TV Blackbox & McKnight Tonight

A weekly wrap of the latest entertainment industry news with insights from people who have worked in the industry PLUS interviews with TV insiders

After 25 years working in the TV industry, Rob McKnight is a washed up producer with nothing to lose. Now he's spilling the inside secrets in a podcast that anyone interested in media will absolutely love. Expect news, reviews and a little dash of gossip as Rob is joined by: an Aussie TV Drama insider; and an enthusiastic media commentator who knows what questions to ask. Also on this podcast feed you'll get the McKnight Tonight podcast, an interview series where Rob McKnight talks to people in the industry as they share their personal stories and hilarious anecdotes.

With the first week of 2019 ratings under our belt there's lots to talk about, plus there's been a million little things happening in network land that means it's a supersized episode ready for your listening pleasure.


Plus there's a surprise about Sarah at the end of the ep.


Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


On this episode:

  • Head of Nine Hugh Marks calls for MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT to get the chop.
  • NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal find that SONIA KRUGER vilified Muslims.
  • Nine drops two regional Qld News services.
  • Commercial TV broadcasters push for tax breaks for journalism services.
  • KARL STEFANOVIC sidelined at Nine until the end of 2019 - then what?!
  • Foxtel & Netflix get into bed together.
  • KELSEY GRAMMER talks up a possible FRASIER reboot.
  • ROB RASCHKE gets a new gig.
  • The OSCARS backflips on sidelined categories.
  • PETER HELLIAR gives 10 a double reason to love.
  • MR SQUIGGLE lands upside down on our coins.
  • Molk delivers his view on week 1 of the 2019 ratings year.
  • CHANGING ROOMS failing looks like the start of another shocker for 10.
  • Is THE TODAY SHOW turning things around?
  • Dan asks what does it take to be called a celebrity these days (which leads Sarah to talk about the nature of celebrity for her friend Pia Muehlenbeck).


TV BlackBox is your weekly source of inside information across all facets of the Australian TV industry.


Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:

@Rob_McKnight

@DanMBennett

@shrimptank

@SteveMolk


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tv_blackbox

Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TVBlackbox/

Visit our website: https://tvblackbox.com.au

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It's 'game on' with the official start of ratings... and there's so much to get across! The axe has already fallen at 10, meanwhile e-mails have been leaked from at least two networks that really must be seen to be believed and when is a story not a story (Molk and Rob really get into that one).


Actress Sarah Monahan joins our little gang to bring her unique insight into the TV industry and she's so good we might just have to bring her back!


Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


On this episode:

  • POINTLESS axed
  • A HEY DAD! reboot?
  • Drama behind the scenes at 7 NEWS
  • SBS outsources a key role in their EUROVISION coverage to a foreign director
  • 10 struggles for its slice of the TV commercial advertising market
  • More bad news for the TODAY show
  • A new judge joins THE VOICE AUSTRALIA
  • A new gig for a much-loved star of GOGGLEBOX AUSTRALIA
  • Sandy Roberts calls it a day
  • Tony Jones leaves the ABC
  • Who won and who lost the last week of summer ratings (not that official survey periods are a thing any more... apparently)


Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:

@Rob_McKnight

@DanMBennett

@shrimptank

@SteveMolk


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tv_blackbox

Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TVBlackbox/

Visit our website: https://tvblackbox.com.au

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One week out from the formal start of the 2019 ratings year and this week's podcast will make you question EVERYTHING you thought you knew about all of that. Plus there's some great chat and analysis of various shows and how we think they're going.


So, you know... swings and roundabouts.


Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


On this episode:

  • The OzTAM official results for 2018 are in.
  • Two weeks in Molk discusses how the MAFS v MKR battle is going.
  • Rob has a chat with Nine's Chief Sales Officer MICHAEL STEPHENSON about the importance of BVOD, livestream and catch-up figures to the networks.
  • What is the new role for SYLVIA JEFFREYS at Nine (and why is STEVE JACOBS still in the studio)?
  • Budget cuts strike 10's DANCING WITH THE STARS before it even launches?
  • Rob reports back on why Brekky TV will avoid Indigenous issues now.
  • SBS admit there will be no more ROCKWIZ.
  • INSTANT HOTEL is back with a new host - ditching Luke Jacobz.
  • Molk's programming wrap checks out TV Tonight's programmer interviews.

TV BlackBox is your weekly source of inside information across all facets of the Australian TV industry.


Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:

@Rob_McKnight

@DanMBennett

@SteveMolk


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tv_blackbox

Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TVBlackbox/

Visit our website: https://tvblackbox.com.au

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How did our little podcast get caught up in the middle of a race row? There's a lot to discuss regarding the KAK v YUMI confrontation that made headlines around the country and our team really don't agree on this one!


And it's battlegrounds all round as the networks fire their first salvos in the ratings war (even though ratings haven't actually started yet).


Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the pr spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


On this episode:

  • Rob, Dan and Molk all weigh in on the KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY v YUMI STYNES showdown on STUDIO 10.
  • SAM DASTYARI out, KATHERINE KELLY LANG in on I'M A CELEBRITY...GET ME OUT OF HERE?!
  • Changes being considered for next year's BIG BASH LEAGUE on Seven/Foxtel as it delivers underdone ratings.
  • STEVEN JACOBS returns to THE TODAY SHOW and some diabolical ratings... and there's a twist only TV Blackbox can reveal.
  • MARK WAUGH drops a clanger about a lucky "punter".
  • SEVEN confirms THE LATEST will continue.
  • 10 signs FRANCESCA CUMANI to lead their MELBOURNE CUP coverage.
  • SEVEN set up a production office in the UK.
  • Molk lays down the numbers for the first outing of #MKR v #MAFS v ImACelebrityAU. #RealityRumble

TV BlackBox is your weekly source of inside information across all facets of the Australian TV industry.


Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:

@Rob_McKnight

@DanMBennett

@SteveMolk


Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tv_blackbox

Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TVBlackbox/

Visit our website: https://tvblackbox.com.au

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Can you believe it? There's still 3 weeks of summer non-ratings to go and there's as much TV news as ever! Just as well we're here to keep you apprised of who's in, who's out and who really *is* in or out despite what the PR Jedis are trying to tell you.


It's literally cray. CRAY, people!


Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the pr spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


On this episode:

  • TV Blackbox exclusively reveals STEVE JACOBS is landing back on THE TODAY SHOW.
  • Peter Ford leaks the cast of DANCING WITH THE STARS
  • Another TVB exclusive - KATHERINE KELLY LANG to parachute into I'M A CELEBRITY...GET ME OUT OF HERE?!
  • Rob delivers some exclusive inside info on the upcoming season of SURVIVOR AUSTRALIA
  • Molk tries to wade through the ratings of the Cricket for SEVEN and gets all caught up in the BVOD numbers
  • AJAY first out of the IAC jungle - but how is it rating? How will it survive when MKR and MAFS start on Monday?!

TV BlackBox is your weekly source of inside information across all facets of the Australian TV industry.


Follow the @tv_blackbox crew:

@Rob_McKnight

@DanMBennett

@SteveMolk


Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TVBlackbox/

Visit our website: https://tvblackbox.com.au

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