Tuesday January 14, 2020

Ethical business: The media industry and B Corp certification

By Trent Thomas

There is a growing trend among companies to be more conscious of their greater impact. A reflection of this is the growing number of companies that seek to be certified B Corporations (or B Corps).

The B Corp certification is an internationally recognised, third-party verified trust mark for businesses that are assessed to achieve a positive impact for their employees, communities, customers and the environment.

What Exactly is a B Corp? Read Here

B Corp certification is given out by the non-profit organisation B Lab which has been active since 2006. Worldwide there are 3,000+ B Corps in 64 countries, across 150+ industries. Gaya Subramaniam, B Lab Australia and New Zealand’s B Corp community manager says that the B Corp certification is aimed to change the perception of success in business to go outside of just making a profit.

“In this world where businesses are growing and profiting from delivering a service or product, we really want to invert what being a success looks like outside of generating that profit,” Subramaniam told Mediaweek.

Gaya Subramaniam

In Australia there are 250 B Corp certified companies, according to B Lab most certified companies in the region are privately-held small and medium-sized businesses.  Of that number, 23 are categorised as marketing and communication companies. According to Subramaniam, each industry faces its own unique challenges and the media industry is no different.

“There’s a huge problem with worker burnout in the media industry and media companies that become B Corps focus on worker well-being and conditions and a pattern has emerged where wellness is their number one priority.”

The media industry has also proven to be progressive and innovative amongst the B Corp community,

“The media industry is quite progressive. The businesses from the media space are always quite ahead of the pack and challenging the status quo on how they tell stories of clients and communities and quite innovative in how they operate and exist.

“One of the new B Corp certified companies, Compass Creative, has the north initiative which selects one brand or organisation every 18 months and gives them complimentary access to marketing and strategic resource on a pro bono basis.”

Australia has taken to the concept of being a B Corp certified company like a fish to water with our region being the fastest-growing per capita. We are also growing our number of B Corps with 250 Australian B Corps representing a seven- fold increase since 2014. Australia is also producing quality as well with 27 B Corps in the Australian and New Zealand region in the top 10 percentile of B Corps worldwide according to the scoring system used to determine a company’s B Corp status.

Subramaniam believes this has to do with Australian culture that extends from day to day citizens to companies at large, elements that are even more evident than usual due to the current state of affairs such as the bushfire crisis,

“It’s very much in the psyche of who we are as people. Australians care very much about society and the communities that we exist in and we have a close connection to the environment and the nature that surrounds us. This brings us to a point of connection with all of the elements that being a B Corp is concerned with.

“Inherently, businesses in this part of the world care about having an impact beyond being financially sustainable or successful. They really do care about elements outside of this and the introduction of the B Corp model and measuring and managing the impact that they have has really given them the framework to speak more proudly and speak more responsibly. This has always been the way Australian companies have operated, but this framework gives them more credibility.” 

Any company, regardless of its size, business structure, or industry, can become a B Corporation. However, it is easier for smaller companies, or newer companies, to become B Corp certified due to less red tape,

Subramaniam added: “We have seen media organisations like The Guardian just recently certify and become one of the first media publications to become a B Corp in the UK.”

Margy Vary, marketing director for The Guardian Australia says that it is becoming more and more apparent that being an ethical company needs to be part of any long term strategy.

“The Guardian is one of the world’s most trusted news organisations and our audiences rightly expect high standards in everything we do, so becoming a B Corp was an important step for us in making ourselves more accountable,” Vary told Mediaweek. “Guardian Australia has had purpose at its heart from its inception, but with B Corp certification we now have external accreditation proving our commitment, so our readers, advertisers, and partners can be confident that we will adhere to best practices. It demonstrates publically that we are living the values that we promote in our journalism.”

The application process can be quite arduous with most companies falling well short of the 80 point threshold for B Corp certification making an average score of 50 out of a possible 200. Subramaniam said that while companies think they are doing the right thing, they often don’t realise the positive changes that they can make to their operations until going through the scoring process for the first time,

“A lot of businesses believe they are doing the right thing and they are trying really hard, but then they do the assessment and they understand the framework and the blind spots that become apparent can be quite a shock. It highlights to them that there are so many more things that they can be doing and improvements that they can be making internally and externally as a company, and it is a bit of a wakeup call.

“B Corp certification isn’t the final destination, it is almost the beginning of the journey to being continuously better, innovative, responsible and conscious of the overarching impact that a business is having.”

Why the Guardian became a B Corp: ‘We want to do more than talk’

B Lab offers resources to companies that begin this process such as masterclasses and three-hour bootcamps with the region’s head of community building who works with the heads of business to help them bring up their score. For bigger businesses who have quite a complicated process, more intensive assistance is offered by B Lab to help them achieve certification.

Vary said that while the process is extensive it helps if the company is already operating with a pre-existing ethical mentality. “The B Corp accreditation process is rigorous; we needed to answer over 200 questions and provide supporting evidence of standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

“The Guardian already had multiple workstreams underway to become a more sustainable organisation and so much of the process was to collate all of that work across the business.”

“This work meant that we scored higher than many businesses do to start with and the process has helped us identify what we want to improve on further. It’s not finished, it’s an ongoing process. We have to recertify every three years and the scoring system gets harder over time, to ensure that we commit to further improving our impact.”

You can search here to see which companies have B Corp certification and you can receive more information on how to become a B Corp here.

News Corp pledges AUD$5 Million to Australian bushfire relief

News Corp announced today that it will make an initial AUD$5 million contribution to Australian bushfire relief.

The funds will be directed to charitable organisations in Australia benefiting local firefighters, providing emergency services to communities affected by the fires, and participating in the long-term revival of those communities.

Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman: “It is clear that confronting the bushfire disaster in Australia requires both an immediate response and an ongoing investment in rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of those most affected by the fires across the country.

 “As a company with roots in Australia and an abiding commitment to its people and communities, we are determined to help, both in this time of great need, and well into the future, as the hard work of restoration continues.”

Robert Thomson, Chief Executive said: “Our journalists and editors around Australia have done an extraordinary job of tracking the tragic fires and their profound impact on individuals, communities and the environment.”

“Our company also has an important role to play in supporting our firefighters and the long-term renewal of communities hardest hit by the tragedy. The funds allocated will be targeted at ensuring those communities and their people have material support as they begin the task of rebuilding after suffering unfathomable losses.”

News Corp’s AUD$5 million pledge is in addition to other commitments being made by the company, its businesses and people, including:

• Rupert and Jerry Murdoch have pledged AUD$2 million to Australian bushfire relief;

• Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch last week pledged AUD$2 million to rural relief and recovery efforts;

• On January 21, News Corp Australia will dedicate proceeds from the sale of every metro newspaper and advertisements placed in them that day (and on January 22 for The Weekly Times) to bushfire appeals, with a goal of raising in excess of AUD$1 million. News Corp Australia has also previously donated AUD$50,000 to the Salvation Army and the Red Cross;

• Foxtel, majority owned by News Corp, will donate the proceeds from special advertising packages for its broadcast of bushfire charity events held by Cricket Australia, the AFL and NRL to assist people and communities affected by the bushfires. This will include advertising associated with the Fire Fight concert in February. This effort is expected to raise up to AUD$500,000. Foxtel has also made an AUD$100,000 donation to the Red Cross;

• REA Group, majority owned by News Corp, has donated to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, and announced a Bushfire Relief Support Package for REA Group customers; and

• News Corp is contributing USD$50,000 to the American Australian Association’s Bushfire Relief Fund in conjunction with its 2020 Arts Awards on January 30 in New York.

Pedestrian Group announces Rachel Tikey as commercial director

Pedestrian Group has announced the promotion of Rachel Tikey to the role of Commercial Director – a new position that will lead both the Partnerships and Client Solutions teams within the group.

With more than 13 years of commercial and creative experience, Tikey has built a formidable track record spanning three countries. Prior to joining the Pedestrian Group in July 2017, she held roles locally at Pandora, ARN and SCA.

Having previously led teams in both the Sales and Client Solutions departments at Pedestrian, Tikey has demonstrated her success as a leader to deliver exceptional client, commercial and creative outcomes.

Matt Rowley, Pedestrian Group CEO, said: “Anyone who has worked with Rachel will know there is no better person for this role. I believe Rachel’s passion for the business, commercial acumen and natural leadership will further improve the way we work with our clients to bring the sharpest ideas in the market to life.”

Rachel Tikey said: “I’m beyond excited to take on this new challenge as our business continues to grow and speak to more young Aussies than ever. Bringing the partnership and client solutions teams together to strategically ideate, sell and bring spicy ideas to life will ensure we continue to deliver perfect end-to-end solutions for our clients and audience.”

Seven is the new home of Academy Awards telecast + nominees guide

Channel Seven is the new home of the Oscars with the 92nd Academy Award set to air live, free and exclusive on Monday February 10.

Coverage of film’s most prestigious awards event will start with Sunrise, now the only Australian breakfast TV show allowed to be broadcasting live from the red carpet.

The star studded Oscars ceremony will be televised live (AEDT) on Seven from 12.00pm, with a primetime encore that night at 7.30pm on 7flix.

Oscars nominations were announced overnight with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods. Following closely behind were The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood with 10 nominations apiece.

Australia’s Margot Robbie was nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Bombshell, her second Oscar nomination.

The 2020 Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

2020 Oscar nominations

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:
Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY
Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER
Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:
Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES
Al Pacino in THE IRISHMAN
Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN
Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:
Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY
Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN
Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL
Renée Zellweger in JUDY

Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:
Kathy Bates in RICHARD JEWELL
Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY
Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT
Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN
Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold
I LOST MY BODY
Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
KLAUS
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román
MISSING LINK
Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
TOY STORY 4
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

Achievement in cinematography nominees:
THE IRISHMAN
Rodrigo Prieto
JOKER
Lawrence Sher
THE LIGHTHOUSE
Jarin Blaschke
1917
Roger Deakins
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Robert Richardson

Achievement in costume design nominees:
THE IRISHMAN
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
JOJO RABBIT
Mayes C. Rubeo
JOKER
Mark Bridges
LITTLE WOMEN
Jacqueline Durran
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Arianne Phillips

Achievement in directing nominees:
THE IRISHMAN
Martin Scorsese
JOKER
Todd Phillips
1917
Sam Mendes
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE
Bong Joon Ho

Best documentary feature nominees:
AMERICAN FACTORY
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
THE CAVE
Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY
Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
FOR SAMA
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
HONEYLAND
Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

Best documentary short subject nominees:
IN THE ABSENCE
Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
LIFE OVERTAKES ME
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
WALK RUN CHA-CHA
Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Achievement in film editing nominees:
FORD V FERRARI
Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
THE IRISHMAN
Thelma Schoonmaker
JOJO RABBIT
Tom Eagles
JOKER
Jeff Groth
PARASITE
Yang Jinmo

Best international feature film of the year nominees:
CORPUS CHRISTI
Poland
Directed by Jan Komasa

HONEYLAND
North Macedonia
Directed by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevksa

LES MISÉRABLES
France
Directed by Ladj Ly

PAIN AND GLORY
Spain
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

PARASITE
South Korea
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling nominees:
BOMBSHELL
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
JOKER
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
JUDY
Jeremy Woodhead
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
1917
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) nominees:
JOKER
Hildur Guðnadóttir
LITTLE WOMEN
Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY
Randy Newman
1917
Thomas Newman
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) nominees:
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from TOY STORY 4
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from ROCKETMAN
Music by Elton John
Lyric by Bernie Taupin

“I’m Standing With You” from BREAKTHROUGH
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Into The Unknown” from FROZEN II
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“Stand Up” from HARRIET
Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Best motion picture of the year nominees:
FORD V FERRARI
Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers

THE IRISHMAN
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

JOJO RABBIT
Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers

JOKER
Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

LITTLE WOMEN
Amy Pascal, Producer

MARRIAGE STORY
Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers

1917
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers

PARASITE
Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers

Achievement in production design nominees:
THE IRISHMAN
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves

JOJO RABBIT
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

1917
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

PARASITE
Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Best animated short film nominees:
DCERA (DAUGHTER)
Daria Kashcheeva
HAIR LOVE
Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
KITBULL
Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
MEMORABLE
Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
SISTER
Siqi Song

Best live action short film nominees:
BROTHERHOOD
Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW
Marshall Curry
SARIA
Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
A SISTER
Delphine Girard

Achievement in sound editing nominees:
FORD V FERRARI
Donald Sylvester
JOKER
Alan Robert Murray
1917
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Wylie Stateman
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing nominees:
AD ASTRA
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
FORD V FERRARI
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
JOKER
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
1917
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano

Achievement in visual effects nominees:
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
THE IRISHMAN
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli
THE LION KING
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
1917
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay nominees:
THE IRISHMAN
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
JOJO RABBIT
Screenplay by Taika Waititi
JOKER
Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
LITTLE WOMEN
Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig
THE TWO POPES
Written by Anthony McCarten

Original screenplay nominees:
KNIVES OUT
Written by Rian Johnson
MARRIAGE STORY
Written by Noah Baumbach
1917
Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Written by Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE
Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won
Story by Bong Joon Ho

Herald Sun publishes new magazine for AFLW – Women’s Footy

The Herald Sun will next week publish a 68-page national annual magazine Women’s Footy.

Aimed at anyone who follows AFLW and young women interested in the game, Women’s Footy is a glossy magazine that champions the sport and will be available at selected newsagents from January 22.

The new season of AFLW will be run over eight rounds commencing on Friday February 7 with Richmond v Carlton at Ikon Park.

Women’s Footy editor Erin Miller said: “Our launch issue of Women’s Footy aims to celebrate the strong and inspirational women who play AFLW, and the girls who have embraced the sport in their thousands since the competition launched in 2017.

“The launch issue carries interviews with stars of the game Tayla Harris, Katie Brennan and Daisy Pearce, fitness and nutrition advice, plus we profile seven younger players who are destined to be the next generation of stars.

“With four new clubs – West Coast, Richmond, Gold Coast and St Kilda – entering the competition this year it is clear the sport’s popularity will continue to surge with more women now getting the opportunity to play the game they love at a professional level.”

Miller is also the editor of magazines and partnerships at the Herald Sun.

Women’s Footy is on sale for $4.95 at selected newsagents with the Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiserand Courier-Mail.

Mediaweek Industry Awards: Best Multichannel

This is a new award that wasn’t featured in last year’s Mediaweek Industry Awards – the award for Best Multichannel and the winner of the inaugural award is 7mate.

It was a good year for the male-focused multichannel. Not just for winning our popular vote but also 2019 saw the channel achieve:

• It’s 4th consecutive year of leadership in People 25-54
• It’s 8th consecutive year of leadership in Men 16-54
• It’s 8th consecutive year of leadership in Men 25-54
• It’s 2nd consecutive year of leadership in Men Under 50
• It’s 2nd consecutive year of leadership in Total People
• A commercial shares of over 8% for all male demos
• 7mate reached over 1 million Men 16-54 nationally every week
• 7mate had nine of the top 10 shows for Men 16-54

A key to the channel’s success is first run Aussie content like Outback Truckers and Fat Pizza: Back in Business. Below is the top 10 for the channel’s regular programming (metro average):

• Fat Pizza: Back In Business 210,141
• Outback Truckers 195,610
• Towies 142,413
• Full Custom Garage 132,834
• Highway Patrol (R) 119,027
• Vegas Rat Rods 110,656
• Supertruckers 109,187
• Counting Cars 103,645
• Talking Footy 100,219
• Pawn Stars 99,473

The channel also had success with movies with the most-watched flick of the year being Guardians of the Galaxy with 220,976 viewers, and sport with the most-watched match being Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals which had 303,682 viewers.

Billy Betts, head of 7mate & 7flix content and programming said: “Our commitment to Australian programs like Outback Truckers and Fat Pizza: Back In Business is what sets us apart from other multi-channels, and the results show that. With a strategic schedule of sport, movies, and themed programming blocks, 7mate will continue to grow in 2020 and dominate the key audience demographics. Thank you to our viewers and industry colleagues for the award, we will celebrate by turning 7mate HD this Thursday, Jan 16.”

SBS TV presenters [L-R] Lucy Zelic (sport), Alice Matthews (The Feed), Janice Petersen (SBS News) and Jenny Brockie (Insight)

Coming second this year is SBS Viceland which launched on 15 November 2016 taking the place of SBS 2 on TV and online platforms. The channel is a partnership between SBS Australia and youth media company Vice.

One of the key shows to feature on SBS Viceland among the channels news, sports, and entertainment lineup is The Feed, which replaced its daily half-hour format with a new one-hour weekly edition for 2019. The program also added a new host in Alice Matthews replacing the departing Jan Fran.

In third place is 9Go! which marked ten years on the air in 2019. The channel continued to offer up a mix of comedy, reality, entertainment, movies, animation, and drama aimed towards a young demographic.

Survivor
Extended first look at Australian Survivor: All Stars

Savusavu, the stage for the ultimate Survivor showdown where Australian Survivor’s biggest competitors will reunite for revenge and redemption.

In this extended first look, it’s obvious these legendary players will stop at nothing to take out the title of Sole Survivor.

Returning to the island are those with something to prove and a score to settle, the honourable players who led with their hearts and the challenge beasts who never backed down.

It wouldn’t be Australian Survivor without devious players as Season 1 villain Nick knows all too well, saying: “I’m the original Survivor snake, and now I’m going to be the king cobra. If a snake can win any game of Australian Survivor, it’s All Stars.”

Legendary winners Shane Gould and Jericho, return in the hope of adding a second crown to their mantles, with Jericho saying: “People underestimated me. People thought that I couldn’t hurt a fly. But one by one they were dropping like flies.”

And of course, the man, the leather jacket, the ‘Golden God’ himself, David is back: “This is a new chance to charm. It’s the best of the best and I want that title.”

The mega players announced so far include Brooke, Flick, Nick and Phoebe from Season 1; AK, Jericho, Locky, Henry and Tarzan from Season 2; Lydia, Mat and Shane from Season 3 and David and Harry from 2019’s Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders.

Australian Survivor is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is produced for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia.

 

 

Bauer Media launches #RebuildOurTowns campaign

Bauer Media today launches its #RebuildOurTowns campaign, supporting the Australian towns affected by the bushfires, now and for the months to come. 

Through inspiring stories and in-depth reporting from the ground, Bauer will be encouraging Aussies to lend a hand and support the regeneration of our communities.

Led by Woman’s Day and supported by the Bauer portfolio of titles, each week a spotlight will shine on a different Aussie town in need of rebuilding. Readers will be given practical advice about how they can make a difference – from which local fundraisers need donations, to a guide with ways in which they can support locals and small businesses in townships doing it tough.

Woman’s Day will also donate 50c from every issue sold this week towards bushfire relief. In addition, Bauer is working with print company Ovato to redistribute magazines where nationwide circulation has been affected by the ongoing crisis. This stock will be forwarded instead to evacuation and relief centres across the country.

Fiona Connolly, Publisher – Bauer Media’s Weekly magazines, said: “Our readers have huge hearts. They are looking for practical ways in which they can help their fellow Aussies as townships around the country embark on the enormous task of rebuilding their communities. Our sincere hope is that through our strong connections to regional Australia we can connect our readers with each other and bring relief to those who need it most in the ways they need it most.”

Today’s issue of Woman’s Daykicks off with the first town featured, Glen Innes in northern New South Wales. The Glen Innes community was devastated by fires in November, experiencing tragic loss of life and huge destruction of the region. 

“We’ve lost so much but the focus now is to make sure this never happens again,” Deputy Mayor Di Newman tells Woman’s Day. “We’ve had to brush off the dust, wipe off the ash, and get back up and be stronger than ever – we’re a close-knit community, and we’re determined to rebuild.

“The best way to help us is come and visit. We have the Glen Innes Show coming up on February 14 for the weekend and I guarantee it’s the best classic country show in Australia. We’ve got the Celtic Festival from April 30 and even if there’s nothing on, please come anyway and we’ll show you warm country hospitality at its best.”

A Year in News: Taboola reveals 2019's most popular reads

Taboola has put together an infographic revealing 2019’s most popular topics across entertainment, news and sport.

Their analysis shows the federal election and Gladys Berejiklian topped the general news category, while in entertainment, Australians loved reading about Love Island and The Bachelor.

Love Island proved incredibly popular with female readers, with 84.2% reading stories about the reality TV series.

Stories on shark attacks were most popular with men (33.1%), along with coverage of the banking royal commission (48.3%) and women’s cricket (66.7%).

For sport, Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open were widely popular reads.

Taboola has the capability to analyse reader behaviour on sites where its products are installed, and on sites where permission to collect user data is granted. Taboola now reaches 1.4B people every month – nearly half the world’s internet users.

Taboola has the capability to analyse reader behaviour on sites where its products are installed, and on sites where permission to collect user data is granted. Taboola now reaches 1.4B people every month – nearly half the world’s internet users.

Insights for the infographic were pulled between December 2018 and December 2019, and includes internet user activity from nine million articles and 670 million users.

TV Guide: Australia’s three-match ODI India tour only on Fox Cricket

After an undefeated home summer, Australia will take on the biggest task in world cricket when they travel to play India in three one-day internationals from Tuesday, January 14 – exclusively live on Fox Cricket.

It is unusual for an Australian team to be travelling internationally in January, but there is just one place to watch the action.

A full strength Australian ODI line-up featuring Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Aaron Finch launches an attack on a highly regarded India side headed up by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Jadeja.

India are looking to claim the #1 spot in the ICC ODI World Rankings and will put their home crowd to good use against the visitors when they fight to see who sits at the top of world cricket.

Analysis for Fox Cricket will be from Mark Waugh and Kerry O’Keeffe alongside host Brendon Julian for all three ODIs.

Meanwhile Fox Cricket continues to be the only place to watch every Big Bash League match this summer.

There are 10 games across each day this week with double headers on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

AO Rally for Relief to be broadcast on Nine

The biggest names in tennis will come together to raise funds for those affected by the devastating bushfires when AO Rally for Relief is broadcast on Nine from 7.00pm this Wednesday.

In an extraordinary display of unity, the superstars of the game will join forces in a series of exhibition matches to be played at Rod Laver Arena, ahead of the Australian Open which starts next Monday A roll-call of the game’s greatest players, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Nick KyrgiosNaomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Belinda Bencic and Alexander Zverev will go head-to-head, with all funds raised donated to the bushfire relief cause.

Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said: “This unprecedented bushfire crisis is devastating people, properties, communities, livestock and animals across the country and our hearts go out to all those affected.

“We felt it was vital we use all our events across the summer to make a meaningful contribution to help these people and communities rebuild their lives. The response from the tennis community – our players, clubs, partners and international tennis bodies – has been overwhelming and it’s wonderful to see everyone pull together.

AO Rally for Relief promises to be an incredible night of tennis and entertainment, as well as a wonderful opportunity to bring together the best of our sport for this important cause.”

AO Rally for Relief will be hosted by James Bracey, Rebecca Maddern and Tony Jones, with commentary from Todd Woodbridge, Dylan Alcott, Sam Groth and Casey Dellacqua.

Love Island UK's sixth season to be fast tracked on 9Now

9Now’s summer viewing lineup continues with the latest season of Great Britain’s hottest show, Love Island UK. Season 6 will be fast-tracked and available exclusively for Australian audiences to stream for free on 9Now from Tuesday, January 14 at 6.00pm AEDT, with new episodes daily.

Hosted by Laura Whitmore and narrated by Iain Stirling, a fresh batch of singles will head to a luxury villa in Cape Town, South Africa for a whirlwind summer of dates, drama, romance and relationships with the the hope of winning £50k in life-changing prize money – and finding love.

Entering the villa this year are customer service advisor Leanne, 22; beauty consultant Siannise, 25; twins Eve and Jess, 20; democratic services office Shaughna, 25; medical PA Sophie, 21; singer Paige, 21; police officer Mike, 24; coffee bean salesman Connor, 25; scaffolder Callum, 23; sports scientist Nas, 23; and landowner Ollie, 24.

Temptation is rife, so loyalties will be tested with surprise bombshell arrivals and unexpected twists and turns proving that the Love Island road to romance is never smooth. Ultimately the viewing public in the UK will decide their favourite couple, who will walk away from the villa with the cash prize and be crowned the winners of Love Island UK.

Box Office: 1917 follows Golden Globe win with packed cinemas

By Trent Thomas

Despite a somewhat limited release Golden Globe winner for best film 1917 has exploded into cinemas with a massive average per screen of $18,625 on 257 screens which has seen it shoot to the top of the Australian box office.

To put this in perspective six other films had a wider release than 1917 which still surged to the number one spot in its first week of release.

This strong showing for the Sam Mendes‘ (Skyfall) film saw it top a strong list of contenders that included five films making over $2m, and eight over $1m this past weekend.

1917 was the only film to break into the top five this week with the film giving way being Spies in Disguise which slipped to seventh spot with $1.25m and has made $4.87m over two weeks.

Overall the Australian box office made $23.25m which represented an 11% drop on last weekend’s total. Other noteworthy films outside of the top five include:

#6 My Spy $1.128m (one week $1.128m)
#8 Frozen 2 $1.17m (seven weeks $36.93m)
#9 A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon $ 893,751 (one week $893,751)
#10 JoJo Rabbit $761,882 (three weeks $4.89m)
#14 Cats $259,322 (three weeks $3.85m)

#1 1917 $4.78m

Following up a strong award season with a strong performance in Australian theatres the World War I epic has managed to break the $4m mark in its first week of release amongst a strong field of holiday releases.

 

 

#2 Jumanji: The Next Level $4.36m

After three weeks the film continues on its strong roll with the Boxing Day release making a total of $36.62m to date, after making an average of $8,638 on 505 screens.

 

 

#3 The Gentlemen $2.29m

The ensemble cast film led by Matthew McConaughey has held steady in third position in its second week of release after making an average of $8,808  on 261 screens, bringing its total revenue to $8.23m.

 

 

#4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker $2.12m

The latest entry in the Star Wars franchise continues to chug along as it edges closer to the $52.95m needed to enter the Australian box office all-time top 10 with its total currently at $43.13m. In its fourth week of release, the film averaged $5,401 on 394 screens.

 

 

#5 Little Women $2.12m

After two weeks the latest rendition of the literary classic averaged $6,668 on 319 screens bringing its total to $8.68m.

 

Summer TV Ratings: Tom & Cos on Celebrity and Lizzo & Fitzy on The Project

By James Manning

Seven won the night all people thanks to the average audiences watching three hours plus of the Big Bash League. Both sessions of the BBL match between Perth and Hobart were just under 500,000.

However 10 had two of the hottest primetime properties in The Project and I’m a Celebrity. Lizzo was the star attraction on The Project after 7pm with 481,000 watching. No surprises in that she was a wonderful guest and she continued to show her admiration for the man she dubbed the “sexy kangaroo” last Friday in Sydney – Nova 969’s Fitzy who was a guest at the desk last night.

Celebrity was just over 800,000 with Tom Williams and Cosentino earning their pay cheques so far on the series.

Nine’s A Current Affair won its timeslot with 795,000 seeing reporter Sam Cucchiara getting a good drenching from a public housing tenant.

Next best for Nine was RBT on 423,000 after 7.30pm.

Michael Rowland is again hosting a week of 7.30 Summer with 567,000 last night.

Heather Ewart was visiting the charming Victorian country town of Clunes last night with 597,000 pushing Back Roads well into the top 10.

Week 3 TV: Monday
MONDAY METRO
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 11.2% 7 17.8% 9 15.1% 10  15.6% SBS One 4.5%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.4% 7TWO 4.3% GO! 3.0% 10 Bold 5.1% VICELAND 1.7%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 3.7% GEM 2.4% 10 Peach 2.3% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix 2.4% 9Life 2.7%     NITV 0.2%
                SBS World Movies 0.9%
TOTAL 17.4%   28.2%   23.2%   23.0%   8.2%

 

MONDAY REGIONAL
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.8% 7 18.5% 9 14.4% WIN 12.9% SBS One 4.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.5% 7TWO 4.9% GO! 4.0% WIN Bold 5.2% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 4.8% GEM 3.0% WIN Peach 2.7% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.2% 9Life 2.5% Sky News  on WIN 0.6% NITV 0.2%
    7food network (QLD only) 0.0%            
TOTAL 17.1%   30.5%   23.9%   21.4%   7.1%

 

MONDAY METRO ALL TV
FTA STV
85.3% 14.7%
MONDAY FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 986,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 950,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 870,000
  4. Nine News Nine 841,000
  5. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 801,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 795,000
  7. ABC News ABC 618,000
  8. Back Roads S5 ABC 597,000
  9. 7.30 Summer ABC 567,000
  10. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Hobart V Perth Seven 538,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 507,000
  12. The Project 7pm 10 481,000
  13. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Hobart V Perth S1 Seven 477,000
  14. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Hobart V Perth S2 Seven 469,000
  15. Hot Seat Nine 447,000
  16. RBT (R) Nine 423,000
  17. 10 News First 10 412,000
  18. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Hobart V Perth Post Seven 363,000
  19. Just For Laughs 10 328,000
  20. The Project 6.30pm 10 315,000
Demo Top 5

16 – 39 Top 5

  1. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 182,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 121,000
  3. Seven News Seven 120,000
  4. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Hobart V Perth Seven 112,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 110,000

 

18 – 49 Top 5

  1. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 373,000
  2. The Project 7pm 10 226,000
  3. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 218,000
  4. Seven News Seven 216,000
  5. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League Hobart V Perth Seven 193,000

 

25 – 54 Top 5

  1. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 412,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 278,000
  3. Seven News Seven 276,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 249,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 243,000
MONDAY Multichannel
  1. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 178,000
  2. Doc Martin PM 7TWO 168,000
  3. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 165,000
  4. Law & Order: SVU Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 163,000
  5. Law & Order: SVU (R) 10 Bold 162,000
  6. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 160,000
  7. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 159,000
  8. School Of Roars ABCKIDS/COMEDY 156,000
  9. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  10. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  11. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  12. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  13. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  14. Bing AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  15. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  16. Pocoyo AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  17. The Hive AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  18. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  19. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  20. Five Minutes More AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY134,000
MONDAY STV
  1. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 198,000
  2. Live: BBL: Hurricanes V Scorchers FOX CRICKET 171,000
  3. Live: BBL: Hurricanes V Scorchers FOX CRICKET 142,000
  4. Live: BBL Post Game FOX CRICKET 96,000
  5. Long Lost Family: What Happened Next Lifestyle Channel 45,000
  6. Live: NFL: Packers V Seahawks ESPN 41,000
  7. Family Guy FOX8 39,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 38,000
  9. Lewis UKTV 37,000
  10. The Outsider FOX SHOWCASE 36,000
  11. Live: B4 The Bash! FOX CRICKET 36,000
  12. NCISFOX Crime 35,000
  13. The Big Bang Theory FOX Funny 34,000
  14. Call The Midwife BBC First 34,000
  15. Chris Smith: Inside The News Sky News Live 34,000
  16. Border Security: Australia’s Front Line FOX8 33,000
  17. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 32,000
  18. Upright FOX SHOWCASE 32,000
  19. The Night Watchmen FOX CRICKET 31,000
  20. Border Security: International FOX8 30,000

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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

Overwhelming Response to Fire Fight Australia benefit concert on day one

TEG Dainty and TEG Live are thrilled with the national response to Fire Fight Australia (#FireFightAustralia) with an astonishing 65,000+ tickets sold in under 5 hours. There are now limited tickets remaining for the concert via Ticketek.

Due to such overwhelming demand, the promoters are now working with the venue, ANZ Stadium, to release as many tickets as possible to drive total sales well over 70,000.

Read more: The first line-up of artists announced for Fire Fight Australia concert

 Fire Fight Australia has generated unprecedented national interest with fans from all corners of the country securing tickets in a true sign of solidarity and support for the bush fire relief.

All concert ticket profits and all contributions through Ticketek will go towards key organisations providing vital “Rescue”, “Relief and Recovery” and “Rehabilitation”.

Internal investigation clears The Final Race of breaching ABC’s editorial guidelines

The ABC is standing by its controversial story on the horse racing industry after an internal investigation cleared The Final Race program of breaching the public broadcaster’s editorial guidelines, reports The Australian’s  Lililly Vitorovich.

An ABC spokesman said its audience & consumer affairs department has concluded its investigation into Racing NSW’s complaint in November over The Final Race program on its television current affairs program 7.30 in October and “found no breach of ABC editorial standards in the report”.

“There was no substance to the Racing NSW complaint and it also contained inaccurate statements and erroneous claims,” he told The Australian.

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News Brands

Princes William and Harry label newspaper story 'false' and 'offensive'

Princes William and Harry have issued a statement labelling a story about them published in the national press today as “offensive” and “false”, reports UK Press Gazette.

The brothers did not specify which story they were referring to, but it is believed to be a Times story claiming they “fell out” because of William’s “bullying attitude” towards Meghan Markle after she started dating Harry.

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Daily Mail discloses £24m cost of advertising discounts and rebates

The publisher of the Daily Mail and MailOnline gave advertising “contract discounts and rebates” worth £24m to media agencies and clients during its last financial year, reports Campaign.

The annual report said: “The consumer media segment enters into agreements with advertising agencies and certain clients, which are subject to a minimum spend and typically include a commitment to deliver rebates to the agency or client based on the level of agency spend over the contract period.”

Rebates are common in UK advertising, but the practice of media owners making such payments to agencies in return for agreed volumes of spend is rarely discussed openly.

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Every UK newspaper editor urges Boris Johnson to rethink briefings

The editor of every national UK news title has signed a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to rethink changes to Government press briefings affecting journalists based at Westminster, known as the Lobby, reports UK Press Gazette.

Johnson’s administration has moved the two daily briefings with the Government’s official spokesperson, and all ad hoc informal meetings known as “huddles”, from the House of Commons to Downing Street.

The Lobby’s central concerns are that journalists will now find it harder to cover parliamentary proceedings in the afternoon and also attend the briefing, which is now a five-minute walk away.

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Entertainment

Oscar Nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ and ‘Irishman’ Lead the Nominees

The 92nd Academy Awards will be a showdown between old and new Hollywood: Netflix amassed a leading 24 nominations on Monday, including best picture honors for The Irishman and Marriage Story, but traditional studios were only a heartbeat behind, reports The New York Time’s Brooks Barnes and Nicole Sperling.

Despite a plethora of diverse films competing for Oscar love this year, the Academy largely maintained its traditional point of view, handing out the most nominations to four very male, very white films. Joker (Warner Bros.) led all films with 11 nominations, including ones for best picture, director (Todd Phillips), actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and score (Hildur Guðnadóttir). The visually dazzling World War I epic 1917 (Universal) and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (Sony) each received 10, including best picture recognition. The Irishman also garnered 10.

The best-picture category can have as many as 10 or as few as five nominees, depending on how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spreads its support. This year there were nine. Joining Joker, The Irishman, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, and 1917 were Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women and Parasite.

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Television

I'm A Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! Tom Williams faces his fear factor

They say grown men don’t cry… but on tonight’s nail-biting episode of  I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Tom William’s eyelids were filled to the absolute brim.

From dancing his way to victory on Dancing With The Stars, to switching from the small screen to a career in real estate, Williams has always pushed himself out of his comfort zone.

But nothing could prepare him for tonight’s terrifying trial, Bad Breath, where he had to face his very real, and very deep-seated, fear of snakes head-on.

Swimming through a tunnel tank filled with water, Williams breezed through getting eight stars hidden within boxes filled with maggots, worms, and even baby crocodiles. But leaving the worst til last, Tom contemplated backing-out from reaching inside a snake-filled box.

Visibly distressed but equally as determined, ophiophobic Williams pushed past his python panic to get the final five stars for camp.

Magician Cosentino received a warm welcome into camp, but an unfiltered Erin Barnett wasted no time in reminding him of their previous encounter.

According to Barnett, Cosentino was less-then-impressed to pose for a picture with her when she attended one of his past shows.

The welcoming party for the newbie was short-lived, with Cosentino forced to make a difficult decision.

Granted with the power to choose one campmate to become the master and the other to become the minion, Cosentino made the gracious decision to be the camp slave. With his remarkable effort in blitzing tonight’s trial, Cos chose Tom Williams to engage in a night of lavish luxury.

From a deluxe bed, to a menu filled with delicious treats, all of Williams requests were at the beck and call of Cosentino.

One person excited by the new arrival was Charlotte Crosby, who considers herself as a bit of a spiritual chick. Bonding over their shared love of the universe, Crosby thought Cosentino put the cos is cosmic.

And speaking of Crosby, it seems like her head is a bit of a mess. And that’s not just because her extensions need a wash.

Torn between the pressure for her relationship to succeed and the reality of the situation they were living in, Crosby told Ryan Gallagher she needed to take things slow.

Also opening-up were AFL legends Billy Brownless and Dale Thomas, who became the first two guests in Tanya Hennessy’s jungle podcast.  

Speaking to the former radio host, the pair delved into the deepest and darkness moments in their careers and personal lives.

For Brownless, it was his highly-publicised split from his ex-wife that saw him homeless. And for Thomas, it was trying to juggle being a professional sportsman and a good partner and father.

Seven giving Better Homes & Garden a major makeover for 2020

• Sam Wood, Melissa King and James Tobin joining TV’s #1 lifestyle show

Better Homes and Gardens will welcome three new presenters to the team this year when the show returns for its new season on February 7.

Health and fitness expert and former Bachelor Sam Wood will arm BHG viewers with all the best information and advice for adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Sam Wood

“For me, it’s about helping people move more and eat better with simple, practical and real advice that they can understand and implement into their lives,” said Wood.

Also joining Better Homes and Gardens this year is respected garden expert, author and television presenter Melissa King (from Nine’s The Garden Gurus).

Melissa King

“I will be tackling lots of fun and inspirational gardening projects – everything from edible garden projects to indoor plant styling – and I also want to encourage kids to get off the couch and into the garden with some great kid-friendly gardening ideas,” said King. “For a gardening presenter, this is the pinnacle and I’m beyond excited to be working alongside people I have admired for years.”

James Tobin (from Seven’s Weekend Sunrise) will sort through the gigabytes of information out there to present the latest in tech and motoring.

James Tobin

“I’ll be playing with all the big kid toys and reporting back on how they can improve our lives at home and on the road,” said Tobin. “I’ve known the BHG team for some time and to get to work with them is a real ‘pinch me’ moment.”

The new presenters join host Johanna Griggs, Adam Dovile (DIY), Dr Harry Cooper (Vet), Graham Ross (Gardening), Tara Dennis (Decorating & Design), “Fast EdHalmagyi (Chef), Karen Martini (Chef) and Pete Colquhoun (Architect) in the new season of Better Homes and Gardens launching on Friday, February 7 at 7.00pm on Seven.

A new addition to the gardening team of Ross and King will be announced soon.

Lizzo sends The Project panel into a spin, saying she wants to ‘marry a Hemsworth cousin’

Lizzo brought her infectious laugh and effervescent personality to The Project panel Monday night, and it was hard to tell who was enjoying themselves most, reports News.com.au.

A barrel of giggles as she chatted comfortably with hosts Peter Heliar, Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, Gorgi Coglan and Peter van Onselen, the megastar talked all things bushfires, live shows, twerking and her unusual attraction to Fitzy.

At one point, the bubbly star even made a mock-dig at singer Miley Cyrus, referencing Nikki Minaj’s infamous 2015 MTV VMA Awards call-out.

Responding to Gorgi asking if we could “keep” Lizzo in Australia following her volunteer work with Foodbank for Victoria’s bushfire relief last week, the star joked that she’d need to marry for dual citizenship.

“Do you want a Hemsworth?,” joked Fitzy.

“I want a cousin!,” Lizzo responded.

“What do the cousins look like? I don’t want no beef with Miley, do you know what I’m saying? Miley what’s good!,” she said, facing the camera in mock intimidation as she quoted the infamous line that thrust Miley’s 2015 feud with Nicki Minaj into headlines.

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Radio

Nova Entertainment exec returns as Perth key client manager

Nova Entertainment has appointed Lisa Thom (pictured) as Nova 93.7’s key client manager in Perth.

Antonell Doyle, Nova’s Perth head of direct sales said, “Lisa is a fantastic asset to our team and brings with her considerable experience across radio, digital, television, marketing, leadership and integrated solutions. She is the perfect a fit for the Nova 93.7 brand and champions innovation, passion, creativity and effective solutions for clients. I can’t wait to welcome her back home to the Nova family.”

Returning to her commercial radio roots, Thom has extensive experience working at Nova Entertainment, the Pedestrian Group and Nine Entertainment.

Most recently she was program, marketing and commercial manager at Nine Entertainment, a position she held for over two years. Thom started her media career at Nova 93.7 in 2008 and over a nine-year period held various management roles across sales and integrated solutions.

“I am beyond excited to return to where it all began, especially now with the varied opportunities available for Nova 93.7 clients. There is something magic about Nova, it’s people and their passion. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the brand and our valued Perth clients,” Thom said.

Lisa Thom will commence on Monday 13 January 2020 looking after key accounts previously managed by Antonell Doyle, who was recently promoted to Perth’s head of direct sales following changes to Nova 93.7’s leadership team.

Nine Radio announces new weekend show for 2GB/4BC

Nine Radio head of content Greg Byrnes has announced former weekend mornings co-host Paul B Kidd will join John Stanley for a new show each Saturday and Sunday from 2pm-6pm on 2GB and 4BC.

Weekends with John and Paul will be on-air until the rugby league starts in March. Byrnes said the new show will build on the success of the George Moore and Paul B Kidd-hosted George and Paul program and include some of their most popular segments and guests.

Moore quit 2GB in December after he couldn’t agree to a contract clause about defamation insurance.

Weekends with John and Paul will launch this Saturday January 18 off the back of Chris Smith’s new weekend show from 9am until 2pm.

Hosts Natalie Peters and Erin Molan had been recently hosting The Weekend Edition on 2GB and 4BC from 2pm until 6pm.

John Stanley has been filling in for Alan Jones at breakfast over the summer break.

2020 Australian Podcast Awards announce changes & new dates

The Australian Podcast Awards have announced a host of changes as they return for the fourth edition in 2020, reprots Radio Today’s Zanda Wilson.

The awards will no longer take place in May, and have been moved to a date in November.

The date has been changed to accommodate entries through to the end of July, 2020, and as a reflection of the growing Aussie podcast sector.

“As we enter our fourth year, it’s clear that podcasting still has plenty of room to grow – and so we’ll be delivering an even bigger ceremony and want to be even more representative of Australia’s audio maker,” said founder Dave Gertler.

This year there is an expanded independent panel of judges, headed up by a chair of judges for the first time. Host of Not By Accident Sophie Harper joins as the chair.

“The Australian Podcast Awards has quickly become one of my favourite nights of the year,” she said.

It’s an opportunity to recognise, and importantly, to discover the incredible, world-class work being produced in Australia and listened to here and around the world.

“I can’t wait to hear more of what’s been produced this past year, and to work closely with a diverse and diligent panel of judges to make sure we can celebrate the very best of Australian podcasting across every category.”

In 2020, there’ll also be a new Listeners Choice category in addition to a range of judged categories, allowing Aussies to vote for their favourite podcast.

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