Stephen Crittenden

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Stephen Crittenden
Born 29 October 1963
Show Background Briefing
Station(s) ABC Radio National
Style Current Affairs
Country Australia
Previous show(s) Religion Report

Stephen Crittenden is one of Australia's leading religion journalists and a broadcaster for ABC Radio National.

Early career[edit]

Crittenden began his radio career as a schoolboy, broadcasting with Sydney's classical FM community radio station 2MBS-FM. After working as a policy officer in the NSW Cabinet Office (1986–88), he joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1989 as a reporter for ABC Radio Current Affairs.

ABC Radio producer[edit]

In 1995–96 he was the national arts correspondent for the 7.30 Report, and he later went on to be one of the presenters of Express, a weekly magazine arts program based in Melbourne.[1][2] In 1999 he was appointed as Executive Producer of ABC Radio's Religion department, a post he held until the beginning of 2002 when he returned to a full-time on air role as host of The Religion Report.[1][2]

2008 suspension[edit]

In October 2008 Crittenden was suspended from the ABC on full pay after he announced at the start of the Religion Report that the ABC had decommissioned The Ark, In Conversation, Media Report, Perspective, Radio Eye, Sports Factor, Short Story, Street Stories and well as the Religion Report, saying, "The decision to axe one of this network's most distinctive and important programs has been approved by the director of ABC Radio, Sue Howard, and it will condemn Radio National to even greater irrelevance... The ABC's specialist units have been under attack for years, but the decapitation of the flagship program of the religion department effectively spells the death of religion at the ABC."[3][4]

Return to ABC[edit]

After 3 months, Crittenden returned to the ABC as a reporter on Background Briefing.[4] Currently he is working as a reporter for Radio National's current affairs program Background Briefing.[1][2] He has previously interviewed theologian Hans Küng about the pontificate of John Paul II.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Broadcasting Corporation (16 April 2009). "The John Elliot Show". Q&A website. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "Stephen Crittenden". The Religion Report website. Sydney: Australian Corporation. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Meade, Amanda (21 October 2008). "ABC religion reporter Stephen Crittenden off air after outburst". The Australian. Sydney: News Digital Media. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Meade, Amanda (6 February 2009). "Religion presenter back at ABC radio". The Asutralian. Sydney: News Digital Media. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Today: a conversation with Number 399/57i

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