Channel Nine’s Peter Hitchener, or Hitch as he is known, has been bringing Melburnians their news for more than 41 years. In 2015, Hitchener celebrates 50 years as a newsmaker – the past 42 of them with the Nine Network.
Peter was born and raised near the rural Queensland town of Texas, near the New South Wales border. In 1965 Peter Hitchener began working at Brisbane radio station 4BH, writing, editing and presenting news.
A year later he took up a full-time position in radio and television at ABC Brisbane. Hitchener moved to the ABC in Sydney in 1973 and again worked in radio and television, before joining TCN-9 in Sydney to present National Nine News. A year later, in 1974, Peter moved to GTV Channel Nine in Melbourne.
He presented news bulletins with Sir Eric Pearce and later became deputy to Brian Naylor. As well as news broadcasts, Peter also hosted radio programs, with 3AW and later 3AK. Hitchener took over as chief newsreader for GTV-9 in 1998, when Brian Naylor retired after 45 years in the business.
Peter supports a number of charities and supports St Kilda in the AFL, and Melbourne Storm in Rugby League.
Anna is a human rights lawyer and advocate for LGBTI equality. She was the Co-Convener of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby for four years and has established the LGBTI Rights Unit at the Human Rights Law Centre where she works on law reform and strategic litigation to advance the rights of LGBTI people across Australia and beyond.
Major law reform projects include securing federal LGBTI discrimination protections and ongoing work to expunge historical convictions for gay sex offences in various states in Australia. Anna chairs the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group and is on the board of the VGLRL and the National LGBTI Health Alliance.
A former television journalist, David migrated to TV fiction in the late 1990s, and has since written for all three commercial networks, the ABC, and Foxtel. Currently working on Australia’s number one drama, ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries, David is also writing a high concept adult series with Screen Australia backing, and developing a satirical narrative comedy for Princess Pictures.
Before writing on, and script producing, the International Emmy winning Nowhere Boys for Matchbox/NBCU, David penned the record-breaking season opener of historical melodrama A Place to Call Home, nominated for both most outstanding and most popular drama Logies in 2016. He co-created and wrote the Logie and AACTA-nominated Carlotta bio-pic for ABC, and developed the internationally successful Prisoner reboot Wentworth for Foxtel.
In addition to script and development executive roles at both the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Matchbox Pictures, David’s other drama credits include All Saints, Stingers, Bed of Roses and Dance Academy, dramedies Winners & Losers, Last Man Standing and Always Greener, and serial dramas including Something in the Air and Neighbours.
Farrah Tomazin is the Victorian politics editor for the Saturday and Sunday Age. She joined Fairfax Media in 2000, reporting on general news, courts, crime, and urban affairs.
After a stint as The Age’s state political correspondent, she spent several years as a features writer and education editor for the paper, where she won several awards for excellence in education reporting. Farrah returned to the Victorian press gallery for The Sunday Age in 2011, where she has covered the Baillieu, Napthine and Andrews governments, taking an active interest in stories relating to social justice, infrastructure and government integrity. Her in-depth coverage of issues such as same-sex adoption reform, Safe Schools and marriage equality have also placed her at the forefront of important policy debates relating to the LGBTI community. This is Farrah’s third year as a judge for the annual GLOBE Community Awards.
Gus Johnston is a creative director, former hockey champion, anti-homophobia campaigner and proud Melburnian. After a decorated 20 year hockey career in Victoria, Gus came out as a gay man in 2011 via Youtube. His story became a guiding light in the conversation around the advancement of gender and sexual diversity in sport, not just in Australia, but around the world. Out Magazine in New York recognised Gus in their ‘Out100’, as one of the most outstanding Gay people on the planet, in 2012.
A regular media commentator and writer, Gus is now based in San Francisco, California, where he lives only a short walk from Gay Rights Legend Harvey Milk’s former home.
Emma Page Campbell is Lady Mayoress of Melbourne, a practising lawyer and Governance Manager at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She has recently returned from maternity leave following the birth of baby Henry in 2014.
Emma is Patron of the National Council of Women of Victoria and Patron and Co-chair of the Lady Mayoress’ Committee. She has a long involvement with Artists for Kids Culture, a charity which is supported by local artists and the arts community and raises funds to enable arts and cultural opportunities for kids living in the inner city.
Emma was a volunteer night manager at the Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Men’s Health Centre in the mid to late nineties for a period of three years, has been honoured to be a Midsumma Dog Show judge since she became Lady Mayoress, and is a long time Joy FM listener.