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• SBS offering TV viewers something other than “wall-to-wall reality TV”
• SBS On Demand now has over 4m registered users, 6,500+ hours of content
By James Manning
Adam Sadler was appointed the new director, SBS Media Sales, back in February this year after Andrew Cook stepped down. (Cook later turned up at News Corp Australia as general manager advertising at The Australian and the Prestige Network.)
With SBS jointly funded by government funds and commercial revenue, Sadler controls a critical source of funds at the multiplatform broadcasting and publishing business.
Core commercial revenue at SBS grew from $87.9m in 2015-16 to $103.7m in 2016-17.
Sadler has been filling his new role since March, but he’s been with the organisation for nine years. Sadler moved across to SBS from its previous media representation company Stenmark in 2008.
Three weeks ago, for the first time, Facebook published the internal guidelines it uses to enforce what it calls community standards. Now it has released the numbers in a Community Standards Enforcement Report.
This report covers Facebook’s enforcement efforts between October 2017 to March 2018, and it covers six areas: graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam and fake accounts. The numbers indicate:
• How much content people saw that violates Facebook standards
• How much content Facebook removed
• How much content Facebook detected proactively using technology – before people who use Facebook reported it
Most of the action Facebook took to remove bad content is around spam and the fake accounts used to distribute it.
Facebook took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018, nearly 100% of which it found and flagged before anyone reported it.
Facebook noted the key to fighting spam is taking down the fake accounts that spread it. In Q1, Facebook disabled about 583 million fake accounts, most of which were disabled within minutes of registration. This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts Facebook said it prevents daily from ever registering with Facebook.
Overall, Facebook estimates that around 3% to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this time period were still fake.
In terms of other types of violating content:
• Facebook took down 21 million pieces of adult nudity and sexual activity in Q1 2018, 96% of which was found and flagged by its technology before it was reported. Overall, Facebook estimates that out of every 10,000 pieces of content viewed on Facebook, nine to 10 views were of content that violated its adult nudity and pornography standards.
• For graphic violence, Facebook took down or applied warning labels to about 3.5 million pieces of violent content in Q1 2018, 86% of which was identified by its technology before it was reported to Facebook.
• For hate speech, Facebook technology still doesn’t work that well. However Facebook still removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018, 38% of which was flagged by its technology.
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It is just a few days until Shaun Micallef returns to Nine with a format he used to host on Network Ten – Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation.
The program launches on Nine next Monday night and to celebrate, Nine held a trivia night at the Railway Hotel in South Melbourne.
Stars of the show Robyn Butler, Andy Lee and Shaun Micallef each captained a team. The competition was fierce between the competitors, which included some of the finest writers from News Corp and Fairfax Media delving into the furthest reaches of their memory banks.
There were three rounds to represent each of the generations, Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z.
Andy Lee’s team came last, Shaun Micallef’s team came third and Robyn Butler’s team finished second.
The surprise winners of the night were a combined radio team made up of Fox FM, Triple M and Nova that took out first prize.
• Tight race with less than 2.0 separating Seven, Nine and TEN
• Seven is narrowly #1 primary channel and #1 network
• MasterChef again the biggest non-news show, wins key demos
Both Today and Sunrise were on the banks of the Thames this morning. Today was near London Bridge with Sunrise a little further along the south bank beside the London Eye.
Nine’s Natalia Cooper was at the National Railway Museum in York, while Seven’s Edwina Bartholomew was pedalling around the London sights with various Seven UK correspondents.
Seven weather presenter Sam Mac was at Barangaroo where Mrs Koch was one of his guests. Meanwhile Kochie visited Abbey Road and Mark Beretta donned a top hat and tails to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. The program also had a live interview with Meghan Markle’s sister.
On Today, Georgie was back and Karl visited UK breakfast TV host Piers Morgan, who also appeared on ACA last night. Allison Langdon was reporting from outside Windsor Castle.
The Tuesday numbers for the two commercial TV breakfast shows were:
Sunrise 245,000 (#1 Sydney, Adelaide and Perth)
Today 235,000 (#1 Melbourne and Brisbane)
Home and Away went from 677,000 to 692,000 on the first two episodes this week.
The worst house on the best street is the next challenge for the House Rules teams. Monday was just under 700,000 with Tuesday on 599,000 after 624,000 a week ago.
Daniel Johns was the guest on Interview, which was on 472,000 after 396,000 last week watching Cher.
A Current Affair reporter Steve Marshall fronted a “pack rapist” 18 years later who wouldn’t say sorry to the camera. He certainly spent time talking with Marshall, instead of choosing to run from the camera as some do. Marshall reported he was trying to weasel out of his victim compensation payments. Laura Turner then had the latest on the royal wedding with Piers Morgan and Andrew Morton on Markle’s family. After 900,000+ on Monday, Tuesday’s ACA was on 824,000.
The first episode of East Well For Less hosted by Leila McKinnon was next. A debut audience of 614,000 tuned in for information on how and where to shop.
Then it was royal wedding time again with Meghan Markle: The First 100 Days on 353,000.
A promo for Shark Tank ended The Project with shark Janine Allis explaining how they decide on what to invest in. She said she was close to breaking even with some bad investments and some good. The episode was on 558,000 after 579,000 on Monday.
The first immunity pin of the season was up for grabs on MasterChef with 804,000 watching after 845,000 a week ago. The judges said it would be close and it was with Chloe just missing out on the pin. Tonight the show has a team challenge from the MCG with the Melbourne Football Club and the great Nathan Jones.
Shark Tank followed with a debut audience of 508,000 for the new season. There was plenty of dealing going on with two out of the four entrepreneurs securing deals with the Sharks for their food and controversial gifting businesses.
Jake McKeon from Victoria entered the Tank seeking $300,000 for a 10% share of his eco-friendly coconut bowl business, Coconut Bowls. He had Janine Allis & Andrew Banks and Naomi Simson & Dr Glen Richards partnering for an investment. After much consideration, Jake accepted Janine and Andrew’s combined counter offer of $300,000 for a 18% share.
Queensland hipsters and best mates Christen McGarry and Matt Hepburn entered the Tank next, seeking $750,000 for 25% of their brewery business, Your Mates Brewing Co. Janine, Naomi and Andrew were not enthusiastic about the product and declined an investment. Steve Baxter challenged the boys with an offer of $750,000 for 60%. Not willing to accept the figure, the boys left the Tank without a deal.
The Checkout: Factory Seconds did 389,000 at 8pm.
With the ABC screening Stargazing Live over three nights next week, Brian Cox is everywhere. He even popped on Nine’s Today Extra this morning. Last night the 2017 doco Brian Cox: The 21st Century Race For Space did 394,000. Cox will then be Julia Zemiro’s guest on Home Delivery tonight.
A Stargazer’s Guide To The Cosmos followed with astronomer Greg Quicke giving viewers a guided tour of the southern sky. The program did 285,000.
Justine Clarke was the guest on Who Do You Think You Are? with 360,000 watching her learn about her family background. Her parents separated before her first birthday.
Insight did 262,000 with an episode about making the choice to have surgery.
Dateline was subtitled Myanmar’s Killing Fields with 149,000.
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Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner has announced two senior appointments at its West Australian operations.
The appointments come following last Friday’s news John Driscoll had stepped down from the position of CEO Seven West Media WA.
Chairman Kerry Stokes recently discussed with Driscoll new additional responsibilities to the CEO role that would have required extensive travel.
Driscoll decided for family reasons that he would not be able to accommodate the additional responsibilities.
Current Seven West Media WA chief operating officer Maryna Fewster has been appointed acting chief executive officer WA.
Current general manager, circulation & distribution, Adam Everett has been appointed chief operating officer WA.
In their new roles Fewster and Everett will be responsible for SWM’s WA operations including The West Australian newspaper, The Sunday Times, thewest.com.au, perthnow.com.au, nine radio stations, 20 regional newspapers and Channel Seven Perth, as well as SWM’s holding in the Community Newspaper Group, a joint-venture with News Corp Australia.
Tim Worner said: “We are very fortunate to have Maryna available to step straight into this role and continue to evolve the business. She has already had a huge impact since joining us in April last year, and we are looking forward to that continuing impact.
“Adam is one of the most experienced and accomplished newspaper executives in the country and has a very long track record of out-performance and innovation when it comes to circulation and distribution. He has also been outstanding in challenging convention to bring about efficiencies. This role will see him use all those qualities across our entire WA business.”
Worner added: “We are proud of our deep and enduring connection with the people of Western Australia, which stretches back 185 years to the establishment of The West Australian in 1833.”
Fewster joined SWM in April 2017 as chief operating officer (WA). Prior to that she worked at iiNet for over a decade as GM corporate services, chief customer officer and chief operating officer.
Everett has been SWM WA’s general manager, circulation and distribution, since 2012. Prior to this he worked for News Corp Australia as director of circulation for Nationwide News in Sydney from 1999-2004 and then director of circulation for Advertiser Newspapers in Adelaide from 2004-12.
The ABC forked out almost $2.6 million on taxpayer-funded bonuses – some as much as $70,000 – to some of its highest-paid employees last year, reports News Corp’s Rob Harris.
The public broadcaster, which has mounted a fierce campaign against a government freeze in its funding, rewarded 189 employees on executive pay grades more than $2.2 million.
Almost 200 non-executive employees also received bonuses totalling $384,989.
The ABC has refused to publicly disclose salaries despite Turnbull Government demands.
It comes as ABC news director Gaven Morris warned there “is no more fat left to cut” at the national broadcaster and any more would “cut into the muscle of the organisation”.
The broadcaster’s 2016-17 report also shows it splurged more than $10 million in market research and promotion and more than $1.5 million on consultancy firms.
Retired motorcycle racing champ Mick Doohan has told a court how business and community leaders held Toowoomba businessman John Wagner and his family in high regard, reports The Courier-Mail.
Doohan, who now counts himself as an investor, was giving evidence about Wagner’s reputation, in the defamation trial brought by the Wagner family against radio host Alan Jones, Radio 4BC Brisbane and others.
Doohan told the court he had been a friend of John Wagner for about 20 years, but had never had any business dealings with him.
Jones will be the first witness for the defence today.
Cab Digital Media (CDM) and Media Planet have announced a partnership that will see Media Planet become the national media partner for the TaxiLive, an Australian-first platform developed by CDM that displays smart digital billboards on the back of premium taxis.
CDM’s head of sales and partnerships Najeeb Aftab said: “The team at Media Planet has extensive experience in out-of-home advertising and a proven track record of innovation and creativity. We’re very excited to be partnering with Media Planet as well roll out the TaxiLive nationally.”
Co-founder and director of Media Planet Greg Johnston said: “TaxiLive is a truly dynamic platform that gives advertisers the flexibility to place multiple creatives by time, location and weather – within minutes. Contextual relevance is particularly important when it comes to running successful campaigns and the TaxiLive provides this powerful feature to advertisers. We’re thrilled to be working with CDM in helping the market realise the potential of this unique, innovative solution.”
TaxiLive is a GPS-enabled smart display with weather sensors that is managed by CDM and powered by the Telstra mobile network.
The platform is currently live on the back of over 300 taxis in Sydney, with the platform expanding into Melbourne in August and nationally by the end of the year. CDM also has plans in place to start sharing revenue with taxi owners and drivers.
Media Planet is one of Australia’s leading and most diverse retail out-of-home media companies. Its assets include over 1,100 regional and metropolitan shopping centres, onboard advertising on all Tigerair domestic flights and transit environments across Australia.
The West Australian has detailed its continued commitment to business with a look at the paper’s past:
If you want proof that we’re for business, look no further than edition No. 1 of The Perth Gazette.
The first newspaper in the fledgling Swan River Colony, and a direct ancestor of the copy of The West Australian, saw fit to devote almost the entire front page of its inaugural edition on January 5, 1833, to matters of commerce.
Even the primitive form of “lifestyle”’ journalism in that newspaper had a commercial edge: a story on the opening of The Wheat-Sheaf Tavern assured readers that publican Jane Barron would provide “assiduous attention to the comfort of her guests”.
The editor of The Perth Gazette clearly thought that business was of critical interest to his readers. Nearly two centuries later, and with WA one of the world’s most prolific trading provinces, we still think he was right.
The West has been there to chronicle our commercial fortunes and our changing economy.
The West Australian has seen it all. The newspaper’s business journalists have spoken to them all.
It is a tradition of which we are proud because, like The Perth Gazette, we see commerce as the lifeblood of our society and because we agree with Winston Churchill’s view of business.
“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”
A new premium tier for the Guardian app aims to keep users up-to-date with the latest journalism from the title, reports Press Gazette.
Caspar Llewellyn Smith, editor of the Guardian’s digital platforms, announced the new “Live” and “Discover” features today.
At the cost of £5.99 ($9.99 in Australia) a month, users of the app can swipe left to access a live feed of the latest news from the Guardian with rolling updates.
The Guardian has reiterated its commitment to keeping all of its online journalism free, with Llewellyn Smith saying in an announcement today: “None of our journalism is going behind a paywall.”
ARN’s KIIS Network will give its listeners exclusive behind-the-scenes access to The Voice Australia with the return of Celeb HQ Goes Behind The Voice. It was previously called Behind The Voice.
The weekly program will premiere on May 20. It can be heard on Sydney’s KIIS 1065, Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1, Brisbane’s 97.3 and Adelaide’s Mix 102.3 from 6pm-7pm every Sunday.
KIIS entertainment reporter John “JC” Caldwell will host the show. The Voice contestants and coaches Delta Goodrem, Joe Jonas, Boy George and Kelly Rowland will join Caldwell on the program.
The launch of the radio show coincides with the launch of The Voice’s live performance television shows.
Caldwell said: “Each week KIIS listeners will share in all of the excitement and drama of what normally stays hidden behind the scenes of The Voice. This year we’ll have more access than ever before to really get the juicy gossip from the judges.”
ARN’s national content director Duncan Campbell said: “Celeb HQ Goes Behind The Voice gives KIIS listeners the opportunity to get an insight into the inner workings of The Voice and have a direct line to the news and entertainment stories from the show.”
Nine’s head of content production and development Adrian Swift said: “Following the success of Behind The Voice in recent years, we are once again pleased to be working with ARN to deliver exclusive behind-the-scenes access to our superstar coaches and the fans’ favourite artists before each Live Show every Sunday.”
Today host Karl Stefanovic “can’t stand” his Sunrise rivals over on Seven – and reckons there are “cracks starting to appear” in their on-air breakfast team, reports news.com.au’s Nick Bond.
At least, that’s what the Nine star said during a cheeky interview with Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa on Tuesday.
The radio hosts wanted to probe Stefanovic about his supposed rivalry with Sunrise hosts David Koch and Sam Armytage, and Stefanovic seemed happy to play along.
The Seven and Nine stars are all staying in the same hotel in London as they report on this weekend’s royal wedding.
Fitzy and Wippa then suggested they get Armytage on the phone so the pair could go head-to-head. Karl agreed – on one condition.
“I just want to have it on the record that there’s no dramas between us. But now, let’s do a sting on her,” he laughed.
Soon enough, Armytage was on the line, the morning TV stars trading savage barbs back and forth.
“It’s Karl. You might know me from such shows as the Today show in Australia,” Stefanovic told her.
“Look, I’ve never watched it. I’ve heard it’s a bit second rate,” she quipped.
Legendary cricket commentator Bill Lawry has confirmed his retirement.
With the Nine Network losing the cricket broadcast rights, Lawry has announced he will no longer be behind the microphone, staying loyal to the network that he has called home for so long.
Lawry spoke to Gerard Whateley on SEN’s Whateley about his career and the decision to retire.
“I’ve had 40 great years at Channel Nine and I’ve been very lucky,” he said.
Lawry said he has had approaches from Seven and Fox Sports about continuing his commentary career, but he said “No”.
Few British viewers will have heard of DAZN, pronounced “Dazone” and part of the sports media group Perform, but the business sent shockwaves through the sports world last week with a US$1bn (£736m) deal to revolutionise pay-per-view boxing in the US, reports the Guardian.
DAZN charges close to $12 a month and intends to challenge pay-per view TV by amassing tens of millions of customers willing to watch a wide range of sports content cheaply.
“We have seen in music with Spotify and TV with Netflix and Amazon that people will pay a sensible amount of money for a good service,” the Perform chief executive, Simon Denyer, said. “We want to be a Netflix for sport.”
Last year, while DAZN showed tremendous growth with revenues rocketing from £8.7m to £90.8m, the overall Perform Group, which also sells some digital sports rights to other media groups, saw its operating losses quadruple from £50.8m to £214m.
Perform has offices in Sydney and Melbourne and operates the Sporting News brand in Australia.