Australia Day with the ABC

Staff Writer

The Australian of the Year Awards will be live on ABC Local Radio , ABC TV, ABC News 24 and iview from Parliament House in Canberra, hosted by triple j’s Tom Tilley and Jeremy Fernandez.

Highlights of the broadcast will include red carpet arrivals, inspiring stories about the outstanding Australians in the running for Awards and an exciting performance from Jimmy Barnes, before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the next Australian of the Year.

triple j’s Tom Tilley said: “Forget New Year’s, Australia Day Eve is where the party’s at! There will be so many incredible Australians in one place at one time, making history and I can’t wait to bring you all the action from Canberra. As well as taking a moment to celebrate the hard work that’s already been done, the awards are a catalyst for more – just look at what Rosie Batty has done in a year.”

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott says, “The ABC prides itself on being the home of Australian stories, conversations and culture and is pleased that in 2016 it will again present to its audiences the best of the nation’s Australia Day celebrations, including the award of one of the nation’s highest honours, the Australian of the Year, as well as triple j’s Hottest 100.”

In the lead up to Australia Day, ABC Extra will run as a pop up radio station, reflecting on what it means to be Australian.

Then from midday on Tuesday January 26, triple j will kick off their highly anticipated annual poll The Hottest 100, counting down the most popular songs of the year as voted by the public. Listeners can tune into the chart show via radio, online or via the triple j app.

For more detail about ABC’s coverage of these events can be found here.


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