Simon Bouda is one of the most recognisable and well-respected faces on news TV. Highly regarded by his peers, Simon rose through the ranks as a police roundsman on Sydney’s newspaper scene before joining the National Nine Network.
This book covers all the major news stories of the last 25 years – including the Anita Cobby Murder, the Granny Killer and the Backpacker Murders, as well as natural disasters and political controversies.
Simon also tells his own story, of being on the police rounds and working for a national news network, as well as his support for the Black Dog (Depression) Foundation which saw him ride a motorcycle across America and around Australia.
While covering the Christchurch earthquake I heard the voice of a survivor buried in the rubble of the Pyne Gould Corporation Building in Christchurch. Myself and cameraman Shaun Wellfare were at the scene when the rescuers were in the middle of changing shift. All machinery had been switched off and we were only a few metres from the collapsed building when I heard a woman’s voice. I told Shaun and we then both heard a faint tapping. We called out to the rescuers and they got to work … about two hours later they brought Ann Bodkin out alive. She was the last survivor of the disaster. Ann and I have since become friends. That experience has had a profound impact on my personal and professional life. Covering all the major news stories in the past 25 years, Deadline is an explosive and thought-provoking look behind the scenes of the biggest news stories around the world.