‘Hard work beats talent’: Q&A with TV presenter Tony Armstrong

Welcome to Quick Q – Monday Media’s weekly Q&A series dedicated to finding out more about the personalities that matter most in the Australian media landscape.

Every week The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age asks key figures across corporate media, business, sport, federal politics, radio, television and culture to answer a series of questions about their lives, careers, hobbies and news habits.

This week’s conversation is with former AFL player and ABC sports presenter, Tony Armstrong.

ABC News breakfast sports presenter, Tony Armstrong.Credit:Julia Kingma

How did you get your big break?
AFL legend Chris Johnson tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I wanted to do special comments on the AFL Indigenous broadcast, which is run by the amazing Andrew Underwood.

What are daily news media habits?
I get into work and then check all the major mastheads. It helps that I sit next to some of the best journos going around every morning.

Which living person do you most admire?
Adam Goodes.

Your guilty streaming pleasure?
Zero guilt, I’ve watched Curb Your Enthusiasm too many times.

Which phrase do you overuse?
Yeah, nah.

What did you want to do when you grew up?
Play AFL.

What was your first job?
Played AFL for Adelaide.

Facebook or Instagram?
Instagram.

Recommend a podcast…
The Always Sunny podcast.

What’s one vice you wish you could give up?
I eat too much.

The song that’s always on high rotation?
Home – LCD Soundsystem.

What are you reading?
The Fran Lebowitz Reader.

Favourite movie of the past decade?
Ex Machina.

Top of your sporting bucket list?
Superbowl.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

What are the three things you couldn’t live without?
Music, my couch, my wallet.

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