Welcome to Quick Q – Monday’s Media weekly Q&A series dedicated to finding out more about the personalities that matter most in the Australian media landscape.
Every week The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age asks key figures across corporate media, business, sport, federal politics, radio, television and culture to answer a series of questions about their life, careers, hobbies and news habits.
This week’s conversation is with Liz Hayes, journalist and host of Nine’s Under Investigation. Nine is the owner of this masthead.
How did you get your big break?
Well, it depends which break you think is big. Cracking a cadetship on my local newspaper was big. Learning the television trade in the late 70s and early 80s when no one was looking …was big. Landing a seat next to Steve Liebmann on Today was big. 60 Minutes was very big. And now Under Investigation … well, that’s enormous!
How did I do it? No idea.
What are daily news media habits?
I turn on the tele at the end of my bed when I wake up … and for an hour or so before I go to sleep. Actually, I don’t think the TV is ever turned off. I read newspapers while the TV is on. I used to have a TV in my car (it was part of the dash), but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. I do read newspapers and listen to the radio.
Which living person do you most admire?
Anyone and everyone who experiences trauma and survives. Mostly they’re people with extraordinary strength and courage. Life is hard enough.
Your guilty streaming pleasure?