Martin (born 20 December 1944, in Richmond, New
South Wales) is (formally) the Australian Nine
Network's Senior Correspondent.
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.
Martin was appointed the Australian Broadcasting Corporations
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.
1978 he joined the Nine Network to launch 60
Minutes, along with reporters George
Negus and Ian Leslie.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Martin has received five Gold Logie Awards for the
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television,
Australias 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,
Peoples Choice Awards, Variety, Mo and Queensland
Entertainer awards. (Credit: Wikipedia)
Martin has left Network Nine Australia
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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.
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