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Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer —

Crikey business and media commentator

Nine -- still the ones for spin

Nine -- still the ones for spin

Former New Idea editor Jenny Gilbert has been head-hunted by Sam Chisholm to be the Nine Network’s new head of corporate spin, working alongside publicity head Jamie Campbell. This means Nine and PBL are close to forming a cricket team of PR mavens. Over the past few years they’ve had a list comprising Andrea Keir […]

The Oz goes for gloss

The Oz goes for gloss

The Australian is about to copy Fairfax and introduce a free glossy mag, rumoured to be called Wish. The first edition is tentatively slated for October and will appear monthly on a Friday, the same frequency of The Australian Financial Review’s magazine and Fairfax’s monthly magazines for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. This […]

Can Nine retain the Qantas news contract?

Can Nine retain the Qantas news contract?

One of the biggest deals in Australian TV is up for grabs. The contract to supply Qantas with its in-flight news broadcasts is a low profit deal, but with 2.6 million people flying with Qantas domestically and internationally every month, supplying the news is excellent PR. At present the Nine Network supplies Qantas with its […]

News jobs at everyone's ABC

News jobs at everyone's ABC

Two intriguing jobs were advertised internally at the ABC this week: Executive producer of the Sydney 7pm TV news and senior executive producer for the same news broadcast. This is part of a massive internal restructure of ABC Radio and TV News that’s been going on for the best part of this year. Prior to […]

Investors put their faith in PBL

Investors put their faith in PBL

Two substantial shareholders in Kerry Packer’s PBL have made a big bet on the company, spending more than a quarter of a billion dollars between them in the past couple of months to boost their holdings. While large US investor Capital Group has increased its stake by 6.899 million shares to 6.07%, at a cost […]

The shrinking pages of the SMH

The shrinking pages of the SMH

Exceeding your pagination seems to be one of the greatest crimes an editor can be accused of at Fairfax. Andrew Jaspan was rapped over the knuckles for it last month, and it’s a crime that seems to have spread to the Sydney Morning Herald. Why else would the sport and business pages in the SMH […]

Who'll be the next economics editor at The Oz?

Who'll be the next economics editor at The Oz?

One of the top economic commentating gigs in the country is coming up for grabs – economics editor on The Australian, presently held by Alan Wood, who is due to retire shortly. Speculation is growing about his replacement. BRW editor and current economics writer, David Uren, would have to be a contender, but some cautious […]

Nine's news boss departs with a bagging

Nine's news boss departs with a bagging

Nine’s Sydney news boss Max Uechtritz left the network on Friday, as did the floundering game show The Price is Right. Both were dumped in an effort to boost Nine’s struggling Sydney 6pm News and keep Seven News a distant second in Melbourne and Brisbane. The axings will cost money, with Uechtritz in line for […]

Nine plays hardball over exec payouts

Nine plays hardball over exec payouts

At least two executives sacked from Nine in last week’s purges – Steve Wood, the former boss of daytime TV and Stuart Clark, Nine’s former head of reality and lifestyle – are understood to have consulted a leading Sydney employment lawyer to discuss their lowball offers from Nine. While both are believed to have some […]

Nine and Fox Sports set to land NRL TV rights

Nine and Fox Sports set to land NRL TV rights

The Nine Network and its associated company, Fox Sports, are expected to emerge today with the National Rugby League free-to-air and pay TV rights for the next seven years. This was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald by veteran sports writer, Roy Masters, who is good mates with Nine’s rugby League boss, Steve Crawley, as […]