Another week, another win for the Nine News nationally, but with a
falling margin over Seven. Another week, another win for Seven in
Sydney over Nine and also TodayTonight over A Current Affair.

That brought the spinners out from both sides as you can see from this piece in The Australian’s Media section last Thursday. Then on Sunday there was another snipe from Nine in the Sydney Sun-Herald
with ‘sources’ pointing out the number of Nine staffers who have said
‘no’ to Seven and its News and Current Affairs chief, Peter Meakin.

The
story doesn’t seem to be on line, but Meakin is quoted as confirming
he’d spoken to a number of Nine staffers, “I think they used me to
parlay themselves pay rises,” he told the paper.”I feel like John West
– they are the fish I reject”.

Nine claims he has talked to
producer Anthony Murdoch, sports journalist Andrew McKinlay and
reporters Mark Burrows and Damian Ryan. There have been others and the
same has gone on in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Nine, of course, has
sniffed around Seven people, such as young Sydney reporter, Sam
Armtyage. That’s the nature of the business which is why Nine is
attempting to disparage its rival’s news in Sydney as being
unattractive.

But if all else fails, there is of course sex to make the news more watchable, or rather lingerie and legs as this Sun-Heraldpiece explains. What will they think of next, Nude News?

Meanwhile, a well-regarded former Nine director, Mark Kaminavaryi, has recently begun working at Seven on Sunday Sunrise, among other programs, joining the growing number of ex-Niners working for Little Kerry.

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