Janet Albrechtsen is joining Insiders next year, but she thinks it’s a decade too late. Also: a fruity media release and an ABC Twitter fail.
Janet Albrechtsen’s long wait. We used to joke that an anthology could be made of The Australian’s attacks on the ABC. That time has long passed. The project would now be multi-volume, with one tome given over specifically to lame and own-goal attacks on Auntie. Now joining that stocking-stuffer of the future is Planet Janet Albrechtsen. The opening gambit of her latest attack? The ABC has a bias because Insiders has taken 10 years to ask her to appear. That seems a long time. Oh, hang on:
“To be fair, Insiders did ask me when I started writing for The Australian. As a media newcomer, I said I needed time to settle in. But what explains 10 long years between drinks?”
What explains it, Janet, is TV. As soon as you said no you went to the back of the rolodex, because a program like Insiders needs people who want to be on TV and can talk under wet cement. Hesitancy is the ultimate disqualifier. Secondly, in your TV appearances since, you’ve established yourself as less-than-stellar onscreen talent. You don’t project your voice or physical presence well, you don’t develop points in a discursive fashion, and you are wont to rabbit on about video games and neurobabble like a late-night phone-in to the Hal Todd show of old. Your name most likely came up repeatedly and was dismissed, in favour of better right-wing talent, for those reasons.
Welcome to the B-team. Bring your A-game, or it may be another decade before the phone rings again. — Guy Rundle
Tweeting as easy as ABC. Whoever was running the ABC News Twitter account this morning was a little over-eager to report the outcome of the Peter Slipper/James Ashby case, as Channel Ten press gallery journo Stephen Spencer noted:
The offending tweet was quickly deleted, and the ABC fired out this correction:
ABC News 24 goes social. Better news for the ABC today, with the announcement that ABC News 24 can now be streamed directly through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and embedded into websites for breaking news.
NITV launch. A channel dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues is now available to all Australians for the first time. National Indigenous Television, a part of SBS, started broadcasting on digital channel 34 at 12pm today.
Media release of the day. Forget Big Tobacco, here’s the latest missive from Big Pineapple. We wonder how many media outlets will cover this spiky issue tomorrow: