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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: repeats and the cricket

Another of those nights last night that required stamina and a complete and utter memory loss as repeats rolled across the screen, or programs which should have never seen the light of a TV screen,  with a few exceptions. QI on ABC because it is moderately entertaining, the test cricket on Nine, which ended late. The […]

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Lyndal Curtis to leave ABC as staff learn if they’re in the firing line

Lyndal Curtis is the latest big name to leave the ABC, and other staff were informed on Wednesday if they are in line for a redundancy.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: from the siege to summer

An anti-climatic night last night after the events of the previous 36 hours. And the viewing didn’t help lift spirits. It was a pretty arid night — Hugh Grant as the British PM (Tony Blair????) in Love Actually on Seven at 8.30pm. Really, I ask you. Love Actually is in that small group of go to movies […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the siege aftermath

Well, after the events of yesterday and last night in Sydney, no commentary. It all seems a bit superfluous, really. So no program rankings or figures, just network shares. The broadcasting of the siege made it hard to work out accurate figures from this morning. The Sydney siege boosted the viewer numbers on News 24 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the summer slide

The less said about last night and the rest of the coming week, so far as TV is concerned, the better. Insiders, and even the Bolter were missed yesterday morning ahead of Joe Hockey’s now familiar pre-Christmas whinge about nasty Labor and the black hole they left me. Some decent context to The Cigar’s rantings […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Thankfully we had a full day of Test cricket, absorbing, skilful and good TV in the traditional summer sense (even if the weather in Sydney was autumnal, even early winterish). Last night’s programming was light on, especially Seven with its run of repeats. Nine won the night in both metro and regionals markets. Nine has helpfully […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: repeats and the cricket

The best you could say about last night’s programming that the test cricket was wonderful, even with the rain delays. The highlight of the night was on ABC with the repeat of a QI Christmas Special; on Seven it was the final episode for the year of Home and Away  — oh, the crash/accident, who will survive? […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: farewell to Margaret and David

A mixed night. Nine and Seven shared the spoils in metro and regional markets, as did Ten and the ABC  for third and fourth place. The ABC was more watched in the metros because of the very solid audience for the last episode of At The Movies with Margaret and David. It had 936,000 national/ […]

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Tips and rumours

Sun-sensitive war planes … our government’s Wikipedia tomfoolery … suspicious shoelaces stopped at the border.

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

Seven’s night in both metro and regional markets from Nine, with Ten third in the metros and fourth in the regionals. The ABC was third in the regions and fourth in the metros. But it was just another night in summer as we could see from Home and Away being the most watched non-news program […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers head to the beach

Not the best of weekends to be watching TV. Seven can claim bragging rights in the metros by a solid margin, but in the regions, it won by a country kilometre or daylight. Ten was third and the ABC fourth in the metros, but in the regions that was reversed and the ABC was a […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another dire night

Well, Nine and Seven shared the night but it was one of those nights where viewers were out enjoying themselves, or turned on the digital channels which again collectively had considerably more viewers than any of the network’s main channels or the network groups. 36.7% of the free to air audience was watching the digital […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the nation tunes in to Phil Hughes’ funeral

The funeral of Phillip Hughes was broadcast on Nine (645,000 national viewers), Seven (408,000), Ten (123,000) and News 24, (99,000). An impressive audience of 1.275 million viewers in metro and regional markets and equal to what Nine would get on a dramatic day of an England Australia test with Australia winning, after a P. Hughes […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the great summer snooze

An average night of viewing. Seven and Nine shared the spoils (if you can call them that) in metro and regional markets. But it was also a night in which the second part of ABC  three partner on the National Party — A Country Road  — shone like a lonely beacon of quality. Good, intelligent TV which reminded us that […]

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No incentive for ABC, SBS to cut transmission costs: Lewis Review

The current transmission arrangements negotiated by the ABC and SBS with Broadcast Australia might very well be economically inefficient.

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Commercial TV’s worst nightmare is an ad-supported ABC

Allowing the ABC to run ads would siphon profits out of free-to-air TV networks and lead to an overall lower price per ad slot, even for newspapers.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: easing in to summer

First night of official summer ratings — or unofficial summer ratings, however you look at it — and it was little different from late last week. Solid, interesting programs were few and far between. Cilla on ABC1 stood out with its final part which averaged 989,000 national viewers — which was more than any program on the Ten Network yesterday. Seven won […]

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Tips and rumours

Airspace regulator visualises road to safety … Todd McKenney goes off-script and off-colour … Coal for Christmas at the ABC …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the end of the ratings season

Seven won the metros in total people and the main channels, but in the regions Nine won the main channels after Seven won overall. Did anyone see the interview on Nine’s A Current Affair as Tracy Grimshaw met One Direction?  Well, thankfully for Nine, not many people did see it as ACA’s metro audience plunged […]

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Razer’s Class Warfare: defend the ABC with politics, not anecdotes

Yes, “the personal is political”, but your feelings on goat’s cheese or yoga do nothing to inform the real ABC debate.

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Keep the ABC public

Crikey readers talk the ABC and commercial radio.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: no love for Big Brother

Big Brother helped Nine win the main channels in the metros and total people in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but not in Adelaide or Perth or in regional areas where Nine was second behind Seven — both overall and in the main channels. Nine was in fact third in Perth in the main channels as local viewers […]

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The ABC should take ads

Crikey readers talk the ABC and why federal Parliament is like soccer.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers choose quality over drivel

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets, easily, with the final of Dancing With The Stars. It’s a good thing there was no lip syncing on the program last night, wasn’t it? (Ha, Daniel McPherson what were you singing?). At least some ‘reality’ series such as Dancing With The Stars, like The Block, House Rules and Masterchef […]

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Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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