MELBOURNE: ABC TV management and on-air talent are said to still be seething over criticisms last week of their revamped News Breakfast set.
Program guest Kevin McCloud, who has hosted the UK show Grand Designs that has followed some of Britain’s most ambitious self-building projects for 13 years, was reportedly asked off air what he thought of the new set.
His reply – “It looks like a dog’s breakfast on a pile of vomit outside a High Street pub viewed through a kaleidoscope” – upset not just those in the studio but the Toorak private high school visual arts student who had come up with the design free of charge given the ABC’s cash-strapped nature.
BRISBANE: Shares have soared in the parent company of Dreamworld theme park after it requested that the Australian Federal Police investigate possible criminal charges arising out of an excoriating coroner’s report onto the four rapid water ride deaths there in 2016.
“The directors and safety management people stand ready not to be interviewed,” a spokesperson for Ardent Leisure said.
CANBERRA: Chances of a second tilt at the National Party leadership by former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce are growing after he and former minister Matt Canavan were spotted last night at an after-hours basic arithmetics class at Evatt Primary School in Belconnen.
The week-long class was apparently suggested by LNP colleagues Peter Dutton and Mathias Cormann.