traction. issue #29

SENATE TO LAUNCH MEDIA DIVERSITY ENQUIRY AFTER KEVID RUDD PETITION

The Senate will examine local media ownership and its impact on democracy after more than 500,000 people signed a petition by former prime minister Kevin Rudd that raised concerns about the influence of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young moved on Wednesday to establish an inquiry into media diversity, an investigation that is expected to scrutinise local media companies and how Google and Facebook have changed the way people access news. It will also examine how newswire services such as the loss-making Australian Associated Press support local journalism as well as the challenges that small community and regional news outlets face. The motion, instigated because of the number of people who signed Mr Rudd’s petition, was not opposed and passed without a vote. Ms Hanson-Young said it was essential to look at the state of media diversity in Australia before another federal election.

“It’s clear from the half a million signatures on the record-breaking petition for a Royal Commission into media diversity that Australians are very concerned about the concentration of media ownership and the power and political influence of Murdoch,” Ms Hanson-Young said. “As a Parliament it was right that we acted on those concerns.

The Senate inquiry will not carry the same weight as the royal commission requested by Mr Rudd but will give senators the chance to investigate some of his claims. An inquiry can order witnesses to attend and require the production of documents, but the final report is not necessarily independent and can be influenced by the political make up of the committee.

The Environment and Communications References Committee will report on its findings by March 31, 2021. The government has requested a number inquiries on the local media industry and the impact of large tech giants in recent years. A committee on the future of public interest journalism was established in 2017 and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched its digital platforms inquiry in 2018, a report that provided a detailed assessment of the market power of tech giants Google and Facebook and its impact on the local media industry.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE UP FOR TENTH WEEK IN A ROWAS VIC RESTRICTIONS EASE

ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence increased 3.2 pts to 103.1 last weekend and is now 8pts lower on the comparable weekend a year ago. Consumer Confidence has increased for ten straight weeks and is up 12.9pts since ending August at 90.2 and at its highest for over eight months since March 1.

Driving this week’s increase is more Australians saying now is a ‘good time to buy’ major household items. 27% (+5ppts) say their families are ‘better off’ financially than this time last year and a third, 33% (-1ppt), say their families are ‘worse off’ financially.

ANZ Head of Australian Economics, David Plank said “Consumer confidence is now above the neutral level for the first time since the pandemic began, posting its tenth gain in a row to hit an eight-month high. Notably, there is sharp improvement in ‘time to buy a major household item’, which could signal a buoyant Christmas shopping period. Lower interest rates and the RBA’s commitment to support employment could have been triggers for the gain. Our concern over weakness in last week’s ‘current financial conditions’ has relaxed somewhat as the fall turned around this week.”

Source: ANZ/Roy Morgan

CREDIT CARD SPENDING SURGES TO 13% YOY INCREASE AS INTERNAL BORDERS OPEN

The latest household credit and debit card spending analysis from CBA shows that spending lifted over the week ending 6 November and is now up 13 per cent compared to the same period last year. In Victoria, annual card spend was up 15 per cent as compared to the same period last year.

Source: CBA

STAN LAUNCHES STAN SPORT WITH RIGHTS TO BROADCAST RUGBY AND TENNIS

Broadcast rights for Rugby Australia will switch from Foxtel to Nine from 2021, with Nine owned Stan hosting a selection of games under the Stan Sport banner. The partnership with Rugby Australia will see a suite of games across Super Rugby, Super W, The Rugby Championship, including the Bledisloe Cup, Wallaroos games, Shute Shield, Mitre 10 & Currie Cup, plus SANZAAR Union games live on Stan.

Nine added to their sport portfolio as they picked up the rights this week to Wimbledon and Roland- Garros in new three-year deals which are also to air on Stan. The deal sees the end of the Foxtel and Seven partnership after 10 years.

Nine CEO Hugh Marks said: “At Stan, we are focused on bringing Australians the best local, international and original programming, which has seen our audience reach significant scale.

Today’s announcement will see us extend that offering through the launch of our live streaming capability, bringing live sport to Stan in 2021 and opening up a range of new programming opportunities. Our partnership with Rugby Australia is the perfect place to start this new business.”

AUSTRALIA NINJA WARRIOR 2021: CASTING NOW OPEN FOR CONTESTANTS

As revealed at the recent Nine Upfronts, Australian Ninja Warrior returns next year and casting is closing at the end of the month.

To apply you must be 18 years or older at the time of making your application and either an Australian citizen or have been a permanent resident of Australia for at least 2 years at the time of making your application.

Nine recently said of the fifth season, “Nothing in Ninja land is guaranteed and it will be no different in 2021. Australian Ninja Warrior will be completely transformed as our Ninjas tackle more obstacles that defy gravity in show-stopping television of Olympic proportions.” You can apply by clicking here.

TOP 10 METRO TELEVISION PROGRAMS (TOTAL PEOPLE, 7 DAYS TO NOVEMBER 11th)

Ranking

Program

Network

Projection

1

STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD

2ND -MATCH

Network 9

1,653,768

2

THE BLOCK -SUN -ROOM WINNER

Network 9

1,097,561

3

THE BLOCK -SUN

Network 9

1,008,324

4

SEVEN NEWS

Network 7

974,944

5

SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30

Network 7

959,370

6

SEVEN NEWS – SUN

Network 7

953,872

7

NINE NEWS SUNDAY

Network 9

931,213

8

JUNIOR MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – THE

WINNER ANNOUNCED

Network 10

881,465

9

NINE NEWS 6:30

Network 9

867,447

10

NINE NEWS

Network 9

862,077

Source: Oztam

Tweet of the week

In a blog post, WhatsApp has announced disappearing messages will launch this week. The company said: “Our goal is to make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to in-person as possible, which means they shouldn’t have to stick around forever.”

GOOGLE TREND OF THE WEEK :CLICK FRENZY EXPECTED TO BREAK 2019 RECORDS

Source: Google

TRUE CRIME SERIAL “DR DEATH” STAYS FIRM AT #1 IN AUSTRALIAN PODCAST CHARTS

Source: ITunes

CHART OF THE WEEK: APPLE NOT AS RELIANT ON MACS AS THEY USED TO BE

As Apple announced the latest rollout of Mac computers this week, selling laptops and desktop computers is no longer as crucial to the company’s overall success as it used to be.

Mac sales may have quadrupled over the past two decades, but Apple’s total sales increased more than 30-fold over the same period.

In 2020, Mac sales accounted for just 10.4 percent of Apple’s total revenue, down from 86 percent in 2000.

Source: Apple

TRIPLE M ENDS MELBOURNE’S “HOT BREAKFAST” SHOW AFTER 11 YEARS

TV and radio host Eddie McGuire has announced he is leaving breakfast radio at the end of the month, saying it’s time to “reflect and recharge” after hosting Triple M’sHot Breakfastradio show for 11 years.

The show will wrap up on November 27 with his co-host, former AFL player Luke Darcy, also departing.

In the Melbourne radio market, Triple M commands a 6.2 % share of total listeners, making it the third most popular FM station after Gold (8.9 %) and Smooth (6.5 %).

WhileHot Breakfast’saudience share remained stable this year and is currently 0.3 percentage points higher than this time last year, it’s down on the 7 % share it enjoyed a few years ago.

CAMPAIGN OF THE WEEK: COCA-COLA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS ADS

Despite the pandemic halting plans involving the famed Coca-Cola truck, the company has released its new global TVC which has been directed by NZ filmmaker Taika Waititi.

The global campaign, called ‘The Letter’, asks consumers to “give something only you can give –yourself” this Christmas as it encourages people to be truly present with each other.

The new campaign marks 100 years since Coca-Cola created its first festive activity and builds on its association with the festive period. 

THE LONG READ: NO MOSHING; THE STRANGE NEW WORLD OF LIVE MUSIC

“It’s a welcome return for the industry and venues, but a strange experience for punters. Nothing burns more than being forced to sit politely when all you want to do is jump around and cheer with each other –especially after going so long without.”

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/nov/11/seated-gigs-no-moshing-and-brutally-exhausting-sets-the-strange-new-world-of-live-music

FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA TO STREAM CONCERT TO MARK END OF NAIDOC WEEK

As NAIDOC Week closes this week, NAIDOC LIVE: Celebrating BlakExcellence–a Social For Good Facebook live stream –will air live from 6:00 pm AEDT across NAIDOC, NITV, and Facebook Australia pages.

The stream will feature performances and appearances from some of Australia’s top Indigenous talent including Archie Roach, Ash Barty, Kate (Konstantina) Constantine, Wayne Quilliamand many more. Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador, Jessica Mauboywill also be in a Facebook world-first XR video production that reimagines her hit song, Butterfly.

The Livestream will utilise Facebook’s live donation tools to raise money for the ILF who gift and publish books in language for children in remote Australia.

 

 

Quote of the week

“My life has been a quest for knowledge and understanding, and I am nowhere near having achieved that. And it doesn’t bother me in the least. I will die without having come up with the answers to many things in life.”

Alex Trebek,  passed away at the age of 80 this week. He was best known as the presenter of the US game show Jeopardy which he hosted for 37 years, winning 6 Emmy awards. SBS will show a tribute this weekend.