Monday, 22 October, 2018

Chaser projects Alan Jones’ ad and phone number onto Sydney Opera House

The Chaser project new ad onto Opera House as Jones apologises for Louise Herron interview The Chaser Projected Alan Jones Phone Number Onto Sydney Opera House
Rosie Leonard | 10 October, 2018, 08:11

Betting has been suspended on The Everest until barriers for the 12 runners are revealed on Tuesday night.

Comedians have ridiculed the NSW government's plan to promote a horse race on the sails of the Sydney Opera House by projecting the words "Advertise here".

The broadcaster yesterday morning apologised for his on-air treatment of the Opera House CEO Louise Herron, an interview that drew accusations of bullying.

Jones had called for Louise Herron to be sacked during a testy confrontation on Friday after she ruled out allowing words or branding highlighting The Everest to be projected onto the Opera House because "it's not a billboard".

Brisbane-based outdoor operator, Goa, has dived into the controversial debate over Racing NSW's upcoming use of the Opera House as a billboard.

Since the NSW Government directed the Opera House to allow the promotional material on racing to be projected, the backlash over the decision has reached a boiling point.

"We don't really have any expectations other than what I mentioned - having a bit of fun with our audience", he said.

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition protesting the promotion, while the NSW National Trust has questioned whether the move was legal.

At the same time in Melbourne, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews's Facebook account trolled the advertisement, and Sydney itself, with one smug post that said: "Look, I don't think advertising belongs on the Opera House either".

The results of the barrier draw will still be beamed onto the sails, but the draw has already taken place.

"The use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place", council chair Stephen Davies wrote in a letter to state Premier Gladys Berejiklian delivered on Tuesday.

Protester Joshua Richardson, 19, said he had no problem with the Opera House being lit up in the "right context" but said this illumination was "horrible".

Mr Quint said the government still hadn't explained how projecting advertising onto the sails adhered to the exemptions.

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