.

“Our tech stack streamlines the way for companies to unlock their potential using targeted, dynamic advertising, on-demand audio hosting, recording, distribution and commercialisation,” he said.

“With Ripple’s stable of quality content and broad language base, it is perfectly positioned to grow podcasting and catch-up radio in Malaysia.”

AACTA Awards: Total Control, The Nightingale & Endemol Shine multiple winners

Host Shane Jacobson was joined by a line-up of top Australian film and television talent to celebrate the nation’s top screen achievements at the 2019 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

It was certainly an Awards show with a difference, and possibly the first-ever to be hosted completely from the green room! At times it resembled an episode of Dancing with the Stars as host Jacobson interviewed guests before and after they were on stage.

Viewers watching on Seven would have been frustrated as the show edited or eliminated the presentation of some awards. The award for Best Asian Film was presented as was the acceptance speech, but the award for Best Drama was not shown nor were any of the acceptance speeches from the cast and producers of Total Control.

Jennifer Kent made AFI/AACTA history following the three awards received for her film, The Nightingale. Kent was awarded the AACTA Award for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film, of which she was a producer making her the first woman to have received Awards across all three categories, for the same film, in a single year. Although she received the AACTA Awards for Best Direction and Best Screenplay in 2015 for her debut feature The Babadook, this year she is recognised also for her work as a producer on her confronting feature.
The film’s vengeful female lead, Aisling Franciosi, received the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress marking her first AACTA Award nomination and win.

In television, Lambs of God led the 2019 AACTA Awards season, receiving its eighth Award at the evening ceremony for Best Telefeature or Mini Series.

Total Control received the AACTA Award for Best Drama Series and also saw multi AFI/AACTA Award winners’ Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths take home Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama and Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama respectively.

The inaugural AACTA Award for Best Factual Entertainment went to Rose d’Or winning series You Can’t Ask That, with newcomer Lego Masters Australia taking home the AACTA Award for Best Entertainment Program. The AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program went to The Letdown which also saw Alison Bell receive her first AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy, having received nominations in the category three times previously.

Mr Inbetween’s Scott Ryan took home the AACTA Award For Best Lead Actor In A Television Drama, having won the AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent in 2018.

Four-time AFI/AACTA Award winner and 14 time nominee Richard Roxburgh won the AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for his role in The Hunting.

Additional television awards went to Love It or List It Australia for Best Lifestyle Program, and Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders, which won Best Reality Series for the second consecutive year and marked their third consecutive AACTA Award nomination in the category.

Damon Herriman received his first AACTA Award in a feature film category, winning Best Lead Actor for Judy & Punch. The award marks Herriman’s second consecutive AACTA Award, having received Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama last year.

The AACTA Award for Best Documentary went to The Australian Dream for its portrayal of the remarkable story of AFL legend Adam Goodes, while the Award for Best Documentary or Factual Program went to Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds. Broadening into the online space, the AACTA Award for Best Online Drama or Comedy went to Dylan River’s Robbie Hood.

Sam Neill accepted the Longford Lyell Award, Australia’s highest screen accolade for his remarkable career that spans almost five decades with over 130 film and television performance credits to his name. The Award was presented to Neill by Dr. George Miller, with touching tributes from Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Bryan Brown, Taika Waititi and Jane Campion, among many others.

2019 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel

Deborah Mailman Total Control – Blackfella Films (ABC)

Richard Roxburgh The Hunting – Closer Productions (SBS)

Lego Masters Australia David McDonald, Eoin Maher, AJ Johnson – Endemol Shine Australia (Nine Network)

The Nightingale Jennifer Kent – Causeway Films, Made Up Stories

Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds Debbie Cuell, Brooke Hulsman – Endemol Shine Australia (ABC)

The Australian Dream Daniel Gordon, Sarah Thomson, Nick Batzias, Virginia Whitwell, John Battsek – GoodThing Production Company, Passion Pictures

You Can’t Ask That Kirk Docker, Aaron Smith, Frances O’Riordan – Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Lambs Of God Jason Stephens, Helen Bowden, Sarah Lambert, Elisa Argenzio – Lingo Pictures (Foxtel – Showcase)

Alison Bell The Letdown – Giant Dwarf (ABC)

Robbie Hood Dylan River, Tanith Glynn-Maloney, Meg O’Connell, Charlie Aspinwall – Ludo Studio, Since1788 Productions

Damon Herriman Judy & Punch – Vice Media LLC, Blue-Tongue Films, Pariah Productions

Scott Ryan Mr Inbetween – Blue-Tongue Films, Jungle Entertainment, Pariah Productions (Foxtel – Showcase)

The Letdown Linda Micsko, Julian Morrow, Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell – Giant Dwarf (ABC)

Aisling Franciosi The Nightingale – Causeway Films, Made Up Stories

Rachel Griffiths Total Control – Blackfella Films (ABC)

P.J. Voeten

Sam Neill

Parasite Bong Joon-Ho, Young-Hwan Jang, Yang-kwon Moon, Kwak Sin-ae – Barunson E&A

Total Control Darren Dale, Miranda Dear, Rachel Griffiths – Blackfella Films (ABC)

Love It Or List It Australia Karen Warner, Geoff Fitzpatrick, Howard Myers – Beyond Productions (Foxtel – Lifestyle)

Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders Amelia Fisk, Adam Fergusson – Endemol Shine Australia (Network Ten)

The Nightingale Kristina Ceyton, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Jennifer Kent – Causeway Films, Made Up Stories

Fifi Box: Fox breakfast and family dreams come true

By Claudia Siron

From hosting radio shows and weather presenting on TV, to making guest appearances on some of Australia’s biggest shows like Dancing with the Stars, it appears Fiona (Fifi) Box has done it all.

However, her colourful career isn’t the only part of Box that makes her highly entertaining. The radio star shared with Mediaweek her tough travels in Japan this year, what it’s like working alongside co-hosts Fev and Byron, and just a few of the craziest questions they’ve asked their listeners on-air.

Fox breakfast is the traditional owner of the #1 FM ranking in the Melbourne market, but just last survey it lost top spot to Gold 104.3. The final survey results of the year might see it back as #1 FM. Find out here on December 17.

The reason Box wanted to get into radio was to actually do Fox breakfast. “I grew up in Melbourne listening to Grubby and Dee Dee and Tracy and Matt; breakfast radio was my trip to school. I always wanted to do the Fox Breakfast show, so it’s literally a dream come true.”

When asked where she thought she’d be now 10 years ago, Box said she seriously thought she’d be at Fox doing the breakfast show. “It was my dream job, and it was sort of where I was aiming; and also because Melbourne is my home. On a more personal level, to have my two girls and be a mum. What I wanted 10 years ago career-wise and personally-wise is happening right now, which is just incredible.

Box said she couldn’t be more blessed working alongside Fev and Byron, and said it’s like working with two best friends. “The last year has been one of the best years of my life having my second daughter (Daisy), although I went through a difficult pregnancy – I had a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum – and Fev and Byron truly supported me and they were like a light at the end of the tunnel. We’re best mates, we laugh so much. Chemistry is hard to fabricate, it’s either there or it’s not; and we most definitely have it and I love it.

The Fox breakfast radio team, Fifi, Fev & Byron, went to Japan recently for their Tradieokeyo segment, and Fifi said she hadn’t factored in that she had a four-month-old and a six-year-old (Trixie). “In Tokyo, with the time difference, we were doing breakfast radio at 4am, so I was getting up at 3:30am. 

Throughout the day when we were getting content for the radio show, I was dragging my four-month-old through the Tokyo subway – which I hadn’t realised was like the New York subway on steroids. It’s nuts! I had Daisy strapped to me, Trixie on my other hand; it was a new mum’s worst nightmare. With a screaming baby that I couldn’t stop and whilst knowing I was half an hour away from being out of that subway – I just gave up. I was literally standing there saying ‘I give up!’.”

Another horror story from the Japan trip was the time Box got lost. Fifi was told they were all meeting at Shinjuku, which is a special ward in Tokyo. “I was told to stand at the Shinjuku crossing and the rest of the team would meet me there, so I dragged the baby along and was on my way. I had been given the wrong information, and we were meeting at the Shibuya crossing. It was the wrong place and the wrong part of Tokyo. 

“During peak-hour, I had to somehow get from Shinjuku to Shibuya, and I was meeting them at 3pm and it was three hours later that I still couldn’t find them, so I just went home. It was an actual nightmare. It was the first day of Japan, so it all started on the wrong foot. It’s funny because I thought I could sort of show mums out there they can conquer all as a travelling mum with a baby strapped to me and another on my arm, but for the last three days of the trip I didn’t leave the hotel,” laughed Box. 

Fifi, Fev & Byron receive some incredible – and hilarious – stories from their listeners. Just recently, the breakfast show asked the question ‘have you been a spy?’, and they had two women call who were actual spies for the government. “We used the voice disguiser, obviously,” said Box. “Often on radio shows, we’re hoping to get lots of calls, but we often ask questions where we know we won’t get a call and we’d be happy if we even get one.

“In this segment, even a few months ago, we asked a question ‘have you died?’ and you’d think that’s a question you can’t ask on the radio, but believe it or not we got callers. People had died and come back to life, and they wanted to share their stories. Breakfast radio can be a grind doing it every day but we try to keep it interesting and we can be a bit crazy with our questions and topics.”

You can tune in to Fox FM 101.9 for breakfast with Fifi, Fev & Byron at 6 – 9 am on weekdays. The last show of the year is on Friday December 6.

ABC Radio
ABC Radio confirms 2020 line-ups: Dan Bourchier off breakfast

Most of ABC Radio’s line-up changes for 2020 are in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra with little change to programming in other capital cities and regional centres.

The broadcaster has revealed its line-ups around Australia.

The ABC has already announced that Sammy J will be hosting Melbourne Breakfast next year and Sarah Macdonald will be replacing Chris Bath on Evenings in Sydney and across NSW & ACT.

The Afternoon and Drive programs will be extended in all capital cities, except for Perth and Hobart, replacing the 90-minute music and culture show hosted by Myf Warhurst.

In Melbourne, Afternoons presenter Richelle Hunt will co-host a new-look The Conversation Hour from 11.00am weekdays with ABC Regional Radio presenter Warwick Long. The one-hour program will focus on issues of interest to both metropolitan and rural and regional listeners across Victoria.

Jacinta Parsons takes over Afternoons and Sami Shah returns over summer to present a national Drive program. He’ll also appear on ABC Radio Melbourne in different roles across the year.

In Canberra, Weekends presenter, Lish Fejer takes over Breakfast from Dan Bourchier. Dan will continue to present the ABC’s 7.00pm television news bulletin in the ACT and will still present occasionally on ABC Canberra. Adrienne Francis moves into Saturday Breakfast and Kim Huynh presents Sunday Brunch.

All networked programs including Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski, Nightlife with Philip Clarke, Australia All Over with Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara and Overnights with Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn return next year.

Radio current affairs AM, The World Today and PM also return in their regular timeslots.

ABC Grandstand will continue to cover all the major football codes as well as the cricket over summer. In Melbourne Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, Angela Pippos and Emma Race pass the pre-game commentary mics to Alister Nicholson and Corbin Middlemas for the 2020 AFL season. Co-hosts will be announced early next year.

Summary of Capital City 2020 presenter line-ups


Sarah Macdonald takes over NSW and ACT Evenings from Chris Bath.
Continuing: Wendy Harmer & Robbie Buck Breakfast; Cassie McCullagh Focus; James Valentine Afternoons; Richard Glover Drive and Simon Marnie Weekends.


Sammy J replaces Sami Shah & Jacinta Parsons at Breakfast.
Jacinta Parsons moves to Afternoons.
Afternoons presenter Richelle Hunt will co-present The Conversation Hour from 11.00am to midday with ABC regional presenter Warwick Long.
Alister Nicholson and Corbin Middlemas will be hosting pre-game AFL coverage on Saturdays and Sundays.
Continuing: Raf Epstein Drive; David Astle Evenings and Libbi Gorr Weekends.


No change to line-up.
Continuing: Craig Zonca and Loretta Ryan Breakfast; Rebecca Levingston Mornings; Katherine Feeney Afternoons; Steve Austin Drive; Kelly Higgins-Devine Evenings.


No change to line-up
Continuing: Ali Clarke Breakfast; David Bevan Mornings; Sonya Feldhoff Afternoons; Jules Schiller Drive; Peter Goers Evenings (Mon-Thurs) and Smart Arts (Sundays) and Deb Tribe Weekends (Saturdays).


No change to line-up
Continuing: Barry Nicholls Early Mornings; Nadia Mitsopoulos and Russell Woolf Breakfast; Jessica Strutt Focus; Gillian O’Shaughnessy Afternoons; Geoff Hutchison Drive; Christine Layton Saturday Breakfast; and Sabrina Hahn Roots and Shoots.


Lish Fejer takes over Breakfast from Dan Bourchier.
Adrienne Francis moves to Saturday Breakfast.
Kim Huynh presents Sunday Brunch.
Continuing: Adam Shirley Mornings; Paula Kruger Afternoons; and Anna Vidot Drive. 


No change to line-up
Continuing: Jo Laverty Breakfast; Adam Steer Mornings; Matt Brann NT Country Hour; Miranda Tetlow Early Afternoons; Mikaela Simpson Afternoons; Liz Trevaskis Drive; Rebecca McLaren Evenings; Joel Spry Saturday Breakfast & Mornings; and Jess Ong Sunday Mornings.


Jane Longhurst presents Sunday Morning.
Continuing: Ryk Goddard Breakfast; Leon Compton Mornings; Tony Briscoe The Country Hour; Helen Shield Afternoons; Lucy Breaden Drive; Paul McIntyre Evenings; Joel Rheinberger Weekends. 

Summary of national networked programs


Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski (11.00am – 12.00pm weekdays).
Nightlife with Philip Clark (10.00pm – 12.00am weekdays).
Australia All Over with Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara (6.00am – 10.00am Sundays).
Overnights with Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn all return for 2020 (2.00am – 6.00am weekdays).
Weekend Evenings with Christine Anu and Rhianna Patrick.
Networked Radio Current Affairs programs
AM presented by Sabra Lane (weekdays at 6.05am & 8.00am) and Thomas Oriti (Saturdays at 8.00am).
The World Today presented by Eleanor Hall (12.05 pm weekdays).
PM presented by Linda Mottram (6.30pm weekdays).

Photo: ABC Sydney’s Wendy Harmer & Robbie Buck

Kyle & Jackie O event: 1000 line-up outside KIIS for $750k prize

Ill health has prevented Kyle and Jackie O being on duty live over a number of days over the past few weeks.

However they were on duty and at their best today for what KIIS 106.5 billed as a special radio event.

Sydney’s #1 FM breakfast show was giving away a house and land package valued at $750,000 on its penultimate show of the year.

Over the past few months, The Kyle and Jackie O show has given away keys to the house that is part of the prize – Kyle and Jackie O Set You Up for Life. The winners of those keys this morning gathered at the front of Sydney’s ARN facility for their chance to try the key in the lock of the front door of the house.

The best radio sidekick in the business – KIIS 106.5’s Intern Pete, aka Pete Deppeler – was the MC for much of the morning in the street in north-west Sydney.

Intern Pete

Listeners to the breakfast show could also watch the program today as it broadcast on Facebook Live.

Deppeler was backing up from the AACTA Awards where he was working the red carpet for KIIS. Also backing up from the AACTA Awards were 10’s Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris who were promoting the next season of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! which is back on air before any of the breakfast radio shows return in 2020.

There was not much action outside in the first couple of hours apart from a false alarm around 8am when Kyle, watching on a monitor, saw someone jumping up and down…but it was just an excited entrant hoping they would win.

Jackie had a pre-recorded interview with Niall Horan which ran this morning. There were also some flashes of classic Kyle when he threatened a staff member with a job at Nova if she didn’t lift her game booking guests.

The hosts joined the remaining crowd outside the KIIS tower at 8.30am to watch a few more attempts at opening the door. “We will stay on air until this goes off,” said Jackie.

The hosts went back outside about 9am, with Kyle telling the crowd: “Someone out here is a winner”. The contestants went off.

The stream on Facebook Live didn’t carry any of the songs played during the breakfast show nor any of the ads. The online audience was close to 2,000 shortly after 6am and then climbed above 2,000 several times during the morning.

There was around 100 left with a key around 9.15am. The Facebook audience was close to 3,500.

At 9.40am, Kyle said: “What if the person with the key doesn’t show up? I just thought of that. There might be a flaw in our plan!”

Just before 10am the online audience was close to 4,500 and then bang…the prize went off. “You have nearly $1m of free shit,” Kyle told the young couple who have only been married for one week.

SurfStitch launches new quarterly publication: Post magazine

Retailer SurfStitch has launched quarterly newspaper, Post, and unveiled a new brand campaign: The Common Thread Between Us.

Post is a new printed joint venture between SurfStitch and men’s lifestyle publication Stab and offers a mix of fashion, surf, travel, culture, lifestyle and apparel content within a matte A4 format including hover-to-shop functionality.

Jevon Le Roux, managing director, SurfStitch said: “Print may seem like an unusual choice of medium for SurfStitch as one of Australia’s biggest online retailers, but therein lies the point.

Post complements the rapid delivery offered by our mega digital footprint, with a tangible face and longevity for deeper commentary. It’s been a true collaborative process between the team at SurfStitch and Stab with a strong emphasis on both style and storytelling.”

The 40-page Summer 19/20 edition has an initial print run of 200,000 with FSC approved printing on 95% recycled paper with vegetable dye ink.

Dane Patterson, general manager, brand and e-commerce, SurfStitch, said the launch of the Post was a play to extend the reach of the brand: “The Post’s physical format offers a premium format to connect with our audience, integrating long-form narrative, strong visuals and typography.

“It’s been fun to produce a piece of print content which can live on someone’s coffee table however we also wanted to ensure the link to our digital platform was seamless. This is enabled by the use of hover-to-shop functionality, linking customers straight to the curated product featured on the paper in front of them.”

The first quarterly issue will be distributed until January 2020.

Stab’s Tom Bird added: “We’ve had a long relationship with the SurfStitch team and understand the nuisances of the brand and audience. Together we have produced a unique blend of content that reflects the breadth and diversity of the customer base whilst retaining the authentic tone and ‘Saturday state of mind’ the SurfStitch community loves.”

SurfStitch has also unveiled its new brand campaign: The Common Thread Between Us. Produced by creative agency Verb Syndicate, the campaign showcases people wearing SurfStitch products they love, curated and shot by them.

The campaign will be executed across outdoor media and digital.

Summer TV Ratings Analysis: October 4

By James Manning

• AACTA Awards on Seven, Playing for Keeps wraps on 10
• But Nine the winner with Seven Worlds, One Planet

We were a little hasty yesterday labelling The Amazing Race the last 7.30 franchise still on air. Seven still has Zumbo’s Just Desserts on air. The best it could manage last night was 341,000. Following it was the heavily edited 2019 AACTA Awards with 269,000 watching.

Nine took top spot though with Seven Worlds One Planet on 581,000. Part one of the four-part Desert Vet then did 341,000.

10’s best was The Project on 359,000 and 10 News First (5pm) on 329,000.

Later in the night the season final of Playing for Keeps did 188,000.

Earlier in the night two episodes of Bondi Rescue replaced The Unicorn. The ob doc eps did close to 260,000 each.

Julia Zemiro was with Shane Gould on ABC’s Home Delivery with 401,000 watching. A repeat of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala did 286,000.

Tony Robinson’s World by Rail was on 218,000 after 7.30pm on SBS. The third episode of Child Genius was on 155,000.

Week 49 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.5% 7 16.4% 9 18.6% 10  8.1% SBS One 5.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.5% 7TWO 3.6% GO! 3.8% 10 Bold 6.0% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.4% GEM 4.4% 10 Peach 2.9% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 1.8% 7flix 2.1% 9Life 2.4%     NITV 0.4%
    7Food 0.9%         SBS World Movies 1.6%
TOTAL 18.4%   25.4%   29.3%   17.0%   9.8%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.6% 7 17.0% 9 17.2% WIN 7.0% SBS One 4.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.2% 7TWO 4.2% GO! 4.6% WIN Bold 6.3% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 1.2% 7mate 3.3% GEM 6.9% WIN Peach 2.0% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.7% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.8% 9Life 2.2% Sky News  on WIN 2.4% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 0.5%            
TOTAL 16.7%   27.9%   31.0%   17.8%   6.6%


85.4% 14.6%
  1. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 842,000
  2. Seven News Seven 839,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 725,000
  4. Nine News Nine 682,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 616,000
  6. David Attenborough Seven Worlds, One Planet Nine 581,000
  7. ABC News ABC 571,000
  8. The Chase Australia Seven 462,000
  9. 7.30 ABC 428,000
  10. Better Homes And Gardens: Countdown To Christmas Seven 425,000
  11. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery ABC 401,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 388,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 359,000
  14. Desert Vet Nine 341,000
  15. Zumbo’s Just Desserts Seven 341,000
  16. 10 News First 10 329,000
  17. The Chase Australia 5pm Seven 301,000
  18. Melbourne Comedy Festival (R) ABC 286,000
  19. Sunrise Seven 271,000
  20. AACTA Awards 2019 Seven 269,000
Demo Top 5

16 – 39

  1. David Attenborough Seven Worlds, One Planet Nine 120,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 90,000
  3. Seven News Seven 87,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 76,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 72,000


18 – 49

  1. David Attenborough Seven Worlds, One Planet Nine 195,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 186,000
  3. Seven News Seven 183,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 156,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 145,000


25 – 54

  1. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 221,000
  2. David Attenborough Seven Worlds, One Planet Nine 220,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 213,000
  4. Seven News Seven 210,000
  5. Nine News Nine 175,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 183,000
  2. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 181,000
  3. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 167,000
  4. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  5. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  6. Agatha Christie’s Marple 9Gem 142,000
  7. Happy Gilmore 9GO! 137,000
  8. Luo Bao Bei ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  9. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  10. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  11. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  12. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  13. Nella The Princess Knight PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  14. QIABCKIDS/COMEDY 118,000
  15. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 116,000
  16. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  17. DCI Banks 9Gem 112,000
  18. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000
  19. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000
  20. Border Security Australia’s Front Line 7TWO 111,000
  1. Love It Or List It Australia Lifestyle Channel 59,000
  2. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 58,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 56,000
  4. Richo & Jones Sky News Live 49,000
  5. Credlin Sky News Live 41,000
  6. Family Guy FOX8 38,000
  7. The Simpsons FOX8 37,000
  8. Prodigal Son FOX One 37,000
  9. The Simpsons FOX8 36,000
  10. PML Later Sky News Live 35,000
  11. Escape To The Country Lifestyle Channel 35,000
  12. The Big Bang Theory FOX Funny 35,000
  13. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 34,000
  14. Family Guy FOX8 32,000
  15. Eastenders UKTV 32,000
  16. Coronation Street UKTV 29,000
  17. Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel27,000
  18. NCISFOX Crime 27,000
  19. Judge Judy ARENA 27,000
  20. NCIS: Los Angeles FOX Crime 27,000

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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Kerry Stokes may sweeten offer as Regal snubs Seven-Prime deal

Kerry Stokes‘ Seven West Media may be forced to lift its $64 million offer for Prime Media as another key shareholder in the regional broadcaster expressed dissatisfaction with the terms of the deal, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.

Regal Funds Management co-founder and chief investment officer Philip King, who holds Prime shares on behalf of clients, admitted he is unhappy with Seven’s offer for the business but has yet to decide how the fund will vote later this month. In a short statement sent by text, King said: “We haven’t actually finalised our decision yet but we aren’t happy with the price”.

The dissatisfaction with the price from minority shareholders makes Bermuda-based billionaire Bruce Gordon‘s position towards the deal even more crucial. Gordon arrived in Australia this week however sources close to the media mogul have been circumspect about his overall view on the deal.

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Young Sheldon, meet SpongeBob: CBS and Viacom back together

The new CBSViacom combination brings together a set of businesses that once dominated the media and entertainment industries but are now fighting to stay relevant in an increasingly digital world, reports The New York Times.

CBS and Viacom were already corporate siblings before the deal, both controlled by National Amusements, a theatre company that grew into a major conglomerate under the mogul Sumner M. Redstone, who is ailing at age 96. His daughter, Shari Redstone, emerged as the company’s leader in recent years and had sought a merger since 2016. With the deal, Ms Redstone cements her role as a trailblazing figure in a male-dominated industry, a woman whose peers now include leaders of media behemoths like Brian Roberts of Comcast and Robert A. Iger of the Walt Disney Company.

Now that Disney has joined Netflix and Amazon as a force in the streaming industry, the merger is meant to make ViacomCBS, as the new company will be called, a bigger player in digital entertainment than the two companies had been as separate entities.

ViacomCBS also has a small toehold in streaming services with CBS All Access and Showtime, which together have more than eight million subscribers and feature originals such as the reboot of Twilight Zone and Star Trek: Picard, which is scheduled to have a January debut. Viacom’s free, ad-supported streaming service, Pluto, has more than 20 million viewers a month.

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News Brands

News Awards: DataRoom writer Bridget Carter best in business

The Australian’s Bridget Carter has taken out the Keith McDonald Business Award for excellence in business journalism at this year’s News Awards, reports The Australian’s Leo Shanahan.

Carter received the award for her work producing the daily DataRoom column for The Australian. Her scoops included some of the year’s biggest business mergers and acquisitions, including Asahi’s takeover of Carlton & United Breweries.

Carter paid credit to her contacts, the readers, The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Christopher Dore, and business editor, Eric Johnston.

The top award, the Keith Murdoch Award, went to The Sunday Herald Sun’s Annika Smethurst, whose home was raided by AFP officers in June after she reported intelligence agency Australian Signals Directorate was planning surveillance on Australian citizens. The raids triggered global outrage, a High Court appeal and a national press freedom campaign. The award was presented by News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch.

The Herald Sun’s Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon won for Achievements in News Reporting for their tireless coverage of the Lawyer X scandal.

Champion Australian leg spinner Shane Warne won the award for commentary and opinion for his commentary for Fox Sports cricket.

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Celebs shine at Herald Sun’s Confidential party at Wink Wink

News Corp Australia executives and journalists gathered at the News Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night.

However, in Melbourne there was an equally import event for the Herald Sun business – Confidential’s annual Melbourne Christmas party as a new inner-city venue:

Melbourne’s social set gathered on Wednesday night to celebrate the second Herald Sun Confidential party at Wink Wink, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

Coinciding with the launch of the new Prahran venue, the event was headlined by Eurovision contender and Australian singing favourite Vanessa Amorosi.

She debuted her new song Back to Love.

Amorosi was joined by almost 300 VIP guests, hosted by the Confidential team and the venue’s owner Simon Lennox.

Among the glamour crowd were LA-based actors Ash Brewer and Bella Heathcote.

Other top guests included Nadia Bartel, Jessie Murphy, Lauren Phillips, Lana Wilkinson and former Miss Universe Australia Olivia Rogers.

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien and his wife Nina were also in the crowd, as were footy legends Dermott Brereton and Anthony Koutoufides.

Neighbours stars Jemma Donovan, Rob Mills, Tim Robards, Ben Hall, Sharon Johal, Zima Anderson and Takaya Honda also hit the dance floor.

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Ben Roberts-Smith seeks documents that may disclose journalists' sources

Australia’s most decorated soldier and general manager of Seven West Media Queensland, Ben Roberts-Smith, is seeking access to documents that could disclose confidential sources of journalists Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters as part of defamation action against The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The Herald and Age‘s defence argues that the articles do not defame Roberts-Smith and allege he was involved in six unlawful killings in Afghanistan.

The case will go to trial in June. However, the Herald and The Age are fighting requests from Roberts-Smith for some documents, interviews and materials generated during the investigations. Nine says disclosing these documents would expose confidential sources and breach ethical responsibilities.

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Alan Jones' broadcasts from the bush secure ad support

Advertisers started returning to Macquarie Media breakfast host Alan Jones‘ 2GB morning radio show last week after the star host broadcast from regional towns following a boycott that decimated the program’s revenues, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.

The drought special, which was broadcast from regional NSW towns Bourke and Dubbo, brought in about $180,000 to Jones’ show, sources close to Macquarie said.

Nine advertisers have supported the bush broadcasts with others increasing their spend for the week.

Among these brands were returning and loyal advertisers, such as Commonwealth Bank and Harvey Norman.

A spokeswoman for the radio business said the entire sector was “operating in a challenging and difficult market”.

“Management, with the support of the board, have conducted a comprehensive review of our workforce structure to provide an effective and efficient organisation for now and into the future. These proposed changes will impact some of our people,” she said.

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Nova 96.9 reveals team for Sydney summer breakfast show

Matt, Sarah & Matty J, Nova 96.9’s Saturday breakfast show, will now be heard on-air for the two weeks in the lead up to Christmas, from Monday 9 December at 6am.

No stranger to Nova listeners, Matt De Groot, Sarah McGilvray and Matty J (pictured) currently broadcast on Saturdays as Nova 96.9’s Matt, Sarah & Matty J breakfast show and were Nova 96.9’s summer breakfast show last year.

Matt De Groot said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be involved once again in Nova’s summer breakfast with Sarah and Matty J. We’ve all had a big year and this is a great way to finish it off. We got together a few weeks ago and agreed that the summer show would simply be wall-to-wall Christmas carols, littered with as many Christmas ham giveaways as possible. Management is yet to sign off on that but regardless, I can’t wait.”

Sarah McGilvray said, “I’m very excited to spend a couple of weeks with my second favourite male radio co-hosts, plus I couldn’t turn down the chance to avoid full time parenting for another two weeks! Expect a lot of Mariah Carey music…well, really, just one song played a lot!”

Matty J said, “Doing Summer breakfast is like finally getting the keys to your parents’ car. We’ll start off a little cautious but after a week the place will be filled with used coffee cups, dirty clothes and a half-eaten sandwich. But on a serious note, finishing off an incredible year with this opportunity is icing on the cake! Then the sprinkles on that icing is being able to share it with Matt and Sarah, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with almost every weekend for the last 12 months. The three of us offer a lot of humour, which is sometimes sweet natured, politically incorrect or immature depending on which one of us is talking. I can’t wait!”

The team will be heard weekdays from Monday 9 December to Friday 20 December at 6am on Nova 96.9 in Sydney. Fitzy& Wippa will return to breakfast on Monday 20 January 2020. 

Sports Media

NRL could divide matches into quarters to beef up broadcast deal

The ARL Commission is investigating the possibility of chopping the game into four quarters to help maximise broadcast revenue in its next TV deal, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Webster.

The push comes from newly crowned chairman Peter V’landys, who has wasted no time stamping his authority on League Central since replacing Peter Beattie in late October.

V’landys will on Thursday chair one of the most important commission meetings in recent times with a raft of significant rule changes to be discussed and eventually ratified.

The most intriguing discussion, however, will be around dividing the game into quarters, something that’s only usually seen in pre-season matches because of heat stress.

V’landys has made it clear his No.1 priority is to increase broadcast revenue beyond the $1.8 billion the NRL received from its last TV deal.

While the current contract with Channel Nine and Fox Sports doesn’t end until the end of 2022, the NRL wants to bring certainty to the player market by working out just how much revenue will be coming into the game.

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Israel Folau said he has been vindicated by apology and $8m settlement

Exiled Wallaby star Israel Folau said he felt “vindicated” after extracting an apology and an $8 million payout from Rugby Australia in a settlement which on Wednesday ended his drawn-out legal battle with the sporting body which sacked him earlier this year, reports News Corp’s Clarissa Bye.

Rugby Australia apologised and was forced into an out-of-court settlement with the former Australia fullback, who was seeking $14 million compensation for his “wrongful termination” by the Aussie rugby union body over his April social media post saying hell awaits gay people.

While the amount of money has not been disclosed, it is believed that after 14 hours of mediation the payout is believed to be $8 million.

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