Nine’s reality contest Big Brother has turned to the presenter of Southern Cross Broadcasting’s now defunct television chart show Hit List TV as one of its contestants.
However, Big Brother has presented Timmy Dormer, who has also worked for radio network Nova, to viewers as “environmental studies student Tim”.
Nine’s second season of the show got under way tonight.
Dormer briefly generated headlines late last year after streaking during a Rihanna press junket. He previously presented the Hit List TV show for Southern Cross Broadcasting until it was axed two years ago after the network merged with Austereo.
Tonight’s press announcement from Nine makes no mention of Dormer’s previous TV and radio career. It says: “Tim: 29. University student. Sydney. Easily distracted, rebellious and with an eye on having a good time, Tim is still trying to finish his science degree ten years after he started it. “My life is a constant search for weird and fun. There are no limits. I crossed that line years ago and life is so much more interesting on the other side.” Tim doesn’t believe in playing it safe: “If more people lived life like me I’d have more friends. To get more friends I’d have to sacrifice who I am. I can’t have both.”
Efforts appear to have been made in recent days to remove reference to his previous media career. Dormer’s LinkedIn profile appears to have been removed in the last few days although the link still appears in Google searches.
Dormer is not the only radio talent to enter the Big Brother house.
Heidi Anderson, co-presenter of the Heidi, Heath & Normy Show on Southern Cross Austereo’s NXFM in Newcastle, has also joined the lineup.
She only joined the radio station’s breakfast team in February of this year.
And the Big Brother casting team has also looked to the communications industry for a third contestant. Tully Smyth, who lists herself on Twitter as a social media strategist at DDB Sydney, also joined the house. According to her Google Plus profile, Smyth has also worked at Clemenger BBDO and she interned for website Pedestrian.
Last year’s series included Michael Beveridge, a copywriter at Brisbane agency The Hoopla Family who is now a presenter on Southern Cross Austereo’s SAFM, and Stacey Wren, formerly an account manager at Sydney’s Frost Design.