• Megan in a Gale over ACA

    Model Megan Gale is said to be unhappy with A Current Affair after a report last night sought to highlight rivalry with Seven’s Jennifer Hawkins. Gale was interviewed about her new suntan lotion, but fielded questions which compared her with Hawkins. Promos for the show said she would “unload on Jennifer Hawkins.” According to Confidential […]

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  • A day in Newstopia

    This afternoon, thanks to SBS, I took a set visit to a recording of Newstopia, Shaun Micallef’s news parody which started last week. The show is being shot in Melbourne, at the ABC’s Ripponlea studios no less, because SBS production in Melbourne is predominantly Radio rather than TV. Watching this being put together it’s clear […]

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  • Win a week with The Chaser

    The ABC is offering a prize of a week behind the scenes of The Chaser for the person who can best sledge off the Election. Budding satirists can submit monologues, mash-ups, animations or sketches in which they comment on the campaign and the players. “Humour not abuse” is what the judges are looking for. The […]

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  • 7HD launches

    A silent launch of Seven’s new high-def channel 7HD took place last night with the screening of the movie The 25th Hour at 10:30pm and welcome messages from Anna Coren, David Koch, Sonia Kruger and Matthew White. There were also sneak peeks of next week’s Prison Break, Bionic Woman and Heroes. Seven was due to […]

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  • Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    Australian Idol‘s Marcia Hines yesterday told radio listeners she was considering leaving after the end of this season. Hines was furious with Mark Holden’s judgement of Ben McKenzie on Sunday night’s show, claiming he was being picked on. “You took up most of my time talking shit,” she directed at Holden. “I’m leaving (because) I […]

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  • Idol shock as Ben goes

    Australian Idol fans are in outrage, and very possibly tears, as one of the show’s favourite singers, 17yo Ben McKenzie was sent packing on Monday night. McKenzie sang Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” on Sunday, but landed in the bottom two alongside hot favourite Matt Corby. As with most Idol years, there is a mid-series shock […]

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  • Not quite fringe

    Thought I might post one for the arty fans. The ABC is screening a 3 part series, Not Quite Art that believes there is life outside mainstream art galleries. Host Marcus Westbury, founder of the This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle and the former director of Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, investigates various artistic […]

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  • ARIA win for ABC Choir

    Congratulations to the Choir of Hard Knocks which has picked up an ARIA Fine Arts Award for best soundtrack / cast / show album. The popular ABC show won the award at the ARIA Fine Arts Awards held at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music on Monday night. The choir can add the gong to its already-impressive […]

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  • Directors Awards announced

    The Inaugural Directors Awards were held on the weekend at the Screen Directors Conference in Sydney. The winners in the television category included Wilfred, Bastard Boys and All Saints. For more info see below. Television TelemovieDirector: Jessica Hobbs for CurtinDirector: Ray Quint for Bastard BoysDirector: Matthew Saville for The King ComedyDirector: Tony Rogers for Wilfred […]

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  • Hole in the Wall or hole in their head?

    Japanese game show Hole in the Wall is rumoured to have been picked up by the Nine Network for an Australian version. If this clip is anything to go by, I certainly hope not. Two teams of three compete against each other to make their bodies fit into a ‘hole in the wall.’ Contestants must […]

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  • Ratings Week 42

    Saturday:1 New Tricks ABC 1,361,0002 Seven News Seven 1,240,0003 ABC News ABC 1,221,0004 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine 1,197,0005 Nine News Saturday Nine 1,061,0006 Movie: Are We There Yet? Nine 898,0007 Gardening Australia ABC 830,0008 The Bill ABC 818,000 Nine: 26.7Seven: 24.2ABC: 24.0Ten: 18.3SBS: 6.8Friday:1 Better Homes And Gardens Seven 1,462,0002 Seven News Seven […]

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  • Angela Bishop has a baby

    Call the papparazzi, Angela Bishop has just become a mum! Congrats to her and hubby Peter Baikie on the birth of Amelia born on Friday night. And who else but Angela, or at least her mates at TEN, would put out a Press Release on the announcement. No word if there was a red carpet […]

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