Sarah Abo

Sarah Abo joins Today as co-host

One of Australia’s most trusted journalists, 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo, has today been announced as the new co-host of Today, following Ally Langdon’s move to A Current Affair.

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Seven responds to Communications Legislation Amendment recommendations

Seven issues statement over alleged misleading statements by Nine in the 2022 ratings report

Seven’s CEO James Warbuton has claimed that Nine’s end of year survey ratings report contains a number of false and misleading statements. The Seven ratings report can be viewed HERE and The Nine ratings report can be viewed HERE. In a statement provided by Seven, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton “Seven is disappointed to read a number of false and misleading statements by Nine in its 2022 survey year ratings report. “Seven is the #1 network nationally, #1 in metropolitan markets, #1 in regional markets, #1 in total TV and #1 in total TV advertising revenue. “Nine can rightfully lay claim to winning the demographics in metropolitan markets, but it is not the most-watched or the #1 network. Those positions were won by Seven. “While we all enjoy healthy competition in a hard-fought ratings race, Nine’s claims are desperate, misleading and wrong.” Analysis So what did Nine claim that Seven appear to refute? No.1 network with Total People across calendar year. Nine appear to be using the standard 5 capital cities results for their report. Seven are using national numbers. Nine are not claiming to have won nationally. Seven are not even claiming a win in 5 capital cities across Australia calendar. Result – Nobody has made a false statement. Nine can claim to be the Number 1 network with Total People across the calendar year – when using 5 capital city results. No.1 primary channel with all key demographics and Total People – across both calendar year and ratings survey period. Looking at results this appears to be correct using 5 capital cities, Seven is not refuting in their ratings report to have won primary channel across both calendar and ratings survey for the 5 capital cities Result – Nine’s claims are true Commercial Shares – Total People Network Survey – 5 capital cities Nine’s result charts confirm that Seven has won Total People Network survey 39.1 to Nine on 38.6 Result – there is no reference to Nine claiming Total people network win either nationally or 5 capital cities. In fact, Nine concede to Seven. FTA Shares – Total People Network Survey – 5 capital cities Nine’s results charts confirm also that Seven won Total People Network survey 20.6 to 20.3 Result – there is no reference to Nine claiming Total people network win in the FTA results The 9Network is Australia’s No.1 network, with Nine’s clear strategy of creating and distributing Australia’s most watched content year round. The end of the 2022 ratings survey year marks the fourth consecutive year the 9Network has made a clean sweep of all key demos. 9Now is the clear number 1 commercial BVOD platform.  Nine has made a claim to be Australia’s number 1 network in the opening line of their media release. You could give some concession to Seven as that being an incorrect statement because Seven is the #1 network for total people across Australia when talking national results. The word Australia has often been grounded as national and Seven is undisputed #1. Even in 5 capital city markets Seven won total people in both commercial and FTA shares for the survey year. However, Nine’s actual subject line in their media release was: 9NETWORK – NO. 1 IN 2022 WITH ALL KEY DEMOGRAPHICS In their opening paragraph they clarify: The end of the 2022 ratings survey year marks the fourth consecutive year the 9Network has made a clean sweep of all key demos Nine’s claims to be Number 1 in total people in some sections of their media release have been analyzed above and appear to be truthful. Holistically, Nine’s major claim is that they have won the year across the demographics. Their references to some total people wins appear correct. Final Analysis Aside from one use of the term ‘Australia’s #1 network’ in their release, Nine appear to have been truthful in all their statements and results throughout the release and to claim that the Nine report contains a number of false and misleading statements is incorrect. On the contrary, Nine use capital city information throughout their report and the claims they make about total people appear to be correct and are not refuted by Seven. In fact, aside from using that word ‘Australia; in their opening line, Nine are not really claiming anything nationally. The use of the term “Australia’ is also at play now. Whilst its easy for Seven to claim that Australia is all people in Australia, that is not the measurement used by OzTam and overnight figures have always been 5 city metro. Even claims made by networks in decades gone by as Australia’s #1 network were based on metro figures. We are in a Total TV world but overnights are still metro. The proper use of the word Australia will probably be applied in 2023 when overnight figures will be national.

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ARIA Awards 2022

Tonight – The 36th ARIA Awards on Channel 9 and 9Now

Live from Sydney’s famous live music venue, The Hordern Pavilion, the awards will be hosted by eight-time ARIA Award winner Natalie Imbruglia, alongside Australian singer, songwriter and drummer G Flip and ARIA Award winner Ruel, celebrating and showcasing the cream of the Australian music industry.

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Shaynna Blaze (Country Home Rescue)

Shaynna Blaze joins me at TV Central for a One on One podcast about her brand new series on Nine, Country Home Rescue. Although turning a 130-year-old country house into her family’s forever home is the centerpiece of the 6 part series, the real heart is Shaynna showing Australia the full warts and all version of herself and her family and that dynamic unfolds into a beautiful and sometimes emotional journey that is heart warming viewing. In this podcast Shaynna chats about: SERIES SYNOPSIS For 14 seasons we’ve seen Shaynna Blaze as a judge on The Block, as well as helping homeowners spruce up their spaces on Selling Houses Australia. Now, for the first time, Shaynna is doing it for herself and her family in the heartwarming new series, Country Home Rescue. In Country Home Rescue, Shaynna, together with her children, embark on the restoration of a dilapidated historical home in regional Victoria. Watch as they navigate through a never-ending maze of problems when their grand plans are sideswiped by building restrictions, frustrating delays and a huge budget blowout. It will take every ounce of passion and persistence to turn this renovation nightmare into the forever home of their dreams. But you’ll be amazed as room by room is revealed. Country Home Rescue – Starts Wednesday 16 November at 7:30pm on Nine and 9Now Special thank you to Terry Stuart at Nine for organizing this podcast The Fort (2021 Film) Information for Event Screenings HERE Information on the film HERE WHAT DOES A MOTHER DO WHEN SHE DOESN’T WANT HER SON TO BECOME HIS FATHER? Where do you go… who do you turn to… when home is where the harm is? Set in 1990s regional Victoria, The Fort tells the story of one woman’s battle to escape her abusive marriage while attempting to shelter her son from the grim realities of family violence. Kitty is a stay-at-home mum married to Graham whose suppression of a traumatic childhood sees him choosing to repeat abusive patterns of behaviour he and his mother experienced from his own father. Becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of her situation, Kitty begins to fear the impact her volatile marriage is having on 10-year- old Tom, and the long-term effects her turbulent home life might have on her son. Kitty builds Tom a fort in his bedroom; a safe space where they can retreat when the hostilities they face at home become overwhelming. The Fort transports Tom and Kitty to a series of fantasy worlds, that give Kitty a taste of freedom, from the fear and control that dominates her home life, fortifying her to plan their escape.

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60 Minutes

China / Taiwan conflict this week on 60 Minutes

THIS WEEK ON 60 MINUTES THE BATTLE FOR TAIWANIt’s a battle most of the world dreads – China vs Taiwan – but it seems the likelihood of conflict is increasing by the day. Chinese President Xi Jinping has made it his number one priority for Taiwan, which he sees as a renegade Chinese province to be brought back under the control of Beijing. And his threat couldn’t be any clearer: if Taiwan resists, Xi will turn the modern, free-wheeling democracy – with apopulation similar to Australia – into a bloody battlefield. As Tom Steinfort reports, what’s playing out in Taiwan right now could shape the world for decades to come, forever marking the region as the place where World War III began. Reporter: Tom Steinfort Producers: Garry McNab, Sheree Gibson TRAFFICKEDPoliticians are always quick to shout the mantra that Australia’s laws on border protection, who’s allowed into the country and who’s kept out, are some of the toughest in the world. But why should we believe what we’re being told? Last week 60 MINUTES, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald revealed how international criminals were circumventing laws and trafficking vulnerable Asian women to work in the sex industry here. This week Nick McKenzie’s special investigation continues with more explosive evidence proving just how easily our borders are being breached. Reporter: Nick McKenzie Producer: Amelia Ballinger 60 MINUTES – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, AFTER ‘THE BLOCK’ ON CHANNEL 9 & 9NOW

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John Walsh (Nine EP – My Mum Your Dad)

A different kind of dating show is upon us – Nine’s My Mum Your Dad. John Walsh – Network Executive Producer joins TV Central for a One on One podcast to discuss this Australian first format. This is not John’s first rodeo, having worked on shows like Married at First Sight, The Voice, Beauty and the Geek and Australia’s Got Talent. John chats about: Thank you to Christabel Huynh at Nine for organizing this podcast My Mum, Your Dad – Monday 7 November, 2022 at 7:30pm on 9 and 9NOW (continues Tuesdays) Link to My Mum Your Dad media release HERE My Mum Your Dad website HERE Info on John Walsh John has been the Executive Producer or Network EP on some of Australia’s biggest titles including Married At First Sight, The Voice, Beauty and The Geek, Australia’s Got Talent, The Hundred, Hay Mate, Good Food Christmas and Christmas With Delta Goodrem, My Mum Your Dad and Love Triangle for Stan. In 2020 he was Executive Producer of the historic Music From The Home Front concert honouring Anzac Day and the efforts of Covid frontline workers. He has also been the Executive Producer of Getaway for the past 23 seasons. John was appointed Network EP of MAFS when the series was super-sized in 2016, a role he has continued for seven seasons. He wrote and produced a three-series adaptation of National Geographic’s Amazing 80s, 90s and Noughties for Channel 9 which featured interviews with some of the most prominent Australians of the past 40 years from prime ministers to Paul Hogan and Lindy Chamberlain. Prior to joining Nine, John was an Executive Producer in News & Current Affairs at SBS where he was a Walkley Award Finalist for his work on the ground breaking series Face The Press. He started his career in the media as a journalist with News Ltd.

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