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Ray Hadley : biography

27 September 1954 -

Raymond Morris Hadley OAM (born 27 September 1954) is an Australian talkback radio broadcaster. He presents 2GB Sydney's morning show, and leads the Continuous Call Team, a rugby league-based talkback radio panel program.

Olympics

Hadley has covered the Summer Olympic Games since 1992. It was during the coverage of the Olympic Games in 2004 that Hadley referred to one of his colleagues as a spastic. Hadley claimed to be embarrassed by his behaviour and offered an apology.

Personal

Hadley has been married to wife Suzanne since 1994. They have two children Emma and Sarah.

Controversy

Andrew Voss

In August, 2011, a statue of rugby league caller, Ray Warren, was unveiled in his home town of Junee. The statue was co-funded by Ray Hadley's radio station, 2GB, and Channel 9.

Andrew Voss, at the time, Channel 9's second rugby league caller, behind Ray Warren, noted on Channel 9 rugby league chat show, The Sunday Roast, that the statue was not a great likeness of Ray Warren.

Ray Hadley used his radio show for the two days following the comments to launch attacks on Andrew Voss, labelling him a "grub of the highest order", a "moron", and saying that the gulf between Ray Warren and Andrew Voss, as both commentators and as men was immeasurable.

Andrew Voss launched legal action against Ray Hadley, which was settled in 2012, with Andrew Voss receiving a "six-figure" payout, and a public apology from Ray Hadley.

Greg Smith

In April and May 2012, Ray Hadley, on his 2GB radio program, made allegations about then NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, that he gave advice to his friend, Father Finian Egan, that an alleged victim of child sex abuse perpetrated by Egan in the 1970's and 1980's was seeking a one million dollar payment.

Smith took Hadley to court, suing for defamation. As of October 2012, parties are attempting to negotiate an out of court settlement. The matter is due back in court in December 2012.

Television

After initially commencing as a sports reporter on Channel 7, Ray was recruited to Channel 9 by having his profile catapulted onto the small screen as part of The Footy Show with his radio and rugby league colleague Steve "Blocker" Roach from 1994 to 1998. Ray made a one-off appearance on The Footy Show in 2005 as part of a forum to discuss brawling and antagonism between Bulldogs supporters at Telstra Stadium during a game against the Brisbane Broncos. Ray also branched out into TV commercials and for 17 years was spruiking the popular menswear establishment Lowes.

During 2010, he had appeared on the Matty Johns Show on the Seven Network, a NRL focoused programme hosted by Matthew Johns.

Also in 2010, Hadley was signed by Sky News Australia to present a weekly current affairs programme entitled Hadley!. The programme aired on Wednesday nights. He resigned from Sky News Australia after only 4 episodes reportedly due to 'differences' and staff not wanting to work with him. In October 2011, Hadley was signed up by Channel Nine to commentate on the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

In 2012, he returned to The Footy Show as a panelist on the Five in the Bin segment. As of round three of the 2012 NRL season, Ray Hadley will commentate alongside Peter Sterling and Paul Vautin on Channel Nine's rugby league coverage.

Early life

Hadley was born in Paddington and grew in up in Dundas Valley in the western suburbs of Sydney but spent a great deal of time with his grandparents in a small village called Eungai Rail on the mid north coast of New South Wales.

He decided at a young age to become a sports broadcaster, but reports being questioned by his family and friends whenever his ambitions were brought up. After sitting his Higher School Certificate at Macquarie Boys High School in 1971, he tried unsuccessfully to gain a job in sports broadcasting. He soon found work in auctioneering, and after getting his auctioneer's licence, was an auctioneer for ten years.

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