Airdate: 2008 Andrew Olle Media Lecture

By David Knox on September 27, 2008 / Filed Under Programming 0

Never mind who killed Channel Nine, Ray Martin is set to deliver the Andrew Olle Media Lecture for 2008 next month.

The annual lecture is a prestigious event held by the ABC in honour of the ABC journalist who died in 1995 from a brain tumor. Many notable identities have delivered speeches which reflect the state of the industry and attracted noteworthy press coverage.

Previous speakers have included Senator Helen Coonan, John Doyle, Harold Mitchell, Lachlan Murdoch, Kerry Stokes AO, Steve Vizard, John Alexander, Jana Wendt and David Williamson. Tickets for the blacktie event cost $165.

“Each year we pay tribute to Andrew Olle and raise money for his memorial trust, by inviting a lecturer who will challenge us and cause us to reflect on the role and future of the media and with 40 years experience Ray Martin has a great story to tell,” said 702 ABC Sydney Manager, Jeremy Millar.

Martin has been particularly outspoken this year about his former employer the Nine Network and the wider climate of news and current affairs in Australian television. When appearing on the final Sunday edition, Martin said viewers might as well go and watch Sky News or the ABC, as Nine didn’t do news anymore.

He still files on occasion for 60 Minutes.

After airing first on ABC radio, the lecture can be seen on ABC1 at 10:10pm Sunday October 19.

Press Release:
Ray Martin, one of the most recognised and respected faces in Australian journalism, will deliver this year’s annual 702 ABC Sydney Andrew Olle Media Lecture on 17 October 2008.

The Andrew Olle Media Lecture is held in honour of the respected and much-loved ABC broadcaster Andrew Olle who died of a brain tumour in 1995.

The Andrew Olle Media Lecture has continued to grow in stature since its inception in 1996. Ray Martin follows a long line of distinguished speakers, including John Hartigan, Senator Helen Coonan, John Doyle, Chris Anderson, Harold Mitchell, Lachlan Murdoch, Kerry Stokes AO, Eric Beecher, Steve Vizard, John Alexander, Jana Wendt and David Williamson.

The lecture’s focus is on addressing the role and future of the media, as well as profiling the work of the Andrew Olle Memorial Trust, which raises money for neuroscience research, with an emphasis on brain tumours.

The event will be audio-streamed live on Friday 17 October at abc.net.au/sydney and broadcast in Sydney on 702 ABC Sydney on Saturday 18 October at 11.00am and will also be televised nationally on ABC TV, Sunday 19 October at 10:10pm.

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