Australia Day honours list 2019

The Australia Day honours recipients were announced today with many for contributions to television, radio and print media. Honours for distinguished service went to Kylie Minougue and Magda Szubanski who were made officers in the Order of Australia (AO) while Dennis Cometi and Jon Faine were made members of the Order of Australia. Others in the media to be honoured included Walkley winning reporter Adele Ferguson, ABC financial journalist Alan Kohler as well as prolific TV producer Anita Jacoby, now members of the Order of Australia (AM).

List of honours for media contributions.


Ms Susan Mary MASLIN , VIC For distinguished service to the Australian film industry as a producer, and through roles with professional bodies.

Executive Producer: ‘Jill Bilcock - Dancing the Invisible’, 2018. ‘Paper Trails’, 2017. ‘Ringbalin Breaking the Drought’, 2013. ‘Irresistible’, 2006.

Ms Kylie Ann MINOGUE , Chelsea London For distinguished service to the performing arts as a national and international recording artist and entertainer.

Ms Minogue has appeared in several television performances including: ‘Galavant’, 2016. Judge, ‘The Voice’, 2014. ‘Neighbours’ as Charlene Robinson, 1986-1988.

Mr Christopher John MITCHELL , Manly NSW 2095 For distinguished service to the print media through senior editorial roles, as a journalist, and to Indigenous education programs.

Editor-in-Chief, ‘The Australian’, 2002-2015 and Editor, 1992-1995. Editor-in-Chief, ‘Queensland Newspapers’, and ‘The Courier Mail’, 1995-2002 and Journalist, 1984-1995. Journalist, ‘The Australian Financial Review’, 1981-1984. Journalist, ‘Townsville Bulletin’, 1979-1981. Journalist, ‘The Brisbane Telegraph’, 1973-1979.

Ms Magdalene Mary SZUBANSKI , Surry Hills NSW 2010 For distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, comedian and writer, and as a campaigner for marriage equality.

Television includes: ‘Kath and Kim’, (Sharon Strzelecki), 2002-2007. Co-Writer and Performer, ‘Big Girl’s Blouse’, 1994. Writer and Performer, ‘Fast Forward’, Seven Network, 1989-1992. Writer and Performer, ‘The D-Generation’, ABC and Seven Network, 1986-1989.


Mr Dennis John COMETTI , Yokine WA 6060 For significant service to the broadcast media as a sports presenter, and to the community.

Radio: Caller, Triple M Radio, since 2012. Seven Network: Broadcaster, 1986-2001 and 2007-2016. Former Sports Anchor, Seven News Perth. Olympic Games Commentating: Swimming Commentator, Sydney Olympics, 2000. Swimming Commentator, Atlanta Olympics, 1996. Swimming Commentator, Barcelona Olympics, 1992. Lead AFL Caller, 3AW Radio, 2008-2011. Former Committee Member, AFL Hall of Fame. Host and Commentator, Heineken Gold Classic, 1996-2001. Nine Network: Broadcaster, 2002-2006. Sports Anchor, National Nine News Perth, 2002-2006. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Broadcaster, 1972-1985.

Mr Jonathan Eric FAINE , Southbank VIC 3006 For significant service to the broadcast media as a radio presenter, to the law, and to the community.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): ABC774 Radio, Melbourne: Host, Morning Show, since 1997. Host, The Conversation Hour, since 1997. Former Host and Producer, The Law Report, ABC Radio National. Employee, radio and television host, since 1989.

Ms Adele FERGUSON , Brighton East VIC 3187 For significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist and business commentator.

Business Writer, Columnist and Author, for over 20 years. Business Commentator and Senior Journalist for a number of Fairfax newspapers including: ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘The Age’ and ‘The Australian Financial Review’, since 2009.

Ms Sally Lisa GOLDNER , Bulleen VIC 3105 For significant service to the LGBTIQ community through advocacy roles, and to the broadcast media.

Presenter, ‘Out of the Pan’ 3CR Radio Show, since 2005. Presenter, Joy 94.9 Radio. 1998-2004. Presenter, BENT TV, 2000s.

Mr Raymond Richard HARDING , Springwood NSW 2777 For significant service to the broadcast media, particularly as a script writer and producer for television.

Television: Script writer, Producer, and Story Editor for a range of television shows, for more than 25 years. Wrote 684 episodes of serial and series television in Australia, Britain, New Zealand and Sweden, 1979-2001. Seven Network: ‘Home and Away’ Story Editor/Script Producer, 1995-2002. Series Consultant, 1994-1995. Script Writer, 1988-1994. ‘A Country Practice’ Script Writer and Producer, 1985-1994. Network Ten: ‘Neighbours’ Scriptwriter, 1986-2003. ‘Mirror, Mirror’ Scriptwriter, 1995.

Ms Anita JACOBY , Avalon Beach NSW 2107 For significant service to the broadcast and print media, and to community mental health groups.

Media: Film and television producer, and journalist. Programs produced include: The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Nation, Gruen Sport, ABC TV, 2008-2012. Country Town Rescue, ABC TV, 2012. AFP, Nine Network, 2011-2012. Can of Worms, Network Ten, 2011-2012. Hungry Beast, ABC TV, 2010-2011. Elders, ABC TV, 2008-2009. Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, ABC TV,2003-2008. Angels and Demons (Documentary), ABC TV, 2008. God on My Side (Feature Documentary), ABC TV, 2006. David Tench Tonight, Network Ten, 2006. Brothers in Arms (Documentary), ABC TV, 2005. 60 Minutes, Nine Network, 2001-2002 and 1989-1995. Sunday, Nine Network, 2001. Surprise Surprise, Nine Network, 2001. Only Human, Nine Network, 2001. LAWS, Foxtel, 1998-2001. Making Merry, Foxtel, 1999. Witness, Seven Network, 1997-1998. Sydney 2000, Seven Network, 1997. Missing Pieces, Seven Network, 1997. The Backpacker Murders, Seven Network, 1996. Who Dares Win, Seven Network, 1996. Today Show, Nine Network, 1986-1989. Good Morning Australia, Network Ten, 1985-1986. Magazine, SBS, 1984. Weekend Sydney, ATN7, 1983. NBN3, 1982. Simon Townsend’s Wonder World!, Network Ten, 1981.

Mr Alan KOHLER , Hawthorn VIC 3122 For significant service to the print and broadcast media as an editor, journalist and finance commentator.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Finance Presenter/Business Correspondent, ABC Television News, since 2002. Host, ‘Inside Business’ program, 2001-2013. Former Business Editor, ‘7.30 Report’. Reporter, since 1995.

Ms Julie Elizabeth McCROSSIN, Annandale NSW 2038 For significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles, and to the broadcast media.

Media roles: Former Broadcaster, ABC Radio National. Former Broadcaster, ABC Television. Former Team Leader, Good News Week, ABC Television and Network Ten.

Ms Alexandra Mary SLOAN, Ainslie ACT 2602 For significant service to the community of Canberra, and to the broadcast media as a radio presenter.

Broadcaster, ABC Radio, 1989-2016.


Mr Garry Robert GIBSON , Pullenvale QLD 4069 For service to the broadcast media, particularly to television.

Television Industry • Director and Producer, Epix Productions, to provide the Epix super dolly camera motion equipment for Queensland cameramen, since 1988. • Director, Audio Operator, Cameraman, Channel Nine in Brisbane, 1967-1987. • Audio Engineer, Seven Network in Sydney, 1964-1967

Mr Warwick John HADFIELD , Newtown VIC 3220 For service to broadcast media as a journalist.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) • Sports Editor and Presenter, Breakfast Program, Radio National, since 1996. • Presenter, ‘The Sports Factor’ show, 2 years. • Marketing Manager, ABC Tasmania, Founder, TasTalent, Short Story competition and a Poetry competition; Strong supporter, Giving Tree Children’s Choir, and Founder, The Jelly Rainbows Band, up until 1997. • Chairman, Tasmania’s ‘Island Magazine’, circa 1994-1997. • Chief of Staff, Editorial Writer and/or Chief Sports Correspondent, ‘The Australian’ newspaper, 1980s-1990s. • Currently working with film-maker Katrina Lawrence on a self-funded project to record the story of Australian service men and women, since 2015.

Mr Grantlee James KIEZA , Bridgeman Downs QLD 4035 For service to the print media as a journalist.

Sports Journalism • Senior Writer, Courier Mail and Sunday Mail Queensland, since 2006. • Editor and Publisher, Australian Boxing Legends, 2013-2018. • Chief Writer, World of Boxing, 1992-2013; Title Fight, 1998-2007. • Journalist, Sydney Daily Telegraph, 1982-2006; Brisbane Telegraph, 1980-1982

Ms Glenda KORPORAAL , Rose Bay NSW 2029 For service to print media as a journalist.

The Australian • China Correspondent, from July 2018 • Associate Editor (Business), 2015-2018. • Editor, The Deal Magazine, 2013-2015. • Business Writer and Columnist, 2001-2013. Business Journalism • Business Writer and Columnist, Sydney Morning Herald, 1994-1999. • Business Editor, The Bulletin Magazine, 1988-1992. • Deputy Editor, The Australian Financial Review, 1986-1988. • US Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review, 1981-1986. • London Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review, 1980-1981

Mr Bevan John LEE, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 For service to the broadcast media, particularly to television.

• Creator and writer, A place to call home, Foxtel, since 2013. Seven Network Australia • Script Executive, since 1998. • Creator and writer of programs including: o A place to call home (2013) o Winners and losers (2011) o Packed to the Rafters (2008) o Headland (2005) o Always greener (2001) o All Saints (1998) • Script Producer, Home and Away, 1987-1989. Other • Script Executive, Nine Network Australia, 1990-1997. • Script Producer, Grundy Television, 1979-1986.

Mr Keith Frederick MARTYN , Tawonga South VIC 3698 For service to the community.

Media • Presenter, Nine News Adelaide, 1996-2007. • Author, ‘Keith Martyn’s South Australian Almanac’, 1985-2007. • Presenter, Channel Seven Adelaide, 1980-1996. • Rural Affairs Officer, ABC Radio Darwin, 1965-1970. • Radio Presenter, ABC Radio, South Australia, 1964-1965.

Mr Greg MAYFIELD , Port Pirie SA 5540 For service to the print media, and to the community.

The Recorder and The Flinders News • Senior Journalist, current. • Newspaper Editor, since ca. 2008.

Mr Paul Gerard McGRATH , Blakehurst NSW 2221 For service to the broadcast media, particularly to radio.

90.1 NBC FM Community Radio • Chief Executive Officer, 90.1 NBC FM Broadcast Centre, since 2005.

Ms Eileen O’SHEA, Melbourne VIC 3000 For service to the media and entertainment sectors.

• Director of Publicity and Promotion, ATV 10, 1981-1987, including: o Neighbours. o Prisoner. o The Dismissal. o Bodyline. o The Michael Parkinson Show. o The Dunera Boys. o Vietnam.

• Publicity Director, HSV 7 Melbourne, 1969-1981, including: o Homicide. o Cop Shop. o Skyways. o Against the Wind. o Willesee at Seven

Mr Leigh Alexander RADFORD , Crafers SA 5152 For service to the broadcast media in rural and regional areas.

• Head, Rural and National Programs, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Regional, 2015-2017. • National Editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Rural Operations, 2002-2005. • Executive Producer, South Australia Rural, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 19972005. • Presenter, South Australia Country Hour, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, circa early 1990s until 2005. • Rural Reporter, Horsham and Port Pirie, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1988

Mr Timothy Foster THORPE , Melbourne VIC 3000 For service to the broadcast media, particularly to community radio.

Triple R Community Radio Melbourne: • Volunteer Broadcaster, since 1986. • Host, Vital Bits program, weekend mornings, since 1989. • Weekend Station Manager, Saturday mornings, current,


Disappointed there was nothing for Bruce McAvaney and Tracey Grimshaw.

Did you nominate them?


Congratulations to all the honorees.
Normally the honours list is announced at midnight AEDT on January 26. Seems that this year News Corp broke the embargo, posting an article at Herald Sun website at around 11pm last night (Friday January 25), then the other media outlets followed suit.

Has an OAM. These people are nominated by the public, so go ahead and nominate.

Interesting re-reading Den Den’s career highlights!

The article above was cut down to highlight just the main media aspects. More career highlights at the official site.

Never heard that nickname before.

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Usually reserved for Denis Walter, but what the hey.

No of course not, I wasn’t invited to and don’t have time to trawl government websites looking for bureaucratic processes I need to comply with to get outcomes. Logies voting is easier and takes up less of my time.

Yeah. Get your priorities right.