Wednesday September 6 2017
During a short visit back to Sydney, Mediaweek was lucky to spend time with Kathy Lette. During our talk about the prolific author’s visit, which included several appearances at the Canberra Writers’ Festival, Lette revealed she had optioned the rights to her latest book “Best Laid Plans” to FremantleMedia Australia. During her time in Sydney Lette met with the FremantleMedia Australia drama team to discuss what they had planned for the production.
After taking part in our Seven Days podcast last week, Wil Anderson spent some extra time talking to Mediaweek about the new season of Gruen. He walked us through the show’s weekly production cycle and explained how it all worked. Anderson also told us how much he has absorbed about the world of advertising and marketing – “I wish I had learnt more,” he confessed. It’s a fascinating insight into one of the ABC’s most-watched shows.
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After starting the week on 699,000 Home and Away Tuesday was on 689,000.
It wasn’t supposed to end like this…but Hell’s Kitchen Australia featured the teams battling it out in the grand final last night. The long final episode did 482,000 with the announcement of the winner on 528,000. The series launched back on August 6 with 818,00. For the rest of that week the show was close to 600,000 and the pattern was set and it never recovered. By Seven’s own standards, it underperformed significantly in its critical timeslot.
It was somehow fitting that the program was followed by the aptly named Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares last night, which sums up a challenging few weeks for the channel. Kitchen Nightmares did 244,000.
A Current Affair did 836,000 after starting the week on 939,000. There was a longish segment on a new Coles shopper offer that Nine could probably invoice the supermarket chain for. The program also updated viewers on reporter Ben McCormack back in court and the latest on the next royal baby.
Master Suite Week continued on The Block and despite the biggest room challenge ever, the Blockheads found time for some fun and a barbecue. The Tuesday episode was on 1.06m after 1.09m last week.
The Big Bang Theory returned to the schedule after True Story with Hamish & Andy finished last week. The BBT episode from season 19 did 637,000.
Two more episodes of Kath & Kim followed with 360,000 and then 315,000. The episodes last week did 420,000 and 342,000.
Nine’s combined channel share was bumped by GO!’s 7.8% share with 462,000 watching the Socceroos playing Thailand after 7.30pm.
The channel had its third-lowest Tuesday share of the year. It is often a high point of the week, but it wasn’t the case last night.
The Project was able to feature its lead-in Family Feud in one story and ended with a great interview with fashion designer Tala Raassi. The episode delivered a metro audience of 506,000 after 588,000 on Monday.
On Shark Tank Glen Richards and Janine Allis undertook a joint investment for $150,000 and successfully negotiated for 50% equity in the business. The episode did 394,000 after 458,000 last week.
The season final of NCIS season 14 was next with 370,000 after the penultimate episode did 409,000 a week ago.
The penultimate episode of The House with Annabel Crabb was on 551,000 after 633,000 a week ago.
The new-look hour-long Catalyst followed at 8.30pm with an episode on dinosaurs. The show did 503,000 after 438,000 last week.
The repeat of City In The Sky continued after 9.30pm with 258,000.
Michael Portillo returned at 7.30pm this week with Great American Railroad Journeys and a train ride across Colorado. The scenery, as always, was spectacular. The episode did 290,000.
Insight followed and asked what happens when the drive to be healthy becomes unhealthy? The episode attracted 268,000.
The New York Daily News, with approximately 25 million unique monthly visitors through NYDailyNews.com, has been New York City’s “Hometown Newspaper” since 1919.
“We are excited to welcome the New York Daily News team to the tronc family, and we look forward to working with them to serve new audiences and marketers while delivering value for our shareholders,” said Justin Dearborn, tronc CEO. “As part of the tronc portfolio, the New York Daily News will provide us with another strategic platform for growing our digital business, expanding our reach and broadening our services for advertisers and marketers.”
Under the terms of the transaction, the purchase price was reportedly US$1, but tronc assumes operational and pension liabilities of the New York Daily News.
A French court has awarded the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 103,000 euros ($150,000) in damages over the publication of photos from a 2012 holiday – including shots of Kate topless, reports Fairfax Media’s Nick Miller.
The fine was among the highest awarded for invasion of privacy in a French court, though it was significantly less than the couple’s ambit claim when they fought the case.
William and Kate had sued the French magazine Closer for 1.5 million euros ($2.2m) over the images of the couple relaxing at a remote private chateau in Provence owned by the Earl of Snowdon.
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Dick Smith is launching an advertising campaign against ABC TV news and current affairs, which he says have warped the debate he has tried to spur over Australian population growth, reports Fairfax Media’s Nick O’Malley.
He claims both Labor and Liberal politicians have told him they agree that Australia needs to cut its immigration intake to avoid future social and environmental fracturing, but they say they cannot say so publicly because the ABC will label them racist.
A spokesman for the ABC said, “The claims by Mr Smith concerning ABC News are untrue and not supported by any evidence. The ABC has no position on the issue of population growth, has no ban on reporting on this subject, and has issued no decrees or any other type of instruction to staff about reporting on this issue.
“The ABC has frequently reported on Mr Smith’s views, including in long-form interviews, news stories and a documentary.”
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Eddie McGuire has vowed to make the Grand Final edition of The Footy Show bigger than the Logies, reports News Corp’s Nui Te Koha.
“Now that the Logies are leaving, this is the biggest show in town by far,” the show’s co-host told Confidential.
“The production is bigger than the Logies anyway. This (Grand Final edition) is Melbourne’s biggest television show. We’ve got to make sure we go big and we get bigger again.”
McGuire’s comments follow the Victorian Government’s decision to pull the pin on funding the Logies.
Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline the Grand Final edition of The Footy Show at Rod Laver Arena on September 28.
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The new Triple M drive team of Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy will start on air in October, after the AFL football season is over, reports News Corp’s Luke Dennehy.
Kennedy and Molloy will replace Billy Brownless and James Brayshaw, who are yet to find another timeslot on Triple M.
Molloy will leave his Hot Breakfast position for the new drive show. His replacement has not been announced.
On KIIS FM, the breakfast team of Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie are tipped to be replaced by Jase Hawkins and PR Harding, if reports are correct.
On the much talked-about SEN breakfast show, Hamish McLachlan won’t be back, preferring to focus on his TV commitments with Seven.
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After a recent ratings improvement, James Brayshaw said last week on The Sounding Board podcast that the audience boost will give Southern Cross Austereo executives something to think about.
Although the new Molloy and Kennedy Triple M drive show had been flagged to run from 5-7pm, there is believed to have been a push to have it run in the traditional drive timeslot of 4-6pm.
As to a replacement for Molloy on The Hot Breakfast, Wil Anderson made a very public job application on a recent Mediaweek Seven Days podcast.
Mick Molloy also recently spoke with Mediaweek about his return to drive radio. More here.
Nova Entertainment manages to land three executives in the top 10, despite Illyria’s Siobhan McKenna taking a role at News Corp Australia earlier this year.
Meanwhile SCA, HT&E and Macquarie Media each get just one rep in the top 10.
KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O are judged the most influential talent in Australian radio, ahead of 2GB’s Alan Jones and 3AW’s Ross and John – both of whom failed to make the top 10.
Paul Jackson has been named as radio’s most influential programmer, ahead of ARN’s Duncan Campbell and SCA’s Mike Fitzpatrick and Gemma Fordham, both of whom failed to make the top 20.
The ABC’s Michelle Guthrie and Michael Mason both make the top 10, but the only ABC broadcasters to find a spot, both close to the bottom of the chart, are Fran Kelly and Jon Faine.
See the whole list at RadioToday.com.au.
21st Century Fox-owned Star India has bought the broadcast rights for the next five Indian Premier League seasons for an eye-watering sum of $3.2 billion AUD, reports AAP & Cricket Network.
Star outbid Sony, the previous TV rights holders, and 12 other bidders to grab the TV and digital rights from 2018 to 2022 for a fee of Rs 16,347.50 crore, which equates to $2.55 billion USD.
Star was the only company to make one consolidated bid for both TV and digital properties. Sony was the only other bidder for the TV rights of the world’s richest domestic Twenty20 competition, while digital bidders included Supersport, Facebook, Airtel and Bamtech. Of the 24 companies that bought the tender document, 14 made bids.
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Facebook was the highest bidder for the rights to stream the Indian Premier League (IPL) through 2022, but lost out to 21st Century Fox Inc’s Star India, which bid US$2.55 billion for the television and streaming rights combined.
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With AFL football taking a weekend off before the finals, NRL matches filled all five spots on the Social Content Ratings for sport as measured by Nielsen.
The NRL match between the Dragons and Bulldogs played on Sunday afternoon and broadcast on Nine and Fox League ranked #1.
In ABC and TEN filled all places in the top five non-sport rankings. Q&A ranked #1 while the two episodes of The Bachelor screened last week were ranked #2 and #3.
The two-time TV Week Logie Award-winning show about people watching television, Gogglebox Australia, will return to screens on Wednesday October 4 at 7.30pm on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel and streaming on Foxtel Now, and broadcast the following day Thursday October 5 at 8.30pm on Network Ten.
Gogglebox Australia holds the record as the #1 audience in the Lifestyle channel’s history. The fifth season earlier this year drew about 900,000 capital-city television and online viewers each week on TEN, up 16% on the previous year.
Now in its sixth series, Gogglebox Australia is back with the usual hilarious households returning to their lounges to entertain audiences with their take on the good and the bad television shows of the past week.
This season, Gogglebox Australia will take viewers into the lounge room of a new household that will be announced soon.
The television experts back to doing what they do best are bubbly Greek best friends Anastasia & Faye, cocktail-loving Wayne & Tom, the adorable and sports-crazy Jackson family, the fun-loving and cricket-mad Delpechitra family, vivacious friends Angie & Yvie, dealers in indigenous art Mick & Di, the close-knit Dalton family, happily married couple Lee & Keith and the three generations of women in the Silbery family.
High school acquaintances and housemates Zina & Vivian will not be returning to season six of Gogglebox Australia. Vivian has recently moved overseas and Zina is embarking on new adventures of her own.
Gogglebox Australia is an Endemol Shine Australia production for Foxtel and Network Ten.
At the release of the Nine Entertainment full year’s results last week, chief executive Hugh Marks spoke to Mediaweek about hit programs, ratings, sports rights, building online audiences and the investment in Stan.
Since your Australian Ninja Warrior forecast, a lot more people are taking notice of your ratings predictions.
If we look at the market at the moment, big event television, if it’s different and it’s got real clarity around what it is, works. The audience is always looking for that new thing that’s different, is clear what it is and it’s appealing. The show was recorded in December, and I’d seen it, I’d been there. It was always going to be a sexy show – the people, the stars of the show, the talent are just really good, talented people and that was always going to resonate and they’ve all got good stories. Having been around the business a while you kind of get a view about whether it’s going to work or not.
Ninja Warrior looked expensive.
The production company did a fantastic job getting that look and the people that made the sets did a fantastic job. Also the talent…you can underestimate how important the look of those people in the show is and the way they were dressed…the whole thing came together brilliantly – just a great team effort.
Will you deliver extra episodes of Ninja Warrior in 2018?
You need the right format for the right show. The Block has the potential for multi-night stories because it’s a real journey for the competitors. Ninja has less of that potential. Ninja is more of a blast of entertainment, so it’ll never run as long as The Block or Married At First Sight. It will always sit there as a premium event. If we ran it too much and too long it would lose that premium nature. Next year we’re going to have the same people coming back, the same contestants, it’s going to be back on Ninja Island, the suspense leading into it will build, it’ll become like the Olympics. It’ll be better than the Olympics.
We’re in the fortunate position that we don’t need to over-egg Ninja. We’ve got stability and strength throughout the whole year now.
Could Nine win the year?
I don’t know – I haven’t looked at the total people numbers, I focus on the demos and we’re smashing it out of the park at the moment, so that’s what we’re focused on. If I suddenly turned around, if we won total people and changed my language to ‘how good is it? We won total people’ I’d be a hypocrite. Demos are very important to us. Publicity might tell you if we win all people, I won’t be.
The former national crime writer for The Australian Dan Box flew out of Australia last weekend returning to the UK. Before he left he visited the Mediaweek studio to talk with James Manning about his most recent projects for News Corp’s national daily – the Bowraville podcast and his new investigation which was delivered as a TV series, The Queen & Zak Grieve.
Joining Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi this week is comedian, podcaster and the host of Gruen, Wil Anderson. This special podcast includes Wil’s special job application – he wants to return to radio, but only on one particular show.
Edwina McCann takes Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi behind the scenes of what it is like to be the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia.
Andrew Mercado joined James Manning in the Mediaweek studio this week to talk TV, including CBS/Ten, GoT, Seven’s newest hit and much more.