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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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New South Wales
For seventy years the ABC has been a distinctive part of the Australian way of life. Australia's only national, non-commercial broadcaster, the ABC has shared its history and development with the growth of our nation. From its beginnings during the Depres...
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ABC NewsRadio sports broadcaster Debbie Spillane said Gayle's comments were a setback for female reporters working in sport.
"I think if you looked at the expression on Mel McLaughlin's face and the reactions from just about every female sports journalist on Twitter last night you could see that it wasn't fun from the perspective of the woman who was in the position and the women who have been in that kind of position and imagine how it felt," said Spillane, who was the first female sports broadcaster hired by the ABC.
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Debbie Spillane in Broome
Over the past month three new ABC NewsRadio frequencies were launched in Western Australia as part of the ABC Trailer raodshow:
ABC NewsRadio's intrepid sports reporter Debbie Spillane had the task of launching the station in Broome, giving nearly 16,000 listner's access to Australia's only continuous news station.
Over the course of the ABC NewsRadio new frequency rollout WA have recieved 10 ten frequencies, stretching from Albany to Broome, giving over 200,000 people access to the station.
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Debbie Spillane - a woman who knows her sport
Date: 16 June 2009
The 'gutsy broad' who became the ABC's first full-time female sports broadcaster will visit Maitland on Friday 19 June as a guest presenter in the popular Look Who's Talking programme.
Regarded as a trailblazer for women, Debbie Spillane was running a record shop and singing in a band when she was hired in 1983 as a rookie sports reporter at 2GB.
Best known both as sideline reporter on ABC-TV's rugby league and for her
role as Sportsbitch in the iconic Live and Sweaty, Spillane
is also well known as a former Triple J personality and media manager for the Bulldogs
book, Where Do You Think You're Goin' Lady, Spillane
shares an extraordinary range of incredible sporting moments.
With funny and fascinating tales of sports media, athletes and officials, she
takes us behind the scenes at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, and into individual sports, including athletics, basketball, cricket and rugby league.
is a woman who is passionate about sport", said City Librarian, Keryl Collard
has conveyed her
passion to avid listeners and viewers for over 20 years.
We are very excited to bring her
to Maitland, where she
has many local fans."
grew up in a family where sport was king - from babyhood she
father to their weekly religious attendance of the rugby league match of the day at the Sydney Cricket Ground, by primary school she
was sharing her
grandfather's obsession with horseracing, and in high school she
became a qualified cricket umpire and acquired a rugby league coaching certificate.
She has also worked as a sports columnist and currently works on ABC NewsRadio as a sport and occasional news presenter.
is presented by Maitland City Library
will appear Friday 19 June at the Belmore Hotel.