Simon Palan

MC, Facilitator, TV Presenter

Simon Palan is a familiar face in the Australian media having enjoyed a career spanning ten years with the ABC Network as an on-air news reporter and presenter specialising in consumer business and finance for ABC TV's flagship 7 pm News and ABC News 24.

A polished MC and facilitator, who is quick on his feet and never flustered, Simon has MC'd corporate events as well as many large fundraising events.

Simon began his media career as a publicist for Network TEN before becoming a journalist writing for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald and Mediaweek magazine.

His onscreen career began in 2002 when Simon became an on-air news reporter for SBS Television's world news, covering general local and foreign news for both SBS TV bulletins at 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

At the ABC, Simon's roles included regularly presenting Business Today, a 30-minute business news program and writing and presenting live Q and A stock market wraps for the Midday Report TV News and ABC Asia-Pacific TV News.

He also hosted his own consumer affairs show, The Consumer Quarter, on ABC News 24, which examined issues impacting the everyday lives of Australian consumers and analysed rapidly changing shopping habits. While at ABC Simon Palan frequently anchored general news bulletins.

In addition to working with television networks, Simon has established his own corporate video production company, Refine Media.

Client testimonials

Simon is a true professional with outstanding editorial instincts and a determined awareness of the audience and what makes a story and a news presentation appealing to it. Simon is a calm and composed live news presenter - polished, anchoring ordered news programs and never flustered during live and unfolding events.

ABC News

Simon was an excellent MC from start to finish. He was very well presented and spoke with a sense of composure and assurance that held the room. Simon added to the script with his personal experience drawing on his time as an ABC journalist working with the business and in particular Asian business sector. Simon, quick wit ensures that the event proceeded smoothly. I would recommend Simon for any future engagements

Nikkei Business Review

Again thank you for a great night. Your professionalism behind the microphone brought a whole new level of class to these events.


Simon Palan did a great job as MC for the event last week. He was very friendly and took on board our feedback and notes. Appreciate the timings being switched to suit our rehearsals etc.

George P. Johnson Australia Pty Ltd