We’d all miss Channel Nine much more than we think
Not a fan of Eddie McGuire? Throw a shoe at the TV every time you hear Today Show’s Richard Reid? Wonder just who is watching Big Brother for the eighth, no wait, ninth time around?
You’re not alone. We all have things we love to hate about Channel Nine, none more so than the list of talent and programs. Excess Baggage anyone?
But the current hot water Channel Nine finds itself in has nothing to do with who hosts the Logies or what Karl Stefanovic does at the after party.
Nine is having a great year of ratings and will still report underlying earnings of about $250 million for the financial year just ended. The problem stems from a whopping debt loaded on to it by current owner CVC Asia Pacific.
As of last night it looks as though Channel Nine might have been given a reprieve with details to be announced later today.
The news has been met with a sigh of relief by TV lovers across Australia who would hate to see the iconic business go belly-up despite how they feel about Richard Wilkins or Tracy Grimshaw.
Why? Because Channel Nine is and always has been a great television station. For all the cringeworthy water-cooler moments it has provided us with over the years, it has also offered Australian families a reason to laugh, smile and cry.
So, in honour of The One, here’s what we’ll miss if it all falls apart. Feel free to add your own suggestions to the list.
- The cricket: What would we all watch in summer? Plus, what would become of the Channel Nine commentators? Mark Taylor has his Fujitsu ads to fall back on but surely it’s the end of the road for Richie Benaud?
- The Block: It’s been systematically updating Melbourne’s cityscape one townhouse at a time, plus it’s an excellent reminder to all of us why we should NEVER renovate!
- GO!: Because if Channel Nine goes it goes too and we all want more free TV.
- Myer Christmas Carols – It’s cheesey as hell but it warms the hearts of Aussie families on Christmas Eve each year and it just wouldn’t be the same with Mel and Kochie.
- Howzat!: Because no one is done with shows about Kerry Packer.
- Willoughby: The ugly Channel Nine offices put the little Sydney suburb on the map.
- The Voice: Programs like this bring families together on the couch for an hour a day and in an age of Facebook and iPads, any form of quality family time is a gift.
- 60 Minutes: Any further loss of investigative journalism in this country would be a damn shame. Not that they’ve done much of that lately.
- Channel Nine special events: When horrible things happen like the Queensland floods, Bali bombing, Black Saturday fires or the Japan tsunami we look to our local television stations to keep us informed and they don’t disappoint.
- Fatty Vautin and Sam Newman…. just kidding!!!
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