Feb 18, 2013

Media briefs: Meet the Press relaunch … News Corp hires …

Meet the Press is back on Ten with a new look, but have its ratings improved? That story and other media tidbits.

Can Meet the Press top Songs of PraiseWill News Limited rush to highlight the performance of Meet the Press yesterday, seeing as it has teamed up with Ten to produce the show? Some how, I don’t think so. But then inconsistency has always been the hallmark of News Limited’s media criticism. The Australian, you’ll remember, ran a front page “exclusive” last week using out-of-date figures to claim Insiders was tanking in the ratings. Meet the Press averaged 96,000 national viewers yesterday — about the same as it did during the Paul Bongiorno era. Insiders scored 146,000 on ABC1 and 75,000 viewers on News 24. Offsiders at 10.30 am had 239,000 national viewers on ABC1. Even Songs of Praise at 11.30 am had 157,000 national viewers.

To be fair to News, you have to give the new-look MTP — now hosted by ex-Breakfast star Kathryn Robinson — a couple of weeks to settle in. But it does need more promotion. Having Andrew Bolt ahead of it at 10am should help a bit. Why Bolt wasn’t ready to go yesterday is one of the vagaries of TV show produced by a newspaper company whose major shareholder (Lachie Murdoch) is a major shareholder in Ten. It’s a half-hearted look and Ten’s TV management should have done better. — Glenn Dyer

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: Meet the Press relaunch … News Corp hires …

  1. klewso

    More Brits in charge of ANC?
    There’s an indicative, tangible, quantifiable and practical vote in the level of confidence?

  2. The Pav

    Regarding Meet The Press

    The News Ltd association explains much.

    I happened to trip over it on the weekend & Joe Hockey was being inteviewed. He was asked quite a good question which he didn’t answer and they didn’t pin him down but the lady interviewer the made mention of the Pinl Batts fiasco & BER as failures.

    This exhibits the problem and the failure of what must be senior journalists to graps the facts. As has been shown a number of times the Pink Batts was a success as was the BER even allowing with ahigher degree of corruption in NSW

    These myths are being perpetuated by the very persons who are supposed to be the truth seekers.

    What hope do we have?

  3. Jonathan Case

    After decades of subscribing to The Australian I have flipped to the SMH. I can no longer waste time seeking the few grains of viable well-reported wheat (which, thanks to a few stoic, balanced reporters, do remain; sorry guys!) amongst the tonnes of blatantly biased chaff. The article on Insiders, was but one very small example of poor service to the paper’s readers. Goodbye!

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