February 14th, 2007 at 09:00am
Weeks go by, but decisions on the 8pm-Midnight shift seem no closer.
The Sydney Morning Herald had an amusing article on Monday about this, they claimed that the candidates are baulking at the $100,000 per year supposedly being offered for the job, which is a quarter of the income Stan Zemanek was getting from the shift. If pay is the main reason for the delay, then I think we would have a decision by now, as pay negotiations would be a bit quicker, and a complete disagreement would surely see more people being “road tested” in the role.
The other suggestion in the article, and probably the best laugh I’ve had in a while, was the peculiar notion of 2UE wanting a duo in the role…that isn’t too outlandish, but the names were. Stuart Bocking and Clive Robertson (the two have completely incompatible styles…the studio or the planet would probably melt if that duo came to fruition) or Murray Olds and Murray Wilton (the odds of 2UE actually giving Murray Olds a permanent shift are almost zero for some unknown reason…he is wasted there, and why would Murray Wilton leave 2GB if the pay is supposedly being baulked at?).
Did the Sydney Morning Herald feel like some “creative journalism” (aka, they made the story up)?
Judge for yourself…towards the bottom of this article.
As for what is really happening at 2UE…well Paul Makin still doesn’t have his own 2UE New Day Australia intro (although they did make a new generic intro), but he has received a very warm welcome from the listeners. I am hearing rumours that he will be trialled on the 8pm-Midnight shift at some stage in the next few weeks. Other than that, 2UE’s non-daylight programming is a mystery.
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