There was a time when Chris Kohler was the hot young talent of Australian business journalism. He pioneered a business blog at The Australian in MB’s image and raged against the machine on behalf of his marginalised generation:
In due course, our Chris was poached by Domain, the only other journalistic outfit available. I wondered what happened to him.
On the weekend I found out. Visiting the local GP (worry not, it’s nothing serious) I waited in a reception area dominated by an enormous flat screen TV. There, beaming into the dead eyes of the moaning invalids, was none other than Chris Kohler, flanked by a nameless and pneumatic property coquette, in a new program called Your Domain.
How did this happen to the bright young thing of Australian business journalism? Why are there not more options for the expression of journalistic talent?
The same way that it happened to others before him. To Daryl Kerrigan and his Castle recruited for Hot Auctions. To the rock ‘n’roll rebels of the 70s turned lifestyle gurus.
To your entire economy, not to mention country. At some point, we all just stopped caring.