Our TV Stations Need To Get More Foxy, Too

Posted on Mon 11/09/2009 by

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

TonyfromOz prefaces …..

The heading says ‘Our‘ TV Stations, and this refers to the free to air Majors here in Australia. We have four majors, The Seven Network, The Nine Network, and Network Ten, and the slightly smaller publicly funded National Broadcaster, the ABC. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has no affiliation at all with the U.S. ABC Network.) There is also an even smaller broadcaster, SBS which started life as a publicly funded foreign language network. Each of the large coverage areas also has smaller networks, each tied to one of those three Majors, and with some local content, mainly News, while the ABC has Australia wide coverage. There is also a pay TV sector as well, where programing is taken from sources outside of Australia, with one further Australian provider in that Pay TV sector.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News didn’t merely fill a cultural gap left by the Left-leaning mainstream media:

Fox is supplanting the role long played by the New York Times and the Ochs-Sulzberger family that owns the 88% of the paper. For nearly 50 years, the Times has sent out its headline for the next day out on the wire and newspapers and broadcasters have en masse synchronized their own stories to whatever the NYT decided to cover. . . . Now Fox has stolen the crown. Even people who hate Fox now find themselves forced to react to it. Politicos and pundits who want to reach half of the cable news audience have to show up on Fox. Other news organizations are forced to cover the same stories as Fox just to remain relevant.

Once again, you can only marvel that Australia’s TV stations and Sky News have not learned from the astonishing rise of Fox.

There would be no show on TV, other than perhaps Sky News Agenda, more in need of inspiration from Fox than this one.

But Rove has certain political views, of course, as do his team.

(The Rove mentioned here is Australian TV personality Rove McManus. TonyfromOz)

(Via Instapundit.)

UPDATE

Evidence:

Fox News topped Nov. 3 election night coverage that featured Republican gubernatorial upsets in Virginia and New Jersey.

From 8-11 p.m. when returns were trickling in, Fox News averaged 4 million total viewers with 1.1 million among news’ target demographic of 25-54 year olds, according to Nielsen.

MSNBC was second in total viewers attracting 974,000. But the network was edged out in the demo by HLN (341,000 to 308,000). HLN was third in total viewers with 842,000. CNN was fourth in both categories averaging 826,000 total viewers and 227,000 in the demo.

is a journalist and columnist writing for in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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