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4BC Newsroom - Staff biographies

Scott Mayman - News Director

Born in Adelaide, but during his upbringing, Scott lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. His first Commercial Radio job was in the 80's in the newsroom - and he was assigned permanent news reporter at the Fitzgerald Corruption Inquiry. Scott has Worked for many stations across Australia and the United States - including the giant CBS Network and in Kansas City where he was News Director at Talk Radio KCMO-AM and Classic Rocker KCFX-FM. Today, he's happy to be home in Queensland with his wife, son and Labrador - enjoying the challenges of each newsday at 4BC, but he hasn't lost his passion to get out of the studio and chase stories, as they happen.

Stuart Layt

A Brisbane boy born and bred, he received a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. He spent two years working at River 949 at Ipswich as a journalist and newsreader before being lucky enough to earn a spot in the 4BC newsroom where he now reads and edits the Breakfast news service.

Brian Lowe

Brian Lowe is 4BC's Deputy News Director and is a radio newsman with 30 years’ experience. As a rookie, fresh out of broadcast school, he got his first break at 4KZ Innisfail where he did everything from announcing to copy writing, commercial production and sales. It was a sound learning experience that launched a career that has taken him to 4CA Cairns, 4BK, 4BC and Lite & Easy 1008 in Brisbane, 3UZ, 3AW Melbourne, i98fm Wollongong and 2CC/KIX FM Canberra. Brian was the first journalist at 4BC to report from the Fitzgerald Inquiry in 1987, joined later by his then 4KQ counterpart Scott Mayman (now 4BC News Director). Brian moved to the United States in 1998 where his media career took him on different pathways including writing and voicing radio and TV commercials, hosting and producing sports podcasts, as well as radio and TV sports commentating. Brian has been a play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports and ESPN in the USA, as well as being a regular guest on a weekly rugby show televised nationally across the USA. He has also been a US correspondent for 4BC’s Sports Today Show and PA News in the UK. During his career, Brian has covered many major sporting events including: IRB Sevens World Series (USA Sevens 2003-2011); Rugby World Cup (1987, 2003); Commonwealth Games (1994); Davis Cup (1984). Brian returned to Brisbane in 2012 and has once again found a home at 4BC.

Tim Collits

Tim’s professional media career spans almost 30 years. Straight out of university (Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW), Tim started out in country radio as sole news gatherer and presenter with 2BE Bega. Three months later, Tim began a 14 year stint with 2WS in Sydney (now WS-FM) as on road crime, court and general rounds reporter, shift editor and presenter. There were also regular casual news shifts at Channel Seven Sydney. Tim also read news and was breakfast editor at 2GB. In 1993 Tim was awarded a National Radio Industry ‘Raward’ for his exclusive radio interview with Cangai Siege gunman Robert Steele, and was a ‘Raward’ Finalist in consecutive years for coverage of the Newcastle Earthquake and Kempsey Bus Crash. In 1995 Tim commenced a successful 17 year career with Network Ten. Career highlights include being among the first journalists on the ground after the Bali Bombing, coverage of the 1994 Sydney Blue Mountains Bushfires and embedded with Australian troops in Iraq. Tim was awarded a Queensland Media Award in 2007 in the Agri-Business category. In 2013, Tim returned to radio and is proud to be part of the 4BC Newsroom. When time allows, Tim is also a qualified Civil Marriage and funeral Celebrant. Tim is married to wife of 20 years Joan and is father to Jill, Sam, Emily and William.

Johanna Marie

Hailing from the Gold Coast, Johanna completed a Batchelor of Communications majoring in Journalism from Griffith University in 2012. The same week of graduation, she packed her bags and moved to Bundaberg as a local news reader and sole journalist at 4BU and Hitz Fm. After a year covering regional news, and the 2013 Floods her first natural disaster, Johanna is now sinking her teeth into Brisbane's Police and Court stories, as well as reading news bulletins at various times across the week.

Richard French

Melbourne boy born and bred.. now living happy in Brisbane with his fiance in a new house. Left for Europe at 21 with dreams of being a travel writer.. before returning when the money ran out after a few years. Moved to Port Lincoln in South Australia to swim with sharks and tell jokes on breakfast radio while engrossing himself in country footy. Moved back to Victoria to work in Hamilton where he won a cricket premiership and hosted the AM brekky. Then it was off to the big smoke at MTR 1377 in Melbourne where he became a proper journo chasing stories and hassling politicians. Richard migrated to Queensland.. three years ago to work for Prime Radio on the Sunshine Coast and River 949 in Ipswich. Now proud to be part of 4BC - whether reading news or reporting from the scene - Richard's loving it.

Jamie McKinnell

Originally from Tasmania, Jamie moved to Brisbane in 2006.He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010, and enrolled in the 4BC "Ready Reserve" News Program where he was successful in gaining a full-time position in the Newsroom.

Nick Wiggins

Nick grew up in Brisbane and attended Queensland University of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism. He worked at a number of community radio stations before starting at 4BC in 2011. Nick also enrolled in the 4BC "Ready Reserve" News Program, and was also successful in gaining a full-time position in the 4BC Newsroom. Nick covered the Siege in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall and is enjoying his work as 4BC's State Political reporter.

Ian Maurice

Born in Sydney with a lifetime in the media. From County radio stations to Metro Sydney (2SM, 2UE, 2KY). Television includes 7, 9 and 10. The first Monday to Friday Sports Presenter on Sydney television (ATN 7). Moved to Queensland in 1998 and continued to work for channel 9 from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and in 2001 joined 4BC, and just happened to be on-air when the September 11 attacks occured. Outside of Broadcasting, The Bear is a musical theatre nut and cabaret performer. You'll hear Ian each weeknight, reading the evening news on 4BC.