Stanley’s home work
JO STANLEY has never looked happier or healthier as she settles back into life as a FOX FM breakfast co-host. Following the birth of her daughter, Willow, Stanley is getting used to working on the show from a studio set up at the home she shares with Willow and her husband, TV producer Darren McFarlane. Stanley will work from home until June. Stanley and McFarlane welcomed their 3kg black-haired bundle of joy at 11.19pm on Tuesday, February 24. Stanley had a 15-hour labour and delivery was by caesarean section. ‘‘I was numb for two days because it was a caesar and I found that quite traumatic,’’ Stanley says. Asked how she’d felt about babies before having one of her own, Stanley says: ‘‘I never really liked them that much, I have to say. Until I had my own, I had no real connection. But I’ve loved my time off, hanging out with my little baby’’.
Mathison Idol vote
MELBOURNE auditions for the new season of Australian Idol will be held on May 1 and 2. And James Mathison, who revealed in the Herald Sun he was quitting the show after six years as co-host, is certain Idol will prosper without him. ‘‘The show lives or dies by the kids (contestants) it gets in and this year will be no different,’’ Mathison says. ‘‘I think of the best and worst years we’ve had and rarely has anything I’ve done had anything to do with that.’’ Mathison confesses, however, there are things he’ll miss about Idol. ‘‘I will miss live TV because it’s fun and anything can happen,’’ he says. ‘‘It was a hard decision because I love working with Andrew (G) and because the show has been such a massive part of my life.’’ Asked if it was difficult walking away from the financial security of a regular TV gig, the Nova radio star adds: ‘‘It’s not about money. I had as much fun on the show last year as I’ve ever had, but I just feel the need to be constantly challenging myself. I never wanted to do TV as such, but I was drawn to it through my love of music.’’
Hits on parade
RADIO’S Take 40 Australia is celebrating its 25th birthday with a special Top 40 tribute— a countdown of the biggest No.1 hits from the past 25 year. The ultimate Take 40 countdown dates back to the program’s 1984 launch and is featured on www.take40.com with an impressive collection of the most popular recent and retro video clips, all free and ready to stream.
Reality’s double bites
CHANNEL 9 has announced plans for new factual series You Saved My Life and Missing Pieces, both to premiere on April 20. You Saved My Life, hosted by Tara Brown and Dr Andrew Rochford, is about people who have endured life-threatening situations and been saved by strangers. Missing Pieces, hosted by Peter Overton, follows the huge success of Seven’s Jack Thompson-hosted Find My Family. Missing Pieces looks into the lives of people who are struggling to locate someone who has had a major impact on them.
Melbourne in Gear
SHOOTING on the second season of Top Gear Australia is in full swing. New addition to the team James Morrison, and Steve Pizzati, will be in Melbourne in late April shooting scenes for the show. Their co-host Warren Brown won’t be making the trip down from Sydney as he’ll be in Gallipoli for an ANZAC Day event.
Minchin rock whiz
ROCK + Roll Nerd, three years in the making, is to premiere on ABC1 on April 30. The doco, which tells the story of comedic musician Tim Minchin’s rise from the edge of obscurity to the verge of celebrity, promises to capture every crucial moment of Minchin’s frenzied comedy career.
Bush footy goals
RURAL footy fans are set to get their very own footy show. Off the Bench is dedicated entirely to regional football and will screen across the WIN TV network from 11.15pm (after The Footy Show) from tomorrow. The program will focus on leagues across Victoria and southern NSW and be hosted by Craig Hutchison, Liam Pickering and Danny Frawley.
Mum’s the word: Jo Stanley is working from home after Willow’s birth. Picture: ANDREW TAUBER