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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Australian talent misses out as Netflix ramps up

Original article by Karl Quinn
The Age – Page: 15 : 2-Mar-18

Netflix intends to spend around $US8 billion ($A10.27 billion) on content in 2018, but Australian film and television producers are yet to see much of that investment. Thus far, fantasy/crime program "Tidelands" is the only Australian program that Netflix has commissioned. Although around 30 per cent of Australian households subscribe to Netflix, a survey presented to a review of Australian and children’s screen content in September found that only between two and 2.5 per cent of the content shown on Netflix in Australia was of local origin.

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Georgie on $800k to sit next to Karl

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 5 : 24-Nov-17

New "Today"co-host Georgie Gardner has denied suggestions she initially knocked Nine’s offer to work alongside Karl Stefanovic. Gardner’s much anticipated appointment was confirmed by Nine on 23 November. It is understood that Gardner, who is replacing Lisa Wilkinson, will be paid $A800,000 a year, up from the $A500,000 she currently receives. Gardner previously worked on "Today" as its newsreader for seven years, but left in 2014.

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Today Show: Karl Stefanovic to be joined by Georgie Gardner

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: Online : 20-Nov-17

Channel Nine is expected to soon announce that Georgie Gardner will be joining the "Today" breakfast show as co-host with Karl Stefanovic, replacing Lisa Wilkinson. It is understood that Gardner, who currently reads the weekend news on Nine, will receive a significant boost to her salary as a result. Gardner was previously involved with the "Today" show as a newsreader, but left in 2014. Wilkinson left the show suddenly in October after 10 years, and has since joined Ten.

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