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ABC News: Will the Village Idiot Return?

jimbruce 30 September 2008 33

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.

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33 Responses to ABC News: Will the Village Idiot Return?
nicolae nicolae 3:07 pm 01 Oct 08

Watching Mark Carmody is like watching Fawlty Towers – excrutiatingly hilarious. He can’t get back soon enough for me. Looking forward to seeing the spring floral arrangements.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 1:38 pm 01 Oct 08

Tim Bailey – *shudder* There are only two people’s voices that make me manically reach for the remote while yelling LA LA LA NOT LISTENING NOT LISTENING. Tim Bailey is one of them. The other is Vince Sorrenti *triple-shudder*.

As for Mahk Cahmdy, I always thought he sounded a bit odd when his voice came through my radio. I haven’t watched his weather segments with enough attentiveness to form any further opinion though.

Reprobate Reprobate 10:16 am 01 Oct 08

My house is another that reaches for the remote at 7.26 to avoid the horror that is Mark Carmody and his schtick. Just WHY do TV stations have a seperate, often “wacky”, weather presenter anyway? To break up the seriousness of a otherwise dry (no pun intended) subject? If so, why not replace Alan Kohler in the finance segment with Mark Carmody… or Rodney Rude or some other “funny guy”. Last night Virginia managed to present the weather perfectly well by herself with no other assistance, or the need to gibber on for half a minute about what she’d done in the garden that day. Who would have thought! Seriously, if Mark wants to share his obsessive compulsive flower fanaticism, he should bloody well set himself up a blog like 99% of the other loons in the world…

tickboom tickboom 10:10 am 01 Oct 08

Only last night I was thinking “I hope Mark Carmody comes back soon”. He’s a hoot. At first I didn’t like him, although my feelings didn’t approach anything like jimbruce’s vitriol, but after a while I came to appreciate his peculiarities and foibles and yes, even his squeaky voice. Not to mention the ‘banter’ between him and Virginia – sure, it can’t approach the Haussegger/Ringwood repartee and sideward glances or raised eyebrows, but does provide the odd spot of amusement.

airemale airemale 9:46 am 01 Oct 08

watching Mark Carmody trying to sound like he’s not reading an autocue when he clearly is, brings new levels of pain & anguish to viewers in my household – not to mention squeals of laughter…however having said that, I watch when I can but then that’s probably more due to ‘car crash’ syndrome (you know you don’t want to watch but you can’t help yourself). Virginia’s facial expressions in response to Mark’s inane questions, it must be said, are priceless!

Scissors Scissors 9:20 am 01 Oct 08

He’s the best. Bit off the wall yes, but that’s what I like about him. That and the flowers, I hope he’s back soon.

Sammy Sammy 8:50 am 01 Oct 08

I prefer that young lass the ABC has brought in of late

That young lass would be Siobhan Heanue. Her regular job is news on ABC radio.

Thumper Thumper 8:38 am 01 Oct 08

Actually, I lie, giggly pneumatic blondes are quite fine 😉

Duke Duke 8:26 am 01 Oct 08

I prefer that young lass the ABC has brought in of late, no novelty, just the weather, just as I prefer it.
That being said Mark Carmody is still preferable to that abominable Tim Bailey over on TEN!

Thumper Thumper 8:11 am 01 Oct 08

Give the guy a break. He may be painful to watch but it’ sbetter than a giggly pneumatic blonde.

barking toad barking toad 7:50 am 01 Oct 08

Two points

1. You watch the ABC for news reports!
2. You watch the ABC for weather reports!

oh, a third

Mark is an excellent ad for radio

astroboy astroboy 6:45 am 01 Oct 08

Bring back Mark Carmody – no one else in Australia brought such enthusiasm and animation to weather on the box.

I’m sure many would tune in to the ABC just to watch Mark’s wrap-up of the weather.

As for the interplay between Mark and news presenter Virginia Haussegger, this alone made for entertaining viewing.


cring cring 6:15 am 01 Oct 08

I wholeheartedly agree with jimbruce.

If it were possible, bring John Ringwood back!

Granny Granny 1:50 am 01 Oct 08

White sliced bread … puh! … I spit on white sliced bread!!

ant ant 1:21 am 01 Oct 08

Mark Carmody is a hoot. Maybe you’d prefer fake TV “talent” like that wrinkled prune on the Sydney Ten news? (Bailey someone, fancies himself as a skiier).

Carmody’s got a bit of character, and I look forward to him and his flowers (and maybe a small tree) returning in a few weeks.

If you prefer white sliced bread, watch the commercial channels. There’s lots of them.

glasscentralcanberra glasscentralcanberra 1:13 am 01 Oct 08

He’s not a wanker, he’s just…unbelievably painful. Harmless for sure, and doubtless a terribly nice chappie, but beyond excruciating to watch. Where the hell do they find ’em? And why?
Why can’t the anchor just read the weather report, straight, at the end of the broadcast? Sans any dorky vaudeville act?
I think he’s only on hols, alas.

sexynotsmart sexynotsmart 12:30 am 01 Oct 08

My goodness we’re becoming a hypercritical mob of late.

Bearing in mind that the local weather report should probably be two powerpoint slides… if someone has to point at a map, long live Mark Carmody!

Consider the competition:

Mike Bailey – I was glad to see him leave the ABC just so I could have a chance to not vote for him. And then he pops up on Nine!

Grant Denyer – after years in a V8, you’d think he’d have a more exciting bingle in a monster truck. (Seriously dude, get well soon. I think you may be the sort of person who googles themself, so you’ll probably read this before the end of physio!)

Steve Jacobs – now I know he’s not the little fat kid from “Hey Dad!”. But that’s exactly the job the son would have in the show were it still running.

Tim Bailey – blackbanned in our house. “Drips and drops across rooftops and crops” is neither witty nor informative. If I want to see a fake blonde yelling loudly, I’ll find some vintage Michelle Timms on Youtube.

iCanberran iCanberran 12:20 am 01 Oct 08

Yikes, I’m no fan of Mark Carmody but lighten up a bit. At least he seems to get the weather right, unlike Prime where the ditzy brunette and self absorbed buzz cut give temps that are heaps different from every other channel and the bureau itself. He’s colourful, adding a bit of character to the snooze end of the nightly bulletin.

tom-tom tom-tom 10:52 pm 30 Sep 08


swamiOFswank swamiOFswank 10:46 pm 30 Sep 08

Lighten up, mate. I love the ABC, but sometimes it overdoses us on stodge… You’re right, Mark Carmody is a bit of a wanker, but at least he brings a bit of colour to it all.

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