Network Ten was the big winner at the 60th TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday night, securing eight wins from 21 nominations, including a Gold Logie for Grant Denyer.
Network Ten managed a total of 21 nominations at the 2018 TV Week Logie Awards, and ended the night with a network-best of eight wins.
After 22 nominations for no wins in previous years, Grant Denyer is now the owner of two TV Week Logies.
The Living Room won its fourth consecutive Logie, locking Better Homes & Gardens out of the category again.
The biggest winner was FremantleMedia’s Wentworth, which won three Logies.
Both A Place To Call Home and Selling Houses Australia were unlucky after multiple nominations for both.
The network could also maybe make a claim for a piece of the Grant Denyer wins after The Weekly, Hard Chat, and other ABC TV and radio shows got behind the #Denyer4Gold campaign Tom Gleeson launched last week.
David Anderson, ABC director of entertainment and specialist, said: “Congratulations to our Logies winners and to all our nominees for helping to provide distinctive programs of relevance and value to the public.
“The ABC is dedicated to delivering original Australian content and Australian voices every day, all over the country.
“The Logie Awards winners exemplify the rich diversity and depth of programs across the ABC that inform, educate and entertain Australians.”
The Nine Network could rightly be a little disappointed with two wins from its 22 nominations at the TV Week Logies this year. While it is an honour to be nominated, it is also pretty good to win too.
The network grabbed a third Logie with 60 Minutes making it into the TV Week Hall Of Fame.
Doctor Doctor or Rodger Corser were up for five awards for no wins.
Tracy Grimshaw too was the recipient of no Logies despite three nominations, yet she was a winner for the way she conducted herself in the lead-up, which of course included her Mediaweek interview.
When actor Hazem Shammas arrived on the TV Week Logies stage last night at The Star to accept his Logie, he joked, “I don’t need this. I have just danced with Kelly Rowland.”
Shammas was one of the audience members who jumped up to jive with Rowland as she performed a medley of tunes just before his win was revealed.
Two wins from nine nominees was a great result for SBS although Safe Harbour may be a little stiffed it didn’t win more with nominations for Nicole Chamoun and Ewen Leslie, who were both also magnificent in Safe Harbour.
The CEO and managing director of SBS, Michael Ebeid, congratulated the winners and everyone involved in social media posts last night.
Two wins from five nominations is a result that very much pleased the Stan contingent after it made a real splash on Logies weekend on the Gold Coast with a drama funding announcement at a Logies eve event.
After the awards for its Romper Stomper series, Mike Sneesby, Stan’s CEO, said: “Stan is so proud of producers John [Edwards], Dan [Edwards], Geoffrey [Wright], our outstanding cast including Jacqueline McKenzie for her extraordinary Logie-winning performance and the whole team that brought this remarkable and important story to the screen. As the future of television unfolds we are so excited to be part of it and this award is important recognition of where we are heading.”
Upon its 2018 New Year’s Day premiere on Stan, the six-part series became the most successful in Stan’s history, recording more viewing in its first 24hrs than any previous premiere. The series was picked up by BBC Three for the UK territory and by SundanceTV, which saw the show broadcast in multiple territories on the SundanceTV Global channel including Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal and Latin America.
Home and Away continues as the most successful show ever in 60 years of TV Week Logies. However, as winner Ray Meagher noted last night, even it needed to win more than just one award per Logies night to keep up its average.
Top photo: Home and Away’s Sam Frost and Jake Ryan at the Logies (credit: TV Week Instagram)
In the last five years alone, Sarah McGilvray has served as the executive producer of Nova Sydney’s breakfast show, worked at the station as program director, and is now on-air talent.
By Kruti Joshi
She is the third voice on Nova 96.9’s Fitzy and Wippa, and co-hosts Confidential on Nova with News Corp journalist Jonathon Moran.
“It was an interesting side step from producing to being in programming to then being on-air with the boys [Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald and Michael “Wippa” Wipfli]. I am used to having to discipline them or telling them how to do a break whereas now I have to stop thinking like a producer and be more relaxed,” McGilvray told Mediaweek. “I keep on telling myself that I need to have more fun. It’s been a real brain switch.
“For a period I had a tough time figuring out if I was trying to be the PD or just the person on-air.”
Pellegrino joins Domain from Google, where he has been managing director Australia and New Zealand since May 2016 and a member of the Asia-Pacific regional leadership team.
The appointment sees the Google chief replace founding Domain CEO Anthony Catalano, who quit the business suddenly in January this year.
On behalf of the Domain board, chairman Nick Falloon said: “We are delighted to have Jason join Domain as CEO. Jason’s career as a digital executive with deep experience in sales, strategy, operations and product and technology speaks for itself. His leadership acumen and track record for inspiring and driving performance at Google will greatly assist him to take Domain, and its many talented people, into an exciting next stage of growth.”
Pellegrino joined Google in 2008 and held a range of leadership positions before being appointed managing director Australia and New Zealand. These included managing director of Asia-Pacific sales operations & strategy; sales director, Australia; and head of sales and operations & strategy for Google’s Australia & New Zealand business.
Prior to joining Google, Pellegrino worked in several roles over 15 years spanning corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and finance at Dakota Capital Partners, LEK Consulting, PepsiCo International and KPMG.
Commenting on his appointment, Pellegrino said: “I am delighted to be joining the incredibly talented team at Domain and I can’t wait to be part of the exciting growth journey ahead. I have spent close to a decade with Google and consider myself enormously lucky to have worked with fantastic colleagues, partners and customers, dealing with the rapid shift in technology, from desktop, to smartphone and now the AI powered world ahead. Throughout this time, I have always prided myself on supporting the growth of incredibly strong teams and establishing transparent and trusting relationships with partners and customers, something I am looking forward to continuing as I join Domain.”
Nick Falloon will continue as Domain’s interim executive chairman until Pellegrino joins Domain, after which time Falloon will resume his role as non-executive chairman.
• Ad revenues remain on track to set new financial year high
Australia’s media agency market took a breather in May, reporting essentially flat ad spend in a market devoid of major sporting or other events, with total bookings dipping 0.3% to $623.9 million, reports SMI in its monthly market update.
While the market achieved record ad spend in April, it faced a tougher benchmark this month given the huge growth in Government spending seen in the lead-up to the 2016 Federal election, which saw total bookings reach $642.4 million in May that year.
Also the market lacked any impetus this May from one-off events, with the NRL State of Origin series falling entirely in June this year while one match was played in May last year. Despite that, the metropolitan TV market grew agency bookings by 0.5% this month.
The strongest growth in May came from the major media of radio (+10.9% ex audio websites) and cinema (+16.9%). The data is also notable for the continuing improvement of the newspaper media, with total bookings down only 5.2%, while the regional press market grew 6.7% YOY and the community press sector by 7.6% in May.
“All year we’ve been seeing positive signs emerging from the newspaper media with the community newspaper sector, for example, also attracting higher agency demand in January (+3.4% YOY) and February (+5.9% YOY),” according to SMI’s AU/NZ managing director Jane Ractliffe.
“Agencies are also rediscovering regional press with bookings in March jumping 12% and the total for the first five months of this calendar year back only 1%. And of course these figures all exclude ad spend to their related digital websites.”
Agency spending to the digital media slowed in May with the total up a lesser 2.8%, with the SMI data also highlighting the diverging fortunes of various digital media.
For example, agency bookings to the search and social media sectors continued to grow rapidly with their total ad spend up 12.8% and 13% respectively this month. As programmatic bookings continue to rise (+15.3% in May) the amounts spent directly with digital publishers continues to fall and this month was down 19% YOY.
SMI this month publishes the first ad spend for native digital advertising.
Total ad spend so far this calendar year is up 5.1% at a record $2.89 billion, and for the financial year it’s up 3.7% at another record of $6.68 billion.
• Saint Peter and Africola jump into top 10, Brae again #1
By James Manning
Now in its fourth year, the annual Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards presented by The Australian Financial Review were held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Monday night.
The event showcases Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants as chosen by Australia’s top chefs and restaurateurs from an overall list of 500 restaurants compiled by the Financial Review’s top critics and editors. The AFR calls it the ultimate chefs’ guide on where to eat from the country’s best fine dining restaurants and laneway bars to coastal getaways and hidden treasures.
The evening was hosted by Great Australian Bake Off’s Claire Hooper with help from AFR editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury.
“The Australian Financial Review writes about a lot of industries like mining, banking, retail, transport, but this event ensures dining has a special place for Australia’s premier business and financial publication,” said Stutchbury. “Financial Review’s readers are among the most engaged in Australia. Our readers form the core of your customers.”
He also detailed the amount of editorial coverage of the restaurant sector.
Just last Friday The AFR Magazine published its new culinary issue. Today a four-page wrap on The AFR covered the list of Australia’s top 100 restaurants.
Addressing a room full of Australia’s finest chefs, one of the directors of Australia’s Top Restaurants (ATR) Jill Dupleix noted: “Chefs are like cockroaches. They are always in and out of each other’s kitchens and they know what is going on – who is cutting it and who is losing the plot.
“Because the restaurants on the list are voted by the chefs themselves, it makes for a really dynamic, creative group of restaurants – very diverse.”
“The new top 10 are a hoot,” said Terry Durack, the other ATR director, “big nights out at Attica and Momofuku Seiobo mixing it with fun and fire at Africola in Adelaide, Ester in Chippendale and Embla in Melbourne.”
Catering at the event was handled by Matt Moran’s Solotel group with plates from many of the group’s venues. The event was managed by Paul Kind’s Total Sport and Entertainment.
Guests at the naming of the top restaurants included Fairfax’s managing director of Australian Metro Publishing Chris Janz, The AFR Magazine’s editor Matthew Drummond and recently appointed Fairfax publishing director, Travel and Food, Trudi Jenkins.
This year, one in five restaurants are new to the top 100 list. There has been a resurgence from Adelaide and South Australia’s wine-growing regions, and more from Tasmania than ever before, going from two to five.
Notable restaurants new to the top 100 list include some young-gun chefs such as Cormac Bradley at Gauge in Brisbane, Oskar Rossi at Fico in Tasmania, Nick Stanton at Ramblr and Ben Sears and Eun Hee An at Paper Bird in Sydney.
Regional restaurants in the top 100 list increased from 14 in 2017 to 18 in 2018, highlighting the growing tourism potential of Australia’s top wine-growing regions. Oakridge Winery Restaurant in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Pt Leo Estate in the Mornington Peninsula, The Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale, FermentAsian in the Barossa Valley, and Summertown Aristologist in the Adelaide Hills made the list, while in WA, Millbrook Winery Restaurant represents the Perth Hills and Yarri Restaurant + Bar in Dunsborough, the Margaret River region.
Some big names hovered around the bottom of the top 100: Aria at #95, Vue de Monde at #93 and Rock Pool Bar & Grill at #70 among them.
Currently closed for renovations, Quay has seen its ranking slide from #4 to #20 to #24 in three years.
Africola has had an amazing rise to the top. In 2016 it was ranked at #47 and then climbed to #29 last year. In 2018 the restaurant is well inside the top 10 sitting at #5.
#1 Brae, Birregurra
Winner #1 Australia’s Top Restaurant 2018
Winner Top Service Team
Winner Top Restaurant in Victoria
#2 Ester, Sydney, NSW
#3 Saint Peter, Sydney, NSW
#4 Attica, Melbourne, VIC
#5 Africola, Adelaide, SA
#6 Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney, NSW
#7 Sixpenny, Sydney, NSW
#8 Embla, Melbourne, VIC
#9 Sepia, Sydney, NSW
#10 Fleet, Brunswick Heads, NSW
• Australia’s Top Chef
Josh Niland, Saint Peter, NSW
“Every now and then, a chef comes along with a vision and a passion that break through the ranks,” says Durack, “somebody very determined, very accomplished and very focused on doing one thing well. Josh Niland is the hero of scale-to-tail sustainable fish cookery, developing recipes for every single part of every fish that lands on his menu at Saint Peter, from liver to skin to cheek to collar to bones to scales. I think the entire industry is very proud of Josh and Julie and what they are doing at Saint Peter.”
• Australia’s Top Newcomer
Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, TAS
Veteran chef and restaurateur Neil Perry handed out the Award for Top Newcomer to The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, which opened in New Norfolk in June, 2017.
“To make the Top Restaurants list for the first time is always a thrill” said Perry. “To make it onto the list at number 32 in their first year is a remarkable achievement. The winner is a ground-breaker for Tasmanian regional dining, where Rodney Dunn, Séverine Demanet and chef Ali Currey-Voumard work a wood-fired oven and severely local produce to the max.”
• The Rare Medium Award 2018 presented by Meat & Livestock Australia (New to 2018)
Firedoor in Sydney took out the inaugural Rare Medium Award presented by the MLA, for setting new standards of excellence in red meat cookery.
Top photo: Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix
APN Outdoor has revealed this data and analytics initiative:
APN Outdoor has announced the launch of its data and analytics capability Dn’A, a leading innovation that will maximise the impact and effectiveness of outdoor advertising.
Developed over the past three months by APN Outdoor in conjunction with leading data scientists from PwC and data from the data exchange technology platform Data Republic, the Dn’A capability and IP are owned and controlled exclusively by APN Outdoor and represent a significant investment by the company.
The first phase of Dn’A draws on attitudinal and behavioural data sources including anonymised, aggregated Westpac transactional data, Roy Morgan Helix Personas, The Nielsen Company, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and APN Outdoor to create a campaign planning and optimisation capability based on real-world behaviours. More datasets will be added as Dn’A deepens and expands.
APN Outdoor chief executive officer and managing director James Warburton said: “Earlier this year, we made a 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 first phase of our proprietary capability Dn’A is the result of that promise.
“Our mission at APN Outdoor is to deliver innovative media solutions that amplify, engage and inspire. What this means for our advertisers is that we combine powerful data and a national network of connection points to cut through and convince more of the right audiences to stop, look and interact with brands,” he said.
“Dn’A is a remarkable capability, one that will enrich our understanding of audiences and lead to smarter campaigns that will have smarter impact.
“By running Dn’A in-house rather than outsourcing it, we can ensure greater flexibility in terms of responding to our advertisers’ needs, expanding datasets and giving our clients the insights they need to drive greater effectiveness and better results,” Warburton said.
Dn’A is built around 34 billion data points – including 4.2 billion transactions – 300 merchant categories, 56 audience segments, 2,500 postcodes, 58,000 geographic areas and 15,000 Census variables.
Combined with APN Outdoor’s own datasets and media location analysis, the wealth of real-world behavioural data generated through Dn’A will provide unique and new insights into audience behaviour, help advertisers find and target new audiences and better target existing audiences. The result will be smarter, richer and more targeted campaigns.
• Trust in news brands surges by 13 points
• Trusted content creates halo effect for trust of ads
Australians’ trust in social media channels has fallen in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and concerns about data privacy, while trust in newspapers, news websites, radio and television has risen sharply, the second Adtrust study by Galaxy Research has revealed.
News industry marketing group NewsMediaWorks has presented the results.
The study has surveyed more than 4,200 Australians over the past 12 months and has now been replicated in three countries across Asia. It measures consumers’ trust in the content and advertising in the media they consume across 10 media channels, and found a direct correlation between the two.
The media tested included Newspapers (National, Metro, Regional, Community), Television, Radio, Magazines, Cinema, Outdoor, News Websites, Non-news Websites, Social and Search. Results are represented as net figures: that is, the percentage of those that trust a medium minus the percentage of those that mistrust a medium.
Consumer trust in the content on social media channels has fallen to -20 and trust in ads has dropped to -28 in just under 12 months since the inaugural study was undertaken. The majority of Australians (58%) trust Facebook less than they did six months ago and nearly two-thirds (63%) said they do not trust advertising on Facebook.
Conversely, trust in the content of printed newspapers has risen 13 points to +48 and trust in ads rose 10 points to +38, again making newspapers the most trusted media for both content and ads. News websites were the most trusted digital channel for content and ads.
In addition, the study found that trust drives purchase intent, with 58% agreeing that the more they trust an ad, the more likely they are to buy a product or service.
“Consumers are now well aware that their personal data is being commercialised and, in some instances, their privacy traded for profit and, as a result, have honed their media choices. The further erosion of trust consumers have in social media demonstrates they are tuned into the real news, nearly all of which has been revealed by quality newspapers and news websites. That’s where advertisers should be headed too,” said NewsMediaWorks CEO, Peter Miller.
“The facts are irrefutable – trust in content and trust in ads go hand in hand. And where do brands go when they are seeking to rebuild lost trust in their organisations? They run ads in newspapers – as National Australia Bank, KFC and, ironically, Facebook have done in recent months.
“Brands are indeed judged by the company they keep and we are seeing a flight to quality, with consumers relying more on established news brands they trust and proactively dismissing messages – either content or ads – they see in media they distrust.”
Trust in advertising also changes with age, with respondents under the age of 35 having higher trust in all media channels than older users, especially those aged over 55. Younger users, despite being heavier users of digital media, ranked ads in newspapers as the most trustworthy of all media, with the study recording a pronounced drop in their trust of ads in social media and non-news websites.
Top photo: Vasin Lee / Shutterstock
MTV Australia has confirmed that Australian indie pop darling Amy Shark is the second artist selected to play MTV Unplugged Melbourne television concert series. The announcement follows the news that Gang of Youths will kick off the series.
MTV Unplugged Melbourne presented by Vodka O will be the first in a series of special televised events showcasing the local talent on a world stage. MTV Unplugged Melbourne is hosted by Visit Victoria.
Having received a string of awards and accolades including an APRA award, multiple wins at the Queensland Music Awards and two ARIA awards (Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist), Amy Shark’s current single I Said Hi, from her forthcoming debut album Love Monsters (July 13), has reached platinum sales and achieved 15 million streams globally with 1.5 million video views.
MTV Unplugged Melbourne: Amy Shark will be the second episode of the Grammy and Emmy award-winning MTV Unplugged franchise ever filmed in Australia.
The performance will be filmed in front of a live audience on Thursday July 26 at Melbourne’s Cobblestone Pavilion at Meat Market. The live event will once again be hosted by Ash London, from the Hit Network’s Ash London Live.
Simon Bates, vice president and head of MTV APAC, said: “Amy is the epitome of an Australian music superstar and it’s that success both here and overseas that made her a clear choice as the next MTV Unplugged Melbourne artist selected for this historic series.”
MTV Unplugged Melbourne: Amy Shark will broadcast later this year only on MTV on Foxtel and Fetch.
Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the weekend box office for June 28-July 1, 2018.
The box office for the start of the new financial year was down 13% on the previous weekend.
Two big recent releases managed to outperform two new releases as the weekend four-day take sat on $18.43m. All five movies in the top five managed to gross over $1m.
Box office has hovered close to $20m for the past three weekends.
The dinosaurs have ruled the box office for a second weekend as revenue dropped 41% with screens showing the film dropped 113 to 621. Screen average was $9,862. The extra $6m took its total earn to-date to $19.91m.
A third weekend for the Disney-owned Pixar animation studio took its total to $26.07m. The movie is holding on just over 500 screens which returned a screen average of $8,717.
This is solid school holiday fare and the third animated feature in the franchise. Despite ranking #3, the film’s first weekend in wide release performed well up against some heavy hitters still bringing in the dollars. Hotel Transylvania 3 opened on 397 screens with a screen average of $5,923.
The sequel to 2015’s Sicario opened on 273 screens with a screen average of $4,354. The action thriller looks at drug trade on the US- Mexico border.
Just surviving in the top five after four weekends, Oceans 8 has taken just over $15m in that time. It remains on 282 screens with a screen average of $3,888.
Top photo: Hotel Transylvania 3 (Sony Pictures Animation)
• Seven takes top spot with News, Home And Away, House Rules
• After securing top 10 spot, MasterChef’s Sarah Clare eliminated
• Sports: FIFA World Cup best for SBS, Wimbledon starts on Seven
By James Manning
Will history repeat itself this week? Again Nine started the week with a clear lead, but Seven has already started to peg that back after a strong Monday performance.
Home And Away was just over 750,000 after a week 26 average of 727,000.
The contestants returned to their transformed backyards last night with 851,000 watching after 953,000 on Monday last week.
First Dates Australia then did 457,000, close to last week’s 449,000.
Day one action from Wimbledon followed with 153,000 watching late in the night.
The channel’s love affair for the Gold Coast continued on A Current Affair with a report from the TV Week Logies. The Monday episode started the week on 787,000 after a week 26 average of 766,000.
Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation then just made the top 20 with 508,000 after 571,000 a week ago. This was the smallest audience for the rebooted format on Nine.
Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory then did 501,000 and 385,000.
Footy Classified did 171,000 in three markets with 124,000 in Melbourne.
100% Footy did 68,000 from two markets with 45,000 in Sydney and 23,000 in Brisbane.
The game show Family Feud is still on air of course and the show did 351,000 last night after a week 26 average of 314,000.
The Project then looked at the TV Week Logies and examined the impact of the #Denyer4Gold campaign plus interviewed Gold Logie winner Grant Denyer. The episode did 572,000 after a week 26 average of 521,000.
Sarah Clare is the latest to tumble from the MasterChef Australia kitchen, eliminated after just managing to find a spot in the top 10. Battling colleagues Chloe and Jess, Sarah bowed out in a tricky pressure test featuring Saransh Goila from Mumbai as she was tasked to make his butter chicken alongside a coriander and mint chutney, pickled onions and Roomali roti. Sarah battled with time and was worried her chicken was burnt after she left the skin on as it cooked. She admitted she felt this could be her last day in the MasterChef Australia kitchen and Gary admitted while it was tasty, it was very different to Saransh’s dish – while his was smoky, Sarah’s was charred. The episode did 873,000 after 889,000 on Monday last week.
Have You Been Paying Attention? was again over 800,000 with Marty Sheargold making his first 2018 appearance and he was joined by guests Urzila Carlson and Sofie Youssef. The episode was also again #1 show 25-54 for the night.
Back Roads season four continued with 647,000.
After winning a Logie on Sunday night, Four Corners investigated some of the worst biosecurity breaches in Australian history, uncovering sophisticated smuggling operations, inadequate enforcement and corruption. Outbreak was reported by Linton Besser and presented by Michael Brissenden. The audience of 613,000 also saw a tribute to former contributor Liz Jackson.
Media Watch also remembered Jackson, who was a former host. The episode did 575,000.
The midnight FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico did 269,000.
Earlier in the night the first of the three-part doco Lady Jane Grey did 215,000.
Top photo: House Rules’ Kim and Michelle
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Foxtel is targeting the start of its cricket coverage for the launch of its direct-to-consumer sports streaming offering, but is taking Optus’s embarrassing World Cup own goal as a cautionary tale, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany has been the driving force behind the initiative, known internally as Project Martian, which extends back to his time as Fox Sports boss and before the completion of the merger of the two companies earlier this year.
Sources said Foxtel had originally planned to have a service ready for the finals of the NRL and AFL in September but there still remains a lot of work for the subscription television broadcaster to finalise a product.
As administrators McGrathNicol work through the possibilities presented by the sudden liquidation of former tech startup high flyer Unlockd, The AFR’s Street Talk reports it has received the first of what it hopes will be many acquisition approaches.
Invigor Group, the ASX-listed investment vehicle, run by former iSOFT executive chairman Gary Cohen, is understood to have made a move on Unlockd, to bring the company into its stable of data analytics and insights-based companies.
Invigor is believed to be working alongside serial technology investor and entrepreneur Kevin Bermeister’s Brilliant Digital Entertainment, although the proposal is yet to achieve any kind of support from Unlockd’s management.
Street Talk understands Invigor’s plan involves a non-binding offer to acquire Unlockd and its technology platform, with a subsequent initial coin offering to be held to fund ongoing operations.
Facebook’s move to delete more than a billion fake profiles has prompted advertisers to push for independent auditing of digital platforms and “make good” contractual clauses, reports Fairfax Media’s Jennifer Duke.
In the six months to March, Facebook disabled 1.27 billion fake accounts, estimating these false profiles accounted for 3% to 4% of the platform’s total monthly active users.
The reaction from advertisers to this move was “significant”, Australian Association of National Advertisers chief executive John Broome said.
“[Advertisers] are insisting that independent, third party verification and audits are put in place and are working with the platform providers to this end,” Broome said.
A spokeswoman for Facebook said the fake profiles did not make up a significant portion of views on advertisements, pointing to a Facebook Business page that said the majority of fake accounts were disabled “within minutes of registration” often before they are served ads.
The media mogul says goodbye to much of the company he built, is the headline to a Rupert Murdoch profile in The Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch, the 87-year-old founder and co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp, and Bob Iger, the 67-year-old chief executive of the Walt Disney Co, met last August at Murdoch’s Moraga vineyard in the Bel Air hills of Los Angeles and discussed the myriad challenges their multibillion-dollar corporations faced, according to two people familiar with the discussion.
Aside from the big payday, it is a seminal moment for Murdoch, who is turning over the power to run the company he has spent his career building. The media mogul is saying goodbye to his life’s work.
The decision to sell also comes as Murdoch has flexed other muscles. With President Trump’s election, he’s at the height of his political influence in the United States, a position he has long sought.
Murdoch has a direct line to Trump and close relationships with several Fox News personalities who act as unofficial advisers to the White House.
Trump and Murdoch talk weekly and sometimes daily, according to people close to both men. The morning Disney announced the agreement with Fox, Trump, who had sought assurances from Murdoch that he wasn’t going to sell Fox News, called Murdoch to congratulate him on the deal. That approach contrasts the public opposition Trump voiced to the AT&T purchase of Time Warner, which owns CNN.
The government of Nauru has banned the ABC from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands Forum in September, accusing the broadcaster of interfering in the tiny nation’s domestic politics and harassing its president, reports Fairfax Media’s Michael Koziol.
It comes amid consternation in Australia over the severely limited number of journalists who will be able to cover the annual meeting, with the Nauruan government citing a lack of available accommodation.
Nauru charges foreign journalists a non-refundable fee of $8,000 to apply for a single-entry visa, with no guarantee of approval. Only a handful of Australian media outlets have been granted entry in the past five years, including Sky News, The Australian and A Current Affair.
An ABC spokeswoman told Fairfax Media: “The ABC vigorously defends our role in doing independent reporting on our region. The ABC will still cover the Pacific Islands Forum.”
David Leyonhjelm has used back-to-back TV interviews to double down on sexist comments he made towards Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young in the Senate last week, reports Fairfax Media’s Jenny Noyes.
Appearing on both the ABC’s 7.30 and Channel 10’s The Project on Monday night, the Liberal Democrat brought a confidence that belies his factual recall.
Refusing to apologise for his initial comments, he instead went on the defensive – while also being unable to accurately tell his interviewers what Hanson-Young had said that incited such a personal attack.
Meanwhile Fairfax Media’s Neil McMahon was also reporting on Monday night TV:
Q&A came to Melbourne on Monday night – a fresh city, with a fresh host, Hamish Macdonald, and a fresh, enthusiastic guest, Cory Bernardi.
On Monday night, the controversy over the insults thrown in both Federal Parliament and on national television by Senator David Leyonhjelm took centre stage, early and often.
The Labor representative on the panel, Catherine King, called it for what it was: “I think David Leyonhjelm has been a complete and utter dick. He absolutely has. So, frankly, I think he should absolutely apologise. This behaviour has to be called out.”
Pacific weekly magazine New Idea has received another celebrity endorsement it didn’t need.
The magazine’s latest issue was published yesterday with “Karl at breaking point: The moment that ended it all” splashed across the cover with three photos of Karl Stefanovic and his partner Jasmine Yarbrough.
Nine’s breakfast show co-host posted a photo and comment about the new edition on Instagram:
Another day another cover from No idea. Just for the record the only thing broken in this photo was my serve. And I have years left on my contract. Ha. You guys rock!!
Radio silence is usually a time for panic when you’re live on-air, but it’s perfect when you go to ground off-air, like everyone did on Monday, reports News Corp’s Mark Robinson.
Radio ga-ga became radio na-na in regards to Barry Hall and Triple M.
The AFL is standing by its broadcast partner and will not punish Triple M for the Hall debacle on Friday night.
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan on Monday chose not to comment about the “rape joke” that played out on primetime radio and the widespread condemnation which followed.
The lack of response from McLachlan on Monday, combined with the failure of Triple M and Friday night host Mark Howard to make a comment, suggests this looms as another incident both organisations hope will blow over.
There are serious questions directed at Triple M:
1. Why wasn’t the audio dumped by the producer or panel operator?
2. Did the producer think it was acceptable banter?
3. Why did Triple M say Hall was sacked instantly when Hall was on air 30 minutes later?
4. Will host Mark Howard, reporter Damian Barrett and commentator Nathan Brown face disciplinary action for their role in the segment?
To be fair, Triple M on Monday invited comedian Meshel Laurie onto its breakfast program to talk about her Twitter post at the weekend, which detailed her stance about “why rape jokes matter”.
It’s a serious subject and thankfully someone was doing the talking.
Meanwhile News Corp’s Nui Te Koha reports:
Triple M has sent an internal memo in a bid to reassure staff about its standards as the fallout from Barry Hall’s appalling on-air comments continues.
Hall was sacked for making a vulgar joke about a pregnancy procedure, with the station sacking him over the comments at the weekend. Mike Fitzpatrick, the network’s head of content, wrote of his disappointment in an email to staff, which was seen by the Herald Sun.
“We are extremely disappointed that this incident happened and we have chosen not to speak further publicly out of respect for Leigh’s wife.
“I’d like you to know that this is not a standard we accept at Triple M and we will be reinforcing our expectations regarding the standards we require from everyone who represents the station.”
The Nine Network and Screen Australia have announced a new Australian drama series Bad Mothers.
Four critically acclaimed actors will shake up Australian television: Jessica Marais (Love Child, Wrong Girl), Mandy McElhinney (Love Child, Hyde & Seek), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Doctor Doctor, Our Girl) and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek, Wonderland).
Bad Mothers, produced by Jungle, will comprise eight episodes and will commence filming in October 2018 in Melbourne.
Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney, Nine’s co-heads of drama, said: “When the going gets tough, our Bad Mothers will stick together. Whether they’re juggling the highs and lows of parenthood, careers, love and even murder, Australia’s new best friends lead the way with charm, smarts, and a shameless bad attitude.”
Sally Caplan, head of production at Screen Australia, added: “It’s fantastic to see some of Australia’s strongest TV writers coming on board for this female-led ensemble piece. Writers Rachel Lang, Sarah Walker, Gavin Strawhan and Phil Lloyd have created a genuine and relatable script about the challenges of modern parenthood, with humour and heart.
“We’re particularly excited to see production company Jungle carry out its first one-hour format series, and with the track record of the writers and producers working on this project, we have no doubt Bad Mothers will be one of 2019’s must-see new series.”
Bad Mothers is a Jungle FTV production for Nine. Principal production investment from Nine, in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from Create NSW.
Nine has commissioned the series Lego Masters.
The series will pit eight pairs of Brick heads against each other in a quest to impress with their creativity, design and flair, in challenges that will start with a single Lego brick.
Lego Masters will be made for Nine by Endemol Shine Australia.
Casting for the program is now under way, with the search on for the country’s most passionate and creative Lego builders.
Michael Healy, director of television for Nine, said: “We are excited that Lego Masters will capture the imagination of all generations, delivering appointment family viewing.”
Mark Fennessy, CEO, Endemol Shine Australia, said: “Lego Masters is pure, addictive family entertainment that all starts with a single brick. Together with our partners at Nine we’re super excited to bring this much-loved phenomenon to life – introducing a new world of extraordinary characters and mind-blowing creations.”
News Corp’s Debbie Schipp on the TV Week Logies awards show:
In a four-and-a-half-hour marathon, which again ticked well past the advertised finish time of 11.12pm, Australian television’s night of nights might have had a new venue on the Gold Coast, but, aside from a biting new voiceover man in comedian Tony Martin – whose wry commentary polarised viewers – and live voting, pretty much resisted hitting the reset button on anything else.
For those hardy enough to stay awake, Grant Denyer winning gold for most popular TV personality – for a show deemed so unpopular by Channel 10 that it cancelled it earlier this year – pretty much summed up the night.
Ten’s clutch of Logies gongs don’t translate to solid TV ratings. It’s more a sign that those who vote are squarely Ten’s audience demographic – who honed those voting skills on TV shows like Big Brother, and haven’t stopped mobile voting ever since.
Subscription TV giant Foxtel’s four gongs, and another two to streaming service Stan, also show TV’s changed landscape and viewership.
Logies voters may vote. But increasingly, less of them watch.
Just when it seemed all the major sports properties had found TV homes, Nine has announced it will be the official Australian broadcast partner for the 59th Melbourne World Cup of Golf to be held in Melbourne at The Metropolitan Golf Club November 22-25, 2018.
The PGA Tour and Nine will partner together when the world’s best golfers return to Melbourne’s famed Sandbelt, to battle it out with each other and for national pride, in a bid to be named World Cup champions.
Tom Malone, Nine’s director of sport, said, “Nine and Wide World of Sports are delighted to be partnering with the PGA Tour to broadcast this terrific event. With the world’s best players competing for their country and against each other in a thrilling format, the World Cup of Golf will be the focus of the sporting world in late November.”
The agreement provides Nine with live broadcast rights and replays, with five hours of competition broadcast each day as well as a one-hour highlights program for use on broadcast, social media and 9Now. The Tour will also provide other video clips and features as part of an overall partnership with Nine.
The tournament attracts the best players from around the globe to compete on the world’s most prestigious courses. In its 64-year history, the event has been played 58 times in 25 countries and boasts an unparalleled list of winners that includes 17 World Golf Hall of Fame members. This will be the 59th staging of this event, which has seen players from 16 different countries lift the prestigious trophy.
The 2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf is a 72-hole, two-man team format, and affords the opportunity for the top players in the game to represent their countries on an international stage. The first and third days of competition are four-ball (best ball) format and the second and final days are foursomes (alternate shot) play.
The 2018 event marks the sixth time in the tournament’s history that it has been played in Australia and the third consecutive in the Melbourne Sandbelt region.