Australian TV offers a variety of news bulletins and debate programs. Different channels cater to varying viewers of all political dispositions and viewing tastes. Therefore, a mere comparison of ratings is not going to indicate the most popular show. For obvious reasons, government-sponsored and privately-owned news corporations will have different production means and their loyal audience.
Popular news bulletins.
As far as ratings go, news on Seven Network score the highest at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. The network provides a tandem of Seven Early News and 7 Morning News to start your day. It then continues with regional updates and finishes with The Latest Seven News with an overview of topical issues. Besides, Sunrise is a popular breakfast show program on Seven Network. It provides a lighter version of the news overview peppered with interviews and opinion debates. Every part of the comprehensive pack is highly professional, and the programs have a very loyal audience.
The dedicated news channel ABC News is the most popular channel for rolling news bulletin although it is often subject to criticism for repetition of content.
Debate news programs.
The highest ratings usually go to shows that provide news overview and professional comment on the news. Among debate shows, The Drum by ABC stands out because of its consistent popularity. The show covers the story and provides debates and panel discussions on topical issues. The local company Decking Newcastle was featured in this show, for example.
Investigative journalism stands for addressing pain points and uncovering unappealing issues. Four Corners is a school-book example of investigative journalism and has enjoyed a consistently high rating since it was first aired in 1980ies.
News on Nine Network is usually popular with quite a big audience. Such popularity is partially attributed to somewhat scandalized content and dramatic presentation. The story is often more of a human interest kind.
60 Minutes by Nine Network is an excellent example of such a popular program. It addresses hot issues and at the same time goes a step too far in the comments on such topics. As a result, the program presenters and administration are often involved in lawsuits and controversial debate.
The Project by Network Ten is a popular panel talk show which addresses topical issues and is highly popular. One of the explanations of said popularity may be the scandal associated with the program. The fact that it goes to live also contributes to the statistics of controversial comments and criticism.
Impartiality on Australian TV.
Opinions differ among Australians themselves as to what the most objective TV news program may be. All news corporations aim to appear as impartial as possible. By and large, all the participants of the media space aim to avoid excessive tension. Simultaneously, news presenters are always subject to public scrutiny and often may take a wrong stem, causing controversy and criticism. Some reasons for objection may be racist or sexist comments or under-representation of ethnic minorities. Fortunately, despite the heated debate over impartiality, each political party and the social group seems to have a voice on Australian TV.