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flexi Friday for ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie.
Photo: Andrew Meares
was a pretty tough day at the ABC. A sweeping overhaul
of current affairs saw CBD's late night news fix,
Lateline, axed we won't be able to watch stock
footage of an airplane shooting flares out of its
sides now without getting wistful.
Emma Alberici is to head to other duties. Gone too
is Stan Grant's The Link. Just how many jobs are going
as a result of all of this is a closely guarded secret.
director of news Gaven Morris insisted the rationalisation
will see new shows launched that will leave audiences
in a position of net news benefit.
Guthrie no doubt had a busy Thursday as the news filtered
out into the organisation and beyond. She has shown
propensity to make some tough calls. This year she
announced a 20 per cent reduction in management and
some 80 people have left Auntie's embrace through
redundancy this year.
things go to their usual routine then Guthrie should
be spared any awkward water cooler moments on Friday
as the moves sink in.
see CBD hears that Guthrie quite likes to spend Fridays
away from the office preferring to work from home.
why not? Especially when one has a choice of homes
from which to work. The former Google executive, who
is on something like $900,000 a year, apparently owns
a very nice apartment in Pyrmont and another property
at Palm Beach to Sydney's north.
ABC was approached for comment but may have had its
Group chief executive Bob Johnston and the newly appointed
David Jones chief David Thomas appeared unprepared
for one major challenge when they spoke at the opening
of the new David Jones store at Wollongong Central
yesterday morning. How to be heard over scores of
CBD St George and Illawarra correspondent could not
hear a word of what Johnston and Thomas had to say
in their speeches through the shrieks and chattering
ahead of the ribbon cutting.
the very talkative David Jones Food ambassador Neil
Perry struggled to share his culinary insights with
the congregation. We are sure they all had something
very interesting to say. David Jones chairman and
Woolies South Africa boss Ian Moir, meanwhile, watched
sagely from the crowd.
Jones at least had the foresight to have a few good-looking
male and female models flanking the speakers.
recently re-elected Lord Mayor of Wollongong and Uniting
Church minister Gordon Bradbery seemed to have a better
understanding of his audience, given he shouted his
speech ahead of the David Jones opening. Fortunately,
the cosmetics retailer Mecca Maxima didn't bother
with formalities. It just went for a 10-second countdown
when its Wollongong Central store opened to the throng
of mainly young females, some of whom had been waiting
who enjoy the odd bet have another option when they're
at the pub, aside the horses or the pokies.
they can put their hard-earned money it into the crypto-currency
Bitcoin while they're having a quiet schooner.
handful of crypto-currency ATMs are starting to appear
more frequently, but CBD couldn't help but notice
where payment company BitPOS decided to put its first
Bitcoin ATM : a watering hole in Sydney, the Metropolitan
machine will allow patrons, with the help of an app,
to buy the crypto-currency, which many believe is
well into bubble territory after ballooning to more
than US$4200 for a single Bitcoin.
far as we're aware, it's the first drinking hole to
offer the service.
of the founders, Jason Williams, says putting the
machine in the pub is an attempt to bring cryptocurrencies
out of the tech world, and into the mainstream (the
pub also accepts payments in Bitcoin).
the benefit of hindsight, putting some money into
Bitcoin a few years would certainly have been a better
move than playing the pokies.
Sydney Morning Herald)