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The top rentaquotes of 2012

30 December 2012 9:00 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

In this roundup from the Encore & Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the seven top rentaquotes  over the last 12 months.

1. Steve Allen

Media veteran Steve Allen is the go-to guy for media-related quotes. Allen has many years’ experience in the industry having worked with, for, or alongside some of today’s heavy hitters. As one Mumbrella reporter pointed out this year, “there’s a reason why people call Steve Allen”. He always delivers.

Joe Hildebrand

2. Joe Hildebrand

If there was an award for top pundit of 2012, Joe Hildebrand would surely be the key contender. The Chaser’s Hamster Wheel skewered the News Limited journalist for being on every channel across the television spectrum and rightly so. He is a regular on Seven’s Sunrise and The Morning Show, Q&A, Sky News and Paul Murray Live and has even managed to parlay his punditry into hosting his own show, Dumb Drunk and Racist, »

- Luke

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2012 – The year in TV

19 December 2012 2:00 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the year in television.


James Warburton starts at Ten 10 months after he was appointed to the role.


The summer non-ratings period comes to an end in February kicking things off with the battle of the bulge as Nine and Ten go head-to-head with their weight-loss shows. Ten’s established format, The Biggest Loser, ultimately triumphs as Nine is forced to move their offering, Excess Baggage, to digital channel Go! after abysmal ratings.


The cast of Revenge

Seven wins the first week of ratings thanks to American drama Revenge, which was heavily promoted during Seven’s Summer of Tennis. It premieres with a whopping 2.06m viewers.


Brad Lyons and Angus Ross step up at Seven to take on the roles of head of production and head of programming respectively after Tim Worner was appointed CEO of the network »

- Brooke Hemphill

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Breakfast with Breen

16 December 2012 3:48 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

The new executive producer of Nine’s Today show Neil Breen made the jump to TV after 23 years in print. He spoke to Brooke Hemphill about his surprise appointment as editor of The Sunday Telegraph, being in Kevin Rudd’s bad books and his plans for Today.

Neil Breen sits behind The Sunday Telegraph editor’s desk at News Limited’s Sydney headquarters on Holt Street. He’s into his last few days on the job and outside his office are rows of empty desks as many of the staff have moved across the floor to join their colleagues from The Daily Telegraph in the newly consolidated seven-day newsroom.

Breen is about to leave the building to start his new role as executive producer of Nine’s breakfast program, Today, and he’s talking down expectations about making the leap to a different medium in which he has little more »

- Luke

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Who said Sunrise is presented by a bunch of muppets?

12 November 2012 3:06 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Human Kochie

Puppet Kochie

Dr Mumbo fears that this could be big.

At the very least, he can pretty much guarantee it’ll get a run on Sunrise.

The Kochie puppet isn’t too bad. But Dr Mumbo has a feeling that Fifi Box may feel a little shortchanged.

The video – Kochie From The Bock: The Sunrise Rap – comes courtesy of comedy duo Stuntbear.

Puppet Fifi

Human Fifi

Still, imagine how weatherman Grant Denyer and sportscaster Mark Beretta will feel about it…

Puppet Mel

Human Mel

Puppet Mark Beretta

Human Mark Beretta

Happily they’ve not forgotten newsreader Natalie Barr either.

Puppet Nat

Human Nat

The post Who said Sunrise is presented by a bunch of muppets? appeared first on mUmBRELLA. »

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Mornings beats The Morning Show for the first time

31 October 2012 4:52 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Channel Nine’s Mornings has beaten rival The Morning Show across the five city metro market for the first time since it launched.

Mornings rated 141,000 and Seven’s The Morning Show rated 134,000, according to preliminary ratings from OzTAM.

The Nine show won in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane but lost in Adelaide and Perth.

Mornings launched in February with new hosts Sonia Kruger and David Campbell, taking over from previous host Kerri-Anne Kennerley who presented from October 2002 to November 2011. The debut of the relaunched show rated 104,000.

The last time Nine had a win across the five city metro market in the  time slot was on 21 October 2008 with Mornings with Kerri-Anne rating 136,000 to The Morning Show’s 135,000.

Meanwhile, seasonal comedy A Moody Christmas produced respectable numbers for its ABC1 debut last night.

Airing at 8.30pm, the show, the first long form situation comedy from production company Jungleboys, rated 677,000, across the five city metro market, »

- Colin Delaney

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Jules Lund to quit Nine, hints at Seven switch

17 October 2012 6:09 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Jules Lund

Getaway presenter Jules Lund has announced he will depart Nine, the network which gave him his break ten years ago.

In the announcement, Lund hinted at the possibility of a move to rival Seven.

Remaining as a presenter on Southern Cross Austereo’s Today Network with Fifi Box, Lund said: “It’s exciting to think for the first time ever I can pick and choose television projects on any network.”

“I’ve also got the freedom to explore opportunities with Fifi Box outside of radio. We’ve formed an unbreakable bond, and up until now, our network contracts have restricted appearing on TV together, so that excites me,” he said.

Box is a Seven talent with an entertainment editor role on Sunrise.

Lund, who became one of the leading faces for Nine, hosting game shows, reality game shows and producing a documentary, began his career at the network »

- Colin Delaney

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Sunrise says sorry for virgin auction segment

13 October 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Virgin auction documentary

Seven has apologised over the broadcast of a segment about the auctioning of virgins on Weekend Sunrise yesterday.

The Sunrise Facebook page was flooded with accusations that the segment endorsed the idea of virgin auctions as well as a documentary on the website.

The segment featured documentary maker Justin Sisely and a Brazilian virgin as guests, which – Sunrise executive producer Adam Boland admitted in a Facebook apology – made for “awkward viewing”.

A man involved in the documentary did not attend the interview.

Andrew O’Keefe, who co-hosts Weekend Sunrise with Samantha Armytage, said on Sunrise’s Facebook page that the intention of the segment – to debate the ethics of virgin auctions – had backfired.

“Unfortunately that debate didn’t happen, partly because one of our guests didn’t show up, and so the segment may have seemed like an endorsement of the project,” he said.

“Unfortunately that debate didn’t happen, »

- Robin Hicks

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Today beat Sunrise in rare ratings win

17 September 2012 5:37 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Nine's Today breakfast team

In the battle for the breakfast viewer, Nine’s Today recorded a rare win over Seven’s Sunrise yesterday.

Today, fronted by Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, rated 364,000, while  Sunrise’s David Koch and Melissa Doyle rated 343,000.

The two shows were 27th and 29th respectively in Monday’s top 50 shows. Ten’s Breakfast, which did not feature in the top 50, rated with just 38,000.

Across the five city metro markets, Today won in Sydney and Melbourne while Sunrise won in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Ten’s Breakfast rated 38,000.

Seven had better luck in the evening where a two and a half hour live version of The X Factor was the top show for Monday.

The first of the live performances with twelve live acts to get through, the show was scheduled to run from 7.30-9.30pm, but ran over.

While OzTam reports a rating of 1.588m, the »

- Colin Delaney

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Encore – free September iPad edition now live

2 September 2012 6:07 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

The latest free iPad edition of Mumbrella’s sister title Encore magazine is now live.

Encore became free on the App Store two months ago. The September edition of Encore includes:

The E List, Encore’s 200 list of the industry’s most powerful media and entertainment players. While the top 100 ran in the print edition, the app is only place to see the full list; An exclusive extract from Ita Buttrose’s book, A Passionate Life, plus video extras; Behind the scenes of Ten’s hit drama Puberty Blues; The significant seven – Australia’s top voiceover artists; We ask if producers have finally nailed the correct mix of entertainment and brands in branded content off the back of Host’s Kiwi Sceptics, Qantas’ The Great Crusade and McDonald’s Gets Grilled; Our critics examine milk ads; Ex Maxus boss David Gaines on why he hates – really hates – Today Tonight; We »

- Brooke Hemphill

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Heggen’s small package takedown on Aiston becomes Ten’s first video to hit 10m views

2 September 2012 12:18 AM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

"Mark, you would know about that"

An awkward exchange during a Ten News bulletin has become the first piece of video content uploaded by an Australian TV network to receive more than 10m views on YouTube.

Uploaded as “An awkward moment”, the clip features Ten’s Belinda Heggen and Mark Aiston bantering during a 5pm bulletin last February.

Aiston remarked at the end of the sports roundup about The Ashes trophy: “I just can’t understand how something so small could be so impressive.”

Heggen deadpanned: “Well Mark, you would know about that.”

The video passed through 10m views earlier today.

The video has had twice the views of the next most viewed piece of Ten content – a report on planking which has had nearly 5m views, in part thanks to a member of staff planking on the newsdesk at the end of the report.

An Awkward Moment's path to »

- mumbrella

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Stick Together in New Zealand

19 July 2012 9:47 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez held hands as they stepped out in New Zealand today. They're in Auckland after visiting Australia earlier this week for Justin's Believe promotional tour. He taped an episode of Australia's Got Talent in Melbourne and then headed to Sydney, where he performed a special acoustic concert and appeared on the morning show, Sunrise. Justin followed up the string of fun stops with a charitable visit to a Children's Hospital this afternoon. It's been a busy few weeks of travels for Justin, who already toured Asia earlier this month. He's had Selena by his side, though, despite recent breakup rumors, and the couple have even more excitement in store since Selena's 20th birthday is on Sunday. View Slideshow › »

- Lauren Turner

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Bieber Fever claims another victim

17 July 2012 7:12 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Dr Mumbo was sorry to hear that Sunrise’s David Koch has been stricken with the malady currently plaguing Sydney. The disease usually preys on the young and vulnerable but in rare instances can strike older people.

So disorientating is the illness that Nova FM’s Fitzy and Wippa were able to engage in a long telephone conversation with Kochie using only a selection of Justin Bieber samples.

Dr Mumbo prescribes complete bed rest and a strict diet of Al Green for Kochie. Get well soon. »

- Cathie McGinn

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The Voice and Tricky Business slide for Nine

11 July 2012 5:21 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Nine’s Us version of song contest The Voice has slid in the ratings again after its third episode.

The two-hour singing competition, which aired from 7-9pm, took 584,000 total viewers – its lowest yet, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The show claimed 635,000 on Tuesday and 669,000 on Monday.

Nine’s Tricky Business also sunk to a new low. The  drama, which has been bounced around the schedule in recent few weeks as ratings have fallen, aired at 10pm last night, taking 311,000.

Ten’s MasterChef, on in prime time between 7pm-8.30pm, won the night with 1.331m in total viewers and across the key advertising demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Offspring, which followed it on Ten at 8.30pm, took 1.086m to be fifth overall but second in the key advertising demos.

Seven was second in the 7pm time slot with Home & Away, on 946,000, while Australia’s Got Talent claimed 918,000 in the following slot. »

- Colin Delaney

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'Savages' Soundtrack Features M. Ward, Bob Dylan, Peter Tosh, Massive Attack & More Plus All The Songs In The Film

25 June 2012 2:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, it's summer, and what better season is there for lighting one up, throwing on some chill tunes and whiling away a lazy weekend? While we officially don't condone those sorts of activities, unofficially we might, but either way, if you need to re-up your stash you might track down a couple of laid back bros like Ben and Chon in Oliver Stone's "Savages." Though hopefully, you won't get caught in the crossfire. Squaring off against a Mexican cartel looking to take over their turf, their shared girlfriend O is kidnapped, raising the stakes, and needless to say the results are explosive. And, the tunes on the soundtrack are equally fiery.

M. Ward, Bob Dylan, Peter Tosh (guess which song?), Massive Attack, Cut Copy and more promise to keep things moving in this pretty solid collection of tunes, while Bruce Lash offers up a super chilled over of Talking Heads »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Today beats Sunrise in three days out of four, but Seven claims ratings victory for the week

10 May 2012 5:26 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

In the battle for Australia’s early morning viewer, Today beat Sunrise in the ratings yesterday – the third day out of four this week.

This is the first time the Nine breakfast show has beaten its Seven rival so frequently in the week since last year, when Today won on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on week beginning 24 October.

Today pipped Sunrise narrowly by 6,000 viewers yesterday, rating with 345,000 compared to 339,000 nationally, even though Sunrise’s audience was bigger in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, according to overnight OzTam ratings.

The Karl Stevanovic and Lisa Wilkinson-fronted show also won Monday by 20,000 viewers and Tuesday by 4,000, only being outdone in Wednesday’s ratings when Sunrise won convincingly by 68,000.

However, Sunrise claims victory for total viewers overall for the week.

A Seven spokesperson told Mumbrella: “We have been consistent for a decade and always analysed like-with-like data across 6:00-9:00am. We »

- Robin Hicks

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Did Madonna Rip Off Her New Perfume Logo?

8 May 2012 11:54 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Madonna has hit yet another bump along the road to celebrity fragrance domination (having already dominated the fields of, well, everything else). The mogul's Truth Or Dare fragrance is now the subject of legal action, as an Australian artist is accusing Madonna of ripping off his copyrighted logo.

Rj Williams, a skateboarder, gallerist and artist based in Sydney, has claimed Madonna ripped off his signature "M" on the packaging and bottle of Truth Or Dare. "I guess I want to protect what's mine," Williams told "Sunrise," a morning show in Australia.

He has been using his "M" for eight years and has trademarked it, although he tells "Sunrise," "If it's been in the public domain and I've sold it as art, as limited prints or as individual artworks, it is protected" even without an official trademark.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, Williams sent a legal letter to Madonna via her agent, »

- Ellie Krupnick

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Masterchef falls below 1m on first weeknight outing

7 May 2012 4:21 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

MasterChef comprehensively lost its first weekday battle with The Block – rating 996,000 and only ninth biggest show for Monday night. The network finished the night with a disappointing audience share of just 11.6%

MasterChef ran from 7pm to 8.10pm.

Nine’s The Block, which ran from 7pm to 7.30pm rated 1.44m. While head to head, MasterChef averaged 925,000. This rose to an average of 1.012m, peaking at 1.38m, during the beginning of The Voice.

The Voice, airing from 7.30 to 9.30pm, rated 2.329m according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam. It peaked at 2.902m.

Revenge was Seven’s strongest performer, rating 1.252m from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Meanwhile, Larry Emdur’s return of The Price is Right rated 536,000 for Seven. It was beaten by Ten’s News At Five which rated 734,000. Nine’s Afternoon News 4.30pm to 5.30pm bulletin rated 235,000.   

However, the audience inheritance from The Price Is Right helped Seven’s Deal Or No Deal »

- mumbrella

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Rihanna shuts down interview after Ashton Kutcher question - video

12 April 2012 2:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rihanna recently cut short an interview when asked about reports on her love life. The 'We Found Love' star is currently in Australia, where she is promoting the release of new movie Battleship, in which she makes her acting debut. During an interview with Channel 7's Sunrise, interviewer Natalie Barr broached the subject of press speculation about Rihanna's links with actor Ashton Kutcher. "How frustrating is it when you are linked to another Hollywood star?" Barr asked the 24-year-old, quickly adding: "Even if you've barely met them." Clearly unhappy with the question, Rihanna responded: "Very frustrating. Almost as frustrating as being asked about (more) »

- By Ryan Love

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One Direction fever leads to Girlfriend one shot magazine

3 April 2012 4:35 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

One Direction - Girlfriend's one shot magazine

One Direction’s newfound place in the hearts of Aussie tweens has led Pacific Magazines to launch a spin-off one shot from Girlfriend.

One Direction: The Collector’s Edition went on sale today, priced at $9.95.

The last few weeks have seen online keyword searches around the words “one direction” soar. According to the Google keywords tool, One Direction is generating more than 4m searches a month and 300,000 in Australia alone.

Top One Direction searches include “where are one direction from?”, “one direction single”, “one direction beautiful” and “one direction on tour”.

The 68-page magazine has been released to coincide with One Direction’s tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Australia’s commercial radio stations and breakfast television shows have seen their switchboard besieged with fans whenever they’ve run competitions for One Direction tickets.

The One Direction one shot follows Girlfriend’s »

- mumbrella

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Sunrise claims Aussie live TV first with skydiving Grant Denyer stunt

2 April 2012 8:19 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Seven’s Sunrise is claiming an Australian TV first with weatherman Grant Denyer after he made a live parachute jump during this morning’s program and read the forecast on the way down.

A spokesman for Seven said: “Skydiving is no easy feat.. but to do it live on television is incredible. From a technical point of view this was an extraordinary effort. It took a team of six Sunrise crew weeks of planning to pull this off and a full day of testing yesterday. The timings had to be exact and the satellites had to pick up the signals. Three cameras were involved – one strapped to Grant’s wrist, one strapped to another skydiver and one on the ground.

“What made this stunt so impressive is that Grant had audio the whole time and was able to talk with Kochie and Mel in the studio. He was able to »

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