Nine dances its ratings away. The Nine Network continues to give Australian TV viewers turkeys. And, it’s not even Christmas. Tuesday night it was Dance Your Ass Off and last night it was Australia’s Perfect Couple. Dance Your Ass Off averaged 797,000 over 90 minutes of taste-jarring action from 7.30 pm; last night Couples averaged 798,000 for an hour from 7.30 pm that gave us beige TV of the worst kind: boring.

In fact the Nine Network fell to fourth from 7.30pm to 8.30pm as The 7.30 Report and The New Inventors on the ABC had more viewers, along with The Simpsons on Ten and Seven’s new program, World’s Strictest Parents — which is not much better than Nine’s program in terms of content and credibility yet rated strongly, averaging 1.541 million. That almost doubled the audience for Nine’s program.

Australia’s Perfect Couple presenter Jules Lund continued his light touch to program hosting and participation: any one remember Hole in the Wall, Fresh, Big Questions and Dancing on Ice? And who can forget Things To Do Before You Die? Lund can now add Australia’s Perfect Couple to his CV. He would have been better off staying on Getaway. — Glenn Dyer

Boyle bumps Bama The unlikely collision of spinster-songstress and commander-in-chief came about when the White House determined it was time for Barack Obama to hold his fourth prime-time news conference since coming to office. Normally, the four broadcast networks in America bow to such requests without much fuss… But not this time. — The Independent UK

Interview with media consultant Robert Picard In this webcast, recorded live on July 21, Monitor Editor John Yemma talks with media consultant Robert Picard, the author of this article, about newspapers, print media, and the future of journalism. — CS Monitor

Local news should be treated like a utility Editor-in-chief of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger said the gradual disappearance of local journalism worried him.  “This bit of journalism is going to have to be done by somebody,” Rusbridger said. “It makes me worry about all of those public authorities and courts which will in future operate without any kind of systematic public scrutiny. I don’t think our legislators have begun to wake up to this imminent problem as we face the collapse of the infrastructure of local news in the press and broadcasting.” — The Guardian

20 Film and Television Directors to Follow on Twitter Though their names may be a lot less recognizable, the behind-the-scenes Hollywood workhorses can be the most fun to follow because they can offer unprecedented access to film sets, share movie news, are less afraid to engage directly with fans, and tend to be pretty candid. For this post, we’ve decided to focus on the directors behind some of our favorite flicks and sitcoms. — Mashable

The business of gossip Us Weekly thrives on features like “Worst Wardrobe Malfunctions,” a photo gallery now on its Web site that includes such embarrassing moments as young “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson with her dress falling open up to the waist. A focus on such things is a marked change from the celebrity journalism of the ’80s and ’90s, former editor Min notes…the whole relationship shifted, Min says, along with the very definition of a celebrity, a process that coincided with the rise of reality TV. — Miami Herald

Pretty v ugly: either way, female reporters lose So Andrews is punished for being pretty. But somehow she deserves it, because everyone assumes the only reason she was hired by ESPN was her appearance…And at the same time, I am punished for not being pretty. Despite more than 20 years of experience as a sports reporter, I would never be considered for a job like Andrews’s precisely because of my appearance. — True/Slant