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Background information
Birth nameHarry Patrick Harding
Born (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 33)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
GenresMandopop, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, television presenter
Years active2011–present

Harry Harding (born 16 June 1990 in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia), also known as Hazza Harding and simply his stage name Hazza, is a journalist, television presenter, radio host and singer previously based in China. His debut single, "Let Go", was released on iTunes 8 August 2012, along with a music video that was shot in Australia.[1] Hazza won "Most Popular Internet Celebrity 2011" at the 56.com Short film awards ceremony in Beijing.[2] On November 23, 2020, Hazza announced via his Twitter account that his single "I Was Wrong" had peaked at No.5 on a national music chart in China, broadcast on more than 25 radio stations across mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao.[3] Hazza stepped down as host of Guangdong Report on August 31, 2022, the same day that the OHCHR Assessment of human rights concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, was issued.[4]

Journalism and presenting[edit]

Hazza worked as a presenter at Guangdong Radio and Television (previously Guangdong TV), where he has hosted the talk show FaceTime from 2012 to 2021, with a short break during a stint at HKSTV. He also featured on various programmes for the network after his tenure on HKSTV during 2014 to 2016,[5] and anchored news programmes such as The Guangdong Report and Guangdong News Now, plus live specials for the network through 2022.

In 2017, Hazza won first prize at China News Award,[6] a prestigious national-level award presented to outstanding journalists in the country, for his work on a radio feature report about innovative companies of Guangdong province and its connections with Australia. He has also regularly published articles for Xinhua News Agency since late 2017.[7]

Commenting on China's response of the Brereton Report, Hazza commented on a tweet on Twitter that he had considered for the first time "relinquishing his Australian citizenship"; he also apologised to the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in the tweet for Australia's emotional response to a graphic posted on Twitter. He has since clarified via media interviews that he is a patriotic Australian, and Chinese media called the comment "the highest act of love for one's country."[8]

Hazza was one of few Chinese state media presenters openly opposed to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and referred to the conflict as an “invasion” on numerous occasions during televised broadcasts.[9]

Aside from his work in China, Hazza has also worked with a number of Australian television channels, including ABC Australia[10] and 7two,[11] with episodes listed on the Freeview (Australia) website.[12]

In an exclusive interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 7:30 in May 2023, Hazza revealed he had been approached on two occasions by individuals who may have been working for foreign intelligence agencies.[13] Hazza claimed he did not know which country the individuals were working for, but connections to the Russian propaganda website New Eastern Outlook suggest they were Russian operatives working in China targeting foreign nationals.


Hazza began his music career by posting cover songs to popular Chinese video sharing websites.[14] Combined, Hazza's videos have received in excess of 100 million hits. In June 2012, Hazza recorded his debut single, "Let Go" (Chinese: 该走的都走吧). The single was released later that year on iTunes, and peaked at #1 on the local radio music charts in Guangzhou, and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks. The second single, a collaboration with Chinese singer-songwriter Wu Huan, "No Worries" (Chinese: 无所不欢), was released on 28 October 2014 and peaked at #3 on local radio charts.[15] His third single, "Mr Gentleman" (Chinese: 绅士先生), was released on 2015. On November 23, 2020, Hazza announced via his Twitter account that his single "I Was Wrong," a song about a personal breakup, had peaked at No.5 on a national music chart in China, broadcast on more than 25 radio stations across mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao.[3] In a recent interview, Hazza announced we was working on a new single set for release late 2022.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Hazza grew up in Ipswich, Australia and attended West Moreton Anglican College where he was school captain.[17] Hazza completed his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics at Griffith University.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2012 56.com Short Film Awards Most Popular Internet Celebrity Won [2]
2013 Guangzhou Top 10 Music Chart Best Male Newcomer Won (bronze)[18]
2016 Guangdong News Award First Prize Won[19]
2017 China News Award First Prize Won[6]


  1. ^ Lynch, Rebecca (1 October 2012). "Singer has 10m fans - in China". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b 56网助力百万梦想基金 公布2012微电影导演扶持计划 [56.com announces director's funding plan]. 56.com (in Chinese (China)). Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Just found out my song "I Was Wrong" has made it to NUMBER 5 on this national music chart [Hazza Twitter update]. Twitter.com. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  4. ^ Hazza, Harding. "Hazza steps down". @GDTVhazza. Retrieved 25 February 2023.
  5. ^ Marshall, Deborah. "Harry tops the charts in China". Griffith News. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b "List of The 27th China News Award winners (first prize)". www.xinhuanet.com (in Chinese (China)).
  7. ^ Harding, Hazza (30 December 2018). "Feature: Surviving cancer, Chinese man pulls off miracle with Fiji "miracle fruit"". Xinhua News Agency. Archived from the original on 30 December 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ Wong, Kate (2 December 2020). "Chinese-language media in Australia ridicules Morrison". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2020.(subscription required)
  9. ^ "Videos | Hazza China". Hazza China. Retrieved 23 May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Huang, Jia. "Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)—Report for 2016-17—Volume I". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  11. ^ Huang, Jia. "Charming China". People’s Daily. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  12. ^ Huang, Jia. "Watch Charming Guangdong". Freeview. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  13. ^ Hui, Echo. "Popstar. Presenter. Influencer. Spy?". ABC News. Retrieved 23 May 2023.
  14. ^ "Learn English: How to learn a new language". ABC Education. Australia Broadcasting Corporation. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Guangzhou New Music Charts week #38 list (.jpg file)" (in Chinese (China)). Guangzhou Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  16. ^ Huang, Jia. "Australian-born singer songwriter and tv host harry hazza harding is bringing his music to the international audience". BRIDGE. BRIDGE Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  17. ^ Huang, Jia. "Ipswich talent goes viral on Chinese TV and radio". Courier Mail. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  18. ^ "Guangzhou Top 10 Music Chart 2013 winners" (in Chinese (China)). 12 January 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Guangdong News Prize 2016 winners". The Journalists Association of Guangdong (in Chinese (China)). Retrieved 20 April 2019.

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