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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. takes the reins at the Nine Network. Locked in - Eddie McGuire

Look, it's enormously exciting. Tunnel pays for its failure. Sacked - the boss of the Cross City to the rules on the abortion pill. The Senate backs changes

A rugby mystery - disappears without trace. a rising young Wallaby star

Good evening. has official been answered - TV's million-dollar question of the Nine Network. Eddie McGuire is the new boss

as a teenage reporter, After starting on the ground floor one of television's most famous faces one of its toughest jobs. has decided to tackle

in Australian television, Locked in for the biggest job at PBL's Sydney headquarters. Eddie McGuire arrived this morning basically on the factory floor To have been somebody who started

is an amazing journey for me, and to be appointed the CEO today and very excited about. and one I'm proud of And as he assumes control, to relinquish his role as a TV star. the 41-year-old has decided 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' I'll still be on for the next couple of weeks but I'll be moving off camera of Channel Nine. and becoming the full-time CEO estate in Melbourne, Growing up in a Housing Commission on television Eddie got his first break as a teenage sports reporter, but quickly rose through ranks and TV host. from journalist to AFL commentator a Millionaire'. Welcome to 'Who Wants to be career in front the camera, It's been an award-winning into the deep end of big business, but now Eddie is being thrust his management experience. with some already questioning for what I bring to the table, I think I have been hired not what I don't bring to the table. The right time for Channel Nine like this, of a new generation, to be involved in something

and I can see it being very good. and insight He would have untold experience make the station tick. into what would He learned business the hard way but near-broke after taking charge of his beloved Collingwood Football Club, into a financial juggernaut. which he turned Channel Nine is "still the one." His new mission to make sure not only the people watching TV, What I want to do is re-invigorate but the people who work in TV, going forward and make Channel Nine the epicentre for all creative talent.

almost immediately, Eddie, who'll be moving to Sydney TV executive Sam Chisholm. takes over from legendary need for quality local programming Eddie McGuire's vision emphasises the his greatest challenge and he believes between costs and creativity. is striking a balance Damian Ryan, National Nine News. Eddie McGuire on 'A Current Affair' And there'll be a live interview with right after the news. unloved Cross City Tunnel The chief executive of Sydney's of drivers to use it. has paid the price for the reluctance Peter Sansom has been sacked, isn't promising any changes but his replacement to make the tunnel more popular. of the Cross City Tunnel. He was the face of toll roads It's the next generation of the future for Sydney. and it's the toll road was soon looking dodgy. Bu Peter Sansom's future But Peter Sansom's future

Unable to sell the tunnel

who felt they were being overcharged to furious motorists by a series of road closures. and funnelled into using it Now he's been replaced

or, in the words of the company... I hope the public will see this

in the management of the company. as a natural evolution to turn it all around - The man who will have the new boss, Graham Mulligan. He ran the Port of Brisbane. of the toughest jobs in town. Now he has one

a nightmare at all. No, I'm not walking into of infrastructure, This is a great piece

it's been delivered on time. This was the tunnel today. are using it daily - Around 30,000 cars to the 90,000 target. not even close So is it a white elephant? white elephant here in Sydney. No, I'm not aware of any a new beginning for the tunnel, If this is supposed to be the start it doesn't sound like it. cut the toll, The new CEO says he will not to reopen surrounding roads. and he says he will not negotiate what anger? And as for public anger - from the public? Is there so much anger There's a lot of noise. to the current chief executive, We've got to simply say whoever's running the damn company, the future chief executive, "We want the roads back." Mark Burrows, National Nine News. its first victim The Iraqi wheat scandal has claimed with the resignation

managing director Andrew Lindberg. of Australian Wheat Board political heads should also roll. But the Labor Party says torrid days being questioned Andrew Lindberg spent several at the oil-for-food inquiry about $300 million in payments to the Saddam Hussein regime. allegedly channelled Today Mr Lindberg resigned monopoly wheat exporter. as chief executive of Australia's The AWB board said interests of the company". his departure was "in the best for political scalps too. Labor immediately called for his actions, Mr Lindberg has taken responsibility any responsibility but John Howard refuses to take for the actions of his Government. An acting CEO has been appointed for a permanent replacement. while a headhunting firm searches to try to minimise damage In other measures from the scandal, head Ian Donges former National Farmers' Federation of the company will take over the international arm rights. which holds monopoly wheat export controls over AWB's operations. And auditors will recommend new at least seven sets of warnings The Government ignored from when this scandal began. Trade Minister Mark Vaile all questions in Parliament. again used the Cole inquiry to dodge There is a commission of inquiry into this. that is conducting an investigation has embarrassed itself with a claim But the Labor Party from the Wheat Export Authority that a 2004 report Warren Truss implicated then Agriculture Minister in knowledge of kickbacks to Iraq. This was last night. There is the smoking gun. This was this morning. There's no smoking gun here. In fact, after monitoring a number of shipments to Iraq,

the Wheat Export Authority sent a report to Mr Truss giving the AWB a clean bill of health. Laurie Oakes, National Nine News. The first person to be sentenced for rioting over the Cronulla race violence has already been released. 18-year-old Geoffrey Atkinson, who lives near Campbelltown,

was identified from media footage smashing a beer bottle on a man's head. The apprentice panel beater was sentenced to nine months jail today, but with a non-parole period of one month, which he's already served. In sentencing, the magistrate took into account that Atkinson had been drinking at the time of the offence, as well as his previous good record. A court on Norfolk Island has been told the man accused of killing Sydney woman Janelle Patton accidentally knocked her down with his car before the murder. Glenn McNeill faced the Territory's Court of Petty Sessions following his extradition from New Zealand. It's alleged Glenn McNeill has made videotaped admissions to police implicating his involvement in Janelle Patton's injuries. She died from multiple stab wounds. Prosecutor Graham Rhead alleged that McNeill

indicated he had accidentally struck Miss Patton in his car on Easter Sunday 2002. It was there where police later recovered Janelle's damaged sunglasses. Magistrate Ron Cahill was told

police searched McNeill's former Norfolk Island home last year, recovering fragments of glass matching those found in Janelle's hair,

and seizing a white Honda Civic. The court heard that last month forensic scientists in the US were able to build what's known as a mitochondrial DNA profile from a strand of hair found in the boot of the confiscated car. It's alleged it was then matched with a sample of Janelle's blood taken from her body during the post-mortem. It was also alleged McNeill's fingerprints were found on the sheet of black plastic in which Janelle's body was discovered partially wrapped at a local reserve. McNeill did not apply for bail. Steps have been taken to remove him from Norfolk Island to a remand section of Silverwater jail, I understand it is. He's reserved his defence and when the matter comes before the court of petty sessions for the committal proceedings, that's the time at which he'll state his position. McNeill is expected to be flown to Sydney on Saturday. On Norfolk Island, Adam Walters, National Nine News. In a fiery conscience vote, Senators have decided the Federal Health Minister should no longer control the contentious abortion drug RU486. The vote is a major step towards making non-surgical abortions available to Australian women, though the bill is yet to be debated by Parliament's lower house.

Emotion, raw and loud, welcomed MPs to Parliament. RU486 - a human pesticide. I just won't be part of this culture of death. At issue, the Health Minister's control over abortion drug RU486 - it's effectively a ban, and Tony Abbott wants to keep it. People elect members of Parliament to do a job. members of Parliament They don't elect member of Parliament to subcontract that job to officials.

Women's reproductive health is women's business. The private members bill handing control of RU486 to the body that assesses other drugs came to a vote at 10 to 5. The result of the division being 45 ayes and 28 noes, the matter is resolved in the affirmative.

We're just not up to the job. I'm really pleased that this Senate is supporting women of Australia in looking after their safety. Two efforts - to amend the bill and maintain some parliamentary control - failed. The vote was overwhelmingly carried by women. The case against was largely that of men, and men in the Coalition party. But for supporters of the bill, this is only a partial victory. Next week's vote in the House of Representatives is a far tougher hurdle, though even some opponents of the new stance on RU486, dejected after today's vote, expect to lose that fight as well. Mankind comes unstuck when it fails to respect human life. Tim Lester, National Nine News. We heard today from the New Zealand diver who endured one of the most remarkable survivals for many years. Showing signs of exposure and dehydration,

Robert Hewitt told how he lasted three days treading water in the open ocean. I'm quite lucky I have a humorous mind. Lucky I didn't have a mirror.

An experienced Navy diver, Hewitt got into trouble when a current carried him away from his charter boat. He survived on a crayfish he caught during his dive while rain gave him some precious fresh water. There was even an encounter with a shark which thankfully left him alone. But, despite the ordeal, he's planning to dive again. There was a rescue off our shores today - a kayaker getting into trouble in Broken Bay, north of Palm Beach. But there was plenty of help at hand. The Westpac Rescue chopper swung into action, while on the water a lifesaver arrived on a jet ski with the water police not far behind. After some false starts, the kayaker was picked up by the police launch. His kayak proved a little more difficult. One of Australia's brightest young rugby union stars has vanished.

Leroy Houston disappeared from his home following a family quarrel and the 19-year-old has missed all of his Waratah commitments this week.

He's the young Wallaby squad member

with a goofy grin. The baby of the

Australian team. And earmarked as a

star of the future. Just going

uphill at the moment. Um, hopefully

it all doesn't come crumbling down

all at once. Houston wasn't at the Waratahs launch on Tuesday, despite

being named in their squad. And

didn't contact management to say he

wouldn't be going to Queensland

with the side for the super14

opener against the Reds. We've been

in touch with his family. They've

been trying to get in touch with

him and they've been unsuccessful.

We're reasonably confident he's

probably bailed up at someone's

house with them. We want to get in

touch with him. Their project

manager has been in close touch

with his family. They're feeling at

this point in time, wanting their

son back at home. We can only give

them our full support and care and

love skwoo. We have received

conflicting reports of the exact

nature of his famyally's dispute.

Like his family, the Waratahs are

desperate to have him back. We're

very concerned for Leroy and we

gaunt want to get in touch with him

and solve the issues and move

forward together because we really miss the guy. In the news ahead -

harbour fishermen reject a compensation offer. Adventurer Steve Fossett heads back to the skies. And why things just keep getting better for Keith Urban.

The State Government has been accused of throwing money down the drain now that it's shelved the water desalination plant at Kurnell. Taxpayers will be $120 million out of pocket, but the Premier says it's a good investment

should we have another drought. A day after its spectacular backflip, the Government was still on the back foot,

explaining why it had dumped a project it once hailed as the answer to Sydney's water problems.

According to the Minister, the decision was the result of a happy coincidence - recent rain combined with, until now, hidden reserves of groundwater. Without the rainfall we would have not been able to have the flexibility that we now have.

Now, that just happens to coincide with public opinion preferring us not to build this. Mr Scully insists the full extent of underground water reserves was confirmed only a few weeks ago. But this Government report identifying the massive groundwater supply in the Southern Highlands was released 10 years ago. They're just using the excuse of discovering new groundwater. It's not new. We knew there may be promising reserves there - we didn't know just how much. Desalination may have been shelved, but it's already cost the Government plenty. The two tenderers for the project will be paid a total of $10 million compensation. Throw in a huge land acquisition bill and the total is around $120 million. That's $120 million wasted, down the drain. But the Premier says it will be money well spent, should desalination one day become a reality.

A good investment to prepare Sydney for guaranteeing its future water supply. Brad Schmitt, National Nine News.

Sydney Harbour's professional fishermen have rejected an offer from the State Government to compensate them for the ban, which has been in place since the discovery of toxic chemicals. The Government will buy back their licences, but the fishermen say the money is a pittance. Since the ban, this is the only work Mark Forrester has been able to get - catching fish for the Government to be tested for dioxin. The same tests have put him and 39 other harbour fishermen out of business. I'm getting paid for it - I wouldn't be doing it for love.

Today's mixed catch of seafood will help determine the reach of dioxin in the harbour. Earlier tests revealed unhealthy levels in bream and prawns, leading to the ban and today's offer of $5 million to buy back licences from all commercial fishermen. It is a more than adequate package. It's definitely not enough for a full buy-out. They're just gonna give us scraps. 40 years on the harbour, Keith Sewell wants to net other types of fish. Oh, it's pretty sure that other species will show up no contamination at all. It's not just impacting the livelihood of commercial fisherman - businesses who support recreational fishing on the harbour say that customers are a rare species. Bait and tackle shops say claims that the harbour is toxic have frightened anglers.

No-one wants to die of cancer and the 'cancer' word is being used. The latest round of tests may give some fish a clean bill of health, but for the fishermen driven off the water, there are some things that no amount of compensation will buy. I enjoy waking up and going to work and yeah, it affects you. Dale Paget, National Nine News. Taking off again, the adventurer Steve Fossett. Setting out from Florida, he's hoping to achieve the world's longest aircraft flight. Fossett plans to pilot his special Global Flyer jet more than 43,000km to break a mark set 20 years ago. The Australian country music singer Keith Urban has won a Grammy at today's music awards in Los Angeles. U2 was also honoured, scoring two of the major trophies and former 'American Idol' winner Kelly Clarkson, who sealed a remarkable rise in the business with two awards. It was the night the music industry came out to play, t was the night the music industry came yt to pla the Grammys show just as much a concert as an awards night. All the big names were there, plus a little mix and match. Paul McCartney heading a rap version of the Beatle's classic 'Yesterday'. There were trophies too. Irish rockers U2 took out four awards, including best song and album of the year. Well, if you think this is going to go to our head, it's too late! Kelly Clarkson now an idol in her own right, picked up Best Female Pop Vocal and Best Album in that category. Thank you to my mum. Thank you so much, mum. I'm sorry I'm crying again on national television. She stole some of the spotlight from Mariah Carey, who picked up three awards from eight nominations and broke a 16-year Grammy drought. Australia's Keith Urban, with Nicole Kidman by his side, picked up Best Country Vocal. ## (Sings) And on with my life. ##

Of all the music awards, the Grammys are the most prestigious because they have nothing to do with popularity or record sales. They're based strictly on peer opinion, musicians voting for other musicians. Entering that elite club, Best Newcomer John Legend. In LA, Christine Spiteri, National Nine News.

Ken with sport is next, and Craig Gower sees the light? Hey, we have new neighbours. Oh, no. What? They're the Colgate 360. So? Those guys are superior. See their backs? It's a tongue cleaner. A what? A tongue cleaner. The Colgate 360 is clinically proven to remove more plaque.

And combined with its tongue cleaner, up to 96% more bacteria, for a whole mouth clean. Oh, we're history! BOTH: Argh! Colgate 360. Colgate toothbrushes - recommended by dentists. It looks like Craig Gower has bitten the bullet and will stay with the Panthers for now. The sacked captain appeared battle weary at the club's fan day

after having talks this morning with management.

We had a good meeting today.

And we went through a lot of personal issues

and it's really great to see Craig back at training. The Panthers remain firm that Tony Puletua will lead the side this year, and Gower has pledged his support for the new skipper. Australia will field an unchanged line-up for tomorrow's first one-day final against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.

Now officially the world's best one-day bowler, Brett Lee will target Sanath Jayasuriya and the dashing opener can expect plenty of short stuff. This chat between coach John Buchanan, the captain and selector Andrew Hilditch must have been brief. Australia will field an unchanged team with James Hopes supersub.

Now top of the world one-day bowling rankings, Brett Lee boasts 15 wickets. The one he wants tomorrow - Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya. We have to make sure we have clear plans bowling to him tomorrow. I don't want to say too much in case he's listening in. Lee's captain is less secretive. Probably use some changes of pace through the course of the innings and I think Sanath can expect his fair share of short stuff tomorrow as well. Australia's one-day squad to go to South Africa will be named after this series. If Ponting gets his way, Blues opener Phil Jaques can begin packing his bags.

Obviously, the form batsman in the country's Jaques so if we take another spare batsman, it would more than likely be him. Coverage tomorrow from 2:00pm. Andrew McKinlay, National Nine News. American Kevin Stadler leads a high class field during the opening round of golf's Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth. The son of former US Masters Champion Craig Stadler, he's built like his father and today played like him as well, with a round of eight under. In form Australian Richard Green is in second place, two shots back.

And Stadler's dad was nick named

the walrus. That would make him son of walrus, would it? After the break, finance, then Jaynie with the weather details. We're catering from anyone that's on a tight budget that wants to complete a project, right through to the tradesman, and they can all come in and get exactly what they need for the job that they need to do. Cabots 4-litre natural decking oil, only $49. Master Cut tile saw, $89. Garden hand tools, just 87 cents each. In finance, Telstra has suffered a 10% slide in half-year profits to $2.1 billion. Fewer customers used fixed phone lines and Telstra also lost mobile phone users to rivals. Showers and storms tonight with the southerly change due in around midnight. It's been a very hot day in the west Northerly winds have freshened ahead of the change mainly along the coast in our southern and eastern suburbs. Severe storms tonight with warnings for the Hunter,

northern and central parts of NSW with the change. In Sydney we expect most of the wet and stormy weather in the far west and ranges including the catchments, hopefully! Up to 10mm if we are lucky, but they will be very scattered. Those storms will move to the north-east of NSW tomorrow with increasing cloud along the coast and isolated showers developing during the day. Sydney's forecast - morning showers, especially along the coast moderate to fresh south-easterly winds will slowly die down. Cloud will break up a little as we head towards the evening. So back down we go. All important, the weekend weather? Fine and mostly sunny. Not too hot, but humidity levels will rise. Staying warm next week with a few showers on Monday and Tuesday. But batten down the hatches tonight, Mark, with winds over 60km/h. That's National Nine News for this Thursday. I'm Mark Ferguson. Goodnight. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre www.auscap.com.au