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The Voice news media report; Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia
The Voice enjoyed a media conference at Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, this morning, with Voice coaches and finalists there to help promote the smash hit TV show, as the finals approach via Channel Nine.
The culling of eight singers from The Voice last night has set the stage for a controversial finale Channel Nine’s talent comp.
Rachael Leahcar, Sarah De Bono, Darren Percival, and Karise Eden will battle it out in next week’s grand final.
Only one singer per team was permitted to go through and critics and viewers took to Twitter to complain about the final line-up.
The ruling meant fan favourites on the same team were culled.
Both Leahcar and Percival battled a virus as well as the high-pressure nerves, which told in their limited vocal performances last night.
Good Charlotte rock god Joel Madden, who had culled Prinnie Stevens and Layken Heperi, chose Sarah DeBono over popular lad Ben Hazlewood.
During the show’s preamble, Madden likened the semi-final line-up to The X Men: "We all have super powers. No one is better than anyone else."
The final performances will be on Sunday, with each contender performing one cover and one original song. The winner revealed on Monday night, no doubt to massive TV ratings, the likes of which have not been seen by Nine for years, is the inside word.
Each contender will perform one cover and one original song.
May the best man or woman win, and hopefully its also a win for the Australian entertainment industry.
Australian TV Report With Ratings – The Voice leads…
The Voice leaped to 2.13 million viewers as the talent show heads towards to its finale.
That figure (based on actual broadcast time – not the preliminary figure of 2.15 million) is up on last Monday’s 1.90 million audience in the capital cities and it appears the two finales on Sunday and Monday should hit around three million viewers for Nine.
The program gave Nine a 29.6 per cent channel share against Seven’s 21.0 per cent and ABC1’s 13.3 per cent, with its current affairs line-up led by 736,000 viewers for PM Julia Gillard’s appearance on Q&A.
A key result for Nine was Tricky Business’s performance into its fifth week. Preliminary figures from OzTAM demonstrate the Aussie drama rose to 1.091 million viewers, higher than its launch episode in May. But the actual figures based on broadcast times show the drama starring Gigi Edgley averaged 682,000 viewers with its number rocketed by The Voice’s over-run as "Team Seal" decided its contestant for Sunday and Monday’s finale.
Seven News came in second for the night with 1.55 million viewers and rare wins over Nine in Sydney and Melbourne. The Block continued to build for Nine, up to 1.49 million in the 7pm slot, besting Masterchef Australia (1.08 million), ABC News (1.05 million) and Home and Away (1.01 million).
Revenge continued its awesome run for Seven with 1.218 million viewers.
ABC1 had a stronger Monday night than usual, led by Q&A. Four Corners was up to 734,000 viewers, Australian Story 719,000 and Media Watch 712,000, all well up on their 2012 averages in the 600,000 region.
Fox Sports Monday Night Football match between the Panthers and Warriors bested the platform, with 278,000 viewers while 210,000 watched the afternoon AFL match between Melbourne and Collingwood. Seven’s AFL figures were not yet available for publication.
OZTAM OVERNIGHT RANKINGS FOR MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012
1 THE VOICE Nine 2,154,000
2 SEVEN NEWS 1,549,000
3 THE BLOCK Nine 1,485,000
4 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,296,000
5 NINE NEWS 1,279,000
6 REVENGE Seven 1,218,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,137,000
8 TRICKY BUSINESS Nine 1,091,000
9 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Ten 1,082,000
10 ABC NEWS ABC1 1,053,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,006,000
12 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Seven 998,000
13 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Seven
14 TEN NEWS AT FIVE Ten 837,000
15 BILLY CONNOLLY’S ROUTE 66 SNEAK PEEK Seven 799,000
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Reporters Chad Livengood, Rick Pluta and Dave Eggert Attend a Michigan Municipal League Media Roundtable Event in Lansing March 18, 2013
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LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League and local leaders held a press conference today calling for action from the state on issues crucial to the future prosperity of Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships. Topping the list are transportation funding, critical problems with the recently passed personal property tax legisation, and the ongoing pattern of revenue sharing cuts that continue to gut local coffers and make it increasingly difficult to provide the local services that Michigan citizens expect in their communities. Read the press release.
Michigan Municipal League President David Lossing, mayor of Linden, led the media roundtable event Monday at the League’s Lansing office. Also speaking were East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett, a member of the League board; Durand Mayor Deb Doyle, past president of the League; Samantha Harkins, director of State Affairs, and League CEO Daniel Gilmartin.
About 10 media outlets attended, including reporters from the Associated Press, mlive.com, Detroit News, Michigan Public Radio, TV 6 and TV 10; MIRS and Gongwer news services; and Lansing City Pulse.
“While the problems facing Michigan’s communities is the result of many factors, it is still a fact that the state government, legislatures and governors alike, have cut revenue sharing for local municipalities by more than .2 billion over the past dozen years,” Lossing stated in a press release distributed at the event. “It is a fact that the state government has taken those funds and used them to solve problems in the state budget or to pay for state programs and policies. And it is a fact that those cuts have contributed to thousands of local police officers and firefighters losing their jobs, reductions in road and bridge repairs, massive cuts to local parks and libraries, and much more. Michigan cities have been largely pushed aside by our state government for far too long, and anything short of an increase in statutory revenue sharing is not good enough.”
Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed no funding increases for statutory revenue sharing in his 2014 state budget, despite the massive cuts made to revenue sharing funding over the past decade.
In addition, legislation passed in December – on the final day of the last state Legislature session – would cut another stable source of local funding for local communities — the business personal property tax (PPT). This legislation would cut local community funding up to 20 percent in many communities, assuming Michigan voters approve a ballot question authorizing the PPT law to take effect. The Legislature still has not voted to put the PPT law on the August 2014 statewide primary ballot.
Daniel Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League, said the PPT legislation passed in December created “several outstanding issues” that must be resolved.
“We delivered a letter to the Lieutenant Governor outlining the issues in the PPT bills that must be resolved, and we were told they would be resolved,” Gilmartin said. “It is essential that those issues be fixed, and anything short of that is not good enough. If they are not resolved, replacement funding to local communities would be threatened to the point of potentially causing irreparable and permanent fiscal damage to literally dozens or hundreds of Michigan cities.”
Samantha Harkins, director of state affairs for the League, said Michigan cities are also concerned about the transportation funding proposals being considered by the Governor and Legislature. While the League supports a substantial increase in investments for transportation infrastructure and transit, any proposal that fails to increase funding to specifically address local infrastructure needs will not be good enough.
“Anyone who travels our local roads and state highways knows that Michigan’s transportation system and infrastructure are in deplorable shape and in desperate need of a major reinvestment,” said East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett. “The state must provide a level of funding that adequately addresses local transportation system needs. Inaction is not an option.”
Other officials attending the event were Meridian Township officials Julie Brixie, and Milton Scales; East Lansing Councilmember Kathy Boyle, Caro Councilmember Joseph Greene; Gladwin Mayor Thomas Winarski; Grand Blanc Mayor Susan Soderstrom; Grand Haven Councilmember Robert Monetza; Huntington Woods Mayor Ron Gillham; Ithaca Councilmember L.D. Hollenbeck; and Quincy Village Manager Eric Zuzga.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (734) 669-6317.