Jan Murray has held a high profile in Australian radio and television since winning the Daily Mirror/Channel Ten Lovely Motherhood Quest in 1972.

Brisbane, NSW, Australia

She successfully reared five children and now helps nurture eight grandchildren.  Jan took a Mature Age Matriculation in 1974, earning herself a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science, and a Major in English Literature from Macquarie University, 1981.  Her thesis was, The Origins and Development of Medibank, 1975.

Until recently she was married to the Honourable John Brown, AO, former Cabinet Minister in the Hawke Government and appeared on Sixty Minutes in 1987 as the Minister’s wife who “did the business on the desk and left her knickers in the ashtray”.  Being quite a controversial and outspoken figure she then took over from Ron Casey at 2KY and later John Laws at 2GB.  Jan has been a very high profile panellist on Foxtel’s “Beauty and the Beast” since 1997.  After walking out in 1999 she returned due to popular demand, which significantly lifted the show’s ratings. 

Jan is also a screenwriter, being one of the originators of Channel 9’s “Getaway”.  She has also written a feature film “Sweet Surrender that is in pre-production now.  Random House is publishing her memoirs, which are due to be released in early 2003.  

Jan ran one of Australia’s most highly visible and successful public relation/special events consultancies from 1982 to 1995.

Jan is a very community minded person and chooses to use her profile for causes she is passionate about.  She has been involved in an award winning campaign for Deafness Awareness in 1984, helped raise $1 million in a weekend radiothon in 1988 to rescue the First Fleet Re-enactment Voyage to allow it to proceed into history books and negotiated with Aboriginal community to stage a peaceful protest in tandem with the main event, assisted with emergency top-up funds to rescue Festival of Sydney in 1995 and helped raise $11 million for Lord Mayor of Sydney’s Bush Fire Appeal in 1994-5.  She also supports fundraisers for spinal injury and cervical cancer and depression.

Presently Jan is the endorsee for Vedascope, the biotech breakthrough for cervical cancer Pap testing.

Jan enjoys a reputation for honesty and straight-shooting and as a crusader for left-wing causes. Jan is a face women trust and know. 

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