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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE | 6 UNLOCK?

In the shadow of redundancies, ABC staff set to work for a new year

Redundancy pools are painful but necessary, says the ABC’s head of people, arguing there was no other way to fairly terminate staff as the ABC ramps up for 2015.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the sportsfest continues

Disappointment at the tennis, joy at soccer’s Asian Cup with two goals by the 2015 sportsman of the year, Tim Cahill. It will be a huge game in Newcastle next week for the semi final against either Japan or the UAE who play their quarter final tonight. The game was watched by a total of […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis wins out over cricket

Tennis did the job again for Seven last night, although for a third night it was on the nose in Brisbane, where viewers seem to be very unenthused about the Open and the success of the Australian players. Still that’s Queensland and viewers up there have had to battle daylight saving, fading curtains and anxious […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer: Triple J’s biggest success is its ongoing failure

The true value of the imperfect, sometimes-amateurish Triple J is that it provides young Australians with a platform from which to critique confusing orthodoxies in the culture industry.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE | 1

In a world where Aussie cinema can’t catch a break

Finally, people are plunking down their hard-earned at the local multiplex to see Australian films.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis, tennis and more tennis

Don’t you reckon the folk at the top of struggling (well, as far as the the share price is concerned) Seven West Media wish they could bottle Lleyton Hewitt’s efforts in the Australian Open men’s tennis, so that when ratings dip later in the year across the schedule, the spirit of the lad could be […]

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CATHY ALEXANDER | CULTURE |

Sheikh-ing it at Hobart’s MOFO

Syrian electro-pop star Omar Souleyman was just one of the highlights at this year’s MONA FOMA.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven loses viewers to its digital channels

Lots of tennis on Seven’s main channel and on 7TWO as the network doubles its coverage by broadcasting more games — especially, as we saw yesterday — matches featuring Australians in the first round and some highly seeded players going up against lesser ranked players. This is a very interesting test of viewer reaction (and awareness, especially) by Seven […]

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Birdman flies crazily, soaring on wings of pretension and pathos

To many, Michael Keaton is a barely-remembered former Batman, or the eponymous ghoul in Beetlejuice — the perfect choice to play a washed-up actor with a habit of playing superheroes.

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CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Media briefs: knee-deep in irony … advertisers turn to mobile … do all brown people look alike? …

Comedian Nazeem Hussain tests gullibility in Parramatta. And other media tidbits of the day.

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer: the pleasures of binge-watching

Staying up all night bingeing on Breaking Bad hasn’t just changed the way we watch TV, but the TV we watch.

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CRIKEY INTERN | CULTURE | 5

Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

Blockbusters, biopics and a brand-new Star Wars — the big films of 2015

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Media briefs: a damning ACMA report … Paris in red … happy birthday Hawking …

The report Channel Seven didn’t want you to read. And other media tidbits of the day.

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE | 12

Razer: Abbott errs, Bishop shines in the war on pleather

Men can no longer escape the harsh judgement of our intensely visual age. So how well are the boys adjusting to the critical gaze women have endured for so long?

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The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.

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Melbourne’s secret bohemian past laid bare

Two exhibitions showing in Melbourne over summer seem worlds apart, but both have much to say about our changing notions of culture and what constitutes celebrity, writes Melbourne-based crime writer and reviewer Andrew Nette.

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PAUL MILLAR | CULTURE | 7

How one of the world’s most dangerous nuclear states became a joke

The United States loves to laugh at silly old North Korea — but the Sony hack and more-than-implied threats thereafter showed the DPRK didn’t get the joke.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: programming gives way to cricket

The test cricket won the battle of the two forms last night - the final session of the Second Test on Nine was watched by more than 1.2 million people. Nine said that more than 1.3 million were watching when Australian captain Steve Smith reached 50 runs around 5.24 pm. Ten’s Big Bash was all […]

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BEN NEUTZE | CULTURE |

The 2014 Crikeys: Sydney Biennale and Sia get our arts gongs

What are the highlights and lowlights in arts and culture this year?

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SALLY WHYTE | CULTURE |

One story, told week by week: don’t expect an Australian Serial

Australia’s strong defamation laws make it very unlikely Australia could replicate Sarah Koenig’s blockbuster podcast.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: repeats and the cricket

Another of those nights last night that required stamina and a complete and utter memory loss as repeats rolled across the screen, or programs which should have never seen the light of a TV screen,  with a few exceptions. QI on ABC because it is moderately entertaining, the test cricket on Nine, which ended late. The […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: from the siege to summer

An anti-climatic night last night after the events of the previous 36 hours. And the viewing didn’t help lift spirits. It was a pretty arid night — Hugh Grant as the British PM (Tony Blair????) in Love Actually on Seven at 8.30pm. Really, I ask you. Love Actually is in that small group of go to movies […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the siege aftermath

Well, after the events of yesterday and last night in Sydney, no commentary. It all seems a bit superfluous, really. So no program rankings or figures, just network shares. The broadcasting of the siege made it hard to work out accurate figures from this morning. The Sydney siege boosted the viewer numbers on News 24 […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the summer slide

The less said about last night and the rest of the coming week, so far as TV is concerned, the better. Insiders, and even the Bolter were missed yesterday morning ahead of Joe Hockey’s now familiar pre-Christmas whinge about nasty Labor and the black hole they left me. Some decent context to The Cigar’s rantings […]

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