Glenn Dyer writes:

At News
Ltd, spinner and former journo, Janet Fife-Yeomans is
going back to the coalface on the Daily Telegraph
in the specially created role of Chief Reporter. She had been spinning
for Rupert with master spinner, Greg “James Hardie” Baxter, and there
have been rumours around News Ltd that the two were not a pair of happy
campers.


Over in TV land, Seven, Nine and Ten have been agog with
reported sightings of former Nine high flier, Hugh Riminton around
various newsrooms. Hugh is with CNN in Hong Kong and safely for all
those nervy hacks in Sydney TV, he has time to run on his CNN contract
and no interest in returning to the goldfish bowl of Australian TV
journalism.



Meanwhile Seven is gripped with rumour and innuendo about former Weekend Sunrise host Chris Reason
and the expanded 11am to midday news. Tipsters claim Reason will host and that Anne Sanders is
out. Wrong!
The right mail is that Sanders has the gig and will have the gig when the new
program starts shortly. Seven’s
LA anchor, Mike Amore is returning later this year and Anna Coren is replacing him, meaning her summer gig at Today
Tonight

will be up for grabs. Reason is back in the Seven Newsroom, but he was
sighted at The Point Hotel in Sydney’s Ultimo for lunch with one of the
pub’s co-owners, Ten News Director, Jim Carroll. But there’s nothing
happening there as Ten is full up at the moment, having just poached
Helen Kapalos from Nine to co-anchor the Ten news in Melbourne.

Over at
Nine, all sorts of rumours – that it will go to an hour
long news/current affairs type format with a window for local content … firmly
denied; that the Today show is being cut to a 7am start … also denied. There was a
meeting at Nine on 22 March to discuss the future direction of the Today show
but as yet no real sign of any decision making.

Reporter Leila McKinnon is heading to the
US to follow hubbie, David Gyngell, the former
Nine CEO who now works with Granada in Los
Angeles. She’s
going to be doing work for Nine on a new health and
lifestyle program Beyond is doing. McKinnon impressed with her updates in Nine’s
Games coverage last month where she was one of the better
performers.

Meanwhile Nine staffers are
waiting to see who gets the London reporting gig vacated by Michael Usher.
Nine says the position is being kept and won’t be a cost
cut.

And at
the Fin Review, long-time arts writer and auction room haunter,
Terry Ingram, has decided to pull up stumps. Ingram has been at the AFR for mos

Peter Fray

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