Tuesday November 5, 2019

Nine Ent Co appoints Tom Malone as head of radio to run talk stations

Tom Malone (pictured) has been appointed managing director – radio, ahead of Nine taking over operational control of Macquarie Media on November 8.

For the past four years Malone has served as Nine’s director of sport, overseeing the growth of the Wide World of Sports brand and its relationships with major sporting codes, including leading Nine’s switch from cricket to tennis in 2018.

Nine will soon announce a new head of sport.

“Tom has a stellar track record as both a content creator and a media executive. For him this is a return to his roots in radio and I am confident he is the right person to lead Nine’s radio division,” said Hugh Marks, CEO of Nine.

“He brings an important skillset as we move forward and look for the opportunities that are created by having powerful radio brands like 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR within the Nine family.”

Malone is a former executive producer of 60 Minutes and the Today show. He began his career at Radio 2UE as a cadet in the newsroom, before spending two years as a federal political reporter and several years producing breakfast radio.

“I’m excited to be returning to radio,” Malone said. “2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR are all powerful voices in their respective cities with deep connections to their communities, and we will seek to expand on that.

“The move to full ownership of Macquarie opens up real opportunities to build on that foundation and creates new ones to engage with listeners in each state.”

While Malone will have oversight of the radio division, Nine also confirmed that Macquarie’s newsrooms would fall under Darren Wick, Nine’s director of news and current affairs.

In each market, Malone will work with Nine’s local managing directors to seek more opportunities for growth and integration across the wider Nine business.

Malone sent a note to his colleagues yesterday that said in part:

“Working at Wide World of Sports has been one of the highlights of my life. Growing up, I watched the cricket and rugby league religiously on Nine, and mimicked the commentators like we all did, dreaming that one day I might work at Nine and Wide World of Sports. I’d watch the credit rolls all the way to the end, hoping my name might be on that list one day too.

“From the outside Wide World of Sports sets the standard in sports broadcasting – the best camera and audio operators bringing the clearest and sharpest pictures and audio into people’s homes. That’s augmented with great story telling from the best commentators and producers alike, and constant improvements in access and innovation. This team is the best in the business.  But it’s not until you get to WWOS that you realise it’s made up of wonderful people on the inside. It is a very special place to work because of you – the people who love sport, love broadcasting and care greatly for each other.

“I am sad to be leaving this great group of people, but excited about a great new challenge for our business, and of course happy I’m not leaving the family entirely! Until then, it’s business as usual here at Wide World of Sports. We’ve got a Fed Cup Final in Perth this weekend, with World Number 1, Ash Barty, leading Australia’s tilt at the title. A replacement head of sport will be announced in coming days, and whoever that person is will have my full support in transition and ongoing, and will need all of your great professionalism and support too.”

Neighbours: Erinsborough High – Web series coming to 10 Play

Fans of Australia’s longest running drama are in for a treat as they get more of what they love when Neighbours: Erinsborough High lands exclusively on 10 Play from Tuesday, 12 November.

10 is promising the drama is juicier, the heat is turned right up and the storylines are bold, progressive, intense and incredibly addictive.

The five-episode web series delves deep into the teen experience for a group of students during the hectic final exam period.

Hormones are racing, friendships are tested and stress levels start to wreak havoc within the group. But it’s when a popular student goes missing that the turmoil escalates to a whole new level.

This spin-off series will explore issues that teens are universally facing today including bullying, mental illness, sexuality, cultural diversity, parental and peer pressure and teacher-student relationships. In true Neighbours style, the storylines are progressive, honest and reflective of modern society.

The exclusive web series will star NeighboursGeorgie Stone, Olivia Junkeer and Ben Turland, plus newcomers Lachlan Miller, Grace O’Sullivan, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson and Ellmer Asipi.

Box Office: Joker is finally Terminated by Dark Fate

By Trent Thomas

After five weeks Joker finally falls from top spot thanks to a tried and true franchise in The Terminator which has opened its sixth film in the series Terminator: Dark Fate this week.

Dark Fate was the only new film to join the top five this week taking the place of Ride Like A Girl which slipped down to sixth spot after being in cinemas for six weeks and amassing the highest total for an Australian film this year with over $10m.

#1 Terminator: Dark Fate $3.34m

The latest sequel to the sci-fi series which begun in the James Cameron directed Terminator in 1984, 35 years later is now topping the Australian box office yet again with the franchise’s sixth film featuring a story written by Cameron and the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.



#2 Joker $1.88m

Despite finally losing its grip on the top spot the first solo film adaption of the famed DC Comics villain The Joker didn’t fall far finding itself in second spot. Already the highest-grossing DC film of the year Joker continues to creep towards the $40m mark.



#3 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $1.20m

After three weeks Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has fallen one spot to third after bringing its total to over $6m.



#4 Zombieland: Double Tap $714,053

Slipping down one spot this week to number four at the Australian Box Office the sequel to the 2009 original has now managed to stay in the top five for three straight weeks.



#5 Hustlers $654,638

The film based on a true story has now spent four weeks in the top five thanks in part to the star power of Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B.


National Sales Director appointed at Val Morgan Digital

Val Morgan has today announced the appointment of Adam Fischer to the role of National Sales Director for its newly launched Val Morgan Digital division.

Fischer will be leading the national digital sales team and will report directly to the content division’s Managing Director, Brian Florido who joined the business in September. 

Florido comments: “I’m thrilled to welcome Adam on board as we diversify the Val Morgan business into digital publishing. Val Morgan Digital is in an exciting stage of development and we’re delighted to have Adam join our expanding team and help drive commercial growth for the business.”

Adam Fischer adds: “It’s a privilege to join the Val Morgan team and I’m looking forward to taking our new digital proposition to market. Val Morgan has the unique ability to create highly engaging content and distribute it beyond the personal device, into cinema, retail, health club and petro-convenience environments – this sets us apart from the market and delivers advertisers a fully integrated media platform built for attention.”

Val Morgan is an industry leader delivering premium, engaged audiences across Cinema, Outdoor and Digital platforms. Located throughout Australia and New Zealand, Val Morgan provides a 100% digital, full screen, advertising solution for brands looking to connect with highly attentive, active consumers.

TV guide: Hamish & Andy's 'Perfect' Holiday on Nine

It’s been five years since lifelong friends Hamish Blake and Andy Lee finished travelling the world for the award-winning ratings hit, Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year.

Now, they’re back on the road in North America for Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday, premiering Sunday, November 17, at 7pm on Nine and 9Now.
Their latest adventure will see the boys journeying from the depths of the Canadian wilderness to the peaks of the Colorado Rockies, where they’ll meet a variety of unique, interesting and just-plain-crazy Americans along the way.
Every day they’ll take it in turns to reveal what extraordinary, idiotic or downright dangerous activity is planned for the other one, and together they’ll create their “perfect” holiday.

EPISODE 1 – Sunday, November 17
During the first five days of their trip, Hamish takes Andy “Figure-8 Bus Racing” in Monroe, Washington. Andy surprises Hamish with what he thinks is a boxing match in Las Vegas – but turns out to be a fight with the world’s hottest chilli. Hamish plots an elaborate scheme that allows Andy to exact revenge 10 years later on an old foe in Texas. They meet a real-life Wolverine in Alaska. And Hamish takes Andy back to Vegas with an unbeatable plan that he believes could take down a casino.
EPISODE 2 – Sunday, November 24
In the middle section of their trip, Hamish and Andy go dogsled racing on a glacier in Alaska. They assemble a crack team of treasure hunters to find a real $5 million treasure buried somewhere in Colorado. Hamish treats Andy to a local delicacy in Kentucky. They road-test a new pizza-delivery system while launching cars off a cliff. 

And Hamish convinces Andy to join him in a bold new business idea that takes them from the icebergs of the Arctic to the flashy bars of Los Angeles.
EPISODE 3 – Sunday, December 1
On the final leg of Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday, the boys set out to find Bigfoot in Canada. They meet musicians in LA who create music exclusively for animals. Andy treats Hamish to a day of learning at an auctioneering school in Dallas. And finally, Hamish surprises Andy with what could be their biggest and most gruelling challenge ever: cycling to the top of the highest road in North America … on a tandem bike.

Hamish & Andy’s ‘Perfect’ Holiday premieres Sunday, November 17, at 7pm on Nine.

NBCUniversal Networks Australia launch MSNBC on Fetch TV

In an Australian first, Fetch TV and NBCUniversal International Networks Australia (NBCUIN) announced the Australian launch of MSNBC, the premier destination for breaking news and in-depth analysis through commentary and informed perspectives. 

MSNBC, the #2 most-watched cable network in the United States, launched as a Fetch channel on November 1st, 2019.

Reaching more than 96 million households around the globe, MSNBC joins Fetch TV as Australia’s leading destination for extensive coverage and analysis of the 2020 United States presidential election.

MSNBC will provide viewers with an impressive suite of breaking news and in-depth analysis – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The programming schedule will include “Morning Joe,” “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace,” “MTP Daily” with Chuck Todd, “The Beat” with Ari Melber, “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, “All In” with Chris Hayes, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell,” and “The 11th Hour” with Brian Williams.

Beginning on November 1st, MSNBC joins a market-leading slate of other NBCUIN channels on the Fetch platform. Presented ad-free, MSNBC will be available in the Fetch Knowledge Pack of 19 channels for $6 per month and in the Ultimate Pack of 49 channels for $20 per month.

Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, said: “We are excited to add MSNBC to the Fetch platform at a time when Australians are more interested in US Politics and world affairs than ever before.  Taking the MSNBC feed direct from the US enables us to deliver Fetch subscribers breaking news, straight from the source in real time.  The addition of MSNBC extends our relationship with NBCUI to include nine different content brands across three formats including linear channels, SVOD and our Australian-first virtual playlist channels.”

Chris Taylor, Managing Director, NBCUniversal International Networks and Television Distribution, ANZ said: “We’re delighted to expand our partnership with Fetch TV to introduce MSNBC, one of the leaders in news, direct to Australian audiences for the first time. We know Australia is a nation powered by independent thinkers and information seekers and through the introduction of MSNBC, we’ll bridge the need for candid, insightful and considered programming delivered by journalists who are esteemed globally. MSNBC has seen remarkable success in the US delivering thought-provoking news content and we’re confident we will see the same appreciation for the channel here in Australia” 

TV Ratings Analysis: November 4

By James Manning

• Last Monday of The Block helps steer Nine to victory
• Seven relies on brides and cops, Peter Helliar returns to The Project

Monday Week 45 2019

 • Seven News 926,000/924,000
• Nine News 871,000/851,000
• A Current Affair 794,000
• ABC News 618,000
• 7.30 584,000
• The Project 278,000/479,000
• 10 News First 352,000
• The Drum 159,000
• SBS World News 136,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 266,000
• Today 188,000


Home and Away was the bridge between the winning news bulletin and the not-so-winning reality format. The soap opera had an average of 523,000 last and has started week 45 on 609,000.

Bride and Prejudice: The Forbidden Weddings did 426,000 after 460,000 on Monday last week.

Seven then went to its Monday night US dramas with The Rookie on 295,000 and S.W.A.T. on 215,000.


A Current Affair started with a riveting story about a fortune teller somehow managing to convince people to hand over frightening amounts of cash. Reporter Brady Halls had a very elaborate recreation of the scam accompanying his story. After an average of 661,000 last week, A Current Affair started this week on 794,000.

It was the first night at work on the final spaces on The Block – front gardens and courtyards. The Blockheads have been hard at it for 95 days so far, and they got a brief respite as Keith and Dan’s team of tradies did the structural build before the teams take over for the landscaping. As Scotty Cam pointed out, the street appeal could have a big impact on their auction price next weekend.

After 1.1m+ on Sunday, the last Monday of The Block this year did 953,000. Monday last week was on 944,000.

Love Island Australian then did 353,000.


Peter Helliar was back on The Project after taking leave to work on his sitcom How to Stay Married. Guests on the Monday night episode included two authors promoting their work – broadcaster and maths nerd Adam Spencer and footballer and cricketer Alyssa Perry. The 7pm weekday edition of The Project averaged 397,000 last week and has started week 45 on 479,000.

The teams on The Amazing Race Australia finally got to board a plane in episode three. There wasn’t much jostling at the airport for a flight though – all the teams were on the same four-hour flight from Seoul to Hanoi. There they had to perform a number of challenges, including a horrid rice eating contest, before Rowah and Amani were the last to check in, very relieved to then learn it was a non-elimination leg. After launching with 634,000 a week ago, the show’s second Monday was on 532,000.

There was no Sam Pang on Have You Been Paying Attention? as he is in New York with the rest of his Nova 100 breakfast colleagues. Ed Kavalee was on duty along with Kitty Flanagan, Denise Scott, Tim McDonald and Lloyd Langford. The Cup Eve episode did 611,000.

Sports Tonight then got an early timeslot with Francesca Cumani and Roz Kelly part of a Cup Eve special episode that did 132,000.


Australian Story featured country school principal Mark Morrison who is transforming the lives of troubled teens. The episode was on 572,000 after 574,000 a week ago.

Four Corners was looking at the police investigation into the disappearance of young William Tyrell and how they targeted the wrong man. The episode was on 574,000 after 511,000 for the previous episode.

Media Watch reported on the story of the magistrate, the law clerk and the press. Host Paul Barry asked if media coverage played a role in the tragic death of Ashleigh Petrie? The episode did 550,000.

Q&A featured a panel of five women in an episode hosted by Fran Kelly with 297,000 watching.


The Royal House of Windsor: Love and Duty did 190,000 at 7.30pm.

24 Hours in Emergency then did 172,000.

Week 45 TV: Monday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 14.0% 7 16.7% 9 22.3% 10  12.6% SBS One 4.9%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.1% 7TWO 3.3% GO! 3.4% 10 Bold 3.3% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 4.3% GEM 3.4% 10 Peach 2.1% Food Net 1.3%
ABC NEWS 1.0% 7flix 1.2% 9Life 1.4%     NITV 0.1%
    7Food 0.4%         SBS World Movies 0.6%
TOTAL 17.6%   26.0%   30.6%   18.0%   7.8%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 13.0% 7 19.5% 9 16.5% WIN 10.1% SBS One 4.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.5% 7TWO 3.7% GO! 4.2% WIN Bold 3.4% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 1.2% 7mate 4.9% GEM 6.4% WIN Peach 1.6% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 0.8% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.8% 9Life 1.8% Sky News  on WIN 1.6% NITV 0.1%
    7food (QLD only) 0.7%            
TOTAL 17.5%   30.6%   28.9%   16.7%   6.4%


87.6% 12.4%
Monday FTA
  1. The Block  Nine 953,000
  2. Seven News Seven  926,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven  924,000
  4. Nine News Nine 871,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 851,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 794,000
  7. ABC News ABC 618,000
  8. Have You Been Paying Attention?  10 611,000
  9. Home And Away Seven  609,000
  10. 7.30 ABC 584,000
  11. Four Corners ABC 574,000
  12. Australian Story ABC 572,000
  13. Media Watch ABC 550,000
  14. The Chase Australia Seven  550,000
  15. The Amazing Race Australia   10 532,000
  16. The Project 7pm  10 479,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 454,000
  18. Bride & Prejudice  The Forbidden Weddings  Seven  426,000
  19. The Chase Australia5pm Seven  364,000
  20. Love Island Australia  Nine 353,000
Demo Top 5

16 – 39

  1. The Block  Nine 209,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention?  10 204,000
  3. The Amazing Race Australia   10 169,000
  4. Love Island Australia  Nine 122,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven  120,000


18 – 49

  1. The Block  Nine 407,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention?  10 317,000
  3. The Amazing Race Australia   10 277,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven  212,000
  5. Seven News Seven  202,000


25 – 54

  1. The Block  Nine 466,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention?  10 354,000
  3. The Amazing Race Australia   10 289,000
  4. Nine News Nine 258,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 258,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. The Bourne Identity PM (R) 7mate 163,000
  2. New Tricks  9Gem 142,000
  3. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 142,000
  4. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  5. Doc Martin PM 7TWO 127,000
  6. Nella The Princess Knight PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  7. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000
  8. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000
  9. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000
  10. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  11. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back9GO!115,000
  12. PJ Masks AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  13. RBT 9GO! 113,000
  14. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 106,000
  15. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 105,000
  16. Play School AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 105,000
  17. Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! ABCKIDS/COMEDY 105,000
  18. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 105,000
  19. Foyle’s War PM (R) 7TWO 103,000
  20. Law & Order: SVU (R) 10 Bold 102,000
Monday STV
  1. Live: Motorsport: F1: USA Race FOX SPORTS 506 70,000
  2. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 54,000
  3. Blue Bloods TVH!TS 49,000
  4. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 49,000
  5. Credlin Sky News Live 46,000
  6. The Simpsons FOX8 44,000
  7. The Simpsons FOX8 39,000
  8. PML Later Sky News Live 35,000
  9. NCIS TVH!TS 34,000
  10. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 34,000
  11. Highway Patrol FOX8 33,000
  12. Sunny Day Nick Jr. 33,000
  13. Kenny On Media Sky News Live 32,000
  14. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver COMEDY CHANNEL 31,000
  15. Superstore FOX8 29,000
  16. Antiques Roadshow Lifestyle Channel 29,000
  17. Live: NBL Melb United V Syd Kings ESPN 29,000
  18. Escape To The Country Lifestyle Channel 28,000
  19. Live: NFL: Ravens V Patriots ESPN 28,000
  20. Play Along With Sam Nick Jr. 28,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Broadcaster records Audible podcast series on life of Rupert Murdoch

David Dimbleby, the British broadcaster who has watched the life and times of the Australian media mogul for over five decades, will separate fact from fiction in a podcast that chronicles the real Rupert Murdoch story, reports The Observer.

It will launch on Audible later this month and will be 81-year-old Dimbleby’s first journalistic work since stepping down from the helm of BBC’s Question Time program last year.

“I first interviewed Rupert Murdoch for Panorama when he bought the News of The World in 1968 and then again when he bought The Times,” said Dimbleby this weekend. “I have always been fascinated by his risk-taking, buccaneering approach to newsgathering and the use of that power to influence public attitudes.

“The podcast I have made explores the controversial use of the media he owns to exert political power,” said Dimbleby, of The Sun King, which will launch on 18 November. “From the Sun to Fox News I look at his motives and methods through the eyes of his colleagues and opponents. I know a great deal more about him now than I did back in 1968, but he remains an enigma.”

Dimbleby, who himself comes from a newspaper-owning family, if on a smaller scale, will tell how Murdoch turned The Sun from a cautious broadsheet into Britain’s most widely read tabloid newspaper.

The podcast will follow Murdoch to America where he took on the New York Post and explore his controversial war against the British print unions at Wapping. Media dominance under Margaret Thatcher helped Murdoch gain unprecedented access to power. But Dimbleby says The Sun King will also cover “the media mogul’s lowest moment”: the phone-hacking scandal. It will look at the origins of Fox News in 1996 and its part, two decades later, in supporting the rise of Donald Trump.

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News Brands

Trust media on national security, says ABC chair Ita Buttrose

Australian media managers can be trusted with national security and do not need their operations further restricted by government, ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose says, reports The Australian’s Sean Parnell.

Addressing a business lunch in Brisbane on Monday, Buttrose called on Australians to support the Your Right to Know campaign.

The campaign was partly prompted by Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC and the home of a News Corp Australia journalist, prompting Buttrose to say that it was ironic police had brought the organisations together “as it’s usually News Corp that is attempting to police the ABC”.

Buttrose said some of the ABC’s potential sources had been “frightened” by the raids, and law reform was needed to protect whistleblowers and media dealing with the public interest.

“Whatever views you might all have about journalism, when it comes to national security those of us in responsible management positions, we know what to do, and we know what not to do.”

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Parnell also reports:

The ABC is considering selling property, collaborating on news coverage in regional areas and even cancelling fixed phone lines to save money, according to chairwoman Ita Buttrose.

“We do own quite a few properties around Australia,” she told a lunch in Brisbane on Monday.

“Ultimo in Sydney, which is our headquarters, is a massive building and is very valuable. I’m not selling today — no bids, thank you — but you do have to look at all these things.”

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Telegraph v Rush: Newspaper drops bias claim against Rush judge

The Daily Telegraph has sensationally dropped its claim that there was apprehended bias on the part of the trial judge in the Geoffrey Rush defamation trial, reports The AFR’s Michael Pelly.

Towards the end of the first day of its appeal against the $2.9 million damages award for the Oscar winner, the paper said it would not be raising the allegation in argument – prompting a furious response from Rush’s legal team.

Bret Walker SC, for Rush said they had “come prepared to meet the very serious allegation” and the bias claim would remain on the public record if it was not formally abandoned.

That is expected to happen on Tuesday morning after the Full Court urged the course upon the Telegraph, leaving only its complaints about Justice Michael Wigney‘s findings on fact and the credit of witnesses to be adjudicated.

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Radio backflip: Drive duo set to make return to Macquarie Sports Radio

People power has spoken with dumped radio hosts David Schwarz and Mark Allen set for a stunning resurrection, reports News Corp’s Scott Gullan.

It’s believed the popular Ox and Marko drive show will return to Macquarie Sports Radio within a fortnight.

This backflip by Macquarie management comes a week after the station scaled back its talkback format, sacking all of its host including the former SEN stalwarts.

A day after last week’s axing, Allen revealed that he was faced with a second battle of lung cancer.

The outpouring of goodwill towards Schwarz and Allen last week is behind the change of mind.

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First reviews: The Hollywood Reporter on The Crown season three

Returning to Netflix after a hiatus of nearly two years, The Crown was always going to be a show in transition for its third season, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Not only was creator Peter Morgan fulfilling a promise of replacing the entirety of his award-winning ensemble cast, but the reasonably dry time period of the season — the ascension of Harold Wilson as PM in 1964 through the Silver Jubilee of 1977 — leads mostly to the cusp of a juicier future fourth season promising the introductions of Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana among flashier developments.

Even in transition, though, these 10 episodes mark a welcome return for a reliably thoughtful, gorgeously produced drama that, if anything, suffers from sticking a bit too closely to our traditional concept of prestige. Austere and immaculately polished, The Crown remains a model for carefully crafted episodic storytelling, a trenchant examination of the nature of power and, remarkably, now features a new ensemble that proves every bit the equal of the first.

It’s not a season without significant events. Elizabeth (Olivia Colman, in for Claire Foy) learns of a spy in her inner circle and faces questions about her sympathies in the aftermath of a mining disaster in Wales. Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter, in for Vanessa Kirby) becomes a sensation on an American tour and copes with the erosion of her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones (Ben Daniels, in for Matthew Goode). The moon landing causes Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies, in for Matt Smith) to, once again, examine his life. And Prince Charles (an excellent Josh O’Connor) finds himself in a love quadrangle involving a conflicted aristocrat, Camilla Shand (Emerald Fennell), while struggling to define himself as a future leader.

The Crown is well situated for an eventful fourth season after Morgan successfully steered what could have been a difficult transition into a robust chapter in this still top-notch regal saga.

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The Independent

The Crown season 3 review: Olivia Colman dazzles, but the jewel in Netflix’s tiara has lost its shine

Peter Morgan has spent so long trying to clamber inside the mind of Queen Elizabeth II that he has apparently contracted the prestige dramatist’s equivalent of Stockholm syndrome. Season three of Netflix’s The Crown, the epoch-spanning chronicling of her Madge’s reign that will probably go down as writer Morgan’s life’s work, is built in the image of its subject, and not always in a good way.

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The Crown Carries on Splendidly in Season 3

In The Crown’s third season, some major things have changed, but fundamentally, the Netflix drama remains the same. It is still gorgeously photographed, still committed to shining a new light on royal history, and still immensely satisfying to watch. It is also still extremely well-acted, even though that’s where the biggest shifts occur.

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Sports Media

Tennis boss Harold Mitchell ‘helped Seven win TV rights’

Former Tennis Australia director Harold Mitchell passed on secret information to the Seven Network about broadcast rights, attempting to strike a cheap deal by bypassing the sport’s administrators and threatening to have officials sacked if they defied him, the Federal Court has heard, reports The Australian’s John Stensholt.

The allegations, some contained in details of meetings, emails and phone calls between Mitchell and Seven West Media commercial director Bruce McWilliam, also include Mitchell instructing Seven executives how to negotiate for the rights and to withhold vital information prior to meetings between the television bosses and the then Tennis Australia chief executive Steve Wood.

One email presented to court in Melbourne on Monday quoted McWilliam saying to Mitchell, “I know we are negotiating between ourselves,” during discussions in 2012 about extending Seven’s long-term contract to broadcast the Australian Open and other tournaments.

Mitchell was also quoted as saying rival bids were “crap” and “garbage”.

A Crown Resorts director, Mitchell and ex-Tennis Australia president Steve Healy face bans from corporate life and heavy fines following accusations that they kept fellow Tennis Australia directors in the dark about potentially lucrative bids for broadcast rights before the sport extended its deal with Seven in 2013.

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