Friday September 21, 2018

Ray Hadley
Brisbane Radio Wrap: Day 5 – Can cricket be a game changer?

How far can the networked content be maximised this summer as Macquarie Sports 882 covers the cricket?

4BC 10+ 5.3%, Breakfast 6.4%

Cume audience: 10+ 128,000, Breakfast 90,000

Although most of the content comes out of 4BC and sometimes 3AW, the station maintains a local Brisbane drive show. Ben Davis handed in his resignation as drive host in July with his moving “It’s not you, it’s me” farewell on-air, and Mark Braybrook subsequently took over the shift.

A station 10+ share of 5.3% has been close to the station average over the past three years and it peaked at 6.2% at the end of 2017.

Alan Jones in breakfast on 6.4% is well below his best of 8.4% last year. Ray Hadley’s 7.2% is the station’s strongest slot at present.

After survey five, Macquarie Media noted the station has posted growth in cumulative audience across the dayparts.

Brisbane operations manager and drive host Mark Braybrook commented: “It is a good result right across the station highlighted by an outstanding performance from Ray Hadley in mornings. Ray has moved to 7.2% and is Brisbane’s leading morning talk show, a wonderful reward for hard work. With Alan Jones consolidating in breakfast and a new drive show, there is much to look forward to for the remainder of the year.”

Macquarie Sports Radio 10+ 1.0%, Breakfast 0.9%

Cumulative audience: 10+ 28,000, Breakfast 13,000

Macquarie Sports Radio had a steady survey, which is about the best spin you could put on it.

The new Sydney-Brisbane breakfast show with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell has only been on air for a month and the station noted it is seeing a terrific response from listeners, both on the open line and online.

Mark Riddell and Mark Levy

With the rights to NRL, AFL, the Spring Racing Carnival and men’s and women’s international cricket over the summer, Macquarie Sports Radio could be poised to add some Brisbane sports fans to its listening base.

With an audience cume of just 28,000, that couldn’t come quick enough.

WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda: It’s hard for new radio shows to find their feet

The radio veterans discuss overtaking ARN stablemates Kyle and Jackie O to become Sydney’s #1 FM breakfast.

By Kruti Joshi

In the first part of this interview, Jones and Keller opened up about their early days at the station and Jones revealed he thought his career in radio was going to die before his Keller arrived on a white horse.

The WSFM station that Jonesy joined in 2003 was very different from what it is today.

He said: “Looking back at it, where we are now is what I fantasised this radio station and the [breakfast show] to be.”

Keller added: “The radio world has changed too. There used to be five stations in Sydney. Now, how many are there?”

“There’s a billion,” Jones answered.

“Yes. It’s much more competitive,” Keller said.

The Sydney radio landscape is undoubtedly cutthroat. However, 13 years after their first show on WSFM, Jones and Keller remain as competitive as ever.

This was proven in the fifth radio survey for 2018, where they toppled ARN stablemates at KIIS 106.5 to become Sydney’s new #1 FM breakfast. Kyle and Jackie O had occupied that position for a long time.

“We are hoping that we have broken the back of that and this won’t just be an anomaly,” Keller said. “I have never understood the idea of ‘they are the stablemates so you shouldn’t feel it’,” Keller said. “Every show is competitive with each other. They can’t expect us not to be competitive because we are owned by the same people.”

Jones added: “I would rather them be in front of us than an Austereo show.”

Keller asked: “Is that because they are a better show or is it because of same company?”

Jones said: “Company. When they were at 2Day FM, I wanted to beat them all the time. I still want to do that but the sting’s not as much.”

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Sky News gets record online growth and reveals plans for new politics-focused platform

• Sky News had more than 16 million digital video streams throughout August (+38%)
• New politics-focused digital content platform to launch in February 2019
• Recruiting for six new digital roles

Sky News has announced new digital content initiatives and investments following record-breaking online results across its platforms during August.

Last month’s Sky News coverage of the Liberal leadership crisis set new audience records on-air. The channel delivered its highest weekly evening ratings and its highest-rating day in history (August 24) with a 5.98% share on Foxtel, out-rating Ten.

Sky News digital also delivered record numbers online in August, with more than 16 million video views during the month. This is a double-digit growth across all video platforms including and associated OTT apps (+42%), Twitter (+43), Facebook (+63%), Sky News videos on News Corp Australia websites (+38%) and international SVOD platform Australia Channel (+93%).

Editorials and interviews from the company’s on-air team of Paul Murray, David Speers, Peta Credlin, Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones, Rita Panahi, Graham Richardson, Janine Perrett and Warren Mundine will be available across the Sky News digital video network at, on mobile and tablet apps, and through the Apple TV app.

Video content published to is also available across News Corp digital platforms including, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun and Bolt’s blog.

Sky News head of digital Tim Love said: “Our investment in the Sky News digital offering reflects the new ways that audiences are interacting with Sky News across various platforms with a variety of avenues for people to engage with news and opinion content, from newsletters and podcasts through to live and on-demand video and audio streaming.”

Sky News podcasts have delivered over 48% year-on-year growth in streams.

Following its recent successes, the company will also be a launching a politics-focused digital content platform in February 2019. It will target Australia’s influential professionals, politicians and politically engaged consumers and will provide analysis and breaking political news from Canberra and across the regions. Short-form digital content such as newsletters, podcasts, and live and on-demand streaming will be supported by on-ground events and across the Sky News television channels available on Foxtel and regional free-to-air via the WIN Network.

In the light of the new announcements, Sky News is currently recruiting for an editor and a producer for its politics-focused digital content platform, an audio producer to spearhead its audio strategy, as well as a digital product manager, digital marketing manager and digital partnerships manager to assist with delivery of the new initiatives.

“The expansion of the team is a commitment to delivering content in the ways in which people now keep across national and global affairs. Our investments in digital are a testament to the fantastic work of our team of passionate digital producers. We look forward to working with our advertising partners to extend their messages across premium content in more ways than ever before,” Love said.

Mercado on TV: Emmys rate low but Foxtel still scores with the most winning shows

This year’s Emmy Awards were weird this year – and very dull. Its hosts were unknown and unfunny, leaving Aussie presenter Hannah Gadsby to totally steal the show from them.

And it was also unfortunate that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won so many gongs when so few have seen it (Jesus, do we really have to get Amazon Prime as well as Foxtel, Netflix and Stan?). As for Darren Criss beating Benedict Cumberbatch as Lead Actor in a Limited Series, seriously?

Now don’t get me wrong – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is one of the year’s best shows, and Criss was good playing a disturbing serial killer. But did any Emmy voters actually watch Patrick Melrose with Cumberbatch presiding over five gut-wrenching episodes?

Foxtel must not care that the ratings were low for its telecast, because it still shows the majority of Emmy winners including Game Of Thrones, The Americans, Barry, Westworld, Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight and The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Right now, Foxtel is also airing the most interesting dramas including The Deuce, Pose, Mr. Mercedes, A Very English Scandal and American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

With a horrific new twist on an end of the world scenario, not to mention the presence of Joan Collins, American Horror Story: Apocalypse is already doing what every other series to date has done. After a sensational opener, the second episode was messy as, and no doubt it will all collapse in a bloody heap again by season end. But given previous series Murder House and Coven are already converging and former regulars Jessica Lange, Stevie Nicks and Connie Britton are all coming back, it’s still worth sticking around for.

There is no need for any supernatural horror in BBC First’s A Very English Scandal although the freaky rubber man would not be out of place in the UK upper class system on display here. Hugh Grant abandons his rom-com persona to play a disgraceful politician while Ben Whishaw proves his versatility playing his twitchy scorned lover during a time when homosexuality was illegal. At just three episodes, it’s a quicker watch than most.

AHS: Apocalypse is from the endlessly prolific Ryan Murphy while A Very English Scandal comes from the less busy but equally talented Russell T Davies. Murphy’s next show will be about One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest’s nasty nurse as played by one of his regulars, Sarah Paulson. Meanwhile, Davies is working on a drama about regular guys living in “bedsits”. Hopefully there’s a role in it for Joan Collins.

Mediaweek New Zealand profile: North & South editor Virginia Larson

Bauer Magazines has taken a cautious approach to developing media websites and focused heavily on print titles in the past.

Former New Zealand boss Paul Dykzeul, who now runs Bauer Media Australia, was sceptical about pumping resources into websites.

The publisher has caught up now, but North & South editor Virginia Larson says Dykzeul was right to be nervous about magazines.

“We did not move away from the core. Now we are benefiting from the additional numbers for the magazines from digital,” Larson, who has been editor since 2008, told Mediaweek.

“Pioneers get arrows in their back,” she said.

Larson joined the current affairs title as a staff reporter in 1996 after spending much of 80s and early 90s writing in Australia and the US. Her journalism career started at the NZ Woman’s Weekly, and she moved to Sydney as a writer for Cleo magazine in the mid-80s, “the last days of the centrefold”. She moved to Los Angeles and for five years was US West Coast Correspondent for the Daily Mail, covering Hollywood.

North & South has a unique place in New Zealand journalism. It has focused on long-form feature journalism, steering clear of polemic. It launched in 1986 as a nationwide alternative for sister city publication, Metro, focused on Auckland. Like all print titles they face challenges. They have distinct brands, and arguably North & South has been more resilient than Metro, which recently went bimonthly.

Typically, North & South is 130 pages with a central story of 5,000 or 6,000 words, up to 8,000 words. It’s a format that calls for commitment from readers.

Larson said: “We are unapologetically parochial. We might do a story profiling an interesting expatriate, but we are always trying to focus on heartland New Zealand.

“We sell disproportionately higher numbers in South Island provinces like Otago and Canterbury,” she added.

The association with Auckland is nuanced. North & South’s gaze is naturally to the provinces, but Auckland is still a part of New Zealand, with experts based in the city with one-third of New Zealand’s population. You cannot ignore Auckland, she said.

A survey late last year found that the readership of 240,000 is politically non-aligned “ down the middle”, but the focus on a provincial and older audience means North & South is mainstream, some would say conservative. The average age for readers is early 50s.

“It is for people who have kids in school and who care about what is happening in local bodies.

“We have shown there is an market for people to read long-form journalism with stories several thousand words. There is a lot of information out there but they appreciate journalism, which does the sifting and the research, and checks facts. We rate highly for trustworthiness,” Larson said.

North & South content is run online through Bauer’s free website Noted, which also features selected items from current affairs titles The Listener and Metro, and it allows Larson to update features in the monthly magazine. Its 450,000 monthly page impressions are not in the league of or

“There is no lack of good journalism in New Zealand. There is so much information, but it is harder to find. It concerns me that intelligent middle-class people will be captured by media-promoting clicks,” Larson said.

Mediaweek NZ: Sky TV reports less churn, Latest GfK results, PM edits New Zealand Herald

Mediaweek’s John Drinnan rounds up all the latest media news from New Zealand.

Sky TV reports less churn, new starter pack doing good business

Sky TV says early indications are that splitting its basic package by introducing a 40-channel starter pack has been good for business. Chief executive John Fellet said in the annual report issued yesterday that churn had fallen slightly for the year to June 30. Fellet said results indicated that people who downgraded were spending on other Sky services. The cost of the starter package is $24.91 compare to the wider basic package of $49.91. The CEO’s report will be the last from Fellet, who leaves later this year after 27 years with Sky, the past 17 as CEO. The annual result for the year to June 30 showed underlying profit of $116.3 million, and a loss of $240 million after a $360 million write-off in goodwill.

NZME increases lead over rival MediaWorks in third quarter

NZME has had a good result in the third quarterly survey for 2018. Rival MediaWorks accentuated the positive results for music station More FM. NZME managing editor Shayne Currie said the group’s lead in Auckland had grown. NZME operates a combined newsroom, which includes NewstalkZB and Radio Sport. It added 32,000 listeners over the latest survey period. Rival MediaWorks lost 30,000 listeners.

Latest GfK results: More FM still NZ’s No 1 music station

According to Thursday’s GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey results, the MediaWorks station held an 8.8% share and increased its overall listenership by 20,300 to reach 586,700 listeners nationwide. MediaWorks Radio’s group content director for music, Leon Wratt, says the total overall radio listenership was stable It was a relatively business-as-usual book, I suppose,” he said, but he predicted NZME “will also be happy” with the survey results.

PM Arden guest editor for New Zealand Herald special edition

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined the New Zealand Herald editorial team on Tuesday as the guest editor of the 125th Anniversary Suffrage edition. The edition marked the anniversary of New Zealand being the first country in the world to adopt universal suffrage on September 19, 1893. Owners of the Herald NZME heavily marketed the initiative but drew a mixed reaction on social media, with critics questioning the symbolism of a newsroom being handed over to the PM.

Social media disputes not subject to arbitration under HDCA

Arbiters for the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) have turned away an attempt to use it against news media, to the relief of news organisations. The mechanism is aimed at mediating social media disputes. The controversial scientist and entrepreneur Sir Ray Avery complained about website Newsroom, which ran a series of articles questioning his claims to success. Newsroom has refused to take the articles down. Netsafe spokesman Martin Cocker said that there was not enough clarity in the Act about the implications for media and Avery was able to take his issues to the district court.

Small audiences for shows funded by New Zealand On Air

Stuff reported that seven New Zealand On Air funded shows in the past year had an initial broadcast audience of fewer than 10,000 people. Of the 11 shows with the lowest first-run audiences broadcast in the year of July 31, 2018, 10 of them were shown on Māori Television in Three’s weekly Māori current affairs show. The other programs were a mix of current affairs, documentaries and comedies, with the fourth season of media commentary program Media Take “enjoying” the lowest average figure of 3,474 across its 20-episode run on Tuesday nights (although a Sunday morning repeat also generated roughly the same figure). It received New Zealand on Air funding of $479,865.

Auckland Council to launch magazine in JV with Bauer Media

Bauer Media has formed a joint venture with Auckland Council to produce and distribute the Our Auckland magazine. The new-look magazine will launch in December. The magazine will be funded in part by up to 10 pages of advertising, to be secured by Bauer. The Council will retain full editorial control.

Top Image: Jacinda Ardern Credit: Shutterstock

TV Ratings Analysis: September 20

• TEN narrowly wins Thursday night TV with The Bachelor

Kruti Joshi


The absence of The Block last night saw Nine’s primary channel share fall to #3, behind TEN and Seven. Its primary share was 16.6%.

The News and A Current Affair were its two most-watched programs.

RBT, Hot Seat and Driving Test were all inside the top 20 with 480,000, 448,000 and 425,000 watching respectively.

The Footy Show did 373,000.


The News was Seven’s most-watched show with 954,000 tuning in 6pm, then 937,000 staying on at 6.30pm.

The Chase Australia and Home and Away were its most-watched non-news programs. The former had 553,000 tuning in to Seven in the afternoon. Home and Away did 545,000.


The channel won the Thursday night TV audience by a narrow margin of 0.1%. It had a primary share of 18.9%.

The winning night was helped by the success of The Bachelor and Googlebox Australia, which ranked #3 and #6.

The Bachelor was the most-watched non-news show of the night. An audience of 882,000 watched Shannon telling Nick that he hadn’t really got to know her and he should’ve given her another day. This departure from the house had all the remaining Bachelorettes in tears.

Earlier in the night, The Project had 514,000 watching. Author Liane Moriarty was the special guest on the show.


The channel had four programs in the top 20 last night. The News had 652,000 watching, followed by 7.30 on 492,000.

Grand Designs Australia was ABC’s most-watched non-news show with 399,000. Loch Ness did 343,000.

Week 38 TV: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.5% 7 18.8% 9 16.6% TEN 18.9% SBS One 5.7%
ABC 2 2.9% 7TWO 4.3% GO! 4.0% ONE 2.2% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 3.0% GEM 1.6% ELEVEN 2.4% Food Net 0.9%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 2.5% 9Life 1.9% NITV 0.3%
TOTAL 15.7% 28.6% 24.2% 23.5% 8.0%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.5% 7 19.8% 9 14.2% WIN 15.4% SBS One 5.1%
ABC 2 3.3% 7TWO 7.1% GO! 5.4% ONE 2.4% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 3.5% GEM 2.8% ELEVEN 1.8% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.7% 9Life 1.8% Sky News  on WIN 0.8% NITV 0.3%
TOTAL 16.2% 32.1% 24.2% 20.4% 7.2%


84.4% 15.6%


  1. Seven News Seven 954,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 937,000
  3. The Bachelor Australia Ten 882,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 854,000
  5. Nine News Nine 844,000
  6. Gogglebox Ten 735,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 664,000
  8. ABC News ABC 652,000
  9. The Chase Australia Seven 553,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 545,000
  11. The Project 7pm Ten 514,000
  12. 7.30 ABC 492,000
  13. RBT Nine 480,000
  14. Hot Seat Nine 448,000
  15. Driving Test Nine 425,000
  16. The Front Bar Seven 407,000
  17. Grand Designs Australia ABC 399,000
  18. The Footy Show Nine 373,000
  19. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 359,000
  20. Loch Ness ABC 343,000

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Bachelor Australia Ten 350,000
  2. Gogglebox Ten 247,000
  3. The Project 7pm Ten 152,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 123,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 123,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. The Bachelor Australia Ten 519,000
  2. Gogglebox Ten 383,000
  3. The Project 7pm Ten 246,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 233,000
  5. Nine News Nine 220,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. The Bachelor Australia Ten 521,000
  2. Gogglebox Ten 411,000
  3. The Project 7pm Ten 277,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 274,000
  5. Nine News Nine 267,000
THURSDAY Multichannel
  1. The Big Bang Theory Tx2 9GO! 186,000
  2. Father Brown PM 7TWO 184,000
  3. The Big Bang Theory Tx1 9GO! 174,000
  4. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 168,000
  5. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 167,000
  6. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 158,000
  7. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  8. Noddy Toyland Detective PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  9. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  10. Go Jetters AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  11. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  12. Murdoch Mysteries PM 7TWO 151,000
  13. Little Roy PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 149,000
  14. Kiddets AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 148,000
  15. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  16. Dot. ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000
  17. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 141,000
  18. Charlie And Lola AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  19. Becca’s Bunch AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  20. Tinga Tinga Tales AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
THURSDAY Subscription TV
  1. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 69,000
  2. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 48,000
  3. A Very English Scandal BBC First 47,000
  4. Live: The Late Show With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 46,000
  5. Family Guy FOX8 44,000
  6. Nella The Princess Knight Nick Jr. 43,000
  7. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 43,000
  8. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 42,000
  9. Family Guy FOX8 40,000
  10. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 40,000
  11. Regal Academy Nick Jr. 37,000
  12. As Time Goes By FOX Classics 36,000
  13. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 35,000
  14. NCIS TVH!TS 35,000
  15. Highway Patrol FOX8 35,000
  16. American Dad! FOX8 34,000
  17. Shimmer And Shine Nick Jr. 34,000
  18. PML Overtime Sky News Live 34,000
  19. Aussie Gold Hunters Discovery Channel 33,000
  20. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 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

ABC may face Senate heat after Stokes denial

The ABC’s disputed report claiming media proprietors Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes conspired to trigger the demise of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull could be headed for scrutiny by federal parliament’s Senate estimates committee, reports Stephen Brook in The Australian’s Media Diary.

A member of the committee said yesterday he would consider quizzing the ABC about the story, which was strongly rejected by Stokes, the Seven West Media chairman.

The report by political editor Andrew Probyn claimed that Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, told Stokes that “Malcolm has got to go” and the pair were involved in “a tug of war” over the prime ministership.

Nationals senator John Williams, a member of the environment and communications standing committee, said he would consider raising the matter at the estimates hearing scheduled for October 22.

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Comcast, Fox to decide $48bn battle for Sky with auction

British regulators said Comcast Corp and 21st Century Fox will settle their takeover battle for Sky Plc via an auction starting on Friday, setting up a dramatic climax to a 21-month sale process that has pitted some of the world’s biggest media and entertainment giants against each other, reports The Australian.

The UK Takeover Panel said the auction would consist of a maximum three rounds of bidding, starting on Friday and ending on Saturday. The winning offer would be announced Saturday, the British regulator said.

Auctions are unusual for corporate deal making, and extremely rare for settling a takeover of a public company the size of Sky. The British broadcaster has a market capitalisation of more than $US35 billion ($48bn), and a successful bid could likely top that.

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Facebook reveals its election war room in fight against foreign interference

Sandwiched between Building 20 and Building 21 in the heart of Facebook’s campus, a 7.6 metre x 10.6 metre conference room is under construction.

Thick cords of blue wiring hang from the ceiling, ready to be attached to window-size computer monitors on 16 desks. On one wall, a half dozen televisions will be tuned to CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other major networks. A small paper sign with orange lettering taped to the glass door describes what’s being built: “War Room”.

Although it is not much to look at now, as of next week the space will be Facebook’s headquarters for safeguarding elections. More than 300 people across the company are working on the initiative, but the War Room will house a team of about 20 focused on rooting out disinformation, monitoring false news and deleting fake accounts that may be trying to influence voters before elections in the United States, Brazil and other countries.

“We see this as probably the biggest company-wide reorientation since our shift from desktops to mobile phones,” said Samidh Chakrabarti, who leads Facebook’s elections and civic engagement team. The company “has mobilised to make this happen”.

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Royal commission: Suncorp kept misleading ads campaign

Australia’s biggest insurer, Brisbane-based Suncorp, decided to ignore a watchdog investigation into its dodgy advertising and push ahead with new misleading ads after working out that the cost of a tiny fine paled in comparison to the millions it could earn in insurance premiums, report Michael Roddan and Ben Butler in The Australian.

The royal commission heard the Australian Securities & Investments Commission ultimately gave Suncorp’s insurance business AAMI a wet-lettuce slap for the conduct, with a fine of just $43,800 – or 0.001% of the $426 million in in-force premium revenue the company was earning on its “complete replacement cover” policies that year.

The watchdog’s decision in November last year not to pursue fines of up to $7.2m available at the time by taking Suncorp to court also let the company off the hook for any admission of wrongdoing – a move that enabled its chief executive of insurance, Gary Dransfield, to tell the commission yesterday it remained the insurer’s official position that the advertisements were not misleading.

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Vice Australia MD Myki Slonim: ‘It’s about giving a platform for new young voices’

As the battle for millennial eyeballs and attention continues, youth magazine-turned-media giant Vice thinks it has cracked the code, reports David Swan in The Deal.

The company, which has grown from small beginnings to a valuation of US$5.7 billion ($7.9 billion), takes a surprisingly small-scale approach to the stories it tells.

A ferocious focus on the local is what differentiates Vice in a crowded marketplace, where it’s competing against media outlets such as BuzzFeed and Junkee, as well as smartphone apps such as Instagram and Snapchat.”If you ask young Australians today what Vice means to them, they’ll tell you about our local videos,” Vice Australia managing director Myki Slonim says.

Slonim, who has led Vice’s local arm since it began 15 years ago, points to one story – about Melbourne’s “croc lady” Vicki Lowing – as an example of videos that manage to rack up millions of views, largely from infamously fickle millennials. “She has five crocodiles at her home,” he says. “It’s a little sanctuary, and that’s a simple, fascinating story that got four million views on Facebook.

It’s about giving a platform for new young voices, and just telling stories well.”

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Bert and Ernie not gay: for crying out loud, it’s a puppet show

Are Bert and Ernie gay? For years, the team behind Sesame Street has explained that, no, Bert and Ernie are… puppets. But try telling that to the Twitter mob, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Mark Saltzman, a scriptwriter for Sesame Street in the 80s and 90s, has revealed that he always imagined Bert and Ernie as “loving partners”, drawing on his own experience as a gay man.

In response, Sesame Workshop issued its usual statement about how the characters “were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves”. Despite the duo’s human traits, “they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation”.

But this time the torches were quickly lit for a felt-burning. “They could’ve just let it chill and said NOTHING,” went one Twitter lament. “To post this is just insulting and homophobic and hypocritical.”

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Sam Newman resigns (but actually doesn’t) from The Footy Show

In what could only be described as a Clayton’s bombshell – the news you drop when you’re not dropping any news – Sam Newman has announced he might be quitting The Footy Show, unless of course it comes back and Nine still wants him to be a part of it, reports Karl Quinn in The Sydney Morning Herald.

In his opening address on the show on Thursday night, Newman tackled head-on the speculation over his future that has swirled in recent weeks, fuelled by the worst ratings in the show’s 25-year history.

“This station won’t or can’t tell us if this show will be on next year, either in this format or in some other format,” he said.

“And they can’t tell me if I’ll be part of the show next year if it’s on or if I’ll be part of a different show if it’s on. So, on the off chance – listen to those words – on the off chance that this show is not on next year this is the opportune time to say what I’m about to say…

“I will not be continuing,” a visibly emotional Newman said. “I am, uh, it’s appropriate that I, it’s opportune that I end my association with this show and the network on the off chance that this is the final show that we do.”

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Longtime larrikin host Sam Newman has given the strongest indication yet that The Footy Show is on its last legs, with an emotional farewell to viewers on Thursday night, report Josh Fagan, Alice Coster and Colin Vickery in the Herald Sun.

Newman walked onto the set alone before speaking for almost 10 minutes, recounting his checkered history in front of the camera.

“This could well be the last in-house Footy Show that we do after 25 years,” Newman said.

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Peta Credlin lashes ‘drought of professional integrity’ among sections of the media

Peta Credlin has lashed out at a “drought of professional integrity” among journalists who “consistently reported rumour as fact”, after some reports of Tony Abbott’s Warringah preselection vote suggested the former prime minister had dramatically lower levels of support than he actually received.

Speaking on her show Credlin on Sky News on Thursday night, she criticised the Financial Review’s Phillip Coorey for misreporting the numbers from the vote, and claimed he abused her when she challenged him about it.

In Monday’s Financial Review, Coorey wrote: “Tony Abbott was unable to command a majority of votes among his own branch members on Friday night when he sought to have his preselection endorsed. Out of 93 preselectors, Abbott received just 46 votes while 38 rejected his renomination and nine abstained.”

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‘It’s so silly’: Bachelor evictee rubbishes mansion romance rumours

Jamie-Lee Dayz, 27, is the latest woman to be eliminated from this season of The Bachelor, with Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins bidding farewell to the Bondi venue manager in Wednesday night’s episode, reports Genevieve Rota in The SMH.


Though Dayz was only on the show for a total of two weeks – or five episodes – she caused something of a stir with her arrival.

Inside the mansion, the original bachelorettes were somewhat threatened by Cummins’s instant attraction to Dayz (though they needn’t have worried – it quickly fizzled out).

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Rake fans vent their frustration as TV show moves from legal to political setting

The creator of TV legal dramedy Rake has said “sorry” to disappointed fans as discontent mounts amid claims the show has jumped the shark with increasingly bizarre twists in its fifth season, reports Lydia Pedrana in The Daily Telegraph.

But creator, writer and director Peter Duncan also claimed mitigating circumstances in his defence, noting that Rake’s action had moved from a legal to a political setting.

“I can see why people might be disappointed but we’re having fun with it, so I’m sorry,” he said. “We changed it from a legal program to a political program because we thought we’d done enough with the law.

“With Cleaver running for Senate at the end of season four, it opened a window for us to do something different with the character.”

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Crazy Rich Asians actor to star in Australian film sequel

Crazy Rich Asians actor Ken Jeong is heading to Australia to shoot a starring role in Occupation: Rainfall, the sequel to the 2018 Australian sci-fi film Occupation.

Jeong will be in the country in early October, shooting in locations across Australia including the Hunter Valley and the Gold Coast. He will join actors Temuera Morrison (Aquaman), Dan Ewing, Stephany Jacobsen (Revenge, Battlestar Galactica), Aaron Jeffery (X-men Origin: Wolverine), Zac Garred, Izzy Stephens, Trystan Go, Lawrence Makoare (The Lord of the Rings, Marco Polo), Vince Colosimo (Body of Lies, Underbelly) and Tamala Shelton (Cleverman).

Director Luke Sparke returns to helm the sequel with Monster Pictures on board as distributors across Australia and New Zealand.

Sparke said: “We’re building a whole new world with Occupation: Rainfall and to have Ken join the film alongside our awesome returning cast members is mind blowing. I’ve admired his work and his successes for years and can’t wait to see what brings to the project when he arrives here to shoot in October.”

The film will be will be produced by mother and daughter duo Carly and Carmel Imrie (Occupation, Red Billabong). Joining them is American co-executive producer Todd Williams (The Nun, Alex and Me) and co-writer Felix Williamson (Avalon Now, The Circle).

Jeong will be seen in the upcoming films Goosebumps 2, Boss Level and Wonder Park.

In 2019, he will serve as a judge on Fox’s celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer. Jeong is also set to headline his first standup comedy special for Netflix, Ken Jeong: First Date.


Changes to The Australian’s comments section: ‘This won’t hurt a bit. Promise.’

The Australian’s digital editor Daniel Sankey has introduced some changes to the news outlet’s comments section.

Users are being made aware of the changes through an article post on The Australian website. It will now use a new comments platform called Coral Talk. This is the same platform used by Wall Street Journal. While the users will not see additional functionality initially, the biggest advantage of the new comments platform is that it is “customisable”, Sankey said. New features to improve interactivity are to be rolled out in the coming weeks and months.

Following this development, The Australian will be changing its comment moderation team with the aim of decreasing the time it takes for comments to be reviewed and published, as well as ensuring consistency in the application of its comments policy.

Sankey listed the following changes for users to keep in mind.

• In the past, comments were marked as pending while they were sent for review. With the new update, your comment will be hidden while in review. Please be assured, your comment is not lost – your words will return as soon as they have been approved.
• Journalists will now be tagged to make it easier to see when they reply to comments. Editors will also be able to apply a “featured” tag to comments that they feel are particularly insightful, amusing or noteworthy. In the future, we’ll be displaying these comments more prominently on our article pages – bringing your thoughts and ideas directly into news feeds.
• We’re also applying new pre-moderation filters to help us get your comments posted as quickly as possible. These filters include a list of banned words and phrases, so if you want your comment published, please keep it G-rated… that means no swearing, no jumping into the gutter and definitely no remarks of a legally sensitive nature. Remember, we’re not like Facebook, which claim it’s a technology company with no responsibility for the content that’s posted on its platform. We’re a publisher, which means we take responsibility, legally or otherwise, for everything that appears under our masthead, including your comments!
• Additionally, in our old system, moderators were able to edit comments if the odd swear word appeared… in the new system, however, that’s not possible. If a swear word or other objectionable material appears in your comment, it will be deleted. So once again, keep it G-rated. If in doubt, leave it out!

The Australian digital editor has urged users to send their feedback about the new system and report any bugs by contacting him at

Guardian staff to go on strike over pay

It is joked about in media circles as a worker’s paradise, but staff at left-leaning website Guardian Australia could go on strike over a pay dispute, reports Stephen Brook in The Australian’s Media Diary.

They will join journalists’ union the MEAA to apply for a protected-action ballot order at the Fair Work Commission today. The staff has unanimously rejected the latest pay offer of a 2.25% rise.

The site has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Guardian Australia declined to comment.

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InStyle extends partnership with Macquarie Centre for VIP shopping night

InStyle Australia’s Premium VIP shopping night, InStyle Shops, will return to Sydney’s Macquarie Centre this year. The event will be held on September 27.

First launched in 2017 and held twice a year, InStyle Shops is a partnership between Pacific Magazines’ InStyle and Macquarie Centre.

The event gives shoppers access to exclusive in-store discounts as well as one-on-one styling advice from the InStyle team who are on hand to guide shopping purchases. Initially conceived to showcase Macquarie Centre’s Fashion Galleria, the event has now expanded and for its fourth outing moves to a Thursday night to coincide with late night shopping.

Brands participating in the event include Mimco, Nine West, Oroton, Osker, SEED, Sheike, Thomas Sabo, Trenery, Zimmermann, Alice McCall, Calvin Klein, Mecca Maxima, Lovisa, Jurlique, Betts, Bonds, Bras N Things, Levis, Lorna Jane, Midas Shoes, Wittner Shoes, Wanted Shoes, Seafolly, Oxford, Windsor Smith and more.

Shoppers can activate discounts with an InStyle Shops wristband and the first 500 guests will receive an InStyle giftbag.

InStyle editor-in-chief Emily Taylor said: “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Macquarie Centre for the fourth InStyle Shops event. There’s no better way to bring the InStyle brand to life than in a high-end retail environment such as Macquarie Centre.”

Sports Media

The red lights are flashing around Australian rugby

Broadcaster Alan Jones in The Australian: Post Argentina, it is hard to know where to turn in relation to the Wallabies. I don’t want to add to the team’s misery, but we have hit rock bottom. Seventh in the world.

No result should pitch and turn on one pass! It is easy to condemn Israel Folau for failing to pass right at the death, but he was also responsible for a magnificent piece of individual rugby in scoring, early on, a glorious try.

But individual performances don’t win Test matches. It is the team that wins. And the Wallabies lack this sense of team – not in spirit, but in execution.

There is an absence of skill in transferring the ball from one player to another. Possession is surrendered or wasted. The red lights are flashing.

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AFL to be broadcast in 4K ultra HD, Foxtel to launch ‘Netflix of sport’ offering

AFL games will be broadcast in 4K ultra high definition for the first time next season, with Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany declaring that the new format will be used for select games as the pay TV broadcaster prepares to launch a “Netflix of sport’’ offering, reports David Swan in The Australian.

Delany, speaking at the Telstra Vantage conference in Melbourne, said that some but not all games will be broadcast each weekend in 2019 at 20 times the resolution of standard definition.

“Cricket is easy to do… It’s expensive, but easy,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of 4K cameras in Australia. But there are enough to do one game [per weekend]. Once we move into the regular season of AFL and the NRL, we’ll do it for selected games and we’ll build it up and get more cameras hopefully.

“I can’t wait to see the AFL in 4K – it’s a game that’s best viewed from a distance rather than right close up. It should be fantastic and we’ll have a really good selection of AFL games in 4K next season.”

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Patrick Delany’s desire to create a ‘Netflix of sport’ in Australia will live or die on a few critical decisions. At the top of the list is how it’s priced, reports John McDuling in The Age.

The Foxtel chief executive on Thursday for the first time likened the heavily anticipated, sport-based streaming product he has been working on to Netflix, the streaming juggernaut that has disrupted legacy pay TV providers around the world, including in Australia.

Netflix (which does not stream live sport, and insists it has no plans to do so) has been on a meteoric rise in recent years, in part due to its cheap and simple pricing.

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SuperCoach BBL scoring system revealed

The Daily Telegraph has announced Supercoach BBL will be back for 2018-19 and will launch soon.

So to get your study started, here is the scoring system for the upcoming season.

The system is unique and exclusive to SuperCoach BBL, developed in consultation with Fox Sports Stats and News Corp stakeholders.

• Runs (per run scored): 1 point
• For every run a player scores above the number of balls faced: 1 point (e.g. if a player scores 40 of 26 balls, they score an additional 14 points)
• Bonus for every 6 hit: 2 points
• Bonus for every 4 hit: 1 point

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‘It will be hectic’: Stay out of city as footy madness descends today

Whatever you do, stay out of the city this afternoon, reports Chloe Booker in The SMH.

And definitely don’t drive anywhere near Punt Road, if you can avoid it.

Traffic chaos is set to ensue as almost 130,000 football fans descend on the city for sold-out AFL and NRL preliminary finals.

The MCG is expecting 97,000 footy fans to flock to the Richmond v Collingwood match, while about 25,000 rugby league fans are set to attend AAMI Park for the Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks game, and around 2,500 Collingwood fans have tickets for a live streaming of the final at the Margaret Court Arena.

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