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2009 Australian of the year awards

Australian of the year: Professor Michael Dodson, 58-year-old Indigenous leader from the Australian Capital Territory.
Local Hero: Graeme Drew, 53-year-old sea safety expert from Western Australia.
Young Australian of the year: Jonty Bush, 29-year-old volunteer with with Queensland Homicide Victims support group.
Senior Australian of the year: Pat Lamanna, 76-year-old entrepreneur from Victoria who immigrated to Australia from Italy.

Update 5:22pm: Well, that’s the list. No further updates to follow. End Update

Samuel

January 25th, 2009 at 05:06pm

Chroma key confusion on Nine News

It seems that stray hairs are very good at confusing the chroma key on Nine News. Last night both of the female presenters’ hair managed to confuse the effect, making bits of the green screen quite visible.

It seemed to only occur where hair wasn’t in a dense bunch, and at first I thought the gorgeous Stephanie Brantz had decided to get the hair on the back of her head coloured green, but when I thought about it for a moment I realised that this would have made the hair invisible on the broadcast. My suspicions were confirmed when Kellie Connolly returned to screen with a faint green outline.

Here’s what Stephanie Brantz looked like last night:
Stephanie Brantz on Nine News
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Stephanie is looking as wonderful as usual, however if you look to the left of her head you will notice a large section of green interlaced with hair, and a small amount is visible to the lower right of her head as well.

Kellie Connolly had the same (albeit slightly less noticeable) problem:
Kellie Connolly on Nine News
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If you look to the left of her head, from about half way down her forehead down to her shoulder you will see that she almost has a green halo. Those stray hairs have caused the building to the left of her mouth to be discoloured with a green tinge. There is also a small amount of green to the right of her head, around the ear line.

This is something Chris Bath over at Seven doesn’t have to worry about. Seven use a real set with a television (edit: projector, apparently) behind the presenter, so Chris can have as many stray hairs as she likes without any risk of confusing the chroma key effect. Only the weather presenters have to worry about it.

Interestingly, the consummate weather man Mike Bailey didn’t have any stray hairs, and as such was not plagued by green outlines:
Mike Bailey on Nine News
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I do have to ponder one thing though. Mark Ferguson was dropped from the weekday bulletins and replaced by Peter Overton whose ratings have dived. Mark was supposed to become the weekend anchor, however Kellie was filling the chair last night. One does have to wonder if Nine are reconsidering their decision in light of Peter’s poor ratings performance?

Samuel

4 comments January 25th, 2009 at 05:02pm

Aircheck Sunday: 2QN Regional News: Midday 17 December 2008

I think Aircheck Sunday has had a long enough break…time to bring back some sort of Sunday feature, be it this or something else in a rotation.

This is the 12:08pm 2QN Regional News bulletin from the 17th of December 2008.

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Samuel

January 25th, 2009 at 12:26pm


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