Carrie Bickmore is the laughing man's newsreader.
Mild mannered radio news presenter by day, television news temptress by night; Carrie has a bi-lateral approach to news and isn't afraid to laugh at herself or the weirdness that can often be headline news.
As the voice behind the weekday news on Melbourne's Nova 100, Carrie plays it straight and reports real news as it breaks.
As the face behind the voice behind ROVE's newsbreak, Carrie still plays it straight, only this time the news isn't real and the only things breaking are the rules of political correctness.
Although born in Adelaide, Carrie is affectionately known as a 'Sandgroper', thanks to spending the majority of her childhood and formative years in Perth.
Since relocating to Melbourne almost five years ago, Carrie has developed a reputation as a multi-dimensional news talent, based on her ability to fuse news reporting with comedy and relaxed on-air banter.
A graduate of Journalism and Public Relations, Carrie first caught the attention of WA's radio heavyweights during a work experience placement with 92.9FM. As the result of a newsroom colleague falling ill on the job, Carrie was thrust into the studio as an emergency replacement and forced to read the news live to air.
Unscathed by this baptism of fire, Carrie took the opportunity in her stride and her engaging style of presenting secured her a full time reporting role with the station immediately after switching off the microphone. Incidentally, the wellbeing of the other newsreader remains a mystery.
In 2001 Carrie relocated to Melbourne and reported to Nova 100 for news reading detail, which she does (most of the time without laughing during the serious bits) on the afternoon drive program. Coupled with the occasional on-air announcing spot and voice-over work, Carrie is also in demand as a Television and Corporate presenter and as the current face of SKYBUS TV, is involved in filming television segments promoting the best of greater Melbourne.
In effect, Carrie Bickmore is a television newsreader in a radio newsreader's body. But in this instance, the adage 'good head for radio', doesn't ring true.
News headlines (as seen on rove):
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and I know where babies come from."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, call me, call me now."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, just like a chocolate milkshake, only newsy."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore and earlier today, I ate Wa-wa."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, part of your complete breakfast."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and Luke, I am your father."
- "I'm Peter Harvey, all those stories and more on 60 Minutes."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, just like Sandra Sully - only, drunker."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, creeply watching you while you sleep."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and I like saying the word 'mufti'."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and frankly I'm busting for the toilet so let's make this quick."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and without makeup, I look like Kevin Bacon"
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and I've had sex with Pauline Hanson too"
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and I let the dogs out."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and I won 5 grand on the cup, which is nearly enough to cover my poker debt."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and while I may look like Natasha Stott Despoja, at least I'm no quitter."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and I'm gaging to news your brains out."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, where lowest prices are just the beginning."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, except in the past tense where I'm Carried Bickmore."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, you may now kiss the news."
- "I'm Carrie Bickmore, you can't stop the news-ic, nobody can stop the news-ic"
Congratulations to Carrie Bickmore, who recently announced that she was pregnant on Melbourne's Nova 100
Bickmore driven by her humour
Source: Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne) - 21/01/2007
Carrie Bickmore's driving career began with a bang, writes BRYAN PATTERSON
CARRIE Bickmore, Nova 100 radio host and satirist for Rove Live, crashed her first car into a valley only three hours after getting her licence.
"The brakes failed and everyone thought I was dead,'' the quirky media performer says.
"It wasn't funny. More of a memorable experience, I guess. "The upside was that my parents decided I needed a safer car so they helped me get something that had good brakes and air conditioning.''
The chirpy Adelaide-born, Perth-raised presenter, who takes a lighthearted look at the news on Rove Live, now drives a black Peugeot 206.
"I picked it because I had just come from Perth and needed a small car that I could fit into the ridiculously small Melbourne car spaces,'' she says.
"But I actually want to sell it now and get an automatic. I'm too lazy to change gears.'' She started driving at 17 and passed her licence test at her first try. "I couldn't believe I fooled the instructor into thinking I could drive,'' she says.
As a driver, she admits she "waits for no one''. "In fact my friends let out a big sigh when we finally get to our destination in one piece,'' she said. "I don't change the oil or the tyres. "That's what you have a husband for.'' (Bickmore is married to Greg Lange).
She started her career as the afternoon newsreader for Nova and often saw the funny side of a serious story. "I often laugh at the most inappropriate moments during the news. It's one of those things when you know you shouldn't, but sometimes you just can't help it,'' she said.
Ironically perhaps, she was a 2005 Best News Presenter finalist in the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Bickmore is known for her quirky introduction lines on Rove.
Some of the most memorable have included: "I'm Carrie Bickmore, just like Sandra Sully only drunker'' and "I'm Carrie Bickmore, and don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me''.
When she started on the show last year, producers described her as "the laughing man's newsreader . . . a mild-mannered radio news presenter by day and TV news temptress by night''.
But Bickmore's a simple girl at heart. If she had unlimited financial resources, her dream car would be an old FC Holden "I had one once' or a new Jeep Wrangler.
Carrie with a laugh
Source: Herald Sun (Melbourne) - 31/05/2006
MOST journalists will tell you the key to success is preparation.
The more time spent getting ready for an interview or to write a story, the better the result.
Then there's Carrie Bickmore, the latest addition to the Rove Live team. Every week, the Adelaide-born, Perth-raised presenter takes a look at the lighter side of the news and a swipe at some of the sacred cows of the media in the show's satirical "newsbreak''.
Unlike her reporter peers, Bickmore owes her career and her latest high-profile gig to happenstance.
"I really don't know how this job came about. I went in for the audition on the Friday and they asked me to start on the Tuesday,'' she says.
"There was no warning, which was probably a good thing or I'd have been even more nervous.''
In 2001, Bickmore moved from Perth to Melbourne and reported on radio's Nova 100 for the drive-time news reading detail which, she says, isn't all that different from her TV job.
"It's actually quite funny at Nova we do the news quite seriously, but we can't help but laugh and joke about some of the stories when we're off air. Then I go into Rove, and it's usually those same stories they want me to joke about.'' Bickmore's toughest critics are her own family.
Her mother and grandparents watch the show and often call with their opinions. "My grandfather, a priest, sometimes will ring and say, 'Carrie, that one last night was a bit out of line'. At least he still has a laugh about it.''
The good news
Source: Herald Sun (Melbourne) - 13/05/2002
IF you had told radio news reader Carrie Bickmore earlier this year that she would be named one of Australia's sexist woman, she would have laughed in your face.
Bickmore, 21, is a newsreader on Nova in the afternoons. She will be named one of the 100 sexiest women by men's magazine FHM on Wednesday.
The prized position in the top 100 came after a bit of a joke between Bickmore and Nova afternoon presenter Andy Ross.
The idea was mentioned on radio and a photograph of her sent to FHM. Bickmore thought nothing of it until, out of the blue, someone from the magazine was on air saying she was one of the top 100 girls.
Since then, a mini-campaign has been launched to catapult Bickmore up the list. The photographic shoot was an experience for Bickmore.
"It was good fun," she said.
"Now I look at models in a whole new light. The pampering that went on, I actually look different in real life." She faces tough opposition for the No. 1 spot - Holly Valance and Kylie Minogue look set to fight for that.