Fifi Box and Dave Thornton to host Fox FM breakfast in Melbourne

fifi box dave thorntonFifi Box and Dave Thornton will be the new team for Fox FM’s breakfast show in Melbourne, the radio station has revealed.

The move means that the Today Network will also have a new lineup for its national drivetime show, which has been presented by Box and Jules Lund for the last three years.

Box and Thornton will succeed Matt Tilley and Jo Stanley, who announced a month ago that they would be stepping down from the Matt & Jo Show after a decade.

The Melbourne radio market will see radical changes next year with Nova’s market leading Hughesy & Kate breakfast show, with Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek, ending after 12 years. They will be replaced by Meshel Laurie and Tommy Little.

Box told Mumbrella: “Growing up in Melbourne, when I got into radio I never I never dreamed I could be on the Fox FM breakfast show.” Read more »

Quickflix queried by ASX on unusual trading volume

quickflix-logoThe Australian Stock Exchange has queried DVD rental and online streaming company Quickflix over a recent surge in the price of its shares rising from a 1.7 cents to a high of 2.2 cents in just two days.

In a letter to the company the ASX queried the share price spike and also “an increase in the volume of trading in company’s securities over this period.”

Quickflix share movement in the last month. Source: Yahoo

Quickflix share movement in the last month. Source: Yahoo

The ASX asked the company which has recently gone to market with a capital raising whether the company was “aware of any information concern it that has not been announced to the market which if known by some in the market, could explain the recent trading in its securities?”

In its written reply the ASX Quickflix said there was no information that had not been announced to market. However, the company argued that its recent capital raising and a placement to so-called sophisticated investors, who are experienced investors given access to discounted shares,   could have been a factor in the spike. Read more »

Julian Watt to depart Y&R Group

Watt: Stepping downY&R Group’s executive creative director Julian Watt is to step down at the end of the year in a move which will trigger a restructure of the creative offering of the wider group.

Watt, who has been in the role for nearly four years, told Mumbrella that he intended to take a break before making his next move, which he anticipated would still be within Australia although not necessarily the same type of role.

Watt said that when he joined the agency, he had set goals around winning creative awards, regaining client trust and a return to financial stability which had now been achieved. Read more »

Fairfax boss Greg Hywood: We’re going to get into the content marketing business

Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood, has identified four areas the company wants to develop its business in order to continue its move away from traditional media revenues.

Speaking at today’s AGM, Hywood pointed towards areas more traditionally occupied by marketing agencies – events; content marketing; SME (small and medium sized enterprises) digital and marketing services; and data – that Fairfax will be pushing into.



The strategy is being led by the organisation’s new group director of transformation  Adam Warden, who has previously worked for consultancies including United Decisions Holdings, Accenture and Bain & Co.

Hywood said: “Adam Warden has come on board to oversee our transformation program, with both cost and revenue objectives. Adam’s responsibilities include maximising our performance in a number of areas where we are looking to substantially develop our business – events, content marketing, SME digital and marketing services and data.”

Last month the company announced that Tourism Australia boss Andrew McEvoy would be joining to lead the development of the company’s events business.

Hywood said that content marketing would be a big part of the play. He said:

“Our second major new revenue opportunity is content marketing – an area that’s growing rapidly in Australia and globally as chief marketing officers increase their focus on more targeted and engaging marketing activities. Read more »

City of Sydney launches campaign to encourage ‘gracious’ cycling

City of Sydney has launched a campaign asking cyclists to be more aware, asking them to be “gracious” cyclists.

The campaign was created by creative agency Frost*, and also features an animated film, designed and produced by In the Thicket,  with the aim to make the growing number of bike riders more aware of their riding behaviour on and off cycle paths.

City of Sydney – Gracious Cycling from In The Thicket on Vimeo.

Steve Howlett, design manager at City Of Sydney said: “This campaign aims to promote and encourage gracious riding and the associated behaviours. With the numbers of bike riders in Sydney growing, and growing fast, we want the riders of today to set the example for those of the future.”

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Screen Australia invests $1 million in six new documentary projects

Screen AustraliaScreen Australia will invest $1 million is six new documentary projects that have been greenlit through Screen Australia’s Signature Documentary program.

The investment in five one-off documentaries and one multi-platform documentary is expected to generate over $2.1 million in production.

Liz Stevens, Screen Australia’s senior manager of documentary said: “One-off documentaries continue to be an important medium. Screen Australia values diversity on our screens and continues to grow the support of one-off documentary through its Signature and Producer Equity funding programs.”

The Australia government contributes around $18 million per year in direct support of documentary program-making in Australia.

The documentaries:

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UBank continue metaphor campaign with new instalment featuring a ventriloquist doll

photo (7)The next instalment of UBank’s “The Rewards are Real” campaign has launched featuring a  golden-haired and dressed in gold ventriloquist doll who acts as a metaphor “for all the money you could save on a UBank home loan”.

The campaign which runs across TV and print is the fourth part of the campaign was created by The Monkeys.

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Blackmores targets stress in new campaign

Blackmores has launched a new campaign targeting stressed Australian adults to promote its variety of products designed to combat the effects of a stressful life.

The campaign, created by Naked Communications, acknowledges the idea that stress comes in many forms, and people deal with situations differently visually depicting this idea in the campaign’s three TV commercials.

Blackmores’ Director of Marketing, Valerie Moreno said: “So many Australians suffer from stress as a result of today’s fast paced culture. Everyone’s busy. There’s always so much to do. Stress can have a wide range of effects on your body and can also affect your mind, digestive system, sleep and energy levels. This campaign aims to acknowledge the many forms of stress and remind people that Blackmores can help to restore your balance.”

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2UE’s Paul Murray: Sacking Jason Morrison is a loss for the station


Paul Murray



2ue logo2UE’s morning presenter Paul Murray has gone on air to criticise the firing of drivetime presenter Jason Morrison. In comments on his show this morning, Murray criticised the move before concluding “We’re buddies forever – bugger radio”.


Murray’s comments came in the same week that Fairfax Radio Network’s 2UE sunk to the lowest rating commercial station in Sydney and hours after the station finally publicly confirmed that it was letting Morrison go.

In an email to staff last night, 2UE’s general manager Chris Parker said: Read more »

EnergyAustralia spoofs game show to promote its Victorian ‘Perfect Plans’

EnergyAustralia has launched a new campaign promoting its ‘Perfect Plan’ ePlans to Victorians via a cheesy game-show format.

The campaign introduces consumers to Energy Australian’s three new ePlans: Weekend Saver, Night Saver and Regular Saver.

The ‘game show’ format of the campaign is interactive, allowing viewers to click links to ask particular questions which takes the viewer to new videos.

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Big Brother pulls in nearly 1.5m for last episode of series

Big Brother 2013 - Tim Dormer winnerThe final episode of Big Brother brought more than 1.4m metro viewers to Channel Nine last night as housemate Tim Dormer was named the winner.

Nine cleared two and a half hours of its schedule for the grand final which averaged 1.31m, with audiences growing to 1.98m for the winner announcement and 1.474m for the final celebration.

The show has averaged around 800,000 viewers for the network four nights a week since its launch in July, and has consistently performed strongly in the 25-54 demographic where it was often the top program. Last night the show again topped 25-54s and Channel Nine announced it will return next year.

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2DayFM loses bid to stop ACMA investigation into suicide prank call

2day fm sydneyThe Federal Court has this morning ruled in favour of the Australian Communications Authority, paving the way for the media watchdog to conclude its investigation into Sydney radio station 2DayFM over its handling of last year’s disastrous Royal prank phone call.

This morning Justice Richard Edmonds dismissed arguments by 2DayFM that any findings by the media authority in its preliminary report had the potential to do “enormous damage” to the radio station and prejudice any future criminal proceedings.

If, as expected, ACMA rules that Southern Cross Austereo’s 2Day FM breached its licence conditions by breaking the law with the prank call, it has the power to suspend or remove the radio station’s licence.

The ACMA this morning said it was pleased with the decision which means the media watchdog is now free to issue its report on the incident.

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Mel Greig and Michael ‘MC’ Christian,

“The ACMA welcomes this decision,” said Chris Chapman, ACMA chairman. “It provides clarity over the operation of the licence condition that prohibits broadcasters from using their broadcasting service in the commission of an offence. The Federal Court confirmed that the ACMA has the power to form an opinion as to whether a broadcaster has breached the licence condition, independently of any conviction for a criminal offence.”

Meanwhile Southern Cross Austereo has refused to rule out appealing the decision. In a statement issued this afternoon the company said: “We are reviewing the judgement and considering our position. There will be no further comment at this time.”

In his judgment, handed down this morning, Justice Edmonds rejected 2DayFM’s argument that a finding by the media watchdog would be prejudicial, writing: “In circumstances where the court may never come to make that finding – a possibility Today FM acknowledges – that outcome is inconsistent with the function of the section within the broader regulatory framework, providing a mechanism by which the ACMA may bring infringing conduct to an expeditious end or otherwise ensure that its occurrence is not repeated going forward.” Read more »

David Hoath to lead APN sales efforts in NZ

David Hoath Fairfax Media’s former commercial chief for Victoria David Hoath has taken a senior role with APN News & Media in New Zealand.

Hoath will be group advertising director for the publisher, whose flagship NZ masthead is The New Zealand Herald.

Hoath, originally from the UK, joined Fairfax Media in 2005, where he led The Age’s sales team for the next six years. After a restructure he became publisher of The Age and after another restructure spent  a year as Fairfax media’s chief operating officer. He left Fairfax in May after another restructure.

APN has a sales staff of 150 in New Zealand.

Hoath starts the role next week, reporting in to chief executive Martin Simons.  Read more »

Morning Update: Nov 7 – Old-school pitch for news app; Everything ad people love jammed into 90 seconds; Internet kills the video store

This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping.

AdWeek: Modern-Day News App Gets the Most Old-School Pitch You Can Imagine

“If there’s one thing that says breaking news in the era of social media, it’s an old white guy smoking cigarettes on a boxy television. That’s the ironic and all-around odd approach takes in the promo video announcing its new site and app design.”

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Nine’s Big Brother to return in 2014

big brother logoThe Nine Network’s reality competition Big Brother will return in 2014.

The news of the show’s recommission was announced during this evening’s finale episode, broadcast live across the eastern seaboard from the show’s headquarters at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. During the finale, Tim Dormer was crowned the winner of the series and took home $250,000.

Speaking prior to the finale, Alex Mavroidakis, the show’s executive producer, told Mumbrella’s sister title Encore: “We’ll be back in 2014 and with any luck we’ll be here in 2015, 16 and 17. It was kind of a no-brainer for Nine.” Read more »

News Corp: Rupert Murdoch has not been lobbying for Ten takeover

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

News Corp has denied that boss Rupert Murdoch has lobbied the Abbott government for a change to the media ownership rules to allow the company to buy the Ten Network.

The statement from News Corp came after Sydney Morning Herald columnist Elizabeth Knight suggested that Rupert Murdoch had been lobbying legislators. She claimed: “Having been the largest single contributor to the election of Tony Abbott’s Coalition government, Rupert Murdoch is looking for his reward, according to word around the industry.

“The lobbying is said to extend to the Foreign Investment Review Board (or at least its ultimate master, Treasurer Joe Hockey) and media regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority.”

Sister title Australian Financial Review claimed that Murdoch had raised the issue with media minister Malcolm Turnbull.

News Corp this afternoon issued a statement saying:  Read more »

Bonds turns to song for Christmas campaign

Bonds has unveiled its annual Christmas campaign featuring its regular stars Pat Rafter and Samara Weaving carol singing in their undies with a version of the song made famous by Annie Lennox and Al Green ‘Put a Little Love in Your Heart’.

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ABC TV head of entertainment Jennifer Collins resigns

Jennifer CollinsThe head of entertainment for ABC TV, Jennifer Collins, has resigned to take a new job with independent production company Screentime.

Collins will leave the public broadcaster at the end of the month and then join Screentime as head of non-fiction.

During her time as head of entertainment, Collins oversaw development and commissioning of programs across all areas, from documentaries, to arts and entertainment, comedy, sport, and events. Read more »

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