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Sarah Murdoch Says To Granada “You’re Fired”

Sarah Murdoch has taken some lessons with that other billionaire Donald Trump and said “You’re fired” to Granada productions.

Clearly Sarah Murdoch and Foxtel are still smarting from the debacle of the Australia’s Next Top Model final where the wrong name of the winner was called out as now the production company Granada has been dumped.

The SMH reports Granada who has produced the show for the last seven seasons will be replaced by Shine productions a company owned by Elisabeth Murdoch.

After the final many press releases were sent out saying it was not Sarah’s fault. In fact I never thought it was. And the positive side of things was it gave the local production, international publicity which could only assist with increasing the two finalists profile.

The article states:

Yesterday The Diary heard that Foxtel, which is partially owned by the Murdoch family, had, at her insistence, dumped Granada Media Australia, the production company behind the past six series of Australia’s Next Top Model – which Murdoch presents and executive-produces – to elope with a new production company for the show’s seventh series. Which new production company will get the gig wasn’t known, but the favourite, we were told, was Shine, which is owned by sister-in-law Elisabeth Murdoch. We called Granada, where a spokesperson couldn’t confirm that it had lost the show. We put in two calls to Foxtel, explaining what we were calling about, but no one called back. Then we got hold of Murdoch, who confirmed the change in production company and gave us this statement: ”Granada produced Australia’s Top Model for six years. I worked with them for two years. They are a very talented and hard working crew. But after what happened this year I thought very hard about it and decided it was probably time for a change.”

At least Sarah Murdoch will be still hosting the show, and she was a huge improvement on the previous incumbent, Jodhi Meares.


1 Vic { 11.24.10 at 9:53 am }

Reading the wrong name was the best thing that happened at the final! It was the only reason it became watercooler news.

2 Culinary Boner { 11.24.10 at 10:14 am }

Good reason why the boss, or even more so, the boss’s missus, should not be ’employed’ as ‘talent’ – to paraphrase Homer S for Sarah – “Maybe, just once, someone will call me ‘Ma’rm’ without adding, ‘You’re making a scene.’ “