The Value of Mentors

The value of mentors. Pictured

Pictured with Ian Doyle and Neil Inall. Early mentors.

I met Ian when I was at UNE in 1985 and he helped apply for a job with the ABC Rural Department which I got.

Mr Inall was a high performing Agriculture student at the UWS Hawkesbury Campus from 1955-1957, then a student in the extension course in 1975.  Since that time, he has had a long career in producing radio and television programs for the ABC and Channel 7, and was co-founder of Cox Inall Communications. 

Ian Doyle was a great mentor within the Rural Department and helped me greatly when I was appointed as a Senior Reporter and shortly afterwards Executive Producer of ABC Rural Western Australia at the ripe old age of 26 years old.

Ian Doyle was born and educated in North Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Education. After teaching in NQ for a few years, he joined the ABC in Sydney in 1981 and worked as a radio and television journalist and executive producer with the Rural Department for 16 years.

During his time with ABC Countrywide, he produced a number of award winning overseas reports from locations including Egypt, eastern Africa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. His African documentary Seeds of Hope was nominated for the Berlin Film Awards.

He made significant contributions to a number of radio documentary series including Blue Hills Revisited, Great Working Dog Stories and The Bloke From The Birdsville Track – the George Bell Story.

Ian resigned from the ABC in 1997 to present the weather on Channel 7 and to establish an Adelaide based media production and consulting company. In recent years he has produced a number of TV documentaries, aired on ABC, SBS and commercial TV including The Last Mail from Birdsville – the Story of Tom Kruse and Source to Sea – the Story of the Murray Riverboats.

He has also presented various local, state and national ABC and commercial radio programs including Australia All Over, Tony Delroy’s Nightlife, ABC Early Mornings and 891 ABC Adelaide breakfast.

Ian is a regular MC, moderator and facilitator and an occasional after dinner speaker for numerous regional, state and national conferences, conventions and award presentations. Clients include Telstra, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, NFF, Hyatt and the SA Government.

He is married to Channel 7 and 1395 Radio 5AA breakfast news presenter Jane Doyle, enjoys good South Australian red wine and hitting a golf ball a very long way.

Ian is actively involved in Trees for Life and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He is a foundation board member of Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, a former board member of the Barossa Music Festival and is a life member - and since 1987, President of Rural Media SA.

Find out more at my launch of "High Viz for Small Biz" Mastermind launch on Thursday 26th February 2015.

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