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Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer —

Crikey business and media commentator

Circulation figures are out: the good and bad news

Circulation figures are out: the good and bad news

No wonder ACP Magazines shook up management at Australian Women’s Weekly earlier this year, changing editors and then pushing through a $3 million re-design that will emerge next month. Circulation figures for the ACP profit giant show that in the six months to June, it lost 30,700 copies, more than a thousand copies a week. […]

Julie McCrossin for 702 breakfast

Julie McCrossin for 702 breakfast

The ABC yesterday revealed that Julie McCrossin would drop into the breakfast slot in a fortnight’s time. She is a former presenter on the ABC’s Life Matters program on Radio National where she has interviewed and reported for five years. She is, however, a comedian at heart, having briefly had her own ABC TV show […]

The Women's Weekly continues its slide

The Women's Weekly continues its slide

What’s happening to the grande dame of Australian magazines, the Women’s Weekly? Circulation figures for the ACP giant released today show that it lost 30,700 copies an issue in the six months to June, taking its circulation to 640,136, compared to 670,826 at the end of 2004 and more than 680,000 a year ago: a […]

Foxtel's positive result

Foxtel's positive result

Revenues at Foxtel topped the billion dollars for the first time in the year to June, according to figures released in the News Corp accounts in New York today. They jumped 22% to more than a billion bucks: $1.064 million to be exact, as subscriber numbers passed the million mark, also for the first time. […]

Accelerating losses at Gordon and Gotch

Accelerating losses at Gordon and Gotch

There’s confirmation today that for all the touted benefits of outsourcing, some deals just don’t work. As expected, printing group PMP delivered lower earnings, with EBITDA falling 3.5% to just over $72 million. But the real surprise was in the results for the Gordon and Gotch magazine distribution business, where losses accelerated sharply in the […]

Ziggy gets $10m as Ted Pretty also departs

Ziggy gets $10m as Ted Pretty also departs

Telstra’s Ted Pretty, “Mr Black Skivvy,” and a close confidant of former CEO, Ziggy Switkowski, has become the first old Telstra senior executive to follow his boss out the door. This statement, released amid the flood of 2005 results information today, reveals Ted’s decision to depart. Well, actually, it wasn’t his decision. The announcement reveals […]

Business writers reshuffle at Fin Review and SMH

Business writers reshuffle at Fin Review and SMH

Chris Lacy is not the only Fairfax business gossip writer moving. While she’s departing Fairfax for the Nine Network in Sydney as communications director, Angus Grigg, the Rear Window columnist on The Financial Review, is moving elsewhere in the paper. He will be replaced by James Chessell, from The Sydney Morning Herald, who would have […]

Seven's cheap Australian Idol bash

Seven's cheap Australian Idol bash

Naughty, naughty Seven Network and Today Tonight. The second bashing in just over a fortnight on Wednesday night of Ten’s Australian idol and its ‘Mr Nasty’ Sydney disc jockey, Kyle Sandilands, produced a flood of hypocrisy. First off there was the vision and short audio grab of Renee Geyer used to back a point in […]

More belt tightening at Nine?

More belt tightening at Nine?

There are reports from the Nine Network of another budget cut being ordered by management as the toll from the recent job cutting rises past 100. Program heads and executive producers were told earlier this week by Ian Audsley, the chief operating officer, that another 10% budget cut had been decided on. Around 50 to […]

David Murray's finest hour

David Murray's finest hour

Why is the Commonwealth Bank bashing the Financial Sector Union over last year’s attempt by the union to use the annual meeting to attack the ongoing restructuring program of its retail operations? The question arises after the bank produced a strong result to farewell David Murray from his long reign as the CBA’s first chief […]