Since Mediaweek stopped publishing our weekly magazine last December we have become a digital-only publication with news and features published daily in addition to the Mediaweek Morning Report.
With the launch of our Mediaweek Premium content offering recently, we are launching a subscriber drive.
Although Mediaweek receives advertising revenue, our business model continues to be very much a mix of subscriber revenue and ad dollars.
Subscribers can sign on for $19.95 a month, $199 a year, or a statewide company sub can be had for $995 (all good deals given our magazine pricing was $649 a year).
“Everybody works hard every day because they want to make their lives better”
By James Manning
The Mentor launches tonight on Seven, the second Seven Studios product out of the gate in the past six days and the third new Seven series in the 9pm slot in a week as the network refreshes what now is almost late-night TV.
Seven Studios executive producer Deb Spinocchia has been pretty busy at Seven. Mediaweek spoke to her last week about Back With The Ex, and today she talks about making The Mentor.
Asked about the two shows being quite different, Spinocchia agreed with a quiet chuckle. “But the format is not unfamiliar to me. Years ago I worked on Undercover Boss and my CV indicates I have been fairly well versed in dealing with business people.”
The premise is pretty simple and the show is filling a 9pm timeslot on Mondays, a timeslot previously filled by The Good Doctor. No pressure!
Each episode business guru Mark Bouris is going into one business, finding the problems and then fixing them in five days. Think Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Melchiorri or Alex Polizzi and the respective work they do for restaurants and hotels on their TV series.
At the end of the program Bouris returns to the business six weeks after the “turnaround” to see how it is progressing.
Top photo: Mark Bouris in The Mentor
So far this year Mediaweek has profiled sales executives from Southern Cross Austereo (Brian Gallagher) and Nova Entertainment (Andrew Will).
By James Manning
This week, on the eve of GfK’s second survey of 2018, we meet ARN chief commercial officer Emma-Jayne Owens. It is just over 12 months since Owens returned to radio after earlier in her career spending 15 years with Austereo. In between the two radio roles she led sales at Mi9 and later ran the sales teams across the Asia Pacific for Big Mobile.
Her diverse background has seen Owens working across several media sectors. She told Mediaweek that career path has been ideal for what she is doing with ARN: “The more you can understand the broader media market the better. During my time at what was then Mi9 I had the connection to the global business which was Microsoft and also everything that Nine Entertainment Co offered with all its wonderful content.”
It was close to eight years that Owens was out of radio, leaving her role at what was then Austereo back in 2009. As to whether the sector had changed much in that time, she said: “Some bits of it had. It was good coming to a network with people I had worked with before like Kyle and Jackie O and Jonesy and Amanda. It was good be familiar with how a breakfast show runs. The changes were the digital assets that ARN has in iHeartRadio. When I left Austereo it was the early days of digital as far as being of interest to advertisers.
“One of the things that impressed me straight away was how dynamic and current radio still was. You can forget that when you are out of it.”
Top photo: Emma-Jayne Owens
New addition extends Fetch TV/BBC Studios partnership to six channels
Fetch TV and BBC Studios have announced the launch of a new lifestyle channel BBC Living. The channel will join five other BBC channels on the Fetch platform – BBC First, BBC Knowledge, BBC UKTV, BBC CBeebies and BBC World News.
From May 1, BBC Living will be available in the Fetch Knowledge Pack (18 Channels for $6 p/m) and the Ultimate Pack (50 Channels for $20 p/m). It will also be added to the grandfathered Fetch Entertainment Pack.
BBC Living will be programmed exclusively for the Australian market and feature celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Raymond Blanc, Hairy Bikers, and Gary Rhodes together with shows like Come Dine With Me, Fantasy Homes By the Sea, Marbella Mansions, Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover and Home Away From Home.
Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, said: “The BBC is the home of some of the world’s best lifestyle programming. We are delighted to expand our partnership with BBC Studios with the introduction of this exciting new channel BBC Living. Once again, our subscribers are the big winners, as Fetch adds more quality programming to our industry-leading $6 skinny packs. If you love the BBC, there is no better service for you than Fetch.”
Jon Penn, managing director, BBC Studios in Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to announce that we are launching BBC Living to Australian viewers. We are always looking for innovative ways to reach new audiences for our diverse catalogue of content and brands and I’m pleased to be partnering with Fetch TV to launch this new service on its growing platform.”
• Singles: Another Drake track tops chart, Amy Shark & 5SOS new
• Albums: “Djarimirri” first #1 album in an Australian indigenous language
By James Manning
We picked it last week when we floated the idea that Drake was perhaps the best place person to take over top spot from… Drake. Spookily that is what has happened with “Nice For What” hitting the top spot on its second week, dislodging “God’s Plan” from the top after 13 weeks on the chart and 11 weeks at #1. Not since January have we had someone other than Drake topping the chart.
The chart’s big mover near the top this week is Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa with “One Kiss” up from #17 to #9 in its second week.
Four big pop acts debuted in the top 50 this week – two of them Aussie superstars:
#29 Zayn with “Let Me”
#38 Amy Shark with “I Said Hi”
#41 Nicki Minaj with “Barbie Tingz”
#46 5 Seconds Of Summer with “Youngblood”
Moving into the top 50 at #25 from outside the top 50 in its second week is “I Like It” from Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny.
Special celebration on the album chart as Gurrumul tops the chart with “Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)”. This becomes the first ever ARIA #1 album in an Australian Indigenous language.
Michael Hohnen from Skinnyfish Music (producer, collaborator and friend of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu) has commented:
“Thank you to everyone who bought this album. This album is a testament to this great Australian and his family, all Yolngu and the greater Aboriginal population. The history he has made taking a true Australian language and heritage to number one proves the strength of the underlying cultural identity of this nation. This is something we can all be proud of and we know that the support of the many people who have bought this album in the last week will be rewarded through the depth of cultural discovery that will unfold on repeated listens.”
Gurrumul’s previous three studio albums all peaked at #3: “Gurrumul” (2008), “Rrakala” (2011) and “The Gospel Album” (2015).
Although Gurrumul is in top spot, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” and The Greatest Showman soundtrack are not far off the pace, holding at #2 and #3, while Kylie’s “Golden” has dropped from #1 to #4.
Another chart milestone for Ed Sheeran this week as “Multiply” spends week 200 on the chart at #8 while “Plus” is a little lower down the chart at #12 after 307 weeks.
Seven albums have debuted in the top 50, two of them cracking the top 10 first week in:
#9 Breaking Benjamin with “Ember” – sixth album from US rockers is the second to crack the top 50.
#10 Jason Aldean with “Rearview Town” – US country artist’s 8th album and second in top 10 here.
#26 Pentatonix with “PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol 1”
#30 Greta Bradman & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with “Home”
#31 Confidence Man with “Confident Music for Confident People”
#36 The Hard Aches with “Mess”
#41 Bazzi with “Cosmic”
• Seven wins as Sonya and Hadil banned from My Kitchen Rules
• Nine’s “most controversial episode of The Voice ever” back over 1m
Sonya and Hadil were not allowed to return to the My Kitchen Rules competition after their not-so-surprising banishment from an episode last week. It is surprising perhaps they have not been disciplined earlier as the series promoted their bad behaviour in some of the previous 37 episodes before last week’s blow-up. However, it was on with the competition for the remaining teams as Stella & Jazzey outscored Jess & Emma to secure a place in the finals, despite two scores from the judges of 2 out of 10 for dessert last night. The Sunday episode did 1.28m, which is actually lower than three of the four episodes screened last week.
Sunday Night featured the interview with former Sullivans star Susan Hannaford discussing her life in the US where she has made and lost millions. It was a marathon effort from reporter Matt Doran and an audience of 949,000 vindicates the decision to devote the episode to the incredible tale of the wannabe property tycoon.
After 9.30pm Seven got one more crack at the Commonwealth Games with a highlights package with 208,000 watching.
Episode four last night of The Voice was the first of four episodes screening this week with what the channel was branding “the most controversial episode ever”. When Sam Perry ended the show with his vocal loops, Delta was confident “this was the coolest thing we have ever had on the show”. Joe Jonas said, “You have just changed the game.” Kelly added: “You just completely changed the entire game.” The game changer chose Team Kelly. “I want to do a record with you myself,” Kelly said. All the other coaches seemed dejected they had missed this contestant. The promos teasing Perry as a special contestant worked as the audience pushed above 1.10m, up on the audience for last week’s launch, the only other ep over 1m so far.
60 Minutes featured the flu super vaccine and introduced viewers to a new Barry Humphries character – himself, with an audience of 616,000.
Serial killer Joanna Dennehy was featured on Born To Kill: Class Of Evil with 328,000 watching.
The Sunday Project featured Lehmo and Chrissie Swan joining Lisa Wilkinson and Hamish Macdonald at the desk while actor Peter Capaldi was a guest after visiting Australia for the Supanova fan convention on the weekend in Melbourne with another on the Gold Coast next weekend. The episode did 343,000 after 405,000 a week ago.
The start of a new week of Bachelor In Paradise launched with 669,000 after 629,000 on Sunday a week ago.
NCIS followed at 9pm on 337,000 with SEAL Team on 182,000 after 10pm.
A slow build that took 10 years featured on Grand Designs, which did 610,000.
International cycling featured in Midsomer Murders with 342,000 watching.
A repeat of the excellent drama series National Treasure with Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters followed after 10pm with 129,000 watching.
A repeat of The Celts filled the 7.30pm timeslot with 229,000 watching.
Trump’s Takeover then did 203,000 after 8.30pm as it looked at the first year of his presidency.
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||2.8%||GEM||2.7%||ELEVEN||1.3%||Food Net||0.7%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC ME||1.1%||7mate||2.6%||GEM||5.2%||ELEVEN||1.6%||Food Net||0.9%|
|SUNDAY METRO ALL TV|
Friday Top 10
Saturday Top 10
The Australian’s Data Room columnists Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch update readers about merger discussions between Seven West Media and Fairfax Media.
What has been under consideration is the creation of a merged entity where Fairfax shareholders would control about 68% and Seven West Media the remainder.
Fairfax boss Greg Hywood is understood to be in line to run the new entity, which some believe could create synergistic benefits worth somewhere between $60m and $100m.
Kerry Stokes has called on the Turnbull government to take “serious action” against Facebook and Google, proposing strict new controls and rules including payment for content, and customer service obligations, similar to the model used in the telecommunications market.
In an exclusive interview with The Australian’s Darren Davidson, the Seven West Media chairman urged the government to seize the opportunity of a competition regulator inquiry into the digital media market as a way to tackle the enormous concentration of power amassed by the tech titans in Australia.
Former Nine Entertainment managing director Amanda Laing and Sky executive Euan Smith have signed on with Foxtel to help the subscription TV operator through the merger with Fox Sports, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Laing is a highly regarded executive who left Nine last year after negotiating deals for the broadcaster including its NRL broadcast rights agreement. At Foxtel, she has been working with chief executive Patrick Delany since last month.
She shifted into the role after working with Telstra for five months as a consultant on the Foxtel merger. Foxtel is 65% owned by News Corp, publisher of The Australian. Telstra holds the balance.
Smith joins Foxtel after playing a key role in cable and satellite broadcaster Sky Deutschland’s turnaround.
Since incorporating the business in April 2008 and launching in 2010, Fetch, run by former Optus executive and ACP magazines boss Scott Lorson, has cemented its place as a credible competitor to Foxtel, having pushed into profitability in December, holding more than 650,000 subscribers and more than $150 million in revenues, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
It’s been a long road for a business started above a Subway sandwich shop on Sydney’s Oxford Street with no money, no product and no customers.
The National Broadband Network and the introduction of bundling with telco partners, which makes up about 80% of sales, which now include Optus, iiNet, Dodo and iPrimus, was a pivotal moment for Fetch.
Fetch is now exploring launching in New Zealand and has been approached by regional telco players about using its set-top box.
APN Outdoor has appointed Shoebridge Media Group, the new communications consultancy firm established by Neil Shoebridge.
Effective late May, Shoebridge Media Group will operate as APN Outdoor’s in-house communications unit three days a week, reporting to general manager marketing, Charlotte Valente.
Shoebridge has been the director of corporate and public communications at Network Ten and part of the company’s leadership team since February 2012.
He is also a former editor and managing editor of BRW magazine, a former marketing and media editor of The Australian Financial Review, a member of the Australian Marketing Institute and the author of two marketing books.
APN Outdoor general manager marketing Charlotte Valente said: “We are thrilled to have Shoebridge Media Group join APN Outdoor. Neil’s extensive experience and proven track record are what is required to drive our business strategy and ambitions.
“Neil’s credentials will ensure APN Outdoor capitalises on every opportunity to cement our thought-leadership credentials, a key pillar in our strategy.”
James Warburton, chief executive officer and managing director of APN Outdoor, added: “It will be great to be working with Neil again. A focus for our business is to have a greater voice in the media industry. Neil will bring a huge level of knowledge and respect to our communications strategy and activities.”
Shopper Media Group has appointed Pacific Magazines’ former head of insights and strategy Emily Sak to the newly created position of head of data & insights.
The new role forms part of the expansion plan to keep up with the accelerated growth that has seen the Shopper Media Group portfolio surpass more than 220 shopping centres Australia-wide.
Shopper Media Group marketing & insights director Victoria Primrose said the appointment reaffirms the company’s commitment to data centricity: “We have invested in market-leading digital analytic capabilities already and this new role will help us further our capability – allowing us to continuously deliver new, enhanced data products and services to the market.”
Sak joins Shopper Media Group after more than a decade at Pacific Magazines focusing on media and FMCG consumer insights and strategy.
Shopper Media Group CEO Ben Walker said: “Emily is incredibly well-respected within the industry and her innovative style and experience in delivering enhanced business outcomes will ensure we offer our customers world-class insights on their customers, to help them drive growth.”
APN Outdoor announced on Friday at the company’s annual general meeting that it had renewed three key contracts: Transport for Brisbane, Transdev Melbourne plus Adelaide & Parafield Airports, for multiple years.
APN Outdoor chief executive officer and managing director James Warburton said: “These contracts represent an important part of our advertising offering. The far-reaching impact they provide delivers a compelling proposition and cements our commitment to the development of our transit and billboard product offering.
“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with all partners and look forward to driving innovation in all that we do, delivering greater cut-through and effectiveness for advertisers.”
Warburton said the contracts are all substantial retentions for APN Outdoor.
Transport for Brisbane covers the advertising rights for more than 4,000 panels across nearly 1,200 vehicles in metropolitan Brisbane and is a contract APN Outdoor has held for more than 30 years. The contract operator, Brisbane City Council, is the largest council area in Australia, with its transit fleet reaching 85% of Brisbane’s residents each week.
Transdev, APN Outdoor’s largest and most important bus contracts in Melbourne, comprises approximately 500 buses, 1,800 panels and includes important CBD routes.
The Adelaide & Parafield Airports renewal covers the rights for nine large-format roadside billboards on airport land.
With the successful extensions of these contracts now complete and a single-digit renewal profile over the next two years, Warburton said the focus of APN Outdoor would now shift to acquisition and an ongoing commitment to innovation.
“We are in a very strong position,” he said.
“As a business we can now focus on acquiring new key contracts and further developing the offering we provide to our clients.”
Fake news can make old media great again. Amid the growing crisis of trust, it can at least help provide a viable business model for credible, newsroom-based journalism that some fear is dying, reports The AFR’s editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury.
I’ve just returned from London, getting inside the Financial Times newsroom and business model, which has driven print and digital paid audience from 740,000 in 2015 to nearly 930,000 today. The digital growth is consistent with The Australian Financial Review’s experience of a 40% increase in digital retail subscriptions over the same period. For the FT, two-thirds of revenue now comes from content, as opposed to advertising, says chief executive John Ridding. Digital subscribers make up 80% of the FT’s paid audience. Yet the decline in print circulation has slowed and the pink FT newspaper remains in the black.
I have read the AFR every day since high school, writes Jason Pellegrino, the managing director of Google Australia, in today’s AFR.
The way I read it has changed from print to a computer and now to a smartphone. What has remained constant is my need to be kept informed, whether on breaking business developments or the latest cricket results. Technology is the news industry’s strongest tool in satisfying the basic human need for good reporting.
We at Google are not content makers, we do not employ people to work as journalists, and we have no intention of becoming a news publisher. But we share an important common vision with the Australian news industry, which is to ensure that people have access to quality news and information. This is at the heart of our partnerships with publishers such as Fairfax Media.
The New York Times Company has announced the appointment of media representation agency WeThinkMedia to represent its advertising business in Australia.
The strategic appointment follows the continued success of robust coverage expansion efforts in the region, which have focused on global issues that deeply affect readers there, including climate change, migration, gender and international politics and economics.
The WeThinkMedia relationship will be overseen by Singapore-based Tom Armstrong (pictured), vice president, advertising for The New York Times, Asia Pacific. Armstrong is a former chief revenue officer at Fairfax Media.
WeThinkMedia will be responsible for all advertising in the region, including print, digital, branded content, programmatic and events.
On the appointment, Armstrong said, “Australia is an exciting opportunity for The New York Times. Since we began expanding our coverage of the region, our audience has grown rapidly. Readership is up more than 30% and our subscriber base has more than doubled over the past year. As we continue to grow, it is important to have our advertising business represented by an agency with the local expertise and thorough understanding of both the market and key advertisers. We are thrilled to work with WeThinkMedia as an integral part of our overall expansion in the region.”
Peter Wiltshire, founder and director, WeThinkMedia, said, “The New York Times reader is part of an uniquely engaged, globally conscious audience that strongly values high-quality journalism. We are at the charge of an incredible opportunity for local Australian advertisers to reach this substantial breadth of dedicated and internationally focused readers. Our industrious team is already in the market presenting opportunities and discussing custom strategies for individual client needs.”
Southern Cross Austereo has re-signed Brendan Fevola for another two years to the Fifi, Fev and Byron show on Fox FM.
As Fevola prepared for his wedding this week, he told his Instagram followers: “So excited to be waking up with Melbourne till the end of 2020”.
The hit Fox FM breakfast show broadcast from the W Hotel in Bali this morning, where the local time was 4am for the start of the show. “We haven’t thought this through properly,” said Fifi Box as Byron Cooke introduced his colleagues.
Ahead of the wedding, Fev had his buck’s party in Bali last night. Daryl Braithwaite and Shannon Noll both performed and the guests included Fifi and Fev’s bride Alex Fevola.
After working through the radio break last week, the Fox FM trio will take the rest of this week off.
“I’ve resigned, I’m not retiring,” Nova 93.7’s outgoing managing director Gary Roberts tells The West Australian.
Roberts, who remarkably has led four Perth FM stations to No. 1 since lobbing at the pioneering 96fm in 1980, says he is looking for a new challenge outside radio when he finishes up at the end of June after 16 years at the helm of 93.7, reports Sean Smith.
“Everybody says ‘you must have something planned’. Well, I don’t actually,” he says.
“I’m looking for things that are challenging and fresh, something to keep my mind ticking over.
“I’m not up for retiring, I’m not the sort of person who sits around doing nothing, or playing golf, or gardening. So we’ll see what comes up.”
Roberts almost made the jump from radio when fielding various offers after leaving Austereo in 2002, only to be pulled back in by the irresistible challenge of launching Nova’s new FM station in Perth.
“The opportunity was too good not to be involved, and it’s been a fabulous run.”
EON Broadcasting has appointed a new breakfast show for its Sydney station 2CH.
The current breakfast host Gareth McCray told his listeners this morning that from next Monday two new hosts will be in charge of 2CH breakfast.
That team will be current 2CH afternoon announcer Trevor Sinclair and well-known ABC and SBS news presenter Indira Naidoo from Monday April 30.
In the first survey of 2018, 2CH breakfast had a share of 2.7%, which was under the station’s 10+ share of 3.7%.
Is Brenton Ragless the man to replace Karl Stefanovic in Today hot seat? asks News Corp’s Annette Sharp.
The little-known boy from Blackwood, South Australia, has hurdled a field of higher profile Sydney newsmen and is currently Nine bosses’ preferred choice to replace Karl Stefanovic at Today – which could be sooner than Nine boss CEO Hugh Marks had originally planned given Stefanovic’s apparent disaffection for the program he hosts and the ugly public disclosure of a private conversation he and younger brother Peter had in an Uber vehicle earlier this year.
In Ragless, executives have spotted someone who is utterly himself – and “not just a Stefanovic clone”, as one Nine insider put it last week.
He would also be “excellent value for money” – something Stefanovic hasn’t been for years.
The Advertiser’s Adelaide Confidential subsequently reported:
Channel 9 Adelaide newsreader Brenton Ragless is flattered by speculation he could replace Karl Stefanovic as Today show host, insiders say, but he is committed to SA.
Local Nine insiders said Ragless, who was out of range in the Flinders Ranges on Sunday, isn’t going anywhere yet.
The Block’s multimillion-dollar makeover of the former fleabag flophouse, The Gatwick Hotel, has been revealed with hoardings removed from the St Kilda property on Saturday, reports News Corp’s Fiona Byrne.
While its historic facade has been preserved along with its marbled original entrance foyer, the rest of the controversial Fitzroy St property has had more of a complete remake rather than a renovation.
The former rooming house, which for years was a cesspit of crime, poverty and misfortune until purchased by The Block, has been a hive activity for the past three months with TV contestants and more than 100 expert tradies transforming the property into luxury apartments.
Nine has announced The NRL Footy Show will hit the road when regular host Erin Molan goes on maternity leave in mid-May.
Wide World of Sports host James Bracey will host the show from the ground after Thursday Night Football, while Parramatta legend Peter Sterling will fill in as host of the Sunday Footy Show.
Both changes will be in place from mid-May until Molan returns from maternity leave later in the year.
Molan says she’s excited about the next few weeks as she prepares to become a mum, “Sean and I are so excited to meet our baby. We can’t wait!
“We just hope Bub is polite enough to come before or at least in between State of Origin matches!”
Bracey, who anchors the Wide World of Sports coverage of the NRL as well as Sports Sunday and 100% Footy, will take over The Footy Show on Thursday nights.
“Erin does such a fantastic job in her role as host, and I hope I can be a good bench player until she’s ready to return,” Bracey said.
Bracey said it was an honour to be selected to host the long-running program.
“The Footy Show has a rich history of success over its quarter of a century on the air.
“Erin does such a fantastic job in her role as host, and I hope I can add something off the bench until she’s fit and ready to return.”
Port Adelaide’s match with Gold Coast in China next month could have a record live television audience nudging 10 million, reports The Australian’s Greg Denham.
In what promises to be the most-watched game in AFL history, the Power’s clash with the Suns on May 19 in Shanghai will be played in front of an expected capacity of 12,500 at Jiangwan Stadium, renamed Adelaide Arena for AFL games.
But it’s the potential television exposure that has the most upside for the code. The match will be shown live on commercial channels in China with a reach of 160 million. The number crunchers have advised that will equate to nine million Chinese viewers. With another potential million viewers in Australia, that is a lot of eyes on a new export market, which is less than two years in the making.
Southern Cross Austereo, Macquarie Media, Crocmedia and the ABC are all in the mix as Cricket Australia quickly turns to wrap up its radio broadcast rights following its record $1.2 billion TV deal struck earlier this month, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Sources said Cricket Australia has had meetings with teams from Southern Cross, which broadcast Test matches for the last two years on its Triple M network, and Crocmedia, which did not hold rights in the last agreement but is believed to be keen to add it to its Sports Entertainment Network.