Tips and rumours

Jul 22, 2009

7:30 Report set for a new look?

In today's tips: "With The 7.30 Report's Kerry O'Brien on yet another of his extended vacations, ABC News bosses have begun tinkering with the idea of wholesale change to the program next year."

AWU backbenchers and Ministers (ministers already in town on Ministerial duty Monday to Wednesday inclusive) in Queensland were summoned to come to Brisbane for an urgent meeting yesterday. Without wanting to speculate, this is a very unusual thing to happen and needs further investigation. There is word around that the end is Bligh.

With The 7.30 Report‘s Kerry O’Brien on yet another of his extended vacations, ABC News bosses have begun tinkering with the idea of wholesale change to the program next year. The feeling is that both the show and its host are well past their use-by date. The choices are the nuclear option, which would require a re-design from top to bottom, or to replace O’Brien and his sullen “Welcome to the program” with someone who actually looked as if he/she wants to be there.

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6 thoughts on “7:30 Report set for a new look?

  1. John T

    Bring back Ali Moore to 7.30 Report. When she relieved KOB, she asked good questions much more persistently. She kept her own agendas concealed, and avoided crass behaviour towards her interviewees.

    I felt she dealt with issues much more thoroughly, and avoided ego contests with her subjects.

  2. David1

    While I think it is well time for K O’B to be sent backstage and the 7-30 report get a new front person, I suspect as well as Ali Moore has performed, the obvious front runner, if he wants the job, will be Tony Jones. A proven performer and a wealth of experience.

  3. stephen martin

    “As from the middle of September 09, if you pay your Telstra phone bill at a Post Office or a Telstra Shop you will be charged an extra $2.20 on your next account for the privilege. ” –
    You can see Telstra’s point I suppose, it is more expensive to process cash etc than on line payment; but it Seems to me that they are inverting the argument. It is more expensive to pay in the traditional manner than on line, therefore those paying on line should receive a discount, rather than penalize the traditional payers.
    I might add that I suspect that on line payments are earlier payers than the traditionalists.
    Personally I have paid on line for years so I am not affected

  4. meski

    If you pay on line you already pay a fee, either the credit-card surcharge from telstra, or a transaction fee by using direct debit from your bank. And the government is probably charging GST on these fees. (I’m not sure of that)

  5. Tom McLoughlin

    Kerry OBrien sullen? You’ve obviously never watched Laurie Oakes about to impale a minister on a Sunday interview.

  6. John Bennetts

    Since when has it been lagal to close off methods of payment of a debt without incurring a further charge?

    The concept of offering legal tender in settlement of a debt seems to be at risk of being set aside. What if I choose to pay in nice, crisp, plastic notes over the counter? Where is such a counter?

    This runs parallel to Telstra’s habit of makng chages to customers’ services and contracts without any record being issued to the customer, either on paper or via email. As a multi-service private customer, I have many times felt that Telstra have probably not been providing the agreed service, but in the absense of a copy of the contract, I have no recourse.

    If I do phone the service folk, I eventually obtain an oral response from somebody who I do not know and who is not authorised to consider properly what I am trying to say and who is unable to provide a text copy of the agreed outcome or action which is to happen as a result of agreement reached during the phone call. Perhaps I should record all such conversations and transcribe them in order to maintain a record of my dealings, but this is beyond me and, quite possibly, illegal.

    So Telstra’s customers are to no longer recieve proper invoices the services that they are being held responsible for but for which they have no entitlement to a record? And when payment is offered for this undefined service, the act of payment will itself attract further fees and charges?

    Where does this top-heavy autocratic nightmare end? Where does this road lead?

    Remember, all I really want are a couple of phones and an internet service. Why make things so vague and complex? The imbalance seems to originate from the concept that, while I need and seek a simple service, those in control perceive an opportunity, through complcating things, to make another bob or two at each step along the way, multiplied by 10 million customers.

    I need a contract written for a thousand dollar purchase and end up with a system devised to rip off billions and to pay its CEO mega-bucks purely for p-issing off!

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