Jun 4, 2014

Media briefs: Kenny apology … bikini brief … bring it on …

The ABC will tonight apologise to Chris Kenny. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Screwed over? ABC to aplogise. News Corp papers are crowing this morning with the news that the ABC will apologise to The Australian columnist Chris Kenny for a skit on The Hamster Decides that depicted him, well, screwing the pooch. The national broadcaster will also have to pay “some damages”, but it’s not clear if it will have to fork out the full $90,000 Kenny was after. ABC director Mark Scott has previously issued a personal apology to Kenny, but tonight’s on-air apology (to be broadcast just before Jonah from Tonga — to ensure no one will be watching?) is very unusual. The ABC had cleared the skit as in poor taste but not in breach of its editorial guidelines. The Chaser team, behind The Hamster Decides, has been banned from commenting on tonight’s apology, with the ABC keen to avoid a repeat of the furore after Scott’s apology, when The Chaser‘s Julian Morrow let his feelings be known …

It is not clear who will read out the apology, which is below:

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7 thoughts on “Media briefs: Kenny apology … bikini brief … bring it on …

  1. paddy

    LOL I’m now feeling seriously ancient Crikey.
    Clive as the female eunuch was an instant hit in this house.
    It’s downright scary to realise that some images aren’t as timeless as I’d imagined.

  2. Kevin Herbert

    I know that if ever I’m called on to write to the plaintiff, I’ll be addressing the letter to ‘C D F Kenny’.

    This title will follow him to the grave.

  3. Ross Carnsew

    I seem to remember a couple of Bill Leak editorial cartoons in the Australian from a few years ago. Politicians depicted as dogs f**king. I think one may have been the Indonesion president. He complained. Was told to lighten up. This is Australia after all.
    You dog, Kenny.

  4. Jill Baird

    Shame, Crikey, shame:
    “caught with his trousers down (but his shorts on)”
    Do you mean undies, jocks etc?
    Shorts are outer wear in Australian language. Why introduce an American term that only creates ambiguity?
    It’s as bad as saying “bathroom” when you mean toilet, loo, lavatory, dunny etc.

  5. Jill Baird

    Sorry, you do mean “shorts”!

  6. Suzanne Blake

    Interesting that the ABC said the skit was in response to Chris Kenny’s criticism of the ABC

  7. klewso

    What do people, who find Kenny offensive, do?

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