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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 and 7plus seize summer

By 7plus, SEVEN

#1 in prime time, all day and BVOD

The winning combination of 7NEWS, Sunrise, Test cricket and Australia’s newest smash hit family entertainment show – Holey Moley – saw Seven Network take the #1 spot across summer.

With the 2021 “official” ratings kicking off, the summer audience numbers reveal Seven took the crown in prime time with a total people network commercial share of 36.9%, ahead of Nine Network on 36.2% and Network 10 on 26.9%. Seven was also #1 in 16 to 39s and grew its audience share in that age group by 1.8 points over the summer months.

From 6.00am to midnight, Seven scored a total people commercial share of 40.3%, ahead of Nine on 35.8% and 10 on 23.9%, and ranked #1 in 25 to 54s and 16 to 39s.

7NEWS at 6.00pm had an average national audience of 1.39 million across the summer, compared with Nine News’ 1.1 million. Sunrise’s national audience of 442,000 put it well ahead of Nine’s Today (291,000).

Across the summer, 7plus was the #1 commercial free to air BVOD service, securing a share of 40.6%, ahead of 9Now on 40.2% and 10play on 19.2%. 7plus’ growth far outstripped the competition, growing viewership 49% year-on-year, compared to 35% for 10play and just 4% for 9Now.

Across the day, from Sunrise at breakfast through to 7NEWS in the evening and into prime time, we owned summer TV.

7NEWS, Sunrise and The Morning Show kept viewers informed and engaged, while the Australia-India Test series kept them on the edge of their seats.

Our success over summer gave us a great platform to launch our 2021 prime time content line up. That kicked off with Holey Moley, which was an out-of-the-box hit this week, delivering an average national audience of 1.18 million, huge year-on-year timeslot growth and sweeping all key age groups. Its first three episodes helped secure us the week, including wins in all key age groups.

We’re fully loaded and ready to go for 2021, with the biggest and best prime time content including Ultimate Tag, Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Farmer Wants A Wife, The Voice and SAS Australia; the best sport with the AFL, Supercars and of course the Tokyo Summer Olympics; and constant hits including 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Chase, The Morning Show, Home and Away and Better Homes and Gardens.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Network Programming

The success and growth year-on-year of 7NEWS, 7NEWS.com.au, Sunrise, Holey Moley and other great content over the summer months is the perfect start to the year for Seven and 7plus.

Our entertainment line-up for 2021 for Seven and 7plus is the freshest and most disruptive content slate we have ever created. It has been developed and acquired to ensure we maintain the audience growth and momentum from the second half of 2020 in the key demographic of 25 to 54.

Our sport content will be the largest marketing platform ever created across broadcast and digital, including what will be the most watched event in the past 20 years – the Tokyo Summer Olympics in July and August – the 2021 AFL Premiership Season, horse racing and Supercars.

Seven will help bring brands closer to and integrated in the largest and most anticipated cultural moments of 2021. We will also offer the most comprehensive and exciting data opportunities in market, supported by new innovations to drive enhanced viewer and advertiser engagement.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer

Source: OzTAM (Metro Broadcast, National BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Summer 2020/21: 29/11/2020-6/2/2021. Summer 2019/20: 1/12/2019-8/2/2020. National: Metro + Regional. Overall: 0600-2400, Primetime: 1800-2400. Metro Broadcast Commercial Network Shares. National BVOD (Live + VOD) CFTA Shares (24 hour day). 6pm News (Seven/Nine M-F 1800-1830), Sunrise/Today (Seven/Nine M-F 0700-0900). Holey Moley Australia: 1-3/2/2021 broadcasts national average overnight audience, excludes encores/repeats.

The Voice

The Voice 2021: Meet the Coaches

By SEVEN

Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy


It’s the world’s biggest singing competition and now the new-look series of The Voice is set to premiere on its new home on the Seven Network in 2021 with four superstar coaches.

Taking their places on the spinning red chairs will be multiple ARIA and GRAMMY© Award winner Keith Urban, UK hit machine Rita Ora, mega selling singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian, and making her coaching debut on The Voice, singing and acting sensation Jessica Mauboy.

One of the most successful formats in the world, the 10th season of The Voice will be hosted by Sonia Kruger and features surprising new elements, plus the strongest ever line-up of artists competing to be crowned the winner.

The stars have finally aligned again! Ten years after spinning in the first season, and just before getting back on stage around the world, I’ve been invited back alongside a very cool and musically diverse panel.

Keith Urban

I love The Voice and I absolutely adore Australia so this is a match made in heaven. Having been a coach on the UK series, I know just how powerful it can be in making dreams come true. I can’t wait to find Australia’s next superstar.

Rita Ora

The evolution of The Voice in 2021 is genuinely exciting. I am so happy to be working alongside these amazing coaches. I have known Jess for a long time, I am a huge admirer of Keith and Rita is a great talent. I really feel like this panel will genuinely nurture a new generation of artists.

Guy Sebastian

I’m so proud of the talent that exists in this country. I know firsthand exactly how life-changing a show like this can be, so I’m honoured to be part of such an experienced team of coaches and I’m looking forward to some amazing chair-turning moments.

Jessica Mauboy

A decade after it first debuted in The Netherlands, The Voice remains a global phenomenon, airing in 180 countries.

A show as extraordinary as The Voice deserves superstars as its coaches and that is what we will deliver in 2021. Keith, Rita, Guy and Jess are the best of the best and we are thrilled they have chosen to mentor a such a talented group of singers.

We can’t wait to bring the new-look series of The Voice to Seven, where it will join our other hit shows including Big Brother, Farmer Wants A Wife, SAS Australia, Holey Moley and many more.

Combined with a revitalised and more dynamic format, ground-breaking new design, and most importantly phenomenal artists delivering incredible performances, The Voice promises to be one of the TV events of 2021.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Network Director of Programming

We are tremendously excited by the fantastic new line-up of internationally acclaimed coaches for The Voice in 2021.This will undoubtedly be a series like no other! We seriously cannot wait to bring this brand new season to audiences on Seven – it’s going to be phenomenal.

David Mott, ITV Studios Australia CEO and Managing Director

The Voice is an ITV Studios Australia production for the Seven Network. It will premiere across the screens of Seven in 2021.

Meet The Coaches


Keith Urban

Keith Urban is a one of a kind artist: a world renowned musician, producer, songwriter and singer whose music defies categorising by genre. Driven by an insatiable creative hunger, he breaks the moulds of stereotype and absorbs musical inspiration from everywhere. Urban released his 10th studio album THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 in September 2020 with a #1
debut in Australia, the US and Canada. His live shows are an explosive experience of emotion, energy and showmanship and he makes it his goal to connect and touch every soul, whether in an arena of 15,000 or outdoors in front of 50,000. He possesses an innate ability to connect with people both musically and personally. A winner of scores of accolades, Urban is a five-time ARIA and four-time Grammy Award winner, and has also won the coveted ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year. Collaboration has always played a part in Keith’s creative odyssey, having found a common language whether on stage or in the studio with a diverse list of artists including Post Malone, Taylor Swift, Nile Rodgers, John Mayer, Eric Church, Keith Richards and Julia Michaels.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora is an international pop singer with four #1 UK singles and holds the record for the most top 10 singles for a British female artist in the UK with a total of 13. Her US debut album Phoenix has amassed over three billion streams worldwide, spawned three platinum singles and includes Lonely Together, her collaboration with Avicii, which won Best Dance VMA at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Her debut album Ora premiered at #1 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Rita is a multi-talented industry leader across music, acting, culture and fashion. Her film credits include the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, Fast & Furious, Southpaw, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu and the upcoming Sky original movie TWIST alongside Michael Caine and Lena Headey, in which she plays the female iteration of the Artful Dodger.

Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian’s ninth record T.R.U.T.H. rocketed to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this year to become his third #1 record, spawning the mega hits Choir, Before I Go, Standing With You and Love On Display, as well as a hot ticket arena tour set for November Sebastian boasts six #1 singles, the most by any Australian male artist in ARIA history, and three #1 albums. As the first-ever Australian contestant at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, which attracted 200 million viewers, Sebastian finished in fifth place. He has shifted well over seven million combined units worldwide, has 723 million streams worldwide while attaining 42 Platinum certifications since he first exploded through our TV sets and into our hearts as the winner of the inaugural season of Australian Idol back in 2003. As one of Australia’s most successful singer/songwriter/producers, Sebastian’s unwavering passion for music translates into consistently authentic, memorable performances. The golden thread that runs through each Guy Sebastian song is his ability to manifest very specific emotional moments using that God-given musical instrument: his voice.

Jessica Mauboy

Pop icon, actress, musician, role model – Jessica Mauboy is an accomplished songwriter and pianist with serious acting chops and multiple accolades. She first burst onto our screens in 2006 and has been a fixture on radio, TV and film ever since. Thanks to the juggernaut that is the Eurovision Song Contest, the globe soon came to know the unique voice of this proudly Australian Indigenous woman. She has expertly made the mix of R ‘n’ B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop and dance her infectious signature sound. Mauboy is not only a fan favourite, she’s earned the respect of her industry peers, as an ARIA winner for Best Female in 2013, and an AACTA award winner for her breakout role in The Sapphires. She has achieved six top 10 albums, 16 top 20 singles, with a whopping 600 million-plus streams. She’s collaborated with the likes of Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Jay Sean, and Pitbull, and has taken her hits on the road with three successful tours since 2012. A conscientious custodian of her heritage, she is also a proud ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, spending time in many remote communities, understanding the challenges and barriers to literacy.

The Voice: Coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2021

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