Reading Gerald Stone’s book, Who Killed Channel 9? I was actually reminded of a TV program on the Seven network called Where Are They Now?
So in the interests of reminding readers what a classy bunch of people have gone, one way or another, from Nine since 2000-2001, here’s a rough list of people ”boned”, one way or another, by the changed management from 2001 onwards.
As Stone makes clear, there are three people to blame for this loss and the consequent loss of prestige, profit and promise at Nine: Kerry Packer, his son James and John Alexander. They controlled the levers, made the decisions, or didn’t block other decisions.
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Kerry Packer: gone to wherever people like him go.
Nick Falloon: former PBL CEO, flicked over OneTel, now running Ten.
Peter Yates: Falloon’s replacement, and got by John Alexander, now running Allco Equity Partners.
David Leckie: former Nine CEO, now running the Seven Network.
Peter Meakin: former Nine News and Current Affairs boss, now Seven’s Director of News and Current Affairs.
John Stephens: former Nine programmer, now helping Seven program.
Ian Johnson: former Nine Melbourne and temporary Nine Network CEO, now running Seven Melbourne.
Vance Lothringer: former Nine Network sales boss, now consulting at Ten.
Graeme Yarwood: former Nine Sales boss in Melbourne.
Brian Tucker: former finance head of Nine Melbourne.
Graham Trippett: head of facilities and production in Melbourne.
Mick Morris: TCN 9 CEO, now running Red Bee Australia.
David Gyngell: former Nine CEO, now running Granada in the US.
Sam Chisholm: now a director of Sky news and retired otherwise.
Hugh Marks: former Nine commercial director, now CEO of Southern Star.
Kim Anderson: former head of Nine digital, now at Southern Cross Broadcasting.
Creina Chapman: former Nine Lobbyist, starts with News Ltd on Monday.
Eddie McGuire: departs as Nine CEO officially today, now a quizmaster.
Lynton Taylor: former Nine CEO, returned by Kerry Packer, now gone into retirement.
Mark Llewellyn: former Nine news and current affairs boss, now at Seven.
Jana Wendt: former Sunday presenter, now independent.
Michael Pascoe: former Nine Finance Editor, freelancing.
Glenn Dyer: former Supervising producer of Business Sunday , freelancing.
Peter Hiscock: former Supervising producer of Sunday .
Graham Davis: former Sunday reporter, Independent production house.
Tony Ritchie: former Nine Sydney news Boss, now at Fox Sports.
Paul Fenn: former Nine Sydney news boss, now retired.
Graham Thurston: former Nine Sydney News EP, now working independently.
Cliff Neville: former 60 Minutes and Business Sunday senior producer, now independent.
Julian Cress/David Barbour: former producers ( The Block ) now in Los Angeles.
Helen Biven: former senior PA, now at Seven with Peter Meakin.
Kris Noble: former Nine head of Drama, now at Southern Star.
Rory Callaghan: former head of Light Entertainment, now at Southern Star.
Fiona Baker: former producer, now independent.
Glenn Palliser: former Light Entertainment Director.
Hilary Innes: former Light Entertainment Director.
Jim Waley: former Sunday and Sydney news host, now retired.
Steve Liebmann: former Today show host, retired because of poor health, now freelancing in radio and Pay TV.
Jessica Rowe: Today show, boned and now bringing up her first child.
Sandra Levy: former head of Drama (and head of ABC TV), just been appointed head of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
Posie Graeme Evans: former Nine head of Drama, now overseeing McLeod’s Daughters and Hi Five .
Don Burke: flicked along with Burke’s Backyard . Coming back later this year?
Jamie Durie: Backyard Blitz , gone to Seven Network.
Mike Munro: ex A Current Affair , still there, but ‘boned’ …
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