Journalist Richard Clune yesterday signed off his final TV column for the Sunday Telegraph after nine years.
As many readers of this site would know, he has broken many significant stories on a Sunday, has been a regular voice to critic wraps in TV Tonight and filed Entertainment stories for The Circle.
“Nine years in one job is a long time and I leave with many strong memories,” he wrote yesterday.
“From heated (read: drunk) conversations with Jamie Durie in LA, to bonding with Kiefer Sutherland / Jason Lee / Sam Worthington / Hugh Laurie et al to laughing at the Buffy star who refused to talk about Buffy, heading through a fast food chain drive through in a Channel Ten limousine, having a programming executive remove my left testicle such was his disgust at what I’d written, crashing Lee Furlong’s wedding, seeing more of Pamela Anderson than expected, ‘muffin-gate’, sitting outside Jessica Marais’ house for three days (thanks for the offer of beer James Stewart), to lunches with network spinners that ended well past midnight, on-air sprays from Kyle Sandilands, heckling The Chaser boys during a record (not recommended), to Logies nights that included bloodied actors and one highly amusing game of peanut shell throwing – it has truly been a blast.
“The Australian television industry is stuffed with inspiring talents (and some truly vacuous, self-absorbed simpletons) and to all I have had the chance of meeting and working with, I genuinely thank you.”
On a personal note I’d also like to thank Cluney for regularly asking me to contribute quotes to many Sunday Tele articles, especially early on in the life of TV Tonight.
He begins a new role as a commissioning editor for GQ magazine.