An amusing article from today's Age newspaper

Subject: An amusing article from today's Age newspaper
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 08:32:48 +1000

G'day all

What we always suspected has been confirmed....

Canned birdies on TV golf ruffles feathers

               Monday 25 September 2000

               After birdwatchers cried foul, the American TV network CBS has
decided to
               stop broadcasting canned birdsong during its coverage of golf

               Speculation about whether the network used taped bird sounds has
been a hot
               topic on birding Internet chat sites this year.

               People who know their birds were sure they were hearing some
songs in the
               background at golf matches that did not belong in the tournament

               The Buick Open was in Michigan, for example, yet the dulcet tones
 of a canyon
               wren were distinctly heard on CBS's telecast. Canyon wrens never
venture east of

               The Washington Post blew the lid off the scandal earlier this
month after a CBS
               representative confessed to using recorded songs - though the
network did so only
               after making every effort to get local talent to perform, up to
and including
               bribing them with birdseed left next to microphones.

               But the network has promised that from now on CBS will use
natural sounds or
               none at all.

               Now, if they would just stop the canned laughter on sitcoms...
               - WASHINGTON POST



Steve Clark
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