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ABC board member breaks silence on ABC cuts

A member of the ABC board has ended that body’s silence by publicly defending the role of the ABC in the Fairfax press this morning.

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Film reviewing royal couple bow out but leave us the keys to the kingdom

Margaret and David, the Siskel and Ebert of Australia, have announced their long-running show will finish up in December. But their legacy endures.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Brilliant Creatures and lacklustre ratings

Brilliant Creatures on ABC was wonderful, brilliant TV. It what TV is all about  — explaining, elucidating and entertaining the audience — and there is more to come. It had 846,000 national/ 615,000 metro/ 231,000 regional viewers. It explained an important part of Australian cultural history with four of smartest, most entertaining, and at times frustrating minds this country […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins by a narrow margin

Just another Monday night and despite another very solid night, The Block Glasshouse wasn’t as dominant as the figures would suggest. It had 2.133 million national/ 1.507 million metro/ 625,000 regional viewers. With that sized audience, you would have thought Nine won the night by a mile — it didn’t. It certainly had a good win in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Big Brother bombs for Ten

The figures were split again last night with Nine winning the metros and Seven winning the regions. Ten was a very weak fourth (now normal for a Sunday) in both — its metro main channel share was 8.7% and just 7% in the regions. Back to the bad old days again, for one night at least. Ten […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Big Brother bombs in the regions

Nine’s night, again in metros, with The Block Glasshouse leading the way. Ten was third and the ABC fourth. But in regional markets Seven had a small overall win, Nine won the main channels, and the ABC pushed Ten back to fourth, both overall and in the main channels as The Bachelor and Wonderland bombed […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers switch off after premieres

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets easily, even though Big Brother’s audience slipped, falling under the one million mark in the metros. Ten was third overall in both markets and third in the main channels in the regions, but not in the metros where ABC was third. The Block Glasshouse saw its audience top […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV delivers a night of false promises

It was Nine’s night in metro and regional markets with another big rating number for The Block Glasshouse and the returning Big Brother. Seven’s The X Factor was its own worst enemy in promising something that really didn’t matter, but was really aimed at the returning Big Brother on Nine. Ten was fourth behind the ABC in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: audiences fade away from reality TV

Nine’s night in metros and Seven’s in the regions as the audience again divided its preferences. Ten was fourth in both, behind the ABC. The Block Glasshouse dominated the night, topping the most watched lists in all markets. It had 2.234 million national/ 1.622 million metro/ 702,000 regional viewers. The live performance of The X […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a night full of junk programs

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets. Ten was third and the ABC was fourth, except in the regional main channels where viewers gave Ten the thumbs down and liked the ABC’s underwhelming offerings instead. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse again dominated the night with 1.707 million national, 1.151 million metro and 556,000 regional viewers. But is Wednesday […]

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‘A bereavement’ for the ABC as Jim Middleton takes redundancy

ABC veteran Jim Middleton is leaving the ABC, having accepted a redundancy after 44 years at the public broadcaster.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine phones it in on a weak night

Nine’s night thanks to The Block Glasshouse and a solid performance of the 6-7pm news hour. That was in the metros, in the regions, the split re-appeared after popping up on Sunday night. So Seven won the regions narrowly overall, but with a larger margin in the main channels. Ten was third in both areas […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine’s night for a sleepy Monday

The usual Monday night’s viewing — a few gems, a few duds, then bed. Nine won the metros and the regions as Sunday night’s split disappeared. The ABC was third and Ten the now usual fourth. The Block Glasshouse was top with 1.965 million metro/ 1.352 million metro/ 613,000 regional viewers. The results episode of The X […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV fails to attract an audience

For such an average night of programming, the surprise was in the ratings reports for metro and regional markets this morning. TV viewing cleaved into two distinct groups. The metros favoured Nine as a clear winner over Seven, but in the regions, Seven won over Nine. Ten was third overall, with the ABC fourth in […]

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Radio without a host? It’s just not as classy, say listeners

Is a host the only difference between radio and a mixtape? That’s a question many of Classic FM’s staff and listeners are asking after the ABC radio station switched up its overnight programming in early August.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: weak programming spreads to Thursday nights

It’s a pretty weak night when an NRL match is one of the viewing highlights, simply because it is live and the result unknown. Catalyst on ABC 1 was again interesting, Silk at 8.30pm is now in soapy territory and nothing after 7pm had a million or more viewers in the metros. The fact that […]

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‘It’s very dire’: ABC budget cuts shaping up to be far worse than expected

Cuts to the ABC budget first flagged in May are shaping up to be far larger than expected, with insiders describing the situation as “very dire”.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC programming trumps The Bachelor

Seven won metro and regional markets overall, but again lost the important main channels where most of the advertising money is spent. Ten finished third in the metros, but fourth in the regions as the ABC’s offerings proved more popular than The Bachelor and Wonderland. The Block Glasshouse couldn’t make top spot in either metro […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial networks fall into a mid-week slump

Another quiet night for TV viewers. Nine won the metros, snuck home overall in the regionals, but Seven had more main channel viewers. Ten was third overall in the metros, tied the main channels (with 11.2%). But in the regions Ten beat the ABC overall, but had more viewers in the main channels. The Block […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality shows slowly shed viewers

Yet another less-than-enthusing night for many TV viewers. Nine again won in metro and regional areas, followed by Seven, the ABC and Ten. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse was again the most watched program, though numbers were down on Sunday night’s splash. It had 1.763 million national/ 1.191 million metro/ 572,000 regional viewers. Seven’s The X […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: building, singing and time travel

Last night was again not the strongest bit of TV programming on offer if you didn’t like building, singing, or time travel. It was Nine’s night everywhere, thanks to The Block Glasshouse and then 60 Minutes and the News. The X Factor’s live performance on Seven wasn’t in the hunt. It is starting to look […]

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Beware the coming Kiwi invasion

Crikey readers talk what we will do about our aggressors to the east.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: low ratings and lazy programming all round

So it was Nine’s night last night, from Seven and Ten in the metros, with the ABC fourth. In the regions Seven edged Nine overall, but Nine edged Seven in the main channels. The ABC was third and Ten a distant fourth, again. Anyone who watched TV last night in prime time — other than maybe three programs […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC’s comedy lineup fails to keep viewers

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets overall and in the main channels in the metros. It was yet another night where the offerings underwhelmed the audience. Ten was third in the metros, but sank to fourth in the regions. In fact’s Ten’s main channel share (where most viewing takes place) fell from a sort […]

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Recycled rhetoric: Mark Scott echoes the ghosts of ABC’s past

You know what they say: The more things change, the more the ABC commits to dodgy, recycled restructures doomed to failure.

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