Bert Newton has gone all cute and says he hasn’t signed with anyone, telling viewers on Good Morning Australia on Friday “we have another seven weeks before the show closes.”

But
Bert’s coyness is a bit strange because, on Thursday, Nine insiders were
saying he’s hopped over to Willoughby for a prodigal-like return after
realising that Ten wouldn’t give him what he wanted. There was no
attempt to kill off that speculation until late on Thursday, when we got the
line: “I haven’t signed with anyone.” Perhaps Bert has been reminded by
someone that he can’t sign with Nine until his contractual arrangements
with Ten are completed.

But when Bert wanders across, eventually, we all know the gig he will have in 2006 – hosting the Logies.

Meanwhile,
last night in Sydney also saw a big slap-up dinner to celebrate Ray
Martin’s 40 years in journalism. Sam Chisholm, Jana Wendt, Brian
Henderson, Alan Jones and their respective partners were all there: a
sort of gathering of the greats of the past.

Nine is currently
preparing a big showcase reel to show advertisers. I hear that Nine
management doesn’t want to play up Ray as the face of Nine’s News and
Current Affairs, but want to use his 60 Minutes mate, Jana Wendt.

Now what’s that say about his future at Nine and where his good mate, Sam Chisholm, sees Ray next year?