TV Tonight Australia's leading TV blog Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:47:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vale: Leonard Nimoy Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:43:47 +0000 2015-02-28_1039

US actor Leonard Nimoy, best known as the half-alien, half-human Mr. Spock of Star Trek, has died, aged 83.

He died at home of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he attributed to the smoking he gave up 30 years earlier.

As science officer of the starship Enterprise, Spock became an iconic television character on the TV series that ended its three-year run in 1969. He received three successive Emmy nominations for his role.

Nimoy’s Spock became a cultural touchstone, a living representative of the scientific method and a voice of pure reason with phrases such as, “Highly illogical.”

“Spock was a character whose time had come,” Nimoy later wrote. “He represented a practical, reasoning voice in a period of dissension and chaos.”

Trekkies everywhere greeted each other with Nimoy’s “Vulcan salute” – a gesture he adapted from one he had seen at an Orthodox synagogue when he was a boy.

Nimoy also appeared in Star Trek feature films and directed six movies.

He also was Spock in feature films, including: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

He later became Spock Prime, a Mr. Spock who inhabited an alternate universe in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. He did a cameo performance as the same character in Star Trek Into Darkness.

He went on to direct the 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby and the 1988 drama The Good Mother.

Other television credits included Dragnet, Bonanza, Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, The Outer Limits, The Virginian, Get Smart, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible and A Woman Called Golda.

Most recently, he appeared on Fringe as maniacal, genius professor William Bell, and he voiced Spock for a 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory.

In addition to his work on In Search Of… Nimoy lent his resonant, intelligent voice to a variety of films, TV projects and documentaries, including Ancient Mysteries. There were Broadway performances and even quirky music projects.

But to millions of sci-fi and television fans the world over he is indelibly, utterly, Spock.

“My folks came to the U.S. as immigrants,” he said in a 2012 speech at Boston University. “They were aliens, and then became citizens. I was born in Boston a citizen, and then I went to Hollywood and became an alien.”

Live long and prosper…

UPDATE: ELEVEN screens Star Trek: The Motion Picture at 8:30pm tonight and TEN screens Star Trek (2009) at 10pm Sunday.

Source: LA Times, Variety.

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Friday 27 February 2015 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:13:42 +0000 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:
Date: 27/02/2015 Deliverable: Overnight Channel\Variable FTA SHR % Network ABC 17.1 Network ABC2 2.6 Network ABC3 1.0 Network ABC News 24 1.8 Network ABC TTL 22.5 Network 7 22.2 Network 7TWO 4.7 Network 7mate 4.8 Network 7 TTL 31.7 Network 9 16.5 Network GO! 5.8 Network Gem 2.7 Network 9 TTL 24.9 Network TEN 10.9 Network ONE 2.2 Network ELEVEN 2.8 Network TEN TTL 15.9 Network SBS ONE 3.1 Network SBS 2 1.7 Network NITV 0.2 Network SBS TTL 5.0



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: 27/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES-EV Network ABC 960,000 264,000 252,000 206,000 116,000 123,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 924,000 302,000 323,000 177,000 64,000 58,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 856,000 298,000 297,000 137,000 56,000 67,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 796,000 174,000 214,000 150,000 115,000 143,000
5 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 790,000 230,000 234,000 126,000 75,000 126,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 732,000 163,000 206,000 135,000 106,000 122,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 671,000 226,000 207,000 128,000 52,000 58,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 652,000 167,000 183,000 130,000 83,000 90,000
9 QI RPT Network ABC 621,000 177,000 174,000 118,000 73,000 79,000
10 M-BATTLESHIP Network 7 587,000 168,000 166,000 121,000 55,000 77,000
11 HOT SEAT Network 9 533,000 153,000 195,000 120,000 37,000 29,000
12 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 510,000 158,000 123,000 78,000 73,000 77,000
13 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 504,000 117,000 154,000 107,000 75,000 52,000
14 7.30-EV Network ABC 490,000 141,000 170,000 109,000 70,000
15 SILENT WITNESS RPT Network ABC 474,000 156,000 116,000 96,000 51,000 55,000
16 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 452,000 119,000 117,000 98,000 59,000 60,000
17 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 431,000 118,000 128,000 68,000 66,000 52,000
18 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 431,000 127,000 106,000 100,000 44,000 54,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 429,000 134,000 95,000 110,000 48,000 42,000
20 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 405,000 80,000 138,000 94,000 44,000 49,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 320,000 106,000 118,000 52,000 22,000 22,000
2 M-BATTLESHIP Network 7 303,000 90,000 82,000 65,000 20,000 45,000
3 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 277,000 91,000 73,000 46,000 20,000 48,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 273,000 98,000 93,000 40,000 17,000 26,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 242,000 52,000 72,000 58,000 36,000 24,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 M-BATTLESHIP Network 7 251,000 70,000 67,000 58,000 17,000 39,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 246,000 77,000 90,000 44,000 17,000 18,000
3 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 232,000 72,000 66,000 43,000 15,000 37,000
4 CRAZY STUPID LOVE Network 9 216,000 65,000 65,000 35,000 27,000 24,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 208,000 38,000 68,000 50,000 31,000 20,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 CRAZY STUPID LOVE Network 9 163,000 59,000 44,000 22,000 23,000 15,000
2 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 149,000 27,000 40,000 50,000 23,000 9,000
3 M-BATTLESHIP Network 7 135,000 42,000 32,000 35,000 6,000 19,000
4 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 130,000 41,000 38,000 27,000 6,000 19,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 127,000 48,000 41,000 20,000 7,000 10,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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Airdate: Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:58:39 +0000 2015-02-27_1908

TEN has confirmed its airdate for the special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite as 7:30pm Monday March 16th.

The special brings back some of the biggest names to have ever appeared on the show, most of whom owe their career launches to the iconic soap: Kylie Minogue (Charlene Robinson), Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson), Guy Pearce (Mike Young), Margot Robbie (Donna Freedman), Delta Goodrem (Nina Tucker), Ashleigh Brewer (Kate Ramsay), Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Izzy Hoyland), Daniel MacPherson (Joel Samuels) and Craig McLachlan (Henry Ramsay).

Neighbours officially turns 30 on March 18th, three decades after it first launched on Seven (it aired on TEN from January 1986). As one of only three shows in the Logies Hall of Fame, it remains Australia’s longest running drama series.

Meanwhile FremantleMedia Australia and the Australian Writers Guild are calling for all writers who have worked on the programme to list themselves on an ‘honour roll.’ Please send your full name and year/s you have written for Neighbours to

Hosted by Stefan Dennis and Tim Phillipps, Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite will feature interviews with cast, past and present, as they reflect on their time on the show, share personal anecdotes and consider what Neighbours has meant to their careers.

Current Neighbours cast including Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy), Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy), Ryan Moloney (Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi), Tom Oliver (Lou Carpenter), Scott McGregor (Mark Brennan) and Olympia Valance (Paige Smith) reveal some of their most embarrassing moments on set and fondly look back on the show’s most iconic and memorable storylines.

The actors responsible for creating some of Neighbours’ most loved characters – including Ian Smith (Harold Bishop), Anne Charleston (Madge Bishop), Terence Donovan (Doug Willis), Annie Jones (Jane Harris), Lucinda Cowden (Melanie Pearson), Paul Keane (Des Clarke) and Mark Little (Joe Mangel) – relive moments that have left an indelible mark on Neighbours’ 30-year history.

The top five favourite Neighbours moments, as voted by the show’s fans, will also be revealed.

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Glenn Wheeler awakens from coma Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:55:53 +0000 2015-02-01_1500

The Morning Show‘s Glenn Wheeler woke from a coma this week, following his scooter accident late last month.

“Glenn woke from a coma over the weekend and he is in the very early and delicate stages of resting his brain and other injuries,” his family wrote on Facebook.

“He continues to show signs that he’s with us and at times we feel he hasn’t lost his sense of humour.

“We know however that the road to recovery is very long and at times at the request of ICU medical staff, we need to allow him time to rest and therefore need to keep his visitors to a minimum,” the statement said.

“Once he has progressed further we of course will encourage those close to him to come and see the great man and spur him on in his recovery.”

Wheeler front advertorials on The Morning Show and contributes to segments, and hosts radio in Sydney.

Via: News Corp

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Gorgi Coghlan wins Project role when Carrie Bickmore begins maternity leave Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:52:50 +0000 2015-02-28_0116Gorgi Coghlan will replace Carrie Bickmore on The Project when she begins maternity leave next month.

The former Circle co-presenter, who has been a regular guest presenter since 2009, will become full time on the panel show from Monday March 9th.

No end date has been locked in for the role.

Executive Producer, Craig Campbell, said: “Gorgi has been such a great fill-in for Carrie when she has been away and is the obvious person to keep her seat warm. We are very excited to have someone with such warmth and professionalism joining us at the desk each night.”

Gorgi Coghlan said: “I’m super excited to be extending my co-hosting role from Friday nights to five nights a week. I’ve never worked with such a talented team, where every single producer, contributor and panel member is an absolute joy to work with. We’ll be aiming to make Bickmore laugh when she’s at home on the couch enjoying this precious chapter in her life.”

With Coghlan joining Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar, The Project will no longer feature any of its original fulltime presenting team.

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Grant Denyer visits celebrity jungle Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:52:50 +0000 2015-02-28_0044

Family Feud host Grant Denyer will visit TEN reality series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! next week, as part of an on-air challenge.

He appears as part of ‘What’s in the Box’, a week-long campaign that sees a daily surprise box dropped into the camp.

On Monday night, he will play a quiz on current world news with food on offer for the 9 remaining celebrities. But if they don’t guess correctly, he will devour it right before their eyes.

Three more ‘box drops’ will follow next week.

7:30pm Monday on TEN.

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Chris Reason nominated for siege reporting Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:50:35 +0000 2015-02-28_0052

Seven News reporter Chris Reason has been shortlisted for the 2014 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award for his coverage of the Lindt Café siege.

Presented by the Melbourne Press Club, it carries a $20,000 prize, as the richest journalism award
in Australia.

Also nominated are John Silvester, partly for the ABC documentary Trigger Point and Adele Ferguson, whose story on the Commonwealth Bank, appeared on Four Corners.

• Phillip Williams, of ABC Television, for his reports on the crisis in Ukraine and the downing of Flight MH17

• Adele Ferguson, of The Age, for her exposure of the financial advice scandal at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

• Chris Reason, of the Seven Network, for his marathon live reporting of the Lindt Café siege.

• John Silvester, of The Age, for his columns, multi-media crime reporting and the television documentary Trigger Point on police involved in fatal shootings.

The winner will be announced at the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards Dinner in Melbourne on Friday 20 March.

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ABC NSW presenter Juanita Phillips adds Sunday to her roster Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:44:10 +0000 2015-02-27_1903

ABC News Sydney presenter Juanita Phillips will read news from Sunday – Thursdays from tomorrow.

Jeremy Fernandez will host on Friday and Saturdays as a result.

ABC TV News Editor Tim Ayliffe said: “The extended 40-minute ABC News Sunday format has proven to be very successful for us over the past seven months and has provided a place for ABC News to spend more time explaining the big stories of the day and broadcasting special reports and investigations as part of our long tradition of original journalism.”

Throughout March, ABC News Sunday will have expert and comprehensive coverage of the NSW Election campaign, including interviews and analysis of the key policy differences.

This Sunday, NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance and Shadow Treasurer, Michael Daley will join Juanita Phillips in the studio to debate the economic future of NSW.

During the NSW Election campaign, ABC News Sunday will also be hosting a series of special broadcasts from around the state, including Newcastle, Lismore and Parramatta.

As always, ABC News Sunday will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of the day’s stories and breaking news, drawing from the ABC’s unmatched local and international network of journalists.

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Returning: Jamie’s Food Fight Club Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:42:36 +0000 2015-02-28_0154

As tipped by TV Tonight, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! looks set to conclude on Sunday March 15th from 6:30pm.

While the date is not confirmed, TEN’s schedule for the week sees a Neighbours 30th Anniversary special on Monday March 16 plus the return of Jamie’s Food Fight Club on Wednesday March 18th at 7:30pm.

TEN has TBAs for Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th. Presumably new Modern Family episodes are not far off too. Scorpion and The Odd Couple may be others on the way.

If TEN holds MasterChef until after the Easter ratings break ends it could be a very long 4 weeks in early primetime (or 3 if it launches straight after Easter weekend).

SVODs to the rescue?

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Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:00:19 +0000 Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Betty White, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Palin…7:30pm Saturday on Comedy.

  • Grantchester
  • Movie: The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  • New Tricks
  • Coast
  • ICC Cricket World Cup
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Elementary: March 2 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:37:36 +0000 image

After being scheduled two weeks ago, Elementary finally makes its return to television Monday night on TEN.

Season 2 ended with Sherlock and Joan’s partnership on the rocks. Can it be rebuilt again in Season 3?

In this season premiere of Elementary, Holmes returns to New York with a new apprentice and a renewed interest in working with the NYPD after being fired by London’s MI6.

However, Captain Gregson will not let him resume consulting for the department without permission from his former partner, Watson, the NYPD’s new go-to private investigator.

10pm Monday on TEN.

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ITV to reboot The Saint Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:50:23 +0000 2015-02-27_1509

ITV is set to revive action series The Saint, which starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar before he became James Bond.

Based on the novels by Leslie Charteris, the series aired from 1962 to 1969 depicting the thief leaving a calling card of a stick figure of a man with a halo at the scene of his “crimes.”

Ed Whitmore, writing the new drama with Chris Lunt, tells that the time is ripe for a modern-day re-imagining.

“There is a post-Breaking Bad appetite for morally grey characters,” says Whitmore.

“Simon Templar is a kind of Robin Hood figure, he’s timeless,” he adds.

No word on who will play the all-important lead.

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ABC News appointments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:08:06 +0000 2015-02-27_1238

ABC has appointed journalist Sophie McNeill as its Middle East Correspondent based in Jerusalem.

She replaces Hayden Cooper, who returns to 7:30 after winning two Walkley Awards for his coverage of Gaza and the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists.

McNeill, who won a Walkley Award when she worked for Dateline, lived in Jerusalem and Beirut between 2006 and 2010.

She joined the ABC in 2011 on Triple J before becoming a reporter / producer on Foreign Correspondent.

ABC Head of Newsgathering Craig McMurtrie said: “Jerusalem will become a VJ bureau later this year and Sophie is exceptionally qualified for the role. Her work as a filmmaker is impressive.”

In other news Executive Producer Eric Napper has been appointed to the key role of ACT News Editor, replacing the retiring John Mulhall.

Napper has been with the ABC for more than 25 years, since first joining in 1989 as a producer / director.

Most recently he has been Editor of News Specials, responsible for special coverage including State and Federal election night broadcasts, Gough Whitlam’s memorial service, leaders’ debates, the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and ABC News 24’s inaugural launch hour.

ABC Director of News Kate Torney said: “As a long-time resident of Canberra Eric has a deep understanding of local issues and a strong commitment to strengthening quality ABC News coverage in the ACT.”

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Aurora channel turns 10 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:28:09 +0000 2015-02-27_1417

Not-for-profit channel Aurora celebrates 10 years on air on Sunday.

The independent channel, which screens a mix of content from emerging producers and community groups has been a launch pad for many careers.

Phyllisse Stanton, Aurora CEO, said, “Milestones like birthdays give us an opportunity to thank all the people who matter; from our dedicated staff and broadcast partners through to our program producers and contributors, we thank you. And special thanks must go to the team at Foxtel who provide immeasurable support for Aurora’s ongoing success.

“Aurora makes an important contribution to the greater media landscape by providing broadcast opportunities for emerging producers – we are a launch pad for the next generation of content makers.”

Aurora also has its first ever ASTRA nomination with Phyllis Foundis nominated for Best New Talent for and her talk show, Foundis (pictured).

Aurora will screen a special encore season of Foundis, Tuesday nights at 7pm AEDT from 10th March 2015.

Also screening on Aurora in March:

Cycle Torque TV – Tuesdays at 7.30pm
Hockey Zone – Thursdays at 7.30pm
HUFC TV (Heidelberg United) – Thursdays at 9.30pm
SMFC TV (Sth Melbourne) – Thursdays 8pm
Jukebox Saturday Night – Saturdays at 7.30pm
Blokesworld – Tuesdays at 9pm
Your 4×4 – Mondays at 8pm
Fight Fit Challenge – Mondays at 8.30pm

And coming up on Aurora: Tuckerbox TV (featuring Farmer Dave, Big Brother), The History of Nursing, Worldwide Gaming, Eat Play and Stay, Colour In Your Life and Savage Seas Adventures.

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OMG. Adam Looking for Eve (with total, full frontal nudity) coming to SBS 2 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:37:22 +0000

Ok let’s call this now: I’m tipping SBS 2 has just announced a show that will probably become their highest rated series ever.

Adam Looking for Eve is one of those naked dating shows like, umm Dating Naked, except for one key difference: no p-i-x-e-l-l-a-t-i-o-n!

Yep this Dutch show in which strangers meet for the first time on a deserted tropical island will see them without any blurry pixellation, subtly-placed bushes (sorry!) or tactful fig leaves.

While the YouTube promo has some delicately placed fig leaves to comply with their hosting rules, Adam Looking for Eve will not. It can also screen in an MA timeslot on SBS 2, at a time when commercial networks are pushing for the same timezone liberations.

Perhaps SBS is responding to commentary that nothing on TV is exciting our imagination.

ps. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap.

Episode One: 
Social worker Kathy, 26, tends to fall in love far too easily and has a soft spot for long-haired, beer-drinking men with a sense of humour; which pretty much describes recent college dropout Jorrit Pieter. Each is dropped off on opposite sides of the beautiful, desert island of Mogo Mogo with only a few personal items and enough food to prevent starvation. After the first night, Kathy and Jorrit Pieter appear to be a match made in heaven, but their honeymoon period is about to be severely tested, as there is another Adam on his way to the tropical paradise. Bartender and creative designer Rolf, 30, is more than ready to settle down. On paper, he is a good match for Kathy, but obviously he’s not the only contender. After a few days, Kathy will have to send home one of the two men. Who will she choose? And will he choose her?

Friday March 13, 8:30pm on SBS 2.

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The Bold & the Beautiful on TEN for life Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:35:55 +0000 2015-02-27_0848

TEN has announced an “historic lifetime programming deal” that will give it Australian rights for The Bold and the Beautiful for its entire run.

TEN first aired B&B on November 23, 1987, where it continues to satiate diehard soap fans in its 4:30pm timeslot -sometimes even upstaging primetime shows on the network. It once even tested the series in a 6pm slot over summer.

TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “For nearly three decades, Australians have followed the entangled lives of the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families on TEN. We’re thrilled that TEN will always be the Australian home of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley P. Bell, said: “This lifetime broadcast deal is possible thanks to the special chemistry we share with Australian viewers and an outstanding broadcast partner like Network TEN, for which we are grateful. In television, a long-term commitment like this is rare. We are elated to celebrate this amazing joint achievement.”

The Bold and the Beautiful claims to be world’s most-watched daytime television series, seen daily by an estimated audience of 35 million people in over 100 countries.

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Banished: trailer Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:26:46 +0000

This week a new trailer for Banished was released in the UK.

The Aussie-filmed series will premiere in Australia on BBC First.

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Australian Story: Mar 2 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:53:48 +0000 2015-02-27_1146

On Monday Australian Story presents another mix of IVF, donor recipients, romance and the changing conventions of family life.

How I Met My Daughter is a snapshot of a modern Australian family so unique and unconventional that “the family court has not even envisaged the scenario they’ve created”.

Kerrie Hancox and George Deka came forward to Australian Story following its broadcast of How I Met Your Mother, the “back to front love story” of Aminah Hart, donor recipient, and Scott Andersen, sperm donor, who met when their daughter Leila was 12 months old.

Aminah and Scott’s story is now being pursued by Hollywood, but it turns out they may not have been the world first everyone thought. It has emerged that as Aminah and Scott were finding love, there was another couple in the same shoes living – incredibly – not that far away in Melbourne.

Like Aminah, Kerrie Hancox went looking for her baby’s sperm donor not long after the birth. She met George Deka, an introverted middle-aged IT expert for the weather bureau who had given up on finding a partner and having a family of his own.

His baby daughter Clare was the first child he ever held, and despite their personality differences he and the out-going Kerrie clicked. Twelve months and twelve days later their daughter Ella, conceived naturally, was born.

But although they consider themselves very much a family, the couple don’t cohabit. They cheerfully maintain separate households.

While Ella’s arrival completed their family, it’s highlighted the unintended consequences of the reproductive revolution, where George now finds himself the biological and social father of two young girls – but the legal father of just one.

As the couple attempt to chart their way through the unprecedented legal territory, Kerrie laments that “we may be the first, but I we won’t be the last. I’m sure of that.”

8pm Monday ABC.

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Renewed: Wentworth Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:38:06 +0000 2015-02-27_1036

Foxtel is headed back to the laundry press for a fourth season of its hit drama, Wentworth.

The FremantleMedia Australia production, a reimagining of Grundy’s iconic Prisoner, will return in 2016 with twelve more episodes on SoHo.

The series is now seen in more than 80 countries, including New Zealand, the UK and US and has spawned its own adaptations in Germany and The Netherlands.

Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said “All of us at Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia are extremely proud of Wentworth and the passionate bond the series has forged with drama lovers, starting with our discerning Foxtel subscribers and expanding to captivate audiences around the world.”

FremantleMedia Australia Director of Drama and executive producer Jo Porter said, “Without wanting to give away any specific spoilers from season three, suffice to say it builds to a fabulous crescendo that in turn has given our season four writers a fantastic launch pad to explore what is next for the complex and compelling characters of Wentworth.

“Our loyal Wentworth fans are not going to be disappointed and I know our amazing cast and crew are going to relish bringing to life these potent stories.”

Production on the fourth season gets underway in Melbourne in the second half of this year with Season Three to premiere Tuesday April 7 on SoHo.

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ABC drama copping a Hiding from viewers Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:58:37 +0000 2015-02-27_0953

ABC’s newest drama Hiding is languishing in the shadows with viewers, falling to 327,000 viewers last night, fourth in its timeslot.

It was down another 102,000 from last week and is now averaging less than half its premiere at 730,000 earlier this month when it won its timeslot. By contrast Dr Blake Mysteries is nudging 1 million viewers, albeit without reality competition on Friday nights.

Meanwhile Gogglebox has improved for TEN, up from 438,000 to 493,000.

Seven network won Thursday with a 35.5% share then Nine 25.6%, TEN 17.6%, ABC 16.2% and SBS 5.0%.

My Kitchen Rules (1.5m) again topped the night. Next for Seven were Seven News (848,000 / 811,000), Home and Away (813,000), State of Affairs (523,000 / 303,000) and Million Dollar Minute (379,000).

Nine News (951,000 / 932,000) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (766,000), Open House (562,000), Hot Seat (562,000), Inside Story (556,000) and CSI (361,000).

TEN Eyewitness News was 517,000 for TEN. Gogglebox was 493,000. The Project was 472,000 / 346,000. Law and Order: SVU was 262,000.

ABC News (791,000) led for ABC then 7:30 (706,000), Outback ER (507,000), Hiding (327,000), Antiques Roadshow (292,000) and How We Got to Now (272,000).

On SBS ONE it was Gourmet Farmer Afloat (239,000), Heston’s Fantastical Food (182,000), SBS World News (116,000) and Sons of Liberty (105,000).

7TWO’s Lewis led multichannels.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 26 February 2015

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Thursday 26 February 2015 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:19:58 +0000 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 26/02/2015 19/02/2015 Network ABC 11.2% 12.0% Network ABC2 2.9% 2.7% Network ABC3 0.7% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.4% 1.9% Network ABC TTL 16.2% 17.4% Network 7 24.8% 25.0% Network 7TWO 6.5% 6.0% Network 7mate 4.3% 4.1% Network 7 TTL 35.5% 35.2% Network 9 17.4% 17.9% Network GO! 5.1% 4.5% Network Gem 3.2% 2.9% Network 9 TTL 25.6% 25.2% Network TEN 13.4% 12.6% Network ONE 1.1% 1.4% Network ELEVEN 3.1% 3.1% Network TEN TTL 17.6% 17.2% Network SBS ONE 4.1% 4.1% Network SBS 2 0.8% 0.8% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.0% 5.1%


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: 26/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-THU Network 7 1,498,000 432,000 427,000 271,000 150,000 216,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 951,000 282,000 323,000 213,000 65,000 67,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 932,000 304,000 298,000 197,000 65,000 68,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 848,000 170,000 245,000 170,000 105,000 158,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 813,000 226,000 208,000 175,000 82,000 121,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 811,000 175,000 233,000 177,000 88,000 138,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 791,000 228,000 271,000 109,000 77,000 105,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 766,000 276,000 203,000 150,000 66,000 71,000
9 7.30-EV Network ABC 706,000 207,000 240,000 103,000 73,000 83,000
10 OPEN HOUSE Network 9 562,000 197,000 161,000 103,000 49,000 52,000
11 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! THURS Network TEN 562,000 192,000 156,000 90,000 58,000 66,000
12 HOT SEAT Network 9 562,000 181,000 179,000 144,000 32,000 25,000
13 INSIDE STORY Network 9 556,000 184,000 179,000 83,000 51,000 60,000
14 STATE OF AFFAIRS Network 7 523,000 131,000 158,000 103,000 53,000 78,000
15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 517,000 171,000 144,000 90,000 55,000 56,000
16 OUTBACK ER-EV Network ABC 507,000 130,000 152,000 78,000 69,000 78,000
17 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 493,000 131,000 155,000 92,000 46,000 71,000
18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 479,000 159,000 111,000 89,000 60,000 60,000
19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 472,000 140,000 120,000 121,000 48,000 43,000
20 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 379,000 90,000 115,000 64,000 51,000 60,000



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: 26/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 LEWIS Network 7TWO 313,000 77,000 89,000 64,000 46,000 37,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 236,000 60,000 66,000 40,000 37,000 32,000
3 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 234,000 71,000 53,000 41,000 35,000 34,000
4 TATTOO NIGHTMARES MIAMI Network 7mate 222,000 51,000 80,000 27,000 27,000 37,000
5 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 209,000 55,000 43,000 47,000 32,000 33,000
6 READY, STEADY, WIGGLE!-PM Network ABC2 204,000 64,000 44,000 36,000 37,000 24,000
7 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 198,000 45,000 67,000 33,000 31,000 22,000
8 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 197,000 62,000 50,000 50,000 23,000 13,000
9 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 196,000 46,000 59,000 36,000 31,000 24,000
10 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 194,000 69,000 36,000 29,000 31,000 28,000
11 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 194,000 43,000 62,000 43,000 24,000 22,000
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 193,000 36,000 58,000 42,000 25,000 31,000
13 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 191,000 60,000 36,000 31,000 27,000 37,000
14 DINOSAUR TRAIN-PM Network ABC2 183,000 51,000 32,000 35,000 27,000 37,000
15 BANANAS IN PYJAMAS-PM Network ABC2 182,000 46,000 45,000 21,000 35,000 35,000
16 SURVIVOR: WORLDS APART -EV Network GO! 182,000 45,000 68,000 31,000 28,000 11,000
17 INK MASTER Network 7mate 180,000 38,000 73,000 27,000 21,000 22,000
18 TATTOO NIGHTMARES (R) Network 7mate 180,000 43,000 67,000 29,000 16,000 25,000
19 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 178,000 30,000 52,000 51,000 28,000 16,000
20 BOOKABOO-PM Network ABC2 178,000 64,000 36,000 28,000 29,000 21,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-THU Network 7 723,000 238,000 192,000 126,000 68,000 99,000
2 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 337,000 101,000 92,000 61,000 34,000 48,000
3 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! THURS Network TEN 329,000 108,000 94,000 63,000 29,000 36,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 323,000 98,000 98,000 68,000 21,000 39,000
5 OPEN HOUSE Network 9 306,000 90,000 99,000 62,000 23,000 32,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-THU Network 7 660,000 209,000 182,000 113,000 60,000 95,000
2 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! THURS Network TEN 307,000 101,000 89,000 59,000 25,000 33,000
3 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 292,000 71,000 90,000 54,000 30,000 47,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 285,000 80,000 87,000 53,000 27,000 39,000
5 OPEN HOUSE Network 9 267,000 83,000 85,000 52,000 21,000 26,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-THU Network 7 462,000 143,000 132,000 76,000 40,000 70,000
2 OPEN HOUSE Network 9 189,000 63,000 55,000 38,000 17,000 16,000
3 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 186,000 36,000 68,000 34,000 18,000 30,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 183,000 47,000 57,000 32,000 20,000 26,000
5 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! THURS Network TEN 175,000 51,000 53,000 37,000 12,000 23,000


64,000 36,000 28,000 29,000 21,000
Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
3 GOLD RUSH Discovery Channel 60,000
7 FAMILY GUY FOX8 51,000
8 FAMILY GUY FOX8 50,000
11 UNCLE GRANDPA Cartoon Network 47,000
12 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 46,000
14 QI UKTV 45,000
15 WORDWORLD Disney Junior 44,000
16 GEORGE CLARKE’S AMAZING SPACES LifeStyle Channel 42,000


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New chapter for The Book Club Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:58:26 +0000 2015-02-13_1404

Jennifer Byrne recently filmed the first episode of The Book Club for 2015 at  the Perth Writers’ Festival. Across the 9 years of the show, she has travelled around the country recording episodes, meeting writers and audience members.

But while it was a memorable experience, this time there was a reminder of the harsh realities for ABC crew in this show business.

“We got to the end of our filming in Perth and one of the staff said to me, ‘This is probably the last show that we’ll film here,'” she recalls.

“All of a sudden I just got a shock. ‘My god that’s you.’ And I thought, ‘What good people. You didn’t say it before the show.’

“He waited until after. That’s really tough.”

Byrne is a survivor and, by her own admission, an adaptor in the media business. A journalist by trade, she happily juggles writing and presenting duties on television, radio and print, including The Book Club, The Project, The Drum, ABC 702, ABC 774, Radio National, Classic FM and more.

“In terms of principles, I trust Mark Scott.”

As ABC undergoes funding cuts she is grateful there is still a place for her monthly chat about all things literary with Jason Steger and Marieke Hardy.

“We lost the (Book Club) Specials, which was a budgeting decision, primarily. Of course that’s really sad, but it’s deeply sad that people have lost their jobs. I was very fortunate in that I have a small group of people I work with and they’ve all survived,” she says.

“In terms of principles, I trust Mark Scott. I think it’s really terrible he’s had to do this, but he’s not doing it because he wants to.

“It’s a tough industry, but are we any tougher than Print? I don’t know. There’s a lot of change going on. Journalism never was safe and things are less safe now.

“You have to keep changing, broadening, spreading across media and hope like hell you’ll keep the job if you run fast enough.”

“It is a better timeslot for the majority of our viewers”

The Book Club does have some changes, however, migrating to a new timeslot of 6pm Sundays at the top of each month.

“We are upgrading our real estate!” she quips.

“It is a better timeslot for the majority of our viewers. The reality is, which most people don’t understand, is that a once a month show is really difficult to program.

“They talked to me about it last year and they’ve always been really open. So I thought about it and said, ‘Let’s make it at the start of the year so we can maybe help people move from Tuesdays to Sundays.

“There’s a bigger available audience, so I think that’s great. And I accept it’s difficult to program. What do you do on the other three weeks of the month? So it’s not been imposed on me and not been something I asked for, but I’m genuinely happy about it.”

Hopefully it is a move that pleases most of the show’s audience, too. She is frequently asked ‘Why is it on so late?’ or ‘Couldn’t you have it more than once a month?’ Yet while she presumes the audience is mostly older women, Byrne concedes she doesn’t have any data on who watches.

“You know the extent of ABC’s market research… I don’t know, exactly! But I think it skews old because it’s books. Probably 50 up. And there are a whole lot of people who watch it on iview,” she suggests.

“I’ve never actually seen a breakdown of who it is.

“You can make all sorts of assumptions about who reads a book, but the only place in the world that’s as big as Michael Jackson is in the book shop!”

Guests on the first episode include authors Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things) and John Lanchester (How to Speak About Money; Capital; The Debt to Pleasure).

“We’ve also set up various spots within the programme where we go out and talk to people, and we encourage people to send video responses to the Classic (of the Month). It’s mainly to get people’s ideas on what they are reading and their thoughts, so it’s not just us telling them.

“We also bring back News, with what’s happening in the literary world,” she continues.

“We used to do it but we stopped because we had 2 weeks between filming and going to air. But what’s great is that now we are on Sundays we are filming on Fridays or Thursdays. So we can be much more responsive.”

“Most of my buddies are journalists, or they used to be.”

Byrne admits she doesn’t miss the heady days of 60 Minutes and Television journalism, even if it is just beyond her reach. She is still communicating, discussing ideas and remains both relevant and challenged.

“I live in a nice world now, because people do recognise you but all they want to say is to quibble with you or talk about a book; tell you what they’ve been reading; ask you ‘What did you really think of this book?’” she says.

“I feel happy. I could (go back to journalism) and I’m still a consumer. Most of my buddies are journalists, or they used to be. Not so much anymore.

“I started journalism literally the year that Whitlam came to power. So I’ve seen a lot of cycles and been to a lot of places and I still travel. I’m going to Africa to write a travel piece. So I do it but I just don’t do the edgy stuff.

“I do stuff that makes for a great life!”

The Book Club returns 6pm Sunday on ABC.

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Gyngell: “Groundhog Day start to TV year.” Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:55:19 +0000 2015-02-26_1037

Nine CEO David Gyngell yesterday told media that audiences were largely unexcited by TV offerings so far this year and it was up to networks to deliver compelling content.

His comments in the third week of TV ratings follow lacklustre numbers for Gallipoli and a sluggish start by The Block.

“It hasn’t been a exciting start to the year. We’ve had House of Hancock which has been great and Gallipoli which hasn’t been great for us, but great for Stan,” he said.

“Outside that, I don’t see a lot which is exciting, and a lot of you as viewers would say the same thing.

“There’s a little bit of ground hog day going on when you look across the schedules at 7:30pm.

“Television at the moment, there’s nothing really popping that hasn’t popped before.

“There is an onus on us to evolve new content into next year with a different story and that’ll sit across a variety of genres,” he said.

“We’ve got a mature schedule and we’ve got to do something about it.”

But he did acknowledge the success of Seven’s My Kitchen Rules.

“There’s a big show at the moment and Seven have done a fantastic job with My Kitchen Rules but you’re all looking at it like it’s not down double digits which it is, it’s down double digits on last year,” he said.

Yet whilst he praised the quality of Gallipoli he admitted to being disappointed by the low ratings.

Gallipoli is my biggest disappointment for the year,” he said.

“Everyone’s research panels across the country said Gallipoli was going to be the biggest thing on television, and it hasn’t been.”

He also said he was staggered by the speed of take-up by Stan subscribers, noting many could potentially be OzTAM panel members because they had been primed for technological change.

“The people with panels in their homes are really early adopters of new technology so they’re attracted to services like Stan,” he said.

“So we think there’s been a better than reported audience for Gallipoli, but those who are impacting on the OzTAM ratings are seeking the show out on that platform, meaning the numbers are being thrown out.”

He described Better Call Saul as an obvious acquisition given Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad were the two biggest downloaded shows in the world, and scoffed at TV executives elsewhere who had not aggressively pursued it.

Nine is also developing a new, undisclosed Drama series.

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TV leaving blind and low-vision viewers behind Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:52:48 +0000 2015-02-27_0129

Vision Australia has called on Television networks to provide an audio description service for blind and low vision viewers, similar to teletext for hearing-impaired viewers.

It has lodged complaints with the Australian Human Rights Commission against Seven, Nine, TEN, SBS and Foxtel, with representation by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Audio description is a second audio track that can be turned on and off, describing important visual elements of a television program – such as actions, scene changes, gestures and facial expressions. Currently, there is no legislative requirement to provide audio description in Australia.

Vision Australia said it is asking for a minimum of 14 hours of audio described content per week on each channel.

PIAC’s CEO, Edward Santow said, “Australia lags behind the rest of the world in providing audio description. Countries such as the UK, the US, Ireland, Germany, Spain and New Zealand already provide audio description on free view or subscription television.

“For comparison, the UK’s Channel 4 offers audio description on 20 per cent of their programs – which works out at more than 33 hours per week.

“In the same way as captioning has facilitated media access for people who are deaf, audio description has the potential to significantly improve access to Australia’s cultural life for the 350,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision.”

Blind Citizens Australia has already lodged complaints on behalf of 31 people who are blind or vision impaired against the ABC.

The ABC trialled the technology in 2012 but there were over 1000 complaints from viewers whose reception of ABC1 was disrupted because of the audio description broadcast.

A new trial will commence on iview in April and run for 15 months but a report won’t reach the government until the second half of 2016.

Vision Australia’s General Manager of Advocacy and Engagement, Maryanne Diamond, said “It’s ridiculous that blind or low vision people can watch Home and Away with audio description in the UK but not in Australia.”

Source: ProbonoAustralia

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The Feed asks Why Aren’t There More Men Kissing on TV? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:49:28 +0000

SBS 2’s The Feed this week asked why network television shows are so averse to male-to-male kissing, preferring to leave it to those cool kids on cable?

Host Marc Fennell even went above and beyond for the sake of the story, which has since attracted a bit of social media comment.

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Four Corners: Mar 2 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:28 +0000 2015-02-26_2247
Monday’s Four Corners presents the BBC Panorama film Apple’s Broken Promises looking at Apple Corporation’s dubious work practices and putting lives at risk.

Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that consumers love to buy. But how does this company treat its workers, when the world isn’t looking?

The BBC’s Panorama program goes undercover inside the factory in China that makes the big-selling Apple iPhone 6. There we see the price paid by Chinese workers on the production line.

Apple has made a series of promises that are supposed to protect the workers in factories that supply products for the company. Those promises are comprehensive and involve guarantees about working conditions, even detailing minimum standards of accommodation for workers who have travelled hundreds of miles to work in these factories.

Under-cover cameras, though, show a very different picture. Employees are treated like they are prisoners. They are threatened and forced to sign work sheets that show them agreeing to long hours of overtime. Many fall asleep at the end of long shifts, making the work environment dangerous for themselves and others.

But it isn’t just the factories that turn out the products that create questionable conditions for health and safety.

Reporter Richard Bilton goes to Indonesia to see the abysmal conditions of miners and their children working to gather tin used in electronic products. Landslides in the open cut mines are frequent and often lethal. Apple says it doesn’t knowingly buy tin from illegal miners, but the people who make their living mining and smelting tin tell a quite different story.

Is this powerful company making billions of dollars each year really doing all it can to protect the people who make its products and the materials that go into them? Or is their promise of being a good global corporate citizen a sham?

Monday 2 March, 8.30pm ABC.

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The Graham Norton Show: Feb 27 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:44:22 +0000 2015-02-26_1910Tonight on The Graham Norton Show, Michael Keaton, Victoria Wood, Jamie Oliver, Sir Ian McKellen and One Direction.

This episode aired in the UK in early December.

8:30pm Friday on TEN.

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Julie Goodwin tucker trial in I’m a Celebrity! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:42:12 +0000


We’re not in the MasterChef kitchen now, Julie Goodwin.

There are more clips on YouTube.

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Airdate: Duran Duran: Girl Panic Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:40:37 +0000 2015-02-27_0207

Next month BIO airs a special, Duran Duran: Girl Panic.

The 30 minute film has its Australian premiere on Tuesday March 10 at 9.30pm on BIO.

Duran Duran have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide throughout their career and are considered one of the most glamorous bands in pop.

Directed by award-winning Jonas Akerlund, this dazzling short film takes a look behind the cameras at the shoot for Duran Duran’s epic Girl Panic music video.

The video reunites five of the world’s top supermodels: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Yasmin Le Bon with the members of Duran Duran in a short film shot in the prestigious Savoy ballroom, London.

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The Brit Awards Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:55 +0000 An upright Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Take That perform 8:30pm Friday ABC2.

  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries
  • The Living Room
  • Mythbusters
  • American Idol
  • Movie: Battleship
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FreeTV: Projected SBS ad revenue “not credible” Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:02:13 +0000 2015-02-26_1650

Commercial TV networks have again spoken out against plans for SBS to increase their advertising, to double the current allocation of prime time ads.

FreeTV Australia, which represents commercial networks, claims it is “effectively forcing private companies to subsidise SBS funding” because SBS will be attracting a bigger slice of the ad revenue pie. Under a government proposal, total SBS advertising would not increase, but it could direct more time to primetime share and lift its revenue.

While SBS estimates it can attract an additional $28.5 million over four years, Free TV disputes the figures with specialist market research and intelligence company, Anomaly, citing up to $148 million over four years.

“Even adjusting the Anomaly model to match the much lower assumptions claimed by SBS, the additional revenue available to SBS over 4 years is still $114 million,” it said in a statement.

“The SBS figures are not credible. The Parliament is being asked to believe that SBS will only earn another $7 million a year from doubling its prime time advertising to ten minutes.

“If those figures are to be believed, SBS clearly has a much larger problem with its Sales Department.

“On their own numbers they could make the money they say they are aiming for within their current
available inventory, just by improving their sales performance.”

An SBS spokesperson said, “In an environment where public broadcasting is under pressure and SBS is operating in a highly competitive media market, the ability to generate more of our own revenue would help us to secure the future sustainability of the organisation, without compromising our content.

“The Charter is at the heart of our organisation and should this legislation pass Parliament, SBS would only look at averaging our minutes in programs and timeslots where the advertising return could genuinely aid our ability to invest in more Australian content.

 “There are no changes proposed to the total amount of advertising which would remain capped at 120 minutes a day, this proposal is about giving us greater flexibility to average our minutes over the schedule. Free TV assumes that SBS would put an incremental five minutes an hour in prime time and SBS does not believe that it is practical or desirable for the network to be operating at those maximum levels given our focus on content which meets our Charter and considers that such an increase would need to be offset by a decrease in minutes in other times of the day. It is important to note that SBS’s total TV ad revenue currently makes up under 2 per cent of the total market annually.

“SBS best understands the external and internal factors affecting its revenue generation and we stand by the modelling we’ve done.”

Amongst other proposed changes, commercial networks have recently called on government to dump licence fees too.

Hopefully not just a case of having their cake and eating it too?

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Nine outlook buoyant despite slide in profit Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:21:24 +0000 nine

Nine Entertainment Co. today announced a slide in profit and revenue amid a tough free-to-air television advertising market.

Profit fell 6.4 per cent to $88.8 million in the six months to December 31 while revenue dipped 1.9 per cent to $829 million.

But the company had boosted its share of overall metropolitan free-to-air TV advertising revenue to 39.2 per cent from 38.7 per cent.

CEO David Gyngell said “…in what has been a difficult advertising market Nine Entertainment has reported a solid result.

“We are confident about our schedule for 2015 and see a clear path to our 40 per cent revenue target,” he said.

Nine also announced a $150 million share buyback up to a maximum of 10 per cent of its issued capital.

“The decision to implement an on-market buyback is a function of our sustained conservative leverage and strong underlying cash flow, and provides us with the ability to opportunistically acquire shares whilst retaining significant balance sheet flexibility to exploit opportunities which might arise,” he said.

Source: Fairfax, West Australian

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Madonna falls at Brit Awards Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:59:51 +0000

Madonna took a tumble at the Brit Awards after a back-up dancer attempted to detach the cape she was wearing during a performance of Living For Love.

She later posted on Instagram “But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine!”

That dancer is so fired.

The Brits aired today on UKTV and screen on ABC2 on Friday night.

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Airdate: Brothers Green: EATS! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:28:32 +0000 2015-02-26_1425MTV will dish up a new cooking show for a youth audience, Brothers Green: EATS! featuring YouTube favourites, Brooklyn-based brothers Mike and Josh Greenfield.

The half hour series sees them dish up ‘food for the people, by the people’, drawing inspiration from across New York City and around the world, and featuring cameo appearances from surprise guests and A-list musicians.

“We’re super excited to be putting an MTV spin on the traditional cooking show with the help of The Brothers Green,” said Simon Bates, Director of MTV Australia and New Zealand. “Mike and Josh are a cool duo we know our viewers are going to love. They’re enthusiastic, creative and custom-made for our audience.”

“It’s been one heck of a time working with MTV,” said Mike Greenfield. “We’re so freaking excited to share what we’ve been creating in our kitchen – we’ve been gathering inspiration from around the world to create meals that are absurdly delicious and incredibly easy to make.”

“Our show is going to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before,” added Josh. “It’s a perfect blend of epic food, quick and easy eats you can make at home, and music from around the globe. Come hang out with the Brothers Green for an endless eating adventure!”

Thursday, 30th April @ 9pm on MTV, Foxtel Channel 124.

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Q & A: Mar 2 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:07:07 +0000 2015-02-26_1550UK actress and new Australian citizen, Miriam Margoyles returns to Q & A next week.

Also joining host Tony Jones are:

Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg
Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh
Centre for Independent Studies, Policy Analyst, Trisha Jha
Editor In Chief of Mamamia, Jamila Rizvi

Live 9:35pm AEDT Monday on ABC, ABC News 24.

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Timeshifted: Wednesday 18 February 2015 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:49:20 +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: Wednesday Date: 18/02/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 1,790,000 1,708,000 82,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,052,000 1,051,000 1,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,044,000 1,043,000 1,000 4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,013,000 1,007,000 5,000 5 WINTER Network 7 968,000 817,000 151,000 6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 963,000 960,000 3,000 7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 938,000 878,000 60,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 894,000 878,000 16,000 9 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL-EV Network ABC 831,000 735,000 97,000 10 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 822,000 739,000 83,000 11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 817,000 815,000 2,000 12 FOREVER -WED Network 9 734,000 577,000 157,000 13 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! WED Network TEN 678,000 614,000 64,000 14 7.30-EV Network ABC 636,000 635,000 0 15 JUDITH LUCY IS ALL WOMAN-EV Network ABC 613,000 549,000 64,000 16 QI-EV Network ABC 596,000 575,000 21,000 17 HOT SEAT Network 9 588,000 588,000 1,000 18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 546,000 544,000 2,000 19 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 543,000 530,000 14,000 20 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 534,000 533,000 2,000

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Timeshifted: Tuesday 17 February 2015 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:47:02 +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: 17/02/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 1,813,000 1,717,000 96,000 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 1,117,000 946,000 171,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,055,000 1,049,000 6,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 979,000 976,000 3,000 5 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Network 7 964,000 789,000 175,000 6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 956,000 953,000 3,000 7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 933,000 882,000 51,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 929,000 907,000 22,000 9 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 918,000 916,000 2,000 10 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 876,000 784,000 91,000 11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 848,000 845,000 3,000 12 CATALYST-EV Network ABC 723,000 671,000 52,000 13 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 712,000 674,000 38,000 14 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! TUES Network TEN 701,000 660,000 41,000 15 7.30-EV Network ABC 682,000 680,000 2,000 16 NCIS Network TEN 648,000 509,000 139,000 17 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 582,000 547,000 35,000 18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 577,000 567,000 10,000 19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 573,000 572,000 2,000 20 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 558,000 556,000 2,000


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Lady Gaga joins American Horror Story Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:32:35 +0000 2015-02-26_1330

Fresh from her show-stopping performance of The Sound of Music at the Academy Awards, Lady Gaga has revealed she is joining the fifth season of American Horror Story.

Gaga, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, tweeted the news, along with the reveal it will be titled American Horror Story: Hotel.

Gaga will make her series regular acting debut on the anthology series, becoming the first confirmed casting.

As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Jessica Lange has repeatedly said that season four — Freak Show — would likely be her last; co-star Sarah Paulson is set to star as Marcia Clark in Murphy’s FX anthology American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson; and Emma Roberts is poised to star in FOX’s horror comedy anthology Scream Queens alongside Glee‘s Lea Michele. Two-time co-star Taissa Farmiga (Murder House, Coven) recently signed on to co-star in ABC’s anthology, L.A. Crime. Kathy Bates, meanwhile, is expected to return for season five.

Anthology is da word….

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Nowhere Boys, Dance Academy win at Kidscreen Awards Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:50:55 +0000 2015-02-26_1215

ABC3 shows Nowhere Boys and Dance Academy have both won prizes at the Kidscreen Awards in Miami, last night.

Matchbox Pictures’ Nowhere Boys was voted Best New Series 2015 in the Tweens / Teens Category while Werner Film Productions’ Dance Academy won Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series 2015 in the same Category.

Nowhere Boys also won the iKids Award for Best Website 2015. Producer Beth Frey said “it is an incredible honour to even be amongst these world-class TV creators, let alone win”.

Chris Oliver-Taylor Managing Director, Matchbox Pictures, said of the win: “We are so immensely proud of Nowhere Boys and thrilled for Tony Ayres that his creative vision has been so richly rewarded by these awards. Beth Frey has led the production of the Nowhere Boys series and this success stems from her leadership of an amazing cast and crew. We are incredibly pleased to be recognised by Kidscreen in such an impressive international arena.”

Interactive game Nowhere Boys: The 5Th Boy was built by Melbourne based game developers Millipede and produced by Julie Eckersley of Matchbox Pictures.

The movie Nowhere Boys “The Rise of Bear” gets is currently in planning, which will see the Boys called upon to help avert a magical catastrophe and in doing so unwittingly transport a powerful teenage witch into their world which unleashes the full wrath of the Restoring Demon.

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60 Minutes tribute to ANZACs Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:05:17 +0000 2015-02-26_1118

This week on 60 Minutes presents a ‘special event’ tribute as Liz Hayes discovers the long-lost chapters of four ANZAC stories.

It has been a century since our diggers landed on that godforsaken shore in Turkey and after all those years, memories, books and films, you might think we know everything there is to know about Gallipoli. Well, we don’t – far from it.

Across Australia, in dusty forgotten boxes, hidden gems are finding the light of day – long-lost stories of unsung heroes and family secrets.

This Sunday on 60 Minutes, the untold stories that will change the lives of four Australian families:

· The boy soldier, Jack Harris – our youngest soldier to fight and die at Gallipoli.
· The kindergarten mates who stumbled across each other on the battlefield, one saving the other’s life. Their story was secret until a life changing meeting by their descendants nearly 100 years later.
· The secret diaries of an Australian nurse, and how their chance discovery leads her grandson to meet his family for the first time a century on.
· The Aussie surgeon who incredibly fought for both the Turks – and the Australians.

These are the unknown stories of Australian sacrifice, service and mateship – the amazing lost stories of ANZAC.

Sunday, March 1, at 8.10pm on Nine.

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STUDIO remembers Terry Gill with Curtain Call doco Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:34:46 +0000 2015-02-26_1130

STUDIO will today replay the documentary Curtain Call, following the passing of actor Terry Gill.

The veteran performer died yesterday aged 75.

The film, which premiered last year, features Terry Gill and wife Carol-Ann at their children’s theatre, The Tivoli.

Curtain Call is a revealing and affectionate portrait of this eccentric couple – as they face eviction from their beloved little theatre by a landlord intent on pursuing more commercial ventures.

Now aged in their 70s – these two irrepressible oddballs are brought to vivid life, revealing a story of unlikely love, impossible dedication and a theatre for which they are prepared to sacrifice everything. Viewers will likely recognise Terry Gill – a well-known television character actor of the 70s and 80s who appeared regularly on shows like Prisoner, Homicide, The Flying Doctors and Bluey.

Director Justin Olstein has known the Gills for some time, having worked at their theatre in his early 20s. Says Olstein: “I have always found Terry and Carole Ann incredibly interesting. As actors, they really wanted to be performing the great plays on the grandest stages, but instead found themselves performing fairytale pantomimes to kids. And they just ran with it! When I heard they were under threat of closure, I knew it would be a great opportunity to document this larger-than-life couple in all their candour.”

The film was conceived by Justin Olstein and directed by Olstein and Eleanor Sharpe. It is produced by Nick Bird of Waterbyrd Filmz.

STUDIO Remembers: Terry Gill at 5pm today (Thursday), and replay at 1.30am and 8am tomorrow (Friday).

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Gogglebox on Real Housewives of Melbourne Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:59:41 +0000

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MKR dips but still has plenty of ratings sweetener Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:22:35 +0000 2015-02-26_1019There wasn’t very much shift in viewing last night from the previous Wednesday.

While a few shows saw modest lifts in audiences (Forever, The Project, Wonderland, The Block) others took a minor dip (WinterMad as Hell, Judith Lucy is all Woman, Home and Away, 7:30).

The biggest shift was MKR down by some 200,000 on last Wednesday, but still well ahead of the rest.

Seven network won the night with 34.8% then Nine 25.5%, TEN 17.3%, ABC 16.5% and SBS 5.9%.

My Kitchen Rules topped the night with 1.5m viewers for Seven then Seven News (932,000 / 929,000), Home and Away (872,000), Winter (731,000), Million Dollar Minute (399,000) and Criminal Minds (368,000).

Nine News was 1.06m / 1.00m for Nine followed by A Current Affair (769,000), The Block (753,000), Hot Seat (633,000) and Forever (613,000).

The Project was 593,000 / 483,000 on TEN then TEN Eyewitness News (553,000), Wonderland (429,000). A Movie: This Means War was 129,000 as filler after TEN had caught up with US episodes of The Good Wife.

ABC News (748,000) was best on ABC then Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (643,000), 7:30 (609,000), QI (524,000), Judith Lucy is All Woman (519,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (458,000).

Walking Through History (317,000 / 311,000) topped SBS ONE followed by SBS World News (141,000). Rectify was 47,000.

7TWO’s Inspector Morse (274,000) was best on multichannels.

Sunrise: 362,000
Today: 306,000
ABC News Breakfast: 80,000 / 44,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 25 February 2015

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Wednesday 25 February 2015 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:13:34 +0000 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 25/02/2015 18/02/2015 Network ABC 11.6% 11.8% Network ABC2 2.6% 2.4% Network ABC3 0.8% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.5% 1.5% Network ABC TTL 16.5% 16.5% Network 7 25.0% 27.4% Network 7TWO 5.5% 4.3% Network 7mate 4.2% 3.8% Network 7 TTL 34.8% 35.5% Network 9 18.1% 18.4% Network GO! 4.9% 4.6% Network Gem 2.6% 2.4% Network 9 TTL 25.5% 25.4% Network TEN 12.7% 12.6% Network ONE 1.6% 1.6% Network ELEVEN 3.0% 3.0% Network TEN TTL 17.3% 17.2% Network SBS ONE 4.7% 3.9% Network SBS 2 1.1% 1.4% Network NITV 0.2% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.9% 5.4%


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: 25/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 1,501,000 438,000 429,000 282,000 154,000 198,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,056,000 361,000 365,000 176,000 78,000 76,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,003,000 348,000 337,000 168,000 72,000 78,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 932,000 210,000 290,000 200,000 90,000 141,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 929,000 200,000 279,000 206,000 89,000 155,000
6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 872,000 218,000 258,000 198,000 100,000 99,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 769,000 286,000 208,000 139,000 60,000 76,000
8 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 753,000 248,000 218,000 136,000 58,000 91,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 748,000 200,000 241,000 129,000 88,000 89,000
10 WINTER Network 7 731,000 227,000 204,000 129,000 82,000 88,000
11 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 667,000 206,000 183,000 134,000 74,000 70,000
12 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL-EV Network ABC 643,000 178,000 234,000 107,000 60,000 63,000
13 HOT SEAT Network 9 633,000 207,000 202,000 145,000 37,000 42,000
14 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! WED Network TEN 622,000 204,000 175,000 91,000 76,000 75,000
15 FOREVER -WED Network 9 613,000 173,000 177,000 128,000 64,000 71,000
16 7.30-EV Network ABC 609,000 178,000 186,000 109,000 70,000 66,000
17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 593,000 150,000 174,000 128,000 61,000 80,000
18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 553,000 166,000 161,000 90,000 55,000 82,000
19 QI-EV Network ABC 524,000 144,000 164,000 103,000 54,000 59,000
20 JUDITH LUCY IS ALL WOMAN-EV Network ABC 519,000 140,000 190,000 86,000 47,000 57,000


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: 25/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 INSPECTOR MORSE Network 7TWO 274,000 79,000 67,000 48,000 49,000 30,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 253,000 54,000 94,000 46,000 17,000 41,000
3 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 247,000 68,000 58,000 53,000 22,000 46,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 243,000 56,000 85,000 44,000 13,000 43,000
5 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 240,000 57,000 50,000 54,000 32,000 47,000
6 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 240,000 59,000 59,000 44,000 33,000 45,000
7 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 232,000 51,000 59,000 41,000 35,000 46,000
8 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 224,000 47,000 54,000 46,000 33,000 44,000
9 BAGGAGE BATTLES Network 7mate 220,000 44,000 77,000 36,000 38,000 24,000
10 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 207,000 48,000 52,000 56,000 17,000 33,000
11 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 197,000 39,000 37,000 43,000 35,000 42,000
12 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 193,000 44,000 60,000 44,000 21,000 25,000
13 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 192,000 52,000 53,000 36,000 32,000 20,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 191,000 47,000 61,000 37,000 13,000 32,000
15 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 187,000 42,000 48,000 48,000 24,000 25,000
16 HARDCORE PAWN Network 7mate 186,000 40,000 70,000 35,000 25,000 16,000
17 THOMAS AND FRIENDS-AM Network ABC2 182,000 46,000 42,000 47,000 23,000 25,000
18 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 182,000 52,000 46,000 48,000 19,000 16,000
19 DINOSAUR TRAIN-PM Network ABC2 181,000 30,000 50,000 54,000 17,000 30,000
20 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 178,000 39,000 35,000 57,000 26,000 21,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 742,000 237,000 195,000 134,000 65,000 111,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 401,000 120,000 125,000 75,000 28,000 52,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 369,000 140,000 122,000 54,000 27,000 27,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 361,000 105,000 92,000 77,000 40,000 47,000
5 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! WED Network TEN 355,000 110,000 100,000 60,000 40,000 44,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)


Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 691,000 211,000 190,000 135,000 59,000 96,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 362,000 114,000 109,000 66,000 26,000 47,000
3 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! WED Network TEN 330,000 103,000 96,000 52,000 38,000 41,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 315,000 92,000 82,000 75,000 30,000 37,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 310,000 115,000 101,000 45,000 24,000 24,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 474,000 143,000 121,000 97,000 37,000 76,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 230,000 88,000 58,000 38,000 21,000 25,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 214,000 60,000 61,000 53,000 20,000 21,000
4 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 185,000 60,000 54,000 38,000 20,000 14,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 183,000 37,000 52,000 54,000 19,000 22,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 25/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 170,000
2 GOGGLEBOX AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 107,000
3 THE FLASH FOX8 82,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 70,000
8 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY LifeStyle Channel 63,000
12 GRIMM FOX8 53,000
16 FAMILY GUY FOX8 47,000
17 QI UKTV 47,000
18 TALES OF FRIENDSHIP Disney Junior 45,000
20 DOC MCSTUFFINS Disney Junior 43,000


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Deborah Knight, personality plus. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:58:19 +0000 Deborah on SetFor 11 years Deborah Knight was a reporter and newsreader on TEN, where she did an immaculate job bringing us the News from Australia and abroad.

Now after 4 years on Nine, she is finally getting to show us more of who she is, having expanded to a co-hosting role on Weekend Today, and she is loving it.

“I’d been an on-the-road journo, US correspondent, Parliament House bureau, covering world affairs and politics and presenting the 5pm News for Channel TEN,” she tells TV Tonight.

“But in the hosting role you get to put your news guard down, because as a news reader you have your guard up to some degree and you don’t show much of your personality. So it’s been nice to show a bit of me!”

Knight has a diversity of roles at Nine, which has been her TV home for the past four years.

“They are investing in News which a lot of other networks aren’t.”

In varied roles, Knight has been asociated with 11 & 4:30 News, the 6pm bulletin in Sydney, Inside Story, Weekend Today and Financial Review Sunday.

“So I’ve got my fingers in a lot of pies but I really enjoy it. It’s really varied so it means you don’t get stuck in a rut.

“It’s a huge cultural shift moving from somewhere where you’ve been for 11 years. Nine is such a heritage network and they are so committed to news which, as a journalist, is fantastic. They are committed to it in their DNA but also in their resourcing, the journalistic skill of everybody on board, and they are investing in News which a lot of other networks aren’t.”

“They take it seriously. When a big news story happens they put all their resources into it and go hell for leather to over it. As a journalist it’s where you want to be,” she explains.

Despite the varied duties, Knight says her schedule doesn’t give her grief, not even those early morning rises.

“It’s not as early as the weekday (Today) guys, we get an extra sleep in because we’re on air at 7:00 as opposed to 5:30. But I do a lot of other stuff at Nine and I’ve become adept at juggling.”

That’s job satisfaction for you.

In hosting Financial Review Sunday at 10am Sundays, Knight wraps her role on Weekend Today at 10am and makes a hurried studio switch. It’s so fast there isn’t even time to change outfits.

“I’d love to wear a pedometer on a Sunday morning for the amount of footwork I do between the various studios!

“I was looking at doing (a frock change) at one stage, but too hard, didn’t have time. So I just go from one studio to the other and pick up the baton.”

“There are a lot of heated arguments that take place, which I think is healthy.”

Knight also says that while Financial Review Sunday partners with a Fairfax publication, it differs from TEN’s former Meet the Press, produced by News Corp.

“When Meet the Press moved to their outsourcing they moved the whole production off the station and basically the newspaper was producing the whole thing. Whereas Financial Review Sunday is a Channel Nine production, in-house. We have a Channel Nine EP and Nine reporters, and we also have Fin Review reporters, who are involved in contributing to the shows. It’s not as if the show has been taken over by the newspaper, it’s very much a collaboration,” she continues.

“There are a lot of heated arguments that take place, which I think is healthy, trying to get the balance between newspaper sensibilities and putting it into a television format.

“Often we have different ideas about what makes a good story. A print journo thinks a great story is different to a TV journo (story). But we try to marry the two together, in-house using Channel Nine graphics, Channel Nine set, and it’s a TV show driven by Channel Nine show with Fairfax and Fin Review input. But no one party is controlling it, it’s collaborative.”

Having moved from the straight-laced newsreader to the more-relaxed breakfast host, Knight is grateful at the way her universe has aligned. Admitting she has no ‘5 year plan’ methodology, she is happy with her deck of cards.

“I’m really enjoying doing Inside Story yarns with long-form journalism. But I’m a journo so I like the on the road stuff. I’m really enjoying a mix of reporting, presenting, newsreading and hosting,” she insists.

“Doing a bit of everything which some people would hate, but I actually really enjoy it.

“It’s a mix that’s working quite well!”

Weekend Today airs 7-10am Saturdays and Sundays on Nine with Australian Financial Review at 10am Sunday.

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Nine-sponsored WA footy team fighting logo ban Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:55:52 +0000 2015-02-26_0057
The West Perth Football Club is trying to fight a move by Channel Seven Perth to not broadcast any of its matches, because the team has Nine News logos on their guernseys.

Falcons president Brett Raponi was told by the WA Football Commission the team wouldn’t get any TV coverage while the logo remained on the jumper.

“We are committed to Channel Nine and we are honouring our contract,” Raponi told Fairfax Media.

“The WA Football Commission have strongly indicated they are not happy with us keeping the logo on the jumpers.”

Nine has been expanding its links with local community groups since taking over the channel from WIN Television, in the Seven-stronghold city.

Seven becomes local broadcaster of the game this year, after ABC ended local coverage.

WAFC Chief Operating Officer Nick Sautner said, “The West Australian Football Commission continues to work with West Perth Football Club to ensure their games can be covered on the Seven Network.”

Seven did not respond to enquiries.

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Freddie Flintoff & Dr. Chris: Get a room! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:50:50 +0000 IMG_1505

It has to be said: ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and Dr. Chris Brown need to get a room, pronto.

Over the past few nights, ‘Freddie’ has practically been flirting with the dashing Bondi Vet on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

Perhaps he feels threatened by his physique, jawbone and perfect hair? After all he keeps referring to them!

Last night he told the good Doctor, “You’re just like me but better.

“It’s the talk of the camp. (They say) ‘If you looked after yourself a bit better you’d look more like Chris. Chris has got abs, Chris has got nice arms. Chris’ hair is immaculate. Better moves. But what about you, Fred? You could have been that.’

“I’ve got feelings, you know. Just because I come from the north of England, doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings.’

Priceless stuff. Ok, maybe the jungle fever is getting to him.

When the challenge involving a frog shampoo, catfish pedicure and elephant dung facial was over, he couldn’t resist getting physical, bear-hugging vet with abs.

Forget about the rats and the spiders. I think it’s time they took it to the next level, a challenge many of us would like to see…

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Leonard Nimoy hospitalised Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:49:03 +0000 2015-02-26_0132

Iconic Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, 83, has been hospitalised following chest pains.

TMZ reports he was taken to UCLA Medical Center last Thursday, but has been “in and out of hospitals multiple times in the last few months.”

Nimoy has lung disease, but the exact cause of his most recent pain is unclear.

Hollywood friends took to social media to lend their support.


On Monday, the man himself shared some poetry.

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Nine doubles up on Gallipoli. Gone: Person of Interest Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:45:46 +0000 2014_04_02_Gallipoli_7371

As programming moves go, double episodes are often referred to as ‘burning off’ a show.

A network ‘burns off’ a show when it isn’t rating strongly enough or, in the case of a US show, it is struggling and you can potentially snare a more viewers before word of mouth suggests it is best avoided (Seven is airing double eps of State of Affairs, for example).

On Monday Nine begins double episodes of Gallipoli, its flagship drama that has not drawn a major audience.

The sluggish numbers are easily the network’s biggest disappointment this year (disclaimer: the entire series is also on Stan). To be ‘burning off’ such a prestigious show after three weeks is heart-breaking stuff.

As a result, Person of Interest, which returned last week at 10pm, is now out save for a repeat at 10:50pm.

The double eps will also mean Gallipoli will end well before ANZAC celebrations in late April.

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Better Homes & Gardens: Feb 27 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:44:20 +0000 2015-02-26_0144This week on Better Homes & Gardens, the team presents the latest must-have trends of 2015 for your home.

Johanna takes us into the amazing world of 3D printing – yes, it’s now a household reality.

Tara and Adam join forces to turn an out-dated bedroom and bathroom into a contemporary haven.

Kick the sugar! Ed has an unbelievably syrupy orange cake that contains no table sugar at all.

Edible gardens are in hot demand and Graham visits a thriving garden brimming with tasty goodies.

Jason has your 2015 outdoor look covered with a funky courtyard makeover.

Plus, Dr Harry has a ripper of a job with a zipper chewing pooch.

7pm Friday on Seven.

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News Corp in bid for SKY News Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:41:08 +0000 davidspeers

News Corp Australia has made a $25m bid for SKY News, according to a report today.

The Australian reports an offer of $25 million was sent yesterday to its three shareholders inviting discussion about a potential buyout.

SKY News, managed by Angelos Frangopoulos, is jointly owned by Seven and Nine networks and Britain’s SKY News.

SKY is well-regarded in Canberra circles, with anchors including David Speers nabbing key political interviews. Talk show Richo & Jones recently scored headlines after Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen was unable to answer a question.

It isn’t known how new ownership might impact its ability to draw on footage from both Seven and Nine, given SKY’s newsrooms can’t match the commercial networks in terms of manpower and grass-roots news crews.

However News Corp has huge journalism resources around the country, many of whom are expanding into video content.

SKY recently launched Australia Channel, an online international news channel.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:02 +0000 ‘White Collar v Blue Collar v No Collar’ in a fast-tracked double episode premiere 9:30pm Thursday on GO!

  • Outback ER
  • Gogglebox
  • My Kitchen Rules
  • The Brit Awards
  • Glee
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Jonathan Brown joins FOX Footy Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:07:30 +0000 2015-02-25_1803FOX Footy’s newest recruit, Jonathan Brown, makes his broadcasting debut on Thursday in the opening clash of the NAB Challenge between 2014 Premiers’ Hawthorn and Collingwood.

Brown will join Jason Dunstall, Dermott Brereton, Dwayne Russell and David King at Aurora Stadium, Launceston with Live coverage kicking off at 6.30pm EDT.

Eddie McGuire, Sandy Roberts, Brad Johnson, Mark Ricciuto, Barry Hall, Anthony Hudson, Gerard Healy, Cameron Mooney, Tony Shaw, Danny Frawley, Ben Dixon, Matthew Campbell and Alastair Lynch will also provide expert commentary throughout the 16-day competition.

NAB Challenge matches will be played in every state across the country at some of the most iconic regional and suburban football grounds and FOX Footy will be the only network to give fans their first taste of AFL action in 2015, Live in HD and with no ad-breaks siren to siren.

FOX Footy will broadcast 21 matches from a variety of metro and regional locations, including Mandurah (WA), Townsville (QLD), Coffs Harbour (NSW), Morwell (VIC) and Whitten Oval Footscray (VIC).

Thursday 26 February, 6.30pm AEDT, Hawthorn v Collingwood.

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Essential Media opens Brisbane office Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:45:25 +0000 imageIndependent production company Essential Media and Entertainment has opened a Brisbane office at QUT, Kelvin Grove.

Writer Roger Monk has been appointed the company’s Queensland based scripted Development Producer with Emily Avila as Development Assistant.

Essential has produced such shows as Jack Irish, Rake, The Principal and the film Saving Mr. Banks.

Essential Media’s Head of Scripted, Ian Collie said, “Roger is a huge asset to our Queensland operation going forward and brings a solid knowledge of scripted entertainment writing and development to the local industry.”

Monk’s extensive experience covers drama, comedy, action and romantic comedy genres in both feature and television, with writing credits including the teenage live action drama series Nowhere Boys, adult crime drama The Doctor Blake Mysteries, and drama comedy East Of Everything. He won the AFI and FCCA ‘Best Script’ Awards for his 2002 screenplay, Walking on Water.

Monk will be flanked by Development Assistant Emily Avila, who has previously worked at See-Saw Films and is an Audience Engagement Officer at Ipswich Art Gallery. The duo will manage Essential Media’s Brisbane office, located in the QUT Precinct in Kelvin Grove.

In close collaboration with Essential Media’s Ian Collie (Rake, Saving Mr Banks, Jack Irish) and Carmel Travers (Bubble Bath Bay, The Magic Pudding), Monk’s role is to source Queensland originated stories and storytellers (across film, TV, theatre, print), to develop and foster existing relationships with Queensland practitioners as well as offer a conduit to emerging talent within the Queensland production sector. Essential Media Queensland will assist with the ongoing development of Queensland writers by offering mentorships with leading scripted development and production talent and support a yearly internship program. Details of the internship program will be announced in March.

Already, Essential Media is co-developing a teen comedy drama series set in Queensland called Camp Crazy with Carbon Media. The 26 x 24’ live action series follows the adventures of six misfit teens as unlikely heroes, thrown together in a remote destination to solve the ultimate mystery. It’s a journey of discovery that blurs reality, mythology and time.

Essential Media’s Head of Children’s Entertainment, Carmel Travers said, “Essential Queensland will foster existing relationships with Queensland practitioners and establish a permanent channel to emerging talent within the Queensland production sector. We thank Screen Queensland for this first-of-its-kind scheme.”

“Our Enterprise Queensland Program is a new initiative designed to support the expansion of Queensland companies and build a strong base of producers developing local stories,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

“Essential Media’s new team and Queensland office will help unearth and develop local talent and with their track record and existing relationships with broadcasters, this is a way to help invigorate local production and stories.

“The program is designed to stimulate a strong screen community that prioritises strong returns on investment, build commercial and entrepreneurial capacity and help screen businesses achieve sustainable long-term.”

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Returning: NRL, The Footy Show Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:02:37 +0000 imageThe 2015 NRL Premiership begins soon, along with the return of the NRL Footy Show and Sunday Footy Show.

The Brisbane Broncos will burst out of the gate for the season opener when they take on the 2014 Telstra premiers, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Live on Thursday night (March 5) at 7.30pm AEDT from Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Following this, the first Friday night footy night clash of the year (March 6) will see Anthony Watmough and his new team, the Parramatta Eels, facing off against his old club, the Manly Sea Eagles.

Ray Warren, the voice of rugby league, will be calling all the action again from the Nine Network commentary box. He’ll be joined by Peter Sterling, Phil Gould, Brad Fittler, Brett Finch, Darren Lockyer, Ray Hadley, and Rugby League Immortals Andrew “Joey” Johns and Wally “The King” Lewis.

Cameron Williams and Yvonne Sampson will host Nine’s NRL coverage for the 2015 season.

The Wide World of Sports website – – will keep rugby league fans up to speed online with live scores and statistics, round-the-clock news, and expert analysis from Andrew Johns.

Straight after the NRL season opener, The Footy Show returns for 2015 with Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Erin Molan, Darryl “The Big Marn” Brohman and Beau Ryan. Everyone’s favourite segments will be back, including Beau Knows and Small Talk with the Big Marn – and who will get the treatment this year in The Footy Show Multi Channel Network? Plus some new surprises and big announcements coming soon.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos
Thursday, March 5, at 7.30pm
Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles
Friday, March 6, at 7.30pm
Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Sunday, March 8, at 3.30pm

NRL FOOTY SHOW – Returns Thursday, March 5, immediately following Thursday Night Football

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS – Returns Sunday, March 8, at 10.30am

SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – Returns Sunday, March 8 at 11.30am

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Returning: Geordie Shore Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:05:48 +0000 2015-02-25_1053Overt British reality series Geordie Shore is headed back to our screens in April.

Season 10 will premiere with a Live simulcast with the UK  at 7am Wednesday April 8on MTV, only on MTV, with two well-fit new housemates: Chloe Etherington and Nathan Henry.

Chloe, 19, describes herself as a “wild, crazy light-weight, who is random, canny and down to earth”. By the sound of things, she’ll fit in just fine with the Geordie lasses, as she loves nothing more than flaunting her figure for a night down the Toon! However, our new girl does have a more serious side. She used to be a kid’s ice skating coach and dreams of being a successful businesswoman. Chloe also has a history with Scotty T. Could there be a new romance as she enters the house? Watch this space!

Nathan Henry, 23, is a self-confessed “reality television whore”, so it’s no surprise to those who know him best that he’s ended up on Geordie Shore. Nathan makes Geordie Shore history as the first bi-sexual housemate to enter the show. Nathan is 70/30% in favour of guys, “at the moment” and is looking forward to cleaning up the boys and the girls this season, even setting his sights on Aaron. Oo-er! Standing tall at 6’3”, gorgeous Nathan looks set to shake things up like never before.

This season will also see Geordie Shore wave farewell to longtime alumni, James Tindale, and his famous comb over. It’s set to be an emotional exit for James who’s been part of the Geordie Shore family from day one. When will he drop the news of his bombshell exit and how will he tell his housemates? This will be an episode not to be missed!

Last season saw Queen Vicky send shockwaves through the house as she announced her departure from the show. Things went from hot-hot-hot back to cold with Gaz and Charlotte, while Marnie caused her fair share of drama between Aaron and Scott. Kyle and Holly’s romance continued to blossom, as they agreed not to tash on with anyone else. And let’s not forget James, who continued to keep his crazy housemates in line!

With two new Geordies ready and raring to go, Season 10 promises even more mortal mayhem! How will the lasses react to Chloe and will the lads welcome Nathan into the buck squad with open arms? Tune in this April to find out!

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Airdate: 12 Monkeys Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:35:39 +0000 2015-02-25_1103
Upcoming sci-fi series 12 Monkeys, inspired by the hit film starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, will premiere on the Syfy channel at 8:30pm Thursday, March 19th.

The series explores ‘the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilising a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.’

The cast stars Aaron Stanford as time-traveler Cole and features Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.

The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film. Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy), who served as producer on the original film. will executive produce with Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International).

It premiered in the US in January.

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Returning: RPM Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:55:08 +0000 2015-02-25_1209Motorsports magazine show RPM returns to TEN at 4pm on Sunday March 8th after a three year absence, as part of TEN’s new V8 Supercars coverage.

TEN’s V8 Supercars season starts on Friday with the Clipsal 500, live from Adelaide with commentary by Matt White, Mark Webber, Alan Jones, Daryl Beattie, Rick Kelly and Mark Larkham.

TEN will feature six V8 Supercars Championship races: the Clipsal 500, Townsville 500, Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 600 and Sydney 500 plus highlights of other races to air on ONE and TEN on Saturdays and Sundays.

TEN Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “V8 Supercars are coming home to Network TEN in 2015, cementing our standing as the home of big event motorsport. Everyone at Ten is looking forward to bringing all the live action, thrills, drama and excitement of the biggest V8 Supercars events to all Australians on free-to-air television.

“Our expert commentary team – which includes Australian favourite, Mark Webber – ensures that our coverage of the V8 Supercars will be a first-class television experience for viewers.

“The return of the beloved magazine program RPM underlines our long-term commitment to motorsport. Week in, week out motorsport on TEN at Sundays, 4pm, clearly demonstrates our determination to deliver premium motorsport on free-to-air television,” he said.

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Vale: Terry Gill Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:02:17 +0000 gill

Veteran Australian actor Terry Gill, best known for decades of Australian film, TV and stage shows including The Flying Doctors, Prisoner, Blue Heelers, Carols by Candlelight and Crocodile Dundee, has died aged 75.

He passed away today at Cabrini Hospital in Richmond, following recent hospitalisation and illness including cancer and a mild stroke.

Gill, who emigrated to Australia with wife Carol-Ann Aylett, performed in stage shows including J.C. Williamsons productions as part of Melbourne’s music theatre fraternity.

Eventually they would open their own string of theatre-restaurants, writing, directing and producing shows at the Bull n Bush in Warrandyte, The Naughty Nineties in Hawthorn and the Tivoli in Malvern -with the latter also serving as the home of children’s pantomimes for decades. Over the years their casts have included Shane Bourne, Daryl Somers, Ken James, Patti Newton, Rosie Sturgess, Colette Mann, Frankie J Holden and numerous young performers who have since worked on Les Miserables, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, and Disney Tours.

For television viewers Gill has been a recognisable face for over 40 years, particularly on Crawfords and Grundys productions, including The Flying Doctors, Prisoner, Blue Heelers, Homicide, Bellbird, Division 4, Something in the Air, Neighbours, Sons and Daughters, Water Under the Bridge, Skyways, Power Without Glory, Solo One, Against the Wind, Bluey, Cash and Company, Matlock Police, Hunter, Ryan, Jack Irish, Time Trax, GP, The Henderson Kids, Bed of Roses, Police Crop and It’s a Date.

For 27 years Gill played Santa Claus on Nine’s Carols By Candlelight alongside Humphrey B. Bear and Hi-5, returning to the role last year after a recent absence.

On film he is best known for Crocodile Dundee, but other credits include Crackers, Jenny Kissed Me, Phar Lap, End Play and Alvin Rides Again.

Last year Terry and Carol-Ann were both featured in the documentary film Curtain Call which followed the closing of their children’s theatre in Malvern and its impact on children’s audiences. But despite the loss of real estate, Terry and Carol-Ann found a new home at a nearby church hall, still producing shows as recently as last month.

Curtain Call aired on the STUDIO channel last year.

A Nine spokesperson said, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Terry Gill. He was a much loved member of the Nine family, appearing in Division 4 and The Flying Doctors, as well as contributing to Carols by Candlelight for over three decades. We extend our sincere condolences to Carole Ann and all his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all of us at Channel Nine, as well as by legions of fans around Australia.”

WIN and Crawfords Australia said in a statement, “Terry Gill was one of the original stars of Australian television and well loved by viewers who tuned in to see him regularly in the Crawford Productions programs he appeared in, shows such as Matlock Police, Bluey, Division 4, Homicide and The Flying Doctors.  Terry’s roles drew him into the hearts of Australians.  All of us at WIN and Crawfords are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Terry and extend our sincere condolences to Carol-Ann and all his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by generations of fans from around Australia.”

On a personal note, I would like to acknowledge Terry’s support of my performing work. Terry loved to perform, had fantastic comic timing and an ability to connect with audiences without ever letting ego get in the way. The opportunities he and Carol-Ann have given to hundreds of artists is worth bottling.

Thank you, Terry….

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Industry debates deregulation on Entertainment Visas Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:48:13 +0000 2015-02-25_1138

Industry groups including Screen Producers Australia, FreeTV Australia, ASTRA, Foxtel and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance have made submissions to the government this week over the question of visas for foreign actors and crew.

The MEAA warns changes to the Temporary Employment (Entertainment) visa (Subclass 420) and the Foreign Actors Certification Scheme could undermine local production.

Zoe Angus, director of MEAA’s Actors Equity, said, “The government is trying to wind back visa requirements for overseas actors as part of its agenda to ‘cut red tape’ and deregulate overseas worker visas. If they succeed, opportunities for talented young Australian performers and crew will diminish.

“We all know Australia produces great actors and technicians. But they don’t come from nowhere. International stars like Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Rose Byrne started their acting careers as unknowns in TV and film productions supported by taxpayer funding.”

Yesterday actors Susie Porter, Geoff Morrell and John Howard met with key senators to campaign against changes.

Susie Porter said: “Local actors like me need every possible opportunity to be cast in local productions. It’s how we get our training, it’s how we make a name for ourselves, it’s how we tell Australian stories.”

John Howard said: “The current guidelines don’t prevent big names from coming here. That’s not their purpose.  What they do is make sure that a production funded by Australian taxpayers gives job opportunities to Australian performers. Productions with a lot of foreign finance can – and do – hire whoever they want. ”

But Screen Producers Australia says that the reforms will reduce unnecessary red tape at a time when incentives and subsidies alone no longer meet current levels.

“We are looking to Government for sensible reforms that embrace simplicity in design and structural flexibility,” said Matthew Deaner, Executive Director of Screen Producers Australia.

“This should be seen as an opportunity, not a threat. The local industry clearly benefits from the international engagement as our talented technicians, performers and creators are working globally as a result. In return, the Australian industry is significantly larger than it would be if we were purely domestically oriented. This is key to preserving wages and employment conditions,” he says.

Producers are recommending that the requirement to consult with the relevant union be removed to align the Subclass 420 with other temporary work visas.

“The question the industry needs to ask itself is whether it wants to be a small inward-looking industry or an ever expanding industry, proudly creating Australian screen content for the world,” Deaner says.

“The key here is Australian Content. The world is increasingly looking to us as they see a vibrant industry bursting with talent both in front of and behind the cameras.

“Sensible reforms that reduce red tape will help us to grasp the opportunities at hand while at the same time, keeping in place those other existing safeguards that ensure Australian content and Australian actors remain front and centre on our screens.”

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, said,  “These rules have been crucial in developing the Australian film and television sector and making a viable career pathway for many thousands of talented Australians. The problem with the Government’s so called war on red tape is that the real casualties will be Australian actors and crew.”


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Netflix revives Pee-wee Herman Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:50:00 +0000 2015-02-25_1040

Pee-wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens, is on the movie comeback trail thanks to Netflix, with a new movie, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday his first feature since 1988.

Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) and Reubens will produce the film, co-written by Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) wrote the film.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Set to begin production soon, it will be directed by John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer).

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation.

“We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”

“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true,” said Judd Apatow.

‘Pee-wee Herman’ added, “Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black.’

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MKR half a million clear of the pack Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:06:07 +0000 2015-02-25_1004

Just one title cleared the magic million on Tuesday night: My Kitchen Rules -at 1.47m viewers.

Everything else, including news bulletins, fell short of one million last night.

Seven network won with 30.0% share then Nine 28.0%, TEN 19.8%, ABC 16.5% and SBS 5.6%.

Following MKR for Seven were Seven News (933,000 / 905,000), Home and Away (805,000), How to Get Away with Murder (587,000) and Million Dollar Minute (454,000). Grey’s Anatomy was 292,000.

Nine News was 970,000 / 956,000 on Nine then Big Bang Theory (924,000 / 678,000 / 517,000), A Current Affair (918,000), The Block (793,000), Hot Seat 500,000) and 2 Broke Girls (324,000 / 241,000).

NCIS scored 648,000 for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 568,000, NCIS: LA was 553,000 and The Project was 508,000 / 407,000.

ABC News won its timeslot for ABC at 932,000 viewers. 7:30 was 774,000, Catalyst was 728,000 but The Making of David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies dipped to 410,000 -it was a filler episode before a new series next week. Antiques Roadshow was 321,000 and My Last Summer was 225,000.

Insight (302,000) led for SBS ONE followed by Who Do You Think You Are? (282,000), Dateline (199,000) and SBS World News (146,000).

ABC2’s Octonauts topped multichannels at 232,000.

The Morning Show: 150,000 / 86,000
Mornings: 116,000
Studio 10: 45,000 / 28,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 24 February 2015

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Tuesday 24 February 2015 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:27:33 +0000 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 24/02/2015 17/02/2015 Network ABC 11.7% 10.4% Network ABC2 2.6% 2.5% Network ABC3 0.8% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.4% 1.3% Network ABC TTL 16.5% 15.0% Network 7 23.1% 26.1% Network 7TWO 3.5% 3.5% Network 7mate 3.4% 3.2% Network 7 TTL 30.0% 32.9% Network 9 19.6% 19.5% Network GO! 3.9% 3.4% Network Gem 4.5% 4.4% Network 9 TTL 28.0% 27.4% Network TEN 15.4% 14.4% Network ONE 1.8% 2.0% Network ELEVEN 2.6% 2.6% Network TEN TTL 19.8% 19.1% Network SBS ONE 4.8% 4.8% Network SBS 2 0.7% 0.8% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.6% 5.7%


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: 24/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 1,467,000 430,000 397,000 248,000 176,000 216,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 970,000 278,000 327,000 202,000 89,000 73,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 956,000 261,000 316,000 207,000 85,000 86,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 933,000 228,000 268,000 193,000 113,000 131,000
5 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 932,000 252,000 298,000 160,000 92,000 130,000
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 924,000 270,000 272,000 176,000 99,000 108,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 918,000 292,000 270,000 188,000 64,000 105,000
8 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 905,000 190,000 242,000 180,000 114,000 179,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 809,000 217,000 225,000 163,000 109,000 94,000
10 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 793,000 231,000 251,000 158,000 77,000 76,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 774,000 227,000 250,000 131,000 72,000 94,000
12 CATALYST-EV Network ABC 728,000 174,000 249,000 119,000 70,000 115,000
13 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 678,000 180,000 203,000 133,000 72,000 90,000
14 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! TUES Network TEN 663,000 222,000 220,000 85,000 60,000 76,000
15 NCIS Network TEN 648,000 210,000 208,000 86,000 64,000 80,000
16 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Network 7 587,000 168,000 165,000 105,000 72,000 78,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 568,000 177,000 167,000 80,000 63,000 81,000
18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 564,000 145,000 186,000 85,000 77,000 71,000
19 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 553,000 178,000 193,000 71,000 57,000 54,000
20 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 517,000 142,000 150,000 108,000 59,000 57,000


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: 24/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 232,000 46,000 73,000 75,000 15,000 23,000
2 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 229,000 43,000 64,000 70,000 16,000 37,000
3 DINOSAUR TRAIN-PM Network ABC2 225,000 42,000 68,000 78,000 15,000 22,000
4 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MARPLE -EV Network Gem 225,000 64,000 61,000 37,000 29,000 34,000
5 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 224,000 51,000 73,000 60,000 20,000 20,000
6 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 223,000 48,000 92,000 26,000 27,000 29,000
7 POIROT -EV Network Gem 217,000 55,000 58,000 46,000 25,000 34,000
8 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 208,000 39,000 65,000 76,000 10,000 17,000
9 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 203,000 49,000 76,000 49,000 11,000 19,000
10 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 201,000 39,000 66,000 47,000 21,000 27,000
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 200,000 44,000 48,000 49,000 22,000 37,000
12 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 197,000 47,000 62,000 48,000 14,000 26,000
13 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 189,000 47,000 60,000 47,000 12,000 23,000
14 THOMAS AND FRIENDS-AM Network ABC2 183,000 51,000 28,000 52,000 33,000 18,000
15 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 182,000 31,000 40,000 58,000 15,000 37,000
16 OCTONAUTS-AM Network ABC2 181,000 34,000 44,000 51,000 34,000 19,000
17 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 180,000 43,000 39,000 47,000 29,000 21,000
18 TINGA TINGA TALES-PM Network ABC2 174,000 40,000 39,000 51,000 12,000 31,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 169,000 38,000 37,000 46,000 16,000 32,000
20 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 167,000 53,000 12,000 57,000 31,000 13,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 729,000 239,000 194,000 119,000 69,000 108,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 515,000 147,000 152,000 103,000 55,000 59,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 433,000 108,000 149,000 93,000 41,000 42,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 383,000 100,000 110,000 77,000 39,000 56,000
5 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! TUES Network TEN 374,000 113,000 130,000 53,000 36,000 43,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 661,000 218,000 172,000 113,000 61,000 96,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 465,000 135,000 133,000 96,000 49,000 52,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 405,000 109,000 137,000 82,000 42,000 34,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 342,000 83,000 100,000 71,000 34,000 55,000
5 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! TUES Network TEN 340,000 109,000 121,000 43,000 31,000 36,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 445,000 148,000 115,000 79,000 35,000 68,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 310,000 96,000 93,000 57,000 32,000 31,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 290,000 87,000 94,000 56,000 35,000 17,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 231,000 55,000 73,000 47,000 20,000 36,000
5 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Network 7 207,000 49,000 68,000 38,000 22,000 29,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 24/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
5 DOC MCSTUFFINS Disney Junior 59,000
6 TALES OF FRIENDSHIP Disney Junior 58,000
7 FAMILY GUY FOX8 58,000
9 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 55,000
10 HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER Disney Junior 52,000
12 THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE LifeStyle Channel 51,000
13 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE Disney Junior 51,000
14 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 51,000
16 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 50,000
17 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 50,000
18 STELLA AND SAM Disney Junior 49,000
19 ZOU Disney Junior 48,000
20 FUZZY TALES Disney Junior 47,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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How can TV networks combat streaming video? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:58:57 +0000 ma tsuEXCLUSIVE: Netflix is coming, Presto, Stan and Fetch TV are here. For traditional broadcast networks the view is rapidly changing.

So how can our networks combat a wave of content to ensure they remain viable destinations for viewers?

Nine is a joint partner with Fairfax in Stan, Seven is a partner with Foxtel in Presto TV, ABC is planning revenue streams through iview and SBS already owns two subscription TV channels.

TV Tonight asked Australian programmers how broadcast TV can still compete against SVODs in terms of what they commission and how they programme?

The answers were as diverse as their brands…

“Will a broad mass amount of Australians be motivated to pay for this content?”


“That’s a really good question. The first thing, I think, is will a broad mass amount of Australians be motivated to pay for this content when you think about how competitive and how strong free-to-air channel business is in Australia?

“When you look at what the free-to-air channels are offering, and how they’re getting deeper and deeper into Australian content, and providing the audience with a reason to stay on free-to-air, it’s a really interesting time.

“I think we’re very much focussed on understanding that audiences are changing the way they view content. So for us, it’s not necessarily about the Overnight ratings anyway. It’s about how we can get our content to the broadest, biggest possible audience, however they want to watch it.

“So, whether it’s on free-to-air or whether it’s on our On Demand or whether it’s on Catch Up, it’s really important that we’re not just focussed and blinkered by the Overnight numbers. We understand that viewers will watch content in different ways, so we’re just about really focussing on making good shows and good quality content.

“This is also about the things that we can control, which is the Australian-commissioned shows.”

“Know your audience and be distinctive.”


“I think the first answer is (having) intimate knowledge of your audience. You need to be aware of what they like and what they don’t like. It’s the thing that separates good commissioners from bad commissioners: knowing your audience.

“I think we spend a lot of time worrying away at our audience and what makes us distinctive in the market − so, knowing your audience and being distinctive.

“And then, I think, also, in a linear TV world, there’s a danger of being too reactive and I’d like to think that we are a relatively consistent choice − we stick by our choices, on the whole. So, there’s a predictability and a navigability about what we do. Obviously that is in part driven by us knowing our audience hate us messing about. And also, we don’t have the marketing budgets that the commercial networks do so we have to stick by our choices a bit more as well.

“So, there’s audience insight, there’s distinctiveness − what could only feel like an ABC show − then there’s being consistent. They would be my three answers to that question.”

“Curated content people want to watch.”


“It’s a complex answer. The first answer everybody will probably give is that you’ve got to offer content people want to watch and then curate it in a way that makes sense. In terms of scheduling, you’ve got make it easy and accessible and the other thing is to make something people want to watch in an immediate fashion. So I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here! is Live, Gogglebox is a 7 day turnaround, Shark Tank is a really compelling show that people will be talking about the next day. You want to be part of it.

“So it’s really about the quality of the content and the curation of the content and also offering things that are unique to broadcast television with Live, mass-appeal shows.

NCIS has been on Tuesday nights forever, everybody knows that. Family Feud is every night and habit-forming. I think habit-forming content becomes part of the routine.

“In winter you can watch MasterChef and it’s familiar. People still like that escapist, easy option when they come home so they can watch shows that are curated and scheduled for them.”

“Event TV will continue to rate.”


“I think the way you counteract this is by concentrating on Event Television. So, News you have to watch Live when it’s happening. Current affairs, likewise.

“I think what we’re going to see going forward is Event TV will continue to rate really well. Whether, it’s the tennis, the cricket, the rugby league, AFL. Anything that’s big event TV will continue to rate.

“What really gets squashed when there’s so much choice up there are the second-tier shows. So you see at 9:30 or 10:30 where we don’t program our strongest content, that’s when you start to see a scatter. People go sampling on the multi channels.

“Sport is also vital. You have to have Sport in your schedule as TEN well know, because it gives you a good base. You need to have a very strong News and Current Affairs brand because, once again, it just gives you a platform. Nine News delivers over a million every single night in our schedule. So does A Current Affair. But you’ll see that, for us, we don’t want to spend all our money on small little shows, we’d rather put it into big Event TV shows (such as) The Voice. I think that’s what it’s all about. Just big Events.”

“Australian productions and Sport”


“Foxtel is a very successful business and we want to make sure we maintain our relevance and success in the market. The way we see forward in doing that is to maintain and increase our commitment to Australian productions. That’s what we’re doing notably in Drama and across Lifestyle and in particular, Sport.

“Streaming services will just not offer Live uninterrupted Sport. I think Foxtel has already demonstrated it’s got strength in Live Sport with every game of the AFL, rugby league, V8 Supercars, cricket….. if you love Australian Sport you have to have Foxtel.

“So Australian productions you can’t see anywhere else, Live News and Sport.”

This was the final feature in TV Tonight’s Programmer’s Wrap for 2015.

(NB: Seven did not respond with a Programmer’s Wrap interview this year, when these interviews were conducted)

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Rumour: Laurina as first Bachelorette for TEN? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:52:22 +0000 2015-02-25_0155

Laurina Fleure, who dropped the words “dirty street pie” in last year’s season of The Bachelor, could be the first Bachelorette, if rumours floated by Fairfax Media turn out to be true.

Fleure recently wrote on her Facebook page that she couldn’t “confirm or deny” any upcoming TV appearances.

“The avid social media user hasn’t posted to any of her official accounts in over a week, further fuelling speculation,” writes the newspaper.

Social media use is prohibited while under contract to Shine Australia.

However casting for the show is still underway, launched recently by CastaSugar, with filming set for May – September.

Laurina has previously said, “It’s not my cup of tea … I don’t think I could do it again because I’d struggle to fall in love in that environment.

“I’d be keen for another reality show, but not a dating one.”

The series is due for a short run on TEN in the fourth quarter.

Update: Laurina posts on Instagram that she has been in hospital undergoing surgery.

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Libby Stone to exit Nine News Perth Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:50:23 +0000 2015-02-25_0208

Nine News Perth co-presenter Libby Stone is leaving less than a year after joining, in order to reunite with her husband, Josh Brady.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to be part of the Nine team in Perth and to be part of what’s taking place there, but I’m looking forward to rejoining the Nine team in Brisbane and where my husband is based for work,” Stone said.

She joined from QTQ last April, but will be replaced by Emmy Kubainski from Seven News, Brisbane, in April.

“Emmy is an outstanding presenter and reporter, and we’re thrilled that she’s joined Nine as we keep on building our team and bulletins,” news director Shaun Menegola said.

Source: WA Today

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Australian Directors Guild reaches union status Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:49:19 +0000 2015-02-25_0137

The Australian Directors Guild is now a union following approval by the Fair Work Commission.

“This has been a long-term goal for the ADG and we have been striving to achieve it for many years,” said Ray Argall President of the Guild. “On behalf of the ADG board I would like to thank all those members and staff who have contributed to this outcome.”

“This will enable all our directors to be legally represented by the ADG in negotiations with producers,” added Kingston Anderson, the Executive Director of the ADG. “I would also like to thank all our friends both on Australia and overseas for their support.”

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay and National Executive Director Jay D. Roth said: “The ADG has worked for many years to bring all of the strengths and benefits of union membership to the directors it represents, and we extend our hearty congratulations upon the successful conclusion of this hard-fought and critical campaign.

“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with ADG as we work together to protect and enhance the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams.”

The ADG was established over 30 years ago and represents the interests of film, television and digital media directors as well as documentary makers and animator throughout Australia.

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Returning: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:45:01 +0000 2015-02-25_0053US comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns to SBS next week, now premiering on SBS 2 two nights a week: Tuesdays and Wednesdays,

SBS ONE is expected to have replays later.

Season two picks up six months on from the surprise bombshells of last season’s final. Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) announced he was leaving the precinct to go undercover in a top secret FBI investigation, and finally confessed his feelings for no-nonsense partner Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero).

Season two special guests include Eva Longoria, Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Helm and Nick Cannon.

Episode One: Undercover – Tuesday, 3 March at 8.00pm
Jake’s undercover FBI task ends in a success, until he learns one mobster has gotten away. So Jake enlists Charles’ help to track him down.

Episode Two: Chocolate Milk – Wednesday, 4 March at 8.00pm
Holt is taken by surprise when his longtime nemesis, Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (guest star Kyra Sedgwick) arrives for an inspection of his precinct.

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The Living Room: Feb 27 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:44:34 +0000 2015-02-25_0033This week on The Living Room, Amanda Keller’s radio sidekick Brendan Jones is a guest presenter, with a bit of Bollywood down under.

Travel with Chris Brown:
Australia is known as a picture perfect holiday destination but Chris wants to find out if most of our iconic postcard images are the real deal. He heads to the spectacular Whitsundays to find out if Heart Reef and Hardy Reef are really fact… or photoshop.

Renovation with Barry du Bois:
When couple Manan and Bhakti bought a new designer couch it looked great in the showroom but left their home feeling sterile. Enter Barry to the rescue, offering some tips that turn their living and dining area into a cozy space bursting with style.

Food with Miguel Maestre:
Miguel is in South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley sampling the freshest local produce to put together a gourmet picnic to enjoy in the storybook surrounds. And to top off the savory treats on offer, he whips up a delicious pear chutney.

Guest Presenter Brendan Jones:
This week, Amanda’s radio co-host Brendan “Jonesy” Jones is standing in for Chris Brown while he is in South Africa. Jonesy travels to Australia’s Indian capital – Melbourne – to try his hand at Bollywood dancing and sample some spicy curries.

7:30pm Friday on TEN.

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IQ3 in March? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:41:40 +0000 iq3bFoxtel has sent emails to subscribers interested in the IQ3 which hint at a launch in March.

“We know that you’re as excited as we are for the launch of iQ3 so we wanted to update you on where it’s at,” the email reads.

“There’s been a slight delay as we want to make sure that the iQ3 delivers the best experience possible, so we need a bit more time to make a few more tweaks before we open up for orders.

“We apologise for this and are working to a new launch date in March. We’ll let you know just as soon as it’s ready.”

Foxtel had initially flagged a February launch but has held off official dates and pricing.

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Our Gay Wedding: The Musical Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:07:49 +0000 A wedding ceremony sung from beginning to end, with support from Stephen Fry, Kylie, Olivia & Boy George -but it’s the heart that makes this doco sing. 9:30pm Wednesday ABC2.

  • Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
  • Winter
  • Gogglebox
  • Judith Lucy is all Woman
  • The Simpsons
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Timeshifted: Monday 16 February 2015 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:23:09 +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: 16/02/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 1,767,000 1,688,000 79,000 2 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 1,126,000 1,044,000 82,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,101,000 1,100,000 0 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,071,000 1,071,000 0 5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,000,000 998,000 3,000 6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 985,000 921,000 64,000 7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 978,000 975,000 2,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 977,000 957,000 20,000 9 7.30-EV Network ABC 853,000 848,000 5,000 10 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 838,000 755,000 83,000 11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 830,000 830,000 0 12 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 784,000 762,000 22,000 13 Q&A-LE Network ABC 784,000 746,000 38,000 14 GALLIPOLI Network 9 706,000 575,000 131,000 15 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 688,000 677,000 11,000 16 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! MON Network TEN 649,000 603,000 46,000 17 HOT SEAT Network 9 636,000 635,000 1,000 18 M-IDENTITY THIEF Network 7 633,000 571,000 62,000 19 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 576,000 564,000 12,000 20 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 551,000 550,000 1,000

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‘Indigenous women’ month on NITV Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:08:42 +0000 2015-02-24_1705

NITV will mark International Women’s Day, March 8th, with a host of programming on Indigenous women throughout the month of March.

Along with international titles, the programming includes Australian TV premieres of the documentary Kind Hearted Woman (pictured) and the critically-acclaimed film, Drunktown’s Finest.

Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, says: “International Women’s Day is an important day in the calendar where we can recognise and reflect on the efforts of women from across the world. Indigenous women are an integral part of our culture and communities and a dedicated season, featuring a range of stories, is a perfect way to mark these efforts.”

Every Sunday from 1 March features a special focus, the month’s Black List (9-12 March), showcases classic female movies, including Radiance and Precious and Stan Grant will host a special Awaken – Influencers and Game-changers (Wednesday 25 March, 9.30pm), discussing the role of women in shaping society and breaking down barriers.

Two-part factual series, Kind Hearted Woman (Australian premiere, Sunday 1 and 8 March, 9.30pm) illuminates the epidemic of child sexual abuse on Native American reservations and the growing scandal of some tribes’ failure to protect those children. Acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates a portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

The mean girls in Catfight (Australian premiere, Sunday 8 March, 8.30pm) reveal how they torment, ridicule, and abuse the women at the edges of their social circle. With the aid of sociologists and psychologists, this documentary sets out to debate the nature versus nurture argument of their actions.

March’s Black List starts with Mulan (Monday 9 March, 9pm), which follows a young girl from a family without a male heir, who disguises herself as a man to save her aging father from the horrors of the battlefield. Her remarkable courage in an all-male army made her a true leader, playing a critical role in defending the nation in a time of war.

In New York City’s Harlem in 1987, an abused, illiterate 16-year-old, who is pregnant with her second child, is invited to enrol in an alternative school in the hope that her life can head in a new direction. Winner of two Academy Awards, Precious (Tuesday 10 March, 9pm) follows the struggles of a young woman as she seeks to change her life for the better.

In Radiance (Wednesday 11 March, 9pm), three sisters reunite for their mother’s funeral; Cressy, the eldest of the three, is an opera singer who would prefer to leave the past behind; Mae, the sister who stayed in the family home to look after their mother; Nona, the youngest and the party girl, just wants them all to be one happy family. However, as they reunite back in their home town, dark family secrets and personal conflicts start to unravel.

Mosquita y Mari (Thursday 11 March, 9pm) is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda, they maintain their usual life routine, until an incident at school thrusts them into a friendship and unknown territory. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. However mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found connection, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to themselves.

As a world-renowned singer-songwriter, native-American Buffy Sainte-Marie (Sunday 15 March, 8.30pm) implores us to look beyond stereotypes of her community to see its rich culture. Through her music and her art, Buffy has seamlessly traversed the worlds of creative expression and activism, and of city culture and native culture. This insightful documentary follows her progression from the 1960’s folk music scene to her present maturity.

In highly personal experimental documentary, My Legacy (Australian premiere, Sunday 22 March, 8.30pm), Helen Haig-Brown unravels the ways in which her own painful childhood is directly connected to her mother’s residential school experiences. The intergenerational effects of this devastating system on Helen’s family resulted in deeply ingrained beliefs about being unworthy of love. Through an evocative blend of animation and live action, the filmmaker shares her story of pain, anger and forgiveness that ultimately leads to hope and healing.

Set among the landscape of the Navajo Reservation, Drunktown’s Finest (Australian premiere, Sunday 22 March, 9.30pm) takes us on a journey of exploration into the lives of three young Navajo people; an adopted Christian girl; a rebellious father-to-be; and a promiscuous transsexual – as they strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. All three characters navigate the realities of life on their ‘rez’ and struggle to balance the formation of their own identities with traditional Navajo values and familial pressures.

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Axed: New Tricks to end with 12th season Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:23:52 +0000 2015-02-24_1619

Long running UK crime drama New Tricks is set to end with its 12th season -season 11 is currently airing on ABC.

The decision to end the series was made by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson.

“We are incredibly proud of New Tricks and would like to thank Roy Mitchell the brilliant creator, Wall to Wall and Headstrong, and all the cast and teams involved across the 12 series,” Moore and Stephenson said in a statement.

“However, on BBC One it’s important to make room for new series and continue to increase the range of drama on the channel, so it won’t be returning after the next series airs this summer.”

The series, which follows a group of retired police officers brought back to solve cold cases originally starred Alun Armstrong, James Bolam, Amanda Redman and Dennis Waterman. The current cast includes Denis Lawson, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Tamzin Outhwaite and Waterman -the latter set to depart early in the 12th season.

There are 7 more episodes to air on ABC, where the show continues to pull big crowds on Saturday nights.

Source: TVWise

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Vale: Ben Woolf Tue, 24 Feb 2015 04:18:48 +0000 2015-02-24_1359US actor Ben Woolf, best known for American Horror Story: Freak Show, has died aged 34.

Woolf was hospitalised last week after being struck in the head by a passing vehicle’s mirror as he was crossing a street in Hollywood.

TIME notes the Los Angeles medical examiner says an autopsy confirming cause of death is still pending.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben,” his family said in a statement. “He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”

“Ben was one-of-a-kind, and will never be forgotten,” his representative said in a statement. “The time we all shared together will be remembered forever.”

Prior to his role on AHS: Freak Show, the 4′ 4″ actor, who was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism as a child, also had roles in the films Dead Kansas and Haunting Charles Manson.

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Inside Story: Feb 26 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:45:30 +0000 2015-02-24_1342Host Leila McKinnon leads this week’s episode of Inside Story, looking at swindlers prepared to kill for money.

Episode 5: Gold Diggers

They were lonely people looking for love. The perfect targets for the despicable predators you’ll meet tonight; Gold diggers who weaselled their way into the hearts, and bank accounts, of two unsuspecting, vulnerable people. These heartless swindlers wanted it all and, to get it, they were prepared to kill.

Des Campbell managed to keep his marriage to wealthy widow Jane Fisicaro a secret for six months. Then he pushed his wife off a cliff and killed her.

Des never loved Janet. In fact, he was repulsed by her. A disgraced cop and serial philanderer, Campbell charmed women for financial gain and when he met widower Janet Fisicaro, he knew he’d hit pay dirt.

He courted the love struck Janet and married her before getting her to re-write her will, making him a major beneficiary. Then he took Janet on a camping holiday – and pushed her off a remote 54-metre cliff, not far from where they’d pitched their tent.

When interviewed by detectives, Campbell tearfully claimed it was a terrible accident, that she’d tripped – but police soon saw through his sob story. And their suspicions grew.

Campbell didn’t even attend Janet’s funeral. By then, he was off overseas with another woman he passed off as his wife.

In our other story, Melbourne housekeeper Vicky Efandis was a real piece of work. But she could be charming and she used her charm well, worming her way into the lives of trusting people she cheated without hesitation.

When she met successful divorcee George Marcetta, she knew she’d struck gold. Soon the manipulative housekeeper had stolen Marcetta’s heart and taken control of his business. But that wasn’t all she would take.

Thursday February 26 at 8.30pm on Nine.

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Our Gay Wedding: The Musical: promo Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:15:36 +0000

Having watched this doco, it is camp, inspiring, political and romantic.

With valentine videos from Kylie, Olivia, Boy George and more.

And you will be fighting back the tears when the mothers of the grooms start to sing.

9pm Wednesday on ABC2.

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Renewed: Village Vets Australia Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:50:51 +0000 2015-02-24_1328LifeStyle has renewed ob-doc Village Vets Australia for a second season.

The Screentime series follows Dr. James Carroll and Dr. Anthony Bennett as they work with animals in the Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast.

General Manager of The LifeStyle Channels, Hannah Barnes, said: “Village Vets Australia is a broad heartland lifestyle show that has connected with our viewers both on-air and among our social community, in a really emotional way.

“We’re pleased to welcome James and Anthony – along with a host of wonderful animals and their owners – back to LifeStyle, for more fun and heart-warming stories from beautiful Berry and its surrounds.”

James and Anthony both said: “We’re thrilled to be filming season 2 of Village Vets Australia. We love having the opportunity to show off the natural beauty of the area in which we live and bring into people’s lounge rooms the work we do with a variety of animals and the humans that love and care for them.”

Screentime Head of Factual and Executive Producer, Simon Steel, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Village Vets Australia and how well it’s been received by the LifeStyle audience. The boys are a natural talent and we’re grateful to the community of Berry for welcoming us in to their lives again for a second season.”

Production on a second season is due to commence immediately.

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Airdate: The Missing Evidence Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:59:29 +0000 2015-02-24_1257Next week SBS begins a new 6 part doco series, The Missing Evidence ,which re-opens the files on true crimes and world-famous mysteries.

Beginning with (another) case file on Marilyn Monroe, it makes some bold claims behind well-known headlines.

By sourcing new documents, using the latest technology or airing previously unheard eye-witness accounts the program reveals the shocking new evidence that implicates Robert Kennedy in Marilyn Monroe’s murder; the incredible omission in the official report into the Twin Towers’ collapse; the dogged research that finally revealed the identity of Jack the Ripper; the untold story behind the sightings in Loch Ness; the complex truth about Big Foot and the strange atmospheric conditions that explain the litany of disasters inside the Nevada Triangle.

Episode One: The Death of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe committed suicide on August the 5th, 1962 – so says the official report into her death. Right from the beginning, her death has become one of the most debated events of all time: The FBI, the Mafia, the Kennedys – all have at various times been accused – but none of the accusations ever came to much.

Missing Evidence reveals the shocking content of the lost tapes recorded inside Marilyn Monroe’s house on the day she died. The tapes confirm the long dismissed evidence that suggests that Monroe was murdered by her psychiatrist under pressure from the Attorney General, Robert Kennedy.

Crucial tapes, recorded at Marilyn’s house on the day she died, revealed the painful details of Monroe’s final hours. Ray Strait claims to have listened to those tapes. The events he heard tally with eye- witnesses long ignored by the authorities.

Wednesday, 4 March 8.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Renewed: Broadchurch Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:55:28 +0000 2015-02-24_1140UK mystery Broadchurch has been renewed for a third season by ITV.

While there was a drop in ratings for the second season in the UK, consolidated ratings averaged over 9 million viewers.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will reprise their roles as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller for the third series.

Creator and writer Chris Chibnall said: “We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.”

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November today added: “Chris Chibnall knows exactly how to keep viewers guessing and I’m delighted that he is going to take the story onto the next stage.”

Details of other cast members, and filming dates, will be confirmed at a later date.

Season Two is currently airing in Australia on ABC but the US adaptation Gracepoint, also featuring David Tennant, did not proceed to a second season.

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Sesame Street parody: “House of Bricks” Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:24:56 +0000

The latest hilarious parody from the good folk at Sesame Street takes a look at House of Cards.

Frank Underwolf, with his southern accent, muses: “In this town you have to know which way the wind is blowin’…..and right now it’s about to get very windy.”

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Empire on Tenplay preview Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:34:16 +0000

Empire’s first episode will be available in full on Tenplay from 12 midday Wednesday – Friday.

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Revenge returns lower but Seven wins Monday Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:08:05 +0000 2015-02-24_0950My Kitchen Rules came under fire from an A Current Affair story last night but it was no contest in the ratings race with Seven’s reality show scoring 1.62m viewers.

However the return of Revenge at 720,000 was down by 468,000 on its 2014 premiere, with a 15 minute time difference.

Nine shows were in front of Seven before 7:30pm but later Gallipoli dropped again, down to 527,000 viewers, while ABC had a strong night.

Seven comfortably won the night with a 32.6% share then Nine 26.2%, ABC 19.5%, TEN 16.7% and SBS 5.0%.

Following MKR for Seven were Seven News (1.00m / 975,000), Home and Away (910,000), Revenge (720,000) and Million Dollar Minute (478,000). Parenthood was 285,000 / 176,000.

Nine News (1.16m / 1.14m) led for Nine then A Current Affair (982,000), The Block (832,000), Hot Seat (604,000) and Gallipoli (527,000). Person of Interest was 164,000. Nine’s Oscars broadcast was 361,000 for the live telecast and 248,000 in a repeat on GEM.

ABC News (865,000) was best for ABC then 7:30 (812,000), Four Corners (775,000), Australian Story (773,000), Media Watch (736,000) and a powerful episode of Q & A on domestic violence (547,000 / 109,000).

TEN Eyewitness News was best for TEN on a difficult night with 643,000. The Project was 572,000 / 426,000. SVU was 430,000 / 294,000.

Simon Reeves Sacred Rivers (267,000) topped SBS ONE followed by Richard Hammond’s Wild Weather (228,000), SBS World News (165,000) and a repeat of Gourmet Farmer Afloat (145,000).

7TWO’s Judge John Deed ruled multichannels with 278,000.

Sunrise: 349,000
Today: 318,000
ABC News Breakfast: 102,000 / 48,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 23 February 2015

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Monday 23 February 2015 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:23:15 +0000 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 23/02/2015 16/02/2015 Network ABC 15.0% 16.1% Network ABC2 2.3% 2.3% Network ABC3 0.8% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 1.5% 1.5% Network ABC TTL 19.5% 20.6% Network 7 23.6% 25.7% Network 7TWO 5.1% 4.6% Network 7mate 3.9% 3.6% Network 7 TTL 32.6% 33.9% Network 9 17.5% 17.5% Network GO! 3.5% 3.4% Network Gem 5.2% 3.2% Network 9 TTL 26.2% 24.1% Network TEN 12.0% 12.1% Network ONE 2.3% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 2.4% 2.6% Network TEN TTL 16.7% 17.1% Network SBS ONE 4.3% 3.5% Network SBS 2 0.6% 0.8% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.0% 4.3%


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: 23/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 1,624,000 420,000 505,000 290,000 176,000 234,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,155,000 351,000 401,000 226,000 107,000 69,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,138,000 358,000 407,000 194,000 100,000 79,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,001,000 203,000 323,000 170,000 110,000 194,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 982,000 339,000 281,000 185,000 103,000 75,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 975,000 212,000 349,000 191,000 92,000 131,000
7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 910,000 211,000 274,000 204,000 92,000 129,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 865,000 230,000 274,000 148,000 101,000 112,000
9 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 832,000 268,000 244,000 167,000 80,000 74,000
10 7.30-EV Network ABC 812,000 208,000 247,000 164,000 90,000 103,000
11 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 775,000 221,000 253,000 155,000 79,000 67,000
12 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 773,000 206,000 224,000 165,000 91,000 88,000
13 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 736,000 210,000 258,000 123,000 86,000 59,000
14 REVENGE Network 7 720,000 230,000 210,000 130,000 63,000 86,000
15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 643,000 178,000 169,000 119,000 85,000 92,000
16 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! MON Network TEN 617,000 196,000 189,000 94,000 62,000 76,000
17 HOT SEAT Network 9 604,000 163,000 196,000 161,000 49,000 36,000
18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 587,000 136,000 184,000 121,000 80,000 66,000
19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 582,000 156,000 177,000 123,000 67,000 59,000
20 Q&A-LE Network ABC 547,000 161,000 206,000 83,000 61,000 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: 23/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 JUDGE JOHN DEED Network 7TWO 278,000 72,000 91,000 52,000 30,000 33,000
2 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 269,000 58,000 92,000 54,000 28,000 38,000
3 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 256,000 56,000 83,000 56,000 21,000 39,000
4 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 255,000 61,000 88,000 45,000 26,000 35,000
5 THE 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS -EV Network Gem 248,000 50,000 93,000 36,000 20,000 48,000
6 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 245,000 50,000 82,000 57,000 22,000 33,000
7 CHARLIE AND LOLA-EV Network ABC2 236,000 49,000 88,000 39,000 27,000 32,000
8 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 229,000 36,000 79,000 49,000 28,000 37,000
9 AMERICAN RESTORATION Network 7mate 228,000 54,000 80,000 30,000 39,000 26,000
10 DINOSAUR TRAIN-PM Network ABC2 222,000 57,000 66,000 56,000 18,000 26,000
11 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 218,000 41,000 69,000 56,000 22,000 30,000
12 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 215,000 40,000 87,000 26,000 35,000 27,000
13 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 195,000 34,000 67,000 32,000 31,000 32,000
14 OCTONAUTS-AM Network ABC2 190,000 31,000 68,000 34,000 30,000 27,000
15 AMERICAN PICKERS Network 7mate 185,000 43,000 72,000 14,000 33,000 24,000
16 THOMAS AND FRIENDS-AM Network ABC2 180,000 45,000 53,000 33,000 29,000 20,000
17 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 167,000 35,000 60,000 37,000 17,000 18,000
18 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 159,000 24,000 63,000 27,000 21,000 24,000
19 THE EXPENDABLES 2 -EV Network GO! 157,000 56,000 50,000 18,000 13,000 21,000
20 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? -EV Network Gem 155,000 33,000 70,000 24,000 15,000 12,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 802,000 216,000 246,000 146,000 76,000 117,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 471,000 122,000 161,000 103,000 43,000 42,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 408,000 124,000 154,000 65,000 33,000 32,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 405,000 125,000 147,000 73,000 33,000 28,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 390,000 97,000 110,000 81,000 40,000 63,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 513,000 130,000 163,000 99,000 43,000 78,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 303,000 97,000 90,000 56,000 40,000 20,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 229,000 42,000 70,000 59,000 28,000 30,000
4 REVENGE Network 7 226,000 65,000 75,000 49,000 16,000 21,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 191,000 51,000 75,000 20,000 21,000 24,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 513,000 130,000 163,000 99,000 43,000 78,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 303,000 97,000 90,000 56,000 40,000 20,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 229,000 42,000 70,000 59,000 28,000 30,000
4 REVENGE Network 7 226,000 65,000 75,000 49,000 16,000 21,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 191,000 51,000 75,000 20,000 21,000 24,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 23/02/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
4 DANCE MOMS LifeStyle YOU 70,000
5 FAMILY GUY FOX8 63,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 60,000
7 TOP GEAR BBC Knowledge 60,000
8 QI UKTV 58,000
9 UNCLE GRANDPA Cartoon Network 52,000
10 DORA AND FRIENDS Nick Jr. 51,000
13 STEVEN UNIVERSE Cartoon Network 48,000
18 STELLA AND SAM Disney Junior 45,000


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Empire Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:58:07 +0000 2015-02-23_2123After Ryan Murphy revived the musical as narrative television with Glee, television has been brave enough to revisit the genre. Smash, set on Broadway, was ambitious but uneven ultimately ending at just two seasons.

Now FOX has banked on a hip-hop musical with Empire -but don’t let that put you off. There’s more here than meets the ear.

This is a dynastic drama with Lucious Lyon (Terence Howard) at the centre of its universe. He is both family patriarch and CEO of the family business, Empire Entertainment. Empire is like a contemporary Motown, producing hip hop artists with much success. But Lucious has also been diagnosed with ALS and has just three years to live. With a ticking time bomb he faces the question: which of his three sons will run the business after he is gone?

Youngest son is Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) the bad boy, rising star, enjoying all the trappings of celebrity. Think Usher. Middle son is Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett), the serious singer-songwriter who writes emotional, soulful pop. Think John Legend. He also happens to be gay, which puts him at odds with his homophobic father. Then there is Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) the corporate suit and most ambitious of all.

The fifth key player is Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious’ ex-wife who begins the series being released from prison. Looking remarkably like Janet Jackson, but with the firepower of Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman, Cookie is a force to be reckoned with. She is determined to claim her half of the family company and will draw upon family members to get what she wants.

There is also a backstory that details much more about the early beginnings of the company and brushes with the law.

In the middle of these various tugs of war are songs, usually performed by Hakeem or Jamal (but not exclusively), that complement the story. While they are not as character-driven as Glee, or as opulent as Smash, they bring some colour to the show and occasionally some comment.

It’s hard not to see some parallels with Motown, run by Berry Gordy, who had a relationship with Diana Ross. But that would make Hakeem the equivalent of Redfoo and we can’t have that… There’s even a wry “Who’s Diana Ross?” line. Shameless!

The performances are one of the show’s best assets. Taraji P. Henson, Terence Henderson and Jussie Smollett are amongst the best -but really, we’re splitting hairs. This is a solid ensemble, backed up with an entertaining plot (even if it has borrowed from King Lear).

Empire’s strengths should come as no surprise given the rich DNA behind the scenes. It is co-created by Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball, The Butler, Precious) and Danny Strong (Recount, Game Change, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with The L Word‘s Ilene Chaiken also penning episodes and music produced by Timbaland.

In addition to Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story) in a supporting role, the series has attracted appearances from Cuba Gooding Jr., Gladys Knight, Naomi Campbell, Macy Gray, Courtney Love and Judd Nelson. No wonder it is pulling in huge crowds in the USA.

Empire is dripping with bling and high stakes and deserves your attention.

9pm Sunday on TEN

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“Just do it!” Networks tell govt to allow primary channels to switch to HD. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:55:12 +0000 2015-02-23_2234EXCLUSIVE: It’s one of the biggest bug bears of TV viewers across Australia: why are our primary channels not in High Definition?

Surprisingly it’s a frustration shared by TV networks as well, but their hands are tied pending government legislation.

In December 2013 FreeTV Australia wrote to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull recommending Legislative change to the Broadcast Services Act to drop the requirement that primary channels must be an SDTV service.

Julie Flynn, CEO of FreeTV Australia said the government has asked networks to respond by the end of March on the question of changes to the Broadcast Act.

“It is something we are absolutely working on and it is something we hope the government will do, but they have not yet done,” she told TV Tonight.

“They have proposed that we get rid of that restriction that we can’t do HD on the main channel.”

“This is something they could do tomorrow. Just do it. It’s bleedingly obvious.”

There are a number of issues various broadcasters and lobby groups want addressed by government surrounding deregulation, retransmission, changes to the Reach Rule, dropping licence fees, anti-siphoning, online piracy, and work visas.

Treasurer Joe Hockey recently told Cabinet that technological change was deregulating the industry far faster than any government could.

“He couldn’t have made our case more clearer for us to say ‘Get on with it.’ And licence fees are a big part of that,” says Flynn, “and (changes to) the Code is a critical part of it.”

While the government has been reluctant to initiate change unless there is industry agreement, it seems allowing primary networks to switch to HD is one that has plenty of unison.

“But we’ve been calling for it for some time, but we would like to see it sooner rather than later.”

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A Current Affair points finger at MKR contestant Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:52:24 +0000 2015-02-24_0046

A Current Affair last night claimed My Kitchen Rules contestant Adam Andersen owes $36,000 in child support payments to his ex-wife and has a friendship with judge Pete Evans.

Andersen’s former wife Cindy claimed the monies in support of 5 children had accrued over the past 12-13 months, but she had no luck in trying to secure the money.

Family contact had dried up she suggested, in stark contrast to the MKR website claiming Andersen’s children visited him “as often as they can.”

She claimed to have written to Seven regarding the support payments but had not heard back.

Another claim suggested personal ties between judge and contestant with suggestions Andersen had coached Pete Evans in tennis. Reporter Brady Halls also said, he had worked on the door at Evans’ Sydney restaurant.

Seven did not respond to TV Tonight by deadline, but News Corp notes Pete Evans has refuted claims he’s ever been coached by Andersen, while a source pointed out Hugo’s is now owned by Evan’s brother, Dave.

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Eddie Redmayne fan of Dr. Karl & Susan Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:50:43 +0000 2015-02-24_0031He won the Best Actor award at the Oscars yesterday but Brit Eddie Redmayne owes it all, or at least some of it, to Neighbours.

Redmayne grew up watching Neighbours and is a huge fan of Dr. Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne).

“I think they’re amazing,” he has previously told Elle magazine.

“I’m a huge fan of them from old. I’ve learnt a lot from them from watching them daily.

“They are the greatest unsung acting duo in history”.

And it seems the admiration is mutual.

“It’s always wonderful when someone compliments your work, but to have such lovely things said from such an incredibly talented actor is very humbling and means more to me than he will ever know,” Jackie Woodburne told News Corp.

Alan Fletcher added, “To receive such generous praise from an actor of Eddie Redmayne’s startling ability and status has been thrilling for both of us.

“It never ceases to excite me to hear examples of the influence Neighbours has had beyond Australia. And congratulations Eddie for the recognition of your wonderful performance in The Theory of Everything.”

Group hug time.

image ]]> 8 Airdate: How We Got to Now Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:45:52 +0000 2015-02-23_2341This week on ABC a new 6-part series How We Got to Now sees innovation expert Steven Johnson chart the twists and turns of history, science, business and technology that have brought us to where we are today.

It tells the stories of the unlikely people whose passion for problem solving led to astonishing practical solutions and inventions that changed the world.

In the first episode he explores the technology of Clean.

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years a series of radical ideas, extraordinary innovations and unsung heroes have changed our world and the very way we live our lives.

Steven takes a plunge into a sewer to understand what made one maverick engineer decide to lift the entire city of Chicago with screw jacks in order to build America’s first sewer system underneath it. Houses, shops and hotels are raised 10ft high while business continues as usual.

While on a waterslide Steven tells us about John Leal and how he deliberately poisoned the water supply of 200,000 people but transformed the way we live. In 1908 the consensus was that chlorine was lethal but he believed differently. Without authorisation Leal added it into the city’s water and made it safe to drink. Imagine if it hadn’t worked? It would have been written into the history books as mass murder.

This isn’t just about the world becoming a cleaner place. The iphone, the subway, flat screen TVs and even the bikini are the result of the valiant efforts of the unsung heroes of clean.

9:30pm Thursday ABC.

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Insight: Feb 24 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:43:51 +0000 2014-06-26_1928

How do we create a more efficient patient-focused healthcare system?

Tonight on Insight Jenny Brockie brings together patients who feel jilted by the shortcomings of Australia’s medical system, and the doctors whose hands are tied by red tape.

Health experts discuss the solutions they believe could help save billions of dollars, end hospital bed shortages and improve access to patient records.

Doctors vent their frustrations with regulations they say are stopping them from working together, and the “waste” they see in the current system, including the over-abundance of Vitamin D testing.

Guests include:
Carly Stewart
Mother of patient: “I have very clear memories of hiding in the toilet with my son’s file because they [doctors] didn’t like you to look at it.”

Charlotte Hespe
General practitioner: “One of the big barriers has not been the willingness or the desire to share; it’s been the bureaucratic red tape.”

John Dwyer
Immunologist and Professor of Medicine: “We do not have a patient focused health care system.”

Stephen Duckett
Economist and Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute: “[The waste is about] 6 or 7 billion dollars.”

Terry Barnes
Public policy consultant and former adviser to two federal health ministers: “What has really frustrated me is that the debate about the co-payment has absolutely swamped the tougher conversation that we should be having about how the system should be working, how it should be financed, how people should get access to it.”

Tuesday, 24 February at 8.30pm on SBS ONE.

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E! to fast-track Jimmy Fallon Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:41:45 +0000 2015-02-23_2335E! will begin airing The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon from Monday March 2nd.

Screening at 10.30pm this will be Express from the US, just hours after its US broadcast and ahead of ABC2’s next-day broadcast.

At this stage ABC2 still has Fallon scheduled into March, meaning no changes have been flagged.

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Voting opens on 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:40:52 +0000 2015-02-23_2152Aussie kids can now cast their votes in Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.

There are five Aussie/Kiwi categories plus 22 global categories.

Three brand new awards in the Aussie/Kiwi categories will see Directioners battle Arianators for Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Fan Army and Grumpy Cat take on Taylor Swifts’ Cats, Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson for Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Animal. 

Mega super-star, Nick Jonas will host Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards from LA’s legendary ‘Fabulous’ Forum on Sunday, 29 March with the broadcast airing Live to Aussie audiences at 11am and then prime-time at 6pm. The KCAs are a celebration of kids’ favourite stars across the worlds of film, television, sports and music. As only Nickelodeon can, Kids’ Choice Awards offers a front-row seat to stunts, slime and celebrities. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

You can vote at and on Nickelodeon’s Twitter feed using #KCA. Voting closes 27 March.

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Internet Sensation
Jamie’s World
Charli’s Crafty Kitchen
Troye Sivan
Sarah Ellen

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Sports Star
Steve Smith
Stephanie Gilmore
Nick Kyrgios
Dan Carter (NZ)
Sarah Walker (NZ)

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Music Act
5 Seconds of Summer
Lorde (NZ)
Jamie McDell (NZ)
Iggy Azalea

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Animal
Grumpy Cat
Dr. Colosso (The Thundermans)
Boo the Pomeranian
Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson (Taylor Swifts’ cats)
Munchkin the Teddy Bear

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Fan Army
Directioners (One Direction fans)
5SOSFAM (Five Seconds of Summer fans)
Arianators (Ariana Grande fans)
Katy Cats (Katy Perry Fans)
Swifties (Taylor Swift Fans)

Sunday, 29 March with the broadcast airing Live at 11am and prime-time replay at 6pm on Nickelodeon.

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The Affair Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:00:30 +0000 Noah turns to Alison to help him research the local culture. But their innocent tour of Montauk proves more dangerous than expected. 9:30pm Tuesday on Showcase.

  • Maximum Choppage
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • NCIS
  • Catalyst
  • The Big Bang Theory
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Renewed: Love Child Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:07:16 +0000 2015-02-23_1656Nine has confirmed a third season for its period drama series, Love Child.

The renewal comes ahead of a second season premiere, returning “soon” on Nine.

In a briefly-worded statement, Nine confirms Jessica Marais, Jonathan LaPaglia, Mandy McElhinney, Matt Le Nevez, Ella Scott Lynch, Sophie Hensser, Gracie Gilbert, Harriet Dyer, Miranda Tapsell and Lincoln Younes will all return for season three.

Filming on the Playmaker Media drama will commence mid-year.

Love Child joins with House Husbands, also by Playmaker, on Nine’s local Drama slate alongside Gallipoli, currently airing.

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Netball returns to TEN Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:08:35 +0000 2015-02-23_1542Netball will return to TEN for the first time since 2012 in a new broadcast deal, shared jointly with FOX Sports.

The new Conference Finals and ANZ Championship Finals Series as well as all Australian Diamonds’ International Test Series matches played in Australia and New Zealand will be broadcast on both networks.

All 72 games of the ANZ Championship will be broadcast on FOX Sports and Sunday afternoon’s Match Of The Round will be simulcast Live on ONE for the next two years -totalling more coverage of the game than ever before.

Commenting will be former Diamonds’ Captains Liz Ellis and Sharelle McMahon, leading commentator Kelli Underwood, and recently retired Australian goal shooter Catherine Cox.

TEN Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “We are delighted to be returning the ANZ Championship to free-to-air television in 2015.

“This deal further demonstrates Network TEN’s commitment to live sport and is an important platform for women’s sport in Australia. The ANZ Championship showcases the best netballers in the world to fans all over the country.”

ANZ Championship General Manager, Andy Crook, said: “Our new Australian broadcast partnership with FOX Sports and Network TEN will deliver a record number of matches in 2015 with more than 175 hours of ANZ Championship broadcasts.

“The deal enhances the ANZ Championship’s growing reputation for delivering premium sports content and ensures that all Australians have the opportunity to watch the world’s best netball league every week across free-to-air and subscription television – setting the benchmark for women’s sport in Australia.”

Coverage will commence on ONE on Sunday, March 1, when the Queensland Firebirds take on the West Coast Fever at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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FOX Sports renews Netball broadcast deal Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:06:58 +0000 2015-02-23_1602FOX Sports will broadcast all ANZ Championship netball games in a new broadcast deal, jointly shared with TEN.

All 72 games of the ANZ Championship, including the new Conference Finals and ANZ Championship Finals Series, will be broadcast in High Definition on FOX Sports and Sunday afternoon’s Match of the Round will be simulcast on ONE.

All Australian Diamonds’ International Test Series matches will also air Live and in High Definition.

Commentary will include former Diamonds’ stars Liz Ellis and Sharelle McMahon, commentator Kelli Underwood, and recently retired Australian goal shooter Catherine Cox.

FOX Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “FOX Sports, in conjunction with Foxtel, is proud to continue its commitment to showcasing the world’s best netballers with coverage of every game of the ANZ Championship plus all Diamonds Test matches.

“We made history in 2013 by televising every ANZ Championship match for the first time in a landmark deal for the sport.

“This year netball fans will be able to watch more of the sport they love with coverage of all ANZ Championship matches, the Diamonds’ Test Series plus every game of the 2015 Netball World Cup on FOX Sports.”

ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook said: “Our new Australian broadcast partnership with FOX Sports and Network Ten will deliver a record number of matches in 2015 with more than 175 hours of ANZ Championship broadcasts.

“The deal enhances the ANZ Championship’s growing reputation for delivering premium sports content and ensures that all Australians have the opportunity to watch the world’s best netball league every week across free-to-air and subscription television – setting the benchmark for women’s sport in Australia,” Mr Crook said.

Coverage begins this Saturday (February 28) with the season opening match between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Waikato Bay of Plenty with Live coverage on FOX Sports 501 from 2.00pm EDT.

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Returning: Gardening Australia Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:59:55 +0000 2015-02-23_1457ABC’s Gardening Australia returns to screen Saturday March 7th at 6:30pm.

Join the Gardening Australia team as they head back outdoors to bring you inspiration and advice from across the country. Costa and the team will explore the incredible diversity of plants, marvel at the spaces they grow in, celebrate the passionate owners and encourage you to have a go yourself!

Tonight’s episode is full of practical ideas and inspiration for the start of autumn in your garden.

Costa introduces a family of beginners who are about to transform their backyard blank canvas into a productive and invigorating space.

Tino is back in The Patch demonstrating how to plant autumn vegies, Jane explores the colourful and creative garden of a previous winner of the Gardener of the Year competition, and there are tips and tricks galore from the rest of the team.

So grab your gloves and get stuck in!

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Presto joins iPhone, Android phones. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:55:33 +0000 2015-02-23_1336Presto is now available on select iPhones and Android handsets.

The initial roll out includes iPhone 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus as well select Android devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and ZTE.

From today, iPhone users can download the Presto app for free from Apple’s App Store and Android users from the Google Play Store or Samsung App Store.

Shaun James, Director of Presto and On Demand, said, “It’s been just over a month since Presto TV landed on Android tablets and with today’s announcement, we’ve massively increased the number of devices you can use to enjoy Presto.

“Presto subscribers can now enjoy our unbelievable movie and TV offering on their smartphones, allowing them to watch content when and where they want. Presto remains committed to ensuring users can access its online streaming service on as many devices as possible and we expect to make further announcements on even more devices soon.”

Presto TV or Presto Movies are available for $9.99 a month each or bundled for $14.99 a month.

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They didn’t have Timeshifting in the trenches Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:59:53 +0000 2014_04_07 Gallipoli_0973Much has been written about the Overnights performance of local Dramas already this year, with suggestions that audiences are shrinking due to (some) later timeslots.

Yet we are already seeing big numbers in what people are viewing in Timeshifted numbers.

The second episode of House of Hancock leads the local Dramas with 260,000 extra viewers. As a comparison, that would sit at #4 if it was embedded into the 2014 top Timeshifted shows.

Gallipoli, Winter and The Doctor Blake Mysteries have also pulled big crowds but this kind of data rarely gets reported.

Here are the results for local Dramas since the first week of 2015 ratings:

House of Hancock Part 2: 260,000
Total: 1.684m

Gallipoli (Ep 1: I) 238,000
Total: 1.342m

Gallipoli (Ep 1: II) 200,000
Total: 995,000

House of Hancock Part 1 179,000
Total: 1.563m

Winter: 179,000
Total: 1.097m

The Doctor Blake Mysteries: 169,000
Total: 1.174m

Wonderland: 108,000
Total: 502,000

Hiding: 80,000
Total: 607,000

Home and Away*: 72,000
Total: 956,000

Neighbours*: 26,000
Total: 227,000

* average of weekly episodes.

You can track regular Timeshifted numbers under TV Tonight’s Ratings section.

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Timeshifted: Sunday 15 February 2015 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:13:58 +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: 15/02/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 HOUSE OF HANCOCK -PART 2 Network 9 1,684,000 1,424,000 260,000 2 MY KITCHEN RULES-SUN Network 7 1,625,000 1,515,000 110,000 3 SEVEN NEWS-SUN Network 7 1,281,000 1,277,000 5,000 4 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,137,000 1,134,000 3,000 5 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -SUN Network 9 1,047,000 981,000 67,000 6 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,045,000 1,013,000 32,000 7 AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US Network 7 969,000 879,000 90,000 8 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 889,000 886,000 3,000 9 BROADCHURCH-EV Network ABC 830,000 730,000 100,000 10 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! EVICTION Network TEN 795,000 756,000 39,000 11 SHARK TANK Network TEN 713,000 674,000 38,000 12 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S CONQUEST OF THE SKIES-EV Network ABC 695,000 663,000 32,000 13 I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! SUN Network TEN 667,000 627,000 40,000 14 FORTITUDE-EV Network ABC 643,000 516,000 127,000 15 AIR CRASH INVESTIGATIONS Network 7 528,000 473,000 55,000 16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 488,000 487,000 1,000 17 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 453,000 451,000 1,000 18 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Network TEN 434,000 333,000 101,000 19 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS EP 2 Network TEN 326,000 236,000 91,000 20 CHLOE Network 9 318,000 295,000 23,000

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