It’s been a while since my last blog post. The reason: I have been reading the mammoth memoir of the distinguished journalist, foreign correspondent, presenter and author, Kerry O’Brien. It’s 834 pages of meaty material, with 36 more: acknowledgments, notes, bibliography and an index. No photos. Otherwise, it would have reached 900 pages. (The TV … Continue reading Kerry O’Brien: A mammoth memoir and a history lesson
During my years in the control room putting the Nine Sunday Program to air, inevitably there were mistakes: some more serious than others, usually, though, only the wrong caption name or a misspelling. But inevitably there was an angry outburst from the senior producer of the day that often had a director’s assistant or technical … Continue reading Cricket Australia: The Tamper Crisis
“Welcome to the world of BLEEP.” That was a former executive producer calling to congratulate me on being appointed supervising producer of the Channel Nine Sunday Program in the mid-90s. Yes, the missing word is rude and banned from most conversations, even frowned upon by social media outlets. But the congratulatory call was also close … Continue reading A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela
I was moved by the footage on the ABC Four Corners program this week showing the torture and tear-gassing of children in a detention centre in the Northern Territory to think about racism in Australia. I have written many posts about racism on my blog. Then I watched the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on … Continue reading Racism: The curse of our times
Amid the massive outpouring of tributes to Nelson Mandela this week, there was a dissonant note in a church in the northern Sydney suburb of Roseville. The dissonance came from the Rev Corrie Nel of the Roseville Presbyterian Church, delivering a sermon to a sparse congregation last Sunday. I hasten to add I wasn’t there, … Continue reading There was only one Nelson Mandela
A fifty-four-year-old Australian Senator, with a passionate interest in Malaysia, arranges a fact-finding tour to the Asian nation to observe electoral processes ahead of the upcoming general elections. He arrives a day ahead of his fellow bipartisan parliamentarians, Liberal Mal Washer, Nationals Senator John Williams, and Labor MP Steve Georganas, who are scheduled to meet … Continue reading Nick Xenophon: He’s no xenophobe!
It’s an unofficial rule of the film and television industry: “What goes on the road, stays on the road.” I’m a great believer in the rule, but I want to make an exception in this case because it’s a story about Bryce Courtenay, Australia’s most popular writer, who died last week, aged 79. And I … Continue reading Bryce Courtenay: Hamburgers on the road to apartheid