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It has been a busy month at Channel 9, who had a clean sweep of the nominations for the LiveNudeDann Award For Hard News. After Carl Stefanovic’s news update on July 28’s episode of Today that Michael Jackson’s doctor was being investigated for manslaughter, co-host Lisa Wilkinson commented that it was ‘still unclear whether the manslaughter was deliberate or not.’ Meanwhile, on A Current Affair, it was implied that it is safer to ride one’s bicycle or to be seen in public wearing a genuine Snuggie, as opposed to a Blanket With Sleeves.

With such an array of nominees from Channel 9’s News And Current Affairs department, choosing a winner in the Hard News category was a lengthy process, particularly in a month when the Minichef debacle brought the tone of the programme down irrevocably.

However, the Award For Hard News was finally awarded today to A Current Affair’s twin set of vox-pop interviews featuring celebrity impersonators. The first of the stories was aired during Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s visit to Melbourne. A man claiming to look like Tom Cruise was escorted through the streets of Melbourne, while the occasional innocent bystander was enthralled to meet a celebrity of the caliber of ACA reporter Martin King.

After the apparent failure of the segment, it was a surprise to see an almost identical story played this week, in which an impersonator portraying ex-psychologist Dr. Phil was taken into the Melbourne CBD to coincide with the real Phil McGraw’s Australian lecture tour. The offensive impersonation was perhaps more successful than the previous effort, but King was still the major draw card for old women across the city.

Congratulations are extended to A Current Affair and their celebrity look-alikes for their success in this month’s LiveNudeDann Award For Hard News.

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