Its been a long time, but for the last few weeks we’ve seen a return to professionalism on the ABC television news.
Can you believe it: news being about news, weather being about weather, without patronising attempts at humour, self obsession, vegetable obsession, whatever.
You know what I’m talking about: Mark Carmody, Mr Fosts and Frogs, presently at the moment at risk of percipitiation. He of the flower fetish and the demeaning, patronising putdowns of everyone’s favourite female newsreader (though I liked her better with a foot in the door at A Current Affair).
No more running for the remote at 7.26 each week night, no more squirming with embarrassment at the vegetable of the day (and his flowery corsage), no more (worst of all) nervous titter from Virginia as she valiantly tries to salvage self-respect from the nightly shambles.
What a relief it has been to have news and weather being about news and weather once again. How much professionalism has the entire half regained now that it is free of unscripted inanity. How much sense it makes to have the news reader read the news.
But presently, at the moment, a risk of percipitation threatens this new found respectability. What if they let him back in the country? WHAT IF THEY LET HIM BACK ON THE AIR!
Pray, tell me it isn’t so. And let us remember, gimmickery is no substitute for competence.