Tuesday October 6, 2020

Wil Anderson week: Unemployed stand-up on return to TV and future plans

By James Manning

• Radio no longer on Anderson’s radar, comedy and podcasting the focus

One change to Gruen when it returns to ABC TV next week is that this year is that panellist Russel Howcroft has a breakfast radio show and host Wil Anderson doesn’t. After co-hosting triple j breakfast with Adam Spencer two decades ago, Anderson has been a radio regular with subsequent hosting role on Triple M drive with Lehmo and then at Melbourne’s Triple M breakfast, replacing Mick Molloy and sitting alongside Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy. Anderson stepped away from Triple M at the end of 2019.

Howcroft is now the co-host of 3AW breakfast alongside Ross Stevenson.

Did the former member of The Hot Breakfast team step away from radio too soon?

“Was it bad timing? Clearly it was terrible timing,” Anderson told Mediaweek.

“I have joked to people about this. The secret of comedy is timing and this wasn’t the greatest timing to step away from a regular media job to spend the entire year touring live stand-up comedy. Comedy was the first thing that went [during Covid] and will be the last thing to come back.

“In my plans I am really looking at 2022 is the most likely year we will get back to doing what it was I thought I was going to be doing all this year.”

Anderson thinks it was the right decision though. “I would have found it incredibly difficult to be locked down in Melbourne and then to be living the drama of that city every morning. As a human being with the thing that I loved the most taken away and then to have to get up every morning and be right in the middle of confronting everything that was going on in the world would have been a tough thing to do mentally and emotionally.

“I have also joked about that at the age of 46 I have finally become what my parents have worried about for the last 25 years – an unemployed stand-up comedian. There has not been a time since I started at triple j over 20 years ago that I have had a substantial period of time off.

It took a global pandemic for me to miss my first year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. To have these things taken away really challenges you to think about what is super important to you. It has given me some real time to work on the podcasts.

“The financial reward of the radio would have come with a huge emotional and physical cost as well. The not-so financial reward of the podcast certainly doesn’t help you pay the mortgage, but it has been like a gift.

I loved doing the radio – it was fun and I don’t regret the time I spent doing it. Going back to Melbourne was something I had been thinking about for 20 years. I love broadcasting, but I had been wanting to see if there was a way of making podcasting be more financial so I could just do that and not have to work on someone else’s project.

“This year has been a bit of a test of that.”

As to whether Anderson had been offered any other radio work, he answered it this way. “I am not looking for any other jobs. When I left the radio, and I did not say it at the time, I felt it was something I would never do again.”

Anderson admitted even before he took The Hot Breakfast job he didn’t think radio would be something he would do again. “However, an interesting opportunity came along and I had two-and-a-half years of it. It would really surprise me if I ever put my hand up anything else again. But never say never about anything, but it is certainly not what I am looking to do.”

Wil Anderson week

Wednesday: A week before the launch of Gruen 2020, Anderson previews one of ABC’s most popular shows
Thursday: In Podcast Week, Anderson reviews his podcast plans, business model and the Tofop superhub!

GroupM Australia appoints chief technology & transformation officer

GroupM Australia, the media investment arm of WPP AUNZ, has appointed Ryan Menezes as chief technology & transformation officer to lead its strategy on performance, technology, and data.

As CTTO Menezes will be responsible for programmatic, search and social, and adtech and martech consultancy, and will lead GroupM’s team of performance and digital specialists.

Menezes is a direct replacement for Cameron King who has decided to step down having relocated to the US with his family.

Menezes will oversee GroupM’s growing media technology and programmatic divisions including, Xaxis, GroupM Commerce and Plista, working closely with GroupM’s Investment & Partnerships Team, and alongside GroupM agencies Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, and Essence and Addressable TV business Finecast, to deliver objectives for clients.

Menezes is currently head of digital & commerce at Starcom Australia, part of the Publicis Groupe. He has more than a decade of digital marketing and agency experience, locally and overseas in Japan and Canada with roles at Publicis Groupe, Initiative and UM.

Mark Lollback, GroupM Australia & New Zealand CEO said: “Ryan is an innovative thinker with market leading digital marketing and transformation experience. He has a track record of delivering results and providing strategic leadership across local and international markets. At GroupM, we make advertising work better through data-based insights and sound media strategies and have combed the market for the best digital and tech talent with experience in marketing technology to help deliver that in Australia. I’m thrilled to welcome Ryan to the team in this critical transformation role.”

He will work collaboratively with the chief digital strategy officer within the Investment and Partnerships team and the broader WPP AUNZ organisation to bring together the key data and creative assets of the wider group to aid clients. Menezes joins GroupM on 1 November.

Menezes said: “I am really excited to join the GroupM family to build on the strong momentum Cam has achieved. I’m passionate about helping brands and agency partners navigate change by understanding their strategic business challenges and developing digital roadmaps for business transformation. Now more than ever, businesses are looking to quickly evolve in order to stay competitive, relevant and authentic. I’m looking forward to working with the amazing talent and market leading digital, technology and commerce solutions in GroupM team to enable digital transformation that’s purpose-built to deliver true business value for clients.”

Lollback added: “Cameron has brought a fundamental shift to our business, setting up our tech and transformation practice within GroupM, and driving our strategy on digital, technology, and data. He is a fantastic operator, with an acute understanding of how to build high performance teams, deliver growth and drive organisation-wide transformation.  We wish him the best in the US.”

AACTA celebrates decade of excellence with Audience Choice Awards

Voting for the AACTA Audience Choice Awards is now open and will close Sunday 11 October.

The Australian Academy of Cinema Arts (AACTA) is introducing the AACTA Audience Choice Awards this year. The AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, has responded to COVID-19 restrictions that have placed limits on this year’s Awards with an initiative that will for the first time provide audiences the opportunity to cast their vote on Australian screen and artist achievements that have engaged audiences locally and abroad across the decade.

Voting for the AACTA Audience Choice Awards is now open and will close Sunday 11 October. Voting will run online and the top five nominees in each category will be announced in late November ahead of AACTA’s reimagined broadcast on Channel 7, Wednesday 2 December. Winners of the Audience Choice Awards will be announced alongside highlights from the 2020 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella, said “AACTA is celebrating its 10th year and with COVID-19 restrictions to navigate 2020 has presented us with an opportune time to take a look back on all we have achieved locally and overseas across the last decade. Our homegrown stars have prolific careers and entertain billions across the globe. Our local screen industry grows from strength to strength with Australian stories across multiple genres entertaining and informing millions at home every week. The AACTA Audience Choice Awards is the perfect initiative to engage with those watching so they can have their say on what they think the highlights of the last 10 years are.”

2020 AACTA Audience Choice Awards categories and shortlists

Cate Blanchett
Rose Byrne
Russell Crowe
Joel Edgerton
Chris Hemsworth
Hugh Jackman
Nicole Kidman
Ben Mendelsohn
Margot Robbie
Jacki Weaver

Cate Blanchett
Rose Byrne
Russell Crowe
Joel Edgerton
Chris Hemsworth
Hugh Jackman
Nicole Kidman
Ben Mendelsohn
Margot Robbie
Jacki Weaver

Poh Ling Yeow, MasterChef, 10
Dami Im, The X Factor, Channel Seven, Dancing with the Stars, 10, Eurovision, SBS
Sam Frost, The Bachelor, 10
Steve Flood and Will Stewart, MKR, Channel 7
Chrissie Swan, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, 10
Sophie Monk, The Bachelorette, 10
Olivia Vivian, Ninja Warrior, Nine Network
Jules and Cam, MAFS, Nine Network
Josh and Elise, The Block, Nine Network
Angela Clancy, Big Brother, Channel 7

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee
Tom Gleeson
Wil Anderson
Hannah Gadsby
Nazeem Hussain
Steven Oliver
Dave Hughes
Julia Morris
Celia Pacquola
Celeste Barber

Sarah Snook
Asher Keddie
Bryan Brown
Claudia Karvan
Rodger Corser
Aaron Pedersen
Deborah Mailman
Marta Dusseldorp
Damon Herriman
Essie Davis

Peter Rabbit
Red Dog
The Sapphires
The Great Gatsby
The Babadook
The Water Diviner
The Dressmaker
Ride Like a Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road

Offspring, 10
Neighbours, 10
Mystery Road, ABC TV
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, ABC TV
Top of the Lake, Foxtel
Wentworth, Foxtel
Molly, Channel 7
Love Child, Nine Network
Doctor Doctor, Nine Network
Home and Away, Channel 7

Offspring, Patrick Dying, 2013, 10
Wentworth, “The Freak Buried Alive”, 2018, Foxtel
Please Like Me, Josh Finding His Mother Dead, 2017, ABC TV

Thailand Cave Rescue, 2018
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott Eating An Onion, 2015

The Honey Badger Not Choosing A Partner, The Bachelor, 2018, 10
Dan and Steph Win, MKR, 2013, Channel 7
Ines and Sam Affair, MAFS, 2019, Nine Network

Mick Fanning Punching a Shark, 2015
Adam Goodes War Cry Dance, 2015

Information on how to vote in the AACTA Audience Choice Awards is available via www.aacta.org. The final five nominees in each category will be announced Sunday 29 November.

AACTA timetable
5 October
Nominees announced for Best Short Film and Best Online Drama or Comedy

1 November
Nominees announced for Best Television Program Award categories for Entertainment, Reality, Lifestyle, Drama Series, Comedy, Factual Entertainment, Childrens, Miniseries or Telefeature, Documentary or Factual
Nominees announced for Best Online Entertainment
Nominees announced across Film and Documentary categories
Acting nominees announced across all television and film categories

11 November
Nominees announced across all TV Craft, Documentary Craft, Casting and VFX

ARIA Chart Report: 24kGoldn and Joji top the charts

By James Manning

Singles: New #1 with Mood from 24kGoldn replacing Cardi B on top
Albums: New top 10 as Joji just beat Machine Gun Kelly & Deftones to #1


It doesn’t happen often so let’s celebrate a new #1. After seven weeks 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior lands on top after seven weeks on the chart with Mood. It is the first #1 in Australia for the US rapper also known as Golden Landis Von Jones. It’s only the second time on the singles chart for 24kGoldn after City of Angels peaked at #25 earlier this year. Both tracks probably to feature on his forthcoming debut studio album El Dorado.

The only other change to the top 10 was the arrival of Canadian Tate McRae at #10 for a new peak with You Broke Me First after eight weeks on the chart. The arrival of McRae in the top 10 gives Sony Music five of the 10 highest-charting singles.

The highest of just three debuts in the top 50 is at #31 – Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & M.I.A. with Franchise. This is Scott’s third time in the top 50 this year after his collaboration with Kid Cudi on The Scotts (#4 May 2020), as well as the 2016 single Goosebumps (#45 May 2020). His most recent album was 2018’s #1 Astroworld although he recently told GQ magazine about a planned collaboration album with Kid Cudi.

The other chart debuts this week:

#46 Sam Smith with Diamonds. The track is a preview of Smith’s third album Love Goes which is set for release in the last week of October.

#50 Salem Ilese with Mad at Disney. Another tune that owes much to the success of TikTok.

Re-entering the chart at #39 is Fleetwood Mac with Dreams. Surprisingly the song has only ever spent 10 weeks on the chart previously with a chart peak of #19. The song has been getting some love on TikTok in a clip accompanying a skateboarder. The clip received the seal of approval from the band who reshared it on their social media channels.


This week’s new album champ at #1 is Joji with Nectar. The chart-topper for the Australian-Japanese artist follows the 2018 release Ballads which peaked at #17. Nectar includes collaborations with Benee, Lil Yachty and Diplo, among others. ARIA notes Joji is the first artist part of the hip hop collective 88rising to have a #1 album in Australia.

Dan Rosen, the outgoing CEO of ARIA, said: “I’d like to congratulate Joji on scoring his first ARIA #1. Joji is challenging and redefining what a musician does in the modern age. He plays many roles and has many talents, and I’m glad that he can add ‘chart-topper’ to his long list of achievements.”

A total of eight albums debuted in the top 50 this week, five of them in the top 10:

#2: Machine Gun Kelly just missed top spot with Tickets to My Downfall. His move from rap to pop-punk has moved the genre back into the mainstream. The US artist has been hard to miss with promotional activity online, radio and TV this week in a successful PR campaign from Universal Music. Musical guests on the new album, a follow-up to Hotel Diablo in 2019, include Halsey, Iann Dior, blackbear and Trippie Redd.

#3: Deftones with OHMS. The alt-metal US band’s ninth album follows Gore which actually topped the chart back in April 2016. Eight of those albums have all found a home in the top 50.

#6: Alpha Wolf with A Quiet Place to Die. Burnie’s beastliest metal merchants (now menacing Melbourne) crack the ARIA top 10 for the first time with their second studio album. The first, Mono, made it to #29 in 2017.

#7: Idles with Ultra Mono. The British rock band’s third album is their ARIA top 50 debut. The Bristol band formed in 2009 but released their first studio albums in 2017 and 2018. They’ve been busy this year, first releasing a live album, Live at Ramsgate Music Hall, before turning attention to Ultra Mono. Called a “punk” group continuing a fine British tradition by some, British rock bible Kerrang! said “Frightening times call for a frightening band” as they scored the release 4 out of 5.

#32 Sufjan Stevens with The Ascension. Tenth album for the prolific US singer/songwriter.

#45 Little Peep with Hellboy. The final mixtape from the US rapper is part of a re-release of his material to note the fourth anniversary of his death.

#48 Helen Reddy with Helen Reddy’s Greatest Hits. A tribute to the Aussie superstar who died this week. It should have motivated more downloads though and a top 10 spot. If you enjoy the work of Helen Reddy you’ve probably already checked out the Stan Original movie about her life. If not subscribe today to the streaming service and enjoy one of the best films of the year.

Week 40 TV ratings: How Nine won the first four nights, but Seven won the week

By James Manning

Nine was heading for a week 40 victory of the back of The Block being the only audience magnet on FTA TV for the first four nights of the week.

It all went the way of Seven though from Thursday as very competitive AFL finals matches dominated the TV ratings.

Seven Week 40
Primary share: 21.3% (18.5%)
Network share: 31.1% (27.9%)
Multichannels: 7TWO 3.6% (3.5%) 7mate 4.3% (3.6%) 7flix 1.9% (2.3%)

Seven has now recorded two of the three biggest survey year shares with a Friday night primary share of 30.2% off the back of the Brisbane v Richmond Qualifying Final where the home side narrowly held on to win at the ground where the AFL Grand Final will be held in less than three weeks. (The other shares over 30% in survey this year belong to Seven for Fire Fight Australia with 31.0% and Nine for the MAFS final with 31.5%. If we count the Australian Open though, Nine runs away with six nights over 30%.)
The average metro audience across all four week 40 AFL finals (Thursday, Friday and two on Saturday) was 868,000 – 24% up on the opening week of the 2019 finals series.

This year’s opening two finals, Port Adelaide v Geelong on Thursday night and Brisbane Lions v Richmond on Friday night, ranked in this year’s top three highest rating games.
St Kilda’s three-point win over the Western Bulldogs was the highest rating Saturday afternoon match of the 2020 season, recording an average metro audience 25% higher than last year’s corresponding fixture between the GWS Giants and Bulldogs, while the ratings also spiked year on year in Melbourne (46%) and Brisbane (12%).
Collingwood’s one-point win over West Coast was the highest rating Saturday game of 2020, with Seven’s average metro audience up by 16% on last year’s week one Saturday night final between the Brisbane Lions and Richmond. The average audience in Perth more than doubled year on year, while Sydney was up 23% and Melbourne up 3%.

Seven’s only other 500,000+ entry in the primetime rankings this week in addition to news was the final of All New Monty on 717,000/800,000 on Sunday. Home and Away was on 481,000 for the week and Better Homes and Gardens did 461,000.
Football screening on 7mate in some markets including Perth helped push 7mate to be #1 multichannel.

Nine Week 40
Primary share: 19.7% (20.0%)
Network share: 27.9% (28.8)%
Multichannels: GO! 2.5% (2.6%) Gem 2.3% (2.6%) 9Life 2.2% (2.3%) 9Rush 1.2% (1.3%)

The Block did well for its episodes from Sunday until Wednesday. All episodes were over 800,000 and ranked in the top 15 for the week while the reveal segment of the Sunday episode was the #1 non-news show on 997,000.
Nine’s most-watched NRL final was 454,000 for Qualifying Final #2.
A Current Affair averaged 670,000 for the week and 60 Minutes was on 511,000.
Halifax: Retribution just missed half a million with 496,000 on Tuesday.

ABC Week 40
Primary share: 13.1% (13.8%)
Network share: 17.6% (18.4%)
Multichannels: Kids/Comedy 2.5% (2.6%) ME 0.5% (0.4%) News 1.6% (1.5%)

The weekday and Saturday 7pm news bulletins were over 700,000 as was Anh’s Brush with Fame (715,000) and Hard Quiz (704,000).
Australian Story was on 635,000 and the final of Further Back in Time for Dinner and the penultimate episode of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell were both just under 600,000.
Father Brown and Four Corners were both over 500,000.

10 Week 40
Primary share 9.5% (10.9%)
Network share: 15.9% (16.8%)
Multichannels: Bold 3.5% (3.7%) Peach 2.4% (2.3%)

The channel recorded its lowest survey primary share of the year and its third-lowest on any week this year. The week started badly on Sunday with a small audience for Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story. However, the second episode on Monday recovered and the audience of 549,000 was the channel’s second-biggest for the week, behind only Have You Been Paying Attention? with 636,000 after the doco’s second night. The game show ranked top 10 for the week in all key demos.
Gogglebox was next best with 478,000 on Thursday.
The Project 7pm with 471,000 was the only other program over 400,000.

SBS Week 40
Primary share: 4.5% (5.1%)
Network share: 7.6% (8.1%)
Multichannels: Viceland 1.2% (1.3%) Food 0.9% (0.9%) NITV 0.1% (0.1%) World Movies 0.8% (0.7%)

The second episode of Every Family Has a Secret was the most-watched show of the week with 260,000 after launching with 286,000 the week prior.
Ancient Superstructures was next best on 207,000.

* Figures in brackets are Week 39 shares.

The Block
TV ratings: Monday Week 41 2020

By James Manning

• The Block pushes above 900k again for Living/Dining Room Week
• Rory O’Donoghue tribute on Australian Story pulls a good crowd

Primetime News
Seven News 1,095,000/1,076,000
Nine News 959,000/990,000
ABC News 695,000
10 News First 343,000/255,000
SBS World News 183,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 759,000
7.30 636,000
The Project 322,000/508,000
The Drum 187,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 230,000
Today 183,000

Late night news
Nine News Late 202,000
The Latest 158,000
ABC Late News 146,000

Monday TV

Seven: Home and Away started its week on 564,000.

Another special night of America’s Got Talent entertainment with the Live Finals on 277,000 and then a Top 10 special on 187,000. 

Nine: A Current Affair began the week on 759,000.

Just a day after enjoying the bouquets for delivery the best kitchens ever seen on The Block, the Blockheads have had to get straight back into it on Living/Dining Room Week with more controversy promised. The show was again back over 900,000 for the second consecutive night.

RBT then got a late slot with 396,000 watching.

In AFL markets Footy Classified reviewed a good weekend of football for 146,000 whole 100% Footy covered NRL finals action for 49,000.

10: The Project started its weekday run on 508,000.

A special on Donald Trump, special media and the Presidency got a primetime slot with 273,000 watching.

Despite the weaker lead-in, Have You Been Paying Attention? built the audience back to 599,000.

Drunk History then did 227,000.

ABC: Australian Story had one of its biggest audiences of the year – 752,000 – with an episode on Rory O’Donoghue who starred in The Aunty Jack Show.

The rest of the evening saw Four Corners on 578,000, Media Watch on 481,000 and then Q+A on 264,000, one of its smallest audiences of the year.

SBS: A repeat of How the Victorians Built Britain did 214,000 after 7.30pm.

Week 40-41: Friday-Monday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.6% 7 27.0% 9 17.9% 10  8.6% SBS One 3.7%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.2% 7TWO 3.4% GO! 2.8% 10 Bold 2.6% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 5.0% GEM 2.1% 10 Peach 1.9% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 2.7% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 1.6% 10 Shake 0.4% NITV 0.1%
        9Rush 1.0%     SBS World Movies 0.8%
TOTAL 18.0%   37.2%   25.3%   13.4%   6.0%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.6% 7 30.2% 9 17.1% 10  4.6% SBS One 4.0%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.7% 7TWO 3.0% GO! 1.5% 10 Bold 3.1% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 5.0% GEM 2.0% 10 Peach 1.7% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 2.2% 7flix 2.5% 9Life 2.1% 10 Shake 0.8% NITV 0.1%
        9Rush 1.6%     SBS World Movies 0.7%
TOTAL 18.0%   40.7%   24.4%   10.2%   6.7%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.1% 7 14.7% 9 26.0% 10  7.6% SBS One 5.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.6% 7TWO 2.1% GO! 4.2% 10 Bold 3.7% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 5.2% GEM 3.5% 10 Peach 2.4% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 2.0% 10 Shake 0.5% NITV 0.2%
        9Rush 1.0%     SBS World Movies 0.8%
TOTAL 16.9%   23.8%   36.7%   14.2%   8.4%


ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 14.8% 7 14.9% 9 21.2% 10  11.7% SBS One 4.6%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.0% 7TWO 4.1% GO! 2.7% 10 Bold 4.5% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 3.7% GEM 2.4% 10 Peach 2.3% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 2.4% 10 Shake 0.5% NITV 0.1%
        9Rush 1.3%     SBS World Movies 0.9%
TOTAL 18.9%   24.1%   30.0%   19.0%   7.9%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 14.0% 7 15.0% 9 17.0% WIN 9.7% SBS One 4.4%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.5% 7TWO 5.3% GO! 2.9% WIN Bold 6.0% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 5.4% GEM 4.8% WIN Peach 2.8% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.1% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.4% 9Life 2.4% Sky News  on WIN 2.0% NITV 0.1%
                SBS Movies 0.9%
TOTAL 18.3%   27.2%   27.2%   20.5%   7.6%


87.8% 12.2%
All People Ratings

Friday Top 10

  1. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals Seven 947,000
  2. Nine News Nine 902,000
  3. Seven News Seven 869,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 860,000
  5. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 824,000
  6. ABC News ABC 711,000
  7. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals – Pre Match Seven 530,000
  8. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals – Post Match Seven 501,000
  9. Better Homes And Gardens Seven 461,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 456,000


Saturday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 960,000
  2. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals Seven 886,000
  3. ABC News ABC 709,000
  4. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Afternoon Football Finals Seven 690,000
  5. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals – Pre Match Seven 658,000
  6. Nine News Saturday Nine 629,000
  7. Father Brown ABC 539,000
  8. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals – Pre Match Seven 496,000
  9. Rugby League Final Series QF2 Nine 438,000
  10. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals – Post Match Seven 408,000


Sunday Top 10

  1. The Block Room Winner Nine 1,058,000
  2. The Block Nine 981,000
  3. Nine News Sunday Nine 955,000
  4. Seven News Seven 874,000
  5. ABC News Sunday ABC 636,000
  6. 60 Minutes Nine 609,000
  7. Grantchester ABC 440,000
  8. The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty ABC 428,000
  9. The Sunday Project 7pm 10 358,000
  10. The Test: Feature Length Special Seven 346,000
Monday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,095,000
  2. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 1,076,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 990,000
  4. Nine News Nine 959,000
  5. The Block Nine 939,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 759,000
  7. Australian Story ABC 752,000
  8. ABC News ABC 695,000
  9. 7.30 ABC 636,000
  10. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 599,000
  11. Four Corners ABC 578,000
  12. The Chase Australia Seven 575,000
  13. Home And Away Seven 564,000
  14. The Project 7pm 10 508,000
  15. Media Watch ABC 481,000
  16. Hot Seat Nine 446,000
  17. RBT Nine 396,000
  18. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 350,000
  19. 10 News First 10 343,000
  20. The Project 6.30pm 10 322,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 194,000
  2. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 190,000
  3. NCIS Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 183,000
  4. Doc Martin PM 7TWO 158,000
  5. M- The Transporter PM 7mate 147,000
  6. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  7. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  8. Law & Order: SVU (R) 10 Bold 125,000
  9. ABC News Mornings AM ABC NEWS 124,000
  10. Foyle’s War PM 7TWO 119,000
  11. Peter Rabbit PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 119,000
  12. Play School AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 119,000
  13. Ready, Steady, Wiggle! AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  14. Floogals AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  15. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  16. The Italian Job 9GO! 110,000
  17. Neighbours 10 Peach 109,000
  18. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 104,000
  19. Territory Cops Tx1 9GO! 102,000
  20. Andy’s Aquatic Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 102,000
Monday STV
  1. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 73,000
  2. Alan Jones Sky News Live 70,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 69,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 63,000
  5. Live: Women’s ODI: AUS V NZL Game 2 FOX CRICKET 59,000
  6. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 56,000
  7. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 51,000
  8. Live: On The Couch FOX FOOTY 50,000
  9. PML Later Sky News Live 47,000
  10. The Walking Dead FOX SHOWCASE 45,000
  11. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 40,000
  12. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver FOX8 38,000
  13. Live: Cricket: ODI Innings Break FOX CRICKET 36,000
  14. Live: Women’s ODI: AUS V NZL Game 2 FOX CRICKET 36,000
  15. The Big Bang Theory FOX Funny 36,000
  16. Shakespeare & Hathaway UKTV 35,000
  17. The Big Bang Theory FOX Funny 31,000
  18. Coronation Street UKTV 31,000
  19. Vera FOX Sleuth 29,000
  20. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 29,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

ViacomCBS expected to import exec to help lead Network 10

Network Ten is believed to be getting closer to ending its hunt for a new executive to help with commercial and operations to work with content boss Beverley McGarvey, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

UK-based executive search firm Mission Bay has been searching for a chief operations and commercial officer (COCO) for Ten since chief executive Paul Anderson announced his departure in March, and finally left the business at the end of June. Anderson is not being directly replaced. Instead, Ten will run a dual-head structure with McGarvey and a new COCO.

McGarvey and the new COCO will report to Maria Kyriacou, president of ViacomCBS Networks International’s operations in Australia and the UK, who recently moved to the US giant from ITV studios.

Mission Bay is understood to have approached a number of senior executives in their search, including Foxtel executive Amanda Laing, who ultimately expanded her remit at the News Corp-majority owned pay-TV provider, as well as Nine executives Lizzy Young, Alexi Baker and Michael Stephenson. Former Zenith Media global chief executive Matt James and NBCUniversal international networks and television Australia and New Zealand MD Chris Taylor were also believed to be in the mix.

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'Perplexed' SBS boss rejected offer to move in and share costs with ABC

SBS managing director James Taylor rejected an offer from his counterpart at the ABC, David Anderson, to share offices and explore other merged services such as travel in a terse email exchange about how the two government-funded broadcasters could save money, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Zoe Samios.

Anderson, who sent the letter before unveiling his five-year plan in June, said sharing office space would allow the two broadcasters to save money on on-site security and cleaners and share access to broadcast vans.

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Roxy Jacenko focuses on building her brands, running online marketing courses

Sydney PR maven Roxy Jacenko subscribes to H.G Wells’ famous mantra, “adapt or perish”, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.

When the coronavirus brought the Australian economy to a sudden halt in March, Jacenko’s successful Sweaty Betty PR outfit lost 85 per cent of its business in just three days.

Knowing most of her regular clients wouldn’t be opening their wallets for at least another six months, Jacenko says she had to get creative in order to stay afloat.

Jacenko is currently putting the finishing touches on her second online course, titled The Marketing Bootcamp. The five-week course will kick off mid-October, consisting of live Facebook chats as well as social media and event training.

As well as working on her businesses, Jacenko is set to debut on Seven’s reality show SAS Australia, her second TV stint after appearing on Celebrity Apprentice on Nine in 2013.

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Raising funds is key for new AAP, says CEO Emma Cowdroy

Australian Associated Press newly appointed chief executive Emma Cowdroy is facing myriad challenges to keep the recently revived newswire viable – but the need to develop a strong fundraising arm is crucial, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.

AAP secured a $5m lifeline from the Morrison government a few weeks ago with Communications Minister Paul Fletcher declaring the newswire was key for maintaining media diversity.

AAP is looking to raise $500,000 through a crowd-funding campaign, with almost $125,000 pledged since the appeal was launched in September.

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Newswire AAP discussed move into ABC headquarters

National newswire Australian Associated Press was in talks with the ABC about leasing space in its Sydney Ultimo headquarters but the negotiations were put on hold amid funding concerns, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Zoe Samios.

AAP has been searching for new office space since it was saved from closure by a group of investors and philanthropists in August and left its office in Rhodes.

An ABC spokesman confirmed negotiations had taken place to lease office space but said AAP ended the negotiations.

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McKinsey explores growth options for News Corp Australia

News Corp Australia has tapped management consultancy firm McKinsey to help develop growth opportunities for the Rupert Murdoch-controlled business following a year of major restructuring for the local publishing operations, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

In 2018 and 2019 after McKinsey worked through the integration of Foxtel and Fox Sports, it worked for more than a year on digital growth options for the pay-TV provider.

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Why 3AW radio king Neil Mitchell could struggle to stay on air

Melbourne’s “voice of the people” of talkback radio Neil Mitchell has been quietly battling a respiratory issue that could at its worse muffle the powerhouse news breaker, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.

Mitchell, who hosts 3AW’s ratings winning Morning shift, has been undergoing tests over recent months to get to the bottom of why his voice has become at times raspy, weakened or husky.

Having recorded his best ratings in 23 years at AW with last week’s ratings survey, Mitchell revealed he had been diagnosed with adult asthma and had undergone speech therapy.

“I have developed asthma, which is not unusual in my family, everybody seems to do it when they get to my age,” Mitchell said.

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COVID-19 increases hunger for quality content: BBC Australia boss

BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand general manager Fiona Lang says demand for premium drama, children’s content and classic comedy during COVID-19 has delivered bumper audiences for its programming, with families turning to trusted content during lockdowns, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

BBC Studios sells programming across pay and free-to-air TV, channels to pay TV providers such as Foxtel, Fetch and Sky New Zealand, operates a live events business, and produces shows such as Dancing with the Stars for the Ten Network, Filthy Rich and Homeless for SBS, and the Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel.

BBC co-commissions children’s TV sensation Bluey, produced by Queensland’s Ludo Studio – a cartoon that tells stories of a six-year old blue heeler dog and her family in a quintessentially Australian way. BBC has the international distribution rights (it has now done a deal with Disney+) as well as global merchandising rights.

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How fitness fanatic TV boss kept production ticking during COVID

Like most Australians cooped up in isolation David Mott took the opportunity to get his house in order. But for the veteran TV executive it was a little flashier than just learning how to make a good sourdough starter, reports WAtoday’s Hamish Hastie.

A self-confessed fitness fanatic, the Esperance-born, now Sydney-based head of ITV Studios Australia dropped $5.25 million on a new apartment in Darling Point. He then decked it out with $15,000 worth of gym equipment after his favourite workout spot closed down. It’s a purchase he jokes probably wasn’t the best idea.

ITV delayed its raunchy, tropical skin-fest Love Island but Mott beams with pride when he explains that none of their in-production shows suffered a permanent shutdown and they have been able to keep job losses to a minimum.

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SA’s COVID-free status and locations the perfect recipe to lure films & TV

More than $1.2bn worth of “footloose” film productions around the world are looking for a new home – and South Australia is in the box seat, reports News Corp’s Lisa Woolford.

Key industry figures say the state is perfectly placed to capitalise on its current COVID-free status.

SA Film Corporation chief executive officer Kate Croser has been fielding requests from across the world looking to shoot in our fabulous locations.

“With the SAFC’s Adelaide studios facilities back open for business, we know that there is currently as much as $1.2bn worth of footloose production around the world looking for a new home,” she said. “And with SA one of the safest places in the world right now, and one of the first places in the world to have resumed screen production after COVID delays, we are attracting global interest as a really attractive location for filming and production.”

Croser hints there will be big announcements out of SA in the near future.

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How a Sydney teen walked into a role on Amazon's Walking Dead spin-off

Hal Cumpston was in Los Angeles in February, about to experience the difference scoring a lead role in a major American TV series can make in the life of a 20-year-old Australian lad, when everything changed, reports The Age’s Karl Quinn.

“It was supposed to be the time I took meetings, acted like a real actor, possibly got some traction on the scripts I had written, paid for an apartment,” the Bondi-born star of The Walking Dead: World Beyond says. “And then the sky fell in.”

Right now, Cumpston should be shooting the second season of the show in Richmond, Virginia. Instead, he’s home in Sydney.

But with the first season set to drop on Amazon on Monday, Cumpston is in no mood to complain. In fact, he’s still not sure how he got here. “I need to get my origin story down pat because I don’t know the exact details,” he jokes.

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'Explosion of unscripted content': Netflix push into reality TV puts rivals on notice

Netflix’s slate of original reality shows has surged by as much as 700 per cent over two years, as streaming services seek to diversify their catalogues in the ongoing battle to win and retain subscribers, reports The Age’s Broede Carmody.

Australian reality TV producer Chris Culvenor, who helped develop the Netflix series Dating Around, said Netflix’s rush to invest in reality would inevitably influence the content people watch on free-to-air TV and vice-versa.

“We’re seeing broadcasters take new risks,” he said, citing his forthcoming extreme miniature golf series Holey Moley, which has been commissioned by Seven and began shooting in Queensland last week.

“There’s a generation of programmers who are competing with Netflix and Amazon and they need to compete with programs that are world class.”

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Sports Media

Seven West Media hits Cricket Australia TV discount bid for six

Seven West Media has rebuffed a last-minute bid by Cricket Australia to salvage the sport’s lucrative television deal, with the broadcaster insisting the cash discount tabled by CA – in recognition of the looming season’s weakened schedule – does not reflect the extent of the network’s predicted financial losses, reports The Australian’s James Madden.

It is understood that last week CA offered Seven a discount “in the vicinity of 20 per cent” on its annual fee of $75m, but the network deemed that the estimated $15m cash reduction “wasn’t nearly enough” given the “unacceptable adjustments” to this summer’s cricket program.

Fox Sports, which shares the television cricket broadcasting rights with Seven, is believed to have been offered a similar compensation deal by CA, but its negotiations with the sport’s governing body are said to be “positive”.

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Craig Hutchison rakes it in despite a COVID pay cut

Sports reporter turned media mogul Craig Hutchison has taken a hefty pay cut to help his company, Pacific Star Network, through the coronavirus crisis, but still took home a salary of more than $600,000 last financial year, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.

Hutchison, who is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Pacific Star Network which is changing its name to Sports Entertainment Network, was paid a total salary package of $624,246 for the 2019-2020 year compared to $767,405 the previous year.

He also received an additional $400,000 for talent and consulting services that were paid via his company Craig Hutchison Media Pty Ltd which covers a variety of TV and radio roles including his hosting of Footy Classified, The Sounding Board podcast and SEN’s Off The Bench. He received the same amount the previous year.

Hutchison, along with the other Pacific Star Network directors including Craig Coleman and Chris Giannopoulos, took a 20 per cent pay cut as COVID-19 started to have a dramatic impact on the Australian economy.

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Jacqui Felgate joins Hamish McLachlan to co-host 2020 Brownlow Medal count

Long-time Channel Seven sports presenter and Footy Central host Jacqui Felgate will join Hamish McLachlan (pictured) in hosting the AFL’s Brownlow Medal count, on Sunday October 18.

In a year when the Brownlow count will be held as a made-for-TV event, Felgate and McLachlan will co-host a special broadcast on the eve of Grand Final week, with Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale the favourite to be crowned 2020’s fairest and best player ahead of a star-studded field that includes Travis Boak, Christian Petracca, Jack Steele and past winners Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield.

Front Bar stars Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Andy Maher, will also join Seven’s broadcast to add their unique take on the night’s proceedings, while one of this year’s Brownlow favourites will be put under the spotlight in an interview with a hard-hitting team of NAB AFL Auskickers.

The AFL Mark of the Year, AFL Goal of the Year and Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award will also be announced during Seven’s broadcast.

McLachlan, who will host his second Brownlow count this year, is excited by 2020’s different format:

“It will be a different Brownlow count this year, not having a room filled with the players, but the significance of the night remains just the same. To be crowned the game’s fairest and best is life changing, so we will try very hard to ensure that prestige remains amongst all the changes we face. Lachie Neale and Trav Boak look to be the two for me, but this year has shown whatever you think, counts for very little. I’m really looking forward to working with Jacqui. Jac loves her footy, is a great live performer and will do a terrific job bringing to life the players’ stories.”

Felgate says it will be a privilege to be part of football’s most iconic night as the first ever female co-host:

“It’s been an incredibly tough year for so many, but Brownlow night will give Australians the chance to celebrate the very best in footy, both on and off the field. It’s an honour to stand alongside one of the finest broadcasters in the country in Hamish McLachlan, and to look back at the remarkable moments that gave us so much joy – when we needed it the most. It will be a Brownlow with a difference, but it will be something very special indeed. And I promise to keep everyone on time, there will be no excuses this year!”

Managing director Seven Melbourne and head of network sport Lewis Martin commented:

“This year’s count will be a Brownlow like no other. A lot could go wrong, there’s no mistaking that. We’ll be relying on a lot of technology and plenty of moving parts coming together on the night. But the broadcast will be in safe hands with Hamish and Jacqui, with a little help from The Front Bar team. And we can always rely on two things on Brownlow night – the gripping drama that just builds and builds during the count, and the prestige that’s instantly bestowed on the player who joins a who’s who of football’s greatest names on the Brownlow honour roll.”

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