Wonder of wonders

How many Wonder Women will there be? Australian model Megan Gale has already been tapped (as the Americans say) for the on-again-off-again Justice League: Mortal film. Now Beyonce is also said to want the role, perhaps in a different film.

Spelling it out

They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, as long as they spell your name right. So where does that leave Kip Wightman from Nova 106.9 in Brisbane in regards to this brisbanetimes.com.au story? In case they fix it, here's how the caption (and story) renders his name:

Oh, and is that how you really spell the plural of pony?
Disclosure from the glasshouse: There are many errors on this website too, but it's a one-man band.

Sachs apology in full

This is the apology the BBC will give in the Russell Brand- Jonathan Ross affair:

On 18 October, the BBC broadcast an exchange between Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross on the Russell Brand show on Radio 2.
This concerned the actor Andrew Sachs and his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.
Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand
Ross and Brand both apologised for their behaviour
Some of this exchange was left on the voicemail of Mr Sachs.
The conversation was grossly offensive and an unacceptable intrusion into the private lives of both Mr Sachs and Ms Baillie.
It was a serious breach of editorial standards, and should never have been recorded or broadcast.
The BBC would like to apologise unreservedly to Mr Sachs, Ms Baillie and to our audiences as licence fee payers.

Meanwhile, another BBC Radio 2 executive, David Barber, has quit over the affair.

Bishop's move

"You know it's time to move on when you're being hassled outside your home every night by drunk idiots screaming abuse."

So said actor Ian Smith of his decision to quit Neighbours. This has to be the beginning of the end for the soapie, but it may just be a beginning of big things for the man formerly known as Harold Bishop. Good luck to him - I'm sure he'll outlive the show.

Happy brithday, Bruce

Bruce Paige, the veteran QTQ Channel 9 newsreader, turns 60 on Monday. I wonder whether he might be considering early retirement ...

Brand power

Russell Brand may have lost his job in British radio, but apparently he's in the frame for a part on the next Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Papers for sale

Tony O'Reilly's share of APN (Australian Provincial Newspapers) is up for sale, but it seems none of the usual suspects are interested in buying it. More here.

Who's that girl?

The latest favourite to play Doctor Who when David Tennant's character regenerates? Billie Piper a.k.a. Rose. More here. Exactly how the scriptwriters would pull that one off I do not know - but anything is possible in the world of the Doctor.

The axe falls

Wil Anderson and Tony Lehman (aka Wil and Lehmo) have become the first to go in what may be a bloody season of axings in Australian radio. More here. I can't say I was a regular listener, but I think their demise was to a certain degree outside of their own control. Firstly, Triple M is in disarray in Sydney (although not in Brisbane), and secondly they were up against the juggernaut that is Hamish and Andy, who seem to succeed across the usual demographic boundaries. Triple M is now seeking out an "Awesome Eightes" format. I wonder if that will affect Brisbane, too - and if so whether that decision will imperil the station's performance and play in to the hands of the revamped 4BC.
PS: Back in August, Triple M program director Guy Dobson said: "I've never axed a show because of ratings. Ratings are not the issue. It's about how the show sounds and Wil and Lehmo are sounding great. It's also about how the core audience feels about it and how the advertisers feel, and there are no problems there." I wonder when the problems started to arise.
PPS: It was this time last year that Triple M axed the successful Tony Martin program, Get This. Martin has had the last laugh, but will he be back?

Goon but not forgotten

Scripts for The Goon Show and The Two Ronnies serial The Phantom Blower of Old London Town, plus a piano played by Paul McCartney, are up for sale at an auction of Spike Milligan's belongings.

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