Eddie McGuire complication spells trouble for AFL TV rival
By Tyson Otto.
CHANNEL 7 footy TV stars are concerned Monday night panel show Talking Footy will be cancelled over an Eddie McGuire complication.
The Herald Sun reports popular Seven personalities Wayne Carey, Luke Darcy, Tim Watson and Sam McClure loom as the big victims in the ongoing shake-up to Melbourne’s footy media landscape which has spread across almost every TV and radio network in AFL heartland.
The fears for the Channel 7 show’s future centre around McGuire’s return to The Footy Show in 2017 and his media production company JAM TV, taking over control of the Channel 9 Thursday night footy icon.
JAM TV is also responsible for producing Taking Footy on Seven.
Channel 7 executives are reportedly uncomfortable with the arrangement and want to investigate the possibility of replacing JAM TV with a rival production company.
Seven is also considering producing the show in-house.
Any change of production company has the potential to get messy and talents in front of the camera and behind the camera are facing uncertain futures.
The Herald Sun reports Seven is confident the show will return in 2018, but admit it remains unclear who will be responsible for running the popular program.
“A final decision won’t be made until after the Australian Open and the Winter Olympics,” a Seven insider said.
The JAM TV team responsible for producing The Footy Show will return to work this week, with their own show still trying to find its feet after a turbulent 2016 and 2017.
It was reported earlier this week, Footy Show favourite Shane Crawford is set to pull the pin with a year still to run on his contract and walk away from the Thursday night show.
Crawford is reportedly set for a showdown with Footy Show bosses at the end of January after he registered his dissatisfaction with what he believes is a diminished role on the show.
With popular larrikin Billy Brownless also pushed to the side in recent years, The Footy Show is reportedly considering reaching out to veteran funnyman Trevor Marmalade to make a return.
Marmalade is being considered among the options of candidates to replace Dave Hughes.
Hughes left Channel 9 in October to host his own show Uncle Agony in 2018.
The Footy Show and Talking Footy upheaval is just the tip of the iceberg in the rumbling footy media landscape in Melbourne.
Channel 9’s Footy Classified Show on Monday nights is still looking for a panellist to replace Garry Lyon, who was unveiled as one of the new faces moving to Fox Footy for the 2018 AFL season.
West Coast and Carlton legend Chris Judd is reportedly among the favourites to replace Lyon at Nine.
Lyon’s move also has implications for the rapidly-changing Melbourne radio scene.
The Demons legend is continuing in his Breakfast radio timeslot with SEN alongside Tim Watson.
It comes after Fox Footy and former ABC personality Gerard Whateley sensationally announced he will join SEN this year to take up the 9am to midday shift.
Richmond icon Kevin Bartlett is being moved from that shift to the drive-time afternoon slot.
Whateley has been the ABC’s chief commentator for 13 years, but was sensationally moved on in the middle of an Ashes series over a dispute with ABC management over the timing of his exit.
Whateley is the first big name recruit SEN has landed since Craig Hutchison’s CrocMedia announced it will merge with SEN original owner Pacific Star Network.