Tim Bowden

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Tim Bowden
BornTimothy Gibson Bowden
(1937-08-02) 2 August 1937 (age 83)
Hobart, Tasmania
OccupationAuthor, radio and television broadcaster and producer,
oral historian
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Notable worksBackchat
This Day Tonight
Prisoners of War – Australians Under Nippon
Taim Bilong Masta – The Australian Involvement with Papua New Guinea
Notable awards Member of the Order of Australia
Centenary Medal
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Tasmania

Timothy Gibson Bowden AM (born 2 August 1937), is an Australian author, radio and television broadcaster and producer, and oral historian. He was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and studied at the University of Tasmania, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Bowden's work has included hosting the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program Backchat (1986–1994), producing This Day Tonight during the 1970s, and founding the ABC's Social History Unit. His other productions include Prisoners of War – Australians Under Nippon and the 24-part series Taim Bilong Masta – The Australian Involvement with Papua New Guinea.

During the 1990s he produced several notable documentaries on Australian research in the Antarctic.



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  1. "BOWDEN, Timothy Gibson". It's an Honour. Canberra, Australia: Honours Secretariat, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 10 June 1994. Retrieved 7 February 2013. In recognition of service to broadcasting. Member of the Order of Australia
  2. "BOWDEN, Tim". It's an Honour. Canberra, Australia: Honours Secretariat, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 January 2001. Retrieved 7 February 2013. For service as a local radio presenter and as a nationally recognised author. Centenary Medal