Rick Ardon

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Rick Ardon
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Born (1959-03-04) 4 March 1959 (age 55)
Occupation Seven News newsreader
Spouse(s) Erin Ardon

Rick Ardon (born 4 March 1959 in Perth, Western Australia), is a news presenter on Seven News in Perth, Western Australia. In 2005, Ardon and Susannah Carr, celebrated their 20th consecutive year reading the news together on Seven Perth. He has a daughter, who works for TV station GWN7.

Education[edit]

Ardon commenced primary school at the Sacred Heart Primary School, Highgate, in 1965 and transferred in 1969 to Christian Brothers High School, Highgate, where he completed his primary and secondary schooling, leaving in 1976.

Media career[edit]

Ardon began his media career at the State's daily paper, The West Australian, where he was Cadet Journalist of the Year in 1977. In 1978 he made the move to electronic broadcasting, joining television station TVW-7 as a news journalist. By the end of the year he was also acting as relief newsreader and was rapidly promoted from the minor weekend bulletins to a regular weeknight news presenter role.

His time as a journalist at the Seven Network has seen him cover a number of significant stories, from the Gulf War of 1990-91 to the Bali Bombings of 2005 and the subsequent Amrozi bin Nurhasyim trial.

Other overseas assignments include the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival. During the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Ardon presented the news to Western Australians from the Olympic Stadium. His on-screen work has been rewarded with 10 Logie Awards as Western Australia's Most Popular TV Personality. In addition to his news-presenting role he has also written/produced three documentaries for the station.

Achievements[edit]

Ardon lives by the beach in Perth, allowing him to indulge in a favourite pastime, surfing.

Business interests[edit]

In 2002, Rick Ardon's wife, Erin Ardon, received approval from the City of Stirling to operate a Bed and Breakfast.[1] The Beach Manor Bed and Breakfast is operated from the couple's Scarborough property in Perth, Western Australia.[2] On 25 April 2005, the Seven Network lifestyle program The Great Outdoors ran a segment which featured the property. Australian Broadcasting Corporation program Media Watch reported about the segment, and the failure of the Seven Network to disclose Ardon's business relationship with the property.[3] Seven's then Director of Corporate Development, Simon Francis, replied that there was no conflict of interest in the segment.

To suggest that The Great Outdoors undertook the segment for any reason other than it's a great place to visit is misplaced. The initial interest in the segment from our producers - based in Sydney - was not based on a need or desire to promote our news anchor in Perth or provide some "plug" for a business run by his wife.

—Simon Francis. [4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Robert (2002-07-09). "News in brief". The West Australian. 
  2. ^ Adshead, Gary (2004-07-10). "Fancy a boudoir at Rick's place?". The West Australian. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "Rick Ardon's plug". Mediawatch. 2005-05-02. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  4. ^ Francis, Simon (29 April 2005). "Reply to Media Watch" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-01-26. 

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