Mediaweek editor James Manning’s highlights from the first GfK Radio Ratings survey of 2018.
• 2GB and WSFM the clear AM and FM market leaders
• Biggest improver: 2GB with breakfast jump for Alan Jones
• Despite drop at KIIS FM, Kyle and Jackie still #1 FM breakfast
• Kate, Tim and Marty push Nova drive ahead of KIIS newcomers
• ABC Radio: Triple J surges including Ben and Liam in breakfast
• New Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck breakfast up, #2 overall
• 3AW and Fox FM the AM and FM market leaders
• 3AW loses share in Neil Mitchell and Steve Price evenings
• Fox breakfast blitzes the FM market with Fifi, Fev & Byron up 3.3
• New look SEN 1116 drops with biggest decline in morning & afternoon
• New look KIIS 101.1 sees share drop for new breakfast and drive
• New ABC Melbourne breakfast with Jacinta and Sami sheds share
• FM drive battle: Hughesy & Kate build Fox lead, smoothfm #2
• Nova still #1 despite breakfast drop; Kate, Tim & Marty #1 drive
• Hit 105 and 97.3FM both lift as they close in on market leader
• Mix 102.3 smashes it out of the park: Station up 3.8 to 16.1%
• Mix breakfast with Jodie and Soda back at #1, up 3.3 to 15.1%
• Nova sheds audience under 40, Fiveaa small drop in breakfast
• Wil and Woody a hit in Adelaide as Mix drive share climbs 2.4 to 15.2%
• Strong start for Mix 94.5 – #1 overall; Clairsy, Matt & Kymba #1 breakfast
• New 92.9 breakfast with Heidi, Xavier & Ryan an instant hit, grows share
• Kate, Tim & Marty still #1 drive despite challenges from Mix and 92.9
“If kids TV content quotas do change I hope networks will still realise the importance of kids audiences”
Melbourne is a place where a lot of the toy licensees and retailers are based. In March every year the city is host to the Toy Hobby & Licensing Fair where two of the major sponsors are the media companies Nickelodeon and Entertainment One.
As Ben Richardson, General Manager & Senior Vice President Viacom International Media Networks Australia, explained to Mediaweek, it is the perfect place for the channel and Viacom to hold its annual upfront.
Revues from Nickelodeon franchise licensees are an important revenue stream for the kids multiplatform media brand, while toy manufactures are amongst its biggest advertisers.
“It is very competitive to get shelf space and we want retailers to hear our story,” said Richardson just moments before he presented in a South Melbourne function space, a short trip away from the Toy Fair exhibition halls.
“We get a captive audience in a room, we show them sizzle reels, they hear from Viacom executives from around the world and we give them a lot of detail and launch information.
“Events like this help keep our momentum with retailers and it has definitely improved our presence in store.”
Richardson noted the changing kids TV model, yet added: “We still have Viacom kids content on Nine. The FTA broadcasters are definitely pushing back on kids TV quotas, but from where we sit there is a significant opportunity from them to invest in IP that can go global.
“If kids TV content quotas do change I hope networks will still realise the importance of kids audiences. Networks have to bring younger audiences through their business as well as catering to older viewers.”
As with other broadcasters now, TV ratings are just one of the metrics used to measure audiences and engagement.
“Although having an immediate ratings hit is nice, we are more about long-haul success and we have a very different model to broadcasters.
“In the last few years Nick Jr has been a real powerhouse – pre-school is really strong across all platforms. Having a property like PAW Patrol is what I call the One Direction of pre-school. It sells tickets and attracts eyeballs to all our screens… it works everywhere.”
Radio broadcasters from around Australia will celebrate 30 years of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday October 20.
Last year’s Best On Air Team (AM), 2GB’s Continuous Call Team and Best On Air Team (FM); Nova’s drive team: Kate, Tim and Marty (Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold) have from now until May 18 to enter this year’s awards.
Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia Joan Warner said: “The awards are a celebration of talent behind the mic and behind the scenes across the Australian radio industry. Last year’s awards attracted outstanding entries making it very difficult for our panel of judges.”
Organised by Commercial Radio Australia, on behalf of the radio industry, the national Awards include 33 categories, which cover all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment. The ACRAs are peer judged with judging panels comprising industry members across networks and associated industries. Winners are announced in each category across three areas: metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations.
Information on how to enter the awards, categories and conditions of entry can be found at the website: acras.com.au.
Top photo: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty at the 2017 ACRAs
• FremantleMedia Australia to bring the Man Booker Prize-winning novel to screens
FremantleMedia has struck a deal with Australian author Richard Flanagan to adapt his bestselling and Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”.
The series will be produced by FremantleMedia Australia, makers of the highly anticipated re-imagining of Picnic at Hanging Rock for Foxtel and Amazon Prime.
First published in 2013, the multi-award winning novel won the 2014 Man Booker Prize. It has been globally praised, with Financial Times describing it as “nothing short of a masterpiece” and The Observer calling it “a novel of extraordinary power”. The book sold in excess of a million copies in 42 countries, and is a bestseller in the UK, Australia, and the US.
Richard Flanagan said: “I am delighted that ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ is to become a major international TV series in this age of great television drama, promising the quality, the depth, and the occasional brilliance of which the form is now capable.”
Jo Porter (pictured), director of drama, FremantleMedia Australia, said: “‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ is a compelling universal story that has stayed with me since I first read it. Rich with insights on the human condition, it is ripe for screen adaptation with huge visual potential and scale. At its core is an achingly powerful examination of the many forms of love, forged through the crucible of war. FremantleMedia Australia is proud to be adapting Richard Flanagan’s brilliant novel for the screen, and we are confident, like this beloved novel, it will resonate with audiences all around the world.”
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the latest title to join FremantleMedia’s roster of large-scale, high-end drama series. Following the global success of American Gods and The Young Pope, upcoming projects include the re-imagining of the timeless Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic At Hanging Rock; Wildside’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s international bestselling book My Brilliant Friend, commissioned by HBO and RAI; and Deutschland86, the sequel of the award-winning UFA Fiction series Deutschland83 produced in cooperation with Amazon Germany.
The FremantleMedia companies Euston Films and UFA Fiction have also secured the rights to Robert Harris’s latest novel “Munich” and UFA Fiction is working with the multi-award winning director Michael Haneke to produce his first ever TV series, Kelvin’s Book.
Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the weekend box office for March 8-11, 2018.
After the opening weekend of Black Panther pushed box office takings to $18.73m four weekends ago, the numbers have slipped a little each weekend without the arrival of another public favourite.
The March 8-11 four-day weekend was down 15% weekend-on-weekend to $10.73m, which was the smallest gross for any weekend this year.
After a very impressive opening a month ago the Marvel ground-breaker continues to top the chart and has now taken over $32m in those four weeks. The release shed 64 screens this week to 454, which gave it a screen average of $7,055, still the best in the top 20.
In the US, Black Panther has become the second-biggest comic book superhero movie of all time, trailing only The Avengers. Globally the movie is heading close to $1.5b in total, pushing it close to the top 20 movies of all time.
The Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton spy thriller remains in second place on its second weekend and was the only other movie to crack $1m. Takings were down 28% from its opening weekend. The gross to-date is just under $6m with the film holding on just under 300 screens with a screen average of $6,746.
Without anything new to push it out of the top five, Game Night hangs around in the top three for a third week. On close to 250 screens for a second successive week, screen average was down to $3,847, representing a weekend drop of 26%.
The only new release in the top five was the American war drama that features the prolific Chris Hemsworth. The film opened on 254 screens with a screen average of $3,611. That is quite the contrast to his previous release, Thor: Ragnarok, which opened last October with $10.13m and a screen average close to $13,000. That film went to make close to $40m here.
The third weekend of another “feel-good film of the year” was down 20% from its previous weekend with a total to-date of $3.51m.
• Penultimate week of Married At First Sight keeps Nine well in front
• Reality giants My Kitchen Rules & I’m A Celebrity final best of the rest
• Nine’s first episode of 100% Footy launches to hardcore NRL fans late night
By James Manning
Home and Away started a new week on 660,000 after an average audience of 640,000 in week 10.
My Kitchen Rules saw group 2 travel to Sydney’s Spice Alley food precinct to decide who would next be dragged into the elimination house. Alex and Emily will be making that trip where they will confront Alex and Emily. The Monday episode did 926,000 after 1.06m on Monday a week ago, the biggest audience the format had last week.
Another two episodes of The Resident followed with Conrad delivering a death notice to the wrong family. Oops. The episodes did 433,000 and 310,000.
A Current Affair had a week 10 average of 813,000, up from 792,000 in week 9. The Monday episode did 917,000 with stories about young women claiming to be victims of drink spiking after drinking with Bernard Tomic, gang activity in Melbourne during Moomba and Irish tradies ripping off pensioners.
There was wife swapping, sort of, on Married At First Sight, as the couples enter the final week of the experiment. The Monday show did 1.25m after 1.27m a week ago.
Travel Guides was in FNQ, where most had a good time with several scores of four out of five for the region. The show was on 666,000, close to 677,000 last week.
The first episode of 100% Footy then followed around 10pm, hosted by James Bracey. It is a good little format not dissimilar to Footy Classified out of Nine Melbourne and the show featured good graphics. The launch audience was 86,000 across two markets – 57,000 in Sydney and 28,000 in Brisbane.
The Project had Dave Thornton at the desk, but our viewing highlight was again great work from Maude Garrett speaking with Oprah and Reese Witherspoon about their new movie A Wrinkle In Time. The Monday episode started on 354,00 and then did 557,000 after 7pm.
On I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Danny Green was the first of the final three eliminated in the series final. That left Fiona O’Loughlin and Nollsie fighting it out with Fiona eventually triumphant. She was the second successive woman to win after Casey Donovan last year. The first two winners here were Freddie Flintoff and then Brendan Fevola. The final episode did 684,000 and 804,000 for winner announced, down from last year when both parts of the final hit 1m.
Two episodes of Law & Order: SVU followed with 412,000 and then 149,000.
Australian Story featured the Matildas women’s football team and the origins of their current success. The episode did 511,000 after 642,000 a week ago.
Four Corners looked at Australian population growth, a topic The Project also touched on. Four Corners did 698,000 for a top 10 spot after 603,000 last week.
Media Watch then did 617,000 followed by Q&A on 447,000.
The last episode of River Cottage Australia did 207,000.
Doctor Michael Mosley then looked at eyesight and the gluten-free fad on Trust Me, I’m A Doctor with 199,000 watching.
24 Hours In Emergency then did 183,000.
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Adshel has secured a multiyear contract extension from Sydney Trains, which covers concourse and platform assets across the entire Sydney rail network.
Adshel noted passenger rail is currently the fastest-growing transport category and has the benefit of delivering massive audiences in a high quality environment for extended periods of time.
The Sydney Trains contract extension combined with Adshel’s recent Metro Trains Melbourne win (which starts April 1 2018) means the Adshel Rail network connects brands with 14 million commuter journeys, and reaches 34% of Australians each week.
Adshel CEO Mike Tyquin said: “This is a great outcome for us. It is reflective of the large and successful business we have built on the Sydney rail network but also in line with our vision to create a tier one media platform bringing together commuter audiences across Australia.”
Apple is to acquire Texture, the US digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media, which gives users unlimited access to their favourite titles for one monthly subscription fee.
Texture gives users access to over 200 of the world’s magazines.
“We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services. “We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users.”
“I’m thrilled that Next Issue Media and its award-winning Texture app are being acquired by Apple,” said John Loughlin, CEO of Next Issue Media / Texture. “The Texture team and its current owners, Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and KKR, could not be more pleased or excited with this development. We could not imagine a better home or future for the service.”
The “pendulum” of power in global media has finally started to swing away from Google and Facebook in a signal that their domination of global media is not guaranteed, says the chief executive of Bloomberg Media Group, the world’s largest business and financial media organisation, reports The Drum in the UK.
Justin B. Smith identifies a series of indicators that suggest a potential weakening of the so-called “duopoly” stranglehold that the two Silicon Valley companies currently have over the world’s advertising market. “The realities of 2017 and 2018 for these two companies, especially Facebook, [are] that they are facing pretty significant commercial model [and] civic responsibility questions, significant global political questions, they are under massive scrutiny in Europe and growing scrutiny in the US, and all of that is fuelled by consumer scrutiny fundamentally,” he says.
Smith’s view of the media ecology and of Bloomberg’s place within it is a hugely optimistic one, based on the conviction that recent disruption to digital advertising revenue acts as an incentive for media companies to innovate and take back control of their own destinies.
Manu Feildel, the celebrity chef, has over the weekend clarified the role of the restaurant critic: “To help restaurants improve.” A kind of free consultancy.
And I always thought it was about the reader, writes The Australian’s food writer John Lethlean.
Feildel has made hay over the weekend launching his latest franchise – writing reviews for delicious magazine – with tales of woe about how our review of Le Grand Cirque, his last effort at the restaurant business back in 2014, distressed him.
Reading between the lines, Feildel actually blames The Australian for closing his restaurant. It’s comic genius.
Well, here’s the truth, Manu. Le Grand Cirque did not get one good review, from any mainstream critic. Not one. And when the restaurant closed in June 2014 due, perhaps, to the public’s massive disinterest in an ordinary product for extraordinary money, The Australian pulled down the review from its website so as not to confuse readers with “live” reviews of dead restaurants.
[The Australian then reprints the review from May 2014.]
Newsagency blogger Mark Fletcher has written about the recent Bauer magazine launch Unplug:
I am over magazine publishers using small business newsagency channels as their bank and business partner in the launch of new titles. Rather than testing and topping up if a title sells well, they load us, make us responsible and apply onto our businesses costs that see us carrying a financial burden that is unreasonable.
Unplug is not a bad magazine. However, it has entered a crowded segment, late.
I would have preferred to receive no more than five copies of this launch issue. Given the transparency back to the publisher of sales, replenishing supply is easy. Instead, they load us and add to our costs of their launch.
On the magazine itself, I look at it and ask why was this even launched. We have been flooded with similar titles. Unplug looks like a copy of Breathe and others in this mindfulness puzzle segment. As a retailer looking at efficient assortment, I don’t see a need for the title. If I was a buyer in control of what I buy to stock in my business, given what I already have, I would not buy this title.
The New York Times profiles Meredith Corporation, which, after buying Time Inc, became the biggest magazine publisher in the US:
Before taking on Time Inc, the company already owned some of the most-read magazines in the country, including Better Homes and Gardens, with its circulation of 7.6 million. In buying [Time Inc], the company gained People, which fits nicely into its portfolio of lifestyle publications, along with Olympian titles like Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune, which do not match the company’s traditional areas of expertise.
Meredith has said that it may not hang on to all of the Time Inc. magazines. Company executives expect to complete their review of the titles this spring. Among the options under consideration are selling off Time and Sports Illustrated, or changing how frequently they are published. Time, for instance, could become a biweekly or monthly.
For now, Meredith owns 40 magazines to go with its 17 television stations and 50 websites. The Time Inc. deal gave new life to Meredith’s digital and video operations, increasing the number of unique monthly visitors to its websites from 80 million to 170 million.
In 2018, NITV’s flagship news and current affairs program The Point is returning with new hosts and a special weekly one-hour issues-based panel show, kicking off from Thursday March 22 at 8.30pm.
NITV has appointed social commentator John Paul Janke and investigative journalist Rachael Hocking to take the reins of The Point in 2018.
Each week they will be joined by key commentators and high-profile talent to wrestle with the stories and issues impacting first Australians.
With a network of correspondents and contributors across the country, The Point will continue to deliver agenda-setting original journalism, special investigations and the latest news. A lineup of regular guests will explore consumer affairs, social media, the arts, science and technology as well as music, comedy and celebrity interviews.
NITV’s Karla Grant, Natalie Ahmat, Ryan Liddle and Kris Flanders return in 2018 with correspondents Nakari Thorpe (Canberra), Madeline Hayman-Reber (Melbourne), Ella Archibald- Binge (Brisbane), Elliana Lawford (Darwin) and Rangi Hirini (Perth) making sure that a diverse range of indigenous voices are heard.
Channel manager for NITV Tanya Orman said: “As NITV welcomes a new season of The Point in 2018, we have again evolved and responded to our viewers. The result is a new punchy weekly format, led by our wonderful co-hosts John Paul Janke and Rachael Hocking, covering hugely important issues to our community and in-depth conversations with fascinating, well-known figures, all encapsulated into an hour-long episode. This season of The Point is not to be missed.”
Entries are now open for the sixth year of the Jacoby-Walker journalism scholarship.
Journalists Jenny Brockie, Hamish Macdonald, Jim Waley and Dan Ilic will join media executive and award-winning producer Anita Jacoby in judging the 2018 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship – now in its sixth year.
Entries are open for the 14-week paid journalism internship, aimed at final-year university students and recent graduates aged 26 or under. The scholarship is targeted at young storytellers with a passion for broadcast journalism and dreams of carving out a career in the industry.
Established in 2013 by Anita Jacoby, the scholarship recognises the legacy of her father, Phillip Jacoby, a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industries.
Across 14 weeks, the winner can develop their knowledge, understanding and media industry experience with:
• A 10-week placement in the Nine Network’s news & current affairs department in Sydney (four weeks at 60 Minutes, two weeks in the newsroom, two weeks across A Current Affair and Today, plus two weeks with 9News.com.au)
• A four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation, in the lead-up to the Walkley Awards
• Mentoring from senior journalist members of the Walkley Advisory Board
• Participation in an AFTRS Open course at the Australian Film Television and Radio School
Australian icon Kylie Minogue is returning home to hit the stage for Nova’s Red Room at Sydney’s Upstairs at The Beresford Hotel on Thursday March 29.
As the highest-selling Australian female artist of all time, Kylie has been loved by Aussies since releasing her debut self-titled album 30 years ago. She became a global phenomenon with her hits “Spinning Around”, “On a Night Like This”, “Slow” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, which sold over 10 million copies and went on to become one of the most successful singles of the 2000s.
On Friday night smoothfm’s Glenn Daniel celebrated the launch of his autobiography, “News Time: A Life in Radio”.
Around 150 media and guests joined Daniel at Doltone House on Sydney’s Jones Bay Wharf to celebrate the launch of the book, which details his 35-year career across seven iconic radio newsrooms and brings to life the people, stories and behind-the-scenes events from 1982 to 2017.
Journalist and author Leigh Hatcher was the MC for the evening and guest speakers included Nova Entertainment CEO Cathy O’Connor and SBS director of audio Mandi Wicks.
Australia has voted Fiona O’Loughlin as Queen of the Jungle in last night’s grand finale of Network Ten’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!.
Over the past six weeks, viewers have warmed to Fiona’s honesty and humour. The camp mates were brought to tears on many occasions when Fiona opened up about her struggle with alcohol and recent carbon monoxide poisoning. After overcoming so much, nothing could faze Fiona in the jungle and she proved to be a cherished member of camp.
Fiona formed strong friendships with all of the celebrities, in particular Peter Rowsthorn, who became her on-screen husband through their alter egos Ron and Brenda. Playing the role of a married couple, Ron and Brenda added much-needed laughter and entertainment to camp.
During her time in the jungle, Fiona took part in 12 Tucker Trials. She skydived out of a plane on the opening night, leapt from a hot air balloon in the trial Hot Swingers and ate a number of animal body parts and critters in various eating challenges.
On Valentine’s Day, Fiona learnt she will be a grandmother when she received a letter from her daughter Tess. She had an emotional reunion with her sister Cate and son Albert when they surprised her in camp.
Singer Shannon Noll was runner-up in the final and world champion boxer Danny Green took third place earlier in the evening.
Shannon participated in 13 trials and was a team player from the start, always supporting his fellow celebrities and helping them conquer their fears.
During his time in the jungle, Danny took part in 12 trials and proved himself to be an extremely strong, focused and determined member of camp. He encouraged his fellow peers and grew close to Peter, Josh, Shannon, and Paul Burrell, who Danny taught to swim and box.
Fiona won $100,000 for her chosen charity, Angel Flight.
Top radio talent could snub the Gold Coast Logies because the ceremony was scheduled during their annual holiday period, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.
Australian television’s night of nights will be held on the Gold Coast on July 1, which clashes with the beginning of a two-week radio survey break across the five metro cities – the longest holiday of the year for presenters, when ratings aren’t measured.
Comedian and Hit 105 drive-show host Dave Hughes, who has delivered the opening speech for the past few years, said the scheduling was a “massive issue” for radio hosts, who plan for the break each year.
“I don’t know how that’s going to go. I know they want me to be involved, but it might depend on whether I get nominated or not,” Hughes said while in Queensland for the Brisbane Comedy Festival at the weekend. “There’s a holiday booked.”
Co-host Kate Langbroek added: “It’s very strange planning.”
Channel 10’s $2 million dollar gamble on Lisa Wilkinson appears to be coming up short with the host’s flagship program The Sunday Project shedding half its viewers since the star’s debut, reports News Corp’s Karlie Rutherford.
And Bondi Rescue, the show it replaced in the timeslot, was attracting many more viewers at this time last year.
A Channel 10 spokesman said the network was still pleased with the performance of the show.
“Judging the performance of a television show on the basis of one night’s ratings is misleading,” he said.
“Despite sitting in a highly competitive timeslot, it has increased its audience by 28% across the full hour and by 34% in the second half-hour, compared with 2017 (average).”
Fox League’s Lara Pitt is one of the sports presenting scene’s hottest talents who has just re-signed with the network on a three-year deal, reports Sydney Confidential.
Pitt has been in the sights of rival networks for some time, with many trying to poach the presenter, but she’s never been interested in other job offers.