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Australian Masterchef cooks up ratings, controversy

Last night, a record four million viewers tuned in to Australia's Network Ten watch one of two amateur cooks win the title of 'Masterchef' on the Fremantle-produced show of the same name. But while the title went to one cook (Julie Goodwin), the online edition of Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported that it went to her rival, Poh Ling Yeow. The story came complete with quotes from the winner ('This is really a surreal feeling,' Yeow told the Telegraph writer) and a congratulatory quote from Goodwin, Masterchef's actual winner. In responding to posts on Australian media site Mumbrella.com.au, the paper's online editor Kathy Lipari said that in order to run a piece immediately after the show aired, two stories were written, for which each participant was asked to respond to questions as if they'd won. The errant post was up for ten minutes, according to Lipari. As for the show, Ten reportedly plans to have a celeb version ready to roll this year, with the original back for 2010.
July 20, 2009

Last night, a record four million viewers tuned in to Australia’s Network Ten watch one of two amateur cooks win the title of ‘Masterchef’ on the Fremantle-produced show of the same name. But while the title went to one cook (Julie Goodwin), the online edition of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported that it went to her rival, Poh Ling Yeow. The story came complete with quotes from the winner (‘This is really a surreal feeling,’ Yeow told the Telegraph writer) and a congratulatory quote from Goodwin, Masterchef‘s actual winner. In responding to posts on Australian media site Mumbrella.com.au, the paper’s online editor Kathy Lipari said that in order to run a piece immediately after the show aired, two stories were written, for which each participant was asked to respond to questions as if they’d won. The errant post was up for ten minutes, according to Lipari. As for the show, Ten reportedly plans to have a celeb version ready to roll this year, with the original back for 2010.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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