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This program is captioned live. Good evening.

I'm Monica Attard. Welcome to the show. then Media Watch hasn't been axed. If you can see me tonight,

have been exaggerated. Reports of our demise But it has been a busy week. director, Mark Scott, Last Monday the ABC's managing

for the ABC. unveiled new editorial guidelines as you know, really the lifeblood The editorial policies are, of the operation as we have it. that operate They are the rules, the guidelines the way we work together. on the way we broadcast, editorial policies The ABC already has comprehensive and many aspects won't change. emphasis to existing requirements But the revised rules give extra for impartiality and balance.

concerned about what that could mean And some ABC broadcasters are practice. in Robyn Williams The 'Science Show' with with Norman Swan, and the 'Health Report'

and popular programs. two of the ABC's most respected of alternative medicine Norman Swan says that many advocates

consider his work to be biased. evidence-based medicine The 'Health Report' favours contentious and hotly debated. but health issues are highly under the new guidelines? Will health be a matter of opinion also deals with contentious issues. Robyn Willliams's 'Science Show' But some take a very different view of these fossil remains. to the discovery Christians, According to fundamentalist God created the earth in six days. evolution is simply wrong - to have their claims Creationists have lobbied hard and intelligent design for creation science scientific alternative to evolution. considered a legitimate The 'Science Show'? So should they be given a place on Not according to Robyn Williams. hope that the ABC Both Robyn Williams and Norman Swan from vocal lobby groups. will resist the pressure also had something to say But managing director Mark Scott about Media Watch. We hope so too. everyone, especially in the media. 'Media Watch' isn't popular with a chance to respond on our program We generally give those we criticise their responses. but some don't like the way we use to suit our agenda. They say we misuse them that critically analyses journalism Media Watch is a program and media issues. journalism and a free media. So our agenda is obvious - good but Andrew Bolt of the 'Herald Sun' We welcome alternative viewpoints, he wants to star. doesn't want a bit part - a willingness to employ, Really it needs a cultural change, just a David Marr but for once a me. say on Media Watch, for example, not Is this a job application?

under the guidlines. That's forbidden

to the media Those we criticise have ready access and over the years they've used their newspaper columns, editorials and programs to respond to our criticism. This week they were at it again. As we say of Media Watch - everyone loves it until they're on it. This year we've exposed the bullying behaviour of 'Herald Sun' editor-in-chief Peter Blunden. And radio 2GB's Ray Hadley doesn't think much of us either. We apologise ourselves, Ray.

Recently, Gerard Henderson of the Sydney Institute has been complaining about Media Watch and lobbying long and hard to change it into the sort of panel program that he enjoys. You can read more of Gerard Henderson's complaints

on our website. NSW Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti Wells is also big on complaints. She thinks ABC bias is rife and she sent out this letter to her Liberal Party colleagues:

We are, Senator - about bias, plagiarism, shonky deals, disinformation and government interference. The Senator has included a handy form so people can send her their tips on the latest examples of what she says is the ABC's prime ministerial loathing and left-wing bias. So in the interests of impartiality and balance, we direct you to our website at where you can download the Senator's form, complete with her address. Of course, there's been a lot happening outside the ABC this week too. It's game on in the biggest shake-up in the Australian media in 20 years. Channel Nine's parent company, PBL, has confirmed it's selling half of its media empire in a $5.5 billion deal. Kerry Packer got just $1 billion when he sold Channel Nine to Alan Bond back in 1987. His son James has pocketed much more in a deal that let's him keep control of his media assets but cash up to expand his gambling empire. It's raised some embarrassing questions for the Communications Minister. Alan Bond aside, are you the best friend the Packer family ever had? Well, I wouldn't think that I'm really a friend of the - I would think I'm a friend of the consumer who, with these new media changes,

are more likely to be able to get new services, diversified services, with new channels, new multichannels and a whole lot of services that are going to be available next year as we move to digital.

Packer's rivals at Channel Seven have been busy too. Kerry Stokes has positioned himself to become the first of the media barons to own a TV network and a daily newspaper. Southern Cross broadcasting, owner of a number of talk and FM radio stations, a regional TV network and Channel Nine Adelaide is also in talks, though with who remains a mystery. Packer and Fairfax are said to be interested in Southern Cross and there's talk of an auction. The possibilities are mind boggling. Last Wednesday night, Senator Coonan was still saying that there'd be no feeding frenzy. Only a certain number of media transactions that can take place under the restrictions on the structure, that is the two out of three rule, and out of the limit on the number of voices and the floor under which they cannot fall. So I don't expect to see a flurry. But 24 hours later, Rupert Murdoch's News Limited was raiding its rivals. The next morning the 'Australian' had the scoop. The Fairfax papers were on the backfoot.

No better way to show up your rivals than beat them to the news that you've just paid $364 million for a strategic sliver of their empire. News Limited already owns about 70% of Australia's newspapers and Mr Murdoch insists that his intentions for Fairfax are friendly. But many people are predicting that Fairfax will be broken up when the new media laws come into play next year. And News Limited is now well placed to have a say in the future of its major rival. Of course, the new rules could allow Mr Murdoch to buy a television network too, most likely Channel Ten - if the price is right. He's not saying no. And though the new laws aren't in effect yet, it's clear that a whole new media landscape shaped by mergers and break ups is now possible. By the end of the week, Senator Coonan was conceding that her reforms had already had an effect. The Senator still insists that the changes will be good for media consumers. But given the success of her past predictions, we'll just wait and see. Until next week, goodnight. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.

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Good evening. John Howard is

denying claims that Australia

was behind a raid on the office

of the Solomon Islands' Prime

Minister. Today, three Pacific

nations united to condemn the

involvement of Australian

police in the search. They

were hunting for evidence about

the failed extradition of Solomons' Attorney-General

Julian Moti. He's wanted for questioning in Australia

regarding child sex

allegations. The Australian

economy is predicted to be

heading for a boom. Leading forecaster Access Economics

says conditions are right for

the fastest growth in a decade.

It says cheap labour and the

rising price of commodities are fuelling expansion. But there

are also warnings that a

booming economy will lead to

more interest rate rises.

There's an urgent appeal for

blood donors tonight. The Australian Red Cross Blood

Service says stocks are

dangerously low. Currently

there's less than 36 hours

supply left. And scientists

claim they've solved one of the

old est sporting mysteries in

Australia. Phar Lap died in

strange circumstances in

America in 1932. Now

researchers say he was a victim

of poisoning. They used the

latest technology to analyse

samples of his hair and found large amounts of arsenic.

More news, join Lateline at 10:30.

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Thank you, thank you very

much. Good evening and welcome

to Enough Rope. He stepped up

to the Oscar s microphone more

than anyone else of his

generation. His work has

endeared him to millions.

Before movies he was a wildly successful standup comedy and.

The V stars. Next year he'll

bring his shows to Australia.

Please welcome via satellite from America Mr Billy Chrystal.

Billy Chrystal, welcome to for

taking time away from our

family to talk to us. Is your

head that

Sad Ily it is. You have a big head.

People say that about lots of

parts of me. Billy your family background

you sort of had a showbiz

upbringing, your uncle was a

record producer and your dad

ran a record store. Can you

tell us about the day you were

introduced to the movies?

Well, it's also a scene from

the show, the show is about my

life with my dad and my uncle

is a big character in the show.

This little music shop you

referred to was called the

Commodore music shop, in the

centre of New York and in the

30s, 40s and 50s was the centre

of jazz in the world. My uncle

created the latest jazz label called the Commodore jazz label

and one of the stars of the

label was Billy Holly day. My

dad produced some of her

concerts and when I was about

five years old I went to see my

first movie and she took me and

I sat on her lap and we saw the

movie Shane which is a classic

western and it was a remarkable


Your co-star was in the film

years later? He was known as

Walter Jack Palance. And later

we did City Slickers together,

he won an Oscar, I didn't. That

is the night he did pushups on

stage and gave the greatest set

up than anybody has to do jokes

on the Oscars. What I'd like to

show now is a bit from 700

Sundays, this is you talking

about one of your great loves

and obsessions as a kid called

baseball. I hope it is me.

There is no understudy. Mum was

in the stand and came to

everybody. She let everybody

know she was there. Coach, put

crystal in, we can't fall any

further behind. He said Billy,

go in. Are you nuts it's the

game. I'll do anything to shut

her up, let's go.


When you were about eight

years old your dad the took you

to Yankie Stadium, he filmed it

to immortalise the expierns,

was it sort the of the

religious experience he made

out it would be? It's an

interesting thing. I'm not sure

it's an American thing because

I've talked about this all over

the world. People seem to

understand about baseball and

fathers and sons and Yankie's

stadium and it was, it was that

once in a lifetime experience.

Whatever you do for the first

time you remember it and if it

happens to be with your dad

then you write about it. So,

it's actually a very vivid

scene in the show. The show is

the background of it is a lot

of home movies that my father

took, so throughout the show

you see these actual movies

that he took. The set of 700

Sundays is the house I grew up

with. The front window of the

house and the other windows

were projection screens and the

movies he took and family

pictures come on to the house

itself. But going to Yankie

stadium for the first time is

one of the great remembrances

I'll have. It is a baseball

stadium they refer to as

cathedrals to me it was the

biggest synagogue of baseball

I've ever seen in my life.

You wanted to be a baseball

star but about the age of 9 you

thought comedy for me. Well, I stopped growing.

Out wardly any way. A couple

of years ago Mel B rooks was on

the show and he said he did his