ABC’s Antony Green on his 25-year career in elections

Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Back Story has published an interview with the public broadcaster’s election analyst Antony Green to mark his appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney.

How did your role as ABC election analyst begin?

It’s an unusual story. I had finished my politics studies and in 1989 was back in the computer industry writing software and had also embarked on a post-graduate degree in econometrics. Computer programming was well paid, but boring and I was looking for something else to do. I was looking at trainee economist jobs, when I saw an ad from the ABC offering a six month job as an election researcher. It was a big pay cut, but looked interesting and I always thought I could go back to economics afterwards.

There were 150 applicants and eight were interviewed, including several people with PhDs, but legendary ABC producer Ian Carroll picked me. I had no media background, but I had the political knowledge, enthusiasm and was streets ahead of the other applicants in terms of computer knowledge. I always had the suspicion Ian was looking for someone who could talk in the same language as the engineers who ran the ABC’s rather aging computer system in those days!

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