Batkovic wins third straight WNBL MVP

Townsville Fire centre Suzy Batkovic has become the first player to win three successive WNBL Most Valuable Player awards, a feat even the great Lauren Jackson couldn’t manage.

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Batkovic was voted the best player in the competition in each of the past two seasons while playing for the Adelaide Lightning.

The 33-year-old has been just as dominant in her first season with Townsville, finishing in the top five in points, rebounds, blocks and steals while leading the Fire into Sunday’s grand final against Bendigo.

Only Jackson (four MVPs in 1999-2000 and 2003-04) has won the MVP title more times than Batkovic – but the Opals superstar never claimed three in a row.

“To be honest, when I found out I was a little bit speechless, which doesn’t happen very often,” said the three-time Olympian.

“I was just blown away. I didn’t see it coming at all, but I’m really honoured to receive the award.”

Batkovic has previously won WNBL titles with the AIS in 1998-99 and the Sydney Uni Flames in 2001 and would love to claim a third crown with a third team.

The Fire will go in as underdogs against defending champions Bendigo as they chase what would be a first WNBL title for the North Queensland franchise.

“As you get older, you realise that it’s rare to make a grand final, and even more so to win one,” she said.

“Many great athletes go through their career and don’t win a championship. As you get older, you get hungrier for success.”

Batkovic polled 136 votes in the MVP.

Dandenong Rangers star Jenna O’Hea was second on 129 and Adelaide Lightning forward Laura Hodges was third with 116.

Qantas redundancies ‘half-baked’: union

Up to 4500 Qantas workers will be given till the end of March to take or leave a “half-baked” redundancy package, unions say.

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Australian Services Union (ASU) NSW branch secretary Sally McManus said Qantas would issue the staff on Thursday with expressions of interest in redundancy.

“4500 Qantas staff are going to be given a slip of paper and be asked whether they want to go – that’s going to happen today,” Ms McManus told AAP.

She said although the deadline on the offer for most workers was the end of March, workers at Sydney international airport had a deadline of March 21.

“There’s either no plans about they want to do in those areas or half-baked plans, or bits of plans,” Ms McManus said.

“I think that basically (Alan) Joyce has made the announcement of the 5000 jobs and has told the managers `you go find them’.

“Really bad decisions could happen because of this haste.”

She said the union and Qantas would square off in the Fair Work Commission in Sydney on Thursday afternoon over the airline’s plans to shed up to 90 full-time check-in staff at Sydney international airport.

“That’s a hell of a lot of people as a percentage of that workforce,” Ms Sullivan said.

She said the union had asked the commission to intervene after meetings between the union and Qantas stalled on Wednesday.

“We tried to bring up alternative ideas at this rushed meeting and they dismissed them,” Ms McManus said.

Qantas said about 2500 workers would be asked if they wanted to take a voluntary redundancy, or in some cases, a part-time role.

“That doesn’t mean that all 2500 people will go – the number that leave the business will be much less than that,” a Qantas spokeswoman said in a statement.

“After employees have indicated if they want a voluntary redundancy we will review the applications and consult with those employees.”

She said the impacted workers would “not be leaving within weeks”.

“They will exit the business over April and early May,” she added.

Tribute to Senna from Carnival champions

Rio has elected the Unidos da Tijuca samba school as its Carnival champions, a 40-strong jury crowning a program which paid homage to late Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna.

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The champions chose speed as their theme for their Monday parade, in which their 3,600-strong troupe honoured the memory of national idol Senna, killed in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix 20 years ago.

Unidos da Tijuca also paid tribute to Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, featuring a runner dressed in Jamaican kit during a parade which wowed 72,000 spectators at a packed Sambadrome.

The elite dance school, whose routine featured a Formula One car and mini race track, just pipped nearest rivals Salgueiro by one tenth of a point on Wednesday to land their third title in the past five years.

After the jury announced the result, having judged criteria such as samba style, costumes and floats, some 10,000 supporters of the champions gathered at their headquarters for an all-night celebration party.

Imperio da Tijuca were meanwhile relegated from the elite section after coming last.

Although this year’s Carnival officially ended Tuesday night, the top six schools will appear again in Saturday’s Champions’ Parade.

One of Rio’s oldest samba schools having been formed in December 1931, Unidos da Tijuca represent several slums or favelas in the western Tijuca area.

Some four million people, including 918,000 tourists, participated in this year’s Rio Carnival, the world’s biggest street party, featuring some 500 street parades as well as the two nights of elite parades.

China risks in 140 characters? Weibo needs

While internet giants such as Twitter and Google champion free speech, the US listing document for Chinese microblogging platform Weibo is littered with 56 pages of warnings on the risks of operating in a country that seeks to control information.

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Weibo Corp, a subsidiary of Chinese internet behemoth Sina, has filed for a $US500 million ($A554.29 million) stock offer in the United States, the ultimate exercise in capitalism. It is seeking funds to grow users in the face of pressure from newer competitors.

But Chinese authorities maintain a vast censorship machine to delete content considered objectionable, while at the same time manning the so-called Great Firewall of China to block access to sensitive outside sites.

Banned services include Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, which enable individuals to communicate with each other on a mass scale.

Weibo’s listing contains a 40-page section on “Risk Factors”, and another 16 pages on the effects of laws and rules in the People’s Republic of China.

“Regulation and censorship of information disseminated over the internet in China may adversely affect our business and subject us to liability for information displayed on our platform,” it says.

Banned content includes anything that “impairs the national dignity” of China, “disturbs social order or disrupts social stability”, is reactionary, obscene, superstitious, fraudulent or defamatory, among other categories, it explains.

On page 138, Weibo admits to censoring posts to conform to Chinese law.

“We have adopted internal procedures to monitor content displayed on our platform, including a team of employees dedicated to screening and monitoring content uploaded on our platform and removing inappropriate or infringing content,” it says.

It is required to verify the identities of all those who post on its platforms, it adds, and may have to register its encryption software with Chinese authorities.

“Western (internet) companies, part of their image and reputation, lies on the fact that they are bastions of freedom of expression,” said Jason Q Ng, a research fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and author of Blocked On Weibo.

“That Weibo disclosed the fact that they censor… speaks to the reality of the facts on the ground – disclosing to their potential investors that this stuff is a risk.”

In contrast Twitter, with which Weibo is often compared, was hailed as a tool of free expression during the Arab Spring.

Twitter – whose CEO is making a private visit to China – has long proclaimed itself a defender of free speech. However, it too has faced controversy over censorship after announcing it can block tweets on a country-by-country basis if legally required to do so.

But according to analysts, such issues might not matter to investors. They say the success of the Weibo share offer will hinge on buyers wanting a stake in a technology play in a country with more than 600 million internet users.

Its parent Sina Corp – which holds just over two-thirds stake in Weibo before the share offer – is already listed on the technology-heavy Nasdaq market with a market value of $US4.5 billion.

“Content censorship and related regulations have been the norm for China’s internet industry through its development the past 20 years. It’s not a fresh issue,” said Hu Yanping of independent research institute DCCI.

“The capital market will be focused on the company’s operations, its ability to generate income and profits.”

Zhuo Saijun, of consultancy Analysys International, added: “I think there will still be fervent interest from investors”, citing Weibo’s value to companies for marketing.

Nevertheless, analysts say a government crackdown on content and “verified” Sina Weibo users, who are the thought leaders of Chinese cyberspace, has hurt microblogs across the board.

Last year, Chinese-American investor Charles Xue, who had about 12 million followers on his Sina microblog that was heavily critical of the government, was arrested on charges of soliciting prostitutes and paraded on state television.

In 2012, Sina disabled the comment feature on the Weibo platform for three days following rumours of a coup after the dismissal of high-flying politician Bo Xilai, and shut down specific accounts that carried the speculation.

Weibo Corp said in the listing filing it had more than 129 million monthly active users and more than 61 million daily active users in December, both rising steadily since 2012. It recorded a net loss of $US38.1 million in 2013, narrowing from $US102.5 million a year earlier.

But the government-linked China Internet Network Information Centre estimates that microblog users fell nine per cent to 281 million last year.

One foreign fund manager, who declined to be named, said: “It just does not have that dynamism compared to messaging.”

PM Abbott thrown a wrong ‘un

Cricket coaches say mental toughness and getting into the “zone” are essential to great bowling.

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Tony Abbott has been aiming to get into the zone during the past six months of his first Test.

The prime minister’s zone is well-defined: end the waste, fix the budget, stop the boats, Australia is under new management and open for business.

As he told coalition MPs at a party room meeting in Canberra this week: “We have started to find our line and length.”

His team knows the strategy demands high standards of discipline.

So it was that Arthur Sinodinos stepped aside as assistant treasurer on Wednesday ahead of fronting the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption as a witness in coming weeks.

Sinodinos is well-acquainted with dealing with political crises and setbacks, having served as chief of staff to former prime minister John Howard for nine years.

He knows when a “sideshow” (his own words) becomes too much of a distraction for a government.

And he has the prime minister’s assurance his ministerial job remains open for him after the last tent of the sideshow is pulled down.

But questions remain about his taking on the role of director, in 2008, and chairman, in 2010, of Australian Water Holdings before entering parliament.

ICAC has heard Sinodinos, a well-connected former treasurer and president of the NSW Liberals, was offered the $200,000 a year job to open lines of communication with his party and the state government.

He stood to gain up to $20 million if AWH was awarded a contract with the state-run Sydney Water.

Sinodinos asserts no wrongdoing and insists he knew nothing of AWH’s decision to make secret donations to the Liberal Party, or a deal for the Obeid family to take a 30 per cent stake.

His answers at ICAC will be followed with great interest, but – no longer being on the frontbench – he is now off-limits from being quizzed at Senate question time.

Liberal MPs were quick to point out how Abbott’s standards of ethics and discipline differed to those of Labor in government.

Julia Gillard stood by backbencher Craig Thomson for years while the Fair Work Commission and media reports outlined examples of fraud and misconduct when he was national secretary of the Health Services Union.

But it wasn’t until April 2012 that she declared “a line had been crossed” and Thomson was booted from the ALP.

The Liberals also argue Labor has declined to pay back HSU-defrauded money which went into Thomson’s election campaign fund.

On the flipside, Thomson was never a government minister and, like Sinodinos, was due innocence until proven guilty at the time of being exiled to the cross benches.

The ICAC ball-tossing machine presents a problem for both Labor and the Liberals.

Federal and state Labor figures have been forced to pad up at hearings over the past few years.

At the heart of the inquiries is a former Labor figure, Eddie Obeid, whose name has become something of a byword for misconduct.

But more recent inquiries have required Liberal figures appear at the crease.

With only one sitting week left before the May 13 federal budget, and a Senate election re-run under way in Western Australia, the prime minister cannot afford any distractions.

A strong result in the WA election – which Liberal deputy leader Julie Bishop says is being taken as seriously as any general election – will help the government achieve its legislative program.

And the budget will outline the government’s economic and fiscal strategy for the remainder of its first term and well beyond.

Sinodinos was to play a key role in budget preparations, being a member of the so-called “razor gang”, but will now sit on the sidelines.

Abbott also wants to get some runs on the board in terms of international investment, with a visit to Papua New Guinea this weekend and a trade mission to Japan, South Korea and China in April.

In a previous job the advice from Sinodinos to the PM would be to focus on the talks with business and political leaders and stay in the zone.

Cerebos Gregg’s moves production to Sydney

Jobs are heading across the Tasman from New Zealand as food, sauce and coffee maker Cerebos Gregg’s closes its south Auckland factory and moves its food production to Sydney.

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The NZ plant will close just before Christmas with the loss of 125 jobs.

The East Tamaki factory had become too costly and inefficient to run, so food production will move to Sydney and coffee production will go to Dunedin, the company said on Thursday.

“This is a truly sad day for everyone involved,” chief executive Terry Svenson said in a statement.

“Our East Tamaki factory now needs major capital investment. But we can’t justify continuing to invest money in this ageing plant when we already have more modern manufacturing facilities capable of increased volumes.”

The East Tamaki factory will close on December 19.

The staff would have their jobs up until that date and the company would in the meantime help them find work elsewhere.

The Service and Food Workers Union says Cerebos Gregg’s had spent $NZ10 million ($A9.56 million) upgrading its Dunedin factory but that wouldn’t create more jobs.

It would be difficult for the workers as none of the big food factories nearby were hiring, said union spokesman Chas Muir.

Around half of them had given Cerebos loyal service for more than 10 years, he added.

“Although the work is not highly paid, it is well above the minimum wage, with stable hours of work,” he said.

The union blames government policies for the job losses.

“Government’s lack of support for manufacturing is hitting areas like food processing hard,” Mr Muir said.

“That flows on to families and communities.”

The government was very happy to promote New Zealand as a low-wage/insecure work destination for multi-national companies, but did nothing to keep decent jobs in sectors such as food manufacturing, he said.

Cerebos Gregg’s is the only New Zealand manufacturer producing instant coffee. Itcurrently employs around 450 people in New Zealand and 500 in Australia.

Moss praises Mariners’ character in loss

Beijing Guoan are the strongest side the Central Coast have faced, Phil Moss says, as the Mariners coach lauded his charges’ character in the heated 2-1 Asian Champions League away loss.

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The Mariners overcame Japanese giants Sanfrecce Hiroshima last week but couldn’t manage a repeat performance in the Chinese capital.

Their second defeat of the campaign leaves them bottom of their group and facing an uphill battle to advance to the knockout phase.

The hosts scored a goal in each half through Shao Jiayi and Peter Utaka, while Nick Fitzgerald netted a consolation with a penalty in the dying minutes at Beijing Workers Stadium on Wednesday.

But the margin could have been bigger if it weren’t for several superb saves from Mariners keeper Liam Reddy.

Tensions boiled over moments after Jiayi’s opening goal just before the break when Zhoa Hejing brought down Fitzgerald with a questionable challenge.

But it was Mariners skipper John Hutchinson and Zhang Chengdong who earned yellow cards after things got heated with several players needing to be restrained.

“It was a battle out there tonight and a very hostile environment for my players and I think they stood tall,” Moss said.

“Beijing are physically the strongest team that we have played.”

The Chinese Super League side had the lion’s share of possession in the opening stanza and kept Reddy on his toes with a barrage of strikes.

Having not registered a single shot on target in the first half it was a more attacking Mariners who returned from the break.

They weren’t able to nullify Utaka’s threat however with the speedy Nigerian striker doubling Beijing’s advantage before Fitzgerald got one back from the spot.

But Moss said his players would get confidence from their second-half showing.

“First half Beijing virtually kicked us off the park,” Moss said.

“The way my players dig deep in the second half, rolled their sleeves up and really matched the fight in the second half I was extremely proud.

“It’s certainly given us a lot of confidence to take home despite the scoreline.”

The Mariners will now have a week off ACL duty with two of their three remaining games back at Central Coast Stadium beginning with the return leg against Beijing Guon in a fortnight.

Only a point away from both second-placed FC Seoul and Sanfrecce, who sit in third, Moss feels victory at home would secure their progression.

“I have always said if you can win your home games you’re going to be a good chance,” Moss said.

“Certainly well be doing everything we can to get out of the group stage.”

Cracking the Norse code In Norway

Glinting brightly in the sharp morning light, thousands of glassy eyes are looking down at me.

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Yet not one of the vacant stares reveals the slightest hint of life.

It’s an unnerving feeling to be standing beneath a canopy festooned with dead bodies, but at this time of year in Norway’s remote Lofoten Islands, it’s almost unavoidable.

It’s late February, and one of the world’s most important cod fisheries is in full swing. During winter months, thousands of Arctic cod migrate south from the Barents Sea to spawn and, like generations before them, fishermen from all over Norway come here to join the marine gold rush.

What I’m standing under is a hjell, a large wooden triangular rack where fish are dried by sun and wind for 12 weeks.

No part of the fish goes to waste: severed heads strung up like bunches of onions will be ground up and sent to Nigeria, while bodies, resembling wet socks draped on a clothes airer, will be packaged off to Europe as stockfish and bacalau.

It’s an eery sight, but even more powerful is the smell. A sweet, fishy odour hangs above the islands, so stifling it becomes perversely appealing after a while.

There’s no doubt these dead fish are – and always have been – a lifeline for residents on the Lofoten islands. Some of the earliest fishermen were the Vikings, and cod formed an important part of their diet. Legends abound about Norwegian Viking boats being seized in Europe and supplies of stockfish eagerly confiscated.

It’s tales of these Norse warriors that have brought me to the wild archipelago in the Arctic Circle, which, although today unfamiliar to many, was once one of the most important Viking sites.

In 1983, archaeologists on the island of Vestvagoya uncovered ruins of what is believed to be the largest Viking longhouse ever found. A reconstruction of the 83m building, established around 500AD, now exists as the Lofotr Visitor Centre in small village Borg, where costumed actors serve mead in a grand banqueting hall.

Made up of seven major islands and thousands of smaller islets, the Lofoten Islands lie just off the coast of northern Norway at a latitude of 68N and are reached by three plane journeys from the UK.

While the majority of tourists visit Lofoten in summer, when the midnight sun makes it a hiker’s paradise, the landscapes are equally – if not more – captivating during colder months.

Mountains rise, sabre-like, from the rough Norwegian Sea, higher peaks swathed in heavy mist. Some rocks are smooth and rounded, while others form sharp peaks, like waves in a fierce storm frozen at their crest.

Human settlement here dates back 11,000 years, but as I step off the small propeller plane, it feels as if I’m one of the first people to arrive.

My base for the next few days is Svolvaer, the archipelago’s capital, where I book into one of the waterfront red timber cabins at Svinoya Rorbuer.

Draped with frayed fishing nets and weathered buoys, the cosy self-catering properties have been designed in the style of fishermen’s houses. Modern replicas of oil lamps hang in the windows; a tradition practised by anxious wives waiting for the husbands to return home from often perilous days at sea. And I even find my own hjell on the doorstep, although to my relief it’s not yet been hung with fish.

There is, however, a plate of cod fish waiting for me in the Borsen Spiseri restaurant. A meaty white loin is served with a milk jug of cod liver oil and a dense, salty sack of roe, dissected into slices. I’m told refills are available, and it becomes clear there’s no shortage of cod fish at this time of year. One of the waiters tells me that he recently caught enough fish in two hours to last his family for 12 months.

Fishing methods are far more sophisticated today, but to get an idea of what life at sea must have been like in the past, I visit Storvagan, one of the first fishing villages in Lofoten and an important European trading post in the 1300s.

A short film playing at the Lofotmuseet features many of the lighthouse keepers who, up until 20 years ago, lived with their families (and later alone) at the edge of the world.

“The periods of foul weather were the best,” recalls one nostalgic keeper. “We knew no-one would be coming for a while so we’d be left in peace to do what we wanted.”

Wistful recollections aside, life at sea was – and continues to be – hard.

One person who really understood the harsh beauty of Lofoten and portrayed it through his illustrations and lithographs was Norwegian artist Kaare Espolin Johnson, whose works are on display at the Galleri Espolin.

One particularly striking image depicts a fisherman who would sail for three hours just to feed his sheep; the rugged lines on his drawn face proof that life had physically worn him down.

“This isn’t an easy place,” says Jann Engstad from Lofoten Aktiv, whose family has lived on the islands since 1608. “But what we have here is very special.”

Jann takes me on a Northern Lights hunt later that night, driving through snow-filled and icy valleys looking for a clear gap in the clouds. The full moon is so bright we don’t even need torches to find our way as we scramble along the rocky coastline.

“This is one of the best places to see Northern Lights,” Jann tells me.

“We get the same displays as Tromso but we don’t have the packed busloads of people. What we have here is solitude and that’s wonderful.”

In the last 90 days, Jan boasts that he’s only had to cancel 10 trips and failed to see the lights on just three occasions. Tonight adds another strike to that list as unfortunately, Lady Aurora is not shining on us.

The Vikings believed the lights were the reflection of a grand battle taking place in the sky, the flashing armour of Valkyries flying down to fetch dead souls. I don’t encounter any battle mistresses on my travels, but I do witness winged warriors of a different sort swooping down to make a catch.

Northern Norway is home to the world’s densest population of sea eagles, and a sea safari with Lofoten Charter Boat takes me to the Trollfjord and along an area of coastline where the birds regularly come to fish.

Within minutes they begin to circle, their 2.7m wingspan casting shadows on the mountains.

In the sunlight, patches of water shimmer a Caribbean turquoise green, but I’ve come to realise these are castaway islands of a very different sort.

Rugged, wild, fearsome and marvellous; the Vikings couldn’t have chosen a more apt place to call home.

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Gaultier’s costumes to shine in Australia

A celebration of the couture king who dresses the likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue will be on show in Australia this summer.

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk will open at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in October.

More than one million people in New York, London and Montreal have already seen the exhibition, curated by former model Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who is currently in Melbourne.

Minogue has long been a fan of Gaultier’s work and is thrilled to collaborate with him for her tour costumes.

Gaultier’s surrealist Medee gown that Minogue wore to open her X world tour in 2008 and 2009 will be part of the exhibition.

“A visionary, his skill at creating drama and fantasy are second to none,” the singer says in a message sent to the NGV.

“On top of that, his kindness and humour shine through all that he does.

“A dear friend and an icon of design, long may he reign!”

More than 140 garments will be included in the exhibition, from the first dress he created in 1971 to his most recent haute-couture collections.

Gaultier says he is flattered the show is travelling Down Under.

Kidman was his first couture client, he has dressed Blanchett on several occasions and considers Minogue a dear friend.

Gowns worn by Kidman and Blanchett to the Oscars and Golden Globes will feature in the show.

“Preparing this exhibition I have realised how strong my ties to Australia are,” he says.

“I have also been working for many years with models Gemma Ward, Catherine McNeil, Jarrod Scott and the list goes on.

“The people are what make this country great and you Australians certainly excel.” The exhibition is split into seven themes reflecting Gaultier’s influences and obsessions, from the streets of Paris and London to his impact on world cinema.

It features Gaultier’s collaborations with other artists and photographers such as Andy Warhol and Mario Testino.

The Odyssey section focuses on sailors, mermaids and religious iconography and features stage costumes worn by Beyonce and dresses created for Catherine Deneuve and Marion Cotillard to wear to the Oscars.

Bras and corsets made for Madonna’s Blond Ambition world tour and 2012 MDNA tour are highlights in The Boudoir section, while a chiffon-camouflage dress worn by style icon Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards rocks Punk Cancan.

* The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk will run at the NGV from October 17, 2014 to February 8, 2015.

Ten’s got its own Puberty Blues

Retro drama series Puberty Blues may have been a hit amongst the chatterboxes on social media but it didn’t prove quite as popular in the ratings.

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The Network Ten series returned on Wednesday night and it ignited Twitter where it trended at number one.

However, the opening episode of the second series attracted just 538,000 viewers to be the 16th most watched show for the evening according to the overnight OzTAM ratings.

While it’s a relatively low number for a prime-time drama series and the lowest ever ratings for Puberty Blues, it remains Ten’s best-rating locally produced series this year.

Reality shows The Biggest Loser: Challenge and So You Think You Can Dance are struggling to get 400,000 viewers.

The launch of the whodunit series Secrets & Lies on Monday had 404,000 to be 26th overall.

Puberty Blues has started on a relatively strong base for a Ten program.

The Network says it was number one in its timeslot for 13 to 29 year olds but that’s neither the target age demographic for the series or Ten.

It was more than a million viewers behind My Kitchen Rules, which won the night even though it almost dipped below the 1.6 million mark for the first time this season.

The Seven Network cooking series attracted an audience of 1.609 million, the second lowest of the season, to beat Seven News (1.109 million) and Nine News (1.105 million).

Most watched shows on Wednesday

1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.609 million

2. Seven News (Seven) – 1.109 million

3. Nine News (Nine) – 1.105 million

4. The Block: Fans v Faves (Nine) – 1.092 million

5. Seven News/Today Tonight (Seven) – 1.037 million

6. Nine News 6.30pm (Nine) – 1.037 million

7. A Current Affair (Nine) – 925,000

8. Home And Away (Seven) – 903,000

9. The Blacklist (Seven) – 869,000

10. ABC News (ABC1) – 766,000

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17. Puberty Blues (Ten) – 538,000

* Source OzTAM