More changes over at ACP.
A big
shake-up at ACP Magazines with long-time women’s lifestyle editor, Anny Friis’s departure sparking
surprise changes at the top of the Australian Women’s Weekly. Anny Friis, the editorial director of House and Garden and the
recently launched Real Living, is leaving “to pursue a role in the not for
profit area” according ACP. These
magazines were overseen by group publisher, Phil Scott whose big project last
year was the launch of Real Living. Lisa
Green has been appointed editor-in-chief of Australian House & Garden, one
of ACP Magazines’ flagship titles that currently boasts a readership of 909,000
but a circulation of only 100,000 a month, well down on the 615,000 or so she
was looking after at the Weekly. She’s
also moving from the Women’s Lifestyle group, which is the place to be at ACP,
working with powerful publisher, Pat Ingram, to the group run by Scott, who is
the second ranking group publisher after Ingram. Most
interesting of all is the re-emergence of Deborah Thomas, now editor-in-chief of
The Australian Women’s Weekly, as the day to day
editor. She was
moved to the role after
Green was poached from John Fairfax magazines to revamp
the Weekly, changing its size and look. The
first edition of the new look Weekly emerged last August (September issue) so
Green lasted less than a year as editor of the most important women’s
magazine in the country in its new format. That
cost the best part of $3 million or more and the Weekly‘s sales have not picked
up. These changes, in place as of next Monday, follow the shift to the Nine Network by Mia Freedman, the editorial
overlord at ACP for Cleo, Cosmo and Dolly. Earlier
Garry Linnell, moved to Nine as the Director of News and Current
Affairs from The Bulletin. On top
of this, two senior non editorial executives have left, or are leaving, ACP: deputy CEO David
Gardiner has gone and Michael Mangan, the IT boss and head of Network Services, is
leaving. All
these changes have happened since Ian law replaced John Alexander as CEO of ACP
Magazines about six or seven weeks ago. – Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings


Seven might have won the night but the real story was
the win nationally by Nine News (1.495 million), beating Seven News, 1.457
million) after building momentum all week. It was a win where Seven’s usually
big margin in Perth didn’t matter: nor was there some sort of “stunt” or big
story that Nine had paid for, like the Miners. And Today Tonight would have lost
without the big win in Perth. TT won by 106,000 nationally and 109,000 in Perth.
Apart from that it was a sour night for Nine, which finished third nationally when
it probably had hopes of doing better. Seven’s Prison Break kicked higher and
was the most watched program with 1.535 million, just beating Ten’s House at 8.30pm with 1.504 million. Nine News was next, then Seven News, then Today Tonight
with 1.417 million. Ten’s NCIS was 6th with 1.396 million and Beyond Tomorrow
lifted sharply (adding maybe 180,000 people) to average 1.332 million. Home and
was also stronger at 7pm with 1.319 million. McLeod’s Daughters finished
10th behind Beyond at 7.30pm with 1.291 million (Nine is probably paying
the price for disrupting viewing during the State of Origin), Temptation was
11th with 1.276 million. Ten’s new fat show, Honey We’re Killing the Kids
averaged 1.135 million at 7.30pm for an hour. Without a Trace didn’t do well in
its shift to 8.30pm: it averaged 1.126 million and just beat Spicks and Specks
in the 9-9.30pm timeslot which averaged 1.119 million for the ABC. Big Brother was marginal at 7pm: it averaged 1.039 million and the 7pm ABC News
averaged 1.007 million. The 100th show of the New Inventors averaged 932,000 and
we didn’t see inventions 298, 299 and 300: it was a retrospective show.

Losers? Bert’s Family Feud back up to 762,000 and helped
the news this time. No real losers in a night when it was fairly even. The
strength Seven programs showed from 7pm to 9.30pm won the night, especially in
Melbourne where Prison Break was the only program with more than half a million
viewers (565,000). Nine finished third in Melbourne last night, that will be a
rude awakening.

& CA:

Nine News won everywhere bar Perth, Today Tonight won
Perth and Adelaide but lost Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane: is the worm
turning… sorry, is the momentum in the 6pm to 7pm news and current affairs
timeslot now back with Nine after more than18 months of resting with Seven?
Nine’s win in Sydney has come despite the return from holidays of Ian Ross to
the news chair at Martin Place for Seven. Ten News at 5pm averaged 894,000, the
ABC 7pm news, 1.007 million and the 7.30 Report, 883,000.

Another win to Seven, the fourth in a row this week.
Just when Nine has hopes to getting back in the game. Seven won a very even
night with a share of 27.8% (24.8% a week earlier It was the State of Origin)
from Ten in second with 25.9% (18.4%) and Nine in third with 25.8% (38.9%). The
ABC was on 15.4% (13.4%) and SBS was on 5.1% (4.5%). Nine won Sydney, Ten won
Brisbane and Adelaide, Seven had a big win in Melbourne and a solid win in
Perth – enough to put it on top. Seven leads the week with a share of
30.6% to 28.2% for Nine.

Dyer’s comments:

A competitive night again. Sixteen programs with a
million or more viewers. There’s nothing like a bit of choice for viewers. There
are some murmurings around Nine about the flat performance of Dancing On Ice.
Some media didn’t get invites until the last minute and there are suggestions
rehearsals for the show proper didn’t start until Monday afternoon. The ice rink is
at Baulkham Hills, which is where Nine’s audience lives, but not its executives.
The program was Eddie McGuire’s first real sign-off: at $800K an episode or
more, its pricey. Suspicious Minds started on Nine last night to just 900,000
people for half an hour from 9.30pm. That’s ok, not brilliant – about what
Seven’s Forensic Investigators does: but it improved to more than a million
viewers.That will be Suspicious Minds‘ task in the next week or three: build.
Tonight it’s Getaway and then the dud Two and A Half Men and then The New
Adventures of Old Christine
on Nine, plus the Footy Shows. Seven has My Name Is
(this will be the pivotal week, will viewers return in solid numbers a
third time?), Lost and then 24 and Jack. It did 743,000 last night. The Footy
Shows will make Nine competitive, but it won’t make an advance on Seven in the
battle to win the week. Ten will be chasing the kids again. If the AFL and NRL do well tomorrow night and the Saturday
night movies prove more alluring that Seven’s rugby test and a movie, then Nine
could be in with a chance. But it does have Frasier at 7.30pm tomorrow night up
against Seven’s Better Homes.

Peter Fray

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