ABC cancels Big Ideas. Another show has fallen victim to the ABC's cancellations. Big Ideas, which aired Mondays and Fridays on ABC1 and was fronted by Monash Uni politics lecturer and media commentator Waleed Aly, will not be returning in 2015. It's a curious cut, as the program largely aired speeches and the like already given elsewhere, giving them a wider audience while presumably putting little pressure on the ABC's purse. In a statement on the Big Ideas Facebook page, the show's team writes:
"It has been our absolute pleasure to bring you 172 hours of high-quality, low-cost television each year. Hours of ideas, debate and intellectual thought that has covered a wide breadth of subjects including; politics, education, literature, environment, religion, philosophy, science, health, law, ethics, business, arts and many more. "We are proud to have been the go-to place for Australian students, academics, scientists, designers, business leaders, educators and the larger public who are working on and curious about ideas, current debates and the issues of our time."
Big Ideas was created by Peter McEvoy, the EP also behind the ABC's Q&A program. Crikey has heard but has been unable to confirm by deadline that the axing came as a shock to the program's staff, who were allegedly told on Friday night the show wouldn't go ahead next year. The last Big Ideas will air on November 30. Last week, satirical news program The Roast announced it had also been cancelled by ABC management. -- Myriam Robin Extra extra, read all about it. The University of NSW has released the results of The Australian Study of Health and Relationships, the second part of an in-depth study aimed at figuring out just what Australians get up to under the covers. The study contacted 20,000 men and women aged between 16 and 69 (really) via phone, poking and prodding them about their sexual exploits (or lack thereof). The results: Australians are having less sex, but in more interesting ways compared to a decade ago. In fact, the study found the number of times most Australians "do the deed" is 1.4 times a week. And while you might not have been having sex over the weekend, you were probably reading about it. The Age (along with a number of other publications) couldn’t help but extensively report and comment on the findings, in vivid detail. The Saturday Age alone contained, in its dead tree edition, three articles about the survey; by comparison, the number of articles on the upcoming state election in the same issue was two (and journos didn’t bother interviewing a sexologist for either of them). In the same issue, next weekend’s G20 Summit had three stories, although no infographics or statistics asking members if they “participated in role play or dressing up”. If nothing else, we can thank this dogged reporting for some fantastic mental imagery. Take this quote from sexologist Sarah Calleja: “I’d say boomers are having the most rewarding sex.” -- Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov  The Sat Paper gets creative. Morry Schwartz's new newspaper has for some time made creative use of Twitter mentions to advertise itself in its own pages. But this Saturday's effort really takes the cake.

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