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Patrick Condren to MC 38th National Print Awards 

Bookings are picking up quickly for next week’s 38th National Print Awards in Brisbane (Friday, 5 November), and Walkley Award-winning journalist and media personality Patrick Condren has been named Master of Ceremonies for the event.

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Organisers say anyone who wants to book for one of the in-person events or for an in-home experience with a gourmet food and wine hamper, should jump on the booking link without delay.

Walter Kuhn, president of the Print & Visual Communication Association, said he's delighted that Condren, a 30-year veteran of the media both here and in the UK, had agreed to MC the event.

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                    NPAs MC Pat Condren

“Patrick is a consummate professional who will be well known to all, particularly those in Brisbane who will remember him from his 17 years as State Political Reporter and eight years as a newsreader for 7News Brisbane, his regular appearances on the Sunrise program, and his stint with Fairfax radio 4BC hosting the current affairs Mornings program,” Kuhn said.

“Prior to that, Patrick had a stellar career in the UK, where he worked for the BBC, Radio 4 and ITN, as well as filing stories from overseas for Australian media outlets including The Australian and Courier Mail newspapers, and for the ABC.”

Condren will have quite the hosting job on his hands, taking over after the presentation of the Victorian PICAs, which will be announced earlier in the evening in Brisbane and livestreamed to guests in the southern state. Victorians will attend virtually due to local COVID restrictions while enjoying gourmet food and wine hampers, which will be delivered to their door prior to the presentations.

The rest of Australia will join the livestream for the NPA presentations, with in-person events held in Perth and Sydney, both of which will also see the local PICAs presented first. South Australians will also be enjoying the festivities with an in-home experience.

“The organising team has had a mammoth task on its hands this year, navigating local lockdowns and differing restriction levels to coordinate three PICA presentations and one national celebration, in a tightly-timed simultaneous experience which will stretch across five states and four time zones,” Kuhn said.

For the exact times, arrangements and booking links for each State, go to www.printingawards.com.au.

Bookings available at https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/pica