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GLENN DYER | MEDIA | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: scraping the bottom of the barrel with Beauty and the Geek

Not one program managed a million or more metro viewers. In other words a bit of a yawn-fest last night as Beauty And The Geek Australia and Big Brother fought it out in the mud at the bottom of the week’s TV ratings trough. Beauty And The Geek Australia episode one managed 919,000 national viewers, which would have […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MEDIA | 8

Barry Spurr v New Matilda: battle lines drawn in landmark privacy case

New Matilda has been accused of breaching the privacy of Professor Barry Spurr in publishing his personal emails. The case could set important precedents for privacy law in Australia, experts told Crikey.

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SBS to increase its prime-time ads — but the govt will keep the cash

Ad-averaging means SBS will air more ads in prime time, but some aren’t happy about the effect this could have on programming choices.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the ABC the only hope for thoughtful programming

A win for Seven in the metros and regions in Total People and 25 to 54s. Nine won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s thanks to Big Brother. Despite that win Big Brother had another weak night. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus again stood out, making Big Brother look […]

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Media briefs: Graham goes solo … Disney at Press Club … Shep Smith rants …

New Matilda’s editor Chris Graham takes on Barry Spurr. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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 | 7

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 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 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 | 18

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 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, 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’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 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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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 | 11

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 | 36

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’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

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

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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MEDIA | 6

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 | 1

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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