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Total TV tells the total story

By Seven West Media

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

It was more than 16 years ago, but I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was 8.35am the morning after Desperate Housewives had launched on Seven. The OzTAM overnight audience numbers arrived, and we had a huge hit our hands: 2.5 million viewers in metropolitan markets alone. The rebirth of Seven had begun.

Fast forward almost two decades and, until a couple of weeks ago, the TV industry was still obsessing about overnight audience numbers. What that meant, of course, was that we were leading the public discussion about free-to-air TV audiences with the smallest number we had. Never mind the rise of time-shifted viewing, BVOD and live streaming: as an industry we were ignoring the dramatic change in how our content is consumed and pushing overnight numbers which were, not surprisingly, in steady decline.

Overnight audience numbers are very misleading. In some cases, they represent less than 70% of a TV program’s true audience. When catch-up viewing in its various forms and live streaming are added, some programs add hundreds of thousands of “new” viewers. Not hundreds, but hundreds of thousands.

For years, self-appointed experts have proclaimed that TV is dying. They are, of course, wrong (and, in many cases, biased). TV isn’t dying. It is changing. It is adapting to changes in how, where and when people want to watch video content.

The free-to-air TV networks are constantly being told we need to innovate in how we create and sell our content, how we use data, how we trade with our commercial partners, and so on.

And yet, until very recently, we were clinging to antiquated audience numbers that undersold our innovation and painted us in the worst possible light. We were our own worst enemy. Would Google and Facebook go to market with archaic audience numbers? No. They put out the biggest numbers they can, even when there are questions about how real or commercially relevant they are (does anyone really believe two seconds is a video view?).

On 13 September, after more than six months of debate, cajoling and setbacks, we finally went public with daily total audience numbers covering seven days of viewing, that is, overnight audience numbers plus time-shifted viewing, BVOD and live streaming. Sure, at this stage, we are only distributing two top 30 program tables each day – one ranking programs by total people, the other by 25 to 54s – but it is a great first step.

The total audience numbers are sent to media just after 9.00am every day, followed by the overnight numbers at about 10.00am. The vast majority of the journalists who write about TV are ignoring the total audience numbers and still focusing on overnights. That is not even remotely surprising. As an industry, we spent decades feeding the media reporting of the overnight ratings. The only way to stop that is to stop the public distribution of the overnight ratings. That isn’t going to happen, at least, not yet.

The overnight ratings are not what we trade on with media buyers or for our clients, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. The seven-day total audience numbers are an important currency and show the real reach and impact of our content.

Take the new season of SAS Australia. So far, its series total audience numbers are about 30% bigger than its overnight numbers. Its first episode had 968,000 viewers overnight. Over the following seven days, that climbed to 1.36 million (including SAS Uncensored on 7plus), an increase of 41% or 392,000 viewers. The increase among 25 to 54s was even bigger, at 58%. In a very different genre, Home and Away routinely sees increases of about 20% from overnight to total audience numbers, representing up to 200,000 additional viewers.

Other shows on air now are seeing similar, albeit smaller, gains as SAS Australia, including The Block, The Newsreader and The Masked Singer. Their increases reflect how our consumers – and therefore our industry – are changing. Total audience numbers will only become more important, as BVOD and live streaming continue to grow.

As an industry, we need to increase our focus on total audience numbers. That includes convincing the media who report on TV to focus on the total audience numbers. Of course, the solution is to stop publicly releasing overnight numbers. For some, that is brave step, so we will keep working to help them take it.

Seven appoints new Head of Research and Insights

By Seven West Media

As Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) continues to accelerate its digital transformation and market-leading data offering, the business has strengthened its Insights team with the appointment of Craig Johnson as Head of Research and Insights, effective immediately.

A key member of Seven’s Audience Intelligence team, Mr Johnson is responsible for measuring and analysing data and insights from Seven’s audiences across all platforms, including broadcast television and online streaming on 7plus. He reports to Director of Audience Intelligence, Andrew Brain.

Mr Johnson has previously held senior roles in international and Australian media companies and was most recently embedded at Facebook’s Californian head office as a Senior Vice President – Global Business Partner Leader at Nielsen, where he managed and grew the global alliance between Facebook and Nielsen.

Craig is an accomplished leader in data and his extensive background in media and previous senior roles at Nielsen across multiple territories will be a tremendous asset to Seven.

As a strategic partner to our marketing, programming, commercial, corporate and strategy teams, Craig will bring new thinking and innovative approaches to data measurement that will help inform critical business decisions. He also joins us at an exceptional time for the industry, following the recent roll out of VOZ, OzTAM’s Total TV reporting and the newly announced IAB measurement partner, Ipsos.

Andrew Brain, Director of Audience Intelligence

I am thrilled to join Seven West Media during such an exciting time of growth for the company. I look forward to working with the team to drive new measurement solutions under Seven’s market-leading first-party data assets, including 7REDiQ, and unifying insights and data analytics across the company.

Craig Johnson, Head of Research and Insights

Mr Johnson’s appointment follows the departure of Emelia Millward, who is moving to a new role overseas.

Brett McKeehan joins Seven as Head of Digital News

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

The Seven Network today announced the appointment of Brett McKeehan as Head of Digital News, including 7NEWS.com.au, Australia’s #1 online news service for under 40s.

Mr McKeehan will have editorial oversight of 7NEWS.com.au and will be responsible for driving digital growth and managing the website’s award-winning original reporting, digital articles, live news coverage, videos, podcasts and social content. He will report to Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson.

Mr McKeehan was most recently Director of Asia, CNN Digital Worldwide, based in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for APAC digital strategy, content development, planning and publishing for the site’s US and international readers.

Mr McKeehan previously worked at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong as the Digital Editor. His career also includes senior editorial and production roles for News Corp Australia and The Daily Telegraph, plus editorial and digital roles in the UK at The Sun and News of the World.

Since its inception, 7NEWS.com.au has grown its audience at a phenomenal rate. The appointment of Brett will now take us to the next level as we extend our digital news delivery and offerings in line with Seven’s overarching digital strategy and Australia’s number 1 news service.

Craig McPherson

I’m delighted to be returning home to Australia to join Seven Network, one of the country’s most iconic and important brands. Seven’s digital vision is ambitious, innovative and exciting, and I can’t wait to meet the team and get started.

Brett McKeehan

Seven fires up in first half

By SEVEN

#1 network for past nine consecutive weeks
#1 network for 14 of past 26 weeks
#1 news program: 7NEWS
#1 breakfast TV program: Sunrise
#1 winter sport: AFL
#1 Australian drama: Home and Away
#1 nightly game show: The Chase Australia
#1 multichannel group: 7two, 7mate, 7flix

The Seven Network has finished the first half of the year with strong momentum ahead of the highly anticipated Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Seven ranked #1 in 14 of the past 26 weeks and is the only commercial free-to-air television network to increase its audience share during the first half of the calendar ratings year.

Seven’s tally of #1 weeks includes wins across the past nine consecutive weeks. From late April to yesterday, Seven was the #1 network in total people, people 25 to 54 and 16 to 39s.

Seven’s success on television has been matched by the strong performance of 7plus, which increased its audience 18% in the past three months.  

Our strategy of investing in new and proven content across television and digital is delivering powerful results.

Seven is the only network that has grown its audience share this year in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people. Since late April, we have been #1 every week in those three demographics and in under 50s.

The tentpole shows Big Brother and Dancing With The Stars: All Stars delivered great results, as did 7NEWS Spotlight and our dominant content ‘spine’ of 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Chase, Home and Away and Better Homes and Gardens. The AFL is Australia’s #1 winter sport by a significant margin and Supercars have roared back onto Seven in a big way,” he said.

At the same time, 7plus is having a remarkable year. It continues to drive the digital transformation of our business and is drawing new users, day in, day out.

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

After a successful first half, we are ready to deliver our strongest second-half content line-up in many years, with the best sport on TV, the best news and public affairs content, and an impressive collection of proven entertainment hits.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be the biggest media event in a long time. Before they start, we have the new season of our #1 entertainment show last year, Farmer Wants A Wife. After the Olympics, we head straight into the brilliant new season of The Voice, an incredible new series of SAS Australia that takes the format to a whole new and shocking level, and Big Brother VIP with the noisiest celebrity cast ever seen on Australian television.

We also have the AFL Final Series, Bathurst 1000, the best horse racing in Australia, and a lot more. It’s an incredible line-up, one that is on track to return Seven to market leadership in 2021. Summer brings the highly anticipated Ashes Test series, and the BBL and WBBL, and then the Olympic Winter Games Beijing to launch 2022.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Network Programming

We delivered excellent results for our partners in the first half of 2021 and the second half is going to be even better.

Our line-up of tentpole shows is best in market. 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show and The Chase dominate their timeslots. Home and Away is having a fantastic year. The AFL Final Series, horse racing and Supercars will be big winners with viewers and advertisers.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be the country’s biggest-ever broadcast and digital event. For the first time in Australian free-to-air television history, there will be 45 dedicated Olympic Games channels across Seven and 7plus, all live, free and in HD. Let the games begin.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer

First half 2021 highlights

Commercial audience shares (%)

NetworkFirst half 2021First half 2020Change*
Total peopleSeven37.135.6+1.5
 Nine38.038.8-0.8
 1024.925.6-0.7
25 to 54sSeven33.232.1+1.1
 Nine37.238.2-1.0
 1029.629.7-0.2

Commercial audience shares (%)
25 April to 26 June

Network20212020Change*
Total peopleSeven39.137.0+2.1
 Nine36.236.20.0
 1024.726.9-2.1
25 to 54sSeven36.133.6+2.5
 Nine35.034.9+0.2
 1028.931.5-2.6
* Change in percentage points

NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

7NEWS Sunday

  • 1.5 million viewers nationally, 992,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 Sunday news program
  • Won every week in first half of 2021
  • 21% more viewers than Nine News nationally, 7% more in the capital cities

7NEWS Monday to Friday

  • 1.42 million viewers nationally, 939,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 weeknight news program
  • Won every week in first half of 2021
  • 27% more viewers than Nine News nationally, 5% more in the capital cities

7NEWS Saturday

  • 1.21 million viewers nationally, 787,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 Saturday news program
  • Won every week in first half of 2021
  • 20% more viewers than Nine News nationally, 5% more in the capital cities

7NEWS.com.au

  • #1 news website in 18 to 29s
  • #4 news website in total people

Sunrise

  • 439,000 viewers nationally, 254,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 breakfast TV program
  • Won every day in first half of 2021 (has won every day for more than three years)
  • 45% more viewers than Today nationally, 25% more in the capital cities

The Morning Show

  • 228,000 viewers nationally, 136,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 morning TV program
  • Won every day in first half of 2021
  • 46% more viewers than Today Extra nationally, 21% more in the capital cities

The Latest

  • 180,000 viewers nationally, 121,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 in timeslot in total people

7NEWS SPECIALS

7NEWS Spotlight: The Phenomenon

  • 1.18 million viewers nationally, 731,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 in its timeslot in total people and 25 to 54s
  • Increased timeslot audience 15% nationally year-on-year, 4% in the capital cities

7NEWS Spotlight: Craig McLachlan

  • Increased timeslot audience 7% in the capital cities year-on-year

7NEWS Spotlight: Martin Bryant’s Dark Secrets

  • 1.14 million viewers nationally, 737,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 in timeslot in total people

7NEWS Spotlight: Fight Of His Life

  • 916,000 viewers nationally, 719,000 in the capital cities

7NEWS Spotlight: Ride Of Your Life

  • 877,000 viewers nationally, 559,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 in its timeslot in total people

SPORT

AFL Premiership Season (to date)

  • 697,000 viewers nationally, 520,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 winter sport on TV
  • #1 in timeslot in footy markets in total people and 25 to 54s

Cricket

  • Test Cricket – Australia v India
    • First Test (Adelaide): Day/Night Test 685,000 viewers nationally, 460,000 in the capital cities  
    • Second Test (Melbourne): Boxing Day Test 843,000 viewers nationally, 562,000 in the capital cities
    • Third Test (Sydney): 785,000 viewers nationally, up 20% on 2018-19 Fourth Test; 537,000 in the capital cities
    • Fourth Test (Brisbane): averaged 727,000, up 11% on 2018-19 Fourth Test; 483,000 in the capital cities  
  • Big Bash League
    • Grand Final Day 867,000 viewers nationally, 562,000 in the capital cities
    • Series: 560,000 viewers nationally, 347,000 in the capital cities

Supercars

  • Seven’s two rounds averaged 332,000 nationally, 180,000 in the capital cities
  • Audience up 28% in total people on Network 10’s first rounds in 2020, up 19% in 25 to 54s
  • 7plus: 5.6 million live streaming minutes across two rounds’ race days

The Front Bar

  • 444,000 viewers nationally, 338,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 sport entertainment program in Melbourne

ENTERTAINMENT

Dancing With The Stars: All Stars

  • Finale Winner Announced: 1.33 million viewers nationally, 881,000 in the capital cities
  • Finale: 1.3 million viewers nationally, 852,000 in the capital cities
  • Launch: 1.2 million viewers nationally, 816,000 in the capital cities
  • Series: 1.06 million viewers nationally, 711,000 in the capital cities
  • Increased timeslot audience 18% in total people year-on-year in the capital cities
  • 35 million minutes streamed
  • Over 26.4 million total social media impressions
  • 4.1 million social engagements
  • 4.5 million social video views

Big Brother (series to date)

  • Launch: 1.03 million viewers nationally, 740,000 in the capital cities
  • Series: 927,000 viewers nationally, 644,000 in the capital cities
  • Increased timeslot audience 10% in 25 to 54s and 19% in 16 to 39s year-on-year in the capital cities
  • 392 million minutes streamed
  • Over 80 million total social media impressions
  • 6.1 million social engagements
  • 27.8 million social video views

Holey Moley

  • Launch: 1.67 million viewers nationally, 1.1 million in the capital cities
  • Series: 980,000 viewers nationally, 639,000 in the capital cities
  • Increased timeslot audience 21% in 25 to 54s, 30% in 16 to 39s and 8% in total people year-on-year in the capital cities
  • 62 million minutes streamed

Home and Away

  • 924,000 viewers nationally, 560,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 Australian drama
  • Most streamed drama series on BVOD. Up 40% year-on-year.
  • BVOD minutes streamed up 40%
  • 2 million total social followers
  • 76.7 million social impressions
  • 4.5 million total social engagements
  • 8.8 million social video views

The Chase Australia

  • 814,000 viewers nationally, 499,000 in the capital cities
  • Won every week in first half of 2021

Better Homes and Gardens:

  • 695,000 viewers nationally, 415,000 in the capital cities
  • #1 lifestyle show
  • 20 million streaming minutes

7PLUS

  • #2 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform
  • 36% share of commercial free-to-air BVOD market
  • Active users up 6% year-on-year
  • Audience up 18% in the past three months on the previous three months

7TWO, 7MATE, 7FLIX

  • #1 multichannel group
  • 7mate: #1 multichannel in target market of men 18 to 54s
  • 7mate: equal #1 multichannel in 25 to 54s
  • 7two: #1 multichannel in target market of women 18 and older

Source: OzTAM (Metro Broadcast and National BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Wks 1-26 2021. Primetime: 1800-2400. Metro unless stated otherwise. #1 Genres: Commercial FTA Networks, The Chase Australia #1 Game show for nightly (M-F) telecasts, excl one eps weekly programs. Timeslot growth for programs based on same day/timeslot previous year, metro, Cons7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm telecast (excl 5pm). Seven News Number 1 (1800-1900 M-F) Excluding Specials, Seven News Number 1 (1800-1900 Sunday) Excluding Specials, Seven News Number 1 (1800-1900 Sat) excluding specials, Sunrise Number 1 Breakfast Sunrise v Today (exactly match) (excl all other coding), The Morning Show Number 1 Morning Today Extra v The Morning Show (exact match) exclude all other coding). Data: Consolidated 7 (Live + As Live + TSV7) prior L7D, Overnight L7D. BVOD (Live + VOD, incl co-viewing).  Nielsen Digital Media Ratings, Monthly-Tagged, January – May 2021, P18-29, Digital C/M, Text, Current Event and Global News subcategory, UA. Nielsen Digital Media Ratings, Monthly-Tagged, May 2021, P2+ Digital C/M, Text, Current Event and Global News subcategory, UA   

Seven appoints new Head of Corporate Communications

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) today announced the appointment of Robert Sharpe to the new role of Head of Corporate Communications, effective tomorrow.

Mr Sharpe reports to SWM Chief Marketing Officer, Charlotte Valente, and is responsible for the media group’s external and internal communications.

Mr Sharpe was previously Corporate Affairs Advisor at Optus, responsible for leading the development and execution of national communications campaigns for Optus Enterprise, Optus Business, Optus Sport, Wholesale and Satellite. He has also previously worked at Network 10, Spotcap Global and ITV.

I’m very pleased to welcome Robert to SWM. As a senior corporate communications expert with over 14 years’ expertise in strategic communications across a number of industries, including TV and digital media, telecommunications and fintech in Australia and the UK, he will be a great addition to our communication team.

Robert has strong business, technology and media contacts across Australia’s tier one and industry media and a passion for executing campaigns that deliver results.

Charlotte Valente, SWM Chief Marketing Officer

I’ve been an admirer of Seven’s TV, digital and print businesses for many years. The corporate and content strategies outlined in SWM’s three-year transformation plan are already delivering strong results and I’m really looking forward to being part of the company’s ongoing development and success.

Robert Sharpe

Seven West Media signs Google and Facebook agreements

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Provides FY21 trading and debt update

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) today confirmed it has finalised its partnership with Google and has also signed a long-form agreement with Facebook awaiting signature by the latter overnight. 

The agreements are consistent with the respective Letters of Intent announced in February. The agreement with Google is five years and the agreement with Facebook is three years. 

Completion of the two agreements confirms the strong recognition of the quality and credibility of our leading television and newspaper news brands and entertainment content. Together, they underpin our sustainability and enable us to continue to build our digital platform. 

These partnerships have been made possible by the introduction of the Media Bargaining Code. This has been an important reform led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.

James Warburton, SWM Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

SWM anticipates the digital revenue associated with the agreements will commence before the end of FY21, with the majority to be derived in FY22. Minimal incremental costs are required to deliver the revenue.

With regards to trading, Seven’s Q3 FY21 advertising revenue grew at the upper end of the 7-10% range provided at the first-half results briefing in February.

Net debt is forecast to be approximately $270 million to $280 million by the end of FY21. Net proceeds of $45 million from the Airtasker IPO in March were used to retire debt, bringing total debt retirement to $195 million in the second half to date.   

The transformation of SWM continues. Finalisation of the Google and Facebook agreements completes one of the key objectives outlined in our February results, delivering further digital transformation, and realising the true value of our news and current affairs product on third-party digital platforms. 

Our balance sheet is now in a much stronger position and our FY21 Q4 content is positioned to deliver audience and share growth, particularly among people 25 to 54 and on 7plus.

James Warburton, SWM Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

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 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.

Nicole Bence Appointed Chair of IAB Australia Board

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Nicole Bence, Network Digital Sales Director at Seven West Media, has been appointed Chair of the IAB Australia Board, effective immediately.

Ms Bence succeeds Matt Rowley, CEO of Pedestrian Group, who has been Chair since January 2019. She has been a member of the IAB Australia Board since 2020.

As Chair, Ms Bence will work closely with IAB Australia CEO, Gai Le Roy, on initiatives and programs to address key industry matters.

It has been a delight working with Matt over the last two years driving some amazing initiatives including diversifying the board as well as significantly expanding the member base. Nicole is a passionate leader with such a strong knowledge of digital media and data, but she is also a true cross media leader. Nicole will lead the Board into what is an incredibly busy and important time for the digital advertising industry.

Gai Le Roy, IAB Australia CEO

It’s a great privilege to take on the Chair role at IAB Australia and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to build on Matt’s great work. IAB Australia’s key purpose to grow sustainable and diverse investment in digital advertising in Australia has never been more important. The digital advertising and technology ecosystem is changing rapidly and constantly, and I’m honoured to be able to play a part in its evolution and growth. One of my key priorities is to champion the power and efficacy of digital advertising. A trusted, robust and effective measurement metric, with standards that inspire confidence across the entire media and marketing sector, is critical for our industry.

Nicole Bence, Network Digital Sales Director at Seven West Media

Seven partners with UN Women Australia for International Women’s Day

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media is proud to announce it has joined with UN Women Australia as the Australian broadcast partner for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021.

The new partnership reflects the joint commitment of UN Women and Seven West Media to focus on gender equality and celebrate the accomplishments of women.

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality, with the theme and focus for 2021 being “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

The partnership will see Seven West Media supporting key IWD events around Australia in the lead up to and on 5 March, three days before IWD.

We’re proud to enter into this partnership with UN Women Australia in support of International Women’s Day 2021.

For us, this is a natural partnership: our workforce has a 50-50 gender balance and over half of our managers are female. We’re honoured to join forces with UN Women Australia to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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

UN Women Australia looks forward to amplifying our work driving a gender equality acceleration agenda through this partnership.

It provides an important opportunity to reach more Australians this IWD and beyond, with a call to action around why equality matters, and the steps we can all take every day to enable every woman and girl equal opportunities to lead, learn, earn and live a life free from violence and discrimination.

Janelle Weissman, UN Women Australia Executive Director

As part of the partnership with UN Women Australia, Seven presenters will host IWD events around Australia. The five events will run simultaneously, reaching thousands of people across Australia.

We look forward to celebrating on Friday, 5 March as we reflect on this year’s theme of empowering women in leadership in a COVID-19 world, and supporting equality.

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

About UN Women

A global champion for women and girls, UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality and was established to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women and girls worldwide. UN Women Australia is a registered charity in Australia which exists to raise funds for and awareness of UN Women’s work across the Pacific and around the world.

Each year, UN Women Australia hosts the pre-eminent International Women’s Day events around the country – in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth – to celebrate global achievements and discuss actions needed to continue accelerating gender equality. The events create an opportunity for inclusion, drawing together people from diverse backgrounds across Australia to empower, inspire, motivate and benefit individuals and communities towards advancing gender equality, here in Australia and globally.

No country in the world has achieved gender equality. Through our events, we aim to put the spotlight on global issues that perpetuate gender inequality and highlight actions we can all take on the path to a gender equal world.

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.

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