Clive Robertson (broadcaster)

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Clive Robertson
Born (1945-12-28) 28 December 1945 (age 76)
OccupationRadio presenter, journalist, television host
Years active1967−present
Known for(former) Radio presenter at 2GB

Clive Robertson (born 28 December 1945) is an Australian radio and television personality in Sydney who has been heard on both the AM and FM bands for over forty years.

Early life[edit]

Robertson was born in Katoomba, New South Wales, in 1945. He left school at the age of 16 to begin work on a farm (including his beloved "Massey-Harris tractor"), going on to work for his father (a lawyer), later doing court work, and then moving on to become an electrical apprentice as well as running wires for the Postmaster-General's Department. He later worked on the railways cleaning steam locomotives, and also driving them from time to time, which would fuel a lifelong fascination with them.

On-air personality[edit]

Robertson is known for his wry wit and humorous dealings with talk-back callers, and his outspoken manner. He said that Perth radio station 6IX fired him because he would not use the station's slogan, "Have a happy day".[1]

Career in broadcasting[edit]

In 1967 with the advent of talk radio, Robertson began his broadcasting career working at a number of stations in the southwest of Western Australia. In 1972 he joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Sydney, beginning on the radio station 2BL. He moved to Canberra a few months later and worked on 2CY and 2CN. A well known part of his breakfast show on 2BL was his daily tête-à-tête with either Caroline Jones or Margaret Throsby.[2] He also presented the 7 pm television news for the ABC.

In 1980, he worked at 2DAY-FM, but returned to the ABC some months later.

From 1982 to 1988 he was host of the Beauty and the Beast television talk show on Network Ten. Leaving ABC radio, he then moved to the Seven Network where he hosted the news program 11AM, and in 1985 became the host of Newsworld.[3] Robertson took a unique approach to Newsworld, and his later news show on the Nine Network, Robbo's World Tonight:

I thought I'll muck around and then they'll take me off it, you see. And it didn't work that way ... I'd have to say the order of things especially at Channel 9, the order of news items. And if I said, "Look, this is really important", I'd look at the camera and say, "This is a really important story" and set it up, and if it was an important story, then the audience think, "Oh this guy's a good filter." If you said, "Look, this is a silly item, I don't know why we're running it" and you run it and it is a silly item, you've got them. And it's not a con. What that program did is different from most news programs is gave things what they really were worth ... and did that go down well with the journalists? Have a guess Peter. "He's ruining our station" and all that rubbish. I mean, we get a new item in at, say, 10.30 at night and I'd say, "By the way, you'll see this at 6 o'clock tomorrow night" and they'll say it's the latest, "you know better". "You can't say things like that." Well, you know, come on, so journalists are a bit thick as you know...

— ABC Talking Heads interview[4]

Over the years Robertson has also presented radio programs on 6VA, 6TZ, 6IX, 2UE, 2GB, 2SM and ABC Classic FM,[5][3][6] as well as TV station STW-9 and Network Ten. In 2006 he returned to national TV screens on the ABC Television show Agony Aunts.[6]

Robertson filled in for Stan Zemanek on 2UE from 8 pm to midnight just prior to Christmas in 2006. After the new year, he was moved to the midnight to dawn overnight timeslot. Robertson left 2UE in March 2008, not able to cope with the hours,[7] but returned to 3 pm to 6 pm on weekend afternoons, and later the 2UE Nights program (8:00 pm to 12:00 am).

Personal life[edit]

Robertson has been married twice. His second marriage was to actress Penny Cook. Both marriages ended in divorce.[8]


  1. ^ Australia's Entertainers; Compiled by Margot Veitch; p. 119
  2. ^ Clive Robertson 2BL 1979 on YouTube
  3. ^ a b "Help from the boss for Robbo". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 January 1989.
  4. ^ "Talking Heads – Clive Robertson". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 November 2007. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Clive broadcast". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b Guinness, Daphne (18 May 2006). "Clive goes all cuddly". The Age. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  7. ^ Murray, Emily Dunn and Elicia (28 February 2008). "Model of decorum on the red". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Talking Heads - Clive Robertson". 19 September 2005. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2013.

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