Nine’s Domain caught in cyber scam

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

Online real estate portal Domain has increased its security controls in the wake of a cyber-attack. CEO Jason Pellegrino has informed Domain users that their personal information may have been stolen in the phishing attack, which targeted people who inquired about rental properties that had been advertised on Domain. Nine Entertainment Company, which has a 60 per cent stake in Domain, has confirmed that the cyber attack is not related one which disrupted its own operations in March

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

HT&E radio, digital and outdoor advertising business going strong in coronavirus environment

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: Online : 8-May-20

HT&E has one of the strongest balance sheets in the Australian media sector, according to chairman Hamish McLennan. He noted at the radio, digital and outdoor advertising group’s AGM that it has no undrawn debt and it boasted net cash of $111m at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, CEO Ciaran Davis said the newly-launched Dynamic Audio targeted digital advertising system will enable HT&E’s Australian Radio Network to deliver real-time, personalised advertising to radio audiences.

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ACCC approves eBay car ads deal

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 15 : 1-May-20

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has approved eBay’s purchase of Cox Automotive Media Solutions, which owns the Carsguide and Autotrader websites. The transaction, which was announced in December, will see eBay combine its Gumtree Australia operations with those of Cox Automotive Media. The ACCC noted that Carsales and Facebook Marketplace both provide significant competition to the Gumtree and Cox Media businesses.

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Cat strikes back at weak Domain

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 24 & 26 : 3-Feb-20

Australian Community Newspapers’ owners Antony Catalano and Alex Waislitz have paid about $10m for a 33 per cent stake in Realestateview.com.au. Catalano will join the board of the unlisted classified advertising group. Realestateview.com.au CEO Toby Balazs notes that combining its property listings with ACN’s portfolio of regional newspapers means it will have a digital audience of 5.4 million. Catalano expects the new venture to be a serious rival to Domain, although he concedes that Realstate.com.au is likely to remain the leading player in the sector.

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AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA, REALESTATEVIEW.COM.AU LIMITED, DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, REALESTATE.COM.AU, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

Nine chases NZ media assets in QMS carve-up

Original article by Bridget Carter, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 30-Oct-19

QMS Media’s board has recommended that shareholders accept a cash offer of $1.22 per share from Quadrant Private Equity, in the latest deal in Australia’s outdoor advertising sector. Meanwhile, Nine Entertainment Company has declined to comment on speculation that it could be interested in buying some of QMS’s assets in New Zealand, including radio stations and its outdoor advertising business. QMS has a 40 per cent stake in MediaWorks, which owns New Zealand TV stations such as TV3 and Bravo, and radio stations such as Magic and The Edge.

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QMS MEDIA LIMITED – ASX QMS, QUADRANT PRIVATE EQUITY PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, MEDIAWORKS (NZ) LIMITED, TV3 NETWORK LIMITED, BRAVO, MAGIC, THE EDGE, OAKTREE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, KKR AND COMPANY LP, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED, NZME LIMITED – ASX NZM, STUFF LIMITED, JC DECAUX SA, APN OUTDOOR GROUP LIMITED, ADSHEL PTY LTD, HT&E LIMITED – ASX HT1

Advertising rules and blackouts are looking outdated

Original article by Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 16-May-19

Political marketing expert Andrew Hughes has questioned why the pre-election advertising blackout has not been extended to social media. The ban on political advertising on broadcast TV and radio took effect at 12am on 16 May, but it does not apply to online media. Political science and lobbying expert George Rennie expects the blackout to benefit Labor more than the Coalition, noting that the latter is more reliant on traditional broadcast media to reach older voters. Catch-up TV services are also exempt from the blackout.

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Multi-million cash splash on poll eve

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 23 : 13-May-19

DDB Australia MD Leif Stromnes says Clive Palmer’s total expenditure on political advertising could potentially top $60m by 18 May. Data from Nielsen shows that United Australia Party had already spent some $39.1m on traditional media advertising up to 5 May. Stromnes notes that Palmer has bought reach very effectively, adding that his spending across TV, radio and newspapers is a "massive vote of confidence" for traditional media. The TV and radio advertising blackout on election advertising commences on 16 May, but print and online advertising will still be permitted.

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Palmer’s political ad spend tops $30m

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 20 & 22 : 22-Apr-19

New data from Nielsen shows that Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party has spent some $31.7m on newspaper, TV and radio advertising since September. The UAP significantly outspent the major political parties in the weeks immediately prior to the federal election being called. VMLY&R CEO Peter Bosilkovski notes that UAP has already spend more than the four major political parties during the 2016 election campaign. UAP’s advertising expenditure is expected to top $50m by election day.

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UNITED AUSTRALIA PARTY, VMLY&R, THE NIELSEN COMPANY (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Facebook bans foreign-funded political ads during May election

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 5-Apr-19

Facebook is the latest social media company to advise that it will not accept foreign payments for political advertisements on its platform during the upcoming federal election. Twitter has previously announced such a ban, while Facebook has also banned foreign-funded political advertising in Indonesia during that nation’s presidential election. Meanwhile, Facebook has responded by the issue of fake news by establishing a fact-checking unit in partnership with Agence France-Presse.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Free TV targets tech ad imbalance

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 24 & 26 : 11-Feb-19

Free TV Australia CEO Bridget Fair has called for a level playing field with regard to the media’s political advertising rules. She says the ban on broadcasting political advertising on traditional media creates a big disincentive for advertising on commercial TV, given that the ban does not apply to digital media. Fair has welcomed the recommendations of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s review of digital platforms, but she says urgent action is needed to address competition issues in the media sector.

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FREE TV AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED