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MARGARET SIMONS | TV & RADIO | 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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 1 UNLOCK?

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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TV & RADIO | 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 | TV & RADIO | 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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PATRICK BAUME | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

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 | TV & RADIO | 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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MYRIAM ROBIN | TV & RADIO | 17 UNLOCK?

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 | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

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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TV & RADIO | 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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 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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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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 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 | TV & RADIO | 21 UNLOCK?

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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TV & RADIO | 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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PATRICK BAUME | TV & RADIO | UNLOCK?

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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 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 | TV & RADIO | 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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 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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GLENN DYER | TV & RADIO | 2 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | TV & RADIO | 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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ERIC BEECHER | TV & RADIO | 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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