McGuire topples FM rivals despite Goodes controversy

King… Eddie McGuire’s radio show on Triple M still tops the ratings.Eddie McGuire is now Melbourne’s top-rating FM breakfast host, talkback titan Neil Mitchell has been toppled by Jon Faine and 3AW is in danger of losing its ratings crown to the ABC.
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The results of today’s Nielsen survey suggest the furore over McGuire’s recent “King Kong” gaffe may have attracted listeners to his show instead of driving them away.

McGuire’s Hot Breakfast program jumped by 1 percentage point to claim a 9.5 per cent slice of the audience, putting him ahead of all his FM competitors – including long-time FM kings and Southern Cross Austereo counterparts Matt Tilley and Jo Stanley on Fox.

While 3AW morning host Mitchell increased by 0.5 points to a 13.8 per cent share, it was not enough to stop arch-rival Faine leapfrogging him with a 1.8 point jump to 15.1 per cent.

Overall, 3AW shed a negligible 0.1 point to a 12.8 per cent share while 774 climbed 1.1 points to 12.5 per cent.

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3AW’s night hosts Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady (down 0.4 points to 11.5 per cent) were beaten by 774’s Lindy Burns (up 1.8 points to 14.2 per cent). 3AW also lost the overall weekend ratings (down 0.4 to 11.1 per cent) to 774 (up 0.7 points to 11.3 per cent).

However, the station remains the clear AM winner in key shifts including breakfast (up 0.2 points to 18.4 per cent), afternoon (down 0.2 points to 9.4 per cent) and drive (up 1 point to 11 per cent).

Fox remained at the top of the FM ladder, climbing 0.4 points to a 10 per cent share. It also has Melbourne’s highest-rating drive shows: Hamish & Andy on Monday and Fifi & Jules from Tuesday to Friday.

“We’ve got two bloody good drive shows on Fox,” said Southern Cross Austereo’s chief content officer, Guy Dobson. “And we’re thrilled that not only did breakfast go up on Fox and Triple M but that Eddie is No. 1.”

Triple M (down 0.2 points to 8.1 per cent) is now ahead of Gold (down 0.7 points to 7.9 per cent), followed by Nova (down 0.2 to 7.1 per cent) and Mix (down 0.5 to 6.1 per cent).

Smooth slipped 0.2 points to 5.5 per cent but it is now ahead of sister station Nova in the afternoon slot, with 7.1 per cent to Nova’s 7 per cent.

After several years of volatile ratings, the 9.15 frequency – formerly known as Vega, Classic Rock and Melbourne’s 91.5 – has enjoyed its best results since re-launching as Smooth one year ago.

“We’re right in amongst it now,” said dmg Radio’s group program director, Paul Jackson.

While the station’s breakfast share dropped 0.7 points to 4 per cent, Jackson said that patience was required.

“Our share of the workday market is now huge,” he said. “We always expected breakfast to be the last to grow because we’re up against heritage programs in an established market – but we are confident it will grow.”

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Milking popularity of lost shots

Forty years on, Angus O’Callaghan, 91, says he’s happy to have been discovered. Photo: Wayne TaylorIt’s a simple photo of a Melbourne milk bar, taken by Angus O’Callaghan about 1970, and it sold at a Leonard Joel auction in May for a record $2920, including buyers premium (IBP).
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At the same sale, another O’Callaghan print, Coffee Lounge, sold for $2440 IBP, as did The Block Arcade. The whole sale, Leonard Joel managing director John Albrecht says, went ”gangbusters”.

His prediction is these photos – reprinted in limited numbers from the original negatives – will at least double in value over the next decade.

Forty years after they were taken, the works of Angus O’Callaghan are very much in demand, yet he wasn’t a professional photographer. He was a school teacher. In 1969 he bought two Yashicaflex medium-format cameras and spent three years anonymously documenting the city he loved. He wandered at random and took snaps of whatever interested him.

”When I took the photographs, my purpose was to become a professional photographer,” he says. ”When that didn’t happen, I gave up that idea and went back to teaching.” His plan was to produce a book, but a publishing deal fell through. He filed the negatives in a shoebox, where they remained for more than 40 years. His second wife found them while unpacking a tea chest when they moved house.

O’Callaghan, now 91, says he had forgotten about them.

Their spectacular success on the secondary art market is a unique phenomenon not even the Leonard Joel art experts can quite explain.

Nor can O’Callaghan, although he’s happy to have finally been ”discovered”.

Word of mouth

Demand has spread largely during the past five years by word of mouth, as has interest in photographic prints in general, especially those taken in Melbourne in the 1950s to 1970s. This niche market was revealed in 2012 after Leonard Joel held the third of their specialty Photographic Auctions on July 22.

The saleroom was packed with young punters, who knew exactly what they wanted and were willing to pay well above estimates. They returned in force in May this year for the Angus O’Callaghan stand-alone sale, where three times the estimate was the norm for the top lots.

Photography was also included in Leonard Joel’s art sale in June but prices were well down on May. This is something John Albrecht attributes to the 60 lots of photography being included among more traditional paintings.

The best price paid was the $610 IBP for a stylish work by Melbourne fashion photographer Bruno Benini showing Helen Homewood on the steps of Parliament House.

In July, 2012, a Benini print entitled Hot Soup 1957 sold for $1500. Another, Eastern Markets, sold for $1850.

What sells and what doesn’t in this fickle market is fascinating to observe.

A 1930s nude study by Max Dupain – estimated at $3000-$5000 – failed to find a buyer this June. This is the same Dupain who was flavour of the month 10 years ago.

An iconic 1967 image by Wolfgang Sievers, titled The Gears: Gears for Mining Industry, generated interest on the night but as of last week, no definite buyer.

It’s Melbourne milk bars the young connoisseur wants these days.

This image – one of a series of five prints from the original negatives in ”supersize” (160 centimetres x 160 centimetres) format – is one of three Angus O’Callaghan photos to be included as part of Leonard Joels’ Modern and Traditional Auction this Sunday at 12 Smith Street, Collingwood, at 11am. This new auction concept is curated by artist David Bromley, a fan of O’Callaghan’s work. If the large-scale prints sell – estimates are $4000-$6000 – they will set price records for the schoolteacher who gave up his dream of being a photographer 40 years ago.

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Spain’s property sale of the century

The Spanish government has approved a plan to sell a quarter of its state-owned properties in an attempt to raise hundreds of millions and fill the government’s empty coffers.
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Some 15,000 properties, from office buildings to agricultural land, will be put up for sale over the next seven years.

The measure is the latest in a series of moves to bring Spain’s budget deficit to within the EU target of 3 per cent by 2016 from 7.1 per cent of GDP last year.

Spain’s government has introduced a raft of unpopular austerity measures as the nation struggles with its sixth quarter of negative growth and an unemployment rate of nearly 27 per cent.

A parliamentary commission has drawn up an extensive list of assets that will be sold to private investors.

They include disused army barracks, an aerodrome on the island of Minorca, a military shooting range and thousands of office buildings.

The government said the portfolio would include around 10 buildings ‘‘considered unique’’ that it hoped would be snapped up by potential investors.

Among those is a mansion on Madrid’s central avenue, the Paseo de la Castellana, that used to house the secretary of state for security, and a country estate in Andalusia comprising 35,000 acres of natural parkland planted with cork trees.

Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government announced plans last year to set up a commission to draw up an inventory of all state-owned property and identify those that could be sold.

The first properties to go under the hammer include the former headquarters of RTVE, Spain’s state television and radio channel in Madrid and Galicia, and a disused army barracks in Seville.

‘‘There will be some real gems in the portfolio I am sure but also a lot of dross,’’ said Mark Stucklin, founder of Spanish Property Insight, an independent website.

‘‘Those properties that will be sought after are those of historical or architectural interest in the most sought after areas of cities. But it will boil down to the price. There will always be interest in good real estate by foreign investors if it is sold at a bargain.’’

The government is yet to release the full portfolio of properties for sale and has not said how much money it hopes to raise. Last year it raised 90 million euros in sales of state-owned buildings that had lain empty and made a further 37.5 million euros saving by renegotiating rental contracts.

Much of the rural property that will be put on the market will be offered with the opportunity for development to create local jobs.

La Almoraima, a country estate in the Natural Park of Alcornocales, which has been managed by the ministry of environment since 1983, is being sold with the option to develop a resort with two golf courses and a five-star hotel.

‘‘We will wait for a reasonable offer – we are not going to sell it off for peanuts,’’ said a spokesman. ‘‘Our best hope is that we can generate foreign interest as there are few in Spain right now who could afford it.’’

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Licence to thrill

The National Film and Sound Archive is preparing for a new cafe after the current licensee, Teatro Fellini, closed last weekend after three years of serving coffees, cakes and nibbles. At the time of going to press, no new licensee had been announced but the archive hopes to name one in early July. In the meantime a coffee cart is in place.
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Let’s get ethical

Which foods have the smallest ecological footprint? Should we be locavore or omnivore? The Canberra Environment Centre, ANU Environment Collective and SEE-Change have joined forces to ask these questions of a panel of experts. They’re holding a forum on sustainable eating next month. The EATology food forum will ask how to eat well in the Canberra region with local farmers, academics and other experts on hand to answer your questions. It’s on August 15 at 6pm at the Manning Clark lecture theatre at the Australian National University.
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