News Ltd’s anti-Nine stance continues apace with sports columnist Rebecca Wilson taking aim at Nine’s NRL Footy Show in her Daily Telegraph column on Saturday.
Wilson took aim under the heading “Fatty thin on laughs”, a reference to the host of the NRL Footy Show, Fatty Vautin, a former Queensland, Australian and Manly player.
Her insults included: “in recent years the program has deteriorated … Last rites aren’t far away … someone at Nine read this and please, please make some dramatic changes … the show needs resuscitation. Someone has to tell Fatty and Sterlo (Peter Sterling a former Parramatta great) they aren’t required until Friday (when the first NRL game is played on Nine)”.
So what does News Ltd make of this sort of criticism from Wilson, who’s also now a Foxtel AFL sports hostess with her own show AFL Lovematch, which will air on Wednesdays from March 23 and, according to the Foxtel website, “features two AFL stars/legends and their better halves in a relationship challenge that will test how well they know one another, often with hilarious results.”
Wilson does have the tiniest of conflicts, being from a rival media company and working in a rival football code. But her views on the NRL Footy Show are supported by the ratings. This year they’ve been very soft to the point where the self-indulgent Melbourne Footy Show stands out as a performer. Last Thursday it was number-one in Melbourne, while the NRL Footy Show was 14th in Sydney and 20th in Brisbane.