The Bolt Report
|The Bolt Report|
The Bolt Report logo
|Presented by||Andrew Bolt|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||133 (as of 27 April 2014)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Network Ten|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||8 May 2011 – present|
The Bolt Report is an Australian Sunday morning political discussion show. Broadcast by Network Ten on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am and repeated at 4:00 pm, it is hosted by conservative commentator Andrew Bolt who focuses on strong political and social comment in the form of opinion commentary, panel discussion and interviews. The program also focuses on climate change policy, immigration issues, federal deficits and government borrowing, government corruption and free speech. The program premiered on 8 May 2011.
On the final show of the year, on 24 November 2013, Bolt disclosed that The Bolt Report would return in 2014, running for one hour rather than 30 minutes.
The program involves panel discussions, interviews, commentary and individual segments including:
- "Spin of the Week" - a look at the best media spin of the week nominated by readers of his blog
- "Free Speech Award" - an award given to a high-profile personality who has made a controversial or criticised statement during the week. The inaugural award went to a former prime minister, Paul Keating, for his description of supporters of Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore as "sandal-wearing, muesli-chewing, bike-riding pedestrians".
- "Poor Taste Award" - an award given to a high-profile personality for an offensive statement made during the week. The inaugural award went to Julia Gillard for a describing Tony Abbott as the "love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump".
The program debuted with 163,000 while the encore received 123,000 viewers. The debut was narrowly beaten by Insiders, which received 172,000 viewers. Bolt stated on his blog he would like to beat Insiders on which he had appeared for 10 years. He reached this goal in his second episode, reaching 174,000 viewers, beating Insiders with 166,000.
In 2011 ratings for the show declined to 136,000 viewers for the third episode and 131,000 for the encore. This compared to 207,000 for Insiders. For the remainder of 2011 The Bolt Report remained at the bottom of the free-to-air ratings for its timeslot. This contrasted with The Bolt Report's 2012 ratings share which regularly exceeded that of Insiders. In July 2013 the number of viewers of the program was approximately 168,000. In November 2013 the program had an estimated 104,000 viewers.
- Keating unleashes the lip on 'muesli-chewing' Moore, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2011
- Tony Abbott, the love child Palin and Trump never knew, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2011
- Knox, David (9 May 2011). "Week 20". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- Knox, David (15 May 2011). "Week 20". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- Bolt, Andrew (16 May 2011). Herald Sun "First Goal Reached". Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- Bodey, Michael (2011-04-11). "Andrew Bolt to thunder on after Insiders". The Australian. Nationwide News Pty Limited. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- Knox, David (23 May 2011). "Week 23". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
- Paddy Manning, Julian Lee (12 December 2011). "Rinehart goes into bat for low-rating Bolt". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 23 April 2012.
- Glenn Dyer (21 November 2012). "Bolt beats Insiders, thanks to his defender Lachlan". Crikey (Crikey). Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- Ben Butler (12 July 2013). "Ratings nothing to giggle about". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- "Soft Sunday viewing hints at summer". TV Tonight. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014.