The media industry farewells John Fordham

John Fordham, a media contributor, celebrity agent and father to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, passed away over the weekend after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 75.

Ben Fordham paid tribute to his father on 2GB, speaking to his father’s long-time friend Alan Jones, and said he had a “happy ending” and that the family are doing “really well”. As well as Ben Fordham, John Fordham is survived by wife Veronica, children Sarah and Nick, and brother Bob.

John Fordham worked up until his final days, continuing to broker contracts and rub shoulders with media personalities. He was due to accept a Member of the Order of Australia medal at a private ceremony in Sydney this week, brought forward from the traditional date of January 26, but Ben Fordham said he told his father of the ceremony before he passed and that he was a “very proud man”.

Ben Fordham had recently announced he would be taking a leave of absence from his radio program to spend more time with his father.

John Fordham built his career first in public relations for Qantas, before launching his own management agency. During his career, he worked with Jones and John Laws, as well as other media personalities including Tracy Grimshaw, Craig Bellamy, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Sylvia Jeffreys. He also worked extensively with charities, including establishing The Head and Neck Foundation.


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