Charlie King (sports broadcaster)

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Charlie King OAM is an Indigenous Australian sports commentator and award-winning anti-family violence campaigner working in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is of Gurindji descent.


King is a commentator for ABC Radio's Grandstand sport program based in Darwin.[1][2] He commentates on various sports including Australian rules football and cricket.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he was the lawn bowls commentator for ABC radio.[3] King was a commentator at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for ABC, becoming the first Indigenous Australian to commentate at an Olympic Games.[1][3][4]

Community work[edit]

King has worked in child protection for more than 25 years, volunteering as an independent person supporting children without a parent or guardian in trouble with the law.[5] He established the 'No More' initiative in 2006, which used sport to campaigning against family violence in Australia.[6]

King was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to broadcast media and the Indigenous community in 2015.[7] In 2016, King won a Northern Territory human rights award.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "ABC Sports Broadcaster, Charlie King, Paralympian Tahlia Rotumah and Author Anita Heiss". Speaking Out. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  2. ^ King, Charlie (6 July 2004). "Charlie King". George Negus Tonight (Interview). Interviewed by George Negus. ABC Television. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "The ABC Grandstand Team in Beijing". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Charlie King going for gold!". Radio News. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Honour roll". Australian of the Year Awards. 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ Bannister, Brooke (19 May 2008). "ABC presenter Charlie King kicks off the No More campaign". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  7. ^ McDonald, Shae (26 January 2015). "Charlie King awarded an Order of Australia Medal". NT News. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  8. ^ Roussos, Eleni (8 December 2016). "Broadcaster Charlie King uses human rights award win to call for violence-free Christmas". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC News. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  9. ^ Shannon, Kate (14 September 2009). "Charlie King wins national award for community work". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2010.