Thursday November 8, 2018

Mediaweek TV

This week on Mediaweek TV James Manning spoke with Paul Gardiner, Commercial Director, Bauer Media Australia. Tune in to Mediaweek TV at 2.30pm on Your Money (Foxtel 601 and 95 FTA).

One of Australia’s biggest-selling and best-known magazines had a birthday this week. Bauer Media’s Woman’s Day has turned 70. The magazine celebrated by taking readers into its archives …and a cash giveaway! It’s a good news story in the sector when the headlines often surround closures or staff exits. To talk about magazines and their place in the market is the commercial director of Australia’s biggest magazine publisher, Bauer’s Paul Gardiner.

New Podcasts: Mercado & Manning on Seven and 10 in 2019

In two new podcasts this week James Manning and Andrew Mercado discuss the Seven Allfronts and 10 Upfronts and what lies ahead in 2019.

Mercado & Manning: Mediaweek TV – Seven in 2019

Andrew Mercado and James Manning discuss the Seven Allfronts event and talk about the new 7Food Network Channel and the programming schedule for 2019. Andrew talks about the dramas Between Two Worlds and Ms Fisher while James is initially confused about Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. The two TV writers also discuss one of their top picks of the year – Bodyguard.

Listen here.

Mercado & Manning: Mediaweek TV – 10 in 2019

Andrew Mercado and James Manning examine all the announcements from the recent Network 10 Upfronts. They start with the surprise Pilot Week commissions, the network rebrand including 10 Boss and 10 Peach, the chances of 10 All Access attracting subscribers and then there is a detailed look at new and returning programming. Andrew also has some thoughts for the producers of Trial By Kyle.

The podcast finishes with a look at the Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody (how could so many critics get it wrong?) and the final season of House Of Cards.

PodcastOne Australia releases SME Experts with Craig West

In a new PodcastOne series SME Experts, hosted by CEO of Mentored Craig West, business owners receive the free practical advice they need to not only sustain, but elevate and grow their business.

By James Manning

PodcastOne Australia releases SME Experts with Craig West

Owning your own business is a lot of work, with many owners feeling they only have time to work in their business, rather than on it. As a result, passion, productivity and sales often deteriorate, and owners can quickly become burnt out.

Mentored is the brainchild of founder Mark Bouris, who hosts the original PodcastOne series, The Mentor.

“Ongoing education is imperative to the successful management and growth of a business,” said host Craig West.

“There is an overabundance of information out there, which can be highly overwhelming for people.

“This podcast is designed to present time-poor business owners with the clear facts they need to make smart choices about the structure and direction of their business.”

Mark Bouris said:

“Craig has an incredible business acumen and loads of experience. He is a consummate professional and someone I not only trust to run my own business, Mentored, but to lead and inspire our clients and podcast listeners to achieve their goals.”

The first six episodes of SME Experts focus on Valuation, Cyber Risk, Estate Planning, Legal Framework, Self-Managed Super Funds and Asset Protection.

West, who has written four critically acclaimed books on employee incentives, succession planning, asset protection and exit strategies, is passionate about helping SME owners succeed and reduce stress.

“This information is absolutely fundamental for all business owners and it doesn’t need to be overly complex,” he said.

“We have pared things back and cut through a lot of the confusing jargon, and the podcast medium allows business owners to educate themselves on the run, for free, whenever it suits them.”

Mark Bouris said the new podcast SME Experts is a valuable resource for current and aspiring business owners. “I cannot recommend it more highly,” he says.

All episodes of SME Experts are supported by a complete set of resources available at mentored.com.au.

Listen to SME Experts here.

OMD partners with podcasters to research audience & opportunities

OMD has partnered with ARN, Macquarie Media, Mamamia, Nova Entertainment, Southern Cross Austereo and Whooshkaa to commission a research study to understand the state of podcasting in Australia.

OMD conducted online interviews with more than 4,000 Australians.

From podcast usage and habits to the most effective types of podcast advertising, the study delivers an understanding of the podcast audience and the realm of opportunities in this unique medium.

OMD’s research uncovered that 3.8 million Australian adults have listened to a podcast in the last three months. That’s just over one in five people engaging with the medium, providing the scale that brands are looking for.

OMD, in collaboration with ARN, Macquarie Media, Mamamia, Nova Entertainment, Southern Cross Austereo and Whooshkaa, is exclusively presenting OMD’s Soundscape: The State of Podcasting in Australia, 2018 research to clients in Sydney and Melbourne in November, followed by Brisbane in the new year.

Read more at mediaweek.com.au

Fairfax My Small Business section recommends The Mentor

Fairfax Media’s My Small Business section this week highlighted 10 podcasts it recommends for entrepreneurs:

Coffee Pods with Holly Ransom
TWISTA – This Week in Startups Australia with Mark Pesce
That Startup Show with writer Benjamin Law and Junkee Media editor Rae Johnston
Scaleup from Victorian Government’s LaunchVic
Your Dream Life – new from Kikki K founder Kristina Karlsson
The Osher Günsberg Podcast
Hot Copy – copywriters Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver on freelancing, branding and communications
The Mentor with Mark Bouris
Small Business Big Marketing with entrepreneur and marketing veteran Tim Reid
IndigipreneurDean Foley hosts the program from indigenous business accelerator Barayamal

Dead Wrong podcast: How it got cold case reopened

The office of Queensland’s Attorney-General spent two months considering nearly 100 pages of documents, transcripts and forensic advice compiled by newspaper reporters before a decision was made to hold a new inquest into the death of scientist Jeffrey Brooks, reported Kate Kyriacou in The Courier-Mail this week.

The formal submissions, made by prominent criminal lawyer Peter Boyce on behalf of Brooks’s parents, summarised a year-long investigation into the shooting death of the 24-year-old.

Brooks, an aquaculturist employed at the Beenleigh Crayfish Farm, was found dead in a work vehicle in 1996 from a shotgun wound to his chest.

Police determined he had shot himself by accident pulling an old, loaded shotgun from the car towards his body.

Throughout the year-long investigation, The Courier-Mail, which told Brooks’s story through the podcast series Dead Wrong, conducted ballistics tests and consulted with forensic pathologists.

Attempts to recreate the angle of the wound in Brooks’s chest proved impossible and an international expert in gunshot wounds was highly critical of the police theory.

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Listen to Dead Wrong here.

The Best Podcasts For Falling Asleep

Not all podcasters would want their titles to fall into this category!

Lifehacker publishes a feature this week it said to file under insomnia:

Now that every person on earth has a podcast, you can find one for any topic or need – in fact you can pick your favourite from a whole roster. Say you need a podcast that’s interesting enough to stop your mind from spinning into late-night anxiety, quiet enough to calm you in bed, and boring enough that you don’t stay up an extra hour waiting for the end. We looked at some of the most-recommended podcasts for falling asleep, chose the best, and added several of our own favourites.

See Lifehacker’s most interesting and most boring lists here.

British Royal Family’s gift to Bauer’s Woman’s Day for 70th anniversary

It was 2009 when Fiona Connolly took over editing Woman’s Day magazine, with the current editor-in-chief set to pass a decade in charge next year.

Connolly now also has responsibility for other Bauer Media Australia titles NW and OK! magazines. Collectively those titles make up Bauer Media’s Women’s Celebrity Entertainment category as Bauer centralises editorial to maximise efficiencies.

Despite the extra duties, Connolly told Mediaweek the emphasis remains on her Woman’s Day duties. “There is no question that has to be my focus, but it has been great to be able to pass on some of the learnings I’ve had to the team at NW and OK!.”

Connolly said the centralised team makes perfect sense, “particularly in terms of picture buying and repurposing content opportunities. It is also good to be able to position all three in the marketplace to make sure we are not eating each other alive. We want to make sure we complement each other in everything from storylines to photos.

“Bauer wants to make sure we speak to as many readers across the category as we can.”

Going through the archives for the 70th anniversary edition of Woman’s Day this week gave Connolly and the team time to reflect on the brand today and what made it a companion for many Australian women over the decades.

“An anniversary like this makes you have a think about where you have been and where you are going,” said Connolly. “The biggest impact for me was a reminder of the real life stories published over the decades. I realised just how many Australian women we have spoken to and who have filled the pages of the magazines.

“They have been such a part of this iconic brand and how blessed and lucky we have been to have them in there. It made me realise we definitely need to continue that tradition and focus on continuing to search for those incredibly inspiring women into our next decade.”

In seven decades many of the editorial highlights remain constant. “Woman’s Day has always been about variety. It wouldn’t have been such a successful brand for so many years if it hadn’t provided that breadth of content over the years. It is a model that is unique to Australia. There are niche celebrity titles in the US and the UK, but there are very few that combine everything from celebrity to real life to puzzles and lifestyle.

“Within that lifestyle category there are so many pillars from food to homes, pets, fashion and food.”

There have been some casualties along the way though. “We certainly don’t do as much knitting these days,” said Connolly. “You won’t find many patterns or embroidery either unless it is a special occasion, like a royal baby and we cover knitting baby clothes.”

There has been a stronger focus on celebrities in some decades, noted Connolly. “That was the case particularly when Nene King was in charge of the title.”

After her five years editing News Corp’s Confidential brand before joining Bauer, there are few better schooled in the public appetite for celebrity than Connolly.

Nene King used to make sure readers got plenty of the British Royal Family too, although Connolly reckons this year in particular there have been more royals perhaps than ever before.

As to how good the royals have been this year, Connolly said: “The British royal family has been more of a gift than you can imagine. We could not have asked for more – two weddings in the past few months, babies and then the tours. We have been very lucky.”

Celebrities in the spotlight now often engage with the title too. Some more forcefully than others – from Rebel Wilson to more recent feedback from Karl Stefanovic and Jackie O.

Although the readership and circulation figures are well down from the glory days (Australian publishers no longer reveal circulation data), Connolly said she is very confident about the future of the print edition. “I’d like to think the lights would never go out. Largely because of the variety I speak of, there remains a strong desire for many women to escape through the pages of the magazine in a way they can’t in electronic form.

“I am always on the lookout for people engaging with our brand and I see it everywhere from on aeroplanes to beaches in the summer. Readers enjoy the escape from their daily routines, which is something that can be best delivered in print.

While readership of many magazines is stronger with older readers, Connolly has been doing much work with her titles about attracting younger readers to the brands. “We look at shifting readers from one title to another as they move through their life stages and that is one of the reasons we created the category.

Woman’s Day has been historically read across different generations of Australian women and is handed down from one to the other.

“We have been holding some really heartwarming focus groups around the country including regional areas.

“One of the familiar phrases I was hearing was that ‘I always buy Woman’s Day because my mum did and it reminds me of my mum’. Some copies of Woman’s Day can be read by three generations of Australian woman. That gives us a good starting point to connect with a younger generation and bring them through the decades.”

For the future, Connolly will examine the results of the focus groups with a view to implementing some of the ideas. “It would be foolish for me to think because I have been editing this magazine for so long that the readers’ needs haven’t changed.

“I really look forward to regular check-ins with readers and they are very important to me. We got some great food for thought about how we could provide them with more of what they love.”

Some of those changes could be implemented early next year. Everything is up for review – from content like food trends through to more practical things like the size of the magazine.

Top Photo:  Fiona Connolly

News Corp reports: Digital subs in Australia grow 67,000 to 442,400

Foxtel subscribers at 2.9m, with lower subscription and ad revenue.

First quarter 2019 highlights

• Revenues of US$2.52 billion, a 23% increase compared to $2.06 billion in the prior year, reflecting the consolidation of Foxtel and continued strength at the Digital Real Estate Services and Book Publishing segments
• Net income was $128 million compared to $87 million in the prior year
• Total Segment EBITDA was $358 million compared to $248 million in the prior year
• Strong paid digital subscriber growth at The Wall Street Journal, The Times and Sunday Times and The Australian with digital subscribers accounting for more than half of total subscriber base.

Commenting on the financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2018, chief executive Robert Thomson said:

“In the first quarter, our growth in revenue and earnings reaffirmed our strategy to focus on digital development, and to put particular emphasis on subscriptions as the advertising market continues to evolve.

“Reported revenues grew 23% to $2.5 billion for the quarter, while profits rose 44% to $358 million. These numbers are noteworthy as, even excluding the Foxtel consolidation, we achieved tangible increases over the same period last year across many of our segments.

“Digital Real Estate Services continued to post strong operational gains, and we took an important strategic step forward with the acquisition of Opcity, which deepens the quality of our engagement with realtors and homebuyers.

“Our News and Information Services segment showed progress, with digital paid subscriptions rising at many of our mastheads. Dow Jones (DJ) is well advanced in its digital transformation, with nearly 65% of The Wall Street Journal subscribers digital-only. That growth is complemented by the Professional Information Business, which allows us to sell higher value-added products across the WSJ subscriber base.

“HarperCollins again demonstrated that unique, compelling content can be monetised successfully across different platforms and markets, posting another quarter of robust profit growth.

“We are enhancing the new Foxtel, having already launched a dedicated Fox Cricket channel, begun the rollout of 4K, and done advanced work on a sports-only IP offering. The Foxtel leadership team has also been transformed in recent months.”

Read more here.

TV Ratings Analysis: November 7

• Midweek win: Seven makes it four from four so far in week 45
• Hard Quiz does it again – #1 non-news, top five, 780k metro

By James Manning

Seven

Home And Away has held above 600,000 for the third consecutive night this week.

Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings has not been quite as consistent. It soared from 629,000 on Monday to 744,000 on Tuesday, but the numbers slipped last night, down to 583,000 up against The Bachelorette.

At 8.30pm the drama 9-1-1 did 455,000 after 492,000 last week.

Nine

Stress-testing luggage got our attention on A Current Affair last night in addition to good work from ACA tracking down a Red Rooster rorter. The midweek episode did 780,000, which is the best audience this week.

An hour of Young Sheldon then did 580,000 for the new episode and 501,000 for the repeat.

Manifest did 371,000 after 345,000 a week ago.

The Nine programmers then had a laugh scheduling World’s Worst Flights, but there was a change of mind with Ghostbusters II taking the slot with 114,000 watching.

TEN

Steve Price forecast how long Mark Latham might last in One Nation and then a Pub Choir closed last night’s episode of The Project. The Wednesday episode was on 475,000, which is close to where each night has traded this week.

The Bachelorette won the commercial hour with 601,000 after 537,000 a week ago.

The final episode of the Australian drama Playing For Keeps then did 402,000. The series launched in early September on 575,000.

ABC

Hard Quiz continues to rate strongly with 776,000 its best this year after 679,000 last week.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell was also up significantly this week with 745,000 after 669,000 last week.

The second week of Tomorrow Night did 567,000 after launching with 582,000.

The new music show The Set did 179,000 after launching with 202,000.

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys had the biggest audience with 268,000.

The repeat of DNA Nation then did 172,000 with Food Safari Water on 182,000.

Week 45 TV: Wednesday
WEDNESDAY METRO
ABCSevenNine10SBS
ABC14.7%720.5%917.0%10 12.3%SBS One4.9%
ABC 22.5%7TWO4.2%GO!3.3%10 Peach3.8%VICELAND1.9%
ABC ME0.7%7mate2.8%GEM2.6%10 Boss2.2%Food Net1.1%
ABC NEWS1.8%7flix1.8%9Life1.7%  NITV0.1%
TOTAL19.7% 29.4% 24.6% 18.3% 8.0%
WEDNESDAY REGIONAL
ABCSeven AffiliatesNine Affiliates10 AffiliatesSBS
ABC12.6%722.7%913.3%WIN8.5%SBS One3.7%
ABC 23.4%7TWO5.6%GO!4.6%ONE4.3%VICELAND2.2%
ABC ME0.9%7mate3.2%GEM4.1%ELEVEN2.3%Food Net1.3%
ABC NEWS2.2%7flix1.9%9Life1.7%Sky News  on WIN1.2%NITV0.1%
TOTAL19.1% 33.4% 23.7% 16.3% 7.2%

 

WEDNESDAY METRO ALL TV
FTASTV
84.6%15.4%

 

Wednesday FTA
  1. Seven News Seven 981,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 958,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 904,000
  4. Nine News Nine 890,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 780,000
  6. Hard Quiz ABC 776,000
  7. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell S9 ABC 745,000
  8. ABC News ABC 707,000
  9. 7.30 ABC 679,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 604,000
  11. The Bachelorette Australia 10 601,000
  12. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Wedding Seven 583,000
  13. Young Sheldon Nine 580,000
  14. Tomorrow Tonight ABC 567,000
  15. The Chase Australia Seven 530,000
  16. Young Sheldon – (R) Nine 501,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 490,000
  18. The Project 7pm 10 475,000
  19. 9-1-1 Seven 455,000
  20. Playing For Keeps 10 402,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. The Bachelorette Australia Wed 10 222,000
  2. Playing For Keeps 10 157,000
  3. The Project 7pm 10 151,000
  4. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 140,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 122,000

 

18-49 Top Five

  1. The Bachelorette Australia Wed 10 342,000
  2. Playing For Keeps 10 237,000
  3. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 227,000
  4. The Project 7pm 10 227,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 223,000

 

25-54 Top Five

  1. The Bachelorette Australia 10 340,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 290,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 282,000
  4. Nine News Nine 274,000
  5. Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings Seven 265,000
WEDNESDAY Multichannel
  1. Rosemary & Thyme PM 7TWO 151,000
  2. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  3. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  4. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000
  5. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  6. Judge John Deed PM 7TWO 137,000
  7. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000
  8. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  9. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 136,000
  10. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 134,000
  11. Luo Bao Bei ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  12. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  13. Floogals AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  14. Neighbours 10 Peach 126,000
  15. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  16. NCIS: Los Angeles Ep 2 (R) 10 Boss 123,000
  17. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000
  18. Peg + Cat AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  19. NCIS: Los Angeles (R) 10 Boss 119,000
WEDNESDAY Subscription TV
  1. Love It Or List It Australia LifeStyle Channel 135,000
  2. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 66,000
  3. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 63,000
  4. Grand Designs LifeStyle Channel 62,000
  5. PML Overtime Sky News Live 50,000
  6. Selling Houses Australia LifeStyle Channel 43,000
  7. Family Guy FOX8 43,000
  8. Credlin Sky News Live 40,000
  9. Richo Sky News Live 39,000
  10. The Day Henry Met Nick Jr. 38,000
  11. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 37,000
  12. Family Guy FOX8 37,000
  13. NCIS TVH!TS 36,000
  14. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 35,000
  15. Bones TVH!TS 34,000
  16. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 34,000
  17. Mayans M.C. showcase 34,000
  18. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 33,000
  19. Peppa Pig Nick Jr. 33,000
  20. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 32,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Carsales CEO explains why he poached high-profile agency chief

Carsales chief executive Cameron McIntyre hopes his poaching of a high-profile advertising agency executive will help address the company’s weakness in luring brands to advertise around car classifieds and push it deeper into automation and data crunching, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

Simon Ryan’s shock resignation as chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network in Australia was announced on Friday after nine years, having held various roles throughout the advertising and communications group.

McIntyre, who succeeded founder Greg Roebuck last year, said the main thing for his business was to keep building new capabilities and skills.

“Simon’s absolutely someone who has strong capabilities – he knows the marketing and communications market very well,” McIntyre told The Australian Financial Review.

“One of our challenges has been display advertising. What I’m looking for is his knowledge, leadership and capability in that area to give us a strong leg-up.”

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TorchMedia retains Sydney Trains external advertising contract

TorchMedia has successfully resecured its rights to external advertising on Sydney Trains. In addition to retaining the external portfolio, TorchMedia has been appointed for all “On-Train” advertising solutions, which include internal train advertising.

Kirsty Dollisson, managing director of TorchMedia, said, “We are thrilled to take the On-Train advertising portfolio to market for Sydney Trains. The ability to influence up to 1.3 million passenger journeys daily both on platform and while on board provides brands with an opportunity to deliver truly immersive communications. Trains are an essential part of Sydney’s public transport network servicing almost half of all public transport commuters. The sheer volume of audience we can provide is unparalleled.”

TorchMedia first introduced advertising on Sydney Trains in 2013, after launching external train advertising in Australia in Melbourne and Brisbane.

“We look forward to working closely with Sydney Trains to introduce further format innovations across the On-Train offering in the coming months,” said Dollisson.

OMD appoints Melbourne head of product & national head of planning

OMD Australia has today announced the appointment of Penny Shell to Melbourne head of product & national head of planning. Shell will lead the OMD Melbourne product and will also be responsible for OMD Australia’s implementation planning approach, nationally.

OMD said Shell is a proven strategic all-star of the Melbourne media industry and joins OMD from Starcom, where she spent the last three of her six-year tenure with it as head of strategy.

Earlier in her career, Shell held roles at Ikon Communications, Nike and Mitchell & Partners.

Gavin Gibson, chief strategy officer, OMD Australia said, “Penny is that rare blend of talent who ensures strategic thinking seamlessly integrates and informs implementation planning solutions. Penny adds even more bench strength to our product offering and we are looking forward to having such an accomplished practitioner on board.”

Shell said of her appointment, “I am impressed and excited by OMD’s bespoke client-centric model, the agency’s transparency and their culture. I look forward to working with the team, and our media partners, to create best in class business and brand solutions for continued client success.”

Shell will join the OMD Melbourne leadership team and will report into Dianne Richardson, managing director, OMD Melbourne, and Gavin Gibson, chief strategy officer, OMD Australia. She will commence with OMD on December 3, 2018.

News Brands

Eryn Norvill wanted Rush complaint kept confidential, defence says

The woman at the centre of the Geoffrey Rush defamation case is not seeking vengeance or personal publicity, a Sydney court has heard, reports ABC News’s Jamelle Wells.

After more than two weeks of evidence, lawyers for The Daily Telegraph are making closing submissions in the Federal Court.

Barrister Tom Blackburn SC said Norvill was a young but accomplished actor, who had been an impressive and brave witness who never embellished her answers.

He said Norvill did not want revenge or personal publicity and agreed to give evidence about Rush because she did not want other women to be subjected to his alleged inappropriate behaviour.

“She wanted her complaint to be kept confidential… she didn’t want to make a formal complaint,” Blackburn said.

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ACMA clears Sky News over Blair Cottrell interview after complaint

Sky News did not break the television industry’s code of practice by airing an interview with Blair Cottrell, the TV watchdog ACMA has ruled, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.

In August, former Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles invited Cottrell onto the 24-hour news channel to talk about immigration. The United Patriots Front leader has previously called for a picture of Adolf Hitler to be hung in every Australian classroom.

After intense backlash – including from its own presenters – Sky suspended The Adam Giles Show and banned Cottrell from appearing on the network ever again. Fairfax Media later revealed that Sky News boss Greg Byrnes knew about the interview beforehand and gave the segment the green light.

The incident also led to the Victorian transport minister banishing Sky News bulletins from Melbourne’s busiest train stations.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has now handed down its findings into the controversial interview. The TV watchdog found Sky did not provoke “intense dislike” or “serious contempt” on the grounds of race or religion because Cottrell’s comments about Islam were brief and he did not identify specific nationalities other than white South Africans.

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Television

Network 10 announces November premiere date for The Conners

Roseanne might be six-feet-under, but don’t stress because the rest of the Conner clan are back and bolder than ever, said Network 10 in a release today:

In just two weeks, one of television’s funniest and most controversial families returns with its honest and boundary-pushing take on contemporary issues.

Grieving the loss of matriarch Roseanne, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

Beloved characters Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and DJ face parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, ageing and in-laws in working-class America.

Through all the drama, fighting and breakdowns, the Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love.

The family that looks like us, lives like us and laughs like no one else is back. And because one episode is not enough, we are serving you up two episodes for the price of one.

The new series will launch on Thursday November 22 at 7.30pm.

The Block confirms its favourite city: 'Sydney is just too hard'

Melbourne holds bragging rights as host of Channel 9’s hit renovations show The Block – and it’s all because business in Sydney is just too hard to do, reports News Corp’s Bruce McDougall.

The Block is unlikely to return to Sydney as producers find Victoria more welcoming as well as being quicker and easier to deal with.

They had long hinted they would like to bring the reality show back to NSW for the first time since 2013 but red tape and “not in my backyard” protests have put them off.

“We don’t get any special favours [in Melbourne] – it is just the processes are simpler,” creator Julian Cress said.

“We do sensitive heritage restorations and we don’t cut corners … The average time we spend in council is 90 days – we do a two-year project in three months.”

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Audio

Former Fiveaa newsreader Anne Stone tells of surprise radio exit

Award-winning Adelaide radio newsreader Anne Stone has described the “brutal way” she was axed by Fiveaa after 19 years, leaving her without a chance to say goodbye to listeners or colleagues, reports The Advertiser’s Antimo Iannella.

Breakfast and mornings newsreader Anne tells Confidential she was left “devastated” by the shock sacking last Friday, after which she says she was immediately marched out of the radio station’s building.

“It’s certainly the most brutal way I’ve ever been dismissed from a job in my 32 years in the industry,” says Anne, 52, who was named Australian commercial radio’s best news presenter on the AM dial in 2015 and 2016.

“I didn’t even get the chance to say goodbye. I didn’t get the chance to do anything.

“After [I was told] I was escorted into the newsroom to get my bag and to the lift… and out the building.”

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Sports Media

Cricket Australia TV deal architect shown door in front of shocked staff

Kevin Roberts made his first key moves as Cricket Australia chief as high-performance boss Pat Howard and another senior executive became the latest casualties in the wake of the damning review into the governing body’s corporate culture, reports Fairfax Media’s Andrew Wu.

On another day of upheaval at Jolimont, Howard’s controversial seven-year reign was brought to an end while the man who oversaw the sport’s record TV deal, Ben Amarfio, was dramatically shown the door, reportedly by CA’s head of security Sean Carroll in front of shocked staff, as part of a major reshuffle to the management team.

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Socceroos farewell Tim Cahill in two matches on Network 10

It will be the end of an era as Australian football legend Tim Cahill pulls on the green and gold for the very last time when the Caltex Socceroos face AFC Asian Cup finalists Lebanon in Sydney on Tuesday November 20.

The second of two November football fixtures, this will be the Caltex Socceroos’ last match on Australian soil before they head to the United Arab Emirates in January to defend their title as AFC Asian Cup champions.

Three days earlier on Saturday November 17, the Caltex Socceroos will face Asian powerhouse Korea Republic at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

In a 2015 Asian Cup Final rematch, Graham Arnold’s side will go balls to the wall to prove they are still top dog.

Both matches will be broadcast live and in high definition, hosted by Caty Price with expert commentary from Socceroo greats Archie Thompson and Luke Wilkshire.

Australia v Korea Republic
Saturday November 17 at 7.30pm AEDT on 10 And WIN Network

Australia v Lebanon
Tuesday November 20 at 7.00pm AEDT on 10 Boss And WIN Boss

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