The Newsroom recaps this week’s top stories.
Mullet more humorous than damaging, says judge
A Sydney teenager suing multiple media outlets over negative publicity about his mullet hairstyle has been given two weeks to amend his statement of claim. District Court judge Judith Gibson struck out Ziggy Mosslmani’s imputations that he was ridiculed by media, including the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, KIIS1065, saying most of the comments were “humorous” and some were “clever observations”. The photo of Ziggy at an 18th birthday party appeared in July last year on professional photographer JNoodles Photography‘s Facebook page and went viral, viewed more than 1.7 million times online. The post led to a number of articles, memes and photoshopped images, which Ziggy claimed ridiculed him and made him out to be ugly and a joke. The matter will return to court on November 17.
There is a cruel irony to Ziggy 'the mullet guy' being judged by some white guy in a bad wig…
— Peter Berner (@peter_berner) October 26, 2016
Red Cross donor information compromised
The Red Cross Blood Service has revealed that the information of blood donors from 2010-2016 was accessed by someone outside of the organisation. It is believed around 550,000 donors are affected by the security breach and the organisation is attempting to contact them. Chief executive Shelly Park stated in a press conference that the risk of misuse was low but for those affected to be aware of possible phone and email scams. The data that was accessed has since been deleted.
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) October 28, 2016
Seven drops case against Nine over ratings claims
Channel Seven has dropped its case against Channel Nine over claims that breakfast program Today had beaten Sunrise in ratings citing deceptive conduct. The matter was settled outside of court and Channel Nine will now retract the statement that it boasts the number one breakfast show in Australia in its advertisements. The feud initially began following a press release from Channel Nine that stated it had won in ratings but did not include ratings from regional areas, where Sunrise maintains a strong viewership.
BREAKING: Channel 7 drops its court case & now concedes Today Show has won the official OZTAM breakfast show ratings for 2016. #casedropped
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) October 27, 2016
Qantas bans handlebar moustache and sparkly eye shadow
Qantas staff will need to abide by new uniform guidelines released this week, which include regulations about facial hair. Flight attendants and pilots sporting long moustaches will have to shave just a few days before the prostate cancer awareness month, Movember begins, as the new rule book states: “Long moustaches, such as handlebar, horseshoe (or ‘trucker’) and similar styles are unacceptable.” The full uniform, including the white cap buttoned up jacket, epaulettes and wings, are compulsory for the pilots to wear to and from the aircraft unless working in a tropical area or where the temperature is above 27C. Female staff must have natural looking makeup that blends well with uniform, any bright or sparkle pigmented eye shadow is strictly prohibited. Staff are also not allowed to wear a backpack, chew gum, consume alcohol or smoke anywhere they can be viewed by members of the public. “I know that our pilots are very proud and feel privileged to fly for Qantas and to wear the uniform,” Chief pilot Richard Tobiano told news.com.au. But one pilot told The Sydney Morning Herald “They don’t call it a uniform, they call it a costume. Everyone has got the shits that they are trying to make us wear this stuff.”
Honi Soit debuts “The Ausrtailan”
Sydney university publication Honi Soit has distributed a mockup of The Australian across campus for their final publication for the year, complete with headline “Rupert Murdoch dead at 85”. In tandem with the publication appearing on the campus, the Honi Soit team made a statement on Facebook: “Copies of the Thursday, October 27 edition of The Australian have appeared in the Honi Soit stands across campus. Some have attempted to say this event is some sort of prank, orchestrated by us. This is untrue: we still do not know who put the papers there. It is possible News Corp has taken over our contract for the campus newspaper stands, to complement the free digital subscriptions to The Australian provided by the University, but the matter is currently under investigation. Regardless, as a team, we have always admired The Australian for its balanced reporting and insightful commentary, and are pleased that its respectable, broadsheet pages are appearing in the stands we spent the year filling with left-wing smut. You should pick one up! It’s the last broadsheet in this great country – that means it’s inherently and unquestionably Australia’s best journalistic institution! We would also like to personally thank Paul Whittaker for finally publishing our letters.” – Compiled from online sources by Matthew Buchanan and CJ Cowan
— tom joyner (@tomrjoyner) October 27, 2016
Photo by JNoodles Photography Facebook page.