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Dec 1, 2017

The names so far unmentioned in the Don Burke fiasco

Most of Don Burke’s time at Nine was when the Packers were owners or major shareholders, that's true. But he worked for many others, too.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Many commentators say the current spate of Don Burke stories result from the “blokey” toxic culture at Nine — and there is a great deal of truth in that. It was a meritocracy, the most competitive place I have worked, but it was also male driven — from the lunching, sport, and long hours, to the carousing at the bar upstairs at Nine’s HQ at Willoughby, especially on Friday nights. Women found it hard to rise to the top except in publicity and in some sales areas where they became powerful team leaders. That’s why a number of talented female producers left Nine and went elsewhere.

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  1. Keith1

    A “meritocracy” that nobbled half the field.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    Some are saying Channel 9 home of sleaze. Sleaze does big ratings no?

  3. zut alors

    Any woman making a complaint to Nine’s blokey owners or executives would’ve been marked as ‘Trouble’ & potentially white-anting one of their major revenue generators. Money beats morality, especially in commercial TV.

  4. paddy

    Excellent piece on the whole dirty business. Thanks Glen.