Monday, January 16, 2017

ABC Fail

I remember Stan Grant from his commercial tv current affairs show. We used to call him Grand Stunt. As a commercial current affairs host, he was fine and par for the course for such shows.

He is now a fill in summer presenter on our ABC TV current affairs show 730. Photo from the National Press Club of Australia. Not bad looking for an older man.


Once 730 settles back to its normality in the new year I understand he will be a Friday night presenter for a replacement programme and also oversee ABC coverage of indigenous matters, he being of aboriginal heritage no doubt makes him well qualified for that role. 

But after watching him on our screens for a week, I do not like him as presenter of 730. He is not ABC. I cannot define the qualities that make an ABC presenter, but I know he does not have them and am a lifelong watcher, listener and supporter of ABC news and current affairs.

And it rather infuriates me that ABC TV has a wealth of tv female journalistic talent there for the taking who could host a current affairs show but instead it employs someone who recently worked for Rupert at Sky News and has the lack of credibility of someone who has worked at such a conservative and biased news organisation.

No, he is not suitable for our taxpayer funded ABC. End of story. Which managerial tosser thought he was a good idea?

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  1. Andrew he looks interesting

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    1. Gosia, no doubt that he is interesting.

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  2. He is quite good looking isn't he?
    Sadly our politicians bad mouth and hinder the ABC at every step. I wonder whether his appointment is trying to second guess what the politicians want? An easy and personable indigenous person?

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    1. EC, as him being an older person, I do concede that he is nice looking. In fact he doesn't seemed to have aged in twenty odd years, which makes me suspicious. It's a good point about the ABC and in this case, I don't think so. Internal politics to have a part indigenous heading an important programme might have come into play.

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  3. Perhaps non-ABC listeners do not quite understand what you mean by "I cannot define the qualities that make an ABC presenter, but I ... am a lifelong watcher, listener and supporter of ABC news and current affairs".

    Me too, brother.

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    1. Hels, I am pleased you understood what I said. And I still can't define what it is, but I know it when I see or hear it.

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  4. ABC presenters I have heard recently have said 'gonna' and similar slack pronunciations. It may be a bid to achieve commercial level ratings, or the general fail of our present ABC may be due to the board being full of IPA stooges, there to stifle any program which might make anti govt comment. at least though, they gave us the joy of RAKE and Upper Middle Bogan.

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    1. Annie, there has been such a deterioration generally in media, which is operating on a shoestring if we are talking about newspaper. Without commercial imperatives, our ABC should allow reporters and presenters to take take the time to get things right, down to pronunciation.

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  5. went to Wiki to look for the scandal. jeepers the 7 network board are hypocrites [recent massive rumpypump there ICYMI]
    'Grant had 3 children with Karla,marriage break-up in 2000, prior to the Sydney Olympic Games, resulted from his starting a relationship with fellow TV host Tracey Holmes. After criticism from News Corp tabloids,[14] while News was involved in the C7 Sport dispute with Seven, his employment at the Seven Network was terminated as a result, and he and Tracey Holmes moved to Hong Kong.[1] Some news articles have reported that both were fired from their positions with 7, but in a 2015 interview, Holmes stated that they had both resigned in protest over 7 trying to dictate their living arrangements. Holmes stated that she felt there would have been no controversy if Grant had been a white man. [15]Grant and Holmes have one son together'

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    1. Annie, yes I do remember all of that, but good to be reminded concisely. I am with Holmes and Grant against 7 about the 'morality appearance' of Grant.

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  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who switches off. He doesn't look comfortable in the role of host but I have enjoyed his hosting elsewhere. Probably part of Malcontent's plan to dumb down the ABC so much that only snails will follow their current affairs shows. I still haven't forgiven the axing of Catalyst.

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    1. Jah Teh, I keep watching so I can complain. Actually, tonight there was a terrific Sydney story, more rum and rebellion stuff, read corruption. Grant wasn't the reporter or presenter.

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  7. Good looking? Maybe, but there is something in his face that I don't like. I can't put my finger on it, haven't got a clue what I'm talking about, but I don't like him. Gut feeling.

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    1. River, maybe it his makeup. I can't believe how badly his make up was done the first few night of him being on air. The same thing happened years ago to Indian presenter.

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    2. I don't watch the ABC news or anything else on ABC, so my comment relates solely to the picture you've posted. I wouldn't want him in my circle of friends.

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  8. Stan used to be good looking Andrew, not anymore in my book.
    Don't care for him on the ABC at all in his current role as broadcaster of one of my favourite shows! Pity!

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    1. Margaret, at least he is only temporary. Sales will be back and hopefully we can see more of Lane and Ferguson........no. I have just checked Ferguson is hosting 4 Corners and Lane, AM on the radio.

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  9. Bit of botex in the forehead do you think Andrew, but still not good looking enough :) Blimey this poor guy really got a bad rating here. I have no idea I've not seen him host anything. I enjoy how passionate you are about your ABC, do you ever write in and let them know how you feel about certain things?

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    1. Grace, to answer your question, yes but not so often nowadays. This post will be picked up by media monitors.

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  10. Probably some tosser being paid a fortune by the taxpayer! ;)

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    1. Indeed so, Lee. Like my work place, I suspect our ABC is very overloaded with management.

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