Ita Buttrose puts Chris Kenny in his place as Sky News’ ABC doco draws blanks | Amanda Meade

Ita Buttrose mentioned Sky News presenter Chris Kenny during her Andrew Olle speech last week, reprimanding him for saying she was too old when she was named chairman of ABC in 2019, at the age of 77.

“I know a little bit about career hurdles,” Buttrose said, looking at Kenny, who was sitting at the Sky News table at the ABC meeting. “There was always a reason for someone to say no. I was either too young or too old. When I was appointed chairman of the ABC, too old. Thanks Chris Kenny.”

Kenny, an associate editor with the Australian and well-known ABC critic, came to the black-tie event at Sydney’s Ivy and told anyone who would listen that he desperately wanted someone from the ABC to talk to him for his Sky News. -documentary. ” on the ABC on the occasion of his 90th birthday. As he said on his show this week, it’s easy to get ABC critics on his show, but he can’t find Aunt supporters willing to talk to him.

Everyone from Buttrose and director David Anderson to ex-ABC operatives Jonathan Holmes (Media Watch) and Jon Faine (ABC Melbourne Radio) have said “thanks, but no thanks” to Kenny’s producers’ approaches. As Faine wrote in the Sunday Age, “I don’t think it’s possible for Chris Kenny to present a balanced assessment of the ABC.”

Undeterred by rejection, Kenny approached the 80-year-old at her table after her lengthy speech and struck up a conversation with her. Failing to convince anyone inside, Kenny had a Sky News camera crew waiting with him outside the venue and he tried to tame the guests as they left. Broadcasters Patricia Karvelas and Annabel Crabb waved him off, but Anderson and Insiders host David Speers paused to answer predictable questions about alleged ABC bias.

It’s good to know that Kenny hasn’t lost any of his foot-in-the-door style from his days as a reporter on Nine’s A Current Affair.

Meanwhile, a group of staffers caused a stir of their own, taking the opportunity to express their dismay at the plans to restructure the records department, and holding up protest signs just yards from Anderson and his executive team.

All hiss, no sausage

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance held a barbecue at the ABC in Ultimo on Wednesday to encourage union members and nonmembers alike to discuss wage negotiations. To encourage turnout, union organizers advertised that a sizzling “democracy sausage” would be provided on the Dot Strong patio. Only the barbecue would not work despite repeated attempts and ABC personnel were left with a sad piece of bread and no sausage.

Flame Out: The Sausage Hisses That Wasn’t. Photo: Amanda Meade

wishful thinking

Australian Financial Review senior correspondent Aaron Patrick launched his new book Thursday night at Bar Lume below Nine Entertainment’s headquarters in North Sydney. Patrick’s invitations read: “Join Malcolm Turnbull at the official launch of Aaron Patrick’s new book Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s Civil War”. At least one journalist, Nick Tabakoff of the Australian, took the invitation without hesitation, writing: “And let’s just say the person who teased Patrick into launching the book is a surprise to say the least.”

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Aaron Patrick’s book launch invitation. Photo: Amanda Meade

“Who would have thought Turnbull would want to self-publish a book with the core thesis that the ex-Prime Minister had played a pivotal role in the destruction of Morrison’s government? Either Patrick is an irrational optimist or he has won the book launch coup of the year.”

Well, neither. If you look closely at the invitation, you’ll see an asterisk next to Turnbull* and in small print *TBC. Patrick, who is well connected with the right-wing Liberal Party, sees Turnbull as a “centre-left impostor and opportunist” and was fired when he asked the former member for Wentworth to fact-check his book.

We can confirm that Turnbull was not present as he was giving a speech in Paris, but he was annoyed by the publicity stunt and complained to the publisher. His son, Alex Turnbull, who came into contact with Patrick about the book itself, said: “The only people who will buy this book are people who intend to start libel cases.”

false flag

You’d think a publication called TheDailyAus would recognize the Aboriginal flag, but the “social media first” website accidentally Photoshopped a German flag onto a photo of the Sydney Harbor Bridge to show the New South Wales government’s plans for the Aboriginal flag to illustrate a permanent place for the end of the year.

It is almost certainly a coincidence that the next day the editor, Billi FitzSimons, advertised for a fact-checker, posting on LinkedIn that she “wanted someone with painstaking attention to detail who can critically examine sources.” The German flag, which also has the colors yellow, red and black, was quickly replaced by the correct one.

The DailyAus youth website mixes up its flags, featuring a mock-up of the German flag.
The DailyAus youth website mixes up its flags, featuring a mock-up of the German flag. Photo: TheDailyAus

Climate of change

Sophie McNeill and Mark Davis reached the pinnacle of their journalism careers, winning multiple awards for the ABC and SBS, before running away to pursue different careers.

Davis, former Gold Walkley winner and SBS Dateline presenter, now works as a lawyer and defends climate activists, among others.

McNeill, who left Four Corners to join Human Rights Watch as an investigator in Australia, recently teamed up with Davis to help protesters, who have been hit with heavy sentences.

McNeill: “Climate protesters are increasingly and disproportionately subjected to vengeful legal action by Australian authorities restricting the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.” Davis, who also successfully represented Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker when he was accused of stalking John Barilaro, is representing the climate activists at discounted rates.

Channel 10 defends Lisa Wilkinson

Channel 10 has defended presenter Lisa Wilkinson after widespread criticism of her acceptance speech for Logies.

On Thursday, the ACT Supreme Court postponed the trial of Bruce Lehrmann for the alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins over public comment on the case.

But Ten says the reporting of Wilkinson’s comments was inaccurate and unfair: “This reporting is now causing significant harm and we are asking these organizations to end this harassment to give Lisa the best chance of presenting her evidence in court and continuing the trial.” proceed in a fair and timely manner.

“We are closely monitoring all coverage of this issue and Lisa and Network 10 reserve their rights with respect to future allegations of defamation.

“Network 10 continues to fully support Lisa in her continued and full commitment to do the right thing as a witness in the process.”

The case will now be heard from October 4, for a four- to six-week trial. Lehrmann denies that any form of sexual activity took place in early 2019 and pleads not guilty.

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