Nice to see the Nine Network’s Business Sunday and the ABC’s Inside Business on the pace Sunday morning with solid reports on the News Corp annual meeting in New York.

Business Sunday used the AFR ‘s Sean Aylmer as main talent in a phone interview and he was up to the mark. Business Sunday also used a grab from Stephen Mayne.

Business Sunday
also had a couple of other good segments: The Toll-Patrick spat is
becoming childish, a point nicely made by the way interviews with Chris
Corrigan of Patrick and Paul Little of Toll were used.

And the ABC’s Inside Business was a clone of Business Sunday.
Alan Kohler did the best he could with the News AGM, with a two way
cross to the ABC correspondent, Michael Rowland, overlaid with some
pictures and included some grabs from Murdoch.

What was apparent
though from the ABC vision (maybe the pictures were sharper on the ABC
than Nine) was the appalling colour of the Rupester’s hair – it looked
like a colour that a 34-year-old would be proud of.

Inside Business
did the Patrick-Toll brawl where you wish the two protaganists would
grow up. This is a multi billion dollar deal involving two companies
with around $9.5 billion in market capitalisation. Shareholders and
national interest demand more than the childish he said/they said, we
say/go away type of commentary from both camps.

Peter Fray

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