Australia's Next Top Model

Australia's Next Top Model


Sarah Murdoch to host Foxtel's Australia's Next Top Model - October 2008

Media Release: Friday, October 1, 2010


FOXTEL and production company Granada have concluded a thorough internal investigation following the broadcast of the final episode this week of Australia’s Next Top Model. Both have accepted full responsibility for the fault which resulted in the wrong name of the winner being announced live to air. It has been confirmed that it was human error, and not a technical glitch, which caused the incident.

Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television, said “It was important that FOXTEL, as broadcaster, and Granada, as the series producer, conducted our own review of Tuesday night’s events. In doing so, we have confirmed that the fault was a human communications error to the host Sarah Murdoch and that an assumption had been made by the producer which has now shown to be incorrect.

“Live television can be unpredictable and people can be forgiven for making a mistake. What isn’t acceptable, though, is any suggestion that the host, Sarah Murdoch, was at fault or that this was a publicity stunt. Nothing could be further from the truth and we apologise to Sarah for any embarrassment it, and the subsequent publicity, has caused her,” he said. “We have also expressed our apologies to the two contestants, Amanda Ware and Kelsey Martinovich.”

Leonie Lowe, Managing Director of Granada Productions, said “We have identified where and how the error occurred and spoken at length with those responsible. They have conceded the mistake and have personally expressed their apology to Sarah.

“Both Granada and FOXTEL would like to express their thanks to Sarah for a marvellous job this season. She has gone beyond the call of duty, having gone back to work on the show just three weeks after having given birth to her daughter, Aerin. The show’s finale was a flawless piece of television up until that last moment when one producer simply got it wrong. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and it’s disappointing that this communications error should overshadow what has been a wonderful series,” she said.


Australia's Next Top Model is an Australian reality television show based on the American program of the same name which is broadcast on the Australian subscription television channel FOX8, carried by Foxtel, Optus Television, and Austar. It began airing in the United States in March 2007 on VH1. Three seasons have already gone to air, and fourth series auditions are complete and the season's production has begun.


Originally hosted by model/presenter Erika Heynatz, and currently hosted by Jodhi Meares, the show is based on the American version which was created and co-produced by supermodel Tyra Banks. The Australian version has been produced by Granada Productions, who have been behind other Australian television shows including the top rating Dancing with the Stars.

Over nine weeks on air, the first series of Australia's Next Top Model charted the transformation of ten hopefuls chosen from a nationwide search in August 2004. The brief was to find raw talent to be transformed from good looking girls-next-door into potential top models and follow them as they navigated their way through weekly modelling assignments and tasks.

The 10 finalists spent two months living together in a penthouse in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Darling Point while filming the series in late 2004. Aside from the stress of learning the ropes of the business, the finalists had to deal with the ups and downs of "model house" life including tears, tantrums, accusations of fake breasts and allegations of theft.

The girls are put through challenges to test how well they can perform certain tasks significant to the modeling to see if they can incorporate what they have learned into a good shot, and the drama that comes with all the perks and privileges being shared between 10 lovely ladies.

In each episode, a panel of judges fronted by Heynetz / Meares and leading Australian fashion designer and former model booker Alex Perry, assessed task performance and potential. After each critique, one girl was let go home.

In season one, Blair McDonough, a housemate from first season of Big Brother and actor on Neighbours, made a guest appearance during an acting challenge. In season two, Beau Brady from Home and Away, posed in disguise as a photographer to test the girls' ability to handle the media.

Following a breach of contract with Heynatz's appearance on the Channel Seven series It Takes Two, she was replaced as host by Jodhi Meares.

The show has won a Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards.

Judge and photographer Jez Smith, left the show prior to the beginning of season four, leaving producers of Top Model to quickly find a replacement photographer judge. It is believed that bad relations between fellow judges Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry lead to the decision. (Credit: Wikipedia).


Australia's Next Top Model



Media Release

12th October 2008

Sarah Murdoch joins FOXTEL

In a major television coup, FOXTEL has secured Sarah Murdoch to host and co-executive produce the most successful series on subscription television – Australia’s Next Top Model.

As part of the multi-year landmark deal, Sarah’s production company, Room 329, will also produce a series of documentaries for the FOXTEL Owned and Operated Factual Channels Group.

Executive Director of Television and Marketing, Brian Walsh, said: “To say we’re thrilled to welcome Sarah to the FOXTEL family is an understatement. Her endorsement of Australia’s Next Top Model takes the series to a whole new level and confirms its status as the marquee entertainment program on subscription television.

“Not only does Sarah have the experience and gravitas as a top model, she is a proven television performer. Her natural warmth both and on and off screen is a perfect fit for our number one franchise.

“And in her role as co-executive producer, Sarah’s extensive experience in the modelling world will continue to push the series to new heights.

“Additionally, I’m confident that Sarah’s interest and passion for documentary filmmaking will deliver some impressive original content for our subscribers.

“We have discussed a range of subjects that Sarah will explore, and the programs will capture Australians from all walks of life telling their stories of compassion, courage and commitment. This will show another side to Sarah’s impressive credentials,” Walsh said.

Sarah said: “I am thrilled to be joining FOXTEL for these exciting new projects. FOXTEL has proven its dominance in television programming and I am very much looking forward to working with the entire team.

“With Australia’s Next Top Model I look forward to being involved on all levels and bringing the experience I have had in the industry to nurture and guide the next generation. Over the years I’ve seen good and bad and I hope to explore both in the series by hosting and co-executive producing the show with Granada.

“In addition, having the opportunity for my company, Room 329 Productions, to produce a series of documentaries on subjects close to my heart is a wonderful opportunity and I can’t wait.“

Sarah will commence her new role tomorrow (Monday, October 13) when she launches the Australia’s Next Top Model audition tour at Westfield Parramatta and on Tuesday (October 14), at Westfield Chatswood.

Granada Productions have produced the first four series of Australia’s Next Top Model for FOXTEL and this very successful partnership continues with series five which will premiere on FOX8 in 2009.

Further information on the audition tour is available at the FOX8 website –


Media Release:

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Nationwide Audition Tour Begins

The FOXTEL search is about to begin for AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, with a nationwide audition tour starting on October 31 to select the finalists who will star in the fourth series of the exclusive FOX8 hit reality program.

Hosted by Jodhi Meares, AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL follows the transformation of young women into potential supermodels as they are initiated into the high-stakes world of modelling.

Auditions will be held from October 31, beginning on the Gold Coast and then onto Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Girls who think they've got what it takes can simply turn up on the day of auditions and strut their stuff in front of the judges.

Entrants must be Australian females aged between 16 and 27 and over 170cm tall.

Last years winner Alice Burdeu, graced the cover of VOGUE and has since been signed to New York's Elite Model Management, who also represent Nelly Furtado, Carmen Electra and hot new face Coco Rocha.

Following the nationwide audition process, 13 finalists will be chosen to live together in the top model house and star in the next series of AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, premiering on FOX8 in early 2008.

Auditions will be held in David Jones stores around the country on the following dates:


Wednesday October 31: 10am-2pm

David Jones Robina Town Centre

Restaurant – Level 3

Centre Drive, Robina


Thursday November 1: 10am-2pm

David Jones Elizabeth Street

The Park Terrace – Level 7

86-108 Castlereagh St, Sydney


Friday November 2: 10am-2pm

David Jones Warringah Mall

Restaurant - Level 1

Pittwater Rd and Cross St, Brookvale


Monday November 5: 10am-2pm

David Jones Hay St

Restaurant - Level 4

622 Hay St, Perth


Tuesday November 13: 10am-2pm

David Jones Bourke St Mall

The Gallery - Level 3

310 Bourke St, Melbourne


Wednesday November 14: 10am-2pm

David Jones Chadstone

Restaurant Air – Level 1

Princes Highway, Chadstone


Thursday November 15: 10am-2pm

Richmond Hotel – Level 2

128 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Further information visit

Fiona Rae

FOXTEL Publicity

02 9813 7397 / 0400 457 398


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FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than 1.443 million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL provides subscribers with a digital service that delivers over 100 channels of news, sport, general entertainment, movies, documentaries, music and children's programming. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd 25%).



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