Media Monday: <i>The Aus</i> takes on Paul Barry while Ten’s ratings woes continue

The feud between the ABC’s Media Watch presenter Paul Barry and News Corp continues, with The Australian newspaper today accusing Barry of being ‘obsessed’ with the organisation.

The column, penned by editor of The Australian Media Section, Sharri Markson, accuses Barry of mentioning News Corp’s news­papers in 11 out of 19 segments in seven Media Watch episodes broadcast since he took the reins as host on 3 February this year.

The feud has also spilled over to Twitter with Barry and Markson exchanging heated Tweets over the issue:


An excerpt from the column:

Funded by the taxpayer, Media Watch is meant to provide impartial analysis of the media industry, examining conflicts of interest, deceit, plagiarism and abuse of power.

But, far from being an impartial host, Barry authored an anti-News Corp book,Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession, last year and has so far criticised News Corp’s news­papers in 11 out of 19 segments in seven Media Watch episodes broadcast since he took the reins as host on February 3 this year.

News Corporation is over-represented on the show, the ­remaining segments split between Today Tonight, tabloid television, Nine’s The Today Show, ABC’s reporting of the asylum-seeker burnt-hands fiasco, radio host Derryn Hinch, a story about the Sydney Opera House sinking, Seven Network’s possible payment for an interview with convicted drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby and jailed journalist Peter Greste. Barry, who earns a salary of $191,259, has only briefly scrutinised Fairfax, despite a bitter dispute unfolding between its executive team and major shareholder Gina Rinehart, while on the editorial front, major late-breaking stories are not being published in its newspapers because of new, early deadlines.




Channel 10’s ratings continue to dive after it recorded just 6.2% of Sunday night’s network share (its second lowest of all time) according to figures released by OzTam this morning.

To put that into perspective, Nine enjoyed a network share of 27.6% last night with Seven not far behind with a 25.5% share.

Ten’s highest rating program of the night was Ten Eyewitness News, with 422,000 viewers. It’s Sherlock Holmes-inspired drama Elementary, averaged 372,0000 for the network and animated feature film Kung Fu Panda 2 had an audience of just 298,000.

Nine’s powerhouse renovation show The Block won last night’s TV race, averaging an audience of 1.7 million, beating competitor Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, the second most watched show of the night, with 1.5 million viewers.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

  1. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1.758m
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.545m
  3. 60 Minutes Nine 1.513m
  4. Nine News Sunday Nine 1.425m
  5. Sunday Night Seven 1.307m
  6. Seven News Seven 1.146m
  7. Downton Abbey Seven 1.125m
  8. Fat Tony and Co (1st of double episode) Nine 983,000
  9. ABC News ABC1 863,000
  10. Rake ABC1 627,000
  11. Ice Age Giants ABC1 627,000
  12. ABC News ABC1 587,000
  13. Fat Tony and Co (2nd of double episode) Nine 544,000
  14. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 422,000
  15. Sunday Afternoon NRL Nine 407,000


Sunday’s network share:

  • Nine 27.6%
  • Seven 25.5%
  • ABC1 10.4%
  • TEN 6.2%
  • Gem 5.8%
  • 7mate 4.7%
  • 7TWO 3.8%
  • GO! 3.5%
  • SBS ONE 3.1%
  • ELEVEN 2.5%
  • ONE 2.4%
  • ABC2 2.2%
  • ABC News 24 1.1%
  • SBS 2 0.5%
  • ABC3 0.5%
  • NITV 0.2%


The Australian Financial Review  has been named the most widely read publication among the “Business Elite” and has the highest level of engagement with readers, according to the annual Business Elite survey from research firm Ipsos MediaCT.

Smart Investor was the highest reaching investment magazine, while Business Day was the highest reaching business and finance website.

Fairfax Media sales director, business Michael Grenenger said: “The Ipsos study confirms that The Australian Financial Review is the most trusted medium among the Business Elite. It also demonstrates the strength of the entire Fairfax Business Network in reaching this valuable and influential audience.”

The high net worth of the Business Elite audience also afforded them considerable purchasing power for priority items such as travel, cars, art, jewellery and wine. Residential property and managed funds investments are also important purchase considerations.

Attracting and retaining suitable employees and industrial relations issues are the top two concerns among the Business Elite.

“The Business Elite anticipate that stability in global finance and the Australian federal government will have the most positive impact on their business, although they are still concerned about the negative impact of Australia’s high cost base and fragile consumer confidence,” Ipsos Media CT managing director Simon Wake said in a statement.

The Business Elite survey consisted of 1600 mail or online interviews with business executives across Australia. All interviews were either C-suite or department heads in companies with 20-99 employees (finance and business services) or more than 100 employees in all other private sector industries.

Rebecca Hagan
BY Rebecca Hagan ON 24 March 2014