Wednesday January 20, 2021

Radio launches: Dave Cameron on SCA’s biggest new show week in a decade

By James Manning

How SCA moved quickly to sign Marty, why Hughsey is right for Sydney market.

For SCA’s chief content officer Dave Cameron, January 18 was a big day with new breakfast shows in Sydney and Melbourne. “We probably haven’t had this much change at the one time in a least 10 years,” Cameron told Mediaweek.

SCA also had new a breakfast show at Triple M Perth, and altered breakfast line-ups at Perth’s MIX and Brisbane’s Triple M.

We took the opportunity last year to look at all of our shows and our brands. We subsequently made some significant changes and 2021 is now very exciting for us. There is a real buzz in all of our markets with new products on the air.”

The single most critical new show to the business is Dave Hughes in Sydney where getting 2Day FM back on the radar will have ramifications for advertisers buying the Hit Network. SCA is again bringing in someone from another market on 2Day, but Cameron said this time it is different.

Hughesy has a national profile regardless of where he has been living with family in the past few years. He has successful national TV shows and he’s been on two successful national drive radio shows that were #1 in Sydney. He has a huge following from the Sydney comedy circuit. He’s a national treasure, we also have Erin Molan for a local spin on things for us and Ed Kavalee has previously lived in Sydney for 14 years. He also got a good national profile from Have You Been Paying Attention?



Cameron said the new 2Day breakfast show production team will all be based in Sydney.

Cameron said the company will be backing the new show for as long as it takes to crack the market. He is not expecting to steal away listeners from a previous 2Day breakfast team either.

There is no assumption from us that any Kyle and Jackie O listener will be leaving that show for us. We are interested in the ones who don’t listen to Kyle and Jackie O. We are interested in offering a product that is nothing like The Kyle and Jackie O Show. We are offering comedy, something that has been lacking for a little while except for Triple M’s Moonman.”

Hit Network’s target market and music

There should be no longer confusion about who the former Today Network is now targeting. “We took the opportunity last year to redefine Hit,” said Cameron. “We have moved it away from being something of a disposable Top 40 brand. It is now more of a pop-centred slightly older female format and that is now consistent across the network.”

Cameron notes the network might have lost its way a little in recent years with various states developing differently. The new target market is part of returning the heritage brands SAFM and B105 to Adelaide and Perth respectively and moving across MIX in Perth.

While there will be some contemporary hits, Cameron noted: “I don’t believe a pure Top 40 format is a successful radio format of the future. The landscape has changed with music streaming players offering Top 40 playlists among everything else they can offer. We think our new format is more sustainable than what we had five or maybe 10 years ago.”

Cameron said the playlist will be a mix of nostalgia and Top 40 hits, with little unfamiliar new music.

Triple M Marty

Marty Sheargold has a vision, as I think all great radio talent has,” Cameron said about the new Triple M Melbourne breakfast host. “He knows what he wants his show to be and we have worked closely with him building that.”


Cameron said the decision to hire Sheargold was pretty instant when he approached them. But Sheargold didn’t just speak with SCA. “Marty was very clear with everyone, his own company at the time [Nova Entertainment], and competitors, about what he would like to do. There were companies that didn’t listen to Marty, and there was us that embraced what Marty was saying.”

After several days of pilot programs in the week before launch, Cameron said Sheargold already had a good product.

Ratings expectations

Cameron is hosing down any talk of quick results from any of the changes around his networks. “There are no outrageous expectations from us that all of our changes are going to automatically land us at the top of the stack in the next couple of months. We are rebuilding our shows in our key metro markets for the next 5+ years.”

As Sheargold explained it to Mediaweek this week, existing listeners could notice significantly less sport on the show.

Cameron added: “The difference between this show and The Hot Breakfast will be footy won’t be as central. It won’t be footy centric, but like any show has, it will have an AFL flavour to it.”

SCA is hoping that both Marty and Hughesy will find an audience by delivering something that market is not getting a lot of. “I have a really strong view we are delivering shows that won’t sound like anything in their markets. Hughesy has his own style and comedy and we don’t think it will get in the way of what Moonman is doing. And it certainly won’t sound anything like Kyle and Jackie, Fitzy and Wippa or Jonesy and Amanda.

“People in radio can get straight away what a new show is offering, but audiences need time to wrap their heads around the changes.”

Boomtown to launch expanded education program

Boomtown is welcoming in the new year with the launch of its enhanced 2021 education program.

The education initiative, which kicked off in 2020, is designed to provide media professionals with a better understanding of the regional media landscape along with tools to help plan and buy regional advertising.

This year’s program will include online masterclasses, run in partnership with the Media Federation of Australia and NGEN, along with face-to-face sessions nationwide.

Marketing expert, Gaye Steel, will again facilitate the online courses, sharing her extensive knowledge with participants.

“This is an opportunity for media professionals at all stages of their career to hear from regional experts about the powerful reasons to add regional media to their 2021 planning,” she said.

“Both sessions are designed to offer focused insights and the latest data on the regional landscape and audiences, along with industry tips that participants can use when planning and booking regional media. We had an outstanding response to our 2020 online courses, with 13 agencies participating and an overall event satisfaction score of 9.1 so we’d encourage people to register early for this year’s program so they don’t miss out.”

Boomtown Chairman and SCA chief sales officer, Brian Gallagher, said the classes aimed to pair knowledge-building with interactive learning to give participants a sound understanding of regional media.

“The Boomtown collective is dedicated to furthering education among media agencies and marketers; it’s not just about understanding the potential of regional advertising but providing agencies with the necessary tools to actually get in and buy regional media. Last year’s inaugural education program was extremely successful, with fantastic feedback on the syllabus and facilitators. With more hands-on learning this year, the Boomtown Masterclasses will deliver real-world insights into regional media audiences that will help build brands and drive business.”

NGEN Head, Melanie Aslanidis, said: “Boomtown is a great initiative, and its inclusion in our 2020 calendar gave our NGENers access to insights and experts who highlighted the opportunities and benefits that exist in regional Australia for brands. We are excited to give a broader NGEN audience access to Boomtown content in 2021 after it received such positive feedback last year.” 

The online courses (available to all NGEN members) will run on February 18 and April 27.

Face-to-face courses will run nationwide with separate offerings for junior media buyers, planners, marketers (less than five years’ experience) and senior media professionals (5+ years’ experience) in Sydney and Melbourne.

Dates for the face-to-face courses* are:

• Sydney – 21 April (junior staff) and 22 April (senior staff)
• Melbourne – 4 May (junior staff) and 5 May (senior staff)
• Brisbane – 19 May
• Perth – 26 May
• Adelaide – June 2

Panel members will be announced shortly.

To register for classes, visit
Private masterclasses are also available by request via

Free TV
Greg Hywood: Government should stand up to Google, Facebook bullying

In its submission to the Senate Economics Committee, Free TV Australia has called on Parliament to stand up to the bullying tactics of the digital platforms and to implement the news media bargaining Code as soon as possible.

Free TV chairman Greg Hywood (pictured) said “There has rarely been a more important time for Australians to be able to access credible, reliable information and verified facts.

“Parliament now has the opportunity to pass the news media bargaining Code which will ensure that Google and Facebook pay a fair price for the quality news content that all Australians rely on,” Hywood said.

The Free TV submission supports the Code and outlines key changes to ensure that:

• all digital platform services that Australians rely on to access news are covered by the Code, including Facebook News Feed, Instagram, Google Search, Google Discover and Google News
• the protections for news media companies against punitive responses by Google and Facebook are strengthened and expanded to cover all forms of content
• Final Offer Arbitration is retained, but further guidance is given to the arbitration panel on how to take into account the “public good” and indirect benefit to the platforms of news content
• the “primary purpose” test for news content be amended so that media companies, like TV broadcasters, that create news content from a variety of news sources, are covered by the Code
• the digital platforms are required to openly and transparently disclose the types of data they collect from the users of news content, as this is one of the key drivers of the value that news content creates for both Google and Facebook.

Free TV Chief Executive Officer Bridget Fair added: “Last week we saw a breathtaking display of Google’s market power in deliberately withholding news content from Australians.

“We urge the Parliament to progress this legislation quickly so that negotiations on fair payment for news content can begin without any further delay.”

Seven West Media managing director and chief executive officer James Warburton said: “Now is the moment for Parliament to pass into law the News Media Bargaining Code. A strong and viable Australian news media sector is fundamental to our democracy, and the Code is a key step in ensuring its ongoing success in the face of foreign digital giants.

Auto publishers claim audience the biggest losers in digital publishing war

While some publishers are mounting a campaign against Google and Facebook, insisting they pay for their news content, the co-founders of Australia’s have come out in support of the social media titans.

“Google has always been at the forefront of helping small publishers establish their brand,” said co-founder and managing editor, Paul Maric. “Our audience is finding us, and growing, thanks to the support of Google and Facebook.

“As a small publisher delivering high quality, independent car review content that outdoes traditional media in passion, enthusiasm and engagement, is wholly reliant on Google and Facebook to reach the Australian audience,” Maric said.

Co-founder and publisher Alborz Fallah said that when the group’s original company, CarAdvice was founded in 2006 (and purchased by Nine/Fairfax in 2018), it owed much of its success to Google, as the market dominance of the traditional publishers would have crushed them.

“We know the power of Google in building brands. We hope the Australian government also considers the thousands of small and medium digital publishers that will be unfairly punished by requirements that clearly only benefit big media,” Fallah said.

Paul Maric added that the constant attack on Google highlights how little the big publishers actually understand about search algorithms and the way average consumers search for content.

“Our automotive media website, could not exist today and employ around 20 staff without the search engine’s fairness in how it treats all publishers.

“Our content strategy has also helped us become one of Australia’s most watched automotive channels on YouTube. This has all come about thanks to strong content strategy and search optimisation.”

Fallah added: “Google and Facebook are welcome to content – because that’s what our audience wants. If Google and Facebook have free access to our content, it means that this content is easier for our readers to find – which in turn means they’re better informed and able to make smarter decisions – which is what we are all about.

Forcing Google and Facebook to pay for access to professional content is not in the interests of Australian audiences because it’s the audience that suffers from losing its connection to content it can trust – and the audience relies on search engines and social networks to access that content.”

The Cube Australia
First Look: The Cube Australia with Andy Lee offers the chance to win $250,000

10 has revealed the first glimpse of The Cube Australia, the show where you don’t have to cook or sing. You just have to hold your nerve.

Hosted by Andy Lee the show challenges everyday Aussies to complete a few simple games while confined to a Perspex cube, with limited time and a whopping $250,000 up for grabs.

The format comes from the British series The Million Pound Cube (known as The Cube from 2009–2015), which has run for 10 seasons and 85 episodes.

The premise is simple – players are placed in a small, enclosed 4m x 4m x 4m Perspex cube, to take on deceivingly simple tasks.

From throwing to catching, estimating to balancing, memorising to reacting, contestants have nowhere to go and nowhere to hide once inside The Cube.

The show was announced in December last year, with Lee commenting “Things get tense with me and my mates when we play skill games to determine who’s going to get the next round of beers at the pub, imagine doing it for a quarter of million dollars. I can’t wait!”

The sneak peek of the series shows an ordinary man in his office trying to throw a ball of paper in the bin, until he is surprised by Andy Lee who asks if he could do that for $250,000. The video then cuts to an elaborate set where a contestant is trying to throw a big cube into another cube (any guess what the show is called?).

The Cube Australia is an ITV Studios production for Network 10. Andy Lee will also serve as an executive producer.  Lee and ITV Australia previously worked together on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

The Cube was originally produced by Objective Media Group, an all3mediacompany, for ITV in the UK.

Look below for the first glimpse inside The Cube, with Andy Lee.


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Nine’s Music stations to countdown the Greatest 500 Songs of all time

Declaring the greatest 500 songs of all time is a big task to take on, but Nine Radio is looking to do just that. On Monday, February 1, the countdown will be broadcast on Magic 1278AM in Melbourne, 4BH 882AM in Brisbane, 2UE 954AM in Sydney, and 6GT DAB+ in Perth, as well as through digital platforms.

Breakfast host, Stevie Jacobs, is taking us through it all. With the countdown celebrations lasting a whole week, he’ll be giving music lovers plenty of time to debate what should come in at number one.

Excited to take on the countdown, Jacobs said: “What makes a great song? Is it the melody, chart position, or the record sales? Or is it the energy, lyrics, and passion? Nothing spurs a more heated discussion than the question of what are the best ever songs. We can’t wait to unveil this year’s countdown of the 500 greatest songs of all time, with our listeners ultimately determining the playlist.”

The countdown will be decided by a public vote, but it’s safe to assume we’ll be hearing a roll call of the world’s greatest artists including The BeatlesElvis PresleyNeil DiamondJohn FarnhamABBAThe Beach BoysQueenThe Rolling StonesDavid BowieFleetwood Mac, and Aretha Franklin.

Rolling Stone magazine published its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time in 2004, with Bob Dylan taking out the top spot with his timeless rock classic, Like A Rolling Stone. In 2003, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age published their own list of the 100 best songs of all time and determined that (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding was worthy of the number one position.

As for what song will find itself on top this year, listeners will have to wait until February 1st to find out.

To vote for your favourite, message the Nine Radio music station in your city via the app.

BBC Studios reveals hottest shows coming at virtual Showcase 2021

The Green Planet + new series from Stephen Merchant & Jimmy McGovern

BBC Studios has announced details for its first digital Showcase which takes place from 22-24 February 2021. Now its 45th year, the exclusive, invitation-only event has been reimagined for 2021 as the world continues to battle against Covid-19.

Showcase 2020 was impacted a little by the start of Covid with some countries unable to attend, but this year the BBC has a workaround that will work for all.

Technology will provide each visitor with a personalised experience, with the aim of bringing them closer to BBC Studios content, talent and catalogue than ever before.

The 2021 agenda includes masterclasses with three-time BAFTA winner and renowned documentary maker Louis Theroux, and writer, historian and broadcaster, David Olusoga.

Bringing authentic stories to a younger generation will be examined in a panel comprising of BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell, new creative talent Nicole Lecky will discuss her first television project Superhoe alongside the series executive producer and CEO of Bonafide Films, Margery Bone, producer Lisa Walters, and director Dawn Shadforth, and Clerkenwell Films Executive producer Petra Fried will introduce two of the latest dramas on the BBC Studios slate, Cheaters and The Birth of Daniel F Harris.

Paul Dempsey, president global distribution for BBC Studios, commented: “In a time when we are unable to connect with others through physical events, BBC Studios has pulled out all the stops to deliver a digital Showcase for customers that will bring them closer to our content than ever before. This highly personalised and curated experience will allow for a deeper exploration of our premium catalogue and the chance to hear exclusively from the world’s leading British creatives about their latest projects.”

Shows making their debut at BBC Studios Showcase include:

Time: From BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern this is a visceral and high-stakes portrayal of life in the modern British penal system. Starring Sean Bean (Broken, Game of Thrones) and Stephen Graham (Line Of Duty, The Irishman) it is a story of guilt and forgiveness, punishment and penitence and the impact that prison has on all those who pass through it. A BBC Studios production.

Superhoe: An original six-part musical drama based on Nicôle Lecky’s one-woman Royal Court show. An aspiring singer and rapper finds herself ensnared by the glamourous world of social media influencing and the opportunity to make money the easy way through cam and sex work. Superhoe is produced by Bonafide Films.

This is Going to HurtAdam Kay’s adaptation of the international best-selling memoir of the same name starring Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal, Skyfall, London Spy) about the truth of life as a junior doctor. This is Going to Hurt is produced by global content company Sister (Girl/Haji, Chernobyl, Gangs of London) in association with Terrible Productions for BBC One and AMC.

The Offenders: Created by multi-award-winning writer and director Stephen Merchant and Elgin James (co-creator of US series Mayans M.C.), The Offenders follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol. Academy Award winning actor Christopher Walken (Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter) stars in his first lead British television role, alongside writer and director Stephen Merchant, with Rhianne Barreto (Honour), Gamba Cole (Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle), Darren Boyd (Killing Eve), Clare Perkins (EastEnders) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark). A Big Talk and Four Eyes production for BBC in the UK and Amazon Prime Video in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet: A major five-part television series from Silverback Films in conjunction with Prince William’s global environmental prize. With contributions from the world’s most eminent scientists, foremost wildlife experts and environmentalists, the series will focus on five ‘Earthshots’ – simple but ambitious goals to fix our climate, restore nature, build a waste free world, clean our air, and revive our oceans.

The Green Planet: The first immersive portrayal of an unseen, inter-connected world, full of remarkable new behaviour, emotional stories and surprising heroes, this new natural history landmark from BBC Studios Natural History Unit has been described as Planet Earth from the perspective of plants. A BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced by ZDF, bilibili and The Open University for BBC One and PBS.


Top Gear Series 30: In their fourth series at the wheel of Top GearFreddie FlintoffChris Harris and Paddy McGuinness, hit the road again in a series of challenges designed to push them and their cars to the limit. Series highlights see the trio tackling the thorny issue of ‘mid-life crisis’ cars, heading to the Scottish Highlands on a punishing off-road adventure, celebrating and driving some of the most iconic cars from the James Bond films, and a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they drive their Dads old cars. Plus reviews of the new ToyotaYarisGR, the Ferrari Roma and more. Top Gear is back and it’s utter carnage! A BBC Studios production.

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TV Demand: Cobra Kai takes the top spot from The Mandalorian

By Tess Connery

After dominating the charts, The Mandalorian is no longer number one, losing its spot to Cobra Kai

Boosted by the release of its second season The Mandalorian spent 10 weeks at the top, but lost its position last week. The series has been a stand out since it was first released in November 2019. With a third season currently in pre-production though, The Mandalorian will almost certainly be back on top before too long.

Cobra Kai is a show that’s been steadily rising, helped along by the release of its third season on January 1. The sequel series to the much-loved The Karate Kid is currently enjoying its second week at number one. 

The Flight Attendant flew onto the charts on the week of December 27th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021. Based on the book by Chris Bohjalian, it follows a flight attendant who wakes up in a Bangkok hotel with a hangover and the dead body of a man who was on her last flight. The show is available on Foxtel and Binge, and is one of the major success stories we’ve seen from Binge since it launched in May last year.

Despite reviews (including one from Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios) calling the series weird, WandaVision is enjoying a surge up the charts, moving from 7th to 4th this week. It’s the first Marvel show on Disney+, but certainly not the last. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be released on March 19, Loki will be released in May, and Ms. Marvel is scheduled for release in late 2021. 

Bridgerton joined the Australian charts this week after debuting on the New Zealand charts last week. Set in Regency-era London and following a group of royalty and aristocrats, the show has kicked off a lot of discussion about race in media by casting Regé-Jean Page, a black Zimbabwean and English actor, as the show’s main love interest. 


Australia v India
TV ratings: Summer survey, Tuesday Week 4 2021

By James Manning

  • Fourth Test stunning result: Australia loses, Seven wins
  • Nine’s night of royalty, 10 Peach lifts with iconic US sitcoms

Australians turned to Seven late on Tuesday afternoon as India turned an unlikely Fourth Test win into a victory. Seven got a second successive fifth day fight to the death Test climax as India plugged away and eventually scored the 328 runs needed to win the match and the series.

Seven’s audience for the final session was 735,000 (1.12m national) with the game delaying the Seven News in some east coast markets by about half an hour.

The cricket crowd early combined with Seven News and the Big Bash League to give Seven a win as the #1 primary channel and the #1 network. Sadly it’s the final Test of the domestic summer, but the schedule still offers many Big Bash League clashes.

10’s I’m A Celebrity was again #1 entertainment and #1 under 50 in key demos. The metro audience was just over 700,000 and the national audience pushed close to 1m.

Nine offered viewers a night of royalty with Fergie and Andrew, Meghan and Harry and Hamish and Andy.

10 Peach had a big night, ranking #1 multichannel. Driving its numbers were the iconic US sitcoms Friends, The Big Bang Theory and Seinfeld.

Subscription TV

Fox Cricket had another big day with a final session audience of 368,000 tuning in for the climax that saw India record an already famous Fourth Test win, with 289,000 watching the regular last session time of 4-6pm. The first two final day sessions had Fox Cricket audiences of 171,000 and 199,000.

Week 4: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 8.3% 7 18.8% 9 15.9% 10  14.8% SBS One 6.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC TV PLUS 2.8% 7TWO 3.4% GO! 3.3% 10 Bold 3.8% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 3.8% GEM 2.7% 10 Peach 3.9% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 2.3% 7flix 1.0% 9Life 2.8% 10 Shake 0.6% NITV 0.3%
        9Rush 1.3%     SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 13.9%   26.9%   26.0%   23.1%   10.1%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 7.2% 7 22.1% 9 13.4% WIN 11.8% SBS One 5.8%
ABC KIDS/ ABC TV PLUS 2.0% 7TWO 5.0% GO! 4.2% WIN Bold 5.1% VICELAND 1.3%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 4.9% GEM 4.4% WIN Peach 3.7% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 2.0% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.1% 9Life 3.8% Sky News  on WIN 0.6% NITV 0.3%
                SBS Movies 0.7%
TOTAL 11.6%   33.1%   25.9%   21.2%   8.9%


85.0% 15.0%
Tuesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,066,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 989,000
  3. Nine News Nine 962,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 882,000
  5. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 706,000
  6. Seven’s Cricket: Fourth Test – Australia V India D5 S3 Seven 661,000
  7. ABC News ABC TV 641,000
  8. A Current Affair Nine 623,000
  9. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Per V Bri Pre Game Seven 526,000
  10. 7.30 Summer ABC TV 473,000
  11. Seven’s Cricket: Fourth Test – Australia V India D5 Tea Seven 469,000
  12. Seven’s Cricket: Fourth Test – Australia V India D5 S2 Seven 461,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 435,000
  14. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Per V Bri S1 Seven 423,000
  15. Hot Seat Nine 421,000
  16. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Per V Bri Inn Brk Seven 402,000
  17. Seven’s Cricket: Fourth Test – Australia V India D5 S1 Seven 395,000
  18. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Per V Bri S2 Seven 380,000
  19. Seven’s Cricket: Fourth Test – Australia V India D5 Lunch Seven 356,000
  20. Fergie And Andrew: The Duke And Duchess Of Disaster Nine 279,000
Demo Top Five

16-39 Top Five

  1. Seven News Seven 174,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 155,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 149,000
  4. Seven’s Cricket: Fourth Test – Australia V India D5 S3 Seven 116,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 108,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 286,000
  2. Seven News Seven 283,000
  3. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 257,000
  4. Nine News Nine 207,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 187,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 355,000
  2. Seven News Seven 321,000
  3. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 298,000
  4. Nine News Nine 254,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 235,000
Tuesday Multichannel
  1. Bluey ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 240,000
  2. Peppa Pig ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 184,000
  3. NCIS Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 164,000
  4. The Big Bang Theory Ep 3 10 Peach 140,000
  5. Bananas In Pyjamas ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 140,000
  6. Noddy Toyland Detective ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 140,000
  7. Love Monster ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 139,000
  8. Rusty Rivets ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 134,000
  9. Go Jetters ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 132,000
  10. Brave Bunnies ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 129,000
  11. Bluey ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 125,000
  12. Dante’s Peak 9GO! 123,000
  13. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 122,000
  14. Peppa Pig ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 120,000
  15. Play School ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 118,000
  16. The Big Bang Theory Ep 2 10 Peach 114,000
  17. Neighbours 10 Peach 106,000
  18. School Of Roars ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 103,000
  19. Peter Rabbit ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 101,000
  20. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 10 Bold 101,000
Tuesday STV
  1. Live: Cricket 360 FOX CRICKET 368,000
  2. Live: Aus V Ind 4th Test Day 5 FOX CRICKET 289,000
  3. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 236,000
  4. Live: BBL: Scorchers V Heat FOX CRICKET 203,000
  5. Live: Aus V Ind 4th Test Day 5 FOX CRICKET 199,000
  6. Live: Aus V Ind Test Tea Break FOX CRICKET 195,000
  7. Live: B4 The Bash! FOX CRICKET 193,000
  8. Live: BBL: Scorchers V Heat FOX CRICKET 173,000
  9. Live: Aus V Ind 4th Test Day 5 FOX CRICKET 171,000
  10. Live: The Big Break FOX CRICKET 159,000
  11. Live: BBL Post Game FOX CRICKET 63,000
  12. Live: Aus V Ind Pre Game FOX CRICKET 53,000
  13. Below Deck FOX Arena 44,000
  14. Chris Smith Tonight Sky News Live 39,000
  15. Inside The News Sky News Live 32,000
  16. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 31,000
  17. NCIS FOX Crime 31,000
  18. First Edition Sky News Live 29,000
  19. First Edition Sky News Live 26,000
  20. Border Security: America’s Front Line FOX8 26,000

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Facebook rejects idea it should solve media challenges

Facebook has urged the Australian government to examine the concentration of media ownership, rejecting the notion it is the social giant’s responsibility to solve challenges faced by the Australian media industry, reports The AFR’s Miranda Ward.

In a submission to a federal Senate inquiry into media diversity, Facebook claimed the commercial value of news content in Australia is “virtually zero”.

“This has been demonstrated by one notable and very public example: the change we made to our News Feed ranking algorithm in January 2018 to prioritise content from friends and family, in response to feedback from our users. This change had the effect of reducing audience exposure to public content from all Pages, including news,” Facebook said.

The social behemoth argued the relationship between digital platforms and news publishers has “been exhaustively examined in at least five major policy inquiry processes over the last four years”.

“We therefore respectfully suggest that re-examining well-trodden ground would distract the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications from focussing on an as-yet unexamined issue: concentration within the Australian media sector,” it said.

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Google VP Vint Cerf slams Australia’s media code

Google vice president Vint Cerf, one of the architects of the internet, says Australia’s proposed laws to force tech giants to pay for news fundamentally threaten the existence of a free and open internet, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Lisa Visentin.

Cerf, who is widely regarded as one of “fathers of the internet”, labelled the Morrison government’s proposed news media bargaining code as “deeply flawed” in a written submission to a Senate economics committee set to scrutinise the bill.

“In its current state [the bill] represents a fundamental challenge to the free and open Internet, to the functioning of the country’s digital economy, and to Australia’s economic future,” Cerf, who also holds the position title of Google’s chief Internet evangelist, said in the submission.

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Australia’s proposed media code could break the web, says its inventor

The inventor of the world wide web says proposed Australian media laws requiring tech giants Google and Facebook to pay for displaying news content risks setting a precedent that “could make the web unworkable around the world”, reports Guardian Australia’s Calla Wahlquist.

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web in 1989, said the draft legislation “risks breaching a fundamental principle of the web by requiring payment for linking between certain content online”.

In a submission to an Australian Senate inquiry on the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code bill, Berners-Lee said the ability of web users to link to other sites was “fundamental to the web”.

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News Brands

Guardian announces new chief advertising officer and CEO international

Guardian Media Group has announced the appointment of Claire Blunt (pictured) as its new chief advertising officer and CEO of international, with commercial responsibility for the Guardian’s global advertising business, for Guardian US and Guardian Australia, and for Guardian Jobs.

She is currently chief financial, operations and data officer for Hearst’s European business, having joined Hearst UK as CFO in 2015, then taking on additional responsibilities for operations as CFOO in 2017 and data in 2020.

Guardian Media Group chief executive Annette Thomas said:

“Claire is a proven leader of diverse businesses, and brings with her a wealth of experience from global media and retail businesses of significant scale and complexity. Her breadth of functional expertise and operational excellence has led her to make commercial decisions that deliver profitable revenue growth and lasting strategic impact.

“Claire will play a vital role in leading our global advertising and jobs businesses to embed and execute their new strategies, and in supporting our US and Australian businesses to continue on their rapid growth trajectories.”

Claire Blunt said:

“I am thrilled to be joining the Guardian, undoubtedly one of the world’s most respected media brands. At a time when trust in news media has never been more important, Guardian journalism plays a crucial role in the world.

“It is a privilege to join a business with such great talent, values and a loyal audience and most especially to be able to lead the advertising and international businesses which will make vital contributions to the next phase of GMG’s growth.”

Claire Blunt will join GMG on 1st March.


Why Kate Langbroek said no to opportunity to reunite with Hughesy

Kate Langbroek has revealed she had an opportunity to reunite with her long-time radio co-host Dave Hughes, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

But Langbroek, who has recently returned to Melbourne after two years living in Italy, didn’t want to relocate her family to Sydney.

She is joining KIIS FM’s 3pm Pick Up while Hughes has started on 2DAY FM breakfast alongside Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan.

“Oh yeah we had conversations about that but I couldn’t say to the kids, yeah we’re coming back to Australia, guess what we’re moving to Sydney,’’ Langbroek said.

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ViacomCBS reveals Paramount+ March 4 launch, but Australia mid-year

ViacomCBS has today that its rebadged streaming service, Paramount+, will launch in the U.S. on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

ViacomCBS will also bring Paramount+ to international markets with initial debuts in Latin America on March 4, 2021; the Nordics on March 25, 2021; and Australia in mid-2021.

The CBS All Access service in Canada will be rebranded to Paramount+ on March 4, 2021, and an expanded offering will be available later in the year.

A presentation in late February will deliver a comprehensive overview of the company’s streaming strategy, including Paramount+ and Pluto TV.

“ViacomCBS has a unique opportunity to combine the best of our brands in a seamless ecosystem of must-watch, direct-to-consumer services for audiences around the world,” Bob Bakish, President and CEO, ViacomCBS, said late last year.

“As we plan for the launch of Paramount+, bringing together the leaders of our streaming platforms to create a unified global organization will enable us to execute a holistic strategy across both free and pay. We will draw on the breadth and depth of ViacomCBS’s franchises and branded IP to deliver an extraordinary collection of diverse content with the convenience consumers want.”

In Australia, Paramount+ will replace the existing 10 All Access platform.

NBC’s Young Rock films at Brisbane’s heritage Queensland Art Gallery

A heritage Brisbane building looks set to double for an American university campus in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Young Rock, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.

Filming for the NBC series about the formative years of the world’s highest-paid actor was under way yesterday outside the Queensland Art Gallery, which has been a jewel in South Bank’s crown since 1982.

A large group of extras in retro clothes passed as students at the University of Miami, which Johnson attended in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The series has been filming at Screen Queensland Studios and on location around southeast Queensland since October, and will air on NBC’s platforms across the US from February 15.

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Eddie McGuire suspected Millionaire contestant was cheating

Eddie McGuire has revealed he once suspected a contestant was cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – and had security search the man for a wire, reports’s Andrew Bucklow.

McGuire detailed the 2005 incident during an interview with Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM.

“I thought … absolutely something was wrong,” the game show host said.

The contestant in question was Martin Flood who became the second person to win the million dollars on the Australian version of show.

“He just had this peculiar way of answering a question,” McGuire said. “He was going all over the place.”

McGuire and the producers were suspicious of Flood after his win, with McGuire saying on KIIS: “We actually checked him to see if he had a wire on because we thought maybe he had somebody outside and he had a phone attached to his calf. It was just so odd what was going on.”

Flood was cleared of any wrongdoing and received the prizemoney. He later returned to the program as a carry-over champion and was “completely different”, McGuire said.

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Eddie McGuire on Millionaire’s return to primetime as format revived

Twenty-one years since he first hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Host Eddie McGuire is now ready to lock into three primetime specials which revive the classic game show format, reports TV Tonight.

“This show is one of the most successful worldwide hits. [Hosts] Paul Smith, Chris Tarrant, Regis Philbin, now Jeremy ClarksonSlumdog Millionaire won the Academy Award. Quiz the (miniseries) has been great. So that whole zeitgeist has actually turned itself into a major worldwide franchise.”

McGuire is still drawn to a format which he believes can change lives for its luckiest winners.

“I really enjoy the show. For someone who has worked all his life, $100,000 is going to make a huge difference for him. We did record on Monday, and we had a guy win $250,000. One guy nearly aced the whole thing.”

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Sports Media

Test cricket, packed with twists and turns, makes for compelling TV viewing

“The result is now academic.” Tim Lane, the estimable host of Channel Seven’s cricket coverage, was declaring the third Test between Australia and India all but over, reports Tom Ryan for Nine Publishing.

As play began at the Sydney Cricket Ground on a worn fifth-day pitch, India, with eight second-innings wickets in hand, needed an improbable 405 runs to win. A session later, with the tourists’ bold batsmen now in hot pursuit of a win, Lane did something to which commentators are customarily averse: he confessed his error. “We couldn’t have been more wrong,” he conceded.

Meanwhile, over at Foxtel, for former Australian wicket-keeper-batsman Adam “Gilly” Gilchrist, the spectacle outshone the last-ball victory in the Big Bash League (BBL) game the night before between the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat. “You can’t compare that to the journey of a Test match (like this one),” he insisted, daring anyone to disagree. And no-one did. Former Australian leg spinner Shane “Warnie” Warne spoke for them all: “We’ve been on the edge of our seats for five days. It’s been fantastic.”

The commentary teams for both the Tests and the BBL games are important and each of the networks is graced by some impressive talent. Seven’s Lane is a terrific anchorman: learned, measured, always armed with the right question. Mark Howard on Foxtel isn’t far behind, well-informed, genial, a quip never far away.

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