After a week of unrest from some of the Kyle and Jackie O audience, Kyle Sandilands this morning addressed the turmoil created by his recent comments about religion and in particular his comments about the Virgin Mary.
Sandilands, who was broadcasting from Los Angeles while co-host Jackie O was in Sydney, said he had not delayed his return to Australia because of death threats he has received.
After he made the comments, Sandilands revealed his phone number had been shared on social media and he started getting phone calls.
“Very quickly I became very aware that the things I said had pissed a lot of people off. I answered hundreds of calls on the Friday after the comments. Some very, very aggressive, and some I had conversations with – some who were fans of the radio show and others with people who weren’t fans of the radio show.
“Some were very disappointed with me, some were very aggro. There were threats and all sorts of things.
“Everyone has their own right to an opinion and religious beliefs and no one has the right to take that away from them.
“But what I didn’t realise until I started taking the calls, was that I had stepped on the beliefs of other people. I had offended them immensely.
“It was a joke and a hugely bad decision in poor taste. I didn’t plan the joke, I was just spitballing live and doing what I do. I didn’t realise the gravity of it.
“Many friends of mine asked me, ‘How could you do something so dumb like that.’
“At the time I didn’t think it was dumb, but on reflection [it was]. I get upset that I have caused a lot of grief to a lot of people. At the time I was just trying to make people have a laugh.
“On the Friday when I was taking the calls I asked people what I should do and they said they wanted an apology.”
Sandilands revealed he initially put out an apology straight away. “Apparently that wasn’t good enough and didn’t seem sincere enough. It was a shit thing I said and never meant to hurt anyone and make anyone sad.
“What I try to do when I come to work every day is to make people laugh and have a fun morning. Never do I intend, and this is contrary to popular belief, to purposely piss people off. A lot of people think I purposely plan things to say to get people agitated. That’s not true. I just agitate people naturally.”
Kyle’s co-host Jackie O and KIIS 106.5 newsreader Brooklyn Ross agreed that Sandilands didn’t intentionally set out to hurt people.
“Truly, from the bottom of my heart, never do I want to make someone so angry that they don’t want to listen to the show or to me. Nor do I want them to be so enraged that they are threatening to kill people over something I have said. I am horrified at that situation. I never, never meant for that to happen.
“In reflection I know what I said was dumb and I am the dumb one for saying it. Who am I to say what [others] should believe in? We all have the right to believe in whatever we want to believe in. No other person has the right to make us feel less for our beliefs.”
Sandilands them addressed the ramifications of his comments: “Am I going to quit? No. Am I going to get fired? No. Am I sorry? Absolutely I am sorry.
“There’s nothing else I can do except to say sorry. I have reached out to some community leaders in the Muslim and Christian faith and will continue to talk to them during the week.”
Sandilands said he had offered them time to come on the radio show, yet he was unsure if they would take up the offer. “They have an open invitation to come on and chat about it if they want to.”
“We have all made mistakes in our lives and this is one of the many I have made.”
Sandilands made his eight-minute apology at the start of The Kyle and Jackie O Show, on the first show back after a week off air for a survey break.
“I want as many people to hear the truth of what we think and then make up your mind. If you want to stay with us, we would love that. If you think then you are finished [with us], then go along your merry way.”
Kyle and Jackie O then talk a number of calls from listeners who explained how upset some people were with what he said.
The KIIS Sydney breakfast show later replayed his comments around 8am with Sandilands explaining he wanted the biggest possible audience to hear him say sorry.
News media reaches large and engaged audiences across digital and print platforms, as publishers continue to innovate and readers seek out trusted, professionally generated news, reports NewsMediaWorks as it releases the latest readership data.
Australian news media reaches nine in ten Australians (94%), or 17.6 million people aged 14+, the latest emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) data for July 2019 shows.
Across measured digital platforms news media reaches 15.5 million Australians, representing 83% of the population aged 14+.
At the same time, print audiences remain strong with 13.1 million, or seven in ten Australians (70%), choosing print news formats.
NewsMediaWorks CEO, Peter Miller, said that the emma data clearly demonstrates the power of news media and the ongoing demand for its content across multiple platforms from consumers.
“Editorial and commercial publisher innovation was evidenced last week at the industry’s News Media Awards and demonstrated how our news brands engage, inspire, challenge and delight their readers. This was evident across digital and print platforms that have also delivered some of the best and most innovative solutions available for advertisers. Complementary platforms provide increased relevance, innovation and the ability for in-depth story telling, which is why we remain the most trusted media channels in the country4,” he said.
“Trusted journalism and news media innovation were the central themes at last week’s INFORM 19 conference, summed up with gusto by speaker Professor Scott Galloway from NYU when he said: ‘Journalists are the best police force that doesn’t carry guns and badges’.”
The top 10 most read mastheads in Australia continue to deliver large scale, influential audiences. As these mastheads add new ways to talk to audiences, they continue to grow their ability to reach Australians at scale.
Sir David Attenborough will be narrating a new series on Nine exploring the way colour is intimately connected to almost every story nature has to tell.
Life in Colour presented by David Attenborough is a three-part co-production between Australia and the United Kingdom that will go to air on Nine early in 2021 as part of a co-ordinated worldwide premiere.
The co-production brings together Sydney-based SeaLight Pictures and Bristol-based Humble Bee Films.
Production on the series has commenced, and Australian filming locations include Adelaide River (NT); Sydney and Thredbo (NSW); and around Lizard Island and the Channel Country (QLD).
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC TWO, said: “Any series authored by Sir David is very special and this promises to be exceptional. I am looking forward to seeing the combination of innovative photography and rich analysis to explore the role colour plays in animals’ lives.”
Head of Documentary at Screen Australia, Bernadine Lim, said: “This is a prestigious opportunity for local production company SeaLight Pictures to work on a large-scale co-production with global reach. The series will leave an enduring legacy for our national identity through innovation and scientific insights as it presents a new way of seeing and understanding Australia’s unique fauna.”
The key creative team includes Colette Beaudry (Shark Exile; Can We Save the Reef?), Sharmila Choudhury (Attenborough and the Giant Elephant), Stephen Dunleavy (Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful), Adam Geiger (Can We Save The Reef?), Nick Green (Seven Worlds, One Planet) and Sally Thomas (Attenborough and the Sea Dragon). Colette Beaudry and Stephen Dunleavy are on board as executive producers.
Life in Colour is an Australia-UK co-production between SeaLight Pictures and Humble Bee Films for Netflix, the BBC, the Nine Network and Stan, with principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Create NSW. Flame Distribution will manage international sales.
The series will also be available globally for Netflix members outside the UK, Ireland and Australia.
SeaLight Pictures is an international award-winning production company based in Sydney. Clients have included Netflix, PBS, ABC, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, Arte, SBS, Nine, SVT, Stan, and CCTV10. Directors Adam Geiger and Colette Beaudry combine degrees in marine & environmental science and film with decades of production experience in writing, producing, and shooting above and underwater.
Stephen Dunleavy set up Humble Bee Films in 2009. A former BBC Natural History Unit producer with almost 30 years experience, he established Humble Bee with the express aim of producing standout factual television focusing on nature, science and history. Dunleavy oversees all editorial aspects of Humble Bee. Previous series have included Attenborough and the Giant Elephant and David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities.
Discovery has acquired Golf Digest from Condé Nast. Golf Digest is the world’s No. 1 golf media brand and will extend Discovery’s global golf media business to the US market through Golf Digest’s multiplatform distribution and reach.
The news of the sale comes 12 months after it was revealed Condé Nast was selling several brands. The others were Brides and W. Condé Nast lost $150m in 2017 and has been slimming down its portfolio.
Condé Nast licences Golf Digest to an Australia publisher, Custom Made Media Australia (CMMA), the home of Australian Golf Digest. The Australian publishing business is run by managing director Nick Cutler.
Discovery commented it would seek to optimise its exclusive global partnership with Tiger Woods across both Golf Digest and PGA TOUR platforms. GOLFTV is collaborating with Woods on a range of content, such as deep-dive instruction to help players improve their game, which began filming last month, and exclusive access to his tournament preparation. The unique collaboration offers an authentic look into the life, mind and performance of the game’s ultimate icon.
Tiger Woods said: “This is an important step in enhancing and expanding the U.S. and global reach of Discovery and GOLFTV. It gives me another platform to tell my story directly to fans and makes my partnership with Discovery even stronger. This acquisition, along with what Discovery and GOLFTV have already done with the PGA TOUR, is great for the game of golf.”
Discovery will seek to leverage its global scale, with reach into 220 markets and territories, to further grow the Golf Digest brand around the world.
Golf Digest, which earns nearly half of its US revenues from digital advertising, will continue to publish a US monthly print magazine and Discovery will assume the global licenses for editions serving nearly 70 countries.
Jerry Tarde, editor-in-chief, Golf Digest, and global head of strategy and content, Discovery Golf, said: “Golf Digest has this amazing team of editors, reporters, producers, photographers and contributors – all dedicated to helping golfers improve and be smarter consumers of the game we love. Discovery’s vision to create one global destination for everything a golf fan could want is perfectly aligned with what Golf Digest does every day. As we look to the future, Discovery’s global scale and ability to light up content on all platforms and in every language, combined with the PGA TOUR’s brand, will benefit golf and golfers worldwide.”
• Seven’s Saturday AFL crowd the lowest Grand Final in over 20 years
The audience watching the 2019 AFL Grand Final clash between Richmond and GWS Giants was the smallest Grand Final audience in over 20 years and the lowest since OzTAM administered the TV ratings.
The metro audience was 2.19m, down from 2.6m+ for the previous two years.
The national audience was 2.93m after 3.37m a year ago. Five times in the past 19 years the national audience has been over 4m. The match however becomes the most-watched TV program of 2019 so far.
Nine won the week in primary share as Seven’s AFL Grand Final audience comes in the afternoon. The share that determines who wins the week is measured from 6pm to midnight.
Nine was also able to claim a weekly win 25-54 and 16-39 for combined channel share and primary share.
That secured Nine first place as both its NRL Preliminary Finals were played in the evening on Friday and Saturday last week. Nine’s Saturday NRL match saw the Sydney Roosters secure another Grand Final spot with 880,000 watching. On Friday Night the Canberra Raiders won its way through to the Grand Final with 770,000 watching.
Nine’s most-watched show of the week was The Block with 1.154m tuned in a week ago. The Monday and Tuesday episodes of The Block were uncharacteristically in second place in their timeslots, with both episodes easily outrated by 10’s The Masked Singer.
Seven was 0.6 of a point behind Nine in primary share, but managed to rank #1 in combined channel share. The winning margin was just 0.3 of a point.
Seven’s best audience of the week was the Grand Final with 2.197m. The Saturday news did 1.145m with a boost from the football audience.
Seven News won the 6-7pm hour every night.
The Brownlow Medal did 859,000 on Monday night, winning its timeslot, but ranking #2 in average non-news audiences that night, behind The Masked Singer.
The Grand Final of Australia’s Got Talent was on 750,000.
Network 10 has found another 7.30pm format that joins its stable of programs that engage the under 50 audience. The Masked Singer launched with 1.16m on Monday and then backed up with 1.05m on Tuesday. The Monday launch was the channel’s best series debut since I’m A Celebrity back in 2015.
The new format was key to 10 claiming five of the top 10 under 50 programs.
With The Bachelorette not starting until next week, 10 lost some momentum on Wednesday and Thursday with Bondi Rescue and Jamie Oliver called on to do the best they could.
Have You Been Paying Attention? continued its run of 800,000+ audiences late on Mondays.
With a weaker lead-in last week, Gogglebox dropped to 558,000.
The cast of Beverley Hills, 90210 returned in BH90210 with 468,000 watching.
The biggest show on the ABC was Gruen, which launched with 757,000 just a little better than how the season started in 2018.
Part two of the Paul Hogan profile on Australian Story did 689,000 and the only other program over 650,000 was the final episode of Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.
The biggest audience tuned to SBS was 225,000 for the start of Tony Robinson: Britain’s Ancient Tracks.
A repeat of Pompeii: Life Before Death did 214,000 and the Bristol episode of Britain’s Most Historic Towns did 199,000.
New entry The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch has slashed and swiped its way past Borderlands 3 to rule the latest top 10 retail games charts.
By Luke Reilly, games editor, IGN Australia
First released back in 1993 on Game Boy (and later re-released on Game Boy Color in 1998/1999), The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was a critical and commercial smash hit and is generally regarded as one of the top handheld games of all time. This Switch remake updates the look but never loses the feel of the original, and is a masterclass in remaking a classic.
Borderlands 3 shuffles to second spot, but it’s unlikely 2K will be feeling too sore about it; the colourful looter shooter sold more than five million copies during its first five days on shelves, making it the fastest-selling game in the label’s history.
NBA 2K20 retains a spot in the top three, just ahead of the only other new entry, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Well, we say “new” but, like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, this is also an old game with a fresh coat of paint. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was originally released on PlayStation 3 in 2011 (2013 in Australia) but has just been ported to Switch alongside remastered versions for PC and PS4.
• Singles: She can’t be beaten – Tones and I smashes record
Tones and I continues to rewrite chart history, a ninth week at number means Toni Watson has spent more time at #1 than any other Australian female performer, and she equals the run at the top by Justice Crew with Que Sera in 2014.
The continued success of Dance Monkey is the highlight on an otherwise quiet week.
There was no newcomer to the top 10 and only one song debuting inside the top 50.
That new arrival was Maroon 5 with Memories at #32. The song is a follow-up to their previous single, Girls Like You, which peaked at #2 in 2018 and was the final single from their last album, 2017’s Red Pill Blues.
Regard’s Ride It slipped into the top 50 in its second week, landing at #42. The song is a remix of English singer Jay Sean’s 2008 hit by Kosovo DJ Regard, otherwise known as Dardan Aliu.
A little more movement on the album chart this week despite Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding and Taylor Swift’s Lover remaining in their top two spots.
Six new releases found their way into the top 50 on debut:
#4 Blink 182 with Nine. Eighth top 10 appearance for the US punk rockers.
#7 Liam Gallagher with Why Me? Why Not. The second album from the former Oasis singer and his second top 10 appearance.
#25 Jetty Road with Because We Can. The sixth album from the Melbourne country band is their best chart performance since their previous album peaked at #38 in 2015.
#27 As I Lay Dying with Shaped By Fire. Seventh album from the US metcalcore band.
#29 Zac Brown Band with The Owl.
#47 Angus Gill with Welcome To My Heart.
• Seven’s All New Monty: Ladies ends Nine winning streak
• Seven combo delivers best Sunday share in 21 weeks
Sunday Week 40 2019
By James Manning
• Seven News 957,000
• Nine News 878,000
• ABC News 584,000
• Insiders 319,000
• Offsiders 162,000
• SBS World News 136,000
• 10 News First 104,000 (4pm yesterday)
• Sunrise 257,000
• Today 165,000
The channel has broken Nine’s deadlock on Sunday nights, winning its first Sunday primary share race in 10 weeks. In doing so the combo of striptease and drama has delivered the channel’s best Sunday share in 21 weeks.
The even started with a Seven News victory at 6pm with just under 1m watching.
The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night followed with 889,000 watching the preparations for the main event. The numbers then climbed to 1.031m for the performance and the ditching of the clothes.
The launch of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business then followed with 426,000 watching the latish start around 9pm. Seven encouraged viewers to stay with a small ad load and it will try and keep some momentum with episodes screening again tonight and Tuesday.
The channel ended its Sunday winning streak despite having the most-watched show with The Block on 1.032m, down from 1.154m a week ago.
60 Minutes followed with 573,000 for an episode where a senior NSW Police sniper involved in the Sydney Lindt Café siege told 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes he believed the death of hostage Tori Johnson was a preventable tragedy.
The channel hasn’t had a big franchise running Sunday nights since Australian Survivor last screened on a Sunday four weeks ago.
The Rugby World Cup match gave 10 its best share in those four weeks, yet it was still under 10%.
Because of the rugby, 10 News screened at 4pm and there was no episode of The Project.
Despite Australia being competitive for much of the game, the clash with Wales had an audience close to 380,000.
An episode of The Graham Norton Show followed the rugby where the special guest was Dame Helen Mirren, yet only attracted 188,000.
A new episode of Instinct then did 166,000.
The second and final episode of The Pool was even better than the first with some great insights and commentary about the significance of public pools as meeting places. Matthew Mitcham also talked about his relationship with the media around the time of his gold medal win in the pool at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The episode did 396,000 after 411,000 watched the launch a week ago.
The penultimate episode of Les Norton was on 297,000 after 307,000 a week ago.
Glitch then did 94,000.
The third episode of the series repeat of Great Indian Railway Journeys was on 183,000.
A repeat of Dan Snow’s Rome: What Lies Beneath then did 136,000.
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.7%||7TWO||2.7%||GO!||4.1%||10 Bold||2.4%||VICELAND||0.9%|
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||3.0%||GEM||3.3%||10 Peach||2.2%||Food Net||1.3%|
|7Food||0.6%||SBS World Movies||1.1%|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.0%||7TWO||3.4%||GO!||3.7%||10 Bold||3.0%||VICELAND||0.7%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||2.8%||GEM||3.1%||10 Peach||2.4%||Food Net||0.8%|
|7Food||0.8%||SBS World Movies||1.9%|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.4%||7TWO||2.3%||GO!||4.4%||10 Bold||3.0%||VICELAND||1.0%|
|ABC ME||1.2%||7mate||3.9%||GEM||2.9%||10 Peach||2.1%||Food Net||1.0%|
|7Food||0.4%||SBS World Movies||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||10 Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.4%||7TWO||3.6%||GO!||5.4%||WIN Bold||4.0%||VICELAND||0.9%|
|ABC ME||1.7%||7mate||4.1%||GEM||4.6%||WIN Peach||1.5%||Food Net||1.2%|
|ABC NEWS||1.4%||7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)||2.3%||9Life||1.8%||Sky News on WIN||0.9%||NITV||0.4%|
|7food (QLD only)||0.8%|
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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
We should be clear from the outset: no one has damaged journalism and Australians’ ability to receive trusted, reliable information more than the big tech platforms, writes News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller in The Australian.
Their extraordinary profits are based on their unfair commercial exploitation of other people’s content – and powerful legislative changes are needed to correct this imbalance.
Platforms like Google should be banned from using content produced by publishers and the data generated from it until they negotiate a fair price for their use with publishers. News Corporation has made this point strongly in its submission to Treasury, which is currently considering the government’s response to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry.
News Corp’s submission outlines a blueprint for how Australia can show global leadership. However, we shouldn’t delude ourselves about the forces at play here. Be warned. We are already seeing intense lobbying from the likes of Google to present themselves as friends of journalism, an industry where they’ve sucked the life out of so many publishers while profiting from their content.
Don’t be fooled by their smokescreens: their sole aim is to convince lawmakers against curtailing their largely unregulated market dominance.
Foxtel and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have announced an expansion of their long-standing relationship, with ABC iview to join the suite of on demand services available through Foxtel’s iQ3 and iQ4 set top boxes.
Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said: “We are very pleased to be expanding our relationship with the ABC. It will see us extend the audience reach Foxtel has historically provided the ABC with the availability of both live channels and on demand content with the integration of the iview app into the new Foxtel experience.
“This will see ABC iview available in more than 1.2 million Australian homes with the iQ3 or iQ4 in November, alongside Netflix and the SBS On Demand app.”
ABC managing director David Anderson said: “ABC iview has been at the vanguard of video on demand in Australia since it started 11 years ago and it continues to be the leading free-to-air VOD service.
“It is great that iview will now be available directly through Foxtel, making it easier for subscribers to watch even more fantastic Australian content.”
The iview app on Foxtel will offer a catch-up service for ABC content including its popular shows such as Gruen and Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, together with much-loved ABC Kids programming like Bluey and Play School. The app also provides live streams of the ABC’s television networks.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai says the technology giant is working hard to eradicate unacceptable content from its video-sharing platform YouTube but warns not all cases are clear cut, reports The AFR’s Max Mason. The reporter was speaking with the Pichai in California on a Google-sponsored trip.
“The amount of problematic content on YouTube is a very small fraction of the overall content we see on YouTube and how it’s used, but we still feel responsible for getting it right and [doing] better than where we are today,” Pichai told The Australian Financial Review in Silicon Valley last week.
Pichai said most videos were removed automatically before they were even watched and classifiers were becoming more accurate, allowing YouTube to scale up human review operations.
Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie and Wilson Asset Management chairman Geoff Wilson are in discussions to see if they can extract a better offer from Nine for radio broadcaster Macquarie Media, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Carnegie holds a 3.6 per cent stake in the radio broadcaster, home of 2GB and 3AW, while Wilson has built up his share to 4.7 per cent. Should Carnegie decide to take the current offer, Nine will have the required amount it needs to buy up the rest of Macquarie’s shares.
A licence fee is a good debate to have in the current febrile environment, writes Sydney Morning Herald and The Age economics correspondent Eryk Bagshaw.
Unfortunately, it has zero to no chance of getting started. You can hear the anti “TV tax” campaign firing up now.
For the sake of argument, let’s do the numbers. There are roughly 10.1 million households in Australia according to the Bureau of Statistics, divide that by the ABC’s $1.1 billion budget and you get $110 a year or $9.16 a month in licence fees.
[Begshaw recently travelled to Berlin as a guest of the German foreign office.]
In Germany, the Rundfunkbeitrag or “tv tax” is now up to €17.50 [$28] a month. Double the cost of a Netflix subscription. Households pay it like they do a water or power bill, with exemptions for students and some low-income households. Last year its budget reached €9.1 billion [$14.7 billion].
David Koch has confirmed he has re-signed for at least one more year alongside Sam Armytage at Sunrise, reports News Corp’s Briana Domjen.
“I have to say, I am having a great time,” said Koch, who spent the weekend at the AFL grand final in Melbourne in his other role as Port Adelaide’s club president.
“It’s quite amazing, really, to think that when I came on 17 years ago … I was only meant to be a fill-in host for three months.
“And now look at where we are.
“I think it’s a testament to the production team as well as the on-air team, really.
“And another part of our success is not getting too involved in the mechanics of the industry or getting sucked into the TV vortex bubble. I just try to have fun.”
Robert De Niro says he thinks Democrats had no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, reports CNN.
“It has to happen,” De Niro told CNN Business’ Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources Sunday. He called the present political situation a crisis, “and too many people are too gentle and genteel about it. And we’re in a crisis situation, period,” De Niro said. Two days earlier, on the red carpet for the New York Film Festival opening night premiere of his new film The Irishman, De Niro told Variety he hopes Trump gets impeached.
De Niro’s comments on Trump haven’t always been warmly received by the president’s supporters. While a speech at last year’s Tony Awards – in which he said “F— Trump” twice – was met with a standing ovation by the event’s attendees, it also prompted criticism from Fox News.
“F— them, f— them,” De Niro said to Stelter of his critics on Fox News, before theatrically apologising for cursing. When Stelter asked about his use of foul language to make the point, De Niro justified it by saying “this guy is like a gangster” and “we’re in a terrible situation.” He also said he thinks Fox News is responsible for propping up Trump.
“Some of these other pundits on Fox … I can’t believe that they would actually buy into this craziness. This guy is – should not be president, period,” De Niro said. “And this guy just keeps going on and on and on without being stopped.”
Watch the CNN video here.
Magazine editor and TV judge-turned Foxtel executive Wendy Moore has announced her departure from Seven’s House Rules.
As recently as two weeks ago Moore indicated to Mediaweek she would be continuing her role on House Rules, but that is no longer the case.
Moore’s announcement comes several months after House Rules host Johanna Griggs announced her departure.
“After seven incredible years on the amazing show that is House Rules, it is time to say goodbye,” Moore posted on social media on the weekend.
“I have loved every single moment and am really proud to have worked on a show that has literally changed lives and inspired us all to take on big, scary challenges. I have made so many friends, seen so many parts of Australia and learnt so much that I will always be grateful to Channel Seven for.”
Moore paid tribute to her colleagues on the program, starting with Johanna Griggs and then also Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Joe Snell, Drew Heath, Carolyn Burns-McCrave and Jamie Durie.
“Of course it’s always sad to see the end of such a great experience, I guess you could call this the #sevenyearitch – it’s definitely time, and my new role heading up the Lifestyle Channels Foxtel has been an absolute whirlwind over the last six months and I know it’s just going to get bigger and better as all of our new shows start rolling out next year.
“And just quietly, I’m pretty excited at the thought of a whole, uninterrupted, summer with my family for the first time in seven years!
“Thank you to everyone who has watched House Rules over the years – I’ll be watching season 8 along with you next year!”
Believe it or not, this year may yet prove to be one of the sweetest in the career of Rove McManus, reports News Corp’s Siobhan Duck.
Despite the fact he recently endured the disappointment of having his latest TV effort axed after just two airings, McManus has finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a cartoonist.
The three-time Gold Logie winner has written and illustrated two children’s books, largely inspired by an adoring relationship with his five-year-old daughter Ruby– a welcome achievement that has helped offset the bad news.
McManus has kept a low profile since the axing and even now, when pressed to discuss his feelings on the show’s demise, he declines to say much — though he will say its failure won’t keep him from trying to score another small-screen hit in the future.
“TV has been as much a part of my life as drawing,” McManus tells Stellar. “So I’m sure I’ll find myself back there again, too.”
Senior figures from rival networks expressed their dismay at the show’s demise, including Michael Pell, the executive producer of Seven Network’s Sunrise, who voiced concern that such a hasty decision could result in fewer attempts at creative live TV shows.
“It surprises me how some people talk about television,” Pell tells Stellar. “In other industries, the ceasing of production is usually met with disappointment; when it comes to TV, so often people applaud an axing if they didn’t like the show.
“Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but often I think people forget these shows represent the livelihoods of hard-working professionals who put everything into their craft. They have families and mortgages like everyone else.”
Fresh from his celebrated performance as part of the pre-match entertainment at the Grand Final, Up There Cazaly singer Mike Brady signed off as the host of 3AW’s Saturday night show for the final time on the weekend, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
Brady’s departure from the Mike ‘til Midnight program, which has aired for 17 years during the AFL’s home and away off season, is the latest in a series of changes shaking up Melbourne’s powerhouse talkback radio station.
“Signing off on Grand Final night is a little odd as it is normally the night that I start the season but it is actually the night that I finished the show for good,” Brady said.
“I am delighted that 3AW gave me the opportunity to say goodbye to the people who have been so loyal over the years. Not all broadcasters get that opportunity.
“It has been a wonderful learning curve for me. I thought I knew a lot about radio when I went in and I knew absolutely nothing.”
The Football Federation of Australia could announce a new deal with the ABC, reports The Australian’s Media Diary.
An A-League game would be broadcast on ABC TV at 5pm on Saturday while the W-League would return to the network at 4pm on Sundays under a possible two-year deal.
None of the commercial networks bid for the rights so the ABC is also in the running to pick up free-to-air rights for Socceroos qualifiers and the Matildas international friendlies.
Fox Sports would continue to broadcast all A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas matches via Foxtel, helping to meet a commitment to niche and women’s sports.