Joined DDQ as the euphemistically named 'TV Trainee' - read 'Dispatch and Message Boy' - in January 1965. Became TV News Cameraman/Reporter May 1965. In those days the cameraman /reporter functions were one. You shot the story then wrote the item. Worked at DDQ until early 1967, when I joined TNQ-7 Townsville as a News Cameraman/Reporter. In December 1968 I went to WIN-4 Wollongong as a News Cameraman.
In 1970 I moved to Canberra to join the then Australian News and
Information Bureau (ANIB) television unit as a director/cameraman,
making short documentaries about Australia for overseas television. Over the following 12 years I
filmed in all sorts of places across Australia, and in Antarctica.
ANIB underwent several name changes over the years, though it remains
best known as the Australian Information Service.
I was awarded the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Golden Tripod award for Best News Film in 1977, and also in that year gained my ACS accreditation (which allows me to use the letters ACS after my name).
In 1983 I switched across to ANIB's main journalism
stream, and over the course of the next few years handled tasks that
included federal government media arrangements for Head of State visits to
Australia, the largest of which was the Papal visit in 1986.
Two diplomatic postings followed: to the Australian High Commission in
Ottawa in 1987 as First Secretary (Information) and to the Australian Embassy in Bangkok in 1992, as Counsellor (Public Affairs).
[In Bangkok I met up with Raine Grady, another ex-DDQer.]
1996 saw me join the Department of Veterans' Affairs commemorations
branch where I was involved in several overseas missions to mark
significant wartime events.
My film-making background was again employed when I was appointed DVA's
Project Manager for the Australian Government-funded series 'Australians
at War', broadcast on the ABC, and which took out a Logie award as best
documentary series in 2001.
I was head-hunted by the Department of Health and Ageing in 2003, and it
is here that I am now working as head of the HealthCommunications coordination unit.
Highlights at DDQ
Filming the preview film for the SDQ-4 coverage area opening broadcast
Nearly being killed in a quarry blast mishap