Sydney Media Club

Leigh Sales STARS AT THE FIRST Sydney Media Club LUNCH OF 2021

An inspiring interview with Leigh Sales headlined the first SMC lunch of 2021. 730’s “interrogator in chief” for millions of Australians who demand and deserve the truth gave a fascinating account of her career to ABC Head of Investigations John Lyons. There was a great roll-up at Bar M for a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining afternoon. Other guests included ABC News Director Gaven Morris, 730 Executive Producer Justin Stevens, Network 10 entertainment editor Angela Bishop, ABC news presenter Karina Cavalho, ARN National News Director Deborah Clay and MC Susie Elelman.

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 Sydney Media Club launched by a legend
Legendary political reporter Laurie Oakes officially launched the Sydney Media Club, attracting 160 guests to Bar M at Rushcutters Bay on February 19, 2020.
Channel Nine and 2GB broadcaster Ben Fordham moderated the inaugural SMC event, which will be a monthly fixture on the national media calendar, featuring the nation’s leading news breakers and makers.
The lunch raised funds for legendary television producer and newspaper journalist Tom Krause, who worked closely with Mr Oakes on the Nine Network’s long-running Sunday program.  Mr Krause is recovering from serious injuries suffered in a car accident.
Special guests included Jana Wendt, a  Kennedy Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient and former 60 Minutes reporter and Sunday show host, her 60 Minutes colleague Jeff McMullen, veteran current affairs journalist Neil Mercer, revered NewsCorp editor Mark Day, Nine Network Director of News and Current Affairs Darren Wick and Sky National News Director Chris Willis.

The Sunday band gets back together – Jana Wendt and Laurie Oakes

ABC head of investigations John Lyons (right) announced that next month’s SMC luncheon at Bar M on March 18 will feature the highly respected ABC 730 host Leigh Sales.

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Kennedy Foundation Chairman Rocco Fazzari said it was an honour to have one of the greats of Australian journalism christen the Sydney Media Club’s monthly luncheons.

“Laurie Oakes is one of the most influential journalists of our time, and the Kennedy Foundation is delighted to have his support for the Sydney Media Club and our efforts to help colleagues in hardship,” Mr Fazzari said.

“I would also like thank Ben Fordham for his generosity in hosting proceedings at our inaugural event.

“Just as Laurie mentored so many in his illustrious career Ben is blazing trails for a whole new generation of journalists with his outstanding contributions to radio and television news and current affairs.”

The birth of a new institution

The Kennedy Foundation has announced the formation of the Sydney Media Club to provide a monthly forum for news makers and breakers.

At a time when the issue of press freedom has united the media in an
unprecedented display of cooperation the Sydney Media Club will celebrate the bond all journalists share in their pursuit of the truth.

Kennedy Foundation Chairman Rocco Fazzari said another Sydney institution will partner with the Sydney Media Club at the inaugural luncheon in February 2020.

Mr Fazzari said the SMC will be launched at Bar M Rushcutters Bay in continuing a famous Sydney tradition for the city’s most influential

“For many years the Toppi family ran the legendary Machiavelli restaurant in the city, where serious movers and shakers  gathered to wine, dine and chew over the issues impacting on a nation,” Mr Fazzari said.

“The mind boggles to think how many decisions were made by the rich and powerful over a glass of Masseto and a bowl of Machiavelli’s famous Bolognese.”

Mr Fazzari thanked Bar M’s owner Paula Toppi, who hosted the first ever Kennedy Lecture in September, featuring 2019 Journalist of the Year Anne Connolly.

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