Thursday July 2, 2020

Podcast Week: Cooper Chapman, Howcroft delivers, Podshape mystery

By James Manning

• Plus: Beanies arrive at PodcastOne, North Talk moves to Whooshkaa

Pro-surfer Cooper Chapman rides a wave to PodcastOne 

From riding the waves to dusting off the sand, pro-surfer Cooper Chapman has created a new podcast, Good Humans with PodcastOne Australia.

The Byron Bay local speaks to his fellow surfer buddies, including, Laura Enever, Leonardo Fioravanti, Wade Carmichael and Ryan Callinan, getting to know the person behind the wetsuit. Divulging struggles they have faced throughout their lives, in and out of the surf.

From body-image, failures and dealing with grief, Cooper’s guests explain what positive things they’ve done to get themselves through those tough times. Cooper believes that everybody has the right to be happy, and the Good Humans podcast gives listeners an inside look into lives that seem perfect from the outside.

“I wanted to create this podcast to give friends and connections of mine a platform to be vulnerable and share their stories of resilience,” Cooper said.

“Mental health is such an important topic and I feel like I learn my best skills when it comes to good mental health through listening to inspiring stories. So I’ve been having deep conversations and unpacking what skills my guests have picked up along their journey.”

Head of SCA’s PodcastOne Australia Grant Tothill said: “Cooper has a very genuine approach to understanding and wanting to make a difference. Being a pro-surfer gives him the special opportunity to be in a position to be able to shares stories that are so important for people to hear.”

Listen to Good Humans here.

Howcroft delivers at Brand New World

Earlier this month we interviewed Russel Howcroft about his new PodcastOne series Brand New World.

See Podcast Week: Russel Howcroft on branding

Back then there were six episodes of the podcast published. He’s been busy lately too and at the start of this week another three episodes were published – How will creativity impact how we run our business in the future with M&C Saatchi CEO Justin Graham, The power of creativity and established brand platforms with DDB chief executive Marty O’Halloran and The importance of marketing science and why being a 4P marketer is key with Ken Roberts.

Listen to Brand New World here.

Podshape’s Missing or Murdered

In late December 2005 Lily Parmenter’s mum Katie O’Shea called from a phone box in Far North Queensland. It was the last time Lily would ever hear her mum’s voice.

Missing or Murdered is the new real-life story from Australian indie podcast producer Podshape.

Over six episodes the podcast explores the story of self-confessed hippy mum Katie O’Shea who went missing in 2005 in Far North Queensland tablelands.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brett Devine who leads the case says “there are only two real persons of interest”. One of those people is Katie’s own son Alan, the other is a convicted murderer.

Lily Parmenter has led the family’s charge over the past 15 years to find the answers. She was a 19-year-old hairdresser when her mum went missing and was so grief stricken and helpless that she has been studying criminology so she can join the Australian Federal Police’s missing persons unit.

Speaking about the podcast with Podshape, Lily said: “My mum’s story is more than a face on a missing person’s poster – she was a quirky, funny, smart, kind woman who adored her five children and loved without boundaries. Losing her has left an irreparable hole in our hearts and we just want her back. Podshape has done an incredible job in helping to tell who Katie was, how loved she was and the devastating effect that losing her has been on her loved ones.”

Listen to Missing or Murdered here

The Beanies join PodcastOne Australia

Children’s favourite trio The Beanies will now be part of PodcastOne Australia with brand new episodes of The Beanies along with the group’s complete back catalogue.

Laura (Dawson), Mim (Rizvi) and Michael (Yore) have been working very hard in their rainbow studio adding glitter, bubbles and lots of colours to their new series and are continuing to encourage and exercise the imaginations of kids and nurture creativity through songs, dance, stories and interactive lessons.

Each Monday listeners can join The Beanies on their adventures, be part of ‘Show & Tell’ or even share their stories and ask questions.

The new series on PodcastOne Australia will also feature a special COVID-19 episode, Quarantunes, which flips the narrative on the stresses of coronavirus by helping kids and families celebrating the fun part of quarantining by partying around the living room to music showing off their quaranmoves.

Listen to The Beanies here.

North Talk joins Whooshkaa

North Talk, the podcast that is made for North Melbourne AFL fans by North Melbourne fans, has joined the Whooshkaa family. The podcast started three years ago and is currently up to episode #65. The unofficial podcast is independent of the football club which has its own official podcast.

Listen to North Talk here.

Stellar and Body+Soul brands continue after pairing in new magazine

By James Manning

• Stellar now on offer to readers in SA, Queensland and Tasmania

News Corp’s Sunday magazine Stellar launched back in August 2016. Even though the title will from now on be published in the one book with Body+Soul from next Sunday, editor-in-chief Sarrah Le Marquand (pictured) is very adamant it remains a strong self-contained brand.

“It will still look like Stellar and the brand I have edited for four years continues,” Le Marquand told Mediaweek. “There are very few changes to the Stellar pages. It is not a farewell. The brand that readers know and love that is Body+Soul won’t be farewelling that brand either.

“They are still two self-contained titles with their own design elements with their own voice and their own contributors.”

Le Marquand suggested the change during discussions about the brands with The Sunday Telegraph editor Mick Carroll earlier this year. “I have always felt Stellar and Body+Soul are complementary brands. We rarely trod on each other’s toes. Even when we feature the same people, we are more about fashion while they look at wellness and mental health.”

What has changed is the two titles are physically combined in the one flip book, with Le Marquand the editor-in-chief of both titles plus bodyandsoul.com.au. “My fashion and creative team will be able to cast an eye over both titles. We will be shooting covers for both.” That change means Le Marquand and her team from generating 48 covers annually to 96. No pressure.

To emphasise the plan to keep both brands strong, Stellar is currently planning how to celebrate its fourth birthday next month. Next year Body+Soul will celebrate entering its third decade.

The first edition featuring the two brands runs to 32 pages, with the team managing to fit in the regular Stellar extra delicious. on Sunday as well.

The beauty page in Stellar now moves into Body+Soul and expands across three pages. Those pages are a little bigger than Stellar, and a little smaller than Body+Soul. For newspaper nerds, the paper stock is now Norstar 80.

Another change is that more readers around Australia will have access to Stellar as the new-look section expands on July 5 from just The Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun into Sunday Mail (SA) and Sunday Tasmanian (TAS) with The Sunday Mail (QLD) retaining U On Sunday branding and containing Stellar content.

The Sunday inserts have had fewer ad pages since the impact of Covid-19, however Le Marquand said business is picking up. “We have seen some promising signs and we have been talking to clients again about the integration opportunities.”

Inside the first edition of the Stellar/Body+Soul flipbook:

• A candid chat with Stellar cover star Danielle Spencer• 
• Revealing conversation with Body+Soul cover couple Matty J and Laura Byrne
• Not every distraction during lockdown was bad. In Body+Soul Wellness: the ISO habits that you should not break
• Body+Soul Q&A with Michelle Bridges: “Nobody wants to get up at 5am in the cold…”
• Matt Preston takes a look at some of the ways dining out may change forever in delicious. on Sunday
• “My kids often drop truth bombs. And, well… ouch” Carrie Bickmore in this week’s Stellar column
• Stellar Q&A with Marcia Hines: “I was at school during the civil rights movement. I was taught you’re not your colour, you’re who you are as a person”
• MasterChef star and SA restaurateur Jock Zonfrillo reveals how life on the hit show has affected him in Stellar How I Make It Work

IMAA
Survey: Media agencies expecting spend from clients to return in September

The Independent Media Agencies of Australia (IMAA), has launched its inaugural Pulse Survey which found that more than a third of independent media agencies expected media spend to increase from their clients from September.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen client spend contract in the majority of media agencies, however, the majority are confident that spend will return, with another 20% saying spend will resume this month.

The Pulse Survey was conducted among the IMAA’s 31 members in June to gain insight into the mindsets of independent media agencies on current market conditions and views towards media owners. The survey will be conducted twice a year among members.

Almost four in 10 independent media agencies saw their revenue impacted by up to 50% during the pandemic. Another 18% of agencies had a 50-70% revenue impact to their business, while 20% saw only a 10-20% revenue impact.

“The IMAA survey results provide highly valuable insights for our media partners on how they are positioned in terms of relationships, innovation, data, etc.  The feedback to date has been very positive,” the IMAA said.

IMAA members were also asked about plans to return to offices and resume face to face client and media owner meetings. The majority (37.1%) said client meetings would return from this month, with 28.6% saying media owner meetings would also resume this month.

The majority of agencies also said staff would return to offices from June and July.

See also:

• How one Sydney indie media agency is riding out Covid-19 impact
Angie Smith: “The year is not what we thought it was going to be”

• Independent media agencies launch IMAA, Dominic Pearman chair
Group invests $2.5b+ between them in advertising expenditure

 • Media spending and COVID-19: Buying & selling in year of upheaval
Podcast with IMAA’s Dominic Pearman and Nine’s Michael Stephenson

Top Photo: Members of the IMAA

Australian Live Music Business Council formed for 65,000 music jobs

The Australian Live Music Business Council has announced its formation, representing the interests of small to medium Australian music enterprises and the thousands of live music jobs they underpin – from booking agents and managers, venues and promoters, through to ticketing companies, poster companies, media, publicists, food vendors, security, music technicians, roadies and many more.

The council was created to advocate on behalf of the “backstage” voices in the Live Music supply chain who play a vital role providing the infrastructure to nurture and expose talent for the entire music economy.

Architects of Entertainment, ALH Group, EMC, Oztix and Untitled Group, the organisation has identified a strong need for the voices of Australian small to medium businesses across the live music industry to be heard as the road to COVID-19 recovery is mapped.

“COVID has shown just how important a collective approach is in times of crisis and the Australian Live Music Business Council fills that gap, providing for the first time, a platform to help galvanise our passion to work in this amazing industry” said ALMBC interim chair Stephen Wade (pictured). “The formation of the ALMBC now gives a coordinated voice to the thousands of small and medium businesses working at the coalface of Australia’s essential night economy, representing the long-tail of shows, venues and events that underpin Australian commerce and culture.”

The ALMBC will feed into and support the initiatives of other organisations by creating a collective voice for the specific needs of operators in the micro-sector of the economy – like the extension of JobKeeper beyond September. “These businesses are the real engine room of the live music economy, and with revenue dropping to zero for many, they face significant commercial challenges for the foreseeable future” Wade said.

“We acknowledge the federal government’s recognition that the creative economy has been hit hard by COVID 19. Whilst we have questions about the composition and administration of JobMaker, funding alone is not the only commercial barrier our sector faces. As just one example, we are extremely concerned about whether our members will be able to secure insurance coverage for upcoming Live Shows, something that could be a real showstopper when the industry is just starting to get back on the road.”

Whilst COVID-19 has provided a founding catalyst for the organisation, the ALMBC is keen to harness this moment to form the foundations needed to improve the vitality of the sector for the long term – an outcome that stands to benefit the entire music ecosystem in Australia.

“The ALMBC is an exciting initiative. It’s great to see an organization supporting vital roles that are really essential to nurture and keep artist careers like mine on the road,” said ARIA Award-winning artist Amy Shark. “If the venue doesn’t exist, the tickets don’t exist, the food van doesn’t exist, the security doesn’t exist and the marketing doesn’t exist, so I wholeheartedly support the foundation of this new organisation, especially knowing it will be representing Australian companies and Australian jobs.”

The founding team at ALMBC recognise the challenge of gathering together the thousands of sole traders and small businesses at a time of crisis. Steering Committee Member, Jane Slingo said: “Australia’s Live music scene is abundant in amazing artists, bands and DJs and behind every one of them is an incredible amount of people power that promotes and supports their careers. ALMBC provides advocacy for the small to medium enterprises that have lacked representation during a time when our collective voice needs to be heard the most. This part of the music sector is made up of thousands of passionate people and it’s our hope that they can direct some of this energy to an organisation designed to safeguard their commercial future.”

In recognition of how challenging current times are for the sector, the ALMBC will be waiving joining fees for an initial six months. Businesses and Sole traders interested in learning more or joining the ALMBC can visit www.almbc.org.au

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Crowd photo: Danny Howe

Fred Media secures major pre-sales for WTFN’s Mega Zoo ob doc series

Fred Media has concluded two major pre-sale deals for Mega Zoo, its 10 x 60’ observational documentary series currently being produced by parent company WTFN for Australia’s Nine Network.

In the US, Animal Planet has snapped up Mega Zoo in a licensing deal covering a significant five-year period, while in France, the series has been pre-bought by leading commercial broadcaster TF1.

Filmed in Melbourne Zoo, the largest and oldest zoo in the southern hemisphere, Mega Zoo will provide extraordinary behind-the-scenes access to some of the 5000 animals and 700 staff that live and work there, capturing an up-close daily rollercoaster of drama, action, emotion and humour.

Mega Zoo

Innovative use of camera technology, including body/harness cameras worn by zookeepers, plus the necessary implementation of new production processes and safety protocols, allowed WTFN to continuously follow the zoo’s important work, even when it was closed for a period during lockdown. The result is destined to be a fascinating series that starts by exploring the challenges and daily activities of this huge zoo – spread across three campuses – during the busy summer season, and then moves into examining how the animals and keepers adapt to life when the gates were temporarily closed to the public.

Mem Bakar, Fred Media’s senior sales manager for the UK and Western Europe negotiated the deal with TF1, said: “Mega Zoo is an extraordinary, full-access series featuring charismatic characters, adorable animals and moments of high drama. Our partners, such as TF1, will have a truly unique series that provides an incredible behind-the-scenes look at how a zoo of this size operates under a wide range of circumstances.”

Warren Sevel, Fred Media’s VP sales and development for the Americas, Australia and New Zealand added: “For Animal Planet US to come onboard in a pre-sales capacity illustrates our ability to deliver on a show of this size. We’ve built a reputation in the vet, pet, and animal space and are excited to deliver this zoo series – with its wonderful story-telling, clever creativity and high production values – to our existing partners, as well as to the other international broadcasters and platforms that are already expressing interest in Mega Zoo.”

Mega Zoo will complete filming this month. It is due to start delivering during late summer (northern hemisphere).

TV Ratings Wednesday May 1 Week 27, 2020

By James Manning

• Seven well clear midweek with AGT and Front Bar combo
• Kath & Kim & Muriel take over Nine’s Wednesday schedule

Nine News 1,155,000/1,122,000
Seven News 1,109,000/1,023,000
ABC News 814,000
A Current Affair 755,000
7.30 678,000
The Project 348,000/544,000
10 News 395,000/256,000
Sunrise 320,000
The Latest 300,000
The Drum 225,000
Today 211,000
SBS World News 176,000

Seven: Home and Away hovered around 660,000 for the first two nights of the week and then did 669,000 for its midweek screening.
America’s Got Talent featured an unusual collection of artists including two magicians who failed to impress Simon Cowell yet won over the other judges. The show was on 573,000 after 563,000 last week.
The Front Bar featured former Bulldog and Lion Brad Hardie with 356,000 and 225,000 in Melbourne. Sam Pang was back after Andy Lee did a great job off the bench last week.

Nine: In three nights A Current Affair has gone from 800,000 to 767,00 and 755,000 last night.
Two episodes of Kath & Kim were then on 373,000 and 357,000.
The 1994 Aussie classic movie Muriel’s Wedding did 184,000.

10: Rachel Corbett got to interview Dev Patel on a Zoom call on The Project with 544,000 watching after crowds of 584,000 and 560,000 earlier in the week.
A Bondi Rescue double followed at 7.30pm with the lifeguards catching a bag thief working the summer crowds. The episodes had audiences of 461,000 and 327,000.
The US dramas Tommy (242,000) and Bull (174,000) followed.

ABC: Home Delivery featured host Julia Zemiro asking software developer Scott Farquhar about his childhood years growing up in Castle Hill. The episode was on 531,000.
The Weekly touched on the ABC’s funding challenges and economics correspondent Luke McGregor borrowed Charlie Pickering’s desk to talk about economic impact of the arts. The audience of 501,000 was down on last week’s 550,000.
The final episode of At Home Alone Together then did 343,000 up marginally on 325,000 last week.

 SBS: After visiting Mexico and the USA a week ago, Tony Robinson’s World By Rail travelled to Canada and Alaska. The audience of 290,000 could again rank the show the channel’s #2 for the week.
Episode one of the four-part Who Gets to Stay in Australia? then did 203,000.

Week 27 TV: WEDNESDAY
WEDNESDAY METRO
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 13.6% 7 21.4% 9 16.0% 10  9.9% SBS One 5.7%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.2% 7TWO 3.6% GO! 2.2% 10 Bold 4.9% VICELAND 2.0%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 3.0% GEM 2.7% 10 Peach 2.6% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 2.1% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 2.5%     NITV 0.2%
        9Rush 1.4%     SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 18.6%   29.6%   24.8%   17.4%   9.6%

 

WEDNESDAY REGIONAL
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.7% 7 19.7% 9 12.3% WIN 8.2% SBS One 5.5%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.8% 7TWO 5.2% GO! 3.7% WIN Bold 6.5% VICELAND 2.2%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.5% GEM 4.8% WIN Peach 2.7% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.4% 9Life 2.8% Sky News  on WIN 2.7% NITV 0.2%
                SBS Movies 1.2%
TOTAL 15.8%   30.8%   23.6%   20.1%   10.0%

 

WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV
FTA STV
87.1% 12.9%
WEDNESDAY FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,155,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 1,122,000
  3. Nine News Nine 1,109,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,023,000
  5. ABC News ABC 814,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 755,000
  7. 7.30 ABC 678,000
  8. Home And Away Seven 669,000
  9. The Chase Australia Seven 642,000
  10. Hot Seat Nine 596,000
  11. America’s Got Talent Seven 573,000
  12. The Project 7pm 10 544,000
  13. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery ABC 531,000
  14. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering ABC 501,000
  15. Bondi Rescue 10 461,000
  16. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 401,000
  17. 10 News First 10 395,000
  18. Kath & Kim – (R) Nine 373,000
  19. Kath & Kim – (R) Tx1 Nine 357,000
  20. The Front Bar Seven 356,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Nine News Nine 163,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 157,000
  3. The Project 7pm 10 153,000
  4. Bondi Rescue 10 136,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 128,000

 

18-49 Top Five

  1. Nine News Nine 286,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 279,000
  3. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 253,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 246,000
  5. Seven News Seven 239,000

 

25-54 Top Five

  1. Nine News Nine 342,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 324,000
  3. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 315,000
  4. Seven News Seven 305,000
  5. The Project 7pm 10 273,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 210,000
  2. NCIS : Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 157,000
  3. Peter Rabbit PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  4. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  5. Neighbours 10 Peach 146,000
  6. NCIS : Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 145,000
  7. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  8. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  9. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  10. Floogals PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  11. Dog Loves Books ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  12. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line -7ETPW.2OPM (R) 130,000
  13. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  14. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line -7PTMWO(R) 119,000
  15. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  16. Little J And Big Cuz AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  17. Kiri And Lou ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  18. The Simpsons-Ep.3 PM (R) 7mate 113,000
  19. Bargain Hunt PM 7TWO 111,000
  20. Bondi Rescue Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 109,000
WEDNESDAY STV
  1. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 89,000
  2. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 67,000
  3. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 61,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 57,000
  5. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 57,000
  6. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 55,000
  7. Richo & Smith Sky News Live 55,000
  8. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 54,000
  9. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 54,000
  10. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 54,000
  11. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 54,000
  12. PML Later Sky News Live 53,000
  13. Family Guy FOX8 52,000
  14. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 51,000
  15. Aussie Salvage Squad Discovery Channel 48,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 48,000
  17. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 45,000
  18. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 43,000
  19. The Simpsons FOX8 40,000
  20. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 38,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

New AAP chief confident about slimmed-down newswire

The new chief executive of the Australian Associated Press newswire, Emma Cowdroy, is confident the news agency cannot be replicated and will remain highly valuable to a broad set of customers, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

“I think we are well positioned, we’ve got a reputation for delivering facts, fairly, accurately and really quickly,” Cowdroy told the Financial Review.

“We’ve always reported the news without fear or favour. We’re still going to be independent, balanced, objective and free of political agenda. We do the heavy lifting in terms of that day-in-day-out work for many publications.

“I don’t think any other organisations can fully and effectively replicate what we do. I think our service will speak for itself.”

“For the next six to 12 months, AAP is going to continue to supply a service that is broadly based on the service we have been providing,” Cowdroy said.

[Read more]

Former manager of Guy Sebastian arrested after fraud allegations

Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding the Aussie vocal superstar out of $1.15 million over a seven-year period, reports News Corp’s Nick Hansen.

NSW Police confirmed Day, 47, was arrested at his home in Bondi just after 6.30pm Wednesday evening and taken to Waverley Police Station where he is expected to be charged with fraud-related offences.

The allegations against Day were first reported to South Sydney police detectives on June 3.

The Daily Telegraph understands the allegations are that Day knowingly withheld proceeds of Sebastian’s work from him between December 2013 and April 2020.

It is understood Sebastian has been cooperating with investigators after conducting his own probe into the issue.

The development marks another nasty turn in the bitter split between the pair, which occurred in November 2017 after 12 years together.

The men are already suing each other in the Federal Court over claims to royalties and allegedly unpaid fees.

[Read more]

ACMA fines retailer $1m penalty for breaching spamming laws

Woolworths Group Limited has paid a million-dollar infringement notice and agreed to a court-enforceable undertaking with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in response to significant breaches of spam laws.

The infringement notice for $1,003,800 is the largest ever issued by the ACMA.

The ACMA found more than five million breaches of the Spam Act 2003 by Woolworths when it sent marketing emails to consumers after they had unsubscribed from previous messages. The emails were sent between October 2018 and July 2019.

ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said the investigation found Woolworths’ systems, processes and practices were inadequate to comply with spam rules.

“The spam rules have been in place for seventeen years and Woolworths is a large and sophisticated organisation. The scale and prolonged nature of the non-compliance is inexcusable,” O’Loughlin said.

“Woolworths failed to act even after the ACMA had warned it of potential compliance issues after receiving consumer complaints.

“Australians have the right to unsubscribe from marketing emails that they do not want to receive. In this case, consumers claimed that they had tried to unsubscribe on multiple occasions or for highly personal reasons, but their requests were not actioned by Woolworths because of its systems, processes, and practices.

“Our enforcement action, a substantial infringement notice and a comprehensive three-year court-enforceable undertaking, is commensurate to the nature of the conduct, number of consumers impacted and the lack of early and effective action by Woolworths.

“The ACMA’s actions should serve as a reminder to others not to disregard customers’ wishes when it comes to unsubscribing from marketing material,” O’Loughlin said.

News Brands

Daily Telegraph loses Geoffrey Rush defamation decision appeal

Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph has lost its appeal against a defamation decision awarding actor Geoffrey Rush almost $3 million in damages, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Michaela Whitbourn.

Rush, 68, set a defamation damages record last year when he was awarded $2.9 million for two Telegraph articles published in 2017, which accused him of “inappropriate behaviour” towards an unnamed co-star in the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2015-16 production of King Lear.

His accuser was not named in the stories but was later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill, who played opposite Rush as King Lear’s daughter Cordelia. She did not speak to the Telegraph for its stories but later agreed to give evidence in court.

Rush’s defamation payout, the largest ever awarded to a single plaintiff in Australia, included $1.98 million for past and future economic loss and $850,000 in non-economic damages for distress and hurt, plus $42,302 in interest.

The Telegraph launched an appeal. On Thursday, the appeal was dismissed by the Full Court of the Federal Court – Justices Richard White, Jacqueline Gleeson and Michael Wheelahan.

[Read more]

Domain to bring back AFR, SMH & Age magazines at end of July

Domain chief executive Jason Pellegrino says demand from agents, property buyers and sellers has given him the confidence to resume publishing its glossy Domain magazine in The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

“Listings have improved quicker than expected when we were first looking at it in March, and it is now sustainable to put out a product that is high quality,” Pellegrino said.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of many print editions of magazines, newspapers and inserts, as publishers battened down the hatches to deal with a sharp drop in advertising revenue amid government imposed restrictions on movement and gatherings aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

[Read more]

Sydney Morning Herald and The Age arts critics quit in protest

Four of the five young critics hired by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in May to write about the arts have either quit their jobs or reduced their own hours to protest the fact that they are all white, reports The Australian’s Caroline Overington.

Two of the five white writers – Bec Kavanagh and Jack Callil – quit their jobs on Monday, with each saying “our resignation is in opposition to the lack of diversity in the selection, which resulted in an all-white group of peers.”

The group were employed in May to write about the arts by parent company Nine Newspapers, under grants issued by the Copyright Agency and the Judith Neilson Institute.

In statement, Nine said: “We accept the reasons why Jack Callil and Bec Kavanagh have decided to resign. We are reopening applications for the two freelance book critic roles, considering the previous applicants as well as seeking to ensure the roles are posted more widely to encourage a greater diversity of applicants. The successful applicants will need to have expertise as literary critics and strong writing skills.”

“This is an opportunity for talented writers with experience in reviewing a broad array of books, who can bring fresh and diverse voices to our reviewing ranks,” the new ad says.

[Read more]

'Where are you Roger Ailes?' Trump refers dead Fox News exec

Donald Trump appeared to make an otherworldly plea for help to boost the fortunes of Fox News on Tuesday, asking about the whereabouts of its long-dead and disgraced chairman Roger Ailes, reports The Guardian.

In a tweet criticising the channel’s hiring of Democratic figure Donna Brazile, he said: “Where are you Roger Ailes?”, drawing suggestions he was not aware that Ailes had died in May 2017, shortly after being forced out of Fox amid a series of accusations of sexual misconduct.

The response clearly stung the US president, who later tweeted in characteristic style that he knew “better than anyone” that his friend had died three years ago.

“Just look at what happened to @FoxNews. We all miss Roger!!!” he tweeted.

[Read more]

Entries open for 2020 Walkleys: Awards gala in Tamworth Nov 20

Celebrating yet another milestone and excellence in journalism across all mediums, the 65th Walkley Awards goes regional this year with the awards gala set to dazzle in Tamworth on Nov 20.

The Walkleys recognise excellence in Australian journalism across 30 categories, on all platforms including photojournalism, documentary, non-fiction books and cartoons. As always, digital journalism can be entered into any category.

Categories and entry terms

The Walkley Awards are open to all Australian media for work published on any platform between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. Entries close at midnight on Monday, August 31, 2020.

To work out where you have your best chance, read the category descriptions and terms and conditions.

There’s never been a more important time to celebrate distinctive storytelling mad reporting that seeks out the truth, demonstrates creativity and bravery, and offers new perspectives on important issues while also highlighting them.

Chair of the Walkley Judging Board, Lenore Taylor, said, “From the Bushfires to COVID-19, 2020 has already proven to be a year we will never forget and more than ever it’s a year that has highlighted the important and amazing work that has been done by Australian journalists under some seriously difficult circumstances.

“We’ve strengthened some of the category descriptions to make it easier for you to identify exactly what the judges are looking for and to also help make it clear what you can submit in the All Media Production and Innovation categories. It’s now time to put these stories forward as we open entries for the 65th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.”

The application

Visit walkleys.com to submit your entry online.

The Walkley Foundation also invites the public to submit nominees for the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism Award (chosen by the Walkley Directors) through the entry site.

Key dates:

Jul. 1 (Wednesday): Entries open
Aug. 31 (Monday, 11.59pm): Entries close
Oct. 15 (Thursday): Walkley finalists announced (including Nikon-Walkley and Documentary Award finalists) Sydney and Melbourne
Nov .5: Walkley Book Award shortlist announced
Nov. 20 (Friday): Walkley Awards Gala Dinner – Tamworth

Television

Paul Anderson farewells 10 staff, “Officially on leave”

Former 10 chief executive officer Paul Anderson, who resigned in March, has thanked and farewelled staff, reports TV Tonight.

Anderson joined Network 10 in 2003 but after announcing his resignation, both as 10 CEO and executive vice president of ViacomCBS Australia/ NZ, agreed to stay for an interim period to assist with a smooth transition to new management.

In an email to staff today he said, “This note is to let you know that I am now officially on leave from 10. And while I have contractual obligations, Beverley (McGarvey) and the management team are running the network – with a lot of success in very trying conditions.

“The world we live in at the moment is incredibly difficult for all sectors of the community and economy. Beverley and the team are doing an amazing job and their ratings and revenue performance for the first half of 2020 say it all.”

Anderson thanked sales boss Rod Prosser for leading his team through an unprecedented advertising period.

“I would also like to acknowledge the incredible job that our team are doing on Studio 10, 10 News First, and The Project. This has been an extraordinary year to report on and your efforts have been amazing.”

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Five-star review: You might need a Disney+ subscription to watch this

TV Tonight’s David Knox doesn’t hand out many five-star reviews. He did this morning:

It seems there just may be an upside to the global pandemic, in the form of Hamilton ‘the movie.’

A filmed version of the hit Broadway musical was due to be released on the big screen in 2021. Instead Disney nabbed the rights and has fast-tracked it to streaming. Now you don’t need a plane or Broadway ticket (neither of which are readily available) to experience this exhilarating production.

Filmed in 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, on a largely spartan stage, this production is written by Lin Manuel-Miranda (His Dark Materials, Fosse / Verdon): book, lyrics and music. If that’s not enough he also stars in the title role. The man is simply a genius.

Hamilton is a towering work.

Building on his success with In the Heights, the score comprises hip-hop, jazz, R&B and traditional music theatre to weave its magic across an often-overlooked chapter in American History: how a West Indies immigrant Alexander Hamilton, helped ratify the American Constitution.

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Mad Men streaming rights go to Prime Video for Australia

Mad Men has a streaming home, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

After spending the past nine months shopping global and streaming rights to its Emmy-winning drama, producer Lionsgate Television has sold the ad industry period drama to Amazon and the show’s original home, AMC, in a sprawling deal.

Amazon and AMC, where the series originally ran for seven seasons, will share domestic SVOD rights to Mad Men. Amazon-owned IMDb TV will be the ad-supported streaming home to the advertising drama from creator Matthew Weiner, with the series launching there July 15. Amazon and IMDb TV will have exclusive rights to the series through the summer. AMC will have the series in the fall in a deal that also includes linear US syndication rights as the basic cable network looks to bolster its roster after the novel coronavirus is expected to end plans for a number of scripted series that were earmarked for 2020.

Amazon’s Prime Video’s international streaming rights will be effective July 3 in Europe, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere; July 15 in Japan, Israel, Indonesia and Thailand; Oct. 1 in Canada and Nov. 1 in the Netherlands. Starzplay will also have international streaming rights to the series across Europe, Japan and Latin America, starting Oct. 1. (Lionsgate owns Starz.)

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