Gyngell's uphill power struggle

David Gyngell hasn't brought back Nine Entertainment's glory days, but the chance to do so is also an opportunity for the chief executive to boost his own clout.

If Channel Nine were Still The One, its surf-loving boss David Gyngell would be much higher up our power list than he is. He's smart, savvy, calls all the shots, and has an unerring instinct for what works on television, just as his famous father Bruce once did.

But despite his undoubted talents, Nine is getting thumped by its arch rival, Seven, which for the last eight years has been run by the same team – led by David Leckie – that made Kerry Packer's TV stations number one for two decades.

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