The name will be familiar to anyone who has lived in Australia, switched on a TV, picked up a magazine or listened to the radio. New Zealand born Richard Wilkins recently celebrated 20 years at the forefront of Australasian television, a milestone in anyone’s language.
Richard moved across the Tasman in 1980 and got his break as the host of MTV Australia. A six year run that established him as one of the country’s hottest properties.
Over the past two decades Richard has interviewed practically every major star in the world of film and music from Billy Connolly, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Britney Spears, Barbara Streisand, Barry Humphries / Dame Edna and countless others. As well as hosted a myriad of top rating TV specials from the eight-hour Millennium Live, the Annual Tropfest Short Film Special and for ten years, the New Year’s Eve Festivities and Fireworks over Sydney Harbour.
Richard has also hosted hundreds of charity events over the years from Corporate Countdown, the Victor Chang Foundation, the Sony Foundation and most recently “Forever Green” for the Steve Waugh Foundation. He was presented with the Variety Club’s “Heart of Variety Award” in 2000 for his outstanding humanitarian efforts.
Currently Network Nine’s Entertainment Editor, filing daily reports for the national Today Show, regular stories for prime time A Current Affair, network News and a multitude of other outlets. Richard Wilkins’ experience and depth of talent and ability speaks for itself, he is without doubt Australia's most respected and credible television host, compere, journalist and MC both here and overseas.