Jan 29, 2013

Media briefs: Fran’s back … van Gogh weather … Brazil tragedy …

Fran's back ... dinkus watch ... Brazil nightclub tragedy ...

Bonge and Faine pull their finger out. Franophiles around the country were cheering this morning as ABC Radio National Breakfast’s Fran Kelly returned to the airwaves following a, shall we say, idiosyncratic stint from John Doyle over summer. The Roy & HG star polarised listeners with his piss-taking tone and presentational tics (including giving weather updates in Fahrenheit and quizzing finance reporters on their favourite films).

Listeners hanging out for Kelly’s regular federal politics slot with Michelle Grattan were surprised to discover The Age veteran will be sharing the slot with Channel Ten’s Paul Bongiorno this year. In an exchange sure to have turned some listeners off their morning muesli, Kelly and “Bonge” discussed Tim Mathieson’s overnight prostate exam gaffe — in which the first bloke advised the Prime Minister’s XI cricket team to get a prostate check with “a small Asian female doctor”.

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: Fran’s back … van Gogh weather … Brazil tragedy …

  1. hannah rachel bell

    Yeah, Fran’s back, and that’s nice. But John Doyle was brilliant. He brought an exquisite, nuanced sensitivity to issues, successfully avoiding the conventional droll of tired political and social commentators. Waleed Ali is the best, but Doyle should not be patronised as a ‘not quite the full package’ as far as political journalism goes. He was refreshing, challenging, informative, stretched-to-the-boundaries commentary, and busted them. In other words, Doyle brought a very refreshing spin – close to the ordinary experience of us ordinary Ozzies – and got beyond the conventional protocols of press-gallery journalism. GO DOYLE!!!

  2. klewso

    Doyle doesn’t take himself as seriously and keeps news at a distance (preferably spitting?) he doesn’t roll in it. He knows his opinions are just that – and not “news”.

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