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Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer —

Crikey business and media commentator

What will the bosses do about nepotism at ACP?

What will the bosses do about nepotism at ACP?

Nice item in today’s Australian Media section which neatly exposes a piece of favouritism, verging on nepotism, at ACP’s newest magazine, Madison: “Public relations director for The Arc Factory, Jane McFadden, must have been thrilled with her double-page spread in the June issue of ACP title Madison. She featured as a successful 27-year-old career woman […]

Here is the news from Channel Ten: it's turmoil here

Here is the news from Channel Ten: it's turmoil here

In a quiet but significant move, the news editor of the Ten Network’s Sydney news, Jason Morrison, has jumped ship and returned to John Singleton’s 2GB with a new title of current affairs director. It sounds like a job that was invented for him – and it was. Morrison had been at Ten for for […]

Is Multiplex the next Mainline?

Is Multiplex the next Mainline?

There’s a joke circulating that won’t amuse nervy investors worried about property and developer stocks. How do you spell Multiplex? M-a-i-n-l-i-n-e. Mainline collapsed in 1974, precipitating the credit squeeze and property collapse triggered by the inflation-first policies of the Whitlam government. On one day, Westpac (then the Bank of NSW) had to go into the […]

Ratings: an easy win for Nine

Ratings: an easy win for Nine

Nine is boasting about the success of Temptation at 7pm, but its 5pm to 6pm timeslot is looking really ill with Seven’s repeats of M*A*S*H plus Deal or No Deal absolutely creaming the opposition. Deal or No Deal pulled more than a million people at 5:30pm for the second night in a row and came […]

Reading the news? It's a no-brainer

Reading the news? It's a no-brainer

John Humphrys is a well known Pommy former newsreader and TV presenter with some very definite views on his “profession.” He told The Independent in London this week that reading the news needed “no brain.” “I used to read the Nine O’Clock News. It isn’t work, whatever anybody says. You get paid a lot of […]

Multiplex shares plummet in morning trading

Multiplex shares plummet in morning trading

As expected, Multiplex shareholders voted with their wallets and sold their shares at the rate of more than a million a minute in the first hour of trading this morning. At one stage the company’s shares had plunged 99c to a low of $2.27 from the previous close of $3.26, before recovering to $2.48 by […]

Seven's Corby frustrations go to air

Seven's Corby frustrations go to air

When wearing a microphone, the first thing people in TV are told is “consider it’s live and you are always on air.” Seven host Chris Reason spent the weekend pondering the wisdom of that old TV admonition. During the Seven coverage of the Corby verdict on Friday, he was heard within Seven’s newsroom to be […]

Ratings: Nine tempts viewers

Ratings: Nine tempts viewers

Australians were tempted last night, but they were also still interested in desperation among some American housewives. The successful resurrection of Sale of the Century, now called Temptation, will please Nine, but the opening night’s 1.626 million national audience won’t last. Nine will be happy if it settles at the 1.2 million level and makes […]

The link between drugs and betting turnover

The link between drugs and betting turnover

Amid the continuing hype in the battle between Tabcorp’s Sky Channel and TVN, owned by the Sydney and Melbourne race clubs, comes a little whisper that the recent cracking of some major drug importation rings has put a big dent in betting turnover, especially among Sydney bookmakers. According to punters, bookmaker turnovers in Sydney for […]

Ten's Idol hopes

Ten's Idol hopes

After the failure of the X-Factor, Ten is happy with the performance of Big Brother, and no doubt looking forward to its ratings mainstay, Australian Idol. So how are the auditions going around the country? Brisbane seems to have turned up quite a few promising performers, and one or two contenders, which is very good […]