Ray Hadley

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Ray Hadley
Born (1954-09-27) 27 September 1954 (age 59)
Paddington, Sydney
Occupation Talkback radio broadcaster
TV personality
Spouse(s) Suzanne (separated)
Children Daniel, Laura, Emma and Sarah
Website
rayhadley.com.au

Raymond Morris "Ray" Hadley OAM (born 27 September 1954) is an Australian talkback radio broadcaster and a rugby league football commentatator for Channel Nine. He presents 2GB Sydney's morning show, and leads the Continuous Call Team, a rugby league-based talkback radio panel program.

Early life[edit]

Hadley was born and raised in Paddington, Sydney but spent a short time in Eungai Rail on the mid north coast of New South Wales.[1]

Race calling[edit]

Ray started his broadcasting career, calling Greyhound racing at Appin, Bulli and Nowra from 1979 to 1981 before he was picked up by 2UE, where he became John Tapp's understudy.

Ray became the on-course caller at Harold Park Paceway, a role he held from 1985-1993 before focusing on his sports broadcasting duties at 2UE.

Radio career[edit]

2UE[edit]

Ray was for many years a taxi driver and auctioneer.

Hadley started at 2UE as a casual worker at the station. He began presenting traffic reports for Gary O'Callaghan's breakfast program, and did on-air promotions for various 2UE programs. He eventually began working as stand-in race caller, behind Des Hoysted and John Tapp.

In 1987, Hadley was chosen to head up 2UE's Rugby League coverage: The Continuous Call Team. The station had ratings victories 10 out of the 13 years 2UE had the rights to cover the game during his tenure.In 1994, he was the first league broadcaster since Frank Hyde to attract 200,000 listeners per quarter hour. During that time, he was also understudy and fill-in presenter for morning show presenter John Laws.

In 1999, 2UE lost the rights to the National Rugby League to 2GB. Faced with a difficult challenge to retain listeners, 2UE asked Hadley to present a rugby league program without access to the actual game. Despite this hurdle, the renamed Talking League Team won every rating period during 2000 and 2001. At times 2GB complained that the frequent "updates" given on the show extended to near real time commentary, which 2UE denied.

During his time at 2UE, Hadley also broadcast at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was commentating on Cathy Freeman's 400m race, where she had won gold.

2GB[edit]

In December 2001, Hadley joined 2GB to present the weekend rugby league coverage but when fellow 2UE presenter Alan Jones came to 2GB in April 2002 Ray accepted an offer to present the morning show as well.

His talkback show started as a traditionally local, community and state-based current affairs oriented - but over the past two years he has extended his program to networks stations in regional NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

His favourite music genre is country and western (both traditional and modern) - especially new releases and some old favourites but would occasionally play nostalgic 50's 60's and 70's radio-friendly pop hits. Hadley's opening theme is "Murrumbidgee" by one of his favourite country groups, The Wolverines, who are also great mates, while the closing theme is the world famous country instrumental "Last Date" from renowned country pianist Floyd Cramer.

In 2009 Hadley started broadcasting to a wider audience. His program from 9am to midday is also broadcast to stations across Rural NSW, Queensland and parts of Victoria and through Canberra station 2CC. Those stations are part of the Southern Cross network owned by Macquarie Bank Media and Capital Radio and are some of the stations which also broadcast the Continuous Call Team.

While Hadley achieved a new milestone in May 2009 when his 2GB morning show ratings reached 19.1% (the best figure for a morning show since John Laws topped 20% in the early 1980s, and back then there were no FM stations in the Sydney market), he bettered it two years later when in May 2011 he became the highest-rating radio announcer ever on Australian radio, commanding an unprecedented 20.1% of the audience.[2] His audience consists of the easily led which constitute the better part of the Australian market.

Awards[edit]

Hadley has been named the best Radio Sports Broadcaster at the "Rawards" for the 8 out of the past 11 years, and was awarded an Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen's Birthday 2002 Honours List for services to rugby league (as a broadcaster) and the community, through fund-raising initiatives for charitable organisations.

Hadley won an accolade at the 2006 ACRAs (also known as the RAWARDS) for "Best Current Affairs Presenter". He won that award again 2009 and became the first radio broadcaster to win both that award and best sports commentator. He has won 20 major ACRA Radio awards since 1987.

Television[edit]

After commencing as a sports reporter on Channel 7, Hadley was recruited to Channel 9 as part of The Footy Show, along with his radio and rugby league colleague Steve "Blocker" Roach, appearing between 1994 and 1998. He also made a one-off appearance on The Footy Show in 2005 in a forum to discuss brawling and antagonism between Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs supporters during a game against the Brisbane Broncos at Telstra Stadium. Hadley has also appeared in TV commercials, and for 17 years was spruiking the budget menswear establishment Lowes.

During 2010, he appeared on the Matty Johns Show on the Seven Network, an NRL-focoused programme hosted by Matthew Johns.

Also in 2010, Hadley was signed by Sky News Australia to present a weekly current affairs programme entitled Hadley!. The programme aired on Wednesday nights. It was cancelled due to poor ratings,[3] Hadley having resigned from Sky News Australia after only four episodes, reportedly due to "differences" and staff not wanting to work with him.

In October 2011, Hadley was signed up by Channel Nine to commentate on the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between the Wallabies and the All Blacks but was not invited to return, following complaints from staff regarding Hadley's behaviour.

In 2012, he returned to The Footy Show as a panellist on the Five in the Bin segment, commentating alongside Peter Sterling and Paul Vautin on Channel Nine's rugby league coverage.

Australian Communications and Media Authority[edit]

Hadley has been repeatedly censured by the ACMA for a range of offences. In 2012, Hadley threatened a protester outside 2GB's premises and later broadcast the protester's name and address on air. It emerged during the investigation that Hadley had got the man’s address wrong, instead broadcasting the address of somebody with the same name. The ACMA found against Hadley, finding he breached privacy regulations.[4]

On 25 June 2012, Hadley broadcast a fabricated story stating that school children visiting Parliament would no longer be given snacks because of budget cuts. When the story was denied by the then Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan, Hadley called Swan a liar, stating Swan was "complete boofhead that didn't know what was happening".[5] Despite repeated requests to retract the story, Hadley refused to do so and was found in breach of the code. Despite clear evidence, Hadley continued to deny that he had lied, stating on air, "Through life you can't win in an argument with the arbiter, with the referee and I can't win in a battle with the Australian Communications and Media Authority despite the fact that I think I'm right," [6]

Suspension and reinstatement[edit]

In February 2013, Hadley was suspended from 2GB, following an incident where Hadley verbally abused an employee, who recorded the event.[7] Hadley responded to the suspension by contacting the station major shareholder and close friend, John Singleton, demanding to be returned to the air. Singleton agreed and overruled Network managing director Rob Loewenthal.[8] Following this, Hadley gathered 2GB staff into a boardroom, apologised for his behaviour, repeatedly breaking down in tears during this event.[9] Hadley's ratings dropped considerably following the release of details of the suspension.[10]

The employee in question sued Ray Hadley, with 2GB refusing to cover his legal costs. [11]

The case was later settled out of court for an "undisclosed sum", the settlement including an agreement that the recording of Hadley's outburst be suppressed.[12]

Ahmed court case[edit]

Hadley was successfully sued by Kim Anne Ahmed. Her husband, Emran Ahmed, was convicted in July 2007 of aggravated indecent assault over an incident in which he forced himself on a 17 year old woman who had just begun working at his fish-and-chip shop. Hadley attacked Mrs Ahmed on air because she continued to support her husband, and because she took out an AVO against the young victim's father, who allegedly began "circling" the seafood shop.

In an interview with the victim's father in May 2008, following a failed District Court appeal by Mr Ahmed, Hadley described the seafood shop owner's supporters as "vile".

Later in the broadcast, Hadley said that if either Mr Ahmed or his "grub of a wife" still owned their shop, "they should completely and utterly be sent out of business". 2GB refused to cover legal costs in connection with this case [13]

Ray Hadley was ordered to pay $280,000 to Mrs Ahmed, including interest and legal costs, with the judge defending the unusually high payout by saying "The publicly inflicted harm entitles her [Mrs Ahmed] to an award which vindicates her reputation and marks the baselessness of the defamation", and describing Ray Hadley and his broadcast as "from the gutter."[14]

Ray Hadley is known as "Maximum Ray" in legal fraternity in NSW, as plaintiffs against him will often receive the maximum amount payable to them.[15]

Domestic violence[edit]

In February 2014, Hadley's wife, Suzanne attended a local police station and made a statement to police regarding her husband and stepson's behaviour the night before. As a result of that statement, police served an Apprehended Violence Order, similar to a restraining order, on Ray Hadley. A second Order was prepared for her stepson Danny Hadley, a serving police constable. 24 hours after the Order was served on Hadley, police attempted to contact Hadley's wife; failing to do so, the Order was cancelled.[16]

Hadley was criticised in the media following the incident, with some media outlets drawing on the apparent hypocrisy given Hadley's outspoken criticism of those charged with domestic violence, and his own comments regarding Kim Ahmed's own Apprehended Violence Order.[17]

Hadley was previously the subject of an AVO, following allegations that he had made a series of abusive and threatening telephone calls to Charity manager Matt Murdoch. The final AVo was dismissed due to a lack of evidence.[18]

Athens Olympics[edit]

In 2004, Hadley was recorded in the middle of an outburst aimed at now-former 2GB news director Justin Kelly at the 2004 Athens Olympics, after Hadley's call of an event at the Games was not used in a news bulletin. His use of the word "spastic" outraged organisations that deal with people which such conditions, and Ray made a quick apology and offered his services to the organisations affected for no charge. Also during the outburst, the profane word "fucking" was used 20 times.

A dance version of the outburst was soon created and played on Triple J and bootlegged around the country.

Andrew Voss[edit]

In August, 2011, a statue of rugby league caller, Ray Warren, was unveiled in his home town of Junee. The statue was co-funded by Ray Hadley's radio station, 2GB, and Channel 9.[19]

Andrew Voss, Channel 9's second rugby league caller at the time, behind Ray Warren, noted on Channel 9 rugby league chat show, The Sunday Roast, that the statue was not a great likeness of Warren.

Ray Hadley used his radio show for the two days following the comments to launch attacks on Voss, labelling him a "grub of the highest order", a "moron", and claiming that the gulf between Ray Warren and Andrew Voss, both as commentators and as men, was immeasurable.

It was claimed by some, including Voss himself, that Hadley's over-reaction was due to a perceived snub 17 years earlier, during their time at 2UE, when Voss was offered a television role over Hadley.[20]

Andrew Voss launched legal action against Ray Hadley which was settled in 2012,[21] with Andrew Voss receiving a "six-figure" payout, and a public apology from Ray Hadley.

Greg Smith[edit]

In April and May 2012, Ray Hadley, on his 2GB radio program, made allegations about then NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, that he gave advice to his friend, Father Finian Egan, that an alleged victim of child sex abuse perpetrated by Egan in the 1970s and 1980s was seeking a one million dollar payment.[22]

Smith took Hadley to court, with both parties later dropping the case in exchange for Hadley refraining to broadcast further on the matter.[23][24]

Personal[edit]

Hadley has two children with his former wife, Anne Marie, including Daniel who is a serving police constable. Hadley married Suzanne in 1994. They separated in late 2010 but reconciled a few months later. [25] However they separated again in 2014, and Suzanne began dating Matt Parish, the Canberra Raiders assistant coach and assistant coach of the NSW 2014 State of Origin team.

In May 2014 it was revealed that Hadley had unsuccessfully attempted to have Parish fired from his post with the NRL after Suzanne and Parish began their relationship.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott, Tim (25 September 2010). "Brawler of the airwaves". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ Marcus Casey (11 May 2011). "Hard working Hadley cracks 20pc barrier". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ray Hadley to present Sky News talk show". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 15 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hadley accepts ACMA ruling but takes aim at complainant Wayne Swan". Mumbrella. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Ray Hadley won't apologise for calling Swan a liar and a boofhead". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  6. ^ "2GB's Ray Hadley breached privacy rules by broadcasting man's address, rules ACMA". Mumbrella. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  7. ^ Sharp, Annette (2013-02-16). "Tearful Ray Hadley eats humble pie over outburst to junior 2GB staff". News.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  8. ^ "2GB star Ray Hadley stays silent on-air over being sued by station employee over an altercation". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  9. ^ Jonathan Swan (2013-02-15). "Hadley back on air as Singleton lifts suspension". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  10. ^ Giles Hardie (2010-05-19). "Radio ratings Sydney". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  11. ^ "Radio Host Ray Hadley Is Being Personally Sued By The Man He Apologised For Shouting At". Business Insider. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  12. ^ Jonathan Swan (2014-01-31). "Ray Hadley settles with man he allegedly bullied". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  13. ^ "Sex offender's wife sues Ray Hadley". News.ninemsn.com.au. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  14. ^ "Ray Hadley to pay $280,000 for defaming woman on show | smh.com.au". M.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  15. ^ Damien Murphy. "Ray Hadley gives evidence in Kim Ahmed defamation case". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  16. ^ Young, Matt (2014-02-21). "Ray Hadley’s wife Suzanne applies for Apprehended Violence Order against him". News.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  17. ^ Jonathan Swan and Nick Ralston. "Ray Hadley's wife withdraws apprehended violence order application". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  18. ^ "Matt Murdoch has AVO application against 2GB's Ray Hadley adjourned". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  19. ^ "Ray Hadley slams Andrew Voss as a 'moron, 'grub' for Ray Warren statue comments". The Daily Telegraph. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  20. ^ "Origin of Ray Hadley, Andrew Voss feud revealed". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  21. ^ "Hadley sued over Rabbits statue". The Daily Telegraph. 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  22. ^ "mith takes Hadley to court for defamation". Sydney Morning Herald. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  23. ^ Louise Hall (2012-09-27). "Smith takes Hadley to court for defamation". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  24. ^ "Hadley to be sued for defamation". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  25. ^ "The Hadleys rekindle their love". The Daily Telegraph. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  26. ^ Hornery, Andrew (2014-05-16). "Ray Hadley creates minefield over wife's affair with coach Matt Parish". Sydnay Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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