Friday Flashback: Paul Henry at Breakfast

Friday Flashback: Paul Henry at Breakfast

With news that Lachlan Murdoch will become Chairman of Fox and News Corp I am reminded of the era when he stepped in as CEO at Network 10.

Shows commissioned around the time included a Young Talent Time, The Shire, I Will Survive, Being Lara Bingle, Everybody Dance Now (hosted by Sarah Murdoch) but also the excellent Puberty Blues and the show which enjoyed the longest run, The Living Room.

Under Murdoch, 10 declined to pay the rights for The Voice which went on to become a big hit for Nine, lost AFL rights and was unsuccessful in a big pitch for NRL. Multichannel ONE also switched from sports to general entertainment, possibly to protect the interests of FOX Sport?

A big push into Breakfast television with outspoken New Zealand host Paul Henry, joined by Kathryn Robinson, lasted for 9 months before its successor The Circle.

But if you cut your teeth on media moves then no doubt it was a time for wise lessons learned.