ABC newsreader reportedly taken off the air after swearing, bizarre rambling

An ABC newsreader was dramatically taken off the air last night after a bizarre rambling incident.

Audio was later published on social media, and the newsreader could be heard yelling “f**k off” halfway through a piece about Queensland’s coronavirus outbreak.

When the prerecorded piece ended, the newsreader took a long pause before struggling through the second story about China.

A second “f**k off” rang out before the bulletin quickly changed to a female newsreader.

The newsreader involved in the peculiar incident has been a radio and television presenter and reporter for 35 years.

According to his bio on ABC, he has worked in commercial radio and television including the Seven and Nine networks and Fox Sports, covering events such as the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

The journalist has been with ABC News Radio since 2013 and has been a presenter/producer and has a strong background in news and sport.

Michael Smyth, a former ABC News Adelaide journalist, took to Twitter last night to question what was going on.

“What the hell is going on at ABC News? 10pm radio newsreader sounded completely out of it,” he said.

“They loudly shouted “fu*k off” twice and were replaced halfway through the bulletin.”

Mr Smyth described the situation as “quite bizarre”.

“It was quite bizarre. Huge pause after the news theme played. Followed by confused rambling without scripts, throwing to unnamed reporters, then shouting “fu*k off”. Happened twice.

“Then suddenly a different newsreader appeared.”

ABC has been contacted for comment.

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Public schools that will be closed on Monday

Ninety-four public schools in New South Wales will be closed on Monday due to flood waters.

As wild weather continues to hammer parts of NSW, the state’s Department of Education has released a list of the schools that will be shut for Monday.

More than 20 independent schools will also be closed as well as 20 catholic schools.

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Barrington Public School

Beechwood Public School

Bellbrook Public School

Bellingen High School

Bobbin Public School

Booral Public School

Brewongle Environmental Education Centre

Bungwahl Public School

Camden Haven High School

Carool Public School

Cattai Public School

Chatham High School

Chatham Public School

Chester Hill High School

Colo Heights Public School

Colo High School

Comboyne Public School

Congewai Public School

Coolongolook Public School

Coopernook Public School

Crescent Head Public School

Cundletown Public School

Dungog Public School

Elands Public School

Eungai Public School

Frederickton Public School

Gladstone Public School

Glenbrook Public School

Glenvale SSP (North Entrance Campus)

Glossodia Public School

Green Hill Public School

Hannam Vale Public School

Hastings Public School

Harrington Public School

Hawkesbury High School

Herrons Creek Public School

Hinton Public School

Hopetown Public School

Jiliby Public School

John’s River Public School

Kempsey East Public School

Kempsey High School

Kempsey West Public School

Kendell Public School

Kinchela Public School

Krambach Public School

Kurrambee School

Laguna Public School

Lake Cathue Public School

Lansdowne Public School

Laurieton Public School

Lisarow High School

Lisarow Public School

Long Flat Public School

Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre

MacDonald Valley Public School

Manning Gardens Public School

Medlow Public School

Megalong Valley Public School

Melville High School

Millers Forrest Public School

Mitchells Island Public School

Moorland Public School

Mount George Public School

Mount Kanwary Public School

Nabiac Public School

Nambucca Heads High School

Narara Valley High School

North Haven Public School

Old Bar Public School

Orama Public School

Pacific Palms Public School

Penrith Valley Learning Centre

Pitt Town Public School

Port Macquarie Public School

Rolland Plains Upper Public School

South West Rocks Public School

Smithtown Public School

Taree High School

Taree Public School

Taree West Public School

Telegraph Point Public School

Tinonee Public School

The Pocket Public School

Upper Lansdown Public School

Wauchope High School

Westport Public School

Willawarrin Public School

Windsor High School

Wingham Brush Public School

Wingham High School

Wingham Public School

Wooli Public School

Wyong Creek Public School


Arndell Anglican College

Aspect – Coffs Harbour Campus

Aspect – Richmond Public School Campus

Aspect – St Monica’s Richmond Campus

Australian Christian College, Marsden Park

Blacktown Youth College, Hebersham

Blacktown Youth College, Lawson

Chrysalis Steiner School

Darkinjung Barker at Yarramalong

Kempsey Adventist School

Manning Adventist Bush School

Manning Valley Anglican School

Ngarralingayil Barker at Wollombi

SEDA College, Olympic Park

SEDA College, Glebe

St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie

St Philip’s Christian College, Gosford

St Philip’s Christian College DALE Gosford

St Philp’s Christian College DALE Young Parents Wyong

Taree Christian College

The Nature School

Unity Grammar

Wollemi College Werrington


Broken Bay Diocese

St Cecilia’s, Wyong

St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah

Lismore Diocese

St Mary’s Primary School, Bowraville

St Joseph’s Primary School, Kempsey

St Paul’s College, Kempsey

St Joseph’s Primary School, Wauchope

St Joseph’s Primary School, Laurieton

Newman College, Port Macquarie

St Mary’s Primary School, Bellingen

Maitland Newcastle Diocese

St Joseph’s Primary School, Bulahdelah

St Joseph’s Primary School, Gloucester

St Joseph’s Primary School, Taree

St Clare’s Secondary College, Taree

St Joseph’s Primary School, Wingham

Parramatta Diocese

Penola Catholic College, Emu Plains

CathWest Innovation College (McCarthy Campus), Emu Plains

Bede Polding College, South Windsor

St Matthew’s Primary School, Windsor

St Monica’s Primary School, Richmond

Chisholm Primary School, Bligh Park

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Hamish and Zoe Foster Blake encourage big city escapes in Tourism Australia campaign

From beach-hopping to bush-bashing, Australians have been enjoying our new-found travel freedom since border restrictions relaxed, but there’s one area we’re criminally overlooking – our big cities.

So travel-loving couple Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster Blake have teamed up again with Tourism Australia for a new campaign that urges Aussies to plan a city escape to bring some love back to the big smoke.

In their new ad campaign, which is part of Tourism Australia’s Holiday Here This Year campaign, the popular couple showcases what our cities have to offer for your next domestic getaway.

Speaking to about the City Escapes campaign and their upcoming travel plans, the pair explained how Australia’s excellent cities leave us spoiled for choice.

“No offence to other countries, but let’s say if you go to America, you’ve got some good capital cities in America but you’ve got some duds. In Australia, we’ve got no duds. If it was up to me, the campaign would be called Australia: No Dud Cities,” Blake said.

“Every capital city is awesome in its own unique way. I do love that so much about Australia. Cities that are smaller, population-wise, are kind of even cooler because they’ve got their own art, culture, food, geography, cool hotels. The cities have boomed.”

“And also whether you’re going with children, or just your partner, or you’re going for nature, or you’re going for shopping – you’ve got all of it,” Foster Blake added. “Art galleries, museums – they’re smashing it.”

The couple said they already had a hit list of cities they planned to go to next with kids Sonny, 6, and Rudy, 3.

“We were just saying we feel embarrassed we haven’t been to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart,” Foster Blake said.

“Our kids like to be a bit free-range and barefooted and feral, so we’ll definitely head to somewhere that affords that sort of environment as well. That might be Perth, or Brissie.”

Blake agreed he was “dying to get back to Perth”.

“I haven’t been for a couple of years and again, I think one of my favourite things about Perth is that it’s that perfect mix between big and small,” he said.

“It’s obviously a big city but it’s spacious, there’s lots of little great pockets and there are amazing beaches.”

Tourism Australia has found domestic travellers have been shunning cities in favour of regional areas due to health and safety concerns.

Spending on overnight trips across Australia fell by $27.1 billion, or 34 per cent, in the year ending September 2020, compared to the previous year.

It has especially been felt in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth.

Hotel occupancy has also taken a dive, with Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart the hardest hit – their occupancy rates have plunged to 33 per cent, 40 per cent and 49 per cent respectively.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said tourism operators in Australia’s cities were still struggling almost a year after the country’s international borders snapped shut and lockdown restrictions inhibited domestic travel.

“Our cities are the key international gateways to Australia and transit hubs for travellers, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been hit the hardest in terms of tourism spend, hotel occupancy and aviation capacity over the past year,” Ms Harrison said.

“While our international borders remain closed and travel restrictions continue to fluctuate around the country, our cities run the risk of continuing to bear the brunt of this pandemic despite offering so many incredible, safe experiences and being more affordable than ever.

“As part of this campaign we are calling on Australians to help support their fellow Australians by booking a city escape, which in turn will help to support the thousands of city-based hotels, restaurants, bars, cultural attractions and experiences that rely on tourism for their livelihoods.”

As Hamish and Zoe look forward to their next city escape, they admitted there was one thing they’d have to contend with – their very opposing approaches to packing.

“He doesn’t pack until the night before, which gives me hives the morning of,” Foster Blake told

“I pack a week out, constantly curating, editing … and I do the kids’ suitcases as well. That will be our point of tension the night before.”

Blake admitted his packing habits were somewhat chaotic.

“For some reason, even though I know where we’re going and I know the temperature, as soon as I open my wardrobe my brain is filled with wild, 1 per cent contingencies,” he said.

“I’m packing wet weather gear on a whim, maybe three woolly jumpers for a beach holiday.

“Then when I get to the destination … it’s like a theatre sports game where I open up a bag and have no idea what’s in there.”

“But he’ll live in the same pair of shorts for seven days,” Foster Blake laughed.

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New Zealand quarantine-free travel into Australia to resume Feb 21

Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand is back on.

The trans-Tasman bubble allows people from New Zealand to fly to Australia without the need to quarantine.

On February 15 the rules changed after three cases of COVID-19 were detected in New Zealand.

As a result, any New Zealanders that flew into Australia from 12.01am on February 15 onwards were required to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.

But that is set to change at 12.01am on Sunday, February 21, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has announced.

New Zealanders arriving into Australia will no longer be required to quarantine on the following condition: “All passengers travelling from New Zealand on a green zone flight who have been in Auckland for any period over the last 14 days will be required to provide evidence at check-in of a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled flight departure.”

Routine pre-departure and on arrival screening will continue. The screening will check that travellers haven’t been identified as close contacts or have not visited any of the contact tracing areas of interest in New Zealand, and if they have, that they have been tested and have received the negative test results required by the New Zealand authorities.

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Former Miss World Australia Erin Holland reveals odd bedroom habit

Aussie TV host and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland has opened up about her odd bedroom habit.

Before the pandemic hit, Holland was flying overseas more than 10 times each year to take part in cricket coverage in India, Pakistan and Dubai.

When she was in Australia, she was flying domestically at least once a week, often to visit her fiance, Ben Cutting, who is a professional cricketer based in Brisbane.

So asked Holland to share some of her best travel hacks, one of which included two must-have items that she takes to bed with her every night.

“Because I’m often travelling to different time zones, sleep’s incredibly important to me,” Holland said. “To help combat jet lag, I actually always sleep in an eye mask and ear plugs.

“It sounds crazy,” she said. “But it’s given me some sort of regularity no matter where I am.

“I’ve just found that by incorporating that into my daily routine, even when I’m at home, I’m getting a solid sleep and that helps me function.”

Here are Holland’s other travel hacks.

• “I’m big on going to the gym on the morning of a flight, particularly long-haul flights. You’re about to sit down all day and that’s not great for your body, so I find doing a gym session before you go to get the blood pumping helps. And then when I land, I’ll try and get a gym session in the first 12 hours before I sleep because it helps my body sleep better. I’ve found exercise is really helpful in terms of battling jet lag.”

• “With some of the places I go, it’s not actually that easy to get what you need. If I’m going to India or Pakistan or Nepal for work, I have to hit the ground running, so I don’t actually have any time to hunt down toiletries or make-up. So I actually have a travel pack that I leave stocked and ready to go 24/7 now. I grab these two little bags that are full of everything I need – shampoo, conditioner, bobby pins, fake tan – and I just throw it in my bag and I know I’m going to have everything I need to be on camera on the other end.”

• “Learning how to pack smartly is really important. This is where good quality brands and clothes that have multiple functions come into their own, which is why I absolutely love Icebreaker (New Zealand-based apparel company). They’re made of Merino wool that regulates your temperature, so I always have one of their jumpers with me in my carry-on bag too because it’s always cold on a plane. Also, when you’re travelling and you can’t clean your clothes as often, they’re actually odour resistant.”

Holland has been working with Icebreaker to promote the fact the company has pledged to go completely plastic free by 2023.

The company made the pledge after statistics revealed more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill in Australia each year.

“I try to think about the environment as often as I can and I think it’s important we educate ourselves on our personal impact with our life choices, but fashion just wasn’t one of the things I thought of,” Holland told

The model urged Aussies to try to buy quality items rather than cheap goods.

“When I was younger I’d see items that I’d really like, but I couldn’t afford it so I’d just buy the cheap and nasty version,” she said. “And that would quickly fall apart because it was poorly made and then I’d buy something else.

“The older I get the more I’m trying to redirect my mind to go, OK, invest in something that’s way better quality. It might cost you a bit more at the time but you’ll get so much more wear out of it and therefore your overall consumption of fashion is much less in the long run, so quality over quantity.

“I think it’s time we all put a little more thought into the things we’re buying,” Holland added. “So if we can make more sustainable opinions without feeling we’re compromising on the look and the quality, why shouldn’t we?”

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