Kristina Keneally turns to TV hosting
RAW VISION: Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has swapped the speech podium for the screen, filling in as a co-host on Network 10 morning show, Studio 10.PT0M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-386lb 620 349 May 13, 2014
It’s not easy being the new girl, especially when you’re joining school halfway through term and the cool kids have already formed their little clique.
Not that Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris and Jessica Rowe were ever really mean to Kristina Keneally. It’s just that she was never going to be made completely welcome by the Studio 10 in-crowd in her temporary gig replacing Ita Buttrose.
Dressed as for a job interview – or an ICAC hearing - in sensible crisp white blouse and black skirt, the former premier seemed mildly bemused by much of the banter and forced frivolity that is the staple of morning TV.
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“Why is that funny?” she seemed to be wanting to ask as larrikin Joe brought us a story about nude ping pong (it’s a thing apparently), even as the studio audience broke into another round of enthusiastic applause like so many hyperactive performing seals.
One can only imagine what she thought of the regular interjections from the strange shouty guy insisting we transform our lives with the addition of a new blender or a set of apparently magical blue pans.
Still, Keneally seemed anxious to please, referring often to an extensive sheaf of notes that wouldn’t have looked out of place at the despatch box in the old days.
She wasn’t helped by the fact the producers seemed a little unsure what do with her. When she was given a chance to get her teeth in to something – such as a brief interview with Sallyanne Atkinson about older workers or a discussion about Naplan testing – she looked much more comfortable.
There was also no mistaking the polish in her presentation as she confidently and sincerely addressed the camera on the odd occasion she could get a word in edgeways. You don’t get to be premier without picking up some media skills along the way.
Given the right opportunity – ABC, SBS? - Keneally could do well with her new TV career, but she’s never likely to be completely at home in the world of celebrity gossip, nude ping-pong and mystical cookware salesmen.