Hope Media win big at the CMA Connect Awards

CBAA News, 22nd May 2014

Former Chairman of Hope Media and renowned newsreader, Roger Climpson, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent CMA Connect Annual Gala Awards night. The award was presented by Hope Media Chairman and CMA Board Member Stephen O’Doherty.

Best known for his 20 years as newsreader for Channel Seven as well as his hosting duties on ‘This is Your Life’ and ‘Australia’s Most Wanted’, Roger was also a regular radio presenter and member of the Board of Hope Media for many years, and served as Chairman from 1995 until his retirement in 2004.

Hope’s Technical Operations Manager, Stephen Wilkinson, was also honoured as ‘Most Valuable Person to Christian Media’. In addition to his full time position at Hope Media, Stephen works tirelessly, and most often voluntarily, assisting regional community radio stations across Australia with their studio installations and ongoing technical support.

Christian Media Australia is the peak industry body representing Christian media communicators in Australia. The Connect Conference, held in May each year on the Gold Coast, is the largest national gathering for Christian communicators featuring speakers from Australia and around the world.

The entire team at Hope Media are incredibly proud of Stephen and Roger and their selfless contributions to our organisation and the entire industry.

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