Former 60 Minutes presenter, speaker & MC
Liam Bartlett is a former 60 Minutes reporter/presenter and Channel Nine newsreader, an award-winning journalist/broadcaster, and a speaker, MC and facilitator.
He is one of Perth's highest profile journalists and public broadcasters, having spent almost 30 years working in a series of high profile positions across all three major platforms - television, radio and print.
His roles have included news anchor at Channel Nine in Perth, hosting the state-based 7.30 Report on ABC TV (WA), reporting from the Melbourne bureau of A Current Affair, a columnist and feature writer for News Limited through the Sunday Times and the host of prime-time talkback shifts on Radio 6PR and 720 ABC Perth.
In early 2015 he returned to Channel Nine in Perth as anchor of their weekend news bulletins and to present special reports for the 6pm weekday bulletin.
When Liam hosted the ABC's flagship statewide morning current affairs program, it became the only Morning Program in the ABC's Australian network that consistently out-rated its commercial opposition - a record that still stands today.
Liam Bartlett is best known however to national audiences as the journalist who was asked to join the Channel Nine's most prestigious current affairs program, 60 Minutes - following the death of Richard Carlton. For almost seven years Liam lived mostly out of a suitcase, gathering interviews and information from scores of international destinations in what can only be described as the best ride any foreign correspondent could ask for.
His first assignment was the Israeli-Hezbollah war in 2006 and after dodging incoming Katyusha rockets in Israel and being bombed in Beirut, the baptism of fire was complete. Since then he has covered war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Ossetia and Syria. In less risky parts of the world he has been tear-gassed on the West Bank, stoned by a mob in Nigeria and lost in the middle of the Congo. He has felt many emotions, including extreme claustrophobia in the tunnels of Gaza, extreme discomfort being licked by a large Alaskan black bear and extremely bruised after a serious car crash in Siberia. Respected by his peers for covering stories that others don't want to do, Liam has ignored strenuous advice from an Australian prime minister to 'stay away', inadvertently taken the wrong advice and been bitten by a deadly snake as a result and wished he'd had better advice before helping to raid the nest of a three-metre mother crocodile.
However, he has also enjoyed several pints with Tom Jones and a heap of laughs with Billy Crystal. He's also spent time with Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jack Black and Dame Helen Mirren.
In 2012 Liam left 60 Minutes to spend more time with his then school-aged children. He accepted an opportunity to help set-up a global creative development department and worked as an expat with Shell International in London for two years before returning home to rejoin the Nine Network in Perth in January 2015.
Liam Bartlett's numerous accolades include several Australian Journalists' Association Best Story Awards. His most recent awards include Voiceless' Broadcast Media Award for Animal Rights - First Prize (2010), Bronze World Medal - New York Film and Television Awards for best investigative report: The Carbon Cowboy (2013) and Brigitte Bardot International TV - First Prize, Genesis Awards (Humane Society of USA): Jungle Warfare (2013).
Previously, in 2001, Liam was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study investigative journalism techniques and trends in major media organisations around the world. The subsequent documentary that he produced earned international recognition with a Grand Prize at the New York Radio Festival Awards in 2003 (the first Grand Prize won by an ABC employee).
As well as being a multi-award winning journalist and broadcaster, Liam Bartlett is an engaging and entertaining speaker who provides a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the headlines in a presentation titled '60 Minutes of Fear, Fame and Fun.' He is also a polished and articulate MC who has hosted many major corporate and government events including CPA Australia WA Congress, BHP Billiton Mine Project launch, Australian Medical Association Conference, Association of Super Funds of Australia Conference, Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gala Awards, Tourism WA - Australian Tourism Exchange, Alcoa Australian Executive Dinner, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia Business Forum.
Liam's personal and professional approach to his role as master of ceremonies ensured our awards presentation projected the desired image of excellence to match the concept of the awards. We have utilised Liam's services for our annual event for the past three years.
Liam made our AGM function a special day. A high profile speaker and a high calibre presenter. We will definitely book Liam again.
Mortgage Industry Association of Australia WA
Liam was very well received and made reference to risk management which is very relevant to our attendees and the business they are in