Who could 2DayFM possibly get in to create the talkability and shock value of departed breakfast show host Kyle Sandilands? The Human Headline and Charlotte Dawson of course.
While Dr Mumbo feels the second of 2DayFM’s teaser video for who will be their next breakfast show hosts does little to reveal the truth of the matter, he was delighted see Derryn Hinch turn up jiving along to the upbeat melody, while Dawson also enjoys a passing cameo amongst the stars.
On the strength of Hinch’s appearance here it seems he may be more demographic friendly than Kyle was – remember that awkward ad from last year where all the other presenters were having fun at a party and he looked like their dad there to make sure they didn’t have too many sugary lollies? Read more »
Dr Mumbo is a massive fan of word searches, but admits even he would probably not have spotted this nugget, possibly hidden by a disgruntled sub in The Sunday Telegraph’s kids section.
Although it is supposed to be a search for Indonesian wildlife one “unfortunate” word combination spells out LIVESIHCODRUM, or MURDOCH IS EVIL backwards.
While it doesn’t stipulate which Murdoch it is referring to Dr Mumbo assumes it is not the character from the A-Team. Read more »
Dr Mumbo suspects that the staff at 2DayFM are more than a little “happy” about the departure of Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’.
How does he know? Well first there was ‘that’ abusive tape of outtakes played at the Christmas party last week…
But now there is this new teaser video, where the stars such as Sophie Monk and Jules Lund (ahem new Breakfast hosts anyone?), feature dancing with the theme being the very subtle: “happy”. (Merrick Watts who has just finished up at SCA owned TripleM also features prominently…)
For Dr Mumbo’s money the cameo featuring radio legend John Laws is not to be missed. Read more »
Dr Mumbo was pleased to see the esteemed Mark Day, resident media columnist in The Australian, join in and take a stick to magazine publisher Bauer over so-called “errors” which saw magazines such as Take Five “accidentally” changing key locations in stories from overseas to Australia.
The systematic localising of stories was first revealed by Dr Mumbo’s colleagues who noted how Take Five had changed locations such as “Redruth, Cornwall” to “Redfern, NSW”.
A former owner of infamous Melbourne tabloid The Truth, Day argues that this “kind of chicanery” is unacceptable even for the trashy mags.
Day also uses his column to openly mock Bauer Magazine’s response. Read more »
Dr Mumbo is hearing some stories of injuries from the Christmas party rounds and is reminding everyone to revel responsibly.
Apparently there were more than a few broken glasses at the Havas Worldwide Australia Christmas bash on Wednesday night, with more than a few staff members having bits of glass removed from their feet at the 1920s themed night.
But, thus far, Dr Mumbo’s favourite unidentified party injury story has to go public relations firm N2N communications… Read more »
Dr Mumbo stumbled across a very interesting list of the ‘best and worst ads of 2013′ on News.com.au compiled by DDB Sydney’s executive creative director Dylan Harrison.
Congratulations to DDB who took out three of the top five ads from around the world this year, according to Harrison:
‘Tis the season for giving, but Dr Mumbo was concerned to see journalists today tweeting they had been sent a live butterfly by a Sydney PR company.
He would like to remind the industry that we’ve been here before, remember Advantage Adelaide and the whole dead goldfishgate anyone?
To Dr Mumbo’s mind live animals do not make good presents for journalists. Full stop.
Indeed, Dr Mumbo senses the PR company Free Publicity knows this as its director Vanessa Free’s first question to him when he rang was: “Are the butterflies alive or dead?”
Personally, Dr Mumbo can’t get past the paragraph which denounces not only Twitter but the scourge of “web-first publishing.”
“Yet that can’t be said of all media outlets, especially when seasoned journalists are being traded for ones unable to see beyond the dazzle of the instantaneous fix of Twitter or web-first publishing,” write The Australian.
Unsurprisingly the piece has caused a stir in the Twittersphere. Here are some of Dr Mumbo’s favourite tweets: Read more »
Today Dr Mumbo received a tape from an anonymous “radio insider” featuring clips from controversial former 2DayFM breakfast hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, played at a 2DayFM Christmas party last night.
The two-minute reel, sent to Dr Mumbo under the title “Final Farewell” and mixed to the audio of the song Time to Say Goodbye, features the former number one duo berating staff, swearing and throwing their weight around.
Among the highlights are: Read more »
One of the big questions hanging over Kyle Sandilands and Jackie (O) Henderson’s move from 2DayFM to rival Kiis is whether they can take their audience with them. With 10,000 likes for 1065 Kyle and Jackie O Facebook page in less than a week, they should be ok.
The problem is, while it looks authentic, it’s a fake. As a tweet from the Kyle and Jackie O account told followers on Sunday “2DayFM has temporarily shut down our Facebook”, before another message confirmed this page as a fraud.
Whoever is behind the account was quick off the mark, setting it up on November 29, the day the official announcement was made. And they’re doing a pretty good job of community management, snaffling pics from Sandilands’ Instagram profile, and posting images of holiday destinations asking fans over what they will be doing for the Christmas break.
Dr Mumbo congratulates The Australian’s Darren Davidson on the lead story in today’s Media Section, which explains how Foxtel will announce it will offer consumers a “triple play” option of bundled options across subscription-TV, broadband and telephone services.
If the whole Foxtel “triple play” thing seems a bit familiar… it should.
As Davidson explains this move was, to use an expression favoured by The Oz’s business media writer, “foreshadowed” back on November 26 in a article entitled “Foxtel set to launch ‘triple play’.”
But a quick Google search reveals this is not the only “foreshadowing” The Australian has done of this “triple play” move, by the 50 per cent owned News Corp subsidiary. Read more »
Parody pranksters Stuntbear managed to wangle themselves a spot amongst the reporters on the red carpet at last night’s Aria awards, but of course it was never going to be a straightforward interview.
Instead of the usual inane questions about fans, new albums and whether the stars hope to win, the pair dressed in tweed with colourful decorative corsages and posed as a pair of virgins, fumbling their way through a series of interviews with artists like Alicia Keys, Claire Bowditch, Birds of Tokyo and Gossling.
The most cringe-worthy moment comes as they stutter over a question for Harrison Craig, who himself suffers with a stutter.
Kyle Sandilands has left the building.
And his final words to his now former employer Southern Cross Austereo? Classy ones of course:
“We’ve loved it here. God we’ve made millions of dollars out of these people. Thank you very much. Read more »
So today marked the last Kyle & Jackie O Show on 2Day FM.
Mumbrella will miss them. And this is why… Read more »
If you’re an airline there’s one plane of people you don’t want have to do a flight cancellation on and that’s a plane load of journalists.
Particularly if that planeload of people are on their way to Brisbane for tonight’s Walkleys.
Sadly this is exactly what’s happened with Dr Mumbo’s spies telling him that a planeload of mainly journalists have been forced to move onto other flights.
Among the delayed passengers is the Walkley Foundation’s official photographer who Dr Mumbo hears expects to be arriving somewhere between the entree and the main course.
It’s the question everyone in media land is asking: who should edit the new operation of the Mail Online when it launches next year?
Dr Mumbo notes that when asked about it in today’s Mumbrella video hangout publisher Martin Clarke said: “I’m hoping we find some talent in Australia who help grow us in Britain, Australia and everywhere else in the world.”
If only there was an obvious candidate… Someone with strong news sense, experience editing a tabloid and who understood the Australian power structures and culture. Ideally they would be also be free to start soon and it would also help HR if they were already on the Nine payroll. Read more »
Dr Mumbo congratulates the Mail Online on its new plans to launch an Australian operation and hire as many as 50 journalists. However, he notes that coincidentally the UK publisher and Mi9 chose the exact 6 month anniversary of The Guardian’s Australian launch to make its announcement.
Within minutes of the announcement The Guardian’s Australian editor Katharine Viner tweeted that the new operation were “copycats”. A claim swiftly rejected by Martin Clarke the Mail Online’s UK publisher.
But it appears Ninemsn editor-in-chief Hal Crawford didn’t quite get the memo… Read more »
To the launch of ABC television’s 2014 schedule.
Where some may have felt that the Bondi Hipsters skit outperformed Spicks and Specks The Next Generation (although Dr Mumbo is sure the show will improve in the edit).
The best observation came from Ade (or possibly Dom). Referencing the fresh new talent being showcased by the ABC with the likes of Bryan Brown, Guy Pearce and Sam Neill, the Hipster pointed out: “Basically, they’re Australia’s Expendables.”