Monthly Archive for April, 2007

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Sunrise family values.

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Last nights Lateline probably serves as a bit more of a coherent introduction to the Sunrise/Rudd story then I mentioned in my previous post.

The introduction and story also announce the results of a Newspoll published in The Australian today which shows Rudd remaining steady as “better PM” and the ALP up 2 per cent in two party preferred.

Sunrise has had its moments in the past, from Al Gore’s gushing over their climate change campaign, to David Koch at Beaconsfield and that snow joke (which might explain why Howard’s not a fan), but when yesterday’s biggest news story was the fact that Rudd and Hockey will no longer appear in their weekly segment, it shows the power the ‘sunrise family’ might potentially wield.

The member for Sunrise.

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Back in January I suggested that the behind the scenes drama of Sunrise would probably make for a good show in itself. And, while the day to day Hollywood reports and weather wagons probably outweigh anything worthy of a scripted drama, when you start to get people questioning the relationship of the alternative Prime Minister of a nation to the shows producers, throw in angry war veterans, the entire Australian media, and an apparently annoyed station owner who happens to vote the other way it suddenly all becomes pretty interesting.

I like Kevin Rudd, and I like Sunrise, and quite clearly Sunrise likes Kevin Rudd. His presence on the show has raised his profile immensely, I look forward to him being the next Prime Minister of Australia, and I look forward to Sunrise however subtly taking some credit for it.

Read the press release about todays announcement below.

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Introducing.. BBCNN Sky-jazeera 24

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For the first time in the history of 24 hour news networks, four global broadcasters have come together to produce the same program. The event was part of a campaign to free kidnapped journalist Alan Johnston who went missing one month ago yesterday.

Jeremy Bowen who anchored the special started by saying “about the only good thing to come out of the last month is the way Alan’s colleagues, especially here in the occupied Palestinian territories, have rallied around him.”

A commendable use of resources, something that should be considered again for any number of worthy things.

This Week in Current Affairs: 11th April

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This week’s lesson: Humiliation

I’m the treasurer of the Pussycat Dolls fan club

Blame, dignity and a little incest, all in a days fun for the Chaser. Their continued and brutal attacks on A Current Affair and Today Tonight undermine the entire genre and with special appearances from Chas’ parents, some of the funniest five minutes on television.

Catch the whole show from the Chaser’s website or through their iTunes link.

France from afar: France 3

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In whats becoming little more then an excuse for me to mention the fact I went to Paris for six days in January; I present another installment of France from afar.

As previously mentioned I captured next to nothing during my time in France, but thanks to the generosity of one of my French readers I’ve been able to feature for you the sights and sounds of French television, and have for you today France Trois.

For more of the French check out my posts on ARTE, France 5 and TF1.

TV on the television: The BBC2 sunroof.

Download all the new BBC2 idents in one swoop here (36.3mb *.zip).

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Another addition to the new look BBC Two collection, check out the rest of them in the original post here. Anymore out there I’m missing?

The World According to Fox News

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The Chaser no doubt still have years of parody to get out of Today Tonight and A Current Affair, but I guess there is no time like the present to go after the mother ship of questionable journalism… Fox News Channel (and by association; Chuck Norris).

With cameos from Kerry O’Brien and Monica Attard, its enough to make any ABC geek giddy, and probably explains further why the show is such a hit with those snobby, wealthy, educated or employed OG1 + 2 demographics (ie. you and me, the definition is pretty broad).

Tonights episode is already available for legit download here.

Thanks Tactic, for showing us your wang.

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Thanks to Nathan from Tactic for sending me their latest creation… scribblings of various penis euphemisms, created for The Comedy Channel (which I recently got sent some other stuff from too).

And while I do spend most of my work day drawing willies, I’m not getting explicitly paid for it like the guys at Tactic, I guess its a good thing no one at work knows I have a blog.. and conversely no one who reads this blog knows where I work.

To sum up, they’re short, funny and pretty cool (the exact opposite of me), I look forward to seeing these while I watch my day old Colbert’s over lunch.