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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


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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Hollywood set for transformation with new WGA contract



We know what our words are worth at Netflix on 9/20. Photo: J.W. Hendricks

A recently ratified Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract is poised to revolutionise the landscape of Hollywood.

This monumental agreement brings forth fundamental alterations in the way the entertainment industry operates. In a nutshell, the contract redefines compensation structures, solidifying fair pay for writers and creators across various platforms.

One notable change is the integration of more equitable profit-sharing mechanisms, guaranteeing writers a more significant slice of the proverbial pie. Additionally, the contract underscores the importance of proper crediting and recognition for writers, ensuring their vital contributions are acknowledged and duly compensated.

Artificial intelligence was of course another major point of discussion with agreements outlined below stating:

“We have established regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on MBA-covered projects in the following ways:

  • AI can’t write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA, meaning that AI-generated material can’t be used to undermine a writer’s credit or separated rights. 
  • A writer can choose to use AI when performing writing services, if the company consents and provided that the writer follows applicable company policies, but the company can’t require the writer to use AI software (e.g., ChatGPT) when performing writing services. 
  • The Company must disclose to the writer if any materials given to the writer have been generated by AI or incorporate AI-generated material.
  • The WGA reserves the right to assert that exploitation of writers’ material to train AI is prohibited by MBA or other law.”

The WGA contract also takes steps to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry, fostering an environment that welcomes voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This shift towards a more inclusive landscape is seen as a crucial step towards rectifying historical disparities within the entertainment realm.

See a summary of the entire campaign here

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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