By Claudia Siron
Punkee is a digital publication teens and young adults visit for their daily dose of reality TV and popular culture content. Tahlia Pritchard has been the editor at Punkee for the past 18 months and said the Punkee brand is probably one of the most positive when it comes to spilling the tea on reality shows and media personalities.
Pritchard told Mediaweek about Punkee’s popular content, her thoughts on this season of The Bachelorette, and the importance of using video.
Pritchard moved over to Punkee from BuzzFeed Australia after three and a half years there. She said because it was such a global site, it was really interesting coming to a site that was a lot more Australian-specific. “The Punkee voice is to be really positive about everything, and it’s not that BuzzFeed Oz wasn’t, but it was a really nice change in the audience and I think the brand Punkee had already built up itself as a really refreshingly positive space,” said Pritchard.
“Every article we write, we write it with the intent where we make sure we aren’t reporting false gossip or bagging anyone out.”
Pritchard said Punkee supports these shows and these brands, and said even Punkee’s audience is positive – there’s never really any bagging out or nasty comments. “To be a part of a positive space has been really good for me as well – when I was at Buzzfeed Oz, we would get really nasty comments and people emailing us abuse, so coming to Punkee has allowed me to really delve into content that made people happy, and that’s supportive of shows, celebrities and things that are happening in Australia’s media landscape. It’s a refreshing change.”
Pritchard explained how Punkee has been dabbling in a bit of lifestyle and pop culture content, and when they hit Wednesday onwards it’s all Bachelorette focused from pretty much 9am to 10pm. “We’re a very small team of three, which I don’t think many people realise. We have a video producer James Anthony, senior writer Tara Watson, and me as editor.
“Because we’re so small, I want quality over quantity. I don’t care if we publish two articles a day when other places are publishing six or more. I would rather it be good. On the days when we aren’t doing reality TV-based content, we try to think of what other types of content we can create that will give us a name outside of the reality TV space – and if we are loving what we’re writing, it’s probably true that our readers will love it too. At the end of our week though, it’s 75% reality TV, 25% whatever else.”
Pritchard came on board last May and Punkee has established itself as a strong force in the reality TV sector. She said Punkee has also moved in some other spaces besides reality TV in the last year. “Really Australian-specific topics, nostalgic stuff, noughties fashion trends, primary school games are also doing really well for our audience.
“It’s really exciting to see we are shifting in other ways, but yes, reality TV is definitely still our most popular content. Married at First Sight (MAFS) is probably our biggest show. This year covering MAFS was so eye-opening for me, because it was just constant content. I think we published over 150 articles on just this year’s season. From the end of January to April we were only covering MAFS content.”
Pritchard shared her thoughts on this year’s Bachelorette and said she thinks Angie Kent has been her favourite Bachelorette so far. “I was skeptical going in because I’m not a huge Gogglebox watcher, and I’ve seen bits of her on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. I mean, we had Sophie Monk, we had the Honey Badger; we’ve had these kinds of personalities and I wasn’t enjoying those seasons as much compared to the ones with Georgia Love and Matty J who weren’t as media trained.
“I thought Angie was going to be a bit like Sophie – who’s great – but you could tell she was perhaps too media-trained for the whole experience if that makes sense. But Angie has gone in and she’s being completely herself, she just kind of doesn’t care.
“She’s a bit bogan and I love that. She’s not scared to say what she feels. I also think it’s an interesting angle that she’s never fallen in love before; this season is so hard to predict. Normally I have a good idea of exactly who’s going to win, but Angie has got me on my toes this season.”
Pritchard said Punkee is at a point where they could probably write up anything because their audience is so thirsty for reality TV content.
“There’s always rumours going around, and we’ve been conscious to make sure what our point of difference is – we’re not just going to rewrite a rumour that every site has published.
“We actually genuinely love the show so we don’t want to bag anyone out or hate on the contestants. We’re not going to write up the gossipy angles, that’s not who we are. When Carlin Sterritt came out on the show that he was married, some sites tracked down his wife and posted it on Instagram saying ‘here’s Carlin’s mystery wife’ – we aren’t going to post that sort of thing at all. We like to celebrate the show and not go into rumours.”
Pritchard said Punkee’s biggest story recently was when Jess Glasgow got kicked out of The Bachelorette and they did a really different angle where they celebrated Haydn Trick shutting him down. “The story went off because we were celebrating the guys that were sticking up for Angie, and the whole news cycle was about Jess and Jess hopefully losing his job and Jess’ misogyny, so we decided to go with another angle and traffic-wise it really worked out for us.”
With Love Island running back to back with The Bachelorette, Pritchard said this has been really tricky. “It’s so much reality TV in one week,” she laughed. “As it’s just the three of us, we’ve had to put The Bachelorette as the first priority; it’s our hero show – people recognise Punkee through The Bachelor franchise.
“Tara, our senior writer, has been keeping up with Love Island, so she’s writing that stuff. I haven’t been paying much attention because it’s time I haven’t been able to put in. I think Love Island is still growing; right now it doesn’t have that Bachelor or MAFS obsession yet with the audience, but we don’t want to ignore it because of that. So, we’ve been covering bits here and there but not religiously.”
Pritchard said Punkee’s videos first took off when they did The Bachelor recaps, and she said that’s still the bread and butter of how they use video. “James, who does video, has his own fan base now – it’s insane. He’s known as ‘The Punkee Guy’ on the street. The stuff he does is so funny, he’s just so talented.
“Outside of the recaps, we’ll do video memes and that sort of thing. Like how we approach articles, we don’t just want to just publish anything for the sake to get our views up. Everything we do outside of recaps, we’ll go through a little criteria of ‘is it nostalgic? Is it Aussie focused? Is it trending?’. Whatever we do, we put our own spin on it.”
Pritchard said the team are brainstorming at the moment for a different video series they could pull that’s not reality TV focused, once The Bachelorette is over. “We haven’t locked down anything yet, but I guess I’ll just say stay tuned.
“Punkee‘s just celebrated its two biggest months ever in August and September and we’re hoping October will continue the streak to make it three in a row. Obviously a lot of it is reality TV focused, but we’ve also seen a lot of success in other stuff we’ve published as well, so I’m really excited about we can be doing in 2020 outside of The Bachelor franchise.”
The Seven Network has announced its key partners for the 2019-20 Summer of Cricket. A suite of new and returning partners have joined Seven’s Summer of Cricket, as the Network ramps up its second summer of coverage.
Natalie Harvey, Seven’s Network sales director, said: “We had a great first Summer of Cricket and the upcoming Summer is set to be even better. We’ve got multiple returning sponsors who all see the incredible business impact a partnership with Seven’s Cricket brings.”
Returning as partners this summer include KFC, Bunnings and P&O. All three partners saw tremendous results over the 2018-19 summer, on the back of the dominant reach of 7CRICKET. Joining as new partners for the 2019-20 summer include Optus and Huddle.
Test Match days during Seven’s first Summer of Cricket delivered an average daytime commercial share of 54.4%, and primetime commercial shares averaging 37.5% during Big Bash League matches.
This dominance extended to key demographics, with commercial shares of 56% for P25-54, 61.7% for P18-39 and 63.3% for M18+, during the daytime Test Match coverage. Across the whole Summer of Cricket, Seven reached 14.8 million Australians.
Seven’s Summer of Cricket is already underway, with the Women’s Twenty20 International between Australia and Sri Lanka on September 29, and the Women’s Big Bash League, which launched on Friday, October 18. The first Men’s Test Match, Australia v Pakistan, starts Thursday, November 21 and the Men’s Big Bash League commences on Tuesday, December 17.
Lewis Martin, Seven’s head of sport, said: “We’ve already seen how incredible this Summer of Cricket will be, with stunning performances like those from Alyssa Healy giving us a preview of what we can expect.
“We can’t wait to bring the Cricket, Australia’s favourite Summer sport, to the audiences our partners crave and all Australians.”
When combined with 7NEWS, Australia’s most-watched 6.00 pm news service, Sunrise, Australia’s most-watched breakfast show for the 16 years running, and The Latest, Australia’s only late-night news bulletin, Seven reports its Summer of Cricket will provide unmatched reach this Summer, delivering exceptional results for our partners.
Seven’s continuing coverage of the 2019-20 Summer of Cricket will be live and free across the screens of Seven.
The full list of partners for the 2019-20 summer of Cricket on Seven include: AHM, Alinta, Bunnings, Chemist Warehouse, Domain, Gillette, Harvey Norman, Huddle, KFC, Lion, Optus, P&O, Specsavers, Toyota and Woolworths.
Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam and Browny plus anchor Deano have started a week of breakfast broadcasts from New York City.
Co-host Jonathan Brown started his trip by competing in the New York marathon just a number of hours before the first show from New York went to air.
Browny finished the race in 3 hours and 14 minutes. Browny had told people he wanted to do a sub-3.30 and was told that was very unlikely for his first marathon.
At the start of the show Browny said: “Hello to everyone back home, I’m nearly dead – it’s bloody emotional. I wanted to cry when I crossed the finish line, but I was reminded by my wife that I was born without tear ducts!”
Browny said he heard Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run and he said it gave him a pep – this was about 5kms to go – he saw Nina (EB Research) and how she was emotional, so, he kept on going.
Browny added: “I can’t under estimate it, I can’t explain what it feels like to have the support there. Knowing I had you guys there at the right time, coming up Fifth Avenue when you’re past the point of 8km to go – when I saw you guys I thought I can do this and get through, doing it for EB [Research]. I honestly, when I was going through the battles of 10km to go. You start thinking about the kids that have it, thought about my own kids, my wife Kyles and seeing the joy in your faces I thought, I can do this and power home. It was such an amazing feeling and it feels so much better that I have you guys here, than doing it for my own. It might sound a bit soppy from someone who isn’t an emotional person but if gave me great strength to finish it off and power on.”
Chrissie said Browny has trained for the last 16-17 weeks for the Event.
Browny said he’d raised over $100,000 for EB Research through the race.
Browny recalled some of the race: “You start and you go up that bridge, it’s about a mile climb, but people are sprinting at the start and I thought they were going too fast, I had to be careful not to get caught up in that.”
He said: “A time of 3.30 was achievable, but, absolute pie in the sky for 3.15”. Sam Pang said he was following on the NY marathon app that Browny’s average pace was 4 minute 37 seconds per kilometre which resulted in 3 hours 14 minutes and 26 seconds as his final time.
Chrissie asked if his sneakers have any thread left – Browny said his Adidas Ultraboosts still have a little left in them.
Chrissie also asked about the Steve Moneghetti chat (featured on the breakfast show last week). Moneghetti said a man that starts the marathon is not the man that finishes the marathon – Chrissie asked if that makes sense?
Browny added “It does a little bit because you reach in. The great thing about team sport is that you’re out there with 21 team mates and you go through a battle together, but with a marathon, it’s a wrestle with yourself, and you do feel like you conquer that when you get to the line”.
He continued: “It is nice to know you can still tolerate pain, but its more the fact that you’re able to overcome something on your own. So whatever that means I’m not sure but to get through the demons…when you’re out there training on your own you start talking to yourself.”
Browny said he needed a pre race bottle of red to calm the nerves – meaning he had a glass of wine the night before the race.
Browny went for the ice cream dessert too the night before the race – Sam Pang joked that he should not have had dairy.
Browny’s post-race feed included a hot dog.
The Nova 100 breakfast show gets a day of in New York because of Cup Day and will return on Wednesday.
Network 10 is the Victorian Racing Club’s broadcast partner for the 2019 Spring Carnival.
10 Network highlights:
During Spring Carnival week 10 will have four on-ground broadcast points including from the Jockey’s Lounge and the exclusive Birdcage.
Streaming of the Carnival live and in HD on 10 Play.
Pop-up radio channel in partnership with Racing & Sport Network (RSN) on 10 Play.
Pink carpet Birdcage arrivals show broadcast on 10 Daily.
Myer Fashion on the Field events exclusively streamed on 10 Daily.
Coverage of ‘the race that stops a nation’ on CBS Sports Network.
Seven major sponsors across broadcast and digital.
Network 10 will be bringing the Melbourne Cup Carnival to audiences in more ways and across more platforms than ever.
At 9.30pm on Monday, Sports Tonight – Lexus Melbourne Cup Preview will see Francesca Cumani, Roz Kelly, David Gately and Gerald Middleton analyse what’s to come in the race that stops the nation.
As the sun rises on racing’s day of days, Studio 10 is kicking things off early from 7am on Tuesday, 5 November with television royalty Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Sarah Harris, Angela Bishop and Joe Hildebrand, as well as a host of special guests and more than a few surprises.
From 10am coverage of the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup commences live with the premiere event at 3pm.
For everything post-race there’s 10 News First with Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane hosts broadcasting live from Flemington including Jennifer Keyte, Stephen Quartermain and Mike Larkan for Melbourne, Sandra Sully and Matt Burke for Sydney and Georgina Lewis and Jonathan Williams for Brisbane.
After The Cup, The Project is broadcasting live from the Birdcage studio with Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Peter Helliar and Tommy Little live from 6.30pm.
Schedule Tuesday, 5 November
7.00am: Studio 10 – live from Flemington
Includes Birdcage Arrivals from 10.00am with coverage continued on 10 Daily at 10am via Studio 10 Extra until 11.30am.
10.00am: Live coverage of Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
5.30pm: 10 News First – live from Flemington
6.30pm: The Project – live from Flemington
10 Play will be the only place to stream all races live in high-definition.
10’s official digital broadcast hub for the Melbourne Cup Carnival will feature:
A live Odds Ticker, sponsored by TAB.
Exclusive interviews with 10’s world-class commentary team.
Photo galleries and articles from the Carnival.
A viewing party toolkit including quizzes, top tips and Carnival experience bingo.
10 also is partnering with RSN with the support of the Victoria Racing Club to produce Cup Week Radio, a special Melbourne Cup Carnival pop-up radio channel. From 1-10 November, the channel will feature live Melbourne Cup Carnival coverage and bespoke digital radio content. The audio feed will be hosted on the 10 Play digital broadcast hub.
10 Daily – Melbourne Cup Carnival news hub
10 Daily will be the place to find all the latest racing news, the winners and grinners, fashion round-ups and celebrity news from the Carnival at 10daily.com.au/cupweekon10.
Want to see who made it into the Birdcage? On AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day, 10 Daily – via Studio 10 – will be broadcasting a live, pink carpet arrivals show from the Birdcage hosted by 10 News First reporter Georgia Love, alongside Elliot Garnaut, Victoria Racing Club’s official stylist. Coverage starts during Studio 10 each day and will continue to stream via 10 Daily as celeb guests start frocking up to Flemington.
Melbourne Cup coverage will also be available on Racing.com.
Viewers can watch coverage through Channel 78 (metro) and 68 (regional), and Channel 552 on Foxtel.
International Melbourne Cup Coverage
Australia Plus into Asia.
Dubai Sports network into Middle East.
Eurosports in Europe.
Through 10’s partnership with the VRC, CBS Sports Network will televise ‘the race that stops a nation’ on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day. The coverage will air exclusively in the United States in primetime on Monday, 4 November at 9:30 PM, ET.
By James Manning
With just four weeks of the survey year left, Nine is looking good to complete it’s best year ever with a win all people. Nine’s combined channel share YTD is on 29.6%, 0.4 ahead of Seven on 29.2%.
After week 44, the 36th week of survey, Nine finished 2.1 ahead of Seven, while Nine’s combined channel share was also a winner, 1.9 in front of Seven. This despite Seven having one more multichannel, for now.
The penultimate week of The Block saw three of the four episodes screened last week in the top four shows. The Sunday episode was again the best with 1.08m.
Nine News, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes were all in the top 20.
RBT and Hot Seat were Nine’s next best.
Seven had its best share in four weeks with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the best performers with share over 18% for the primary channel on each night.
Seven’s best primetime performer and timeslot champ was the 6pm Seven News each night of the week.
Home and Away was the #1 drama and Better Homes and Gardens was #1 lifestyle.
10’s numbers were down a little on the previous three weeks, but thanks to the Rugby World Cup, the primary channel had its best Saturday night share this year.
10 again managed to fill most of the spots in the key demos with five shows in the top 10 under 50s,18 to 49s and 25 to 54s and six out of the top 10 in 16 to 39s.
Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Bachelorette Australia, The Amazing Race and The Rugby World Cup Grand Final took out the top spots. The Rugby World Cup Grand Final almost quadrupled its 2015 audience, and achieved its biggest audience since 2011.
The Amazing Race Australia launch episode was up 8% on the premiere of the most recent season of The Amazing Race Australia in 2014.
The biggest ABC audience was watching ABC News Sunday followed by Gruen, weekday News and Australian Story.
SBS managed to crack quarter of a million metro with two series – the final episodes of Building Britain’s Canals and Struggle Street.
By James Manning
• Albums: Kanye tops chart, Airbourne return with real Boneshaker
The chart record Tones and I and Dance Monkey has claimed this week is the longest run of consecutive weeks – 14 – at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. If she makes it one more week, Tones and I will equal Ed Sheeran’s run of 15 weeks at #1 – he was there for 13 consecutive weeks and then returned for a further fortnight after a break at #2 for one week.
ARIA also notes Tones and I is now the Australian female artist who has spent the second most amount of time at #1 over her entire career. This week she equals Delta Goodrem’s 14 weeks, but has a long way to go to reach Kylie Minogue’s 30 weeks.
It was announced this week that Tones and I will be one of the artists performing at the Nova Red Room ARIA Week shows.
The chart’s highest new entry was Selena Gomez with an album track Lose You To Love Me at #2. Gomez is also new at #29 with a standalone single Look At Her Now.
In addition to landing at #1 on the Albums Chart, Kanye West has 10 of the tracks from that new album invading the Singles Chart. The highest Kanye entry was Follow God at #7, followed Selah (#18), Closed On Sunday (#19), On God (#21), Everything We Need (#26), Every Hour (#33), Use This Gospel (#36), Water (#37), God Is (#39) and Hands On (#46).
Making it into the top 10 for the first time is Good As Hell from Lizzo which moved up from #13 to #6 after 13 weeks on the chart. The song is #1 in the US and a new version also features Ariana Grande.
Kanye’s ninth album Jesus Is King is his third #1. West previously topped the chart with ye (#1 June 2018) and Yeezus (#1 June 2013).
In a busy week on the chart, nine other albums debuted top 50:
#4 Rex Orange County with Pony. Third album from English singer/songwriter Alexander O’Connor.
#5 James Blunt with Once Upon A Mind. All of Blunt’s six albums have made the ARIA top 10. His previous release, The Afterlove in 2017, peaked at #7.
#11 Van Morrison with Three Chords and the Truth. The 41st album from the Northern Irish singer/songwriter.
#14 Airbourne with Boneshaker. The fifth album from Warrnambool’s finest and their first since Breakin’ Outta Hell in 2016.
#20 Thornhill with The Dark Pool. The first album from the alternative metalcore band from Melbourne.
#27 Desert Sessions Volumes 11 and 12. The latest in a long line of releases from the musical collective founded by Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.
#41 King Princess with Cheap Queen. One of the more interesting artists to emerge recently, Mikaela Straus is just 20 and is signed to Mark Ronson’s label. The album showcases modern pop sensibilities with a nod to past masters. Worth a listen.
#45 Bruce Springsteen with Western Stars – Songs form the Film. Live re-recordings of tracks from the recent studio album, plus, a cover of Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy.
#46 Bad Wolves with N.A.T.I.O.N. Second album from the heavy metal super group.
Sydney rapper Chillinit enters the top 50 at #18 with his debut album, Women Weed & Wordplay, after it debuted a week ago at #59.
By James Manning
• Final week Block blow-up pulls 1.1m+: Another Nine Sunday win
• Total Control a Sunday must-watch for many as its grabs top 5 spot
• Seven News 919,000
• Nine News 842,000
• ABC News 653,000
• The Project 208,000/340,000
• Insiders 321,000
• 10 News First 210,000
• Offsiders 140,000
• SBS World News 134,000
• Sunrise 245,000
• Today 156,000
Seven News was the 6pm slot winner with an audience just over 900,000, close to last week’s 901,000.
Bride & Prejudice seems to have a lot of episodes this season. The show did 422,000 to start the week. Twice last week the program made it to 460,000.
Sunday Night then did 382,000 after 377,000 a week ago. The stories included a look at Jason Donovan and also revisited the Thai cave rescue and the Australian doctors involved.
The primary channel has only lost one of the past 15 Sundays.
The race to get The Block properties finished in time for the impending auction created friction last night with Mitch and Mark downing tools at one stage, claiming they were about to quit the series. The first night of the last week of the show had an audience of 1.131m which was the show’s best in three weeks.
60 Minutes then did 529,000 after 589,000 last week. Karl Stefanovic was reporting on TV ratings, not here, but in Brazil where gruesome crime stories were orchestrated to grow TV audiences.
The Sunday Project featured a fascinating interview Waleed Aly had with UK House of Commons speaker John Bercow. Singer Shannon Noll was also on the show with 340,000 watching after 7pm.
The Graham Norton Show then did 318,000 with one of its best episodes this year with a guest list featuring Dame Julie Andrews, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Anniston and Sir Ian McKellen.
New NCIS then did 280,000.
Total Control is doing great business for the channel with 558,000 last night which ranked the episode #5 for the night. The metro numbers from last week’s episode grew from 495,000 to 679,000 in Consolidated 7 data, an increase of 184,000.
Earlier in the night Grand Designs: The Street did 489,000 to rank #2 in the timeslot behind only The Block.
Secrets of the Railway again proved the audience’s fascination with rail travel. Although this was historical with a look at an abandoned railway, the show still found a home in the top 20 with 212,000.
Lost World: Deep into the Black Sea then did 187,000.
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|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||3.3%||GEM||4.4%||10 Peach||2.9%||Food Net||1.6%|
|7Food||1.0%||SBS World Movies||0.9%|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||3.1%||7TWO||3.8%||GO!||4.8%||10 Bold||3.7%||VICELAND||1.3%|
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||3.1%||GEM||4.1%||10 Peach||2.2%||Food Net||1.0%|
|7Food||0.9%||SBS World Movies||1.3%|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||3.2%||7TWO||3.0%||GO!||4.5%||10 Bold||2.7%||VICELAND||1.0%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||4.8%||GEM||3.9%||10 Peach||1.7%||Food Net||1.1%|
|7Food||0.8%||SBS World Movies||0.8%|
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|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||3.6%||7TWO||3.5%||GO!||4.2%||WIN Bold||3.5%||VICELAND||1.5%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||4.9%||GEM||5.9%||WIN Peach||1.4%||Food Net||1.3%|
|ABC NEWS||1.2%||7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)||1.3%||9Life||2.5%||Sky News on WIN||0.9%||NITV||0.2%|
|7food (QLD only)||0.3%|
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As media bosses jockey to grab a bigger foothold in the market, Seven West Media’s James Warburton is confident the television broadcaster’s friendly takeover of regional player Prime Media will deliver the goods, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.
“We believe our deal is highly attractive to all shareholders with clear line of sight on cost synergies of at least $11m, predominantly through leveraging SWM’s resources and with potential revenue opportunities,” Warburton told The Australian.
“Our company brings capabilities and rights to the Prime Group that they have been unable to invest in or leverage in regional markets, which we believe could present a material revenue opportunity for the combined group,” he said.
“Seven is the leading news broadcast network across the country and news is a fundamental pillar in our content strategy and part of our DNA. Regional news will continue to be invested in, as we have done in regional Queensland, which has driven material ratings and revenue share in this market.”
Network 10 boss Paul Anderson has shrugged off the mini-celebrity protest against the Melbourne Cup, declaring the broadcaster is laser-focused on delivering super-charged coverage of the spring racing carnival, including the race that stops the nation, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.
Anderson’s nonchalant view of three female celebrities pulling out of the Melbourne Cup follows a similar position by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who last week said the Melbourne Cup is “not about so-called big celebs”, but ordinary Victorians enjoying a day out.
“Our focus at 10 is to showcase the best the carnival has to offer in more ways than ever before and to more areas of Flemington than ever before,” Anderson said.
10 is broadcasting the Melbourne Cup Carnival for the first time in 18 years after snatching the rights from rival Seven West Media by striking a five-year, $100m deal with the Victorian Racing Club in September last year, almost 10 times more than long-term rights holder Seven.
A Department of Communications commissioned report has recommended the scrapping of media laws, which could allow for a wave of mergers and acquisitions in regional television, print and radio, in the interest of keeping local news in areas outside of capital cities, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The removal of these laws could, in theory, allow for the merger of regional TV broadcasters, such as WIN Corp and Southern Cross Austereo.
The Australian Financial Review reveals the report, which was written by retired PwC partner Megan Brownlow, agreed with regional media executives about the grim future of the industry without regulatory changes.
The recommendations are believed to include the removal of the one-to-a-market rule, which prevents a television broadcaster from operating more than one TV licence in a market, and the loosening of the voices test, which in regional areas requires four separate media companies. However, this would be with the caveat that this only applies to regional areas, not metro.
Former Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood and ex-Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh are among a collection of top media executives the federal government has approached as it searches for ways to support struggling regional media companies, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.
As Communications Minister Paul Fletcher prepares for key talks with regional media stakeholders in Wagga Wagga this week industry sources cautioned that supporting the sector remains complex and there is “no silver bullet” that the government could use to ensure rural newsrooms survive. “No one has solved this problem, not in the UK or the US,” one source said.
Department of Communications secretary Mike Mrdak met with senior media industry figures, including Hywood and Tonagh and News Corp group executive of corporate affairs, policy and government relations Campbell Reid, earlier this year.
A media source familiar with the ongoing discussions said the main concern was that no country had yet figured out how to support regional media companies in the face of declining audiences and advertising revenue.
Foxtel has used cash borrowed from News Corp to help cover another multi-hundred-million-dollar debt repayment as the pay television business ramps up its push into streaming to fight off rivals Netflix and Stan and prepare for the imminent entry of Disney+, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
In November last year, Foxtel launched its sports streaming service Kayo, making its large portfolio available for $25. Previously, to get access to Foxtel’s sport offering subscribers needed to pay about $50 or more.
On Friday, News Corp is expected to reveal Kayo has grown to about 400,000 paying subscribers. Kayo was launched as a means to tap a customer base that was not prepared to shell out $50 for sport, but would pay $25.
Kayo’s 331,000 paying customers as of June 30 was up from 209,000 in early May. Foxtel Now, the company’s streaming service that replicates broadcast, had 446,000 paying subscribers, a 32 per cent jump from the 2018-19 financial year.
Nine Entertainment Co has kicked off a major integration effort with the newsrooms of recently acquired AM radio stations including 2GB in Sydney and 3AW in Melbourne as it continues to search for cost savings, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.
Each radio newsroom across the Macquarie radio network will now send one staff member to listen in to the local Nine News morning editorial call to discuss the upcoming day’s planned stories, an internal email seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age shows.
The new system has been trialled in Sydney, with reporters on both sides expected to pitch in with extra audio and details where possible. Nine reporters are also filing voice reports from stories where Macquarie reporters are not available, the email advised.
At the same time as Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was giving his big speech at Georgetown University last week, trying to rework the debate about his company into one about free speech instead of publishing lies, there were protests everywhere, writes Alan Kohler in The Australian.
Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile and “Extinction Rebellion” climate change protests all over the place. It’s reminiscent of the protests of 1968, except for one big difference: social media.
It’s so much quicker and easier to organise a protest now. The social networks are free and ubiquitous, which means you can communicate with other angry people instantly, everywhere, and get them to join you in the street.
In his speech, Mark Zuckerberg came up with the expression “the fifth estate”, as in: “People having the power to express themselves at scale is a new kind of force in the world — a fifth estate alongside the other power structures of society. People no longer have to rely on traditional gatekeepers in politics or media to make their voices heard, and that has important consequences.”
In many ways, Zuckerberg is simply repeating what every media mogul before him has done, which is to publish content that appeals to a large number of people and sell access to those people to advertisers.
Except there are three big differences with both Facebook and Google: they have zero marginal costs; they don’t check anything; and they know a lot about their customers.
They do good things as well, including helping to bring down bad governments, like the one in Lebanon. But the power of these global platforms that publish lies and sell our secrets to commerce is one the great governance challenges of our time.
Governments will have to get involved and regulate them, perhaps break them up, before they issue their own money and become governments themselves.
The Daily Telegraph’s appeal against actor Geoffrey Rush’s record defamation win will be heard by the Federal Court on Monday and Tuesday, with the court’s full bench now including a female judge, instead of the all-male line-up originally scheduled, reports The Australian’s Rosemary Neill.
Judge Jacqueline Gleeson– daughter of former High Court chief justice Murray Gleeson– has replaced Anthony Besanko, who presided over the appeal’s case management hearings.
Federal Court judges Michael Wheelahan and Richard White will also hear the appeal in Sydney. The court would not comment on the changed line-up.
In its appeal, The Daily Telegraph will argue Federal Court judge Michael Wigney’s conduct of the original case gave rise to “an apprehension of bias’’ and that his awarding of damages was excessive. Earlier this year, Rush was awarded damages of almost $2.9m – a record for an individual plaintiff — after Justice Wigney found the Telegraph had defamed the Oscar winner in a poster and front-page articles published in 2017.
Online subscription video platform Fetch TV has signed a new deal with NBCUniversal to bring US 24-hour news channel MSNBC to Australia amid a surge of local interest in American politics, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.
The launch of a real-time feed of the channel coincides with a turbulent period in Washington as US president Donald Trump faces an impeachment enquiry and as the country gears up for the 2020 election campaign.
The multi-year deal between Fetch and NBCUniversal’s Australian arm is bundled into an existing licensing arrangement, which so far includes nine brands including business channel CNBC and recently launched true crime virtual channel Oxygen.
At precisely 6pm on Friday, David Michod‘s The King dropped into the Netflix library worldwide. But a small number of Australians had already seen the movie in cinemas up to two weeks earlier, as part of a growing trend for auteur-led movies to enjoy a short theatrical season before appearing on streaming platforms, reports The Age’s Karl Quinn.
On the surface of it, this appears to be a win-win for consumers. Those who want to see quality movies on the big screen can, while those who think the whole cinema experience is too expensive or inconvenient don’t have to wait the customary 90 days before they can watch it at home.
Stan has previously taken this path with The Second, a low-budget thriller starring Vince Colosimo, Susie Porter and Rachel Blake, but will soon take on a much bigger proposition with Justin Kurzel‘s hotly anticipated True History of the Kelly Gang, which will open in cinemas a couple of weeks before its debut on the service in January 2020.
The traditional model of releasing a film “requires it to work theatrically to drive the engine of the economic model,” says Emile Sherman, Oscar-winning producer of The King’s Speech. “If it does well at the box office, the ancillaries [DVD, Blu-Ray, TV etc] will follow, and that’s what the distributor is relying on to make a return. So all the pressure sits on theatrical.”
More than 50 retired racehorses will show off for their showjumping prowess for a reality TV series on the Mornington Peninsula on Monday, reports News Corp’s Ian Royall.
The 54 former gallopers will compete in the second series of Jump Off at Boneo Park Equestrian Centre.
The thoroughbreds and their riders will battle it out in three categories for horses of different racing and jumping backgrounds.
Among the competitors is three-time Olympics equestrian Vicki Roycroft who will ride Austin’s Cane, an 11-year-old gelding who raced 24 times.
Racing Victoria’s Off The Track program is a major sponsor of the series which has gone national this year.
Melbourne production company Showmakers will film the latest season of Jump Off which will be broadcast on Channel 7 on November 17.
Stan as acquired the family drama Yellowstone, starring two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (pictured), which will make its Australian premiere this month – with Seasons 1 and 2 available to stream on Stan from Friday, 8 November.
Stan reports Yellowstone was the most-watched original cable TV series of the summer, with the second season debut drawing even more viewers than the first season premiere.
Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect, the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders – an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park.
Written and created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy, Lords of Dogtown), the series features a standout supporting cast, including: Luke Grimes (True Blood, American Sniper), Kelly Reilly (True Detective, Flight), Cole Hauser (Rogue, Acts of Violence), BAFTA Award-nominee Wes Bentley (American Horror Story, Mission: Impossible–Fallout), Gil Birmingham (NCIS: Los Angeles, Animal Kingdom), Kelsey Asbille (Embeds, Teen Wolf) and Golden Globe nominee Danny Huston (Succession, Angel has Fallen).
Following the enormous success of the first two seasons, a third season has already been commissioned and is expected to premiere in Australia only on Stan next year – same day as the US.
Executive produced by John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser and Bob Yari, Yellowstone is co-produced by 101 Studios.