Monday January 13, 2020

Julia Morris re-enters the jungle for sixth time this summer on I'm A Celebrity

By Claudia Siron

The iconic family TV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!  has begun its sixth season this month on 10. Hosts Julia Morris and Dr Chris Brown will again grace our screens at 7:30pm during the new season, with a whole bunch of new celebrities facing countless hardships in the African jungle.

Morris spoke to Mediaweek ahead of the new series premier on how the comedic reality show works over the summer period, the live nature of the experience, and how the show differentiates to similar existing formats.

Morris said it doesn’t really feel like six years have passed by. “We’ve been going to this unbelievable location in Africa, up in our little bush town in Kruger, and it’s quite odd how local we feel. We’re there for six to nine weeks each year, so we definitely miss it during the year and as we get closer to shooting we get excited like it’s Christmas morning.

Season 5 Episode 1

“When we arrive and we have a little cocktail as the sun goes down over the Sabana, that’s when I like to find out the full cast list at once. There are always little rumours before the show or people you know who ask who’s been cast and then I’m trying not to show on my face that I do know, and having to lie to family; now I just try to not find out until I get there.”

A huge part of the joy of this show for Morris is getting to work alongside her beloved co-host Brown, who over the years has become a true friend. “What started out as fun banter has turned into a love of deep admiration and I think he’s one of the nicest blokes that exist on the planet. We need more of them. He’s a true gentleman.

When asked how the show differentiates to similar formats like Survivor, Morris said that I’m A Celebrity is a comedy, so that’s definitely its point of difference. “It’s very funny. Survivor is almost a fight to the death! It’s a magnificent series; I love it deeply, and I love the twists and turns. With I’m A Celebrity though, it isn’t a fight to survive in our jungle, it’s a fight against yourself.

“The other difference is that these are people that we think we already know, and the Survivor cast isn’t full of people we already know, it’s half. With I’m A Celebrity, we think we know what people are all about and the jungle tends to bring out a more truthful side in everybody, and it really shows in that environment. In Survivor, you can afford to be tricky or mean; you can be a few of those things and it adds to the game. We’ve gone to see what people are like if we had to be with them in that situation. The audience wonders what it would be like in that situation, who their friends would be, and judge people on their sincerity.”

Season 5 Episode 5

Morris told Mediaweek that their show is a different format in that it’s not produced to make stuff happen, it’s the celebrities that make stuff happen. They are the ones talking about the subjects. “Say it’s what it’s like to be transgender, or divorced; they are subjects that come right into the lounge room and have a dialogue with your own family about how you feel where those morals and standards lie. Above all though, the show is funny and entertaining.”

For Morris and Brown, their mornings begin at 4:30am when they watch all of the packages from the last 24 hours. During those 24 hours, they do a trial and then there are people listening to every single word of every single celebrity at every single second – they’re called the loggers. “They flag subjects they think are worthy of being put in the show. All of those little packages that have been cut together are then chosen by the production team. When Chris and I arrive at 4:30 in the morning, they’re ready to be shown to us. The script has already been pretty much written by them, so we then go into script meetings and then into a proper rehearsal.”

Morris said it’s rare in television to get a full rehearsal from the beginning of the show to the end, but this is a show that needs it because they’re relying on a satellite, they’re in such a remote spot, and because they are also kind of playing with people’s careers. “If they are in a state of stress and say ‘I think the president is a bumhole’ or something, is that going to be a career ending moment? And if it is, do Dr Chris Brown and I feel strongly enough about that person to fight for them say ‘this is not it.’”

“That rarely happens, I must say. If the person really feels that way, then every man for themself. If they’ve made a mistake and I’m not seeing any other narrative to support that they are a misogynist or racist and so on, then it’s definitely worth discussion. It’s also looking at what’s appropriate. Let’s say if the topic of erectile dysfunction comes up – I don’t want that conversation on my screen at home at 7:30pm and neither do my kids who watch the show. We have a kick ass team who know what they’re doing and the show is in its sixth season for a reason.

Last year, I’m A Celebrity launched two weeks earlier than in previous years to go up against the summer sport – it aired January 12. It was the first time premium, first-run entertainment programming had run so early in the new year, and the season was a success. Because Network 10 knew it worked so well over summer, they’re launching the upcoming season even earlier this year – January 5.

Morris said that this is fantastic, especially from a family perspective. “It starts at 7:30pm and may not finish until after 9pm, and with primary school aged kids it was just too brutal in the morning with school on. Everyone’s so tired and broken. With the show starting earlier, my girls can actually watch the complete show and have a sleep-in on school holidays. It’s meant to be a show to watch together live as a family.

Reality TV guru on running I’m A its sixth season for a reason

By Claudia Siron

Network 10’s feel-good reality TV series I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has returned early in the new year for all of the celebrity madness in the African jungle hosted by comedy legend Julia Morris and Australia’s beloved Dr Chris Brown. ITV’s Alex Mavroidakis, who is the supervising executive producer of the show, shared with Mediaweek success stories from last season, the casting mechanic, and the everyday challenges of creating a show with a live format. 

Before Mavroidakis began at ITV, he worked on Big Brother with Southern Star. He said he was lucky because when Big Brother was cancelled after the 2014 season, I’m A Celebrity was in need of an executive producer. “The timing couldn’t have been better,” said Mavroidakis. “I went to ITV and ran the show there, and then just a couple of years ago ITV also commissioned Love Island. I’ve been working between the two of those and it’s been fantastic.”

Season 5 Episode 2

The casting process has evolved over the years, and the team behind the show has learned to not just chase the most famous people. “You don’t need an extremely famous cast. Last season showed that and I think it was our best season so far. Jacqui Lambie and Shane Crawford were probably our two most famous celebrities; they are household names but they’re not Shane Warne.”

Read more: Julia Morris re-enters the jungle for sixth time this summer on I’m A Celebrity

The UK has completed almost 20 seasons of the show, and its casting mechanic is very simple. Mavroidakis said they take one national treasure every single year and then they populate the rest of the camp with people who are going to create tabloid noise, essentially. “We’re not quite that tabloid in Australia and I think that we do have more household names than the UK do, but certainly our casting methodology has shifted from ‘let’s just get the most famous people we can’ to ‘let’s just get the most entertaining people we can’. It’s about heart, heroes and humour; it’s a TV cliche to say that, I know, but it is true. The cast give it everything they’ve got.”

Mavroidakis said I’m A Celebrity is a comedy show and it doesn’t suffer the backlash that other reality shows do because they’re playing for charity and because they’re taking the piss and don’t take themselves too seriously. “Even on social media, the comments from our audience are generally positive, whereas with other reality shows like Married At First Sight and My Kitchen Rules, people on social media slam everything about it. We have that on Big Brother and Love Island as well. I’m A Celebrity just doesn’t have that.

Last year, I’m A Celebrity launched two weeks earlier than in previous years to go up against the summer sport – it launched January 12. It was the first time premium, first-run entertainment programming had run so early in the new year, and the season was a success. Because Network 10 knew it worked so well over summer, it launched season six even earlier this year – January 5. “The ratings last year were incredible. We were up against the cricket on Channel 7 and the tennis on Channel 9. We beat the cricket every single night without fail, and we beat the tennis every night except for when Australia was playing I believe. Even when Married At First Sight launched early in the year towards the end of our course, we held our own quite well with them as well.”

Read more: TV ratings: First major ratings battle of 2020

Mavroidakis said he takes his hat off to 10 for not subscribing to the traditional ratings year because television should be as good as it can possibly be 52 weeks of the year, and with any luck, it’s going to go well again. “We don’t have any reality competition and if you don’t love cricket or tennis, then you’re with us. What I do understand is if the show is great people will find it, and if it’s not great then people will switch off, so we have to do our bit too. We believe we have a fantastic, diverse, hilarious cast of celebrities; in fact I believe we have the best batch of 12 we’ve ever had on paper ready to go. At this stage, everything is looking good.

The challenges are never-ending on the 24-hour turn around show. “You’re under pressure with the whole run. Once a show like I’m A Celebrity starts, it never stops. You can’t stop it regardless of whether a cast or crew member is sick or if something unforeseen happens or a trial goes wrong, you have to have backups every single day. We’re making network prime time television every day for four weeks. If the celebrities don’t deliver in terms of content, we are screwed, which is part of the chat I give them on the way in.

Mavroidakis said when they are eating bugs or jumping off cliffs, there will always be some television in those parts of the show; however, it is a little more than just that. “The celebrities you don’t want are the ones who lie in bed and go to sleep after dinner. The ones you do want are the ones that prank each other or have something interesting to talk about. We got the cast really right last year and they all gave it everything.”

They’ve had celebrities over the years who were so worried on their way in, but came out as success stories. There was Brendan Fevola in season two who came in at 125kg and wasn’t in a good place in his life, and Casey Donovan drinking 10 cups of coffee and smoking 20 cigarettes a day, and they both won their seasons.I’m A Celebrity at its core is just a bit of stupid fun, but what it can actually be for the celebrities is limitless.

This is the busiest year ever for I’m A Celebrity in terms of their sponsors. “I’d like to think we’ve always nailed our integrations. It’s great if we can actually make some great television out of it too. We’ve got McDonald’s, Open Universities Australia, Carnival Cruise Line; we will find a way to integrate them into the show, but at the same time every integration will either terrify the celebrities or make us laugh ourselves off the couch.”

With Big Brother relaunching in 2020, Mavroidakis said he wishes Seven and the crew all the best. “I know how hard that show is to make. I am very surprised they have commissioned it not as a live show, because to me that is the real joy of Big Brother and Love Island and I’m A Celebrity. I do wish them all the best, I love Big Brother as a show and I look forward to watching it instead of making it.”

Nova’s Red Room with Lizzo: Can the Red Room year get any better?

Nova’s Red Room brand has started 2020 at a furious pace with the second event in the first 10 days of the new decade.

After the Lewis Capaldi Red Room in Melbourne last week, Nova’s music events team followed it up with a showcase performance from Lizzo last Friday night in Sydney.

See also:
Lewis Capaldi launches Nova’s Red Room 2020 schedule

Confirmed by Time magazine recently as one of the hottest stars on the planet, Lizzo thrilled fans with an electric performance in Sydney. The intimate show came between her sold-out performances at the Sydney Opera House and her appearance at Paramatta’s FOMO 2020 Festival on the weekend at Paramatta.

Lizzo performed at Sydney hotel The Beresford for 400 of her biggest fans – Nova listeners who’d won their Nova’s Red Room spot on this exclusive event along with guests.

Fitzy and Wippa hosted Lizzo’s Red Room event

Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa broke their summer holidays to host the event. Joining them at the show were Nova’s Michelle Stephenson and Matt De Groot, Natalie Locke from Nova 93.7’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun Perth breakfast show and Dean Thomas from Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny breakfast show. Also watching on was Nova head of programming Ben Latimer who was just back from time in Adelaide helping the new stars of Adelaide commercial breakfast Ben & Liam adjust to radio peppered with ads.

Nova’s Matt De Groot with Bronte Coy

In the breaks between the set of five songs, Lizzo spoke to the audience about the horror of the bushfires and the resilience of Australians in the aftermath. She spoke also about her first visit to Australia, thanked the hosts for their glowing introduction and voiced her appreciation of the warm reception she had received down under.

Nova Perth breakfast star Natalie Locke

Lizzo said: “You think you’re the winners, but I’m the lucky one because I get to perform for you. Thank you for embracing me.”

Lizzo’s hits Truth Hurts, Good as Hell and Juice all drew massive cheers from the excited crowd as the megastar’s powerful vocals, high energy choreography and iconic flute rocked The Beresford like never before!

The hotel’s bar staff greeted her as warmly as the crowd as they danced and filmed the event as did many in the audience.

Nova had strategically placed Red Cross collectors at the entrance and inside the event to help raise funds for bushfire disaster relief and recovery.

Celeste Barber
The first line-up of artists announced for Fire Fight Australia concert

With so many lives lost, countless homes destroyed, an estimated one billion animals killed and around 11 million hectares of Australia’s pristine bushland razed,  TEG Dainty and TEG Live are proud to present a spectacular line up of artists to perform at Fire Fight Australia on Sunday 16 February 2020 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park to raise money for National Bushfire Appeal.

The concert will be hosted by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber, who has already raised more than $50 million towards bushfire relief through her own record-breaking online appeal.
Global rock legends Queen + Adam Lambert will take a short break from their Australian ‘The Rhapsody Tour’ to grace the stage in Sydney for a second time in the wake of their sold out ANZ Stadium performance the night before to perform a special set. Grammy award winning Canadian singer songwriter k.d. lang will perform two songs including her stunning rendition of “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen classic.  Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper is also set to appear along with a cavalcade of Australian music industry heavy weights (in alphabetical order); Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, ICEHOUSE, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray, Tina Arena and William Barton with many more to be announced.

QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT Photo Credit Bojan Hohnjec

Photo: Queen and Adam Lambert. Photo Credit – Bojan Hohnjec

The concert will commence from 1pm and go until late. Tickets go on sale at 12 Noon (AEDT) today at – Ticketek Australia is the only authorised seller of Fire Fight Australia tickets. Do not pay more than the prices listed for your tickets. All concert ticket profits and all contributions through Ticketek will go towards key organisations providing vital “Rescue”, “Relief and Recovery” and “Rehabilitation”.

• “Rescue” – Rural and regional fire services in affected states • 
“Relief and Recovery” – Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery
• “Rehabilitation” – The RSPCA Bushfire Appeal  
Fans can also donate to bushfire relief through www.firefightaustralia.comFans can follow the event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Top photo: Celeste Barber photographed by Hugh Stewart
Hard Quiz
Mediaweek Industry Awards: Best FTA TV Channel

The winner of the first Mediaweek Industry Award for FTA TV channel is the primary channel from the ABC. 

This comes off the success that the channel has had this year from producing a Gold Logie winner in Tom Gleeson from the hit TV quiz show Hard Quiz, to the critical success of new dramas like The Cry and Total Control.

Who has won so far? Catch up on all the 2019 winners here.

Along with Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson and Hard Quiz other shows returning to the channel next year include Gardening Australia, Catalyst, Compass, Mystery Road, Harrow, The Heights, You Can’t Ask That, Further Back in Time for Dinner, Gruen, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Anh’s Brush with Fame, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.

Bluey is also returning to ABC KIDS. Since its launch in October 2018 Bluey has become the nation’s most watched children’s program with a total of 152 million program plays and a VPM series rating of 2.3Million.

Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist said during the ABC’s 2020 upfront that bold content and creativity is what speaks to Australians:

“The stories we share will speak to and for all Australians, firing their imagination through bold content and creativity. We will engage new audiences by increasing the diversity of our programs and people, on and off screen, sparking meaningful change in how we see ourselves and each other.”

In second place is Nine which was #1 across the 40 week TV survey year for the first time in over a decade, ending Seven’s 12-year run as TV’s #1 network.

Nine’s key achievements cross the 2019 survey year:

• No. 1 Network All Key Demographics
• No. 1 Primary Channel All Key Demographics
• No. 1 Commercial Free-to-air BVOD: 9Now
• No. 1 Overall Program: State of Origin Game 1
• No. 1 Overall Regular Program: Married at First Sight
• No. 1 New Program: Lego Masters
• No. 1 & No. 2 Reality Series: Married at First Sight & The Block
• No. 1 & No. 2 & No. 3 Light Entertainment Series: Lego MastersAustralian Ninja Warrior & The Voice
• No. 1 Comedy Program: Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday
• No. 1 Sports Program: State of Origin
• No. 1 Weekly Public Affairs Program: 60 Minutes
• No. 1 Daily Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
• No. 1 Multichannel Program: The Ashes (4th Test, Day 5, Session 1)

“Four years ago we made the strategic decision to focus on the thing that matters most to advertisers – the key demographics,” said Michael Stephenson, Nine’s chief sales officer.

“We are pleased to have won another year in the key demographics driven by the most consistent slate of premium content that engages millions of Australians every week across every platform.”

In third place is 10 which heads into 2020 with four consecutive months of year-on-year commercial share growth in under 50s and all key demos (16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s).

Its 2019 highlights included:

• Australian Survivor achieving its biggest audience ever, up 10% on 2018.
• The Masked Singer Australia launching as 10’s biggest new show since The Bachelorette Australia in 2015.
• The Bachelorette Australia growing 24% year-on-year and becoming 10 Play’s #1 show.
• The Rugby World Cup 2019 seeing significant growth on the 2015 World Cup.
• The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival reaching 4.1 million Australians nationally.

Network 10’s chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: “Network 10 achieved a lot over the past year, from establishing a powerful new sales team and investing in data and technology, to making television advertising even more effective, to expanding our digital media assets and investing in great new content such as The Masked Singer Australia and the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”

TV ratings Week 2, 2020: I’m A Celebrity returns, Sunrise v Today

By James Manning

The first battlefield is breakfast TV where Nine’s new Today hosts, Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic, took their positions early on Saturday January 4.

That was two days before their advertised return and the much-anticipated clash with the reigning breakfast champs, Sunrise hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch.

As the media tracked the performance of the two shows across the week, each network released information about how they each performed. (See below for the detail.)

A day later on Sunday January 5, Network 10 launched season six of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! The show performed well across the week, outperforming the Big Bash League on Seven and giving 10 key demo wins and boosting 10’s year-on-year comparison.

At the end of the week 10 was able to claim Celebrity was Summer’s #1 show. It’s also the #1 show this year in under 50s and all key age groups (16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s) and the #1 commercial program on BVOD.

Celebrity dominated the demos, securing the top six spots across the week in under 50s and all key age groups. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is also achieving record shares for the series. As a result of key programming lifting year-on-year, 10’s audience lifted 58% compared to the same week last year and 91% in under 50s.

Network 10’s Week 2, overnight audience highlights:

Channel 10:
Up 58% year-on-year. Up 91% in under 50s, up 78% in 16 to 39s and up 81% in 25 to 54s.

Network 10:
Up 40% year-on-year. Up 57% in under 50s, up 44% in 16 to 39s and up 53% in 25 to 54s.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Australia:

#1 show in under 50s and all key age groups.
#1 commercial program on BVOD.
Top six spots in under 50s and all key age groups.
Highest ever shares for the series.
Lift’s 10’s audience 142% in its timeslot across the week, year-on-year. Lifts 210% in under 50s, 177% in 16 to 39s and 186% in 25 to 54s.

Breakfast TV Week 2, 2020

Sam and Kochie with Lizzo on Friday

Although Seven clearly won the breakfast TV week, Nine had reasons to be cheerful. The Wednesday January 8 episode of 235,000 metro was the highest-rating Today episode in 12 months. The Tuesday and Wednesday episodes of the Nine breakfast show also had more viewers in the three east coast capitals than Sunrise did.

But Seven did win the breakfast week convincingly.
Sunrise led in key demographics, beating Today by:

Total People: +28%
P25-54: +14%
P16-39: +21%
GB: +26%
M18-54: +26%
W18-54: +9%

The metro average for the week Monday to Friday:

Sunrise 277,000 (Sydney 74,000, Melbourne 64,000)
Today 220,000 (Sydney 75,000, Melbourne 53,000)

TV Demand 2019 Charts: What was the most in demand show of the year?

By Trent Thomas

Game of Thrones concluded its final season by being the top overall show in Australia and New Zealand, while Stranger Things wasn’t able to get the double it was the top digital original for the year.

HBO’s Game of Thrones dominated the first half of 2019 including 19 straight weeks on top of the chart thanks to the shows eighth and final season airing between April and May. During the six-episode season, the show consistently flirted with the 20 million threshold for demand expressions in Australia, and close to three million in NZ which were the highest marks for the year, and would have certainly boosted its average. 

Stranger Things had a fantastic year in its own right thanks to the release of its third season on Netflix on July 4, which led to the series setting a record for consecutive weeks on top both the Digital Original and Overall TV charts of 22 straight weeks. The show is also the only digital original to make the cut in the Overall TV top 10 chart for 2019. With a fourth season announced the show will be hoping to continue the huge success established by its initial three-season 25 episode run.

Unfortunately, no Australian or NZ produced content made the top 10 charts for 2019.

In regards to digital platforms success this year Netflix narrowly outdid Amazon Prime with a combined six entries to Amazons five. The newest platform on the market Disney + was able to make it into the 2019 top 10 thanks to a late push by The Mandalorian, while the other new platform from this year Apple TV + missed out.

• Netflix 3 in Aus and NZ
• Amazon Prime 2 in Aus and 3 in NZ
• Hulu 1 in Aus and NZ
• CBS/10 All Access 1 in Aus and NZ
• DC 1 in Aus and NZ
• Disney + 1 in Aus and NZ

While we have the results for the TV Demand charts in Australia and New Zealand the 2nd Annual Global TV Demand Awards will be held January 21 in Miami hosted by Carson Kressley. The Walking Dead will be looking to once again be the most in-demand TV series in the world.

ARIA Chart: Justin Bieber says “Yummy”, but Tones and Harry still top charts

By James Manning

• Tones And I’s other single Never Seen The Rain spends an 11th week in the top 10


This week’s update on Tones and I tracks the hit single Dance Monkey’s 34th week on the chart and its 23rd week at #1. The singer revealed last week that she will be part of a bushfire benefit show in Melbourne on January 28 at 170 Russell in Melbourne.

Tones And I’s other single Never Seen The Rain spends an 11th week in the top 10, this week at #9. Meanwhile The Kids Are Coming EP lifts one place to #6 on the ARIA albums chart after previously peaking at #3.

The highest of two new entries on the chart is Yummy from Justin Bieber with a debut at #8. The track is the first to be released from Bieber’s fifth album. His arrival on the chart marks his eighth top 10 solo appearance.

The other top 50 debut this week belongs to Californian rapper Roddy Ricch with The Box at #18. See Albums for details of his other ARIA chart debut this week.

Moving into the top 50 from #92 is Sugar from Brockhampton, the US hip hop collective.

Also entering the top 50 for the first time is The Reaper from The Chainsmokers featuring Amy Shark. This is the 18th time The Chainsmokers have lit up the chart.


Harry Styles continues to hold top spot with his second album Fine Line which has been #1 for three of its four weeks on the chart.

No new releases in the first week of January debuted in the chart this week.

There was some chart action for Lewis Capaldi after the Scottish singer’s Australian visit recently which included a Nova Red Room show in Melbourne. His album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent lifted from #18 to #7 after 34 weeks on the chart.

Also seeing some chart action was recent visitor Lizzo with her Cuz I Love You release up from #54 to #30. The album has been charting for 25 weeks with a chart peak of #26. It could climb higher next week off the back of some stunning performances including workouts at the Sydney Opera House, a Nova Red Room and Paramatta’s FOMO 2020 Festival.

Roddy Ricch’s album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial climbed into the 50 at #33 after three weeks lower down the chart.

ARIA releases charts of 2019 and charts of the decade

By James Manning

• Billie Eilish beats Ed Sheeran for #1 album of 2019
• Decade chart champs are Adele, Ed Sheeran, Goyte and INXS

ARIA has revealed the official charts for the End of the Decade that was the 2010s, as well as for 2019.

The ARIA Charts show what music Australians consumed in the last 10 years across all platforms and formats, from CDs to streaming, downloads to vinyl. They also reveal the artists that dominated both the decade and the year.

The ARIA Chart International Artist of the Decade is Ed Sheeran, who dominates the ARIA End Of Decade Charts. He is #1 on the ARIA End Of Decade Singles Chart with his 2017 hit Shape Of You. Until this year, it held the record for most weeks spent at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, before being toppled by Australia’s Tones And I’s Dance Monkey.

Ed Sheeran

Sheeran has two other songs in the top 10 (#6 Thinking Out Loud, #8  Perfect) and two others in the top 50 (#35 The A Team, #43 Castle On The Hill). Sheeran’s three albums in the ARIA End Of Decade Albums Chart are x (#4), ÷ (#5) and + (#9). It caps of an incredible decade of Sheeran in the ARIA Charts where he scored five #1 singles and four #1 albums.

Gotye is the ARIA Chart Australian Artist of the Decade. He leads the ARIA End Of Decade Australian Singles Chart with Somebody That I Used To Know, which sits at 14x platinum and is the #2 single of the decade overall. Gotye’s album Making Mirrors is #3 on the ARIA End Of Decade Australian Albums Chart, the highest position for a new Australian recording from the past decade.


Gotye told ARIA:

“Sincere thanks to everyone who has listened to and supported my music over the years. In some ways it feels like Somebody That I Used To Know and Making Mirrors came out more than a decade ago. And for anyone who’s wondering – yes, the follow-up album will be released in the next decade. Probably.”

Billie Eilish is the ARIA Chart International Artist of 2019. She sits at the top of the ARIA 2019 Albums Chart with her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. She also appears five times in the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart with Bad Guy (#3), Bury A Friend (#22), When the Party’s Over (#29), Lovely (#46) and Wish You Were Gay (#79).

Billie Eilish

Tones And I is the ARIA Chart Australian Artist of 2019. She spent a record breaking 22 weeks at #1 this year with Dance Monkey, which is the highest charting Australian track in the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart. She has two other tracks in the ARIA 2019 Singles Chart, with Johnny Run Away (#31) and Never Seen The Rain (#49). Her debut EP The Kids Are Coming also appears in the ARIA 2019 Albums Chart at #21.

Tones And I

Tones And I told ARIA:

“Thank you Australia, 2019 is a year I will never forget. Even being in the ARIA Charts is a huge achievement and the fact that my country has supported me and kept me at number one is very humbling. Now let’s get ready for 2020.”

The #1 album of the decade goes to 21 by Adele, which sits at 17x platinum. Her 10x platinum follow-up 25 also lands at #3 in the chart. She has three entries in the ARIA End Of Decade Single Chart (#10 Someone Like You, #12 Rolling In The Deep, #28 Hello).

For Australian albums of the decade, The Very Best of INXS leads with 6 x platinum. It marks an incredible decade for the ARIA Hall Of Fame recipients. INXS called an end to touring in 2012, but remained part of the Australian music conversation, with the hugely successful miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and a 2019 documentary about late singer Michael Hutchence called Mystify.

INXS said:

“We left Perth as tenacious young men looking to play our music to the world, and we did so with passion, honour, and pride for our country and families. The announcement of being the biggest selling Australian artist of the last decade is overwhelming, and we are truly humbled, thank you.

“Our hearts go out to all Australian’s who rallied around us this last decade, and our hope and prayers are with all Australian’s presently caught up in these raging and horrific fires.”

Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, said:

“It has been a decade of momentous change in the Australian music business, as we have shifted from physical CD sales to a streaming dominated market. But through it all Australians kept buying, listening and loving music. The albums and singles in these ARIA Charts will be remembered as the soundtrack to a generation, and I thank and congratulate all the artists involved for shaping our decade.”

ARIA End Of Decade Singles Chart – Top 10

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Katy Perry – Roar
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Passenger – Let Her Go
Adele – Someone Like You

ARIA End Of Decade Australian Singles Chart – Top 10 

Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Vance Joy – Riptide
Guy Sebastian Feat. Lupe Fiasco –  Battle Scars
5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
Sia – Chandelier
Flume Feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
Dean Lewis – Be Alright
Matt Corby – Brother
Sheppard – Geronimo
Tones And I – Dance Monkey

ARIA End Of Decade Albums Chart – Top 10


Adele – 21
Michael Buble – Christmas
Adele – 25
Ed Sheeran – X
Ed Sheeran – ÷
P!nk – Truth About Love
P!nk – Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
Taylor Swift – 1989
Ed Sheeran – +
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

ARIA End Of Decade Australian Albums Chart – Top 10

INXS – The Very Best
Cold Chisel – The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You
Gotye – Making Mirrors
Angus & Julia Stone – Down The Way
Flume – Flume
Crowded House – The Very Very Best Of
Guy Sebastian – Armageddon
Keith Urban – The Story So Far
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun

ARIA 2019 Singles Chart – Top 10

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
Tones And I – Dance Monkey
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Post Malone – Wow
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings

ARIA 2019 Album Chart – Top 10

Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project
P!nk – Hurts 2B Human
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)
Taylor Swift – Lover
Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
Queen – Greatest Hits
Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding
The Greatest Showman soundtrack

See the full ARIA End of the Decade and 2019 charts here.

TV Ratings Analysis: January 12

By James Manning

• Big Bash League gives Seven a win, Celebrity keeps 10 #1 in demos

The start of the third ratings week of the year has started similar to how some of last week played out. Seven managed to win the night total people, but 10 performed well in the key demos.

Nine’s coverage of the final of the ATP Cup was disappointing with 235,000 watching which delivered Nine a Sunday night share of 12.2%, something it will be unlikely to slide to again in 2020.

Seven’s Big Bash League featured a match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers with audiences just over 500,000 watching each innings. The Stars easily won after passing 200 thanks to an unbeaten 147 from Marcus Stoinis.

The start of the second week of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was on 777,000 as Cosentino turned up in the jungle as Celebrity #13. Bit of fun ahead tonight as Tom Williams faces a tucker trial.

10 ranked #1 under 50 and the key demos within that.

Also working for 10 was The Sunday Project as it averaged 501,000 after 7pm with its biggest audience on a Sunday since October 2018.

Week 51 TV: Friday-Sunday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 14.5% 7 19.5% 9 16.8% 10  8.5% SBS One 4.8%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.6% 7TWO 3.2% GO! 1.2% 10 Bold 3.9% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 3.7% GEM 5.9% 10 Peach 2.7% Food Net 1.4%
ABC NEWS 2.4% 7flix 2.9% 9Life 2.6%     NITV 0.1%
                SBS World Movies 1.1%
TOTAL 20.3%   29.4%   26.5%   15.0%   8.8%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 13.2% 7 15.8% 9 24.7% 10  5.8% SBS One 5.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.7% 7TWO 3.5% GO! 3.2% 10 Bold 5.2% VICELAND 1.7%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 2.6% GEM 3.4% 10 Peach 2.5% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix 2.2% 9Life 2.5%     NITV 0.2%
                SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 19.4%   24.1%   33.8%   13.4%   9.2%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 9.6% 7 19.4% 9 12.2% 10  15.7% SBS One 6.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.6% 7TWO 3.5% GO! 3.3% 10 Bold 4.4% VICELAND 0.8%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.3% GEM 9.0% 10 Peach 2.0% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.7% 7flix 1.2% 9Life 2.2%     NITV 0.1%
                SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 14.5%   27.4%   26.8%   22.1%   9.1%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 7.9% 7 22.0% 9 13.9% WIN 12.3% SBS One 4.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.8% 7TWO 4.4% GO! 3.0% WIN Bold 5.1% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 5.6% GEM 6.9% WIN Peach 1.9% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.2% 9Life 2.2% Sky News  on WIN 1.1% NITV 0.2%
    7food network (QLD only) 0.9            
TOTAL 12.9%   34.1%   26.0%   20.4%   6.6%


84.9% 15.1%
All people ratings

Friday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 902,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 872,000
  3. Nine News Nine 803,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 782,000
  5. ABC News ABC 659,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 640,000
  7. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Ren V Melb Stars Seven 505,000
  8. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Ren V Melb Stars Seven 487,000
  9. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Ren V Melb Stars Seven 483,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 483,000


Saturday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 779,000
  2. Nine News Saturday Nine 730,000
  3. ABC News ABC 572,000
  4. Vera (R) ABC 518,000
  5. 2020 ATP Cup D9 PM Nine 509,000
  6. 10 News First Sat 10 344,000
  7. Doc Martin (R) ABC 306,000
  8. Weekend Sunrise Seven 301,000
  9. M Never Been Kissed Seven 279,000
  10. Weekend Sunrise Late Seven 264,000
Sunday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 943,000
  2. Nine News Sunday Nine 841,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 777,000
  4. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Stars V Syd Sixers Seven 631,000
  5. ABC News Sunday ABC 584,000
  6. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Stars V Syd Sixers Seven 512,000
  7. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Stars V Syd Sixers Seven 508,000
  8. The Sunday Project 7pm 10 501,000
  9. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Stars V Syd Sixers Seven 401,000
  10. 10 News First 10 336,000
  11. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Melb Stars V Syd Sixers Seven 336,000
  12. Maigret (R) ABC 314,000
  13. David Attenborough’s Conquest Of The Skies (R) ABC 295,000
  14. Maverick 9Gem 257,000
  15. I, Tonya 10 251,000
  16. Weekend Sunrise Seven 249,000
  17. The Sunday Project 6.30pm 10 248,000
  18. Petra: Secrets Of The Ancient Builders SBS 236,000
  19. 2020 ATP Cup D10 PM Nine 235,000
  20. Seven News At 5 Seven 229,000
Sunday Multichannel
  1. Maverick 9Gem 257,000
  2. The Good The Bad And The Ugly 9Gem 171,000
  3. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 167,000
  4. Border Security Australia’s Front Line Seven 157,000
  5. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 151,000
  6. Law & Order: SVU Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 150,000
  7. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  8. Play School AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  9. Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  10. Gold Coast Medical PM 7TWO 120,000
  11. Law & Order: SVU (R) 10 Bold 120,000
  12. Bondi Rescue Ep 3 (R) 10 Bold 117,000
  13. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
  14. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 116,000
  15. Border Security Australia’s Front Line Seven 116,000
  16. Kiri And Lou AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  17. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 108,000
  18. Sisters 9GO! 102,000
  19. Floogals AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000
  20. 2020 ATP Cup D10 9Gem 96,000
Sunday STV
  1. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 326,000
  2. Live: BBL: Stars V Sixers FOX CRICKET 255,000
  3. Live: BBL: Stars V Sixers FOX CRICKET 250,000
  4. Live: BBL Post Game FOX CRICKET 180,000
  5. Live: BBL: Strikers V Renegades FOX CRICKET 162,000
  6. Live: BBL: Strikers V Renegades FOX CRICKET 136,000
  7. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 130,000
  8. Live: B4 The Bash! FOX CRICKET 128,000
  9. The Cricket Tragic FOX CRICKET 74,000
  10. Live: B4 The Bash! FOX CRICKET 48,000
  11. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 46,000
  12. Live: NFL: Ravens V Titans ESPN 45,000
  13. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 41,000
  14. Upright FOX SHOWCASE 38,000
  15. Live: A League C Coast V Melb V FOX SPORTS 505 34,000
  16. Escape To The Country Lifestyle Channel 34,000
  17. Country House Rescue Lifestyle Channel 33,000
  18. S.W.A.T. FOX One 33,000
  19. Midsomer Murders UKTV 33,000
  20. Britain’s Darkest Taboos crime + investigation 31,000

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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

Facebook refuses to ban political ads

Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook has reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people, reports AP’s Barbara Ortutay.

Instead, Facebook said it will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of political ads easier to browse.

These steps appear unlikely to assuage critics – including politicians, activists, tech competitors and some of the company’s own rank-and-file employees – who say that Facebook has too much power and that social media is warping democracy and undermining elections.

And Facebook’s stance stands in contrast to what its rivals are doing. Google has decided to limit targeting of political ads, while Twitter is banning them outright.

“Today’s announcement is more window dressing around their decision to allow paid misinformation,” said Bill Russo, a campaign spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Social media companies have been trying to tackle misinformation since it was learned that Russians bankrolled thousands of fake political ads during the 2016 elections to sow discord among Americans.

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News Brands

News Corp employee lashes bushfire coverage in reply-all email

News Corp Australia is standing by its coverage of Australia’s bushfire crisis after facing internal ructions from being accused by an employee of a “misinformation campaign” to take attention away from climate change, reports AFR’s Max Mason.

A leaked email obtained by The Australian Financial Review shows a staff member openly expressing anxiety and disappointment in the company’s news coverage of the bushfires.

News Corp Australia commercial finance manager Emily Townsend – who resigned in December, according to the company – responded to an all-staff email from Australasia chairman Michael Miller that outlined what the company was doing to support the country during the crisis.

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Stars turn out for True History of the Kelly Gang Premiere

The stars of Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang turned out in style on Friday at a stunning premiere event along iconic Sydney Harbour at Westpac Open Air Cinema.

Director Justin Kurzel was joined by stars Essie DavisOrlando Schwerdt and Sean Keenan, along with writer Shaun Grant and producer Liz Watts to celebrate the launch of the acclaimed film based on Peter Carey’s Man Booker Prize winning novel. Joining them were a collective of Australian entertainment heavyweights, including Joel and Nash Edgerton.

Starring George Mackay, Essie Davis, Charlie Hunnam and Russell Crowe, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and force a country to stare back into its brutal past.

Spanning the younger years of Ned’s life to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between what is bad and what is good, and the motivations for the demise of its hero. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.


The Block moves into Brighton

The next season of The Block is edging closer to production… already, reports TV Tonight.

After having been confirmed for a season in Brighton, preparations are underway at New Street.

The Daily Mail reported five derelict homes have been relocated to a 2,761-square metre building site which reflects the 2017 Elsternwick season. These homes are understood to all be from the 1930s – 1960s.

A two-storey site office sits at the rear of the property, which was previously home a nursing home site. Filming with contestants is not expected to get underway until next month.

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Tears, Socks, and Magic starts week 2 of I'm a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here!

After eight days of slumming it in the jungle…the cracks have finally started to appear.

Unfortunately, this all began because of the cracks on Tanya Hennessy’s feet. Hennessy has a foot fungus and Ryan Gallagher mistook her last pair of clean dry socks, for his own.

Cue lots of finger-pointing, he said, she said, tears and tantrums, all leading up to those famous two words: I’m sorry.

Whilst it seems harsh, the removal of one’s creature comforts can actually work for the greater good. Case in point, Tanya again.

Tanya’s tower of emotion continued when she had a heart-to-heart with resident camp dad Miguel Maestre about her depression and anxiety easing off because of her jungle stay. Citing the benefits of human connection for one’s soul, social media sensation Tanya broke down as she revealed she spends too much time in cyberspace and not enough time in reality.

Also struggling with the jungle detox, comedian Nikki Osborne had a case of the old waterworks by the waterfall. Breaking down in front of unlikely ally Erin Barnett, it’s clear the mother-of-two is struggling being away from home.

In tonight’s blockbuster trial, Dreadmill, Charlotte Crosby, Rhonda Burchmore, Dale Thomas and Maestre were pushed way outside their comfort zone. Suspended off a cliff 1600 metres above the ground, the awesome foursome had to run on a treadmill that was dangerously close to the edge.

Rhonda Burchmore

Whilst Thomas and Maestre soldiered on and secured an impressive five stars between them, Crosby and Burchmore let panic overtake them. A virgin to the gym and thus to the treadmill, it’s safe to say Rhonda won’t be joining Anytime Fitness after this. 

Crosby, who has an open fear of vertical drops, mustered up the courage to step out onto the moving belt to win two stars for camp. There’s a reason why her workout video became the UK’s fastest-selling fitness DVD. The girl can run. And fast.

Charlotte Crosby

Spilling the tea to her jungle squad, Burchmore opened up about her friendship with actress Brooke Shields. The two of them became friends after Shields asked to meet her after a show to ask where she got her jeans from.

One day on a shopping expedition together, Shields allegedly got a phone call from Michael Jackson. It Jackson was desperate to marry her.

And if the show wasn’t enough of a cracker already, 10 introduced the marvellous magician Paul Cosentino as the 13th cast member.

Tomorrow night ophiophobic Tom Williams is forced to face his fear of snakes in the terrifying trial, Bad Breath.


Courtney Ammenhauser is FBi Radio’s new Breakfast host

FBi Radio has announced its new Breakfast host for 2020 as Courtney Ammenhauser, reports Radio Today’s Zanda Wilson.

Previously the host of Tuesday Mornings and on the production team for Breakfast, Ammenhauser will begin hosting ‘Up For It’ from 6am-9am Weekdays from January 13.

Ammenhauser takes over from Ruby Miles on the slot, who hosted the show for two years, and is now the assistant festival programmer and Laneway Festival.

Previous hosts to have moved on to bigger things include Lucy Smith (triple j Mornings) and Georgia Hitch (ABC News).

I’m so flippin’ excited to be the new presenter on Up For It and can’t wait to see where we take the show in 2020,” said Ammenhauser.

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Michael McLaren to host National Overnights on Nine Radio

Changes continue to come thick and fast at the newly rebranded Nine Radio, with the network announcing changes to Overnights, reports Radio Today.

2GB Overnights host Michael McLaren will now be heard on a national basis, across 3AW, 4BC and Nine Radio’s network stations.

His show will take place midnight – 5:30am Monday to Fridays.

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Kayo adds World Wrestling Entertainment

World Wrestling Entertainment has landed on Kayo screens, with Smackdown, Raw and NXT, reports TV Tonight.

WWE fans can cheer for their favourite ‘Superstars’ across three jam-packed afternoons. Starting with Smackdown on Mondays, featuring the current Universal Champion ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt, Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley, and ‘The Big Dog’ Roman Reigns.

Attention then turns to Wednesday’s Raw episode, where fans can see WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in action, along with Becky Lynch, the Raw Women’s Champion and WWE veteran, Randy Orton.

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