Dec 5, 2012

Oakes defends Walkley Awards from Cave assault

ABC veteran Peter Cave didn't have a kind word to say about the Walkley Awards -- despite winning five of them. Laurie Oakes, chairman of the Walkleys board, hits back today.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Press gallery doyen and Walkley advisory board chairman Laurie Oakes has shot back at former ABC foreign editor Peter Cave, saying the legendary curmudgeon shouldn’t have entered the Walkley Awards if winning them would cause him so much angst.

Cave was handed the gong for outstanding contribution to journalism last Friday and used his acceptance speech to blast the Walkley judging process. Cave said he only truly deserved one of his five previous Walkleys and later claimed too many awards were given out to stories that are “s-xy” or “politically correct” rather than those involving real skill or effort.

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One thought on “Oakes defends Walkley Awards from Cave assault

  1. Will Arnott

    I used to think highly of Oakes.

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