Despite heavy lobbying by John MacKenzie and a handpicked cadre of supporters, the Queensland Media Awards snubbed both John MacKenzie's submitted on-air interviews, as well as his coverage of Cyclone Yasi earlier this year.
In a major gaffe, the judges comment sheets for the Cueball submissions have been revealed to the public. MacKenzie has previously won awards for cyclone coverage in Cairns, however the judges found his Cyclone Yasi coverage "hysterical", "unfactual", "the radio equivalent of a hound baying at the moon", and with one judge claiming "he (Mackenzie) has the journalistic ethics of a slug".
This morning, MacKenzie continued his ineffectual campaign against native hunting when Big Cat General Manager Steve Davies related what he alleges are numerous criminal acts at Green Island that he (Davies) failed to report to the Queensland Police. Ol' Cueball commented that his two years of yammering on this issue has resulted in nothing, and ironically Davies said he was calling in because "you're (MacKenzie) the only one doing anything". In this case ANYTHING = NOTHING. All because of MacKenzie's dodgy journalistic credentials. As noted by his peers.
Sadly MacKenzie, who has seen his show deteriorate into the same handful of callers attacking the same tiresome issues, can't seem to garner an award for his morning on-air reading of the Cairns Post as "reading someone else's work" isn't an award category. Sources at Prime Radio indicate that MacKenzie's days are numbered. We respectfully point out "zed" is a number!