Wednesday September 13 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.7%||GEM||2.9%||ELEVEN||3.2%||Food Net||0.9%|
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|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||5.9%||GEM||3.6%||ELEVEN||3.7%||Food Net||0.9%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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Home and Away held above 700,000 for its second episode this week.
First Dates got the 7.30pm slot and the new series returned with 699,000 to rank second in the slot behind The Block. The consolidated audience numbers for both seasons last year were over 800,000, which is within reach.
800 Words returned later in the night with 696,000 first up. Episodes screened last year on Seven had a consolidated number of 984,000.
The UK ob doc from the BBC, Hospital, then launched with 217,000.
After starting the week over 900,000, A Current Affair dipped to 774,000.
The teams on The Block enjoyed five-star dining last night with host Scott Cam as Sarah and Jason work to present two spaces this week or face eviction from the show. They need to finish that master bedroom suite and then their kitchen. The Tuesday episode did 1.17m after 1.07m last Tuesday.
The Big Bang Theory had a better night with 808,000 after 593,000 last week.
Two episodes of Kath & Kim then did 447,000 and 398,000.
The Project featured comedian Bert Kreischer, who stripped to the waist during his appearance. The Tuesday episode had 583,000 watching after 7pm.
There was big money flying around again on Shark Tank, with Steve Baxter offering one entrepreneur $1.5m for the entire business. The episode was on 470,000, much better than 394,000 last week.
An NCIS repeat at 8.30pm then did 325,000.
The final of The House with Annabel Crabb was on 544,000 as the host cooked dinner for her team at home while they watched the final ep being broadcast.
Catalyst examined the heart at 8.30pm with 454,000 after 507,000 last week.
Inside London Fire Brigade then did 216,000.
Great American Railroad Journeys was back over 300,000 to 322,000 after 296,000 a week ago.
Insight then did 274,000, after on last week’s 258,000.
A last-minute deal to help small and regional news outlets has cleared the way for the Turnbull government’s sweeping media reforms in a big advance agreed with key Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon on Tuesday night, report The Australian’s Rosie Lewis and David Crowe.
The agreement includes measures to spur the creation of news outlets and offer new prospects for journalism cadets, including an innovation fund to support independent and regional news organisations.
Debate on the media bill resumed in the Senate on Tuesday and could continue on Wednesday.
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Andrew Tillett in The AFR:
Sources have told The Australian Financial Review up to 200 cadet journalists a year could be employed, based on a $40,000 subsidy for each job.
Handouts would be available for small Australian-based outlets as well as regional media. This potentially includes The Australian Financial Review’s publisher Fairfax Media as well as News Corporation, both of which have an extensive network of newspapers in regional areas.
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Twitter has announced the launch of in-stream video ads which means brands can now run video ads to align with videos from partners, including TV networks, major sports leagues, major publishing houses and magazines, and professional news outlets.
The opportunities include pre-roll and mid-roll ads.
Premium content and advertising partners on board for the launch of in-stream video ads in Australia include BeIN Sports and Seven West Media on the content side, and SportsBet, NAB and Woolworths as advertisers.
See below for further detail on the new video partnerships.
Lawyers for Bruce Gordon have accused Ten Network administrators KordaMentha of “poisoning” the broadcaster’s employees against a takeover proposal from him and Lachlan Murdoch, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
KordaMentha, which backed a rival bid by US media giant CBS, has been forced in the NSW Supreme Court to defend its actions during the Ten sale process.
Andrew Bell, SC, representing Gordon’s private investment firm Birketu and his regional television operator and Ten affiliate WIN Corporation, rejected claims Birketu was a “disappointed underbidder”.
Instead, Birketu was a “disappointed overbidder” and the administrator should put its proposal to creditors for a vote, Bell told the court.
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Rupert Murdoch‘s planned US$15b takeover of European broadcaster Sky was thrown into doubt when Britain toughened its stance on the deal over concerns about standards at his US Fox News network, reports Reuters.
UK Media Secretary Karen Bradley had already wanted regulators to scrutinise the increased influence Murdoch would gain from fully owning Sky, but in an unexpected twist she said they should also examine whether he had a genuine commitment to broadcasting standards.
Sky said it was disappointed by the further delay, noting that Ofcom had said it was not necessary. “Nevertheless we will continue to engage with the process as the Secretary of State reaches her final decision,” it said.
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Hollywood star Rebel Wilson wants more than $7m compensation for being defamed by “bully” publisher Bauer Media, reports AAP.
On Wednesday a Victorian Supreme Court judge is scheduled to reveal the payout figure, which the Pitch Perfect star says she will give to charity and to support young actors and the Australian film industry.
Wilson is seeking $5.893m in special damages and $1.2m in general damages, bringing the total claim to $7.093m.
Bauer Media branded the special damages claim “extraordinarily large” and made on the “most tenuous of bases”.
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The recently launched Newcastle Sunday newspaper has folded after just 11 editions.
The Newcastle Sunday was an independently owned newspaper serving Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley.
At launch it claimed: Our aim is to provide a high-quality Sunday read on the issues, people and events of our region, plus national and world news.
After completing the eight-week paid scholarship work attachment in Sydney, consisting of two weeks each at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment, Storer was offered a job with SCA at Hit 106.9 Newcastle.
Natasha Jobson, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), metro news operations manager, said Storer impressed the team with her broad skillset during her internship in the Sydney SCA newsroom.
“Rachel quickly grasped the concept of tailoring news to our brands, and catering for our audience’s appetite for both on-air and online news. We’re so pleased to welcome her to the Newcastle newsroom under the guidance of Dave Dollin, and look forward to helping her achieve her next career goals.”
Pacific is again running a Peppa Pig story book promotion, available in Woolworths supermarkets nationwide.
The promotion sees Penguin Random House Australia, Entertainment One and Pacific partner to release a new selection of nine story books: “Peppa Meets Kylie Kangaroo”, “Daddy Pig’s Lost Keys”, “Peppa Goes Boating”, “Dentist Trip”, “Peppa Meets The Queen”, “Peppa Plays Football”, “George Catches A Cold”, “Peppa Goes Skiing” and “Peppa Goes Swimming”.
The books are each available, exclusively at Woolworths, for $2.50 when purchasing any participating Pacific title, including New Idea, Who, that’s life!, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Home Beautiful, InStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, marie claire, InStyle, Diabetic Living and Girlfriend.
Bayes will be a key member of the team working across Seven’s rapidly accelerating moves into over-the-top digital content delivery, including the network’s live sports coverage beyond broadcast television and the forthcoming launch of Seven’s new over-the-top business later this year.
Bayes joins Seven from Unlockd in New York, where he is senior vice president, International Business Development.
Prior to joining Unlockd in 2015, Bayes was head of digital sales and operations at Southern Cross Austereo. Bayes has also held key roles in advertising and media buying agencies as communications manager at Starcom Mediavest in Australia and in digital planning and media buying at Agency Republic and OMD in London.
Kurt Burnette, Seven’s chief revenue officer, said: “As the market leader in long-form content creation and the aggregation of audience, digital expertise is critical to our ‘total video’ strategy across screens. To do that we need the very best people. We have searched far and wide to find the best possible person to deliver on that strategy and as such I am delighted to welcome somebody of James’s calibre to the team. Our aim is to change the game in total video for consumers and advertisers, and James is exactly the person to help us do that.”
Clive Dickens, Seven’s chief digital officer, said: “Over the past 12 months, Seven West Media teams have delivered over 100% YOY growth in our O&O digital revenue off the back of some outstanding digital products, premium content and live sports events. The opportunity to work with James to accelerate this monetisation is extremely exciting.”
News Corp Australia’s chief transformation officer Derrick Crowley said the appointment follows a review of the HR function, and is key to ensuring News Corp has the most effective and efficient HR team for the future.
“I am delighted that a HR executive of Daniel’s calibre is joining News Corp Australia and I know he will bring tremendous expertise and energy to this important role.”
Most recently, Cram has held the role of executive general manager, people and culture at AGL, where he worked for 10 years. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at Westpac and B&T financial group where he worked in a number of human resource and employee relations roles.
Mamamia’s team of podcast producers and presenters work across 19 show titles with 23 female hosts.
Mamamia’s head of content, Holly Wainwright (pictured lower), commented:
“Bringing Rachel into the Mamamia team will enhance our plans to innovate and evolve the women’s audio landscape. She will also be creating written content as a columnist across all of Mamamia’s assets, as one of Australia’s most respected social commentators.”
Rachel Corbett brings a wealth of expertise to Mamamia as a journalist, radio, podcast and TV presenter, writer and producer. She has also established her own podcast business, PodSchool, which she will continue to maintain.
Corbett said: “Mamamia was one of the first media companies to see the opportunity in podcasting and it’s built an impressive audience of engaged listeners. I’m so excited to work with the team to build on that success. The sky’s the limit when it comes to podcasting and the team at Mamamia is committed to experimenting with new ideas and investing in new shows. As a content creator that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.
“After almost four years working for myself I wouldn’t have gotten out of my trackie pants for just anyone.”
Corbett joined the Mediaweek Podcast alongside Nova’s head of podcasting Jay Walkerden on location at OzPod 2017. Listen online here.
Sutton, who has been editor since early 2015, said, “It has been a career highlight to work on Who. As an editor I am immensely proud of the exclusive stories we have told and the position Who currently holds in this competitive market as the leader in the celebrity weekly category.
“I want to thank the entire dedicated Who team for their ongoing pursuit of excellence in telling compelling celebrity, human interest and crime stories every single week.”
Pacific Magazine CEO Gereurd Roberts thanked Sutton for his contribution both to the brand and the company, and wished him well for the future.
As the third season of Narcos was released on the Netflix platform, the crime drama has blasted back to the top of the digital originals chart in Australia and New Zealand.
Making an appearance back on both charts this week is Netflix adult animated sitcom BoJack Horseman after the platform releases the fourth season of the show last week.
Game Of Thrones continues to dominate the overall TV charts.
• Deal starts with the inaugural event starting on September 22, 2017
• Superstars from Europe take on the best from the rest of the world
ESPN Australia has signed a new agreement to broadcast the Laver Cup, a fast-paced international men’s tennis competition between a superstar team from Europe and a team comprising the best players from the rest of the world.
Under the three-year agreement, beginning with the inaugural event September 22-24 from Prague and running through 2019, ESPN has live rights for its multimedia platforms to the event in Australia and New Zealand.
The game’s elite players will battle for national pride pitting Team Europe against Team World in a unique format that will unite fierce on-court rivals as teammates. During the three-day tournament, six of the best tennis players from Team Europe will play against their six counterparts from Team World. The format will showcase the sport’s superstars competing on the same teams including Australia’s world No.20 Nick Kyrgios playing for Team World.
ESPN Australia said it was honoured to present the Laver Cup, named after Australia’s iconic tennis legend Rod Laver, the only player with two calendar Grand Slams and 200 career titles.
The Laver Cup features 12 matches played over three days (nine singles and three doubles), with the number of points awarded for victories increasing each day. Each player will take the court once or twice for singles, with at least four of the six taking part in doubles.
“The Laver Cup will give our fans the unique opportunity to witness the game’s biggest rivals participating instead as teammates, including our very own Nick Kyrgios,” said Haydn Arndt, ESPN ANZ general manager. “It is a superb addition to our portfolio of tennis rights in Australia, and we are excited to partner with the Laver Cup.”
Steve Zacks, Laver Cup managing director, said, “We are proud to have ESPN Australia, one of the leading broadcasters in sport, partner with the Laver Cup. We look forward to presenting this brand new, innovative event to tennis fans especially in Australia and New Zealand, across multiple ESPN platforms”.
Tennis legend Bjorn Borg will captain Team Europe and John McEnroe will lead Team World. Borg and McEnroe have played each other 22 times, winning 11 matches each.
Rafael Nadal (1), Roger Federer (2), Marin Cilic (5), Dominic Thiem (7), Tomas Berdych (19) and Alexander Zverev (4) have committed to represent Team Europe, while Sam Querrey (16), John Isner (17), Jack Sock (21), Juan Martin del Potro (24), Denis Shapovalov (51) and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios will play for The World.
The Laver Cup is a joint initiative between TEAM8, Tennis Australia, the USTA and Jorge Paulo Lemann.
• ARIA’s red carpet coverage exclusively live on Twitter around the world
Twitter this morning unveiled a slate of premium live and in-stream video content deals.
Over 30 collaborations were announced, bringing hundreds of hours of new exclusive video and live original programming, live games and events to the platform. The announcement includes extensions of existing global live deals and brings new always-on premium video content on Twitter to advertisers in Asia Pacific.
Twitter is also rolling out an in-stream video advertising offering to the region starting with Australia.
Twitter executives including global VP of revenue & operations Matthew Derella (pictured), managing director of Asia Pacific Maya Hari and director for live partnerships Bo Han presented the video content offerings to brand and agency partners at an event in Singapore.
They were joined by guest speakers including Dan Rosen, CEO, ARIA and PPCA, Anjali Kapoor, head of digital, Asia Pacific – Bloomberg, Alexander Broun, director, digital solutions APAC at Fox Sports and Diane Ho, head of screens, Seven West Media.
“Live is at the core of Twitter. In Q2, we streamed over 1,200 hours of live premium content globally from leading brands across sports, eSports, news, and entertainment,” said Derella. “Asia Pacific is the growth engine of Twitter and we could not be prouder to extend our success with both livestreaming and in-stream premium video content in the region.”
“Digital video consumption is growing rapidly in Asia Pacific and estimated to grow to over a billion by 2020,” said Hari. “Introducing over 30 live and in-stream video sponsorship deals today to APAC advertisers will strengthen the success of our only-on-Twitter experience in the region and globally, combining high quality streaming video with conversation on what’s happening in the world right now.”
Attendees were given an overview of the different ways marketers can “be what’s happening” by advertising against premium video content to influential, connected audiences.
The host of ABC TV’s Gruen, Wil Anderson, visited Mediaweek in the weeks leading up to the first episode of the 2017 series that has been around for 10 years. The series first broadcast in 2008 and along the way has spawned the spinoffs Gruen Nation, Gruen Planet and Gruen Sweat. The flagship program has simply been known as Gruen from the 2015 season onwards.
Anderson, who has been the only host over the journey, told Mediaweek they were heavily into pre-production, although they never switch off completely.
“When we get to the end of a season we have a bunch of ideas we didn’t get to use, which we keep. When something happens during the break that any of us thinks might be interesting, we share amongst ourselves. By the time we regroup for the new season we have a list of way more things than we could ever get through.”
Anderson noted the show is strongest when they are reacting to events in real time. “Gruen at its best is less a show about advertising and more a show that uses advertising as a lens to explain the world. That is why the most successful editions of the show are when we cover an election or the Olympics because we are able to use the advertising prism to explain.
“Last year our favourite topic was when we did the whole show around the census. For us it was brilliant because it was all about advertising and it was a massive communications stuff-up. We were able to have a new way of looking at what everybody was taking part in.
“We are always looking for something that is happening now that we could be talking about.”
The host agreed that Gruen has improved over the years to a point it’s must-watch-TV. “It is a much better show than it ever was. We have been very lucky. Usually with a program this old you are looking for new ways to re-boot the format, asking if maybe we should get Eddie McGuire to host it instead. When our show started we didn’t know what we were doing. If you compare season one to now, it is a very very different show. All we have tried to do through the years is get better and better.
WHIMN editor Felicity Harley joins Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi in this episode of Seven Days.
Mediaweek was an ABC media partner at OzPod 2017 last Friday and took the opportunity to speak with some of the guests.
Mediaweek’s Kruti Joshi speaks with Fox Sports presenter Yvonne Sampson about her career and passion for rugby league.