When in doubt, turn to your readership for
ideas – Crikey’s always done that. And so does the SMH‘s David Dale
in his search for a way to save Channel Nine.

The worry is that some of 15 submissions by
Dale’s readers would actually work if Eddie Somewhere-or-other had the gonads
to go with them, but he understandably might not fancy “The Apprentice – watch Eddie be bossed around by PBL executives” or “Late Night
follows ordinary Aussie battlers as they lose the rent
money. Perfect synergy with PBL’s other businesses”.

Real ratings
winner though could be:

* It’s A Reality
TV Show: Eddie tells the audience that in
order to rejuvenate the channel, he intends to axe a number of TV
personalities. He puts up a list of potential candidates and asks the viewers
to vote for who should go. Episode 2 sees Bert/ Mike Munro/Tracey Grimjaw/ Karl
Stuffnupabit/ etc getting the axe, with footage of their worst performances.
The number of episodes the show could run for … well, how many hacks does CH
9 employ ?

* Jessica Rowe hosts a new reality program: When Career Changes Go Wrong.

* Hunting the
: 12 B-grade celebs with 20
minutes to hide, one tract of wilderness, two contestants with tranq guns, one
hour to get the highest score.

* Bring back Norman Gunston to host Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

*Australia‘s Biggest Bogan.
Contestants include Shane Warne,
Warwick Capper, Sam Newman, Fatty Vautin, Pauline Hanson,
Lleyton Hewitt.

Peter Fray

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