Mumbrellacast: Seven’s future, big adland departures and Nine parts ways with Pauline Hanson

Adland made a lot of noise this week: Ben Shepherd resigned from CHE Proximity, Kieran Moore left WPP AUNZ, and Ad Standards released its list of the most complained about ads of the year so far.

Interpublic sold off another Australian agency to its boss with Richard Curtis taking ownership of Futurebrand five months after Ben Lilley bought McCann. Is this the indicator for something bigger to come? Plus, Publicis Groupe admitted 34 jobs were at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19. The team agrees it is more sad news for the industry but admirable that the business has made it until now to take drastic action.

Seven’s chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette joined the team to chat about how the network was navigating COVID-19 and what’s coming up in the second half of the year. He alluded to what success will look like for the stable of upcoming reality shows, and how Seven is keeping brands involved with Big Brother.

And finally, Pauline Hanson was dropped from The Today Show following comments she made about Melbourne residents forced into isolation in public housing towers. But should Nine have been shocked that its controversial contributor made controversial comments?

In the news

  • Big agency exits  (1:13)
  • Interpublic sell off another agency (7:15)
  • Most complained about ads of the year (13:11)
  • The week in television (23:04)
  • More COVID cuts (56:56)

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