Jun 29, 2011

Origin bias … Leila’s origin lobbying … Guardian v Rupert …

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Origin bias fight in the bedroom. It’s a divisive game, state-of-origin footy. As Crikey reported, it’s already split two News Limited papers over Maroon halfback Johnathan Thurston’s right to play. Now bias in the commentary box has driven a rift in the marriage of PBL Media chief David Gyngell and wife/employee Leila McKinnon.

The Courier Mail has long complained about Nine’s commentary box, stacked with one-eyed Blues Ray Warren, Peter Sterling, Phil Gould and a Johns brother or two. Gyngell was having none of it yesterday, insisting they’re “the best in the business”. But his wife disagrees — she’s been recruited by the Snail to take lobbying efforts to the bedroom. The paper reports:

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