Tuesday December 17, 2019

GfK Radio Ratings 2019, Survey 8: Highlights + Full Results

• Full results and analysis of the eighth radio ratings report of the year


2GB and Alan Jones near two-year low, but still overall #1
• FM race sees smoothfm again #1 station, Kyle & Jackie #1 breakfast
• After year of growth Triple M share slips for music and Moonman
2Day breakfast lifts, but is it enough?

UP: 2CH 1170 + 0.7
DOWN: 2GB/104.9 Triple M -1.2

Read more: Sydney Radio Ratings: GfK Survey 8, 2019


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• Ross and John partnership lives as 3AW and breakfast team win again
• Gold again #1 FM, but Chrissie, Sam & Browny new FM brekky #1
• Fox on the run: Hit Network flagship records lowest share in years

UP: SEN +0.5
DOWN: Gold 104.3 -1.5

Read more: Melbourne Radio Ratings: GfK Survey 8, 2019


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• Get this! Cancelled Bianca, Mike & Bob 97.3 breakfast goes out #1
• 97.3 only Brisbane station to grow this survey, Nova slides -1.5

• UP: 97.3 +1.5
• DOWN: Nova 106.9 -1.5

Read more: Brisbane Radio Ratings: GfK Survey 8, 2019


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• Mix 103.2 recovers to end the year #1 with second best 2019 share
• Fiveaa can also do lap of honour as Penbo and Will #1 with year high
• New SCA content boss will visit soon with both stations under 9.0%

UP: Mix 102.3 +1.7
DOWN: 5MMM -1.1

Read more: Adelaide Radio Ratings: GfK Survey 8, 2019


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• Back in town! Mix 94.5 ends the year how it started – #1 station
• Nova breakfast holds on to top spot, Botica’s Bunch up again at 96FM

UP: Mix 94.5 +2.3
DOWN: Nova/6PR -0.7

Read more: Perth Radio Ratings: GfK Survey 8, 2019


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Nova Entertainment reveals new hire in Nova music structure

Nova Entertainment has appointed Irene Hulme (pictured) as part of a new strategic music structure for the Nova Network in 2020.

Hulme returns to Nova Entertainment as music director for the Nova Network. Hulme has worked across the three major Australian radio networks, holding senior roles at the Hit, Triple M, 2Day FM, KIIS and Nova Networks, in multiple markets. She spent the last five years with SCA, most recently she held the position of national head of music.

Hulme will work alongside Scott Baker-Smith, the Nova Network’s head of music, to oversee the Nova Network’s music.

Paul Jackson, Nova Entertainment’s chief programming & marketing officer said, “We’re delighted to welcome Irene back to Nova. Her vast experience, musical knowledge and programming skills are renowned in the industry. Along with Scott, we have two of the most respected music programmers in the country working for Nova.”

Irene Hulme said, ‘What an absolute honour it is to once again work for Nova Entertainment. Paul Jackson is an exceptional leader, and a bold programmer, who I have respected for many years. He has put together a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate content team, who, like me, share a relentless desire to create incredible moments executed with energy, creativity and mutual respect. If home is where the heart is, I’m certainly home in 2020.”

Irene Hulme will commence in the role of Nova Network music director, based in Melbourne, on Monday 6 January 2020.

BBL|09 TV Guide: Big Bash League launching on Fox Cricket & Seven

• David Warner joins Warnie on Fox, Seven gets Tim Paine in commentary

The KFC Big Bash League season 2020 starts this week and the TV rights holders have been celebrating its return.

Fox Cricket

Foxtel is reminding viewers its coverage of the BBL|09 season features every ball live and ad-break free on Fox Cricket from Tuesday, December 17 at 6.30pm AEDT.

Previewing the BBL|09 season and posing for a launch promotion was cricket legend Shane Warne who will give his insights exclusively on Fox Cricket across the summer.

Fox Cricket’s coverage of the BBL|09 will showcase all 61 games live and ad-break free with 16 fixtures also exclusively available in 4K on Fox Sports Ultra HD (channel 508), including Christmas Eve and the Melbourne derby, turned Grand Final rematch, on January 4 at the MCG.

Other key games include New Year’s Eve in Adelaide, the Australia Day double-header and the all-new finals system to feature will produce rivalry like no other this summer.

Fox Cricket’s BBL launch with Jess Yates, Shane Warne, Sarah Olle & Sarah Jones

In commentary for Fox Cricket across the season will be experts Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Isa Guha, Michael Vaughan, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Mark Waugh, Mike Hussey, Mel Jones, Kerry O’Keeffe, Brad Haddin and Brendon Julian alongside hosts and sideline reporters Jess Yates, Sarah Jones, Kath Loughnan, Megan Barnard, Sarah Olle and Tom Morris.

Superstar Australian Test batsman David Warner will join the team in the commentary box this Wednesday night for the Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers live from 6.30pm.

On the field all the big names will roll out to add to the excitement of the Big Bash with marquee players AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn lining up in a blockbuster list that includes Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn, Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon, Rashid Khan and England T20 star Tom Banton. Fox Cricket is the only place to see every AB de Villiers match, with three games exclusive on the channel.

Supporting Fox Cricket’s live BBL coverage will be magazine programs B4 The Bash and The Night Watchmen this summer. B4 The Bash will lead off every day of a BBL live broadcast and The Night Watchmen will capture the lighter side of the game with The Professor and Barney following BBL fixtures on Friday nights during the regular season.

Seven Network

The Big Bash League returns to the screens of Seven Tuesday night when Sydney Thunder cross enemy lines to take on Brisbane Heat at the Gabba in the opening match of the 2019-20 season.

In a grudge match bound to ensure BBL|09 starts with a blast, the Heat will unveil one of the competition’s most explosive batting line-ups with captain Chris Lynn, Max Bryant and English young gun Tom Banton. But they will have to wait until next month before unleashing this year’s biggest international signing, South African great AB de Villiers.

The Thunder have enormous firepower too, however, with Usman Khawaja, big-hitting Englishman Alex Hales and captain Callum Ferguson, while former Heat stroke-maker Alex Ross is sure to get a hostile reception when he returns to the Gabba for the first time.

Tuesday night’s season opener kicks off 45 BBL matches on Seven in 2019-20, including all marquee games and finals. It also headlines a massive opening week that includes:

Wednesday night: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers

Thursday night: Reigning BBL champions Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder

Friday double-header: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers; followed by Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

Sunday double-header: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes; followed by Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat.

Seven’s commentary team for BBL|09 consists of Ricky Ponting, Damien Fleming, Mel McLaughlin, James Brayshaw, Greg Blewett, Brad Hodge, Lisa Sthalekar, Trent Copeland, Elyse Villani, Abbey Gelmi, Jason Richardson, Andy Maher, Jim Wilson, Alister Nicholson and Erin Holland.

And in a huge coup for cricket fans, Australian Test captain and long-time Hobart Hurricane Tim Paine will also join the Seven team, along with former New Zealand skipper and Brisbane Heat star Brendon McCullum.

This season, the competition’s fixture has undergone a significant revamp. The regular season has been condensed to run for 12 fewer days while maintaining the same number of games; and the finals series has been expanded from three to five games, with the top two teams now enjoying the ‘double chance’.

BBL|09 will welcome a host of international stars including de Villers and fellow South Africans all-time bowling great Dale Steyn (Melbourne Stars) and all-rounder David Miller (Hobart Hurricanes), along with Englishmen Chris Jordan (Perth Scorchers), Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder), Phil Salt (Adelaide Strikers) and Liam Livingstone (Scorchers).

The biggest signing, however, is Steve Smith by the Sydney Sixers, although the world’s best batsman’s international commitments with Australia mean he won’t be available until late in the BBL season.

There’s also no shortage of big names switching teams this season, including:

Shaun Marsh (Melbourne Renegades, via Perth Scorchers)
Cameron White (Adelaide Strikers, via Melbourne Renegades)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Melbourne Stars, via Perth Scorchers)
Ben Laughlin (Brisbane Heat, via Adelaide Strikers)
Fawad Ahmed (Scorchers, via Renegades)
Jackson Bird (Sydney Sixers, via Melbourne Stars).

Cricket fans can keep up to date with all this summer’s action by following @7Cricket on social. With match updates, interviews and features, @7Cricket is the place to get your cricket fix. 

Top Image: Fox Cricket’s BBL launch with Jess Yates, Shane Warne, Sarah Olle & Sarah Jones

Brooke Corte replacing Ross Greenwood on Macquarie’s Money News

Macquarie Media has signed business journalist Brooke Corte (pictured) as the new host the networked weekday show Money News. Corte replaces Ross Greenwood who revealed last week he was stepping down from his radio role.

Money News is an integral part of our program schedule wrapping the day in business and giving listeners what they need to know on the way home,” said Greg Byrnes, Macquarie Media’s head of content.

“I’m very happy that a journalist of Brooke’s calibre will take over the reins as the show moves into 2020.”

Brooke Corte has been a business journalist for nearly 20 years, spending most of that time as an anchor on 24-hour business channel, Sky News Business. Corte led the coverage and analysis of the biggest business and economic stories for a decade, and also performed the role of chief business reporter.

After spending three years as host of the First Edition national breakfast show on Sky News, Corte the face of the Your Money channel’s flagship program, Your Money Live, dedicated to personal finance and economic news.

“We’re at a crucial juncture as a country in terms of finance and business, so I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to host a dedicated money program in 2020,” said Corte. “After the events of this year, it’s clear there has never been a more important time to understand the value of our money and the stories that impact on our household finances.

“It is a real privilege to join Macquarie Radio, with the outstanding broadcasters on air right around the country, and I look forward to joining them.”

In 2020 Money News will go to air on 3AW, 2GB and 4BC between 7.00pm and 8.00pm Monday to Friday

Seven and Discovery expand partnership with food and true crime

As Foxtel scales back content deals with major suppliers it is opening up opportunities for FTA broadcasters.

Earlier this month Nine took advantage of content available from NBCUniversal in a deal to boost content for 9Now.

Now just days after Foxtel revealed a revised deal with Discovery, Seven has expanded its partnership with the content company.

Seven’s new deal comes ahead of the closer of its 7food channel, with much of the 7food programming moving to 7flix from December 29.

Meanwhile there will be new Discovery true crime content coming to 7TWO.

Seven will feature Discovery’s premium content in dedicated, branded programming blocks on 7flix and 7TWO, as well as a part of 7plus, Seven’s BVOD service.

Commenting on the expanded partnership, Brook Hall, Seven’s director of content scheduling, said: “We’re thrilled to be stepping up our partnership with Discovery, to showcase their unmatched Food Network and premium true crime content across 7flix, 7TWO and 7plus.

“Discovery’s content will continue to be a key component of our multichannel strategy in 2020. Both 7flix and 7TWO will feature premium Discovery content, strengthening their positions in the market.

“7plus will also benefit from our expanded partnership with Discovery, with Food Network and premium true crime content perfect for BVOD audiences.”

Food Network content migrating to 7flix includes Restaurant Impossible, Buddy vs Duff, The Great Food Truck Race, Crazy Cakes and Spring Baking Championship.

Premium true crime content from Discovery joining 7TWO includes Who Killed Jane Doe?, Beauty Queen Murders, Momsters: When Moms Go Bad and Deadly Intent: Murder Among Friends.

Jeanneane Mckay, director of lifestyle content & channels at Discovery said, “We’re delighted to build on our partnership with Seven, extending the reach of our popular Food Network and true crime content. There is a huge appetite for this content worldwide among female audiences, and their addition to the line-up for 7flix and 7TWO strengthens their positions among this key demographic.”

Beyond today’s announcement, as announced at Seven’s Upfronts in October, 7flix will be completely rebranded in 2020 to focus on young female audiences and 7mate will be going HD, further strengthening Seven’s leading multichannel strategy.

SBS reveals complete list of artists battling for Eurovision selection

SBS and production partner Blink TV have announced the first song and final four artists to compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides in February 2020.

Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February, the national selection show will showcase some of Australia’s biggest acts, singing original compositions, for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Rounding out a diverse line-up of artists from across the musical spectrum are: The Voice 2019 winner Diana Rouvas, Australia’s Got Talent 2011 winner Jack Vidgen, 19-year-old emerging singer-songwriter from Darwin Jordan-Ravi and Taiwanese-Australian multi-media artist Jaguar Jonze.

Vanessa Amorosi

Vanessa Amorosi

They join Aussie icon Vanessa Amorosi, powerhouse entertainer Casey Donovan, rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo, glam rock star iOTA, art pop auteur Montaigne and alternative artist Didirri.

SBS can also reveal that Jack Vidgen will perform his self-penned, deeply personal ballad I Am King I Am Queen released today.

Jack Vidgen said: “I am incredibly excited to be a part of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 and actually can’t believe it’s really happening. I’m a huge fan of Eurovision, so to be competing for the opportunity to represent Australia is mind-blowing. I adore my song I Am King I Am Queen, which I co-wrote with Andrew Lowden. It’s a real representation of me and everything I stand for and I think that everyone, young and old, will be able to relate to and take inspiration from this song. I hope that the Eurovision audiences love it as much as I do!”

Diana Rouvas said: “I’m really excited to be in Eurovision – Australia Decides. As a Greek–Australian, I am proud to represent the culture that our country is rich and abundant in, and I’d be so honoured to stand on that stage for Australia! It’s an incredible opportunity for any artist. I’d be bringing my true authentic self to the stage…my life’s work and dreams into that moment, and would be proud to earn a position on that stage and represent my country.”

Jordan-Ravi said: “Eurovision – Australia Decides will be my debut on Australian TV and I am so honoured to be given this opportunity. I will be performing Pushing Stars, a song which came in via the SBS Song Portal, and was co-written by a couple of this year’s Eurovision – Australia Decides stars, George Sheppard and Tania Doko. I am grateful that they put their trust in me to infuse my style and flare to their work this year! I’m a 19-year-old guitarist and singer-songwriter from outback Darwin, and this is a great chance for Australia to get to know me. I will be doing my best and loving the opportunity to share the stage with some incredible artists. Bring it on!”

Jaguar Jonze said: “For me, Eurovision – Australia Decides is a massive opportunity to show Australia who I am as an artist and what I’m passionate about. The selected 10 artists are all so talented and I’d be so happy for any one of us to represent Australia in Eurovision. I think it shows the diverse pool of creativity and talent in this nation and I’m honoured to be a part of it. I’ve always taken Eurovision to be about each country, and each artist expressing their individuality without boundaries. So much of Jaguar Jonze is about honesty and vulnerability and I’m excited to express the uniqueness that comes with it.”

Jaguar Jonze

SBS commissioning editor for entertainment Josh Martin said: “Just in time for the holiday season, our final four artists are a gift for Eurovision fans around Australia. SBS is so thrilled that Jack, Jaguar, Jordan-Ravi and Diana are rounding out a stellar line-up of Aussie artists in what is shaping up to be an incredible show. Even better, after listening to over 600 songs we’re excited to see the release of the first song, highlighting what an important event Eurovision is in promoting original Australian music to the world. The standard this year was incredible and we are so thankful to all the songwriters who submitted original work – we wish we had room for more!”

Creative director of Eurovision – Australia Decides Paul Clarke said: “Eurovision – Australia Decides is cast and will go off in 2020! We’ve talked to just about everyone in the Australian music industry to bring the best into the contest and we so appreciate everyone’s help and love of Eurovision. Diana and Jack are both distinctive artists with huge voices and very different plans for Eurovision. And I’m excited they’ve both won singing competitions in the past. Jordan-Ravi is the real thing – a handsome and killer-voiced talent that Australia will come to love. Jaguar Jonze is just genetically engineered for Eurovision – an art-punk goddess who is going to totally rock. It’s a terrific line-up, very different to last year, yet every bit as powerful. There are some really exciting surprises to drop in January – but my advice is to get a ticket while they’re still available!”

In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland, the City of Gold Coast, Screen Queensland, APRA AMCOS and Moroccanoil, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be presented at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February and tickets for the Opening Night Show, Matinee Show and Live TV Final are now on sale.

Hosted by SBS Eurovisionaries comedian Joel Creasey and music buff Myf Warhurst Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action. Audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite acts and the winner will be revealed during the Live TV Final broadcast live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February.

Eurovision – Australia Decides 2020 airs live and exclusively on SBS on Saturday 8 February.

Broadcast times across Australia:

NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT: 8:30pm – 11:00pm AEDT
QLD: 7:30pm – 10:00pm AEST
SA: 8:00pm – 10:30pm ACDT
WA: 5:30pm – 8:00pm AWST
NT: 7:00pm – 9:30pm ACST

Foxtel Launches new channels FOX SLEUTH and FOX SCI FI

Today, Foxtel launches two new FOX-branded Entertainment channels – FOX SLEUTH and FOX SCI FI – which is the next step in its Entertainment and Movies channels refresh to give customers the best of TV and On Demand all in one place.

FOX SLEUTH celebrates the murder mystery genre, and FOX SCI FI is the doorway to non-stop supernatural, paranormal and science fiction programming. 

FOX SLEUTH is a dedicated channel for the detective in all of us presenting beloved and iconic characters from classic whodunnit series Vera, Endeavour, Murder, She Wrote, Murdoch Mysteries, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and the original Magnum P.I. FOX SLEUTH will also feature series The Brokenwood Mysteries, Prime Suspect, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, A Touch of Frost, Inspector Morse, Wire in the Blood, and Jonathan Creek.


FOX SCI FI has a whole bunch of tech/sci-fi/supernatural programs including Heroes, the original Charmed, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space 9. FOX SCI FI will also be home to popular series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and The X-Files.

Shows from these channels are available for Foxtel subscribers to stream On Demand via internet connected iQ3 and iQ4 boxes, on devices with Foxtel Go, and via Foxtel Now.

Box Office: Frozen 2 cracks $20m ahead of Star Wars weekend

By Trent Thomas

After three weeks Frozen 2 has made it past the halfway mark to surpass Toy Story 4 as the highest-grossing animated film in Australia for 2019 with $22.79m.

The film took advantage of a quiet weekend of releases ahead of the release of fellow Disney film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker next week which is expected to have a massive opening weekend total potentially rivaling Avengers: Endgame record breaking $34.11m.

The only new entry to the top five this week was family comedy Playing with Fire starring John Cena, with two films dropping out thanks to the return of Last Christmas which is showing some holiday legs thanks to the festive season.

The films to drop out of the top five this week where Ford v Ferrari (five weeks $9.28m) and The Good Liar (two weeks $1.80m).

Overall the Australian box office made $9.80m declining 17%.

#1 Frozen 2 $3.68m

Continuing its strong form since its release the sequel to the 2013 hit is living up to its legacy as it is on target to be a top 10 film in 2019. This week it declined only 32% after averaging 6,302 on 585 screens.


#2 Knives Out $1.47m 

Three weeks in a row and three weeks at second spot the whodunit has continued to draw in Australian audiences as it averaged $4,951 on 298 screens making a total of $7.99m.


#3 The Addams Family $918,806

A second week in a row in third spot, the film has had a relatively slow start considering the legacy of the Addams Family brand, however with the holiday season upon us it could see an associated boost in audience numbers. This week it managed to average $3,247 on 283 screens bringing its total to $2.69m.


#4 Playing with Fire $863,616

The school holidays friendly flick has debuted at number four with the family drama featuring firefighters making an average of $3,309 on 261 screens.


#5 Last Christmas $590,877

The biggest Christmas release of the holiday season has returned to the top five after increasing its per-screen average with $2,536 on 233 screens as it brings its total to $9.62m.


Week 51 TV: Monday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 13.7% 7 16.1% 9 17.5% 10  9.3% SBS One 5.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.9% 7TWO 4.0% GO! 4.5% 10 Bold 4.1% VICELAND 1.8%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 2.7% GEM 4.6% 10 Peach 2.9% Food Net 1.6%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 3.0% 9Life 2.1%     NITV 0.1%
    7Food 0.5%         SBS World Movies 0.7%
TOTAL 19.1%   26.3%   28.7%   16.3%   9.6%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.4% 7 16.7% 9 15.6% WIN 8.6% SBS One 4.0%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.4% 7TWO 5.5% GO! 5.2% WIN Bold 4.0% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 1.5% 7mate 4.9% GEM 7.3% WIN Peach 2.3% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.9% 9Life 2.7% Sky News  on WIN 1.4% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 0.3%            
TOTAL 16.5%   29.4%   30.9%   16.3%   6.9%


85.5% 14.5%
Monday FTA
  1. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 910,000
  2. Seven News Seven 909,000
  3. Nine News Nine 774,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 767,000
  5. ABC News ABC 639,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 624,000
  7. 7.30 ABC 530,000
  8. Australian Story ABC 529,000
  9. Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip ABC 506,000
  10. RBT (R) Nine 503,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 469,000
  12. Hot Seat Nine 417,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 414,000
  14. Border Patrol (R) Seven 395,000
  15. 10 News First 10 384,000
  16. Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly Seven 323,000
  17. The Fix Tx1 Nine 298,000
  18. Christmas With The Australian Women’s Weekly 10 294,000
  19. The Chase Australia 5pm Seven 289,000
  20. Sunrise Seven 283,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 103,000
  2. The Project 7pm 10 94,000
  3. Seven News Seven 92,000
  4. RBT (R) Nine 83,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 73,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 198,000
  2. Seven News Seven 196,000
  3. The Project 7pm 10 175,000
  4. RBT (R) Nine 157,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 154,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 255,000
  2. Seven News Seven 244,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 214,000
  4. Nine News Nine 209,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 203,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 160,000
  2. New Tricks 9Gem 148,000
  3. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 145,000
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 9GO! 138,000
  5. Midsomer Murders 9Gem 137,000
  6. PJ Masks AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  7. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  8. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  9. Luo Bao Bei ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  10. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  11. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  12. Inspector George Gently PM 7TWO 130,000
  13. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  14. Rusty Rivets AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  15. Nella The Princess Knight PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  16. Law & Order: SVU (R) 10 Bold 121,000
  17. Doc Martin PM 7TWO 120,000
  18. Olobob Top PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
  19. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
  20. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
Monday STV
  1. The Simpsons FOX8 50,000
  2. The Big Bang Theory FOX Funny 44,000
  3. The Simpsons FOX8 44,000
  4. The Simpsons FOX8 41,000
  5. The Simpsons FOX8 41,000
  6. Chris Smith: Inside The News Sky News Live 41,000
  7. Credlin Sky News Live 40,000
  8. The Simpsons FOX8 38,000
  9. The Simpsons FOX8 35,000
  10. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 33,000
  11. The Simpsons FOX8 33,000
  12. Kenny On Media Sky News Live 32,000
  13. The Simpsons FOX8 32,000
  14. NCIS FOX Crime 31,000
  15. Antiques Roadshow Lifestyle Channel 30,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 30,000
  17. The Simpsons FOX8 30,000
  18. S.W.A.T. FOX One 30,000
  19. The Simpsons FOX8 29,000
  20. Death Rides A Horse FOX Classics 29,000

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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

Christmas shopping: eBay, Gumtree rev up Carsguide bid

EBay-owned classifieds website Gumtree is understood to be in negotiations to buy the Australian automotive classifieds businesses Carsguide and Autotrader, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.

US marketplace giant eBay and Cox Automotive, the majority shareholder in the business that owns Carsguide and Autotrader, have been locked in talks for months looking to do a deal. The price being discussed is believed to be less than $100 million.

A purchase of the Carsguide and Autotrader brands would be in line with a global strategy eBay has been implementing over the past 12 months. In February this year, Gumtree completed the acquisition of British car classifieds business Motors.co.uk, another subsidiary of Cox Automotive.

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$13.5m owed by promoter Phil Rankine’s company remains missing

The liquidators of one of failed Adelaide concert promoter Phil Rankine’s companies has so far been unable to figure out where $13.5 million of investors’ money has gone, reports News Corp’s Cameron England.

And the liquidator’s report into Space Production Company questioned whether it may have been insolvent from as far back as mid-2017, although it says further investigations are needed.

Rankine was previously Adelaide’s foremost concert promoter, bringing acts such as Florence and the Machine, Phil Collins and Bon Jovi to Adelaide.

But his group of companies went bust this year, with debts estimated at more than $20 million.

Martin Lewis and David Kidman of KPMG say in their report into Space Production that Rankine is not helping them with their inquiries, and the company’s bank accounts have no money in them.

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The most significant pop culture moments of the decade

The 2010s, to put it mildly, have been nuts, writes The Sydney Morning Herald’s Robert Moran.

The decade saw more rapid change than the 1920s, when people went from boiling cabbage daily to eating nothing but cocaine, or the 1960s when people went from wearing tuxedos and ballgowns to the movies to, like, just covering their privates with their long, dirty hair.

To put it into perspective: In July 2011, Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning; by 2018 she was set to headline a hologram tour. In 2010 Donald Trump was hosting the Golf Channel’s Fabulous World of Golf; by November 2016, well, you know. It’s been a wild 10 years.

Of course, like most people this decade, my memory reaches about 12 hours without the help of Google, so this list of the decade’s most significant pop culture moments may exclude some historical highlights. I don’t know, write your own article; what am I, Plutarch?

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Former radio queen Sammy Power dead at 55

Former radio star and Brisbane market heiress Sammy Power has died aged 55, reports News Corp’s Kylie Lang.

Friends of the beloved eighth-generation Queenslander and daughter of Jan Power, the founder of the state’s farmers markets and a former Courier-Mail contributor, revealed her death yesterday.

Sammy Power, who was once the queen of Triple M radio in Brisbane, lost a long-term battle with alcoholism and mental illness, and was found dead in her Hendra bedroom.

Power previously told The Courier-Mail she ditched her 28-year radio career, which included a stint on Triple M, because she was “burnt out” and “over it”.

She came back to Brisbane to help her mother Jan Power run her famous farmers markets and to live a more peaceful existence.

In 2017, she was featured on the cover of Brisbane News revealing how she had shed half her body weight, dropping from 120kg to 60kg, and opening up about what the journey home had been like. The cat lover had no hesitation in giving up her “glory days” for a more meagre wage back in Brisbane, she told the magazine.


Sammy Power with Triple M’s with Rob Duckworth, Dave Gibson in 1994
Sammy Power on the cover of Brisbane News

Smooth FM’s ‘quiet achiever’ Mike Perso reaches 40-year milestone

Smooth FM star Mike Perso will celebrate 40 years in radio this month as a calm influence in a “sea of bells and whistles” who never treated the audience like “punchlines to a joke”, reports News Corp’s Nui Te Koha.

Perso’s career milestone has come during a year where he and Smooth co-host Jennifer Hansen enjoyed No. 1 ratings success in Melbourne’s ultra-competitive breakfast market.

“It sounds like a cliché but we’re very real,” Perso said. “We’re very much more interested in our audience as people – as them – and not just props.

“Sometimes, you hear audience members being used almost as props and punchlines to a joke.

“But we’re very aware of why they come to Smooth … it’s different, they want to feel good, and they don’t want to be assailed by all the other stuff that goes on.”

He added: “There’s no huge demand to spill your guts about everything you’re thinking on-air.

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Chelsea Handler’s TV ‘sidekick’ Chuy Bravo dead at 63

Former late-night host Chelsea Handler has paid tribute to her beloved Chelsea Lately sidekick Chuy Bravo following news of his death, reports The Los Angeles Times.


“I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do,” the comedian wrote Sunday on Instagram, recalling sweet memories with the actor and sharing a photo montage highlighting some of their time together. “@chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine.”

Bravo, who had dwarfism and stood 4 feet 3 inches tall, reportedly died suddenly over the weekend after being hospitalised with stomach pains while visiting family in Mexico. He was 63.

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Sports Media

Wide World of Sports coming to 2GB and 4BC in 2020

Macquarie Media will launch a dedicated sports show in 2020, but at this stage the Nine TV brand is heading to 2GB and 4BC, not the Nine-owned Macquarie Sports Radio.

Mark Levy

The new one-hour program Wide World of Sports will go to air 6.00-7.00pm Monday to Thursday, hosted by broadcaster Mark Levy. It will draw on the broad suite of talent from Nine’s Wide World of Sports to provide the latest news and commentary.

“Wide World of Sports is an iconic Australian brand and we are thrilled to bring it to radio with a dedicated daily sports program,” said Greg Byrnes, Macquarie’s head of content. “It’s great to have a sports fanatic like Mark Levy in the chair hosting. He’ll be able to draw on the full gamut of Nine’s talent for sports like rugby league, tennis, cricket, netball and so many more to cover the latest happenings and drive the daily agenda across the games and codes that matter to Sydney and Brisbane.”

Levy has spent over a decade with Macquarie in various roles, including lead sports newsreader, host of The Continuous Call Team, and breakfast co-host of Macquarie Sports Radio.

“Sport is a big part of the fabric of being an everyday Australian and this show will give people the opportunity to voice their opinion on the big sporting issues of the day,” said Levy. “It will speak to the biggest names in Australian sport and give Sydneysiders and Brisbaneites what they need to know about the games they love.”

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