Obscure Box

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May 11, 2011

Why Microsoft’s deal adds to the Skype/ABC concern

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Consumer, Internet, Media, Online, Radio

So the software giant Microsoft has bought the on-line communications firm Skype.

That's according to a report I've just read on the ABC's website, "Microsoft buys Skype for $7.9b" (Wednesday 11 May 2011).

This only adds to my concern over the ABC's reporters and presenters telling me when they do an interview using Skype (See The ABC’s love affair with Skype).

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April 29, 2011

-ise vs -ize in a formal name

Posted by : Michael Lund

What to do when writing about an organisation that has a z in its spelling where you would normally use an s if following the correct spelling adopted buy your country or news organisation?

World Health Organization

Organization or Organisation

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April 20, 2011

The ABC’s love affair with Skype

Posted by : Michael Lund

What is it about the ABC and Skype?

There seems to be more than the odd mention of the online video/audio communication technology Skype on the ABC's airwaves these days.

Skype logo


I'm not talking about the legitimate references to the free broadcast website used in the recent defence force sex scandal.

I'm talking more about some of the network's presenters who insist on telling me how they used Skype to make contact with the various reporters and correspondents, and those reporters who in tun mention their use of Skype to contact people for their own interviews.

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October 19, 2010

The ING orangutan doesn’t do it for me

Posted by : Michael Lund
Billy Connolly and ING

Billy Connolly and ING

ING Direct's decision to dump comedian Billy Connolly for an orangutan in its new marketing campaign is a puzzle.

Connolly is instantly recognisable. He's world famous, he's very funny, he also admits to being well off and is Scottish so comes from a nation with a reputation for looking after the money.

A perfect ambassador then you would think for a financial institution.

So why replace him with an orangutan? It's not even a real orangutan, it's someone in an orangutan costume.

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September 29, 2010

From a Fox8 blunder to another

Posted by : Michael Lund
Sarah Murdoch

Sarah Murdoch (Source news.com.au)

The whole world seems to know of the blunder on Fox8's Australia's Next Top Model final show when host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner to a live pay-TV audience.

Sydney's Kelsey Martinovich, aged 19, had just delivered her acceptance speech after being told she'd beaten the Gold Coast's Amanda Ware, aged 18, to the title.

But then Murdoch told the live audience: "Oh my God, I don't know what to say right now."

The gripping moment is captured on videos posted on many news stories including The Australian's "Wrong model announced as Top Model contest winner" (Wednesday 28 September 2010).

Murdoch continues...

"It's Amanda, I'm so sorry. It was fed to me wrong. Oh God. This is what happens when you have live TV, folks. This is insane. Insane, insane, insane."

Thankfully Martinovich was gracious in defeat and has come out of all this with Foxtel sending her to New York and awarding her $25,000 as a prize.

She also gets to feature on the front cover of Harper's Bazaar with the publisher announcing it will print two editions - one featuring Martinovich and the other featuring Ware - so says The Sydney Morning Herald's "Harper's Bazaar to print Kelsey and Amanda covers" (Wednesday 28 September 2010).

Two covers for magazine

Two covers for magazine

What caught my eye though in the SMH's report is the typo blunder in the blunder report.



It's always the danger when you report on the mistakes of others, that you end up making a mistake yourself. Sure, the SMH's is minor compared to the Fox8 show, but it still shouldn't have happened.

I can hear the online subs now: "This is what happens when you have online news, folks."

Just so you know…

All thoughts and comments here are the honestly held personal opinion of Michael Lund and are based on the information available at the time of publication.