Fairfax pushes the boat out on arts reviewing.
Fairfax’s Brisbane Times
website has taken an innovative approach to covering the Brisbane Festival by recruiting a lawyer, advertising sales manager and a wharf yard worker to review the festival's shows. The idea behind the "street reviewer team" is clear: to allow regular Brisbanites to have a say as well as the artistic cognoscenti. It’s also cheaper, no doubt, than commissioning professionals to do the job. The decision to outsource reviewing to the great unwashed has unsurprisingly caused some consternation among professional critics -- especially because productions are using the reviews to spruik their shows. Wynnum wharf yard worker James Niland, for example, was a big fan
of La Boite's production of The Wizard of Oz
. But is it misleading for La Boite to present his verdict as The Brisbane Times
' in its marketing spiel
Hamish leaves Ten.
More bad news for incoming Channel Ten news boss Peter Meakin, whose lawyers are duelling with Channel Seven about whether the grizzled veteran has to sit on the sidelines for six or 12 months. Ten's globe-trotting heartthrob Hamish MacDonald, billed as Australia's answer
to CNN star Anderson Cooper, is leaving the network. MacDonald, who famously wore red pants while presenting the late news, announced the move on Twitter today: