Hasn't the media worked themselves into a lather following the news that Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer! Every major paper in Melbourne (and most in Britain, several across Europe) splashed the news across their front pages. Melbourne's Herald Sun devoted a ridiculous eight pages to the news. It was as if she had died.
And of course journo's swarmed en-mass towards Kylie's parents house hoping for a picture or something I guess. Here is what Crikey had to say about the media situation:
"A press pack of about 20 built up yesterday outside the luxurious Canterbury home that Kylie Minogue bought for her parents for $2.4 million in 2002. And Herald Sun editor Peter Blunden estimates that 12 British journalists are in the air to join what will inevitably become an almighty scrum.
Any chance Kylie's family bunker could have been kept secret at this tumultuous time were dashed by The Age back in 2002 when the supposedly responsible broadsheet ran a story on the purchase on page 3, revealing a picture and the street, which we won't be naming. Blunden this morning told ABC radio that he responsibly declined to run photos of the house last night, but it will be interesting to see if the television cameras can resist the temptation.
Channel Nine's position is particularly interesting given that Kylie's brother, Brendan Minogue, is a Melbourne-based cameraman for the network. Will Brendan deliver 60 Minutes or Ray Martin the exclusive interview?"
I guess only time will answer that one, not that Kylie needs to sell her story
as she's already worth close to $100 million and had sold more than $10 million
worth of tickets for her Australian leg of the Showgirl
What was a little bit funny was that Jon Faine had a bit of a whinge about the press pack on ABC radio in Melbourne yesterday morning and even asked an oncologist whether the media attention could make Kylie's problem worse. But then he proceeded to cross straight to an ABC reporter outside of Kylie's house!