Bruno Bouchet

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Bruno Bernard Bouchet
Born Bruno Bernard Bouchet
(1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 28)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Unknown
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Laura Viglino (2008–present)

Bruno Bouchet (born 19 February 1986 in Sydney, Australia) is a broadcast producer and radio personality.

Early life and education[edit]

Bouchet was born to French migrants in Brisbane, Australia. Bouchet's mother Annick had previously hosted music and talk radio shows in Perth, Western Australia. On completion of seventh grade, Bouchet left Nudgee Junior College for Marist College Ashgrove. It was during high school that, at the age of 15, Bouchet first started in radio, hosting a 3-hour talk show on Switch 1197 called The Speak Up Show.[1]

In September 2004 Bouchet appeared on the SBS television program Insight where he had a heated argument with Graham Perrett, the Australian Labor Party's candidate for the federal seat of Moreton, over the issue of private school funding. Perrett was employed as a teacher at Marist College Ashgrove, a private school, at the same time that Bouchet was a student. Later in the show he was howled down by the panel of guests for stating that: “...(Iraq) at the moment, it's in the reconstruction phase, it's all positive from here”.[2]

In February 2004 Bouchet anchored Switch 1197's broadcast of the 2004 Queensland State Election from the official tally room at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.[3]

Career[edit]

Brisbane[edit]

In 2004 Bouchet was hired as the producer of talkback station 4BC 1116am's weekend mornings show – hosted by Madonna King and Tony Johnston. During this time Bouchet also worked as a casual researcher for the Seven Network’s Today Tonight program as well as writing stories for Quest Community Newspapers. Later that year Bouchet moved onto the newly formatted weekday breakfast show hosted by Peter Dick and Ross Davie.[4]

During his time at 4BC Bouchet produced shows for such radio personalities as Greg Cary, Claire Blake, Chris Adams, Dean Miller, Rupert McCall, Rod Tiley and John Miller.[5]

In 2006 Bouchet moved to the Brisbane bureau of the Nine Network’s A Current Affair program where he worked as associate-producer for Brisbane-based reporters including David Margan, Amanda Patterson and Chris Allen.[6]

In January 2007 Bouchet moved back into radio, this time for the Australian Radio Network where he produced the 4KQ Classic Hits breakfast program as well as associate-producing the Brisbane|97.3FM breakfast show.[7][8]

Sydney[edit]

In February 2008 Bouchet took on the role of Producer with the Sonia Kruger and Todd McKenney breakfast show on Mix 106.5 Sydney as well as producing the Body & Soul program hosted by Marnie T across the Australian Radio Network's Mix stream.[9] In November 2009 Bouchet was appointed as the Executive Producer of Mix 106.5’s breakfast show.[10][11]

From June 2010 until July 2012, Bouchet worked at 2DayFM Sydney as the Guest and Talent Producer on The Kyle & Jackie O Show.[12]

A regular segment on show was for Bouchet to surprise celebrity guests by entering the studio nude during the middle of an interview. As the Guest and Talent Producer on The Kyle & Jackie O Show, if Bouchet fails to deliver on getting a celebrity on the show, a range of punishments are dished out including being thrown into the Port Jackson|Sydney Harbour or having his entire body shaved. In 2011, 2DayFM was offered an exclusive interview with David Attenborough. For this segment, Bouchet hatched the idea of asking Attenborough to name animal sex noises, and purportedly played a mating Sea Turtle. Attenborough objected, explaining he thought it unlikely given that the animals only mate underwater and it is unlikely that the recording could have been made there. Bouchet later expressed his delight with the segment, counting it as a show highlight.

In May 2011, Bouchet and 2DayFM producer Matt Simpson, where they presented a range of "fan favourite" segments from previous broadcasts of The Kyle & Jackie O Show.[13]

For a few months from September 2011, Bouchet co-hosted a trial of a weekly radio show The Producer's Edition of the The Kyle and Jackie O Show with co-producer "speech impediment" Matt Simpson.

Bruno was fired in July 2012 following insensitive comments he made on Twitter about the 2012 Aurora shooting.[14][15]

Controversies[edit]

In May 2004, Bouchet used his Switch 1197 radio show to accuse Federal Opposition Leader Mark Latham of plagiarising a policy idea that Bouchet claims he had developed. Bouchet claimed that he had originally come up with a learn or earn policy and that Latham had taken it off him without any proper acknowledgement. A spokesperson for Latham denied the claims of plagiarism.[16]

In February 2011, 2DayFM Sydney was pressured to sack Bouchet following comments he made on air during The Kyle & Jackie O Show about organ donation and the fact that he would never even consider donating his own.[17][18]

After Crikey contacted Bouchet about the appropriateness of some of the content on his website, "Bruno loves boobs", he removed the website.[19] The website featured images of a man dressed in a fancy dress costume made to look like a used sanitary pad; a video of a man apparently beating up a woman in front of her child, and an "anti-Obama sticker slapped on a car featuring the phrase 'Don’t re-nig in 2012'", which Crikey deemed racist.[20]

2Day FM termination after insensitive Denver massacre jokes[edit]

Bruno was subsequently fired from his job as guest and talent producer at 2Day FM on 23 July 2012 after making jokes on Twitter about the 2012 Aurora shooting in Colorado.[21] He told media website Mumbrella that he did not realise the seriousness of the situation and had been drinking. A spokesman for the network said that Bouchet had been terminated because his comments violated the network's social media policy.[22]

In a statement, 2Day FM's Sydney general manager, Jeremy Simpson said: “Southern Cross Austereo has a strict social media policy that all staff must adhere to, and Bruno's activity on Twitter was in breach of this policy. It is for this reason that Bruno's employment has been terminated, effective immediately.”[23][24]

Bouchet has since removed both his Twitter and Facebook profiles.[25]

The 2Day FM website was subsequently quick to remove most references about Bruno, with his profile on the Kyle and Jackie O 'team' page disappearing along with all photo galleries with Bouchet's photos.[26]

Bruno has since issued a sincere statement in an article he wrote on media website, Mumbrella. In it, he apologises without reservation and explains his actions in a detailed statement.[27] In the article, posted on the evening of 23 July 2012, Bouchet cites a case of 'border line personality disorder' and the need for attention as being the reasons behind his 'sick tweets', which he expresses his 'heartfelt apology' over.

Awards[edit]

Bouchet is a four-time Australian Commercial Radio Award finalist. In September 2009 Bouchet was part of a team that took out the Australian Commercial Radio Award for Best Music Special.[28]

Bouchet was twice a finalist for the |Australian Commercial Radio Award's Best Newcomer Off-Air category (2005 & 2006).[29][30] In 2008 Bouchet received his third nomination, this time for Best Multimedia Execution.[31]

Year Recipient Award Result
2005 Bruno Bouchet[32] Best Newcomer Off-Air Nominated
2006 Bruno Bouchet[33] Best Newcomer Off-Air Nominated
2008 Mix Mornings[34] Best Multimedia Execution Nominated
2009 Chris-Mas-Isaak[35] Best Music Special Won

Personal life[edit]

Since March 2008 Bouchet has been dating WSFM's mornings producer Laura Viglino.[36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://extraonline.com.au/stories/story/8900.html
  2. ^ "FIRST TIMERS". Archived from the original on 2004-12-10. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Future of Brisbane Talk Radio in Safe Hands". 1 October 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-10-11. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/img/2005/ep18/4bc.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.zeroboy.com/Press_4bc_01.html
  6. ^ "Brett Debritz, Brisbane, Australia". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "ARN produces some changes". Archived from the original on 2009-09-15. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.themusic.com.au/im_m/display.php?s=christie&id=76
  9. ^ http://radiorumours.com/?p=929
  10. ^ http://slicemedia.blogspot.com/2009/01/slice-of-life-bruno-bouchet-executive.html
  11. ^ http://slicemedia.blogspot.com/2009/01/slice-of-life-bruno-bouchet-executive.html
  12. ^ Bouchet, Bruno (7 June 2010). The Kyle & Jackie O Show. Interview with Kyle & Jackie O. Today Network. 2DayFM. Sydney, Australia. 
  13. ^ Bouchet, Bruno; Simpson, Matt (May 2011). The Kyle & Jackie O – Fill in Show (FM radio broadcast). Radio interview with Self. The Kyle & Jackie O Show. 104.1FM. Sydney. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kyle & Jackie O producer Bouchet fired over Batman massacre gags". Mumbrella. 23 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Producer axed after Denver massacre jokes". The Australian. 23 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Latham accused of stealing ideas again – this time from teenagers". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 May 2004. 
  17. ^ http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/industrial-strength/2011/02/02/industrial-strength-february-2/
  18. ^ https://www.facebook.com/kylejackieo/posts/177194312315833
  19. ^ Andrew Crook (26 March 2012). "Kyle Sandilands producer's pet project: brunolovesboobs". Crikey. 
  20. ^ "Kyle Sandilands producer's pet project: brunolovesboobs". Crikey. 26 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Kyle & Jackie O producer sacked in Twitter scandal". AdNews. 24 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Shock jock's producer sacked after massacre jokes". TVNZ. 24 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Kyle & Jackie O producer Bouchet fired over Batman massacre gags". Mumbrella. 23 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Producer axed after Denver massacre jokes". The Australian. 23 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Bruno Bouchet's Twitter Profile". Twitter. 
  26. ^ "Meet The Team". Kyle & Jackie O – Meet The Team. 
  27. ^ "I was a fool and I’m sincerely sorry for my jokes about movie massacre". Mumbrella. 
  28. ^ http://mumbrella.com.au/hamish-andy-rule-the-radio-awards-10298
  29. ^ http://www.knowfirst.info/forums/showthread.php?t=19168
  30. ^ http://radiorumours.com/archives/?m=200607&paged=2
  31. ^ http://www.commercialradio.com.au/files/uploaded/file/Radio_Fest/2008/2008%20ACRA%20Finalists_3.pdf
  32. ^ http://www.commercialradio.com.au/acras/files/uploaded/file/Finalists_Winners%20Lists/2005%20ACRAs%20Finalist%20List.pdf
  33. ^ http://www.commercialradio.com.au/acras/files/uploaded/file/Finalists_Winners%20Lists/2006%20ACRAs%20Finalist%20List.pdf
  34. ^ http://www.commercialradio.com.au/acras/files/uploaded/file/Finalists_Winners%20Lists/2008%20ACRAs%20Finalist%20List.pdf
  35. ^ http://www.commercialradio.com.au/acras/files/uploaded/file/Finalists_Winners%20Lists/2009%20ACRA%20Finalists.pdf
  36. ^ https://www.facebook.com/bbouchet#!/bbouchet?sk=info
  37. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/gallery-0-1225739564216?page=29