“One of the chief Functions of a television critic is to stay at home and watch the programmes on an ordinary domestic receiver, just as his readers do. If he goes to official previews, he will meet producers and directors, start understanding their problems, and find himself paying the inevitable price for free sandwiches. A … Continue reading Sarah Ferguson’s interview with Joe Hockey: Bias is in the eye of the beholder
It was one of those beautiful autumn days in Sydney. I was driving along Maroubra Road heading to the airport to drop off my brother-in-law and his wife after the wedding of my youngest daughter the day before at Bronte. A cold wind was blowing, but the bride and groom pictured above had planned the … Continue reading A day of contrasts: From bride to gloom in Bondi
Ian Stewart Frykberg was a giant of a man in so many ways – but not in so many words. The political journalist, TV executive producer, news and current affairs director, sports rights agent extraordinaire, and family man could say so much with just one word than others could do with one hundred. He was … Continue reading Ian Frykberg: The Master Negotiator
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
There is a new group of “United Nations” in Australia – located at Mater Hospital in North Sydney. Like most UN organisations, they look after the sick and dying, young and old, before and after surgery, and prepare them for the outside world when they’re ready to take that big step. You’ve never heard of … Continue reading Looking after each other: From the Mater to Peter Harvey, a newsman for all seasons
In my nearly 42 years in Australia, there are two things I have never really understood: why rugby league players kick the ball backwards to start a play and compulsory voting. The former has always reminded me of cowboy star Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger. Roy asks Trigger how old he is, and Trigger … Continue reading Why I’d vote against compulsory voting
This is a tale of two anniversaries – the Bali bombing ten years ago, and the Battle of El Alamein 70 years ago (Left: Photo of Diggers in 1942. Australian War Memorial). Both of them brought back memories of the Channel Nine Sunday Program, where I was working as a supervising producer on the morning of … Continue reading Lest we forget October: The month for sad anniversaries
I’m having a severe case of déjà vu all over again. My original vu was Thursday, September 1, 2005, and the news about a hurricane called Katrina heading for New Orleans was all over the US bulletins coming in via satellite to Sydney that night. I was preparing the rundown for the Sunday Program on … Continue reading The Republicans may have built it, but will the voters come?
M.E. Sprengelmeyer. Remember him? I’ve written about him quite a bit. Most famously, according to M.E., on my blog last year when I recounted how the Sky News Sunday Agenda program wound up with him as a guest political commentator during the 2008 US elections when the well-known Washington Post columnist, E.J. Dionne, declined our … Continue reading No eyes on the prize
David Leckie must have been shaking his head as he read the eulogies in the media today … he was “the best television executive in Australia,” according to his boss, Seven owner, Kerry Stokes; “David is an outstanding TV executive,” former Nine CEO, Sam Chisholm; and “David has been the most successful TV executive in the … Continue reading TV executives swear by David Leckie