The Bolt Report

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The Bolt Report
The Bolt Report logo.JPG
Presented by Andrew Bolt
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 133 (as of 27 April 2014)
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 8 May 2011 – present
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The Bolt Report is a satrical Australian Sunday morning political discussion show which airs from Network Ten on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am (repeated at 4:00 pm). It is hosted by conservative commentator Andrew Bolt, who focuses on political and social comment in the form of opinion commentary, panel discussion and interviews. The program highlights 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 2013, on 24 November 2013, Bolt disclosed that The Bolt Report would return in 2014, running for one hour rather than for 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".[1]


The program debuted with 163,000 while the encore received 123,000 viewers.[3] The debut was narrowly beaten by Insiders, which received 172,000 viewers.[4] Bolt stated on his blog he would like to beat Insiders[5] on which he had appeared for 10 years.[6] 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.[7] For the remainder of 2011 The Bolt Report remained at the bottom of the free-to-air ratings for its timeslot.[8] This contrasted with The Bolt Report's 2012 ratings share which regularly exceeded that of Insiders.[9] In July 2013 the number of viewers of the program was approximately 168,000.[10] In November 2013 the program had an estimated 104,000 viewers.[11]

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  1. ^ Keating unleashes the lip on 'muesli-chewing' Moore, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2011
  2. ^ Tony Abbott, the love child Palin and Trump never knew, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2011
  3. ^ Knox, David (9 May 2011). "Week 20". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (15 May 2011). "Week 20". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Bolt, Andrew (16 May 2011). Herald Sun "First Goal Reached". Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Bodey, Michael (2011-04-11). "Andrew Bolt to thunder on after Insiders". The Australian. Nationwide News Pty Limited. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (23 May 2011). "Week 23". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Paddy Manning, Julian Lee (12 December 2011). "Rinehart goes into bat for low-rating Bolt". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Glenn Dyer (21 November 2012). "Bolt beats Insiders, thanks to his defender Lachlan". Crikey (Crikey). Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Ben Butler (12 July 2013). "Ratings nothing to giggle about". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Soft Sunday viewing hints at summer". TV Tonight. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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