Farewell Charlie Pickering
Last night Charlie Pickering signed off after 5 years on The Project, so what can radio talent learn from Charlie?
The former radio host, who worked at triple j over a decade ago, proved to be an exceptional host on The Project, the best radio breakfast / drive show that's not on radio.
Charlie's intelligent, self effacing, smart and his role on The Project was much more than just an anchor. As well as steering the show he contributed great content, insightful interviews and, behind the scenes, was a major generator of ideas for the show.
Pickering has strong journalism skills, brilliant comedic timing and had fantastic chemistry especially with Carrie Bickmore and also Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar and the rest of the cast.
On the show Charlie was always a very generous host giving the rest of the team plenty of room to shine. You can tell he's a genuine guy with strong values and Charlie is authentic.
He's also very funny, it's no surprise Charlie cut his teeth on stand up comedy, which can be a great grounding for any radio or television presenter.
He's won several comedy awards including the Melbourne Film Festival and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
We first saw Charlie on 'Talking 'bout my Generation' with Shaun Micallef, Amanda Keller, Josh Thomas and co.
A great mix of smart, funny and empathy, Charlie will be missed on nightly television.
Charlie's a great role model for those pursuing a media career in radio or television.
At only 37 years old it wouldn't surprise me if he showed up on radio somewhere hosting a breakfast or drive show on KIIS, the Today or Nova networks.
Thanks for the laughs Charlie.
Brad March is a former CEO of the Austereo Network and is Managing Director of Marchmedia.