Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: turn off, tune out, drop out

The royal baby has arrived (yawn), and the networks will be falling all over themselves to babble about it. Go do something else.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Viewing warning: Viewer discretion is required from now until at least 8pm. Do not, repeat do not watch TV for the rest of today (I’m sorry I couldn’t issue this warning earlier) until at least 8pm or later — a royal babe reporting alert has been issued. Viewers are asked to be alert to risks of a tsunami of “news special” gush that could that could place your sanity at risk of being derailed by media overkill. You could turn out like those presenters in London, gibbering idiots, and end up reading only No Idea and Woman’s Play (watch out for the royal babe special from both mags later this week as well). Ten has already announced a half-hour royal gush special (disguised cunningly as “news”) at 6pm. Seven and Nine have extended their early morning shows, Sunrise and Today. News “specials” will appear during the day. Seven has a one-hour news at 6pm in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There’s the normal half-hour news in Adelaide and Perth and local editions of Today Tonight. It’s full-on reporting of a birth notice!


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