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Balancing the demands of elite cinephiles and casual cinema-goers is a challenge Melbourne International Film Festival artistic director Michelle Carey is ready to tackle.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: World Cup finals steal viewers from Sunrise, Today

A strange day of TV, with MasterChef coming up trumps and Clive Palmer storming off 730.

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Media briefs: unhatched chickens … Fairfax un-frozen … anonymous ads …

The new senate isn’t very good for print deadlines. And other media tidbits of the day.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Origin dominates the night

Nine was always going to win last night in metro and regional markets because of the third NRL State of Origin game. It dominated viewing last night, though not to the same level as we saw with the record numbers for Game 1, and then even higher viewing figures for Game 2. The dead third […]

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Media briefs: Nine locks down… $15 million to Guardian Australia?… Keating responds …

The Guardian’s financial accounts reveal clues about how much money the Australian operation got from Graeme Wood. And other media tid-bits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Exclusive watch: what makes an exclusive, and who has the most?

An investigation? An interview? Or a drop? There appears to be no consensus on what deserves to be called an exclusive in Australia’s major papers.

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SALLY WHYTE | MEDIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Broadcasting the Olympics doesn’t turn a profit, so why do it?

TV networks pay big bucks to broadcast international sport in the middle of the night. Why?

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iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but MasterChef

Well, what can top 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-final belting of Brazil this morning? NSW beating Queensland 50 -7 in tonight’s third and final State of Origin on Nine. Not on, but it’s not often sport makes history in a conventional sense.  Given the importance of soccer to Brazil’s national psyche and […]

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MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Media briefs: fact-checking The Guardian … mad world … WSJ’s 125th

All is not as it seems on an Indonesian story on The Guardian. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven slumps into second place

No House Rules and Seven was beaten by The Voice  (1.860 million national/ 1.323 million metro/ 537,000 regional viewers), meaning Nine won easily in the metros. In the regionals it was closer. Seven had the tiniest of margins in All People, but Nine won the main channel battle. And Nine clearly did better in the […]

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Media briefs: escalators of decline (pt 3) … territorial borders … Holden on the Oz

Guy Rundle’s ever-watchful eye on the outpourings at Surry Hills. And other media tidbits of the day …

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 6

Trial by media? Channel Seven asks viewers to vote on Pistorius’ guilt

Channel Seven’s Sunday Night has controversially asked its viewers to vote on Oscar Pistorius’ trial, after showing them footage his lawyers claim was “illegally obtained”.

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MEDIA | 6

Media briefs: Fairfax twits … news-comedy grows up … Grey Lady explains …

Fairfax’s entertainment reporters have been told to get with the digital age, and pronto. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the House Rules ratings juggernaut comes to an end

With the Grand final of House Rules, Seven was always going to win the night, which it did in the metros and in the regions. The ABC beat Ten in the regions again, reversing the pecking order of the metros. The rest of the week looks a bit bleak for Seven with Nine having the […]

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STILGHERRIAN | MEDIA | 1

Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism

Terrorist groups have been targeting Twitter to put out fake warnings and alerts. But this is only the beginning of social media terrorism.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 23

Brown Studies: meet the appointee who wants to sell the ABC

If you thought Albrechtsen was the only ideological appointment to the ABC appointments panel, think again. Co-appointee Neil Brown, a QC and former Liberal Party deputy leader, reckons the ABC should be sold, or, failing that, hobbled so it doesn’t compete with the commercial media sector.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: technical difficulties sink Seven’s chances

Seven had no chance of coming in first last night, with technical difficulties during the evening news, and no House Rules.

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MEDIA | 2

Media briefs: Ackland to Guardian … Ten’s big scoop … Carney’s swipe …

Richard Ackland gets snapped up by the Guardian Australia. And other media tid-bits of the day…

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | MEDIA | 5

Follow Friday: @fiskeharrison on running with the bulls

British writer Alexander Fiske-Harrison first entered the ring as a wannabe bullfighter, but has found his niche following in Hemingway’s footsteps — quite literally.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine gives up as Seven surges ahead

Nine’s reliance on sitcome repeats shows it’s out of ideas when it comes to new programming.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 24

Planet Janet’s greatest hits: the woman who’ll help pick the next ABC head

Janet Albrechtsen hasn’t been quiet about her views on what’s wrong with the ABC. Here are some of her most strident views on the national broadcaster — and if you want a seat on the board, you’d better pay attention.

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MEDIA | 13

Update: Albrechtsen scores powerful gig at ABC/SBS

Culture warrior Janet Albrechtsen is to play a key role in appointments at the ABC and SBS

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 10

Is East Jerusalem ‘occupied’ or ‘disputed’? Media organisations split on Israel/Palestine

George Brandis doesn’t like seeing the term ‘occupied’ used to refer to East Jerusalem. Where does that leave the nation’s journalists? Australia’s major media organisations are split on the issue.

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iSentia index: with fancy footwork, Clive outshines them all

Clive Palmer certainly knows how to keep his name in the paper.

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