The telecast of Graham Kennedy’s funeral has just wrapped up, and the
old hams who knew Kennedy were at their entertaining best. John Mangos
told a lovely story about Kennedy complaining about the lovers who had
sex on the foreshore near his Sydney home. “How inconsiderate of
couples to have sex within view of the foreshore,” he said. “Do you
know how hard it is to hold a pair of binoculars in one hand?”
broke down as he finished his eulogy and lamented that Kennedy had not
loved himself as much as his friends loved him. Actor Jack Thompson
said: “You were not only the King mate, you were the court jester.” And
another Kennedy friend had this sledge for Derryn Hinch: “If Hinch’s
body is ever washed up on the beach, police will be interviewing
suspects for seven years.”
Sam Chisholm, interviewed before the
ceremony, spoke directly to Australian TV’s greatest star: “You’re a
helluva a guy and I miss you,” he said.
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did its hardest to position itself as the network covering the funeral,
starting its telecast at 10:45am with Mike Munro sitting in the
Willoughby studio, with a camera shot of people outside the Mittagong
Playhouse in the NSW Southern Highlands. Those people, unable to get
inside the 200-seat theatre, were watching the large screen TV monitors
that Seven had erected outside.
With Munro aged in his late 50s
talking to reporter, Peter Harvey, in his mid 60s, the contrast with
Seven, which started at 10:50am, was telling. Seven had the much
younger and more alive Chris Bath and Tony Squires anchoring their
telecast from Martin Place in Sydney. Nine and Munro tried hard to
assert their authority with hushed exchanges, quiet asides and had a
good interview with Ken Sutcliffe who co-hosted Coast to Coast with Kennedy on Nine.