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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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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a disappointing night all round

Thanks to Dancing With The Stars, the grizzled veteran, Seven won the night clearly in metro and regional markets in Total People. Nine though says it won the major demos, while Ten had a better night with programs viewers wanted to watch, even if they were repeats in some cases. Dancing With The Stars was the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: repeats rule the night

Nine won the metros from Seven, the ABC and Ten. Seven won the regionals from the ABC and then a distant Ten. Ten’s Party Tricks went out with a whimper of 723,000 national viewers (and yes, Nina lost the election — she’s now a single mum without a hubbie or an electorate or a state to run). […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: ABC manages the best programming

Almost a draw in the metros with Seven just ahead in Total People and the main channels, and doing well in the demos. In the regions, Seven was a bigger winner. The ABC also was third in the regions, with Ten a distant fourth, unlike the metros where Ten had its nose in front in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: old repeats draw more viewers than new programming

Seven won Total People in metro and regional markets. Nine won the metro main channels, but Seven scored a narrow win in the regions. Nine won the demos thanks to the T20 cricket international. Ten was a distant fourth with the ABC 3rd, thanks to its best night of the week for what was in its […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Melbourne Cup sweeps competition

The Melbourne Cup dominated ratings yesterday, but the deaths of two horses took some of the gloss off.

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