Roger Climpson

Last updated

Roger Climpson
Born (1931-10-18) 18 October 1931 (age 88)
Peterborough, England
Nationality British Australian
  • Journalist
  • newsreader
  • weather presenter
  • radio and television announcer
  • television host/presenter
  • reporter
Years active1957-2005
Known for

Roger Climpson OAM (born 18 October 1931) is a retired English-born Australian media personality who served a lengthy career in both radio and television, as a journalist, announcer, newsreader and presenter. He is best known for his time at Seven News in the 1980s and 1990s and for his hosting duties on shows from 1977 until 1998, such as the local version of This Is Your Life and true-crime series Australia's Most Wanted .


Early life

Climpson was born on 18 October 1931 in Peterborough, England. The son of a butcher, he aimed to become a pilot in the Royal Air Force, until a rugby union accident at the age of 14 punctured his lung, leading him to take up acting instead of flying. He emigrated to Australia in 1949, and met his future wife Claire at a Christmas party in 1952. [1] Climpson started his career in theatre radio [2]

Television career

Climpson began his television career in 1957, working at Channel Nine as an announcer, weatherman and newsreader. He got the job at Nine after asking his friend Brian Henderson to have a word with the head of the network, Bruce Gyngell. During his time at Nine, he hosted two programs of his own: Rendezvous with Roger and The House and Garden Show . [1]

He left Channel Nine in 1965 after chairman Sir Frank Packer refused to grant him a five-pound pay rise. [3] Climpson found himself briefly unemployed and worked at his father's butcher shop, until he was asked to fill a temporary newsreader role at Channel Seven – where he stayed for fifteen years.

In 1977, he began hosting This Is Your Life until returning to newsreading in 1978. In 1982, Climpson retired from television work, but returned to the station in 1989 as anchor of Sydney's Seven News , until a diagnosis of prostate cancer in November 1994 forced his temporary retirement. [1] Ann Sanders replaced him the following year.

In 1997, he was host of Australia's Most Wanted , which lasted until 1998 when he retired from television.

Radio career

In 1977, he was a presenter in the afternoon shift on Sydney's 2GB, which lasted for several years.

In recent years, Climpson has been heavily involved in Christian radio, and from 1995 until his retirement in 2004, was chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Association Ltd, licensee of Sydney Christian radio station Hope 103.2.


On Australia Day 2004 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). [4]

Selected credits

Rope (TV movie)1957role unknown
Rendezvous with Roger Climpson (TV series)1959Himself
Teenage Mailbag1960Himself as Host
The Year in Review (TV movie documentary1961Himself as Host
The Splendour and the Peaks (Documentary short)1962Himself as Narrator (voice)
The Story of Port Augusta (documentary)1963Himself as Narrator and Commentator
The City of Adelaide (documentary)1965Himself Himself - Commentator (voice)
The Big Killing (TV movie)1965Peter Ashbury
Twelve Night (TV movie)1966-
Homicide (TV series)19672 roles
-Edwin Blake
Al Taylor
Sydney Tonight 1968 969Himself as Host
Dangeorus Reef (documentary short)1969Himself
Celebrity Tattle Tales1980Himself
This is Your Life (TV series)1975-1980Himself as Host
Australia's Most Wanted (TV series)1998Host
Australia the Story Of Us (TV series documentary)Host


Program TitleYearsNetwork
Nine News (as news anchor, announcer, weatherman1957-1965Nine Network
Seven News (stint 1) main news presenter1965-1980Seven Network
Seven Nightly News (stint 2) (5.00pm bulletin)1989-1994Seven Network

Related Research Articles

GTV is a commercial television station in Melbourne, Australia, owned by the Nine Network. The station is currently based at a new high-tech, purpose-built studio at 717 Bourke Street, Docklands.

Nine News is the national news service of the Nine Network in Australia.

Jonathan Coleman (presenter) Australian television presenter

Jonathan Harry Coleman is an Australian television presenter, radio announcer, writer, performer of comedy and advertorial spokesperson, he started his media career in Australia in the late 1970s, but has also worked in his native United Kingdom.

Denis Walter OAM, is an Australian radio presenter, baritone singer, recording artist and media personality who also presented television news for 16 years.

Christine Bath is an Australian journalist, radio and television personality.

Sandy Roberts is a veteran sports presenter and commentator formerly working on television for Fox Sports Australia and currently on radio with Crocmedia. He was a long-time personality of the Seven Network for four decades, notably part of the Seven Sport Olympics coverage as a host for more than 20 years. He currently works at Foxtel.

Bruce Laurence Webster was an Australian broadcaster and politician. He worked for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) from 1947, joining as a messenger boy, then becoming an announcer and newsreader. He was the member for Pittwater, in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 8 February 1975 until 21 July 1978.

George Jack Donikian is an Australian radio and television news presenter/personality of Greek-Armenian descent. He has worked at the SBS as well as the Nine Network and Ten Network.

Ian Charles "Roscoe" Ross was an Australian television news presenter for Seven News in Sydney and for Nine News.

Ken Sutcliffe is a retired Australian sporting journalist and radio and television personality.

Peter Hitchener Australian journalist

Peter Donald Beauchamp Hitchener OAM is an Australian television presenter. He has been the chief news presenter for GTV-9 of their flagship bulletin Nine News Melbourne since 1998, and prior to that was the weekend news presenter.

John Blackman is an Australian radio and television presenter, voice-artist and comedy writer and author. He is most widely known for his voice-over work for the long-running Nine Network comedy variety show Hey Hey It's Saturday from 1971 until 1999 and then returning for the reunion specials in 2009 and brief relaunch in 2010.

Ron Wilson is a Northern Irish-born Australian television and radio news presenter and voice-over with a lengthy career in journalism and hosting, especially with Network Ten, an Australian television network.

Brian Naylor (broadcaster) Australian journalist

Brian Norman Naylor was an Australian television broadcaster and presenter, best known for his longstanding stint as chief news presenter at HSV-7 from 1970 to 1978 and for GTV-9 from 1978 to 1998 and his sign-off line, "May your news be good news, and good-night."

Vincent Smith was an Australian journalist and broadcaster.

Brian John Cahill MBE was an Australian radio and television presenter, newsreader and politician who worked first in radio, and then in television from 1959 until 1982. In 1983, Cahill was elected to the Parliament of Queensland, as the member for Aspley, Brisbane until 1986. Following this, he returned to his first profession, teaching, and continued a lifelong commitment to musical theatre. In 1984, with wife Denise, he formed the Queensland Musical Theatre, of which he was President and (often) a lead performer in its productions.

Robin Houston is a British voiceover artist and former announcer, radio and television newsreader and quiz show host. After starting his career as an announcer and stage manager, he became one of the pioneers of commercial radio in the United Kingdom. He went on to read the news on television for 15 years and to become one of the most well known announcers in television entertainment. For many years he was a host of television quiz shows, and is now a veteran voiceover artist with over 50 years' experience in the field.

Vanessa O'Hanlon is an Australian television presenter. She is currently a Sydney-based presenter for the Nine Network, anchoring its regional news service for the Australian Capital Territory and southern regions of New South Wales while also occasionally presenting Nine News: Early Edition and reading the news on Weekend Today. O'Hanlon previously presented the weather on ABC Television's national breakfast program ABC News Breakfast from 2008 until 2016.


  1. 1 2 3 Rodgers, Andrew: Roger Climpson: This Is Your Life, 21 November 1996.
  2. "Roger Climpson awarded OAM in Australia Day Honours".
  3. 50 years of television Archived 14 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine , Sunday (Nine Network), 25 September 2005.
  4. It's an Honour