Apr 1, 2014

Media briefs: April fools … IPCC media wrap … cutting pork …

How the nation's media covered the IPCC report, plus the best April Fools' jokes and other media tidbits of the day.

The day when media organisations knowingly lie to you. There’s a certain art to April Fools’ pranking. It has to be believable but not ultimately harmful. Outrageous but trivial. So here’s what the news media came up with. The Guardian told us lamingtons were invented in New Zealand. Youth website Junkee announced it was going behind a paywall (payment options include the “Double Dunham” and the “Echo Chamber”). TV Tonight revealed that Andrew Bolt was joining The Project to replace Charlie Pickering (now, that’d be fun…), while Kyle and Jackie O changed the station on their listeners (after an ad break, listeners were treated to stablemates Jonesy and Amanda from WSFM, who were going on about diarrhoea). On Nova, Fitzy and Wippa pulled an elaborate prank on their bosses, with Fitzy pretending to quit (and swear) live on air.

Serious outlets like The Australian generally avoid such silliness, but James Jeffrey’s Strewth column managed to sneak in a story about how the Financial Review is going online-only (a good effort, but chucking it in as the very last item somewhat spoils the joke, doesn’t it?). New Matilda is launching a new youth-focused website (with “teen heartthrob” Ben Eltham penning the dating column). ABC News Breakfast fans also had to cope with some programming changes — a post on the show’s Facebook page revealed Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli had been “poached” and were expected to leave the ABC later this month.

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