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STEPHEN MAYNE | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Mayne: governance issues aplenty for Costello to tackle at Nine

Conflicts of interest ran up against extreme tedium at the Nine Entertainment Company’s recent AGM.

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What we will lose when state 7.30 reports are cut

Glen Fuller, University of Canberra assistant professor, and Andrew Nardi, journalism and communications student, delve into the content that will be missed when state 7.30 reports go off the air.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a mass exodus from commercial networks

Not the strongest of nights, despite the solid line up on the ABC and SBS. ABC’s Catalyst again finished in the top 10 with 946,000 national viewers. Upper Middle Bogan had 839,000 national viewers,  It’s A Date had 712,000. In terms of winning, Nine made it in metro markets, Seven in the regionals in Total […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 1 UNLOCK?

A fourth network by stealth? Media buyers shrug off SBS’ threat to commercials

The TV networks are in uproar about the increase of ads on SBS, saying it’ll pull millions from their revenues. But ad buyers don’t think it’ll play out like that.

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TV & RADIO | 6

The Australian media’s Sunni-Shia problem

SBS, Fairfax and the Daily Mail have all quoted “prominent Shiite spokesman” Jamal Daoud. Problem is, Daoud is a Sunni. Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk reports.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another shocker for Ten

The third ODI between Australia and South Africa (good win by Australia on the MCG sized ground in Canberra) did the trick for Nine last night in metro and regional markets. The ABC battled gamely thanks to Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and a good episode of The Chaser’s Media Circus in which the G20 […]

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JASON WHITTAKER | TV & RADIO | 9

Turnbull reveals the extent of ABC cuts

The Communications Minister confirmed the ABC budget will be slashed by $254 million over the next four years — or 2.6% of its $5.5 billion budget — while SBS will lose $25.2 million (1.7%) over the period.

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PATRICK BAUME | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: G20 a mixed bag for PM, despite Modi magic

G20 coverage dominated the media this week, with PUP troubles providing local relief.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 12 UNLOCK?

Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidents

Dateline’s 25-strong team will be reduced to a handful of permanent positions as the program moves to a half-hour format in 2015. Staff were told they wouldn’t be needed next year in one-on-one meetings yesterday.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night for all

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets in 25 to 54s (thanks to the venerable Dancing With The Stars, which remains good fun), and in Total People. Nine was second, but claimed first spot in 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s with the dying Big Brother and two late repeats of The Big Bang […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 6 UNLOCK?

Hogan sacked as Ebeid plays down extent of changes to Dateline

Dateline is down one supervising producer after Allan Hogan was sacked, following a piece he wrote for Crikey on the future of the program.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC newscaff owns the night

A close night in metros with Nine and Seven neck and neck overall and Nine in front in the main channels and in the demos. Seven was an easy winner in the regionals where Nine’s line up just doesn’t click these days, especially Big Brother. And nor did Ten’s line up go down well in regional markets — it […]

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nostalgia rules the night

Nostalgia ruled last night as the first part of the ABC’s Countdown  birthday special dominated at 8.35 pm with 1.429 million national viewers, followed by the first of a three part biopic on Cilla Black (1.146 million national viewers) which was excellent, even though the Liverpudlian accents were hard to grasp. Seven won nationally and in […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 4 UNLOCK?

SBS evades questions on future of flagship show

Insiders say SBS management is in the process of dramatically downsizing the journalistic ambitions of Dateline, but SBS says no decisions have been made.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a race to the bottom

Another so-so night, with only the ABC and some of the digital channels showing programs with a spark of interest for viewers. Nine was the most watched network in metro markets. In regional markets Seven won total people, Nine won the demos, Ten had more viewers, ABC easily beat Ten into third in the main […]

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SBS insider reveals secret plan to kill Dateline

SBS’ international current affairs show Dateline has won numerous awards in its 30 years on air. But supervising producer Allan Hogan reveals the show is about to be gutted.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 3

Royal prank case tests media regulator’s limits

A case involving 2Day FM and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the potential to dramatically extend the powers of the broadcast regulator at a time when the government is keen on media deregulation.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: viewers flock to secondary channels

Seven won Total People in metro and regional markets (streeted Nine actually in the regions), the ABC was third and Ten a weak fourth). ABC TV management did the right thing yesterday and gave Mad As Hell another season, and Shaun Micallef the starring role in a new series  where he plays a struggling former […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 15 UNLOCK?

Up to 500 jobs to go as ABC, SBS funding cuts are finalised

As the magnitude of cuts to the public broadcasters firms up, decisions on how to reshape ABC and SBS are beginning to emerge.

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PATRICK BAUME | TV & RADIO | 1 UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: Defence pay, budget woes and a “tense” Putin-Abbott handshake

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie dominated discussions this week as she agitated for a better defence force pay deal.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a disappointing night all round

Thanks to Dancing With The Stars, the grizzled veteran, Seven won the night clearly in metro and regional markets in Total People. Nine though says it won the major demos, while Ten had a better night with programs viewers wanted to watch, even if they were repeats in some cases. Dancing With The Stars was the […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 14 UNLOCK?

‘Utter bastardry’: Big Ideas’ fate hangs in the balance

The ABC’s director of television says no decision has been made on Big Ideas. But the show’s Twitter and Facebook accounts beg to differ.

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: repeats rule the night

Nine won the metros from Seven, the ABC and Ten. Seven won the regionals from the ABC and then a distant Ten. Ten’s Party Tricks went out with a whimper of 723,000 national viewers (and yes, Nina lost the election — she’s now a single mum without a hubbie or an electorate or a state to run). […]

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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: nothing but the cricket

The Twenty 20 tip and run won the night for Nine in metros and the regionals with 1.669 million viewers. End of story. Seven was a distant second, the ABC third and Ten was fourth in metro markets and the regionals as well. Nine won Total People and the demos. The Twenty 20 game was […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: ABC manages the best programming

Almost a draw in the metros with Seven just ahead in Total People and the main channels, and doing well in the demos. In the regions, Seven was a bigger winner. The ABC also was third in the regions, with Ten a distant fourth, unlike the metros where Ten had its nose in front in […]

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