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Simon Townsend (born 27 November 1945) is an Australian journalist who became a popular television host during the 1980s. He is now retired.
Vietnam War Conscientious Objector
He gained national prominence on his anti-conscription stance, he said, "I suddenly decided to be a . . . objector to the Vietnam War. I then went to Sydney, I met people, I joined the groups and I read. And suddenly I had an intellectual basis for my objection to the Vietnam War. And that was when I got very busy, objecting, going to court and I ended up in Long Bay Gaol for a month. And in 1968 I ended up in the army prison for a month. I was court-martialled while I was there."
Townsend is best remembered in Australia as the host and producer of the popular children's show, Simon Townsend's Wonder World.
In 1993, he hosted a show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation called TVTV. It contained a mixture of interviews with television personalities promoting their shows and reviews of television shows new to the screen. Presenters of this show were Edith Bliss (who worked previously on Wonder World), James Valentine formerly of Models and Townsend.
He has also appeared on a celebrity version of Sale of the Century.
- Talking Heads - Simon Townsend ABC TV Screened: 8 August 2005. Transcript Accessed 5 May 2007
- "Simon Townsend on The Morning Show". televisionau.com. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Simon Townsend Journalism and Writing". simontownsendjournalism.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
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