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Born in Edgecliff, New South Wales, he attended Sydney Boys High School in 1944-49. He was a broadcaster and news editor at Deniliquin from 1949 to 1951 before becoming a journalist for the ABC from 1951 to 1968. During that time he was Supervisor of ABCTV News and Chief of Staff of the ABC News Service, amongst other positions. He switched to commercial radio in 1969 and presented current affairs programmes on stations including 2UE, 2UW, Radio Australia, 2SM 3AW in Melbourne (1996); 4BK Brisbane (1997). before returning to Sydney to 2SM (1978–1982); 2GB; (1982–1992) and 2CH (1992–1995). During his radio career he also presented TV programmes on Channels 7 and 9 in Sydney, ABCTV Queensland/Northern Territory, WIN4 Wollongong and SBS. His 1982 radio documentary on the Polish background of Pope John Paul won a UN Media Peace Prize. He founded the Shooters Party, in 1992 and was its Vice-Chairman until late 2013 when he resigned from the party.
In 1995 Tingle was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council as a Shooters Party (later Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party) member, serving for eleven years until his resignation in 2006. During that time he initiated 7 successful bills, served on the Staysafe Committee for 11 years and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Shooting Clubs for 10 years. In 2007 he was appointed to the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal.
He currently presents programs on Hastings Community FM Radio's 2WAY FM on the NSW Mid North Coast, on a casual basis, specialising in classical music and swing.
- "The Hon. John Saxon Tingle (1931 - )". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
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