'On air' is the fascinating story of one of Australia’s most controversial and outspoken voices.
At sixteen years of age and unable to afford a university education, Mike Carlton left school to join the ABC as a cadet journalist, beginning a stellar media career that would last five decades.
Mike was a Vietnam war correspondent at the age of twenty and the ABC’s Jakarta bureau chief at twenty-one. Later, he turned his hand to television, joining the trail-blazing ABC TV Current affairs program This Day Tonight. As a political reporter for the Nine Network, he covered the downfall of the Whitlam government and the 1975 ‘dismissal’ election.
Mike was an award winning Newstalk radio star in Sydney and London; a biting satirist; and for some 20 years, a witty and penetrating newspaper columnist. In retirement, he returned to an early love of ships and the sea and wrote three best-selling books of Austalian naval history.
With characteristic humour and flair, 'On air' tells of the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies, writing candidly of the extraordinary parade of characters and events Mike Carlton has encountered in the unique life he has led.
The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.
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