Channel Nine is still the one for news, an extensive on-line survey has found.
More than 30,000 television viewers took part in the survey and they’ve given a remarkable 100 per cent thumbs up to the Nine Network when it comes to providing “balanced and fair news that you can trust”.
“The other channels didn’t get a look in and we’re understandably chuffed at the result and so, so, proud of our professional journalists at newsrooms around the country,” a spokesperson for Nine Entertainment Co. chairman Peter Costello told me overnight.
“The results clearly show that only Nine provides balanced and fair news that you can trust.”
Over recent nights, a QR code in the bottom-left corner of television screens showing the Nine Network’s 6pm news bulletins in all the capital cities has allowed viewers to open up an interactive app on their mobile phones where they could then select and submit their favoured news source on a panel (shown at top).
“At the end of the polling period, our network had a whopping 102 per cent support among those 30,000 plus viewers,” Mr Costello’s spokesman said. “We realised that was probably impossible so we’ve adjusted the result back to the 100 per cent which we thought was more realistic.”
My industry spies from other networks – Channel 7, the Ten Network and the ABC – are challenging the survey results, claiming that their own station’s buttons on the survey field did not work.
But I really can’t see there’s any validity to their complaints because Channel 9 has assured me three of their station’s buttons did not work either.
My friends at SBS News were also upset and perhaps they have a case seeing their button was missing from the survey.
“We should have been included even if our button didn’t work,” an SBS insider told me.