Veteran Australian journalist and TV presenter Caroline Jones dies at 84

Australia’s media industry is mourning the death of veteran journalist and presenter Caroline Jones AO, who is remembered as “a trailblazer for journalism (and) a trailblazer for women”.

previous Four corners The hostess died this week after a fall at her Sydney home. She was 84 years old.

Jones was the first female reporter for this day tonight in 1968 and later became the first female presenter of Four corners, remaining in the chair from 1972-1981.

Australia’s media industry mourns the death of veteran journalist and presenter Caroline Jones AO (ABC/Australian History)

The Logie Award-winning presenter then began presenting australian history in 1996 and 20 years later he announced that he would step down and leave ABC in 2016.

australian history Executive producer Caitlin Shea confirmed Jones’s death in a statement Friday.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Caroline Jones, our beloved television host, australian history for many years, he has died,” Shea said.

“Caroline’s contribution to Australian Story is immeasurable. The show wouldn’t be where it is today without her.”

Caroline Jones chairs a six-woman debate on aspects of the Brisbane-based women's movement before an all-female audience.
The reporter and presenter is being remembered as “a trailblazer in journalism (and) a trailblazer for women.” (Australian Broadcasting Commission)
Four Corners presenter, Caroline Jones
The former Four Corners presenter died this week after a fall at her Sydney home. she was 84 (Australian Broadcasting Commission)

Praising their team spirit, Shea added that after retirement, the former host would communicate regularly with the team.

“Even after his retirement, he was regularly in touch to cheer us on from the sidelines,” he said.

“And she always promised that she would do one last show for us.

“Caroline was a trailblazer for journalism, a trailblazer for women.

Caroline Jones's last day at City Extra at ABX Studios, Williams Street.  C. Jones alone in the studio waiting for her to start the ABC-TV interview.  December 24, 1981.
Jones, who is also a published author, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988. (Jane Dove)

“We just wish he would have let us tell his Australian story. He really deserved it.”

Jones, who is also a published author, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and the following year was voted an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia.

As of 2009, a portrait of Jones hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and in 2021, Jones was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame.

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