who came to dinner at Sambo’s house? According to Sydney media reports yesterday,
Nine’s “interim” boss, Sam Chisholm, has started a private charm
offensive among on air-staff.

invited Sydney 6pm newsreader, Mark Ferguson and
wife Jayne, to his house in Sydney’s North Shore, to help them celebrate their 10th wedding
anniversary. Also at the party were Peter
Overton, the 60 minutes talking head, and wife Jessica Rowe (the Ten Network’s
talking head on the 5pm News), Brian Henderson and wife Mardi.

Munro and wife Lea were there, 60 Minutes gal, Liz Hayes, Ian Audsley (Sam’s
hatchet man), and Jana
Wendt. A real
in-crowd. Ferguson must be resting a little
easier with a recent pick up in the Sydney news ratings, but Mike Munro is widely
thought at Nine to be Sambo’s pick to replace him.

Overton and Jessica Rowe are also a tipped to front the Today Show as a “couple.” This is something of a risk, but Sambo wants Today fixed, and fixed
quickly. The
only one missing from Sam’s old circle of on-air talent was Ray

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