Speakers Profile - Craig Hutchison

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Craig Hutchison began his career as a journalist on News Corporation's Australian newspapers, before moving on to work at various commercial television networks.

In 1999 Craig joined the Seven Network as Chief Football Reporter, appearing nationally on the weekly show Sportsworld, as well as appearing as an occasional sports anchor for Seven News.

In 2007, following a defection from the Seven Network, Craig joined the Nine Network in the specially created role of AFL Editor, where his reputation for breaking top AFL stories sees him play an instrumental role as a presenter and host in programs The Footy Show and the award-winning Footy Classified.? He is also a columnist for Australia's highest read newspaper, Sunday Herald Sun.

Craig established Crocmedia in 2006 with fellow Aussie James Swanwick. Initially established as a public relations and news distribution business, Crocmedia quickly developed into something entirely new- a media content business specializing in radio syndication, television and online programming. ?Now CEO of the Crocmedia group, Craig's vision has seen the company grow from four employees to 40 in just over five years.

In 2008 Craig created, and still hosts, the Saturday morning sports radio show, Off the Bench which enjoys a cult following on SEN 1116 and is syndicated nationally across over 36 regional markets.

Craig has won numerous awards in his career, including being five-time winner of the AFL Media Association Award "Best Electronic News Reporter", as well as being nominated for a prestigious Walkley Award, the highest honor in Australian journalism.

Based on his knowledge of sports and current affairs, Craig is a popular host, MC and guest speaker.