So long, Kyle – and thanks for all the traffic

So today marked the last Kyle & Jackie O Show on 2Day FM.

Mumbrella will miss them. And this is why… Read more »

Virgin’s Walkley cancellation #fail

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.

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Who will edit the Aussie Mail Online?

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 »

How not to be a “copycat”

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.

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 12.20.28 PMWithin 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 »

The Aussie Expendables

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.”

Campbell’s scoop

Been wondering when we’ll hear the so-called Sunland two tell their stories?

Dr Mumbo has a hunch it will be on ABC’s Foreign Correspondent one Tuesday night soon.

The show’s Eric Campbell chatted on radio station ABC702 on Tuesday night, letting slip to Gretel Killeen that he was working on a top secret episode involving people in trouble in Dubai, and that he’d been working on it for the last four years.  Read more »

Barry vs Bolt: I’ll show you my salary now you show me yours…

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 9.08.42 AMLast night was the last episode of Media Watch for 2013 and Dr Mumbo was pleased to see Paul Barry go out with a bang, responding to questions from The Australian about how much he earns by challenging News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt to declare his full salary.

As of the program’s airtime Bolt had not responded to the challenge but Barry declared his salary on-air: $191,259. Not a bad salary for hosting a weekly 15 minute program.

But then of course by 9.28pm (8 minutes into the program) Bolt felt the need to respond. You can read his full blog post entitled: “Paul Barry is a really a fool and Media Watch is a disgrace” here.

Or if you just want the précis Bolt told Dr Mumbo this morning: Read more »

Prawn sandwiches for all

It seems the debate ignited by Mat Baxter last week over long working hours has led to an improvement in working conditions at his agency, UM.

Of the 81 comments so far on the story, one from ‘Social Commentator’ got to him more than most when they said: “Lets face it, the lifeblood of your company are the Gen Y’s, slaving away whilst you’re schmoozing with big wigs about town eating prawn sandwiches and sipping on champagne, ‘adding value’ to the relationship. Give me a break.”

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Lund, Irwin and Capper for 2Day FM breakfast?

Another possible lineup for the 2Day FM breakfast show has been suggested after Mumbrella reported Southern Cross Austereo reserved the domain name, suggesting Sophie Monk and Jules Lund may replace Kyle and Jackie O…. Read more »

HR – it’s all about (dis)respecting people

To the SAGE – Secrets of Agency Excellence panel where the debate on building a good agency culture was in full flow, and questions from the floor were invited.

It strikes Dr Mumbo that if you are in the audience and ask a question, it’s better to accept the microphone the young woman brings across to you so that everyone can hear you talking.

Because if you ignore her and simply carry on, and she ends up kneeling at your feet having to carry on holding it herself in front of your mouth, while you treat her like a human microphone stand, then it looks like you may not have much respect for people. Read more »

How to do comprehensive coverage

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Page 2 of Today’s The Australian

Dr Mumbo congratulates The Australian on its comprehensive coverage of the independent media and public broadcasting space in today’s newspaper.

The newspaper doubled down on its ABC salary scoop from yesterday dedicating most of page 2 today to the important national issue of how much ABC journalists are paid.

By Dr Mumbo’s count we are now up to story number eight, once you count: yesterday’s original exclusive, the reaction, the opinion piece about the reaction, a republishing of Mark Scott’s email to staff, plus today’s front page exclusive on how we don’t know what Kerry O’Brien is paid via his production company, ABC staff are paid more in Sydney than elsewhere, commercial news directors anonymously mocking the ABC salaries oh and of course for good measure an editorial.  Read more »

What $2m gets you…

Within media circles the debate over the ABC salaries story, published in The Australian, has been strong.

For Dr Mumbo’s money though it’s hard to go past this short but pithy analysis by the CPSU, the union which represents many ABC staff. 

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Meanwhile The Australian’s media section appears to be giving the story saturation coverage with not less than four separate stories published today on the issue.Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 3.47.37 PM

ABC journos and management earn a dime or even two

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 9.03.17 AMAs ABC journalist Sally Sara tweeted this morning there is only one story that all of the ABC and (truth be told) most Australian journalists will be talking about today…

And that is The Australian’s report on the salaries of the ABC senior management and the public broadcaster’s on-air talentRead more »

Sure you know what you’re doing…

1Last week hydro shaving brand Schick launched a Facebook captioning captioning contest involving the above image.

Presumably the company thought: “what could possibly got wrong, asking people on Facebook to caption two men at a urinal smiling at each other?

Some 738 comments later Dr Mumbo is starting to wonder if Schick really knew “what we’re getting into”… Read more »

Mel B coming to TV soon

A judge might have rule that former Spice girl Mel B can’t work for Nine until after January next year.

But that hasn’t stopped one TV channel promoting her arrival a bit sooner than that…

Do I look silly in this hat?

DomnicDr Mumbo does sometimes feel some sympathy for the plight of newspaper reporters, from august publications such as the AFR, forced to get out in front of a camera and humiliate themselves for the sake of the audience’s entertainment.

An avid reader of the Financial Review’s Monday section Dr Mumbo was amused to see media editor Dominic White in a video with a neuroscience hat that even he admitted made him look at a bit “ridiculous.” See the full video here. 


However, Dr Mumbo can console White with the knowledge that while the hat may have made him look a little silly at least his cameraman knew when he had zoomed in too much…

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Magazine mergers and judging the judges

To magland’s big night, the Publishers Australia Excellence Awards, where host Ed Phillips drew a sympathetic laugh with his welcome to the staff of Bauer Media, which has been merging its magazine production teams. Phillips told the audience: “To the teams from Dolly and Cleo – sorry, we didn’t mean to cram you on one table.”

And later in the night, Dr Mumbo thought he might be hearing a subtle hint from Publishers Australia chairman Geoff Hird about recent rival magazine awards that have launched over the last two or three years. He told the audience: “We’re the awards judged by judges,” and then repeated the line twice more. What on earth could he be suggesting about the other contests?

Pop stars, pets, reality TV and brothels… these are a few of the Sun-Herald’s favourite things

Dr Mumbo salutes the Sun-Herald.

After a succession of circulation declines, the temptation would be to swerve downmarket. Well done for avoiding that, chaps.

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