Ray Martin


Ray Martin

Ray Martin (born 20 December 1944, in Richmond, New South Wales) is (formally) the Australian Nine Network's Senior Correspondent.

He is also one of the most recognised faces on Australian Television and is widely regarded as one of Australian news and current affairs' most high-profile journalists.

Ray Martin was appointed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s North American correspondent in 1969. Over the next 10 years his coverage included race riots, anti-Vietnam War protests, Olympic Games and presidential elections for news and current affairs television and radio, from Four Corners and This Day Tonight to science and religion programs.

In 1978 he joined the Nine Network to launch 60 Minutes, along with reporters George Negus and Ian Leslie.

From 1985 to 1993 he presented the daily variety show Midday with Ray Martin and hosted top-rating specials such as Ray Martin Presents, Up Close and Personal and The Ray Martin Show, interviewing entertainment celebrities including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Elton John, Michael Crawford, Russell Crowe and Madonna. These were among the highest-rating programs on television.

He hosted A Current Affair from 1994 to 1998 and went on to present three series – Our Century, The Great Debates and Simply the Best – before returning to 60 Minutes to do special reports. In 2003 he resumed as host of A Current Affair. It was announced in December 2005 that he would become the Nine Network's Senior Reporter. This squashed much speculation that he would return to Four Corners at the ABC, as the fluctuating ratings for ACA have decreased. He will most likely front 60 Minutes once again, and all major events reporting.

Over the past few years he has assisted in reporting with some major events including the Indonesian tsunami disaster in 2005. Former Today Show hostess Tracy Grimshaw replaced Martin on ACA at the beginning of 2006. He is now a senior correspondent for Channel Nine.

He has also hosted diverse television events, from the Logie Awards, Commonwealth Games, World Cup Cricket, 1988 Bicentenary Spectacular and Federal and State Election nights to the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A popular joke in Australia has been whether Martin wears a wig, due to his constant and seemingly immovable slick hairstyle. Ray's hair style was often satirised on the TV show Full Frontal.

Ray Martin has received five Gold Logie Awards for the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television, Australia’s most prestigious television award. He received his first at the Logie Awards of 1987 as host of Midday, then he received 4 in a row at the Logie Awards of 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. The first two as host of Midday and the last two as host of A Current Affair. He has also received Silver Logies, People’s Choice Awards, Variety, Mo and Queensland Entertainer awards. (Credit: Wikipedia)

News

February 2008

Ray Martin has left Network Nine Australia

Ray Martin to hosts the broadcast of World Youth Day

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Websites

Channel Nine

Channel Nine A Current Affair

Profiles

Channel Nine

Television

World Youth Day

Media Man Australia would like to thank Ray Martin for being so welcoming to us at Kerry Packer's state funeral, in addition to presenting some of our news stories over the years.

Media Man Australia does not represent Ray Martin