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Rowan Barker returns to work

February 6th, 2006 at 06:38pm

As you may recall from this post a few weeks back, 2GB newsreader Rowan Barker was due to return to work today. I am pleased to be able to bring you the news that he did indeed return to work today, and settled in straight away.

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2GB/2CH newsreader Rowan Barker back at work
06 Feb 2006

Barker back at work today
As predicted by radioinfo on 27 January 2GB/2CH newsreader Rowan Barker returned to work today.

He was stabbed several times in early December during an altercation with two men outside a home in St. Ives.

It’s planned that he’ll ease himself back into it by working half days for the first couple of weeks – up to the end of Alan Jones and John Poole’s shows.

Erin Maher will then continue to fill for him through the weekday morning timeslot.

Macquarie Director News and Current Affairs Jason Morrison told radioinfo: “He started as normal at 5.30am and was brilliant and error-free – just like he’d only had a day off. After 6 he had a lengthy chat on the air with Alan Jones. It’s good to have him back.”

TV crews from all stations covered his return to the job plus a Daily Telegraph crew to greet him as well.

I heard a brief snippet of his work and an interview with him on Seven News this evening, and I must say that he is looking and sounding very well. It’s good to see him back at work after such a terrible and ruthless random attack.

Rowan, best of luck mate, it’s great to see you on your feet again.


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  • 1. Chuck Berry  |  February 6th, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    Welcome back Rowan old chap. Hopefully this year you will continue to read the news in your usual professional manner – rather than become the news.

    Why those criminals stabbed you I do not know. You look like such a jolly man. One can only hope that irony will prevail. They will be brought to justice and when they are, you can read their lengthy sentences out for us all to hear.

  • 2. Chuck Berry  |  February 6th, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Sorry to get off the topic. I have heard some information on Rosetta and the new Intel Duo Macs.

  • 3. Samuel  |  February 6th, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    I didn’t hear the details properly on Seven this evening, but I believe the people who “allegedly” stabbed Rowan are facing court on attempted murder charges.

  • 4. Samuel  |  February 6th, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Oh, do tell Chuck.

  • 5. Chuck Berry  |  February 6th, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    Getting back to Rowan. Just wondering if in the event he does have to read out the sentences of the criminals who stabbed him (because the news editor did not realise) how would he say it?

    Would he say. ‘In news just in. Two men have been sentenced to ten years hard labour for stabbing me in my driveway.’

    Or would he talk about himself in the third person and say ‘In news just in. Two men have been sentenced to ten years hard labour for stabbing news reader Rowan Barker in his driveway.’

    Would it be a conflict of interest if he accidently (by error of an editor whose attention to detail was poor) had to read out news concerning himself?

  • 6. Chuck Berry  |  February 6th, 2006 at 11:55 pm

    I heard that Rosetta only runs natively at 50% on the Core Duos.

  • 7. Samuel  |  February 7th, 2006 at 12:08 am

    I think Jason Morrison works in the morning, I couldn’t imagine him making that kind of error.

    It is an interesting question though, it’s not the kind of story you can just skip (especially with Macquarie news being distributed to many regional stations), and it would sound very odd if 2GB suddenly had a different newsreader, so how do you approach that kind of story?

    Anybody know?

    Personally, I’d just give Rowan the day of when the verdict and/or sentencing are due.

    (Disclaimer: This conversation is hypothetical, nobody here is preempting the court system. The people who are alleged to have stabbed Rowan remain innocent until a court proves them otherwise.)

  • 8. Chuck Berry  |  February 7th, 2006 at 12:19 am

    I only thought of it because I was watching the ‘first a five’ Ten News the other day (Melbourne) and Mal Walden (news reader) was interviewing Paul Mullet (Police Union boss). It was a story regarding the terrible stabbing murders of two sisters. The person responsible was later shot and killed by a West Australian policeman.

    While interviewing, Mal got emotional and seemed to blame the Victorian police. This seemed out of character for Mal. I wondered about this and thought that maybe Mal knew the victims families. Upon further investgation I found out that one of the victims worked at Channel Ten as a graphic artist and it was more than likely Mal did know the victim.

    As to my above posts the two accused men have not been found guilty until proved otherwise by a court of law.

  • 9. Chuck Berry  |  February 7th, 2006 at 12:52 am

    I am not saying that Rowan would get emotional. I would give him the day off too Samuel.

  • 10. heatseeker  |  February 7th, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    Hey, what gives, I make a statement wishing Rowan the best and saying that I’ve admired his previous work and it gets “moderated”.

    I weas only trying to be positive and supportive!

  • 11. Samuel  |  February 7th, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    Except you confused him with Rowan Atkinson again, and asked “Any word on whether he’ll be doing another series of Mr Bean?”.

    I just don’t think we need to go down that path in this discussion…it’s good to see you wishing Rowan (Barker) all the best though.

  • 12. heatseeker  |  February 8th, 2006 at 11:18 am

    Is there any evidence that the alleged perpetrators had listened to Samuel’s Persiflage before they allegedly stabbed the radio announcer, and, if this was the case, is it likely the judge will take into account the fact they were very probably acting under the influence of subliminal messages?

    It could just be speculation, but several people who have downloaded and listened to the Persiflage – especially backwards – have been prone to indulging in some very bizarre behaviour.

  • 13. Samuel  |  February 8th, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    From memory the horrible event occured before I released Samuel’s Persiflage.

    Also, I had it independently examined, and there are no subliminal messages.

  • 14. cunninglinguist  |  February 9th, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Actually, I disagree. The Persiflage has the power to influence a modern-day Manson. Helter-Skelter has nothing on the powerful Persiflage.

  • 15. heatseeker  |  February 10th, 2006 at 10:42 am

    I recall Mark Chapman was carrying the novel The Catcher in the Rye at the time he shot John Lennon … I can only wonder how many ticking time bombs have Samuel’s Persiflage downloaded on their iPods – I shudder to think where they will go off and what they could be capable of …

  • 16. Samuel  |  February 10th, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    Other than singing along with the old Samuel’s Persiflage intro, I doubt that it would cause anything unusual. As I keep saying, I have had it independently tested for subliminal messages and it does not contain any.


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