Sad news takes precedence: Kyle Sandilands leaves the vet on Monday. Photo: INF
Remaining at No. 1 for the sixth year running yesterday should have been another champagne-popping ratings day for radio tsar Kyle Sandilands. At least worthy of a trip to his favourite Woolloomooloo den, Sienna Marina, in one of his flashy cars.
But No. 1 ratings weren't celebrated in the usual fashion as the 2DayFM breakfast announcer dealt with the death of his and girlfriend Imogen Anthony's pet pooch, Astro, killed after being run over by a car on Monday.
''Our dog got killed by a car … we only had the dog for a couple months poor thing,'' Sandilands lamented on-air. ''It was in front of Imogen as well … When I got to the vet, 'cause I was at home at St Ives, 'cause this happened at Bondi Junction, and when I got to the vet at Double Bay she was sitting in a room still covered in blood on her arms and her neck - sobbing.''
Sandilands' dog Astro.
The radio host and judge on Australia's Got Talent, who remained Sydney's No. 1 in yesterday's fifth Nielsen Radio Ratings survey for the year, was spotted looking distressed at the vet with Anthony, 22 - the glamour model he credits with turning his life around - by his side.
The pair adopted the flighty rescue puppy last month from Rocky's K9 Rescue, an adopt-a-pet facility in Stanmore. The pointy-eared black and white pup had appeared on the show in a joke segment about what Astro would sound like if he could tweet, in response to a segment using co-host Jackie O's daughter Kitty.
''They are very upset and he's moping around the house,'' a friend said.
Headlining: Mia Morrissey. Photo: Supplied
His brekky show with Jackie O continues to dominate its slot with more than half a million listeners and a 9.5 share. But although 2DayFM remains on top, entertainment reporter Giles Hardie reports WSFM and Nova are eyeing the long-term title - with Fitzy and Wippa the only FM breakfast show to deliver audience growth.
The survey found Sydney radio listeners had tuned into AM stations in the period from May 19 to August 10 at the expense of the FM dial, with all of the commercial AM stations, except 2UE, recording gains in their audience. On FM, every commercial station except Nova 96.9 had a loss.
Cassie Platt author of Don't Quit Sugar. Photo: Nigel Lough
No Kardashians but protesters set to ruffle festival's feathers
There won't be a Kardashian in town for the launch of the Kardashian Kollection ready-to-wear show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival on Saturday - little sister Khloe doesn't arrive until November.
But The Diary hears up-and-coming thespian Mia Morrissey, daughter of theatrical giant Mark Morrissey, will be headlining on the catwalk for the closing show on Saturday night at Sydney's Town Hall (mbffsydney.com.au).
Director: Alyssa McClelland. Photo: Steven Siewert
Expectations are Mia will be part of the next wave of ''it'' actors. She will be seen on Channel Seven's In Your Dreams later this year. Morrissey is one of Australia's leading agents, with Chris and Liam Hemsworth on his books.
Meanwhile, expect feathers and fur to fly on the first day of the consumer-driven festival, with animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) targeting the event after festival organisers refused to take a pledge to ban fur. Their Melbourne counterparts issued a no-fur policy for the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
PETA is known for stunts such as flour-bombing celebrities on the red carpet, and its ad that featured a model stomping on a blood-splattered rabbit with her stiletto.
Protesters plan to go nearly nude, wearing lacy briefs and holding banners that read: ''Compassion is Always in Fashion - Go Fur-Free'' as the event begins, to highlight the suffering of animals killed for fur. ''We are asking the fashion festival itself to set a fur-free policy, and at this point they haven't,'' the campaign co-ordinator for PETA Australia, Claire Fryer, said.
''We want to draw attention to the very harsh reality of the fur industry, which animals suffer terribly for their fur … there are many designers who have shown it's easy to get the killer look without killing animals.''
For their part, MBFF organisers said it's a spring-summer showing and therefore no fur is involved.
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CRAVINGS FOR WAR
Don’t Quit Sugar is the new book by Sydney nutritionist Cassie Platt. The book, to be released in December by Hachette Australia, contains a thorough debunking of the Sarah Wilson best seller I Quit Sugar, which espouses the virtues of skipping the sweet stuff – and which has recently been at the centre of a bidding war between US publishers. In the book Platt, whose philosophy is grounded in clinical research and the fundamental workings of human physiology, warns of the dangers of quitting sugar, saying she had done so and her hair fell out and her reproductive cycle was damaged. ‘‘Three years ago I quit sugar, watched my body slowly deteriorate, and then had to claw my way back to health,’’ Platt says, warning that eating habits should never be about what you can’t have. ‘‘Sugar is our cells’ preferred source of energy and is absolutely critical to proper metabolic function. Eliminating it from the diet will do you harm.’’
A KISS OF LIFE
She’s known in theatrical circles as the woman in red. Revlon Red lipstick, that is. So for director Alyssa McClelland, donning pink lippie is a drastic change but definitely a worthwhile one. The director will convert for a day to Revlon’s specially created shade Pink Hope, in honour of the Pink Hope charity’s Bright Pink Lipstick Day, to be held on September 20. McClelland has directed a new ad for the charity to encourage women to become more vigilant with their breast and ovarian cancer health. Charity founder Krystal Barter, who had a preventative double mastectomy at 25, and McClelland met when they were both in the running for the InStyle and Audi Woman of the Year scholarship. While McClelland won, she says the universe brought them together. ‘‘She came to me and said ‘I have no money but I want to make a commercial’ ... My mum had ovarian cancer the year before last, so this day is very important to me,’’ McClelland said. She enlisted friends Brooke Satchwell, Justine Clarke and Ryan Johnson for the ads.