Monday January 15, 2018

ARIA Chart Report
  • Singles: Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar chart
  • Albums: Post Malone higher in top 10 in quiet week for new releases

Three newcomers debut in the top 10 while there was just one entrant new to the top 10.

Locked at #1 for a sixth week is Ed Sheeran with “Perfect” after 45 weeks charting.

Post Malone‘s “I Fall Apart” edges two spots higher for a new chart peak at #2 after 15 weeks.

“Him & I” from G-Eazy featuring Halsey moves to #10 from #16 this week after six weeks on the chart.

The three new releases into the top 50 are:

#15 “Finesse” from Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B. The third single to chart top 50 from Bruno Mars’s third album released in November 2016.

#28 “Filthy” from Justin Timberlake. The first single from his forthcoming album “Man of the Woods”.

#34 “All The Stars” from Kendrick Lamar and SZA. A single from the soundtrack album of the forthcoming Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther.

Three tunes snuck into the top 50 from lower down the chart:

#42 “Rewrite The Stars” from Zac Efron & Zendaya from The Greatest Showman.

#43 “No Limit” from G-Eazy featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B.

#49 “The Weekend” from SZA.


Not a solitary new release in the top 50 this week as music companies are yet to push the “Go” button for 2018 action.

The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman remains #1 for a second week.

Post Malone‘s debut album “Stoney” hit a new peak at #6 this week after 35 weeks on the chart.

Returning to the top 10 at #10 is the soundtrack Moana which has been on the chart for 56 weeks.

Why influencers and magazines are a powerhouse combination

By Brooke Hemphill for Mediaweek on behalf of Magazine Networks

The relationship between magazine brands and influencers grows ever deeper with each helping the other to tap into new audiences and stay relevant in the changing media landscape.

With magazine brands powerful influencers in their own right, confirmed by a study commissioned by Magazine Networks earlier this year which found 65% of readers are influenced by recommended or featured products, adding influencers to the mix takes this to the next level. Conversely, with a study commissioned by UK industry body Magnetic finding magazines are more trusted than social media – 70% of magazine readers trust magazines, only 30% of social media users trust social media – teaming up with magazines offers influencers a major credibility boost.

While some industry commentators such as UK academic Adam Tinworth say influencers are “the competition and the sooner publishers figure that out, the better”, locally, magazine brands are embracing them. From takeovers of entire editions to awards that recognise top influencers, today the two go hand in hand. And although magazine brands’ attitudes towards influencers were initially wary, Nicky Briger, editor of marie claire, says, “We’ve realised we can actually help each other. It’s a symbiotic relationship in that they reach a whole new audience – a younger audience – than magazine brands can.”

It’s a sentiment that is shared across the publishing landscape with Shari Nementzik, features editor of Cosmo, noting, “We’re in a whole new world now and our readers are spending more time on social media than watching TV. The people that are in their living rooms with them are influencers.”

Such is their importance to Nementzik’s title, this year Cosmo’s Women of the Year Awards boasted multiple categories for influencers. Nementzik says, “In previous years we’ve only had one Social Media Star of the Year category, but we’ve acknowledged that it is hard to narrow it down to five finalists.” The awards now recognise beauty, fashion, travel and fitness with the event itself being broadcast via a “social squad” of influencers who shared the content across multiple platforms.

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Photo: Dannii Minogue and marie claire editor Nicky Briger at prix de marie claire 2017

Sunday TV, Week 3, 2018
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 11.3% 7 17.9% 9 29.8% TEN 4.9% SBS One 6.2%
ABC 2 2.5% 7TWO 3.4% GO! 3.4% ONE 2.5% VICELAND 2.1%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.7% GEM 1.7% ELEVEN 1.9% Food Net 0.8%
NEWS 24 1.1% 7flix 2.8% 9Life 3.3% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 15.7% 27.7% 38.2% 9.3% 9.1%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.3% 7 18.6% 9 29.2% WIN 4.3% SBS One 5.1%
ABC 2 3.1% 7TWO 3.5% GO! 4.4% ONE 1.7% VICELAND 1.8%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 4.2% GEM 3.2% ELEVEN 1.1% Food Net 0.5%
NEWS 24 1.3% 7flix 2.9% 9Life 2.8% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 16.6% 29.2% 39.6% 7.1% 7.6%
86.2% 13.8%

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

All people rankings

Friday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 795,000
  2. Nine News Nine 753,000
  3. Cricket: Big Bash League Game 26 – Session 2 Ten 749,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 742,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 728,000
  6. Cricket: Big Bash League Game 26 – Session 1 Ten 670,000
  7. ABC News ABC 605,000
  8. A Current Affair Nine 591,000
  9. Better Homes And Gardens Summer Seven 512,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 502,000


Saturday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 728,000
  2. Cricket: Big Bash League Game 28 – Session 2 Ten 718,000
  3. ABC News ABC 686,000
  4. Cricket: Big Bash League Game 28 – Session 1 Ten 601,000
  5. Nine News Saturday Nine 590,000
  6. Cricket: Big Bash League Game 27 – Session 2 Ten 513,000
  7. Father Brown (R) ABC 467,000
  8. 2018 Summer Of Tennis: Sydney International-Night Seven 445,000
  9. Cricket: Big Bash League Game 27 – Session 1 Ten 440,000
  10. Grantchester (R) ABC 414,000
Sunday FTA
  1. Nine News Sunday Nine 1,329,000
  2. One Day Cricket – Australia v England Game 1 Session 2 Nine 1,166,000
  3. One Day Cricket – Australia v England Game 1 Session 1 Nine 1,055,000
  4. Seven News Seven 975,000
  5. ABC News ABC 629,000
  6. Sunday Night-Summer Seven 590,000
  7. Midsomer Murders (R) ABC 499,000
  8. One Day Cricket – Australia v England Game 1 Pre Match Nine 457,000
  9. David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef (R) ABC 392,000
  10. Unbroken Seven 381,000
  11. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 277,000
  12. Weekend Sunrise Seven 274,000
  13. 60 Minutes Nine 246,000
  14. Diana: In Her Own Words (R) SBS 220,000
  15. Weekend Today Nine 216,000
  16. Secrets Of Tutankhamun’s Treasures SBS 213,000
  17. Bull Ten 212,000
  18. Diana: Seven Days That Shook The World (R) ABC 185,000
  19. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) Seven 180,000
  20. Fixer Upper 9Life 172,000
Sunday multichannel
  1. Fixer Upper 9Life 172,000
  2. Border Security: International-PM 7TWO 172,000
  3. Border Security: International E2 Pm 7TWO 166,000
  4. Uncle Buck 9GO! 156,000
  5. I Am Number Four-PM 7mate 154,000
  6. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-PM 7TWO 141,000
  7. The Justine Clarke Show!-AM ABC2 137,000
  8. Noddy Toyland Detective-AM ABC2 136,000
  9. Peppa Pig-AM ABC2 131,000
  10. PJ Masks-AM ABC2 129,000
  11. Go Jetters ABC2 127,000
  12. Jamillah And Aladdin ABC2 126,000
  13. Brit Cops-PM 7TWO 126,000
  14. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABC2 124,000
  15. Peg + Cat-AM ABC2 123,000
  16. Bananas In Pyjamas-AM ABC2 123,000
  17. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC2 122,000
  18. Sarah & Duck-AM ABC2 121,000
  19. Good Bones 9Life 119,000
  20. Peppa Pig-PM ABC2 119,000
Sunday subscription tv
  1. S.W.A.T. FOX8 74,000
  2. Chips Foxtel Movies Premiere 71,000
  3. Live: Football: A-League Adel v Syd FOX SPORTS 501 62,000
  4. NCIS TVH!TS 48,000
  5. NCIS TVH!TS 43,000
  6. Live: NFL: Patriots v Titans ESPN 42,000
  7. The Simpsons FOX8 37,000
  8. 24 Hours In Emergency LifeStyle Channel 36,000
  9. Live: A-League C Coast v Melb C FOX SPORTS 50 1 36,000
  10. The Simpsons FOX8 35,000
  11. Inside Balmoral LifeStyle Channel 34,000
  12. The Graham Norton Show UKTV 34,000
  13. The Mick FOX8 34,000
  14. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 33,000
  15. The Simpsons FOX8 33,000
  16. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 33,000
  17. NCIS: Los Angeles TVH!TS 33,000
  18. Bones TVH!TS 32,000
  19. Live: NFL: Eagles v Falcons ESPN 32,000
  20. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 31,000

TV Ratings Analysis

Primary Channels

By James Manning

Network Ten has had a great start to 2018, winning the first two weeks of the year with the highest primary channel share thanks to Big Bash T20 Cricket on every night of the week.
In week 1 Nine had the biggest network share while in week 2 that honour went to Seven.

Sunday, Week 3, 2018

The week has started and the cricket again determined the result with this time Nine benefitting from a One Day International between Australia and England. While it didn’t look like a big crowd at the MCG, there was certainly a big crowd watching on Nine.

TEN did it tough with no Big Bash match and a Sunday share of 4.9%.

Meanwhile Seven’s share should boom for the next fortnight with the start of the Australian Open tennis today.

The most interesting broadcast on TV this year has been the Mint Pictures and SBS experiment with slow TV via The Ghan.

After a “short” version on the primary channel a week ago, the full 17-hour version of The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey started around 3am yesterday on SBS Viceland.
The audience peaked with 69,000 metro viewers for the sixth leg of the journey on Sunday evening.

The train journey started with 7,000 watching the first leg, and then across the day the metro audiences were 4,000, 25,000, 63,000 and 52,000 for the fifth leg.

Media News Roundup WEEKEND

News Brands

The Guardian has unveiled a new design for its masthead that will be used across the UK print edition, online and on apps.

The masthead has been revealed in a teaser video narrated by the actor Maxine Peake before the launch of the Guardian’s tabloid format on Monday.

The design replaces the blue and white masthead that has been used since 2005.

Katharine Viner, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian and Observer, posted the 30-second video on Twitter. The video describes the Guardian as a “space for ideas”.

“The new design is the result of months of thought, creativity and vision by a team of talented designers and senior editors, and I hope you love it as much as I do,” said Viner in a note to readers. “We are thrilled by the new papers. They are visual and serious, explanatory and keepable, full of life and stories and ideas.”

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DailyMailTV has been renewed for second season in the US for 2018.

DailyMailTV had the highest rated national debut of any syndicated US newsmagazine program since 2007. The show has grown by double digits since its opener and by December 17 had averaged more than 1.6 million daily viewers.

Martin Clarke, CEO & publisher,, said, “At DailyMailTV we aim to set the news agenda – breaking the most talked-about stories in conjunction with so our viewers are always getting original reporting. We feel honoured that viewers across the United States have embraced this new and innovative program resulting in a second season.”

The series is executive producers include Carla Pennington (executive producer of Dr Phil and The Doctors), Jay McGraw (executive producer of The Doctors and the CBS drama series Bull), Martin Clarke (CEO, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, Dr Phil McGraw (father of Jay, executive producer of Dr PhilThe Doctors and the CBS drama series Bull).

CBS Television Distribution, which also distributes Dr Phil and The Doctors, handles the distribution of DailyMailTV.

Photo: DailyMailTV host Jesse Palmer

Media People

ABC presenter Karina Carvalho (pictured) is moving to a new national role in 2018.

SBS managing director Michael Ebeid released a statement about the recent death of SBS chief content officer Helen Kellie.

Ron Tandberg, whose perfect little “pocket” cartoons have been among the most loved features of The Agefor the past 45 years, has died after a short battle with cancer.

TravMedia founder Nick Wayland has paid tribute to colleague Kris Madden, who has died suddenly.

Walkley Award-winning radio producer Jesse Cox died in late December from a rare soft tissue cancer that spread unexpectedly to his brain, according to his family.

Just days before the official arrival of new CEO James Warburton, APN Outdoor has announced the departure of CFO Wayne Castle.

Nine has announced Allison Langdon and Peter Stefanovic will co-host Weekend Today with Jayne Azzopardi presenting news.

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Former Gold FM host Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann has spoken of his shock and disappointment at being sacked after the Jo and Lehmo show became Melbourne’s No.1 FM breakfast show, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.

“It definitely came out of left field and we were super disappointed because Jo and I really loved the station and we really love our listeners, and will miss them.”

Lehmann said neither he nor Jo Stanley saw the axe coming, with both believing the show had a healthy future.

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Byrne also reported on another ARN program:

KIIS FM’S new drive team of Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw need to work a bit harder on their material following a pretty ordinary first week on air.

On Friday, listeners were treated to seven minutes of utter rubbish where the pair discussed “boob honks” – in clinical terms, touching a woman’s breasts – complete with honking noises in the background.

I’m not making this up.

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It seems as if Nova Entertainment’s Tony Thomas and Claire Marshall challenge each other and their team to improve on the Red Room offer to Nova listeners and potential commercial partners each year.

Given the brand’s achievements over the past couple of years, doing that again in 2018 will be a massive task.

However, the Nova Red Room is starting 2018 with two big gigs in the space of a week – Liam Gallagher first this week and then Sam Smith on Monday at the Sydney Opera House.

On the first Nova Red Room for 2018, Gallagher performed a selection of his new and old tunes to a thrilled crowd of Nova listeners and guests at The Lair at Sydney’s Metro Theatre.

Gallagher was nearing the end of an Australian tour that included three Falls Festival appearances plus other shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Wearing his trademark parka, Liam kicked off his set with “Tonight, I’m a Rock ’n’ Roll Star” followed by a crowd favourite “Morning Glory”. Other songs that followed included “Greedy Soul”, “Wall Of Glass” and “For What It’s Worth” from his album “As You Were”.

Also going down well with the crowd were “Some Might Say”, “You Better Run” and “Be Here Now”. The highlight of the night was when he wrapped up his set with the Oasis classic “Wonderwall”.

Gallagher then threw his mic into the audience and left the stage.

The Red Room was hosted by Nova’s Greg Burns who has been hosting a networked summer breakfast show.

Guests included Nova’s Tim Blackwell (Kate, Tim & Marty drive show) with wife MonFitzy (Nova 969’s Fitzy & Wippa breakfast show), Nine’s Sylvia Jeffreys, Pete Stefanovic and Richard Wilkins, The Daily Edition’s Tom Williams, comedian and author and former Nova breakfast guru Tim “Rosso” Ross and skateboarder Corbin Harris.

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Despite the producers of The Doctor Blake Mysteries claiming earlier this week that there were “no incidents” of inappropriate behaviour by the show’s star Craig McLachlan, cast and crew members paint a different picture, reports Fairfax Media’s Kate McClymont and Michael Lallo.

“There is no possibility that they didn’t know he was up to inappropriate behaviour. I don’t know how blind and deaf you have to be to miss this stuff,” one crew member claimed.

December Media, the producers of Doctor Blake, announced it would temporarily halt preparations for the new series while the allegations against McLachlan are investigated by Victoria Police.

On Friday December Media revealed they had launched their own internal investigation as further allegations emerge.

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An unknown actor has landed one of the most sought-after jobs on Aussie TV, joining Home and Away as the new bad boy of Summer Bay, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

Patrick O’Connor shot his first scenes some five months ago, playing River Boy Dean, with the character to make his debut later this month.

“This is my first role,” O’Connor told The Sunday Telegraph.

Brisbane-raised O’Connor, 25, a Queensland University of Technology acting graduate, has spent the past few years auditioning for roles.

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Sports Media

Former 1116 SEN drive co-host David Schwarz reported that one of the contributors to his The Run Home program has also been sacked by station management.

“After 13 years SEN management sacked @Robbo_heraldsun today. It’s obviously got something to do with The Run Home,” said Schwarz.

If confirmed, it would mean after hiring one half of Fox Footy’s AFL 360 show, Gerard Whateley, they have sacked the other, Mark Robinson.

CEO-elect of SEN owner SEN, Craig Hutchison, didn’t dispute the sacking when it was mentioned during his Off The Bench radio show on Saturday morning.

Robinson was a contributor to a number of SEN programs, most notably part of the Saturday morning award-winning Crunch Time program hosted by Anthony Hudson.

At least seven broadcasters, telcos and potentially even a global company such as YouTube are set to take part in the chase for cricket’s broadcast rights, reports The AFR’s John Stensholt.

After months of informal discussions, Cricket Australia will finally release official tender documents within weeks and  aims to have a new deal worth $100-150 million or more annually in place by April, to begin next summer.

The governing body is confident each of the three free-to-air networks – Nine Entertainment Co, Network Ten and Seven West Media – will lodge bids for either all or part of the rights.

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The Big Bash League has been delivering big audiences to TEN with the cricket every night since the 2017/18 season launched. The players and commentary team have faced a punishing schedule with 43 matches across 48 days.

Meanwhile Nine has reported a total of 14,792,550 unique viewers across Australia tuned into the five Tests of the 2017-2018 Magellan Ashes Series.

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Last week Fox Sports featured live tennis in January, in Australia, via a new two-year deal it signed for Tie Break Tens. The series sees world-class tennis stars go head-to-head in one-night-only, knockout tennis tournaments around the world, with players vying for a $250,000 prize pool.

Melbourne hosted this year’s inaugural event on January 10, before the competition moves to New York on March 5 and Madrid on May 3. Some of the biggest names in tennis were on court this week including Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic. Tomas Berdych won the tournament, taking away $250,000 for victory over Nadal in the final.

Seven’s Summer of Tennis reaches its climax next week with the start of the Australian Open. This summer Seven promised more coverage than ever, again allowing viewers to watch live anywhere, any time, on any device.

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Despite Pacific Star Network reporting it was acquiring all the shares of Crocmedia this week as the two companies merge, the name Crocmedia will live on.

The rapidly expanding business this week announced a five-year deal as the official radio partner of Optus Stadium, in association with other Crocmedia-produced radio shows such as Sportsday across the state. The deal includes a raft of events, premium hospitality and content share opportunities for both businesses.

As part of their AFL broadcast partnership, Crocmedia will call West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers matches from one of its two premium boxes in front of fans.

In separate deals announced this week, both Fox Sports and Nine have successfully bid for rights to the US Masters Golf. Fox Sports continues its relationship with the tournament in a new three-year deal while Nine returns as the FTA broadcaster, winning the rights back from Seven.

Both broadcasters will offer viewers multiscreen coverage while Nine has streaming rights as part of its package.

The new partnerships begin at this year’s tournament at Augusta National Golf Club from April 5-8.

Seven is believed to have lodged a bid, but significantly less than it offered previously. Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner told Mediaweek several times in 2017 that sports rights had reached a ceiling and broadcasters needed to be careful with rights investments.

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Media News Roundup MONDAY


Publishers are bracing for how a change of strategy at Facebook will affect how they build online traffic. Late last week Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced:


We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook. I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.

We started making changes in this direction last year, but it will take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products. The first changes you’ll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups.

As we roll this out, you’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard – it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.

Read Zuckerberg’s post here.

After the Facebook announcement, Digiday reported:

Publishers had plenty of warning the Great Facebook News Feed Purge was coming. That doesn’t make the news any less painful for many.

Publishers with well-established brands independent of Facebook will fare less badly because people will keep sharing those publishers’ content organically, and it’ll get surfaced in people’s feeds that way.

Facebook has long enabled giant audiences, but the connections media brands have to these audiences is flimsy. In the news feed, publisher content sits astride fake news, baby photos, viral memes and all manner of ephemera. It’s hardly the place to build brand loyalty and daily habits.

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The Courts

The Australian music legends behind John Paul Young‘s famed hit “Love is in the Air” – Harry Vanda and the late George Young – are suing an American electro pop duo and France’s national air carrier for allegedly ripping off the song, reports Fairfax Media’s Sarah Danckert.

The case was filed in the Federal Court just days ahead of George Young’s death in late October.

The owners of the copyright of the song, former rich lister Robert Albert‘s Boomerang Investments, Vanda and Young allege in the claim that the song “Warm in the Winter” by Portland, Oregon, hipster band Glass Candy contains similarities to the beloved Aussie disco hit.

Societe Air France, a subsidiary of Air France-KLM SA which operates the airline Air France, is also named as a defendant in the case for its use of the song in a 2015 advertising campaign, France is in the Air.

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Media People

Joe Aston has fired up The AFR’s Rear Window for the new year:

The year of our Lord 2018 is barely in second gear yet already we’ve been treated to another spectacular PR train smash behind whose wheel sits Newgate Communications partner Miche Paterson.


Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle is on leave from Town Hall while QC Ian Freckelton investigates allegations of sexual harassment against him brought by another (now former) councillor Tessa Sullivan.

Doyle had been casting around for PR representation, specifically seeking a woman (or women) to prosecute his campaign for redemption (though the allegations against him remain unproven). The Age has reported that Bastion Reputation Management, co-established by that legendary renaissance man Andrew Demetriou, knocked back the rare and prestigious opportunity. We know of others who did the same.

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Germaine Greer says actor Craig McLachlan “has been punished already” after claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour against him were made earlier this week, reports News Corp.

In an interview this morning with Radio National, Greer was critical of how the Doctor Blake Mysteries star has been treated, and cited the suspension of that series as evidence of his punishment.

“He hasn’t been proved guilty of anything,” she said.

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Dr Tony Wilkins has joined NewsMediaWorks as the executive director for environment. He will be responsible for representing and advising the news media industry on product stewardship and environmental issues, responsibilities and commitments.

Wilkins joins NewsMediaWorks from News Corp, where he has been head of environment since 1990. He is also chair of the NewsMediaWorks Environment Advisory Group, which was established in 2012 to continue the work of the Publishers National Environment Bureau.

According to NewsMediaWorks CEO Peter Miller, “Australia’s newspaper recycling rate is 77%, positioning us as one of the world’s leaders in print media recycling.”

On Wilkins’s appointment, Miller said: “His expertise and experience leading our industry’s approach to the environment have been gained at a time when sustainability has moved to the fore of business responsibility, so Tony is the ideal person for this role and we welcome him warmly.”

Nine News has a new key presenter for its 6pm bulletin in Perth.

Michael Thomson is the new presenter for the primetime bulletin. He will deliver his first news report in the new role on Monday January 22. Thomson has been working in the media industry for nearly 40 years. He started his career in 1980 as a crime reporter on Daily News. In 1987, he joined Nine News as a news reporter before making a move to sport in 1990.

Thomson said: “This is the highlight in a wonderful 30 years at Nine. It’s a privilege to be able to deliver the news at six.”

Nine News director Shaun Menegola said: “Perth knows him as Thommo – we know him as a leader and the ultimate team player.

“Thommo is passionate about news, and in particular about telling people’s stories. He’s a true professional with decades of experience in news and television, and another reason for people to switch on to Nine News, which has been the innovator over the past few years with the introduction of Today Perth News morning bulletins and Nine Live Perth, featuring news and live chats, in the afternoons.”


The countdown to the start of the radio ratings year starts today, with now just six days until survey starts on Sunday January 21. Most major radio breakfast shows are due to start back on Monday January 22.

We reported last week on the first day of the new KIIS 101.1 Melbourne breakfast show Jase and PJ which was out of the blocks a full fortnight before the start of survey.

Among the shows returning today a week before survey starts was the highest ratings metro breakfast show in Australia – 3AW’s Ross and John.

Also in Melbourne, 1116 SEN breakfast fired up for 2018 with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson (pictured). “Why exactly are we here this week?” Watson asked his co-host this morning. “Because the Australian Open starts today,” Lyon replied. The hosts noted they had new promotional photos taken recently which would be used on billboard ads to appear in Melbourne.

One of the most anticipated new programs of 2018 will be the return of Wendy Harmer to a regular breakfast slot as she co-pilots ABC Sydney breakfast with Robbie Buck. That means one of the best summer radio shows, Sydney Breakfast with Josh Zepps, has just one week remaining.

2Day FM breakfast was back with its latest breakfast show with Em, Grant and Ed – Em Rusciano joined byEd Kavalee and Grant Denyer. Despite 2Day breakfast being based in Melbourne last year, Denyer indicated at least he was broadcasting from Sydney. If his co-hosts were in their home city the show was one of two major Sydney breakfast programs broadcasting out of Melbourne. The other was 2GB breakfast with Steve Price today broadcasting from a 3AW studio in Melbourne.

It was in fact one of three breakfast shows broadcasting from 3AW. For the first show back in 2018 for 6PR’s Steve and Baz, Basil Zempilas was working from 3AW while Steve Mills was in the home studio in Perth.

Zempilas is in Melbourne for Seven’s coverage of the Australian Open and he reports to Melbourne Park later in the day as his Perth breakfast show doesn’t end until 11.30am Melbourne time.

Meanwhile Network Ten has announced that Denyer will be one of the co-hosts of The Living Room for the first few weeks of 2018 when it returns on February 9.

The Hit Network has been featuring plenty of ads for its new drive show Hughesy and Kate which starts on January 22.

WA football legend and Perth radio broadcaster Brad Hardie has detailed his shock at suffering a stroke at the age of 55, reports The West Australian’s Simon White.

The 1985 Brownlow medallist was at home watching cricket on January 5, when he realised that something unusual was happening.

He spent last weekend in Sunshine Hospital but by the middle of last week he was back fulfilling his regular morning and afternoon appearances on Radio 6PR.

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We keep seeing the same old faces.

That is one of the most consistent complaints I get from people who say they don’t watch Aussie-made television dramas any more, writes Herald Sun TV writer Colin Vickery.


As far as they are concerned, the same stable of actors is trotted out every time a new drama is announced.

So why is it happening? One reason is that local TV series are now shorter. In the past, the average length of a drama series was about 20 episodes per year.

One of the reasons people are embracing streaming services is that overseas dramas have fresh new faces.

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Sports Media

Aussie Nick Kyrgios, world #23 Daria Gavrilova and 16-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal headline the Australian Open night one lineup on Channel 7, 7mate, 7TWO and the 7TENNIS app.

Kyrgios will face Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva from 6.45pm AEDT.

“Dasha” Gavrilova is second up on court on Rod Laver Arena Monday night as she takes on a qualifier, while earlier on the centre court Rafael Nadal battles Victor Estrella Burgos.

During the day it’s a feast of Aussie tennis talent as Sam Stosur takes on Monica PuigMatt Ebden versus big serving American John Isner, and John Millman battles Croatian Borna Coric.

Seven will offer tennis on all platforms again promising viewers the chance to watch live anywhere, any time, on any device.

In addition to live and exclusive match coverage on FTA TV, fans will be able to watch more tennis than ever via the 7TENNIS app.

Rockpool and Nobu dining experiences for adults, Jedi training and a 60-metre zip line for the children and a 15-day rock music festival. And some tennis as well.

The Australian Open, which starts on Monday in Melbourne, may be the first grand slam tennis tournament of the year, but Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley claims it is “not just a tennis event but an entertainment festival that kicks off the year and is the biggest event around the world in January”, reports The AFR’s John Stensholt.

Sponsorship income for the Australian Open has risen from $35 million to $86m in three years, while broadcast income has surged from $54m to $118m in the same time, thanks to the establishing of an in-house production business that tailors broadcasts for different markets around the world.

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