May 2019 archive

The first Media Watch

YouTube: igth4t It is 30 years since Media Watch made its debut on ABC. The first episode, broadcast on 8 May 1989, packed a lot into its quarter hour episode. It reviewed media coverage of the release from a Thai prison of rugby league star Paul Hayward; the reporting by Sydney media into the shooting …

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The Footy Show vanishes with a whimper

Nine‘s Melbourne-based The Footy Show made a quiet exit this week, ending a 25-year run without the on-air talent even knowing until after the curtain had fallen. Even considering it’s been on death row for a while, Nine’s eventual decision to axe the revamped show after disastrous ratings this year barely acknowledged that it was …

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SBS bringing movies back home

SBS has announced plans to launch a new 24-hour-a-day movie channel from 1 July. The new channel will broadcast in high definition. SBS will become the only Australian network to have three high-definition channels, with SBS on Channel 30, SBS Viceland on 31 and the new channel on 32. The new channel marks a significant …

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Your Money channel to close

Your Money, the joint venture channel between Nine Network and Sky News Australia, is to cease transmission on 17 May. The closure of the channel, which launched only last October and replaced Sky News Business, comes after the recent demise of the joint venture’s stand alone website, with online content now being published on News …

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David Anderson appointed ABC MD

ABC has announced the formal appointment of David Anderson to the position of Managing Director. He had been acting in the role since September last year, following the departure of Michelle Guthrie from the position. In a media statement issued Friday, ABC Chair Ita Buttrose welcomed Anderson to the role: “Mr Anderson is an exceptional …

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Obituary: Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson, sporting commentator and TV compere of the 1960s and 1970s, has died at the age of 90. Williamson had worked at radio stations 3AK and 3AW before joining HSV7, Melbourne, in the late 1950s. He was one of the channel’s first football commentators and also hosted the weekly panel show Football Inquest. His …

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