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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport v The Block

A great night of top flight sports viewing. The Socceroos were great, as were Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray. No doubt the greybeards and heads among the chattering and tapping commentariat will rattle on about K’s racquet-busting, but so what? He’s 19 and growing up. Australians voted with their remotes —  for the tennis. The Nick Kyrgios […]

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Mercy for the Bali Nine

Crikey readers discuss ABC funding and the death penalty.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine leans on old faithfuls to replace the cricket

The last week of non-ratings and like the drums in Fernando, you can hear and feel the ratings pressure mounting as Nine, Seven and Ten (and the ABC) step up their onscreen and online spruiking. But apart from the sport, there’s nothing much on the screen to hold us in front of the box in […]

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In the shadow of redundancies, ABC staff set to work for a new year

Redundancy pools are painful but necessary, says the ABC’s head of people, arguing there was no other way to fairly terminate staff as the ABC ramps up for 2015.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the sportsfest continues

Disappointment at the tennis, joy at soccer’s Asian Cup with two goals by the 2015 sportsman of the year, Tim Cahill. It will be a huge game in Newcastle next week for the semi final against either Japan or the UAE who play their quarter final tonight. The game was watched by a total of […]

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The ABC should be sticking to its charter, not chasing ratings

Crikey readers have their say on ABC programming and other issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis wins out over cricket

Tennis did the job again for Seven last night, although for a third night it was on the nose in Brisbane, where viewers seem to be very unenthused about the Open and the success of the Australian players. Still that’s Queensland and viewers up there have had to battle daylight saving, fading curtains and anxious […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis, tennis and more tennis

Don’t you reckon the folk at the top of struggling (well, as far as the the share price is concerned) Seven West Media wish they could bottle Lleyton Hewitt’s efforts in the Australian Open men’s tennis, so that when ratings dip later in the year across the schedule, the spirit of the lad could be […]

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ABC TV director slams Oz’s ‘error-filled’, ‘pro-Ten’ report

A report in The Australian claiming the ABC had a bad year for ratings has been swiftly denounced by ABC management this morning. They have their own figures to prove their case.

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Essential: Voters split on Iraq, ABC most trusted institution

Voters oppose an increase in Australia’s role in Iraq, and the ABC is the country’s most trusted institution, Essential Report shows.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven loses viewers to its digital channels

Lots of tennis on Seven’s main channel and on 7TWO as the network doubles its coverage by broadcasting more games — especially, as we saw yesterday — matches featuring Australians in the first round and some highly seeded players going up against lesser ranked players. This is a very interesting test of viewer reaction (and awareness, especially) by Seven […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: nothing but the cricket

The One Day International cricket match between Australia and India from the MCG dominated viewing yesterday afternoon and last night. The second session (at night, when Australia batted) had 2.228 million viewers across the country — more than three times the size of the audiences some of the Big Bash games on Ten have been grabbing. There were […]

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How to keep the bastards honest

Crikey readers have their say about the Charlie Hebdo killings, ads on SBS and other issues of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Queensland Health ads dont’d add up … is it news or satire? Google doesn’t know … Australia’s newest political commentator is …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: programming gives way to cricket

The test cricket won the battle of the two forms last night - the final session of the Second Test on Nine was watched by more than 1.2 million people. Nine said that more than 1.3 million were watching when Australian captain Steve Smith reached 50 runs around 5.24 pm. Ten’s Big Bash was all […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: repeats and the cricket

Another of those nights last night that required stamina and a complete and utter memory loss as repeats rolled across the screen, or programs which should have never seen the light of a TV screen,  with a few exceptions. QI on ABC because it is moderately entertaining, the test cricket on Nine, which ended late. The […]

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Lyndal Curtis to leave ABC as staff learn if they’re in the firing line

Lyndal Curtis is the latest big name to leave the ABC, and other staff were informed on Wednesday if they are in line for a redundancy.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: from the siege to summer

An anti-climatic night last night after the events of the previous 36 hours. And the viewing didn’t help lift spirits. It was a pretty arid night — Hugh Grant as the British PM (Tony Blair????) in Love Actually on Seven at 8.30pm. Really, I ask you. Love Actually is in that small group of go to movies […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the siege aftermath

Well, after the events of yesterday and last night in Sydney, no commentary. It all seems a bit superfluous, really. So no program rankings or figures, just network shares. The broadcasting of the siege made it hard to work out accurate figures from this morning. The Sydney siege boosted the viewer numbers on News 24 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the summer slide

The less said about last night and the rest of the coming week, so far as TV is concerned, the better. Insiders, and even the Bolter were missed yesterday morning ahead of Joe Hockey’s now familiar pre-Christmas whinge about nasty Labor and the black hole they left me. Some decent context to The Cigar’s rantings […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Thankfully we had a full day of Test cricket, absorbing, skilful and good TV in the traditional summer sense (even if the weather in Sydney was autumnal, even early winterish). Last night’s programming was light on, especially Seven with its run of repeats. Nine won the night in both metro and regionals markets. Nine has helpfully […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: repeats and the cricket

The best you could say about last night’s programming that the test cricket was wonderful, even with the rain delays. The highlight of the night was on ABC with the repeat of a QI Christmas Special; on Seven it was the final episode for the year of Home and Away  — oh, the crash/accident, who will survive? […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: farewell to Margaret and David

A mixed night. Nine and Seven shared the spoils in metro and regional markets, as did Ten and the ABC  for third and fourth place. The ABC was more watched in the metros because of the very solid audience for the last episode of At The Movies with Margaret and David. It had 936,000 national/ […]

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Tips and rumours

Sun-sensitive war planes … our government’s Wikipedia tomfoolery … suspicious shoelaces stopped at the border.

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

Seven’s night in both metro and regional markets from Nine, with Ten third in the metros and fourth in the regionals. The ABC was third in the regions and fourth in the metros. But it was just another night in summer as we could see from Home and Away being the most watched non-news program […]

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