The Art of the Australian Insult


A one-man Wiggles tribute band
August 11, 2008, 4:01 am
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“Happily, then, there’s been no visual distraction from watching Kochie perspire into his lurid T-shirts, which tend to cling in such conditions. Last week he sported a red one, a blue one and a puce one; he’s a one-man Wiggles tribute band.”

Tony Squires on David Koch’s presentation efforts on Sunrise.

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Turn off Kochie and Mel
August 5, 2008, 1:56 am
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“Their smug supercilious approach to any program they do is a turn-off – and I do.”

Laurie, online Daily Telegraph reader, does not like Kochie and Mel. Neither do many readers, judging by the other comments quoted on the letters page:

“What is it with Koch? I don’t know whether his patronising manner is for real or put on because he assumes the viewers are all idiots. Either way he is incredibly irritating.”

“What’s Sunrise and how do people find time to watch it in the morning? Jeez, we must live in a slack society if people can find time to watch whatever this tripe is – get rid of TV altogether – it’s done more harm than good.”



Nauseating chitchat
July 31, 2008, 3:11 am
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“All of a sudden, news programs feel the need to engage in that nauseating chitchat between segments. When Sandra Sully turns to the Sports Tonight host Brad McEwan, I cringe. I cower. I put my head beneath the sheets. It is so embarrassing watching them trying to carry on a brief conversation that I almost switch off. Channel Ten’s late news producers are obviously trying to emulate the camaraderie between Mel and Kochie on Sunrise. But you wonder if Sandra and Brad can even stand being in the same room as one another. She smiles, all gleaming professionalism, while he looks like a shy schoolboy talking to his headmistress. Both look like rabbits in a spotlight.”

Sydney Morning Herald reader Poppy Bourne finds all that on-screen cameraderie faintly embarrassing.