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The Newsman

The Newsman

60 Years of Television

by Mal Walden

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 25/10/2016


"You'll never be a journalist's bootlace!"

During his cadetship in the early '60s, Mal Walden heard these words frequently from his news editor and media mentor, John Maher. Walden not only proved his mentor wrong, he went on to become the longest-serving newsman on Australian television.

From a career starting in country Victoria 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 television news, which is now in its sixtieth year and facing what many proclaim is the imminent 'death of news' in all its traditional forms.

This is the story behind the stories we think we know. A very personal look at the public face of news by one of the most well-loved and respected news presenters of our time.

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Mal Walden

Mal Walden is a former journalist and television news presenter based in Melbourne. On his retirement from television in 2013 he was reported as the longest continually serving face on Australian television.

Forty-three of those years were presenting News. He has published 3 books, all with Brolga Publishing, including his memoir The Newsman, Good News! and Don't Piss In My Pocket and Tell Me It's Raining.

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