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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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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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Cost of the cuts: What the ABC and SBS are losing

The state editions of 7.30 are going, Classic FM will record fewer concerts, and other ways the ABC hopes to save money.

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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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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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A fourth network by stealth? Media buyers shrug off SBS’ threat to commercials

The TV networks are in uproar about the increase of ads on SBS, saying it’ll pull millions from their revenues. But ad buyers don’t think it’ll play out like that.

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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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The Australian media’s Sunni-Shia problem

SBS, Fairfax and the Daily Mail have all quoted “prominent Shiite spokesman” Jamal Daoud. Problem is, Daoud is a Sunni. Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk reports.

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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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Dateline purge as SBS hunts down traitors and dissidents

Dateline’s 25-strong team will be reduced to a handful of permanent positions as the program moves to a half-hour format in 2015. Staff were told they wouldn’t be needed next year in one-on-one meetings yesterday.

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Dateline worth saving

Crikey readers talk Dateline and India’s troubling human rights record.

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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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Hogan sacked as Ebeid plays down extent of changes to Dateline

Dateline is down one supervising producer after Allan Hogan was sacked, following a piece he wrote for Crikey on the future of the program.

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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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The astonishing ignorance (and apparent youth) of Crikey

Crikey readers say coal is not finished and remind us of Jim Carroll’s commitment to SBS.

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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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SBS evades questions on future of flagship show

Insiders say SBS management is in the process of dramatically downsizing the journalistic ambitions of Dateline, but SBS says no decisions have been made.

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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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SBS insider reveals secret plan to kill Dateline

SBS’ international current affairs show Dateline has won numerous awards in its 30 years on air. But supervising producer Allan Hogan reveals the show is about to be gutted.

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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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