Jon Faine

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Jon Faine
Born September 21, 1956
Dunedin, New Zealand
Show Mornings
Station(s) 774 ABC Melbourne
Time slot 8:30 am - 11:00 am weekdays
Show The Conversation Hour
Station(s) 774 ABC Melbourne,
ABC Victoria
Time slot 11:00 am - 12:00 pm weekdays
Style Talk
Country Australia
Previous show(s) The Law Report
Website Jon Faine profile from 774 ABC Melbourne

Jonathan Eric Faine, (born September 21, 1956) is currently an Australian radio presenter and host of a morning program on 774 ABC in Melbourne. Faine is also recognised as a prominent and influential member of the Australian Jewish community.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Faine was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. He emigrated to Sydney with his parents at a young age. Later they moved to Melbourne, where he attended Melbourne High School.[citation needed]

Faine graduated from the Law with Engineering department[3] at Monash University and is promoted as a "prominent alumni" on the university's website.[4]


Faine began his professional career practising as a solicitor in various Melbourne law firms, combining work with his love for cars by serving as a motoring reporter for a lawyers' magazine.[citation needed] He acted pro-bono for the Australian Democrats in a number of Court of Disputed Returns matters in the late 1980s with success.[citation needed] In 1989 he began working in radio, producing and hosting The Law Report on the Radio National channel of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and, since that time, has worked on various ABC radio and television programs.

From 1996, Faine has hosted ABC's local radio morning program, from 8.30 am to 12.00 pm in Melbourne, including the Conversation Hour which is heard across Victoria from 11.00 am. He is known for vigorous debate and for fostering conversation on politics, law, arts and sport. With high ratings that peaked in September 2002, he was found to be Victoria's top talk-show host (AC Nielsen survey),[citation needed] and in 2003 he received the ABC Local Radio "Broadcaster of the Year" award. He has also worked on scripts for a number of television and feature films.

After a leak of ABC presenters' salaries, Faine disclosed his taxpayer-funded salary to be $300,000 per annum. [5]

In 2011 Faine was voted by the Australian Jewish News as among the Top 50 most influential members of the Jewish community in Australia.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Together with his son Jack, who was aged 19 at the time, Faine used his long service leave in 2008 to drive overland from Melbourne to London, United Kingdom.[7]


  1. ^ "The AJN Top 50". Australian Jewish News TV. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Join in the debate on the top 50 influential Jews". Australian Jewish News. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Law Undergraduate Course Guide 2013" (PDF). Monash University. Monash University. 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mr Jon Faine". Monash University. Monash University. 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Leaked document shows ABC stars' salaries". 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "The AJN Top 50". Australian Jewish News TV. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Jack and Jon Faine (2 May 2010). "Home". Jack and Jon Faine. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

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