Monday September 3, 2018

Mediaweek radio wrap: Sydney leaders 2GB and WSFM

Today we start the second big radio week at Mediaweek. After detailed analysis and features around the results for survey five last week, we now dig even deeper and present new data and insights about every commercial station around Australia. The ambitious plan starts in Sydney this week with a look at the market leaders.

2GB 10+ 14.1%, Breakfast 16.9%

The last two survey results have been the best in over two years.

Cume audience: 10+ 677,000, Breakfast 484,000

Survey wins: Alan Jones has been #1 for 213 surveys. Ray Hadley has won 114 consecutive surveys.

Alan Jones reminded listeners today how powerful his program is with an exclusive 30-minute interview with Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison. Jones will also be a guest on the ABC’s Q&A tonight and he is a regular Sky News contributor too. Jones got involved in the Save Watsons Bay movement today and interviewed local resident and Oscar-winner George Miller about moves to hand over public spaces to private enterprise.

Ray Hadley too did well in survey five posting a record high 19.0% share. 2GB’s key demos were really humming last survey too – 55-64 up 3.4 to 19.0% and 65+ up 0.3 to 32.7%.

Elsewhere at the station:

• Nights with Steve Price #1 in Nights (Monday to Thursday 8pm-12am) with 17.7%, and Luke Davis #1 (Friday 10pm-12am) at 18.8%.
• Overnight with Michael McLaren #1 in weekday Overnights (12am-5:30am) with 19.7%.
• Weekends #1 overall (6am-6pm) with 13.6% including The Garden Clinic, George and Paul and the Continuous Call Team.
George and Paul #1 on Weekend Mornings (9am-1pm) with an increased share of 17.2%, up 2.8%.

Macquarie Media chief executive officer Adam Lang said:

“We are absolutely delighted that News Talk 2GB 873 has again been awarded the position of the number one radio station in Sydney. 114 consecutive survey wins show that 2GB continues to earn the premier status of being Sydney’s favourite radio station. This is the highest result for the station in over five years and we thank our listeners for their continued support.

“Our award-winning rugby league broadcasters, the Continuous Call Team, are in excellent form in 2018, which gives us excellent access to new listeners through the winter.”

WSFM 10+ 11.3%, Breakfast 10.3%

Cume audience: 10+ 758,000, Breakfast 418,000

This ARN station just keeps getting stronger with record shares 10+ (11.3%) and in breakfast (10.3%). Jonesy and Amanda have pushed ahead of Kyle and Jackie O to be #1 FM with a lead over their ARN stable mates of 1.0.

This morning Jonesy and Amanda started new competitions, one of which will culminate with a car giveaway this week. In addition to the regular features the show today offered Munce’s guide to rap music, which was lots of fun. The two hosts have a on-air relationship as good as or better than most breakfast teams. On Sunday Jonesy actually dropped in on his co-host at her Eastern suburbs home to check out her new kitchen. This led to an interesting discussion/debate about dishwashers this morning!

Share jumped right across the day at the station this survey with Jason Staveley in drive up 1.6 to 9.9%, where he is #2 in Sydney drive overall. Weekday morning host Mike Hammond was up 0.6 to maintain FM leadership on 13.2% while afternoons with Steve Fitton did 14.5%, a jump of 1.4. The cool kids seem to be liking Jonesy and Amanda and the music mix with share 18-24 up a staggering 10.9 to 18.5%. That’s a bigger share than the station gets 40-54 and 55-64. Expect that demo to resume normal service in future books.

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell told Mediaweek: “The momentum for the station has continued to build. The fantastic breakfast result for Jonesy and Amanda has been mirrored across the workday where the figures are also extraordinary.

“What we have done on WSFM has introduced personality daytimes again with Mike Hammond, Steve Fitton and Jason Staveley. These are all announcers who are very experienced and have passion, delivering entertaining radio. That is something that shouldn’t be ignored when looking at these results and it is something that differentiates us from others.”

Tomorrow: Nova Entertainment’s powerful Sydney double

Return to Nova like a “full circle moment” for drive EP Nic McClure

Nova Entertainment’s successful drive show Kate, Tim and Marty “marches to the beat of its own drum”. This is how the executive producer of the program, Nic McClure, described it.

By Kruti Joshi

The long-time radio producer has served as EP on a number of successful radio shows but was most recently on KIIS 106.5’s Kyle and Jackie O show. She made the move back to Nova in 2017.

“It’s a full circle moment because I was producing the drive show when Nova launched in 2001,” McClure said. “I was working with Ugly Phil, before I went onto EP Merrick and Rosso.

“I had history with the station [Nova] and, because I spent nine years here, a part of it felt like home to me.”

Apart from her history with Nova, McClure also has a history with the drive presenters Tim Blackwell, whom she labelled as her “co-EP”, and Kate Ritchie – she has worked with them in the past. However, this is the first time she has worked with Marty Sheargold, though she has followed his work previously and said she was a fan.

She wouldn’t be in her current job had it not been for a coffee catch-up with Nova Entertainment program director Peter Clay in late 2016 or early 2017.

She recalled: “I told him, ‘There’s only one radio show that I would consider EPing at this stage and that was Kate, Tim and Marty. Five months later, he called and said, ‘You know how we had coffee that day and you mentioned it? How would you like to come over?’ I jumped at the chance.”

Since the last time she spoke to Mediaweek, in 2016, McClure’s morning alarms have changed from 3:15am to 6:45am. While this is still an early morning for many, it is a luxury McClure didn’t previously have during her years in breakfast radio. “I can practise the cello in the mornings too,” she said.

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Fifth smooth Festival of Chocolate at Sydney’s Olympic Park

After four years of massive crowds beside the harbour, the smooth Festival Of Chocolate has moved to the suburbs.

The fifth Festival Of Chocolate moved from The Rocks to Sydney’s Olympic Park on the weekend. The weather was kind to the event on Saturday, but an early spring temperature drop made Sunday attendance a challenge for some.

However, come they did. The Saturday sun attracted good afternoon crowds and on Sunday the smaller attendance still saw some of the stallholders doing good business – retailers offering hot chocolate and a warming cup of coffee did a brisk business.

Celebrity chefs on the weekend: Reynold Poernomo, Kirsten Tibballs, Ashley Smith & Min Chai

Some of the speciality chocolate sellers also reported good sales across both days.

Nova Entertainment’s Luke Minto, who helped launch the concept and who guides the event each year, admitted to Mediaweek recently Nova Entertainment is treating it as almost a brand new event this year.

“It has had great years in The Rocks but it became so popular you literally couldn’t move amongst the crowds and it became a bad brand experience because of that.”

See also: Nova’s Luke Minto on radio ad sales, smooth Festival of Chocolate

Top Photo: smoothfm’s Melissa Doyle as the Festival Of Chocolate

TV Wedding of the year: David and Aaron walk down the aisle

The day Ramsay St fans have been waiting for is finally here. David Tanaka will marry Aaron Brennan in an emotionally charged, iconic episode of Neighbours tonight at 6.30pm on ELEVEN.

The nuptials of David Tanaka and Aaron Brennan will be led by television and film actress, comedian, writer and one of the most prominent faces of the Marriage Equality campaign in Australia, Magda Szubanski.

Neighbours actor Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron Brennan, said: “We are both ecstatic to be part of this huge moment in Australian television. It stands alone as the highlight of my career thus far and to top it all off, we get to work with Magda Szubanski – please excuse my fangirl-ing.

“This storyline means a lot to me, to my friends and to all the fans we hear from on a daily basis who love Aaron and David. Thank you to the writers for giving us this opportunity.”

See also:Andrew Mercado on TV: Date nights, nudity and Ramsay St wedding bells

Neighbours actor Takaya Honda, who plays David Tanaka, said: “It is an absolute privilege to be a part of what is and will be a historic moment in Australian television.

“Hearing Magda would be playing our celebrant was fantastic news. What a perfect icon of Australian television and the LGBTQIA+ movement to share this moment with! Representation matters for us all, and I am so happy to be doing what I do right now.”

In true Neighbours style, their journey to marital bliss isn’t without last-minute disasters, injuries and family drama.

The wedding of David and Aaron will air tonight at 6.30pm and continues tomorrow on ELEVEN.

Crocmedia supercharges revenues for Pacific Star

The new-look Pacific Star Network has released its first operating and financial results after merging with Crocmedia earlier this year.

Now under the guidance of CEO Craig Hutchison following the March 29 deal, the business has detailed its three key business segments:

Broadcasting: including owned radio platforms and broadcast partners’ radio network, which leverage sports and entertainment content.

Publishing: including production and sale of magazines, subscriptions and merchandise from frankie press and AFL Publishing.

Complementary Services: including events and entertainment services (talent management, television production, boutique creative agency).

The financial results comprise 12 months of Pacific Star revenues and a three-month contribution from Crocmedia.

The company reported a net loss after tax of $2.986 million compared to the corresponding period (2017: $7.341 million loss). The underlying net profit before tax (excluding the impact of significant items $4.227 million) was $1.632 million (2017: $1.769 million).

Total revenue (excluding non-sport revenue) was up from $15.3m in FY 2017 to $24.7m in FY 2018.

The underlying EBITDA for the two years lifted from $1.7m to $3.0m. The company detailed that, if one-off costs relating to the merger were excluded, that EBITDA figure lifts to $3.7m.

Pacific Stat will release an investor presentation later this month with commentary on the results, details of organic growth initiatives and strategic investments plus an outlook giving guidance on the financial year ahead.

Pacific Star stated growth initiatives that are expected to drive future earnings growth include:

• expanded multiyear radio broadcast rights partnerships
• additional resources to support new rights partnerships, including talent
• appointment of Gerard Whateley as Crocmedia’s Chief Sports Caller
• expansion into live commercial radio broadcasting of premier sporting events
• launch of SEN+
• additional senior executive and broadcasting team appointments
• expanded in-stadium advertising (LED signage and big screen) and hospitality inventory at Optus Stadium (Perth), Adelaide Oval and GMHBA Stadium (Geelong).

Two recent strategic investments were acquiring the AFL publishing business and a 25% shareholding in Melbourne United basketball club.

Top Photo:  Pacific Star/Crocmedia CEO Craig Hutchison with director Chris Giannopoulos

News readership: national newspapers jump as digital grows again

• emma CMV data reveals mobile to become the most-used device to access the internet by year end

National newspapers continue to lead the growth in news media, with nationals’ print readership up by 2% year on year, and total sector digital readership also growing by 2%, according to the latest emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) data for June 2018.

Almost nine in 10 Australians (89% aged 14+), or 16.3 million people, read news media across platforms in June.

News media readership on digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops rose by 2% to 13.2 million, or 72% of the population.

Newspapers are read by 67% of Australians, or 12.2 million people, each month. Metro newspapers were read by 10 million people, or 54% of consumers, in June. Regional and community news media brands are read by 6.3 million people, or more than one-third of the population (34%).

In addition to the industry currency readership data, emma CMV provides valuable insights into Australian consumers’ product purchases, behaviour and attitudes. This data has found that the trend towards using mobile phones to access the internet continues, with mobiles set to become the most-used device by the end of 2018.

Eight in ten of the 13.2 million digital news media readers use a mobile for general internet access and while this number is still surpassed by computers and laptops at 83%, mobiles will grow faster. Tablets are used by 46% of digital news media readers for internet access and readers use an average of 2.4 devices to access the web.

Among digital news media readers who “read news online yesterday”, 59% used a computer, 47% used a mobile phone and 25% used a tablet.

“Our news media sector is well placed to capitalise on the extraordinary growth in mobile usage, given our publishers pioneered the move to news websites and continue to command large and engaged audiences. The emma data is both independently audited and credible, and neither adjective applies in relation to Facebook’s recent outrageous audience claims. According to Facebook, it has more users than the population, which advertisers would agree is an unmatched achievement,” NewsMediaWorks CEO, Peter Miller, said.

“It’s also important not to discount the power and reach of newspapers, with our nationals growing and more than 12 million people reading newspapers in June. The news media sector has successfully attracted and grown its audience because of the trust that authoritative, credible journalism commands in an era of fake news. The Galaxy data from the ADTRUST study demonstrates that greater trust in a media channel positively impacts purchase intent.”

This is the fourth month of emma cross-platform readership data to come from Nielsen, in a new strategic collaboration announced in May. Under the new arrangement, Nielsen leads the fusion process that brings together the industry-accredited print readership data from Ipsos and Nielsen’s IAB-accredited digital audience data, to deliver a total audience readership. Nielsen Consumer & Media View (CMV) is fused to the emma Cross Platform data to provide critical product and attitudinal data.

The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s highest-reaching title across all platforms with 4.98 million readers. The Herald Sun followed, reaching 3.96 million readers and The Daily Telegraph on 3.68 million.

Casual bombshell alert: Em Rusciano’s last week at 2Day FM

Em: “Let me make it crystal clear that this is entirely my decision”

Hit Network content chief Gemma Fordham told Mediaweek just last week she was having discussions about the future of Em Rusciano on 2Day FM breakfast ahead of Rusciano having a baby early next year.

She had nothing to report last month. She does today, however.

This morning on Em, Grant & Ed, Em Rusciano shared she will not be returning to her 2DayFM breakfast show role next year after her third child is born.

Rusciano will focus on enjoying this amazing and unexpected time in her life – her third child, 18 years after her first daughter was born.

Gemma Fordham said this morning, “We are so thrilled for Em and her family that after everything they experienced last year they will have a beautiful baby in their world early next year. Em had a heart-to-heart with me last month and let me know that she would like to wrap up breakfast hours and focus on her growing family and her other many creative pursuits.

“The business 100% supports and understands Em’s decision. Em has always been forthright and honest with our listeners, sharing every intimate detail of her life, and she will continue to be part of the 2DayFM family when she can for the remainder of this year.”

2Day noted it will send Em off in spectacular style this Friday morning with Em’s Big Baby Brunch celebration. Rusciano has made no secret of the hunger she has experienced this pregnancy and she will be joined by 100 pregnant listeners to feast on the ultimate grazing table.

In the meantime Ash London will fill in alongside Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee until a replacement for 2019’s lineup has been determined.

Rusciano told her fans this morning via a blog post why she made the decision:

Casual bombshell alert: This Friday will be my last day on air for 2dayFm Breakfast.

Before anyone gets into a flap, let me make it crystal clear that this is entirely my decision and not one I made lightly. I appreciate how lucky I am to be in a position to leave on my own terms. Usually in radio, you are not afforded such a luxury.

The truth is when I found out I was pregnant, I made my mind up on the spot that this year would be my last year of breakfast radio. I had intended to work through until December, but as my pregnancy is progressing I’m finding it increasingly harder to fulfil the requirements of my job. So after talking it through with my family, and my boss Gemma, it was decided that I should finish up.

I must admit typing that feels strange but, if I’m being completely honest, it also fills me with relief.

Relief that I will no longer have to get up at 4am.

Relief that I will no longer have to come up with my share of three hours’ worth of content every single day.

Relief that my kids won’t just remember me as being tired and grumpy when they grow up.

I want to spend the next few months focusing on my family, eating, sleeping, possibly wearing overalls and attempting to grow some veggies. But most importantly, I want to properly prepare for the arrival of my new human early next year.

So I want to start by thanking the team behind 2DayFM Breakfast.

Thank you for your support, thank you for your hard work, thank you for your understanding and thank you for your encouragement. It’s a special kind of glorious hell, those first hours of the day; it’s when you’re at your most vulnerable. Coming in each day was made easier by the producers being so supportive. We will always have that bond – we have become a lovely, dysfunctional family and know more about each other’s lives than we do about some of our closest friends. I also want to thank my co-hosts Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee for supporting my decision to leave. I wish them both all the best in their future endeavours and in Grant’s case: total TV domination.

My time at 2Day has been a mixed bag. I’d be flat out lying if I said any differently. It’s been heart-breaking, hilarious, soul-destroying, uplifting, disappointing and bloody hard a lot of the time. Thanks to radio I’ve learned so much about myself; it really puts a spotlight on your strengths and weaknesses like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. But the best thing to come out of it has been me rediscovering my sense of self. For a time I believed that being a strong, decisive and ambitious woman was something to hide. I must thank radio for reminding me that those are my greatest attributes, not my worst.

So what’s next?

Well, I plan on re-acquainting myself with my family. I have recently signed on to write adult fiction with Harper Collins and I now owe them a book by April. I also have a line of maternity wear coming, and I’ve somehow tricked Kate Miller-Heidke into helping me write the music for my new stage show, which I’ll be touring at the end of next year. Kate wrote Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (and won a bloody Helpmann for it) so I felt my show was a natural fit for her genius.

I will also be starting a huge new podcast and, of course, there is the small business of giving birth!

I want to thank everyone who listened right from the Em Rusciano Radio Show days. However you consumed our show – be it podcast, Facebook videos or listening to us live, I appreciate it. I still marvel that people actively choose to let me into their lives for a small portion of their day. That’s my favourite part of this job, and something I sometimes forget that’s even happening when I’m sitting in that small studio talking into a stick.

Thank you also to Gemma Fordham for believing in me, for supporting my decision to leave (even though it makes your life far more difficult for the foreseeable future) and most importantly, for being my friend and not just my boss.

Finally I want to thank my husband Scotty, my Mum and Dad and my kids Chella and Odie. You all allowed me to take this huge thing on. It has defined our lives for the past two years, and I could not have achieved all that I have without your love and support.

Top Photo: Em with her husband Scotty and kids Chella and Odie

Bring and KFC launch new live music series

English band Rudimental surprised 250 fans with an intimate concert inside the Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach, Sydney.

This activation, which took place on August 30, was part of the launch of “Bucket. Why Not?”, a live music series presented by Universal Music’s Bring in partnership with KFC.

The activation started early in the morning with a call-out from Rudimental on its Facebook page. Fans were guided to KFC in Bondi Junction unaware of the gig venue until the private transport dropped them off at Bondi Beach. The gig erupted when band member Mark Crown led fans down into the pool with a trumpet chorus.

The gig was broadcast live on Facebook too.

Bring creative director James Griffiths said: “With no credentials in music here in Australia, it was important that we did something massive to really make a splash and assert KFC’s position in the cluttered music space in a way that would resonate with fans. And what better way to do it than by bringing Rudimental, the biggest name in drum and bass, a band known for their free-spirited nature, to one of Australia’s most famous backdrops, with a world-first live gig in the pool.”

Fortunately the gig was held on a Thursday when the Icebergs pools are emptied every week for cleaning purposes.

The series will continue in Australia with more original and in-the-moment experiences in the works.

Pride Of Australia 2018: News Corp joined by Australia Post & Seven

News Corp Australia will partner with Australia Post and Seven News to stage the 2018 Pride of Australia Awards – now in their 14th year.

Launching across News Corp’s metropolitan and community newspapers today, the awards seek to unearth and honour ordinary Australians who make an extraordinary contribution to our community – those who are thrust by fate into life and death situations, servicemen and women, volunteers, children who have displayed courage beyond their years, those who have raised untold thousands for charity or selfless individuals who have spent their lives in the service of others.

The awards initiative was launched by News Corp Australia in 2005 and has since honoured more than 650 Australians, chosen from among tens of thousands of nominees.

Over the years, News Corp has published more than 20,000 stories of remarkable Australians who have made inspiring and selfless contributions to the community.

This year, those stories will also be broadcast on Seven News each week and culminate in the crowning of the national Editor’s Choice Award winners live on Sunrise on December 14.

Inspired by the Liberty Medal established by The New York Post in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the Pride of Australia Awards support the notion that there is no greater measure of a society’s strength than its ability to recognise, learn from and reward its true heroes.

News Corp Australia’s community ambassador Penny Fowler said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Seven News and Australia Post to recognise inspirational people in our communities who go out of their way to help others.

“I encourage everyone to nominate people in their community for a Pride of Australia Award. These individuals are helping build a better Australia for us all – they are the backbone of our local communities. Our readers are constantly inspired by their stories of hope, courage, passion and persistence,” Fowler said.

Craig McPherson, Seven Network director, news and public affairs, said: “Seven News is proud to team up with News Corp to shine a light on those who do so much for so little. Recognition is never what they seek but certainly what they deserve. In our clouded world it will be enlightening to bring to mainstream Australia these untold true stories of real people doing extraordinary things in everyday life.”

Nicole Sheffield, former News Corp head of digital and now Australia Post’s executive general manager for community and consumer, said: “Every day at Australia Post we connect Australians with each other, no matter where they live across our vast country. We look forward to championing those Australians who are striving to make our communities a better place through their inspiring acts.”

This year’s program launches today.

After a seven-week nominations period, judging will take place in early November.

Medal ceremonies will be staged in mid-December in each state, and a selection of national Editor’s Choice winners will be revealed live on Sunrise on December 14.

Top Photo: 2017 Pride of Australia Awards at Sydney Opera House. Daily Telegraph editor Chris Dore with POA recipient Elton Ray Winslow

ARIA charts: Aussies on top – Dean Lewis and The Amity Affliction

• Singles: Aussies rule: Dean Lewis holds off George, Calvin & Sam
• Albums: Queensland indie metal gods post new ARIA chart record


Impressive achievement from Dean Lewis again this week as Be Alright sits at #1 for a third consecutive week.

Nobody new in the top 10 this week with the biggest challenger likely to be Promises from Calvin Harris and Sam Smith, which jumps from #30 to #14.

The biggest mover inside the top 10 was George Ezra with Shotgun lifting from #9 to #6.

Just two tunes made it into the top 50 on debut:

#35 BTS with Idol
#50 Goodbye from Jason Derulo and David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William


Another remarkable Aussie success story this week with The Amity Affliction debuting at #1 with Misery, which sets a new chart record. The band becomes the first Australian act ever to secure four consecutive #1 albums. This is the group’s sixth album and their earlier chart-toppers were This Could Be Heartbreak (August 2016), Let The Ocean Take Me (June 2014) and Chasing Ghosts (September 2012).

ARIA noted that Misery is the eighth Australian #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2018 after Amy Shark’s Love Monster, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Youngblood, Sheppard’s Watching The Sky, Parkway Drive’s Reverence, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow), Kylie Minogue’s Golden and Vance Joy’s Nation Of Two.

Six other albums found a home in the top 50 on debut:

#9: BTS with Love Yourself Answer (Debut): Latest from the K-pop group.
#13: John Williamson with Butcherbird: The artist’s 20th album, yet his first featuring originals since 2014.
#15: Alice In Chains with Rainier Fog: The Seattle rock veterans haven’t been terribly prolific. A number of challenges over the years haven’t stopped them though and this is their sixth album since the first in 1990 and the first in five years.
#21: Neil & Liam Finn with Lightsleeper sees the father and son just miss the top 20. The album also features Finn family members Sharon, Elroy and Harper, as well as Neil Finn’s new Fleetwood Mac colleague Mick Fleetwood. Finn starts a 54-date Fleetwood Mac US tour on October 3.
#26 Interpol with Marauder
#31 Beccy Cole with Lioness

Top 10 Game Charts: F1 2018 in pole position

Sports games with broad appeal tend to do well on these charts, as they’re very much the sort of titles that more casual gamers will pick up in store, rather than purchasing online.

By Cam Shea editor in chief,  IGN Australia

F1 2018 is the latest example, roaring into pole position this week, and offering up the best dedicated F1 game to date.

The re-release of action-adventure classics Shenmue I & II also debuted this week. These cult titles were originally released for SEGA’s ill-fated – but much-loved – Dreamcast console around the turn of the millennium. They’re relevant once again because series creator Yu Suzuki has been working on the long awaited Shenmue III after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. The new title has been delayed several times, but is now set for release in August next year.

Meanwhile, last week’s number one title – the new World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth – has dropped out of the all-formats top ten entirely, showing that WoW fans really want to be there on day one when new content drops. It’s still at the top of the PC chart, however, indicating just how few copies need to be sold to register in a format that has almost entirely gone digital (which isn’t represented here). Put another way, in the week this chart covers, Battle for Azeroth was outsold – again, in terms of physical copies only – by a series of games that are between one and five years old (Mario Kart 8, GTA V, Breath of the Wild, Uncharted 4) and yet it’s still at the top of the PC chart.

TV Ratings Analysis: September 3

• After a strong week 35 performance, will Nine dominate again?
• The Block proving unstoppable with a Sunday crowd over 1.2m
• Audiences down for Little Big Shots and Rake, Russell Coight soft

 By James Manning


No Sunday AFL any more and Seven News lost its timeslot leadership to Nine last night.

Little Big Shots then recorded its smallest audience ever with 719,000 after 864,000 a week ago.

Sunday Night then did 539,000 after 532,000 last week.


Nine News ranked #1 after 6pm with help from the final day of regular season live NRL before the finals start next weekend.

The Block seems unstoppable this year due to a combination of another great season of the renovation format and the absence of competition that engages big audiences on Sunday. TEN is getting good numbers for Australian Survivor and The Bachelor on weeknights and Seven will be hoping for at least similar numbers when it launches Take Me Out tonight.

The Sunday episode of The Block featured the reveal of the master bedrooms and their seemingly even bigger walk-in robes. The episode was on 1.23m after 1.29m a week prior.

60 Minutes then did 783,000 to be well ahead of its Sunday competition.


The channel’s best was again Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures with 546,000 watching, which was up on last week’s 511,000.

The Sunday Project did 307,000 after 375,000 a week ago.

TEN screened the movie Get Smart from 8pm with 252,000 watching.


A repeat of Joanna Lumley’s India travel series screened after the news with 410,000 watching part one.

Episode three of Rake did 522,000 after the series launched with 715,000 and then dropped to 573,000 for episode two.

Week 35-36 TV: Friday- Sunday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 11.2% 7 20.8% 9 17.5% TEN 10.2% SBS One 5.8%
ABC 2 3.8% 7TWO 3.9% GO! 4.3% ONE 3.6% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 4.1% GEM 1.7% ELEVEN 2.4% Food Net 1.3%
ABC NEWS 1.8% 7flix 3.0% 9Life 2.5% NITV 0.0%
TOTAL 17.4% 31.9% 26.0% 16.2% 8.5%


ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 12.1% 7 16.9% 9 17.9% TEN 8.3% SBS One 6.0%
ABC 2 3.7% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 4.8% ONE 3.5% VICELAND 2.2%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 3.5% GEM 3.1% ELEVEN 2.6% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.8% 7flix 4.9% 9Life 3.1% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 18.3% 29.2% 28.8% 14.5% 9.3%
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 10.4% 7 17.8% 9 27.2% TEN 8.1% SBS One 5.6%
ABC 2 2.5% 7TWO 4.3% GO! 3.6% ONE 2.7% VICELAND 0.6%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.5% GEM 3.4% ELEVEN 1.6% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 2.0% 9Life 2.3% NITV 0.4%
TOTAL 15.0% 28.6% 36.5% 12.4% 7.4%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 8.8% 7 17.5% 9 24.2% WIN 8.0% SBS One 5.7%
ABC 2 2.8% 7TWO 4.0% GO! 5.6% ONE 2.5% VICELAND 0.7%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.6% GEM 6.3% ELEVEN 1.8% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.3% 9Life 2.6% NITV 0.5%
TOTAL 13.9% 27.4% 38.7% 12.3% 7.6%


83.3% 16.7%


All People Rankings

Saturday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 837,000
  2. Nine News Nine 813,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 776,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 767,000
  5. ABC News ABC 613,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 544,000
  7. Better Homes And Gardens Seven 543,000
  8. The Chase Australia Seven 512,000
  9. Gardening Australia ABC 447,000
  10. The Living Room Ten 438,000


Sunday Top 10

  1. Seven News Seven 769,000
  2. Nine News Nine 739,000
  3. ABC News ABC 670,000
  4. The Split ABC 499,000
  5. Dci Banks (R) ABC 344,000
  6. Getaway Nine 344,000
  7. Ambulance Uk Ten 321,000
  8. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (R) Seven 286,000
  9. Territory Cops E 3 (R) Ten 284,000
  10. Saturday Night NRL Live Nine 278,000
  1. The Block Nine 1,234,000
  2. Nine News Nine 1,067,000
  3. Seven News Seven 941,000
  4. 60 Minutes Nine 783,000
  5. Little Big Shots Seven 719,000
  6. ABC News ABC 661,000
  7. Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures Ten 546,000
  8. Sunday Night Seven 539,000
  9. Rake ABC 522,000
  10. Joanna Lumley’s India (R) ABC 410,000
  11. Playground Murder Plot Nine 342,000
  12. Sunday Afternoon NRL Live Nine 322,000
  13. Insiders-AM ABC 319,000
  14. The Sunday Project 7PM Ten 307,000
  15. Andre The Giant SBS 263,000
  16. Crime Investigation Australia: Most Infamous Seven 259,000
  17. Seven News At 5 Seven 252,000
  18. Get Smart Ten 252,000
  19. Weekend Sunrise Seven 250,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 248,000
SUNDAY Multichannel
  1. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-E4 PM 7TWO 178,000
  2. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-E3 PM 7TWO 167,000
  3. Wanda And The Alien-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 162,000
  4. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-E2 PM 7TWO 161,000
  5. Pj Masks-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  6. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-PM 7TWO 151,000
  7. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  8. The Hive-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  9. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  10. Bananas In Pyjamas-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 141,000
  11. Go Jetters-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  12. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  13. M- 2012-PM 7mate 137,000
  14. Insiders-AM ABC NEWS 134,000
  15. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  16. The Big Bang Theory Tx4 9GO! 132,000
  17. Luo Bao Bei-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 132,000
  18. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line-E5 PM 7TWO 129,000
  19. Midsomer Murders 9Gem 128,000
  20. The Big Bang Theory Tx5 9GO! 128,000
SUNDAY Subscription TV
  1. Live: NRL Broncos V Sea Eagles FOX LEAGUE 290,000
  2. Live: NRL Bulldogs V Sharks FOX LEAGUE 181,000
  3. Live: Sunday Night With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 145,000
  4. Live: Motorsport: F1: Italy Race FOX SPORTS 506 115,000
  5. A Place To Call Home showcase 104,000
  6. Live: Controversy Corner FOX LEAGUE 76,000
  7. Live: F1: Italy Pit Lane Race Day FOX SPORTS 506 69,000
  8. NCIS TVH!TS 60,000
  9. The Professor’s Farewell Tour FOX LEAGUE 59,000
  10. Daddy’s Home 2 Foxtel Movies Premi ere 52,000
  11. NCIS TVH!TS 52,000
  12. Outsiders Sky News Live 49,000
  13. Live: NRL Sunday Ticket FOX LEAGUE 47,000
  14. NCIS: Los Angeles TVH!TS 44,000
  15. Bounce FOX FOOTY 42,000
  16. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 41,000
  17. In Depth With: Steve WilliAMs ESPN 41,000
  18. Outsiders Sky News Live 40,000
  19. CSI: Ny TVH!TS 40,000
  20. Live: Cricket: Eng V Ind 4th Test Day 4 FOX SPORTS MORE 39,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

New Nine investment turns Pedestrian into a $100m business

Nine Entertainment has purchased the remaining 40% stake in millennial news website Pedestrian TV, valuing the business just shy of $100 million, making it one of Australia’s biggest ever digital media deals, reports The AFR’s Yolanda Redrup.

The TV network, which is also in the process of acquiring a majority share in Fairfax Media, paid $39 million for the remaining 40%, only three-and-a-half years after buying the initial 60% for about $10 million.

Pedestrian co-founder Chris Wirasinha told The Australian Financial Review that he and co-founder Oscar Martin would be staying on with the business but would be focused on introducing the right management structure and processes so the brand wouldn’t be “founder-reliant” for long.

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News Corp halts regional auction ahead of Nine and Fairfax merger

News Corporation has pulled the pin on the potential sale of its regional newspaper business as the Rupert Murdoch-controlled publisher awaits the shake-out of the merger of Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

The proposed merger of Nine and Fairfax, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, has moved News Corp to review the sale of its regional and community publishing portfolio, ending discussions with at least two interested parties, and the auction process for now.

A News Corp representative confirmed the company was not in active discussions about the sale of its regional titles at this stage.

Sources said News Corp does not need to sell its regional business and is interested in what happens to many assets in the combined Fairfax-Nine portfolio should the deal be approved by shareholders and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Fairfax’s regional publishing arm, Australian Community Media, and its New Zealand business, Stuff, are at the top of the list of potential assets to be sold off in a combined Nine and Fairfax.

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News Brands

Gone: The Village Voice, a New York icon, closes down

When Peter D Barbey bought The Village Voice in 2015, he vowed to invest in the storied alternative weekly, saying it would “survive and prosper”. But last August he shuttered the print edition, and on Friday he closed the operation altogether, reports The New York Times.

The end of the left-leaning independent publication was an anticlimax, given the many empty red plastic Village Voice boxes that have been scattered like debris across the sidewalks of Manhattan in recent years.

“This is a sad day for The Village Voice and for millions of readers,” Barbey said. “The Voice has been a key element of New York City journalism and is read around the world. As the first modern alternative newspaper, it literally defined a new genre of publishing.”

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Business models indicate readers will pay for quality journalism

For more than a decade, newspaper publishers globally have struggled to overcome the internet-induced disruption of their once-profitable industry, reports The Australian’s Mark Day.

Today there is a hint of salvation from a most unlikely source – gifts.

Voluntary donations from satisfied readers have dramatically lifted revenue for British legacy publisher The Guardian, which also publishes online editions in Britain, the US and Australia.

This has inspired BuzzFeed News, one of the pioneers of internet publishing, to experiment with the same concept, telling readers that access will continue to be free but donations will be gratefully accepted to enhance its capacity to perform traditional journalism.

The Australian reported an operating profit of $700,000 last financial year – a figure that would have been a loss without reader donations. The site’s membership program now has 73,000 readers making regular contributions, plus 30,000 who have made one-off payments.

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The Australian Financial Review readership rises 23% YOY

The Australian Financial Review’s readership has increased by nearly one-quarter over the past year as it drives record growth in its digital audience, reports the Fairfax title.

Australia’s national business, finance and politics publication experienced a record 23% increase in overall readership through the latest financial year, according to new Enhanced Media Metrics Australia (emma) figures, confirming its achievement as the fasting-growing national news masthead.

The Financial Review’s total audience ended the 2017-18 financial year at 1.93 million readers, up more than 360,000 readers on the previous June.

The host newspaper’s monthly inserted The Australian Financial Review Magazine recorded a 10% increase in readership per issue to 183,000, according to the emma results.

The monthly inserted BOSS magazine held its audience over the year at 100,000, double the readership for The Australian’s The Deal.

The Financial Review’s editor in chief, Michael Stutchbury, said the striking growth in the masthead’s digital audience was reflected in double-digit gains in paid digital subscriptions over the past year.

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The Australian remains the most-read national newspaper

The Australian continues as the nation’s most-read weekday national newspaper, with an average of 472,000 print readers a day in June, according to the latest official data. The Weekend Australian’s readership jumped 4.9% in June on the previous year to 598,000 readers, the best-performing metro newspaper in the country, according to the emma data according to the title.

The Australian’s business audience continues to grow quickly, up 36.9% Monday to Friday, and 6.4% higher on Saturdays. Sports readership jumped 44.3% Monday to Friday and 8.9% on Saturdays, while Friday’s Aviation section was up 31.3% and Media & Marketing by 29.7%. Legal Affairs jumped 20.9% and Technology 20% – which is the most read weekday section of The Australian.

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Morning TV: Kerri-Anne Kennerley joins Studio 10 as new host

TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley concedes she has a “shocking” ratings battle on her hands as the show business veteran makes her return to morning television, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

The 64-year-old has joined panel show Studio 10 on a deal that allows her to work just two days a week.

“I have been on the record as saying before that I think the show has such a feelgood factor that if it wasn’t on Channel 10 it would have rated a whole bunch better.

“Channel 10 now has a committed owner in CBS and good things are going to happen.

“Going back to morning TV didn’t have that much interest for me – it was like, ‘been there, done that’ – but now I am ready and two days a week will suit me just fine.”

Kennerley will join hosts Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Angela Bishop on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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David Speers issues election warning: ignore the bush at your peril

Sky News political editor David Speers has pleaded with the two major parties to make the run-up to the next election about “policy and not personalities” – or risk the rise of a Donald Trump-style Australia, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.

As the news channel rolls out across regional Australia, on the free-to-air WIN network for the first time, Speers said political parties risked electoral ruin if they ignored the issues affecting the bush.

Last year, Sky News took its flagship programs to broadcast out of 25 different regions in rural Australia – reaching out to the kind of voters Trump won over as “the forgotten people”.

Speers said of the free-to-air expansion, “We’ve taken our programs to all corners of our country and we love it because it’s always great to get out of Canberra and out of the studio, to do pub tests in actual pubs. There’s even more reason for us to get out there now and do more of what’s going on in the regions.”

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Andy from The Block 2016 hosting a new Nine kids series

The Block’s Andy Sunderland will host a new kids game show, Smashdown, on Channel 9, which began filming in Brisbane last week, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.

Set to air on 9Go! this year, the series will feature children from around Australia competing in sports challenges to become Australia’s No.1 junior all-rounder, and will include cameos by Aussie athletes.

The hosting gig is a first for Sunderland, 27, a primary school sports teacher who had been on the hunt for TV and radio jobs since appearing on The Block in 2016 with friend Ben Toyne.

While he and Toyne present a Saturday radio show in Geelong and he works as a roving reporter on Kids’ WB, Sunderland said he’d “almost given up on the TV dream”.

He’s filming five episodes a day at Nine’s Mt Coot-tha studios, with 150 episodes in total planned.

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Joel Creasey is ready for his close-up on Seven’s Take Me Out

In anyone else’s hands, a dating show where 30 flirty women brutally pick or flick potential partners before a live studio audience could seem like a modern-day version of throwing Daniel into the lion’s den, reports News Corp’s Holly Byrnes.

Messy and wrong for the times we’re living in, where social media is the town square and one wrong move in the game of gender politics ends in its victim being stripped bare.

But Joel Creasey is no ordinary lion tamer, using his razor sharp wit to cut through political correctness to get the crowd laughing.

Fronting Seven’s new shiny-floor dating show, Take Me Out, the 28-year-old Perth-born, Melbourne-based performer did what he does best – throwing caution to the wind, and a few cheeky one-liners, with hilarious results.

Take Me Out airs 7.30pm, Monday and Tuesday, on Seven.

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Sports Media

Tennis price rise: Nine offering more bang for sport’s buck

Nine Entertainment Co is mounting an ambitious campaign to help recoup its $350 million investment in the Australian Open tennis, pitching prospective sponsors packages that would cost between $2.5 and $3 million-plus, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.

Media buyers told The Australian that Open packages being pitched in the past fortnight would cost major sponsors an extra 30% on what they paid when Seven held the tennis rights and charged up to $1.9m.

But senior Nine executives are privately saying its 2019 pricing for the January event does not represent an “apples with apples” comparison, because they claim the new Australian Open network is offering sponsors more bang for their advertising buck.

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TV dollars see NRL smash revenue forecast and post $50m surplus

The National Rugby League is set to smash revenue and profit forecasts and post a huge surplus of more than $50 million in 2018, fuelled by its massive broadcast deal and better-than-expected commercial income.

Rugby league crowds and television ratings have plateaued, but half of the 16 clubs in the competition will at least break even, led by the most financially successful outfit in the competition, the Brisbane Broncos, and the resurgent South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The ASX-listed Broncos should make a full-year profit of more than $3 million while Souths, who finished third on the ladder after the weekend’s action, are on target to make a $1.3m net profit for their owners Russell Crowe and James Packer.

The Broncos were the only profitable club in 2017.

The NRL claim television ratings have risen about 1.1% and crowds have increased almost 3%, boosted by big attendances in Auckland, Newcastle and the Gold Coast on the weekend.

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