Noeline Brown’s autobiography, Noeline,
will be launched next week and publisher Allen & Unwin should be
cranking up the print run after all this publicity about Graham
Kennedy. Brown has devoted a fair chunk of the book to her friendship
with Kennedy and all the time she and husband Tony Sattler spent caring
for The King in the Southern Highlands of NSW over the past years.

Brown
and Sattler were both outraged by Derryn Hinch’s seemingly false claim
on 3AW that Kennedy died of AIDS which makes one picture in her
autobiography somewhat ironic. Hinch once hosted an early version of Beauty and the Beast
on Seven and Noeline brown clearly enjoyed her time as one of the
beauties as she makes no criticism of the bearded burbler and even
includes a picture of her kissing the man in her very readable book.

After
Hinch’s claim first went public on Crikey at 1pm yesterday, The King’s
closest friends moved with alacrity to arm Ray Martin and A Current Affair with the medical report showing a negative test for AIDS.

We
can’t but wonder if the hand of Sam Chisholm was behind this. Brown’s
autobiography makes reference to The King and his friends being
disappointed when Kerry Packer failed to come to his aid when the cost
of his round the clock medical requirements started spiralling. Lo and
behold, a secret benefactor stepped forward, none othan than recently
installed PBL television boss Sam Chisholm, who appears to appreciate
better than the hard-hearted Packers just how much Graham Kennedy made
for Channel Nine over the years.

What odds that Noeline Brown
called Chisholm yesterday afternoon to enlist his support in rebuffing
the Hinch claims? The Human Headline certainly didn’t look too flash on
ACA last night and the papers have mauled him today. Don’t be
surprised if Southern Cross Broadcasting CEO Tony Bell takes
disciplinary action, although any sacking would probably trigger a
large payout.