Tuesday November 13, 2018

GFK Radio Survey 7 Results

Results and Analysis of GFK Radio Survey 7.

By James Manning


• Superstar hosts missing on year’s penultimate survey day
• But AJ and K&J keep 2GB and KIIS #1 in breakfast
• smoothfm new #1 FM station as WSFM ratings tumble
• Ratings up at 2Day and at Triple M Grill Team breakfast
• Drive: Will & Woody surge – but Kate, Tim & Marty still #1


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• 3AW market’s biggest mover with all timeslots powering
• smoothfm win gives Nova Ent FM lock on major markets
• Here comes Christian O’Connell: Gold equal #2, breakfast lifts
• Drive: Hughesy & Kate further ahead at Fox, Kennedy Molloy up


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• Triple M win #1 overall + Marto, Robin and Moonman #1 breakfast
• Drive: Hit’s Hughesy and Kate overhaul Kate, Tim & Marty lead


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• Major moves, but Mix still #1 overall and Fiveaa breakfast leader
• Cruise 1323 hits double figures, out-rates Triple M, Nova and Hit
• Drive: Will & Woody maintain lead ahead of Kate, Tim & Marty


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• Musical chairs continue: Nova again #1, breakfast busts above 15%
• Drive: Kate, Tim & Marty hold top spot, Hughesy & Kate improve


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Discovery down under: 7Food Network most recent deal in busy year

• Aussie content goes global – miners, vets and The Irwins!

Discovery Communications is the parent company of the TV brands operating under that umbrella. Looking after the company is Rebecca Kent, general manager of Discovery in Australia and New Zealand.

Kent originally looked after the Discovery brands on an interim basis in 2017 in addition to holding down her day job in Singapore for the group looking after business transformation. “I was juggling the two roles and splitting my time between Sydney and Singapore,” Kent told Mediaweek. “I moved to Sydney permanently in January this year to take over the new role permanently.”

It’s has been a busy year for the new GM with 7Food Network the latest of deals that has seen a record amount of high-rating Aussie content across the brands.

Kent has been with Discovery for six years after starting in the London office working on business transformation across Europe. “A lot of that worked focused on integrating the newly acquired businesses they had bought at the time – including SBS Nordic and Eurosport. I then moved to the Singapore office to take on an Asian role.”

Kent is an Aussie from Melbourne now spending her first time living in Sydney.

Discovery has 10 brands in the market in Australia. The traditional and more familiar brands are Discovery, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, the female-focused brand TLC, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids and Eurosport.

More recent arrivals since the Scripps acquisition earlier this year are Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel.

The local Discovery office is responsible for the complete operation across Australia and New Zealand – the channels business, the program sales and any new business that may arise.

The latest deal secured under Kent’s leadership was the 7Food Network channel, which launches at the start of December. There will be a handful of Food Network channels in the market with Fetch’s Food Network offering continuing. SBS will also keep its Food channel, but it has lost the rights to the Scripps programming it previously showed. The SBS channel is changing its name to simply SBS Food from this Saturday November 17.

Kent explained the difference between the two Food Network channels they will be supplying – 7Food Network and Fetch’s Food Network: “Fetch will carry a full Food Network channel with all our Food Network content on it. The new 7Food Channel will carry our wonderful international hits like Chopped, Iron Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen combined with some of Seven’s local hits like different versions of MKR, Better Homes & Gardens and so on.”

Some of the programming might be shared on both Food Network channels, but Kent explained it would have different windows, a little like how programs appear on Foxtel and then free-to-air.

Kent called the Discovery channel the group’s “hero channel” in this part of the world. “It is the brand that is nearest and dearest to our hearts.” Viewers have really warmed to some of the local commissions on the channel, which come close to topping the Foxtel ratings when screened.

“We screened season three of Aussie Gold Hunters this year and we are ready with season four for 2019. The series has been a huge success for us locally and it is easily our most successful local franchise and it is the highest-rating local production in the channel’s history.

“What is particularly pleasing is that it is also working really well on our overseas channels. Aussie Gold Hunters screens in around 33 countries and does very well in places like the UK, Italy and Germany. What we are finding because of that is that our international colleagues are looking to us more and more to create Australian programs they can use on their channels.

“We had another series this year which has been a breakout hit for us – Outback Opal Hunters – and we will be doing another season of that next year.”

Aussie Gold Hunters

Electric Pictures makes Aussie Gold Hunters, while Prospero Productions make Outback Opal Hunters. Both production companies are Perth-based.

“We are also looking at what further commissions we could do for next year. We have a couple of ideas in development. The success of these series is helping us create more local productions.

“For an international company like Discovery, it is important that something we commission could travel well into other markets. Our model is making great programs and showing them in other markets.”

One of Discovery’s biggest themed events is Shark Week, which goes to air later in November. “The programs rate well for us every year and Shark Week is a flagship event on the channel. It is one of the best things we are known for. Shark Week for instance is referenced in a lot of pop music lyrics.”

While Discovery is an important brand, so too is Animal Planet which has had some big launches in the past few weeks.

Animal Planet is a truly global channel brand for Discovery and just earlier this month had a complete brand refresh. The channel’s mission is to cover the childhood joy and wonder of animals. Part of the rebrand was taking the Animal Planet logo and turning it into a blue leaping elephant, which plays with the channel’s mission. It also links with the original logo, which also featured an elephant.”

Steve Irwin of course was a big part of Animal Planet and just recently his family has returned in the new series The Irwins.

The Irwins

“Doctor Chris Brown has also done a show for us called Vet Gone Wild,” said Kent.

Both these new series featuring iconic Australians are global commissions, which Kent explained means they have access to a good budget and huge audiences.

Chris Brown visits different countries in his series, while The Irwins is focused on their Australian Zoo and is making Robert Irwin into something of a global star. (Terri and Bindi already are.)

Vet Gone Wild

Kent on highlights on some of the other brands:

Discovery Science: “Space Month, which was a huge ratings success for us.”

Discovery Turbo: “A very successful channel targeted at motor heads and there are a lot more of them in Australia than you might think. It looks at things like restoration, building amazing vehicles – cars and motorbikes.”

TLC: Kent said it carries some of her favourite programming. “It is a real life entertainment channel for women that gives viewers a window into other peoples’ lives.”

Fetch carried these three Scripps brands:

HGTV: The US home and lifestyle channel.

Travel Channel: This channel delivers compelling content 24/7 for people who have a passion for travel and are curious about the world’s prettiest places.

Food Network: Two will continue to be available in Australia (see above).

The linear TV business is still very strong for Discovery.

Kent: “We are always looking for growth opportunities. It is hard to say what that might be because the media landscape is changing so rapidly in Australia. Wherever there is change there is opportunity.

Kent said Discovery will continue to look at opportunities to exploit the Scripps Network content too as best it can.

Top Photo: Rebecca Kent

The New Daily celebrates audience growth on fifth anniversary

Website publisher corrects reports that ad revenue has collapsed.

Online news site The New Daily, originally launched by industry super fund boss Garry Weaven and former Age and Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie, turns five this week with a monthly unique audience of more than two million and close to 500,000 daily subscribers.

The founders have highlighted the climb up the Nielsen news site rankings – from outside the top 200 at launch to inside the top 20 for most of this year – claiming it is a significant slap in the face to early critics and sceptics who said it would never last.

“We never took much notice of them [critics] to be honest,” said Guthrie, on the eve of the site’s fifth birthday celebrations. “We just put our heads down and kept working hard. The results speak for themselves.”

The fifth birthday comes as The New Daily publisher Paul Hamra challenges a recent report that the site’s ad revenue has collapsed. (See below.)

Owned by Industry Super Holdings, which is made up of 29 industry super funds, The New Daily was created for fund members – and non-members – to provide a free news service in an age of news paywalls and increasing media concentration. One of its primary goals was to improve the financial literacy of readers.

“Incredibly, we are often the only news site in the Nielsen top 20 that’s been launched this century,” Guthrie said, adding, “In that sense, legacy media still dominates the landscape, but we are now firmly part of the conversation.”

The site’s funding model sees it supported by ISH and advertising. The actual publishing of the site and its newsletters is done by Motion Publishing, whose directors are Guthrie, Crikey publisher Eric Beecher, and longtime Adelaide publishing identity Paul Hamra.

Motion Publishing recently won a contract extension which Hamra, managing director since launch, said was an important endorsement of both the site’s achievements and its future.

In its five years the news site has grown to an audience of 2.3 million monthly users, according to Google Analytics. Nielsen has had The New Daily in its top 20 news websites in Australia for most of 2018.

“We were coming from an absolute standing start,” said Hamra of the November 13, 2013 launch. “Unlike most of our competitors we didn’t have decades of print or TV audiences following us into digital.”

The site now publishes the work of more than 30 editors and journalists, including Guthrie, Quentin Dempster, Michael Pascoe, Kirstie Clements, Kate Halfpenny, Tim Fergusson, Paul Bongiorno, Francis Leach and Paula Matthewson. Ex-News Canberra correspondent, Samantha Maiden, recently started contributing to the site too.

Former Sunraysia Daily editor Patrick Elligett has been editor since November last year. He replaced longtime editor Thomas Hunter who, in turn, replaced founding editor Daniel Sankey, who now runs The Australian’s online site.

Publisher Hamra recently wrote to Fairfax Media challenging a recent feature. The letter said in part:

An article published by The Sydney Morning Herald last Friday (2/11/18) significantly misrepresented the performance of The New Daily (TND). It reported that revenues had collapsed and costs were slashed. In fact, the opposite is true.

Here are the facts: TND’s adverting revenue for the last financial year was $1.224 million, up 15% on the previous year’s figure. Because of the change in accounting methods, all but 15% of this revenue was applied directly to the expenses column. This is why costs in 2018 are shown to have fallen by almost $900,000 against the previous year. It wasn’t because they were “slashed”; in fact, costs went up because our owners increased their investment in journalism.

News Corp celebrates expansion of its most delicious. destination

News Corp Australia’s premium food and lifestyle media brand delicious. last night unveiled a new delicious.com.au and launched the brand’s travel content destination delicious. Travel at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

News Corp Australia’s director of lifestyle Fiona Nilsson and delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum were joined by newly appointed delicious. Travel editor-at-large George Calombaris and some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and food and lifestyle industry leaders.

In addition to Calombaris and some of the celebrity chef contributors, guests at the delicious. event included: Samantha Jones, editor of delicious.; Hayley Incoll, creative director of delicious.; Phoebe Wood, food director of delicious.; Lou Barrett, managing director, national sales; Kathy Lipari, executive editor News360; Gemma Battenbough, GM digital development, News DNA; Sarah Baskerville, general manager Newsamp Vic; Paul Blackburn, GM key accounts, network sales and Danny Lavelle, GM consortium agency, network sales.

Matt Moran and Guillaume Brahimi

Fiona Nilsson told guests: “delicious. has been completely refreshed with key functionality updates to better service the needs of the sites growing audience and improve both the customer experience and the available advertiser product suite. New features include a clean and contemporary design to hero lifestyle content alongside recipes; improved search, navigation and filtering to enhance overall user experience; new commercial opportunities across branded content and News Native Networks; and restaurant booking functionality in partnership with Dimmi.”

George Calombaris has been appointed delicious. Travel editor-at-large with a new monthly column that will round up the best spots to visit in his destination of the moment. delicious. Travel will also be powered by a strong group of food-travel expert contributors including Andrew McConnell, Christine Manfield, Colin Fassnidge, Hayden Quinn, Madeleine West, Matt Preston and Rick Stein.

Matt Preston

Helloworld Travel has signed on as the platinum launch partner of delicious. Travel.

Kerrie McCallum said: “Food influences where we go, how we get there, what we spend and how much fun we have. The delicious. audience has long been adventurous and affluent, seeking out new experiences, tastes, people and cultural experiences. With our new travel offering we are perfectly positioned as a platform to cater to the travel boom in a credible and broad-reaching way.

“We’re so pleased to have the travel professionals, Helloworld Travel, on board as our launch partner giving our readers even more opportunities to discover the most delicious destinations and experiences.”

Kerrie McCallum and Fiona Nilsson

Features of the new delicious. Travel content include:

• Travel experts’ one-of-a-kind lists and secret foodie city guides
• The newest and best in everything from news to airline services to hotels, epic adventures, scenic road trips, short escapes and luxury cruises
• Deals and inspiration from where you’d rather be across all @deliciousaus social.

As part of the new site enhancements the delicious. Eat Out vertical has partnered with leading restaurant reservations site Dimmi to bring restaurant booking functionality to delicious.com.au. Now live, all Dimmi partner restaurants can be easily booked any time and any day directly from reviews and listings within delicious. Eat Out.

In line with the website refresh Studio delicious., the brand’s editorially driven lifestyle video content, will launch a range of new programming including:

• delicious. Hot Spots – quick snapshots of new or must-visit food destinations
• What is this? –animated graphic videos explaining differences between ingredients
• delicious. Test Drives – the delicious. team will test drive new products
• Meet your Maker – exploring how an artisan, a distiller or a baker creates a unique or interesting artisanal product
• Master Class – how-tos from engaging experts
• Nilsson pointed out delicious. is Australia’s #1 premium food and lifestyle media brand, reaching over 2 million people.
• delicious.com.au has a unique audience of 833,000.

Top Photo: Kerrie McCallum and George Calombaris

Turner’s Planet 1UP moves from YouTube to Cartoon Network

Planet 1UP is an online gaming, pranks, challenges, reviews show with daily content posted on YouTube as well as a supercut episode each week on Cartoon Network and Boomerang as part of Turner Australia’s Mega Awesome Wow brand.

By Trent Thomas

Recently, Cartoon Network decided to double down on its investment in Planet 1UP by having custom content woven into its programming.

The episodes will feature Nate Bramleyas the host of the show, And we’ll be using co-hosts such as Laura Gilbert who has built a strong social media following.

General Manager for Turner Australia Robi Stanton says that moving into YouTube is key to maximising their brand’s reach.

“There’s no denying that YouTube is an important way for people to discover new video content – and we need to maintain a presence on it to maximise our reach outside of the TV ecosystem. It’s also a great way for us to engage with our audience and fans.”

The concept of “total consumption” is already present in Turner’s strategy, according to Stanton.

“We talk about ‘total consumption’ a lot at Turner. What that means is that if you love a show like We Bare Bears, you perhaps saw a clip on YouTube. You’ll watch full episodes on the Cartoon Network channel or through our Watch and Play app, play a game, buy branded products and so on. A really hardcore fan might even share fan art on social media and visit a Cartoon Network theme park.”

While the way that Cartoon Network is promoting Planet 1UP is breaking new ground for the company, Stanton says that YouTube isn’t unexplored territory.

“Cartoon Network in Australia has been working with YouTube influencers like Wengie, Georgia Productions and CKN Toys for some time – and we understand the value that they can provide. They are also true fans of our content.

“With Mega Awesome Wow channels, Turner can create engaging, local content for Australian kids and offer our advertising clients new avenues on digital platforms with a trusted partner.”

Host Nate Bramley has been with the show since its first episode and seen it develop to this latest endeavour. Bramley spoke to Mediaweek about how he got to this point:

“I was a high school science teacher who was also obsessed with gaming. I had a friend working on a social project that I volunteered to help with. I came across the opportunity to host Planet 1UP and the rest, as they say, is history. We have been exclusively working on YouTube, Twitch and other mediums and we’re now excited to bring it to TV.”

While Bramley will be a solo host, he will be joined by co-hosts such as Laura Gilbert. She has earned a reputation for excelling at cosplay, which Bramley says is one of the many good changes happening at Planet 1UP.

“I’m excited to have a co-host. We have a great chemistry and banter. We are both teachers so we think in a similar way.”

Obviously, bringing the Planet 1UP hosts onto a Cartoon Network property was a big decision as it broke away from the traditional content strategy of the channel. Stanton explains the reasoning for the decision:

Planet 1UP is devoted to all things fun and funny. We already know that kids love the hosts Nate and Laura. Now an even wider group can laugh along with them on Cartoon Network.

Planet 1UP has evolved to be more than gaming. We’ve created hilarious and memorable content, following online trends and working with influencers. Our aim is to create content that reflects what kids are talking about in the playground.”

Stanton also expresses how Cartoon network has always tried to stay at the forefront of innovative content as it can deliver more localised content.

“YouTube, along with other social media platforms, allows us to add local flavour to our content.

“In terms of launch dates, Cartoon Network Australia has had a presence on YouTube since 2012 and we’ve racked up almost half-a-billion views. Planet 1UP has been gathering pace since its official launch in early 2018 and video views continue to grow.

“Our channels across all social media have developed significantly since we launched them and we will continue to test new ideas, refine, develop, respond to trends and listen to what our fans want.

“Cartoon Network is known for its many digital firsts. For example, it was the first kids network to launch a website and stream cartoons on the web. It also regularly experiments with new technologies like VR, AR and audio recognition.”

In regards to future content integration on Turner platforms in Australia, Stanton says there are encouraging signs, and continued success from Planet 1UP will only encourage future projects of its ilk.

“Turner Australia recently conducted some research that looked into effectiveness metrics such as ad likeability, brand recall and purchase intent within TV, short-form video platforms and website environments.

“We found that purchase intent by kids 4-14 increased when an ad was shown on TV only, compared to YouTube only, but further increased when seen on both TV and YouTube. So there are definitely plenty of opportunities for us to further connect campaigns across both TV and digital destinations.”

Planet 1UP will be debuting on Cartoon Network in early 2019.

Stan Lee Passes Away Aged 95

Stan Lee, co-creator of numerous superhero characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four, passed away Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 95, according to TMZ.

Lee was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he later died. The cause of death has not been released at the time of writing.

Marvel and Disney released a statement honouring the memory of Lee:

Today, Marvel Comics and The Walt Disney Company pause and reflect with great sadness on the passing of Marvel Chairman Emeritus, Stan Lee. With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honor and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

Stanley Martin Lieber, a.k.a. Stan Lee, loved the written word from an early age, and wanted to craft stories like those in his favorite books and films, which he consumed voraciously. From a simple upbringing in the teeming landscape of Manhattan, young Stanley worked his way through a succession of jobs until the day he found himself an assistant at a comic book publishing company — Timely Comics.

In between refilling artists’ inkwells, erasing pencil lines from comic pages and fetching an untold number of lunches, Stanley expressed his desire to write and create tales of his own; in the May 1941 issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #3, he got his wish. Readers would find a prose story in that issue, “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,” sporting the byline of “Stan Lee.” A star was born.

As Stan’s roles and tenure with Timely Comics grew and evolved, so did the company itself. With Stan at its helm, Timely Comics morphed first into Atlas Comics and then into the name that would catapult it into legend and forever be synonymous with Stan Lee: Marvel Comics.

As Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, Stan “The Man” Lee made his voice the voice of the stories themselves. Writing virtually every Marvel title and working with such luminaries as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Gene Colan and John Romita, Stan began building a universe of interlocking continuity, one where fans felt as if they could turn a street corner and run into a Super Hero. A rich collection of characters grew out of his nonstop plotting sessions with his artists, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, and more. Today, it would be almost impossible to find a corner of the Marvel Universe that Stan didn’t have a hand in.

Marvel fans found a friend in Stan Lee. He introduced the famous “Stan’s Soapbox” to speak directly to his readers, reaching a personal level rarely seen in comics of the day. Always pushing for new ways of creating comics, Stan also inaugurated the “Marvel method” of plotting and art, creating some of the most iconic stories in the industry to this day.

When something mattered to Stan, you felt it in his words, whether in an editorial or in the stories themselves. With passion for the medium, he helped refine and reform the Comics Code Authority and addressed hot-button issues like discrimination, drugs, and intolerance.

Stan stepped up from his position as Editor-in-Chief in 1972 to tackle the role of Publisher at Marvel Comics, and while a strong succession of writers followed in his wake, his spirit and voice remained throughout the adventures that followed. His outspoken love for comics even extended to a series of college campus talks; given any chance to educate and illuminate on the industry, he took it. An entire generation of young readers expanded and strengthened their vocabulary and knowledge through Stan’s stories.

Marvel and the entire The Walt Disney Company salute the life and career of Stan Lee and offer their undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within their halls. Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there.

Top Photo: Stan Lee Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

Box Office: Bohemian Rhapsody still rocking theatres

• Music dominates Australian cinemas with Queen and Lady Gaga tops

By Trent Thomas

Bohemian Rhapsody declined only 9% in its second week in theatres as it continues to dominate the Australian box office earning more than double any other film.

Despite its success, its total still significantly lags behind A Star is Born, which is proving to be quite the juggernaut staying in the top two after four weeks and now with a total of $24.02m.

Despite the two music-themed hits providing plenty of revenue the overall box office has continued its downward slide this weekend with a 10% reduction on the previous week bringing home $13.20m.

The new top 5 entries this week are The Girl in the Spider’s Web and Thugs of Hindostan, which replace Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween (3 weeks, $3.62m) and Hunter Killer (2 weeks, $976,809).

The most notable performance outside the top five this week was the debut of Boy Erased, starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe and directed by Aussie Joel Edgerton, who also co-wrote and appears in a major role. It garnered $395,714 in its first week.

#1 Bohemian Rhapsody $6.20m


The biopic of British rock band Queen has continued the strong momentum from its opening weekend, once again cracking the six million dollar mark. With the same number of screens as last week (497) it produced an average of $12,481 per screen, retaining top spot.

#2 A Star is Born $2.67m


In its fourth week in cinemas Australian audiences are yet to develop fatigue with the musical romantic drama. Cracking the 20 million mark last week it kept adding to its massive total as it produced an average of $7,799 per screen.

#3 The Girl in The Spider’s Web $778,753


A sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this soft re-boot of the Millennium series starring Claire Foy (taking over from Rooney Mara) debuted with an average of $2,480 across 314 screens.

#4 Halloween $563,274


Ironically surviving the end of Halloween season, the sequel to the 1978 slasher film has stayed alive in the top 5 after three weeks in theatres producing an overall total of $6.15m.

#5 Thugs of Hindostan $506,358


The Indian Hindi-language epic action-adventure film was the only non-English speaking film in the top 5 this week as it produced an average of $7,132 across 71 screens giving it the third highest average from the weekend.

TV Ratings Analysis: November 12

• Australian Story, Four Corners push ABC to best Monday share
• ABC #1 in Sydney and Melbourne, Seven wins other markets
• Best of the rest: Marty Sheargold helps HYBPA? add 100,000
• Bride & Prejudice #1 commercial at 7.30, Secret Life launches

By James Manning


Seven had the biggest network primary and combined channel shares last night, but it faced a different challenger in the shape of ABC, which out-rated it in primary share in Sydney and Melbourne.

Home And Away started the week on 676,000 after a week 45 average of 569,000.

Bride & Prejudice did 668,000 last night after 629,000 on Monday last week.

The channel’s new US comedy-drama God Friended Me did 465,000 after 528,000 last week.


A Current Affair started its week on 721,000 after a week 45 average of 677,000.

Family Food Fight’s first episode for the week did 384,000 after 398,000 a week ago.

The 2016 movie Bridget Jones’s Baby then did 220,000.


The Project started its Monday to Friday run on 433,000 after an average of 432,000 last week.

The premiere of Screentime’s The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds did 560,000 – a big improvement on what Blind Date did in the slot a week ago – 320,000.

The penultimate episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? for the year did some heavy lifting again. Taking the 10 Monday audience to 724,000, up exactly 100,000 on last week. Special guests included Marty Sheargold – a coincidence?


The channel had its biggest Monday primary share of the year and managed to rank #1 in Sydney and Melbourne. Across the national audience, ABC had three of the top six Monday programs.

Australian Story had 732,000 viewers, which is not far below its recent best of 767,000 a fortnight ago.

The much-anticipated Four Corners looking at the departure of Michelle Guthrie and Justine Milne may have been a bit too much navel gazing, but there were plenty of people interested. The program was on 719,000, which is the second episode over 700,000 in three weeks. Just a month ago the show was just over 400,000.

Media Watch then did 661,000, up from 518,000 the week prior.

Q&A was then on 392,000, well short of the 658,000 watching Malcolm Turnbull last Thursday, but up on the 289,000 watching the program a week ago.

Week 46 TV: Monday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 17.6% 7 19.2% 9 15.2% 10  12.8% SBS One 4.9%
ABC 2 2.3% 7TWO 4.2% GO! 3.9% 10 Peach 3.4% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 0.4% 7mate 4.9% GEM 2.7% 10 Boss 1.7% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 1.5% 9Life 1.8%     NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 21.6%   29.8%   23.7%   17.9%   7.0%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 15.9% 7 18.8% 9 12.0% WIN 11.9% SBS One 4.0%
ABC 2 2.3% 7TWO 4.5% GO! 5.3% ONE 4.1% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 1.3% 7mate 6.2% GEM 4.6% ELEVEN 1.6% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 0.9% 9Life 1.8% Sky News  on WIN 1.0% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 21.1%   30.4%   23.7%   18.6%   6.0%


86.9% 13.1%


Monday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 1,013,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 994,000
  3. Nine News Nine 918,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 890,000
  5. Australian Story ABC 732,000
  6. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 724,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 721,000
  8. Four Corners ABC 719,000
  9. ABC News ABC 697,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 676,000
  11. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 668,000
  12. 7.30 ABC 665,000
  13. Media Watch-Le ABC 661,000
  14. The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds 10 560,000
  15. The Chase Australia Seven 539,000
  16. Hot Seat Nine 485,000
  17. God Friended Me Seven 465,000
  18. The Project 7pm 10 433,000
  19. Q&A-Le ABC 392,000
  20. 10 News First 10 387,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 218,000
  2. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 175,000
  3. The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds 10 155,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 121,000
  5. Home And Away Seven 120,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 370,000
  2. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 286,000
  3. The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds 10 273,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 225,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 221,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? 10 401,000
  2. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 309,000
  3. The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds 10 293,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 287,000
  5. Nine News Nine 284,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. M- Transporter 2 PM 7mate 193,000
  2. The Big Bang Theory   Tx3 9GO! 190,000
  3. The Big Bang Theory   Tx2 9GO! 178,000
  4. Doc Martin PM 7TWO 176,000
  5. The Big Bang Theory   Tx1 9GO! 168,000
  6. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 164,000
  7. Waffle The Wonder Dog PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  8. Go Jetters PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 159,000
  9. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  10. Wanda And The Alien PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  11. New Tricks   9Gem 153,000
  12. Thomas And Friends PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  13. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  14. Neighbours 10 Peach 149,000
  15. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  16. Luo Bao Bei ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  17. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  18. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 146,000
  19. Becca’s Bunch PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  20. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
Monday Subscription TV
  1. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 69,000
  2. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 60,000
  3. Live: Motorsport: F1: Brazil Race FOX SPORTS 506 57,000
  4. Outlander showcase 57,000
  5. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 47,000
  6. Sharri Sky News Live 46,000
  7. Credlin Sky News Live 45,000
  8. The Walking Dead showcase 45,000
  9. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 45,000
  10. Top Wing Nick Jr. 44,000
  11. Castle Rock showcase 44,000
  12. Play Along With Sam Nick Jr. 43,000
  13. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 42,000
  14. The Walking Dead showcase 42,000
  15. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TVH!TS 42,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 42,000
  17. NCIS TVH!TS 42,000
  18. The Simpsons FOX8 40,000
  19. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 40,000
  20. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 39,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Essential Media Group appoints head of commercial partnerships

Essential Media Group has appointed Lauren Peacock (pictured) head of commercial partnerships.

Peacock joins Essential Media Group from Seven Network Australia where she was brands partnerships manager responsible for sponsors and partners for the multiaward-winning TV format Better Homes & Gardens.

Prior to this, Peacock was commercial partnerships manager of production at Endemol Shine Australia.

Her career also includes roles at Australian marketing and advertising agency Carat as well as leisure firm Event Hospitality & Entertainment.

At Essential Media Group, Peacock is tasked with securing and managing the commercial partnerships across Essential Media Group’s growing production slate. She will report directly to Essential Media Group’s new general manager Brendan Dahill.

“We are delighted to welcome Lauren to the Essential Media Group. Lauren has an exceptional track record of overseeing major companies’ commercial activities and we know she will do a fantastic job here at Essential,” said Dahill.

“I am delighted to be joining the Essential Media Group at such an exciting time and I am looking forward to helping this renowned company continue to grow its reputation worldwide,” said Peacock.

Peacock’s arrival coincides with Essential Media Group’s recent commission of a third series of the adventure science series Body Hack by Network 10.

News Brands

Michelle Guthrie and Justin Milne detail relationship breakdown

Speaking publicly for the first time since she was sacked from the ABC, former managing director Michelle Guthrie has detailed explosive allegations about her relationship breakdown with the board and the former chair, Justin Milne, report ABC’s Sarah Ferguson and Patricia Drum.

In the Four Corners investigation, Guthrie and Milne made claims and counterclaims about alleged political interference and pressure to fire journalists at the national broadcaster.

Guthrie was sacked from the ABC in late September and just days later Milne resigned in the face of allegations of political interference.

Guthrie alleged that Milne touched her inappropriately, rubbing her back, while they were at a board dinner at Sydney restaurant Billy Kwong in November 2017. Milne categorically denies the claim.

“Inappropriate touching is the best description of it,” Guthrie said.

“I felt icky. It was inappropriate. It was unprofessional and inappropriate.

“It didn’t have an effect on my professional relationship with him, but it was certainly in [my] mind that in social settings… I tried to avoid putting myself into situations where that might recur.”

Milne insists the incident never happened.

The bitter feud is not over. Guthrie is suing the ABC and Milne and has pointed out to Four Corners one possible outcome of her legal action is reinstatement as managing director and a return to the ABC.

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ABC is better off without Justin Milne and Michelle Guthrie

The Australian’s Stephen Brook on the Four Corners report:

Thanks, Aunty. Although we often given you a (deserved) hammering, Four Corners turned its cameras inward on the ABC to deliver a measured and compelling report on the astonishing management disembowelling that resulting in the sacking of the managing director in late September and the chairman falling on his own bloody sword three days later.

Journalistic navel gazing can be a tough gig but this effort would have had viewers unfamiliar with the September bloodletting asking, “What the heck are we paying these people for?”

In seeking to put their cases to the viewers, neither former managing director Michelle Guthrie (sacked) nor former chairman Justin Milne (resigned) convinced the audience.

The inescapable conclusion: Aunty is better off without both.

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Nielsen news publisher rankings: News, Nine & ABC again top 3

Nielsen has released the size of audiences visiting online news brands for the month of October, as measured by Nielsen Digital Content Ratings.

October 29 was the peak day of the month for Australians spending time consuming news content online, up 15% compared to the average days that month. This aligns with the Lion Air plane crash that took place in Jakarta the same day.

For yet another consecutive month, news.com.au was ranked number one in terms of highest unique audience (9.8 million) according to Nielsen Digital Content Ratings monthly tagged data for October 2018. This was followed by nine.com.au (8.5 million) and then ABC News Websites (7.9 million). Fourth place was smh.com.au (7.4 million).

The Fairfax websites again being measured, both smh.com.au (#4) and theage.com.au (#9), have returned to the top 10. Also making its way into the top 10 is a combined audience figure for the Fairfax Regional Network.

The return of Fairfax means three brands lose a spot in the top 10. This month they were the Herald Sun, APN Australian Regional Media and The Australian.

The top 10 leaders posted audience growth month-on-month. News.com.au grew from 9.43m to 9.80m, while nine.com.au grew from 8.35m to 8.49m.

Katharine Viner: ‘The Guardian’s funding model is working. It’s inspiring’

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief has reflected on the state of media today and explains how the support of one million readers has enabled the publisher to report and investigate the most important stories of our time:

Three and a half years ago, when I took over as editor-in-chief, we were faced with the urgent challenge of how to make the Guardian sustainable.

The situation looked bleak across the media. Print advertising was in steep decline, and digital advertising growth was going almost entirely to Google and Facebook. News organisations everywhere were searching for answers to the challenge that they were being read more than ever before but with fewer ways to cover costs. Month by month, more and more news outlets went behind a paywall.

We realised we had to find a new way to fund Guardian journalism. The obvious answer was to go to you, our readers. At that time we had 150 million, and you have always had a special relationship with the Guardian, valuing our editorial independence, our commitment to investigative reporting, and our progressive viewpoint rooted in the facts.

To be able to announce today that we have received financial support from more than 1 million readers around the world in the last three years is such a significant step. This model of being funded by our readers – through voluntary contributions, subscriptions to the Guardian, the Observer and Guardian Weekly, membership or as part of our patrons program – is working.

This means that within just three years, the Guardian is on a path to being sustainable. We hope to break even by April 2019. It has not been easy and we still have a long way to go – we need you to continue to support us financially, and we need more of our readers to take that step if they can.

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Daily Mail owners reportedly interested in buying UK’s i newspaper

The owners of the Daily Mail could buy the i newspaper from Johnston Press, the debt-laden UK newspaper group that is struggling to avoid being broken up, reports the Guardian.

The publication is seen as the crown jewel of Johnston, which put itself up for sale last month and also owns the Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post, in addition to hundreds of local newspapers.

Potential bidders were given up to six weeks to confirm their interest, meaning interested parties will soon have to firm up their offers, with Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) among those looking at buying the outlet, reports Sky News.

The i was founded in 2010 as a cut-down version of the Independent aimed at commuters, before being sold to Johnston Press in early 2016 for £24m when the Independent went online-only.

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Star broadcaster unwell: Alan Jones misses breakfast duty at 2GB

Star presenter Alan Jones missed his 2GB radio breakfast show Monday morning, due to ill health, reports The Australian’s Lilli Vitorovich.

2GB radio host Chris Smith filled in for the popular shock jock this morning, and kicked off the three-and-a-half-hour show by telling listeners that Jones was not feel well and resting.

“Yes, good morning, welcome to the program. This is Chris Smith. The main man is off today as you can tell – he’s not feeling too well. So the doctor has ordered he rest up, and hopefully we’ll have him back as soon as possible,” said Smith, who hosts his own radio show from 12pm to 3pm.

Macquarie Media chief executive Adam Lang also cited ill health for Jones’s absence.

“Unfortunately, Alan is unwell at the moment and we hope that he has a swift recovery,” Lang told The Australian in an email.

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Smith explained Tuesday morning that Jones was in hospital with severe back pain.

Also missing from his radio show today was Kyle Sandilands. With no fill-in program from Jackie and Beau, KIIS 106.5 had a Best Of program.


Strategy: New York magazine’s sites are going behind a paywall

New York Media, the parent company of New York magazine, will become the latest publisher to institute a paywall when it starts charging for access to its websites, reports The New York Times.

Under its longtime editor, Adam Moss, New York was a pioneer breaking its various areas of coverage into separate websites known as verticals. Its related online offerings are composed of the flagship NYMag.com, The Cut (fashion), Grub Street (food), Intelligencer (politics), The Strategist (shopping) and Vulture (pop culture).

The move to a metered paywall has been in the works for a year, said Pamela Wasserstein, the daughter of the late New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein and the company’s chief executive since 2016.

New York Media is now joining other publishing companies or individual publications that have recently added paywalls, including Bloomberg Media, The Atlantic and the Condé Nast magazines Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Wired.

Subscriptions for the New York Media sites will cost US$5 a month or $50 annually. For $70 a year, the company will include a subscription to New York magazine, the onetime weekly that started publishing every other week in 2014.

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TV Demand Charts

Witches & zombies: Sabrina and The Walking Dead top the charts

As season nine of The Walking Dead reaches a climax, the series has returned to the top of the Overall TV Shows charts in Australia and New Zealand.

Although The Walking Dead has been a fixture in the top 10 since July this year, it last topped the Overall TV chart in May this year after the finale of season eight. New to the Overall TV Top 10 this week in both markets is The Big Bang Theory as it broadcasts its final season.

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina remains at the top of the Digital Originals charts in both countries. The return of the Netflix iconic series House Of Cards for its final season couldn’t unseat the teenage witch, but it did rechart at #2 in both markets.

Another significant arrival in the top 10 this week, but only in Australia, was Julia Roberts’s first TV series, Amazon Prime’s Homecoming.

Sports Media

How and when to watch golf superstars at 2018 Australian Open

Fresh from winning a US Tour event in Mexico overnight, Matt Kuchar will lead a star-studded Australian Open field vying for the Stonehaven Cup at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney on Thursday.

Defending champion and young Aussie superstar Cameron Davis will return in a bid to be the first person since Peter Lonard in 2004 to win back-to-back.

Former winners Greg Chalmers, Robert Allenby and crowd favourite Craig Parry are set to light up the fairways, alongside a host of Aussie stars including Rod Pampling and John Senden.

US PGA Tour winners Brandt Snedeker, Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele will form a powerful international contingent alongside Kuchar.

The Australian Open is also a chance for players to secure a place in golf’s international championships, the British Open. The leading three players, who finish in the top 10 and ties who are not already exempt, will qualify for the 2019 British Open.

Seven’s golf coverage will be streamed live on 7plus, giving Australians access anywhere, any time on any device to the Australian Open and Australian PGA.

In addition to live streaming on 7plus, 7Sport will be following the action throughout the day @7Golf and @7Sport on Facebook and Twitter.

The Australian Open TV coverage will be hosted by Jason Richardson and Alison Whitaker. Pat Welsh, Wayne Grady, Grant Dodd, Ewan Porter and Alison Whitaker will commentate the action. Bree Laughlin will report on all the colour from around the course.

TV Broadcast times:

Thursday November 15-Sunday November 18

Australian Open Golf – Days 1-4

Sydney 12pm live on Channel 7 and 7plus
Melbourne 12pm live on Channel 7 and 7plus
Brisbane 11am live on Channel 7 and 7plus
Adelaide 11.30am live on Channel 7 and 7plus
Perth 9am live on Channel 7 and 7plus

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