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Archive for August 2009

Microsoft: IE8 is da bomb!

August 15, 2009

Microsoft is touting freshly-launched Internet Explorer 8 (IE Eight) as its champion in the competitive Web browser arena, urging holdouts to upgrade from earlier versions of the software. IE 8 has been catching on since its release five months ago, but Microsoft is hoping to leave behind aging IE 6 as well as much-maligned Vista […]

Nine’s MasterChef wannabe announced

August 15, 2009

Best known for co-hosting Sale of the Century, Jo Silvagni is making a return to national television as the host of the Nine Network’s answer to MasterChef Australia, The Great Aussie Cook Off. Silvagni – formerly Bailey – will join comedian Vince Sorrenti to host the eight-part family-friendly program, which will air from October 11. […]

US police officer doesn’t recognise Bob Dylan

August 15, 2009

Rock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown by police in New Jersey when a resident called to report someone wandering around the neighbourhood. Dylan was about a two-hour drive south of New York City in Long Branch on July 23 as part of a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that […]

1.63m subscribers: Foxtel continues to grow

August 15, 2009

Foxtel now has 1.63m subscribers and continues to grow. Foxtel CEO Kim Williams said recently: “Our results have been built on a continued commitment to innovation and investment and to providing our customers with a great value entertainment option – which we have developed through extensive customer research and daily customer feedback to our dedicated […]

Nine and FOX Sports team up for Australian Masters

August 11, 2009

Further to the breaking news last night. The Australian Masters announced today a multi-year broadcast partnership with the Nine Network and FOX SPORTS. In 2009, Nine will broadcast live coverage from Kingston Heath Golf Club on each of the four days with FOX SPORTS also providing live coverage on pay television. Nine will also incorporate […]

Nine wins Australian Masters Golf rights

August 10, 2009

Nine have won the rights to televise the Australian Masters Golf this year which will feature Tiger Woods, whatsonthetube reports.

Melbourne Storm star arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend

August 10, 2009

Melbourne Storm rugby league player Greg Inglis has been arrested over an alleged assault of his girlfriend. Inglis was arrested at his western suburbs home today and questioned by police over an attack on his partner, which left her with a black eye. Inglis was later questioned by police and charged with recklessly causing injury […]

ACRA nominees announced

August 10, 2009

The 2009 ACRA Award nominees have been announced. Kyle and Jackie O are nominated for a stunt called Heartless Hotline. The full list of finalists can be seen after the jump.

beyondblue injunction makes 60 Minutes sad

August 10, 2009

A TV program on the suicide deaths of four students at a Geelong school has been withdrawn from screening at the 11th hour following an injunction against its broadcast by beyondblue, the mental health organisation. The Nine Network’s 60 Minutes was scheduled to show a segment titled Searching for Answers on Sunday but received notice […]

Penny and Leonard finally have their big “bang”

August 10, 2009

The Big Bang Theory will finally make a go of a Leonard and Penny relationship this fall, but things get off to a rough start. “After two years of foreplay, they finally [have sex] and it doesn’t go so great,” reveals exec producer Bill Prady. “There was so much anticipation that when they finally make […]

Happy Monday morning

August 10, 2009

It’s a Monday. To help you get through your early week struggle, I have included a lovely picture of a lovely Australian lady. Enjoy, after the jump.

More GO! videos

August 10, 2009

GO! premiered at 6.30 last night on D99 and D88 (regionals). Here are some more videos of presentation of the Nine Network’s new youth channel. Knowfirst loved The Big Bang Theory marathon and enjoyed Aliens In America as well.

SKY News Australia relaunches online presence

August 10, 2009

SKY News Australia has relaunched their website today. The site uses deep red and blue and features a video wall of stories that display on screen. Unfortunately those annoying bloody video pop-ups which are invading Australian websites also feature on the site. But Knowfirst thinks its a good improvement on the old site.

Rees to call leadership spill today?

August 10, 2009

Rumours are growing around Macquarie Street in Sydney that Premier Nathan Rees will call a leadership spill of the NSW Caucus this morning. It is believed Health Minister John Della Bosca and former Planning Minister Frank Sartor will both challenge Mr. Rees for the top job. ALP types like me are furious that these clowns […]

MCn to sell ads on BSKYB’s websites

August 10, 2009

Multi Channel Network has signed a deal to sell advertising on British pay-TV company BSkyB’s network of 150 international websites. The sites include Sky.com, Football 365, Cricket 365, Liverpoolfc.tv and Arsenal.com. MCN chief executive Anthony Fitzgerald has told Media the deal, which would see MCN serve advertising to Australian users of those sites, would boost […]

Cloudstreet denied funding

August 10, 2009

The $10 million TV adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel Cloudstreet has been denied funding by Screen Australia, caught in a dispute over the level of licence fees paid by pay-TV channels to Australian drama projects. The board of the federal funding and development agency last week told pay-TV network Showtime it would need to reassess […]

Soccer coverage expands on FOX Sports

August 10, 2009

Soccer coverage will increase significantly on FOX Sports over the coming year, the network has announced. Around 650 outside broadcasts of soccer matches will be arranged by the network. Hyundai, Optus, Schweppes (Solo), Carlsberg, Hungry Jacks, Mitre 10 and TAB Sportsbet have signed up as sponsors or advertisers during the broadcast of English Premier League […]

TVSN grows

August 10, 2009

TVSN appears to have dodged the retail slump that has affected high street stores, hard-selling its way to year-on-year revenue growth of more than 15 per cent. Marketing manager Robyn Ball has told The Australian TVSN first had to overcome negative perceptions about buying direct, but once people began to watch the channel, its success […]

Telstra set to axe print edition of Trading Post

August 10, 2009

Telstra is likely to axe the print edition of The Trading Post, and it may happen by October, sources have told The Australian. Closing the print operation would result in hundreds of redundancies, with only a handful of staff retained in each state to sell advertising for the site, according to one source. A Telstra […]

2UE loses political editor to ABC Radio National

August 10, 2009

Alison Carabine, 2UE Political Editor, has resigned and will join ABC Radio National’s Breakfast with Fran Kelly in a fortnight. Carabine’s loss will be felt hard at Fairfax Radio and is a huge plus for an already political heavyweight programme that RN produces. Knowfirst is pleased to have Carabine as part of its favourite breakfast […]

Turbull’s dissatisfaction soars as Adult Playschool returns from Winter break

August 10, 2009

Adult Playschool, jokingly referred to as Federal Parliament by those with no brains, returns this week after a six week hiatus. ABC’s ratings will soar with the one-hour question time from 2pm Tuesday to Friday… or maybe that’s just in my house. Thankfully A-PAC has arrived, and now political junkies like me can watch it […]

2009’s most-watched revealed

August 10, 2009

Reality, Rugby League and Australian drama are leading the pack when it comes to 2009’s top television programmes, new figures reveal. 2009’s top shows at the half-way point of the ratings year are: 1. MasterChef Australia: The winner 3.7m 2. MasterChef Australia: Finale 3.3m 3. State Of Origin: First match 2.3m 4. Underbelly: A Tale […]

Wilson quits VEGA 95.3 breakfast

August 10, 2009

Rebecca Wilson, part of VEGA 95.3’s breakfast trio, is leaving the network after five years. The News Limited journalist has been an integral part of the fledgling station’s lineup and has helped improve the audience share with adult fun and great music from the 70s, 80s and now. The Rock Legends format fits the 40-54 […]

Nine unleashes GO!

August 9, 2009

GO!, Australia’s newest free-to-air network, went live at 6.30pm AEST Sunday August 9th with a clean, fresh and youthful graphical design. More to come…

POLL: Will you be watching GO!?

August 9, 2009

As GO! launches in little over thirty minutes time, the question needs to be asked – is there anything on Nine’s supplementary channel that you will be watching?