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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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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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