43 years experience in Media. George Donikian first came to our attention when long time TV guru Bruce Gyngell described him as the “Face of Multiculturalism” in the 1980’s and promptly chose him to anchor, what would become the much acclaimed SBS World News program. 9 years later, he was wooed to the all-powerful Nine Network, by legendary TV executive Sam Chisholm, to host a national Late Night News on Nine at 10. That idea never materialized, as Graham Kennedy returned to NINE at the same time which meant George’s Late Night News aspirations were put on hold. However, the King of comedy did want George on air and convinced him to join what would become the top rating national TV show Coast to Coast.
At Nine, George read the National News and was a regular on the Today Show as well as Nine’s Wide World of Sports and Sports Sunday programs. During his time at Nine, he covered the 1990 World Cup in Italy and The State of Origin. In 1991, George moved to Network Ten to anchor their nightly news. In 2000, he hosted the Sydney Olympic Games football tournament at the MCG. 2011 saw George leave the Ten Newsroom, ending a news anchoring career which had lasted more than 35 years over 3 national networks. During his time, George fronted several State based news bulletins for Ten in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane Perth and Melbourne.
In 2010, George set up Donikian Media to make documentaries & pursue the kind of projects that really excites him. In 2018, he was appointed Chair of the revolutionary digital streaming platform called FNR ( Football National Radio ) where he hosts programs about the World Game. As well as holding an Ambassador’s role for Bully Zero Foundation, Australia Day and Melbourne City, George is in Post-production to deliver a 3-part documentary series for television.