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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven gives the others a chance

No MKR last night left the field open to Nine and Ten. Having won the week already by Wednesday night, Seven didn’t need to waste any more ratings fodder trying to win last night. Nor will it try very hard tonight or Saturday. In fact, Seven issued a release this morning pointing that “Seven Dominates Opening […]

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Another ‘captain’s call’ chapter closes, with Gupta stepping down from SBS

Nihal Gupta is stepping down from his role at SBS. But questions still linger about why he was appointed in the first place.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC slumps

Seven’s night and week thanks to My Kitchen Rules (which found a new couple to hate) which last night was assisted the second outing of First Dates which added to last week’s solid first up effort, and support from Home and Away (thanks Brax, Seven’s go to lad, next, can he host the faltering Sunrise?) […]

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Is it time to get rid of SBS?

Talk of a merger between the ABC and SBS has intensified following Mark Scott’s appearance at Senate estimates yesterday. But those who love SBS fear the two would “merge” the way a shark merges with a mackerel.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins again

Seven’s night thanks to Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules (and that couple!) and the debut of the new dramedy, Wanted. Nine did well with its debut of Here Come The Habibs. But withhold judgement about their success until we see how many return next week and the week after. It’s the size of the […]

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How the ABC bungled the story of the ‘5-year-old rape victim’

The ABC reported a five-year-old had been raped on Nauru. That turned out to be false — so how did the ABC get it so wrong?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven takes no prisoners

Seven won the night easily in both metro and regional markets, thanks to the first part of the Molly biopic, My Kitchen Rules and Seven News. But for Nine and especially Ten, it was a miserable night and no amount of spin will change that. Because of the extensive promotion of Molly during summer, it […]

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‘An embarrassment or a disaster?’: journos weigh in on the gladiatorial interview

Kerry O’Brien says journalists these days are going for shock tactics, rather than eliciting information. But is that a bad thing?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR clears the field

With MKR not airing last night, Seven came back to the field and Celebrity played on alone. It picked up 180,000 or so viewers for its trouble and rose to 1.241 million viewers nationally from 1.063 million on Wednesday night. That saw it do very well in the demos. Inside Story (849,000 nationally) returned to […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: get me out of here!

Well, well, the best that can be said about the performances of Nine and Ten last night was that they toiled manfully. Ten’s I’m A Celebrity gave some cheek, but MKR and Seven’s debutant, First Dates, wiped the floor in both metro and regional markets. Seven’s win was huge in the metros. In Total People […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: something for everyone

I’m sorry but turf and wooden place mat thingies on MKR last night lost me and I don’t care about the deer meat, the wild bore (the program, not the main dish) and the dessert which was a mousse with ice cream and chocolate. The table manners were again rotten and everyone was dressed as […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the battle begins

It was as though we had a collection of unwanted visitors call on us on national TV last night. Shane Warne featured on Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. My Kitchen Rules on Seven returned with the usual complement of bickering couples and bad table manners, while Australia’s Got Talent popped up […]

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Four Corners is back — and scooped?

BuzzFeed UK and the BBC have stolen a bit of the ABC’s investigative program’s thunder.

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Nats mull more ‘draconian’ content rules in the bush

The last time the Nationals were allowed to regulate media content, Labor had to fix up the resulting mess. Now they’re at it again.

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Seven spoils Pearce exclusive as simulated dog sex nets a cool $60k

There’s big money in photos and videos of sports stars in controversial acts, as Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer report.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport drags on

Unfortunately for the Seven Network and many sports nuts, the final of the men’s Australian tennis titles will be played tonight when Novak Djokovic meets Roger Federer in one of the semi-finals. Normally that would be a high rating final on Sunday night, but such was the draw, and Federer’s small dip in the rankings, […]

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‘Synthetic balance’: the ABC’s editorial quandry

Is suggesting a journalist write a negative piece about Labor “balance” for writing a negative piece about the Coalition?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: patriotic sport

An awful effort by both Australian teams in the men’s and women’s T20 games against India in Adelaide yesterday. A touch of hubris there by the Aussies? Certainly dropsy in the field didn’t help, nor cautious batting by the men, especially opener Finch who should be flicked and replaced by someone who can bat at […]

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‘A nightmare’: ABC archives at risk as copyright concerns hamper digitisation

Copyright laws mean some of Australia’s cultural history might disappear forever.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport is for winners

Sydney rules, OK? The Thunder won the Men’s and Women’s BBL yesterday and last night. Dasha lost in the women’s tennis in Melbourne, but Roger The Dodger won easily in a late match. Nothing else mattered last night. The second session (Sydney batting) had a total of 1.752 million viewers across the country on Ten […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: all for Hewitt

As expected a lot of tennis and cricket last night, and not much else. Lleyton Hewitt retired from singles after his expected defeat by Davide Ferrer at the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne on Seven. (Hewitt is playing doubles, and will be also be commentating on Seven later in the tournament). In Adelaide at the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis v cricket

It was a case of not knowing where to look last night if you were into tennis or cricket (when the Aussies were batting). Nine was the venue of choice. When India was batting, Seven’s tennis was the venue of choice, and then a rush back to Nine to see India’s “record run choke”. In […]

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Isentia Index: Memes at the ready! PM calls for Aussies to mock Daesh online

Summer holidays be damned: our politicians are still in business mode.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but sport

Lleyton Hewitt worked his magic for yet another night for Seven, and will be back to do the same on Thursday. The little Aussie battler remains a big drawcard for the Australian viewing public. But as energetic as the match up between Hewitt (ranked 308 in the world) and fellow Aussie, James Duckworth (ranked 129th), […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: summer snooze

Overall, a night which bored the audience: Big Bash cricket on Ten, the first day and night of the Australian Open tennis on Seven and a collection of repeats on Nine (which won Total People and shared second with Ten behind Seven in the main channels) was hardly an inspiring offer for viewers. In the […]

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