King Karl’s cut-price rescue bid

Original article by Leo Shanahan, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 23 & 25 : 11-Nov-19

Clemenger BBDO Sydney CEO Peter Bosilkovski says the return of Karl Stefanovic should generate renewed interest in Nine’s ‘Today’ show, but he adds that the bold move may not necessarily result in a sustained ratings boost. Nine has confirmed that Stefanovic and Allison Langdon will co-host the breakfast show in 2020, a year after the former was sacked. Ratings have slumped in 2019, with new hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight failing to resonate with viewers. Gardner responded to Stefanovic’s appointment by quitting the ‘Today’ show, effective immediately.

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Seven set to bring back Big Brother

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 24-Oct-19

The Seven Network will seek to boost its prime-time ratings in 2020 by reviving reality-TV shows ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’, which previously aired on rival networks. Other new shows that were unveiled at Seven West Media’s annual upfronts include dramas ‘RFDS’ and ‘Between Two Worlds’, and a new cooking show that will be co-hosted by former ‘MasterChef’ judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. CEO James Warburton says ‘Big Brother’ will immediately change the network’s audience demographic.

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Ten scraps Rove’s new show after two weeks

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 23 : 9-Sep-19

Beverley McGarvey has defended the axing of ‘Saturday Night Rove’ after it was on air for just two weeks. McGarvey, who is Ten Network’s chief programming officer, says the program, which was hosted by three-time Gold Logie winner Rove McManus, had not been able to attract a decent audience. McGarvey notes that Saturday night is a very challenging timeslot, and that there were a number of factors that had led Ten to decide that audience figures for ‘Saturday Night Rove’ were unlikely to improve.

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Federal Court orders fresh batch of pirate sites blocked

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 18-Jun-19

Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke has described a Federal Court ruling that 76 copyright infringing websites be blocked by telcos as a victory for both Village Roadshow and the broader Australian film community. Site-blocking laws aimed at stamping out copyright piracy were passed in 2015, and Burke notes that almost 1,000 pirate websites and domains have now been blocked. He also notes Australians are now backing the push against piracy, with research indicating that three out of four people view it as theft.

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Seven content deal ads to Facebook’s TV reputation

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 22 : 10-Jun-19

‘My Kitchen Rules’ and ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ are among the Seven Network’s shows that will be featured on Facebook Watch. Seven West Media has struck a deal to provide Facebook’s streaming service with digital content based on some of its most popular TV shows. Seven Studios CEO Therese Hegarty says new content will be published on Facebook Watch every day, including some exclusive content. She notes that some of the content will be ad-supported.

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News and Reality TV are the most popular TV genres

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 15-May-19

The latest research from Roy Morgan confirms that News is the most watched TV genre in an average week, seen by 61% of Australians aged 14+. The second most watched TV genre in Australia is Reality TV, seen by 41% of Australians in an average week, while 34% watch Current Affairs shows. Coming in next and watched by 33% of Australians are Quiz/Game Shows, followed by TV Sport (32%). This research is based on interviews with over 50,000 Australians during 2018 as part of the Roy Morgan Single Source survey. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says this spread of varied TV genres underlines the importance attached to understanding the different types of Australians that are attracted to these very different shows. To get the most ‘bang for the advertising buck’ it is vital to have a full understanding of who is watching what.

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Today eyes comeback with fresh co-hosting combo

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: Online : 14-Jan-19

Pete Bosilkovski, the joint CEO of advertising agency VMLY&R, has described as "brilliant" the decision by Nine to have two females co-hosting "Today". Bosilkovski says it will be the chemistry between Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner that will determine how successful Nine’s decision is. The revamp of "Today" follows the axing of Karl Stefanovic as co-host in December after 14 years in the role, while it is the first time that two women have co-hosted an Australian TV breakfast show.

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Seven accuses media regulator of censorship

Original article by Stephen Brook
The Australian – Page: Online : 5-Sep-18

The Seven Network has stated it plans to take the Australian Communications and Media Authority to court after ACMA ruled a segment on its ‘Sunrise’ program had breached broadcasting codes. The segment in question involved a discussion on child abuse and the adoption of indigenous children, with ACMA contending the segment provoked "serious contempt on the basis of race". Craig McPherson, Seven’s director of news and public affairs, contends that ACMA’s ruling amounts to "a form of censorship".

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Netflix under pressure over local content

Original article by Dana McCauley
The Australian – Page: 24 : 7-May-18

Video streaming service Netflix is resisting attempts to subject it to local content quotas in Australia. Research conducted by RMIT indicates that just 2.5 per cent of Netflix’s Australian library is locally made. Screen Producers Australia CEO Matt Deaner says it is odd that Netflix’s US catalogue contains more Australian content than its Australian catalogue. He says that local content accounts for around nine per cent of what is shown on Stan, while also noting that Europe has local content quotas for streaming services.

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Back to the drawing board for Footy Show

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: Online : 12-Mar-18

Nine director of sport Tom Malone is planning to make some tweaks to the rugby league version of the "Footy Show", after some aspects of the first program for 2018 were seen as somewhat underwhelming by viewers. The show underwent a number of changes during the off-season, with Erin Molan replacing Paul Vautin as host and former executive producer Glenn Pallister no longer with the show. Meanwhile, ratings for Nine’s first rugby league match of the season, which saw St George Illawarra Dragons beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-12, were down 5.6 per cent year-on-year.

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