Friday November 16, 2018

Mediaweek Industry Awards

Welcome to the first Mediaweek Industry Awards that give our readers a voice to celebrate the best of the year. The Mediaweek team has selected nominations in some categories, while readers can vote for anything eligible in other categories. 

Our nominations have tended to go for major productions or companies. The nominations in the various categories aren’t exhaustive and there are some omissions.

In radio we have stayed with commercial radio’s highest rating shows because that is our focus at Mediaweek. We don’t completely ignore ABC radio, but it is not our speciality.

In TV, ABC programs are eligible because many of them are made by outside companies, whereas ABC Radio is largely an internal operation.

We started rather late planning this year. Next year we anticipate there could be more categories depending on reader feedback.

Vote here.

Podcast Week: Fashionism, Allergies, All the President’s Lawyers, The Teacher’s Pet + Wilosophy

Radically homosexual, radically feminist, radically tattooed: That description should make a few people take notice and that is how new PodcastOne contributors Christian Wilkins and Andy Kelly describe their Radical Fashionism podcast.

By James Manning

“Fabulous weirdos”: Christian Wilkins and Andy Kelly on Radical Fashionism

Wilkins is no stranger to the media and is the son on Nine music guru Richard Wilkins. He was one of the cast on the SBS series Filthy Rich And Homeless recently.

Wilkins and Kelly met each other as all good millennials do, according to Kelly: “Over an app on their phone – Instagram,” he explained to Mediaweek. “That is how our generation has chosen to have meaningful interaction. It was a great way to start a wonderful friendship.”

Wilkins chimed in: “Instagram is a lot more than just pictures these days.” He added the two first met 19 months ago and Kelly said the podcast was the culmination of two ideas.

Kelly: “A friend had been suggesting to me I do a podcast and I was like, ‘blah’.

“Christian and I then became such good friends and we had such good chemistry I started thinking we should make a podcast. It was around the time of the same-sex marriage plebiscite and we were getting many young LGBT kids reaching out to us. They found us on social media and they were reaching out as they were having such a tough time.

We wanted a way of reaching people without having to talk to every single one of them. We wanted to literally share our friendship circle, which is so supportive and empowering to us.

Wilkins said the podcast focuses on fashion. “We call it a social issues podcast in the conversation of fashion. Fashion is very important for us and when you talk to people that are really into fashion it is about so much more tha

n aesthetics. It is important to people’s lives and it reflects society.”

Kelly: “We found fashion as a way that could relate to other social issues and it is something everybody has a grasp of. It is a very inclusive topic and it means no one would ever be left behind.”

The friends explained fashion helped them focus their ideas after they had tried various approaches to podcasting. Kelly: “Everybody at some point in their day gives a shit about fashion.”

Mainstream media covers fashion but, according to Kelly, that coverage is largely negative. “We set out to make something that is only positive. We are not telling you what is right, what is wrong or what is cool or not cool.”

Wilkins: “We agreed when doing the podcast the only people we would talk about negatively are each other.” [Laughs]

Wilkins said the podcast has been live for a week and there will be a new episode every week until Christmas.

The reception so far has been good, said Wilkins. “We have had really fantastic feedback from people who matter to us.

“I describe us as fabulous weirdos because that is who we are and who we want to connect with.”

Kelly: “The initial reaction has been so much better than I thought it was going to be. The day it was released I was worried it was such a mistake and it was just garbage, but there has been so much positivity around it. People are enjoying it and it has been heartwarming to learn Christian and I aren’t the only two idiots out there talking about this. There are lots of idiots!”

In the first season Wilkins and Kelly speak with Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures on the relationship between fashion and feminism, Boy George on coming out of the closet, Kit Willow on sustainable style, former editor of Harper’s Bazaar Kellie Hush on the plight of the magazine industry, plus other fashion industry icons.

Listen to Radical Fashionism here.

New series offers insights into allergies and food intolerance
• Leading Australian professors Katie Allen and Mimi Tang release new Allergies podcast series

In a new PodcastOne original series, Allergies, professors Mimi Tang and Katie Allen from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute provide insights into allergies and food intolerance.

The nine-part release explores why allergies and food intolerance occur, the physical response in the body, diagnosis, management and prevention.

Allergy affects approximately 10% of all babies born in Australia, with hospital admissions for food allergy-related illness doubling in the last decade.

“Allergies are incredibly common but, for parents and sufferers, they can be quite confronting,” said Tang.

In their roles at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Tang and Allen meet with thousands of concerned parents each year, seeking advice and intervention for distressing and often debilitating allergies and food intolerance in children.

“People struggle with the perplexing and often inaccurate information that’s out there, so we have created Allergies with PodcastOne to separate fact from fiction to hopefully alleviate some stress and create a healthier community overall,” said Allen.

The nine-part series looks at:

• What an allergy is
• Anaphylaxis and its diagnosis
• Managing allergies and food intolerance in the community
• Prevention and travelling with allergies
• Emerging research and potential cures
• Gut allergies and delayed reactions
• Intolerances and gut health
• Are food allergies on the rise?
• Asthma, eczema and hay fever

Listen to Allergies here.

Podcasts channel the pre-Trump era of US political scandals

I thought I had no room left for another Donald Trump-focused podcast. My slate was already full with Pod Save America, Trump Inc and Can He Do That, reported Fairfax Media’s Peter Wells.

But I’ve managed to find the time for one more, KCRW’s All the President’s Lawyers.

[Read the original]

 Headley Thomas wins GQ Award for The Teacher’s Pet

“I’d always held this long… sense of injustice about the case,” says Hedley Thomas, the investigative reporter behind The Australian’s successful The Teacher’s Pet podcast. “It’s always grated on me that it wasn’t dealt with properly in the beginning.”

Thomas was speaking this week after accepting the GQ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism.

Thomas added, “I didn’t know where to start. This time last year I saw Lyn Dawson’s family and told them I wanted to re-investigate what I believed was a clear case of murder, and it had fallen through the cracks and been a terrible travesty of justice. They didn’t know what a podcast was and I didn’t know how to create one. I need to thank The Australian, News Corp, and thank you to everyone in Australia who listened.”

The series has now had over 26m listens!

Wil Anderson’s Wilosophy is back

Prolific podcaster Wil Anderson is back with new episodes of Wilosophy with an ambitious plan of new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. The show has also undergone a makeover with new cover art. One episode was themed Mental Health with appearances from guests Felicity Ward, Osher Günsberg and John Safran. Another is themed Comedy with Glenn Robbins, Judith Lucy and Meshel Laurie.

Making Australia delicious. Kerrie McCallum on ambitious plans

It’s been a busy week for the premium food brand delicious. Editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum hosted a reader event at Rick Stein’s new Bannister’s Port Stephens last weekend.

By James Manning

On the Monday the News Corp brand then launched its new-look and its travel content destination.

See also: News Corp celebrates expansion of its most delicious. destination

This weekend delicious. is launching its annual delicious. 100 (which is really a delicious. 400).

McCallum told Mediaweek that when she was building the plan to expand its travel vertical, she asked her celebrity chef writers to contribute. “They have secret travel lists on different cities they give to each other. I approached each of them and asked if I could get their secret lists. They said OK.

“I trust our foodie contributors the most. If I went to Tokyo I would use Andrew McConnell’s list. [McConnell chef at Cumulus.] They seek out things no one will ever tell you about. They have high standards, yet traverse the spectrum from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant to a bar, to street food, to a fine diner or to a hotel, and they have strong opinions on things.”

McCallum admitted that although she is now sharing these lists with readers, she had been peeking at them before she travelled.

“People like Matt Preston and George Calombaris travel all over the world.”

Although delicious. skews to the premium end of the food and travel experience with the affluent traveller in mind, McCallum said: “An affluent traveller likes to find quirky smaller venues and they also love a bargain. The adventurous travellers want the gamut of experiences.”

This week’s expansion of the travel vertical comes three years after delicious. first started offering travellers information. “When we originally built the site, I was only allowed verticals that would have a business case attached. Travel through the lens of food was always an idea. We decided to pursue the Eat Out restaurant review site first because we couldn’t do both at the same time.

Even when we were just a monthly magazine, travel was still a part of the brand. With the scale of the delicious. brand now and with the News Corp network we can offer so much to clients. We can involve them in digital, video and print and offer partnerships with Escape.”

McCallum said the third consideration for people booking travel is food. The first two – budget and then safety.

The new travel content is being offered online and in print. In the new December-January edition of delicious., McCallum has published a flip cover – one of them devoted to travel. The sponsoring partner is travel company Helloworld.

“When we were rebuilding the travel vertical, we liked the look of it so much we made over the whole site. We realised we needed the site to reflect the breadth of lifestyle content we now have. The bulk of the site used to be recipes, but now we have 10,000 restaurant reviews and the Eat Out business.”

Another new launch this week was the restaurant booking functionality in partnership with Dimmi.

In addition to the enticing new travel offering, what is arguably the single most-anticipated delicious. annual event is launching this weekend – the delicious. 100.

Across Australia on November 18, the brand ranks the top 100 restaurants in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. New this year is South Australia where its 100 best have also been ranked.

We are now in four states meaning there are 400 restaurants being listed this weekend.

The lists are carried in Stellar in New South Wales and Victoria, the list in The Advertiser will be digital only, while in Queensland it is carried in the magazine U On Sunday.

“Readers can then vote for a Readers’ Choice award where they can combat what the critics say, which is fun. The various newspapers print that result and all the content sits on the delicious. site.”

Delicious. developments – what’s still to come?

Although McCallum didn’t want to reveal too much about future plans, it would seem safe to suggest there could very well soon be delicious. food tours. Who wouldn’t want to go on an Athens foodie week with George Calombaris? Or eat their way around New York with Matt Preston, or around England with Rick Stein?

delicious. has already dipped its toe in the food tour space in partnership with News Corp’s other travel brand Escape and Scenic Tours.

We need to hit our targets with Travel before we start too much work on delicious. Experiences,” said McCallum.

“News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller has given us the challenge to make Australia delicious. So that is what we are going to do!”

Television is also another frontier, with McCallum only wanting to say: “There are some really serious discussions under way about how we do that.” Many of the delicious. contributors are massive TV stars.

“We can only do one thing really good at a time.”

See the covers below:

The Chaser unplugged: Taylor, Firth, Knight and Hansen unload

Currently hosting an afternoon show on Triple M Sydney, The Chaser is noted for being first to everything. This is why we are going early with their thoughts on the media world in 2019.

By James Manning

It’s like Mediaweek’s version of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Here is the unedited commentary from Chris Taylor, Charles Firth, Dom Knight and Andrew Hansen.

Media highlight of 2018 and why?

Dom: Charles getting Kerri-Ann to quit Studio 10. We read in New Idea that it was definitely happening and all down to him, so it must be true.

Charles: For me, it was definitely the first few hours of Alan Jones’s radio show when he hadn’t realised we’d projected his number onto the opera house.

Chris Taylor: The Sky News interview with Blair Cottrell. It was really refreshing to see Sky give a platform to someone much more moderate than its own presenters.

Andrew Hansen: On the 19th of June my Wi-Fi dropped out completely, and I was spared having to consume any Australian media at all. Best day of my life!

Best thing about being on Triple M?

Chris: Not having to be on 2Day FM.

Dom: The chance to put most of the group back together, on the station where we did The Chaser’s first ever paid media gig back in 2001. It’s been like a family reunion.

Andrew: Ease of access to advertisements about hardware products.

Charles: I’ve really enjoyed their new digital stations. Triple M Baroque has been my favourite new station. It’s got all the best hits from the 1600s, 1700s and new music from the 1800s.

You enjoying radio?

Charles: No. The strain of working an hour a day is killing me. Never worked this hard in my life.

Dom: No, it’s terrible. We put the group back together without remembering how much we all despise one another.

Chris: Depends which station I’m listening to.

Andrew: Yes, it’s the most athletic and physically demanding job I’ve ever had.

How are you adapting to commercial radio ?

Chris: I’ve come from triple j, where every second mic break is a plug for a music festival or an upcoming tour. So it was quite hard adapting to commercial radio, where there are infinitely fewer blatant ads.

Dom: We’d like to think we’re starting a trend, and expect to see Kyle and Jackie moving to 3pm-4pm weekdays next year.

Charles: We actually started on Triple M back in about 2000, so it’s nice to be back. They’ve added a Foo Fighters song to their playlist since then, so it’s really different.

Is there one thing you think your show lacks?

Dom: A Female ! Obviously, although we are working on that at present. One option we are considering is getting Kerri-Anne!

The Chaser media plans for 2019?

Chris: We’ve had a bit of interest from rival stations. Can’t say too much at this stage. Suffice to say I’m very impressed by the new mix of music they’re playing at Coles Radio – that Down Down song they play never gets tired.

Dom: More radio with Triple M, but what we’re really angling for is as the big one – smoothfm. What would be more relaxing as listeners drift off into their daily coma than Radio Chaser making lots of jokes about Barnaby Joyce, lethal strawberries and the poo jogger?

Charles: We deny that we are merging The Chaser with Nine. But if we do, the new entity, called Nine, would be a “merger of equals”. Besides, the competition regulator would never allow it. Merging the two most satirical media companies in Australia would be simply too much concentration for one market.

Andrew: We’ve done about 19 years of comedy, so we’re hoping to shake things up by doing another year of comedy

Any TV coming up for The Chaser ?

Dom: Maybe an election show as we always like to do them, or maybe we will finally take on the genre that suits us best – Nordic noir. There’s a story we want to tell about a string of murders in IKEA model kitchens. Chilling stuff.

Charles: We’re planning a show that stars only sitting Presidents, Prime Ministers and global bankers. It’s going to be called The Chaser’s Outsiders.

Chris: And we’re in talks to make a sensitive travel series through China. Ross Cameron has signed on to host.

Any fallout from your Opera House stunt?

Charles: The Privacy Commissioner has been in touch. Not sure how they got my number. I’m assuming they’re interested in advertising on the opera house.

Chris: The state government’s still waiting to hear from Alan Jones about what the correct punishment should be. Most likely 300 hours of community service listening to Alan’s show.

Dom: Alan Jones hasn’t invited us on his program since the stunt – or before it. Also, Charles is still getting hundreds of calls and texts after his number was aired on Studio 10 and is wondering about forwarding his phone to Kerri-Anne’s.

Any plans for more of your trademark stunts ?

Chris: We’ve actually got plans to bring down 2GB altogether. It’s quite easy – we’re just going to install Michelle Guthrie and Justin Milne to run it.

Dom: Our stunt of installing Scott Morrison as PM is going really well. It’s a slow build, but we think you’ll agree, every new set of poll numbers is funnier. We are really proud of the bus he doesn’t travel on – that took a lot of brainstorming.

Andrew: As part of their commercial remit, Triple M are keen for us to do a stunt where we go into a hardware store and enthuse about the high quality and value of the tools available. I think it’s shaping up to be The Chaser’s biggest moment yet.

Charles: You don’t happen to know Rupert Murdoch’s mobile number? No reason.

What good could come from the Nine-Fairfax merger?

Charles: If Karl Stevanovic is made editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald then at least he won’t have time to host Today any more.

Andrew: Yes, seeing more media exposure for Karl Stefanovic. It’d be great to see him back in the spotlight again.

Chris: Well, since the Daily Mail blatantly copies everything that Fairfax does, I’m looking forward to the Daily Mail’s announcement that they’re merging with Nine as well.

Next year is the 20th anniversary of Chaser. How have you stayed together that long ?

Charles: Passive aggression.

Chris: Our policy of “no office romances” has worked wonders.

Dom: The line is somewhere between our deep personal affection for one another and a lack of solo work.

Andrew: Through a fortunate lack of opportunities elsewhere.

See yourselves doing any live work as a group again sometime?

Chris: Does busking count as live work?

Dom: We like the idea of a 20th Anniversary Tour, but at this rate it’ll be our 30th anniversary before we organise it.

Charles: I hope so. What this country needs is more white, middle-aged male performers.

Andrew: We’ve been talking about a potential tour for a couple of years. We’re now thinking of taking our talks about a potential tour on the road, as a tour.

Advice to young people getting into radio ?

Charles: Back off. We were here first.

Dom: In our experience, the best way to get a gig in radio is to start an unsuccessful satirical newspaper, do TV for 18 years, all as a precursor to doing a one-hour daily radio show that’s only on in Sydney.

Andrew: Do what most radio bosses advise – sound different from everyone else, and also sound the same as everyone else.

Chris: It might seem really hard at first, but if you stick at radio for long enough, you too can one day enjoy the lofty heights of doing the 2SM breakfast shift like John Laws.

Top Photo: The Chaser’s Chris Taylor, Charles Firth, Dom Knight and Andrew Hansen

The Australian’s The Deal publishes fourth annual women’s special issue

The Australian has published its fourth annual edition of The Deal focused on emerging female leaders, in association with chief executive women (CEW). The issue showcases successful women while asking some challenging questions.

The Deal editor Helen Trinca said: “Women have achieved so much, even if there is more to do, and there is a great appetite among young women to hear the stories of the trail blazers and to really understand their journeys.

“The emerging women leaders we aim to reach with this issue would be astonished to know how workplaces operated decades ago. Earlier generations of women faced a level of unconscious bias that often frustrated their hopes early in their lives.

“The challenges for women continue even as the #MeToo exercise calls out harassment and other poor behaviour. Sometimes those challenges have nothing to do with the boss and everything to do with a system that simply does not support both parents working full-time.

The Deal editor Helen Trinca said: “Women have achieved so much, even if there is more to do, and there is a great appetite among young women to hear the stories of the trailblazers and to really understand their journeys.

“The emerging women leaders we aim to reach with this issue would be astonished to know how workplaces operated decades ago. Earlier generations of women faced a level of unconscious bias that often frustrated their hopes early in their lives.

“The challenges for women continue even as the #MeToo exercise calls out harassment and other poor behaviour. Sometimes those challenges have nothing to do with the boss and everything to do with a system that simply does not support both parents working full-time.

“Our cover story, So You’ve Got to the Top. Now What? by Caroline Overington, asks just how much women at the top are obliged to promote the careers of other women, while Sarah-Jane Tasker looks at the recruitment of women to the top of Australia Post. These are questions women debate as they carve out their space. But how telling that we don’t need to ask them of a male boss.

“Our emerging leaders issue is one of The Deal’s signature issues and we are delighted by the support of the CEW again this year. The CEW runs a terrific scholarship program for emerging leaders and we are very pleased to contribute a share of the revenue from each annual issue. So far we have contributed more than $80,000.”

The Deal women’s special issue is supported by leading corporations who are driving fundamental changes that encourage and support current and emerging female leaders including Harvey Norman, Australia Post, Coca-Cola Amatil, Commonwealth Bank, AGL, BHP, King & Wood Mallesons and Wenona School.

The issue features articles from leading women in business on:

• How the #MeToo movement is panning out in the office.
• Not every woman wants to be an activist or a mentor, some just want to get on with their careers.
• When women get to the top, they are often expected to promote other women – but is that fair?
• When Christine Holgate took over at Australia Post, she decided that there were not enough women in senior roles. This is what she did about it.
• Vogue Australia’s Edwina McCann writes for The Deal about work wear and how women can now choose their clothing from a much broader range.
• Why are women so keen on exclamation marks? We look at the email phenomenon that sees women bosses using punctuation to prove they are kind and collegial.

Mercado on TV: Roseanne Barr obliterated from TV history

10 premieres The Conners with a double episode next Thursday and it starts with the worst kept secret in television – Roseanne Conner is dead!

By Andrew Mercado

It’s from an opioid overdose, a storyline that started in the reboot series, but was unseen in Australia because 10 yanked it after that vile Twitter racist rant.

Roseanne Barr’s tweet deserved some punishment, but instead she has been obliterated from TV history. Her groundbreaking sitcom doesn’t air or stream anywhere any more and it could even be locked away with Hey Dad and The Cosby Show in some vault. No great loss with those others, but Roseanne was a great show. And that’s why The Conners can continue because it has a legacy of socially relevant stories and keeps doing them today, whether it’s Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert) cross-dressing son or Becky’s battle with the bottle.

The Conners will survive without Roseanne because Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and Dan (John Goodman) are still there, and so is the entire original cast. Wonder if it’s a one-off that Mary Steenburgen is a guest star because, although there is some grieving to do, Dan, like all great sitcom widows, will be paired with various women while gauging audience reaction.

Other guest stars like Matthew Broderick, Justin Long, and Johnny Galecki (perfectly timed with The Big Bang Theory ending) are around for romantic interest, but this show is still driven by its female characters. Roseanne might be gone, but her rage and madness still live on in the other Lanford women.

My Brilliant Friend, starting Tuesday on Fox Showcase, is another female-centric story, but this is a sumptuous sweeping saga over several decades. The small village, near Naples, Italy, is described as having “men that were always getting furious, but then they calmed down whereas the women flew into a rage that had no limit and no end” leaving them as “angry as starving dogs”.

Although that could be any episode synopsis of Roseanne, this HBO drama, its first European commission, is another saga soaked in family and friendship. It’s based on a bestselling novel and once upon a time that would have made it a must-see miniseries event over successive nights. Today, there is a must-see drama to watch every week and frankly, I’m exhausted. I’d still find some time to watch those missing episodes of Roseanne though.

TV Ratings Analysis: November 15

• The Bachelorette makes a choice: Ali chooses Taite in front of 1.21m
• Paramedics part of Nine’s winning mix of news and ob docs
• The Project farewells Carrie as Fifi Box parodies New Idea cover

By James Manning


Home And Away drifted just below 500,000 for its final night of the week after pulling 676,000 on Monday.

The second episode of Orange Is The New Brown was on 264,000 after launching on 422,000 a week ago.

A new episode of Modern Family then did 198,000.


A Current Affair was just nudging 650,000 on its fourth episode of the week, which included a story about the new way to rent or sell a car – “the Netflix for cars”.

The Thursday ob doc triple play followed with Driving Test on 206,000 (Sydney and Brisbane only), RBT on 470,000 and then Paramedics on 584,000 after 562,000 last week.


It was Carrie Bickmore’s final night on The Project until she returns from maternity leave in 2019. Throughout the show different team members handed over gifts. Regular Fifi Box, a favourite of the women’s weekly magazines, made up a parody cover of her own publication and called it No Idea. The show also managed another lengthy plug for How To Stay Married. Maybe 10 sales boss Rod Prosser should be invoicing Pete Helliar for help with the marketing campaign for his book and now TV series? The Thursday episode did 444,000.

It was time then for the finale of The Bachelorette. The regular part of the final instalment did 766,000 after 605,000 last Thursday. As a nervous and worried Taite waited for Ali in a magical setting in the Northern Territory (NT Tourism should definitely be invoiced) the crowd surged to 926,000 metro and 1.21m across metro and regional markets. The numbers haven’t gotten close to what Sophie Monk managed to attract last year. That series of The Bachelorette ended with 1.31m for the final episode and then 1.64m for Sophie’s Final Decision.

The 2018 final was, however, enough for 10 to lead the night in the key demos as The Bachelorette also cleaned up in its timeslot.

The second episode of How To Stay Married was as much fun as the first with 507,000 last night after 512,000 for the launch.

Law & Order: SVU then did 208,000.


Grand Designs Australia was back in the 8pm slot last night after the Q&A Malcolm Turnbull special a week ago. The builders attracted 448,000 after 445,000 a fortnight ago.

A repeat episode of Endeavour then did 289,000.


The Australia Says Yes documentary did under 100,000 at 7.30pm.

The numbers then lifted to 139,000 for the premiere of Waco.

Week 46 TV: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 11.9% 7 15.1% 9 18.1% 10  16.4% SBS One 3.9%
ABC 2 3.0% 7TWO 2.9% GO! 3.7% 10 Peach 2.8% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 6.2% GEM 3.7% 10 Boss 1.9% Food Net 1.4%
ABC NEWS 1.8% 7flix 2.6% 9Life 2.3%     NITV 0.3%
TOTAL 17.4%   26.8%   27.8%   21.1%   6.8%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.2% 7 17.1% 9 17.8% WIN 11.7% SBS One 2.7%
ABC 2 3.3% 7TWO 4.6% GO! 4.3% ONE 3.1% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 5.6% GEM 6.7% ELEVEN 1.6% Food Net 1.3%
ABC NEWS 1.7% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 2.5% Sky News  on WIN 0.7% NITV 0.4%
TOTAL 17.2%   29.1%   31.3%   17.1%   4.9%


85.0% 15.0%


  1. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 926,000
  2. Seven News Seven 850,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 824,000
  4. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 766,000
  5. Nine News Nine 757,000
  6. Nine News 6:30 Nine 741,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 648,000
  8. ABC News ABC 642,000
  9. Paramedics Nine 584,000
  10. 7.30 ABC 525,000
  11. How To Stay Married 10 507,000
  12. Home And Away Seven 483,000
  13. RBT Nine 470,000
  14. The Chase Australia Seven 463,000
  15. Grand Designs Australia ABC 448,000
  16. The Project 7pm 10 444,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 426,000
  18. 10 News First 10 339,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 294,000
  20. Endeavour ABC 289,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 320,000
  2. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 272,000
  3. How To Stay Married 10 166,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 124,000
  5. Paramedics Nine 103,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 490,000
  2. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 409,000
  3. How To Stay Married 10 264,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 199,000
  5. Paramedics Nine 197,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale – The Final Decision 10 521,000
  2. The Bachelorette Australia Grand Finale 10 435,000
  3. How To Stay Married 10 283,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 231,000
  5. Paramedics Nine 231,000
THURSDAY Multichannel
  1. M- The Avengers PM 7mate 211,000
  2. The Big Bang Theory Tx2 9GO! 185,000
  3. The Big Bang Theory Tx1 9GO! 176,000
  4. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 162,000
  5. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 160,000
  6. Death In Paradise 9Gem 155,000
  7. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  8. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  9. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  10. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  11. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  12. Waffle The Wonder Dog PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  13. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  14. Wanda And The Alien PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  15. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  16. Rusty Rivets PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  17. Luo Bao Bei ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  18. Highway Patrol PM 7mate 137,000
  19. Peg + Cat AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  20. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
THURSDAY Subscription TV
  1. Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes LifeStyle Channel 56,000
  2. Love It Or List It Australia LifeStyle Channel 53,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 53,000
  4. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 48,000
  5. Gold Rush Discovery Channel 46,000
  6. Curious George Nick Jr. 43,000
  7. Bones TVH!TS 41,000
  8. Inside Balmoral LifeStyle Channel 40,000
  9. Shimmer And Shine Nick Jr. 38,000
  10. Nella The Princess Knight Nick Jr. 37,000
  11. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 37,000
  12. PML Overtime Sky News Live 37,000
  13. NCIS TVH!TS 36,000
  14. Play Along With Sam Nick Jr. 36,000
  15. Credlin Sky News Live 34,000
  16. A Discovery Of Witches FOX8 34,000
  17. The Simpsons FOX8 32,000
  18. Two And A Half Men 111 32,000
  19. The Simpsons FOX8 32,000
  20. Seinfeld 111 31,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

ABC journalists campaign to tear up industrial relations laws

ABC journalists have backed the union movement’s push for radical changes to Australia’s industrial relations system, dividing the broadcaster’s reporters and prompting outrage from ABC critics, report Fairfax Media’s Dana McCauley and Michael Koziol.

Journalists and non-editorial staff voted in favour of a motion declaring their commitment to the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ Change the Rules campaign, following a speech by the union’s secretary Sally McManus on Wednesday.

The motion was drafted by the Community and Public Sector Union, which represents non-editorial staff, but was read to the floor by senior reporter Stephen Long. The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance – the journalists’ union – also promoted the event to members.

The outcome has caused division among ABC journalists, with some feeling ambushed into backing a politically charged motion without warning.

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Candidates for new ABC chair include top lawyer and media boss

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s vacant chairman role could see a high-profile media boss or a top lawyer taking the public broadcaster’s reins, with headhunters approaching executives about the top job, reports Fairfax Media’s Jennifer Duke.

The resignation of chairman Justin Milne, following revelations he encouraged ex-managing director Michelle Guthrie to fire journalists the government didn’t like, has seen executive recruiters Korn Ferry tasked with finding a replacement amid renewed scrutiny on the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

Among the names being floated by media industry sources is Gilbert + Tobin managing director and former National Australia Bank director Danny Gilbert, who is considered a frontrunner. Shadow communications minister Michelle Rowland worked at Gilbert’s law firm as a senior lawyer for a decade. The ex-chairman of the Australian Film Television and Radio School declined to comment.

Another possibility is ex-Bauer Media general manager Marina Go, who sources say has been scoped out by recruiters in the past few weeks. Go is currently the chair of Wests Tigers Rugby League and is formerly chief executive of Crikey publisher Private Media.

Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood and ex-News Corp boss Kim Williams have repeatedly been named by media sources as likely candidates (both refused to confirm or deny if they are in the mix).

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Facebook damage control: 6 Takeaways From NYT’s Investigation

For more than a year, Facebook has endured cascading crises – over Russian misinformation, data privacy and abusive content – that transformed the Silicon Valley icon into an embattled giant accused of corporate overreach and negligence.

An investigation by The New York Times revealed how Facebook fought back against its critics: with delays, denials and a full-bore campaign in Washington.

Here are six takeaways:

• Facebook knew about Russian interference
• The company feared Trump supporters
• Facebook launched a multipronged attack and lobbying campaign
• Cambridge Analytica raised the stakes
• Some criticisms hurt more than others
• Facebook still has friends

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ABC ME secures anime series Dragon Ball Super from Toei Animation

Toei Animation Inc. has entered into an agreement with ABC Australia and its network ABC ME for the popular anime series Dragon Ball Super.

While the series has been available to Australian fans through the online streaming services Crunchyroll and AnimeLab, and through DVD via Madman, this deal represents the first time Dragon Ball Super has been available on television. The series term on ABC ME began on November 3 with the debut of episodes 1-46 (English dub). It will also be available online through the ABC ME app. Dragon Ball Super will further be a highlighted program within the network’s special holiday broadcast – ABC’s January Best Fest.

“We are excited to bring Dragon Ball Super on television to our extensive Australian fanbase,” said Masayuki Endo, president of Toei Animation Inc. “The development is just the latest in a whirlwind year for Dragon Ball Super. The series has expanded its reach into multiple new territories around the world, while Dragon Ball as a whole continues to be one of the world’s most recognisable entertainment brands. We look forward to embarking on a successful relationship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and maintaining our international momentum.”

‘It has been exhausting’: Bachelorette Oetjen picks Radley in finale

Ali Oetjen got her happy ending after all, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

For now anyway with the unlucky in love 32-year-old reality TV hopeful choosing bank manager Taite Radley as her forever love after weeks of courting numerous blokes on the latest season of The Bachelorette.

“It has been exhausting like my life has been on hold until now,” Oetjen told The Daily Telegraph. “I love him so much.”

The new couple both say they need to get to know each other properly in a more public sense after months of having to keep their love a secret.

“I tell Ali every day that I love her because I do,” Radley said.

“Our relationship starts now. We’ve been hiding it for so long so to physically be with each other we can explore the world and do everything that normal couples get to do.”

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James Weir recaps The Bachelorette 2018: the finale

After weeks of telling us she has learnt from her past mistakes and insisting she’s not going to settle for anything less than marriage, Ali Oetjen tosses aside a man who’s about to propose marriage on The Bachelorette finale and instead chooses a man who admits he’s “scared” of marriage, reports News Corp’s James Weir.

“I’ve changed,” Ali nodded to us for the past eight weeks, assuring us she wasn’t going to choose the same flaky men she’s been going for in the past. Her plan was to find a man who could offer stability and love. But, like Ali, plans turn on a dime.

On Thursday night’s finale, Todd has a ring. Well, two rings. He’s still insisting on wearing that nose ring and we’re still insisting on not acknowledging it in the hope he takes it out. But he also has an engagement ring.

Channel 10 executives are particularly annoyed because they spent most of the show’s budget on this ring, which meant the finale had to be filmed locally in the Northern Territory and they hoped we’d all just think we were in Bali.

To be honest, we are that stupid.

When Taite arrives in a Mitsubishi Pajero, ready to not propose or offer any commitment, Ali smiles.

He then pulls a ring out. It’s not like Todd’s. This isn’t an engagement ring. It’s more of a trinket.

“I wanna make a commitment to you,” he says. “Ali, this ring is a commitment to our life outside of this experience and I can’t wait to start it with you.”

Todd was willing to offer so much more. Slumped over a fallen tree trunk nearby, he, like his proposal, is ruined.

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Nova hosts Fitzy and Wippa announce surprising new movie roles

They’ve been on the airwaves for years, but Nova hosts Fitzy and Wippa are about to make their movie debut, reports’s Bronte Coy.


The radio duo announced on air this morning that they’ve been chosen to voice beaver brothers Cooper and Gus for the Australian release of Wonder Park, an animated film about a girl who discovers an amusement park she’d been imagining is actually real.

The movie also stars Hollywood heavyweights Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver and Mila Kunis.

“I wanted to work with Mila Kunis. That’s why we said, ‘We’ll do this one, Hollywood,’” Wippa admitted.

“We’ve got to go over to Hollywood and record this. It hasn’t actually been done yet,” Fitzy added, joking: “The funny thing was, Matthew Broderick said, ‘I will not do this movie unless (Fitzy and Wippa) are Cooper and Gus.”

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Sports Media

Network Ten refuels motorcycle broadcast deals

Network 10 will continue to be the home of motorsport after extending its agreement with Dorna Sports to broadcast the motorcycle racing MotoGP World Championship for the next three years, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.

Chief executive Paul Anderson said the MotoGP World Championship is part of its “DNA and has proudly been on our network for the past 21 years”.

“MotoGP provides some of the most dramatic motor racing vision in the world and is a key plank in our motorsport strategy combining brilliantly with the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and the Bathurst 1000,” Anderson said.

Under the extended agreement, every international MotoGP race will be broadcast live on 10 Boss for the next three years, as well as the Australian round of the MotoGP World Championship, including qualifying and the race, held at Victoria’s Phillip Island, on the broadcaster’s main channel, 10.

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The Murdoch connection angling for an FFA board seat

She’s held Sydney FC season tickets for the last decade and spends her days steering Lachlan Murdoch’s private investment vehicle. Meet Linda Norquay, the candidate who looks set for a seat on the new-look Football Federation Australia board, reports Fairfax Media’s Vince Rugari.

Unable to attend the community forum staged in Melbourne earlier this week due to family commitments, Norquay has opened up to Fairfax Media on her skills, passion and vision for the game as Monday’s FFA annual general meeting draws nearer.

Norquay is the chief financial officer of Illyria, a media investment company and a Murdoch family office. She’s also held previous roles with the Allco Finance Group, Macquarie Bank and Barclays in London.

Lachlan Murdoch is, of course, the executive co-chair of News Corp, which owns Fox Sports, whose A-League broadcast deal effectively underwrites professional football in Australia.

“I am probably not considered a traditional ‘football person’, but what I (would) bring is commercial, financial and governance experience to the role,” Norquay told Fairfax Media.

“I have over 20 years’ experience in financial roles and a large part of that is within media organisations. I have served on an ASX-listed board and am a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors so I understand what is required to be an effective board member.”

With TV ratings plummeting and the broadcast landscape changing by the minute with the advent of streaming technology, Norquay’s expertise and contacts in the industry could be quite handy for FFA going forward.

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