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Phil Rothfield From: The Daily Telegraph February 08, 2011 12:00AM
CHANNEL 7 has ditched Matty Johns from his prime time television slot, leaving the future of his rugby league/variety show in grave doubt.
The Daily Telegraph understands Johns, his business partner John Singleton and manager Glenn Wheatley recently rejected an offer of a new 10.30pm timeslot on Thursday nights which would place the show in a head-on ratings clash with Channel 9’s The Footy Show.
Johns appears certain to sit out 2011 on his full salary because his two-year contract with the network has a clause that stipulates his show goes to air between 7pm and 10pm.
He will be earning more than $500,000 to sit on his backside and do nothing.
The former Knights, Origin and Kangaroos star has ruled out a switch to a rival network.
“Put it this way, SBS haven’t phoned yet,” Johns said. "Seriously, I’ve left it all with Singo and Glenn to look after for me.
"They’re talking to Seven at the moment. Singo said to me to stay out of it.
“Whatever happens, I’ll be guided by Singo’s advice.”
Singleton is overseas but The Daily Telegraph understands he has advised Johns to take 12 months off rather than do a late-night show. “They feel its too hard to get guests on at 10.30,” a source said. “Plus Shane Webcke won’t do it at that time of night.”
The show was always aimed for a younger audience earlier in the evening.
Johns is a victim of Channel 7’s failure to produce a successful AFL show out of Melbourne and other AFL states in the same timeslot as his show in Sydney and Brisbane.
Johns’ show rated well in Sydney and Brisbane but needed the failed AFL show The Bounce to work in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to give Seven with a strong national audience in prime time.
Sources said it was highly unlikely the former Channel 9 star would be invited back.
Nine boss David Gyngell said last year: “Matty’s made his decision, good luck to him, and we’ve all moved on.”
Nine will return in March with another season of The Footy Show.
The show will have a new set but will retain the same panel, although Tigers superstar Benji Marshall will feature more often. However Phil Gould will switch to Mad Monday during the Origin series and the finals.
One HD will launch a Monday night show hosted by Adam Hawse and featuring Blues coach Ricky Stuart.
And yesterday, ESPN confirmed the launch of its second channels in Australia, in standard and high definition.
Well thats a win for both Johns and the viewers.
Looking forward to NRL Tactics and Sticky’s show. No nonsense League discussion.
I gotta say, if the AFL show is doing so bad, why not fix that up instead?
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As a fan from the bush who has to get up early so rarely saw the Channel 9/WIN/NBN footy show I enjoyed the Matty Johns show, it’s disappointing that the 7 Network have decided to go on different tangent.
What’s probably the thing that is really getting to me at the moment is that 7Mate etc has 3 digital channels in which to broadcast this show, so why not show it at the regular time slot on the digital channels and then firstname.lastname@example.org!.
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Well they’re paying him anyway so yeah I don’t understand why they don’t get him to do something a bit lower budget on one of seven’s other channels.
Surely channel 7 can’t be serious about wanting to air the show at 10.30pm, agree with Leroy, the nine Footy show is late enough but 10.30pm is ridiculous. The comments about using a digital channel are a sensible option and apparently the channel 10 nrl show is going to be aired on their digital channel so 7 should follow their lead if need be.