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Shake-up at Channel Nine as Packer looks for new faces, kidneys

[Edition 49] SYDNEY, Tuesday: Channel Nine boss Kerry Packer has ordered a complete restructure of the station’s management, after becoming aware that many of his old executive team had incompatible organs.

[Edition 49] SYDNEY, Tuesday: Channel Nine boss Kerry Packer has ordered a complete restructure of the station’s management, after becoming aware that many of his old executive team had incompatible organs.

Among the first to go was the station’s chief executive David Leckie, who maintained Channel Nine’s position as the top-rating network for more than ten years, before redesigning a brand new ratings system which placed the network sixth.

Mr Packer denied Leckie’s sacking had anything to do with the fact the station was now rating lower than Channel 31. He said Leckie’s departure was purely all about letting some new blood into the network, preferably of Packer’s blood type.

“The fact of the matter is,” elaborated Mr Packer, “that Leckie just no longer had the heart for this business. Or, rather, he no longer had a heart for me.”

Among several new programming changes, Mr Packer has asked that all patients on the hospital show RPA now be forced to surrender their kidneys as a matter of course.

He’s also told the new management team that the station needs fresh talent, which might explain why he’s re-signed Don Burke and Eddie McGuire for 20 more years each.