Michael Charlton

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The first ever broadcast of ABC Television - presented by Michael Charlton, 5 November 1956.

Michael Charlton (born 1 May 1927 in Sydney) is an Australian-born journalist and broadcaster who was worked for the BBC in the United Kingdom for many years.


The elder brother of Australian sports broadcaster Tony Charlton.[1] he initially he worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as a presenter in current affairs and commentator for Test cricket matches,[2] but later moved to London. He was the Australian representative on the BBC radio cricket commentary team for the 1956 Test series between England and Australia.[3] In 1961 he was the inaugural presenter of Four Corners, an Australian current affairs programme. In 1963 he was the recipient of the Australian Gold Logie award.[4]

Reporter and Interviewer[edit]

From 1962 to 1976 he was a reporter and interviewer for Panorama, reporting live from America in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination.[clarification needed] In July 1969 he reported live from mission control for the BBC during the Apollo 11 moon landing. Later, during the 1980s, he presented It's Your World, a phone-in programme on the BBC World Service.


  1. ^ "Charlton brothers in same show". The Age. 8 September 1966. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ BBC Profile for "Lessons from the Past", [1999] series on The Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4.
  3. ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Ball by Ball: The Story of Cricket Broadcasting, 1990, p181.
  4. ^ "Gold Logie Winners", All Down Under