Archive for September 6th, 2007

Chaser’s APEC Stunt

Good evening Stuart,

I'm sure you will receive plenty of comments about the stunt at APEC by the team from "The Chaser's War On Everything". All I can say is that we are lucky it was them and not somebody more sinister. They exposed a gaping hole in the expensive security in place at APEC and I congratulate them for that. I don't agree with the politicians who have made statements in recent hours that the Chaser team were being irresponsible, in fact I think they would have expected to to be turned away at the first checkpoint…once they got in, it was their duty as journalists (update: oops, wrong words…not entirely sure which words I was looking for) to continue through as far as possible.

The footage indicates that they followed the directions of police, so I think they have been very responsible.

And I would like to nominate Alexander Downer's statement that "the security works" as the stupidest statement of the week. If the security worked, the checkpoints would have known that the Canadians weren't due, and the Chasers would not have managed to get within ten metres of the Intercontinental Hotel.

Have a great night.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

9 comments September 6th, 2007 at 07:30pm

WIN News Pushed Back to 6:30

WIN Television in Canberra have made a strange decision tonight to swap the broadcast times of their two news bulletins. Instead of having WIN local news at 6pm and Nine News from Sydney at 6:30, they are running Nine News at 6pm and WIN News at 6:30.

Apparently this is so that Canberrans can get all the APEC news half an hour earlier than they otherwise would have, although if that is the case, I can’t understand why they didn’t make the decision yesterday.

I think WIN have made a mistake with this decision, as I think a lot of people would have tuned out when they discovered Nine News in the place of the local bulletin. Many people may have come to the false conclusion that WIN have dumped local news, something the other commercial stations in Canberra did a few years ago.


2 comments September 6th, 2007 at 06:30pm


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