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MARGARET SIMONS | MEDIA | 1

The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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The five data retention lies you were told yesterday

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a better night for Dancing

Seven’s night as the oldies watched Dancing With The Stars in both the metros and the regions (where Seven had a crushing win). Ten was third and the ABC fourth in the metros, but the positions were reversed in the regions where Ten’s main channel share sank to just 8.1% (it was 11.9% in the metros). […]

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Media briefs: Seven slammed for identifying victim … Ferguson hosting Walkleys … Turia Pitt sells …

Almost one in 10 Australians read the July issue of the Women’s Weekly, according to Roy Morgan. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 9 UNLOCK?

Public interest in the eye of the beholder in Spurr/Peris email leaks

New Matilda and the NT News have both published damaging stories based on personal emails in recent weeks. Views differ markedly on whether they were right to do so.

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Data retention bill reveals a rushed, shambolic national security process

The rushed, confused way in which major national security laws are made in Australia was on display this morning in Canberra.

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Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: ABC’s Wednesday night lineup leaves the commercial networks for dead

Not a program over a million viewers in metro markets — another vote of “boring, boring” from viewers last night. I can now survive for another week after watching last night’s episodesof The Roast, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus  — all on ABC TV and nothing on our free enterprise, privately owned networks. Now why is that? All […]

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Media briefs: journalists freed … Bauer boss bounces … heavenly …

The CEO of Bauer magazines has quit the company for Woolworths. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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MEDIA | 7

The ABC debate: ABC News Intern weighs in

No, the ABC could not cut transmission costs by putting everything online, writes mysterious Twitter personality ABC News Intern.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Is the ABC overstaffed in Canberra? Not at all, it insists

THe ABC is the largest single contingent in the Press Gallery. But no one else does as much as it does, a spokesman says, hitting back at accusations the ABC won’t talk about its staffing levels.

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iSentia index: budget negotiations drag on as voters lose interest

Even the most hardcore political junkies are tiring of the government’s dog-whistling on terrorism, asylum seekers and the budget.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a slow night as viewers abandon the box

Seven won Total People in the metros and regional markets where Seven’s margin was more clear cut over Nine. Nine won the demos, even though Big Brother’s metro audience sank to just 591,000. Seven’s share in the demos from 16 to 54 fell to third last night because Dancing With The Stars (which skews old) […]

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Media briefs: Short Story shuts shop … Scott sick burn … mystery mucus

The Age isn’t have a short story competition this year - but it says it’ll be back in 2015. And other media tidbits of the day.

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World’s biggest tax dodger wants competitors to pay their damn taxes

The wisdom Rupert Murdoch offered to G20 finance ministers is simply more of the self-interest that has given us the inequality he rails against, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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State 7.30 shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

The loss of the local editions of 7.30, which used to be called Stateline, have prompted a fierce reaction, and a look at the ratings helps reveal why.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial reality TV no match for the ABC

Nine’s Night as The Big Bang Theory routed the rest. Seven’s The Big Adventure has another night bobbing around aimlessly in the ratings lists. It’s stuck and not going anywhere. Party Tricks on Ten is likewise becalmed in the sea of viewer choosiness. End of night as Nine wins the demographics and Total People in the […]

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Media briefs: Switzer in talks with ABC … saving Peppa’s bacon … the best news-satire on TV …

Conservative warrior Tom Switzer has confirmed he’s in talks with the ABC’s Radio National about a new weekly show. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MEDIA | 19

The ABC debate: Mark Scott on why the ABC is just fine as it is

The ABC isn’t offering anything radically new — it’s just updating its mission for the digital age, writes ABC managing director Mark Scott.

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Media briefs: Courier-Mail sorry … reality TV shake-up … Scott beat-up …

The Courier-Mail finally apologised, explicitly, for that front page on Saturday. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers disengage for the year

A night where the metro-regional split reappeared. Seven and Nine fought themselves in the metros, where Seven won Total People and all but finished in a draw in the main channels, with Ten a clear third and the ABC an average fourth. But in the regions Seven won by the proverbial country kilometre, with the […]

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MEDIA | 25

The ABC debate: mythbusting eight ridiculous claims about the ABC

It’s not your ABC, the Liberals don’t want to trash it, and the ABC does not need more money. Broadcast and media expert Glen Frost takes an axe to some of the most common ABC myths.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 11

News Corp, ABC sitting pretty on Walkley noms while Fairfax tumbles

And the nominees are …

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The ABC debate: we have Mamamia and BuzzFeed, we don’t need the ABC anymore

Much of what the ABC does is already being done by others, writes James Paterson, deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs.

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Media briefs: ABC hits back … Musical chairs … Speculation lifts Ten …

The ABC has hit back at claims it shouldn’t be spending money through Google to boost its online traffic. And other media tidbits of the day.

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