Woman Throsby, Margaret (1941 - )


Radio broadcaster and Television broadcaster

Written by Kathryn Mcleod, National Film and Sound Archive

Margaret Throsby was born in 1941 and began working as a radio announcer at the ABC in 1967, presenting a wide range of music and current affairs programs. She has been credited with overcoming 'major barriers to the accepted roles for women in broadcasting. . . Margaret broke the sound barrier for a new generation and became the first of them to read national radio news, and in 1978 was the first woman to present national television news' (SIPCA website, 2008).

Her morning radio program The Margaret Throsby Show on ABC's Radio 2BL was consistently high rating, as was her program Mornings with Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM. Over the course of her radio career Throsby has interviewed more than 2000 guests, including Paul Keating, Jane Fonda, Bruce Beresford, Yvonne Kenny, John le Carre and Spike Milligan. Throsby was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to broadcasting in 1989. In 2013 Throsby was the presenter of Midday on ABC Classic FM.

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