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|Birth name||Jonathan Eric Faine|
21 September 1956|
Dunedin, New Zealand
|Station(s)||774 ABC Melbourne|
|Time slot||8:30 am - 11:00 am weekdays|
|Show||The Conversation Hour|
774 ABC Melbourne, |
|Time slot||11:00 am - 12:00 noon weekdays|
|Previous show(s)||The Law Report|
Jonathan Eric "Jon" Faine (born 21 September 1956) is an Australian radio presenter who hosts the morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne in Melbourne. Faine is also recognised as a prominent and influential member of the Australian Jewish community.
Faine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1981 at Monash University, where he worked as an intern at the Springvale Legal Centre, and is promoted as a prominent alumnus on the university's website. After graduation, he began his professional career as a solicitor at the Melbourne law firms Barker Harty and Co, and Holding Redlich and Co, and then at the Fitzroy Legal Service.
Faine began his professional career practising as a solicitor in various Melbourne law firms, combining work with his love of cars by serving as a motoring reporter for a lawyers' magazine. He acted pro-bono for the Australian Democrats in a number of Court of Disputed Returns matters in the late 1980s with success. In 1989 he began working in radio, producing and hosting The Law Report on the Radio National channel of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and, since that time, has worked on various ABC radio and television programs.
From 1996, Faine has hosted ABC's local radio morning program, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon in Melbourne, including the Conversation Hour which is heard across Victoria from 11:00 am. He is known for vigorous debate and for fostering conversation on politics, law, arts and sport. With high ratings that peaked in September 2002, he was found to be Victoria's top talk-show host (AC Nielsen survey), and in 2003 he received the ABC Local Radio "Broadcaster of the Year" award. He has also worked on scripts for a number of television and feature films.
After a leak of ABC presenters' salaries, Faine disclosed his taxpayer-funded salary to be $300,000 per annum.
Faine was reprimanded by the ABC for interviews that he conducted in 2013 regarding the AWU affair, in which he was found to have demonstrated bias in his handling of interviews defending Labor prime minister Julia Gillard's involvement in the AWU's slush fund scandal.
Faine likened the Abbott Government's review of the ABC and SBS to Vladimir Putin's Russia. In a 2015 interview with Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott, Faine criticised Abbott for saying that taxpayers should not have to fund "lifestyle choices" and asked why the prime minister kept "saying stupid things" and suggested Abbott was a bully: "You yourself admit you have an aggressive streak - isn't that the core of bullying?"