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How the media fingered a star paedophile — and prejudiced his case

Without the media, it’s likely Robert Hughes would never have had to face a court. But because of the media, his lawyer is arguing he could never have had a fair trial.

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More news, better informed? The bloated TV news battle

For a couple of weeks now, both Nine and Seven have significantly upped the hours of news they’re beaming into Australian homes. Why are they doing it, and what exactly are audiences getting?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — Seven’s night, again

Ten and Nine don’t seem to be putting any programming effort into drawing viewers away from Seven.

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Media briefs: ACA conspiracy … citing sights … McBreakfast TV …

A Current Affair has found a group of outraged ratepayers — but it turns out they have some less-than-orthodox ideas.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — viewers stick with Seven, avoid Ten like the plague

The Brownlow Medal is the gift that keeps on giving for Seven, as Ten continues to flounder.

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Media briefs: ACA breach … ciao (Mira)bella … CloMo deffo …

If you’re ever going to tune in to A Current Affair tonight’s the night: the show will issue an unprecedented on-air correction. That and other media tidbits.

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ACMA slaps down ACA over racist ‘Asian mall’ story

A Current Affair has agreed to correct a story the Communications and Media Authority says was likely to provoke racist feeling towards Asians. It’s a rare step for a TV broadcaster.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Seven won last night’s programming comfortably, with ABC’s Clive James interview the only other option that came close.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gruen, Hamster win out over debate

Viewers have had enough of politicians and are turning to edgy ABC media shows to get their information, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Offspring, political debates draw viewers

Offspring’s season finale was the big winner among viewers last night, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a night to forget

The news on Seven and Nine were the most watched programs last night, which tells you something about our disinterest with the current crop of programing.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no one likes Monday night footy

The Voice had a rare off night, but Nine still won the ratings easily.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Checkout a lesson to A Current Affair and Today Tonight

Everyone should be watching The Checkout on ABC1. It puts other current affairs shows to shame.

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Axing Today Tonight no silver bullet for Seven’s woes

Would axing Today Tonight help take Seven back to the top of the ratings? Dig into the ratings figures and it’s an unconvincing argument. Seven’s problems run deeper.

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Media briefs: 2UE ‘circus’ … exclusive watch … ACA viewers s-xist? …

Sydney radio station is still in disarray three days out from the launch of its 2013 lineup. And other media tidbits …

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All-Asian mall?! ACA beat-up exposed by local rag

The latest racist beat-up by A Current Affair has been exposed as a fraud by the good work of a local newspaper in Sydney.

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Media briefs: ACA’s racist yarn … Chuck in Tassie … Maddow goes GOP …

In one of the most racist A Current Affair stories we’ve seen (and yes that is saying something), the story titled “All-Asian Mall” examines the apparent “Asian invasion” of a local shopping mall in Castle Hill.

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Media briefs: GOP coverage … ACA claims win … journo asylum …

In today’s Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … How the Republican convention narrative played out in the media … ACA claims east coast in 2012 …

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Private eyes in journalism — it happens on TV here, too

In the UK newspapers have been exposed for using private investigators. Here it’s TV news employing gumshoes to do the dirty work. Crikey investigates the investigators and how unethical it is.

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Clive James’ ill health … RN Breakfast blooper … ACA breaches code …

In today’s Media Briefs: Hey, ACA, an ill Clive James is “getting near the end” … Audio blooper on RN Breakfast … Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections … ACA breaches code and more …

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Prostitute’s TV tug-of-war inspires MP regulation threats

Labor MPs are calling for tougher media regulation and new privacy laws after revelations that Channel Nine aired an ex-prostitute’s claims against Craig Thomson even though she had recanted her story.

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ACA back away from controversial Thomson prostitute interview

Channel Nine has sensationally backed away from airing its controversial A Current Affair interview of a former prostitute who claimed to have had sex with Craig Thomson seven years ago, writes Chris Seage.

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Dear Mr Hywood … ABC slams Sky News …

In today’s Media Briefs: a letter to Mr Hywood … mistake of the day … the Facebook journalism bubble … Four Corners accesses Rinehart court papers and more …

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It’s just not worth it, Craig

Craig Thomson is right about one thing: A Current Affair’s pursuit of a prostitute who claims she slept with the embattled MP seven years ago is most certainly “gutter journalism”.

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Dick Smith’s Foods — a resort to desperate commercial Hansonism

It’s a de facto marriage made in populist heaven — the unholy union between the little Aussie huckster Dick Smith and the crass, unquestioning tabloid TV of A Current Affair, writes David Salter.

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