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Legendary newsreader Mal Walden reveals he was forced to lie about his age to be taken seriously

Legendary newsreader Mal Walden says he was forced to lie about his age and pretend he was OLDER to be taken seriously as a journalist – only to then be told he was ‘too old’ by a major network’s publicity department


Veteran news presenter Mal Walden has made some startling revelations about his 52-year career in broadcasting.

In an interview with TV Tonight, the 76-year-old former journalist, revealed he lied about his age during his time as a news man.  

‘My age became a problem,’ he said. ‘Initially I was considered too young to read a serious news bulletin, so the publicity department increased my age and promoted my journalistic status.’

TV secrets: Legendary newsreader Mal Walden reveals he was forced to lie about his age to be taken seriously – and was even told he was ‘too old’ by a major network’s publicity department

Walden started out as a cadet journalist in radio in 1961 at the age of 16 before making the move to television and becoming a reporter in 1970.

He later became synonymous with his work as a news presenter at the Ten network, covering Ten’s evening news bulletins. 

‘Years later at Network Ten the publicity department was forced to reduce my age to suit their younger demographic,’ the broadcaster confessed.

History: Walden started out as a cadet journalist in radio in 1961 at the age of 16 before making the move to television in 1970 to become a reporter

History: Walden started out as a cadet journalist in radio in 1961 at the age of 16 before making the move to television and becoming a reporter in 1970

'My age became a problem': The veteran broadcast admits he was considered to be too young to 'read a serious news bulletin' when he started out as a presenter and says the network 'increased' his age

‘My age became a problem’: The veteran broadcast admits he was considered to be too young to ‘read a serious news bulletin’ when he started out as a presenter and says the network ‘increased’ his age

He added that cartoonist Robert Fidgeon suggested to him at the time that ‘some people use Botox to maintain their youth.’ 

Walden also revealed in his earlier years that his red hair was an issue for TV management. 

The veteran journalist was forced to spray his hair every night he presented the news so that it was less ‘distracting’ for viewers. 

The flip side: The former journalist also confessed that he was asked during his time at Ten News to 'reduce' his age to appeal to a 'younger demographic'

The flip side: The former journalist also confessed that he was asked during his time at Ten News to ‘reduce’ his age to appeal to a ‘younger demographic’ 

TV look: Walden was forced to spray his red hair every night he presented the news so that it was less 'distracting' for viewers

TV look: Walden was forced to spray his red hair every night he presented the news so that it was less ‘distracting’ for viewers

Over the span of his career, Walden worked at Ten, Seven, HSV7, and the radio stations 3DB, which later became KIIS FM, and 3YB-FM.

One of his first assignments was to cover the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974. 

Walden presented his last news bulletin on Ten’s Eyewitness News on the 4th of December, 2013, where he thanked his family, his past and present colleagues, the network and viewers.  

Bidding farewell: Walden presented his last news bulletin on Ten's Eyewitness News on the 4th of December, 2013, where he thanked his family, his past and present colleagues, the network and viewers

Bidding farewell: Walden presented his last news bulletin on Ten’s Eyewitness News on the 4th of December, 2013, where he thanked his family, his past and present colleagues, the network and viewers

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