Archive for July 20th, 2007

Alistair Goes Back In To Space

What a wonderful nuisance a deranged satellite feed is. Duncan McCrea and T-Bone are filling in on 2CC again in the absence of a network feed.

One does have to wonder if the satellite is teasing them…it returned the NRL coverage to them for just long enough for them to think they could go home, and then dropped out again.

Hopefully Alistair and the rest of the Southern Cross Syndication technical team can get the satellite feed working again soon.


Update: It sounds like Alistair has managed to put new batteries in the satellite. End Update

July 20th, 2007 at 08:16pm

Samuel’s Footy Tips

NRL Round 19
Sharks v Eagles
Titans v Bulldogs
Panthers v Dragons
Storm v Raiders
Knights v Roosters
Tigers v Warriors
Rabbitohs v Cowboys
Broncos v Eels

AFL Round 16
Cats v Bulldogs
Magpies v Bombers
Crows v Dockers
Eagles v Swans
Saints v Hawks
Lions v Blues
Tigers v Power
Kangaroos v Demons


July 20th, 2007 at 07:19pm

Letter to Peter Leonard

As promised, here is a copy of the letter I will be delivering to WIN Television this afternoon (and hopefully be able to deliver to Peter Leonard in person).

Dear Mr. Peter Leonard,

I am writing to you to thank you for doing such a marvellous job as the newsreader on WIN News here in Canberra for as long as I can remember, and to wish you all the best in your retirement.

For as long as I can recall, you have been reading the news on WIN Television, and because of that you have been a constant and reliable part of my life.

News, as you know, is a vital part of our society, and relies on trustworthy people to deliver it. The fact that you have been warmly welcomed in to peoples’ homes every night for years is a testament to the trust and respect that people have in you. You have worked hard to earn that, and you deserve it.

I’m sure that very few of us will ever forget the way you, and the rest of the WIN News team, turned up at the WIN studios on the day of the devastating 2003 bushfires. None of you had to do this, but you did so because you all felt compelled to cover this terrible and extraordinary event, on a day that you weren’t even scheduled to be on the air.

Your commitment to delivering quality news and information to the Canberra and Queanbeyan community is something I greatly appreciate and thank you for, and I’m sure the rest of the community do as well.

I will greatly miss you. As I said, you have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, however you truly deserve a wonderful retirement, and I wish you all the best for your retirement. I hope it is as relaxing and productive as you desire.

Canberra won’t be the same without you reading the news each night, however I’m sure that Jessica Good will continue the great tradition you have been a part of.

Incidentally, I had a conversation with your former 2CA colleague John Kerr on the weekend, during which I mentioned to him that you are retiring. He said that he would send you a message, however I know that John can sometimes forget these things, so in case he didn’t get around to sending you a message, I would like to let you know on his behalf that he also wishes you all the best in your retirement.

Thank you for everything you have done for this community, you have been, and always will be, one of my idols.

Your Sincerely, with the best possible wishes for the future,

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

1 comment July 20th, 2007 at 12:10pm

Farewell to Peter Leonard and John Ringwood

As many of you would already be aware, WIN News’ Canberra newsreader Peter Leonard is retiring at the end of tonight’s news following 16 years with the station. WIN television are putting on a special news bulletin to farewell Peter, the basic format will be the same except the news after the first ad break will be replaced by the sport, and the usual sport slot will be replaced by the weather, and the normal weather slot will be replaced by a tribute to Peter.

Jessica Good will be taking over as the primary newsreader next week, however no weather presenter has been appointed. It is expected that Jessica will read the weather from the news desk.

That reminds me, I need to pass on a message to Peter from his former 2CA colleague, John Kerr.

ABC Canberra’s television weather presenter John Ringwood is also having his last bulletin tonight. Rumour has it that 2CN’s (666 ABC Canberra for those of you not familiar with the callsign) garden expert will take over as the weather presenter. That might sound odd, but considering that last night they presented a five minute editorial from federal political editor Jim Middleton as news, no change in that place would surprise me.

I met John Ringwood once outside the ABC studios in Dickson and we had a rather lengthy chat. He seems like a gentleman, and I wish him all the best for the future. (Apparently that will involve some parliamentary reporting…maybe he could replace Jim Middleton).

Incidentally, I’ve been informed that prior to moving to WIN Television, Peter Leonard was the weather presenter for the ABC…which makes tonight’s events even more interesting.

Also of interest, it’s 2GB news director Ian Ferguson’s last day with 2GB. He is moving to a senior role with Sky News. 2GB current affairs director Jason Morrison will take over as news director until a replacement for Mr. Ferguson is found.

Later today I will publish the letter I have written to Peter Leonard…I intend on delivering it to WIN’s studios in Griffith Kingston (why do I always get those two suburbs confused?) this afternoon.


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