Press release from ABC TV

ABC TV and Southern Star Entertainment are looking for contestants willing to bravely face one of their greatest fears – public speaking.

Strictly Speaking, a proposed new half-hour prime-time television show, is seeking Australians from all walks of life to step into the spotlight and wow a crowd with their words. Amanda Duthie, ABC Head of Arts and Entertainment, said: “If you
have ever wanted to release the secret speaker that lurks inside you, this is your chance. Strictly Speaking aims to bring all the fun of dancing or cooking or singing to public speaking. So come to an audition and show us what you’re made of.”

Rory Callaghan, Managing Director, Southern Star Entertainment, said: “Strictly Speaking is a dynamic new entertainment format that’ll literally get everyone talking. Southern Star is delighted to be in partnership once again with ABC TV.”

To audition for Strictly Speaking you need to be 16 years or older and a confident speaker – the sort of person called upon to say a few words at weddings and christenings, bingo nights or sporting events. You may be a regular debater or member of a speaking association. You will know the power of speech and how words, well spoken, can move us.

To be a part of the auditions fill in the application form and send it to www.abc.net.au/strictlyspeaking.

Closing date for applicants is Friday 6th of August 2009 with Australiawide auditions being held in August.

For further information contact: Rachel Fergus, TV Publicist, on
02 8333 4250, 0416 263 194 or fergus.rachel@abc.net.au

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