Courts sets date in 2DayFM vs ACMA case

2day fm sydneyThe Federal Court has set down September 19 as the date for its hearing of the court case involving Sydney radio station 2DayFM and the media watchdog the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

In a directions hearing this morning the Court agreed that the case, which sees 2DayFM asking the court to stop the media authority from continuing its investigation into last year’s “royal prank call” incident, would be one centring on the legal question around whether the ACMA has jurisdiction to make a final ruling after it last month issued preliminary findings which were critical of the incident.

A negative ruling could have serious repurcussions for 2DayFM which if it is found to have breached its licence through an illegal act such as recording phone calls without consent could see the licence suspended or revoked. Read more »

Radio ratings: Adelaide – Mix102.3FM secures top spot

radio ratings m-s july 2 2013Mix102.3 FM has regained its audience after recent dips in listeners to firmly position itself as the most popular station in Adelaide with 16.8 per cent of the audience throughout the week.

The station has bounced back from drops in audience share in the two previous rounds of ratings. It saw an even bigger rise in its share of the Monday to Friday audience.

Mix102.3 FM dominates the commercial audience in nearly all time slots.

The station also closed the gap on ABC891’s breakfast with Matthew Abraham and David Bevan whose audience has dropped from a 17.6 per cent share to 16.8. Read more »

Radio ratings: Melbourne – Eddie McGuire takes the FM breakfast crown

Melbourne's Monday to Sunday radio share | Source: Nielsen

Melbourne’s Monday to Sunday radio share | Source: Nielsen

Weeks after being forced to apologise for racist comments about AFL player Adam Goodes, Eddie McGuire has bounced back, with his Triple M breakfast show moving to number one FM show in Melbourne.

Triple M’s Hot Breakfast grew its share from 8.5 per cent to 9.5 per cent, overtaking fellow Southern Cross Austereo station FoxFM whose Matt & Jo show moved from 9.1 per cent to 9.2 per cent.

SCA chief content officer Guy Dobson told Mumbrella: “Eddie and the team have worked hard for it.” Dobson said that McGuire’s May 29 comments came too late in the survey period to affect the outcome either way. The survey period covers April 7 to May 11 and May 19 to June 22.

Meanwhile, the lead changed in a number of timeslots in Melbourne, with ABC774 challenging hard.

In the morning talk battle, ABC774’s Jon Faine (up from 13.3 per cent to 15.1 per cent) moved ahead of 3AW’s Neil Mitchell (up from 13.3 per cent to 13.8 per cent). Read more »

Radio ratings: Sydney – Jonesy & Amanda keep chasing Kyle & Jackie O as ABC sees uplift

Sydney Monday to Sunday share | Source: Nielsen

Sydney Monday to Sunday share | Source: Nielsen

WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda are continuing to breath down the necks of 2DayFM’s Kyle & Jackie O in the latest set of radio ratings for Sydney.

The duo of Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller saw their share of audience jump by the largest amount of any breakfast show – up from a 7.6 per cent share to 9.2 per cent.

ARN’s national content director Duncan Campbell said: “We’re particularly happy with Jonesy & Amanda’s excellent result in Sydney. They consistently work really hard and deserve this success.”

Meanwhile, Sandilands and Jackie O also grew their audience, with a slight rise from 9.6 to 10 per cent leaving them top of the commercial FM shows.

The biggest fall in the breakfast slot came on AM with Alan Jones on talk station 2GB seeing a drop from 17 per cent to 15.8 per cent, Read more »

House Rules winner announcement pulls in 1.8m

Seven’s House Rules topped the ratings last night with its final episode drawing 1.53m viewers across the five capital cities while the announcement of the winner drew an audience of 1.837m, preliminary overnight figures show.

The show produced in-house by the team behind My Kitchen Rules has seen ratings climb in its first season to close the gap on Nine’s longer established home renovation show The Block.

The Block at 7pm had 1.227m viewers last night, and was the fifth most popular program behind the two episodes of House Rules plus Nine News and Seven News.

Ten’s MasterChef at 7.30pm, which has a Wild West theme this week, was 20th for the night with 646,000 viewers.

Jonathan Holmes’ final episode of Media Watch on ABC1 had 796,000 viewers across the five city metro. Read more »

New government ad campaign accused of ‘blatant political advertising’

A new Federal Government advertising campaign is drawing criticism for “blatantly political advertising”  amid suggestions that it may breach the rules around publicly funded government advertising.

(Ad courtesy of Ebiquity)

The TV commercial, which features the Federal Government’s “Plan for Australian Jobs”, promotes Government attempts to “ensure companies give Aussie suppliers a fair go”, “keep jobs here and not overseas,” and “help small businesses grow, which means more jobs.” The ad concludes with the line: “A plan for Australian jobs. Australia works: let’s keep it that way.” Read more »

Big Brother’s Stacey Wren signs onto Southern Cross Austereo breakfast show

Stacey Wren

Wren: From Frost Design to Big Brother to SCA 

Stacey Wren has become the latest former Big Brother contestant to parlay her time on the show into a radio breakfast show.

The former Frost Design staffer delivered her first radio breakfast show this morning as one half of the new ‘Huw and Stacey’ show on Southern Cross Austereo’s 94.3 Star FM in south east Melbourne and 97.9 Star FM in Latrobe Valley.

Dave Cameron, Fox FM content director and head of the Today Network at Southern Cross Austereo said: “We’re very excited about Stacey joining the SCA on-air team. She shows huge potenial as the next radio star for us.” Read more »

Man of Steel tops Aussie box office with nearly $9m takings

Superman origins film Man of Steel topped the Australian box office this weekend. According to figures from the Motion Picture Distributor’s Association of Australia, the Zack Snyder directed film took $8,877,913 across 560 screens. The film opened on Thursday.

In its second weekend, the animated Despicable Me 2 took half that of Man of Steel bringing in just shy of $4.5m across 487 screens.

The Great Gatsby continues to attract audiences placing fifth in the top 20 taking more than $1m across 257 screens while Catriona McKenzie’s Satellite Boy made just $28,0071 showing on 10 screens.

Then top 20 weekend box office:  Read more »

Joe Hildebrand on Mumbrella video hangout

TV pundit and News Limited journalist Joe Hildebrand was the guest in Mumbrella’s live video hangout.

The wide-ranging conversation with Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes covered his TV projects, career advice for would-be journalists, insights into editing a newspaper letters page, favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and views on slavery. Read more »

Mumbrella360 catchup: Hamish McLennan – why running a TV network is like an ad agency

m360In the next instalment of a series to run over the next few days, we recap the highlights from Ten CEO Hamish McLennan’s appearance at Mumbrella360 last month.

On stage with Mumbrella’s Tim Burrowes, McLennan discussed:

  • Why McLennan believes a TV network is 80 per cent the same as a creative agency;
  • His management style;
  • Why creative businesses are a combination of art and science;
  • What success will look like at Ten;
  • How the new demographic focus is influencing programs;
  • How his time in New York has helped him to see the bigger picture;
  • Ten’s coming re-entry into the breakfast television market.

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ACCC fines Coles for Australia grown produce claims

Coles logoSupermarket chain Coles has been fined $61,200 by watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for allegedly misleading consumers about the country of origin on some of its fresh produce.

In a statement issued this morning, the ACCC said it had issued six infringement notices to Coles for claims made in five of its stores between March 2013 and May 2013.

According to the ACCC, Coles had displayed imported navel oranges and kiwi fruit underneath price boards which read ‘Helping Australia Grow’ with the triangular ‘Australian Grown’ symbol.

“Consumers should be able to rely on the accuracy of claims about food, particularly when they are prepared to pay a premium for products made in Australia. Misleading country of origin claims can also have a significant impact on the competitive process and hurt the local economy,” said Rod Sims, chairman of the ACCC. Read more »

Property advisers Herron White rebrands

HTW_01Australia’s largest independent property advisers Herron Todd White has today launched a rebranding, including a new logo, as part of a broader repositioning of its business within the industry.

According to the company, the new brand is designed to identify Herron Todd White’s “core business and represents the company’s evolution and strategic direction”. Read more »

Kraft Foods rebrands as Mondelēz International

mondelez logoKraft Foods – owner of major brands including Vegemite, Cadbury and Philadelphia – has changed its name to Mondelez International.

The company name change follows the division of parent company Kraft Foods Inc into two independent companies Mondelēz International Inc and Kraft Foods Group Inc in October last year. Read more »

Aussies’ Manchester United Ronaldo campaign comes to an end after scam claims

Get Ronaldo homeAn Aussie media and marketing duo who launched a social media campaign to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United have called a halt to their campaign after fans became concerned the project was a scam

As Mumbrella reported in May, Diageo Australia’s former director of corporate relations Ron Ainsbury and digital agency owner Catch Andrew Dent were behind the Bring Ronaldo Home social media campaign.

The duo traveled to the UK to launch the push to bring the footballer back to the club. Read more »

Wild West MasterChef in ratings wilderness as House Rules builds for big finish

The dual impact of Nine’s current affairs show 60 Minutes and Seven’s semi-final of House Rules left Ten’s Masterchef with little oxygen in the 7.30pm timeslot on Sunday night.

The Wild West themed episode of Masterchef saw Ten’s flagship reality show continue its steady decline.

Audiences dropped from the 800,000 who watched the opening of Italian week last Sunday, and 890,000 who tuned in the weekend before, to just 683,000, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM. Masterchef was 14th overall and tenth in Ten’s target category of 25-54’s

Nine’s 60 Minutes -was the most watched program of the night with an audience of 1.585m. Read more »

Anthony Albanese appointed communications minister

AlboDeputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been appointed Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

In a ministerial reshuffle announced this morning it was confirmed that Albanese he would replace Stephen Conroy who resigned last week following the leadership spill.

Albanese will also retain the portfolios of transport and infrastructure. Read more »

Mi9 latest to exit group buying, selling Cudo to owner of

CudoNine Entertainment Co’s joint business with Microsoft Mi9 has sold its group buying website Cudo to online business AussieCommerce.

The deal will see Cudo merge with AussieCommerce’s other group buying website

The sale of Cudo by Mi9 follows the decision of rival Yahoo!7 in February to withdraw from the group buying market, instead becoming a list broker. That came little more than two years after Yahoo!7 bought Spreets at the top of the group buying bubble for a price of $40m.

Mi9 is refusing to say how much AussieCommerce paid for Cudo, which was launched in 2010 by Mi9’s ninemsn and heavily marketed on the Nine network. Read more »

Holmes bows out from Media Watch tonight

Long standing Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes will bow out tonight after five years hosting the ABC show.

Tonight’s episode will see Holmes break from his usual format of castigating bad journalism to celebrate the best.

Read more »

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