Is the success of The Bachelor based on the spectacle of women psychologically tearing each other down for entertainment?
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The Bachelor, like most reality TV, thrives on drama. But its particular style of conflict illustrates an uncomfortable point: women can easily be sexist against other women.
Ba-da-da-dum, dum-dum…the jingles, theme songs and commercials that stick in your head.
Australian television turns 60 this year, so we're celebrating classic TV tunes of the fifties and sixties – those theme songs and jingles you can't get out of your head.
A TV cameraman shoots a Madame Tussauds Museum figure of US Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps at Banneker Pool in Washington, to coincide with the opening of the Rio Olympics on August 5.
Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics.
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The amount broadcasters will pay for the rights to the Olympics keeps going up, but is the value of the rights changing?
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Could their affinity for a certain type of television drama help explain why they're drawn to his rhetoric?
The poster for Stranger Things, which stars Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine and some brilliantly charismatic newcomers.
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The Netflix series Stranger Things is a throwback to the glory days of cinematic horror. And as VHS disappears from our shelves, this show's 80s-infused nostalgia is doubly poignant.
A rare sight these days, with the decline of the VHS.
The era of the VCR is coming to a close, but it's impact on the way we consume and produce content has been profound.
Describing someone as 'hysterical' associates them with traits long deemed feminine – being overly emotional, out-of-control and irrational. If levelled against a male, the charge would impugn his manliness.
A protest in Cape Town against the SABC’s decision not to broadcast violent protests.
South Africa's public broadcaster is in a state of crisis, gripped by paranoia and facing accusations of censorship. Can it be saved?
Our political system might lend itself to mockery, but are satirists stepping up?
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As any political observer could tell you, sometimes you need to laugh to keep from crying. But as another federal election wraps up, Australia's political satire landscape looks a little grim.
Now finishing its fourth season, Rake is one of Australia’s most interesting TV dramas.
The ABC’s Rake is about to air its final episode. This smart, postmodern show ushered in a new kind of Australian satire: with less caricature than Front Line, more politics than Kath and Kim, and a fluid connection to high and low culture.
Christos Tsiolkas’ provocative Barracuda is his latest novel to be adapted for the small screen.
Barracuda is the latest of Christos Tsiolkas' novels to come to the small screen. As his characters grapple with anger and isolation, Tsiolkas celebrates community and the power of literature.
A woman waits backstage during the recording of the dating show ‘Meet you on Saturday.’
In only 30 years, a generations-old system of arranged marriages has been completely upended.
Channel Nine has been criticised for surprising participants with an ethical dilemma.
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Since 2015, Australia has no regulations specifically for reality television. With controversy swirling around Channel Nine's 'The Briefcase', what exactly is allowed?
Talk show host Jerry Springer enters the stage on a motorbike as co-host of the 2008 Miss Universe contest.
Daytime television talk shows are known for their confrontational style. But there is a different model: a harmonious, cohesive and relational approach may offer a better way to communicate.
Jason Watkins and Jane Horrocks, as Gavin and Julie in Trollied, elevate anxiety to an art-form.
For the comic protagonist, the literary critic Northrop Frye once observed, life is something you get through. While tragic characters die in plangent splendour, and Marvel superheroes vanquish tech-spangled…
Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour, director of 2012’s Wadjda.
More mothers and older women working in the industry can balance how women are represented onscreen.
Is television focussing on marginalised communities just exploiting the poor for entertainment? Dallas Rogers spoke with Associate Professor Deb Warr about the media and poverty.
Television is embracing Indigenous people as more than victims in a white story.
Too often, TV shows and films present Aboriginal characters as oppressed people. But two new TV series, Cleverman and Songlines on Screen, are a welcome contrast.
Viewers can now select what they want to watch and when they want to watch it.
The switch from analogue to digital television transmission transformed the way audiences consume content.
Donald Trump in the boardroom during an episode of ‘The Apprentice.’
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Studies have shown that since the 1970s, people's scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory are rising. Could there be a connection to television consumption?