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THE WEEK THAT WAS - W/C AUGUST 7

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


Qantas unveils special aircraft to endorse the Voice to parliament.

Qantas has become the latest major brand to publicly advocate for an Indigenous Voice to parliament ahead of the referendum, joining its private sector peers including BHP, Woolworths, Wesfarmers and Atlassian.


The group today announced a special livery, featuring the Yes23 campaign logo, on three Qantas Group aircraft – a Qantas Boeing 737, a QantasLink Dash 8 Turboprop and a Jetstar Airbus A320.


The outgoing group CEO Alan Joyce said the initiative demonstrates Qantas’ commitment towards reconciliation and, more broadly, the notion of a “fair go”.


“We’re supporting the Yes23 campaign because we believe a formal voice to government will help close the gap for First Nations people in important areas like health, education and employment,” he said.


“We know there are a range of views on this issue, including amongst our customers and employees, and we respect that. I encourage people to find out more, to listen to First Nations voices, and to make their own decisions.”


Qantas will also facilitate the travelling of the Yes23 campaign and the Uluru Dialogue teams so they can engage with regional and remote Australians ahead of the referendum.


Consumer Confidence:

ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence dropped 3.4pts to 75 this week despite the uplift from last week. This marks the 23rd week in a row that the rating has been under 80 (the longest time below 80 since records began, previously hold between September 1990 and January 1991). The current RBA cash rate remains at 4.10% with the next RBA board meeting to be 5th September 2023.

· All the mainland states saw drops in Consumer Confidence, with WA holding the highest consumer confidence and QLD the lowest.

· Looking forward, just over a quarter of Australians, 28% (down 5pts), expect their family to be ‘better off’ financially this time next year while 38% (up 4pts), expect to be ‘worse off’.

· The drop off in consumer confidence was largely across the housing cohorts, with renters dropping the most, (-9.4pts) from last week.

· Sentiment regarding buying intentions has deteriorated this week with 19% (down 2pts) of Australians, who now say it is a ‘good time to buy’ major household items while a clear majority of 54% (unchanged), say now is a ‘bad time to buy’.


TV Update:

FIFA Mania: The most extraordinary week of TV ratings!

Monday night did not hold back with a huge increase for Channel Seven when more than 3.5 million people tuned in to watch the Matildas go head-to-head with Demark for round 16 of FIFA. Until Saturday nights record breaking viewership, Monday night’s match was considered the most watched program of 2023.


Yet it was the Matildas’ thrilling penalty shootout over France that smashed Australian TV rating records as the most watched television event since Cathy Freeman won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Sevens coverage of Saturday night’s FIFA World Cup quarterfinal had an average viewing audience of 4.17 million. During the gripping shootout total overall audience peaked at 7.2 million. Acc


ording to the OzTAM ratings, the free-to-air viewership was a staggering 3.8 million and another 427K watched on 7plus, making the game the most streamed TV program ever in Australia. Respective share for both nights had Seven sitting at 54.5% for Monday and 65.4% for Saturday.


The Seven Network won the weeks ratings with an overall share of 43%, followed by Nine at 24%. The ABC and Channel 10 tied with 13% and SBS with 7%. Seven won every night except for Wednesday which was claimed by Nine at 28.9% thanks to The Block with 558K metro viewers. Thursday nights Newcomer program ‘Great Australian Walks with Julia Zemiro’ topped the week for SBS with 191K metro viewers. But specials from the Garma


Festival failed to draw in viewers with Q+A on Monday at an all-time low of just 84k viewers, in fairness against the Matildas v Denmark game.


Sources:


BVOD:

In the week up to the 13th of August – 1.1 million minutes of BVOD content was consumed, reaching 6.7 million people nationally (+3% WoW). This increase to audience is likely due to the start of “The Block” and “The Voice” performing strongly on BVOD. Nine’s “The Block” topped the viewership with a reach of 232k, most popular amongst the Female 25-39 age demographic. Seven’s “The Voice” saw a reach of 186k skewing Female.


ABC’s “Bay of Fires” continues to be the top show for the network, with the episode “Punting on the River” amassing a reach of 169k, also skewing Female.


*Please note that this data excludes the Live streaming of the FIFA Women’s World Cup


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