About Rod McNeil / CV

Rod McNeil

Rod McNeil is an Australian radio and TV presenter who is now living and working in Thailand. For several years he has been enjoying a new frontier of travel and great experiences throughout this ancient Kingdom and beyond, seeking out unique people, places and events that make this colourful region worthy of its amazing reputation.  Many of these stories were initially broadcast in the programs of Capital Television.

Curriculum Vitae

NATIONALITY:  Australian

LANGUAGE:  English


Completed three-year Thai Language Certificate Course – 2004 Sydney University – Department of S.E. Asian Languages – Thai I,II & III, including in-country speaking, reading & writing extension course – 2002 Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand 


2006 – Present

Capital Television Group, Bangkok, Thailand

Senior Reporter & Producer – country-wide field stories for weekly TV magazine programs “Destination Thailand”, “Pattaya Plus”, “Phuket Plus” & “Chiang Mai Plus”, broadcast throughout Thailand on satellite, cable & terrestrial networks;  Voice-over artist & actor – company TV commercials; Studio Presenter for above TV programs – as required

2005 – 2007

Berlitz International Language School, Bangkok

English Teacher  – TEFL adult Thai and foreign students

2003 – 2004

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) – Classic FM Radio, Sydney, N.S.W.

Presenter – light classical holiday program                         


2000 – 2003

Radio 97.8 FM, Sydney

Producer & Presenter – ”Jazz Plus” Saturday music program


1999 – 2003

TV Broadcast – Opening of Victorian State Parliament   

Commentator and Interviewer



Australian Feature Film – “The Dish”                                        

Re-created own original 1969 radio news bulletin announcing Apollo 11 lunar landing to nationwide Australian audience


1992 – 1999

ABC Radio News, Melbourne, Victoria                            

Senior Newsreader – Victorian morning news bulletins


1990 – 1992

M.C. – Duke of Edinburgh ‘Plain English Speaking Awards’ 

Host & Interviewer – Australasian contestants at Melbourne Arts Centre

1986 – 1991

M.C. – Melbourne Wine Show  

Host & Interviewer – Annual Dinner & Awards Night including announcement and presentation of Australia’s most prestigious wine award “The Jimmy Watson Trophy”

1985 – 1992

ABC Radio 3LO, Melbourne

Announcer – news & music breakfast program – rated #1 on three occasions – includes interviews with Mel Gibson, Kylie Minogue, Barry Humphries, Lou Rawls & Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett   


1984 – 1985

Radio Australia – International 24-hr News Service

Newsreader – major hourly bulletins;  Presenter “Top Ten Hits”                                



Radio 3AK, Melbourne                                            

Announcer – top-rating “Sunday Afternoon Good Music” program


1980 – 1983

Network Ten Television, Melbourne

Newsreader – weekend news;  Ten News Team co-reader/reporter – M-F bulletins as required;



Radio 3 FOX-FM, Melbourne

Announcer – “Adult Mix” evening program – easy listening/ light jazz/popular music


1978 – 1979

Network Ten Television, Sydney, N.S.W.

Newsreader – inaugural daytime M-F “Midday News”;   Host & Interviewer “Celebrity Interview” series – guests included Brooke Shields, Bette Midler, Peter Allen, Dolly Parton, Village People, Yootha  Joyce, Harry Belafonte, Iggy Pop, Edith Head, Harry Chapin;   Presenter – “The Making of ‘Arcade’ “ soap-opera series special;   “Ten News” Reporter – as required

1978 – 1979

Actor – Television                                              

Commercials – ‘Kelvinator’ refrigerators series – reporter with Dick Emery comic characters

Drama – “McCloud” U.S. police series starring Dennis Weaver – Australia episode, TV reporter


1976 – 1978

Qantas In-flight Entertainment                                     

Presenter – classical music audio program



Radio 5AA, Adelaide, South Australia                                                         

Announcer – M-F early afternoon program “Good Music” – rated #1 on two occasions



Radio 2CH, Sydney, N.S.W.

Announcer – Saturday night program “Beautiful Music”


1970 – 1976Actor – Live Theatre, Sydney

Studied acting and appeared in plays at innovative ‘Ensemble Theatre-in-the-Round’, Sydney – including “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail” – central character role, Thoreau’s brother John; “Alphabetical Order” – leading character role; “We Bombed in New Haven” – supporting role


1966 – 1976

ABC Radio & Television, Sydney                   

TV Newsreader – 7pm M-F news bulletins;   Newsreader – national radio bulletins;   Announcer – various radio programs including feature interviews with Eartha Kitt, Neil Sedaka, Spike Milligan, Jerry Lewis, Mel Torme, Harry Secombe, Chips Rafferty;   Presenter – Australian component of “Family Favourites”, renowned BBC Radio international music request show co-hosted by Michael Aspel in London


1962 – 1965

ABC Radio – Papua New Guinea Service                               

Newsreader & Program Announcer from age 19 – 9PA Port Moresby & 9RB Rabaul



PNG Administration – Department of Information, Port Moresby

Contributing Editor – monthly news publication “Nius Bilong Yumi”


1960 Graduate – Anglican Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland


—Proficient Radio Presentation, Varity of Script Types

—Articulate/Precise Radio Voice Presentation Quality

—Excellent Communicator, Interpersonal & Social Etiquette

—Radio Program Production, Announcer/Panelist

—Commitment to Operational Objectives

—Strong Organisation/Coordination Ability

—Maintain Equilibrium under Pressure

—Lateral Thinker, Demonstrated Initiative


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