• 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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  • US writers target FremantleMedia

    The Writers’ Guild of America, which is set to strike at the end of the month, is also up in arms over conditions on productions by FremantleMedia. The union claims writers on shows like The Price is Right, American Idol and Temptation are being denied industry-standard compensation and benefits. “Temptation writers were required to work […]

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  • Nine worm sabotaged says Ray

    Ray Martin says someone sabotaged Nine’s feed of the Leaders’ Debate. At the end of the telecast Martin apologised to viewers for a loss of picture, which was covered by switching to Sky News instead. “So much for free speech,” he said. The Nine Network superimposed the famous worm, registering viewer feelings on the two […]

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  • Official Debate Thread

    Oh is it time to wake up again? Gee that was dull telly. It only became fleetingly interesting when the two leaders got to ask each others questions and disagree with each other. Dull content, dull presentation, 30 mins too long. On one point I’m with Howard: I don’t want three of these. And who […]

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