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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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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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