Paparazzo’s run-in with a shovel. Controversial paparazzo Jayden Seyfarth has become the story (again), with cricketer David Warner’s brother-in-law charged with attacking Seyfarth’s car with a shovel. Seyfarth was parked outside Warner’s family home when Tim Falzon allegedly smashed his windscreen with a shovel. Seyfarth told Seven he was shaken up by the attack.

The 21-year-old paparazzo was banned from Qantas and Virgin last year and investigated by the AFP after he posed as Bachelorette Sophie Monk to check into a flight and access the Virgin lounge.

M+C unfair dismissal case settled. An unfair dismissal claim between spinners M+C Partners and Asher Moses, a former executive and former Sydney Morning Herald technology journalist, has settled. Moses sued the company in the Federal Circuit Court, saying he was sacked after he informed his bosses he was suffering depression, and that he wasn’t properly paid out his entitlements. The spin and tit-for-tat got messy in the court filings, with M+C accusing Moses of being unreliable and showing up to work while under the influence of cannabis — claims Moses denied. In a joint statement on Friday, M+C and Moses announced an “amicable settlement”, with confidential terms.

Journo shot dead in live broadcast. A journalist was one of 25 people killed during protests in Nicaragua overnight. Angel Gohana was broadcasting live on Facebook from the latest in four days of demonstrations, and was hit by live ammunition fired into the crowd — the protesters have alleged police were firing live rounds.

Footy Show’s dismal numbers corrected. There was a coding error with The Footy Show last Thursday which meant the late editions in each market (i.e. the NRL show in the southern states and the AFL show in Sydney and Brisbane), the audience was averaged across early and later editions, trimming the numbers for both programs.

So instead of 98,000 for Eddie’s effort in Melbourne, the real figure for the live broadcast was 158,000. While that was a significant improvement, Seven’s The Front Bar still did better with 161,000. In the five city metro markets The Footy Shows (AFL and NRL) had 354,000 people. The NRL Footy Show audience rose to 118,000 in Sydney and Brisbane from the 90,000 first reported as a result of the coding correction. The Sydney audience is now 70,000 up from 63,000 and the Brisbane audience rose to 48,000 from 27,000. — Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings. MKR (1.89 million nationally) did it again, this time aided by a slide night for Sunday Night on Seven (1.44 million) and its rather amazing story on Kitty Sullivan (of The Sullivans). That out rated The Voice on Nine (1.57 million, a solid effort) and 60 Minutes — 882,000, not so solid. 

In the morning, Insiders was an easy winner — 523,000 watched nationally and saw a masterclass of interviewing by Barrie Cassidy with Kelly O’Dwyer, the Financial Services Minister.

In regional areas MKR averaged 603,000 and topped the night, followed by Seven News with 470,000, Sunday Night with 498.000. The Voice with 463,000 was fourth, and fifth was Nine/NBN News with 406,000. Read the rest at the Crikey website.

Peter Fray

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