This story claims that the Nine Network is about to make drastic personnel changes, especially to its current affairs lineup:
Ray Martin and Jana Wendt are among those stars whose positions are under threat, with gardening guru Don Burke also set to be replaced by Jamie Durie. …
Under the plan 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton would replace Ray Martin as host of A Current Affair.
Jim Waley, who has been reading the weeknight news in Sydney, would move back to his old job, replacing Jana Wendt as host of the Sunday program.
I agree that Waley would be an improvement over the glacial, pretentious Wendt. And Ray Martin has always been a poor imitation of Rob Sitch’s Mike Moore character on Frontline (although Overton doesn’t obviously have any standout qualities as a replacement). But Jamie Durie to replace Don Burke on Burke’s Backyard? Are Kerry and James insane? Don Burke is an institution and a great Australian character, where Durie is an airhead male model type with all the personality of a plastic “Ken doll”. Even Mattel have replaced their Ken doll with a gutsier Aussie surfer type named Blaine. I think Nine have got their demographic all wrong with this one. The Burke’s Backyard audience isn’t going to hang around for Jamie Durie. Is nothing sacred?