Hall of Fame

Phillip Adams

1939 -

Adams began writing columns in The Australian in the 1960s, using gentle, mocking humour to discuss the once-taboo subjects of death, atheism and sex. He created a genre. A half a century later, he was still writing a weekly column and hosting a radio current affairs show on ABC Radio National. In between, Adams conceived some of Australia’s most memorable advertising jingles and was one of the main forces behind the creation of the modern Australian film industry. Adams won a Walkley for radio journalism, two honours in the Order of Australia and honorary doctorates from five Australian universities.

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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner (2:12)