I was supposed to continue Kim’s excellent work covering what the commercial news networks have had to say about the campaign each night.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get home in time.
But, moving forward, I’m taking real action by reporting what I heard on ABC Local Radio in Melbourne. Julia and Tony weren’t campaigning, as they were at a funeral for an Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Kevin Rudd has confirmed he’s been offered a seat on a UN panel; however, the panel meets infrequently and he claims he could combine it with his job as an MP or minister. Julie Bishop thinks that a minister, in particular, should be fully committed to his job. Oh, and Christopher Pyne isn’t going to run a billboard featuring a quote from Nick Xenophon saying that Pyne is “An incredibly effective politician”, after bumping into Xenophon at a coffee shop, running the idea by him, and finding out that Xenophon was (surprise surprise) less than thrilled.
This was, however, not the top story on the local news – that was reserved for the verdict in the retrial of Robert Farquharson, who was found guilty of murdering his three sons.
Did anybody happen to catch a commercial news bulletin tonight?
Of course, for news junkies, ABC News 24 launches tonight, and we have an hour-long ad for it on ABC1 at 7:30. Can’t say I’m terribly excited about the prospect of spreading the ABC’s resources even thinner – and, frankly, the thought of an hour-long promo makes the Colbert Report on ABC2 (or The Daily Show on IView) an even more attractive prospect.
And, finally, some historical perspective, courtesy Crikey’s daily email:
As Crikey says, the title sequence is straight out of Tron, and the newsreaders’ clothing is good for a giggle. But the lead item – coverage of the Economic Summit – is actually a pretty serious and substantive piece by Laurie Oakes.
Note: this thread is specifically for discussing news coverage of the campaign in the mass media. We have an open thread here for more general discussion.