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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 1

Ferguson on narrow odds as Business Walkley shortlist announced

Fairfax’s award-winning business scribe proved the common ingredient in two of the three short-listed nominations yesterday.

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MEDIA | 3

The ABC debate: game shows and drama not part of the ABC Act

Any debate about the future of the ABC has to take into account its charter — and nowhere does it say the national broadcaster must be air drama, comedy, sport and game shows, writes Geoff Heriot, former chief of corporate planning and governance at the ABC.

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iSentia index: Ebola finally gets some attention in a slow week for politics

The death of Gough Whitlam sparked discussion in what had been an otherwise quiet week.

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MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Gough’s day … defamation watch … Barbara Walters resurrected …

The AFP has dropped its war crimes investigation into the Balibo Five. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gough and cooking dominate ratings

Seven’s night in the metros and regionals. Dancing With The Stars did the job for Seven, even though it failed  to crack the million viewer mark in the metros. Nine did well in the demos because Dancing (1.437 million national viewers) dominated the grey hairs. The two Whitlam doco episodes (The Power and The Passion) […]

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DAVID SALTER | MEDIA | 15

The ABC debate: why Beecher and Crikey fear the ABC

Eric Beecher is “asking tough questions about the ABC” for the same reason many commercial media proprietors do — fear of competition.

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MEDIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: $50K to buy the paper … BBC in Oz … Spectator takes on ABC …

Competitions sure help those circulations figures. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Bachelor</em, the show that just won't die

With the Grand Final of The X Factor ending last night, Seven won nationally in regional and metro markets both in Total People and in the demos. The winner announcement had 2.1 million national/ 1.428 million metro/ 672,000 regional viewers. The rest of the Grand Final was watched by 2.061 million national/ 1.378 million metro/ 683,000 regional […]

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Gotham loses viewers to The X Factor

Seven’s night, easily in metro and regional markets. The first part of the grand final of The X Factor averaged 1.9 million national viewers, which is a bit light considering the last semi final got over 2 million last week. Still the final part of the Grand Final is tonight — it has to get more than […]

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MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Greste on war and journalism … craggy-faced women … SMH questions Baird …

Could Australia tolerate a crabby-faced woman on its TV screens, asks Virginia Trioli. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

A Fairfax bid for Ten would be corporate suicide

There is no upside to buying Channel Ten — the network is an absolute basket case, and it does not look like there is a way to turn things around.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 4 UNLOCK?

‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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BERNARD KEANE | MEDIA | 5

How the ABC spends its money

Numerous reviews into the ABC have come up with the same conclusion: the ABC needs more money, not less, to do what it is chartered to do.

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BERNARD KEANE | MEDIA | 10

The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.

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ERIC BEECHER | MEDIA | 35

Beecher: we must ask tough questions about the ABC

Why does the ABC exist in 2014? Crikey’s chairman says some tough questions have to be asked before we can debate funding cuts to the public broadcaster.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers desert commercial networks

A solid win for Seven in the metros and the regions, and for once, in the demographics —  Beauty and The Geek did as expected for Seven — slid, Big Brother slid — and the ABC returned  Upper Middle Bogan and It’s a Date to reasonable numbers — and it was great to have classy, interesting programs back in the schedule. Established performers […]

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MEDIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Media briefs: Gupta(s) to SBS … FOI zip … Leunig lives …

A public outcry has forced Fairfax to pull back from one aspect of its cost-cutting. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 14 UNLOCK?

Who needs subs? Fairfax turns to reporter-only model

Can Fairfax’s papers survive without subeditors? The company’s giving it a red-hot go, as it entirely removes the function at three rural newspapers in New South Wales.

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The shocking, salacious things we learnt about the ABC’s lunch spend

Four documents released by the ABC under FOI give an insight into the kinds of information News Corp journos are keen to get a hold of, write Myriam Robin and Sally Whyte.

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Media briefs: Shakeup at Dateline … exclusive watch … Ten crumbling …

The Sydney Morning Herald claims a Crikey story as an exclusive, plus other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC reels in viewers

Thankfully the ABC saved the day last night, wiping Ten off the dance floor as the Chaser team returned with Media Circus and a whack or 30 at the media. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell continued to serve up its own whacks as a lead in to The Chasers. And Home Delivery returned after The Chaser […]

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STILGHERRIAN | MEDIA | 8 UNLOCK?

How ABC 702 Sydney failed the Blue Mountains, and Twitter won this morning

Coverage of last night’s wild storm that lashed Sydney seems to show that, in a digital age, Twitter is a more reliable source of information than old media.

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Abbott’s industry policy won’t achieve much — and that’s not a bad thing

The government’s new industry policy is small-scale and will achieve little - and that’s not a bad a thing, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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iSentia Index: grand finals over, but football slang takes over political discussion

Tony Abbott’s comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to divert attention away from Labor’s take on national security laws.

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Media briefs: Sydney Uni privacy row … Could you get a cadetship? … Greenslade baits …

The University of Sydney has asked the SRC to make student rag Honi Soit redact the name of a student accused of taking and sharing nude photos of another student without her knowledge, and other media tidbits of the day.

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