Tag: Sky News

Battered by boycotts, will Sky News now ditch its right-wing formula?

The question remains  what damage does this blind chase for dollars do to social cohesion when a corporation is bent on portraying the world no the nation we live in in such negative terms simply to improve their bottom line. It’s like watching a game of cricket where one side threw away the rule book and simply came out with knuckle dusters encouraging the audience to join in. Because the ulimate prize was even bigger than simply witnessing that. Where that prize was agreed to behind locked doors. Murdoch’s in town (ODT)

Media analyst Steve Allen, of Fusion Strategy, believes Sky’s right-wing brand makes commercial sense. “They have to fight harder at nighttime because free-to-air networks take the lion’s share of viewers,” he says. “Unless you’re to the right of what’s being offered, you’re not going to get an audience.” There’s no point targeting progressives, Allen adds, because they’re likely to be younger, with less money to spend on Foxtel subscriptions – and many are loyal to the ABC.

Anchors David Speers and Laura Jayes criticised their employer on Twitter while commentator Craig Emerson quit in disgust. American Express, Huggies and Specsavers pulled their ads. And Victorian transport minister Jacinta Allan ordered Sky’s removal from Melbourne train platforms (though commuters only saw its news and weather bulletins, not its commentary).

Of course, Sky is no stranger to controversy. Since adopting its “right at night” strategy – replacing news with conservative opinion in prime time – it’s endured public criticism, bitter in-fighting and dramatic staff departures. One wag suggests Foxtel could edit these highlights into a reality show: The Real Housewives of Sky News.

Battered by boycotts, will Sky News now ditch its right-wing formula?

‘It was my error’: Sky News boss gave Cottrell interview the go-ahead

Andrew Bolt tells us their ratings are HUGE off a small base. Reality Bytes (ODT)

“This could easily happen at any time,” one Sky insider said. “We’ve got hosts who aren’t journalists and people are just trying to get the programs to air. There’s no time to have a think about whether this is a good guest or not.”

Outside the Sky News studios, there is a view management manufactures outrage in a bid to grow the 24-hour channel’s relatively small audience. But staff say this isn’t the case.

via ‘It was my error’: Sky News boss gave Cottrell interview the go-ahead

Sky’s the limit when it comes to rocketing audience numbers | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Andrew Bolt, presenter of The Bolt Report, on Sky News in Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s gloss in fact turns out to be 1.65% national rating on any single night over 6 states. But lets face it that’s O.13% of the whole population of 24,000,000. That’s rocketing isn’t it. Waleed Aly has an audience x 25 times larger and the ABC nearly X 19. Now this is a Bolt record but it’s not Aly’s or the ABC’s. The production costs of The Bolt Report are so high he can’t make a profit,something Bolt doesn’t tell you. That as a loss we actually subidize the twat. ( ODT)

Broadcaster puts the gloss on Andrew Bolt’s audience. Plus, Media Watch has fun with the gossip mags

via Sky’s the limit when it comes to rocketing audience numbers | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

News Corp Australia’s promotion of Lauren Southern is disturbing | Jason Wilson | Australia news | The Guardian

Canadian far-right political activist Lauren Southern at the Courier-Mail office in Brisbane on 13 July.

Southern’s far-right associations, her promotion of the key ideas of white ethnonationalism, and her willingness to become directly involved in racial provocation should give us pause.

So, too, should the willingness of News Corporation’s daily newspapers to promote her.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Andrew Bolt railed about her visa problems. Nor that Miranda Devine had Southern on her podcast to talk about how antifa and Muslims cause her immigration woes.

But earlier puff pieces about her visit, and op-eds defending her in regional newspapers, suggest that News has a disturbing inability to distinguish between ordinary, conservative provocateurs, and those adjacent to white nationalist or fascist movements.

This fits with a pattern on the Australian right. Nevertheless, should News later condemn those who protest against Southern’s appearances, we should remember their role in defending Southern, and advertising her shows.

via News Corp Australia’s promotion of Lauren Southern is disturbing | Jason Wilson | Australia news | The Guardian

How Sean Hannity’s Charlottesville propaganda works

This is what Sean Hannity’s Fox News show is like on a daily basis. It’s pure propaganda, an effort to support the president at every turn, while castigating his enemies — particularly the press. His viewers are living in an alternate reality — one that he’s carefully crafted to benefit Trump.

Source: How Sean Hannity’s Charlottesville propaganda works

Channel Ten calls in receivers, operations to continue as usual amid sales process – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Channel 10 building in Adelaide

A number of expressions of interest have been made to buy Ten, including a joint bid from Mr Murdoch and Mr Gordon.

Source: Channel Ten calls in receivers, operations to continue as usual amid sales process – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows

Media Matters, in partnership with global activism group Avaaz, submitted a report to U.K.’s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, detailing the risks Rupert Murdoch’s desired takeover of British satellite broadcasting company Sky poses to British broadcasting standards. On March 16, U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley had referred Murdoch’s take

Source: Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows

Sky News apologises to Wendy Harmer, Kristina Keneally for Mark Latham claims

 

 

Sky News has apologised “unreservedly” to broadcaster Wendy Harmer and its own employee Kristina Keneally after Mark Latham made on-air claims about both women.

Source: Sky News apologises to Wendy Harmer, Kristina Keneally for Mark Latham claims

Peta Credlin confirmed to join Sky News as election commentator

Peta Credlin’s wish to be able to use her own voice is about to come true with one of the most talked about figures of the Abbott set to join Sky television as an election commentator.

Source: Peta Credlin confirmed to join Sky News as election commentator