Dr Mumbo

Top story: Time-travelling, DeLorean-driving, former Beauty and the Geek contestant solves issue nobody cares about

Ando with his media-attracting radio frequency equipment

Ando with his media-attracting radio frequency equipment

It’s possibly too early to start tipping Walkley Award winners but Dr Mumbo will be stupefied if he doesn’t see at least one of the three outlets cover one of Brisbane’s biggest mysteries, nominated for Scoop of the Year.

Indeed Dr Mumbo wonders what it was in the story of the former Beauty and the Geek contestant Mike Ando uncovering a black spot in a Bunnings car park where electronic car keys just don’t work that proved most attractive to editors of the Seven Network, The Daily Mail and The Brisbane Times.

Perhaps it was the fact the ‘charismatic’ reality star described himself as a “professional time traveller” on the show or that he drives an actual DeLorean – as in the car from Back to the Future. Or was it just a slow news week?


Ando in Geekier times

For Dr Mumbo’s money, Seven News deserves the Walkley’s nod simply for getting Ando to pose with his antenna as the reporter delivers her piece to camera, and for enticing the talent to tease his new, “top secret” project he’s undertaking in the DeLorean.

So just how bad was the problem? Well, according to Bunnings there have been “no customer complaints” and customer vox pops revealed insights such as: “I come here a fair bit and always check my car’s locked anyway”.

What’s more newsworthy than someone solving a problem that doesn’t seem to be…well, a problem?

Kudos to reporter Marlina Whop for making what must have been the worst assignment handed out at the news meeting that morning into one of the more entertaining news packages of the year.

With scoops like this hopefully we’ll finally see the journalist complaining about plane trip stories come to an end. 


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