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Encyclopedia > Mike Carlton

Mike Carlton is an Australian commentator and broadcaster. He co-hosts the daily breakfast program on Sydney radio station 2UE with Peter FitzSimons and writes a Saturday column for The Sydney Morning Herald. Carlton is often critical of conservative public figures such as Prime Minister John Howard, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer [1] and radio personality Alan Jones. He is generally regarded as left-wing and, by his own admission, anti-Bush[2]. The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of 4,119,190, and 151,920 in the City of Sydney, as of the 2006 census. ... 2UE is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia. ... Peter FitzSimons, born in Peats Ridge, New South Wales, is an Australian journalist, author, radio presenter, and former Wallaby rugby union player. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939), Australian politician, is the Prime Minister of Australia. ... Alexander John Gosse Downer, MP (born 9 September 1951), Australian politician, became Foreign Minister of Australia in March 1996. ... Alan Belford Jones AO (born 13 April 1941 or 1943[2]) is an Australian radio broadcaster and convicted criminal[3]. He has had a parallel career as a rugby union and rugby league coach and administrator. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition...


In the early 1990s he was a presenter for London's LBC Newstalk 97.3FM, then under Australian ownership. At first he presented the drivetime programme, but it was as presenter of The Morning Report breakfast programme that he came to prominence, winning a prestigious Sony gold radio award. This programme became required listening in London and helped to change the station's financial fortunes. LBC Radio (originally the London Broadcasting Company) operates two London-based radio stations, with news and talk formats. ...


In 1997 he wrote a novel set at a London talk radio station called Off the Air.


In 1994 Carlton returned to Sydney to host a morning program on music station Mix 106.5. He then moved to the drive slot at the ABC's Sydney AM station, then called 2BL, now called 702 for its broadcast frequency. He built a large following over his time there (with a format that's largely been retained in the years since) before being poached by commercial broadcaster 2UE.


Carlton hosted Sydney talk radio station 2UE's drive (3pm-6pm) program for a number of years, before moving to the breakfast timeslot (5:30am - 9am). In a move to improve ratings, 2UE management teamed Carlton with media personality, fellow Sydney Morning Herald columnist and longtime friend of Carlton's, Peter FitzSimons on the breakfast show in 2006. The ratings for the show gradually improved, however as at the May 9 2007 they remain well behind the top two AM talk stations for the breakfast period [3] . Carlton's former workmate, now rival, Alan Jones continues to win the Sydney radio ratings[3], despite Jones' criminal conviction [4] and the critical biography Jonestown. Peter FitzSimons, born in Peats Ridge, New South Wales, is an Australian journalist, author, radio presenter, and former Wallaby rugby union player. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Alan Belford Jones AO (born 13 April 1941 or 1943[2]) is an Australian radio broadcaster and convicted criminal[3]. He has had a parallel career as a rugby union and rugby league coach and administrator. ... It has been suggested that ratings point be merged into this article or section. ...


Controversy

In 2001, conservative commentator Piers Ackerman slammed Carlton as "hypocritical" for attending an art exhibition held at a club that bans Japanese and Korean people. [5] Piers Akerman is a conservative columnist for the Australian News Limited newspaper The Daily Telegraph. ...


On 17 July, 2007, Mike Carlton was embroiled in controversy over comments regarding the late broadcaster Stan Zemanek. Responding to a listener's question as to why he wouldn't attend Zemanek's funeral, Carlton replied that it would be "an act of sheer hypocrisy ... I loathed him." [6] He continued: "I'd only go to check that he was actually dead."[6] Carlton later apologised for his remarks. [7] The Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing unnamed sources, claimed that Carlton's career was "on the line" as a result of the comments, and that he "had to go" from radio 2UE. [8] Stan Zemanek (29 May 1947 – 12 July 2007) was a right-wing[1] Australian radio broadcaster who presented a popular night time show on 2UE Sydney and which was networked across parts of Australia via Southern Cross. ... The Daily Telegraph is a tabloid newspaper published in Sydney, New South Wales, by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ... 2UE is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia. ...


References

  1. ^ The More Things Change. ABC-TV 'Australian Story' (23 April, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-07-18.
  2. ^ "Innocence lost amid Labor's list of horrors", The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-07-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Dance star stumbles in the ratings", The Sydney Morning Herald, 2007-05-09. Retrieved on 2007-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Magistrate makes example of Jones and records conviction", Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-06-16. 
  5. ^ Ep 5 'Media and Immigration'. ABC-TV Media Dimensions (2001-09-03). Retrieved on 2007-07-19.
  6. ^ a b "I loathed Zemanek, says Carlton", The Daily Telegraph, 2007-07-18. Retrieved on 2007-07-19. 
  7. ^ "Carlton under fire for on-air Zemanek attack", IBN News, 2007-07-19. Retrieved on 2007-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Carlton's career under threat", The Daily Telegraph, 2007-07-19. Retrieved on 2007-07-19. 

 
 

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