The ABC’s election oracle Antony Green is apparently considering a step away from his on-air role after the latest count was a bit tricky for him to do.
But if he leaves our screens… who will navigate the big TV? Why am I suddenly feeling all alone in a room of numbers and confusing stats?
In a post-election interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Green said he’s thinking about calling time on his election night broadcasting. Which is fair enough considering he spent the whole night this year frantically decoding data and presenting it to us plebs.
After a quick glass of wine he then apparently spent the rest of the night updating the ABC’s systems with the post-election data feeds. A king that we simply do not deserve.
“The level of analysis I am doing while on camera is getting a little difficult to do,” he told the SMH.
“We’ve become much quicker at deciding to get figures and get to air. To be relevant with the numbers all the time, you have to be quite edgy.”
Before he makes a decision on whether he’ll pass the big remote to someone else, Green will be back on our screens later this year for the Victorian state elections. He’s not getting away from us and the interactive graphics anytime soon, don’t you worry.
He’s also quite active on Twitter if you yearn for more Antony Analysis between election cycles — unless he’s on TV.
— Antony Green – elections (@AntonyGreenElec) May 21, 2022
But who could Antony Green pass the holy remote to once he moves away from his time in the TV spotlight and into more number-crunching data analysis?
May I present my only suggestion for the coveted role of Election Night Data Daddy: Casey Briggs.
— Dr Divya Sharma #communication is key (@djsPerth) May 22, 2022
He’s a self-identifying “numbers gremlin”. He’s been trusted with the Aunty’s interactive TV before. And if his phenomenal work breaking the daily COVID numbers down for us idiots to understand it isn’t enough, well I don’t know how else to convince you.
Antony if you’re looking for someone to take the reins, here’s your man. And no matter what, we’ll always have your blog to read.