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The King of the double entendre is dead | ticker VIEWS

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The King is dead at 83. For as long as there was TV in Australia, there was always Bert Newton.

My first memory of Bert, like any kid growing up in the 90s, was the smooth talking funny guy on Good Morning Australia. Together with his cast of misfits, somehow Bert made us all feel like we could fit in too.

In high school my mates and I would always refer to his funny antics. Gabriel Gaté, :now here’s Moira”, and of course Belvedere.

Bert’s talent was much bigger than Australia. The man who Bob Hope labelled funnier than him, and without the team of writers. The icon, the legend, the moonface.

Bert with Belvedere on the set of GMA

Of course his career went back a lot further than the 90s. Older Australian generations went to bed watching his antics with Graham Kennedy on IMT – In Melbourne Tonight. Bert never minded playing second fiddle – the straight man, the funny man, whatever.

He was an ultimate professional. We know about all of the things that were going on behind the scenes, as no one’s life is perfect. But on camera, his delivery was perfect.

And just as he appeared on the box and never let us see the dramas going on (the near bankruptcy, his renegade son), we all tuned in as viewers to escape our own realities too. It was the perfect arrangement.

He taught generations of performers the old school rules of entertainment. The self-deprecation, the timing, the polished performance. You might remember his face, but I remember his voice, and the way he could time everything perfectly.

The day I met him was at the 25th anniversary of the Herald Sun newspaper celebration. I couldn’t stop smiling that for a moment my moonface almost matched his.

Bert Newton with Ticker’s Ahron Young

SAVING THE LOGIES

Bert could appear at the Logies and save the night from boring oblivion. As television became more corporate, more staged, more edited and more vanilla, Bert crashed through. Sometimes too far, and while the new age Twitter crusaders would call for his scalp, he crashed though the latest fad of cancel culture.

This was a man who had dealt with old school TV proprietors. A self-appointed angry mob wasn’t going to stop him.

His quick wit, his ability to “go there” made him the king of the double entendre.

His banter with the crew of GMA brought down the fourth wall.

Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton

I remember when he shifted from Ten to Nine to host Family Feud and the way he electrified Studio 9 at the old Nine building in Bendigo Street, Richmond.

Somehow he feels much older than 83 because he was always there. To generations he starred in their childhood, entertained their adulthood and kept them entertained on the TV in the nursing home.

There was only one Bert, and his passing reminds us of how much the world has changed, yet he was the happy consistent through all that change.

Vale Moonface.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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How Disney beat Netflix at its own game

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When it comes to streaming, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Disney+ has quickly become a major force in the streaming wars, adding over 14 million new subscribers in its latest quarter. That’s a big jump from the 3 million it had just three months prior.

In comparison, Netflix lost nearly 1 million subscribers in the same period.

So what happened? How did Disney+ overtake Netflix so quickly?

There are a few factors at play.

For one, Disney+ has a lot of content that people want to watch. As well as its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the service  has access to popular franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons. That’s a big draw for people who are looking for something to watch.

In addition, Disney+ is much cheaper than Netflix. A subscription to Disney+ costs $6.99 per month, while a Netflix subscription starts at $8.99 per month. For people who are trying to save money, Disney+ is the more appealing option. Though Disney and Netflix have signalled they’re going to push up their prices.

Disney+ has been aggressive in marketing itself as the superior streaming service. The company has run a number of ads that compare its service favorably to Netflix. This has helped convince people to switch to Disney+.

The Disney effect

The Walt Disney Company launched Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The streaming service is available in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

As of the second quarter of 2020, Netflix had nearly 221 million subscribers across 190 countries.

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What is the market share of Netflix? In the United States, Netflix has a market share of 37%. That means it is the most popular streaming service in the country.

When was Netflix founded? Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.

What type of company is Netflix? Netflix is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NFLX.

What is the headquarters of Netflix? The headquarters of Netflix is located in Los Gatos, California.

Disney+ facts

Disney is spending $1 billion per year on its streaming service.

What is the market share of Disney+? In the United States, Disney+ has a market share of 24%.

When was Disney+ launched? Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019.

What type of company is Disney? Disney is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DIS.

How much does Disney stock cost? As of August 2020, the price of one share of Disney stock is $115.76.

What is the headquarters of Disney? The headquarters of Disney is located in Burbank, California.

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Scientists discover dogs can sniff if you’re stressed

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Russia has begun vaccinating animals against COVID-19

Dog’s truely are our best friends and it turns out they really are in tune to our feelings by experiencing their world through smell

Scientists have discovered that dogs can detect stress, by sniffing our breath and sweat

Four dogs volunteered by their owners – were trained to “choose” one of three scent canisters.

And in more than 650 out of 700 trials, they sniffed a sample of sweat or breath that had been taken from a stressed person.

Dog highly sensitive scent-detection abilities are already used to detect drugs, explosives, and illnesses – so they really are paw-some animals

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Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dies at 59

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U.S. rapper and record producer Coolio has died

The musician was visiting a friend when he suddenly passed away, according to reports from his management.

TMZ reports the musician went to the bathroom and never returned.

Paramedics were sent to the scene after reports he entered cardiac arrest. But his cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

But the father of 10 was pronounced dead a short time after.

Coolio was best known for his hit songs Gangsta’s Paradise, Fantastic Voyage, and It’s All The Way Live.

He was aged 59.

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