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Walkleys and drinkies. Taking place at Crown's Palladium in Melbourne, this year's Walkley Awards ceremony went off without a hitch or controversy, except for the poor quality of the online broadcast, which drew online derision. Last year a high-quality stream was brought undone by an unruly crowd, while this year a well-behaved crowd was done a disservice by the low-quality broadcast. Host David Speers fulfilled his role well, ever dapper in some fetching glasses, but the best presenter of the night (judged by someone other than the biased Ms Tips) was Stephen Mayne, who along with Marina Go was one of the most lively presenters of the night. As Mayne and Go entered the stage, footage of Mayne's 2006 run-in with Glenn Milne was played, and while Go threatened to give him a shove, no one took Mayne off the stage prematurely. The mood was somewhat sombre on the night, with reminders of journalists who lost their lives over the last year. It was also a pessimistic tone that came across from investigative journalists who wondered to Ms Tips if their craft would survive the next 10 years. "We're fucked," said one producer.