TV & Radio

Feb 3, 2010

I auditioned for the Stig; all I got was ACA lies

A Current Affair's road safety crusade could be about to enter slippery legal territory after it used recycled footage from a two-year-old Top Gear audition tape in a faked attempt to "trap" a hoon driver.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

A Current Affair's road safety crusade could be about to enter slippery legal territory after it used recycled footage from a two-year-old Top Gear audition tape in a faked attempt to "trap" a hoon driver. Last night on ACA, the heavily promoted opening segment, entitled "Car Hoon" and tagged with an "exclusive" watermark, ran three full minutes of footage of a mystery man called "Carlo" driving his souped-up Nissan somewhere on Sydney's roads.


"We'll let the video speak for itself, because we want your help to find him," intoned host Tracey Grimshaw before airing the video of  "Carlo" "drifting" across double lines to the network's heavy metal soundtrack. At the end of the segment, reporter Tom Steinfort issued a shout for viewers to catch "Crazy Carlo", and promised a follow-up on tonight's program. "But first we have to find him and that's where you come in. We believe his name is Carlo -- Crazy Carlo." Steinfort then aired a cleaned-up image of the vehicle's registration. But Crikey can reveal that the source for the story was the YouTube clip below, uploaded to the web on  September 26 last year. The clip clearly identified the driver's first and last name and its intended purpose -- an audition tape for the mysterious Stig test-driver on the local version of Top Gear.
"Hi everybody at Freehand, my name is Carlo Arena and I would like to be your Stig."


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22 thoughts on “I auditioned for the Stig; all I got was ACA lies

  1. Blair Martin

    Once more the complete wastes of space who have the gall to call themselves “journalists” have been shown to be arrogant, incompetant fools. The real journos must cringe everytime ACA goes feral with another exclusive. What a sad demise of a once quality program.

  2. Elan

    One all I think. TT’s Barcelona farce, and now this. TT should be good tonight………………

  3. melanie farris

    I’m no stranger to the dull, non-sensical, no-story story style of journalism favoured by ACA. Needless to say as I watched the story it was clear it was either a pro-film or a set up: being filmed from all angles, inside the car, outside of the car, hand positions on the wheel, different portions of road etc.

    And what was the weird bit at the end – the call out for people to help identify Crazy Carlo. They had the bloody licence plate number, ACA in all their moral responsibility should have simply given the footage to police.

    Of course Today Tonight is no better. They had the no-story story of the red haired girl barred from school from having “Twighlight inspired” red locks. Full stop. So, bad school, freedom of expression, yada yada yada. Flick back over to ACA and the story goes along the lines that Twighlight girl died her hair so as to stop from being bullied for being a natural ginger.

    What was the real story behind this non-story story? Sadly, we may never know.

  4. Greg Angelo

    Another piece of crap journalism from the free to air networks. I cannot wait for the ABC 24-hour news channel so I never have to watch these cretins and morons again. What more can you expect from purveyors of tampons and toothpaste advertising whose sole aim is to bore us witless with second-rate programming and moronic advertising. The unfortunate reality is that so many people watch this drivel and do not demand higher standards.

  5. Pete WN

    The tragedy is that there are decent news and investigative stories out there, probably begging for airtime; where was ACA to expose HIH, or Storm financial?

    Instead they produce this tripe, and leave the real work to Australian Story. Probably some editor figured ‘Crazy Carlos’ hooning around the streets, or a cat up a tree, is more interesting to the elderly viewers than ‘boring stories about finance and superannuation’. Woops.

  6. Pete WN

    ‘Australian Story’ – I probably meant the 7.30 report …

  7. julia cohen

    I just KNEW that it was a stunt as soon as I saw it last night
    I have not watched ACA for years and last night it was on when I turned the TV on so I watched it
    So obviously a stunt


  8. SusieQ

    There seems to be an expectation that ACA and TT provide quality journalism and such anger when they don’t! So why do people keep watching?? Greg Angelo (and others), nobody is forcing you to watch this tripe – there is an ‘off’ button on your TV and there are other channels.

    The sooner people stop watching, the sooner these programs will disappear (yeah, I know, I’m dreaming…………).

  9. dam buster of Preston

    Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story!

  10. harrybelbarry

    More dumbing down the masses from channel 9 and 7, i woke up years ago and leave my tv on ABC or SBS and occasionally channel ten.

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