Bill Woods has now been broadcasting for 23 years, 17 of those with Network Ten.

NSW, Australia

Bill began his media career in 1982, armed with a Journalism degree from Canberra University, but you have to start somewhere and that meant spinning records for 9 months from a satellite studio set up in Cootamundra by Radio 2LF.

He was offered a cadetship with the expanding news network of 2WS in 1983. There he learned all the skills of reporting, writing and presenting radio news from police rounds, to parliament, to major sporting events such as Wimbledon, major golf tournaments and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

He became Sports Director of 2WS in 1988, and a year later was hired as a reporter, producer and presenter of sport for Network Ten.

In the early 90s, while anchoring weekend sports breaks and hosting a weekly sports segment on Good Morning Australia, Bill's first break came with a 4AM phone call asking him to fill in for an ailing Tim Webster as co-host of GMA, with Kerri Anne Kennerley. From there he was offered the role of anchor and commentator of Ten's comprehensive basketball coverage, working on up to 4 programs every week.

He is currently returning to his roots, anchoring the Early News and is back-up anchor for the five o'clock news while still fronting the long-running Sunday motor sport show RPM.

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 and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Bill's heavy commitment to Ten's massive motor sport coverage has taken much of his time in the past 10 years, though it did inspire 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, is due for release early in 2007.

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