Dr Mumbo

Editorial brilliance and a search for Australia’s sexiest feminist: All you need to join the Press Council board

Dr Mumbo appreciates the efforts of The Australian Press Council as it strives to encourage good standards of media practice.

In order to uphold its robust and independent standards, the APC requires members from all walks of life – including, it would seem, the man who previously boasted he had “run competitions to find Australia’s Randiest Nanna, Hottest Horse Dentist and Ugliest Baby, and offered prizes of a boob job, lesbian wedding, divorce, voluntary euthanasia for a loved one and time machine (a clock).”Paul Merrill, former founding editor of Zoo Weekly and now editor in chief at Bauer’s Real Life Magazines now finds himself on the APC Board, and his old LinkedIn profile – which has since been sanitised – certainly makes Dr Mumbo believe things could get interesting during council debates.

“I got Nikki Webster, Mercedes Corby, Roberta Williams and Julia Gillard’s stepdaughter to remove their clothes, published the only known topless shot of Dame Judi Dench and judged a naked beauty contest with Leo Sayer.

“I attacked Tony Blair with a glove puppet, upset Donald Trump, had a dwarf basted, threw a biscuit at Christopher Lee, brought the French Spiderman to Sydney to climb a skyscraper, recreated Osama’s killing with hot babes and launched a search for Australia’s Sexiest Feminist,” his LinkedIn profile once read.

Dr Mumbo understands The Council “endeavours to ensure that its standards promote excellence in journalistic practice”.

Chuckling to himself, Dr Mumbo recalled some of Zoo Magazine’s best initiatives, including the competition to win a boob job, win a divorce, and his all time favourite, the hunt for Australia’s Sexiest Wall.

He looks forward to Mr Merrill’s involvement in Press Council debates – particularly when they hit a wall.


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