Australia Day

26 January 2015

276 days to go

George Donikian

Born and raised in Sydney, George Donikian had to move to Queensland, to break into radio before being lured back to NSW in 1977.

His television career began in a hurry in 1980, when legendary TV man Bruce Gyngell installed him as the face of multiculturalism, on what was to become Australia’s revolutionary Channel O, which evolved into SBS. As the founding anchor, George ‘fronted’ the much acclaimed World News Service in Melbourne and Sydney, and then across the nation, as SBS spread its influence.

In late 1988, George left SBS to join the Nine Network, which gave him the opportunity to work with Graham Kennedy on the hugely successful Coast to Coast program. At Nine, George featured on a number of shows including the Wide World of Sports.

George hosted many talk back shows on radio over the years in 3 cities, Sydney, Adelaide & Melbourne on the top rating Radio 2GB, Radio 5AA and Radio 774.

George has worked on the State of Origin Rugby League series on Nine, as well as the Test Series between England and Australia. In 1990, George covered Soccer’s World Cup in Italy, for both the Nine Network and Sydney radio. On his return, George joined Network 10 in Adelaide in 1991, as the main News Presenter.

George moved to Melbourne in 1999, to present Ten News, for both Adelaide and Melbourne.

In 2000, George worked on the Sydney Olympics. In 2003 he worked on the Rugby Union World Cup.

George Donikian left Ten News at the end of 2011, to set up Donikian Media.

Among his many career highlights:

An original member, on the Immigration Review Panel, set up by then Federal Minister Ian McPhee in the 80s;

A featured reporter, on the 3 Network extravaganza called ‘Celebration of a Nation’ which showcased Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988;

Narrator and one of the stars in the documentary drama Witch Hunt, which won an AFI Award in 1986.