General News Events - Coverage Discussion

Seven and Nine would argue that NRL and AFL would rate higher than D-Day coverage, and 10 would argue that it doesn’t fit their brand.

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D day has never been really covered by Australia’s news outlets. We were there, but it has never been seen as an Australian victory.

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Agree with all of that.

But surely. The ABC News Channel should be covering. Joe Biden is speaking about current events re Ukraine. It’s such a huge global moment.

If the ABC can’t cover breaking news and would rather replay 7:30, why do they even have a 24/7 news channel?

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It’s not really breaking news though. And there really isn’t much to say except for a package that’ll probably be done tomorrow.


I know I’m going to get my arse kicked for this but I’m 33 and I’ve never heard of D Day until this thread tonight.

Could not tell you what it is, without Googling, if it meant saving my life.

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I’m not surprised - we’ve as a nation elected to largely ignore D Day in favour of war history that had a greater involvement or impact on Australians. By D Day, we’d shifted to battlefields closer to home in the Pacific.

Our numbers were small, a few thousand, mainly air force and navy, largely attached to the British effort.


Yeh. But it was still a significant world event happening in prime time.

You had the King (our King) speaking live, Biden speaking live, Macron speaking live. And there was the Ukraine element which made it immensely news worthy.

Yeah that’s reflective of your teachers not you.

Next year’s 80th anniversary of VE Day could fall during the election campaign. Sad no network had coverage of D-Day 80 in Australia.

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The 2024 King’s Birthday Honours list 2024

Full List

Selected awards in media

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division

Mr Gareth Eliot Andrews, Port Melbourne VIC

For significant service to the Australian Football League as a player and administrator, to men’s health, and to the community.

Journalism and Media

  • Football Journalist, Sunday Age, 1989-1998.
  • Commentator and Analyst, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television and Radio, 1979-1989.

Mr Peter John Blunden, VIC

For significant service to journalism, particularly through print media, and to the community.

News Corp Australia

  • National Executive Editor, since 2020.
  • Chair, National Editorial Board, 2018-2021.
  • Victorian Managing Director - Editorial, 2012-2020.
  • Editor, ‘Herald Sun’, 1996-2007.
  • Editor, ‘Adelaide Advertiser’, 1990-1996.
  • Cadet, 1976-1980.

Herald and Weekly Times

  • Managing Director, 2007-2012.
  • Deputy Managing Director, 2007.
  • Editor-in-Chief, 2001-2007.

The Australian

  • Founding Editor, ‘The Weekend Australian’ Magazine, 1988-1990.
  • Assistant Editor/News Editor, 1987-1988.
  • Chief of Staff, 1985-1987.
  • Journalist, Canberra Bureau, 1984-1985.
  • Journalist, Sydney Bureau, 1982-1984.
  • Correspondent, Adelaide Bureau, 1980-1982.

Mr Ian Rodney Grace, Vaucluse NSW

For significant service to radio, and to the music industry.

Republic Communications
Chief Executive Officer.

Virgin Radio International
President, since 2001.

Virgin Radio UK

  • Program Director, 1997-1998.
  • Programming Consultant, 1994-1997.

Triple M Sydney and Melbourne

  • Chief Executive Officer, 1993.
  • General Manager, 1988-1992.
  • Inaugural Group Program Director, 1986-1987.


  • Chief Executive Officer, 2CH/2GB, 1993-1997.
  • Program Director, WHJY, New York, 1985-1986.
  • Supporter, Australian Rock Company.

2SM Sydney

  • Program Director, 1982-1985.
  • On Air Presenter, 1972-1975 and 1980-1983.

Mr Alexander James Ward, SA

For significant service to the legal profession, and to the arts.

The Arts

  • Past Board Member, Adelaide Fringe Festival.
  • Legal Commentator, Radio ABC 891, since 2004.
  • Host, Radio 5AA Breakfast, December/January, 2012-2015.
  • Past Writer and Performer, comedy scripts, Radio, Triple J, SAFM, and advertisements.
  • Member, Pipes and Drums, Royal Caledonian Society of SA, 1982-1990.
  • Performer, Theatre Sports, ABC TV, 1987.
  • Past Television Writer, Full Frontal and the Glynn Nicholas Show.
  • Past Writer and Performer, On stage, University Footlights, and other productions with Shaun Micallef, Francis Greenslade, Anthony Durkin and Adelaide University Theatre Guild.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Mr Hamish Donald Blake, NSW

For service to the arts as an entertainer, and to the community.


  • Ambassador, Foodbank Victoria, since 2020.
  • Participant, The Hunger Ride charity cycle, Foodbank Victoria, 2020.
  • Ambassador, Invictus Australia, since 2018.
  • Foundation Ambassador, Australian Standfirst Asset Management Pty Ltd, since c2020.
  • Master of Ceremonies, Gala Ball, School for Life, since 2022.
  • Member, Soldier On Team, Trois Etapes Giro, charity event, 2015.
  • Participant, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek, 2014.
  • Participant, 42km Rowing Event, Salvation Army Christmas Charity Appeal, 2014.

Entertainment and Radio

  • Writer, Comedian, and Actor, since 2003.
  • Presenter, ‘How Other Dads Dad’ podcast, since 2023.
  • Presenter, Various Podcast’s, Southern Cross Austereo, since 2017.
  • Radio Presenter, Southern Cross Austereo, 2003-2017.


  • Album, ‘Celebrating Over 50 Glorious Years’, CD, Hamish and Andy, 2010.
  • Album, ‘Unessential Listening’ CD, Hamish and Andy, 2008.

Television Series

  • Co-Host/Presenter, Lego Masters Australia, since 2019.
  • Hamish and Andy’s ‘Perfect’ Holiday, 2019.
  • True Story Avec, 2021.
  • True Story with Hamish and Andy, 2017-2018.
  • Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year South America, 2014.
  • Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year Asia, 2013.
  • Caravan of Courage-Australia v New Zealand, 2015.
  • Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year, 2012.
  • Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year, 2011.
  • ARIA Awards, 2008.
  • TV Week Logie Awards, 2007.
  • Spicks and Specks, 2005-2011.
  • Rove Live, 2005-2010.
  • Real Stories, 2006.
  • Australia’s Brainiest Comedian, 2005.
  • Australia’s Brainiest Kid, 2005.
  • Thank God You’re Here, 2005-2008.
  • Hamish and Andy, 2004.
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Documentary, 2004.

Mr Stephen Mark O’Doherty, Dural NSW

For service to the community through a range of organisations.

Christian Media

  • Chair, Family Radio Limited, since 2016.
  • Chair, Sunshine Coast Christian Broadcasters Limited, 2019-2024.

Christian Media and Arts Australia

  • Director, since 2013.
  • Member, Finance Committee, and Advocacy and Policy Committee, current.

Hope Media Limited (Christian radio broadcaster)

  • Chair, 2005-2023.
  • Director, 2003-2023.
  • Host and Executive Producer, Open House program, 2017-2018.


  • Broadcaster, Breakfast and Drive programs, 1991-1992.
  • Journalist and Presenter, Sundown Rundown and the 12:30 Report, 1980-1988.

Media - Other

  • Member, Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable, since 2003.
  • National Affairs Reporter, The Walsh Report, Network Ten, 1990-1991.
  • NSW State Political Reporter, 7:30 Report, ABC, 1989.

Mr James Rees

For service to the arts as an entertainer, and to the community.


  • Actor, Jones Family Christmas, TV Movie, Stan Original, current.
  • Co-Host, Tiny OZ, documentary, ABC, 2022.
  • Actor/Host, Giggle and Hoot as ‘Jimmy Giggle’, ABC4Kids’, ABC, 2009-2020.
  • Contestant, Taskmaster Australia, Network 10, 2023.
  • Contestant, Dancing with the Stars, Network 10, 2019.
  • Guest Appearance/Actor, Playschool, ABC, 2017.
  • Guest Appearance/Actor, Whovians, ABC, 2017.
  • Guest Appearance/Actor, JuicedTV, Queensland Childrens Hospital, 2015.

Mr John Cyril Reynolds, Mapleton QLD

For service to business.


  • Managing Director, The Age, 1995-1997.
  • Chief Executive, APN News and Media, 1989-1995.
  • Chief Executive, The West Australian, The Bell Group, 1972-1989.

The late Mr Nicholas John Way, Maylands WA

For service to the media as a journalist, and to the community.

Media and Journalism

  • Media Advisor, Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister, 2017-2019.
  • Senior Media Adviser, Department of Premier and Cabinet, WA, 2014-2017.
  • Former Presenter, Channel Ten, 20 years.
  • Chief of Staff, GWN, circa 1996.
  • Journalist, The West Australian, 1991-1995.
  • Former Journalist, Busselton Dunsborough Times.

Television Documentaries and Programmes

  • Bali Bombing 10th Anniversary, Channel Ten, 2012.
  • Avon Descent, Channel Ten, 2002-2012.
  • Battle for the Bears, Channel Ten, 2006.
  • A Breeze Through My Country, Channel Ten, 2001.
  • From the Kruger to the Cape, Australian Tourism Expo, 1999.
  • Maggie Sister, Rotary International, 1998.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Australian Journalists Association)

  • Host, WA Media Awards, 2001-2015.
  • Former Member, WA Branch Council, six years.
  • Former Member, WA Media Section, 10 years.
  • Former Member, over 30 years.

Mr Sandy Roberts, Lysterfield VIC 3156

For service to media as a sports commentator.
Seven Network

  • Commentator, various sports including AFL, Golf, Tennis, Bathurst 1000, Spring Racing Carnivals, Winter and Summer Olympic games, 1973-2013.
  • Sports Presenter, Seven News Melbourne, 2005-2013.
  • Host, Its Academic, 1970s.
  • Host, The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime, 1999-2000.

Ms Cassandra Margaret Eilish Wilkinson, Ultimo NSW

For service to the broadcast media, and to the community.

Free Broadcasting Incorporated

  • President, 1997-2021.
  • Co-Founder, 1995.


  • Former Senior Vice President, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.
  • Commentator, Sky News Agenda, The Bolt Report and The Drum.
  • Columnist, The Australian newspaper, 2011-2014.
  • Featured, Best Australian Science Writing, UNSW Press, 2012.

Queensland Budget. Nine notable as the only bulletin not to feature an interview with the Treasurer.


Might’ve refused after someone leaked to 9 the budget papers early? Featured on their bulletin last night I believe, and then Today this morning.


Nine have done the same thing in previous years.




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As debate continues locally and internationally about the role of social media platforms and how to regulate them, more Australians are using social media to access news. One quarter now rely on it as their main source of news, with young people and women using it the most.

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Other key highlights:

  • This year, over half of Australians (51%) accessed news more than once a day, which is a 3 percentage point increase from last year.
  • In response to major events in 2023, such as ongoing military conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, the Voice Referendum and flooding in New South Wales and Queensland, there has been a sharp increase in the number of Australians expressing ‘news fatigue’.
  • There are widening gaps between men and women, young and old, low and highly educated, and city and regional audiences in relation to news consumption, news interest, trust, and news avoidance. This reflects the dissatisfaction among sections of the audience that their news interests are not being met.
  • Mainstream news brands and journalists continue to be the most popular source of news for people on social media.
  • Transparency was revealed as one of the major factors of trust in news. The public often feels in the dark about how news organisations produce their news.