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Ray Hadley has quit SKY News to join the Nine Network's news, current affairs and sports lineup.

2GB Morning host Ray Hadley has quit his subscription television programme Hadley! after only four episodes to join the Nine Network as a news, sports and current affairs contributor.

It’s believed the 2012 London Olympics, of which Nine has the rights, was a big factor in Hadley’s decision, as was SKY News’ operations, which are best described as “shoe-string.”

The Australian’s media blog Diary today claims that plenty of SKY News staff did not want to work with Hadley, because they don’t like him or his opinions, and because they don’t rate him as a TV talent.

The first episode of the show featured a girl in a bikini in boxing gloves. Serious staff at Sky thought it was tacky, and would hurt their brand.

Canberra bureau reporter Ashleigh Gillon point-blank refused to play the role of the “glamorous blonde” from Canberra who popped up on Hadley! with political gossip and, because she’s a serious reporter, was offended to be asked, Caroline Overington claims.

 

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Popular MasterChef Justine Schofield will host a new programme for home cooks on the Ten Network and LifeStyle Channel.

Too many cooks might spoil the broth but it’s never enough for television land it appears.

Arguably the most popular contestant on the Ten Network’s juggernaut MasterChef Australia, Justine Schofield, is to host her own programme.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that both Ten and LifeStyle Channel will screen the as-yet-unnamed programme.

Poh Ling Yeow’s Poh’s Kitchen on ABC1 and Julie Goodwin’s Home Cooked! on Nine continue the MasterChef brand across screens in Australia, with series three due to commence in April.

Schofield will attempt to convert couch potatoes into cooks with confidence.