Monthly Archive for July, 2007

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Who Killed Channel 9?


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Channel 9 is no longer the one, the dramatic fall, the “spiritual death” if you will of Australia’s once favourite television network is the subject of Gerald Stone’s new book, Who Killed Channel 9? The Death of Kerry Packer’s Dream Machine.

Stone was on this mornings Weekend Sunrise talking about the book, the possible movie adaptation, morale at Nine and why it matters who owns and runs our television broadcasters.

The Simpson’s very own Channel 4 ident.

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The Simpson’s have made their idents debut! Just a few hours ago this Gracie Films (shhh) produced trail made its first run on Channel 4 in the UK.

As reported by the BBC, the ident is timed for the start of a new season on Channel 4, and of course the families upcoming feature length outing.

Check out all the C4 idents here, and The Killers own ident here.

This isn’t the first time The Simpson’s have collaborated with Channel 4 though, to download Marge’s alternative Christmas message from 2004, keep reading..

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The Great Global Warming Simulcast.

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The Great Global Warming Swindle, a controversial documentary that disputes the popular belief over climate change is being aired on the ABC tonight, as well as being simulcast on ABC2 and NewsRadio.

For whatever reason the ABC is playing this documentary, at least they aren’t presenting it in isolation. It will be introduced by Lateline presenter Tony Jones, followed by interview by Jones with the films director, Martin Durkin and then a panel discussion.

I’m looking forward to the Tony Jones interview, which will hopefully question Durkin’s own motives throughly enough to compensate for the film being played in the first place.

One thousand years episodes of Kerri Anne.

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I feel like I’ve been talking about morning television a lot lately, or maybe just even a little of it is too much for me. Either way, here is the open to this mornings Kerri Anne, and her less then ceremonious entrance to her 1000th episode.

What happened to idents on SBS?

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SBS have had some sweet idents in the past, but lately.. nothing. With Big Love and Top Gear both on air at the moment I’m watching SBS more regularly than ever before, but seeing no idents.

The closest thing they seem to have is this Cadbury’s ad that incorporates the SBS logo. I hope they have something planned, because when a channel gets the kind of scrutiny and criticism that SBS gets, a solid on air brand, that reinforces whatever it is the network wants to be, would probably be a good thing.

idents on iPhone.

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Podcasting never looked so good. Subscribe to the idents.tv podcast here, and carry me around with you on your iPod.. or on your iPhone if you’re lucky enough to have one.

– Thanks for the photo Mitch.

Those bilingual Welsh.. ddwyieithiol Cymraeg


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While English does not have de jure status in Australia as our national language, in Wales its a very different story. Wales is officially bilingual which means by law English and Welsh have to be treated equally.

This pop-up book inspired promo for Welsh broadcaster S4/C explains how to get the most out of the channel in your language of choice. The production is excellent, and its made a very memorable clip out of something that could have just as easily been a very boring piece-to-camera.

Proud Creative have been the folks behind all the S4/C videos I’ve posted, and its been some of the best stuff I have seen from anywhere in the world since I started this site. The new brand they have built for S4/C is incredibly genuine, thoughtful and just constantly visually stunning.

Opening Sequence Sunday: Big Love


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If you flick over to SBS right now, you’ll catch Big Love, a show that I’ve already gone on quite a bit about. The opening sequence however, deserves a mention. It’s classic HBO, a little surreal, a little very symbolic, accompnied by what Paul McCartney calls the best song ever written “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.

Update: Get some insight into the symbolism of the opener with this comment.