Dec 3, 2012

Walkleys: journalism’s ‘extraordinarily dull’ night of nights

Who dominated this year's Walkley Awards and what did the assembled hacks make of the event? Several veterans deemed this year's awards particularly "dull" and "flat".

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

In these times of technological disruption and financial upheaval, it’s comforting to know some cherished media traditions refuse to die. Like bagging the Walkley Awards.

The nation’s cynical scribes love to moan about their — dare we say it? — “night of nights”, but the gripes seemed especially abundant this year. Hosting the event in Canberra and inviting the notoriously grumpy Peter Cave to give a speech will do that.

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4 thoughts on “Walkleys: journalism’s ‘extraordinarily dull’ night of nights

  1. zut alors

    I applaud Peter Cave’s comments. It’s so refreshing to hear someone in the media speak frankly and from the heart. The fact that he was so self-effacing added to his gravitas.

    The tightly scripted ceremony was as dull as dish water to watch on delay (especially as First Dog’s moment of glory was cruelly edited). Mercifully, we viewers escaped the noisy nightclub finale.

  2. Will Arnott

    Cave was just saying what everyone knows. The MEAA uses it for its own purposes (every president gets a prize – or in the case of one, a gold walkley for services to the meaa!).
    I’m just waiting for the prize for PR, the MEAA’s latest recruitment category.
    The Walkley trustees should cancel the whole crappy event, get some independent people to judge the award, and hand them in out in a low key event somewhere appropriate.

  3. Mark out West

    The Gold award says it all for journalism in this country. A gossip piece about a family from the high end of town, who cares. This is worthy of the top journalist award in the country, really????


    These are the assembled clowns that missed Gillard’s caning

    of Abbott with “that speech”. Bring on the Wankleys.

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