Tuesday September 22, 2020

Fiona Nilsson travel and tourism news corp escape
News Corp’s travel passion: The future of domestic & international tourism

By James Manning

Fiona Nilsson was promoted to the new role of managing director, Food and Travel, at News Corp Australia in May this year.

 Adding travel to her portfolio coincided with some of the biggest challenges the travel industry has ever faced.

“Out of all the industries we partner with at News Corp Australia, travel has probably been the most impacted by Covid,” Nilsson told Mediaweek.

Nilsson said it had been a good time to get to know the clients and their industry and better understand what they are going through. “News Corp is able to help make a difference and help with the recovering of travel and tourism.

“Our biggest focus at the moment is partnerships with clients and the industry as a whole.”

Nilsson said there was a big focus on domestic travel at present. “A lot of our clients have been pivoting their offerings to domestic. We continue to cover international travel as dreaming is a really important thing for people wanting to plan for when they can get away overseas.

“Although client spend has been impacted, some are still spending and advertising because their customers are booking a long way out.

“We are working closely with tourism bodies including Tourism Australia because of the huge domestic focus. There is an opportunity here to get people and money back into the regions affected by the drought and the bushfires.”

Escape travel and tourism news corp magazine

Nilsson and her team will this week unveil a major News Corp campaign led by Escape with The Australian and news.com.au and support from many other brands within the company.

“The idea is to unite all Australians to help the recovery of local tourism.”

Mediaweek will have full details of the campaign closer to its official announcement this weekend.

While some travel publications have scaled back, News Corp is one of the companies aggressively continuing to invest. The new look Escape is perhaps the best example of that, launching recently with significant investment despite the impact of Covid.

See also: News Corp Australia’s media brand Escape reshapes travel content

Editorial director of premium Food and Travel and editor-in-chief of Escape, Kerrie McCallum, and her team are also working on additional special editions of Escape along with a bi-monthly magazine that is planned for launch later in 2020.

News Corp is adamant that when travel comes back, it will be bigger than ever. “We will be the one that people turn to and we want to help readers with their entire travel journey,” said Nilsson. “We like to say today we are the storytellers helping frustrated Australian travellers dream. Tomorrow we will be the ones helping them bring those dreams to life.”

Nilsson was also one of the News Corp executives who spoke to IMAA members recently at the 2020 Bounce Back event.

“The agencies asked questions about our support for the travel sector. We explained about our partnerships with many of the peak bodies that a lot of our clients are also members of. We have been working with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), CATO (Council of Australian Tour Operators), AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) and also the Accommodation Association.

“At the end of this month we are holding a multi-sector travel forum, bringing a number of the industry bodies together.

“The combined value of travel and tourism to Australia is $146 billion. The number of people directly employed by the tourism industry is 660,000. We see ourselves playing an important role helping the recovery.

“We also explained to media agencies how we are stimulating consumer interest and intent to travel and talked about the forthcoming editorial leadership campaign.”

escape magazine news corp travel and tourism

Family travel will be a focus for News Corp, something that it has covered in the past but will be more of a regular topic in the future.

Premium travel too, said Nilsson. “There will be some new offerings coming from the Prestige Network.”

Consumer Trends in travel

News Corp Australia commissioned Growth Mantra, a strategic consultancy, to conduct custom research to identify the emerging global consumer trends in travel through to 2025. Here are the five leading trends.

1. Health & Wellness. The Covid pandemic has placed even more focus on health and wellbeing. We will be paying more and more to escape the “9-5” and travel to remote places, get off the grid and put our own wellbeing back into perspective.

2. Adventure. Deep down there is a thrill seeker in all of us and Adventure travel has, and will again, boom. We’ve seen the development of adventures to suit any level of fitness and budget ranging from ultra-marathons in the Azores for $300 to the Summit of Mt Everest for $60,000.

3. Sustainable Travel. Sustainability is a global issue that goes beyond just travel – concern for our planet and our future is at an all-time high as we seek to conserve our world for the next generation of travellers.

4. Off the Beaten Track. In many ways, Australia has been at the forefront of the “Off the Beaten track trend. Our family road trips to remote destinations and passion for camping, fishing and hiking have always played a part in our holiday mix. Now globally, the world is seeking out small towns that offer a more relaxed, leisurely style of holiday – where “living like a local” is achievable.

5. Personalised and Curated. With over 90% of global travellers worldwide stating they expect a personalized experience when booking their travel, it has never been more important for a travel marketer to ensure that their customers’ path to purchase is curated to the individual.

Corey Eyre MediaSmiths
MediaSmiths appoints former Carat executive as senior account planner

Independent media agency MediaSmiths has appointed senior media industry executive and former Carat investment director Corey Eyre (pictured) as senior account planner.

In his role, Eyre will be involved across a number of the agency’s key clients as well as taking the lead for end-to-end planning, buying and execution of their campaigns. He reports to Angela Smith, managing director and Michael Smith, business director.

See also: MediaSmiths: How one Sydney indie media agency is riding out Covid-19 impact

Eyre has 30 years’ experience in the media industry and has worked with a range of media agencies including AIS Media, Leo Burnett, Optimedia and more recently MediaCom and Carat as investment director.

His expertise is implementation planning and trading across all offline media channels and delivering first-class relationships with clients and media owners. With a history in full-service agencies, Eyre has a deep understanding of above and below the line communications and the creative development process.

“We are thrilled to announce that Corey is joining the MediaSmiths team. He brings with him a wealth of experience planning and buying across a multitude of offline media channels, most notably broadcast including TV and radio as well print and outdoor, which dovetails perfectly into our 360 offering,” MediaSmiths managing director, Angie Smith said.

“Corey’s extensive experience across TV planning and buying also makes him a natural choice to lead the team for TV investment for the agency. His prudent insight, ability to ingest data and turn it into actionable and cost-efficient strategic plans for our clients will encompass his day to day role. Corey demonstrates a passion not just for media but for driving real ROI for clients which is important to us as an agency and also to our clients. His positive attitude is also something that really resonates with our company culture.”

Commenting on his appointment, Eyre said: “Small to medium sized businesses and Australian owned companies are the backbone of the nation, not just economically, but socially and culturally. When they do well, we all do well, so of course I jumped at the chance to join MediaSmiths. Failure is not an option when clients are reaching into their own pockets to pay for a media schedule. The challenge is to make every dollar work hard, which is equally daunting and rewarding.”

Eyre’s appointment is effective immediately.

Byron Studios opens new film studios in the Northern NSW region

After more than four years in development, Byron Studios has now opened its doors to Australia and the world, to become Australia’s most iconic regional hub of expertise and creativity in film and TV production, as well as providing opportunities for photo, advertising, fashion and corporate events, art or music extravaganzas.

This facility will be a catalyst to attract world class talent and business to the Ballina, Byron Bay and Northern Rivers region. It aims to be an artistic precinct to serve all levels of creativity and community.

Dubbed ‘The Utopia Coast’ by Vanity Fair, the subtropical region of the far North Coast of NSW, is starting to generate enormous interest as a filming destination – for Australian productions and projects from international companies.

Supported by Ballina Council, Byron Studios has created film and TV studio spaces, offering a wide range of expertise and facilities for domestic and international Film & TV production, advertising, photo, fashion and music shoots.   

Current available facilities are sound stages ranging from 150 to 800sqm, a Green Screen stage, production offices, edit suites, screening theatre, workshop, warehouses, equipment hire as well as world class post production services (Cumulus VFX and Elements Post Production).

Shortly Byron Studios will also begin construction on a new home – a brand new, sustainable multimillion-dollar world class studio, arts and community complex to be opened in 2023.

The Northern Rivers region offers a wide range of stunning landscapes including beaches, rolling rural vistas, historical towns and structures – all situated in an ideal climate for filming.

Currently production companies are filming the Netflix series Nine Perfect Strangers starring Nicole Kidman and the Stan Original series Eden in the area.

With government funded location incentives and regional rebates, major film studios being expensive and booked out and its proximity to three airports (Ballina, Gold Coast and Brisbane), Byron Studios and the Northern Rivers region are proving to be an ideal place for the film and TV industry seeking a (COVID) safe infrastructure, away from big cities.

For more information visit: www.byronstudios.co

Emmy Awards 2020: Complete winners list

• Schitt’s Creek wins the first seven awards as Succession brought home a majority of the drama awards

Canadians dominate Emmy night as Schitt’s Creek (on Netflix and ABC in Australia) wins the first seven awards of the virtual presentation event.

The comedy won all seven comedy Emmys given out this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series
Schitt’s Creek • Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series
Schitt’s Creek • Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series
Schitt’s Creek • Happy Ending • Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Written by Daniel Levy

Eugene and Daniel Levy

Outstanding Director for a Comedy series
Schitt’s Creek
Andrew Cividino & Daniel Levy

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Schitt’s Creek • Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Daniel Levy

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series
Schitt’s Creek • Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Annie Murphy

Outstanding Comedy Series
Schitt’s Creek • Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Eugene Levy, Executive Producer Daniel Levy, Executive Producer Andrew Barnsley, Executive Producer Fred Levy, Executive Producer
David West Read, Executive Producer Ben Feigin, Executive Producer Michael Short, Co-Executive Producer Kurt Smeaton, Co-Executive Producer Kosta Orfanidis, Producer

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
John Oliver, Executive Producer
Tim Carvell, Executive Producer
Liz Stanton, Executive Producer
Jeremy Tchaban, Supervising Producer Christopher Werner, Supervising Producer Laura L. Griffin, Producer
Kate Mullaney, Producer
Matt Passet, Producer
Marian Wang, Producer
Charles Wilson, Producer

Oustanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Watchmen • HBO • HBO in association with White Rabbit, Warner Bros. Television, DC and Paramount Television
Regina King as Angela Abar / Sister Night

Oustanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
I Know This Much Is True • HBO • HBO in association with Willi Hill Productions and FilmNation Entertainment
Mark Ruffalo as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey

Outstanding Writing for Limited Series or Movie
Watchmen • This Extraordinary Being • HBO • HBO in association with White Rabbit, Warner Bros. Television, DC and Paramount Television
Damon Lindelof, Cord Jefferson

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie
Unorthodox • Netflix • Studio Airlift and RealFilm
Directed by Maria Schrader

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Watchmen • HBO • HBO in association with White Rabbit, Warner Bros. Television, DC and Paramount Television
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Mrs. America • FX Networks • FX Productions
Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm

Outstanding Limited Series
Watchmen • HBO • HBO in association with White Rabbit, Warner Bros. Television, DC and Paramount Television
Damon Lindelof, Executive Producer Tom Spezialy, Executive Producer Nicole Kassell, Executive Producer Stephen Williams, Executive Producer Joseph E. Iberti, Executive Producer Ron Schmidt, Co-Executive Producer Carly Wray, Co-Executive Producer Lila Byock, Supervising Producer
Nick Cuse, Supervising Producer Christal Henry, Supervising Producer Karen Wacker, Producer, John Blair, Producer

Outstanding Competition Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions
Tim Palazzola, Executive Producer, Randy Barbato, Executive Producer Fenton Bailey, Executive Producer, Tom Campbell, Executive Producer RuPaul Charles, Executive Producer Steven Corfe, Executive Producer, Mandy Salangsang, Executive Producer Michele Mills, Co-Executive Producer Jacqueline Wilson, Co-Executive Producer Lisa Steele, Supervising Producer, Adam Bronstein, Supervising Producer Thairin Smothers, Senior Producer John Polly, Producer Michelle Visage, Producer Jen Passovoy, Producer Alicia Gargaro-Magana, Producer

Governor’s Award

The recipient of this year’s Governors Award is TylerPerry and The Perry Foundation. The award recognizes Perry’s unparalleled contributions to shaping television and his sustained commitment to humanitarian efforts.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Succession • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Euphoria • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Reasonable Bunch, A24, Little Lamb, Dreamcrew, ADD Content Agency | HOT | TCDY Productions
Zendaya as Rue

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Succession • This Is Not For Tears • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Written by Jesse Armstrong

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Succession • Hunting • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Directed by Andrij Parekh

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The Morning Show • Apple TV+ • Media Res
Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Ozark • Netflix • MRC Television
Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore

Outstanding Drama Series
Succession • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Jesse Armstrong, Executive Producer
Adam McKay, Executive Producer
Will Ferrell, Executive Producer
Frank Rich, Executive Producer
Kevin Messick, Executive Producer
Mark Mylod, Executive Producer
Jane Tranter, Executive Producer
Tony Roche, Executive Producer
Scott Ferguson, Executive Producer
Jon Brown, Co-Executive Producer Georgia Pritchett, Co-Executive Producer Jonathan Glatzer, Supervising Producer Will Tracy, Producer
Dara Schnapper, Producer Gabrielle Mahon, Producer
Lucy Prebble, Consulting Producer

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Claiming seven Emmys, including the golden statue for Outstanding Drama Series, Succession cemented itself as 2020’s hit show. Watchmen was the big winner of the morning taking home eleven Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series.

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Box Office: Tenet is still king as The Secret Garden joins the top five

By Trent Thomas

Tenet continues to blow the Australian box office away as it slowly comes back to the field after four rampaging weeks of release that has seen the film amass a total of $8.93m. 

The film is continuing to enjoy minimal competition being one of the very few blockbuster films that have been released during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, one new release that has hit Australians screen this week is The Secret Garden which has opened at #4 at the Australian box office in its first week of release.

Overall, the Australian box office was down 13% after making $3.59m this past weekend.

#1 Tenet $857,752 

After four weeks on top Tenet keeps on rolling after averaging $2,052 on 418 screens, with a driver factor of the film’s success being the volume of screens each week as it continues to be the most screened film in the country.


#2 Trolls World Tour $687,352

The animated flick has made $1.86m over the last four weeks and continues its strong week in week outperformance after averaging $2,634 on 261 screens.


#3 After We Collided $531,685

The teen romance film has made $1.86m over the two weeks since its release after averaging $3,056 on 174 screens.


#4 The Secret Garden $368,212

The fantasy drama film based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the fourth film adaptation of the novel and opened with an average of $1,697 on 217 screens.


#5 Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue $182,507

After opening at #7 last week the Paw Patrol franchise has made its way into the top five in its second week of release after averaging $926 on 197 screens. The film’s total is now $627,555.


The Block
TV ratings: Monday Week 39 2020

By James Manning

• AFL helps Seven to equal best Monday since Big Brother launch
• Blockdown: Scott Cam send the Blockheads home as Covid spreads

Primetime News
Seven News 1,068,000/905,000 (no Adelaide)
Nine News 1,004,000/1,018,000
ABC News 781,000
10 News First 338,000/220,000
SBS World News 179,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 776,000
7.30 627,000
The Project 318,000/457,000
The Drum 195,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 265,000
Today 205,000
News Breakfast 194,000

Late night news
Nine News Late 221,000
ABC Late News 198,000
The Latest 144,000

Monday TV

Seven: Seven has enjoyed its equal best Monday since the launch week of Big Brother back at the start of June. The primary share of 19.5% equalled what the channel recorded for the night of finale of Farmer Wants a Wife four weeks ago. Seven ranked #1 in network share last night.

Monday night football featured Collingwood v Port Adelaide with 596,000 watching (Melbourne 303,000, Adelaide 146,000).

To make way for the football, Home and Away screened on Seven and 7TWO to 495,000 after an average of 563,000 last week.

Nine: A Current Affair was on 776,000 to start the week after a week 37 average of 700,000 and the audience helped Nine narrowly rank #1 primary.

At 8.15pm on The Block last night Scott Cam arrived on site and called “tools down”. He told the whole site including tradies and camera crews that he was shutting down so the Blockheads could return to their homes to be with their families. The Monday audience was 885,000, up from 790,000 a week ago. The shutdown can’t have impacted the series too much as Domain reported yesterday the houses have hit the market with indicative selling prices between $3.2 million and $3.4 million – that’s at least $400,000 above Brighton’s median house price of $2,617,500.

Celebrity IOU then had 311,000 watching as Viola Davis surprised her best friend with a renovation.

10: The Project started its weekday run on 457,000 after an average of 491,000 at 7pm last week. The Monday episode looked at saving cute koalas from extinction.

Family Feud was perhaps not the ideal bridge between The Project and Have You Been Paying Attention? with 268,000 watching the game show. It was better than the 230,000 watching on Sunday.

The bi-centennial episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? featured the guests wearing their best formal wear. Celia Pacquola (first show back November 2013) said host Tom Gleisner looked just like James Bond’s grandfather. Also guesting was Tony Martin and Melanie Bracewell joining regulars Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang. (“You know what I’m most proud of over 200 episodes Tom? Saving your career!” said Sam.) Ed had one of many great lines delivered by all last night. When asked to explain the “ring of steel”, he suggested it was “curry night on Plate of Origin”. Optus got some mileage later in the episode with Daniel Riccardo talking about his new sponsorship deal. The episode did 572,000, down from 766,000 the week prior.

Drunk History went to air around 9.40pm with hosts Darren McMullen and Nikki Osborne to an audience of 310,000 after 267,000 a week ago. “Let me tell you the story of Alexander Pearce…he was a bad ass montherfucker,” said McMullen about the character portrayed by Wayne Hope.

ABC: 7.30 featured a cracking investigation from Elise Worthington, Alison McClymont and Mario Christodoulou into the dirty little secrets of major US banks and the connection to a home business on the Gold Coast linked to setting up shell companies, which have been used by money launderers, arms dealers and Mexican drug cartels. Carrington Clarke then investigated what’s going to happen to aviation in the next few years. The episode was on 627,000 after a week 38 average of 603,000.

Part two of Australian Story’s Beenham Valley Road did 575,000 after 611,000 watched part one.

Four Corners did 483,000, Media Watch was on 447,000 and the Q+A featured an episode about the US Presidential election with 326,000 watching.

SBS: The final episode of How the Victorians Built Britain was on 195,000.

A repeat of 24 Hours in Emergency was on 165,000 and then a repeat of 8 out 10 Cats Does Countdown did 92,000.

Week 39: Monday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 13.7% 7 19.5% 9 19.6% 10  11.1% SBS One 4.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.3% 7TWO 4.0% GO! 2.4% 10 Bold 4.4% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 4.3% GEM 2.6% 10 Peach 2.0% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 1.7% 9Life 1.8%     NITV 0.2%
        9Rush 1.4%     SBS World Movies 0.8%
TOTAL 17.6%   29.5%   27.8%   17.5%   7.5%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 14.0% 7 19.1% 9 15.1% WIN 10.0% SBS One 4.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.6% 7TWO 5.4% GO! 3.3% WIN Bold 5.6% VICELAND 1.7%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 3.9% GEM 4.4% WIN Peach 2.5% Food Net 0.4%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 1.5% 9Life 2.3% Sky News  on WIN 1.8% NITV 0.2%
                SBS Movies 0.6%
TOTAL 18.6%   29.9%   25.1%   20.0%   7.0%


86.9% 13.1%
Monday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,068,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,018,000
  3. Nine News Nine 1,004,000
  4. Seven News At 6.30 Seven 905,000
  5. The Block Nine 885,000
  6.  ABC News ABC 781,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 776,000
  8. 7.30 ABC 627,000
  9. Seven’s AFL: Monday Night Football Seven 596,000
  10. Australian Story ABC 575,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 575,000
  12. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 572,000
  13. Hot Seat Nine 521,000
  14. Home And Away Seven 495,000
  15. Four Corners ABC 483,000
  16. The Project 7pm 10 457,000
  17. Media Watch ABC 447,000
  18. Seven’s AFL: Monday Night Football – Pre Match Seven 348,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 343,000
  20. 10 News First 10 338,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. The Block Nine 236,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 159,000
  3. Seven’s AFL: Monday Night Football Seven 159,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 158,000
  5. Nine News Nine 148,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. The Block Nine 392,000
  2. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 286,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 277,000
  4. Nine News Nine 265,000
  5. Seven’s AFL: Monday Night Football Seven 242,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. The Block Nine 459,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 342,000
  3. Nine News Nine 331,000
  4. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 323,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 263,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 207,000
  2. NCIS Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 203,000
  3. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 184,000
  4. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 159,000
  5. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  6. Home And Away 7TWO 150,000
  7. Seven’s AFL: Monday Night Football 7mate 148,000
  8. Doc Martin PM 7TWO 142,000
  9. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  10. School Of Roars ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  11. Love Monster ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  12. Noddy Toyland Detective PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  13. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  14. Floogals AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  15. Peter Rabbit PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000
  16. Bananas In Pyjamas AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  17. Foyle’s War PM 7TWO 118,000
  18. Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000
  19. Dinosaur Train AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000
  20. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000
Monday STV
  1. Live: AFL Collingwood V Port Adelaide FOX FOOTY 237,000
  2. Live: On The Couch FOX FOOTY 118,000
  3. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 78,000
  4. Credlin Sky News Live 62,000
  5. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 56,000
  6. Alan Jones Sky News Live 56,000
  7. PML Later Sky News Live 48,000
  8. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 39,000
  9. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 36,000
  10. The Kenny Report Sky News Live 35,000
  11. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 32,000
  12. Live: NFL: Seahawks V Patriots ESPN2 32,000
  13. AM Agenda Sky News Live 31,000
  14. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 31,000
  15. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 28,000
  16. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 28,000
  17. Border Security: America’s Front Line FOX8 27,000
  18. AM Agenda Sky News Live 27,000
  19. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 27,000
  20. The Simpsons FOX8 26,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media 

Live Nation announces senior leadership roles across Asia Pacific division

Roger Field, currently CEO of Live Nation Australia & New Zealand, has been named president of Live Nation Asia Pacific with Mark Kneebone taking on the new role of managing director Live Nation New Zealand and Kei Ikuta being promoted to president Live Nation Japan.

Paul Antonio, currently president Asia & Middle East, moves to the new role of chief operating officer Live Nation EMEA, reporting to John Reid, president Live Nation EMEA.

Live Nation Roger Field

Roger Field

Field joined the company in 2010 to set up Live Nation Australia in partnership with Luke Hede (currently serving vice president of touring). Following the acquisition of Michael Coppel Presents in 2012, Field has led the growth of the Australian and New Zealand businesses, initially as COO and then becoming CEO in 2017. In this new role, Field will oversee all of Live Nation’s businesses across the Asia Pacific region reporting to Live Nation Asia Pacific chairman, Alan Ridgeway. Michael Coppel will continue as chairman of Australia.

Serving as co-head of promotions for Australia & New Zealand since 2018, Kneebone will take up the new role of managing director Live Nation New Zealand, overseeing all of Live Nation’s businesses in NZ, reporting to Roger Field. Stuart Clumpas retires from his role as chairman New Zealand but will continue on as a consultant for the company as well as a shareholder in Spark Arena.

In Japan, Kei Ikuta will lead the business taking over from John Boyle who has served as president since January 2018 and is now moving back to work with Live Nation in his hometown of Los Angeles. Under Boyle’s leadership, Live Nation’s profile and scale has grown significantly, launching Download in 2019, being appointed international booker for new Tokyo Olympic venue Ariake Arena and growing show count and market share. Ikuta who joined the company earlier this year from legendary Japanese promoter Udo Artists, will report to Roger Field.

Commenting on the announcement, Alan Ridgeway, chairman of Live Nation Asia Pacific said: “The appointment of these roles provides us with the opportunity to further align our Australian, New Zealand and Asian businesses. Roger comes to the role with an impressive record of success and is in a great position to lead our growth strategy as he leverages our resources across the whole region. I wish Roger, Mark and Kei all the best in their new roles in taking our businesses forward in this new era and thank Paul, Stuart and John for their hard work and dedication in establishing our presence in Asia, New Zealand and Japan.”

Live Nation

Live Nation New Zealand’s Together Again shows at Spark Arena’s The Tuning Fork, were among the world’s first socially distanced shows in May this year

Live Nation Asia Pacific, president, Roger Field, added: “I want to thank Alan for giving me the opportunity to lead the talented teams across the division. The cohesion of a true Asian Pacific organisation presents significant opportunities for growth, not only for our business but for the professional development of our people and relationships. New Zealand continues to prove itself as a market that leads the way in the return to live and Mark is a proven leader who has played a critical role in our overall success. This appointment further solidifies our commitment to NZ and will affirm the market as a significant player in the global live industry.”

Coronavirus: ABC staff urged to vote to defer 2% pay rise

The Morrison government is urging ABC staff to vote yes to defer an imminent pay raise to show solidarity with other public servants, journalists in commercial media, and the broader community making sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic recession, reports The Australian’s Tom Dusevic.

Employees of the broadcaster began voting on Monday on whether to vary their enterprise agreement to delay a 2 per cent rise, and fall into line with core government departments and dozens of agencies that have accepted a six-month deferral for wage rises.

The public sector union, however, is calling on ABC staff to reject the pay freeze, advising members they deserve the $5m in pay rises that are due next month.

The median base salary at the corporate regulator is estimated to be $110,000, compared with $86,436 in the Australian Public Service.

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Village Roadshow loses Warner Bros film distribution deal

Entertainment company Village Roadshow’s film distribution deal with Warner Bros. will cease at the end of the year after the US entertainment heavyweight decided against renewing its contract, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.

The group, which is being taken over by private equity group BGH Capital in a deal worth up to $487.5m, said its deal to distribute Warner’s films in Australia and New Zealand through its subsidiary Roadshow Films won’t be renewed when it expires on December 31.

Village’s cinemas are currently showing Warner’s blockbusters, but many other major releases have been pushed back until December or next year because of the coronavirus crisis.

Village, which is 40 per cent owned by the Kirby family, said the underlying earnings contribution from the Warner film distribution deal wasn’t “material” in its fiscal 2020 results, and it doesn’t expect any material impairment or write down of assets from the contract expiring.

The end of the Warner film distribution deal won’t have any impact on its takeover.

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News Brands

Stan Grant joins ABC News as International Affairs Analyst

Stan Grant has joined ABC News in a new multiplatform role as international affairs analyst.


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Grant will provide stories and analysis for ABC Online, 7.30, Four Corners, audio current affairs and TV news. This will include contributing to a new regular China segment on The World each Thursday night, produced by the News Channel and the Asia Pacific Newsroom team.

“The world is at a critical period,” Grant said. “Coronavirus has laid waste to our economies and revealed our fragility at the same time as democracy is in retreat and a more authoritarian China is reshaping global power.

“I’m really looking forward to drawing on my three decades as a reporter covering the big conflicts and stories of our time and joining the dots of that for Australians.”

Director, News Gaven Morris said the story of China and its complex relationships around the world, including with Australia, was one of the most important of our time.

“Covering the China story is a priority, and we’re actively examining a range of options for how ABC News will continue to provide Australians with the most complete and authoritative reporting and analysis,” he said.

“Stan Grant is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable and respected journalists, with extensive direct China experience, and it’s terrific to have him as part of the ABC team.”

Early in his media career Grant worked as a political correspondent for ABC. He later worked for Seven in a number of roles and later worked as a correspondent for CNN and then Sky News Australia.

He has written a number of books including Stan Grant On Identity earlier this year.


So good you can smell it! Australian Golf Digest interactive edition #600

Australian Golf Digest, the country’s oldest and largest golf media brand, celebrates its 50-year anniversary in style this month with its 600th issue Collector’s Edition, which includes a detailed ranking of the 50 Greatest Australian Golfers of all time.

The ranking, compiled by long-time Australian Golf Digest senior writer Rohan Clarke (whose time with the magazine spans half of its 50 years), reignites the long-held debate over who is the best Australian golfer ever.

In order, the top 10 is:

No.1: Greg Norman
No.2: Karrie Webb
No.3: Peter Thomson
No.4: Kel Nagle
No.5: Walter Travis
No.6: Adam Scott
No.7: David Graham
No.8: Jan Stephenson
No.9: Jim Ferrier
No.10: Jason Day

The bumper 180-page birthday issue, which comes jam-packed with a mix of classics from the magazine’s archive plus a range of new treatments, is a celebration of golf as we knew it, and is set to turn heads with its special gold foil and interactive ‘scratch and sniff’ cover, designed to tickle the senses of Aussie golfers with the aroma of freshly cut grass.

“We wanted to make this issue stand out and thought what better way to do that than to ignite the senses of readers with that great smell of teeing off at first light, that one thing we can all relate to – the smell of a freshly cut fairway or green,” said Australian Golf Digest managing director Nick Cutler.

“It’s a monumental achievement… 600 issues – or 50 years – is a long time in the publishing game, and with the strong digital product offering we have developed, we can’t wait to see what the next 50 years has in store,” Cutler added.

Australian Golf Digest editor-in-chief Brad Clifton said reaching such a milestone was a testament to the power of golf and the people it attracts.

“Fifty years is a golden milestone in anyone’s language. For those of us at Australian Golf Digest, it’s the culmination of hundreds and thousands of articles, interviews, flights, hotel rooms, hits and misses over 600 adrenalin-filled deadlines, all met with the same rigour and enthusiasm to see our hard work laid bare in its most natural form – print.

“It’s also a testament to the observation made about sports writing by American scribe George Plimpton: ‘The smaller the ball, the more formidable the literature’. From legendary penmen like Peter Dobereiner, Tom Callahan and Dan Jenkins, to our very own Peter Thomson and Tom Ramsey, Australian Golf Digest has been truly blessed to be the ‘home club’ of golf’s greatest wordsmiths.

“I thought Nick was joking about the scratch and sniff cover at first but it made perfect sense upon reflection: there’s nothing quite like a whiff of freshly cut grass before that first ball is struck, right? It’s that same richness and mystery to golf that keeps us excited to cover it and for our country to read about it in Australian Golf Digest for another 50 years.”

The anniversary issue takes a retrospective look at the game over the past five decades and includes contributions from the country’s most iconic players, including Greg Norman. Along with ranking Australia’s 50 greatest players of all-time it also details the most important courses that have contributed to every facet of the game Down Under.

Unlike other golf publications, Australian Golf Digest published through the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen its website traffic, social media engagement and subscriptions grow during this time.

“We realised very early, via our online and social channels, that golfers across the country were as keen as ever to engage with us,” Cutler said. “For many people, golf has been their one escape during this terrible pandemic. To play a small part in facilitating that therapeutic outlet has kept us focused and determined to deliver a quality product.”

Australian Gold Digest

Australian Golf Digest’s 50-Year Anniversary Edition goes on sale nationally on Thursday, September 24, and will be available through newsagents and supermarkets.

Conde Nast’s Tatler backs down in row over Duchess of Cambridge profile

A row between the British royal family and the aristocracy’s favourite magazine has ended with Tatler deleting chunks of a profile on the Duchess of Cambridge, reports The Times in an article reprinted in The Australian.

Sources at the monthly confirmed that about 25 per cent of a recent article had been purged from its online incarnation. The article in the July/August edition triggered a firestorm between Kensington Palace and the publisher Conde Nast.

The duchess, 38, instructed lawyers over what she claimed were “inaccuracies and false representations” in the article, published in the print edition in May. It is understood that the duchess and her legal team were particularly agitated by claims that she felt overwhelmed with royal duties after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit their royal responsibilities at the beginning of the year. Contacts close to the couple also deny the article’s suggestion that Prince William was “obsessed” with his wife’s mother, Carole Middleton, 65.

The Times understands that Conde Nast was keen not to damage its relationship with the royal family and agreed to cut swathes from the original article. The online version omits claims that the duchess’s mother is “a terrible snob” and that her sister, Pippa Middleton, 37, is “too regal and try-hard”.

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The Block 2020: The five New Street, Brighton houses for sale by auction

The five houses from The Block 2020 have just hit the market, reports Domain’s Jemimah Clegg.

Harking back to eras gone by, the front of each home is inspired by a decade between the 1910s and the 1950s. The homes were moved to New Street, Brighton, for the series.

This year’s contestants have, of course, put all the blood, sweat and many, many tears into the renovations that every crop of Blockheads does, but they have done so all while dealing with a global pandemic.

The listings show the revealed rooms at the front of each house, including the master and guest bedrooms and the ensuites to each, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks after each new room is judged.

The houses have indicative selling prices between $3.2 million and $3.4 million – that’s at least $400,000 above Brighton’s median house price of $2,617,500 – making the homes on the more expensive side in the bayside suburb.

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Ellen DeGeneres addresses toxic workplace reports in talk show return

Just as she promised, Ellen DeGeneres addressed multiple reports about a “toxic” work culture on her eponymous show when the daytime program returned on Monday, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

[Nine will be broadcasting the new episode Tuesday at 12 noon.]

After sarcastically sharing that she had a “great…super terrific” summer, even offering a double thumbs up, DeGeneres went right into the reports of a toxic workplace and the WarnerMedia investigation in her first monologue back.

“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” DeGeneres said. “I take that very seriously and I want to say I’m so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Pledging that the new season marks the beginning of a “new chapter,” DeGeneres said of reports that she’s not the woman people see on TV, “I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things.”

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Sports Media

Fox Corp poised to spend up to $2.8b to keep Sunday NFL

Fox Corp is willing to spend as much as $US2 billion ($2.8 billion) a year to maintain its rights to National Football League games on Sundays, a huge increase from its current contract, according to people familiar with the matter, reports The AFR.

Under the existing arrangement, the network airs games from the National Football Conference, featuring teams from the big media markets of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. That makes it the most-coveted outlet for advertisers.

Now Fox has to fend off other broadcasters, which also want to air high-profile matchups. Negotiations with the league are heating up because current broadcast rights begin expiring at the end of next year, starting with Walt Disney’s ESPN and its deal for “Monday Night Football”. Talks between the league and the networks are already underway, but at an early stage, Fox chief executive officer Lachlan Murdoch told investors this month.

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