Seven sweeps AFMA awards as Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor and 7NEWS’ Tom Browne recognised

Bruce McAvaney
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Bruce McAvaney, Brian Taylor and 7NEWS’ Tom Browne recognised

Seven AFL commentators Bruce McAvaney and Brian Taylor, along with 7NEWS reporter Tom Browne were last tonight honoured at the Australian Football Media Association awards.

Bruce McAvaney was awarded the Best TV commentator - match day. The judges said Bruce’s longevity, knowledge and passion for the game made him a standout in a very strong field of broadcasters. Bruce dedicated his award to Norwood great Robert Oatey with whom he had the pleasure of calling with in the SANFL.

Brian Taylor was awarded the Lou Richards Award for the second time for his work on Seven’s AFL coverage and MMM radio in 2019.

The medal is awarded to a former or current league footballer working in the media. It recognises all the qualities displayed by Lou throughout his career on and off the field, including his personality, humour and ability to talk about the game.

The judges were impressed with the energy and vibrancy Brian brought to his commentary and post-game interviews.

7NEWS’ Tom Browne was awarded the Best TV/Radio/Online news reporter for his exceptional work on the Jaidyn Stephenson match-betting story.

The judges said “AFL integrity issues are a notoriously difficult nut to crack and are strongly in the public interest” and Tom’s revelation was the “standout scoop”.

Tom broke the story with information from trusted sources before the AFL or Collingwood confirmed it.

7NEWS’ Mark Stevens (Best TV/Radio/Online news reporter) and Daisy Pearce (Lou Richards Medal) also received honourable mentions. Stevens was recognised for his work on the Ross Lyon and Steve Rosich departures at Fremantle.