Outstanding MC, Speaker, producer and broadcaster
Glenn Ridge is the former host of National Nine Network’s “Sale of The Century” – a role he held for 11 years. Over this period he expanded his own production company – Q Media Productions. He now produces a number of documentaries and is both executive producer and host of the Car Show and Boatique on Channel 9. An outstanding speaker and MC, Glenn Ridge is in high demand on the national corporate circuit.
Q Media’s activities include production of television and corporate documentaries, event management and general media consultancy and training.
About Glenn Ridge:
Glenn was raised in Adelaide, and after leaving school studied and worked as an engineering draftsman for the South Australian Housing Trust for five years. At 22, he enrolled in the 5KA Radio School, and 9 months later left the public service and started his media career as an announcer at Bendigo’s 3CV. In just 10 months he progressed from the night shift to breakfast and mornings, and took on the role of Studio and Program Manager, positions he also held at 3TR Traralgon and 3BO Bendigo where he remained until 1985.
Glenn first became involved in television in 1980, when he joined TV8 (now Southern Cross Broadcasting) in Central Victoria as the Host and Producer of a weekly one hour music video show titled “Breezin”. In 1985 he left both his radio career and commitments at TV8 to further his television pursuits with full time employment at BTV6 Ballarat (now WIN TV).
In 1986, one of Glenn’s programs, ‘Kids Only’ won a Logie award for the ‘Most Outstanding Contribution by a Regional Television Station’. This was the first and only Logie to have been won by BTV6.
In both 1986 and 1987, Glenn was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Television Society of Australia at the Penguin Awards, and in 1988 The National Jaycees announced him as one of their Most Outstanding Young Australians. In 1989 Glenn left BTV6 and regional television in general, to further develop the independent activities of Q Media Productions.
However, late in 1989 he ventured into the hospitality business by joining a mate to purchase and manage ‘The Mediterranean’, one of Mildura’s long established hotel/motel/restaurant complex’s.
Then in April 1991, in what many saw as a surprise announcement, Glenn joined Jo Bailey as the new hosts of the Nine Networks prime time quiz show ‘Sale of the Century’, taking over from Tony Barber and Alyce Platt. He held this role for 11 years which made him the longest serving host of “Sale”.
He has a keen interest in motor racing and regularly competes in tarmac and off-road races including the Targa Tasmania, Western Australia’s Targa West and the Australian Safari; enjoys water and snow skiing; all forms of motor bike riding; and has 3 children Bekki, Peri and Oliver.