Wednesday September 19, 2018

Facebook superstar Tanya Hennessy: Soon on TV in the US?

Tanya Hennessy hosts the weekend Hit Network breakfast show for SCA. Her on-air partner on weekends is Danny Lakey, whom Hennessy described as a “wild child”. Lakey can also be heard weeknights across the Hit Network from 6.30pm.

By James Manning

Although that weekend breakfast show guarantees her a pretty big audience across 93 stations, Hennessy is perhaps better known for her work as a Facebook content creator.

She does post to YouTube but most of her work appears on Facebook, where she has an audience of 1.1m. Although the platform recognises the talents of Hennessy, she isn’t able to generate revenue. “I can’t monetise on Facebook, which really sucks,” she told Mediaweek during VidCon 2018 in Melbourne. She noted the views she is gathering via Facebook would have generated a sizeable cheque if they happened on YouTube.

That means, despite the massive video views, Hennessy’s old media career in a way is funding her new media career.

“I have just written a book [for publisher Allen & Unwin] and I am also writing for news.com.au,” she explained. “I am one of those people with fingers in many pies and I definitely do sit between traditional media and new media.”

Hennessy is working on breaking into a bigger league though and she has management based in Australia as well as representing her interests in the US. “I would love to write a TV show,” she revealed. “I am learning to write scripts, which has been difficult because it’s so different from radio. Having to write a narrative with different characters has been really challenging.”

Without Mediaweek revealing just what she has been working on, we can report Hennessy has two different concepts that she has been pitching in Los Angeles.

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

Brisbane Radio Wrap: Day 3 – New battle for Bianca, Mike & Bob

97.3 FM 10+ 11.6%, Breakfast 11.5%

Cumulative audience: 10+ 549,000, Breakfast 289,000

The arrival of Mike van Acker at 97.3 in breakfast coincides with the station in a new ratings brawl in Brisbane. Van Acker has replaced Terry Hansen at breakfast and it seems the audience might have used the change in personnel to check out what else is available in the market.

97.3’s ratings are hardly in freefall, but it has recorded its lowest 10+ and breakfast shares this year.

The station is currently #2 in 10+ cume and #3 breakfast cume.

ARN’s Duncan Campbell always used to call it a two-horse race in Brisbane between 97.3 and Nova, but he can’t say that any more. It is actually a four-horse race with just 0.4 separating the four market leaders.

“Everyone is very close. We are equal #2 with Triple M, which has had a bit of a spike, and we shall watch to see if that holds or carries forward,” Campbell told Mediaweek.

“The change in the Bianca and Bob breakfast show has seen Terry leave and Mike come on board. 97.3 remains a strong station and we’d love to get back ahead of the pack, which is our goal.

A big spike in breakfast at Triple M sees 97.3 breakfast rank #4. “There is no trend behind that so Triple M could settle next survey,” Campbell added confidently.

Top Photo: 97.3’s Bianca, Mike and Bob

Exposed: How a letter from a convicted murderer prompted the new ABC series

It wasn’t long after award-winning journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna left ABC’s Four Corners that she received a letter from Keli Lane from prison in Silverwater.

By Kruti Joshi

“I didn’t believe it. I thought it was a hoax,” Meldrum-Hanna told Mediaweek.

Lane is a former water polo player who was convicted of the 1996 murder of her newborn baby Tegan. She is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence, of which eight have already been spent behind bars.

“I was in university when the Keli Lane saga erupted. Then when I became a journalist, I never reported on her case or approached her or her family for an interview,” Meldrum-Hanna said. “It was something I had no connection to.

“When I received that letter from Keli Lane, it was astonishing.”

Lane explained that she’d followed Meldrum-Hanna’s work from prison: “She wanted me to reinvestigate her case.”

Meldrum-Hanna documents her findings about Lane’s case in a new three-part ABC series Exposed. Lane has always maintained that she did not kill Tegan.

Meldrum-Hanna describes Lane’s case as “like no other” and “baffling”.

“It’s unsolved in the fact that Tegan has never been found.”

The immediate challenge facing Meldrum-Hanna were resources. Many officials have looked into the case before her and have not been able to solve exactly what happened to the newborn baby. “What chances did I have?” Meldrum-Hanna questioned. “It was an enormous proposition and risk to take.”

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

Julia Morris to host Blind Date revival

Comedian Julia Morris will front Ten’s revival of the dating format show Blind Date. This will mark the return of the format locally, which first aired in 1967.

The original series ran for three seasons and Graham Webb was its founding presenter. Channel 5 in the UK brought back the dating game show to TV screens in the country last year.

On the upcoming Australian edition of Blind Date, each week one person will ask three hidden potential suitors three questions to determine which person is right or wrong for them. They can only do this by speaking to each other. The contestants do not get to see to see each other until they have made their decision.

A premiere date for the show has not been announced yet. However, Blind Date is expected to air later this year on Ten and the WIN Network.

Five years of iHeartRadio Australia

ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia marks its fifth anniversary today with a specially created birthday playlist on a pop-up station.

Since its launch in 2013, it has recorded 1.2 million registered users. iHeartRadio Australia’s offering includes Australia’s largest podcast library with 1.4 million episodes available to audiences from almost 12,000 contributors globally, live radio from ARN, SBS, ABC, ACE and Fairfax radio networks, and curated genre and seasonal stations including ACRA Award-winning Christmas station Elf Radio.

The brand is also know for its live events. In the last five years, iHeartRadio Australia has hosted live performances by Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Noah Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Halsey, Zara Larsson, Alessia Cara, Rag’n’Bone Man, Culture Club and Justin Bieber. Annually, iHeartRadio Australia also has competitions for users to win tickets to the biggest iHeartRadio overseas music events including the annual Jingle Ball, iHeartRadio Music Awards and iconic iHeartRadio Music Festival, which takes place this weekend, Friday September 21 and Saturday September 22, in Las Vegas.

In 2017, the service had major product upgrades with the launch of the global iHeartRadio app in Australia and the added capability of targeted advertising technology and integration into Google Home, Amazon Echo and HEOS by Denon home smart speakers.

ARN CEO Rob Atkinson said: “iHeartRadio Australia has managed to both adapt and thrive in an ever changing audio landscape over the past five years. We’ve positioned iHeartRadio Australia as the audio platform of choice for many Australians and created some incredible content through our iHeartRadio Live events. The plans for the next five years will see iHeartRadio Australia be our key vehicle in delivering on ARN’s promise to create the future of audio entertainment in Australia.”

iHeartRadio Australia’s content director Brett Nossiter said: “I am immensely proud of all iHeartRadio has achieved in only five years in an ever changing and dynamic landscape. We have launched 125 new stations to the platform, and countless pop-up stations. We have created some incredible content for music fans, and over 30 iHeartRadio Live events – the biggest being the incredible Bieber Island performance. And we have even bigger plans in place for the future. The next five years are going to be next level.”

iHeartRadio Australia COO Geraint Davies said: “It is amazing to see the continued rapid growth of iHeartRadio in Australia year after year, and we are really only just getting started. I want to thank the huge team in the US at iHeartMedia who go above and beyond to support us, and locally I want to thank the publishers and labels for all their support since day one of launch. In partnership with them we have flourished in this very competitive music space. The biggest highlight for me over these five years, apart from some of the amazing performance I have seen, is meeting listeners who love what we are doing at iHeartRadio Australia – it’s really rewarding to hear their stories.”

Mamamia in 2019: Focus on expanding events offering and a new premium partners program

Mamamia Women’s Network held its annual upfront event at the Opera House in Sydney last night.

Building on its work in 2018, the company will be looking to get further into the event space next year.

Mamamia also announced a new premium partners program called M-Plus, which will be headed by its chief revenue and operations officer Tony Prentice. Details about the program will be revealed in the next few weeks.

Mamamia Women’s Network has emerged as Australia’s #1 women’s media brand this year with a monthly unique audience of four million. Its podcasts have been downloaded over 51 million times worldwide.

Due to the popularity of its four flagship podcasts – Mamamia Out Loud, No Filter, Lady Startup and You Beauty – the publisher started taking them on the road with live events. The publisher particularly used You Beauty has an example of what it will be trying to do more of next year.

The company launched a podcast for its beauty and style vertical earlier this year, has had a video series and hosted live events with Mamamia’s executive editor Leigh Campbell.

Mamamia co-founder and chief creative officer Mia Freedman said: “I am more excited about where things are headed than I’ve ever been. This has been a big year of growth for us, not just in an upwards way but outwards as well. We’ve really expanded the ways we reach women into so many new areas including events, business education, small business promotion, ecommerce, an influencer marketing agency and an ambitious plan to put philanthropy as a driving force behind our strategy over the next few years.”

Prentice said: “The new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (DCR) need to be put in context.

“While they don’t yet include our extensive audiences across Apple News, MSN and podcasts, we welcome the progress and the fact that Mamamia’s number one position in the women’s digital media sector is verified.

“The noise from the IAB around lack of Facebook video time qualifiers doesn’t add up because currently the same video on large publisher websites (the publishers who control the IAB) is also not subject to time qualifiers, and yet it counts them. For the record, our position is that time qualifiers are good and we look forward to them being applied when that is done fairly across everything, and we would be happy for it to be applied across all content, not just video.”

Mamamia CEO Jason Lavigne said: “Mamamia is the super channel for women, starting candid conversations across 360° of their lives. From dawn to dusk, on whatever screen – and earphone – they want, on whatever topic they want to talk about.”

Mamamia audience: Key facts

• 4.046m UAs (all people 2+), Nielsen DCR monthly, August 2018
• 2.646m UAs (women 18+), Nielsen DCR monthly, August 2018
• 1.239m UAs (women 18+) on Apple News, rank category #1
• 1.032m UAs (women 18+) on MSN
• 1.2m Facebook and 164,000 Instagram followers, and counting – rank category #1
• To date, Mamamia has had over 51 million podcast downloads
• 57% of Mamamia’s regular podcast listeners listen daily
• 44% of Mamamia’s regular podcast listeners binge-listen for over three hours in a row 

TV Demand: American Horror Story and Ozark dominate

While Ozark remains in top spot in both Australia and New Zealand in the Digital Originals charts, we have a new number one in the Overall TV Shows charts with American Horror Story topping both markets.

Atypical is a new entry in the Digital Originals chart coming in at number 4 after dropping its new season last week. It is joined by BoJack Horseman, which has improved on its position from last week after also releasing a new season on Netflix.

Star Trek: Discovery and Voltron :Legendary Defender have dropped out of the top 10 Digital Originals chart for both Australia and New Zealand after a long run in the charts.

TV Ratings Analysis: September 19

• Nine wins second consecutive night in week 38
• The Block most-watched non-news program, Seven News the overall winner

By Kruti Joshi

Nine

The channel won its second consecutive night of the week, thanks to The Block, News, A Current Affair and True Story.

Keith threatened to shut down all work taking place in Hayden and Sara’s apartment on last night’s episode of The Block. In his own words, “It’s the worst site I’ve ever seen.” Sara – unsurprisingly – didn’t take this news well and chucked another tantrum. Meanwhile, Hayden and the rest of his crew worked on cleaning in the hallway.

Scott Cam called Bianca and Carla to The Block Shop to fix up inconsistencies with their invoices. They paid $500 for lighting worth $10,000. This broke the competition’s rules, which require all contestants to pay at least 50% of the retail price of every item they buy for their apartment. The girls claimed they did not know this and Cam did not believe them. He ordered them to pay up the difference.

Last night’s episode of The Block was watched by 983,000 and was the channel’s most-watched show.

Seven

The News was the night’s best performing program. The half-hour starting at 6pm had 993,000 watching. Audience slipped for 6.30pm to 965,000.

Home and Away was its next best at #10. It did 643,00.

TEN

Australian Survivor was the channel’s best at #9 overall with 654,000 tuning in.

The Betoota Advocate editors Clancy Overell and Errol Parker were the special guests on last night’s episode of The Project, which had 514,000 watching. Mediaweek’s Trent Thomas spoke to Overell and Parker recently about the rise of the satirical news outlet. Read the article here.

ABC

The public broadcaster’s best-performing shows on television last night were the News (735,000), 7.30 (591,000), Foreign Correspondent (502,000) and Catalyst (409,000).

Week 38 TV: Tuesday
TUESDAY METRO
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 11.6% 7 16.7% 9 22.2% TEN 12.9% SBS One 5.5%
ABC 2 2.7% 7TWO 3.6% GO! 4.0% ONE 3.6% VICELAND 0.9%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.1% GEM 3.1% ELEVEN 2.3% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 1.8% 9Life 1.7% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 16.4% 26.3% 31.0% 18.8% 7.4%
TUESDAY REGIONAL
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.0% 7 18.1% 9 18.4% WIN 10.1% SBS One 5.0%
ABC 2 3.5% 7TWO 5.0% GO! 4.8% ONE 3.4% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 7.1% GEM 5.0% ELEVEN 1.8% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 1.1% 9Life 1.8% Sky News  on WIN 0.9% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 15.3% 31.3% 30.0% 16.2% 7.1%

 

TUESDAY METRO ALL TV
FTA STV
85.1% 14.9%

 

TUESDAY FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 993,000
  2. The Block – Nine 983,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 965,000
  4. Nine News Nine 888,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 868,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 818,000
  7. ABC News ABC 735,000
  8. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 711,000
  9. Australian Survivor Ten 654,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 643,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 591,000
  12. The Chase Australia Seven 582,000
  13. True Story With Hamish & Andy -(R) Nine 568,000
  14. The Project 7pm Ten 514,000
  15. Take Me Out Seven 503,000
  16. Foreign Correspondent ABC 502,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 473,000
  18. 800 Words Seven 459,000
  19. Catalyst ABC 409,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 370,000
DEMO TOP FIVE

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Block – Nine 307,000
  2. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 227,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 223,000
  4. True Story With Hamish & Andy -(R) Nine 185,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 161,000

 

18-49 Top 5

  1. The Block – Nine 461,000
  2. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 363,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 344,000
  4. True Story With Hamish & Andy -(R) Nine 290,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 254,000

 

25-54 Top 5

  1. The Block – Nine 508,000
  2. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 400,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 357,000
  4. True Story With Hamish & Andy -(R) Nine 318,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 295,000

 

TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. Highway Patrol-Ep.2 Pm 7mate 199,000
  2. Peppa Pig-Pm ABCKIDS/COMEDY 193,000
  3. Noddy Toyland Detective-Pm ABCKIDS/COMEDY 183,000
  4. Fireman Sam-Pm ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  5. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 171,000
  6. Hey Duggee PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 171,000
  7. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 169,000
  8. Neighbours ELEVEN 164,000
  9. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 163,000
  10. Charlie And Lola AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 163,000
  11. Aussie Salvage Squad-Pm 7mate 163,000
  12. Highway Patrol-Pm 7mate 162,000
  13. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  14. Go Jetters AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 159,000
  15. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  16. Dot. ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  17. The Big Bang Theory Tx2 9GO! 156,000
  18. Little Roy-Pm ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  19. The Big Bang Theory Tx1 9GO! 154,000
  20. Pj Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
TUESDAY Subscription TV
  1. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 80,000
  2. Jones & Co Sky News Live 59,000
  3. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 58,000
  4. Live: Back Page FOX SPORTS 50 3 57,000
  5. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 55,000
  6. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 53,000
  7. Credlin Sky News Live 47,000
  8. The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards FOX8 45,000
  9. The Comancheros FOX Classics 44,000
  10. Family Guy FOX8 43,000
  11. Bones TVH!TS 42,000
  12. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 41,000
  13. NCIS TVH!TS 39,000
  14. American Dad! FOX8 37,000
  15. WWE Raw FOX8 37,000
  16. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 37,000
  17. As Time Goes By FOX Classics 37,000
  18. Family Guy FOX8 35,000
  19. Open Mike FOX FOOTY 35,000
  20. Hawaii Five-0 TVH!TS 34,000

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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

How Foxtel is spending its $30 million government handout

The majority of sporting codes to benefit from the first portion of Foxtel’s $30 million government handout have previously aired on the subscription broadcaster according to documents released under freedom of information laws, report Broede Carmody and Jennifer Duke in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The documents also show the Department of Communications and the Arts signed off on Foxtel funnelling funds towards men’s rugby league games because the New South Wales Cup – which is now called the Intrust Super Premiership – was considered an “emerging” sport on the basis it is a reserve-grade competition.

It’s been more than a year since it was revealed Foxtel would receive $30 million in taxpayer money over five years, with the aim of boosting women’s, niche and emerging sports.

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Maureen Dowd a sign of The New York Times

The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly writes: With the prestigious New York Times now devoting more coverage to Australia and building a bigger audience in this country, Australia has been graced by the presence of its Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd, variously called the sharpest and most dangerous columnist in America.

Dowd has just published pieces on the two prime ministers she interviewed, Australia’s Scott Morrison and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern – contrasting personalities who received contrasting treatment. Under the heading “Trump Finally Makes a Friend”, Morrison is cast as a cynical manipulator, out of touch with contemporary norms, indulging like Donald Trump in the politics of “dog whistles”, a religious hypocrite struggling in a secular country and so forlorn that he seeks to “play ball” with the amoral demon in the White House.

While Dowd told Australians during her visit she felt Trump had been a “reviving force” for democracy – instilling fresh energy into feminism, liberalism and journalism – she offered no redeeming hope for Australia, a country “at the very bottom of the world in the land of Mad Max”.

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The ABC helped Fairfax pursue VC hero Ben Roberts-Smith

The ABC collaborated with Fairfax Media on an investigation into alleged war atrocities by Australian special forces troops – but pulled out just two months before Fairfax was sued for defamation, court documents reveal, reports Deborah Cornwall in The Australian.

Heavily redacted emails reveal the two media organisations had been working together, sending joint emails to one of the country’s most highly decorated soldiers, Ben Roberts-Smith, asking him to answer “extremely serious allegations” over his conduct in Afghanistan.

In one email, dated May 30, Fairfax journalist Nick McKenzie said he was aware Roberts-Smith had rejected the allegations as “malicious, ill-founded claims”, but assured him the evidence had “been examined closely”.

“With my colleagues Chris Masters (working on assignment with Fairfax) and Dan Oakes (ABC Investigative Unit), I have been researching the involvement of a very small number of SASR personnel in alleged serious breaches of the Geneva Convention in Afghanistan,” McKenzie wrote.

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TPG bullish as Telstra touts $50 billion 5G opportunity

TPG Telecom boss David Teoh says the company will take the unusual step of bidding with Vodafone in November’s multimillion-dollar 5G spectrum auction even if the competition watchdog unexpectedly knocks back their $15 billion merger, reports Paul Smith in The AFR.

The reclusive billionaire entrepreneur said merging with Vodafone would give the telco great capacity to compete strongly with Telstra and Optus, but its alliance for the next generation of mobile technology did not rely on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission giving the deal the green light.

Speaking to The Australian Financial Review after releasing full-year financial performance that beat earlier guidance, Teoh said 5G would herald exciting changes for the local telecommunications sector.

His optimism was backed up by rival Telstra, which will launch a report on Wednesday claiming the next-generation technology represents a $50 billion opportunity for the Australian economy.

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Businesses don’t want costly 5G, new research reveals

The 5G mobile evolution may still be in its formative stages but Australian businesses are already gearing up to make the most of the opportunity but don’t necessarily want to pay premium prices for the services, report Supratim Adhikari in The Australian.

According to new research by Deloitte, commissioned by Telstra, almost 50% of businesses are not keen to move from 4G to 5G mobile services if there was a higher cost attached to the upgrade.

Meanwhile, those willing to move to 5G services are willing to pay at least 10% more than what they currently pay.

The price sensitivity is an important feature that Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and TPG Telecom will have to keep an eye on as they get ready to invest in 5G spectrum.

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Time’s new owner might be just California dreamin’

The Lex Column in The AFR: West Coasters, despite their mellow demeanours and suntans, crave East Coast respectability. The latest Californian making his play to join the DC/Manhattan A-list: Marc Benioff, the liberal, eccentric billionaire founder of Salesforce.com.

Understanding the vagaries of cloud-based customer relationship management software is not going to make Benioff particularly popular. So on Sunday he announced that he was buying the venerable Time magazine from Meredith for $US190m in cash. Magazines are, however, a fading business and his acquisition can be best thought of as an expensive ticket to an elite party circuit.

When Iowa-based Meredith purchased the broader Time Inc earlier this year for $US2.8b, it was never going to keep its flashiest brands such as Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. Rather, Time Inc’s People magazine fits nicely with its women’s lifestyle banners like Better Homes and Gardens.

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2018 Emmys

Emmys 2018: An Aussie win, a proposal and history-making moments

When the first Emmy awards were held in 1949, historians like to note that fewer than 9% of Americans owned a television set, reports Michael Idato in The AFR.

Seven decades later, on a fractured digital landscape of both content flood and content famine, of $US8 billion ($11 billion) Netflix budgets and hundreds of scripted series, fewer than 9% of the audience would have seen all the nominated programs.

In that sense, the Emmys are a metaphor for the overwhelmed television viewer, with more channels and streaming platforms to choose from than ever before, yet seemingly adrift in the schedule looking for something to watch.

Australia’s sole nominee at the “primetime” Emmys, Yvonne Strahovski, came away empty-handed, losing to Westworld actress Thandie Newton.

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Hannah Gadsby gets her Emmys gig just right

While Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski missed out on an Emmy yesterday, a well-received award presentation from Hannah Gadsby was a reminder – if any were necessary – that her comedy special Nanette would be a likely nomination next year, reports Justin Burke in The Australian.

The Tasmanian-born comedian riffed on themes similar to her performance, which was filmed at the Sydney Opera House and has become an international phenomenon since its June debut on Netflix.

“This is not normal,” she said. “The world has gone a bit crazy (when) somebody like me, a nobody from nowhere, gets this sweet gig, free suit and new boots… just because I don’t like men!”

Gadsby’s politics were right on target for a night concerned with race, gender, sexuality and the representation thereof, as well as the anticipated jokes directed at disgraced actress Roseanne Barr.

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Group photo of Game of Thrones cast sets tongues wagging about who survives the final season

Could a group picture of the Emmy award-winning Game Of Thrones cast be the biggest clue yet to who actually survives the final season of the cult show? asks Kris Crane in The Daily Telegraph.

As spoilers go, it could be a beauty. The Foxtel series won the top award – Best Drama Series – at yesterday’s Emmys with cast members who were present taking to the stage.

Actors including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) were all on hand at the awards to represent the show.

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Why Game of Thrones didn’t deserve to win Emmy

Wenlei Ma writes for news.com.au: You know what the Emmys have in common with foot injuries?

Your likelihood of getting one vastly increases if you’ve previously had one. The Emmys are notorious for their love of repeat winners so while it’s hardly surprising they rubber-stamped Game of Thrones as Best Drama, it’s still baffling.

The voting body must be the laziest bunch on the awards circuit, happy to tick the same box over and over again because they liked an episode they saw four years ago and haven’t bothered checking out all the other amazing, perhaps newer, shows out there.

How else do you explain a win for Game of Thrones, which, while technically very accomplished, is well off the creative apex of its previous seasons.

Sure, there was an ice dragon. Yes, that battle scene with Jaime and Bronn was eye-popping. OK, the Wall fell.

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Bizarre moments from this year’s Emmys

Footage of Antonio Banderas clapping at the Emmys has gone viral – with fans comparing it to Nicole Kidman’s odd hand movements at the 2017 Oscars, reports Jess Wakefield in the Herald Sun.

The movie star, 58, clapped with his middle fingers bent downwards in a claw – and viewers were quick to comment on Twitter.

One user wrote that it was the “weirdest clapping technique I have ever seen”.

Another suggested: “We need to talk about how Antonio Banderas was just clapping with claw fingers.”

Another wrote: “If we meme’d Nicole Kidman clapping, we MUST meme the hell out of whatever Antonio Banderas was just doing with his hands.”

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Television

Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger praised by judge for saving young woman from brutal attack

A Sydney judge has praised the bravery of a promising Aussie actor who rescued a young woman from a violent would-be robber as he sentenced him to at least two years behind bars, reports Lucy Hughes Jones in The Daily Telegraph.

Rising Home And Away star Orpheus Pledger saved the “extremely petite” woman from a hooded predator last April after spotting the suspicious man stalking her through Sydney’s inner-city streets one night.

Justin Bird ran up behind the lone woman, grabbed her around the neck and hurled her backwards into the pavement on April 28, Downing Centre District Court heard.

“She hit her head very hard on the roadway… her right shoe flew off,” Judge Ian McClintock said yesterday.

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Audio

Scott Morrison and Ray Hadley bromance back on after on-air tiff

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and 2GB host Ray Hadley appear to have patched up their differences after the pair’s on-air relationship broke down in spectacular fashion 18 months ago.

The PM and 2GB broadcaster had a furious falling out in April 2017 after the then Treasurer said he was unavailable to appear on Hadley’s show, but then appeared on Melbourne ABC radio at roughly the same time.

“He’s lied to me, or his staff have lied,” a furious Hadley said at the time.

“If he wants to dud me then he’ll get dudded every chance he gets.

“The love affair or the bromance that people have written about is over.”

But today, the PM spoke with Hadley for the first time in 18 months and said he will continue to appear on his top-rating program.

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Triple J boss gets payback by pranking breakfast radio hosts

Triple J breakfast hosts Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton were left red-faced after being pranked by their boss in an act of revenge, reports Andrew Bucklow on news.com.au.

The prank was payback for when they called their new boss, Lachlan Macara, on Wednesday morning last week just after 6am and woke him up by blaring the Evanescence song, Bring Me To Life, down the phone line.

Macara failed to see the funny side of the early morning wake-up call and the Triple J duo were pulled off air for a short amount of time while they got a talking-to over the phone.

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Publishing

Commenters again invited to comment about comments

Tim Blair in The Daily Telegraph: Last week we introduced a new comments platform, which led to the Great Comments Controversy of 2018.

Readers were especially furious over the new platform’s frantic and intrusive auto-refresh, a painful glitch that was quickly repaired by digital editor Peter Brown’s hard-working team.

(Much credit to Peter, by the way, who coped well with hundreds of angry complaints without once seeking the shelter of a safe space. He’s from Darwin, so barely recognises even the concept of safety.)

They’re still working on a few other fixes, including adjusting the new system’s overly sensitive list of banned words. All semi-automated comments approval systems include such a list, usually to weed out obvious obscenities and slurs.

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Entertainment

First Captain Marvel trailer starring Brie Larson drops

The first trailer for Captain Marvel has dropped and it looks back to a number of characters we know from the Marvel universe, reports News Corp.

The film will feature Brie Larson as Carol Danvers. The movie is not an origins story as Danvers will already have her superpowers when we are introduced to her.

However, it does take us back to the 90s and will feature a younger Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), and it will feature Danvers’ time as a pilot for the US air force.

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Sports Media

Herald Sun football writer Michael Warner wins the Alf Brown Award at the Australian Football Media Awards

Herald Sun football writer Michael Warner was on Tuesday night honoured with AFL media’s highest accolade, the Alf Brown Award.

Warner accepted the award at the annual Australian Football Media Awards at the MCG dining room.

The judges paid tribute to Warner for his determination and courage.

“Whether it was holding the AFL accountable, putting the hard tag on the Fremantle Ross Lyon story, tracking brown paper bags full of cash, revealing Blue feuds of the past still run deep or peeling back the smoothly hewn layers of Chris Scott, Warner’s work had the diversity, provenance and the hard-to-generate edge that make him a worthy winner,” the judges said.

Warner also won the Most Outstanding Coverage award.

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