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Women in Sports Broadcasting – Levelling the Playing Field

July 27, 2011

Women in Sports Broadcasting – Levelling the Playing Field

Dixie Marshall, in conversation with Network Ten sports journalist Caty Price and ABC sports broadcaster Roanna Edwards about what it’s like working in the sports arena today.

Is it a level playing field? Have we broken the grass ceiling? How have the off-field antics of sports stars altered sports reporting?

DIXIE MARSHALL began her career in television as general news reporter with Channel Nine Perth in 1984. Moving to Melbourne, Dixie became the first woman in Australia to report and commentate on football on television. She won a number of awards for sports reporting while working for Channel Seven, covering all the major sporting events, including AFL football, Olympic Games, international golf, tennis and basketball. Dixie also hosted the national program Sportsworld with Bruce McAvaney. Returning to Perth in 1993, Dixie left sports reporting behind, becoming a senior reporter with Channel Nine Perth, and in 2003, the station’s news presenter. In June 2011, Dixie took up a position as Director of Media for the WA State Government.

CATY PRICE has worked with Network Ten over the past six years. She has made a name for herself covering the best in the West and has picked up numerous awards for her work reporting on AFL. Caty is Perth’s new weekend sports presenter and covers major sporting events for Ten’s weeknight bulletins. She also works with Melbourne radio station 1116 SEN as an AFL boundary rider for matches at Subiaco Oval. Caty earned the nickname “The Princess of the Punt” for her love of horseracing and is a regular at the Perth races as well as Melbourne’s Spring carnival, but take her tips at your own risk!

ROANNA EDWARDS is a Sports Broadcaster with ABC Radio in Western Australia. Roanna began her career straight out of high school with a cadetship at the Geraldton Guardian. After two years in general news with the occasional “treat” of putting together a few sporting yarns, she was selected for an Indigenous Broadcasting Traineeship with the ABC’s Grandstand office. Her radio heroes became colleagues as she worked alongside Glenn Mitchell, Karen Tighe and the late great Wally Foreman. Roanna is now into her sixth year with Aunty.

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