The rumour mill is in overdrive on three fronts today:
1. GTV9 Melbourne is close to finalising a sale.
2. Nine is set to announce it has successfully nabbed Top Gear from SBS.
3. Seven will unveil its digital channel plans today.
Nine put off its sale of its studio in Bendigo Street, Richmond in June 2008, withdrawing the property from sale following the global credit crunch. But TV Tonight hears it has been back on the market with a deal very close. The heritage-protected building was constructed in 1908 as part of the Wertheim Piano Factory, and has been home to many iconic Australian programmes including In Melbourne Tonight, New Faces, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Footy Show, Sale of the Century, Family Feud, Temptation and yes, The Don Lane Show.
TV Tonight hears Nine’s bid for the rights to the motoring hit has been successful. Expect an announcement shortly -possibly as early as today. Now confirmed.
Industry whispers suggest the Seven Network will unveil its digital plans to advertisers today. Expect an outcome before the day is out. Now Confirmed.