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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 06:17 am

Reader blogstrop noticed something odd in a live cross from Lakemba during Thursday night’s ABC news:

[The reporter] hadn’t got far into his spiel when the camera panned downwards to the footpath. The screen went blank. There seemed to be some concern, with one voice calling to the other, a name like Daryl. Jacinta carried on, and the whole event was not mentioned again. The 7.30 Report is on strike (petulant bastards objecting to the bias affair?), so no follow up there either.

Here’s your explanation:

An ABC cameraman could face strife for going on strike – smack in the middle of a live news broadcast.

A cameraman, Dough Sleeman, downed tools last night, shortly after ABC the 7pm newsreader, Juanita Phillips, crossed live to the reporter John Stewart at the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney’s west.

Sleeman yanked the camera from the tripod shortly after Stewart had started his piece about a meeting over Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly’s controversial “uncovered meat” comments …

A cut back to the studio revealed a bemused, but calm, Phillips, who asked Stewart a follow-up question.

Stewart was battling by this stage, and replied: “Yep … ah … they’ll be reviewing, they’ll be reviewing tapes of the speech … ah … and the 16 directors have one vote each … if … Doug! … he’s um … he’s just …”

Sleeman’s name—Dough!—has since been corrected. More on the professionals at the ABC from Frank Devine.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/27/2006 at 09:30 AM
    1. Maybe Dough-Boy just got creative and decided to engage in cinematic art: panning to the sidewalk was his way of saying that, while politicians and reporters come and go, the firmament on which they tread is always with us, a path on which others will walk until global warming leaves only the ants to make their way along the vast concrete plain constructed by a race of extinct giants.

      Posted by paco on 2006 10 27 at 09:59 AM • permalink


    1. The closing paragraph of Devine’s column:

      Even if the new editor-in-chief turns out to have hidden proclivities and edits ABC programs according to sharia law, it will be an improvement on the present quagmire of faded, trendy values maintained by the faceless intellectual elite of cafeteria society, a regime similar to that of the latte princesses in the high school comedy Mean Girls.


      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2006 10 27 at 10:00 AM • permalink


    1. Sets a wonderful precedent if he doesn’t get fired.

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2006 10 27 at 10:00 AM • permalink


    1. Maybe the cameraman is an uptherehilaly supporter?

      Posted by surfmaster on 2006 10 27 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. “Downed tools.”

      A delightful little turn of phrase, that.  Never heard that description before, but I like it.

      Posted by Baby M on 2006 10 27 at 10:32 AM • permalink


    1. Is his real name Doh?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 10 27 at 10:43 AM • permalink


    1. There are a lot of talking heads on TV that I’d love to see that happen to.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 27 at 10:52 AM • permalink


    1. a live cross from Lakemba

      This islamophobe language cannot stand.

      Posted by PW on 2006 10 27 at 11:27 AM • permalink


    1. Can Australians go on strike to not pay the ABC?

      Will they get a tax remittance for ABCs non-delivery of service?

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 10 27 at 01:27 PM • permalink


    1. #9, Rob, Ive checked, my accountant says no.  He likes the idea though…

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 10 27 at 01:47 PM • permalink


    1. #9 I’m all for that idea!

      You’ll never get any explanations from the taxpayer funded ABC! If you do, it’s not before the regulation 1 month has expired! Kieran Doyle whose name appears on most of these predictable replies, times it to perfection!

      Question is: How much longer are we going to put up with it?

      Posted by Gravelly on 2006 10 27 at 04:11 PM • permalink


    1. Dougie went on strike

      He wants more pay!

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2006 10 27 at 04:28 PM • permalink


    1. Ahh – industrial action VC style.

      Time for ABC management to bring out the napalm.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 10 27 at 06:45 PM • permalink


    1. I usually avoid the ABC TV news these days but watched it here in Queensland last night to see how they were going to handle Beattie’s blockade against Catmeat Hillaly.
      But Queenslanders had to make do with the NSW version of the news and weather with not a peep out of Brisbane.
      There was no explanation for this strange behaviour so maybe all the ABC cameras in Brisbane were dropped last night.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 10 27 at 06:46 PM • permalink


    1. That’d be More-Dough Sleeman.  Yeah, I reckon they deserve it.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 10 27 at 07:22 PM • permalink


    1. From the Australian:

      Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) organiser Graeme Thomson said Mr Sleeman’s action was part of protected industrial action when he removed the camera from its tripod. “There is no requirement on staff to tell management when they are on shift or when they are taking strike action,” he said.

      Even under ordinary circumstances I hear that it’s difficult to tell the difference at the ABC.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2006 10 27 at 08:26 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, I saw that kafuffle on the ABC news. I just assumed the camera man received a smack in the mouth from one of Sheikh Hilaly’s acolytes.

      Posted by Brian on 2006 10 27 at 08:28 PM • permalink


    1. “There is no requirement on staff to tell management when they are on shift or when they are taking strike action”

      Of course, if he hadn’t moved the camera, would anyone even have noticed that he’d gone on strike?

      Posted by PW on 2006 10 27 at 10:17 PM • permalink


    1. #1 Paco (kinda has a ring to it, eh?), you sure have a way of putting things in persepective.

      (btw, condolences on Tigers loss, but “never up, never in”, and they do have a pennant, right?)

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 10 28 at 12:16 AM • permalink


    1. #9 Refuse to pay for the ABC?
      Are you MAD… two new gov(centre right) M.P.s in Sweden were accused of CORRUPTION for refusing to pay t.v. licences for Sweden’s gov public broadcaster..
      They simply complained that it wasn’t worth watching and certainly wasn’t worth PAYING for..

      Posted by crash on 2006 10 28 at 05:23 AM • permalink


    1. “Mr Sleeman’s action was part of protected industrial action when he removed the camera from its tripod.”
      This is an interesting concept. There’s protection for VC industrial action, but none for the public interest, which is trashed by journalistic alley cats and maoist functionaries.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 10 28 at 07:55 AM • permalink


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