The recently arrived managing director of Guardian Australia Dan Stinton has had the bar set pretty high on arrival.
By James Manning
Just weeks after Stinton arrived in the Sydney office from his previous role at Seven West Media in Perth, the digital outlet has had two great sets of numbers to talk about.
Guardian Australia has just had its best financial year in the five years since it launched. “We made an operating profit of $700,000, which was slightly ahead of our forecast,” Stinton admitted to Mediaweek. “A significant factor in that was funds received in the financial year 2017/18 from the 6
5,000 supporters of Guardian Australia. That drove a substantial increase in revenue and helped us pass break even. Some people make one-off contributions while others make contributions on an ongoing basis.
“Guardian Australia has a unique reader revenue model in that we don’t have a paywall because we want our journalism to remain open to all, so we simply invite our readers who value that to make a contribution. Thankfully a large number of readers see the benefit of that and have contributed.”
The news brand launched the membership program just two years ago.
Given he only recently arrived, Stinton emphasised, “I had exactly zero to do with that successful outcome.”
Stinton added reader revenue accounts for 36% of total revenue with advertising revenue accounting for the rest. “Reader revenue was up 145% year-on-year.”
APN Outdoor has announced further investment in data and analytics, with the appointment of a new head of data and insights and two data scientists.
The three appointments highlight APN Outdoor’s ongoing commitment to creating a world-class data and analytics team and capability. They follow the launch in early July this year of Dn’A, a data and analytics innovation that will maximise the impact and effectiveness of outdoor advertising.
Kevin Morrell has been appointed head of data and insights at APN Outdoor, effective August 27. He will report to general manager, marketing, Charlotte Valente.
Morrell was most recently head of data and analytics at Southern Cross Austereo. His resumé includes senior data, analytics, segmentation and customer interactions roles at BT Financial Group, Bridge and ING Direct Australia.
Derek Slone-Zhen will join APN Outdoor in October as a data scientist. He is currently senior manager, Insight Analytics, at PwC Australia and has been closely involved in the development and launch of Dn’A for APN Outdoor. Slone-Zhen has also held senior data roles at Data Republic, Quantium and Seven West Media.
Kevin Zhang is also joining APN Outdoor as a data scientist, effective September 3. He is currently lead data scientist, business analytics, at Cubic Corporation and has held senior data scientist and quantitative analyst roles at Westpac, Origin Energy and Crown Resorts.
APN Outdoor chief executive officer and managing director James Warburton said: “The launch of Dn’A in July proved that we are delivering on our commitment to the market that we would invest in data innovation to increase the insights we can deliver to advertisers, to make their outdoor campaigns more effective.
“The response to Dn’A from advertisers and agencies has been phenomenal and has far exceeded our expectations. Right now, we have an extensive pipeline of briefs for Dn’A in market with major advertisers. We are also finalising our plans to expand Dn’A with new data sets and features.
“The appointment of three highly experienced data, analytics and insights executives builds on our strategy of combining powerful data and various connection points to enrich our understanding of audiences and help our customers create smarter campaigns that will have smarter impact,” he said.
Charlotte Valente said: “I’m delighted to welcome Kevin Morrell, Derek Slone-Zhen and Kevin Zhang to APN Outdoor.
“Kevin Morrell’s highly successful career in creating, leading and implementing data strategies, commercialising data products and creating audience-based insights for advertisers are the perfect credentials to lead APN Outdoor’s established data and insights team.
“Derek and Kevin Zhang both have deep experience in data, insights and automation across a range of industries. They are passionate about ensuring information, systems, processes and people work together effectively and about creating new ideas and insights through advanced data interrogation and automation.
“Together, they will make a great team and will produce valuable insights and knowledge for our customers,” she said.
The print and online publishing model might be under attack, but Australia’s biggest two news publishers continue to set the news agenda.
News Corp Australia was the biggest winner at the Kennedy Awards on Friday night with 14 of the 34 awards.
Fairfax Media was not far behind with nine awards.
The biggest single winner on the night – with the three major awards – was The Daily Telegraph’s national political editor Sharri Markson. Her scoops on Barnaby Joyce and his affair with a staffer saw her win for Scoop Of The Year, Outstanding Political Reporting and Journalist Of The Year.
Highlights of the evening included the appearance of the wife and sons of the late Paul Lockyer, who were so moved by the moment they found it hard to announce the winner of the award in his name, which ABC reporter Anna Henderson won.
During a long awards show, short speeches were much appreciated by the audience. Newcastle Herald photographer Jonathan Carroll did best as he collected his award with one word – “Fuck”.
Seven reporter and producer David Richardson gave perhaps the most memorable speech as he pleaded for the recall of Today Tonight as a national brand. “TT isn’t dead,” he said after collecting his award for Outstanding Team Player. “If we are going to fight a war, let’s put an army in the battlefield,” he added, alluding to Nine’s domination of the commercial TV nightly current affairs offering.
Jana Wendt had a standing ovation when she was onstage for her Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Australian’s Peter Lalor spoke as well as he writes after collecting the sports reporting award and The Australian’s James Jeffrey noted it was his birthday as he collected his Outstanding Columnist award and led the crowd for three cheers.
Daniel Underhill calls himself one of the originals of Nova 93.7. He has been with the Perth station since it was established in November 2002 and has held three roles since.
By Kruti Joshi
Underhill is the program director of the #1 station in Western Australia’s capital city.
While much of the eastern part of Australia is going through a drought, it was “bucketing down” in Perth when Mediaweek spoke to Underhill.
He talked about his long run at Nova 93.7 very fondly. However, he emphasised that the radio markets then and now are like “chalk and cheese”.
“Oh my God, it’s changed so much. The biggest change that I talk about is social media. When we started there was no Facebook or Twitter. We had a website. We knew that was important, but we didn’t understand how to really deploy it compared to the way we do now,” Underhill said.
This has had a big impact on the commercial aspect of radio too.
“Everyone in the media now has to be commercially aware and able to deliver integrated solutions that are new, different and use all facets of the toys we now have to operate,” Underhill explained. “You have to be able to turn them around in short timeframes.
“When I started at Nova, I was a creative writer. We used to get briefs which we would have two or three weeks to work with. We had beanbags in the office then. You could sit on them and ponder away with an idea and experiment in the studio for a few hours.”
This is nearly unheard of now. “Nowadays, if we have 24 hours on a brief, which may affect one station or the network, that is big,” Underhill said.
Network Ten has commissioned the documentary series Ambulance Australia to be produced by Endemol Shine Australia (ESA).
The fly-on-the-wall series will take an unprecedented look at the NSW Ambulance frontline, taking viewers on a journey from the high pressure NSW Ambulance Triple Zero Control Centre, to the race against time of NSW paramedics on the road.
Each episode will provide an honest look at the everyday demands on call takers, dispatchers and on-road paramedics, who are forced to make split-second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.
Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “We are delighted to bring the Ambulance format to Network Ten. The engaging and emotional human drama has made this show a huge hit in the UK and we are sure Australian audiences will find the amazing work of the NSW Ambulance service equally compelling.”
Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy said: “Through a combination of groundbreaking production techniques and inspired storytelling, Ambulance Australia reveals the incredible synchronicity between paramedics in the field and call takers and dispatchers in the emergency control centre as they face a diversity of challenges on any given shift that is nothing short of staggering. Their compassion and selflessness are breathtaking.”
Network Ten has revealed the 25 Bachelorettes who hope to find love with Bachelor Nick Cummins in the new season of The Bachelor Australia, premiering on Wednesday August 15 at 7.30pm on TEN and WIN Network.
Ranging in age from 23 to 34 and hailing from all over the country, this year’s Bachelorettes are a diverse group of women with one thing in common: a passion to find “the one”.
Bachelor Nick “The Honey Badger” Cummins opens the doors of the Bachelor mansion to welcome this select group of ladies on their romance journey of a lifetime. Through a series of cocktail parties and breathtakingly memorable dates, they will discover who has the chemistry, intelligence, sense of adventure and charm to be Nick’s perfect partner.
Meet the Bachelorettes who are vying for Nick’s heart:
Queensland has delivered eight ladies in property consultant Ashlea, PE teacher Blair, energy healer Cayla, retail manager Christina, sales representative Rhiannon, photoshoot director Romy, property valuer Sophie and flight attendant Tenille.
Asked why she wanted to be a part of The Bachelor Australia, Sophie said: “I feel as though I am ready for an adventure, and if I can find love along the way what a bonus!”
Seven beauties hail from Victoria: yoga teacher Aleksandra, digital designer Autumn, business analyst Renee, car care consultant Shannon, children’s entertainer Steph, creative director Urszula and legal secretary Vanessa.
On her idea of a perfect date, Shannon said: “Being out in nature, sitting on a picnic blanket, drinking wine and having good conversation.”
Radiographer Brittany, student Cass and lifeguard Juliana are the three Bachelorettes from New South Wales, with dance teacher Emily and political adviser Alisha representing the Australian Capital Territory.
Personal trainer Dasha and flight attendant Kayla are South Australia’s Bachelorettes and representing Western Australia are youth worker Brooke and account manager Susie.
Leaving her life in Bali behind, fashion designer Cat is hoping Nick will give her a reason to return home to Australia permanently.
Nick Cummins said: “I’m really looking forward to throwing everything at this opportunity to find the one. The past 10 or so years have been on the road playing rugby or working on my projects, so I’m very excited to be part of a show that is centred around love and good times.”
• Glen Caro new program director and Nadine Blayney news director
Your Money, the re-branded Sky News Business, has announced its senior executive team and the appointment of business journalist Chris Kohler.
The joint venture between Nine and Australian News Channel (ANC) is expected to launch at the end of September. Your Money is describing itself as a 24-hour business, personal finance and luxury lifestyle channel and will be available on FTA and Foxtel.
Kohler will join Sky News Business journalists including Brooke Corte and Ticky Fullerton. Currently national business editor at Domain, Kohler has previously been a business reporter for The Australian and Business Spectator.
“Chris has a unique ability to cut through the jargon and present complex finance stories in an entertaining and engaging way,” said Kylie Merritt, CEO of Your Money. “He brings great insights from his time at News Corp and Domain to complement the existing team.”
Merritt also confirmed the joint venture has made its first key sales hire, appointing Simon Hopkins as commercial director. Hopkins has held many senior media sales roles including founder of content consultancy ContentShed, commercial and revenue director of Brand New Media and general manager of national sales and marketing for Fairfax Regional Media.
Also joining the management team at Your Money are Glen Caro as program director and Nadine Blayney as news director.
Caro joins from SBS, where he was executive producer of Insight. He has previously held roles at Nine including at the Today show and Weekend Today. Caro will oversee a new suite of evening programs encompassing wealth, real estate, luxury lifestyle and small business.
Blayney joins Your Money from Sky News Business where she was most recently channel manager, having also been an anchor and executive producer across programs. Blayney brings extensive business and television journalism experience and will be responsible for the news output of Your Money.
The three new executives join Kylie Merritt and David Ash, previously announced as head of digital.
“Since unveiling the new joint venture in late June we have moved quickly to bring together a strong team of commercial and editorial executives ahead of the channel launch later this year,” said Merritt. “The team is well placed to ensure Your Money provides a powerful platform for audiences and advertisers alike across television and multiple digital channels.”
Top Photo: Your Money executive team [L-R]: Glen Caro, David Ash, Kylie Merritt, Simon Hopkins and Nadine Blayney
The AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers) has announced its final speaker for the 2018 RESET conference, Megan Clarken, global president, Watch, Nielsen (USA), who will join seven other global marketing leaders at RESET in Sydney on September 18.
Since joining Nielsen in 2004, Clarken has held numerous global executive positions and led the global team responsible for the strategy, development and management of Nielsen’s leading measurement products for television, digital and cross-platform content and advertising. As architect and executor of Nielsen’s total audience strategy and product delivery, which aims to reflect the total audience of content and ads across all screens and to provide like-for-like metrics for digital and video, Clarken’s initiative has spearheaded Nielsen’s position in cross-platform media measurement around the globe.
Clarken has direct control of $1b of spend as Nielsen’s product lead globally and is accountable for $3b+ of revenue across 45 markets including the US, China, India, Italy, Germany and Australia. She is most recently the recipient of the prestigious ASI Speakers Award, the Broadcasting & Cable Wonder Woman of 2016 award and ranked #45 in the B&C list of most powerful people.
“Cross-platform measurement is increasingly crucial to the Australian market,” the AANA’s CEO John Broome said. “Megan’s presentation is set to be highly topical, and possibly controversial in aspects, but is certainly one that will deliver important insights to all marketers concerned with measuring their content and advertising effectiveness across a range of multimedia.”
Megan Clarken joins seven other speakers previously announced for RESET 2018:
•One of advertising’s most influential people, Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy UK
• Fellow Australian Sarah Harden, CEO of Hello Sunshine (USA), the company she founded with Hollywood actress, producer and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon
• David Gluckman (UK), creator of Baileys Irish Cream and author, who brings with him 40 years of brand development from within the beverages industry
• Former agency and marketing leader Cathy Novelli, Global Head of Corporate Marketing, Quantcast (USA), who challenges conventional wisdom to drive better business outcomes
• Marketing director and strategy consultant Alastair Herbert, founder, Linguabrand (UK), who reveals how to harness the power of listening
• Tea Uglow, Creative Director and a founder member of Google Creative Lab, will introduce new thinking on a range of topics ranging from creativity, diversity, culture, neurodiversity and sexuality
• Derreck Kayongo, founder of Global Soap Project (USA), is a business and marketing entrepreneur who takes us on a journey from refugee to CEO.
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Stan Australia and Cartoon Network have teamed for the series final of American cartoon series Adventure Time.
The two media outlets will host a screening at the Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Sydney on September 4. Tickets are free but the number of seats are strictly limited. The fan event will host 1,000 people, who will be joined by characters Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Lemongrab and Ice King.
Fans can register to attend the event
• Singles: Rappers rule – Drake #1 again, Travis Scott only new entry
• Albums: Travis Scott new #1, Aussies Trophy Eyes & Diesel top 20
By James Manning
The Canadian rapper Drake continues to rule the singles chart – not for just the past four weeks with In My Feelings, but for 17 weeks this year, which is how long he has occupied top spot.
No change at all to the top six this week, which means Dean Lewis and 5SOS are again #2 and #3 respectively. Also racking up weeks in the top 10 is Conrad Sewell with Healing Hands now charting for nine weeks, the last three in the top 10.
The only new entry in the top 10, and the only artist to have new releases debut in the top 50, is Travis Scott with Sicko Mode (featuring Drake) at #7. He also had other tracks from his album debut at #10 and #46. The Texan-born rapper has criss-crossed the US, living in both New York and California.
More diversity in the albums chart with a new #1, two new releases in the top 10 and six charts debuts in the top 50.
The third album from Travis Scott, Astroworld, has debuted at #1 after his previous album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, peaked at #10 two years ago.
Newcastle rock band Trophy Eyes have again debuted at #8 with their third album The American Dream after their second album Chemical Miracle peaked at #8 in 2016.
The other new releases inside the top 50 are:
#15 YG with Stay Dangerous. Third album from the US rapper and his highest chart debut.
#16 Diesel with 30: The Greatest Hits. The compilation celebrates three decades of music from the rock guitarist and includes five top 10 singles the biggest of which was Tip Of My Tongue, which peaked at #4 in 1992.
#21 Mac Miller with Swimming. The fifth album from rapper Mac Miller after his previous release The Divine Feminine peaked at #13 in 2016.
#31 Graeme Connors with From The Backcountry. The 22nd album release from Mackay’s finest is the latest in his prolific career.
For the second week in a row no new games have muscled their way into the Australian top 10 charts for retail sales.
By Luke Reilly, Games Editor, IGN Australia
Our prediction last week that No Man’s Sky was likely to crack the top 10 on the back of its significant “Next” update appears to have been premature, or perhaps off the mark. Despite the re-release adding a large suite of new features and making an appearance on Xbox One for the first time, we’re not seeing an impact in the charts. On closer inspection, it didn’t squeeze into the individual platform chart for Xbox One, either.
It’s likely that back catalogue juggernauts like those listed below will continue to dominate the retail charts throughout a largely quiet August. Expect a big shake up starting in September (when the high-profile sports franchise instalments like FIFA 19 begin to arrive) and certainly in October (Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 marketing machine kicked back into gear last week; that’s a game you’ll be seeing a lot of in the charts in the not-too-distant future).
• Bathroom week reveals on The Block lift audience as Nine wins
• Seven News the channel’s best, but Little Big Shots drops
• Russell Coight still TEN’s best, but numbers fall for episode two
By James Manning
Although Nine had a bigger primary channel share, Seven had the best combined channel share thanks to 7mate with a 6.5% share.
Seven News helped the channel lead into primetime with an audience over 1.2m and timeslot-winning crowd in all metro markets except Sydney.
Little Big Shots episode two of season two did 878,000, which was down on last week’s launch of 963,000.
Sunday Night then did 573,000 after 581,000 a week ago.
Driving the big 7mate share were 276,000 watching the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The Block revealed the bathroom week creations and in doing so outperformed all episodes from launch week with 1.19m last night. The judges weren’t holding back either in their first workout for 2018.
60 Minutes then did 733,000, down from 803,000 a week ago, but still enough to win the timeslot.
Crime Investigation Australia then did 365,000.
Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures was the channel’s best with 634,000, after returning last week to the channel with 882,000, a dip of close to 250,000 week-on-week.
Although it has been moved from the timeslot, the first episode of Street Smart had an extra 200,000 across the past seven days who saw that launch episode via playback and BVOD plus encore screenings.
Taking the 8pm timeslot was the movie Daddy’s Home on 229,000.
Earlier in the night The Sunday Project was on 382,000 at 7pm.
After the movie at around 10pm was Sports Tonight.
The season final of Jack Irish had an audience of 727,000 after launching with 723,000 six weeks ago.
The second episode of Grand Designs: House Of The Year earlier in the night did 536,000.
Grave Of The Vikings did 301,000 at 7.30pm followed by Vitamania on 277,000.
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Jennifer Hawkins has been signed to Myer for 12 years, pocketing nearly $16 million along the way, but now the embattled retailer is tightening the screws, hiring a younger but comparatively unknown reality television star as her replacement, and at a fraction of the price.
Hawkins, her manager Sean Anderson and Myer’s recently installed new chief executive, British import John King, have been unable to negotiate a deal with the former Miss Universe at the price she wanted, reports Fairfax Media’s Andrew Hornery.
Hawkins will retire from her starring role as the store’s celebrity ambassador in November.
A former Newcastle cheerleader, who turns 35 in December and became a global celebrity when she was crowned Miss Universe by Donald Trump in 2004, Hawkins is contractually obliged to walk in the Sydney spring-summer launch on August 23.
However, while Hawkins is understood to be happy to walk, there is no denying tensions will be high backstage that night as the model, who was being paid $1.3 million a year throughout her deal with Myer, prepares to share the catwalk with 25-year-old Elyse Knowles, who is understood to have signed with the store for $150,000, reportedly ruffling Hawkins’s feathers.
Sean Anderson was also in the news over the weekend regarding another client:
Elyse Knowles has done her block over a payment feud with her former manager, reports News Corp’s Briana Domjen.
The newly signed Myer ambassador, who rose to fame after appearing on The Block, is taking respected agent Sean Anderson to court over his cut of her earnings from the hit show.
The Sunday Telegraph understands the claim, which has been lodged with Melbourne Magistrates Court, is for about $60,000 – a 10% cut of Knowles’s earnings from the popular renovation program.
Knowles wants the commission back as she claims to have applied to appear on the DIY reality show on her own accord, without the assistance of Anderson and his contacts.
Anderson vehemently disagrees.
“We pitched Elyse and (her partner) Josh for the show, organised their auditions, negotiated her participation agreement with Nine, managed all her Block publicity and so, quite rightly, commissioned her share of earnings from the show as per our contract,” Anderson said.
Meanwhile News Corp’s Briana Domjen and Annette Sharp report on troubles for a former colleague of Sean Anderson, manager Titus Day:
The legal showdown between Guy Sebastian and his agent has begun.
Three months after Sunday Confidential revealed the once tight relationship between Sebastian and the man who successfully guided his career for 12 years had soured, the court battle between the pair has kicked off – and will no doubt get messy.
Titus Day, who runs management firm 6 Degrees, confirmed the legal action with Confidential yesterday.
“Yes, unfortunately after not being able to agree on a reasonable resolution we are headed for court,” he said.
“Guy is claiming he does not owe commissions on any work that 6 Degrees has done and that he doesn’t have to reimburse any of the costs we incurred on his behalf or on behalf of his wife and (charity) foundation.
“What we are owed is still being calculated but I estimate, between Guy, his wife and the Sebastian Foundation, 6 Degrees is owed $800,000. He is claiming I need to pay over my commissions, which he says are approximately $200,000.”
Prominent theatre director Neil Armfield told actor Geoffrey Rush to make his gestures towards his young co-star Eryn Jean Norvill – who was playing Rush’s daughter in King Lear – more “paternal”, because a key scene was becoming “creepy and unclear”, a new defence document filed to the Federal Court has alleged, reports The Australian’s Rosemary Neill.
The document, filed by lawyers for The Daily Telegraph, which is being sued for defamation by Rush, also claimed: “Mr Armfield further directed the Applicant (Mr Rush) not to stroke the complainant’s (Norvill’s) body.”
These allegations appear in The Daily Telegraph’s second further amended defence document in the case. The new document has been prompted by Norvill agreeing to testify for the newspaper, which is now pursuing a truth defence.
Lawyers for decorated war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith have asked federal Attorney-General Christian Porter to refer leaks of details of an inquiry into the former soldier to the federal police for criminal investigation, report Fairfax Media’s Michael Evans and Deborah Snow.
In a statement released by Seven West Media on Sunday, Roberts-Smith, an executive at Kerry Stokes’s Seven Network operations in Queensland, acknowledged an unsuccessful attempt on Friday to stop Fairfax Media publishing allegations about his service in Afghanistan and a domestic violence allegation.
Roberts-Smith denies all the allegations and claims leaking details of the inquiry broke federal law.
“I commenced the proceedings because I am concerned that Commonwealth laws have been breached by the disclosure to Fairfax Media of confidential information of the Commonwealth,” he wrote, adding that evidence given to the inquiry was also confidential.
“I am also concerned that the Fairfax press are publishing such information with knowledge that it must be classified and the subject of secrecy provisions, including those applicable to the evidence before the inquiry.”
Fetch chief executive Scott Lorson says the pay television provider has a clear road to 1 million subscribers, boosted by growth in telecommunications players bundling entertainment services and customers switching over to the national broadband network, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The challenger pay TV business had a record year in 2017-18, adding about 160,000 customers to push past the 700,000 subscriber mark, achieving profitability and growing revenues to more than $155 million.
“Fetch is now fulfilling its promise, having achieved scale, secured a strong strategic position in the market, and now generating a positive cash flow,” Lorson told The Australian Financial Review.
In recent years, Fetch has made deals with a number of major Australian telcos, whose bundles account for 80% of its sales, including Optus, iiNet, Dodo and iPrimus.
Increasingly frustrated editors and journalists claim Daily Mail Australia’s “theft” of news stories has become more brazen and an almost daily occurrence, undermining investment in quality journalism, reports The Australian’s Matthew Denholm.
The free news website has long antagonised newspapers by regurgitating their stories, but several editors told The Australian it had reached new levels that were “destructive” to serious journalism.
Daily Mail Australia executive editor Lachlan Heywood defended the website, saying it credited and linked to original sources and regularly broke stories.
The editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine, Christine Middap, said the Mail’s replication of the magazine’s cover story on August 4 – revealing new theories on the fate of US pilot Amelia Earhart – was particularly galling.
The executive editor of Fairfax’s The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, James Chessell, said the Mail’s “churning of stories” was a source of deep frustration among journalists.
“In many cases our journalists put in multiple days’ work into a story only to see it reappear in the Mail within hours and often without any form of attribution,’’ he said. “It’s a form a legalised theft.”
Heywood, a former Courier-Mail editor who worked for News Corp for 20 years before joining the Mail, hit back. “Daily Mail Australia is growing its presence and investment in the industry while publications throwing bombs continue to gut their newsrooms,” he said.
The journalists’ trade union is calling on Nine chief executive Hugh Marks to seek formal authorisation from the competition regulator over the broadcaster’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of Fairfax Media as it steps up efforts to safeguard 7,000 jobs affected by the deal, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance chief executive Paul Murphy said the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s informal review process was inadequate because Nine was not compelled to provide detailed information to the regulator and the public.
A formal authorisation process could consider how Fairfax’s five metropolitan daily publications, 16 community newspapers, 135 regional titles, 21 agricultural publications and associated websites would be “preserved and integrated in the merged structure”, Murphy wrote in a letter to Marks obtained by The Australian.
Battered by boycotts, will Sky News now ditch its right-wing formula? ask Fairfax Media’s Michael Lallo and Jennifer Duke:
Sky News is no stranger to controversy. Since adopting its “right at night” strategy – replacing news with conservative opinion in primetime – it’s endured public criticism, bitter in-fighting and dramatic staff departures.
“We are a news and opinion channel and have a wider cross section of views than anywhere else on TV,” says Sky News Australia CEO Angelos Frangopoulos. “Our viewership numbers prove it’s something valued by Australians and we will continue to invest in it.
“It’s a 24-hour rolling news environment. Everyone from the top down works very hard. I make no apologies. We have senior and junior journalists. To call our executive producers… ‘assistants’ is disrespectful to them. When someone is doing a good job they are praised. When they make a mistake we address it immediately, like any good journalism business does.”
Some accuse management of spending too much on the salaries of big stars and too little on producers. “Absolute rubbish,” Frangopoulos replies. “We have hired more additional reporters and producers in the last 18 months than ever in our history and we are seeking more.
“We advertised for new roles in The Australian three weeks ago.”
Bevan Lee’s journey with A Place To Call Home has been a roller coaster indeed, reports Fairfax Media’s Nathanael Cooper.
The show was launched with grand ceremony by the Seven Network in 2013, but despite good ratings was not renewed at the end of its second season.
For Lee, who had been Seven’s top drama creator for decades and had a close personal connection to the show, it was a challenging time.
“It was very distressing to me. I totally understood why Seven made the choice – it had become bad business, the show’s demographic had become older and advertising is run by young dickheads who don’t realise old people have money,” he says.
Lee is currently trying to get his next project financed. And despite nearing 70, he has no plans to slow down, especially when the state of Australian drama is nowhere near where he might like it to be.
“There’s so much other good stuff being made, I’m not going to waste my time dutifully watching bad Australian television,” he says.
“I think the turnout from ABC drama for the last three years is f—— disgraceful. They keep saying ‘We’re the ABC’. No – you are a sad remnant of what was a once great drama department.”
News Corp’s national TV critic Anna Brain has previewed most of the shows in TEN’s pilot week.
She lists two clear favourites:
Taboo: By far the best concept in pilot week, this is a show about laughing with people you really shouldn’t be laughing at.
Based on a Belgian format, comedian Harley Breen takes a short trip with four disabled people, then spends a week writing comedy about them.
What an excellent opportunity for a comedian.
Verdict: Easily the pick of the bunch. Clever, thought-provoking and funny. Fingers crossed we see more of Taboo.
Trial By Kyle: This one is troubling. It’s based on one of the most successful series ever, Judge Judy. It stars Kyle Sandilands, who, contrary to good taste and common sense, is the most notorious broadcaster in Australia. It seems like a no-brainer… this should work.
Verdict: Trial by Kyle is up against The Footy Show and The Front Bar, and will smash the competition. Very likely to be commissioned for a full series.
British television channels such as Dave and Gold are returning to the screens of Virgin Media customers after a fees dispute with UKTV was resolved, reports the BBC.
Virgin Media said that free-to-air channels had already been restored, with paid channels following shortly.
Virgin had previously refused to pay what it called “inflated” fees and complained that it was not allowed to show all channels on demand.
More than five times as much on-demand content will now be available, it said.
About four million subscribers of the cable company lost access to 10 UKTV channels in July after talks broke down, disappointing fans of shows such as Taskmaster and Red Dwarf as well as classic comedies like Only Fools and Horses and Miranda.
UKTV, which is part-owned by the BBC, had said it could not accept the “drastic” price cuts proposed by Virgin Media.