• All the results of the final GFK radio ratings survey of the year
• 2GB, smoothfm and ABC Sydney leading the market
• Improving WSFM and Nova closing in on KIIS
• 3AW again year’s #1, smoothfm makes history with Syd-Mel double
• Fox breakfast still unbeaten; Jen & Mike, Christian O’Connell lift
• Triple M off the charts as breakfast booms with Marto and Robin
• Where will the Moonman work his Triple M magic next?
• Mix 102.3 widens ratings gap as Jodie and Soda sparkle
• Breakfast boost for Nova, MMM and, get this, Hit 107
• Mix & Nova Xmas truce? Mix 10+ champ, Nova wins brekky again
• 96FM sees last-minute breakfast growth for Paul & Lise
Domain has entered into an agreement with shareholders of Commercialview.com.au to acquire 100% of the issued share capital in the business.
This is how the market was given the news from Domain:
The acquisition will occur through a subsidiary of Domain, Commercial Real Estate Media (CREM), which is currently approximately 70% owned by Domain and 30% owned by members of the commercial real estate industry including leading international brands.
The consideration for the proposed transaction is between $4.2 million and $17.2 million, contingent on targets relating to the future financial performance of the CREM and CommercialView businesses. On target consideration is $10.2 million, which is equivalent to four times the projected increase in EBITDA from the transaction for calendar year 2020, including synergies.
The maximum consideration for the acquisition is $17.2 million of which a maximum of $2 million is payable in cash. The remainder is payable in newly issued shares in CREM.
CommercialView is a commercial property digital listings platform that is owned and supported by some of Australia’s leading commercial real estate agencies in Victoria and New South Wales. The transaction aligns the interests of commercial real estate agents and CREM in strategically important markets. By operating both businesses, CREM will be even better positioned to continue growing market share and earnings.
Domain Group CEO Jason Pellegrino said: “Commercial real estate has seen tremendous growth in the last three years, benefiting its customers, shareholders and the broader industry. The unanimous support for the transaction from CommercialView shareholders is a strong vote of confidence in the upside potential of our commercial real estate business.”
Completion of the proposed transaction is targeted to occur on December 21, 2018.
The consideration is payable in three tranches, partially contingent on targets relating to the future financial performance of the CREM and CommercialView businesses, as follows:
• A payment of $4.2 million to be paid at completion as a combination of cash and CREM shares, amounting to approximately a 3.7% equity interest in CREM
• A second payment payable in early 2020, in the range of $0 to $5 million to be paid as a combination of cash and CREM shares
• A third payment in early 2021, in the range of $0 to approximately $8 million payable in CREM shares.
The two significant new entries on each chart this week are shows that have been delivering audiences for some time on their respective platforms.
The Netflix sitcom with a western favour, The Ranch, hit the top 10 on the Digital Originals charts in Australia and New Zealand this week. The show has just dropped the second half of its third season – 10 episodes. The sitcom is set on the Iron River Ranch with a cast that features Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Elisha Cuthbert, Sam Elliott and Dax Shepard. The new episodes are the first without Masterson who was dropped from the show after allegations of rape and sexual assault surfaced.
Arrow lands in the top in both markets on the Overall TV Chart this week. The seventh season of the series featuring the DC Comics superhero has just completed its first half with a DC crossover episode Elseworlds Part 2 that began on The Flash season 5 episode 9, and concludes on Supergirl season 4 episode 9. There are more new episodes of The Arrow due early in 2019.
The Australian box office enjoyed a good weekend, experiencing a 9% increase on the previous weekend bringing home $12.73m.
This was thanks in part to two animated hits The Grinch and, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse both cracking the two million dollar mark on their way to occupying the top two spots.
The other new entry this week is Andre Rieu’s Sydney Town Hall Concert – An Australian Celebration, with Mortal Engines and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald both dropping out of the top 5 this week.
#1 The Grinch $2.69m
After three weeks it has kept the momentum for the Christmas season as it remains in top spot. The re-imagining of the holiday classic starring Benedict Cumberbatch achieved a 9% increase on last weekend, and had an average of $7,039 across 383 screens for a total of $11.31m.
#2 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $2.60m
The web slinger’s first foray into big screen animation has started off well debuting in second spot averaging $6,192 on 421 screens.
#3 Bohemian Rhapsody $1.52m
After seven weeks the mega hit based on British rock band Queen is now the highest grossing biopic of all time and has brought its Australian total to $37.41m. After suffering only a 13% decrease on last weekend’s total it averaged $4,495 over 339 screens.
#4 Creed II $1.04m
Slipping down to third spot after three weeks, the continuation of the Rocky story starring Michael B Jordan has cracked the one million dollar mark for the third successive week. The heavyweight hit has generated an average of $4,103 across 255 screens to bring its Australian total to $7.21m.
#5 Andre Rieu’s Sydney Town Hall Concert – An Australian Celebration $727,384
The annual holiday classic marks its first week in theatres with a debut in the top five after scoring an average of $6,112 on 119 screens.
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Telstra head of enterprise Michael Ebeid is planning a significant expansion in China to help local businesses grow internationally as part of his push to bolster the telco’s $8.2 billion business division, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Jennifer Duke.
In the last few weeks since starting with Australia’s biggest telco on October 8, the former SBS managing director has travelled to some of the 20 countries in which Telstra operates to determine where the opportunities are for the mobile and internet provider.
“The domestic market is somewhat limited, being a pretty small country that we are. Domestically, we enjoy pretty high market share in consumer but also in enterprise… with all the big corporates,” he said.
Because Telstra is a household name locally with a substantial presence, Ebeid thinks local growth will come from providing additional services like cybersecurity and cloud-based networks rather than being just “a connectivity player” fighting for a limited pool of customers.
Yael Stone, who stars in Orange Is The New Black, has barely touched her soup. She tells me she hasn’t been sleeping for the better part of a year, reports Bari Weiss in The New York Times.
It’s not just her six-month-old baby who’s keeping her up, but her decision to come forward for the first time and speak to me about her experiences with Geoffrey Rush, one of the most powerful actors in her native Australia.
Most women who go public with #MeToo stories are fearful for obvious reasons. There is the pain of reliving traumatic experiences. There is the rage of not being believed. And there is sometimes the discomfort of admitting, as Stone readily does, that she didn’t say “no” and at times even encouraged some of his behaviour. She did so, she says, out of fear of offending a mentor and friend.
But Stone isn’t just afraid of the emotional consequences of talking about her allegations against Rush, her onetime hero, including that he danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while she was 25 years old and starring opposite Rush, then 59, on stage in The Diary of a Madman in 2010 and 2011.
Rush said in a statement that Stone’s allegations “are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.” But, he added, “clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work. I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention.”
Stone also spoke on a special episode of ABC’s 7.30 last night.
Nationals MP Andrew Broad has resigned as assistant minister to the deputy Prime Minister.
His resignation came after New Idea exclusively revealed he had been caught out with a sugar baby from a “seeking arrangements” website used to meet younger girls, reports the magazine’s Katherine Davison.
While spending an evening in the company of blonde beauty Amy – who uses the online alias “Sweet Sophia Rose” and is almost 20 years his junior – the MP bragged about his “important” position in parliament, practised his official speeches and even referred to himself as “James Bond” in an attempt to seduce her.
Having met through a website for sugar daddy arrangements, in which a well-off and usually older man is willing to spend his wealth on an attractive younger woman in exchange for her company, Amy brazenly lifted the lid on the man she said was not fit to represent Australia.
“I don’t think someone like that should be in a position of power and making decisions for the country while being so deceiving himself,” she told New Idea.
Another clue about the latest reality TV star coming to 10’s season opening series, before the tennis…
Guess whose summer holiday has been cut short? A comedian is making his way into the African jungle for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
With barely a moment to switch off for summer, this fully sick comedian will definitely miss his fast food and life’s other luxuries in the jungle.
Stepping away from the microphone and thrown into the wilds of the jungle with a bunch of dysfunctional celebrities will be no laughing matter. ROFL, who could it be?
The comedian joins a famous foodie, a gossip guru, two controversial politicians and a footy legend in the jungle.
Unlucky in love fallen federal senator Jacqui Lambie could be ditching tame Tassie for the wilds of Africa with news the controversial politician has signed on for another stint on reality television, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.
Lambie is understood to be one of two politicians promoted in a recent clue released ahead of the January launch of season five of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
“From the political jungle… to the African jungle,” the clue read. “There’s no time for a summer holiday for these two.”
Other names in the mix include former Perfect Match game show co-host Debbie Newsome and her reality TV star daughter, Tara Pavlovic, of The Bachelor fame, actor Samuel Johnson, comedian Becky Lucas and AFL champion Dermot Brereton.
Richard Reid has been hinted as a “gossip guru” although we’re not quite sure that’s an accurate description for the flamboyantly fame-hungry American expat.
After weekend speculation Richard Wilkins might be on the way out at Today, The Age’s Broede Carmody investigates:
Nine has assured viewers they will still see Wilkins on Today in 2019 with a spokeswoman confirming he will remain with the network next year.
“Richard is a valued member of the Nine and Today family,” she said. “He will remain with Today in 2019 and beyond.”
There have also been mutterings that Wilkins’s time on radio – he hosts Smooth FM every Saturday and Sunday – could be coming to an end. But a spokeswoman for the station said the new year won’t usher in any changes to the Nine star’s program.
“Richard Wilkins has been a part of Smooth FM since the station launched six years ago,” she said. There is no question of his future with Smooth, with Wilkins returning to the weekend lineup in 2019.”
Nine has come out swinging against allegations that Today show host Georgie Gardner was paid off to keep quiet about her co-star Karl Stefanovic’s “Ubergate” scandal earlier this year, labelling the claims as “disgusting” and “completely untrue”, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Genevieve Rota.
The claims, which first appeared in New Idea, accuse Gardner of accepting hush money after the Ubergate fallout, during which Stefanovic and his brother, journalist Peter Stefanovic, were reprimanded for criticising their Nine colleagues during an Uber ride earlier this year.
On Monday, Nine’s national director of news and current affairs Darren Wick strongly refuted the claims, reiterating that he himself had dealt with the Nine stars in the wake of the scandal.
“I think the allegations are disgusting and they’re completely wrong, they’re completely untrue. There’s no suggestion of us paying anyone,” Wick said. “We don’t do that, I’ve never heard of it being done, it’s just a ludicrous claim.”
As the final radio ratings of 2018 are released, triple j has detailed its summer programming line-up:
Summer Presenters, Mon Dec 17-Sun Jan 6
The station is promising epic tunes, interviews and music news, as it soundtracks the summer through Christmas, New Year’s and all the big festivals.
• Lucy Smith on Summer Breakfast, 6am-10am weekdays
• Karla Ranby on Summer Lunch, 10am-2pm weekdays
• Sally & Erica on Summer Arvos, 2pm-6pm weekdays
• Stacy Gougoulis on Summer Nights, 6am-10pm weekdays
• Best of Mix Up, 10pm-1am Fri & Sat nights
• Ben & Liam’s Christmas Day special, 10am Tues Dec 25
• Shantan Wantan Ichiban on New Year’s Eve warm-up, 6pm Mon Dec 31
• Veronica & Lewis, Bridget Hustwaite, Declan Byrne, Lucy Smith and Sally & Erica on an Allstar New Year’s Eve special, 9pm Mon Dec 31
• Gemma Pike on the Hottest 100 Tally Room, 6pm Sundays from Sun Dec 30
• Live At The Wireless, 8pm Mon & 5pm Sun
Catch the best of 2018 Live At The Wireless performances, with bonus sets from Joey Bada$$, Hockey Dad, Wolf Alice, Ocean Alley, CHVRCHES, Khalid, DMA’s, Peking Duk, Ball Park Music and Camp Cope.
• 8pm Mon Dec 17 – Joey Bada$$ live at the Enmore Theatre
• 5pm Sun Dec 23 – Hockey Dad live at the Corner Hotel
• 8pm Mon Dec 24 – Wolf Alice live at Laneway Adelaide
• 12pm Tue Dec 25 – Ocean Alley live at the Enmore Theatre
• 8pm Tue Dec 25 – CHVRCHES live at Splendour In The Grass
• 5pm Sun Dec 30 – Khalid live at Splendour In The Grass
• 12pm Mon Dec 31 – DMA’S live at Splendour In The Grass
• 5pm Mon Dec 31 – Peking Duk live at triple j’s One Night Stand
• 12pm Tue Jan 1 – Ball Park Music live at the Enmore Theatre
• 5pm Sun Jan 6 – Camp Cope live at the Metro Theatre
Summer programming on Double J:
Rock Up, 8pm Wednesdays (encore 9pm Saturdays)
Horns up! We’re going hard this summer, as some of your favourite heavy music heads Rock Up on Double J. Join legends Costa Zouliou, Stu Harvey, Adalita, Andrew “Haugy” Haug and Francis Leach as they smash the best new stuff, undiscovered gems and a heap of classics too.
• Wed Dec 19 – Costa Zouliou
• Wed Dec 26 – Stu Harvey
• Wed Jan 2 – Adalita
• Wed Jan 9 – Andrew Haug
• Wed Jan 16 – Francis Leach
Tim Rosso’s A Very Christmasy Christmas, 8am-11am Tues Dec 25
Just like those annoying in-laws, Tim “Rosso” Ross has invited himself over to your place for Christmas, to bring you another instalment of his popular A Very Christmasy Christmas special. He’s also invited along Paul Dempsey, Judith Lucy, Zan Rowe, Tim Shiel and Richard Kingsmill for plenty of laughs, actually decent Christmas music, as well as the best tunes of the year.