Speakers Profile - James Mathison

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James Mathison is a highly experienced and very successful MC, TV presenter, radio host and part-time film critic. He has hosted local and international events. James shot to fame on Australian television as the co-host of the first series of the talent show Australia Idol in 2003, going on to co-host the record-breaking series for another six seasons.

During the Australian Idol years, James hosted three ARIA Awards. He became known for his quick wit, charm, comedic abilities and talent at chatting to people, and this, along with countless hours of live television, saw him gain a reputation for his ability to think on his feet.

James began his successful media career after entering (and winning) Channel [V]'s reporter search in 2000. He realised that he had always possessed one great natural talent - he was exceptionally good at talking. He entered a new world where his skills as a conversationalist were matched with his love for music.

A fresh challenge was looming, one that would change the history of Australian television history and expose the greatest young talents in the country. On the eve of the first series of Australian Idol, show executives searched for an on-air personality with wit, charm, empathy and nerves of steel. This was James' chance and 'the dark-haired one' became co-host with Andrew G, 'the blonde one'.

In the following years James combined his Australian Idol and Channel [V] commitments, co-hosting the ARIAS, while his Band 'The Punisherz' received critical attention as being one of the single worst bands in Sydney, a criticism that James valiantly ignored. In April of 2006, James was awarded an ASTRA award for Favourite Male Personality.

In 2009, James decided to explore other pastures and landed his own new music show, Launch Pad, on Nova 96.9FM and a correspondent role on The 7PM Project. He also co-hosted The League Lounge on Fox Sports and reviewed films on The FOXTEL Movie Show and Seven's Weekend Sunrise. He filled in for Chrissie Swan on Can Of Worms and so impressed Network executives that a short time later he was offered the co hosting role on TEN's new breakfast show, Wake Up.

James Mathison joined Weekend Sunrise in 2012 as the movie reviewer and since November 2013 has been the co-host of Network Ten's new breakfast program Wake Up.

James' skill at thinking fast, a great personality and the ability to talk to anyone are key factors in his success as a corporate MC.