9NEWS has once again claimed annual ratings supremacy as Sydney’s most watched news.
Across the Monday to Friday 6.00pm hour, 9NEWS has won 21 weeks of the 40-week official ratings calendar, putting it in an unbeatable position.
At a time when Sydneysiders need to be informed, they turn to 9NEWS as their trusted news source.
The last four weeks have seen 9NEWS record its highest audience figures for the year: • Week commencing June 28: average audience of 346,000 • Week commencing July 5: average audience of 370,000 • Week commencing July 12: average audience of 365,000 • Week commencing July 19: average audience of 358,000
It marks the 11th consecutive year that 9NEWS has claimed the ratings crown in Sydney and 11th consecutive win for much-loved and respected 9NEWS presenter Peter Overton.
Peter Overton said: “It is a privilege to be inside the homes of Sydneysiders every night, sharing the news with our viewers. At a time when we feel more isolated than ever before, the ability to connect is something we do not take for granted. We thank our viewers for all their support and for trusting us to bring them the news each night.”
Simon Hobbs, Director of Nine News Sydney, said: “Our News team is dedicated to bringing our audiences the best and most up-to-date news, and this win is a result of their absolute dedication, passion and relentless daily drive. In these challenging times, we know our audiences rely on us more than ever before and we will continue to deliver the high-quality, trusted news Sydneysiders want and need from 9News.”
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The stage is set for a showdown of epic proportions when Australia’s most successful renovation reality program, The Block, premieres for an unbelievable 17th season on Sunday, August 8, at 7.00pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.
Returning this season with a twist, The Block Fans v Faves brings three unsuspecting, yet hopeful, couples face to face with two sets of very experienced returning all-stars in a setting never attempted before – a traditional Australian cul-de-sac, in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Hampton.
In another big Block shakeup, for the first time there will be no house plans for contestants to work off – we’re tearing them up. This year, Blockheads must not only renovate the mammoth project, they’ll also have to design the layout and inclusions of their houses themselves from scratch.
The Faves returning this year are Perth’s Ronnie (45) and Georgia (38) from the 2017 Elsternwick series, and Sydney couple Mitch (58) and Mark (59) from the 2019 Oslo series – both renovation powerhouses who don’t plan on letting any newbies show them up.
If you weren’t already seeing double, irresistibly charismatic identical twins from Sydney Josh and Luke (27), who made their television debut on Love Island Australia in 2019, will join two other newbie couples – Melbourne parents Tanya (39) and Vito (45), and country music kids Kirsty (33) and Jesse (32), hailing from Wangi Wangi just south of Newcastle.
Scott Cam, who returns to host his 15th series of The Block, said: “Expect the unexpected. This build was extremely tough to plan and work out where things would go for many of our contestants because of this new twist. The plans have been thrown out the window and it leads to plenty of stuff-ups!
“The Fans have everything to gain and the Faves have reputations to uphold. This will be a dramatic showdown like we have never seen before.”
In a season packed with firsts, this one will literally dig deeper than ever, with each property having an underground excavation for contestants to create a basement in their homes.
Joining Scott Cam again this season will be his Block co-host, Shelley Craft, site foremen Keith and Dan, and Australia’s three favourite renovation judges, Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer.
The new series is one that executive producer and Block co-creator Julian Cress is very excited about.
“Putting Block Fans up against experienced all-star Faves could have gone in any direction. On the very first day of filming this series, these Blockheads started to argue with each other in a way we had never seen before,” Cress said.
“The competitive spirit of both the Fans and the Faves in this high-pressure build with no plans takes things to a new level week after week and I can’t wait for audiences to see that.”
While there are no building plans prepared for these houses, The Block’s resident architect Julian Brenchley will be on hand to assist the couples as they design their own homes.
“It was a real challenge for me this year. Some got it, some didn’t, and that will become pretty obvious early on,” he said.
For the uninitiated, at stake is $100,000 for the winner of The Block, plus whatever profits their home can make on the critical auction day. All that’s standing in the way is five dilapidated houses and three fierce judges who will score the room reveals as they’re delivered each week.
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McDonald’s is the winner of the biggest prize in Australian advertising, along with its agencies DDB and OMD: $1 million worth of inventory as the winners of Nine’s State of Originality competition.
Determined by an all-star judging panel and the Australian public, Nine’s State of Originality challenged brands and agencies to take the platform of State of Origin and create unmissable ads that captured the attention of the millions of viewers watching each round of the series.
The winning McDonald’s ad, “End of Night”, celebrates a part of the footy seldom shown: the period several hours after the big game. We follow a street sweeper driving around the city late at night as fans, revellers, commentators and Origin greats make their way home with one thing in common: a hunger for Macca’s.
“My sincere congratulations go to McDonald’s and their agencies, DDB and OMD,” said Liana Dubois, Nine’s Director of Powered. “They took up both the challenge and opportunity in State of Originality to produce some great work that showcases the power of original storytelling, beautifully executed and delivered within the right context.
“I also want to thank our judges, who were all world-class. They’ve helped us to establish State of Originality as a call to arms for brands and agencies who want to be recognised for outstanding, original, well-crafted work.”
McDonald’s Marketing Director – Brand, Media & Sponsorships, Amanda Nakad said: “Congratulations to all involved. This ad is the culmination of a great idea, a well-connected agency village and brilliant execution. It’s a tribute to all the footy fans across the country who include Macca’s in their game day rituals, wherever they may be. Well done to DDB, OMD and Powered.”
DDB Sydney Executive Creative Director Matt Chandler added: “What better a criteria to be recognised for than originality? We thought there was real magic in all these little Macca’s moments that happen in the late hours after the footy finishes, and we couldn’t be more chuffed that the judges felt the same way.”
Aaron Miller, OMD’s Director of Sport Partnerships, added, “SOO continues to deliver audiences at scale reaching over 8 million Australians across the three game series this year, which provided the perfect platform to launch this ad. This win is further credit to the brave direction McDonald’s has taken and the strength of collaboration across the agency village.
In total, 16 brands entered the competition: SA Tourism, McDonald’s, Google, Bundaberg, MenuLog, Four ‘N Twenty, Resmed, Anaconda, BWS, Isuzu, Officeworks, Rebel, Sportsbet, Stan and Warner Bros.
The jury comprised leading Australian creatives: Tara Ford, CCO of The Monkeys; Ant White, CCO of Howatson+White; former adman, Gruen panellist and 3AW Breakfast co-host Russel Howcroft; and globally acclaimed disruptor, former CEO of BBH, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn and all-round advertising legend, Cindy Gallop.
The public were also given the opportunity to participate by casting votes via the Wide World of Sports website. Congratulations go to BWS for “Before Convenience” and their agencies M&C Saatchi and Carat for taking home the first Viewer’s Choice Award.
The State of Originality jury made the following comments on the work they judged.
“This competition is called State of Originality because originality is the foundation stone for great advertising. We should all be asking ourselves of every ad we create, is this truly original? Is it innovative? Is it non-derivative, not recycling old tropes and clichés but creatively producing something highly compelling and engaging that we’ve never seen before? That is the standard we set as judges for State of Originality. And it’s the standard our winning ad delivered against. Congratulations, McDonald’s and DDB,” said Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn and ex-CEO of BBH New York.
Ant White, CCO of Howatson+White, said: “There were only two ads that stood out for me this year, Macca’s and Google. Both were crafted excellently, which is half the challenge. But this award is called State of Originality. And for that, Macca’s just had more of a unique story. If we’re not striving to be original, why will anyone care?”
“Google and Macca’s were up there for me too. Macca’s told a great story with a footy twist and a brilliant soundtrack,” said Russel Howcroft, former adman, Gruen panellist and 3AW Breakfast co-host.
“As creatives you’re always striving to do something original, but seldom is there a million dollars attached. ‘The State of Originality’ is a great challenge for creatives across Australia to make an ad that lives up to the name,” said Tara Ford, CCO of The Monkeys.
Commenting on the return of State of Originality in 2022, Liana Dubois said further announcements would be forthcoming, adding: “State of Originality came about because of Powered’s desire to help the industry create inspiring work built on big ideas.
“We have succeeded in that, and I want to thank the judges and the brands who brought us some powerful new work for this competition in a challenging year. As for will it return, all I’ll say for the moment is stay tuned.”
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This morning David Leckie, who led the Nine Network between 1990 and 2001, passed away after a long battle with illness.
In a statement Nine CEO Mike Sneesby said:
“David Leckie was a giant of television. He contributed enormously to the success we all shared with him here at Nine, his instincts and leadership heralded the golden era of Australian television.
“He adored his family and so many of us stayed in touch as a friend even after he left. He set the culture of excellence at Nine that still exists in our DNA today and we thank him for that. We extend our deepest sympathies to wife Skye and his three sons Harry, Ben and Tim Leckie.”
Temperatures will reach fever pitch when Sophie Monk and Australia’s hottest singles collide for the third season of Love Island Australia, to be filmed at tropical Port Douglas in Far North Queensland later this year.
Aussie sweetheart and charming all-rounder Sophie Monk returns to host and play Cupid in the world-renowned reality TV show, which promises to deliver another picture-perfect backdrop with plenty of romantic twists and turns.
A new batch of sexy young singles will light up our screens as they head north to the Love Island villa in search of love and fun in the sun.
Port Douglas will delight viewers, with the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the luscious Daintree rainforest, and pristine golden beaches.
As always, the islanders must couple up, stay together, and win over the hearts of the public, all while surviving the temptations of beautiful new singles entering the villa.
Sophie Monk said: “Love Island is such a fun and irresistible show and you can’t help but get wrapped up in all the flirting, dating and dramas.
“I can’t wait to join a whole new group of girls and guys looking for love, and filming in my hometown of Queensland is an added bonus for me as well, as Port Douglas is one of my favourite places to visit.”
Love Island Australia is produced by ITV Studios Australia for Channel 9 in association with Screen Queensland.
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The Wallabies take on France in the third and final Test match this Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, with extended ad-free coverage on Stan Sport from 7:15pm AEST, and from 7:30pm AEST on Channel 9.
Australia snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after the siren in Game 1 in Brisbane with a penalty goal, before ‘Les Bleus’ returned fire with an almost identical finish in Game 2 this past Tuesday night in Melbourne to even the score.
In the 50th Test between the two nations, Game 3 tomorrow night will be back in front of a packed house at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, promising yet another nail-biting clash between these two evenly matched rivals, serving as the must-see decider for the eToro Test series.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has been an absolute workhorse, tireless in his work ethic, and has not missed a beat since his recent return from Japanese rugby. Marika Koroibete has also been in phenomenal form, with the former John Eales medalist, punching holes through the French defence seemingly at will.
French captain Anthony Jelonch has been similarly inspirational for his side, leading by example which his young charges have embraced. All eyes will also be on rookie flyhalf Antoine Hastoy, on debut for les Bleus in a high-pressure environment.
Coverage will be presented by Stan Sport and Wide World of Sports’ incredible commentary lineup, hosted by Roz Kelly and Nick McArdle, and featuring ex-Wallabies superstars including Tim Horan, David Campese, Drew Mitchell, Morgan Turinui and Justin Harrison, dual international Allana Ferguson, as well as All Blacks legends Sonny-Bill Williams and Andrew Mehrtens to break down every minute of the action.
Following this series, the highly anticipated Bledisloe Cup looms on the horizon, with the three-match series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks kicking off on Saturday, August 7th on Stan Sport and Nine.
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Ashley Earnshaw has been appointed to the role of Nine’s Director of Sales – Regional TV working with Nine and WIN to maximise the opportunities for advertisers as part of the new regional affiliate arrangement.
Earnshaw, a former CEO of media agency Vizeum, joined Nine four months ago as Director – Regional Sales Transformation, where he managed the affiliate sales transition and laid the foundations for the Nine and WIN national sales teams to work together on the sale of 9Network inventory, including the relocation of the WIN national sales teams into Nine offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
In the new role, Earnshaw will have dual reporting lines reporting to WIN CEO Andrew Lancaster and Nine Chief Sales Officer Michael Stephenson. He will be a member of the WIN Senior Management Team and will be responsible for delivering the WIN national sales revenue target (excluding WIN’s Network Ten affiliation) and the implementation of the regional TV operational sales plan.
WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster welcomed Ash to the role and said “Ash’s agency and media experience is a great asset for WIN and Nine sales. It will ensure our national clients have a seamless experience when buying Nine in WIN’s regional markets. He will also be pivotal as we continue the integration and increased collaboration between the WIN and Nines Sales Team.”
“It has been brilliant having Ash on board and a part of the Nine family for the past few months,” said Michael Stephenson Nine’s Chief Sales Officer. “He is one of Australia’s most well-respected media leaders and has ensured the WIN team has hit the ground running from day 1 capitalising on the significant audience lift that has come to WIN’s regional markets from the change over to the 9Network.
“Ash will continue to ensure that the Nine and WIN sales teams are well positioned to deliver to deliver a better experience for our advertising partners.”
The appointment is effective July 19.
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Nine has unveiled a final selection of seven entries in its State of Originality competition and opened the public voting component as the 2021 State of Origin series concluded this evening on the Gold Coast.
The final round of the competition, aimed at inspiring Australian marketers and creative agencies to come up with new creative executions, sees major brands Arnott’s, Isuzu, Officeworks, Rebel, Sportsbet, Stan and Warner Bros. entering for the chance to win the biggest prize in Australian advertising.
In total, 16 brands entered the competition, which was created by Nine’s marketing solutions division Powered and announced at last year’s Upfronts, with more than $1 million in advertising inventory up for grabs across Nine’s leading television, radio, digital and print assets.
The seven new entries in the competition are: Sportsbet for their Bet with Mates campaign; The Arnott’s Group for Tee Vee Snacks and Krispy Kreme, collaboration by Saatchi & Saatchi and Spark Foundry; Rebel’s Sport is Calling by The Monkeys, Good Oil and OMD; Stan’s Power Book III: Raising Kanan; Officeworks for This tax time, it’s payback time by AJF Partnership and Initiative Melbourne; Isuzu for the Isuzu MU-X Teaser Campaign by AKQA Media and Publicis World Wide; and Warner Bros. for Spacejam by Mediacom.
In each round of State of Origin, Nine has unveiled new entries for the competition, with campaigns by SA Tourism, McDonald’s, Google, Bundaberg, MenuLog, Four N Twenty, Resmed, Anaconda and BWS showcased in the two previous rounds. See here and here for links.
In the coming days, Nine will announce the results of the judging by an illustrious panel consisting of leading advertising communicators: Australia’s most awarded creative*, Tara Ford, CCO of The Monkeys; Ant White, CCO of newly minted agency Howatson+White; former adman, Gruen panellist and 3AW Breakfast co-host Russel Howcroft; and globally acclaimed disruptor, former CEO of BBH, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn and all-round advertising legend, Cindy Gallop.
The Australian public has also been given the opportunity to participate with 20 per cent of the voting going to votes cast via the Wide World of Sports website. Entries are open via stateoforiginality.wwos.nine.com.au till Friday July 16 midnight.
“We are excited to announce the final instalment of entries,” said Liana Dubois, Nine’s Director of Powered. “At each stage we have been thrilled to see Aussie marketers and their agencies taking up the challenge we laid down to show us their original thinking through the unique opportunity that is State of Originality.
“Our goal in creating State of Originality was to drive new creativity and ensure the advertising on screen is as entertaining and engaging as the footy on the field, and there are certainly a number of these ads which meet that criteria.”
List of State of Originality entries announced in this round: • Sportsbet Campaign Name: Bet with Mates Creative: In-house
• Stan Campaign Name: Power Book III: Raising Kanan Creative: In-house
• Arnott’s Campaign Name: Tee Vee Snacks and Krispy Kreme Collaboration Agency: Spark Foundry Australia Creative: Saatchi & Saatchi
• Isuzu Campaign Name: Isuzu MU-X Teaser Campaign Agency: AKQA Media Creative: Publicis World Wide
• Rebel Campaign Name: Sport is Calling Agency: OMD Creative: The Monkeys / Good Oil
• Warner Bros Campaign Name: Spacejam Agency: Mediacom Creative: Warner Bros
• Officeworks Campaign Name: This tax time, it’s payback time Agency: Initiative Melbourne Creative: AJF Partnership
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Both New South Wales and Queensland have plenty to play for in the high-stakes drama of Game 3 of the Ampol State of Origin series, broadcast EXCLUSIVELY LIVE on Channel 9 and 9Now from 7.00pm AEST tonight.
Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium is the new site for this unmissable state versus state, mate versus mate spectacle.
A Blues victory means the first series clean sweep for NSW in 21 years, and being one step closer to evening up the ledger against their eternal northern foes.
For the Maroons, they will be doing all they can to prevent a historically one-sided series loss, and to restore pride back into the hallowed Maroon jersey.
The Maroons will field their strongest side in this year’s series, with star fullback Kalyn Ponga returning from injury to spark their attack. He’ll be assisted by young Cowboys speedster Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow who makes his Origin debut in a backline that has been in need of some extra firepower to match NSW’s potent lineup.
The Blues, missing two of their shining lights, Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai, due to injury, have a new halves combination never tested at Origin level: Mitchell Moses in his debut and experienced campaigner Jack Wighton.
With so much on the line in this anticipated showdown, anything could be possible despite the results of the first two clashes.
Comedy duo Roy and HG return with their own brand of hilarious storytelling, tonight ruminating over what the future holds for country rugby league.
A live blog will be available on Wide World of Sports, run by NSW and QLD legends Peter Sterling and Darren Lockyer, offering their thoughts live on every big play and crucial moment.
Viewers will also have the option to stream the game live on 9Now and watch three supplementary streams to enhance the action:
o Coaches Cam – NSW Coach Brad Fittler and QLD Coach Paul Green o Player Cam – NSW star Mitchell Moses o Player Cam – QLD star Kalyn Ponga o Spidercam
STATE OF ORIGIN GAME 3 – LIVE from Cbus Super Stadium – Wednesday, July 14 Hosts and commentators: James Bracey, Leila McKinnon, Ray Warren, Cameron Smith, Andrew Johns, Paul Vautin, Phil Gould, Allana Ferguson, Billy Slater, Peter Sterling, Wally Lewis, Paul Gallen, Darren Lockyer, Sam Thaiday, Danika Mason.
Sydney 7.00pm LIVE on Nine Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine Melbourne 7.00pm LIVE on Nine Adelaide 7:00pm LIVE on Nine Perth 5.30pm LIVE on Nine
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Wimbledon 2021 has been a standout ratings success for Nine across linear television, BVOD and Stan Sport.
The two-week tournament, which concluded overnight, reached a total national audience of 6.363 million viewers across the country (Metro: 4.454 million / Regional: 1.909 million) on Channel 9 and 9Gem.
This equates to more than 25% of the Australian population tuning into the broadcast on linear television.
In the BVOD space, more than 51.8 million live minutes of content was streamed on 9Now, equating to more than 1.7 million streams.
And on Stan Sport, Wimbledon accelerated subscriber growth to a new record level. For the first time, Australian tennis fans were treated to coverage of every ball from every court of the premiere Grand Slam, with Stan Sport delivering live and ad-free coverage with full match replays, mini matches and highlights available on-demand.
The most watched match of the tournament was the women’s final, in which Ash Barty defeated the Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. The broadcast secured an average audience of 2.013 million (Metro: 1.511 million / Regional: 502,000) and a peak audience of 2.251 million (Metro: 1.687 million / Regional: 565,000), making it last week’s No. 1 program with all key demographics and Total People. It is also the third highest rating program of 2021, after the first two State of Origin matches.
On 9Now, Day 12’s women’s final secured a live BVOD audience of 92,000, making it among the highest rating live streamed programs of 2021, after the first two State of Origin matches. More than 16.4 million minutes of content was streamed on Day 12.
Barty’s straight sets semi-final victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber was the second most watched match of the tournament, boasting an average audience of 734,000 (Metro: 548,000 / Regional: 186,000) and a peak audience of 928,000 (Metro: 665,000 / Regional: 264,000).
Last night’s men’s final in which Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, was the third most watched match of the tournament. It secured an average audience of 318,000 (Metro: 248,000 / Regional: 70,000) and a peak audience of 572,000 (Metro: 438,000 / Regional: 134,000).
The late-night share performance of Wimbledon 2021 contributed to 9Network and Channel 9 winning the past two weeks with all key demographics and Total People. Compared to the corresponding fortnight last year, the 9network was up by 4% with People 25-54, by 5.3% with People 16-39, by 4.8% with Grocery Shopper + Child and by 3.6% with Total People.
Brent Williams, Nine’s Head of Sport, said: “Congratulations to Ash and Dylan on their memorable and historic victories. Indeed, the whole Australian playing group provided some incredible performances across the entire tournament. I also want to acknowledge our studio team of Todd Woodbridge, Jelena Dokic and Sam Groth, whose insightful commentary and astute knowledge helped make our broadcast the incredible success that it was across all of Nine’s platforms. We were delighted to also present a new unique offering on Stan Sport with tennis fans across Australia enjoying live and on-demand streaming of every match from Wimbledon.”
Sourcing: OzTAM Metro (5CM) + Regional TAM (CAM), Women’s Single Semi-Final (08/07/21) “2021 WIMBLEDON D8 -LATE” – Nine & Women’s Single Final (10/07/21) 23:08:00 – 25:03:59- Nine & Men’s Final (11/07/21) “2021 WIMBLEDON D13 -LATE” & “2021 WIMBLEDON D13 -LATE EXTENDED” – Nine, Total People, AUD/Peak AUD, consolidated 7 data (at 12/07 – time adjusted for Women’s Single Final and based on pre logs for Men’s Final). OzTAM Metro (5CM), WIMBELDON 2021 Dates: 28/06/2021-11/07/2021 vs 29/06/2021-12/07/2021, 1800-MN, FTA Networks/Primary Channels/Multi Channels, Total People/Ppl 25-54/Ppl 16-39/GS+CH, Share % [FTA], consolidated 7 data (at 12/07/21). OzTAM Live VPM, 2021 Wimbledon, 28/06/2021 – 11/07/2021, Includes Coviewing on Connected TV, 9/7/2021 to 11/7/2021 based on prelogs. OzTAM Live VPM, 2021 Wimbledon Day 12, 10/07/2021, Includes Coviewing on Connected TV, based on prelogs. OzTAM Live VPM, 2021 Wimbledon Day 13, 10/07/2021, Includes Coviewing on Connected TV, based on prelogs. OzTAM Live VPM, 1/1/2021 – 11/07/2021, Rankings based on Live BVOD Audience, Includes Coviewing on Connected TV, 9/7/2021 to 11/7/2021 based on prelogs.