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FactShe was awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the community in the fields of medical education and Health Care.

Ita Buttrose AO OBE (born 17 November 1942) is an Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author. She was editor of Australian Women’s Weekly in the 1970s and created Cleo magazine in 1972. She has been a panellist on the ABC’s The Gruen Transfer and The Glass House. In 2013, she was appointed Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Buttrose was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the daughter of Mary (née Ryan) and Louis Buttrose. Her father was an optometrist and her mother was a housewife. She has two sisters, Louise and Bronwyn. Buttrose was educated at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, where she was school captain in 1960. She then studied pharmacy at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1964.

Buttrose began her career as a journalist with the Australian Women’s Weekly in 1965. She was promoted to editor of the magazine in 1972, becoming the youngest editor of a major magazine in Australia at the age of 29. During her time as editor, Buttrose increased the circulation of the magazine from 700,000 to 1.3 million. She also created Cleo magazine in 1972, which became one of Australia’s most successful magazines.

In 1976, Buttrose left the Women’s Weekly to become editor-in-chief of Australian Consolidated Press (ACP), which owned Cleo and other magazines. She was responsible for ACP’s stable of women’s magazines, which included Dolly, Cosmopolitan and New Idea. She also oversaw the launch of Men’s Health and Women’s Day.

Buttrose left ACP in 1981 to become a television presenter on Nine Network’s morning show Beauty and the Beast. She also hosted her own talk show, Ita, on the same network. In 1984, she returned to magazines as editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

In 1987, Buttrose was appointed managing director of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL), which owned ACP and Nine Network. She was responsible for PBL’s magazine, television and radio businesses. She left PBL in 1995 to become a director of Westpac Banking Corporation.

In 2000, Buttrose was appointed chair of the National Advisory Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Other Blood Borne Viruses. In 2002, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “service to the print media as a journalist and editor”.

In May 2013, Buttrose was appointed Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation by the Abbott Government. She took up the position on 1 July 2013.

Buttrose has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Tony Stokes, with whom she had two children: Kate and James. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979. Her second marriage was to Douglas Myers, with whom she had two children: Josh and Chloe. The couple divorced in 1998.

Buttrose has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

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Full NameIta Buttrose
ProfessionJournalist, Editor


SpousePeter Sawyer, Alasdair Macdonald
ChildrenBen Macdonald, Kate Macdonald
ParentsCharles Oswald, Mary Clare
SiblingsJulian Buttrose


TV ShowsStudio 10

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1She is amazing!


1Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia [April 2010]
2She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to journalism.
3She was awarded the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to the community in the fields of medical education and Health Care.
4She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Australian society in business leadership.



Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo2011TV Mini-Series the producers gratefully acknowledge the valuable cooperation and assistance of Ita Buttrose in the making of this series - 2 episodes
Clive James' Postcard from...1991TV Series documentary with thanks to - 1 episode


Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Studio 102014TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
Australian Story2014TV Series documentaryHerself - archival
The Celebrity Apprentice Australia2011TV SeriesHerself
20 to 12005-2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation2011TV SeriesHerself
Sunrise2008TV SeriesHerself
Today2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Who Do You Think You Are?2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Beauty and the Beast2007TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning Australia2005TV SeriesHerself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2004TV SeriesHerself
Clive James' Postcard from...1991TV Series documentaryHerself
We'll Be Back After This Break1980TV MovieHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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