Patricia Edgar has been named one of the ten most influential people in the development of Australian television production. Her candid memoir offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the television industry and its politics. It also tells her own story of how a young girl from Mildura became a leading innovator in Australian children's television production, and a voice to be reckoned with in a tough business. As a regulator and policy maker, Dr Edgar's take-no-prisoners style won her great fans and made her bitter enemies. Dr Edgar was the first woman appointed to the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. For ten years she fought for more locally produced, first-release children's drama on Australian television. In the early 1980s she helped establish the Australian Children's Television Foundation, creating some of the most celebrated television ever produced for Australian children, including the Round the Twist series, which sold into more than 100 countries. During her twenty-year tenure, the ACTF won multiple awards including a coveted Emmy and made co-productions with the BBC, Disney and Revcom. Along the way, Dr Edgar worked with a host of notable Aust
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Author Biography - Patricia Edgar
In a career spanning more than forty years, Patricia Edgar has been an educator, an activist, an author, a media regulator, a television producer, and a leader in the media industry. Dr Edgar was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's Program Standards for children's television. However, she is best known as the founding Director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation. Her books about television and the media include Children and Screen Violence, Under Five in Australia, Media She (with Hilary McPhee) and The Politics of the Press. Dr Edgar lives in Melbourne with her husband, author and social researcher Don Edgar, near her two daughters and four grandchildren. She is chair of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation. A breast cancer survivor, she also chairs the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.