Wednesday September 18, 2019

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Style guru Neale Whitaker’s remarkable publishing and TV career

• As The Block season 15 continues, season 3 of Love It Or List It? launches

By James Manning

When magazine editor-turned TV style guru Neale Whitaker stepped down as the editor of Vogue Living in 2017 he had worked in publishing for 27 years.

Since then Whitaker has continued to write a weekly column for Stellar magazine, but otherwise he focuses on his TV work. A new season of LifeStyle’s Love It Or List It Australia returns this week and he is halfway through season 15 of The Block where he is a judge alongside Darren Palmer and Shaynna Blaze.

Listen to Neale Whitaker on the Mediaweek podcast with James Manning here.

“I got my first magazine gig in the UK in 1990,” Whitaker told the Mediaweek podcast. “It is exactly 20 years since I arrived in Australia. Matt Handbury brought me to Australia for Murdoch Magazines where I edited marie claire lifestyle. I note that Pacific Magazines have just this week relaunched the title.”

Whitaker then moved to FPC Magazines where he stayed for a number of years. His role at FPC included the launch of delicious. magazine 18 years ago. “I also edited Vogue Entertaining + Travel. I later moved to ACP Magazines and edited Belle for nine years.”

Whitaker got his start in TV exactly 10 years ago with producers Julian Cress and David Barbour on a show for Nine called HomeMade. The creators of The Block format had just returned to Australia after working in the US and Julian Cress cast Whitaker as a judge on the program.

HomeMade showed promise, but not enough for Nine to recommission past the first season. Instead they commissioned the producers to resurrect The Block, with Whitaker joining as a judge from series three.

“After a seven year hiatus I was the judge with John McGrath and I have been there for 13 seasons. It’s a wonderful show and has been very good to me. The Block has led to all the other things I am now enjoying in my career.

Those 13 seasons were squeezed into nine years with Cress and Barbour making two series in a number of years.

Love It Or List It pushes Whitaker into design areas as he makes over a property every episode, which his co-host Andrew Winter tries to sell.

Neale Whitaker with Love It Or List It co-host Andrew Winter

The series, made by Beyond for LifeStyle, starts season three this week.

Whitaker said he had learnt much in his years in the design space in both publishing and broadcasting.

“Doing The Block and Love It Or List It has been my finishing school. I am always telling people I am not a trained interior designer. I might be an expert, but my knowledge comes through editing interior design magazines. I learnt a lot at the helm of Belle and then three years at Vogue Living, but that is nothing compared to what I have learnt during a decade at The Block and then three seasons of Love It Or List It.”

Does Whitaker ever get on the tools himself? [Laughs] “No, I’m not going to pretend I do. That is due to lack of time, not lack of inclination. I understand the renovation process and I can talk to my own builders and tradies in a language we can all understand.”

One of the joys of Love It Or List It is watching the hosts jousting.

“Working with Andrew is a lot of fun,” said Whitaker. “We genuinely get on very well. We are a similar age, both English and we share a similar sense of humour. We genuinely like each other and respect what we each do. Andrew is a real estate expert, probably the best in this country. We respect each other. And we have a lot of laughs along the way.”

There are two different Love It Or List It series in Canada (Vancouver and Quebec) and a UK series hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer. “That makes Andrew as Phil and me as Kirstie,” laughed Whitaker. “But I am fine with that.”

Whitaker tries to persuade the homeowner in each episode to stay in their property, Team Love It, while Winter tries to persuade them to sell the renovated home and upgrade, Team List It.

After two seasons Whitaker is narrowly ahead with more people choosing to stay in the renovated properties. He refused to give Mediaweek any hint of how the scorecard might look at the end of season three.

Watch Love It Or List It? on LifeStyle on Wednesday nights or on Foxtel On Demand.
Listen to Neale Whitaker on the Mediaweek podcast with James Manning here.

Pia wins Survivor
Pia Miranda pockets $500k as Sole Survivor after unanimous vote

Last night in Australian Survivor’s penultimate episode a gut-wrenching tribal council saw the people’s Champion, Luke Toki, voted out of the game. This left Pia, Harry, and Baden to fight it out for the title of Sole Survivor and $500,000.

After a timely boost from their family members who where in attendance the contestants began the final immunity challenge where they held 10% of their body weight on either side of their body while standing on thin pedestals that dig into their feet.

After the longest challenge in Australian Survivor history Baden won immunity after Harry and Pia stepped down after 6 hours and 40 minutes giving him control over who got to go with him to the final two.

After the challenge the three competitors went straight to0 tribal for the final vote in front of the jury.

Pia and Harry both made their cases to Baden about why he should prefer to go to final two with them, with Baden ultimately choosing Pia after deciding that he and Harry had made too many moves together, and taking out the man known as the cockroach was the best final move.

In their final words to the jury Baden argued that he played an information game from the middle by working with both tribes and was a part of every major moves and knew every tribal result, with his strategy culminating in the final scalp of Harry.

Pia’s argument to the jury was based on the strength of her social game as the smiling assassin and how she played the best strategic game making big moves but used her alliance members as shields. 

In a heated tribal Baden and Pia argued about who played a stronger game with jury member David labelling them both goats (someone who follows). 

With Pia pressing hard against Baden about the role he played in getting to the final end a visibly flustered Baden began to struggle to make a coherent argument to the jury.

After a back and forth tribal the jury voted off the back of a big speech from Pia with both contestants families coming out for the vote. As host Jonathan LaPaglia read the votes Pia received every jury vote to become the Sole Survivor and win $500,000.

10 announces Australian Survivor: All Stars season for 2020

Following the huge success of Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders, Network 10 is set to Outwit, Outplay, Outlast once again when the game’s ultimate players make their comeback on Australian Survivor: All Stars in 2020.

From fan favourites to devious villains, most loved heroes and everyone in-between, Australian Survivor: All Stars will feature 24 of the biggest game players, back for redemption, reward and revenge.

Network 10 chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “Over the past four sensational seasons of Australian Survivor, we have watched almost 100 fantastic contestants play the game. Now with the next All Stars season, we have the exciting opportunity to invite some of our most memorable players back for another chance to take home the title of Sole Survivor.

“Australian viewers have embraced the game play, the physical challenges, and the passionate characters that makes Survivor so unique and compelling. We can’t wait to return in 2020 with more twists and turns from the All Stars cast.”

This year’s hit season of Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders broke audience records across all platforms – TV, online and social – making this season the biggest ever. Its TV audience (841,000) is up seven per cent year on year and its 10 Play broadcast video on-demand audience (81,000) is up 35% year on year.

Endemol Shine Australia CEO Carl Fennessy said: “We are immensely proud that Australian Survivor has resonated with viewers and really hit its stride. We look forward to bringing together a phenomenal All Star cast to play this incredible game.”

Australian Survivor is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is produced for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia.

Fox Footy Danny Frawley
Fox Footy pays tribute to Danny Frawley on day of funeral

Fox Footy will pay tribute to colleague and friend, Danny Frawley, Wednesday September 18 at 8.30pm in a one-hour special, Danny “Spud” Frawley: A Tribute.

The special will go to air just hours after his funeral, which is being held at St Kilda’s Moorabbin headquarters. The service will start at 3pm and the public will be able to watch a live stream of the private funeral at Moorabbin.

There will be a lap of honour at 5pm.

Instead of flowers, Frawley’s family has requested donations to Beyond Blue.

In the Fox Sports special, 10 of Danny’s closest Fox Footy friends will share their fondest memories of the St Kilda great, including his funniest bits from family-favourite show Bounce and his best commentary moments.

Jason Dunstall, Cameron Mooney, Nick Riewoldt, Damien Fleming, Andrew Gaze, Alastair Lynch, Gerard Whateley, Sharni Layton, Paul Roos and Gerard Healy will remember Danny’s greatest performances on field and on camera, including his popular segments ‘Cut The Crap’ and ‘Yesterday’s Heroes’.

Danny was an original member of Bounce, introducing the revolutionary Golden Fist Award that is now a part of the footy vernacular and has been for more than 350 episodes.

This Wednesday after AFL 360, fans are invited to celebrate the best bits of Danny’s last 13 years at Fox Footy, plus re-live his journey as a player and coach.

Danny “Spud” Frawley: A Tribute airs this Wednesday 18th September at 8.30pm on Fox Footy – channel 504 on Foxtel.

Anthony Albanese with actors Leah Vandenberg and Hugo Weaving in Canberra
Make It Australian: Screen creatives call for action on local content

Leading Australian actors, directors, crew, writers and producers are in Canberra this week in a united push to convince Parliament to introduce local content requirements for booming digital viewing platforms, reprts MEAA.

With a growing consensus that Australian content rules must keep up with the growing appetite for on-demand and streaming media, a star-studded delegation including actors Marta Dusseldorp, Hugo Weaving, Leah Vandenberg and Rhys Muldoon, director Gillian Armstrong, screenwriters Shane Brennan and Ellie Beaumont, cinematographer Andrew Conder, and producers Barbara Stephen and Kevin Whyte will meet with politicians from all parties to call for obligations to make original Australian stories for all media platforms.

They are part of the Make It Australian campaign backed by the Australian Directors’ Guild, Australian Writers’ Guild, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Screen Producers Australia.

During the two-day visit, the delegation will also argue for the retention of Australian and children’s content rules for commercial free-to-air and pay television, competitive incentives to support film and television production in a global market, and sustainable funding for public broadcasters and Screen Australia.

They will explain that Australia’s screen industry delivers enormous cultural and economic value to our nation, generating about $3 billion in economic activity each year and employing about 20,000 people, but this cannot be taken for granted.

This is particularly the case for rapidly changing viewing habits which have seen vast audiences migrate from traditional terrestrial television to digital services like Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime and Stan.

New Communications Minister Paul Fletcher recently indicated that the government was considering some form of local content requirement for streaming video services.

“In a time of great challenge and change, telling our own Australian stories to each other and the world has never been more important,” said Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance chief executive Paul Murphy. “We will be urging federal politicians to not only keep in place Australian and children’s content rules for commercial television, but to extend them to the digital realm.”

Jacqui Lambie supporting action on local content with screen professionals including Hugo Weaving and Marta Dusseldorp and producer Kevin Whyte

“These rules ensure that a diverse array of Australian stories is shown on Australian screens, and without them we would be flooded with content that speaks with a British or American accent,” said Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia. It is time that content regulation evolved to keep pace with changing audience and viewing habits so streaming services, ISPs and telcos also have obligations to invest in original local programming.”

Politicians will also be told how Australia’s screen industry is being held back by our tax system. The Make It Australian campaign has been calling for the producer offset for Australian TV, which is currently 20%, to be brought into line with the 40% offset for feature films.

“Australia is competing in the global market but we are held back by our tax system,” said Kingston Anderson, executive director of the Australian Directors’ Guild. “These uncompetitive tax incentives and rebates and uncertainty about top ups act as a hand brake on the Australian film and television sector’s future capacity to deliver quality content. Competitive tax offsets will increase production and support local jobs.”

The important role of public broadcasters and Screen Australia in the film and television ecosystem will also be raised with politicians.

Since 2014, almost $350m has been cut from the ABC. Over this same period, the ABC’s commissioning budgets for adult drama and children’s content each dropped by 20%.

“The ABC and SBS commission more local content than any other broadcaster, but they need to be properly funded,” said Jacqueline Elaine, executive director of the Australian Writers’ Guild. “It is time for our federal politicians to ensure funding of the ABC, SBS and Screen Australia is prioritised and returned to levels that enable them to adequately invest in the creation and development of Australian scripted and children’s content.”

While in Canberra, the Make It Australian delegation will meet with representatives of the Liberal, National, Labor, Green and Centre Alliance parties.

Top Photo: Anthony Albanese with actors Leah Vandenberg and Hugo Weaving in Canberra

Children from Beagle Bay community – Tatiana Kitchener, 9
News Corp’s new Reconciliation Action Plan for first Australians

News Corp Australia has launched a new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to help deepen engagement, promote understanding and build long-term and sustainable relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the broader community.

Penny Fowler, News Corp Australia Community Ambassador, said: “Our business has had a long commitment to making a positive difference to the lives and communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Importantly, this RAP further extends our efforts.”

News Corp has launched three RAPS since its first in 2011. Fowler said the company’s commitment to reconciliation had continued to evolve in that time, reflecting News’s pledge to always do more to enhance the lives of audiences and their communities.

“The people who make up News Corp Australia from the top down have a longstanding legacy of community work embedded in the culture of this company. Our new RAP furthers our commitment to all Australians and allows us to strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities Australia-wide,” Fowler said.

News Corp Australia’s vision for reconciliation is most prominent in our dedication to reporting on Indigenous affairs across our national portfolio of media brands and platforms.

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“Our media brands not only feature the most extensive coverage of the challenges and issues facing our First Australians, but are the first to also celebrate their uniquely long, rich history, and their diverse cultures,” Fowler said.

News Corp Australia’s efforts also extend beyond editorial coverage.

“Through our eight-year partnership with CareerTrackers, we have provided opportunities for 30 young Indigenous students to intern with our teams at News Corp, Sky News, Foxtel and Fox Sports in departments such as editorial, legal and human resources,” Fowler said.

“We work with The Clontarf Foundation to improve the life outcomes of young Indigenous boys through the power of sport as a motivator to stay in school. And we publish an annual Indigenous issue of The Australian’s The Deal which celebrates Indigenous success in business.”

Michael Miller, executive chairman News Corp Australasia, said: “More than 16 million people including leading thinkers, business people and decision makers, engage with News Corp Australia’s products every month.

“Our digital assets alone reach more than 10 million Australians monthly across all key categories. This reach and engagement provides us with the means to make a real difference in the lives of ordinary Australians and in our Indigenous communities.

“We absolutely believe in the social currency of what we do and the role we play in the national reconciliation movement.”

Karen Mundine, chief executive officer Reconciliation Australia said in her foreword to the RAP: “Through the development of an Innovate RAP, News Corp Australia continues to play an important part in a community of over 1,000 dedicated, corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have formally committed to reconciliation through the RAP program.

“Reconciliation is hard work – it’s a long, winding and corrugated road, not a broad, paved highway. Determination and effort at all levels of government and in all sections of the community will be essential to making reconciliation a reality.”

Top Photo: Children from Beagle Bay community – Tatiana Kitchener, 9

TV Demand: Stranger Things dominate familiar faces, but who can break it up?

Stranger Things has more or less dominated the TV Demand charts in both Australia and New Zealand for the last 13 weeks thanks to its third season which came out on July 4 over two months ago.

By Trent Thomas

It is followed in the charts by some familiar faces in 13 Reasons Why, The Boys, Good Omens, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Handmaid’s Tale which have all spent lard portions of the year on the TV Demand charts whether it be Digital Originals or Overall TV.

But with the biggest change coming this year is the influx of Amazon Original content, and Disney + and Apple TV+ on the way along with a slate of new shows by cable and network TV so we put together a list of things to watch out for that can break up the charts:

Undone, September 13 on Amazon Prime Video

From BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg teams up with BoJack writer Kate Purdy to create this innovative new animation starring Rosa Salazar as a woman who comes out of a car accident with the ability to manipulate time which includes talking to her dead father played by Bob Odenkirk. 



American Horror Story: 1984  September 19 on Fox Showcase

Based on the age-old premise of summer camp in the 1980s the show seems to be embracing camp in more ways than one this time around as the tried and true brand returns for a ninth season.


Batwoman on Fox 8 October 10

Starring Australian actor Ruby Rose three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair, and it is under the watch of Jacob Kane and his military-grade Crows Private Security. When the Alice in Wonderland gang targets the firm, Kane’s daughter Kate returns home, deciding that if she wants to help her family and her city, she will have to become the one thing her father loathes — a dark knight vigilante.


Watchmen on Fox Showcase Oct. 21

Featuring  Oscar winners Regina KingJeremy Irons and Louis Gosset Jr. alongside Frances Fisher and Don JohnsonWatchmen is based on the famed graphic novel of the same name and is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. Written and executive produced by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) and directed by Nicole Kassell (Westworld, The Leftovers), the 10-part series embraces the nostalgia of the original graphic novel while setting out to break new ground of its own.


His Dark Materials on Fox Showcase November 5

Based on author Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name the series has been picked up for two seasons and features a cast led by Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Tony Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy ( Atonement). The first 8-episode season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, which leads to a quest in understanding a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.



The Mandalorian on Disney+ November 12

Showrunner Jon Favreau is attempting to bring the Star Wars franchise back to the Western and samurai movie-themed roots that inspired George Lucas when originally conjuring up the Star Wars universe. The titular character The Mandalorian is a bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos).



Pia Miranda
TV Ratings Analysis: September 17

• Survivor finale edges over 1m as Pia wins hearts & dollars
• Despite competition, Nine’s Tuesday combo wins the night
• Seven shuffles Tuesday schedule: Dogs & Proposal move

Wednesday Week 38 2019

• Seven News 1,053,000/1,045,000
• Nine News 914,000/953,000
• A Current Affair 791,000
• ABC News 658,000
• 7.30 529,000
• The Project 296,000/539,000
• 10 News First 371,000
• The Drum 183,000
• SBS World News 137,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 285,000
• Today 185,000


The channel’s ob doc double Border Security and The Force used to be an unbeatable combo in the schedule. Not so much these days. Last night both episodes were close to 450,000. They replaced Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly, which moved later in the evening with 161,000 watching.

The Proposal was also moved later with 185,000 watching after 9.30pm.

Earlier in the night Home and Away did 633,000 after 692,000 on Monday.


A Current Affair slipped to 791,000 after 845,000 on Monday. The show provided another warning for investors thinking of timeshare as a way to spread their portfolio.

The Block doesn’t get outrated much, but last night it trailed Network 10 all people and in demos. As some light relief during Kitchen Week, Scott Cam held a lucky dip with all teams collecting large cash prizes except Mitch and Mark who only managed a $50 prize. They weren’t happy. The episode did 857,000 after 968,000 on Tuesday last week.

The penultimate episode of SeaChange was on 494,000 after 537,000 last week. In the new Mediaweek TV podcast, Andrew Mercado said he has had enough of the show, claiming recent storylines have been way too bazaar.

New Mercado & Manning podcast will be published later today here.


The Project was a plug-a-thon after 7pm with lengthy segments on Survivor, an interview with Luke in the studio, and then The Masked Singer, with Tommy Little visiting the set. The episode did 530,000 after 7pm.

The final moments of Australian Survivor lifted above 1m for the second time in a finale episode in the four years the franchise has lived at Network 10. And for the third time in four years a woman has been the Sole Survivor. This year it was the smiling assassin Pia Miranda, with the actress clinically detailing how she went about claiming her victims in an explanation of her methods to the jury last night. Baden was perhaps the surprise package this season getting all the way to the final two. But he failed to win over the jury with all nine members swept off their feet by Pia who won in a 9-0 landslide. For her trouble she walks away with half a million dollars. If 10 decides to invite all former winners back for the All Stars episode next year she could be visiting Fiji again sometime soon.

The final episode started on 923,000, which was actually just 3,000 less than the audience watching the Monday episode this week. By the time the jury was ready to vote the audience climbed to 1.04m, the first time over 1m since The Winner Announced reached 1.08m in 2016. The season last year didn’t end until the second week of October with both parts of the final under 900,000.

This year’s Survivor final again made 10 the #1 channel and network under 50 and all key demos for the night.


Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds had the biggest audience after the ABC News with 546,000, down from 658,000 a week ago with one episode left in the season.

Earlier in the night Foreign Correspondent was on 389,000.


Britain’s Most Historic Towns visited Oxford with 216,000 watching.

Insight was then not far behind on 194,000.

Week 38 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 12.5% 7 16.3% 9 19.9% 10  16.7% SBS One 4.5%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 2.6% 7TWO 3.2% GO! 2.8% 10 Bold 3.5% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.9% GEM 3.4% 10 Peach 2.4% Food Net 1.0%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 2.0% 9Life 2.1%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.5%         SBS World Movies 0.4%
TOTAL 17.0%   24.9%   28.3%   22.6%   7.2%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 11.8% 7 16.7% 9 16.7% WIN 11.4% SBS One 4.3%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.2% 7TWO 5.2% GO! 3.6% WIN Bold 3.7% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 5.2% GEM 5.1% WIN Peach 2.0% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.1% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 2.2% 9Life 1.9% Sky News  on WIN 2.2% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 0.2%            
TOTAL 17.2%   29.5%   27.3%   19.4%   6.6%


87.8% 12.2%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,053,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,045,000
  3. Australian Survivor Grand Finale – The Winner Announced 10 1,040,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 953,000
  5. Australian Survivor Grand Finale 10 923,000
  6. Nine News Nine 914,000
  7. The Block Nine 857,000
  8. A Current Affair Nine 791,000
  9. ABC News ABC 658,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 633,000
  11. The Chase Australia Seven 614,000
  12. Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds ABC 546,000
  13. The Project 7 PM 10 530,000
  14. 7.30 ABC 529,000
  15. Hot Seat Nine 507,000
  16. Seachange Nine 494,000
  17. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line Seven 458,000
  18. The Force – Behind The Line Seven 449,000
  19. Foreign Correspondent ABC 389,000
  20. The Chase Australia-5 PM Seven 386,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Australian Survivor Grand Finale – The Winner Announced 10 366,000
  2. Australian Survivor Grand Finale 10 320,000
  3. The Block Nine 196,000
  4. The Project 7 PM 10 150,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 144,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Australian Survivor Grand Finale – The Winner Announced 10 594,000
  2. Australian Survivor Grand Finale 10 510,000
  3. The Block Nine 371,000
  4. The Project 7 PM 10 276,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 253,000



  1. Australian Survivor Grand Finale – The Winner Announced 10 622,000
  2. Australian Survivor Grand Finale 10 533,000
  3. The Block Nine 422,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 320,000
  5. The Project 7 PM 10 311,000
TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 191,000
  2. PJ Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 178,000
  3. Kiri And Lou PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 168,000
  4. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 160,000
  5. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  6. Death In Paradise 9Gem 148,000
  7. Octonauts PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  8. Dinosaur Train ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  9. CSI: Miami 10 Bold 144,000
  10. Go Jetters ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  11. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 143,000
  12. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000
  13. Play School Art Time PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 125,000
  14. Olobob Top AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  15. The Justine Clarke Show! PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  16. Neighbours 10 Peach 119,000
  17. Highway Patrol PM 7mate 118,000
  18. Mrs. Brown’s Boys PM 7TWO 115,000
  19. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 115,000
  20. Wanda And The Alien PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 115,000
  1. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 77,000
  2. Jones & Credlin Sky News Live 59,000
  3. Family Guy FOX8 54,000
  4. The Simpsons FOX8 53,000
  5. The Simpsons FOX8 52,000
  6. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 47,000
  7. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 46,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 46,000
  9. Paul Murray Live: In Washington Dc Sky News Live 45,000
  10. American Dad! FOX8 43,000
  11. Live: The Back Page FOX SPORTS 503 42,000
  12. Blue Bloods TVH!TS 41,000
  13. Credlin Sky News Live 36,000
  14. Rusty Rivets Nick Jr. 35,000
  15. Open Mike FOX FOOTY 34,000
  16. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 33,000
  17. NCIS TVH!TS 33,000
  18. The Titan Games FOX8 33,000
  19. Border Security: International FOX8 33,000
  20. League Life FOX LEAGUE 32,000

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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

Google’s Melanie Silva on the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry

Melanie Silva (pictured), managing director, Google Australia, has written about the ACCC’s Digital Platform inquiry, noting Google is broadly supportive of many of the Final Report’s 23 recommendations.

Silva adds though that some require further analysis on the associated costs and benefits. She said two recommendations are of particular concern, specifically changes to Android defaults and aspects of the proposed publisher code:

Melani Silva

Firstly, the recommendation to directly intervene in the Android operating system does not take into account Australian market conditions and competition laws, and provides no justification for focusing on Android when Apple’s iOS is the most-used mobile operating system in Australia (as noted in the Final Report) and Microsoft’s Windows remains the most-used PC-based operating system.

Secondly, the proposal for regulator-sanctioned negotiation of revenue sharing between platforms and news publishers – as part of the code contemplated by Recommendation 7 – overlooks existing commercial arrangements between Google and Australian news publishers and the broader value that Google provides through referred web traffic and technology.

In total in 2018, Google sent more than 2 billion clicks to Australian news publishers from Australian users, and more than 1 billion additional clicks to Australian news publishers from users globally. Our Google News Initiative supports news publishers of all sizes to develop, test and implement innovative approaches to drive revenue for publishers and support greater media literacy among consumers. Recently we made ranking updates and published changes to our search rater guidelines to help better recognise original reporting and surface it more prominently in Search.

Read Melanie Silva’s commentary here.

Nine’s Pedestrian Group joins Global Climate Strike alliance

This week’s Global Climate Strike organised by youth activists and school kids has attracted the support of Australian media, with a string of news outlets coming on board Not Business As Usual ahead the global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September.

Since launching with Future Super alongside a handful of other businesses on 3 September, Not Business As Usual has attracted the support of over 1,500 Australian and global companies, including a number of Aussie publishers including:

Pedestrian Group, Mamamia, Urban List, TimeOut, Hardie Grant Media, Karry On,, Green Magazine, Australian Geographic, That Startup Show, Dumbo Feather, Uro Publications, Kookie magazine, Radio Adelaide, RTRFM 92.1, Renew Economy, Kill Your Darlings magazine and Intermedia Group.

Matt Rowley, CEO of Pedestrian Group, said: “It’s important for Pedestrian Group to make a stand because our generation of readers is being sold out. Not just by a lack of conscience over the environmental disaster unfolding around us, but also by an absence of vision as to how an Australian renewable-based economy could lead the world into a better future for all.”

Vanessa Lawrence, publisher of Pedestrian Group, said: “As Australia’s biggest youth publisher, we reflect the majority view of our readers that climate change is the greatest threat facing our planet. We’re committed to using our considerable reach to advocate loudly and proudly for climate change justice until action is taken.”

Podcast Extra:
Pedestrian’s Matt Rowley and Vanessa Lawrence join the Mediaweek podcast with James Manning.

TEG is launching a new content division under Dustin Lockett

TEG is launching a new content division, TEG Experiences, which brings together its family entertainment, experiential and exhibitions businesses to create a powerful new force in live entertainment.

Geoff Jones, chief executive of TEG said TEG Experiences will produce some of the world’s best-loved family content in partnership with the biggest global brands across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

TEG Experiences will be led by Dustin Lockett as managing director. Lockett brings two decades of live entertainment experience to the role. He was previously commercial director of BBC Studios ANZ and formerly director of Seven West Media’s Red Live Events and Touring.

TEG Experiences, in addition to procuring and producing new and alternative content opportunities, will incorporate the following existing divisions of TEG:

• Life Like Touring, the producer of live family entertainment shows and events such as Paw Patrol and Pixar Putt.
• The Entertainment Store, the producer and supplier of family entertainment and activation zones from brands such as PJ Masks and Marvel.
• Brickman Exhibitions, which creates and operates LEGO bricks exhibitions.

Jones welcomed Lockett to TEG, saying he was the perfect fit to run TEG Experiences. “Dustin is a highly commercial operator with a proven track record across many of the sectors in which TEG operates. Dustin and I have worked together several times before and I am delighted to welcome him to TEG.”

Lockett said: “I have known Geoff Jones for a long time and have worked with and alongside him in various roles. I have always admired his determination and entrepreneurial flair, so I am now excited to be joining him and the team at TEG to drive their future growth plans for TEG Experiences.”

Lockett will be based in Sydney and starts on October 16.

News Brands

Gold honour at Women in Media Conference for Caroline Jones

At the Women in Media national conference on the Gold Coast, broadcasting legend Caroline Jones was awarded a Gold Honour Badge, the highest accolade from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Jones (pictured, second from left) was a trailblazer for women in the media, beginning on This Day Tonight on the then-male dominated ABC in the mid-1960s, through hosting Four Corners and Australian Story.

Caroline Jones Women in Media

She joined the union’s fore-runner, the Australian Journalists Association, over 50 years ago and at 81 has been the inaugural national patron of Women in Media.

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Stan reveals movies from Paramount deal for DreamWorks Animation

Family films from award-winning studio DreamWorks Animation will now be available on Stan in time for the spring school holidays.

The titles include Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar franchises.

Dream works on Stan

Other favourite DreamWorks Animation films that will be available to stream on Stan from September include Shrek Forever After, Puss in Boots, Rise of the Guardians, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, Monsters vs. Aliens, Bee Movie, Shark Tale and Over the Hedge with many more titles to come.

Dream works on Stan

The collection of award-winning and popular DreamWorks Animation films rolling out on Stan forms part of the recently announced multi-year output deal with Paramount Pictures.

Luke’s Survivor exit triggers an outpour of support and fundraising

Monday’s tribal council left fans heartbroken as they mourn the departure of charismatic player Luke Toki, who many hoped would nab the sole Survivor crown, reports

So heartbroken, several have taken to fundraising platform GoFundMe in a call for donations for the father of three.Toki had a powerful reason for signing up to the show in the hopes of winning the $500,000 prize. His two boys are both on the autism spectrum, while baby Madeline, born just six weeks before Survivor started filming, has cystic fibrosis.

Toki Survivor

Throughout the season, he was vocal about his intentions to use the money to provide a better life for his family.

The FIFO worker from WA, affectionately dubbed ‘King of the Jungle’ when he appeared on the 2017 season of Survivor, secured himself as a favourite early on. Not just for his heartbreaking backstory, but his boyish charm and enthusiasm in playing the game.

The fan favourite had scored 70 per cent of votes in a recent reader poll asking who should win, with Pia Miranda a distant second at 15 per cent.

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Early on Wednesday morning the GoFundMe page Luke Toki – Australia’s True Survivor was closing in on its total of raising $500,000.

Sports Media

10 recruits Wallaby Nick Phipps to Rugby World Cup line up

A 72-test mainstay of the Wallabies line up, Nick Phipps (pictured) just missed out on selection for the Rugby World Cup 2019. But instead of watching the biggest and best games on 10 from the comfort of his couch, 10 Sport has other plans for the legendary scrum-half.

As his mates go off to battle on the world stage, Nick Phipps will join 10’s Rugby World Cup commentary team, adding first-hand insight from the eyes of a current squad member.

Boasting a core commentary team with unrivalled experience and knowledge, Phipps joins “Voice of Rugby”, Gordon Bray, who will spearhead 10’s coverage, Wallaby legend and 10 News First Sydney Sport Presenter, Matt Burke, who will provide invaluable insights that only a World Cup-winning Wallaby can, along with Sports Tonight presenter, Scott Mackinnon, and 10 News First Brisbane sport presenter and Rugby sideline reporter, Jonathan Williams.

Nick Phipps

The opening match of the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, September 20 when Russia run out to face host nation Japan at 8.00pm AEST live and free on 10 Bold and WIN Network.

Phipps will report from 10’s Rugby HQ in Australia, flanked by 10’s Head of Sport, Matt White, while Bray, Burke and Mackinnon bring all the analysis, action and electric atmosphere live from Japan.

Australia then commences its campaign for world dominance when they battle it out against Fiji in their opening pool fixture in Sapporo this Saturday, September 21 at 2.00pm AEST live and free on 10 and WIN Network.

Herald Sun journalists recognised with AFL Media Awards

Herald Sun staff have scooped the pool at tonight’s AFL Media Awards, reports the Melbourne news brand.

Chief football writer Mark Robinson was named best news reporter for a series of exclusive articles that included that announcement that North Melbourne was axing coach Brad Scott in May this year and a story that announced an apology from Gillon McLachlan over the league’s handling of crowd control.

Robinson was also awarded best breaking news story for his Scott story.

The Herald Sun’s Sacked podcast on ex-AFL coaches was named best podcast.

The brainchild of leading AFL journalists Jon Ralph and Glenn McFarlane and social media producer Daniel Freeman, the 10 Sacked episodes have had more than 265,000 downloads.

Lauren Wood was awarded best individual coverage of AFLW. Wood has been at the forefront of news breaking and feature stories since the introduction of the women’s competition.

Glenn McFarlane was also honoured with AFMA life membership, alongside former Herald Sun reporter Michael Stevens.

Fox Footy’s AFL 360 – co-hosted by Gerard Whateley and Robinson – picked up the gong for Best TV program.

Photographer Sarah Reed, from the Herald Sun’s sister paper the Adelaide Advertiser, won best news/feature photo.

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Herald Sun award winners

Herald Sun reporters Glenn McFarlane, Jon Ralph, Lauren Wood and Mark Robinson with social media producer Daniel Freeman at the 2019 AFMA awards (Source: News Corp)

SEN breakfast host and Fox Footy contributor Garry Lyon won the Alf Brown Award at the AFL Media Awards. It is the second time Lyon has won the award.

Seven also wins at Football Media Association awards

Seven AFL commentators Bruce McAvaney and Brian Taylor, along with 7NEWS reporter Tom Browne were honoured at the Australian Football Media Association awards last night.

Bruce McAvaney was awarded the Best TV commentator – match day. The judges said Bruce’s longevity, knowledge and passion for the game made him a standout in a very strong field of broadcasters. Bruce dedicated his award to Norwood great Robert Oatey with whom he had the pleasure of calling with in the SANFL.

Brian Taylor was awarded the Lou Richards Award for the second time for his work on Seven’s AFL coverage and Triple M radio in 2019.

The medal is awarded to a former or current league footballer working in the media. It recognises all the qualities displayed by Lou throughout his career on and off the field, including his personality, humour and ability to talk about the game.

The judges were impressed with the energy and vibrancy Brian brought to his commentary and post-game interviews.

7NEWS’ Tom Browne was awarded the Best TV/Radio/Online news reporter for his exceptional work on the Jaidyn Stephenson match-betting story.

The judges said: “AFL integrity issues are a notoriously difficult nut to crack and are strongly in the public interest” and Tom’s revelation was the “standout scoop.”

Tom broke the story with information from trusted sources before the AFL or Collingwood confirmed it.

7NEWS’ Mark Stevens (Best TV/Radio/Online news reporter) and Daisy Pearce (Lou Richards Medal) also received honourable mentions. Stevens was recognised for his work on the Ross Lyon and Steve Rosich departures at Fremantle.

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