When Mal Walden began his cadetship in the early 1960s, news editor John Maher’s verdict was: “You'll never be a journalist's bootlace!” How wrong could Maher be? The 17-year-old Walden went on to become the longest-serving news presenter on Australian television – and one of the most respected and admired figures in the industry. He was awarded the Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
From a career starting in country Victorian radio, Walden went on to work in Launceston and Melbourne, and then finally made the shift to television as news anchor for channels 7 and 10. Each year he maintained a journal in which he recorded his many serendipitous and life-changing moments. These memories form a record - not only of his life as a newsman - but of the evolution of Australian television news, now in its sixtieth year and facing what many proclaim will be the 'death of news' in all its traditional forms.
Join us for a special lunch event with Mal Walden to celebrate the launch of his book The Newsman: 60 Years of Television.
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