By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
It was a good week for...
Ok, I'm the first to admit I'm not his target demographic, but I'll probably never understand the success of 2GB's eminent conservative shock jock Alan Jones, but that hasn't stopped his ratings juggernaut from rolling on once again.
As the results of the latest survey trickle out, Jones claimed victory in his 214th straight survey, even managing to extend his lead to a 19% share of the highly competitive breakfast market.
The survey, which covers the period from July 15 to September 22, shows Jones grew his share by 2.1 points while his fellow 2GB stablemate Ray Hadley managed to come through a tough period for he and his family with a 1.2 point growth to 20.2% which sees the station boast a 15.4% share of the overall radio market.
Largely targeted at socially conservative baby boomers, the station has managed to maintain a strong showing for some time now.
The results are perhaps not all that surprising given the trend for younger audiences has moved well and truly toward podcast consumption, but is still an impressive result for Jones and his cohorts.
It was a bad week for...
The Wests Tigers.
When rumours first started that the Penrith Panthers were keen to lure former head coach Ivan Cleary back to the club, the Tigers made all the right noise.
CEO Justin Pascoe and the club's management said they would be sticking to their guns and keeping Cleary to his contract with the club whether or not he wanted to return to Penrith and link up with his son, champion halfback Nathan Cleary.
The irony of Pascoe's acrimonious departure from Penrith for the Tigers aside, fans of the club were impressed with the show of strength and backbone, especially in reported defiance of a club with more financial muscle and one that would likely be seen as a better landing spot for Cleary.
Fast forward just a bit and it appears that Cleary has inked a three-year deal to return to Penrith at the end of the his current deal with the Tigers in 2021.
The Tigers position now appears untenable and, at least from where I sit, they cannot expect to enter the 2019 season with Ivan Cleary as their head coach.
Make no mistake about, Cleary is every chance of being at Penrith in 2019.
Check it out...
We're continuing to grow here at The Pioneer Australia.
Today, we were excited to confirm the effervescent Casey Causley would be part of the team featuring a series of regular video-based movie reviews.
You can check out what Casey though of the Marvel epic Venom here.
Our Pop Culture section, much like the site as a whole, is headed in the right direction and it's an exciting time to be part of a new project.
Check it out 2.0...
If you're a fan of true crime and a podcast listener, make sure you check out The Australian's effort 'The Teacher's Pet.'
The podcast investigation by Hedley Thomas has gripped me over the last few days as it winds through the story of the probable murder of Lynette Dawson and the escape from justice of her suspected killer, husband Chris Dawson.
Dawson would almost immediately install his mistress, 16-year-old school girl Joanne into his family home and his marital bed but has still managed to avoid prosecution some 36 years after Lynette disappeared.
This one isn't an easy listen, it requires plenty of thought and the ability to digest plenty of information, but it's well worth the investment, trust me!
Choc horror for one famous brand...
There's nothing worse than seeing one of your favourite brands in trouble.
Max Brenner, purveyor of that most beautiful of life's gift, chocolate has entered voluntary administration and while it's 38 stores are trading as normal during the review process, things look bleak for the debt-riddled business.
With revenues running low and hefty overheads catching up, here's hoping things get better quickly before we lose another option to add to the waistline!