Michael Pascoe writes:

Doubts about whether Eddie
All-over-the-place is really CEO of the Nine Network appear to be confirmed by
this morning’s SMHCBD column.

It details no less than three PBL
executives – two of them board members – taking time to meddle directly in the
relatively minor budgetary matter of how many reporters 9 had covering the
Academy Awards.

All three of them – executive deputy
chairman Chris Anderson, chief executive officer John Alexander and chief
operating officer Pat O’Sullivan – had time to swap emails with each other and
the then head of news and current affairs, Mark Llewellyn, No prize for
guessing the tone of the missives sent to Llewellyn. Not quite the eventual
sandwich, but certainly a malodorous hors d’oeuvre.

It might be a bit of a worry for PBL
shareholders that three of PBL’s top four suits had nothing better to do than
to count bodies at the Oscars and wonder why they came to four. It’s the sort
of down-the-line operational matter that you’d think someone running Channel 9
itself would be expected to handle. (There’s another whole discussion about
what those particular three might know about making commercial television
anyway, but we don’t need to go there now.)

The Academy Awards were held on February
25. It was reported Eddie McGuire would take over as CEO on February 13 – but
there seems to be no mention of Eddie in the emails. Could it be that he’s not
really CEO after all?

Peter Fray

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