News Radio Bulletins

REPORTER: Belinda Palmada                                     STORY NAME: Top Stories

DURATION: 3  minutes and 14 seconds

JENNIFER (PRESENTER): Hello, this is Jennifer Singer reporting for News Radio. Here are today’s top stories. Transport Minister Darren Chester has announced airlines flying to Australia from Middle Eastern airports will have increased security checks at the boarding gates. From next week, Passengers flying direct to Australia from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be subject to random explosive trace detection (ETD) screening. Our reporter Belinda Palmada spoke with Mr Chester about the new security checks. Bel. (25 seconds)

BELINDA (REPORTER): Thanks Jen. I spoke with Transport Minister Darren Chester about what the new travel measures mean. (5 seconds)

(Sound clip) I want to assure people that there is no specific threat to Australia. The Government is continuing to ensure Australians and visitors who travel by air can do so in the knowledge that every precaution is being taken to ensure they arrive at their destinations safely. (15 seconds)

BELINDA: Travellers are advised to contact their airline to determine if they are affected by the new UK, US or Australian measures. Jen. (7 seconds)

JENNIFER: In other news, A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack has been charged after he allegedly sent child abuse material and engaged in explicit conversations about children with another man online. The twenty-five year veteran was arrested on Thursday morning at his Sydney home and taken to a nearby police station after raids on the network’s office in Sydney. A Current Affair is assisting the police with the investigation. Nine’s news and current affairs director Darren Wick had this to say. (25 seconds)

(Sound clip) I can confirm that officers from the New South Wales police have been at TCN (Television Corporation Nine) this morning investigating matters relating to a staff member at A Current Affair. It’s a personal matter that does not relate to the program or Nine. We are co-operating with the police. But, we are not in a position to comment any further as this is an ongoing investigation. (23 seconds)

Police seizes computers, a mobile phone and electronic devices during the raids.  The Nine Network has suspended McCormack amid the allegations and will cover the story concerning him without fear of favour. McCormack has been granted bail. If convicted, he could face 15 years in jail. (15 seconds)

Former federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has repaid taxpayers nearly fourteen thousand dollars in travel expenses after being busted for using a chopper to fly from Melbourne to Geelong. The scandal forced Ms Bishop to resign as Speaker in August 2015 and her bid for preselection in last year’s federal election was unsuccessful. (19 seconds)

First Daughter Ivanka Trump will join her father President Donald Trump’s administration as an Assistant to the President. Like her husband, senior aide to the president Jared Kushner, Ivanka will not receive a salary for her work as a federal employee. (14 seconds)

Magician David Copperfield is being sued to reveal his secrets by a tourist who suffered brain damage from a stunt gone wrong. Gavin Cox was picked out of the audience as a participant for a disappearing act in the illusionist’s show at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Cox and other participating audience members were led by Copperfield’s assistants through a dark secret passageway as part of the stunt, and Cox tripped and fell on construction debris, slamming his head on the ground. Copperfield’s lawyer, Theodore Blumberg, told The Washington Post that the illusion at issue has been performed successfully for over fifteen years with over a hundred thousand audience participants. The history of the show speaks for itself. (41 seconds)

 That’s all for this evening. Stay tuned for 7 o’clock program. Have a good night. (5 seconds)


Power Rangers (2017)

Based on the 90’s television show. Five ordinary teens are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. They band together as the Power Rangers.

A good ensemble cast. Elizabeth Banks is pleasant to watch as the film’s villain.

Director Dean Isrealite (Project Almanac) makes a satisfying superhero movie. It’s a good popcorn movie with action and a bit of humour. The only disappointment in the film is the pace, the heroes don’t wear their suits till towards the end of the film.

It’s good, better than I expected but not as great as other superhero films. Good action and solid performances from the cast. It’s worth checking out especially for fans of the TV show.

Rating: 3/5 Stars


Life follows a six-member crew of the International Space Station uncovers what initially seems to be the first evidence of life on Mars; however, the crew finds their discovery might not be what it seems.

The cast is well acted. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya all give phenomenal character-driven performances.

Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool) deliver a gripping and suspenseful sci-fi film. It’s well shot, a great pace and visually stunning.

One of the best sci-fi films I’ve seen. A well-paced film with suspense, stunning visual effects and great performances. It’s a cross between Gravity and Alien, if you like these films then you’ll like this.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Fake News vs Mainstream Media

Fake news and truth in journalism dominated discussion on the ABC’s Q&A panel on Monday night.

The panel consisted of former director-general of Al Jazeera Network, Wadah Khanfar. The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Zed Seselja. Claire Wardle, the research director at First Draft, which targets fake news. Veteran journalist, editor and broadcaster, Mark Day. And Labor frontbencher Terri Butler along with the program’s host Tony Jones.

The debate was over fake news, the power of social media and the decline of mainstream media. The discussion started when audience member David Luschwitz asked the panel “How can we tell and know the news we read and distribute is in actual fact true?” Panellist Wadah Khanfar said “Social media is doing something, in my opinion, as a result for our failure. To a large extent, mainstream media, during the last at least two decades, is declining. The trust in mainstream media is declining, because I think we came very close to centres of powers, we are not putting the human being at the centre, we are not anymore the voice for the voiceless, we have lost courage.”

Fake news became a global subject and was widely introduced to billions as a subject mainly due to the 2016 US Presidential Elections. At a pre-inaugural press conference, US president Donald Trump had a dispute with CNN reporter Jim Acosta and told him “You are fake news”.

Panellist Terri Butler said “When people don’t trust media, they don’t trust anyone.”

Fake news is a concern as the public is being misinformed. Today’s news now comes in various forms. The public receives their news from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Confidence in mainstream has dropped and lost its credibility with social media as a powerful media.

Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action remake of the 1991 classic Disney animated film. Based on the fairy-tale about a prince (Dan Stevens) who is magically transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (Emma Watson), a beautiful young woman whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, Beast must win her love in return. Otherwise, he will remain a monster forever. Throughout the film, Beast embarks on a spiritual journey to become a better person and earn back his humanity while Belle sees the humanity within Beast and slowly develops feelings for him.

The cast is marvellous. Emma Watson is perfectly cast as Belle. She brings radiance and grace to the iconic role. Dan Stevens is superb as the prince/beast. Luke Evans gives a solid performance as the villain Gaston. Delightful performances from supporting cast Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Though the film lacks some originality as the plot and music are the same as the animated film, it’s an enjoyable film to watch. Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1&2) delivers an impressive, mesmerising and stylish musical. Wonderful and lavish production design by Sarah Greenwood.

Beauty and the Beast is amazing. Visually stunning and entertaining with a stellar cast. Enjoyable to watch from beginning to end and fun for the whole family, Beauty and the Beast will not be a disappointment for fans of the 1991 animated film and Disney films.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars