Well there may be chaos on world financial markets but there’s complete stability at the top of the Media Monitors Top 20 this week, and you would expect there to be little change for at least the next few weeks to come as economics dominates, the only question will be whether Peter Costello will maintain his new found love of talking to the media for longer than his contractual obligations may possibly require.

The Premiers were the big movers thanks to COAG, with the release of the Garnaut Report moving Penny Wong in to the Top Ten, although Bob Brown won’t be too chuffed about his level of coverage in what was meant to be a big week for discussing climate change.

Anthony Albanese the biggest mover of all as the pollies debated whether the Infrastructure Fund is just an old fashioned slush bucket or long overdue action on crumbling links, while Brendan Nelson moved off the list completely, but stayed in all our hearts.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

21,022

1,000

2

0

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

359

304

415

830

12,693

477

3

0

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

399

413

580

473

9,854

466

4

0

Premier

Nathan Rees

203

190

52

583

8,005

257

5

3

Backbench

Peter Costello

137

129

176

340

5,238

196

6

-1

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

214

107

217

169

3,378

177

7

2

Shadow

Julie Bishop

115

170

182

212

4,029

170

8

9

Premier

Anna Bligh

246

196

99

88

2,659

158

9

2

Premier

John Brumby

198

190

136

90

2,711

153

10

8

Cabinet

Penny Wong

102

82

125

120

2,299

107

11

13

WA Opp Ld

Colin Barnett

25

149

74

126

2,542

94

12

14

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

62

91

4

125

2,001

70

13

12

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

121

59

6

84

1,415

68

14

0

NSW Opp Ld

Barry O’Farrell

12

99

23

134

2,167

67

15

1

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

18

6

62

154

1,976

60

16

4

Premier

Mike Rann

66

52

72

36

989

56

17

-11

Minor Party

Steve Fielding

27

29

59

114

1,663

58

18

1

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

36

50

55

64

1,212

51

19

-4

Cabinet

Jenny Macklin

78

69

3

50

1,041

50

20

-10

Party leader

Bob Brown

44

74

6

74

1,322

50

Not much interest in politicians on talkback last week, as football and local concerns dominated.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

195

2

Malcolm Turnbull

113

3

Anna Bligh

76

4

Wayne Swan

50

5

Peter Costello

48

The search for Ms Lapthorne received 50% more coverage on television than the Prime Minister over the week, and overall received 50% more coverage than any other politician.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Britt Lapthorne

249

761

1,546

276

12,488

708

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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