Speakers Profile - Bill Woods

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Bill Woods has now been broadcasting for 25 years, 18 of those with Network Ten.

His first foray in to the media was as a DJ for country radio station 2BS in 1983. The Bachelor of Arts Journalism graduate moved on to report and present news for Radio 2WS in Sydney before becoming that network's sports director in 1988. Part-time work for TEN during the 88 Olympics lead to his full-time recruitment early in 1989.

Since joining, Bill has become a TEN stalwart, versatile in production, reporting, hosting and anchoring. He has returned to his roots since 2006, anchoring the Sydney five o'clock news while still fronting TEN special events like the 2007 Rugby World Cup, 2007 Federal Election coverage, the David Beckham interview and match telecast, Australian F1 Grand Prix and Australian Motogp.

In his many years with the TEN newsroom Bill has won numerous individual awards for sports reporting which has taken him around the world to major events, such as the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games at which he fronted TEN's extensive news coverage.

On the production side he has collected on behalf of the network five Logie awards (4 for the Bathurst 1000 coverage he anchored and one for the 1994 Commonwealth Games which he co-anchored). He has also anchored and commentated on the Australian F1 Grand Prix, Australian Motogp, the Gold Coast Indy, Triathlon Grand Prix Series, NBL Basketball, International Rugby, Australian Ladies Masters and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Bill's heavy commitment to TEN's motor sport coverage has taken much of his time in the past 10 years and inspired him to fulfil a long-held ambition: writing his first book. Legends Of Speed, about Australia's great race drivers, was a best-seller, re-printed twice. His second book, a biography of Muslim rugby league player Hazem El Masri, was released in March 2007 and had sold out by the end of the year.

He is also looking at expanding his role as a back-up talkback host on Sydney's Radio 2UE.

Woods is still an active sportsman, reader, musician, fisherman and home handyman who values his time with his wife Leanne and three teenage children on Sydney's northern beaches. He loves movies but his collection of the "Seinfeld" and "Yes Minister" television series says more about his sense of humour.