Mumbrella live blog: Friday, May 9

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Top stories:

4:42pm – It’s been a day of reality TV cautionary tales, with My Kitchen Rules contestant Kelly coming out saying she had been bullied and hospitalised after her portrayal on the show. Now Tully Smith, one of last year’s Big Brother contestants and a former social media strategist at DDB Sydney has come out to tell of the psychological trauma she’s been under since the show ended last year. See more on here.

3:46pm – Brace yourselves people, it’s Eurovision this weekend. Yes, we may be the other side of the world but there’s noting to stop SBS from blasting us with real Eurotrash, and Jessica Mauboy. Here the SMH looks at some of the more interesting Euro acts, including a bearded Austrian drag queen, and some footage of Jessica Mauboy performing, shot on a mobile phone form the audience by the looks of it.

Austria bearded drag queen Eurovision


2:52pm – Mother’s Day is on Sunday (it’s ok, you’ve still got time to get cars and pressies away, just). However, this whacky Spanish ad for clothing brand Desigual had the brand scrambling to make apologies for the last scene…

2:18pm – It looks like Bauer won’t have it all their own way when it comes to copyrighting the word ‘glossy’, with Mediacell’s Chris Merlini tweeting:

Mediacell bauer tweet

1:18pm – David Gyngell and James Packer appear to have escaped serious censure for Sunday’s antics, with the pair getting charged with offensive behaviour rather than affray, which carries a $500 infringement fine.

12:27pm – In media agency news the independent Nunn Media is opening in Sydney, with former Mindshare CEO Chris Walton to head the office after buying an equity stake.

12:05pm – Yesterday we put up a sneaky peak of the stirring The Golden Thread video from the Australian Rugby Union. Today we bring you the campaign platform The Barber Shop. Enjoy.

11:31am – News Corp has revealed its Australian newspapers saw revenue decline of 21 per cent for the last quarter compared to the year before, but blamed half of that on the drop in value of the Aussie dollar. More here.

marni-cordell-crop-211:10am – Mumbrella has learned that Marni Cordell, the editor of New Matilda, is to be the next editor of Crikey, and aims to make it the number one destination for ‘whistleblowing’.

10:44am – More details are emerging on the Publicis Omnicom merger collapse (se 10:20am), with a statement from the two CEOs, Maurice Levy and John Wren saying: ““The challenges that still remained to be overcome, in addition to the slow pace of progress, created a level of uncertainty detrimental to the interests of both groups and their employees, clients and shareholders. We have thus jointly decided to proceed along our independent paths. We, of course, remain competitors, but maintain a great respect for one another.”

10:20am  – The massive proposed merger between Publicis and Omnicom has been called off because of problems in completing it in a timely fashion. More here.

10:05am – TV ratings are in, an Masterchef has gained over 1m viewers for the first time this season, helping the channel to one of its biggest audience shares of the evening.

9:48am – To the Siren Awards, and DDB Sydney duo Jim Curtis and Ryan Fitzgerald have won three awards, including the Gold, at the annual awards, and will be jetting off to Cannes courtesy of Commercial Radio Australia. See the winners and hear the spots here.

Tom Armstrong9:05am – Some breaking news with Fairfax confirming it has appointed a new sales director, pointing towards a digital bent with Tom Armstrong coming back to Australia from the UK, where he has been VP of international digital sales for Viacom Brand Solutions.

He replaces Ed Harrison who started with Yahoo!7 earlier this month after departing at the end of last year.

8:35am – Studio 10 this morning opened with a montage of the news coverage of Sarah Harris nearly shooting herself in the face with a nail gun. They’re promising to give the real story behind the headlines, which have gone across the world. Exciting times.

Sarah Harris tn nail gun

8.29am – Morning all and welcome to Friday. A couple of interesting yarns around today our favourite is this Rear Window piece which reports the ABC is looking for a new conservative commentator (paywall), among the names being suggested are News’s Tim Blair, the SMH’s Paul Sheehan and former radio shock jock Jason Morrison.

This won’t come as a surprise to avid readers of the Mumbrella comment thread. LR posted a day ago:

“Would be interesting to know if Jason Morrison 2GB shock jock turns up there too. They were focus grouping his name along with Tim Blair and Paul Sheehan at a session last week for a show hosted by a “expressed conservative commentator” to deal with the “perception of bias”. I was part of the research group.”


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