Thursday October 11, 2018

Mediaweek TV

Mediaweek’s James Manning spoke with Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany at the launch of Fox Cricket where a number of sponsors and new programs were revealed for the summer of cricket coverage. Tune in to Mediaweek TV at 2.30pm on Your Money (Foxtel 601).

Although the channel launched a couple of weeks ago, Foxtel formally showcased its new Fox Cricket brand this week. Earlier this year Foxtel and Seven together agreed to pay Cricket Australia $1.18b for the broadcast rights for six years, almost doubling the previous amount paid by Nine and Network Ten.

ARIA Awards 2018 – Complete coverage

With seven weeks to go until ARIA Award winners are revealed, the nominations event was held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Hosted by Nine’s Richard Wilkins, the nominees in all categories were announced.

The winners will be revealed at The Star Event Centre, Sydney, on Wednesday November 28, 2018. The Awards Ceremony will be broadcast around Australia on the Nine Network, hosted by Keith Urban.

Highlights of the nominations ceremony included Gurrumul posthumously winning two ARIA Awards for Best World Music Album and Best Cover Art, along with receiving seven nominations. His album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) debuted at #1 on the ARIA Charts, making Australian chart history by becoming the first indigenous language album to debut at #1.

It was also a big day for Gold Coast’s Amy Shark, leading the nominations tally with nine. The singer-songwriter has been nominated for Apple Music Album Of The Year, Best Australian Live Act, Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Video, Apple Music Song Of The Year, Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of The Year and Best Cover Art. The two-time ARIA Award winner has had huge success with her 2x Platinum single I Said Hi and her critically acclaimed debut album Love Monster, which came in at #1 on the ARIA Album Charts.

Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett follows closely behind with eight nominations for her second studio album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Released by her own independent label Milk! Records, it reached #2 on the ARIA Charts and, since the release, Barnett has toured her record globally and graced the stages of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Seth Meyers and CBS Saturday Morning.

Australian dance trio Pnau were nominated for seven ARIAs for their fifth studio album Changa. The album features 4x Platinum single Chameleon, plus Go Bang, which was a Top 10 ARIA single.

Gearing up to head out on a headline US tour, Tash Sultana has commanded world attention with the release of the highly anticipated debut album Flow State. Nominated for six Awards, the ARIA #2 charting album also cracked the top 10 in the Billboard Top Albums Chart at #8 and #3 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.

Dean Lewis has today picked up five nominations for this year’s ARIA Awards. The Sydney artist’s 3x Platinum single Be Alright spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and is currently in its eighth week at #1 on the Australian airplay charts. The track has also scored major global radio and playlist support, having been streamed over 175 million times.

Also securing five nominations are 2017’s Apple Music Song Of The Year winners Peking Duk. Nominated for this Award again this year, as well as Best Australian Live Act, Best Dance Release, Best Video and Best Group, their track Fire reached Platinum status with over 20 million streams in Australia.

5 Seconds Of Summer and Troye Sivan have both scored four nominations for this year’s ARIAs. 5 Seconds Of Summer’s track Youngblood peaked at #1 on the ARIA Charts, spending eight consecutive weeks at the top. Their album Youngblood also reached the top of the ARIA Albums Chart. Troye Sivan’s sophomore album Bloom peaked at #3, making it Sivan’s highest-charting studio album in his home country.

ARIA has welcomed Apple Music back for the 2018 ARIA Awards and announced their support across two categories, Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year.

With Apple Music, ARIA is giving fans the power to determine the winner of the coveted Song Of The Year award. From today until November 21, fans can cast their vote by simply listening to their favourite song on Apple Music.

Following the nominations announcement, music fans will now be able to access songs, albums and specially curated playlists that celebrate the 2018 ARIA Awards nominees on Apple Music.

Denis Handlin, ARIA Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia, said: “On behalf of the ARIA Board, congratulations to all of today’s winners in the Fine Arts, Artisan & Best Comedy categories. It is a very talented group of artists and creative contributors, and we celebrate their outstanding achievement by winning an ARIA Award in their particular genre or craft.

“I would also like to congratulate all of the nominees announced today for the 2018 ARIA Awards with Apple Music. We are excited to offer Australian music fans a truly unique and memorable experience for the 32nd Annual ARIA Award celebrations, together with Apple Music and other partners. We look forward to a wonderful night of awards, music and magic moment performances at The Star Sydney.”

Dan Rosen, ARIA Chief Executive, added: “2018 has been another remarkable year for Australian artists both at home and across the globe. The artists honoured today as winners in the Fine Arts, Artisan and Best Comedy Categories show that the high quality of artistic achievement in the Australian music scene is spread across a wide range of genres.

“The Artisan Award winners exemplify that hard work, innovation and creativity are not limited to those who play the music but also those who contribute to the recordings behind the scenes. It is also with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to November 28 when we reveal the winners of the remaining categories and bring more ARIA magic moments to the stage.”

2018 ARIA nominees list: 28 categories in detail

• Including nominees and winners of Artisan, Fine Arts & Comedy


Winners to be announced Wednesday, 28th November, The Star, Sydney

Apple Music Album Of The Year

• Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Pnau – Changa (etcetc Music)
• Troye Sivan – Bloom (EMI)

Best Male Artist

• Dan Sultan – Killer Under A Blood Moon (Liberation Records)
• Dean Lewis – Be Alright (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Troye Sivan – Bloom (EMI)
• Vance Joy – Nation Of Two (Liberation Records)

Best Female Artist

• Alison Wonderland – Awake (EMI)
• Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Sia – Flames (What A Music Ltd, Under Exclusive Licence to Warner Music Group)
• Tash Sultana – Flow State (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)

Best Dance Release

• Alison Wonderland – Awake (EMI)
• Fisher – Losing It (etcetc Music)
• Peking Duk – Fire (Sony Music)
• Pnau – Go Bang (etcetc Music)
• Rüfüs Du Sol – No Place (Sony Music)

Best Group

• 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood (Capitol UK / EMI)
• DMA’s – For Now (I OH YOU)
• Peking Duk – Fire (Sony Music)
• Pnau – Go Bang (etcetc Music)
• RÜFÜS DU SOL – No Place (Sony Music)

Breakthrough Artist

• Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother (Nicky Boy Records / Caroline Australia)
• Jack River – Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)
• Mojo Juju – Native Tongue (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
• Odette – To A Stranger (EMI)
• Ruel – Dazed & Confused (RCA Records / Sony Music)

Best Pop Release

• 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood (Capitol UK / EMI)
• Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Dean Lewis – Be Alright (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Jack River – Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)
• Troye Sivan – Bloom (EMI)

Best Urban Album

• 360 – Vintage Modern (Forthwrite / EMI)
• Esoterik – My Astral Plane (Flight Deck / Mushroom Group)
• Hilltop Hoods – Clark Griswold (feat. Adrian Eagle) (Hilltop Hoods / Universal Music Australia)
• Kerser – Engraved In The Game (ABK Records. Marketed & distributed by ADA, a division of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
• Mojo Juju – Native Tongue (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release

• Angus & Julia Stone – Snow (Angus & Julia Stone Pty Ltd / EMI)
• Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• DMA’s – For Now (I OH YOU)
• Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Pnau – Go Bang (etcetc Music)

Best Rock Album

• Camp Cope – How To Socialise & Make Friends (Poison City Records)
• Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• DMA’s – For Now (I OH YOU)
• Luca Brasi – Stay (Cooking Vinyl Australia)
• Middle Kids – Lost Friends (EMI)

Best Adult Contemporary Album

• Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Dan Sultan – Killer Under A Blood Moon (Liberation Records)
• Missy Higgins – Solastalgia (Eleven: A Music Company / EMI Music)
• Odette – To A Stranger (EMI)
• Vance Joy – Nation Of Two (Liberation Records)

Best Country Album

• Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont – Adam & Brooke (Lost Highway Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Fanny Lumsden – Real Class Act (Red Dirt Road / AWAL)
• Kasey Chambers & The Fireside Disciples – Campfire (Essence Group Entertainment. Marketed and distributed by Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
• The Wolfe Brothers – Country Heart (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
• Travis Collins – Brave & The Broken (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)

Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album

• DZ Deathrays – Bloody Lovely (I OH YOU)
• King Parrot – Ugly Produce (EVP Recordings / Rocket)
• Parkway Drive – Reverence (Resist Records / Cooking Vinyl Australia)
• Polaris – The Mortal Coil (Resist Records / Cooking Vinyl Australia)
• West Thebarton – Different Beings Being Different (Domestic La La / Sony Music Entertainment)

Best Blues & Roots Album

• Angus & Julia Stone – Snow (Angus & Julia Stone Pty Ltd / EMI)
• Emily Wurramara – Milyakburra (Wantok Musik / MGM)
• Mama Kin Spender – Golden Magnetic (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
• Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Tash Sultana – Flow State (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

• Evelyn Ida Morris – Acute Misfortune (Original Soundtrack) (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
• Jessica Mauboy – The Secret Daughter Season Two (Songs for the Original 7 Series) (Sony Music)
• Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Boy: The Soundtracks (BLOODLINES)
• LIARS – 1 / 1 (Original Soundtrack) (Mute / Inertia)
• Various Artists – Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical (The Original Cast Recording) (Global Creatures / Sony Music)

Best Children’s Album

• Justine Clarke – The Justine Clarke Show! (ABC KIDS / Universal Music Australia)
• Lah-Lah – 10th Birthday Party (Stella Projects / Sony Music)
• Sam Moran – Santa’s Coming! (Sony Music)
• Teeny Tiny Stevies – Helpful Songs For Little People (ABC KIDS / Universal Music Australia)
• The Wiggles – Wiggle Pop! (ABC KIDS / Universal Music Australia)


Apple Music Song Of The Year

• 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood (Capitol UK / EMI)
• Amy Shark – I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Angus & Julia Stone – Chateau (Angus & Julia Stone Pty Ltd / EMI)
• Conrad Sewell – Healing Hands (Sony Music)
• Dean Lewis – Be Alright (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Peking Duk – Fire / Reprisal (Sony Music)
• Pnau – Go Bang (etcetc Music)
• Sheppard – Coming Home (Chugg Music / MGM)
• Troye Sivan – My My My! (EMI)
• Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (Liberation Records)

Best Video

• Amy Shark – I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Client Liaison – Survival In The City (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
• Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Dean Lewis – Be Alright (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Gang Of Youths – The Heart Is A Muscle (Mosy Recordings / Sony Music)
• Mojo Juju – Native Tongue (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
• Peking Duk – Fire (Sony Music)
• Pnau – Go Bang (etcetc Music)
• Tash Sultana – Salvation (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)
• The Presets – Do What You Want (Modular / EMI)

Best Australian Live Act

• 5 Seconds Of Summer – Meet You There Tour (Capitol UK / EMI)
• Amy Shark – Love Monster Tour (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Client Liaison – Expo Liaison (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
• Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel National Tour (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Dean Lewis – 2017 National Tour (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Gang Of Youths – 2017 National Tour (Mosy Recordings / Sony Music)
• Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine Tour 2017 (EMI)
• Peking Duk – The Wasted Tour (Sony Music)
• Pnau – Pnau Changa Australian Tour (etcetc Music)
• Tash Sultana – Homecoming Tour (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)

Best International Artist

• Camila Cabello – Camila (Syco / Epic / Sony Music)
• Drake – Scorpion & More Life (Republic / Universal Music)
• Ed Sheeran – ÷ (Warner Music)
• Eminem – Revival & Kamikaze (Interscope / Universal Music)
• Imagine Dragons – Evolve (Interscope / Universal Music)
• Khalid – American Teen (RCA / Sony Music)
• P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (RCA / Sony Music)
• Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys & Stoney (Universal Music)
• Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All (Capitol / EMI)
• Taylor Swift – Reputation (Big Machine / Universal Music)

Music Teacher of the Year

• Becky Hall (Education Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne VIC 3052)
• Scott Maxwell (Grant High School, Mount Gambier SA 5209)
• Dean Harawira (Nerang State High School, Gold Coast QLD 4211)
• Deborah Skelton (Caladenia Primary School, Canning Vale WA 6155)


Best Cover Art

• Steve Wyper for Amy Shark – Love Monster (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Dean Hanson for Ball Park Music – Good Mood (Stop Start (Label) / Inertia (Distributor)
• Caiti Baker for Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Ben Lopez for Tash Sultana – Flow State (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)
• Jonathan Zawada for The Presets – Hi Viz (Modular / EMI)

Engineer Of The Year

• Dann Hume & M Phazes for Amy Shark – I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Sam Cromack for Ball Park Music – Good Mood (Stop Start (Label) / Inertia (Distributor)
• Burke Reid for Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Ted Howard, Robin Mai & Matthew Cunliffe for Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Holly Rankin, Xavier Dunn, John Castle for Jack River – Sugar Mountain (I OH YOU)

Producer Of The Year

• Dann Hume & M Phazes for Amy Shark – I Said Hi (Wonderlick Recording Company)
• Ball Park Music for Ball Park Music – Good Mood (Stop Start (Label) / Inertia (Distributor)
• Courtney Barnett, Dan Luscombe & Burke Reid for Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk! Records / Remote Control Records)
• Michael Hohnen for Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Tash Sultana for Tash Sultana – Flow State (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)


Best Classical Album

• Greta Bradman, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Luke Dollman – Home (Decca Classics Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Ray Chen – The Golden Age (Decca Classics Australia / Universal Music Australia)
• Sally Whitwell – Philip Glass: Complete Etudes For Solo Piano (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia)
• Slava Grigoryan – Bach Cello Suites Volume II (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia)
• Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Fritzsch – Into Silence: Pärt | Vasks | Górecki | Pelēcis (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia)

Best Jazz Album

• Barney McAll – Hearing The Blood (Extra Celestial Arts)
• Elixir feat. Katie Noonan – Gratitude And Grief (KIN MUSIC / Universal Music Australia)
• Jake Mason Trio – The Stranger In The Mirror (Soul Messin’ Records / Inertia Music)
• James Morrison, Patti Austin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey – Ella And Louis (ABC Jazz / Universal Music Australia)
• Jonathan Zwartz – Animarum (Jonathan Zwartz / Planet / MGM)

Best World Music Album


• Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) (SFM / MGM)
• Joseph Tawadros – The Bluebird, The Mystic and The Fool (Independent / Planet)
• Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Ska Classics (ABC Music / FOUR FOUR / Universal Music Australia)
• Mista Savona – Havana Meets Kingston (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)
• Xylouris White – Mother (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)


• Akmal Saleh – Transparent (Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
• Aunty Donna – Aunty Donna The Album (etcetc Music)
• Lawrence Mooney – Moonman (Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
• Luke Heggie – Tiprat (Century)
• Bridie and Wyatt, Tonightly with Tom Ballard – Sex Pest (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)

Podcast Week: PodcastOne’s Bernadette Schwerdt, AFL, Spotify Bootcamp

Mediaweek editor James Manning rounds up all the latest podcast news.

By James Manning

PodcastOne’s How To Build An Online Business

Ad agency account executive-turned-online educator Bernadette Schwerdt is the host of a seven-podcast series for PodcastOne that takes listeners through the different stages of building a digital enterprise. She features specialist interviews with successful online entrepreneurs to illustrate the way to success.

Schwerdt is the author of How To Build An Online Business and Secrets Of Online Entrepreneurs.

Schwerdt told Mediaweek she used the process she went through with her own business as the starting point for her books and podcast.

“I started interviewing the online mavericks and asking their secrets and they were very generous with information.

From my experience anyone can start a business but how can you keep it going and grow are crucial factors.

The first podcast in the new series looks at the entrepreneurial mindset and Schwerdt talks to Andre Eikmeier, co-founder of the online wine subscription service Vinomofo. “He talks about the qualities needed to survive,” said Schwerdt. Other guests in subsequent episodes are specialists in areas like finance and customer acquisition.

When asked about basic mistakes when launching online, Schwerdt said many people start their businesses with a burst of energy. “They think they have a great idea but when that idea is put into practice the sharp realities kick in when challenges arise like finding customers, dealing with competitors or handling tech issues.

“A new business needs to have strategies to deal with those issues or it can quickly run out of puff and start thinking it’s all too hard.”

One trait common amongst online pioneers is the ability to teach themselves how to deal with challenges. “They took it upon themselves to find the solutions to problems.”

Schwerdt said many people think a new business needs the attention of a full-time founder. “On the other hand it can be very difficult for someone to toss in their job and the security that goes with it and go out on a limb. Some people start part-time and once they have proof of concept they can then make a decision about devoting more time to it. It can be a mistake to invest too much too soon.”

With a solid marketing background, Schwerdt said large amounts of money aren’t needed to make a splash online. “If you know how to get on page one of Google, you can topple a competitor who has more money than you. Brands like Google and Facebook offer great opportunities for smart people willing to do the work to find out how they can work for you. They level the playing field for some degree.”

Listen to How To Build An Online Business here when it launches next week.

Helping the AFL expand podcast operations

As millions of diehard fans counted down the hours to the biggest sporting event of the year just two weeks ago, the AFL Grand Final, the sporting organisation has looked to Whooshkaa to step up its podcast game.

The reach of the AFL has never been stronger with combined team memberships this year passing 1m for the first time.

“We’re excited to take our podcasting to the next level by using Whooshkaa’s audio-on-demand technology,” said AFL general manager, growth digital and audiences, Darren Birch.

“Footy fans can’t get enough of shows such as AFL Exchange, Road to the AFL Draft, Official AFL Fantasy Podcast with the Traders, and many more club podcasts. Whooshkaa’s advanced technology and advertising platform will make it easier for new and existing audiences to find our shows, and enable us to meet fans’ appetites for fresh and engaging audio content.”

Whooshkaa’s Rob Loewenthal welcomed the AFL as a valuable asset in its sports lineup, which includes the NRL, Cricket Australia, Fox Sports, SEN and individual sporting podcasts.

“Too much sport is never enough,” Loewenthal said. “Only 100,000 lucky people will get to walk through the gates on Grand Final day, but many millions more will watch or listen to the game.

Listen to the AFL’s Road To The Draft podcast here.

 Spotify launches Sound Up Bootcamp for First Nations Peoples

Spotify this week launched Sound Up Bootcamp Australia, an initiative that gives aspiring Australian-based First Nations podcasters the opportunity to undergo an intensive learning program facilitated by podcasting and radio greats and delve into podcast creation, story development and understanding their audience.

Following Sound Up Bootcamp US, which received over 18,000 applications, and the recently announced Sound Up Bootcamp UK, 10 participants will be invited to take part in the four-day workshop, based at Spotify Australia’s Sydney HQ.

Applicants do not need to have any prior podcasting experience. They only need a voice with something to say, a passion for the medium, and an eagerness to bring their great ideas to life.

Finalists will receive mentoring, practical experience, and networking opportunities with facilitators, and three finalists will receive a cash grant and equipment to produce their podcasts at the end.

“Sound Up Bootcamp US was a huge success, stimulating amazing ideas and facilitating a truly unique and important community of aspiring women of colour podcasters. We have chosen to focus Sound Up Bootcamp Australia on First Australians as part of our ongoing commitment to better represent and surface the voices of First Australian creators,” said Jane Huxley, managing director, Spotify Australia & NZ.

The course will be facilitated by Emily Nicol, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander radio producer and the curator of Spotify’s flagship First Australians playlist Black Australia. The Bootcamp has been designed and produced in partnership with Audiocraft, a leading Australian podcast organisation that hosts events, runs workshops and makes podcasts through its agency.

Aspiring First Nations podcasters should apply before midnight on October 29 at See website for full terms and conditions.

The announcement comes just a day after Acast announced a partnership with Spotify to create a new distribution channel for the 2,500+ podcasts hosted with Acast from around the world.

See also: Acast partners with Spotify to take podcasts to streaming audience


Drive Radio: Swapping networks – Hughesy & Kate, Will & Woody

After 12 years at Nova and then a year out of radio, Hughesy and Kate returned to a newly renamed KIIS 101.1 in 2015, looking after the drive shift.

By James Manning

SCA’s Hit Network drive: Hughesy and Kate

This successful radio duo has been around the radio block. Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek secured fame and possibly a small fortune holding down the breakfast slot at Nova 100 for over a decade. Originally Hughesy, Kate and Dave, Dave O’Neil left for sister Melbourne station Vega in 2006.

Close to three years later, a radio deal saw them depart ARN for SCA where they took over the drive once ruled by Hamish and Andy, who said they were really leaving radio this time.

Trying something different with the schedule, SCA’s Hit Network said the new drive show would run from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

The radio show remains very successful in its hometown as part of the Fox FM family. This program in particular illustrates how dependent on breakfast radio success a drive show can be.

Network performance Survey 6, 2018 (share and cume):

• Sydney 5.9% (-0.6) #6 FM, 302,000
• Melbourne 10.5% (-1.5) #1 overall, 551,000
• Brisbane 12.5% (-0.1) #2 overall, 233,000
• Adelaide 9.3% (-1.3) #4 FM, 115,000
• Perth 11.3% (-0.9) #3 overall, 248,000

(NB: Metro ratings timeslots are for 4pm-7pm, Hughesy & Kate on air 4.30pm-6.30pm)

ARN’s KIIS Network drive: Will and Woody

The former SCA breakfast hosts not only changed timeslots and networks, but also moved from one side of Australia to the other. Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw made the jump from Hit 92.9 breakfast to KIIS network drive, basing themselves out of Melbourne.

This is the duo’s first taste of a national audience and the numbers are mixed across the network, with many listeners still very new to their radio charms.

Network performance Survey 6, 2018 (share and cume):

• Sydney 6.9% (-0.5) #4 FM, 350,000
• Melbourne 6.1% (-1.1) #6 FM, 377,000
• Brisbane 10.7% (-0.4) #4 FM, 221,000
• Adelaide 13.5% (-1.1) #1 overall, 162,000
• Perth 6.4% (+0.3) #4 FM, 123,000

(NB: Metro ratings timeslots are for 4pm-7pm, Will & Woody on air 4pm-6pm)

See also: Drive Radio Week: Nova’s Kate, Tim and Marty rule competitive slot
• Tomorrow: AM radio drive shows around Australian metro markets

9Honey marks two years with new editor and columnists

Nine digital editorial director Kerri Elstub: ‘We want to be a site for everyday women.’

Nine’s lifestyle brand 9Honey has exceeded the network’s expectations in the two years of its existence.

In August 2018, 9Honey had an audience of over 2.5 million.

Its founding editor and now the digital editorial director at Nine, Kerri Elstub, told Mediaweek: “I feel like a proud parent, watching the newborn suddenly be able to walk and talk and then start running.”

Elstub’s change in roles at Nine will now see her overlook the direction of all the verticals on However, she maintains that she will always have a soft spot for 9Honey. “It’s my baby, but now it’s about spreading my love to all of Nine’s digital assets,” she said.

This will see her working even more closely with Helen McCabe, digital content director at Nine. She is the mastermind behind the 2016 unification and revitalisation of Nine’s lifestyle content under the 9Honey brand.

“I work hand in hand with Helen. We have similar goals about where we want all the digital properties to be,” Elstub said.

In the last two years, 9Honey has expanded its content offering to television, online video and podcast. Elstub said there is potential for further growth on all of these platforms to reach as many women as possible. 9Honey is unashamedly a mass-market offering. This is something that hasn’t changed since day one.

“It is something that we have been very focused on,” Elstub said. “We want to be a site for everyday women. We want to be a site that is non-judgmental and feelgood,” Elstub said.

In the lead-up to 9Honey’s second birthday, Nine announced Shauna Anderson as its new editor and promoted Julia Naughton as managing editor of lifestyle. Anderson’s appointment marks her return to Nine, where she was previously the chief of staff on the Today show. It was during this time that she worked with Elstub, who Naughton described as one of her mentors.

Having worked at Mamamia and Kidspot, Anderson knows the Australian women’s lifestyle space well.

“In the past two years, 9Honey has doubled its numbers in a competitive environment. So [my job] is to build on the existing momentum with our new contributors,” she said.

On the occasion of 9Honey’s second birthday, Nine revealed that it has signed on columnists Victoria Arbiter as a royal commentator, Roxy Jacenko as branded content contributor and Rosie Waterland for a weekly advice column called I Know Nothing, Ask Me Anything! TV personality Rebecca Judd will let 9Honey readers into her new home via The Style School as she renovates a house she recently bought.

Talking about her aspirations for 9Honey in the next two years, Elstub said: “If it can double its audience, that would be pretty incredible.

“Our aim is to be #1 in all our categories. There is tough competition out there, but competition is what drives creativity and hard work.”

TV Ratings Analysis: October 10

• A Current Affair finds The Honey Badger: And he wasn’t happy
• The Block exterior revealed with viewers reaping the rewards
• Ali Oetjen back at TEN, The Bachelorette launches on 631,000

By James Manning


After two nights not too far below 650,000, Home and Away’s third episode of the week did 603,000.

Royalty and reality continues to hold down the 7.30pm slot as Seven works its way through Q4. Ob-docs power the mid-week schedule starting with Highway Patrol for an hour at 7.30pm on 491,000.

9-1-1 followed with 449,000.


A Current Affair’s Reid Butler has done what no one has managed in the past week apart from Lisa Wilkinson – got some words out of The Honey Badger. There weren’t many words, but enough mumbles and moments of footage to fill the first item on the show last night. A week after giving TEN a ratings boost, yet disappointing viewers who wanted more, The Honey Badger has repeated the medicine for Nine. The daily current affairs show has recorded its best audience of the week – 837,000.

The Block showed off the exterior of the building, which has kept the style of the historic Fitzroy Street private hotel. The show continues to wave bundles of cash – for both contestants and viewers – and sales of The Block Monopoly set must have soared with the prospect of winning one of the apartments. The Wednesday episode was on 918,000 after 926,000 a week ago.

The new US drama Manifest about the reappearance of a missing flight debuted at 8.30pm with a first night audience of 658,000. That’s very strong for a new drama, but history shows these numbers can tumble quickly in subsequent weeks.

Companion programming then saw the 2012 movie Flight follow the drama debut with 205,000 watching.


It was reality TV night on The Project with Survivor winner Shane Gould on the show, followed a little later by The Bachelorette’s Ali. Mumford and Sons Marcus Mumford ended the episode, which had a 7pm audience of 500,000.

The Bachelorette launched with Ali starting her journey to assess the 18 bachelors on offer this season. Two of them – Ben and Brendan – only managed to last one episode. This season has launched with 631,000 after kicking off with 951,000 with Sophie Monk 12 months ago.

Playing For Keeps then did 375,000 with a girls night out, which was part of a very busy evening for Madeleine West’s character Kath.


Hard Quiz followed 7.30 with the Tom Gleeson-hosted series on 686,000, up from 646,000 a week ago.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell then did 651,000 after 607,000 last week.

More comedy then followed back-to-back:

Back In Very Small Business: 303,000

Black Comedy: 195,000

Superwog: 120,000.


Michael Portillo visited Derbyshire on Great British Railway Journeys with 259,000 watching. That came after 268,000 watched him travelling in Europe on Tuesday night.

Food Safari Water then did 163,000 followed by the very timely Rise Of The Superstorms on 133,000.


ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 12.1% 7 17.8% 9 22.8% TEN 13.6% SBS One 4.1%
ABC 2 2.4% 7TWO 3.9% GO! 3.0% ONE 4.0% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.1% GEM 1.8% ELEVEN 3.1% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 2.1% 9Life 1.7% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 16.7% 26.9% 29.3% 20.7% 6.3%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.1% 7 20.7% 9 18.7% WIN 9.9% SBS One 3.7%
ABC 2 3.2% 7TWO 5.3% GO! 4.3% ONE 3.7% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 3.2% GEM 3.1% ELEVEN 3.2% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 7flix 2.1% 9Life 2.0% Sky News  on WIN 0.7% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 17.1% 31.3 28.1% 17.5% 5.9%


84.9% 15.1%


  1. Seven News Seven 988,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 969,000
  3. The Block -Wed Nine 918,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 913,000
  5. Nine News Nine 885,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 837,000
  7. Hard Quiz ABC 686,000
  8. Manifest Nine 658,000
  9. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell S9 ABC 651,000
  10. ABC News ABC 644,000
  11. The Bachelorette Australia – Launch Ten 631,000
  12. Home And Away Seven 603,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 596,000
  14. The Chase Australia Seven 591,000
  15. The Project 7pm Ten 500,000
  16. Highway Patrol Special (R) Seven 491,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 467,000
  18. 9-1-1 Seven 449,000
  19. Playing For Keeps Ten 375,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 370,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Bachelorette Australia – Launch Ten 280,000
  2. The Block Nine 231,000
  3. Playing For Keeps Ten 152,000
  4. The Project 7pm Ten 146,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 123,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. The Bachelorette Australia – Launch Ten 390,000
  2. The Block Nine 382,000
  3. The Project 7pm Ten 240,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 237,000
  5. Playing For Keeps Ten 234,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 435,000
  2. The Bachelorette Australia – Launch Ten 375,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 299,000
  4. Nine News Nine 274,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 272,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. Wanda And The Alien-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 158,000
  2. The Big Bang Theory TX1 9GO! 155,000
  3. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 153,000
  4. Little Roy-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  5. Rosemary & Thyme-PM 7TWO 150,000
  6. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  7. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  8. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  9. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  10. Dot. ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  11. Rusty Rivets-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  12. The Big Bang Theory TX3 9GO! 142,000
  13. Ncis: Los Angeles E2 (R) ONE 140,000
  14. Bluey-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  15. Neighbours ELEVEN 138,000
  16. Hey Duggee-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  17. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  18. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  19. Judge John Deed-PM 7TWO 134,000
  20. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
WEDNESDAY Subscription TV
  1. Gogglebox Australia LifeStyle Channel 175,000
  2. Love It Or List It Australia LifeStyle Channel 115,000
  3. Live: Tea Break FOX CRICKET 106,000
  4. Live: Pak V Aus 1st Test Day 4 FOX CRICKET 100,000
  5. Live: Pak V Aus 1st Test Day 4 FOX CRICKET 78,000
  6. Live: Pak V Aus 1st Test Day 4 FOX CRICKET 43,000
  7. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 43,000
  8. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 41,000
  9. The Flash FOX8 39,000
  10. Escape To The Chateau LifeStyle Channel 38,000
  11. Live: JLT Cup: Final Tasmania V Victoria FOX CRICKET 37,000
  12. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 37,000
  13. The Simpsons FOX8 34,000
  14. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 33,000
  15. As Time Goes By FOX Classics 33,000
  16. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 33,000
  17. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 32,000
  18. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 32,000
  19. Live: JLT Cup: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 32,000
  20. Family Guy FOX8 31,000

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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

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

James Murdoch departure ends family ties to Britain’s Sky broadcasting

James Murdoch has stood down as chairman of Britain’s Sky as its American suitor declared its £30.6 billion ($A56.6bn) bid for the satellite broadcaster unconditional, reports The Times.

Veteran Sky directors, including Martin Gilbert and Chase Carey, joined James Murdoch in standing down from the Sky board this week as Comcast prepares to take control of the pay TV provider.

The American cable group won an auction for Sky last month after a three-round process, beating an offer from 21st Century Fox, which was bidding with the support of Disney.

The departure of James Murdoch, chief executive of 21st Century Fox, ends his family’s near-three-decade association with the satellite television service.

His father, Rupert, launched Sky Television in 1989 with a four-channel lineup that included Sky News and Eurosport.

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Worldwide media agency network Zenith celebrates three decades

Zenith is celebrating its 30th birthday. In October 1988, Zenith opened for business in a converted warehouse in Paddington, London. Created from the media buying departments of Saatchi & Saatchi, BSB Dorland and KHBB, it went on to become the first worldwide media agency network.

Zenith Australia CEO Nickie Scriven said: “Zenith has come a long way in 30 years from one of the first standalone media agencies in Australia to offering clients a world-class CX proposition. We have invested in our data and insights offering and in the development of our talent in these areas.

“We lean into the future to ensure that Zenith, our people and our clients have a business partner that can deliver the ROI and business growth they require. Our expertise in CX, data and analytics provides real-time actionable insights to our optimisation teams and is delivering real business outcomes for our clients. The acknowledgement by Forrester as being a ‘leader’ in these areas demonstrates that our capability today is resonating with clients and will continue to do so in the future.”

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‘Like play money’: Why everyone wants to work for Netflix

Netflix set fire to the industry’s dealmaking practices when it lured Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy away from their studio homes with deals worth hundreds of millions, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

It hasn’t made as many headlines, but the streamer has been employing the same strategy with executives, enticing the studio and network ranks with lucrative offers. Netflix’s salaries, say sources, are 25% to 50% higher than those at legacy media companies (5% of compensation typically comes in stock).

Instead of the fancy titles traditional outfits hand out, the streaming giant’s execs normally fall into three tiers: manager, director and vice president. According to employees, managers make roughly US$150,000 to $400,000, directors from $400,000 to $800,000, and VPs can easily make $1 million or more

More shocking than the salaries is that they’re virtually public within the company. As of 2017, anyone director-level or above can see what everyone makes (and their pay history) through an internal system called Work Day. “We were all like, ‘Fuck, this is crazy,’” says one insider of initial reactions to the transparency.

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Sydney-based Simple appoints EMEA MD for global expansion

Marketing technology company Simple has opened a London office and announced its European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) management team a month after an investment round worth $17m to expand its Intelligent Marketing Platform globally.

Simple has appointed Australian Joe Jarrett (pictured), former CEO of global marketing and brand asset management platform Adgistics, as managing director, EMEA, heading up a highly experienced team.

Wolfgang von Enckevort also joins Simple as global chief technology officer, based in London. Von Enckevort has held chief technologist and executive management roles at several multinational advertising and marketing software firms and comes to Simple after establishing award-winning customer engagement and Microsoft solution consultancy Vepro.

Simple is headquartered in Sydney, with offices in Chicago, London, Melbourne and Brisbane.

News Brands

Geoffrey Rush lands small win as new witness is rejected by judge

The newspaper being sued for defamation by Geoffrey Rush has been dealt a blow to its case as a judge refused to hear evidence from a new witness, reports the ABC’s Jamelle Wells.

The Academy Award-winning actor is suing Nationwide News for stories published in The Daily Telegraph alleging he acted inappropriately towards actor Eryn Jean Norvill during a production of King Lear.

During pre-trial hearings, lawyers for the newspaper have sought to include evidence from cast member Colin Moody as part of their defence.

They say the evidence he could give would back Norvill’s claims.

But in the Federal Court, Justice Michael Wigney refused to let the newspaper add the new witness to its case, noting it is far too close to the start of the trial on October 22.

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Amy Shark hottest ARIA Awards property with nine nominations

The nominees for the 2018 ARIA Awards have been released at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday morning.

Amy Shark leads the nominations with nine.

Here is a list of the multiple nominees.

Amy Shark

Courtney Barnett

Gurrumul, Pnau

Tash Sultana

Dean Lewis, Peking Duk

5 Seconds Of Summer, Troye Sivan

Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, DMA’s, Jack River, Mojo Juju, Vance Joy

Alison Wonderland, Client Liaison, Dan Sultan, Gang Of Youths, Odette, Rüfüs Du Sol, The Presets

See more on the 2018 ARIA nominees including the full list at


Team at Jaden Social’s Music Network rank trade publishers

The talented team at Jaden Social’s Music Network has this week ranked Australia’s 10 most influential music, media and entertainment websites.

The Music Network, Australia’s #1 source for music industry news, charts and jobs since 1994, has taken the opportunity over the past three weeks to dive deep into the nuance of “influence” and come up with a method of measurement by weighing up both qualitative and quantitative data, as well as reaching out to key industry figures for their unbiased input.

The publishers said experience, reputation and unique voice of the journalists, editors and publishers who are the driving force of a publication, as well as its history and placement within its field, contribute to a publication’s weight of sphere of influence.

The Music Network also reached out to the entertainment industry’s most powerful and respected representatives and executives across a range of companies and sectors, who ranked a list of Australian entertainment trade publications in order of influence over their organisation.

We are very pleased to note that this expert analysis has ranked Mediaweek #2 on the list just behind Mumbrella.

We won’t comment on the ranking of people in the top 10, but applaud the Jaden Social brand’s insights, and we are happy to have made the finalists, and thrilled to be at #2.

See the rankings here.’s campaign to highlight men’s mental health issues has launched a campaign to highlight men’s mental health issues. The initiative’s launch coincided with World Mental Health Day (October 10).

Suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged 15-44 and the number of men who die every year exceeds those killed in road accidents. In Australia, about 75% of suicides are committed by men. They are three times more likely to self-harm than women.

Over the next four weeks through editorial and video content, the campaign The Silent Killer: Let’s Make Some Noise will encourage men to talk to each other, and their family and friends, about what’s going on in their lives.

The campaign will also be supporting the work of Gotcha4Life and Movember. editor-in-chief Kate de Brito said: “We are seeing these stories every day and the statistics are horrifying. It is a crisis we cannot ignore. has an audience of over 9.5 million each month and we want to use this reach to help bring about positive change on important issues.”

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British TV star forces weekly to make front page correction

Weekly magazine Woman’s Own has apologised to former soap actress Denise Welch after falsely claiming she had made “diva-like demands” over her return to TV show Loose Women earlier this year, reports Press Gazette.

In an article published in the British weekly on July 2, it was claimed that Welch had returned to the show’s panel after an absence of five years, but had “a long list of requests if the show’s producers want her back for good”.

According to a “source close to the star” Welch had “made it quite clear that she is back in control and won’t be outdone by celebrity guests” and that she was eyeing up a permanent spot on the panel but with “a big set of terms and conditions”.

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Network Ten’s Australian Survivor season three is most-watched ever

This season of Australian Survivor was the biggest of any Australian series of the show with total audience up 4% on season one, which held the previous record.

The record audiences were driven by viewers catching up with episodes in their own time on tenplay. It recorded the biggest BVOD audiences for a season of Australian Survivor ever, up 22% year-on-year.

This season had an average national audience of 1.02 million viewers including 769,000 capital city viewers.

Australian Survivor’s total audience average, including five city metro television audiences and online catch-up viewing plus television encores, was 878,000.

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders attracted the biggest ever total audience for the Australian series. This season, audiences were introduced to new, engaging contestants, while also seeing some of Australia’s much-loved Champions in a different light and out of their element. Full of epic blindsides and some of the toughest challenges, this season of Australian Survivor was truly one of the best.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved with the show including the contestants for their passion and determination to play the game, our wonderful host Jonathan LaPaglia, our production partners Endemol Shine Australia for their brilliant work in creating such a masterpiece of a production, our commercial sponsors for their invaluable support in bringing this season to life, and to everyone at Ten who worked hard to make this season such a success.”

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See also: Australian Survivor finale: How Sharn made a crucial mistake after winning the final challenge

Australian Survivor: how the jury members voted in that final Tribal Council

Ruby Rose as Batwoman: First image released as shooting starts

Warner Bros has revealed the first look at Australian actress Ruby Rose as Batwoman.

Kate Kane aka Batwoman will be introduced in The CW’s Arrowverse crossover, which kicked off filming in Vancouver yesterday.

FOX8 will air express from the US the highly anticipated DC crossover event between three of DC Comics’ most popular shows: The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, over three massive nights in December – December 10, 11 and 12.

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Lifestyle’s Love It Or List It Australia renewed for third season

Neale Whitaker has revealed Foxtel has renewed Love It Or List It Australia for a third season, reports Kristy Symonds.

The interior design guru told The Courier-Mail cameras would roll on the next instalment of the popular Lifestyle channel show next year.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great show to make,” he said.

Whitaker is in Brisbane for two Love It Or List It Australia dinner and Q&A sessions at Matt Moran’s ARIA restaurant with Gold Logie-nominated co-host Andrew Winter.

The pair shot a number of episodes for season two in Queensland earlier this year.

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Fairfax Media’s Debi Enker: How to make ABC TV great again

When the dust eventually settles from this period of unprecedented upheaval, when a new MD is installed, what would we like our ABC to be? asks Fairfax Media’s Debi Enker.

This is my wish list:

Go Back to the Future. Bring back Lateline and The Checkout.

Where are the regular programs covering film, music and theatre? The long-running arts shows (At the Movies, The Book Club) have been axed and haven’t been replaced (and here I’m strategically avoiding mention of the thankfully short-lived Screen Time).

Recognise fresh talent and nurture original ideas.

Get serious. Return to producing the kinds of substantial, deeply researched non-fiction series that once distinguished the ABC.

Not everything needs a cute, light-entertainment twist, an upbeat angle or a comedian.

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