The final TV upfront for 2019 was long and detailed, but at the end of it most attending would have come away thinking the broadcaster was worthy of the public funds it receives every year to keep it on air.
Here are the highlights of its 2020 schedule with more to come in the following days:
SBS has revealed its 2020 line-up, with a slate of original and impactful programs Australians won’t see anywhere else. As Australia’s most distinctive network, SBS will continue to tell stories that entertain, inspire and champion an inclusive Australia – diverse, multilingual, complex, compelling and rich.
SBS Managing Director, James Taylor said: “No other media organisation explores and reflects modern Australia like SBS, telling stories otherwise untold and giving a voice to those often unheard. In 2020, we will continue to lead the way in helping all Australians better understand the benefits and opportunities of a more inclusive society through our boldest and most original offering yet – world class content along with vital services that go the core of what we stand for as an organisation, and who we are as a nation today.”
Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “SBS thrives on telling stories that explore complex issues and can have meaningful impact. With permission to be bold, original and genre bending – SBS is a leader in original dramas and documentaries that inform, entertain and, where possible, shift the dial on attitudes. This cuts to the heart of SBS’s 2020 slate – to present stories that confront tough questions without easy answers, and continue to capture the national conversation around issues central to our Charter in creative and innovative ways.”
New Australian drama
Directed by Ana Kokkinos (The Hunting), SBS’s epic revisionist Western New Gold Mountain is the as-yet untold true story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely wealth in a strange land.
Produced by Matchbox Pictures (Safe Harbour, The Family Law), Hungry Ghosts will also premiere in 2020. When a tomb in Vietnam is accidentally opened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As these spirits wreak havoc across the Vietnamese Australian community in Melbourne, reclaiming lost loves and exacting revenge, May Le, a young woman who has never taken responsibility for who she is, must finally accept her destiny and help bring balance to a community still traumatised by war. The supernatural thriller features a diverse ensemble cast including Catherine Văn-Davies, Bryan Brown, Clare Bowen, Ferdinand Hoang, Gareth Yuen, Justine Clarke, Ryan Corr, Jillian Nguyen and Suzy Wrong.
Storytelling is a powerful vehicle to drive inclusion and in 2020, NITV will continue to tell positive First Nations children’s stories with the return of the award-winning Little J and Big Cuz in January and live-action comedy Thalu later in the year.
New and returning international drama series exclusive to SBS in 2020 include new series War of the Worlds, Dublin Murder and Zero Zero Zero and the anticipated return of The New Pope, Brooklyn 99, The Good Fight and The Handmaid’s Tale.
It’s a shocking statistic that on average, one woman is killed by a man she knows every week. Announced today, See What You Made Me Do is a ground-breaking new documentary series presented by Jess Hill, the author of the critically acclaimed book by the same name, which will trace how a love story can end in murder and which will seek out solutions in Australia and from across the globe to see how we can tackle this epidemic.
Michael Portillo hosts many of SBS’s most watched series as he travels by train across the UK, Europe, the US and India. He is back in 2020 with a new series. Although the promo photo has him standing beside Sydney Harbour, the series is Great Australian Railway Journeys and is expected in the first half of 2020.
Also announced today, Who Gets to Stay in Australia? is an emotive and provocative four-part series that follows stories of people whose lives hinge on one crucial decision. Australia’s immigration laws are among the toughest in the world, so who gets to call Australia home and who’s forced to leave?
The new three-part series Addicted will provide access to a group of 12 Australians as they confront their addictions head-on in a unique treatment program, while Come Fly With Me, presented by Justine Clarke, will uncover how the fight for equality in the skies helped transform our society in the air and on the ground.
While most other free-to-air TV serves up wall-to-wall reality, SBS will continue to keep it real with the best local and international documentaries across SBS, SBS On Demand and SBS VICELAND. The network will welcome back some of its most successful commissioned and acquired documentary titles with new seasons of Marry Me Marry My Family, Every Family Has a Secret, NITV’s Family Rules, Where Are You Really From?, Who Do You Think You Are? and Filthy Rich & Homeless returning in 2020.
Revealed today, medical expert and TV personality Dr Andrew Rochford will swap privilege for homelessness in the third season of Filthy Rich & Homeless, while TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson, broadcasting legend Bert Newton, and country music star Troy Cassar-Daley are among the well-loved faces joining Who Do You Think You Are? in 2020.
SBS is not only the home of original, impactful dramas and documentaries, but also the free-to-air home of basketball in Australia, bringing audiences every game of the National Basketball League (NBL), free coverage of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and highlights of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). Basketball is a sport loved and played by many across Australia and continues to grow in participation. These partnerships represent the beginning of an exciting new era for sport on SBS.
In entertainment off the court, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst return to host Eurovision – Australia Decides in February 2020 and the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2020, live from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision – Australia Decides will again give Australians the chance to vote for the artist and song to represents Australia at the world’s biggest live music event.
SBS has revealed two more artists vying for the top spot. Rising First Nations artist Mitch Tambo and multi award winning singer-songwriter and actor iOTA will join previously announced artists Casey Donovan and Vanessa Amorosi and six more acts yet to be announced.
Mastermind will return for a second season with host Jennifer Byrne at the helm and in 2020, SBS will introduce Celebrity Mastermind to the entertainment slate.
The broadcaster commented a number of times during the presentation it will soon have the only FTA food channel.
Luke Nguyen returns to SBS Food to reveal Vietnam’s history and culinary delights via train in Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam. Audiences can re-imagine and recreate traditional dishes from Pan Asian cuisines with Asia Unplated with Diana Chan and learn to Cook like an Italian with Silvia Colloca. SBS Food is less reality food and more real food cooked and presented by global and local food faces that Australian audiences love including Adam Liaw, Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Khoo, Maggie Beer, Nigella Lawson, Donna Hay, Maeve O’Meara and many more.
Through a fusion of Indigenous food and connection to country, NITV’s Food offering inspires audiences to embrace the richness of community and Aboriginal knowledge. The Beach is a deeply moving and beautiful new series from award winning film director and screenwriter Warwick Thornton about the healing power of country.
NITV news and current affairs remains committed to securing greater awareness of Indigenous affairs for all Australians with NITV News, The Point and Living Black all returning in 2020. On SBS, Tuesday’s remain our current affairs showcase with Australia’s leading forum for ideas and powerful first-person stories Insight and international documentary and current affairs series Dateline. Announced today, SBS VICELAND’S multi Walkley Award-winning The Feed will join the line-up in 2020.
SBS TV presenters [L-R] Lucy Zelic (sport), Alice Matthews (The Feed), Janice Petersen (SBS News) and Jenny Brockie (Insight)
Director of Sales, Adam Sadler revealed SBS will release two research studies in 2020, aimed to help advertisers better understand and connect with all Australians.
“Early in the new year, SBS will release ‘What does it mean to be an Australian today?’, a major study examining our sense of identity, culture, community, belonging and trust. With five million Australians speaking a language other than English at home, we will also reveal insights into how in-language advertising affects brand affinity and purchasing behaviours. These are insights that only SBS provides, helping brands understand and connect with modern Australia.”
Top Photo: Catherine Văn-Davies and Ryan Corr in Matchbox Pictures’ Hungry Ghosts
• The Weekly Times and Harvey Norman 3rd annual 2019 Shine Awards winners announced
A brave cattle farmer who selflessly established a drought-support network to help families in her community is the overall winner of the 2019 Shine Awards, a joint initiative of The Weekly Times and Harvey Norman.
Margy Perkuhn (pictured) from drought-stricken Inverell, NSW, has struggled to feed her own livestock and family during the past two years.
Yet she put aside the toll this has inflicted on her mental and physical health to found Fierce Female Farmers, an initiative to help others experiencing similar struggles.
She creates and distributes boxes filled with donated items such as sanitary products, body wipes for those who lack water to wash themselves, hand creams and toilet paper.
“Some people don’t like receiving them but it’s not a charity, it’s love in a box, from one sister to another,” said Margy, who also won the Courage award.
Now in its third year, the Shine Awards is a collaboration between News Corp Australia and Harvey Norman that was founded to celebrate and recognise the achievements of remarkable women across rural and regional Australia.
The judges said all 18 finalists from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania had extraordinary tales of courage, resilience and ingenuity but Margy’s story was especially moving.
Collectively, the finalists are representative of thousands of rural women holding communities together. By sharing their stories, Harvey Norman and The Weekly Times aim to draw national attention to their efforts.
Their stories all feature online and in print today in a 32-page Shine magazine inserted in The Weekly Times, which will also feature in The Australian on Friday, November 22 to further boost the awards’ national audience.
For the past 12 weeks the finalists’ stories, and many others, have featured in News Corp Australia’s rural titles – The Weekly Times, Rural Weekly and Tasmanian Country with a dedicated print, digital and social media marketing campaign, highlighting rural women who make a real difference to their communities and industries.
Herald & Weekly Times chairman and News Corp Australia Community Ambassador Penny Fowler said the company was committed to helping build better communities across the nation.
“The stories are hugely inspiring, demonstrating the courage, ingenuity, determination and hope intrinsic in rural and regional women,” Fowler said.
“I’d like to thank Katie Page and Harvey Norman for their commitment to the Shine Awards.
“With drought and bushfires affecting so many in rural and regional areas the Shine Awards play an important role in championing and building the resolve of our communities.”
The awards recognise six category winners who are beacons of light in terms of their Passion, Belief, Grace, Spirit, Dedication and Courage. Each category winner has been awarded a $2500 voucher from Harvey Norman and the overall Shine Awards winner will be awarded $5000.
2019 Overall and Category Winners
Bridget Murphy, equestrian aiming for Olympics
Jean Beamish, Budgeree Hall committee president
Budgeree, Gippsland, VIC
Maree Duncombe, cattle breeder
Bessie Thomas, sheep farmer
Ginny Stevens, Active Farmers Founder
By Claudia Siron
Lifestyle and fashion magazine, marie claire Australia, has reached smart, savvy, and educated women across the nation for over two decades.
Editor of marie claire, Nicky Briger, said the magazine brand is unique in its storytelling and largely successful with its powerful campaigns across multiple touchpoints. Briger told Mediaweek what topics spark conversation, discussed recent readership figures, and hints about a campaign dropping in 2020.
The magazine will be 25 years old next year, and a few on the team have been with the brand since birth. “We are really lucky to have an extremely experienced team at marie claire. Our fashion director Jana Pokorny has been in the business for nearly two and a half decades, and beauty director Sally Hunwick who’s been writing beauty for over 20 years now. There’s also our head of fashion and beauty Susie Hogan, and she started on marie claire 20 years ago as the marketing manager. They truly understand the DNA of the brand; our newer people on the team are incredibly experienced as well and also have marie claire running through their veins.”
Marie claire really has been more than just a fashion magazine due to the unique mix of style and substance where they combine rigorous journalism and those hard-hitting campaigns. “Our core global mission has always been to empower women to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others – whether it’s in the pages of the magazine, on our digital assets, or during our inspiring events.”
Briger said what’s interesting is the world really has been ‘awoken’ by the collective activism spirit that has been ignited, and that marie claire spreads that message by collaborating with others – like clients and charities – to make a difference and ultimately help change the world. “We have over two decades experience of championing various causes. Our credentials are solid – they’re fermented and authentic. We have serious runs on the board with many of our past campaigns from fighting for maternity leave, pay equality, marriage equality, and climate issues. This is a great time for the marie claire brand globally.”
Briger described the marie claire reader as career-focused, opinionated, and hugely curious about the world around them. “Nearly 30% of our audience own their own business, have a side hustle, or are looking into setting up their own companies in the future. It is more about an attitude than an age and a demographic. From Gen Z and beyond, our audience care about making a difference and making the world a better place – as well as having a bit of a laugh along the way.”
The magazine’s readership figure at the moment is 310,000 and looking at marie claire’s total audience – print and digital assets – it stands at 1.35 million. “For 25 years we’ve been the number one selling fashion magazine in Australia, and according to scan data, marie claire owns 36% of retail sales in our competitive set of five titles; and if you include the Bauer titles – because of course we’re about to join Bauer – we’ll carry 82% of the market on the newsstand which is hugely powerful. Everyone’s really excited about the move to Bauer – change is as good as a holiday as they say – but also, we will be so much more powerful together and I think that’s absolutely critical in this current market.”
Briger told Mediaweek what their highest costs are when producing the content. “There’s no doubt that cover shoots are expensive and we invest more in that, same goes for fashion. As a result, we do have to be careful with other costs just so that we ensure we come within budget, which we always do, and that’s just part of running a business.”
The magazine’s advertising ratio sits between 30% – 40% for each issue. “Beauty, fashion and luxury advertisers have always supported marie claire, and that remains true today. In fact, we carry more beauty advertising than any other title in Australia.”
Jenifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore have been featured on their covers more than any other celebrities. Marie claire did a live event with Drew – An Evening With Drew Barrymore – and also turned that live event into a podcast which launched the ‘Finding Fearless’ podcast. “What was so great about that was we did a cover, an event, and a podcast – so we managed to cover multiple touchpoints.”
Briger said their well-researched reports and campaigns probably get the strongest response, especially on social media. “If we put up a photo of Greta Thunberg or Jane Fonda on social media regarding their activism, they would both do huge numbers for us; more than any other brand in that lifestyle sphere.
“Our recent November issue was dedicated to our ‘Save Our Seas’ campaign; it surrounded sustainability and it was a true 360 degree campaign with social, video, PR and of course the print product as well. We have an especially exciting campaign coming up in February too; it’s an Australian-first, so watch this space. Next year will also be our big 25-year anniversary – with October being our mega birthday celebration issue. It will be a big year for us with new owners, the important birthday, more events planned than ever before and lots of important campaigns in the works. ”
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has announced that the Hit and Triple M networks will come together this summer to bring listeners around Australia the best live music concerts ever, including concerts from the biggest artists from Australia and around the world in a unique commercial radio first called Concert in the Clouds.
Each Sunday in December both networks will curate and present live music concerts for listeners that align with their brands, and will also come together to present headline acts simultaneously across the country. These headline acts will include concerts performed by artists that both networks share. The Hit and Triple M DAB+ radio stations will also participate with live concerts that fit their music genre.
The concerts will be on air from 12 noon until 7.00 pm on Sunday 1, 8, 15 and 22 December 2019, as the summer festive season heats up.
Head of music for Hit Network Irene Hulme and head of music for the Triple M Network Mickey Maher said: “We are incredibly excited to come together to produce this commercial radio first across all of our radio assets.
“Summertime and the festive season is traditionally a quiet time for radio with shows going on break so we thought why not create something totally unique for our listeners and lovers of live music. This is the perfect sound track for those long road trips, summer afternoon BBQs., parties and family get togethers.”
SCA also announced McDonald’s as a key commercial partner for Concert in the Clouds. Brands have the ability to capitalise on the enormous reach and frequency offered across the week on the Hit and Triple M networks, as well as deeper, native integration into the concerts themselves.
SCA chief sales officer Brian Gallagher said: “Concert in the Clouds offers our advertising partners a truly national opportunity to engage with listeners aged 25 to 54 on Hit and Triple M across our entire metro and regional network. The exclusive sponsor environments we are offering give advertisers a premium environment to showcase their brand and link to key concerts in the series.
“Radio is the most consumed media platform over the Christmas and summer period and Concert in the Clouds taps all our audience potential and the ability to maximise the impact of this audience lift. We have so far has a fantastic response from brands. We’re thrilled that McDonald’s has come on board as a major sponsor and there will be more sponsor announcements to come.”
SCA will invest $2.8 million in advertising Concert in the Clouds across outdoor, TV, radio, digital and social channels.
With one event left before the summer break for the 2019 Supercars season, drivers are all set for the 500km street fight in Newcastle this weekend, with Fox Sports the only place to watch every session live and ad-break free during racing.
(Network 10 will have live coverage on Saturday and Sunday.)
Although the 2019 Drivers title is safely in Scott McLaughlin’s hands, a classic Ford vs Holden battle will take place between Shell V-Power Racing and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for the Teams’ Championship title.
From Thursday at 4.30pm, Supercars Trackside will be live from Civic Park in the heart of Newcastle with every driver on hand when Fox Sports host Jess Yates is joined by Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife to preview the season finale and open bidding for a special item to raise funds for the NSW/QLD Bushfire Appeal plus Lee Holdsworth announces his 2020 team.
Drivers will take to the track on Friday on the scenic coastal circuit for two practice sessions at 11.30am and 3.25pm. Plus the Super2 Series, Aussie Racing Cars, Toyota 86 Series and the SuperUtes Series will add to the racing action all weekend.
On Saturday, Supercars Qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout will show who’s the fastest in the field before it’s time to settle some scores in the first of two 250km at races at 4.15pm.
Then on a mega Sunday of racing for the last day of the season, Qualifying and a second Top 10 Shootout will lead into the final race of the 2019 season at 4.15pm.
In the Fox Sports studio at Newcastle, Yates, Skaife and Lowndes will cover every angle before and after each session and will be joined by 2019 champion Scott McLaughlin in-studio after Sunday’s race in Supercars Trackside.
The team is joined by Supercars commentators Neil Crompton, Greg Murphy, technical analyst Mark Larkham and pit lane reporter Riana Crehan for every Supercars session.
By Trent Thomas
Stranger Things has made it 22 weeks now on top of the Australian TV Demand charts extending its record for 2019 and has once again completed the sweep by also topping the charts in New Zealand, which it has done 20 of the last 22 weeks. At this rate, the show could potentially close out the year on top of the charts.
However, there is still significant movement on the TV Demand charts with some potential challengers for Stranger Things to make the final weeks of 2019 interesting.
The closest show to knocking off Stranger Things on the Overall TV charts is Rick and Morty which has worked its way up to the number two spots in both Australia and NZ after premiering its fourth season on November 10. The series had an absence of two years due to the show’s creators wanting to confirm the long term future of the show with the built-up anticipation helping rocket the show up the charts. With eight more episodes to go in the season, there is a good chance it can run down Stranger Things.
On the Digital Original charts for the second week in a row we have a new entry from a brand new platform. This week it is The Mandalorian from Disney+. The platform hadn’t even launched yet in Australia when the TV Demand data was collected but has been launching in different markets overseas since November 12, with Australia launching on December 19. This indicates it still could move up the charts. Showrunner Jon Favreau known for directing Iron Man and The Jungle Book for Disney in the past is attempting to bring the Star Wars franchise back to the western and samurai movie-themed roots that inspired George Lucas when originally conjuring up the Star Wars universe. The titular character The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos).
My Hero Academia has joined the Australian Overall TV charts in seventh spot and is the only anime program on any of the charts. The show is based on a boy born without superpowers in a world where they have become commonplace, but who still dreams of becoming a hero himself. The show premiered its fourth season on October 12 with the English dub being premiered at the Madman Anime Festival Melbourne and Perth on September 14 and October 4.
A new entry in NZ is His Dark Materials which premiered its first season on November 4. Based on author Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name the series has been picked up for two seasons and features a cast led by Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy ( Atonement). The first 8-episode season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, which leads to a quest in understanding a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
By James Manning
• Nine #1 primary and #1 network as reality couple wed on ACA
• Time up for influencers on 10’s The Amazing Race Australia
• Zumbo’s Just Desserts fails to rise: Audience drops again
• Tuesday movies: Greek Wedding 2 narrowly outrates Dunkirk
Tuesday Week 47 2019
• Seven News 942,000/891,000
• Nine News 809,000/807,000
• A Current Affair 617,000
• ABC News 625,000
• 7.30 570,000
• The Project 252,000/419,000
• 10 News First 347,000
• The Drum 154,000
• SBS World News 110,000
• Sunrise 300,000
• Today 187,000
Home and Away had 566,000 watching after 608,000 on Monday.
The numbers for Zumbo’s Just Desserts continue to fall since launch. It started the week on 446,000 on Sunday, had 393,000 on Monday and then 359,000 last night.
The 2017 movie Dunkirk then did 275,000.
A special 90-minute edition of A Current Affair featured the “real” wedding of Married At First Sight stars Cameron Merchant and Jules Robinson. The episode had an average audience of 617,000 which was enough to win the timeslot.
The 2016 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 then did 287,000.
The Project dipped to just over 400,000 after 7pm.
On The Amazing Race, the influencers finished last for the second successive episode. This time it was an elimination leg and they were sent home. The episode did 553,000 after 608,000 on Tuesday last week.
One Born Every Minute Australia then did 309,000 after 334,000 a week ago.
Dream Gardens did 380,000 at 8pm followed by part one of Love on the Spectrum with 390,000.
The doco on artist Ben Quilty, Painting the Shadows, did 189,000.
The final episode of the three-part Scotland from the Sky was on 173,000.
The numbers then lifted for both Insight (192,000) and Dateline (178,000).
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.8%||7TWO||2.9%||GO!||2.9%||10 Bold||4.4%||VICELAND||1.1%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||5.2%||GEM||4.5%||10 Peach||2.7%||Food Net||1.4%|
|7Food||0.5%||SBS World Movies||0.7%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||10 Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.8%||7TWO||3.9%||GO!||4.9%||WIN Bold||4.6%||VICELAND||1.2%|
|ABC ME||1.0%||7mate||5.3%||GEM||7.2%||WIN Peach||2.3%||Food Net||1.3%|
|ABC NEWS||1.0%||7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)||1.5%||9Life||2.2%||Sky News on WIN||2.0%||NITV||0.1%|
|7food (QLD only)||0.5%|
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Foxtel Media (formally known as MCN), has today announced the appointment of a new Brisbane sales director, Kat Frost (pictured). She replaces Kevin Hearn who leaves the business at the end of the year after 13 years’ service.
Frost joins Foxtel Media with over 20 years’ experience in the Brisbane media industry, working in both publisher and media agency roles. Starting her career with Zenith, Mediacom and Junior, she made the move to sales and over the last 14 years she has worked in leadership roles at Nova Entertainment, most recently as their Brisbane sales director, and at outdoor media owner ODNA as sales director.
Reporting to Foxtel Media chief sales officer, David Roddick, Frost will be responsible for leading the Brisbane sales team.
Frost will be a key member of the national sales leadership team, helping shape the Foxtel Media strategy.
Roddick commented: “I am thrilled to welcome a leader of Kat’s calibre to our business. Following our re-launch, Foxtel Media is focused on changing the TV game by bringing brands a different and dynamic way of advertising. Kat’s strong focus on the customer and passion for innovation, plus deep expertise across her local market, makes her a perfect fit for the future direction of our business. Her publisher and agency background will bring new perspective to the role, helping Brisbane advertisers experience new opportunities across the Foxtel platform.”
Kat Frost commented: “I look forward to joining the team at Foxtel Media during what is an extremely exciting time for the company. Foxtel Media’s innovation and evolution of advertising formats is a reflection of their commitment to connecting viewers and advertisers in meaningful and impactful ways. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to make a significant impact to future growth and revenue success and look forward to hitting the ground running.”
Frost starts her new role on 2 December, 2019.
Shopper Media Group has announced it will install its state-of-the art Smartlite digital advertising panels across Australian property group Mirvac Retail’s growing portfolio of urban retail centres.
The announcement is a major contract for the Australian business and will deliver a state of the art solution to Mirvac centres, enabling them to tailor bespoke content to match their individual approach to each centre in the portfolio.
Shopper Media Group CEO Ben Walker said, “We are delighted to be working with Mirvac Retail as they share a similar commitment to pursuing strong growth and creating engaging environments for consumers within their centres.”
The agreement will see Shopper Media Group install 300 of its new ultra-thin, high- definition Smartlite panels, including seven large-format digital atriums, in 16 key Mirvac Retail locations.
“Mirvac retail centres are in prime, urban locations and the partnership will offer access to three key Sydney shopping centres not previously available to advertisers in Greenwood Plaza in North Sydney, the MetCentre at Wynyard and East Village in Zetland,” added Walker.
Weeks before being sacked by the ABC board, Michelle Guthrie told The AFR that while she was at Google in Singapore, she’d started looking for Australian non-executive director roles, reports The AFR’s Myriam Robin.
The depth of her local contacts was insufficient to impress the headhunters, or so she surmised. But she was instead fatefully and rather inexplicably (given the above) offered a role as ABC managing director, which she accepted.
From next month, she’ll join the board of Catapult.
In its announcement, the ASX-listed sports technology group lauded her “transformation” of the ABC, where she’s credited with “increasing [its] efficiency and effectiveness” as well as “increasing investment in a range of content categories”. After giving up roles at Pacific Star Network and Auckland Airport to focus on her public broadcasting duties, we’re sure she’s relieved to get back into the swing of things.
News Corp Australia’s regional news brands this week joined as one with a powerful new front page highlighting increasing excessive secrecy by governments to stop journalists from telling the public what they are doing.
The front page telling governments ‘Not to Keep Us in the Dark’ was published throughout regional Queensland, NSW, the Northern Territory and Victoria. In Hobart, The Mercury also produced a front page exposing local government secrecy.
The local news brands joining in the campaign come from Bundaberg, Grafton, the Sunshine Coast, Northern Star, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Warwick, Darwin, Gladstone, the Gold Coast, Mackay, Ipswich, Gympie, Toowoomba, Geelong, Hobart, Toowoomba, Geelong, Hobart, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.
The move forms part of Australia’s Right to Know campaign by major media organisations targeting growing government overreach to stop journalists informing the public of matters of public interest.
News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said: “These front pages send a powerful message that Australia’s media is standing up for the rights of all regional Australians to know what their governments are doing.
“The Right to Know campaign is important for our industry as a whole but it’s much more than that.
“Governments of all levels – local, state and federal – too often exploit what they perceive as a lack of scrutiny outside of mainland capital cities to take questionable decisions and actions.
“It’s our commitment in serving the communities where all of us live and work that we keep these governments honest and at every turn, fight their increasing secrecy.
“Regional Australians should know about decisions that affect them.”
If you’re a Novocastrian, you know there’s no better place in Australia to call home than Newcastle, reports News Corp’s Amy Ziniak.
And Sky News broadcaster Paul Murray is about to find out just how good we have it here, from picturesque beaches to a stunning Hunter Valley.
Murray’s live Our Town program on Sky News, which visits regional communities across Australia, is stopping in at Newcastle tonight for the year’s final episode, to celebrate the region’s uniqueness while hearing and learning from residents about the issues and challenges we face here.
“The joy of this show is that I have no idea what is happening because it’s genuine live TV,” Murray said.
“I think that too often national television shows leave Sydney and Melbourne only in times of disaster and my view is that we should turn up in times when it’s “normal” to hear from people and give them a genuine chance to say whatever the heck they want on a national platform.”
Murray will be joined by Sony Music artist Mark Vincent, who will perform live for the audience and viewers at home.
Sponsor Harvey Norman has also worked with the NSW Country Women’s Association (CWA) to raise much-needed financial assistance for Newcastle locals.
“We’ve been able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the CWA,” Murray added.
Nine and ARIA this week released names of the presenters at the 33rd ARIA Awards to be broadcast by Nine on November 27.
The presenters will join the host, four-time ARIA Award winner and coach on The Voice, Guy Sebastian.
The presenters include American Grammy nominee Khalid, Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, twin pop divas The Veronicas, ARIA Hall of Fame member Daryl Braithwaite, television personality Sophie Monk, wildlife warrior Robert Irwin, and Nine personalities Brooke Boney, Richard Wilkins and Karl Stefanovic.
The awards ceremony will feature live performances from international stars Halsey, Dua Lipa and Khalid.
They will be joined by a lineup of top Australian performers, including record-breaker Tones and I, country star Morgan Evans, Guy Sebastian, 2019 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees Human Nature, as well as multi-award nominees Hilltop Hoods, Thelma Plum and The Teskey Brothers.
SBS announced the commission of a new four-part Australian drama series for 2020 – New Gold Mountain– at its 2020 Upfront event.
The broadcaster is calling New Gold Mountain a revisionist Western, and it will join SBS’s supernatural drama series, Hungry Ghosts, as part of the network’s drama offering next year.
The murder mystery, directed by The Hunting’s Ana Kokkinos, and produced by Goalpost Television, is the untold true story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely wealth in a strange land.
SBS director of television and online content, Marshall Heald, said: “SBS thrives on telling stories that explore complex issues and can have meaningful impact. With permission to be bold, original and genre-bending – SBS is a leader in original dramas that inform, entertain and, where possible, shift the dial on attitudes. Our recent success with the AACTA-nominated series The Hunting ignited a national discussion while showcasing fresh, diverse local talent, and we’re excited to do that again with New Gold Mountain. We’re thrilled to be working with Goalpost Television on our upcoming drama offering.”
Goalpost TV producer Kylie du Fresne said: “Goalpost is thrilled to be partnering with SBS on their first major period series they’ve commissioned. Series creator Peter Cox has vividly brought this world to life. His writing is exceptional. Along with my fellow producers Liam Heyen and Elisa Argenzio, I am also delighted that Peter will be joined on the writing team by Benjamin Law and Yolanda Ramke and the amazing directorial talents of Ana Kokkinos.”
Production on the series commences in 2020 and will be filmed in Victoria. Cast announcements will follow in the coming months.
New Gold Mountain is a Goalpost Television production for SBS. Major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with SBS. all3media international is the global partner on the show.
BBC Studios has scored a new commission for Mastermind, along with a spin-off version of Celebrity Mastermind.
Announced at SBS’s Upfronts, a second series of Mastermind will return for 85 episodes in early 2020. In addition, BBC Studios has been commissioned to produce five one-hour Celebrity Mastermind specials.
With quiz master Jennifer Byrne (pictured) back at the helm, Australia’s smartest contenders will face the iconic Mastermind chair, the spotlight and a new round of questions to test their knowledge.
BBC Studios ANZ director of production Kylie Washington secured the two Mastermind commissions from Josh Martin, commissioning editor, entertainment at SBS. The executive producer for both series will be Lucy De Luca.
Kylie Washington said: “We’re delighted that the first series of Mastermind successfully established an early evening ‘smart slot’ for SBS audiences and can’t wait to be back with more. Celebrity Mastermind gives us a chance to build on the success of the brand and invite some of Australia’s smartest household names to bravely step up to the black chair too.”
Josh Martin said: “SBS is thrilled to see the return of two new series of Mastermind with quizmaster Jennifer Byrne at the helm. This is a timeless format and the diversity of specialist topics is a joy to watch – not to mention that the play-at-home nature of the series has proven to be an important destination for audiences at 6pm on weeknights. We are particularly excited about Celebrity Mastermind. Which celebrities are willing to be put to the test in the famous black chair? And more importantly, what will be their specialist topics? We can’t wait to find out!”
Mastermind is a BBC Studios format, produced for SBS by BBC Studios ANZ and distributed by BBC Studios.
Since the BBC Studios Australian production arm was established under Washington in September 2018, it has produced Mastermind S1 for SBS, Stargazing: Moon and Beyond for the ABC and co-produced Dancing with the Stars for 10.
Australian radio syndicator Crocmedia has climbed to #1 in the recently introduced Australian Podcast Ranker chart – launched last month at the Radio Alive conference in Brisbane.
As Mediaweek detailed yesterday, Telstra AFL Trade Radio eclipsed the latest Podcast Rankings – a monthly analysis of the top 100 podcasts consumed by listeners located in Australia.
The October results are the broadcaster’s strongest with Telstra AFL Trade Radio ranking first ahead of popular programs including Hamish & Andy, Kate, Tim and Marty and The Kyle & Jackie O Show.
As well as Telstra AFL Trade Radio, 1116 SEN programs Breakfast with Garry and Tim ranked #5 across the last month while Mornings with Whateley came in at #18 after having one and three weeks off-air respectively.
Crocmedia chief executive officer Craig Hutchison praised the strong results.
“Telstra AFL Trade Radio provides unprecedented and round-the-clock analysis of the latest trade news and rumours as they happen.
“To reach poll position in this month’s Australian Podcast Ranker is a true testament to the Crocmedia digital and AFL Media teams for setting the must-listen agenda during Trade Period,” Hutchison ended.
Overall, 11 Crocmedia produced programs ranked in the top 100 including native podcast programs such as The Sounding Board (#35) and Don’t Shoot The Messenger (#80).