Glenn Dyer —

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator


Gyngell’s warning to the AFL

March 23, 2005

In an “exclusive” interview with the Financial Review today, Nine boss David Gyngell warns the AFL that Nine might not bid for the rights from 2007, now that Seven and Ten have joined up. “The AFL will have to come to us,” Gyngell is quoted as saying. Gyngell followed the script written for or by […]

The dinner behind the shake-up at Nine

March 23, 2005

Were the changes at Nine’s A Current Affair a direct result of a test of wills between the executive producer, John Westacott, now departed along with his number-two John McAvoy, and the program’s host, Ray Martin, still in the chair and on screen? From talk around Nine today it certainly looks like it, especially after […]

Shhhh, Ridley’s sneaky salt play

March 23, 2005

The ACCC knows, it’s on its website. Some well read investors have a clue. But that’s as far as it goes. A quiet attempt is being made by the listed Ridley Corporation to snaffle a dominant position in the Australian salt industry, especially salt used in the high consuming food and industrial markets. Yep salt, […]

David Jones shows up the competition

March 22, 2005

If any further evidence is needed of just how big a disaster the Myer department store business is for Coles Myer, then the interim results from rival David Jones today has provided it. Far more profitable, far more efficient, and just better retailers would have to be the bottom line after David Jones produced gross […]

Ratings: Not a night to remember for Nine

March 22, 2005

It was another Monday night’s ratings the Nine Network won’t want to remember. From 7pm to 10:30pm Nine ran third or fourth across the network and in most markets, beaten by Seven, Ten and the ABC – an almost unheard-of performance for the network. Only the relatively strong performances of Nine News, A Current Affair […]

HIH, Enron, Andersen … Walter

March 22, 2005

You just wouldn’t credit it. After the failure of HIH, the Enron debacle and the demise of accounting firm Arthur Andersen, the collapse of the German-owned building company Walter Construction Group (formerly Concrete Constructions) has thrown up all those old problems. Auditors apparently not doing their job, directors allowing a shuffle of assets, strong suggestions […]

More cost cutting at Nine

March 21, 2005

The cost cutting continues at Nine, with more programs ditched, delayed or “rested” before they’ve seen the light of day. Suspicious Minds and the third series of The Block were casualties last week. Now the Watercooler hosted by 60 Minutes queen, Liz Hayes, an afternoon chat show due to start on Easter Monday, has gone. […]

Ratings: Seven wins the week

March 21, 2005

Victory to the Seven Network in week six of ratings, which gave the network a win in the first period of the 2005 ratings battle, four weeks to one over Nine with one tie. Last week was perhaps the best for Seven so far, with four out of the five major capital city markets. Seven […]

Seven wins the ratings as ER loses its appeal

March 18, 2005

It was a big win to Seven last night in the ratings as Nine’s news and current affairs and the various footy shows which screen in different states were well beaten. Seven won everywhere as Nine slipped to third in Adelaide and Perth. And Seven again ran My Restaurant Rules ten minutes over in a […]

New shots fired in the Battle for Ascham

March 18, 2005

The battle for control of Sydney’s exclusive Ascham private school for girls has been reignited with a call from the Concerned Parents group for the school’s chairman, Justice Margaret Stone, to quit. For almost a week, Ascham has been quiet as parents mulled over the decision of the former headmistress, Susan Preedy, to maintain her […]