Welcome to the first Mediaweek Industry Awards that give our readers a voice to celebrate the best of the year.
The Mediaweek team has selected nominations in some categories, while readers can vote for anything eligible in other categories.
Our nominations have tended to go for major productions or companies. The nominations in the various categories aren’t exhaustive and there are some omissions. In radio we have stayed with commercial radio because that is our focus at Mediaweek. We don’t completely ignore ABC radio, but it is not our speciality.
In TV, ABC programs are eligible because many of them are made by outside companies, whereas ABC Radio is largely an internal operation. We started rather late planning this year. Next year we anticipate there could be more categories depending on reader feedback.
In two new podcasts this week James Manning talks with Roxy Jacenko and Mikey Robins.
Mediaweek Podcast: Roxy Jacenko
A somewhat controversial figure in the PR world, Roxy Jacenko joins Mediaweek’s James Manning in the studio to talk about the world of PR as she shares her tips and tricks. Along the way Roxy reveals some of her recent personal challenges, and talked about how she gets on with most of the media!
Mediaweek Podcast: Mikey Robins
Talking about his new book Seven Deadly Sins is former breakfast radio star (on triple j and Triple M), Mikey Robins. The book is an intriguing compilation of stories relating to food over the past few decades. From farting to lust! Robins also refers to his media career along the way, including the successful years as part of the Good News Week team.
As Red Room shows go, or any gig anywhere for that matter, things don’t get much more intimate than a music superstar performing for a group of just 20 people.
That is what happened in Nova’s third ARIA Week Red Room performance in Sydney when Keith Urban played at Nova Sydney for literally a handful of fans on Monday.
Urban is of course in Australia to host the ARIA Awards to be screened on Nine on Wednesday night.
The intimate gig came after a busy month with Urban playing 14 shows across the USA in October from the west coast to the east coast. He then started November in New Orleans with his last show three weeks ago in Dallas.
After he completes his ARIA duties this week, Urban’s next gig is his New Year’s Eve show in Nashville before he embarks on his Australian tour starting in Newcastle on January 23.
For his Nova Red Room show, which Urban acknowledged was his first for the famed music brand, he was accompanied by a small crew looking after his two acoustic guitars and the PA system.
He might have performed four only songs but the small group of fans were more than thrilled with getting up close for the performance and a photo afterwards.
Urban started with Wasted Time from his Ripcord album. Next was Coming Home with his fans (and Keith) doing their best to sing the parts of the song Julia Michaels does such a good job on. The track is featured on his most recent album Graffiti U. (Michaels will be touring with Urban around Australia next year.)
He finished off his set with Blue Ain’t Your Colour, another tune from Ripcord, and a cover of Happier, a fan request and a tune originally from Marshmello.
Among the handful of people lucky enough to enjoy the performance were ARIA chief Dan Rosen, Nova Entertainment’s chief marketing and digital officer Tony Thomas and drive host Tim Blackwell (watching the short set before his 4pm radio appointment) and EMI Australia boss John O’Donnell.
Smallzy again hosted the Red Room show, conducting a short Q&A with Urban beforehand, quizzing about how nervous he might be before the Awards show hosting. Urban said he would be attending a rehearsal for the show today.
Nova Red Room ARIA Week Show #1: Vera Blue at The Lansdowne
• The exclusive show attracted a mix of listeners and Nova staff, all eager to see Vera Blue in action.
Nova Red Room ARIA Week show #2: Amy Shark at The Lansdowne
• She managed to play two Red Rooms in 2018, both of them at The Lansdowne.
• The Guardian Australia and The Saturday Paper become members of NewsMediaWorks
NewsMediaWorks has announced that the initial flight of its marketing campaign, The Truth Builds Trust, which promotes of the value of authentic news environments to advertisers, has generated more than 30,000 unique visits to the website and will return in 2019.
The first of a multistage campaign, The Truth Builds Trust has been underwritten by Australia’s leading news media publishers: News Corp Australia, Fairfax Media and Seven West Media, and has been prominent in the vast majority of national, metropolitan, community and regional newspapers and news websites.
In addition, The Guardian Australia and The Saturday Paper have become members of NewsMediaWorks and joined the fray.
The next stage of the campaign will point to the findings of the third ADTRUST study conducted by Ipsos that is currently in market.
The second study, which was released hard on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal in July, demonstrated that readers rate newspapers and news websites above all other media as the most trustworthy. Further, readers asserted this trust positively impacts their regard for advertising*.
Peter Miller, CEO of NewsMediaWorks, declared The Truth Builds Trust campaign a success.
“Advertisers are more than ever before hell-bent on maximizing returns. These ADTRUST findings should be a vital input in their media selection,” he said.
“We have experienced heavy traffic to www.thetruthbuildstrust.com.au. This indicates we have spiked a great deal of interest from advertisers who, as a result of our study, are now better equipped to challenge media plans that emphasise risky social over the sure thing of authentic news media. The same study revealed that users of news websites similarly rated the content and advertising as far more trustworthy than social media, which of course has faced a series of well-documented batterings this year. We definitely wanted to capitalise on the well-founded doubts that users and advertisers have now formed around the dependence on social media. It is at heart a positive campaign for Australian news media.”
NewsMediaWorks partnered with strategic agency Thinkerbell on the campaign. “Thinkerbell found an ingenious way to use our members’ newspapers and websites to tell our story,” Miller said.
It featured a range of executions that asserted why trusted journalism is important for advertisers, including: “It’s what’s on the other page that makes this space so powerful”, “For why this ad works, see above” and, in digital, “Surround your brand with articles your customers trust”.
The latest Q3 News Media Index, based on data collated by Standard Media Index (SMI), revealed the continued improvement in news media ad revenue due to the re-evaluation of news media by marketers and agencies.
* Source: Galaxy Research; n=4200 Australians aged 18+ over 2 waves; Jun17 2 legs of n=1400 with each leg covering 5 of the 10 media types; Apr18 1 leg of n=1400 covering each of the 10 media.
The December issue of Elle, on sale today, features an exclusive cover story with Hollywood actress Mandy Moore and a brand collaboration with Australian sustainable fashion label Spell & The Gypsy Collective.
The cover shoot features an interview with Moore, who opens up about her career, the social media-savvy way she started dating her husband Taylor Goldsmith, and her Golden Globe-nominated role in This Is Us.
Shot by LA-based Kai Z Feng and styled by Elle contributing fashion editor Emma Kalfus, the cover shoot celebrates Moore’s career achievements and relationship with Goldsmith, her now-husband.
Moore met Goldsmith after posting a photo of his band Dawes on Instagram and after one date they began corresponding online while Goldsmith was on tour. Reliving the early stages of her relationship with Goldsmith, whom she married last weekend in a private and intimate ceremony, Moore says, “I completely fell in love with him without having done anything more than given him a hug good night.”
The pair crossed paths as Moore’s divorce to rocker Ryan Adams was being finalised, and they were married last weekend in a private ceremony at home.
“When I met Taylor, I was more of a fully formed woman,“ says Moore, “Before, I don’t know if I would have been open for it had I not gone through what I went through in my previous relationship.”
The actress also gets intimate on her career comeback, revealing, “There was no forward momentum in any respect and it wasn’t just frustrating and daunting, I was questioning whether or not I was meant to be a performer any more.
“I think I got to a point where I just felt like the engine had been completely shut off on the machine and I couldn’t find my way back to it and I couldn’t start it up again.”
Three years later, Moore is on a career high, with a critically acclaimed role in cult TV drama This Is Us. “You wait an entire lifetime, an entire career for something like this. You just appreciate it and savour every moment. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”
In addition, Elle’s December issue includes a unique brand partnership with cult favourite brand, Spell & the Gypsy Collective.
Readers will receive one of two bespoke scarves designed in collaboration between Elle and the Spell team, made from sustainable Lenzing™ Modal and attached to the magazine with sustainable biodegradable packaging.
“We’re thrilled with the December issue and can’t wait to share the magazine with our readers,” says editor Genevra Leek. “Not only is this issue full of stories of inspiring, powerful women, making for plenty of thought-provoking holiday reading, but the Spell scarf is bound to be a must-have accessory for summer and beyond.”
Bauer Media’s Elle December is on sale from today, Monday November 26. The #ELLExSpell scarf is available with the magazine at Coles, Woolworths and selected newsagents.
• Seven’s Mel McLaughlin and James Brayshaw to jointly host broadcasts
• Bruce McAvaney to host lunchtime interview show
• International greats Phil Tufnell, Aakash Chopra and Marvan Atapattu sign on
Australia’s new FTA TV home of cricket, Channel 7, has unveiled an outline of its summer coverage plans ahead of its first season where a sole free-to-air network will broadcast Test, BBL, WBBL and international women’s cricket in Australia.
Seven’s WBBL coverage starts on December 1 from the Junction Oval, followed by the start of the international Test series Australia v India from Adelaide Oval on December 6, then the Big Bash action launches from December 19.
Australia’s highest ever run-scorer, Ricky Ponting, will call Test matches and BBL on Seven, along with Damien Fleming, Michael Slater and Greg Blewett, while Glenn McGrath, Simon Katich, Jason Gillespie and Dirk Nannes will provide expert commentary at Test matches.
Seven’s Mel McLaughlin and James Brayshaw will form a dual-hosted team for the first time ever in Australian cricket broadcasting in Test cricket.
Three key ball-by-ball callers will call the Test action for Seven – international sports broadcaster and commentator Alison Mitchell, veteran broadcaster Tim Lane and James Brayshaw.
Bruce McAvaney will also be part of Seven’s cricket coverage this summer. Australia’s best sports interviewer and most revered broadcaster will interview the sport’s most iconic and interesting figures during the lunch break at the Melbourne and Sydney Test matches.
Lisa Sthalekar, Brad Hodge, Julia Price and Dirk Nannes will all provide expert commentary throughout the summer across WBBL and BBL.
Current NSW star Trent Copeland will also provide expert analysis bringing current information of all the players he has come up against this season and unique insight into the pitches he’s already played on this season.
Seven has also revealed its international expert commentators for the summer ahead including Phil Tufnell, Aakash Chopra and Marvan Atapattu.
Chopra, the former Indian Test opening batsman, has carved out an impressive broadcasting career and brings a wealth of current knowledge on the touring Indian team.
Crowd favourite and former England off spinner Tufnell will bring plenty of fun and expert commentary through the BBL and also the Tests against Sri Lanka.
Former Sri Lankan captain Atapattu will also provide commentary in the Gabba and Canberra Test matches as he brings viewers all the insights into the Sri Lankan team.
Seven News’s Jim Wilson, rising star Abbey Gelmi, experienced sports journalist Andy Maher, and sporting personality and commentator Jason Richardson will host several BBL and WBBL matches throughout the season.
For the next six years, Seven will annually broadcast:
• 43 Big Bash League matches, including all marquee matches and finals
• All home international Tests, including the 2021-2022 home Ashes series, and every year the iconic Boxing Day and New Year’s Test matches
• Key Women’s Big Bash League and International matches
• The most prestigious individual prizes in Australian cricket – the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award
Seven’s commentary team members
Ricky Ponting – expert commentator
Australia’s highest ever run-scorer and former captain, Ricky Ponting, is set to join the new home of cricket, Channel 7. Ponting, one of the most decorated cricketers to ever wear the baggy green, is currently regarded as the best cricket commentator in the world. His intimate knowledge of the game is matched by his ability to communicate to all cricket fans of varying interest and understanding.
Damien Fleming – expert commentator
Fleming compiled an impressive career for Australia across Tests and ODIs as a fast-medium swing bowler including a Test hat-trick on debut and a key role in the 1999 World Cup winning team. He’s been equally successful throughout his time in the commentary box on television and radio where fans have enjoyed his entertaining and insightful “bowlology” theories.
Michael Slater – expert commentator
Michael Slater was Australia’s aggressive stroke-playing star at the top of the order for a decade, including during the team’s golden run of success where it won a record 16 consecutive Tests in a row. He has brought an upbeat, vibrant and fun style to his commentary that fans have enjoyed.
Glenn McGrath – expert commentator
McGrath, the world’s highest Test wicket taker among fast bowlers with 564, was renowned for his impeccable line, length and bounce that regularly knocked over some of the best batsman of all time. He joins the Seven commentary box after various stints in radio and television and is set to give fans insight into the toils of fast bowling.
Alison Mitchell – Test match caller
International sports broadcaster and commentator, Alison Mitchell, is an award-winning journalist and has won plaudits around the world for her polished and professional cricket commentary.
Having started her career at the BBC where she has worked extensively across television and radio in broadcasting and journalism, Mitchell has over 10 years’ experience in ball-by-ball commentary around the world including England, Australia, Sri Lanka and India.
A meticulous researcher and lover of the game, Alison also has an excellent ability to draw out the best from the experts alongside her in the commentary box.
Mel McLaughlin and James Brayshaw – Hosts
McLaughlin has hosted many major sporting events on the national and world stage including Big Bash League cricket, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups, Olympic Winter Games and Commonwealth Games.
Brayshaw, a first-class cricketer for 10 years including two winning Sheffield Shields, will bring his upbeat style to Seven’s cricket and will also call BBL matches throughout the summer. Together the pair will bring a fresh approach to Test cricket broadcasting.
Bruce McAvaney – feature interviews
Australia’s “mastercaster” Bruce McAvaney will broadcast feature pieces at the Test lunch breaks in Melbourne and Sydney to give fans an insight into the superstar players and coaches that make the game great.
Lisa Sthalekar – expert commentator
The former Australian women’s captain carved out an impressive career as an all-rounder including the honour of being the Australian Women’s cricketer of the year in 2007 and 2008. And has since made a successful transition to the commentary box with inside knowledge of the women’s game at the highest level.
Tim Lane – Test match caller
The veteran sport broadcaster and award-winning journalist has earned enormous respect from cricket-loving fans with decades of experience calling the game. He will call Test matches on Seven this summer as Australia faces India and Sri Lanka.
Simon Katich – expert commentator
A left-handed batsmen who played 56 Tests for Australia amassing 10 Test centuries to his name, Katich joins Seven’s cricket for expert Test commentary in Melbourne and Sydney. More recently he has provided expert comments for ABC radio.
Greg Blewett – expert commentator
A stylish right-hander who played both Test and ODI cricket for Australia delighting fans with his penchant for shots square of the wicket and a powerful cover drive, Blewett has impressed listeners in recent years with his radio commentary.
Jason Gillespie – expert commentator
A wildly popular figure among fans as a fast bowler for Australia through the late 90s and early 2000s, he formed Australia’s statistically most successful opening bowling pair ever with Glenn McGrath. He has carved out a successful coaching career at Sussex and joins Seven for an expert role at the Adelaide Test match.
Brad Hodge – expert commentator
Hodge has a Test double century to his name and a reputation as one of the most consistent BBL players in the world. Viewers have also come to know Hodge via his insightful and playful on-field interviews during play at the BBL. He’ll provide expert commentary throughout the Big Bash.
Julia Price – expert commentator
Julia Price is a former cricketer for the Australian women’s cricket team. She played 10 Tests and 84 one-day internationals for Australia and was part of the 1997 and 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup triumphs. Having coached the Tassie Roar and Hobart Hurricanes, she brings an understanding of the game, both at a player’s and coach’s level.
Dirk Nannes – expert commentator
Dirk Nannes is a former Australian cricketer who played for Australia and the Netherlands. The left-arm fast bowler was in high demand as the T20 format swept the globe and he played for 15 different teams or franchises across nine countries. He’ll be providing expert commentary in WBBL and BBL for Seven.
Phil Tufnell – international expert commentator
A former slot left arm orthodox bowler for England, Tufnell has also carved out an entertaining career in television. He’ll bring his cheeky and fun sense of humour to his commentary across BBL and also the Tests against Sri Lanka.
Marvan Atapattu – international expert commentator
Former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain Marvan Atapattu played Test matches and One Day Internationals for 17 years, and went on to become one of Sri Lanka’s most prolific run-scorers. Atapattu has since forged a strong career in coaching and commentary.
Aakash Chopra – international expert commentator
Aakash Chopra played for the Indian cricket team in the early 2000s, known as a defensive opening batsman and close catcher in Test matches. The author of several books, he is known for his distinctive commentary and match analysis.
Trent Copeland – expert analysis
The current NSW star will bring expert analysis drawing on his knowledge of the current players, many of whom he has played with or against this season.
Jim Wilson – host
Jim Wilson is Seven News Sydney’s Sports Director. He presents sport for Sydney’s Seven News on Fridays and Saturdays as well as Seven’s Afternoon News. A self-described “sports nut”, Jim has covered some of the most significant sporting events of recent times including South African and West Indian cricket tours, seven Olympic Games, the British Open golf, World Cup soccer, the NRL State of Origin series and AFL Grand Finals.
Abbey Gelmi – host
Gelmi has worked in sports journalism and presenting for the past four years on national breakfast television, covering breaking sports news. As she’s the granddaughter of Australian middle distance great Herb Elliott, sport is in her blood. She will work across Tests, BBL and WBBL.
Andy Maher – host
Describing himself as the “unfunny Front Bar one” and “least swashbuckling” member of Seven’s BBL commentary team, Maher is also a respected journalist and sports presenter on radio and television. Maher’s extensive media commitments cover a variety of sports including AFL and cricket.
Jason Richardson – host
Experienced broadcaster and former elite athlete Jason Richardson will be hosting various BBL and WBBL matches across Seven’s cricket coverage. A Stawell Gift winner (1993), he brings plenty of personality and fun to a broad range of sports in Seven’s portfolio.
The Australian box office this weekend suffered a decrease of 23% after bringing home $13.21m. This weekend was once again top heavy with the total largely generated by the top six films, the only ones to generate over $300,000.
A large proportion of this was due to the staying power of mega hits Bohemian Rhapsody ($28.51m after four weeks) and A Star is Born ($28.77m after six weeks), which where both top five again.
New entries this week were Robin Hood and Widows, which took the place of The Girl in the Spider’s Web (three weeks with $1.58m) and Burn the Stage: The Movie (two weeks with $581,018) which suffered declines of 75% and 95% respectively.
The other major earner outside the top five was The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which made $956,815 in its first week in cinemas.
Keeping top spot in its second week in theatres, the Harry Potter spinoff has continued its streak of being a high money earner. Despite a 50% decline it earned an average of $13,871 across 306 screens, by far the highest of the weekend.
The biopic of British rock band Queen continues to rock theatres as it cracks the three million mark for the fourth week in a row. Bringing home an average of $9,913 across 340 screens, it was the most-shown movie in the country this weekend.
One of the new entries to the top five this week, a reimagining of English folklore, debuted in third spot after averaging $5,094 across 253 screens.
With its sixth consecutive week in the top five, it has been providing both quality and quantity returns after once again making a healthy average of $4,089 on 306 screens.
The other new entry this week has made a strong start cracking the one million dollar mark in its first week. The filmed based upon the ITV series of the same name made an average of $5,098 from 205 screens.
• Bride And Prejudice: The final weddings win for Seven
• Family Food Fight final part one top 20, but ranks #4 in slot
• Murphy Brown reboot with Candice Bergen launches on 10
• Roddy & Margaret footage pulls decent ABC crowd
By James Manning
Home And Away averaged 591,000 last week and has started the last week of survey on 630,000.
Night two of the final week of survey and Seven was well ahead thanks to the final of Bride & Prejudice – The Forbidden Weddings. The final outing for the series saw Philippa’s parents surprise guests at her wedding to Ry. Similarly Ange’s dad John was a surprise guest at her wedding to Dylan. The final episode did 699,000 after audiences of 711,000 and 687,000 for the episodes last week.
The US comedy-drama God Friended Me got the double episode treatment with 419,000 for the first and 316,000 for the second.
An exclusive on the search for the body of missing mum Roxlyn Bowie led A Current Affair before a look at stretching the Christmas dollar. After an average of 675,000 in week 47, A Current Affair began the last week of survey on 767,000.
Family Food Fight continued with the first of the two-part series final at 7.30pm with an audience of 418,000.
Then it was 007 time again with 2008’s Quantum Of Solace on 327,000.
The Project 7pm started its weeknight run on 414,000 after an average of 408,000 last week. Retired actor Samuel Johnson was the main guest, speaking about his latest project, the book Dear Santa.
The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds then did 444,000 after audiences of 519,000 and 560,000 in the past fortnight.
The reboot of Murphy Brown debuted with two episodes for audiences of 349,000 and 299,000.
An encore screening of How To Stay Married followed with 153,000 after the smallish crowd of 264,000 for what was a good episode last Thursday that deserved more.
Australian Story updated an episode from 2004 with Dr Ann O’Neill working with people in the Margaret River community in the wake of May’s horrific mass killing. The episode was introduced by Rosie Batty. The audience was on 647,000 after 632,000 last week.
Princes Margaret: The Rebel Royal finished with 573,000 after 581,000 watching part one last week. The excellent doco again featured some fascinating insights and Roddy Llewellyn footage including a 1970s Sydney press conference with Lord Snowden and what looked like the great Australian reporter and TV host Sonia Humphries sitting beside him.
Media Watch looked at the circus that greeted Renae Lawrence last week with 508,000 watching.
Q&A then did 384,000.
A repeat of The People’s Royal Wedding followed the SBS World News. It was the first of two royal docos that screened last night (see ABC for the other) and it had an audience of 186,000.
|ABC 2||2.6%||7TWO||4.0%||GO!||4.0%||10 Boss||3.8%||VICELAND||1.4%|
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||3.5%||GEM||2.4%||10 Peach||2.0%||Food Net||1.5%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||10 Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC ME||1.0%||7mate||5.3%||GEM||3.8%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||1.4%|
|ABC NEWS||1.6%||7flix||1.2%||9Life||2.0%||Sky News on WIN||0.8%||NITV||0.2%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
16-39 Top Five
18-49 Top Five
25-54 Top Five
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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
Tamara Pannett (pictured) has been appointed to lead the Nova Entertainment commercial agency team as Melbourne head of agency.
Andrew Will, Nova Entertainment’s Melbourne commercial director and market lead, said, “We are delighted to welcome Tamara into the Nova Entertainment family. Our passionate people drive our success, and Tamara demonstrates the traits sought in all our staff – collaboration, innovation and connection. Tamara’s experience across numerous platforms will provide the necessary thought leadership to lead the Melbourne Agency team into ‘what’s next’.”
With over 13 years’ experience as a senior media sales and marketing professional, Pannett has extensive experience in digital and print advertising across all categories. She has held various roles during her career including head of sales and partnerships (Australia and New Zealand) for The Urban List, group sales manager for News Corp Australia, Compass Agribusiness Management’s marketing and sales manager and national sales and operations manager for NewsLifeMedia.
Pannett said, “I really am excited about the opportunity to work with such highly regarded people and wonderful brands. Nova Entertainment already creates and shares great experiences. 2019 brings a fantastic opportunity to further evolve this offering for our clients via the depth and breadth of channels, products and assets available.”
Pannett replaces Ben Dixon, who after over seven years in management positions at Nova Entertainment, is embarking on the next phase of his career partnering with Australia’s first commercial music streaming service provider QSIC.
Pannett will report directly to Andrew Will and will lead the Melbourne agency sales team.
OMD Australia has appointed Kasey Doran (pictured) as head of strategy and product, Queensland. Doran will be responsible for developing innovative communications solutions and driving quality product output for the OMD Brisbane office.
With over 20 years’ experience, OMD said Doran is a proven strategic all-star of the media industry and joins OMD from Publicis Media. Her extensive experience across agency, partner and client roles is intended to bring not only a comprehensive communications perspective to the OMD team, but also strengthen thought leadership and integrated planning clout for our Queensland clients.
Rob Swinton, managing director, OMD Queensland, said, “Kasey is a leading strategic talent with a long and impressive track record of creating impactful, innovative brand and communications solutions. With her depth of experience, she brings with her a powerful arsenal, which we are excited to present to our clients. We’re really looking forward to her further building on our growing momentum in Queensland.”
Doran said of her appointment, “I am delighted to be joining the OMD team. Their consistency and confidence to lead the Brisbane market, with a team and client base that is ready to break new ground, is exciting. This role is testament to OMD embracing the changing landscape in a positive and innovative way and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”
Kasey will join the OMD Brisbane leadership team and will report into Rob Swinton. Her role begins December 10, 2018.
Nine Entertainment’s appetite to hold onto Fairfax Media’s events business after the $4 billion merger is set to be tested, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.
Street Talk reveals Saxton, a speaking events agency now owned by two former media executives, has submitted an expression of interest to Fairfax’s house adviser Macquarie Capital and is running the numbers on the unit.
Former APN News & Media chief executive Brett Chenoweth and former PBL Media-Nine Entertainment Co financier Charbel Nader invested in Saxton 12 months ago and have been sizing up bolt-on acquisitions including a handful of social media influencer agencies in Sydney and Melbourne.
Fairfax’s events division has been valued by Macquarie’s equities research team at about $60 million, or six times estimated 2018-19 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.
Controversial greenmailer Nick Bolton has emerged as a backer of former Domain boss Antony Catalano’s 11th-hour plan to derail the $4 billion merger between Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.
Bolton’s investment vehicle Aurora Funds Management and Catalano are set to appear before judge Jacqueline Gleeson in the Federal Court in Sydney this morning in a desperate bid to stop the merger, which has already been approved by Fairfax shareholders and the competition regulator.
Catalano said his proposal was superior to the Fairfax and Nine cash-and-scrip merger, and he planned to tell the Federal Court that there were several concerns with the merger and that there was support from shareholders for the board to consider alternatives.
Former ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie received a payout of $800,000 when she was sacked from the broadcaster in September, halfway through her five-year term, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.
The figure, confirmed to The Australian, comes as the former ABC head pushes ahead with her legal action against the public broadcaster.
Guthrie has launched an “adverse action” claim in the Fair Work Commission, represented by leading law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery. Guthrie, appointed to the role in 2016, filed legal action asserting breaches of her general protections under the Fair Work Act.
Craig McLachlan is suing for $6.5 million in special damages over media stories that accused him of sexual harassment in what is shaping up as a gladiatorial defamation battle against Fairfax Media, the ABC and actress Christie Whelan Browne, reports The Australian’s Deborah Cornwall.
The figure, revealed for the first time yesterday, follows a push by the two media outlets to include witness evidence from four more actresses as they press to amend their defence case at the 11th hour.
The four actresses were all named at a pre-trial hearing in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday. Three of them worked with McLachlan on ABC TV’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries. The fourth, Teagan Wouters, was an actress in The Rocky Horror Show.
No details were revealed about the evidence of the other two complainants from the TV series, actresses Cate Wolfe and Tamzen Hayes, but the court heard last week that the complaints against McLachlan would range from “inappropriate touching” to “unwanted kisses”.
One Nation candidate Mark Latham may have to pay more than $100,000 in legal costs and damages to former Greens candidate and ABC journalist Osman Faruqi after settling a defamation case against him, reports The Australian’s Sam Buckingham-Jones.
Faruqi, a political journalist and son of Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi, sued Latham in the Federal Court over a video in which he was accused of “white racism” and “encouraging terrorists” in a series of posts on Twitter.
In a statement announcing the settlement, Faruqi said legal costs and damages would likely amount to more than $100,000. He said he supported robust debate but harming another person’s reputation in the process comes at a cost.
The Walking Dead has loosened its grip on the Overall TV Charts in both Australia and New Zealand this week. The move of the zombie drama down the chart comes as the midseason final has just gone to air.
However, the ratings in the US have been sliding in recent weeks.
Taking over at the top of the Overall TV Chart in Australia is Brooklyn Nine-Nine in Australia and Doctor Who in New Zealand. SBS is the FTA home of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in Australia and at the SBS Upfronts last week SBS host Marc Fennell reminded guests SBS is the only place to see the episodes first and fast.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina remains #1 on the Digital Originals charts in both markets.
A big mover on the Digital Original charts this week was The Last Kingdom, which entered both charts in the top five. This is the third series of the UK fictional historical drama and the first that has been exclusive to Netflix. The series launched on November 19.
Top Photo: The Last Kingdom
In the Social Content Ratings Sports category for the week ending November 25, the Supercars event from Newcastle easily attracted the most social media interactions as measured by Nielsen.
The racing made the chart for the coverage on both Saturday and Sunday and was screened on 10 and Fox Sports.
Outside of sports, Nine News topped the chart with two entries for its bulletins on Monday November 19 and Wednesday November 21. ABC’s Insiders also made the top five, as did Seven News and Sunrise.
Some of the most prominent faces of 60 Minutes have spoken publicly about the show’s botched Lebanon operation for the first time, reports Fairfax Media’s Broede Carmody.
As part of the program’s 40th anniversary, 60 Minutes reporters – past and present – have been asked to reflect on their career highs and lows, for the episode airing this Sunday.
For presenter Tara Brown, the events of April 2016 were a definite low point. That month, she and three other Nine Network employees were arrested in Lebanon over allegations of child abduction. The crew was filming a segment about a mother whose estranged husband had left Australia with their two children.
Brown admits she still hasn’t seen the front-page stories written about her during the two weeks she was detained.
“There’s a great sense of sorrow when you realise what a splash you’ve made for all the wrong reasons,” she said. “But the greater sorrow and the greater tragedy is there is a really very sorry story, a very pressing story, behind that.”
Australian Ninja Warrior will introduce a Mega Warped Wall in its third season pushing contestants to their limits, reports TV Tonight.
Heats will feature two warped walls and a split second decision for contestants. The twist was announced last night at a media event at the show’s new Ninja course in Spotswood, in western Melbourne.
In attendance were Nine’s head of content, production and development Adrian Swift, Nine programming director Hamish Turner, Endemol Shine Australia chief content officer Peter Newman and executive producer Julie Ward.
“It brings a whole new element to the show. The original warped wall is 4.2 metres but the mega warped wall is 5.2 metres,” says host Rebecca Maddern.
Filming of the third season concludes this Sunday.
ABC ME series Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising has won a British Academy Children’s Award celebrating the world’s best programs for young audiences.
The third series of the teen drama was named the winner of the 2018 BAFTA Award for International Live Action at a ceremony in London on November 25 ahead of programs from the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and CBBC.
It was the second BAFTA Award nomination for the sci-fi program, the third series of which follows teenagers who find themselves trapped in a totally empty parallel world. In 2016, the program also won the International Emmy Kids Award for a Series.
Nowhere Boys is a Matchbox Pictures production for the ABC, with the support of Screen Australia and Film Victoria. The fourth and final series will be broadcast on ABC ME from next Monday December 3.
ABC ME received three nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Awards, with underwater adventure The Deep in the running for International Animation Award and enhanced acquisition So Awkward nominated for Best Comedy program.
On a recent episode of 10’s Have You Been Paying Attention?, Akmal Saleh joked about doing breakfast radio on the NSW Central Coast. It’s a gag he can’t crack any more.
After a year of doing breakfast radio on Central Coast’s 2GO, Akmal has confirmed that he will be hanging up his headphones and favourite avocado T-shirt, leaving breakfast radio to spend more time with family and pursue further comedic opportunities.
“There are many things that I am going to miss about working here at 2GO but I think without a doubt the person I’m going to miss the most is Singo the butcher!” Akmal said.
2GO’s content director Peter Yiamarelos said, “It’s been a real pleasure to have Akmal grace our airwaves with Mandy on the Central Coast throughout this year.
“In 2019 a new voice will be joining the breakfast show, led by returning co-host Mandy Coolen. 2GO will continue to create content our listeners love and will build on the growth that’s been achieved this year.” he said.
2GO will be sending Akmal off over the next four weeks with highlights from the year and coasties will have the chance to say goodbye at an upcoming live broadcast.
Mandy and Akmal’s last show will broadcast on Friday 21 December 21.