A double Walkley award-winning newspaper journalist, Sorell became Australia's most successful television news executive. Despite a total lack of broadcast experience his innovative and adventurous approach to television news set the template for modern news bulletins. He took risks and ignored conventional TV wisdom, lifting Channel Nine Melbourne into an unprecedented period of ratings dominance. A prodigious drinker, he first made his name breaking big news stories in his On the Spot column in The Herald followed by a brief but colourful stint editing the sensationalist Sunday Observer.
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