• Outrageous programming misfortune

    In one of the more unusual oddities that can only be put down to Australian summer programming, the offbeat NZ drama Outrageous Fortune is about to screen on two networks at the same time. TEN recently started screening the second series late night. Nine had previously screened the first series, which it is about to […]

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  • Ratings Week 48

    The final week of ratings for 2007 Saturday:1 Shrek The Halls Nine 1,301,0002 Seven News – Sat Seven 1,154,0003 ABC News-Sat ABC 1,135,0004 Doc Martin Rpt ABC 1,076,0005 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine 990,0006 Nine News Saturday Nine 977,0007 Elf Nine 902,0008 Judge John Deed Seven 794,0009 High School Musical 2 Seven 780,00010 World’s […]

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  • Natalie crowned Australian Idol 2007

    25 year old Natalie Gauci has won Australian Idol. Gauci from Melbourne pipped 17yo Matt Corby from Cronulla, NSW on the eve of her 26th birthday. After a mammoth 3 hr telecast hosts Andrew G and James Mathison announced Gauci as the winner at the Sydney Opera House. “Are you sure? I can’t believe this […]

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  • Idol finale dogged by technical disasters

    Network TEN’s Australian Idol finale didn’t get off to a good start. Screening live from the Sydney Opera House, a string of technical problems unhitched TEN’s big night from the get go. Screens went dead at the start of the broadcast. Microphones played havoc with sound dropping in and out. The ten year reunion of […]

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  • Vale: Matt Price

    The Australian journalist Matt Price has died aged 45. Price was diagnosed with brain tumours in September. Editor in chief Chris Mitchell, said today: “Matt’s colleagues at The Australian, at News Limited and in the wider media and political community are devastated at the news of his death. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his […]

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  • Auditions: Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

    Cameron Harris Casting is now accepting entries for its 2008 season of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Kids should send a 3 min DVD or VHS showreel. (DV or Mini DV tapes will NOT be accepted). Last time the producers had asked applicants to “tell us about yourself, demonstrate some of your skills […]

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  • A Me Too week slips from grasp

    Week 47, the penultimate week of ratings, was a week in which Mary settled with SBS, Ray pitched for his own show (again), TEN announced its 2008 slate at the same time as its old Nunawading studios were earmarked for sale,Foxtel announced a second season of Satisfaction, McLeod’s Daughters was axed, SBS announced a local […]

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  • May the force be with you….

    Saturday November 24th 20077:30pm TEN. Movie: The Empire Strikes BackAll other channels. Election results. Darth Vader: “Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the […]

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  • Politics sinks Nine’s Friday

    Keep away from politics. That was the message from Channel Nine’s Friday night ratings after it came third behind the ABC for the evening. Nine’s 1 hr Current Affair Election special sank beyond all recognition against the might of regular programming by Seven, TEN and even the ABC. Categorising into two 30 minute programmes resulted […]

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  • First Mary, now Stan?

    Speculation is gathering that Stan Grant is to step down from SBS’ World News Australia. The rumours follow yesterday’s announcement of a settlement between former newsreader Mary Kostakidis and SBS. According to The Australian, the SBS Christmas party this week was abuzz with talk that Grant had quit, either to join the al-Jazeera network, or […]

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  • Parky fights back farewell tears

    Sir David Attenborough, Sir Michael Caine, Jamie Cullum, Dame Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, David Beckham, Peter Kay and Dame Edna Everage gathered for the final recording of Parkinson‘s chat show. The legendary host is retiring after 36 years. Parky fought back tears in the studio, saying, “Over the years it has been a privilege to […]

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  • Vote 1 BB auditions

    Channel TEN what have you subjected us to? An online barrage of rabid YouTube fans pleading for us to vote them into next year’s Big Brother house. Great. Out of the fat of one election campaign and into the fire of another. Meet David, Rhys, Beth and Tom. They all want us to vote them […]

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