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SAS Australia

SAS Australia scores big for 7 and 7plus

By 7plus, SEVEN

Biggest new TV show of 2020

After six weeks of punishing conditions, extreme physical tests, sleep deprivation and intense interrogations, the Seven Network’s latest hit show, SAS Australia, reached its dramatic conclusion last night.

The final episode – which saw comedian Merrick Watts, rugby union player Nick Cummins and AFLW star Sabrina Frederick pass SAS selection – drew a national audience of 1.04 million.

In the capital cities, it captured 767,000 viewers and dominated its timeslot with a commercial share of 42.0% in 25 to 54s, 47.5% in 16 to 39s and 35.4% in total people.

Across its debut season, SAS Australia achieved a total video audience of 1.35 million, making it the biggest new show of 2020.

SAS Australia’s total video audience included a broadcast audience of 1.13 million on Channel 7 and a record-breaking catch-up audience of 228,000 on 7plus.

SAS Australia shattered 7plus records, becoming the biggest show in the history of Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD service in record time. The premiere episode now has a BVOD audience of 414,000, with subsequent episodes seeing similar BVOD audiences. Seven’s Network

SAS Australia has broken records all over the place. It’s the biggest show ever on 7plus and the biggest new TV show of the year.

Angus Ross, Director of Programming
The Front Bar - Cricket Edition

Front Bar pads up for two cricket specials

By 7SPORT, SEVEN

Don’t miss all the laughs on Channel 7 and 7plus 

Everyone’s favourite sports show has put the footy away and unwrapped a brand-new Kookaburra as The Front Bar turns its attention to the Seven Network’s Summer of Cricket with two special editions.

With a star-studded line-up headed by Mick Molloy, Andy Maher and Andy Lee, The Front Bar team will take the field this Thursday at 8.30pm, and back up at the same time next Thursday, 3 December.

Both specials will air nationally on Channel 7, with the team vowing to come off the long run as they tackle the burning issues ahead of the WBBL Finals, BBL 10 and the Aussie men’s blockbuster Test Series against India.

Front Bar skipper, Mick Molloy, said: “Footy season may be over but I’m still here at Channel 7 because I’ve refused to leave the studio, Donald Trump style.”

There will be plenty of tall tales this Thursday night when legendary Aussie spearhead Merv Hughes joins the team at the bar, while Australian Test captain Tim Paine will also be part of the fun.

Surf’s up on Seven and 7plus

By SEVEN, SPORT

Seven extends partnership with World Surf League

The world’s best surfers will continue to thrill fans live and free on the Seven Network, with the network extending its partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) to cover surfing’s biggest and most iconic events.

In a massive coup for surfing lovers, all of the WSL’s live contests and highlights shows across the 2021 season will be broadcast across the Seven Network and live-streamed on 7plus, Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform.

Seven’s coverage will include every event of the world’s premier surfing competition, the WSL Championship Tour, along with the Challenger Series, Big Wave at Large and Longboard Tour.

There’s no cooler or more captivating sport than surfing so we’re rapt to continue our partnership with the World Surf League. We can’t wait to bring fans the world’s very best surfers competing in the world’s most prestigious events over the next year – all of it live and free on Seven and 7plus.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

The elite shortboard action gets underway on 4 December when the WSL Championship Tour makes its long-awaited return after a 10-month hiatus with the women’s Maui Pro. Reigning world champion Carissa Moore, former Aussie world champs Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright, and American prodigy Caroline Marks will headline a stellar field.

7NEWS US Bureau recognised with Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

7NEWS reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were tonight recognised with the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Television/Video: News Reporting category for their courageous broadcasting efforts after being assaulted by US riot police live on air while covering a Black Lives Matter protest just a stone’s throw from the White House.

Brace and Myers were broadcasting live to Seven’s Sunrise on June 1 this year when they were belted with an armoured shield and Brace whacked in the back with a truncheon as police violently cleared Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Despite their injuries, the pair went on to broadcast non-stop for some 12 hours across Sunrise, 7NEWS and The Latest.

Brace later addressed a US congressional committee about the incident as part of a broader investigation into the police response to peaceful protesters in D.C. that day to clear the way for the arrival of President Donald Trump for his now infamous photo opportunity outside St John’s Episcopal Church.

This story was never about us. It’s about the people who were peacefully and legally protesting. We’re grateful and humbled that our coverage drew attention to what happened that day. It was a confronting moment for America and certainly for us. We hope this serves as a reminder of the important role of the media and the need for us to do our jobs safely.

Tim and I appreciate the ongoing support of the team at Seven and the recognition of the Walkley Foundation. I, personally, appreciate Tim’s professionalism, camera work and, most of all, friendship through those days and weeks in Washington, and the many years in the US.

Amelia Brace, 7NEWS Reporter
Amelia Brace

You shouldn’t become the story by simply doing your job but in the chaos the world witnessed there are circumstances you have no control over. Amelia and Tim produced fearless and measured reporting across a frantic 24 hours. The award is a tribute to their courage and poise under extreme pressure.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs
Fast Start

Seven’s Fast Start Package

By SEVEN

Launch your year with a bang! Take a look at what’s included in this red hot premium content package – it’s the only place to be this Summer and beyond.

GROW with the newest show on the block, Holey Moley, GROW with the iconic summer Test Cricket and BBL series, GROW with the recently acquired Supercars, and GROW with Seven’s reliable content spine of Home and Away, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunrise, 7NEWS and 7plus!

The Fast Start Package gives you all of this:

A Summer of Cricket

Set to dominate summer viewing, this is the most heated rivalry in men’s test cricket. The Australia vs India test series marks the start of 2021 coupled with family favourite BBL into the New Year.

Cricket on 7

• Guaranteed access to the first 2 days of the iconic New Years Test
• Guaranteed access to the final Test at the Gabba
• Placement across the BBL season including Mega Days
• Placement in the BBL Grand Final
• A minimum 40% of activity running in-play

A Hole Lot of Fun

Captivate and delight consumers in the biggest miniature sporting event of the year, where pop culture, comedy and family entertainment collide.


• Get access to the Holey Moley Launch and Finale episodes
• 1 x EAVE break and an additional spot with PIB across the series
• 4 x 30sec guaranteed access, with preferred placement and guaranteed audience delivery

…the fun continues across 7plus

Connect with an engaged audience and give your brand higher visibility through a sponsorship of Holey Moley on 7plus.

• Brand alignment through video pre-roll and mid-roll
• Brand integration with BTYB bumpers
• Drive brand impact through the Freeze Frame
• Leverage e-commerce opportunities through QR Codes

7plus Freeze Frame

Take over the TV screen and bring the out of home billboard experience to the living room.

• Static image screen takeover on CTV when the audience pauses BVOD
• 100% SOV of screen, fully visible until the user un-pauses their content
• No clutter, natural user-initiated experience
• Include QR Codes to create connection and e-commerce opportunities

The thunder of Supercars in 2021

Be part of the first event of the new Supercars season back home on Seven.

• Strong presence across the beginning, likely to fall in February
• Target an engaged and highly passionate audiencethroughout our comprehensive coverage of the entire weekend action
• Activity spread across Saturday & Sunday, maximizing reach across the first round
• Guaranteed 30% PIB

Supercars

Australia’s Number 1 News

7NEWS is Australia’s most trusted news service, and make no mistake, 2021 is set to be even bigger.

• With your Fast Start Package, you will access Seven’s Sunday Night News across every week in February
• Guaranteed First/Last in break placement kicking off the week
• To ensure you maximise your reach across the total 7NEWS audience, extend this buy across 7NEWS.com.au and 7plus talking to audiences across all screens and devices

7STATEMENT on 7NEWS.com.au

Own the moments that matter to drive growth for your brand.

• A cross device 3-hour takeover of all ad positions (video and display) on 7NEWS.com.au
• 100% SOV and opportunity to align with a moment in time or key event
• Consistently performing with above average CTR

Limited packages available, get in soon or risk missing out!

To secure your Fast Start Package for 2021 contact us here.

7plus

7plus turns up the heat for summer

By 7plus, SEVEN
Australia’s #1 commercial BVOD platform’s sizzling line-up

The Seven Network’s rapidly growing 7plus platform will launch its biggest ever line-up of summer content, asserting its position as Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD service.

The line-up includes the highly acclaimed Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Station 19, Ally McBeal, Dawson’s Creek, 90210 and The Big C, plus homegrown shows including Home and Away, Better Homes and Gardens and Channel 7’s new tentpole smash hit Holey Moley, which tees off early next year.

7plus will also present a series of “Collections” to reach different audiences, including Summer Movies, Leading Ladies, Bingeworthy Boxsets, Premium Dramas and Aussie Classics.

With the BVOD market showing strong growth this year, 7plus has taken the lead among commercial free-to-air BVOD services thanks to the success of SAS Australia, Big Brother, Home and Away and a deep library of classic content.

So far in calendar year 2020, 7plus leads with a 41.5% commercial free-to-air BVOD share, ahead of 9Now on 41.3% and 10play on 17.2%. For the survey year to date (including Easter), 7plus has a 42.5% share, followed by 9Now on 40.3% and 10play on 17.2%*.

Gereurd Roberts

7plus has been the star performer in the BVOD world this year and now is the perfect time to introduce a deep and compelling line-up of new and classic content for the 2020-21 summer.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media’s Chief Digital Officer

Seven West Media and Taboola

SWM and Taboola strike multi-year partnership deal

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) today announced that it had signed an innovative, multi-year partnership with Taboola, the world’s leading content discovery tool, to enhance activation opportunities across SWM’s digital platforms.

Integrated across all SWM’s relevant cross-platform assets, including 7NEWS.com.au, The West Australian, PerthNow and numerous regional titles, the partnership will drive the activation of a raft of different content experiences, capabilities and insight tools. As a result, it allows SWM to maximise traffic, grow subscribers and increase audience engagement across the network.

At this heart of the partnership is 7NEWS.com.au, which will be championing Taboola’s content discovery platform. To respond to 7NEWS.com.au’s growing desire for better content personalisation, as well as the prioritisation of user experience, the partnership will also incorporate the “Taboola Feed” product. This is a vertical-scrolling feed that enables users to access more of the content they love, such as feature articles or in-feed video. This experience mirrors how users consume content across social networks, encouraging them to stay on site longer by delivering a more relevant feed, better reflecting what the individual is interested in and ensuring users can find more of what they love on 7NEWS.com.au.

SWM will also showcase “Taboola Newsroom” as part of the partnership. This provides SWM’s news editorial teams with unrivalled and actionable real-time data about content performance, as well as unique insights on trending topics from Taboola’s publisher network. Taboola’s “Audience Exchange” will round out the suite of services, offering an infrastructure that helps publishers manage and optimise the flow of traffic across their network of sister and partner sites.

We’re thrilled to announce our strategic partnership with Taboola, strengthening our digital portfolio and offering in market. Taboola’s discovery platform will be a headline feature as we expand our presence in the delivery of branded content. With 7RED’s recent expansion into short form and native content production fueled by insights from 7REDiQ, we are now creating more content than ever before. This partnership not only helps us scale our production capabilities and delivery across all screens and devices but will create necessary efficiencies through the addition of Taboola’s actionable data and smart insights into our eco-system.

Nicole Bence, SWM Digital Network Sales Director

We are excited to partner with a powerful media group like SWM, and work together to drive engagement, revenue, and audience growth across all of the various digital properties. There is a massive opportunity for premium publishers and content creators to engage with audiences in a way that is deeply personal and creates long-term digital relationships that are based on value and trust. We are looking forward to collaborating on the journey with SWM and power those ‘moments of next’ where users are open to discover things they may like and never knew existed.

Adam Singolda, CEO and Founder at Taboola
Cricket on 7

BBL Schedule Revealed

By 7SPORT, SPORT

December:

Thursday, 10 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Friday, 11 December: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Saturday, 12 December: Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Sunday, 13 December: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes @ Blundstone Arena, 2:15pm

Sunday, 13 December: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Monday, 14 December: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Tuesday, 15 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers @ UTAS Stadium, 7:15pm

Wednesday, 16 December: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars @ UTAS Stadium, 7:15pm

Saturday, 19 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena, 11:10am

Sunday, 20 December: Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers @ Blundstone Arena, 11:10am

Saturday, 26 December: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades @ Manuka Oval, 6:10pm

Saturday, 26 December: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars @ Metricon Stadium, 8:20pm

Sunday, 27 December: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes @ The Gabba, 6:15pm

Monday, 28 December: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers @ Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Tuesday, 29 December: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Wednesday, 30 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat @ The Gabba, 6:15pm

Thursday, 31 December: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers @ Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

January:

Sunday, 3 January: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 4 January: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 5 January: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 6 January: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 7 January: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, TBC/6:10pm

Thursday, 7 January: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, TBC/9:20pm

Saturday, 9 January: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 10 January: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 11 January: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 12 January: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 13 January: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 14 January: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, TBC/7:15pm

Friday, 15 January: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 17 January: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 18 January: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 19 January: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 20 January: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 21 January: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Saturday, 23 January: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 24 January: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 25 January: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 26 January: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/4:15pm

Tuesday, 26 January: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:50pm

BBL finals fixture

Friday, 29 January: The Eliminator (4th v 5th)

Saturday, 30 January: The Qualifier (1st v 2nd)

Sunday, 31 January: The Knockout (3rd v Winner of The Eliminator)

Thursday, 4 February: The Challenger (Loser of The Qualifier v Winner of The Knockout)

Saturday, 6 February: The Final (Winner of The Qualifier v Winner of The Challenger)

Paul Walker

7NEWS receives two Kennedy Awards for excellence in journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN
7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker and US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany

7NEWS has been recognised with two awards for excellence in journalism at the ninth annual 2020 Kennedy Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany, currently in Washington, D.C. covering the US Election, accepted the inaugural Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent for her exclusive feature report, Inside a COVID Warzone.

The confronting 24-hour ride along with New York paramedics as they responded to urgent call-outs during the height of the city’s COVID-19 crisis gave Australian audiences raw insight into what happens when the virus goes uncontrolled in a densely populated society, featuring emotional, unfiltered interviews with victims and their families.

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some remarkable things in America over the last four years, both good and bad. And things felt a little scary at times, particularly at the start of this year as this pandemic was playing out.

I want to extend my thanks to our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his continued support, his investment in quality journalism. It does feel like there has never been a more important time for the public to be able to turn to trusted news sources and have eyes and ears on the ground in places like America in what has been such a tumultuous year.

Ashlee Mullany, US Bureau Chief
(via an acceptance video from the White House)

7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker, nominated alongside colleagues Cam Wallis and Tim Myers for their camera work in the US, received the Gary Ticehurst Award for Outstanding TV News Camera Coverage for his footage of the 2019 Sydney CBD stabbing.

Walker instinctively picked up his camera and captured every chilling moment as the attack played out in front of him, with the accused Mert Nay eventually restrained by members of the public – the exclusive vision broadcast in real-time and beamed around the world.

Walker paid tribute to the courage of reporter Andrew Denney and those individuals who jumped in without hesitation to stop him.

I’m very proud to be part of the 7NEWS team and honoured to receive this award from my peers.

Paul Walker, 7NEWS senior cameraman

The Kennedy Awards are named after veteran police reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011 at the age of 53.

7plus’ winning streak continues

By 7plus, SEVEN

The Seven Network has announced that 7plus, Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD service, secured another resounding win for the week of Sunday, 25 October to Saturday, 31 October.

Across the week, 7plus scored a total audience share of 42.0 per cent, ahead of 9Now’s 41.4 per cent and 10play’s 16.6 per cent.

7plus’ victory came in a week when 9Now had its biggest live streaming day ever thanks to the NRL Grand Final on Sunday, 25 October. Despite the Grand Final, 9Now was unable to beat 7plus across the week.

Last week’s win saw 7plus further cement its position as the commercial free-to-air BVOD leader in both calendar year to date and survey year to date (incl Easter).

So far in calendar year 2020, 7plus leads with a 41.4 per cent market share, ahead of 9Now on 41.3 per cent and 10play on 17.3 per cent. For the survey year to date (incl Easter), 7plus has a 42.5 per cent share, followed by 9Now on 40.3 per cent and 10play on 17.2 per cent.

7plus’ win last week is a testament to our content strategy. Viewers are flocking to our great tentpole programming, like SAS Australia, and are then discovering the massive library of content we have on offer. Add to that the 12 live channels, and 7plus is in a winning position.

With our recent improvements to both the viewer and advertising experience, including Watchlist and Programmatic Freeze Frame, this growing audience is stickier than ever before. That already means better results for our partners when they advertise their brands on 7plus – and there is plenty more to come.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media’s Chief Digital Officer

7plus’ success for the week was driven by SAS Australia, which saw over 21.5 million VOD minutes streamed, and Home and Away, with over 15 million VOD minutes streamed.

Episodes 3 and 4 of SAS Australia continued the massive VOD viewership of the first two episodes, with episode 3 watched by over 163,600 extra viewers on 7plus since its broadcast last Monday, and episode 4 watched by over 138,500 extra viewers since its broadcast last Tuesday night.

Episode 1 of SAS Australia has now accumulated an additional 347,000 viewers on 7plus on top of its broadcast audience, and episode 2 an additional 323,000 viewers. These two episodes are now the most- and second-most watched episodes of any program in 7plus history.

With hit shows, the biggest live-streamed BVOD entertainment launch of all time with Big Brother, continued investment in content-led growth and more 7plus exclusives slated for 2021, 7plus is set to continue as the ultimate streaming destination.

Source: OzTAM VPM 3.1, 25/10/2020-31/10/2020. Total Streaming.

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