The Seven and Nine Networks are back in
the NSW Supreme Court today arguing over Mark Llewellyn, Nine’s former demoted
News and Current Affairs Director, who defected to rival Seven Network this
week.

Nine tried to sneak an ex parte injunction through the court late yesterday to block
Llewellyn’s move to Seven until the court case, but
Seven’s lawyers heard about it and stopped the
action.

The
two parties were directed to reappear today, when Nine
is expected to argue for the injunction because it claims Llewellyn has breached
his contract which it claims is still in force.

Nine claims Llewellyn had accepted
his demotion and his halving in salary.

Llewellyn and Seven have argued that
the contract was breached by Nine because it broke two
key clauses: one, that the contract specifically stated that he was to be paid a
certain amount of money and two, that he was being employed as the Network’s
Director of News and Current Affairs.

Meanwhile there’s continuing talk at
Nine that forced redundancies might have to be
ordered.

Nine’s 2007 revenue is looking poor
as it assesses a 9-10% drop in revenues for the 2006 financial
year which ends in a week’s time. More cuts to programs are likely before the
end of 2006.

And
Business Sunday host Ali Moore has asked to be considered for redundancy; the
Today Show has been told that its cuts will be nine staff and that forced
redundancies might follow.

Peter Fray

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