When Al Franken had a daily 3-hour radio show on the Air America network they had a rule on the program called the Tim Robbins Rule. Basically, this meant that any guest who came on the show could only be there to talk about what they do. That is, political analysis would come from politicians or commentators and if ever an actor came on the show (like Tim Robbins, for instance), then he would be there to talk about movies and not any political barrow he may be pushing. In 2012, this might be renamed the George Clooney Rule, although it’s not as alliterative.
Q and A needs to consider a rule like this. In some ways, Q and A is turning into The Panel, featuring people who are well known for other reasons talking about things they don’t know about. I am sure Kate Miller-Heidke is a nice, thoughtful person but I don’t think she’s going to get many questions about her musical influences or what equipment she uses. Mind you, I’d be very interested to hear the answers to those questions, but it wouldn’t make for the kind of verbal punch-up that Q and A regularly spoils for.
I wouldn’t want to see Graham Richardson programming Rage either.
I did not intend this to be bagging Kate Miller-Heidke. She has written about her experiences HERE and it seems to have been a bungle on the part of producers, managers and publicists. Gee, who knew they'd be talking about the budget this week?
I certainly feel for Kate and the fact that with all of the so-called music programs on air at the moment, the fact that a professional singer-songwriter has to go on Q and A to perform her original work says very bad things about Australian television.