Qantas delays Gold Logie’s return
Any dusty heads hoping to catch some post-Logies shut-eye on a Monday afternoon Qantas flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney were interrupted by an air hostess giving a congratulatory announcement for Hamish Blake.
A nice gesture for the nicest man in television and winner of Sunday night’s big gong, who was seated in the front row, well ahead of storied TV personality Richard Wilkins.
But not even a Gold Logie on board could get Qantas running on time. The flight departed late, as Qantas is wont to be these days – delays, customer fury, lost bags and widespread customer fury are now the norm for the under-performing carrier.
Oh, and upon arrival in Sydney, the glitterati had to wait it out on the tarmac while staff faffed around finding an air bridge.
Pants on fire
Liar, Liar, the podcast from Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont digging into the disappearance of Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick, has proven a hit, soaring up the charts and clocking three million downloads.
But not everyone is enthused. Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti, an aspiring DJ whose lavish lifestyle was bankrolled by his wife’s fraud, has dropped what’s commonly known in the rap business as a “diss track”, taking aim at McClymont, the Herald, and Nine, owner of this masthead.
“Entertainment nine, media company with no spine/ fake news, that’s why you’re number twos,” Koletti mumbles over a melodramatic piano riff in a straight-to-YouTube release.
Koletti does his best to bust a rhyme around the whole saga – “Ben Fordham/Zero Snoredom . . . you’re no Kyle and Jackie O you’re a sheep.”
After numerous digs at the corporate watchdog, he finishes it all with a final flourish:
“Take me to Judge Judy, sue me, I’ve got zero f*cks to give.”
He’s no Kendrick.
The return of Sydney’s rain hasn’t stopped the long lunches.
Over by the south wall of power-dining hotspot Machiavelli, Seven commercial director Bruce McWilliam sat down for lunch with hard-headed corporate lawyer John Atanaskovic on Monday.
Then, former High Court judge Dyson Heydon came skulking in from the drizzle. Dyson, who’s had quite the fall from grace since allegations of sexual harassment made against him by former female associates were published by this masthead, initially sat alone.
After a few whispers from Atanaskovic, a delighted-looking Heydon joined him and McWilliam at the second-best table in the house. It’s just two months since the Federal Circuit Court found Atanaskovic bullied and humiliated a female general manager at his firm. No doubt, he and Heydon had much to discuss.
On your Marks
Former Nine chief executive Hugh Marks and partner Alexi Baker – who once reported to him as the network’s managing director commercial – have had a baby boy.
Baby Hamish is number five for Marks, who resigned from Nine Entertainment in 2020 as rumours swirled about his and Baker’s relationship.
Both have since made new lives around the NRL – Baker is now the league’s chief customer and digital officer, while Marks was recently drafted to lead collective bargaining negotiations with the players.
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