Media Watch to celebrate 20 years of keeping journalists honest

Media Watch, Australia’s most influential TV programme about journalism, will next month celebrate its 20th anniversary with an hour-long special.  

The ABC TV show, currently presented by Jonathan Holmes, is usually broadcast on Monday nights. The Media watch special will air on Thursday May 7 at 8.30pm.

Media Watch, which is feared and celebrated by journalists in roughly equal measures, hence its slogan ‘Everybody loves it – until they’re on it”, began on May 8, 1989. It was originally fronted by journalist-turned-barrister Stuart Littlemore.

Next month’s shows will celebrate the programme’s biggest scalps including commercial radio’s cash for comments scandal. It will also talk to its most famous targets and critics including Melbourne radio presenter Derren Hinch, The Australian’s Chris Mitchell and News Ltd editorial director Campbell Reid who once famously sent the programme a dead fish.

This is a 1997 clip featuring Littlemore and Kerry Packer:

This week’s show was a typical example of a Media Watch scalp, taking to task 2GB presenter Mark Kennedy for making racist comments. As a result the Macquarie Radio Network has suspended him.


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