Friday November 6, 2020

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Radio Ratings 2020, Survey 7: Highlights + Full Results

Find our market-by-market analysis of the 7th GfK Radio Ratings Survey for 2020 below. 


• 2GB maintains lead but breakfast and evenings trend down
• smoothfm maintains #1 FM position as Bogart & Glenn surge
• KIIS 1065 #1 FM breakfast with Kyle and Jackie untouchable

Biggest Movers

UP: smoothfm 95.3 +0.9
Down: Nova 96.9/2GB -0.5

Read more: Sydney Radio Ratings 2020: Survey 7


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• Covid creep continues as 3AW climbs – Ross & Russ hits 28.4%
• Gold 104.3 still #1 FM and FM breakfast with Christian O’Connell
• Fox again hammered as 10+ share slips to new record low

UP: 3AW + 3.7%
DOWN: smoothfm -1.0

Read more: Melbourne Radio Ratings 2020: Survey 7


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• Nova 106.9 ranks #1 with Ash, Kip, Luttsy and Susie up to 12.6%
• 4BC posts best results in years with Neil Breen share now over 10%

UP: 4BC +2.4
DOWN: 4KQ -2.1

Read more: Brisbane Radio Ratings 2020: Survey 7


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• 96FM the new market leader with rock solid daytime shares
• Nova holds as breakfast and drive champ as Mix drops in all shifts

UP: 96FM +0.6
DOWN: 6iX -0.8

Read more: Perth Radio Ratings 2020: Survey 7


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• Mix 102.3 fights back as #1 overall with Jodie & Soda #1 FM breakfast
• David and Will #1 commercial breakfast despite share pulling back

UP: Cruise1323 +1.5
DOWN: Fiveaa -1.2

Read more: Adelaide Radio Ratings 2020: Survey 7


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News Corp
News Corp Q1 2021: Aust ad revenue tumbles YOY, but digital subs up

• 1.232m subscribers to streaming services Kayo, Foxtel Now and Binge

• Revenues were US$2.12 billion, a 10% decline compared to $2.34 billion in the prior year, primarily driven by the sale of News America Marketing.

• Segment EBITDA at Digital Real Estate Services grew 45%, with record revenue and profit contribution by Move, operator of

• Segment EBITDA at Dow Jones grew 47%, driven by record average consumer product subscriptions of 3.88 million, led by 29% growth in digital-only subscriptions

At a briefing on the company’s results, CEO Robert Thomson said: “News Corp has started the fiscal year strongly, with higher revenue in many of our segments during the first quarter, and a 21 percent increase year-on-year in profitability, despite the disruptive economic consequences of COVID-19.

“Total revenues for the quarter were $2.1 billion, a fall of 10 percent, but that contraction was largely due to the sale of News America Marketing, and the adjusted decline was 3 percent. Meanwhile, three of our segments, Dow Jones, Digital Real Estate Services and Book Publishing, reported year-over-year Segment EBITDA increases of at least 45 percent, highlighting the success of our investment strategy in publishing and digital real estate.

“Dow Jones posted a record first quarter in profitability and higher revenues, thanks to its role as one of the world’s most trusted providers of business news and analysis. There is undoubted U.S. and international potential for Dow Jones to expand audiences and revenues, and the team is pleased by the early returns on a subscriber offering for the previously free MarketWatch service.

“We are continuing our drive to be a more focused, more digital company and we believe the positive results of that strategy are already clear. Our aim is to generate enhanced returns for our investors in the months, quarters and years to come.”


Subscription Video Services

Revenues in the quarter decreased $18 million, or 4%, compared with the prior year, including a $20 million, or 3%, positive impact from foreign currency fluctuations. The revenue decline was driven by the impact from fewer residential broadcast subscribers and a $14 million, or 3%, negative impact from lower commercial subscription revenues resulting from the ongoing restrictions on pubs, clubs and other commercial venues due to COVID-19, partially offset by higher revenues from OTT products. Adjusted Revenues decreased 7% compared to the prior year.

As of September 30, 2020, Foxtel’s total closing paid subscribers were 3.287 million, a 7% increase compared to the prior year, primarily due to the growth in subscribers at Kayo and the launch of Binge, partially offset by lower residential and commercial broadcast subscribers. 2.055 million of the total closing subscribers were residential and commercial broadcast subscribers, and the remaining 1.232 million consisted of Kayo, Foxtel Now and Binge subscribers.

As of September 30, 2020, there were 681,000 Kayo subscribers (644,000 paying), compared to 430,000 subscribers (364,000 paying) in the prior year. As of September 30, 2020, there were 310,000 Foxtel Now subscribers (298,000 paying), compared to 385,000 subscribers (375,000 paying) in the prior year. Binge, which launched in May, had 321,000 (290,000 paying) subscribers as of September 30, 2020.

Broadcast subscriber churn in the quarter increased slightly to 14.6% from 14.4% in the prior year. Broadcast ARPU for the quarter increased 1% to A$79 (US$56).

Segment EBITDA in the quarter decreased $3 million, or 4%, compared with the prior year, primarily due to lower revenues as discussed above, partially offset by lower entertainment programming costs and lower other operating costs. The $36 million (A$51 million) negative impact related to the deferral of sports programming rights and production costs from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 into fiscal 2021 as a result of the suspension of sporting events due to COVID-19 was partially offset by the savings from renegotiated sports rights. Adjusted Segment EBITDA decreased 9%.

News Media

Revenues in the quarter decreased $280 million, or 37%, as compared to the prior year, including a $19 million, or 2%, positive impact from foreign currency fluctuations. The decline was primarily driven by a $200 million, or 26%, impact from the divestiture of News America Marketing in May 2020. The decline also reflects the $35 million, or 5%, impact from the closure or transition to digital of certain regional and community newspapers in Australia. Within the segment, revenues at News Corp Australia and News UK declined 20% and 8%, respectively. Adjusted Revenues for the segment decreased 16% compared to the prior year.

Circulation and subscription revenues increased $1 million compared to the prior year, primarily due to digital subscriber growth, a $10 million, or 4%, positive impact from foreign currency fluctuations and price increases, offset by lower single-copy sales revenue, primarily at News UK, as a result of COVID-19.

Advertising revenues decreased $262 million, or 59%, compared to the prior year, reflecting a $200 million, or 45%, negative impact from the divestiture of News America Marketing. The remainder of the decline was driven by continued weakness in the advertising market, exacerbated by COVID-19, and a $29 million, or 7%, negative impact related to the closure or transition to digital of certain regional and community newspapers in Australia, partially offset by a $7 million, or 1%, positive impact from foreign currency fluctuations.

In the quarter, Segment EBITDA decreased $29 million compared to the prior year, reflecting lower revenues, as discussed above, and the absence of a net $12 million contribution due to the divestitures of News America Marketing and Unruly, partially offset by higher cost savings across the businesses.

Digital revenues represented 28% of News Media segment revenues in the quarter, compared to 19% in the prior year. For the quarter, digital revenues at the newspaper mastheads represented 25% of their combined revenues. Digital subscribers and users across key properties within the News Media segment are summarized below:

• Closing digital subscribers at News Corp Australia’s mastheads as of September 30, 2020 were 685,200, compared to 542,400 in the prior year (Source: Internal data)

• The Times and Sunday Times closing digital subscribers as of September 30, 2020 were 337,000, compared to 312,000 in the prior year (Source: Internal data)

• The Sun’s digital offering reached 140 million global monthly unique users in September 2020, compared to 129 million in the prior year (Source: Google Analytics)

• New York Post’s digital network reached 144 million unique users in September 2020, compared to 107 million in the prior year (Source: Google Analytics)

Jarrod Villani
ViacomCBS appoints number cruncher to build Network 10 revenue

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has appointed Jarrod Villani to join Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, as co-lead of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand.

As Chief Operating and Commercial Officer and co-lead with McGarvey, Villani will be responsible for all the combined company’s commercial activities and operations in both markets.

Most recently, Villani was Queensland’s Head of Restructuring and Brisbane’s Head of Office at advisory and investment firm KordaMentha.

McGarvey, who was promoted to the new role of Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President in March this year, led the integration and transformation of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand.

Both McGarvey and Villani report to Maria Kyriacou, President of VCNI’s operations in Australia, Israel and the UK.

Rod Prosser, Chief Sales Officer, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand will work closely with McGarvey and Villani to further strengthen revenue growth and strategy while providing oversight and management of the entire 10 ViacomCBS sales team.

Kyriacou commented: “Network 10 has performed very well this year. It is the only commercial network growing its audience and it has also recorded its highest commercial shares in key demographics since 2011. The integration and transformation of Network 10 and ViacomCBS under the leadership of Beverley has been successfully completed. We have launched a new channel, 10 Shake, 10 Play is experiencing its biggest ever digital audience and the MTV and Nickelodeon channels have also grown their share.

“We will continue to build on that momentum, while at the same time leveraging the powerful ViacomCBS brands and assets from both a content and revenue perspective.

“Jarrod is a highly qualified commercial leader with extensive experience in organisational transformation and stakeholder management. Jarrod’s broad commercial knowledge coupled with Beverley’s experience as an Australian media and creative leader ensures the business remains a unique and powerful media group. It is in great hands.

“I would like to congratulate Beverley for her leadership of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand since March this year. It is a credit to Beverley and her team that the business has continued to compete and evolve.”

Kyriacou added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the KordaMentha team, led by Henriette Rothschild who has been interim Chief Transformation Officer. Henriette has been instrumental in ensuring the merged Network 10 and ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand businesses are well positioned for the future.”

McGarvey said: “I am thrilled Jarrod is joining our team and I look forward to working closely with him alongside the existing Executive Leadership Team and the international leadership team as we take ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand into 2021.

“Next year we will launch premium SVOD service Paramount + whilst growing our existing linear and subscription broadcast and digital assets. Jarrod has worked closely with the team throughout this year and on a project basis in the past and we are thrilled to have him join us on a permanent basis.”

Villani said: “I am delighted to be joining Beverley, Rod and the team at ViacomCBS and continuing the development of the business. The combination of ViacomCBS’ global content portfolio and Network 10’s broad reach and key demographic prominence provides a unique opportunity in our markets for our viewers and partners across multiple platforms.

“It’s a very exciting time for the network and the broader ViacomCBS business and I look forward to joining them in the new year.”

Villani will commence as Chief Operating and Commercial Officer, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand in early 2021.

Top Photo: Jarrod Villani and Beverley McGarvey, co-leads at ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand

News Corp
The Advertiser reveals first look at new suite of News Corp digital products

South Australians have been the first in Australia to experience the new look coming to News Corp Australia’s state-based mastheads as The Advertiser’s new website went live on Thursday.

News Corp Australia’s state-based mastheads, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and The Courier-Mail will soon follow with websites rebuilt from the ground up to be faster, smarter, less congested and much more user-friendly.

For the past year, the team immersed itself in the lives of consumers’ digital habits to find out what they want from their news websites and mobile sites.

News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller said the move capped off a year of transformation for the company, which has seen digital subscriptions grow 26 percent, and marked the first stage in a major program of work.

“We’ve reshaped our operations to better meet the needs of audiences and clients to grow subscriber numbers and simplify our structures to be less complex for advertisers to leverage – and now we’re increasing our investment in digital innovation.

“Today’s announcement marks a significant step to realising this digital future and we’ll be increasingly providing audiences and clients with a seamless experience across devices with content available offline and unique content for our valued subscribers.

“This is the first stage in our transition to a digital future.”

News Corp Australia’s chief technology officer Julian Delany said the dramatic rise in consumer expectations around digital products in recent years had prompted a rethink in what News offers audiences.

“We’ve spoken to readers around the nation to listen to their views and hear directly what they want and expect from a digital news product,” he said.

“This extensive customer research has guided the new digital experiences we’ve unveiled this week. And this is just the beginning of our digital evolution.

“More world class functions and experiences will be rolled out in the weeks and months ahead as we commit to continuously improve the reader experience.”

Delany said audiences were clear in what they wanted.

“They asked for speed and we’ve delivered, by building one of the quickest-to-load news sites of any publisher, anywhere.

“They asked to be able to find what they’re looking for more easily, which we’ve delivered by presenting a design that is clean and simple plus an intuitive navigation system that means users are only ever one click away from their area of interest.”

Gerald Stone
TV industry mourns the passing of news industry pioneer Gerald Stone

Long-time Nine executive Gerald Stone has died aged 87.

In a note to Nine staff this morning, CEO Hugh Marks said:

It’s with great sadness that I share with all of you today the news of the passing of Nine legend and Australian media industry giant Gerald Stone.

Gerald occupies a lofty pedestal in Nine’s history and a profound place in our hearts.

He was famously of course the ‘father’ and founder of 60 Minutes in Australia in 1979 – which under his remarkable leadership became a juggernaut of Australian television.

With its great story telling and high production values 60 Minutes changed the way we watched television, and launched scores of now celebrated careers.

Gerald Stone with Jana Wendt in 1981

First amongst them Ray Martin, George Negus and Ian Leslie, quickly followed by, a then largely unknown, Jana Wendt. Gerald transformed them into household names – and they became his lifelong friends – with countless others to follow.

And he crafted 60 Minutes into a tour de force which four decades later remains an ongoing testament to Gerald’s capacity to produce great content through his sheer good instincts about stories, the people he chose to tell them, his gimlet eye for angles and detail and his uncanny ability to make it so relatable to a huge audience.

There’s been an army of tremendously talented people in Australian television since its arrival in 1956, but none with more impact than Gerald Stone.

All the way from Columbus, Ohio via a copy boy stint at The New York Times, Gerald came to Australia in 1962 to begin a stellar career, first at News Ltd which featured roles as diverse as foreign correspondent in Vietnam to accompanying Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins on the famous ‘Freedom Ride’ to Moree.

In 1967 Gerald joined the fledgling ABC program This Day Tonight which pioneered a dramatic new recognition & treatment of public affairs reporting in Australia.

There he cut his teeth with a bunch of other talented young reporters and presenters about to make famous names for themselves – among them Mike Willesee, Bill Peach, Caroline Jones, Richard Carleton , George Negus, Peter Luck and Mike Carlton.

In his astonishing career Gerald was later to serve at the Bulletin as Editor, Director of Current Affairs at the Seven Network, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network and in senior positions as an SBS director and deputy chairman in more recent times.

On top of all of that Gerald became a prolific and best-selling author with his engaging style, detail and colour.

Gerald Stone was deeply respected and much admired by everyone with whom he came into close contact. His raw American accent never left him, nor his warmth, humility and charm. But he was also a feisty character who gave as good as he got, especially in the odd colourful disagreement over programming decisions with Kerry Packer – a feat in itself.

And Gerald generously always rejoiced in the success of others – in recent years shedding tears when 60 Minutes was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

His own tremendous body of work was so accurately recognised in the 2015 Australia Day awards when Gerald received an AM for ‘significant service to print and broadcast media as a journalist, television producer and author’

Something of an understatement.

On behalf of everyone at Nine, past and present, I have conveyed our profound condolences on Gerald’s passing to his wife Irene – herself a long-time friend of the Network through her outstanding involvement in the delivery of World Series Cricket and what followed in our sustained coverage over so many years.

Gerald is survived by Irene, his two children, Klay and Jennifer, and two grandchildren Louis and Gina.

See also the obituary from Michael Idato in The Sydney Morning Herald here.

Studio 10
Studio 10’s Tristan MacManus on his early mornings with Sarah Harris

By Trent Thomas

No show has undergone a bigger facelift in 2020 than Studio 10 with a restructure leading to the departure of Studio 10 co-hosts Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Natarsha Belling, and Joe Hildebrand.

Network 10’s morning show has begun a new era with Studio 10 mainstay Sarah Harris and Irish import Tristan MacManus.

MacManus is best known to Australian audiences as a judge on the local format of Dancing with the Stars. MacManus had previously established himself as a dancer on the American Dancing with the Stars, and the British version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Mediaweek spoke with MacManus about his new gig, working with Sarah Harris, and the Covid-19 affected conclusion to Dancing with the Stars.

When asked how this new career direction came about MacManus admitted that he wasn’t  too sure himself.

“I’ll be honest with you, I really don’t know, it kind of came out of the blue a little. It came at a time where I went back to landscaping and then I got a call to see if I would be interested in doing a screen test. I didn’t know what it was for, but I went in and talked about some news stories.

MacManus was originally hoping to do both Dancing with the Stars and Studio 10 when he signed up before it was announced that Dancing with the Stars would not be returning to 10’s schedule in 2021.

“You can never assume with any show, whether it is popular or unpopular, that it is going to come back. It is something that you hope people want to come back, but the reality is it might not be in the financial position to come back at the moment. I am hoping that’s the reason because then hopefully there is enough interest for the show to return at a later date.”

The show found itself one of the many productions affected by Covid-19 with MacManus saying that he wasn’t sure they were even going to be able to conclude the second season as planned.

After almost every show we didn’t know if it was going to be the last one or not. I drove back to Sydney, two weeks before the show finished because I wanted to get my family back home and in the back of my mind, I thought we might not be able to finish the show. At the time Dancing with the Stars represented more for people. It is not for some people and we get that, but some people love it and needed something to look forward to at the time, and I felt like we did a great job of giving it to them.”

Seven weeks into the new job, MacManus admits that he is enjoying the opportunity to learn. Most of his aspirations involved dancing and the theatre – he never really thought about hosting a show like Studio 10.

“I never imagined being the host of a morning show, because why would I? I was doing a dancing show which turned into hosting theatre shows and now I am hosting Studio 10.

“I love it, and I am learning an awful lot. They are letting me work out my kinks which is what you want from everything. The whole vibe of the show has changed, and everyone is open to the transition that the show is going through. I am like everyone, some things I mess up here and there and other things I don’t mess up.”

One major calming influence for him after being thrown into a foreign territory is long-time Studio 10 host Sarah Harris who MacManus said has been great for him.

“Sarah is great, she knows the gig, she knows the drill and we are getting to know each other, and I think that is the major thing. I had an instant trust and comfort with Sarah which is what you need and crave in any new position.

MacManus said that he took the role so that he would have the opportunity to learn and explore a new challenge.

“I have kids now and I am trying to teach them not to turn their back on things that they are afraid of or don’t understand.”

MacManus says that one strength he brings to breakfast TV is his lack of bias due to approaching it with fresh eyes.

“I enjoy it because every day is different, every story is different, and I am getting to learn a lot about people. Feel-good stories and stories about heartbreak don’t discriminate, a story is not better because a celebrity did it, here regular people are given a platform.”

Are Media
Are Media reignites young women’s portfolio: Girlfriend relaunch, ELLE returns

Are Media has announced plans to supercharge its portfolio of young women brands with a relaunch of Girlfriend and the return of ELLE as a digital pure play.

Girlfriend will be refreshed in 2021 with a bright, optimistic new look that connects Are Media and its partners to the next generation of women.

Girlfriend reaches two million Gen Zers and millennials each month across its always on mobile platform and social.

Are Media has also confirmed the world’s largest fashion magazine and media brand, ELLE, is returning to Australia after striking an agreement with owner the Lagardère Group.

A digital pure play,, which reaches 370,000 Gen Y women each month, will become a highly curated retail and shopping destination.

Girlfriend and join Are Media’s growing portfolio brands aimed at young women which also includes SYRUP, a unisex digitally led fashion, beauty and culture brand targeting 16 to 22-year-olds launched earlier this year. More than 1.37 million young women are reached by Are’s brands each month.

Sarah-Belle Murphy, executive general manager, publishing and digital at Are Media said: “This is a generation that wants to cut through the noise and hear about the topics that matter to them delivered on platforms they engage with most. As such, we continue to invest in growing our audience of young women, enhancing their experiences and offering our partners new ways to connect with them.

“A relaunched Girlfriend, with a curated and retail focused, means that in conjunction with SYRUP, we have this cohort covered from all angles and can offer advertisers tailored and authentic solutions to reach them.”

Top Australian crime writers to headline BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

The 2020 BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival returns this weekend to explore what crime fiction and true crime can tell us about humanity on Saturday November 7 and Sunday November 8 at the State Library of NSW.

Sydney is a city drenched in criminal history and to ensure crime lovers are getting their fix, BAD Sydney have announced the full program for the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

The program features award-wining and bestselling authors, journalists, academics and professionals from the justice system including detectives, criminologists and psychologists appearing in person in front of a live audience which doesn’t always happen in these COVID times.

Over two jam-packed days there will be a string of headline events including spotlights on former detective Gary Jubelin and Media Hall of Fame journalist Kate McClymont (pictured top): award-winning journalist Jana Wendt in conversation with former top cop Nick Kaldas: Tom Keneally on What is Evil?; bestselling writer Chris Hammer in conversation with crime reviewer Sue Turnbull and crime journalist Mark Morri talking with A Woman of Force, Deb Wallace. Legendary crime reporter Janet Fife-Yoemans asks What about the Victims? in a session giving a voice to the relatives and victims of some of Australia’s most violent crimes.

Other sessions, some of which will be live streamed, include Justine Nolan, Martijn Boersma and Jennifer Burn exploring The Crime of Modern Slavery, whilst Alan Gold, Suzanne Leal, Diane Armstrong and Michaela Kalowski will discuss Auschwitz in Fiction after 75 Years. As one of the biggest selling book genres in Australia, new trends in crime writing will be examined by Benjamin Stevenson, Greg Woodland and Petronella McGovern in Fresh Blood, New Writing. Chris Hammer, Michael Brissenden will also discuss Fact to Fiction – Journalists Turn to Crime.

Artistic Director Catherine du Peloux Menage says, “Despite COVID, we’re back in person at the State Library with a smaller audience but the same great mix of crime fiction, true crime as well as social justice sessions examining important questions like domestic abuse, and what happens to victims of crime.”

The BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival comes off the back of the hugely successful virtual BAD Sydney Crime Writers International, a four-day crime fest that showcased seven leading international crime writers at the top of their game.

For the third year in a row, BAD Sydney will award the Danger Prize and the BAD Lifetime Achievement Award which will be announced. The Danger Prize is awarded for the best book, TV series, podcast or film about Sydney crime released in the 2019/20 financial year.

Tickets are extremely limited due to COVID restrictions and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. To purchase tickets and view the full program, visit

Mercado on TV: Borat, Rudy, Donald, NAIDOC Week and Big Mob Brekky

By Andrew Mercado

Australian coverage of the US Election threw to US networks a lot. Seven and Nine both cut to CNN, 10 to CBS News, SBS with US ABC News and Sky News switching to Fox News. Only the ABC seemed to do it all themselves, which may have helped them dominate the ratings.

ABC seemed to do their coverage from their foyer. As a noisy car went past outside, guest Malcolm Turnbull suggested the ABC invest in some “double glazing”, leading to a few public broadcasting shortfall gags from hosts Ellen Fanning and Stan Grant.

More comedy came the next day with Rudy Giuliani threatening legal action over voter fraud. Rudy can also be seen making a fool of himself in the biggest Amazon Prime title ever, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Rudy now claims that he was lying down on the hotel bed to take off his microphone even though lapel mics are clipped onto your jacket or shirt, not your testicles. Sasha Baron Cohen got Rudy good and the Moviefilm is a rare comedy treat in a tough year.

Donald Trump might have time to watch Borat Subsequent Moviefilm now. And maybe also The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. There’s an all-star cast, including Sasha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Eddie Redmayne. And the timing to watch that now couldn’t be better.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Briarpatch (SBS on Demand) is about crime and corruption in the good ol’ red state of Texas. Rosario Dawson is fantastic as a fierce detective investigating her sister’s death. The series isn’t being renewed for another season, a bit like Trump.

We Are Who We Are (SBS On Demand), from director Luca Guadagnino, is about a queer Army brat and his two lesbian moms (Chloe Sevigny and Lauren Graham) transferred to an American base in Italy. Guaranteed to give Trump nightmares!

Who knows what’s next for America and how lucky are we to be in Australia? Next week is NAIDOC and that means Australian TV’s first indigenous breakfast show, Big Mob Brekky (Monday on NITV). Good luck to hosts Shahni Wellington and Ryan Liddle.

And don’t miss Addicted Australia (Tuesday on SBS), the latest documentary series from Blackfella Films. Six months of treatment has been edited down into four episodes and it’s important viewing.

TV ratings: Thursday Week 45 2020

By James Manning

• Tensions rise as The Block gets close to the end
• 5 wins this week: Nine holds as #1 network & #1 primary
• The Bachelorettes get their men, but fewer watching finale

Primetime News
Seven News 999,000/973,000
Nine News 949,000/915,000
ABC News 743,000
10 News First 154,000
SBS World News 177,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 669,000
7.30 667,000
The Project 312,000/508,000

Breakfast TV
News Breakfast 310,000
Sunrise 308,000
Today 258,000

Late night news
The Latest 170,000
Nine News Late 117,000
ABC Late News 92,000
World News Late 64,000

Thursday TV

Seven: Home and Away’s triple play had an average audience of 495,000 after two nights just under 550,000 and then 584,000 on Wednesday.

Britain’s Got Talent started the semi-finals with 209,000 watching.

Nine: A Thursday episode of The Block was on 739,000 as the final day before the reveal of the final indoor spaces saw tempers frayed as Jimmy and Harry traded insults. The numbers were up on the 680,000 on Thursday last week.

Paramedics was next on 354,000 followed by Chicago Med on 159,000.

10: The Project covered the US election count and how Aussie A-listers are lifting the spirits of sick kids in hospital. The episode was on 508,000 after 7pm.

The season final of The Bachelorette followed with 500,000 watching the start of the episode and then growing to 573,000 as the two girls made their choices. Elly chose Frazer to spend her life with, while Becky picked Pete. The audiences watching were down significantly YOY, with the last night of the series in 2019 were 849,000 and 1,006,000.

ABC: Scottish Vets Down Under was on 325,000.

Part three of Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure then did 255,000.

SBS: A start of a repeat of The Great Fire of London was on 195,000 at 7.30pm.

The focus on the UK capital continued with the final episode of Secrets of the Tower of London on 191,000.

Week 45: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 11.4% 7 16.4% 9 19.6% 10  12.5% SBS One 5.0%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.5% 7TWO 3.6% GO! 3.0% 10 Bold 3.0% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 3.9% GEM 2.9% 10 Peach 2.5% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 4.2% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 2.4% 10 Shake 0.4% NITV 0.0%
        9Rush 1.0%     SBS World Movies 1.0%
TOTAL 18.6%   25.7%   28.9%   18.4%   8.4%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.9% 7 17.9% 9 16.1% WIN 8.9% SBS One 4.8%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.7% 7TWO 6.0% GO! 4.8% WIN Bold 4.1% VICELAND 1.6%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 3.9% GEM 3.4% WIN Peach 2.3% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 3.9% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.2% 9Life 1.7% Sky News  on WIN 3.1% NITV 0.2%
                SBS Movies 1.2%
TOTAL 18.2%   30.1%   26.0%   18.5%   8.4%


87.0% 13.0%
Thursday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 999,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 973,000
  3. Nine News Nine 949,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 915,000
  5. ABC News ABC 743,000
  6. The Block Nine 739,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 669,000
  8. 7.30 ABC 667,000
  9. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 573,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 535,000
  11. The Project 7pm 10 508,000
  12. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 500,000
  13. Home And Away Seven 495,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 468,000
  15. Bluey-AM ABCKIDS/COME DY 397,000
  16. Paramedics -Encore Nine 354,000
  17. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 330,000
  18. Scottish Vets Down Under ABC 325,000
  19. The Project 6.30pm 10 312,000
  20. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 311,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 183,000
  2. The Block Nine 181,000
  3. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 163,000
  4. Nine News Nine 148,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 144,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 323,000
  2. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 308,000
  3. Nine News Nine 288,000
  4. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 266,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 266,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 366,000
  2. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 339,000
  3. Nine News Nine 329,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 313,000
  5. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 298,000
Thursday Multichannel
  1. Bluey-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 397,000
  2. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 198,000
  3. ABC News Hour-PM ABC NEWS 192,000
  4. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 178,000
  5. ABC News At Noon-PM ABC NEWS 160,000
  6. Afternoon Briefing-PM ABC NEWS 151,000
  7. ABC News Mornings-AM ABC NEWS 148,000
  8. ABC News Afternoons-PM ABC NEWS 147,000
  9. M- Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix-PM (R) 7mate 142,000
  10. News Breakfast-AM ABC NEWS 140,000
  11. Dog Loves Books ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  12. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  13. Love Monster-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  14. Go Jetters-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  15. The World ABC NEWS 126,000
  16. Hey Duggee ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  17. Father Brown-PM 7TWO 120,000
  18. Ncis Rpt 10 Bold 118,000
  19. ABC Evening News ABC NEWS 117,000
  20. Book Hungry Bears-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
Thursday STV
  1. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 80,000
  2. Alan Jones Sky News Live 78,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 72,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 67,000
  5. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 50,000
  6. Outback Opal Hunters Discovery Channel 50,000
  7. PML Later Sky News Live 50,000
  8. Newsday Sky News Live 36,000
  9. Afternoon Agenda Sky News Live 36,000
  10. Ready Set Dance Nick Jr. 35,000
  11. Highway Patrol FOX8 32,000
  12. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 32,000
  13. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 32,000
  14. Afternoon Agenda Sky News Live 31,000
  15. Father Brown UKTV 30,000
  16. Afternoon Agenda Sky News Live 30,000
  17. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 29,000
  18. Newsday Sky News Live 29,000
  19. Highway Patrol FOX8 29,000
  20. Abby Hatcher Nick Jr. 28,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Michael Gudinski reveals secrets behind Twilight Payment’s Cup win

Michael Gudinski, music mogul and co-owner of Melbourne Cup victor Twilight Payment, has revealed secrets behind the historic win, report News Corp’s Nui Te Koha and Jackie Epstein.

The Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring Company boss co-owns the horse with prominent businessmen Lloyd Williams, Nick Williams, Gerry Ryan and Phil Mehrten.

A jubilant Gudinski said the ride by first-time Melbourne Cup jockey Jye McNeil was destined for the history books.

In an interview for the Confidential at Oaks Day livestream, Gudinski revealed:

Nick Williams wanted a jockey “with no ego” to ride Twilight Payment.

Ed Sheeran FaceTimed him after the win, while pop star Shawn Mendes also texted his congratulations to Gudinski.

Kylie Minogue would have been banned from the owner’s box for wearing green on Cup Day.

“(Minogue) was wearing green (for her interview with Channel 10 on Cup Day),” Gudinski said.

“If she was in Melbourne, the Williams’ wouldn’t have let her in the box because they are very superstitious about green.”

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News Brands

News Corp web overhaul: The Advertiser first to reveal new look and feel

Today, South Australians are discovering a whole new, says The Advertiser’s executive editor digital, Rod Savage.

The News Corp Australia digital product is the first to show off a redesign that will soon be rolled out to the metro dailies in other states around Australia.

In a note to readers, Savage continued:

This state’s premier news, sport, entertainment and information website has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster, smarter, less congested and much more user-friendly.

For the past year, we have spent hundreds of hours with people all over Australia to find out what they want from their news websites and mobile sites. Our new suite of digital products – launching first in South Australia and then in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland next month – gives our audience what they’ve asked for.

They asked for speed: we’ve delivered, by building one of the quickest-to-load news sites of any publisher, anywhere.

They asked to be able to find what they’re looking for more easily: we’ve delivered, by presenting a design that is clean and simple plus an intuitive navigation system that means users are only ever one click away from their area of interest.

They asked for more relevant content: we’ve delivered with more community news coverage across the state and personalised recommendations based on your reading habits. And in coming weeks, we’ll introduce topics that enable all content about that subject to be collected on one page.

News Corp Australia’s chief technology officer Julian Delany said the dramatic rise in consumer expectations around digital products in recent years has prompted a rethink in what News offers to its audiences.

“We’ve spoken to Advertiser, Sunday Mail and Messenger readers to listen to their views and hear directly what they want and expect from a digital news product,” he said.

“This extensive customer research has guided the new digital experiences we’ve unveiled this week. And this is just the beginning of The Advertiser’s digital evolution.”

See also separate feature on the relaunch today.

Part of The Advertiser’s digital team: from left to right, digital editor Michael Owen-Brown, deputy digital editor Kara Jung, executive editor Rod Savage, premium content editor Greg Barila and audience development editor Veathika Jain. Picture: Matt Turner/News Corp

Sky News reports record share covering US Election Day counting

The biggest political event of the year boosted Sky News broadcast audiences on Wednesday 4 November delivering top ratings on Foxtel, with coverage continuing on the channel as the final result of who becomes the President of the United States is yet to be decided.

Sky News recorded its highest rating day of the year with 5.6% audience share.

Sky News was the #1 channel on subscription television reaching more than 800,000 unique viewers.

Sky News has now delivered a share of 3.1% across the past 40 weeks, ranking as the #1 channel on Foxtel.

On Sky News on WIN, Sky News coverage reached almost half a million unique regional free-to-air viewers.

STV source: OzTAM National STV Panel, Total People, 02:00 – 25:59, Overnight, Wk 5-44, Share % & 1min cume reach.

Regional FTA source: Regional TAM Data, 0:900 – 24:00, overnight data, 4/11/2020 average daily reach 1 minute; total people.

New York Times hits 7m subscribers as digital revenue rises

The New York Times Company has bet on digital readers as the future engine of its business since 2011, when it started charging for online content – and it has largely been a good gamble, reports the paper.

In the three-month period ending in September, for the first time, the revenue from digital subscribers was greater than the money the company brought in from print subscribers, The Times said Thursday as part of its third-quarter financial report.

“Our strategy of making journalism worth paying for continues to prove itself out,” Meredith Kopit Levien, who took over as chief executive in September, said in a statement. Digital subscriptions would not only be the central driver of the publisher’s growth, Levien added, but eventually become its biggest business.

Total revenue during the third quarter was flat, at US$426.9 million, and adjusted operating profit jumped 28 percent, to $56.5 million, beating investors’ expectations on both counts. Net income doubled to $33.6 million.

The company added 393,000 digital subscribers during the three months, bringing the total of paid online readers to more than six million. Of that group, about 4.7 million pay for the core news product, with the rest subscribing to the crossword and cooking apps. An additional 831,000 readers continued to pay for print subscriptions, a drop from last year, reflecting a steady decline in the broadsheet business.

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Poh joins celebrities in second season of Oz Kids Network series Skit This

Oz Kids Network will present the global premiere of Australian-made children’s interactive digital show Skit This series two on Friday, December 4th at 4.30 pm (AEDT).

Starting in December and throughout the summer holidays, each week a special guest will be part of the comedy sketch and prank show. Joining in the fun are bestselling children’s author’s Andy Griffiths and MasterChef Australia contestant, author, artist, and television presenter Poh Ling Yeow.

From the Oz Kids Network at-home audience in 67 countries around the world, children provide story entries and the special celebrity guests will select and narrate the one stand-out story that is an amusing tale.

A bumper Christmas special event will feature Australia’s global singing superstars Human Nature on December 25th at 4.30 pm (AEDT) with a song for the season performed in collaboration with music man, John Foreman.

Oz Kids Originals are exclusively made predominantly in Australia by Australian Production House in Melbourne for children all over the world. The Oz Kids Network is now being viewed in over 70 countries.

Saul Shtein on season 2 of The Sound: Must-see TV Sunday nights

“As the saying goes, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’,” producer Saul Shtein says, reports TV Tonight.

“What (the pandemic) has actually produced is something quite remarkable.”

Shtein is producer on ABC music series The Sound, which emerged during Australia’s first lockdown, and has returned with a second season.

Back for Ausmusic Month the series has dug deep to film its talent in safe, if challenging, circumstances.

But the result is an extraordinarily creative hour of performers hauntingly captured in bold locations, and collaborations that may never have been conceived were it not for the pandemic.

Shtein says Mushroom impresario Michael Gudinski had the vision for the show, with Tom McDonald as Creative Director.

“You don’t have to have artists in the same place. You don’t have to have artists performing to an audience,” he explains.

“We’ve got our artists in empty halls and stadiums. It’s very poignant about the times we’re going through but it hasn’t detracted…. it’s pioneering a whole new field for performances.”

Amongst the venues used so far, Hamer Hall Melbourne, Sealife Aquarium Sydney, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, The Espy Melbourne, Old Museum Brisbane, State Theatre Sydney, Sydney Town Hall, Athenaeum Theatre Melbourne and other locations from Byron Bay to Los Angeles.

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Sports Media

Fox Sports digital records highest ever digital traffic on Cup day

Fox Sports digital has recorded its highest ever digital traffic on Melbourne Cup day with almost 1.8 million sessions up 21% on 2019 and more than 2.5 million page views, up 15%.

According to the Nielsen DCR database, dominated over all other digital sports news brands on Melbourne Cup day, having the highest sessions and views for the day.

Fox Sports was also ranked in the top 10 daily ratings sessions recorded in Nielsen to date out of all brands and entities.

Luke McIlveen, executive editor at Fox Sports, said: “These are great numbers and confirm our position as the number one destination for sports news in Australia. We are bringing something different to our sports coverage with great integration of video and a highly skilled and hard-working editorial team dedicated to the best coverage of the nation’s biggest sporting events.

“These results also reinforce our decision to concentrate of which now accounts for more than 80% of all our digital traffic and move away from the use of apps.”

Can the Nine Network revive struggling rugby?

The mail is the Nine Network could become the new home of rugby, with an announcement expected in the next week, reports The Australian’s Jessica Halloran.

Rugby’s 25-year association with Foxtel, which sensationally took the sport into the professional era, investing around $1bn into the code, could be over. But can Nine rebuild the game in its greatest time of need?

Rugby in this country has never been in a lower position or more desperately in need of a radical overhaul. “Who’s going to watch a team that’s made losing an industry,” as one fan put it bluntly on The Australian’s website.

Will Nine be willing to put the best Super Rugby game each week – which would have to be a Waratahs or Reds game – in front of the paywall on Stan? Will the game be on Nine’s main channel rather than one of it’s secondary channels?

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