Ikon founder: I don’t want to talk about why we sacked Johns

Ikon LifeIkon’s new chairman Simon White has refused to discuss the departure of former national CEO Dan Johns and rejected speculation about the media agency’s practices involving online trading.

AdNews had suggested that the departure of national CEO Dan Johns and other senior staff such as Ellie Rogers and Leonie Kerley may have followed their pushing for greater transparency.

“(The allegations) are not true. We are absolutely transparent,” White – who co-founded the agency more than a decade ago before selling to STW – told Mumbrella. Read more »

Perth radio ratings: Mix 94.5 stays on top

Perth Monday to Sunday share | Source: Nielsen

Perth Monday to Sunday share | Source: Nielsen

Southern Cross Austereo’s Mix 94.5 has maintained its lead in the tight Perth radio market.

The station had 13.8 per cent share of the Monday to Sunday audience, down slightly from its previous 14.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, DMG’s Nova 93.7 rose from 11.1 per cent to 11.9 per cent. And Fairfax’s 96FM fell from 12.5 per cent to 11.4 per cent. Read more »

Ten reports $243m loss

Ten has reported making a loss of nearly quarter of a billion dollars in the first half of its financial year.

The company reported a net loss of $243m for the half year ending in February. In large part, this was because the company wrote down the theoretical value of its licence. It made an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation) profit of $35m.

However, revenues have been down partly because of the tough market and partly because the network has suffered from poor ratings. Read more »

Adelaide radio ratings: Mix on top but 5AA takes breakfast

Adelaide ratings share Monday to Sunday | Source: Nielsen

Adelaide ratings share Monday to Sunday | Source: Nielsen

ARN’s Mix 102.3 saw a fall in its audience share, but remained at the top of the Adelaide market according to the latest survey results published by Nielsen today.

The station saw its Monday to Sunday share drop from 16.8 per cent to 14.8 per cent, and its weekday share fall from 17.2 per cent to 15.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, the biggest jump came for Southern Cross Austereo’s Triple M, which rose from 8.5 per cent to 9.6 per cent of Monday to Sunday listening and from 9 per cent to 10.5 per cent of Monday to Friday listening.

In the commercial breakfast battle, 5AA’s breakfast team of Jane Reilly and Keith Conlon, who linked up at the start of the year, delivered an early victory for the DMG-owned network. Read more »

Brisbane radio ratings: B105 pulls ahead on Monday to Friday

radio brisbaneThe Today Network’s B105 FM has pulled ahead of its rivals Mix 97.3FM, Triple M Brisbane and Nova FM on the Monday to Friday audience rising 2.1 per centage points to 12.1.

The other stations were close behind with Nova and Mix both posting 11.9 per cent while Triple M was at 10.9 per cent.

In the full week Nielsen results, Mix leads the Brisbane market with 12.0 per cent and Nova just one point behind on 11.9 percent. B105FM is on 11.6 and Triple M are on 9.9 per centage points.

The competition is fiercest in the Drivetime slot where Nova FM held its lead despite a 1.4 per cent fall recording a result of 14.2 per cent. Rivals B105 and Triple M both recorded a 13.2 share up 1.4 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively. Read more »

Melbourne radio ratings: Gold FM rises while 3AW and ABC both fall

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Melbourne Monday to Sunday share | Source: Nielsen

Classic Hits FM station Gold 104.3 was the biggest winner in the Melbourne radio ratings securing a 1.9 share point rise in Monday to Friday share in the second Nielsen survey of 2013.

ARN’s Gold FM growth in audience was driven by a surge in audience across its breakfast, morning and afternoon programs which rose 1.6 per cent, 2.2 per cent and 2.8 share points respectively.

On Monday to Friday share, the station is just behind Southern Cross Austereo’s Fox FM which is on 9.4 per cent. On Monday to Sunday share, it also closed the gap.

Talkback stations 3AW and ABC 774 both saw falls in audience of 1.1  and 0.8 points each overall on the Monday to Friday numbers. Read more »

Radio ratings: Sydney – WSFM overtakes 2Day FM for share, while Nova wins on cumulative audience

Sydney share - Monday to Sunday | Source: Nielsen

Sydney share – Monday to Sunday | Source: Nielsen

2Day FM is no longer Sydney’s number one commercial FM station after being overtaken by ARN’s WSFM in share and DMG’s Nova in cumulative audience, according to new ratings for Monday to Sunday share released today.

The reversal is the first time in seven years that Southern Cross Austereo’s 2Day FM has lost its crown. The last time WSFM was number one was in 2005, while Triple M was briefly number one in 2006.

In Monday to Sunday share, 2Day FM’s share fell from 9.3 per cent to 8.4 per cent while WSFM held steady on 8.5 per cent.

Duncan Campbell, ARN’s programming boss, told Mumbrella: “Consistency is a cliched word, but when you look around the country, brands that have been consistent over a long time are the ones that have been successful.”

WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda breakfast show is on a share of 8.9 per cent, close to Kyle & Jackie O’s 10.2 per cent for 2Day FM although the duo remain the number one FM commercial breakfast show. Read more »

Fairfax journalist Paddy Manning fired over opinion piece

Senior Fairfax business writer Paddy Manning has been dismissed in the wake of penning a 600 word critique for rival outlet Crikey on the company restructure which brings the Australian Financial Review and the BusinessDay sections of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age closer together.

Manning's tweet to the original piece.

Manning’s tweet to the original piece.

In the piece the experienced reporter, who has previously worked at both The Australian Financial Review and The Australian, described an article in the AFR which was sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank as “a perfect example of why the business sections of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age should not be merged with the Financial Review Group.”

Manning then went on to denounce The Australian Financial Review’s journalism which he argued was “built on a fundamental contract between company and reporter: high-level access in exchange for soft coverage.” He was fired last night.

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Voice beats MKR but audience fades on 2012

the voice logoNine’s The Voice took first blood in the Monday night battle with Seven’s My Kitchen Rules on Monday night.

The Voice rated 1.874m metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM, making it the most viewed program of the day. However, the second night audience was significantly lower than last year’s 2.533m.

Second for the night was MKR, with 1.586m viewers.

House Husbands also made a solid return for Nine, with 1.135m viewers, seventh for the night. It was ahead of Seven’s Revenge which rated 971,000 and 840,000 for its double episodes. Read more »

Katie Rigg-Smith appointed Mindshare CEO

New Mindshare CEO Katie Rigg-Smith and new COO Sharb Farjami

New Mindshare CEO Katie Rigg-Smith and new COO Sharb Farjami

Mindshare has confirmed last night’s reports of the appointment of chief strategy officer Katie Rigg-Smith as the new CEO of Mindshare Australasia.

Rigg-Smith is to take the helm of the agency after the departure of boss James Greet to run Ikon Communications was announced yesterday. Mindshare has also promoted chief exchange officer Sharb Farjami to the role of COO but with continued oversight over the trading desk.

Although Rigg-Smith will not be the first female leader of a major Australian media agency – her predecessors have included Belinda Rowe at Zenith Optimedia, Anne Parsons at Mediacom and Tracey Michael at Initiative – she will be the only current one. She will also be among the youngest.

“It’s a testament to the breadth of talent at Mindshare that we can promote Katie and Sharb into these leadership positions,” said John Steedman GroupM CEO and chairman. Read more »

Melbourne remains top radio market as spending rebounds

Melbourne was again Australia’s biggest radio market in March, new numbers released by Commercial Radio Australia indicate.

According to the data compiled by Deloitte, advertising revenue for Melbourne was $18.194m for March, just ahead of Sydney’s $18.067m.

Meanwhile, adspend across the five metro markets was up 4.65 per cent in March compared to the same month a year before.

Radio adspend for March 2013 compared to March 2012: Read more »

Dare Iced Coffee launches campaign to get drinkers head in the right place

Lion’s Dare Iced Coffee has launched a new campaign around the idea of drinking a Iced Coffee: “when your head is all over the place”.

The ads features men who go through the day ending up in a number of comical situations because they haven’t had a Dare Iced Coffee.

It  finishes with the tagline line: “When your place is over the head… when your head is all over the place.”

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Kevin MacNamara departs The Works for BWM as creative director role is axed

kevin macnamaraCreative agency The Works has made its creative director Kevin MacNamara redundant.

The move took place late last year, but it only emerged today following BWM’s announcement that MacNamara has rejoined the agency as a senior creative.

When The Works appointed MacNamara in 2011, Kevin Macmillan, partner at The Works, said: “Kevin not only understands our model of creatives on the forefront, he possesses the unique qualities that it demands.”

However, the Works today issued a statement saying: “Based on The Works’ Creatives on the Forefront model we have put in place three creative leads to manage client business who are overseen by four creative partners. Read more »

Telstra offers pre-sale tickets to increase loyalty

Telstra Thanks campaignTelstra has partnered with new ticketing company BangTango to try and increase customer loyalty.

The scheme will allow customers of the telecommunications company to have access to a cache of reserved seats for live music concerts. Read more »

Clients and new staff for Click PR this year

PR agency Click have six new clients since moving to a new office in Surry Hills at the start of the year. Read more »

Nestle campaign asks what toddlers are actually saying

Nestle has launched a new campaign asking what babies and toddlers are actually saying to adults.

Nestle babyThe Talking Toddlers campaign for Nestle’s NAN Toddler Milks was created by McCann Health and aims to show that Nestle understands toddlers’ nutritional needs.

The commercial dubbed “Toddler Talk”, went to air yesterday nationally and shows children “talking”, with the translation often poking fun at the adults. The idea was based on a successful commercial created by the brand in France and filmed again in Australia. Read more »

James Greet appointed CEO of Ikon Communications

James Greet MindshareMindshare boss James Greet has been appointed CEO of Ikon Communications following the dramatic departure of Dan Johns two weeks ago.

The well respected Johns and a number of senior Ikon staff, including the company’s national digital director Ellie Rogers and people and culture director Leonie Kerley, left the company all in the same 24 hours.

Greet’s move leaves him within the WPP family – Mindshare is part of WPP’s Group M, while WPP is also a major shareholder in STW which owns Ikon.

He joined Mindshare in 2010 and was previously credited with the turnaround of OMD in Australia. Soon after arriving at Mindshare he helped the agency win one of the largest accounts in Australia with the $45-million Unilever account.

“James is the real thing; everyone in this industry knows that. The combination of two awesome winners – Ikon and James Greet – will shake up this industry for years to come,” said a statement from Simon White, who stepped in as Ikon chairman following the recent spate of departures. “It is quite simply just about the most potent combination that could be created currently and more importantly for our future plans.” White declined to be interviewed directly. Read more »

Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet new face of Big W ads

Stonestreet 1Retailer Big W has launched a new campaign featuring Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet bantering with customers.

Stonestreet features in the new TV commercials from Saatchi & Saatchi which began running on Channel Ten last night. In the 45-second ad, Stonestreet goes around a Big W store, chatting with staff and customers as he seeks out bargain prices.

During the filming Stonestreet was allowed to go off script and ad-lib some of the banter with customers.

“As the recognisable and well-loved star of one of Australia’s favourite programs, and a genuinely great guy, Eric Stonestreet is a perfect fit for the brand and we’re thrilled he has come on board to promote Australia’s lowest prices at Big W in the new phase of our successful campaign” said Julie Coates, director of Big W. Read more »

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