News Bulletin: Havas wins four new clients; Nova bags Coldplay; Foxtel pushes pop-up channels

By AdNews | 5 December 2016

Nine's cricket wins Sunday night

Australia's first one day international against New Zealand dominated ratings on a relatively quite Sunday evening. More than 1.11 million viewers (peaking at 2.287 million) watched a spirited New Zealand run chase, led by an outstanding tonne from Martin Guptill, fall short of Australia's 324 total. This was only bettered by Nine's News bulletin (1.17 million) in between innings. The first session, punctuated by captain Steven Smith's SCG record breaking 164-run knock, pulled in an average audience of 1 million (peaking at 1.95 million), followed by ABC News (724,000) and Joanna Lumley's Japan (710,000).

Havas Village picks up Melbourne clients

Havas Village has won a string of new business in Melbourne. The full service agency will provide creative, media, PR, social technology, branding and experiential services to sales presentation platform SalesPreso, fashion wholesaler Mesop, technology start up Digital Watermarks and property management service Space. Last week, Havas won OFX and MyRepublic.

Seven West Media open to PacMags sales

Seven West Media will consider selling Australia's second-largest magazine publisher, Pacific Magazines, for the right price, The Australian reports. Rumours of a Bauer takeover have gathered pace in recent weeks and if the two businesses merged would control 80 percent of the magazine market. The Australian reports Seven has asked interested parties to sign non-disclosure agreements over any potential moves.

The Age editor-in-chief resigns amidst scandal

The Age editor-in-chief Mark Forbes has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. In an email to staff Forbes says he failed to uphold the standards of behaviour expected in his position at Fairfax Media. Forbes was suspended two days after when the allegation of sexual harassment was made. An investigation is currently underway. 

Nova secures Coldplay as Red Room ramps up

Radio network Nova's Red Room Global Tour appears to be going from strength to strength as it manages to secure Coldplay for a gig this week. As part of its bolstered events offering, or 'branded entertainment experience' as its CMO and digital officer Tony Thomas told AdNews earlier this year, Coldplay will exclusively perform in Nova’s Red Room while listeners at home can experience the gig live on the Nova Network. Nova’s Red Room was established in April 2012 to connect listeners with their favourite artists in unique and intimate shows. It works closely with record labels and promoters and has had more than 100artists perform including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Macklemore, Usher and Sam Smith.

Foxtel pushes ahead with more pop-up channels

Foxtel is back with more pop-up channels as it launches a dedicated 12 Days of Christmas pop-up channel from December 14 through to Christmas Day. Airing 24 hours a day the channel will be available to all Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers. The movies will also be available on demand during the pop up period. From Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone and Elf, the 12 Days of Christmas pop-up channel will show 40 flicks in total. In September Foxtel announced it would aggressively target the SVOD market by expanding its HBO deal. It also revealed a host of pop-up channels including Binge and a Stars Wars channel.

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