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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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Mark Scott finds chilly reception in doomed Adelaide bureau

Mark Scott faced a chilly reception in Adelaide, after announcing no more TV production would occur in the South Australian capital. ABC Adelaide staff tell Crikey they’re proud of their scrappy studios, and sad to see them go.

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An ABC insider recounts that fateful day

What was it like to work for the ABC yesterday, and what did Mark Scott say in early morning meetings? An ABC insider gives an account.

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ABC cuts spawn a powerful enemy for the Coalition

Crikey readers have their day on ABC cuts, Jacqui Lambie’s defection and other issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC rules the roost

A close night in the metros. Nine did best, but still a big win for Seven in the regions and a strong end to Monday nights for the ABC which easily accounted for Ten. The ABC’s Monday night line up of news and current affairs programs departed for summer last nigh, with Four Corners leaving […]

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A speedy execution: 400 staff made redundant as ABC responds to budget cuts

One in 10 ABC staff will be shown the door, and though Lateline was saved, state 7.30 reports will be axed.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: easing into the summer

Thankfully the final game of this series of Nine’s ODI cricket, plus the second part of Cilla, and especially the final episode of the Countdown special graced our TV screens last night — otherwise it would have been a foretaste of what lies ahead in the next 10 weeks of summer ratings, which start next Sunday night. In […]

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Media briefs: ABC bias … Monckton returns … shareholders check Murdoch …

Andrew Bolt (aka the ABC bias hunter) smells Lefties. And other media tidbits of the day.

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What we will lose when state 7.30 reports are cut

Glen Fuller, University of Canberra assistant professor, and Andrew Nardi, journalism and communications student, delve into the content that will be missed when state 7.30 reports go off the air.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a mass exodus from commercial networks

Not the strongest of nights, despite the solid line up on the ABC and SBS. ABC’s Catalyst again finished in the top 10 with 946,000 national viewers. Upper Middle Bogan had 839,000 national viewers,  It’s A Date had 712,000. In terms of winning, Nine made it in metro markets, Seven in the regionals in Total […]

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How much of the Murdoch agenda has the government delivered?

The government is well on the way to delivering the Murdochs what they want in media policy, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another shocker for Ten

The third ODI between Australia and South Africa (good win by Australia on the MCG sized ground in Canberra) did the trick for Nine last night in metro and regional markets. The ABC battled gamely thanks to Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and a good episode of The Chaser’s Media Circus in which the G20 […]

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Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets in 25 to 54s (thanks to the venerable Dancing With The Stars, which remains good fun), and in Total People. Nine was second, but claimed first spot in 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s with the dying Big Brother and two late repeats of The Big Bang […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC newscaff owns the night

A close night in metros with Nine and Seven neck and neck overall and Nine in front in the main channels and in the demos. Seven was an easy winner in the regionals where Nine’s line up just doesn’t click these days, especially Big Brother. And nor did Ten’s line up go down well in regional markets — it […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nostalgia rules the night

Nostalgia ruled last night as the first part of the ABC’s Countdown  birthday special dominated at 8.35 pm with 1.429 million national viewers, followed by the first of a three part biopic on Cilla Black (1.146 million national viewers) which was excellent, even though the Liverpudlian accents were hard to grasp. Seven won nationally and in […]

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A Sting in the tail

Crikey readers have their say about comets, science, space and the ABC cuts — and one reader defends Sting.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a race to the bottom

Another so-so night, with only the ABC and some of the digital channels showing programs with a spark of interest for viewers. Nine was the most watched network in metro markets. In regional markets Seven won total people, Nine won the demos, Ten had more viewers, ABC easily beat Ten into third in the main […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: viewers flock to secondary channels

Seven won Total People in metro and regional markets (streeted Nine actually in the regions), the ABC was third and Ten a weak fourth). ABC TV management did the right thing yesterday and gave Mad As Hell another season, and Shaun Micallef the starring role in a new series  where he plays a struggling former […]

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Up to 500 jobs to go as ABC, SBS funding cuts are finalised

As the magnitude of cuts to the public broadcasters firms up, decisions on how to reshape ABC and SBS are beginning to emerge.

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