No break for hard pressed ABC staff: We’re all going on a summer holiday –
because you’re not going to get leave now. Not it you work for ABC Regional
Radio. A copy of a sternly worded email from Local
Radio Manager Ian Mannix to all staff has been pushed under the door:

We are having enormous difficulty
back-filling staff requesting mid year leave. Despite repeated requests to RPMs
[Regional Program Managers] and others we are not finding replacement staff
quickly enough to backfill our positions. This is of great concern to me.

I have previously indicated that staff
should take their leave over summer when we have fewer programs. This would significantly
alleviate our problems, in 2007 DO NOT EXPECT TO TAKE LEAVE MID YEAR.

In the meantime I am advising that some
people will NOT have their leave approved, due to operational reasons. Do not
buy tickets or make arrangements until your leave is signed off by the LRM…

Presumably most staff have been drafted in
to concentrate on the ABC’s core business – bureaucracy.– Christian Kerr

McDonald cuts through the hype: The contemporary art world loathe him, but John McDonald is worth
reading if you want to get beyond the uncritical hype that surrounds so
many art events. The Sydney Morning Herald‘s art critic is at his au contraire best today
as he takes a sober look at the Musee Quai Branly, the new museum in
Paris devoted to indigenous art from around the world. There
has been much uncritical reportage about the supposedly prominent place
given to indigenous art from Australia in the museum designed by famed
French architect Jean Nouvel. McDonald points out that much of
the Australian component is confined to administrative areas and can
only be glimpsed by the public. He also reports that there has been
much behind-the-scenes tension surrounding the installation of the
work. Definitely worth a read. – Stephen Feneley

Footy Show v Society Murders:
A lot of chat about how the AFL
and NRL Footy Shows’ World Cup special from Germany did poorly on Sunday
night against Ten’s Society Murders. Yep, Society Murders
did beat the
Footy Shows, and its crass hosts. The Ten show averaged 1.444 million
viewers from 8.30pm to 10.30pm and the Footy Shows averaged 1.248
million from 8.30 pm to around 11.20 pm. But look at what happened in
the various markets: in Melbourne the Ten program averaged 522,000 and
was number one, the Footy Shows averaged 482,000 and was Number three:
in Sydney the Ten program averaged 345,000, but was beaten by the Footy
Shows with 379,000. In Brisbane the Ten program won, as it did in Perth
and Adelaide. The Footy Shows’ jaunt to Germany was about two things –
good TV was not one of them – giving Eddie McGuire and his mates (Sam
Newman, Garry Lyon, Trevor Marmalade) a World Cup experience, and
winning the night. In the battle between the three
commercial networks between 6pm and 10.30pm (which is the heart of
prime time) Nine just won with 1.353 million to 1.283 million for Ten
and 1.249 million for Seven. Without the Footy Shows Nine would have
had to use a valuable new episode of CSI to give itself a
chance of
beating Ten’s popular piece of “faction”. Given Nine’s shortage of good
new programs, that would have been a bit of a waste when a junket
to Germany, fully paid for by sponsors (never mind the advertising
yield!) could do the job. For Eddie, it was also a non
playing week for Collingwood, who had last weekend off because of the
split round in the AFL. So, he could flit off to Germany, soak up some
soccer, front a microphone and be back in time to sign off on this
week’s 100
sackings at Nine and catch the Magpies playing the Swans in
Sydney on Saturday night. Sweet! The Footy Shows’ German effort wasn’t
good TV – it was crass and highlighted everything that’s wrong with
Nine’s Melbourne based blokey culture – but it did the job on the
night. – Glenn Dyer

Oz v Brazil – the stats:

It’s
perhaps the most dominant bit of TV we’ve seen; great for bragging rights for
SBS and probably made them a nice little earner. Just
over two million people on average watched the match on SBS in the wee small
hours of Monday morning. I’m
talking about Monday morning’s telecast of the Australia-Brazil game at the
World Cup that was won by Brazil 2-0. SBS
was the big winner, though. A five city metro average audience of 1.53
million, while in
regional Australia a further 530,000 people on
average watched, taking the total audience to 2.06 million across the
country. It was
SBS’s biggest non prime time audience and fourth
biggest ever, and was just under the 2.166 who watched the Australia v Japan game
last week, which was in late prime time when more people would have been able to
watch. In
Sydney, 624,000 people watched and it was the biggest audience Tuesday in any
timeslot in that market. In Melbourne, though, only 445,000 watched. 184,000 in
Brisbane, 114,000 in Adelaide and 175,000 in Perth (and previously
reported). The
soccer was a top ten program in Melbourne and for
the second Australian game in a row, the biggest TV viewing support for the
team’s matches has come in Sydney. It
would seem that Melbourne sports fans attend or watch in
big numbers only if the game is being played in that city (as they did for the
World Cup qualifier last November and the Greece Friendly seven weeks or so
ago). SBS’s
telecast peaked at 1.74 million at 3.46am in metro areas and 610,000 in
regional markets, meaning the peak was around 2.3 million people –
impressive at any hour. In the
five metro markets the two hour coverage had a free to air share of
91.8%. The
figures, of course, don’t cover those who watched in pubs, clubs or other venues
indoors or outdoors. – Glenn Dyer

US Open fails to boost Today:
There
was another sporting major yesterday besides the World Cup Soccer on TV but no
one took much notice of Geoff Ogilvy’s surprise win in the US Open golf
major. Today on Nine was mixing US Open Golf, Soccer, football and news coverage in an eccentric attempt to be all
things to all people yesterday morning, just as it did on
Friday. Full
coverage of the US Open was flicked to Pay TV, then
used by Nine on the weekend. Yesterday morning, Today averaged just 52,000 people from 6am to 7am, compared to 277,000 on Seven’s Early Sunrise. Then from 7am to 9am, Sunrise averaged 557,000
with golf and the soccer playing a part in the broadcast but not dominating like
on Nine. Today
switched to the golf at around 8am as Australian Geoff Ogilvy seemed to be doing well
(he sort of won by default in the end) but the audience
didn’t really notice: Today averaged 202,000 from 7am to 9am, compared to
201,000 for the same time on Friday. Both
figures are between 20,000 and 40,000 under what Today
usually averages most mornings. Sunrise from 7am
averaged around 551,000 on Friday so its audience edged up a touch
yesterday. It must
be so frustrating for Nine to see this sort of result. It confirms that viewers, on the whole, have lost faith in
Today. – Glenn Dyer

Viewers’ vote on how to save 9: When in doubt, turn to your readership for ideas – Crikey’s
always done that. And so does the SMH‘s David Dale in
his search for a way to save Channel 9. The worry is that some of 15 submissions by Dale’s readers
would actually work if Eddie Somewhere-or-other had the gonads to go with them,
but he understandably might not fancy “The Apprentice – watch Eddie be bossed
around by PBL executives” or “Late Night Pokies, follows ordinary Aussie
battlers as they lose the rent money. Perfect synergy with PBL’s other
businesses”. But some real ratings winners could be:
* It’s A Reality TV Show: Eddie tells the audience that, in
order to rejuvenate the channel, he intends to axe a number of TV
personalities. He puts up a list of potential candidates and asks the viewers
to vote for who should go. Episode 2 sees Bert/ Mike Munro/Tracey Grimjaw/ Karl
Stuffnupabit/etc getting the axe, with footage of their worst performances.
The number of episodes the show could run for … well, how many hacks does CH
9 employ ?
* Jessica Rowe hosts a new reality program: When Career
Changes Go Wrong
.
* Hunting the stars: 12 B-grade celebs with 20 minutes to
hide, one tract of wilderness, two contestants with tranq guns, one hour to get
the highest score.
* Bring back Norman Gunston to host Who Wants to be a
Millionaire
.
*Australia’s
Biggest Bogan
: Contestants include Shane Warne, Warwick Capper, Sam Newman,
Fatty Vautin, Pauline Hanson, Lleyton Hewitt. – Michael Pascoe

Last night’s TV ratings:
The winners:

A close win to Seven from Nine. Seven News was
top of the most watched list with 1.616 million people, then Nine’s Cold
Case
with 1.597 million, Today Tonight was third with 1.593 million,
Desperate Housewives was 4th for Seven with 1.556 million. Nine News was
5th with 1.482 million, Nine’s 7.30pm program What’s Good For You was
next with 1.447 million, Home and Away was 7th and won 7pm with 1.435
million. The Brazil-Australia Soccer match was next with 1.367
million (that’s without the 175,000 included in Sunday night’s report from
Perth. The total audience was 1.53 million). Ten’s Big Brother Live
Nomination
was 9th with 1.321 million and Nine’s A Current Affair was 10th
with 1.297 million. Then came Nine’s Temptation with 1.281 million,
Seven’s The Great Outdoors with 1.221 million, Grey’s Anatomy was
13th with 1.208 million (and won the 9.30pm timeslot, giving Seven
enough lift to get past the post overall). Big Brother at 7pm was 14th
with 1.182 million, Nine’s Close to Home (9.30pm) was next with 1.104
million, The ABC’s Australian Story‘s 10th anniversary show averaged 1.103
million, Deal Or No Deal averaged 1.051 million and Ten’s Neighbours
averaged 1.049 million. Eighteen programs in all with a million or more
viewers – choice aplenty.

The losers:
It’s Monday, so Bert’s Family Feud usually
peaks, last night it averaged 700,000 viewers (in number 28 spot, about
where it was when it started). Deal Or No Deal on Seven was a clear winner
with 1.051 million. Interesting that in Adelaide last night at 6.30pm
Ten’s Neighbours (151,000) beat Seven’s Today Tonight (150,000) and Nine’s
A Current Affair (149,000). Close, reflecting that people in Adelaide
like their fantasy a bit different at 6.30pm?

News and CA:

Seven News was the most watched program for the
second night in a row and Perth was again the main driver. Nine News went
to air there at 6pm local, but was beaten by Seven by 150,000 viewers.
Seven beat Nine nationally by 134,000, so that win out west was vital.
Seven won Sydney and Adelaide. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven’s
Today Tonight won nationally by 297,000 with almost half of that (142,000)
being the margin in Perth over A Current Affair. TT also won Sydney,
Brisbane and Adelaide. ACA won Melbourne. Ten News at 5pm averaged
996,000 people, The 7pm ABC News 993,000, The 7.30 Report 843,000, Four
Corners
583,000 and Media Watch 712,000. Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope
averaged 873,000 people.

The stats:

Close – Seven won the night with a share of 28.8%
(24.0% – it was a holiday Monday night a week ago and there was a certain soccer game
late that night) from Nine with a share of 28.2%(25.0%), Ten with
20.4% (19.2%), the ABC with 14.3% (13.6%) and SBS with 8.3% (19.3%). Seven
won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne and
Brisbane.

Glenn Dyer’s comments:
It was a much better night for TV than Sunday
night. For starters, there was no Footy Show crassness from Germany on the
box and viewers had some good programs to watch: Desperate Housewives,Cold Case, Grey’s Anatomy, What’s Good For You, Australian Story. Lots of
choice. Tonight, Nine ends Survivor Panama in two hits: a double program
from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and then the finale from 10.30pm to 11.15pm.
Nine hopes this will be enough to give it a show of stealing the night.
Seven has Border Security, Medical Emergency and All Saints from 7.30pm
to 9.30pm. Ten is aiming to do well in the 16 to 39 groups with a
watching brief on the declining comedy The Wedge at 8pm.

Peter Fray

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