Wuhan doco a winner for Sky

Original article by Sophie Elsworth
The Australian – Page: 3 : 22-Sep-21

Data from OzTAM shows that a Sky News documentary on the origins of COVID-19 attracted 160,000 viewers, making it the pay-TV channel’s highest-rating program so far in 2021. ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’ was also watched by 100,000 regional viewers on the free-to-air Sky News Regional channel. Former US president Donald Trump and ex-secretary of state Mike Pompeo are among the people who were interviewed by investigative journalist Sharri Markson.

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SKY NEWS

Telstra CEO Andy Penn would support a Foxtel IPO

Original article by David Swan, James Madden
The Australian – Page: Online : 17-Sep-21

Telstra CEO Andy Penn says the telco would retain its stake in Foxtel should the pay-TV and streaming group pursue a sharemarket float. He regards Telstra as a long-term investor in Foxtel, but concedes that its 35 per cent would most likely be diluted via an IPO. Penn adds that Telstra would be open to an IPO if it provided more opportunities for Foxtel in the future. He also says Foxtel’s focus on digitisation has allowed it to meet the challenges presented by streaming rivals such as Netflix.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, NETFLIX INCORPORATED

Foxtel breaches broadcasting rules over gambling ad during AFL game

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 15-Sep-21

The Australian Communications & Media Authority has found that Foxtel breached the subscription broadcast code of practice during its live coverage of an AFL match in April. The pay-TV group had broadcast a promotion from a wagering partner, in breach of rules introduced in 2018 which prohibit broadcasters from showing gambling advertisements or promoting betting odds during a live sports broadcast. Foxtel had self-reported the incident to ACMA following a complaint from a viewer.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTDAUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITYAUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Major advertiser backs News Corp climate shift

Original article by Zoe Samios, Amelia McGuire
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 8-Sep-21

News Corporations insiders have suggested that pressure from advertisers may have contributed to the media group’s new stance on climate change. News Corp intends to launch a campaign across its platforms to promote the benefits of a carbon-neutral economy. Grocery giant Coles, which boasts one of Australia’s biggest advertising budgets, has welcomed News Corp’s revised approach to climate change. Coles’ new zero emissions advertising campaign has appeared in News Corp’s publications, as well as those of rival media groups.

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NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL

ABC says sorry for Bernardi episode

Original article by Sophie Elsworth
The Australian – Page: 6 : 7-Sep-21

The ABC has apologised to Sky News host and former senator Cory Bernardi for the airing of allegations against him in an episode of the four-part series ‘Ms Represented’. The allegations against Bernadi were made by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, with Bernardi having strongly denied them. In acknowledging Bernardi’s letter of complaint, the ABC conceded that it failed to give him the opportunity to respond to the allegations, and that the program breached its editorial standards

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Minister pans ABC complaint procedure

Original article by Troy Bramston
The Australian – Page: 3 : 2-Sep-21

The ABC has attracted further scrutiny in the wake of a controversial documentary on the 1979 Luna Park ghost train fire in Sydney. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says the fallout from the documentary should prompt the public broadcaster’s management and board to review its policy for handling audience complaints, in order to determine whether it is functioning effectively. The ABC’s audience and consumer affairs division has rejected all complaints received with regard to the documentary.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Harvey repays JobKeeper

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 15 : 1-Sep-21

Consumer electronics and furniture retailer Harvey Norman has posted a 2020-21 net profit of $841.41m, which is 75.1 per cent higher than previously. Revenue rose by 14.9 per cent to $9.721bn, while its Australian sales were up 12.8 per cent at $6.95bn. Harvey Norman’s stores in seven overseas markets recorded profit growth of 58.3 per cent, to $240.79m. Meanwhile, chairman Gerry Harvey has advised that the group will repay some $6.02m worth of taxpayer support that it received via the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme. Harvey Norman received about $22m worth of JobKeeper payments in total.

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HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN

Board must act on ABC editorial failures

Original article by Troy Bramston
The Australian – Page: 2 : 1-Sep-21

The ABC continues to attract scrutiny over a controversial documentary on the 1979 ghost train fire at Sydney’s Luna Park. An independent review found that allegations raised in the documentary with regard to former NSW premier Neville Wran were unsubstantiated. The ABC’s former MD David Hill has criticised the public broadcaster’s management for defending the documentary and failing to acknowledge its shortcomings. Hill contends that the documentary breached the ABC’s editorial policies with regard to accuracy and fairness.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Short and sharp: Titles up, hours down 68 per cent for Aussie TV drama

Original article by Karl Quinn
Brisbane Times – Page: Online : 25-Aug-21

New figures show that just 67 hours of adult drama was broadcast on Australia’s commercial television networks in 2019, compared with 208 hours in 1999. The number of hours of adult drama that was broadcast across all networks fell from 254 to 187 over this period; the latter figure includes streaming services. The researchers also note that each drama series had an average of seven episodes per season in 2019, compared with 21 in 1999. Veteran producer John Edwards fears that scripted television programs will continue to decline in Australia unless streaming services are legally required to invest in such content.

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NRL could switch TV channels

Original article by John Stensholt, Jessica Halloran
The Australian – Page: 24 : 25-Aug-21

The Seven Network is said to have expressed interest in the broadcasting rights to rugby league’s State of Origin series. Seven is also believed to be interested in broadcasting one National Rugby League match each week; Ten could also potentially bid for the NRL rights, with the Nine Network’s current deal set to end in 2022. Nine has held the rugby league broadcasting rights for about three decades.

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SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE