Richard Wilkins (TV presenter)

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Richard Wilkins
AM
Richard Wilkins 2014.jpg
Wilkins at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014
Born Richard Stephen Wilkins
(1954-06-19) 19 June 1954 (age 64)
Auckland, New Zealand
Residence Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Other names Richard Wilde, Dickie
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1987–present
Employer Nine Network
Television Today

Richard Stephen Wilkins, AM (born 19 June 1954) is an Australian television and radio presenter. He is the Entertainment Editor for the Nine Network and Today, weekend announcer on Smooth FM, and sought after Master of Ceremonies.

Early life[edit]

Wilkins was born in New Zealand in 1954, where he graduated from teacher's college, studying English and Music. Using the name "Richard Wilde" he became an aspiring pop singer. PolyGram signed him to a worldwide deal.[1]

In 1980 he brought his band Wilde And Reckless to Australia. He released some singles and a six track EP, and toured with Grace Jones. He left the music stage to work behind the scenes as Promotions and Marketing Manager for Sydney radio stations 2Day FM and 2UW (now known as KIIS 106.5). He was part of the Australian Olympians' group which released the top 30 single, "You're Not Alone".

Career[edit]

Along with Joy Smithers, Wilkins was the original host of MTV Australia when it launched on Nine in 1987. MTV Australia set a new benchmark for music television in Australia.

In 1992, he hosted a game show called Keynotes, a summertime replacement for Sale of the Century. In 1999 he hosted the Australian version of Entertainment Tonight and for ten consecutive years (minus the 1999–00 event), hosted the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks telecast.

Wilkins is Nine's Network Entertainment editor. On Today, Richard presents daily features and interviews from right across the world of showbiz.

He presents the Nine Network's annual coverage of The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards and many other special events.

In 2006 he returned to the stage for his role as Vince Fontaine in the mega-production "Grease: the Arena Spectacular".

On 7 July 2007, Wilkins presented at the Australian leg of the Live Earth concert.

Reporting live on the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on 26 June 2009, Wilkins erroneously reported the death of actor Jeff Goldblum on Today, although later in the program this was verified as a hoax.[2][3]

In September 2011 he released his autobiography Black Ties, Red Carpets, Green Rooms, which went on to be a best seller.

In May 2012, Wilkins started on smoothfm. He is the host of weekend Mornings (10am – 1pm) on smoothfm 91.5 in Melbourne and smoothfm 95.3 in Sydney.[4]

In 2017, Wilkins celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Nine Network.[5] In January 2017, for the twelfth time, Wilkins co-hosted the annual G'Day USA Gala - the annual Australian event in the United States, at the behest of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In November 2017, Wilkins returned to host the ARIA awards from The Star in Sydney for the NINE television network.

Honours[edit]

Wilkins was presented with the Variety Club's "Heart of Variety" Award in 2000 for his outstanding humanitarian efforts

In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Wilkins was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for "significant service to the community through a range of charities, and to the entertainment industry".[6]

Richard has won two ACRA awards (Australian Commercial Radio Awards) for Best Music Special - John Farnham and Michael Buble.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Wilkins". Today official website. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Richard Wilkins's massive Jeff Goldblum blunder on Today". livenews.com.au. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Hurst, Daniel (26 June 2009). "Website hoax: Jeff Goldblum not dead". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "DMG Radio rebrands stations for gap in market". 
  5. ^ "Richard Wilkins celebrates three decades with Channel 9". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
Originator Today
Entertainment editor

1994–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
inaugural host
Sydney New Year's Eve
Host

1995–962005–06
Succeeded by
Gretel Killeen
Daniel MacPherson