Before the parrot: the 'news commentator' on Australian commercial radio

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This paper explores the phenomenon of the "news commentator" on Australian commercial radio. By the early 1930s news commentators, tending to focus on domestic politics and international affairs, were an important feature of the Australian broadcasting system. This paper recovers the broadcasting activities of a range of these popular, high-profile and in many cases controversial figures. Moving from the 1920s to the 1960s, it considers the commentators' backgrounds, their at times bizarrely diverse broadcasting duties, the controversies they generated, and the ways in which they were perceived by public figures and other listeners. The paper also tentatively suggests some connections between these earlier broadcasters and contemporary talkback presenters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitics, media, history
Subtitle of host publicationrefereed papers from the Australian Media Traditions Conference 2005
EditorsTrish Payne
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherUniversity of Canberra
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventAustralian Media Traditions Conference - Canberra
Duration: 24 Nov 200525 Nov 2005


ConferenceAustralian Media Traditions Conference


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