Coming to the end of serious play for 2008, the Media Monitors’ Top 20 list seems to reflect the current state of media coverage pretty well, with Julia Gillard continuing her rise up the rankings, and the PM getting roughly three times as much coverage as a rotating group of his two most senior ministers, the Opposition Leader and the NSW Premier.

The big movement is in the latter half of the top 10, with Simon Crean as Acting Foreign Minister jumping 33 spots — mainly owing to the Mumbai attacks and the Bangkok blockade, but also the passing of his father, Whitlam minister Frank Crean — while Stephen Smith also received plenty of coverage on Mumbai before heading off to Brussels.

Julie Bishop scratched her way up to eighth position, although Joe Hockey was the only supposed candidate for her job that also made it into the list.

Andrew Robb came in 21st and Tony Abbott maintained his monk-like silence.

TW

Move

Position

Politician

Press Index

Radio Index

TV Index

Internet Index

Raw total

INDEX

1

0

PM

Kevin Rudd

956

1,000

1,000

990

24,010

986

2

1

Cabinet

Julia Gillard

284

359

325

332

8,120

325

3

3

Cabinet

Wayne Swan

193

375

471

254

7,794

323

4

0

Opp Leader

Malcolm Turnbull

215

344

254

346

7,797

290

5

0

Premier

Nathan Rees

160

237

83

397

6,877

219

6

-4

Premier

Anna Bligh

220

198

201

131

4,038

187

7

16

Cabinet

Stephen Smith

109

278

178

153

4,591

179

8

6

Shadow

Julie Bishop

65

180

198

90

3,210

133

9

33

Cabinet

Simon Crean

35

194

154

19

2,233

100

10

-2

Cabinet

Nicola Roxon

94

167

51

84

2,465

99

11

-4

Cabinet

Peter Garrett

80

46

51

157

2,497

84

12

0

Shadow

Joe Hockey

33

48

82

111

2,029

68

13

0

Cabinet

Penny Wong

62

98

17

82

1,801

65

14

-5

Premier

John Brumby

73

82

43

50

1,431

62

15

9

Cabinet

Lindsay Tanner

33

58

15

133

2,078

60

16

6

Premier

Colin Barnett

49

72

66

50

1,425

59

17

1

Independent

Nick Xenophon

54

42

57

34

999

47

18

3

Premier

Mike Rann

56

64

29

17

827

41

19

7

Backbench

Barnaby Joyce

20

81

37

24

1,020

40

20

-10

Cabinet

Anthony Albanese

59

23

16

61

1,031

40

Malcolm Turnbull will be happier with this list, as will Nathan Rees — nowhere to be seen.

Rank

Politician

Talkback

1

Kevin Rudd

425

2

Malcolm Turnbull

253

3

Julia Gillard

211

4

Wayne Swan

146

5

Anna Bligh

95

For once, the Old Norse words will be flying in a different direction in the Ramsay household, while we hear the working title for Gordon’s new seafood restaurant in Melbourne is ‘Caught on the Shag’.

Press

Radio

TV

Internet

Total

INDEX

Gordon Ramsay

111

87

121

173

1,739

90

There’s more on the Media Monitors website.

 

Peter Fray

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