Seven AFL commentators and reporters were honoured at the Australian Football Media Association awards last night,
Bruce McAvaney was awarded the Best TV commentator – match day. The judges said his longevity, knowledge and passion for the game made him a standout in a very strong field of broadcasters. McAvaney dedicated his award to Norwood great Robert Oatey with whom he had the pleasure of calling with in the SANFL.
Brian Taylor was awarded the Lou Richards Award for the second time for his work on Seven’s AFL coverage and MMM radio in 2019. The medal is awarded to a former or current league footballer working in the media. It recognises all the qualities displayed by Lou throughout his career on and off the field, including his personality, humour and ability to talk about the game.
Seven News reporter Tom Browne was awarded the Best TV/Radio/Online news reporter for his exceptional work on the Jaidyn Stephenson match-betting story. The judges said “AFL integrity issues are a notoriously difficult nut to crack and are strongly in the public interest” and Brown’s revelation was the “standout scoop”. He broke the story with information from trusted sources before the AFL or Collingwood confirmed it.