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Too white: Is Australian television racist? – SMH – 01 Mar.12

IF you think Australian TV is dominated by white faces, you’re certainly not alone.

When Samoan actor Jay Laga’aia recently criticised Australian TV for racism and not casting multicultural actors after being cut loose from Channel Seven’s long-running soap Home and Away, the blogosphere, talkback radio and newspaper comment forums went into overdrive. (more…)

Will fiction prove golden?

The latest instalment of Underbelly has turned to true-ish crime to spice up the story, writes Nick Galvin.

When it comes to tales of colourful crims and dodgy cops spiced up with plenty of sex, drugs and violence, we can’t, it seems, get enough. At least that’s what the producers of the latest series of Underbelly are counting on. (more…)

Ex-policewoman loses bid to see Underbelly portrayal before it’s aired

A former Sydney police officer has lost her legal bid to view the latest series of Underbelly before it goes to air, despite claims the show defames her.

Wendy Gaye Hatfield is mentioned in a tie-in book accompanying the Nine Network show, entitled Underbelly: The Golden Mile, which she says paints her in a bad light.

She demanded access to episodes of the show in which her character appears, to see if she had been defamed. (more…)

Sex story delivers blow to Underbelly – SMH – 04 Mar.10

The next series of the hit television show Underbelly may be in doubt after a former Kings Cross police officer portrayed in the program has threatened to sue for defamation.

Yesterday lawyers for Wendy Gaye Hatfield asked the Supreme Court to allow her to preview episodes from Underbelly: the Golden Years, to determine whether she has been defamed and whether she has grounds to stop all or some of the show from going to air. (more…)