|Name Patricia Edgar|
Ex-spouse Don Edgar
Movies Yolngu Boy, First Day
|Education Stanford University|
|Awards AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series, AACTA Awards - Raymond Longford Award|
Books The New Child: In Search of, Bloodbath: A Memoir of Australi, In Praise of Ageing, Children and screen violence, The politics of the press
Similar People Don Edgar, Tony Morphett, Esben Storm, Hilary McPhee, Paul Jennings
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Patricia May Edgar AM (born 11 March 1937) is an Australian author, television producer, educator and media scholar best known as the founding director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation.
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- Early life
- Selected publications
In praise of ageing by patricia edgar
She was born in 1937 in Mildura, Victoria, and moved to California in the 1960s with her husband (author and social researcher Dr. Don Edgar) and two children to study for an MA in Communication at Stanford University. On their return to Australia, Edgar joined the staff of La Trobe University as the inaugural Head of the Centre for the Study of media and Communication. She introduced the first courses on film and television production and cinema studies in an Australian University. At la Trobe she also completed a PhD.
In 1975, Gough Whitlam's government appointed Edgar to Australian Broadcasting Control Board where she was instrumental in formulating codes for children's television for the first time. She took part in the establishment of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's Program Standards for children's television, and was founding director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF). Over twenty years, the ACTF won multiple awards including an Emmy, and made co-productions with the BBC, Disney and Revcom. She was executive producer for the 1988 Bicentenary ACTF project Touch the Sun. She was the producer of the popular television programme Round the Twist
Her books about television and the media include Children and Screen Violence, Under Five in Australia, Media She (with Hilary McPhee), The Politics of the Press and recently a memoir Bloodbath: A Memoir of Australian Television which prompted Phillip Adams to write "I would regard Patricia Edgar as a sort of human tank. Patricia is a sort of Centurion in her abilities to kick down doors and push walls over. She is annoying, irritating, relentless, drives people mad, but she gets things done" Her latest book is In Praise of Ageing, Text Publishing 2013
She was awarded the Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award in 2002, and the Dromkeen Medal in 2007, for her role in advancing children's literature.
Edgar lives in Melbourne with her husband Don, near her two daughters and four grandchildren. She is chair of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation. A breast cancer survivor, she also chaired the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. 1998-2008