TV Tonight Australia's leading TV blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:29:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gardening Australia Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:00:20 +0000 2014-10-31_2158Gardening Australia ends its 25th anniversary year with four specials, beginning with soil health. 6:30pm Saturday ABC.

  • Movie: John Carter
  • Scott and Bailey
  • Movie: Anonymous
  • Movie: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
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Sunday Night executive producer “suspended” Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:58:29 +0000 2014-10-31_1708Mark Llewellyn, executive producer of Sunday Night, has been suspended, according to media reports.

The Australian reports he has been suspended for allegedly physically attacking producer Paul Waterhouse in the Sunday Night office on Tuesday.

The newspaper reports Llewellyn allegedly picked up Waterhouse and threw him against a wall, tearing his shirt.

Fairfax Media reports reporter Ross Coulthart and producer Nick Farrow were forced to step in and break up the argument, described as a “punch up” by a Channel Seven source.

Llewellyn has advised staff he would be off work for the remainder of the year.

He has been the executive producer of the Seven flagship show since its inception, initially alongside Adam Boland.

Waterhouse has raised the possibility of pressing charges over the matter.

A source told the Daily Telegraph, “We are following defined procedures and protocols.”

Seven declined to comment.

Host Chris Bath attended the network Upfronts on Wednesday, talking up the current affairs show.

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PVRs at the ready Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:20:42 +0000 2014-10-28_2149With summer around the corner now is the perfect time to be storing up shows to get you through the dreaded non-ratings period (November 30).

But to do that a decent PVR is crucial and the Beyonwiz T3 is one of several PVRs that offer plenty of robust options.

At the heart of the T3 are the three HD TV tuners that allow viewers to record 8 shows at the same time, with a mammoth storage of 4TB.

The T3 menu offers plenty of personalisation so that you get the layout and EPG info you prefer, including all kind of detailed options to series link (or just new episodes not repeats), start early, finish later and more.

If you’re fighting over the remote control with your partner it’s also possible for them to watch one show on TV, while you are streaming to your PC -and recording other shows onto the hard drive.

If there is any downside, it’s probably that there are so many options it’s a little overwhelming just to get your head around the basics. That said, there is a simple set-up and support if you need it.

The Beyonwiz T3 4TB is an exciting development in the Australian TV Recorder market, featuring a Triple Tuner with the option to expand to a Quad Tuner. The T3 fully integrates with IceTV’s Smart Recording.

The T3 has three HD TV tuners allowing you to record 8 programs simultaneously across three TV networks, a 4TB internal hard drive, network streaming functionality, plug-in expansion, access to additional multimedia content via ipTV, and more. With an additional USB tuner, you can turn your T3 into a Quad Tuner and record 8 programs simultaneously across four different TV networks.

The T3 supports IceTV’s advanced TV Guide and Smart Recording features, as well as iPhone and Android streaming apps, allowing you to control and stream live TV content from your T3.

Triple Tuner
Australia’s First Triple DVBT HD Digital TV Tuners allowing you to record up to 8 programs at the Same Time.

USB Tuner Supported
Turn your T3 into a QUAD Tuner with a Beyonwiz tested and approved USB Tuner (Sold Separately)

Plug Ins
Download and Install heaps of plugins to Enhance your T3 Experience such as Web Browser Games, Plex Server, Music and Photo streaming services and much more!

Network Streaming
No more fighting over the remote control! Stream and View Multiple Live TV Channels over your Home Network to your PC or Laptop.

Control your T3 from your PC or via 3rd party iPhone Apps, change channels, access settings and even set your recordings via the EPG.

Advance Networking
Stream and copy content to and from Your T3 with the most advanced networking options ever seen in a PVR.


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Four Corners: Nov 3 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:20 +0000 2014-10-31_1144Monday’s Four Corners features ‘Gangster Jihad’ a report by Marian Wilkinson asking is Khaled Sharrouf a jihadist or simply a criminal?

He shocked the world by tweeting pictures of himself and his child holding the severed heads of people executed by Islamic State (IS). Khaled Sharrouf casts himself as a religious warrior fighting to create a caliphate in the Middle East.

But a close look at his life tells a more complex story of a young man with a history of drug taking, mental illness and violence. Overall one question recurs: is he a religious zealot or a criminal thug who used his muscle in the building industry?

“Khaled Sharrouf is not bad, he’s mad. There’s no less than five psychiatrists that I know who have diagnosed him with very significant mental health issues.” – Sharrouf’s former lawyer

This week, reporter Marian Wilkinson investigates the extraordinary life of Khaled Sharrouf, from petty criminal and underworld heavy to barbaric terrorist fighter.

“… He certainly appears to have become involved with some people who were involved in some pretty serious criminal activity and a couple of people in fact who were murdered, ultimately.” – Police Officer

Sharrouf’s notoriety began when he was arrested by police, charged and found guilty of a terrorism offence in 2005. Since then, he has recast himself as an enforcer for hire.

These days, former associates don’t like to talk about their relationship with Sharrouf, but Four Corners has found evidence from various sources about the way he worked with figures in the building industry and how he came to the attention of law enforcement agents after an alleged extortion threat against one of Australia’s most prominent construction companies.

It’s clear that while Khaled Sharrouf may have had some powerful allies, he also made some dangerous enemies.

“I believe that Khaled Sharrouf was afraid for his life and that’s what made him decide to leave Australia and use his brother’s passport to escape, because he was concerned that he will be the next one to be shot.” – Muslim Community Leader

One other question remains. How did someone with a criminal conviction, who was on a watch list and under investigation, get out of the country using his brother’s passport?

8:30pm Monday 3rd November ABC.

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Secret Cinema heading for Brisbane Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:58:28 +0000 WMSCFor the very first time, World Movies Secret Cinema will take place in Brisbane, from 11 to 14 December, 2014.

The event will transform a mystery Brisbane location in a 1920s theme and guests are invited to embrace the roaring twenties theme as much (or as little) as they like.

In association with the inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, World Movies Secret Cinema will take movie-goers to a top-secret location, transporting them into an unusual world in the most unlikely of places.

All other details are highly-classified, with the mystery meeting point revealed by SMS on the event day. An acclaimed film has been perfectly paired with the secret location. Ticket price is $55 (plus booking fee), and includes entertainment, an alcoholic beverage and snack on arrival.

Tickets for World Movies Secret Cinema go on sale at 9am, Friday 6 November (local Brisbane time). Previous World Movies Secret Cinema sessions sold out quickly, so movie-goers should book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Session times are as follows:
Thursday 11 December: 7pm
Friday 12 December: 7pm
Saturday 13 December: 7pm
Sunday 14 December: 7pm

Tickets can be purchased at

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Neil Patrick Harris to appear in American Horror Story Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:55:46 +0000 2014-10-31_1221Neil Patrick Harris is all the buzz at the moment, with stories flying thick and fast.

Hot on the heels of his announcement as Oscars 2015 host, the ‘triple threat’ performer will appear in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Both Harris and his husband David Burtka will appear in the final 2 episodes of the season, E!Online reports. Lily Rabe is also set to reprise the role of Sister Mary Eunice, from season two (aka Asylum).

Meanwhile Harris has landed his own NBC variety show, a remake of a UK’s Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. The US version will not be called Saturday Night Takeaway nor will it air on Saturday nights, but will originate from New York, and the format will include musical spots, comedy sketches, famous guests, and elaborate oddball games involving selected members of the audience.


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Australia Channel to launch online tomorrow Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:14:12 +0000 2012-12-03_1244SKY News has now detailed more of its Australia Channel, streaming to international audiences as a joint venture between Australian News Channel Pty Ltd and Lightning International Ltd.

Available from 1st November 2014, Australia Channel will stream 24/7 coverage of news, business and sport, directly from Australia’s state capitals and beyond, but is not available within Australia.

News anchors including Stan Grant will deliver coverage from Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian Stock Exchange, and even sporting venues.

The new service will include comprehensive coverage and updates of Australia’s favourite sports including AFL and NRL, national and international cricket and horse-racing spectaculars such as the annual Melbourne Cup.

Australia Channel will be aimed at Australian Expats and a wider audience of those interested in Australia, who may be located across North Asia, SE Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Indian sub-continent. The channel will be distributed by growing content distributor and consultancy Lightning International, based in Hong Kong. Depending on territory, Australia Channel will be available as either a premium channel, or formatted for a broader audience.

Speaking during the annual CASBAA Convention in Hong Kong, Australian News Channel CEO, Angelos Frangopoulos said, “Our production centres across Australia are committed to produce high-quality news, business, weather and sports programming in real-time for our viewers to Australia Channel. We are excited to be working with James Ross and the team at Lightning International to deliver the channel to partner operators across Asia and beyond.”

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60 Minutes: Nov 2 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:36:10 +0000 2014-10-31_1208This weekend on 60 Minutes, an unsolved murder, Melbourne Cup hopes and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.

Who Killed Irma?
This Sunday, a murder mystery like no other. Two apparently unrelated crimes, 11 years apart. One is a relatively harmless teenage prank. The other a cowardly murder of a Canberra grandmother. 72 year old Irma Palacsics was bashed and murdered in her own home in 1999. Fifteen years on, the killers probably thought they’d got away with it, but a recent break-in at a local “pitch and putt”, has this cold case warming up. Extraordinary new forensic science has linked the two crimes and, now, a son is about to betray his killer father.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Laura Sparkes

Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl has to be the nicest guy in rock and roll. He’s the front man for Foo Fighters – one of the most successful bands in music history. He’s also a middle aged suburban dad with three beautiful daughters. Now, Foo Fighters are about to release their 8th studio album, Sonic Highways. And Dave, who’s worth a cool $200 million, is riding high. He showed Allison Langdon around his studio, his cars, his hometown and tells stories about Coldplay, Prince Harry, Nirvana and being busted in Australia. Be warned: he’s got a wicked sense of humour and he swears like a trooper.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Stephen Rice

Tommy and Nathan
On Tuesday, Australia will again stop everything for the Melbourne Cup as 24 horses and jockeys thunder around Flemington. Of course, winning The Cup is the pinnacle of any racing career. And this year, no jockey wants it more than Tommy Berry. But he doesn’t want victory for himself. Tommy is riding for his identical twin brother Nathan, who died earlier this year from an acute form of epilepsy. Nathan was also a jockey and, come Tuesday afternoon, Tommy says they’ll be together in the saddle riding for Cup glory.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Nick Greenaway

Sunday, November 2 at 7.30pm on Channel Nine

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Seven News breaches Code for indirectly identifying road victim Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:55:57 +0000 seven newsSeven News Perth has been found to have breached the Industry Code of Conduct for inadequately protecting the identity of a road accident in which a motorcyclist died, before his immediate family had been notified by authorities.

Industry watchdog the Australian Communications and Media Authority found in January Seven showed vision of the accident scene including close-up footage of three items – a motorcycle top box, a black backpack, and a white plastic bag which. Shown together they were distinctive to immediate family members.

The parents of the victim indicated they were greatly distressed by the manner which they learnt of their son’s death.

“This case serves as a reminder that reporting on accident victims involves inherent sensitivities and must be approached with extra care,” said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. “Broadcasters need to be very sensitive about the identification of accident victims, directly and, in particular, indirectly.”

In a statement, Seven said, “Seven News did its best to avoid showing material that might identify the victim of this tragic accident. As ACMA has noted in its release, the items briefly visible in our report were a backpack, a plastic bag and motorcycle top box, all commonly available and with no distinguishing features. We did not name or show the victim, show the motorcycle or number plate or any other personal material.

“ACMA has taken the view that these items were sufficient to identify the victim of this accident. We accept the finding but it is necessarily a subjective assessment and on the day we formed a different view. We deeply sympathise with the family in this case and believe that we tried to report this story responsibly and sensitively.”

In response to the finding, Seven will bring ACMA’s decision to the attention of its news and current affairs staff, and include reference to the decision in its training courses.

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Brilliant Wentworth video steals the Upfronts show (but we can’t show you why) Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:20:36 +0000 2014-10-31_0907Foxtel’s Upfronts got off to a rollicking start with a very clever video from the Wentworth team -in character- spruiking Foxtel to the media buyers in the room.

The laughs began with Vera Bennett in the Governor’s office suggesting that she install Foxtel for all the inmates to keep them relaxed.

But Governor Ferguson was having none of it. It would just be a breeding ground for Piracy theft -not happening on her watch. Suggestions they could all watch Orange is the New Black, were quickly shut down. It was “derivative” snapped the Governor.

Boomer was rabid for getting Foxtel, telling Franky about its various features. But Franky reckoned it was all full of branded shit (whereupon Boomer produced a Qantas fluffy toy and walked away sheepishly).

Meanwhile Jim Fletcher was showing Will Jackson Foxtel Go on his phone.

Doreen Anderson was desperate to watch those Real Housewives of Melbourne, but the pragmatic Liz Birdsworth was telling her it would just get her addicted to all their other fabulous titles.

In between there was lots of ad-speak terms used which had all the suits in the audience chuckling and cheering.

It was an inspired idea deftly executed. The kind of thing the Logies used to do really well.

So now you want to see it, right? Sorry. I’m hearing it can’t be uploaded to YouTube because it was filmed for limited corporate use not public consumption.

Maybe we need one of those Place to Call Home-style petitions to make it happen.

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DFAT to host online forum following The Embassy Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:39:46 +0000 2014-10-30_2151Here’s a first, this Sunday night after The Embassy, consular and passports officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will participate in an online forum to answer your enquiries.

This takes place on the Smartraveller Facebook page 7:30pm to 9:00pm AEDT

This week, we join Trudy and her team on the missing person’s case that made headlines around Australia. International Aussie financier Nathan Hansford was last seen leaving his Bangkok several months ago and his family in Australia raised the alarm. They hold grave fears for his safety.

One Australian goes missing every week in Thailand – but Nathan Hansford’s case raises more questions than most.

The Embassy is a lifeline for Sydney couple, Aimee and Marty. The couple saved all year for their first ever overseas holiday, but just three days into their holiday, their dream vacation is in ruins. Husband and wife are hijacked during an innocent tuk-tuk ride.

In Phuket, a fairytale wedding turns ugly when Stephen and Mai fall victim to one of Thailand’s most notorious tourist scams. They have come to the island to get married; but when they and their wedding party rent jet-skis, a day of fun on the water turns into a nightmare that could completely destroy their big day.

Diplomat Val finds herself at the centre of a heart-wrenching case when the embassy is called about an elderly Australian who is admitted to hospital after being found in a coma by his housekeeper. 80 year-old Juan Soria retired to Bangkok, believing he could live well on his pension and not be a burden to his family. Without travel or medical insurance, he is now on death’s door.

As much as the embassy is there to help, there are some Aussies who are beyond help. Peter Junas might look like a lovely family man. As Trudy knows only too well, there is a lot more to Peter Junas than meets the eye. He’s come to the embassy for an emergency passport. Trudy and Bee suspect that he may be on the run from police.

6:30pm Sunday on Nine.

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Sarah Ferguson to host Walkley Awards Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:45:44 +0000 2014-10-31_1016ABC’s Gold Walkley-winning Sarah Ferguson will present the 59th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Thursday, December 4.

“Is this the worst audience in Australia? Will the longest night go more quickly on stage? Will there even be food back there? So many questions,” said Ferguson.

“It is an honour to present the Walkleys -although one that apparently doesn’t extend to an early look at the results in my category,” she added.

Walkley Advisory Board chair Quentin Dempster said: “The 2014 Walkleys received a near record number of entries, a testament to the standing of these awards in encouraging and recognising high standards in Australian journalism.

“Picking the winner for the gala Walkley Awards night will be the hardest task for the Walkley Advisory Board. There is much inspiring, skilful, courageous and ground-breaking work on display,” said Dempster. “All the attributes that Sarah Ferguson shows in her reporting. We are delighted that Sarah will host this year.”

The 2014 Australian Walkley Awards will be held at the Dockside, Darling Harbour with a live broadcast on iview, from 7pm AEDT.

A one hour highlights program will be repeated on ABC on Sunday, December 7 at 1pm.

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Under a million but soap still buoyant Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:06:58 +0000 2014-10-31_1003Another night under a million viewers saw Home and Away as the top entertainment show of the night, just ahead of Dancing with the Stars. Both helped Seven to take victory for the fourth night this week. But Nine News was out in front of Seven News, with the latter’s first half hour lower than the second half.

Seven network was 31.5% then Nine 27.1%, TEN 18.3%, ABC 16.8%, SBS 6.2%.

Seven News was 917,000 / 893,000 followed by Home and Away (900,000), Dancing with the Stars (898,000), Million Dollar Minute (463,000) and World’s Richest Dogs (405,000).

Nine News (956,000 / 945,000) topped the night. Next for Nine were ACA (812,000), King’s Cross ER (709,000), Big Brother (620,000) and Hot Seat (473,000). Movie: In Time was 275,000.

Madam Secretary was 525,000 for TEN followed by TEN Eyewitness News (521,000), The Project (518,000 / 415,000) and Save with Jamie (404,000). A Law & Order: SVU repeat was 333,000.

ABC News (649,000), Catalyst (643,000), 7:30 (586,000), Upper Middle Bogan (530,000) and It’s a Date (464,000) ranked on ABC’s Thursday. QI was 393,00 and The Midwives was 284,000.

What’s the Catch with Matthew Evans was 325,000 on SBS ONE then The Fall (189,000), The Little Paris Kitchen (186,000), The Incredible Spice Men (159,000), SBS World News (121,000). Thai Street Food was 74,000.

ABC2’s Shaun the Sheep reclaimed a multichannel crown at 265,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 30 October 2014

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Thursday 30 October 2014 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:25:16 +0000 Thursday: 1 NINE NEWS 956,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 945,000 3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT 917,000 4 HOME AND AWAY 900,000 5 DANCING WITH THE STARS 898,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Thursday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 30/10/2014 23/10/2014 Network ABC1 11.6% 13.0% Network ABC2 3.2% 3.0% Network ABC3 0.9% 1.0% Network ABC News 24 1.1% 1.7% Network ABC TTL 16.8% 18.7% Network 7 21.0% 17.8% Network 7TWO 5.4% 5.8% Network 7mate 5.2% 4.5% Network 7 TTL 31.5% 28.2% Network 9 18.5% 17.9% Network GO! 4.4% 5.2% Network Gem 4.3% 4.4% Network 9 TTL 27.1% 27.5% Network TEN 11.9% 12.6% Network ONE 2.5% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 3.9% 3.8% Network TEN TTL 18.3% 18.8% Network SBS ONE 5.1% 5.3% Network SBS 2 1.0% 1.1% Network NITV 0.2% 0.3% Network SBS TTL 6.2% 6.7%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 30/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 956,000 260,000 343,000 206,000 54,000 93,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 945,000 269,000 340,000 197,000 51,000 88,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 917,000 203,000 234,000 221,000 104,000 154,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 900,000 208,000 235,000 233,000 99,000 126,000
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS-THU Network 7 898,000 282,000 231,000 150,000 99,000 136,000
6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 893,000 193,000 200,000 213,000 117,000 170,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 812,000 251,000 261,000 158,000 65,000 76,000
8 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 709,000 201,000 213,000 177,000 60,000 57,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 649,000 176,000 196,000 110,000 71,000 96,000
10 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 620,000 187,000 212,000 131,000 52,000 37,000
11 CATALYST-EV Network ABC 593,000 150,000 177,000 117,000 65,000 84,000
12 7.30-EV Network ABC 586,000 184,000 173,000 86,000 57,000 86,000
13 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 570,000 161,000 152,000 110,000 62,000 85,000
14 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC 534,000 144,000 160,000 104,000 52,000 73,000
15 UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN-EV Network ABC 530,000 168,000 170,000 100,000 33,000 59,000
16 MADAM SECRETARY Network TEN 525,000 138,000 166,000 100,000 49,000 72,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 521,000 147,000 148,000 75,000 62,000 89,000
18 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 518,000 136,000 151,000 98,000 40,000 92,000
19 HOT SEAT Network 9 473,000 141,000 130,000 119,000 23,000 60,000
20 IT’S A DATE-EV Network ABC 464,000 159,000 162,000 74,000 30,000 38,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 30/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 265,000 34,000 90,000 71,000 23,000 46,000
2 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 262,000 64,000 73,000 66,000 33,000 26,000
3 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 257,000 47,000 81,000 68,000 21,000 39,000
4 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 251,000 43,000 76,000 72,000 22,000 38,000
5 A TOUCH OF FROST-THU Network 7TWO 246,000 65,000 64,000 41,000 51,000 25,000
6 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 240,000 38,000 78,000 66,000 17,000 41,000
7 NEW TRICKS -EV Network Gem 239,000 36,000 75,000 47,000 27,000 55,000
8 INK MASTER Network 7mate 236,000 53,000 71,000 60,000 28,000 24,000
9 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 233,000 69,000 75,000 53,000 26,000 10,000
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 229,000 40,000 81,000 55,000 23,000 30,000
11 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 228,000 36,000 66,000 68,000 19,000 39,000
12 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 228,000 33,000 90,000 59,000 19,000 26,000
13 LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY-AM Network ABC2 216,000 68,000 71,000 39,000 28,000 10,000
14 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 215,000 46,000 56,000 61,000 11,000 42,000
15 BING-AM Network ABC2 210,000 52,000 66,000 55,000 24,000 12,000
16 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 209,000 51,000 71,000 57,000 23,000 8,000
17 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 205,000 43,000 60,000 49,000 17,000 36,000
18 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 198,000 49,000 60,000 50,000 19,000 19,000
19 GIGGLE AND HOOT-AM Network ABC2 194,000 55,000 64,000 43,000 23,000 8,000
20 POIROT -EV Network Gem 194,000 28,000 52,000 41,000 30,000 43,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 374,000 106,000 99,000 81,000 35,000 53,000
2 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 371,000 102,000 124,000 83,000 30,000 31,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 358,000 97,000 131,000 67,000 17,000 47,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 344,000 98,000 119,000 64,000 20,000 42,000
5 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 343,000 105,000 114,000 69,000 33,000 24,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 355,000 94,000 130,000 74,000 35,000 22,000
2 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 335,000 87,000 96,000 80,000 30,000 43,000
3 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 334,000 88,000 106,000 86,000 26,000 28,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 293,000 72,000 93,000 75,000 22,000 31,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 291,000 81,000 101,000 63,000 11,000 36,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 255,000 51,000 112,000 54,000 26,000 13,000
2 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 230,000 48,000 75,000 62,000 19,000 26,000
3 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 188,000 42,000 60,000 47,000 19,000 19,000
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS-THU Network 7 181,000 58,000 42,000 32,000 17,000 32,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 162,000 37,000 49,000 34,000 18,000 23,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 30/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 105,000
5 FAMILY GUY FOX8 66,000
6 THE 100 FOX8 61,000
9 CLARENCE Cartoon Network 52,000
10 ADVENTURE TIME Cartoon Network 49,000
12 FAMILY GUY FOX8 48,000
14 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 46,000
19 FUTURAMA FOX8 39,000
20 QI UKTV 39,000


© OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Data retention plan could be used against Piracy Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:56:17 +0000 pirateInternet Service Providers would be required to to store customer data for up to 2 years, which could ultimately be used in the fight against illegal piracy.

Fairfax Media reports customer names and addresses, IP addresses, billing information, download and upload volumes, and the duration and locations of phone calls and internet sessions would fall under a mandatory data retention scheme proposed by the Federal Government.

The content of calls or emails, web browsing history or real-time location information are not included.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said the scheme could “absolutely” also be used to tackle the illicit downloading of movies and music.

But Malcolm Turnbull said the scheme would probably not make a big difference to tackling copyright infringement because it does not cover torrent sites.

He has said access to metadata plays a central role in counterterrorism, counter-espionage, cyber security and organised crime investigation.

But ISPs have suggested the costs of data retention could see internet billing rise for customers, at up to $100 a year, which has some branding it a ‘surveillance tax.’

Opposing the proposal on privacy grounds are The Greens, Independent senator Nick Xenophon and Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm.

The Abbott government has agreed to delay a parliamentary vote on mandatory data retention until next year while the bill has been referred to an inquiry.

Update: “The Australian Federal Police and ASIO frankly are not interested in whether you are illegally downloading a copy of the Game of Thrones,” Malcolm Turnbull told ABC television on Friday.

“That’s a bad thing to do, but I can tell you our national security agencies have got other things on their mind.”

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Don’t mention ‘the A word’ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:55:07 +0000 2014-07-17_2155Readers, and even some media, have already been speculating about what unnamed Seven shows may or may not be returning in 2015.

Now that we’re two days out from the Upfronts and the dust has settled, it’s time to delve a little more deeply into network strategy.

At Seven’s Upfronts it wasn’t hard to notice the absence of such titles as The Amazing Race, Beauty and the Geek and The Big Adventure.

In the case of The Big Adventure it’s clearly too soon to make that call after just 3 outings. If a decision had been made after 3 outings of House Rules, it would have been axed long ago. Now it’s primed for not one but two seasons.

Similarly Beauty and the Geek is also underway -now in its sixth season. If it turns out to be the last, that’s still a respectable output for what has basically been Thursdays in the back end of the year.

But in the case of The Amazing Race, it is disappointing that an International Emmy winner did not match previous seasons when the show had such positive branding under activeTV. It’s pretty clear the show is in doubt for 2015.

“They’re still on our slate, we don’t have to make calls on them now,” said Head of Production Brad Lyons. “We don’t come here and throw out 30 shows like Channel Nine does. We want to give you the new stuff and show you what’s coming, what’s fresh.”

“Nothing ever goes away,” CEO Tim Worner added.

More concerning could also be the future for Dancing with the Stars.

At the Seven Upfronts it was barely impossible to spot in a showreel. For a show that was once such a tentpole it feels like it is no longer a priority (but again, who can begrudge a whopping 14 seasons?). Officially the show is confirmed to return, via the network press release, yet those words did not match the presentation to media buyers.

Given the show is hardly cheap -and there are now two seasons of House Rules plus Restaurant Revolution, MKR and X Factor- it’s hard not to be sceptical.

I am also reminded that Seven once announced a renewal for Australia’s Got Talent at Upfronts only to backflip on it just 2 weeks later.

But hey, Nine also confirmed AGT‘s return to a journalist only to backtrack from that at its 2014 announcements.

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Report: Historic ABC location may be home to ‘graves’ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:50:25 +0000 2014-10-31_0249A former location used in 1970s ABC series Rush has become a crime scene, amid reports of ‘graves’ having been discovered.

The area in Garigal ­National Park, north of Sydney, has been sealed off by police.

“Apparently there was once a television series called Rush. In the 1994 fires in this area most or any of the remaining sets used were destroyed,” a parks and wildlife service spokeswoman told The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper reports recent hazard-burning activity had revealed the long-forgotten set, but authorities were checking to see if it is a sacred Aboriginal site.

Colonial series Rush had 2 seasons on the ABC from 1974, and starred John Waters, Alwyn Kurts and Olivia Hamnett, with music by Brian May.

It was later parodied and revoiced by the D Generation’s Late Show as “The Olden Days.”

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Sunday Night: Nov 2 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:45:54 +0000 2014-10-30_2243On Sunday Night this weekend, the story of a woman who was lost in a Queensland rainforest for 17 days and a moving report by guest reporter Sally Obermeder.

Exclusive: Naked and Afraid
It is one of the greatest survival stories of our time. Seventeen days, lost in a far North Queensland rainforest. Naked and afraid, Shannon Fraser survived on nothing but water and her wits in a hostile jungle teeming with spiders, snakes and crocodiles. The thirty-one-year mother of three went missing on Sunday, September 21. In her own words, Shannon tells her story exclusively to Sunday Night — how she became lost and how she stayed alive. Reporter Denham Hitchcock also meets Heath Cassady, Shannon’s fiancé, who became a suspect and ultimately was the only person who never gave up believing she was alive, and never gave up searching for her.

Stand By Me
This is one of the saddest but most inspiring stories we’ve ever had on Sunday Night. It’s the story of two young people brought together by their battles with cancer and an enduring bond that can never be broken, even by death. Cass and Jason knew of each other when they were both diagnosed as teenagers. Throughout treatment they were at each other’s side and pretty soon became inseparable. But they would only have a few incredible years together before the news they both feared — while Jason entered remission; Cassie had run out of time. Their story should have come to an end but they did something that will make it last forever. Cass and Jason weren’t just fighting for their own lives — they set about trying to help other teens facing the same battles. It is an emotional and uplifting story made incredibly personal by Sunday Night guest reporter Sally Obermeder, who first met Cass and Jason through her own struggle with cancer and followed them on their amazing journey.

Sunday at 6.30pm on Seven.

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Bumped: The Big Adventure Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:44:37 +0000 2014-10-13_0125Originally scheduled for 6:30pm this Sunday, Seven has quietly reshuffled its high-profile series The Big Adventure from a 6:30pm to 7:30pm start this weekend.

That moves it away from The Embassy but up against 60 Minutes (which rated higher than Embassy), Modern Family and even Doctor Who.

With $1M confirmed to be given away in the finale, the show needs to lift its viewing audience pronto.

Sunday Night resumes its 6:30pm timeslot so presumably Seven is hoping that will deliver the show a vested audience.

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Darker tone hinted for A Place to Call Home Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:42:18 +0000 2014-10-30_2235A Place to Call Home was the pride and joy of Foxtel at their 2015 Upfronts last night, going as far as to calling it “Australia’s favourite drama.”

Cast members in attendance included Marta Dusseldorp, Brett Climo, Craig Hall, Abby Earl, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood and Aldo Mignone.

Marta Dusseldorp told TV Tonight, the renewal was all due to the fans who mounted campaigns to save the show.

“Really it’s quite simple: thank you,” she said.

“In my dark days their warmth was like an angora blanket around me and my children. I will be forever grateful.

“I really think the zeitgeist was very important, and obviously people talking about it and loving it and wanting it has made that happen. “

Foxtel will replay the first and second seasons including with the alternate ending that sets the characters on a third season, which she hints could take a different tone now it has shifted from Free to Air to Pay Television.

“They have commissioned 2 seasons and it gives us a lot of scope to really play with what happens next and that’s what we love about it most,” she explained.

“I think it will be a little bit darker. Now everyone know who they are and what they’re capable of we can really delive back into the under growth.”

The Foxtel renewal includes the full cast, with Dusseldorp saying she was happy to find room in her calendar for more melodrama.

“Oh yes. We bumped and shifted a few other things, but it was an absolute pleasure.”

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Foxtel extends HBO deal Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:41:43 +0000 2014-03-09_1951Foxtel has extended its agreement with HBO which will see it remain the exclusive destination for HBO films, miniseries, seasons of series, comedy specials and documentaries.

Titles such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Girls, The Leftovers, Looking and more will continue to premiere on Showcase and select titles will join the new BoxSets Channel.

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said, “HBO is one of the world’s most impressive television brands. Together, we have forged a fantastic legacy of entertaining Australians with the best drama available. We’re thrilled to extend our exclusive relationship even further to ensure we are able to deliver our customers the entertainment they love and expect from us across Foxtel and Foxtel Play.”

“Foxtel has been a wonderful partner and we couldn’t be happier that they will remain the home of HBO original programming in Australia,” said Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO, HBO. “The range and variety of our acclaimed programming combined with Foxtel’s innovative viewing platforms makes for a valuable consumer proposition.”

The strengthening comes ahead of possible future entries in the market by Netflix or even HBO Go itself.

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Happy Valley Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:55:59 +0000 2014-10-30_2250Very powerful episode this week, 8:30pm Friday on ABC.

  • The Secret of Crickley Hall
  • Monster Beach
  • The Amazing Race
  • The Living Room
  • Hell on Wheels
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Foxtel 2015 highlights: iQ3, Deadline Gallipoli, Banished, Gogglebox. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:01:53 +0000 imageSubscription TV stars from Wentworth, Selling Houses Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, Real Housewives, Deadline Gallipoli and A Place to Call Home were out in force tonight for Foxtel-MCN 2015 Upfronts at the Sydney Theatre.

High on the list were the launch of iQ3 and the ‘triple play’ offering of bundled TV, broadband and home phone plus the previously-announced Box Sets channel.

On the content front were A Place to Call Home, the joint commissioning of Gogglebox with Network TEN, Deadline Gallipoli, The Kettering Incident, Banished, The Knick, Olive Kitteridge, The Flash, Jane the Virgin and a local version of Pawn Stars.

Returning titles include Wentworth, Selling Houses Australia, Grand Designs Australia, River Cottage Australia, Game of Thrones, Veep, Girls, The Leftovers, True Detective, Ray Donovan, Outlander, Mad Men, Call the Midwife, Death in Paradise and New Tricks.

The Comedy Channel is also getting a new 20 episode comedy project from Rick McKenna and Laura Waters and is in development on Pacific Heat, a new Australian animated series set to be Australia’s first prime time adult animation produced by Working Dog (NB: it’s not clear if it will air in 2015).

Foxtel Chief Executive Richard Freudenstein said, “2014 has been our busiest year ever. We have been working incredibly hard to put all of the pieces in place to bring Foxtel to the widest audience possible and starting in November, we are poised to kick off a new era in growth. We’re particularly excited to launch our new pricing and packaging, which will see our existing customers getting even more value than ever from their subscriptions at no extra change while giving the many Australians who have not previously considered Foxtel a great reason to take another look.

“People love to binge watch and people love to see great content in brilliant HD, so we’ve made a big effort to meet those demands head on with our new BoxSets channel as well as boosting our already great HD offering.”

A Place to Call Home will have two seasons, with Foxtel to replay Seasons 1 and 2 including with an alternative ending.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh said, “Inspiring story telling is what Foxtel is about and A Place to Call Home is Australia’s most loved drama series that has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the country. We are proud to partner with the Seven Network on this landmark deal and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy this beautifully crafted and elegantly produced series.”

Gogglebox will screen on Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel and captures the reactions of ordinary Australians as they watch the evening news, debate over politics, cheer their favourite contestants and digest current affairs and documentaries.

“Gogglebox is like nothing else ever seen on Australian television, it is a true game changer that is set to hook audiences in a fun and entertaining way and we can’t wait to see your reaction when we share it in 2015,” said Walsh.

“We’re thrilled to continue bringing our viewers new and award winning programming that Foxtel is known for, whether it’s Game of Thrones, True Detective, Top Gear, Gogglebox, Call the Midwife, Real Housewives, Sky News or Fox Footy, these are the must-have brands and Foxtel is where to find them.”

Returning to The LifeStyle Channel next year will be the hugely popular Selling Houses Australia for its eighth season, the fifth season of Grand Designs Australia, and the third season River Cottage Australia. Foxtel also strengthened its offering of the best in drama by extending its exclusive output agreement with HBO. The deal sees Foxtel offering exclusive access to all first run programs by HBO as well as Anytime (On Demand) access to complete seasons of library drama and complete past seasons of returning drama series. The deal ensure showcase, the Home of HBO, will continue to feature new seasons of popular shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Girls, The Leftovers and a brand new season of True Detective starring Vince Vaughan and Colin Farrell. Other new HBO series coming to Foxtel include The Knick, a new drama starring Clive Owen and Olive Kitteridge, a four-part miniseries starring Frances McDormand and Bill Murray.

The event also saw Foxtel confirm a line-up of programming for 2015 headlined by more world class drama and locally produced TV series. Marquee titles that will spearhead Foxtel’s Australian drama include Deadline Gallipoli, starring and executive produced by Sam Worthington. The compelling four hour miniseries captures the heartache and futility of war as seen through the eyes of the journalists who reported it; The Kettering Incident, a gripping eight episode mystery thriller with otherworldly overtones based in small town Tasmania starring Elizabeth Debicki and Matthew Le Nevez; and the break-through prison drama, Wentworth will return for a third season.

From Foxtel’s brand new channel, BBC First, comes locally produced Banished, starring David Wenham as Captain Arthur Phillip, in an epic drama about Australia’s first convict settlers. Joining Banished is the iconic BBC drama Call the Midwife, a huge worldwide hit, along with Death in Paradise and the twelfth season of the widely popular New Tricks.

Foxtel’s showcase and SoHo channels will premiere steamy love story, The Affair along with other popular series returning in 2015 including internationally acclaimed Orange is the New Black, Outlander, Ray Donovan, Black Sails and the final season of Mad Men.

Kicking off FOX8’s summer line up are two new US hit programs including super hero adventure, The Flash and the funny uplifting new series, Jane the Virgin.

Adventure and stories of the human spirit will feature strongly in The Raft, Remote Survival and The Watch (National Geographic); while Shark Week and Bear Grylls will continue to amaze viewers on Discovery.

Joining Discovery is the brand new Discovery Kids, featuring inspiring, family oriented and educational programming; while the kids and family channels, including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network will continue to offer great family entertainment.

A&E will debut a local version of the international hit Pawn Stars, a highly entertaining series featuring a remarkable Australian trio of pawn experts who have spent the last 20 years buying and selling hidden treasures.

Foxtel will continue to provide the best in music video entertainment with its eight dedicated channels across the Channel [V], MTV, MAX, Smooth, and CMC brands.

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AFTRS: Summer School Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:12:46 +0000 2014-10-30_0107AFTRS Open is running a series of five-day introductory workshops in Sydney throughout January as part of its Summer School for TV, film and radio.

This could be a smart way to utilise your summer if you’re looking to work in the TV industry, or already have a foot in the door but need new skills.

TV Summer School tutors are professionals currently working in the industry. Jimmy Foggo, who’s most recent credit is River Cottage, will be teaching TV Camera, Sound & Lighting Skills for upcoming Shooter/Producers.

“I remember starting out in TV and having so many questions,” says Jimmy. ”I didn’t know where to start or even who to ask. I hope that using my personal experience I can share my knowledge plus influence and shape more talented and conscientious producers of television in Australia. I also love how teaching has improved my own knowledge and ability, forcing me to question why I do things the way I do and how I can do them better.”

Jutta Goetze who has worked as a writer in the industry over 20 years and is currently script editing The Kettering Incident (Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films, to be shown on Foxtel in 2015) will be teaching Writing for TV Intensive.

“Because I’ve worked in television for more years than I will admit to (think ‘Skyways’ and ‘Cop Shop’), I teach from both a creative and a formatted perspective. And from experience,” says Jutta. “I think that students will walk away from the Writing for TV Intensive course with a better understanding of the television industry, in the way scripts are written, and I hope they will have learned a certain amount of tools to continue working on their own ideas. I do not have any magic formulas. I place a huge emphasis on hard work and preparation. It’s a great course to introduce a student to the craft, and to give them an idea of whether they want to study further. I think it will also give them a greater insight into their own scripts and perhaps the roles they may want to pursue – whether it’s as writer, script editor or story producer.”

Details of all the TV courses in AFTRS Open Summer School below.

TV Camera, Sound & Lighting Skills

Anyone entering the TV industry now needs to be able to do it all. This one-week intensive covers essential TV production skills, including the basics of lighting, camera and sound recording, pre-production for Field Shooters/Producers and interviewing basics. Course tutor Jimmy Foggo has a long list of credits and is currently working on River Cottage (Foxtel). This is based on our extremely popular TV Shooter/Producer course with added bells and whistles!
“This course was absolutely excellent in terms of equipment, expertise and content.” – Summer School Student 2014
Date: Mon 5 – Fri 9 January // Time: 9am – 5pm // Cost: $995 ($895 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

Intro to TV & Radio Presenting

Develop your own unique on-air persona and learn skills to develop your career in the media. This course combines AFTRS Open’s regular ‘Introduction to TV Presenting’ and ‘Announcing and Presentation’ courses plus a day of our ‘Voice Over’ course into one intensive week.
“I learned so much and pushed myself on challenging my comfort zones. This course has reignited my drive and desire to take my passions to the next level!” – Summer School Student 2014
Date: Mon 12 – Fri 16 January // Time: 9am – 5pm // Cost: $1,200 ($1,080 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

TV Editing: Avid Media Composer

Get up to speed fast with the TV-industry standard editing software, Avid Media Composer.This accredited, five-day intensive teaches you everything from editing basics to fine-tuning, adding audio and transitions, outputting your finished project, and handling multi-camera editing.
“Fantastic overview of the system – great mix of theory and practical.” – Summer School Student 2014
Date: Mon 12 – Fri 16 January // Time: 9am – 5pm // Cost: $1,400 ($1,260 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

Writing for TV Intensive 

Take your TV show idea to the next level!Learn the fundamentals of a creating viable and original TV drama or comedy series concept in this five-day intensive course withJutta Goetze (The Kettering Incident).
“A well-structured course with a knowledgeable teacher happy to share her experiences.”
Date: Mon 19 – Fri 23 January // Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm // Cost $850 ($765 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

Book Early to guarantee a spot and to receive a 10% Early Bird Discount for bookings made at last 28 days in advance. Multi-course discounts are also available if you sign up for two or more Summer School courses before 5 December 2014 and receive an extra 5% discount. Call 1300 065 281 to receive this discount.

To view all short courses visit the AFTRS Open website

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Qantas flying with more Foxtel Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:10:22 +0000 2014-10-30_1119From next week Qantas will roll out its ‘new and improved’ inflight entertainment program as a result of its new partnership with SKY News, Foxtel and Fox Sports.

It was revealed in July that MCN and SKY had won a tender, which would see Nine no longer supply in-flight news.

Qantas customers will be access news, sport, entertainment and lifestyle programs including multiple, daily news updates seven days a week, 100 hours more TV and movie content, 160 hours of box set viewing, triple the number of new release albums and double the number of blockbusters.

Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO of Australian News Channel said, “For the first time, the latest news will be delivered to Qantas aircraft across the day, 365 days a year.

“This is being made possible by our joint commitment to new digital technology which will stretch from seat back on aircraft to Qantas lounges across the world.”

Brian Walsh, Foxtel Executive Director of Television said, “Foxtel will present a broad range of popular local programming from our top-rating channels including Selling Houses Australia, Grand Designs Australia, Coast Australia and a variety of music and entertainment shows, giving Qantas customers an unmatched choice of content.”

New inflight entertainment features:

More news – Qantas customers will enjoy multiple daily news bulletins on international and domestic flights seven days a week.

More exposure – A new international Australian news service called Australia Channel will broadcast live to Qantas’ international network of lounges so customers returning home will be able to watch the latest news, sport and business updates from Australia. Domestic customers will also enjoy this service.

More sport – Fox Sports content will be on offer for customers including highlights packages, interviews and documentaries.

More variety – A Foxtel Picks channel will showcase a library of lifestyle, drama, food, sport and entertainment programming from the likes of The Lifestyle Channel, Fox8, Showcase, the History Channel and Comedy Channel.

More content – Customers can expect more volume in popular categories including double the number of new releases and blockbusters, kid’s and drama content. Four times more business programming.

More music – Customers can now listen to a greater selection of music with triple the number of albums added each quarter.

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Bumped: Big Brother Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:10:54 +0000 2014-10-30_1457Big Brother just got another new timeslot.

Now Tuesday night’s eviction show will move from 7:30 to 8:40pm, replaced with another episode of David Attenborough’s Life (moved due to Cricket Wednesday). The Attenborough series, filmed in 2009, has played in repeat on ABC but Nine is getting decent mileage out of it thanks to a good job by the Promo dept.

At least Big Brother is now in a more consistent timeslot, but it’s another sign the network is unhappy with the Total People numbers. It is still holding well with younger demos backing up producer claims the show has a core audience who will follow it wherever it goes.

It will also be a long night, ending at 10:40pm which belies the position of the show being family friendly. The timeslot is not.

The good news is Arrow is back in the schedule at 10:40pm, having been held off in favour of a movie, Looper, which is now out.

Looking at the schedule overall, these will undoubtedly deliver a better share for the evening, which is the bottom line.

Update: On Wednesday Big Brother will air on GO! due to cricket.

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Marco Polo: teaser Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:32:21 +0000 2014-10-30_1108Netflix has released a teaser for its lavish period miniseries Marco Polo.

The drama created by John Fusco (Young Guns II) centres on the explorer’s journey that takes him to the centre of a brutal war in 13th century China, with martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.

Filmed in Venice, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, it stars Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role.

Australia’s own Remy Hii (Better Man) also features in this, but I couldn’t spot him in this teaser.

I’ve long been saying TV needs an Asian equivalent of Game of Thrones with costume, landscapes, history, martial arts, passion ….looks like we are getting close.

It launches in the US in December.

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Q & A: Nov 3 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:57:59 +0000 2014-10-30_1154This Monday night, a special edition of Q & A in Bankstown will feature Attorney General George Brandis taking questions from a community which has been subjected to recent counter-terrorism police raids.

Debate will focus on the Government’s new security legislation, and how to deal with home grown terrorism and prevent community division.

Neil Gaughan, AFP Assistant Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism;
Lydia Shelly, Muslim Legal Network;
Dr Mohamad Abdalla , Queensland Council of Imams;
Keiran Hardy, Lawyer and Research Fellow, UNSW;
Sheik Wesam Charkawi, Community leader and Chaplain at Granville Boys.

Simulcast live around the country on ABC, ABC News 24.

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More international versions for My Kitchen Rules Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:20:15 +0000 2014-10-30_1218Seven-devised format My Kitchen Rules has been racking up the international format sales including New Zealand, Denmark and French speaking Belgium with further deals under discussion in Canada and Norway.

In Flemish speaking Belgium all five seasons of the finished programme have sold to VMMA/VTM as well as six seasons of the My Kitchen Rules predecessor My Restaurant Rules being produced for Flemish speaking Belgium.

But in New Zealand, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. While the Aussie version has scored, the local NZ adaptation has been beaten by MasterChef and The Block.

MKR has also been produced locally in Canada (French speaking), Lithuania, Serbia and the United Kingdom.

To date the finished series has sold to over 160 countries including United Kingdom (Sky), Canada (W Network & Gusto! TV), Asia (NBC), Eastern Europe (SET), Germany (Turner), Latin America (Discovery), Middle East (Fox & Gem) and Netherlands (SBS).

Seven’s Director of Network Production, Brad Lyons, said: “We are delighted that this format continues to resonate in so many territories. We are immensely proud of it and pleased to be working with Endemol in expanding My Kitchen Rules’ presence in the global market-place.”

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iview premieres Noirhouse series Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:40:50 +0000 2014-10-29_2328This weekend ABC will unveil another series commissioned especially for iview: Noirhouse.

The 6 part comedy/drama is available as an online binge from 10am Sunday November 2 on iview.

These ‘film-noir style’ webisodes are set in a share house riddled with flying bullets, steamy looks and split bills.

Shot in Hobart, this one is produced by Fiona McConaghy, directed by Shaun Wilson, written by Tim Logan and created by Tim Logan, Shaun Wilson & Nathan Spencer.

In Noirhouse, a hard-boiled detective (Nathan Spencer), a sultry femme-fatale (Melanie Irons), and a sentimental Russian thug (Mick Davies), all archetypes straight out of 1940s film noir, share a house in present day suburbia. They would have killed one another already, but the dead don’t pay the rent.

Our three favourite inmates of the big, black & white share house are threatened with eviction and discover a hidden treasure so hot it has a history of burning anyone it touches. While the Russian has had enough of his housemates’ kiss kiss, bang bang, relationship, the Detective is obsessed with finding who’s really behind their former housemate Alice’s brutal murder and Nadia expressly double crosses them both.

Can the Noiries get on the same page in time to face not one, but two deadly villains?

Will they ever get their bond back, what with all these fresh bullet holes in the wall?

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BBC Drama: trailer Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:55:34 +0000 Check out this extraordinary trailer of BBC dramas, with Benedict Cumberbatch referencing Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage” for ‘A Lifetime of BBC Drama.’

Admittedly it includes some titles that have already played out, rather than just upcoming shows, but the output their shows is extraordinary.

There’s Call the Midwife, Happy Valley, Doctor Who, Peaky Blinders, Luther, The Honourable Woman, The Fall, Burton & Taylor, Sherlock and an array of new shows.

- there’s even a shot of Russell Toovey at the Blue Mountains in Banished.

Better than HBO.

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The Feed: Oct 30 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:15:20 +0000 2014-10-29_2345Tonight on SBS 2’s The Feed the show looks at life on the frontline for paramedics with Ambulance Victoria, and the sometimes tragic consequences of this often-gruelling profession.

Producer Ben Rylan and camera man Miles Bence discover that for ambulance officers, their long hours and confronting and traumatic line of work is taking its toll on the mental health of workers.

The suicide rate amongst paramedics in Victoria is about 20 times higher than the rest of the population, according to a report by The Age newspaper in 2012.

Dave Toll a paramedic in Victoria explains that in the past six to seven years he has lost eight to ten friends and colleagues to suicide.

“The fatigue, the ten hours with no breaks, the 14 hour night shifts, the missing of family events. These guys are paramedics because they want to help people. It’s why they do the job… and they push themselves too far,” Dave explains to The Feed.

Fellow Ambulance officer Nicole says that she at first wasn’t aware of how her work was affecting her, but over time her world view began to change. She first realised the extent of her trauma when she spoke with her colleagues.

“I had a bunch of suicide plans for when I got old. It’s something that I’ve often talked to other paramedics about,” said Nicole.

When Cath Mok’s partner Helen left their home one night after an argument and didn’t return, she assumed she had gone somewhere to cool off. It wasn’t until the police arrived the next morning with her group manager and explained she had used drugs from the ambulance branch to take her life, that Cath fully understood the impact the job had on her.

“There were a few accidents that she went to that she found very disturbing. Things like picking up body parts off the road,” said Cath.

Cath shares her frustrations with the industry’s management of and support for the mental health of its workers.

“I can imagine if teachers took their lives at the same rate, there would be a much bigger response,” Cath remarks.

The Feed contacted Ambulance Victoria, who weighed in on the issue and explained their ongoing plans to reduce these risks.

“Ambulance Victoria understands the risk of fatigue in the challenging environment that emergency services operate in. We support and manage fatigue for our staff in a variety of ways including education, policies and procedures relating to end of shift strategies, minimum rest breaks between shifts, meal break management, and opportunities for paramedics to take fatigue breaks.

“We have also commenced a research project to explore potential roster options that meet our service delivery while allowing for a reduction in shift length,” said Tony Walker, Ambulance Victoria.

7:30pm Thursday SBS 2

LifeLine: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue

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Oops. Kochie flips the finger to Mark Beretta. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:37:20 +0000 David Koch may not have realised he was on camera this morning when he flipped the finger to Mark Beretta on Sunrise this morning.

It followed a chat between Beretta and Kris Smith about men wearing hats at the races, when Smith mentioned men with less hair may prefer to don a hat.

But Beretts reference to “Mr. Potato Head” resulted in a quick reaction shot to Kochie, when he made his feelings pretty clear.

Probably a fair call given the gag at Kochie’s expense!

But they all seemed so friendly at yesterday’s Upfronts…..!

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ABC holds the middle ground on Wednesday Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:19:10 +0000 2014-10-30_1017Daylight Saving continues to impact on viewing patterns with no shows over a million viewers once again.

Seven’s Criminal Minds managed to win its timeslot despite playing in 4 markets, while Perth viewers caught up with Resurrection.

But the takeout from Wednesday was arguably the retention of the ABC audience from 7pm – 9pm. Only 32,000 strayed from show to show.

Seven network was 33.0% then Nine 28.4%, ABC 18.6%, TEN 15.5% and SBS 4.5%.

Seven News (956,000 / 971,000) topped the evening then The Force (903,000), Home and Away (838,000), Criminal Minds (725,000 / 585,000 both in 4 markets) and Million Dollar Minute (457,000). In Perth Resurrection was 84,00 / 63,000.

Nine News (935,000 / 892,000) was best for Nine then ACA (798,000), David Attenborough’s Life (733,000), Big Brother (583,000), Hot Seat (470,000) and Big Bang (325,000 / 248,000).

ABC News (709,000) topped ABC then Media Circus (707,000), Mad as Hell (699,000), 7:30 (677,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (528,000), Would I Lie To You? (418,000) and QI (369,000).

The Project (563,000 / 420,000) topped TEN’s night. TEN Eyewitness News was 531,000, Wonderland was 463,000, The Millers lifted to 375,000 / 334,000 and The Good Wife was 290,000.

Wildest Islands led SBS ONE at 193,000 then I Bought my own Rainforest (162,000), SBS World News (115,000) and Fargo (85,000) -some new readers sought out TV Tonight to vent their displeasure at the absence of Salamander.

7TWO’s A Touch of Frost again topped multichannels on 375,000.

Sunrise: 340,000
Today: 290,000
ABC News Breakfast: 75,000 / 44,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 29 October 2014

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Wednesday 29 October 2014 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:25:37 +0000 Wednesday: 1 SEVEN NEWS 956,000 2 NINE NEWS 935,000 3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT 917,000 4 THE FORCE 903,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 892,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Wednesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 29/10/2014 22/10/2014 Network ABC1 13.4% 13.1% Network ABC2 3.1% 3.1% Network ABC3 0.8% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.3% 1.1% Network ABC TTL 18.6% 18.1% Network 7 21.3% 22.5% Network 7TWO 7.7% 7.5% Network 7mate 4.0% 4.2% Network 7 TTL 33.0% 34.2% Network 9 18.4% 17.6% Network GO! 6.9% 5.6% Network Gem 3.2% 3.0% Network 9 TTL 28.4% 26.2% Network TEN 10.5% 11.1% Network ONE 2.1% 3.1% Network ELEVEN 2.9% 3.1% Network TEN TTL 15.5% 17.4% Network SBS ONE 3.4% 3.0% Network SBS 2 1.0% 1.1% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 4.5% 4.1%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 29/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 956,000 241,000 224,000 186,000 131,000 174,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 935,000 294,000 303,000 191,000 73,000 73,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 917,000 232,000 229,000 191,000 104,000 161,000
4 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 903,000 249,000 273,000 169,000 74,000 137,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 892,000 271,000 273,000 196,000 63,000 90,000
6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 838,000 215,000 197,000 208,000 89,000 129,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 798,000 252,000 219,000 158,000 65,000 103,000
8 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIFE Network 9 733,000 212,000 217,000 136,000 75,000 92,000
9 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 725,000 239,000 249,000 141,000 95,000 0
10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 709,000 185,000 244,000 115,000 87,000 79,000
11 THE CHASER’S MEDIA CIRCUS-EV Network ABC1 707,000 224,000 246,000 103,000 71,000 63,000
12 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL S4-EV Network ABC1 699,000 223,000 247,000 106,000 57,000 66,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC1 677,000 200,000 241,000 111,000 59,000 66,000
14 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) Network 7 585,000 186,000 214,000 114,000 71,000 0
15 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 583,000 143,000 219,000 107,000 57,000 57,000
16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 563,000 183,000 148,000 96,000 46,000 90,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 531,000 172,000 126,000 78,000 69,000 85,000
18 JULIA ZEMIRO’S HOME DELIVERY-EV Network ABC1 528,000 182,000 174,000 61,000 64,000 48,000
19 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 521,000 171,000 152,000 89,000 41,000 68,000
20 HOT SEAT Network 9 470,000 151,000 145,000 110,000 26,000 37,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 29/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 A TOUCH OF FROST Network 7TWO 375,000 82,000 115,000 61,000 58,000 59,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 341,000 93,000 106,000 61,000 45,000 36,000
3 ROSEMARY & THYME (R) Network 7TWO 321,000 78,000 97,000 49,000 47,000 50,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 303,000 71,000 90,000 64,000 42,000 36,000
5 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 277,000 69,000 92,000 55,000 27,000 35,000
6 SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS -EV Network GO! 272,000 62,000 94,000 39,000 30,000 48,000
7 HARDCORE PAWN Network 7mate 245,000 60,000 102,000 23,000 32,000 27,000
8 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 228,000 55,000 65,000 59,000 14,000 36,000
9 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 227,000 56,000 60,000 54,000 38,000 19,000
10 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 224,000 52,000 64,000 65,000 8,000 35,000
11 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 222,000 60,000 70,000 35,000 35,000 22,000
12 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 220,000 50,000 57,000 63,000 20,000 31,000
13 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 219,000 48,000 57,000 59,000 28,000 26,000
14 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 217,000 51,000 50,000 54,000 36,000 25,000
15 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 213,000 45,000 59,000 61,000 21,000 27,000
16 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 213,000 40,000 79,000 35,000 33,000 28,000
17 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 207,000 54,000 58,000 52,000 16,000 27,000
18 BING-AM Network ABC2 199,000 47,000 63,000 31,000 32,000 27,000
19 RPA -EV Network Gem 199,000 34,000 56,000 55,000 32,000 22,000
20 BING-PM Network ABC2 198,000 66,000 46,000 34,000 28,000 24,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 411,000 108,000 139,000 80,000 28,000 56,000
2 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 353,000 107,000 90,000 72,000 36,000 48,000
3 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 349,000 111,000 123,000 67,000 47,000 0
4 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 347,000 94,000 128,000 60,000 31,000 35,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 333,000 96,000 93,000 77,000 21,000 45,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 381,000 102,000 132,000 78,000 23,000 47,000
2 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 340,000 66,000 143,000 69,000 30,000 32,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 329,000 94,000 86,000 77,000 31,000 41,000
4 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 299,000 105,000 106,000 61,000 27,000 0
5 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIFE Network 9 292,000 81,000 99,000 53,000 30,000 30,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 267,000 41,000 124,000 55,000 21,000 25,000
2 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 258,000 71,000 93,000 48,000 19,000 27,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 225,000 68,000 63,000 50,000 23,000 19,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 211,000 72,000 59,000 38,000 10,000 32,000
5 WONDERLAND Network TEN 191,000 56,000 65,000 31,000 20,000 20,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 29/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 FAMILY GUY FOX8 76,000
4 DEADLIEST CATCH Discovery Channel 62,000
9 QI UKTV 47,000
11 FAMILY GUY FOX8 46,000
12 SONS OF ANARCHY showcase 44,000
14 THE SIMPSONS FOX8+2 43,000
16 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE Disney Junior 42,000
17 BARGAIN HUNT LifeStyle Channel 39,000
19 FAMILY GUY FOX8+2 38,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Gogglebox to premiere on Foxtel one night, TEN the next. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:58:01 +0000 2014-10-29_2233EXCLUSIVE: In a game-changing move in the Australian television market, a series has been jointly-commissioned by a Subscription TV and a Free to Air broadcaster -which will see it screen on both sectors on consecutive nights.

As revealed yesterday the local adaptation of Gogglebox will premiere next year on Foxtel.

TV Tonight can now exclusively reveal it will also screen on TEN the very next night.

It is the first time STV and Free to Air have jointly commissioned a show together and the first time an Australian series premieres on both platforms within 24 hours of one another.

It completely eradicates any 12 month waiting period, which has existed on shows before.

The joint commissioning is likely to fuel further speculation about corporate manoeuvres, following rumoured takeover bids of TEN by Foxtel. Earlier this month it was reported Foxtel considered a joint takeover of Network TEN with US private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, but decided against it “for a number of reasons.”

The BAFTA-winning Gogglebox, to be produced by Shine Australia, uses cameras installed in living rooms to capture the reactions of TV viewers and their love / hate relationship with their television sets. Four seasons have aired in the UK, spawning international spin-offs and turning the families who have appeared in it into social media sensations. Casting for Australian families is now underway.

Both broadcasters are expected to announce the Gogglebox commissioning today.

This week Foxtel also confirmed it had commissioned 2 seasons of A Place to Call Home, to be produced by Seven.

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Tim Worner: “I want to watch Sport in High Definition as well” Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:55:13 +0000 timwornerYesterday Seven unveiled some very enticing new changes to its Australian Open coverage, allowing viewers to watch any one of seven matches during the day and three at night via Hybrid Broadband TV (HbbTV) on smart TVs, mobile and tablet devices -in addition to matches on Seven and 7TWO.

Seven prides itself as a leading Sports broadcaster with formidable assets including AFL, Melbourne Cup, Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, NFL, Super Bowl, US Masters and Wimbledon.

But while Sports fans love their coverage Live and with alternate matches available, they are very vocal about watching events in High Definition.

Yesterday TV Tonight asked Seven CEO Tim Worner if there was any move towards HD for Sport in 2015?

“No move on it, but I wouldn’t rule one out. It’s a work in progress. There’s just a few boxes to be ticked,” he said.

“I wouldn’t like to specify any particular box because it might imperil the outcome we’re after. But it’s something that we’re looking at.

“I want to watch Sport in High Definition as well. Anyone would.

“But at the moment the technology constraints are there and the economic restraints are there. But think in the future they will sort themselves out.”

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Sony signs X Factor’s Reigan Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:50:59 +0000 reiganGreat to hear X Factor favourite Reigan Derry has been signed by Sony Music.

She will release her debut single All Of The Pieces in December with the lead track hitting the airwaves on November 20.

Derry came fourth in the Seven reality series, but proved to be the most versatile vocalist of the season.

“I was disappointed I didn’t get in the top 3 but this huge wave of support came from social media with thousands of people adding me or contacting me overnight; they came out of nowhere,” she told News Corp.

“They all swore they would support me and told me not to give up on myself.”

Other non-winners to also enjoy chart success from the show include Taylor Henderson, Nathaniel, Johnny Ruffo, Jai Watford and The Collective.

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Simon Burke ends decade as Actors Equity president Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:49:02 +0000 2014-10-29_2314Performer/ producer Simon Burke will stand down as the federal president of Actors Equity Australia after 10 years in the role and 40 years after he became a member.

Performer Geoff Morrell becomes acting Equity president until union elections are held in the next six months.

“My time as Equity president has been one of the greatest honours of my life,” he said. “I am so humbled by the opportunities that I’ve had to lead, to give, to learn, to share, to work hard for the interests of my fellow performers and our industry as a whole. But leadership is also about knowing when to go, and as a performer, timing is everything.

“It makes me so proud to know that I am leaving Equity in the best possible shape. In our National Performers Committee we have a vibrant, engaged, intelligent and compassionate board of 32 men and women good and true. In Zoe Angus, we have a director whose inspiration, tenacity, good humour and instinctive simpatico with performers makes her the ideal person to guide this great union into the future. I will miss them all like crazy but it’s time for someone else to step up and make this wonderful position of Equity president their own.”

Federal secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Christopher Warren, said: “Actors Equity is what it is because of Simon Burke. He has made many personal and professional sacrifices to be a leader and a champion for Australia’s performers over the last decade. He could not have given any more of himself in his capacity as president. On behalf of MEAA and Equity staff, who consider Simon a close personal friend and colleague, I sincerely thank him for all he has done.”

Equity NSW president, Tina Bursill, said: “Simon’s leadership has been brave and tireless and always with the deepest respect for performers. With his grace and voice of reason, obstacles have become gateways and with his warm sense of humour, at times troughs have been highs. A kind and compassionate man who has brought us all together.”

NPC member, Matt Day, said: “In his role as Equity president Simon has not only worked tirelessly to defend the rights of performers but also to strengthen the ties within the creative industries across the board. He understands that we’re all in this together and he will be greatly missed.”

Performer and producer, Claudia Karvan, said: “Simon is a long term, passionate member of our industry and will hopefully be given an order of Australia one day for his contribution to our field as singer, performer, producer and union president. He also made a wonderful Danish husband when we acted together in a film called Passion! Thank you Simon for the generous and hard work you’ve done on our behalf. I wish you a long and illustrious producing career alongside your beautiful performances.”

Performer, Don Hany, said: “Simon’s love for our industry is unparalleled. He has led the way and inspired a generation of performers. I was fortunate enough to have worked with him during efforts to protect the Australian television industry and then again on the first of many television series I hope he will produce.”

Burke most recently starred and co-produced the Devil’s Playground sequel for Foxtel.

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SBS replays Gough’s final TV interview Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:45:37 +0000 2014-10-29_2303I don’t usually give much attention to repeats, but this is worth a mention for obvious reasons.

This Sunday night SBS will screen the last ever TV interview with the late Gough Whitlam.

This one-on-one interview with Labor Senator, John Faulkner, was filmed in 2002.

Gough Whitlam: In His Own Words
Gough Whitlam: In His Own Words documents Whitlam’s early parliamentary life, his role in the 1960s and 1970s as Labor’s Deputy Leader and Leader, and taking the ALP to power after a record twenty-three years of Liberal government.

The program explores the remarkable achievements of his three short years in government including the end of conscription, recognising China and re-opening the case of equal pay for women.

The documentary also examines the Whitlam government’s economic credentials and performance, asks questions about Gough Whitlam’s role in the Indonesian invasion of East Timor and the competence of his ministers, and his tactics on the day of his government’s dramatic dismissal by Governor-General Sir John Kerr on Remembrance Day, 1975.

8:30pm Sunday on SBS ONE.

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Melbourne Cup Carnival 2014: guide Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:44:17 +0000 2014-10-30_0101Seven’s annual coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday, and continues for a week with commentary led by Bruce McAvaney.

The Carnival jumps out of the barriers on Saturday with what many racing purists consider the best single day of thoroughbred racing in Australia. Victorian racing’s premier three-year-old classic, the Victoria Derby is the feature event for stayers over 2500m. It’s the only all-Group race day on the calendar and includes three other Group 1 races the Mackinnon Stakes, Myer Classic and Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Two days before the nation’s greatest race, our experts examine all the form in our special Melbourne Cup Preview Show on Sunday morning. From the locals to the internationals, our team of experts hosted by Bruce McAvaney dissect and analyse every Cup hopeful to help you back a winner.

Melbourne viewers will also see the annual Melbourne Cup Parade on Monday. Celebrating its 31st birthday this year, tens of thousands of fans will line Swanston St for this highly anticipated parade of thoroughbreds, jockeys, trainers and celebrity guests, hosted by Seven News Melbourne presenter Peter Mitchell with Simon Marshall and Richard Freedman.

After that it’s the first Tuesday in November, which means only one thing to Australians: the Melbourne Cup. The nation’s greatest race, a handicap run over ‘two miles’, attracts thoroughbred horses from around the globe as trainers and owners look to etch their name in racing history. Every year drama, intrigue and stories unfold around the Cup with winners coming from all walks of life.

Oaks Day and Stakes Day, on Thursday and Saturday respectively, round out arguably the best racing carnival in the world. The latest in fashion, colour and flair is celebrated on Oaks Day, with the feature race the Group 1 Oaks for three-year-olds. While families are again expected to flock to Stakes Day to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere for the VRC’s premier 1600m race.

Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney alongside Francesca Cumani, Richard Freedman and Simon Marshall, with Peter Donagen reporting on all the latest in the mounting yard.

Joh Griggs, Ryan Phelan, Edwina Bartholomew, Hamish McLachlan, Bec Maddern, Rachael Finch, Michael Felgate and Neil Kearney will report on all the colour and characters in the crowd from the punters on the lawn to the A-List celebrities in the Birdcage.

Australia’s premier race caller Greg Miles will be heard on Seven’s coverage throughout the Carnival. Pat Welsh will keep an eye on where all the big plunges are heading in the betting ring. And Basil Zempilas will MC all of the race presentations throughout the carnival.

They are the public faces of what is a huge production unit, involving hundreds of personnel and up to 50 cameras – around the courses, in tracking vehicles, in the air, in the jockeys’ and stewards’ rooms and also at times mounted on a jockey’s helmet to drop viewers into the saddle during the race itself.

As the free-to-air home of thoroughbred horseracing Seven broadcasts every major meeting on the Australian calendar including the Sydney Easter Carnival, the Caulfield Cup Carnival, the WS Cox Plate, Stradbroke Handicap, the Melbourne Cup Carnival and for the first time in January 2015, the Magic Millions.

Broadcast Schedule:

Saturday November 1
Victoria Derby Day
Sydney 11am Live on Channel 7, 5.30pm Live on 7TWO
Melbourne 11am Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 10am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 10.30am Live on Channel 7
Perth 8am Live on Channel 7

Sunday November 2
Melbourne Cup Preview Show
Sydney 11.30am on Channel 7
Melbourne 11.30am on Channel 7
Brisbane 11.30am on Channel 7
Adelaide 11.30am on Channel 7
Perth 11.30am on Channel 7

Monday November 3
Melbourne Cup Parade
Melbourne 12pm Live on Channel 7

Tuesday November 4
Melbourne Cup Day
Sydney 10am Live on Channel 7
Melbourne 10am Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 9am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 9.30am Live on Channel 7
Perth 7am Live on Channel 7

Thursday November 6
Oaks Day
Sydney 11.30am Live on Channel 7
Melbourne 11.30am Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 10.30am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 11am Live on Channel 7
Perth 8.30am – 9am Live on 7TWO, 9am Live on Channel 7

Saturday November 8
Stakes Day
Sydney 11.30am Live on Channel 7
Melbourne 11.30am Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 10.30am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 11am Live on Channel 7
Perth 8.30am Live on Channel 7

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Airdate: House of DVF Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:41:52 +0000 2014-10-30_0005Next week E! premieres House of DVF, in which 8 young American ladies compete to become brand ambassadors for the DvF fashion label, owned by Belgian-born Diane von Fürstenberg.

Sounds a lot like Project Runway meets The Apprentice and one for style junkies.

Only the most intelligent and talented young ladies are considered for the glamorous and highly coveted brand ambassador position with one of fashion’s most lauded brands. Diane herself has handpicked the eight young women, who are as determined to impress her as they are tasked with working in different areas of Diane’s massive empire, based in the fantastic DVF offices in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. From planning a press lunch to working at the DVF Spring 2015 show during fashion week, the ladies are expected to execute every duty perfectly, although things don’t always go as planned.

The stakes are high: testing tempers, fraying nerves, forging friendships and revealing rivalries among the ladies. Jessica Joffe (DVF’s Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF’s Creative Brand Director) guide the candidates through the tough days and nights. Yet Diane herself is there with the ladies, committed and passionate about selecting the right young woman for the job. She observes, evaluates and empowers them to open up about their lives and dreams in one-on-one sessions and does not mince words when she feels they haven’t presented themselves as a member of the DVF team should. Diane believes every one of them has what it takes to be the woman they want to be, and wants to provide them with the tools to do so.

The ladies selected as ambassador candidates include:

Codi Critchfield – a sensitive 22-year-old fashion photographer from Utah
Lenore Genovese – a cheerful, 23-year-old New York native and FIT student
Brittany Hampton – a 23-year-old fashion stylist from San Francisco who seems wise beyond her years
Keir Mellour – a 24-year-old fashion blogger who’s ready to take charge
Abigail Petit-Frere – a 22-year-old wardrobe stylist from Florida who’s confident in her ability to secure her dream job
Amanda Schauer – a 21-year-old student studying Fashion Design & Merchandising at Drexel University
Tiffani Warkenthein – a 19-year-old South Bronx native is the youngest of the group and incredibly receptive to learning anything and everything
Jinna Yang – a 25-year-old stylist and blogger who’s just as task oriented when it comes to working hard as she is when it comes to blowing off steam

9:30pm Thursday November 6 on E!

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Madam Secretary Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:37:13 +0000 2014-10-29_2333Elizabeth McCord has her hands full -with Canada, of all places…. 8:30pm Thursday on TEN.

  • Grand Designs Australia
  • The Fall
  • Upper Middle Bogan
  • Movie In Time
  • Dancing with the Stars
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Timeshifted: Tuesday 21 October 2014 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:49:12 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 21/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,014,000 1,011,000 3,000 2 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 1,000,000 956,000 44,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 944,000 940,000 4,000 4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 921,000 865,000 56,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 880,000 880,000 0 6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 864,000 862,000 2,000 7 NCIS Network TEN 813,000 655,000 158,000 8 KITCHEN CABINET-EV Network ABC1 800,000 729,000 71,000 9 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 789,000 784,000 5,000 10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 770,000 768,000 2,000 11 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 748,000 738,000 10,000 12 7.30-EV Network ABC1 721,000 719,000 2,000 13 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 683,000 620,000 63,000 14 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 641,000 544,000 98,000 15 WHITLAM: THE POWER AND THE PASSION EP1 RPT Network ABC1 626,000 602,000 24,000 16 WHITLAM: THE POWER AND THE PASSION EP2 RPT Network ABC1 601,000 576,000 26,000 17 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 589,000 561,000 29,000 18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 582,000 570,000 13,000 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 549,000 549,000 0 20 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 532,000 527,000 6,000

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Airdate: The Science of Doctor Who Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:09:43 +0000 2014-10-29_0016Professor Brian Cox joins Matt Smith for a one off special The Science of Doctor Who, on BBC Knowledge as part of Brian Cox week.

Brian takes the audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Doctor Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.

Brian is in the unique position of knowing the Doctor’s universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the TARDIS travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.

Thursday 6 November @9.30pm BBC Knowledge

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Centenary of ANZAC: Albany Commemoration Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:55:44 +0000 2014-10-28_2239On Saturday ABC airs a three hour live broadcast from Albany, Western Australia, from where 100 years ago to the day, the first Australian and New Zealand troops left to fight in WW1. It was the largest armada ever assembled in Australia.

On November 1st 1914, 36 ships carrying troops from across Australia and New Zealand left Prince George Sound escorted by the Australian cruisers Sydney and Melbourne and the British cruiser Minotaur. Albany became the last place in Australia they saw before crossing the Indian Ocean. These troops went to Gallipoli and onto the Western Front and are the original ANZACs. Many did not return…

A troop march and commemorative service are the centrepieces of events in Albany to mark this historic occasion, and ABC and News24 will cover both events live* from Albany on November 1 from 12:00 midday AEDT.

The highest level of Government from New Zealand and Australia will attend.

Centenary of ANZAC: Albany Commemoration
Saturday, November 1 – ABC and ABC News 24


12:00-1:00pm (AEDT) Troop March and VIP Salute (York St, Albany)
1:00-2:00pm (AEDT) News special from Albany
2:00-3:00pm (AEDT) Commemorative Service (Anzac Peace Park)


11:00-12:00pm (AEST) Troop March and VIP Salute (York St, Albany)
12:00-1:00pm (AEST) News special from Albany
1:00-2:00pm (AEST) Commemorative Service (Anzac Peace Park)


11:30-12:30pm (ACDT) Troop March and VIP Salute (York St, Albany)
12:30-1:30pm (ACDT) News special from Albany
1:30-2:30pm (ACDT) Commemorative Service (Anzac Peace Park)


10:30-11:30am (ACST) Troop March and VIP Salute (York St, Albany)
11:30-12:30pm (ACST) News special from Albany
12:30-1:30pm (ACST) Commemorative Service (Anzac Peace Park)


9:00-10:00am (AWST) Troop March and VIP Salute (York St, Albany)
10:00-11:00am (AWST) News special from Albany
11:00-12:00pm (AWST) Commemorative Service (Anzac Peace Park)

Also available Live online on ABC iview.


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Seven 2015 highlights: House Rules x 2, Restaurant Revolution, Gibney / Thomson dramas Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:58:00 +0000 2014-10-29_1447Seven has announced it 2015 programming highlights in a splash of interactive presentations to advertisers and media today.

Amongst the announcements are:
Two seasons of House Rules
Restaurant Revolution -a reworked version of My Restaurant Rules combining renovation and food.
Rebecca Gibney drama series Winter (further extending The Killing Field)
Erik Thomson drama 800 Words_, “an international seachange”
History series Australia: The Story of Us
Catching Milat drama
Gallipoli: The Power of Ten profiling Victoria Cross recipients

plus returning seasons of My Kitchen Rules, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Winners and Losers, Home and Away and Better Homes and Gardens.

Seven continues its big focus on Sport and News, including the ability to watch alternative Australian Open events via digital platforms.

International titles include How to Get Away with Murder, Aquarius, Mind Games, Houdini, Heroes Reborn, Red Band Society, State of Affairs and Battle Creek.

The Upfronts at FOX Studios saw attendees move from The X Factor auditorium to themed rooms showcasing lifestyle and reality hits, an outback Australian setting (complete with a mini helicopter), and a locker room showcasing sport. On hand were stars including Luke Jacobz, Virginia Gay, Sunrise cast, Bruce McAvaney Chris Bath, Jennifer Keyte, Ed from Better Homes and Gardens, House Rules winners, former MKR champs plus Cathy Freeman, Jude Bolton and Todd Woodbridge, with Nathaniel performing.

Speaking were execs Tim Worner, Brad Lyons, Angus Ross and Kurt Burnette. It was an impressive presentation to distinguish their annual Upfronts.

There was also a big emphasis on HBBtv with new genre channels, a partnership with ESPN, and the importance of cross-platforms including Tumblr.

Seven West Media CEO, Tim Worner, said, “At Seven we are constantly looking at the speed of change in our marketplace and asking ourselves what we have to do to keep pace with it,” he said. “This is not a 12-month plan. This is a path that keeps us number one until 2020.”


MY KITCHEN RULES ­ – the number one show of 2014 – will be back with more instant restaurant rounds than ever before and a colourful array of new characters. Australia’s biggest renovation show, HOUSE RULES, returns with not one but two brand new series in 2015. Seven’s Director of Network Production, Brad Lyons, said: “We will be expanding the domination of House Rules next year. The second season averaged 2.3 million viewers and enjoyed an astonishing 25 per cent year-on-year growth.”

Seven Productions remains committed to local productions, increasing its home-made content every year. Its reputation as the home of quality Australian drama continues with the confirmation acclaimed actor Erik Thomson will return to Seven in the comedy drama series 800 WORDS. His former Packed to the Rafters co-star Rebecca Gibney will star in WINTER, a gripping new crime series based on her character in the hit telemovie The Killing Field.

Seven also announced another multi-night reality franchise to join its existing ratings juggernauts. RESTAURANT REVOLUTION is inspired by My Restaurant Rules, the first truly interactive show where viewers could actually dine in the restaurants televised. Brad Lyons said: “Across the country, our contestants will be charged with locating, renovating and running their own restaurants.”

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, Seven will debut the epic drama documentary series AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US. And in a special series from Sunday Night, we tell the true stories of the ten ANZACs who received our highest military honour, the Victoria Cross, in GALLIPOLI: THE POWER OF TEN, presented by Ben Roberts-Smith VC.

Seven is unmatched when it comes to launching overseas drama and 2015 will be no exception. It’s being hailed as a Golden Age in US television and each of the new dramas on Seven heralds the return of an acting superstar.

Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) spearheads STATE OF AFFAIRS, a thrilling new political drama. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is the new legal drama from TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy; Scandal) starring Academy Award nominee Viola Davis. David Duchovny (The X Files; Californication) stars in AQUARIUS as a tough, no-nonsense homicide detective on the trail of a real life serial killer.

Seven’s Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross, said: “We’re number one again now for eight years in a row and, as we promised, we’ve reshaped our audience younger. In fact, we’re younger than ever. At the same time, we’ve retained the consistency of audience delivery people have come to expect.

“We’ve invested in the content Australian viewers love: live sport, live news and public affairs, and Australian-made programming. Combining these strategies with the pick of US programming, we’re confident we will continue to deliver Australia’s largest audiences.”



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Erik Thomson plays George, a man who used to skate through life but who is now stumbling. When his wife dies suddenly, George makes a rash decision to move his two teenage kids away from the big smoke of Sydney to a picturesque town in New Zealand. All he wants to do is make a fresh start but it seems that everyone – his kids, the townspeople, the universe – have other ideas. This is a Seven and South Pacific Pictures production created by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) and Maxine Fleming.

More than 40,000 years in the making, AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US is an extraordinary narrative about the people, places and events that have shaped the continent from the first inhabitants to the present day. This ground breaking drama-documentary series weaves together stories of the nation’s origins and offers fresh insights into how Australians came to create the homeland they inhabit today. Alongside astounding CGI and cinematic sequences, the series features interviews with important thinkers, notable celebrities and iconic national figures who take us inside the stories that have influenced Australian history.

A psychological thriller and procedural drama, CATCHING MILAT is a dramatised version of the investigation into the 1990s backpacker murders leading to the arrest and conviction of serial killer Ivan Milat. After the bodies of backpackers are discovered in Belanglo State Forest, New South Wales’ Police unit Task Force Air begins its search for a murderer. Ultimately the bodies of seven backpackers are found. With the help of forensic evidence and tip-offs from the public, thousands of leads are investigated before Milat is finally arrested in 1994. CATCHING MILAT is the story of the men who brought him to justice. The mini-series is based on the book Sins of the Brother by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy and produced by Shine Australia for Seven.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, Sunday Night will bring you the true stories of the ten ANZACs who received our highest military honour, the Victoria Cross, presented by Ben Roberts-Smith VC. Like the carpenter who single-handedly took wounded soldiers out of the firing line; the cricketer who used his skills with the ball to catch live bombs for 50 hours straight; and the lovesick young soldier told the only way to get a mother’s blessing to marry her daughter was to come back with a VC. This is the story of Gallipoli and the ten ANZACs who became heroes amongst heroes. For the first time we’ll bring their stories to life.

World-renowned hypnotist Peter Powers unleashes his army of hypnotised subjects in this all-new outrageous entertainment series. Whether on the street, crashing a public event or just having fun playing tricks on hypnotised celebrities, Peter and his subjects put an unsuspecting Australian public through absolute mayhem. Prepare to be mesmerised!

My Kitchen Rules judge and renowned chef, Colin Fassnidge, invites us to join him on a motorcycle tour of his beloved Ireland. Setting out to re-discover the Ireland he left 15 years ago, Colin finds laughter, good humour and enthusiasm wherever he goes and meets the small organic producers who are revitalising Irish cuisine and challenging every food convention.

Ever dreamed of opening up your own restaurant? RESTAURANT REVOLUTION will give regular people the opportunity to road test their restaurant dream and make it a reality. Seven revolutionised this reality genre with My Restaurant Rules and this new incarnation will combine two of the country’s biggest loves – food and renovation – into one hit show.

With over 600,000 Australians travelling to the Land of Smiles each year, Thailand has fast become one of Australia’s most popular and intriguing tourist destinations. Known for its tropical beaches, non-stop entertainment, exotic culture and infamous full moon parties – Thailand is a place where anything and everything can happen. Gaining unprecedented access to the busiest emergency rooms, cosmetic surgery centres, and party hot-spots during Thailand’s peak tourist season, WHAT REALLY HAPPENS IN THAILAND will offer a front-row seat alongside a wide range of Aussie holidaymakers and expats who travel to and live in this unpredictable paradise.

Following the huge success of The Killing Field comes WINTER, a new crime drama series based on the Rebecca Gibney character, Detective Sergeant Eve Winter. Peter O’Brien reprises his role as Detective Inspector Lachlan McKenzie, Eve’s former boss and love interest. Together, they must solve the chilling murder of young 23-year old mother at a hauntingly beautiful fishing town south of Sydney. This major landmark series is full of twists and turns as a detective under the gun works to put together the pieces of an intricate and mysterious crime.


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AQUARIUS stars David Duchovny (The X Files; Californication) as Sam Hodiak, a seasoned homicide detective whose investigations dovetail with the activities of real-life cult leader Charles Manson in the years before he masterminded the most notorious killings of a generation, the Tate-LaBianca murders. A small-time but charismatic leader with big plans, Manson has begun to build up his “family”, recruiting vulnerable young men and women to join his cause. Teaming up with a young cop who will help him infiltrate Manson’s circle, Hodiak is forced to see things through the questioning eyes of someone who came of age amongst the current anti-establishment counterculture. Edgy, addictive and visually stunning, the Age of Aquarius is here.

From Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore comes new buddy cop dramedy BATTLE CREEK. A handsome, happy-go-lucky FBI agent (Josh Duhamel, Las Vegas) is unwillingly partnered with a small town homicide detective (Dean Winters, 30 Rock) to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. As they solve crimes together, their polar opposite methods only slightly outweigh their disdain for each other.

On January 31, 2007, Heroes launched in Australia to over 2.1 million viewers. This universal tale of ordinary people who discover superhuman abilities captivated audiences. Since then, the Heroes universe has only deepened and evolved, spawning an online extension of the series, interactive websites, graphic novels and original web content. Revitalised, re-energised and reborn, the Heroes saga continues as new and returning characters collide in the epic and never-ending battle between the powers of good and the forces of evil.

The two part mini-series HOUDINI follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bona fide world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name, Houdini, across the globe. Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Rasputin. A thrilling ride through Harry’s psyche, HOUDINI delves deep behind the curtain into his life through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion.

Forget competitive…law school is downright deadly in the new legal drama from TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy; Scandal). Starring Academy-Award nominee Viola Davis, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is US television’s most addictive new thriller, watched by over 20.3 million people and breaking DVR records on debut. Sexy and suspenseful, expect plenty of twists when the ambitious students of criminal law professor and defence attorney Annalise Keating (Davis) find themselves involved in a murder mystery and cover up that will rock the entire community.

In a bold new entertainment series, mind magician Katherine Mills blends her skills in mentalism with her love of magic to perform spectacular acts of mind control that don’t seem possible. From examining the bond between parents and children and the relationship between twins; to the connection between staff in a supermarket and the interaction between friends out to dinner, Katherine takes the everyday world around us and makes it extraordinary. Whether in supermarkets, restaurants, art galleries or in our homes she shows us how outside forces are often at work even when we think we are displaying free will.

Jake (Ken Marino, Party Down) and Annie (Casey Wilson, Happy Endings, Gone Girl) are finally engaged after six years of dating, but her high-strung, larger-than-life personality and Jake’s laid-back approach to life will severely test the theory of “opposites attract”. They’ll soon understand that getting engaged was the easy part. From David Caspe (Happy Endings), comes America’s number one Tuesday night comedy.

In this Traffic-like action drama, an international conspiracy explodes when three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide – a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist. The only way they’ll ever save their country, their families and themselves is by joining forces and exposing the people behind the cover up. From director Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy) comes a thrilling story about global politics, military secrets and three strangers who only have one thing in common…the truth.

From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, RED BAND SOCIETY is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Exploring everything from strong friendships and first loves, to humorous mishaps and heartbreaks, the series is a story of life, with an edgy comedic tone all its own.

Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) returns to network television as the President’s right-hand woman in STATE OF AFFAIRS. Each day the president is faced with dozens of life-and-death decisions, and to prioritise the biggest international crises facing the country is top CIA analyst, Charleston Tucker (Heigl). Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behaviour to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2am, she is all about her job — protecting her nation, serving her president and trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder.

We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, comes new supernatural drama, THE WHISPERS, in which someone – or something – is manipulating the ones we love most to accomplish the unthinkable. Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and Barry Sloane (Revenge) star.


Australia’s most loved comedian, Anh Do, travels to the land of love, music, fashion, history, art, culture and gastronomy to experience first-hand Italy’s motto: La Vita è Bella, the Beautiful Life. From the German-speaking slap-dancers of Tyrol in the Alps to the pasta nonnas of Bari in the South, Anh tastes the best Italy has to offer.

Australia’s number one lifestyle program celebrates 21 years in 2015, continuing to offer viewers inspirational ideas for the home, garden and kitchen.

Currently delighting audiences with its red-hot line-up of celebrities, Australia’s favourite dancing show DANCING WITH THE STARS returns next year for its 15th series.

Now in its 27th year, HOME AND AWAY continues its domination of the 7pm timeslot.

HOUSE RULES is back with all new teams vying for one of the biggest prizes on national television: a mortgage-free home. With Johanna Griggs at the helm, an entire home is completely transformed and revealed every week. The Seven-owned franchise averaged over 2.3 million (Metro + Regional) this year with viewers up 25 per cent year-on-year. In 2015 there will be two series broadcast with plenty of surprises in store.

Hosted by Simon Reeve, Million Dollar Minute has Australians gripped as three contestants face off in an unrivalled test of brainpower and bravery to win one million dollars.

The MKR winner announcement was the number one TV event in 2014 with 3.8 million viewers tuning in. Home-made by Seven, it is the most popular dish on a very strong Seven production menu.
Hosted by Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, fans will feast on more instant restaurant rounds than ever before in 2015.

My Kitchen Rules host and renowned chef, Manu Feildel, returns to take us on another journey through his home country. This time he travels down the Rhône Valley, from the French Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. On the way, Manu shares the food, wine and culture of his France.

The blockbuster TV music franchise created by Simon Cowell continues to excite audiences around Australia. Responsible for discovering star acts like Samantha Jade, Reece Mastin, Dami Im and most recently Marlisa Punzalan , THE X FACTOR will return for a sixth series in 2015.

Australia’s favourite friends will be back in 2015 in what promises to be the most compelling season yet.

Seven’s commitment to factual programming continues with the return of BORDER SECURITY, THE FORCE and HIGHWAY PATROL.

And returning with new seasons will be Seven’s international favourites including DOWNTON ABBEY, REVENGE, MR SELFRIDGE, PARENTHOOD, GREY’S ANATOMY, BONES, CASTLE, CRIMINAL MINDS, SUITS and SCANDAL. The Network’s current fast tracked shows THE BLACKLIST, RESURRECTION, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and THE AMAZING RACE will also continue in the new year.


The Network’s initiatives of more lifestyle programming, more adventure programming and more movies have continued to drive the channel younger this year.

With a targeted mix of home-grown and overseas content, 7mate is continuing to grow its core male audience and is still the dominant multi-channel for men under 40. Its commitment to home-made content will continue in 2015 with Pauly Fenech and his Logie Award-winning comedy team serving up themed specials in the spirit of multi-channel ratings hit Bogan Hunters. Melbourne comedian Troy Kinne returns with a new series and Outback Truckers fans can look forward to a second season. This, combined with record audiences for overseas offerings such as Tattoo Nightmares, Family Guy and Hardcore Pawn, will see 7mate continue to reach the elusive younger male audience.


Seven is committed to news and public affairs. The network is creating a world-first integrated news centre for Seven and The West Australian in Perth. This signposts Seven’s future in news and public affairs as it expands its presence across and beyond television into new forms of content delivery.

In 2015 history will be made. The Australian Open will kick off the biggest summer in sport and for the first time viewers will not only get to choose between matches on Seven and 7TWO, they will have the option of watching any one of seven matches during the day and three at night via Hybrid Broadband TV (HbbTV) on smart TVs, mobile and tablet devices.

Seven is focused on delivering the biggest sports events to all Australians. Seven will broadcast the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020. There is also an option which, if exercised, extends the rights to include the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 and the XXXIII Olympic Games in 2024.

Seven’s agreement for all-encompassing coverage of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 builds on this long-term commitment to the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games, and joins the National Football League, including the Super Bowl; the US Masters and Wimbledon as major international sports franchises for Seven.

Seven also has all-encompassing agreements for coverage of the Australian Football League Premiership Season, Finals Series, the Grand Final and Brownlow Medal, the Bathurst 12 Hour Endurance Race, all major horse racing events including the Magic Millions, the Sydney Easter Carnival, the Melbourne Spring Carnival and the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, all major Australian golf tournaments, including the Open and the Masters, all major iron man and triathlon events, and all major tennis tournaments in Australia including The Australian Open and The Davis Cup.

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Airdate: Buck Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:55:52 +0000 2014-10-28_1940On Sunday night SBS will screen the ‘horse-whisperer’ documentary Buck, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

There’s no wisdom worth having that isn’t hard won. ‘Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.’ So says Buck Brannaman, a gentle spirit and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine gruelling months a year, helping horses with people problems.

Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Buck follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses: a real-life ‘horse-whisperer‛, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses – and people – with his understanding, compassion and respect.

A truly inspiring story about an unsung hero, Buck will have audiences laughing through their tears, overcome by the story of how an ordinary man has made an extraordinary life for himself, in spite of tremendous odds.

Sunday, 2 November at 10.05pm on SBS ONE.

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Reminder: TV Tonight newsletter Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:20:54 +0000 2014-10-28_2214

I haven’t mentioned the TV Tonight newsletter, which launched in August, for a while (thanks to those who have left some nice comments in the TV Lounge).

With Upfronts this week this is a good chance to give it another plug.

The weekly newsletter is free and normally goes out on Friday mornings with a wrap of key stories published in the last 7 days.

But it also includes a few extra tidbits not found on the site. This includes a Behind the Scenes section that will tease you about upcoming interviews or set visit stories from my week, plus some insider observations about the makings of media. There are also rankings for Most Read stories of the week, Most Commented, Comment of the Week and some Guide recommendations.

This week I expect to include some extra info from the Upfront presentations, starting with Seven and Foxtel.

If you would like to sign up for your weekly wrap you can SUBSCRIBE here.

There is also a Subscribe button at the very top of the site alongside RSS, Twitter and Login.

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Airdate: Bushfires: Inside the Inferno Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:50:24 +0000 2014-10-28_1950Next week SBS begins a 2 part series, Bushfires: Inside the Inferno, featuring access to the NSW Rural Fire Service and Victoria’s Country Fire Authority.

In Australia, our bushfire season commences earlier and earlier and on the verge of another sweltering summer, the battle rages as we go Inside the Inferno in this 2-part documentary series exploring the deadly natural enemy that affects us all.

Nowhere is as ravaged by fire as Australia. 2013 was the hottest year on record and our land was ablaze. Australia has the largest firefighting force in the world with a volunteer army of over 200,000 – double that of the military. More than a million Australians live in danger on the fringes of the fire zone. To live in Australia is to experience the devastating fury of bushfires.

Bushfires – Inside The Inferno is the most comprehensive examination ever attempted of the science of Australian bushfires. This series delves into the terrifying heart of major fire events, unfolding the research that explains how fires start, grow and change; and into the astounding technology that is helping to predict, prevent and fight these violent natural disasters.

Bushfires – Inside the Inferno includes compelling first-hand accounts from firefighters and survivors from some of our most devastating mega fires including Ash Wednesday in 1983, the Blue Mountains last year, Black Saturday in Victoria in 2009 and the Canberra fires of 2003, with exclusive access to the world’s largest firefighting organisation, the front line heroes of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Wednesday, 5 November at 8.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Shaynna Blaze: “It’s the best of both worlds.” Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:00:33 +0000 2014-10-29_0850She’s almost the luckiest woman on television, working on arguably the most popular shows on both Subscription TV and Free to Air.

But while Shaynna Blaze keeps to a hectic schedule filming both Selling Houses Australia and The Block, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Blaze, who has just completed Sydney & Melbourne appearances at Grand Designs Live, is halfway through filming the next season of Selling Houses Australia.
“We’re trying to go quite rural for a lot of them. Getting away from the cities to pales that aren’t just 10 km from the cities, which makes it a little bit harder. But we really concentrate on the stories and the people in the homes,” she told TV Tonight.
“It’s good because not everything is always
so accessible.

“I actually do have the best of both worlds,” she acknowleged.

Yet while both shows are Property and Renovation hits, they take a different approach to storytelling. Selling Houses is self-contained with none of the ‘soap’ that works so well for The Block.
“Someone said to me what they love about it is that it’s a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end each episode. It almost has a doco-feel to it –not in a traditional way- but you get to find out how those people got into that situation and how they’re going to get out of it,” she explained.
“So it’s about ‘What’s the problem? Here’s the solution, and is it going to work?’
“But there’s always a little bit of jeopardy because as we know there are no guarantees in real estate.”

But Blaze sees benefit in the Nine renovation series too which fits into the Nine schedule from a much different perspective.
The Block is on TV six nights a week so while a lot of people say ‘It should be all about renovating’ who is going to watch someone put a nail into a piece of wood six nights a week?” Blaze asked.
“There’s only so much the contestants can physically do themselves. But they are giving great design ideas and things like that. To make it six nights a week and have people hooked you have to have that element of soap so that people keep coming back. It’s a big commitment 6 nights for 10 weeks.”

The most recent series scored big TV ratings but a divisive finale with two teams pocketing big cash prizes over their rivals. While Nine is yet to confirm the sale of the sixth Prahran apartment, Blaze says any profit above the reserve should not be divided amongst 3 other teams.
“No because they didn’t do it at Richmond when that didn’t sell,” she insisted.

“It’s not about a charity, it’s about real life and real estate. The last two series they were very lucky because the market was booming and they were all similar sized apartments. The Glasshouse was diverse and different and they go in there with no guarantees. So for them to sit there and expect something when there are people who are out there doing the same thing but don’t get the money back, that’s not what it’s about.

“It’s not about a pat on the back. They’re all in there for their careers just as much as winning prize money. So they’re all getting something out of it in the end.”

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Airdate: The Haunting Hour Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:10:51 +0000 2014-10-28_2246On Friday, to coincide with Halloween, ABC3 airs a special sneak peek of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

ABC3 will air 2 of the half-hour stand-alone, character and story-driven tales based on R.L. Stine’s successful book collection. The Haunting Hour picks up where Goosebumps left off, bringing a new generation of young horror lovers a fresh look at one of the most popular anthologies in children’s suspense.

“The Haunting Hour: Really You”
Meet Lilly (Baille Madison), a young girl spoiled to the point of being a brat. When her parents order her the most extravagant life-size doll called Lilly D, she becomes the happiest girl in the world.

However when her mum starts to care for the doll more than her own daughter, strange things begin to happen. Lilly is blamed for these accidents, but she blames the doll. Is the Lilly D alive and really up to no good?

Part 1 and 2 – Friday, October 31 from 7.30pm ABC3.

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Oops. Sunrise mistakes showbiz reporter for “fugitive conman” Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:20:28 +0000 Sunrise was a bit too quick off the mark to convict one of its own this morning, when a news typo accidentally suggested showbiz reporter Peter Ford had been arrested in Byron Bay.

Ford, who regularly chats to the show for various entertainment stories, was understandably startled when he saw his name labelled “fugitive conman.”

Sometimes we media types can get a tad swept up with spin, but even that’s a little hot.

The strap typo should have noted Peter Foster, who is wanted on a number of arrest warrants.

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It’s a Date: Oct 30 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:50:06 +0000 2014-10-28_1752This week It’s a Date asks: What’s the worst thing that could happen on a date?

Written by Peter Helliar and Phil Lloyd, it features Justine Clarke, Phil Lloyd, Emily Taheny and Ronny Chieng. Peter Helliar also appears.

Watch out for Bear Grylls lookalike Ryan O’Kane.

Physiotherapist Amy (Justine Clarke) finally agrees to date her client Brad (Phil Lloyd). But after a less than fulfilling dinner date, Brad’s hunger-fuelled antics get him into a disastrously “shitty” position.

Meanwhile, for their one year anniversary, Manda (Emily Taheny) books a camping trip for her and her reluctant, indoor, lego-loving boyfriend Winston (Ronny Chieng). But when the ridiculously good-looking ranger is hired to guide them, things go from bad to worse.

9pm Thursday on ABC.

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Seven dances to Tuesday win Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:11:38 +0000 2014-10-29_0944Seven’s audience is more taken with dancing than digging, with Dancing with the Stars pulling 240,000 more viewers than The Big Adventure just 24 hours earlier.

Dancing was the top entertainment show on Tuesday night at 902,000 and helped drive Seven to a win. This week a second ‘Halloween’ show will air on Thursday night.

Without the Gough Whitlam tributes, ABC dropped after 8:30pm.

Seven network won with a 29.1% share then Nine 27.9%, TEN 21.5%, ABC 16.4% and SBS 5.1%.

Seven News (911,000 / 893,00) was best for Seven then Dancing with the Stars (902,000), Home and Away (901,000), Mrs Brown’s Boys (478,000) and Million Dollar Minute (457,000).

Nine News (1.05m / 988,000) was the only title above one million viewers. Next were A Current Affair (788,000), a marathon 2 hr Big Brother (591,000), Hot Seat (529,000) and movie: Horrible Bosses (320,000).

NCIS topped TEN’s night at 675,000. The Project was 600,000 / 428,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 576,000, Recipe to Riches increased slightly to 575,000 and NCIS: LA was 572,000.

ABC News (747,000) was best for ABC then 7:30 (685,000), Kitchen Cabinet (621,000), Flying Miners (421,000), QI (431,000) and At the Movies (335,000).

On SBS ONE it was The Sixties (232,000), Insight (227,000), Dateline (147,000) and SBS World News (106,000).

Neighbours led multichannels at 274,000.

The Morning Show: 146,000 / 79,000
Mornings: 106,000
Studio 10: 47,000 / 29,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 28 October 2014

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Tuesday 28 October 2014 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:17:45 +0000 Tuesday: 1 NINE NEWS 1,047,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 988,000 3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT 911,000 4 DANCING WITH THE STARS 902,000 5 HOME AND AWAY 901,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Tuesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 28/10/2014 21/10/2014 Network ABC1 11.7% 14.6% Network ABC2 3.0% 2.6% Network ABC3 0.8% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.0% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 16.4% 18.9% Network 7 20.1% 20.0% Network 7TWO 5.1% 4.7% Network 7mate 3.9% 3.5% Network 7 TTL 29.1% 28.2% Network 9 17.0% 17.3% Network GO! 5.6% 4.2% Network Gem 5.3% 4.9% Network 9 TTL 27.9% 26.4% Network TEN 15.7% 16.2% Network ONE 2.2% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 3.5% 3.2% Network TEN TTL 21.5% 21.7% Network SBS ONE 4.1% 3.8% Network SBS 2 0.9% 0.9% Network NITV 0.1% 0.2% Network SBS TTL 5.1% 4.8%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,047,000 312,000 357,000 242,000 62,000 74,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 988,000 306,000 335,000 210,000 70,000 67,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 911,000 237,000 266,000 165,000 96,000 148,000
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 902,000 253,000 261,000 154,000 105,000 130,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 901,000 237,000 255,000 189,000 86,000 135,000
6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 893,000 201,000 237,000 180,000 128,000 146,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 788,000 257,000 228,000 158,000 62,000 83,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 747,000 194,000 254,000 109,000 90,000 99,000
9 7.30-EV Network ABC1 685,000 210,000 222,000 105,000 74,000 74,000
10 NCIS Network TEN 675,000 217,000 216,000 113,000 57,000 73,000
11 KITCHEN CABINET-EV Network ABC1 621,000 196,000 183,000 92,000 73,000 77,000
12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 603,000 185,000 187,000 83,000 71,000 78,000
13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 600,000 148,000 205,000 120,000 62,000 65,000
14 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 591,000 148,000 197,000 132,000 62,000 53,000
15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 576,000 185,000 160,000 71,000 65,000 96,000
16 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 575,000 139,000 221,000 86,000 58,000 71,000
17 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 572,000 178,000 190,000 93,000 53,000 58,000
18 HOT SEAT Network 9 539,000 142,000 182,000 144,000 25,000 46,000
19 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 534,000 150,000 156,000 88,000 62,000 79,000
20 FLYING MINERS-EV Network ABC1 496,000 129,000 142,000 83,000 62,000 80,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 274,000 69,000 104,000 51,000 23,000 27,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 274,000 72,000 80,000 48,000 25,000 48,000
3 MIDSOMER MURDERS -EV Network Gem 263,000 45,000 88,000 47,000 42,000 42,000
4 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 251,000 36,000 99,000 73,000 18,000 26,000
5 POIROT -EV Network Gem 246,000 50,000 75,000 46,000 37,000 38,000
6 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 246,000 44,000 93,000 81,000 10,000 18,000
7 TOP GEAR -EV Network GO! 238,000 54,000 81,000 50,000 24,000 30,000
8 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 238,000 32,000 98,000 76,000 12,000 21,000
9 HIGHWAY PATROL Network 7TWO 237,000 62,000 88,000 46,000 15,000 27,000
10 CRASH INVESTIGATION UNIT (R) Network 7TWO 225,000 68,000 76,000 49,000 14,000 17,000
11 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT EP 2 RPT Network ELEVEN 218,000 69,000 58,000 40,000 15,000 36,000
12 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 218,000 39,000 75,000 71,000 13,000 21,000
13 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 217,000 41,000 75,000 73,000 9,000 18,000
14 CHOW MASTERS Network 7mate 209,000 57,000 85,000 33,000 12,000 21,000
15 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 205,000 38,000 69,000 60,000 14,000 23,000
16 AIR CRASH INVESTIGATIONS Network 7TWO 204,000 55,000 79,000 36,000 15,000 17,000
17 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 202,000 48,000 48,000 71,000 17,000 18,000
18 MAN FINDS FOOD Network 7mate 196,000 61,000 68,000 30,000 12,000 25,000
19 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 187,000 39,000 57,000 59,000 19,000 12,000
20 UNDER SIEGE -EV Network GO! 186,000 69,000 44,000 29,000 25,000 19,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 379,000 113,000 105,000 77,000 34,000 51,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 344,000 107,000 115,000 74,000 27,000 22,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 344,000 103,000 119,000 78,000 22,000 22,000
4 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 339,000 84,000 115,000 82,000 31,000 28,000
5 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 329,000 84,000 125,000 50,000 32,000 37,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 353,000 108,000 100,000 74,000 28,000 44,000
2 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 342,000 76,000 129,000 75,000 34,000 27,000
3 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 310,000 77,000 119,000 47,000 29,000 38,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 302,000 74,000 101,000 64,000 31,000 32,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 297,000 101,000 88,000 64,000 22,000 22,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 274,000 44,000 114,000 67,000 27,000 22,000
2 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 239,000 74,000 72,000 48,000 18,000 28,000
3 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 203,000 53,000 65,000 48,000 20,000 18,000
4 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 193,000 53,000 67,000 32,000 21,000 19,000
5 NCIS Network TEN 172,000 64,000 47,000 31,000 10,000 19,000




Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
2 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION LifeStyle Channel 71,000
3 REIGN FOX8 67,000
4 FUTURAMA FOX8 65,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 60,000
7 FAMILY GUY FOX8 58,000
9 FAMILY GUY FOX8+2 55,000
10 STEVEN UNIVERSE Cartoon Network 50,000
15 PORTRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR LifeStyle Channel 46,000
16 STELLA AND SAM Disney Junior 45,000
19 FAST N’ LOUD Discovery Turbo MAX 44,000
20 FAMILY GUY FOX8+2 42,000



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Airdate: First Contact Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:58:35 +0000 2014-10-26_1802Next month SBS will premiere a 3 part documentary it describes as a major television event.

In First Contact Ray Martin takes a group of six non-Indigenous Australians with strong opinions about Indigenous people and immerses them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time.

The six – Jasmine, Bo-dene, Trent, Alice, Sandy and Marcus – are tested and confronted while the series profiles Aboriginal Australia – ‘its beauty, culture, history and tradition, its problems and its hope.’

Produced by Blackfella Films (Redfern Now, Mabo) this will air simultaneously on SBS ONE and NITV over three consecutive nights.

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “SBS is incredibly proud of First Contact. It is the sort of series you simply wouldn’t see made by any other Australian television network and goes to the heart of our Charter in exploring the diversity of our nation and delving deeper into the issues that shape who we are.”

SBS Director of Television Tony Iffland said: “Following on from the great successes we’ve had with First Australians, Go Back To Where You Came From, and Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta, First Contact is the latest provocative program in SBS’s history of bringing Australian audiences programs which contribute meaningfully to the conversation about what it means to be Australian today.

“The six participants are hosted by Indigenous families right across Australia and will have their preconceptions and views challenged. The journey is at times testing, but also incredibly heart-warming. Underneath it all lies an exploration of the divide that still exists between Aboriginal Australians and the rest of the nation.”

Both SBS ONE and NITV have commissioned complementary specials hosted by Stan Grant: A Live Insight episode follows the final episode at 9.30pm on Thursday 20 November, reuniting the six participants. NITV will broadcast two Awaken specials on November 18 and 19 at 9.30pm, offering a deeper understanding of the issues.

SBS has already announced a third season of Go Back To Where You Came From, expected to air in 2015.

Tuesday 18 November – Thursday 20 November 8.30pm on SBS ONE & NITV

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Gogglebox coming to Foxtel Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:56:24 +0000 2014-10-28_2006EXCLUSIVE: TV Tonight can reveal the Australian version of UK observational series, Gogglebox, is set to premiere on Foxtel next year.

The Shine Australia series has been looking for Australian “families, couples, housemates and friends” who love watching TV and are not afraid of sharing their opinions. As it captures viewers in their homes who let fly with their opinions on the TV they are viewing, it serves as a snapshot of modern culture.

Farah Ramzan Golant, from All3Media has previously said: “Everyone loves watching TV and talking about TV. But the show isn’t really about TV. The show is about people’s lives, their relationships, their living rooms and the way children and parents talk about TV.”

The UK series has won a BAFTA TV Award as best Reality & Constructed Factual Programme.

Casting applications are still open here.

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“Not true.” Leigh Sales, Annabel Crabb deny Friday chat show. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:54:32 +0000 2014-10-28_2320Leigh Sales has denied she will appear in a chat show rumoured with Annabel Crabb and Dan Ilic, rumoured to be in development for ABC Friday nights.

Annabel Crabb is also understood to have denied any knowledge of the show on Adelaide radio yesterday.

Meanwhile Dan Ilic has hinted at a new project but not for TV:

Last week ABC management told Fairfax, “This information is not accurate – no ‘planning workshop’ was held. Any speculation on programming decisions is premature.”

This week Guardian Australia also reported state-based 7:30 editions would be relegated to a 10 minute segment in Sunday night news on ABC.

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China to produce first local Big Brother Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:50:11 +0000 2014-10-28_2338Hope this is as much fun as If You Are the One

Endemol China and Chinese online video giant Youku Tudou will collaborate on the first-ever Chinese version of Big Brother.

Big Brother China will run for 10 weeks in early 2015, with production is expected to begin soon.

“Both parties will contribute their strengths to the co-operation, including Youku’s strong digital platforms, its advertising and interactive capabilities and Endemol its production expertise and international distribution network,” the partners said.

Endemol’s CEO of Asian Operations Arjen van Mierlo: “We’re thrilled to announce this landmark deal with Youku Tudou Inc., bringing a format that has changed the face of television to China for the first time. In a market that annually generates hundreds of billions of video views, partnering with the number one digital video platform will allow us to bring Big Brother to a young audience and deliver the most immersive, interactive and unique experience to fans across the nation.”

Victor Koo, chairman and CEO of Youku Tudou, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Endemol to finally bring this groundbreaking format to China. Fifteen years after its launch, Big Brother continues to be a worldwide hit that engages passionate young fans across multiple platforms. Youku Tudou has been advancing its multi-screen media and entertainment ecosystem to provide its users with higher quality original content. By partnering with Endemol, Youku Tudou can build on its achievements with this great fit into our business model.”

According to Hollywood Reporter Youku Tudou currently has more than 500,000,000 active users, reaching over 200 billion views a year.

This year alone 25 seasons of Big Brother will have aired in more than 70 countries.

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Psst! Game of Thrones town is no longer so ‘wacky.’ Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:48:57 +0000 2014-10-28_2018I feel a bit awkward pointing this one out again.

But Fairfax needs to keep a better eye on the stories on its TV and Radio page online.

In January I pointed out that a MasterChef recap had been sitting there for some six months. It was replaced with a ‘Wacky’ story about UK town Kings Langley, changing its name to Game of Thrones‘ “King’s Landing” for a week in February.

Nine months later the story is still sitting there alongside current stories on ABC cuts, Territory Cops and The Code.

It suggests sub-editors, whether located here or overseas, are not visiting the pages in the same way as the public.

For all the criticism media organisations level at their rivals, I don’t think News Corp could ever be accused of letting stories go this stale for this long. This just lets down the good reportage from the Fairfax team.

First world problems, perhaps…

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Today show in Melbourne Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:43:39 +0000 2014-10-28_1836The Today show is in Melbourne on Friday for its annual Melbourne Cup Carnival broadcast.

Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Sylvia Jeffreys, Richard Wilkins, Ben Fordham, Emma Freedman and Steve Jacobs will be in Bourke Street Mall from 5.30am.

Special guest and David Jones ambassador Megan Gale will show racegoers how to step out in style over the four-day Flemington spring carnival.

Today will be showcasing all the glamorous fashions and food, and giving viewers expert tips to make your day at the races a success.

Today will also be giving away tickets to the Lexus Marquee in the Birdcage for Oaks Day, plus a David Jones voucher valued at $1000 to the best-dressed fan in attendance at the Mall.

Friday, October 31, from 5.30am.

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Airdate: Christmas Pageant (Adelaide) Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:42:00 +0000 2014-10-28_2106Nine’s Kate Collins and Brenton Ragless will present the 2014 Credit Union Christmas Pageant in Adelaide next month.

The two-hour Pageant will for the first time be viewable across Australia via or the 9jumpin app in addition to its television broadcast.

Virginia Langeberg returns to report along the Pageant route and this year she will transform into a Christmas pixie and walk alongside the Grandpa’s Christmas Workshop float.

Langeberg will share her experience with everyone at home before she takes her spot on the landing stage to welcome Father Christmas to the Magic Cave.

They captivated us with their performances on The Voice, and duo ZK will get the Pageant underway signing the National Anthem alongside the Band of the South Australia Police.

This will be Channel Nine’s eleventh broadcast of the annual Credit Union Christmas Pageant, with the partnership continuing through to the end of 2016.

10.30am on Saturday, November 8, followed by a full replay at 4.00pm.

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Sons of Anarchy Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:00:52 +0000 2014-10-28_1729With the search for a missing member at a standstill, focus shifts to flushing out an internal rat. 5:30pm Wednesday on Showcase.

  • Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery
  • Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
  • The Good Wife
  • Fargo
  • Criminal Minds
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Timeshifted: Monday 20 October 2014 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:12:24 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Monday Date: 20/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL-WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 7 1,619,000 1,551,000 68,000 2 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL Network 7 1,419,000 1,377,000 42,000 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,239,000 1,136,000 103,000 4 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,064,000 1,064,000 0 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 1,059,000 1,007,000 52,000 6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,051,000 1,045,000 5,000 7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,031,000 1,029,000 2,000 8 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 1,024,000 1,015,000 9,000 9 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC1 960,000 901,000 59,000 10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 953,000 902,000 51,000 11 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 944,000 944,000 0 12 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 917,000 911,000 6,000 13 THE BLACKLIST Network 7 896,000 638,000 259,000 14 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC1 858,000 836,000 22,000 15 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 778,000 776,000 3,000 16 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 754,000 745,000 9,000 17 7.30-EV Network ABC1 750,000 746,000 4,000 18 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 706,000 644,000 62,000 19 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC1 671,000 650,000 20,000 20 GOLD COAST COPS Network TEN 666,000 640,000 26,000

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US to remake Silk, Wire in the Blood. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:25:05 +0000 2014-10-28_1530Two more UK hits are rife for an American remake: Silk and Wire in the Blood.

ABC network is teaming with Silk creator Peter Moffat and Marty Scott (Drop Dead Diva) to adapt the legal drama.

The UK series stars Maxine Peake as an unorthodox barrister and her ambition to become Queen’s Counsel.

Hollywood Reporter notes Silk has received a script commitment from the network Scott will pen the script and executive produce alongside Moffat, with the production from ABC Studios and BBC Worldwide Productions.

HBO is already adapting Moffat’s 2008 drama Criminal Justice.

ABC is also developing an adaptation of Wire In The Blood, the searing psychological crime that starred Robson Green, based on the novels of Val McDermid.

Deadline reports it will be adapted by author/TV writer A.M. Homes (The L Word, novel May We Be Forgiven) and produced by ABC Studios, Endemol Studios and Mandeville Films.

Attending a session at Sydney Writer’s Festival earlier this year, A.M. Homes told me she had also been working on a US adaptation of The Fall.

It’s not the first time the series has been considered. In 2009 CBS and DreamWorks Television were to adapt the series under CSI: Miami writer Ildy Modrovich. The original series was produced by Robson Greene’s own production Coastal Productions, now part of Endemol. In 2008 he told me the secret to the show’s success was in lead character Tony Hill.

“He leads the police down the right path. But in the end he doesn’t solve it. The killers get away or escape or other do things. Tony Hill never solves the crime. And that’s the truth,” he said.

Both Silk and Wire in the Blood have aired in Australia on ABC.

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Airdate: Sally Field: Defying Gravity Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:50:03 +0000 2014-10-28_1641If you’re a fan of Sally Field, next week BIO will premiere a special, Defying Gravity.

However, IMDb indicates this was actually produced in 2000, so I guess no sign of Brothers and Sisters.

From teen sensation to Oscar winning actress, America’s sweetheart Sally Field redefined Hollywood’s image of bankable actresses with a combination of unwavering perseverance, spirit and charm, proving stardom is ageless. Spectacular clips, trailers, photographs and candid interviews with family and friends illuminate the life of this truly remarkable actress. Amidst the “baby-boom” Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California. A petite and charming child, Sally discovered acting in junior high school as a way of overcoming her shyness and insecurity. At the age of eighteen, she was cast as the star of the ABC TV series “Gidget,” but it was a series created for the wholesome teen, “The Flying Nun,” that rocketed her into stardom as Sister Beatrille. Unhappy with her work in television and determined to be a serious film actress, the star began studying at the famed Actor’s Studio where under the guidance of Lee Strasburg, built her confidence as an actress. More determined than ever, her break out performance in the television movie “Sybil” shattered her teen image, and with an Emmy for Best Actress, transitioned into adult roles.

Wednesday November 5 at 10:30pm.

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2 “brand new formats” for Nine in 2015 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:07:22 +0000 2014_03_26 Gallipoli_0103 matt runningAs Upfronts get underway for Seven and Foxtel this week, Nine has decided to tease media buyers with some of their offerings via email.

Here’s what they are confirming for 2015:

Gallipoli: “The television event of 2015″
Married at First Sight: “Australia says ‘I do’ to the most controversial social experiment.”
The Block: “Returning in 2015 with not one, but two blockbuster series”
The Voice: “Returning louder than ever in 2015″
House Husbands: “The Logie Award winning drama returns in 2015″
Love Child: “The no.1 Drama of 2014″
State of Origin: “All three games delivered over 2 million viewers”
NRL: “2014 NRL Grand Final was the highest rating NRL match in history”
Gina v Rose: House of Hancock: “The world’s most formidable & colourful women in Australia’s history – Gina & Rose Hancock”
plus 2 Brand New Formats: ” Highly integratable and locally produced”

Absent from the highlights list are The Voice: Kids and Big Brother -Nine was careful to include footage of Sonia Kruger in a showreel while not specifically confirming its return.

While that’s likely to fuel speculation about its future, it’s not uncommon for networks to want to see a show’s season play out before deciding on its future. Similarly, we should not expect any decisions by Seven on The Big Adventure this week.

Two seasons of The Block is not unexpected, both to be set in South Yarra, with one already underway. Married at First Sight was originally announced for 2014. Gallipoli looks like being a stunner.

Nine is yet to confirm its Upfronts plans, expected for late November.

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Media Circus: Oct 29 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:41 +0000 2014-10-28_1437Media Circus last week introduced some new games so we can probably expect a few more to come this week.

Playing along this week are Chris Taylor, Ben Jenkins, Peter Berner, Hannah Reilly, Tracey Spicer and Hugh Riminton.

The Chaser’s Media Circus: the news game where everyone loses.

Wednesdays at 8.30pm on ABC.

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ABC urged to retain local current affairs Tue, 28 Oct 2014 03:10:42 +0000 2014-10-28_1401There are two article in the media, one from a current ABC identity, and another former ABC news boss, in which both call on the broadcaster to retain local current affairs.

It follows recent speculative articles suggesting the Friday night edition of 7:30, formerly known as Stateline, is to be cut in its current form.

Suggestions that ABC will draw upon digital platforms to address local audiences are being questioned. Similarly, Community TV broadcasters have warned of a loss of local stories when they are forced to moved online at the end of 2015 too.

Both articles are lengthy opinion pieces, with excerpts republished here.

Writing in Guardian Australia 7:30 NSW host Quentin Dempster says states are here to stay, even under a Republic model, and the broadcaster should reflect state-based current affairs:

So editorially, and in recognition of its charter, one would have thought the ABC had an obligation to contribute to state affairs through its TV current affairs coverage of politics, education, health, law and order, the environment, planning and multi-party corruption. A national program does not get to the nitty gritty of these state issues, commissioning state items only when they are judged to carry for the national audience.

The issue is particularly important in the one-newspaper towns of Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra and Darwin. By walking away from this contribution to state accountability through interviews with state premiers and ministers, through analysis, reportage and investigative pieces, the ABC will be making a big strategic mistake.

The ABC may say it has already enhanced localism with its city and region-specific local websites. But the removal of a television forum for state politics and contentious issue is a destructive qualitative difference. While Scott may be right that to survive to 2032 (the ABC’s 100th anniversary) we need to build younger audiences who will only access our content through phones and tablets, during the five, 10 or 20 years this digital transition will take, the ABC should be funded to do both.

Meanwhile in Fairfax, ABC’s former head of News and Current Affairs in Victoria Marco Bass weighed in:

In my view, merely being present on digital platforms with homogenous rolling news coverage will not be enough.
It seems too many at the ABC have forgotten the media truism that “content is king” but “local is gold”. Not only is local coverage incredibly important to build and keep audiences, it’s a key part of the ABC’s Charter responsibilities.
The ABC can be rightly proud of its international and national coverage but it should not be financed into the future at the expense of local coverage.

The same professional excellence and resources that underpin 7.30, 4 Corners and Foreign Correspondent also need be made available to tell state-based stories and provide a forum for debate that will truly resonate with local communities.

Attempts by the ABC to mollify state audiences by saying localism will be integrated into national programs should not fool anyone.


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Taylor Kitsch joins True Detective Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:57:10 +0000 2014-10-28_1249Actor Taylor Kitsch has confirmed long-standing rumours he is headed to True Detective.

“I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, man. I’m overdue,” Kitsch said in an interview with Adweek.

The season, written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, is set in present day California and will centre on two police officers and a career criminal who dig into a conspiracy following a murder.

Kitsch is expected to join Colin Farrell as one of three police officers in the HBO anthology series -a third female lead has not been announced. Vince Vaughn plays a career criminal.

“I loved that first season of it so much,” he said. “And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I love that.”

Kitsch recently appeared in HBO’s telemovie The Normal Heart.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Full seasons for Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Stalker Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:39:24 +0000 2014-10-28_1115Good news for TEN today with full season orders for CBS shows Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion and Stalker.

They follow other season orders for How to Get Away with Murder, Gotham, Black-ish, The Flash and Jane the Virgin.

What isn’t yet clear is if all 4 titles win a further 9 episodes.

NCIS: New Orleans has averaged 18.16 million viewers, and a 2.8 in adults 18-49.

Madam Secretary is the most watched scripted series on Sunday nights in the US with 13.53 million viewers, averaging 1.8 in adults 18-49.

Scorpion is averaging 15.17 million viewers, 3.6 in adults 18-49 and is Monday’s most-watched drama.

All three are currently airing on TEN.

Stalker, with Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott, is averaging 9.49 million viewers, 2.1 in adults 18-49. Nine had previously indicated it would fast-track this title but it is yet to appear.

Meanwhile the US also has its first cancelled new show of the fall season, ABC’s Manhattan Love Story featuring Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton as a new couple in New York City. It was yanked after just 4 episodes.

Source: Deadline

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Gone: Castle Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:56:55 +0000 2014-10-28_1048New episodes of Castle have been removed from Seven’s Sunday night schedules, effectively immediately.

Instead Seven is airing double episodes of Resurrection as from 9pm this Sunday.

Perth viewers who missed out on Resurrection due to Telethon on the weekend will presumably catch up at some point.

Seven advises new Castle will return at a later date, but with the end of the ratings year just a month away it’s unclear if they mean 2014 or 2015.

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Big Bang bests Monday Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:12:25 +0000 2014-10-28_1005Viewers are more drawn to scripted and news content than they are to our current batch of reality shows. None of the latter made the top 10 for the night.

Last night The Big Bang Theory topped the night with 1.22m for a premiere episode and 1.16m for a rerun. That was nearly double Seven’s Big Adventure (662,000) and TEN’s Gold Coast Cops (647,000). Viewers not attracted to any of those offerings headed to ABC and delivered some good results.

TEN’s Party Tricks lifted by 60,000 viewers, but there was a big gap from a decent lead-in this week. In a 9pm timeslot Seven’s Blacklist recorded its lowest-ever audience.

Seven’s multichannels helped it to close the gap somewhat but Nine network won with a 28.3% share then Seven 27.9%, ABC 20.9%, TEN 18.9% and SBS 4.0%.

Aside from Big Bang Nine’s other titles were Nine News (1.06m / 997,000), A Current Affair (873,000), Big Brother lifted from last Monday (702,000), Hot Seat (555,000) and Embarrassing Bodies (321,000).

Seven News (1.04m / 1.01m) was best for Seven then Home and Away (909,000), The Big Adventure (662,000), The Blacklist (593,000) and Million Dollar Minute (508,000). Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD was 300,000.

Australian Story (928,000) again led ABC then ABC News (832,000), 7:30 (810,000), Four Corners (687,000), Media Watch (604,000), Q & A (590,000 / 86,000) and QI (404,000).

Former Pay TV title Territory Cops had its first outing as TEN’s top show (670,000) followed by The Project (655,000 / 511,000), and Gold Coast Cops (647,000). TEN Eyewitness News was 600,000 and Party Tricks -despite the strong lead in- was 467,000. Homeland was just 194,000.

It was a quiet night on SBS with Global Weirding at 164,000, The Island with Bear Grylls (142,000), SBS World News (125,000), and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (85,000). Housos repeat was 64,000.

7TWO’s Judge John Deed led multichannels with a big 357,000.

Sunrise: 327,000
Today: 305,000
ABC News Breakfast: 82,000 / 50,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 27 October 2014

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Monday 27 October 2014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:30:23 +0000 Monday: 1 THE BIG BANG THEORY 1,221,000 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY 1,156,000 3 NINE NEWS 1,054,000 4 SEVEN NEWS 1,044,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT 1,012,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Monday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 27/10/2014 20/10/2014 Network ABC1 16.1% 14.8% Network ABC2 2.8% 2.8% Network ABC3 0.7% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.3% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 20.9% 19.3% Network 7 17.6% 26.2% Network 7TWO 6.6% 5.7% Network 7mate 3.6% 3.0% Network 7 TTL 27.9% 34.9% Network 9 20.9% 18.3% Network GO! 4.0% 2.9% Network Gem 3.4% 2.8% Network 9 TTL 28.3% 23.9% Network TEN 12.1% 13.0% Network ONE 3.4% 2.1% Network ELEVEN 3.4% 3.2% Network TEN TTL 18.9% 18.4% Network SBS ONE 2.9% 2.8% Network SBS 2 1.0% 0.7% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 4.0% 3.6%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,221,000 315,000 355,000 252,000 147,000 150,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 1,156,000 319,000 333,000 245,000 142,000 117,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,054,000 296,000 376,000 250,000 67,000 66,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,044,000 234,000 271,000 251,000 124,000 164,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,012,000 243,000 285,000 211,000 107,000 167,000
6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 997,000 288,000 358,000 210,000 66,000 74,000
7 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC1 928,000 279,000 311,000 142,000 108,000 87,000
8 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 909,000 216,000 266,000 201,000 109,000 117,000
9 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 873,000 252,000 282,000 167,000 81,000 90,000
10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 832,000 217,000 303,000 123,000 93,000 97,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC1 810,000 220,000 302,000 125,000 90,000 74,000
12 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 772,000 224,000 259,000 135,000 65,000 88,000
13 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 702,000 196,000 254,000 130,000 68,000 53,000
14 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC1 687,000 228,000 198,000 133,000 63,000 67,000
15 TERRITORY COPS Network TEN 670,000 164,000 223,000 157,000 58,000 69,000
16 THE BIG ADVENTURE-MON Network 7 662,000 154,000 198,000 130,000 77,000 104,000
17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 655,000 172,000 180,000 148,000 65,000 90,000
18 GOLD COAST COPS Network TEN 647,000 146,000 201,000 180,000 54,000 67,000
19 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 625,000 175,000 203,000 108,000 71,000 67,000
20 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC1 604,000 197,000 200,000 94,000 61,000 52,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 JUDGE JOHN DEED Network 7TWO 357,000 97,000 104,000 68,000 42,000 46,000
2 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 294,000 68,000 104,000 57,000 41,000 24,000
3 CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD Network 7TWO 237,000 52,000 79,000 37,000 31,000 37,000
4 LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY-AM Network ABC2 233,000 38,000 69,000 69,000 27,000 30,000
5 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 222,000 52,000 57,000 66,000 21,000 27,000
6 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 212,000 49,000 56,000 69,000 14,000 25,000
7 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 211,000 37,000 60,000 56,000 25,000 34,000
8 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 210,000 31,000 70,000 64,000 25,000 21,000
9 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 205,000 46,000 61,000 56,000 18,000 25,000
10 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 205,000 38,000 67,000 54,000 25,000 21,000
11 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 205,000 39,000 65,000 52,000 20,000 29,000
12 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 204,000 39,000 61,000 46,000 34,000 23,000
13 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 195,000 26,000 44,000 76,000 27,000 23,000
14 AMERICAN RESTORATION Network 7mate 195,000 47,000 63,000 37,000 28,000 20,000
15 GIGGLE AND HOOT-AM Network ABC2 194,000 36,000 52,000 53,000 27,000 26,000
16 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 188,000 26,000 39,000 75,000 22,000 26,000
17 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 185,000 35,000 57,000 55,000 15,000 24,000
18 PAWN STARS Network 7mate 183,000 44,000 61,000 28,000 33,000 17,000
19 LITTLE TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-PM Network ABC2 183,000 27,000 41,000 72,000 22,000 21,000
20 BING-AM Network ABC2 181,000 34,000 48,000 42,000 25,000 32,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 642,000 162,000 178,000 150,000 76,000 75,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 631,000 169,000 175,000 146,000 80,000 61,000
3 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 421,000 122,000 147,000 77,000 40,000 34,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 410,000 108,000 129,000 84,000 40,000 48,000
5 THE BIG ADVENTURE-MON Network 7 362,000 98,000 98,000 79,000 36,000 51,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 574,000 135,000 155,000 144,000 63,000 77,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 568,000 143,000 153,000 143,000 67,000 62,000
3 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 436,000 112,000 165,000 87,000 41,000 31,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 380,000 94,000 124,000 84,000 39,000 39,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 342,000 94,000 95,000 76,000 31,000 46,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 384,000 105,000 106,000 89,000 41,000 42,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 377,000 85,000 109,000 94,000 36,000 53,000
3 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 332,000 69,000 131,000 76,000 31,000 25,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 254,000 61,000 87,000 59,000 26,000 21,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 254,000 79,000 64,000 60,000 18,000 32,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
3 FAMILY GUY FOX8 67,000
4 LONG LOST FAMILY LifeStyle Channel 60,000
5 FUTURAMA FOX8 59,000
6 TOP 20 FUNNIEST FOX8 55,000
7 FAMILY GUY FOX8 55,000
12 VERA 13TH STREET 42,000
13 STORAGE WARS A&E 41,000
18 FAMILY GUY FOX8+2 36,000
19 STELLA AND SAM Disney Junior 36,000



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Jackie Woodburne, time travelling, zombies and Erinsborough Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:58:56 +0000 2014-10-27_2218She’s had 20 years of playing Susan Kennedy on Neighbours, yet Jackie Woodburne is busier than ever.

While still performing her daily soap duties, she’s recently completed a webisode series with zombies invading Ramsay Street and a separate online audio project, Night Terrace, in which she plays a female time traveller.

By her own admission, she laughingly admits, “I am so current, you’ve got no idea!”

The five part webisodes by Rick Foster, funded through Screen Australia, see former cast members return from the ‘undead’ including Dan Paris, Ben Nicholas, Kevin Harrington and Aaron Jakubanko. They are now available on YouTube.

Woodburne is one of several current cast members who filmed scenes in between their busy schedule.

“I don’t know, they just came and said ‘We’re doing this webisode thing, it’s about zombies.’ And I thought, ‘Really? In Erinsborough? How is that going to work?’ she told TV Tonight.

“But I think the reason Neighbours is still around 30 years later is because it does constantly reinvent itself to stay current. I look around the green room and I see the young ones constantly looking on their laptops, in little short grabs. They watch something for 4 or 5 minutes and that seems to be the way a lot of people get their online entertainment. So hey, we’ve got to stay with the times!

“I see it as a completely separate entity. I don’t see it as any part of the real Ramsay Street tapestry. It really is something quite separate. It’s satirical and a different reality but what was great was getting to catch up with all those people who had left the show and came back for a couple of days.”

Also appearing are Ryan Moloney, Josef Brown, Alan Fletcher, Eve Morey, Jenna Rosenow, Stefan Dennis and Calen Mackenzie, with a special guest appearance by Taylor Glockner. But Woodburne admits zombie cult appeal has largely escaped her.

“Our story involves Drew, Libby’s dead husband, who comes back and has a bit of a go at me. So the fear is I’ve been injected with zombie germs,” she explained.

“Dr. Karl being the brilliant physician, as you know, can put his hand to just about anything: neurosurgery, gynaecology, general practice, and now a little bit of zombie research!

“I don’t know how zombies work. I’m not a big zombie fan, per se. I don’t mind vampires but I find the whole zombie thing quite scary, so I don’t tend to watch them.

“I’ve seen a couple of episodes (of The Walking Dead)–how can you not? But the whole dead people thing is a bit disturbing.”

Woodburne also has a starring role in Night Terrace, an 8 episode audio series available online through its creators, Splendid Chaps.

“I’m basically a female Doctor Who. She’s retired but she works for a government department involved in all things extra-terrestrial and other-worldly. It’s a very secret department,” she said.

“She discovers that her house can time travel and she goes on all sorts of adventures with her sidekick, a young man who has come to the door to try and sell her a new electricity provider.”

Also appearing in Night Terrace are Ben McKenzie, Petra Elliott plus guests Chris Taylor, Francis Greenslade, Alan Brough, Cal Wilson, Virginia Gay and Jane Badler.

Meanwhile Woodburne is looking forward to Neighbours‘ 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2015.

“We’re leading up to it now so there’s lots of people coming back, but it’s very top secret. In fact I don’t even know who,” she continued.

“They’re madly trying to get a lot of old cast back to do little cameos and there are big storylines involving the current cast. They’re putting a lot of time and money into making it a real celebration.”

Any chance of her on-screen son Jesse Spencer?

“Wouldn’t that be great? He would be top of my list. I know they have investigated but I don’t think that’s on the cards. My wish would be all 3 Kennedy kids back at the same time. That would be gold.”

Despite a formidable 2 decades behind her on the renowned soap, Woodburne didn’t care to flag if or when she might exit.

“I’m enjoying it as much as, if not more than, I did 20 years ago. It’s the best job you could ever hope for. I love working with Fletch. We make each other laugh every day. Every week we get 5 new scripts, different actors and directors coming in and out. It’s an absolute joy,” she said.

“I don’t know. As long as they’ll have me.
Night Terrace
Neighbours airs 6:30pm weeknights on ELEVEN.

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What “new era,” Big Brother? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:54:56 +0000 2014-10-28_0113The promos promised much, even touting a “new era” in Big Brother, but last night’s show we watched another 4 mostly-white young housemates entering the Dreamworld compound.

There they will mingle with other young Gen Y housemates, under the watch of Nine’s cameras, trying to outdo one another with the amount of times they can say the word “like” in a single sentence.

I realise I am reacting after just 1 night, but it’s a casting matter I am raising. Promos have presumably gotten carried away with suggestions of that ‘new era.’

Opportunities to “shake things up” appear on the surface to be outweighed by a desire to drive more romantic storylines. If you’re older your opinion is not wanted here.

Producers had previously spoken about the difficulties of casting a single older housemate (perhaps like Terri who won in 2008?) yet here was a chance to offer a new era with 4 new contenders entering at once.

According to what we heard on the show these four age in range from 25 – 31 (publicity notes claim 25 – 30). They have been branded by Nine as “The Soul, The Brain, The Heart, The Body.”

Raunchy, topless photos of dancer Penny, who has already posed for Zoo, are already circulating online.

With a house full of contestants and just a month to go, expect plenty of double evictions.

Here are the biogs of the new 4:

Richard, 25 (NSW)
Bank Customer Service

Born and raised on a hobby farm in the Adelaide Hills, Richard was banned from watching TV during the week as a child (unless it was ABC News or 7.30 Report) so he read a lot of books.

After completing a finance degree he moved to Sydney to be a ‘guide dog with a Blackberry’. “What I mean by that is that I worked as a personal assistant for someone who was blind, meaning that I went everywhere with them. It was a lot of travel and a pretty crazy experience.”

Having travelled the world Richard now plans to conquer the Big Brother House. “I’m always up for an adventure. I enjoy resolving disputes and connecting with new people, and seem to make new friends easily.”

Lina, 25 (VIC)
Fashion Manufacturing and Logistics Coordinator

A survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Lina was the first Western baby to be born in the Nanjing Hospital, China. Growing up in China as a mixed-blood kid, very rare at the time, she saw herself as 100% Chinese but was treated by others as different. The public curiosity surrounding Lina caused her parents to move to Australia to have a normal childhood, however to this day she still feels at home in China.

Lina boasts brains and fashion as her greatest strengths. She works in fashion yet speaks fluent Mandarin and has a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Trade with a distinction average. She enjoys putting on a façade during business meetings, playing dumb with patronising men, yet underneath she’s assessing their attitudes and propositions before making the ultimate decision on any business deal, often catching them off guard.

“I want to take over the world one day. Build up a business and earn enough money, through hard work, perseverance and making mistakes to be able to live a lifestyle where Prada is like Target to me. “

Tom, 26 (NSW)
Marketing Manager

Tom admits to being blessed with an easy life and has a very close relationship with his family who know everything about him, especially mum. “I’m a mummy’s boy.”

A passionate and honest person, he likes his opinions to be known and makes an effort to stay well educated on a range of topics. Tom has spent years traveling the world which has had a profound impact on his life. “I have seen and experienced both the good and bad overseas and that has shaped me into who I am today and the decisions I make.”

“I get extremely frustrated by selfishness, closed minded attitudes the when people are driven by the amount of money they have and their social status. There is more to life than work, money and how beautiful you look.”

Tom volunteers at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in their weekend play program. “Seeing the toughness and resilience of the children along with their zest for life really has helped put my own into perspective. Life should never be that hard – you only have one shot at life, try and make the most of each day and never wish a moment away.”

Penny 30 (VIC)
An ex-NBL cheerleader, Penny is now a professional dancer who runs her own dance school.

“I bought my first house last year. It’s on a highway, so not glamorous and needs major renovating, but it’s wonderful cos it’s mine.”

I’ve been on my own for a very long time. haven’t found someone who fully appreciates me, but everyone I work with and the kids I teach seem to enjoy me. “

“I need eight hours’ sleep a night. If I don’t get sleep I’m so much crapper at life. I’m impatient. And if I saw someone with blackheads, I would probably ask them if I could squeeze their face.”


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Spain honours Miguel Maestre (just for being Spanish) Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:52:26 +0000 2014-10-28_0028I’m trying to remember if Gabriel Gate ever received accolades from the French Government, or Les Murray from Hungary, but TEN’s Miguel Maestre has been lauded by the Spanish government for waving the Spanish flag in Australia.

Lucky for some!

Maestre was awarded the Cruz de Oficial de la Orden del Mérito Civil (Officer’s Cross – Order of the Civil Merit) by the Spanish Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Mr Enrique de Viguera at a special ceremony in Canberra.

The award, bestowed by the King of Spain, Felipe VI, is official recognition of the celebrity chef’s “outstanding profile and representation of Spain in the Australian media.”

The ceremony even took place at the Embassy of Spain in Yarralumla in front of several hundred guests including a large representation of diplomats and members of government.

“I’m so overwhelmed, I can hardly speak,” said The Living Room presenter. “I’ve been living here for over 10 years. I came to this country with a suitcase full of dreams, a heart full of passion, and empty pockets. And now I have a family, a career, I’m an Australian, I’m Spanish. And I can’t believe how beautiful this country has been to me”.


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Vale: Marcia Strassman Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:49:52 +0000 2014-10-27_2125Marcia Strassman, best known for Welcome Back, Kotter and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, has died, aged 66.

She died after a long fight with breast cancer.

She played Julie Kotter, wife to the Gabe Kaplan’s teacher on Welcome Back, Kotter. The series ran on from 1975-1979 and catapulted John Travolta to stardom. Her character regularly discussed school room problems with her on-screen husband.

Her other television credits included The Patty Duke Show, MASH, Ironside, Police Story, Marcus Welby MD, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Rockford Files, Magnum PI, ER, Booker, Touched by an Angel, Murder She Wrote, Rugrats, Baywatch, Providence, Tremors and Third Watch.

She co-starred opposite Rick Moranis in the 1989 film Honey I Shrunk the Kids and 1992 sequel Honey I Blew Up the Kid.

Other film credits included The Aviator, Another Stakeout and Earth Minus Zero.

Source: Variety

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T-Box adds PLUS7 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:48:00 +0000 2014-10-28_0012Telstra T-Box has added PLUS7 content with titles including The X Factor, Home & Away and Winners and Losers.

Jonathan Steel, Director, Business Development and Partnerships, Yahoo7 said, “Yahoo7 is focused on giving audiences access to our premium content wherever and whenever they want. This new partnership will let Telstra T-Box users stream Channel 7 programs on PLUS7 easily from their TV to make sure they never miss an episode of their favourite show.”

Telstra Director IPTV and Pay TV Eric Kearley said, “The arrival of PLUS7 on the T-Box is part of Telstra’s ongoing plans to bring more free to air content to our T-Box customers.

“Our partnership with Yahoo7 means T-Box users can watch some of their favourite Channel 7 and 7mate shows when they want, giving extra flexibility and convenience for times when it’s not possible to watch them live.”

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ABC to simulcast Nowhere Boys premiere Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:45:08 +0000 2014-10-27_2251ABC is set to simulcast the return of Nowhere Boys as a ‘multiplatform event’ across ABC, ABC3 and iview next month.

The Season Two premiere will air on all 3 platforms Sunday, November 23 at 6pm.

A second episode will follow immediately afterwards at 6.30pm on ABC3 with new episodes every Sunday at 6.30pm from November 30. They will also screen a week after their ABC3 debut at 6pm on ABC.

During the second series, the boys have found their way home, but they soon discover the adventure doesn’t stop just because they’re back. As they experiment with their new and unpredictable powers, the boys realise they aren’t the only ones who crossed back to this universe.

Brendan Dahill, ABC Television Head of Programming said, “Nowhere Boys is an exceptional series which continues to garner accolades and popularity. In an ABC TV first, this multiplatform simulcast provides a fantastic opportunity to introduce this high calibre Australian drama series to a broader ABC audience, in particular families and those who love a good sci-fi action series.”

The first season has also received a nomination at the Third International Emmy Kids Awards. It will be repeated daily at 6pm from Monday, November 10 on ABC3.

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Airdate: The Happenings Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:44:54 +0000 2014-10-28_0049Next month Seven premieres The Happenings in which Scottish magicians Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod fake paranormal and related phenomena.

This aired in the UK last year.

“Alien Invasion”
Illusionists Barry and Stuart trick the residents of Stamford, England, into believing they are under an alien attack. To convince the public that extra-terrestrials have been watching them for years and are finally ready to connect, Barry and Stuart go undercover as filmmakers and paranormal researchers. They plan an alien abduction and work to convince residents that the extra-terrestrials brainwashed their animals.

9:45PM Thursday November 6 on Seven.

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Island Parties: Hilltop Hoods Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:41:53 +0000 image008Channel [V] resumes their [V] Island Parties next month with concerts performed against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

Hilltop Hoods will perform on Tuesday November 25 and air later on [V].

Having recently released their new album Walking Under Stars and in the middle of their largest tour of Australia to date, the Cosby Sweater Tour, the Hoods are in full swing. Hilltop Hoods have become Australian music royalty with six ARIA Awards under their belt and already setting the bar high for what’s to come this party season.

Acts that have previously caused havoc on board the Channel [V] Island include international superstars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Major Lazer, Ed Sheeran, Dizzee Rascal, Steve Aoki and Rudimental, plus many more.

[V] Island Parties: Hilltop Hoods Friday, November 28 at 10pm on Channel [V].

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Scandal Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:17 +0000 2014-10-27_2013Olivia and Mellie have a surprising run-in during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 10:15pm Tuesday on Seven.

  • Recipe to Riches
  • Dateline
  • The Leftovers
  • Kitchen Cabinet
  • Bad Education
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Timeshifted: Sunday 19 October 2014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:37:51 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Sunday Date: 19/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL PERFORMANCE Network 7 1,356,000 1,303,000 53,000 2 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,102,000 1,075,000 26,000 3 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,037,000 1,033,000 4,000 4 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,026,000 1,026,000 1,000 5 THE BIG ADVENTURE Network 7 979,000 945,000 34,000 6 ABC NEWS-SU Network ABC1 892,000 889,000 3,000 7 THE EMBASSY Network 9 885,000 872,000 13,000 8 GOTHAM Network 9 831,000 665,000 165,000 9 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 794,000 664,000 130,000 10 SCORPION Network TEN 742,000 660,000 82,000 11 DOCTOR WHO-EV Network ABC1 738,000 626,000 112,000 12 THE CODE-EV Network ABC1 729,000 560,000 168,000 13 CASTLE Network 7 662,000 521,000 141,000 14 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 570,000 506,000 64,000 15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 526,000 526,000 0 16 MALALA: LIFE AFTER THE TALIBAN-EV Network ABC1 486,000 485,000 1,000 17 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Network TEN 484,000 416,000 68,000 18 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 475,000 421,000 55,000 19 MOTORSPORT: 2014 MOTOGP PHILLIP ISLAND LIVE Network TEN 396,000 388,000 9,000 20 CASTLE (R) Network 7 394,000 295,000 99,000

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Timeshifted: Saturday 18 October 2014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:30:01 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Saturday Date: 18/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 979,000 968,000 11,000 2 SCOTT & BAILEY-EV Network ABC1 848,000 728,000 119,000 3 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC1 801,000 795,000 7,000 4 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 785,000 785,000 0 5 NEW TRICKS RPT Network ABC1 781,000 737,000 44,000 6 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 714,000 683,000 31,000 7 M-THE SMURFS Network 7 557,000 537,000 20,000 8 RUGBY: 2014 BLEDISLOE CUP – GAME 3 LIVE Network TEN 522,000 519,000 4,000 9 THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES RPT Network ABC1 485,000 441,000 44,000 10 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC1 464,000 448,000 17,000 11 OCTOPUSSY Network 9 461,000 456,000 4,000 12 M-TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES Network 7 388,000 378,000 11,000 13 GETAWAY Network 9 348,000 341,000 7,000 14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 325,000 325,000 0 15 RUGBY: 2014 BLEDISLOE CUP – GAME 3 POST-MATCH LIVE Network TEN 311,000 310,000 1,000 16 SEVEN’S HORSE RACING 2014 Network 7 286,000 286,000 0 17 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network 7 282,000 282,000 0 18 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Network 7 266,000 266,000 0 19 RUGBY: 2014 BLEDISLOE CUP – GAME 3 PRE-MATCH LIVE Network TEN 255,000 254,000 1,000 20 NINE NEWS: FIRST AT FIVE Network 9 254,000 253,000 1,000


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Timeshifted: Friday 17 October 2014 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:28:34 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Friday Date: 17/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 958,000 915,000 43,000 2 NINE NEWS Network 9 904,000 904,000 0 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 875,000 872,000 3,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 863,000 863,000 0 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 816,000 814,000 2,000 6 HAPPY VALLEY-EV Network ABC1 697,000 586,000 110,000 7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 682,000 673,000 9,000 8 M-THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM Network 7 673,000 626,000 47,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 670,000 667,000 3,000 10 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 650,000 620,000 30,000 11 QI RPT Network ABC1 614,000 561,000 52,000 12 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 578,000 543,000 35,000 13 7.30-EV Network ABC1 561,000 560,000 1,000 14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 529,000 527,000 2,000 15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 489,000 478,000 11,000 16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 468,000 465,000 4,000 17 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 462,000 459,000 3,000 18 HOT SEAT Network 9 440,000 439,000 1,000 19 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Network 7TWO 364,000 339,000 25,000 20 SCORPION ENCORE Network TEN 358,000 320,000 38,000

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ARIA Awards to induct Molly, Countdown into the Hall of Fame Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:28:34 +0000 2014-10-27_1926And about time too…

The celebrations for Molly Meldrum, who marks 50 years in the entertainment industry this year, continue with news he will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame next month -the first non-recording artist to be inducted.

Iconic ABC show Countdown will also be inducted as it marks its 40th anniversary.

“To be recognised by my peers and to be the first person who isn’t a musician inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame is such an honour,” said Meldrum.

“To think for over four decades I have had the luxury of working in an industry that I absolutely love and am so passionate about and then to be recognised for it makes me reflect on what an amazing life I live. From the early days of Countdown with Michael Shrimpton and Robbie Weekes where it all began and still to this day, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share my undying love of this crazy, wonderful and never dull Australian music industry, long may it reign.”

Kylie Minogue said, “Molly, I wiped away your tears when you inducted me into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2011, and I wish you’d been there to wipe away my tears when I heard that you will be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame this year! I can’t think of another person who deserves this honour more than you. Was it really 40 years ago that Countdown launched?! It became such a tradition for families across Australia to huddle by the TV to watch you interview our idols and to see our favourite bands perform on the show. The Australian music industry is blessed to have had you in our lives for over four decades and I love that the rest of Australia can celebrate YOU on November 26 when you are inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Congratulations and lots of love, Kylie.”

Denis Handlin Chairman, Sony Music Entertainment said: “Molly is a true national icon who for over 50 years has entertained and informed us about artists and their music.”

Michael Gudinski, Executive Chairman, The Mushroom Group, “I’ve known Molly for many, many years and in that time he has been many things…a journalist, a producer, a music leader, and a sometimes pain in my ass. I’m so pleased to see Ian inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and cannot think of a more worthy recipient. He has had a profound and significant impact on our music industry and I’m proud to call him my friend.”

ARIAs indicates Countdown is also to be honoured, which would make it the first television show to be inducted:

Forty years ago, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and his signature hat came to the attention of households across Australia when he was offered the chance to host a new music show called Countdown, a program created by Executive Producer Michael Shrimpton, producer/director Robbie Weekes, and record producer and music journalist Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum. For thirteen years, this ABC TV program showcased the finest, the newest, the up‐and‐coming local and overseas recording artists. It became one of the most-loved and most-watched programs on Australian television, and turned Molly into one of the most iconic and trusted voices on music.

Next month ABC marks the 40th anniversary of Countdown with a two part special.

ARIA Awards will take place Wednesday, November 26 at The Star, Sydney and broadcast on TEN.

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Report: Local 7:30 editions to be relegated to Sunday news Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:55:30 +0000 2014-10-27_1750The latest speculation about the future of 7:30 local editions on Fridays is that reports will comprise part of the extended Sunday night news.

Guardian Australia reports state and territory current affairs, currently airing Friday nights on ABC, will be relegated to a 10-minute portion within its Sunday night bulletins.

ABC recently extended its news to 40 minutes on Sundays, balancing the 50 minute UK titles which begin at 7:40pm.

Guardian reports:

While the Friday local current affairs programs will also end, some of the staff from each city will be retained to work on feature stories and investigations for Sunday nights. The savings are expected to come from dismantling the infrastructure of the programs, including studios, editors and camera operators.

Hosts set to lose their presenting roles are 30-year ABC veteran Quentin Dempster in New South Wales; Chris Kimball in the Australian Capital Territory; Josie Taylor in Victoria; Matt Wordsworth in Queensland; Simon Royal in South Australia; Airlie Ward in Tasmania and Louisa Rebgetz in the Northern Territory.

Relegating local content to Sunday night news will bring to an end nearly three decades of Stateline / 7:30 and ironically mirror the Weekend Magazine stories which used to run Sunday nights in ABC News.

Fairfax reported on Friday development of a new-look 7:30 for Fridays with Leigh Sales, Annabel Crabb and Dan Ilic.

There is also speculation ABC is considering a revival of Australian Correspondent, a predecessor to Australian Story.

ABC is still awaiting final clarity on the size of its cuts under the Federal Government.

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Airdate: Monster Beach Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:40:23 +0000 Cartoon Network Monster Beach Friday 31 October 5pm 3Cartoon Network premieres its locally-produced film Monster Beach this Friday as part of its Halloween programming.

Coburg-based production company Bogan Entertainment Solutions has produced the 90 minute film with Rove McManus, voicing 4 characters: Mutt, King Knutt, Brain Freeze and Hodad.

Tripod also supply music, with member Scott Edgar also voicing characters.

An ordinary summer holiday gets complicated when two kids – Jan and her brother Dean – are packed off to stay with their drop-out uncle, Woody. It should be complete paradise: a secluded island, great waves and a relaxed adult in charge. What could be better? But why is this place so deserted, and what are those strange noises coming from the beach? The terrible truth is revealed when it turn out the locals are in fact surf-crazed monsters – and they don’t take kindly to tourists!

5pm Friday 31 October Cartoon Network.

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At the Movies: Oct 27 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:50:12 +0000 2014-10-27_1515This week on At The Movies Margaret & David review new films for Noah Taylor, Richard Roxburgh, James Marsden, Jeremy Renner Robert Patrick, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.

Kill The Messenger- A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. Stars Jeremy Renner Robert Patrick, Jena Sims.

The Best of Me- A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan.

Finding Vivian Maier- A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one the most accomplished street photographers

Pride- U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West.

Maya the Bee Movie – Freshly hatched bee Maya is a little whirlwind and won’t follow the rules of the hive. One of these rules is not to trust the hornets that live beyond the meadow. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected and Maya is thought to be their accomplice. No one believes that she is the innocent victim and no one will stand by her except for her good-natured and best friend Willy. Stars Noah Taylor, Richard Roxburgh, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Jackie Weaver, Justine Clarke.

Margaret’s Classic: Johnny Guitar

9:30pm Tuesday ABC.

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It’s Dad’s Army, the movie… Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:03:14 +0000 2014-10-27_1420First pictures have been released of the upcoming feature film of Dad’s Army. And no, I have no idea why this is getting a big screen remake, either.

Shooting on the UK movie begins this month on location in Yorkshire.

Bill Nighy plays Wilson, with Zeta-Jones as glamorous journalist Rose and Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring.

The Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison plays Pike, with Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Danny Mays as Walker, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones and Bill Paterson as Fraser.

Dad’s Army, created by Jimmy Perry and the late David Croft, originally aired between 1968 and 1977.

The film is written by Hamish McColl (Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Johnny English Reborn) and set to be released in 2015.


Source: Digital Spy

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Airdate: 2014 MTV EMAs Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:41:10 +0000 2014-10-27_13335 Seconds of Summer will represent us as the Best Australian Act at the 2014 MTV EMAs.

They will compete in the Worldwide Act award category.

Fans can vote for them at to advance to the final round of voting as one of 10 international Worldwide Act nominees.

• 5 Seconds of Summer received more votes than fellow nominees Iggy Azalea, Justice Crew and Sia to win the title of Best Australian Act
• Voting for the nominations in the Worldwide Act category is open now and will close at on Thursday, 30 October. The final list of 10 Worldwide Act nominees will be revealed via on Friday, 31 October.
• Global hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj is set to host the 2014 MTV EMA.
• Calvin Harris, Charli XCX, Kiesza, Royal Blood, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj have been previously confirmed to perform at the 2014 MTV EMA.
• British rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honoured with the Global Icon Award and will be in Glasgow to accept his award.
• Fans can vote now for their favourite artists across all other 2014 MTV EMA categories at Voting closes on 8 November 2014 at 2.59pm AEDT.

The 2014 MTV EMAs will broadcast live from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Monday 10th November at 6am AEDT on MTV.

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Rob Kelvin returns to Nine News Adelaide Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:50:04 +0000 rob kelvinVeteran news presenter Rob Kelvin returns to Nine News this afternoon to present Adelaide’s local 5pm bulletin.

Tony Agars, Director of Nine News Adelaide, said: “It is an absolute honour to welcome Rob Kelvin back to the desk to present the local and important 5pm bulletin. It’s a further expansion of our ability to cover Adelaide’s news in the best and most comprehensive way.

“Rob is a man of great integrity and he has covered some of the biggest stories in our state’s history throughout his 36-years with Nine News.

“I’ve always admired his attitude and commitment to work, and by the fact he has always strived for the highest quality of journalism. He’s an important member of the Channel Nine family, and it’s great to have him back in the studio.”

Kelvin joined Nine in 1979, leading to a 20-year partnership with Kevin Crease as a top-rating news duo. Kelvin retired in 2010 but has contributed special interest stories.

“To return to the newsroom and present the 5pm bulletin is a great privilege,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time at Nine and I feel honoured to be offered the chance to return.

“I’ve watched Brenton Ragless and Kate Collins create a dynamic partnership at 6pm, and with the local 5pm bulletin Nine News really has Adelaide news covered.”


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Dateline gains access to sharia law policing in Aceh Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:55:00 +0000 2014-10-27_1046For the first time ever, Dateline has gained camera access to strict policing of Islamic sharia law in Aceh, the only part of Indonesia that enforces this.

Captain Latif, who enforces these controversial laws in the city of Langsa, allowed the SBS show to follow him and his police team around on their daily duties.

Dateline video journalist, Patrick Abboud gains unprecedented access to follow Captain Latif’s street raids, where women are pulled over at a checkpoint and interrogated about their clothing.

Women who breach the Islamic dress code are given three documented warnings before they are subjected to a public caning.

A police woman from Aceh told Patrick, “Women who wear tight clothes are inviting bad things to happen to them, such as rape. Actually, crime happens because we invite it.”

Patrick also sat down in a one-on-one interview with the captain as he spoke openly about proposed punishment in Aceh.

Captain Latif told Patrick, “The usual punishment for adultery or sex between a man and a woman who are both married is that they are buried in the ground on the road. The man is buried up to his waist at a cross roads and whoever passes by has to throw a stone at him until he dies. A married woman would be buried to the neck and be stoned until she dies.”

Tuesday, 28 October at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Asian Cup joint deal on FOX Sports, ABC. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:33:45 +0000 2014-10-27_1130The AFC Asian Cup will come to Australia for the first time in 2015, with a broadcast deal between FOX Sports and ABC.

The Socceroos will kick off the 32-game tournament when they take on Kuwait on January 9th. 32 matches will be played in 23 days across five host cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

FOX Sports will broadcast every match Live, in HD, with no ad-breaks across the entire tournament plus the lead-in clash between the Socceroos and Japan, Live when they meet in Osaka on November 18.

A package of up to nine games, including all Socceroos games Live plus the Japan versus Australia friendly, will air on ABC. All ABC matches will also be made available streamed on iview, concurrent with the TV broadcast.

Pool matches and other Finals will be on delay following the FOX Sports live coverage.

ABC will also offer a nightly highlights show at 10pm while ABC Radio is also the official Radio Broadcaster.

Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, “We felt strongly that this significant sporting and cultural event should be made available to all Australians, and with additional support from the FFA, we were able to work out a deal with FOX Sports to release some key games.”

FOX Sports chief executive officer, Patrick Delany, “We have been a huge supporter and partner of football in Australia for the past 10 years and as the momentum of football has grown, we made a decision in good faith to allow the ABC to broadcast parts of the Asian Cup this summer. We agree that opening this monumental event to a new audience is something of value to all parties involved.”

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Party Tricks: Oct 27 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:50:34 +0000 2014-10-26_1951Tonight’s episode of Party Tricks takes place across the campaign for the upcoming State Election.

Of the three episodes that have rolled out thus far, it’s the more interesting of the three, as it begins to resemble a bit of a chess game.

David McLeod (Rodger Corser) and Kate Ballard (Asher Keddie) head out of town on the campaign trail trying to win over country Victoria.

In the wake of negative publicity, the pressure is on Kate and her team to improve her public image. Her press secretary Wayne is keen for Kate to participate in a personal interview with her husband Geoff (Colin Moody).

While David’s alliance with the cunning Deputy Opposition Leader Trevor (Adam Zwar) is proving to be shaky, his media advisor Charlotte (Ash Ricardo) tries get ahead of a potential breaking exposé.

Kate’s speechwriter Ollie (Charlie Garber) is struggling to help Kate manage the situation with David, but partner Tom’s (Oliver Ackland) actions could derail the entire campaign.

8:30pm Monday on TEN

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Big Adventure dips but Seven wins Sunday Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:12:44 +0000 2014-10-27_1009Sunday evening saw a staggered line-up on Seven due to Telethon airing until 8:30pm in Perth.

This saw The Big Adventure air at 8:30pm, Sunday Night was on 7TWO and Resurrection did not air in that market.

But Seven may be concerned at the numbers for The Big Adventure in several markets where there were no such interruptions.

It lost to The Embassy in 4 cities (by just a 1,000 in Adelaide), and in Sydney it was third behind Scorpion. Tonight will be a more level battlefield.

Just 0.1% divided Seven and Nine’s primary channels but Seven network won the night overall with a 29.4% share then Nine 27.2%, TEN 20.7%, ABC 15.9% and SBS 6.7%.

Seven News was best for Seven at 1.02m, then Sunday Night (781,000), The Big Adventure (664,000), V8 Supercars (510,000 in 4 cities), Resurrection (410,000 / 338,000 in 4 cities). In Perth Telethon was 203,000 for the biggest part of the broadcast.

Nine’s early evening line-up did well. 60 Minutes topped the night at 1.06m followed by Nine News (980,000), The Embassy (882,000), then Gotham (626,000). Movie: Batman was just 217,000.

TEN had an improved Sunday with Modern Family 694,000 / 606,000 second in its timeslot. Scorpion was 608,000, NCIS: NO was 483,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 402,000, The Graham Norton Show was 352,000 and Bondi Rescue was 261,000.

ABC News (859,000) was a good result for ABC followed by Doctor Who (566,000 / 76,000), last episode for The Code (564,000), Compass (413,000). Mad Dogs was 240,000 and Once My Mother was 81,000.

On SBS ONE it was Greeks Roman Vikings: The Founders of Europe (308,000), Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World (273,000), SBS World News (174,000) and Project Nim (67,000).

7TWO’s Escape to the Country led multichannels at 292,000 / 273,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 26 October 2014

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Sunday 26 October 2014 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:14:49 +0000 Sunday: 1 60 MINUTES 1,056,000 2 SEVEN NEWS 1,024,000 3 NINE NEWS 980,000 4 THE EMBASSY 882,000 5 ABC NEWS 859,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Sunday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 26/10/2014 19/10/2014 Network ABC1 12.0% 11.8% Network ABC2 2.1% 1.8% Network ABC3 0.7% 1.0% Network ABC News 24 1.1% 0.9% Network ABC TTL 15.9% 15.4% Network 7 19.8% 27.0% Network 7TWO 5.8% 4.7% Network 7mate 3.8% 2.7% Network 7 TTL 29.4% 34.4% Network 9 19.7% 19.9% Network GO! 4.1% 4.1% Network Gem 3.4% 1.7% Network 9 TTL 27.2% 25.8% Network TEN 12.2% 11.0% Network ONE 4.0% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 4.5% 4.5% Network TEN TTL 20.7% 17.9% Network SBS ONE 5.7% 5.4% Network SBS 2 0.9% 0.9% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 6.7% 6.5%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,056,000 319,000 336,000 196,000 99,000 105,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,024,000 212,000 253,000 234,000 139,000 186,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 980,000 301,000 344,000 140,000 88,000 107,000
4 THE EMBASSY Network 9 882,000 282,000 257,000 178,000 79,000 86,000
5 ABC NEWS-SU Network ABC1 859,000 246,000 283,000 123,000 95,000 112,000
6 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 781,000 220,000 299,000 171,000 91,000 0
7 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 694,000 266,000 208,000 107,000 53,000 61,000
8 THE BIG ADVENTURE Network 7 664,000 150,000 181,000 141,000 78,000 114,000
9 GOTHAM Network 9 626,000 201,000 220,000 80,000 61,000 64,000
10 SCORPION Network TEN 608,000 193,000 172,000 125,000 47,000 71,000
11 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 606,000 245,000 160,000 95,000 43,000 63,000
12 DOCTOR WHO-EV Network ABC1 566,000 170,000 166,000 87,000 62,000 81,000
13 THE CODE-EV Network ABC1 564,000 165,000 175,000 84,000 71,000 70,000
14 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 12: GOLD COAST 600 D2 Network 7 510,000 183,000 114,000 163,000 49,000 0
15 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Network TEN 483,000 173,000 98,000 91,000 59,000 62,000
16 RESURRECTION Network 7 460,000 156,000 152,000 99,000 52,000 0
17 COMPASS-EV Network ABC1 413,000 106,000 132,000 76,000 52,000 47,000
18 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 411,000 112,000 135,000 47,000 54,000 63,000
19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 402,000 127,000 82,000 77,000 45,000 70,000
20 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 352,000 126,000 96,000 62,000 30,000 38,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-SUN Network 7TWO 292,000 92,000 95,000 44,000 25,000 36,000
2 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-EP.2 Network 7TWO 273,000 73,000 98,000 36,000 22,000 44,000
3 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 222,000 65,000 51,000 66,000 23,000 16,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 214,000 45,000 70,000 52,000 19,000 28,000
5 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 204,000 53,000 65,000 50,000 24,000 12,000
6 GIGGLE AND HOOT-AM Network ABC2 199,000 51,000 50,000 62,000 22,000 15,000
7 PEG + CAT-AM Network ABC2 198,000 57,000 63,000 49,000 20,000 8,000
8 MIGHTY SHIPS Network 7TWO 193,000 38,000 58,000 57,000 18,000 22,000
9 THE WATCH Network ELEVEN 192,000 65,000 48,000 33,000 30,000 18,000
10 LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY-AM Network ABC2 189,000 55,000 60,000 45,000 15,000 15,000
11 BING-AM Network ABC2 187,000 50,000 42,000 53,000 22,000 20,000
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 185,000 42,000 52,000 51,000 16,000 25,000
13 LITTLE PRINCESS-AM Network ABC2 180,000 56,000 57,000 37,000 20,000 9,000
14 THE SIMPSONS EP 2 RPT Network ELEVEN 180,000 45,000 65,000 30,000 16,000 23,000
15 THE SIMPSONS RPT Network ELEVEN 177,000 19,000 65,000 35,000 25,000 32,000
16 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 174,000 47,000 28,000 59,000 22,000 19,000
17 THE WOTWOTS-AM Network ABC2 168,000 49,000 66,000 24,000 20,000 9,000
18 INVENTIONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Network 7TWO 163,000 41,000 68,000 32,000 12,000 10,000
19 THE ITALIAN JOB RPT Network ONE 161,000 35,000 65,000 18,000 19,000 23,000
20 M-LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE Network 7mate 158,000 42,000 40,000 30,000 18,000 29,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 60 MINUTES Network 9 451,000 141,000 150,000 84,000 38,000 39,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 408,000 89,000 99,000 99,000 53,000 68,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 401,000 121,000 133,000 62,000 39,000 46,000
4 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 400,000 136,000 129,000 68,000 29,000 38,000
5 THE EMBASSY Network 9 391,000 124,000 120,000 78,000 28,000 41,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 60 MINUTES Network 9 410,000 126,000 142,000 75,000 34,000 34,000
2 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 368,000 126,000 122,000 60,000 25,000 35,000
3 THE EMBASSY Network 9 352,000 113,000 110,000 71,000 23,000 34,000
4 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 344,000 108,000 114,000 53,000 33,000 37,000
5 GOTHAM Network 9 338,000 106,000 124,000 41,000 32,000 34,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 242,000 83,000 83,000 39,000 15,000 21,000
2 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 224,000 80,000 67,000 36,000 13,000 28,000
3 60 MINUTES Network 9 224,000 66,000 81,000 37,000 21,000 19,000
4 GOTHAM Network 9 213,000 71,000 77,000 26,000 19,000 19,000
5 THE EMBASSY Network 9 196,000 55,000 70,000 34,000 17,000 19,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
4 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Foxtel Movies Premiere 70,000
5 TOP 20 FUNNIEST FOX8 59,000
6 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 58,000
13 LIVE: MOTOGP 2014 SPEED 50,000
15 FUTURAMA FOX8 45,000
16 MAN OF STEEL Foxtel Movies Premiere 44,000
20 FAMILY GUY FOX8 41,000


© OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Black Comedy Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:58:03 +0000 2014-10-26_2143Australia has a rich history of sketch comedy, but of late the offerings haven’t come anywhere near the success of shows like Fast Forward, The Comedy Company, The Naked Vicar Show or The Mavis Bramston Show.

But with comedy, it helps to keep throwing darts at the target in the hope of something straying close to the middle of the board. Not throwing them at all is the unfunniest joke on us all. Thank goodness for public broadcasters like ABC and SBS for having a go (Seven recently aired Kinne on 7mate, yet the Comedy Channel is avoiding sketch like the plague).

While SBS has brought us Nazeem Hussain’s comedic take on being Muslim in Australia, I’m hard pressed to recall an Indigenous sketch comedy. Scarlett Pictures now brings us Black Comedy on ABC, promising to ‘go blackly where no other Blackfella has gone before.’

The six part series is ‘written entirely by Blackfellas’ and features a core cast of six: Steven Oliver, Aaron Fa’aoso, Jon Bell, Nakkiah Lui, Elizabeth Wymarra and Bjorn Stewart. Other Indigenous and non-Indigenous performers will appear as supporting or guest cast including Matt Day, Jeff McMullen, Miranda Tapsell, Sacha Horler, Brooke Satchwell, Brendan Cowell and Anita Hegh.

Looking at Australian culture from a blackfella perspective, it comprises physical humour, social observation and media parodies.

Amongst the better sketches in the premiere are the Housewives of Narromine (featuring Deborah Mailman), a reworking of Moses (Jack Charles) and the Ten Commandments -the blackfellas propose some additional commandments- and a C.O.P.S. parody known as B.L.A.K.F.O.R.C.E.

There’s also an inter-racial black / white dating service called Black Velvet (are you doing your bit for reconciliation?), a superhero Deadly Dave, a biting take on the First Fleet arrival, pig-Latin speaking ‘gangsters,’ some gyrating gay men and a parody of Star Trek.

Some are running gags, and while there are some genuine laughs, some sketches seem to end without a satisfactory punchline.

Originally titled Don’t Be Afraid of the Darkies, this was developed under the Indigenous Unit of the ABC and produced by Kath Shelper (Samson and Delihah) and Mark O’Toole (Full Frontal, John Safran Versus God, Spicks and Specks).

Aaron Fa’aoso and Jon Bell are amongst the stronger performers in this cast who are only too happy to don a wig or colourful costume for an array of sketches.

The show is unashamedly cheap and cheerful, and while there are good laughs early on, the first episode is a little uneven, but everyone has to start somewhere.

Refreshingly, Black Comedy gives us license to laugh with Indigenous Australians, even when they are the butt of the joke. It happens unflinchingly in almost every sketch. The point here of course is this is Aboriginal writers and performers making the jokes at their own expense.

After all, haven’t we always prided ourselves on our ability to laugh at ourselves?

Black Comedy 9:30pm Wednesday November 5 on ABC.

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