Brian McFadden attacks Kerry Katona via Twitter

Popstar Brian McFadden has lashed out at ex wife Kerry Katona via Twitter overnight.

In response to Katona’s interview with News of the World where she called McFadden “the fat one from Westlife” he said “take bowl of mayonaise drenched chips out of your face and look in the mirror!”

His tweets continued:

@BrianMcnugget: a certainj pig face mole has suggested my own daughter lilly doesn’t know me and that i never speak to my kids..
@BrianMcnugget FACT.. I call my girls at least twice a week, and have a beautiful relationship with my daughters…. and call me fat!
@BrianMcnugget take bowl of mayonaise drenched chips out of your face and look in the mirror!
@BrianMcnugget wish f**ks would stop selling there stories to rags and find job. not one that means you shove kids in front of camera
@BrianMcnugget this happenend last time my career started to go well. certain person did her absolute best to destroy me and drag me down
@BrianMcnugget kerry katona ….. YOU ARE DEAD TO ME!
@BrianMcnugget I’ve kept my silence too long and i cant keep it anymore… its killing me and my beautiful fiance and mum and dad ENOUGH!

The tweets have since been deleted.

Brian McFadden is no stranger to controversy here in New Zealand either.

In 2008 he hit the headlines for comments he made regarding homosexuality while co-hosting More FM’s breakfast show.

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Ali Mau joins new look Fair Go

TVNZ presenter Ali Mau will be co-presenting the ‘new look’ Fair Go when it returns to TV ONE in just over a fortnight.

“Mau is not just ‘A List’ in celebrity terms, she’s one of the best and most popular TV presenters in the country and a very dedicated journalist, there’s few people with all the skills to step into a role like this but Mau is the whole package and we’re rapt to have her joining the team”, says Fair Go Editor, Graeme Muir.

The much anticipated re-launch of NZ’s favourite consumer show will see Fair Go’s famous frontman, Kevin Milne co-presenting the show with Mau and Fair Go reporter, Gordon Harcourt.

Harcourt will continue reporting on Fair Go as well whereas Mau will primarily present thus enabling her to continue presenting morning news and remain an integral part of the very popular Breakfast team.

Despite Mau’s extensive experience across TVNZ News and Current Affairs she sees herself as an apprentice beside Milne, “Kev’s a legend, a multiple award winner and almost a national treasure. My attitude is very definitely “watch and learn”!

The new Fair Go will continue to bring strong journalistic stories focusing on relevant consumer issues and will include new features designed to give viewers industry insights from insiders who know the tricks and tips plus a much higher degree of engagement with consumers and viewers through research, road tests and via Facebook.

The Fair Go make-over includes a new on-air look. The visuals are bright, clean and a very modern twist on the long-running show’s raison d’être.

“Fair Go’s always been about getting justice for kiwis who have been ripped off and trying to prevent the rip-off in the first place by informing viewers about the scams and small print before they get stung”, says Kevin Milne.

“The show’s unrelenting consumer focus was the inspiration behind the clever new promos and the reason why boxes of lemons began arriving at TVNZ recently”.

Kevin’s job in the promo shoot was to drop-kick the lemons around the studio. Gordon got to throw them at the camera and while lemons rained down around Ali she got to deliver her first piece of consumer advice ‘Don’t buy a lemon, watch Fair Go and get the juice’.

“The new look and feel is really sharp I reckon and of course there are endless opportunities for bad puns – juicy stories, putting the squeeze on bad guys…” says Harcourt.

The lemon promos debut on TV ONE on Wednesday, “there’s some great drop-kicks and lemon moments in the out-takes that we think Facebook fans will appreciate so we’ll upload the best bad bits on the Fair Go page later in the week, it seems a shame to leave them on the cutting room floor”, says Muir.

Fair Go’s Facebook page link, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Fair-Go/125989808828?ref=ts

The new look Fair Go debuts the week following the final of Masterchef NZ – 7:30pm Wednesday May 5th on TV ONE.

– TVNZ

Newsreader braves Eyjafjallajokull

Michael Kooge, newsreader for radio station ‘The Edge’ attempted what most other broadcasters have been avoiding this evening.

Over the last few days the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland has been leading news bulletins around the world, but few have managed to pronounce the name of the volcano correctly or even attempt to do so.

I thought this effort was worth a gold star. Listen below:

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MediaWorks to launch new music channel

MediaWorks TV has confirmed that it will launch an alternative digital music channel C42 on May 1st to play exclusively on Channel 9 of the Freeview platform.

C42 will be launched on May 1st, to celebrate the start of NZ Music Month and will offer New Zealand music considerable representation with a commitment to up to 30 per cent local content.

C42 will feature back to back alternative music videos, without hosts.

MediaWorks TV Network Executive, Andrew Szusterman says: “We’re happy to be able to offer a true free-to-air 24-hour nationwide music television service that will play everything from ‘The Clash’ through to ‘The Clean’, while also highlighting more current talent like ‘Vampire Weekend’ and our own ‘The Naked and Famous’.

With approximately 30 per cent of the playlist dedicated to NZ music, it seems only proper that we start May 1st, the launch of NZ Music Month.”

An arrangement between MediaWorks and PPNZ will ensure videos and artists represented by IMNZ (the New Zealand trade body for independent record labels and distributors) represent a larger portion of the playlist.

C42 is a brand extension of C4 which has extended beyond its music channel origins to become a general youth entertainment channel.

C42 goes LIVE to air exclusively on Freeview Channel 9 (6am) on May 1st, 2010.

C42 joins the Freeview platform as the second exclusive channel for MediaWorks, after the launch of TV3 plus 1 in March 2009.

– MediaWorks.