BRW has a new editor.
The search for a new editor of Fairfax
flagship business mag BRW is over, with the news that Peter Roberts will take
over from Tony Featherstone,
who quit at the end of March ahead of a “restructure” that so far has seen the
magazine’s HQ move from Melbourne to Sydney and nine members of its senior
editorial staff accept voluntary redundancies. The appointment of Roberts – a
member of Crikey’s Media Dynasties list – was announced to staff at Fairfax Business Media yesterday in an email from Publisher
and Editor-in-Chief Michael Gill and Associate Publisher Andrew Birmingham. Roberts
began his career at The Australian in
Adelaide and went on to hold various
editorial and management roles in Melbourne,
Perth, Sydney
and Singapore,
working mainly for Fairfax.
to the email, Roberts is “very well known in the business community for his
research and his understanding of core issues” and is “very well placed to lead BRW to its next phase of
development as Australia’s
premier business magazine”. Which is lucky, cos he starts today, working alongside
Featherstone “during
a transitional period” leading up to an August “relaunch.” Best of luck
with that. Meanwhile, this was not the only editorial shuffle announced
to FBM staff yesterday, with Kate Mills
– most recently the managing editor of ALB’s
four monthly legal magazines – appointed as CFO magazine editor, replacing acting editor Bernard Kellerman. – Sophie Vorrath

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners:
A solid night with Seven doing well, Nine not too badly, Ten off last
week’s level, the ABC lineball and SBS… well, some were watching.
Seven’s Border Security was again the most watched program with 2.096 million people at 7.30pm, up on last week. Medical Emergency at 8pm averaged 1.688 million, that’s down on a week ago. Seven News was third with 1.594 million, followed by Today Tonight with 1.559 million.The repeat of CSI at 8.30pm on Nine averaged 1.429 million, Nine News, 1.414 million while the double episode of All Saints averaged 1.381 million from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Home and Away won the 7pm battle with 1.323 million, Nine’s A Current Affair was 9th with 1.272 million and The Wedge (Ten) was 10th on its second outing with 1.237 million. Survivor Panama averaged 1.232 million, Temptation – 1.219 million, CSI New York – 1.205 million, Big Brother at 7 pm – 1.191 million and The Simpsons – 1.070 million , ABC 7pm News – 1.046 million, Deal or No Deal – 1.039 million and Neighbours – 1.020 million was 18th.

The Losers: Bert’s Family Feud back up to 689,000 and doing well, Deal or No Deal
1.03 million was close to an all time high, thanks to damp or cold
weather in the eastern and southern states. With 18 programs watched by
a million or more viewers on average, not a night for losers, except
for the ABC’s Agony Aunts – 632,000 and a bit agonising to watch. The bomb drama on the soapy The Bill was worthy of Home and Away – 947,000 viewers thought so as well. Rove Live (is he?) with 812,00, not poor, but has been higher in recent weeks.

News & CA:
Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Brisbane, a
familiar story most weeks on at least one or two nights, even though
Nine News in Sydney has lifted its average audience. Today Tonight won everywhere. TT‘s margin over ACA
was more than 280,000, double the 140,000 in favour of Seven news over
Nine News at 6pm. Ten News at 5pm averaged 939,000 people, the 7pm ABC
news – 1.046 million, the 7.30 Report – 772,000 and Today was badly beaten again by Seven’s Sunrise in both the 6am and 7am editions.

The Stats:
Seven won, lifting its share from a week earlier. It had a 33.1% share
(30.2%) to a solid 28.2% for Nine (27.4%), 21.6% for Ten (23.3% last
week), the ABC with 13.3% (13.6%) and SBS with 3.8% (4.5%). Seven won
every market in what was a strong improvement from the previous week.
Nine also did better. Seven now leads the week 30.5% to 27.4% and
should win, barring any last minute disasters.

Glenn Dyer’s comments:The Wedge
is falling: the strong debut a week ago with more than 1.5 million
viewers has slumped to now 1.237 million on its second outing. It is
hard to understand and contains a lot of the sort of situational comedy
that Kath and Kim explore. On the night after Nine revealed 100
jobs cuts and used the appointment of a new head of News and Current
Affairs to downplay the losses, it was a solid reply by Seven. Nine
will be competitive tonight as always with McLeod’s Daughters and Seven with Prison Break, but Ten will win with the last episode in the current series of Thank God You’re Here and a new episode of House afterwards at 8.45pm (a later than normal start) NCIS will do well for Ten as will Big Brother at 7pm.

Peter Fray

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