Monday September 10, 2018

Network Ten’s latest commission: Dancing With The Stars is back

• Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer hosting, Warner Bros producing BBC format

Network Ten has commissioned a new season of Dancing With The Stars, which will return to Australian television screens in 2019.

The format previously ran on the Seven Network for 15 seasons, where it was hosted by Daryl Somers, who was later replaced by Daniel MacPherson and then Shane Bourne.

Presenter of Network Ten’s lifestyle program The Living Room, Amanda Keller, and TV Week Gold Logie Award winner and host of TEN’s new family entertainment show Game Of Games, Grant Denyer, will co-host Dancing With The Stars when it returns with a fresh new look, new judges and new celebrities ready to take to the dancefloor next year.

Amanda Keller said: “I can’t wait to be part of the spangly madness that is Dancing With The Stars. Having been a terrified, uncoordinated contestant, it will be fun to lend a sympathetic ear and a spare sequin or two to a new batch of amateur hoofers.

“My own brand of dancing failed to impress all those years ago. Hopefully I’ll have more success this time around – off the dancefloor.

“I’m so excited. And let’s face it, this is the only way I’m guaranteed to get to the grand finale.”

Grant Denyer said: “The worldwide success of Dancing With The Stars is simply phenomenal and the show has never been stronger, including a stunning 26 seasons in the US and now 15 in the UK. It’s such a much-loved show and it’s incredible to be part of its triumphant return here in Australia.

“This series will be much bigger, more glamourous and dazzling than ever. Australia has never seen dancing this spectacular. Get ready for something truly outstanding. I’m so happy I’m crying sequins down my fake-tanned cheeks.

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “Dancing With The Stars is feelgood family fun and we are thrilled to have such an iconic series on TEN early next year.

“Amanda and Grant are firm favourites with viewers so we are delighted to have them together as co-hosts for the first time. They will bring all the glitz, glamour and fancy dance moves that viewers will expect – with a few laughs thrown in too.”

Dancing With The Stars is an international success story. To date, over 3,500 episodes and 300 series have been recorded in more than 50 countries around the world.

Warner Bros managing director Michael Brooks said: “We are incredibly excited to partner with TEN and BBC Studios in what will be the most ambitious series of Dancing With The Stars ever to hit Australian TV screens. We’ve assembled a star-studded creative team with experience across the US, UK and Australian series of Dancing With The Stars. This will be a spectacular, must-see TV event in 2019.”

BBC Studios ANZ managing director Jon Penn said: “Australia was the first country to launch Dancing With The Stars outside the UK in 2004 and we’re delighted that TEN and Warner Bros will be reinventing it for a fresh generation of fans.”

Dancing With The Stars is produced by Warner Bros International Television Production Australia and BBC Studios from a format created by the BBC and distributed by BBC Studios.

Chris Brown & Julia Morris to host Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway

Ten is bringing ITV UK’s popular TV show Saturday Night Takeaway to Australia.

The local version will be hosted by I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris. Called Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway, it will screen on Ten and WIN Network in early 2019.

The show involves participation from the audience and celebrity guests. Audience members are chosen at random to participate in challenges and viewers at home receive surprise live visits. Celebrity guests will be taking part in tasks or will be the victim of Morris and Brown’s pranks.

Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway with Chris Brown and Julia Morris will be an exciting addition to our Sunday night line-up. There is nothing like Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway on Australian television. It is live and dangerously shiny family entertainment at its best.”

Morris said: “I absolutely love Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and can’t believe my luck that I get to stand alongside my beloved Docteur and host our very own local version of the show.

Takeaway is the ultimate combination of hilarious, exciting, heartwarming and completely nuts. The Docteur and I are a natural fit!”

Brown added: “This is such an exciting and dynamic show to be a part of. But best of all, it’s got a massive heart that will deliver such a huge hit of warmth into Australian lounge rooms. Just like Takeaway should.

“Julia and I have forged such a delightfully unique and fun friendship in our jungle treehouse so the thought of bringing that to an Australian studio that isn’t a major lightning hazard is incredibly exciting.”

The UK version of Saturday Night Takeaway, which was created by hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, has been airing on ITV since 2002. It has been made locally in 10 other countries including the US and Germany.

ITV Studios Australia CEO David Mott said: “Takeaway is simply the biggest global entertainment format around. The perfect marriage of Julia and Chris’s incredible talent, along with the format, will be the ultimate variety show.

Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway is going to be the most fun night in you’ve ever had. Big fun, live and dangerous television is back.”

WIN TV CEO Andrew Lancaster discusses Sky News on regional FTA

• Sky News on WIN offers a breakfast show with Jaynie Seal and “no giveaways and no gimmicks”

By James Manning

The WIN television network has been broadcasting a new dedicated 24-hour news channel supplied by Sky News from September 2. The channel is available in northern NSW on Channel 53 and on Channel 83 across all other WIN areas.

Speaking to Mediaweek at a launch event in Wollongong last week, WIN Network chief executive Andrew Lancaster said the plans had been on the drawing board for some time.

“We have been talking to Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos about this for some time and the need to bring more live news, sport and weather to the network. Sky News was interested in being able to reach more Australians and to create a larger platform to enable it to tell more regional news stories.”

Lancaster said WIN had the spectrum available to run a fourth channel. When Nine was WIN’s affiliate partner it carried the 9Go!, 9Gem and 9Life channels, but when it switched to Ten Network, it had extra capacity as Ten runs two multichannels – ELEVEN and ONE.

“We had been working on plans of what we could do with that fourth channel and that was behind the start of the conversation with Angelos in the first place.”

WIN has an exclusive dedicated breakfast show that it is running across two of its channels – the WIN primary channel and the new Sky News on WIN.

Headline News is running from 6am to 8.30am Monday to Friday and is hosted by Jaynie Seal. It’s a real news show with no gimmicks and no giveaways,” said Lancaster.

Host of the Sky News on WIN breakfast show Headline News, Jaynie Seal

“It adds a different type of audience for our advertisers. It brings a different type of demographic with an audience that is attracted by the different elements across Headline News – from Sky News and Fox Sports News to The Weather Channel.”

WIN sells the ads on the new channel from its capital city offices for the agency groups, said Lancaster. “We also have 30 regional sales offices across Australia who are also offering the new opportunities to local clients. The uptake already has been pretty impressive.”

This is an excerpt from the full article, which appears on Mediaweek Premium. Read the full article here or subscribe to Mediaweek Premium here.

Melbourne Radio Wrap: Day 1 – 3AW and smoothfm 91.5

Market leader unchanged of course, but smoothfm’s turn to be #1 FM.

As you will note from the stats below, the chances of 3AW being overtaken by a competitor are pretty slim, certainly as long as the key ingredients of the current lineup remain active.

FM leadership is another thing – Fox FM traditionally has been the best performer, but more recently it has been challenged by both smoothfm and Gold.

Survey five it was smoothfm’s turn to be #1 FM.

3AW 10+ 13.2%, Breakfast 18.6%

Cumulative audience: 10+ 637,000, Breakfast 508,000

Five commercial stations have a bigger 10+ cume, while just two have a bigger breakfast cume (Fox and Nova). However, the 3AW audience is rusted on and listens longer – many of them all day and all night. Expats returning to the city make sure the radio that is on in the cab is tuned to 3AW to get a fix of what’s happening now in their city.

Here are some of the station’s achievements:

• News Talk 3AW 693 is #1 in Melbourne with an audience share of 13.2% of all people 10+ to continue its record of survey wins over the last 13 years
Ross Stevenson & John Burns #1 in breakfast (5:30am-8:30am) with 19.2%. This represents 134 consecutive wins and a career total of 205 wins as Melbourne’s #1 breakfast show

Ross Stevenson and John Burns with Luc Longley.

Neil Mitchell #1 in morning (8:30am-12pm) with 15.2%. This is his 183rd career win
Denis Walter in afternoon (12pm-3pm) with 10.2%
Tom Elliott #2 in drive (3pm-6pm) with 10.9%
• Nights with Steve Price (8pm-10pm) at #1 with 11.1%, Nightline (10pm-12am) with Philip Brady and Simon Owens at #1 with 24.9%
• 3AW Football – #1 AFL station on Saturday night and Sunday twilight (Triple M claims the other footy dayparts all people)
Tony Moclair #1 in Australia overnight (12am-5:30am) with 21.7%
• Weekends with Darren James #1 with a 15.9% (Saturday) and 19.8% (Sunday)

“Survey 5 continues a solid 2018 for 3AW,” said 3AW operations director Stephen Beers. “Breakfast with Ross and John setting up our day with a dominant 19.2% of Melbourne tuning in. 3AW Football continued the great start to the AFL season, number one Saturday night and Sunday twilight. Thank you to our great on-air teams and our loyal listeners for continuing to make 3AW the favourite radio destination in Melbourne.”

smoothfm 91.5 10+ 10.4%, Breakfast 7.7%

Cumulative audience: 10+ 888,000, Breakfast 429,000

The station has had five surveys over 10% in the past year and ranked #1 FM twice.

Nova Entertainment’s Paul Jackson on smoothfm:

You have resisted the temptation for bigger breakfast shows? “We have never gone there and we have built our own programs. Mike Perso and Jennifer Hansen host a powerhouse show in Melbourne which is on parity with [Nova’s] Chrissie, Sam and Browny and to be equal second is sensational.

“We have the same number, 7.7% in Sydney, and it’s the #3 show. These are brilliant numbers and I don’t think there is any superstar name we could put in who would perform better.

“The audience sees our breakfast talent as close friends and they have a great rapport.”

Jackson said he spends plenty of time with the Sydney and Melbourne smoothfm breakfast shows.

“I see our Sydney team every week and I spent three days recently in Melbourne with Mike and Jen. Even when you do that sort of radio and play lots of music, you still have to be bright and fresh and contemporary and succinct. You might find a lot of shows on the FM band that talk too long – you just can’t shut them up. These guys deliver consistently well day after day and it is not easy to do. It also takes a lot of preparation and planning as well.”

Top Photo: Mike Perso and Jennifer Hansen

Australian cricket stars face up for new Fox Cricket TVC

Foxtel offering three-month free sports & entertainment packages.

Foxtel and Fox Sports are giving cricket lovers a taste of what’s to come this summer with the launch of the Fox Cricket channel’s “It’s cricket like never before” TVC.

From the streets to the beach and the MCG, the stars combine with the all-new Fox Cricket commentary team to show the lengths they will take to provide the biggest lineup of cricket including every ODI, T20, Test and BBL match to Foxtel’s new dedicated cricket channel, Fox Cricket.

Head of Fox Sports Peter Campbell said: “Cricket is synonymous with summer, with family and fun. As the new home of cricket in Australia, Fox Cricket will be the place for fans to sit back and enjoy the biggest lineup of summer action ever. Every men’s Test, T20, ODI and BBL match plus more women’s coverage than ever on a dedicated cricket channel – it’s doesn’t get much better than that.

“The new promo captures how much cricket is coming and the lengths we will take to bring it to fans. From the long- to the short-form, from the beach to the backyard, delivered by the best commentary team assembled.

“And with the footy season drawing to a close, there isn’t long to wait. Fans will experience cricket like never before, including the first 4K cricket broadcast when Australia takes on South Africa on November 4.”

Featuring in the TV launch commercial played on “Lord’s Avenue” are Australian men’s and women’s international players Mitchell Starc, Ellyse Perry, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Alyssa Healy, Josh Hazelwood, Pat Cummins and Meg Lanning.

Calling their every move just as they will on Fox Cricket are commentators Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Isa Guha, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Brett Lee, Allan Border, Brendon Julian and Kerry O’Keeffe.

The ad campaign coincides with Foxtel’s earlybird offer where new subscribers can get three months of free Sport HD + Entertainment on a 12-month plan with Foxtel.

The campaign will run through the NRL and AFL football finals in September and across the Foxtel network.

Fox Cricket TVC credits:

Fox Sports Creative – Creative Concept & Production

• Mat Harrington: GM Fox Sports Creative
• Guy Sawrey-Cookson: Group Creative Director
• David Sparkes: Director and Lead Creative – Fox Cricket and Fox League
• Paresh Patel: Lead Designer – Fox Footy
• Celia Nicholas: Executive Producer
• Jenny Webb: Production Manager
• Ashleigh Carter: DOP
• Stuart Morley @ The Editors: Editor
• Andrew Clarkson @ Blockhead: Colourist
• The Editors: Online
• Electric Sheep: Soundtrack and Sound Design

Damon Johnston
Sports crucial to the Herald Sun’s commercial and editorial success

AFL is an important part of the Herald Sun’s success commercially and editorially. Therefore, it comes with little surprise that this month is going to be big for the News Corp-owned Melbourne daily leading up to the AFL grand final on September 29.

By Kruti Joshi

“During September of last year, we sold an extra 300,000 copies of the paper. Our digital audience went up to three million page views in the grand final week alone,” Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston told Mediaweek.

There are five Victorian teams in the running to play in the grand final this year.

“Our dream grand final would be with Richmond and Collingwood. That hasn’t happened since 1980,” Johnston said. This is especially the case given Collingwood’s large membership base. “It’s a wonderful time to be in Victoria and at the Herald Sun when you have a heap of strong Victorian teams playing.”

While the Herald Sun prides itself on its coverage of the AFL, it faces some tough competition from the sporting body’s own media division.

“The digital space is pretty dynamic and there is plenty of competition out there,” Johnston said. “We say here, ‘Not much stays secret in football for very long.’ We tend to break a lot of our big football stories online. When you get a breaking football story, it is rare that it stays secret for too long. Our digital football audience is very important so we have to keep the content updated and moving quickly.”

Asked if there are any discrepancies between the access other media outlets get and gets, Johnston said: “As the official media arm of the league, has access to content that we don’t such as video rights. On some occasions, they do get better access to players than we would too. That’s where we have to work harder to ensure that our relationships with clubs and players are so strong that when they have a big story to tell they come to us first to tell it.”

This helps keep the Herald Sun on its toes, Johnston said, explaining it’s good to not get too comfortable.

The sports action doesn’t end for the Herald Sun with the AFL premiership. There is perhaps a bigger sporting moment waiting to happen around the corner.

This is an excerpt from the full article, which appears on Mediaweek Premium. Read the full article here or subscribe to Mediaweek Premium here.

Ten bringing back Changing Rooms

The do-it-yourself home improvement show Changing Rooms is returning to Australian television screens with an all-new look. The program will air on Ten and WIN Network in 2019.

The format ran for 17 seasons in the UK and led to local versions in the US, New Zealand and Australia. The previous local version of the show ran for about 10 years on Nine. The last episode was screened in 2005.

Couples on the show swap houses with their family, friends or neighbours. Each pair decorates several key rooms in each other’s homes, guided by leading designers, and then meet up again for a final reveal.

Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “Our new show will capture the essence and appeal of the original format and re-energise it, with strong storylines and more kitchen and bathroom reveals, which are proven favourites with Australian viewers.

Changing Rooms proved that renovation could be more than informative: it could also be full of fun, big characters and tension. We cannot wait to bring our exciting new version to viewers.”

The new Changing Rooms series will be produced by Endemol Shine Australia, which also makes MasterChef Australia and Australian Survivor for Ten.

Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy said: “It’s the series that changed the nation’s living rooms and brought in a new era of DIY. Changing Rooms – it’s great to have you back!”

The host of the new Changing Rooms will be announced soon.

Women’s Health announces second Celeb Sweats event

Pacific Magazines’ Women’s Health Australia has partnered with New Balance for the second instalment of its new boutique consumer-facing fitness experience Celeb Sweats.

On September 11, model, presenter and qualified personal trainer Laura Dundovic will host Total Body Burn, a 45-minute high intensity workout for an intimate group of 50 at the Blue Room in Bondi.

Women’s Health readers and influencers in the fashion and fitness space will attend the training session.

Jacqui Mooney, editor of Women’s Health, said: “Our latest Celeb Sweats session with Laura and New Balance is yet another example of how we continue to grow into new spaces with like-minded partners, evolve the Women’s Health brand and, most importantly, engage with our audience of passionately committed health and fitness lovers. Women’s Health is so much more than just a magazine. It’s a global multiplatform brand with female empowerment at its heart. We want our community to feel fitter, happier, healthier and more inspired, every single day, and know that this high-energy morning overlooking Bondi Beach will deliver all that and more.”

Women’s Health describes Celeb Sweats as the “boutique little sister of large-scale consumer event Fit Night Out”.

This latest addition to Women’s Health’s event portfolio follows the launch of bespoke fitness pop-up Secret Sweats – hosted by New York-based master trainer Kirsty Godso – in April.

ARIA Charts: Tash Sultana & Troye Sivan can’t stop an Eminem #1

• Singles: Dean Lewis #1 again as Eminem tracks flood the chart
• Albums: New Tash Sultana & Troye Sivan can’t stop an Eminem #1

By James Manning


Dean Lewis is a deserved chart champ, but how many would have predicted four weeks at #1? His Be Alright has now been charting for a total of 10 weeks.

Lewis at #1 means George Ezra didn’t make the jump to the top this week, although his Shotgun surges three places to #2, making it the British singer-songwriter’s biggest hit in Australia.

Eminem made the biggest mark, easily, this week as 11 tracks from his #1 album Kamikaze flood the chart.

We should make special mention of 5SOS too with Youngblood refusing to leave the top 10. The song hovers at #6 his week with the former #1 now spending a total of 21 weeks on the chart.


Eminem scores his ninth #1 with his 10th album. Kamikaze has arrived with mixed reviews, but the fans have flocked to it this week. Be interesting to see where it moves to next week after the initial interest in the latest from the angry rapper.

The veteran US performer proved to be a roadblock for two exciting Aussie artists who had to settle with a top three debut for their latest releases. No shame in that.

Tash Sultana’s Flow State hit the chart at #2 – the first album from the Melbourne sing-songwriter-musician-producer. It was Sultana’s second album chart appearance, however, after a 2017 EP peaked at #8.

The second album from the global phenomenon that is Troye Sivan made it to #3 on debut. It is Sivan’s third time on the chart after his debut album Blue Neighbourhood peaked at #6 in 2015 while the EP Wild, also from 2015, made it to #1.

Also new to the chart and the top 10 this week:

#7 Passenger with Runaway
#10 Why Don’t We with 8 Letters

Three other albums managed to debut inside the top 50:

#24 The Wiggles with Wiggle Pop!
#43 The Kooks with Let’s Go Sunshine
#49 Alice Cooper with A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris

Top 10 Game Charts: Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate takes top spot

There’s been a mild shake-up in the charts this week with a handful of new games simultaneously cracking the top 10.

By Luke Reilly Games Editor, IGN Australia

In first spot is Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate, usurping F1 2018 (which drops to third). Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate marks the debut of the popular Monster Hunter series on Switch, though it arrives in the West a year after its original Japanese release. It’s the Switch version of a 2015 Nintendo 3DS game so it’s a little crusty compared to the newer (and also very successful) Monster Hunter: World but its dominance in the charts last week is a handy illustration of the potency of the Switch as a platform and the hunger for exclusives for it.

Also scissor-kicking their way into the charts this week is Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker from Bandai Namco and Yakuza Kiwami 2 from SEGA, the latter a remake of the 2006 PS2 game Yakuza 2. The Yakuza games were always cult favourites but the successful second life SEGA’s Yakuza series is enjoying right now is impressive.

Sneaking into the top 10 in tenth is Divinity: Original Sin II, an extremely well-received isometric fantasy RPG which was first released on PC this time last year but has been brought to Xbox One and PS4 this week as a new “definitive edition.” This new edition incorporates a huge number of improvements made to the game since its initial PC launch, and will also be available to existing PC version owners as a free update.

TV Ratings Analysis: September 10

• Tough judging from Shaynna Blaze has 1.296m watching
• The Lynette Dawson mystery still captures interest with 896k on 60 Minutes
• News and Little Big Shots were Seven’s strongest performers
• Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures gives Ten a spot in the Top 10

By Kruti Joshi


The broadcaster had the best primary channel share on Sunday thanks to the combination of The Block, News, 60 Minutes and NRL.

The coverage of the Broncos and Dragons clash began at 3pm. The action from Suncorp Stadium, which saw St George Illawarra defeat Broncos 48-18, was watched by 547,000.

The Dragons will face South Sydney next. It is being reported as a “dream semifinal”.

The evening numbers got better for Nine with the News on 1.191 million and The Block on 1.296 million. The judgment day episode was high on drama with judge Shaynna Blaze not holding back. What was meant to be contestants Norm and Jess’s “secret weapon” – the hanging fireplace – did not work in their favour. Blaze labelled it a “tonsil” because of its placement. She said, “That is a ridiculously expensive fireplace that I love but the placement is possibly the worst I have ever seen.”

The Block was last night’s most-watched program.

The Lynette Dawson mystery continues to intrigue Australian media consumers. After the success of the News Corp podcast about the case, The Teacher’s Pet, Nine followed with its own special 60 Minutes investigation. The episode was watched by 896,000.


Seven News was watched by 1.068 million last night and ranked third on FTA TV. The broadcaster’s Little Big Shots had 768,000 people tuning in.

It was all about Olivia Newton-John on Sunday Night. The Australian actor known for her portrayal of Sandy on Grease spoke in length about how the role was a turning point for her and life after the popular show.

The episode, which had 843,000 watching, coincided with the launch of Newton-John’s autobiography Don’t Stop Believin’.


The network has had a busy weekend announcing new shows coming in 2019 (see above).

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures was the most-watched program on the channel last night with 522,000 tuning in. The second episode from the series was watched by 516,000.

The Sunday Project did 367,000.


News, Rake, Joanna Lumley’s India, Insiders and Landline were five programs all inside the top 20 most-watched shows for the ABC last night.

The Sunday news bulletin was watched by 702,000. Rake was next best at #12 with 430,000 and Joanna Lumley’s India had 421,000 at #13.

Week 36-37 TV: Friday-Sunday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 9.0% 7 28.3% 9 19.7% TEN 7.7% SBS One 4.3%
ABC 2 2.6% 7TWO 3.2% GO! 3.1% ONE 2.9% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 6.2% GEM 2.2% ELEVEN 2.1% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.9% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 13.7% 39.6% 27.2% 12.7% 6.8
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 9.2% 7 33.0% 9 17.7% TEN 6.2% SBS One 5.5%
ABC 2 2.5% 7TWO 3.3% GO! 2.8% ONE 2.3% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 4.3% GEM 1.9% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 2.8% 9Life 2.6% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 13.5% 43.3% 25.0% 10.8% 7.4%
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.5% 7 20.3% 9 27.8% TEN 9.9% SBS One 4.6%
ABC 2 2.1% 7TWO 3.4% GO! 2.8% ONE 2.3% VICELAND 0.7%
ABC ME 0.5% 7mate 4.9% GEM 3.0% ELEVEN 1.6% Food Net 0.4%
ABC NEWS 1.1% 7flix 1.5% 9Life 2.1% NITV 0.3%
TOTAL 14.3% 30.1% 35.7% 13.8% 6.1%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.1% 7 19.2% 9 24.6% WIN 10.7% SBS One 4.3%
ABC 2 2.9% 7TWO 3.5% GO! 4.4% ONE 2.3% VICELAND 0.4%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.5% GEM 4.6% ELEVEN 1.4% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 1.1% 9Life 2.1% Sky News  on WIN 0.6% NITV 0.4%
TOTAL 15.2% 28.3% 35.7% 15.0% 5.7%


85.4% 14.6%


All People Rankings

Friday Top 10

  1. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals Seven 917,000
  2. Seven News Seven 848,000
  3. Nine News Nine 836,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 803,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 782,000
  6. Rugby League Final Series QF1 Nine 637,000
  7. ABC News ABC 584,000
  8. Better Homes And Gardens Seven 556,000
  9. Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals – Pre Match Seven 541,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 522,000


Saturday Top 10

  1. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals Seven 886,000
  2. Seven News Seven 840,000
  3. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals – Post match Seven 731,000
  4. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Afternoon Football Finals Seven 644,000
  5. Nine News Nine 614,000
  6. ABC News ABC 598,000
  7. Seven’s AFL: Saturday Night Football Finals – Pre match Seven 543,000
  8. Rugby League Final Series QF2 -Pre Game Nine 425,000
  9. The Split ABC 410,000
  10. Rugby League Final Series QF2 Nine 405,000
  1. The Block Nine 1,296,000
  2. Nine News Nine 1,191,000
  3. Seven News Seven 1,068,000
  4. 60 Minutes Nine 896,000
  5. Sunday Night Seven 843,000
  6. Little Big Shots Seven 768,000
  7. ABC News Sunday ABC 702,000
  8. Rugby League Final Series EF2 Nine 547,000
  9. Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures Ten 522,000
  10. Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures E2 Ten 516,000
  11. City Of Evil Nine 441,000
  12. Rake ABC 430,000
  13. Joanna Lumley’s India Rpt ABC 421,000
  14. Crime Investigation Australia: Most Infamous Seven 392,000
  15. The Sunday Project 7pm Ten 367,000
  16. Red 2 Rpt Ten 297,000
  17. Insiders-AM ABC 290,000
  18. Ten Eyewitness News Sun Ten 264,000
  19. Landline-PM ABC 256,000
  20. Rugby League Final Series EF2 -Pre Game Nine 247,000
SUNDAY Multichannel
  1. Go Jetters-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 177,000
  2. M- Independence Day-PM 7mate 175,000
  3. Kiddets-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 173,000
  4. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 164,000
  5. Luo Bao Bei-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 159,000
  6. Charlie And Lola-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  7. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  8. Sarah And Duck-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  9. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line E4 7TWO 139,000
  10. Midsomer Murders 9Gem 137,000
  11. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  12. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-E2 PM 7TWO137,000
  13. Insiders-AM ABC NEWS 136,000
  14. Border Security: International-E2 PM 7TWO 135,000
  15. M- Taken 3-PM 7mate 135,000
  16. PJ Masks-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  17. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-PM 7TWO132,000
  18. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  19. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-E3 PM 7TWO130,000
  20. Dot. ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
SUNDAY Subscription TV
  1. Live: NRL Elim Final 2 Broncos V Dragon FOX LEAGUE 380,000
  2. Live: Finals Footy With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 184,000
  3. Live: Finals Footy On Fox FOX LEAGUE 130,000
  4. A Place To Call Home showcase 115,000
  5. The Edge FOX LEAGUE 94,000
  6. Live: NRL Women’s Premiership FOX LEAGUE 82,000
  7. Live: Controversy Corner FOX LEAGUE 76,000
  8. NCIS TVH!TS 45,000
  9. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 43,000
  10. Yes Minister FOX Classics 42,000
  11. NCISTVH!TS 41,000
  12. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 40,000
  13. Live: Motorsport: MotoGP FOX SPORTS 506 39,000
  14. First Blood FOX Classics 39,000
  15. Nella The Princess Knight Nick Jr. 38,000
  16. Outsiders Sky News Live 37,000
  17. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 36,000
  18. Outsiders Sky News Live 36,000
  19. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 34,000
  20. NCIS: Los Angeles TVH!TS 34,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

News Corp urges ACCC to break up Google

The competition watchdog has been urged to recommend Google be broken up, reports John Rolfe in The Weekend Australian.

The call is contained in a new submission by News Corp Australia to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry.

It is believed to be the first time a major media company has suggested Google be split into different businesses.

The call comes as regulators and politicians around the globe look to the ACCC inquiry for ideas on how to grapple with Google’s growing dominance.

At the request of the federal government, the ACCC is examining the impact of search engines, social media platforms and content aggregators “on the supply of news and journalistic content and the implications of this for media content creators, advertisers and consumers”.

Google has argued its operation does not harm competition because any content is just one click away.

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Also in The Australian:

After being fined billions of dollars for anti-competitive conduct in Europe, Google is facing an international revolt by mainstream media seeking a regulatory crackdown and possible breakup of its business empire.

These moves have been triggered by persistent complaints by publishers in Europe, the US and Australia that the tech giants, and Google in particular, are abusing their market power to stifle threats to their dominance over the online distribution and monetisation of news.

News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian, has stepped up its criticism and is now calling for “structural interventions” to deal with what the publisher describes as Google’s anti-competitive conduct.

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Twitter protest: Users calling for ad boycott on Sky News

Calls for an advertising boycott of Sky News by online activist group Sleeping Giants was fuelled by a small number of anonymous Twitter accounts that cannot be linked to real consumers, analysis suggests, reports Darren Davidson in The Australian.

The Australian offshoot of the US group pressured brands to pull their advertising after Blair Cottrell, the former leader of the far-right United Patriots Front, appeared on Sky’s Adam Giles Show. Sky, which is operated by the publisher of The Weekend Australian, News Corp Australia, apologised for the interview, withdrew the show and launched a review.

Several companies withdrew their advertising as Sleeping Giants challenged it to respond.

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Today’s journalists work in a ‘weaponised environment’

Twitter has prompted sloppy and irresponsible reporting of gossip and rumour as fact, according to a leading journalism academic, writes Stephen Brook in The Australian’s Media Diary.

The rise of social media as a reporting platform, evident during last month’s federal leadership challenge, when senior journalists made a large number of errors, was due to a reporting environment where an exclusive lasts seconds, rather than hours, says Claire Wardle, a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Centre on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

“Reporters are therefore working under extremely competitive conditions that lead to mistakes and sloppy, irresponsible reporting,” Wardle told The Australian.

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Global ad agency taking the fight to tech company disrupters

WPP’s top executives, including Australian boss Mike Connaghan, have been summoned to Brooklyn next month to discuss the future of the world’s largest ad agency with new boss Mark Read.

The gathering, to be held over a few days, will allow Read to lay out his plans for the business, which needs to tackle the disruption Facebook, Google and other tech companies are causing across the ad industry. “I think it will be basically a strategy update, and it’s not unusual because it’s an annual event that has always been held. Last year it was in Silicon Valley, the year before it was in London,” Connaghan told The Australian.

In the past, WPP has invited a cross-section of people across the company, usually the top 100 executives, he said.

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Growing pains for marketing and the boardroom

Marketers today face perhaps the greatest challenge before them in decades, writes Sunita Gloster in The AFR.

As corporates in Australia, and indeed globally, wrestle with balancing cost-out programs to reinvest in business transformation and innovation to drive growth, there is ample evidence marketing must recast its once unassailable legacy of customer focus and insights into the urgent transformation agenda sweeping through boardrooms and the C-suite.

In the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers CEO Survey, Australia’s chief executives are optimistic about global economic growth (59% expect global economic growth to improve over the next 12 months) but far less upbeat about their own company’s growth prospects (46% are confident about their own company’s prospects). Hence why more focus is now on how they address this challenge – 62% of CEOs indicate cost reduction activities are a key driver.

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ABC staffers not happy as Larry

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has gone silent after the self-inflicted fiasco of the ABC Recognition project, where she suggested staff honour colleagues for championing ABC principles (another management thought bubble) by printing out special ABC postcards featuring a character called Larry, writes Stephen Brook in The Australian.

The project aims to “celebrate important milestones” that could include “the end of a successful pan-ABC project, increased audience ratings, individual milestones, team milestones, or just because”. Last week Guthrie emailed staff announcing a “new ABC-wide recognition program”. “Those who are recognised will have the opportunity to attend industry events, go behind the scenes at different ABC productions, attend a celebratory event in Sydney, and receive other great products such as Google headphones,” Guthrie wrote.

Diary looks forward to the next ABC board meeting, where directors will presumably shower Guthrie and her executives with Larry cards for doing such a good job.

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The Teacher’s Pet recognised at the 2018 Queensland Clarion Awards

The Australian reports on the success of its journalists at the Clarion Awards:

Journalists from The Australian’s Brisbane bureau have won major categories at the 2018 Queensland Clarion Awards for journalistic excellence, including for the investigative podcast The Teacher’s Pet, which has been downloaded more than 17 million times.

Michael McKenna, Sean Parnell and Sarah Elks took out the coveted investigative journalism award for their year-long probe into the secret influence of one of Queensland’s largest unions over a cabinet minister.

The series, which also exposed a widespread culture in the ministry of back-channel dealing, led to two investigations by the Crime and Corruption Commission and an overhaul of ministerial rules.

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Australian director Jennifer Kent surprised by Venice controversy

From being called a whore to grateful hugs, Australian director Jennifer Kent has been surprised by the extreme emotional response at the Venice Film Festival to her new film about what she calls the epidemic of violence against women, writes Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The world premiere of The Nightingale, her long-awaited follow-up to the hit horror film The Babadook, has been surrounded by controversy.

“It’s certainly been a lively entry to the world,” Kent said. “I didn’t expect it be so controversial, but obviously it’s tough material.”

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Comedian Rebel Wilson to make Australian main stage debut in 2019

Rebel Wilson is set to make her Australian main-stage debut with the Sydney Theatre Company next year. The Pitch Perfect star will play Maureen Folan in the 1996 comedy, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Wilson, who graduated from the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2003, said Beauty Queen, by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), was the first professional production she ever saw. “I am really excited to come back to STC to be in this play,” she said. “To me, the play holds a lot of significance.”

Sydney Theatre Company has been in discussions with Wilson for “a couple of years”, according to artistic director Kip Williams.

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A Place To Call Home creator Bevan Lee working on new project

The award-winning A Place To Call Home is drawing to an end on Foxtel, but its creator, Bevan Lee, has already written his next project, a “glorious super soap” he says will be the equivalent of a fantastic summer beach read, reports Stephen Brook in The Australian’s Media Diary.

The project – he won’t reveal the title – already has eight episodes written with Seven executives now deciding if they will commission it.

“I wanted to write a TV equivalent of the fantastic summer beach read, the book you pick up and you simply cannot put down, and I’m really thrilled with this,” Lee tells The Australian’s Behind the Media podcast.

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CBS to launch new streaming service in Australia in December 2018

US media giant CBS will make its long-awaited assault on Netflix and Stan in the Australian streaming market from December, and it can also be finally confirmed the new paid service will be marketed under the local Ten brand, reports Nick Tabakoff in The Australian.

Network Ten’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, says the new streaming service will be called Ten All Access, not CBS All Access as it is known in the US.

McGarvey has told media the continued local speculation that the new streaming service will be launched next month is wrong.

Ten All Access will become CBS’s third subscription streaming service, after the US and Canada.

In the US, CBS All Access is priced at $US5.99 a month with ads. Local analysts believe $6 to $7 a month is a realistic price point for Australia for its December launch.

Network Ten’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, says the new streaming service will be called Ten All Access, not CBS All Access as it is known in the US.

McGarvey has told media the continued local speculation that the new streaming service will be launched next month is wrong.

Ten All Access will become CBS’s third subscription streaming service, after the US and Canada.

In the US, CBS All Access is priced at $US5.99 a month with ads. Local analysts believe $6 to $7 a month is a realistic price point for Australia for its December launch.

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Australian Deborah Riley wins fourth Emmy Award for work on Game of Thrones

Australian production designer Deborah Riley has secured a fourth Emmy award for her work on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama Game of Thrones, reports Michael Idato from The Sydney Morning Herald.

The win is an early coup for Australia, just a week out from the primetime Emmy awards.

Riley shares the award with two other winners, the show’s art director Paul Ghirardani and its set decorator Rob Cameron.

It is the fourth win for Cameron, who previously won the award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In her acceptance speech, Riley thanked the show’s many unsung heroes, the “plasterers, carpenters [and] model makers”.

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Nine and Sky New Business JV Your Money set for October launch

Nine Entertainment and Australian News Channel are set to launch their new business, personal finance and lifestyle channel, Your Money, in less than a month on free-to-air and pay television, reports Max Mason in The Australian Financial Review.

The new 24/7 business, personal finance and luxury channel will launch on Monday October 1 on channel 95 on free-to-air and will replace Sky Business on channel 601 on Foxtel. Your Money will also be available on streaming services 9Now and Foxtel Now.

The Your Money team have been presenting to media agencies and clients ahead of the launch in three weeks’ time.

It is understood the programming lineup will feature programs which will leverage existing assets of both Nine and ANC, which is owned by News Corporation. The new channel comes amid Nine’s potential merger with Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review.

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Foxtel takes up the PTSD battle facing our returned service personnel in new Fighting Season

The idea for Foxtel’s sizzling new drama series Fighting Season emerged in a crowded US airport lounge, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.

Over a loud speaker came a call for military personnel to board their planes first, a simple nod to their service and a subtle thanks from a respectful nation.

As the show’s producer, Kylie du Fresne – along with her Goalpost Pictures producing partner Rosemary Blight – noted it was a shocking reminder that “in Australia, our troops are completely invisible”.

“At the same time we were seeing newspaper and magazine articles about PTSD in Australian soldiers and we started thinking that this was really interesting subject matter that hadn’t yet been explored on Australian television,” du Fresne said.

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Olivia Newton-John tells: How Grease changed me forever

The actor pens her experience of playing Sandy for News Corp.

You could call this a tale of two Sandys. You see, I never thought of my role in Grease as only playing one character. Even back when I did the screen test, I knew that I was reading Sandy #1 – as I liked to call her. After weeks of filming, she came easily to me because most of us have #1 in us. But we also have a bit of Sandy #2! Number two smoked, wore black leather and high heels, and wrapped her legs around a boy as he danced her through the grounds of the high school. Sandy #2 was deliciously wild and there was a great buildup of excitement inside me to finally bring her to life.

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Foxtel CEO promises to step up product launches and innovations

Foxtel’s chief executive Patrick Delany has vowed to step up the pace of product launches and technological innovations, buoyed by strong demand for a new ultra-high definition 4K service, reports Darren Davidson in The Australian.

Unveiling a refined strategy to reinvigorate Foxtel, Delany has committed to giving subscribers better value for money as part of a strategy to reduce the subscription television provider’s churn rate.

It comes as Delany, who has led the satellite, cable and streaming company since January, pushes through Foxtel’s first price rises in more than two years to partially offset increased investment in content and new platforms including the launch of Fox Cricket, a dedicated 24/7 cricket channel, on September 17.

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Also from Davidson in The Australian:

Cricket is poised for one of the “biggest shake-ups” since Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket 41 years ago when the dedicated Fox Cricket channel is launched next Monday.

Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany said “Australia should be ready for a shift as big as when World Series Cricket launched”.

As cricket looks to put dark days behind it after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, Delany promised “revolutionary coverage” of all forms of the game on the Fox Sports channel, paying homage to the sport’s rich history while embracing a new future.

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Sports Media

AFL is guaranteed record attendance

The AFL is guaranteed another record attendance this season following an outstanding turnout in the first four games of the finals played in three states, reports Greg Denham in The Australian.

Despite a ticketing fiasco 13 days ago that affected three of the first four games of the series, a total of 283,148 attended the first week of the finals at the MCG, SCG and Optus Stadium in Perth, easily beating last year’s figure of 235,328.

The figure for the first week of the finals series set a record. Following a record home-and-away season attendance of 6,894,770, a total of 7,177,918 people have now clicked through the turnstiles this year – 209,989 more than at the corresponding time last year.

With five remaining finals, including four more to be played at the MCG, last year’s record overall annual figure of 7,286,419 will be smashed during this weekend’s two semifinals played in Melbourne.

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