Reality TV has dirtiest carbon footprint. B&T has an interesting article about TV and climate change:

Australian television advertising is producing as much as 57 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hour, and thirty second ad breaks are among the worst offenders, according to audit figures from pitch consultants TrinityP3. Carbon emissions are particularly strong during high-rating programs such as the final episodes of the Ten Network’s Biggest Loser, which produced 2135kg per 30 second ad, So You Think You Can Dance at 2061kg for every 30 seconds, closely followed by the Seven News 6pm news at 1689kg and Border Security at 1802kg.

TrinityP3 managing director Darren Woolley said emissions are calculated by measuring a broadcasters’ power consumption and that of a consumer watching an ad on television in their home. ‘We look at the number of households and the number of TVs, and then the proportion of TVs that are plasma, LCD or traditional, and calculate energy consumption based on those factors,” Woolley said.

Reality TV’s impact is apparently greatly increased by the fact that it encourages viewers to vote — which uses up more energy. So the fact that Big Brother was so unpopular in its 8th (and final) season actually helped the environment — not to mention our eyeballs.

Boned! That’s the fate of the planned biography on Eddie “Everywhere” McGuire, which threatened to out more skeletons in the sidelined TV star’s closet. Confidential confirmed yesterday that the tell-all tome, by former Channel Nine presenter Patrick Lindsay, has been cancelled, after McGuire is believed to have withdrawn his support for the anticipated project. Publishers for Random House, who had slated the book for release around now, have axed plans to go ahead with the “troublesome” title. — The Daily Telegraph

Journalism, now brought to you by McDonald’s. To pimp its sugary, 200-calorie iced coffees, fast food giant McDonald’s offered to pay some local TV newscasts for product placement. And of course the newscasts went for it, since local TV journalism is where ethical standards go to die … Station operators offered the Times any number of excuses, but the best has to be from the news director at the Las Vegas affiliate: He argues the placement is ethically OK because it is restricted to the “lighter, news-and-lifestyle” portion of his morning news show. Sounds like the portion of the program that might normally be given over to, say, segments on weight loss, fitness or preventing kids from becoming obese. But these days, if the station wants to do any reports that might upset McDonald’s, it is supposed to yank the lucrative cups — New York Times , via Gawker

Anchorbabe foiled by anchorman. A veteran newsreader has been charged with hacking into his glamorous co-presenter’s emails and leaking to them to the Press. Larry Mendte, 51, is accused of trying to ruin Alycia Lane’s career. Insiders said Mendte and Miss Lane, 34, appeared friendly on camera, but actually loathed each other. The older journalist was said to be jealous of Miss Lane’s £400,000-a-year salary – £50,000 more than he was paid for their evening news bulletin on a station in Philadelphia.

In recent years, several of Miss Lane’s personal emails appeared in the Press, causing her great embarrassment. The first message was about a s-xy bikini shot of herself that she had sent to a married former colleague. The man’s wife intercepted the email, and her scathing reply ended up in the New York gossip columns. The incident earned Miss Lane her nickname “anchorbabe” … Mendte, suspected of leaking all the emails, was charged with a federal offence of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorisation. Prosecutors said he hacked into two of Miss Lane’s email accounts more than 500 times in two years. If convicted, he faces six months in jail. — The Daily Mail UK

Why the blogosphere isn’t just a market: Wow: It’s only been a few short hours since I posted about bookbloggers worried about being overwhelmed by publishers, and already Seth Godin nails the issue perfectly: “[The Net] wasn’t invented by business people, and it doesn’t exist to help your company make money. “It’s entirely possible it could be used that way, but it doesn’t owe you anything. The question to ask isn’t, ‘but how does this help me?’ as if you have some sort of say in the matter. You don’t get a vote on whether Google succeeds or whether your customers erect spam filters. “The question to ask is, ‘how are people (the people I need to reach, interact with and tell stories to) going to use this new power and how can I help them achieve their goals?'” And the publishing industry’s answer to that question isn’t always going to be “make sure the right bloggers are kept up to their elbows in ARCs.” Sometimes—and people are already figuring this out—the answer is “create a space so compelling people will gladly come to participate in what you’re doing.” Especially when you yourself are equally engaged. — Galleycat, Mediabistro

Fake S-x and the City book becomes a reality. Well, it was only a matter of time. One New York minute after word spread that fans of the S-x and the City movie were logging onto Amazon.com in hopes of purchasing Love Letters of Great Men — the fake book highlighted in the film — publisher Pan MacMillan announced that on Aug. 15, they’re planning to release a book with the same title in the U.K., to include “all of the letters referenced in the film.” — Entertainment Weekly

This just in. Batman caught. Christian Bale, the actor who plays Batman in The Dark Knight, has been arrested over alleged verbal assault against his sister and mother. Which led, inevitably, to this pic. — WNN via Celebitchy

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