Thursday November 19, 2020

Podcast Week: Your Morning Agenda, Kellie Riordan, Stephanie Coombs

Edited by James Manning

Plus: Martin Tyler and Howie, Last Zero Waste Baby? Ageing, Casefile

Early Start for Your Morning Agenda

PodcastOne Australia this week added to its early morning podcast offerings with Your Morning Agenda which launches next Monday, November 23.

The daily news podcast is aiming to deliver the top breaking news stories every morning covering national and international news and sport with a clear focus on business and finance.

The podcast will be hosted by Natarsha Belling and be executive produced by Amy Goggins. For more than 22 years, Belling was one of Network 10’s key national journalists and news presenters, appearing across all the network’s news services including the morning, evening, weekend and late-night news bulletins. Belling also appeared on many current affairs programs including The Project. Goggins is a news presenter and producer for Southern Cross Austereo.

The short-form podcast will be published weekdays by 6.30am.

See also: PodcastOne launches daily news podcast with Natarsha Belling

Download the iOS PodcastOne app here.

Kellie Riordan throws a curve ball

Host and executive producer Kellie Riordan was previously the head of podcasts at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the creative force behind some of Australia’s biggest podcasts including Conversations, Ladies We Need to Talk, Unravel: Snowball, Judith Lucy Overwhelmed and Dying, Fierce Girls, The Pineapple Project (both winners at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards).

Each episode of her new podcast Curveball features a candid, in-depth interview with a renowned leader about a moment this year when the stakes were high, adapting fast was key, and their decisions would determine the company’s future.

Curveball is promising listeners the lowdown on how to change tac in extraordinary times with initial episodes featuring outgoing CEO of Virgin Australia Paul Scurrah trying to ride out an international travel crisis, to comedy agent to the stars (Judith Lucy and Wil Anderson) Kevin Whyte being forced to move comedy shows from stages to Zoom screens, Carman’s food empire boss Carolyn Creswell on managing the chaos of meeting the demands of panic buying while running a household, and leading educator and Wenona College principal Dr Briony Scott on guiding teachers, parents and students to switch to remote learning.

Riordan said, “We’re living in unprecedented times. Every company, big or small, has had to adapt. And fast. So I wanted to know, how have the biggest, boldest, and brightest leaders confronted this challenge head on? Rarely do you get to glimpse what’s really going on during a company’s darkest hour but in these revealing, personal conversations with leaders we can all learn something about how you tackle life’s toughest moments and come out on top.”

Curveball is produced by Deadset Studios, an independent production company established by Riordan, and had a partnership with iHeartPodcast Network Australia.

Listen to Curveball here.

Zero Waste Baby could be the only one

The final episode of Zero Waste Baby has been published. The Veronica Milsom series we profiled last month has been a huge learning curve (and often a comedy of errors) for Milsom and her husband who have really changed their lifestyle because of their Zero Waste Baby experience.

In the final episode of Zero Waste Baby, Milsom speaks to world famous urologist, Dr. Doug Stein, about whether or not she and her husband should have another child. Dr Stein is the subject of the documentary The Vasectomist and specialises in providing vasectomies around the world in order to combat overpopulation and the effects it is having on our environment, and to date has administered 45,000 vasectomies.

Milsom said: “Making the podcast and learning more about the environmental impact of the waste we consume has made me think twice about expanding our family any larger. Also, property prices and school fees. But mostly the environment.

“When I asked on my Instagram whether anyone was choosing not to have a baby because of the future of the environment, I was totally overwhelmed by the massive response it got. It’s an issue that’s top of mind for a lot of young people. There were also a few of messages from people saying it was an idiotic question and that I should stick to just being beautiful – which I appreciated for different reasons.”

Listen to Zero Waste Baby here.

ARN hires award winner Stephanie Coombes

Stephanie Coombes has been appointed podcast content and partnerships director at Australian Radio Network. Coombes was a freelance podcast producer recently for Network 10. Earlier this month Coombes and Kimberley Pratt won Outstanding Podcast for 10 News First Person at the Kennedy Awards. The podcast is part of the 10 Speaks portfolio at 10. Coombs has also worked for the ABC and Nine, and for a couple of years was a producer for Ben Fordham and Chris Smith at 2GB.

Phillip Island murder investigated

Spotify has launched an exclusive Casefile podcast series: Casefile Presents: The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron which delves into the Phillip Island murder of Beth Barnard and disappearance of Vivienne Cameron in 1986. The podcast is an extension of the 2018 Casefile episode Case 80: Beth Barnard.

The podcast host is Vikki Petraitis, the co-author of The Phillip Island Murder, who hopes that this podcast will bring some new answers to light as the story reaches listeners from all over the country, and world. 

Spotify has seen over 10,000 true crime podcasts land on its platform globally, and reports there has been a 52 percent increase in true crime podcast consumption in Australia.

Listen to Casefile here.

New series for Boomers

Positive ageing expert and author Marcus Riley has launched Booming, bringing together expert advice and personal stories that will educate and inspire listeners to embrace and thrive through their longevity. As director of the Global Ageing Network, Riley will introduce a featured guest in each episode to discuss the realities and opportunities as people grow older.

Booming guests will include celebrated social entrepreneur Ronni Kahn, Award-winning journalist Kerry O’Brien and celebrity cook and Senior Australian of the Year (2010) Maggie Beer, who are embracing their age and experience; as well as leading experts in ageing like lawyer Brian Herd who specialises in areas of elder law, retirement, disability and aged care, and principal of Aged Care Gurus, Rachel Lane, who specialises in financial planning and advisement for older Australians and their families.

“We have the opportunity to really embrace our longevity,” said Riley. “We can make the choice to take control and make sure we age successfully. There will be challenges, issues, questions, concerns about our own aging journey, about our older loved ones. Booming offers insights and inspirations about how all of us can age successfully. How we can all boom.”

Listen to Booming here.

Listening alert: Don’t miss Martin Tyler and Howie

Fans of the world game will not want to miss episode 111 of The Howie Games where host Mark Howard speaks with British football commentator Martin Tyler. If you have an interest in sports commentary, football, and generally preparing to be your best and like a good story, this episode is for you.

Listen to The Howie Games here.

New Horizons 2.0
News Corp Australia research reveals consumers ready to travel again

News Corp Australia has released its latest travel research results revealing the evolving perspectives of Australians when it comes to travel in 2020 and beyond.

The New Horizons 2.0 travel research was conducted amongst 1,262 Australians aged 18 years and over in September 2020 to understand how consumers are feeling about travelling as they learn to live with Covid-19. As the world continues to change, this study follows on from the company’s New Horizons research in April 2020, which looked at how Australians were feeling about travelling as the pandemic unfolded.

New Horizons 2.0 is showing green shoots in the travel industry with intrastate travel intentions rising. While there is still a way to go to full recovery, the further easing of restrictions in most states and territories (with the exception of South Australia this week) has seen a cautious optimism amongst Australians in their appetite to travel. For many they have continued to dream, plan and book their next holiday.

News Corp Australia head of travel Dwayne Birtles said: “Travel has faced much upheaval in 2020 and while many challenges remain, it’s promising to see consumers planning holidays, versus the ‘someday’ dreaming we saw back in April.

“This new research shows some clear changes in consumer mindsets from April, overall they are feeling more optimistic about starting to plan and book their next getaway. This optimism is driven by a mix of pent up frustration in not being able to travel, and the gradual relaxing of border restrictions making broader travel more tangible.

“Key for marketers, we are seeing even more importance in having breadth of content to speak to each stage of the travel journey as consumers look for inspiration to keep holiday dreaming alive with intrastate, interstate and international destinations, as well as up to date information addressing Covid related measures, safety and practical information for the places travellers can go now.

“A bigger challenge now for marketers is that there’s wider ranging differences in consumer views and attitudes towards travel in a Covid period of travel. This means the nuances in customer messaging for certain segments needs to be more considered.”

Emerging travel themes identified

• From dreaming to action Australians are ready to start travelling again, making the most of having their states to themselves (with the exception of Victoria).

• With state border openings in sight for many, holiday planning is in full swing, driven by mutual recovery, both individual and the economy. Holidays are being booked with shorter lead times than before.

• Restrictions and concerns around safety have fuelled an increase in drive holidays and nature is the lead attraction.

• Consumers need reassurance to be able to travel with confidence – this need increases for those with a higher level of concern (e.g. states most affected by Covid-19).

• Consumers are actively seeking travel content and deals which continue to inspire and drive action.

Australians are ready to travel again

With 52% of consumers saying they will travel within their own state for their next holiday, this represented a huge 13 percentage point increase in travelling intrastate compared to the April survey.

With travel becoming a closer reality, Australians are researching options more compared to April (12 percentage point increase to 31%) to keep them inspired, in addition to keeping an eye out for holiday offers (at 28%). This presents a considerable opportunity for travel clients to pair their deal with compelling content on travel.

There are still 17% of Australians who want their next trip to be international. The intent and desire to travel overseas is still there for a reasonable proportion of Australians.

PwC’s Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook
Entertainment and media revenue to contract by 4% to $57b in 2020

PwC’s Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2020-2024 shows Australia’s entertainment and media revenue is set to contract by 4.46 per cent to $57.4bn in 2020, although the industry’s fundamental growth trajectory remains largely positive after the disruption of COVID-19.

Report highlights:

• Consumer revenue is set to grow to A$50.6bn in 2024, at a CAGR of 3.14 per cent while advertising revenue is set to grow more modestly to A$17.9bn in 2024, at a CAGR of 1.37 per cent
• Streaming video on demand (SVOD) continues to grow to $2.3bn by 2024 at an impressive 16.15 per cent CAGR
• Digital newspaper consumption continues to grow, with digital subscription revenues to grow to A$535m in 2024, at a CAGR of 11.93 per cent.
• Broadcast Video on Demand (BVOD) to reach A$501m in 2024, a 24.87 per cent CAGR, partially offsetting Free-To-Air (FTA) TV ad revenue declines.
• Digitally distributed music including streaming will surge to A$1.4bn in 2024, a 10.31 per cent CAGR.
• Interactive games & esports to grow to A$4.4bn in 2024, a 6.87 per cent CAGR driven by app-based games and esports, after being the fastest growing segment in last year’s Outlook.

The Outlook, in its 19th year, indicates advertising revenue is set to fall to $14.9bn in 2020 at a CAGR of -11.31 per cent, primarily impacted by pandemic-driven changes to consumption behaviour and the evolving appetite of advertisers for more measurable media investment.

Justin Papps, PwC Australia Partner and Entertainment & Media Outlook Editor says “This result comes amid the sharpest fall in global entertainment and media revenue in the 21-year history of this research, with a global decline of 5.6 per cent from 2019 – more than US$120 billion in absolute terms.

“While the pandemic has had an unprecedented and varying impact, the entertainment and media industry has been going through significant change for years and the pandemic has, in the most part, simply accelerated and amplified ongoing shifts in consumers’ behaviour and in digitalisation.”

Streaming Video On Demand grows as people adjusted to more time at home

Streaming video on demand (SVOD) continues to grow to $2.3bn by 2024 at an impressive 16.15 per cent CAGR. The introduction of Disney+, Apple TV+ and Binge since the last report coincided with people spending much more time at home and the reduction of out of home entertainment options. All SVOD platforms took advantage of this opportunity with the release of content that will create new habits with consumers.

“SVOD is one of the parts of the market that everyone is watching closely, largely based on their own consumption habits changing during 2020. As a market, we are spoilt for choice for streaming services and it will be interesting to watch how many services are retained by consumers once things return to normal,” Papps says.

Digital newspaper consumption continues to grow

PwC’s Outlook shows COVID-19 has driven record-breaking news consumption amongst Australians, t.  Digital advertising and digital subscriptions are set to grow to A$928m to 2024, at a CAGR of 5.64 per cent.

“Australian newspapers have increased their value proposition as a “trusted source of news content” during the pandemic, with many local new publishers offering free coverage of the pandemic, regularly updated blogs and dedicated pages during the health crisis, and before that, the bushfires in early 2020,” Papps says.

“There’s also been an industry-wide focus on digital transformation and the monetisation of digital news formats in the Australian newspaper landscape.  The ability of the news media outlets to successfully convert newly acquired digital news audiences during the pandemic to subscription models will be central to future growth within the industry.”

COVID-19 accelerating consumers’ transition to all things digital

PwC’s Outlook shows Broadcast Video on Demand (BVOD), Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD), podcasting, music streaming and online gaming are the top beneficiaries of the acceleration in digitisation due to the pandemic.

BVOD is set to grow rapidly over the forecast period, reaching over A$501m in 2024 and a CAGR of 24.87. This is followed by streaming video on demand (SVOD), as mentioned above, continues to grow to $2.3bn by 2024 at an impressive 16.15 per cent CAGR. Digitally distributed music including streaming will also surge to A$1.4bn in 2024 and a CAGR of 10.31 per cent.

Further, the interactive games segment is set to grow to A$4.4bn in 2024, a 6.87 per cent CAGR, buoyed by growth in app-based games and esports as people have looked for alternative forms of entertainment during the lockdown period and while their favourite sporting codes were on hiatus.

“What our Outlook tells us is that entertainment and media in Australia is becoming more virtual, streamed, personal and – at least for the time being – more centred on the home than anyone anticipated at the start of 2020.  This is also in line with what our Global Entertainment and Media Outlook shows,” Papps says.

“Across the 12 segments forecast in the Outlook all players have an urgent focus on undertaking the organisational transformation necessary to deliver growth.  Consumer habits can take a lifetime to learn but we’ve seen they can take a lockdown to lose, which means business must continue to adapt in parallel in their search for growth.”

SBS 2021
SBS reveals 2021 program slate including 5 new dramas and most docos ever

SBS has announced its 2021 program slate of content, featuring the network’s biggest ever local commissioned content offering. 

• Five new commissioned dramas on SBS and SBS On Demand: Copping it Black, The Unusual Suspects, New Gold Mountain, Iggy & Ace and The Tailings
• New 200-episode series, The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, to air weeknights on SBS Food
• New and returning documentaries on topics such as literacy, domestic abuse, anxiety and personal identity
• New Gold Mountain cast revealed and new faces to the network including Celia Pacquola, Jay Laga’aia, Rob Collins and Jess Hill
• 160 hours of new dramas on SBS On Demand: Shadowplay, Romulus, The Handmaid’s TaleWar of the Worlds and Shrill
• SBS On Demand in more languages with the introduction of Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese
• SBS expands its initiatives to boost diverse storytelling
• SBS Media to offer insights with new thought leadership studies

SBS managing director, James Taylor said: “2020 has demonstrated the distinctive and vital role of SBS as a contemporary, multilingual Australian broadcaster – part of the very fabric of our multicultural Australia – in an extraordinary way. We are reaching and engaging with more Australians than ever before, and next year we will continue to support diverse communities, reflect and celebrate contemporary Australia in all its glorious diversity, bring Australians together and connect with audiences in a way that others can’t.” 

SBS director of TV and online content, Marshall Heald said: “2021 is set to be a bumper year across the network, with a record number of local dramas, documentaries and acquired programs that will surprise, challenge and inspire audiences. We scour the globe, and the country, for unique stories in languages, genres and formats that will connect Australians with the world around them and with each other. Now, more than ever, we want to continue championing the issues and communities not often seen or heard.”

SBS will bring five new commissioned drama series to Australian audiences in 2021

With the support of Screen Australia Indigenous Department and French company APC Studios, SBS and National Indigenous Television (NITV) have announced Copping it Black from CAAMA and Bunya Productions, with the producing team behind Mystery Road. The beauty of Indigenous art and the sometimes-devious practices in the global art market take Detective Toni Alma on an epic hunt for a killer. Spanning her small Northern Territory community and art galleries across the globe, this is a murder mystery like no other, exploring culture, community and the very human pursuit of identity and belonging. 

The murder mystery New Gold Mountain explores the story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely wealth in a strange new land. The cast is led by Mulan and Dead Lucky’s Yoson AnVikings star Alyssa Sutherland, and Christopher James Baker from True Detective, with familiar face Dan Spielman and exciting new talent Mabel Li.

The four-part heist caper The Unusual Suspects is also coming to SBS in 2021. Produced by Aquarius Films, it is a tale of female friendship and empowerment set in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. When a $10 million necklace is taken in an elaborate heist, women from vastly different walks of life come together to ensure justice is served. The Unusual Suspects champions strong female characters and marks the first major representation of Filipino-Australians on Australian TV.

Aina Dumlao (Sanzaru, Ballers, MacGyver), AACTA award-winner Miranda Otto (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Homeland, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Michelle Vergara Moore (Condor, The Time of Our Lives) headline the cast of The Unusual Suspects.

SBS’s Digital Originals program

SBS’s Digital Originals program, in partnership with Screen Australia and NITV, will be extended for another three years. The program provides opportunities for creatives traditionally underrepresented in the screen sector to develop scripted short-form projects for SBS On Demand. Applications for the 2022 Digital Originals program open in February 2021.  

Next year, SBS will premiere two new Digital Originals – Iggy & Ace, a comedy exploring friendship, addiction and recovery through a queer lens, and The Tailings, a dramatic coming of age story. The latter is a murder mystery set against one of the most fragile, beautiful landscapes in Australia, the west coast of Tasmania, and celebrates the tenacity and pride of regional communities rarely seen on screen.

SBS on Demand 


In 2021, SBS On Demand will premiere 160 hours of new drama every month. From Norway to New Zealand, Sweden to South Korea, Israel to Italy. Including psychological murder mystery The Sisterpost-war thriller ShadowplayNorthern Ireland crime drama Bloodlands and Latin-language epic Romulus. There will also be new seasons of the critically acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale, War of the Worlds and Why Women Kill.

In 2021, SBS will add three more languages to this service with Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese to be introduced, and SBS will also be significantly increasing the subtitled content available providing greater access to Australian stories. SBS will also continue to expand this unique service with the introduction of virtual channel experiences in Arabic and Simplified Chinese on the platform in 2021, creating content destinations uniquely tailored for these communities.

SBS’s 2021 Documentary Slate


SBS has made its biggest ever commitment to one-off documentaries in 2021 with a total of 10 documentaries in two collections – Australia Uncovered and Untold Australia. In partnership with Documentary Australia Foundation, Australia Uncovered is a strand of seven stand-alone documentaries that tackle the big questions in Australia.

Comedian and actor Celia Pacquola will be exploring the anxiety so many people are struggling within Australia vs Anxiety. The Bowraville Murders will explore a families’ desperate search for justice in Bowraville. Strong Female Lead will explore gender politics during the term of Australia’s only female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Untold Australia will return for the fifth instalment of three documentaries. From Birdsville (Birdsville or Bust) to Ipswich (Bowled Over), this series will reveal an honest and intimate portrait of contemporary Australian life.

Lost for Words presented by actor and singer Jay Laga’aia is a heart-warming three-part series exploring Australia’s staggeringly low adult literacy rates. Jay and an expert literacy teacher will follow the journey of 10 adults who are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change what has always been holding them back – reading, writing and spelling.


Australia’s Health Revolution with Michael Mosley will return in 2021 as Dr Mosley and Australian diabetes educator and exercise physiologist, Ray Kelly, explore the big picture of type 2 diabetes in Australia. 

Building on the success of Is Australia Racist?, What Does Australia Think About? will uncover how Australia really views disability, ageism and obesity.

See What You Made Me Do will explore domestic abuse. Presented by investigative journalist Jess Hill, this series will examine the fine lines between love, abuse and power.


From NITV, Incarceration Nation will put the justice system on trial and question the cost this system is having on the culture, values and wellbeing of Indigenous people in Australia.

The network will welcome the return of some of its commissioned documentary series as well with the 12th season of Who Do You Think You Are?. Announced today, Uncle Jack Charles and Celia Pacquola are among the prominent Australians uncovering the secrets of their ancestry next year. Australia in Colour also returns, and Noni Hazlehurst will be back for Every Family Has A Secret.

SBS 2021 Entertainment Slate

Eurovision will be back in 2021 after its unprecedented cancellation earlier this year, with Montaigne preparing to take the stage in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with a brand-new song. SBS will again bring the colour and chaos of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras live to lounge rooms across Australia, but for the first time ever, the event will have a new home. the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, to ensure a ‘COVID safe’ event. Beloved quiz shows Mastermind and Celebrity Mastermind are also set to return.

SBS 2021 Food Programming


SBS has announced a 200-episode series, The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, that will air every weeknight at 7pm on SBS Food. Also on the menu is chef Analiese Gregory, who will bring the rugged food culture of Tasmania to audiences in A Girl’s Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Wild Cooking. Chef Shane Delia is back with A Middle East Feast with Shane Delia, seeing him recreating the food traditions of his homeland. Guillaume Brahimi will return with Plat du Tour to accompany the Tour de France, and NITV’s Strait to The Plate, hosted by Aaron Fa’Aoso, will unearth the stories, culture and secrets behind the unique cuisine of the Torres Strait.

Other returning food series include Cook Like an Italian with Silvia Colloca, Asia Unplated with Diana Chan, and Australia’s Food Bowl with Stefano de Pieri.

NITV in 2021

As the home of First Nations storytelling, NITV will present more powerful documentaries. The Fight Together follows NRL star Dean Widders’ journey to invent a new pre-game ceremony in response to the Maori Haka, to celebrate Aboriginal cultures and counter racism in rugby league. The First Inventors, a co-commission currently in development with Network 10, will see presenter Rob Collins meet and collaborate with First Nations authorities whose frontline fieldwork is giving exciting new insights into ancient Indigenous innovations and discoveries. NITV will also have returning seasons of favourites including the Logie award-winning Little J & Big Cuz and Going Places with Ernie Dingo.   

SBS 2021 Sport Slate

After securing the broadcast rights for a further ten years until 2030, the power and beauty of the Tour de France will be back. Other highlights next year include the UCI Road World Championships, the International Champion’s Cup, the US Open Finals, full coverage of the National Basketball League (NBL), alongside matches from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) leagues, the ISU Figure Skating, FIG Gymnastics, and the Dakar Rally. Catch all the action with highlight segments and recaps of some of the best sporting moments over the year. 

Top Photo: The Unusal Suspects

Triple M Perth
SCA Perth flips radio brands: Mix 94.5 joins Hit Network

SCA has axed its Perth Hit Network station 92.9 and is handing over the frequency to a new Triple M station. As part of the metro market station flip, Mix 94.5 will become part of the Hit Network, but that doesn’t mean it will start playing top 40 hits.

SCA said the launch will deliver Triple M’s blend of rock, sport and comedy to Perth listeners, already familiar to those who listen to the various Triple M formats on DAB+ or who travel around the state with Triple M currently in 16 regional Western Australian markets.

Triple M’s strong football heritage will continue with every AFL game of the season to be called by the best in the business including WA’s own Dennis Cometti plus James Brayshaw, Xavier Ellis, Brian Taylor and Eagles Premiership star Andrew Embley.

92.9 is axing its Xavier, Juelz & Pete breakfast show and Triple M Perth will soon announce a new breakfast show for 2021.

In addition, Mix 94.5 becomes part of the national Hit Network by unveiling a new-look logo to align with other capital city legacy Hit brands including Fox Melbourne, 2Day Sydney, B105 Brisbane and SAFM Adelaide. Mix will maintain its mainstream hit music format, local breakfast show Clairsy, Matt and Kymba, and other local Perth programming.

“We know West Australians already love our Triple M regional stations throughout the state and we are so thrilled to be finally bringing Perth listeners a true rock station with 92.9 Triple M. We are also gearing up to deliver Perth an exciting new breakfast show in 2021 on 92.9 Triple M to be announced soon, delivering something fresh, fun and local at breakfast to complement rock’s greatest hits and Kennedy Molloy for the drive home. 92.9 Triple M becomes the 49th station, completing the Triple M national network,” said SCA chief content officer Dave Cameron.

“Mix 94.5 will take on the new Hit branding and is our Perth heritage brand, rounding out the national Hit Network. Mix 94.5 will continue to deliver its existing ‘feel great’ mainstream hit music format alongside the much loved Clairsy, Matt and Kymba breakfast show, and national drive shows Carrie and Tommy and Hughsey and Ed.”

In addition to a new breakfast show for Perth’s 92.9 Triple M, workdays will be spearheaded by local personalities, Kennedy Molloy with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy will be on air from 4pm to 6pm, and the day will round out with a Perth-made Rush Hour between 6pm and 7pm focussing on the biggest local sports news of the day.

Head of the Triple M Network Mike Fitzpatrick said: “It’s so exciting to be able to finally bring Triple M to FM in Perth. There’s a massive deficit in the city for people who enjoy rock music and no one does it better than Triple M. Our format, rock, sport and comedy, is unique in the world and I know listeners in Perth are going to love it. Localism is a major focus for Triple M and this radio station will be run by people who are born and bred in the west who can talk to Perth as true locals, combined with the best of our national personalities and shows.”

92.9 Triple M can be heard from 1 December 2020 and Mix 94.5 will also show off its new branding from this day.

State of Origin
TV ratings: Wednesday Week 47 2020

By James Manning

• Rugby League season ends with one more big win for Nine
• Penultimate week of survey sees 50% primary shares in Sydney/Brisbane

Primetime News
Seven News 1,002,000/992,000
Nine News 782,000/770,000
ABC News 686,000
10 News First 342,000/218,000
SBS World News 162,000

Daily current affairs
7.30 571,000
The Project 261,000/408,000
The Drum 162,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 254,000
Today 205,000
News Breakfast 204,000

Late Night News
Nine News Late 184,000
The Latest 154,000
ABC Late News 106,000
SBS World News Late 66,000

Wednesday TV 

Seven: Home and Away was on 543,000 after audiences earlier this week of 566,000 and 580,000.

Up against Origin last night the channel then screened Inside Queen May 2 to 290,000 and Britain’s Got Talent to 185,000.

Nine: A Current Affair had a night off again with Origin pre-game coverage taking its place.

The final rugby league game of the year was State of Origin Game 3 and of course it secured Nine a huge win which will make sure it wins the penultimate week of survey. Nine’s primary channel had shares just under and just over 50% in Sydney and Brisbane. The decider game 3 was the lucky charm for Nine with the metro audience in particular jumping significantly.

The national overnight numbers for the three delayed November State of Origin Games were:

Game 1: 2,378,000 (Metro 1,598,000 Regional 780,000)
Game 2: 2,434,000 (Metro 1,654,000 Regional 780,000)
Game 3: 2,732,000 (Metro 1,882,000 Regional 850,000)

Nine calculated the metro Origin growth week-on-week in key demos:

+15.8% with People 25-54 (893,000 v 771,000)
+15.6% with People 16-39 (545,000 v 472,000)
+5.7% with GS + Child (389,000 v 368,000)
+13.8% with Total People (1.882 million v 1.654 million)

Nine’s combined Wednesday channel (network) shares last night were all over 50% in key demos:

People 25-54: 52.6%
People 16-39: 58.3%
GS + Child: 50.2%

10: The channel took a big hit from Origin with its smallest midweek share of the year.

The Project is having a tough week and it was on 408,000 after 7pm.
Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food was on 267,000 and 212,000.

10 picked a challenging night for Bull to return to the schedule with 141,000 watching at 8.30pm.

The Masked Singer USA moved later and did 74,000 followed by another Bull on 70,000.

ABC: The primary channel held up best against Origin with the four-most watched shows not on Nine after 7pm – News (686,000), Gruen (591,000), Hard Quiz (586,000) and 7.30 (571,000).

Later in the night Reputation Rehab had 328,000 watching and then the final of Planet America kept most of that audience with 324,000.

SBS: By Royal Appointment: Shops Serving the Queen found an audience of 161,000 on the day the channel revealed its plans for 2021.

Week 47: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.4% 7 13.1% 9 37.8% 10  6.4% SBS One 4.4%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.2% 7TWO 3.4% GO! 2.0% 10 Bold 3.1% VICELAND 1.3%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 1.6% GEM 1.7% 10 Peach 2.3% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 2.1% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 1.7% 10 Shake 0.3% NITV 0.1%
        9Rush 0.9%     SBS World Movies 0.7%
TOTAL 17.1%   19.5%   44.2%   12.1%   7.1%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 9.8% 7 13.2% 9 38.8% WIN 5.4% SBS One 3.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 1.9% 7TWO 4.4% GO! 2.4% WIN Bold 4.1% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 2.2% GEM 3.6% WIN Peach 2.4% Food Net 0.5%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.7% 9Life 1.7% Sky News  on WIN 1.9% NITV 0.1%
                SBS Movies 0.7%
TOTAL 13.4%   21.5%   46.5%   13.9%   5.5%


90.4% 9.6%
  1. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Match Nine 1,882,000
  2. Seven News Seven 1,002,000
  3. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 992,000
  4. Nine News Nine 782,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 770,000
  6. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Post Match Nine 769,000
  7. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Pre Match Nine 757,000
  8. ABC News ABC 686,000
  9. Gruen ABC 591,000
  10. Hard Quiz S5 ABC 586,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 571,000
  12. Home And Away Seven 543,000
  13. The Chase Australia Seven 524,000
  14. The Project 7pm 10 408,000
  15. 10 News First 10 342,000
  16. Hot Seat Nine 341,000
  17. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 330,000
  18. Reputation Rehab ABC 328,000
  19. Planet America-Le ABC 324,000
  20. Inside The Queen Mary 2 (R) Seven 290,000
Demo Top Five

16-39 Top Five

  1. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Match Nine 545,000
  2. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Post Match Nine 247,000
  3. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Pre Match Nine 192,000
  4. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 107,000
  5. Nine News Nine 100,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Match Nine 842,000
  2. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Post Match Nine 377,000
  3. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Pre Match Nine 314,000
  4. Nine News Nine 198,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 198,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Match Nine 893,000
  2. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Post Mat Nine 408,000
  3. State Of Origin Rugby League QLD V NSW 3rd -Pre Match Nine 346,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 251,000
  5. Nine News Nine 245,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 201,000
  2. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  3. The Coroner PM 7TWO 143,000
  4. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  5. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  6. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 138,000
  7. PJ Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  8. Go Jetters PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
  9. Love Monster AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  10. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000
  11. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  12. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 118,000
  13. Neighbours 10 Peach 117,000
  14. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 115,000
  15. ABC News With Ros Childs PM ABC NEWS 115,000
  16. Lewis PM 7TWO 114,000
  17. Sir Mouse ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000
  18. Dinosaur Train PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 111,000
  19. Dog Loves Books ABCKIDS/COMEDY 110,000
  20. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 109,000
  1. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 61,000
  2. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 58,000
  3. Alan Jones Sky News Live 54,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 53,000
  5. PML Later Sky News Live 44,000
  6. The Great British Sewing Bee Lifestyle Channel 42,000
  7. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 34,000
  8. Antiques Roadshow Lifestyle Channel 27,000
  9. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 27,000
  10. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 27,000
  11. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 27,000
  12. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 26,000
  13. Location, Location, Location Revisits Lifestyle Channel 26,000
  14. Coronation Street UKTV 26,000
  15. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 25,000
  16. Blue’s Clues & You Nick Jr. 25,000
  17. Emmerdale UKTV 25,000
  18. Singalong Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 25,000
  19. First Edition Sky News Live 24,000
  20. Border Security: Australia’s Front Line FOX8 24,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

The great Aussie screen boom sets new records in Covid-impacted year

In recent days Rose Byrne’s production company has revealed it will film Seriously Red, about a Dolly Parton impersonator in Brunswick Heads, and last weekend the federal government announced a $21.58m grant to support Netflix production Escape from Spiderhead, featuring Chris Hemsworth, which will film on the Gold Coast, and the Toni Collette miniseries Pieces of Her, to be produced in NSW. The Netflix shows are expected to employ 770 people, reports The Australian’s Michaela Boland.

Cameras were set to roll this week in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges on Australian outback thriller Gold, starring Hollywood song-and-dance man Zac Efron.

Screen Australia chief executive Graeme Mason says the volume of films, television and streamer shows being made here right now has surpassed all previous peaks, including the 2016-17 high point when total spending on drama production topped $1.3bn thanks to production of Marvel’s $US180m epic Thor Ragnarok and Australian director James Wan’s $US200m action film Aquaman, and a bumper crop of Australian TV drama titles.

“We’re busier than ever,” Mason says. It will take some time to accrue solid statistics, and the 2020 production figures will be dented by a three-month production pause that left only TV news and a limited number of entertainment shows standing.

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Setback for BGH's Village Roadshow takeover as second shareholder revolts

The second largest independent shareholder in Village Roadshow will vote against a planned takeover of the theme parks and cinema operator, in a fresh setback for the company’s private equity suitor BGH Capital, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Zoe Samios.

Spheria Asset Management, which owns 7.8 per cent of ASX-listed Village has said it will vote against two takeover structures proposed by the Melbourne-based buyout firm. The decision comes days after the company’s biggest independent shareholder, US-based Mittleman Brothers, increased its stake in the company to 14.4 per cent.

The two companies hold a combined 22.2 per cent of the cinema and theme parks operator, enough to block one scheme of arrangement.

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News Brands

ACMA finds Channel Nine News breaches privacy rules

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found Channel Nine breached broadcasting rules when three Nine News reports disclosed the residential address of two police officers.

The reports, which aired in October 2019, described a vehicle crashing into a house and disclosed that the residents were police officers. The reports also identified the house number and street name – with one report also including the name of the suburb.

ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said the investigation found Channel Nine breached privacy rules under the Television Industry Code of Practice.

“Privacy breaches of this nature can cause a lot of distress to those impacted,” O’Loughlin said.

“The combination of the three reports intruded on the privacy of these officers when there was no public interest in doing so.”

Under the Code, TV broadcasters are not permitted to broadcast material that invades a person’s privacy unless there is a public interest reason or consent has been given from an individual to do so.

Channel Nine has removed the material from their online platforms and apologised to the persons involved for any distress caused. In addition, Nine has undertaken to reiterate relevant Code obligations and the breach finding with relevant news and current affairs staff to ensure future compliance with the industry code.

Andrew Bolt on News Corp ‘bias’: The conservatives are outnumbered

News Corp has more balance than any media outlet now giving Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull an eager platform, comments News Corp’s Andrew Bolt as he writes about the former PMs and their crusade against ‘Murdoch bullies’:

News Corp hires many commentators and columnists of the left – Phillip Adams, Troy Bramston, Susie O’Brien, David Penberthy, Graham Richardson and Steve Conroy, among others. Its reads like a Guardian news feed.

Even within News Corp papers, conservatives are outnumbered. Outside News Corp, they’re an endangered species.

Name one conservative host on the ABC’s main current affairs shows.

Or name one conservative commentator on the staff of The Guardian Australia, The Age, or just about any other Murdoch critic.

It seems News Corp’s real sin is to hire any conservatives at all — a handful of columnists and presenters like me, who dare still question the global warming scare beloved of Rudd and Turnbull.

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Rudd and Turnbull challenge News Corp over reports of ‘foreign interference’

Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have challenged News Corp to co-operate with any investigation stemming from reports of “foreign interference” in a petition calling for a royal commission into the Murdoch media, reports Guardian Australia’s Amy Remeikis.

The Australian newspaper, the foundation stone in Rupert Murdoch’s Australian operations, published a report on Wednesday that the Rudd-led petition would be scrutinised by an “official investigation” after more than 1,000 names on the petition were found to be fake.

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CNN’s John King: “The Magic Wall had become a part of the conversation”

CNN’s John King and his Magic Wall had viewers mesmerised during the US Presidential Election, reports TV Tonight as its speaks the US newsman:

In the space of a few hours, you became something of a sensation for viewers and commentators around the world, with so many remarking on your mastery of the Magic Wall. Were you aware of this during the last week?  What do you make of it?

JK: After the first long night – about 3:30 am Wednesday – I had half a glass of wine and was sending and responding to emails before getting a couple of hours’ sleep. From texts and a quick look at Twitter, I could see the interest was off the charts, and that the Magic Wall had become a part of the conversation. It is flattering and kind, and I am gratified if my work helps people along the journey. But I also think most of it stems from the high interest and intensity – even anxiety for some – about the stakes of this election. Our entire team works incredibly hard to build trust for these moments; we take the responsibility that comes with that trust seriously. I am fortunate to have a great tool that helps me see what is happening and use its data to take viewers through the history and context.

When you weren’t on air, what did you typically do during CNN’s election coverage? Did you go home to sleep? Could you sleep? Were you still working?

JK: When I was not on air, I was in the between-air blur: drive home, unwind a bit while sending out some reporting emails, sleep a bit, then wake, coffee, shave, coffee, dress, coffee, drive to work and repeat. It was a several day adventure. I can never sleep right away, it takes an hour or so for the adrenaline to come down, but that is a good window to make sure I didn’t miss anything and gives me an opportunity to send out a few questions to sources in the campaigns/key states … then sleep for two or three hours and start again.

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The Block 2020: What else comes with the houses?

There are just three sleeps until Nine screens one of the biggest TV shows of the year and reveals the auction results from the five houses on The Block 2020. Today Domain’s Hailey Coules reveals what buyers get when they purchase the homes:

There aren’t many houses on the market that come fully furnished these days, nor with literally everything you need for when you move in, such as cleaning products and, arguably most importantly, wine.

But on The Block, this is exactly what the new owners will get. Indeed, one of the biggest perks for winning bidders will be all the goodies the houses are filled with.

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Sports Media

Fox Cricket previews season as India’s first match just 9 days away

Fox Cricket has announced a special broadcast event to preview India’s Tour of Australia featuring the biggest names in the game, Live this Friday, November 20 at midday – 12.00pm AEDT.

Gearing up for India’s upcoming Tour of Australia and the domestic season, Brendon Julian and Mel Jones will be joined in-studio by Mark Waugh and Kerry O’Keeffe, with crosses to Adam Gilchrist, Isa Guha, Pat Cummins, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy.

The preview program will be available live on:

Foxtel – Fox Cricket (ch501) and Fox Sports News (ch500) or on demand
Kayo – Live or on demand
FTA – Sky News on WIN. Regional Free-to-air nationwide (ch 53 and 83)

Websites – Streaming live on,,,, Adelaide Advertiser and all Newscorp regional masthead sites

Social Media – Streaming live on the Facebook accounts of Fox Sports Aus, Fox Cricket, Kayo

Also streaming at The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser, Courier Mail and NewsCricketAu

The team will cover off all angles leading up to one of the biggest summers of cricket ever. Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins will all go on show here on Aussie soil, and the only place to witness every ball is Fox Cricket.

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