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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Australian TV viewers no longer like lions romping with humans, or Bill Shorten romping with the budget, or much else, except for Masterchef Australia contestants romping with pots, pans and cook tops. So it became the most watched non-news program on national TV last night. Seven’s special at 7.30pm, Martin Clunes and a Lion Called Mugie […]

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Media briefs: digital subs slow … Fin tally gets leaked … age of precarious TV …

Revealed: the Fin’s most popular authors. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 4 UNLOCK?

‘A broad, general channel’: is SBS ignoring its charter?

SBS has told an Australian filmmaker it only wants docos with “broad, general appeal”. Isn’t that what commercial stations are for?

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HELEN RAZER | MEDIA | 17 UNLOCK?

Paleo idiots v facts: trying to stop the bullshit bandwagon

Our only current hope for real revelation and proper address of social problems, from obesity to mental illness, lies with science and scholarship.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Budget loser: Pyne refuses to extend funding for The Conversation

At the end of this financial year, The Conversation will say goodbye to 25% of its funding.

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Isentia Index: budget sequel goes warm and cuddly

Budgets and royals got people talking this week.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not even the Budget could beat Masterchef

Does anyone want to crowdfund or take up a collection for the ABC and its still shivering staff at Parliament House in Canberra? Emma Alberici showed street cunning by remaining in the warmth of Sydney last night for Lateline and her grilling of Finance Minister turned “Economic Girly Man” Senator Mathias Cormann. Voters and viewers […]

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‘The make or break budget’: what the papers said

The nation’s print media reacts.

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Inside budget lockup: a star-studded political affair

Budget lockup brings together the who’s who of Australian political media. From Adele Ferguson to Mark Colvin, Myriam Robin and Sally Whyte give up the goss: who did what and when?

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Media briefs: Fairfax redundancies go like hot cakes … SCA’s new boss … News Corp buyback …

Fairfax journos fight for a limited number of redundancy packages. And other media tidbits of the day.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 3 UNLOCK?

No talking! Journos’ questions must be in writing in budget lockup

Want to ask a Treasury official a question about the hundreds of pages of budget documents in front of you? Put it in writing.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the divide between city and country

The clear division of the Australian TV audience into two markets with very different viewing habits was underlined last night. In the metros, Nine won fairly easily from Seven, Nine and the ABC. But in regional markets Seven was an even clearer winner as regional viewers went right off Masterchef Australia, unlike their metro counterparts who […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 6 UNLOCK?

News Corp denies Racing NSW influence as star columnist quits the field

Racing journalism luminary Ken Callander abruptly quit The Daily Telegraph over what he says is undue influence from Racing NSW.

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Media briefs: where’s Gerard? … what’s on TV … Tribune spends big …

News Corp tries to justify dismantling Australia’s most commercially successful media organisation. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: battle of the renos

There’s life left in House Rules, or there was last night as Seven’s reno program had its first whole house reveal and beat Nine’s spoiler Reno Rumble in metro and regional markets. House Rules couldn’t quite bridge the gas with Masterchef Australia on Ten, but with the news doing well and Sunday Night on top of […]

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Media briefs: SBS sacks second journalist … British press loses it … Mirror spends big on ink …

SBS has let a journalist go after she posted an article critical of SBS management on her Facebook page. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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MEDIA | 12

Tele’s attack on Brady omits some pertinent history

News Corp attacks on ambassador Stephen Brady omit from important history — as well as the company’s own homophobic slurs of him, Bernard Keane and Myriam Robin write.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV falters

Nine won the metros fairly easily. Ten did well again thanks to running two episodes of Masterchef Australia. House Rules picked up a little bit, giving Seven some hope. But in the regionals, another big win by Seven as viewers in those market grabbed House Rules, Home and Away and rejected Masterchef and Reno Rumble. Only […]

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Struggle Street review: poverty porn and the problem with FIFO journalism

SBS’ much-hyped (and prematurely loathed) new documentary series was a far more balanced and honest tale than anyone expected, writes freelance writer Kavita Bedford.

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SALLY WHYTE | MEDIA | 21

Antisocial network: government targets Australians in asylum seeker ads

Australians who speak Vietnamese or Tamil are seeing ads on Facebook from Australian Customs advising them that they won’t make Australia home.

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BERNARD KEANE | MEDIA | 35

Greens secrecy makes the press gallery grumpy — again

The Greens’ refusal to work with the press gallery in the way the major parties do means journalistic noses out of joint over yesterday’s leadership change.

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Struggle Street‘s free press pays off with viewers

With nearly 7000 mentions in the media in under a week, is it any surprise SBS’ Struggle Street rated its pants off? Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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Media briefs: going, going … Sampson gets brainier … dollar drags down News …

The Age buries a Press Council adjudication on page 12. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big win for Struggle Street

Struggle Street starred last night, outshining the more expensive Reno Rumble, Masterchef Australia and House Rules and showing there are more ways to get viewers than just reality TV programs. The reality in Struggle Street was far more real than the confected rubbish on any number of shiny rubbishy contributions from commercial TV. These are not […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 10

Fairfax ‘couldn’t run water down a hill’: Nick Davies on the decline of journalism

Last night Nick Davies spoke about the future of journalism (bleak), the management of Fairfax (destructive) and “citizen journalism” (worse than toilet graffiti). Everyone left feeling buoyed and cheerful, we are sure.

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