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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.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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