Today in Media Files, Karl Stefanovic’s Logies boycott is over before it began, and the Brazilian war photographer exposed as a fake.
Karl’s Logies boycott over. Today host Karl Stefanovic has calmed down since he joined the TV “stars” outraged at Victoria losing the Logies earlier in the week. As with most things that Stefanovic has a rant about, his firm declaration that he would boycott the Logies if they weren’t held in Melbourne earned write-ups on the news websites, and made for an awkward announcement on the show this morning. The show broadcast from the Gold Coast this morning, and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared the city would be the new home of the TV awards for the next four years. Stefanovic fobbed off Palaszczuk twice as she tried to get him to commit to attending (“I’m not one of those people that floats with the breeze on these issues”), but he’s told sponsor TV Week he would definitely be there (and that he wants to host).
War photographer exposed as fake. A Brazilian war photographer employed by the UN and published by Getty, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, and the BBC has been exposed as a fake by BBC Brasil. Eduardo Martins had apparently survived leukaemia and been abused as a child, and had accumulated more than 125,000 followers on Instagram. But his story came undone when he contacted a BBC Brasil reporter in the Middle East, who’d never heard of him, and discovered “Eduardo Martins” doesn’t exist:
“For years, someone using that name had been stealing pictures taken by professional photographers who had risked their lives in conflict to get them. Eduardo Martins fooled journalists and picture editors by making slight alterations to the images, such as inverting them, just enough to elude software that scans pictures for plagiarism.”
“Martins” has reportedly taken all his social media accounts down, and deleted WhatsApp, after telling photographer Fernando Costa Netto he was in Australia, travelling around the world in a van.
Vanity farewell. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has announced he’s stepping down after 25 years at the helm of the magazine that made him a celebrity editor. He’ll spend six months in France with his wife and youngest child before returning to the US for his “third act”, as Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp explained:
“It’s simply time, he said. He is 68, and he wants to move on while he’s still got plenty of life ahead of him for a third act.”
BBC to review gender pay gap. The BBC has announced a pay review after a row erupted over the gender gap, which was revealed when the BBC published its stars’ salaries earlier this year. When the salaries were published, only 35% of those earning more than 150,000 pounds a year were women. Director general Tony Hall has commissioned a report, and a separate audit of pay.
Front pages of the day. The UK papers have fulfilled their royal duty, printing pictures of Prince George’s first day of school on their front pages.
Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings. The first qualifying final between Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney dominated the night with 1.5 million viewers last night on Seven and 7mate — 1.16 million and 327,000 on Foxtel — and that was the night with a big win for Seven.
Tonight the AFL second final between Geelong and Richmond goes head to head with the first NRL final between Easts and Brisbane tonight in Sydney. The other finals clash tomorrow evening (Swans against Essendon at 4.25pm in Sydney) and Melbourne v Parramatta (in Melbourne) at 4.10pm. Port Adelaide and West Coast play the last AFL final tomorrow night (so no AFL in Melbourne tomorrow, only NRL), while in the NRL Manly meets Penrith in Sydney. On Sunday, the last NRL final will be played between Cronulla and North Queensland.
And for those rugby union supporters in a phone box in North Sydney, Australia plays South Africa in Perth tomorrow night — Read the rest on the Crikey website