Australian Radio Conference secures Sharon Osbourne

Commercial Radio Australia has secured US personality Sharon Osbourne as the Australian Radio Conference keynote speaker. The famous TV host and music manager follows on from last year’s guest, Kelsey Grammer.The announcement:

Well-known and controversial businesswoman, music manager, television host and author, Sharon Osbourne, will be the special guest at this year’s Australian Radio Conference and Awards, to be held in Sydney next month.

Well -known for the reality television show, The Osbournes, which won an Emmy for Best Reality TV Show, Sharon has most recently been a judge on the X Factor UK and America’s Got Talent, as well as a guest on Celebrity Apprentice in the USA and currently is co-host of The Talk.

Sharon will speak on stage at the Radio Conference about identifying and promoting talent, how she sees the future of media and entertainment, and her own diverse life and career. She will also co-host the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs).

Married to heavy metal guru, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon is a grandmother, has three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), not long after the birth of his first child.

Sharon has written books including an autobiography, “Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography”. After beating colon cancer, she established the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation in association with Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, which provides free screenings, support and healthcare to those who can’t afford it and are afflicted with the disease.

Chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner said the industry was looking forward to having Sharon Osbourne as special guest and welcoming her to Australia.

“Sharon’s extensive experience with entertainment and developing and promoting talent should be highly informative and entertaining. We are greatly looking forward to her participation in our events,” Ms Warner said.

The 2012 Australian National Radio Conference will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 12. The annual conference is a highlight for the Australian radio industry and has featured legendary keynote speakers over the past few years including Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Bob Geldof, Clive James, Harry Shearer, Barry Humphries, Dom Sagolla, Bruce Beresford and Sir John Cleese. The Awards were held last year at the Gold Coast and featured renowned actor, Kelsey Grammer.

The Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), now in their 24th year, will be held at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 13. The Awards have become a highlight of the radio industry’s yearly calendar attracting the industry’s stars, personalities and media executives from around Australia.

Source: Commercial Radio Australia press release

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