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Chris Reason awarded for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

By 7NEWS, 7SPORT, Seven West Media, SPORT

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason has been recognised for excellence in journalism for his “extraordinary” reporting during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mr Reason was awarded the prestigious Harry Gordon Memorial Award by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and commended for his special report on the showdown between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and US legend Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle – the first television journalist to ever receive the honour in the award’s history.

Mr Reason said: “I’ve covered 11 Olympic Games now, but this was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever had to report on. I’ve rarely seen a moment so uplifting and inspiring. It was the race that stopped two nations. And thanks to COVID, next to no one was in the stands to witness it. So being front and centre to relay that history and emotion to Australians back home was an honour and a privilege.

“It was a career high point being on this assignment, and it’s a high point too to be receiving the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. I met Harry multiple times and had enormous respect for him. I’d like to pay special tribute to producer Emma Dallimore, cameraman Paul Walker and editor Guiseppa Nastasi. Outstanding, each of them.

“The Tokyo Olympics was one of the most criticised and questioned in the modern era, but all credit to the International Olympic Committee, the AOC and the Games organisers for pushing through and delivering them – just at a time when the world needed them most. They brought hope and happiness to millions, and I was happy to play a small part in helping deliver that,” he said.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “This award acknowledges a true master of the art of television journalism. As 7NEWS Chief Reporter, Chris spearheaded our exceptional Olympic News team, providing our audience with a nightly all-encompassing trip through the events and spotlighting those who made the Games all the more memorable.

“It’s fitting that Chris is the first from television to earn the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. He’s now set the bar extremely high.”  

The independent panel of judges further observed: “Chris Reason’s story for 7NEWS was extraordinary. In the five minutes that it ran for, only 30 seconds was allocated to the race itself. Chris added more than four minutes to make it a much more personal story.”

Entries from both the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games were considered by a three-person independent panel.

7NEWS Melbourne honoured with three Quill Awards

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

The Seven Network’s 7NEWS took home three prestigious Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism at the annual Melbourne Press Club gala event last night.

The 7NEWS Melbourne team collected the Quill in the Breaking News Coverage category for its captivating news coverage of the construction protests that paralysed the city – unanimously standing out in a field of high-calibre entries as an example of cool-headed professionalism during the worst day of the dangerous and dramatic breaking news event.

Commended for his powerful storytelling, quick thinking and technical prowess in an extremely hostile environment, 7NEWS cameraman Oli Bourguignon was recognised with the Quill for Shot of The Year for his exclusive vision of the protests.

7NEWS senior reporter Cameron Baud was awarded the Quill in the TV/Video News category for “Delta Removalists Uncovered”, unearthing the damning footage of the removalists linked to the start of the Delta outbreak that led to the lockdown of 6.7 million people.

Baud doggedly chased down his leads and was able to obtain the crucial vision, which became a vital part of investigations by Victoria Police and the DHHS and prompted the state government to place further restrictions on interstate-based removalists.

7NEWS reporter Cassie Zervos was highly commended in the Coverage of an Issue or Event category for her coverage of the arrest in the case of missing Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay. 

The Quill awards are recognition of the outstanding work our team is doing every day, and show why more and more people are making the switch to 7NEWS. We couldn’t be prouder of the winners and the team who backs them up.

Shaun Menegola, 7NEWS Melbourne Director

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Seven West Media receives WGEA citation in Australian media first

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Recognised as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) is proud to announce it is the first media company in Australia to be named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Seven West Media is one of only 12 new change-making organisations across Australia to receive the highly regarded citation in 2022, after being assessed against extensive and rigorous criteria.  

The citation is a significant recognition of the company’s industry leadership and an important endorsement of its commitment to drive positive change and achieve gender equality in the workplace.

Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “Diversity and inclusiveness are at the core of our values and part of our business strategy at all levels. We are focused on achieving gender equality across our business. Currently 52% of our people are female across on-screen and off-screen roles, and female representation accounts for 51% of our senior leadership positions.

“Being recognised as among the best employers for women is an important milestone for Seven West Media and one that we are immensely proud of, but our work is not done. This is just part of our continued evolution to create a supportive, flexible and fair workplace for all people to be recognised and to thrive.”

Seven West Media Chief People and Culture Officer, Katie McGrath, said: “Creating a safe environment and richly diverse culture is critical for any high-performing company. We’ve taken progressive action to increase the representation of women in senior positions and we are whole-heartedly committed to ensuring ongoing gender balance at all levels throughout Seven West Media, including during recruitment and career development opportunities.

“The WGEA citation builds on our continued responsibility to promote diversity, equality and inclusion while actively engaging with communities across Australia. The latest citation comes after Seven West Media was again the proud broadcast partner of UN Women Australia for International Women’s Day. We are also the official media partner of White Ribbon Day and we recently registered our intent to develop our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan with Reconciliation Australia.

“Our extensive charity activities also positively contribute towards a better Australia, with Seven West Media donating over $34 million a year in airtime support to over 140 organisations across the country. Our 2021 Good Friday Appeal raised $18 million for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, and over $48 million was raised during Channel 7’s Perth telethon last year,” she said.

Seven has implemented a number of people-focused policies and support systems to improve gender equality. These include policies to eliminate gender remuneration gaps, targets to improve gender equality outcomes, flexible working, gender neutral paid parental leave, employee consultation and initiatives to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination. 

One hundred and twenty Australian companies sit alongside Seven West Media as WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, including Accenture, Allianz, Blackmores, Deloitte, ING, Kellogg, Medibank, PwC, Telstra, Woolworths and more.

WGEA Director, Mary Wooldridge, said: “Each year, we accept applications for our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation from those employers who are raising the bar when it comes to driving change, creating the circumstances that allow all people, regardless of their gender, to thrive.

“After passing through our evidence-based benchmarking evaluations, our EOCGE citation holders are officially recognised as some of the best employers in Australia, who are committed and dedicated to action in achieving gender equality.

“Critically, these organisations are delivering on a formula that sees better support structures in place for working families; stronger actions to address pay inequalities; and strategic recruitment and promotion practices that help to encourage the full participation of women at work,” she said.

“We extend our congratulations to these leading employers, and look forward to working with them closely to accelerate positive change across Australian workplaces.”

Seven honoured at Sport Australia Media Awards

By 7SPORT, Olympics, Seven West Media, SPORT

Tokyo Olympics coverage collects two SportAus gongs

The Seven Network’s ground-breaking coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has shone bright among a field of Australian broadcasters, recognised with the 2021 Sport Australia Media Award for Best Coverage of a Sporting Event at the annual gala event in Sydney last night.

Esteemed sport broadcaster David Culbert was recognised with the Sport Australia Media Award for Best Sport Coverage by an Individual – Video for his informed, impassioned and entertaining commentary across Seven’s coverage of Games, including his most memorable call of Jess Fox’s canoe gold alongside Jess’ father, Richard.

The honours follow three awards from the International Olympic Committee’s coveted Golden Rings Awards in Lausanne in November last year.

Seven’s Tokyo 2020 broadcast reached more Australians than ever before, with 21 million people tuning in to watch the 17 days of competition on an unprecedented 45 channels across Seven and 7plus, making it the biggest television and streaming event in Australian history.

The network also proudly delivered the biggest and best Paralympic coverage ever for Tokyo 2020 across 13 unmissable days, shattering all previous Australian television audience records with coverage of the Opening Ceremony reaching 1.94 million people and each day of competition reaching between 2.5 million and 3 million viewers.

Seven produced a history-making broadcast and digital coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo that united and gripped Australians in their millions, arguably at a time when the country needed it most.

It really does take a village and we relied on the resources of the entire network to deliver a world-class, award-winning viewing experience. Every person at Seven played a part, big or small, and this is deserved recognition of their achievements and valuable contributions.

We also congratulate Dave Culbert. One of Australia’s finest callers, Dave has a very proud history with Seven and has been a respected voice across numerous Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games with his outstanding ability to engage and inform, peppered with a sharp sense of humour.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

The Sport Australia Media Awards recognise excellence in sports journalism, broadcasting and production. They focus on analytical and insightful reporting and the presentation of sport and sporting issues, with the aim of fostering improved coverage of key issues within sport.

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Guinness World Record for 7NEWS duo

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Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr’s record-breaking achievement

Channel 7 Perth’s beloved weeknight anchors, Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr, have been certified by the Guinness World Records as the longest serving television news anchor duo, with an official record of 36 years and 247 days.

Rick and Susannah’s record was officially recognised by Guinness after a lengthy trip down memory lane to provide video proof of every year they have read together.

The previous record was a US duo that was together for 32 years.

I’m humbled to be part of a news team Perth has watched for decades, and equally as excited about presenting the news with Sue into the future.

Rick Ardon

What a fabulous journey it’s been and continues to be. Seven have the best news team, I’ve got the best reading partner and I love our relationship with the people of Perth. How lucky am I!

Susannah Carr
Seven News newsreaders Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr with their Logies that they recently won. Pic taken April 1986.

This week marks 37 years of bringing the news into the homes of West Australians, with their first live broadcast on 24 January 1985.

Rick originally joined Seven in 1978 as a news journalist and attributes a large part of his success to his grounding in news as an on-the-road reporter. Susannah began her career in media in 1974 as a radio announcer after studying Law and Arts at the University of Western Australia, she later became the first female TV newsreader for the ABC in Perth.

Rick and Susannah are very much part of Perth’s identity, and with their longevity comes trust and credibility, which is paramount to our audience.

There are West Australians who can’t remember a time that Rick and Susannah weren’t bringing them their nightly news. That relationship with our viewers is invaluable. I congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition and join with the wider Seven West Media team and broader community in celebrating their continued success.

Maryna Fewster, Seven West Media WA CEO
Susannahh Carr and Rick Ardon from Seven News are celebrating 34 years on the air together. Picture – Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

,Now into their fourth decade together, presenting more than 8,000 7NEWS nightly bulletins to the people of Western Australia, Rick and Susannah are not only the longest running news presenting team but also the most successful anywhere in the world. Hearty congratulations to Rick and Susannah from all your colleagues at Seven on a phenomenal achievement that continues to power on.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs

7NEWS Perth has won the 6.00pm timeslot every week since OzTAM ratings began in 2001 and continues to average a 50.1% commercial share each weeknight.

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Seven wins big at Golden Rings Awards

By 7SPORT, Olympics, Seven West Media, SPORT

Tokyo 2020 coverage collects three IOC honours

The Seven Network’s ground-breaking coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has shone bright among a field of more than 150 international broadcasters, winning three awards at the International Olympic Committee’s coveted Golden Rings Awards in Lausanne this morning.

The Golden Rings are the most prestigious awards in Olympic broadcasting and Seven was a big winner on one of international sport’s biggest stages, with its three awards topped only by America’s NBC.

With more than 100 submissions received in each of the 12 Golden Rings categories, Seven won the Gold award for Best Social Media Content/Production for its From Little Things, Big Things Grow #HomeGames campaign. The campaign received thousands of phone-filmed videos from viewers watching the Games at home, making it the highest user-generated content campaign ever for 7SPORT.

Seven also won Silver in the Best Athlete Profile category for its inspiring feature on brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara, who were both on track to compete in Tokyo 2020 before Kai suffered a serious race accident.

Seven took home Bronze for Best Olympic Feature/Documentary for its split-screen coverage of Jess Fox’s Gold Medal canoe slalom race, which simultaneously captured the emotion of Jess and her father Richard, as he commentated the race for Seven.

All of the athletes in Tokyo had a story to tell and we made sure those stories were told extremely well. We called on the resources of the entire Seven Network over the 17 days of Tokyo 2020 to deliver a world-class, award-winning broadcast and digital experience. Everyone at Seven played a part in these awards and should take pride in what is a huge achievement.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Australian sport’s biggest night is on Seven

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2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame on 7mate and 7plus

For the first time ever, fans will enjoy all the excitement and emotion of Australian sport’s most prestigious event when the Seven Network broadcasts the 2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame induction night this Friday.

Hamish McLachlan will host a special 90-minute broadcast on 7mate from 7.00pm, when seven beloved Aussie heroes will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, joining an honour roll that includes national treasures Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Herb Elliott, Cathy Freeman, Rod Laver, Raelene Boyle, Dennis Lillee and Susie O’Neill.

One existing Hall of Fame member will also be elevated to Legend status, while the individual or team that most inspired Australians in 2020 will receive The Don Award, whose past winners are Michelle Payne, Jeff Horn, Kurt Fearnley and Ash Barty.

This year’s celebration will be a virtual event, featuring revealing in-depth interviews with each inductee and award winner, while Hall of Fame members and sports media icons Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti also play key parts in Seven’s broadcast.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame night is a truly special event no fan will want to miss. You’ll get goosebumps seeing just how much it means to our greatest superstars to be inducted into Australia’s most exclusive club. We’re rapt to be bringing it to viewers for the very first time.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Starts 7.00pm Friday on 7mate and 7plus

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7NEWS US Bureau recognised with Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism

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7NEWS reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were tonight recognised with the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Television/Video: News Reporting category for their courageous broadcasting efforts after being assaulted by US riot police live on air while covering a Black Lives Matter protest just a stone’s throw from the White House.

Brace and Myers were broadcasting live to Seven’s Sunrise on June 1 this year when they were belted with an armoured shield and Brace whacked in the back with a truncheon as police violently cleared Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Despite their injuries, the pair went on to broadcast non-stop for some 12 hours across Sunrise, 7NEWS and The Latest.

Brace later addressed a US congressional committee about the incident as part of a broader investigation into the police response to peaceful protesters in D.C. that day to clear the way for the arrival of President Donald Trump for his now infamous photo opportunity outside St John’s Episcopal Church.

This story was never about us. It’s about the people who were peacefully and legally protesting. We’re grateful and humbled that our coverage drew attention to what happened that day. It was a confronting moment for America and certainly for us. We hope this serves as a reminder of the important role of the media and the need for us to do our jobs safely.

Tim and I appreciate the ongoing support of the team at Seven and the recognition of the Walkley Foundation. I, personally, appreciate Tim’s professionalism, camera work and, most of all, friendship through those days and weeks in Washington, and the many years in the US.

Amelia Brace, 7NEWS Reporter
Amelia Brace

You shouldn’t become the story by simply doing your job but in the chaos the world witnessed there are circumstances you have no control over. Amelia and Tim produced fearless and measured reporting across a frantic 24 hours. The award is a tribute to their courage and poise under extreme pressure.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs
Paul Walker

7NEWS receives two Kennedy Awards for excellence in journalism

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7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker and US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany

7NEWS has been recognised with two awards for excellence in journalism at the ninth annual 2020 Kennedy Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany, currently in Washington, D.C. covering the US Election, accepted the inaugural Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent for her exclusive feature report, Inside a COVID Warzone.

The confronting 24-hour ride along with New York paramedics as they responded to urgent call-outs during the height of the city’s COVID-19 crisis gave Australian audiences raw insight into what happens when the virus goes uncontrolled in a densely populated society, featuring emotional, unfiltered interviews with victims and their families.

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some remarkable things in America over the last four years, both good and bad. And things felt a little scary at times, particularly at the start of this year as this pandemic was playing out.

I want to extend my thanks to our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his continued support, his investment in quality journalism. It does feel like there has never been a more important time for the public to be able to turn to trusted news sources and have eyes and ears on the ground in places like America in what has been such a tumultuous year.

Ashlee Mullany, US Bureau Chief
(via an acceptance video from the White House)

7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker, nominated alongside colleagues Cam Wallis and Tim Myers for their camera work in the US, received the Gary Ticehurst Award for Outstanding TV News Camera Coverage for his footage of the 2019 Sydney CBD stabbing.

Walker instinctively picked up his camera and captured every chilling moment as the attack played out in front of him, with the accused Mert Nay eventually restrained by members of the public – the exclusive vision broadcast in real-time and beamed around the world.

Walker paid tribute to the courage of reporter Andrew Denney and those individuals who jumped in without hesitation to stop him.

I’m very proud to be part of the 7NEWS team and honoured to receive this award from my peers.

Paul Walker, 7NEWS senior cameraman

The Kennedy Awards are named after veteran police reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011 at the age of 53.

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