No fool like an old fool

Dr Mumbo has to give Sunday Telegraph columnist Ros Reines more credit for bravery than he’d have thought.

Who’d have thought that in the week that her 80-year-old boss Rupert Murdoch’s 42-year-old wife Wendy hit the headlines after leaping to his defence, she’d have been courageous enough to dedicate 11 paragraphs to an article on why it is unacceptable and “tacky” for older men to marry younger women.

Tell it like it is, Ros.

A Rebekah Brooks musical tribute

On the plus side, at least the News of The World scandal brings out the creative side in some folks.

(Hat-tip: B3ta)

Hunting the Fox

To the ASTRA Awards, subscription telly’s big night, where Balls Of Steel presenter (and occasional Chaser) Craig Reucassel was happy to share his views on the Murdoch empire.

Presenting one of the gongs, he told the audience: “Subscription TV is able to offer the best news channels. And Fox News.”   Read more »

Cuddle Kylie? Not really

And today’s press release with the most tenuous celebrity link?   Read more »


Notice anything?


Warlach: So digital he’s letting the internet decide his name

Dr Mumbo is delighted to see that Ogilvy has hired a true digital native in Lachlan Hibbert-Wells.

Known across social media simply as Warlach, he’s currently contemplating a legal name change to go with it.

Which would of course put him in the same territory as the similarly mono-nomenclatured Stilgherrian.

And how is Warlach deciding? Through an online poll. Which you can vote on below.

Vote early and vote often.

The plod. Late to the hacking investigation as usual

While the attack on Rupert Murdoch during this morning’s Parliamentary hearing was disagreeable to say the least, Dr Mumbo did notice one aspect that summed up the entire phone hacking affair.

The policeman was very late on the scene.

Remind you of anything?

ABC misses the moment. Again

murdoch attacked1When it comes to breaking news, it would seem that the ABC can’t catch a break.

Having taken a kicking over the broadcaster’s slow reaction to the Japanese earthquake disaster, all ABC News Radio needed to do in covering the Rupert Murdoch hearing at the UK’s Parliament was to continue to broadcast it. Which would seem a relatively low bar. But… Read more »

The holy word of Rupert

Dr Mumbo is delighted to see that Stephen Brook – previously with The Guardian, which broke the News of the World phone hacking scandal – is adjusting nicely to his new life working for Rupert Murdoch as editor of the Australian’s Media section.   Read more »

A big baby indeed

Dr Mumbo of course turns to the Daily Telegraph website first when he’s hungry for entertainment news.

And who’s to doubt whether this really is a pic of David Beckham’s new born? Read more »

Telling stories

A press release arrives in Mumbrella’s inbox at 2.54pm from Fairfax Media:   Read more »

Victoria Police tweets know the score

Even police tweeters have a sense of humour, Dr Mumbo is pleased to see.

Last night saw a soccer friendly between Melbourne Victory and Celtic.

And Victoria Police helpfully tweeted the score…



Dr Mumbo looks forward to a similar service during the cricket.

(Hat-tip: Footy Fans Downunder.)

This ad stinks

Hope Advertising will probably have hoped Dr Mumbo never caught wind of this reeking infomercial they created for the Munchkin Nappy Disposal System.

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Jack Matthews… man of action

jack_matthews_action_copSearch for Fairfax Media’s metro division boss Jack Matthews on YouTube and the first option suggests that he may be leading something of a double life.

And the resemblance is indeed astounding.

You can insert your own jokes here about the good looking hero who faces an impossible mission. Read more »

Et tu, Greg?

Who’s in charge of Fairfax Media these days?


(Hat-tip: SMH)

Sleepless at The Sunday Telegraph

Dr Mumbo can’t help but feel sorry for the editor of The Sunday Telegraph, who must have been having a few sleepless nights of late to let this through:

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Ctrl C Ctrl V journalism

Dr Mumbo very much enjoyed the intro to SMH’s piece on the Melbourne International Film Festival today.

In fact, he enjoyed it precisely the same amount as he enjoyed the intro to the Melbourne International Film Festival’s press release – which was sent out a few weeks ago.

In fact, the SMH article and the MIFF press release are, word for word, equally enjoyable.

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Renovators share the sponsor love

Dr Mumbo is pleased to note that while Ten may be making savings in some areas, the network has maintained its reputation for having the best goodie bags in the business.   Read more »

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