In this roundup from the Encore & Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the seven top rentaquotes over the last 12 months.
1. Steve Allen
Media veteran Steve Allen is the go-to guy for media-related quotes. Allen has many years’ experience in the industry having worked with, for, or alongside some of today’s heavy hitters. As one Mumbrella reporter pointed out this year, “there’s a reason why people call Steve Allen”. He always delivers.
2. Joe Hildebrand
If there was an award for top pundit of 2012, Joe Hildebrand would surely be the key contender. The Chaser’s Hamster Wheel skewered the News Limited journalist for being on every channel across the television spectrum and rightly so. He is a regular on Seven’s Sunrise and The Morning Show, Q&A, Sky News and Paul Murray Live and has even managed to parlay his punditry into hosting his own show, Dumb Drunk and Racist, which debuted this year on ABC2. But it’s not all plaudits for Hildebrand who was prominent in a Mumbrella post this year after refusing to pay an up-and-coming freelance writer who pitched him a story for Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
3. Tom Waterhouse
Hey journalists and television segment producers. Got a story about sport? Or maybe a spare seat on a sport-related panel? Need someone to fill it? Tom Waterhouse is your man. As the face of new betting start-up, Tom Waterhouse, he has a view on lots of sporty stuff. Who will win the Melbourne cup? Better yet, how many people will be at the event? Odds on, Waterhouse can give you the odds.
4. Jane Caro
From Gruen to Sunrise and just about everywhere in between, Jane Caro is a media commentary staple. She has also penned two books and her writing pops up regularly from Crikey to women’s site The Daily Life.
5. Paul Howes
You wouldn’t call him publicity shy, that’s for sure. The Australian Workers Union secretary Paul Howes is not only a familiar face on our televisions, he also gets a workout in the gossip pages. Not a day goes by without his name appearing in the pages of broadsheets and tabloids alike and he’s most recently been a topic of conversation for dating Qantas spin doctor Olivia Wirth.
6. Tom Piotrowski
Economist Tom Piotrowski is best known for his work for Commonwealth Securities and those good old CommSec updates. But he’s also on call for financial related topics, particularly on the Ten network. Nine has Ross Greenwood, Seven has David Koch. It only seems fair that Ten can turn to Tom Piotrowski.
7. James Manning
Mediaweek editor James Manning is well known for his media-related podcasts where he chats to the who’s who of the industry. He also has his own show on Sky Business News where he dissects the weekly media goings on, but that’s not the only place you’ll spot him. Manning also pops up on Paul Murray Live on Sky News.