Andrew Olle Media Lecture

One of the regular highlights of my year is attending the Andrew Olle Media Lecture. Andrew was an Australian journalist who embodied so many of the great principles of journalism who died suddenly from a brain cancer, aged 47. Ever since, there's been a black tie event and fundraiser for brain cancer research. Though it... Continue Reading →

Olle Scholars

"OMG, I was in a meeting the other week, and I realised I was one of the 'older people' in the room", I told a colleague earlier tonight. "I was no longer 'the bright young thing'. I was now the 'older senior advisor'", I added. "The same thing is happening in my family", I told... Continue Reading →

Andrew Olle Media Lecture

"Because I haven't lived in Sydney before, I didn't quite understand some of the references", my friend Sue told a couple sitting at our table at last night's Andrew Olle Media Lecture. Last night's lecture was given by Kate McClymont, the Sydney Morning Herald investigative journalist who famously writes about crime and corruption in New... Continue Reading →

Male Stripper

"Oh my goodness", I thought to myself. "I look like a male stripper..." I'd removed my shoes, my socks, my pants, my jacket and my shirt, but I was stuck on the bow-tie. Oh my goodness, who invented the bow-tie? I'd spent close to five minutes trying to get it right at the beginning of... Continue Reading →

Big Night Out

A mate who was sitting one seat away from me - who spends his working life as a food critic - noted there was something special on the menu for me, The entree at this year's "Andrew Olle Media Lecture" was gravad lax, a typically Swedish meal, though the descriptor in the menu had this... Continue Reading →

And Then There’s Ray…

It was the end of a memorable night at The Andrew Olle Media Lecture, the annual cross-media shindig in Sydney. The lecture was delivered by Ray Martin whose central thesis was that good commercial television journalism is often supported by passionate media individuals, the likes of Murdoch and Packer. When media companies are run by... Continue Reading →

Two Good Nights

It's lunchtime Saturday and I've just finished listening back to last night's Andrew Olle Media Lecture, which I really enjoyed. Last night's lecture was given by News Limited CEO, John Hartigan, who carried on a theme earlier expressed by Lachlan Murdoch that good journalism and good business aren't mutually exclusive. In expressing the view the... Continue Reading →

Ssssaturday Night

It's Saturday night and I'm searching through the many channels that Foxtel provides. Survivor Guatemala, Jag, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, As It Happened. Yeh they're all reasonable programs I guess, but not suited to my current mood I guess which I'm not sure how I'd best describe. It's a warm night in Sydney, although not unbearably... Continue Reading →

Andrew Olle Dinner

It's Saturday night and I'm at work, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to update my website. Today has been a "blah" day... feeling a little hung-over... after attending last night's "Andrew Olle Dinner". As the guest speaker was Lachlan Murdoch, there was a large crowd of people in attendance, and Damien and I... Continue Reading →

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