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Author: RACHEL BROWNE
Date: 18/08/2002
Words: 814
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: News
Page: 32
Moyes on new mission

GORDON Moyes has wasted no time on the radio sidelines after his unceremonious ousting from 2GB, having signed with Sydney's newest station Radio 2 1611AM.

The Wesley Mission superintendent will broadcast his first Sunday Night Live program on Radio 2 next Sunday at 7pm.

Moyes spent 17 years hosting Sunday Night Live on 2GB until the Macquarie Network board demanded the Wesley Mission pay $500,000 a year to broadcast the show.

Moyes, who was Macquarie Network chairman until May when he was replaced by Sam Chisholm, refused to pay, even though it meant the end of the program he started in1985.

During his final broadcast on 2GB last Sunday, Moyes attacked 2GB. The station is considering legal action.

Radio 2's parent company WorldAudio Limited plans to roll out more than 32 radio stations throughout Australia.

``This is just the beginningbecause as Radio 2 grows nationally Sunday Night Live will grow also," Moyes said.

Meanwhile 2GB has hired Exodus Foundation head the Reverend Bill Crews to host a new religious affairs program from tonight.

A CLUTCH of B-grade Brits will arrive in far north Queensland later this month for a Survivor-style reality series called I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The line-up includes spoon bender Uri Geller, socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, radio announcer Tony Blackburn, panto star (and former fiance of soap star Isla Fisher) Darren Day, former boxer Nigel Benn, comedian Rhona Cameron, model Nell McAndrew and political wife Christine Hamilton.

They will be stranded in Tully and filmed for the ITV series, which goes to air in Britain on August 24. Viewers will nominate celebrities to undertake challenges, and decide who gets eliminated until one is left standing.

RADIO station Nova 969 seems unlikely to replace Ugly Phil O'Neill in the drive shift, which will focus more heavily on music. In the meantime, Bianca Dye (mornings), Kip Wightman (lunch) and Dave ``Rabbit" Rabbett have been asked to work longer shifts to fill the gap.

Arias make night for radio duo

2DAYFM'S Hot30.com team, Jackie O and Kyle Sandilands, have won the radio broadcast rights to Australian music's night of nights, the ARIAs, on October 15.

The pair will broadcast live from the event at the SuperDome, which is shaping up well with live acts to include Oasis and Kelly Osbourne.

Meanwhile, the Osbourne-led domination of pop culture continues now that brother Jack is trying his luck at acting.

The 16-year-old son of Ozzy and Sharon has scored a role in the upcoming series of teen drama Dawson's Creek, playing an old friend of the Capeside gang.

Naturally, a crew from MTV, which screens the reality phenomenon The Osbournes, was on the Dawson's Creek set filming Jack's debut.

TUNED IN

Marshall Law, Channel 7

Call it the McCune factor. Tepid reviews of this comedy-drama did nothing to temper enthusiasm for the return of small-screen sweetheart Lisa McCune. The premiere drew 1,319,374 viewers, an easy victory over Ten's Rove Live (1,107,054), Nine's Stingers (1,005,389) and the ABC's MDA (548,956), which has lost 486,145 viewers over the past three weeks.

TUNED OUT

White Collar Blue, Channel 10

Some tough competition from Nine and Seven forced Ten's new cop drama into third place in its debut. WCB attracted 1,037,811 viewers nationally, behind Nine's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (1,839,159) and Seven's 24 (1,473,891). While it was a soft debut, which doesn't bode well given the number of drama alternatives on air, Ten is hoping it will build.

MOVEMENT AT THE STATIONS

* In a management reshuffle, veteran voice-over man John Blackman was sacked from Melbourne radio station 3AK, where he had a breakfast slot, on Thursday.

* Ros Jones, former channel manager of Oh! and Ovation on Optus Television, has been appointed channel manager ofHallmark.

* 2UE court reporter Anthony Clark has taken up the position of police reporter following the departure of Clinton Maynard for Channel 7. Lynne Scrivens replaces Clark on courts.

* Channel 9's head of light entertainment development, Rory Callaghan, has been appointed head of development of international formats for Granada Media International Productions.

Hi-5 format goes global

NOT only has the format for children's television hit Hi-5 been sold to the US but the American version will be shot in Australia.

Co-creator Helena Harris and producer Posie Graeme-Evans will cast American entertainers in the roles filled by Kathleen de Leon, Nathan Foley, Tim Harding, Kellie Hoggart and Charli Robinson and bring them to Sydney to film the series.

``All the sets, staff and infrastructure are here so it makes sense," a source at Channel 9 said.

THE Weakest Link may be resting but host Cornelia Frances is busier than ever. As well as making a guest appearance in Always Greener, Frances is about to return to Home And Away as the nasty Morag Bellingham.

OOPS...

THERE were red faces all round at Wollongong's i98-FM recently when the station tried to observe a respectful minute's silence to commemorate the centenary of the Mt Kembla mine disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 men and boys in 1902. About 10 seconds of silence got out before the system automatically intervened, playing Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink.

 
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