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The ABC debate: we have Mamamia and BuzzFeed, we don’t need the ABC anymore

Much of what the ABC does is already being done by others, writes James Paterson, deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs.

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Was Freya Newman really justified?

Crikey readers talk Freya Newman, whistleblowers, the ABC and why there are no right-wing Emmas.

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Media briefs: ABC hits back … Musical chairs … Speculation lifts Ten …

The ABC has hit back at claims it shouldn’t be spending money through Google to boost its online traffic. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: scraping the bottom of the barrel with Beauty and the Geek

Not one program managed a million or more metro viewers. In other words a bit of a yawn-fest last night as Beauty And The Geek Australia and Big Brother fought it out in the mud at the bottom of the week’s TV ratings trough. Beauty And The Geek Australia episode one managed 919,000 national viewers, which would have […]

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Is Crikey pushing a right-wing News Corp agenda?

Crikey readers love their ABC — and they do not like Crikey asking questions about its funding.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the ABC the only hope for thoughtful programming

A win for Seven in the metros and regions in Total People and 25 to 54s. Nine won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s thanks to Big Brother. Despite that win Big Brother had another weak night. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus again stood out, making Big Brother look […]

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Why we need the ABC

The ABC pokes the powerful and holds them to account. It annoys the media and flusters politicians. And that is why we need it.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gough and cooking dominate ratings

Seven’s night in the metros and regionals. Dancing With The Stars did the job for Seven, even though it failed  to crack the million viewer mark in the metros. Nine did well in the demos because Dancing (1.437 million national viewers) dominated the grey hairs. The two Whitlam doco episodes (The Power and The Passion) […]

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The ABC debate: why Beecher and Crikey fear the ABC

Eric Beecher is “asking tough questions about the ABC” for the same reason many commercial media proprietors do — fear of competition.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Bachelor, the show that just won’t die

With the Grand Final of The X Factor ending last night, Seven won nationally in regional and metro markets both in Total People and in the demos. The winner announcement had 2.1 million national/ 1.428 million metro/ 672,000 regional viewers. The rest of the Grand Final was watched by 2.061 million national/ 1.378 million metro/ 683,000 regional […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Gotham loses viewers to The X Factor

Seven’s night, easily in metro and regional markets. The first part of the grand final of The X Factor averaged 1.9 million national viewers, which is a bit light considering the last semi final got over 2 million last week. Still the final part of the Grand Final is tonight — it has to get more than […]

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How the ABC spends its money

Numerous reviews into the ABC have come up with the same conclusion: the ABC needs more money, not less, to do what it is chartered to do.

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Beecher: we must ask tough questions about the ABC

Why does the ABC exist in 2014? Crikey’s chairman says some tough questions have to be asked before we can debate funding cuts to the public broadcaster.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers desert commercial networks

A solid win for Seven in the metros and the regions, and for once, in the demographics —  Beauty and The Geek did as expected for Seven — slid, Big Brother slid — and the ABC returned  Upper Middle Bogan and It’s a Date to reasonable numbers — and it was great to have classy, interesting programs back in the schedule. Established performers […]

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The shocking, salacious things we learnt about the ABC’s lunch spend

Four documents released by the ABC under FOI give an insight into the kinds of information News Corp journos are keen to get a hold of, write Myriam Robin and Sally Whyte.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC reels in viewers

Thankfully the ABC saved the day last night, wiping Ten off the dance floor as the Chaser team returned with Media Circus and a whack or 30 at the media. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell continued to serve up its own whacks as a lead in to The Chasers. And Home Delivery returned after The Chaser […]

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Who really shot down MH17?

Crikey readers talk MH17, the ABC’s finances and notes at airports.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers turn off in droves

Viewers were not really interested on what went to air last night. No program had a million or more viewers in the five metro markets. Dancing With The Stars waddled its way across our screens last night, looking much like the average age of its demo at times. It was at least colourful and had […]

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ABC’s flagships could be sacrificed to fund online future, warns Scott

Efficiency savings might be achieved without program cuts, but if the ABC can’t use them to fund innovation, it’ll have to cut into programming anyway, Mark Scott said in Melbourne last night.

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Razer: mentally ill need adequate services, not a feel-good ABC campaign

The ABC’s Mental As campaign made some celebrities feel very nice about themselves, but there was not a whisper about the inadequate healthcare to treat mental illness.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The X Factor finally gets a win

The X Factor finally burst into life for Seven last night, giving the network a win in metro markets and a huge victory in the regional markets. The X Factor had its best figures so far this series (it had been battling The Block Glasshouse which had proven dominant) and topped the two million national mark […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Bathurst and The Block finale pull big numbers

Seven’s coverage of Bathurst ended yesterday in a blaze of prangs and last lap dramas. It was the longest Bathurst ever, topping , a minute and a bit under eight hours and topping the 1974 epic (which I actually drove from Brisbane to see — thems were the days). The final 10 minutes had 2.3 million metro […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: farewell to The Bach, hello to Beauty and the Geek

Like reading certain publications for the pictures, sorry, the articles, watching programs like The Bachelor and Big Brother is part of the grim reality of writing about the media and TV. But there’s one program that makes me shudder every time it appears in the schedule and that is the Seven Network’s Beauty and The Geek. It slithered […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine coasts on the last days of The Block

Nine’s night in a close one, thanks again to The Block Glasshouse, which wraps up in an extravaganza on Sunday night which could mark the top of the property market, especially in Melbourne. It had 1.985 million national/ 1.390 million metro/ 595,000 regional viewers. Seven’s Dancing With The Stars lost viewers in its second outing […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Bachelor brings down the tone of the evening

An out of body experience last night watching that interview of  The Bachelor “winner” Sam Frost and bachelor himself Blake Garvey on The Project. It was grubby, slightly soiled TV and it tarnished everyone associated with it, from Ten and its programmers, the producers and the hosts of The Project, The Bachelor or whatever he […]

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