Thursday September 7 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Michael Miller, News Corp Australasia executive chairman
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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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Home and Away had its smallest audience of the week so far with 652,000 although some markets saw one episode and others two.
Border Security screened at different times across the network to 595,000.
Viewers in AFL markets then saw The Front Bar at 8.30pm with a three-market audience of 253,000 – 177,000 in Melbourne. The show outrated The AFL Footy Show, but it did start over an hour earlier.
Criminal Minds subsequently went out at different times too with a national metro audience of 406,000.
A Current Affair was again under 850,000 with 821,000 watching.
The Block had its biggest Wednesday audience of the season so far with 1.03m, meaning it has achieved another week with all episodes over 1m.
Doctor Doctor had a strong Wednesday too with 704,000, well up from 601,000 a week ago.
The AFL Footy Show had a late start and had a three-market audience of 242,000 – 166,000 in Melbourne.
The first of the two episodes of The Bachelor this week did 717,000, an improvement on the 680,000 achieved on Wednesday the week prior.
The Project 7pm was on 621,000 for an episode that included comedian Kevin Bridges.
The channel then screened the 2017 TV remake of the movie Dirty Dancing with 288,000.
The final episode of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell for this season was on 740,000 as it jostles with Utopia for the mantle as most-watched ABC program of the week. Utopia won last week, but Mad As Hell might win this week as Utopia ended its season on 739,000 after 752,000 last week.
The second week of Get Krackin’ did 413,000 after launching with 448,000.
Earlier in the night Hard Quiz was on 585,000, down from 623,000 week-on-week.
The channel is catering to trainspotters bigtime this week over four nights at 7.30pm.
Extreme Railways returned last night with 325,000 watching host Chris Tarrant in Australia.
The premiere of the Ray Martin-hosted Endemol Shine Australia-produced Look Me In The Eye did 285,000.
The Good Fight followed with 167,000 and then The Handmaid’s Tale on 78,000.
Network Ten administrator KordaMentha is headed to court after rebuffing requests from 21st Century Fox, Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon to delay next week’s meeting of creditors to approve the sale of the free-to-air broadcaster to CBS, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The trio claim the creditors report, released by KordaMentha on Monday, is missing crucial information for creditors to make a decision on CBS’ bid for Ten.
Gordon and Murdoch are expected to argue the creditors report does not give enough information comparing their proposal to buy Ten with CBS’, and creditors cannot make an informed decision at second creditors meeting when voting on the proposal.
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Fairfax Media reports:
21st Century Fox is understood to be preparing to front court this week alongside WIN Corporation to have its complaints heard about how the administration has been conducted.
Hearings will be held on Thursday and Friday in the Supreme Court of NSW before Justice Ashley Black to determine whether the meeting should be held at a later date.
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The James Bond sweepstakes has taken an unexpected turn, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
While Warner Bros remains in the lead to land film distribution rights to the megafranchise – whose deal with Sony expired after 2015’s Spectre – a couple of unlikely suitors have emerged that also are in hot pursuit: Apple and Amazon.
The tech giants are willing to spend in the same ballpark as Warners, if not much more, for the rights, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. MGM has been looking for a deal for more than two years, and Sony, Universal and Fox also had been pursuing the property, with Warners and Sony the most aggressive.
But the emergence of Apple – which is considered such a viable competitor that Warners is now pressing MGM hard to close a deal – and Amazon shows that the digital giants consider Bond one of the last untapped brands (like a Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm) that could act as a game-changer in the content space.
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Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has revived hopes of sealing a deal on media reform with a fresh appeal to key independent Nick Xenophon, reports The AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
“The tax offsets model we have proposed has been welcomed by small and large publishers alike,” Senator Xenophon said in a statement.
“Of course there are other measures that could enhance diversity and boost the employment of journalists, and we will continue to discuss these issues with the government.”
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Murray’s guests were his boss Angelos Frangopoulos (CEO and managing editor, Australian News Channel), Sinead Boucher (CEO Stuff.co.nz), Michael Miller (executive chairman, News Corp Australasia), Paul Anderson (CEO Ten Network) and Adam Lang (chief operating officer, Macquarie Media).
The panel was in furious agreement on most topics raised by Murray, in particular the need for media law reform and a need to clearly define what role both the ABC and SBS should be playing.
The panel also talked about the trust people have in established news brands. Michael Miller noted the continuing threat to regional news coverage under the existing rules. He also noted the biggest misconception about News Corp is that it is controlled by a single person dictating what people should be doing. He added jokingly he sometimes wished it would be that simple to control the company.
Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson spoke out about Facebook and Google too, and also noted how big a disruptor Netflix was in the TV sector. “We don’t know if their business model will see them survive long term, but we have to deal with them.”
He also noted the overnight TV ratings are becoming less relevant as to how many people are engaging with a broadcaster’s content. Anderson also questioned how Viceland and the Food channel fulfil the SBS charter, adding it seemed “a bit of a joke”.
Anderson was unable to talk about the impending CBS deal until after creditors had approved the transaction.
Photo: The special INFORM edition of Paul Murray Live [L-R] – Angelos Frangopoulos, Sinead Boucher, Paul Murray, Michael Miller, Paul Anderson and Adam Lang
Before dawn on Wednesday, a celebrity news site based in Hollywood published an anonymously sourced article about a kerfuffle involving Scott Disick of Keeping Up With the Kardashians fame, reports The New York Times.
It was a classic TMZ scoop. Except that it was not. The article was from The Blast, a new, well-financed entrant on the sharp-elbowed celebrity news scene that is run by Mike Walters, who left TMZ about eight months ago after clashing with that site’s founder, Harvey Levin.
“I’m going to do what I’ve done for the last 15 years, which is break news with credibility and backbone and authority,” said Walters, who previously ran TMZ’s news desk. “There hasn’t been a new face in this space for a long time. It’s time.”
The Blast is financed by Banijay Group, which is based in France and has become one of the world’s largest independent television production and distribution companies.
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The Banijay Group owns the Australian production company Screentime.
In addition to working with 21CF leadership on key strategic initiatives, Rice will continue to serve as chairman and CEO for Fox Networks Group, a role he has held since 2012. In this capacity, he will continue to oversee Fox Broadcasting Company, FOX Sports, FX Networks, National Geographic, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Networks Group Latin America, Europe and Asia.
21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch commented:
“As part of our ongoing work to evolve and expand the 21CF leadership structure, we’re pleased to name Peter to this newly created position. Peter has driven exceptional growth at Fox Networks Group during a time of real transformational change in the business, expanding our audiences and innovating new distribution models, from which the company, our shareholders and our customers have benefited greatly. Peter’s impact on the business is immense and we are incredibly fortunate to have him with us in this expanded role during this exciting next chapter of the company.”
Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film, will continue to report directly to Lachlan and James Murdoch.
Fox News Channel will continue to report directly to Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, and executive chairman of Fox News Channel.
Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man for more than 50 years is to have his memoirs published, providing one of the most informed portraits of the media mogul to date, reports The Guardian.
Les Hinton, who resigned from Murdoch’s company News Corp at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011, said the tycoon had “heavy boots who bruised a lot of people” but was an “authentic colossus”.
Hinton started working for Murdoch when he was 15 as a copy boy at an Adelaide newspaper that was run by the tycoon. He rose up through the ranks of Murdoch’s businesses before running News International, the publisher of the Sun, Times and News of the World, between 1995 and 2007.
Hinton then moved to the US to become chief executive of Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, before he stepped down in 2011 after 52 years alongside Murdoch.
“Rupert Murdoch was a big part of my working life and this book contains my version of the truth about him,” Hinton said.
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Mystery solved: The ‘Netflix is a Joke’ billboards that have been popping up in busy neighbourhoods in both New York and Los Angeles in recent days appear to be an inside job, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
And it won’t be long before the streaming service lets the rest of the world in on the joke.
Several sources confirmed that Netflix is indeed behind the new campaign, which is said to be expanding in coming days and will feature several of the company’s A-list comedians together to promote their individual, high-profile specials in video spots. Those involved include Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. Along for the comedic ride will be Netflix stars like Kevin Spacey, who will be interacting with the comedians in character, THR has learned. Other Netflix stars are expected to make cameos.
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Günsberg, set to anchor the Australian podcasting conference Ozpod 2017 on Friday, is also the host of Network Ten’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, seven seasons of Australian Idol and is heard across SCA’s Hit Network on Brisbane breakfast radio and nationally with Osher’s Love Line .
The Osher Günsberg Podcast is now in its fourth year with almost 200 episodes.
“As a longtime podcaster, I’m thrilled to join forces with Whooshkaa,” Günsberg said. “They focus on the platform and the network, which allows me to concentrate on making the most engaging show that I can each week.”
Whooshkaa founder and CEO Robert Loewenthal welcomed The Osher Günsberg Podcast to Whooshkaa and said he looked forward to delivering unprecedented reach, flexibility and returns for the show.
“We love Osher’s engaging and groundbreaking work and are delighted to have The Osher Günsberg Podcast on board,” Loewenthal said.
Both channels are broadcasting all four games of the first weekend of finals starting with Adelaide Crows v GSW Giants from Adelaide.
The only game at the MCG across the weekend is the sell-out clash between Richmond and Geelong on Friday night.
Saturday will feature two games – the first later in the afternoon from the SCG featuring the Sydney Swans v Essendon. The second is back in Adelaide with Port Adelaide v West Coast Eagles.
Seven Melbourne will also feature state football across the weekend with VFL teams Casey v Richmond on Saturday and then Melbourne v Footscray on Sunday.
Seven channels in Perth and Adelaide will also feature WAFL and SANFL games on Sunday.
NRL finals start this week too with Nine and Fox League covering all four games – one on Friday and Sunday and two on Saturday.
Nine is claiming the best commentary team in the game, led by “the voice of rugby league”, Ray “Rabs” Warren, with Nine’s coverage under way on Friday night when two powerhouses, the Roosters (2nd) and Broncos (3rd), battle it out at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
On Saturday, it’s the Storm (1st) v Eels (4th) before it’s the Sea Eagles (6th) v Panthers (7th) in back-to-back blockbusters.
The first NRL finals weekend will end with the sudden-death clash between the Sharks (5th) and Cowboys (8th).
• Newcastle Herald named Best Regional newspaper for fifth successive year
The Australian has been named The Newspaper of the Year for a second year in succession. The News Corp national daily nearly made a clean sweep of the major metro awards by also being named Weekend Newspaper Of The Year and Best Mobile Site.
The other major metro award, Digital News Site Of The Year, went to The Australian Financial Review.
Regional newspapers might reconsider the point of entering if they can’t compete with the Newcastle Herald. The Fairfax daily serving people of the Hunter has been named Best Regional Newspaper for the fifth time in succession. The news brand was also named Digital News Site Of The Year – Regional.
The Awards were held at Sydney’s new ICC exhibition and conference complex and the Grand Ballroom was filled the nominees and industry executives from all over Australia and New Zealand.
Guests dined on pan seared salmon and slow braised beef cheek accompanied by the best wine and beer from NSW. Some guests drank noticeably more than others!
The evening was hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen. They managed to keep the guests entertained through a longish award ceremony and got their biggest laughs with a running gag about The Australian and contributor Gerard Henderson.
The Australian’s weekday editor John Lehmann accepted the major award in the absence of editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker. Lehmann paid tribute to the “backbench” of The Australian, “the people who make the magic happen every night”. He also talked about the paper’s business model and how it was essential that readers continue to pay for content.
The award for The Weekend Australian was accepted by editor Michelle Gunn who dedicated the award to cartoonist Bill Leak and remembered the week he passed away earlier this year. “It has been the best of times and the worst of times for The Australian this year,” she admitted.
Gunn noted the best of times included the fact the newspaper had managed to get back into the black during the previous 12 months.
Top Photo: Stephen Howell, Director Marketing & Sales at Norske Skog Australasia, and The Australian editor John Lehmann
GroupM has announced overnight the new billion-dollar revenue, media, content and technology agency to be created from the merger of MEC and Maxus will be named Wavemaker. The previously announced business had been referred to as NewCo.
Peter Vogel will take on the role of CEO of the new combined MEC and Maxus Wavemaker agency in Australia and New Zealand when it launches in January 2018. In addition Vogel will lead the South East Asia hub in the global organisation.
Vogel will lead a new Australian and New Zealand Wavemaker management team.
Vogel has been the MEC APAC CEO since mid-2015 and prior to that was MEC AUNZ CEO for over six years. The new role becomes effective in January 2018.
James Hier (current CEO MEC Australia) has been appointed chief growth and product officer for Wavemaker – reporting to Peter Vogel.
In his new role, Hier will be responsible for the topline growth of Wavemaker through new business for clients across media, technology, and content. Hier will also be responsible for the marketing of Wavemaker, including continuing his involvement with the TV series Marketing Dividends on Sky Business with the AANA.
Mark McCraith, the current CEO of Maxus Australia, will be leaving the business. McCraith is working with Vogel and Hier to help establish the new leadership team for Wavemaker.
Tim Castree, global CEO of MEC and Wavemaker, said: “Our purpose is to provide advertisers with the power to transform and grow their business through our Purchase Journey obsession, and importantly to do this through the integration of purchase journey insights and data with [m]PLATFORM, GroupM’s proprietary global audience technology. Our Wavemaker brand and positioning are a compelling manifestation of that purpose.”
Kelly Clark, global CEO of GroupM, added: “Wavemaker is an exciting new global agency brand with a powerful proposition for clients. Tim and his team have the full support of GroupM’s scale, resources and expertise.”
The brand, along with a new visual identity, will go live locally as the merger completes in each country, to be finalised by January 2018.
Wavemaker will have offices in 90 countries and over 8,500 employees. Major global clients include L’Oréal, Vodafone, Marriott, Colgate-Palmolive and Paramount.
Photo: Peter Vogel [L] and James Hier [R]
This year marks 20 years of ABC News Digital and in this time it has only ever had two editors. The first was Bob Johnston, who recognised digital as the new way of information delivery back in 1997. And current managing editor Stuart Watt is the second.
Watt took on the position nine years ago. However, he has been with News Digital since day one.
“I was part of the team that launched the operation,” Watt told Mediaweek.
The ABC News Digital operations began with a team of six people repurposing the company’s broadcast material for the World Wide Web. Now, it takes a team of more than 100 people to meet the demands of consumers online.
Watt said: “Now across the ABC, we are trying to think about how the story should be told for digital channels right from the outset, as opposed to repurposing broadcast material.”
Despite having witnessed such a growth, Watt said, he’s never had a chance to reflect on the journey it’s been. That was the case until recently when ABC News Digital celebrated two decades of existence with a small gathering. “The reason for that is by nature we are a forward-facing service,” Watt said. “We are always focused on the future so we don’t spend very much time pausing and reflecting.”
This approach has allowed the public service to be at the forefront of many consumer trends.
“We were publishing podcasts 17 years ago before it caught fire in the public imagination,” Watt said. “We also spotted the opportunity fairly early for digital video.”
Photo: Bob Johnston, Stuart Watt and ABC News director Gaven Morris
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.