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Footy and the Media: The Off-Field Game


Do sports stars give up a right to privacy with their success? Do journalists have a right to ask them about their personal lives? One week after the media spectacle that is the AFL Grand Final, join our panellists as they discuss where the line between personal and public lives should be drawn.

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Bill Birnbauer

Bill Birnbauer is an award-winning journalist and journalism academic. He worked for more than three decades as a reporter and editor at the Age and Sunday Age before moving to Monash University as a senior lecturer in journalism in 2008. He is a published author and has co-produced two television d... Read more

Matt Pinkney

Matt Pinkney is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who specialises in content strategy across digital, broadcast and print. In 2012, he joined the AFL as its founding Head of Content. In this role, he has been responsible for creating a dynamic newsroom, setting content strategies across all platfor... Read more

Natalie Hickey

Natalie is a barrister with a keen interest in media related and sports law matters. Natalie has her own legal website called The Social Litigator. Her aim is to demystify the law, particularly in relation to sporting issues that have captured the public eye, such as the long running Essendon Footb... Read more

Tom Heenan

Tom Heenan teaches sports studies at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. He has written widely on sport, both academically and in the press. His articles have appeared in Fairfax and News Corporation publications, and he is a regular contributor to the New Daily. He has... Read more

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for ABC TV’s Four Corners and the bestselling author of Cardinal, which won the Walkley Book Award and broke massive international news preceding the court case and successive and ultimately successful appeals involving one of the most senior mem... Read more

Terry Wallace

Terry Wallace is a former AFL player, former AFL coach, businessman and media commentator. As an AFL player who achieved great success with the Hawthorn Football Club, he was a key member of eight Grand Finals and five Premiership victories. Over his playing career, he also played for the Western Bu... Read more


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