18 November, 2014. 14:56
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected]
THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE appeared last night on ABC’s Media Watch after Nine’s The Today Show was caught plagiarising from our newspaper.
Despite repeated emails and angry letters, the big wigs at Channel 9 have yet to respond to the growing calls for them to issue a formal apology for their unbecoming behaviour.
“There is no f**king way I’m going to give you a statement,”
says Today Executive Producer, Mark Calvert.
“Stop calling me. Stop calling my staff and tell Clancy to go f**k himself.”
An uncharacteristic hush fell upon the Betoota Hotel last night at around 9 when Constable Pulver climbed up on the roof to play with the aerial.
The television slipped in and out of life as the denizens of the desert whistle-stop cheered as they caught the tail end of Four Corners.
Drawn in by the iconic Media Watch jingle and the bright moving lights, last night was the night that the world came to Betoota.
We watched a man, alone at his desk, fighting for The Betoota Advocate like a young brumby fights the bridle.
From next year, race 4 at the Betoota Racing Carnival will be named the Paul Barry Handicap to commemorate the media veteran’s service to the people of the Betoota community.
So on behalf of the wider Channel Country community and proponents of quality journalism around the world, the Betoota Advocate would like to say thank you the ABC and wish all the staff the best of luck as they embark upon their battle against another tyrannical fat cat, Malcolm Turnbull.