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

Why journalists are giving up on Twitter

Original article by Karl Quinn
Brisbane Times – Page: Online : 17-Sep-21

A growing number of Australian journalists are opting to voluntarily stop using social media site Twitter. They include Lisa Millar, the co-host of the ABC’s ‘News Breakfast’ program. Millar argues that Twitter is still the best platform for breaking news, but she got fed up with the frequent abusive comments from the platform’s users, including allegations of political bias and gender-related criticism. Millar’s ABC colleague and ‘7.30’ presenter Leigh Sales has also highlighted the "non-stop" bullying and harassment on Twitter. Dr Alex Wake of RMIT University contends that abuse of journalists on Twitter is a workplace health and safety issue, and argues that media companies have a duty of care to protect their staff.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, TWITTER INCORPORATED, RMIT UNIVERSITY

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

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

Sky News Australia denies broadcasting Covid misinformation, saying YouTube is totalitarian

Original article by Amanda Meade
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 7-Sep-21

Sky News Australia CEO Paul Whittaker says he does not accept the suggestion that it "directly or indirectly" promoted misinformation about COVID-19. Whittaker was appearing before the Senate’s media diversity inquiry, and was responding to a question by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Commenting on the decision by YouTube to remove 23 Sky News videos on the grounds that they breached its medical misinformation policies, Whittaker accused YouTube of being "totalitarian".

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SKY NEWS, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED

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

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

Australians turn to magazines during lockdowns with Food & Entertainment, Home & Garden, General Interest and Mass Women readership up year on year

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Aug-21

The Roy Morgan Australian Readership report for the 12 months to June 2021 shows that a total of 15,201,000 Australians aged 14+ (72.0%) read magazines in print or online either via the web or an app. This is down 4 per cent, or 628,000, from a year ago. Readership of print magazines was 12.0 million Australians aged 14+ (56.8 per cent), down 2.2% from a year ago. Although overall industry readership figures are down slightly compared to a year ago, this is largely due to the closure or suspension of many titles during 2020 as the industry grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation-wide lockdown. The good news is that many magazine titles have resonated with new audiences during a tough year and are thriving, with solid readership increases seen across many categories. Readership of the Food & Entertainment category increased by 10.8 per cent to over 7.1 million, General Interest was up 6.1 per cent to over 4.1 million, Home & Garden increased by 17.8 per cent to over 3.8 million and Mass Women’s was up 3.8 per cent to over 3 million. These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey of 64,973 Australians aged 14+ in the 12 months to June 2021.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

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