TOP MEDIA HONOUR:
One of Australia’s most revered and admired political scribes has added another top award to an already impressive – some would say unsurpassed – CV and it’s no less than a Guinness world record.
And a modest Channel 9 national political editor Chris Uhlmann says he didn’t even know he’d achieved the amazing feat until contacted by Guinness overnight from its Dublin HQ.
A proud-as-punch Uhlmann fondled his black coal pet rock as he told The Bug by phone this morning: “Viewers out there probably think it’s easy to fit ‘for when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow’ into any political story for prime-time news.
“But you try to do it eight times, as I did for the piece-to-camera the other night for which I understand this record has been bestowed on me.
“I sort of had an idea that I was close to the record over recent months, especially when covering Labor’s pathetic energy policies before the May federal election and more recent climate change protests by those dreadful anarchists in capital cities around our nation.
“And I heard some corridor whispers that I was getting close after a harmless little to-camera piece the other night about Tanya Plibersek calling on more TAFE education funding.
“But to break the record for the exclusive story I presented about Anthony Albanese’s failure to attend the Uluru rock-climbing closure ceremony and celebrations is indeed an honour.
“To be honest, I had started to doubt whether I would ever break the record. I was starting to feel about as useful and effective as a renewable energy storage battery,” Uhlmann admitted.
“So now I couldn’t be prouder, not even on a day when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.”