Thursday May 20, 2021

Podcast Week: The Royal Record, Naomi Simson, and The Wellness Rebellion

Compiled by Trent Thomas

Magda Szubanski, Sarrah Le Marquand, Kinda Sorta Dating, Beyond Blue, Queerstories and Wondery.

Entrepreneur and investor Naomi Simson launches Handpicked

Handpicked is the name of a new series from entrepreneur and investor Naomi Simson. The new podcast is the result of a collaboration between Simson, Jay Walkerden’s Podshape and agent Lauren Miller.

Simson calls her podcast a short form mentoring session that gets straight to what business owners need to know. Guests and their business questions are handpicked by Simson as she delivers advice around starting or saving a business and gives guidance on how to grow.

Naomi Simson has been the guest on many podcasts, all of whom reported increased downloads for her episodes, and she has now embarked on her own audio adventure.

“We wanted to flip the model and not have me just on a podcast interviewing different people,” Simson told Podcast Week‘s James Manning about the strategy she, Miller and Walkerden came up with. “People ask me about mentoring all the time and sometimes I feel I am repeating myself. This seems like a much better way of getting information to people that they can consume easily.”

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Simson said she wanted to ensure season one had good diversity with rural, regional and metro businesses. “We also wanted start-ups and growth businesses and ones run by people of different genders and backgrounds.”

After requesting businesspeople to get in touch, Simson got bombarded with offers. “The age range goes from a businessperson who started at 19 through to someone in their 60s.

“What unites them all are the same challenges – finding more customers, keeping staff engaged and motivated, growing the businesses and making more money.”

Simson has an army of followers across various platforms. She has a newsletter, also called Handpicked (visit to subscribe) and has no less than 2.8m followers on LinkedIn.

Naomi Simson has been ranked #2 global influencer when it comes to startups. She will be using the LinkedIn channel to showcase the Australian businesses she featured on the podcast to a big global audience.

Asked about the former Network 10 show Shark Tank Australia and her time as a “shark”, on four seasons she noted the Shark Tank Australia YouTube channel still runs the clips from all those shows to big, big audiences. “People are still stopping us in the street asking about the show.

Are we sad it’s off air? Of course. We think it was a valuable source of information for people everywhere. It is important to continue to be able to showcase Australian businesses which is why I am doing this podcast.

Handpicked with Naomi Simson is released every Monday, with a bonus episode every Wednesday called Handpicked Extra, that serves as a glossary and tool kit to review some of the key terms and insights revealed each week.

The first episode features Kerrie Richards who has been in manufacturing for 28 years, making products from Merino wool.

Handpicked launches with the support of two clients – Hummpro and Bendigo Bank.

See also: Podshape’s Jay Walkerden has been busy

Listen to Handpicked here.

Juliet Rieden and Bryce Corbett go on The Royal Record

Editor-at-large of The Australian Women’s Weekly and royal correspondent for the past 11 years, Juliet Rieden, has joined forces with her former colleague, Bryce Corbett, to produce the weekly podcast – The Royal Record – sifting royal fact from fiction, for LiSTNR.

Rieden and Corbett spoke to Podcast Week‘s Trent Thomas about why now was the right time to launch a podcast on the royals and why Australians are so enamoured with the royal family.

Rieden said that she had been thinking about it for a long while.

“Partly, every time that something happens to the royal family, I get calls from every media network in the country that wants to hear what I have to say. I was aware that I sort of became the only person who is seen as a royal correspondent in Australia because of my work with The Weekly and my work with the Palace that probably no other journalist does here.

“I was also very aware of the interest in the royal family here both from my work at The Weekly and my work on other networks and I thought a podcast might be a nice modern way to take those ideas and move them forward.”

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Rieden said that while she had contributed to podcasts in the past that it was a new world to her. That’s when she reached out to Corbett who is a journalist with 25 years of experience, a published author and, via Squiz Kids (recipient of a 2020 Australian Podcasting Award), an award-winning podcast host.

Corbett said that the pair had been in discussions with LiSTNR for several months but the interest in the royal family was shown with one major moment in the news cycle.

“The death of Prince Phillip really crystalised a lot of thinking in the minds of a lot of media. There was enormous surprise from lots of media execs by the level of interest in the royals and in the death of Prince Phillip.

“If you combine that with the Netflix series The Crown, it underscores the appeal of the story that is the royal family. It is just so broad and cuts across so many demographics. It is not something that only people who buy women’s magazines are interested in because it’s history and speaks about who we are.”

Australians have always had an affinity to the royal family and Rieden believes this is due to the fact that they are Australia’s royal family as well as the UK’s.

When asked what to expect from the royal news cycle in the coming years the pair said that they expect it to keep giving and giving.

Rieden: “Initially I didn’t think it would be weekly but fortnightly or monthly, but I realised the news cycle changes so quickly, I could do a daily podcast if I had the hours in the day to do it. There is something happening in this space all the time and everyone has something to say about it.

“The interesting thing about royal reporting that is very different from any other reporting, in that a lot of it is watching, not talking, to your subjects. I have been privileged to do some interviews but they are very rare, and the majority of royal reporting is watching on and noticing and commentating. That level of commentary gives a lot of leeway to what people think because they are all dealing with their own personal vision, The more you watch of them the more you learn and the bigger picture you draw up, and that’s what I am hoping to draw on I have been watching them for 11 years.”

[Listen to The Royal Record here]

Maz Compton and Dr Sam Hay lead The Wellness Rebellion

The Wellness Rebellion with Maz Compton and Dr Sam Hay aims to reset everything that we know about our health and wellness, uncovering the truth and debunking the trends with science-based wellness information to improve your listener’s wellbeing.

Each episode in the new weekly podcast will see the pair discuss a wellness trend they want to know more about with Dr Hay providing listeners with the scientific facts. The hosts will then further explore the issue with weekly guest experts to cut through myths and deliver easy-to-understand truths to help people make choices to live healthier lives.

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Compton said: “I, of all people, understand what it’s like to fall for a wellness trend. I’ve tried them all! And over the years I’ve been on my own journey of health and discovery. The Wellness Rebellion is about finding the truth, not the trend, and unpacking it with an expert, making what we chat about actually helpful.”

The Wellness Rebellion, produced by LiSTNR’s Mat Dwyer, is a weekly podcast that will be published every Monday.

[Listen to The Wellness Rebellion here]

News Corp launches dating and relationships podcast has launched a new dating and relationships podcast titled Kinda Sorta Dating.

Each week’s dating columnist, Jana Hocking, will navigate her way through the maze of modern dating and relationships. 

With the help of some famous friends and knowledgeable experts, Hocking explores topics that have everyone scratching their heads. Her guests will also share their own dating and relationship horror stories. editor-in-chief Lisa Muxworthy said: “Relationship and dating content is incredibly popular with the audience and Jana brings a lot of light and fun to the topic. 

“In our new podcast Kinda Sorta Dating, Jana will be talking to the likes of Candice Warner, Stu Laundy and Colin Fassnidge as well as putting the listener at the centre of the series by responding to their questions. We are really pleased that our audience can be involved in the podcast by asking Jana their relationship questions through a dedicated Facebook page, voicemail and email and she will then discuss and answer questions each week with her guest.”

Hocking said: “It’s 2021 and it feels like everyone is just ‘kinda sorta dating’. Trying to find love in a single ‘swipe’, while keeping our hearts open, barriers down and figuring out what the heck that text even meant – it’s exhausting!

“Throw in new dating terms like ghosting, breadcrumbing and love bombing and you’re left scratching your head.

Kinda Sorta Dating explores the maze that is modern dating – it’s basically a dummy’s guide to finding love and having some fun along the way.”

A new episode of Kinda Sorta Dating will be published every Thursday.

[Listen to Kinda Sorta Dating here]

Magda Szubanski previews The Orchard podcast

Earlier this year, Audible announced their new crime podcast set for release in Winter, The Orchard.

With a lineup including the voices of Eric Bana, Magda Szubanski, Gary Sweet, and Olivia DeebleThe Orchard was recorded in Melbourne during quarantine.

Mediaweek’s Tess Connery spoke to Szubanski about recording the series. She said that more than ever during lockdown, people working in the industry were appreciative of their audience.

“It was great. I think everyone became so innovative about the way that things would be done. Eric was in the same room but at a great distance, and it was so terrific to see him.

“I think any of those in the entertainment and arts industry are just so grateful that people are finding innovative ways to allow performance to continue to happen. Because I think with the pandemic, the consumption of the creative arts is what got people through it – watching TV shows, listening to podcasts, all that sort of thing. But there is a particular thing that the arts do in terms of helping people with trauma – it gets in where other treatments often can’t. It’s not the only one, but it is a new angle on it.”

Queerstories joins Acast for third season

Queerstories, the award-winning podcast celebrating the culture and creativity of the LGBTQI+ community, has joined the Acast Creator network.

The podcast is part of a national storytelling project curated by Maeve Marsden, which also features a book and event series. It will now be hosted and distributed by Acast.

Curated, produced and hosted by the independent artist, writer and theatre-maker Marsden, season three of Queerstories has launched this week with the first episode featuring guest Sarah Tiong. Best known as one of MasterChef Australia’s favourite contestants from 2017 and 2020.

Marsden said: “With hundreds of episodes, the Queerstories podcast is such an incredible archive now, elevating the stories from the LGBTQI+ community that aren’t always heard. Partnering with a global leader in Acast allows me to bring these stories to more and more listeners — a perfect next step for the Queerstories project, as it continues to grow and further serve its thriving community.”

Queerstories features both professional storytellers and emerging talent, with each guest sharing the story they want to tell, but are never asked to — unexpected tales of pride, prejudice, resilience and resistance.

New episodes of Queerstories will be released every Tuesday. Upcoming guests include Samuel Leighton-Dore, Ellen Van Neerven, Liv Hewson, Omar Sakr and more.

[Listen to Queerstories here]

Sarrah Le Marquand on success of Body+Soul and Stellar podcasts

Both Body+Soul and Stellar magazines have had a big year when it comes to podcasting. Body+Soul’s podcast Healthy-ish has doubled its audience since August last year and expanded to include a new long-form podcast, Extra Healthy-ish. In February, Stellar released their first podcast, Something To Talk About with Samatha Armytage.

Podcast Week‘s Tess Connery spoke to Sarrah Le Marquand, editor-in-chief of Body+Soul and Stellar about running podcasts connected to two different titles. 

“The success of Healthy-ish is exactly a parallel story to the success of Body+Soul. It is really hard to put into words without sounding like you’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid, that growth in interest and consumer demand in all things health since Covid has been almost immeasurable. With Healthy-ish, it was a weekly podcast which became daily last year as a response to Covid, and it was so successful it’s become permanent.

“We’ve also now got Extra Healthy-ish. Healthy-ish is bite-sized, snackable to get your health and wellness tips. But we found that we were getting these great expert guests in and they had so much to say, there was genuinely too much. There was all this great stuff ending up on the podcast cutting room floor. So I think the success of Healthy-ish is drawn out now by Extra Healthy-ish.”

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Le Marquand says that even though Stellar only entered the podcast world recently, they’re already seeing positive results.

“We’ve also had a lot of success with Stellar in podcasting this year, because we launched Something To Talk About with Samatha Armytage at the end of February. That’s Stellar’s first ever podcast, and that’s been hugely successful. It’s very different to Healthy-ish in the way that Stellar is very different to Body+Soul. The two very much reflect their magazines and their digital brands.

“I think it’s fascinating, the success of podcasting in and of itself. It’s just such an amazing story in media, a good news story over the last few years.”

[Listen to Healthy-ish here]
[Listen to Extra Healthy-ish here]
[Listen to Something To Talk About here]

Beyond Blue launches the second season of Not Alone

Beyond Blue has launched the second season of its podcast series, Not Alone, sharing stories from everyday Australians about their mental health, to help everyone with theirs.

Hosted by Walkley-winning journalist, interviewer, author and documentarian Marc FennellNot Alone aims to make mental health relatable and in doing so, reduce the stigma that stops people speaking up when they need support.

Season two of Not Alone explores the experiences of mental health from diverse communities across indigenous, LGBTQI+ and multicultural. In addition, this season discusses poignant mental health topics including suicide, the changing culture of men and mental health, postnatal depression, physical and emotional pain, self-acceptance, numbness and disconnection.

Not Alone podcast host Marc Fennell said, “This series has become so important to me. Every episode features courageous Australians getting very open and raw with me about their lives. 

“But the really powerful part, for me at least, is how listeners have engaged with the series. Podcasting is still at its best when it’s intimate. I’ve had so many messages from people saying that they couldn’t help but hear their own challenges reflected in our guests. Ultimately, that’s what this project is really about: to remind you that no matter who you are or what you’re facing, you are not alone.” 

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Marc Fennell

The first episode, titled “Shifting male attitudes: My depression doesn’t make me weak” features TV personality Brad McEwan. In the space of two years, Brad lost his brother and father to suicide. He didn’t see either coming. 

[Listen to Not Alone here]

Wondery podcast’s television adaption coming to Stan

Stan has announced the new true crime drama series Dr. Death, starring Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) and Alec Baldwin (The Departed) will premiere soon.


Based on Wondery’s hit podcast, Dr. Death is inspired by the true-crime story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby, as well as Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart, set out to stop him. Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.

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SCA announces three senior appointments as part of its digital audio strategy

The new appointments are effective immediately.

SCA has announced three senior appointments in its strategy and insights division, which reflect the company’s digital audio strategy focus and the increasing importance of data and insights.

As part of this new structure, the following appointments have been made:

John Musgrove (pictured) moves to the newly created role of head of research and measurement. He is currently head of research & insights for SCA iQ.

In this new role, Musgrove will provide a strategic and advisory position to SCA’s senior executive team. Primarily, he will be responsible for the management of SCA’s research communities and tools and resources to enable the creation of insights across the business. He will also lead the development of measurement capability at SCA.

Abi Wallis moves to the newly created position of head of sales insights and campaign strategy.  She is currently national head of strategy & insights for SCA iQ. In the new role, Wallis will oversee all centralised Sales Insights teams at SCA, including campaign strategy, client insights and effectiveness, and commercial insights.

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Jasmine Beech moves to the newly created position of client insights and effectiveness director and is currently head of sales research and insights for SCA iQ. She will continue to oversee advertiser insights leads for each state as well as being SCA’s campaign effectiveness expert.

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“The centralised hub for research, insights and strategy will be SCA’s ‘centre of excellence’ for strategy and insights. These changes will ensure the effective and efficient delivery of meaningful strategic insights across all areas of the business and ensures we are equipped to fulfill our digital audio first strategy,” SCA head of corporate strategy, David Prime, said. 

SCA has also begun recruiting for several newly created positions in the strategy and insights division.

Reporting directly to David Prime, the new SCA appointments are effective immediately.

This announcement follows the recently implemented new sales leadership structure for digital audio, following the launch of LiSTNR and the opportunities it provides advertisers.

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Network 10 announces Brooke Blurton as the next Bachelorette

Blurton is Australia’s first bisexual and Indigenous Bachelorette.

Network 10 today announced that Brooke Blurton will grace our screens as Australia’s next Bachelorette.

The 26-year-old proud Noongar-Yamatji woman is no stranger to putting her heart on the line and giving it all when it comes to love. 

Passionate about her past, heritage and connection to the land, Brooke, who hails from Western Australia and is a youth worker, identifies as bisexual and is ready to find her happily ever after.

Brooke said: “I am so ready for this. I’ve done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience. My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.”

Speaking about whether or not Australia was ready to go on the journey with her, Blurton said that she “wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

“If it makes people feel uncomfortable in any way, I really challenge them to think about why it does.

“Times are more progressive and sexuality and gender expression are just so fluid these days. I am not too sure if Australia is ready for it. I hope they are. I certainly am.”

The Bachelorette Australia host, Osher Günsberg, said: “We are a nation of people from so many different backgrounds, so many different cultures and so many different experiences, yet we all have one thing in common – we all want to be loved in a way that is meaningful to us. I can’t wait to get started on helping our Bachelorette Brooke find that kind of love.”    

Casting for The Bachelorette Australia is now open. Click here to apply.  

The Bachelorette Australia is a Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia production for Network 10.

Quantcast Australia announces Ilda Jamison as new managing director

Jamison will join Quantcast at the end of June.

Quantcast, has today announced the appointment of Ilda Jamison as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

Jamison will join Quantcast at the end of June and will report to Quantcast APAC managing director Andrew Double. Double will continue to lead the broader APAC business and will focus on market expansion across the region. Both Double and Jamison will be based in Sydney. 

With almost 20 years’ international and local experience in the online publisher, data and advertising technology industries, Jamison has held executive positions for top global and fast-growing startup businesses. Jamison is currently managing director ANZ for SpotX, which provides a global video advertising and monetisation platform to bridge the gap between linear TV and digital video. Prior to this she led the launch of the third-party marketplace for Oracle’s Australia division. Jamison has also led commercial teams for MediaMath, AppNexus, Microsoft, AOL and Fairfax Digital.

“We have searched rigorously, both locally and internationally, to find the right candidate to lead the Australian and New Zealand operations for Quantcast, and Ilda brings an incredible depth of experience and skills from both tech – specifically with platform-based businesses – and media to the role,” said Double.

“Ilda’s experience and leadership approach will help us continue Quantcast’s trajectory of growth. Our recently launched Quantcast Platform, which allows advertisers and media agencies to easily and fully plan, activate, innovate and measure campaigns, helps publishers and marketers thrive, while consumers benefit from a free and open internet.”

Commenting on her new role, Jamison said: “The potential of the Quantcast audience intelligence platform for advertisers in the region is vast. As we enter the third-party cookieless era, advertisers will need to better understand how to know and grow their audiences and Quantcast is well placed to help advertisers succeed. I’m excited to be joining a company at the forefront of data-driven advertising using machine learning and working alongside the team to help build solutions that brands and consumers can trust.”

Jamison will join Quantcast on 21 June and follows the recent appointment of Quantcast’s new head of account management, Jacquelyn ‘JC’ Cowardin.

2DayFM announces Mathew ‘Eggo’ Eggleston as new content director

Eggleston has worked with SCA for 13 years.

Head of the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham, today announced the appointment of Mathew ‘Eggo’ Eggleston as content director for 2DayFM Sydney. 

Eggleston has worked with SCA for 13 years, most recently as Hit Network’s metro operations manager and looking after regional content for Hit. He has held various other roles at SCA across programming, including as content director for B105 where he led the team to number one. 

He began his radio career with NXFM Newcastle as an announcer and music director, before moving to SAFM and then Fox FM in similar roles. He is no stranger to 2DayFM, where he was music director. 

“Eggo has 2DayFM in his blood, his true passion for the station and brand is obvious and he will inject his enthusiasm into the 2Day product and shows. It’s an exciting time for 2Day with our new The Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin breakfast show and we are looking forward to having Eggo on the team,” Fordham said. 

Commenting on his new role, Eggleston said: “When it comes to radio, 2DayFM was always the dream as a young kid growing up in Newcastle. I’ve had the pleasure of working here on multiple occasions already over my time in radio, but nothing compares to getting the keys to the station as the content director. I’m looking forward to leading this talented team and I’m excited to get started.” 

Eggleston’s appointment is effective immediately. 

Elsewhere on the Hit Network today, Justin Hill has been announced as the host of Stan Original RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under: The Podcast to coincide with the debut of the eight-part Stan Original Series RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

The Hit Network production, created exclusively with Stan, will be available to stream on LiSTNR every Sunday after each new episode.

The podcast will showcase a weekly rundown of each episode and interviews with eliminated queens.

AANA announces that Facebook has agreed to fund advertising self-regulation

“In recent years there has been a growing trend for advertisers to pay major publishers and digital platforms directly”

The Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) announced today that Facebook has formally joined the system that funds the operation of the advertising self-regulatory system that includes the operations of Ad Standards.

John Broome, the AANA’s CEO, said Facebook’s decision is an important milestone in the evolution of the self-regulatory system.

“When the AANA set-up the self-regulatory system over twenty years ago, virtually all advertising was in traditional media and made via media buying agencies. Advertisers supporting the self-regulatory system voluntarily pay a small levy on their media spend that is collected on their behalf by members of the Media Federation of Australia.

“However, in recent years there has been a growing trend for advertisers to pay major publishers and digital platforms directly, with the unintended consequence of effectively bypassing the current collection mechanism. At the same time, the increasing migration to digital has led to much more advertising content and hence a greater workload for Ad Standards. So, Facebook’s move to directly fund the self-regulatory system will help underpin its future financial sustainability,” Broome said.

Will Easton, Facebook Australia and New Zealand’s managing director and vice president said a fully functioning advertising self-regulatory system was in the interests of all parties.

“Australia’s self-regulatory system provides the public with a highly efficient and effective complaints handling service that is one hundred percent funded by industry. We are committed to ensuring that we play an appropriate role in ensuring its funding now and in the future,” Easton said.

The AANA said that self-regulation would now be funded by the combination of the levy system, operated by the MFA on advertisers’ behalf, and direct funding from digital publishers and major media outlets.

“We are in discussions with the other major digital platforms and media players to achieve a sustainable and equitable funding arrangement. I am pleased to say that those discussions are progressing very well, and I am confident that we will continue to evolve our funding model so that we maintain a world class self-regulatory system that meets the Australian community’s expectations,” Broome said.

hayu celebrates five years in Australia and launches new brand campaign

The brand campaign focuses on unique, relatable viewing moments.

All reality SVOD service hayu has just celebrated its fifth anniversary in Australia and just launched a new brand campaign across OOH, ADTV, Radio, Podcasts, Digital and BTL. The brand campaign focuses on unique, relatable viewing moments, highlighting the emotional value that hayu delivers its subscribers.

“Our research shows that hayu’s Australian subscribers have a unique emotional connection with hayu, where viewers cherish their hayu viewing experience that represents an important moment of ‘me-time’ and escapism,” commented Richard Howard, senior vice president – marketing, hayu. “We wanted our campaign to reflect this, highlighting why Aussies love hayu through a series of relatable moments – whether that’s indulging in some Sunday morning reality after a big night out or escaping the kids for a few moments to tune out and recharge.”

“Five years in the Australian market is a big milestone, and we’re extremely proud of the ongoing success of hayu in Australia and globally,” said Hendrik McDermott, managing director, hayu. “In a competitive market, hayu resonates with subscribers because it’s a completely unique SVOD offering. hayu’s breadth of reality content continues to resonate with Australian viewers – from global celebrity reality hits such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives, Below Deck and Million Dollar Listing, to exclusive content like Made In Chelsea and HBOMax’s Big Shot with Bethenny, as well as popular true crime docu-series.”

hayu offers over 8,000 episodes of reality and true crime TV shows across a wide variety of unscripted sub-genres including: celebrity, lifestyle, home and design, dating, cooking and fashion. hayu’s breadth of content uniquely super-serves reality fans and subscribers don’t have to worry about spoilers as the vast majority of U.S. shows are available on hayu the same day as their U.S. broadcast. This month sees the brand-new seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of New York City and Botched land on the service.

In addition to the brand campaign, hayu continues to cement its position in Australia through both local and global commercial partnerships, including the recently announced Samsung partnership, which sees hayu deepening its reach with the app now available on Samsung Smart TVs in all territories.

Having first launched in Australia, the U.K. and Ireland in March 2016 hayu has established itself for Australian fans of international reality TV. Now available in 27 territories globally, hayu expanded its footprint to Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in 2017, Canada and the Benelux in 2018, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore in October 2019, and Germany and Austria in 2020. In February hayu launched in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. 

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Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel set to jet across the Tasman for New Zealand broadcast

The trio are set to pack their bags for their first overseas trip as a team.

Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel drive show have been dreaming of travelling ever since the opening of the travel bubble with New Zealand hit the news, and now the trio are set to pack their bags for their first overseas trip as a team.

From 22 May, KateTim & Joel will be partnering with Tourism New Zealand for the first time to explore the country. It’s Joel’s first time broadcasting the show from overseas, while seasoned pros Kate and Tim have taken the drive show to the UK for the royal wedding in 2018 and Las Vegas in 2016, so they are sure to have heaps of “helpful” tips for the newbie.

Tim said, “We’ve been dreaming about travelling for a while and we are not dreaming anymore. We love New Zealand – whale watching in Kaikoura, rafting in Hamilton, Waiheke Island – one of the most beautiful places on earth and skydiving in Taupo.”

Kate said, “It’s going to be awesome but I’m not skydiving, are we skydiving?”

Joel said, “Yes that’s how we are arriving.”

What do they have planned during their getaway? Winery tours on Waiheke Island, a scenic flight to Auckland’s Sky Tower – they’ll discover some of the experiences New Zealand has to offer and meet the locals along the way. After their days of sightseeing and capturing content on the Kate, Tim & Joel socials, the team will jump into the studio to broadcast live on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 May and encourage listeners to stop dreaming and go themselves.

Andrew Waddel, general manager of Tourism New Zealand – Australia said, “We’re so excited to welcome Kate, Tim & Joel over and share the wonders of Aotearoa New Zealand with our neighbours once again.

“From alpine scenery in Wanaka to the award-winning wineries of Hawke’s Bay, and buzzing streets of Wellington – there’s loads to see and do.”

Listeners can also have their own New Zealand experience with Kate, Tim & Joel giving away trips to Wellington, Hamilton & Waikato, Christchurch, Kaikoura and Nelson before they head off.

Check out the website for a chance to stop dreaming about New Zealand and go. Tune into Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel from 3pm or check out the team’s socials to follow their NZ adventure.

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Screen Australia and Film Victoria to fund new TikTok series, Scattered

Since the release of the trailer earlier this week, the account has already gained 700,000 views.

The first ever web series to be funded by both Screen Australia and Film Victoria for TikTok, launched on May 17. Produced by Hayley Adams and Michelle Melky, and directed by Logan MuchaScattered is a new queer drama comprised of 38 x 1-minute daily eps to be released on TikTok.

It follows three best friends, Jules, Sami and Bo, the day after their friend Wil’s funeral, when they wake up with brutal hang-overs and one less person, Wil… well, his ashes that is. Over the series, the friends retrace their steps to find his ashes and give him the send-off he deserves.

TikTok has become the platform for queer communities to gather and create art, memes and trends online. Bringing this queer series to the platform in 2021 is the perfect pairing of emotive filmmaking and a platform designed for mass distribution.

Since the release of the trailer earlier this week, the account has already gained 700,000 views, 40,000 followers, 230,000 likes and 1500 comments, all before a series episode has been released.

This is not the first creative collaboration for Adams (2021 Screen Forever Ones to Watch) and Melky (creative producer of youth entertainment agency Amplify). They previously pro- duced and directed Love Songs, the world’s first narrative series for TikTok – 21 x 1 minute episodes which has amassed more than 140k followers, 12 million views and 2.5 million likes, with the highly anticipated Season 2 now being released in partnership with Tinder. Season 2 stars Australian TikTokers with a combined following of 4 million.

Scattered stars an emerging cast of relative newcomers, including the three leads – Zenya Carmelotti as Sami, Kurt Pimblett as Bo, and Campbell Connelly as Jules. It has been co-written by Logan Mucha, Kate Darrigan and Adolfo Aranjuez, and was filmed on location in Melbourne.

Lee Naimo, senior online investment manager at Screen Australia said, “We’re really proud to support this clever and captivating series from a talented team with a proven track record of creating entertaining content in bite-size episodes. With the trailer already gaining impressive traction, I can’t wait to see the full series reach audiences on TikTok.”

Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said “Moving, diverse and beautifully shot, Scattered has set the bar high for Australian TikTok series. We can’t wait to see audiences embrace this heartfelt screen story and we encourage more Victorian creative teams to take the leap into vertical production.”

Scattered has received principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria.

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TV Ratings Survey: Wednesday Week 21

By Trent Thomas

• Dead even: Nine and Seven share primary channel spoils
• Network shares not so even with Nine #1
• Travel Guides beats out Hard Quiz

Primetime News
Seven News 974,000/930,000
Nine News 910,000/888,000
ABC News 615,000
10 News First 354,000 (5:00pm)/ 248,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 158,000 (6:30pm) 139,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 678,000
7.30 573,000
The Project 285,000 (6:3 pm)/445,000 (7pm)
The Drum 175,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 242,000
Today 190,000
News Breakfast 170,000

Late News
Nine News Late Edition 112,000
The Latest 87,000
ABC Late News 61,000
SBS World News Late 42,000


Travel Guides was the #1 non-news program as the show took 630,000 viewers to South Australia where the guides went sand dune surfing, got cuddly at Kangaroo Island, and went shark diving.

This was then followed by the Aussie drama Doctor Doctor with 368,000 tuning in.

Footy Classified then had 95,000 viewers after airing in Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide.


Big Brother had 539,000 viewers watch as three housemates went home. This was the #1 program in all key demos last night as well. Although this episode was down on last Wednesday’s 562,000 viewers.

In the episode, the twins went head to head for a bonus spot in the house. After close to five hours, Alex made the ultimate sacrifice, forfeiting the challenge so her sister could stay.

“I’ve got something good to go home to,” said Alex. “It was good for Char and I to spend that time together. It’s definitely brought us closer as sisters and it’s still been the best experience. I hope Charlotte wins more than anything.”

Mitch claimed another challenge victory, nominating Charlotte H, Gabe and Ari, but Ari was saved from the vote after a technical fault. Charlotte was ultimately sent packing.    

“Everyone’s nuts,” said Charlotte. “People take it way too seriously and I just laugh at them, like, ‘oh my gosh, get a day job’. I don’t really care. I was running out of clothes and there is no dry cleaning service.”

As Charlotte exited the house, Gabe had some news of his own, telling Big Brother he wished to depart.

“I’m mentally, emotionally and physically struggling in here Big Brother,” said Gabe. “I find it hard finding my voice in this house. There’s a lot of loud personalities and I feel like I get smaller when they speak. I’m not doing well, it’s better for me to leave.”

Big Brother was followed by the classic comedy film The Hangover with 201,000.

Home and Away was the top non-news program on seven last night with 559,000 viewers.


MasterChef had 557,000 viewers as Beat the Brigade Week continued as the amateur chefs faced off against the team from the Melbourne restaurant Lucy Liu.

The MasterChef team won after winning entrée and main, while losing to Lucy Liu on desserts. This means Brent, Kishwar, Aaron and Tom are now safe from Sunday night’s elimination.
This episode was up on last Wednesday’s 513,000.

On The Project 285,000 (6:3 pm) and 445,000 (7pm) viewers tuned in as the show discussed the Somerton Man, PETA’s advice to Aussie farmers, and why people are upset over Eurovision.

10 Bold was the top multichannel with a share of 4.3%, with a lot of the credit for the win going to NCIS.


Hard Quiz continues to perform well on Wednesday nights narrowly missing out on the top non-news spot last night after bringing in 620,000 viewers, only 10,000 less than Travel Guides.

This was followed by the season finale of The Weekly with Charlie Pickering which had 516,000 tune in as the show featured Tony Armstrong and Margaret Pomeranz.

Up next was You Can’t Ask That, with this week’s episode focusing on amputees. The episode had 374,000 tune in.


The top show on SBS last night was the third episode of See What You Made Me Do with 175,000 viewers. The series shows journalist Jess Hill examining the epidemic of domestic violence. The show had 262,000 in its premiers and 212,000 last Wednesday.

Week 21: Wednesday
ABC12.8%718.7%918.7%10 12.1%SBS One4.5%
ABC KIDS/ ABC TV PLUS2.7%7TWO3.2%GO!2.0%10 Bold4.3%VICELAND1.7%
ABC ME0.3%7mate2.6%GEM2.7%10 Peach2.7%Food Net1.2%
ABC NEWS2.3%7flix2.0%9Life2.8%10 Shake0.5%NITV0.2%
    9Rush1.5%  SBS World Movies0.6%
TOTAL18.2% 26.5% 27.7% 19.5% 8.2%


ABCSeven AffiliatesNine Affiliates10 AffiliatesSBS
ABC12.2%717.9%915.5%WIN8.6%SBS One4.6%
ABC ME1.3%7mate3.2%GEM5.3%WIN Peach2.7%Food Net1.2%
ABC NEWS1.4%7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)2.3%9Life2.9%Sky News  on WIN2.2%NITV0.2%
        SBS Movies0.5%
TOTAL17.3% 28.5% 27.3% 19.3% 8.2%


Wednesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 974,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 930,000
  3. Nine News Nine 910,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 888,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 678,000
  6. Travel Guides Nine 630,000
  7. Hard Quiz S6 ABC TV 620,000
  8. ABC News ABC TV 615,000
  9. 7.30 ABC TV 573,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 559,000
  11. MasterChef Australia 10 557,000
  12. The Chase Australia Seven 553,000
  13. Big Brother Seven 539,000
  14. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering ABC TV 516,000
  15. Hot Seat Nine 475,000
  16. The Project 7pm 10 445,000
  17. You Can’t Ask That ABC TV 374,000
  18. Doctor Doctor Nine 368,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 368,000
  20. 10 News First 10 354,000
Demo Top Five

16-39 Top Five

  1. Big Brother Seven 135,000
  2. MasterChef Australia 10 128,000
  3. The Project 7pm 10 120,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 112,000
  5. Travel Guides Nine 103,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Big Brother Seven 245,000
  2. MasterChef Australia 10 218,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 200,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 199,000
  5. Nine News Nine 198,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Big Brother Seven 268,000
  2. MasterChef Australia 10 259,000
  3. Seven News Seven 254,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 245,000
  5. Nine News Nine 244,000
Wednesday Multichannel
  1. Bluey ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 219,000
  2. Bluey ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 189,000
  3. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 178,000
  4. School Of Roars ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 175,000
  5. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 171,000
  6. Peter Rabbit ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 169,000
  7. Kangaroo Beach ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 156,000
  8. Peppa Pig ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 153,000
  9. Rusty Rivets ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 150,000
  10. Kiri And Lou ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 137,000
  11. Shaun The Sheep ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 135,000
  12. Pj Masks ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 134,000
  13. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 134,000
  14. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Bold 125,000
  15. Peppa Pig ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 122,000
  16. Neighbours 10 Peach 120,000
  17. The Adventures Of Paddington ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 118,000
  18. Play School Nursery Rhyme News Time ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 112,000
  19. Home Town 9Life 112,000
  20. Grace’s Amazing Machines ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 109,000
Wednesday STV                           
  1. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 65,000
  2. Credlin Sky News Live 60,000
  3. Grand Designs Australia Lifestyle Channel 59,000
  4. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 53,000
  5. Alan Jones Sky News Live 52,000
  6. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 48,000
  7. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 48,000
  8. Are You Being Served? FOX Classics 40,000
  9. Keeping Up Appearances FOX Classics 36,000
  10. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 35,000
  11. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 31,000
  12. Matty Johns Face-To-Face FOX LEAGUE 31,000
  13. Escape To The Chateau Lifestyle Channel 30,000
  14. PML Later Sky News Live 29,000
  15. The Great British Bake Off Lifestyle FOOD 28,000
  16. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 28,000
  17. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 28,000
  18. The Adventures Of Paddington Nick Jr. 28,000
  19. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 28,000
  20. Homicide Hunter crime + investigation 27,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
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

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

AT&T-Discovery deal, named ‘Columbus,’ started with a text

The media industry’s biggest M&A deal in years started with a text message about golf, reports AFR‘s Scott Moritz and Liana Baker.

Discovery chief executive officer David Zaslav shot the note to AT&T CEO John Stankey during a weekend in February, bemoaning the fact that Covid-19 would keep them from meeting up at an annual golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California.

That sparked a two-hour conversation that laid the groundwork for a tie-up between the two companies – and the end of AT&T’s costly foray into the entertainment world.

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Amazon in talks to buy MGM movie studio for $US9 billion

Amazon has entered talks to buy MGM, the last big independent Hollywood movie studio, in a deal that would help beef up the content portfolio of the online retailer’s Prime Video service, as the industry’s consolidation is accelerating in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic-induced changes in consumer behavior, reports Dow Jones‘ Pierre Briancon.

MGM’s film library includes the James Bond, Rocky, Pink Panther and The Hobbit franchises. The studio has already postponed four times the theatre release of its latest Bond blockbuster, No Time to Die, due to the pandemic.

The news, first reported by The Information, comes one day after telecom AT&T and factual-television company Discovery announced they would merge their media interests.

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Australia needs to strengthen press freedom laws and promote transparency, inquiry finds

Laws to protect public interest journalism should be beefed up and a culture of transparency promoted, a senate committee report on press freedom has recommended, reports Guardian Australia‘s Amanda Meade.

Media companies told the inquiry that press freedom and the protection of whistleblowers is essential to democracy and must be balanced with national security issues.

Tabled in parliament on Wednesday, the report has 17 recommendations, including improving the freedom of information laws which often produce documents so redacted they are useless and amending the criminal code to reverse the onus on journalists to prove their stories are in the public interest.

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Journalists face jail threat and culture of secrecy as Senate report suggests overhaul

Australia’s media face laws that threaten journalists who report leaked classified information with jail and a culture of secrecy in the Commonwealth government, a Senate committee examining press freedom has found, reports SMH‘s Nick Bonyhady.

In a report released on Wednesday, the committee’s Labor-Greens majority said the public sector was developing a “culture of secrecy” manifest in freedom of information requests delayed for so long or redacted so heavily they became useless.

It said Australia’s whistleblowing laws weren’t working properly and secrecy laws were so broad they were “susceptible to overuse, misuse or even abuse”.

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News Brands

Google launches News Showcase in India as 30 publishers paid for content

Google on Tuesday announced the launch of its global product called News Showcase in India. Launched in October 2020, News Showcase is a global vehicle to pay news publishers for their content online. It also allows partnering publishers to curate content and provide limited access to paywalled stories for users, reports Mint.

The tech giant has sealed agreements with 30 Indian publishers to offer access to some of their content on News Showcase, including HT Digital Streams Ltd, The Hindu Group, Indian Express Group, ABP LIVE, India TV, NDTV, Zee News, Amar Ujala, Deccan Herald, Punjab Kesari, The Telegraph India, IANS (Indo Asian News Service), and ANI.

News Showcase is currently live across multiple countries, including UK, Germany and Australia with over 700 news publications.

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Christian Porter: losing barrister would be ’big deal’ in ABC case

It would be a “very big deal” for Christian Porter to be deprived of his high-profile defamation barrister in his case against the ABC, a court has heard, reports News Corp’s Nicola Berkovic.

Jo Dyer, director of the Adelaide Writers Week, is seeking orders in the Federal Court to stop barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC from representing the former Attorney-General in his defamation action against the ABC.

Chrysanthou, who has previously represented actor Geoffrey Rush and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, has been accused of having access to confidential information related to Porter’s case against the ABC provided to her by Dyer in a “lawyer-client relationship”.

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NSW govt flying blind on Oz coverage

Media advisers throughout the NSW government were left scrambling on Tuesday evening after being told they would, as of the next morning, lose access to News Corp’s premier publication, as currently delivered through media monitor Meltwater, reports AFR‘s Myriam Robin.

As The Australian noted on its own website’s fine print early on Wednesday, Meltwater Australia “no longer holds a licence to copy or communicate content from The Australian in its media monitoring service”. Which means all its clients, and not just those in politics, can no longer access articles about them carried in Rupert Murdoch’s favourite newspaper.

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Marie Claire owner reports record profits on back of Covid reading boom

Future, the owner of magazines from Marie Claire to Metal Hammer and sites such as TechRadar and GoCompare, has reported record revenues and profits in its first half as the company continues to cash in on the pandemic-fuelled reading and online shopping boom, reports The Guardian’s Mark Sweney.

Future reported a 21% increase in group revenues to £272m and more than doubled pre-tax profits to £57m in the six months to the end of March, well ahead of analyst forecasts, prompting the company to say that its full-year results will be “materially ahead” of expectations.

Future’s share price surged more than 6% on the upgrade, close to levels not seen since the first dotcom boom two decades ago, giving the London-listed group a market value of more than £3bn.

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Band member tests positive, Iceland withdraws from live Eurovision

In a blow to a Eurovision favourite, a member of the Iceland band Daði og Gagnamagnið has tested positive to Covid-19, reports TV Tonight.

In close collaboration with the EBU and the host broadcaster, Daði og Gagnamagnið have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from performing in this year’s live Eurovision Song Contest shows, as they only want to perform together as a group.

Their song will remain in the competition with organisers to broadcast their rehearsal performance, recorded on the stage on May 13.

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10 picks first bisexual Bachelorette

Channel 10 has named the next Bachelorette and not only will she be the first openly bisexual star of the show, she’ll also be the first Indigenous suitress, reports News Corp’s Andrew Bucklow and Bella Fowler.

26-year-old youth worker Brooke Blurton, who was a contestant on The Bachelor in 2018 and later appeared on Bachelor In Paradise, will grace our screens as Australia’s next Bachelorette.

Casting for the show is now open and given Brooke is bisexual, both men and women are being invited to apply.

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Netflix accused of using paid actors on reality TV show Byron Baes

Filming for Netflix’s upcoming reality TV show Byron Baes is said to be underway and insiders claim the controversial new series will include paid actors, reports News Corp’s Mibengé Nsenduluka.

Confidential hears that several participants have notable acting experience while others have allegedly had acting lessons in the lead up to filming.

“This is a fake show that is not based on reality, it’s all contrived” one insider claimed.

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Former TV sports presenter Brad McEwan has opened up about his family’s suicide pain

Former TV presenter Brad McEwan has opened up about his family’s pain of losing his brother and father to suicide, reports News Corp’s Jackie Epstein.

McEwan, who presented sport on Network 10 for 20 years, has spoken publicly for the first time with the help of mental health support organisation Beyond Blue and its new podcast Not Alone.

“It’s not something that comes up in most conversations, but when you’re reminded of how difficult that period was, I was sad and found myself getting emotional,’’ McEwan told the Herald Sun.

“The whole family was as I never go into the depths of the days and the hours of losing (my brother) Craig and Dad (Bob).

“Having been a Beyond Blue ambassador for a decade or so, I just felt like I needed to.”

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