• Pay TV pressures ALP against Kids’ TV

    The ALP is yet to throw its support behind a new kids channel, ABC3. It is believed to have been pressured by the subscription television industry against the idea. The Howard government has committed to $82m, leading to glowing praise from ABC’s Kim Dalton. “Australian parents know and trust the ABC brand because of the […]

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  • Ratings Week 47

    Saturday:1 Australia Votes 2007 ABC 1,112,0002 Seven News – Sat Seven 1,106,0003 Seven News Election Special: Your Call 07 Seven 967,0004 Nine News Saturday Nine 862,0005 Star Wars: Episode V Rpt Ten 829,0006 Election 2007 Nine 763,0007 Deadliest Catch Ten 743,0008 Ten News At Five Sat Ten 691,0009 Seven News Election Special: Your Call 07-Early […]

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  • No Bingo and no Mint either

    Last week A Current Affair got stuck into Seven’s National Bingo Night with claims that it is a scam, designed to keep viewers watching. ACA looked at a string of bingo forms and concluded that common numbers appeared on most forms, resulting in numerous viewers always having 4 out of the lucky 5 numbers. One […]

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  • So who would Rudd turn gay for?

    Kevin Rudd put in a sporting appearance tonight on Rove, after the PM has long avoided the show. But it was McManus’ famous ‘$20 dollars in 20 seconds’ that had everyone in anticipation. Would he ask his final “Who would you turn gay for?” Sure enough, he threw the question Kevin’s way. Rudd, who knew […]

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  • Idol: And who picked that single?

    As another year of Australian Idol draws to a close both Matt Corby and Natalie Gauci tonight unveiled their potential debut single. “Here I Am” is written by one-time Backstreet Boys writers Lindy Robbins and Tom Leonard. And boy does it show. It sounds like a Backsteet B side reject, a dreary piece of soppy […]

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  • ABC storms Seven’s teacup

    Ratings Week 46 was the week the Chaser invaded Today Tonight and attracted melodramatic media attention, the three commercial networks agreed to host an EPG, an actress told our producers the state of childrens’ telly was unacceptable, a media mogul said TEN was overpriced and GTV9 hit the property market. The raid from ABC upon […]

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  • Clips and Specks

    Those of you getting excited over the upcoming final of Spicks and Specks might need to sit down for this. It’s now clear that Wednesday’s final is merely a clip show. It might have been nice if this was evident in the original ABC Guide that was sent out. TV Tonight also spoke with one […]

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  • Nine hires Young Doctors

    Despite talk that it was destined for Network TEN, Channel Nine has signed the remake of The Young Doctors. Nine CEO David Gyngell is believed to have signed a deal with FremantleMedia, formerly Grundy Productions. Fremantle’s Mark Fennessy told the Sunday Telegraph the show would be a primetime cross between Grey’s Anatomy and The Secret […]

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  • ABC host feels snubbed by Rudd

    The ABC’s Barrie Cassidy is so miffed that Kevin Rudd has failed to appear on his Insiders show that he is urging a media war. “There are only two programs that focus exclusively on politics – Insiders and Meet The Press. He hasn’t done either in this campaign and he’s not going to,” Cassidy told […]

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  • US Kath: ‘Need to find Kim soon’

    Saturday Night Live’s Molly Shannon has spoken about her upcoming role in the US version of Kath and Kim. “I love the mother-daughter relationship, and I think it’s so relatable. But it is hard because the two women that created it [are] so perfect,” she told Seattle PI. “I could never imitate what they do. […]

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  • Dirty Sexy gets the Money shot

    American drama Dirty Sexy Money has been given the go ahead for a full series. It is a surprising show of faith in the the middle of the writers’ strike. The drama by ABC features Peter Krause (Six Feet Under) as an attorney to the eccentric, wealthy Darling family headed by Donald Sutherland and Jill […]

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  • Strike talks to resume

    The WGA and the AMPTP will resume negotiations on November 26. No other press statements will be issued. “Those in the process say the studios’ sudden responsiveness is a direct result of three thousand writers in the streets, our Internet / communications strategy, and especially showrunners’ actions,” said an email to the United Showrunners. Picketing […]

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