The NRMA Kennedy Awards has become the most glittering event on the Australian media calendar.
The who’s who of news gathers for a glamorous night of celebration and entertainment in the magnificent Grand Ballroom and Stables nightclub of the Australian Turf Club’s historic Royal Randwick.
All members of the working media are welcome to attend the seven hour black tie gala, which falls every year on or around the anniversary of Les Kennedy’s passing in 2011.
Australian Turf Club venue guide for 7th Annual NRMA Kennedy Awards
An unforgettable story of animal cruelty at its worst – and current affairs television at its best. The blockbusting yarn of greyhounds trained to race by chasing live animals dominated the 2015 NRMA Kennedy Awards.
Working with animal liberationists Caro Meldrum-Hanna and her ABC Four Corners team infiltrated tracks across the country.
“Making a Killing” turned the multi-million dollar greyhound industry on its head, and led to executive resignations, sanctions, nation-wide government inquiries and the introduction of new, stringent integrity measures. 23 criminal charges were laid, and at least 20 trainers banned for life as 60 more were placed under investigation.
In a category rich with examples of first-class journalism, Making a Killing also won the Spirax for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for its daring and merciless exposé of an entrenched, corrupt and brutal practice in one of Australia’s more lucrative sports.
Spectacular footage and dogged persistence by a reporting team who scored a series of revealing interviews made for a dazzling program which has had serious and lasting ramifications.
Caro Meldrum-Hanna’s far-reaching, disturbing and powerful report exposed the involvement of champion trainers in animal cruelty on an almost industrial scale.
The shocking story dominated Australian media for weeks and will have a profound impact on the greyhound industry for years to come, leaving the future of an entire sport in the balance.