Marty McCarthy and Bridget Brennan

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 Olle Scholars

Future of Public Service Media – Sydney Ideas

"There's no universal model of public service media, in terms of content, principles or funding" was the concensus of the academics who spoke at a Sydney Ideas forum, which I attended tonight. "Sydney Ideas", by the way, is a series of regular public forums which I sometimes go along to. Despite our "BBC model" of … Continue reading Future of Public Service Media – Sydney Ideas

View from the sixth floor of Google HQ in Sydney

Google 4 Media Day

The view from the sixth floor cafe at Google HQ in Sydney is pretty damn good. Along with about 150 others, I participated today in a "Google 4 Media Day" held there which ended with a couple of glasses of wine. It was a lovely day in Sydney, with a nice breeze, and the perfect … Continue reading Google 4 Media Day

Andrew Olle Media Lecture - Cassie, James, Cath, Wendy

Andrew Olle Media Lecture

The "Andrew Olle Media Lecture" is one of my favourite nights of the year, professionally-speaking. I get to dress up (in the same tux I've been wearing for several years), I get to do a bit of schmoozing, and I get to hear someone interesting talk about the state of the Australian media. According to … Continue reading Andrew Olle Media Lecture

Photograph with Ray Martin.

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 And Then There’s Ray…

Bentley Bar

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 Two Good Nights

September 11, 2006

I remember vividly the night of the attacks. Damien and I were watching the late night news when, all of a sudden newsreader, Sandra Sulley, with an odd and confused look on her face, announced they were crossing immediately to CNN. Over the next few hours, we sat and watched, drank some wine, and for … Continue reading September 11, 2006