SBS World News Late Edition - Netflix

Up-to-date reports and analysis of the major national and international news stories of the day in Australia's only world news service.

Type: News

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2016-05-23

SBS World News Late Edition - Les Murray (broadcaster) - Netflix

Les James Murray (born László Ürge; 5 November 1945 – 31 July 2017) was a Hungarian-Australian sports journalist, soccer broadcaster and analyst. He was the host of The World Game on SBS television, retiring in July 2014, and has been inducted into the FFA's Football Hall of Fame. As the country's most prominent TV presenter of soccer, Murray played a major role in the sport's growing popularity in Australia beginning in the 1980s. Murray coined the phrase “The World Game”, which later became the title of SBS's soccer programme.

SBS World News Late Edition - Career - Netflix

Murray's passion for soccer, in which he had been interested from an early age, was sparked after watching a replay of the 1960 European Cup Final. He began work as a journalist in 1971. In between, he found time to perform in a rock music group, 'The Rubber Band' where he was lead singer. He moved to Network Ten as a commentator in 1977, changing his name from László Ürge to Les Murray at that time. Murray moved to SBS in 1980 as a Hungarian language subtitler but soon turned to covering soccer. He was the host for SBS coverage of soccer including the World Cups from 1986 to 2014, as well as Australia's World Cup Qualifiers, most memorably in 1997, 2001 and 2005. He also anchored the SBS team at friendlies and international tournaments in which junior and women's national teams are competing. SBS sports programs hosted by him have included On the Ball (1984–2000), Toyota World Sports (c. 1990 – 2006) and The World Game (2001–present). Murray was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to soccer on 12 June 2006 as part of the Queen's Birthday honours list. In 2006, Murray stepped down from his position as SBS's Sports Director to become an editorial supervisor for SBS, while his on-air role remained the same. His main motive for this decision was to concentrate on his range of presentation duties as the 'face' of SBS Sport. He was a member of the FIFA Ethics Committee. In 2009, he was awarded Australian Sports Commission Media Award Lifetime Achievement Award. In August 2011, Murray won the inaugural 'Blogger of the Year' award at the FFDU Australian Football Media awards, ultimately defeating fellow finalists Matthew Collard and Christian Layland.

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