Chaser return rates 784,000 – but is it a Wednesday flop?

The Chaser’s media and news analysis show The Hamster Wheel returned last night, slightly down in the ratings on last year’s debut.

The team’s opening sketch, a mocking show tune, lampooned not only themselves but ABC1′s struggling Wednesday line-up including mentor Andrew Denton’s Randling, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and QI as well as ratings winners such as The Voice and Howzat.

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Victoria’s top PR campaigns revealed by PRIA

The Public Relations Institute of Australia has revealed what it regards as the best PR campaigns from around the state of Victoria, with JetStar, Fight Dementia and City of Melbourne among the winners.

The winners:

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Mabo clean sweeps at Deadlys

Mabo has won Film of the Year at the 2012 Deadly Awards, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

The film’s stars also took out top honours in their categories.

The annual Deadly Awards, now in its 18th year, honour Indigenous excellence in various categories across arts, music and sport.

Mabo was selected ahead of documentaries Freedom Rides 40 Years On and The Tall Man. Read more »

‘No forking worries’ – SPC launches snack bar filled with beans

A snack bar filled with baked beans is to hit the shelves in service stations around the country.

A campaign for the SPC BIG Bean Bar and the SPC BIG Bean Pocket positions the beans bar as the “perfect on-the-go ready to eat snack” for breakfast, mid-morning, afternoon or “anytime hunger hits”.

SPC says the launch is its biggest in a decade.

Targeted at 18-29 year old men, the snack bar has “64% less fat, 62% less saturated fat and 34% fewer calories” than a similar sized sausage roll, according to a press release.

The snack bars were launched via a stunt at Melbourne’s Federation Square that saw celebrity bogan Strauchanie destroy a fork.

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Groupon in Antarctica group buying deal first

Groupon is launching a group buying travel first – deals on trips to Antarctica.

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Girls check out guys at boot camp in Libra ad

"I love boot camp"

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has launched a new TV ad for sanitary towel brand Libra.

The ad, which follows two girls who go to watch a gathering of men training, aims to show ‘the freedom that can be enjoyed with a pad that’s designed to fit, no matter what you do,’ according to a press release.

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Paddy Douneen takes on client role at Mindshare

Paddy Douneen

Media executive Paddy Douneen has taken on a role at Mindshare as client leader.

The former BMF media director, who left the Enero agency to start up his own consultancy in June last year, has been with the GroupM media shop for a week and his role is still being defined. Read more »

Marina Go on Crikey’s new look, the plan to get more women writing for it

This week independent news and commentary website Crikey unveiled a new look.

Marina Go, publisher at parent company Private Media, chatted to Mumbrella editor Tim Burrowes about: Read more »

Geoffrey Rush warns AACTAs may disappear after losing naming sponsor

Australia’s peak film and television awards may be the second screen industry awards to disappear in 2012 due to lack of sponsorship, actor Geoffrey Rush has warned.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, in its second year after relaunching from the Australian Film Institute Awards, is seeking a naming rights sponsor, following Samsung discontinuing its five year relationship. Read more »

Tourism campaign to bring back Aussies to quake-hit Christchurch goes live

Mayor Bob Parker: "Australia, I want one of your big things"

A campaign to entice Australian tourists back to earthquake-hit Christchurch – dubbed “the most challenging brief of 2012 – has gone live.

The campaign is being fronted by Christchurch Mayor and former This Is Your Life presenter Bob Parker, who said in a press release: “We’ve got a major issue in Christchurch at the moment. We’ve got tourists flocking here from all over the world – but where are the Australians?”

The first phase of the campaign, which cost $980,000 in production and media spend, sees the Mayor go on a tour of Australia to drum up support from local officials for Christchurch. The central theme of the campaign, which launches with three videos on Christchurch’s YouTube channel, is around ‘big things’. Read more »

Zuni wins Moet Hennessy and Tourism Tasmania

Independent digital agency Zuni has picked up Moet Hennessy as a client with a brief to help the alcohol brand develop its digital conversations with consumers.

Zuni could not comment on the win, but according to the agency’s newly updated website: “Zuni is working closely with Moet Hennessy to develop ways of digitally engaging with their audiences and strengthening the relationship they already have with the amazing array of luxury alcohol brands.” Read more »

I Will Survive drops again

Ten’s I Will Survive had one of its lowest results of the series on Tuesday night.

The musical competition, themed around the film Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, rated 277,000 across the five city metro market, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The disappointing number is a fall on last week when the network switched form two episodes a week to one in the face of poor ratings. Last week’s episode rating 358,000.

The show’s previous preliminary ratings low of 281,000 total viewers was later consolidated to 263,000. Read more »

New privacy laws could mean opt-outs in all direct marketing and $1.1m fines for rule breakers

jodie sangster

ADMA CEO Jodie Sangster

How marketers use data to target new and existing customers is to get tougher if new laws are passed, industry body ADMA has claimed.

Among the new rules would be mandatory opt-outs in all direct marketing – including social media – and heavy fines of $1.1m for those who flout the rules, the marketing body says.

But the Senate has recommended that a proposal to ban direct marketing altogether be dropped, as well as the need to deal with customers anonymously or enabling them to use a pseudonym. Read more »

Dame Edna, Wog Boy and Hawkins provide Whereis voices

wog boyTelstra’s Whereis is using the voices of Australian celebrities Dame Edna, Nick “Wog Boy” Giannopoulos and Jennifer Hawkins in its updated iPhone road navigation app. Read more »

UM wins ABC Commercial media account from Mitchells

ABC commercialMedia agency UM has won the account for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s revenue-generating division, ABC Commercial after a review handled by pitch consultants Enth Degree.

The incumbent Mitchells had held the account for a number of years. UM will be responsible for strategy, planning and buying.

The appointment is effective immediately. Mat Baxter, CEO of UM Australia, told Mumbrella: “We’re thrilled to win such a great piece of business with such a strong brand. ABC Commercial has some brilliant properties and we think we’ll be able to do some exciting things together.”

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Intel sponsors David Blaine sleep deprivation stunt

Intel is sponsoring an attempt by David Blaine to stay awake for three days and three nights.

The computer chip maker is beaming images of the magician’s first performance in four years from Pier 54 in New York City to Customs House in Sydney on 5 October.

The show, called Electrified (the performance will involve 1m volts of electricity, according to a press release) is part of Intel’s push to promote its Ultrabook Experience technology. Sydneysiders will be able to interact with David Blaine for one hour during the stunt.

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Pat Crowley steps up at Ikon Sydney

pat crowleyIkon Communications has promoted Pat Crowley to lead its Sydney operation after the departure of Annick Perrin to Initiative.

Crowley and Perrin were previously joint MDs of Ikon Sydney.

In a statement, Ikon CEO Dan Johns said: “Pat Crowley and Annick Perrin have performed the role of Joint Managing Directors of Ikon Sydney for the past 12 months. Across this period both have grown their confidence and skills to be able to run a business on their own. Read more »

Wicked Campers slogan ‘It’s better to be black than gay cos you don’t have to tell your parents’ ruled against after years on the road

A van with the slogan ‘It’s better to be black than gay cos you don’t have to tell your parents’ written on the back has been banned by the advertising watchdog – years after the vehicle was first put on the road by tour operator Wicked Campers.

Just a single complaint was made to the Advertising Standards Bureau, which read: “I am greatly concerned at the offensive message on this Wicked campervan.”

The Australian carried a story headlined ‘No business like slogan business’ in 2009 that singled out Wicked Campers for using the “deliberately offensive slogan”. But until now, not a single complaint from the public has been made about the slogan. Read more »

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