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‘An idealised Australian ethos’: why Bluey is an audience favourite, even for adults without kids

‘Bush wees’, family games, vasectomy decisions … new research considers why the Emmy award-winning animated series Bluey is so popular — and finds it can be read on many levels.
Actor Simon Baker at a press conference in Canberra on Tuesday calling for a local content quota on streaming services. Lukas Coch/AAP

How local content rules on streamers could seriously backfire

Pursuing local content requirements on streaming services is a high risk, low reward campaign. The reality is global streamers can’t save Australian television.
Australian families have been sitting down in front of the TV on New Year’s Eve for over 60 years. Wikimedia Commons

What Australia watched on TV on New Year’s Eve, 1959

From Clint Eastwood to Bert Newton – here’s what Melbourne could watch on that new technology, the television set, to see in the new decade.
The ‘natural sounds’ of native animals like this koala had been heard on ABC Radio, but bringing them to TV audiences in the 1960s presented new and exciting challenges. abcarchives/flickr

Natural history on TV: how the ABC took Australian animals to the people

When the ABC began screening local wildlife television, it helped create a new environmental nationalism, implicating audiences in the survival of Australian animals.

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