Network Ten director quits. On the eve of the deadline for bids for the Ten Network, the director representing Bruce Gordon on the Ten board has surprisingly quit. Ten announced this morning that Paul Mallam had stepped down from the board, effective immediately. Gordon has a 14.9% stake in Ten and is on record as saying his stake was not for sale. But there was talk at the weekend that Gordon had shifted position and was interested in seeing a deal for Ten. There was talk in Sydney TV circles this morning that Mallam and Gordon had had a disagreement, but no one was speaking. Mallam had been a director of Ten from December 13, 2010. Foxtel, 50% owned by the Murdoch clan’s News Corp Australia, and Discovery in the United States are still said to be the only bidders for Ten, with a rate of 25 to 27 cents a share. Ten shares rose half a cent to 25 cents in the first 20 minutes of trading this morning. — Glenn Dyer
Fancy a controversial job? A couple of interesting ads in the Oz’s print media section this morning, including one for a new executive producer of Sunday Night.
As Crikey has noted recently, staff at the program are bemused to see the ad placed at all, as there’s only a handful of people in the country who can realistically be considered for the role, empty after previous EP Mark Llewellyn started a fight with one of his producers. In fact, we understand Channel Seven already has someone in mind for the role, namely 60 Minutes senior producer Gareth Harvey.
Meanwhile, SBS is advertising for a mix of roles at Dateline, after it decided to not renew the contracts of most of those involved in the show’s current iterations. — Myriam Robin
How dare you? Meanwhile, page 5 of today’s Oz has an in-house ad for food writer John Lethlean’s new gourmand food goss column. It drew a surprise from one Crikey reader (and fellow journo), who told us that “gourmand” means glutton and is a derogatory word. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the use of “gourmand” to mean a foodie is “considered incorrect by some people”, so if you want to get across the idea of a foodie, it’s best to just use “gourmet”.
“Once I wrote gourmand and had a lawyer ring up and tell me it was defamatory,” this journo said. Well, a brave name from the Oz then! Here’s hoping those featured in the column take it in good spirits. — Myriam Robin
Front page of the day. This front page from the usually pro-Coalition Courier-Mail shows the political tide might be turning …