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Well, the scale of this disaster to get your head around. is just very simply very hard Ash Wednesday. It's much, much worse than Welcome to Media Watch, 2009. Hello again. I'm Jonathan Holmes. From what I've seen, over the past three tragic days. Australia's media have served us well one hour news special on the ABC, And that includes last night's newsreader Ian Henderson presented largely by Melbourne from the field. Despite having no autocue, was almost seamless, his presentation said of the news he's been reading which is a lot more than can be from the ABC's Melbourne studio: in recent weeks judge says... A former High Court Richard Pratt ..says he advised businessman and further bad publicity. he'd avoid costly litigation made to look a mug. Hendo hasn't been the only one So before we go, stories. here again are tonight's main and kill a 15-year-old boy. Questions asked after police shoot A doctor dies a New Zealand mountain. but his brother is rescued from its spring rain in summer. And Victoria finally receives of the little girl The ABC even mislaid the tragic story the West Gate Bridge. who was thrown from As Emma O'Sullivan reports, from the Yarra River water police rescued the youngster this afternoon. but she died in hospital just at the moment. Apologies, we don't have that story on the South Bank of the Yarra? So what on earth is going on New technology is what. Studio automation. called Ignite. A wondrous new system Progress! Efficiency! Cost savings! One person doing four people's jobs! stuffing up. And all too often

to the government We believe on advice given there'll be sufficient power... but not quite as windy as expected. Well, today was every bit as hot It's been tough for Ian Henderson, left in the control room. and tougher still for the few staff to management They've complained bitterly far too much that they're being asked to do with too little training. is playing the problems down. But ABC News in your State soon. Stand by for sore gums and Brisbane within weeks, Studio automation is coming to Sydney later in the year. and the rest of the country Can't wait.

Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones. And now to our old mate, over the years, As you'll all know, there's been some confusion about opinions have been bought, which of Mr Jones's innumerable

and which have not. last October, So we were intrigued, of David Jones's when Alan attended the launch new American Express Card - function with the lovely Naomi Robson here he is at the glittering contain his enthusiasm. and next morning he couldn't

to last night this launch I just must say I went credit card. of the David Jones American Express thing this is! Well, what an extraordinary dollar you spend into gift points I mean, basically, it turns every and you can use it anywhere. Extraordinary! extraordinarily like a paid ad. Well, we thought it sounded But was it, we asked? arrangement Was there any commercial and Alan Jones or 2GB? between David Jones or Amex And if so, what was the deal? Alan Jones responded pungently: your own business. No, no, not applicable, and mind five days after that response, So imagine our surprise when just for David Jones. 2GB began airing ads between early October In fact, more than 120 of them ran and just after Christmas. the DJ's-Amex credit card. Over half specifically touted reads by the great man himself. And that's not including the live we asked 2GB's owners So, over the break with David Jones whether the advertising contract told us that none existed. was being negotiated when Alan Jones on the dotted line. And when exactly they signed They didn't answer those questions. But they did say: of the DJ's credit card So Jones's nauseating endorsement was a mere coincidence. on October 1st and sticks. But Jonesy famously picks A bit before Christmas, to this Myer ad in the papers: a listener drew his attention Alan knew where his loyalties lay.

cash for comment affair, Now ever since the infamous had to comply with standards commercial radio licensees have set by the federal regulator. says simply: And the advertising standard So here's a question: distinguish between this, can you, the reasonable listener, isn't a paid ad - which Alan Jones told us is an ad - And this, which everyone agrees a change to the telephone number. The only difference I spotted was The broadcasting regulator, ACMA, review of commercial radio standards has announced it's conducting a this year. a bit of work to do. Seems to me there's still the good news - And now to a man who's spreading other people's good news. is an evangelical preacher Ron Bainbridge in the Extra, who writes a regular column in the Albany area a weekly paper published by the WA Regional Newspapers Group. for his column, Mr Bainbridge, who isn't paid wastes very little energy writing it. Frequently, he just lifts it, holus bolus, from the internet. His favourite author is Dr Rubel Shelly, president of Rochester College, Michigan. Bainbridge's column on June 30 last year was copied almost word for word from Dr Shelly's homily, written back in 2003. It happens often. So often, in fact, that last August some of the Extra's subeditors raised the issue with management. But, as one of the subs told Media Watch: No action was taken. On September 26th, Ron Bainbridge produced this gem - copied word for word from Rubel Shelly's website: Infuriated that Bainbridge was stealing Shelly's parents, as well as his words,

the sub-editor wrote a private letter to Bainbridge. Bainbridge sent back a long and unctuous response. He assured the sub-editor that: Yet the very next week, on October the third, Bainbridge's column was again lifted straight from Rubel Shelly, without attribution. The appalled sub decided to add this rider at the bottom of the column: The same thing happened three more times in the next five weeks. Then the subeditor was made redundant. So when on December 5th Ron Bainbridge again copied a Rubel Shelly column,

there was no attribution at the bottom. It was presented as Bainbridge's own work, which is ironic because it was all about truth-telling: Habitual indeed. Bainbridge was still copying columns from Rubel Shelly and others

until a week ago, when we emailed the Extra. The managing editor, Andrew Mole, blamed Bainbridge: Well, given the paper had been warned months ago, that's pretty rich. The Extra might have done what we did, and contacted Dr Shelly. He told us he'd never heard of Ron Bainbridge, but that: A condition the Extra has been flouting for months. Yet Andrew Mole tells us piously: No, Andrew. I only put one boot in at a time, and it's planted in your posterior. You're the editor.

You should have fixed it, long ago. Still in W.A. - times are tough for the 'West Australian'. The paper's new management under Kerry Stokes hasn't been able to stop a steady slide in the paper's share price.

But not so tough, surely, that they need to make money out of the memory of one of the state's favourite sons, the late, and lamented, Heath Ledger. Yet that's what The 'West's entertainment sales executive was apparently planning to do when he sent this email to film and media companies in January. Attached was an attractive mock-up of the proposed ad, complete with some 20 company logos. Now we hasten to add that so far as we know, none of the companies agreed to pay $250 to sign on to the ad. But what intrigued us was the claim that the scheme: Really? we thought. So we asked the family. And they wrote back:

The 'West' is now back-pedaling furiously. It's told us that the sales exec who sent out the email - Industry people, you see, their idea. However, says The 'West's new editor-in-chief: Pity that decision wasn't made before the Ledger family was dragged in, and the film industry pestered for money. Not a good look, Mr Stokes. As for Media Watch, we've got a new look website. Check out the Doghouse page during the week. And send us anything you spot. We'll be updating it regularly with stuff ups and funnies. Like this one: why did some papers carry this ad... ..and some this one... Did you spot the difference? A hint: it's barely noticeable. Until next week, goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

This Program is Captioned Live.

Good evening. Authorities in

Good evening. Authorities in Victoria are tonight tryng to work out why

are tonight tryng to work out why the weekend's bushfires claimed so many

lives. At least 130 people died and

more than 750 properties were lost

more than 750 properties were lost in the ferocious firestorms. Even

households with the best fire plans

were taken by surprise. A royal

commission will look at the

commission will look at the Victorian Government's policy of letting

residents stay to defend their homes.

Many of the victims were caught out

trying to protect their property.

Firefighters are continuing to

Firefighters are continuing to battle 28 blazes across Victoria. A fire

near Beechworth in the state's

north-east has escalated and residents

'11 years ago, I was starring in a new play in this theatre

in the West End. After just three performances, I walked out. In the early hours of the next morning, I came down from my flat in central London to this lane. I went into my garage, sealed the door with a duvet I brought and got into my car.' I sat there for at least, I think, two hours in the car. My hands on the ignition key. It was a suicide attempt. Not a cry for help. 'I drove to the South Coast and took a ferry to Europe.' I just knew I couldn't be at home, I couldn't in London, in England. I really believed that I would never come back to England. "Runaway Stephen Fry broke his silence last night to reveal the torture he's been suffering." They all are worried that I've committed suicide, that's the awful thing. 'But after a week, I secretly returned to England to this hospital,

and to a doctor telling me that I was bipolar. I'd never heard the word before, but for the first time, at the age of 37, I had a diagnosis that explained the massive highs

and miserable lows I had lived with all my life.' There's no doubt that I do have extremes of mood that are greater than just about anybody else I know. recommended I take a long break. 'The psychiatrist in the hospital I came here, to America. And for months I saw a therapist and walked up and down this beach. My mind was full of questions. Am I now mad? How have I got this illness?

Can I be cured of it? Could it have been prevented? just how serious it is Since then, I've discovered to have bipolarity

as it's also called. or manic depression, have it. Four million others in the UK end up killing themselves.' And many of the seriously ill