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7NEWS.com.au launches Happening Now

By 7NEWS

Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ brekky show

7NEWS.com.au – Australia’s #1 online news service for under 40s – has announced an all-new, Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ vertical format digital breakfast program, Happening Now, that launched 7am AEDT Monday.

Produced in 7NEWS.com.au’s custom-built digital studio at Channel 7’s studios in Martin Place, Happening Now will cover the biggest headlines of the day you need to know and must-watch video.

The snappy, convenient five-minute episodes will be available weekdays from 7am AEDT via your local 7NEWS Facebook and Instagram pages, the 7NEWS Australia YouTube channel and 7NEWS.com.au, purpose-produced in vertical format to be viewed on a smartphone device from anywhere – the train, bus, in your kitchen, on the treadmill or from bed.

The launch of Happening Now follows the success of 7NEWS.com.au’s The Latest on Facebook Watch, Australia’s #1 – and one of the world’s most-watched – digital news show having amassed a staggering 400 million views and counting.

We’re incredibly grateful to our global community for making The Latest on Facebook Watch so successful, it’s now time to add to the family.

Happening Now is the first of its kind in Australia, a ‘made for mobile’ vertical video breakfast show, the cool new format will come to wherever you are.

Phil Goyen, 7NEWS.com.au Executive Producer

Seven West Media and Facebook set up new partnership

By 7NEWS, SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) today announced it has signed a Letter of Intent to provide news content to Facebook.

The LOI is subject to signing a long-form agreement between the two companies, expected to be executed over the following 60 days. Seven West Media will provide more details following the execution of the agreement.

The establishment of this new partnership with Facebook is a significant move for our business and reflects the value of our original news content across our successful metropolitan and regional broadcast, digital and print properties.

On 15 February we announced a LOU for a partnership with Google, to provide news content to the Google Showcase product.

Together, the two announcements are a strong recognition of the quality and credibility of our leading news brands and entertainment, and will enable us to continue to build our digital platform.

These partnerships would not have been possible without the leadership and vision of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, and we thank them.

Kerry Stokes AC, Seven West Media Chairman

Like our new, market-leading partnership with Google, our agreement with Facebook is an important part of the strategy to transform our company and build Australia’s leading news and entertainment content business.

Both agreements are a significant step forward for Australian news media and are a clear acknowledgement by all parties of the value and importance of original news content.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

We are pleased to confirm our investment through a Letter of Intent with our partners from Seven West Media. This agreement brings the premium news content Seven produces from its newsrooms across Australia to Facebook. We have always been committed to supporting journalism and our agreement today continues our work with the news community in Australia.

Will Easton, Managing Director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand

This release has been authorised to be given to the ASX by the Managing Director and CEO of Seven West Media Limited.

Seven West Media and Google strike long-term partnership

By 7NEWS, SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) today announced it has entered into a LOU to form a long-term partnership with Google to provide news content to the Google Showcase product which launched in Australia in early February.

The agreement will be subject to executing a long form agreement within the next 30 days.

This is a great outcome for Seven West Media and for Google. Our new partnership recognises the value, credibility and trust of our leading news brands and entertainment content across Seven and West Australian Newspapers.

I’d like to thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, with particular recognition of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who has been instrumental in the outcome of this ground-breaking agreement.

Their outstanding leadership on the implementation of the proposed News Media Bargaining Code has resulted in us being able to conclude negotiations that result in fair payment and ensure our digital future.

The negotiations with Google recognise the value of quality and original journalism throughout the country and, in particular, in regional areas.

Google is to be congratulated for taking a leadership position in Australia and we believe their team is committed to the spirit of the proposed code.

Kerry Stokes AC, Seven West Media Chairman

We are proud to support original, trusted, and quality journalism and are excited to welcome Seven West Media today as a major Australian publishing partner to join Google News Showcase.

Seven West Media is one of Australia’s leading integrated media companies across broadcast, print and digital news and joins with 21 publications across a variety of titles as diverse as The West Australian, 7NEWS, PerthNow, the Albany Advertiser, the Geraldton Guardian and the Broome Advertiser.

Our partnership with Seven West Media sees us make a substantial investment in the future of journalism not just across the metropolitan areas, but importantly in regional areas too where titles like the Kalgoorlie Miner and the Harvey-Waroona Reporter are at the heart of the local community.

Showcase has been very well received since its launch in Australia a little over a week ago with our publisher partners receiving one million views of their content in just eight days, demonstrating that Showcase offers a constructive path forward for publishers, readers, and Google.

Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia and New Zealand

Seven West Media Managing Director and CEO, James Warburton, welcomed today’s announcement.

This is another significant step in Seven West Media’s transformation journey.

Google recognises the strength of our audiences through our engaging content and leading platforms. We are excited to be partnering with them as we pursue the next stage of our strategy.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and CEO

Seven West Media will advise more details following the execution of the long form agreement.

This release has been authorised to be given to ASX by the Managing Director and CEO of Seven West Media Limited.

Phil Goyen

7NEWS.com.au #1 with young Australians

By 7NEWS
Phil Goyen

• #1 news website for under 40s
• Average daily unique audience: 1.29 million
• Average monthly page views: 69.7 million
• Australia’s #1 social news brand
• Australia’s #1 digital news show, The Latest

7NEWS.com.au has cemented its position as the leading news website for Australians aged under 40, according to new data from Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (DCR).

The Nielsen DCR report for November shows 7NEWS.com.au was the #1 news website among hard-to-reach young Australians: it was #1 overall among women under 35 and the #1 commercial news website among men under 40. The website’s total unique audience in November was 9.52 million, up 14.2% on November last year.

The new numbers follow an outstanding year for the Seven Network’s news website, which has built an average daily unique audience of 1.29 million.

Across 2020, 7NEWS.com.au has seen an average of 69.7 million page views a month.

7NEWS.com.au is now Australia’s largest social news brand, reaching more than 13.2 million people or more than 50% of the population.

It is also home to Australia’s #1 digital news show, The Latest, which was racked up more than 400 million views since it launched in August 2019.

The success of The Latest has made 7NEWS.com.au one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels in Australia. The number of subscribers has jumped 244% over the past year, while the number of minutes watched has soared 1740%.

Exclusive reporting and content have been critical to 7NEWS.com.au’s rapid growth and early next year it will launch two new original shows:

Doing Life Differently With Ciaran Lyons, a made-for-mobile documentary series that explores Australia’s hidden worlds including swingers, furries and Satanists.

Happening Now, a daily made-for-mobile digital news show.

With content from Australia’s most-watched television news service, 7NEWS, plus a digital newsroom dedicated to local breaking news and original reporting and content, 7NEWS.com.au has become a significant force in just 18 months.

I’m thrilled with the community we’ve been able to build in such a short amount of time. We think about the 7NEWS.com.au audience 24/7, we’re entirely here for them and I look forward to connecting with even more Aussies as we grow and evolve.

I’m also extremely excited about our new original shows for 2021. I can’t wait for the world to see them.

Phil Goyen, Head of 7NEWS Digital
Sunrise and The Morning Show

Sunrise and The Morning Show on top

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

#1 in ratings year and #1 as summer starts

Fresh from winning the 2020 ratings battle, Sunrise and The Morning Show’s dominance of breakfast and morning TV is rolling into summer.

Last week Sunrise was the #1 breakfast TV program with an average 448,000 viewers nationally and a big lead over its nearest rival. The Morning Show also claimed the #1 spot, with 215,000 viewers nationally.

Eleven share points greater than its nearest commercial rival. A staggering result for Sunrise in 2020, maintaining the record ratings of 2019, reflecting how Australia chose to wake up and get their news and information.

From 5.30am through to 9am and then The Morning Show through to 11.30am, our teams delivered the most watched daily six hours of live television across the country every morning of every week. In television nothing can be taken for granted, least of all a trusting and expanding audience.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs

This has been a year like no other. Bringing breaking news to viewers has been a logistical challenge, but it has also never been more crucial. We are grateful to Australia for trusting Sunrise in even larger numbers during these times. I thank Kochie, Sam, Nat, Beretts, Eddy, Sam Mac and the entire team behind the cameras for their hard work and their dedication. Most importantly, thank you for watching.

Michael Pell, Executive Producer, Sunrise

In a trying year, the true test of a program is the loyalty of its viewers. To remain #1 for 13 years is more than an achievement – it’s a privilege, and one Larry, Kylie and the team don’t take for granted. We can’t wait to be back in 2021.

Sarah Stinson, Executive Producer, The Morning Show,

2020 highlights

SUNRISE:

  • • #1 breakfast TV program nationally and in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Perth
  • • Won every day of the survey year, for the second year in a row
  • • Averaged 480,000 daily viewers nationally, 279,000 in the capital cities
  • • Reached over 2.5 million national viewers on average each week
  • • Increased audience year-on-year
  • • Double-digit audience growth in Sydney across key demographics
  • • Dominated key demographics including 25 to 54s, 18 to 49s and shoppers

THE MORNING SHOW:

  • • #1 morning TV program nationally and in all capital cities
  • • Won its timeslot for survey year
  • • Averaged 252,000 daily viewers nationally, 151,000 in the capital cities
  • • Reached 1.75 million national viewers on average each week
  • • Up 5% on 2019 in 25 to 54s, up 8% in 16 to 39s, up 13% in total people
  • • Dominated key demographics including 25 to 54s, 18 to 49s and shoppers

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Facebook @Sunrise @morningshowon7
Twitter @sunriseon7 @morningshowon7
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Source: OzTAM (Metro), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Combined/National: Metro + Regional. W/C 29/11/2020. Network National Reach estimate based on Metro + Regional for minimum of 5 consecutive minutes of Sunrise/TMS (includes Early/Late/Weekends) viewed on Seven Network. Average audience based on Sunrise/Today, TMS/Today-Extra (excludes Early, Late, Weekends). Data: Overnight

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
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.

America Decides 2020

By 7NEWS

7NEWS is your definitive source for the United States Presidential Election.

7NEWS will deliver Australia’s most in-depth coverage of the US Presidential Election – which shapes as one of the closest and most divisive polls in American history – featuring up-to-the-minute polling results, informed commentary and analysis from an unrivalled team of journalists and political experts LIVE on air, on 7plus and across 7NEWS.com.au and social platforms.

Committed to bringing viewers the most comprehensive and dynamic election coverage, across the week 7NEWS will broadcast every dramatic moment and all the madness as the race to the White House unfolds, backed by the exclusive resources of global broadcast news affiliates CNN and NBC.

All-day special coverage begins Wednesday with a special extended edition of Sunrise LIVE from 5.30am AEDT, with Kochie and Sam LIVE to Natalie Barr in Washington, D.C.

Then join Michael Usherand Angela Cox, Seven’s former US Correspondent of seven yearswho covered two US elections, for all-day LIVE rolling coverage from 10am AEDT. They’ll cross to 7NEWS US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany from inside Donald Trump’s camp and US Correspondent Tim Lester on the campaign trail with Joe Biden, while US Correspondents Paul Kadak and David Woiwod will have on-the-spot analysis from key battleground states across the US.

Joining the team throughout the day to provide insight and analysis are Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and one of Australia’s leading experts on US politics, foreign policy, public opinion and polling, and Damien Cave, the New York Times’ award-winning Australian correspondent.

Full details plus the day’s other headlines in your local 7NEWS at 6.00. Then tune in for a special edition of The Latest with Michael Usher LIVE from 10.30pm AEDT.

The high stakes, the madness – don’t miss a moment as the Greatest Showdown on Earth unfolds. Join 7NEWS for all-day coverage of the US Election starting with Sunrise LIVE from 5.30am (AEDT) Wednesday on Seven and 7plus

Stay up to date with the latest on the United States Presidential Election race at 7NEWS.com.au

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