Craig Hutchison (broadcaster)

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Craig Hutchison
Born (1974-12-04) 4 December 1974 (age 40)
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Sports journalist
TV presenter
Radio broadcaster
Business owner (Crocmedia)

Craig "Hutchy" Hutchison (born 4 December 1974 in Warragul, Victoria) is a Melbourne-based journalist, sports broadcaster and business owner. Hutchison has covered football commentary and breaking news stories.

Early career[edit]

He commenced his career in 1994 as a cadet with the Herald Sun and two years later moved to Sport 927 in Melbourne. There, he was producer of the Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf Big Sports Breakfast Show for approximately 1 year with his assistant producer, Rhett Bartlett. Hutchison then went on to join Channel Ten as a journalist and broke sport stories including Neil Balme's sacking at the Melbourne Football Club as Senior Coach, Alastair Lynch's drug hearing with the AFL, and the subsequent resignation of the Brisbane chairman following the story.

Television career[edit]

Seven Network[edit]

In 1999 he joined the Seven Network and was promoted to chief football reporter, appearing on the nationally broadcast Sportsworld every Sunday. He was also 'fill-in' sports anchor for Seven News.

Controversy[edit]

In 2004 he was at the centre of controversy when he wrongfully said St Kilda player Justin Koschitzke was being interviewed by police in relation to sexual misconduct allegations. Hutchison said Koschitzke and teammate Stephen Milne were involved, when it was actually allegedly Milne and Leigh Montagna. Channel Seven was forced to issue an apology to St Kilda and Koschitzke and issued a retraction.[1][2] Stephen Milne and Leigh Montagna were subsequently advised by Victoria Police that no charges would be laid.[3]

Nine Network[edit]

In 2007 Hutchison left the Seven Network to join Channel Nine's football team. It was considered a shock defection due to the fact that Seven, who he had been with for eight years, won a share of the telecast rights to AFL matches for the first time since 2001.

As part of Hutchison's role with Nine, he became host of Nine's newly introduced talk show Footy Classified.[4] He was also appointed as a reporter for The Footy Show, The Sunday Footy Show and National Nine News, with his first major stories being an exclusive interview with Jonathan Hay, as well as a trip to Malibu, California to follow Ben Cousins as he was admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre.

On Sunday, May 10, 2009, he hosted the Channel 9 show TAC Cup Future Stars - aimed at focusing on stories and personalities of the TAC Cup.

In 2011, Hutchison played for Victoria in the annual EJ Whitten Legends Game, where he kicked a 'banana kick' goal while playing on ex-champion Wayne Carey and two goals in total.[5][6]

On November 28, 2012, Nine announced that Hutchison would replace Simon O'Donnell as Host of The Sunday Footy Show as of 2013.

Radio career[edit]

Craig joined Triple M in 1997 and two years later co-hosted the top rating Ralphy and Hutch show, and called AFL games every Saturday night from 1997-2005. Hutchison has shared Sundays with Sam Newman, James Brayshaw, Stephen Quartermain and Jason Dunstall, providing a preview of the day's game.

In 2006 he joined 3AW's football commentary team with Rex Hunt. In June 2007, Hutchison was sacked from 3AW. Management of the radio station took the action following a ratings plummet for its Saturday night football coverage.[7]

In March 2008, Hutchison joined SEN 1116 and, since 2009, co-hosts Off The Bench on Saturday morning with Liam Pickering.[8]

Crocmedia[edit]

Hutchison is the CEO and part-owner of Crocmedia, an Australian media content provider. It was established in 2006 by Hutchison and business partner, fellow journalist James Swanwick, with the backing of private investors.

The company creates and provides programs for television and radio stations, creates online content and live entertainment events for corporate businesses and media outlets. They also manage media personalities.[9]

Awards[edit]

Hutchison has been the recipient of many awards. These include being five-time winner of the AFL Media Association Awards 'Best Electronic News Reporter'[citation needed] and winning a Quill (Victorian Journalism Award) for Best TV News Report in 2002.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oops, wrong bloke | The Age 17 March 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2013
  2. ^ Milne, Montagna both train despite investigation | Sydney Morning Herald 17 March 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2013
  3. ^ AFL pair won't face rape charges | Sydney Morning Herald 7 May 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2013
  4. ^ Level the playing field | The Age 15 September 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2013
  5. ^ Toey Craig Hutchison kicks on for Legends match | Herald Sun 7 July 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2013
  6. ^ Hutchy's EJ Whitten Legends match gear stolen | Herald Sun 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2013
  7. ^ Axe falls on vaudeville footy | Herald Sun 22 June 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2013
  8. ^ Being sacked by 3AW best thing that's happened to Craig Hutchison's radio career | The Age 6 March 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2013
  9. ^ Crocmedia tears into the footy market | The Australian 26 October 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2013
  10. ^ Quills Honour Roll 2002 | Retrieved 3 April 2013

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