Insiders trumps Bolt Report in 2015. Insiders finished 2015 clearly in front of the Sunday morning chat shows -- with daylight in second -- and well clear of the self-indulgent contribution from Andrew Bolt on The Bolt Report, which also went on a summer holiday yesterday.
It is a tribute to Barrie Cassidy and the producers of Insiders that it has established clear supremacy on a Sunday morning. Like with Laura Tingle from the Fin Review and Laurie Oakes from Nine, you know what you get from Cassidy every Sunday morning: interesting, informative political discussion and insight. Contrast that to what you get from The Bolt Report, where its hard to work out the dividing line between comment, personal views and ideology. The TV audience certainly has worked out where the dividing line is and they clearly prefer Insiders.
Another big difference between Insiders and Bolt is the entertaining video story telling efforts of Huw Parkinson, which won him a Walkley gong last week (and deservedly so). Reporting/storytelling is no longer the preserve of print or linear TV forms. -- Glenn Dyer