Archive for April 21st, 2007

Samuel’s Blog Weekly Poll: Gun Control Laws

Despite the fact that the new weekly poll is a couple weeks late, it is effectively early as I’m not waiting until tomorrow morning and the start of the new week, mainly because Samuel’s Persiflage will be released shortly and I want it to have the top spot for most of tomorrow.

Should the United States adopt gun control laws similar to Australia’s gun control laws?

Total Votes: 23
Started: April 21, 2007

It will be interesting to see people’s views on this. It has been one aspect of the debate following the Virginia Tech Massacre earlier in the week, and in my view the most important aspect of the debate. I would certainly welcome your comments on the topic.

Now, the results from the previous poll.

Who will win this year’s NRL premiership?

Total Votes: 30
Started: April 1, 2007

Based on these results, the competition should pan out like this:

1st: Rabbitohs
2nd: Storm
3rd: Titans
4th-5th: Cowboys
4th-5th: Knights
6th-8th: Bulldogs
6th-8th: Dragons
6th-8th: Sea Eagles
9th-11th: Broncos
9th-11th: Raiders
9th-11th: Tigers
12th-16th: Eels
12th-16th: Panthers
12th-16th: Roosters
12th-16th: Sharks
12th-16th: Warriors

I’ll keep this on file and compare it with the actual ladder after the grand final.

For a list of all previous results, see the Weekly Poll Results page.


April 21st, 2007 at 07:23pm

Bye Bye Bye Bye Bye Bye Eddie Goodbye – WIN Television set to cancel affiliation with Nine

Fresh from pulling the plug on Channel Nine’s day time chat show “The Catch Up” and overnight gameshow “Quizmania”, owner of WIN Television Bruce Gordon says he would like to pull the plug on Nine completely, and could do so as soon as June.

According to The Australian, Bruce Gordon spent 35 years at Paramount Pictures, mostly as head of international television sales, and in doing so built up a more than impressive list of contacts, enabling him to easily source enough quality programming to run an independent network.

Just the other day Sunraysia Television, owners of the Nine affiliate in Perth, recommended that their shareholders accept a buyout by WIN Television instead of a PBL buyout. WIN, apparently, also have their eye on another Nine affiliate, NBN Television.

The Australian reports that part of the reason for the push towards independent programming is stalled negotiations with Nine over the renewal of the affiliation deal. WIN are not happy with Nine asking for fifty percent of WIN’s gross revenue which is a large increase on the current deal of 34.25%, and an awful lot more than the 29% that affiliates of other networks are paying.

An anonymous WIN source told The Australian that they were happy to pay the higher rate when Nine were consistently winning the ratings.

One thing is for sure, an independent, near-national WIN Television would change the television landscape considerably.


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