These are great figures for a 5.30pm game show and the lead-in to the news they provide to every market except Brisbane is enough to change the fortunes of the all-important 6pm news bulletins across the two commercial networks. I am very flattered that people keep saying this of me, but I don't know if it's true, ... Today Tonight and Seven News are going gangbusters in their own right, but the popularity of Deal certainly doesn't hurt. We've dramatically improved over the last year in every market except Melbourne.
I respect the challenge of creating something of quality within the very tight confines set by commercial TV, ... That's an appealing idea, meeting that kind of a challenge. To draw a very long bow, it's the same sort of challenge John Donne would have faced when sitting down to write a sonnet. In one way it's so limiting, but in another way it brings out the best of your creative impulses.
I've found the last couple of years exciting and rewarding but also the most difficult of my life. If you are the product and your life is spent in self-examination, you devour praise and criticism 24 hours a day and you forget the thing that drives the world is outside of you. I don't know any other business so shrouded in Schadenfreude. The knives are always out, it just depends which way they're pointed.