Karen Tighe has been part of the ABC Radio and TV sports team since joining the national broadcaster in 1989. She spent eight years as a presenter and reporter with ABC TV Sport, hosting golf, tennis and other major sporting broadcasts on the network. From 1994 – 2010, she was the regular host of ABC TV’s annual coverage of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament.
In 1997, Karen made the move to ABC Radio as the presenter of the weekend national sports program ‘Summer Grandstand’ – a role she still enjoys. After moving to Perth in 2001 she also presented sport on ABC TV’s weeknight news in Perth for six years.
Karen has co-hosted ABC Radio’s coverage of the Sydney, Athens Beijing and Rio Olympics, and has hosted six Paralympic Games with ABC TV.
She has also loved her time with the Wembley Junior Football Club in various roles including being named the 2017 volunteer of the year for the Claremont District for her work in the development of the fledgling Friday Girls Footy competition.
Making headlines: when will women in sport get anything near to equal coverage in the media?
In 2016, AFLW burst onto our screens and the back pages of newspapers in what seemed to herald a new era of coverage of women’s sport in Australia. But while AFLW captured the attention of the sports media, total coverage of women’s sport continues to get less time and less newspaper space than men’s sport and horses and dogs!
Will the success of our international women’s teams and individual athletes motivate a new generation of young women to take up sport? Why despite the rising profile of women’s sport, does media coverage continue to lag way behind? Is interest in the AFLW or the Matildas simply a passing novelty? How far have we really come? How far have we got to go before headlines about female athletes and women’s teams are the norm rather than the exception?
Get ready to dust off your favourite team colours for a cracking night of discussion as we shift our focus to the rising profile of women’s sport
Join Women in Media for a robust discussion hosted by ABC Grandstand’s Karen Tighe, and panelists Christina Matthews (CEO WA Cricket Association), Steve Butler (Seven West Media) and Nat Medhurst (Australian Diamonds and West Coast Fever netballer).
Wednesday 11 July – 6-9pm – Subiaco Football Club: Tickets now on sale from Eventbrite
Steve Butler was born in Manjimup. As the son of a long-time newspaper man, he travelled far and wide in his juvenile years, spending time in Bunbury, Pinjarra, Geraldton and Merredin.
His early life as a journeyman gave the young Butler a great education and an affinity with country folk; helping him forge his future as a storyteller.
Steve has worked for WA Newspapers, now known as Seven West Media, for nearly 29 years. His roles within have ranged from covering politics and sport to feature writing in the Melbourne, Bunbury and Perth Bureaus and he is now Reporter at Large with The West Australian. Butler also is used by Channel 7 as a sports reporter and does regular radio gigs with TABradio, Nova 93.7 and both the Spirit WA and Red FM networks.
A former long-time senior women’s basketball coach, Butler is also fiercely passionate about promoting women in sport.
Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and a former Australian cricketer.
Named the country’s most capped female Test player and holding the record for the most dismissals by an Australian wicketkeeper, Christina is one of only three women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first-class cricket association. A well-respected voice within the Australian cricket community, Christina has had 27 years’ experience in various management roles within cricket organisations, including seven years as General Manager Commercial Operations at Cricket NSW and roles in coaching and development.
A significant contributor to the development of cricket, she has spent many years supporting community cricket associations and is a member of numerous boards, including the Bradman Foundation and the Ministerial Committee for Women in Sport. She is also Chair of the WA Department of Sport and Recreation Champions of Change Working Group, which promotes diversity on boards.
Christina previously held the position of Chair of Selectors for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and has mentored young sports women aiming to move into elite sport. Her compassion and understanding has driven a supportive culture and work environment, with a focus on wellbeing and encouraging staff to reach their potential both personally and professionally.Outside of work, Christina loves to travel and often combines this with her passion for cycling. Her favourite destination is New York and she has completed cycling trips in Spain and the south of France.
Nat Medhurstis one of netball’s greatest Goal Attacks. Having played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Queensland Firebirds, Medhurst made the move across the country to West Coast Fever in 2014.
She is one of just three players to have played 200 National League games, a feat she achieved in 2017. Medhurst’s tenacity, attitude and sharp-shooting has seen her play 87 Tests for Australia, collecting three World Cup Gold Medals in 2007, 2011 and 2015, and a Gold Medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.