Sunday morning and the heads were talking. John Howard on Seven, Bill Shorten of the AWU on Seven, Stephen Smith, the Federal Opposition’s Finance Spokesman and Heather Ridout of the Australian Industry group on Ten’s Meet the Press. Roger Corbett was the most notable talking head on Nine’s Business Sunday.

Over on Sunday, Mandy Vanstone, on the ABC’s Insiders, Wayne Swan, the Opposition’s Treasury Spokesman and on Inside Business, also on the ABC, Barry Fitzpatrick of the Bank of Adelaide and Andrew Ferrier of Fonterra, the NZ Dairy group bidding for National Foods.

Business Sunday, of course, had more with the second part of Ross Greenwood’s epistle to the superannuants. There was a nice story on Blackmores, the vitamins company, but Maurice Blackmore is a mad keen sailor, seriously keen. Would have been great pictures and that’s the name of the game these days at the kinder, softer, Business Sunday with The Bulletin.

BSWTB also had a nice story on Sensis, the directors part of Telstra, but Ross Greenwood should have considered or posed the question that if and when Sensis and Telstra are sold off, then all competitive restrictions on the White and Yellow Page directories should come off and competitors should be allowed to use them and drive competition.

After all, if Telstra could be forced to sell off Foxtel as a part of any float, why not end the monopoly on the directories for greater competition?

Roger Corbett gave us a few thoughts, but we could have had more than the few minutes allotted. Woolies is such an interesting business and for all his faults, Roger Corbett is an interesting CEO.

Rating the Shows

Business Sunday: 6.5 out of 10 (good mix, but soft)
Sunday Sunrise: 7.5 (the PM counts)
Meet the Press: 6.5 (that direction in Smith interview)
Insiders: 6.5 (for insiders)
Inside Business 7.0 (good mix)
Sunday: 8.0 (tops for the royals story and Macquarie Fields)

Read Terry Television’s full report on the site here: http://www.crikey.com.au/articles/2005/03/006-0001-6459.html

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