Thursday February 8, 2018

Publisher Canongate Partners’ mission to showcase South Australia

Australian print publisher Canongate Partners came into existence in 1996 when David Smith acquired Highlife magazine in Bowral, New South Wales.


Since then, it has established multiple titles to show off the best of what South Australia has to offer and shifted its focus entirely to that state. Canongate Partners sold Highlife magazine in November 2013 to former Southern Highland News manager SimonGreen.

“We see ourself as a niche publisher,” Matthew Smith, the general manager of Canongate Partners told Mediaweek. “We have purposely stayed within South Australia. It was never our intention to be a national publisher.

“We are small but significant in South Australia.”

Canongate Partners’ premium magazine SALife was established in 2003 and marks 15 years this year. The title has 11 issues every year as it doesn’t publish in January. It is distributed via newsagents and also mailed out straight to its subscribers. The magazine has long-term relationships with many of its advertisers. These three revenue streams have ensured its longevity, Smith said.

“We have a lot of direct clients, so we don’t book a lot through agencies. We are confident about the state of the advertising market for us. There are always ups and downs,” he stated. “With advertising, it’s very much a relationship market in South Australia, so we service them well.

“The print industry is definitely challenging, but we are not doom and gloom.”

When asked about the main revenue stream for the magazine, Smith said: “I cannot comment on that, but I can say we are not reliant on any one area.”

On the back of the success of SA Life, the publisher also launched spinoff magazines SAGardens + SAOutdoor Living (quarterly), SAHomes & Interiors (yearly) and SALIFE Food & Wine.

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Bauer Media strengthens editorial across Luxury and Now To Love

Bauer Media has strengthened its editorial team with new appointments across its luxury portfolio and women’s destination Now To Love.


Fiona Baker has been appointed to the newly created role of managing editor of Now To Love. Most recently she was editor of Bauer’s custom title, Weight Watchers, and previously worked within the digital team across The Australian Women’s Weekly andWoman’s Day.

News of the appointment comes on the eve of Now To Love’s first birthday, and part of Baker’s new role will see her celebrating the occasion.

Current Digital Content Director, Emily Kerr, is moving within the global business to Bauer Media USA, where she will take up the newly created role of digital content director in New York.

Jenna Clarke has also been appointed managing editor of the digital Luxury portfolio, which includes ElleCosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar. Clarke was previously features director at Elle. Prior to that, she held a senior lifestyle and fashion journalist position with Fairfax Media.

Michael Fuyula, Bauer Media’s acting general manager of digital publishing, said: “The calibre of people hired into these roles, some of the most highly regarded in the business, reflects our commitment to growing our digital brands.  I could not think of a team better suited to navigate the exciting opportunities ahead as we continue to evolve our digital business.”

Bauer Media has also established a centralised digital features team headed up by Lorna Gray. Gray has moved into the role of features managing editor and is tasked with creating original, exclusive, investigative content, at the centre of Australian conversations.

Bauer’s audience development heads have also been restructured to be more ingrained within the editorial team. The team is headed up by new hire Annabel Hodges, who joins as audience development director. Reporting into her are EDM, social and search specialists, who are also tasked with diversifying acquisition channels, affiliate marketing strategy and all other areas of digital marketing.

Week 6 TV: Wednesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 9.8% 7 21.4% 9 25.8% TEN 10.9% SBS One 5.3%
ABC 2 3.1% 7TWO 3.7% GO! 3.1% ONE 2.2% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 2.1% GEM 1.7% ELEVEN 2.4% Food Net 0.8%
ABC News 1.2% 7flix 2.0% 9Life 2.3% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 14.9% 29.4% 32.9% 15.5% 7.3%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 9.2% 7 22.1% 9 22.5% WIN 10.0% SBS One 5.1%
ABC 2 2.3% 7TWO 6.1% GO! 3.7% ONE 2.5% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 2.2% GEM 2.8% ELEVEN 2.4% Food Net 0.8%
NEWS 24 1.4% 7flix 2.0% 9Life 2.8% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 13.8% 32.0% 31.8% 14.9% 7.2%
Wednesday fta
  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1,140,000
  2. Seven News Seven 976,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 958,000
  4. Nine News Nine 923,000
  5. Twenty/20 – Australia v England Game 2 Nine 915,000
  6. Home And Away Seven 692,000
  7. ABC News ABC 692,000
  8. Nine News 6:30 Nine 646,000
  9. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 635,000
  10. Twenty/20 – Australia v England Game 2 Pre Match Nine 586,000
  11. The Project 7pm Ten 559,000
  12. A Current Affair Nine 556,000
  13. The Chase Australia Seven 554,000
  14. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell ABC 493,000
  15. 7.30 ABC 485,000
  16. Squinters ABC 471,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 424,000
  18. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 414,000
  19. QI ABC 366,000
  20. Hard Sun Seven 348,000
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16-39 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 296,000
  2. Twenty/20 – Australia v England Game 2 Nine 243,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 158,000
  4. The Project 7pm Ten 157,000
  5. Nine News Nine 145,000

18-49 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 420,000
  2. Twenty/20 – Australia v England Game 2 Nine 375,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 281,000
  4. Nine News Nine 257,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 240,000

25-54 Top 5

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 465,000
  2. Twenty/20 – Australia v England Game 2 Nine 388,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 324,000
  4. Nine News Nine 288,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 277,000
Wednesday multichannel
  1. Go Jetters ABC2 228,000
  2. Dot. ABC2 224,000
  3. Peter Rabbit ABC2 224,000
  4. Octonauts ABC2 214,000
  5. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABC2 199,000
  6. The Hive-PM ABC2 183,000
  7. Shaun The Sheep ABC2 170,000
  8. Kazoops!-PM ABC2 167,000
  9. Floogals-PM ABC2 166,000
  10. Fireman Sam-PM ABC2 166,000
  11. Peppa Pig-PM ABC2 165,000
  12. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC2 164,000
  13. Thomas And Friends-PM ABC2 162,000
  14. A Touch Of Frost-PM 7TWO 161,000
  15. Wallykazam!-PM ABC2 158,000
  16. Olobob Top-PM ABC2 151,000
  17. Neighbours ELEVEN 148,000
  18. Wiggle Town-PM ABC2 145,000
  19. Spicks And Specks ABC2 144,000
  20. Bananas In Pyjamas-PM ABC2 136,000
Wednesday subscription tv
  1. Gogglebox Australia LifeStyle Channel 150,000
  2. Melbourne: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 98,000
  3. Location, Location, Location LifeStyle Channel 50,000
  4. The Flash FOX8 50,000
  5. Shimmer And Shine Nick Jr. 40,000
  6. Curious George Nick Jr. 40,000
  7. Gogglebox Australia LifeStyle Channel+2 38,000
  8. Beverly Hills: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 37,000
  9. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 36,000
  10. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 35,000
  11. Beverly Hills: Real Housewives Of… ARENA 33,000
  12. Live: WWE Smackdown FOX8 32,000
  13. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 32,000
  14. Hawaii Five-0 TVH!TS 32,000
  15. Credlin SKY NEWS LIVE 32,000
  16. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 31,000
  17. Location, Location, Location LifeStyle Channel 31,000
  18. NCIS TVH!TS 31,000
  19. Play Along With Sam Nick Jr. 31,000
  20. Mutt & Stuff Nick Jr. 30,000

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TV Ratings Analysis

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James Manning

New copper Colby (Tim Franklin) was in the Bay with 692,000 last night after audiences just over and just under 700,000 so far this week.



Long trip west to Perth for latest instant restaurant with waitresses Stella and Jazzey hoping to deliver a night to remember on My Kitchen Rules. They did deliver on that promise, but not the way they wanted it to go. The girls couldn’t have done better with the entree of miso cod with a total of 20 out of 20 from the judges. It was then downhill though with courses featuring duck and doughnuts attracting a total score of five out of a possible 40. The midweek audience was 1.14m after 1.07m a week ago.

The UK crime drama Hard Sun then debuted with 348,000 watching the grisly start of policing in a pre-apocalyptic world. All episodes are available to watch now on 7plus.


How to use technology to snooze better was one of the features on A Current Affair with tech guru Trevor Long helping put the audience to sleep. The episode also previewed Underbelly Files: Chopper coming to the channel on Sunday night. The episode did 556,000 screening in Sydney and Melbourne only because of the T20 cricket.

Australia was the victor against England in the midweek T20 match from Hobart. Glenn Maxwell earned a standing ovation as the clock ticked past 11pm with a six to end the game, which gave Australia victory and Maxwell his century. The cricket did 915,000 with an audience over 300,000 in Melbourne.


The Project featured a former neighbour of Mediaweek in Potts Point, actor David Wenham. The midweek edition of the show started on 310,000 at 6.30pm and grew to 559,000 after 7pm.

This should have drawn a crowd – two celebrities suspended on a highwire, over the river, dressed as African birds! Josh Gibson and Anthony Mundine attempted the challenge on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and host Dr Chris Brown stepped in for Tiffany who declined to take part because of a fear of heights. The episode did 635,000 with the drama surrounding the exit of Anthony Mundine to play out in tonight’s episode.

Episode two of the Montreal Comedy Festival specials followed on 314,000.

Episode eight of series four of Madam Secretary followed with 154,000.


We haven’t had a look at the numbers for the new Think Tank yet this week. Looking a little like David LettermanPaul McDermott hosts the new one-hour quiz show running five nights a week. The episodes have attracted audiences on 203,000, 197,000 and 170,000 across the three nights so far.

After 8pm QI did 366,000.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell then did 493,000 after 565,000 last week.

The new Squinters from Adam Zwar and Jungle debuted at 9pm with 471,000. All episodes are also available on iview. Although Zwar doesn’t get a role as one of the commuters, he is omnipresent as the voice of the traffic reporter. The series also confirms Jungle as the specialist of in-car comedies after two series of No Activity where much of the “action” also happens in a vehicle, albeit stationery.

Stephen Fry was the guest on The Last Leg with 255,000 watching.

Tonightly then got an airing on the primary channel with 122,000 watching. Earlier in the night the Tom Ballard program was on ABC2 with 40,000 watching.


World’s Greatest Bridges was on the border of Wales and England with 256,000 watching.

Episode two of Simon Reeve In Russia then did 252,000 followed by the opportune midweek repeat of Shaun Micallef‘s Stairway To Heaven with 153,000 watching.

Media News Roundup THURSDAY


Carsales chief executive Cameron McIntyre expects solid growth to continue into the second half of the year after posting another record half-year result, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

Carsales said its net profit rose 27% in the six months ended December 31 to $60.2 million. Adjusting for a one-off non-cash $6.8m write-down on its iCar Asia investment in the first half of the previous financial year, net profit climbed 11% to $60.9m.

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Disney reported mixed quarterly earnings this week as losses associated with the development of the planned streaming services – the first of which, arriving in the spring, will involve ESPN and cost US$4.99 a month – hurt Disney’s cable television division, where operating income fell 1% to $858 million, reports The New York Times.

Disney’s movie studio also reported weaker results, as did the company’s consumer products business.

Operating income increased 21%, to $1.35 billion, at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts because of higher attendance and ticket prices at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Paris.

The company’s vast television division, Disney Media Networks, has been buffeted by subscriber declines at ESPN, a problem that continued during the quarter as more people cut cable and relied on streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Advertising revenue at ESPN also dropped.

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Viacom has acquired VidCon, host of the world’s largest multiday conference for the global online community.

VidCon – which will remain a stand-alone entity and retain its senior leadership team – will be able to considerably expand its global reach.

The two-day VidCon Australia 2018 event will be held in Melbourne on September 1-2.

“VidCon has become the foremost gathering place for the passionate online video community, and the access to talent, experts and education that VidCon provides for attendees is unparalleled,” said Jason Jordan, Viacom executive vice president of multiplatform strategy and operations. “We’re excited to partner with the team to help achieve their vision and expand VidCon’s reach around the world while maintaining the grassroots energy and authenticity that makes the experience so unique and special to so many.”

With more than 30,000 attendees and 80-plus sponsors (including, for many years, Viacom), at its flagship Anaheim event, VidCon has become the largest multiday conference of its kind and is considered the premier event for the worldwide online video community.


The Turnbull government will rewrite its treason laws to offer a limited freedom-of-speech ­defence for journalists and media companies obtaining classified documents, while elevating the crime for a commonwealth officer to leak them, potentially restricting access to sources, report The Australian’s Simon Benson and Nicola Berkovic.

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Attorney-General Christian Porter says the Turnbull government will look at improving defamation laws, after a parliamentary committee urged a national review to ensure the laws do not hinder public-interest journalism, report The Australian’s Ben Packham and Geoff Chambers.

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Music Publishing

Universal Publishing Production Music has announced the rebrand of certain affiliate brands as Universal Production Music. The company said the refreshed corporate identity better accentuates alignment with Universal Music Group and differentiates the UPPM global production music parent from its individual brand affiliates around the world.

In those same territories, the company has also launched a new website ( for use by its clients and industry professionals. The new platform features a variety of enhancements designed to expedite and simplify how industry professionals discover, mix and share production music.

“As home to the best production music in the world, Universal Publishing Production Music is embracing innovative global technologies specifically designed to exceed our clients’ expectations when it comes to finding the perfect music for their projects,” said Michael Sammis, president of Universal Publishing Production Music Worldwide. “The rebrand is also a key part of our marketplace leadership strategy, and the Universal Production Music identity both clarifies and strengthens alignment with the world’s leading music company.”

The new website is live on 23 Universal Production Music sites in 17 territories outside the United States including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Australia and others.

Media People

She has won three Walkley Awards but it seems there is no room at the ABC for journalist Ginny Stein, who is being made redundant against her will, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.

Stein, a former Africa and Southeast Asia correspondent at the national broadcaster, has engaged lawyers and is in the process of preparing a legal complaint over how her redundancy was handled.

The Australian understands Stein is the only journalist from Lateline made redundant against her will.

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Former Domain boss Antony Catalano has engaged feared defamation lawyer Mark O’Brien, as the property group’s executive chairman Nick Falloon announced to staff that he had commissioned a review of Domain’s working environment, report The Australian’s Margin Call columnists Will Glasgow and Christine Lacy.

“We ask that you all participate in this review so we can further improve our workplaces for the future,” Falloon wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday.

Falloon has committed to provide his workers with further details of the review and its scope shortly.

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In late December, just as he was about to celebrate Christmas, Nick Falloon was presented with about a dozen allegations of misbehaviour, poor business decisions and a sexist culture within the Melbourne office of Domain Holdings Australia, the real estate advertising business that had turned around the fortunes of its parent, Fairfax Media, reports The AFR’s Aaron Patrick.

Falloon was chairman of both companies, and the man ultimately responsible for the conduct within them.

He decided that a formal investigation was warranted, and he briefed the Domain and Fairfax boards. He then asked Catalano, who was holidaying on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, to break his leave and come in for a conversation. He didn’t tell him what it was about.

An angry Catalano denied doing anything wrong. He said none of the allegations could be proven because they weren’t true. He then said that he had discussed his job with his family over Christmas and decided to resign, which he did on the spot.

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News Corp has hired former Ten Network executive producer Rob McKnight as acting head of video, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.

McKnight will draw on his broadcast expertise to lead the digital video strategy for News Corp’s digital arm, News Digital Networks Australia.

He steps into the role held by Hannah Stenning, who is starting maternity leave at the end of the month, effective Monday February 12.

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Fairfax Media has appointed Ross Blackam as head of programmatic trading and partnerships, effective immediately. This news follows the recent announcement of the publisher’s partnership with Google and the restructure of its commercial division.

The new role will see Blackam become the single programmatic lead for Fairfax as he maintains responsibility for the programmatic sales team, as well as overseeing the trading desk operations team. Blackam joined Fairfax Media in 2015 as national sales director when he returned to Australia from London after having worked with AOL for five years. Prior to that, Blackam was with MCN in Melbourne.

Fairfax Media chief revenue officer Matt Rowley said: “Given his experience, Ross really is the perfect person for this position and his teams are playing a crucial role in realising our full programmatic revenue potential, particularly as we embed our newly founded partnership with Google.”

In December 2017, Fairfax announced its Australian Metro Publishing business had entered a partnership with Google across digital advertising, technology and product development. The relationship sees Google supporting Fairfax to sell and market programmatic advertising across The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Canberra Times, WAToday, Brisbane Times and the publisher’s lifestyle offerings.


Anthony Mundine has quit I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! after less than two weeks in the South African jungle, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

The boxer walked from the show within hours of completing the famed Viper Room challenge, forcing production to suspend voting for the 42-year-old on the popular Channel Ten reality show.

While there have been no walkouts on the three previous seasons, Mundine’s departure follows tennis player Bernard Tomic’s exit after just three nights in the jungle.

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The Walking Dead, one of the biggest hits on the Foxtel platform, will be moving to the showcase channel when the second half of season eight launches on Monday February 26.

In addition, Foxtel’s showcase will also premiere new episodes of follow-up series Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick, as well as fan favourite spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead when it returns for season four in April 2018.

The move is being made as Foxtel is to cease broadcasting the FX channel. migrating key programming elsewhere.

Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “The Walking Dead will join Foxtel’s number one series Game of Thrones on our super drama channel, showcase, along with our top rating series including OutlanderBig Little LiesWestworldWentworth and A Place To Call Home.”

Walsh added: “In 2018 we will be focusing on delivering stronger channels with rich libraries of their best shows available in the On Demand section of the Foxtel Electronic Programming Guide. As part of this strategy, we will also be reviewing the number of channels we carry and where practical, removing those channels which don’t meet our performance criteria.”

Following its live broadcast on Foxtel’s showcase channel, The Walking Dead will be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed On Demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.


Jasmine Yarbrough and Karl Stefanovic were among the guests at the Harpers Bazaar 20th Anniversary Celebration held at Smoke Rooftop Bar in Barangaroo.

Other guests included Jesinta Franklin, Carla Zampatti, Terry Biviano, Justin Hemmes, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, Angela Bishop and Matt Moran.

Former Bauer Media editor and executive Deborah Thomas was also at the event.

Editor-in-chief Kellie Hush hosted the event to mark the anniversary.

An anniversary edition of the magazine goes on sale February 12 with Margot Robbie on the cover.

News Brands

The Los Angeles Times is being sold to Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire Los Angeles doctor, for US$500 million, reports The New York Times.

Tronc, the newspaper’s parent company, announced the agreement, which includes the paper’s sister publication, The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Dr Soon-Shiong became a major shareholder in Tronc, formerly called Tribune Publishing, in 2016.

Dr Soon-Shiong – who grew up in apartheid South Africa – largely made his fortune selling generic drugs and developing a new type of cancer treatment.

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Sports Media

Sydney’s premier race meetings will be shown live on free-to-air television, starting with the rich Inglis raceday at Warwick Farm on Saturday, reports News Corp’s Ray Thomas.

After months of negotiations, The Daily Telegraph understands Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have reached agreement with the Seven Network to broadcast Sydney racing, with particular emphasis on showcasing the Golden Slipper, The Championships and The Everest race meetings.

A source said the long-term objective was to “lock in free-to-air coverage of Sydney Saturday racing 52 weeks a year” on either Channel 7 or 7Two.

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A panel of the AFL’s best talking heads is about to hit the road again for round two of Foxtel and News Corp Australia’s Full-On Footy Tour.

This year, the tour has expanded and will see the nation’s top footy columnists and commentators visit nine regional centres across three states over four weeks.

Victoria will host panels of AFL talent, with NRL the focus in New South Wales and Queensland.

Chief football writer Mark Robinson and fellow Herald Sun footy writers will be part of the action, alongside some of the AFL’s biggest names, including Jonathan BrownDermott BreretonNick RiewoldtGarry LyonJason DunstallDavid King and Paul Roos, and Fox Footy’s Sarah Jones and Kelli Underwood.

The Victorian leg of the tour, supported by the Herald Sun, kicks off in Geelong on March 8 and will then head to Ballarat’s The Sporting Globe on March 13, Bendigo’s Quality Resort All Seasons Hotel on March 14, and finish with a star-studded event at Prahran’s Flying Duck Hotel in Melbourne on March 15.

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