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We cannot let Don Burke weaponise autism. Stereotypes hurt | Rachael Crouch

Don Burke’s claim that Asperger syndrome is to blame for his behaviour is not only laughably uninformed but dangerous

Towards the end of his interview with A Current Affair on Monday night, disgraced host of Burke’s Backyard Don Burke dropped an unexpected bombshell. He told the interviewer, Tracey Grimshaw, that he is “an Asperger’s person” who has difficulty looking people in the eye and reading body language. He admitted that he has not been diagnosed by a medical professional: he simply “worked it out”. He then referred to Asperger’s as a “terrible failing”.

The morning after, my older brother Peter, who has Asperger syndrome, quietly shared a link to an Asperger’s advocacy website that states facts and dispels common myths about the syndrome. I know that sharing this link to his Facebook followers was a silent protest against Burke’s erroneous claim that having Asperger
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Vale John Clarke

John Clarke..

Renowned satirist, writer and actor John Clarke, died Sunday, aged 68..

New Zealand-born Clarke and comedy partner Bryan Dawe sent up Aussie politics in mock interviews on the ABC.s 7.30 Report.and before that on Nine.s A Current Affair.

Clarke created and starred in mockumentary series The Games. His screenwriting credits include Lonely Hearts with Paul Cox, the original screenplay Billy Connolly's.The Man Who Sued God, and mini-series Anzacs.

As an actor he appeared in features such as.Death of Brunswick opposite Sam Neill, and more recently in Matthew Saville.s A Month of Sundays and the ABC.s The Ex-pm..

He died of natural causes while on a hike in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Lorin and Lucia and grandchildren Claudia and Charles.

A statement from his family said: .John died doing one of the things he
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Ben McCormack, Australian ‘A Current Affair’ Reporter, Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been charged with sending child pornography using a carriage service. The senior Nine Network journalist allegedly had “sexually explicit conversations” about children and discussed child porn with another man. He has since been suspended by the network. Ben McCormack Arrested For Child Pornography McCormack often used gay dating app Grindr to […]

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TV's hits and misses in 2016: MasterChef, Eurovision and Please Like Me

  • The Guardian - TV News
Bachelor Richie Strahan sparked fan fury, Kourtney Kardashian stayed silent and Q&A weighed in on Shakespeare

It was one of those made-for-tv talking points: Heston Blumenthal’s “verjus in egg”. This year’s MasterChef finalists had five-and-a-half hours in which to make the intricate dessert, described here by Blumenthal’s executive chef: “Really, really technical work with chocolate tempering at least twice in terms of making the shell and … the secondary panna cotta … a fluid gel with Gellan gum that was for the runny yolk”. The recipe has 91 steps. Matt Sinclair’s split apart after he missed one and Elena Duggan was crowned the winner. Some 2.52m Australians tuned in. – Eh

Our heart just breaks. #MasterChefAU pic.twitter.com/1IjfBpmKD9

Related: A Current Affair goes to Nauru: facile questions and lingering shots of flatscreen TVs

Related: How did it come to this? Inside the doomed bid to snatch Sally Faulkner
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Paul Hogan to be honoured with Longford Lyell Award

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John Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show.

Paul Hogan will receive this year.s Aacta Longford Lyell Award, the Australian Academy.s highest honour.

First presented to Ian Dunlop in 1968, the Longford Lyell Award honours Australian film pioneer Raymond Longford and his partner in filmmaking and life, Lottie Lyell..

It recognises a person who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia.s screen environment and culture. Previous recipients include Peter Weir, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Jan Chapman, David Stratton and most recently, Cate Blanchett.

Hogan will be bestowed with the award at the 6th Aacta Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening, in a presentation that will honour his 45 year career. It will feature tributes from Shane Jacobson, Michael Caton, former Tourism Minister John Brown, Peter Faiman, Dave Hughes, Adam Hills, Ernie Dingo and The Paul Hogan Show co-star Delvene Delaney..

.I.m honoured to
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TV News Anchor Maureen O'Boyle's Emotional Reaction Upon Hearing Her Rapist Wouldn't Be Paroled: 'I Had a Good Twelve Hours of Crying'

TV News Anchor Maureen O'Boyle's Emotional Reaction Upon Hearing Her Rapist Wouldn't Be Paroled: 'I Had a Good Twelve Hours of Crying'
Maureen O’ Boyle was getting ready to do a live tease for the afternoon news when she got the phone call she’d been nervously anticipating for weeks.

An anchor for Wbtv in Charlotte, North Carolina, O’Boyle had worked tirelessly to keep her rapist in prison and was in the makeup room when someone from the parole board called.

"He asked me if I was sitting down and I was thinking the worst when he said that," the 52-year-old tells People. "I said just tell me already!"

O’Boyle says she crumpled from relief and started hysterically crying when
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TV News Anchor Fights to Keep Her Rapist Behind Bars After Learning He Could Be Freed

TV News Anchor Fights to Keep Her Rapist Behind Bars After Learning He Could Be Freed
Thirty years after she awakened to find a naked man pinning her down and holding a sharp and cold knife against her throat, news anchor Maureen O'Boyle is reliving the most terrifying day of her life with the realization that her rapist could soon be walking free.

James E. Starling, now 53, was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1986 for the rape of O'Boyle and another woman in Macon, Georgia, and still has 20 years to serve in prison. So O'Boyle, a former host of A Current Affair and Extra, who now anchors the evening news for Wbtv in Charlotte, N.C.
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Entries open for Jacoby-Walkley scholarship

2015 scholarship recipient Annalise Bolt.

Entries are open for the 2016 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship, a three-month paid journalism internship open to final-year university students and recent graduates aged 26 and under..

The scholarship aims to support "storytellers with a passion for TV journalism and dreams of carving out a career in the competitive television industry".

Established in 2013 through the support of media executive Anita Jacoby, the scholarship recognises the legacy of her father, Phillip Jacoby, a pioneer in the Australian electronics and broadcast industry..

.The Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to strut your stuff in front of a selection panel of senior industry figures,. Walkley Foundation acting CEO and general manager Louisa Graham said. .

.The winner goes onto an eight-week placement at Nine, but shortlisted applicants have also been offered opportunities".

Across 12 weeks, the successful applicant will placed at the Nine Network in Sydney for eight weeks - with four weeks at 60 Minutes,
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Love Child vs Secrets & Lies

In the head-to-head battle of Australian dramas, the Nine Network.s Love Child has increased its lead over Network Ten.s Secrets & Lies.

Last night the third episode of Playmaker Media.s Love Child drew 1.16 million viewers in the five capital cities/1.68 million nationally, easily winning its timeslot.

The second chapter of Hoodlum Entertainment.s Secrets & Lies had 365,000 viewers in the metros, down from the premiere.s 403,000, and 723,000 nationally. However Ten can take some comfort from the fact the first episode had 211,000 video views on catch-up service tenplay and a further 90,000 who time-shifted the show.

Nine reported last week.s episode of Love Child was watched by a further 285,000 viewers in the ensuing seven days, giving it a consolidated five-city average audience of 1.453 million.

Seven.s My Kitchen Rules was the night.s No. 1 show, drawing 1.7 million in the metros, 2.5 million nationally. Nine.s The Block Fans v Faves pulled 1.28 million/1.79 million,
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Geri Halliwell announced as new 'Australia's Got Talent' judge

Geri Halliwell has been announced as a new judge on Australia's Got Talent.

She will join this year's judging panel - made up of Dawn French, Timomatic and Kyle Sandilands - as a replacement for fellow Spice Girl Mel B, who was forced to quit the show.

Mel B was announced as a new judge on Australia's Got Talent in March but was forced to leave her position on the show due to a contract dispute with the Seven Network, which airs The X Factor Australia.

Halliwell revealed to A Current Affair that she is "excited" to get to work as a judge on the series.

The 40-year-old said: "Shows like that are brilliant and I love the opportunity they give to normal, everyday people. Plus, I get to come to Australia."

Discussing the judging style she will use, she added: "I think it's unnecessary to be mean for the sake of being mean,
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A Current Affair in hot water after Acma picks holes in Neil Brooks story

  • IF.com.au
Channel Nine.s A Current Affair is under fire from the Australian Communications and Media Authority after the organisation found the program to have breached provisions on factual accuracy, privacy and complaints handling.

The story in question, presented by reporter Amanda Paterson in March last year and running over 19 minutes, concerned former Olympic gold medallist Neil Brooks and his wife.

Acma.s 32-page investigation report, released today, found that .the program had insufficient evidence to support its claim during a 5 March, 2012 broadcast that police in Australia, the United States and France were investigating allegations of fraud against the former swimmer and his wife...

The Acma also found the program had breached the privacy of Brooks. wife by showing her driver.s licence and French address on camera and that the program had failed to adequately respond to the complaints of Brooks after the segment went to air..

However there were
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Today Tonight facing axe

Goodnight Today Tonight?

The future of the Seven network’s Today Tonight is uncertain and it may not return to air, Mumbrella understands.

The show has been sidelined for the past 17 days to make way for a one-hour news bulletin supplemented with content from the Today Tonight team, a formula that sources at Seven say will continue.

Mumbrella has been told by senior Seven executives that the experiment of a one-hour bulletin, to replace the Today Tonight show, has been under discussion for “several” years.

It was the recent bushfire crisis that gave executives a chance to extend 6pm bulletins to 7pm, and then monitor the ratings difference between news and Today Tonight filling the 6pm-7pm hour.

Curiously, Tt has reamined logged into OzTam’s ratings system as a standalone program with its figures still appearing in daily reports.

Typical Tt stories – produced and fronted by the current affairs
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Nine News switches to rolling news coverage of Australia’s bush fire crisis

Nine has switched to rolling coverage of Australia’s bush fire crisis.

The coverage began with Nine News Now at 3pm eastern, in just the broadcast’s second day, followed by a special report from 4pm presented by Amelia Adams.

This will be followed by a state-based bushfire bulletin from 6pm followed by a return to national programming with A Current Affair offering extended, one hour coverage of the disaster from 6.30-7.30pm. A special 9.30pm report has also just been announced.

A spokesperson for Nine told Mumbrella that depending on developments, the coverage may continue at 7.30pm, or the network may return to normal broadcasting.

News channels Sky News and ABC News 24 are also providing rolling coverage of the crisis.

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Nine News Now at 3pm targets women

Nine has launched its new afternoon news show Nine News Now, airing at 3Pm.

The hour-long show is hosted by Wendy Kingston.

Covering news, entertainment and panel discussions of the day’s topics but with limited sports coverage, the show is aimed at stay-at-home mothers and women over 55.

The first show asked in the feedback section online, ‘Are parents paying too much for pre-school fees?’

The first broadcast, airing this afternoon had a coup with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard to discuss the developments surrounding the Tasmanian fires.

Nine Afternoon News will remain at 4.30pm until 5.30pm. Nine News at 6pm, and A Current Affair at 6.30pm.

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Buzzmakers: Bieber Death Plot & Golden Globe Noms

Buzzmakers: Bieber Death Plot & Golden Globe Noms
What had Et readers buzzing this week?

1. N.M. Men Suspected of Plotting Bieber's Death

Police confirm to Et that two New Mexico men have been suspected of plotting to murder pop sensation Justin Bieber.

As first reported by Albuquerque news station Krqe, the plot was allegedly hatched by two prison inmates and one of their nephews to murder Bieber at a sold-out show at NYC's Madison Square Garden.

According to a police report obtained by Et, a New Mexico prisoner named Dana Martin, serving out two life sentences for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, enlisted the help of former fellow inmate Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane to carry out four murders. Two of the reported targets were Justin Bieber and his bodyguard.

The report continues to claim that Martin actually has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg.

The report also delves into the details of the planned murders, which involved
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1m+ audiences tune in to hear from prank call presenters

Audiences of more than a million tuned in to both A Current Affair and Today Tonight on Monday evening as both shows aired tearful interviews with prank call presenters Mel Greig and Michael ‘Mc’ Christian.

According to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM, Nine’s A Current Affair, which featured Tracy Grimshaw interviewing the pair rated 1.094m.

Today Tonight’s, on Seven, rated 1.023m.

The duo discussed for the first time their reaction to hearing that a nurse involved in their call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge had apparently taken her life. They also revealed that they did not know the approvals process within Southern Cross Austereo before broadcasting a prank call.

In the official non-ratings period, it is unusual for these shows to get more than 1m.

Ten’s The Project featured Southern Cross Austereo boss Rhys Holleran. The show rated 575,000.

Lifeline: Call 13 11 14

The post 1m
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Australian DJs apologize to Jacintha Saldanha's family after suicide

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Update: Southern Cross Austereo, the network that ran the radio show held by Mel Greig and Michael Christian, has confirmed in a statement that the two Australian DJs "will not return to the airwaves until further notice" and that their show has been cancelled. The rest of the story continues below.

Michael Christian and Mel Greig, the two Australian DJs who prank called King Edward VII Hospital and pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II asking for Kate Middleton, have spoken out publicly for the first time since the receptionist who answered the call, Jacintha Saldanha, committed suicide.

"I'm still trying to make sense of it all," Christian tells Australia's "A Current Affair" following the incident, adding that he was "shattered" and "heartbroken" by it all. He and Greig describe the prank call as "routine for us" and say it had been put through "every filter that
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Australian DJs Break Silence On Kate Middleton Prank Tragedy

  • Access Hollywood
Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who pranked called nurse Jacintha Saldanha at London's King Edward VII Hospital about Kate Middleton's pregnancy, are speaking out following the death of Saldanha.

"I haven't stopped thinking about it since it happened. My first question was, is she a mother?" Mel said in an interview on Australian TV show "A Current Affair," when asked about Saldanha, who took the DJs' call before transferring it to another nurse in the Duchess' hospital ward.

Saldanha was later found dead of an apparent suicide.

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Kate Middleton Prank Call Tragedy: Australian DJs Break Silence, "Shattered" Over Nurse's Death

Kate Middleton Prank Call Tragedy: Australian DJs Break Silence,
The two Australian DJs responsible for pranking a Kate Middleton nurse who was later found dead of an apparent suicide have been vilifed for their tragic hoax. But can a mea culpa even begin to mute the public's scorn of them? The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have now spoken publicly for the first time since duping Jacintha Saldanha into releasing private information about the Duchess of Cambridge's condition last week, saying there were "shattered, gutted, heartbroken." "There's not a minute that goes by where we don't think about her family and what they must be going through," a tearful Greig said Monday on the Australian TV show A Current Affair. "And the...
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Australian DJs -- 'Heartbroken' Over Nurse's Suicide

  • TMZ
Michael Christian and Mel Greig -- the two Australian radio DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank call that led to the suicide of a nurse -- say they are "incredibly sorry" for what transpired ... as they speak out for the first time.The pair sat down with "A Current Affair" in Australia and described how they found out that Jacintha Saldanha had taken her life. Michael said they got the news at the same
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