There's nothing like a good state-of-origin war between The Courier Mail
and The Daily Telegraph
to get the circulation going --
missives are launched between the two warring papers about the same time time every year.
But when a TV star calls for a fellow employee to start withholding bedroom favours from his network's boss, well, you know a Wankley is just around the corner.
has been covering the ongoing split between the News Limited stablemates
for a while now, as Queenslanders everywhere grapple with the possibility they may finally be losing their grip on the coveted contest.
Next week the Blues head north of the Tweed with a very real chance of winning their first series since 2005, something the Banana Benders are pulling out all stops to avoid.
It all started with The Courier Mail
's week-long campaign to help save star Queensland halfback Jonathan Thurston. "JT" was being in danger of missing the crucial third match, warned the Snail,
on a supposedly trumped up charge from a "joke" NRL judiciary they said was being manipulated by conspiratorial forces south of the border.
Of course, down in New South Wales, Sydney's "bluespaper" didn't agree. The Daily Telegraph
was claiming the tribunal had done something right (for once) and that the charge should stick. But it wasn't enough, The Courier Mail
won and JT beat the rap.
So, with round one going to The Courier Mail
, the paper has turned its attention to a long-held bugbear of Queenslanders everywhere: the Channel Nine rugby league commentary box. The team is too biased towards New South Wales, they say, and could do with more of a maroon tinge.
Their target is PBL chief David Gyngell, someone the Snail
hopes can swing some changes to get either of noted cane toad legends Paul Vautin or Wally Lewis more time in the box. For days now the paper has been appeal for Gynge to give Queensland its "own voice".
Gyngell has yet to bite on the bias claims -- his team is "the best in the business," he says -- but he might need to do something soon, if the fight comes to close to home.
On Wednesday the paper asked Gyngell's wife
, Channel Nine presenter and Queenslander Leila McKinnon, whether she could "use her influence" at home to sway the Nine supremo:
"I'm getting behind it, I'll have Fatty [Paul Vautin] on the [play by play] team for sure," she said, before sounding a hint of caution.
"I'll do my best [to convince Gyngell], but how many men do you know who listen to their wives?"
Whether Gynge listens to his wife or not is none of our business -- (and we'd prefer no one talk about how far her "influence" extends) -- but there's a good chance he might listen to that other special person in his life: noted Queenslander, Nine golden boy Karl Stefanovic.
The Gold Logie-winning brekkie TV host joined the fray in The Courier Mail
, calling for McKinnon to take a "firm s-x stance"