• ABC uncovers new documents in Keli Lane case

    ABC’s investigation into the case of convicted murderer Keli Lane has uncovered documents revealing thousands of recordings, and others deemed ‘relevant’ by NSW Police, which appear to have never been tendered as evidence at the trial.
    The judge who oversaw the trial has now called for an investigation into the matter, saying there is the possibility that “a significant unfairness may have affected this woman.”
    ABC journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna and the team behind
  • Fox Corp marks new era for Murdochs

    A new era is underway for the Murdoch clan with a new company, Fox Corp, now beginning trading in h US.
    Lachlan Murdoch will run the new company as its chairman and chief executive while the Murdoch family will control the company through its ownership of voting shares. 88 year old Rupert Murdoch is one of several board members along with including former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Anne Dias, Chase Carey, Roland A. Hernandez. and Jacques Nasser.
    “We are thrilled to welcome our new colleague
  • Remy Hii lands US lead role

    Actor Remy Hii (Harrow, Better Man, Marco Polo) has been cast in Jane the Novela, a spin-off from Jane the Virgin.
    Jane the Novela is described as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” its narrator Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez).
    It too follows a driven, imaginative twenty-something Latina woman (Lopez) who is torn between her boyfriend, Luen (Hii), and Felix (Parrish), a handsome, rich guy. In this cas
  • Airdate: The Case Against Adnan Syed

    HBO true crime documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed centres around a Baltimore young man who may have been wrongly convicted in 1999 of killing of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
    This was also the subject of a Serial podcast.
    Directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg, the 4 part series premiered in the US on March 10th.
    In 2014, the world became obsessed with Adnan Syed. Thanks to the first season of the wildly popular Serial podcast, his conviction for the murder of his former girlfriend
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  • Update: Sunday Night Takeaway

    Just a note to confirm that Sunday Night Takeaway will return to 7:30pm this Sunday and beyond.
    Last weekend was a one-off on the back of the Australian Grand Prix.
    Despite The Project, Sunday Night Takeaway and Hughesy We Have a Problem all enjoying a boost, 10 sources told TV Tonight moving The Project permanently is a much bigger deal.
    6pm Bondi Rescue rpt6:30pm The Project7:30pm Sunday Night Takeaway 9pm Hughesy We Have a Problem
  • Two actors to exit Star Trek: Discovery

    Two cast members of Star Trek: Discovery are set to leave the series.
    Anson Mount, who plays Captain Christopher Pike and Rebecca Romjin, who will feature as Number One, will both depart at the end of the season.
    Deadline reports both had been contracted only for Season 2 arcs as part of a plan to sync up Discovery with the original Star Trek lore by the end of the second season.
    Both Pike and Number One appeared in the original Star Trek series but fleetingly, with Pike replaced by Captain Jam
  • Virginia Trioli returning to News Breakfast

    Virginia Trioli is back at News Breakfast on ABC next Monday.
    Lisa Millar has been co-hosting with Michael Rowland in her absence.
    The show has been scoring good ratings, including recently outranking Today in national figures, across its two channels.
    Wake up to intelligent and engaging news coverage, lively conversations and compelling guests.Virginia Trioli returns with Michael Rowland, Georgie Tunny and Nate Byrne for all the information you need to start the day.
    6am Monday on ABC / ABC Ne
  • Miranda Richardson joins Game of Thrones prequel

    Miranda Richardson will be a series regular in the Game of Thrones prequel.
    She joins Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackle, Denise Gough and others on the series created by Jane Goldman and author George R.R. Martin.
    Richardson (Blackadder, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Damage, Tom & Viv) will also appear in Good Omens coming to Amazon Prime.
    The Game of Thrones prequel is set thousands of years earlier than the story audiences know now, and “chronicles the world’s d
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  • Colbert cancels New Zealand trip

    Stephen Colbert has cancelled plans for The Late Show to visit New Zealand this week following last Friday’s terrorist attack that left 50 people dead.
    Plans to visit has been kept largely under wraps, but followed New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern inviting him when she was a guest on the show in September.
    “The world is still reeling from Friday’s terror attack in New Zealand,” Colbert said while opening his show this week. “All of our hearts go out to tho
  • Show Me the Movie: Mar 21

    Guests this week on Show Me the Movie are Dave O’Neil, Miranda Tapsell, Peter Rowsthorn and Ivan Aristeguieta.
    Host Rove McManus has his work cut out for him with tonight’s team of movie aficionados.
    Venezuelian comedian Ivan Aristeguieta, who is quickly gaining fluency in Australian English, makes his debut appearance on Brooke Satchwell’s team, alongside the veteran comedian that is the king of observational comedy, Dave O’Neil.
    Miranda Tapsell, Indigenous-Australian a
  • New Indigenous comedy, KGB, for iview

    ABC Indigenous has greenlit a new comedy series, KGB, for iview.
    Set in Perth’s “notorious KGB (Koondoola, Girrawheen, Balga)”, the series follows two rookie detectives, tough guy Jack and gentle giant Nigel, as they deal with the chaos of their new jobs, no-nonsense boss, work rivals, drug dealers and culprits who consistently turn out to be family members. Despite battling their own insecurities at every turn, and the fact that Jack bullied Nigel in high school, these two mi
  • Airdate: The Meaning of Vanlife

    Documentary feature The Meaning of Vanlife, looking into a nomadic community who have chosen to live a life on the road, is coming to Stan.
    Written, directed & co-produced by Jim Lounsbury, it is also produced by Lynette Lounsbury & Dustin Clare.
    Jim Lounsbury said “Not only does Vanlife provide an escape from the machinations of consumerism, free from mortgages, monthly payments and enforced consumption, I have found Vanlife to be a community founded on a genuine sense of ca
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  • What ABC, Seven, Nine & SKY News said on NZ coverage.

    Media Watch last night covered the broadcasts of NZ news events, suggesting some networks went too far in the vision they broadcast.
    Broadcasts have attracted hefty commentary and are now the subject of an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
    Several networks responded to questions raised by ABC.
    They told Media Watch:
    ABC NewsCraig McMurtrie, Executive Editor, ABC News:We decided we could report this shocking story effectively without providing a platform for the
  • Why Rashna Farrukh is now a former Sky News employee

    A former SKY News employee, Rashna Farrukh, has written a breathtaking editorial on the emotions she battled whilst working for the news broadcaster.
    Farrukh, writing for ABC News, describes herself as a young Muslim woman working in a junior role in Canberra.
    She details the conflicts she experienced whilst news programmes and guests took hardline stances on issues, including her religion.
    Here are a few excerpts:
    I realised pretty quickly though that the Sky News I worked on wasn’t focu
  • The Feed: Mar 21

    This week on The Feed the team focus on female anger.
    Calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean…
    Is anger an unladylike taboo that women are forced to keep hidden and unexpressed? Jan Fran explores the modern rise of female rage – from smash rooms to #metoo and the push against century-old abortion laws. Plus, comedian Zoe Norton Lodge recounts what happened when she tried to go a week without shouting. And Aussie musician Dean Lewis sits down with Marc Fennell before performing his single
  • Seven News, ACA, MAFS lead Monday viewing

    Nine dominated viewing again last night from 7 – 9pm, although Seven News led earlier and there were moments when Media Watch, Q&A and even Dancing with the Stars hit the front.
    Married at First Sight was again #1 and topped the demos at 1.35m viewers.
    My Kitchen Rules was second at 715,000. ABC shows nabbed third in its slot with 7:30 (600,000) and Australian Story (579,00).
    Dancing with the Stars was fourth at 492,000, on par with last week, rising to 556,000 for the elimination of
  • Monday 18 March 2019

    Report:
    Daily Free-to-Air Share
    Channels:
    All Free-to-Air Channels
    Market:
    5 City Metro (aggregate figure)Demographics:
    Total People
    Day-part:
    18:00 – 24:00
    Day:
    Monday
    Deliverable:
    Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28Channel
    Overnight
    Consolidated 7
    Consolidated 28
    18/03/2019
    11/03/2019
    18/02/2019
    ABC
    13.8%
    13.5%
    13.9%
    ABC KIDS/COMEDY
    2.1%
    1.9%
    2.3%
    ABC ME
    0.4%
    0.6%
    0.5%
    ABC NEWS
    1.2%
    0.9%
    0.8%
    ABC Network
    17.6%
    16.9%
    17.5%
    Seven
    18.7%
    19.4%
    18.1%
    7TWO
    3.7%
    3.7%
    3.7%
    7mate
    3.6%
  • “I’m hoping that happy shows will be a breath of fresh air.”

    Amanda Keller remains an optimist.
    Always ready to flash a grin and drop a one-liner, she takes a somewhat more introspective tone when we meet in her dressing room. News events are playing on everybody’s mind, and aggressive reality shows are dominating the landscape. Through it all the show must go on.
    “One of the things we saw the weekend was the culture of hate, the language of hate, the rhetoric,” she explains.
    “I was wondering if the events in Christchurch might ma
  • The Project pressed to apologise over Waleed editorial

    An editorial by Waleed Aly on The Project following the murder of 50 people in New Zealand has led to a complaint by the Prime Minister’s office.
    In the speech Aly told viewers, “I also know a senior figure in our government once suggested we made a mistake as a country by letting in Lebanese Muslims in the ’70s.
    “And I know there are media reports going back eight years at a shadow cabinet meeting in which another senior politician suggested his party should use communi
  • Petition targets David Koch following fiery interview

    “This terrorist manifesto almost reads like One Nation immigration and muslim policy. Do you feel complicit with this atrocity?”@Kochie_Online to @PaulineHansonOZ after the Christchurch terror attack. pic.twitter.com/VFIRQQezyn
    — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) March 17, 2019An online petition calling for David Koch to be dumped from Sunrise has attracted nearly 30,000 signatures.
    The petition criticises Koch for is hosting of a debate between Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch, both indepe
  • Seven Studios appoints Head of International Development

    Seven Studios has appointed Lion Television’s Simon Shalgosky as its Head of International Development, with a focus on creating shows for international markets.
    At UK production company Lion Television, Shalgosky has been Head of Entertainment Development. He has also held senior development and producer roles at Keshet UK, ITV Studios, Celador, Tiger Aspect and the BBC.
    Seven Studios Director of Content Distribution and Rights Therese Hegarty said: “We are delighted that Simon is
  • Returning: The Front Bar

    The Front Bar returns to Seven on Wednesday night with Sam Pang, Mick Molloy and Andy Maher.
    Mick Malthouse is the special guest while Ryan Fitzgerald is also part of the show.
    Melb 9pm on SevenAdel 9pm on SevenPerth 9pm on SevenSydney 10.30pm on 7mateBris 10.30pm on 7mate
  • Australian Crime Stories: Mar 24

    In episode four of Australian Crime Stories Adam Shand tells the true story of the international drug plot that brought down one of Australia’s top law enforcers, Mark Standen.
    Standen was considered one of Australia’s top cops, a man at the heart of the nation’s war on drugs, who had access to the very best police intelligence on organised crime in Australia and internationally. His seduction by an international crime syndicate is an extraordinary story that has compelled Aus
  • National Geographic resuming Neil deGrasse Tyson docos

    US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to National Geographic channel with Cosmos: Possible Worlds following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
    But the channel failed to elaborate on its findings.
    “StarTalk will return to the air with the remaining 13 episodes in April on National Geographic, and both Fox and National Geographic are committed to finding an air date for Cosmos,” the network said in a statement. “There will be no further comm
  • Louis Theroux: Dark States

    Louis follows the Milwaukee Police as they patrol some of America’s deadliest streets. 9:30pm Tuesday on ABC.Manhunt
    Amy Schumer Growing
    Ambulance Australia
    Travel Guides
    Better Things
  • Returning: Tosh.0 / The Jim Jeffries Show

    Comedy channel returns both Tosh.0 & The Jim Jeffries Show this week.
    Tosh.0
    8:30pm Wednesday March 20Tosh.0 is a weekly topical series hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh that delves into all aspects of the Internet, from the ingenious to the absurd to the medically inadvisable. Through segments like Video Breakdown, 20 Seconds on the Clock and Web Redemption, Tosh has established himself as the pre-eminent expert on exhibitionist weirdos, injurious idiots and the best worst things on the Web.
  • Foreign Correspondent: Mar 19

    This week on Foreign Correspondent, North America correspondent Conor Duffy reports on “Opioid America” and whether an opioid painkiller has became a gateway to more lethal but cheaper drugs.
    Nan Goldin and thousands of Americans like her are coming after the Sacklers.
    “We have to bring down the Sackler family!” she yells in a protest rally in New York. “They should be in jail next to El Chapo.”
    Goldin, a noted photographer, was addicted to Oxycontin, an opio
  • ACMA to investigate if broadcasts of NZ terror attack went too far

    Media watchdog the Australian Communications and Media Authority has commenced a formal investigation into whether content broadcast by commercial, national and subscription broadcasters of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch breached current rules.
    The investigation will focus on any content of the perpetrator-filmed, live streamed footage of the shootings that was broadcast on Australian television.
    Networks have been criticised for screening “live streaming” footage s
  • FOX Footy adds 4K and Lawrence Mooney

    FOX Footy has today announced its 2019 plans including 46 games in 4K, and a new Friday night late show Up The Guts hosted by Lawrence Mooney.
    FOX Footy once again features every game of every round, plus all finals games leading into the Grand Final, Live in HD and ad-break free during play.
    The new Friday night show features a studio audience with Mooney joined by Nova 100 Melbourne breakfast anchor Dean Thomas, with a revolving third guest to join Mooney each week.
    “Any AFL fan kn
  • Returning: Killing Eve

    Killing Eve returns in April with new episodes fast-tracked to iview every Monday from April 8.
    The new season picks up where series one ended… literally 30 seconds later to be precise!
    ABC will then broadcast episodes weekly from 8:30pm Friday 19th April.
    Undoubtably one of the most talked about shows of 2018, Killing Eve was embraced by audiences around the world and now, finally, Jodie Comer and Golden GlobeKilling Eve promo award-winner Sandra Oh reprise their roles as psychotic assa
  • Seven reveals Ladies Night cast

    Seven today announced the names of the eight female celebrities ready to disrobe to raise awareness forwomen’s health, particularly breast cancer.
    Ladies Night host Georgie Parker is joined by Lynne McGranger, Simone Callahan, Lisa Curry, Casey Donovan, Ella Hooper, Rachael Finch and “fashionista/WAG” Nadia Bartel.
    Rehearsals are underway with choreographer Todd McKenney.
    The Real Full Monty which last year drew 2 million national viewers is also set to return this year.
  • David Koch v Pauline Hanson: “Do you feel complicity in this atrocity?”

    “This terrorist manifesto almost reads like One Nation immigration and muslim policy. Do you feel complicit with this atrocity?”@Kochie_Online to @PaulineHansonOZ after the Christchurch terror attack. pic.twitter.com/VFIRQQezyn
    — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) March 17, 2019A Live TV moment when Sunrise host David Koch took issue with One Nation rhetoric following the tragedy in New Zealand….
    Independent Senator Derryn Hinch also grilled Pauline Hanson in the studio.
    Both Hinch &
  • The Rook: trailer

    What would you do if you woke up and couldn’t remember who you were?
    UK drama The Rook, based on the novel of the same name by Australian author Daniel O’Malley, is coming to Stan.
    This stars Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn, Adrian Lester, Ronan Raftery, Catherine Steadman, Jon Fletcher, Shelley Conn and James D’Arcy.
    An airdate is yet to be revealed.
    The Rook tells the story of Myfanwy Thomas (Emma Greenwell), a woman who wakes up in the rain beside London&rsquo
  • Nine rules Sunday, Australian Grand Prix up for 10.

    The Australian Grand Prix drew 649,000 for 10 yesterday, dominating daytime television, with 565,000 for the podium win by Valtteri Bottas.
    That was up on 2018’s 612,000 / 281,000 even if it was out of primetime, and helped The Sunday Project to a lift.
    But come 7pm Married at First Sight slayed all before it, and topped the demos, at 1.48m viewers -its second biggest audience all year.
    My Kitchen Rules drew just 560,000 in preliminary figures but Seven advises a coding error will se
  • Sunday 17 March 2019

    Report:
    Daily Free-to-Air Share
    Channels:
    All Free-to-Air Channels
    Market:
    5 City Metro (aggregate figure)Demographics:
    Total People
    Day-part:
    18:00 – 24:00
    Day:
    Sunday
    Deliverable:
    Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28Channel
    Overnight
    Consolidated 7
    Consolidated 28
    17/03/2019
    10/03/2019
    17/02/2019
    ABC
    13.9%
    14.0%
    14.0%
    ABC KIDS/COMEDY
    2.4%
    2.9%
    3.4%
    ABC ME
    0.5%
    0.7%
    0.7%
    ABC NEWS
    1.6%
    1.4%
    1.1%
    ABC Network
    18.5%
    18.9%
    19.2%
    Seven
    16.8%
    18.6%
    18.0%
    7TWO
    2.3%
    2.4%
    2.3%
    7mate
    3.9%
  • Are psychologists in Reality TV making the drama better or worse?

    Psychologists participating in Reality TV shows has come under increased scrutiny since shows such as Married at First Sight and 2017’s short-lived Last Resort.
    In 2017 the Australian Psychological Society was forced to redraft its Ethical Guidelines for Psychologists Working in the Media due to psychologists working as talent in shows where participants were put through the Reality TV wringer.
    An increase in this area, raises questions about whether psychologists are working with produce
  • Seven News Adelaide wins 500 successive weeks

    In a history making win, Seven News Adelaide has claimed its 500th successive week in survey.
    The winning streak, which started in August 2006, makes it the longest running win for an Adelaide bulletin.
    The previous record was 92 consecutive weeks, also achieved by Seven News, between 2001 and 2003.
    Last week Seven News averaged 116,000 to ABC News (68,000) Nine News (64,000) and 10 News First (40,000).
    “500 weeks is an outstanding milestone, but it’s one only achieved thanks to the
  • MKR losing steam as Nine claims 5th week

    Seven was under pressure last week with  My Kitchen Rules hitting an all-time low of 662,000 viewers -at the same time as oxygen thief Married at First Sight hit 1.4m viewers. Roll on AFL?
    Nine now has 5 of 5 weeks in the bag and no sign of slowing down.
    10 continues to trail the ABC, with Gogglebox as its best performer but not enough shows over 500,000 viewers.
    SBS documentary Australia in Colour did good business for the public broadcaster, at one point siting second in i
  • SBS on Demand: Pagan Peak

    German thriller Pagan Peak will premiere this week at SBS on Demand.
    The 8 part series centres is inspired by The Bridge and centres around a dead body found near the German – Austrian border.
    All 8 episodes will be available, in German with English subtitles.
    The series premiered at the Tribeca TV Festival and began broadcasting internationally in January.
    When a gruesomely staged body is found, propped up on a mountain pass in the Alps close to the German-Austrian border, two detectives
  • Australian Story: Mar 18

    Tonight’s Australian Story chronicles the homecoming of Bhutanese conjoined twins Nima and Dawa following a ground-breaking Australian operation to separate them.
    The episode features exclusive vision and interviews as the girls return home to their remote Himalayan nation, including the first moments they reunite with their father and sibling as newly independent individuals.
    Nima and Dawa were born joined at the torso. Their future prognosis was bleak and they were showing signs of dist
  • Airdate: Tuca & Bertie

    Adult themes.
    New animated comedy Tuca & Bertie begins on Netflix in May.
    The series is about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
    Lisa Hanawalt (BoJack Horseman) created the 10 part series.
    Hanawalt is an executive producer alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Noel Bright (BoJack Horseman, Friends), Steven A. Cohen (B
  • Andrew Johns reveals epilepsy diagnosis

    Nine NRL commentator Andrew Johns has spoken about his health condition in an interview on FOX League.
    Speaking to his brother on Sunday Night with Matty Johns, he admitted he’s been diagnosed with frontal lobe epilepsy.
    He said the condition can be managed with medication.
    “I’ve been on medication for it for three years now, but they’ve upped it right up,” Johns said.
    “The last three months, since the last seizure, I have felt really clear.
    “They can&r
  • Saturday 16 March 2019

    Report: 
    Daily Free-to-Air Share
    Channels:
    All Free-to-Air Channels
    Market:
    5 City Metro (aggregate figure)
    Demographics:
    Total People (incl. guests)
    Day-part:
    18:00 – 24:00
    Day:
    Saturday
    Date:
    16/03/2019
    Deliverable:
    Overnight
    Channel\Variable
    FTA SHR %
    ABC
     14.9
    ABC KIDS / COMEDY
    3.8
    ABC ME
    0.9
    ABC NEWS
    2.2
    ABC Network
    21.8
    Seven
    19.6
    7TWO
    4.5
    7mate
    2.1
    7flix
    2.1
    7FoodNetwork
    0.5
    Seven Network28.7
    Nine
    16.7
    9GO!
    5.5
    9Gem
    3.4
    9Life
    3.5
    Nine Network29.1
    10
    8.4
    10 Bold
    2.1
    10 Pea
  • Project Blue Book

    US network History hasn’t produced many scripted dramas as yet –Vikings, Knightfall and Six– is now joined by Project Blue Book.
    Inspired by Dr.J . Allen Hynek’s investigations for the US Air Force into the existence of UFOs, it centres around the military studies of all things flying saucers in the 1950s and ’60s. Think strange lights in the sky, Roswell, the Cold War, conspiracy theories and dark, smoky rooms.
    This is period X-Files which is both a good and a bad
  • News programmes criticised for showing NZ gunfire

    News programmes have been slammed for showing footage filmed by an Australian charged with murder following the massacre of 49 people in New Zealand.
    Disturbing footage shows a gun firing inside and outside a Christchurch mosque. NZ Police urged media not to give it airtime but it ran on Australian television on Friday and Saturday.
    Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online. We would strongly urge that the link not be sha
  • Nine confirms Footy Show cast

    Nine has confirmed cast for its revamped AFL Footy Show, following from recent media rumours.
    Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann is “ringmaster” of the new-look panel. Joining him is FOX Footy journalist Neroli Meadows, plus Brendan Fevola, and Paralympian Dylan Alcott.
    Shane Crawford, one of only two regulars to survive the revamp, returns to visit local clubs and community groups. With a heavy entertainment focus, the show is executive produced by Anthony Watts (Spicks & Spec
  • Auditions: Hot Seat

    Hot Seat is now looking for new contestants for upcoming episodes.
    Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18 years of age.
    “Please note, due to the large number of applicants, it may take some time. But don’t despair – in the meantime, we would absolutely love to have you in our studio audience. Apply for tickets at the end of your application,” a casting notice declares.
    Hopefully not an 8 hour shoot!
    You can apply here.
  • Game of Thrones confirms episode length

    There may only be 6 episodes in the final seasons of Game of Thrones, one less than Season 7, but at a total of 432 minutes it will be only eight minutes shorter.
    HBO has released the running time of the final episodes, which I have adjusted to Australian airdates.
    Season 8, Episode 1Monday April 15Estimated running time: 0:54
    Season 8, Episode 2Monday April 22Estimated running time: 0:58
    Season 8, Episode 3Monday April 29Estimated running time: 1:22
    Season 8, Episode 4Monday May 6Estimated run
  • Waleed Aly: “The most dishonest thing would be to say that I’m shocked”

    The Project‘s Waleed Aly gives an editorial following incidents in Christchurch, NZ.
  • Waleed Aly: “The most dishonest thing would be is to say I’m shocked”

    The Project‘s Waleed Aly gives an editorial following incidents in Christchurch, NZ.

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