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Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer —

Crikey business and media commentator

Does the new ABC Complaints Tribunal lack credibility?

Does the new ABC Complaints Tribunal lack credibility?

There was more than the odd eyebrow raised around the ABC when its revamped Independent Complaints Tribunal was revealed a few weeks ago. The revamp seems to be acceptable to those against whom the complaints are made – the denziens of News and Current Affairs. But the composition of the new panel has raised queries […]

The Kennedy Funeral – a not so happy compromise

The Kennedy Funeral – a not so happy compromise

Forget all the talk in some papers that today’s funeral service for Graham Kennedy has united the warring Nine and Seven Networks. Nothing could be further from the truth. Seven is in the driver’s seat and Nine is tagging along with its reputation taking a battering over its parsimonious approach to Kennedy’s funeral.This story in […]

Hendo's senior moment

Hendo's senior moment

Sydney news reading legend Brian Henderson will be back on the box this week “top and tailing” a three part special on the Queen’s Windsor Castle, while Nine gives McLeod’s Daughters a mid-year rest. Hendo will be reading all his links from an autocue, which is a good thing given his apparent off the cuff […]

How Nine lost the Kennedy memorial broadcast

How Nine lost the Kennedy memorial broadcast

The Nine Network TWICE rejected an approach to telecast tomorrow’s memorial service for Graham Kennedy from his friend, Tony Sattler, then changed its mind and “harangued” him when he would not agree to its terms. Crikey can reveal that Nine baulked at added costs of a mere $12,000 for extra TV monitors. In doing so […]

Rating the Sunday morning shows

Rating the Sunday morning shows

No mention on Business Sunday yesterday of last Sunday’s little error: the one where “Business Editor”, Ross Greenwood forecast that David Murray, the Commonwealth Bank chief, had the top job at Telstra. Oops. The CBA and Murray denying any move (or any meeting with Prime Minister Howard) twice, once on Monday, once on Tuesday. So […]

Ratings: few Sunday night laughs for Seven

Ratings: few Sunday night laughs for Seven

Seven tried something a bit different last night – a new sketch comedy from 8:30pm. And viewers were not amused, staying instead with the tried and true CSI, as well as Big Brother and yet another Da Vinci Code special. It wasn’t a good night for Seven. The final episode of My Restaurant Rules fizzed […]

Qantas and BA – a dodgy deal?

Qantas and BA – a dodgy deal?

The ACCC recently extended its approval of the joint services agreement between Qantas and Britain Airways covering the so-called “Kangaroo Route” between Australia and London. It was a poor deal, and it’s just been exposed by the far better terms negotiated by our cousins across the Tasman. The New Zealand government today announced an agreement […]

US ratings

US ratings

Fox and CBS ended up winning the US ratings battle for 2004-2005 that ended this week. Fox won the youth market for the first time: that’s the 18 to 49 group, while CBS finished top in the broader 25 to 54 group and was a very close second in the 18 to 49 group. The […]

ACA and

ACA and "rude" Sydney

Your never going to believe this, sorry, hang on its tabloid TV repeating itself, you will believe. The Nine Network’s A Current Affair has done yet another rip-off of an idea from the Sydney Daily Telegraph. But it’s no ordinary rip-off, it was a rip-off of a stunt that backfired on the Tele a few […]

Red Symons to go non-commercial

Red Symons to go non-commercial

Melbourne ABC local radio breakfast announcer Red Symons is facing a drop in income when a “pre-existing arrangement with a commercial company” – believed to be a deal to spruik for a hardware chain on TV – expires. This week’s Senate Estimates Committee hearings on the ABC saw the question of his outside commercial interests […]