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The SBS director of news and current affairs Jim Carroll visited Mediaweek recently to tell about recent developments at the broadcaster.
By James Manning
The channel has been running a new consumer ad campaign for SBS World News and Carroll explained they usually prioritise some market for the start of the year.
“It is a good time to promote our offerings when all our big shows are back in February – Insight, Dateline and The Feed. It is important to showcase the great shows we have in news and current affairs. We also highlight that we have made a strong push into digital over the past couple of years. Our news and current affairs content is available whenever and wherever you’d like it.”
SBS launched a new set for SBS World News at the end of 2017, which also included a redesign of graphics. “We think it is a much cleaner look that works well across all our platforms. We also launched a new website and a new app and to-date we are really pleased with the outcomes.”
With Anton Enus on leave, SBS News on weekdays is presented by Janice Peterson although she is joined on the set for sport by Mike Tomalaris while Ricardo Goncalves contributes finance news.
“It is a nice big studio space and we wanted to give it some depth and it is the trend in Europe and the US that has been well-received by audiences.”
Listen to James Manning’s podcast with Jim Carroll to be published later this week.
• News Corp CEO also speaks on Foxtel-Fox Sports merger and cricket rights ambitions
Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Telecom and Business Service Conference in Palm Beach, Florida this week, News Corp CEO Robert Thomson has spoken about turmoil and upheaval in the media space.
Thomson started by noting that News Corp results “contrast quite sharply with those of other media companies”.
He said that the strategy News Corp adopted when the company was split in two – to be more digital, global and more focused – has helped grow the business.
“Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch and I are adamant the ecosystem has to change – not only for ourselves, but for media companies generally. [The old way] was distinctly dysfunctional – not only in a commercial sense, but in a societal sense.”
There is continuing upheaval in print advertising, with Thomson noting December was up YOY in the UK, but not the US.
As to what News Corp might do with regard to investing its cash balance, he said: “We are very conscious to create a long-term return for shareholders.
“We have made a couple of significant investments since the split. One was to buy publisher Harlequin for HarperCollins to make it a much more global and potentially digital company. [The other was growing publisher Thomas Nelson.] We are not going to pay for overvalued assets.
“Our value is being able to use our media platforms to turn around companies and enhance their value.”
When asked about competing with the “digital duopoly” of Google and Facebook, Thomson said: “We have obviously been the most outspoken media company globally on this issue for many, many years.
“We are in the middle of a profoundly important dialogue that is going to have an impact on not only our news sites which should benefit from this debate, but really on the way we think about news in the contemporary world.
“Our executives have been so articulate on this issue when others have shown a great degree of cowardice.”
When asked about the newspaper business, Thomson started talking the quality newspapers – The Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Australian.
“They are rapidly transitioning to high-end digital products with a high-end digital advertising audience. The amount of credit our great journalism deserves is not yet reflected in the digital environment. The advertising varies country by country and platform by platform.
“The Dow Jones subscription audience is 2.8m with The Wall Street Journal itself on 2.3m. The digital audience is an ideal platform for upsell. But we must get better, and we are getting better, on the upsell of information to people who need it.”
When asked about the Foxtel-Fox Sports merger, Thomson said: “We have a real opportunity to use our platforms in a more creative, consistent and intense way to aid Foxtel and Fox Sports, at the same time help the mastheads. The sports rights we have in Australia are unique and we purposely bought them long term.
“We have full confidence in Patrick Delany’s ability to transform the business. We have to prove to the Australian audience we have the best content and deliver in a way that makes sense in the contemporary environment.”
Thomson said with football codes starting their 2018 seasons, the next three months will be an important indicator of how the team at Foxtel is faring.
When asked about cricket rights, he noted they would not be paying a ridiculous price. “Are we interested? Absolutely. Do we think our involvement would help the sport in Australia? Cricket authorities should be aware we not only commit to the sport, but to the sport’s community.”
• Foxtel to focus on live streaming products and an expanded library with more Australian productions
News Corp and Telstra have announced they have signed definitive agreements to combine Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia, with the aim of delivering premium and innovative content to Australians with ever greater quality, variety and efficiency.
The key commercial arrangements include:
• News Corp will have 65% shareholding in the combined entity and Telstra will have 35%.
• News Corp will appoint four directors (including the chairman) to the combined entity’s board and the senior executives, and Telstra will appoint two directors.
• News Corp will consolidate the combined entity into its financial statements.
The combined company will be:
• Putting greater emphasis on live streaming products and an expanded library, including Australian written, produced and directed programming.
• Delivering new and creative products and packages across devices and platforms, with investment in exclusive content and technology, including a focus on high quality Fox Sports Australia productions.
• Expanding distribution channels for Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia products, along with developing greater operating efficiencies across the combined businesses.
• Levering the benefits of the assets and experience of News Corp in Australia and around the world.
News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said: “The launch of the combined company will mark the dawn of a new era for our Australian business, and Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia will together be a formidable force. We will be able to use our powerful media platforms to promote the unique sports and entertainment assets in the two companies, and improve services for consumers and advertisers. Patrick Delany (pictured top) and his talented team will be absolutely focused on serving viewers compelling, contemporary Australian content and superlative sports coverage on personalised platforms.”
Delany will be chief executive officer of the combined company.
Telstra CEO Andy Penn said the combination of Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia with their content assets would position the company to strongly compete in the dynamic media market, and it would continue to be an important part of Telstra’s media strategy.
“Our customers are streaming more and more sport and entertainment on their TV at home and on their mobile devices while on the move. Telstra will be the exclusive telco sales agent for the combined entity on mobile and IP products and we will continue with our broadcast reseller arrangements,” Penn said.
News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said: “Under the leadership of Patrick Delany, this company will provide the exclusive and quality content that Australian consumers demand and expect. It will broadcast and stream in the most exciting, innovative and engaging ways across all platforms.”
The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2018.
News Prestige Network’s editorial director of Vogue Australia, Vogue Living and GQ Australia Edwina McCann has announced that Rebecca Caratti has been appointed editor of prestige design and lifestyle brand Vogue Living.
The last regular editor of Vogue Living was Neale Whitaker, who stepped down last year. He is now part of two hit TV shows – Nine’s The Block and Lifestyle’s Love It Or List It.
In her new role, which she starts immediately, Caratti will be responsible for the editorial direction and growth of the Vogue Living brand.
With over 12 years’ experience in media, including launch editor of Buro247.com.au and style editor at Vogue Australia, Caratti has a strong editorial and commercial approach to publishing with a sophisticated eye and modern take on lifestyle, fashion and culture.
McCann said: “Rebecca is a talented editor with a deep understanding of premium content delivery and audiences across print, digital, social and experiential engagement. She also has a clear understanding of the ethos of a prestige brand such as Vogue Living.
“I’m delighted that Rebecca is returning to the Vogue brand to take on the new challenge of leading the development of Vogue Living. It is an important time for the growth of the brand as we further position it to an affluent female, fashion-forward audience with contemporary aspirations across design, interiors architecture, lifestyle, travel and entertaining.
“Vogue Living is a key focus for the News Prestige Network this year as we bring exciting new brand platforms to market.”
Caratti joined News in February 2015 as launch editor of lifestyle and culture brand Buro247.com.au. Here she was responsible for the editorial direction and growth of the digital platform in Australia. Before that she spent 15 months in London and Paris working as a freelance stylist and writer. Prior to her time overseas Caratti was the style editor at Vogue Australia. She was also market editor for Harper’s Bazaar.
Caratti said: “Returning to the Vogue family to edit a title with such a rich 50-year heritage is a thrill – and so is the chance to collaborate again with the wonderful Edwina McCann. I’m looking forward to injecting a fresh new perspective into the Vogue Living brand.”
• Boys night on Married At First Sight helps reality show stay #1
• Seven’s combo of MKR and Good Doctor makes channel #1
By James Manning
Home and Away climbed from 648,000 on Monday to 682,000 on Tuesday.
My Kitchen Rules judges Pete Evans and Colin Fassnidge had to mark a takeaway challenge last night as teams had to not only cook dinner, but then deliver it to customers. The Tuesday episode did 1.01m after 949,000 a week ago.
The Good Doctor followed and, while still doing a very strong 838,000, it was the smallest audience yet for the US drama and the first time under 900,000. The series did 949,000 last week with episodes screened before the Winter Games over 1m.
A Current Affair saw a Tuesday audience slip to 864,000 after 884,000 on Monday. The Tuesday episode featured a report of soft sentencing in the criminal justice system and a report on contaminated land near Newcastle in NSW. Then followed a two-part story on a new Coles ad campaign and profiles of the food items that are now cheaper.
Married At First Sight then saw the Nine audience lift to 1.26m after 1.25m on Tuesday last week. A boys night out was one of the attractions for viewers.
Date Night then did 442,000 followed by the 2009 movie The Ugly Truth on 200,000.
The Project featured the Yellow Wiggle Emma, Josh Gibson’s Celebrity exit interview and a story about a community finding a house for a homeless father and son. The Tuesday episode did 574,000 after 570,000 on Monday.
Real Housewife Jackie Gillies left I’m A Celebrity last night with audiences of 569,000 and 556,000 watching the two parts to the program.
Hughesy, We Have A Problem then did 459,000 after 436,000 last week. An encore screening of the program later in the week has recently been doing 200,000+.
The Checkout looked at life insurance for superfund members with 472,000 watching.
A Catalyst episode on the human skin then did 496,000.
Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes then did 294,000 after launching with 253,000 last week.
Insight attracted the channel’s biggest Tuesday audience – 196,000.
Earlier the UK Who Do You Think You Are? was a repeat of the Julie Walters episode on 193,000.
SBS World News was on 138,000 with Dateline attracting 134,000 later in the night.
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Fairfax Media will renegotiate the terms of the merger of its New Zealand business Stuff with NZME if the pair are successful in appealing the Kiwi regulator’s decision to block the deal, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Fairfax, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, and NZME both said in statements to the ASX and NZX they remain committed to appealing the New Zealand High Court’s decision to uphold the New Zealand Commerce Commission ruling to stop the merger.
The appeal will be heard over four days from Tuesday June 5 to Friday June 8.
The Australian Financial Review’s political editor has signed a $15,000 contract for two days’ work with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, reports The Australian’s Dana McCauley.
Laura Tingle, who is about to move to a new role as chief political correspondent at the ABC’s 7.30, won the tender from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s department to work at the Association of South East Asian Nations summit in Sydney this month.
Tingle will undertake hosting duties at the ASEAN Business Summit at the International Convention Centre from March 16 to 17. Despite her role as one of the nation’s leading political journalists, Tingle denied that the arrangement with Turnbull’s department could present a conflict of interest.
“I see absolutely no conflict,” Tingle told The Australian.
European media executive Veit Dengler has been appointed to the board of Bauer Media and will be responsible for Australia in addition to other markets.
Dengler will oversee the activities of the Bauer Media Group in the UK, the USA, Australia and other unnamed countries. Furthermore, he will push forward with the development of new business for the group.
Publisher Yvonne Bauer said: “I look forward to working with Veit Dengler. He is a multifaceted and internationally experienced top manager who can optimally complement the executive board with his experience and create new opportunities in our markets. The dynamism with which he has executed projects previously in his career is a genuine plus for our company, particularly in light of the development of new business. Now we are perfectly positioned in the executive board to take on challenges in coming years, which I look forward to facing. I’m convinced that, with the new management team, we will be able to demonstrate even better that we are a broad and internationally active player.”
Dengler has held various positions throughout his international career, including at McKinsey and Dell. Most recently, as CEO of the Switzerland-based NZZ Media Group, he was responsible for the company’s strategic realignment.
UK newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror is to change its name to Reach following its takeover of Express Newspapers last month, as the company reports a £90m (13%) fall in group revenue to £632m last year, reports Press Gazette.
The group blamed a “weak print trading environment” for the drop, claiming revenue was down 9% on a like-for-like basis. Profit before tax also fell by £11m year-on-year to £122.5m.
However, the company saw digital publishing revenue grow by 7% to £84m overall, with display and “transactional” revenue up 18% to £70m against a drop of fully one-quarter in digital classified revenue.
Chief executive Simon Fox said: “Through our content we reach millions of people every day. Our reach extends across multiple platforms in both print and digital and across the cities and communities that we serve.
“We think this is a name that better reflects what we do and what our ambitions are.”
AFR editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury has discussed the title’s growth potential with Fairfax Media’s Chris Janz and Jess Ross at yesterday’s Australian Financial Review Business Summit in Sydney.
The managing director of Australian Metro Publishing at Fairfax Media Chris Janz said he had found it “really evident and really surprising” how important print was to advertisers and readers since he took the role last year.
He called the performance of print sales at the Financial Review “unique” around the world.
Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood said at the group’s results last month there were more than 283,000 digital subscribers across the Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
While Janz declined to reveal the breakdown for each publication, he said digital subscribers were up 20% year-on-year at the Financial Review, which is published by Fairfax Media.
Janz said it had been crucial for mainstream publishers to stop blaming declining revenue and audience numbers on big platforms such as Facebook and Google, and take control of their own destiny.
The Summit heard about how it had increased newspaper advertising over the past 12 months at the same time as growing digital subscribers by 20%.
Jess Ross, chief product officer at the Fairfax metro mastheads, said the Financial Review would be looking at ways to move from being a “content resource to a business information service” and would be developing products focused on career development and leadership. “We want to be indispensable to business,” she said.
Facebook has announced that it is enabling publishers to label breaking news on the platform.
The move comes as part of a recent commitment from the company to show more high quality news.
Facebook has been running a test in the US, allowing a small group of local and national publishers to identify and label breaking news. The test is now expanding to more than 50 additional publishers in other markets, including Australia.
Local media companies included in the test are ABC, Seven, Nine, Fairfax and News Corp Australia.
On this announcement, Facebook ANZ MD and Vice-President Will Easton said:
“We’re really excited to have Australian publishers take part in the pilot. Facebook’s mission is to connect people. One of the ways people connect is by sharing news with friends and family, particularly timely, important news.
“This pilot – involving the ABC, Seven, Nine, Fairfax and News Corp – will make those breaking news stories stand out more in News Feed. If the test is successful, we’ll release the feature more widely.”
According to Facebook product manager Joey Rhyu, users included in the experiment engaged more with posts labelled as breaking news.
The International News Media Association (INMA) Global Media Awards shortlist consists of 195 finalists in 20 categories and two groups for global/national brands and regional/local brands.
Some 40 first-place winners will be announced from these finalists at the Global Media Awards Ceremony Monday afternoon, June 4, at the Mead Center for American Theatre in Washington, D.C. Also announced will be regional winners and the global “Best in Show.” The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 88th Annual INMA World Congress of News Media.
There are multiple finalists from News Corp Australia and Fairfax Media including several nominations for the Herald Sun. News Corp is a finalist for the announcement of the News Prestige Network Launch while the Herald Sun is a finalist for its AFLW coverage.
The 2018 INMA Global Media Awards competition garnered 830 entries from 220 media companies in 39 countries. Participants included newspaper media, magazine media, digital media, television media, and radio media.
Australian television executives have recently been talking about improving the viewing experience to compete with the big crowds being attracted to ad-free streaming services Netflix and Stan.
The Wall Street Journal has now reported Fox Networks US ad sales chief Joe Marchese has spoken about reducing TV ad time to just two minutes an hour by 2020.
A move like that would seriously alter the TV broadcast model and push up the cost of the remaining air time.
Currently in the US, FTA viewers sit through an average of 13 minutes of ads an hour while cable TV viewers see 16 minutes per hour.
In Australia, the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, developed by the industry and registered by the ACMA, states that on a broadcaster’s primary channel, commercial television licensees may schedule an average of:
• 13 minutes per hour of non-program matter between 6pm and midnight and
• 15 minutes per hour on non-program matter at other times.
The maximum that can be scheduled in any given hour is:
• 15 minutes from 6pm to midnight – with no more than 14 minutes scheduled in any four of those hours, and 16 minutes at other times.
The limits for multichannels are similar:
• 15 minutes per hour between 6pm and midnight and 16 minutes per hour at other times.
The allowances are increased slightly during election campaigns to allow for election matter to be broadcast.
You know your Eurovision song is a big deal when it leaks, reports News Corp’s Kathy McCabe.
Our 2018 representative and golden girl of pop Jessica Mauboy scrambled to reveal its title and a snippet of the tune on Tuesday after “We Got Love” was uploaded to YouTube by keen Eurovision fanclubs.
Eurovision Song Contest broadcaster SBS and Mauboy’s label Sony acted quickly to yank the leaked audio offline even as giant posters featuring the hashtag #WeGotLove appeared on hoardings in Sydney.
Mauboy, along with former Eurovision campaigners Isaiah Firebrace and Dami Im, started teasing the title via social media on Friday.
Mauboy co-wrote “We Got Love” with DNA Songs, the award-winning team of Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci, who penned the Eurovision anthems for Dami Im (“Sound of Silence”) and Isaiah Firebrace (“Don’t Come Easy”).
After reporting at its Australian upfront on Monday that Slimefest is going global, Nickelodeon has released details about a partnership with Live Nation for Nickelodeon Slimefest Chicago, the first multiday music festival for kids and families in the US.
Featuring performances by Grammy-winning artist, DJ and producer Zedd, chart-topper Liam Payne, multiplatinum artist Flo Rida, and Lip Sync Battle Shorties and Nickelodeon’s social media star JoJo Siwa, the two-day event will be held at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday June 9, and Sunday June 10.
Nickelodeon Slimefest will also feature appearances by Nickelodeon stars Kel Mitchell and Benjamin Flores Jr. (Game Shakers), Riele Downs and Ella Anderson (Henry Danger), Breanna Yde (School of Rock) and Daniella Perkins and Owen Joyner (Knight Squad).
Meanwhile the US Nickelodeon upfront will be held later today US time.
Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) has continued acquiring rights to broadcast overseas cricket in the Indian subcontinent, having signed a deal to telecast – and stream online – matches played in England for the next five years, reports ESPNcricinfo.
Sony already has Indian rights to international matches played in Australia, South Africa, the UAE, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies, and its latest venture with the ECB comes ahead of India’s bumper tour in July, which includes five Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is. Pakistan is also scheduled to tour England this summer.
Star Sports had previously held the broadcast rights for English cricket in India. This new cycle gives Sony access to upwards of 80 international matches played by both men’s and women’s teams from 2018 to 2022.