Welcome to the first Mediaweek Industry Awards that give our readers a voice to celebrate the best of the year.
The Mediaweek team has selected nominations in some categories, while readers can vote for anything eligible in other categories.
Our nominations have tended to go for major productions or companies. The nominations in the various categories aren’t exhaustive and there are some omissions. In radio we have stayed with commercial radio because that is our focus at Mediaweek. We don’t completely ignore ABC radio, but it is not our speciality.
In TV, ABC programs are eligible because many of them are made by outside companies, whereas ABC Radio is largely an internal operation. We started rather late planning this year. Next year we anticipate there could be more categories depending on reader feedback.
GroupM recently updated its 2018 and 2019 ad investment forecasts. GroupM slightly downgraded 2018 global growth expectations from 4.5% to 4.3%.
2019 growth projections are also whittled from 3.9% to 3.6%, with total new investment anticipated to reach US$19b instead of the US$23b earlier predicted. [Recent US dollar appreciation versus just about every other currency helped suppress this growth.]
Stress on the auto category stood out in feedback from GroupM’s worldwide network, as did the absence of any rebound in CPG investment with traditional media.
GroupM’s futures director Adam Smith said: “GroupM’s still strong but slightly fraying 2018 view ties to macro questions: tighter money, China’s slowing growth, and the potential for pricey trade wars. Real interest rates are edging up globally, but serious potential problems remain limited to a fragile five – Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey and Venezuela.”
GroupM forecasts that 10 countries will provide 83% of all 2019 growth.
GroupM is forecasting adspend in Australia to reach AUD$17.2b in 2019 – growth of 4.4%.
For 2018, ad spend is expected to reach $16.5b – growth of 5.6%.
Australia is the eighth largest market in the world and one of 10 countries expected to provide 83% of all ad spend growth in 2019.
Just two media channels – regional TV and print – are expected to see decline in 2019. [See chart below]
Total TV is set to return to growth for the first time since 2013 and is expected to grow 1.2% in with AVOD delivering greatest growth.
Total digital is expected to grow 8% with the greatest growth coming from display advertising.
Growth in outdoor is expected to slow in 2019.
The top five categories with the biggest growth in spend are computers (+24%), accommodation, gambling/gaming (+18%), communications (+16%) and appliances (+16%).
The four categories with the biggest falls in spend are pharmaceuticals (-17%), real estate (-10%), insurance (-7%) and motor vehicles (-6%).
• “We are in the best shape we have been in Melbourne for a long, long time”
After the announcement that HT&E chief executive Ciaran Davis would return to day-to-day running of ARN following the departure of radio CEO Rob Atkinson, Davis has spoken with Mediaweek about his focus in 2019.
“At HT&E we have spent a lot of time looking at the portfolio of assets and getting out of some businesses that we just didn’t see a future for,” said Davis.
“Following the sale of Adshel we are primarily a radio business. The HT&E head office was previously set up for multidivisional management across a number of businesses. We don’t have them any more so we have been simplifying the structure between HT&E and ARN.”
Davis said he was very sad to see Rob Atkinson depart, “but looking at the revised structure it made sense”.
Davis added there was no other staff impacted at this stage. “We are looking at costs generally in Williams Street and will review them into next year.”
When asked if HT&E is currently a buyer or seller of media assets, Davis said, “We are one of the most exciting media companies in Australia.
“We are in a sector – radio – that is proving itself to be extremely robust and resilient to the challenges posed by digital media. Radio is still strong – audiences still like it and advertisers still like it.
“ARN is a leading operator within the radio sector and we have the best talent across the country. We have a great set of brands and a great team of people.
“On top of that we have a balance sheet that is the envy of the media sector. We have no debt and cash in hand. We are in no rush to do any deals at all.
“We are focused on how do we simplify the structure and make ARN get operationally more effective than it is.
“I am back in full-time running the radio business,” Davis said. “Radio never left me.
“I am excited about the talent we have here and excited by the Melbourne market which is particularly interesting for us. I am excited by the position we have been taking over the past 12-18 months in terms of being the future of audio entertainment.”
David said he expected iHeartRadio to be a significant contributor in the next 12-24 months. “Because of the content it is delivering and the data profiling it gives us. We are starting to monetise it, but it is still early days.
“The focus for radio is still very much about winning the ratings battle and growing our digital audio entertainment audience over the next few years.”
The new breakfast shows launched in Melbourne have been the right programs for Gold and KIIS, said Davis.
“Take the KIIS breakfast show with Jase and PJ. Unknown in the market, which makes it very difficult, but they are producing great content and the commercial integration is the best I have seen from a KIIS brand in that market in a long time.
“Christian O’Connell only arrived in June and we did expect to see some early departure of some of that audience. We are also very pleased with his content and commercial integration. The feedback from the market is excellent.
“We are in the best shape we have been in Melbourne for a long, long time.”
CBS and Network 10’s subscription video on-demand service has launched with more than 7,000 commercial-free episodes, exclusive original series and the ability to watch hit CBS series before they air.
Here are highlights from 10’s release:
CBS and Network 10’s direct-to-consumer subscription video on-demand service, 10 All Access, debuts today with more than 7,000 episodes of binge-worthy, commercial-free entertainment from CBS and 10.
For $9.99 a month plus a month free for new subscribers, 10 All Access will offer exclusive original series, current and previous seasons of select CBS and 10 shows, classic TV series, as well as the ability to livestream CBSN, CBS News’s 24/7 streaming news service.
Network 10’s chief executive officer Paul Anderson said: “10 All Access gives us a fantastic new avenue to engage audiences with premium entertainment any way they want it. It fits perfectly into the 10 family alongside our broadcast channels, 10, 10 Boss and 10 Peach, our catch-up service 10 Play, and our news and entertainment site 10 Daily. We’ll continue to evolve 10 All Access with more great content to binge on and more product features to enhance the viewing experience. We are just getting started.”
10 All Access will be available on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and online via 10allaccess.com.au.
Subscribers will be able to watch on three screens simultaneously and the service will be launching on additional platforms in the coming months.
CBS Interactive’s president and chief operating officer Marc DeBevoise said: “10 All Access brings thousands of episodes of CBS and 10’s leading programming to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more of their favourite television content to get it in one easy-to-use, multiplatform service. We look forward to continuing to expand 10 All Access to additional platforms and bring TV fans even more of the programming they want to watch.”
10 All Access will include the following advertising-free, on-demand programming, with more to be added:
• Exclusive CBS All Access original series including Tell Me A Story, One Dollar and Strange Angel, with more to be announced. The first two seasons of The Good Fight will also be available.
• The ability to watch select upcoming series the same day as they air in the US and before they air locally in Australia including new series Happy Together, The Code, Fam, The Neighborhood and In the Dark, as well as new seasons of CBS hits like Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, Man with a Plan and SEAL Team.
• Hit series from Network 10 including Neighbours, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia, The Living Room and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
• Full past seasons of many current CBS hits such as NCIS, Survivor, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Instinct and more.
• More than 50 CBS classics like Melrose Place, The Good Wife, Frasier,
Cheers, Family Ties, the original Charmed, the original Sabrina the
Teenage Witch and many more.
• The ability to livestream CBSN, CBS News’s 24/7 streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage and original reporting.
Network 10’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “10 All Access is bursting with brilliant shows – my biggest dilemma will be which series to watch first! With 10 All Access, you can spend your summer binge-watching classics like Melrose Place and Cheers, or discovering exciting new series like Tell Me a Story and One Dollar. And if you were late to The Bachelor Australia or The Bachelorette Australia party, you can also stream the last three seasons of each series to catch up!”
For more information on 10 All Access, visit 10allaccess.com.au.
For a full list of titles available on 10 All Access, visit 10allaccess.com.au/shows.
This year’s first AACTA Award winners were announced Monday in Sydney at the 2018 AACTA Awards Industry Luncheon presented by Foxtel, held at The Star Event Centre.
There were 35 Awards were presented during the Luncheon, recognising screen craft excellence across all industry sectors.
The remainder of this year’s Award winners will be announced at the AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel on Wednesday 5 December, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney and telecast at 8:30pm on Channel 7, with encore screenings on Foxtel.
The inaugural AACTA Award for Best Indie Film presented by Event Cinemas went to Australia’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® entry for this year, Benjamin Gilmour’s Jirga. Event Cinemas will further celebrate Australian independent film with special screenings of Jirga in 2019, giving audiences all around Australia the opportunity to see the AACTA Award-winning film on the big screen.
Ladies In Black won three out of a potential five Awards, including Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup and Best Original Music Score, marking a second AFI | AACTA win for Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Gordon.
Warwick Thornton, who is also nominated for Best Direction at Wednesday night’s Awards Ceremony, took home his third AACTA Award for Best Cinematography for Sweet Country, which also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.
Oscar winner Lisa Thompson and Oscar nominee Roger Ford received the AACTA Award for Best Production Design for their work on Peter Rabbit, which also won Best Visual Effects or Animation.
Picnic At Hanging Rock leads the television Awards tally, receiving three Awards – Best Cinematography in Television, Best Production Design in Television and Best Costume Design in Television.
Taking home consecutive AACTA Awards in television categories were Glendyn Ivin (Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy for Safe Harbour), Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales (Best Original Music Score in Television for Mystery Road).
Allison Meadows received the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Casting presented by Casting Networks for her work on gay rights movement mini series, Riot.
Other television Award winners include: Romper Stomper, Hawke: The Larrkin And The Leader, The Bureau Of Magical Things and The Letdown, which took home the AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program.
Following three consecutive nominations for the Award, Selling Houses Australia’s Shaynna Blaze took home the Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter, with co-presenter Andrew Winter taking home Best Male Presenter.
The Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent went to Mr Inbetween writer, producer and lead actor Scott Ryan, who is also nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama at Wednesday’s Awards Ceremony.
The remaining two Subscription Television Awards went to: Sky News Leadership Spill for Best Live Event Production and Finals Footy On Fox: Richmond V Collingwood, which won the inaugural Subscription Television Award for Best Sports Presentation.
Receiving two Awards, Oscar winner Robert Mackenzie won his fifth and sixth AACTA Awards: Best Sound for Breath, alongside two-time Emmy nominee Jed Dodge, Trevor Hope and Tara Webb; and Best Sound in a Documentary for Mountain, alongside fellow Oscar winner David White.
Winning three out of a potential four AACTA Awards this afternoon, Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain also took home Best Cinematography for Renan Ozturk and Best Original Score in a Documentary for Australian Chamber Orchestra Leader and Artistic Director Richard Tognetti.
Employable Me received the AACTA Award for Best Documentary or Factual Program, while Ghosthunter took home the remaining documentary award for Best Editing in a Documentary.
Billie Pleffer’s Deadlock took home the AACTA Award for Best Online Video or Series (alongside Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox and Belinda Mravicic), while the AACTA Awards for Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film went to Lost And Found and Palme d’Or winner Charles Williams’ All These Creatures, respectively.
The luncheon was hosted by two-time AFI and AACTA Award-winning actress Kat Stewart and Orange Is The New Brown comedian Nazeem Hussain, who were joined on stage by presenters including Simon Baker, Susie Porter, Stephen and Bernard Curry, Celia Pacquola, Aaron Pedersen, Sara Wiseman, Matt Okine and Leah Purcell.
• The first time every film starring 007 will be available in 4K in Australia
Stan has announced that, in an Australian first, it will be dropping a stellar lineup of the official 24 James Bond films from EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) plus one additional non-franchise movie that includes the secret agent Never Say Never Again (1983) starting this Boxing Day.
The collection of James Bond films will stream in 4K, the first time this has been available to Australian audiences.
Stan first showcased content in 4K in April 2017 when it launched its Premium Plan, giving customers the chance to watch Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and Wolf Creek in 4K Ultra HD.
EON Productions and MGM’s long-running James Bond franchise, based on the fictional British secret service agent created by writer Ian Fleming, is one of the highest-grossing film series ever.
The 24 official James Bond films featured on Stan are:
Dr. No (1962)
The first film in the series, James Bond (Sean Connery) battles the mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the US Space Program. He meets the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) in Jamaica and confronts the megalomaniac in his evil island lair.
From Russia With Love (1963)
James Bond (Sean Connery) delivers another blistering, thrill-a- minute caper as he attempts to thwart SPECTRE from seizing a decoder that can access Russian state secrets. Daniela Bianchi and Robert Shaw co-star.
James Bond’s (Sean Connery) third screen adventure features the secret agent battling a cunning international gold smuggler intent on using an atomic bomb to contaminate Fort Knox and increase the value of his own gold.
Agent 007 is back and travels to Nassau to track down SPECTRE Agent No. 2, Emilio Largo, who has hijacked two atomic bombs and is threatening to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Japan to team up with their Secret Service to help stop SPECTRE’s Blofeld from starting a third world war by setting America and Russia against each other by kidnapping their space crafts.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Agent 007 (George Lazenby) and the adventurous Tracy Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) join forces in the Swiss Alps to battle the evil SPECTRE organisation planning to hold the United Nations ransom under threat of biological warfare.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
A fortune in stolen diamonds thrusts James Bond (Sean Connery) into action in this thrilling adventure. Agent 007 teams up with the beautiful Tiffany Case (Jill St John) to prevent his nemesis Blofeld (Charles Gray) from using the diamonds in a deadly laser satellite.
Live And Let Die (1973)
Roger Moore’s debut as James Bond depicts the secret agent in pursuit of a voodoo-worshipping underworld drug czar who leads him from Harlem to New Orleans to the exotic Caribbean. Jane Seymour, Yaphet Kotto and Geoffrey Holder also star.
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
In an effort to retrieve a device that could relieve the world energy crisis, 007 (Roger Moore) is lured into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a million-dollar killer Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Britt Ekland and Maud Adams co-star.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
James Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with a beautiful Soviet agent (Barbara Bach) to battle Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) in order to save the world from total annihilation and a 315-pound villain, “Jaws” (Richard Kiel).
James Bond (Roger Moore) is sent into orbit to protect Britain and the world from the villainous Drax (Michael Lonsdale). The adventure takes him from Venice to Rio de Janeiro and to outer space. Lois Chiles also stars as Dr. Holly Goodhead.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Agent 007 (Roger Moore) in a plot that finds him infiltrating the Greek underworld to find a stolen device capable of controlling a fleet of nuclear submarines. Carole Bouquet also stars as Melina Havelock.
James Bond (Roger Moore) is lured to the Indian palace of Octopussy (Maud Adams) where he learns of a plot by power crazed Russian General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) to detonate a nuclear bomb on a US military base in Berlin. Louis Jourdan also stars.
A View To A Kill (1985)
This adventure pits Bond (Roger Moore) against a twisted German industrialist Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) and his partner-in-crime, May Day (Grace Jones).
The Living Daylights (1987)
This thrilling, lightning-paced adventure has the indestructible James Bond (Timothy Dalton) armed with his razor-sharp instincts and licence to kill, battling arms merchants and chasing the gorgeous Kara Milovy (Maryam d’Abo).
Licence To Kill (1989)
When his good friend Felix Leiter is beaten and left for dead, James Bond (Timothy Dalton) sets out on a mission, against his organisation’s wishes, to track down the drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) who tortured his friend. Carey Lowell and Benicio Del Toro also star.
An MI6 agent turns rogue and plans world domination with a terrifying satellite-borne weapon, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must pursue his former ally to Monte Carlo, Russia and Cuba. Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco and Famke Janssen also star.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) has to stop media mogul Elliot Carver’s (Jonathan Pryce) plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) returns, charged to protect Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), a gorgeous billionaire heiress, from the ruthless hands of a nuclear-obsessed terrorist, Renard (Robert Carlyle).
Die Another Day (2002)
From a dark cell in a North Korean prison to the beautiful beaches of Cuba to a frozen palace in Iceland, 007 (Pierce Brosnan) circles the world in his quest to unmask a traitor and prevent a war of catastrophic proportions. With Judi Dench as M and Halle Berry as Jinx.
Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond (Daniel Craig) at the start of his career having just earned 00 status and his licence to kill, sets out on his first mission, to defeat Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a private banker to terrorists, in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro. Also stars Judi Dench as M and Eva Green as Vesper Lynd.
Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Betrayed by the woman he loved, 007 (Daniel Craig) fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel villain, Dominic Greene’s (Mathieu Amalric) sinister plan and stop his organisation.
Bond’s (Daniel Craig) loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter the cost. Also starring Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Naomie Harris.
After receiving a cryptic message from his past, James Bond (Daniel Craig) sets out to uncover the terrible truth behind a sinister organisation called SPECTRE. Also starring Christoph Waltz as Blofeld and Naomie Harris returns as Moneypenny.
The additional non-franchise film featuring the James Bond character is:
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Not produced by EON Productions, Sean Connery makes his last return to the role that made him famous. A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond (Sean Connery) must find their targets before they are detonated. Edward Fox, Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera also star.
Fremantle’s new CEO Chris Oliver-Taylor is having a big impact early on. The latest of a raft of announcements since he joined earlier this year sees him closing the deal on getting Australia’s Got Talent back on TV screens. It will be returning to Seven in 2019 to take up a spot in its schedule at 7.30pm in the second half of the year.
This announcement earlier today from Seven:
Get set to be entertained as Australia’s Got Talent joins the worldwide Got Talent revolution.
Watched by half a billion people worldwide this year alone, the Got Talent format is undisputedly the world’s most successful talent search with 71 local versions across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
It’s the number one entertainment show in the USA and the 2018 series reached over 33 million viewers in the UK. With the show at its peak globally, it’s now Australia’s turn to join the party and witness the format’s evolution.
In 2019, the format will be supercharged event-scale, feel-good entertainment like you’ve never seen before – appointment viewing for the entire family.
If you think you’ve seen it all before… think again! There’ll be plenty of surprises in store with more announcements to follow.
Channel Seven’s director of network programming Angus Ross said: “Family-friendly variety shows have always played an important role in Seven’s schedule and the timing feels right for the biggest of them all – AGT – to return home to Seven in 2019.”
Fremantle CEO Asia Pacific Chris Oliver-Taylor said: “The Got Talent format is a global phenomenon with audiences and its production values are without peer. We are thrilled to be partnering with Seven to bring a local version of this scale to Australian audiences. Our passionate creative team will deliver a bold and captivating series everyone will enjoy.”
In Australia, the show has unearthed extraordinary talent including opera star Mark Vincent, singer/dancer Timomatic, R&B sensation Andrew De Silva, magician extraordinaire Cosentino and dance troupe Justice Crew, who are set to compete against the world’s best in America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Australia’s Got Talent is a Fremantle production for Channel Seven. The Got Talent format was created by Simon Cowell and is co-owned by SYCO Entertainment and Fremantle.
• Strong news audience helps Seven to Monday summer win
• Audiences love ABC’s Australian Story & Back Roads
By James Manning
Seven News was a strong performer last night with metro audiences over 1m for both parts of the bulletin and Today Tonight in Adelaide and Perth.
Seven’s Home And Away started its first week of summer schedule on 620,000.
Seven’s ob docs Emergency Call and Border Patrol were then both commercial timeslot winners.
Two episodes of God Friended Me had audience just over and just under 400,000, with both episodes commercial timeslot winners.
A Current Affair was a clear timeslot winner with its first night of summer survey.
Family Food Fight was on 456,000, ranking it third in the timeslot.
The 2012 007 movie Skyfall did 288,000.
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger joined the hosts on The Project with the episode on 429,000.
The channel’s Monday best was The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds on 439,000.
Two episodes of Murphy Brown did 303,000 and then 225,000 with a late screening of How To Stay Married on 110,000.
Australian Story featured Kerryn Phelps with 731,000 making it the fourth most-watched program last night.
Season four of Back Roads then launched with Heather Ewart on a Queensland road trip with a greengrocer. The episode did 669,000 and won its slot.
The penultimate Media Watch for the year was on 516,000.
Hamish Macdonald was hosting Q&A with 379,000 watching.
British history with Elizabeth I And Her Enemies on 183,000 at 7.30pm.
|ABC 2||2.6%||7TWO||4.3%||GO!||4.5%||10 Boss||4.3%||VICELAND||1.5%|
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||2.6%||GEM||2.4%||10 Peach||1.8%||Food Net||1.2%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||10 Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC 2||2.5%||7TWO||5.4%||GO!||4.8%||WIN Boss||4.5%||VICELAND||1.8%|
|ABC ME||1.1%||7mate||4.3%||GEM||4.4%||WIN Peach||1.7%||Food Net||1.2%|
|ABC NEWS||1.7%||7flix||1.2%||9Life||2.1%||Sky News on WIN||0.8%||NITV||0.2%|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
Duncan Parfitt, managing director of media agency Blue 449 Australia, has appointed Anna Cherry (pictured) as head of strategy.
Cherry has significant experience in roles which span the media and communications industry and has worked across a vast cross-section of categories including FMCG, sport, banking and automotive.
Prior to Blue 449 Cherry was PHD’s head of strategy in Melbourne tasked with building momentum for clients including Carlton United Breweries, ANZ Bank, Vocus Communications and 7-Eleven amongst others.
Before this she was with Dentsu Mitchell initially leading strategy across the whole of Federal Government and then moving into a head of commercial strategy role working with clients in Australia and Japan.
Based in Blue 449’s Melbourne office Cherry will be responsible for leading the national strategy offering, working with all offices to produce the most innovative solutions to deliver business and brand focused outcomes for Blue 449’s clients.
Duncan Parfitt said: “After meeting Anna it became clear that she was an incredible cultural fit, possessing a wonderful combination of entrepreneurial drive to make a difference and genuinely care about the impact on her clients. This, added to the ability to deliver and inspire the highest quality of product and ambition in the full Blue 449 team, made her the perfect candidate to lead our Strategy division nationally.”
Cherry added: “I was impressed with Blue 449’s spirit that at its heart inspires teams to produce famously effective campaigns for all clients. I’m thrilled to join an agency that shares my passion for both the art and science of what we do and look forward to working with the team to continue to create best in class communications solutions. I can’t wait to work with a fantastic group of people who share my values both professionally and personally.”
International cricketer Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages for being defamed in articles that claimed he exposed himself to a female massage therapist in Sydney in 2015, reports Liv Casben from ABC News.
The damages judgment came more than a year after a jury found in favour of Gayle, who sued Fairfax Media over the articles published in newspapers and online in 2016.
The cricketer was not in the NSW Supreme Court to hear the judgment.
In her reasons, Justice Lucy McCallum accepted that Gayle was hurt by the publication of the articles and that “the imputations had particular resonance in cricketing circles, among fans, coaches, officials and players”.
Fairfax said it would immediately launch an appeal.
ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas was asked by an attendant to leave the press gallery during Question Time at Parliament House because she was showing “too much shoulder”, reports Liam Butterworth from ABC News.
Karvelas was wearing a white “half-sleeve” pantsuit, but a supervisor in the House of Representatives had deemed she was in breach of the dress standards, which dictate what MPs, their staff, members of the media and visitors to the public gallery can wear.
She shared an image of what she had been wearing on Twitter, while saying she thinks the Parliament House rules are “out of step with contemporary standards”.
Photo: Twitter: @PatsKarvelas
Three women who came forward with complaints about Craig McLachlan during filming of an ABC TV series will not be allowed to give evidence during the actor’s defamation trial against the ABC, Fairfax and actress Christie Whelan Browne, reports Mazoe Ford from ABC News.
The media companies and Whelan Browne are being sued by McLachlan, 53, over stories from January, 2018 alleging he engaged in sexual misconduct, harassment, bullying and indecent assault towards three actresses during a 2014 production of the Rocky Horror Show (RHS).
On Monday, Justice Lucy McCallum ruled in favour of McLachlan and said she would not allow the parts of the defence case that include the women’s evidence to go to trial.
She told the court she will deliver reasons at a later date.
The trial, which will be before a jury, is expected to start in the NSW Supreme Court on February 4.
The WIN Network and The University of Wollongong have announced the 2018 Bruce Gordon Scholarship for Journalism has been awarded to Victoria Ellis, a second-year Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Wollongong.
The scholarship is designed to relieve the financial burden often placed on students as well as giving them valuable intern experience with the WIN Network.
Ellis will commence her placement with WIN News Illawarra in 2019 and will work alongside some of the most trusted and experienced journalists in the region.
Ellis comes from the tiny rural town of Walla Walla, NSW and is keen to pursue a career in broadcast journalism in a regional area.
“Growing up on a farm and coming from a small, tight-knit community, I am passionate about advocating for rural issues and giving regional Australia a voice,” Ellis said.
The annual scholarship, offered to University of Wollongong students in their third year of a Journalism degree, reflects Bruce Gordon’s passion for regional news and support for a new generation of journalists.
The Bruce Gordon Scholarship is a Work Integrated Learning Scholarship that is open to Bachelor of Journalism students who have achieved a credit average at the University of Wollongong. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 for one year and a work placement with the WIN Network.
Photo: Victoria Ellis with WIN TV news presenter Geoff Phillips
SBS and production partner Blink TV have announced the first four acts to compete in the national selection show Eurovision – Australia Decides in February.
Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live and exclusively on SBS, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase 10 celebrated artists singing an original composition for their chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The first four acts to be revealed are a mix of high-profile artists from across the musical spectrum setting the stage for a show like no other: award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, much-loved indie pop band Sheppard, pop-opera star Mark Vincent and modern electric-soul duo Electric Fields.
“We’re excited at the prospect of representing Australia in what feels like the pop music Olympics. The fact that this is the first time the show has ever taken part in Australia and letting the public decide who gets to go to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is really exciting for us. It will be an historic television event that we look forward to being a part of!”
Kate Miller-Heidke said:
“I’ve never done anything like this before. I do feel vulnerable putting myself out there in a competitive setting. I’m trying to ignore that element, and thinking of it as a very eclectic celebration of Australian music. I think there will be a lot of solidarity amongst the performers.”
Mark Vincent said:
“This opportunity to compete in Eurovision – Australia Decides means everything to me. I’ve been a Eurovision fan since I was young and love the incredible voices and talents that have emerged. I’m going to bring everything I’ve got to the stage. I’ve been working my entire life for this moment, and I can’t wait to perform for you.”
Electric Fields said:
“The Eurovision Song Contest is the Olympics of camp! It’s a flamboyant spectacle and we’re excited to be part of the first ever Eurovision selection show on home soil. We want to tell a story on stage with fierce energy that will hopefully shoot through the cameras and out of the TV screens at home.”
Shortlisted songs are in the process of being matched with artists and all will be revealed soon.
In association with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, Eurovision – Australia Decides will be hosted on the Gold Coast on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February and will be broadcast live on SBS on Saturday 9 February when voting will be open to the public.
Hosted by radio host and music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey, Eurovision – Australia Decides will showcase the best of Australian music and bring the nation closer to the Eurovision action.
SBS commissioning editor Josh Martin said:
“This is a major leap forward for SBS’s involvement with Eurovision, and these four acts are first class Australian performers who all have the capacity and flair to represent Australia on the world stage. And this is just the beginning! We are so thrilled with the interest and support shown by the Australian music industry and we can’t wait to unveil these original songs and performances to the world.”
Director of Blink TV and creative director of Eurovision – Australia Decides Paul Clarke said:
“We are delighted to announce our first four artists, and boy do they show the diversity of musical culture in Australia. Electric Fields are one of the most exciting and extraordinary bands to land on the Australian music scene for years; Kate Miller-Heidke has a voice and creative persona made for the Eurovision stage; Sheppard write brilliant pop songs and are one of Australia’s most popular groups, and have often been namechecked for Eurovision. And Mark Vincent’s wonderful operatic voice and Italian heritage will really excite Eurovision audiences. We can promise a terrific Eurovision – Australia Decides show on the Gold Coast in February 2019, and look forward to announcing our next artists soon. There are more great surprises to come!”
Geoffrey Rush will be absent from the nation’s peak film and television awards ceremony tomorrow, even though the body behind the awards, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, begged the actor to return as its president “under any terms”, reports The Australian’s Rosemary Neill.
Rush’s agent, Ann Churchill-Brown, confirmed yesterday “Geoffrey Rush will not be attending the AACTA lunch or awards this year”.
It will be the second consecutive year Rush has missed the awards after the Hollywood star voluntarily stepped aside as AACTA president last December following an allegation – which he strongly denies – of inappropriate behaviour.
The Australian has revealed that AACTA sent Rush a letter of apology – which an insider condemned as “obsequious” and “grovelling” – urging the Oscar-winner to return as its president, just weeks after the Sydney Theatre Company confirmed he was the subject of an allegation of inappropriate behaviour.
Twitter Australia reported last week that more than 3m viewers around the world dipped into the platform’s livestream of the ARIA Awards red carpet coverage. Twitter also noted that there were around 4m tweets about the event in the two weeks leading up to the show.
Red carpet coverage on the day saw #ARIAs trending in 14 countries and in nearly 150 cities.
Meanwhile the ARIA Awards coverage on Nine performed well on socials as the #1 event of the week.
The ARIA Awards also topped the non-sport category of Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings. Taking second spot last week was SBS World News on Friday night last week. It was one of two spots for the news bulletin in last week’s top 5.
On the sports chart, A-League football dominated with all five of the weekend’s matches played over Friday, Saturday and Sunday charted top 5. The most activity centred around the Saturday evening match between Victory and the Wanderers which was broadcast on 10 Boss and Fox Sports.
The Walking Dead is again leading the Overall TV Shows chart in Australia and New Zealand. The death of SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has seen a resurgence of interest in the Nickelodeon cartoon series as it returns to the top 10 in both markets.
Topping the Digital Originals in New Zealand is The Last Kingdom, while in Australian it is again Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.
Changes this week to the Digital Originals charts include the return of The Man In The High Castle and Ozark to the chart in Australia.
New to the Digital Originals chart in New Zealand are The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs and Frontier.
Popular Queensland presenter Sofie Formica returned to Queensland television screens Monday with Channel 9 after recently ending a 30-year relationship with Channel 7, reports News Corp’s Kristy Symonds.
Formica, who hosted Seven’s Sunday afternoon lifestyle and travel program The Great Day Out for 12 years during her most recent stint with the network before her shock resignation in September, will fill in for Nine News Queensland’s weeknight weather presenter Garry Youngberry for three weeks while he is on holiday.
“It was just really flattering to get a phone call to say ‘if you’re free, how about you do this?’,” she said. “I said ‘yes’ straight away.
“I have never done the weather before and to be honest that was a motivating factor for stepping away from Great Day Out in the first place, to try something else – just because I am 47 doesn’t mean I am not looking for new challenges.”
Formica, whose last episode of Great Day Out aired on November 25, said quitting the show was difficult but necessary for her career.
Channel 9 has made an extraordinary intervention in state politics to back the Berejiklian government’s $1.5 billion stadium strategy, reports News Corp’s Edward Boyd.
Nine Network boss Hugh Marks yesterday waded into the brawl with new Labor leader Michael Daley by claiming Nine’s NRL coverage could suffer unless Allianz Stadium at Moore Park was rebuilt.
“Nine wants to showcase NRL as a great national sport and we can only do this with the best stadia as the setting,” Marks said on Monday.
“Sydney is a world class city that needs world class stadiums. The NRL is NSW’s premier sporting competition and needs modern facilities to continue to grow and thrive,” said the media CEO, who now controls a suite of newspapers as well as Channel 9.