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Tonight is well sorted

from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson

from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson

A double bonus tonight…first up at 7pm we have Duck Dynasty on Tv2…finally…the most popular cable TV show in America makes it here.

The only thing that could be better than that would be to also have American Hoggers on following. Both are A&E shows.

Then, at 9pm the polls should start closing in Australia, so make sure you have you popcorn ready.  Read more »

The biggest show on cable and yet never shown here

from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson

from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson

Duck Dynasty is cable TVs biggest show and yet it has never been shown here. There are plenty of other cool shows as well that we miss out on…American Hoggers and Meateater for example.

I’d much rather watch those than Storage Wars…which for some strange reason is shown here but not the other two.

‘Till Duck Do Us Part”: That was the title of the most-talked-about television show in America last week. Was it a revamped version of Looney Tunes? An offering from Animal Planet? No. It was the season opener of America’s favorite TV family show, featuring the women of the extended Robertson clan organizing a formal wedding for the heads of the family, Phil and Miss Kay, who 49 years earlier had only been able to afford a justice of the peace.

Not exactly the kind of plot TV executives would expect to draw a record audience. But that’s what happened last Wednesday night on A&E. The backwoods reality show Duck Dynasty drew 11.8 million viewers, which happens to be the most ever for a nonfiction telecast on cable television.  Read more »

How many kids? Don’t you have a tv?

That is what I say to my mates who have more than two kids…i am always joking…but it seems like many things it has some basis in fact.

Source: Martin Lewis http://bit.ly/16qlt7W

Source: Martin Lewis http://bit.ly/16qlt7W

India’s population will overtake China’s by 2021, putting a huge strain on resources and public services. And though the country’s overall birth rate has fallen a lot, it’s still explosive in rural areas (pdf).

So how to get rural women to have fewer children? As we just discussed, coercive sterilization is probably not the best way to go. But things you might expect to bring the birth rate down, like higher female literacy or urbanization, don’t necessarily seem to do so, as Stanford professor Martin Lewis explainsRead more »

Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War.  He died aged 78.  At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens.  A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister.  The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins.  The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days.  A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog.  Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.  A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate.  A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work.  As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges.  The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll.  The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals.  And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right.  This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington.  Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband.   Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back.  Commerce first eh?  The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer.  Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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Poor old Al Gore, missed out on his tax break

Al Gore just trousered a cool $100 million by selling his beleagured cable TV channel to Al Jazeera. The ex-vice president turned climate change ‘expert’ hits pay-day!

After years of trying to sell Current TV, co-founder Al Gore hasfinally found a buyer for what some critics have lambasted over the years as America’s least watched cable network: Al Jazeera. Yet while the purchase price, which was undisclosed but reported at between $100 million and $500 million, may ultimately pay off for the pan-Arabic news network, it comes at quite a cost. Even the low-end of that price range suggests that Al-Jazeera paid more than $4,500 for each of the network’s viewers.

When Current was launched in 2005, it focused on airing user-generated videos in 8-minute segments. Seeking a larger audience, it then gradually move into producing long-form narrative video journalism and reality and documentary programming. For the last couple of years, it tried to position itself as a left-leaning broadcast alternative to the cable news channels.

Yet by 2010 the network was averaging only about 23,000 viewers a day. By comparison, the CW network averaged more than 200,000 viewers a day during the week of Dec. 23, 2012.

It is reported that the deal was for around US$500 million meaning Gore trousered around US$100 million. A nice pay day but it might have been more.

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