• SBS Summer Schedule

    SBS has released information on its upcoming Summer schedule. It will feature new episodes of Mythbusters, Top Gear, Drawn Together, Newstopia, RocKwiz and Shameless. Its new programming will include a local version of the UK’s Who Do You Think You Are, the racy British teen drama Skins, the observational series Real Top Guns and the […]

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  • Nine axes Viva Laughlin

    Channel Nine has axed one of its brightest new hopes, Viva Laughlin, after just one night. The show struggled last night with only 833,000 viewers. Nine had pinned a lot on the musical mystery when it picked up the show midway through the year. It screened the show only days after its US premiere, which […]

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  • Old tricks beaten by New Tricks

    Commercial network programmers should take another look at Saturday nights. Last week the ABC was booming with an audience for New Tricks and several of its other offerings. It indicates an older and somewhat frustrated audience at home on Saturdays. New Tricks was the top show of the night with 1.36m viewers -the #11th biggest […]

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  • Newsman unhappy at Nine reshuffle

    A recent reshuffle at Nine’s Sydney newsroom which has seen Ian Cook installed as Director of News over John Choufiate is creating headaches for Nine. Choufiate is believed to have quit yesterday. According to the Daily Telegraph a Nine spokesperson said, “the Network is in discussions with John and those discussions are continuing.” According to […]

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  • CBS yanks Viva Laughlin

    CBS is pulling all remaining episodes of Viva Laughlin from the schedule effective immediately, after only 2 episodes. The move doesn’t bode well for the Nine Network which premiered last night to a middling 833,000. It was hailed by Nine as one of its bright new acquisitions earlier this year, and the networks had high […]

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  • Seven selling snake show

    Salesmen who used to wander the American frontier were known to peddle snake oil. Now our television networks are about to borrow a leaf from their book. Channel Seven is looking for participants for a new show that will cure them of their fear of snakes. Yowza. “We’re looking for people who wish to be […]

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  • On Set: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

    Like slipping on an old shoe, Eddie McGuire slipped back into the host role of Who Wants to be a Millionaire tonight. I went along to watch this live broadcast, a big hope of Nine’s to turn around its struggling Mondays. This was the first time Nine’s popular show had been produced in about eighteen […]

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  • Foxtel prices up

    Foxtel is increasing and varying its packages from December 1. The basic Get Started package rises from $36.95 to $37.95 a month. The top shelf Platinum Package is up from $101.95 to $105.95. Prices for add-on package, My Sport rise from $15.95 to $17.95. My Escape, My Playtime and My World are up to $16.95 […]

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  • Unholy gag on Idol contestants

    FremantleMedia has banned its Australian Idol contestants from discussing religion in any press interviews, says the Sydney Morning Herald. The shutdown follows ongoing reports, led by Today Tonight, that a number of finalists were members of Hillsong Church. These were refuted by Idol, but contestants were later qualified by TT as being affiliated with the […]

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  • ABC: "It wasn’t us"

    The ABC has refuted claims it was malicious or had any say in cutting the Leaders’ Debate feed to the Nine Network. It claims “The National Press Club was awarded the right to host last night’s Leaders’ Debate, and under the rules had responsibility for organising the broadcast of it. One of the accepted rules […]

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  • Who Killed Channel Nine’s Feed?

    The Liberal Party is being accused of killing Channel Nine’s Leaders’ Debate feed. As expected today the talk is not about the Debate content, but the cut to Nine’s worm. The ABC, in tandem with the Press Club cut the feed at the order of the Liberal Party, says Nine. Nine was told vision was […]

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  • Ratings Week 43

    Saturday:1 New Tricks ABC 1,328,0002 Seven News Seven 1,181,0003 ABC News ABC 1,070,0004 Nine News Saturday Nine 1,064,0005 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine 1,040,0006 Maverick Nine 805,0007 Judge John Deed Seven 799,0008 Lilo & Stitch Seven 789,0009 Thunderbirds Ten 712,00010 The Bill ABC 706,000 Nine 26.3%Seven 23.9%Ten 21.5%ABC 21.3%SBS 7.0% Friday:1 Seven News Seven […]

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