Jon Faine

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Jon Faine
Born 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

Jon Faine (born Jonathan Eric Faine) is an Australian radio presenter and host of a morning programme on 774 ABC in Melbourne, Australia. Jon 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, and 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, and combined 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 ABC and, since that time, he has worked on various ABC radio and television programmes.

Since 1996, he has hosted ABC's local radio morning programme, from 8.30 am to 12.00 pm in Melbourne, including the "Conversation Hour", which is heard across Victoria from 11.00 am.[citation needed] Faine 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.

In 2011 Jon Faine was voted by the Australian Jewish News as among the Top 50 most influential members of the Jewish community in Australia.[5]

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 (UK).[6] Ali Moore filled in for Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne for most of the last six months of 2008.[citation needed]


  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. ^ "The AJN Top 50". Australian Jewish News TV. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Jack and Jon Faine (2 May 2010). "Home". Jack and Jon Faine. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

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