RMC SA/NT Honorary Life Members
From time to time, RMC SA/NT bestows the status of "Honorary Life Member" on a person who has provided outstanding service to the association and the broader rural communications sector.
This honour is bestowed rarely and never lightly.
It carries an ongoing obligation for the recipient to serve as an ambassador for RMC's ideals and purpose.
(♦) Now deceased
Jim McCarter (♦)
Advertiser Rural Journalist. Inducted on 27th April 2018.
Born at Kadina on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula in 1937, Jim McCarter’s roots in rural journalism come from a period very few people today have experienced. Following completion of his education at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, he obtained a position as a cadet journalist with the Advertiser’s rural publication, ‘The Chronicle’ in 1954.
In the early 1960’s, Jim expanded his role as a rural journalist at ‘The Chronicle’ by broadcasting agricultural stories on the Advertiser Broadcasting Network’s statewide radio stations 5AD, 5PI, 5MU & 5SE in a program called ‘Life on the Land’.
Jim McCarter became Editor of ‘The Chronicle’ in 1969, a role he held until the Advertiser decided to close that publication in 1976. He then took up the position of Rural Editor at the Advertiser in an effort to maintain the communication of rural and agricultural content to that publication’s statewide readers. His weekly “On The Land” section epitomised quality rural journalism and was a much anticipated read for many regional and metropolitan people.
A highlight of Jim’s career at the Advertiser was convincing the management of that publication to become official sponsor of the Yorke Peninsula Field Days, something very close to his heart. In recognition of his long service to the YP Field Days Committee, that body awarded Jim with Life Membership.
After 38 years reporting rural issues to South Australians, Jim McCarter retired from the Advertiser in 1992.
Jim McCarter left a number of lasting legacies to the craft of rural journalism in this state. In addition to establishing the benchmark for quality agricultural journalism and well-mannered communication, he pioneered the formation of Rural Media South Australia in the 1970’s.
Jim served as RMSA President and Secretary for many years, with Honorary Life Membership being bestowed upon him by RMSA as a genuine gesture of its appreciation.
Bruce - who comes from a farming background in Western Victoria - joined the Rural Media Association in 1991 when he was Rural Reporter at The Advertiser.
In 1992 he joined the Stock Journal as Senior Journalist and became secretary of the RMA.
Over the next eight years he was involved in the annual Royal Show Awards, the Dalgety Awards and later the creation of the Telstra Awards.
He later became Editor, Special Publications with Rural Press overseeing National Grape Grower, The Grower and Farmer and Stockowner.
He was made a Life Member in 1998.
Bruce is currently editor of Australian Forest & Timber News and Australasian Timber Magazine.
Ian Doyle OAM
Former ABC Rural Journalist and rural industry communicator
Inducted 18th October 2013
Ian Doyle came to SA in 1981 as a raw ABC rural radio recruit from North Queensland.
Ian pursued studies at James Cook University, graduating with a Degree in Economics and then studied at the University of Queensland, graduating with a Diploma of Education.
He went teaching at a college in Charters Towers, until one day ABC television’s rural department came to town and Ian was asked to assist with the mock-up of a close-up visual effect.
The bug had bitten and Ian knew his life was destined to be up-front, in the rural media and with the ABC.
In 1981 he applied for the position of Rural Officer with ABC Rural Radio at Port Pirie, about as far away from North Queensland as you can get, both physically and agriculturally. Ian was now living in the land of wheat and sheep, rather than pineapples and sugarcane.
Wife Jane was at Ian’s side throughout his time in Port Pirie and has been ever since.
Later that year, Ian left Port Pirie and headed down to the big-smoke in Adelaide to take up a more senior role with ABC Rural.
Ian has fronted the ABC Country Hour, reported for Landline and Countrywide television, hosted the nationally broadcast Australia All Over radio program on Sunday mornings, managed the ABC Rural Department in South Australia and has acted in the role of national boss of ABC Rural.
He’s produced internationally renowned feature television pieces on subjects such as river boats, tuna boats and an outback postman.
He was President of Rural Media South Australia from 1987 until 2019. His intensity of effort and foresight of industry trends did a lot to assist other rural journalists for nearly three decades.
Ian left the ABC for greener pastures in 1997, to run Doyle Media Services, providing a diversity of rural media, communications training and event management services.
He was recognised for his contributions to rural media with an Order of Australia Medal in the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours List.
Bob has always been a country lad at heart and spent much of his younger days living with his grandparents on their farm at Keith.
Bob started his working life in the ANZ Bank until the middle 1970s when he joined the dairy industry working for the Mount Gambier Dairy Co-op. Eventually he was appointed as Manager of the Australian Dairy Corporation (ADC) in South Australia in 1987. This role ultimately was expanded and Bob was then made Regional Manager for South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory. During his time in the RM role he completed many projects for the dairy industry in the regions. In 2005, Bob was made redundant from the ADC and was appointed CEO of the Craniofacial Foundation where he finished his working life in 2019 and retired.
It was during the late 80s and early 90s Bob attended Rural Media luncheons and struck up a friendship with then President of RMSA, Ian Doyle. In 1992, Ian Doyle restructured the committee of the RMSA and asked Bob to become the Treasurer of the organisation. Further in 1993 Bob took over the Secretarial role for RMSA. Bob was made an honorary life member of RMSA in 2005 - an award he truly cherishes.
Now fully retired Bob still enjoys the RMC roles and the challenges of taking the organisation to a new level.
Dale Manson spent a 34 year career with the South Australian Government, primarily in the area of communication and community capacity development in the livestock industry. He produced and presented a daily rural program on commercial regional radio for 28 years.
Dale is an Honorary Life Member of Rural Media & Communicators SA/NT and has been on the Board for over 30 years.
He has chaired the Judging Panel of the SA & NT Rural Journalist of the Year Awards for the past thirteen years.
Ian Turner has been involved in rural industry for most of his life and in the regional/rural media scene for five decades, initially as a publicity officer/correspondent for several organisations on KI.
He was managing editor of The Islander newspaper for 2 years (1992 & 1993) before production moved to Adelaide.
Joining Rural Press (Stock Journal) in July 1995, he became Livestock Manager from 1998-2003.
Ian resigned from Rural Press to start a PR/Marketing/Communications business (Superior Selections) which he ran for 18 years with approximately 40 clients from all mainland states & NZ, until his retirement in 2019.
Over the years he's travelled more than 650,000 km and has been published in more than 50 newspapers and websites.
In a long career, he's been Editor of The Muster magazine (official journal of the Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association) and the Australian Poll Dorset Journal.
He published Merino SA Newsletter (Stock Journal Insert), the Centenary History Book of the Wisanger Football Club on Kangaroo Island, the Centenary of the Suffolk Sheep Breed in Australia, the Australian Suffolk Year Book, and the Australian Corriedale Journal
Ian joined the Rural Media SA board in the early 2000s and has been Chair of the Photography Awards for several years.
John Rothwell spent 27 years at the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA - including 20 years as the Chief Executive Officer.
A long time supporter of RMC SA/NT he retired after the 2022 Royal Adelaide Show.
Among John's many achievements was the development of the Kingsway event area and the Goyder Pavilion, along with the establishment of the weekly Farmers Market at the Showground.
He was also a Director on the board of Agricultural Shows of Australia and the US-based International Association of fairs and Expositions.