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Humans of Twitter Episode 111 - James Colley

PodcastsSteve Molk

This is where the magic happens; Problematically supportive; The stories of science; Spacing the floor; James for NX - this is another episode in the Humans of Twitter podcast series.


Winners Revealed! The DeciderTV Awards

NewsSteve Molk

The 2016 DeciderTV Awards have been run and won. The #Molkies have struck again, and it's been another massive voting turnout to deliver some upsets and some expected winners.


Interview: Wil Anderson "I’ve never really loved Television."

InterviewsKevin Perry

Hosted by comedian Wil Anderson, with Todd Sampson and Russell Howcroft, the Rose d’Or winning series is hoping to recapture the magic that previously made it so popular.


Dumped - Wednesday Night Comedy on ABC TV

NewsKevin Perry

The ABC has made the decision to dump its once hugely popular Wednesday night comedy line-up and scheduled a series of Documentaries into the 8:30pm timeslot instead.


Dumped: Spicks and Specks

NewsKevin Perry

The ABC has lost patience with audience levels for Spicks and Specks and will soon remove it from the Wednesday night schedule.


Confirmed - Russel Howcroft to judge Recipe To Riches on Ten

NewsKevin Perry
Russel Howcroft image - Daily Telegraph

Russel Howcroft

image - Daily Telegraph

Network Ten today announced Russel Howcroft will join the second season of TEN’s innovative series Recipe To Riches.

Russel – an acclaimed marketing expert, Executive General Manager of Network Ten and panellist on ABC TV’s The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Nation and Gruen Planet – will become the third expert on the show, alongside Carman’s Fine Foods owner Carolyn Creswell and talented chef Darren Robertson.

Production has started on the new season of Recipe To Riches, which gives viewers a fascinating insight into a recipe’s journey from its creator’s kitchen to supermarket shelves around Australia.

Russel said: “Recipe To Riches is a great format. It celebrates ideas, entrepreneurship, passion and the power of marketing. I am looking forward to meeting this year’s contestants and seeing if I can give them a hand with their success.”

As well as being the CEO of advertising agency George Patterson Y&R, Howcroft was appointed as Executive General Manager of Network Ten in February 2013.

As early as November 2013 and again last week this website reported that many at Ten were unhappy with Howcroft’s role at the ABC with one highly placed Ten source stating it was increasing being considered a “bad look” to have a manager of a struggling network playing such a key role at a successful rival.

Host and producer of Gruen Wil Anderson has previously indicated that Gruen would be unlikely to continue if Russel or Todd Sampson left the show.

Anderson now living in the US where his stand-up comedy career is starting to take off, has made no secret of his desire to take a 12 month break from the high rating ABC program. In a recent Mediaweek podcast he said.

"We don’t want to do another series unless we believe that we have got something better that we can do, than we have previously”

The ABC continues to deny claims by this website that Gruen is not returning in 2014 with the Head of Entertainment Jon Casmir telling us last week

 "There are no plans to retire Gruen. In fact, planning is already underway for the next series. No date has been confirmed yet."

Airing later this year on TEN, Recipe To Riches takes everyday Australians’ much-loved home recipes and turns them into the next top sellers in Woolworths supermarkets.



No Gruen in 2014 as Russel Howcroft joins Recipe to Riches on Ten

NewsKevin Perry

Russel Howcroft looks set to take on a judging role on Ten’s Recipe To Riches when it returns later this year


Rumour – No Gruen in 2014

NewsKevin Perry

Despite reassurances from the ABC speculation continues to build that the popular comedy panel program Gruen will not return in 2014.


Gruen Planet Has A Few Beers

NewsKevin Perry

GRUEN PLANET this week, the amber fluid, beer. Despite a decade of big budget, over the top ads, Australian beer consumption is at a 66 year low. What if all those commercials, regularly voted as among the world’s best, actually failed?


Gruen Planet Vs Coca-Cola

NewsKevin Perry

On GRUEN PLANET this week, Coca-Cola enters the Obesity War. We ask, what kind of responsibilities do brands have to the community?