“Up the skirt” shot at Daily TeleYesterday The Daily Tele’s Confidential gossip column published an unfortunate picture of the new host of Today Tonight, Anna Coren.

 “Coren goes for a coldie” showed Coren and two male friends at Sydney’s Rosehill racecourse enjoying a beer. Although she was recruited to inject decorum into TT, says The Tele, “the usually impeccable Channel Seven star accidentally delivered a Britney Spears-style undie flash as she raised the beer… her trackside position was almost as unfortunate as Robson’s reptilian accessory.” Of course, raising the issue of Coren’s journalistic credentials by publishing her “flash” is stone-throwing from a glasshouse. But questions of irony aside, whoever took the picture framed it in such a way that it revealed Coren’s legs and upper thighs: in effect it was an “up the skirt shot” published by The Tele. Now there were several cases at the recent Australian Open Tennis titles in Melbourne of men being arrested for filming up women’s skirts with concealed cameras. The Tele reported those cases. Is the paper guilty of publishing such a photo of Ms Coren? It certainly was an invasion of her privacy, even though she’s now a very public personality and she was in public. If men can be charged and convicted for filming women up their skirts secretly, what about the Tele? — Glenn Dyer

Eddie on the nose: The Nine Network’s attempt to kick off its 2007 ratings campaign foundered last night and at least one of the new programs is already on the nose with viewers. And Eddie McGuire’s second outing as a TV host on Monday nights went poorly: his program 1 vs 100 shed half a million viewers, from 1.958 million for the debut edition a week ago, to 1.428 million last night, with a night topping 472,000 in Melbourne as the standout. Eddie was easily beaten by the first new episode in Desperate Housewives’s third series, which averaged 1.533 million for Seven. Nine’s high profile observational doco program The Code at 7.30pm, is definitely in need of some counselling after just one showing. It averaged 1.001 million, which means it isn’t heading directly to the bone yard, yet. It was beaten by Seven’s The Rich List, 1.3 million and by Ten’s The Biggest Loser which averaged 1.077 million from 7pm to 8pm. The Code was actually beaten by its following program, the Kiwi observational doc, Motorway Patrol, which averaged 1.056 million. Hardly great but 55,000 better than the more costly program half an hour early. So why did Eddie fade? Well, last Monday night Nine ran the last ever Steve Irwin feature called Ocean’s Deadliest and it averaged more than 1.6 million viewers. This week the two programs at 7.30 and 8pm had 600,000 fewer viewers and Eddie’s audience tumbled half a million. Not helping Nine last was the very strong showing by the new US soap on Seven at 9.30pm called Brothers and Sisters: it averaged more than 1.4 million viewers and helped Seven to a clear win on the night. — Glenn Dyer

Virginia the new Maxine: Virginia “Trigger” Trioli is a certainly going to be working hard for her ABC. She takes over from the departed Maxine McKew in hosting Lateline on Friday nights, she’s got her ABC local radio 702 morning show Monday to Fridays and she’s a guest interviewer on the ABC’s Sunday afternoon arts program. Saturday is free, so she’s obviously slacking off. And then there’s the occasional live guest slot on Insiders on Sunday mornings which requires her to return to Melbourne. Trioli will certainly be working a lot harder than Tony Jones, the host of Lateline Mondays to Thursdays. Hosts like Tracy Grimshaw at A Current Affair and Anna Coren on Today Tonight can only observe the working conditions at their ABC and wonder. Lateline people would argue there’s a combination of set piece interview and news reading and hosting each night, and yes there is. But it’s still a fairly easy gig compared to what Trioli will be doing. That’s her decision and five radio shifts a week in high profile mornings is certainly tougher than any TV gig at night, on any network. Trioli has to watch for burnout. She’s a better choice than Ellen Fanning, who some at the ABC were wishing would come home from the Nine Network where she’s due to return as co-host of Sunday next Sunday. Lateline and Lateline Business returned to TV last night. Lateline averaged 234,000 viewers at 10.25pm, Lateline Business, 142,000 viewers at 11pm. — Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners: No matter how they spin it, last night wasn’t the sort of night Nine wanted to see this morning. the Network had high hopes, a new program, The Code, Eddie back in the second ep of 1 vs 100: and while the Allan Border Medal wouldn’t have been a great rater, it was one of the big awards nights of the year. unfortunately the viewers thought otherwise and the result had nothing to do with the broadcast of the Border Medal. The damage was done earlier in the evening and if this is what’s going to happen on a regular basis this year, Nine’s in for 44 weeks of hard labour. A total of 13 programs had a million or more viewers last night. Seven had the first four, starting with Desperate Housewives with 1.533 million from 8.40pm, then Today Tonight with 1.486 million, Seven News was third with 1.458 million. Seven’s new US soap, Brothers and Sisters debuted strong from 9.35pm with 1.437 million. Eddie’s game show, 1 vs 100, was on 1.428 million (1.958 million a week ago) and Seven’s Rich List at 7.30pm averaged 1.395 million, about level with last week. Home and Away averaged 1.248 million, Nine News was eighth with 1.217 million, A Current Affair was next with 1.128 million and The Biggest Loser on Ten at 7pm averaged 1.077 million. Motorway Patrol on Nine at 8pm averaged 1.056 million; the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.008 million and The Code, Nine’s new 7.30pm observational doco averaged 1.001 million, which was an average result. Ten’s Bondi Rescue averaged 987,000 at 8pm, Nine’s broadcast of The Allan Border Medal from 9.30pm 880,000 and Supernatural on Ten at 8.30pm averaged 852,000. The last West Wing on Monday nights on the ABC from 8.30pm averaged 651,000 and wasn’t disturbed by the antics on Nine and Seven. Top Gear on SBS averaged 718,000 viewers from 7.30pm.

The Losers: New eps of Bert’s Family Feud back up to 550,000, Deal or No Deal on Seven with 784,000: low but it’s early days and we still have daylight saving. But do I put The Code here, after just one outing on Nine? No, give it another week or two but its not groundbreaking and it is rather too much like The Force on Seven, with the “beaks” (the magistrates) added. Temptation on Nine, 845,000: it was drooping before The Biggest Loser started on Ten and joined Home and Away in making the game show’s life miserable. A $10,000 a night giveaway won’t be enough.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight were big winners over Nine News and A Current Affair, which should be doing better. Seven News won by 242,000 viewers and Today Tonight by 358,000. The News won Sydney, Brisbane, lost Melbourne to Nine and won Adelaide and Perth. TT did the same with a big win in Sydney, 416,000 to 276,000. The 7pm ABC News had a solid night but The 7.30 Report was weak with 744,000 viewers on average. Ten News averaged 928,000. Nine’s Nightline at 11.35 averaged 489,000 after the Allan Border Medal. Ten’s Late News/Sports Tonight averaged 381,000, the ABC’s Lateline returned with 234,000 and Lateline Business with 142,000; SBS News 266,000, the Late edition, 158,000. In the morning 7am Sunrise on Seven 417,000, 7am Today 247,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a share of 32.3% (27.6% last week) from Nine with 28.2% (34.4%), Ten was third with 19.4% (17.5%) the ABC was on 12.7% (13.3%) and SBS had 7.5% (7.3%). Nine leads the week 32.8% to 27.5% for Seven. Seven won Sydney, lost Melbourne, won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. In regional areas a different result with Nine winning through affiliates WIN/NBN with 31.4% from prime/7Qld with 29.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.1%, the ABC with 11.6% and SBS with 7.7%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A bad night for Eddie, lost the slot as a host (but won Melbourne strongly with 472,000) and lost the night as CEO. 1 vs 100 was blue and bombastic last night, Andrew O’ Keefe was more in control on TRL on Seven and the program itself was cooler and less frenetic than 1 vs 100. Brothers and Sisters is going to cause Nine problems while the program is on at any timeslot. Today and tonight ratings are off and it’s the One Day cricket on Nine suddenly a little more interesting as NZ take on England. Seven is running dead with The Australian Dancesports Championships (warming us up for Dancing With The Stars) and some filler programs, Ten’s highlights are The Biggest Loser from 7pm to 7.30pm and NCIS at 8.30pm and the ABC has a quiet night in. Seven is repeating Heroes and Prison Break from 10.30pm tonight to increase the “sampling”.

Peter Fray

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