Australia Day Honours: Tributes from media to music

Singers and actors Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John were made Companions of the Order of Australia.

A number of Australian media executives and entertainers were honoured in the Australian Day honours list including:

The former editor-in-chief of The Australian Chris Mitchell has been recognised for his contribution to print media and support of indigenous education programs and made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Adele Ferguson, the multi award-winning investigative journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, has paid tribute to whistleblowers after being honoured in this year’s Australia Day awards. She was appointed a Member of the Order Australia for her services to journalism.

Alan Kohler, the Melbourne-based, publisher, business commentator and ABC presenter, was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the print and broadcast media.

Jon Faine, the Melbourne radio host for the ABC who has just started his final year on air, is also now a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to broadcast media as a presenter, to the law and the community.

Anita Jacoby also was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to broadcast and print media, and to community health groups. In a long career Jacoby has worked as a producer and journalist across all TV networks, spent time at ACP Magazines and more recently was a TV executive producer before running ITV Studios.

Entertainers also honoured include actor Magda Szubanski who was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Singers and actors Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John were made Companions of the Order of Australia, while the members of Human NatureToby Allen, Phil Burton and Andrew and Mike Tierney – received the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the performing arts as entertainers.

Publisher Graeme Ross McPherson, one of the McPherson brothers from regional Victoria’s McPherson Media Group, was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Former Sherbet songwriter and keyboard player Garth Porter became a Member of the Order of Australia.

Ignatius Jones (aka Juan Ignacio Trapaga), one-time singer with Jimmy & The Boys, writer, director, artistic director of Vivid Sydney was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Julie McCrossin was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community and broadcast media.

Semi-retired sports broadcaster Dennis Cometti was also awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to broadcast media and the community.

Former Canberra ABC radio host Alexandra Sloan was awarded a Member of he Order of Australia for services to broadcast media for her years as a radio broadcaster

Film producer Sue Maslin was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. Her most recent work included The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis.

Actor Cornelia Frances was posthumously honoured with an Order of Australia for her service to the performing arts as an entertainer. She is best known for her role of Morag in Home And Away.

Warwick Hadfield, sports breakfast presenter for Radio National and a former journalist with The Australian, was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Top Photo: Dannii and Kylie Minogue on Seven’s The X Factor in 2015

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