M&C Saatchi’s Andrew Condon moves to sport and entertainment specialist Gemba

The managing director of M&C Saatchi’s sport and entertainment arm has been appointed GM of Gemba’s Sydney office.

Andrew Condon will re-join the specialist marketing agency for sport and entertainment he left in 2009 to help set up M&C Sport and Entertainment.

In his new role Condon will report to director and CEO Rob Mills. Read more »

Best Job In The World expands to six states

WORLDS BEST JOBS PART TWO TWOScreen Shot 2013-03-05 at 11.24.50 AMTourism Australia is launching a second global Best Jobs In The World competition after the  success of the original Tourism Queensland campaign more than three years ago.

This time there will be six  jobs in six states rather than the single job won by Ben Southall last time round as caretaker of an island in the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

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Brisbane ratings: 97.3fm gets breathing room at the top

Brisbane radio ratings

Brisbane share survey Monday – Sunday – Nielsen

DMG Radio’s Nova106.9 has seen a slight drop in the first radio ratings survey to give Australian Radio Network’s 97.3fm breathing room in the number one position in the city.

The ARN station dropped just 0.1 ratings points for a respectable 13.4 per cent share while Nova dropped from 13.1 per cent to 11.9 per cent. The youth station remains in second position however.

Brisbane radio survey 1 2013

Brisbane radio survey 1 2013

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Adelaide radio ratings: Mix102.3 extends its lead

Adelaide radio ratings

Adelaide radio ratings Monday to Sunday / Nielsen

Australian Radio Network’s Mix102.3 has extended its lead in Adelaide’s market in the latest  radio survey results.

The station had a jump from 15.5 per cent to 16.8 per cent from Monday to Sunday according to auditing company Nielsen.

Adelaide radio survey 1 2013

Adelaide Monday to Sunday audience share / Nielsen


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Iris Sydney wins tender for Sydney’s City Christmas

Simon Porter, Managing Director at iris Sydney

Porter: Excited

Creative agency Iris Sydney has won a tender to make the city an international Christmas destination in three years.

The creative agency will develop and implement a strategy that will include cooperative marketing initiatives, developing new events and using new “cutting edge” technology for the City of Sydney’s City Christmas project. Read more »

Eureka Report announces joint venture with Clime Asset Management

News Limited’s Eureka Report has announced a new joint venture with Clime Asset Management to offer investors tools to track the performance of Australian shares.

Under the, as yet unnamed joint venture, investors will offer investors stock valuation and research solutions using Clime’s methodology of evaluating and assessing company value and also the Eureka Report’s investment commentary. Read more »

TedxSydney announces 2013 sponsors

Tedx SydneyTEDxSydney has announced its sponsorship lineup for this year’s programme with Qantas, Samsung, the Sydney Opera House and Telstra all joining the event as sponsors.

The University of Sydney and The Australian Broadcasting Corporation have also confirmed they will once again be the event’s principal partner and media partner respectively.

The annual ideas event is now in its fourth year and has an audience in the hundreds of thousands. TEDxSydney features a selection of Australia’s leading thinkers, storytellers and performers sharing their ideas to an audience both in person and online.

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Sydney radio ratings: Jones and 2GB take a hit

Sydney share survey 1 2013 - Monday to Sunday | Source: Nielsen

Sydney share survey 1 2013 – Monday to Sunday | Source: Nielsen

Talk station 2GB’s ratings have dropped to the lowest levels in more than a year, new numbers from Nielsen today show.

The station saw the biggest drop in Monday to Sunday share, with a fall of two ratings points from 14 per cent Monday to Sunday share to 12 per cent.

Meanwhile, the biggest rise came from WSFM.

Sydney Monday to Sunday radio audience share

Sydney Monday to Sunday radio audience share | Source: Nielsen

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MKR wins narrowing battle with The Block as Masterchef fades

Monday night was a two-way ratings battle between Seven and Nine with the gap closing between My Kitchen Rules and The Block: All Stars.

The Block rated 1.531m for Nine while MKR rated 1.791m for Seven, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM.

Seven narrowly won the night on share with 25.9 per cent fo the free to air audience compared to Nine’s 24.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, the only programme that Ten had in the top 20 most watched was Ten News At Five, which rated 694,000. Ten’s share for the night was 8.9 per cent, well behind ABC1’s 15.4 per cent. Read more »

How to get a place on the board, find staff and keep them to be focus of CommsCon session

Communications PR conferenceNext week’s CommsCon conference will see panellists debate how to recruit and retain talent, and debate the skills communications professionals will need in the future.

In the latest session to be announced, David Redhill, chief marketing officer at Deloitte, Adrian Christie, head of communications at eBay, and Jeremy Wrench, group managing director of Capstone Hill Search, will debate the key issues around talent.

Among the questions being tackled in the session are what new capabilities does the PR professional need to add to their resumé as the industry changes?

Also on the agenda is the question of whether the answer to a small talent pool is to bring in skilled people from other industries or other countries, to outsource to other countries or to use technology to automate.

The panel will also discuss how to protect against poaching including stratgies to keep staff fulfilled and developing new abilities.

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Save Your Legs has disappointing opening at the box office

SaveYourLegsA new Australian film about cricket has struggled at the box office on its opening weekend.

Save Your Legs opened across an ambitious 176 screens for distributor Madman, taking $165,000, for a screen average of just $936 per screen.

The film is directed by Boyd Hicklin, who created the 2005 documentary of the same name about a team of Australian cricketers on a cricket and cultural exchange to India. Read more »

Southern Cross Austereo shares climb

Shares in Southern Cross Austereo today closed at their highest level in more than a year after it was revealed that the company was in talks with Nine Entertainment Co to merge their TV assets.

SCA share price | Source: Google Finanace

SCA share price | Source: Google Finance – 12 months

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Cheil global chief strategy officer Bruce Haines to leave after five-year stint

Bruce HainesBruce Haines, who was behind the opening of the Australian office of Korean ad agency Cheil last year, is leaving the network.

The global chief strategy officer, who has helped build Cheil into a network of 54 offices in 29 markets around the world, will depart the Seoul-based agency in April – exactly five years since he joined. Read more »

Daily Life editor: I warned my bosses of social media apocalypse over patronising label

womens perspectiveThe editor of Fairfax Media’s female-focused section Daily Life has moved to distance herself from the decision to link to the site from the publisher’s mastheads via the label “women’s perspective”.

The move – part of a redesign of smh.com.au and theage.com.au to coincide with the switch of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to compact format – created consternation on social media with “women’s perspective” labelled patronising and old fashioned.

But Sarah Oakes, editor of Daily Life has this afternoon written a column revealing that her bosses had overruled her opposition.
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Telstra’s Mark Buckman expands role

Mark-Buckman-high-res-to-replace-old-one-234x350Telstra chief marketer Mark Buckman has expanded his responsibilities adding the roles of digital media and IPTV to his purview.

He replaces JB ­Rousselot who stood down as Telstra’s executive director of media last week, ending a 10 year-stint at the company.

“I’m very excited about the role. The whole media space is one of Telstra’s key growth strategies for the future and I think there are a lot of synergies between the marketing porfolio as well as the digital media and IPTV platforms”, Buckman told Mumbrella this morning.  Read more »

Sapphires writer and Rachel Griffiths feature among productions getting Screen Australia grants

A writer of last year’s hit musical The Sapphires is among ten who have received development grants totalling $276,000 from Screen Australia.

Tony Briggs was given the funding to support his new venture called The Grip – a comedy drama about five young Australian men who discover the key to winning the pokies and develop Robin Hood-like reputations.

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Mates share the love over burgers in new KFC ad

KFC black editionKFC has launched a new television commercial from Ogilvy Sydney featuring mates understanding their various foible as they bond over burgers.

One guy is forgiven for bringing his girlfriend to a poker night, while two music fans arrive at a gig on the wrong day after a diary blunder.  Read more »

Google boss Nick Leeder to leave for French role



Google Australia is searching for new MD after the decision of current boss Nick Leeder to take up a role running Google in France.

In a statement Leeder said: “My time with Google Australia and New Zealand has been one of the highlights of my career. The team here is doing tremendous things to help local partners, advertisers, and users. It’s been an honour to be part of it. I look forward to watching Google’s contribution to Australia and New Zealand grow in the coming years.” Read more »

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