The Australian has an excellent profile on David Gyngell, former boss of Channel Nine and now CEO of Nine Entertainment Co.
Gyngell again proves he is frank and full of passion, even respected by his rivals.
He admits what has been known within industry circles for some time: that he suffers from dyslexia.
In this quote he says he doesn’t spend much time reading print newspapers: “Why would I? You just get shit on your hands. I can read it on my computer. I have an iPad at home. I get up early. I scan the articles I need to. But I’m not a reader anyway. I’m dyslexic. I won’t read the story you do on me. I watch television.”
He admits to watching both Nine and Seven News and current affairs nightly and nominates extreme shows such as The Wire, Jersey Shore, The Paul Hogan Show, the first Underbelly and Lonesome Dove as favourite shows.
But it is also known that despite his promotion from running Channel Nine to Nine Entertainment Co (formerly PBL Media) that he is still actively involved in the detail of Nine, from programming to talking to News boses on a daily basis.
Jeff Browne, who replaced Gyngell as head of the Nine Network, says, “David is often described as someone with a great feel for TV – passionate is an adjective that gets used a lot – but he is actually super intelligent and a furious worker.”
“He gets television,” agrees Seven’s head of news and current affairs, Peter Meakin, says. “David Leckie definitely gets television. But not many others do.”
This year Nine isn’t performing as strongly in its key demos as last year.
“We have clearly had our well-documented challenges, but [CVC] supported us through those challenges. This isn’t a bad year. But if it continues the way it is, I will regard it as a bad year. Seven is doing a better job than us and Ten at the moment. We did a better job than them over the past 12 to 18 months. I don’t have a lot of excuses. If things don’t rate, it’s because we don’t have good enough ideas, not because we don’t have enough money.”
There’s a lot more to read on what makes Gyngell tick at The Australian.