Woman Travers, Carmel

Businesswoman, Director, Journalist, Producer and Writer

Written by Kathryn Mcleod, National Film and Sound Archive

Carmel Travers began her career as a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has worked as a foreign correspondent in East Africa and Bosnia. She was one of the founding Executive Directors of the production company Beyond International, which produced the hugely successful science, technology and innovation series Beyond 2000. Travers has written, directed and produced a number of television series, including Red Flag over Tibet, Refugee Like Me, Truth Lies and Intelligence and Not all Tea and Scones.

Travers has been an Australia Day Ambassador for several years and is outspoken on issues relating to climate change and refugee rights. She has spoken at a number of events for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including the World Refugee Day commemoration at the Sydney Opera House and the Australians for UNHCR annual fund-raiser at the National Museum in Canberra. Notably, Travers was also the only Australian journalist invited to speak at the International Media Environment Summit in Kuching, Malaysia in 2005.

General Manager of News and Current Affairs at Network Ten for three years, and Managing Director of the production company Purple Pictures for a further eight years, Travers is currently the Executive Director of Business Development, Head of Kids at Essential Media and Entertainment.

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