Excerpt from an Australia Council for the Arts interview with Jean Battersby in 1992.
In this clip she explains how she came to work in television.
Battersby was informed and articulate, with a PhD in French literature, and by the late 1950s she was in demand for talk and women’s programs across the ABC and commercial stations.
She was the host of Woman’s World for ABC Melbourne in the 1960s. She also wrote, produced and edited a series of short films for GTV7 Melbourne’s women’s program. Battersby believed strongly that women should develop interests beyond the home.
In 1968 Battersby became the founding executive officer of the Australia Council for the Arts.