It's a great day for the Fin. One of our reporters, Morgan Mellish, received the top award for business journalism at the 2006 Walkley Awards last night for his report on the Robert Gerard tax affair at the RBA. Congrats mate.
My colleague Neil Chenoweth won a gong for the best non-fiction book for "Packer's Lunch - A Rollicking Tale of Swiss Bank Accounts and Money-making Aventures in the Roaring 90s."
AFR illustrator Karl Hilzinger won a Walkley for his image that illustrated one of Emma Connor's yarns about DVD piracy (pic is in p4 of today's paper).
But what's making more noise today is of course the outburst by News Limited columnist Glenn Milne who jumped on the stage after Crikey's controversial Stephen Mayne handed over Mellish's gong. I've just found the YouTube clip (it took half a day to get on the site, which is a shade longer than I expected). I note that my managing editor Paul Bailey got caught up in the action as Milne was being shuffled off stage.
Any clues to how many beers/glasses of wine inspired the antics? SMH has the story here (which includes a short video report). The story includes a great rebuttal from Mayne:
"I have an announcement to make on behalf of Rupert Murdoch. That is the former Sunday Telegraph political correspondent, Glenn Milne."