"Sing us a song, you're the channel man"

"Sing us a song, you're the channel man"

It has come to Tabloid's attention that departing Sun managing director Russell Bate was sent off with much musical fanfare last week after his eight-year leadership came to an end.

Various classical musicians performed a series of thematic tunes reflecting Bate's personality and career at the Sun-sponsored Yarra Valley Festival. Titled "Five Seasons", the music blended such tunes as Always on time and Focus, reflecting some of Bates' sterling attributes.

"We wanted to honour Russ' work in a way that was as unique as the man himself," said Loraine Golden, marketing director of Sun Microsystems.

The Tabloid crew thought it was about time we organised a tribute to some of the channel identities we've come to know and love over the years, and make some suggestions for any future exits of today's channel characters.

Ian Penman


Us and them by Pink Floyd and

You can't always get what you want

by the Rolling Stones

Johnson Wang

Edge Technology

Runaway by The Corrs

Tony Gattari

Harvey Norman

Am I ever gonna see your face again?

by The Angels

Liz Lawson

Cisco Systems

We've got to get outta this place by The AnimalsChris TylerSolution 6Mary Jane by Tumbleweed and Stone free by Jimi HendrixNick WhitlamLibertyOne Another one bites the dust by QueenSteve RustIngram Micro Fixing a hole by the BeatlesGerry HarveyHarvey NormanMoney talks by AC/DCSenator Richard AlstonDCITADumb Things by Paul KellyBuzzle resellersDazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin Bill GatesMicrosoftWe are the world by Michael Jackson and friendsTabloid staffI heard it through the grapevine by Credence Clearwater RevivalAnd finally, a tribute to Tech Pacific's David Cullen from the independent retailer channel:

From little things, big things grow by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly.

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