Last night, Lisa Wilkinson delivered The Andrew Olle Media Lecture.
The Andrew Olle Media Lecture is an annual address, given by an esteemed member of the Australian media. It is a huge industry event, and a great honour for the person chosen to address their peers on the role and future of their industry.
The lecture is held in honour of iconic ABC broadcaster, Andrew Olle, who died of a brain tumour in 1995.
The fund established in his honour, The Olle Fund for Brain Cancer Research, supports The Lowy Cancer Research Centre, one of the largest cancer research centres in the southern hemisphere. You can donate to The Olle Fund for Brain Cancer Research here.
Since 1996, the Andrew Olle Media Lecture has seen addresses from some of the Australian media’s best and brightest, including: Mark Colvin, Alan Rusbridger, Laurie Oakes, Julian Morrow, Ray Martin, Senator Helen Coonan, John Doyle, Chris Anderson, Harold Mitchell AO, Lachlan Murdoch, Kerry Stokes AO, Steve Vizard and Jana Wendt.
Many of these speakers, as well as a plethora of other influential media personalities, were in the room when Lisa gave her address.
Here at Mamamia, we’re huge fans of Lisa. She was Mia’s mentor in magazines, and we love watching her on The Today Show each morning. So we couldn’t have been more pleased that she was chosen to give this year’s address.
We have republished her speech (with full permission) below:
Good evening, and thank you!
At the outset I have to say how truly thrilled, humbled and honoured I am by the privilege of being asked to deliver this year’s Andrew Olle lecture – a journalist still remembered and perhaps now more than ever deeply admired, for his integrity, cool professionalism, and one of the best raised eyebrows in the business. And I know I speak on behalf of everyone here, Annette, when I say that it is testament to the impact Andrew had on journalism and a community fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of his work, that nigh on two decades since he was taken from you – and us – that we are still here in such great numbers to honour his legacy.
I was lucky enough to get to know Andrew towards the end of his all-too-brief near-half-century of life and, as a result, I confess to the uncomfortable feeling that if Andrew himself had been invited to deliver a lecture such as this, I suspect he would have very graciously declined – so humble a man was he.
But when I discovered I was the first female journalist to be so invited since Jana Wendt back in 1997, it was a hard one to knock back. Yes, for those who are doing the maths, that’s two female journalists in sixteen years. Still, I suppose that’s better than double the representation women are currently enjoying in our Federal Cabinet.