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Radio stays number one in latest Share of Audio Study

Radio stays number one in latest Share of Audio Study
Radio has strengthened its position as Australia’s favourite and most listened to form of audio entertainment, with time spent listening on mobile devices increasing over the past year, according to a comprehensive study on listening trends released today.

The second Australian Share of Audio study by GfK, which measures listening to all forms of audio including radio, owned music collections, streaming services, podcasts and online music videos, found Australians spend 65.3% of audio time, or 2 hours and 10 minutes per day, listening to live Australian radio.

Radio’s share of listening increased from 64.9% a year ago, driven by an increase in listening to radio via mobile streaming apps.

“The research shows radio is continuing to dominate the battle for ears in a rapidly evolving audio landscape,” said Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia.

“The amount of time spent listening to Australian radio via various mobile radio apps, while still relatively small, has also increased to 2.4% of listening from 1.0% a year ago.

“The study found consumers prefer radio ahead of all other forms of audio. While time spent listening to music streaming also increased, it has been at the expense of owned music, rather than radio.”

The survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1,500 Australians aged 10+ from June 25 to July 22, before Pandora shut down its Australian services on July 31.

The study showed Australians spend nearly six times longer listening to live Australian radio than to the combined music streaming services Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora.

It also found Australian radio has four times the daily audience reach of the combined streaming services, while nearly 60% of Spotify listeners use the subscription service and cannot receive advertising.

Overall, Australians spend 3 hours and 20 minutes listening to audio content each day. Time spent listening to owned music collections, such as CDs, albums and digital purchases, declined slightly but remained in second place. Owned music accounted for 12.6% of listening or 25 minutes a day, down from 13.0% a year ago.

Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora combined accounted for 11.0% of listening, or 22 minutes a day, up from a combined 9.2% share a year ago. Online music videos such as Youtube were next with a 3.3% share of audio time, followed closely by podcasts on 3.2% and TV music channels on 2.1%.

Ms Warner said the launch of the radio industry’s RadioApp in November last year was one way the industry was continuing to adapt to keep listeners tuning in. The free mobile app allows consumers to stream over 260 commercial, ABC and SBS radio stations on the go and expands the live radio anytime, anywhere approach that has been a hallmark of radio’s enduring popularity.

The Share of Audio was released today at the Radio Alive 2017 conference in Melbourne. More details in the attached and view the research findings here.


Foxtel launches Walter Presents in Australia

Walter Presents to launch in Australia on Foxtel
World’s best foreign language dramas available
on Foxtel VOD from November 1

Acclaimed streaming video on demand service Walter Presents, which has won plaudits and a loyal following for delivering the world’s best foreign-language dramas to UK and US audiences, will be teaming up with Foxtel to bring its award-winning dramas to Australian audiences from November 1.

The video on demand service, backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4, will deliver top rated, exclusive and original first run drama series from around the world to Foxtel and Foxtel Now customers with an appetite for quality TV content, and is the second stage in a planned Walter Presents global roll-out.

Walter Presents is named after its curator and host Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan who hand picks each show and never uses computer algorithms to select titles.

The collaboration will see Walter Presents series premiere on Foxtel’s On Demand service from November 1 and then from December 15, the drama channel Showcase will have a Friday night Walter Presents slot to feature some series. New release Walter Presents dramas will be added every month.

Capitalising on the growing demand for premium world drama, Foxtel aims to host over 150 hours of premium foreign language drama in its first year and will include a diverse range of dramas which have been blockbuster hits in their native countries. From Nordic thrillers to South American chillers, every series will feature bespoke high-quality customized sub-titling. Each season will be made available in its entirety allowing viewers to binge watch the content.

The three series for the Australian launch of Walter Presents in November are:

Locked Up:

Set in a high security women’s prison, this is a rollercoaster Spanish thriller simmering with tension, sex and violence which quickly became a smash hit in the UK.

Walter Presents – Locked Up Intro

Locked Up Promo




Dark, visceral crime thriller from Brazil in which a charismatic serial killer infiltrates the police to play a cat-and-mouse game with the forensic psychologist tasked with tracking him down.

Walter Presents – Merciless Intro

Merciless Promo


Vanished By The Lake:

The disappearance of a local teenager ignites painful memories for a homicide detective who previously lost her two best friends, when they went missing under similar circumstances, fifteen years before – a riveting French Noir murder mystery.

Walter Presents – Vanished by the Lake Intro

Vanished by the Lake Promo   

Other series coming up are a selection of multi-award winning productions from HBO Latin America, including Emmy nominated action thriller Fugitives, and Mexican family crime saga Mr Avila, plus the dark brooding psychological Belgian thriller 13 Commandments.

Co-founder and curator of Walter Presents Walter Iuzzolino said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Foxtel, Australia’s most prestigious home of premium scripted series. Australian audiences are some of the most forward thinking and sophisticated in the world. They have a hunger for compelling, quality international drama as demonstrated by the success of Nordic Noir here and we are thrilled to be able to broaden the scope and palette of the international drama offerings further with additions from countries as diverse as Mexico, Holland, Chile, Spain and Belgium.”

Foxtel Director of Content Ross Crowley said: “Walter Presents brings an entirely new element to the Foxtel entertainment experience. Australia has one of the richest and most diverse audiences in the world, with many speaking languages other than English at home. In teaming with master curator Walter Iuzzolino, we’re genuinely excited to bring some of the boldest, most exciting, premium dramas from around the world to our On Demand catalogue.”

Walter Presents launched in the UK on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 in January 2016. Since then the service, uniquely curated by Walter, has garnered rave reviews and millions of views to a broad range of high-quality foreign language TV drama.

From November 1 in Australia, Walter Presents will be available On Demand to Foxtel customers who subscribe to the Movies and Drama packs and to Foxtel Now customers via the Movie, Pop and Drama packs.


The Great Australian Cookbook

Media Release: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Great Australian Cookbook

Brand new 11-part series features an all-star culinary lineup including Maggie Beer, Frank Camorra, Peter Russell-Clarke, Clayton Donovan, Peter Gilmore, Simmone Logue, Matt Moran, Anna Polyviou,
Darren Robertson, Matt Stone and Paul West

Starts Tuesday, November 7 at 8.45pm AEDT
Exclusive to Foxtel’s Lifestyle FOOD

On Tuesday, November 7 at 8.45pm, Lifestyle FOOD will be taking viewers on a mouth-watering adventure around Australia to meet the country’s most celebrated culinary names in a stunning new series, The Great Australian Cookbook.
Featuring an extraordinary lineup of 22 of Australia’s greatest cooks, from top restaurateurs to local unsung heroes, the 11-part series is a beautifully affectionate snapshot of the food Australians love to cook, eat and enjoy with family and friends.

A stellar lineup of Australia’s best-known chefs, including Maggie Beer, Matt Moran and Darren Robertson feature in the series, inviting viewers in to their homes and work places as they cook their favourite dishes for loved ones – whether it’s a treasured family recipe or a simple crowd pleaser – and revealing philosophies on food and life along the way.

The Great Australian Cookbook will also feature a colourful group of local Aussie heroes, including the Country Womens’ Association baking champion, the bush tucker expert, pastry cooks and farmers all cooking beloved recipes for those closest to them, as the series travels from Alice Springs to Bruny Island, Western Australia and Far North Queensland.

Said Hannah Barnes, General Manager of Foxtel’s Lifestyle channels, “The special thing about this new series, The Great Australian Cookbook is that it features a lineup of Australia’s most talented chefs and cooks, making the food for the people they love. Never before have I seen a show that has so much heart and celebrates all the cultures and regions of Australia.”

“The series joins an incredibly strong slate of exclusive food productions set to premiere on Lifestyle Food over summer, including audience favourites The Great British Bake Off and our very own The Great Australian Bake Off.”

Episode one introduces Australian culinary icon Maggie Beer at her stunning Pheasant Farm in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Maggie shares one of her all-time favourite recipes, Chocolate Pear Almond Tart, which she prepares for her staff for afternoon tea, while sharing the history of Pheasant Farm and her current passion, her work with the Maggie Beer Foundation.

Episode one also showcases one of Australia’s brightest young chefs, Matt Stone, head chef of Oakridge in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Matt explains his holistic, sustainable approach to food as he returns to his parents’ home in Pinjarra, WA to cook lunch for his extended family.

Using local produce and fresh home-cooked ingredients, he prepares a Charcoal-Roasted Vegetable Salad Feast alongside perfect Char-Grilled Prawns – while discussing how cooking gave his life direction.

The Great Australian Cookbook is produced by CJZ and is exclusive to Foxtel’s Lifestyle FOOD.

The 11 x 30 minute series premieres on Tuesday, November 7 at 8.45pm AEDT. Following its broadcast on Lifestyle FOOD each week, each episode will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on Foxtel Now.

The full 11-episode lineup is as follows.

Episode 1 – Tuesday, November 7
Matt Stone (WA): The Head chef of Oakridge in the Yarra Valley shares his tips for the perfect char-grilling method, preparing a Char-grilled Vegetable Salad Feast alongside Char-grilled Prawns for his parents and extended family at their home in Pinjarra, WA.
Maggie Beer (SA): The culinary icon prepares one of her all-time favourite recipes, a Chocolate Pear Almond Tart, using Maggie’s world famous verjuice, for her key staff at her Pheasant Farm property in the Barossa Valley.

Episode 2 – Tuesday, November 14
Gilbert Lau (VIC): Father of Chinese cuisine in Australia and owner of Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum, Gilbert reveals his favourite family lunch recipe of Roast Chicken and Fried Rice, cooked for his family at home with the help of his young grandson, Teddy.
Darren Robertson (NSW): The co-owner of Three Blue Ducks in Sydney and Byron Bay, Darren reveals the secret to perfect eggs as he makes Poached eggs, Avocado, Sourdough and Fermented White Cabbage & Fennel salad, prepared at home alongside wife Magdalena and new son Archie.

Episode 3 – Tuesday, November 21
Ronni Kahn (NSW): The Sydney founder of Oz Harvest cooks up a meal for her team that’s very close to her heart, her mum’s Veggie Lasagne. Packed full of goodness, it encapsulates Ronni’s philosophy that no person should go hungry and that we all have an obligation to help stop hunger in Australia.
Paul West (NSW): Host of Lifestyle’s River Cottage Australia, Paul cooks Braised Wild Rabbit with Salami and Warrigal Greens at his property on the South Coast, alongside his young family. Paul’s story is packed with tips on how to eat sustainably and take outdoor cooking to the next level.

Episode 4 – Tuesday, November 28
Victor & Evelyn Liong (VIC): Owners of modern Asian restaurant Lee Ho Fook in Melbourne, the siblings return to their parents’ home for a family dinner and share an old time Chinese family favourite, Sweet and Sour Pork, conjuring up memories of special occasions for Victor and Evelyn.
Nick Holloway (QLD): Chef and owner of Nu Nu in Palm Cove, QLD, Nick invites family and friends over to his outdoor kitchen for a huge feast of Wood-Roasted Reef Fish with Pineapple Curry, sharing a wok load of tips on preparing fish and celebrating everything Far North Queensland has to offer.

Episode 5 – Tuesday, December 5
Sharon & Carol Salloum (NSW): Syrian sisters and owners of Sydney’s popular Almond Bar, Sharon and Carol prepare for a Syrian family feast in the backyard at their parents’ house, making three family favourites: Tabouli, Baba Ghanouj and Lahem Meshwi.
Peter Russell-Clarke (VIC): Loveable larrikin and Australia’s first TV chef, Peter cooks for his wife Jan at their home in country Victoria, preparing a Mango and Fig Omelette and Smoked Trout Soup, while sharing stories of his career as an artist and television personality.

Episode 6 – Tuesday, December 12
Matt Wilkinson (VIC): Owner of Melbourne dining institution Pope Joan, Matt cooks Pesto Pasta for his children, definitely not one of his favourites as he’s named the dish “I Hate Pesto”, but a big success with his kids. He follows this with a healthy family favourite, Mango and Coconut ice-blocks.
Simmone Logue (NSW): Former prima ballerina and now owner of the successful Simmone Logue Fine Food Company, Simmone invites viewers to her stunning property, preparing her rustic recipe for a Six-Hour Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Sage Potatoes and Charred Red Capsicums for her two siblings.

Episode 7 – Tuesday, December 19
Matt Moran (NSW): Celebrated owner of multiple restaurants in Australia including Aria and Chiswick, Matt invites the head chefs from his most iconic Sydney restaurants to his home for lunch, taking a BBQ of Prawns and Barramundi with Raw Zucchini Salad to a whole new level.
Rayleen Brown (NT): the founder of NT institution ‘Kungkas Can Cook”, a catering company celebrating female indigenous cooks and native Australian foods, Rayleen shares a special Bush Foods Christmas Cake with her family, cooked on the fire in the desert outside Alice Springs.

Episode 8 – Tuesday, December 26
Merle Parrish (NSW): Country Womens’ Association baking legend and grandmother Merle reveals some of her baking secrets when her entire extended family gather at her home in Cudal, NSW for an afternoon tea of Anzac Biscuits and Pavlova.
Peter Gilmore (NSW): The celebrated chef behind iconic Sydney restaurants Quay and Bennelong, Peter opens up his kitchen to viewers, preparing a heart-warming Sunday night favourite recipe for his wife – Korean Chicken Noodle Soup, while sharing his philosophy behind both restaurants.

Episode 9 – Tuesday, January 2
Ross O’Meara (TAS): Filmed on beautiful Bruny Island at the farm of chef-turned-food producer Ross O’Meara, the family man shares his recipe for Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Mustard and Greens, with every ingredient on the plate locally and sustainably produced.
Anna Polyviou (NSW): Head Pastry Chef at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Anna cooks an impressive Summer Trifle with Tropical Fruits for her staff at her city apartment, sharing the history that makes her one of Australia’s most unique and interesting chefs – as well as tips on how to take the humble trifle to a whole new level.

Episode 10 – Tuesday, January 9
Frank Camorra (VIC): The undisputed king of Spanish cuisine and owner of renowned Melbourne institution Movida, Frank heads to Geelong to the home he grew up in. Here he creates some traditional Spanish fare (while his mum still questions his cooking methods!): Tortilla de Patatas and Asadillo Salad, while sharing stories of his upbringing and his journey to Movida.
Clayton Donovan (NSW): Powerhouse indigenous chef Clayton Donovan cooks for his family at Nambucca Heads, whipping up Oysters with Finger Lime, Carrot Foam and Avocado Cream on the banks of the Nambucca River – jamming as many incredible native ingredients as possible in to the dish – followed by family favourite Kangaroo San Choy Bow on a pan on the sand at Shelley Beach.

Episode 11 – Tuesday, January 16
Alla Wolf-Tasker (VIC): Creator of award-winning fine dining institution Lake House in Daylesford, Alla prepares her famous Lake House-inspired Rivers and Lakes Share Platter recipe for her family at the stunning property, using locally-sourced ingredients – while revealing her European inspiration for the Lakehouse.
Rodney Dunn (TAS): Rodney, along with wife Severine, own The Agrarian Kitchen, a stunning working farm and cooking school where many of Australia’s top chefs go to relax. Using produce straight from the farm, Rodney bakes Rhubarb & Berry Crumble with Goats Milk and Vanilla Custard for his young family.

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