The SA Government are paying Lance Armstrong USD $1 million to appear at the Pro Tour. USD $500k has been paid up front, with the balance after the race. Think back a few months when it was announced somewhat prematurely that Lance was on his way. Has this proved to be a rather costly false start ? Those in the know at North Terrace have been told to keep very quiet!

A very very senior position in the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office is up for grabs and a selection committee had made a recommendation to fill it. But the committee’s selection has been over-ruled and the job will now be filled by Deb De Palma a relative of the Premier’s wife, and his close personal friend. De Palma was most recently in the spotlight in an Economic and Finance Committee hearing where her association with the Premier was also referred to in Hansard. The appointment is causing a storm in the public service corridors.

Latest rumour regarding The Canberra Times. Alan Oakley to be made GM and Michael Millett as editor. It makes delicious sense… it gets Oakley out of head office and out of the hair of those he has confronted over future of SMH and also gets his loyal offsider out of the way and yet gives Millett a chance to prove himself a “child of the new Fairfax ” (i.e. slash and burn). If he passes the test, his star is in the ascendancy. If not…

Michael Grenenger, Advertising Director of BRW, is rumoured to be “leaving” FBM.

There’s a rumour in media circles that the editors at Ten have compiled a tape of technical stuff-ups aired on the ABC2 News Breakfast TV Show. Apparently the best-of-the-worst technical glitches tape is being used to argue against Ten adopting the same money-saving automation equipment that ABC TV has purchased. Perhaps Crikey media operatives can upload the edited tape to a share website for everyone? CRIKEY: Perhaps a Ten insider wants to leak the tape to us?

Just how liquid is Jetstar? A fully paid and refundable star class fare was cancelled (in early November) and Jetstar still has the money. The latest explanation is that it takes about three months to process a refund on a credit card. Is that another way of saying that there is a funding crisis at Jetstar?

Crikey/Media Monitors radio and TV rumour watch reports:

  • Presenter Cosi says he was speaking to some former AFL footballers and one of them told him about a competition some footballers conduct to see who can sleep with the most women. He said that this person told him that Hawthorn player “Buddy” Franklin allegedly slept with 100 girls in 80 days. — 6.54am SA FM (Adelaide) 12 Jan 2009
  • Caller Caitlin claims a high profile AFL footballer was kicked out of the Beach Hotel in Albert Park on Saturday night. She says it took five security staff to remove him, and he was drunk and hassling female customers. — 7.09am 3AW (Melbourne)
  • Caller John says boxer Anthony Mundine is rumoured to be buying the Melbourne Tigers basketball team. — 7.13am 3AW (Melbourne)

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