Tuesday July 13, 2021

Mike Sneesby on how Stan Sport sits inside Nine’s total TV strategy

By James Manning

New audience data points to growing Stan Sport audience.

July has been a massive month for sport on Nine’s different platforms. So far there have been big audiences for Wimbledon and the rugby international series Australia v France. There is more rugby this week and of course State of Origin rugby league too.

Sport is a key driver for Nine’s broadcast strategy and keeps new chief executive Mike Sneesby busy.

The pace hasn’t slowed for Sneesby since he settled into the CEO chair earlier in 2021, replacing Hugh Marks. After the IT meltdown on his first weekend in the role, he has been on a tour to better understand each part of the company and their teams. That exercise hasn’t been helped by lockdown in different states with head office now a mix of those who need to be in the office and others working remotely. Sneesby told us he is doing a bit of both.

The past week has included a significant executive reshuffle of the publishing division, the first major personnel change since Sneesby’s promotion.

The lockdowns in Melbourne and now a longer one in Sydney haven’t hurt the company’s audience figures. Particularly the recent sporting highlights on FTA and something Sneesby understands very well, Stan Sport. This past fortnight alone viewers to Nine and Stan Sport have been consuming State of Origin, rugby union tests and Wimbledon.

“Those recent events are a really important demonstration of Nine’s strategy in total television,” Sneesby told Mediaweek. “In particular what we are doing with sports television. Tennis and rugby in particular are two sports that fit into the total TV strategy where we acquired all rights with a distribution model that sits across subscription streaming with Stan as well as free and ad-funded on Nine and 9Now.

Being able to acquire rights for both platforms makes it a viable proposition for those platforms. This past week in particular, with both sports running, you have seen the numbers of Stan Sport accelerating.

Stan Sport audience update

The last time Stan Sport revealed subscriber numbers was in May this year and the number was 150,000. Sneesby was reluctant to reveal the exact number, apart from saying it was bigger. He did note again that the total Stan audience is 2.3m+ active accounts with 6m+ of the 8.5m Australian households having a Stan account.

Sneesby did say: “The number I am happy to give away is that the Stan Sport audience number on Wednesday night for the rugby union Australia v France was over 200,000 on top of the Nine and 9Now audience.”

The rugby union audience on 9Gem in metro markets that night was 323,000.

“That Stan audience is attracted by it being ad-free. The strategy is clearly working for both platforms and is complimentary. There is no other television business in Australia that has the breadth of assets that Nine has across Nine and Stan when it comes to the ability to distribute sport.”

Sneesby noted Nine is also setting the pace when it comes to global TV strategy. “There is no other live streaming business who is doing something similar. This strategy is unique to Nine. Free TV is giving the sport reach, with Stan being there for the subscriber who wants to see every single game, ad-free in high definition, live and on demand.”

Sneesby said Stan is not urgently seeking more sport to give it year-round activity. “When we negotiate sports rights, every sport has to make sense and be profitable in its own right. We look at each sport and what it would bring to us in terms of subscriber numbers. We don’t have a strategy that says we have to have a certain number of sports to be successful.”

Regarding the Stan Sport pricing model, where customers join Stan and then add the sport package, Sneesby said it has received a fantastic response from consumers. “The best way to measure that is that consumers are signing up because they like the model. Two thirds of Australian households have a Stan account. Stan is already immensely popular and with $10 to add sport it is a very small price for consumers. The subscription numbers indicate it is the right price for them to be paying.”

Here comes UEFA

That $10 for Stan Sport also includes the first content from the UEFA deal next month. After Optus Sport farewelled the rights with the Italy v England match on the weekend, UEFA arrives at Stan Sport next month.

Sneesby: “The past weekend has shown us what UEFA offers. Every season will bring a different wave of emotions and that is what you will see on Stan Sport.”

Stan Sport’s exclusive UEFA coverage will begin with the 2021-22 UEFA Super Cup match between 2020-21 UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea and Villarreal, winners of the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League – kicking off on Thursday, 12 August (AEST).

With Stan Sport and Nine now competing with Seven, 10 and Foxtel/Fox Sports for content, sports have never had it so good. Have rights costs gone up? “We have a good understanding of what is the right amount to pay. Even in the short time since we started Stan Sport, we have walked away from a number of different sports rights opportunities because the numbers did not stack up for us. The platform is presently working for us. If we acquire additional sport they need to fit our commercial model.”

How Saint Mob Media has built its client list in less than a year

By Trent Thomas

“Once you develop a trust with the clients then they tend to back you.”

The IMAA, the national, not for profit industry association for independent media agencies launched last year.

Since then it has continued to grow its membership base and make a series of big announcements, including its trade credit deal and a number of new media partners.

Mediaweek has been profiling members of the IMAA – previous features can be found here. This week we spoke to the director of Saint Mob Media Mark O’Brien.

O’Brien was originally from Melbourne and started his career as a company accountant, but moved into media after only 6 weeks.

He eventually transferred to Sydney in the 90’s and worked across WPP and OMG agencies. Before spending 11 years at Frontier. O’Brien then started Sain Mob Media in September 2020.

He started off with an impressive list of foundation clients that included ClubsNSW, NSW Minerals Council, Jumbuck KFC franchisees NSW and Billy Lou Kids Shoes

“Coming from dealing with group agencies where it was more about negotiations and a lot less client contact and a lot more media contact, and then moving into an independent media where there was more client contact as opposed to media contact, being close to clients allowed me to start the business up,” O’Brien told Mediaweek.

“Once you develop a trust with the clients then they tend to back you, and I had a few that wanted to come with me when I started up myself, and I brought them into Frontier 10 or 11 years ago so it gave me a little stable to start off with.”

Since the launch less than a year ago Saint Mob Media has also added clients such as East33 Oysters, T Magazine, KFC franchisee group Victoria, Makita, and Brighte. O’Brien believes the reason for his success is having contact with a network of individuals.

“Over the last five or ten years, I have met a lot of individual operators who I have worked with either for clients or other agencies. I think having contact with that network has helped because it is not a case of me pounding the footpath and knocking doors down, I think it is more of a case of me being given a heads up by the network to say ‘this could be good for you, I have put you forward’ type of thing.”

Since Saint Mob Media was set up in September, the agency has bought its media direct through Horgs at OMD, which O’Brien said has been a valuable set-up.

“OMD was great because they just have great systems and I know the people that work in the systems there quite well and have been dealing with them for 20 or 30 years. Everything works and there is a lot of good communication there, so it’s good to have that sort of backing and processes in place when things go wrong.”

Despite O’Brien’s main background as a national investment director for large companies like WPP, when asked about what his agency specialises in he said it is a hands-on approach.

“Just being a touchpoint for the clients and understanding what’s going on.”

O’Brien also mentioned a quote that he received from Alan Scash, 13 years ago.

“Stay close to the client first, they are the ones that matter, the media will always be there”

Being a member of the IMAA

O’Brien described himself as fortunate to have seen the founding seeds of the IMAA in February of 2020 when he was with Frontier.

“When I moved into my own shop, IMAA was just a great way of being networked. What they have got on the plans are great and we really need help with them especially with training and reputation.

“And it gives us the ability to feed off each other which is terrific, it is refreshing to have honest conversations with everyone.”

Podcast Ranker
Podcast Ranker June 2021: Those Two Girls highest Australian debut

True Crime (Audioboom) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast.

There was no new arrival the top 10 on the Top 100 Podcast Ranker chart although the most popular podcasts from LiSTNR, ARN and Nova all moved up one pace in the top 10 – Hamish and Andy, Life Uncut and The Update.

The Podcast Ranker charts provide data the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top 10 Publishers in Australia from 1 June through 30 June, 2021, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service.

A number of new entities appear in the Top 100 Podcast Ranker this reporting period including 99% Invisible (Stitcher Media), Breakfast with Vossy (Sports Entertainment Network SEN), and The New South Wales Briefing as well as Roo and Ditts for Breakfast (SCA). Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country this reporting period.

As for the All-Australian Top 100 Ranker, new entities this reporting period include Halfternoons with Those Two Girls, Your Morning Agenda with Natarsha Belling, and Forty (SCA – LiSTNR). Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) also remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded Australian podcast in the country.

The biggest mover in the Top 100 overall was ARN’s Revisionist History which lifted 28 places to #65.

The biggest movers in the Top 100 Australian podcasts were SCA’s Roo and Ditts for Breakfast and Podshape’s Your Morning Mantra with both climbing the chart 23 places.

Total downloads of all shows by all participating publishers in the month of June is 50m, with the last four months all over 48m.

Participating publishers in the Australian Ranker include ARN/iHeartMedia, Audioboom, Babyology, Equity Mates, Kinderling Kids Radio, News Corp Australia, Nine, Nova, Podshape, Schwartz Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Sports Entertainment Network, Stitcher Media, TOFOP Productions, Wavelength Creative, West Australian Newspapers, and Wondery.

SCA has the biggest number of active podcasts with 403. ARN had the most monthly downloads with 12,188,466.

See also: Podcast Ranker May 2021: Acast’s Equity Mates highest new entry

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Taboola announces three-year partnership with Weatherzone

Weatherzone will integrate Taboola Video.

Taboola has announced a new three-year strategic partnership with Weatherzone, a DTN company. The partnership includes Taboola’s content discovery feature Taboola Feed, plus Taboola Video and Taboola News.

Weatherzone is Australia’s largest private weather service, reaching one in five Australians each month with weather forecasts, news and insights. In addition to its consumer services, Weatherzone provides operational intelligence to business, corporate and government clients across 15 industries including energy, travel, insurance, agriculture, retail, and mining. 

Taboola’s content recommendation tool will be rolled out across the Weatherzone website (www.weatherzone.com.au) and its mobile apps, integrating the Taboola Feed, enabling users to access content recommendations, and Taboola News for new audience engagement opportunities. 

Weatherzone will also integrate Taboola Video, allowing audiences to watch high-visibility videos, boosting engagement and user experience.

Weatherzone managing director, Martin Palmer, said: “We are always exploring ways to enhance our user experience with contextualised content. Taboola’s ability to enhance content discovery and audience engagement across our web and app platforms was a key driver in our decision to partner with them.”

Adam Singolda, CEO and founder at Taboola, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Weatherzone, a premium publisher and key weather destination in the Australian market. We look forward to supporting their local and national news by giving their readers more of what’s relevant, interesting, and new.”

The Weatherzone partnership follows Taboola’s recent announcements of partnerships with Are Media, Repco Supercars Championship and Val Morgan Digital.

Speaking about the partnership, Are Media head of product, Asa Rossier, said: “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance our user experience by connecting our audience with the right content, at the right time. Partnering with Taboola gives us access to their powerful recommendation engine that provides us with even more valuable data and insights on the content interests and behaviours of our users. Taboola’s ability to enhance content discovery and audience engagement across our network of sites was a key driver in our decision to work with them.”

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Ogilvy Australia announces expansion of Sydney strategy team

The promotions follow an exciting year of transformation and strong growth in new business.

Ogilvy Australia has announced the expansion of its Sydney strategy team, with the promotion of Ryan O’Connell to chief strategy officer and Rachel Pool to head of planning.

The promotions follow an exciting year of transformation and strong growth in new business for Ogilvy Sydney.

Alongside these promotions, Toby Harrison now expands his current role as chief strategy officer to lead Growth & Innovation across the newly formed ANZ Ogilvy Network.

Within this Network, the Ogilvy Agency, Ogilvy NZ, Ogilvy Health and PR (opr) business units are integrated into one powerful offering for clients.

Commenting on the appointments, Michelle Holland, managing director Ogilvy Sydney & Brisbane, says: “Ryan has been an outstanding leader, successfully driving Ogilvy’s effectiveness agenda to bring success to our key clients. He has been a fundamental contributor to our recognition as APAC Effies Agency of the Year in 2020, alongside our recent WARC award wins.”

“Ryan will be supported by Rachel, who has brought an amazing strength to our brand strategy and customer experience capabilities since joining last year. She’s already proven invaluable to the team, and her strategic leadership will be instrumental in future-proofing our client’s businesses. Together they will take our Sydney-based strategic offering to the next level.”

These appointments are the latest in a series of recent new hires that build out the ANZ Ogilvy Network strategic offering, including Nicolas Mendel’s appointment as head of digital performance and Mark Albert as chief data officer.

Speaking on his appointment earlier in the year, Mark Albert, chief data and analytics officer, said: “I am very excited to be re-joining the Ogilvy Network, and feel privileged to collaborate with such an amazing team. There is a huge opportunity for us to continue accelerating the smart application of data and analytics, and I look forward to combining my extensive data analytics experience with Ogilvy Australia’s talented creative minds to deliver exceptional work.”

black widow
Box Office: Black Widow fights her way to #1 in a huge opening weekend

By Tess Connery

This week, the Australian box office made a total of $10.2 million.

This week, the Australian box office made a total of $10.2 million. This was up a massive 43% on last week, with the new set of lockdown restrictions taking their toll on cinema over the last few weeks.

Debuting to the top spot this week is the latest Marvel film, Black Widow. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline,  the film is set just after the events of Captain America: Civil War, which was the last Marvel movie that Black Widow appeared in before Infinity War and Endgame.

Black Widow tells the story of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, as she confronts her history as a spy, and the relationships she damaged long before she became an Avenger.

Dropping out of the top five this week is Disney’s dalmatian-filled live action film, Cruella.

#1, Black Widow, $6.14 million

Black Widow has continued the Marvel tradition of huge opening weekends. The film cracked the $6 million mark, and averaged a whopping $10,400 across 590 screens.

#2, Fast & Furious 9, $1.04 million

Now in it’s fourth week of release, Fast & Furious 9 isn’t taking its foot off the break. By bringing in another million this week, the film has almost hit the $20 million mark, having made a total of $19.85 million. It averaged $3,942 across 264 screens this week.

#3, Spirit Untamed, $600,286

There is a significant drop between second and this place this week, but Spirit Untamed continues to perform well in its fifth week of release. An average of $2,318 across 259 screens brought the animated film to a total of $5.23 million.

#4, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, $428,784

Starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, and Samuel L. JacksonThe Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard has dropped two places this week. It averaged $1,864 across 230 screens, bringing it to a total of $6.67 million to date.

#5, In the Heights, $340,030

Rounding out the top five this week is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights. Holding steady in its third week of release, the film has made a total of $3.37 million. It averaged $1,771 across 192 screens.

TV Ratings Survey: Monday Week 29

By Trent Thomas

• 10 has big night thanks to MasterChef and HYBPA?
• Pete leads on night one of the MasterChef Grand Finale
• Farmer Rob sends ALL THREE women home
• Beauty and the Geek shakes things up after early chemistry

Primetime News
Nine News 1,184,000/1,142,000
Seven News 1,113,000/1,006,000
ABC News 797,000
10 News First 421,000 (5:00pm)/ 278,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 200,000 (6:30pm) 146,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 783,000
7.30 715,000
The Project 356,000 (6:30pm)/527,000 (7pm)
The Drum 212,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 273,000
Today 244,000
News Breakfast 214,000

Late News
ABC Late News 132,000
The Latest 121,000
Nine News Late Edition 102,000
SBS World News Late 63,000


Beauty and The Geek had 622,000 as the Geeks had to go undercover as professional photographers at a real-life photoshoot, with the chance to win a date for themselves and their Beauty. Alexander won taking himself and Eliza to a jazz bar.

Four of the couples were re-paired following chemistry from Jess and James, and host Sophie Monk, feeling Alexander was in to much of a comfort zone with Eliza.

Emergency then followed with 299,000.

Later in the evening, Footy Classified had 121,000 while 100% Footy had 63,000.


Seven had the top primary (18.7%) and network (27.6%) share thanks to a strong start from Home and Away with 633,000 followed by Farmer Wants a Wife with 660,000 viewers

On Farmer, Rob realised that he hadn’t found love with any of his three remaining ladies. “Unfortunately you can’t manufacture love, and if there isn’t a spark there, there’s nothing to build on.”

With LucyMeg, and Katie, in the kitchen, Rob explained, “I probably think we’re great friends, but I don’t think I feel that lightning bolt connection with any of you.” Appreciating the ladies’ busy lives with careers and children, Rob suggested it was best to leave the farm. “Oh for f**sake,” said Meg letting rip to camera after Rob announced his news. “This is my chance at finding love.” 

Another shock happened when the Farmers were introduced to a new lady chosen for them by their mothers. 

The Farmers met their mothers’ chosen ladies for a date at the pub. Andrew and Will decided they had stronger connections with the ladies already on the farm and chose not to invite them back. 

Sam and Matt invited their mothers chosen ladies back to the farm to meet the other ladies.   

Still not having been chosen for a one-on-one date and sensing Andrew has stronger connections with the other ladies, 26-year-old receptionist Caity decided to leave the farm.  


The Project had 336,000 (6:30 pm) and 527,000 (7:00pm) as the show covered the ongoing Sydney outbreak of Covid-19 and Peter Helliar talked to Lebron James.

Part one of the MasterChef Grand Finale was the top non-news program of the night with 799,000 viewers and was #1 in the 16-39 demo.

Pete heads into the third and final round tonight leading with 53 points after serving up a 10/10 in round one with his King George whiting.

Have You Been Paying Attention? followed with 674,000 as 10 had the top two non-news programs of the night. The episode featured Mick Molloy, Kitty Flanagan and Alex Ward alongside regulars Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee.


Courtney Act’s One Plus One had 380,000 viewers as Act was joined by Aweng Chuol who talked about her early life in Africa, coming out, and representing Australia.

Four Corners and Media Watch followed with 450,000 and 451,000 respectively.


The top non-news program on SBS was Secret Scotland with 163,000.

Week 29: Monday
ABC12.2%718.7%917.8%10 16.9%SBS One4.2%
ABC KIDS/ ABC TV PLUS1.6%7TWO3.1%GO!2.3%10 Bold4.1%VICELAND1.5%
ABC ME0.6%7mate4.6%GEM2.4%10 Peach2.6%Food Net0.6%
ABC NEWS1.9%7flix1.2%9Life1.6%10 Shake0.7%NITV0.1%
    9Rush0.9%  SBS World Movies0.5%
TOTAL16.3% 27.6% 24.9% 24.3% 6.9%
ABCSeven AffiliatesNine Affiliates10 AffiliatesSBS
ABC KIDS/ ABC TV PLUS2.5%7TWO5.6%GO!3.1%10Bold5.1%VICELAND1.8%
ABC ME0.7%7mate4.4%GEM3.3%10Peach2.8%Food Net0.6%
ABC NEWS1.7%7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)1.4%9Life0.6%10Shake (exc N/NSW)0.6%SBS World Movies0.3%
TOTAL16.4% 35.4% 20.2% 20.3% 8.0%
Monday FTA
  1. Nine News Nine 1,184,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,114,000
  3. Seven News Seven 1,113,000
  4. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 1,066,000
  5. MasterChef Australia – Grand Finale Part 1 10 799,000
  6. ABC News ABC TV 797,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 783,000
  8. 7.30 ABC TV 715,000
  9. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 674,000
  10. Farmer Wants A Wife Seven 660,000
  11. Home And Away Seven 633,000
  12. Beauty And The Geek Nine 622,000
  13. The Chase Australia Seven 598,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 571,000
  15. The Project 7pm 10 527,000
  16. Media Watch ABC TV 451,000
  17. Four Corners ABC TV 450,000
  18. 10 News First 10 421,000
  19. Courtney Act’s One Plus One ABC TV 380,000
  20. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 360,000
Demo Top Five

16-39 Top Five

  1. MasterChef Australia – Grand Finale Part 1 10 206,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 187,000
  3. Nine News Nine 175,000
  4. Beauty And The Geek Nine 172,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 169,000

18-49 Top Five

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 330,000
  2. Nine News Nine 329,000
  3. MasterChef Australia – Grand Finale Part 1 10 316,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 309,000
  5. Beauty And The Geek Nine 301,000

25-54 Top Five

  1. Nine News Nine 401,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 377,000
  3. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 377,000
  4. MasterChef Australia – Grand Finale Part 1 10 360,000
  5. Beauty And The Geek Nine 334,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. ABC News Mornings ABC NEWS 183,000
  2. NCIS Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 159,000
  3. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 156,000
  4. ABC News At Noon ABC NEWS 155,000
  5. NCIS Ep 3 (R) 10 Bold 153,000
  6. Doc Martin 7TWO 146,000
  7. Seven’s AFL: Monday Night Football 7mate 131,000
  8. Neighbours 10 Peach 130,000
  9. Bluey ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 130,000
  10. Olobob Top ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 117,000
  11. Play School ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 114,000
  12. Bananas In Pyjamas ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 112,000
  13. Nella The Princess Knight ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 110,000
  14. Brave Bunnies ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 109,000
  15. ABC News Day ABC NEWS 107,000
  16. Peppa Pig ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 101,000
  17. Bluey ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 99,000
  18. The Wonder Gang ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 96,000
  19. Fireman Sam ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 96,000
  20. Bargain Hunt 7TWO 95,000
Monday STV 
  1. Live: AFL West Coast V North Melbourne FOX FOOTY 138,000
  2. Live: AFL: Monday Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 91,000
  3. Live: Monday Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 79,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 77,000
  5. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 63,000
  6. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 63,000
  7. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 61,000
  8. Newsday Sky News Live 54,000
  9. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 53,000
  10. Alan Jones Sky News Live 52,000
  11. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 49,000
  12. PML Later Sky News Live 41,000
  13. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 39,000
  14. Santiago Of The Seas Nick Jr. 37,000
  15. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 34,000
  16. Midsomer Murders UKTV 34,000
  17. Newsday Sky News Live 33,000
  18. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 32,000
  19. AM Agenda Sky News Live 32,000
  20. AM Agenda Sky News Live 31,000

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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2021. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

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Business of Media

‘Black Widow’ stunner: Disney’s streaming revenue reveal may be game-changer

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow may have just changed the rules of Hollywood’s all-consuming streaming wars race, reports The Hollywood Reporter‘s Pamela McClintock.

The Walt Disney Co. stunned rival Hollywood studios and theatre owners Sunday when it included premium video-on-demand numbers in its box office note for the female-led superhero pic starring Scarlett Johansson. It’s the first time any movie studio has revealed such data for an opening weekend, and only the second time for any PVOD title after Trolls: World Tour (several weeks after Trolls 2 opened in spring 2020, NBCUniversal chief Jeff Shell said the animated film had earned more than $100 million.)

Otherwise, viewership numbers have been kept in the vault, whether for PVOD titles or studio films opening simultaneously on their sister companies’ streaming services at no extra fee (think HBO Max, or Disney in some instances).

According to Disney’s Sunday note, the big-budget Marvel tentpole grossed more than $60 million on Disney+ Premier Access — subscribers had to pay an extra $30 to watch Black Widow — while debuting to a pandemic-era best $80 million at the domestic box office and $78.8 million overseas for a global theatrical bow of $158.8 million. The Disney+ portion made up a hefty 27 percent of the total $218.8 million opening.

That $60 million from Disney+ would mean that about 2 million of its 103 million global subscribers paid $30 to see Black Widow.

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News Brands

Despite outbreaks among unvaccinated, Fox News hosts smear shots

Back in December, before the queen of England and the president-elect of the United States had their turns, the media mogul Rupert Murdoch received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Afterward, he urged everyone else to get it, too, reports The New York Times‘ Tiffany Hsu.

Since then, a different message has been a repeated refrain on the prime-time shows hosted by Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham on Murdoch’s Fox News Channel — a message at odds with the recommendations of health experts, even as the virus’s Delta variant and other mutations fuel outbreaks in areas where vaccination rates are below the national average.

Carlson, Ingraham and guests on their programs have said on the air that the vaccines could be dangerous; that people are justified in refusing them; and that public authorities have overstepped in their attempts to deliver them.

Carlson and Ingraham last week criticized a plan by the Biden administration to increase vaccinations by having health care workers and volunteers go door to door to try to persuade the reluctant to get shots.

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Television ratings overhauled to give better indication of audience numbers

Television ratings will soon include the release of seven-day viewing numbers that show how many viewers are tuning into catch-up TV, reports News Corp’s Sophie Elsworth.

The official television audience reporting compiled by OzTAM will include two lots of ratings: the first will include linear TV (traditional TV viewing) and Broadcast Video on Demand (BVOD) viewing over the previous seven days. They will be released at 9am each day.

The second lot of ratings, already released daily, will continue to include the overnight tables showing linear TV viewing only and they will be released at 10am.

OzTAM, owned by the free-to-air networks, compiles the ratings and the daily reports will likely see audience numbers tuning into the various station’s key prime-time shows significantly increase given the popularity of streaming and catch-up viewing.

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TVT Vault: MasterChef-interruptus angers viewers

While MasterChef‘s grand finale is split across two nights this year, a decade ago it was also split into 2 parts …on the same night with another show in the middle, reports TV Tonight.

10 brazenly launched a flashy new property show The Renovators after two courses of its MasterChef grand final, forcing viewers to return later for the third course and results. It certainly didn’t go down well.

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Jim Wilson’s ‘respect’ for Hadley after on-air spray over State of Origin game 3

Ray Hadley’s on-air spray yesterday followed a post from Jim Wilson who tweeted on Saturday : “Now I’m born and raised on the Gold Coast, but why is regional NSW/ Newcastle been penalised for Origin 3? “Really? As Pauline would say #PleaseExplain?” reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

Hadley, who didn’t name Wilson when he let rip, said yesterday: “I’ve got family in Newcastle. I’ve got a six month old granddaughter who was in hospital over the weekend with a bronchial infection, the last thing I need is my family infected by people travelling up from Sydney,” he went on.

“That is the last thing anyone in Newcastle wants. Of course the NRL had to do what they did and of course NSW Health has acted responsibly. Anyone that disagrees is a complete dope, you included

“Wake up to yourself, of course they had to move it,” Hadley said. “To suggest it is a disgrace and the people of Newcastle have been robbed. I’ll tell you what the people of Newcastle have been saved from, a pandemic possibly.”

Speaking on his drive program yesterday, Wilson said he had a “huge amount of respect for Ray” and stated he wasn’t aware Hadley’s granddaughter had been ill.

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The Veronicas launch TikTok docuseries Undscvrd to find Australia’s next big indie artists

The Veronicas promise no dodgy edits or scripted drama on the innovative new talent search they are launching on TikTok, reports News Corp’s Kathy McCabe.

And the artists unearthed by UNDSCVRD will retain ownership of the songs they write and record during the TikTok docu-series unlike The Voice, Australian Idol or similar television talent quests.

The five aspiring artists selected to star in the contest are able to release their songs and videos independently because UNDSCVRD is backed by Samsung rather than a television production company or major record label.

The winner will be given a budget to make their debut five-track EP.

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Controversial MAFS couple Melissa and Bryce reveal they’re engaged and expecting twins

Controversial Married At First Sight couple Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson have made two shock announcements, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

The Melbourne-based couple, who were at the centre of the show’s drama which has led to an official investigation, are legitimately engaged and also expecting twins in December.

“It’s all happened very fast,” Bryce told New Idea.

“It’s been a whirlwind, but we’re so incredibly happy,” added Melissa.

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Channel 7 sorry for ‘disgraceful’ soccer post after players suffer online racial abuse following Euro defeat

7News has come under attack on social media after a Facebook post pointed to the ethnicity of three England soccer players in their failed penalty shootout against Italy, reports News Corp’s Mibenge Nsenduluka and Kelsey Hogan.

The post read “Three Black players failed in the penalty shootout which England lost 3-2 against Italy.”

It came after the Football Association condemned racist online abuse suffered by a number of England players following their Euro final defeat by Italy.

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