The ABC automation stuff ups you mentioned in Crikey yesterday wouldn’t just be from the ABC2 breakfast show. The flagship 7pm Melbourne (Victorian) news has suffered from them big time … and they continue. Someone posted them on YouTube before Christmas under the title “Automated Studio Stuff-Ups” but when management found out they were pulled.

The ABC stuff up tape allegedly made by Channel Ten editors that was refered to yesterday, was on YouTube last week and was quite good ammunition. It was on YouTube last week but seems to have been removed by the user.

I have it on very good authority that the much loved Crikey Satin Watch was sent around at least two of the commercial television stations with the admonition from on high that no more satin was to be worn.

The response by Don Rankin of Pitcher Partners to your tip last Wednesday is curious for the language used. The original tip did not mention redundancies, it simply stated that one-fifth of the Melbourne audit department had been shed. This is a fact. Whether they were made redundant or sacked, 12 of the 60 staff no longer work there. Pitcher Partners’ assertion that its Melbourne office is not directly related to ABC Learning is false — it is called brand damage. It is irrelevant that it was Pitcher’s Brisbane firm that did the ABC audit, that this was resigned in 2007 and that the Brisbane firm has left the network. They share the same brand and clients expect networked firms to operate as a unified entity despite the ownership structure.

Crikey/Media Monitors radio and TV rumour watch reports:

  • Herald Sun sports reporter Jon Anderson notes retired cricketer Matthew Hayden has “regrown his hair”. Anderson hopes to put a full [regrown hair] cricketing team together, naming Graham Gooch, Ricky Ponting, Martin Crowe, Graeme Yallop, “Mo” Matthews, Warnie and Doug “The Rug” Bollinger. — 6.26am 3AW (Melbourne)
  • Hollywood” Gossip with entertainment reporter Richard Reid: Model Lara Bingle and cricketer Michael Clarke’s engagement rumoured to be in trouble. — 6.57am Channel Nine Today Show
  • Presenter Ross Stevenson advises off-air caller claims an electrical company is to close all its warehouses today with all jobs lost. — 7.14am 3AW (Melbourne)
  • Presenter Simon Beaumont has heard “a red hot rumour” that WA company Argyle Diamonds has sacked up to 75% of its workforce. Not sure whether permanent or contract staff affected and is seeking comment from Argyle Diamonds. — 10.21am 6PR (Perth)

Peter Fray

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