Jon Faine

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Jon Faine
Birth name Jonathan Eric Faine
Born (1956-09-21) 21 September 1956 (age 60)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Show Mornings
Station(s) 774 ABC Melbourne
Time slot 8:30 am - 11:00 am weekdays
Show The Conversation Hour
Station(s) 774 ABC Melbourne,
ABC Victoria
Time slot 11:00 am - 12:00 noon weekdays
Style Talk
Country Australia
Previous show(s) The Law Report

Jonathan Eric "Jon" Faine (born 21 September 1956) is an Australian radio presenter who hosts the morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne in Melbourne. Faine is also recognised as a prominent and influential member of the Australian Jewish community.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Faine was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. He emigrated to Sydney with his parents at a young age. Later they moved to Melbourne in 1968,[3] where he attended Melbourne High School.

Faine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1981 at Monash University, where he worked as an intern at the Springvale Legal Centre, and is promoted as a prominent alumnus on the university's website.[4] After graduation, he began his professional career as a solicitor at the Melbourne law firms Barker Harty and Co, and Holding Redlich and Co, and then at the Fitzroy Legal Service.


Faine began his professional career practising as a solicitor in various Melbourne law firms, combining work with his love of cars by serving as a motoring reporter for a lawyers' magazine.[citation needed] He acted pro-bono for the Australian Democrats in a number of Court of Disputed Returns matters in the late 1980s with success.[citation needed] In 1989 he began working in radio, producing and hosting The Law Report on the Radio National channel of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and, since that time, has worked on various ABC radio and television programs.

From 1996, Faine has hosted ABC's local radio morning program, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon in Melbourne, including the Conversation Hour which is heard across Victoria from 11:00 am. He is known for vigorous debate and for fostering conversation on politics, law, arts and sport. With high ratings that peaked in September 2002, he was found to be Victoria's top talk-show host (AC Nielsen survey),[citation needed] and in 2003 he received the ABC Local Radio "Broadcaster of the Year" award. He has also worked on scripts for a number of television and feature films.

After a leak of ABC presenters' salaries, Faine disclosed his taxpayer-funded salary to be $300,000 per annum.[5]

In 2011 Faine was voted by the Australian Jewish News as among the Top 50 most influential members of the Jewish community in Australia.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Together with his son Jack, who was aged 19 at the time, Faine used his long service leave in 2008 to drive overland from Melbourne to London, United Kingdom.[7]

Political views[edit]

Faine is an ABC political journalist. He is a former member of the Australian Labor Party.[8]

AWU Affair

He was reprimanded by the ABC for interviews he conducted in 2013 regarding the AWU affair, in which he was found to have demonstrated bias in his handling of interviews defending Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard's involvement in the AWU slush fund scandal.[9][10]

Abbott Government

Faine likened the Abbott Government's review of the ABC and SBS to Vladimir Putin's Russia.[11] In a 2015 interview with Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Faine criticised Abbott for saying that taxpayers should not have to fund "lifestyle choices" and asked why the Prime Minister kept "saying stupid things" and suggested Abbott was a bully: "You yourself admit you have an aggressive streak - isn't that the core of bullying?"[12]

Religious views: John Faine has declared he is a Atheist, and his worldview is one of Secular Humanist.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The AJN Top 50". Australian Jewish News TV. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Join in the debate on the top 50 influential Jews". Australian Hebrew News. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Mr Jon Faine". Monash University. Monash University. 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Leaked document shows ABC stars' salaries". 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "The AJN Top 50". Australian Jewish News TV. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Jack and Jon Faine (2 May 2010). "Home". Jack and Jon Faine. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Crikey’s Bias-o-meter Part V: the shock jocks; Stephen Mayne;; 29 June 2007
  9. ^ Presenter censured on coverage; The Age; January 31, 2013
  10. ^ Media Watch: Episode 1, 4 February 2013;
  11. ^ Do to the ABC what Putin did to Russia's media? That's un-Australian; Jon Faine, The Age; Feb 2, 2014
  12. ^ Tony Abbott asked why he keeps saying 'stupid things' in fiery ABC interview; The Age; March 20, 2015

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