Media in Sydney

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Media in Sydney is internationally influential, with most Australian media companies and all major television networks headquartered in Sydney. Sydney is often referred to as Australia's "media capital" since it completely dominates the media market in Australia. The book publishing industry in Sydney is also very large. Also, many of Australia's broadcasting companies have head offices in Sydney. Sydney is also home to Australia's film industry, with major production companies based in and around the Sydney CBD. Fox Studios Australia is located in Sydney, in the inner city suburb of Moore Park.


Sydney has two main daily newspapers. The Sydney Morning Herald (which is the oldest Australian newspaper) is Sydney's newspaper of record with extensive coverage of domestic and international news, culture and business. It is also the oldest extant newspaper in Australia, having been published regularly since 1831. The Herald's competitor, The Daily Telegraph, is a News Corporation-owned tabloid. Both papers have tabloid counterparts published on Sunday, The Sun-Herald and the Sunday Telegraph respectively. The Australian and Australian Financial Review are also based in Sydney, but are considered national papers.

Smith's Weekly was published in Sydney but circulated around Australia. It ran from 1919 to 1950.


Sydney has five television networks. The three commercial television networks (Seven, Nine and Ten), the national government network (ABC) and the multi-cultural provider (SBS). Each network has provided additional channels on the Freeview digital network. These include One, Eleven, TVSN, Spree TV, ABC2/KIDS, ABC3, ABC News, SBS HD (SBS broadcast in HD), SBS Viceland, Food Network, NITV, 7Two, 7mate, 7flix, 7HD (Seven broadcast in HD), TV4ME, RACING.COM, 9HD (Nine broadcast in HD), 9Gem, 9Go!, 9Life and eXtra. All networks have their headquarters located in Sydney. Pay TV Foxtel, Optus and MTV Australia are also all headquartered in Sydney. Historically, the networks have been based on the north shore, but the last decade has seen several move to the inner city. Nine have kept their headquarters and news studio north of the harbour, in Willoughby. Ten have their news studios in a redeveloped section of the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont (it was moved from North Ryde, then Ultimo), and Seven also have headquarters in Pyrmont as well as a new purpose built news studio in the CBD and production studios in Eveleigh. The ABC has a large headquarters and production facility in the neighbouring suburb of Ultimo (It was moved from Artarmon) and SBS have their studios at Artarmon. Foxtel and Optus both supply pay-TV over their cable services or via satellite to most parts of the urban area.


Sydney is Australia’s centre for film and media. Many of the landmarks in Sydney have been referenced, shown and the setting for countless films and television programs. Sydney also has a wide amount of references to films that have been set in the city, the most famous being Finding Nemo, which was set in the famous Sydney Harbour. The emerging suburb of Parramatta in Sydney, recently played host to Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson film premiere You, Me and Dupree. All films premiere in Sydney and only in very few cases in other Australian cities. Film in Sydney has been criticized for attracting major and international productions only and neglecting local productions, which are usually filmed in other Australian cities. Compared to other Australian cities, Sydney's film industry is highly commercial and only Gold Coast has a commercial film industry slightly similar to Sydney's.


For 2010, the Nielsen Company estimates the Sydney radio market has 3,983,000 listeners.[1]

Many AM and FM government, commercial and community radio services broadcast in the Sydney area. The local ABC radio station is 702 ABC Sydney. The talkback radio genre is dominated by the perennial rivals 2GB and 2UE. Popular music stations include KIIS 106.5, Triple M, 2Day FM, and Nova 96.9, which generally targets people under 40. In the older end of the music radio market, Smooth 95.3 and Hope 103.2 target the 25 to 45 age group, while WS-FM targets the 40 to 54 age group with their Classic Hits format mostly focussing on the 70's & 80's And 2CH targets the over 55's. Triple J, 2SER and FBi Radio provide a more independent, local and alternative sound. There are also a number of community stations broadcasting to a particular language group or local area.

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  1. ^ 2010 Population Potentials by Demographics,